Can’t have evidence without an investigation. Investigation “wasn’t necessary” and the hearing proceeding because they “felt like it was taking too long”. You want facts over feelings? Investigate. You want feelings over facts? Rush an appointment because you feel an accusation is false.

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Govt requires cooperation for good leadership. Firm and also cooperative. Executives don’t have to cooperate with anybody. But board members do. Forget CEO / COO. They’re bark-and-obey. But find a board member and you’ll find someone with transferrable skills, if you insist on business experience. Activism requires leadership. Coordinating an activist organization is leadership and far more difficult as it has no job title / corporate backup structure in case of failure.

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The expression “God helps those who help themselves” is not a quote of Jesus nor anywhere in the Bible. It’s a very American expression, popularized by Ben Franklin, who might have gotten it from a political philosopher he liked. There’s a similar proverb in Islamic culture. But it also goes way back to Aesop’s fables, which is probably the source of both. “A WAGGONER was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he. But Hercules appeared to him, and said: “Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel. “The gods help them that help themselves.” Where did Aesop get it from? Well, that’s where the trail goes cold. Maybe the Universe will support you on your quest (if you make use of what you can do yourself). The sentiment continues, modified through the millennia but mostly unchanged.

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POSSIBLE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IN MY HISTORY AGAIN? Fixing confusing genealogy is confusing but satisfying. I do most of my work in two places: a) FamilySearch, because it has “too much”, a lot of mistakes to be fixed and sorted through, and easy merging and access to supporting data. b) geni – which is a world family tree but has “less”. It can be messy too but it is more useful in sorting out conflicting data and being less, I can “build it up” properly, making geni my trusted chart. So, I successfully fixed a very confusing set of generations caused by many conflicting Family Bibles from many relatives, odd use of different names for the same people and same names for different people…. and made sure FamilySearch + geni match up for me at least… and I fixed a few of their siblings along the way, Oh, Cymon/Simon Searing/Seryon, you immigrant of confusion. “In America, the first mentions of him were in the records of the New Haven Colony as being in Stamford in 1642. This old record refers to him as Simon Seiring and the record lists him among eight men named as freeholders with a `house lot and pasture land in he field.’ I would therefore venture the guess that he married in England and brought his new family to the Colonies around 1640. ” I’ll have to go through whatever ship data from back then I can find and see if I can find you, Simon. Ice Time Agents may be coming after you to send you back.