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Electronic Challenges

May 27, 2013

Boy! Am I ever challenged!

Yesterday I decided to look up whether I had won anything on any of my lottery tickets from my birthday last Saturday.   Somehow I ended up in something that told me to download in order to see results (winning numbers). I hesitated to do so. I kind of remembered getting into trouble awhile back when I downloaded something and it entirely changed my toolbar and all kinds of other things I use every day. But-like a fool-I clicked on that download button. It took me to all kinds of pages and I just kept moving forward and complying…UGH! I hate when I comply when I just know that I shouldn’t be.

Well, I was right about my feelings-what a mess! I was so frustrated with the new look of my toolbar. I paid the price for about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to undo what I had downloaded.  I did eventually come to several places where they allow you and walk you through the process…but there were some instructions I did not entirely understand and, frankly, I was afraid to select anything when I came to those. So..I started looking at the toolbar and saw some things that were new and interesting. One was a drop down with radio stations….I thought, “Oh, that’s cool, I can listen to WHYY radio without having to think about looking for their link!”  So I fooled around for a few seconds and turned on some station which had 80’s hits…not MY favorite, but my partner was sitting right next to me and they ARE her favorite-she’s an 80’s girl in terms of music, anyway. So that was fun.

Then I realized that when I tried to open a new link, it took me into a MyWebSearch Home Page powered by Google. Now that was what took over my computer the last time I got into trouble and I hated that at the time. But this time after about 15 minutes of frustration, I realized that all of the icons for so many favorite places to visit were under the window…Facebook, You Tube, LinkedIn, CNN, Pinterest, ebay and others…so that seemed like fun!  I was starting to realize this might be a good thing.  I was annoyed that when I went to  open a new page,  it took me to the page I just mentioned instead of the Google home page. Then I realized that I still have my Google search window and that takes me to the Google home page.  That’s good, right? I still have access to Google’s  cute commemorative pictures!

So I guess I am writing today to tell you that you might want to try this…a new toolbar from MyWebSearch…It’s working for me and I am, frankly, quite delighted! Lots of what’s on here will make my life easier…so I am proud to say that I am learning to look for what might be good in the midst of my traumas.

Now on to the the next technological challenge…#?/%+^@#..wish me luck, I sure need it!

This is MeddlingMom….have a wonderful week…

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Any time you call an 800 number – Bring jobs back to the USA

July 22, 2012

This was sent to me by a friend…it is a wonderful thing to know…we can help more Americans be employed:

Any time you call an 800 number …I know it is the LAW – I will do it for sure..
Any time you call an 800 number-(for a credit card, banking, charter communications, health and other
insurance, computer help desk, etc), and you find that you’re talking to a foreign customer service
representative, please consider doing the following:

After you connect and you realize that the customer service representative is not from the USA, (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent), please, very politely (this is not about trashing other cultures) say, “I’d like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States of America ..”

The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say, “Thank you, but I’d like to speak to a
customer service representative in the USA ..”
YOU WILL BE IMMEDIATELY CONNECTED TO A REP IN THE USA .
That’s the rule and the LAW.
It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA .

Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure – and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale .
Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day on.

Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be created ASAP.

Here is a link with a couple of other perspectives on this: http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=44439

and another: http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/servicerep.asp

If I tell 10 people to consider this and you tell 10 people to consider doing this – see what I mean…it becomes an exercise in viral marketing 101.

Remember – the goal here is to restore jobs back here at home – not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep .

If you agree, please tell 10 people you know, and ask them to tell 10 people they know….etc…etc..

This is MeddlingMom…please forward this to everyone you know…let’s get Americans back to work!

Water-only Cafe-WHAT??? Crazy!

July 19, 2012

 

The Sideshow

Water-only café opens to flood of criticism in New York City

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News

Senior Media Reporter

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Sideshow1 hr 40 mins ago

A woman drinks New York City tap water in New York’s Times Square. (Mary Altaffer/AP)

A water-only café serving filtered New York City tap water is facing a wave of criticism for its overpriced, artisanal H20.

Molecule, which recently opened in Manhattan’s East Village, charges $2.50 per 16-ounce glass of water treated with its custom-built, $25,000 purifier.

