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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Nevada had the fifth highest unemployment rate for teenagers during a recent 12-month period, according to numbers collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. -Las Vegas Sun (link above) 4-4-11

Your right to know

“Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power and to withhold from them information, without which power is abused. A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.” 
- James Madison

Jefferson and Madison believed in an informed electorate, with knowledge and information upon which to make rational decisions and choices. Today we have billionaires funding positive sounding "action groups" to protect or build their own fortunes, to manipulate votes, to lessen the power of the individual in an increasingly corporate America. Or if you are on the opposite side politically you have may see a "liberal" conspiracy to convince people that instead of working and pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps a nanny state is their right and they are entitled to the benefits that a hundred years of social reform have put in place.

Anyway you look at it we have geometrically greater sources of information, opinion, reason and attitudes all battling to ensure that you believe exactly as they do, repeat their slogans, vote the way they want you to or that you just sit on your read ends and do nothing, so they can win in the end and determine what they think is best for you and for society.

Today an American who stood next to me at a Fourth of July event openly and loudly booed floats representing the opposite political party, as if it were an opposing football team and I had to think...does this person read, reason or bother to think? Are the rude from ignorance or laziness? And would they prefer a one party system or dictatorship over the system so boldly experimented with and put in place by our founding fathers, where all views have a voice and all opinions have value, where an educated electorate determines the direction and fate of our society, both short and long term.

Are we losing our democracy to those who ignorantly boo their opposition and refuse to enter into discourse and discussion to learn how and why those who disagree with them think? Are we deciding that only those who agree with us have the right to an opinion, to determine what is face and to be blessed with knowledge and understanding?

Posted July 4, 2010
Confucius: "By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the most bitter."
‎"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." 

~ Albert Einstein 

Drug Cartels now dominate, use and attack other who challenge them on Social Media.

Mexican journalists march in a protest against violence directed against the media on Sept. 11, in Mexico City. Drug cartels, which have been responsible for many of the deaths, are now intimidating social media sites.

Mexican Drug Cartels Now Menace Social Media


In areas where they are powerful, the Mexican drug cartels silenced the mainstream media by threatening and killing journalists. Now they seem to be extending the practice to social media.
Many Mexicans have had to rely on social media to find out what's going on in their cities after newspapers, TV and radio stations stopped reporting on drug-related violence.
But last week, the mangled bodies of a young man and woman were hung from a highway bridge in Nuevo Laredo along with a sign that read: "This is what happens to people who post funny things on the Internet. Pay attention."
People are paying attention.
"It suggests that the blogosphere has been included in the media landscape that the cartels are looking at. Because up until now it has only been traditional media — print, TV and radio," says Javier Garza, the editor of El Siglo de Torreon, a newspaper in the neighboring Coahuila state, which is also aflame with cartel violence.

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