Thursday, August 26, 2010
CNN iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET

Please join us here in the blog for our weekly roundtable discussion. We'll be announcing a cool new project that we're really excited about and we think you'll like it too. We'll also be happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

We'll open comments at 3 p.m. ET and will talk to you then.

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August 26, 2010
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Hello all....

August 26, 2010
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Hi everybody! It's my first time here!

August 26, 2010
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Welcome Sherbien

 

August 26, 2010
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Hi everybody. Hope you're having a good week. I want to start out by introducing a new member of Team iReport. dsashon started with us today and will be with us for the next six months.

So I'm sure you'll all be hearing from her sometime in the future.

August 26, 2010
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Hey hey, Sherbien!

August 26, 2010
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Greetings

August 26, 2010
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Hi! Great to see you Sherbien! And everyone else too ...

August 26, 2010
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Welcome Sherbien, It's 3 a.m. there. Thanks for staying up late or getting up early to join us. That's dedication right there.

 

August 26, 2010
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First time to join this hour. It's 3am here in the Philippines. Excited to know about the new project.

August 26, 2010
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Hey! New to the iReport team, looking forward to getting to know everyone.

August 26, 2010
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I'm an ireport addict here in the Philippines. And I manage to upload 2 ireports while waiting.:)

Hi zdan, nsaidi, david and tyson!

August 26, 2010
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Sawbona from Durban, South Africa. 

 

I haven't been around much because it seems iReport.com is not available in all parts of Durban.  I've tried logging on from different places around the city and wasn't able to to connect.  The only place I've been able to connect with iReport is from my hotel.

August 26, 2010
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We're excited too.

We've hinted about the CNN iReport bootcamp in the past, but now it's just about ready to launch.

The boot camp will be a multi-week series of lessons taught with help from CNN journalists.

 

Each week we will have a lesson, where the CNN expert offers some tips. Then we'll have an assignment for you to try out these new skills. We'll follow up with a roundtable discussion about the lesson where our CNN expert will offer feedback and answer any questions you may have.

 

August 26, 2010
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@TeamiReport

Now that the political season is upon us I would like to suggest that we create a structured political soundoff/debate that actually gets some play on TV. I am sure this will bring in quite a few hits and new users as it is a great platform to air ideas. I am not talking about crazies that just flame, but moderated where ideas however intense is promoted. Any thoughts?

August 26, 2010
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The lessons will focus on:

Photography

Sound

Video

Story editing

Interviewing

Search Engine Optimization (to help you get more eyes on your work).

August 26, 2010
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May I suggest adding deadline dates to assignments?  It would be very helpful to know when the assignments will close.

August 26, 2010
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Hi dsashin! Hi joyfulgypsy. The lesson and assignment sounds interesting.

August 26, 2010
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@davidw

Sounds great. Sound like you guys are really going to invest in Wiki-Journalism. I think that is great.

August 26, 2010
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Hello, Sherbien. :o)

August 26, 2010
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Hi all! Jumping in a little late. Good to see so many faces here :)

August 26, 2010
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Hi everyone...

 

Welcome Sherbien

August 26, 2010
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Hi everyone! @EWillies1961 - that's an awesome idea, and reminds me: we're putting the finishing touches on a neat project for elections. Remember the weekend assignments? For the midterms, we'll be doing something kind of like that. A series of challenges and CNN coverage. The details should be finalized in the next couple weeks.

August 26, 2010
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Hello all! Happy Thursday!

August 26, 2010
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that's cool. usually i'm uploading raw videos because the quality of windows movie maker is not good.looking forward for that lesson

 

 

August 26, 2010
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hi everybody

August 26, 2010
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@JoyfulGypsy That is good feedback. When we know of a specific deadline, we try to include it in the assignment. There are times when things are a bit more long-term or open-ended, and in those cases, we may need to play it by ear. You're always welcome to use the regular upload form at http://ireport.cnn.com/upload if you have a story to share outside the confines of an assignment.

August 26, 2010
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@jbjimbo Holler!

