Friday, April 1, 2016

April Fool


Hold my calls this weekend. I'll be busy giving everyone I've ever done business with a negative review.  Gotta love the internet.  I'm not even worried about repercussions...  as I am doing it in your name.


Government regulations out of control for individuals and rarely even bothers corporations.  Have a car?  Wanna make some extra money being a cab driver?  So many government regulations you will probably go to jail for trying this.  Not sure I can even meet clients in my home because I don't have a handicap ramp to the front door or some handicap accommodations in my bathroom.  But if I were a corporation, I can pollute the water, the air, and anything I want to because I have the money to pay the small fine. Corporations load truck drivers with too heavy loads....because it's the small time truck driver that gets in trouble, threatens his livelihood ....but not the company.  People who don't like this end often end up supporting Trump.  There needs to be another way.  They aren't all crazy...they are just so fed up they reach out for solutions.



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After Destroying Free Speech and The Free Press In Turkey, Erdogan Moves To Punish Those Who Criticize Him Abroad

by jonathanturley
Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 7.07.33 PMThe United States continues to give overwhelming support to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he continues his expansion of authoritarian power, the dismantling of secular government in favor of Islamic rule, and the destruction of free speech and the free press in the country. Now Erdogan's insatiable appetite for censorship and sanctions of critics has extended to outside of Turkey where he is demanding that critics be silenced. Not only has his thuggish security details been criticized for roughing up protesters in Europe and the United States, but Turkey is demanding action from governments against his critics.

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Report: Norwegian Government Using Tons Of Excess Whale Meat As Animal Feed

by jonathanturley
220px-Minke_Whale_(NOAA)As recently discussed in terms of the Japanese killing hundreds of whales despite falling demand for whale meat, Norway is continuing its commercial whaling operations despite the fact that so few Norwegians want to eat whale that the country is just giving the whale meet to feed animals on fur farms.
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A copy of the March 1990 issue of Playboy, signed by Donald J. Trump, on the floor after a campaign event this month in Warren, Mich.
Between Playboy's Pages, a Peek at How a Future Donald Trump Would Campaign

By MICHAEL BARBARO

In a 1990 interview, the mogul detailed a grievance-filled agenda and a denunciation of weak leadership, remarks strikingly similar to his 2016 campaign message.


