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Monday, December 10, 2012

Site redesigned for ease of social media spread.

According to the Pew Center: "Among adults younger than age 30, as many saw news on a social networking site the previous day (33%) as saw any television news (34%), with just 13% having read a newspaper either in print or digital form". Other groups aren't as far along but show the same trend.

The site now provides "posters" at the end of each article that are sized to be posted on Facebook or tweeted, along with links to make that easier. You may also copy the images and spread them anyway you want. The main page has been updated with posters for existing articles and those "coming soon".

 The only way the government will ever change is if those who wish to see change spread the word virally. If you don't take part in the process, then don't complain after the next election or major  new law change. Perhaps information on this site is nothing new to you and your friends.. but it may be to friends of friends. The only way to reach the public is if *you* help do the work to spread the word via email (still the most viral media), social networking sites (posting on your own page, and on group pages or asking the owners to post to group pages), posts on blogs, letters to the editor, emails to talk shows an columnists, etc.

The general sharing links let you get to any sites that are missed. Better integration for some like Google+ are considered as time permits.  If the lack of a Facebook "like" button seems odd, its partly because the "share" and "send" buttons on Facebook are more viral (especially if you share things directly on the page of friends).

Its  also because the Facebook "like" button won't work with the site even though oddly other  Facebook methods do. It appears likely to be due to a censorship campaign on the part of those who didn't like some  content posted to Facebook . CNET reported before that some partisans have taken to seeking out any political content they don't like to label it as "spam". They'll go to facebook groups of their opponents and label  anything they disagree with as spam even when its non-commercial content relevant to the topic and with the same political leanings   the group was intended for. . People reported having content labeled as "spam".   Its necessary to risk posting even to groups that may not always agree with the content to get other voices heard, risking closed minded censors.

 There wasn't a like button  on the site at first, and adding one didn't work, it gives  an error claiming is a  "suspicious URL".  Alternatively there are reports on the net  that  a Facebook bug may also be causing  that error for some sites,  research is ongoing.  This site is new, so after more people share its content another test will be done in case that helped.

Note: when the site was first launched recently there was a glitch. At some point Google's web  creation and blogging tools didn't play well together and the main website  links were going to the blog for some people, notably many from Facebook. They worked for the site author so it wasn't noticed right away. This has been fixed, so please tell others who may not have seen the main site to go take a look. Or to  look again if they haven't seen the new site :-)

Feds spent 3.7 times as much in 2011 as in 1961 per person

Government spending will grow unless politicians get incentive to change.

The Federal government spent 3.7 times as much per person in 2011 as it did 50 years ago in 1961 when Democratic hero JFK was in office (adjusted for inflation). If Kennedy were around to propose his level of spending today he'd be denounced by the mainstream media as a radical extremist.  They propose growing spending even more rapidly in the future, and revenue won't keep up.

Our government was designed around "checks and balances" that work to control many things, but not apparently not spending.  Politicians get elected by promising to spend on programs. There is no reason to expect the results to change unless we change the incentives. "Pay for performance" works in the private sector, its time to consider applying proven techniques to politicians and government employees, e.g. a bonus for spending cuts. In the case of elected officials perhaps they'd be collected only if reelected to confirm voter approval. Even if you disagree with that approach,  consider learning more about the problem here in this new article on the main site: Government spending is out of control. at

Much of the public doesn't realize that spending has on average grown steadily for decades. So please pass this on to everyone you know. Even if your friends are aware of the issues, perhaps friends of friends aren't . The major media usually doesn't inform people well about such things, the only way for them to learn is for *you* to spread the word.