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Please vist my friend Ron's petition and sign if you agree. Thanks! 

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Posted: Sep 27, 2010 5:31pm
Mar 16, 2010

As an alternative to piling up more money in financial assets, consider spending that money now in a way that will reduce your expenses in retirement.

Some suggestions:
1. paying off credit card balances 
2. paying off mortgages
3. making your home more energy efficient
4. learning to grow some of your food
5. starting a local investment circle

For more on these and other ideas, check out my friend Ed's web site.
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Posted: Mar 16, 2010 5:36pm
Mar 21, 2009

The city of Gainesville FL has decided to pay 32 cents per kilowatt hour for renewable energy generated in the city and fed into the power grid. The idea is to create a financial incentive for people who want to put up solar panels. More solar power may mean less coal-fired power. Fewer emissions from coal power plants will reduce toxins which harm people and trees.

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Posted: Mar 21, 2009 10:15am
Oct 22, 2007

Talk is cheap. If you want to influence people, you need money.

While this may be an over-simplification, few would argue that money does not bring influence. So, what influence are you having with your money?

That’s right – your money is influencing someone, somewhere. How you spend and invest your money sends a signal to anyone who wants to make a profit. The clothes you wear, the food you eat, and the car you drive are all studied by researchers whose business it is to find out what combination of features will make consumers part with their hard earned money. This is one of the dynamic forces of a market economy.

Do you know what your investments say to the captains of industry? For many of us, the message is simply "Maximize profits and make me rich as quickly as possible." At least judging from the results, that's the message most CEOs are getting from their shareholders.

So, what else should a good CEO consider? Here is one suggestion: whether the corporation will be able to continue its current business practices or be forced to find new ways to make profits in the future. In a word – sustainability. What if it were possible for you to invest your money in some of the leading companies today, knowing they have a competitive edge that could help them keep their leadership in the markets of tomorrow?

Studies show that well-managed "most respected" companies tend to excel in many different areas, and also have delivered greater profits to their shareholders. Some key performance indicators are a company's record on environmental issues, product safety, and how employees are treated. Doesn't it make sense to find a way to screen your investments to avoid companies whose careless business practices may put their future profits in jeopardy?

One popular screening mechanism which focuses on sustainable business practices is called "socially responsible" investing or SRI. Screening can be used to avoid unwanted types of businesses, to favor desirable businesses, or both. Furthermore, there are plenty of mutual funds and other types of pooled money which use these strategies in evaluating the securities they hold in their portfolios.

In addition to security screening, SRI also frequently involves the practice of shareholder advocacy, where investors initiate a dialog with the management of companies in which they are invested. Over a period of time, organizations of shareholders who make their social concerns known to corporate leaders are able to effect changes in environmental and labor policies.

If you like the idea of having a greater influence on the business practices of the companies you invest in and profiting from it yourself, please consider learning more about this important topic. If you or someone you know would like more information on SRI and how investors can benefit from integrating their personal values into their investment decisions, please read some of the archived postings in the Socially Responsible Investing group or post your own questions.

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Posted: Oct 22, 2007 2:13pm
Mar 7, 2006
Name: Wanda Sykes, comedian
Type: Tribute (for the living)
To Honor: Individual(s)
Location: Network TV, United States
Jay Leno: "But President Bush took responsibility."

Wanda Sykes: "I don't think the President should have taken responsibility.... I don't blame the President. I blame the American people. Y'all knew the man was slow when you voted him in. You can't blame the blind man for wrecking your car when you're the one who gave him the keys."

From "The Tonight Show," September 14, 2005,
discussing President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina

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Posted: Mar 7, 2006 9:14am
Nov 1, 2005
There is a great power in aligning your values with your investments. Don't fall prey to the following popular myths.
1. SRI funds do not perform as well as regular investments.
2. Big multi-national corporations are not doing anything wrong.
3. SRI funds do not screen out many of the problem companies.
4. Some companies are better than others, but none are good.
5. Socially screened funds are just the latest investment fad.
6. It is better to take social action locally, as an individual.
7. Focusing on money and investing will not change anything.
8. I really do not need to think about investing for my future.
9. The small amount of money I have wont make a difference.
10. It is hard to find reliable, current information on this topic.
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