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Comments14/12/2017 #17 Don Philpott☘️#12 Hi @Phil Friedman time for a bad pun; "perception is nine tenths of the law" - meaning that most of the deception tricks that work in a real world environment too can be applied virtually, you don't need to hit/beat the browser. Before downloading an .exe file, know what it does and if the credentials of the site are correct (look top left in your browser bar). Passwords - people often autoload them - even at work. Crims know people keep old a few passwords - so if you use the wife/childs date of birth - your not alone. Close down sessions - on Linkedin, I often have open/running sessions at work and at home (check your LinkedIn settings). Encrypt your desktop - use Linux ;). The serious point is in IOT - controlling the real world from your phone. Most of the infrastructure is wide open for a number of reasons. https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/20/germany-bans-kids-smartwatches-that-can-be-used-for-eavesdropping/14/12/2017 #15 Phil Friedman#13 @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, you and I have a different perspective on this issue -- perhaps irresolvable. You use phrases like "... It is in [their] best interest ..." and " I can always count on people and companies to do what is in their own best interests ...". None of which establish the impossibility of manipulating what is presented and consequently seen.
Moreover, I submit that it is not what is in a person or company's best interest that guides their actions, but what they *perceive* to be in their best interests -- which is often not the same thing.
Google, for example, already cynically manipulates user perceptions when those users are performing searches by slipping into the search entries returned, at the top and the bottom of the page, several entries that at actually paid advertising spots. Now, you will say that is overt and well known. But I have talked to literally dozens of people who never recognized those entries as ads, so subtle is the method for setting them off from the legitimate list of returns on the search. And you can't really believe that the confusing treatment by Google is inadvertent.
Which is why I remain skeptical about trusting anyone who is in a position to control what is seen and communicated on the web. Cheers!14/12/2017 #14 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#11 LMFAO Randy.
Hmm, food for thought re: getting myTweetPack on fax machines. I could go to a museum to test it. Actually, you aren't far removed from reality. myTweetPack is now looking at voice/SMS/Text-to-Speech integration and world-wide messaging. It's sort of like a fax machine, except not at all like a fax machine LOL14/12/2017 #13 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#12 Yes and no, @Phil Friedman.
No - This standards-based method makes it well-neigh impossible to do that without immediate and serious repercussions. The Facebook example doesn't stand up. Facebook is an application on its own, with proprietary code and methods. It shows up in a browser but has nothing to do with the browser.
Facebook is indeed notorious for opening doors for users to build audiences, then slamming them shut behind a paywall. That's just Facebook doing what's best for Facebook. That's normal. I can always count on people and companies to do what is in their own best interests. I am rarely disappointed.
Web surfing IS NOT Google's business. Selling data and advertising IS. It is in Google's best interest to keep the web free, open, and most importantly, busy (preferably on Chrome). Look at it this way, Chrome users are not Google's Sales Department but their Manufacturing Department. . . they "manufacture" data and ad markets by using the web. Without users, ad revenues and data sales revenues would disappear. Until that model changes, it is in Google's best interest to support and police the Progressive Web. I expect they will.
Yes - Who knows what the future will bring? Will Google decide on another model and force changes? Will someone come up with that "better mousetrap" and steal Google's lunch? One thing for certain, while this set of technologies is a great step in the right direction, it isn't the last step of the journey. Something always takes over eventually.
For all we know, Amazon, which is really just an e-commerce search engine, is planning to fight head-to-head with Chrome. Amazon and Google are already at war, so it is conceivable, albeit unlikely.13/12/2017 #12 Phil Friedman@Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, this is a very informative and useful article. Thanks. However, Buddy, I'd be remiss not to call you out on one statement, you make. You say, "Malicious code does exist, but it is not incorporated into browsers."
Nobody, certainly not I, ever said such code was, in fact, already incorporated into some or any browsers.
I cannot speak for anyone else, including @Don Philpott☘️, but I personally said recently I believe WE (in the general sense of the term) need to be vigilant to guard against it happening in future. Because it is a short step from managing how best to display what we've asked to see to deciding what we want to see most (filtering with good intent) and then an even shorter step to deciding what we ought to see (manipulating our worldview).
