Why the rights of citizens are in jeopardy in the United States right now

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The inherent value of human life, dignity and equality is a basic tenet of the foundations of the United States. It is the basis that freed the slaves, gave women the right to vote, to own property and manage their own affairs. It is the foundation of human rights being valued and respected.

Our nation has supported this tenet in its many forms since its inception and over time, supported its ideals and premise to include all Americans more completely.

That is, until now. The current group of elected leaders in many states and in our national elected seats do not have any viable reason to support this tenet, so they don’t.

In a tiny percentage of all possible voters and citizens, that few have been allowed to take hold of positions of decision-making that affect us all, and those few don’t support the basic values of equality, human dignity, human rights and the inherent value of every human life, especially our own citizen’s lives and well-being.

That is where we are now, with the decision-making in this nation resting in the hands of a small group of people who hold the lives of Americans and their well-being in contempt and derision, rather than in esteem and honor.

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Introducing the Little Shop Out Back Preview for Studios of CricketDiane Art and New Ocean Paintings

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New paintings, offering a pitch about brainstorming as a business service to businesses, organizations and projects plus a preview of the Little Shop Out Back that I’m staging for Cricket House Studios and CricketDiane 2018 are shown off in this new video made today. It turned out funny instead of serious but I’m posting it anyway.

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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now – (NOT active right now – re-analyzing this effort)

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

 

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New Ocean Painting by CricketDiane in Abstract Style for Modern Home Decor

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Unusual and Funny Fathers Day Gifts

Funny personalized gifts for Fathers Day and birthdays – Great gifts for him

Funny Commuter Cup Leadership Gift
Funny Commuter Cup Leadership Gift
by CricketDiane

When it is time to choose something fun, funny or unusual for Dad, the CricketDiane store on Zazzle let’s you customize most designs, add Dad’s name or a favorite saying. This Leader House Run-a-Much Fix It Team commuter coffee mug is funny and humorous with a handy useful mug added. Great gift for him to celebrate Fathers Day.

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All of my life I wanted my own business

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All of my life I’ve worked to have my own business that makes money and employs me so that I could have an income. All of the years spent doing it have been without the kinds of funding that would allow me to advertise, to do proper marketing, to have a real business location or studio space in which to sell my work, to display my products or to provide services in my field to the public.

And, for many years, I’ve believed that to make a business that could employ me was an honorable, good way to do things – and an American way to get things done. But, without real business funding underwriting the costs of getting traction in the marketplace – it is not happening in a profitable way for me and hasn’t despite my best efforts over a long period of time.

I had read a book long ago that said it was possible to put time and effort into making a business work and that it could work, even without a huge influx of proper funding. Now, I’m not so sure whether it was ever possible for that to work. The idea from that book was about putting a personal investment of small amounts of money, lots of time and lots of effort over a long period of time to build a business on a slight sloping upwards path ever onward, ever forward trajectory. It doesn’t seem to work that way having done it. And, it isn’t enough to work it while simply believing it could work nor enough to simply keep working at it.

As my competition can put facebook ads and a large budget for google adwords, do a variety of other marketing efforts including paying for help – my business cannot. I quickly run out of the adwords budget a few days into the month and then no hits or customers or views are happening thereafter. It doesn’t work.

How do I tell you what is happening? Does it ever work? Could it work? If I had the money to advertise properly would it work? If I had someone who makes their money by getting the licenses for the designs by commission, could it work? If I hired a marketing firm, could it work?

There are a few less than 25,000 products on my Zazzle CricketDiane store with my designs on them, but in total – there are over 86,000 – most of which cannot be seen on my store there any longer but are still in the marketplace as active links which can be bought if someone finds them on an affiliate site or on one of my social media pages or blogs. That encompasses several thousand designs across the entire spectrum of products from coffee mugs to tshirts, placemats and dishtowels, water bottles, key chains and gifts, posters and canvas art prints.

