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Do voters in the U.S. have the cajones for voto nulo? Mexicans fed up with the their eight parties are taking to the polls and plan to scrawl a big X across the ballot. They refuse to vote for officials who have allowed crime, drugs, poverty and corruption to bring down a great country. This is another uprising using the tools of technology to bring change.

Would such a movement work in the U.S.? I will be watching these brave Mexicans trying to take back their country. Perhaps they hold a play book we should look at.

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A Minnesota woman was murdered yesterday after she left to meet someone who responded to her Craigslist ad for a job as a nanny. Something about that story had a familiar ring. And this was it. On October 3, 2007, here in Longwood, FL a woman’s house was invaded.  Two men hog tied and robbed her in her home in a gated community. She had recently placed an ad to rent out a room – on Craigslist. I don’t know that a connection was ever established and do not think the perpetrators have been caught.

So what are we to do? I doubt there is anything peculiar to Craigslist that would put a person at risk except that it is easily accessible to so many people. These victims might just as well have advertised in the newspaper with the same result. So what is the answer? I don’t know. We stopped advertising our free bamboo on Craigslist after receiving  a strange call. A woman said she would be coming from a distance and would need to use the bathroom when she got here and asked if she could come in the house. My husband did not encourage her to come.

We’ve encountered suspicious people in many circumstances. Maybe the answer is to be alert. I’d be happy to hear from others on this topic.

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