Even assuming that you have access to solid information that browser manipulation of what we see is not taking place now, it still does not follow that it could not in future. Who thought years ago that Facebook would have embarked on a program of just such manipulative filtering? Cheers!13/12/2017 #11 Randall Burns#9 I do the same thing with my dial landline phone and my fax machine @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador but I'm having problems getting "MyTweet pack" on the fax machine. Any suggestions @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
Hey did you guys hear about the new mega-merger about to happen? Apparently You-tube, Twitter and Facebook are going to merge. Very exciting stuff! It's going to be called;
"You Twit Face"13/12/2017 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorThank you for the info, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian. It helps to understand some of the stuff that goes on in the background. Firefox is my first go to and Chrome is second. Actually, I open both browsers and switch back and forth depending on what I'm doing.13/12/2017 #2 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#1 LOL, you sound like my wife with her flip phone. Here's a suggestion. I noticed that two international assassins in movies used the same flip phone model as an untraceable burner.
You're not antiquated. You're an International Man of Mystery. Come to think of it, a Chef would make a good cover. Hmmm. . . .13/12/2017 #1 Randall BurnsInteresting read @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian I guess the "writings on the wall" regarding my"Internet Explorer" as I still use that but am forced more and more lately to use "Google Chrome" to open files/attachments/videos etc. My computer is constantly asking me, "Do you want to upgrade your browser to Google Chrome now?" but I am stubborn and don't like change, pisses me off every time Windows has an update.
I'm sure this will all make more sense to me if and when I ever get a "Smart Phone' or other mobile device but I'm just now getting used to my "Flip phone" and I can finally text on it like nobody's business. Really dreading the day when I'll have to admit that it's time to hand it over to "The Smithsonian" and get something a little more contemporary, (like from this century).
I'm reminded of a quote by Charlton Heston about Guns and the 2nd amendment but I will alter it slightly,
"I'll give you my Flip phone when you can pry it from my cold, dead hands"
Informative post and I'm thankful for guys like you Pablo keeping me in "the loop" with all this "tech stuff", I've got enough other things keeping me busy. :-)
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Comments14/12/2017 #9 Lupita 🐝 Reyes#5 Thanks you so much @Susan 🐝 Botello! I agree with you, our experience determines in some way who we are. But in fact, they’re the files we keep or delete, you see? Then is when -in my opinion- we can see that we are.not those files, they are just a part of us. No one is You, but you are just YOU. That’s you’re super power!! :D14/12/2017 #5 Susan 🐝 BotelloWe are always evolving. It's almost time for dinner in San Diego so maybe that is why I am thinking about meals. But if you taste flour by itself, it is not tasty. If you add other ingredients to it and mix them. Fire is not always good for food, but when we back the mixture we can produce a very tasty product. Maybe a cake or bread, maybe something else. My point here is that the we are all a bit like that. All we have experienced, all our emotions, all our sensibilities...they all create who we are and if we can embrace it we can realize power we did not know we had. And in return, we can inspire and benefit others to bee themselves. Maybe we cannot be who we want to but we can embrace who we are, and in return we may love who we are and rgreat and powerful article, Lupita 🐝 Reyes! @Lupita 🐝 Reyes
- Producer13/12/2017Insects, Humans and IntelligenceHuman brains are big. Humans are intelligent, but most humans like laziness. On the contrary, the ants are so tiny, if they have brains, those are more tiny. Are the ants intelligent? But the ants are so diligent and responsible living...
