5 ways to really understand news

Connor Boyack is a real statesman, and he’w written one of the best articles I have ever read about the problem with the media in this country. Here’s a snippet:

I present to you Connor’s five-step program to actually figuring out what is going on in the world:

1. Turn off your TV. No Fox News. No CNN. No local news.
2. Embrace the godsend that is independent journalism. For starters, see News With Views, Lew Rockwell, Project Censored, and World Net Daily.
3. Develop a strong sense of distrust and skepticism for anything promoted, reported by, or opined upon by the establishment media (or worse yet, the government).
4. Look hard for the truth. Chances are, it’s far different than what your favorite journalist believes it to be.
5. Open your eyes, shake off partisan politics, and like Mr. Keating suggested in Dead Poet’s Society, rise high to see things from a different perspective.

A Pioneer Day test

Pioneer Day was yesterday. Your Pioneer Day test is today. In honor of the day that settlers first came to the state, see how many of these questions you an answer without looking them up in Google. Have your answers ready before you put them in the comments so you don’t see the answers from others. I’ll post the answers on Friday.

1 – What is Utah’s state bird?
2 – Why is it Utah’s state bird?
3 – What is Utah’s state tree?
4 – Can you name the lake that used to cover most of the state?
5 – What are the three largest cities (population/in order) in Utah?
6 – Name two states that border Utah.
7 – How did the state get its name?
8 – Name the famous cookie company that was founded in Utah
9 – What was the original name of the University of Utah?
10 – What was the original name of the school that is now BYU?
12 – Name the geographical formation found on Utah license plates.
13 – Name Utah’s governor.
14 – Name Utah’s U.S. Senators.
15 – Name Utah’s members of the U.S. House.

Okay, now here’s a few Utah tid-bits sans the trivia.
1 – Lake Powell is named after John Wesley Powell, a Civil War Veteran and geologist who only had one arm. He used the services of a Mormon missionary named Jacob Hamblin to help negotiate with the Indians and ensure the safety of his exploration. Powell later served as the director of the U.S. Geological survey and is now buried in Arlington Cemetary.

2 – A legend exists of a mine in the mountains east of Kamas, Utah that is full of gold (seriously). According to legend, Ute Indians revealed the location of the mine to a Thomas Rhoads on the condition that he would never tell a soul where it was. Today, treasure hunters call it the Lost Rhoads Mine.

3 – If you ever hike Mt. Timpanogos, there is actually a B-25 bomber crash site near the top of the mountain you can go see. The plane took off from Hill Air Force base in 1955. Three crew members and two passengers died.

4 – Park City was practically a ghost town between its days as a mining town and it’s days as a ski destination. (If only we would have all bought some land . . . a lot of it). It is also one of the only towns in Utah not founded by Mormons. One day a man named George Hearst rolled into town and bought the Ontario mine for $27,000, and the city goes gangbusters. Hearst’s mine produces $50 million in silver throughout its life, and he has a boy named William who became a newspaper/magazine magnate (San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seventeen, Good Housekeeping

Anticipated relevant and personal

If the marketing messages you send are anticipated, relevant, and personal, they will cut through the clutter and increase the prospect’s knowledge of the benefits you offer.” Seth Godin, Permission Marketing.

I’m working on a project right now that pertains to this, and the “anticipated” is the toughest part. It’s easy to learn enough information about your audience to make it relevant, and if you have the information you need to make it relevant you can make it personal.

Here’s the trick. The information (name, title, email, etc… or whatever) needs to be given voluntarily and the person needs to remember giving it. At that point, you’re good to go on the road to trust, and people buy from and do business with people they trust.

BYU: The “almost” college of Draper, Utah

Dr. John “Rocky” Park, who was a teacher in the early days of Draper, Utah was (ironically) paid well by the people of the city (then known as Draperville) because he was was such a good teacher, but he didn’t stick around . . . Why?

Doctor Park’s village school came to the attention of President [Brigham] Young and other [LDS] Church leaders in 1867 during one of their semiannual visits to Draperville. His was the best school they had seen throughout the settlements. The Church authorities desired the same teaching concepts in the schools their children attended. President Young told Bishop Stewart the Church would build a college in Draperville if they continued to foster quality education and build up a community.

Brigham Young attended a meeting on the subject in the home of Draperville settler W.B. Ennis where Young said pointing to the hills South and East and said:

That is the place for the Church University, and if you brethren will lay the foundation, we’ll see that it is finished.

That is roughly the area where the new Draper, Utah Temple is being completed, but there is no University there.

Because of a division of opinion among the people of the town about where to place it (rather than on the location pointed out by Brigham Young) it was never started, and the Church University was built at Provo.

Lesson: Disagree with the prophet, and BYU gets built somewhere else. Not only that, but your wonderful teacher will leave to serve as President of The University of Deseret (today known as the University of Utah).


Benefits of Leasing An Apartment in Mississauga if You Are an Exchange Student


Renting an apartment is a simple strategy for acquiring access to a home for your unique needs One of the most noteworthy goals for people is to own a home someday. However, a significant number of people today own homes; this was not always the case, especially in the historical times. To be specific, families were directly inclined to build their homes or perhaps rent from another party. Although renting and leasing a house have their unique financial advantages, https://apartmentlove.com/ontario/mississauga appears to have more benefits especially when the real estate market drops in value.



