Saturday, December 31, 2016

Our Parting Thoughts For 2016...

Needless to say a lot has gone on this year.

It's been rough and bloody.

From massacres of civilians in Syria to terrorist attacks around the globe. Millions of displaced refugees who have fled the terror of their homes, in many cases only to be met with hostility in other countries that once held hope and promise.

Now, add to that the anger and discontentment that permeates our society like a hateful disease that just keeps spreading with no vaccine to stop it.

We are divided and we are in trouble for we can not as a nation or as a world survive, fractured and splintered.

With the added weight of a divisive election we must find a way to lift each other up no matter what our differences.

No matter what our politics, no matter what...

I am optimistic that humanity will win out in the end and we will be better for it.

But until then,
there is this... 

Have a Happy and hopeful New Year...

Noodle and crew

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Ho, ho, ho!




Merry Christmas everybody!

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

An explanation...

You hay have noticed that since December 3rd's post we've been pretty quiet on the political front.
Well, that's not an accident.
We decided that we are not talking politics until after Christmas...
There is just too much and it's so constant and it is probably going to be that way for at least the next four years so, we are taking a tiny little breath.
But on December 30th...

This is as close to politics as we will go right now;

                                       ⓒ Victoria Shaw

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Noodle and crew

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Santa's Little Helper...

Boy, you knock over one little tree and somehow it's this great big deal...

Have a super weekend!

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wordless Wednesday...

                             ( baby Noodle archives )

Have a wonderful Wednesday...

Noodle and crew

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Almost Wordless Wednesday...

                       " If only I had opposable thumbs..."

Have a wonderful Wednesday...

Noodle and crew

Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Truth Is Out There...

                                   looking for the facts...

Do ethics still matter in journalism ?


“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

-Aldous Huxley-

In November Donald Trump tweeted that he saved a Ford Motor Company plant in Louisville, Kentucky from moving to Mexico. He didn't because it wasn't.
The plant was never moving to Mexico but that apparently is not important in this world we live in now.
Yesterday Mr. Trump touted that he'd saved a 1000 jobs at a Carrier plant but it's how he saved those jobs that is at issue and brings into question if this is a one time PR stunt or a little bit of the old razzle, dazzle.

Trump also declared that he would extract himself from his business if he won to avoid any   appearance of impropriety  but now, not so much.

It appears that it is now only the mere suggestion of a possibility of anything that is what is held to be, truth.

Which brings me to this;

"Well, I think it's also an idea of an opinion. And that's—on one hand, I hear half the media saying that these are lies. But on the other half, there are many people that go, 'No, it's true.' And so one thing that has been interesting this entire campaign season to watch, is that people that say facts are facts—they're not really facts. Everybody has a way—it's kind of like looking at ratings, or looking at a glass of half-full water. Everybody has a way of interpreting them to be the truth, or not truth. There's no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts."

-Scottie Nell Hughes, Trump surrogate-

And this;

"This is the problem with the media. You guys took everything that Donald Trump said so literally. The American people didn’t. They understood it. They understood that sometimes, when you have a conversation with people, whether it’s around the dinner table or at a bar, you’re going to say things, and sometimes you don’t have all the facts to back it up."

-Corey Lewandowski,Trump surrogate-

The truth is that facts are not supposed to be subjective...
Facts are just that, facts!
But it seems as though now we have reached a place where absent any evidence or facts, a mere statement if repeated enough and said loudly enough can be perceived as truth.
Truth that the media in general doesn't waste it's time trying to correct (shame...).

Which brings me back to my original question...
Do ethics still matter in journalism?
We will have to wait and see.

Until then, don't give up on the facts and the truth.

As was told to us on The X Files; the truth is out there... so are the facts.

You just have to look a little harder to find them these days.

Have a fabulously fact filled weekend!

Noodle and crew