It’s “a cocktail bar for water enthusiasts,” the Wall Street Journal said in its profile. “Patrons can order a shot of vitamins A, B, C, D and E or a mixture of roots, herbs, fruits and mushrooms blended in blasts called ‘energy,’ ‘immunity’ and ‘skin, hair and nails’ to add to their water.”

The giant filtration machine “uses ultraviolet rays, ozone treatments and reverse osmosis in a seven-stage processing treatment” to create what Molecule’s proprietors call “pure H20.”

More from the café’s website:

You can fill your own bottle at our store, or you can get 3 and 5 gallon jugs of our ‘pharmaceutical-grade water’ delivered to your home on a tricycle.

“It’s about treating water a little more consciously, mindfully and respectfully,” Adam Ruhf, the café’s 32-year-old owner, told DNAinfo.com. “We are trying to change the way people think about water.”

That may take some doing, at least among critics.

“Molecule bottled water is ‘pure’ nonsense,” the New York Post’s Steve Cuozzo wrote.

Cuozzo conducted a blind taste test using Molecule, Poland Spring, Evian, Fiji and unfiltered tap water. “Guess what?” he wrote. “Molecule was the only one I didn’t like.”

Public health experts say New York’s tap water “is among the safest, highest quality in the world, a standard we confirm through more than 500,000 tests each year,” a spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection told the Journal.

“Who’d waste money on Molecule?” Cuozza wrote. “Those who belong to the High Holy Church of Culinary Rectitude.”

“Artisanal water,” Jen Doll wrote on the Atlantic Wire. “It’s what you sell when people will buy anything.”

“Calling all suckers,” James King wrote in the Village Voice. “We’re not sure what’s more unsettling: the fact that an East Village business is selling tap water for $2.50 a bottle, or that countless idiots will probably buy it.”

“Either you buy into it or you don’t,” Ruhf told the Journal of his critics.

And what does he think about the city’s tap water he’s filtering?

“Terrible,” Ruhf said. “I don’t want chemicals in my water. I don’t even want chlorine in my water. Chlorine is like bleach. Do you want to drink bleach? No one wants to drink bleach. So that’s my opinion on New York tap water.”

This is MeddlingMom…This is unbelievable…how did they raise money to start this? Was there a business plan?

I can’t imagine who their customers would be…strange, really… I guess we’ve heard it all, now…probably not.

Doing the Green Thing…

May 10, 2012

Some of you may have seen this before, but I hope you still enjoy it. I received it in an e-mail the other day.
Some real truth here.

DOING THE GREEN THING
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the elderly  woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags  weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing  back in my earlier days.”  The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did  not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.   Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to  the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and  sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and  over. So they really  were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing  back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we  reused for numerous things, most  memorable besides household garbage  bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school
books. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided  for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then  we were able to personalize our books. But too bad we didn’t do the  green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every  store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t  climb into a 300-horsepower piece of machine every time we had to go two  blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the  throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling  machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry  our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from  their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that  young lady is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every  room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief  (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana .. In  the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have  electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile  item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion  it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up  an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower  that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to  go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.  But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup  or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled  writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the  razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just  because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back  then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their  bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour  taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire  bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a  computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000  miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old  folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a  lesson in conservation from smart aleck young people.  We don’t like being old in the first place, and in the second place,  screw young snots like that cashier!

Well, first of all, I don’t necessarily think that clerk was a smart aleck (and isn’t that an ancient term!). I guess it would be great if we didn’t need to be reminded to bring our bags with us. I, myself, am guilty .I will go into a store and leave my 7 shopping bags in the trunk of the car, not realizing until I am at the register and see those plastic bags. I will do better by keeping the bags in the car where I will notice then rather than in the trunk. I actually am happy to receive brown paper bags as I recycle my paper in those and they are strong and neat-great for that purpose! I promise.

