Carla Benson, Pattie Labelle and the Sweeties

Carla Benson Ringleader on the Educational CyberPlayGround

CARLA BENSON—Lead Vocalist
Carla Benson Ringleader on the Educational CyberPlayGround
is an original member of MFSB. She sings the top note on most of the Philadelphia International Record’s hits. She has a Bachelor’s degree in music from Rowan University, and is a highly-trained classical vocalist (soprano). On more than a few occasions Carla would have to sing hit songs by day, and full operatic arias by night.
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Blue Star Energy Company is a Customer Service Disaster Area.

The Digital Divide is alive and well. FAIL: Guy H. Morgan, Chief Executive Officer of bluestar energy company gMorgan@bluestarenergy.com – won’t allow customers to sign up for cheap electicity over the phone in IL, PA, CA, DE, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH and Washington, D.C.

About Guy H. Morgan, Chief Executive Officer
gMorgan@bluestarenergy.com
seems to be able to employ all the bells and whistles that technology can offer,
and posess all the good fortune and benefits of privilege ie: youth, education, race, and his Harvard connections.
Wow Guy, how lucky are you?
* HEC School of Management
* Harvard Business School
* London School of Economics and Political Science

I think you are smart enough to understand that:

-> THIS IS BAD FOR BUSINESS!
-> THERE IS A DIGITAL DIVIDE IN THIS COUNTRY
-> EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO GREEN ELECTRICITY NOT JUST RICH PEOPLE

We all know that there was a personal computer revolution 10 years then the mobile technology puts computers in our pockets. None if that changes the fact that our senior population, aka the elderly – are still the ones would need to own it, know how to use it, and pay able to pay for it, if they wanted to buy from the blackhole bluestar company.
Everyone also knows that here are obvious limitations on what you can do on a mobile device. Researchers have noticed signs of segregation online that perpetuate divisions in the physical world. There is “absolutely” still a digital divide, in terms of broadband access. The Internet is not a separate space from the world, it’s intricately connected to everyday life and social institutions, especially Unregulated Utilities like blackhole bluestar.
I AM ASKING YOU MR. MORGAN . . .
This statement was posted on http://twitter.com
“Did you know that BlueStar is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business?”
Exactly who are they referring to? I’m guessing it wouldn’t be you, since you don’t seem to be able to accomadate the digitially disadvantaged / disabled customer.
I AM ASKING MR. MORGAN . . .
HOW CAN YOU BE ALLOWED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PENNSYLVANINS WHO ONLY HAVE THEIR PHONE TO SIGN UP???
People in Texas, New York, Illinois, and Maryland are lucky! They don’t have to buy energy from Blackhole I mean Bluestar they can it from
Ambit Energy.

2010 RANKING: #1 Ambit Energy www.ambitenergy.com

Here is some simple math question for a Harvard Graduate.
How many people can’t do business with your company when you are operating in IL, PA, CA, DE, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH and Washington, D.C. because your won’t sign them up over the phone!
Ambit Energy delivers customer service. They sign people up over the phone and always have. They provide customer service and make a profit at the same time.
Maybe a Harvard Education didn’t teach you very much worth knowing,
but I believe the simple answer would be A LOT OF PEOPLE.

CLUE: “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”
~ Mark Twain (1835-1910)
And I don’t need to be a social media expert to know that you really don’t want to look this ignorant online, where all the social networkers who are concerned about the social good are watching, blogging, tweeting, facebooking, linking, and txting about coorporations like Enron and Wall Street Banksters who didn’t care what they did.
I don’t believe you expect Michelle Kelleher to manage your brand and try to defend Blackhole’s oops pardon me, I mean Blackstar’s Greedy Profit Generation Practices as an excuse for poor customer service.
Here’s a Clue Guy: That is something you are going to have to do.

I AM ASKING YOU MR. MORGAN . . .
1) Don’t you want to serve the population that isn’t online?
Don’t you want their money? Isn’t their money green enough for you?
Why would you restrict access to seniors who are already very vulnerable and need to save money. I’m sure the AARP wouldn’t like to think you didn’t serve their senior population!

2) What Arrogance: Why would you Encourage the Digital Divide?
The early days of the Internet were filled with visions of a Utopian space where boundarys would disappear. See the 1993 New Yorker cartoon with one pooch sitting at a computer saying to another . . .
“On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”
Are you really just a dog Mr. Morgan? Would your stock holders what you to behave like this?
Race, ethnicity and socio-economic status, and AGE shapes social categories.
Is blackhole only going to take money from the rich and leave the rest of the population in the “ghetto” environment of needing to spend more for electricity?
Most seniors don’t own computers. Seniors already live on very tight budgets. It is tough enough for them now so if they are able to save 100.00 a year on their electric bill they really need to keep that money. A savings that actually means something to them. A dialup or broadband connection would wipe that savings out!
Researchers have noticed signs of segregation online that perpetuate divisions in the physical world. People with an actual connection at home, are more engaged in a lot of different things that people who rely on access from work, a friend’s house, or a phone.

