March 30, 2007

FOUR FOR FRIDAY

Q1 - Education: Across the nation, state legislatures and local school boards are hearing from parents, educators and experts about school vouchers programs--initiatives that give parents vouchers that can be used for paying for the education of their children at a school of their choice rather than at the public school. What's your opinion on school vouchers? Good for kids or bad for communities?

Q2 - Health and Politics: When Presidential hopeful John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth Edwards announced last week that her breast cancer had returned and spread to her bones, and that his presidential campaign would continue, they sparked a national discussion about the choices involved. If you were in Mr. Edwards' shoes, would you continue your run for the White House?

Q3 - Auras: Many people claim to be able to see auras--a subtle field of luminous multicolored radiation surrounding a person or object as a cocoon or halo. Do you think people can really see auras, or as with all paranormal phenomena, seeing auras is just a bunch of phooey?

Q4 - Video: Do you have a webcam? If so, how often do you use it? If not, do you think you're likely to get one sometime before the end of this year?

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Comments:

q1: Not sure what my opinion is on this one.
q2: Wow I didn't know about that. If it's spread to the bones that sounds pretty serious to me. I think I would be pulling out and dedicating my time to my wife. Running for office has to be a huge time consumer and then if he wins (would sympathy be part of it?) he'd be so stressed emotionally how could he fulfill his responsibility as President? I guess I answered your question with a question.
q3: No. At least in reguards to actually seeing an aura.
q4: No. No.

Posted by: Ryan at March 30, 2007 9:02 AM

Q1- To be honest, I do not know enough about this to offer a true opinion, however, education is very important and if the parents and students wish to go to different schools, then let them. As far as having voucher programs, it sounds like they are similar to grants to college students. If that is the case, then I am for it. I would have to do more research to get more of a foundation to build off of.

Q2- I would not. If elected, I wouldn't be able to sleep at night with the thought of acquiring votes out of pitty. Besides, cancer if obviously a deadly thing and I would want to spend as much time as possible with her in what could be her last days. Family is more important to me.

Q3- Phooey

Q4- I do not have one, am looking to purchase a computer that has one. It is one of the reasons I am considering that specific computer.

Posted by: Jake Sabey at March 30, 2007 9:03 AM

1. Education: My general opinion currently is that vouchers, if used wisely (*cough*) are good for kids, giving otherwise "underprivileged" children the opportunity to receive a decent education. But will see.

2. Health and Politics: That's a tough one. I would ask my wife and if she said carry on, then I would. But if my chances were as good as John Edward's are of actually winning, I'd probably drop out unless there was some other reason for my running.

3. Auras: Alright, you'll all think I'm crazy, but I can see them. I believe everybody can. Some people see them naturally, others (like me) have to work at it or learn how to see them. Science has proven the existence of some type of aura (scientists call it an "energy field" or "biological field") and can actually take pictures of them with a camera called the GDV. A Kirlian camera also does the same. If you tear a leaf in half and use a GDV or Kirlian camera to take a picture of its energy field, it will retain an energy field of its original form. Supposedly the same thing happens with people who lose limbs or other body parts (including the head).

4. No webcam. I considered getting one back in 1999, but decided not to. Since that time I haven't felt a need for one and don't expect that I will for some time, at least not this year.

Posted by: Stuart at March 30, 2007 9:08 AM

Q1 - The upside that I see being pushed is that it means that schools will compete to have the best available education. What I think will really happen is that those with money will still be the only ones that can afford private schooling, because it costs more than public education. This means that the already suffering public schools will have even less money available and the education of our poorer population will get worse, giving them less opportunity to do anything about their situation. I think this would really just widen the gap between the classes in the long run.

Q2 - I have to believe that running for president requires a ridiculous amount of one's time. That being the case, I would much rather spend my time in support of my wife rather than make her suffer illness and lack of support. Not only that, but with some serious emotional issues in his personal life, I would be hesitant to elect Edwards. Betting on how my professional performance would be impacted by a life threatening illness in the person closest to me, I can't see Edwards being any less affected.

Q3 - They probably do 'see' auras, but that doesn't necessarily mean that these auras are there.

Q4 - I don't, and can't see any reason that I'll get one until video conferencing is more common than phone calls.

Posted by: Greg at March 30, 2007 9:09 AM

I should also mention that the GDV and Kirlian cameras also show a person's energy field expand after several minutes of meditation. And yes, I and others can see this expansion as well. Others can tell your physical condition based on the flow of energy within your field. Crazy shiz I know.

Posted by: Stuart at March 30, 2007 9:26 AM

Q1 - Education: I don't know anything about vouchers, but they sound like a bad idea to me.

Q2 - Health and Politics: He's not going to win anyway, with fellow Democrats like Obama and Clinton running against him for the Democratic Canidacy. If I were in his shoes, I'd drop out to save myself money and to give myself more time with my wife.