Remember when you finish a box of cereal, throw away the liner and flatten the box so it can go into your paper recycling; the same goes for all kinds of boxes…just notice.  I know this can all seem like a large burden, but what if we manage to change the world by doing these things. You might even want to call or write companies and ask them to use less packaging. Think about this-when you open up that nicely packaged (in a plastic bag) T-shirt, did it really need to have a full piece of cardboard in it? What’s the purpose of that? So that it looks good and you will want it…that is such a waste of our trees! It takes 17 trees to make 2000 pounds of paper. Now that is a travesty.

Yes, the current generation and their parents and grandparents are not a great example. We all have the latest technology. People text each other across a room, rather than talking. Think of the money spent by one extended family (each member of which is probably complaining about how expensive things are) on data packages for those phones…mucho donero, which could buy a woman several nice pair of new shoes in a year’s time-SERIOUSLY!

And of course, don’t get me started about the fact that you have no guarantee that you will have a connection at any given location-witness those who have traveled to remote areas of this country, gotten stranded in their cars and have had no way of contacting anyone or getting help…a very grim thought when you think about how much we rely on these items and lull ourselves into feeling safe. So, what is the real value and what is it we need…certainly not to be online on our phones and to tune out the person sitting right next to us…technology is not good for building close relationships.

By the way, I do still use brown paper bags to wrap a box when I am mailing a package to someone. Yes, I guess I am a dinosaur.

The way I see it, we have way too much. Americans are the ultimate consumers, always looking for the next thing to buy, looking for what is better. Our 6 year olds now have smart phones so that they can play games. Of course in terms of technology, electronics and appliances, we have forced obsolescence thrust upon of us every day; it is seemingly impossible to be a good consumer. Companies really are not interested in repairing anything. It is less expensive for the consumer to replace an item than repair one much of the time. If you need a new mobile phone, you usually cannot continue with your current plan. It has been eliminated or is unavailable for the newer technology.

Another thing that we did when we were kids was we PLAYED OUTDOORS and USED OUR BODIES. We actually climbed trees, rode bikes, played hopscotch or baseball. We jumped rope, skated (yes, we had skate keys-remember?),  and I remember jumping rope every night in the summer until it got too dark out. We went on long walks to the park  or the creek and nobody was following us or micromanaging our whereabouts. Nobody worried too much about abductions, although, I do remember my parents telling me at age 4 (when we moved to a new house) that if someone came by in a car and had a question for me or needed help to NOT go near the car. I could speak to them, but I stayed many feet away from that car when that did happen. Our sandwiches were placed in wax paper bags in our lunch bags or lunch boxes.

Most of our play and entertainment was free. We did not increase our “print” on the environment. We burned calories, had very few snacks and there were no problems getting the kids to go to bed. WE WERE TIRED from all of that time playing.  There also were not many obese children.

I am here to tell you…you can change things now..just do it. It can be as simple as recycling your paper, all of it, all of it as long as it is clean paper. Take your water bottle home from Wawa to recycle it or better yet, use one that you can wash (although the problem there is that you’d have to have many if you are out for the day). When you buy an item like pretzels at BJ’s and it comes in a large plastic container with a lid, re-use or re-purpose it (save your change in it or use it for a container for blocks or some other item with lots of pieces. You can even offer it on  http://www.freecycle.com where you can  give away things you no longer need or want (clothes, technology, household items, music, all kinds of things). It’s very easy and rewarding. You’ll be surprised at how you or someone else might find an item re-usable. Instead of thinking about “throwing something away”, think about “how could this be used” or “who else might find a need for this”. You can make a difference in the landfill. Little things really do make a difference.

It is true that many of us are in a quandary about the way the world is now…Decide what makes sense to you; figure it out…we do have that green thing…we just have to look for it.

And support your local farms and stores rather than driving a distance to Walmart! Support small business; we want them to stay in business and be in our communities. They add a richness to our lives, they give us options and their owners recognize us when we walk into their stores.

Be a part of the solution…and tell your friends and family…an old friend, Nancy,  said,”… the old days for sure – not because we are old fashioned, things just made sense, for example, recycling was in before it was in! Yikes!

This is MeddlingMom…have a wonderful day.

http://www.campaignearth.org/index.asp

http://www.ewg.org/

 

Cheating America- 25 CEOs who make more than their companies pay in taxes

March 19, 2012

This is unbelievable, folks!

