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Good article on living a full life. The ten steps are really enlightening and definitely worth giving a try. Here’s to a fuller, happier life.

It is amazing what football players can get away with, especially at the college level. The New York Times ran an article about the shenanigans of Florida State football players. The article talks about all kinds of crimes from stealing motor scooters to BB guns to rape and domestic violence. The saddest part is that the local police in Tallahassee did their best to cover it all up. It would seem that this department’s motto is “to serve and protect unless the crime involves a Florida State football player”.

It is common knowledge how highly regarded football is in this country, especially at the college level. Sure, the NFL gets a lot of ink but there are a lot more college teams out there for people to root for. And let’s face it most of these big college programs are based in small, rural towns.

Can you see the NFL putting a franchise in Birmingham, AL; Baton Rouge, LA; Lincoln, NE; or Tallahassee, FL (which is where Florida State is located)? Probably not.

The biggest name mentioned in the article is Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, who was accused of rape by a fomer FSU student. The sad part is how the local police handled the case because the case “involved an FSU football player”[sic].If anyone else was accused of rape, the police would have them in handcuffs and held over for trial. But not if one is an athlete, in  particular a football player.

The sad thing is that this is engraved into our culture. One only needs to look at high school hallways and how the athletes, or jocks, walk the hall with impunity. Not all but many of them are involved in bullying and punishment (if any) would most times be a slap on the wrist. School administrators seem more concerned about protecting the sport program’s image than the safety or well-being of the student body in general.

Florida State is certainly not the only school guilty of such misconduct on the part of its players and administration. It is just that FSU was caught. The sad thing is that is all comes down to money.

These college football programs generate mucho dineiro for the schools and local communities. Let’s be honest what else is there to do in Tallahassee? What some of these college football coaches get paid is obscene. The concept of college being a place to learn has been forgotten. Why is it that some of these coaches are making upwards of 10 times the salary as a professor? Based upon the conduct of these players, one has to wonder if they even go to class at all. It is a case of values being thrown aside for the almighty dollar.

What about the victims? No one seems concerned about them in the slightest. It is no wonder that Winston’s accuser dropped out of FSU. Why would one want to study in an environment where the welfare of an alleged rapist is of more concern to the local police than the actual victim? It is just a sad statement on where society places its values.

The NFL is no longer immune to such allegations as well. Look at the recent rash of domestic violence, child abuse, and violence involving players has come to surface. The sad part is that the NFL has known about many of these cases for some time but kept it under the rug in order to protect the league’s reputation.

Again it all really comes down to money. The NFL makes billions of dollars in revenue in endorsements, television revenue, and ticket sales. So, the league has a lot at stake. The last thing it needs is to lose any sponsors. How else would the league be able to pay NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell salary of $44 million dollars per year!

That right, the commissioner makes $44 million per year!

If that is not obscene, what else is?

The sad part is that people will still go to the games, buy the merchandise, and cheer on these accused felons. The victims are forgotten and the game keeps going on. Football has become this country’s new religion. Seems kind of ironic that NFL games are played on the Lord’s Day, Sunday. Hey, Notre Dame has Touchdown Jesus in the end zone.

Unless, there is a change of values and holding athletes accountable for their actions such poor behavior will continue. Now, that is a sad statement on our society.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/09/23/americans-throw-out-more-food-than-plastic-paper-metal-or-glass/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
This article is quite an eye opener. Food waste had always been a problem but I had no idea that it is this big!

It is shameful that any developed country wastes so much food while much of the world still struggles to eat. Hunger is a problem in the United States (and growing).

The United Nations report states that there is enough food produced to feed the entire world’s population.

If this is so, why do so many still starve?

It could all come down to who controls the food supply. What better way to control the population of a certain area than starving people. One sees this in underdeveloped countries.

The U.S. though can also do more to feed its hungry. We provide food and aid to other countries, yet not to our own population. This should be troublesome to any American with a conscience. Makes one wonder why food has become so expensive in “this land of plenty”. This a conversation for another time.

Another interesting tidbit is that wasted food creates carbon emissions which harmful to the environment. So, any way one looks at it, food waste is not good.

The challenge is to remedy this. So, keep all this in mind the next time you throw away a half-eaten sandwich or steak. There is someone out there who would enjoy that.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/19/rtbf-appeals-guidelines/
Folks in Europe want to be forgotten or as the European Union calls it the “Right to be forgotten” (RTBF).

Wow! What will they come up with next? The “right to be naked in public”!

Come on! These people want to have their names removed from internet-based searches. Unless one has been living under a rock, this seems nearly impossible in today’s world. Search engines, such as Google, allows one to find whatever they want from the recipe to make cookies or the recipe to make a pipe bomb.

Scary? Absolutely. Yet, that is what one can look up.

And these people think that they can be “deleted” from a search because they want to? It does not seem realistic.

The only way this seems possible is to either change your identity or move to a deserted island with no technological attachments to the rest of the world.

Just don’t forget the sun screen.

Not to sound cliché but this picture that I saw online is “worth a thousand words” or more.

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At first, it appears that someone had gutted out an iPhone. However, if you look closely enough there are guard towers, prisoners in the yard and the windows to their cells.

This photo seems like a good metaphor for what had happened to our society…

We have become slaves to technology.

Sure, having our smart phones and other gadgets are great but at what price? We are constantly bombarded by information and news which for the most part really does nothing for us except makes us depresses or paranoid.

Who needs drugs? We have allowed tech to take over our lives. Like a drug, it provides us with a good high but when the high wears off we need more of the drug to bring us up.

I guess one can say that we are all addicts. What any addict knows that they create a prison of their own with their addiction. Blocking out the rest of the world, just them and their drug. Nothing else.

So, we have all created our own prisons.

Seems like George Zimmerman has gotten himself in trouble again. This time threatening to kill another person at a traffic stop.

Seriously, this nitwit gets away with murder and now he feels that he can get away with anything. This guy is an example of someone who should not own a firearm.

I believe that responsible people should be allowed to bear arms. The keyword here is “responsible”. Something Zimmerman is not.

What I find amazing is that he has other brushes with the law where the alleged victims refused to press charges. Now, that is pathetic. What this does is allow Zimmerman to feel more empowered and that he is above the law.

Tithe sad thing is that someone is probably going to get hurt before something is done.

I just read a blog post about having to violate company conduct policy. The violation refersvto watching pornography at work. As anyone knows, this is a violation at any company.

But, what if your job is to create security filters on the company website which may force you to see some porn? So, your job in this case is to do something that violates company policy.

Talk about having one’s back against the wall.