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Dear Independents,

Did you know we can vote in the primary as well as the midterm election without changing our “Independent” status (to Democrat or Republican)?  For more information, Arizona’s Pima County residents, click here.  Call 520-740-4330, listen to the brief recording, press 1, then 7.  Early ballots will be mailed out on July 29 — plenty of time for August 24’s Primary Election.

Americans, contact your local election center.  Every voice counts.  Vote!  Vote!  Vote!

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July 4, 2010 Posted by | America, Attitude, Change, Citizen, Collaboration, Education, Freedom, Mind, Politics, Purpose, USA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The U.S. Food Industry — Faster, Fatter, Bigger, Cheaper, Death! (II)

Who ever imagined eating would become life-threatening?!

When big businesses and government look solely after their self interests, the populace are screwed.

A two-year-old dies from E. Coli infested meat. Who cares? Profit over life.  Money is THE ONLY “LANGUAGE” greed understands.

(Why have two-party systems?  Forget Democrats and Republicans.  Once in power, most simply pursue their self interests.  Why not call “Spade” a “Spade” — the “Have Conscience” and the “Don’t Have Conscience.”)

Food, Inc. reveals chilling realities:

  • Chickens stuffed in dark “growing houses” — no space to move, no space for exercise, smeared in feces.  Cows, too. Feces halfway up their legs!  Wonder why more people aren’t dropping dead left and right from food poisoning?!
  • Mexicans lured by American meat corporations at $8 to $10 per hour wages; entering the country illegally, enduring inhumane working conditions. Corporate big shots are never charged.  Just the hardworking undocumented workers brought to the plants by their cut throat employers.  (Former corporate employees hold powerful government positions.  One of the many dirty secrets between government and corporations — fattening their wallets and taking advantage of the people and consumers they supposedly serve).
  • Working class families are getting sick from $1 meals and other cheap, high sodium, nutritionally poor, fast foods. Bread winners on costly medications are choosing to eat cheaply, not healthy.  Consequences — illness, high prescription costs, tight budgets, unhealthy food choices, cheap processed foods, more sickness.
  • Farmers who take on the food industry giants face emotional and financial bankruptcy — silenced, alone, jobless.

The vicious cycle — greed and intimidation — continue.

Until now … KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

Strength lies in numbers.  No demand, no supply.  Look at the tobacco industry!

Food industry, you’re next!

Consumers, it’s time to DEMAND safe, quality, real food.  The time is NOW.  Take matters into our own hands.  We want our health back!  We want our lives back!

Whose side are you on, “Have conscience” or “Don’t have conscience?”

IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH!  SPREAD THE WORD!

July 28, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Body, Business, Change, Citizen, Collaboration, Education, Finance, Food, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Heart, Marketing, Mind, Money, Movie, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Spirituality, Stress, Success, War | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

We Can Think For Ourselves

Don’t care for Rush Limbaugh or Michael Moore — both extremely opinionated, one sided nut jobs …  BUT … extreme views can hold their weight in gold.  If we all agreed on everything all the time, when will we ever think outside of the box?

We have a brain; a brain so underused.  Why not listen to opposing views, throw in our bias and perceptions, and come to our personal truths?

What about news commentators?  I don’t want them telling me what to believe.  Show me the entire town hall meeting — just the facts.  I’ll reach my own conclusions.

On the other hand, that may not work.  Too many media folks will become jobless.  The press is shutting down left and right.  The government will have to bail them out, too.

State-sponsored media?  NO WAY!!!  If we only hear favorable reviews about our government, I might as well migrate to Russia.  Save time.

Which do you prefer?  The rich and the powerful dominate the media or government-run news organizations?  Either way, the populace are brain washed.  WE ARE SCREWED!!!

We’ve got beautiful minds.  Why not use it?

Just give me the facts, baby!  My brain will do my thinking!  🙂

July 21, 2009 Posted by | America, Attitude, Business, Change, Citizen, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Freedom, Health and Wellness, Heart, Introspection, Journalism, Leadership, Mind, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Freedom — The Right of All Mankind

Throughout history, dictators — despicable tyrants — have fought tooth and nail to control the masses.

If  they would only understand — violence and oppression may guarantee short-term power (a generation or two, at most), but never the respect nor the support of its people necessary for the governance and prosperity of a sovereign nation.

Iran, for example, is at a point of no return.  People are openly defiant; cell phone photos and the Internet exposing the regime’s violent acts for the world to see.

The dust will settle; sooner, if not later.

Then what?  Who will be next on world’s stage?

North Korea, perhaps — an isolated nation of human tragedies, a regime thriving on criminality, “hell on earth” with an estimated unemployment rate as high as 95 percent — where bribery, stealing, starvation, human trafficking, imprisonment, and torture are the norm.

