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in the style of Dr. Seuss

We all remember Dr. Seuss,
as famous now as Mother Goose,
with rhyming stories full of facts
about the Grinch, Who, and Lorax.
The famous stripey-hatted Cat
And Sam I Am’s big breakfast spat.
Most of the books were full of rhymes.
A few had art from older times,
when we thought foolish things about
what humans are, inside and out.
We held them closely anyhow,
those books from then brought into now.

But Seuss himself was known to say,
“Those books weren’t written the right way.
I thought I’d have a bit of fun,
but realized I had hurt someone.”
So now dear Dr. Seuss is gone,
his children left to carry on.
Not a matter of compromise,
but them deciding what was wise.
To pull the books that did the harm,
and push the others’ special charm.
Private decisions shouldn’t irk,
we have to let them do their work.

No public bans would we abide,
but it’s their call. They did decide.

-C. G. Brown

My Social Media Filter Guidelines

I spend far too much time on Facebook, like at least 100 million other people I don’t know. Processing that much information is a challenge. Fortunately, Facebook puts the site name in all caps in gray below any post. I’d like to share some of the techniques I use to determine what is newsworthy:

economist.com, nytimes.com – Unbiased or biases will be obvious. Read it.

theguardian.com – This is really important and will never, ever be reported in the US. Read it.

cracked.com – It will be funny and ridiculously stated but true. Read it.

foxnews.com – It’s Obama’s fault. Skip it.

tiny.iavian.net, theblaze.net – It’s liberals’ fault. Skip it. (I guess you could skim The Blaze if you’re conservative or want some balance)

breitbart.net – Obama is the Manchurian Candidate. He’ll invite Yemeni religious zealots in to impose Sharia and steal your daughters. Skip it.

salon.com – It’s the conservatives’ fault. Skip it unless you are a liberal that is feeling super partisan and want to co-sign that day.

thinkprogress.org, dailykos.com – It’s the conservatives’ fault, but here’s why. . . Skim it.

forbes.com – Rich liberals argue with rich conservatives. Read it to see how rich people think.

mostlocalorregionalpapers.com – If you live there or the event you’re reading about happened there, read it. Otherwise, it’s probably a bad opinion piece. Skip it.

theonion.com – It’ll be funny, but the headline is usually the joke. Read the headline, read the article if you’re trying to burn some time.

openyourmind.net, countercurrentnews.com, anythingthatsoundslikethat.com – It sounds awesome, but there’s absolutely no science behind it. Skip it, or at least check Snopes.

huffingtonpost.com – Could be celebrity dish, could be politics, could be defining issues of our time. Who knows? Probably skip it.

I hope this helps!