They do sell, but slowly and it takes a tremendous amount of time doing blogs, social media and creating new products, new designs and new artwork – and now videos, to be able to get the public to see them. Each month, I’m spending $60 a month on google adwords and within about the first ten days of the month, that budget is gone, leaving the rest of the month without coverage or advertising. It does bring buyers though and puts the gifts I’ve created in front of people at the time they are thinking about buying something and that is a good thing about it.

– cricketdiane, 05-13-2018

 

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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now – (NOT active right now – re-analyzing this effort)

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

 

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Own a Painting by CricketDiane

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Ocean paintings that I’ve recently done are looking for a good home to the first buyer to choose them.

  • cricketdiane, 05-11-2018

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15 Ways To Make Money

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Fifteen ways to make money –

It seems that everyday there are many new products, new companies and new things being added to our lives that require money, as well. The ways to make money have a lot of different methods, products and processes but basically, if you’re trying to think of the various ways to make money for yourself or for your household right this very minute – this list is for you (and me) – to use for getting some money making ideas started.

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  1. Find what people want and sell it to them.
  2. Be paid for your time and skills.
  3. Produce something that advertisers support.
  4. Build an audience for some specific focus or theme.
  5. Teach classes and give seminars and workshops.
  6. Fix, build or prepare the things people need to have done.
  7. Give tours or host an event people like and want.
  8. Produce something fun, funny, informative, entertaining.
  9. Build a platform or way for people to connect with one another.
  10. Buy or manufacture something people need and sell for more than cost.
  11. Create or express something people can relate to.
  12. Provide a service that makes life easier or better for people.
  13. Make your money make money by loaning it or investing it.
  14. Become a celebrity, performer, expert, entertainer or spokesperson for.
  15. Build a business that makes money for you where others’ time and talents build it.
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Creating To What?

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What can you do to add to a fantasy world of one-eyed monsters and talking sponges? Where there are tens of thousands of video games of every type mostly well done, animated and easy to use that work well enough to amuse and entertain just about anyone?

What can you do in a world where outrageous lies and sensationalized half-truths attract large audiences but the truth told factually does not and is not believed nor desirable?

What can you do in a country so covered over in things but few real answers to the real problems facing us individually and collectively?

What can you do when the world of business opportunities supports only a few and nearly never women, disabled or minority run startups and businesses?

What can you do when the investors that are available want a return of 10x’s their investment within 5-7 years taken back out of your business for them to do anything at all?

What can you do when to create something new is required in the marketplace but never supported with adequate funding or resources because it is new and innovative which means it has no track record to prove its value?

  • cricketdiane, 04-24-2018

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CricketDiane Artwork combining my photography with a pastel drawing I did of a ballerina getting ready to dance.

Innovating the Fifty-Thousand Problems In Need of Solutions and Better Ideas

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In the world today, there are probably over fifty-thousand problems or more still in need of solutions and certainly some better ideas. Online there is an explosion of wonderful things, innovations, inventions, discoveries and small business start-ups seeking to solve some of these problems.

And then what happens to them? That is a good question. And in one of these posts, I’m going to try and answer that. But, before I get on a tangent about only 1.9% of women owned businesses getting any venture capital and how start-ups, especially women owned start-ups are ending up with loan packages at 40% interest rates and having to pay off investors at the two or three year mark when the business should be getting established, then taking a hit instead – I’ll cover some of the things still needing solutions.

But first, I found this article in my twitter feed and went over to read it –

http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/articles/lost-einsteins-the-us-may-have-missed-out-on-millions-of-inventors/?utm_source=mitsloantwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=einsteins

It describes why the US may have missed out on millions of inventors. Their research indicates that –

WHY IT MATTERS

Innovation has slowed in the U.S., stymying economic growth. To get back on track, the U.S. needs more low-income children, women, and minorities to become inventors — but that won’t be easy.

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The research also shows that innovation in the U.S. could quadruple if women, minorities, and children from low-income families became inventors at the same rate as men from high-income families.

