Tag Archives: Local

Let Criminal Justice Professionals, NOT Politicians, Decide on #GunViolence Solution in #StPaul

St Paul Trash: Yes Vote Won’t Raise Your Rent?

St Paul Trash: Vote No!

St Paul Trash & Force Mejure: $35 million Tax Increase?

City of St Paul should use EveryDollar Budgeting App

St Paul: Instead of Another Major Tax Increase of 17.4%, Just Sell our Private Data to Massive Corporations

Collecting Trash… and Your Data.

08/27/2019–St Paul, MN. With trash on the ballot this fall, November 5th, ordinance 18-39., Mayor Carter has issued a stark warning to his citizens: higher taxes for my mistake.

Astonishingly, this is the first time since taking office Mayor Carter has warned of tax increases, though while in office the taxes in St Paul have risen nearly 30 percent, he usually just makes it happen.

Warning of higher taxes and new (well, old) trash hauling freedoms and personal choice on the line, the only true way to atone this grave mistake of local government is to pay for it by giving out our private data to large corporations.

Perhaps, the city tracks our data through dumpster and electronic chips within them, the data is there currently–and probably already collecting valuable information on each resident of St Paul. This data is of HUGE value to retailers and profiteers, maybe multiple millions.

Our private information could be sold to pay off the $27 million mistake made by Carter and Co., making new taxes unnecessary and saving the city council and mayor countenance while appeasing their constituents.

It’s time to do what other big data companies like Facebook, the DMV, Twitter and Google are all doing: profiting off our personal data. It’s 2019 and the resources and technologies are there already.

The government of the city of St Paul has all that it needs to start benefiting off of its great idea of running trash, why wait? Moreover, profits could also supplement a citywide health care for all program.

Save the tax dollars and put them to our depleted roads and bridges. It’s time to sell the citizens data to pay for your immaculate ideology.

How spontaneously getting involved in a Grassroots Political Campaign helped me discover the most important thing in the world, let me explain

I am going to tell you what the most important thing in the world is in this post, are you ready?  Accordingly, by the time you are done reading this post you will have learned one of the most important concepts that there is to learn in life, it will feel good.  You will be improved and feel positive.  Let me start with by saying, I found this valuable idea by volunteering for a political party, doing grassroots campaign calls and giving surveys in my spare time.  That is where I found this important idea and why I want to share it with you.

I have never been more excited to share something that wasn’t a sales pitch.  Do you ever get this line from people?  I digress…  That is not what this essay is about, it’s about talking with random strangers on the phone about random strangers who may in a sense rule them and getting something actually human out of it.  Our country is divided into how many parties and there are people out there talking on the phone and reading scripts and sharing ideas.  (And people listen!)  Voice interaction, the old calling someone up and saying “Hello, is (person’s name) there?…  Mind answering a few questions???”

Calling, communicating, asking questions, these things leave an impression.  Impressions are called impressions because they they are pressed on the brain, indelibly hard to forget.  (When someone thinks their ideas matter that makes them feel good.)  I give them a name, tell them more names–familiar recognition, and even if they don’t want to speak to me or take the survey, they hear kindness and associate that kindness with me, with that party.  They hear my voice, some moniker that is a very familiar one–like John or Dan, and they remember that encounter at the voting booth.

For starters, I believe that is what this nameless grassroots campaign wants to happen.  I have read a few books on persuasion, and I realize that unforgettable first impression is exactly what they want to happen.  Blank canvas, hello, think, names, ok, yes, goodbye.  However, it can be difficult; cold callers have the hardest jobs out there because voices give away everything.  Nervousness, confidence, snark.  It’s not a Facebook post, it’s an interaction, in real-time.  The campaign manager wants to be blurt out the names as fast as I can, new names, old names, take a survey, etc.  Think on those memorable names.  And after that, I am surprised people say “yes” because I often say “no” to such surveys.

Remember, this is important.  Doing things in your free time for what you believe in is important, whether that be getting your candidate elected or helping to mentor someone in literacy.  Doing a social experiment for science is important, getting into politics or marketing with persuasion is important.  Going above and beyond a Facebook post or an ad-hoc spectacle or holding a sign proves that you realistically want to do something to make change, like, perhaps writing legislature.  (We’ve all been there.)

Sure, we can all make waves in a group, that is impressive as well, yet we can get carried away from what is deep within our hearts as individuals.

I thought about my little social experiment and it doesn’t matter the party, it doesn’t matter the ideas because they are all for political effect; insomuch as Thomas Sowell said about “rent control”, in Basic Economics:  I paraphrase, it’s all hot button issues, that’s it.  But aside from the hot button political issues, in the end the underdog is the ultimate American.  The one that believes in their values when the popular majority throws them out and calls them dogs, doubts them infinitely.  That is the time when believing in yourself and doing what other people call “stupid”, “idiotic” or “wrong” on social media is the most important.

In conclusion, the most important thing is to do what is most important to you, not what’s important to everyone else and what they think about it.  Don’t worry about a sea of vehement passionists screaming accolades so you fall in line, or shaming you so you steer off course.  Stick to your plan.  Believe in your goals.  Believe in yourself.  If you can change the political color of a state, or someone’s mind, and not need to feel endorsed by everyone with their Twitter likes or their Insta-approval then it means that you are doing something right and that is important.  Even hearing “No, I would not like to take your survey…” is important because that person is telling you how they feel and making a point for what matters to them.  That is the most important thing in the world.

More information:  https://ballotpedia.org/Minnesota_elections,_2018

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