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  1. ProducerJoey Reghitto

    Joey Reghitto

    27/01/2017
    Public School Marketing Ideas For 2017
    Public School Marketing Ideas For 2017I can’t think of an “industry” that needs this more, especially in California, where sky rocketing home prices, combined with the influx of charter schools is creating a steep decline in the public school population.It’s sad.As a product of...
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    Joey Reghitto
    31/01/2017 #2 Joey Reghitto
    #1 Absolutely! I love Twitter. Everything that is created for other platforms would be shared on Twitter (in a perfect world). There are so many great things going on in schools, they just do a horrible job of letting people know. Hiring people to make sure all the good stuff gets out would be a great way for a district to allocate a few more salaries. btw, I just started following you on Twitter!
    Dorothy Cooper
    28/01/2017 #1 Dorothy Cooper
    Joey, public school seems as popular as meat as a vegan party. There are many twitter chats on education and I think that's a great place to start because everyone is on twitter. I also can think of some ideas and websites. Public education was not designed to meet all needs and this conflict is coming head on nationwide and it's going to get ugly, really ugly. Public education served my two kids very well with their special needs. I worked in a charter school. They can be excellent, but they need to be held to a high threshold as well. Perhaps, interviews and profiles of education and educators on beBee is the place to start. I am on twitter @sittingpretty61 @dorothycooper
  2. Preston Vander Ven
    What was the last thing you said?
    Did it uplift, encourage, edify? Did it speak inspiration and vision?
    Did it speak belief into the person you were communicating with?
    What impact did your words have?
    Being a leader (a REAL leader) is far more than anyone really comprehends -- at least that's what I learned from this Daily Shortcut episode.
    Preston Vander Ven
    THE DAILY SHORTCUT #8
    www.empowernetwork.com THE DAILY SHORTCUT...
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  3. Ayush Garg

