Thursday, April 21, 2011
CNN iReport roundtable: Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET

Please join us here at 3 p.m. ET for  our weekly roundtable discussion. We've got a lot of cool projects going  on right now that we want to tell you about.We're also happy to answer  any questions you may have about what's going on in the community.

 

If  you can't make it at 3, feel free to leave your questions in the  comments below and we'll try to answer them once the roundtable starts.

131 Comments
April 21, 2011
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Hi, am from Nigeria and it's 6:02pm

April 21, 2011
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Hi everyone, I'm in South Korea. I vaguely remember talks about having a gathering for all iReporters in South Korea. Is this still on the table?  Let me know how I can help.  I live in Busan but can get to Seoul on the weekends (I'd imagine most iReporters from around the country can get to Seoul for the weekend).

 

Well it's 2:30am Friday here, about to head to bed (hopefully).  Look forward to reading up on any activities the roundtable has on South Korea!

 

Cheers,

Melvin

April 21, 2011
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Hi and welcome to the CNN iReport roundtable. We're looking forward to talking to everyone.

Greetings 3Grid and HonduRican.

 

April 21, 2011
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Adjusts tie, combs hair, sits down at table. Hello Dave, everyone.

April 21, 2011
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HonduRican,

I will do some digging to get contact info for iReporters in S.Korea. Once I have that, I'll let you know and we can figure out how to make the first arrangements.

April 21, 2011
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welcome nick

 

April 21, 2011
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Hello Slick and David

 

April 21, 2011
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HI Dave, my first meeting. We're still layed off so Im catching up on iReports.

April 21, 2011
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Hello KC

April 21, 2011
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Hi KC, welcome.

While folks are working their way in, I've got a quick question:

Has anyone invited their friends to join iReport? If you have, did they join?

 

If you haven't, why not?

April 21, 2011
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Welcome @KC and @Nick

April 21, 2011
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Dave, has iReport ever considered an assignment alert when a new one is being done?

April 21, 2011
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Anything new in the works for ireports?

April 21, 2011
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Glad to have you Nick, but hope work picks up soon

April 21, 2011
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Hello Henry, how have you been guy. Long time no chat..

April 21, 2011
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Hi david, kc,nick.3ggid,hondurican

April 21, 2011
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I invited my sister and she joined Ace4Face is her handle

 

 

April 21, 2011
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Hi all

April 21, 2011
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I agree Dave.. It hasnt been good Dave. iReport is a sedative, a valuable asset to keep me occupied. And I love my photo work.

April 21, 2011
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Hi Sherbien and Henry

April 21, 2011
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Hi Sher, EWillies,and congrats to you sister KC.

April 21, 2011
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Hello Egberto

April 21, 2011
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Hi hanks.

@david i invited my friends and tell also people i met during ireporting that they can also join ireport. Later, ill meet up 3philippine ireporters and we'll do good friday observance ireport

April 21, 2011
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@TeamiReport

Real political time is approaching. Have you thought of putting together some challenging assignments and maybe topic debates that could really bring some added relevance to iReport. And who knows, maybe outtakes on the Tube to bring some pissaz and audience? Just a thought.

April 21, 2011
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Welcome @EWillies @Sherbien

April 21, 2011
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We're getting geared up for the royal wedding, of course and we're also working on the cultural census.

 

One other thing that's pretty cool is that we've launched a new assignment with Fareed Zakaria's show, which will give people a chance to ask questions to some of the world's leaders.

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Better late than never hello all!

April 21, 2011
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@EWillies1961 - You can be assured that there will be many political topics on iReport, come 2012 (if not earlier).

April 21, 2011
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sounds awesome Sherbien. We'll keep an eye out.

 

April 21, 2011
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Hi Ryn!!

 

April 21, 2011
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@TeamiReport

Next week I am doing an interview at a assisted care living place that will be affected by the draconian budget cuts not only in Texas but from the Feds as well. I want to put a face to those who are getting hurt. I hope to put it on iReports if you think it would get some exposure.

April 21, 2011
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Today Gov. Gary Johnson(R NM) announced his candidacy for President. Why is no one covering this? 

