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Friday, August 27, 2010

What Does $1 Trillion Look Like?

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RE: Philips EnduraLED 12-watt light bulb outshines competition, costs more

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Philips has unveiled the EnduraLED light bulb, a powerful lighting fixture using only 12 watts of electricity but is the first LED equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb.

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Philips has unveiled the EnduraLED light bulb, a powerful lighting fixture using only 12 watts of electricity but is the first LED equivalent of a 60 watt incandescent bulb.
The EnduraLED outshines other LED bulbs with stats like 80% in energy savings and the promise to last at least 25x longer than the old incandescent technology. With 806 lumens, a EnduraLED bulb should last up to 25,000 hours and save $120 per lamp during that time.
Philips’ eco-friendly bulb will be ready to turn on at home or in the office by the fourth quarter of this year, but unlike the recently announced Home Depot LED bulb, this one won’t be so affordable. According to Engadget, environmental enthusiasts will reportedly have to shell out around $60 per EnduraLED bulb.
Albeit that the Philips version is more energy efficient, that is a lot to invest in a light bulb up front, making the initial popularity of this product is debatable.
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EU PVSEC: Next Energy to Present Thin Film Research

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Sample coming out of the line after completion of the coating The EWE Research Centre for Energy Technology Next Energy will present its research activities at the the European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (PVSEC), which will be held in Valencia from 6–10 September 2010.
Next Energy will present its latest research results in hall 3, level 2 at stand A 52 with a focus on thin-film amorphous and microcrystalline silicon technology, which Next Energy aims to develop into a new generation of cost-effective solar cells.
To investigate the efficiency of this type of solar technology, Next Energy's photovoltaics department acquired a cutting-edge coating plant , equipped with plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) and sputtering process chambers for the deposition of silicon layers, transparent conducting oxides(TCOs) and metals on different substrates in spring 2010. The coating machine enables the production of small modules of up to 15x15 centimetres in size. Along with this tool, Next Energy also has a fully equipped laser structuring facility and state-of-the-art characterisation laboratories at its disposal. These provide the measuring technology essential for developing solar cells quickly and efficiently.
Over the past six months, Next Energy scientists and the coating plant manufacturer have been developing a baseline process for a-Si:H single solar cells and a-Si:H/c-Si:H tandem solar cells. Next Energy researchers are now at work optimising this baseline process step by step. Researchers are also running comprehensive numerical simulations to find ways in which they can improve the structure of the solar cell. The findings of these simulations are then implemented in experiments.
Next Energy is also already at work researching the innovative triple-junction solar cell. Stacking three solar cells on top of each other would greatly improve the efficiency of silicon thin-film technology. The design criteria for this kind of solar cell structure were derived from comprehensive simulations and are now being tested in experiments.
In addition to this, Next Energy is developing solar cells on the basis of cost effective and light substrates such as polymer and metal films as well as researching suitable measurement methods and guidelines to make it possible to specify the properties of layers and layer systems quickly and for a wide range of production processes.
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More antioxidants found in black rice than blueberries

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More antioxidants found in black rice than blueberries

 

Health conscious food consumers have already known blueberries are high in antioxidants. But a new study found black rice has even higher levels of antioxidants called anthocyanins.

