Good morning family. How are you this morning? I’m alright….very tired. I wanted to share a product with you that Kyle and I started using a couple of years ago. We found it on our quest to find more organic and natural body cleansing products. By using this product Kyle and I are helping ourselves and helping to support a company that has the Earth and it’s people at the heart of it’s purpose for existence. Yes they want to make a profit but they have learned you don’t have to cause undo suffering and harm to the Earth and it’s life to do that! I love the Peppermint body lotion and body wash the best! If you want to see more natural and organic products like Dr. Bronner’s – Both buy and promote them! Vote with your wallet!
150 years and 5 generations of family soapmaking
Dr. Bronner’s was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner, a third- generation master soapmaker from a German-Jewish soapmaking family. He used the labels on his superb ecological soaps to spread his message that we must realize our unity across religious & ethnic divides or perish: “We are All-One or None!” Still family-owned and run, Dr. Bronner’s honors its founder’s vision by continuing to make socially & environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating our profits to help make a better world. All-One!
Soapmaking begins in Heilbronner home—Jewish quarter, Laupheim, Germany.
9th Free speech is man’s only weapon against half-truth that denies free speech to smear-slay-slander-tax-enslave. (just one of many messages bottle of body soap we have)
The Story of Dr. Bronner and His Magic Castille Soap
During our visit with a friend yesterday, one of the subjects we discussed was what is going in in the media with regards to separating opinions from facts and this new “alternative facts” phenomenon. It is more important than ever before to “know your own mind.” We must seek to find the truth of what is going on around us for ourselves. We must regain connection with our God-given intuition and find trust in what we receive as input with our own senses. I am trying to remember that the information I allow into my consciousness from outside sources will sometimes have ulterior, in some cases malicious, self-serving motives.
What is an Alternative Fact?
“Alternative facts” is a phrase coined by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway as a euphemism for falsehood, during a Meet the Press interview on January 22, 2017, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer‘s false statement about the attendance at Donald Trump‘s inauguration as President of the United States. When pressed during the interview with Chuck Todd to explain why Spicer “utter[ed] a provable falsehood”, Conway said “Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and … our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that.” Todd responded by saying “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
Conway’s use of the phrase “alternative facts” to describe what are demonstrably falsehoods was widely mocked on social media and sharply criticized by journalists and media organizations, such as Dan Rather, Jill Abramson, and the Public Relations Society of America. The phrase was extensively described as Orwellian; by Thursday, January 26, 2017, sales of the book Nineteen Eighty-Four had increased by 9,500 percent, becoming the number one best seller on Amazon.com.
The information I put on my blog here is a mixture of my opinions and facts. If I make a statement about something, I try to back it up with source material. Listing your sources was something I learned in school when I did book reports! I want to see more people who are not qualified to discuss certain subjects to start providing fact-based sources.
As is discussed in the article I’ve linked from Jeff Schweitzer, some people are saying climate change is a hoax based on a few days of cold WEATHER. This kind of ignorance is the justification they are now using to undo so many regulations put in place to try and slow CLIMATE CHANGE not just change today’s weather forecast. Ignorance, especially with regards to the future of this planet, is going to be far from bliss.
How Do You Separate Fact from Opinion?
According to Webster’s Dictionary a fact is “anything that is done or happens; anything actually existent; any statement strictly true; truth; reality.”
Three examples of facts that are concrete and that could be documented include:
1.The house was painted on November 18, 1999. 2.Today is Saturday. 3.My son had a temperature of one hundred and two degrees this morning.
Whereas an opinion is defined as “indicating a belief, view, sentiment, conception.”
Obvious indicators of opinion are when sentences include words such as:
“Generally, it is thought” , “I believe that”, “It is a sad day when.”
For example, how the three facts above can be changed to opinions would be to add a belief or view. For example:
- The house was painted recently on November 18, 1999, so it looks as good as new. • Today is Saturday and Mark always sleeps in on Saturdays, so that is why he is late for the game. • There was no way for me to go to school because my son had a temperature of one hundred and two degrees this morning.
Sometimes it is challenging to tell the facts and opinions apart. For example, is the following a fact or an opinion?
“Abraham Lincoln was the most eloquent writer of all the U.S. Presidents.”
This is an opinion, but you have to know that eloquent is a descriptive word to for this to become clear. Descriptive words are subjective, or state someone’s opinion. It can become unclear how to separate fact and opinion when many people hold the same opinion. This is when it becomes important to understand what the word bias means.
A bias is an opinion or an attitude we have for or against something. A bias usually stems from our feelings rather than from rational thought. What is very important to realize is that ALL of us are biased. We are biased for or against certain people, activities, and ideas. We become biased because certain people, activities, or ideas do not appeal to us at some level. Of equal importance to realize is that we have “good biases” as well, that is we favor certain people, activities, or ideas. In these cases, our biases are still irrational, just like our negative ones. (Chapter 6: Recognizing fact, Opinion, Bias, and Propaganda, p.214)
Most of the time we keep our biases inside and use them to decide who to vote for, what to study in school, and how we want to appear in public. Other times, however, people can let their bias or opinions guide them to do dangerous acts. Issues such as racism, gun control, abortion, and patriotism provoke many people to act on their biases and do things that harm others. As long as biases are peacefully shared, there is little harm. But, when they are uncontrolled, strong biases can bring out anger and create hatred toward those who disagree. That is when facts and opinions become very challenging to separate.
