Thursday, March 01, 2012
iReport roundtable: Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET

Please join us here in the blog for our weekly roundtable discussion. We are looking forward to talking with everyone about what's going on in the community. We'll be talking a lot about politics next week, since ten states will be  holding presidential primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday. If you've got an idea for an election-related assignment we could do, let us know.

 

If you've got questions, suggestions or concerns, this is a great time to share them. We'll open comments at 2:30 p.m. ET. If you can't make it then, feel free to private message anyone on the iReport Team or email me at david.williams@cnn.com.

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March 1, 2012
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Hi everyone and welcome to the roundtable.

March 1, 2012
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hi david

March 1, 2012
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Hi airnation1,

it's nice to see you here. How have you been?

 

March 1, 2012
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Hey, david! For some reason the only like to the roundtable that works is on the main page, on the iReport pages it gets an Oops! Not found page.

March 1, 2012
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Greetings all!

 

Can we stop leaping now - I'm exhausted ... and realised next leap year, I'll be 60 - arrgh!

 

Great fun assignment!

March 1, 2012
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Want to say I think the Leap assignment was one of the best yet!

March 1, 2012
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LOL, Alun!!!

March 1, 2012
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Hello from North Carolina!

March 1, 2012
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Ryn

Good Thursday to everyone!

March 1, 2012
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We had fun too. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

March 1, 2012
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Hi david,

 

wow, I am here early. I'm not here to cause trouble today. ;) I have a couple of questions/suggestions.

 

When a vet is made days or weeks after a video is posted, is there a way that it can show up somewhere current? It seems pointless to vet something if it is just buried in the archives. Or am I missing something?

 

I am also curious if there is a policy for explaining why a post is removed? I know this has been asked before. Did you ever come up with a way for us to get feedback about why you pulled an ireport?

 

Thanks!

March 1, 2012
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Howdy!

March 1, 2012
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Can I ask a quick question before we get filled up, please?

 

On my iReport page, after "Profile" is 

 

(1)

 

in red and I've no idea why - I'm sure it's really obvious, but can't work it out, sorry - help!

March 1, 2012
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Hi everyone!

March 1, 2012

Wasaaaabi

March 1, 2012
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Hi all. Take heart, Alun'. We have 4 years to rest up!:) Enjoyed seeing everyone's creative endeavors.

March 1, 2012
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And on my previous question, I am not referring to removing a vet. I am over that. But a post of mine was removed today and I'm curious if there is a way to get feedback. I think I understand why it got removed, just not certain.

March 1, 2012
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Alun, means you have a private message in your inbox.

March 1, 2012
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Hey there, everyone!

March 1, 2012

rosehips are you a trouble maker at these things? No surprise there.

March 1, 2012
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Ryn

Cuz you are BAD Rose! ") lol

March 1, 2012
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Hi guys! I hope all is well with you all.

March 1, 2012
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Hi Rosehips,

Those are good questions.

If we approve an older story, it's usually either because we're planning to use it in content or if there was a long lag in the person responding to us.

 

You can feel free to email me or contact@ireport.com if you have a question about your iReport being removed.

 

Usually it's because of a violation of iReports Community Guidelines, but there are cases where a moderator misinterpreted those guidelines.

 

we'll be happy to look into it and get back to you

March 1, 2012

I second rosehips' question. When our reports are removed how are we supposed to know where the violation was so we can correct it if we are not contacted about it? An email would be nice. Or a message dropped in our inbox here.

March 1, 2012
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And the vet I am referring to is my Michelle Obama assignment. I posted it on Feb 15 and it was just vetted a couple of days ago. I'm not sure why it took so long and I'd just like to suggest that you tag it to the Main menu, perhaps.

March 1, 2012
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Possible political assignments...uhm...good one to ponder. With the 10 states voting Tuesday perhaps those voting can share how the process works in their state, open or closed primary, caucus or primary and why that system is better, etc.

March 1, 2012
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david, does that mean the First Lady and maybe her hubby will see my ireport? :)

March 1, 2012
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Hi Alun,

If I understand your question correctly, I think it means you've got a private message?

Did the 1 just turn into a 2?

If so, that's what it is.

March 1, 2012
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Hey so there should be a CNN iReport Presidential Debate.

