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Reading multiple trusted sources of information empowers us to get a wider spectrum of media frames and viewpoints so that we can make our own informed conclusions. If you have not learned about kratom leaves in the 21st century, NOW it is the time! The universe is on your side. Now is prudent for you to become kratom literate. There is a dangerous war of information against kratom leaves across the country, and the entire world. Do not let your state become the next place where the spirit of kratom is shut down. Kratom, also known as Mitragyna speciosa, is a natural botanical that grows deep along the beautiful rivers of South East Asia. Kratom has been utilized by natives of Indonesia for thousands of years. This miraculous botanical from the coffee family (Rubiaceae) also grows in wet, tropical regions like Thailand, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, and Malaysia. Indonesians typically refer to their farms as kratom gardens. Natives belonging to the Dayak Tribes in Indonesia treat kratom as children, and farmers have direct access to the trees. Kratom trees can be found in someone’s backyard when visiting these regions. Kratom has been revered as a sacred tree, and the raw crushed and ground leaves have been used to commune with the spirit of life. In fact, women in America enjoy implementing kratom wit yoga. Kratom is a tree of love. The war on kratom is a war of greed and ignorance. According to a recent study conducted by researchers of Johns Hopkins Medicine, 61% of the people purchasing kratom in the nation are women whose ages on average is 40 years old. Women are indeed the portal keepers of the home, and there is no doubt that women in the nation support kratom. The support of women in America FOR KRATOM is the support and comfort of the family. Kratom is and has always been a family-oriented industry. We are all kratom.
There is a massive war of information happening and becoming kratom literate could potentially save your life or the life of a loved one in your circle. Search engines are extensions of ourselves that allow us to become informed. Yet, we cannot truly trust the information that is presented. Reading an article entails becoming a researcher yourself. It is not just about reading the article and accepting whatever was regurgitated. Just because the information is available online does not mean is real. With reading comes research. With reading comes influence, leadership, and responsibility. It is about becoming an informed, wise, and ethical wizard of the digital age.
Kratom is a perfect example of how smeared campaigns are constantly trying to attack this Godsend botanical for nefarious motives. Not only are the majority of kratom articles regurgitating information that has already been debunked, but they are doing a disservice to the public by misguiding them and by creating unnecessary drama, confusion, misinformation, and even further division.
Social media is a boiling pot for misinformation. Information via social media spreads fast around the world because of the neverending news feed that acts as a reward system and hacks the brain. People have a tendency to get sucked in by the alarming headlines. Think of social media as rivers of information with clear waters, deep currents, murky waters, sharp branches, and dangerous rocks. Even though social media can be a great tool for fundraising during times of need, business online presence, and for connecting with friends and prospects across the world, stories can also destroy the image of people, plants, animals, and organizations in a flash. It is not just about sharing without reading. Choosing to share content comes with a huge responsibility and ethical management indeed. Believe in yourself that with patience and diligence, you can and you will get to the bottom of the truth.
Here are some tips that will help you dissect articles pertaining to kratom:
Before you even read the kratom article, check for the date (and time if available) when the article was published.
Research the author of the blog/article. Don’t forget to check his or her about page, and/or the about page of the organization publishing the article.
Pay attention to the words on the title. Is it a clickbait article or a piece of writing worth your time?
Don’t let the image(s) fool you. People are likely to click on captivating images.
Don’t just trust the information because it is on a website. Research the organization publishing the article.
Know that there are people with no souls sitting on their asses getting paid for trolling, and besmirching reputations all day long.
Keep an eye for weird domain names, domain extensions, or subdomains. Search for secured educational websites.
Dot not let your emotions get in the way of the arguments being presented. Do not take anything personally. Though everyone has a right to express themselves, that does not mean that their intentions are good. There is a difference between freedom of expression and simply hate speech.
Evaluate the web design of the website. Is the site glitchy?
Just because your social circle (e.g. friends and family) follow a particular organization does not mean that what they publish is legit and accurate.
When reading ask yourself: Why was this article shared? Are there any hidden agendas? Can you spot incoherency?
Ask yourself: Are the quotes (if any found in the article) properly quoted?
Don’t be satisfied with the article. Keep doing research. Compare it to other articles.
If you found the article on a social media page, research that particular page. Learn as much as possible about the page such as: When was the page created? Who is managing the page and who are they connected to?
Don’t be afraid to kindly let your family and friends know when they are sharing fake news. As uncomfortable as it is to have these conversations, they are essential for democracies around the world.
Learn to distinguish between humorous and satirical publications that are meant to make fun of current events by using exaggeration. Learn to not take information literally. Read between the lines, and make sure that the story can be found in other sites.
When in doubt, check the section for comments usually found at the blog of the article/blog. Find out what the public is saying. Some article do not allow comments.
Do not share articles until you have completely dissected the information and the source(s). This helps prevent misinformation in the age of fake news.
Learn about online bots. Online bots are software applications whose purpose is to run automated tasks online. Cookies collect information that is later sold to organizations for personalized/targetting advertising.
