39 Days of Prayer – Day 28

Day 28 – Sharing the Love

I thank you, Goddess/God/Spirit

for the many blessings you have given me

And I thank you

for giving me the opportunity today

to share those blessings with others.

I know that you work through people, Goddess/God/Spirit

And I dedicate myself as an example of your goodness.

Whether it is family, friend, or stranger who is in peril

I will listen for your voice and instruction,

and do my best to supply them with the support they need

so that they may feel your presence in their life.

Thank you, Goddess/God/Spirit

for this chance to serve you.

Blessed be.

E-reader Price Wars

While we move even further into a technological age…while we each try to live greener, many of the devices that would help us to do so are still pretty steep for the average person. In fact, how many of you out there would just LOVE to own an E-reader, so that you can get books NOW, save travel to the book stores, and don’t have to feel guilty about destroying a tree for something you may only read…onc

 

Well until there are more to choose from, then E-readers can go as steep as they want. However, today, times, they are a’ changin’.

Amazon hold onto your Kindle because your competition just stepped up to the plate. Borders has announced that they WILL be releasing their own line of Readers—all different prices—all different types and grades.

 

The e-reader news that can bring cheers to e-book lovers is the recent announcement by Borders that they would launch 10 new models of e-readers towards the end of this year, which they hope will lead to a positive affect on their image and bring its status up a notch. So to the Books, Music and Cafe mentioned above, you can add E-Reader as well. Its not that the electronic readers are anything new to them. They did stock the Sony e-readers for a few years in a row. The bookseller has a new offer, presenting the Aluratek Libre e-Book Reader Pro at a price as low as $119. In a press release, the bookseller stated that this is “significantly lower in cost than many e-readers now available.”  Border has developed a tactic which covers the various price ends, by beginning with a low rate of $100. Also, their decision to sell the Libre is in addition to the Kobo which they had unveiled just last month. Also, the price at which the Libre is made available is $30 less than the Kobo e-reader. SOURCE

 

Now what does this mean? It means that the MORE companies create, the more they upgrade, the more they better the product, the more they will compete. And the more they compete, the less E-readers will come to cost. Don’t believe me?

Think about how much a Desktop computer used to cost, or what a Laptop or Notebook was, and now how much is it? You can buy Notebooks at Walmart now (catching sales etc) for a little over $200.00.

And while some people still prefer the feel of an actual book in their hands, I am pretty sure they will even end up with an E-reader some day. Why? Steals and Deals for one and the ability to grab a book immediately. Convenience.

As a group of "hip grannies’ (their nickname) told me at a Borders one day,

"We realized that the less books we had, the less we had to dust and the less space we needed. So, we bought an E-reader. And now if we REALLY like the book, we buy it in print."

These ladies even had a system to it all, on whether they would buy the book in print. If they read the book more than twice, then they would buy it up in print. If it was a series that they couldn’t get enough of, then they would buy it in print. If it was an author that they were fans of…print.

But even still, they would buy the books for their E-readers FIRST. Why? Well they claimed they didn’t have to wait. One even said that at first, she got her granddaughter to download it for her, but now she is a ‘cool- thinking- cat’ and can do it herself with no probs.

So, eventually, everyone will make the shift, I think, in one form or another. But first, the prices need to drop. And by the looks of what is brewing on the horizon…they are.

Give em hell Borders! Give em hell!

 

 

P.S.

And thanks to those hip grannies, who I just fell madly in love with.

 

C.H. SCARLETT
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Ancient Calendar: June 19, 2010

Today, in Ancient History, the Greeks had a festival titled The Day of All Heras. While later, Greek writers and powers that be tried to make Hera as a jealous Goddess who would only protect the women who did not have an affair with her husband, Zeus, I went digging awhile back and found a different side of her.

Extra info taken from:

Ancient Calendar: June 12, 2010

Hera, being the so-called jealous wife of Zeus—since he couldn’t keep from messin’ around.

However, with a little research, I dug up some things not so common in popular myth.

Hera, believed to be the same as earlier Goddesses predating Gods, was believed to have originated in early Aegean civilizations (along with Rhea–pre Hellenic).

Queens who ruled by her name, carried the title Hiera "Holy One."

