NowPublic – Intellectual Property Rights ignored?

NowPublic was a crowd-sourced citizen journalism site based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, founded by Michael Tippett, Leonard Brody and Michael E. Meyers in 2005.

In addition to its contributors, NowPublic also had a content-sharing agreement with the Associated Press. The crowd-sourced site was so successful that Time Magazine called NowPublic one of the 50 Best Websites of 2007.

NowPublic-ImageMainstream media types may gripe about the absence of safeguards ensuring the validity of news reported by the blogosphere, but nowhere are the merits of citizen journalism more apparent than at NowPublic. At this “participatory news network,” a.k.a. bastion of “crowd-powered media,” anyone can write a story, or upload images, audio or video. Whatever gets the most votes from the reading masses—the site gets about 1 million unique visitors per month—ends up as the lead story. (NowPublic has “guest editors,” “wranglers” and an “actual news guy” who keep an eye on things, giving advice to contributing reporters and shepherding the best, most timely stuff through, but nobody on staff makes actual editing changes to the content.)

NowPublic now counts nearly 97,000 contributing reporters in more than 140 countries around the world. During Hurricane Katrina, NowPublic was there; eight contributors filed on-the-scene reports from London’s Heathrow Airport during the August 2006 terrorism lockdown—while the regular press was forced to wait outside. On June 6 NowPublic’s coverage of a storm in Oman made it to the top of the AOL and Yahoo news sites.

In September 2009 NowPublic was acquired by Clarity Digital Group. Clarity is solely owned by the Anschutz company, an investment company located in Denver, Colorado. According to reports, Leonard Brody assumed the position of President of the Clarity Digital Group and Michael Tippet became the CEO of NowPublic after the sale.

In December 2013 Clarity closed the NowPublic site and redirected it to

Read the Rest at –  NowPublic – Why were Intellectual Property Rights ignored? : Politisite.

PTSD : Do I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ? Find Out

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a silent killer of our veterans. For various reasons both diagnosis and treatment are lacking and many of these veterans end up homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol.

PTSDStatistics, covering the dead and wounded of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan only tell half the story. Many veterans are suffering in silence with mental health and addiction problems. Others are struggling to get the help they need from their government both in the U.S. and Canada.

Twelve years of war both in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll. The Department of Defense in its latest casualty report shows that 2143 US soldiers have been killed, while 19,334 were wounded in action (WIA). The website reports that the coalition total is 3,389 killed.

Read the Rest and Take the Test – PTSD : Veterans face their biggest battle on the home front | PolitiSite.


DRUGS ARE AWESOME!! Socialized Healthcare Sucks. By Steven Crowder LOL Funny!

DRUGS ARE AWESOME!! Socialized Healthcare Sucks.