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Would this phone appeal to you as a parent for your 5-12 year old child?  I think it could have some advantages for keeping kids in contact without helicopter parenting for only $15/month.  Thoughts?
Features:
Double-button for 911, alarm if cord is pulled
Restricted outbount to up to 20 contacts, up to 50 preset texts
Hours restrictions for outgoing calls/texts
Parental Controls
Notifications to the parent for low battery, power off, panic button, excess speed, and awake/moving after sleep hours.
Rugged (12 foot drop)
Water Resistant
Track location via web site.
Silence mode for school hours.

h/t +Kelly Lucia 
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Civilization 6: Beyond Earth trailer.  It's like they knew it was my birthday today and gave me something. :)  

(I got chills)

And everything you want to know about Civ Beyond Earth here: 
http://www.gameinformer.com/games/civilization_beyond_earth/b/pc/archive/2014/04/12/civilization-beyond-earth-announced-here-s-everything-you-want-to-know.aspx 
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Maybe. Hllspwn.  But I threw it in there.
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The iconic XP background was a photograph.  And here's the story of it.  Very neat.  Yes, it includes what the view looks like today (toward the end)
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I am very torn on this. The principle is sound; people should be able to do what they want with their money and speak as they wish. But the result is extremely corrupting of the political system. So I tend to think this is a bad idea.   I think Citizens United was worse because it has more impact on individual races. That is, RichGuyX can spend a billion dollars attacking CandidateX whereas this maintains that he can only give $5k per individual candidate.  Still not good.
#SCOTUS   #campaignfinancereform   #citizensunited   #kleptocracy  
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Now, now, obfuscation benefits no one.
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I put a quarter in the siren. Ten minutes later, I was on the scene. It was a normal office building, strangled by public sidewalks.
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Wow. I get that it's supposed to be a lampoon of a political viewpoint, but it's like he didn't even TRY to understand it first... just charged forward with every straw man, misconception and deliberate misrepresentation he had heard on MSNBC or could invent whole-cloth. The effect was not funny over here.
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I've seen the term "Spy Wednesday" at least five times today from Catholic friends. I looked it up, I know what it means, but I find it interesting that I, as a decently educated Catholic, have NEVER heard this term before, and now it's everywhere.
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I think I first fell on the term when I was in RCIA and I didn't "get" the Triduum yet.  

I knew that Thursday was called Holy Thursday, Friday, good Friday and I was wondering if there was a name for Wednesday of Holy Week and looked it up.
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Eternal questions....
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You never know what strange crunchy Californians come up with.  https://www.google.com/search?q=green+apple+juice
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The most rational discussion I've seen of the Mozilla CEO flap. This is written by a liberal.

TLDR version: if people can be fired for their political views, people are going to stop making political statements and contributions. That's bad for everyone.

FTA:
"Consider an issue like abortion, which divides the country in a particularly intense way, with opponents earnestly regarding it as the murder of an innocent baby and many abortion-rights supporters earnestly believing that a fetus is not a human life, and that outlawing it is a horrific assault on a woman's bodily autonomy. The political debate over abortion is likely to continue long past all of our deaths. Would American society be better off if stakeholders in various corporations began to investigate leadership's political activities on abortion and to lobby for the termination of anyone who took what they regard to be the immoral, damaging position?

It isn't difficult to see the wisdom in inculcating the norm that the political and the professional are separate realms, for following it makes so many people and institutions better off in a diverse, pluralistic society. The contrary approach would certainly have a chilling effect on political speech and civic participation, as does Mozilla's behavior toward Eich.

Its implications are particularly worrisome because whatever you think of gay marriage, the general practice of punishing people in business for bygone political donations is most likely to entrench powerful interests and weaken the ability of the powerless to challenge the status quo. There is very likely hypocrisy at work too. Does anyone doubt that had a business fired a CEO six years ago for making a political donation against Prop 8, liberals silent during this controversy (or supportive of the resignation) would've argued that contributions have nothing to do with a CEO's ability to do his job? They'd have called that firing an illiberal outrage, but today they're averse to vocally disagreeing with allies."

#mozilla   #firefox   #eich   #gaymarriage  
The forced resignation of Brendan Eich will have a chilling effect on political discourse.
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+Nathan V Actually, I love that requirement.  I wish it was nationwide.  Because companies can't actually donate money to candidates, so what ends up happening is that you get bundling from a particular company, which basically amounts to bribes.
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Stanley Cup Stolen!

(5 minutes, it's hilarious)
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When we say "We're all sinners", we're not kidding.  

Pope, leading by example.
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I don't mind conversations going where they go +Ambrose Little .  Hope you feel less ornery soon.
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Windows Systems Engineer
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  • CareFirst
    Lead Systems Engineer, 2010 - present
  • Johnston McLamb
    IT Manager, 1998 - 2010
  • Entevo/Querisoft
    Systems Engineer, 1997 - 1998
  • Intelicom USA
    Service Manager, 1994 - 1997
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Fairfax, VA
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Arlington, VA - Steubenville, OH - Baltimore, MD
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I'm a Catholic father, husband, and Windows systems engineer been active online since 1988.  I'm increasingly distributist these days as I sour on the poor options we have in the world today.  My hobbies have, at one time or another, included the military, theater, theology, computers, law enforcement, firearms, and family. Pretty much sum up my interests by the career goals I've had.
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"I can make Windows do backflips."
Education
  • Wakefield High School, Arlington, VA
    1986 - 1991
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH
    1991 - 1992
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
    1991 - 1992
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Kardinal