3) Michelle Kelleher’s weak reply that tried to defend Greedy Bluestar Profit Generation Practices.

FAIL: These are all Red Herrings:
-> enrollment process reduce costs
-> eliminates unnecessary waste and truck pollution as a result of paper processes
-> go to a library, neighbors home to borrow a computer or ask a family member or friend for help

BECAUSE
-> enrollment process reduce costs
YOU OFFER A TELEPHONE NUMBER ON YOUR WEBSITE.
PEOPLE ALREADY CALL THIS NUMBER.
OPERATORS ARE ALREADY ON YOUR PAYROLL TO ANSWER THE PHONE
END OF STORY

-> eliminates unnecessary waste and truck pollution as a result of paper processes

NO WASTE? WHAT A LIE! WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO FOOL?
THIS IS THE COLLECTIVE HIGH TECH E-TRASH YOU ARE GENERATING
SEE WHERE IT GOES

This year, the world will discard between 20 million and 50 million tons of computers, cellphones, televisions and other electronics. Worldwide, about 4,000 tons of e-waste as this trash has come to be called are discarded every hour, about the weight of 1,800 Ford Explorers. Dell and Apple may be suffering from exploding laptops, but the world is suffering from an explosion of high-tech trash.
Computers and Cell phones end up in landfills, the toxic metals and flame retardants they contain can cause environmental problems. Lead, cadmium, antimony, PCBs and chlorinated dioxins, cancerous plastics in the land, water, and air. Yet even recycling your e-waste, as it’s called, does not always mean you’re doing the right thing. “It’s a massive trade and what has happened is, we’ve passed laws to make recycling become the password. And unfortunately, it’s the password to a lot of very sad results,” he says. Reputable recyclers will use mechanical shredding and a high-tech separation device to take out the usable metals, which can then be sent to a smelter. “There are about half a dozen smelters on the planet who are good environmental smelters.

-> Go to a Library, Go to Neighbors home to borrow a computer, Ask a family member or friend for help

They don’t need to go anywhere, or ask anyone for help, all they need is for bluestar to provide customer service and take their order over the phone.
WHY DON’T YOU RESPECT PEOPLE’S PRIVACY?
Using insecure public networiks in our Libraries to submit personal information online is a total disregard for people’s privacy.


BLUESTAR FAIL:  YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS

This is an outrageous usability issue.
You’ve made it impossible for anyone to buy cheaper energy unless they have an email address to use your website.
This isn’t about just internet access.

Now you need to explain how you expect people who don’t have email to use your website!

It pays to shop around for a company:
http://www.puc.state.pa.us/electric/pdf/PPT-PBJ_Presentation102810-Cawley.pdf

Best Practices: Guidelines for the Code of Conduct
http://www.puc.state.pa.us/electric/docs/SEF-Code_Guidelines.doc

1.0. GUIDELINES
The Directors, officers, employees, consultants and independent contractors of the SEF, in all transactions related to their duties on behalf of the SEF, or on behalf of those entities served by the SEF, shall adhere to the standards of ethics, care, loyalty, honesty, integrity and fair dealing described herein and shall at all times act in the best interests of the SEF.
6.0. CONFIDENTIALITY
7.1. From time to time during the course of their service to the SEF, Covered Persons will be given Confidential Information. Maintaining the confidentiality of this information is vital to the functioning of the SEF. No Covered Person shall disclose any Confidential Information, directly or indirectly, nor use it in any manner.
7.2. A Covered Person will protect the confidentiality of Confidential Information they receive in the course of their work with the SEF as follows:
7.1.1 They will not disclose the confidential documents and information to any third party.
7.1.2 They will safely maintain and store all confidential documents and other materials that they receive.
7.1.3 They will not copy or reproduce any part of the confidential documents that they receive.
7.1.4 They will return the confidential documents to the SEF upon completion of their review.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS DISREGARD FOR THE CITIZENS WHO WISH TO BUY CHEAPER ELECTRICITY.
Pennsylvanians can File a Complaint
http://www.puc.state.pa.us/general/filecomplaints.aspx

I AM ASKING MR. MORGAN . . .
HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE FOR YOU TO PROVIDE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO SIGN UP OVER THE PHONE?

Rupert Murdock Fox News is detrimental to your Intelligence.

International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters

Watching Fox News is detrimental to your Intelligence.

World Public Opinion, a project managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, conducted a survey of American voters that shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources.

 

No More Teachers No More Books

But plenty of dirty looks. Issue Public Education is a Cold, Hard Business. Keep reading to learn why. The Federal Department of Education functions as a Cartel handing out money to the appointed, and annointed insiders and friends of the King

Issues:  Public Education is a Cold, Hard Business.
The Federal Department of Education functions as a Cartel handing out money to the appointed, and annointed insiders and friends of the King. Keep reading to learn why.
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Hackers Get Access to New Jersey School Data System

Now every class is an elective, and requires only 1 credit to graduate.

