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  • lczarnik 08:25 on March 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Six Little Stories !! 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ken W
    Date: 24 March 2017 at 22:39
    Subject: Fwd: Fw: Fwd: Six Little Stories !!

    All true!

    > Well worth the 30 seconds to read!
    > {1}
    > Once all villagers decided to pray for rain.
    > On the day of prayer all the people gathered,
    > but only one boy came with an umbrella.
    > That’s FAITH .
    > {2}
    > When you throw babies in the air,
    > they laugh because they know you will catch them.
    > That’s TRUST.
    > {3}
    > Every night we go to bed
    > without any assurance of being alive the next morning,
    > but still we set the alarms to wake up.
    > That’s HOPE.
    > {4}
    > We plan big things for tomorrow
    > in spite of zero knowledge of the future.
    > That’s CONFIDENCE.
    > {5}
    > We see the world suffering,
    > but still we get married and have children.
    > That’s LOVE.
    > {6}
    > On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence
    > ‘I am not 80 years old;
    > I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.’
    > That’s ATTITUDE.
    > Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories.
    > When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini-vacation.

  • lczarnik 14:59 on March 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Xmas pressie 

    Forwarded message
    From: Krystyna
    Date: 14 January 2009 at 18:42
    Subject: Xmas pressie


    If no attachment, uses this link –


  • lczarnik 10:51 on March 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    The Beauty of Night… (power point) 

    Forwarded message
    From: Luana
    Date: 26 February 2009 at 05:02
    Subject: Fwd: The Beauty of Night… (power point)
    These are incredible pictures.!! Marie

    This links to view the pps –


  • lczarnik 14:40 on March 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Perth as she was 

    Forwarded message
    From: Raymond
    Date: 25 March 2008 at 20:11
    Subject: Perth as she was

    Here is some interesting historical photos of Perth, Western Australia..

    [LC note – just a quick tip. There were no captions, and while some have it written on the photo, most do not. So, roll your mouse / cursor over the photo and then look in the bottom left hand corner of your browser. An if your browser is set a particular way, you will be able to see the name of the photo file. The 1st one is czarniklife.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/a000018.jpg, so it’s a000018 (makes no sense). BUT the 3rd one ends in “st-georges-tce”. At least it’s better than “Where the heck is that?”]

    BTW, there are 39 images files. Be careful as a small one is 3 shots in one (I had to count it twice to get the 39 and the 3 shots together just count as 1 file.

    Enjoy, we did!]

  • lczarnik 14:57 on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Where fake news goes to die 

    How Snopes battles Bigfoot rumors, Facebook fibs and other made-up news

    By Doug Criss, CNN

    Updated 2004 GMT (0404 HKT) March 10, 2017

    Calabasas, California (CNN)The command center in the war against fake news isn’t in some network’s conference room or tech startup’s offices. It’s in a large ranch home nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, just north of Los Angeles.

    It’s here, in a long, wood-paneled room, that David Mikkelson works to keep the Internet safe from urban legends, falsehoods and lies with his myth-busting website, Snopes.com.
    On this particular day, the day after President Trump’s big speech to Congress, Mikkelson and his staff are checking out a claim from social media that some prominent Democrats refused to stand and applaud when Trump honored a Navy SEAL’s widow during his address.
    “It’s not true,” Mikkelson chuckles to himself, while doing research on the computer at his desk. And he’s right. Snopes determined, by examining video coverage of the speech, that the pictures used in social media posts — of Democrats sitting and not clapping — were from an earlier part of Trump’s speech and not from when the president honored the widow. Mikkelson rated the claim “false.”
    It’s what Mikkelson, the co-owner and co-founder of Snopes, has been doing for more than two decades.
    Name a meme or myth that sounds shady, and he and his team have probably busted it.
    That time Donald Trump said Republicans are “the dumbest group of voters?” There’s no proof he ever said it.
    Fearful that Facebook is going to start charging? For the umpteenth time, no it’s not.
    Saw proof that Bigfoot is real? Nope, that was just another elaborate hoax.
    Snopes is the first place a lot of people go when they’re not quite sure about what they’ve seen online. But Mikkelson and others who run the site have aspirations to be more than just a debunker of fake news.
    They want it to be a place where people come for real news, too.
    Snopes is the name of a family of characters who appear in novels by William Faulkner. Mikkelson's Calabasas home contains a series of Faulkner Snopes books.
    Snopes is the name of a family of characters who appear in novels by William Faulkner. Mikkelson’s Calabasas home contains a series of Faulkner Snopes books.

