Kathleen Wade

Personal Property Appraiser
Mission, KS, United States

About Kathleen

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

Antiques & Collectibles, Altered Artwork

I'm passionate about

2nd Amendment, firearms, artwork, Pets, Personal Freedoms,

Comments & conversations

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Kathleen Wade
Posted about 2 years ago
How might we use social networks to facilitate a short-term boycott on a company or product that creates positive community pressures?
Before it was social media - it was mass media. Spreading the word. As we globalize, the ability to spread the word has eased, the desire to reach out and touch someone has increased and both anonymous and signed declarations for and against ideas and entities has shifted. Angie's List is an example of how to boycott or endorse an entity without touching it. The combined efforts, can reach the heart and soul of companies who listen. Those who don't may crash and burn. The downside of group participation, as with Angies List, is you have no proof that what people are complaining about is true - or not. The consumer can use it to improve a company or just to eliminate the competition. The anonymity of social media has given us abilities that out distance responsibility. Veiled threats and the inability of being held responsible for slander I think often cause companies to not react to the use of these options. A good impact can be offset by lasting messages that were fixed but never erased. As people, we love to complain, but going back and saying great - they fixed it - that is much harder to remember.
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Kathleen Wade
Posted about 2 years ago
How might we use social networks to facilitate a short-term boycott on a company or product that creates positive community pressures?
I believe we can make those in charge aware whether it destroys the organization depends on if they care and if they listen. That said, the desire to make change re-charges alliances, incorporated those who would never lead and gives those who are quiet a much louder voice. Arab Spring was changed because of social media. Without considering the outcome as positive or negative, change will happen. One voice, one vote energy. Great question!
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Kathleen Wade
Posted about 2 years ago
What turns a "paranoid" into a "prophet"?
Bob - how logical! I think we should always be willing to change - to grow. How that happens and what makes it happen seems to be different for us all. How it is presented doesn't matter as much to me, who says it doesn't always count - but the idea that it becomes "mine" that is a truth.
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Kathleen Wade
Posted about 2 years ago
What turns a "paranoid" into a "prophet"?
In many cases, true. But, in the US, our belief systems have divided us sharply. The waffling (changing our minds) seems to be almost non-existent. Facts and statistics leave people shaking their head slightly and mumbling. What does it take to convert someone from pro or con on a subject? Personal experience vs hearing about someone else? News media?
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Kathleen Wade
Posted about 2 years ago
What turns a "paranoid" into a "prophet"?
I agree, there is power in our belief systems. When they are threatened we feel lost, weaker, and hold on to them tightly. It is painful to change them, for many people. Or, some seem to grasp every new thing that comes along - is it because they have less concrete beliefs?
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Kathleen Wade
Posted about 2 years ago
What gun-control or gun-rights reference is YOUR preferred source of factual information on the subject?
Matt - as always, you nailed it. All great references and I think some of the best for actual stats. Mine is my "heart" statement but is why I keep going to the others - to back up what a long dead, intelligent and passionate man once said. I think all of these support the founding fathers fears and failsafes that they put into place. It is a shame we have to prove everyday they were right.
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Kathleen Wade
Posted about 2 years ago
What gun-control or gun-rights reference is YOUR preferred source of factual information on the subject?
"On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed." - Thomas Jefferson That our founding fathers could not see the future seems doubtful when I read the Federalist Papers. The first time I was amazed. Ah, if we had leaders with this intellect and who embraced freedom without a lust for personal gain. What a country we would be.
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Kathleen Wade
Posted over 2 years ago
Do you write letters on a regular basis? Is this an important habit to model for our children? How do we renew appreciation for letters?
Yes, I write letters and make mail art. I think it is a peaceful and intimate way to tell someone they crossed your mind for more than a nano second. I still send Christmas cards hand written and most years hand made. I start in October. I have given classes in making mail art postcards and then sending them - with every technological advance we eat up more of our time - now we have none. The art of handwriting and expressing our selves in more than a short, limited amount of characters is important. Complete thoughts being processed from beginning to end. There is a charm and character to letters, cards and postcards never felt in emails and messages.