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TED Talk – Food waste October 11, 2012

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Over the last few years and especially since having kids I have become more and more aware and disturbed by the amount of food waste in our lives. Given our world’s growing population I think this is the largest problem we face. Energy is an issue, but the gap between hunger and food waste is a bigger problem we must address that no one is talking about. Until now…

TED Talk – Robots good or bad? October 11, 2012

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I saw this talk on my ipod this week and had a strong reaction. I am curious to hear how others feel about this talk.

I was in agreement with this talk right up until the very end. Technological improvements are coming and they are intended to improve our lives. What I disagree with is the notion that we will be able to utilize these improvements for everyone to free us up to enjoy our lives more and spend less time working. The world is not equal and because the people that have power can continue to grow their power and wealth, there will be no way to create fair balance. I wish it was different, but I am not sure how we can change human NATURE.

Letter to my elected officials March 24, 2011

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To my Elected-Officials,
I am a resident of Milford, MI. I moved to Michigan in 2001 having grown up in Pennsylvania and living for a while in Virgina. I truly love living in Michigan for all the natural resources. But now that I have two young children, I am more concerned about protecting the educational and economic environment of our state.

I am gravely concerned that the actions being taken to reconcile the budgetary issues are going to cause more problems than fix. I completely agree that in order to get out from under the problems we face requires a shared sacrifice. But what is being proposed is not equal or fair sharing. The need to draw new businesses and industries seems to be taking a precedence over helping the people of Michigan who elected you to office. But reducing funding to schools, we are destroying the future opportunities of all children in the state. By reducing taxes to businesses we are giving back more profits to people who are already successful. Let me be very clear, tax give backs DO NOT CREATE JOBS. They only create more profits. Sure, the business owners have the OPTION to hire more people. But why would they hire more if their consumers can not afford their products or services? Or who are they selling to if the people who live here have to move to find new jobs that pay enough for them to afford these products? Or who are they going to hire if the people are not educated enough to fill their roles?

The first priority of the state needs to be to educate it’s children, not cater to businesses. Please consider this message as you approach the budget deadlines in the coming months. I hope that the great state of Michigan can recover from this low place to become great again. I am afraid I am part of one family that might have to move out of state to find work and find educational opportunities for my children. I really hope it does not come to that.

Thank you for your service and time.

Forget Tablet Computers – this is the future November 17, 2009

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This video demonstrates some amazing technology that is literally at our fingertips. It will turn the world upside. Forget all the new laws for texting while driving – this goes far beyond what people do with phones. And yet, that is all the technology is… amazing!

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.