The study presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) showed that one spoonful of black rice bran contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of bluebberries and better yet, black rice offers more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants, but less sugar.
Anthocyanin antioxidants have been linked with lower risk of heart disease, cancer and other western diseases, which are apparently associated with low intake of vegetables and high intake of sugar and meats in the West, according to previous studies.
For instance, a review published in the March 2010 issue of Nutrition Review says anthocyanins and other nutrients like micronutrients and fiber found in berries including chokeberries, cranberries, blueberries and strawberries either in the form of fresh fruit, juice or freeze-fried fruits are associated with  favorable cardiovascular risk profiles, meaning that they may lower risk of heart disease.
Basu A and colleagues at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, say in their report that berries offer the cardiovascular benefits by upregulating endothelial nitric synthase, lowering activities of carbohydrate digestive enzymes, decreased oxidative stress and inhibiting expression of inflammatory genes among others.
Zhimin Xu, Associate Professor at the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge, La. analyzed black rice and black rice bran produced in the Southern United States for the content of anthocyanin antioxidants.
Lipid soluble antioxidants found in black rice contains higher amounts of water soluble anthocyanin antioxidants, the researchers found.  In comparison, brown rice, which possesses only high amounts of oil-soluble gamma-tocotrienol and gamma-oryzanol antioxidants, which can help lower bad cholesterol.
Black rice bran protects against chemically-induced inflammation at least in an animal model, according to a recent study in the Aug 23 2010 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food and Chemistry.
Choi S.P. and colleagues from Ajou University in Suwon, Korea tested black rice bran extract and extract of brown rice to see the extract may have a protective effect against inflammation on mouse skin.
They found black rice bran extract, but not the brown rice bran extract, significantly suppressed 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene-induced dermatitis on the skin of the study mice.
Black rice is commonly used for decorating of Chinese food like noodle and pudding.  This crop may not be as cheap as some media outlets claim in the West though.
Anthocyanin-rich foods include blackberry, blueberry, red grapes, red raspberries, strawberry, red wine, plum, red cabbage, red onion, and blood orange juice, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
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Kindle and iPad E-readers Spark Revolution

http://www.pcworld.com/article/204212/kindle_and_ipad_ereaders_spark_revolution.html?tk=hp_new


Kindle and iPad E-readers Spark Revolution

Daniel Ionescu, PC World
Aug 26, 2010 10:51 am
Amazon's Kindle e-book reader and Apple's iPad tablet have a lot more in common than you'd think. Both devices have sparked a revolution in mobile computing, are selling like hotcakes, and brought e-books to the masses.
At the last count, Apple sold three million iPads since April this year, and is expected to exceed 10 million devices sold by the end of 2010. Market research firm The Yankee Group also forecasts that 6 million e-readers will ship in 2010, and that number is expected to grow to 19.2 million by 2013. But how did we get to this point?
First, there was the Amazon Kindle. The original Kindle came in at $399 back in 2007 and sold out in under six hours. Two iterations later, the third-generation Kindle starts at $139 and is Amazon's most popular product ever, the company announced on Wednesday. The retailer never gave exact numbers of how many Kindles it sold.
Believe it or not, consumers have to thank Apple for the $260 price difference between the original Kindle and the Kindle 3. As with the mobile industry (see iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4), Apple has been the disrupting factor in the uptake of black and white e-ink e-book reading, with the iPad.
The iPad, priced from $499, offers all the functionality of a Kindle, alongside a large colour touchscreen, and a 10-hour battery life. Apple's own iBooks Store rivals Amazon's Kindle store, and the multipurpose functionality of the iPad drove down the price of the single-purpose Kindle, shredding almost $300 off the Kindle price tag.
[Related: The E-Reader Price Wars Heat Up ]
40 Percent Now Read More
A recent survey from Marketing and Research Resources found that 40 percent of those questioned now read more on their Kindles and iPads than they did with print books, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Forrester Research estimates around 11 million Americans will own at least one digital reading device by the end of September, and as prices for e-reading devices fall, Amazon says people buy three times more books on their e-readers than they would with printed products.
E-books Are Still More Expensive
Since e-books are cheaper to produce and distribute than printed books, they should cost less, but they don't. Books from electronic bookstores from the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Apple are still more expensive than their printed versions.
The average paperback sells at around $10, while its electronic counterpart retails at $12.99. For a casual reader, e-book reading might not make economical sense, as long as they have to pay for a device like the Kindle and then pay extra per book as well.
Although e-ink e-readers prices dropped thanks to the iPad, Apple's iBooks Store takes the blame for increases in e-book prices. The Cupertino company introduced the agency model to the e-books market, where the publisher can set its own prices, while Apple takes a cut out of the final selling price.
Amazon used to sell all its books at a set $9.99 price, but publishers forced the retailer to increase its prices, following Apple's decision to adopt a different, more profitable model for publishers.
Large E-Readers Choice, Tablets Not So Many
As analysts predict huge sales and consumers rush to buy e-readers and tablets, the market is in no short supply of reading devices. In the same category as the Amazon Kindle, you can get a Nook from Barnes & Noble or a Sony Reader, all with prices under $230.
If you prefer to read e-books on a tablet, the Apple iPad is your best bet so far, starting at $499. Competitors like Samsung and Motorola are working on their own Google Android-powered tablets, but they are not out yet. Alternatively, if you want a smaller tablet, you can take a look at the Dell Streak.
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Gmail Users Make One Million Calls in 24 Hours

