Make History Tomorrow – Nov 5th!

November 4th, 2007

hope-for-america

The cost of a “Ron Paul – Hope for America” bumper sticker: $3
The cost of a Ron Paul for President T-shirt: $11-25 (other T’s Revolution, Zazzle 100% proceeds to Ron Paul)
The cost of a 12″x18″ Ron Paul 2008 car magnet: $39
The cost of liberty and justice: PRICELESS

“This message is powerful!” – Ron Paul
Let’s help get the message out to the main stream media and the rest of our American brothers and sisters not watching YouTube and reading about Senator Dr. Ron Paul online!

Is LIBERTY worth $100 to you? $200, $500, $1000? Let’s make History!
This November 5th… join me in contributing $100 or more to Ron Paul and the message of Liberty and Justice for all! This is a Revolution – it’s time to take back the U.S. Constitution!

See also: Ron Paul Nation, and in particular the many videos online at freeme.tv and on youtube RonPaul2008dotcom.
Mark November the 5th and speak for Freedom!!!

Remember V’s message to the nation in the film V for Vendetta… here is V for Vendetta Speech to the nation:

The Ron Paul Story (1996)

October 29th, 2007

Who is Ron Paul? This short biographical video below, from 1996, gives you a good idea certainly of who Ron Paul is as a person….

Ron Paul is a man of principle, and his principles are strongly in line with the U.S. Constitution. He is also a family man, doctor and author who looks out for the best interests of people, not politics. He is a man of service and unshakable morals, one who truly knows that it is “better to stand alone than in bad company” and this is exactly what he has done for over a decade in Congress. After voluntarily resigning from office to resume his medical practice, he re-ran for Congress in 1996. This video from that Congressional campaign provides a wonderful glimpse into who the man “Ron Paul” is. This video can be found on RonPaul.org, while more up to date information is available at Ron Paul 2008. Make your vote for liberty count with a vote for Dr. Ron Paul.

For a more thorough biography, see Ron Paul on Wikipedia.
Ron Paul will be on Jay Leno Tuesday Oct 30th!

Register Republican! (at least to get Ron Paul in the Primary)

October 27th, 2007


Or see the YouTube page, even more incentive if needed to Register Republican and get Ron Paul on the Republican ticket!

Ron Paul in 2008!

October 27th, 2007

Just FYI:

I’m STRONGLY SUPPORTING Ron Paul in 2008, if he makes it to the election!

On the issues: he’s both anti-war and pro-life… how compatible!?

A summary of his responses from the GOP debate

From the republican debate, the viewers felt Ron Paul won. (I’m a little late on this, I missed the debate… didn’t really know at the time there was an anti-war Republican so I wasn’t particularly interested!)

Others even comment how smart he is on foreign policy, “Even the Bible says that the children will pay for the sins of their fathers.” Or how about, “we reap what we sow”?

Sampling of the response he has generated:
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Ron Paul is my new hero too! in addition to Bill Maher’s – this is great

Quick interview on his main platform points, time to leave Iraq

Stop Dreaming, American Pie and Ron Paul’s platform summary

Ron Paul got some support and discussion on The View after republican debate

Congressman Ron Paul does first ever “Dorm Room” interview for YouTube!

See more Ron Paul youtube interviews on youtube, RonPaul2008dotcom.

The Ron Paul @GoogleTalk interview has been the most popular ever! 300,000+ views compared to 40,000+ for Hillary Clinton.

Sean Hannity attacked Ron Paul after the republican debate … and Sean Hannity also attacked a priest, Fr. Tom Euteneuer (President of Human Life International), on the issue of contraception – the very priest I have met on 2 occasions talk about exorcisms (youtube recording linked to in article). (The latest exorcist talk was last weekend, here’s a summary)

Back to the foreign policy issue and “why were we attacked on 9/11” — which I feel is the most important question of our time, and are response — Are radical/extremist/militant Islamic terrorists are result of “blowback” from unwanted U.S. presence in the middle east over the years? yes

Operation Ajax and Iran is just one example. Think: which nation uses the most energy/oil resources in the world, where is the oil in this world, why else would we be interested in that part of the world when there are dictators and evil being done everywhere. It’s politics, oil/energy is in our ‘national interest’, and we’ve been fighting for this for decades, but it has had unintended consequences: Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia – but don’t forget Israel as well, another justified reason for Muslims in that area of the world to dislike Western/American intervention. Is Ron Paul serious? Blowback in 1979 from a 1953 coup?

