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Imprisoned Women Singing Their Song raises the question, Who Are We?
The ten women in this chorus have all been sentenced to life in prison. They share a moving song about their experiences — one that reveals their hopes, regrets and fears. "I'm not an angel," sings one, "but I'm not the devil." Filmed at an independent TEDx event inside Muncy State Prison, it's a rare and poignant look inside the world of people imprisoned with no hope of parole. (Note: The prison's Office of Victim Advocacy has ensured that vict...
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Wealth Inequality in America 6 minutes to jar us into reality.  

But even the title is terribly misleading because commonly misunderstood.  America, a name.  Is the United States of America, America?  Really!!  Hey Canada where are you? 

9 out of 10 us in the US are actually NOT living in the real world.

If you view this video, it will be followed by a Nick Hanauer TED Talk: "Rich people don't create jobs" present on May 2012 and viewed by nearly 1.3 million.  More than 2 years yet the forces at work cannot be turned by 1.3 million unless united.  Then they become a force to reckon with.  Briefly there was "Occupy Wall Street."

The real movement is to educate the 9 out of 10 of us in the US to understand, know, evaluate, and act on what we have come to know to be real.  Finally, as Nick Hanauer stated so clearly, the results would be of enormous benefit for the rich, the middle class, the poor, and because we are in the US, the rest of the world.
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Software ?
Is there any software that will name a file in Windows 8.1 and that name will be recognized by iTunes?  

I have a number of podcasts obtained from websites and I want to organized them by file names.  If I name them in Windows, ITunes recognizes a different name.  And when I named them in ITunes, Windows doesn't recognize them.

Can anyone help me with this problem?
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Nate Silver, backed by ESPN, opens up a new vista on journalism. This is worth following to increase the odds of staying ahead of the curve.
FiveThirtyEight is a data journalism organization. Let me explain what we mean by that, and why we think the intersection of data and journalism is so important. If you're a casual reader of FiveTh...
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@timoreilly: Elizabeth Warren: 'We Face A Clear Danger' In Campaign Finance Supreme Court Case http://huff.to/1h6zydD via @HuffPostPol
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Professor Lessing presents formidable arguments on the very understanding of corruption held by our Founding fathers. It will be interesting to see how the conservative justices respond to his arguments.
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This analysis of de Blasio's victory and its implications for changing our political landscape is very intriguing
Bill de Blasio’s win in New York’s Democratic primary isn’t a local story. It’s part of a vast shift that could upend three decades of American political thinking. By Peter Beinart
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Yesterday in downtown San Francisco there was one probably homeless crazy man who had climbed on top of the light post. There were at least a dozen police officers (probably more) who cordoned off over one block of the financial district to observe this person and direct traffic around the yellow tape. We will spend tax dollars one way or the other. I'd be thrilled to see an honest to goodness safety net be demanded by the public at large.
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From recordings obtained by Al Jazeera you can read “Use all that is permitted by the law. I think you all understand,” Ibrahim said. “Whatever is permitted by the law, use it without hesitation, any slight hesitation, from water to the machine gun.”  This might prompt reading the rest despite its obvious political position.  There is, in my opinion, truth  to be garnered from all who engage.

And we [US] support this!  It seems impossible for nations to be governed by  any meaningful moral standard.  It's  *Realpolitik* or  nothing.
Mass protests could leave the US-backed Sisi dictatorship "helpless" unless they were crushed, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim warned subordinates last year.
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No Slow Lane
Sen. Al Franken's short video addressing Net Neutrality.  "The free speech issue of our day"  Indeed it is.  

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I just signed a petition started by Colin Mutchler on Peers.org to protect the sharing economy and entrepreneurs' access to the Internet. After a court ruling last week, big telecommunications companies could create tiers of service and data speeds that will disadvantage small, homegrown websites.

Click here to sign Colin's petition, too: http://campaigns.peers.org/petitions/save-the-open-internet-for-peer-to-peer-startups?sp_ref=41817794.84.2161.e.0.2&source=email_sp
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Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.

Listen to the introduction and I think you might find time to listen to the rest of the story, our story ...
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The Path to Sustainable Development

An hour long video that needs to be viewed by many.  The challenges Jeffrey Sachs summarizes invite an enormous cooperative venture for all of us no matter the concrete location of our individual lives.  Each of us is confronted with a rather simple question, what am I to do?  Of course the answer is far from simple.
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it needs to be viewed to explain to the masses the origins of the word sustainable development. Its a large Trojan horse of full blown communism and the end of many freedoms in the united states.
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I am in Jerusalem and had heard of this attach days ago but finally the NYT presents its account
The attack has brought widespread condemnation on President Bashar al-Assad's government, and it is shaping up as an inflection point for a war that has been grinding on for more than two years.
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Pope Francis

Another in the a growing list of the ordinary things this Pope does that makes him extraordinary.  Who could believe?
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Working to understand the source of the opposed differences between persons and group. Working toward effective ways to shape the dialogue. Doing this in a practical way in an Adult Scripture Study Group, www.levelofourtimes.org. The challenge for all of us is To Rise to the Level of our Times
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    Retired, present
  • Pathway Caring For Children
    Chief Administrative Officer, 1994 - 2009
  • Walsh University
    Adjunct Teacher: Philosophy, Theology, Business Administration, 1978 - 2007
  • Park Farms
    Training Director, Human Resource Director, 1980 - 1990
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Introduction

Bio A few words about my background. I grew up in the 1940's in a first generation Italian family that from hindsight is the foundational shape of all that I have become. After Catholic grade and high school, I went off to the seminary in 1959. Over the next 12 years I earned masters degrees in philosophy and theology. After ordination in 1967 I functioned as a Catholic priest for 10 years in parish and educational ministry. I married Susan in 1979. For the next 30 years I worked in education, in government, and in both the for profit and not for profit sectors of our economy, retiring in 2009. Susan and I are still married thirty two later. We are parents of five birth children, two adopted children, three grandchildren, and were also foster parent for 10 years. Since 1974, a momentous moment in my history, I was invited by the soaring though of Bernard J. Lonergan SJ. to a commitment to live a life in open search for and commitment to the truth; an absolutely pivotal moment.  I remain active in community and parish.

