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  • Time to Pay Congress More? Nope

    About.com US Government Info
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D- Virginia) thought it was high-time members of Congress got paid more, but on April 2, a top congressional committee told him he was thinking wrong. Read Full PostTime to Pay Congress More? Nope originally appeared on About.com US Government Info on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 02:00:09.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

    Divided Under God
    Don Yonker, Contributor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Image courtesy indecisionforever.com One can only wonder if the phrase, “et tu, Brute” ran through Fred Phelps mind when the congregation he nurtured and, in most cases, literally spawned, excommunicated him from the Westboro Baptist Church.  The sense of betrayal must have been crushing. As Fred’s estranged son Nathan Phelps said, “They took the one thing that meant everything to the man…That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”  Nathan Phelps also reported that prior to his father’s death he had been moved to a new house and watched over so he would not harm…
  • Our Favorite Blogs Part 1: Cleantech

    Silicon Valley East
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Now that we are content creators in the local economic development realm, we have a growing appreciation for our “blog buddies” who are creating original content to cultivate interest, compile facts and stories, and to weave a compelling narrative around industry-focused trends. We’d love to introduce you some of our favorite thought leaders in different industries, starting this week with cleantech.
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    About.com US Government Info

  • Time to Pay Congress More? Nope

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D- Virginia) thought it was high-time members of Congress got paid more, but on April 2, a top congressional committee told him he was thinking wrong. Read Full PostTime to Pay Congress More? Nope originally appeared on About.com US Government Info on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 02:00:09.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • How to Close the Gender Pay Gap? Hire More Feds

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    If President Obama really wants to close the pay gap between men and women, he should replace government contract workers with regular federal employees, according to the largest union representing federal employees. Read Full PostHow to Close the Gender Pay Gap? Hire More Feds originally appeared on About.com US Government Info on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 02:00:29.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Older US Women May Face Financial Risk: GAO

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    As the percentage of the U.S. population that is married continues to decline, so do the chances of remaining financially secure in their "golden" years for many American women, according to the Government Accountability Office. [Learn more...]...Read Full Post
  • You Are Not a Jerk, But

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    You may have been jerked around by Jerk.com, a social media website that labeled millions of people a "jerk," then tried to charge them money to improve their image, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Read Full PostYou Are Not a Jerk, But originally appeared on About.com US Government Info on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 02:00:32.Permalink | Comment | Email this
  • Congress Is Breaking Again

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Easter is next Sunday, April 20, and while most Americans who observe it will spend a day or two at most doing so, the entire U.S. Congress began its annual Easter break on April 10 and won't get back to doing "the peoples' work" until April 28. Read Full PostCongress Is Breaking Again originally appeared on About.com US Government Info on Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 02:00:11.Permalink | Comment | Email this
 
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  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

    Don Yonker, Contributor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Image courtesy indecisionforever.com One can only wonder if the phrase, “et tu, Brute” ran through Fred Phelps mind when the congregation he nurtured and, in most cases, literally spawned, excommunicated him from the Westboro Baptist Church.  The sense of betrayal must have been crushing. As Fred’s estranged son Nathan Phelps said, “They took the one thing that meant everything to the man…That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”  Nathan Phelps also reported that prior to his father’s death he had been moved to a new house and watched over so he would not harm…
  • Twisting Freedom of Religion Into Religious Freedom

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Image courtesy thinkprogress.org If there is a single unifying theme that spans the entire career of the late, great comedian George Carlin, it is the importance of the words we use.  As far back as his original list of the seven words you can’t say on television, he spoke of the power of words, and warned us all that those who would manipulate language can easily manipulate thoughts. I was reminded of the relevance of Carlin’s warnings during the recent fight over the nameless Arizona SB 1062 bill, which Governor Jan Brewer (thankfully) vetoed.  This was the bill that would have…
  • A Dying Fred Phelps Will Be Silent — Let’s Keep It That Way

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images In the mid-1990s, I was one of the owners of the Humor listserv centered out of the University of Georgia, which was dedicated to sharing humorous anecdotes and jokes of all kinds, via email, in those early days of the Internet.  There were two groups of people in this particular listserv: those who received the humor emails, and those authorized to post the jokes.  My responsibilities included monitoring the traffic and analyzing and reporting on statistical trends associated with the subscribers.  This position made me…
  • AHA Forces Removal of Memorial Cross — Atheist Community Divided

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Image courtesy of Christian Post On March 6th, AnnMarie Devaney of Riverside, CA was forced to remove a 5-foot tall cross from a Lake Elsinore roadside — a memorial to her son that had been in place for almost two years.  The cross was on government property and had been ordered to be removed in January but, as of early March, was still in the place where Devaney’s son, Anthony, was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street in 2012. After receiving complaints from residents, the American Humanist Association wrote to government officials in Lake Elsinore, urging them to…
  • FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    He’s at it again. Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth And Helen Mirren.  (Chance are, those of you who clicked that Buzzfeed link saw the picture and then thought…
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  • Our Favorite Blogs Part 1: Cleantech

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Now that we are content creators in the local economic development realm, we have a growing appreciation for our “blog buddies” who are creating original content to cultivate interest, compile facts and stories, and to weave a compelling narrative around industry-focused trends. We’d love to introduce you some of our favorite thought leaders in different industries, starting this week with cleantech.
  • Taking Back our Agora. And Other Wisdom from Retail Experts

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Let’s just get this out of the way first. For those of you who don’t know what an “agora” is, it’s defined by Wikipedia as “a central spot in ancient Greek city-states … and the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual, and political life of the city.” After decades of urban planning exercises (and sometimes even contortion) to segregate where we live, where we work, and where we shop, there is a movement afoot to increasingly co-mingle these activities – and that’s where today’s retail is thriving. This was a prevailing theme as the retail industry descended on Fremont…
  • Spicing up Fremont’s Innovation District – Q&A with Spicely Organics Co-Founders

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Lest you think that innovation is relegated to the science and electronics industries, Spicely Organics is proving that new approaches in the food industry are contributing to, and advancing how we approach both health and manufacturing. We recently met with Spicely Co-Founders John Chansari and Clara Bonner at their Fremont manufacturing facility where we learned about their secret ingredients for success.
  • Learning by Listening - Lessons From Our First Small Business 'Walk About'

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    When it comes to small business, we are thinking big in how we connect with this important part of our local economy. Building on an already robust Business Appreciation Visit program, we have begun business district ‘walk abouts’, where we visit as many local businesses as possible within an afternoon. We recently partnered with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and members of the Centerville Business & Community Association (CBCA) to pilot this concept in Centerville, where we met with nearly 60 businesses.
  • Q/A With CleanTech Open’s Ken Lee

    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you have been following us for a while, then you know that Fremont’s a major hub for the clean tech industry - a status that was highlighted last year when we partnered with the Cleantech Open to host its 2013 Western Regional Finals. The Cleantech Open is the world’s largest clean technology accelerator. Founded in 2006, it is fast approaching $1B in the amount of funding received by the companies that have participated in the accelerator program. We recently sat down with Ken Lee, Cleantech Open’s new Metro Director, East Bay to see what plans they have in store for our region.
 
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