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Lewisville City Council Notes - 7/20/2009

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/20 22:11:17 (867 reads)

This week's Council meeting was covered by T.J. Gilmore on his blog Thoughts on Lewisville

Nothing Earth-shattering this week.

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How to deal with unemployment-Don’t write a resume, write a business plan!

Posted by antithesis on 2009/7/16 18:30:00 (538 reads)

We all know someone who has been affected by the recession. Job losses, pay cuts and furloughs are becoming commonplace. The most recent data show 5.4 unemployed workers competing for each available job. Even for those still working, It just doesn’t pay to be an employee these days. Over the last 20 years, employers have embraced just-in-time labor management. The number of part-time workers has climbed to 9 million. The national average workweek for hourly workers is 33.2 hours-the lowest average work hours in 30 years. According to research by Columbia University economist Till von Wachter, anyone who’s entering the workforce for the first time or has lost their job during a recession will suffer significant and persistent wage losses for years.

When I lost my job over a year ago, I joined a few networking groups and attended job searching strategy workshops. I learned the science of resume writing and the art of interviewing. I’ve had casual conversations with MBA’s CPA’s PHD’s and PMP’s. Without exception, all the people I’ve met are highly educated and experienced professionals.

I can’t imagine how the economy continues to operate without all of these talented individuals contributing to our collective economic engine. It has occurred to me that our nation’s talent can’t depend on big business to get our economy’s engine started again. They've been wasting billions in working capitol gambling in the financial markets for the last decade. The traditional means of earning a living as a “wage slave” has eroded our sense of independence. Workplace and management consultant Michelle DeAngelis believes Americans sense of self-reliance has “been sucked into the vortex of job insecurity, mergers, upheaval of people at work, reduced income, [and] lost 401(k)s. Where it needs to reside is within each of us internally.
We must disconnect ourselves from the traditional ideas of work and wages.

The process of disconnecting ourselves from the corporate environment is already underway.
Business networking groups are springing up all over in the form of large and small gatherings of people who meet at restaurants, public buildings, and private residences. I counted over 50 of these groups in the DFW area. These groups connect small businesses, non-profits, sales representatives, managers, and even the British to exchange information, referrals and ideas. Social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are only tools for connecting people and opportunities.

For a really optimistic scenario about how this will affect our future, read Jump Point: How Network Culture is Revolutionizing Business by Silicon Valley guru Tom Hayes. He theorizes that the new economy will arrive at a single jump point by 2011, creating a new economy that will “function outside the traditional laws of commerce, free from today's impediments to business growth, and in a world where every person is connected to each other”.

It is up to us 6 million ex-employees to start up the economy from scratch. The first thing we need to do is be prepared to practice our skills by utilizing freelance or contract opportunities, volunteering, networking like crazy, and preparing our personal promotional plans. Join a business referral club even if you do not currently own a business. Just pretending to own a business is good training for the real thing. Create something real: Something to eat, wear, enjoy. Do something to help someone using your knowledge or compassion. Find a cause you believe in and you will find others to network with. We are at the beginning of yet another huge social and economic experiment. Let’s do the the best we can to make it work this time.

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Thoughts on Wednesday Night

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/16 3:26:15 (833 reads)

I killed it tonight. At one point, I had about 4 or 5 couples up dancing while I was singing. Again, I didn't win the contest, but hey, there's some good singers there. It's always fun to hang with my peeps and share the love of good beer and good music.

Can't wait. Leaving Friday. I found some members of an outlaw motorcycle gang to house-sit while I'm gone. They'll be mostly sitting around cleaning their guns the whole time.

Samantha, the Air Force is a good choice for you. I know you're nervous, and you may not agree with the mission, but just by serving, you are strengthening your country. Precisely because you do care about whether you're doing the right thing, your country needs you. I hope you'll keep in touch and let us know how it goes. I can put you in touch with other communications/ PR officers if you would like.

Okay, I fully admit that the Independence Day logo currently gracing the top of the website here is stale. I wanted to do some sort of "super summer" hot-as-hell logo, but couldn't find any graphics that suitably represented how damn hot it's been down here the past few weeks. Well, that and it's kind of a hassle to replace that graphic due to the way the site templates work. Anyhow, I'm always open to ideas. Who or what should we honor with a commemorative graphic next?

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Michael Burgess Draws Republican Primary Challenger for 2010

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/15 21:10:00 (2088 reads)

Keller resident, Earl Davis (R) has launched a campaign website announcing his run for U.S. House of Representatives:

Texas' 26th Congressional District is currently represented by Michael Burgess (R-Lewisville)

Davis, 56, will face Michael Burgess in the Republican primary election in March of 2010.

On the Democratic side, Denton attorney and former Denton County Democratic Party Chairman Neil L. Durrance has announced his candidacy, and Independent, Don Tracey of Keller is also in the race.

Bottom left: Rep. Michael Burgess
Bottom center: Neil L. Durrance
Bottom right: Donald Tracey
Top right: Earl Davis

Davis's MySpace page was inaccessible by Internet Explorer browsers as of today, but we grabbed the following campaign blurb:

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Texas Blog Roundup for Week ending 7/11/2009

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/13 13:01:13 (767 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

It's Monday and it's time for another version of the Texas Progressive Alliance weekly highlight reel.

