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Good news – I think

Well,

Supposedly things are working again on Jill Clark Speaks.  You can visit the site at jillclarkspeaks.wordpress.com

If you have trouble with that, please let me know.  I am receiving emails addressed as coming from WordPress and would like to continue to make reports of any issues with WordPress, and to others.

Check out the post on jillclarkcontinues.  The link below might have to be pasted into your browser.

http://jillclarkcontinues.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/lorie-gildea-the-buck-stops-with-you/

If people tell me they can’t access the post through that link – I will post the whole thing here!

Thanks for hanging in there with me during these technical issues…

multi color thanks

Happy holidays and Thanks

multi color thanksIt’s been a tough couple of weeks in the recovery biz.  All good, all worth it.  It’s just that sometimes it’s hard work to recover.  And it’s taken all of my energy.

I’m looking forward to the new year.

I want to thank everyone who has been there for me, who helped each in their own way, to help me through 2012.  You each know who you are, and I want you to know that I noticed.

The assistance has come in many shapes and sizes, which has been very meaningful to me.  Each person using their own position, their own skills, their own voice.  I choke up a bit thinking about how many people have helped.

As we are nearing the end of the year, I stumbled across a documentary, 2012:  Time for Change.

Huh.

It sure was.

I hope that we can all (collectively) make it a worthwhile and meaningful change.

Standing up for Hope

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

— Robert F. Kennedy, speaking at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, June 6, 1966

Transparency in Government

Here’s a link to an article about two new policy papers written to enhance transparency in government, and a more participatory government.  They’s singing my song.

Feather O’Connor Houstoun described their presentation as follows,

Government is moving toward transparency in fits and starts, and no one seems able to point out key tools that will accelerate the process. Absent is a forum where we can systematically address thorny technical issues, like the impact of privacy laws and concerns about transparency advances….

Obstacles to increased transparency include, “a culture of secrecy, resistance by public officials or lack of financial and technical resources.”  (Id.).

One of the papers (featured here) identifies 6 strategies for more open and participatory government.

These include:

(1)  strategies focused on enhancing government expertise and transparency,

(2)  educating citizens regarding the availability and utility of government information and e-government tools, and

(3)  forging public-private-citizen partnerships in order to enhance open government solutions.

Jill’s Top Movie Picks

Here are my favorite scenes from some major movies.  (Click IMDb for all the trademarks, release data and stuff).

Can you spot why?

 

 

 

Spy Game, starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt (IMDb). Nathan Muir (played by Robert Redford) is due to retire that day from the CIA, and asks his secretary to hold a bag of documents for him.  She says, “feeling a little paranoid on our last day?”  To which the Redford character responds, “When did Noah build the ark, Gladys?  Before the rain.  Before the rain.”

Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill (IMDb).  Remember the scene at the end where Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt) is sitting in Boston, and the Red Socks team owner is commenting on how the Pitt character started something new in baseball, a new way of doing things.  John Henry tells Beane, “I know you’re taking it in the teeth out there.  But the first guy through the wall always gets bloody.  Always.  …  Anybody who’s not tearing their team down right now and rebuilding it using your model, they’re dinosaurs.”

The Matrix, part 3, Revolutions, starring Kenau Reeves, Laurence Fishburn (IMDb).   Remember the scene toward the end, where “Mr. Smith,” the character from the ‘system’ who is all powerful, who is replicated multiple times as other Mr. Smiths who look just like him, is pummeling Neo in the hole in the ground, and Neo keeps getting up out of the mud?

Mr. Smith:           Why, Mr. Anderson, why, why?  Why do you do it?  Why, why get up?  Why keep fighting?  …  You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson.  You must know it by now.  You can’t win, it’s pointless to keep fighting. Why Mr. Anderson, why do you persist?

Neo:                     Because I choose to.