Robert Sobel's photo

Orlando Liberal Examiner
August  2011

The growing gap between the rich and the poor in the United States is at an all time high. Over the last thirty years, since the destructive Reagan Administration, the once proud middle class that helped build the country from the ground up has taken a beating. As big business has bought its way into the pockets of our elected officials, the “average Joe” has been the one who has really been paying the price. Since the 1980s, the rate of CEO pay has sky rocketed while the rate of the worker has stayed stagnant. More Americans have lost their jobs as companies have taken full advantage of the free trade agreements we have and have created jobs in other countries where workers will accept pathetically low wages.

According to a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies has come to find that 25 of the top CEO’s, including from companies like Verizon, Coca-Cola & General Electric, were paid more money than their companies paid the government in taxes. This should not come as a surprise, the laws that give these companies the ability to weasel their way into not paying their fair share got their on purpose. These big companies spend big money lobbying in Washington to pay off politicians so they can enact the laws that let them get away with this. Verizon alone paid nearly $17 million towards lobbying and almost another $19 million towards campaign contributions for their favorite Republican friends. The politicians that are bought off need to be voted out, and replaced with people who will represent real Americans. The corporate loop holes and tax cuts that do nothing but add to the bank accounts of the big wigs of the companies should be replaced by a fair tax that benefits everyone and not just a select few. Real reform in trade and the tax code has to happen to get the country back on track.
Americans need to get together to unite as a single voice for the middle class. As the rich get richer and the rest of the country continues to struggle, something clearly needs to be done. The average American worker might not be able to buy their way to a true democracy, but together their voice can be heard, it might be their only chance left.
1. GENERAL ELECTRIC CEO. : Jeff Immelt
2010 Pay: $15,199,762
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$3.2 billion
2. ALLEGHENY TECHNOLOGIES CEO: Patrick Hassey
2010 Pay: $14,978,587
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$47 million
3. MYLAN LABORATORIES CEO: Robert Coury
2010 Pay: $14,975,235
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$73 million
4. WYNN RESORTS LTD CEO: Steve Wynn
2010 Pay: $14,615,779
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $0
5. CAPITAL ONE FINANCIAL CEO: Richard Fairbank
2010 Pay: $14,850,675
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$152 million
6. MARSH & MCLENNAN CEO: Brian Duperreault
2010 Pay: $14,038,187
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$90 million
7. BOEING CEO: Jim McNerney
2010 Pay: $13,768,019
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $13 million
8. MOTOROLA SYSTEMS CEO: Gregory Q. Brown
2010 Pay: $13,732,802
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $7 million
9. NABORS INDUSTRIES CEO: Eugene Isenberg
2010 Pay: $13,537,486
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$138 million
10. QWEST COMMUNICATIONS CEO: Edward Mueller
2010 Pay: $13,446,399
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$14 million
11. CABLEVISION SYSTEMS CEO: James Dolan
2010 Pay: $13,320,691
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$3 million
12. MOTOROLA MOBILITY CEO: Sanjay Jha
2010 Pay: $13,016,126
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $12 million
13. EBAYCEO: John J. Donahoe
2010 Pay: $12,382,486
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$131 millio
14. INTERNATIONAL PAPER CEO: John Faraci
2010 Pay: $12,303,423
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$249 million
15. STANLEY BLACK & DECKER CEO: John Lundgren
2010 Pay: $32,570,596
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$183 million
16. FORDCEO: Alan Mulally
2010 Pay: $26,520,515
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$69 million
17. CHESAPEAKE ENERGY CEO: Aubrey McClendon
2010 Pay: $21,044,952
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $0
18. AON CEO: Gregory Case
2010 Pay: $20,783,301
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $16 million
19. BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON CEO: Robert Kelly
2010 Pay: $19,379,257
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$670 million
20. COCA-COLA CEO: John F. Brock
2010 Pay: $19,114,318
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $8 million
21. VERIZON CEO: Ivan Seidenberg
2010 Pay: $18,126,854
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: $-705 million
22. DOW CHEMICAL CEO: Andrew Liveris
2010 Pay: $17,739,490
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$576 million
23. PRUDENTIAL FINANCIAL CEO: John Strangfeld
2010 Pay: $17,187,028
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$722 million
24. AMERIPRISE CEO: James Cracchiolo
2010 Pay: $16,252,851
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$224 million
25. HONEYWELL CEO: David Cote
2010 Pay: $15,216,953
U.S. Corporate Income Taxes Paid, 2010: -$471 million

This may have been written in August, but this is NOT OLD or UNIMPORTANT NEWS!

