My Stance on People and Politics

So I have decided to take Go For Jo in a new direction, instead of the direction that I was originally going with, which was just talking about any type of news. At the same time, I do not want to lose what I enjoy talking about and what I hope you enjoy reading about. But in the midst of this transition I still want to be able to deliver content so that people don’t completely forget about me.  This piece that I’m writing is a personal column slash motivational speaking or advise type of thing, and it can be taken in any context that you might see fit. But do understand that it is a personal opinion and it is not an attack on anyone as an individual. Continue reading “My Stance on People and Politics”

Trying to get back into the groove of journaling again.

Hello all. It’s been a while since I have written anything, but I promise there is good reason for this. I’m in school right now for journalism and I’m working full time, so the drive to do additional writing is lacking a bit right now. HOWEVER, in my last message I did say I was going to vlog as well and I promise that will be happening very soon. I’m going to  have my hands very full with getting back into writing and also video reports. For you all who enjoy my reports, thank you very much for the support. I promise I will have more coming up in the very near future

Untitled. So far.

I know I have been AWOL for over a month. I am trying to find a balance between School, Work, and what type of writing I actually want to do. I feel like journalism is what I want to do, because I love reporting. At the same time, I really want to become an author. I like creating my own stories as well. I think I will try to balance both, on top of all of the research papers, discussions, and essays required in in my Journalism major. This is something I started writing today that I really feel could become a great story. I will be posting this rough draft so far on here, but I will be maintaining a second page coming in Late October that will be exclusively for excerpts from books I want to write. I would like to start selling them on Amazon shortly. I tend to keep things short when I write stories, but I wouldn’t mind feedback on if you feel that this story could have more package to it.

Alright, here is the beginning of the story. Do not hesitate to express your opinions in a comment below. I would be more than happy to respond.

“I could go on to create some elaborate delusion about how my Father is the president of a finance company and my mother is an accomplished lawyer, but my family is too well known in this city. Instead, I’ll just tell you the truth before someone else does.

My father is an abusive drunk who we rarely see. If he isn’t out with one of the crack whores up and down the avenue, he’s out swindling some poor passerby for booze money. I don’t know why my mother stays with the bastard, but she won’t leave no matter how many ideas I come up with. I plan to change that very soon.

My mother was adopted by some old German family back when she was like 9 years old. She didn’t know her biological parents, and some days I envy that. Her dad died when she was 16, and her mom died when she turned 17. That’s when she met my dad.

From what I’ve heard, my dad was a great man in the beginning. He was in college for Business, had his own house and his own car. He met my mother when she was 19 and working at a Burger King and offered to treat her for dinner. Of course, like any 19 year old girl who has become an outcast, she falls in love with him out of what I assume is pure desperation. They get married and here I come out a year later.

A part of me believes I am the reason dad turned to drinking and prostitutes. My mom felt that she had to “give me the love her mother didn’t give her” or something like that. I completely engulfed my mom’s life, and the two rarely spent time together. It’s sad, honestly. By the time I was 4 years old I knew I hated him. That was time when I realized he treated mom badly.

13 years have passed, and the feelings remain the same. I can’t wait to get out of this house. I’m taking mom and my little sister with me.”

Anthem Health insurer hacked, millions of records possibly stolen

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The second largest health insurer in the United States, Anthem Inc, said late Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former employees and consumers.

How does this manage to happen? Anthem said the breach did not appear to involve information such as medical of financial details, but how often does it not? For health insurance to be something we are required by law to have, you would think IT security would be much more beefed up to not allow information like this to not even reach the public without a resolution in place.

The information said to have been compromised included birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses, and compilations of employment data. Even though Anthem says the company immediately attempted to close the security breach, the attack was reported to the FBI. Good on their part for that one. The cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc was even hired to help Anthem investigate. So, with all of these efforts in place, why is it that we aren’t able to figure out who is behind the attack? On top of that, Anthem has not released information on how many staff members and customers were affected. It’s a great thing we’ve got the Wall Street Journal to keep us informed with a “tens of millions” estimation.

As of the end of 2015, Anthem had 37.5 million members,

Anthem said it would send an email and a letter to everyone who had information that was compromised, along with setting up an informational website that will offer credit-monitoring services.

Jordan plans to execute extremist

Jordanian LT. Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh
Jordanian LT. Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh
Sajida al-Rishawi
Sajida al-Rishawi

Shortly after the release of a video by the Islamic State showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive, many reports are talking of Jordan’s plan to execute an extremist the militants had wanted to be freed. (The extremist is a woman. However, I prefer to speak in terms of character and not gender.)

Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman facing execution for her role in the 2005 hotel bombings in Jordan, was on the table for release upon an agreement offered by Jordan’s government in exchange for the Pilot’s release. Unfortunately, the bargain was not held once the government requested proof the Pilot was still alive.

Both Reuters and AFP, citing unnamed sources, said al-Rishawi will be executed at dawn Wednesday in Jordan.

There is a video out there of the burning of the pilot. However, it could not be independently verified. All that means to me is it could be true, and it could be false. Jordanian TV did say that the burning actually took place Jan. 3. IntelCenter, a part of the state’s media sector, is responsible for monitoring extremist websites and is also responsible for releasing the video.

Of all of the hostage killing situations involved with extremists, IntelCenter says this is the first high-profile hostage to be killed by fire. Everyone else has either been shot or beheaded. Could it be because of all of the attention the extremists have gotten lately, they are something of a, dare I say it, hot streak?

Later on, reporters for Jordanian TV were able to get a statement from Jordanian armed forces spokesman, Mamdouh al-Ameri. In one part of the statement he vowed “punishment and revenge” referring to the heinous actions towards Jordanian Pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

“While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain,” he said in a statement read later on Jordanian TV.

King Abdullah II of Jordan was on visitation in the U.S. He abruptly ended his visit to Washington and headed home.

Of all things for the U.S. to be involved in, I would like to see some sort of peace made on our behalf in Jordan. Please take a moment to send condolences to the Jordanian government for the loss of one of their protectors, and the family and friends of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh.

Advice from The President: ‘Get Your Kids Vaccinated’

In an interview on Sunday, President Obama says, “I understand that there are families that, in some cases, are concerned about the effect of vaccinations. The science is, you know, pretty indisputable. We’ve looked at this again and again. There is every reason to get vaccinated, but there aren’t reasons to not.”

President Barack Obama urged Parents to get their children fully vaccinated, during the rapid growth of concerns over an outbreak in the Western United States of the highly contagious disease known as the measles.

The President later went on to say, “You should get your kids vaccinated. It’s good for them and the challenge you have is if you have a certain group of kids who don’t get vaccinated, and if it grows large enough that a percentage of the population doesn’t get vaccinated and they’re the folks who can’t get vaccinated, small infants, for example…they suddenly become much more vulnerable.” I’m not too sure on the facts about that one, but If the information is rolling, I’m certainly no one to stop it.

Currently, the Center for Disease Control is looking at 102 reported cases affecting 14 states. The current states affected are Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington. The President’s full interview is scheduled to air on February 2nd.

For anyone needing a back story, the initial measles outbreak has been linked to exposure in December of 2014 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Five cases reported are of the Park’s employees.