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Save the Planet! Just do what we used to do.

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How do we Save The Planet?

Here’s what my TI inc pocket calendar recommends. (I think there are better ways.)
Adjust your thermostat, Save water, Buy energy-efficient appliances, Replace incandescent bulbs, Turn off lights, Recycle/Reuse, Use less paper, Use public transportation, Eat green, Reduce food waste. They call this “10 ways to help save the planet.” How about reduce hateful behavior, crime, vandalism. Learn to pick up after yourself, be a good neighbor and a responsible citizen? But, I digress…  

You First!

Why are today’s youth and the political left concerned about human influence on the Climate but not about their own behavior? They’ll drive a Tesla to Starbucks plus  replacing their iPhone 11 and throwing away the water bottle they just bought. This makes them environmentally responsible? I don’t think so.
Read the following article to the end please.
(Author unknown, but I’m grateful for a well-written piece.)

Too bad we weren’t Green when we grew up!

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded,
“That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
The older lady said that she was right. Our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day.
The older lady went on to explain:
Glass Bottles
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.
Reused Bags
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. School books were used again by each new class until they were worn out completely. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper covers.
Walking
We walked up stairs (which helped keep us fit) because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store (or rode our bicycles) and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
Cloth Diapers & Clothes Lines
We washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.
Recycled Clothing
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. And we got underwear, socks and the like as Christmas presents. 
Reduced Energy Needs
We had one TV in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.
Packaging Material
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Yard Work
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. (And we used a rake, not a noise-making leaf blower.) We exercised by working so we didn’t need to drive to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
No Plastic Bottles
We drank from a fountain (or a garden hose) when we were thirsty instead of using a styrofoam cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
No Disposables
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
Public Transportation
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing.”
(now my words)
We repaired our cars instead of just replacing them.
Everyone knew how to change a tire, change the oil, check the fluids and where to buy parts. Driveways were our repair shops, we were “shade tree mechanics.” Your neighbors probably had the nuts, bolts, washers, or clamps you needed somewhere in their garage.
But isn’t it sad the current Climate Warriors lament how wasteful we old folks were despite their wasteful habits that are hundreds of times more harmful?
2021 BTW, how many millions of masks that were useless against Covid19 are now filling landfills and littering our streets? Isn’t it time we stopped doing what makes us FEEL useful and instead returned to what actually is known and proven to work?
Let’s Make America Good Again.

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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EXCLUSIVE: Arizona Senator Gives Audit Update

Update from AZ Senator JD Mesnard

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Former Speaker of the Arizona House and current Arizona State Senator JD Mesnard gives his update and analysis of the ongoing Arizona audit saga. Check out the video below:

About JD Mesnard:

J.D. Mesnard is a state senator in the Arizona Senate, serving Legislative District 17 (Chandler, Gilbert, and Sun Lakes). He was elected to the Senate on November 6, 2018, after serving eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House during his final term.

J.D. is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors degree in Music Composition. He also holds two masters degrees, one in Business and the other in Public Administration—exemplifying his interest in both the public and private sectors. Prior to running for office, J.D. spent eight years working at the Arizona Senate where he served as a policy advisor on issues ranging from education, transportation and retirement, to family services and government administration. He is a small business owner, investor and consultant, and has always sought to be an active participant at all levels of the community. He works with charities, churches and non-profits, and is adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, where he teaches political science courses. He has been teaching for 14 years.

J.D.’s compassion for those less fortunate—who struggle in places outside of the greatest country on earth—led him to help establish Voices of the World, a non-profit Christian charity whose mission includes providing humanitarian aid to the poor and destitute of the world.

Born at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL (his father is a retired fighter pilot), J.D. has lived in Arizona for nearly 30 years. He resides in Chandler with his wife, Holly, who is a registered nurse, and their daughter, Calielle.

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Your To-Do List: Unforeseen Events Will Arise

No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling tasks, unexpected obligations and interruptions arise that could throw us off our plan.

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Each day you compose your to-do list and begin proceeding merrily down it, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day? No matter how well we organize our lists and how productive we are in handling the tasks, invariably, unexpected obligations, interruptions, and other developments arise that are going to throw us off our plan.

How do you react when you are humming along and, suddenly, you get an assignment from out of left field? Perhaps your boss has asked you to jump on something immediately. Maybe a client calls. Maybe something gets returned to you that you felt was complete.

If you are like most professionals, you immediately will become flustered. The intrusion on your time and your progress means that you are not going to accomplish all that you set out to before the end of the day. Is there a way to proceed and still feel good about all that you accomplish?

A Supplemental To-do List

I believe there is, and it involves making a miniature, supplemental to-do list that accurately and completely encapsulates the new task you now need to handle.

Why create this supplemental to-do list? It gives you focus and direction, reduces anxiety, and increases the probability that you will remain buoyant at the time of its completion and be able to turn back to what you were doing before the task was assigned.

If you don’t compose such a list, and simply plow headlong into the unexpected challenge that has come your way, you might not proceed effectively, and you might never get back to the to-do list on which you were working.

Unforeseen tasks that arise represent more than intrusions on our time; they represent intrusions on our mental and emotional state of being. Some people are naturally good at handling unexpected situations and often work as public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, or in health care, as nurses and orderlies.

Most of us, however, are not wired like this. Interruptions and intrusions take us off the path that we wanted to follow, and tend to be at least momentarily upsetting. Hereafter, when executing the items on your to-do list, proceed with the mindset that there will be an interruption of some sort. You don’t know when it is coming or how large it will be, but it will pull you off course.

Equanimity Reigns

The key question for you is: Can you develop the capacity to maintain balance and equanimity in the face of such disruptions? The good news is that you can, and it all starts with acknowledging that the situation is likely to happen, devising a supplemental checklist to handle the new task, and as deftly as possible, returning to what you were doing.

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