April 21, 2011
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Hi ryn and ewillies

April 21, 2011
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Hey all, I need some views

April 21, 2011
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Loved the Wisteria photos Ryn. Very pretty.

I planted some next to my house a few years ago, which might have been a mistake.

April 21, 2011
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We noticed that too KCRep. You'll be at a million page views soon. Congratulations.

April 21, 2011
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@davidw

Is there really a lot of interest in the Royal Wedding? I wonder how many folks in your age group and mine really gives a hoot. Is there feedback wanting it?

 

April 21, 2011
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Thanks david...as of last night I only needed 137 more.  It's been driving me crazy lol.

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Any thoughts on bringing back photo club or off beat or some category like that again? It is annoying not to have a category when you want to post something that is not breaking news,political or catastrophic, or falls under an assignment. We miss photo club. Lot's of folks do enjoy the lighter side of ireport.

April 21, 2011
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Regarding your question regarding new iReporters Dave. In the past I did, and 2 did join. But they both are inactive at this time.  Yesterday a gentlemen was here working on my cable TV box,and he saw me doing things.I suggested  iReport to him,  and will he be joining in the near future. In fact he E mailed this morning.

April 21, 2011
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Is anyone out there!? Major political news was made this morning and nobody is covering it! Why?

April 21, 2011
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Hi EWillies,

Judging from the responses to our assignments, I'd say yes. We've had a lot of folks making hats and scones and the response to the contest was also pretty big.

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Kathi!!!!! Awsome

April 21, 2011
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hi everybody have a great weekend kisses Larena

April 21, 2011
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Haha! @KCRep, I've been watching your page too and giving you views every chance I get. A lot of your reports have garnered quite a bit of views. I can't wait until I get there. I'm soooo far away :P

April 21, 2011
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Hi wrmccarty, welcome to iReport. What news are you talking about?

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Spell check anyone?

April 21, 2011
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Thanks Ryn and sbeasla!!  :)

April 21, 2011
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Ryn, We have talked about photo club and offbeat, but we haven't got a solid plan yet.

April 21, 2011
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@Ryn - I agree with you. Sometimes I don't know what to post because I'm not always near breaking news, don't always make it out to the movies, and I don't think anyone is interested in a bunch of show recaps so I backed off those..

 

I love the interesting assignments.

April 21, 2011
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@davidw

oops. I forgot iReport is international and not just America.

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

No Easter assignments?

April 21, 2011
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G'day all!

April 21, 2011
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This morning Gov Gary Johnson announced his candidacy and not one media is covering it

April 21, 2011
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I remember offbeat, that was a fun category

April 21, 2011
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@wrmccarty

Would that be the Michigan takeover on some local elected governments?

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Me too Willies

Thanks David on the Wisteria post, just keep yours trimmed and it should be fine.

April 21, 2011
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I have a question about the fashion assignment. I noticed there were very few uploads so I went out and shot a few pictures. I would do more, but am wondering if that assignment is closed?

 

April 21, 2011
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Presidential

April 21, 2011
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CNN's had the story up for a couple of hours on the political ticker, but it might be a good iReport for you to do. It sounds like you're pretty interested in his campaign.

April 21, 2011
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KC I'll head over to your ireports and view a few. Congrats on making the million mark!

April 21, 2011
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Hello from sunny, blustery, New York City.

 

@David - The new assignment with Fareed Zakaria sounds interesting...  I'd still love to ask Christopher Hitchens a few questions.  Any chance of having him on soon?  Please consider.  As you might know he has stage four cancer. And, as he often likes to point out... there isn't a stage five.

 

April 21, 2011
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We don't have anything planned for Easter, but we'll be looking for interesting iReports.

April 21, 2011
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Dave or Henry, when is the church/cathedral assignment deadline?

April 21, 2011
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do you forgive muslims for 9 11?

 

April 21, 2011
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I noticed a few comments from the CNN staff on some of my concensus reports. I thought that was pretty awesome. I know you guys read all the reports but it's nice to hear your feedback too. Thanks!

April 21, 2011
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It would be nice if the iReport platform was used to dessiminate news that the TV producers are ignoring. I can think of 5 major stories now that is getting minimal or no coverage that is having material impact on folks with no coverage.

