Saturday, October 29, 2011

Online hackers threaten to expose cartel's secrets - Houston Chronicle

[EveryBlock] Mr. Mayor take it up with the Bank

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Flower Power posted a new message to Ward 18:

Mr. Mayor take it up with the Bank

Instead of the Mayor attempting to balance the city’s budget on the backs of the average working citizen of Chicago. Why does he not force the Ordinance for the city as it relates to vacant properties? There are so many properties not being maintained. If he would fine the banks/ title companies he would not need to worry about dog licenses.
Enforcing the Vacant properties ordinance may balance the city’s budget; the banks have the title and the money. A registration fee of $250 is required each time the vacant building is registered, each registration last only for a 6 month period.
I know on my block we have 3 properties that is $1500 per year, that’s not a priority for the Mayor he is worried about the estimated 7 dogs on my block that will net $35 per year for all 7 dogs if each dog is neutered/ sprayed or $350 for all 7 dogs if each is un-neutered.
If the pet owner does not take their dogs to the vet the ordinance will not affect them only those of us who actually take our pets to the vet for shot will be affected, correct me if I am wrong the Vets have to report to the city each tag number for rabies injection. I am going to get the license for my 2 dogs but I would much like to have someone cut the grass on the vacant property across the street because if make my block look bad.

Flower Power
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tutor/Mentor Conference - One Week Away - Spread the Word

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Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference Next Week in Chicago! Help Spread the word!

38th Tutor/Mentor Leadership & Networking Conference since May 1994 will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago 
Help increase attendance.  Group and scholarship rates available. Encourage others to Register Conference Agenda now at

Here's a message sent by John Hosteny to his National Service Network:

"On November 04, the Tutor Mentor Connection will host its fall Leadership and Networking Conference in downtown Chicago. Since 1994, this conference has attracted an incredible array of practitioners and leaders as part of an ongoing effort to support tutor/mentor programs. I hope you can join us for a full-day of intensive workshops, discussion and sharing.

The conference will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building, on the 3rd floor of our building.   .

The good news is you still have time to register! Just visit to learn more about the conference and register online.

Why am I sending this message to our service partners outside of Chicago? The reason is simple: other cities and communities face the same challenges as Chicago. Your strategies to engage volunteers, your work developing education-to-career programs and all of the things you do need to be heard. Representatives from all corners of Illinois are encouraged to participate and learn. I hope you share this information with all of your partners.

Thanks everyone."

Can you send a message like this to members of your own network?  Please use your own email network and social media to let people know about the conference and to encourage them to register.

If you are a workshop presenter, panelist or speaker for next week's conference, please use the on-line registration form to add your name to the on-line attendee list. Also, please check the speaker bio page. If we don't have your bio, send it today! 

To register, just fill out this form -

Workshop & Speaker Updates. 

Welcome from MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, 9am.  Linda Stewart, MENTOR's Senior Director of Outreach.

A panel discussion of Executive Directors from Working In the Schools, East Village Youth Program, Becoming We the People and The Black Star Project will be in the first round of workshops on Friday morning.

Tramaine Montel Ford, American actor, comedian, dancer, singer, songwriter, choreographer, producer, model, and voice-over artist from Chicago, IL. Alumni of tutor/mentor program in Chicago will speak during noon hour.

Dan Cotter, Chair of the Board of the Lawyers Lend A Hand to Youth in Chicago will also speak during the noon hour.

Dr. Clara Carter, former Director of Training for the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, and a training representative for MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, will do a workshop at 1:40 pm titled: Understanding and Applying Elements of Effective Practice of MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership

A Positive Approach to Mentoring Urban Youth workshop will be presented at 3pm by Guillermo Gutierrez, B.U.I.L.D, Inc.

See full agenda at


Speaker Information - Bring your own PC
The conference facility has LCD projectors and internet access. You need to bring your own PC to host your presentation.  Will have one back-up PD.   

Rates too high? Ask for group rate or the $20 scholarship rate when you fill in the registration form. It's automatic. E-mail to discuss rates for groups of 3 or more.


Write about your workshop or your participation in a Blog Article.    
Here's blog article I wrote this week. 

Can you write an article showing youth in your organization who are now adults in productive jobs and careers due to your influence? Share these and point to the conference so others can network and learn from you.  