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Gmail Users Make One Million Calls in 24 Hours

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal, PC World
Aug 27, 2010 7:21 am
Google's latest Gmail phone calling feature hit the ground running with over one million phone calls placed from Gmail in first 24 hours the feature was available, Google said Thursday via Twitter.The big question is how many will make Gmail calls in the following 24 hours after people have gotten over the novelty of placing calls via their e-mail inbox.
This isn't terribly surprising that Google is has seen such day-one success considering Gmail has over 175 million monthly users, and the new feature is basically a combination of two popular services Gmail Voice Chat and Google Voice.
The feature, which is currently only available to U.S. Gmail users, allows users to place free "local" (within the United States and Canada) phone calls, as well as cheap international calls. Google says it's subsidizing the "local" calls with the international calls' rates, though these rates are still quite low. You can call a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Argentina, China, and Japan, for as low as two cents per minute.
Google says that the local calls are free for now, and will be through at least the end of this year. However, things may change as the service catches on (though it looks like it already is).
The feature is not yet available to all U.S. Gmail users. It's quite simple to use, however--at the top of your chat bar there is a "call phone" option. Simply click on it and a number pad will appear, on which you can dial your desired number and place a phone call. Naturally, a microphone is necessary in order for you to be able to communicate with the person on the other end of the line.
If you're just a regular user, the recipient of your call will see your phone number as 760-705-8888. If you have Google Voice, however, the two services will integrate and the recipient of your call will see your Google Voice number.
At the moment a lot of people are still wondering why Google has decided to roll out this feature at all (to up the interest in Google Voice? Have a head-to-head battle with Skype?). But, while it's free, we may as well take advantage of it--here's to a million more calls over Gmail in the next 24 hours.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Inhabitat's Week in Green: nanotech tea, pollution-sucking stones and the world's most efficient car

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Ex-Policeman in Philippines Holds Tourists Hostage

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/08/22/world/AP-AS-Philippines-Bus-Hostages.html?_r=1

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A dismissed policeman armed with an automatic rifle seized a bus in the Philippine capital Monday with 25 passengers aboard, most of them Hong Kong tourists, in a bid to demand his reinstatement, police said.
Police sharpshooters took positions around the white-blue-red bus, which was parked near a downtown Manila park, and negotiations to free the hostages were under way, deputy director of Manila police Alex Gutierrez said.
Two of the Hong Kong tourists, both women, were released and were being debriefed by police, Manila police chief Rodolfo Magtibay said. Police had earlier reported that the tourists were from South Korea but later corrected themselves.
Others on the bus included three Filipinos -- a driver, a guide and a photographer, Magtibay said.
The hostage-taker, identified as former Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza, was armed with an M16 rifle. He demanded that he be given back his job on the police force a year after he was fired, Magtibay said.
Mendoza hitched a ride on the bus from the historic walled city of Intramuros and then ''declared he is taking the passengers hostage'' when the bus reached Jose Rizal Park alongside Manila Bay.
The area also includes the seaside U.S. Embassy and a number of hotels.
The curtains on the bus windows were drawn and live TV footage showed two police negotiators walking to and from the bus and communicating with Mendoza from the window near the driver's seat.
Magtibay said they were also using the driver's cell phone to talk to Mendoza.
''We should really resolve this quickly so that it will not have a wider effect,'' Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said.

