4th Estate

published by: Alec One

The power to self-publish can be addictive. The ability to share your mind with the world is a high like no other. I get a buzz every time I press publish and it’s awesome.

What is the 4th estate:

  • a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized.
  • aka News Media

Why care:

I always fall back on the lesson my “Uncle Ben” use to tell me: with great power comes great responsibility.

And on that note, please allow me to introduce my internet code of ethics…

THE CODE:

Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.

The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media.

  • Seek Truth and Report It
  • Minimize Harm
  • Act Independently
  • Be Accountable and Transparent

 

Source: SPJ Code of ethics

Judicial Committee Hearings: Freedom of Speech in Public Colleges.

published by: Alec One

Highlights:

  • “Be kind and decent, despite your differences.”
  • “Teach the philosophy of Freedom of Speech at Universities.”
  • Protect student journalist.
  • Educate young people in civic education.
  • Encourage private university to be like public university regarding the protection of freedom of speech.

I wish there was more to analyze. This hearing was a discussion regarding the federal governments potential role in allow public universitys access to federal student aid through the creation of state and federal laws. 
Source: Witness Testimony

White House Brief: Businesses​ excited about possibly reducing redundant regulations.

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Highlights:

  • the first two jobs report show that under President Trump, nearly 500,000 new jobs have been created in the first two months of this year.
  • National Association of Manufacturers that in their historic quarterly report, 93 percent of manufacturers are optimistic about the future.  

Thinking Out Loud:

What this means?

  • The sky isn’t falling. The business class is excited about the potential future of trade in America. 

Why care about the business class?

  • Businesses emerge because solutions for human problems are always present. The primary focus for people should be to think about potential solutions for problems they find important. 

      Source: wh.gov 

      White House Press Brief: President Trump Donates $78k to National Park Services

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      Executive News Highlights:

      • President Trump Donates $78k to help US National Parks get media coverage. Why? Department of Interior is $100 [million] or $229 million behind in deferred maintenance on our battlefields.
      • Secretary Zinke says “it’s a matter of National Security for America to develop it’s own energy.” He is open for companies interested in developing energy from the publics national resources. Coal industry looking to develop jobs for Americans.
      • Secretary Zinke: “All of us want clean air, clean water.” As a boy scout he will ensure companies leave the land just as they found it.
      • April 2nd through the 8th as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
      • Federal aid will be given to the state of California as a result of severe winter storm flooding and mudslides in February.
      • Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the President’s selection for Neil Gorsuch to the full Senate.
      • The application process for this year’s H1B visas.

      Questions asked by Journalist Highlights:

      • Q: Jared Kushner’s trip to Iraq today — why is he there and not the Secretary of State? What is the message that the President is sending by having Jared Kushner be the one to take this trip to Iraq?
      • Q: A recent ProPublica report out today revealed that President Trump can draw money from his businesses at any time without disclosing it. I have two questions.  One, has the President withdrawn any money from his businesses since taking office?  And two, can the White House commit that the President will disclose future withdrawals if they take place?

        Source: wh.gov

        White House Press Brief: America is preparing for a new kind of war

        Executive news Highlights:

        • Executive order: Trade “abuse” policy report
        • Executive order: Countervailing duties: countries who “dump” imports into US economy underprice “American Companies.” 
        • DOJ files appeal to 9th circuit court.
        • States can drug test users of unemployment benefits.
        • Association manufacturer Outlook survey: 93% of manufacturers , who file for the survey, have a positive look on the outlook of future manufacturer business in America.
        • USA withdrew from TPP
        • USA is committed to NATO.

        Thinking Out Loud: Universities are Social Networks

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        What is a university?

        • Institution of higher learner.

        My Understanding:

        What if universities could all level up the services they provide their customers? I believe they can if they create the proper social networks for people to create useful connections for personal enhancement. 

        Currently people choose the school they want to go to based on the reputation of the school. The name of the school is a signal for others to determine what kind of social network you have access too. 

        This behavior can be seen through the social interactions between people. For example, when people first meet, they participate in a kind of dance through a questions and answers sessions. Questions are asked like where do you live, what do you do for work and where did you go to school? 

        These questions are really asking what social networks do you come from. This is a kind of epiphany for me.

        • If institutions are social networks, then are high performing networks reproducible? 

        The high performing networks I am referencing are “schools” like the Harvard’s​ or the Stanford’s​ of the world. The “communities” that people dream of living in. The “families” people have always wanted. These kinds of “social networks” I believe are reproducible in any environment. 


