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Goodbye Facebook, I Won’t Miss You

I was a semi-early adopter of Facebook. I arrived there ahead of many of my old high school classmates, friends, etc. It was exciting when many of those old classmates, co-workers, family members, etc. began to join Facebook. Unfortunately, for me, the excitement was short-lived.

Over time, I found the Facebook experience supremely unrewarding. Some of those Facebook "friends" did nothing but send drunken messages from the bar. Others sent constant messages about their children. Nice, to be sure, but a little like watching a slide show of the family vacation to Wally World. Maybe interesting to them, but not so interesting for me. Other "friends" invited me to join their "Mafia Wars" or to help them with their farm on "Farmville". I don't know about you, but I have enough real things I am behind on without putting out a mob hit on a fake gangster or fertilizing a fake crop of corn. Ironically, "Mafia Wars" and "Farmville" are pretty illustrative of my time on Facebook – killing time and wading through manure.

Don't get me wrong. It wasn't all bad. I enjoyed messages, especially those from family, and there were some cool pictures, etc. However, there wasn't anything on Facebook that a phone call, email, photo sharing site, or – God forbid – a letter couldn't do better any day of the week.

So, for all those "friends" I have left behind I apologize for not being able to string your rivals up with piano wire or feed your fake pigs. I have a real life to tend to with real people who will really break my legs if I don't pay attention to them. I don't have any crops to tend, but my wife likes it when I mow and trim the grass. Plus, there are some Dandelions in the flower beds that no amount of virtual gardening will remove.

So Facebook this is the end. I would say I'll miss you, but I won't. As for the "friends" I leave behind, email me, call me, or write me a letter. There's nothing like setting pen to paper to focus the mind. Plus the smell of ink and thrill of getting a letter never get old even after all these years.

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Not Waiting for Party, Politician to Save Me

I have been interested in politics ever since I was a little kid. After discovering a book about the U.S. Presidents, I became fascinated with politics and the presidency. For many years I held the rather conventional view that political candidates and parties mattered. Maybe I'm just getting older, and hopefully wiser, but I no longer believe that politicians or political parties have any meaningful role to play in my life.

Don't misunderstand, the politicians and the corrupt interests that own them can screw things up, but that's nothing new. But, I can no longer wait for the next politician full of promise, and making promises, to save me. Even if some politician could – which I doubt – why should I wait around?

I have better things to do. Does anyone seriously believe that any candidate knows better than you do, what's in your best interest. And, even if you screw your life up horribly, isn't falling down and getting back up what teaches us and allows us to improve?

Does anyone believe that a political party cares more about your future and well being than your family and friends do? I don't, not even for a second.

In economics, the Austrian Economists speak about malinvestment – the misallocation of resources often due to government policy-making. Well, I think party politics, spending your hard-earned money and scarce time on politicians who disappoint time and time again is malinvestment of the highest order.

Eternally, only God can save you. In the here and now, you're going to have to muddle through and build the best life you can for yourself and those you love. Nobody else can or will do better for you than you will for yourself.

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