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Earth Day, 2013

It’s Earth Day again! Time to start at least saving the environment for free if you haven’t been already, and maybe even plant some trees and donate to a worthy charity, like The Conservation Fund. If you want to know why I prefer The Conservation Fund, read this.

Want to do even more to save the environment? Start at home with this list of fifty ways to help the planet.

Now, get out of your home or office and spend some time outdoors, or at least watch this video if you can’t.

Where I Stand Politically

I am neither Democrat nor Republican, for both suggest that I may be stagnant on certain issues with an unwillingness to learn. Nor am I Moderate, Centrist, or any other political affiliation, for all suggest the same limitations.

I will never stop learning, and when my decision is required, I reach that decision logically after considering all available facts. I am a human being as fallible as any other, full of hope for what mankind can create and fear for what it can destroy, and I do not stand with, nor do I identify with, any particular political party.

Green Shipping?

Occasionally, I hear someone ask which shipping company is the most environmentally conscious. Look, the answer is simple. If you want to ship something in a “green” manner, just mail it. Why? Because the mail truck would have gone to the destination regardless.

Mail trucks deliver mail to the destination every day except Sunday, while most delivery services follow the same schedule but only travel to the destination when they have a package to deliver. No matter what kind of fuel they use or how high-tech their trucks are, two trucks will always release more carbon emissions than one truck, so choose the one that already has to visit the destination.

If environmental issues bug you too, please feel free to stop by Save the Environment for Free and Why I Chose the Conservation Fund.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Now that January 1st is upon us, it’s a great time to make sure that your browser is up-to-date, change your passwords, start a blog or start posting again if you have been neglecting your blog, and provide a mobile phone number for your WordPress.com account (if you have one) as an additional account recovery option.

MacManX.com had a great 2012, and I’m sure you’ll have a great 2013!

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“We’re interested in communication with extraterrestrial intelligence. Wouldn’t a good beginning be better communication with terrestrial intelligence?” – Carl Sagan

Election Day

Depending on your time zone, election day (November 6, 2012) is either here or fast approaching, which means that it’s time to vote. Make no mistake about it, this is an important election and the polls are still close.

If you haven’t already voted, don’t stay home today. Your vote does matter. Visit your polling place to vote or drop off your mail ballot if you forgot to mail it.

As always, please research each candidate so that you can make an educated, logical, and unemotional decision. Choose the candidate who has the best chance of giving you your ideal America.

An Important Election

If you’re a US citizen, you probably know that there’s an important election coming up. If you aren’t a US citizen, you’re probably laughing hysterically as the country tears itself apart every 4 years. Anyway, if you are a US citizen over the age of 18, you have an obligation to register and vote in this election. You may think that your desired candidate will win by a landslide, but the polls are much closer than that.

If you are not yet registered to vote, now is the time (if you haven’t already missed the deadline for your state), so that you can cast your vote by November 6th. Of course, registering is only half the battle. You really need to set some time aside to research everything that will be on the ballot, and I’m not just talking about the two top presidential candidates. I’m talking about every representative, senator, city council member, proposition, etc. You should set aside time to research them all.

As for the presidential candidates, I won’t tell you who to vote for, you get enough of that if you follow me on Twitter. I just ask that you research each candidate so that you can make an educated, logical, and unemotional decision. Choose the candidate who has the best chance of giving you your ideal America.

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Earth Day, 2012

It is once again time to celebrate Earth Day! If you haven’t been saving the environment for free, why not start today? Today is also the perfect day to plant trees and donate to a worthy charity, like The Conservation Fund.

Want to do more for the environment? This list of fifty ways to help the planet should offer plenty of inspiration.

At the very least, get out of the house and spend some time outdoors today. It’s a beautiful day today! And, if it isn’t, stay indoors and watch this video.

The Internet is Going Dark

One by one, sites across the whole internet are going dark in protest of two US Bills, PIPA and SOPA, which will essentially give the US entertainment industry the power to censor entire websites, remove them from search engines, and cripple their revenue for hosting copyrighted content (even the music playing in the background of your latest vacation video) or just not doing a good enough of job at blocking copyrighted content (say goodbye to YouTube). If you think that’s good for us, ask yourself what “a good enough of job at blocking copyrighted content” means to you, then ask if you think a judge would feel the same way. Can’t guarantee an answer? That’s the problem with PIPA and SOPA. They put the wrong power in the wrong hands.

This blog will be going dark along with many other sites from 8am to 8pm EST in what should hopefully be a powerful representation of what the future of the censored web could look like. If you want a taste now, head on over to Wikipedia, WordPress.com, or WordPress.org.

Take a minute to tell Congress that you won’t stand for such ridiculous actions. There are better ways to stop piracy than censoring one of the largest venues to freedom of speech that the world has ever known. If you have a WordPress.com blog, you can easily join the protest, and self-hosted WordPress.org bloggers can grab a plugin to join in as well.

If you want to know more about PIPA and SOPA, watch the video below.