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16May/210

20 Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents

Inspecting for a new mode to make money from dwelling? Now are 20 organizations that you can start with very little money.

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6May/210

Tech enthusiasts shouldn’t forget about Earth Day

Let's come together to help heal the planet as we salve ourselves.

Now that we're securely into time two of the COVID-1 9 pandemic, it's easy to forget that another Earth Day is almost upon us; but sure enough, it'll be here in just a few days. Many traditional environmental pressures and stressors have easy a bit over the past year due to fewer parties driving, flying, and moving about. More and more corporations have been previously started to shape sustainability a most important, and even a core, principle in their missions and business activities. Still, those improvements are not nearly enough to deal with the constant and growing threat of environmental pollution, financial disparity, and climate change.

We all have a role to play in making this world a better place for ourselves and future generations -- not just this Earth Day 2021, but for all days moving forward. With that in brain, here are some paths that we as supporters can do our role to practice more wary and sustainable technology consumption, utilization, and disposal. I'm sure that much of this is familiar to you, but I think it's all-important and bears repeating -- this week in particular.

What is Earth Day?

As a speedy refresher for those who may have forgotten, the first Earth Day was celebrated over 50 year ago. In 1970, environmentalists in the U.S. rallied to get authorities, corporations, and the public to pay attention to the drastic difficulties affliction the planet due to lax regulation and a general shortcoming of foresight. By 1990, the campaign had gone global, and in fact, the EarthDay.org website says the incident is the "largest secular observance in the world, differentiated by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and organize global, national, and local policy changes."

Earth Day 2021 is on Thursday, April 22.

How you can help

As I mentioned above, there are a lot of ways that you, as a tech lover and purchaser, can celebrate the minds of the Earth Day by being more mindful in your habit and consumption of technology.

Look for more sustainable companies and designs the next time you buy

Companies large and small have been meeting major sustainability commitments over the past few years in the areas of design, make, package, deployment, and even energy management. Take a look into what some of them are doing, and consider supporting them the next time you need to make a technology purchase. Vote for the planet with your acts and your pocketbook!

Depending on which are available where you live, both Fairphone and Teracube clear some really good sustainable and repairable phones, with the end goal being that you use your manoeuvres for longer to keep them out of landfills. Teracube does this by abusing recycled substances in the process of drafting its telephones and by providing four years of service and protection. Fairphone works to move the entire lifecycle of its inventions more sustainable, including information, quarrying, proletariat, and shipping. Its manoeuvres are also the most repairable around, and you can replace places for years. The corporation recently ported Android 9 to its five-year-old Fairphone 2 designs, and the committee is also passes users the option to buy maneuvers with / e/ OS pre-installed. Lenovo has committed to hitting dramatically reduced emission aims and to use more sustainable fabrics in its produces from the most advanced laptops to everyday carry backpacks. Both Google and Amazon have been introducing more recycled textiles in their designs, including the mesh speaker cover-ups on Nest and Echo orators, as well as the metal and materials inside the maneuvers like the Echo( 4th Gen ). Additionally, Google has pledged to make all of its product packaging plastic-free by 2025, and Amazon is pledging to offset Echo device energy usage. I rushed the firearm a bit in my 2020 year-end editorial when I called for Samsung to be a better president in the sustainability space because it has actually made some pretty impressive commitments of its own in this area. In addition to being recognized for its sustainability endeavours by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the company has recently propelled a partnership with uBreakiFix. The Erase E-Waste challenge is a six-week initiative aimed at "encouraging consumers to sort through their unused electronics and recycle unwanted inventions free of charge at uBreakiFix points through Earth Day." And let's not forget about all of the supplementaries like phone cases, chargers, and other maneuvers that we've for years regarded as essentially disposable. There actually are many environmentally-friendly phone supplements and tech commodities for its further consideration, so perhaps look there first when you need or demand something new?

Remember the 3Rs -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You've probably sounded this before very, but I'll repeat it because it's so very true.

The most sustainable device is the one you already own.

While it's awesome that forward-thinking business like Teracube and Fairphone are making more sustained maneuvers, don't just go rush out and buy one to form yourself feel better if the phone you have works just fine. Of route, this sensibility holds true for any product, from sneakers to coffee makers to Chromebooks.

