For those of us spending a lot of time on the internet, I found this article that was very appropriate. When tweeting, re-tweeting, posting on Facebook or other places, it’s easy to accept a headline or an article at face value and share it with everyone.
I know I fit into this category and have had egg on my face more than once.
Several of my recent posts have pertained to a group I used to be associated with that is starting to solicit donations on a website Benghazi Truth and a Twitter hashtag #TPFA that uses Tea Party Fire Ants as a foundation for the meaning of the hashtag. Clearly they are counting on people to consider them as being associated with the Tea Party.
There has never been any field of endeavor that is immune to the influence of those who are less than truthful, it is therefore up to you to apply judgement in all that you read and believe. Failing to do so will leave you lost and stumbling about in the fog.
That reality applies to your everyday life, your job, politics, religion, daily news, and most assuredly those who would like to separate you from your hard earned money. It is up to you to separate the truth from deception. Unless you can do this, you are, and will continue to be, the victim of those who promote their agenda instead of the truth.
Since I am very familiar with the two purveyors of the #TPFA, twitter handles @FrankMDavisJr and @Kathy_Amidon, I have learned the hard way that these two are not honest. Further @FrankMDavisJr is a moniker and no one (except maybe Kathy) knows who he is, in fact Kathy has never met him in person.
Later on in his essay, Danny states:
My early days on the internet proved embarrassing on two separate occasions believing what I read without further research. Those days are gone and I have become a hard core skeptic, believing nothing that cannot be validated. (snip)
One of the best guides is simply to employ common sense. That term, unfortunately, is almost a contradiction as common sense is none too common, but it never hurts to put forth the effort. (snip)
I think this goes without saying, if someone is soliciting money from you, use common sense. My common sense is that if no one can uncover who @FrankMDavisJr is, does it make sense to donate to him?
While the subject of this post was of a personal nature, I think today it applies to everyone on the internet. Before you give your hard earned money to someone Do Your Research. If you want to know more about my experience with the named parties, you can search this website.
I highly recommend you read the complete article by Danny Jeffery and apply it to your daily internet interactions.
Do Your Research <== Full Essay
Take care….and be careful
Stan is the Senior Editor for StanHjerleid.com. He is a Tea Party Conservative and very concerned about the future of America. He is a Navy Veteran having served aboard the destroyer USS Laffey for 4 years. For the last 12 years he co-owns with his wife, Happy Cat Retreat, a cat boarding facility. He has owned 2 photography studios for 12 years and worked as an IT Specialist for 14 years. He loves animals and raises parrots in his spare time. He is also an avid road bicyclist and motorcyclist.