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You Want to Make the Daily Paul a "Better" More Influential Site? Create More Valuable Content!

A lot of people find things to complain about.

Others find a lot of things to post about.

Without setting up a false dichotomy nor encouraging excessive posting, we should be closer aligned with the latter.

If you're one of those people who complain about the direction of, or content on, the Daily Paul, change it. Put your creative hat on, and create better content.

I'm always on the hunt for juicy or informative nuggets of truth or humor or entrepreneurial knowledge to consume and then redistribute to my friends, family, and especially the Daily Paul community.

Sometimes I spend hours thinking and brainstorming of content I could produce for everyone's consumption; my motivations being to expand my understandings of liberty, to help foster real change, to share and help others grow intellectually and entrepreneurially, to attempt to monetize blogging and web content through relevant product placement and social media marketing, to drive high-quality traffic to my liberty business's website, to network with like minded individuals, etc.

Take for instance yesterday. I was trying to think of something valuable to post, and I saw on Facebook that one of my friends was testifying in Austin! So I wrote about it and Photoshopped up a few graphics:

Video Testimony: Texans Argue for the Elimination of Sales Tax on Gold & Silver, Committee Supports Rep. Simpson's HB78!

That opened the door to a whole wealth of other potential post topics to make the Daily Paul a "better" place, as some like to continuously harp on.

For example, did you know that in the Texas Legislature, due to a lot of grassroots lobbying we have:

bills in favor of removing taxes on precious metal transactions and creating a state gold depository;

bills in favor of open carry and campus carry of handguns;

bills to remove the property tax and curtail use and abuse of eminent domain;

bills in favor of a paper trail for electronic voting and other election reform;

bills in support of jury nullification;

bills in support of the state of Texas standing against the federal government's overreach with the TSA, NDAA, ACA/Obamacare, warrantless use of drones, and more and more infringement on our gun rights;

bills in support of food and farm freedom;

bills reining in abuse of police power; etc.

With only a few exceptions there are bills filed on all of our priority issues.

I'll post links and info below to all those referenced bills trickling through the Texas Legislature which REQUIRE YOUR ACTIVE, VOCAL, AND POLITICAL SUPPORT, but what will you do with the information? Will you call your state representative and your state senator? Will you run for office?

Or even better, will you work in the counter-economy that side-steps government bureaucracy? Will you be the next Cody Wilson? Why not?

The point of this post is that the direction of the Daily Paul is in our hands. It is what we make it:

http://youtu.be/ao_kdzLhpgE?t=1m15s (go to 1:15 if auto-direct doesn't work)

PROMISED LINKS for your bookmarking, Facebook-sharing, noise-making, hell-raising, politicking pleasure:

Hearings scheduled the week of March 11, 2013, for certain bills of interest.

NOTE: Hearings are sometimes canceled and/or rescheduled. Do not assume any hearing will be scheduled or rescheduled with significant notice. This is politics.

Monday, March 11:

Ways & Means, 2:00pm, E2.014
HB 78, Simpson, "Relating to the exemption from the sales and use tax for
certain coins and precious metals."

Tuesday, March 12:

Criminal Jurisprudence, 10:30am, E2.016
HB 184, Dutton, "Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana or a synthetic cannabinoid."

Wednesday, March 13:

Urban Affairs, 10:30am, E2.016
HB 1299, Stickland, "Relating to municipal regulation of electric stun guns, knives, and personal defense sprays."

State Affairs, 1:00pm, JHR 140
HB 649, Stickland, "Relating to tax reimbursement for businesses that refuse to comply with certain federal health care coverage requirements based solely on the religious convictions of the owners of the businesses; authorizing tax refunds and credits."

Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility, Select, 2:00pm, E2.036
HB 553, Otto, "Relating to firearms and the preservation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; providing penalties."

HB 627, Krause, "Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation."

HB 872, Laubenberg, "Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation."

HB 928, Krause, "Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas."

