Category Archives: civics

give back to your favorite free apps / Charitable programs / websites

For many organizations, and especially charitable non-profits, today is the last day of the year to give a gift that counts towards this year.

Think of the free apps/programs you use for free. A lot of work went into and still goes into maintaining it. They would definitely free gratitude if you took the time to throw even $1. For real, some of these software developers and volunteers receive no pay except for periodically a donation or they freel relief when they don’t have to worry about paying for the server(s) that the app/program is hosted on.

Some of the ones I would like to give to are:

  • Audacity music/audio player and editor; desktop app
  • Firefox browser people / volunteers (Mozilla organization)
  • Heavens-Above.com website / app
  • OneTab desktop browser extension; faster browsing and more self-focus while using any of the popular browsers
  • probably a few others that i love

On the charitable side i think it would be cool give through these org’s:

  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Philanthropies programs like clean water, wheelchairs, et cetera for sure.
  • Kiva who does micro-loans to those currently with smaller economic opportunities to start their own business. One of my bros has helped out a few people through them.
  • I’m sure i could find others. Take a moment to think about what software helps you for free OR which organizations inspire you / make you feel good.

P.S. On the officially charitable side please do use CharityNavigator to find ratings. NOTE: not all organizations can afford to be audited by them but those that do have really good info there on the % of money donated that goes to the actual program(s) vs administrative costs, etc.

That’s it. Good wishes for the last day of the year and the new year starting tomorrow. I want to have a moment of quiet and hope. The light is shining I believe.
Sincerely,
Roger

diversity of heart or thoughts?

Outward diversity vs. inward diversity? Can we be different on our outsides yet unified on our insides? Is diversity good when there are at least 5 different ways to add up two of the numbers from 1 to 9 in order to get 10 total? Is diversity of thought bad when we’re pulling in different directions?

Just some quick thoughts. I think I like the feeling of outward vs. inward. “The Lord looketh on the heart”. Somewhere in the historical record of the Old Testament. It really is true. Thank you ^^^

Conflict IS …

Conflict? Disagreement. Contention? Love?

Conflict: Can it be ok if hearts are right/honest? If you see something or need something can one say something, but not with overbearance, right? With patience in the heart not just in the mind. But it’s ok to try with the mind until your heart catches up, right?

Disagreement? Likewise.

Therefore, a honest difference of opinion does not have to equal contention.

Can equal understanding better.
Can equal finding common ground.
Can equal an unintentional building on shared beliefs. (everybody has beliefs no mater what your faith is in, whether a higher power / person(s) or things or ideas)

Love.

Pray for it. I must. May we all.

graphic by Tim Houlihan via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Watch out for vehicle history report scams :(

So I’m selling my car, and have it listed on a local classifieds website that is really popular in my state.
I have gotten so many scammers contacting me about it using different methods to trick me like doing a password reset which sends a PIN to my phone and them trying to get me to send the temporary PIN back to them! I don’t think so!

The latest is that they ask me to do a vehicle history report (or RV report or VIN check) at a link that they send me.

Beware, it’s either a scam or a ruse to get your personal information and then sell it. The most recent scammer this evening gave me historycheckreports.com but if you check the registration on that domain it did not even exist until 2 months ago.

So maybe they’re new in business? But wait! Take 1 minute to read this: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/10/steering-clear-vehicle-history-report-scams

And then notice that historycheckreports.com is NOT on the list of 8 approved providers:
https://vehiclehistory.bja.ojp.gov/nmvtis_vehiclehistory

Busted!

Think of the people in China and Hong Kong, and …

If you haven’t heard of the Great Firewall of China then this is the latest news story on it.
Non-technical translation?!
It is now even crazy harder to look at sites outside of China. 🙁

So please send good thoughts the way of people in China. Citizens there suffer a lot. AND when they are here in the US you can tell them about the Tuidang movement where over 350 million former Chinese have made official declarations to quit the CCP (Chinese Communist Party). Check it out @ tuidang.org

P.S. You can also tell them about technology to bypass the Great Firewall of China if they can safely let others know about it — see en.greatfire.org

P.P.S. NOT a Chinese citizen but want to do something about the CCP? Sign the petition to reject the Chinese Communist Party @ https://rejectccp.com/ !!!

Apple makes me sad, again…

The maker of Macs and iPhones — Apple — is suing the little guy, a small company because their logo is a pear looking like it’s hanging or been picked off a tree. Really Apple? This is not the first time, is it?! See this news story about it.

Additionally, Apple has sold a piece of their soul and probably will continue to do so to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) when they ask them to control what apps are in the app store like for Hong Kong residents. ‘Tis very sad.

I love their hardware and products but they are overpriced. I used to own a few Macs but ended up selling both of them. Will never buy one new again.

Lastly, it takes more mousing movement and keyboard strokes to get things done on macOS. Avoid Mac’s if you have carpal tunnel syndrome or another RSI(repetitive stress injury) in your wrists, hands, or arms. Will blog about it later showing a side by side table comparison of macOS vs Windows 10 vs XFCE or a similar Linux environment.

Tis a shame. Apple used to rock. Please stop it. Don’t sell your soul for a buck.

Stand with Hong Kong and Taiwan

We live in a time i think where we will look back and wonder what we did when Hong Kong was in it’s hour of need.

Check out this 5 minute piece on what happened this past week in Hong Kong:

Next watch this 10 minute one (and be lenient with the anchor’s sarcasm) — he and his team make some really important points:

So what can you do?

Contact your 2 Senators and your Representative and ask them to end our lenient economic policies with the CCP(Chinese Communist Party) :
https://www.congress.gov/members?q=%7B%22congress%22%3A116%7D

Lastly, track what they do about it @ https://www.govtrack.us

Cool? Let us know what you said when you emailed or called them. Thanks,

P.S. Here’s an article in memory of the last Nobel Laureate from China, Liu Xiaobo, who died just a few days after the CCP released him from political prison for continuing to speak out about the “incidents” that happened in and around Tiananmen Square years ago; also he was one of over 300 Chinese citizens who risked their lives to publish “Charter 08“:
https://www.ft.com/content/0123f17c-5ffc-11e7-8814-0ac7eb84e5f1
(Financial Times, 4 July 2017)

P.P.S. Why?
Because if we don’t speak up by asking our leaders to stand with Hong Kong, then they might the next “Tiananmen”.
May we speak up and may they be spared from further suffering. #prayer
https://congress.gov, do it today.