Monday, October 31, 2011

My Guess on Daily News: Cain Pain, Ohio Issue TWO, MF Global

In my view, these stories are all unique but related by a common theme, context. The way the media works to either promote or ignore based on their idology is fascinating to me. I wonder which story will be in the news longest.

Last night I was watching the replay of Geraldo at Large on Fox News. I saw the Yellow ALERT flag in the lower right corner of the screen and thought well there goes the Cain Campaign down the drain. I had mixed feelings. Here was a guy who had never held political office, who was surging in the polls, and was simultaneously a huge threat to the left and right establishment in D.C. He was somehow able to pull the Star Wars trick on both camps. This is not the candidate you should be messing with. At least that is what I thought.

This news complete with couched remarks closely made to resemble much more serious allegations in carefully scripted language was sad. It went like this "Herman Cain, who was the CEO of the .... is fighting off allegations he made inappropriate gestures possibly of a physical nature......both women were paid five figures settlements to leave quietly."

Come on really. Is this how far we have sunk? There is a lot of room between 10,000 and 99,999 and both are five figures. And gestures, he could have been telling a story to a completely different coworker and been recounting what someone else had done. The lack of context is simply sorrowful. Context is literally the beginning, a starting place. Without that, the story holds little merit and smells of a hit job.

Ohio issue two is practically taking up every other commercial spot on the local TV stations. One says vote yes, the next vote no. Both pick there best talking point and omit context also. I have already posted a piece on my feelings on this issue last week. I will not be supporting the measure.

I have another anecdote as to why. I have been in search of a job for some time now. I was talking to a friend who is a public school teacher and a business owner. He offered me a position working for him at his restaurant, Master Italian Pizzeria in Strongsville. He might have been paid better than private sector workers, but he has spent wisely and used his resources to make an opportunity for his community and me specifically. I guess Jay is a trendsetter. To simply put "Union Workers" or "Teachers Union members" in one basket and scorn them all is a mistake.

Just a quick word on MF Global, since it is in the news today. I only mention this because there was a high profile CEO running the organization, Jon Corzine, the former governor of New Jersey. As a democrat I wonder if he will get the same tough talk as Mr. Cain in the media. Mr Cains transgressions are ambiguous at best, while you can look at a one week chart of MF Global's stock price. He counted on Sovereign Debt (Country Bonds) of struggling European Nations to be bailed out at 100% and lost the bet. They got cut in half after the meeting last week and Mr. Corzine's stock fell from 4+ dollars a share to $1.20 this morning when trading was halted and since, they have filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy. He lost his investors a lot of money in the last week. There is plenty to be mad about, by those "Occupying Wall Street." Especially given the low opinion of Wall Street bankers these days. I don't have a dog in that race I was just putting forth my observations.

To be clear, I do not endorse Mr. Cain or any other candidate. I find plenty to object to without resorting to slight of hand phrasing, and slippery accusations, which have not been sourced. I find Mr. Cain's relationship with some political entities troublesome, to be sure.
I also have faces and names and decades of history to go along with the people who issue 2 will hurt. I must say, knowing the crafter's of Senate Bill 5 exempted themselves from the affects of this law, shows me that you cannot trust the powers that be.

Context, a scarce commodity these days, should be the cornerstone of sharing information with a large public audience. To know the starting point allows you to form a true opinion supported by facts.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Last Minute!!! Friendship ALP needs Your Help

Murder Mystery - October 29, 2011

Join Friendship Animal Protective League for their Second Murder Mystery Dinner, Dial 'A' for Animal on October 29, 2011 at Spitzer Conference Center at LCCC. Tickets are $50.00 per person and includes a delicious plated dinner, one drink voucher, a live auction and...Murder! Click here to purchase your tickets online!

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Please visit the link and buy some tickets to this event. It is for a great cause. As resources get tighter we have seen recently how the most helpless among us are truly suffering. The pets in our lives are unaware of politics or macroeconomics. They just want to stay warm and fed and in return give us unconditional love. I take my animal charity seriously despite being a very small business.

