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Voter Outreach

Voter Outreach

Concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action

Written by Peter Grear Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts,…

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7 in a temptation-resistance paradigm. Approximately half of the children were lied to by an experimenter, who said there was “a huge bowl of candy in the next room” but quickly confessed this was just a ruse to get the child to come play a game. 

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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

The unconscious mind could catch a liar

“We set out to test whether the unconscious mind could catch a liar – even when the conscious mind failed,” says ten Brinke. Along with Berkeley-Haas Assistant Professor Dana R. Carney, lead author ten Brinke and Dayna Stimson (BS 2013, Psychology), hypothesized that these seemingly paradoxical findings may be accounted for by unconscious mental processes.

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Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Written by Peter Grear, Esq.  Since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the…

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Making Yourself Recession-proof

Written by Farrah Gray on 01 July 2011.

Self-Employed recession-proofRecent news headlines have been dominated by tales of the recession and continuing economic woe. This week, the Federal Reserve (June 22, 2011) announced slower growth in the U.S. economy anticipated focusing on high unemployment and rising inflation. Notably, however, the Fed Committee will monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and will act as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability.

The bleak economic outlook adds up to increasingly troubling statistics at a time when individuals have fewer financial options at their disposal.

Unquestionably, great emotional and psychological upheaval result from the loss of one’s home and job. The fact that the loss is through no fault of one’s own does little to assuage feelings of abandonment, rejection, and disbelief.

Rationally, people understand that the economic downturn and its consequences are beyond their control.

The bright lining to this unfortunate situation is that it affords you the luxury of taking control of your financial destiny and creating a different outlook for yourself. Focus on a change of job or career, with the possibility of reversing your current fortunes and ultimately making yourself recession-proof.

Men and women of an entrepreneurial bent have been able to make money from their own homes, garages, or yard sales. Although self-employment has many appealing qualities, it does require an enormous level of self-discipline, confidence, and time-management skills.

Before taking the leap into self-employment, first inquire about any required business permits. Next, buy or lease the equipment your particular venture requires. One of the most important things a home business needs is a good networking system. This allows you to contact individuals who can offer you work or refer you to others.


Aside from the challenges involved, it is possible for anyone to start a small business. However, it is critical that you know what you are getting into. For those who are undecided, a logical first step is to list potential areas of expertise, special training, educational and job experience, and special interests that could be developed into a business.

You must possess the necessary drive to succeed, especially when long hours and difficult decisions are needed. There is no one type of person guaranteed to either fail or succeed in small business. Starting a small business is not a decision to be entered into lightly, and should only be made after serious study, self-examination, and counseling. The key to your success is detailed preparation and long-term planning.

Before starting a business, you need to identify what type of entrepreneur you wish to be. Many types of entrepreneurs are needed to help the country, and its economy, to grow. Listed below are but a few of the possibilities:

1. Self-Employed: Individuals perform all the work and keep all the profit. This can often be a full-time job because no one else is involved and you are responsible for all aspects of the business yourself.

2. Opportunistic Entrepreneurs: Those individuals who start a business and expand it in order to hire other employees that have the necessary expertise that the owner lacks.

3. Inventors: Those with particular inventive abilities who design a better or unique product and then create companies to develop, produce, and sell the item.

4. Economy of Scale Exploiters: Those who benefit from buying in volume and offering discount prices while operating with very low overhead.

5. Buy-Sell Artists: Those who buy a company for the purpose of improving it so that they can sell it again for a profit.

6. Speculators: Those who purchase a commodity and resell it for a profit. Art and antiques are typical speculator items.

7. Franchisee: A franchisee is an individual who starts a business for which a widely known product image has already been established.

Try to list up to 10 businesses in your community that you consider efficient, smart, lucrative or suitable. Since there may be more than 10 small businesses in your particular community, concentrate instead on the types that most interest you as possibilities for self-employment due to high profits. Don’t leave out any possibilities just because you feel you don’t have the capabilities or expertise necessary for success. If you don’t possess all the necessary skills or abilities, you can likely develop them or hire others who have them to help you out. Include every possibility that seems appealing.

Once you decide, you need only to work out the details and plan for an outcome you have control over.