Off the Kuff suggests that a pro-science PAC could do a lot of good, nationally and in Texas.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson reminds us that despite the brouhaha over transportation during the recently passed legislative session TxDOT is still broken.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is outraged at the way Texas Republican crony capitalism whips patients in hospitals and psychiatric facilities.

Nat-Wu at Three Wise Men takes a look at the nation's unemployment picture,and finds it's even worse than the numbers make it appear.

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Flag Protest Brings Rights Violation from Police

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/11 19:16:13 (814 reads)

Via A.P.:

WAUSAU, Wis. – An American flag flown upside down as a protest in a northern Wisconsin village was seized by police before a Fourth of July parade and the businessman who flew it — an Iraq war veteran — claims the officers trespassed and stole his property.

A day after the parade, police returned the flag and the man's protest — over a liquor license — continued.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin is considering legal action against the village of Crivitz for violating Vito Congine Jr.'s' First Amendment rights, Executive Director Chris Ahmuty said.

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Thoughts on Saturday

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/11 15:42:00 (1254 reads)

Auto Troubles
As I mentioned in my Facebook status earlier this week, I took my van in for service because it has been running rough. I wanted to get it in good shape before I go get the inspection updated.

I got some pretty bad news: One of the 6 cylenders only has about 75 PSI compression, where they should have about 175. The only option for my 10 year old Nissan Quest minivan is an engine rebuild - at a cost from $3,300 - $4,300. Since the van would only be worth about $4,000 - $5,000 in top shape, and since ours is definitely not in top shape, it would have been a losing proposition.

It still drives, and the A/C still works - but it probably won't last long with a cylender misfiring. And it's probably not good for the environment either.

As a last ditch effort - and perhaps a a rebellious streak of wishful thinking, I bought a can of some oil additive that is supposed to restore compression. At $5 a can for "Liquid Rebuilt Engine", it's worth a try.

There will soon be a rollout of a new federal program that will provide stimulus dollars to trade in clunkers like mine. If I understand it correctly, Uncle Sam might give me a $4,500 rebate towards a new car or lease as long as I hand over the van for scrapping, and get something with at least an extra 10 miles per gallon over the 18 MPG that the van was rated for.

On an unrelated note:
Van for sale: 1999 Nissan Quest GLE, Leather interior, captains' chairs, 3 row movable seats, power everything, disc changer, V-6 5 engine. Needs a small amount - just a little itty bit of work. Make offer. Email ses (at) whosplayin dot com.

New Car?
Although Mamask8z has been wanting a jeep, we both realize it is impractical at this point. Yesterday we did some online shopping and looked at the Toyota Yaris. I'm not sure what we'll ultimately end up with. I just want something durable.

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Updated energy policy - what do you think?

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/11 0:37:50 (830 reads)

Back in 2005, I published a blog with my top ideas for an energy conservation policy. It seems that since then, many of those ideas have been taken up and passed.

I'd like to take a fresh look at all of this and think about how we go forward now, moving towards a more sustainable usage and generation of the energy we need.

I'd like to think about how to do it not only in government, but in the private sector, and by asking citizens to do their part to conserve.

If you have an idea, post it in the comments below, email me, or catch us on Facebook. I think I'll try to share my ideas after I visit the energy summit.

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2009 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Summit & Fair

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/10 23:35:54 (1391 reads)

Sorry for the late notice on this, but Congressman Michael Burgess will be hosting a consumer-focused "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Summit and Fair" on Saturday, July 11th in Lewisville, featuring keynote speaker will be Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams.

There will be panel presentations to educate attendees regarding the importance of energy efficiency and conservation. Organizations will also be exhibiting their products and services to inform and equip families and businesses to wisely utilize, conserve and save on their energy costs.

When: Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Where: Killough Lewisville High School North
1301 Summit Avenue, Lewisville, TX 75077
Cost: Free to the public

Above is a hybrid diesel electric tractor displayed at last year's energy summit by Walmart.

Last year they even gave out some free Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs - despite Congressman Burgess' irrational fear of them.

We'll have someone there to report back on the event.

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Updated: More Congressional Town Hall Video - Inappropriate Campaigning

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/7/9 23:00:00 (3458 reads)

If you are a Democrat in a Red State, and you don’t necessarily fit a stereotypical image of one, then something you get used to is the occasional assumption by your more rabid right wingers that everyone around them agrees with their partisan way of thinking.

Being a white guy, with no visible tattoos or piercings, having a short haircut and clean shave and dressing fairly conservatively, I get to hear a lot of things that people wouldn’t normally say if they knew they were in mixed company.

While I am used to that, I don’t know that I can ever accept that kind of assumption in a taxpayer-funded forum such as a City Council meeting, School Board meeting, or Congressional Town Hall meeting. All of these forums are places where citizens and their elected leaders come together at government expense to discuss ideas and policy, and share information about what is going on.

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