Users of the 4chan online message board [explained] managed to get access to the
online student information system used by a New Jersey school district
after the school’s administrative password was posted to 4chan last
week.
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The White House Blog and State of the Union

You’ve Never Seen a State of the Union Address Like This

This year we’re trying something new.
You’ve Never Seen a State of the Union Address Like This

As President Obama addresses the Nation, we’ll offer a companion stream of visual aids, including charts and quick stats about what’s happening in the country.  You can view this feature at
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CHANGE FROM PECO TO BLUE STAR ENERGY IN PA

Attention Guy H. Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, and Jon M. Casadont customers want to sign up with your service over the phone. Why do you discriminate against these people?

ABOUT BlueStar Energy to Offer Green Product in PA
Green-e Energy certifies that BlueStar Renewable American Energy Renewable Energy Certificates meet the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63-GREEN or log on to www.greene.org. Green-e 5112010
BlueStar Energy Solutions will offer a 100 percent renewable energy product in Pennsylvania in 2011. The BlueStar Renewable Energy Fixed Rate plan is supplied by 100 percent Green-e Energy certified wind.

In January 2011, Pennsylvania’s restructuring law will be fully implemented, opening to door for consumers to switch electricity suppliers. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has set up a website, PA Power Switch, that enables customers to compare electricity suppliers.
PA BLUE STAR RESIDENTIAL PRICE TO COMPARE WITH PECO
THE PROBLEM WITH BLUE STAR
IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PEOPLE
WHO WANT TO BUY BUT CAN NOT.

YOU CAN NOT SIGN UP OVER THE PHONE. UNBELIEVEABLE!!
WHAT?
YOU CAN NOT BUY FROM BLUESTAR UNLESS YOU SIGN UP ONLINE
HOW CAN THEY BE ALLOWED TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PEOPLE WHO ONLY USE THEIR PHONES TO DO BUSINESS ??
ATTENTION: Guy H. Morgan, Chief Executive Officer gMorgan@bluestarenergy.com
PAY ATTENTION: THIS IS BAD FOR BUSINESS!
THERE IS A DIGITAL DIVIDE IN THIS COUNTRY

1) HAVE A PHONE? FORGET YOU.
2) ARE YOU A GRANDMOTHER AND DON’T USE A COMPUTER ? FORGET YOU!
3) ARE YOU POOR AND DON’T OWN A COMPUTER? FORGET YOU!
4) ARE YOU RICH AND DON’T USE TECHNOLOGY? FORGET YOU!
How arrogant is a company that ONLY allows customers to buy services online!
CLUE: BRAND MANAGEMENT
THIS POLICY IS DISGUSTING! AND NEEDS TO CHANGE IMMEDIATELY!!
Jon M. Casadont, Chief Legal Officer
jcasadont@bluestarenergy.com

oversees all regulatory and legal matters for the company. Jon has not only represented BlueStar’s interests over the years, he also serves as a leading advocate for customer choice in retail electric markets.
So Jon, what about the customers interests?
People who want to sign up with Blue Star, obviously need to be able to do this over the phone. What will you do about it?
Registrant:
BlueStar Energy Services, Inc.
363 West Erie St. Suite 700 W
Chicago, IL 60610
US
Domain Name: BLUESTARENERGY.COM
Administrative Contact, Technical Contact:
Keen, Tom
BlueStar Energy Services, Inc.
363 West Erie St. Suite 700 West
Chicago, IL 60610
US
312-628-8650 fax: 312-628-8651

Social networking Get Your Hate On

Twitter and Facebook don’t connect people – they isolate them from reality, say a rising number of academics.

Social networking under fresh attack as tide of cyber-scepticism sweeps US
Twitter and Facebook don’t connect people – they isolate them from reality, say a rising number of academics
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A Union of Professionals – Why Teacher Unions Are Good for Teachers and the Public

Diane Ravitch says they Protect Teachers’ Rights, Support Teacher Professionalism, and Check Administrative Power

Diane Ravitch: A Union of Professionals – Why Teacher Unions Are Good for Teachers and the Public
They Protect Teachers’ Rights, Support Teacher Professionalism, and Check Administrative Power
We live in an era when leaders in business and the media demand that schools function like businesses in a free market economy, competing for students and staff. Many such voices say that such corporate-style school reform is stymied by the teacher unions, which stand in the way of leaders who want unchecked power to assign, reward, punish, or remove their employees. Some academics blame the unions when student achievement remains stagnant. If scores are low, the critics say it must be because of the teachers’ contract, not because the district has a weak curriculum or lacks resources or has mediocre leadership. If some teachers are incompetent, it must be because of the contract, not because the district has a flawed, bureaucratic hiring process or has failed to evaluate new teachers before awarding them tenure. These critics want to scrap the contract, throw away teachers’ legal protections, and bring teacher unions to their collective knees.
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The role of the Internet as a platform for collective action grows – O'Reilly Radar

A survey released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and Life Project shed light on the social side of the Internet. The results offered insight into the differences between the connected and the disconnected, revealing that Internet users are more likely to be active participants, with some 80 percent of Internet users participating in groups, compared with 56 percent of non-Internet users.
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