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Oprah + KFC = Social Experiment waiting to happen

Advocacy, Amusements, Customer Service, Food Service, Music

If your like me, you don’t watch Oprah… However you probably got an email from a friend or coworker with a link to a site where you can print coupons for a free 2 piece grilled chicken meal. Sounds great huh?……. Wrong! (mostly)

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The Official All That’s Evil Technology Rant!

Advocacy, Technology

I have always been involved with technology.  When I was a child, I disassembled it, and usually put it back together.  When I got old enough to be gainfully employed, I started working in the technology field.  So I think that I have a suitable background to talk about technology.  Those of you who’ve been reading here for any length of time must think so to, because you keep coming back.

In this world, we’ve grown amazingly dependent on technology.  I realized this at a very early age.  We’ve got electronic traffic lights, to keep people moving safely.  We’ve got technology that makes sure the electricity makes it to us, and that makes sure the water and sewer keeps flowing.  We’ve got technology to keep us warm, to cool us off, and to prepare our meals, and to make sure our food doesn’t rot before we eat it.

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Education, and the Economic Stimulus Package

Advocacy, Economics, Education, Technology

President Obama has signed into law the Economic Stimulus package. And there’s money there for education. This is the good thing. On the other side of the coin, money for education in the bill was scaled back, and now is no larger than the educational funding of the past few years. So while it looks like this is a new source of funding for educational improvements, in many ways, it’s just putting back what’s been cut over the past few years.

The stimulus package’s educational spending is earmarked for technology and infrastructure. This is a necessary area for educational spending, and for the past few years, has been trimmed far too much. But in addition to infrastructure, the money needs to go to better tools.

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Women and Men

Advocacy, Relationships, Society

I have previously written about chivalry and how it is not dead, but it is picking out burial plots. This post is written for several reasons, the first that comes to mind is the fact that this has been bugging me for a while now and it needs to be yanked out into the open, skeletons, while neat decorations at Halloween don’t need to be left in the closet for years.

To all of the women who are reading this post, if you are looking for a knight in shining armor, who will ride in on his faithful white stallion to save you and make your life everything you ever dreamed of… I’m afraid they haven’t existed in about 600 years. However there are still a few nice guys left. That would love you and treat you with respect and compassion. That would do their best to make you happy.

They are hard to find. Most of the time they are passed over, they are the best friend, the companion to go to when shit has hit the fan and the chips are down…. They hold your hand when your hurting, they are your shoulder to cry on when your sad. They stand beside you and defend you to your friends and your enemies. They ask nothing in return. They simply wait.

While they might not be knights on horses… They are all that remain of an ever dieing breed.

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Do YOU Have 5 minutes?

Advocacy, Human Rights, Politics, Society

Have you done your part?

Or are you going to just sit there, and let them DO this to YOU?

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Doing Something to Help Educate Children

Advocacy, Education, Local

Sarcastic Mom over at Deep South Moms Blog let me know about this.  The Deep South Moms Blog Donors Choose Challenge is a chance to help schools by donating directly to a Public School Classroom Teacher to help meet a specific need.  

Because my beloved is a Teacher, I totally understand the fact that teachers are always looking to be able to do more for their students.  And that they’re always looking for more money to do things with and for their students.   I’ve been a big fan of Donors Choose for a few months now, and I see how they’re providing an easy interface to make a difference.  

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Welcome to 1973, 2008 style…

Advocacy, Economics, Energy, Environment, Petroleum, Society

This weekends Gas Prices

This weekend's Gas Prices

It’s been thirty five years since I’ve had to wait in line to buy gas.   When I waited then, the Arab world had found the power of scarcity, and gas cost around $0.40 a gallon.  The price of a barrel of oil was hovering around $12 and the world was going crazy.

Friday, with most gas stations dry,  I spent over 2 hours in line, waiting for gas at my local shop.  They had lines half a mile long, and had extra staff on hand to manage the craziness.  Gas cost $3.89, and the price of a barrel of oil is dancing below it’s recent all time high, at around $101.

People were losing their tempers, cutting in line, threatening other people, and generally behaving poorly.  There was a shooting a couple blocks from my home, that may well have been gas-line related.

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High Speed Rail

Advocacy, Best Of, Economics, Environment, Politics, Society, Travel
Better Commuting?

Better Commuting?


The recent road trip reminded me of this recurring thought I’ve been having for the past twenty years.

I’ve been talking about the need for high speed rail, to help eliminate highway congestion, and decrease the number of “regional” commuter flights.

Lets take the second problem first. Regional commuter flights are flights that start and end within 1 hour of travel. They are typically routes that are flown partiallly full most of the time, sometimes even flying empty, just so that the planes will be pre-positioned for their next flight.

These are usually flown with older planes, which require more maintenance, and are usually less fuel efficient.

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