August 26, 2010
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Welcome dsashin

 

Davidw....new CNN iReport bootcamp sounds 'cool'

August 26, 2010
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Sounds wonderful, David. Hello and welcome, dsashin! Looking forward to all tne new assignments and workshops.

August 26, 2010
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@EWillies1961 - We have been working on this for a long time because we saw how big a success it has been when we have brought in guests to offer advice.

August 26, 2010
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@lila

I will be waiting for that assignment!

August 26, 2010
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At this time, I have little choice but to use windows movie maker for editing video, and I hope I can get some tips on how to optimize my use of that. So far, it's been pretty good for me...

August 26, 2010
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Thanks for the reply, Nicole.  :o)

August 26, 2010
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Just in case you didn't see this today, we just published a great video about the Katrina then and now project that features a bunch of iReporters as well as katie and zdan.

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2010/08/25/natpkg.irpt.katrina.photos.iReport

 

Here's a link to the interactive with all of the photos:

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2010/katrina.five.years/interactive/then.and.now/index.html?hpt=C1

 

They did a really great job on the project and the results were very special.

 

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron That's one of our main goals for boot camp - to help people make the most of the equipment and tools they have. We know not everyone has professional-level software and equipment!

August 26, 2010
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@davidw....I agree!  The Katrina then and now assignment turned out awesome.

August 26, 2010
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Hi lila, katie, patricia and mcintron!

 

Series of challennges sound fun. I love challenges. Will it be like a investigative one like I'm thinking of doing a story about a community that some people sell their one pair of eye / kidney to survive poverty? Or something like unusual customs and traditions that is being happen in your country like here in the philippines, there are people making their own coffin...

 

August 26, 2010
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That Katrina story that Katie and Christina put together is really great, David. I agree they did an outstanding job. I was very moved by it.

August 26, 2010
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The iReporters who participated in the Katrina project -- luvnola, ladimaggio and sam72075, to name a few -- were so amazing to work with! They really took this project to heart. You guys should keep an eye out for their contributions in the future!

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron -- Our goal for the bootcamp project is to give advice that will work no matter what equipment you use. You can take really bad photos with a really good camera and you can take great photos with a cheap camera if you know what you're doing.

 

So hopefully, we'll all pick up some tips that will help us use whatever tools we have better.

August 26, 2010
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@zdan and David, I agree, and I appreciate the help. I'm sure there are many things I can still learn and need help with using windows movie maker to optimize my results.

August 26, 2010
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Hallo evrybody, sorry late, welcome dsashin, sherbien...

August 26, 2010
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hi rachel - helping us make most on the equipment tools we have is great.

August 26, 2010
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hi; just got in

 

August 26, 2010
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@Sherbien Sounds like you're on to some really cool ideas. That coffin idea sounds pretty ... amazing to say the least. You certainly seem to have a good eye for a story locally. How would you put these pieces together?

 

@Everyone Anyone looking for story ideas or want to bounce something off us?

August 26, 2010
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hi markpel

August 26, 2010
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Hey guys, I recently got my first iReport vetted by CNN! I'm excited and I would like to continue making iReports about medical school as I go through it.

August 26, 2010
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Well, it's so true, it's the person behind the lens, not the camera that can make for great results. Some of my fave photos were taken years ago using a little point and shoot when I was just a kid.

August 26, 2010
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i'm noticing that other networks and news agencies are copying the "ireport" model. what are your thoughts about this and how can the "ireport" brand be served best?

 

August 26, 2010
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@MikeKeyes, congratulations! That's a great feeling.

August 26, 2010
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@MikeKeyes -- I'm glad you sent that Mike, I also looked at your YouTube channel. You shared a perspective I hadn't heard about.

I sent the video to our health editor, but I don't know if she's had a chance to check it out.

 

I think it would be great to see an insider's view of medical school.

August 26, 2010
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Assignments, I was thinking of a 'hometown' assignment. I know we've done those before but I really like them.. take us on a stroll through your neighborhood, type thing.