Atrocities abound:

  • In North Korea, good people can’t survive; stealing, a necessary evil.
  • High-ranking North Korean defectors have testified before Congress saying that the government is overseeing the production and export of heroin and methamphetamine.
  • The quality of fertilizer South Koreans give the North is so good (and expensive), the North Korean government sells it to a Southeast Asian country.  The North continues to use fertilizer full of acidity, yielding minimal harvest.
  • The regime practices collective punishment — guilt by association.  “Political wrongdoers” and their families (accidentally sitting on a newspaper printed with the leader’s face, not hanging leaders’ portraits in homes [officials check residences], etc.) — up to three generations — are imprisoned for their “crime.”

Despite horrific accounts, positive changes are taking place inside one of the world’s most oppressive regimes.  Political shifts are occurring due to the flow of refugees back and forth from China.

These days, North Koreans are openly criticizing their government — when a few gather, discontent spills over … North Koreans are learning their country is not “paradise on earth.” (Full Story)

As people discover the truth, the regime’s grip loosens … Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, is now the last bastion of super-control.  The rural area is becoming the ‘Wild West.'”  With fear declining, there’s great potential for change.  The regime’s control is deteriorating. (Tom White, Executive Director of Voice of the Martyrs)

June 24, 2009 Posted by | Asia, Attitude, Body, Book Review, Change, Christianity, Citizen, Collaboration, Compassion, Education, Freedom, God, Heart, History, International, Introspection, Iraq, Journalism, Leadership, Love, Mind, Passion, Peace, People, Politics, Purpose, Self Help, Soul, Spirit, Stress, Success, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

USS New York — Ship Recovered From 9/11

“She may suffer damage but she will never know defeat.” (Ronald Sugar, Chairman and CEO, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems)

On Sept. 9, 2003, steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, L.A.

“When the ship’s bow section was poured into molds, big rough steel workers treated the metal with total reverence.”  (Navy Captain Kevin Wensing)

“It was a spiritual moment for everybody.  When the steel first arrived, I touched it and the hair on my neck stood up.  They knocked us down but they can’t keep us down.  We’re going to be back.”  (Junior Chavers, Foundry Operations Manager).

Additional facts on USS New York

  • Built with 7.5 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center
  • Designed for missions including special operations against terrorists
  • Able to carry 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft
  • Ship’s motto — Never Forget

God bless the USA!

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Citizen, Collaboration, Dream, Education, Freedom, God, History, International, Mind, Passion, Peace, People, Politics, Purpose, Success, War | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Irish Dance and 10 Important Irish Contributions to the World

Irish friends, Irish dance, Irish literature, Irish whiskey … can’t imagine life without the Irish!

But did you also know the Celts invented flavored potato chips, submarines, tanks, soda water, U2, and ales?  I had no clue until today!  (Full Story)

Thank you Ireland!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🙂

March 17, 2009 Posted by | Citizen, Europe, Food, Gratitude, Holidays, People | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lead Out Loud

Each of us on this earth has it. The ability to lead … and inspire.

Sometimes our work feels small and insignificant. But remember, a small ripple can gain momentum … and build an insurmountable current.

Begin with one small step.  Don’t let others stand in your way. Walk your own path.

Some may laugh.  So what? Many will follow. Don’t ever give up.

Success … seems to be largely a matter of hanging on when others have let go.

Fear keeps people small. Run toward your fears. Embrace them. On the other side of your greatest fears live your greatest life.

Get out of the stands.  Get on the court.  Play the game of life. Take risks.  Leap and the net will appear. Be positive.  What you think is who you will become.

Dream.  Dream big. Feel it.  Believe it.  Achieve it. Whatever your dreams are … go for it! You will inspire others.

Extend a hand.  Care.  Be kind. When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy!

Be a positive role model.  Be the change you want to see in the world. Make a difference.

NOW IS THE TIME TO LEAD OUT LOUD.

Full Story

January 20, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Citizen, Collaboration, Dream, Freedom, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Mind, Passion, Peace, Politics, Purpose, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil Rights Day — On Personal Responsibility and Gratitude

On this historical day, one American reflects on her American experience:

“When the younger generations say, ‘It’s my life,’ I’ll tell you, ‘IT’S NOT.’ Remember, your actions affect people in ways you’ll never know. Way before your conception, you cannot imagine how much time, love, and energy have gone into caring for you and your future — wishing nothing but the best for you.”

According to Mary Wong (84), “Today’s spoiled brats think it’s their birthright to buy brand named clothing, fill their shelves with the latest electronics gadgets, have their college experience paid in full, and travel in their spare time. People are afraid to work. They want lots with minimal effort.”

