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Briana Pierce
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Yay, Celina! Next up: Piano lessons and violin.  :)  You're doing great!
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Awesome!! 
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Something I am often confused by is assumptions of class status on the Internet. Frequently, an accusation is flung at me that I must be (and I'm paraphrasing here) a rich bitch who just doesn't understand life in the "lower classes," because I have a point of view somewhat contrary to theirs regarding taxation, employment, etc.

In fact, as anyone who actually knows my life story understands, I grew up in what could reasonably be termed abject poverty. Unlike most of the people that make these sort of comments comments, I actually suffered malnutrition and hunger as a child, lived in marginal housing or was homeless, my family got AFDC (a far kinder system than today's TANF, but still basically inadequate) and my mother worked under the table to pay the bills. I just barely escaped being a teenage mother; I birthed my daughter at 20, unmarried and underemployed. I've struggled a lot since then, working 78 hours a week at two jobs too stingy to pay for health insurance, the whole sad story of American poverty. However, I've also educated myself intensively, particularly focusing on food justice, social justice, poverty, and hegemony as areas of interest. I have these areas of interest because of my childhood.

That's why I feel confident when I make statements like this:

They're lying to you. A fair taxation system is good for society, not bad. (And no, the US taxation system is not particularly fair.)
They're lying to you. It doesn't matter how hard you work because you never had equality of opportunity like they promised.
They're lying to you. If you have money now, you don't "deserve" it. You got lucky. Sure, maybe you worked hard, but plenty of people work hard til the day they die and never have a bean.
They're lying to you. If they have money and you don't, that's not because they worked harder than you. See above.
They're lying to you. Cheap unhealthy food isn't a boon or a blessing, it's a curse. McDonalds is not your friend.
They're lying to you. There's plenty of money in the US government coffers to drive up demand, fix the broken economy, and get things going again, while fixing the shattered infrastructure everyone lives with today. What's missing is the political will to use it, which is too bad, since every day that passes with underutilized production capacity results in the permanent loss of that capacity. We're going to fall behind China not because the Chinese are such go-getters, but because of a total failure to put Americans back to work.

So next time you're ready to spout off at someone for an assumed class position, think about it a little harder. Also, do me a favor and next time you're in the ballot box, ask whose interests that politician is really representing before you tick the box.
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I am a friend of Ericka Haas. Google+ suggested I add you. I was curious, so I read the above post. Granted, this is the only thing I know about you, but I like what you said. The way you described what you experience, and where you see things from, describe an experience similar to my own.
By the way...in the 15th century, China could have ruled the world, but they decided it was more important to close their chapter on exploration and close the doors to traders. They essentially villainized the merchant class and blah, blah, blah. I agree that we have fouled up as a nation (through elected officials and lack of oversight) and we refuse to believe it.
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I have never been a "fan" of Steve Jobs; never purchased an Apple product; don't typically subscribe to sentiment over the death of cultural icons...

But this made me cry, it was so beautiful.

The way he lived his life reminds me of my husband, +Jeffrey Pierce . I love you. :)
At a memorial service for her brother, Mona Simpson recalled his love of beauty and his family, and his final moments.
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You're welcome - and love you too, Kat! :)
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Beautiful site, and great resource!
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One of my regular tools  :)
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Escaping Destiny by +Jeffrey Pierce has made the top 20 of all free fiction novels for Kindle! Woo-hoo!! Over 5,000 copies given away in the last 24 hours. :)
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Hidoi!!!!! :'(
But lol! I'd love to see mo's face when she sees them!
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Baka.
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If you are a writer for the ebook market, you should read this. It's disheartening. Pay close attention to the progression of incompatibility issues between the different generations of Kindles and how the Kindle 4 and Fire are continuing this dangerous move away from device longevity and compatibility. As a reader of the article commented, it would have been better for Amazon to adopt the universal EPUB format and add DRM than come up with yet another proprietary ebook format.

If you are not a writer, just a Kindle user, the article is a bit technical, but still worth your read. You pay good money for your books. You should understand what is at stake as Amazon moves forward, potentially leaving old Kindles behind.
Amazon introduces new Kindle eBook format and makes a major misstep. Posted by Guido ·. Oct 21. Yesterday, Amazon released information that with the introduction of the Kindle Fire tablet they will al...
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No. I only read paper books. But tbh, I don't read very much anymore. I'm not the bookworm I used to be. :(
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Work
Occupation
UX Designer, Professional Geek
Skills
Many and varied...
Employment
  • NIC Inc.
    UX Designer, 2014 - present
  • Sage & Scribe, LLC
    Owner, 2008 - present
  • Oregon Secretary of State
    Webmaster, 2010 - 2014
  • Wildwood, Inc
    Admin, Graphic Design, Entrepreneur, 2008 - 2010
  • Whole Foods Market, Winter Park, Florida
    Deli Technician, 2003 - 2005
  • Value Financial Services
    HR Assistant, 2005 - 2005
  • Honey Hollow Herb Nursery
    Web presence/PR, 2006 - 2011
  • Acorn Healing Arts
    Web presence/PR, 2005 - 2011
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Salem, Oregon
Previously
Bend, Oregon - Washington, USA - Ardee, Ireland - Orlando, Florida, USA - Wisconsin, USA
Story
Tagline
Village "Wise Woman" in training. :)
Introduction
The poet Adrienne Rich wrote, "So much has been destroyed I have cast my lot with those who, age after age, perversely, with no extraordinary power, reconstitute the world."

A professional geek by trade, I am passionate about reconstituting the world. Currently obsessed with nutrigenetics and personalized wellness, I'm looking forward to a fully-functional tricorder someday soon!
Bragging rights
Married to a published author and traditional shaman, have 4 children, can do pretty much anything I put my mind to (eventually)... :)
Education
  • Eastern Oregon University
    Business/Health & Wellness, 2012 - present
  • Mountain View High School
    1994 - 1998
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Gender
Female
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Friends, Networking
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Married
Other names
Briana Crenshaw