I met with Melissa Snyder who is a volunteer for Friendship APL Friday to give her the Custom gift card. She told me there was a mix up and their ad was not published in the paper as planned. Please go to the site and buy some tickets. You might win the auction for my Large custom Pet Portrait. I would be so thrilled to make it for you. Thank You so much!!!

Rich Pryor

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My letter to the Zanesville Animals & Decision on Issue 2 NO

My Dear Sweet Animal Friends,

I am writing to you in words that I use, but find inadequate to express my sorrow for all of your pain. I am also writing to express a collective apology from my species to all of yours. Sometimes we humans do things to others which are frankly, stupid. Some of us have had a history of visiting far away lands, tearing the beautiful creatures away from their homes against their will, and bringing them back here for our own selfish reasons.

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo playerIf you could hear my words you would know that 99% of humans find this practice absolutely revolting and believe that you should have never been allowed to live in such awful hellish conditions. Furthermore, you would know that Terry Thompson is viewed by nearly all of us as selfish, self-important, unethical, law-breaking, gun toting, evil, crewel, moronic, animal-harming, ass, who should not have been allowed the company of a house fly, as a pet. And then to think he would set you free before taking his own life. Free to take the bullets that a society of Laws and Order, which had no choice, but to kill you all to protect other citizens. Bullets that would have still been in their clips were it not for this awful waste of carbon.

Lastly you should know that the people who did shoot the bullets that truly freed you from this world did so as the last resort. I am certain they will never be the same. To be forced to do your duty because of an oath sworn despite any personal reservations, shows the measure of these brave officer's. I hope you will finish this letter knowing that they had exhausted every other means to resolve heart breaking event. Under any other circumstance they would have tried to save you.

Richard L. Pryor, Jr.

Issue 2

Until this moment, I was unsure about how I would vote on Issue 2. I thought of this in terms of economic forces. I am not a member of a union but have many friends and family who are. I respect the police/sheriff who put on a uniform complete with the State Seal and flag of our nation. They have sworn an oath to keep the peace among other duties.

To have to pull a weapon from their side and discharge it at some of the most majestic and beautiful animals on the face of this earth, in order to keep true to their oath, rises to the level of collectively setting their pay and other compensation levels. The Governor will have to look elsewhere to balance his budget.

The people who are first responders do not have the luxury of  picking and choosing which calls they will answer. They take them all. So, when some idiot decides to replicate Noah's Ark in his back yard, go to prison causing neglect and pain for these poor creatures, wonders why his wife left him, throw open the Ark's doors, then pop the zit on the ass of humanity that is his life, the sheriff has no choice but to clean up his messes. All of them. I say vote no on Issue two!         

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

This link is to Mini Market Donuts' Google Place Page a follow up to my post from oct. 12th
Mini Market Donuts on Google Places Donut 44129

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More old Penny Post Cards of Lorain County

There are cards from most states if you click on the home button of this site. Really neat.

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Old Post Card Scene's of Cleveland late 1800's early 1900's

I want to thank my Uncle Jim for sharing this link on Facebook. Please enjoy these old images.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Richard Pryor Ponders: Google, no recession there, They are Selling Enlightenment

Richard Pryor Ponders: Google, no recession there, They are Selling Enlightenment

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Google, no recession there, They are Selling Enlightenment

I suppose there are winners and losers in volatile markets, such as the one's we are seemingly stuck in these days. It's funny how there are no protesters lining the streets of lovely Mountainview, California. There was not even so much as a peep in any media report I could find. The last 90 days generated $7.51 Billion dollars for Google. I say thank God.

For as much as you could argue that Google does not make anything as decried by so many looking for manufacturing  jobs to reappear in America, they do provide the tools, for free, to allow us to make new types of "stuff". Google has done more, in my opinion, to level the playing field for those with the patience to go learn themselves. I have made this and one other site called all on Google platforms. I have bought one book and a cable modem to connect. The learning is what I chose to stick in the pipeline. I am so glad Google has put it there for all.

I specifically used the word platform because you truly can build anything with Google tools. If you just take the initiative to search YouTube (a Google Property), there are millions of how to videos at your finger tips. Then you can take your new knowledge and use Google Docs, Picasa, Picnik (Software to edit photos online) and so on and so on. I am proud to say that part of the 7.51 billion was from me. I bought some additional storage (in the cloud) for my private files 20 Gb for five bucks a year and 2 custom domains, $10 each a year.