Pakistan relents, accepts flood aid from India

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2010/08/pakistan-relents-accepts-flood-aid-from-india.html

Pakistan relents, accepts flood aid from India

Pakistan apparently found itself sufficiently embarrassed, at least in this case, for putting its jihad against India ahead of the suffering of its people.
This situation proves once again that the greatest vehicle for modification of human rights violations in the Muslim world -- albeit on a case by case basis, because most regimes would not willingly reform Sharia-based legal systems in a meaningful way -- is outside scrutiny and embarrassment over practices that are bad for business. Just ask the Saudi whose best hope of not getting his spine deliberately severed by doctors (hey, Hippocrates was a dirty infidel) is most likely the moral outrage and pressure of the non-Muslim world.
And that level of scrutiny requires a free press of the kind that would shrivel and die under Sharia, or under the gradual, incremental bowing to Islamic "sensitivities."
"Pakistan accepts flood aid money from rival India," from the Christian Science Monitor, August 20:
Pakistan has accepted an offer of $5 million of flood aid from neighbor and longtime rival India, in a move that could spark a political backlash at home.
In an interview with Indian news channel NDTV, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi described the offer of aid, made last week, as a "very welcome initiative" which the government of Pakistan has agreed to accept, after taking some time to decide.
But it would have been better to say "thanks, but no thanks," according to Liaqat Baloch, secretary general of Pakistan's second-largest religious party, the Jamaat-e-Islami.
"Pakistan has many disputes with India, with reference to Kashmir, and the Indian Army engaging in brutality in occupied Kashmir," he says. "In the past, when Pakistan tried to support India after their natural disasters, India never accepted. Therefore it would be better if [our government] refused the aid with a big thank you."
Al Khidmet foundation, Jamaat-e-Islami's charitable wing, has been one of the most visible aid organizations in the flood-affected areas.
The two countries have made efforts in recent months to repair bilateral relations, which took a plunge following the 2008 Mumbai attacks. India blames those attacks on Pakistan-backed militants. The two countries have fought three full-scale wars, most recently in 1999.
The United States had urged Pakistan to accept India's offer of aid earlier this week. When Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called his Pakistani counterpart to offer his condolences following the worst natural disaster in Pakistan's history, it was an event widely reported in the Pakistan media.
"In such times of natural disasters, all of South Asia should rise to the occasion and extend every possible help to the people of Pakistan affected by the tragedy," Mr. Singh said, according to a statement released by his office.
According to Badar Alam, editor of Pakistan's Herald magazine, the amount of aid pledged is "symbolic, but its effect is immense. It's a good confidence building measure between the two countries."
But, he warns, Pakistan's religious parties will try to spin the move "as a sign of weakness."
"They will see it as a capitulation to India, that our own government is so weak we have been forced to accept help from the historic enemy," says Mr. Alam....
You used to be part of India until you severed yourselves from it. Wouldn't that make you your own worst enemy? You have to admit, it works on a number of levels.


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1. Principal of Subsidiarity – Government works best at the local level. The closer the control of government is to the people, the more interest and control citizens hold in political proceedings and operations.

2. America is a country of a distinguished founding, of distinctive historical experiences, and of a unique path to the future. We do not take lightly these characteristics. Thus, we do not believe that American institutions should be imposed upon nations of dissimilar origins and experiences.

3. Government cannot legislate a perfect life for its citizens. Government’s role is to make life tolerable and to allow citizens to achieve their best. Legislation has limited ability to change our true social condition. Politicians have unethically preached to the public they have a right to steady economic betterment.

