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  1. ProducerPaul Walters

    Paul Walters

    I Can Read The Writing On The Wall. Searching for the best of Street Art.
    I Can Read The Writing On The Wall. Searching for the best of Street Art. Today I find myself in Jogjakarta in central Java; My quest? To ferret out some of the vibrant street art that this city is famous for. Most visitors to this, Indonesia’s cultural hub head straight for the attractions that ‘Jogja’ is famous...
  2. ProducerJoey Reghitto

    Joey Reghitto

    Mental Health
    Mental HealthEveryone has something.Whether it is big or small, it is all overwhelming to the person dealing with it.Alcoholism, depression, ADHD, addiction, schizophrenia, etc.They are all cognitive disorders that may show signs as we grow up, but we...
  3. ProducerAlan Culler

    Alan Culler

    It’s Just Business
    It’s Just BusinessParamount Pictures, The Godfather, "Tell Michael it wasn't personal, just business"“It’s just business, Alan. Don’t take it personally.”It was 20 years ago. My client, a founding CEO, was informing me that he was rejecting my advice on a merger he...
  4. ProducerSusan Rooks

    Susan Rooks

    American Grammar Checkup: Money Down the Drain (Updated)
    American Grammar Checkup: Money Down the Drain (Updated)I first published this post in February 2015, nearly two years ago, when I had about 20 followers on LinkedIn. I believe it's important to occasionally reprise a post, especially when the subject matter matters. And I never published it before here...


    Mohammed Sultan
    05/12/2016 #9 Mohammed Sultan
    #7 Deb.I'm not demonstrating my skills but showing a show case that support my comment.I will never do that as i'm not also seeking any credits or jobs. I wish it's clear.Turn your eyes 5 cent.to the left and this may give an answer to your question.I fully appreciate ,thank you.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    05/12/2016 #8 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Your post is definitely worth the rerun, Susan. Like some of the others, I also use the free version of Grammarly. I find it very helpful.
    Deb Helfrich
    05/12/2016 #7 Deb Helfrich
    I am honored to be mentioned, @Susan Rooks. And I am officially available for discussing a commenting strategy with anyone who thinks they might need to put some thought into the time they spend on social media. Most often, the reason we are here is to build a personal 'brand' that is meant to help us in our work lives. Why squander this opportunity to demonstrate our skills?

    Grammar and spelling are the glue that binds what we type into meaning and sweating these details is part of our professional image. I think that we have been duped into keeping up a self-defeating pace on the internet. I think it is smart business sense for people who are using English as their primary business language to invest in making sure they continue to brush up on their skills, or to seek help with copy-editing.

    Which brings me to the caveat I always have to add. No one should be discouraged from expressing themselves. Let's not judge others because usage is complicated. Both copy editing and copy-editing are correct - I had to look it up.
    Mohammed Sultan
    05/12/2016 #6 Mohammed Sultan
    We have learned from our Mrkt research experience that we can reach a group of people with the same language but to approach a customer whose perception,thinking,feeling not like us requires modifications of your communication strategy to make him closer to the values and spirits of your brands. beeBe is both personal and professional brand targeted toward people of different cultures.The reader got your message because he understood it in his or her terms.For more than 20 years I had been working in marketing,advertising and market research with British executives who were able to learn the local languages because they were very close to their customers.They changed their perceptions to create several impressions in their audiences mind.They learned how to use simple words in a big way although it was hard to do.What was really surprising was when we, together,had language courses lectured by British teachers to improve our report writing skills.The British executives whose mother tongue is English were not only doing spelling mistakes but also used wrong propositions in words like bring up and bring about ,come across and come a long or come over..etc.The teachers suggested that we all study these by heart and turn them into active material and set our content strategy accordingly.Your creative article@Susan Rooks reminded me with Bernard Shaw's famous quote" The US and Britain are two great countries divided by a common language."There's real not imagined cultural differences that also explain why some American products have been unsuccessful in Britain and even in Canada ,its neighbor.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/12/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Hate those homophones! My personal nemeses are "past" and "passed". I just avoid them.
    Nan Einarson
    05/12/2016 #4 Nan Einarson
    I use the free version of Grammarly to ensure that I use proper grammar in all of my communications. It's amazing!
    Nan Einarson
    05/12/2016 #3 Nan Einarson
    Hi, Susan - Thanks for re-publishing. I think your article is still very relevant. It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same! I see exactly the same issues today as there were back then! I, too, use the free version of Grammarly and find it very helpful, in all of my communications. I use it with Chrome.
    Susan Rooks
    05/12/2016 #2 Susan Rooks
    #1 Thanks, @Phil Friedman! I am always happy to see you here, and thanks for that free version of Grammarly, which I shall check out.
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    No need to apologize, Susan, for republishing this. It is a great piece , with solid advice I would only add that I have a free version of Grammarly running as an add-inn to FireFox and it overlays itself on just about every online editor that I am using, including beBee and LinkedIn. It is very good at spellchecking, backed up by an integral grammar check, and always offers easy options. I am very impressed after a couple of months. Cheers!
  5. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Good news to all beBee members , we are expanding to under the water now, wow !
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Scientists just discovered there are ‘bees’ in the oceans
    grendz.com For the first time, researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land. Just like their terrestrial cousins, grasses under the sea shed pollen to sexually reproduce. Until now,...
  6. ProducerJohn White, MBA

    John White, MBA

    High School Sports Are As American As Apple Pie
    High School Sports Are As American As Apple PieLately, the USA has been the punch line in a lot of jokes around the world due to our ridiculous election season. Frankly, these jokes were well warranted and deserved. I'm not here to make this some sort of American flag-waving nationalistic we're...


    Jim Cody
    05/12/2016 #16 Jim Cody
    Fifty-two+ years ago and still enjoy the spirit and enthusiasm. Thanks @John White, MBA fir a great buzz
    Bill Stankiewicz
    05/12/2016 #15 Bill Stankiewicz
    Love this post John White!! You and Lisa do a great job in the posts & articles that are created. They enrich all of our lives!!! best regards, Bill Stankiewicz
    CityVP Manjit
    05/12/2016 #14 CityVP Manjit
    #9 I like the bit where someone described the whole feel of Golddigger Stadium as pure Americana. The big difference I saw from the video between what I have seen out of the extravagance demonstrated in Texas is sense of community. Whereas the Texas stories are highly tribal, I got a real sense of friendship, community and family spirit in the Idaho Springs video. That is the difference I think Hollywood choosing Texas locations for drama and a more authentic relationship.

    It turns out in my follow up to this story that Clear Creek High School has been moved to Evergreen and but the Golddiggers remain in Idaho Springs - but that is not where my learning stops here. I took a stop by to peek at the DIGGERS core tenants

    DIGGERS - CCHS Student Athlete Core Covenants

    They also have a Coaches Covenant but the chief values that I find most relevant are transcribed in the Student Covenant. They spell out what DIGGERS means in much more detail but the overall moniker is :


    That value statement contains the core of RISE which usually is Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence - the school chose Spirit instead of Service. I actually prefer the word SPIRIT - too many communities water down things to service when spirit is more.
    Irene Hackett
    05/12/2016 #13 Anonymous
    Thanks for the tag @Lisa Gallagher. what a great buzz @John White, MBA! Enjoyed the pics and video. How great that you were a coach! I used to be on the basketball team in Jr. High & had a very short stint on the drill team in high school. (I quit to get a job - silly me!) The fun and comaradre is just so special! And of course the life lessons are priceless - teamwork, discipline, stretch goals, & so many more. I think what I loved most was the intensity of emotion shared with my teammates. Winning is great - but winning together as a team after putting in long hard hours of training together - is a blast!!
    John White, MBA
    05/12/2016 #12 John White, MBA
    #11 That is in the town of Idaho Springs. It's about a 2 hour drive from Fort Collins where I live if the roads are good.
    Lisa Gallagher
    05/12/2016 #11 Lisa Gallagher
    #9 I can see why you'd be partial to that town @John White, MBA, what a cool, old fashioned town! How far is Clear Creek from you? It's in or near Idaho Springs? I wonder how far that is from my son, looks like a place I'd love to visit! So many beautiful places in Colorado.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    05/12/2016 #10 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Yes, your post is quite timely, John, because this is what makes America great - not past tense but present tense. America is still great, IMO. Just because some events aren't to our liking doesn't mean the country has gone to hell. Thank you, John for your positive buzz.
    John White, MBA
    04/12/2016 #9 John White, MBA
    #8 @CityVP Manjit In Colorado our stadiums are not as big as Texas. BUT texas has got nothing on this stadium. Set high in the mountains in an old mining town, I'd rather see a game here than anywhere in Texas. However, I'm a bit partial to mountains. https://www.facebook.com/VisitClearCreek/posts/10152004797310379
    CityVP Manjit
    04/12/2016 #8 CityVP Manjit
    #4 Explains why the Dallas Cowboys became to be known "America's Team" and why Friday Night Lights as a movie would not have worked as well, anywhere else other than Odessa/Midland, Texas.
    John White, MBA
    04/12/2016 #7 John White, MBA
    #3 *It's own country.
    Lisa Gallagher
    04/12/2016 #5 Lisa Gallagher
    We've always been great, improvements are always part of growing. I'm glad you posted this buzz to remind people about just one of the things that makes the USA so great. I don't want to make this political so I will just say one thing- Telling the world, "We need to make America great again," is sending a very bad message which leads me to the crux of your buzz- you shared one GREAT example of why we are great and sports is one major feat that unites many of us.

    I bet your memories are wonderful from your coaching days @John White, MBA and I noticed you still play tennis! My brother played on the HS tennis team and his coach was so respected. His former coach died a few years ago and many former team mates were extremely saddened by the news and went to his funeral. That coach made a lifelong impact on his players he coached.

    Jason, the basketball player from the video... WOW- Happy tears!!!! So many things unite us and remind us how we do come together for various reasons, sports included. Love the photos.... the football players praying in the snow, what a story that photo tells. Thank you for sharing this John! Sharing and tweeting.
    John White, MBA
    04/12/2016 #4 John White, MBA
    #3 @CityVP Manjit: Texas is practically its own county. LOL
    CityVP Manjit
    04/12/2016 #3 CityVP Manjit
    First of all we should read this soccer score from the British Premier League - Bournemouth 4 Liverpool 1 http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38121184 That game was today's big news in England. The ground capacity for the winning Premier League professional football team is about 11000+

    Now I will go to just one state in America - the state of Texas and list out its capacities In Texas there are 1305 High School Football Stadiums with a total combined capacity of 4.13 million. The 10th biggest high school stadium in Texas has a capacity of 15,000. That is 4000 MORE than a game that went out live all over the world between Bournemouth and Liverpool.

    Then things get extra crazy when one considers the sizes of college football stadiums. Yet it shows how valued high school sports is in America. That the large percentage of professionals flow through to traditional American sports - just imagine as soccer begins to take off in America - the kind of team the USA will be in a decades time in terms of being a world power.

    The root of all that stems from high school sports and the community that comes out to support those sports. I agree it is quite a remarkable and unique phenomena. And it does not stop there residents of McKinney North in Texas have voted to build a $62 million stadium http://sportsday.dallasnews.com/high-school/high-schools/2016/05/09/mckinney-north-coach-mike-fecci-excited-new-stadium-voters-really-voices-heard
    Gert Scholtz
    04/12/2016 #2 Gert Scholtz
    @John White, MBA High school sport is the best - coaching and partaking (long ago). At the moment I am coaching four school athletes - immensely satisfying. Nice article on a joint passion. Thanks John.
  7. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Does anyone still remember this? This one is more than 16 years old. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝


    Preston Vander Ven
    05/12/2016 #3 Preston Vander Ven
    I didn't recognize that until I read the comments. My college years.
    Brian McKenzie
    05/12/2016 #2 Brian McKenzie
    I told a coworker to be careful with her computer on April Fool's day because i saw someone turn her mouse tracking ball upside down..... she turned her mouse over, opened the cover, took the ball out, blew on it, rotated it and put it back in. How I kept a straight face while being "Helpful" is beyond me. The next year, i saw her pull this trick on a guy - good times at the old Insurance Cube Farm.
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    It's the tracking ball on the bottom of an early "mouse" -- before optics took over.
  8. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    “The picture that you took with your camera is the imagination you want to create with reality.” — Scott Lorenzo Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝


    Zacharias Voulgaris
    05/12/2016 #3 Zacharias Voulgaris
    #2 Such a beautiful animal!
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    05/12/2016 #2 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Zacharias Voulgaris
    05/12/2016 #1 Zacharias Voulgaris
    Is that a fox next to the photographer?
  9. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.”
    — Anonymous
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
  10. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” — Robert Frank Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
  11. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”
    — Destin Sparks
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
  12. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Meanwhile in Slovenia... Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝


    Carlos Souza Ribeiro
    05/12/2016 #3 Carlos Souza Ribeiro
    Aonde fica isto @Flavio Souza , realmente é um Paraíso
    José Ramón López
    05/12/2016 #2 José Ramón López
    wooou!!! Nice.
    John White, MBA
    05/12/2016 #1 John White, MBA
    Oh, wow!!
  13. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    A sparrow perches on a branch of a maple tree with leaves turned red at Hibiya Park in Tokyo on Sunday - AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
  14. Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic
    Better Science Communication Is Critical, The New Yorker’s Michael Specter Argues | Scope Blog
    scopeblog.stanford.edu As part of Stanford's Bio-X Seminar Series, Michael Specter, staff writer at The New Yorker, spoke to an audience of over 70 researchers and students...


    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #10 Phil Friedman
    Thank you, Milos, for inviting me to read and comment. I agree that science should not be considered a world unto its own and scientists the priests of that world. Instead, scientists should reach out to communicate with an educated, intelligent, but lay audience, the summary elements of their knowledge and findings.

    A fellow academic (and scientist) once told me that if you can't explain your concepts, at least in terms of their basic principles, to such an audience, then you are not clear enough yourself on those concepts.

    This is not, of course, to say that anyone with a couple of books (or access to the internet on a laptop) can do valid scientific research, without serious training and education in a given field. To my mind, those who claim to be self-taught physicists or physicians or behavioral phsychologists are invariable full of bull chips. IMO.
    Lisa Gallagher
    05/12/2016 #9 Lisa Gallagher
    Thank you for tagging me @Milos Djukic. This summed it up very well for me: "He argued that scientists have the obligation to not only discover new knowledge and challenge our understanding of the world, but also to present “facts” and “truth” in a way that is accessible understandable for all. “Every young scientist in this room should be talking to people about what they do, why it matters, and why they should care,” he said, urging researchers to:

    Reach out. Talk to people. And maybe listen to people." Could not AGREE more!! What a difference this can make worldwide. They need to speak in layman's terms to drive the facts home.
    Irene Hackett
    04/12/2016 #8 Anonymous
    Thanks for the tag Milos. Interesting to introduce the idea of "obligation" to make scientific results more accessible: "scientists have the obligation to not only discover new knowledge and challenge our understanding of the world, but also to present “facts” and “truth” in a way that is accessible understandable for all." I appreciate this approach. 👍
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/12/2016 #7 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Without science communication and scientific discoveries, the world would be flat.
    CityVP Manjit
    04/12/2016 #6 CityVP Manjit
    Canada lived through its post-truth era with the Harper government. Love him or hate him, Justin Trudeau has lifted many restrictions that bound scientific practice in Canada This was how it was back then http://www.academicmatters.ca/2013/05/harpers-attack-on-science-no-science-no-evidence-no-truth-no-democracy/ The next article is Justin Trudeau's response to scientific practice in Canada http://www.nature.com/news/canada-creates-science-minister-post-1.18739 Rather than use words like Post-Truth, the realities of science communication are writ deep when we look at how political leaders relate to science. At the same time grassroots scientific communication does have a role to play in communicating science to a broader cross section, rather than remain in their individual Islands of Excellence.
    Max J. Carter
    04/12/2016 #4 Max J. Carter
    #2 Thank you @Milos Djukic for living that intent and that comes from all of us that will benefit from your work.
    Milos Djukic
    04/12/2016 #2 Anonymous
    #1 Thanks @Max J. Carter, That's my intention.
    Max J. Carter
    04/12/2016 #1 Max J. Carter
    From the article.

    "He argued that scientists have the obligation to not only discover new knowledge and challenge our understanding of the world, but also to present “facts” and “truth” in a way that is accessible understandable for all."

    One of the most hope inspiring things I have read.
  15. ProducerIan Weinberg

    Ian Weinberg

    Prejudice and other violations
    Prejudice and other violationsSo prevalent has it become that one can almost conclude that standing in judgement of each other has become our default mode. Closely allied to this latter mode, or in fact as a consequence of it, is prejudice. The prevailing levels of judgement...


    Ian Weinberg
    05/12/2016 #16 Ian Weinberg
    Thanks @Phil Friedman and thanks @Harvey Lloyd for your input. I return to cogitation mode in pursuit of the Holy Grail!
    Harvey Lloyd
    05/12/2016 #15 Harvey Lloyd
    @Ian Weinberg this discussion is an important one. Reading the thoughts of both yourself and @Phil Friedman have been challenging. I do believe the discussion embodies the current election craziness we sense at the center.

    I hold the belief that as humans we must decern our environment and make decisions. Whether it be fatherly, family or professional. From the outside this could appear judgmental, not haveing all of the discerning pieces that went into the choice.

    I read your post more from a perspective of general attitudes/perceptions. Your post stated many of the things we observe in social behaviours, in our post-election environment. Many of the folks who silently sat in awe of the past 8 years have been awakened and found a voice. Is this good or bad, is for another debate. However, it does exacerbate your thoughts here.

    Thanks to you and Phil for haveing this enlightening discussion. I would make one further point though, consensus on the debate will have to happen at some point in the future. What we hold to be as close to the truth must be decided. The lines are being drawn and without a clear set of guidelines of "judgement" within our social understanding, it will not end well.
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #14 Phil Friedman
    #13 Sorry, Ian but that is NOT what I am saying, nor is it what I said. What I am saying is:

    First, I think that some of the inferences being made from your discussion are not validly drawn from what you say, but themselves appear to me to be based on prejudgments. For example, I do not take what you are saying to actually assert or support the view that there is no objective truth. You can correct me if I am wrong about that.

    Second, what I am asserting is that we must have an intellectual commitment to the existence of objective truth of some kind whether or not we can ultimately know that truth perfectly. If not, then all science and other intellectual pursuits are meaningless.

    Third, that what is subjective and often relative are our perceptions of truth (or fact), which perceptions may be more or less in alignment with underlying reality. Science and other intellectual pursuits represent for me an ongoing dialogue that seeks to move closer to that reality by exploring and exchanging, examining and discussing ideas and concepts. We don't "make" truth; we seek to discover it, albeit only more or less successfully, and always tentatively.

    Fourth, the dialogue involved, of needs, requires making judgments all the time. And there is nothing wrong with being "judgmental" in that sense. But being "judgmental" in that sense is often confused with what I term "pre-judgment" -- or in other words prejudice based on irrelevant factors, not in any way related to whether a set of assertions or postulates may be more or less reflective of the underlying reality, the "truth".

    Fifth, if you insist on conflating being judgmental (which is inevitable) with being prejudiced or pre-judgmental, you are doing a disservice to the cause of intellectual engagement and exploration, as well as opening up the door to the proponents of Universal and Absolute Relativism -- which is nihilistic claptrap. Cheers and thanks for being open to discussion.
    Ian Weinberg
    05/12/2016 #13 Ian Weinberg
    #12 Phil, please walk me through this: If I assert something to be true and it is true, then it represents the truth. Epistemologically it is the closest to fact. One assumes that my truth is developed from an honest and comprehensive reasoning of all available, relevant substrate. I understand from your response that other asserted truths relating to the same concept provide no further epistemological value if derived in the same manner. And further, if the truth of individual assertions be limited by subjectivity and it is acknowledged to be incomplete truth due to subjectivity, then it is an untruth because even if pooled with other subjectivity-limiting truths, there can be no further evolution towards truth. Concluding then, authentic fact is derived from an honest and comprehensive reasoning of all available relevant substrate which renders redundant the dialoguing of similar concepts derived in the same way.
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #12 Phil Friedman
    #11 and while you're at it, consider if you will, The Liar's Paradox. Which amounts to how one evaluates the assertion by someone that all statements are lies. If the statement is true, then it must be a lie and therefore false. Or if true, then it belies the claim that all statements are lies. And so again it must be false. I believe that the problem with absolute relativism is akin to The Liar's Paradoex. cheers!
    Ian Weinberg
    05/12/2016 #11 Ian Weinberg
    #9 Ok Phil, I'll need to chew on this a while.
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #9 Phil Friedman
    #8 No , Ian, I am asserting exactly the opposite of what you take me to be saying. Your interpretation is symptomatic of dogmatic relativism, which pretends to celebrate rational discussion, but which actually makes an a priori assumption that precludes consideration of any position other than your own. I did NOT say your assertion are grunts. I only said if your assertion that there are no absolute truths, than all assertions, including yours, are grunts. And so your position is its own reductio ad absurdum. That is a far cry from saying your assertions are grunts.
    Ian Weinberg
    05/12/2016 #8 Ian Weinberg
    #7 Phil, we are unlikely to arrive at absolute truth, which in itself is probably a relative concept . Our best effort at making sense of our environment is to use objective reasoning in the context of a given subjectivity, in an attempt to transcend the limits of our subjectivity. Additional to this is the engagement with other subjective folk in a constructive way so that more substrate becomes available for reasoning and evaluation and the subjective bias is diluted. The mode of engagement is fundamental because if we retain mutual sensitivity and remain in rapport we achieve, collectively, a more valuable outcome. By referring to my (and presumably other) assertions as just another collection of ‘grunts’ you expose your own modus of engagement in communication. You appear to be at a place where you are judging other points of view as ‘grunts’ and default to accepting your own judgement. It begs the question of what reasoning substrate your bias would allow you to place value upon for personal integration? There is a possibility that at the end of the day your epistemological compass would have shrunk you down to your own turf/comfort zone/world-view after disrespecting a whole host of external ‘grunts’ irrespective of their intrinsic value!
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #7 Phil Friedman
    #4 Sorry Ian, without validi judgement -- whether or not we can ultimately determine which judgments are valid -- there is no truth. Without truth -- whether or not we can ultimately determine what is true and what is not -- there is only subjective grunting. And that includes your assertions here. So if I accept your assertions, then ipso facto they become meaningless, with no basis for accepting them over any contrary assertions. And, therefore, you will pardon me for choosing to ignore your grunts and choosing instead to stick with mine.

    No, your position, like all attempts to assert absolute relativism, is self-nullifying as worthy of consideration. For such arguments are always their own reductios as absurdum. Cheers.
    Max J. Carter
    05/12/2016 #6 Max J. Carter
    Personally I say judge thyself alone. Here's why.

    Only if I would find myself guilty would I choose to find another guilty.

    We often judge outward based on what we know we are guilty of in order to avoid looking inward to make that judgement.
    Ian Weinberg
    05/12/2016 #4 Ian Weinberg
    #3 @Phil Friedman In a bigger context there is no real differentiation between 'pre-judge' and judge'. Both reflect the intrinsic biases of subjective belief. However it is the mode of communication which becomes the issue. In collective discussion, a non-judgemental sensitivity to where the opposing view originates can be termed 'dialogue'. All lesser levels of respect based on a challenge to an opposing view without regard for the context of the individual and sensitivity to their subjective space, will invariably result in a subjective-based challenge or response. This invariably incorporates elements of judgement/pre-judgement. In regard to daily choices, that is exactly what it is, choices. These should not be termed 'judgements'. They are preferences based on our subjective evaluations.
    Phil Friedman
    05/12/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    Ian, with all due respect, it appears to me that you here (although, perhaps, not in your own mind) conflate "judging" with "pre-judging".

    The fact is, we of needs judge others every day, including 1) their ideas (whom should we listen to and believe, who shall influence us and our view?), 2) their social mores (whom shall we befriend, trust, establish relationships with?), 3) their rhetoric (for whom shall we vote, 4) their actions (with whom shall we associate, who is dangerous and who is not, to whom shall we entrust our money, our children's care and education?), 5) and their abilities (whom shall we hire and for whom shall we work?)

    That is, however, far different from pre-judging people before we know of their ideas, social mores, rhetoric, actions, or abilities -- based solely on traits such as skin color or religion or nationality or ethnic origin, which are completely irrelevant to any of the matters that we do have to make judgements about.

    Social media is a place where, as a community, we are in constant danger of being over-run by those who believe they can create their own reality, complete with self-ascribed personas, and live out a life that they create on their laptops or mobile devices, something like The Sims on steroids. While they gain succor from the concept that there are no truths, and that all is relative. And that, consequently, nobody is in a position to "judge" their ideas or what they say -- not judge what they do, because they do nothing other than live on social media.

    To my mind, everyone has a right to speak. But not everyone has a right to be listened to or taken seriously. And nobody has a right to be free of being judged by others. The most we can expect is not to be pre-judged on irrelevancies. Cheers!
    debasish majumder
    04/12/2016 #2 debasish majumder
    nice insight @Ian Weinberg! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.
    Deb Helfrich
    04/12/2016 #1 Deb Helfrich
    It seems to me that those of us who are interested in collaboration, empathy, and heightening our sensitivity, so that we may stay in a state of awe about the fundamental joy of life, just have to keep blathering on until we become a very peaceful majority. The narcissists and sociopaths cannot listen anyway, and that is a short-cut for figuring out who to avoid. If there is no capability to listen, to adjust, or consider then it is probably best to move along and find someone with the capability to listen.

    You have asked a poignant question, @Ian Weinberg. Am I standing in judgement or am I seeking understanding?

    I am willing to take responsibility for every single one of my interactions. I work to send everyone on their way with a smile after running into me. And when that doesn't occur, I am willing to listen to their why. I don't believe that I am unprejudiced; I put in the work to practice uncovering my own biases and self-deceptions.
  16. ProducerPaul "Pablo" Croubalian
    How to Kill it on Twitter, 1: Clean is Best
    How to Kill it on Twitter, 1: Clean is BestDoing Twitter right is a complicated thing. I can make it easier. . . a lot easier. I can't make it automatic. At least, I can't if we want to stay on Twitter's good side. And, yes, we want to stay on Twitter's good side.Many account growth...