    Ayush Garg

    12/12/2016
    This rather monochromatic kind of life is in for a very big change.
    Ayush Garg
    Get Up In The Morning And Go To School? Ah! Maybe Never Again
    www.nakedtruth.in They are likely to perform even...
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  4. Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    What's that buzz I'm hearing? Could it be a bunch of bees doing data science? Read this article to find out...
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    The Honeybee Effect and Its Application in Data Science
    www.foxydatascience.com People like to work together, even if they don’t always admit it. Just like bees, we enjoy collaboration, especially if this entails some bonding too. This is sometimes depicted with the...
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  5. Jim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    07/12/2016
    Jim Taggart
    Leading in a Post-Heroic World: Do You Have What it Takes?
    changingwinds.wordpress.com Updated December 5, 2016 Date Line: 1994, Forbes Magazine THE NEW POST-HEROIC LEADERSHIP ”Ninety-five percent of American managers today say the right thing. Five percent actually do...
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  6. ProducerAndrew 🐝 Goldman
    The Family
    The FamilyHello, friends! Andrew Goldman here. Just as I promised on my latest stream to write a post about the family, here it is. Our world is a magical place. Everything is connected to one another. We are a part of one. But when it comes down to our...
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    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    03/12/2016 #14 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Very true, thanks for a great comment, @Irene Hackett#13
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    03/12/2016 #12 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Very true, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher Thanks for a great comment! #11
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    03/12/2016 #11 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    Love this buzz @Andrew 🐝 Goldman. I am reminded by my grown children a lot of the positive impacts I had on their lives and sometimes they remind of the not so positive. We have to be open to hearing the 'not so positives,' in order to continue to grow. It's rare my kids share negative memories and even then, they aren't as bad as I would have envisioned because parents can be very hard on themselves as it is. I love the positive impacts they speak of because it leads to further conversation and how they are choosing to raise their own children now. This stood out, "One person can do a lot." Yes, if one person does something positive it can have a ripple effect.
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    03/12/2016 #10 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Thanks for a great comment, @Ken Boddie! Have an awesome weekend! #9
    Ken Boddie
    02/12/2016 #9 Ken Boddie
    Our family members, Andrew, like everyone else, have a range of personalities. If we attempt to understand these differences and acknowledge then with our loved ones, then we'll all be a lot happier. You'll see what I mean in this buzz I published previously, using 'Modern Family' members to illustrate the personality types: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/do-you-know-your-characters
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    01/12/2016 #8 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Great comment, @David B. Grinberg Thank you! I believe that love and respect starts with us. It is hard but possible even for people with no relatives. After all everyone in the world is a relative. #7
    David B. Grinberg
    01/12/2016 #7 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Andrew. You offer many words of wisdom. I think some of the problems in America and elsewhere stem from a breakdown of the so-called nuclear family, particularly in urban areas. I imagine it's gut wrenching for a child to be raised by a single parent, not to mention perhaps never knowing who the other parent is, where they are, or why they left. This replaces love and security with feelings of abandonment, guilt and remorse. Thus, the importance of family structure cannot be overstated IMHO.
    I'm sharing this on three hives. Keep buzzing, my friend!
    Brian McKenzie
    30/11/2016 #6 Brian McKenzie
    My family was not the rosy Normal Rockwell fantasy. I haven't talked to them in 30 years, I see no reason to change that trend in the next 30 years either. Nor will I continue this lineage - these genes die with me.
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    30/11/2016 #5 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Thank you, Barbara! Have an awesome day! #3
    Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    30/11/2016 #4 Andrew 🐝 Goldman
    Thank you, @Aleksey Kharlamov. Have an awesome day! #1
    Bárbara Fernandez Lima
    30/11/2016 #3 Bárbara Fernandez Lima
    Your article is very, very interesting. I believe in our family shapes us to be who we are. And btw, I love this serie modern family :)
    Aleksey Kharlamov
    30/11/2016 #1 Aleksey Kharlamov
    Great post! Thank you!
  7. Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    What do you think about mentorship? Lately I've been contemplating on this matter, as I recently got involved with a mentoring company. Here is the article I wrote about the topic: . BTW, I know the image is not that relevant, but the photos I find that are under CC license are quite limited in variety!
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    The Value of Mentorship in Data Science
    www.foxydatascience.com Data science is a rapidly evolving field, there is no doubt about that. However, this doesn’t have to be a stress factor for those involved in it. In fact, you can benefit from this as a field...
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  8. ProducerJim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    27/11/2016
    Why America is Good and Great
    Why America is Good and GreatNegativity is corrosive. It eats away at one’s spirit, slowly weakening an individual’s outlook on life to the point that all seems to be lost. It’s a travesty to watch.When it occurs at a collective level, such as within a community or even that of...
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    Jim Taggart
    29/11/2016 #4 Jim Taggart
    #1 Thanks for reading this post, Donna-Luisa. Yes, the title no doubt gave the impression of chest thumping.
    Jim Taggart
    29/11/2016 #3 Jim Taggart
    #2 Thanks for taking the time to share your insights.
    Harvey Lloyd
    29/11/2016 #2 Harvey Lloyd
    @Jim Taggart i agree with your post. Negative was once described to me as me drinking poison and hoping someone else gets sick. But i would add that we have many pressing issues here that seem to have social implications in there management. We are in areas of unsustainability from wall street to main street.

    In some ways i agree with the protestors basic complaints but we also need fiscal responsibility. My main concern is that our government is being asked to legislate social behaviour. I am sure some is warranted, but with each passing year new and deeper ties to community expectation are being driven by government. Too much history has dictated how this ends.

    I do believe that dialogue does exist on both sides of the issue that we can meet all of the demands our society has. Unfortunately society will have to participate in the pain and the gain, here in lies the rub.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    29/11/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Jim Taggart thanks for sharing this. I will admit sheepishly I was not inclined to read based on the title, but I'm glad I have. The negatives seem to have a sweeping effect on the US right now so vision may be a bit clouded. We are indeed shallow at times...but right now, I think the USA has lost its glimmer as a dark and disturbing present and future seems imminent in my humble opinion.
    You have certainly given me pause, and I hope many others will feel inclined to share their thoughts also.
    Great observations
  9. Eric Dirst

