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Facebook addiction

How did we get to this place? Some of us have this urge to connect with others through social media. We are addicted to our smart phones, tablets and computers. Social media addiction is the driving desire to tune in to the noise of humanity. We are addicted to being instantly connected to the rest of the world. Ok, the entire world is not connected to social media because there are a lot of folks who are too poor to afford Internet access and the toys to access it. If you are like me, you are one of millions of people who have become addicted to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, Youtube and other platforms like them.

I have been increasingly addicted to social media. After all, that is where all of my friends live from all over the U.S. It has been said that people join Facebook for that very reason. To connect with long lost friends and family that are also online. What better way to keep up with your friends and family. If we could do only that maybe it would not be so bad. The problem is that you not only keep up with the happenings in their world but you also hear about their opinions on a variety of topics including religion and politics. You hear about it from your friends and all of their friends as well. At the work place they say that religion and politics is not a good subject matter. We are passionate about those topics and before you know it conversations get tense and feelings get hurt. Work relationships become strained and work productivity suffers. I have lost track on how many heated debates I have read about with regards to religion and politics on Facebook.

Facebook is and always has been a very easy app to use. How many people access Facebook via a smart phone or tablet? The better question would be to ask how many people do you know that do NOT access social media while they are on the go. We check our Facebook newsfeed while we are sitting in traffic or eating at a restaurant. We check it while we are in the restroom or when we are talking to our real life friends sitting right in front of us. We check our newsfeed while we are in bed before we go to sleep. How long can we go without being connected? When I am busy at work I probably check Facebook while I am eating at my desk. I check it early in the morning and then if there is nothing good on TV I will spend hours browsing my newsfeed and responding to posts. Oh and lets not forget the memes. We have to read and forward all of the cute memes that we can find.

I believe that we are too connected. I remember a time when you did not know about something happening on the other side of the world unless you read it in a newspaper or saw a story on the news. We consume way too much tragedy on a daily basis. There is too much death and destruction and we have a front seat to all of it. We have been desensitized to the horror of it all. I bet Hollywood is struggling to raise the bar on how much horror it will take to keep us interested.

Having said all of that I have decided I am sick of the negativity and irritation it brings. Life is too short to focus on all of that garbage. No, it is not all garbage but a good majority of it is. There are those of us that also are painfully aware of the glaring privacy issues. Just recently Facebook users were told about 50 million people having their data harvested to be used by a data company for the 2016 election. There is no expectation of privacy on Facebook. If you put it on their platform it is theres to do with however they please. Maybe you did not know that. Maybe you chose to give them what you give them in exchange for some mind candy. If you do not want Facebook sharing all of your information with others you have to stop putting on their system. You also have to go into your privacy settings and decide whom you want to see your information. You have to manually lock it down and you have to keep looking at it on a monthly basis. Facebook loves to tinker under the hood and change things without telling us anything.

Now I will have to find other things to consume my time. I am thinking that blogging and reading books will be a good start. I am going to write about things that interest me. I have a couple of books that i have checked out of the local library to read. Yes, that is what I am going to do.

What about you dear reader. What are your thoughts on the matter?

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Occupy Charleston 2011

Occupy Charleston is happening at Brittlebank Park in downtown Charleston.  I am  interested in this event for a couple of reasons.  One of the reasons is that my 19 yr old daughter Kristina, and her 18 yr old friend Barbara are participating.  Another reason is because it is interesting to see people that are willing to take a stand against what they feel is wrong.

I suppose that my daughter is taking part in this peaceful protest should not come as a surprise.  Back in the day, I was involved in several peaceful demonstrations, that were held outside of several abortion clinics in Houston Texas.   While I did see some immediate and visible results from the demonstrations I went to, I am not sure if we will see any immediate, or visible results come out of the “Occupy” events. 

The Post and Courier, a local newspaper, has an interesting article in today’s newspaper, and  online, about Occupy Charleston.  I like what a person named Armstrong that was quoted as saying. “ I do have a job and I am working, but I’m for “we the people”.   I suppose that those of us that are working and need to keep our jobs, will have to focus more on our jobs and less on the demonstration.  That does not mean that we can not participate in our personal time.  I am wondering if the degree of participation is being directly fueled by whether or not folks are employed. 

I like what State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston said in this article.  “You have to set your course”.  It appears that this event is not being well organized, and there are some differences in opinion amongst the protestors.  I am hoping that future events will be better planned and organized. 

The 99 hour demonstration will come and go.  People will have the opportunity to speak out and say “we are mad as hell and we are not going to take it any longer”.  My question is, what is next?  Other than gain some local media attention what is this demonstration going to solve in the long term?   Where do we go from here?  What is it going to cost and are we willing to sacrifice our comfort zones to take the next step?  What is the next step? 

Do you have any of the answers dear readers?  If so, I would love to hear them. 

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I do NOT understand

 I realize that some of my thoughts below will not be received well.  Speaking out and saying how I feel, may be unpopular or considered bad blogging etiquette.  If that is the case, I would ask you to stop reading now, and go to the next blog post on your list.  You may or may not agree with me, but I feel that I need to put some of my thoughts in writing.  I am doing this because I am looking around at the things that are going on in the United States of America, and I do not understand. 

Please bring home our armed forces troops – I feel as if we may be spread so thin that the defense of our country and our borders might be compromised.  I understand why our leaders felt it necessary to retaliate against those people or person’s who attacked us on Sept 11, 2001.  We made our point, and now it should be time for us to withdraw and come home. 

