Thursday, October 13, 2011
iReport roundtable: Thursday at 2 p.m. ET

The CNN iReport roundtable kicks off today at 2 p.m. ET and we hope you'll join us. We're looking forward to talking to everyone about what's going on in the iReport community. If you've got any questions, comments or concerns, we'd love to hear them.

 

Comments will open at 2 p.m. ET

 

Talk to you then.

60 Comments
October 13, 2011
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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the roundtable.

October 13, 2011
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We elect politicians to office based upon the platforms we WANT to hear, rather than the platforms we NEED to hear.   We know the problems and we know the solutions.  Unfortunately the problems are politically poisonous.   Here are examples:

 

Energy and Environment, not the problems…

Our problems are NOT related to energy and the environment.  Those are symptoms of our real problems: OVER-POPULATION and HORRIFIC OVERCONSUMPTION.    Instead of educating children about what is required of the world to support a human, we hold out the false hope of “green” solutions – the politically popular answer.

 

Immediate Job Creation…

Give police “overtime details” to the unemployed.   We now have police working full time jobs and benefits guarding road construction and events on overtime pay which they then use to “spike” their pensions.  Completely unnecessary and wasteful.

 

Prevent Government and State employees from retiring from their jobs, then going back to the same or similar employment as consultants / contractors at effectively double pay.

 

Eliminate Double Pensions

We have many people who, through basic jobs for States and Federal Government, now receive more money through double pensions than they ever did working.  The original plan was to provide for old age, not make people rich by not working.

 

Ultimately we must elect officials based upon the platforms and policies we NEED to hear and address the problems up front.

 

October 13, 2011
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Hello

October 13, 2011
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Hi! Just thought I'd stop by and see whats going on. I don't usually get a chance to check in.

 

October 13, 2011
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Hi Peak5Hunter,

I appreciate your passion, but this forum is for iReporters to talk about what's going on in the iReport community.

I would encourage you to file an iReport with your perspective: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/679338

October 13, 2011
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Any thoughts on the appearance of trade agreements passing vs the Jobs Bill left in the void. I understand the complexity of trade agreements but they really need to work on their PR.

 

October 13, 2011
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Nice to see you sunethra and Artboy.

Do they celebrate Halloween in Sri Lanka? I just noticed your avatar image.

 

October 13, 2011
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To be honest Artboy, I'm not as up to speed on the trade deal as I probably should be.

October 13, 2011
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No they don't celebrate Halloween, but I will ;D

October 13, 2011
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How have things been going? We haven't done a regular roundtable in a while. Anybody got any questions or story ideas they're working on?

October 13, 2011
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Will there be any Christmas assignment this year too?

October 13, 2011
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I don't have all the details myself but my initial response upon hearing about the deals was what I think most people thought. They can pass a bill that could lead to more jobs being sent over seas while at the same time doing nothing to help with jobs at home.  That may not be the end result of the trade deals but they do so little to explain it to the public it just looks bad.

October 13, 2011
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We haven't started thinking about Christmas yet. Any ideas of what we could do?

October 13, 2011
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Hello everyone :)

October 13, 2011
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hi sbeasla,

How have you been doing?

October 13, 2011
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Doing ok. How are you davidw? :)

October 13, 2011
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To Organise a Christmas party for the less fortunate?

October 13, 2011
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That's a really lovely idea Sunethra.

October 13, 2011
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Thank you @davidw

October 13, 2011
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We've got a couple of new assignments you might be interested in.

One that's pretty exciting is that we are inviting people who are going on the Hajj this year to share their experiences as they go on the pilgrimage.

http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/687023

October 13, 2011
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How about celebrating the various cultural differences about Christmas from the traditional to the non secular? Have people submit reports on how their families celebrate in different countries or here in the U.S how they have continued to follow the same practices.

October 13, 2011
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We're also doing an iReport interview with author Nicholas Sparks, so if you've got questions for the man who gave us "The Notebook" and "Message in a Bottle" you should send them in http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/687633

October 13, 2011
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Hello, everyone!

October 13, 2011
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welcome markpel.

October 13, 2011
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That is a very good idea Artboy, I like that.

October 13, 2011
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Hello Mark, how are you?

October 13, 2011
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that could be interesting too  Artboy. I'm going to save those for when we start brainstorming about Christmas. It's coming up soon.

 

October 13, 2011
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At  a Christmas when I send iReports I think there was nobody; all iReport staff was at home.

October 13, 2011
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I like that idea Artboy. Not everyone celebrates the same way. Also perhaps, wacky costumes for Halloween and something for Thanksgiving.

October 13, 2011
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Hello!

October 13, 2011
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Sunethera, DavidW, thank you! I am fine.

October 13, 2011
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Last Christmas Mark we had a special Assignment of the 12 days of Christmas, and to sing or take part in a special hymn called the 'Blood'

October 13, 2011
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Hi ovoneI04

Nice to have you

October 13, 2011
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Sunethra, yes I remember.

October 13, 2011
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It was before Christmas

October 13, 2011
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Ah! this is the time of year that I go bonkers, Mark

October 13, 2011
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Is anyone working on anything interesting that they want to talk about?

October 13, 2011
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davidw, I send today an iReport about arson attacks on railways. Is it not breaking news?

October 13, 2011
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I haven't seen that one yet. Did you take the photos? I'll check it out.

October 13, 2011
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Yes I took the photos too.

October 13, 2011
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Hi everyone.

October 13, 2011
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Hello Sherbien

October 13, 2011
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Hello, Sherbien!

October 13, 2011
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Hi everyone! Just wanted to say a quick hello.

October 13, 2011
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Hello zdan hope you are keeping well.

October 13, 2011
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zdan, hello, how was your day?

October 13, 2011
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sbeasla, hello, how are you?

October 13, 2011
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I'm doing well. I just got back from a vacation in South America. Trying to get back into the swing of things :)

October 13, 2011
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Hi shari, mark, zdan, david, sbaesla, artboy, ovone and all. Merry Christmas and a Happy Hallow!

October 13, 2011
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heheheh.... hey Sherb... I am excited about your Christmas Castle present...

October 13, 2011
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I've got to run a little bit early. Feel free to keep talking without me.

We'll be back next week.

Take care everyone.

October 13, 2011
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Before Christmas is Hajj. Have you seen the new assignment?

October 13, 2011
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How about ireporters exchange gift on Christmas. Invite interested ireporters who want to join.

 

Japan is also giving up 10000 free roundtrip tickets to promote their tourism.

October 13, 2011
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Good night from me too... going to sleep now.  Its 12.30 a.m. here.

October 13, 2011
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Have a great time!

October 13, 2011
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Good Night, Sunethra!

October 13, 2011
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Hey Sherb, how to take part in that Japan trip?

October 13, 2011
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Good night Mark

October 13, 2011
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hi everyone just to say hi having severe internet problems have a great weekend thanks larena

October 13, 2011
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Is Jack Cafferty off Thursday & Friday now? Also, if folks don't use twitter or facebook, looks like you can't post a comment--quite biased.

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