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You Have The Right To Stay Out Of Jail [InfoGraphic] Hits To This URL: 896

YOU have rights - Know them!

"Amendment IV - The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized"


 


The Rise of the Millennials [INFOGRAPHIC] Hits To This URL: 1108

What's a Millenial got to do with it?  My children are Millenials & they are in good company with an extremely powerful generation.  Why should you understand who Millenials are?  They are the largest generation to come after us Baby Boomers.  Millenials have needs, wants & spend an awful amount of money.  How much of it does your business want?


 


Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished Hits To This URL: 737

Do I Have The Resolve To Be Snowden?

Do I have the resolve to stand up & speak out about what I really believe?  In a David vs Goliath situation, dare I be David?  What will it take me to be absolutely decisive?  Do I have the fortitude to stand up in this world & act without any hesitation to tell this world precisely what I believe?

We live in a world where power wielding people & extremely powerful organizations (e.g., United States government) cannot be believed.  Worse, faith (in them) alone is woefully inadequate to decide how to make a better world for my children.

Yes, it is easier - far, far easier - to believe that those in power have my best interests at heart.  Far, far easier to believe, because of how extraordinarily difficult it is to face the alternative.  If they are not truthful, if my best interests lie elsewhere, what ought I do about that?

Once in a great while, a remarkable human stands up, speaks out & urges us to think for ourselves.  This year, we all met Edward Snowden.  Somehow, he managed to put self aside, at great personal risk, & tell us something that he knew that all of us ought to know.

What would I do?  I will probably never know.  I do know that I will be pondering the information provided well into 2014 & beyond.

"But when you weigh that against the alternative, which is not to act," he said, "you realize that some analysis is better than no analysis. Because even if your analysis proves to be wrong, the marketplace of ideas will bear that out. If you look at it from an engineering perspective, an iterative perspective, it’s clear that you have to try something rather than do nothing."


 


You'll Never Guess Where This FBI Agent Left a Secret Interrogation Manual Hits To This URL: 715

How should FBI agents interrogate terrorists?  How can I copyright a top secret US government document?  How can a highly redacted document be simultaneously fully available to public scrutiny?

These & many other baffling questions have finally been answered by our very own Federal Bureau of Investigation!  The 70-plus-page manual ended up in the Library of Congress, thanks to its author, an FBI supervisory special agent, who once worked as a unit chief in the FBI's counterterrorism division.  He registered a copyright for the manual in 2010 under his own name and deposited a copy with the US Copyright Office.

I suggest to those of you waiting for responses to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, stop by the Library of Congress in your free time & rummage through the papers there.  Who knows, it could save you quite a bit of trouble, especially trying to guess what lies behind those black redacted rectangles ...

"For years, the American Civil Liberties Union fought a legal battle to force the FBI to release a range of documents concerning FBI guidelines, including this one, which covers the practices agents are supposed to employ when questioning suspects. Through all this, unbeknownst to the ACLU and the FBI, the manual sat in a government archive open to the public. When the FBI finally relented and provided the ACLU a version of the interrogation guidebook last year, it was heavily redacted; entire pages were blacked out. But the version available at the Library of Congress, which a Mother Jones reporter reviewed last week, contains no redactions."


 


How Nonprofits Get Significant Value from Content Curation Hits To This URL: 827

Where will we find time to create awesome content that our targeted audience wants to consume?  This is not a problem only for nonprofits; rather, all businesses face this dilemma.  We all want prospects & existing "customers" to regularly visit & revisit our online properties.

Search engines & social media continuously measure & compare our content with others' content to present to everyday users resources for which they're famished.  How can we continually feed them what they want?  How can we keep them interested today & persuade them to return again next week for something new?

Content curation became one big answer to those questions in 2013.  Going forward, content curation will continue to be a viable solution to these problems.

@BethKanter recently presented this useful & doable advice focused on nonprofits.  I urge you to spend time absorbing this, as well as the slideshow, to find a way for you to benefit from content creation in 2014 & beyond.