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Whatever policies are eventually adopted, policymakers need to think in terms of long-term solutions. “You want is to increase the pipeline of people on the supply side who are great inventors,” Van Reenen said. “You want to take the talent that is already in America and get those kids imagining themselves being an inventor or potential inventor. It is not a quick fix, but in the long run it is going to be a more effective policy.”

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LOST EINSTEINS: THE US MAY HAVE MISSED OUT ON MILLIONS OF INVENTORS

It is worth going and reading that article, however, I just about hit the ceiling when I read it and even now with a four bullet point list of what I want to say about it – well, angrier about it than I can even express.

There’s a Different Response & Support When A Man Creates Something

When a man, young man, or boy in white upper class America comes up with an invention – what happens next is tremendously different than what happens when someone from any other of those groups, gender or income levels invent or innovate something.

There is more than whether someone can believe themselves to be an inventor. It takes being able to have some help and support, protection from theft of the invention and massive amounts of money and networking to get the invention patented, prototyped and then into investor backing processes. Women and minorities don’t have that.

One of these 50,000 plus problems still in need of good solutions and inventions is a way to take mining tailings out of the water system once they’ve been allowed to get into it. Obviously, that continues to be a problem in the United States and around the world.

What Happens When A Woman Creates Something or Innovates Something

Let’s say I have designed something for this purpose and am a woman without any real support from friends and family to back my idea to fruition. How often that is the case for every woman, every person without a strong financial foundation and most minorities, people that are poor and people who have disabilities specifically.

There are no family members going to network an attorney friend or blueprint maker to any of us as they would if a white male from an upper class family has the idea. There are no instances of getting some family members to financially back having the prototype made or getting the patent process done or pitching it to other people for us as happens for those guys and their idea.

So, when the researchers in this MIT/Sloan study support putting in place programs to help people who are women, who are poor and who are minorities believe we can invent and be inventors, it is very disingenuous.

Women Do Create, Invent Solutions, Innovate and Make Inventions To Solve Problems

We do create, invent solutions, innovate and make inventions that solve real world problems, but without the other components that are obviously available to white men who do it – from family, from friends, from investors, from bankers, from the community at large, from attorneys, from skills in their family’s networks of acquaintances – our inventions are lost to mankind and to our country.

These inventions and innovations either don’t get brought to fruition, are stolen by those who have means as we try to do something with them, or are ignored by companies until the patent we do manage to get doesn’t have the fees paid or runs out – then takes it for nothing.

Families of middle class and below, economically disadvantaged, working poor and outright financially destitute individuals simply are denied the access and equal opportunity for processes of protecting the invention or innovation or idea from inception to realization to be available to us.

Inventing and inventions, innovations and concepts for an innovation that could be brought to the marketplaces are not treated with value in these arenas either because everyone has seen that there is no chance of realizing any rewards from those efforts and bringing it to the marketplace.

Even once the patent is made, prototype created and market analysis is done for some product or invention, there is no money to go forward from that point for people in these groups either. Investors want to see 2 -3 times their money back in short periods of time and see that it can be done without any risk to them whatsoever.

New Things Don’t Have An Existing Track Record and Appear More Risky So They Often Fail To Get Needed Support

No matter what invention or innovation it may be, there is typically no existing track record of what it will do in the marketplace because it is new or a new approach or has not been done that way already or would have to supplant something else in the market that is currently being used for whatever problem it approaches. That makes it appear to be unworthy of the risk involved of backers putting the money with it that the process would take to bring it into the market successfully.

Some investors, angel investors, venture capital investors, banks and sources intended to serve minority run businesses won’t even approach these new ideas without a track record. And, some loans to do it if not denied, have interest rates of 40% which rob the business potential of the idea at every stage. Then, about the time the business with this new invention or innovation are getting established, investors pull their money out – after 2 – 3 years, if anyone from any of these groups even get that far with it. Most often, the access for funding is simply non-existent no matter how many are approached.

