To readers: For the first 62 dos and don’ts please see my blog dated October 2, 2012. Thanks.
63. The best thing that has happened to our society is copy/paste. The worst thing that has happened to our society is copy/paste. Plagiarism is rampant in corporations in America. Not only people copy/paste from other individuals’ content but seem to copy and paste content from other organizations’ presentations. I follow a simple rule of ethics. If I cut and paste first I always give credit to the original content creator even if I modify or update the content. Second, if I cut and paste I make sure that the content I am using is in open public domain. If not, I seek permission from the original creator or license holder to allow me to use that content. Ideas matter. The law of karma requires that you acknowledge the work of others in an ethical and generous fashion. Give credit where it is due. This also means you have the ethical responsibility to share the profits from the work with the original creators unless you paid for the license to use it. I follow, to the best of my ability, this ethical practice because it also feels good.
64. To the United States government: We are tired of extended non-stop, continuous election and re-election campaigns waged by presidential candidates. It appears that the challengers start three years in advance and the incumbents seem to start more than two years in advance. In today’s age of internet connectivity and hyper-media these campaign periods are too long. These campaigns are expensive and these extended periods do not add any real value to life of the US citizens. Make a law that prohibits challengers from campaigning for presidential and other congressional elections one year prior to the election date. And make it a law for all elected officials (incumbents) that would prohibit t them from campaigning prior to six months before their re-election dates. One year for challengers and six months for the incumbents should be sufficient to get the job done. Sorry, FOX and CNN, you will have to come up with some real news during the non-campaign periods.
65. To pollsters: We are tired of weekly polls about who is winning. Let the US citizens research, think and decide who they are going to vote for. All exit polls on the day of the election should be banned. It is useless data that intended to create undue influence on voters. The US voters have had 300+ days to decide their vote. If someone cannot make up their mind in those 300+ days they should not be voting.
66. To fellow Houstonians and US citizens: According to the NY Times, in Venezuela , supposedly failing economy, 80% of the eligible people cast their votes in the 2012 presidential elections. Egypt 46%. Kashmir = 46%. Only 11% of Houstonians voted in the 2011 Mayoral race. That is a shame. According to the American Presidency project only 55 % and 57% of the eligible voters voted in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. Compare this with over 70% in Canada in the recent elections and over 80% in the first round of recent elections in France.