    Was Walt Disney’s body really frozen?

    Mikkelson started Snopes — named after a family of characters in William Faulkner novels — more than 20 years ago with his now ex-wife. Back then, in 1994, he wasn’t trying to launch a debunker of myths. He was just playing around with this shiny new thing called the Internet.
    “I worked for a large computer company, so I was on the Internet before most people knew there was an Internet,” Mikkelson told CNN from his home office in Calabasas.
    On one of the Internet’s earliest discussion boards, Mikkelson started out writing about the biggest urban legends surrounding all things Disney.
    “I started with stuff about (Walt) Disney — like, is he really frozen?” he said. (No, he is not.) Next came the rumors about salacious things supposedly hidden in Disney movies.
    Then he turned his attention to urban legends and myths of all kinds. This was all before social media, YouTube or even search engines. But word got around and people started seeking out Mikkelson’s site.
    “People on the Internet who knew about it just started making it the go-to place for anything they came across that was questionable,” Mikkelson said. “They wanted to know if something was true (and) they’d start sending stuff to us.”
    In those early days people often wanted to know about things like computer virus warnings and missing children reports, almost all of which were hoaxes.
    And Mikkelson was content with his little hobby.
    “I had no journalistic pretensions,” he said. “I had no idea of running a business or making money or employing other people or anything like that.”
    That all changed one day after a trip to the mailbox. Mikkelson had put a few banner ads on the site to help defray the costs associated with it. Then he got a check in the mail for $16.
    “I was looking at it and wondering, ‘who sent me $16?’ Finally I realized it was the advertising from the site. I was so excited,” he said. “I got paid this just purely as the product of my own creativity and effort and not working for anyone else.”
    Snopes has grown to a team of 12 editorial employees scattered across the country.
    Snopes has grown to a team of 12 editorial employees scattered across the country.
    And as traffic to his site grew, so did the checks. They grew from a couple of hundred dollars a month to a couple of thousand to almost what he was making at his day job at the computer company. He began thinking he could make a living running Snopes as a full-time business. But when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, Mikkelson decided it probably wasn’t the best time to strike it rich in the wilds of the Internet.
    But then came September 11, 2001, and all of the associated conspiracy theories and rumors that sprang up after the terrorist attacks.
    Traffic to Snopes soared.
    “We were kind of like the only site out there that was tracking and writing about all the 9/11 rumors and conspiracy theories that were on the Internet,” he said. “The traditional news media weren’t doing that.”
    But the media did start noticing the work Snopes was doing with 9/11 conspiracy stories, and they began contacting Mikkelson.
    “We were the ones that CNN and ’20/20′ and ABC News called on” when they wanted to do feature stories on that topic, he said. Snopes traffic soared again.
    In 2002 Mikkelson was laid off from the computer company and got about a year’s worth of severance pay. He thought he’d have no better opportunity to make Snopes a full-time gig.

    ‘Unique set of skills’