Last week, I drove an hour and a half to trip my 94 -year-old grandmother, whom I hadn't seen in person since before the pandemic began. Thankfully, well both various weeks walk away from get our final vaccines and had been practicing responsible social distancing, so it was an absolute joy to be able to see her and grip her in person. Right before I was going to leave, she drew me into her garage and entrust me an old-fashioned shoebox. In it were various old telephones( smart and dumb) that she didn't need or miss anymore.

She would like to know whether I were gonna help taken into consideration these properly because she knew how bad it was to throw them in the trash, just for their artilleries and other components to pollute a landfill. Plus, she well known some of them may still work and could benefit someone in need. I can't tell you how heartened I felt that she had saved these devices for environmental and philanthropic reasons; in addition to the visit, that gesticulate perfectly procreated my week.

The sordid story of phone disposal is one that many of us are familiar with by now, but a lot of people still don't know what to do when they are done with their age-old devices. Whether they are no longer operational or you really require a new maneuver, there are plenty of ways to give new life to your aged telephones. In reality, we have a great guide on how to recycle or donate your old Android phone. There are also many ways to sell your gently abused maneuvers, which has the added benefit of putting a little money back in your pocket while letting your device have an extended lifespan. So remember the 3Rs when you're looking to clean out that junk drawer or closet!

I apologize if this comes across as too preachy or naive. I know that this is a lot to take in, but I rightfully believe that living more sustainably is something we all need to work on. Taking better care of the planet by being more mindful with our technology consumption and usage advantages everyone. Remember that this Earth Day week, and remember to taken into consideration yourselves as well!

-- Jeramy

Read more: androidcentral.com

8Mar/210

Vaccination and Censorship: The Truth Will Set Us Free

On December 22, 2020, a nonprofit limited company based in Great Britain that calls itself the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH)1,2,3 published a report titled "The Anti-Vaxx Playbook."4

It contains false and misleading information about the Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination, which was sponsored by the 39-year-old U.S. nonprofit educational charity the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), and held online in October 2020. Promotion of the CCDH report resulted in the spreading of fake news and misinformation by mainline media outlets in Great Britain and the U.S.5,6,7,8,9

NVIC's pay-for-view digital conference10 was transparently open to the public and featured presentations by 51 speakers from the U.S. and other countries discussing vaccine science, public health policy and law, informed consent and civil liberties.

Dedicated to "Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century," the conference was made available on February 2, 2021 for free viewing online. Go to NVIC.org11 to access the conference website and watch all of the presentations.

CCDH Misinformation Campaign Designed to Discredit, Destroy NVIC

Influence Watch, which monitors individuals and groups that influence12 public policy, describes CCDH as a "London-based advocacy group that targets accused 'hate groups' and individuals for de-platforming campaigns to remove them from major social media outlets" and "has ties to the left-wing British Labour Party and British left-progressivism."13

The anonymously funded CCDH also has an office in Washington, D.C. and the defamatory publicity campaign created in December 2020 was designed to not only discredit NVIC's four-decade public record of working within the U.S. democratic system to secure vaccine safety and informed consent protections in public health policies and laws, but to destroy our small charity.

The misinformation campaign was spearheaded by the CEO of CCDH, who is a political operative14 personally affiliated with Great Britain's socialist Labour Party.15,16,17

The report deceived readers by describing NVIC's 2020 conference as a meeting "recently held in private over three days," which implied secrecy,18 even though the event was transparently open to the public just like the four previous vaccination conferences NVIC hosted in 1997, 2000, 2002 and 2009.19

One British tabloid read the report and described NVIC's public conference as a "private conference call" where "secret plans" were plotted to "launch the largest ever misinformation campaign about vaccines."20

Last summer, CCDH published their first report alleging that Big Tech companies operating social media platforms make big profits by allowing individuals and organizations criticizing vaccine science, policy and law to message on their platforms,21 and should take stronger action to censor online public conversations about vaccination that do not conform with the "scientific consensus that vaccines are safe."22,23

That July 2020 report was promoted by mainline media outlets in Britain24,25,26,27 and the U.S.28 However, CCDH's report published five months later in December 2020, which created fake news and misinformation about NVIC's conference, contained even more inflammatory rhetoric.

It demonized those who criticize vaccine safety as "malignant actors,"29 and CCDH demanded that companies and governments virtually eliminate individuals or groups publishing information online that fails to align with government and industry narratives about vaccination and public health policy.

In that report, CCDH ordered Big Tech companies and governments to censor and punish dissenters, charging that "anything less than the dismantling of these individuals' profiles, pages and groups and permanent denial of service, now they know what is happening, is willing acquiescence."30

On January 18, 2021, the anonymously funded CCDH once again publicly attacked the National Vaccine Information Center, this time for applying for a U.S. Paycheck Protection Program loan to secure the continued employment of NVIC's 21 workers during massive nationwide unemployment caused by lockdowns.

