I have decided that I want to get a better phone and a better plan with it. Of course I want a lot of things, but I suspect that the 4g internet deals are not going to be that easy to find in my ideal price ranges. In my area, the Triad or Piedmont of North Carolina there is one company which offers 4G wireless Internet for the Home or business customer. I am not sure that it is what I really want though. I do not think that you can make phone calls with it, although I suspect that if you had wi-fi on your phone you could probably use it for phone service if you were clever. I think that Android Phones have some sort of App that you can use to make calls over wi fi Internet on a home network.
I have decided to leave the design of my website to the professional web designers. I am great with a camera and pretty good with photo editing software, but when it comes to putting it all together on a web page, I just cannot seem to do it. The scripts and things just kind of blow my mind. I have tried over and over to use the do it yourself templates to build a website for my photography business, but I just cannot seem to get it to look as professional and perfect as I want it to.
I absolutely love the Holiday season. The crowds, the people and their lovely attitudes and smiles on their faces! I look forward to it every year – especially the shopping. Now is the time to take advantage of people selling items on the world wide web with sites such as bidiction.com or Ebay or Amazon.
Political dissent refers to any expression designed to convey dissatisfaction with or opposition to the policies of a governing body. Such expression may take forms from vocal disagreement to civil disobedience to the use of violence. Historically, repressive governments have sought to punish political dissent. The protection of freedoms that facilitate peaceful dissent has become a hallmark of free and open societies.
- Protests, demonstrations, peace march, protest march
- Boycotts, sit-ins, riots, organizing committees, grassroots organizing
- Strike, general strike, street action
- Bumper stickers, flyers, political posters
- Street theater, political puppets
- Burning an effigy
- Self-immolation (setting self on fire)
- Revolution, Revolt, Rebellion, Insurrection, popular uprising
- Propaganda, counter-propaganda, slogans, sloganeering, meme
Dissent is a sentiment or philosophy of non-agreement or opposition to a prevailing idea (e.g. a government‘s policies) or an entity (e.g. an individual or political party which supports such policies). The term’s antonyms include agreement, consensus (when all or nearly all parties agree on something) and consent (when one party agrees to a proposition made by another).
In some political systems, dissent may be formally expressed by way of opposition politics, while politically repressive regimes may prohibit any form of dissent, leading to suppression of dissent and the encouragement of social or political activism. Individuals who do not conform or support the policies of certain states have been described as “dissidents.” Several thinkers have argued that a healthy society needs not only to protect, but also to encourage dissent.
In a well-known letter to Arnold Ruge, Karl Marx wrote: “if constructing the future and settling everything for all times are not our affair, it is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be.”
Credit card companies have raised interest rates and increased fees on its customers already drowning in consumer debt. This seemly self-destructive practice of raising rates for people already behind on payments means banks have concluded many of its borrowers will never pay back their principal in this economy. The banks are moving to extract the most in interest and fees that it can get away with, fully expecting many at-risk borrowers to eventually default and file bankruptcy.
Ironically, if anyone could relate to the plight of over-extended borrowers, it should be the banking industry. For example, Citibank received $25 billion in government bailout aid during the height of the financial crisis. While they have yet to make a payment on this obligation, it has not stopped them from raising compensation for its executives or putting the squeeze on its customers.
Just as no one holds Citibank accountable for its bad decisions, it is no longer relevant how borrowers got into this position. The only important fact is this. It is virtually impossible to remove yourself from a financial hole while making minimum payments on a debt when the interest rate has been raised to 29%.
The purpose of this site is to provide resources and encouragement to people ready to stop this cycle of debt.
The Wall Street Journal printed a remarkable article called “Credit Card Debt: It’s Worse Than It Looks”. Everyone, regardless of financial condition, should read this. It paints a bleak picture as it reveals details behind recent headlines. For example, you may remember reading “credit card balances fell $19.5 billion in the first quarter of 2010”. Good news, right? Evidence of an improving situation? Well, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, $18.7 billion was written off debt–presumably the result of bankruptcy and debt settlement.
The author, by interviewing credit analysts, described people desperate to keep current with credit card accounts–overlooking high interest rates–to avoid losing their “cash lifeline” to cover emergency expenses. The article end by making this point…
But they know credit-card debt is foolish debt. (If you buy a $500 iPad with a 14% card and pay a minimum 2% of the balance each month, you will end up paying $637 for the product, including interest. And if you are in a 25% tax bracket, you will have to earn $847, before tax, just to pay for your “$500″ product. At $20 an hour, that’s 42 hours.)
What this means is that, increasingly, only two types of people are going to use credit cards as a source of debt: Call them the dumb and the desperate.
If you even suspect you fall into that category, you need to take action. Today. When the world’s most pro-business publication examines the credit card industry and calls them on their shit, you need to protect yourself.
Eastern bloc dissidents (Soviet dissidents)
The term dissident was used in the Eastern bloc, particularly in the Soviet Union, in the period following Joseph Stalin’s death until the fall of communism. It was attached to citizens who criticized the practices or the authority of the Communist Party. The people who used to write and distribute non-censored, non-conformist samizdat literature were criticized in the official newspapers. Soon, many of those who were dissatisfied with the Soviet Bloc began to self-identify as dissidents. This radically changed the meaning of the term: instead of being used in reference to an individual who opposes society, it came to refer to an individual whose non-conformism was perceived to be for the good of a society. An important element of dissident activity in Soviet Russia was informing society (both inside the Soviet Union and in foreign countries) about violation of laws and human rights: see Chronicle of Current Events (samizdat) and Moscow Helsinki Group.
Republican dissidents in Ireland
The term dissident has become the primary term to describe Irish republicans who politically continue to oppose Good Friday Agreement of 1998 and reject the outcome of the referendums on it. These political parties also have paramilitary wings which espouse violent methods to achieve a United Ireland.
Irish republican dissident groups include the Irish Republican Socialist Party (founded in 1974 – its currently-inactive paramilitary wing is the Irish National Liberation Army), Republican Sinn Féin (founded in 1986 – its paramilitary wing is the Continuity IRA), and the 32 County Sovereignty Movement (founded in 1997 – its paramilitary wing is the Real IRA). In 2006 the Óglaigh na hÉireann emerged, which is a splinter group of the Continuity IRA.