    Today, Snopes has grown from essentially a one-man band to a team of 12 editorial employees (including four staff writers and two contract writers) and a handful of operations staff to handle the technical and business side of things.
    “We exist as a small scrappy team with a unique set of skills,” said Vinny Green, Snopes’ director of business development and, through a San Diego company called Proper Media, one of its co-owners. ” We try to make the biggest impact that we can.”
    Snopes managing editor Brooke Binkowski, left, and Vinny Green, director of business development.
    Snopes managing editor Brooke Binkowski, left, and Vinny Green, director of business development.
    Snopes doesn’t really have an office. All of the editorial employees are spread out across the country and work remotely, although Green said they do try to get everyone together under one roof a couple of times a year.
    On this day, Green’s townhome in San Diego’s breezy Pacific Beach neighborhood served as an office of sorts, as he and managing editor Brooke Binkowski met to work on the site.
    The things that Snopes works on are determined by its readers. Green said Snopes receives about 1,500 emails a day. They are all read and sorted by an employee in Boston, who passes these story leads on to Mikkelson and Binkowski.
    They also get story ideas from a private Facebook group which has 80,000 members, as well as from what people search for when they log onto the site.
    “If we’re getting a lot of emails on something, we’ll check it out,” said Binkowski, a journalist whose career includes stints at Southern California Public Radio, CBS Radio and CNN. So the daily workload is determined mostly by “email and our own discretion.”
    Staff members take the story ideas, check out the claims and then write them up, sometimes adding a rating of “true,” “false,” “unproven” or “mixture.”
    Some stories can be done in as fast as 30 minutes. The really outlandish stuff — the stories that Binkowski and Mikkelson call the “low-hanging fruit” — is the easiest to debunk. Among these are a fake report that tweens are smoking bed bugs to get high, or Photoshopped pics like the one that shows track legend Jesse Owens shaking hands with Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympics.
    Other, more nuanced stories can take the staff weeks to work through before they are given a rating. Then Binkowski and Mikkelson give all stories one final look before they are published to the site.
    Vinny Green, in his San Diego apartment, is concerned with the numbers on both the front and back ends of the site.
    Vinny Green, in his San Diego apartment, is concerned with the numbers on both the front and back ends of the site.

    Jeff Sessions and legal marijuana

    Binkowski, with Mikkelson editing up in L.A., is sorting through an eclectic buffet of items on this day. One potential story is a report that claims 150 people have being killed by pit bulls in the last five years.
    But Binkowski — typing away on a laptop while seated on a brown bean bag in Green’s sparsely furnished bachelor pad/office — is skeptical because it comes from a site she says has put out misleading information in the past.
    Snopes writers are also checking out other claims:
    • A report that Sterling Heights, Michigan, has “submitted” to Sharia law by allowing a mosque to be built in a residential area (turns out the mosque is being built after a lawsuit was settled, not because of Sharia law)
    • A Dutch researcher who predicts big earthquakes in the US, the Philippines, Chile, Peru and Indonesia because of planetary alignment (scientists have shot that one down)
    • And a claim from a Canadian study that chicken from fast food restaurants is only half chicken.
    But Binkowski’s favorite this day is a claim that Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated that legal marijuana has led to an increase in violent crime. A Snopes writer is checking to see if this supposed link is one that needs to be debunked. It is, and they did.
    “Jeff Sessions needs to come hang out in my neighborhood,” Binkowski says, giggling, “because the whole place smells like pot 24-7 and it’s super safe.”
    Binkowski says her staffers' daily workload is determined mostly by "email and our own discretion."
    Binkowski says her staffers’ daily workload is determined mostly by “email and our own discretion.”

    The Trump effect

    About three years ago Snopes.com averaged about 6 to 7 million visitors a month, according to information provided by Green.
    But then came the epic 2016 presidential election. The site’s traffic exploded to about 20 million visitors a month during the primaries and political conventions. By the time the election rolled around last November, more than 28 million people went to the site that month.
    The day after the election was the busiest in Snopes’ history. Green said 2.5 million people visited the site that day. Before that it had been averaging 750,000 visitors a day.
    And in the age of Trump, it hasn’t slowed down. Mikkelson and his new wife, Elyssa, got married two days before the election and went to China for their honeymoon because they figured things would die down after Election Day. They were wrong on that one.
    So was Binkowski. She had planned a week-long vacation — a camping and backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada mountains — after the election. She had to cancel it because the workload only increased after the votes were counted.
    According to Alexa, a web analytics firm, more people in the US visit Snopes than either of its two main fact-checking rivals, Politifact and FactCheck.org.