    Eric Dirst

    15/11/2016
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    Eric Dirst
    Bootcamp - IoT | DeVry Bootcamp
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  10. Jim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    12/11/2016
    Uncertainty for Silicon Valley
    Jim Taggart
    Trump’s Presidency Could Upend the Way Silicon Valley Works
    www.wired.com Silicon Valley leaders rejected Donald Trump's candidacy. Now they're struggling to come to terms with what his presidency will mean for their...
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  11. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    10/11/2016
    Between Mysticism and Reality – The Realm of Imagination
    Between Mysticism and Reality – The Realm of ImaginationThis post was inspired by three disconnected, yet in my fertile mind, related things. The first was a recent post by Phil Friedman on Mysticism vs. Rationality (On Forcing Perception to fit Preconception). The second was a quote from a...
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    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    13/11/2016 #55 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #54 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli, if you write a buzz about this please tag me, I love your stories! This was great.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #54 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #53 Dear Phil, I would not take offence no matter what you would say for my incredulity too knew no bounds; and each time i met such folks it only increased my bewilderment and instilled a sense of acceptance of waves and frequencies (that is the word some used) which were simply beyond my ken. I spent quality time poking, provoking, testing, cross-checking and talking to them at length. I actually wanted to do a small book on my experiences with these amazing people, but had trouble deploying reason on their prowess. Barring their reticence, they allowed me to frisk them, remove all gadgets etc from their person...but they would just close their eyes, meditate and tell it like it is! One person would talk to a small stick, keeping it to his ear as if he was on long distance call and ask someone at some other wooden end! Did i feel like a fool! Were they laughing at me! One even offered to teach me, but backed off when i said I was married :) (what was that about?)...these are my experiences and not just claims Phil. Some of these folks are still around. But I no longer mess around with them. But I sure will write about some of the encounters and share them just for the interest factor. Thank you for your response.
    Phil Friedman
    13/11/2016 #53 Phil Friedman
    #51 Praveen, with all due respect, I am incredulous, particularly because you claim involves your having personally encountered "many mystics" with such powers. It is such a controversial subject that, if you had personal encounters with a great number of such Mystics with such powers, I would have expected a full blown scientific study of the encounters, for documentation of circumstances and repeatability. And what a marvelous thing it would be to establish the truth of such claims once and for all,
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #51 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #12 Dear Phil, Intuition has also been defined as 'the direct perception of knowledge'' without tools of reason or empiricism aiding that perception. I have personally encountered mystics (many) who have been able to read the thoughts of a total stranger (who I knew well) 1500 kilometers away, just upon being provided the person's full name. I even called that person after this meeting with the mystic to verify the same. While the thought of the stranger itself was unusual the fact that someone so remote could access that exact thought was simply stupefying! Am as puzzled about it today as I was then. When i asked how he could do such a thing, that rustic mystic just smiled and said practice and mentioned some process that involved investing firstly belief, and a lot of sustained effort. I assume there must be some higher science to it involving physics, near-instantaneous travel, and so on! ;)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    13/11/2016 #50 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Great thoughts dear Kev. Questioning, reasoning, wondering, dreaming, postulating etc., is everyone's prerogative. It is forcing perception to fit pre-conception (in a recent instance some folks mistakenly forced their perceptions and assumed a bee was building a cult - when it was not so - and started a long thread that was based on a wrong assumption! We were light-years away from a breakthrough there actually ;). It really hurt a lot of enthusiastic, curious and wondering minds who were developing a wonderful rapport with each other. Things could have been reasonably resolved in an offline mode as most of it was technical and beyond the Ken of even perhaps a Boddie! ;) (No offence meant to our dear Wandering Aengus there :). It was a kind of in-hive inter-group talk that was rudely intruded upon sort of :) However, that threat revealed the limits of Reason in a nutshell. Reason is beautiful. Imagination is wonderful. Out of wonder and imagination sprang all seeds of enquiry and thought. We must never forget that. Of course Dreaming should be followed by Doing, once the vision is laid out to a plan. The patterns, the forms, the fractals (more like units of similarity, recurring abundantly)...they have messages to convey am sure! We can't just say that they are just there and that's that can we? Ignorance is not bliss for all! Seeking answers can be / is a tortuous path to self-realisation. The cold comfort of Reason may not suffice for all. The cult of Reason is equally abhorrent to many. The sage and tolerant accept, acknowledge and respect all for their respective worth and seek Reason and Imagination for answers and inspiration.
    Mark Anthony
    12/11/2016 #49 Mark Anthony
    Well @Kevin Pashuk, rationally thinking this makes complete sense . I always remember snippets of info that stick with me ,of the top of my head from my studying days . One of those was " When we're born we bring something with us and as time goes on we lose that something " . I also feel a sense of anger and resentment towards social norms when I read posts like yours . Thankyou
    Mohammed Sultan
    12/11/2016 #46 Mohammed Sultan
    @Kevin Pashuk .The post is not only interesting but also beneficial.Each of us posses a nearly limitless creative strands of thoughts,the challenge is to uncover them and develop them.Changing of learning contexts generates new energy as well as creativity and imagination ,but you can't change contexts without having the patience to learn something new.We should teach students how to free themselves from fear when facing challenging tasks or uncertain situations.Fear sometimes force us to get satisfied with the status quo and to any obvious first solution.Innovative thinking also emerges from ensuring a healthy level of personal balance.Teachers should teach students how to approach new challenges and break the traditional patterns of their brains with sharpened inquisitiveness.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    12/11/2016 #45 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Kevin Pashuk, I am sure you are familiar with this Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"; it is one of my favs, as is the quote you used by Robert Kennedy~
    https://youtu.be/iG9CE55wbtY
    "A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral." ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #44 Kevin Pashuk
    #43 Conscious Excavations?? Sounds a bit painful to me, but thanks for sharing it there Charles.
    Charles David Upchurch
    11/11/2016 #43 Charles David Upchurch
    Thanks for tagging me in on this, @Milos Djukic.