This Is What A Male Experiences But Females Don’t – When They’ve Invented Something Or Have A Great Idea For Something

To show the picture a little clearer – if a white male in a family has an idea for an invention, the first thing that happens in his experience with it is to receive respect for his value and the value of whatever he has come up with. Next, family members hook him up with friends of theirs and from their networks of acquaintances, that can help the idea be fleshed out into drawings and plans or they pay for it to be done outright.

Then, family members and business friends hook that guy up with an attorney to write out a non-disclosure agreement so the innovation, invention or idea can be shown to potentially interested companies.

Then, they call their friends and extended family members and pitch the need for backing this idea financially FOR HIM, and line up funds to get the thing going so the patent can be filed and a prototype created.

They might even get drawings or computer work done from a friend or family member or hire it to be done, to show off the idea, invention or innovation so it looks slick when they take it to bankers and friends who have access to invest in it.

An Ad Hoc Army Comes Together From Friends of Family To Help Men Realize Their Invention or Business Idea To Fruition And Success

Then, rather than the person – the white male from an upper class income in this case, having to pitch the idea, invention or innovation through his own efforts, there is already a team of family members, friends of the family, extended family and business acquaintances of the family supporting him, supporting his efforts, supporting his idea or invention, protecting the invention with appropriate legally binding elements, but also pitching it for him, pitching it to funding sources and rounding up money for it – for him.

That is not what happens to women, people who are poor or even middle-class, minorities, disabled people, elderly people, and children of every other group that is not financially well-off.

But, we do hear a lot of “who do you think you are?” and “why should I give any money to you?” As well as, we do get a lot of ideas, inventions, innovations and fully fleshed out prototypes of inventions and marketable products stolen from us that we’ve invented or created, hijacked from us, diverted from us participating in any of the rewards of them despite having created them.

This Failure Of Our Nation To Support Women’s Inventions And Business Concepts Is Costing Our Future And Present Economic Well-Being As a Nation

The stories of that are far and wide, common in so many iterations that the experience of those around me without great financial means match my own in this area.

It is apparently been and continues to be a common practice, to not allow rewards of our inventions, labors, ideas, innovations, new characters, new processes, new possibilities for things to come to us. It must be intentional without those in our society doing it having any understanding of the cost to all of us and our nation’s potential when they do it that way.

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About CricketDiane –

I’ve been creating nearly every day since I was a kid and that is over 50 years. I’ve created in numerous ways in a range that moves from art to problem-solving to inventing, creating music, sculpting and painting to writing and doing various computer / online based projects.

“It is better to make the effort to move forward and release the flow of ideas to work with them and do things creatively, create things and invent and write and make – I definitely know that by experience.” – cricketdiane, 2018

 

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You can find more of my art and designs here –

CricketDiane and Cricket House Studios Store on Zazzle

 

and other blog writings by me here –

https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/

https://cricketdiane.com/

On YouTube –

CricketDiane Phillips

 

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The website for Cricket House Studios Art and Design is found here –

http://www.crickethousestudios.com/

And see my current efforts on GoFundMe to make a board game I created into a video game that I’m working on right now –

The Scared Donkey Mine Money Game by CricketDiane on GoFundMe

 

Thanks for checking us out!

The Cricket House Studios Team and CricketDiane

 

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Ocean Art Poster Gets Curated Collection Nod

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One of the ocean paintings that I’ve painted and made into a poster on Zazzle for people to buy as a special gift or poster for their home or beach house –

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This wonderful ocean art poster was made an Editor’s Pick on Zazzle to be in their curated collections of products – which is absolutely the coolest thing. There are several others that have been given that honor also among my paintings, art and designs on products there. Very nifty.

This and other ocean art that I’ve put on posters and prints at Zazzle make amazing gifts of the ocean for anyone who loves the sea and nautical decor, or beach decor. Great to have and dream of the ocean and the beach and the sea waves and being there at the ocean.

  • cricketdiane, 04-12-2018

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