    Pamela L. Williams
    05/12/2016 #12 Pamela L. Williams
    Well Mr Paul I based it on myself and how long it takes me to follow up if life gets hectic 😜 I thought I'd see how it went and then modify if needed. #11
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    05/12/2016 #11 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    Yes, Lisa it looks like you did it right. SO did everyone else, even if @Pamela L. Williams is overly generous with her grace period, but, hey, it's HER grace period.

    Re your 403s: Check your email, this may be a back-blow from the comm error we experienced a little bit ago. I sent you an email on how to fix it. I'll be out today until this afternoon. I'll call you then.
    Lisa Gallagher
    05/12/2016 #10 Lisa Gallagher
    Thanks for this @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, phew.. Ok, I did this one right the first time. I just need to remember to clean out. I sent you an email on gmail (that was a mouthful). Many of my posts that were tweeting w/out incident suddenly received the 403 code and I don't think anything is tweeting from my account now? They were doing just fine up until Nov 3rd?
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/12/2016 #9 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #4 Hey, you didn't call me by my beBee suggestions name. . . The Pest

    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/12/2016 #8 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #6 Update: I changed the beBee Producer image to 930X632 (the 632 doesn't matter though) I Left the focus in the first 496px.

    Sharing to Twitter is still perfect. Looks better here.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/12/2016 #7 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #2 You can't be fully automatic if you wanted to on Twitter (at least not for long). It would seem we are talking about two different things here.

    Twitter is largely useless one-on-one. It comes into its stride as a many-to-many platform and as a content promotion/broadcast medium.

    To make that work, you need not just any numbers, but targeted numbers. That is what we are trying to accomplish. That is what this app is designed to do.

    Thanks for your comment
    Javier beBee
    04/12/2016 #6 Javier beBee
    #3 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian yes. I AGREE. beBee is different than Twitter. Probably we need twi different sizes @Teresa Gezze will help you.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/12/2016 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    @Teresa Gezze, @Federico Álvarez San Martín, @Javier beBee, @Jim Murray

    Looking more closely, it seems like 930X496 would be optimal for Twitter Shares.

    Maybe an Image 930Xsomething would fit both timelines if we understand that only the top 496 would show up in Twitter shares?
    Federico Álvarez San Martín
    04/12/2016 #4 Federico Álvarez San Martín
    Thank you @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. We have a task of improving the quality of sharing. Soon they will be with images of good quality, without losing of the original image and with the well-defined rules in each social network. Thank you for the feedback. Best Regards.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/12/2016 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    @Teresa Gezze, @Federico Álvarez San Martín, @Javier beBee

    I used a 2:1 ratio for the main image here just like Tess suggested in her post. Yes, it shares much better to Twitter without any strange cropping.

    BUT. . . It looks weak here in the feed.

    Compare it to @Jim Murray's Daily buzz for today. This one works much better on Twitter. Jim's works tons better here.

    Thoughts anyone?
    Kevin Baker
    04/12/2016 #2 Kevin Baker
    It is important to not be fully automatic, being present and human is needed to grow in the right directions.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/12/2016 #1 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    @John White, MBA is mentioned in this post
  17. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Coming home from St Catharines on Wednesday we ran into the steamroller that is Toronto rush hour traffic. So we decided to take the Lakeshore. When we got to Port Credit, I suggested stopping for dinner. Our choice was Snug Harbour, which, coincidentally, has the historical significance of being the birthplace of the Beezers, on July 4, 2016. @Phil Friedman @Don Kerr @Kevin Pashuk. Nice Caesar salad. Jim Murray


    Kevin Pashuk
    04/12/2016 #4 Kevin Pashuk
    Nice memories Jim. My wife and I are in your new neck of the woods tonight. We eat overlooking Niagara Falls.
    Don Kerr
    04/12/2016 #3 Don Kerr
    Has the Historical Society mounted the plaque yet? @Jim Murray @Kevin Pashuk @Phil Friedman
    Jim Murray
    04/12/2016 #2 Jim Murray
    #1 @Phil Friedman. Getting a U-Haul tomorrow and taking the first load down. I will come back on Tuesday to get my work done. We will probably do another U Haul load on the Weekend. The following week the floors done in and then we can move. Probably on the 19th or 20th or earlier depending the the floors. Christmas this year will be at my son's house. for the first time.
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    Et tu, Brute? It is a pleasant place, indeed. Hope all is well with the move.
  18. Jim Cody

    Jim Cody

    Jim Cody
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    Start Generating Leads & Sales to Your Primary Business RIGHT NOW!
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  20. Cory Galbraith

    Cory Galbraith

    Cory Galbraith
    Joseph Murphy: Change your Thoughts, Change your Life
    corygalbraith.com Joseph Murphy is not a household name. But what he had to say about the way our mind works has the power to change your life literally overnight. Murphy, who died in 1981, was an ordained priest,...
  21. ProducerCory Galbraith

    Cory Galbraith

    Hack Your Brain for the Ultimate Life
    Hack Your Brain for the Ultimate LifeThere is increasing proof that the mind is more powerful than we realize. We can think our way to financial success, rewarding relationships, and even good health.Medical researchers now say that in many cases, a placebo - a pill with nothing in it,...


