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Investigative journalist, research director, research analyst and award-winning speaker Geri Spieler is author of Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman who Shot at Gerald Ford. Published by Palgrave-Macmillan, in bookstores on January 12, 2009.

Spieler has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, was a featured correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was published in Westways magazine and Forbes. She founded and edited Electronic Commerce News, a technology journal published by Phillips Business Information, which led to a six-year assignment as a Research Director and Analyst for the Gartner Group, an international technology advising company.

Spieler hosts a live Webinar, "Super Sleuthing: Internet Research Skills Everyone Should Know." http://www.gerispieler.com/Reviews.html

Entries by Geri Spieler

Cash Out or Stay Put

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 12:14 AM

With real estate prices skyrocketing in Silicon Valley, some of my friends are deciding to cash in on their homes, grab the extra bucks and take a hike out of town or out of state and live the good life somewhere else with lots of money to spare.

Maybe....

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Losing My Chickens -- Lessons Learned

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 5:32 PM

I lost my chickens. I lost them, all seven, to a predator: a raccoon.

For background, this is a particularly devastating story about a violent event. I'm a suburban chicken mom. I thought I did everything right in trying to keep my girls safe during the day from hawks and...

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Being Mindful

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 12:25 PM

I sat in a circle with nine other people, all here for our own reasons... looking for relief from physical, emotional or psychological pain and just stress, all hoping something called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) meditation will be the answer to our ailments.

I had asked a friend...

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Cancel Africa? Oh, the Heartache

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Ebola and terrorism are causing tourists to cancel vacations in all parts of Africa, in particular Kenya.

I'm one of those tourists with a trip planned to go on safari to Kenya and Tanzania. It will be my second trip to Africa, the first was to South Africa...

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Will We Be the Next Extinction?

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 5:18 PM

"The Sixth Extinction is a dense, scientific text... [proving] fascinating for those who are willing to take a highly technical journey through the history of extinction."

In The Sixth Extinction, An Unnatural History, author Elizabeth Kolbert paints a frightening future for our planet. Humans, she predicts, may become the sixth...

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Al Jazeera America: News We Need to See and Hear

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South Is Talking Back
by Tine Ustad Figenschou

". . . being a global journalistic presence is not always popular . . ."

Mention the news company Al Jazeera, and it's likely the response will not be without a strong opinion...

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Waiting 90 Days for Imminent Death

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 1:27 PM

Impossible Odds, The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six
By Jessica Buchanan, Erik Landemalm, Anthony Flacco
Released: June 10, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books (320 pages)


"... spellbinding ..."

The imminent possibly of being executed by a terrorist, feeling...

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Guns: A Civil Conversation?

(20) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 6:42 PM

Book Review: Gun Guys: A Road Trip by Dan Baum

"Gun Guys is smart and informative -- an education for anyone the slightest bit curious about why gun owners are so passionate about their guns."

In the wake of the massacre in December 2012 of 26 children...

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Al Jazeera English: Too Uncomfortable For U.S. Audiences

(14) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 4:07 PM

Are we uncomfortable with news that has not been sanitized by our own American-based networks? Is that the reason there is so much pushback to Al Jazeera English on U.S. network TV?

I think so.

It seems we don't want to see anything that doesn't show the U.S. in...

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A Journey Through the Google Gateway

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 9:03 PM

Would you use one book to do all your research on a subject? Probably not. That is what you do if you use Google as your only source.

Google, while the largest, is not the only search engine in town. Another way to use Google is as a gateway to...

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Newspaper Greats: A Humbling Experience for Serious Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 1:12 PM

"... an excellent book for those interested in the journalism greats, both past and reasonably contemporary. It should be required reading for journalism majors."

In a world of perishable correspondence, I fear we will lose precious writings to the Internet.

Some would argue that the electronic world allows us to...

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Why Students Plagiarize

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 5:39 PM

Candy (not her real name) needed to get an "A" on her final research paper. An "A" would ensure that her grades for her junior year in high school would help maintain the Grade Point Average (GPA) she was desperate for to qualify for the college of her choice.

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Canvassing South Philly: Silicon Valley Goes East

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:05 AM

The backstory about what propelled me from Silicon Valley to the back streets of Philadelphia, Penn., to work for President Obama, is that I learned to value the right to vote at my mother's knee.

The immediate impetus was my outrage over voter suppression. When Pennsylvania House...

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If Obama Losses the Election It Will Be My Fault

(4) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 1:12 PM

I hadn't planned to volunteer for the Obama campaign. I know I will vote for him, so I decided that was enough.

I'm very busy trying to make a living as a freelance writer. I'm one of the 8.1 percent unemployed that has given up looking for...

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San Francisco's Center of COINTELPRO Activity and the Man Who Exposed It

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 2:30 PM

The cast of characters who played a part in the turbulent circus of 1960s and 1970s activities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) informant program includes the man who uncovered the covert operation and a potential presidential assassin.

The San Francisco Bay Area was...

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Nostalgia for the Silly Season: Memories of a Radical Mother

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 1:49 PM

Ah for the years of presidential campaigns gone by.

Political pundits call the run-up to presidential elections the 'silly season.' The time when campaign rhetoric jumps to conclusions about what is going to happen, based on small pieces of information.

As Congress is in recess until September,

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The Ascent of Language and How Culture Shapes Our Perceptions

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:38 PM

It is delightful that a respected linguist would take up the challenge of writing about an inelegant word that has become a staple of our spoken language.

Although it is not surprising as his other books including Talking Right: How Conservatives Turned Liberalism into a Tax-Raising, Latte-Drinking, Sushi-Eating, Volvo-Driving,...

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Search Your Name Online: Be Prepared for a Shocking Discovery

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 7:28 PM

Come on, admit it. You've Googled your name. Actually, it's a good idea. You should know what is on the Internet about you.

Usually you'll find such things as what you've written, where you've worked, your website, speaking engagements and your blog.

Some...

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What Price Safety Over Privacy: A Slippery Slope

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 5:47 PM

How much privacy are we willing to give up ensuring our safety against possible terrorist attacks?

Do we have a choice or has this line already been crossed? Have we become a "Big Brother" society?

Already much of our information has been available online to anyone interested in knowing where...

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We Don't Know What We Don't Know

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 4:22 PM

As a former newspaper reporter, occasionally I was assigned to report on a subject I didn't know well.

I learned that if I don't know what questions to ask. Otherwise I was at a huge disadvantage and at risk for being misled.

When these assignments...

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