August 26, 2010
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The upcoming bootcamp and challenges sound great. 

 

So much going on right now in S. Africa.  Schools and hospitals are on strike. Poverty, crime, homelessness and desperation have gotten sooo much worse than the last time I was here. No longer feel safe in many parts of the city...but taking lots of great pictures when I can sneak them in. 

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron I love hometown ideas! Any ideas for a creative challenge that could be newsworthy?

August 26, 2010
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mcintron, point well taken; wanted to dovetail with your suggestion---what if ireport sets up the equivalent of "bureau chiefs" who help to ensure coverage and keep a watchful eye on developments in their region, whatever it may be....?

August 26, 2010
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@wjoreilly -- I think it's great that more news agencies are involving their communities in the news gathering process. It's not a secret any more that participatory journalism can lead to  better storytelling.

We just need to keep working with y'all to do interesting things.

August 26, 2010
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@Katie, last year I'd suggested photos of historic buildings in your hometown.. not the usual tourist spots, but houses and old buildings. You'd have to do a little digging to get the history...

August 26, 2010
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Hi nsaidi. When I visited sagada philippines, i witness a man making his own coffin. i got some videos and pictures of how he does it and thats it. i think, i should get interviewee on how they do it and why they are still doing it despite this modern times. there are few elderly practising this tradition.

 

And there's another story about the tradition of people hunting birds in sagada. It started in the 1800 and in the early 2000, they discover that the birds they hunt are the migratory and extinct birds, so everytime they do the hunting when they see a tag or a ring on the bird, they took care of that bird and return it to the country where it originated.

 

 

August 26, 2010
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@wjoreilly Love that idea, too. I definitely think iReporters really shine when they cover local stories (since that's the area they know best). When we can pair those stories with CNN reporting and make them interesting to a national audience, that's such a win-win situation.

 

What do you have in mind with the bureau chief idea?

August 26, 2010
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@Katie, my point with that suggestion is that every town has old buildings and residences with some history that usually go unoticed and can be very interesting...

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron - Thanks! It definitely is a great feeling. =)

 

@davidw - I'm a huge fan of CNN (Dr. Sanjay Gupta is my hero!) so I'd love to keep working with you guys! If you guys have a story and would like insight from a medical student, please feel free to contact me! I gave Mr. David Williams my contact info.

 

I will be continuing to post about med school so keep on the lookout!

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron - Architecture seems to be a popular one among iReporters! We've done religious architecture, local & unique buildings and more. Do you have any new ideas for architecture?

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron Yeah -- I love old buildings too. I think we could definitely do some interesting assignments around that!

August 26, 2010
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hometown is a good idea. but it would be more challenging and interesting if the hometown is like in china, (i forgot the name of the place) where it is polluted and all the babies born there has physical defects because of the pollution. something like that

August 26, 2010
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@MikeKeyes -- That's me! Thanks.

August 26, 2010
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Geez Sherbien, you're on a roll! That sounds fantastic.

August 26, 2010
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Hi I am late but I like the new ideas thanks

August 26, 2010
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Davidw, "participatory jornalism". What do you think when a journalist is professional?

August 26, 2010
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@zdan and Katie, I was thinking of places that have an interesting history and are pretty much unchanged from when they were built, old houses are my favorite but other buildings as well.

August 26, 2010
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Haha durrrr!

 

Thanks so much for everything! You are the man!

August 26, 2010
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What brought this to mind was seeing just such a house in NYC where you least expect to find it.. Sometimes these places resist the 'modern age' going on around them and to me they're very special.

August 26, 2010
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This bureau chiefs talk is intriguing. I feel like there are already people who are kind of go-to experts on their particular location or field. Or on a particular technique. What would a bureau chief do? Hypothetical here.

August 26, 2010
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@Sherbien, I love ya, but you're starting to scare me. LOL All your story ideas are kinda morbid. LOL

August 26, 2010
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Putting together a story about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa and the thousands of orphaned children left behind.  I'm visiting an orphanage this weekend and will report on that if that's something you'd be interested in.