More detail: In my Italian upbringing, I was taught that there were two kinds of people: Italians and everyone else. Catholics and everyone one else.  It was a narrow view, obviously, but very secure. My neighborhood was inner city and interracial but I had not idea that it was so.  My friends were simply Charles, Charlie, Snowball, Timmy, Babe, etc. At age five, I decided to attend a Catholic school about 6 blocks from home.  No one in our family had ever done that before. The public school was down the end of the block. Why go anywhere else? To this day, I'm not sure how I pulled that off but I did. It was the first of a series of momentous decisions. If you happen to believe, you would say it was the hand of God at work.

All my education was in Catholic institutions: grade school, high school, college, graduate and post graduate school. Contrary to what one might think, that education opened me to a vast world extending back thousands of years and covering the globe. After earning my BA, I spent four years studying theology without a degree but along the way I earned an MA in philosophy from Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio and an MA in Moral Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. I also was a few credits short of an MA in Liturgy at Notre Dame University, Indiana when the diaconate called me to service in the summer of 1966. During the 10 years I functioned as a Catholic priest, in addition to typical parish ministry, I taught grade school, high school, mostly adult education, and eventually at the university level. I also had the privilege of serving for a number of years as a representative of my classmates on the priest council, a newly formed reality of the 1960's. It was a ministry filled with the real dialectic [the concrete and the contradictory] as is all of human living. It was in the midst of this dialectic that I came to the realization of the truly contradictory.  I believed that I was being called not only to the Sacrament of Holy Orders but also to the Sacrament of Matrimony. That was back in 1974 and I have attempted to live that contradiction every since.  Another momentous decision.  Now if you believe, the question of God at work is challenged.  Does God do such things?

My married life is its own story. Our children are now all adults. I wish I could tell you about each of them and their lives.  We are grandparents. We continue to have special relationship with our adopted children. We no longer foster but while we did, I learned a lot about me. Our house was always filled with others. My mother as she recovered from open heart surgery which had its own role to play in my life. Other relatives who would come to stay for a month or a year. Exchange students from all over the world blessed our home and enriched our life.

We lived in an extraordinary neighborhood of working class families on what was thought of as "the other side of town." How little they knew. Besides our involvement in parish life, there has been almost always a faith community gathering in our home. At the beginning there was L'Chaim (Hebrew, “to life,”) I think, and now there is the Sant Egidio Community; its own marvelous story. But perhaps the most meaningful has been an event that has occurred every year for 30+ years when 20 or so persons have gathered to celebrate a Seder on Holy Thursday. When Bill and Norma now in their late 80's arrive from Michigan.  Wow!!

As I mentioned in my summary, to earn a living, I taught intermittently at Walsh University from 1978 through 2008, I worked as a manager in a government program, CETA [Comprehensive Employment and Training Act] from 1978 - 1980, from 1980 - 1990 I was employed by a mid size corporation as Director of Personnel and then as Director of Training. I then moved into the social service world, spending 14 years from 1994 through May of 2009 as what ultimately came to be titled, Chief Administrative Officer. I was to learn about the world of abused, abandoned, neglected children, therapeutic foster care, the utter significance of the first two years of life, that not all moms were like my mom or my wife, and what it means to care for children who at the very center of their existence is profound fear. What a revelation; another major change. About 10 years ago I started teaching a small adult scripture study group at the local parish which has grown in number and interest year by year. I found myself also teaching in the parish RCIA program.  A number of individuals who experienced the RCIA program have been motivated to continue their educational growth as members of the adult scripture group.  In fact, it was one of them that suggested I take the scripture study on line.

Intellectual curiosity was a gift given to me from my earliest age. It is that curiosity that has driven me in a number of ways. Almost every year since 1974 I have attend a week long Lonergan Workshop held at Boston College. I have been captivated by his thought, have worked to achieve some level of self-appropriation in his cognitional theory. Scholars from all over the world gather, and I was to discover my modest presence within that global group. I have read most of the published works of Lonergan and struggled through Insight, a seminal work, maybe eight times or so. Only biblical studies has occupied more of my reading. Susan has somehow created space for me to read about an hour or two a day nearly every day of my adult life.

Bragging rights
See introduction. Why brag about what has been given to you. So did you choose to be born, did you choose your parents, did you choose your sex, your ethnicity, your country of origin, the period of your birth. And of all that you are today, how much did all that which you had no choice over influence, mold, provide the opportunities for which you can have bragging rights.
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Youngstown OH - Cincinnati, OH - Ashtabula, OH - Girard, OH - Salem, OH - Louisville, OH - Chicago, IL - Canton, OH - San Giovanni,Amantea Calabria Italy