I’m Alone, Not Lonely…

3 Aug

Amazing, and beautiful. Which is what it is to be alone. I’m not lonely, that’s not what alone means.

Many people are often surprised when I tell them how many things I do alone, by myself…I find that telling. How can anyone else know you if you don’t know yourself? If you can’t be alone, how do you know who you are?

Reality Check

1 Aug

Sometimes, I get discouraged, run down, and worry about getting to do all the things I’ve always dreamed of doing. However, when I stop to think about it, I’ve done so many amazing things that others only dream of, and I really need to always remember what I’ve done and how it’s made me who I am.

I wanted to put my life into perspective, so I decided to apply my life experiences to the kiddie question “When I grow up, I want to…” Continue reading

I’m Out of The Box…Now What?

13 Jul

I found the following quotes and have been thoughtfully considering the meaning and application:

On Distributism (vs. Capitalism, vs. Socialism)“According to distributism, the ownership of the means of production should be spread as widely as possible among the general populace, rather than being centralized under the control of the state (state socialism) or a few large businesses or wealthy private individuals (plutarchic capitalism).”

G.K. Chesterton said “Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists.” Continue reading

Save the Internet

7 Jul

Video on net neutrality and how big corporations like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to make internet access and speeds tiered, like current cable service. I am SO against this, it’s not even funny. Watch the video and go to savetheinternet.com to make your voice heard.  I’m so sick of the little guy getting trampled over.

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YP City Event at STATS ATL

28 Jun

L to R: Laura, Me, Tessa, Wendy, and Erin at STATS Atlanta for the YP City event.

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College Debt Costs Us All

17 Jun

Why are younger people REALLY waiting so long to get married, start families, and enter in to traditional definitions of adulthood? A NY Times article says it has to do with empowerment of women, and their desire to have careers, along with younger people being supported and helped by their parents for longer periods of time. This is highlighted in the article by the recent Obama administration implementation of people up to age 26 being able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans.

But that’s where the explanation stops, and I don’t know about you, but that’s not nearly enough analysis. The first, BIGGEST, reason for young adults postponing all those things is money and finances, which is a direct result of TWO main things. The first one is the outrageous cost of college that imposes heavy responsibility on so many young people. Instead of saving money for a down payment on a house, or a new car, or for a wedding, or even for their future children to go to college, they are shelling out hundreds and hundreds of dollars a month to pay back student loans.

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“Big Melted Butter Jesus”

15 Jun

Yeah, the big statue burned down. We’ve all seen it, on 1-75 in the big OH. It’s gone now, hopefully for forever. But some cool dude got it on video, so check it out:

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Great Video on BP Oil Spoil

11 Jun

Yes, it’s outrageous, but it’s just so funny…extreme Layman’s Terms. Love it.

Atlanta Chicks Tweetup

17 Jun

This will be a great event!!! Cant wait to finally meet the awesome Atlanta ladies I’ve been chatting with on Twitter!

Atlanta Chicks Tweetup

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A Discussion on Geo-Targeting

21 Apr

A Discussion on Geo-Targeting

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The Layoffs we dont see…

6 Mar

Article in the NYTimes today about unannounced layoffs and the WARN act… Companies are laying white-collar workers off in smaller numbers so they can do say without giving them notice. We as workers have no rights left in this country anymore. I think all this is appalling. Companies are using this as an excuse to cut workers, reduce pay, benefits, retirement, etc. and they wont ever bring it back once the recession is over. And yes, I am SICK of helping companies that arent hiring Americans anymore.

The unemployment figure in this country is a JOKE. You mean to tell me that we were losing over 600,000 jobs per week in Feb, but somehow we only lost 690,000 for the whole month? Where did we create those other jobs? yeah right, those other people are probably no longer collecting unemployment. And what about the part time workers and the ultimate small businesses…the self-employed. they are never counted if they are out of work. Our unemployment rate has got to be at about 20% at least.

These companies are snakes…how do they think they are going to survive if Americans can no longer buy their stuff? you think those “middle class” workers in China and India will buy the cars, computers, ipods, etc? Hate to break it to you, but the media is stretching it a bit…the middle class in those countries is still insanely small (1 or 2%) and most arent able to buy the stuff.