August 26, 2010
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Hi peeps. So I've a few new assignments to tell you about.

 

It's for a project called Urban Planet - and it's all about city life. Apologies in advance for your country-dwellers, but it doesn't mean you can't participate. Here's the pitch:

 

CNN invites you to participate in a series of fun photo and video projects about life in cities around the globe. Three month-long challenges will tackle transportation, green spaces, and time-lapse photography in an urban environment.

 

 

Assignment/topics:

 

*Urban Planet – Photo Essay - On the move

 

We’ll ask photographers to capture up to 10 images of the methods city dwellers use to get from point A to point B – from bikes, boats, buses, trains and much more. 

 

*Urban Planet – Photo Essay – Green spaces

 

Capture up to 10 images of green space in your city – from public parks, rooftop gardens, and urban farms.

 

 

*Urban Planet – Time-lapse challenge

 

We’ll challenge iReporters to make a timelapse photography project illustrating city life – from cityscapes, daily commutes, and construction projects.

August 26, 2010
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@markpel -- We've always welcomed people with all different backgrounds to share their stories. A lot are people who had a camera and a point of view and some are professionals.

I think that everyone has something to offer.

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron That's a fun idea! I think what really makes a project like this sing is when an iReporter can get at the story behind something and give it context, and take pictures or shoot video in such a way that the story really comes to life.

August 26, 2010
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We're going to kick off the first assignment - on the move Sept. 6. So get excited people :)

August 26, 2010
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@tyson, loving that assignment! I'm there! ;)

August 26, 2010
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@everyone -- wjoreilly's idea of the bureau chiefs reminded me of something we were talking about earlier this week.

The amazing iReporter madogza set up a page to help organize iReport meetups all over the world.

 

We have looked at it and it seems like a cool and easy way for groups to organize.

I'd encourage everyone to check it out and see what you think.

http://www.meetup.com/everywhere/ireport

 

 

August 26, 2010
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how about houses / buildings made of unique and eco-friendly materials: like a house made of plastics, a house made of recycled woods, a tree house in the city

August 26, 2010
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@Nsaidi, yes, I agree. There would definitely have to be some digging done to get the history. Love that! Thanks.

August 26, 2010
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@mcintron - It sounds like we need another history & old photos project, like Black in America. Last year we asked folks to trace their families back as far as they could. The family photos and stories that surfaced were incredible!

August 26, 2010
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Hi mcintron, sorry, i'm not that morbid, i'm into watching docus and witness some of it.

 

@tyson, the assignment is fun. i have an architect friend that pioneers the green technology in the Philippines and they are launching green homes this september. know what those greenhomes has bird sanctuary park.

August 26, 2010
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@Sherbien - can't want to see what you come up with.

August 26, 2010
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Hi larena!

August 26, 2010
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I have to run. Nice chatting to you all as always! See you next week.

August 26, 2010
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@zdan, yes, those stories are always so interesting. I'm thinking about one consentrating on historic homes or houses and tracing their history/ownership? It would be great if the owners could post about their homes, but fun to find for the rest of us.

August 26, 2010
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Thanks for a great discussion. We'll talk to you next week.

August 26, 2010
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Take care everyone.

August 26, 2010
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Bootcamp, eh? Hey everyone!

August 26, 2010
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Interested or not?  Would I be able t post the orphans' pictures here? 

August 26, 2010
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Hi all! I've been away for a while working on my art. Just thought I'd say hi. I just posted a cartoon and some thoughts on Iraq and our troops. More to come.

August 26, 2010
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See you Katie and congrats again on the Katrina story!

August 26, 2010
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'K, all, see ya's next week!

August 26, 2010
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have to go, thanks everyone. i'll plan what to shoot for my next ireport in these assignments.

August 26, 2010
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see you next week..

August 26, 2010
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Hi Artboy, next time...

August 26, 2010
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sorry, had to get off but i saw the response to the "bureau chief" thing. not sure how it would work....but let's continue the discussion, ok?