Q3 - Auras: People who do lots of drugs see a lot of stuff that's not really there.

Q4 - Video: I have one, but don't use it. I don't have any real need for it at this time, maybe I will someday.

Posted by: Fezzik at March 30, 2007 9:35 AM

Stu...why aren't you being honest? You can see expansions? So what does mine look like?

Posted by: Ryan at March 30, 2007 9:38 AM

I feel I should clarify - My answer to Q3 sounds slightly (read: extremely) judgmental, but it is a joke.

Posted by: Fezzik at March 30, 2007 9:39 AM

A1) Everyone deserves to have an education. If that is were my taxes go, then that is fine. I would rather the youth of this world have an education, becuae they will be the ones running it.

A2) Sometimes the best thing to do is to push foward. Perhaps this is what his wife wanted him to do. She is pretty supportive. I understand the need to be with family during hard times, but life still goes on.

A3) Auras- I totally believe, for I have seen them. Everybody carries an energy with them, some are darker then others. I think that people can experience auras in differnt ways then just seeing. Sometimes they are felt, which is how I detect them. But it requires that people look more with spiritual eyes, and not physical eyes. It is gift that not everyone has.

A4) Nope, no.

Posted by: Ruth Ann at March 30, 2007 9:42 AM

Mine are up, very good questions

Posted by: Betty at March 30, 2007 9:49 AM

Q1 - Education: Vouchers will destroy public schools by siphoning off their funding to pay for the vouchers and could harm private schools if the vouchers result in the government having a say in how private schools are run. I theory, I love the idea, because I think it would give parents more choice and make schools more competitive, but in practice, I'm afraid that the short-term consequences would be devastating. The first generation of kids having to go through the transition would suffer immensely, I think. Why can't we have good neighborhood schools within walking distance where all the neighborhood kids can go? Is that too much to ask?

Q2 - Health and Politics: Yes, particularly if my wife told me to, because I always do what she tells me to do.

Q3 - Auras: I think some people who claim to see auras are simply trying to make a buck, but I don't doubt that some people can see them. I think that thousands of years ago when we made the commitment to logic and science, we lost many of our natural abilities, such as ESP and mental telepathy. We managed to convince ourselves that they weren't possible, so they became less possible.

Q4 - Video: I have a webcam stuffed in a box somewhere. I don't use it, but I'm still using dial-up. Of course, when I had cable Internet, I didn't use it either. I guess I don't like being stared at... even by a mechanical device. Besides, through my powers of mental telepathy, I can send my image anywhere without the camera... ha ha.

Posted by: Joba at March 30, 2007 10:12 AM

1. I'm not a big fan of vouchers. There's too much possibility for interference. Would all schools be able to accept vouchers or only ones that meet government standards?. Most private schools also have some religious affiliated. I' as uncomfortable with supporting those schools as I am with the government supporting faith-based charities. There's too much potential for abuse as well as questions about equal treatment. Does anyone really believe that they would be allowed to use those vouchers at, say, a madrassa?

2. As with running for an election in the first place, If my partner and family support that decision, yes I would. If they did not, I would not run for office.

3. I think some people can.

4. No webcam, and not the slightest interest in owning one.

Posted by: mike at March 30, 2007 11:17 AM

1. I don't know much about school vouchers, but if they can help some kids get a better education, why not?

2. No, I'd devote my time to the other person.

3. I definitely believe some people can see auras. And it doesn't necessarily mean that only certain/psychic people can see auras. I think it depends on one's situation at the time of seeing them i.e. during a significant experience. An aura is energy, so it's bound to be seen at some point.

4. I do not have a webcam and probably won't get one.

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Q1 - I am very lucky to have excellent public schools in my community. Of course, the high school I have my doubts on but I will worry about that in another 9 years when my daughter is ready to go there (or a few less than that). However, I have always been a strong believer in the public education system. I think by using vouchers, it takes away already limited resources from the public schools, making them more at risk than ever before.

Q2 - Mrs. Edwards in particular feels strongly that her husband continue his campaign. Thus, he should. At this point, it could be a chronic condition - there is no saying for certain that she is looking at a rapid demise. When my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, during winter break of my freshman year of college, she insisted I return to school. As she said, there was no saying how long she'd be sick for and she did not want me to put my college education on hold. As it turned out, she passed away that summer, but she was at peace with the fact that I was in school. THe latest news on Mrs Edwards is that her type of cancer is controllable through hormones, making it into a more chronic illness, rather than terminal. There is never telling with cancer how it will turn out or what the timeframe will be.

Q3 - I think some people can really see auras. I can't but I still believe in all that "phooey" as you called it.

Q4 - I do have a webcam, but it's not hooked up yet. I tried to install the software on my laptop but had a problem. So I've never used it. Once my husband and I separate, I plan to use it to let him see the kids regularly.

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