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Diary    H1'ed 6/30/19

Happy Birthday Me: Twelve Years Without a Day Off, Without a Vacation

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Yesterday was my birthday. I'm not much of one for celebrating birthdays, but last night, I realized it could have been a good reason a good peg to hang fundraising and paid membership promotion on. I blew it. Chalk it up to my brilliant fundraising skills.

So, here it is, a day later and I'm still going with it.

Also, today I saw a social media posting from a guy I went on my last vacation when I didn't work. It was a fishing trip. It was around 2007. Twelve years since my last no work vacation. Twelve years since I went a single day without working-- to keep OpEdNews going.

It's become much harder to keep OpEdNews going. Ads used to pay literally ten times as much as they do now, sometimes even more. It enabled us to commission polls, and to pay our bills.

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This year, I've racked up credit card bills and debt to keep things going. It is not sustainable.

I see other progressive sites talking about the $30,000 or $150,000 they need to make a monthly budget. We need about $4800, and that includes enough to pay me about $13 an hour, before taxes. And we have not been making that tiny "nut."

The only reason I am getting by at all is because I receive a small monthly amount from social security. But the credit card debt is rising.

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So, I'm asking you to please help. Make a donation here.

Or buy a membership-- ideally, a lifetime membership here.

We've added a new page-- projects we'd like to complete that need funding. Pick one and make a donation to help support it, or buy or extend your membership to help support it.

But please, if it's been a while or never since you donated or purchased a membership, do help.

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rob kall

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Happy Birthday Rob - Very Best Wishes

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I remember before that when you went fishing with the son.

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Maybe he's getting Old?!!

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Exactly. Good memory.

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Ah, but you enjoyed every moment of it, didn't you? Warm wishes for a wonderful birthday and a great new year!!!


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Dank ja well (Only word of Dutch has learned in Belgium, except for a swear word...) for OEN. Love reading so many wise people write about issues of much importance for this land and world. They inspire and encourage me so much about me also, being headed in right direction. Bottom up empowerment of of communities to be able to take care of themselves: public banks funding worker owned companies could go a long ways towards that goal.

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Happy birthday fellow Cancerian (me 7/7, also no vacations) I made a contribution and look forward to being in a position to be more generous in the future. I am grateful to you and OEN.


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Happy belated birthday Rob!

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Wouldn't it be great if DONALD the Clown came to entertain you and your friends? Could you contain yourself once DONALD the Clown starts making balloon sculptures, and then writing Executive Orders to make Your B-Day a World-wide Holiday? Wouldn't that be the Best Birthday Party Ever?

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Happy Birthday Rob!

As far as I am concerned and I am sure that many others will agree, OEN is a success. But I am sad that the finances are bent out of shape. Things are a bit tight for me too, but I am working on creating a situation where i can contribute more.

I hope those that can will step up.

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Thanks Rob for your time and service.

Happy Birthday.

I am a life member and will try to help when I can. Our currency is down thanks to sanctions.

Wish you and your family many good years ahead.

Happy 4th to people who live in USA.

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Perhaps soon and within our lifetimes we can celebrate a New Revolution. I don't have to tell you what kind it is; You already know as do many in OEN, including the Man. Yeah mofo I know you are here with your lying, thieving, and murdering punkass self - Suffice to say it must come from the West, for the West has the duty and responsibility to undo and recompense the world for the juvenile cocked-up crap that it is still doing and take a step toward evolving into something that supports dignity, human maturity and stewardship.

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And hope you enjoyed celebration of martyrdom of Imam Sadeq, Eid's coming up

and perhaps Nakba, Blessed One.

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Congratulations! I wish I'd had 12 years of uninterrupted good work. There was one Hollywood producer who just didn't understand vacations. "We just do the same stuff with worse equipment" he noted, because they loved the work.

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I can only encourage readers to seriously ponder their own quality of life without Rob's work. And hold that up to other things you spend money on. I do put at least some of my money where my mouth is, with a lifetime membership (or maybe it's premium) and a recurring monthly donation. As I'm now doing also for Tulsi and another one or two.

Even $5 a month really does add up; many hands make light work, and a chain is as strong as its weakest link. As y'all well know. đŸ™„

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I have been having trouble renewing my membership. Can't seem to pay for it.

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dropping you an email to sort it out.

thank you for trying

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I, LIKEWISE, Peter. I hope this next SS welfare check comes.

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Get your pitchfork ready, just in case. Mofos.

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Hey, Bro Mofo, Peter and I are in Vermont and Maine, are you some lowlife Mofo from

Massa Juice-its? My grandfather's grandfather was kicked outa there cause he was

English church and suckassed with King Georgie.

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