    Facebook friends

    In December, Snopes became one of a group of online fact-checkers helping Facebook label some stories on its pages as fake news.
    The plan calls for “flags” to be appended to 100% bogus stories shared by users. For example, a popular made-up story during the election, which claimed Pope Francis had endorsed Donald Trump, would be accompanied by a red label that says “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.”
    Facebook says it is not deciding what’s true or false. The deciders are Snopes and other fact-checking groups — ABC News, Politifact and FactCheck.org — that have committed to an International Fact Checking Code of Principles recently established by the Poynter Institute.
    Snopes staffers say fake news is getting more sophisticated, making their job more crucial.
    Snopes staffers say fake news is getting more sophisticated, making their job more crucial.
    People sometimes need help in discerning what’s real and what’s not, because fake news is getting more sophisticated. A new, highly profitable industry has sprung up in which shady operators with various motives create fake stories, videos and pictures specifically crafted to mislead readers and be shared on social media. The more clicks and shares, the more profit for the creators.
    “These headlines … are written specifically to elicit an emotion. That’s how the scammers make their money,” Binkowski said, noting that you are more likely to share that story you see on Facebook or Twitter if you have an emotional connection with it.
    “They are not just written to inform. I keep telling people if you read a headline and (after reading it) you’re ticked off and you’re angry and you’re frustrated, then double check that source because you need to know whether or not it’s legitimate.”
    There used to be a feeling among the staff of “how can people fall for this crap?” But Green said we must start cutting people some slack, because today’s fake news is refined and engineered to deceive users.
    “These websites are designed to be as misleading as possible,” said Green, who described creators of fake news as professional scam artists. “This industry that’s been created can dupe even the most sophisticated reader. And I think that’s important to realize.”
    Green says there are people out there “creating fake websites that look like real publications solely to generate revenue and mislead people. What’s the expectation that people are immune from that?”
    Green says Snopes is now combatting fake-news sites that "are designed to be as misleading as possible."
    Green says Snopes is now combatting fake-news sites that “are designed to be as misleading as possible.”

    Left versus right

    How does Snopes support itself? This has turned into a conspiracy theory all its own, with many people convinced that liberal billionaire George Soros is bankrolling the site.
    Advertising is Snopes’ only source of revenue, and Mikkelson — who calls Soros “an all-purpose bogeyman” for people on the right — said his site has no donors or sponsors backing it.
    He said Snopes has no political leanings, doesn’t accept political advertising and does not advocate for issues on the left or on the right. But many conservatives consider it a left-leaning site.
    Mikkelson said that has to do with the history of the political web.
    “When we started out doing this, for quite a long time like 90 percent of the political stuff that went around on the Internet was anti-Democratic, anti-liberal. That’s what mostly we were debunking,” he said. “So people would say so if you’re spending all your time debunking this stuff about Democrats or liberals it must be because you’re one yourself.”
    It’s much more even now, with people on either side of the political landscape equally upset with Snopes’ work.
    The stuff we write now gets “complaints from both sides,” Mikkelson said. “If everybody’s mad at us, we must be doing something right.”
    Binkowski, as the site’s lead journalist, gets her share of grief on social media. “I have grown a much thicker skin,” she said.
    Mikkelson: "I often feel like we're not really changing anybody's mind."
    Mikkelson: “I often feel like we’re not really changing anybody’s mind.”

    More than myth-busting

    Almost everyone involved with Snopes wants it to grow into more than just a website that debunks stuff. Snopes also wants to become a major player in the world of journalism.
    Mikkelson, Binkowski and Green all want to grow the site’s editorial staff so that Snopes can do more original reporting. Mikkelson wants to increase the Snopes’ offerings to include original videos, podcasts and real-time fact checking.
    Snopes actually sent a staff member, L.A.-based journalist Bethania Palma, to cover the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota. She promptly broke news there in December as the first to report that the Army Corps of Engineers had denied the easement needed to complete the pipeline, temporarily blocking the project.
    Brooke Binkowski, left, and Vinny Green are temporarily working out of Green's bare-bones condo near San Diego.
    Brooke Binkowski, left, and Vinny Green are temporarily working out of Green’s bare-bones condo near San Diego.
    The pipeline project has since been revived under the Trump administration.
    Green said Palma’s work at Standing Rock created a real “paradigm shift” in Snopes staffers’ thinking and pointed to where they’d like to take the site in the future.
    Despite all his success, Mikkelson admits to sometimes getting frustrated because he feels he’s just preaching to the choir.
    “I often feel like we’re not really changing anybody’s mind,” he said. “The people who use the site are the people who are looking for something that confirms what they already think.
    “But the people whose beliefs are being challenged, who think something is really true, and we’re saying it’s false, they’ll just say (Snopes) isn’t credible or it’s biased or it’s not qualified. Yeah, it’s kind of disconcerting at times.”
    Still, he and the staff press on, proud of the site’s 20-year legacy. There are always more emails to sift through, more rumors to investigate, more fake news to be punctured.
    The truth awaits.

