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DAVIDSON: Kids Are Too Wired, But It’s Not the Government’s Fault — Opinion

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Jeff Davidson

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Kids today unknowingly are virtual slaves of technology, even if they are content. It would be easy to uncork a fastball aimed at local, state, and federal government, accusing them of abandoning today’s children, and caring very little for their welfare. When you examine societies around the world, however, it is apparent that the phenomenon is occurring all over the globe.

The rise of the internet, which has its origins in U.S. military communications dating back 70 to 80 years, was inevitable. Television, which achieved critical mass in 1951, is an entertainment monster of which we’ve all been aware for decades. Today, in America, 10 times as many radio stations exist as when radio was first introduced.

Wired, Day In and Day Out

The onslaught of communication technology has long been in formation; sufficiently long for our populace to have adjusted to the level of potential intrusiveness. Have we adjusted, however? More specifically, have parents adjusted so as to be effective parents?

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A study of 2000 children conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation years back confirmed what we have all suspected: Today’s youth, ages 8 to 18, outside of school, are “wired” all day long. Young people today are connected to the Internet, use their cell phone, watch television, or listen to music with an MP3 player virtually all day that they are not in school or otherwise in a no connection zone such as church, underwater, or the dentist chair.

The Kaiser Family Foundation study also found that half of these young people are invested in electronic media “some” or “most of the time,” while they’re doing their homework. How well do these children perform when attempting to multitask in this manner? Those who earn the poorest grades in school and exhibit behavioral problems are the ones most likely to have engaged in time-consuming electronic media.

Disconnections and Distractions

Good parenting might help. The study found that a scant 30% of parents actually set time limits on the use of their children’s electronic devices. If parents once knew little about what their kids were doing when out of sight, they’re more removed today than ever before.

So, what of this current generation’s ability to engage in extensive, deep level thought? Will they have any capability for reflection? Will they be able to grapple with the philosophical questions that have perplexed humankind for at least two millennia? On a social level, can they converse with one another free of electronic media? Signs are evident that they increasingly do not, but it is unclear whether they cannot.

Observe any group of school-age children who hangout together during leisure hours. One or more will be immersed in text messaging, taking photographs, talking via cell phone to someone outside of the immediate group, or employing other gadgetry.

No Generation is an Island

Okay, it’s their world, and that’s how they interact with one another. What’s the big deal? For one, no generation exists exclusively and apart from other. People born before them, not just their parents, but employers, instructors, trainers, coaches, and teachers are going to be a part of their world for the foreseeable future. The people who are born after them might be even further drones of electronic media, or perhaps not.

Concentration levels have been falling among all age groups as electronic media infiltrates more and more aspects of people’s lives. Who can sit with a 320 page book, watch an intelligent author lecture on C-SPAN, or grapple with the intricacies of foreign-policy, none of which can be conveyed in 280-character Tweets, 10-second sound bites, or thumbed-out text messages?

If you find that your children are distracted, unable to focus for more than a scant amount of time, and not able to concentrate when it’s required, don’t blame your teachers. Don’t blame the administrators. Don’t blame government officials. Look to your own parenting; that is where the problem lies.

Take Charge or Take Cover

No outside help is on the horizon, the issue is squarely on your shoulders. The sooner you jump in, and take control, the better off your offspring will be, even if there is initial resistance and rebellion. Few avenues exist for empowering your children to use technology and not be abused by it.

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DirecTV Removes Conservative News Network in Blow to Free Speech

The move is just the latest incident in which conservative bandwidth has been arbitrarily limited, and it certainly won’t be the last. 

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In our nation, we’ve long held the belief that the diversity of opinion is a tool for sharpening our abilities and ingenuity.  The freedom to speak as you want is the best way to keep the evil among us from snatching up the entirety of the American Dream for themselves, and it levels the playing field among the masses.

That it why the latest move from DirecTV is so egregious.

The largest satellite provider in the United States said late Friday it will drop One America News, a move that could financially cripple the rightwing TV network known for fueling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

The announcement by DirecTV, which is 70% owned by AT&T, comes three months after a Reuters investigation revealed that OAN’s founder testified that AT&T inspired him to create the network. Court testimony also showed that OAN receives nearly all of its revenue from DirecTV.

The sudden change comes after years of cooperation.

DirecTV, with approximately 15 million subscribers, is by far OAN’s largest carrier. According to testimony by OAN’s accountant reviewed by Reuters, DirecTV provided 90% of the conservative network’s revenue.

“We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” DirecTV said in a statement.

The OAN-DirecTV contract is set to expire in the next several months. DirecTV began airing OAN in April 2017, a deal that began shortly after OAN and AT&T settled a lawsuit over alleged oral promises during negotiations.

The move is just the latest incident in which conservative bandwidth has been arbitrarily limited, and it certainly won’t be the last.

