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Direct Help

Tomorrow, I’m moderating a panel at a conference put on by Direct Help. Direct Help is a great idea- a way of directly helping people or organizations via the net. As they say:

Direct Help uses the communications power of the Internet to enable compassionate citizens to provide local nonprofit organizations with the specific items they need to help the people they serve. Local organizations provide people with the tools to succeed against the odds of their environment – from job training for low-income individuals to safe havens from city street gangs for children to baby care items for new moms that can’t afford them. Our role at Direct Help is to assist organizations in getting the supplies they need to continue to provide vital care for their communities.

I’m very much looking forward to learning more. If you see me there, say hi.

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Make everyone a small biz person

RatcliffeBlog: Business, Technology & Investing

Make everyone a small business person

… Rather than have the top five percent of Americans get a $1.35 trillion tax break, how about we all get to write off our health insurance and healthcare costs, just as businesses that provide benefits to employees do? It would result in a huge surge in disposable income (the government could mail out checks right away to make up for the monies sunk into health costs already this year) and would relieve small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of one of the most costly and unpredictable aspects of operating their business. It is, after all, the SMEs that drive most economic growth. And the money spent in response to lowered healthcare costs would provide far more tax revenue through multiplier effects than the cost of the healthcare tax deduction.

Right on, Mitch. Thank you for this.

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Here I am

Well, I’m here, blogging on MT. How about that?

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Sun, 27 Apr 2003 01:15:40 GMT

Good bye Radio, for now. I’m switching this blog to Moveable Type. Don’t take this as a vote against Radio.

I like a lot of Radio’s features, but I never use them since I’m never blogging at home, where my Radio install is located. I can get to Radio remotely, but I don’t really take advantage of the aggregator, the tools, anything.

I want a net-based solution I can get to from anywhere. I’d like Radio’s license to cover both my Home and Laptop machines, like many products do. I’d also like the settings to be held somewhere on the net so I could use them from home or the laptop. But that’s not the design, so I need to move on, for now. Thanks, Dave, Lawrence, and the rest of the userland crowd. See you soon.

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Mon, 21 Apr 2003 14:28:31 GMT

Mr. Personality decided to blitz Times Square this morning, where there must have been 100 or so masked butt ugly guys (how do I know- they were the ones in masks) giving out information for the new Fox “reality” show. (They don’t get a link since they don’t deserve it).

Now, I had thought it was illegal to walk around with a mask in New York, but apparently that law was overturned last year. While the law was intended to keep things like Klan rallys from happening, it would have been useful this morning, when you couldn’t go five feet without some masked butthead trying to assertively hand you a flyer.

The show is hosted by an american sweetheart, a woman who publically fell for “Mr. Personality” – hook, line, and cigar. Now, I had changed my opinion about Monica after seeing her HBO show. I’ve changed it back. She’s fallen for another line – “Baby, this show will make you famous.”

And another thought – if this was a show with WOMEN who had great “personality” but no face showing, and men making the decision, people would be all up-in-arms about it. Oh, wait, I forgot. That’s every singles bar in America after 2 am.