    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    05/12/2016 #5 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Yes, "But our attitude towards these things can change." and "If you take only one thing away from this article today, make it this: doing nothing about excessive stress is not an option.". This is a geat post, Cory.
    Fatima Williams
    05/12/2016 #4 Fatima Williams
    We cannot just throw up our hands and give up on ourselves.Very true
    We can, and we must, remap our mind"

    Love this buzz Thank you @Cory Galbraith
    Jared Wiese 🐝
    05/12/2016 #3 Jared Wiese 🐝
    Hi Cory,

    Say, you might want to add your twitter account to your links in the bottom-right of your profile. That way, when beBee and others share tweets from here, it has your handle.
    Jared Wiese 🐝
    05/12/2016 #2 Jared Wiese 🐝
    #1 I totally agree, Irene. Well done, Cory. Sharing...
    Irene Hackett
    04/12/2016 #1 Anonymous
    There is so much being written about this subject matter today and I find it very uplifting. In this buzz, you've gotten to the 'pulse' of it all - and in very practical terms, with very practical examples on how to apply it. Very nice! I am sharing this in the Sanctuary hive as well as on twitter.
  22. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Meanwhile in Milford Sound, New Zealand
    Photo by James Diversi
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝


    Sonia Quiles Espinosa
    04/12/2016 #2 Sonia Quiles Espinosa
    Amazing!!!! @flavio souza
    Lisa Gallagher
    04/12/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
  23. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Meanwhile in Nature ... is weekend too you know. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝


    Mariela Roxana Colman
    04/12/2016 #1 Mariela Roxana Colman
    Y es una buena imagen de domingo!
  24. Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    Meanwhile in Norway .... Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝


    Lisa Gallagher
    04/12/2016 #2 Lisa Gallagher
    I'd love to see the Northern lights 'live.' Beautiful!
    Brian McKenzie
    04/12/2016 #1 Brian McKenzie
    I could live a life there.
  25. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    A novel approach to writing improvement... Thanks to all who watched and made suggestions concerning the first take on this video. http.//www.learn2engage.org
    BEFORE WRITING COMES THINKING - II Better writing through improved...


    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #9 Phil Friedman
    From now until Valentine's Day, www.learn2engage.org is offering a 10% Finder's Appreciation Bonus to anyone who refers a client. And if the client signs up and mentions your name plus the code #WRITETHINKING, that client will also receive a 10% discount on his or her tuition fee. Any questions, email info@learn2engage.org
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #8 Phil Friedman
    #7 well, Gerald, Bobby apparently found his/her way out... With a little help from friends. One of the dozen best C&W tunes ever --- especially in Joplin's rendering. Raw pathos and power. Thank you for reading and commenting, however cryptically, my friend. Cheers!
    Gerald Hecht
    04/12/2016 #7 Gerald Hecht
    But...even before that:

    "Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waitin' on a train, feelin' about as faded as my jeans"...Bobbi thumbed a diesel down just before it rained, and rode us all the way to New Orleans.

    I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna, I was playing soft while Bobbi sang the blues.
    Windshield wipers slapping time, I was holding Bobbi's hand in mine,
    We sang every song the driver knew.

    Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose, nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free.
    etc., etc.,"
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #6 Phil Friedman
    The URL is http://www.learn2engage.org
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #5 Phil Friedman
    #3 #4 Thank you Irene, Franci, and @John White, MBA, for sharing this video. Really pleased that you liked it. Have a great weekend.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    04/12/2016 #4 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Well done, Phil. The presentation flows perfectly. Sharing.
    Irene Hackett
    04/12/2016 #3 Anonymous
    Well done @Phil Friedman. Already shared on twitter and will share on beBee too.
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #2 Phil Friedman
    @John White, MBA, @Jim Murray, and @Jeffrey Strickland, you guys are mentioned in this video presentation. Thank you for the valuable endorsements. My best to all of you. Cheers!
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #1 Phil Friedman
    This rev.2 version contains more graphics in order to perk up the presentation. Thank you. @Irene Hackett, for the great suggestion.
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