4. American citizens have a contract with the past, the present, and the future to:

a. Preserve the best of our ancestors and change only that which leads to a better civil and social existence.

b. Voluntarily assist those less prosperous.

c. Conserve natural resources for our posterity



5. Government should not “do” anything that is not spelled out in the Constitution.

6. Conservatism opposes the socialistic style of government that promises an abundance of materialism for all. Conservatism promises Freedom and Liberty so that society can be successful and ordinary citizens can share in the wealth. Historically, Conservatives warned of a “creeping socialism” and in 2009 this is sadly coming to fruition as government continues to expand into all aspects of society.

7. Taxation, a free grant from the citizen to the government, has become extortion and the two national parties have used taxation as a means to create division among the citizens of the United States. Government re-distribution of wealth creates a covetous nature in the recipients. Spending of citizens’ ethically and legally earned money, and consuming our posterity’s resources are not signs of a virtuous political organization.

8. Conservatism is not a philosophy of avarice and consumerism. Conservatives believe that success is to be shared in a voluntary manner with poor and less fortunate. The primary benefits of charity is ascribed to the voluntary donor and the recipients of material goods from a central authority show no gratitude.

9. Those who believe that redistribution of wealth is an entitlement will cause great harm to future generations by incurring on them massive debt from current borrowing and spending.

10. Conservatives must rebuild their strength and never accept a diminished status on the national stage. For several years conservatives have not had true representation in the political process. The message of conservatism has been denigrated by Republicans claiming the title Conservative to capture votes. It is time to clarify Conservatism.

11. The local community is better designed to handle the problems of the citizen than the federal government. Conservatives stand firmly against the centralization of government, extension of economic functions by the government, a state education that enforces uniformity of character and opinion, and the decay of family life and local associations.

12. Conservatives have become mis-identified by associated with what John Adams warned as “A doctrinaire attachment to the accumulation of wealth.” Conservatives stand for private property, but despise the avarice that leads to the detriment of society.

13. Foreign policy should not be the imposition of American institutions around the world. American institutions are the product of a common history and people and should not be thrust frivolously upon other nations. To do so, trivializes the importance of the events surrounding the founding and historical experiences of our country.

14. Conservatives believe that life is a contract with our history, our present condition, and our posterity. Attachment to this belief system prescribes that we not consume to the detriment of our posterity, that we shun over-consumption and stand against the reckless use of natural resources through a desire to achieve gratification.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

LOOK WHO'S 'NATIVIST' NOW!

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LOOK WHO'S 'NATIVIST' NOW!
August 18, 2010


"Nativism in American politics has become so rampant that it is considered scandalous in Republican circles for a judge to acknowledge paying any attention to foreign courts and their legal rulings." -- New York Times editorial, Aug. 3, 2010


The New York Times runs this same smug editorial every few months -- at least I think it's the same editorial -- to vent its spleen at conservatives who object to American judges relying on foreign law to interpret the U.S. Constitution.


But when it comes to anchor babies, The New York Times and the entire Democratic establishment plug their ears and hum rather than consider foreign laws on citizenship. (For more on this, see "Mexican immigration law versus U.S. immigration law.")


Needless to say, America is the only developed nation that allows illegal aliens to gain full citizenship for their children merely by dropping them on U.S. soil.


Take Sweden -- one of the left's favorite countries. Not only is there no birthright citizenship, but even the children of legal immigrants cannot become Swedish citizens simply by being born there. At least one parent must be a citizen for birth on Swedish soil to confer citizenship.


(Applicants also have to know the lyrics to at least one ABBA song, which explains why you don't see groups of Mexicans congregating outside Ikea stores.)


Liberals are constantly hectoring Americans to adopt Sweden's generous welfare policies without considering that one reason Sweden's welfare policies haven't bankrupted the country (yet) is that the Swedes don't grant citizenship to the children of any deadbeat who manages the spectacular feat of giving birth on Swedish soil.


