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How to fix America

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I don’t feel like giving away all the reasons behind these, so Instead of a blog, I’m just going to list some ideas and let you think on them and how it would effect the United States.

  • Kill off all attempts at lobbying. To many cases where that turns into bribery and buying politicians.
  • Kill campaign contributions.  Give candidates set budgets.
  • Tax cigarettes outrageously, I think $14 a pack would do. While we’re at it, make the age to smoke 21 too.
  • Tax Alcohol very highly too. Make it too expensive for teenagers to buy.
  • Make the dropout age from school earlier. If they’re gonna drop out the second they become 16, why not make it 14 and save money and teachers for students that care.
  • Make the age to drive older, maybe get your permit at 17.
  • Jam cell phones inside all cars with their ignition on.
  • Create a universal millionaire tax. The more you make the more your taxed, growing exponentially.
  • Elections every 2 years. This makes sure politician are always on their way on or out, cuts campaigning time, and cuts the time they’re a lame duck and can do whatever they want.
  • Nationwide broadband and FCC monitored rates.
  • Provide a visible way of identifying drunk drivers in all states.
  • Providing funding for catholic and other private schools. If this allows people to get a better education, why not help them out.

I think thats a good start.

Open Letter to Governor Christie on the funding for REBEL

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Dear Governor Christie and whomever else it may concern,

I know you are in a tough position with the budget, but there are somethings that just should not be cut, because the good they do much outweighs the price to keep them running.

REBEL, is just such an organization. Mainly funded from the fruits of many tobacco lawsuits, REBEL takes money from the tobaccos companies and and uses it to help enlighten people to the evils they cause. REBEL is a great help to the people of New Jersey.  Through REBEL, teenagers get to have fun on the trips and retreat, be involved in a program they can directly contribute to, and get to see the differences they make, in the lives of smokers, and young people who tobaccos companies illegally target.  They also get to talk directly to their peers about it, see their reactions, and are trusted as friends, instead of corny overpaid TV and Radio ads, or sad attempts like the WE card to cut back on tobacco use.

That’s the bonus. The kids involved enjoy this, as well as being able to have a direct impact, without paying for Ads and won’t work anyway.  I personally have done 10 mini-MTLS (Mini tobacco learning symposiums) Teaching freshmen in high school the dangers of smoking, not sounding like a corny advertisement, but talking to them, as they would ask an older friend for advise on college. They listen, and they respect our voices, because we are people their age talking to them are their friends and peers. We Talk, they listen. I believe we have a better effect on them than parents, ads and counselor do, because we know our stuff, provide relevant, interesting and up to date information, and deliver in in such a way that we grab and hold their attention, but are still respected as their friends and peers.

The teachers also listen when we talk. After my school added its zero tolerance tobacco policy, teachers were no longer permitted to sneak smoke breaks. A Teacher who had a lot of influence on me, switched to gum and has quit, because of the rules several of us have gotten enacted. Several other teachers have, last I saw, but back on how often they smoke, and are trying to ease into quiting. This was also done, because of REBEL and two students who helped enact a comprehensive tobacco policy at our school with the help of our moderator and Burlington county REBEL adviser.

I am a strong believer in the anti-tobacco movement. I picked it up from my dad, who smoked on and off for several years, never became addicted, but eventually realized it effected his breathing, his running, and overall mentality. He told me from an early age what it did to him, even for the very little time he smoked. He quit as soon as he made the connection between his health problems and smoking, and was one of the lucky ones that was able to quit. Its a good thing he did, because my mothers always told him, if he had smoked when they met, she would not have acknowledged his existence.

I’ve been a rebel member for 3 years (From the time my school started rebel until I graduated), and even thought my college does not have a REBEL chapter, I still help out and support rebel at every chance. I have 3 brothers who are active in rebel as well, two of which spent some time in REBEL 2 in grade school. I was proud to, as a new member be included on signing a petition that helped pass the New Jersey Clean air act, and have gone to several REBEL conventions, county meeting, and help out for out school meetings.  Most of those mini MTLS’ I did, were coming back as a alumni, to help teach these kids about the dangers of tobacco.

REBEL plays several roles. One, teaching the members about anti-tobaccos so they know better for use later in life. Two, teaching fellow students and being active in the youth community promoting tobacco free lifestyles and showing the harm it does in order to keep young people from ever trying it to begin with.  Members are also included on helping to reform rules in schools to create a comprehensive tobacco policy. And lastly, We take the knowledge and skills outside of the youth and school community to our older friends, family members are others that we care about, and try to get them to quit by teaching them, what they were never taught growing up.

In my school REBEL worked with another club, that promoted generally healthy lifestyles, free of drinking and drugs. When we formed rebel,  most of us in the other club, joined REBEL because it promoted the same ideals were were already living, and allowed us to help others as well as have fun.  Some of my best memories of high school came from trips and events that involved REBEL, from rocking climbing, to hiking and camping, to teaching a class of 30 freshmen about smoking and seeing their faces as the come to the realization of how back it actually is for them.  It has also given me a chance to meet a lot of new people from other schools, who I never would’ve meet otherwise, as well as grow closer to some old friends through the time we spent together and common interests.