HB 1049, Laubenberg, "Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas."

HB 1076, Toth, "Relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas; providing an exemption from federal regulation and providing penalties."

HB 1314, Creighton, "Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; providing penalties."

Thursday, March 14:

Homeland Security & Public Safety, 8:00am, E2.010
HB 434, Riddle, "Relating to the persons authorized to take a blood specimen from a vehicle operator to test for alcohol concentration or other intoxicating substances."

HB 435, Turner, "Relating to the authority of a peace officer to take a blood specimen from the operator of a motor vehicle or watercraft to test for alcohol concentration or the presence of other intoxicating substances."

HB 1658, King, "Relating to requiring the arrest and collection of a breath or blood specimen of persons operating a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated under certain circumstances."

HB 1038, Eiland, "Relating to the creation of DNA records for the DNA database system."

HB 972, Fletcher, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education."

HB 1313, Creighton, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education."

HB 1078, Kleinschmidt, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with institutions of higher education."

HB 706, Capriglione, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education."

HB 1009, Villalba, "Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal, the training and appointment of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school as school marshals, and the rights, restrictions, limitations, and responsibilities of school marshals; authorizing the imposition of a fee."

HB 1298, Stickland, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain license holders on certain locations associated with a public or private school or educational institution."

HB 1896, King, "Relating to firearm training and the authority of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school to carry or possess a handgun on certain school premises; authorizing a fee."

HB 700, Lavender, "Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties."

HB 1194, Paddie, "Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties."

Whether the bird flies, or whether it dies...well, that is up to you.

I also advocate working outside the system, and prefer it actually, but these bills are important and need as much support as possible.

I don't mean to imply all posts need to be about politics. Humor, tech, science, videos, etc. are all necessary and entertaining too. We're kind of like a family here. I just mean post more stuff that you like if you're not happy with what's here! Get creative!

Thanks for your consideration!

Rob
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Clearly we need more lizard people posts!!

Sorry, I am getting very punchy tonight!

I apologize if I have offended anyone...

My most heart felt apologies are to the lizard people themselves.

The real question is..

"Should lizard people, though not American citizens, be afforded the same proptections and rights as non-lizard American citizens?"

Also...what about drones?

What about a non-combatant lizard person off American soil?

What about a non-combatant lizard person ON American soil?

Lizardmen...

are treated like second class citizens, and I'm tired of it!

They are people too... well... lizard people.

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com


"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

Let's make sure we keep the distinctions, though....

Between Lizard People who are already citizens and those that are not.

on the other hand all people, lizard or not are created equal and endowed by their Creator with the the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...even if you are cracked out of an egg...

But wait!! Does coming out of an egg mean you aren't a naturalized citizen? Hmmmm?

Believe me life begins at conception....

...for lizard people. Eggs have rights too.

Your notion of...

valuable content would make the lizard people proud.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

The author of this post overlooks...

the fact that DP management decides what topics appear in the list of most viewed. I'm not opposed to that, but management's definition of valuable content is subjective and is reflected in the topics that get the most attention.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

Joη's picture

and how did you come to this conclusion?

?

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Deduction my dear Watson...

deduction.

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

Joη's picture

then please explain using sentences

the deductive reasoning that led you to:

the fact that DP management decides what topics appear in the list of most viewed

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

You want to see good content

You want to see good content on DP that drives views and comments?

Write a headline that will make certain people want to punch you in your Fing throat. Know your subject for the battle. Keep it clean, non racially oriented, and go for the jugular.

What makes content valuable?

Is this valuable content? Pat Mulloy, member of the U.S./China Economic and Security Review Commission, says free trade with China will lead to China's Communist government owning large chunks of the U.S. economy. The clip is about 2 minutes long.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/appearance/600148025

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

It's an easily predicted outcome our exorbitant privilege:

living in the Country where the world's reserve currency is created.