Pay attention to whether the news organization is biased towards a particular direction.
Kratom has been very active in the United States of America since the early 2000s. Veterans have played a vital role in the origins of kratom. Vietnam Veterans are one of the first people on the planet to introduce kratom to the Americas. There are already established and trustworthy websites all about kratom that have been around for many years: The American Kratom Association (AKA), and the Botanical Educational Alliance (BEA) are a couple great reliable sources for the public.
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Check the website and see whether or not there is a “Contact us” page. If there is no way to get in touch with the author/organization, you should be concerned.
Take a look at the writing style of the writer. Is the writer following APA, MLA, or any other academic formatting?
Pay attention to the grammar of the author of the blog. Poorly written articles are simply not respectable nor are they trustworthy. Look for exaggerated punctuation.
Is the website secured? Check for SSL encryption. This can be done by going to the left side of the search bar. Look for a lock. You can easily land on a website and that particular website could potentially have malicious code.
Search for references/bibliography. This information is usually located at the bottom of the article/blog. Are the sources credible? Try to go straight to the source by working backwards when reviewing citations and sources.
Does the article meet at least the minimum criteria for academic standards?
Pay close attention to news vs. recycled material. Is the story that you are reading current or recycled?
How long is the article? Does the article have closure, or is it just an opinion piece?
Fake news is a huge problem in the world. Humans experience information overload due to the massive information that can now be accessed from the palm of our hands. Exposure to loads of information can be overwhelming enough to feel anxious.
Take a look at the images being used. Look at your calendar, and see whether the picture matches the current season. Check where the story is coming from. Are you reading a national or international story?
After doing all your research, purchase kratom from a reputable source with a positive online presence. Check out their social media accounts. Become an educated scientist, and learn what the whole drama of kratom is all about.
Social media outlets like Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit are great sources of information when joining and interacting with informed groups, videos, and forums. The kratom community might not be visible in public, but according to the American Kratom Association online presence, there are about 5 to 16 million Americans purchasing kratom across the country. The kratom community might not be visible in public but the online presence is undeniably tremendous. There are thousands of people across the country that have shared their story. Learn to connect, and share yours.
People across the world circulate false stories intentionally and unintentionally. Do not become part of this vicious cycle. Read, analyze, research, and then decide whether the information is worthy and useful for the well-being of humanity. Avoid being caught among toxic trash or CHISME, smear campaigns, publicity scandals, or rumors.
Do not let the eye-popping headlines foul you. Evaluate first! It is not only ignorance what fuels the circulation of misinformation. Evaluating the author’s background and reputation of the article is key. We are living in a media-centric society where everyone is now a publisher. We are living in revolutionary times. Google has become the Great Library of Alexandria in the 21st Century. Anyone with access to the internet can choose a platform and express themselves. Not only are news articles able to affect our thoughts and our perceptions, but they also influence our behavior.
Now is the time to become more self-aware. Becoming more mindful will allow you to thrive in the digital age. Giving technology a break for a few days, meditating, and doing yoga, aromatherapy, and making kratom hand-made soaps are great ways to develop an even deeper connection with technology itself. Technologies are extensions of ourselves. Don’t get frustrated. Breath and connect with the spirit of life, earth, Pachamama. Learn to breathe, and to involve yourself with the arts for a clearer mindset. You are an expression of the universe. Now is the time to express yourself! Express the love of kratom, and help protect kratom, the ritual of life.
Kratom is an organic technology, and the best thing we can do in the 21st century is to self-regulate our behaviors. And remember, sometimes the old ways are still the best. Going to the library in your community and researching the old-fashion way never goes out of style. Talk to people. Get in touch with a Veteran. Get in touch with a librarian. Find a kratom hero and become the kratom heroe of your community. Visit your local library. Get involved with kratom, the tree of love! Think before posting any content. Ask yourself these questions: Is the content that I am publishing ethical? Will the content hurt others? Let your actions match your behaviors. Be your true self online as if you are in the physical world. Be nice. Be kind. Be-YOU.
Social media tends to give people anonymity and freedom. Remember that what you share online is public and can be easily accessed. Don’t become a victim of platforms that are exploding the narcissistic side of the self. Social media creates a barrier between the physical self and the digital self, thus allowing people to share more freely without thinking of the personal and collective consequences. However, sharing comes with personal and collective accountability. False news for profit is an industry growing rapidly not only in America, but in the entire world. Fake articles for profit are meant to target specific groups of people in nations in order to create chaos, and to divide ever further. There are evil organizations in the world destroying democracies with mal-intended, ill-intended content meant to rotten the core of nations.
Learn to decipher the motivations of authors!
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Contact your representatives. Become involved in the community. Start a new group on social media or join an existing one. Spread the word. Educate your loved ones. Educate the government.
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I appreciate your research based posts and this one is extremely relevant right now with the atmosphere of our political climate and our world climate. Millenials ARE indeed the ones that have the power to shift both of these major forces. We are fed virtually millions of ideas, thoughts, beliefs weekly on the interwebs, many of them FALSE! Thank you for your wisdom!