Reduced maintenance cost and repair bills

One of the most significant advantages of Mississauga Apartments for Rent is that you often have minimal repair and maintenance cost as when compared to the homeowner. In fact, when you lease a property, the property owner is supposed to cater for the all the repair and maintenance costs each time. For instance, the landlord might assist when a house appliance malfunctions or perhaps there is a leak in your water system.


Easy access to Amenities

Another significant benefit of renting an apartment over buying your house are that you can gain easy access that would have otherwise a costly investment on your side as the homeowner. To be specific, luxuries such an in-ground pool or perhaps fitness centers are normally available in the apartments as a way of boosting their overall value.


Reduced Real Estate Taxes

One other noteworthy benefits of renting an apartment are that you do not have to pay the conventional property taxes to the state. In fact, real estate taxes can be a challenging experience especially for homeowners and normally vary as per state regulations. While making property tax calculations can be complicated, the prices are typically estimated with regards to the value of your property.


No Big Down Payment

Another aspect where leasing an apartment has better financial gaining that buying a house is that upon signing a new contract you, are not required to make a down payment to secure the house. In fact, renting apartment does not require huge down payments to be able to access the new home. Although the precise amount required when moving in varies in different places, the entire amount is notably lesser that when buying a house. A recent real estate report showed that a significant number of landlords require that one makes an initial deposit that equates to one month’s rent while a down payment for a house is normally much higher.




Barack Obama, cocaine use and 60 minutes

Obama? Cocaine? Chris Knudsen brought up an interesting question about Barack Obama today.
“Russ I’d like your opinion on why the press is not reporting on Barack’s admitted cocaine use? If this were a republican they would slaughter him for using drugs.”


Why No Extensive Press Coverage of Barack Obama’s Cocaine Use?
Because it isn’t news as in “new” information and because he is the one who divulged it. If it would have come out from someone else, the media would have had a heyday with it. And from what I understand, he actually divulged the information in a book he wrote when he was in his early 30s.

Barack Obama on 60 Minutes
So when Barack Obama was on 60 minutes on Sunday (video) and Steve Kroft says “You inhaled [marijuana].” Mr. Obama simply says “I did.” He also admits to cocaine use and that he thought about using heroine. He goes on. “It’s not something that I’m proud of, but that’s part of the journey that I’ve taken. I like to think that by letting people know the mistakes I’ve made that maybe young people behind me are looking and saying ‘You know what? This is a guy who made mistakes and he was able to write his life and get on track.’ And that’s I think an important message.”

Killing the Controversy
Barack Obama took all the controversial winds out of the sails by being upfront and honest. There’s no controversy in admitting that your human, and most politicians do not get this simple concept. Obama does an amazing job of being human and authentic, and frankly, that’s not news.

Beliefs of Mormonism Mitt Romney and the 2008 Presidential Elections

I think in some ways people are wondering how (if) Mitt Romney’s “Mormon beliefs” will affect his chances for president in the 2008 Elections. Why should it? Here’s what I believe . . .

I believe
I believe that we as a people need to stand a little taller and be a little smarter about how much we listen to political pundits and religious bigots who try to get attention with questions about a candidate’s religion. These “religion” questions were also thrown at Barack Obama, and they would violate every law of equal opportunity in the job market. We’re “hiring” a president, and in any other job, it’s illegal to even ask about a person’s religion. What does it say about a candidate who demands equal opportunity for you in the workplace, but won’t practice it in his or her campaign? Same goes for political pundits and the media.

I believe as Dr. Martin Luther King stated that we should judge candidates “by the content of their character” and not by the color of their skin (or religion), and that we should stand up and live to the true meaning of this country’s creed while recognizing that all men are created equal. All men (black, white, Mormon, Catholic, Jew or otherwise) have the right to be considered for “job” of president in this country without the thought of religion or race affecting it any more than it would in a job interview.

I believe it’s a sad day in the United States when we jump to support a candidate who is “likeable” or has a “plan,” yet we don’t take the time to study his or her character and the principles by which they make decisions.

I believe that when we as a people believe in and vote for candidates with fancy campaign slogans more than we vote for and support candidates with character and depth, we have no basis for which to complain when they do something we completely disagree with. Afterall, we voted for them.

I believe we should stand against candidates who promote legislation that enables force and coercion in the name of “the public good” because force destroys freedom and prosperity.

I believe as John D. Rockefeller believed “that character — not wealth or power or position — is of supreme worth.”

I believe in supporting candidates who are honest, true, chaste, benevolent, and virtuous and who do good for mankind .

Book Covers

I find it interesting that Seth Godin of all people would say that a lousy book cover would actually kill a great book.

Bad books are bad books, and there are plenty of them to go around.

Although, I do admit that covers can make a difference. Titles can make a difference. For example, The e-Myth. It’s horribly boring. Yet, lots of people read it.


Thoughts about The E Myth?

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