Comments13/12/2017 #9 Debesh Choudhury#5 I appreciate your echo comment @Jim Murray .. I think you and @Phil Friedman are complementary to each other (I beg your pardon if you disagree). I have expected a "He said, He said" sort of texts. If you get this into your beBee feed again, you will see what I replied to Phil13/12/2017 #8 Debesh Choudhury#3 Thanks a lot @Phil Friedman for your valuable time to join my comment like "buzz" .. it is an honor. Your detailed and long reply to my "buzz" is full of scientific facts backed by reference of reputed researcher of the subject. I strongly agree with your concluding remark, which I consider as your own thinking, that metaphors can only play as a suggestive analogy, but the behavioral facts connecting the animal kingdom remains far away to be understood. That is why I chose this "buzzing" platform to write something from a perspective of an ignorant. "Buzzing" on beBee is my effort to spread the limit of my ignorance!13/12/2017 #4 Phil FriedmanIt's good to see you, @Debesh Choudhury, here on beBee. I for one welcome the presence of your sensible and genuinely scientific intellect. Please do not interpret my following remarks as being directed to you, for I have known you always to display a high level of scientific and intellectual integrity.
That said, as to your question, I would like to suggest that the perhaps the question needs to be reformulated. Some biological scientists these days believe it is more appropriate to view biological collectives such as ant and bee colonies as a single organism with many parts communicating and acting in concert for the good of the emergent uber-organism (if we may call it that) -- much like the way the cells of our human bodies act together. If we take this perspective then we might be led naturally to reinterpret what we observe about insect collectives. (continued Pt II...)13/12/2017 #3 Phil Friedman@Debesh Choudhury -- Pt II-- For example, when we look at the interactions between ant colonies, as opposed to the interactions between individual ants *within* a single colony, we find that they fight for
"Territory reasons, scavenging, and slave making reasons. Ants are there own worst enemies. When pheromones don't match when they come in contact with one another it's like striking a match. Soldier ants are nomadic and move constantly taking over everything in the way. The slave-maker ant specializes in killing other colonies members and stealing there young to raise as their own forever slaves the rest of their days. So for many reasons they kill one another. Growth, Land, resources, and just because they can. They are almost miniature human societies stretching there legs in a less civilized manner...." -- Christopher Rice, Biologist and Animal Identification Expert, Quora, 2014.
Personally, I tend to believe that the commonly referenced "cooperative" nature of insect colonies is a conceptual misapprehension, often perpetrated by writers who seek indiscriminately for metaphors to exploit in the service of legitimizing a particular view he or she happens to be pushing. Thanks and cheers!13/12/2017 #2 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeThank you @Debesh Choudhury for writing a very interesting comment. laziness and brain are they related to each other? Good question, and is worthy of Googloing.
It amazes me too that in my buzz of today on Emergence and Interactions I mentioned the human societies and the ants colonies. Why human societies lead to the emergence of disruption, but not in the ants societies? May be you could help me answer this question.
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Comments13/12/2017 #40 Don Philpott☘️"Anything designed by humans is subject to bias ...." YES, THAT IS THE POINT" Fox, Times, NBC, NY Times, Breitbart, Linkedin, facebook ...all made by humans - unless the machines, no,no, it couldn't be the machines...could it. Facebook offered electioneering tools to both sides during last US elections, Rupert Murdock owns both broadsheet and Times brands in the UK. A number of his editors have been removed for peddling political favours/selling media. Since the Snowden affair the Guardian comments section seems to be full of US commentators (rarely helpful - US sources call them "Russian Bots") on UK issues - often devolving issues down to ad Hominem attacks - In the UK it's called Godwin's law -- how many steps before someone's position gets compared to Hitler. Lets not become YouTube - gloves on, fair shots.12/12/2017 #39 Martina Baxter#37 @Phil Friedman I've seen you do this before, so it doesn't surprise me -- when the discussion gets too [blank] for you, you exit, or so it seems. That's fine. I still wuv you.
So, can someone else explain to me whether there is a difference between the value judgments made by human editors - newspapers, print, television, etc, and that applied via computer systems on LinkedIn and Facebook that are created by humans, in terms of the choice of what is shown to readers, and where?
And if there are differences in terms of bias, what might they be? I don't get Phil's position, and assume there must be some sense to it that I'm not getting.