There you have it..please contact the White House, your senators and your representatives.

Please pass this on….

This is MeddlingMom…this is YOUR COUNTRY. Have a good evening….

Congress-Writing Your Own Petition-Exercise

February 16, 2012

Hello, Everyone,

It’s been awhile…yes, going to the gym..taking it slow. I’ve only been there 5 times so far. I am doing a little exercise in between…anyway, taking it slow, but it is having an impact. When I went yesterday…the sneakers are not such an issue anymore and I can see that I am more flexible..it’s easier to get on the machines, even though they are designed for someone 5’8 or 5’9..I am 5’1…but it’s all become easier. Yesterday, I did 25 minutes on the bike, about 4.5 miles and 3 sets of 12 on 3 machines…felt pretty good about it…will increase it soon…thinking about hiring a trainer…will have to look into it.

The reason I am writing today is that I received an e-mail this morning from my friend Bonnie. We have known each other since I was 4 and she was 2 1/2….that’s a long time. I have not fact checked this info, but it sounds like a great idea. Please take a look and if you like it, send it to your peeps.

Winds of Change….Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to a minimumof twenty people on their 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. No Tenure / No Pension.

A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no

pay when they’re out of office.

2. 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. It may not be used for

any other purpose.

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

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will

rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same

health care system as the American people.

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

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 1/1/12.

The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congressmen/

women 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.

Don’t you think it’s time?

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

If you agree with the above, pass it on. If not, just delete.

You are one of my 20+ – Please keep it going, and thanks.

After I started writing this blog I decided to fact check the info. I don’t think fact check

completely covered the areas mentioned. I thought they dispelled some of the issues, they’re

explanation was a little “thin” and that some areas were completely ignored. You can write to them

and challenge them to be complete. http://www.factcheck.org.

Take a look and by the way, there is no mention of Warren Buffett having suggested all of this.

It is good fodder for a rich discussion. I hope you will pass thing along anyway…there is much

that can be done to strengthen our legislature.

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/03/congressional-reform-act/

If you would like to start a petition for any reason, I saw on Sunday Morning on CBS, that you can

go to http://www.change.org and there is a step-by-step for you to DIY. Molly Katchpole recently wrote a

petition aimed at Bank of America’s idea of charging $5/month to use the ATM. The result was that the

idea of a new fee was tossed out by the bank once they saw the petition. You go! Molly! My hero! FYI,

Molly is in her early 20’s . So no excuses out there. Here are two other such sites for your perusal:

www.signon.org and www.ipetitions.com/start-petition

Anyway, folks, I hope I’ve given you some food for thought. Have a wonderful weekend..Here in the

Philadelphia area, we have been enjoying weather in the high 40’s and low 50’s…so sorry about the

Global Warming (and we WILL be sorry!). For now we are really happy to be wearing light weight clothes

and feeling like it is almost spring!

This is MeddlingMom…wishing you all that is good…
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Clergy fighting??? And politics-my take on it! Electronics gone awry!

December 30, 2011

This is pretty interesting! I am of Armenian ancestry so I found this particularly interesting.  It is  startling because I have usually found Greeks and Armenians to be somewhat kindred spirits because of their feelings toward Turkey.