 

Hey guys, you've got a lot of free labor out here willing to provide it if it simply won't get lost in the maze:)

April 21, 2011
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hi sbeasla,

We try to leave comments on interesting iReports when we see them, but we don't always get to.

April 21, 2011
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@JoyfulGypsy - Unfortunately, we do not book guests for CNN air, but we will absolutely keep your request in mind, should Hitchens be a guest on "GPS."

April 21, 2011
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Yes, I've been following him on our American initiative. He is a Republican and a fiscal conservative, but also a (as he put it) Constitutionalists.   

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Thanks sbeasla and Kathi Nice to see others feel the same. :)

April 21, 2011
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@davidw - I understand that you guys are busy. Just wanted to give a shoutout and tell you I appreciate you reaching out to me. :)

April 21, 2011
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EWillies1961 -- I would encourage you to do the stories you think are important and that you feel passionate about. it doesn't matter if it fits in one of our assignments or not.

April 21, 2011
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Hi larena.

Im planning to watch the royal wedding using my new galaxy tab thru cnn apps for android or at cnn

April 21, 2011
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David thanks for bringing us here once again....

April 21, 2011
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@Henry.  Thank you.  I would really appreciate that.  :o)

April 21, 2011
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Aladdinne as far as I'm aware, 'muslims' had nothing to do with 9-11. That attack was carried out by a bunch of radical extremists who have purposely misinterpreted muslim teachings for their own evil purposes.

April 21, 2011
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Hi from snowy Vermont.  It's snowing here and 30 degrees.  Where is spring? 

April 21, 2011
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David i will love to bring up the topic about the ireport identity card if you don't mind

April 21, 2011
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I want to go back to something sbeasla said earlier about not feeling comfortable about posting stories if there's not an assignment.

 

I want to encourage everyone to tell the stories you want to tell.

We are watching and a large percentage of the iReports that we vet were not related to any assignment.

 

 

April 21, 2011
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Pizzaman, good to see you.

April 21, 2011
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Thanks mcintron!

April 21, 2011
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@davidw - Mostly I refering to my show recaps. Some get vetted, others don't. I'm not exactly sure why. Is it because the topic has been exhausted? Is that still something you guys are interested in us covering?

April 21, 2011
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@davidw or @hhanks I asked this earlier but it got lost it seems... Is the Street Style assignment still open? I noticed there were very few uploads so I went out and shot a few pictures. I would do more, but am wondering if that assignment is closed?

April 21, 2011
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uh, I have a report on the new Soap blog from today that wasn't vetted.  I sent a PM to the writer about that.

April 21, 2011
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Hi 3Gid -- Some people have made iReport cards in the past, but it is VERY important that you don't say that you're with CNN.

 

April 21, 2011
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Hi, not sure why, but my posts are not showing up

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Hey pizzaman! Stay warm

 

Yes I am interested in a ireport badge as well. Last week it was mentioned some ireporter's make their own. Could we have some sort of template to follow so they would all be the same or close to the same? Maybe a contest for the design of one. Then if we wanted to make our own could.

April 21, 2011
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When did you post them SolomonJ? I'll check it out.

April 21, 2011
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i think if i could get an ireport ID i will get a nice good stories here in my country Nigeria

April 21, 2011
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Sorry mcintron -- I'm a slow typist today. I think the street style feature is going to be a running thing, but i'm not positive. I'll try to find out.

April 21, 2011
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First time to join blog.   Wrote first ireport about one month ago then put a series of 8 together for the Alzheimer's assignment.  One was picked to be part of a CNN story so my wife and were both interviewed.

 

I would be interested in seeing a couple of assignments.

1) How does Congress' failure to deal with the Federal budget in a timely manner affect citizens?

2) Is the "vote them out" movement a viable way to force representatives to act in the best interest of the country?

3) Should we have a law that the previous budget is automatically enacted if Congress fails to pass a new budget by 1 October each year?

April 21, 2011
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Thanks Nlck glad to see you back on iReports. 

April 21, 2011
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oh, there we go. Hi to everyone :) I am new here I have only posted 2 iReports

April 21, 2011
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Ryn i think thats what we all need for a better and impossible stories...we need the template.

