Daily Inspiration: The Advancement of Animation

Walt Disney was a very successful entrepreneur, animator and film producer. His name might ring a bell. His company has produced very popular animated films and Walt Disney theme parks.

Digital technology is the cornerstone of Disney’s success. The animated films produced by Walt Disney Studios are widely known throughout the world and have been reimagined several times as the technology becomes more advanced.

In this video Disney describes what the multiplane camera is and how it made animated films more realistic. The development of this idea helped make animation into what it is today.

Combating Fake News is Simple

Several syndicated news programs are owned by a few large corporations that may tend to favor a specific political view. The days of getting unbiased mainstream news coverage are long gone. These programs no longer just cover the news, they also generate opinions — often swaying the audience watching.

This level of pandering is not a surprise to either side of the fence. Corporations are in business for the bottom line and will follow new trends to get there. That newest trend being — opinion-based news.

The phrase “fake news” was coined by President Trump in an effort to challenge stations that were reporting, what he believed to be, fake news about him. This concept has taken off in the minds of many Americans. People are consistently judging the legitimacy of news coverage provided by major stations such as: Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Coincidently, a video surfaced showing that news stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group were having their reporters recite a speech saying that they are dedicated to providing balanced and fair news coverage. Thus, fueling the conversation that the news is just producing propaganda.

Syndicated programs have shied away from investigative reporting in an effort to make sensational news more popular. Modern news doesn’t seem to be dedicated to reporting just the facts. Mainstream media simply finds a hot button current event topic and addresses it according the partisan views of their employer. Seems simple enough.

How can the general population stay informed on real unbiased facts surrounding current events across the nation? By abandoning their typical news outlets. In order to get outside information, one must seek it.

The wealth of the knowledge is at our fingertips. People are doing labor intensive research on topics the general public needs to know the truth about. Professors, scientists and students in academia spend tireless hours doing exhaustive research and studies on current issues.

While the average person, isn’t going to want to tread through an academic journal; other options exist. Believe it or not encyclopedias haven’t retreated to the stone age. Research based organizations are available to feed you factual information without making you feel like you have to pick a side.

Pew Research Center and Science Daily are sites that deliver research based, non-partisan information. Better yet, support your local library by utilizing the plentiful resources it provides.

Independent news organizations have investigative journalists waiting for fresh eyes to absorb their work. Check out Reveal, C-Span, and Al Jazeera English for these types of articles.

The facts are out there, go find them.

 

 

Daily Inspiration: Virtual Reality Helps Couple Relive Past Experiences

Nathan Windsor has worked for over a decade doing music therapy for nursing homes. He recently decided to start incorporating virtual reality recapture happy moments.

The couple featured in this video are in their 90s and have been married over 60 years. During those years they traveled frequently, harboring souvenirs from their adventures.

Due to age and limited mobility, they are no longer able to travel. Nathan presents them with virtual reality to go back to their most precious memories.

Daily Inspiration: Cancer Survivor Becomes Stoma Designer

Heather Maston is a stage three colon survivor who discovered how to make her new disability work for her. After having her large intestines and rectum removed, she now has a permanent ostomy bag on her body.

To help her cope with this new accessory she designed covers for the bag that she wears daily. She can switch them up depending on her mood, and help her bring a sense of confidence to her adjusted daily routine.

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Daily Inspiration: 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk

September 11, 2001 was indeed a horrific day for the United States of America. Thousands of lives were lost during the events in New York City, Washington D.C. and in Pennsylvania.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City is dedicated to remembering the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in 2001 and in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Honoring the lives of those who were lost is at the heart of our mission. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance.

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 the sixth annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk and Community Day will take place in lower Manhattan. This fundraiser is in support of the daily operations of the memorial and museum.

If you will be in the New York City area and would like to commemorate 9/11 heroes and lost loved ones click here to learn more.

Adaptive Clothing Breaks the Mold

The greatest features of modern society are tolerance and innovation. Thanks to this, people are finally able to reap the benefits of progressive thinking. Adaptive clothing is specifically designed to increase mobility for disabled, elderly and special-needs children and adults.

While sneakers with Velcro clasps and ‘grandma’ pants with elastic waists aren’t new, this concept goes a step beyond. Magnetic closures, sensory friendly and anti-strip jumpsuits for Alzheimer’s sufferers is now available. Individuals who are wheelchair bound are able to find clothing that is suitable for their lifestyle.

A quick search yields large and small retailers that have expanded their fashion lines to help these previously excluded groups. Tommy Hilfiger, Target, and Silvert’s are just a few of the brands that are enabling people to increase their independence.

Adaptive clothing is ushering in a new wave of fashion and accessibility. Allowing someone to maintain a sense of normalcy in what can otherwise be a restrictive existence, is life altering. The future of all inclusive garments will only help foster individuality and improve the lives of those who need it most.

 

Daily Inspiration: Use Your Weaknesses to Propel You Forward

Gary Vaynerchuk also known as “Gary Vee” is an entrepreneur who shares the story of his path to success widely. His presence on social media platforms is full of motivational and ‘tell it like it is’ advice.

In this video he describes how being self aware can get you to the next level. The greatest asset that you have in life is, yourself. Recognizing your strengths and your limitations is the key to knowing where you need to go and how you can get there.

The Infinite War: Skin Color

Skin color is an contentious topic for many. It is truly arbitrary but has evolved to have incredible meaning across cultural and ‘racial’ lines. The literal determination of pigment in skin is simple- it’s the amount of melanin that your body produces. This biological process is purely an adaptation of necessity.

The Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History explains the physiological need for different skin tones.

Why do people from the tropics generally have darker skin color that those who live in colder climates? Variations in human skin color are adaptive traits that correlate closely with geography and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Melanin, the skin’s brown pigment, is a natural sunscreen that protects tropical peoples from the many harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

The concept of skin color is just the body evolving biologically to protect itself from the sun. Somewhere along the way, a distinction developed between light and dark skin. The battle of pigment is likely derived from centuries of brainwashing through colonization and segregation for power.

Discrimination against those with different skin is more than skin deep. These divisions have expanded into subconscious perceptions and have real internal and external consequences. Skin color is now a package deal with preset expectations and characterizations of the person it sits on. This rationale is perpetuated in media and among people in everyday society.

Racism is so powerful and systematic that the assumptions that are bred within its culture, have had long lasting effects on there targeted communities. Colorism has taken hold of many communities of color, forever changing the psyche of the people who enact on it.

The conditioning is so elaborate that people with medium to dark skin tones are actually bleaching their skin to become lighter. It is widely believed that lighter skin leads to better opportunities and upward mobility.

Reversing gilded belief systems won’t happen overnight- but some perspective, never hurts. If we as humans have learned anything from modern science, it is not to be weary of the unknown. The mixed bag of genetics is just that, mixed. Appearances are just evolutionary adaptations to the environments of our ancestors. The alarm of fear should not be sounded over aesthetics.

Remove the sentiment associated with the color of ones skin. Skin color is not a determination of character or moral fiber. View it, for its intended purpose, a vessel and protector. In the 21st century, the war the has been waged against it is outdated and futile.

 

 

 

Daily Inspiration: There is Always More Than Meets the Eye

Donatello Versace is a famed fashion designer for the well known luxury brand, Versace. In a recent interview with Vogue, she was asked 73 questions that shed light on her personality rather than her perceived persona.

In the interview, she says the biggest misconception about her is that people think she is unfriendly. That perception was echoed in the Facebook comments on the video, where people exclaim how surprised they are by how down to earth she is.

This is a great example of how judging before knowing is a societal downfall. Be more open to others around you; there is always more than meets the eye.

Daily Inspiration: Reforestation of the Amazon

The Amazon is the worlds largest rainforest. It spans over 2 million miles and provides a home for millions of people and various species of wildlife. Since the 1970’s the deforestation of the Amazon has spiraled out of control.

Humans have cleared significant areas of the forest to make room for crops and livestock, which in turn has serious consequences on the balance of our ecosystem.

A new initiative in Brazil is going to bring back 73 million trees to the Amazon. Reforestation is important to the survival of humans and the planet itself.

Learning the Lobby

Corporations have been working since the 1950’s to figure out how to make the government work for them. If therein lies a problem, money will solve it. Lobbyists work tirelessly to keep their clients bottom line parallel to the dealings in Washington.

The American government allows corporations to come in and heavily court our nations representatives with campaign contributions and kickbacks in exchange for more favorable legislation. Corporations have become so effective- that they have created entire agendas in favor of their causes. An article by The Atlantic outlines the metrics:

Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures – more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million).

Today the biggest companies have upwards of 100 lobbyists representing them, allowing them to be everywhere, all the time. For every dollar spent on lobbying by labor unions and public- interest groups together, large corporations and their associations now spend $34. Of the 100 organizations that spend the most on lobbying, 95 consistently represent business.

Some of the most influential contributors in history came from tobacco, sugar, gun and the privatized prison system. If you think about the campaigns in favor of these specific industries, what are some pitfalls? Millions have suffered from tobacco related illness, obesity or sugar/food related illnesses, have been the victim of gun violence, and private prisons are overflowing with people for petty crimes.

Lobbyist ensure there place by having a reliable presence; even if the results of their labor have a negative impact on society. Corporations use their clout to influence public opinion and the propaganda that follows is calculated. Long lasting legislation is dependent on persuading the public to believe that what is proposed is legitimate and most of all resourceful.

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Money Spent by Top Industries Lobbying from 1998-2017 via Center For Responsive Politics 

Democracy gets lost when civil liberties are for sale to a willing constituent. When effective propaganda is used to favor an entity that has grown bigger than its intended purpose, society is at a loss. Pharmaceutical, insurance,  defense and oil companies have seen tremendous and not entirely ethical profits by accommodating  government officials.

Are we convinced to vote against our own interests? The answer is all around us: on the news, advertisements, and bills. Voting power comes with knowledge, not just what is circulating on televisions and social media. It is imperative to know who is in the pockets of candidates to protect your livelihood. Go beyond party lines and become informed- corporations are betting on it.

Daily Inspiration: Artist Donates Money In Lieu Of Expensive Music Video

Drake is a rapper/singer who is quite popular worldwide. Before music stardom, he was an actor on the teen drama show Degrassi.

The budget for the video of his single “Gods Plan” was almost 1 million dollars. Instead of using the money for a lavish video, he donated cash and gifts to people and organizations around Miami.

The gesture was well received by the recipients and is a heart felt example of celebrities using their status and money to help out the less fortunate.

Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart

Bill Conner was reunited with his daughter in a very special away. She passed away suddenly on a family vacation and her parents decided to donate her organs.

During a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to organ donation, he met the recipient of his daughter’s heart.

Losing a loved one is very difficult. Donating organs can be a way to commemorate a life, by saving another.

If you are interested in organ donation. Please visit U.S. Government Information On Organ Donation and Transplantation.

You can sign up through the Organ Donation Registry or through your state’s DMV.