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Yes… I voted

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In Oregon we use mail in ballot. I turned in my ballot last week. You should vote too… even though money has a massive influence in politics… every person still has a vote. Collectively people can counter the power of money.

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The American Dream and World Peace featuring “Kid Logic”

 100_4373I spent the weekend at the Public Interest and Environmental Law Conference. It featured speakers from across the United States and from 27 countries. These speakers discussed problems about conflicts over fresh water, GMOs in food, mild drug pollution in water and in food that causes no immediate harm but makes viruses more drug resistant, ocean acidification, and a host of other nastiness.

To me the fresh water issues were the most interesting because the Pentagon and non-military agencies are predicting that fresh water will be the cause of many conflicts in the next few decades. Conflict does not necessarily mean war but it can be a legal fight that takes months or years to sort out.

Having heard this list of problems I was a little overwhelmed at first about how to solve all this crap. But then I put on my Kid Logic thinking cap. Continue reading The American Dream and World Peace featuring “Kid Logic”

Obama Won – Now What about Education?

I did not cheer or dance when Barack Obama was announced as the winner last night. I was not overly thrilled with Mitt Romney or Obama.

Colleges still face large tuition fees and students graduating with larger and larger student loans. I feel like this trend is similar to the high gas prices faced across the country. When gas prices started to go up, people thought maybe it was just a phase and that prices were going to come back down. Now… I do not hear anyone talking about gas prices coming back down. Unfortunately, I feel this is the same thing for colleges and college books.

There are some universities offering large online classes for free, but these classes are currently not for credit. I am not sure what that means for the future of education. Will colleges shift to free online degrees? I am not against online courses… but it is much easier to cheat online. That is the only negative thing I can really say about online courses. That, and you know… interacting with people.

I want college tuition rates to come down. I want student loans to become a thing of the past because students no longer need to borrow to attain a college education. However… I have not seen anything from either major political party which positively impacts the education issue. What do you think should be done to control or eliminate college tuition rates? It is really helping poor people to graduate with college loan debt and no job? Is it helping poor people to graduate with college loan debt but get a job that cannot pay off their student loan debt?

I wish the United States had more than two main political parties. I saw parts of me in the Republican Party, and parts of me in the Democratic Party… and parts of me in the Green Party. I want the government to spend less. I want better environmental controls for factories. I want less jobs being sent overseas. And I want better education for grades kindergarten through college.

We need change we can believe in… not smoke and mirrors that promise a new direction yet stays on the same path.

Don’t (NOT) Vote!! Election 2012

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I voted for Jill Stein. I wish the country had a real third party alternative. Obama and Romney are both disappointing to me.

As far as elections go, this one has bothered me. With the instant memes possible with social media, and facebook, friends of mine who are Republican can instantly let me know why they hate Democrats. And my friends who are Democrat can instantly let me know why they hate Republicans.

Obama is a socialist dictator. Romney hates women. Blah blah blah.

This election, I honestly don’t care who wins. I am more interested in the election being over so that my friends return to normal. However, some of my friends have decided to not vote out of protest. And I have read stories of people deciding to not vote out of protest.

I have actually read that there are people who are protesting the fraudulent election choices by NOT voting. I do not agree with not voting, but I do agree with being frustrated with the sub par choices that the United States of America has been able to offer for the presidency.

I don’t care who you vote for… but I do hope you at least vote. The Senate, House, and state races are all very important for you. I understand their frustration with the past few decades of leadership… but I still think not voting is a failure. Don’t (NOT) Vote.

PhilHealth and the OFWs health insurance doubles … Day 5 in the Philippines

This is a strange time to be traveling in the Philippines. Apparently two days ago a protest began. Hurray for my great timing?? It lasts from July 20th to July 25th.

The protest involves Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who are facing a steep increase in the amount they pay for health insurance. The facebook page OFW Voices is trying to get over 1 million likes.

Being in a different country when a protest begins is a new experience. Because this is currently a social media protest I do not feel my wife and I are in any danger. But it is still awkward.

Because I am an outsider, I am not even sure of the amount of the increase… although I do understand it is ridiculously high. One source I found said 150-percent, and another source listed the increase as 167-percent. Either way that is a huge increase for a health insurance premium. For those who are not familiar, Overseas Filipino Workers already pay remittances to the Filipino government for any salary they earn in another country.

In America people are already upset about paying for Obamacare. I cannot imagine what people would do if it went up 150-percent!