Many of our biases are not based on fact or reasoned judgement but on opinions handed down to us by parents, teachers, and friends. Unfortunately, we don’t always take the time to examine the source of our biases, and many of us carry unhealthy opinions and prejudices because of it.
What is the Difference Between Fact and Opinion?
Master readers must sort fact from opinion to properly understand and evaluate the information they are reading. A fact is a specific detail that is true based on objective proof. A fact is discovered. An opinion is an interpretation, value judgment, or belief that cannot be proved or disproved. An opinion is created. Objective proof can be physical evidence, an eyewitness account, or the result of an accepted scientific method. Most people’s points of view and beliefs are based on a blend of fact and opinion.
Separating fact from opinion requires you to think critically because opinion is often presented as fact. The following clues will help you separate fact from opinion.
|Is objective||Is subjective|
|Is discovered||Is created|
|States reality||Interprets reality|
|Can be verified||Cannot be verified|
|Is presented with unbiased words||Is presented with biased words|
Ask Questions to Identify Facts
To test whether a statement is a fact, ask these three questions:
Can the statement be proved or demonstrated to be true?
Can the statement be observed in practice or operation?
Can the statement by verified by witnesses, manuscripts, or documents?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, the statement is not a fact. Instead, it is an opinion. With that being said, many statements blend both fact and opinion.
Note: Biased Words to Identify Opinions
Be aware of biased words, words that express opinions, value judgments, and interpretations. They are often loaded with emotion.
Note Qualifiers to Identify Opinions
Be on the lookout for words that qualify an idea.
A qualifier may express an absolute, unwavering opinion using words like always or never.
It can also express an opinion in the form of a command as in must, or the desirability of an action with a word like should.
Qualifiers may indicate different degrees of doubt with words such as seems or might.
Words that Quality Ideas
|has/have to||it is|
Think Carefully About Supposed “Facts”
Be aware of false facts, or statements presented as facts that are actually untrue. Sometimes authors mislead the reader with a false impression of the facts. Ex: political and commercial advertisements. Sometimes an author deliberately presents false information.Be aware of opinions that sound like facts. Facts are specific details that can be researched and verified as true. However, opinions may be introduced with phrases like in truth, the truth of the matter, or in fact.
Example: In truth, reproductive cloning is expensive and highly inefficient.
Reading Critically: Evaluate Details as Fact or Opinion in Context
Because the printed word seems to give authority to an idea, many of us accept what we read as fact. However, much of what is published is actually opinion.
Master readers questions what they read.
Reading critically is noting the use of fact and opinion in the context of a paragraph or passage, the author, and the type of source in which the passage is printed.
Evaluate the Context of the Author
Even though opinions can’t be proved true like facts can, many opinions are still sound and valuable. To judge the accuracy of the opinion, you must consider the source; the author of the opinion.
Authors offer two types of valid opinions: informed opinions and expert opinion.
An author develops an informed opinion by gathering and analyzing evidence.
An author develops an expert opinion though much training and extensive knowledge in a given field.
Evaluate the Context of the Source
Often people turn to factual sources to find the factual details needed to form informed opinions and expert opinions.
A medical dictionary, an English handbook, and a world atlas are a few excellent examples of factual sources.
Reading a Textbook: The use of Graphics, Fact, and Opinion in a Textbook
Most textbook authors are careful to present only ideas based on observation, research, and expert opinion. Textbook authors often use pictures, drawings, or graphics to make the relationship between the main idea and supporting details clear. Master readers must carefully analyze these graphics in order to discern facts from opinion as they are interpreted.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-schweitzer/why-facts-matter-science_b_5112925.html – article is copywrited, use this link for complete article
Why Facts Matter: Science Is Not an Opinion
04/08/2014 03:06 pm ET | Updated Jun 08, 2014
Jeff Schweitzer Scientist and former White House Senior Policy Analyst; Ph.D. in neurophysiology
“We have come to a sad state of affairs in which expertise is simply self-declared in the absence of any credentials or experience. Everybody is now a meteorologist — except they are not. And therein we find the problem: Opinion and fact are not equivalent, but this distinction has been lost. Everybody is an expert. That is why Trump and his friends can confuse climate and weather without losing credibility with their listeners. The opinion that a cold snap belies any global warming can only be taken seriously if we ignore the fact that climate and weather are not the same. Opinion trumps fact, even when the facts are clear:
Climate describes atmospheric behavior averaged over long time periods of decades and centuries across large geographic areas. Weather describes actual local atmospheric conditions over short periods of time, from hours to days. Weather is all about the actual state of the atmosphere with respect to wind, temperature, moisture, pressure, cloud cover and other instantaneous measurements. Climate is a composite of weather conditions averaged over many years. Think of weather as a single datum point and climate as a large collection of those data. Better yet, think of weather as a one-night stand. Then climate would be raising the kid resulting from that night for the next two decades. One immediately leads to the other, but the two are completely different phenomenon. And that is why we have two distinct fields of study: meteorology and climatology.”
Spin of the World Prayer Wheel for peace:
May we love ever more.
May we motivate ourselves to committed love in Action.
May we motivate ourselves to live the life we wish to see in the world.
May we be the transformation we wish to see in the world.
From the inside out . . .
From the roots branching upwards . . .
From the heart
Through life’s trials and hardships
we can arise beautiful and free.