Clergy Fights at the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem-preparing for the upcoming eastern rite Christmas celebration. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45803523Clergy Fights at the Church of the Nativity in Jerusalem-preparing for the upcoming eastern rite Christmas celebration. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45803523

Now onto some politics and what is working and not working for Americans… With all of the great debates that have been going on to show us which Republican presidential candidate is the most fantastic…..the great thing is that there isn’t one viable presidential candidate in the bunch, at least not one has been presented yet. I just love it…are you going to tell me there isn’t one person in the party who doesn’t agree with waterboarding or who is pro-choice? I mean, moderate Republicans have no one to vote for! What people should be focusing on is the nasty members of congress who refuse to be concerned for this country and its people.  Where is our revolution?  The Occupy movement is doing it’s best but it needs everyone’s help.  We are all just a little too comfortable to be bothered, it seems.  Stores are closing left and right, the latest Sears closing many stores..and K MArt  ….that is pretty frightening.  Obama needs to do everything he can and not put up with  these nasty representatives and senators…The problem is that he is truly a community organizer, and he expects everyone to “play nice”. He keeps looking for the traitors to present their best  and act like patriots and they aren’t willing to be their best. Their goal is to get the Dem out of the White House. That’s their only goal.  I don’t know why the American people don’t see what a mess George Bush created and how nasty these people are and vote out those who are only there to fight.  I understand our system is designed so that there are opposites with competing ideals, but these jerks who don’t ever say anything about what Americans need should be thrown out.

We do also  need term limits, probably, but more than that we need the corporations and the lobbyists to have limited access…they should have as much access as you and I have…which is just about NONE….truly, if you look at the meeting schedules I can’t imagine who would even want the jobs these people have. they have no time to read a bill, much less to absorb it, debate it, understand the  nuance related to it.  And we need campaign finance reform and public ads so that everyone can have equal time…oh, and how about only 6 months of campaigning…isn’t that what they do in Europe?   Well, you heard my 2 cents’ worth!

Of course we are all exhausted from hearing all of the nonsense, but the real reason we aren’t involved is because Americans are  so busy communicating via e-mail, text message, twitter, facebook, voicemail, etc.  This is what we are truly interested in…escaping thinking about what is important and PLAYING….when is the last time you spent time playing a game with your child or having a conversation that was longer than 30 seconds even with your spouse?  When did you last spend time with a friend and leave your electronics in the car while you were in the restaurant, movie, hospital, salon, store, etc.?

Here is what Americans are all caught up in…giving kindles and expensive cell phones to 4 year olds! This is the new American value system…utterly insane!  And we will wonder why children who have too much stuff act like brats, want more, more, more no matter how much they have. Partially because their parents do.  Put away all electronics including movies and TV in your home for one week, except for one hour per day where everyone can use their “toys”. I wonder how different your conversations and relationships would be. I bet you might plan and cook a meal together…what a concept  or talk about how to get along with people. You might find out what is really of interest to your partner or your sister.

I bet you might suddenly find that you have time!

That’s all for today…thei si MeddlingMom…think about it…people are important…electronic toys are not…Happy New Year!

Dilemma or Dilemna? Which is it? Do you know?

October 28, 2011

I wrote a blog the other day and mentioned that I hadn’t known that the word”dilemma” was spelled with two “M’s”. I had always thought it was spelled dilemna.  After I wrote the blog post, my partner read it and said she felt the same way about it…we had both always taken great pride in our seeming natural excellence in the area of spelling (kind of pathetic, don’t you think?).  I decided to do a little research about it. I also asked my sister what she thought and she spelled it with two “Ms”, but sounded hesitant about whether that was correct. I googled “dilemma or dilemna”. Take a look at this link to read some heartfelt reactions to the quandary (maybe we should all just start using that word !):

  http://northernplanets.blogspot.com/2007/08/dilemna-of-spelling-dilemma.html

Then there is also Grammar Girl who says the “mn” ending is simply incorrect and was never ok.  How can that be? http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/is-it-dilemma-or-dilemna.aspx    I find this all very disconcerting. the word does not look-in any way, shape or form-correct with the supposedly correct ending of two” mms”. It looks weird.

Here is the expert opinion of Snopes…again, it is shocking to me and many others…

http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=print_topic;f=28;t=000995

If you like words, share this with your family and friends…it could be a  good topic of discussion at a dinner with your kids or a dinner party …

I hope you have a wonderful weekend…brace yourselves if you are in the MidAtlantic or New England states…snow is coming-IN October!  IMAGINE!