Keynes himself predicted it. That is why he recommended having the Bancor as the supranational currency. It is called the Triffin Dilemma.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triffin_dilemma

http://library.mises.org/books/Charles%20Rist/Triumph%20of%2...

The exorbitant privilege was good while it lasted: for us. But it's time to pay the piper.

I disagree because...

treasonous "free" trade policies are being used to debase the U.S. currency by increasing U.S. sovereign debt, the intention is to establish a new reserve currency that benefits totalitarian regimes like China, which unlike the US dictatorship, does not pretend to support unalienable rights. In this video, George Soros explains the decline of the dollar and rise of China.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZH_eRZ4sLY&NR=1&feature=ends...

http://www.dailypaul.com/277342 (Rand Paul: One person can make a difference)
http://www.StandUpForYourRights.me/?p=1264 (Fast and Furious hearing)

Natch.

Can't say I don't try.

RE: HB 553 on nullification

I find these comments (@ 50:47) rather telling of most in government:

Committee Chair (Rep Creighton) "We have a lot of testimony and commentary, especially with the volume of calls into our offices about the concept of nullification. Uh..you know...it being a legal theory rather than a right depicted in the Constitution. There are many legal scholars with differing opinions on how effective nullification can be. We see groups on the far right advocating for nullification. We have the American Civil Liberties Union advocating today for nullification of the Real ID Act. But overall, that's what these hearings are for, is to hear that testimony and to determine is that the best way for us in state government as leadership in state government, to pursue an effort. I think it's very interesting."

Wait, wait, wait. "A legal theory rather than a right depicted in the Constitution?"

So now we're limited to those rights depicted in the Constitution?!

Do we have the right to Whataburger spicy ketchup? It's so good!

03/13/13 | 2:00pm-5:37pm | Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility
http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/committee-broadcast... (@ 50:47) Real Player required to watch :(

I might as well translate his 2nd to last sentence.

"But overall, that's what these hearings are for, is to lead you to believe that you have a voice. When we've had enough of you, we'll go speak with our handlers and determine what actions are the best way to use state government to our handlers' best interests. After all, we're your leaders. I think I'm very interesting."

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

DP Rocks

The only problem I have is that some of the better posts rotate off before anybody can read them.

the stranger's picture

Create More Valuable Content

This is the heart of the matter, here. There's a difference between a topic and a comment. The real estate for a topic is more valuable and should be treated as such.

Take this example:
Shocking! Pope Reveals Himself As The Anti-Christ
Whether you find this mildly amusing or in really poor taste – the last place it belongs is as a topic. Maybe as a link, in a comment; but not a topic. And this may not be the best example, because the person who posted it probably intended to bring the site down a few notches.

Perhaps a better example is all the innocuous yet fairly lame topics with nothing there. e.g. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS! And then a link. The topic real estate exists for those that have something relevant to say and have taken the time express their thought clearly. That's useful.

Finally, and this can't be stated enough, Freedom of Speech protects your right speak without reprisal from the government; the right to petition government for redress of grievances. Think about that. It never meant you can say-what-you-want. You walk into a Baptist church lecturing the wisdom of Bertram Russell and you might get punched in the face. Go to a play ground of five year olds and start preaching sex education or anti-abortion, well, you might get punched repeatedly.

There is no Free Speech on this web site. Note to mods – do not be intimidated by this bs line. Shut it down boys, I'll back you up.

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BRAVO!

Dude your posts are GREAT. You are a machine!

I agree 1000% with what you are saying here. And I might add and say there are two classes of whiners on here.

The first class, are the whiners and complainers that just get their panties in a bunch complaining about something or other they don't like about the Liberty movement: Rand, this or that conservative, this or that liberal, why only the most pure libertarians belong in the liberty movement, etc.

The great thing though on here most Daily Paulers are NOT that way, and are true robust, happy, open-minded liberty lovers who want to see the tent grow. I remember when yours truly ex-neocon converted to the truth and the Daily Paulers welcomed me with open arms.