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Who would have ever thought that a “drink on a stick” would initiate my never-ending love for photography at the young age of nine, and would take the lead in my life’s journey? Yes, it started in the summer of 71’ on a typical hot Texas day in early June as I enjoyed my cherry Popsicle, satisfying my sweet tooth plus cooling my body down at the same time.
Popsicle Inspiration Check
The check my father wrote for my first camera, $1 to Popsicle.
The wrapper used to house my cold confection had a marketing message that required you to send in so many empty wrappers plus one dollar for shipping costs, so you could get a free Kodak 126 Instamatic camera. The kind of camera that used “magic cubes.”
The words freeinsta, and magic must have hooked me because on June 10, 1971, I convinced my dad to write a check and put it in the mail so I could get my free camera. It arrived a couple of weeks later and off to the Kodak Kiosk we went. Once back home, I loaded the film cartridge, grabbed my cat Ashes, then walked over to the large tree in our front yard and placed her in the Y formed about three-feet up from the two-foot round trunk. The feline sat there with her front feet standing straight up, like a statue, a true diva, posing perfectly.
A week later after dropping off the film for processing and printing, I got my first photos I’d ever taken in my life—I immediately fell in love with photography and over four decades later, there hasn’t been a year I haven’t taken photos. My love for photography is time-tested, so no one can argue any infidelity in my relationship with this genre of art.
Love for photography
The LCD screens on camera backs are as fascinating as looking into a mirror at times.
So what’s your story? What makes you have a love for photography? At what age did you start? Was your first camera a point-and-shoot, an Instamatic, an SLR, a DSLR, an iPhone, etc.? Once you’ve answered those questions, think back and truly ask yourself why you have a love for photography—if you understand this love it just might take your creativity up a notch. That said let me share my thoughts on why people have a love for photography.
Our Love For Photography Comes From Fascination
That’s right, in the old film days it was amazing to watch a photo develop in that darkroom lit with amber lights. No darkroom, no problem, there’s a great chance fascination came quicker with a Polaroid, and guess what, they’re back! Seeing something develop right before your eyes, especially if it’s a photo of yourself, causes your brain to release dopamine—it becomes an addiction. Now with LED screens on cameras and phones it’s an instant bombardment of dopamine release.
Our Love For Photography Captures The Love for Family
In some schools kids receive iPads as early as kindergarten, and after watching mommy take selfies with her smartphone, the children figured out how to shoot their own. That’s right, we learn to love ourselves first and mobile cameras reinforce that love affair. We also love our families and friends, and mobile devices provide us the camera and apps to showcase those relationships. Then comes social media, well you get the picture, no explanation needed.
Our Love For Photography Captures The Moments Of Love
We’ve all heard the story about the sheriff and his wife living in a small farm town of Kansas that recorded their most intimate sexual moments and left the tape in the recorder that was subsequently rented out again. Well, without adding more embarrassment for that couple, taking sexy photos, or videos for that matter, are more common today than ever and a great example, watch the 2014 movie Sex Tape.
Intimacy Photo
Having fun taking sexy photos is a great form of intimacy, as in this playful photo of my love and muse.
In fact, it’s considered another form of intimacy for a relationship that needs a spark. Digital devices with cameras give us the private opportunity to capture intimate and exciting moments with our life partners. Not to mention sexting, well you get the picture, no explanation needed.
Our Love For Photography Makes Others Feel Good
My free photography book, “Photographic Therapy—The Power of Photography to Help Build or Rebuild Self-Esteem,” available for free on iTunes, is an in-depth expose on just how powerful photography is when taking photos of someone. Cameras make people feel good, on both sides of the camera. You see it all the time; take a great photo of another individual and when you show it to them, you normally get a smile with a positive reaction. If you get a negative reaction, you hit the delete button and do it over again until you get it right in the camera.
Our Love For Photography Captures Memories
Since 1790 when photography was invented, photographs are captured memories to cherish now and for future generations. People with cameras capture photos of places they’ve visited, events they’ve attended, and people they come in contact with. Cameras are capture devices and without them we’d have to create visual images in our minds with only words.
Love for Photography, Rome Photo
When I took this photo our travel photography adventure to Rome, it was to capture a memory of our trip.
Our Love For Photography Has Increased Exponentially
Over the past decade the love of photography has increased exponentially because cameras are smaller, from smart phones, point-and-shoots, and mirrorless cameras their size makes them more portable. Sure, the bulky DSLR systems professional photographers use still exists, but that’s because pros are used to carrying a bulging photographic gear bag. It’s like a scuba diver; they’ve got to have their scuba tanks to dive.
Camera systems are also more technologically advanced; they do more things than we ever could with film. Not to mention we can change our sensors sensitivity on the fly with every photo we take, no time is lost stopping to change film because you need a higher speed. Add to that, we’re no longer limited to 100, 200, 400, 1600, and 3200 ISO film as with digital cameras, we can choose our ISO on some models to go up to 25,000 or more. Canon recently introduced the ME20F-SH, a multi-purpose camera that has a maximum ISO of over 4,000,000. That’s right, it can basically see in the dark!
Love for photography documentary
Photos document life as in this photo of fellow Texan Sam Donaldson of ABC News, and I while covering the 50th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France.
Our Love For Photography Is Documentary
In summary, photography can document everything we do and see. I like to think of photography as a documentary method more than a capture workflow. In essence, if photography, and video for that matter, didn’t exist we’d rely solely on the written word. That wouldn’t necessarily be bad if you can write at least 1,001 words to illustrate your story if you’re a firm believer of the English idiom, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
My sweet tooth is kicking in. Time for a Popsicle, I’ve been eating them longer than I’ve been taking photos. With that I close and remind you not to forget the men and women who serve so proudly to protect our freedoms. God bless them, their families and friends!







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