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Posted 7/28/16 at 12:41 PM | Karen Kramer
We’ve heard there is no honor among thieves, but when the infamous Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) protects his hacker’s identities, one wonders if that’s true or not. Listening to an Assange interview, I get the impression he thinks he’s a computer-age Robin Hood.
His timing to release 20,000 emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee was telling enough, but his promise to release more reveals an attempt to control the outcome of an election.
For those in sensitive positions, I offer a new adage: if you want to keep a secret don’t use a computer.
Even more critical, this latest WikiLeaks episode reveals that we’re not secure enough in a cyberattack world. Our nation’s sensitive computers need to be resilient to hackers. What if enemy hackers got into our power grids and nuclear facilities? A good firewall is not enough. It needs to be the best. FULL POST
Posted 7/26/16 at 12:43 PM | Karen Kramer
Hilton Worldwide is promoting their brand by featuring two men in bed together. In an era of acceptance, the idea of same-sex couples enjoying a vacation isn’t unheard of, but do we all need to see them in bed? How about enjoying the hotel amenities like the pool instead?
American Family Association has started a petition to alert Hilton that there are consumers who prefer a more family friendly advertising approach.
However, Hilton Worldwide has declared that it’s a “global company of diverse cultures serving diverse guests….We are proud to depict and reflect our guest diversity in our advertising….”
That said, if you are inclined to disagree, click here for the petition.
Posted 7/21/16 at 10:17 AM | Karen Kramer
Just in time for the Democratic Convention, Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film, Hillary’s America comes to movie theaters across America.
According to D’Souza, the once pro-slavery Democratic party has merely transitioned to one of pro-enslavement.
The movie traces America’s unsavory racist and greedy history perpetuated by the hands of…wait for it…..the Democratic party.
The 2016 election highlights the discord in our nation and D’Souza adds fuel to the inferno. He claims that Democrat’s political self-interest rises above national interests. I suggest that some Republicans are not immune to this either.
The 3-minute movie trailer gets to the heart of D’Souza’s warning: be wary of the Democratic party’s true intent—they want to “steal” America. The movie is only showing in limited theaters, but I wonder if it really matters. When the political shouting gets this loud, people can’t hear so it’s easier to stop listening. FULL POST
Posted 7/14/16 at 12:33 PM | Karen Kramer
Okay, this might seem judgmental. But allow me a bit of commentary on what I observed.
It was a balmy July weekend afternoon on the ferry. Who could complain with sunny skies and blue waters?
Almost immediately I noticed a curly-headed boy of about 11 and his dad. As they walked by, the dad gently placed his hand on his son’s back, pointing to what appeared to be a dorsal fin popping up in the Puget Sound waters. They quickly went to the outside deck to get a closer look.
That’s when I saw another dad and son, roughly the same age as the other duo. But they were seated opposite one another on bench seats. The dad, with his back to me, was talking on his cell phone. His son sat solemnly—never interrupting or moving from his seat to check out the passing scenery. The dad’s conversation was audible to all close by. He talked about his personal trainer and his intense work-outs, an upcoming business trip to New Orleans, those going on the trip, and the nightlife options available. On and on while his son sat there sullenly. FULL POST
Posted 7/9/16 at 10:33 AM | Karen Kramer
Gee thanks, VH1. Your show, Dating Naked, rated as appropriate for children as young as 14-years-old, is filled with extremely graphic content—as the program’s title implies.
Besides being another provocative reality show, Dating Naked highlights singles going out to drink and talk about sex.
Throughout the hour-long show viewers hear trashy dialogue and view soft-porn frontal nudity (slightly blurred—but still revealing).
One Million Moms thinks sponsors of shows like this should reconsider their advertising dollars. OMM makes it easy to let your voice be heard. Contact the sponsors of this atrocious “entertainment”—something easily viewed by children at such a formative stage in their lives. They don't need another warped perspective on sex, dating, and relationships.
