Michael Stinziano Quiz Results

As part of my research into Columbus City Council candidates in the May 5, 2015 Primary, I sent each candidate a list of the questions from The World’s Smallest Political Quiz (WSPQ)

These are the results from Columbus City Council Candidate Michael Stinziano

Note: Since the final question was un-answered, I treated it as disagree due to the way the quiz is scored with 20 points for Agree, 10 points for Maybe, and 0 points for Disagree.  I just didn’t want to skew it by giving points for a non-answer.

Personal Issues

Government should not censor speech, press, media, or internet. – Agree

Military service should be voluntary. There should be no draft. – Agree

There should be no laws regarding sex for consenting adults. – Agree

Repeal laws prohibiting adult possession and use of drugs. –  Disagree

There should be no National ID card. – Agree

Economic Issues

End “corporate welfare.” No government handouts to business. – Maybe

Creating more and better jobs to grow our economy and restore economic prosperity is my top priority.  I am dedicated to creating jobs, particularly to foster small business growth, fund essential services, to help promote neighborhood safety, support our schools, and provide everyone with effective, responsive constituent service.

End government barriers to international free trade. – Maybe

Let people control their own retirement; privatize Social Security. – Maybe

“The devil is in the details” of any plan to privatize Social Security.

Replace government welfare with private charity. – Disagree

Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or more. – NO ANSWER

May 5, 2015 Columbus City Primary Race

People often ask me who a Libertarian should vote for in various political races such as the upcoming May 5, 2015 Primary.  While I’d advise people to vote for Libertarian candidates while available, sometimes none are available in a given race.

Luckily, public sentiments seem to be leaning more libertarian – so there are votes to be won for the establishment parties by running candidates who stake out libertarian positions on key issues.

Over the years it seems like the World’s Smallest Political Quiz (WSPQ) has been as good an indicator of libertarian philosophy of a person as any, so I tend to use it to get a quick overview of where a candidate stands.

With that in mind, I obtained the campaign email addresses for all of the candidates in this year’s Columbus City Council and Columbus Mayor’s race.  I wanted to find Columbus School Board candidate emails as well but too few of them had phone, email, or websites listed.

I’m listing the candidates, WSPQ score (if they responded to my request – a perfect score is 100/100 on Personal/Economic freedoms) and their campaign Twitter and email accounts in case you’d like to ask them questions before you cast your vote.  Candidates who responded will also have a clickable name with details of their response.

Here’s the list of candidates for this year’s May Primary.

Columbus Mayor

Name

WSPQ Score

Twitter

Email

Terry A. Boyd

? @BoydforColumbus northcoastboyd@gmail.com

Jeff
Brown

?   jbrown75n@gmail.com

Andrew J.
Ginther

? @AndrewGinther andrew@andrewginther.com

Selina R.Miller

?   selinamiller7@hotmail.com

James C.Ragland

? @Ragland4Mayor ragland4mayor@gmail.com

Zach
Scott

? @ZachScott2015 scottforcolumbus@gmail.com

Columbus City Council

Name

WSPQ Score

Twitter

Email

Orie
Givens
?   ideasfororie@gmail.com
Zach
Klein
? @zmklein zach@zachklein.org
Kiwan R.
Lawson
?   FriendsForKiwanLawson@gmail.com
Michelle M.Mills ?   michellemarle.mills8@gmail.com
Jaiza
Page
? @Jaiza_Page jaiza.page@gmail.com
Will
Petrik
? @WillPetrik will@willpetrik.org
John
Rush
? @Citizens4Rush john@citizensforrush.com
Besmira
Sharrah
?   bsharra@gmail.com
Ibrahima
Sow
? @VoteSow2015 votesow@gmail.com
Dimitrious
Stanley
? @Dimitrious4cbus stanleyforcolumbuscouncil@gmail.com
Michael Stinziano 80/30 @Stinziano mstinziano@citizensforstinziano.com

If you’re one of the candidates listed, and didn’t receive my initial email, feel free to contact me via Skype and I’d be happy to re-send it.

Mark Zuckerberg is being a jerk

In order to expand his stranglehold on your personal data, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to hold Facebook users hostage to grow his clout in the Instant Messaging (IM) business.

For years Skype helped them to offer features that weren’t available in Facebook Messenger – like voice and video calls from within Facebook. This also brought people together – billions of Facebook users could now talk to billions of Skype users.

Now Mr. Zuckerberg has decided to get into the IM business (everybody’s doing it!) and they can’t stand the competition – so they’re building walls to ensure that if you use Facebook IM you can ONLY talk to other Facebook users.

Sound odd? Well, it is odd if your goal is to help people the world over communicate with each other – but if your goal is to make money off of ad revenue and consumer data while leveraging your large user base to make you a dominant player in the IM space it makes perfect sense.

In addition to using Facebook users like pawns, he’s also terrified of their more established competitor, Skype. Later this summer Microsoft will make Windows 10 available at no cost to anyone with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Skype will be included – so you’ll be able to reach ANYONE via Skype.

Businesses have already made the switch to Skype for Business – so suddenly everyone with a PC will be able to talk to business users too. The idea that you could talk to ANYONE without him knowing about it has Mr. Zuckerberg TERRIFIED.

I’ve really enjoyed using Facebook to talk with friends over the years – and if Mark Zuckerberg is afraid that it will be easier for more people to use Skype; they should be doing the same with their IM network – instead of raising the drawbridge and trapping all of the peasants inside.

For more on what Facebook is doing, you can read this article explaining more of the details.

Thanks for taking the time to listen – and if you don’t add your Facebook friends on Skype now, maybe we’ll see you later this year if you upgrade to Windows 10.

Skype N Scale Train Club

Over the past few months I’ve been looking for some kind of virtual model train club using Skype as a communications medium to connect modelers around the globe.  The idea is to improve productivity by discussing obstacles, planning to get past them, and sharing inspiration to get some work done on layouts that have become idle.

While there are a few groups on Facebook, these lack the real-time interaction I’m looking for.  The closest thing I’ve found is the Model Railroad Radio podcast’s Off-Show Chat (OSC) – which are usually coordinated by posting to Facebook that someone wishes to start one.

Since I’ve run quite a few persistent Skype chats over many years on a variety of topics, the idea of creating a new group chat so frequently seems perplexing and inconvenient for all involved.  I’m guessing they do it that way because group chats are limited to 300 users and they have over 2,000 followers.

To deal with this, I’m going with a more narrow focus of N Scale model railroading.  It’d be easy to create other groups if there is interest (I know I’d be interested in a similar group for HO and G scales as well).

Interested in helping to pioneer this?

Joining is easy.  Simply:

  1. Install Skype
  2. Click this link to join

A few things to note for courtesy as the group grows…

  • If you don’t want the chat to beep at you when you’re away, use the /alertsoff command (this can also be set under Conversation > Notification Settings… on the PC version 7.2)
  • If you’d like to chat, use the /golive command – don’t use the call buttons (they’d ring everyone’s phones and devices).

That’s all for now!  If you have trouble joining or have other questions, just ask me by clicking here to chat.