According to Barbara G. Walkers "The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets", Hera was originally the Mother of the Gods, subordinate to no one, and a Great mother who made kings AND gods. In fact, Zeus was not as ancient as she, but that would be changed once writers began to pen something different.

It wasn’t until Greek Authors attempted to make a male deity older and stronger—Zeus, that Hera became a jealous wife and woman. The arguing between Hera and Zeus seems to be symbolic of the arguing between the cults of that time–patriarchal & matriarchal–who battled over the truths of Hera and of other gods & goddesses.

As a trinity, she was Hera, Hebe, and Hecate. (Representing the moons–New, full, and old– Virgin of Spring, Mother of Summer, destroying Crone of Autumn.

Hera spread through Europe and even the Saxon’s made worship of her at Heresburg (Hera’s Mount) known to be the phallic column of the world.

Some sources claim Hera’s name may have meant He Era, the earth.

 

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Obama Internet ‘Kill Switch’

One of the best things about our day and age is the fact that information is so easily accessible. Let’s face it, if one news station refuses to report something or does so in a different manner, then we can Google up all other news stations and find out the scoop elsewhere.

If we want to know what is going on in the UK, then it is so easy to find friends who live there. If we want to know what the weather is like in California–again, so very easy to know.

If a natural disaster strikes, if someone coughs three states away, if a Senator spits west rather than south…we will know because the internet is the new grapevine—a much faster one at that.

 

But that could change…because Obama and all those who support him wish to create a Kill Switch. This is a frightening thing for many reasons. This isn’t some sort of conspiracy, either. This is actually going on RIGHT NOW. We know that many in Washington has sought control over the internet many times. We all know that the internet has caused more than a few organizations to wig out. But now, they might actually get SOME control….and at this point, I am unsure as to what to think about it.

 

 

Senators Lieberman, Collins, and Carper have proposed cyber security legislation that would require Internet service providers and search engines to develop a "kill switch" to shut down entire swathes of the Web, or even the whole Internet, at the president’s order. Is this systemic control-alt-delete a smart security measure or a potential freedom of information overreach? SOURCE

 

Too Much Government Power The Huffington Post’s Bianca Bosker writes, "It would also see the creation of a new agency within the Department of Homeland Security, the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications (NCCC).

 

 

 

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C.H. Scarlett

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The car mindset

People who have cars get into the habit of using them. They are easy, convenient things, and just popping out to fetch something is so simple when you have one. I watched a fellow parent send her bloke out, by car, to a shop ten minutes up the road to get a packet of parsley sauce. The shortest journeys are the least efficient. I know plenty of parents who drive their kids to school, when the distances are entirely walkable. People with cars get used to thinking of the car as something it is fine to use.

People who design towns (and tend to have money) and people who decide where resources will be, tend also to think in terms of cars. Lots of people, due to age, poverty, infirmity or lack of inclination, do not own cars. Living in a culture which assumes you can and will drive places, makes this very hard. It is also unfair, pushing marginalised people further out to the edges. This particularly means younger folk, who cannot drive. If we build housing where there is no access to shops, or schools, give people a minimal or non-existent bus service and leave them to it, the results are not good.

In rural parts of the UK, it’s almost impossible to get by now without a car as the most basic of services have long since left the villages and are being pulled out of the small towns as well. Bus services in the countryside are thin and not very frequent.

Cars facilitate commuting, and people give insane amounts of their lives to driving about from one place to another. The time spent driving is time we never get back. Sitting in queues is a miserable business. They might profess to be convenient, but cars facilitate a way of living that takes far more away from us than it gives back.

This is not entirely a rant against car ownership. It’s a rant about the culture we build around cars, the centralisation of them in the way society is structured, the assumption that everyone can access them.

Being car-less is hard work. Buses do not run when you need them, or where you need them outside of cities. Feet will get you around, but how far can you walk? How much can you carry home from the shops when it all has to go on your shoulders?

For the majority of human history, we did not have cars, and life without them was entirely possible. Most people believe that cars give them freedom and independence. They cost a fortune to run. They are the most dangerous thing most people routinely tangle with. A lot of people die on the roads every year. They are noisy, and they belch out pollution. They currently run on oil and the oil will run out. Long term, they aren’t going to be viable.

It might be sensible to start looking for alternatives now, while we have the time to explore it, and start re-structuring our lives and communities so that car use is not at the heart of all ‘normal’ life.