August 26, 2010
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the epa and the state of pa is doing a diagnostic test and charging auto consumers for a pollution test.this is a fraud .if you dont believe me go get your car tested and look at the results on 1996 cars and newer.it has no pollution results because they did not  do a pollution test .they did a diagnostic test.the of pa should demand this fraudulent testing stop.consumers are being charge 150.00 dollars per car if their check engine light is on forcing the auto consumers to spend unnecessary money on unnecessary repairs fact 90 percent of the cars with the check engine light is on will pass a exhaust pollution test .you see this is the fraud.

August 26, 2010
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it is so agrivating when people (who must be ignorant retards) think terrorists are Muslim. They may call themselves that...but that is as good as Hitler calling himself a Jew.

August 27, 2010
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WHY WE ARE GETTING SO INTOLERANT TO OTHER RELIGION AND FAITH, THIS IA AMERICA NOT SAUDI ARABIA, WE BELIEVE IN FREEDOM FOR ALL, IF THIS NOT THE CASE, THEN WHAT ARE WE DOING IN IRAQ, OFFICIALLY WE WENT THERE FOR FREEDOM, SO THEY CAN LIVE THERE LIFE FREELY AND THE THEY WANT, BUT WE ARE NOT GIVING THEM FREEDOM HERE IN UNITED STATES. WE CRITICIZE MOST OF THE OTHER COUNTRIES ABOUT VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, THEN WHAT IS THIS,WE ARE DIVIDING OUR SOCIETY, WHAT ABOUT KIDS WHO ARE MUSLIMS BORN HERE IN US, MAJORITY OF THEM DON'T EVEN SPEAK LANGUAGE OF THERE PARENTS ORIGINAL LANGUAGE, THIS IS THERE HOME, WHEN WE TELL MUSLIMS TO GO HOME, THIS IS THERE HOME, PLEASE STOP THIS FOR GOS SAKE( WHO EVER YOU BELIEVE).

August 27, 2010
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Hello friends!!

My name is Rikki J. Sellers and Im from the USA. My daughter Sara-Hayden is a 4 year old attending the Appling Christian Academy in Baxley Georgia, USA. On behalf of the Preschool and countless others I wanted to reach out and try to get a message to the 33 miners and their families from the children and our school community. We love you and are praying for each and every person involved in this tragedy and would like to send the miners a care package from our students including pictures the children are coloring for them to show them our unending love, commitment of prayer, and support! I need to have a way to get the package to the 33 miners' an address or even a telephone number of someone in Chile I can call to arange for the letters of hope to be sent. I pray that this email reaches the right person and we can make this happen. Thank you for your time and God bless you all.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rikki J. Sellers

 

Georgia, USA

this is a letter im sending out.. my name is Rikki J Sellers & we're trying to get a package of prayer and hope to Chile.Please help me if you can or point me in the right direction. Today at a pep rally the children said "Chile" into the camera as they smiled & we're all in prayer for this nation as we turn to them, our children leading the way with a bright light of love and peace for all. Thank you to anyone who can help us get these pictures and messages to Chile. rikki537@gmail.com

God Bless

Rikki J Sellers

August 27, 2010
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California Gov CLOSES STATE FRANCHISE OFFICES for all disabled, seniors AND homeowners due to LACK OF FUNDING. Then takes furlough. Public Info and recording: 800-868-4171 and 800-887-6755. Enjoy!

August 27, 2010
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California Gov CLOSES STATE FRANCHISE OFFICES for all disabled, seniors AND homeowners due to LACK OF FUNDING. Then takes furlough. Public Info and recording: 800-868-4171 and 800-887-6755. Enjoy!

August 29, 2010
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Hi dsashin,

good luck for your work with all of us:))

 

Best wishes from Germany sent your way.

Cheers pivatana

September 16, 2010
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Sorry Im late; I'm on my iPhone its only place with Internet I can get too.

September 16, 2010
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How can get my ireport reviewed?

September 16, 2010
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I just saw the date it looks like I'm weeks late, wow.

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