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Every American Needs to Watch This… April 23, 2013

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The United States of America, USA, America. It is our home and our home is broken. Our people and our politicians are fighting. We are not moving this country forward. We need to demand progress. We need to demand change. No matter what side you take on the issues of the day, this is something we should all want.

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Facebook Privacy Debate is NOT about Privacy June 19, 2010

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We recently watched the Ricky Gervais movie, “The Invention of Lying.” The movie itself was so-so. But the premise was very interesting. People simply spoke what was on their minds, there was no lying (white or otherwise), there was no sugar coating… Jennifer Garner played this role so well! The movie made everyone seem sad and depressed because the negative was right in front of them. I did not like this aspect of the movie, because, I would hope, that people would be able to live more free without the burden of living a different reality.

Then I was llistening to one of my NPR podcasts Friday morning and heard a story about Facebook and the privacy debate that is raging on around the world. The story was informative, but kind of glossed over the main point of what the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is ultimately trying to accomplish with his very controversial changes to the privacy settings in Facebook.

Since many people know the debate, I will only gloss over it here. Basically, many users and the media have complained that users of Facebook are by default providing personal information to all the world. People are required to make many complex and hidden changes to the security settings of their accounts in order to prevent certain people from seeing items in their profile. Essentially users are asking the social networking site to create two or more worlds where people can separate their life into personal, work, and whatever other groups of people they want to define.

Now, think about this… what if everyone knew everything about you? Potential and current employers knew what you did on your weekends. Friends and family knew the truth about what you are doing and when. If you could not lie or hide the truth, what would you do differently? Would you live you life differently? People think about what would I do if I won the lottery. Well, what if everyone lived the same reality?

I think what Facebook might change about the world is that people live in a single world. There is no longer a distinction between the person at work and the person at home. If you want to be true to yourself, you have to be true to everyone around you. You have to live life with the understanding that you should be your best self all the time. There should be nothing to be embarrassed about. That is how I want to live my life! The only secrets I have are when I buy someone a present.

Closed Eyes November 4, 2008

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I am watching the CNN reporting of the election and something just struck me very hard about the McCain and the Republican policies. They were talking to the analyst from the McCain viewing event and mentioned that as long as they were winning states, the results were being shown on the big boards. Once Obama started to win a couple of states, like Pennsylvania and Ohio, they stopped presenting the results to their audience. I think that is very telling. I am very happy we are moving into a new era. I hope the people who have bought into the McFear compaign and feared the coming change will come to embrace it and we can become a unified country again. The rest of the free world is celebrating, why aren’t we?

Change is Happening, Stop Trying to Hide from It! November 4, 2008

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Because of slogan’s and campaigns, the election focused on the word “change”. But you really need to realize that the world is changing. We can not be left behind. We need to look where we as human’s have been and where we are going. Turning a blind eye is only going to make things worse.

I hope people let go of the old ideas and beliefs and start to recognize we need to start thinking in a whole new way to protect our future.

VOTE! November 4, 2008

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It matters!

The Tide is Turning October 10, 2008

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With the economy looking more and more chaotic, McCain seems to be losing ground. Here is a chart from the web site Real Clear Politics. It is really a non-partisian site that pulls in stories from both sides. There is a lot of good information and opinions on display here. But the thing I like the best are all the poll data that are pulled together. These graphs are interactive on the site and you can really drill down to see the details.

Here is what the Poll Graph looked like last week:

20081003 Electoral College Votes

20081003 Electoral College Votes

and here is what is looks like today:

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20081010 Electoral College Votes

What I hope is that this major shift does not create any less sense of urgency. McCain and the Republican Party is now pulling out all the stops. Obama was raked over the coals during the Democratic Primaries. I really don’t see how these attack ads are going to work, but if nothing else, they will motivate Republican base and this is the scary part. Obama will not and should not attack back. I just hope the American people are finally ready to move ABOVE the nonsense. This election is important and everyone still needs to vote!!! We need a change NOW!

How Bad is the Economy in the Midwest? August 6, 2008

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In case other people outside Michigan or Ohio doubted how bad we are doing…

6 Cities in OH and MI Among bottom 10

This election year is more an important than ever and we need to turn things around. Yes, turn things around, that means change. Change is hard, but it has to happen. We need to move away from politicians that continue to use tax breaks to lure votes and implement failed policies of exclusion and prejudice.

Freedom October 31, 2006

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I heard John Mayer’s song “Waiting on the World to Change.” It caused me to wonder about where the US stands in the world. Obviously in recent years it has been discussed internationally how other countries dislike Americans, especially in light of the War in Iraq. This song made me think about how we as a people are reacting to the decisions our leader(s) are making. Specifically, the following:
 
      Now we see everything is going wrong
      With the world and those who lead it
      We just feel like we don’t have the means 
      To rise above and beat it
 
In other countries, the people often rise up and demonstrate their disgust with the poor choices or better yet, results. Why doesn’t that happen in this country? Have we reached a point is apathy? When you look at election turnouts over our history, it certainly appears to be the case. And yet, a hundred American soldiers are being killed each month in another country to provide them with that right. Why are we willing to fight for another country, but not our own?
(AND Why are celebrities making such an effort to sponsor other children in other countries and not our own? There are millions of Americans living in poverty here and yet they are providing so much more support to people around the world.)
 
I just don’t understand it.