What happens after the Conference?

This presentation shows the  year-round event strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC  -

For the next 8 weeks after the Nov. 4 conference our collective goal should be to motivate more holiday and year-end donors to choose one, or more, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs to receive their support.  I will be writing about this, but hope others will to.  I will point to the list of programs on the Conference Speaker Agenda and in the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator Directory.

January 2012 National Mentoring Month - celebrate what donors have done to support your program during November and December!  Create local events that not only recognize volunteers but recognize donors and leaders for the support they provide tutoring and mentoring programs.  Learn more of the events planned by MENTOR, The National Mentoring Month. Visit

August 2012 - all of the school based tutor/mentor programs will be staring their volunteer and student recruitment for the 2012-13 school year.  If the networking we do in November, January and at the May 2012 Tutor/Mentor Conference builds collective strategies that help programs attract more volunteers and donors many programs will be able to recruit more volunteers and serve youth more effectively and some new programs will have launched in places where none now exist.

This is the year-round thinking that the Conference and other work of the Tutor/Mentor Institute seeks to stimulate.  Planning ahead can build more impact and this can grow from year-to-year. I look forward to discussing these ideas with you next week at the Conference or in on-line forums. Email me if you'd like to schedule a meeting.



Want to interact on line? Join the forum at or our Facebook page at

Connect on Twitter. I'm @tutormentorteam. The Conference hash tag is #tmconf_Chi. Write about your participation. Encourage others to join in.

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Daniel F. Bassill
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Tutor/Mentor Connection
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks to help small businesses -

RWB STEM School Webinar, 11/1/11

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Webinar 3: What is a STEM School? 

Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA), Carrollton, TX and the New Tech Network


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Researchers Without Borders (RWB) is an initiative of the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Chicago. RWB is an online working environment devoted to interdisciplinary, collaborative and open research approaches to solving complex problems affecting education and other fields.




View Archived STEM School Webinars 1 and 2 here 


View Data Visualizations on STEM Schools here




Join the RWB STEM Education Community Group


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Communities are a key part of RWB. In these communities, you can raise and discuss emerging issues, questions and ideas about open research and RWB projects. Participate in the conversation about STEM education!


Don't forget to register  for the November 1, 2011 STEM school webinar. See below for further information.

Many conversations in education today are focused on "STEM" schools. However there is no shared understanding about exactly what STEM schools are. This webinar series will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about a range of STEM schools across the country and to share information and engage with one another. These webinars will be relevant to anyone interested in STEM education today.  


Webinar 3: What is a STEM School? Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA), Carrollton, TX and the New Tech Network

Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 3-4:30 pm CST


This session will provide an in-depth look at Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA) in Carrollton, TX and the New Tech Network. METSA is for students interested in the field of engineering or engineering technology. The Academy is housed at R. L. Turner High School, a comprehensive 9-12 grade high school located in Carrollton and one of four high schools in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The program offers college preparatory mathematics and science courses, introduces students to the discipline of engineering and engineering technology, with the appropriate scope and rigor prior to entering college. The coursework is delivered in a project- or problem-based approach that allows students to investigate and experience practical problem-solving. METSA creates personalized learning environments where all students are given individual attention and challenged to meet high expectations. METSA is an open enrollment, T-STEM (Texas --Science Technology, Engineering and Math), Title I public school-within-a-school model which opened its doors in August 2007 to 86 incoming freshman. Since then we have added an additional class each year so that we now serve 337 students in grades 9th-12th. METSA enriches students' academic experience with a variety of active learning opportunities such as field-based experiences, senior exhibitions, and internships. In addition to acquiring technical knowledge and skills, students gain an understanding of career opportunities available in the field of engineering. 


Presenters include: Mansoureh Tehrani, Director of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA) * A New Tech Network school, Carrollton, TX and Kevin Gant, New Tech Network Coach


To register for these webinars go to

 Researchers Without Borders 


Upcoming Webinars


Webinar 4: What is a STEM School? Rochester STEM High School, Rochester, NY

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 3-4:30pm CST


Webinar 5: What is a STEM School? Describing STEM School Models

Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 3-4:30pm CST


For more information and to register for these free webinars, go to Researchers Without Borders  


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Some things may never change

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> Many people wonder why Republican legislators are so hard on President Obama. Frederick Douglass gave us the answer many years ago.
> “Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.”
> Frederick Douglass
> September 25, 1883
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Oct. 25 Slate/Intelligence Squared U.S. debate: economist Mark Zandi on why he’ll argue “Obama’s blueprint for jobs will do the job.”