    @Kevin Pashuk I could not tell if this was already shared to the Conscious Excavations hive, so sharing it to there now.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    11/11/2016 #42 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    #37 I agree Kevin and the wonderful thing, it passes on to the next generation!! My mom used to say "Anything is possible, just don't give up or lose faith in yourself," we remember even 'words' like that. Those words translated into meaning!
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #41 Kevin Pashuk
    #31 Thanks Rami. Divergent thinking is just that... divergent.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #40 Kevin Pashuk
    #30 Thanks for your comment Joris. There's a huge difference between the number of people who want change for their nation, and the number of people willing to change if it would benefit the nation (or organization). The education model common in North America and Europe has its roots in the industrial revolution, where people were moving from an agriculture economy to a manufacturing economy. The factories needed workers who could do repetitive tasks and take instruction without questioning. There has to be be a widespread desire (and voice) for a nation to realize this model doesn't support our current needs. Finland was an exception. It took drastic measures to reform their educational system, and while nothing is a panacea, the results are promising.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #39 Kevin Pashuk
    #29 Love Shel Silverstein's work Robert... but I like your quote better.

    "We don't send explorers out into the world. We send out duplicates. That's such a shame."

    Well said my friend.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #38 Kevin Pashuk
    #28 You would think we would get smarter in our old age Ken when it comes to politician promising change. It reminds me of the fresh new politician campaigning and in his speech mentions all the corruption and gravy train perks given to Senators. When asked if he was going to change it, he (honestly replied) "Heck no!! I want to get in on it!" It was probably his last election.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #37 Kevin Pashuk
    #27 Thanks Lisa. I've often told my kids, "In your imagination, anything is possible. You can fly, you can be invisible, you can be a hero. The real magic, is when you translate those dreams into reality. THAT is innovation."
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #36 Kevin Pashuk
    #26 Thanks for the link to your post on Creativity Sara. Great read.

    'Creativity' by itself is indeed hard to measure. It's like the Supreme Court Judge, when asked how he defined 'pornography' said "I may not how know how to define pornography, but I know it when I see it."

    That's the challenge of schools trying to introduce 'creative thinking' and 'lateral thinking' into the curriculum. It's generally difficult to build into a rubric. You can see evidence of this kind of thinking in the output...

    At our school, I asked the academic leadership to describe an 'exceptional learning experience'. They went away for two weeks and came back with stories of what it would look like, the behaviours they would see in students, the metrics they would use to measure success, and the learning environment that would support this type of learning, which included collaboration, self discovery, solving problems that have no 'right' answer, etc.

    The school (and this is critical) committed to supporting the development of this type of educational experience.

    We are an independent school, so we do not have the challenges that public school boards face, but it is my core belief that every student globally needs to have an exceptional learning experience.
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #35 Kevin Pashuk
    #24 There's a great Japanese proverb. Substitute 'Dream' for 'Vision'.