    CNN’s Brian Stelter contributed to this report.

    Screenshot 2017-03-11 14.54.13


    • lczarnik 15:24 on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      This is one of the most important articles you may ever read if you are interested in knowing if the news you read is fake or not. PLEASE read the entire article, including the part that details how contrary to belief that it is liberal, it strives to be apolitical. Also lists other fact checking sites and standards that have been established on HOW to judge fake news.

      In case you want to see the original article, in it’s original setting, here is the link –


      On occasion, we have commented in line of an article we believe to be untrue using Snopes. We now have even MORE confidence in their fact checking and reliability.

      2017MR11 15:20 Sydney, MR10 23:20 US EST

  • lczarnik 08:19 on March 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    I don’t think so… (Beijing Fast Food) 

    Forwarded message
    From: Luana
    Date: 15 June 2008 at 01:37
    Subject: Fwd: I don’t think so…

    [alternative to attachment – https://1drv.ms/b/s!AqEOLiTwYPTMgckzWk2G3bIZKwcAhQ ]


  • lczarnik 15:39 on March 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    BEN STEIN: Remarks on CBS on Sunday Morning! 

    Forwarded message
    From: Carol Z
    Date: 5 March 2017 at 03:38
    Subject: BEN STEIN: Remarks on CBS on Sunday Morning!

    Let us all pray for America and our President & Cabinet more than ever before.
    God Bless America 🙏🇺🇸

    > The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS
    > Sunday Morning Commentary
    > My confession:
    > I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think
    > Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think
    > people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around,
    > period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an
    > explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I
    > don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
    > Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that
    > we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as
    > we understand Him?
    > I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot
    > of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where
    > the America we knew went to.
    > In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is
    > a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not
    > funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
    > In light of recent events–terrorists attacks, school
    > shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she
    > was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t
    > want prayer in our schools, and we said OK
    > Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible
    > says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor
    > as yourself. And we said OK
    > Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they
    > misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we
    > might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide).
    > We said an expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said
    > okay.
    > Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why
    > they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to
    > kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
    > Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it
    > out. I think it has a great deal to do with, WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.
    > Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the
    > world’s going to hell.
    > Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
    > Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like
    > wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord,
    > people think twice about sharing.
    > Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through
    > cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school
    > and workplace
    > Are you laughing yet?
    > Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many
    > on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or
    > what they will think of you for sending it.
    > Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us
    > than what God thinks of us.
    > Pass it on if you think it has merit.
    > If not, then just discard it. No one will know you did. But, if you
    > discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what
    > bad shape the world is in.
    > My Best Regards, Honestly and Respectfully,
    > Ben Stein

  • lczarnik 15:19 on March 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    the BBQ 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ralph & Barbara
    Date: 2 May 2008 at 09:19
    Subject: Fwd: Fw: Fw: the BBQ

    Turn your speakers on
    This is my idea of retirement.

    Link to PPS


  • lczarnik 09:09 on March 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Seasons in the Sun 

    Forwarded message
    From: Ian & Trish
    Date: 22 January 2008 at 15:49
    Subject: FW: [Fwd: Emailing: Seasons in the Sun.pps]

    Jackie is looking forward to her holiday but had time to send this email, and it’s only Tuesday
    Ian & Trish

    Dear all,
    Thought you might get a laugh from this…especially us more mature people who were feeling that THEY are the only ones! Sound is a bit loud and I think the lyrics could be inappropriate..that is it I could hear them!
    Take Care, not long til the sanity break,


  • lczarnik 15:34 on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Remo & Eileen   

    How did DeNiro do this without laughing??? sooooooooo funny 

    Forwarded message
    From: remo and eileen
    Date: 20 January 2008 at 22:45
    Subject: FW: How did DeNiro do this without laughing??? sooooooooo funny



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