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Stimulus Package 101

Stimulus package … wahwahwah … good for economy … wahwahwah … share the wealth … wahwahwah …

It’s complicated, right? Well here’s a little something I found at Cookie’s place that might clear things up for you:

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UNDERSTANDING THE STIMULUS BILL

Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics
professor and says, “I don’t understand this stimulus bill. Can you
explain it to me?”

The professor replied, “I don’t have any time to explain it at my
office, but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend project, I’ll be glad to explain it to you.” The student agreed.

At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor’s
house. The professor stated that the weekend project involved his
backyard pool.

They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the
student a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor
said, “First, go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as
much water as you can.” The student did as he was instructed.

The professor then continued, “Follow me over to the shallow end, and then dump all the water from your bucket into it.” The student was naturally confused, but did as he was told.

The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times, and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.

The confused student asked, “Excuse me, but why are we doing this?”

The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the shallow end much deeper.

The student didn’t think the economics professor was serious, but
figured that he would find out the real story soon enough.

However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone mad.

The student finally replied, “All we’re doing is wasting valuable time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when this process is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all you’ll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been truly productive action!”

The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile,

“Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill.”

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And the economy? A mess, right? No one disputes that. However, this gentleman sums it up very nicely.

WARNING: There is no profanity, but he is pretty dramatic. Please push past the theatrics, (especially the baby part, it gets really good after he drops that facade), look away from your monitor and just listen if you have to, but what he says is absolutely fascinating. He’s in your face, and a bit loud, but he explains why he does that later – which again, makes perfect sense.

If you’re a conservative? You’ll appreciate it. If you’re not a conservative, listen anyway. I think we can all agree that our country is past the point of petty arguments and partisan games. Let’s not screw this up for our children, okay?

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂

In My Opinion

In My Opinion – Video Meme Introduction

So, I came up with a cute graphic to put on your blog, if you so wish:

I’m totally using this graphic the next time I redesign my blog – I just LOVE this image!!

And speaking of this graphic, if you will copy and paste this code into your blog:

<a href="http://writefromkaren.com"><img
src="http://take2max.com/images/IMO.jpg&quot; title="In My Opinion at http://writefromkaren.com&quot; alt="In My Opinion at http://writefromkaren.com&quot; /></a>

The date on your graphic will automatically change each week. I’m hosting this graphic through my personal server so when I upload a new graphic, the graphic on your blog will automatically update, too. I can only do this to a point – if I start having too many people using the above code and I use up too much bandwidth, then I’ll have to pull the graphic, but for now let’s give this a try. If the code doesn’t work for you, then please feel free to right-click and copy the image to your own photo web host.

Anyway, video meme. I’ve decided to call it “In My Opinion”, or IMO for short, because that’s what it is – your opinion about issues.

Here’s how it works:

1. I will post three two questions every Wednesday.
2. You have one week to video tape your answers to these questions (feel free to answer one, or both of them).
3. Post your video on your blog on Wednesday, come back here and leave a direct link to your entry in the Mr. Linky script.
4. New questions will be posted at the end of the IMO post for the next week.

ADDED: I just video taped my answers and I think trying to answer three questions in five minutes might be a bit too much. So in the future, I’m just going to ask two questions – that might be a bit more manageable.
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FAQ’s:

Q: Do I have to video tape myself in order to play?

A: No. But it sure would be more fun to actually SEE you answering the questions. It’s a unique opportunity to make your blog, and you, more personable and approachable to your readers. However, I realize that not everyone is comfortable filming themselves, so if you want to use a picture, then by all means, feel free to do so. And if you don’t want to use a picture OR video tape yourself, then that’s fine, too. But then it just becomes another plain jane meme. *yawn 😀

Q: Where is a good place to host my videos?

A: Personally, I prefer Vimeo.com or Viddler.com. Vimeo’s quality is outstanding, but they only give you 500 mb of free space each week (anything over that and you have to pay). So, that works out to be about one ten-minute video per week. Viddler.com is a bit wonky, and the maximum you can upload at one time is 500 mb, and they’re a bit slow, BUT, they are still better than YouTube, in my opinion. I don’t care for YouTube because it’s just so public! But that’s just me. It’s ultimately up to you where you feel comfortable housing your videos.

Q: What if I don’t feel comfortable answering the questions?

A: Then just skip that question, or questions for that week. The questions will be a bit more challenging than simply, “What is your favorite color” kind of questions. The purpose behind these questions is to share your opinions with not only your readers, but with your future generations, too.

Q: Can I ask my own questions?

A: That’s a VERY good question! In fact, at some point down the road, I think we should do that very thing! I’ll open the floor up to players and they can send me their questions and we’ll work them into the meme.

Q: Can I just record myself and post the audio file?

A: Absolutely!!

Q: Can you recommend a nice, quick method to videotape myself?

A: Actually, yes. I personally use the video function on my Canon Powershot A590 IS camera to video myself. It’s incredibly fast and easy and when I’m done, I simply insert the memory card into my computer, sign onto my Vimeo.com account, browse to the file on my memory card, and then upload. There is no converting, there is no complicated process – it really is that easy. If you can swing purchasing a digital camera with a video function, I highly recommend it!

If you have any more questions, please contact me.

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I plan on using a variety of different sources for the questions, but the majority of the questions will come from the Table Topics cubes. These questions come in a glass cube and hold 135 question cards. They are geared to promote conversation so are perfect to use around the dinner table or at family gatherings. I will be giving one cube of Table Topics away at 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog party beginning March 20th in case you’re interested in winning your very own.

In fact, when I received the “Teen” version of Table Topics, I videotaped the first question we asked the kids at the dinner table, you can watch the video below and see how it turned out.

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Suffice it to say, we have really had a blast with these questions.

Okay, let’s get this party started. Here are this week’s questions:

1. How would a woman president be different from a man?

2. If you only had one more year to live, what would you change about your life?

3. How do you think you’ll be different when you attend your 20-year high school reunion? OR, if you’re past that point, like me, compare who you are now to the person you were back in high school. How have you changed?

I’ll post my video answers next week, March 4th. Have fun!