Thats one of the reasons automakers pay their workers more (even the foreign ones that come here do this) so that their workers can actually buy the things they make. If this fails to be the case in this country, ie. we all work at Wal-Mart for $8 an hour, this country as we know it is finished and we are headed for third world status.

I’m ready for a worker revolution. How can we do it?

HR-676

24 Feb

I support HR-676…a full extension of Medicare to cover ALL American citizens. Check out the details, as proposed by Rep. Conyers of Michigan, here:

http://conyers.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Issues.Home&Issue_id=063b74a4-19b9-b4b1-126b-f67f60e05f8c

I will be back to discuss more details on this soon.

A Great Idea

10 Feb

I am all about people thinking creatively and outside-the-box, especially right now. We need all the creative ideas we can get about how to stimulate our economy.

I was delighted to read about such an idea in the New York Times today. Ruth Y. Goldway, a member of the United States Postal Regulatory Commission, laid out a way to use some of the stimulus money to fit all the postal vehicles to electric. Although this may not be a new idea, she expanded by saying that the customers could plug their own vehicles in at their community offices when they mail parcels, etc. Great idea!

Additionally, she correctly identified that “Green jobs — outfitting buildings, converting trucks — would be created in neighborhoods nationwide. Converting just its 142,000 standard delivery trucks would reduce gasoline consumption by up to 68 million gallons a year and save the Postal Service millions of dollars.” Saving the Postal Service money would be a wise move, since mail delivery has seen some decreases.

This is the kind of change I was thinking about. This is the kind of change I can believe in.

Stimulus, Shimulus…Do It Right

9 Feb

So the stimulus is in trouble. I’m not surprised in the least. There’s too much stuff in this bill in the first place. I attribute this to Democrats not being able to spend on anything for eight years, but this is not the time to cram everything in. So here are the 4 parts that I believe should be the TOTAL stimulus bill of right now.

Break the stimulus into the following parts:

1. Repairing bridges, roads, etc. throughout the country. Hire those laid-off autoworkers, hire engineers and project managers.

2. Give an enormous amount of money to green industry…solar panels, wind power and mass transportation. don’t just give enough for states to keep their existing transit systems…give them more to make the expansion they need due to increased ridership.

3. Restructure the electrical grid. Help fund and give contracts to companies like Better Place, which will send a message to Detroit that there WILL be an infrastructure in place to support the Chevy Volt and other cars when they come out. Oil will only go up.

4. Increase unemployment benefits and let the unemployed go onto Medicare for a time. Find a way to help those who are self-employed and independent contractors…many of whom are illegally paid in this fashion and suffer from extraordinarily high taxes.

This is ALL that should be in this bill. Of course, education reform and health care, etc. are important. My fear is that if we only do half of what is needed in these areas in this bill, when we try to do more, the Republicans will scream “We already spent money on these programs” and we’ll never get it done right.

Democrats, save some bargaining room. Health Care and Education should be addressed later (even in a few months, just to separate from this current bill) and if you dont spend anything on them now, you will have a better place to argue from when you need complete spending to do them right.

Also, let’s get this thing done without the Republicans. Obama needs to stand up to them more…they were not voted in. We wanted a bold, daring stimulus-and this is not it-this is a hodgepodge. It looks like a pot-luck dinner when we wanted and needed 5-star dining. We dont want more tax cuts or credits, either.

America Must Produce…a Story

5 Dec

” John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock
(MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6am .

While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA ) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG ).
He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA ),
 

designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE )

and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA )

 After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet  (MADE IN INDIA )
 

he sat down with his calculator
(MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today.

After setting his watch
(MADE IN TAIWAN )

 filled it with GAS
 (from Saudi Arabia )

to the radio
(MADE IN INDIA )

he got in his car
 (MADE IN GERMANY )

 and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

 At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his
 Computer
(Made In Malaysia ),

 Joe decided to relax for a while.

 He put on his sandals  (MADE IN BRAZIL )
 
poured himself a glass of wine
 (MADE IN FRANCE )

and turned on his TV
 (MADE IN INDONESIA ),
 

and then wondered why he can’t find  a good paying job in AMERICA .”

I think we know what the point of this story is. Competition is good, but it needs to include American competition. Lets get our act together.