The British nonprofit company appeared to suggest that the U.S. government should not have been viewpoint-neutral in granting relief loans, but should have applied an ideological litmus test to NVIC's loan request that was made to retain employees during catastrophic economic hardship caused by lockdowns that have affected donations to charities.31

CCDH CEO Imran Ahmed said, "Lending money to these organizations so they can prosper is a sickening use of taxpayer money."32 Once again, mainline media outlets in Britain and the U.S. widely promoted CCDH's allegations.33,34,35,36,37

Six months of orchestrated public attacks on NVIC by CCDH have generated hate mail to our small charity, which was founded and has been led by parents of vaccine-injured children for four decades.38

Strong Freedom of Dissent History in US

I was born into a post-World War II generation in the U.S., a generation known for challenging the status quo and exercising the right to dissent, which is protected under the U.S. Constitution.39

Whether it was advocating for the right to listen to rock 'n' roll and joining antinuclear protests in the 1950s,40,41 or marching in support of civil rights and opposing an undeclared war in Asia in the 1960s,42,43 or women fighting for equal opportunity and pay and consumer activists working for environmental protection and car safety laws in the 1970s,44,45,46,47 or mothers protesting against drunk drivers48 and choosing a drug-free birth and breastfeeding for their babies in the 1980s,49,50 the baby boomer generation has been known for exercising freedom of thought and speech. 

Contentious social, political and health issues of the 20th century sparked heated debates on college campuses,51 where students could still explore, critique and openly search for truth, and in mainline newspapers, magazines and radio and television stations, where point/counterpoint examination of controversial topics was the hallmark of good journalism because public debate is the hallmark of free speech.

The America where I grew up in the mid-20th century was a beacon of hope for people living behind the Iron Curtain52 and in other totalitarian or authoritarian societies,53 where exercise of freedom of thought, speech and conscience and the right to dissent and peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances had been eliminated, where people had been turned into silent indentured servants working to serve a small ruling class in control of the state.54

Statists, who believe that economic control and planning must be in the hands of a highly centralized government,55 are always afraid of the truth, afraid that people armed with knowledge will act together to challenge control of the state by a powerful and privileged few.

Without Debate, Without Criticism 'No Republic Can Survive'

I was in junior high school when President John F. Kennedy addressed the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1961. He said:56

"Without debate, without criticism no administration and no country can succeed and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.

And that is why our press was protected by the First Amendment — the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution — not primarily to amuse and entertain, not to emphasize the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply 'give the public what it wants' — but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crises and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion."

He closed with these words:

"So it is to the printing press — to the recorder of man's deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news — that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help, man will be what he was born to be: free and independent."

That speech given 60 years ago was a ringing endorsement for freedom of the press. Yet, in the 21st century, it is becoming clear that there are political operatives and corporations seeking to censor freedom of thought and speech by citizen journalists publishing analysis and perspective on the worldwide web, an electronic communications network that has been the world's biggest forum for free speech over the past quarter century.57,58

Right to Dissent, Freedom of Speech Under Assault in America

The right to dissent59 and exercise freedom of thought, speech and conscience60 is under assault in America,61 even though these cherished civil liberties are codified into the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. And civil liberties are under assault internationally in other nations with representative democracies, as well.62

Today, political operatives are pressuring government, media corporations and other institutions to eliminate freedom of speech, especially public conversations about vaccine science, policy and law.63,64,65

Spirited public debate about vaccine safety and mandatory vaccination laws has been going on for more than two centuries.66,67 What is the justification for censoring that public conversation now and punishing those who engage in it with economic and social sanctions?68,69

And if the public conversation about vaccination and health can be censored, what topic will be the next one put on the "no fly" list?70,71

NVIC: Working to Reform Vaccine Policy and Law for Decades

I am a co-founder and president of the highly rated nonprofit educational charity established in 1982 and known today as the National Vaccine Information Center.72,73 Our mission is to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths through public education. NVIC does not make vaccine use recommendations. We advocate for the human and legal right to make informed and voluntary decisions about vaccination without being coerced or punished for the decision made.74

Our not-for-profit charitable organization was established for one reason: We were mothers and fathers of children brain injured by the highly reactive pertussis vaccine in the DPT shot and we wanted a safer pertussis vaccine to replace the one that had hurt our children. That goal was accomplished after 14 years of consumer advocacy when a less reactive acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine was licensed for babies in the U.S. in 1996.75

We also wanted parents to have access to accurate and full information about the risks and complications of both diseases and vaccines before children are vaccinated, so parents and pediatricians could work together to identify those children who are more susceptible to vaccine reactions and protect their health.