Unfortunately, there is also a lot of *censorship* going on trying to prevent Ron Paul’s message from getting out… on cnn, myspace, yahoo, and probably others as well. There are examples and proof on youtube. At least with my own website, I can’t so easily be censored by others, however, my voice might not so easily be heard by others as well due to popularity.

Give one, Get one – laptop!

October 23rd, 2007

The One Laptop Per Child campaign, whose claim to fame has been producing a “$100 laptop” for the masses of children in developing nations, has made a bold new proposal for getting these laptops to more of those in need. Instead of relying solely on the country’s government to purchase these machines, now YOU can help by sponsoring and empowering a child with a laptop for only $200 or “give one, get one” for only $400. See the video online of this announcement. You’re not just giving a laptop, your giving an education.

Some publicity lately, photo licensing

October 9th, 2007

My online presence has actually driven some feedback to me (in addition to the spam), and I think that’s been worthwhile. I think I’d like to really start developing more content, in quality and quantity, for my audience – even if that be only myself and a few close friends. =)

What I have gotten the most inquiries about though, is requests for permission to use my photo of Sykes Hot Springs that I took back in February 2006. I was flattered to have it mirrored on the Hot Springs page of the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce website. I need to post some kind of Creative Commons License on my site, but I still like “being asked for permission” of course. At least that lets me know people enjoy my photo!

With the recent issue about girl from Texas suing Virgin Mobile and now also Creative Commons for using a photo of her from Flickr in Australian advertising without her knowledge/consent — I think I’d have to be careful about which photos are allowed for republication!

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25th International Day of Peace

September 21st, 2006

Did you know that today, September 21st, is designated an International Day of Peace by the United Nations? I just found out this morning! It is labeld as “a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the Day”. Wikipedia even says that “Observance of the International Day of Peace has not yet become widespread.”

There are a couple of events scheduled in California, and I hope to checkout the Night Light project in Santa Cruz tonight. I just found out that Mr. Cello Man will be playing tonight for the Marin IDP Celebration.

Hospitality Club Social

June 20th, 2006

I recently moved to Monterey in September, and since then, I’ve been lucky enough to get a few Hospitality Club guests stop on by and finally “pay forward” the genuine hospitality I received while in Europe over a year ago. I’m excited to be living in such a beautiful and tourism-rich area now, and hope to see the HC really ‘come to life’ here!

Since the whole HC idea is about ‘bringing people together’ and fostering international friendships to increase intercultural understanding and strengthen peace, I thought it would be great for the local HC members to get together and also to invite others to learn more about the Hospitality Club! So here it is… what I believe is the first Monterey-area HC social event ever!!! You’ll want to be a part of this!

What: Hospitality Club Social Party for the Monterey area

– meet fellow local HC members
– introduce your friends to the HC and meet other locals
– share stories of traveling, life, etc around a campfire on the beach
– sports activities?: frisbee, football, etc if interested
– eat, drink, and be merry… =)

When: Sunday June 25th, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Carmel Beach, near the 13th street intersection

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Save NPR/PBS!

June 8th, 2006

Everyone expected House Republicans to give up efforts to kill NPR and PBS after a massive public outcry stopped them last year. But they’ve just voted to eliminate funding for NPR and PBS — unbelievably, starting with programs like “Sesame Street.”

Public broadcasting would lose nearly a quarter of its federal funding this year. Even worse, all funding would be eliminated in two years–threatening one of the last remaining sources of watchdog journalism.


Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS again this year!

Last year, millions of us took action to save NPR and PBS, and Congress listened. We can do it again if enough of us
sign the petition in time.

This would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting. The Boston Globe reports the cuts “could force the elimination of some popular PBS and NPR programs.” NPR’s president expects rural public radio stations may be forced to shut down.