Your Smartphone May Be Making You... Not Smart | Psychology Today

From Occupying the Financial Districts to Occupying the Goods in Our Hoods | Black Agenda Report

Are Breakthroughs a Matter of Luck?

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Maze Jackson


The End of the Rubber Stamp?

Political Correspondent: Maze Jackson

I'll begin with a disclaimer: I work with a lot of elected officials, come from a political organization, and got my political start from Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. I say all of this because you'll probably think I'm bias when I say that the aldermen do a lot for their wards that they don’t get credit for it. For all of their criticism as a whole, most people tend to like their individual alderman when they are doing a good job for their community.

They catch a lot of criticism for things they have no control over, or when they ultimately have to make choices between bad and worse for the good of the overall city. When I discuss city issues on Facebook and in forums people are often quick to criticize “aldermen.” They've even gone so far as to call them the “Rubber Stamp” City Council, because Mayor Daley used to win votes 50-0 or 49-1. But what most people did not realize was that there were lots of behind the scenes lobbying that occurred to maintain the so-called “Rubber Stamp.”

The Mayor’s people knew they needed to get the support of the aldermen to push the Mayor’s agenda forward. To insure this, they spent a lot of time briefing, convincing, and negotiating. They knew to insure their boss’ long-term success, they dare not offend the aldermen, (well most of them anyway). They knew how to talk to the aldermen, how to share the credit, and to make everybody look as good as possible.

At every groundbreaking, ribbon cutting, and grand opening the Mayor attended, there were aldermen standing beside him. They worked together, and while there were the perception of him being a dictator, he knew how to play the game, how not to be disrespectful and how to maintain relationships.

But there is a new sheriff in town, and I’m not sure if he got the playbook, or better yet if he even cares about the playbook. I see more and more press conferences on jobs, police, budget…heck there’s one everyday telling us how HE is delivering on HIS campaign promises. God bless him, he is doing his thing. Curiously though, as the frequency of the press conferences increase, the aldermanic presence lessens. Where there were aldermen in the backdrop of every press conference, there are flat screens, multimedia presentations, and corporate CEOs.

His staffers tend to be mostly 20-30 something college grads that believe Rahm can do anything, and may have only read about how City Hall works, not understanding that former Mayor Daley’s power came from negotiating, compromising, and partnering with aldermen. They believe in the omnipotence of the Global Rahm Emanuel Persona. They believe that because he said it is; that they should all just be happy to be in his presence. I mean he is the RAHM!

I get it in the global sense. And I’m sure that all those staffers who believe their own press releases also believe that the budget will just magically pass, just because Rahm said so. But this is Chicago, and what they may not realize is that it took mutual respect and relationship building for Mayor Daley to become DA BOSS. So we'll see how good a job they’ve done during the upcoming budget hearings chaired by Alderman Carrie Austin. Combine that with an emboldened and reloaded Black Caucus led by Alderman Howard Brookins. I have a sneaky feeling the days of the so-called Rubber Stamp are over!


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Ted Santos


Are Breakthroughs a Matter of Luck? Part III

Business Correspondent: Ted Santos

As you move through the Disruptive Leadership Model™, it becomes clear that the process quickly shapes mental models in the direction of high performance. It allows you to more effectively gain insight into what you really are committed to accomplishing as well as what stops you from getting it done.

From experience, the vast majority of business leaders have a vision that they would like to pursue. Except, they feel it is not the right time; the economy is wrong; their people are not ready; they don’t have resources…etc. When people or companies are able to get clear about what they are committed to accomplishing and become comfortable declaring a future that currently does not exist, it is easier to develop plans and strategies.

The empowering part of this method is that it allows for people and organizations to be comfortable with the breakdown that declarations create. The moment you declare a future that has never existed and stand for it to happen, you have created a problem, and it is likely that you do not immediately have all the answers that will help take you to where you want to be.