"Content curation is sifting through information on the web and organizing, filtering and making sense of it and sharing the very best content with your network. Rather than another potential recipe for information overload, content curation can be a method for self-directed learning that builds your expertise while enhancing your organization’s brand and content strategy. Content curation can empower us to learn more and use that knowledge to get deeper impact for our nonprofit’s programs"


 


The Nature of Happiness, Fulfillment & Embodiment Hits To This URL: 759

"His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will speak at Macalester College on Sunday, March 2, 2014.  His talk is titled, 'The Nature of Happiness, Fulfillment, and Embodiment.' The event is free but tickets are required. More information is forthcoming."

What more can I say?  Perhaps the world's foremost expert on peace and compassion will cap Macalester's Nobel Peace Prize Forum which takes place the day before his talk.  I've heard him speak before and I relish this new opportunity to grow spiritually here in my home town.  Won't you join us?


 


Edward Snowden's life is a trifle to trade Hits To This URL: 764
What is a patriot? Is a patriot a vainglorious person who follows orders & goes to the ends of the earth killing hordes of people in the name of god, country & apple pie? Is a patriot born only of nationalistic frenzy? Is a patriot a hero? Is a hero necessarily patriotic?

I'm considering these things today, because this year, 2013, has posed many big questions to me. Seeking answers to those questions, Edward Snowden stands out as the most remarkable human being this year. Whether or not you consider him a patriot, or whether or not he considers himself patriotic, he has done two very big things:
[1] He has made absolutely explicit what the government of the United States of America is and has been doing to control the peoples of planet earth; and
[2] He has backed himself into a corner from which he is not likely to escape to a long life.

China rejected him. Russia granted him a one year asylum/reprieve, which is half gone. No matter where he goes next, what certainty is there that he can ever be "safe?" No matter assurances given at the time, weeks, months or years hence, when that compassionate country wants something the US has to give, Edward Snowden's life is a trifle to trade.

I hope that I am wrong ...
"Today, if you carry a cell phone in Sao Paolo, the NSA can and does keep track of your location: they do this 5 billion times a day to people around the world. When someone in Florianopolis visits a website, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for five years or more. They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target's reputation."

 


Three Things Every Nonprofit Should Do in 2014 Hits To This URL: 664

What do you want most for your nonprofit in 2014?  Do you have a plan to best 2013?  Have you set goals and established steps to achieve those goals?

Who are those most desirable donors?  What will it take to engage volunteers?

This article speaks to some simple methods for effectively multiplying your results in the coming year and far, far beyond.

"While the rest of the world has shifted online, the nonprofit industry has lagged behind. Adoption of new technology is slow, but the world won't wait. Your donors no longer have a home phone line. They barely open mail delivered to their door. And, they skip through commercials. They have gotten really good at blocking out the noise. Your donors live digitally today, and they now decide what, where, and when they will consume information."


 


Hollywood celebrity hypocrites of 2013 Hits To This URL: 679

Let's get real!  Appearing cool and populist can be BIG business.  It's one thing to spew rhetoric that appears to favor compassion for the little guy and it's quite another thing to actually be compassionate.

Kevin Sorbo said, "I told Clooney, George, you're worth $100 million -- of course you can afford to be a socialist!"

Bon Jovi pays only $100 in state property tax - raising honeybees

Bruce Springsteen sings about factories closing down but pays little tax on the hundreds of acres of land he owns, because an organic farmer works his land

One of the big problems in our modern world is the use of rhetoric - without supporting action - to persuade people which are the "good guys"

'[Harrison] Ford once even flew his private jet to get a cheeseburger! "I don't care that he owns seven airplanes," said Mattera, "but do not lecture the rest of us that we're on the precipice of global warming Armageddon while you have a sasquatch-sized carbon footprint."'


 


Nonprofit Offers Auto Repair For Those In Need Hits To This URL: 679

It's important, perhaps, crucial, to promote local resources that help lift those in need out of despair.  In Minneapolis, for example, Cathy Heying and Lift Garage assist you in keeping your car as an effective vehicle for getting to and from work.  Especially with this early, harsh winter, a running car facilitates so many basic family tasks, like getting to work, to school and grocery shopping.

We salute Cathy and Lift!

"The Lift Garage is an exciting new non-profit which provides low income Minnesotans with affordable transportation.

"The Lift Garage offers people a vehicle out of poverty by:

  • providing free or low-cost quality car repair,
  • offering skilled job training in the field of auto mechanics,
  • connecting with community partners to strengthen the support network; and,
  • linking customers to needed resources."

 


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