PLEH12/12/2017 #37 Phil Friedman#36 It's an old trick to create a straw man against whom to argue, by attributing statements to someone which they didn't make. I have no interest in your observations about me because my writings speak for themselves. Nor do I intend to restate what I've already said here and elsewhere, simply because you choose to misread it or perhaps just not read it in the first place. Cheers and goodbye.12/12/2017 #36 Martina Baxter#34 Phil, it seems to me you are upset by the human condition (i.e that there is bias within any judgment, whether human or machine programmed). How are the choices the editors of NY Times, Breitbart, re: what they show to readers different from the choices any computer (Linkedin, facebook) makes to show or not show posts.
Bias is simply a characteristic of being human, whether it's built into human developed software, or it's actual humans making the judgments. I don't see you calling out Fox, Times, NBC, or any other media outlets for making value judgments. Why is human applied bias better? I don't get it.12/12/2017 #34 Phil Friedman#31 Martina, it's your prerogative to think what you will. But irrespective of what you say you think, LinkedIn and Facebook are indeed examples of software that happens to run on their servers instead of on our computers.
Please do not misrepresent what I said, which was NOT that algorithms, which are simply codified decision trees, were inherently nefarious. What I said was that designer bias inevitably works its way into decision matrices.
I have no problem with @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian's TweetPack for as Paul says, it "... does not make value judgments." Paul does not use it to filter what goes out on Twitter, nor to promote the postings of one user over others. Please read my lips, software or algorithms or apps or programs are not in themselves pernicious but can be created to be so by their designers, engineers, and coders.
You say that "Anything designed by humans is subject to bias ...." YES, THAT IS THE POINT. That is why we need to be suspicious of those who claim their software and algorithms and apps and bots can render perfectly objective judgments. That why we need to resist turning over to such people the right (unfettered ability?) to filter what we see and read.12/12/2017 #32 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#31 myTweetPack uses algorithms in only the simplest sense. myTweetPack does not make value judgments.
Algorithms are not the Devil Incarnate. They are just a series of steps to accomplish something, like a recipe or how to tie your shoes. I think Phil objects to algorithms that decide what to display or how to proceed to the detriment of the user's needs/wants.
Here's the myTweetPack algorithm to collect beBee's Best votes. . .
1 - Collect Shares to Twitter mentioning @beBee. 2- IF the link to the share is a compressed link (bitly etc), follow it to the true link (i.e. expand it). Hold that aside. 3 - Hold the sharer's Twitter ID aside 4 - If the link is a share from a timeline rather than directly from the Producer post, parse out the link to the actual producer post, hold that aside. 5 - IF the link is neither, ignore it 6 - IF the share is automated ignore it (Yes, even from myTweetPack) 7 - Check the Twitter ID and the post link against what is already stored in the DB. 8 - It the Twitter ID has been doctored, ignore the vote 9 - If the ID/link combo already exists, ignore it, if not write it
Anything insidious here?12/12/2017 #31 Martina Baxter#30 @Phil Friedman I don't consider linkedin and facebook as software. As you say the are platforms and the names of companies. I think you have the wrong end of the stick about algorithms. Bebee uses them, albeit it doesn't use them to filter (supposedly but who knows). All functional code that does something involves algorithms. Anything designed by humans is subject to bias, anyway. Do you object to @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian tweetpak because it uses algorithms?12/12/2017 #30 Phil Friedman#29 LinkedIn and Facebook, to mention just two well-known platforms use algorithmic control (which is constructed to serve their ends, not those of the user) to control what a user sees. A user can, of course, search for and find other content than what he or she is presented with in their feed. But the point is that the passive user's "experience" is filtered and controlled not by objective analysis, but in accord with designed-in biases.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/arrogant-control-leadership-social-media-anywhere-else-phil-friedman/12/12/2017 #29 Martina Baxter#28 @Phil Friedman I suppose that potential for filtering is possible, but I can't think of a single piece of software that does that.
Except search engines (excluding duckduckgo). Google gives you search results based on a lot of personal factors, such as location, previous search history, and other user characteristics. It filters like crazy to provide "personalized" results. That's why your results for a search are different from mine.