April 21, 2011
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Welcome @SolomonJ

April 21, 2011
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Any new badges in the works? Or a grid of how we can earn certain badges on our profile?

April 21, 2011
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Thank you for this forum, but it seams today you have other interests. I'll keep an eye on this page. Keep up your good work. 

April 21, 2011
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Oh yah Paul..Plus I got the movie making down now now also.I finally got settled down here, but Im moving back over to the east side.(where I belong.) LOL Im not going to buy another house though.

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Welcome SolomonJ!

April 21, 2011
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@davidw - Thanks!

April 21, 2011
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@JPR11 -- Those are interesting ideas. I would encourage you to file iReports on them. it will probably start some interesting conversations.

April 21, 2011
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Hi SolomonJ Welcome to iReports.  I am a pizzaman who loves to make pizzas.

April 21, 2011
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Hi SolomonJ - Hope you're doing okay after close call with tornado.

Did you mean your iReports weren't showing up, or your posts in this blog weren't showing up?

April 21, 2011
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@Hank & David i have being restricted in my country just because i have no identification when i want  to make a news.

April 21, 2011
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Hi Ryn

April 21, 2011
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Hope it warms up soon there pizzaman

April 21, 2011
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Have a nice day everyone.

April 21, 2011
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I hope so David it's snowing like crazy and the winds are blowing. 

April 21, 2011
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@3Gid I would encourage you to start by telling the stories you can tell without interference. I'm sure that there are a lot of things going on in Nigeria that are really interesting.

My fear is that if authorities are telling you not to do things as a private citizen, then they might be arresting reporters for the same thing.

I would hate for you to get in trouble because they thought you were with CNN.

April 21, 2011
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please i need answers

April 21, 2011
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Hi guys dropping in to say hello. How are you? Looks like  great roundtable. And maybe a bye too.

April 21, 2011
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i will do my best to report out of trouble. thanks

April 21, 2011
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This has been fun. I'm glad to talk with everyone and to meet all the new folks.

We'll be back next week.

April 21, 2011
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Dear David

 

I do not know why 3 reports that did not go through last year where posted on my profile. The original has been vetted. These 3 have have bad sound. Would you please have someone take them out. They really look bad

I would greatly appreciate it

Thank you so much

Annamaria Capicchioni

acapicchioni

 

 

 

 

 

April 21, 2011
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Ryn

Have a wonderful Easter weekend

Happy Pass Over as well !

April 21, 2011
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Have a great weekend ahead. Meaningful lenten to all catholics

April 21, 2011
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yeah it's been a wonderful roundtable today....see you guys nxt week

April 21, 2011
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Hello and Happy Easter Everyone sorry I got up late

 

April 21, 2011
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Hi acapicchioni -- send me the links and i'll take care of it.

 

April 21, 2011
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thanks and Happy Easter

April 21, 2011
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hey all

April 21, 2011
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Happy Easter to all CNN Staff

April 21, 2011
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Ah too late I see - was hoping to catch the roundtable - next time then!

April 21, 2011
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I have invited people to join iReports

April 21, 2011
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Even in my profile right at the top there was an old post, which came up.  This was vetted last year, but three days ago it came up as a new one.

April 21, 2011
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sunethra I have the same issue with old iReports why? who knows thanks

April 21, 2011
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Hello guys.. Greeting from north of Iraq.

April 21, 2011
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hi

 

April 23, 2011
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Anyone concerned about not receiving their federal tax refund because they took advantage o the 2008 homebuyers tax credit?  Now they are saying that their systems could not handle mass producing the refunds and they have to do each refund by hand, believe that one?  I am sure they don't have the money to pay the refunds but they are waiting for the govt to go bankrupt before they tell anyone that.  Shame on me for paying my taxes, next year I owe them and they can wait for their money.

May 19, 2011
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Al Qayeeda now talks about taking revenge. This terrorist organisation is carried on even without its founder. How long should people around the world be cautious about their revenge?Which parts of the world are in real threat except for USA and Pakistan.Will they take revenge from Europe and Gulf region too? What is the effective way to dissemble the terrorist organisation?

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