That is why we worked with Congress to secure vaccine safety informing, recording, reporting and research provisions in the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, a law in which the U.S. government officially acknowledged for the first time that vaccine safety should be made a national priority because federally licensed and recommended and state mandated childhood vaccines can and do cause permanent injuries and even death for some children.76,77,78

We are not all the same. We do not all react the same way to pharmaceutical products,79,80,81 which is why our organization has strongly supported research into genetic, epigenetic, environmental and other risk factors that make some individuals more susceptible to adverse responses to vaccination.82,83

We believe every life is important, and that the lives of those harmed by vaccines and infectious diseases should be equally valued and protected.

We believe that consumer advocacy has and should continue to play an active role in holding pharmaceutical companies and government agencies accountable for vaccine product safety, and we are dedicated to working responsibly within the democratic system of this Constitutional Republic to make health policy and law safer and more effective for everyone.84,85,86

Since 1988, I and other NVIC representatives have served as consumer members of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, Vaccine Policy Analysis Collaborative and other federal and state public engagement projects discussing vaccine science, policy and law issues with vaccine developers, federal and state health officials, medical trade and pharmaceutical industry representatives, and members of other nonprofit organizations.87,88,89

My 22 years of service as a consumer member on federal advisory committees and public engagement projects includes four years as a member of the Institute of Medicine Vaccine Safety Forum at the National Academy of Science, where I helped to coordinate public workshops on vaccine science, policy and law issues90 and was an editor for the report on Risk Communication and Vaccination published by the National Academy Press. That report importantly stated:91

"The goal that all parties share regarding vaccine risk communication should be informed decision making. Consent for vaccination is truly 'informed' when the members of the public know the risks and benefits and make voluntary decisions.

The discussion of mandatory vaccination at the workshop suggested that it may interfere with informed consent and may damage trust and deter effective communication, and thus needs to be carefully weighed against its benefits."

We believe the human right to freedom of thought, speech and conscience should be respected, not devalued. As public health regulations and laws are being created during the coronavirus pandemic to restrict or eliminate civil liberties,92 we should be encouraging people to have civil conversations about vaccination, health and autonomy. Americans should be welcomed by legislators to participate in — not be shut out of — the democratic law making process.93

When people feel disenfranchised and believe that those in power do not care about their lives or the lives of their children, that is when trust in government is lost and people let fear, anger and despair control their actions. Empowering people with knowledge and the hope they can help effect meaningful change if they do it in a rational and constructive way has always been one of NVIC's guiding principles.94

Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination Features Principled, Courageous Speakers

I want to thank the generous sponsors and attendees of the Fifth International Public Conference on Vaccination: Protecting Health and Autonomy in the 21st Century, who helped to make it financially possible for NVIC to host a virtual conference last fall.95

The conference had been scheduled for two years to be held in October 2020 in a hotel in the Washington, D.C. area. When travel and social distancing restrictions were enacted in the spring of 2020, we had to make a choice between canceling the conference or pivoting to a pay-for-view online public conference.

We chose to hold the conference online because we knew that the controversial issues being debated in the public square this year needed a public forum where well-anchored information and perspective could be presented.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the more than two dozen principled and courageous scientists, physicians, holistic health professionals, authors, attorneys, faith leaders, parents of vaccine injured children and civil and human rights activists, who represent diverse areas of expertise and participated in our conference.96

NVIC Will Not Abandon Our Mission

No matter how many political operatives, corporations and institutions threaten and try to discredit NVIC and our work in order to silence us, we will not abandon our 40-year mission dedicated to preventing vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and defending the ethical principle of informed consent. We are moving forward with faith and resolve that we can secure a future for America that protects health and autonomy in the 21st century.

Because we know that if the state can tag, track down and force individuals against their will to be injected with biologicals of known and unknown toxicity today, then there will be no limit on which individuals' freedoms the state can take away in the name of the greater good tomorrow.

Be the one who never has to say you did not do today what you could have done to change tomorrow. It's your health. Your family. Your choice. And our mission continues. No forced vaccination. Not in America.

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