So, in that respect, what you talk about exists and is in the real world. Other software? Not that I know of.12/12/2017 #28 Phil Friedman#23 Yes, Don (and @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian), that is the point, isn’t it. Whenever software — “intelligent” or otherwise — filters information, even when it’s supposedly to improve user experience, there is a certainty that designed bias will be present to manipulate and shape what is presented. Google and other search engines do it now, if only by slipping in paid ads disguised as search result entries.simply saying that programs if the future will learn from us what we want to see and present it more quickly and efficiently and objectively is pure bunk. The denizens of the web will not be able to resist tampering with what is presented to us. And since we don’t know what we don’t know, we’ll be powerless to prevent. But we can at least not cooperate in creating mechanisms to control our access to information. Cheers!12/12/2017 #25 Linda Adams#19 Hi @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian - I also have e-books on my computer/phone and when sitting in airport lounges, they pass the time. However, on the beach, its easier to carry a paperback book rather than have your phone battery die on you. But then that could open up discussions about back up phone batteries and the like. I think both types of books have their place. As an author myself, my first book was in hardback, then paperback, and I'm now revising it for the copywriting market, which will be an e-book when published in the New Year. And an author writes for creative satisfaction and a desire to share information with his or her audience, regardless as whether it becomes a best-seller or not.12/12/2017 #24 Don Philpott☘️@Paul "Pablo" Croubalian - thanks for the share :) This answering a thread out of sequence has worked ok this morning - agreed: intelligent browser functions improve speed and sequencing. In terms of e-book v physical - I have a third way - upload an audio book to your phone ...it works well for me, zone out the noisy children while listening to Richard Dawkins rabbiting on about fruit flies.12/12/2017 #23 Don Philpott☘️#16 @Phil Friedman - I wouldn't trust the moguls of the internet too far...The Zuck is hardly reputable, Larry and Sergei have control of some serious hardware and Russia and China have both thrown out the Windows OS for sensitive installations. Above that the tool itself was developed as a weapon.12/12/2017 #22 Don Philpott☘️#17 Hi @Martina Baxter - there is an erudition and precision in your comments, which sparkles. I think @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian did a good job on the browser question, so I'll leave that one. Agreed that google "serves" ads on your webpage, either through keywording or remarketing - if that page is connected to the Google Display Ads network. The Chrome browser also stores voice activated data, user profile, keystroke and general browsing data - "if you dance with the devil long enough..."
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Comments10/12/2017 #38 Mohammed A. JawadIn the aegis of humanity, we all are human beings. Aren't we? And, we by man made rules, degrade each other and label people by this name or the other. We all belong to diverse nations, cultures and languages so that we may know each other and treat well, not to nickname and ridicule others by downgrading them. Great post @Pascal Derrien09/12/2017 #35 Pascal Derrien#34 thanks @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher for sharing everyday examples, I think we all have them around us, we need to give proper credit to those who have taken giant steps to better their lives or is it simpler to play it down because attacking is a reflection on one's self inability :-)09/12/2017 #34 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhat a great piece @Pascal Derrien! We are all humans that inhabit planet earth and no one gave another the rights (with the exception of man) to make boundaries impossible to cross. I remember the Berlin wall and when it came down. I remember crying and that was the best thing that happened for many who were separated from their families, by class and more- They are a prime example of how East and West Berlin were able to come together and find common ground along with not being isolated anymore.
I admire others who move to foreign lands and learn the customs, the languages and build new friendships because you are right, that is something I would find very difficult and scary. But, the lessons each person learns from the other is invaluable, without walls- they build understanding for humanity; compassion!
I hope we do not 'build that wall,' between the US and Mexico. It takes a lot of courage and determination to come to the US with the hopes of becoming a citizen in order to make a better life for their families. I have 2 step sisters that are married to Mexican men and I can attest their husanbs work hard, put family first and even put their wives on a pedestal. They both are citizens now but it wasn't easy. My step brother in law's mother is allowed to visit X days per year and I fear she will lose that right. She has taught my step sister and her children so much as well.
