INTERESTING: Taylor Swift can turn the tables on the Trolls

Hey, Taylor Swift, here’s how to get sweet revenge
2:04 AM, Sep 2, 2012

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Internet trolls have hijacked an innocent contest waged by country megastar Taylor Swift. She will give a free concert and $10,000 to the school that gets the most votes online after “liking” her Facebook page.

Swift’s foes are urging people to vote for the Horace Mann School for the Deaf. Because there’s nothing more hilarious than using deaf children as the punchline to a lame joke aimed at poking fun at a superstar, right?

Swift has legions of public relations people, millions of dollars in income and an international career. Her new song, “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together,” is topping charts.

So the 22-year-old phenomenon does not need advice from a 51-year-old local news columnist in Nashville. But here’s some anyway: Babe, embrace this. Own it. Take the joke and turn it around on them. If the Horace Mann School wins — and, with the votes at around 25,000 so far, that looks pretty certain — you get on a plane to Boston and sing your pretty little heart out for them.

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It would be a wonderful, generous gesture for her to perform there. After all, music therapy is commonly taught to deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

“Music belongs to all people, and all people have the right to music experiences,” wrote Patricia Winter, a music therapist, in an online article.

Children with hearing impairment, with or without hearing aids or cochlear implants, connect with music. They feel the vibrations. They “hear” lyrics through sign language. Touching the neck of someone singing helps them improve speech skills.

What better revenge would there be for Swift than having photos of sweet deaf children touching her as she sings posted all over the same Internet that’s trashing her?

And one more thought, based on Swift’s own lyrics.

She’s right: People do indeed throw rocks at things that shine. But when you take the high road, they can’t hit you.

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An EXCELLENT response. 

Rub the trolls nose in it and do good works while you do it.

Sounds very Taylor-esque!

Maybe she good give a duplicate prize to the Number #2 runner up.

I love this idea. When handed lemons, make lemonade.

Webcast it and enshrine yourself as America’s sweetheart. Like Bob Hope or Lucile Ball.


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POLITICAL: Thoughts about Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend, a time to goof off. 

Perhaps think about the essence of labor? Where we extract our sustinence from a cruel hard world. Such is our lot in life.

I joke with my much younger coworkers that what we do can’t be considered “work”.

The construction worker, the gardener, even the cooks in the cafeteria are “working”.

Paper pushing and keyboard tapping aren’t “work” in the same sense.

But what the division of labor and trade in a free market have given us has been taken away by the rise of “drones”.

Look around at what people “do” to make a living: paper pushing and key tapping is “work” in comparison to the politicians and bureaucrats. What I’d call the “Political Class”.

They make a living by telling their inferiors what to do. Right out of the Prussian School Model.

How did the workers let themselves get exploited by yet another set of “bosses”?

I think it was the adulteration of money that led everyone into a sense of complacency.

When the “dollar” was as good as gold, things were a lot different. The FDR gold theft allowed the common man to be taxed silently without his recognition. Withholding was a similar strategy. As was “social security insurance”. Debt. All frauds intended to steal the seed corn of future generations. 

Leaving them impoverished, while the past generations of politicians and bureaucrats feathered their nests.

How does it change?

I’m not sure. They say that admitting the problem is the first step towards a solution.

I admit that we have problem; does anyone else?

Happy Labor Day, fellow serfs.

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