The House and Senate are deciding if public broadcasting will survive, and they need to ! Thanks!

P.S. Read the Boston Globe story on the threat to NPR and PBS

AID Summer Conferences

June 3rd, 2006

Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) has just announced their nation-wide list of Summer 2006 conferences. Most conferences are on the East coast, but also Lawrence, KS (June 17th) and (I’m especially excited about this) Omaha, NE (August 12th) are included! The key topics for each conference are varied, but all directed towards discussing serious global issues (e.g. world poverty and global warming) concerning the “U.S.’s role in the World” on such issues. These conferences are incredibly worthwhile and designed especially for young globalist leaders (high school, college and beyond).

AID is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works on more than 500 university campuses in the United States and in more than ten countries to bring the world home to the next generation of leaders. While studying abroad in the Fall of 2004, I attended a “Bringing the World Home” conference in Berlin and would then go on to start the AID Omaha chapter upon my return. Under new leadership, the Omaha chapter has really taken off in the community and been an exceptional success! If you are at all concerned with international relations I would highly encourage you to attend the nearest conference you can!!

V for Vendetta

April 6th, 2006

I just saw the movie V for Vendetta tonight with my friend Ephraim, and I must say that even though I never read the comic it is “an incredible film!” (though I’m sure Tsotsi is too – but that will have to wait for another night) The film is incredibly provocative, touching of topics such as 9-11 and the War on Terror but also includes artistic citations to many other influential books and films (1984, Count of Monte Cristo, etc) that certainly help to invoke the same sense of fear and helplessness of living in a totalitarian dysutopian future.

The Wachowski brothers should be given credit for once again so skillfully mastering a juxtaposition of references to so many ideas from philosophy, religion, history, and sci-fi along with a compelling story-line and great action in this film — the exact same combination that made The Matrix such a success. “V” is definitely one of those films that will make you think –which are the ones I love the most — and it is executed especially well, with a good flair for art and suspense. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. To steal a line from the film, “Artists use lies to show the truth” (this movie is full of great quotes too by-the-way) and so the dual question arises about V’s means… do the ends justify the means? is there a time and purpose for “terrorism”? is revolution considered terrorism?

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Closing the “Analog Hole”

February 20th, 2006

If you ever need a reminder that “freedom” requires eternal viligence, and that you have to fight just to “keep” your rights… look no further than legislation introduced to close the “Analog Hole“. The MPAA is at it again and wants to mandate DRM (digital rights management) into all audio/video products, legally making it quite impossible to make a copy of that song or video you enjoy playing or encoding it to a different format. This all goes back to Lessig’s “Free Culture” presentation from 2002!

That’s why you should support vendors, like Neuros Technology, that support your Digital Rights Freedom.

Bill McKibben on the Environment

October 17th, 2005

Renowned environmentalist and author (End of Nature, The Age of Missing Information) Bill McKibben spoke at MIIS earlier this week on Oct. 13th. I wish I had taken notes, because what he had to say was quite profound and tended to invoke some self reflection, but he also did it with a sense of humor in an easy going conversational manner. Some of the key points I remember taking away from his talk include:

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Subpoena YOUR OWN call history

August 25th, 2005

You wouldn’t think, but it’s true – To follow-up on my lost/stolen cellphone story… so, when you buy something with your credit or debit card, in most scenarios you can (within a couple hours usually) verify the transaction by logging into your banking account via the Internet. Sometimes it may come up as a ‘pending’ transaction, but nonetheless it’s still there. The marvels of technology and the Internet. But… did you ever think for a minute that you could possibly do the same thing for your phone call activity? WOW – wouldn’t you be wrong!!!

Since Monday morning I’ve been trying to get a __report of the call activity from my own phone__ for 4 days now… and the response is that all I can do is wait for my billing statement to come in the mail! YES – isn’t that bizzare?! Alltel will _not_ provide me with my own call activity — the same information I will receive in a billing statement within weeks (up to 1 month possibly mind you!!!) — without a subpoena! Why do I need a subpoena for my own call activity?!

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