Walls are ruses. I'm a big believer in inclusive societies. I hope to see more inclusion before I leave this earth. Right now, my hopes are dimmed a lot. If people really got to know others from many cultures/races they may let go of their xenophobia. Xenophobia is media and mass society produced.09/12/2017 #33 Brian McKenzie#23 I have been out of America for the last 5 years, I have no intention of going back. Prior to leaving the military sent me around the world and into the shit 9 times, none of the on ground events matched the lies they were spooling up about the 'actions' back home. DITTO for the "Migrant Crisis". It has been fully planned, engineered and prepetrated by high levels of gov't and banking. Studying livestock and ranching is instructive, they consider us nothing more than meat for the machine to be herded and slaughtered as they wish.08/12/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador#31 Yep, I understand. People judge others by their accent yet know nothing about the person. I don't have a distinct accent from any part of the US which I prefer not to.
My mother had a heavy southern accent and took some sort of training to get rid of it. I'm guessing her training was sometime in the 1950s. She sang professionally and I am assuming that was the reason for her wanting to shed her accent.
I love to hear accents, especially from the UK.08/12/2017 #31 Pascal Derrien#30 thanks @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador I lived in a caravan the first 3 years of my life and then did 3 schools per year on average because we were moving from/to border towns near the 4 or five countries around france I never had the right accent story of my life :-)08/12/2017 #30 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorBravo, Pascal. One that lives in the U.S. and if born in NY and moves to Kansas, can feel like a foreigner. Definition of foreigner: a person in or from a country other than one's own. Well, duh - isn't this what makes life interesting?08/12/2017 #26 Harvey Lloyd#25 I'm OK with the bias in principal as we cant really not hear or see beyond what we are exposed to. My challenge is that we take this limited exposure and then form actionable opinions. The southern accent was always an ice breaker with the turnip truck jokes but it was in jest and i didn't take offense. I got learn their culture and they mine.
Today is different though. Fear based presentations of the 10% have now spread to define whole cultures. Naturally the natives extend this fear across all unknowns. The bias has now pushed back to the outsider to prove they are "safe".
Bias cant be helped, but with executive function we can examine that bias before we act in any setting. Unfortunately executive function seems to be devolving back to cave painting.
You would be welcome around here boss. If you do get around the US let me know i have two sleeping pills waiting. I need you take that nap and finish the hung up airplane story.08/12/2017 #24 Harvey LloydThis is a very challenging topic, but very interesting. Especially if you come from we are all human perspective. Why do natives tend to reject outsiders naturally? I have never lived abroad, pretty much a homeboy. Yet when traveling north in the US, my southern accent i was always treated as though the turnip truck must have broke down nearby.
My own theory, after experiencing this many times over twenty years, was that folks had a portrait of southerners that was born from nebulous conversations that were harmless, yet formed the opinion. I also recognized that i was an ambassador of the South:) Overtime i made some great Yankee friends and we all laughed at the differences. Yanks are pretty straight forward about their thoughts, southerners tend to flavor thoughts with mystery to keep you guessing.
Cultural differences i am sure were felt when we were more nomadic in life as tribes had to figure out who was safe and who was not. Different traditions, morals and values are difficult to understand if they have not been part of your narrative. I believe there is a onus upon each side to understand the dance steps of figuring each other out.
Media today though has really planted some ill seeds of cultures, keeping the dance from happening.
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Comments10/12/2017 #4 Numo Quest#2 Goodday Yogesh, well thank you most kindly for reflecting. We at NQ call it the Universal Paradox since for those not doing anything with the 'Code' no harm will be done and those wanting to apply the 'Code' in ones endeavors we Love to Motivate and Inspire to do so since it does cost anything. :O)10/12/2017 #3 Numo Quest#1 I be honest here I never ever heard of him either but stumbled upon a small article yesterday that draw attention. It really took me a few moments to find more about him where after looking with the NQ Profiler pieces fell together. Absolute interesting personality.
