By Ralph Schwartz
I assume the Politics Blog’s readership falls off a cliff about this time on a Friday, only to bounce back on Monday, assuming Stark and I are posting items.
Still, this is the first good chance I’ve had in a while to attend to the Politics Blog. I’ve been working on a few bigger stories, including one on the Whatcom Tea Party and the stance of some of its officers against Agenda 21, the U.N. prescription for sustainable development practices worldwide.
In the story, which will appear on Sunday, Dec. 23, I only observe and report, I don’t judge. I do talk to some people who criticized those who subscribe to Agenda 21-as-a-plan-for-one-world-government as advancing an “unhinged conspiracy theory.” (Those words were from popular left-leaning blogger Riley Sweeney. *Apologies to Mr. Sweeney, by the way, for this post’s headline.)
A good news website for the conspiratorially inclined is WorldNetDaily, which emphasizes Barack Obama’s purported ineligibility for the presidency based on his birth status. Here’s a recent article from WND on that issue.
Rosa Koire is an author who is well spoken on the notion that the U.N. plan is being practiced, wittingly or not, by local governments in Whatcom County and elsewhere. She spoke to a friendly audience (at least it was friendly in the first hour; I didn’t watch beyond that) at Western Washington University in October, which you can see in this video.
One other thing, to make sure we’re all on the same page. With social media we’re in a new era, and a lot of people still don’t know the rules. Here’s one rule relating to Facebook: Imagine you are a public figure, and you post on Facebook something that’s in the public interest, *and* your Facebook page is visible to the public such that I can see it even though I am not your friend. That information is already out there for the whole world to see, so if I write about it in The Herald or post it on this blog because it has news value, then I am simply doing my job as a journalist. In this case, Facebook is just another source of information for me.
If you’re posting about your dog’s trip to the vet, or a photo of your first-grader’s latest school project, it’s safe to say I’ll leave it alone.
Bottom line: On Facebook, just as on any other blog site or website, public means public.
I have a few more “odds and ends” that I’ve held onto, to post next week. Hope you get away from your digital devices long enough to have some quality time with family then.