Wong’s favorite story of gratitude is one of a great president:

At age seven, the boy had to work. At nine, his mother passed away. The young man wanted to go to law school but had no education. At 23, he went into debt to become a partner in a small store. Three years later his business partner died and left him with a debt that took years to repay.

At 37, he was elected to Congress … on his THIRD try. He wasn’t re-elected. This man’s son died at four-years-old. He ran for the Senate at age 45 … and failed. He persisted at politics and ran for the vice-presidency. He lost again. He was 47. Finally, at age 51, Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States.

“Lincoln had a grateful heart. He knew, that even in the midst of great tribulation and hardships, there was much to be thankful for. And he took the time to express his gratitude to God,” said Wong.

“You stand on the shoulders of all who have come before you; those who have paved the way for you. You may not become a president or a CEO. But whatever work you undertake, don’t give up. Do it well — with skill and pride. Be the best you can be. That’s ‘thank you’ in action. That’s gratitude.”

Full Story Here

January 19, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Christianity, Citizen, Dream, Education, Freedom, God, Gratitude, Heart, Introspection, Leadership, Love, Mind, Passion, Peace, People, Politics, Purpose, Soul, Spirit, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recession, Declining Readership, and Citizen Journalism

Tough economic times and declining readership are causing one more news organization to close.

What does this mean for citizens’ right to know and to be informed on issues affecting and impacting our lives?

Now, more than ever, is the time for citizens and journalists (many who, in the near future, will be looking for work outside of the newsroom) to collaborate and bring “live, local, late breaking” news to the public.

Public involvement equals diversity and active participation.  More voices will be heard.  Alas, democracy in action — of the people, by the people, for the people.

One’s privilege to inform, however, must be accompanied by accuracy and fairness (exclude opinion pieces and editorials).

Tom Lindley (62), a veteran journalist and national editor of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. (CNHI) news service, shares his four words of wisdom to citizen journalists and bloggers:

  • Balance is necessary.  Present both sides.  There are always two sides to every story. Too many people view journalism as big stories; ruining somebody’s career and exposing something.  It’s not.  Life is not simply black and white, good and bad.  Life is much deeper, more complicated.
  • Journalism is a collaborative effort. Critics are necessary.  Critics encourage alternative views, depth, and refinement.  Have others read your work before publishing.
  • Citizen journalists should become familiar with libel laws. Be careful what you say about people.  Degree of fairness is necessary.
  • Professional media and citizen media can coexist. Citizens can provide a whole another checks and balances.  Citizens are everywhere.  They represent all walks of life — tremendous knowledge and expertise.  Due to severe cutbacks in the newsrooms, we now need highly talented, trained individuals to fill that void.  Collaboration is key.

Thoughts?

January 18, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Change, Citizen, Education, Mind, Passion, Purpose, Spirit, Success, Technology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Scam Artists Work

Nothing in life is free. We can’t get something for nothing. We know that. Yet fraud is rampant.  Scam artists don’t go away.

Why?

  • Scam artists are friendly and charming
  • They talk and act like one of us (until they get our hard earned dough)
  • Scam artists prey on human weakness – greed, loneliness, insecurity, poor health, and ignorance

Tactics

  • Pyramid Scheme – yes the Ponzis and Madoffs. People pass money to those above them in the pyramid (their recruiters) and wait to receive money from their recruits. There’s never enough money to repay all the investors.
  • Business and Internet Scams — prey on people’s ignorance of the rules of business and accounting.
  • Stock Market Scams – the scam artist owns several worthless stocks and invite (actually hard sell) victims to invest. When the value of the stock increase, the scam artist sells their shares and disappears.
  • Online Sales Scams – Cons asking customers to pay for shipping cost (much higher than the product) before sending the merchandise.
  • Home Improvement Cons – A roofer might get half way through the job and then demand more money. The contractor might have a clause in the contract allowing him to put a lien on the house and foreclosure for missed payments. Also beware of cheap materials, shoddy workmanship, and unnecessary replacements.
  • Loan Scams – debt removal services provide homeowners with (worthless) certificates. Certificates invalidate homeowners’ mortgage or other debt in exchange for a large fee.
  • Mortgage Refinance Scam – Scammers prey on people who are already in financial trouble. He wants easy foreclosure on the homes.

How to Avoid a Scam

  • You never get something for nothing
  • Guard your personal information
  • Don’t accept solicitation
  • Ask lots of questions

If You’ve Been Scammed (this happens even to the most street-wise)

  • Contact the authorities
  • Contact your local TV stations
  • Provide documentation – receipts, contracts, phone records
  • Expose cons and their tactics.  Minimize the number of potential victims

Full Story (see also Deception Detection)

January 15, 2009 Posted by | Attitude, Citizen, Collaboration, Education, Introspection, Mind, Money, Spirit, Stress | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment