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"National Defense Authorization Act"

I've been trying to keep any political stuff out of the OBTJ but, since the media has nearly completely blacked this out, I know it needs to get in front of as many folks as possible.

Last Week, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill allowing American citizens to be detained - indefinitely, without ANY due process and for ANY reason - on American soil. Please read:

Business Insider

Then, contact President Obama. Tell him if he doesn't make good on his promise to veto, he'll be moving out of the White House in January 2013. It's time for him to stop making empty promises! If he reneges, our Bill of Rights is shredded once and for all!

Contact the White House

"Watch Those Ads!"

I've been seeing a lot of ads for Search Engine Optimization, lately. They all claim to get you on the first page of Google. Just a quick warning ... If these hot shots hook more than 12 customers (collectively), SOMEONE ain't gonna be on the first page! Be forewarned before spending your hard earned money here.

"A Great Speech"

On November 22, Dan Rather received the Committee to Protect Journalists' Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

I think you'll both enjoy and be surprised at what he had to say:

Dan Rather's Talk

Tech Companies Lobby Congress

This is just ridiculous! Be sure to read:

Full Article

Where do you stand on these issues?


Business Insider
Chamber of Commerce - on the Web - Government Contacts
San Francisco Chronicle


"Google's on the Move"

As you'll see below, Google is - once again - giving us busy work. At this point, I STILL don't know what to think about Google +, even though I set up a page. Probably because, once I set it up, I promptly forgot all about it.

It's seems the entire lives of online business owners is ruled by Google. I long ago gave up paying much attention to them.

If I tried to stay on top of everything they'd like me to do, I wouldn't get anything done but work on Google! They make it impossible for you to set anything up properly and have it hold!

So, here's the latest from PC Magazine:

"Google Quietly Rolls Out Google+ Badges"

"Google said Wednesday that businesses and brands-and especially publishers-might benefit from the Google+ badge, an indicator of how many people are following a page."

PC Magazine

Let us know what you think in the "Comments."


PC Magazine

Paid Links

"Paying Publications to Link"

I saw a most interesting article last week, and I think all web site owners should be aware of it. Frankly, it's the most asinine thing I've seen in a long time, but it could get real serious, real fast.

"Should You Have to Pay to Link?" was about paying publications to LINK to their content just as if you were republishing it.

Seriously? Afraid so.

I'm linking to the article below. I'd sure be interested in what YOU think about it!

Pay to Link?

Would you pay a publication to link to an article? Let us know what you think in the "Comments."


WebPro News

Taking Stock

"Time to Regroup?"

I wonder if it's time for us to look at ourselves and figure out who we are. We have been our jobs - our homes - our cars - our electronics. We have also been easily pushed around, led like sheep by our politicians to a downfall of our way of life.

Why? Maybe because we were too busy being involved with our jobs - our home - our cars - and our electronics. We weren't paying attention until it was too late!

I would like to suggest to online business owners (especially) it may be time to take stock. I sense a lot of confusion out there. Understandable.

Things have happened, the world over, and we've had little control. New situations tend to put us into a panic. The world's economy has affected most of our incomes.

Of course, then, we hear it'll get worse before it gets better! Scary stuff. So what do we do?

I suggest we buckle down and keep on keepin' on. It's the only logical, positive thing to do.

Many - dare I say most - online small business owners have other jobs. Or, did. Those jobs may now be gone. Not the time to give up online.

Rather than panic and decide they can't keep it up, these folks should be doubling (at least) their efforts online. Keep as much income flowing as possible. And, build!

Maybe it's time to stop measuring ourselves by our jobs - our homes - our cars - our electronics. Of course, we need incomes. But, money is money and doesn't necessarily have to come from high-status jobs.

We don't really need hundred thousand dollar remodels on our homes. We don't really need to drive luxury SUV gas hogs. We definitely don't need every new electronic device that comes down the pike - much less buy them for children!

What we do need is to remember what it's like to be human. We do need to wake up and pay attention to what brought us here. We need to get over ourselves and learn a little humility. We do need to pay more attention to our neighbors than to our "stuff."

We've been so involved in our "things," we've forgotten we're human beings. Stripped of our stuff, we have to learn to deal with ourselves - and others.

Although it may take a while (I honestly don't know) like everything else, this, too, will pass. Our lessons are to realize what brought us here and how we're going to handle it. Then, use those lessons to bring about more lasting change.

You know ... One of the things that helps people more than anything else is to help others who have it worse. It creates that attitude of gratitude that allows us to keep on going - and succeed!

So, don't give up on your business - no matter how much your income may be down. If all you have left is a trickle, take that trickle and make it work for you. Don't blow it off because it "isn't enough."

"Enough" is a lot less than what we think!

Let us know what you think in the "Comments."

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