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  • (Day 411) Trust and Teamwork

    Famous Quotes by Vince Lombardi


    “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”

    “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”

    “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”


    “Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.”

    “Unless a man believes in himself and makes a total commitment to his career and puts everything he has into it – his mind, his body, his heart – what’s life worth to him?”

    “Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.” [...]

  • (Day 410) Are Birds Warning Of A Coming Crisis?

    Yellow canary on its perchIt is fairly common knowledge that birds are particularly sensitive to environmental dangers and in the past have served as early warning detectors.  The canary bird in particular was used to detect toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane in underground mines before the miners entered.

    Maybe this is why I had a twinge of fear this morning as I read about another flock of birds dying in yet another place in the world. The first report of birds dying was in Arkansas back on New Years Eve and seems very strange to me.  How is it possible that  500 birds spontaneously fall from the sky?  Some scientists suggested this event was the result of fireworks… this seems unlikely. Then there was the idea it was a result of a massive temperature change. Well, I guess this could happen, but I thought animals are suppose to have a sense for these kinds of things, like the animals that sought higher ground during the tsunami.


  • (Day 409) Whoops, Who Left Their Email Open

    Female with eyeglasses looking suspiciously at copy spacePicture this, you sit down at your computer to check your email. There are several windows open from a previous session. You start to close the windows and hunt for your email folder, after a few clicks you see a open inbox, you realize it is not yours. You scan the headers for a clue to whom it belongs and you realize it was the person using the computer before you. They accidently left their email open and unsecured. It is a person you know, in fact, you had been working together all afternoon. You have come to respect them. You had been doing some hands on technical work together and through the experience struck up a bit of a friendship. You realize what you have in front of you is a potential treasure trove of information about this person. It is like getting a behind the scenes look at another persons life. Their hobbies, friends, lovers, political leaning, financial information, maybe even information about you. [...]

  • (Day 408) No! I Won’t Trust In God

    nickelproof_obv1Jared Lee Loughner, is the 22 year old that opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords today in Tucson Arizona.  Many people were wounded in his rampage and unfortunately others were killed. This story hit me pretty hard. I was already upset about the incident when I heard the news a 9 year old girl was one of the people that died. She went to the see Gabrielle Giffords because she had just been elected to the student council and was looking for a role model.  It tore me up on the inside and teared me up on the outside. How in the world can this happen?… How is it possible we do this to each other?…

    My mind is looking for answers and of course I start with trust. The shooter must have experienced a massive breakdown in trust. It is the only way such a thing could be possible. Shortly after having these thoughts, my fears were confirmed when Jared’s video message was found on the internet. When you read the rambling text from his video, you get a sense for his paranoia and detachment from reality. He apparently decided the best way to rid himself of his fear was by destroying what he thought was the root cause. Unfortunately he took innocent lives in the process. In the follow quotes Jared expresses his deep distrust.


  • (Day 407) WikiLeaks – What Is The Truth?

    wikileakslThis story has more trust and betrayal drama than any other story I have heard on the Trust Tour. If you are not familiar with the details, click here.

    As you sort through the information, the water gets murky. It becomes hard to determine who is right and who is wrong.  Some people think Manning is a hero. Some say Assange is an international spy. All this while Wikileaks wins awards, including The Economist’s New Media Award, Amnesty International’s Media Award and  TIME’s Person of the Year in 2010.


  • (Day 405) Captain Honors Is Dishonored

    Wow, this is a very sad trust story, one which could have easily been prevented.  Until today, Captain Owen P. Honors, Jr (his name really is Honors) was in command of the USS Enterprise, one of the largest and best known Navy ships in the world. He was relieved of his command because of inappropriate videos he created. In 2005-06 he recorded himself and shipmates in what was supposed to be entertainment, and broadcast it to a crew of 6000 sailors. Five years later copies were given to the media. As you can see from the video above, his boss was not impressed, explaining navy leadership was held to a higher standard and he had lost confience in Honors. [...]

  • (Day 404) Last Man Standing

    Today in Pakistan Governor Salmaan Taseer was murdered. He was shot nine times by his bodyguard. The reason given for the murder was Taseers desire to eliminate local blasphemy laws.  The video above shows people congratulating the murderer, giving him a heros welcome. Hundreds of clerics from all over Pakistan lending their support to the crime. This whole episode is something out of a bad movie. With all the progress humans have made, it is always shocking to see murder used for political purposes.

    I have never been to Pakistan, nor studied Islam, nor do I know the character of the men in this story. But from what I have read it is clear most Americans would believe the real hero died and the villain lives on being celebrated by his peers. The First Amendment (freedom of speech) is a founding pillar of our culture. Blasphemy laws would be in direct opposition to this belief, worse it’s definition has been stretched to include acts which would be considered to be disrespectful to a religion or God. Wikipedia gives a few clues as to where this fear comes from by giving examples of blasphemy from religions around the world.


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