        What is an entrepreneur:

        • Someone who takes on and manages the risk of solving human issues. 

        These social networks are also used to create links to the entrepreneur community. Entrepreneur communities are always thinking about how to better serve people’s needs. This is how entrepreneur’s earn a living. 


        If I where an entrepreneur, I would ask myself: 

        • What are the needs I can work on in a particular kind of community? 

        This is the link of how to replicate templates of perceived successful communities.  

        If I use the framework of the entrepreneur community, who search for ways to better serve people, then all I have to do is observe, meet others and create relationships to discover people’s needs.


        Problem:

        There are not enough high performing social networks for people to connect with. 

        Solution:

        Create applications that replicate the attributes of the high performing social networks. 

        Examples of social networks:

        • Relationships 
        • Family
        • Friends
        • Community
        • School
        • Security
        • Health
        • Fitness


        My Understanding:

        An entrepreneur of a university creates the culture of a “kind of” university community that is different from being in an alumna association. 

        A university entrepreneur builds a social network on the internet through a web domain and links to the social network platforms people use to connect. 

        This can be started at the level of the individual. One person can build a template. Then establish an internet connection. Build a website. Connect to social networks. Connect digitally or real-time with individuals in the network through communication applications. Generate seeds to establish relationship links. 


        What I described above can be distilled down into terms like community organizers. Basically people or job titles who attempt to connect people (relationships, family, friends, teams, missionaries, alum, corporations) with eachother.

        Social Network Developer Function: party orginizer

        How to build a community:

        • Create a website connection of the community you want to estabish. For example: I created the Facebook page for Bridgeview Tribe. 
        • Introduce yourself to local neighbors. 
        • Establish a date to connect as neighbors. This begins the anchoring process for relationship establishment.
        • Create relevant content for digital social network.
        • Repeat process in different environments.

          Thinking Out Loud: Project Senate Class Developer

          What is a Senate Class Developer?

          • A person who creates, contributes, develops, to Open Source Projects.

          Why is this important?

          • I am getting older and I want to contribute my wealth (time) to the public. 


          This idea popped into my head as I was watching the Senate hearings, the Legislative hearings, the Intelligence hearings and the medias reporting on these topics. 

          I was disappointed that I didn’t have access to the kind of knowledge being discussed in public hearings through the media. The arguments being made by some and the talking  points being repeated by others was such a baddass experience to me. 

          Witnessing the intellectual chess moves being played by the Legislators was more fun to observe than listening to the pundits. These hearings contained important information for me to understand. 

          Why?

          Here is a bill presented in Congress. This bill wants to remove the old law of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care act” with a plan that promotes “Patient Centered Health Care.”

          What legislatorsadministrators, and judges do effect my life. And whenever you get to the stage in life when you care about the future, you’ve obviously hit the stage of being an old man. So this is how I would see my Merlin Archetype could be.

          My conclusion is I want to build a tool, for myself, that will allow me to be civic minded but in cyberspace. 

          What do you mean?

          Its my responsibility, as a member of team people, to cultivate human knowledge. All open source areas must be cultivated by the public. Open source software is the public domains intellectual property and because it’s ours to nurture, we must create institutions that can maintain the public’s legacy. 

          The internet is our public library. Our ancestors provided the seed money to the government to create the environment that our internet would emerge from. 

          It is now my responsibility to add to the legacy of team people. Im putting my mind down digitally because this is my version of playing and wearing the mask of a leader. And it’s safe to do because I have only one person to lead in my universe, which is me. 

          This is beginning of a new lifestyle framework for those who want to contribute and become part of the great conversation of life. 

          Lifestyle class:

          • We are all editors and publishers now. 
          • We are all librarians and researchers now.
          • We are all educators and students now. 

          I’ve asked myself “what do I want to do when I grow up?” I now have an answer. I’m going to play and add to the human knowledge database or what we call the internet. 

          How?

          The fastest way to enter this lifestyle is contribute to Open Source projects. The beauty of these lifestyle choices are the barrier of entry is network access. Which all public libraries provide. 

          Libraries provide computers for the public. Once you’re online, you can easily start contributing to cultivating your legacy. Leave your mark on the server. You’ve got time to do this because you’re decadent as phuk.

          Senate Class Developer Titles:

          • Wikipedia Editor 
          • Open Source Software Developer
          • Open Source Network Security Developer (cyber security developer)
          • Open Source Enterprise Projects (education, health care, insurance, contracts aka Bitcoin)