The way people usually deal with problems like that is to ignore them or procrastinate. We are taught to only make bold moves when we can prove it can be done. However, when John F. Kennedy declared a man on the moon, there was no proof it could be done. There was a huge gap between the declaration and the reality of it happening.

Declarations expose those gaps in possibility. The job of everyone involved is to uncover what’s missing in the gap and then deploy resources to fulfill that missing. Clearly there must be some grounding in the past to support the declaration- otherwise it is a pipe dream. However, if it is done responsibly, what once looked insurmountable can be achieved with committed resources?

Throughout the life of projects, disruptions will occur. Having an effective process to manage these interruptions will help you use them to reach the next level. It keeps everyone focused on what’s missing, instead of figuring out what’s wrong.

Through this counterintuitive method, intentional breakdowns can instill innovation and accelerate revenue growth by motivating people to think critically. Some of the other benefits include new knowledge being acquired, motivation is increased, it is easier to attract top talent, people are more willing to embrace change, and the business becomes branded as leading edge innovators.

The Disruptive Leadership Model™ empowers organizations to purposefully reach that point which is outside of the business as usual current instead of depending on hope and luck. It is a very effective model for empowering people and organizations to responsibly come out of a comfort zone and produce results that would have never occurred in the paradigm of business as usual.

Most breakthroughs change the future of the person or company forever. This model empowers people to intentionally and more effectively pursue breakthroughs as well as the inherent breakdowns that accompany them.

What do you think? I would love to hear your opinion. Or if you want to write me on a specific topic, connect through my blog


Herman "Citizen" Cain


Citizen Cain Has Lost His Way, if He Ever Knew it!

Special Correspondent: CDW

Over the last few weeks, Herman Cain has said things that are suspect at best, and the words that continues to come out of his mouth proves one thing to me. Especially after his interview on Meet the Press this past Sunday with David Gregory, it was obvious that he's not trying to be the Republican nominee to battle the Democratic president for 2012.

There is no way HurriCAIN believes he can win even a minimal number of minority votes, regardless if they're from red states or blue states. Why he's engaged in this traveling circus is beyond me. Because when a Cain decides he will say anything and express himself concerning sensitive issues and not have any remorse, or for him not to expect repercussions is foolish - and he's not a foolish man.

So it’s obvious he doesn't want to win. Right now he's not someone with serious political aspirations; he's just seeking media fame and approval of the good 'ole party. After his most recent comments like electrifying illegal aliens attempting to cross the border, or all poor people want to be disenfranchised, or his support of letting the 1% continue getting their many tax breaks, attacking President Barack and challenging his Blackness. The question is why are we even discussing this respectfully, progressive and successful business man as a legitimate candidate?

I believe in free enterprise, capitalism and equality, and is an equal news and information source, which has profiled Mr. Cain and his candidacy a number of times recently. But after realizing that he's really not in this to win it, just to make a mockery of an already flawed electoral process for diverted gains, Herman Cain will no longer have space in this medium unless...

HurriCAIN is lagging behind Mitt Romney and his shenanigans is just a creative ploy to divert attention away from Romney. Then Herman Cain will alert his growing supporters to give Mitt their vote of encouragement - Not on my watch!

In a Recent New Hampshire Poll, Mitt Romney Leads With 38 Percent of the Vote

Contributing Correspondent: Tony Lee (

Surprisingly, Herman Cain is in second with 20 percent, despite having done very little retail politicking. Which brings us to the question: Can Herman Cain actually be the anti-Romney and win the nomination? Or will Cain just help Mitt Romney split the conservative anti-Romney vote and enable Romney to win the nomination?

There is much to like about Cain. He's refreshingly honest. He has had executive experience in the private sector many Democrats like Obama lack. He has turned around failing businesses, such as Godfather's Pizza. He has an inspirational life story, is unremittingly optimistic, and is offering solutions. In addition, he has shown his depth the past week by rebutting many of the criticisms that have come his way.

He also seems nerdy, having been a ballistics engineer, and has experience on corporate boards—so he is also not unfamiliar with Wall Street. One thing that has been stable, though, has been Cain's high positive intensity score (consistently the highest among all the candidates) and his low name identification numbers.


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