 

Just sayin.

March 1, 2012
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I know it is politic at its best in your country but could we focus on Japan to save the children. There will be a big human march on the 10 and 11 against nuclear power plant. Japanese people can not express themselves has much as they would like to but right now the life of Japanese kids are at stake here, especially with this latest news today of this eartquake. All scientists from around the globe are asking the Japanese to get out of their but little has been done. Can we at least help the kids to get out of there.I am helping this guy who wrote fukushima diary and he has been sending v.i.p. informations so i can send them to more people but we need to do more. He is on the run trying to help as much as he could.

We need to help them can we go Japanese this month beside the election.

Help him and thousands of kids.

Right now they are force to eat radiated food, they have heavy bleeding nose, dead fish are coming ashore and the worst this huge massive wave of toxic debris are coming to the coast of Seatle and Vancouver with radiated wind blowing our way.

this is double the size of chernobyl we need to help. Wear a yellow scarf against nuclear treath and post our selves I dont know tks you for reading. arigato gosaimas.

March 1, 2012
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Hey guys!  Hope everyone is doing well.  I just wanted to take a second and thank everyone for the past 3 and a half years I've had here on iReport (For those that don't know, I've just received a position at local NBC station in Oregon, so I won't be able to participate in iReport any longer).  I've had some of the best and once in a life time experiences being part of this community.  Thank you to you guys, Team iReport, for believing in me and giving me so many great opportunities.  I credit some of my efforts in getting this job to you and iReport, and I also know we aren't done working together.  I also want to say thank my fellow iReporters, who have supported me, challenged me, and have just been there to watch me.  I've met a number of you in person, and I know there are still a few of you I plan on meeting, and I look forward to it.  I wish everyone the best and I promise you, this won't be the end of hearing from me! :) #TeamiReportForever

March 1, 2012
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@maddogza That sounds like a cool idea. Can you elaborate on what you are thinking?

March 1, 2012
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great idea maddogz!

March 1, 2012
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Hi rosehips, I just looked at it. The producer is vetting iReports for her projects on the fitness assignment.

That doesn't guarantee that she'll use it in her story, but that's the first step.

March 1, 2012

I'm not against Nuclear power.

March 1, 2012
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Whoah, congratulations KyleHD! You will be missed for sure, but we're all excited to see you take the next steps in your career.

March 1, 2012
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Congrats Kyle!

March 1, 2012
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@KyleHD CONGRATS my brother!

March 1, 2012
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Thank you airnation. You can pm me if you want. I am working on the local level to commemorate Fukushima on March 10. We are having a big rally near Hanford, WA on April 15. It's called Hanford: America's Fukushima. I won't bother others with more, so pm me. :)

March 1, 2012
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Hi airnation1:

We are working on a project about the anniversary of the Japan earthquake. We've been hearing from a lot of iReporters who were there at the time of the quake and they're talking about their experiences then and now.

March 1, 2012
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love the leap day too

March 1, 2012
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Congrats on the big news, Kyle! We're psyched that you got a news gig. And speaking of young journalists, hi Trevor!

March 1, 2012
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@KyleHD Great to hear the news! Congrats, and glad to see that you're moving forward. Also, sounds exciting to try a different location.

March 1, 2012

How is Hanford American's Fukushima? When did that happen?

March 1, 2012
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@nsaidi and everyone:

 

I'm talking about something like the CNN/YouTube debates in '07, but facilitated entirely through the iReport community. A debate in which America submits the questions via video, America upvotes, and the candidates answer exactly the questions we want asked!

 

Maybe there could even be a competition to introduce the candidates, or ask them your question in person...

 

Huge possibilities for innovative viewer engagement and new levels of political transparency!

March 1, 2012
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arigato for reaching out, airnation. The truth of what is happening in Japan has been kept from us. It is documented. But this is not the place. sigh

March 1, 2012
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I just want to say that the little drop down that well drops down asking if you want to make your home page is EXTREMELY annoying..just had to get that out

March 1, 2012
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@KyleHD that's sooooo awesome - congratulations!

March 1, 2012
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Congratulations Kyle,

I'm really excited for you.

When do you start?

 

I know you can't iReport any more, but you're always going to be part of the iReport community.

 

Please keep us up to date on how you're doing.