    "Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare."
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #34 Kevin Pashuk
    #22 Thanks Franci, and let us not forget that quote attributed to Mark Twain... "I have never let my education interfere with my learning."
    Kevin Pashuk
    11/11/2016 #33 Kevin Pashuk
    #19 Thanks Phillip. Dig into the comments... you'll certainly see some great insight.
  12. Paul Frank Gilbert
    Another great example of a "news source" putting their own spin on the actual words of someone. John Merrill is talking about automatically registering people to vote not about how more voting would cheapen the work of civil rights heroes. The headline will be read by many ... the article itself by few ... and people will assume fiction as fact. THIS is why you have to do your own research, sometimes as simple as actually reading the article the soundbite title is supposedly covering.
    Paul Frank Gilbert
    Alabama secretary of state says more voting would cheapen the work of civil rights heroes.
    www.slate.com Automatic voter registration has recently emerged a key tool in increasing the United States’ anemic voter turnout. The process is simple: Whenever an ...
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  13. ProducerJim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    30/10/2016
    Generation Y’s Playbook to Succeed in a Messy Economy
    Generation Y’s Playbook to Succeed in a Messy EconomyBill Morneau, a newbie politician, probably didn’t quite bank on being handed the country’s most senior cabinet post, and then only months later in a new government mandate find deficit projections and economic forecasts going out the window. Age...
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  14. Jim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    20/10/2016
    Take a moment to check out my post on adapting to change.
    Jim Taggart
    Six Enablers to Building Organizational Change Adaptability
    changingwinds.wordpress.com Have you had enough? Of change that is. As 86 year-old American poet and author Maya Angelou once said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your...
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  15. Agata Osowska

    Agata Osowska

    19/10/2016
    A new plan for anxious feelings: escape the custard! | Neil Hughes | TEDxLeamingtonSpa
    A new plan for anxious feelings: escape the custard! | Neil Hughes | TEDxLeamingtonSpa Comedian, author, and physicist Neil Hughes lived with anxiety for years before he had a strange realisation: anxiety is just like custard! This surprising...
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    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    19/10/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    Thanks for sharing @Agata Osowska - the custard trap metaphor is a really stellar way to rethink about our mental cycles.
    Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    19/10/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 Helfrich
    @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher - this is enjoyable....
  16. ProducerJim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    16/10/2016
    Samsung’s Failed Executive Leadership
    Samsung’s Failed Executive LeadershipBeing the top leader of an organization, whether in the public or private sphere, is no easy task. What’s more appropriately called executive managerial leadership (as opposed to the overused, feel good term “leadership”), those at the helm of...
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  17. ProducerJim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    09/10/2016
    To Tithe or not to Tithe: The Moral Question
    To Tithe or not to Tithe: The Moral QuestionThe use of the words “tithe” or “tithing” in modern society have their origin long before Jesus Christ was born. A tithe today means typically giving 10% of your gross annual income to your church. The Mormon faith (The Church of Jesus Christ of...
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  18. Tanmoy Ray

    Tanmoy Ray

    06/10/2016
    Tanmoy Ray
    Limitations of the University League Tables (QS, Times Higher Education & ARWU)
    goo.gl When it comes to Study Abroad, there is always an apprehension among the students (and parents) about return on investment apart from the anxiety...
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  19. ProducerJim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    02/10/2016
    Designated Survivor: A Trumpian Nightmare
    Designated Survivor: A Trumpian NightmareWhen it premiered on November, 6, 2001, the FOX series 24 came close to never making it to TV. September 11—dubbed 911—had occurred only two months previously, the devastating attacks in a matter of hours by a handful of terrorists which led to...
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  20. ProducerJim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    25/09/2016
    My Pal Vlad: Leadership on a Slippery Slope
    My Pal Vlad: Leadership on a Slippery SlopeThis is a story about two leaders. And as we’ll see shortly, leadership is not always as clear cut as we’d like to believe. It can, indeed, reside on a slippery slope.He was born to Maria Shelomova in Leningrad on October, 7, 1952. His birth came a...
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    Jim Taggart
    26/09/2016 #2 Jim Taggart
    #1 Thanks for taking the time to stop by to read my most recent post.
    debasish majumder
    25/09/2016 #1 debasish majumder
    lovely article Jim Taggart. enjoyed read. thank you for sharing the post.
  21. Joyce Redlon

    Joyce Redlon

    22/09/2016
    HIDDEN CAM: University of Houston Facilitates "Emotional First Aid Kits" for Students
    HIDDEN CAM: University of Houston Facilitates "Emotional First Aid Kits" for Students In this hilarious and satirical video, James O’Keefe once again takes on the overly sensitive college policies and professors who are mollycoddling students...
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  22. Jim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    22/09/2016
    Are you a passionate leader?
    Jim Taggart
    Are You a Passionate Leader?
    changingwinds.wordpress.com Updated September 10, 2016 I have never seen results accomplished without passion. – Peter Drucker What propels you as a human being? What are your greatest passions? Is it quilting and...
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  23. ProducerJim Taggart

