Category: Politics


No Saturday Mail delivery? Fine by me!

Postal-truck-crash

Earlier this week the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced it would stop Saturday mail delivery in August and that’s just fine by me.  I say cut it down to 2-3 days a week.

I go to my mailbox a few times a week and it’s full of advertising inserts, credit card offers and stuff I never even look at.  I pay my bills online and I rarely, if ever, send any kind of written correspondence, and I’m sure I’m not alone.  As a matter of fact, I hate all of the waste generated by direct mail marketing.  I didn’t ask for this stuff but I have to take care of getting rid of it…

The USPS is supposed to be able to pay for itself with the fees it charges to use its service but after being “forced” to take a HUGE loan to pre-fund its union pension program it’s become under water to a tune of $15-billion.  Yet another example of how unions are not good for business anymore (that’s another post all together).

So far I have not read a lot of complaints about the USPS decision.  I think it’s just a sign of the times and probably not the first reduction of service we’ll see in our lifetime.

Daylight Saving Time Explained

One of the best explanations to date:

Ghost Towns of China

This is really amazing.  I just heard about this today and it’s almost unbelievable that China would spend this much time and money to build these HUGE cities and just abandon them…

Ghost towns of China: Satellite images show cities lying completely deserted

The ghost towns of China: Amazing satellite images show cities meant to be home to millions lying deserted

These amazing satellite images show sprawling cities built in remote parts of China that have been left completely abandoned, sometimes years after their construction.

Elaborate public buildings and open spaces are completely unused, with the exception of a few government vehicles near communist authority offices.

Some estimates put the number of empty homes at as many as 64 million, with up to 20 new cities being built every year in the country’s vast swathes of free land.

The photographs have emerged as a Chinese government think tank warns that the country’s real estate bubble is getting worse, with property prices in major cities overvalued by as much as 70 per cent. [MORE]

15 Trillion Dollar Fraud Exposed in UK Parliament

From theintelhub.com:

Below is one of the strangest stories in financial history, one involving the US government lying about hundreds of thousands of tons of imaginary gold, illegal wire transfers and loans totaling $15 trillion.

The video, from the House of Lords, is amazing in itself.

What it doesn’t express is where the money came from though Lord James of Blackheath proves conclusively that an effort was made to say it came from a gold reserve in Brunei that, in fact, never existed. [MORE]

Unfortunately he says 50-Trillion instead of 5-trillion but it all adds up to a LOT of money!  Any idea what US department went “Rogue” to pull this off (Treasury, State, CIA, DIA)?  Pretty amazing store that’s also pretty hard to believe.  If this is true it has to be one of the largest money laundering operations in the history of the world.

If You See Something, Say Something

Oh great, the “If You See Something, Say Something” (IYSSSS) campaign is launching PSA’s to get the public even more worked up…

I started seeing the IYSSSS billboards around Indianapolis prior to this year’s Super Bowl.  The funny thing is, at least to me, the toll-free number they give is not using an acronym or anything so the chances of someone actually remembering it is slim.  It’s OK, that’s what 911 is for!

The Iraqi Embassy is the Size of Vatican City!

(Newser) – The United States’ hulking $750 million Baghdad embassy is home to 16,000 staff and carries a $6 billion price tag annually—and it’s about to get slashed in half in the wake of US troops’ departure, reports the New York Times.

I’ve heard this place was big but I had no idea HOW big.   Now with the troop withdrawal there are reports indicating the staff of 16,000 being reduced by half.  The building cost taxpayers $750 million to build & has an annual operating budget of $6 BILLION!  How can that be?

Newt Gingrich’s real name is Newton Leroy McPherson

Yeah… Who’s erratic and unpredictable?  One of the funniest 5:28 I’ve seen on YouTube for a while.  Reverend Manning has a big problem with the current POTUS too (he refers to him as the “Long Legged Mac Daddy“.

¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!

Sometimes it’s NOT how you say it, but WHAT you say!

Two days ago East Haven, Connecticut Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. told residents in his city that they should eat more taco’s to support East Haven Latinos and on Thursday his message was tested when a group of Latino activists sent 500 taco’s to the mayors office… Read More

Politics and Social Media

With advent of social media its now easier than ever to speak your mind.  The other night while watching President Obama’s State of the Union Address (one of the few presidential speeches I watch regularly) I could not help but notice the increased amount of ‘chatter’ on Facebook and Twitter.  Some of it funny, some of it supportive, some of it political and some of it nasty.

I’m sure there were a few “un-friendings” and “un-follows” because of differing political views and statements.  I actually like to hear what other people have to say.  It helps me better understand who they are as a person and so far I have not seen anything that I would particularly take offense to .  I may disagree with the opinion or statement but that’s my right to do so.

These disagreements are not new to society but using social media as a platform to voice your opinion exposes you to a larger audience and the potential to reach (or offend) a lot more too.  I can’t wait until the elections roll around.  it’s going to be interesting to read what people are saying and hop other people react to it!

 

 

Fundraising – No Agenda Show

Hopefully, by now, most of you know what a Podcast is.  Believe it or not I was part of the Man Fights Back podcast a while back.  We ended up recording 44 episodes before putting things on pause for a while.  Hopefully we’ll get to a point where we can start recording again.

Publishing a podcast is a lot of work.  Coming up with material, time to record, time to edit, time to produce and, most importantly, building your audience.  Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak at the No Agenda Show podcast have figured all of this out and find time to publish 2 episodes a week totaling 5+ hours of content.  They give the show away and only ask for donations to keep the show going.  As of  January 15, 2012 they’ve recorded 374 shows, along with a few special episodes.

Donations of $50 or more get their name or organization mentioned in the show.  The top two donations for each episode get Executive Producer and Associate Executive Producer credits.  It’s all turned out to be a pretty cool concept.  Individuals who accumulate $1000 (or more) worth of donations (or donate it all at once) get a special “Knighthood” designation and customized ‘hit them in the mouth’ ring complete with old-fashioned envelope sealing wax that you can make an impression in with the ring.

The No Agenda Show is hard to describe but it covers a lot of current events and things you don’t hear about in the mainstream media.  The discussions are lively and often times very humorous especially with all of the musical jingles and memes.  The show notes are a treasure trove of links and media clips that allow you to dig deeper into the topics you find interesting.  I’ve gotten a lot of ideas for the IndyScan.com blog posts from this podcast.

I’ve been planning on donating to the show for a while now but thought it might be kind of neat to pool together some donations from IndyScan.com readers and submit them on the behalf of IndyScan.com and its followers.  The goal is to add a little more money to what I was going to donate ($100) and get some press for the blog.

Starting today I’m going to place a special donation button on the IndyScan.com site and will take contributions (via PayPal) until February 29, 2011.  Every penny contributed will be added to my donation and submitted to the no Agenda Show for inclusion in one of the early March shows.

I hope you have a chance to check out the No Agenda Show and find it something you want to listen to and make a donations towards.

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