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- Producer08/12/2017The First Symptoms Of The Death Of DemocracyFor the past several years I have been watching as democracy, as we used to know it back in the day, is slowly eroding into a strange form of lawlessness.And a lot of this erosion has precisely to do with the medium on which you are reading this.The...
Comments10/12/2017 #19 Harvey LloydI will have to agree to a point, the damning news of individuals showing up with these accusations, does give one pause as leaders are falling from key junctures.
I don't believe that ""Power" knows gender, democrat, republican or any other label. Power is an absolute that one can find themselves within, and determine the fate of others. Men and their egos seem to take bad turns more frequently than women, but power is alluring to both/all.
I can remember my dad at a young age hollered at the tv and my mom would let him know he was hollering at inanimate objects. Today this is known as the offline rant. The flash of emotion gone the next day. Now we don't have to holler at the devices in our life, we can holler at everyone that will listen or not.
I am not sure we are ready to hold this "Power" of unlimited opinions and posting. A single rant is somewhat powerless, yet when we couple huge swaths of rants into a group we can develop momentum power. I don't believe we as a species understand the full scope of our ranting when they are join together.
Zuckerberg will either go down as the most brilliant social triumph or as the beginning of the end.10/12/2017 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams#17 Take it form someone who went to HR, their jobs are not about taking care of the workers but to protect the company. That is the unrealistic view employees have of HR that they will stand up to CEOs, VPs, Managers that act unprofessionally. In was written up for insubordination and my life was made pure hell. I eventually left the company. I have no use for HR other than to discuss benefits.09/12/2017 #17 Erroll -EL- WarnerMy question is, where were all those CEOs when sexual harassment was taking place in their company? The American Media thinks it is the voice of all American, yet could detect sexual harassment in their own rank. Where were those Human Resources managers? Why haven't we heard from any CEO as yet which would some assurance to associates in the workplace? Just the -OLD BOYS CLUB- in operation.09/12/2017 #15 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsSTART PART 2
Money, "The root of all evil" is all the trumpions cared about, not humanity, not their stupid fears of anyone who is different from their privileged white-skinned homophobic self-serving idiot selves. Women should have a voice but I've got news for all of them; you are playing right into the GOP's hands, or haven't you noticed it's mainly the liberals who are being outed? Do you really think that this a coincidence? Congratulations, you're still being manipulated, just like you were during the election. Many of the women who came out against the imbecile during the election had their very lives threatened by the extreme right, do you think that stopped? IDIOTS I don't blame the DEM leaders for leaving; who wants to protect and fight for people who treat them like this?
When they tax you into bankruptcy, when you're all bowing to the 1%, when you're no more than servants to the corporations with no benefits, no healthcare, and no one who will stand up for you, I'll be laughing my ass off. I've been poor before, I know how to do it.09/12/2017 #14 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsThis week during lunch a very conservative co-worker laughingly reported that Franken was resigning. He was gleefully happy. I felt my blood pressure rising and I couldn't help it, I said it; "Yes now lets replace him with a GOP pedophile". What Franken did was wrong, but you're right, no due process. Yet, that piece of garbage in Alabama is seeing support from every corner. Everyone has told me I'm being too pessimistic, that the US is such a great country, that we'll come out of this, but we're not. With each passing day those monsters in DC are turning this country into a Fascist nation. Radio hosts are allowed to threaten Civil War if we get rid of the demented Tyrant sitting in the white house, they continue to support a fascist congress. I have no forgiveness left for those who caused this with their vote. It was obvious what was going to happen and they still want to blame a man who had more integrity in the tip of his little finger than all these ignorant backwards voters have in their combined bodies. Let's face it; they could not stand having a Black Man leading this country. He brought us out of the collapse that the GOP caused, he rallied a country living in fear for their livelihood. He fought for the entire country, stood up to Putin, and he did it with no support from Congress. Everyone fell for the propaganda, hook, line, and sinker. Well, I'll scream it from the housetops: I loved and miss the Obama's!!!!! END PART 109/12/2017 #12 Lisa 🐝 GallagherWhen the #MeToo movement first began, I thought... wow, women can finally find their voices and let go of pain they endured hence, moving on. As much as I am all for women speaking out, it's been my fear in recent days that this has become more a play on politics using people as sacrificial lambs instead of allowing them due process. Franken IS a prime example of the sacrificial lamb. He asked for his own ethics committee investigation and yet that wasn't enough, the Democrats went full throttle on him without giving him the chance to prove that the allegations were all true or not. I'm not going to sugar coat this, I am angry as hell that playing politics with people's lives, should that surprise me in today's environment, NO. But, It disgusts me. He is a sitting Senator, unlike Moore whose running for a Senate seat. Personally, if they are going to go this far with demanding resignations within the bodies of Congress and the Senate without due process well, I think a person or person(s) who run for office and have accusations of sexual misconduct, abuse or pedophiles, I think they should be disqualified and run after they are able to prove their innocence if that IS the case.