March 1, 2012
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@zdan helloooo! Just sent you a message :D

March 1, 2012
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now could be too late actualy.

I have been fine to answer your question but having so much time down loading my stuff too bad.

pleae dont send anyone there as the pollen with radiation is going thru the mask.

Don t even go to tokyo train station and subway has tested positive for radiation at a very high level

 

March 1, 2012
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WOW, airnation. We're so fortunate - ireport is our voice. And more nuclear plants are being planned as we e-speak. Sounds like you have a lot of good info to share. Will watch for it. Best of luck.

March 1, 2012
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Kyle, that's awesome! I might be in Portland at the end of this month. Can I tune in from there to see you?

Congrats!!!

March 1, 2012

bah, gotta go. Real life trumps this.

March 1, 2012
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Hello everyone!

March 1, 2012
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Hi krc55 - I'm not exactly sure what you're talking about, but I'm sorry it's annoying. If you want to shoot me an email with details, I'll check it out.

March 1, 2012
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On the political angle again: What are you looking for from the 2 final candidates in the fall election? What qualities? What positions? Does the candidate have to meet all your criteria or just most? Does party affiliation matter more or the candidate who best matches your criteria as President?

March 1, 2012
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Greetings everyone

March 1, 2012
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maybe that's why you are hidding behind an avatar to say that you are not against nuclear power.

 

Now these days, you have to go hydro power, solar power and it work fine unless you are planning something dangerous like the others who are using it.

beside isotope needded for health cure.

March 1, 2012
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Hello all! I'm jumping in a little late here. Thank you to everyone who participated in the leap day assignment. It was great to see everyone having some fun.

 

And @KyleHD, congrats! So well deserved! We'll be proud to say we knew you way back when :)

March 1, 2012
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Hey there ander, respier! Welcome!

March 1, 2012
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We're about half-way through our time, so I want to make sure we have a chance to talk about another project we're pretty excited about.

Mike Saba has put together the Pundit of the Week feature, which highlights the participants in the amazing discussions we have on the site every week.

 

March 1, 2012
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Thanks everyone, I'm super excited.  Making the big move this weekend and I start the middle of next week.  Pretty crazy stuff. 

 

@rosehips thanks, not in Portland.....I'll actually be at the southern end of the state in Medford.

March 1, 2012
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Sounds like Pundit of the Week might be rather interesting.

March 1, 2012
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Hi everyone!

March 1, 2012
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Indeed, k3vsDad! That's exactly what I want to use Pundit of the Week for as we head into the election season -- a platform to let iReporters talk about the issues that are important to them. I definitely would love to see lots of spirited commentary in the months going forward.

March 1, 2012
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Did we get clear on that vetting issue from last week?

March 1, 2012
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That's awesome, Kyle. You will be missed, but congratulations. Don't forget us:).

March 1, 2012
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To answer k3vsdad's question -- We haven't really nailed down the "iReport idea" for the election yet. 

There's plenty of room for commentary about the issues, but we'd like to also capture something personal that tells us a bit more about what motivates people to vote the way they do.

 

 

March 1, 2012
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Hello, everyone! We have here in Germany also this month presidential election.

March 1, 2012
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bonne chance Kyle. I agree with the drop down image it's a bit bad to down load and go up again but that s ok .

 

SO politics, Japanese and how about the little green man from ireland

March 1, 2012
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hi everyone...hello from the insignificant Romania...

March 1, 2012
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Lots of political change this year - France, Germany, China, Russia, Venezuela, Iran and so on.

March 1, 2012
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@markpel Hi there! That's exciting. I've not been to Germany yet; wonder how the elections compare.

March 1, 2012
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Hi @respier,

I hope we answered people's questions. If you ever have concerns about vetting send us and email and we'll check into it.

March 1, 2012
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@mugur Welcome! Would like to go to Romania someday, actually. How are things there today?

March 1, 2012
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mugur, Romania is not insignificant. :) by a long shot.

March 1, 2012
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Hi Mugur,

Romania's been in the news a lot these days. I hope it's warmed up there a bit.

 

March 1, 2012
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Hey! I love reading ireports. I'm just getting started myself and I have a question. Do we receive a rejection message/email if our story is not vetted or do we just assume it hasn't made it?