In Britain, only birth to at least one British citizen or the highest class of legal immigrant, a "settled" resident with the right to remain, such as Irish citizens, confers citizenship on a child born in England. And if the British birthright is through the father, he must be married to the mother (probably a relic from Victorian times when marriage was considered an important institution).


Even Canada, the country most similar to the United States, grants citizenship upon birth -- but excludes the noncitizen parents of anchor babies from receiving benefits, such as medical care, schooling and other free stuff given to Canadian citizens.


After MSNBC'S favorite half-black guest, professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell, made the dazzling point last week that "all babies are anchor babies" because "I certainly know my 8-year-old has anchored the heck out of my life," thereby winning this week's witty wordplay contest, she claimed to be stumped on how citizenship could possibly be determined if not by location of birth.


"I want Americans to pause for a moment and ask themselves," Harris-Lacewell said portentously, "on what basis would you determine citizenship, if not based on where a child is born?" (Luckily for Harris-Lacewell, U.S. citizenship is not granted on problem-solving abilities.)


Harris was off and running, babbling: "Do you have to have two parents who are citizens? How about grandparents? How about great-grandparents?"


I don't know -- how does Sweden do it? How about Denmark? Maybe we should check the laws of every other country in the universe -- especially the ones liberals are relentlessly demanding we emulate!


Or is Ms. Lacewell one of those chest-thumping, nationalistic nativists who becomes hysterical when anyone brings up foreign law? Where is The New York Times when we need it?


The Times' editorial denouncing "nativist" conservatives ended with this little homily: "(Republicans) might want to re-read James Madison's description in the Federalist Papers of the ideal legislator: 'He ought not to be altogether ignorant of the law of nations.'"


Of course, conservatives' objection to judges looking to foreign law is that they're judges, not legislators -- least of all "ideal legislators."


Judges are supposed to be interpreting a constitution and laws written by legislators, not legislating from the bench. Hey, whose turn is it to remind The New York Times that the legislative branch of our government is different from the judicial branch?


As the Times' own august quote from James Madison indicates, he was referring to "the ideal legislator," not "the ideal Supreme Court justice."


In its haste to call conservatives names, the Times not only gave away that they think judges are supposed to be "legislators" -- a point they've been denying for decades -- but also provided a ringing endorsement for ending birthright citizenship.


Not being an easily frightened nativist like Harris-Lacewell, I think we should look at other countries' laws, then adopt the good ones and pass on the bad ones.


For example, let's skip clitorectomies, arranged marriages, dropping walls on homosexuals, honor killings and the rest of the gorgeous tapestry of multiculturalism.


Instead, how about we adopt foreign concepts such as disallowing frivolous lawsuits, having loser-pays tort laws, and requiring that both parents be in the U.S. legally and at least one parent be a citizen, for a child born here to get automatic citizenship?


Or (to paraphrase my favorite newspaper) has nativism in American politics become so rampant that it is considered scandalous in Democratic circles for a legislator to acknowledge paying any attention to foreign countries and their laws? If so, then Democrats might want to re-read James Madison's description in the Federalist Papers of the ideal legislator: "He ought not to be altogether ignorant of the law of nations."


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The American people are frightened by the rapid loss of liberty at the hands of a political class that does not understand our nation’s history nor appreciate that each generation should serve as a guardian of that liberty for the next.

We must act today to stop the government from taking more and more control of our lives as we sacrifice more and more of the freedoms guaranteed to us by our founding fathers.

The media have an obligation to report honestly and fairly on our government, but they have chosen to completely abdicate this responsibility.  Therefore, we the people must fight to maintain the freedoms that countless Americans have died defending for the last two and a half centuries.

There are three things that MRC Action team members can do in this battle for our nation’s future.

  1.  Go to see your elected representatives during their August recess and confront them on these issues. Get them to go on record with their positions. We have created an excellent resource page to help you do this effectively. Send us your videos, so we can share them!
     
  2. If you like what you hear from my interview with Terry, buy his book and educate your friends and family about what the Left is doing to our country.
     
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