Seal our borders, and keep out illegal immigrants, by enforcing current immigration laws-  I learned today that our President has granted amnesty for all illegal immigrants living in our country, and is passing out free work permits to them.  I vote that we remove the bureaucratic red tape, that makes it impossible for illegal immigrants that are already here to become citizens.

If you have broken the laws of the United States of America, or your originating country, then you should not be allowed to become a citizen of the United States of America. In other words, if you have been convicted of a felony offense such as crimes against people or property then you should be disqualified for being a citizen of our nation.  We already have our fair share of criminals, within our borders.  I do not understand why we need to add more.

Before you holler that I am being insensitive to illegal immigrants, consider this. My sister and I are naturalized citizens.  We are legal immigrants.  Our parents adopted us in Germany and brought us to America.  We had to follow immigration laws and fulfill certain requirements to become US Citizens.  I will never forget being 8 years old, standing in a Federal Courtroom in Dallas Texas saying I pledge Allegiance to the United States of America.  I entered this country legally and I do not understand why it is now ok for people to bypass our immigration laws and do otherwise. 

Rich people in America should have to shoulder their fair share of paying taxes.  Middle class Americans, and poor people have shared that burden alone, for way too long. I have been a card carrying, and voting Republican for way too long. Why does the Republican party NOT want rich people to pay their fair share of taxes? Why are we bailing out corporations that FAIL to manage their financial affairs with our hard earned tax dollars?  If my family fails to balance our family budget, then we are expected (as we should be) to suffer the consequences for bad financial decisions.  Why are corporations and banks not required to shoulder the same consequences?  Where did this elitist mentality come from?

Lets start to focus more on the homeless and hungry people within our borders, and less on the homeless and hungry people outside of our borders. It is a crying shame that we have veterans of foreign wars that are sleeping on the streets of our cities doing without medical care and basic necessities. Every time I turn on the television or pick up printed media I am bombarded with requests to send my money over seas to help  starving people in third world countries.  Does that mean that I am heartless and that I do not care about suffering people?  No, all I am saying is that we should focus on the needs at home first, before we focus on needs outside of our borders.  Like I said, I do not understand.  

Lets elect people to government  office (at all levels)  that want to represent the people and not special interest groups on Capitol Hill. Special Interest groups pump millions of dollars into the pockets of our elected officials in order for their agenda to be converted into law.  This has been going on for way too long.  It is time that special interest groups be removed from Capitol Hill. 

 

Let’s enact laws that will force our elected officials to live by the same laws that they enact. In other words, you live by the same rule of law that you expect the citizens to live by.  Just because you are an elected representative of the people, does not mean you are entitled to free health care for the rest of your life.  Like I said, I do not understand.

 

Lets elect people to government office ( at all levels) that know how to balance a budget.  In other words stop spending more money than we have. The last time I looked I thought that we were supposed to be a democratic society.  It seems as if our country is morphing into a socialist republic that converts elected officials to the position of a czar.  Where in the world does the title czar come from in our constitution?  Can someone please point this out to me.  I do not remember studying about czar’s in American History or government classes when I went to school.  

Lets stop invading other countries, blowing them up and then using our tax dollars to rebuild them after we are done. Color me stupid folks but how does that begin to make sense?  We spend millions and billions of our tax dollars to attack another nation and blow them up, destroy their cities, topple their governments, kill their people.  Then we turn around and spend more money to rebuild their cities, bury their dead and attempt to recreate our way of life in a foreign land.  I just do not understand how that works or why it is even supposed to be normal. 

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Reform Act of 2011- Please Read

Good day all, I have been contemplating as to what to write about for several days now. I started out for about a week before New Years being about to blog everyday. However, I lost my momentum when James got sick and then I got his cold. When I get sick I don’t just get a cold, mine turns into Bronchitis. So many things have happened just in the past 18 days of the New Year. The most eventful I would say is the shooting in Arizona. I think that it is crazy that they have an open carry law there with out any restrictions as to who carries a gun. Almost sounds like the Wild, Wild, West.

I finally decided that I wanted to post something that my brother sent me in email. I believe that it has come that we the people need to put our foot down when it comes to term limits and who is in Congress. I know if it was up to James, he would say take some U-Haul trucks up there and help everyone pack up and give them their pink slip. This sounds like a good idea sometimes. Funny how any employer in the country can fire you at any given point with no notice, but we can’t do that to the people that WE HAVE HIRED in Congress. After all, they are supposed to be working for us. Anyway, there is a Reform Act that is going around and I feel that it is worthy to post on here for people to see. If you agree, then please continue to send it around to other friends so maybe there will be a domino effect and something can be done.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.

MUCH OF WHAT WE FACE IN TERMS OF PRIVILEGE AND SELFISHNESS IN THIS COUNTRY MIGHT BEST BE CHANGED STARTING FROM THE TOP DOWN.

Reform Act of 2011 Please read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!  Why?  Simple!  The people demanded it.  That was in 1971…before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

I’m asking you to forward this email to a minimum of twenty people on your address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.  This is one idea that really should be passed around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1. Term Limits.

12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six-year Senate terms

B. Six Two-year House terms

C. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms

2.  No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3.  Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately.  All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.  Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make the current contract with members of Congress.  Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career.  The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people (in the U.S. ) to receive the message.

MUCH OF WHAT WE FACE IN TERMS OF PRIVILEGE AND SELFISHNESS IN THIS COUNTRY MIGHT BEST BE CHANGED STARTING FROM THE TOP DOWN.

If you agree with the above, pass it on.

You are one of my 20. I INVITE YOU TO KEEP IT GOING. WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE — THANKS!

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