March 1, 2012
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Ooh, just seen my "leap year" badge - very nice, thank you!

March 1, 2012
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I just realized, I didn't post a link where you can see the pundit of the week stories.

http://ireport.cnn.com/blogs/ireport-blog/tags/pundit_of_the_week

 

Mike's done four, so far and we're planing to keep doing it through the election season.

March 1, 2012
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@nsaidi - I strongly advise against visiting Romania...it's a corrupt and back boneless country...do something better with your hard earned holidays...

March 1, 2012
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No. Im good. I was just referring to the iReporter that had posted a biased story on the gas drilling theme, but it turned out that he was a member of advocacy group. I blieve his report was removed after an outcry from the company in questions.  In this case, I opined that CNN was correct in its editorial decision to cut the piece.

 

I commented that that pointed out a flaw in CNN vetting procedure. We should be asked if we are formally associated with the group we are reporting on, if its a matter of taking a side, as it were.

March 1, 2012
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Nsaidi, thank you for your interest! You should visit Berlin some day. It is very intersting and international city.

March 1, 2012
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who is your favorite para-olympic athlete???

March 1, 2012
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Hi cinnabarchar - Welcome to iReport. It looks like the producer who is handling the beauty assignment has not started vetting the stories she plans to try to use.

 

For a project like that, we will send an email after we're finished with the story and thank everyone for participating.

 

 

March 1, 2012
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I'm always open to suggestions for Pundit of the Week nominations. If you have a favorite iReport commentator who you think deserves some love, send me a PM and let me know.

March 1, 2012
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@mugur - do you have any evidence for this, shall we say, bold statement, please?

 

 

I have some great journalistic friends there, who are working hard to expose any wrong doing.

 

March 1, 2012
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We are getting ready for our big TEDx event and we would like to get the message out about the olympics. The TEDx event  has a great host of speakers

 

tedxyouthbruce.com

March 1, 2012
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Mugur, Romania has also beautiful sides; people, landscapes etc...

March 1, 2012
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Got to go take care everyone! rosehip keep me posted with the tweet Nuclear march I don't know wehre i'll be will see

can we have a picture of all those garden leppercorn the green guys

they are all different that could be funny something serious something funny something

March 1, 2012
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Is an iReporter Commentator the same as a producer.

March 1, 2012
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Hi YouthBruce,

Welcome. Is that an assignment suggestion? It could be an interesting one.

Do you know any para-olympic athletes?

That could be a really interesting story - how they train, etc.

We'll be brainstorming about the Olympics soon.

March 1, 2012
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@markpel Yes, thank you, that sounds fabulous. Hope you are doing well.

March 1, 2012
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David and Michael: Pundit sounds great! Love the angle. Remember working on a campaign ages ago when Gov Wallace was running again in AL. One woman was adamant about voting for him, despite his being confined to a wheelchair - and the obvious controversy surrounding him at the time. But, her reasoning was the most enlightening. "The man is in a wheelchair," she said. He needs a JOB.":). Looking forward to it, Michael.

March 1, 2012
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@davidw - the clashes in Romania where nothing compared with what is usually going on in Greece for instance...the snow blizzards badly affected some of the south ester areas but it shouldn't have made the headlines...and it didn't...

I am not sure anyone cares but despite this I am working hard in telling stories that have nothing to do with Afghanistan, Iran, Japan, Libya, etc...I am wondering if they will ever make he headlines if no newspaper is interested in Romania...I guess we all know the answer to that...

March 1, 2012
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LOL...love that story, Eco!

March 1, 2012
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@Davidw Thank you! That definitely answers my question.

March 1, 2012
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I'm signing out for now, but if any of you would like to chat about ideas for iReport's political coverage going into the election, I'm all ears. PM me or shoot me an email at michael.saba@turner.com

March 1, 2012
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@alunhill - I truly believe they are working hard in trying to expose any wrong doing...the question is - are they successful? and if so what is changing?

 

let me put it this way - around 170 km of highway in 22 years...if we, I mean me and you, where sentenced to forced labour, we would make more that that in 22 years...

 

I rest my case...

March 1, 2012
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We are just about out of time, but I do have one last bit of housekeeping.