I have an IT degree in security so of course I use Two Factor Authentication on my account so don't try to find my files. I mention the degree also in the context that I learned how to learn in school. The actual subject matter is not as important as the ability to leverage information. That is truly to best gift I could have ever given myself. I have applied the strong will to learn to absorb everything I can from Google IT sites, videos, articles, ect. I see cloud computing all over the place these days. Google was the best mass marketer of this concept. They were criticized on CNBC last week by Jim Cramer for "The drunken Sailor routine." especially buying Motorola Mobility. The majority of their M&A activity is devoted to buying technologies that can serve the public at large. If I use them and become proficient I will need to buy more of their paid services. They benefit from an informed customer as much as their share holders, Mr Cramer. And by the way I learned how to embed videos like this one on Google.

Fast Forward to 4:22 in the clip if you want to see the Google part only

You are the only thing stopping you from making the most out of your time. I know being passively entertained by video games or MTV  might be fun. I argue that being enlightened and entertained all at once is the way to go for me. We are living in the re-age of enlightenment. The fact that I am just sitting at the kitchen table putting this up on MY OWN web site is proof of just how far we have come.

P.S. I must give a shout out to Google Chrome my web browser of choice.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Google Places a must for any business and it's free

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Google has made their reason for being one of the most important company's in America obvious again. I am talking about Google places. This new layer to their search format is a must for any business who wants to stay viable in this new era. As you can see I have gone through the process, which is a bit tedious but got my listed on Google Places. For the small business this can really help level the playing field since there is no barrier to entry, it's free.

The fact is that a plurality of Google searches for specific businesses take place on mobile devices. If you were unaware you can search by zip code. For example you could be hungry for an old fashioned ice cream sundae. You know that the zip code in your current area is 44053. By simply taking you iPhone or android device you just enter the topic and zip code.
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Your results will be just like I have above, using a desktop system. It offers you a list of businesses in your area of choice. Having one of those little red pins is absolutely a must. As far as some people are concerned if you do not show up there you do not exist or you lack the legitimacy to get a listing. Google does add a level of comfort to your potential customers. I would simply suggest going to google,com/places and adding a places page to Google. If you get stuck feel free to drop me an e-mail and I will see If I can help you. Send them to .I will add more detail later. Good luck!! 
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Meta-Cognition & Synthesis with Allegory of the Cave Reference

Before I jump head long into this I must first acknowledge Mrs. Mary Palmieri, my Philosophy 250 Instructor. She made learning about these concepts fun and interesting.

Meta-Cognition was defined as the way we think about what we think. As with most things in the realm of philosophy (the love of knowledge Greek Translation) there are not too many answers usually just more questions. However, somewhere along the way a person will find them self deep in thought and come out knowing just a bit more about them self. That has been my experience now that I have a concept to associate with what came naturally to me and every other human.

What I wanted to discuss today has to do with our opinions and where they come from. Why are we prone to think one side of an argument (by argument I mean a rational discussion not two people yelling at each other) has more merit than another. I want to consider what role mass-media plays in our opinion forming. Finally, what it will take for us to simply consider the other side to try and understand how that belief was formed.

I will submit to you that I am not sure where this post will end up. It is exciting to put your thoughts down and then read them. You might surprise yourself and come away with a new opinion. Personally, I think perception is reality, in our minds. Growing up in Lorain, Ohio there was always a sense that the good old days were long gone and we were stuck in a city who had been lost to idled ship building yards, steel mills running at partial capacity, or the whims of the Ford Motor Company. I hated thinking that the citizens had such little faith in themselves or next generation. As hard as I tried, the negative vibe seeped into my mind. This has had a life long impact on my view of the world. I guess "underdogitus" would be a good description. I believe that Mrs. Palmieri help me to change that.

The views of your parents surely play a huge role in what you believe. Were we passing down our views to our children? I submit the saying "To those that much is given, much is expected" also works in reverse. This does not have to be the case for Lorain, Ohio, or The United States. If we teach our kids to think without limits and freely express their ideas our best ideas will be yet to come. We must expect the best from our children and our fellow citizens and quit reaching back for a past that is gone. I reject the medias characterization of our region as the "rust belt."