Posted 7/7/16 at 3:40 PM | Karen Kramer
No need to bother you with statistics. They’re grim. Just like everyone knows someone with cancer, we all know someone dealing with drug addiction.
The one thing science is clarifying is that drug addiction is a disease. While it’s easy to sermonize about choices, once addicted, the choices are much tougher.
Many opiate addictions stem from an original prescription for pain. People unwittingly exchange their pain for an addiction. For the addicted, drug tolerance builds up and more drugs are needed to prevent the onset of agonizing withdrawal symptoms.
Non-drug users see the addict’s mood-swings, manipulative behaviors, lying, and lack of responsibility. While the addict just seeks relief.
Nationwide, communities are dealing with increased crime from addicts stealing in order to fund their relentless habits. Whether we’re crime victims, or family members dealing with loved ones in addiction’s grip, we’re all paying for it. FULL POST
Posted 7/6/16 at 12:26 PM | Karen Kramer
It’s the Information Age. It’s the Age of Deception too. With the speed of WiFi we can read and see it all.
Recently, pictures circulated about a UN police force coming to key American cities.
Soon, stories with scary scenarios circulated and our current leadership endorsed the effort. I In a time of instant information, be your own investigator.
The story was scary, but false.
Remember the photo of rice-sized microchips?
The caption declared that Americans would be forcibly implanted with them because of new Obamacare rules. Readers were warned that it could be the end-times mark of the beast.
No, this time it was just another sensational fabrication.
How about that condemning picture of Hillary Clinton shaking the hand of Osama bin Ladin? This was created for a Photoshop contest. Pretty convincing, eh? FULL POST
Posted 6/30/16 at 10:11 AM | Karen Kramer
Possibly the most critical issue in this election is our children’s schools. Today's children are inheriting trillions in debt, the least we can do is equip them with the smarts to deal with it.
I’ve run out of words. It’s not exactly writer’s block. It’s more like writer’s fatigue. April through June is my grant-writing season. Think of it like begging, but with convincing paragraphs.
Goal: get money for school kids.
I love our rural school. You couldn’t ask for a more pristine setting, or for dedicated teachers with small class sizes. Kindergartners through twelve grade all on one campus—most kids say it’s like a family. But we’re a relatively poor family.
In grant writer’s lingo we’re called “underserved”. That’s a gracious way of saying we have our fair share of poverty and not enough resources to help alleviate some of its consequences. FULL POST
Posted 6/28/16 at 10:45 AM | Karen Kramer
This is mind-blowing. It puts true meaning back into the word epic. Rob Decou climbed onto his recumbent bike June 14th in Oceanside, California with his eyes on God and a destination of Annapolis, Maryland.
With intensity athletes know well, Rob says, “impossible is unacceptable.”
Just imagine 3000 miles on a bike, with incredibly tough time constraints along the journey.
He’s on the Race Across America team—riding and raising money for brain cancer research. Rob’s goal is to raise $20,000.
But this isn’t about Rob, it’s about honoring his friend Christina who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2013. It’s also helping about others facing brain cancer and the daunting challenges it presents.
So why not ride 3000 miles in less than two weeks? He knows he can’t do it alone, and neither can those suffering with cancer. FULL POST
Posted 6/16/16 at 11:28 PM | Karen Kramer
Several wedding invitations are on my desk. Each couple has planned a special day with flowers, flowing dresses, serious vows, love, laughter, maybe some joyful tears, and a gathering of families and friends.
But beyond the moments shared at the altar or in a garden, and after a brief honeymoon, the real journey awaits. And honestly, their future is unknown.
Many couples delay marriage—sometimes fearing failure, money issues, or just too much uncertainty in our weary world of horrible tragedies, suffering and misfortune. But please don’t let that stop you from saying I do.
Scary highlights from the year I married:
Revolutionary forces in Iran under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran.
Militants later seized the US embassy and held over 50 Americans hostage—for over a year. FULL POST