Winter flu season has hit our household hard this past week. All recommended limits on television screen time have been exceeded. Of course, normally, we play exclusively with wooden toys all day. Mr Nearly Three's favourite TV show at present is PAW Patrol, a team of six puppies who, with the aid of different emergency services vehicles, rescue citizens of Adventure Bay.
It is with shock and sadness that I have discovered I am NOT a dual citizen of the United States and Australia and am therefore eligible to hold office in Australia's Parliament. True, I was born one sunny June morning at Arlington Hospital, just outside of Washington DC where I lived for three years before flying home with my Australian parents to make Canberra my childhood home. Wide boulevards and sterile public buildings are my jam.
Questions like that have provoked decades of debate among economists. Some have argued children are similar to a "private consumption good". Choosing to have, to raise and to enjoy your own children is akin to making a purchase – like opting for a extra-wide-screen TV or a sporty SUV. If that's the case, there's no reason for government's to subsidise childcare or maybe even public schools. Other economists have taken the view that children are crucial for the reproduction of society.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".