The national media has the right to sit on high in some midtown office tower in Manhattan, however, they are wrong in their analysis. The people in the "rust-belt," are better than some cute moniker. We need to think for ourselves and quit believing there negative attacks. I want to thank The Morning Journal for having the foresight to allow citizen journalists' to share there platform. This is exactly what is needed to break free from the victim status the national press apply's. They can take their Stockholm Syndrome tactics elsewhere. You might not like me outing you but I have synthesized your input and found it wanting. Sadly, there has been a grate deal of damage done to our area. Realizing who the enemy is, is half of the problem.

The next step is seeing outside the cave. Plato wrote Allegory of the Cave more than two thousand years ago. Here is a snippet from the article:
 In the dialogue, Socrates describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.The Allegory is related to Plato's Theory of Forms, according to which the "Forms" (or "Ideas"), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. Only knowledge of the Forms constitutes real knowledge.[1] In addition, the Allegory of the Cave is an attempt to explain the philosopher's place in society: to attempt to enlighten the "prisoners"
In my opinion, seeing both sides of an argument is the key to knowing what you truly believe. If you simply reject someone's idea out of hand you could be missing a real opportunity. At least know what they are saying and why. For some people this might be very difficult. Not due to lack of ability, rather a bad habit of assuming you know you are right. I was prone to this affliction before I was shown what it means to really think. It meant freedom, freedom to explore ideas, viewpoints, economic principals, and even music. The best part is that our country thinks enough of us to publicly express our findings. This will lead us to the eBay/ McDonald's Monopoly game strategy. If I have Boardwalk and reach out to find someone with a Park Place together we will win. Ideas work the same way. Collaboration and freedom of thought will lead us to a secure footing. 

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Today would have been my parent's 45TH Anniversary

If you were in the area of East 96TH Street and Euclid Avenue on, October 1, 1966 You might have caught a glimpse of then Richard L. Pryor (The Sr. came later) and his lovely new bride, Barbara. They made their way out of Euclid Avenue Congregational Church this day. The sun was on their faces and the wind was surely at their backs.

The afternoon was filled with so much promise. Family and friends were there to witness them open this new chapter as husband and wife. The wedding was nothing like today's extravaganza's. The budget was almost as tight as their bond. As I was emailing with my Dad's best man, Frank the other day he pointed out that times were much different back then. Priorities for my folks were based on principals and other values that no budget of any size could simply buy. The no frills affair made up with love what it may have lacked in pomp. 

The end of this day also included some new concepts for them to digest like "Married-Student Housing" and "Your side of the bed." They were both still attending Kent State University at that time. They wanted to follow the rules so they got married. My mom finished her degree in 1968. My Dad would not graduate from college until 1993. As a recent graduate myself approaching 40, I guess my later than usual timeline comes naturally.

Their were ups and downs along the way but they held true to their vows spoken in that beautiful church so many years ago. It was my intention to give my Mom the wood burning I made for her to celebrate 45 years on this day, but she came for a visit 2 weeks ago so I surprised her with this when she arrived. 

The image shows my sister Beth and me. We were doing what we always did back then, hang out and be best friends. The photo I used was taken at their first purchased home in East Cleveland, a two-family home off Noble Road. We were their only two but once you got it right why mess with harmony. I'm just kidding they planned on two kids and that's what they did.

What they could have never expected was my Father to suddenly pass away in 1994. He was a second year student in seminary in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My parents were some of the happiest married people I have ever scene together. This was the hardest loss I have ever had to cope with. In an instant, I was placed in a blast furnace and remade much closer to my Dad's image, on the inside. He was an amazing man and being his son forced me to become a man he could respect.

If he were here today I would have gotten them one of those cards that play music when you open it and made sure they both knew just how much I appreciate their sacrifices. I am sure he knows who I am today and seeing my Mom ministering to her flock in Michigan must give him comfort. As for my sister, she is an amazing woman who takes care of the ill with her gift of art therapy. Her happy stable marriage is very familiar too. I realize this might have been a bit self indulgent but if you, my readers, knew my Mom and Dad you would not mind.   

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