From a monetary standpoint just think of what little REBEL costs to run. Compare that to the money saved from health bills further down the line. You’ve got the statistics, take a look at what it costs a person to smoke for a lifetime, both in cost of tobacco, and health care, its more than it costs to have a few preventative measures in place. Then again, health care costs may not actually be too high, the tobacco will probably kill them before it gets to that point.

So Governor Christie, I’m asking you, leave some funding in there for REBEL, You get your money’s worth. Free spokesmen and women, who believe int he message and work better than any paid advertisement ever does, who take their time and effort to help smokers, the young people who are targeted by tobacco companies, and people in general, who no longer have to sit in a diner and smell cigarette smoke polluting the air. This is one investment you can’t afford to turn down.

If I didn’t believe in the cause, do you think I would’ve taken my time to write you this letter?  Help us make New Jersey a better place by funding REBEL, and promoting a tobacco free, not just smoke free, lifestyle starting at an early age.

A letter to Comcast

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Comcast, please go fuck yourself.

We’ve had your cable and internet for almost 2 years ago, We didn’t dare go for your phone, we like a phone service that actually works, so we stayed with Verizon. Your internet has its ups and downs, but in general I have no major complaints. I was pissed when your throttled torrents (I did tests and proved you did, As soon as I started a torrent, might I note, a legal torrent, my internet speed dropped to about that of dial up. I’d randomize the port enough, and for at least a short while, it would go back to pull speed, before dropping to single digit kb/s. So don’t lie, I know you did it, and you did it to me.)

Your cable on the other hand, is an entirely different and very long and painful story. It started out ok, it worked fairly nicely, some static and noise, but at least I could watch a full TV show with no drop outs or connection problems. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked. Recently you force an upgrade upon us, I know it was mandated by the government, but you don’t have to implement it in a way that sucks. These new DTA boxes, adapters, of sorts, which I presume has only one use, to make our lives hell. When we got them, it took a week, 3 phone calls, and several times activating them online. Never got it to work on channel 4 either, so we’re stuck on channel 3. Since then it’s been even worse. Spotty at best. Sometimes it goes out for a few seconds and flickers through a popular TV show, other times, I only hear tiny bits of sound, with flickering squares flying across the screen. I’ve also had to reactivate them at least twice a month, and it took another 3 calls to get them, the new on demand box with HD, and the actually on demand working. The TV worked, but it took 2 more calls before the on demand worked again after the upgrade. Took a total of 2 weeks.

Now I’ve been without a TV in my room for over a month, because the DTA boxes just fail. My dad who has the 2nd DTA box has given up on watching TV, because he cannot get a strong enough steady signal. So much digitized static and lack of either sound or lack of a picture. Or the big block saying the signal has disappeared and will come back someday. Lately it’s been sound, but no color, and today it was nothing at all.

But enough on the details. In short, your cable, you’re original and flagship product, is a failure. It’s sadly disappointing, and just worthless. I’m already looking at dropping you, for online video. Boxee or hulu provide better products, more reliable and better quality, if they could only show it the same time as its shown on cable. Your cable just makes you look pathetic, the DTA boxes are cheap, worthless pieces of crap, and are just a ploy to make us upgrade to the rental on demand boxes. Your service sucks, and rebranding yourself as XFINITY will not change your XTREMELY shitty cable service, but hopefully, it will better prepare your incompetent employees for taking mental lashings from many all your dissatisfied customers.

So I’m sorry it had to come to this, but sending you hatemail and publishing it seems to be the only thing that gets to you. You even bought just to protect yourself from me and all the rest of the angry mod of customers you protect yourself from, hiding your scared incompetent employees behind 2 inches of ‘grenade proof’ glass.  So I’m sorry it’s come to the point where I have to do this, honestly, we should’ve dumped you a long time ago, at least for cable, I honestly have no idea why we’ve put up with your bullshit for this long and I’m sure we will not be tolerating it for any time longer than it takes to get a dish installed.

Soon to be happy dish network  customer.

Why I will not watch youtube links you send me

In no particular order:

Youtube is flash–flash is evil.
Most are a waste of time anyway, going rate for my time is $13 an hour. Do the math.
I block flash, its annoying to have to unblock it. I am lazy.
The exception to this rules is when we’re swapping music, which is the only thing i use youtube for.
I do not care about your wrestling or sluts or sports. Please shut the fuck up about it.
If you really think i want to see it, then tell me about it not just “ZOMG AWESOME VID WATCH NOW”
Flash overheats my laptop, i have done damage to it already via flash, I need it to last a few more years.
Your annoying. Why should I listen to anything you say anyway.
I do have a highspeed connection. Until youtube comes on. I Would like my internet to stay fast.
I cannot watch it easily with VLC or another desktop media player.
The sound quality sucks.