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[VIDEO] Unfortunately, there is a group in Nigeria that advocates for an end to Western education. Been hearing a lot about this and I’m sharing this because it’s serious. Apparently a group of girls were pulled from school by this group – terrorist group – and now the leader of this group made a rambling video talking about selling these girls.

Wow, how barbaric! Reading the article from CNN, I understand that this group received training by al-Qaida affiliates and well that means Islamic fundamentalism is involved.

Every now and then there are stories about some girl having to fight for an education because unfortunately there are some deep beliefs about whether or not girls should be educated. These are things that we’d take for granted in this country, but in the rest of the world someone might take issue with allowing girls to be educated.

This group in Nigeria – Boko Haram which means “Western education is sin” – is just another group who apparently have acted upon this belief. If you believe they’re terrorists, then you might be scared for these girls. They’ve been kidnapped which is bad enough, now they could be forever away from their families.

Let’s hope the Nigerian government can rescue these girls and defeat this group.

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May 5th, 2014 at 11:23 pm

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May 4th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

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David Letterman announces his retirement

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[VIDEO] I never thought I’d see the day when David Letterman would retire from his program. Perhaps that day was coming as Letterman is a senior citizen already and spent a long time in the public eye with 12 years as host of NBC’s Late Night show and then 20 years as host of CBS’ Late Show. Without a doubt he has had a good run.

Over the years I have considered myself a Letterman fan starting with his Late Night show. In the case of Late Night with David Letterman it was safe to say I was not in the target audience of his show. I was too young, but that show made me laugh in more ways than one when I did get a chance to see the show.

When Letterman left NBC for his CBS show I followed him and consistently found him more interesting than Tonight Show host Jay Leno. There are some bits from the Late Show I still find myself reciting and remembering today even though he no longer does those bits.

Even better if you look on YouTube you will find nothing but Letterman clips from his TV programs over the years. The funniest ones involve his Late Show announcer Alan Kalter who is treated terribly. Kalter is either a pervert or a temperamental guy who goes off at the slightest provocation. Sometimes for humorous effect Kalter is assaulted, but kudos because any bits involving Alan is often very hilarious!

Now it’s time to figure out who shall succeed Letterman on Late Show. Could it be Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson? My personal idea would be to bring Conan O’Brien back from basic cable to broadcast TV. Well at least no one from CBS would likely read this so my idea may not see the light of day. Still Conan could be as likely a successor as Ferguson.

Anyway, the future without Letterman on TV will be here before I know it. The late night landscape has changed over the years and will continue to change. We saw it with Jimmy Fallon hosting Tonight and we’ll surely see it with the future evolution of the Late Show.

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April 5th, 2014 at 11:18 am

To ask for it and/or to follow-up…

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[VIDEO] Since I’ve started job hunting, there has been a lot of time used for Googling advice. Then one morning I found this link via Ask a Manager which linked to an article from The Onion which contained a video. We know that The Onion is satirical and as a result it’s safe to say that what’s included herein isn’t fact. Perhaps gumption isn’t or wasn’t the way to find a job at least as the above grandfather attempted to state.

This leads me to the next topic I want to discuss, following-up. In my current job hunt, I have been loathe to do that and it seems always have been. It hasn’t been entirely true however as there have been times where there were attempts on my end to follow-up on applications and such.

Thankfully with tools such as e-mail available and you know some contacts at a particular employer it should be made easier. Although another question is whether or not the employer will respond and give you an up-or-down vote.

Since I’ve been looking recently there have only been only two attempts at following-up. Both times I learned that I wasn’t going to get the job and one of those situations was illustrated here. The other one was spur of the moment at the encouragement of a friend and it feels even worse getting the bad news in person!

In that spur of the moment instance, I only talked to the hiring manager and never the manager who interviewed me. While the hiring manager gave me information that suggested I likely didn’t get the job, he did give good advice that I never took. He suggested I call the interviewer to follow-up and never did so.

Another way I’ve followed-up over the years is straight asking if an employer – mostly stores – were doing any hiring. This was primarily done via e-mail – as stated I find that easier – and got some responses although not always. This helped guide me as I continued my search.

Years ago I made a crude attempt at following-up by sending in resumes and applications via “snail-mail” and unfortunately netted utterly no response. Then again that was when I knew very little about job hunting and it’s various nuances as there’s a way to follow-up that would allow for someone to actually talk to you.

It’s really tough out there, but the bottom line is that there is advice that suggest that you shouldn’t follow-up. However, there are managers who are approachable enough to ask about opportunities and even with regards to following-up on applications or even hiring timetables. Again there is a way to do this to gain some success however whether you do or you don’t should be done on a case-by-case basis.

BTW, at the end of The Onion article the grandfather interviewed also found his wife at the place where he found his job. I suppose it all takes initiative doesn’t it?

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April 3rd, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Happy April Fools’ Day

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Ya know, today is April Fools’ Day. Not only that baseball season has started finally although I rarely kept track of spring training during the month of March. It just lets me know that much warmer weather is coming around the corner and thank goodness.

You know this is the time for a humor based post in keeping with this special day. I’ve learned over the years that I’m not that good with humor, all the same it’s just another mark after this really harsh winter we’ve had. So now I’m glad that this day has come around the corner!

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April 1st, 2014 at 10:56 am

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When one asks police a question about gun confiscations…

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[VIDEO] I generally try to respect police officers. If we respect them then hopefully they will respect us so long as we’re still within the bounds of the law. All the same, police officers while they have authority especially when it comes to enforcing the laws are still human.

Not that I would condone this, because if there is a law out there that you disagree with that’s what the court system is for. It’s OK to ask questions about certain aspects of the law that we as citizens are unsure about. In this case we may have to ask questions of those people who are on the front-lines, the police officer who would likely come to our homes if we’re not within the bounds of the law.

BTW, the video you’re watching is a phone call by Ashley to a Lt. Vance of the Connecticut State Police. Lt. Vance apparently was the spokesman during the course of the unfortunate Sandy Hook massacre. After he realized the nature of this call he refers to this caller as “anti-American”. Lt. Vance also refers himself as “the master” and at that point he falls off the rails. He shouldn’t even be a spokesman for a police agency if he uses such language.

Police officers do already have a tough job, but I’m sure the last thing many of our dutiful officers need are other police officers causing a noose to be tightened around the neck. Besides the beauty of America is that we’re free to ask these questions not only of our lawyers but also our leaders and even our police officers. Although if you do question our officers let’s hope you’re not doing it in a situation where you could find yourself arrested.

Hat-tip Newsalert!

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March 14th, 2014 at 12:26 am

Reason: What’s Wrong with American Politics?

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[VIDEO] Christopher Kay is interviewed by Reason.tv asking why Americans are frustrated by democracy. Mr. Kay is responsible for a documentary Of By For and seemingly evoking the historical Gettysburg Address. He traveled the nation asking not only American citizens but also the many powers that be in Washington, DC. I wonder when this doc will eventually be available.

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March 12th, 2014 at 6:07 pm