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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Bowing to China's dominance?

How photos are used to misrepresent events, and shine the editors intended light on an event. Most people look at the photo above and see the US bowing to China, when in truth it is protocol and expected that the guest bow to the host in a sign of honor. The height difference between the two men, if you saw them in person, could explain why the president's bow as so deep (I am six four so I know how this could happen). All presidents have protocol, or the proper way of doing things and communicating between cultures, advisors and coaches. Photo' like this is the stuff FOX News dines on.

The national cost if we do not re-elect Harry Reid

Republicans' legislative strategy can be summed up in one word: "No."

In two words, it would be: "Hell no."

They've tried to turn the Senate into the place where good ideas -- and good bills -- go to die.

So the sheer breadth of what we've gotten done in this Congress -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Recovery Act, crackdowns on Big Tobacco and the credit card companies, health care reform, Wall Street reform, and so much more -- is a testament to our leader, Harry Reid.

Time and time again, Senator Reid has fought for us -- and won.

Now he's facing a tough fight of his own. I'm proud to stand with him.

During the health care debate, I had the chance to witness Senator Reid's leadership. Republicans, backed by their special interest cronies, were trying to confuse the debate and divide the country with misleading talking points. And with such a complicated and important issue on the table, there will plenty of opportunities for the whole endeavor to fall apart -- as it had so many times before.

This time was different -- because, this time, we had Harry Reid guiding the ship. He held our caucus together, overcame countless procedural roadblocks, and delivered the change our country needed. We didn't get the bill any one of us might have proposed ourselves, but, thanks to his leadership, we got a bill we could all be proud of.

But there's so much more work to do, and with Republicans no doubt planning to keep up their campaign of obstructionism, we still need him.

You and I know how badly the GOP wants to defeat our leader. But we can't let that happen. Senator Reid's opponent has wowed the Tea Party crowd with her angry rhetoric and extreme agenda, and corporate special interests are flooding Nevada with attack ads. It's time for us to step up to the plate.


Sherrod Brown
US Senate

No Pot on Facebook

ADOTAS – Listen, you dirty hippies: Facebook doesn’t wanna run your pro-legalization display ads. It ain’t down with your THC consumption or your tie-dye or your free love or your patchouli stink. It’s a family social network that only runs family-friendly advertising — like beer and liquor ads, products the family can enjoy together (especially when forced to gather for holidays).

No Pot leaves or pot images, not pot products or pot advocates for Facebook (advertising, not user content).

Click here to find out about the reversal on the part of Facebook despite the legality and nature of the ads.

How do you pronounce Nevada? Get it right!

From George W. Bush to Michelle Obama, political candidates have learned the hard way that if you want to get votes in Nevada, you need to know how to pronounce it like a local. But that isn't as clear-cut as it sounds. The linguistics are so disputed that outgoing Assemblyman Harry Mortenson is now working on a resolution that would make “neh-VAH-dah” an equally acceptable pronunciation as "neh-VA-dah." It is a political plea for tolerance.
Ian Mylchreest, senior radio producer on KNPR's "State of Nevada" details the debate.

Digital Overload
New York Times/CBS News poll found that 30 percent of people under 45 said the use of devices like smart phones and personal computers has made it harder to concentrate.

We live in a world of constant stimulus, bombarded by messages where once there was silence. Video in the restaurant restroom, the concorse at an airport, outdoors on the side of a building, in your dashboard, on your phones, laptops, computers and, oh yes, the television sets (not an average of 3.2 per household).

The Noise is deafening, literally and as interference to your thoughts, observation skills and our ability to truly listen. 

"It's an onslaught of information coming in today," says New York Times technology journalist Matt Richtel. "At one time a screen meant maybe something in your living room. But now it's something in your pocket so it goes everywhere — it can be behind the wheel, it can be at the dinner table, it can be in the bathroom. We see it everywhere today..the average computer user checks 40 websites a day and can switch programs 36 times an hour."

"What is the line right now when we go from a kind of technology nourishment to a kind of stepping backwards, to a kind of distraction — where instead of informing us, [technology] distracts us and impedes our productivity?...There's growing evidence that that line is closer than we've imagined or acknowledged."

Higher education wants bigger slice of state budget pie

Chancellor turns nose up at budget cuts, asks for increase in funding
This is how unwilling higher education officials are in working with Gov. Jim Gibbons to negotiate budget cuts: Not only will they not discuss them, but they’re talking about needing more money.
In a strategy tantamount to poking Gibbons in the eyes, the Board of Regents will consider a budget this week that would raise state spending for higher education from $1.14 billion this biennium to $1.19 billion in the coming budget cycle, an increase of 4.5 percent.
Chancellor Dan Klaich said the budget reflects what the system needs to continue to function.
But that’s not what Gibbons’ budget office has sought. It wants state agencies, including higher education, to identify by Sept. 1 how they’ll cut their budgets by 10 percent. And most state agencies comply because the directors serve at the governor’s pleasure. But the Board of Regents, which oversees higher education, is independently elected.
The issue playing out is whether the higher education system is showing strength by refusing to offer a reduced-spending plan, or whether it would do itself a favor by showing where the cuts would be to gain public sympathy.

Rude anyone?

A few years ago my wife and I went to see the remastered full screen digital print of "Dr. Zhivago". There were only three couples in the theater. One was us. A younger couple who came in after we did choose to sit right behind us. He must have been a film buff as he explained the movie to his date and the significance of every scene. Meanwhile the third couple, an elderly couple, sat politely in the back, however he must have forgotten his hearing aid and for some reason did not use the theater's system. He loudly asked his wife to repeat lines from the movie. 

Have we forgotten to respect others? Possibly.The living room mentality of talking during entertainment, or playing music so loud it rattles the windows of homes nearby, seems to have moved into our social live, and it does not seem to be restrained by age. 

For the reasons of my experience, I am passing on a commentary by Jane Ann Morrison of the RJ concerning live theater... 


What happened to manners?

During my annual jaunt to the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, during three out of four plays, I had the misfortune to sit next to people who either didn't know or didn't care how annoying they were.

There was the grown woman who, despite the announcement about no cells phones or texting, felt that couldn't possibly apply to her. There was the toothpick chewer whose mastication resembled gum snapping. Then there was the elderly gentleman whose wife at least attempted to keep him in line. She had little success. But at least she tried.

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