The second class of whiners are disinformation agents provocateur (and yes, I think some who are paid to do it...whether by the government or AIPAC or some shadowy corporatist interest)...who just like to try and destabilize the debate with all sorts of non sequiturs, red herrings, straw arguments, and every other logical fallacy in the books.

When I get tired of going around and around with their whines and lies....I finally just block 'em.

I digress. However, I LOVE your post here. Keep up the good work, dude.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Thanks dude! :D

Two more posts from earlier today!

F.U.C.U. - Freedom United Credit Union
http://www.dailypaul.com/278066/fucu-freedom-united-credit-u...

Wacko Birds Practicing Civil Disobedience
http://www.dailypaul.com/278099/bird-practices-civil-disobed...

I didn't want to talk about this next post I'm working on, but since you hit on the topic, I guess I can tell!

I'm working on a Daily Paul Blacklist master thread where we can self-police the site. We can try to rout out the second class of whiners. We can post evidence and links to warn the rest of the community, or allow them to defend their actions! Keep an eye out!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

sharkhearted's picture

BOOKMARKED for later viewing, bro!

But I noticed...

Somebody downvoted your forum here. Went from 62 to 61.

You have to be really far gone and possibly retarded to downvote a forum like this.

But oh well, I guess even trolls have 1st amendment rights LOL

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

My Contribution to Valuable Content - Dangerous Privileges:

http://www.dailypaul.com/278110/dangerous-exclusive-privileg...

RichardTaylorAPP - Chair - American Patriot Party.CC

John Locke #201, 202, 212 to 232; Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions 1798; Virginia Ratifying Convention 6-16-1788; Rights of the Colonists 1772.

Thanks for that RobHino!

You are absolutely correct! You're content has been thoughtful, well researched, clever, humorous, and creative.

I am guilty of whining at times. That said, it's off to the races.

Great (imo) content forthcoming...

Working outside the system

I've done a lot working outside the system, and now that I'm inside the system, I have to say, it's way better inside the system than outside the system. Inside the system is not cake walk, that's for sure, but outside the system is harder, when you are really trying to achieve something..

That said.. How about backing a group like Republican Liberty Caucus and letting then vend your car badges ay the convention in Oct (CA)? I think the vendors among us need to wake up and get their products on the tables by supporting the Liberty Movments.. seems it would be a win win situation.. I bet you would have sold plenty of car badges at the GOP conventions...

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Granger...by the way...

I got my packet in the mail! Thank you for that and the nice handwritten message. Your'e the best.I'm rooting for you in all your endeavors out there on the Left Coast (lol) and I wish you MUCH success.

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Good to know! ((((((sharkhearted)))))

The support really made a difference that I never dared to consider before as a huge confidense builder.. I am very grateful for that support! THANK YOU!!!

sharkhearted's picture

I love it when you do those ellipses like waves.

Its a cool effect....and it really gets your attention.

I tried it with @ symbols but it doesn't have the same effect lol @@@@@GRANGER@@@@@

Or maybe for Woodstock the Bird it would be: """""""""Woodstock""""""""""

For accountants: $$$$DAVID$$$$$

Or Porn Stars: XXXXX-JENNA JAMISON-XXXXX

For people who don't make any sense on here such as ??????LIBERTY_FIRST???????

Etc. (LOL)

~Chris
Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

((((((((((hugs))))))))))

Way back when Steve Jobs would set up computers under tents at Grateful Dead shows, where we would net work with each other set lists, who we saw.. what was going on, what we needed or wanted.. the net was very open and free back then and there were no wing dings.. some became very creative and ((((((sharkhearted))))))) was a hug,, as hippies we always hugged each other.. still do.. pats on the back in return mean they don't know crap about being a hippy no matter how mice they seem..

<3 <3 <3 <3 hearts and @>->----- flowers were the most common, and my personal favorite was always the kitty >^..^< (crazy cat peakin through a lace bandana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBHFH-iCLd4