    Jim Taggart

    18/09/2016
    The Whole World is Watching
    The Whole World is WatchingI love living in Canada and being a Canadian. In typical Canadian fashion, I’m not a flag waver nor engage in what often seems at times adolescent patriotism south of the border. But I have to share a secret, not only mine but that of my fellow 35...
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    Jim Taggart
    21/09/2016 #12 Jim Taggart
    #4 Nicely expressed, Pamela.
    Brian McKenzie
    20/09/2016 #7 Brian McKenzie
    Enjoy - https://youtu.be/sGUNPMPrxvA
    Maybe we need an interim leadership of Transition of the Kardasians at 1600 Pennsylvania ..... don't think that somewhere somebody isn't dreaming of that 'Utopia"
    Brian McKenzie
    20/09/2016 #6 Brian McKenzie
    It is a reality show - for how bad could it be.... I would recommend you watch Idiocracy (Honestly, I felt we were living in that idiom since 2007) PS - the US was drafted as a Constitutional Representative Republic - NEVER a Democracy (which is one of the big reasons you have the mess the US is in now - it has no historical foundation as a 'democracy', much less any damned moral authority to spread its ilk across the planet - usually via murder, thuggery and extortion) Signed 1/2 Canadian, 1/8 Choctaw, 100% US Vet ~ that owns a couple of Econ Degrees and entirely too many deployments with dead bodies a plenty.
    John Valledor
    20/09/2016 #5 John Valledor
    As an American citizen-Veteran, I read stories like this, hand wringing, and patiently take it all in. My advice is simple, "don't take counsel of your fears!" America, and the world have survived worst times. Go back a few decades to the global threats of Fascist Germany, and the decades of doomsday war mongering of the Soviet Union. Yes, the current Middle East threats that originate out of a decadent interpretation of a religion are nothing to ignore, but when compared to the scale of destruction of say, Nazi Germany, it pales in comparison. I honestly believe the next President will be tested right off the starting block...there are a host of evil doers itching to test America's resolve and mettle, and will do so! Crises bring out the best in America. Just recall the D-Day invasion and the Moon shot.
    So, I refuse to cower in fear in the face of growing threats we know we can defeat. I ignore twisted media narratives from elitists with corrupt agendas seeking to preserve their vile status quo at all costs. Are the current crop of politicos the worst ever--absolutely! Still, when it comes to harvesting leadership--life has a credible app for that. America is a unique nation. We never cower in fear. We follow no other nation. We get things done...it is in our cultural DNA. Think Olympics. I've seen it with my very own eyes in the stalwart courage of young American soldiers in close combat against the most evil of foes.
    Most people think America's military might and leadership is waning. In fact, there are bad guys around the world who think they can now beat us. I've witnessed this. Reality is, when these same foes decide to punch us in the nose (and they will) what they will really say is, "oh shit, what have we done...America's military is about to wipe us off the face of the Earth!" One such pathetic evil doer named Bin Laden tried us...his lifeless body feeds crabs in the deepest recessess of some nameless ocean.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    20/09/2016 #4 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    First; a little slap on the hand; Please don't generalize about what Americans like to do, or how they think. I don't do that to Canadians.
    And now this; if you think its scary for Canadians, consider being an American who truly doesn't believe either of these candidates is a step forward for our country. I have always been a patriotic American. I come from a long line of men that served this country. I was raised around the military, worked on a military base as a civilian as our guys went off to the Gulf War. Now I sit in a country that seems to have gone stark raving mad. Those who support Hilary seem to be doing so because she is a woman. That is no reason to elect her President. As for Trump; he's a sociopath that I believe, if elected, will be impeached within the first year, now consider the patsy he has for a running mate! Trump represents all that is wrong with what is happening in my country. I do love the United States and what it is supposed to represent.But all of us, the entire world, has turned a blind eye and allowed the quagmire of a political machine take us where we should never have gone. I believe Obama had the right ideas but not the strength to carry them out. Bush and Cheney should have been investigated and prosecuted for their activities.
    We aren't only looking weak, we are making ourselves weak through out own internal struggles. 9/11 scared the hell out of us, the continuing terror attacks keep adding to that fear and that good for nothing blow hard is playing on that fear. This country needs a strong leader, unfortunately it's is neither one of these candidates. But where does that leave us? You think Canada is nervous about this election? Come sit with us for a while once this election is over or open your borders and let the US refugees in because I truly believe that is where this is heading.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/09/2016 #3 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in beBee USA
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/09/2016 #2 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    It is a very concerning situation. Thank you for a well written article.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    20/09/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Yes @Jim Taggart the way you laid it out looks not so hot for Canada...I hope you are wrong. Maybe my head is in the sand still
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