My mid-day radio story is all about local (Albany NY) participation in National Bike To Work Day.

Pictured here is Dennis Gaffney – aside from being a member of the Mayor Kathy Sheehan admin here in New York’s Capital City, Dennis knows a thing or two about cycling! And he’s one of the most helpful and pleasant PR people I’ve dealt with in my long radio career.

And what a great day for cycling. I opted against biking to work myself, for two very good reasons. (1) I don’t have any saddlebags or any way to carry my stuff I need for work. And, (2) I hate my bike helmet. I need to get one more like Mayor Sheehan’s… the nice folks at the Downtube promise they can fix me up with the right equipment.

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This article came to my attention via fellow media-blogger Christina Nicholson. Check out my contribution in the “comments” section!

Come to think of it, I blogged about this as well!

I have been informed that as of today, I’ve been on twitter for eight years. Time flies, as does the twitter bird.

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I’ve always thought that as people living in America’s Free society we should be able to access information. Perhaps Edward Snowden has had the most success in disseminating interesting news, along with WikiLeaks, but why so many conspiracy theories?

Popular mistrust got a huge boost with the Roswell saucers – whatever the real story is – it was fertilized by the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and subsequent release of a ‘starmap’ Betty Hill was able to recall and draw under hypnosis. But I digress.

There has been a line of thought that we must be shielded from anything the Islamic State divulges over the internet through social media or other channels. It’s difficult, but on can find issues of Dabiq, the group’s glossy propaganda magazine. They can be followed on twitter and other apps, but only if you have plenty of time to search for material as accounts are sometimes deleted/removed within hours of being created.

As NBC says, “the more you know.” Access to info = freedom of speech. Internetizens who’ve been around awhile may recall Gopher and Archie. Did you know there are many of these sites still active/available in 2015? There is so much information you can find on the Internet, it is almost unthinkable that just 20% can actually be accessed by the “general public” at large.

ISIS FM radio station ‘al-Bayan’ began broadcasting almost a year ago in Mosul, Iraq on frequency 99.9 and audio clips can be found on the web. | {sample} | But access is not handed to anyone – you have to be pro-active! Initiate your own searches – that is the only way you will quench your thirst for knowledge. [Do not confuse 99.9 with the Australian radio outlet of the same name] There are also hallways and doorways on Darknet that you can explore – IF you know how to safely arrive there, and where to go when you do.

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