Tomorrow is the last day to apply for our summer internship, so if you know anyone who would be interested, please spread the word.

http://ireport.cnn.com/blogs/ireport-blog/2012/02/09/team-ireport-is-looking-for-a-summer-intern

March 1, 2012
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Dear friends,

 

The feast of Purim will be here in about one week and conclude in about 9 or 10 days. We have learned many things from the Bible that point to Christ's coming during the feast of Purim in order to complete His judgment upon this world and to bring His people into everlasting rest.

 

We have learned many of these things from the book of Esther. In Esther, we also learn it is God's will to send this information to His people around the world. This is why E Bible has once again began to share these things through billboards and other means.

 

It is interesting that as we read the book of Esther, we find language that we are very familiar with today. The language of posting the king's message:

 

Esther 8:12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

 

The 'posts' were men that carried the message the old fashioned way of riding a horse, or a camel, and galloping to their destination. Some of these men had far and distant lands as their destination. The king's kingdom extended from India unto Ethiopia. Yet they rode as fast as they could be hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment.

 

The language of 'posting' is used all the time in our modern day. Even as I write this note on Face book I notice at the bottom of the box I am writing in it says, "Post". Once this note is completed I will click on the 'post' link and the message will run to all my friends. A much faster (and far easier) way of traveling than the posts that rode upon mules and young dromedaries into all 127 provinces of the kingdom.

 

We also 'post' notes today on Yahoo groups, or on Twitter, or on various other assorted media outlets. We can post on blogs, or on websites.

 

Since time is short, and the King's command urgent, I would like to ask all my friends to post a message related to Christ's coming during the days of Purim. I will write this note shortly and post it on my page. It will be very short. The title of the note will be "POST IT!". I would like to ask each of you to take the note and share it on your wall to all of your friends. And to also ask them, to post it to their friends.

 

One last thing, once the "POST IT!" note is written, I would like to ask any foreign language speaking friends to translate it into your own language and post it on your page in your native language.

 

Why share this information? Why bother posting it?

 

Let's see the reaction of the Jews once they hear this wonderful news concerning Purim:

 

Esther 8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

 

The publication of this news is entirely for the comfort and encouragement and blessing of the people of God.

 

Thank you.

 

 

March 1, 2012
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Thanks to everyone for coming by.

We'll talk with you soon.

 

March 1, 2012
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Thanks, david!

March 1, 2012
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Have a good weekend, all.

March 1, 2012
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@mugur

 

Excellent response -do an iReport on that = please!

March 1, 2012
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Do regular iReporter have also change with the summer intership? How is no US passport holders?

March 1, 2012
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The biggest discovery of ALL time has occurred.

 

Anyone interested?

 

 

March 4, 2012
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I t simple. We are and always have been lazy in IT. We moved from 8 bit to 16 then 32 and from DMP to laser but we have never ever appreciated the wizard of these and have never ever written to them thanking them of what they have given to us. Take example of Steve Jobs. He moved the screen with the fingers. What did we do. Write " Will Apple survive after Steve?" Honest this bugs me. Why are we trying to be politicians like. Always dig past to bring back the present and slap them with the what they have done? I wonder. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

April 10, 2012
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I am not voting for this sitting Pres. WHYYYY not?

 

Let me count the ways.

You must buy a certain light bulb(Over reaching EPA and Fed. Regs),Gibson Guitar not allowed to purchase overseas stock(they were not outsourcing), to two thousand seven hundred pages later.

Thanks anyway.

Oh, by the way, Please tell Mr. Maher that yes the country needs health care reform, TRY opening up the states so I can buy my own ins. NOT goverment issued.

Thanks anyway.

NOW lets really talk, I don't belive I've had the pleasure of Ms. S. Fluke,SOOOO until I do She 'll just have to buy her own. Since she goes to that GREAT college and I'm unemployed,you and I know both know she can get her own stuff.

Thanks anyway.

One third of The House of Rep. WHO voter for this health care law are Gone(that never never land, by next Nov. one third of the Senate who voted for this two thousand seven hundred page SCREW UP will be gone(never never land).

You have three choices:

One) Leave the country,

Two) Live with it, Or

Three) change the country, WE changed it 2008 and we are going to change in 2012.

I AM Not voting for this sitting Pres.

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