In our nation, we’ve long held the belief that the diversity of opinion is a tool for sharpening our abilities and ingenuity.  The freedom to speak as you want is the best way to keep the evil among us from snatching up the entirety of the American Dream for themselves, and it levels the playing field among the masses. That it why the latest move from DirecTV is so egregious. The largest satellite provider in the United States said late Friday it will drop One America News, a move that could financially cripple the rightwing TV network known for fueling conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. The announcement by DirecTV, which is 70% owned by AT&T, comes three months after a Reuters investigation revealed that OAN’s founder testified that AT&T inspired him to create the network. Court testimony also showed that OAN receives nearly all of its revenue from DirecTV. The sudden change comes after years of cooperation. DirecTV, with approximately 15 million subscribers, is by far OAN’s largest carrier. According to testimony by OAN’s accountant reviewed by Reuters, DirecTV provided 90% of the conservative network’s revenue. “We informed Herring Networks that, following a routine internal review, we do not plan to enter into a new contract when our current agreement expires,” DirecTV said in a statement. The OAN-DirecTV contract is set to expire in the next several months. DirecTV began airing OAN in April 2017, a deal that began shortly after OAN and AT&T settled a lawsuit over alleged oral promises during negotiations. The move is just the latest incident in which conservative bandwidth has been arbitrarily limited, and it certainly won’t be the last.

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My Pillow CEO Blackballed by Banking Institutions Over ‘Reputation Risk’

The left is taking their war on conservatism to absurd new lengths.

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As the 2022 midterm election remains just over the horizon, casting an already dark cloud over the coming months, there has been a concerted effort among those on the left side of the aisle to exploit the events of January 6th, 2021 for political gain.  And, as Democrats continue to fear for the worst in 2022, they are casting an ever wider net.

The tactic is essentially spray and pray:  Throw subpoenas and accusations all over the place, and then beg the heavens above that something sticks.

This is making life very difficult for those who are, or were once, associated with Donald Trump.  This includes the CEO of the My Pillow corporation, Mike Lindell.

During a Friday episode of right-wing political strategist Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, Lindell claimed that Heartland Financial and Minnesota Bank and Trust are attempting to “de-bank” him over concerns that they could face fallout related to having him as a client. During the podcast, Bannon and Lindell played an audio recording that they said was a call with a bank official.

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“Just because of our organization saying, ‘Well, why are we connected with somebody that could be in the news.’ And, not that the FBI is even sniffing and looking, but what if somebody came in and said, ‘You know what, we are gonna subpoena all his account records…and then also we make the news,'” the person in the recording said. “So it’s more of a reputation risk.”

Lindell went on to tell Bannon that the financial institutions want him to shutter his accounts within 30 days. But the pro-Trump businessman insisted that he is refusing to comply.

“I said, ‘I am not being part of this. I’m not leaving. So you’re going to have to throw me out of your bank,'” he said. During the segment, Bannon put the phone numbers and contact information of top officials at the institutions onscreen—urging supporters to call and complain.

And, finally…

“Where does it end everybody? Where does it end?” Lindell asked, suggesting that he is being persecuted for his controversial activism. He contended that the banks’ decision was related to his refusal to comply with the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 pro-Trump attack against the U.S. Capitol.

As the January 6th committee grows bolder and brasher, we should perhaps expect more examples of such political discrimination to make headlines.

As the 2022 midterm election remains just over the horizon, casting an already dark cloud over the coming months, there has been a concerted effort among those on the left side of the aisle to exploit the events of January 6th, 2021 for political gain.  And, as Democrats continue to fear for the worst in 2022, they are casting an ever wider net. The tactic is essentially spray and pray:  Throw subpoenas and accusations all over the place, and then beg the heavens above that something sticks. This is making life very difficult for those who are, or were once, associated with Donald Trump.  This includes the CEO of the My Pillow corporation, Mike Lindell. During a Friday episode of right-wing political strategist Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast, Lindell claimed that Heartland Financial and Minnesota Bank and Trust are attempting to “de-bank” him over concerns that they could face fallout related to having him as a client. During the podcast, Bannon and Lindell played an audio recording that they said was a call with a bank official. “Just because of our organization saying, ‘Well, why are we connected with somebody that could be in the news.’ And, not that the FBI is even sniffing and looking, but what if somebody came in and said, ‘You know what, we are gonna subpoena all his account records…and then also we make the news,'” the person in the recording said. “So it’s more of a reputation risk.” Lindell went on to tell Bannon that the financial institutions want him to shutter his accounts within 30 days. But the pro-Trump businessman insisted that he is refusing to comply. “I said, ‘I am not being part of this. I’m not leaving. So you’re going to have to throw me out of your bank,'” he said. During the…

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