This is MeddlingMom…try to spend a few minutes today or tomorrow in silence completely alone…notice the peace it brings you…

The Economy-Warren Buffett-Howard Schultz-Piers Morgan Tonight

August 18, 2011

As I was watching Piers Morgan’s show last night, right after Christine O’Donnell called Piers “rude” and quit the interview midstream, a most interesting and compelling guest came on the show and inspired this blog post.  Howard Schultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks  ( which, by the way, has made Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 13 years) was sincere, clear-thinking, respectful and appeared to be a very stable man.    He is calling for major corporations to boycott contributions for political campaigns because our elected officials are not doing their job, taking care of this country, solving problems.  Schultz believes we must restore confidence in America by doing the right things for this country.  He says there are principles  used by corporations which would help with our economic recovery and success.  He believes that one of the most important issues right now is re-establishing our credibility  and strengthening our nation. The American people must know that no matter what their station in life is, there is opportunity to excel and to stretch beyond any imaginable expectancy (those are my words) and that THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE!!!. He mentioned that for the first time in our history, we have more people employed by government than holding manufacturing jobs.

Oh, my, I just realized that Mr. Schultz sounds like an idealist… terrible thing. For the record …he was raised in the projects…

FYI, Starbucks was the first company in America to provide comprehensive healthcare for every employee.

Several days before the above interview, there were headlines about Warren Buffett‘s plea that he and others who earn a million dollars or more should pay more taxes. He said he paid a lower rate  than his domestic help (I think that’s what he said).

After all the garbage we’ve heard recently and for many months, it is truly a pleasure to hear some people speak with reason and intelligence. Thank you to Warren Buffett and Howard Schultz, my heroes today!

This is Meddling Mom….have a  good weekend…let me hear your thoughts  sometime…

Here is a comment from one of my readers about this post:

I think one of the reasons we have more people in government than in manufacturing is because we’ve out-sourced those jobs to other countries. This is a result of consumers’ demand for cheap goods and stockholder greed for profit. Ever since Barack Obama was elected president the right wing has abandoned their responsibility to the American people. After the election they stated that their goal is to make Obama a 1 term President and they have stuck to that goal. Their struggle for power has been the greatest impediment to this country’s progress. They blame Obama for the deficit. They don’t talk about the Money and lives lost for the senseless wars. If not for the wars and the greedy banks and Wall Street, everyone could have full healthcare coverage. Big money and lobbyists have taken away any power we ever had over elections. Look at Fox. Fox is a huge propaganda machine disguised as a legitimate news provider.

College-Bound/Back-To-School-Make those purchases!

August 14, 2011

Well, it is  time to finalize purchases for your college-bound son or daughter…backpacks, staplers, shredders, etc. If your son or daughter attended college last year, you probably have all of the furnishings for their rooms or apartments, securely tucked away awaiting departure day.  For the Freshman…right now you may be looking at all kinds of things…bedspreads, sheets, comforters, pillows, towels, wastebaskets, personal refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, snacks,  clothing, lamps, computers, printers, iphones, ipads and of course, school supplies.  Most teenage females already purchase (or at least, select) their own cosmetics and some of their toiletries…hair products, razors, shaving cream, etc.  Males …on the other hand…may or may not have taken an interest in selecting toiletries, my guess is that most are not involved in that aspect of their lives. There’s a great service you can subscribe to so that your son won’t have to shop for his toiletries.  Take a look at Automated Mom, mom,  and see how you can effectively ensure that your son will have everything he needs to take care of himself, hygiene-wise, if you know what I mean.  I am sure you don’t want him to go without the necessities and  s-m-e-l-l…. Automated Mom has name brand products and also the products young men prefer. Remember you can customize your order and select what you want for his kit.. Feel free to call the company with questions at 1-888-315-DUDE or 3833.

For your young children, , backpacks, notebooks, binders, loose leaf paper, pens, markers, staplers, rulers, protractors, water bottles and  on and on…also lunch boxes for the little ones.  Stores have all kinds of blow out sales this time of year to help you get a good deal with these items. It really helps to do your homework before going to the stores and check out your local store flyers. And of course, you can always make your purchases online.

Google your favorites stores and find the best buys available.

Happy shopping and for those who have freshmen leaving for college…everything will be fine…

This is MeddlingMom…


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