I will make one last comment, the Republican party not only funded Moore but they along with Trump are promoting him because you know, they don't want a liberal in office (with a decent record), they want someone at any cost to fill that seat because they will vote for the extreme Republican agenda. This just sickens me. Party over country. I find this to be a double standard and it's wrong on every level.09/12/2017 #10 Brian McKenzieThe backlash is in the works - #MGTOW has the helm. Do not give attention time, attention, assistence, consideration nor funding to them. Do not work for them, with them nor around them. Plus up on a bodycam - and quit talking to them - at all. The full nuclear option, scorched earth. Complete EMCON - if there is no contact, there can be no insinuation nor accusation of crime.
Anything less is hopscotching in a minefield while singing Disney show tunes.09/12/2017 #7 Jerry FletcherThe times they are a changin' and not for the better, he said. I'm not so sure of that. I almost believe this is a kinder world where someone being outed has it done very publicly. Before it was used for all kinds of surreptitious control on all sides of the equation. Now, the people that would control through intimidation are without a platform. More importantly, the individuals that had no sense of guilt about their behavior can't walk away. Society is damning them with the guilt they should already have acknowledged.08/12/2017 #6 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand AmbassadorGreat post, Jim. When people get on the bandwagon, just for the sake of doing so or to selfishly prove their own point, the real issue becomes blurred. This has to be highly insulting to the real victims. I agree with @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian View moreGreat post, Jim. When people get on the bandwagon, just for the sake of doing so or to selfishly prove their own point, the real issue becomes blurred. This has to be highly insulting to the real victims. I agree with @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian, and @Charlene Norman - this stuff is seriously out of hand, and the fun factor in making friends is challenged. Close08/12/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianWell, Jimbo, you took the words right out of my mouth, or to be literal, my laptop screen. I deleted my similar post lest I be accused of plagiarism.
This stuff is getting seriously out of hand. Not a day goes by without a new accusation, but we rarely hear of anything real. Some of the accusations are really "out there."
Time magazine declared #MeToo to be its Man of The Year. . . I hope that's fake news. I wonder if all those hundreds of thousands realize that their #MeToo story belittles the real #MeToo stories.
People have really been harassed, attacked, and victimized. That's unacceptable. To equate someone discretely checking out a behind with those other real horrors is ludicrous and insulting to true victims.
That hashtag sums it up. . . me too about just about everything, especially innuendo (which is not "suppository" in Italian, but may as well be).08/12/2017 #2 Charlene NormanBrilliant post. From a selfish point of view, I hate what this world has become because it further strips away the fun factor from working and making friends. In the old days, before everything was so damned politically correct and policy-ed, people actually had fun. There was good-natured, innocent FUN. This awful "everything is always about sex and I am uncomfortable and you cannot make me feel otherwise cuz I am always right" fantasy we find ourselves living in today sucks the soul completely out of everything. There is not enough person to person interaction today thanks to the mistaken belief that technology is where we must be at and this death in democracy as you call it further widens the people to people divide. Keep beating your tom tom @Jim MurrayJim Murray@Jim Murray. I pray enough someones will listen and actually do something because of it.
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