Last modified March 5, 2006 @ 12:30 am by David Esrati

Site Instructions/Privacy


This site is mostly a blog. Blog stands for weB LOG. That doesn’t mean it’s my diary- or my notebook- but it’s a place to share my thoughts with the world.

Some have said that in order to run for Congress or City Commission, I need a “real” website. I don’t know what could be more “real” than this. It’s an open conversation, on a daily basis with the people I hope to represent. There are static pages like this one, but, in general, try doing a search- you’ll find what I said about something and when I said it- may surprise you.

You can “Subscribe” to the RSS feed from this site- so every time I post- you can automatically be told there is something new here. For that- you either need a standalone RSS reader- or an RSS aware browser (not Microsoft Explorer 6). I highly recommend you add Firefox to your computer- it can coexist with Explorer- and add the Sage extension. There is information on how to do this on my seminar site here.

If you don’t read this as an RSS feed, and want to be updated with every post, you can now subscribe by e-mail.

Just add your e-mail to the box above the search bar on the right sidebar and you’ll get an e-mail to confirm your address, and then you’ll always be in the know, asap (as soon as published)!

If you see something you like- please comment. Don’t send me an e-mail. Share it with everyone. You can make up an account without a link or e-mail to who you are- or use a dummy account- but, all comments will be subject to being edited and approved by me before or after posting. I do filter for inappropriate language, unsubstantiated accusations, stupidity, and spam.

Hopefully- the big ideas here will get bigger- and maybe some of them may actually happen- with your help.


Comments on Posts

We never censor comments based on political or ideological point of view. We only delete those comments that are abusive, off-topic, use excessive foul language, or include ad hominem attacks. Calling people names will not be tolerated. You may find your nasty comments changed to make you look like a chump, so be careful to stick to facts.

The contents of the comments are that of the comment’s author, and obviously do not reflect the opinion of David Esrati or the people who help maintain The commenting system on is open and unmoderated; David Esrati does not personally endorse or condemn any comments.


You shall be solely responsible for your own submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with each of your submissions, you affirm, represent, and/or warrant that: (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and authorize to use all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights in and to any and all such submissions to enable inclusion and use of such submissions in the manner contemplated by and this User Agreement; and (ii) you have the written consent, release, and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in such submissions to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and use of such submissions in the manner contemplated by and this User Agreement. In furtherance of the foregoing, you agree that you will not: (i) submit material that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner to post the material and to grant all of the rights granted herein; (ii) publish falsehoods or misrepresentations that could damage or any third party; (iii) submit material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate; or (iv) post advertisements or solicitations of business.
You agree to indemnify and hold harmless, from and against all losses, expenses, damages and costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting from any violation by you of this Agreement. We reserve the right to take over the exclusive defense of any claim for which we are entitled to indemnification under this Section. In such event, you shall provide us with such cooperation as is reasonably requested by us.

This site may contain various combinations of text, images, audiovisual productions, opinions, statements, facts, articles, market data, stock quotes or other information created by esrati.Com or by third-parties. Due to the number of sources from which content in this service is obtained, and the inherent hazards of electronic distribution, there may be delays, omissions or inaccuracies in such content. Accordingly, such content, including the market data, is for your reference only and should not be relied upon by you for any purpose. Such content is not intended for the purpose of tax or investment advice and it does not advocate the purchase or sale of any security or investment. Information created by third parties that you may access on the service or through links is not adopted or endorsed by and remains the responsibility of such third parties.

This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the State of Ohio, applicable to agreements made and to be performed therein without regard to conflict of laws principles . By continuing to use the service, you agree to abide by the terms of this agreement.

Who we are

Our website address is:


This is a user supported site, and sometimes, we include links to products that we may earn a commission from qualifying sales. These will be clearly marked. Here is the current list of sites that we have a relationship with:


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Technical Information & Site Help

This site uses free, open source software that is designed to work well on any modern web browser, on any modern platform – Mac, PC, and mobile included. We test on many contemporary configurations, but it is impossible for us to recreate every possible usage scenario, as there are literally thousands of them.

We highly recommend the Firefox web browser for a superior internet experience, in addition to a screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher.

The site intends to use XHTML specifications as defined by the W3C, and comply with Section 508 accessibility standards.

If you notice any site issues or have any site usage questions, please contact our technical support.