- Producer18/11/2017Bertrand Russell on UncertaintyIs there virtue in uncertainty?Bertrand Russell was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. He campaigned against the wars of his time, and he was an eccentric and...
Comments18/11/2017 #31 Gert Scholtz#11 @Phil Friedman I guess that is part of what makes the man such a great thinker - as you say his writing is completely free of obscurity and pretension. I would be very interested to know who is on your list of ten greatest philosophers and social commentators in Western history. Glad to see it might have brought back some remembrances of your days studying and teaching philosophy. Thank you for commenting and reading Phil - most appreciated.18/11/2017 #26 Gert Scholtz#9 @Deb 🐝 Helfrich "Truly innovative thought pierces deep into the complexities of the things about the world that frighten our sensible & sensical minds" - you do have a way with words Deb - and with thought - thanks for the extensive comment and telling about your (rebellious) reading of Russell at a young age.18/11/2017 #17 Randall BurnsGreat post @Gert Scholtz Some wonderful philosophies that's for sure, I quite like;
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts"
probably why "fools and fanatics" are running the world.18/11/2017 #16 Lisa VanderburgWOW. @Gert Scholtz, I cannot thank you enough for this buzz; for teaching me about a vaguely-remembered 'name' and adding your own unique touch!
I am laughing, pointing fingers (in my head...mainly at me), and nodding in reminded wisdom. This is priceless and SHALL be read :)
- Producer12/11/2017Is "Twitter Ads" worth your money?I like to save people's time by answering a question right the way, so here we go: The answer is NO and here is WHY.So, I have decided to try "twitter ads" to have a hands on experience and see if it is worth or not, below is a resume of my...
Comments14/11/2017 #14 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝Twitter only will have a real value when they get the fake profiles out of their system , one way to do it is to use the verified accounts path but they seem to prefer to make this function more "exclusive/royal" than I would have made it, so if they do not change their concept and continue to accept any profile into the system, they will die as clearly their ad function is rigged @David B. Grinberg#1313/11/2017 #11 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisBTW, Dr. Muller from Veritasium, did an experiment with FB ads and found out that they too are useless as the "people" who visit his account because of the paid ads are indistinguishable from the people you'd pay on some random "like" fetching site on the web, even though FB states clearly that these are real people. Dr. Muller's experiment was very thorough and proved beyond doubt that whatever FB claims, the paid ads are a total scam...12/11/2017 #1 Renée 🐝 CormierWell isn't that interesting? I wrestle with the value of Twitter all the time. I have long suspected that most of the people who use Twitter rarely read anything. They will like or retweet a tweet they have never clicked on just to get noticed or to build their following. I once posted a picture of rat's asses on Twitter just to see what would happen. I wrote about it: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@renee-cormier/what-happened-when-i-posted-a-picture-of-a-rat-s-ass-on-twitter
All of that makes me wonder why think we need to have 198K followers. You can't sell in a room full of sales people or engage with people who don't care.
The other thing that bugs me about Twitter is that when you set up your account, you indicate your interests, and then it automatically has you following people like the Trumps and random Russian hookers. That hardly makes you look good in front of your clients, so you have to spend half an hour or more deleting profiles from the account.
As for the ads, I watched some videos and read some blogs about targeting, but found it was just easier to follow the people I wanted to follow me back. The ads are costly in so much as the ROI is not really there. You can easily spend $1000 and never get a customer from those new followers. In fact, I have always gotten business from LI and never from Twitter. beBee has given me business relationships, an engaged audience and a way to demonstrate my expertise. I anticipate that as it grows, the business will flow quite well, so it is always worth my time to post here. I still use Twitter, but I consider it a small part of my social media marketing.
- Producer11/11/2017Chinese factory verification (or any other country for that matter).As someone who has worked in offshore manufacturing for many years, I often get asked a lot of similar questions from clients. They usually take the following shape;· “How do I know if a particular factory is good?”· “How do I know if...
- Producer06/11/2017Surrealist Mexico: Through the Eyes of an Indian I come from a country known for its spiritual mysticism, yoga, and its rich cultural heritage. India had prepared me to expect the unexpected in more ways than one. But what I saw and experienced in Mexico was something that I had never imagined....
- Producer03/11/2017VISITING MESTIA? MAKE SURE YOU PACK YOUR HIKING BOOTS!First published in Newas Magazine October 2017 There are times when an assignment lands on my desk which can be a little confusing. “We need a 1500 - word piece on Mestia by Friday …can do?” Now, if you mention Mestia to even the...
Comments09/11/2017 #13 Randall BurnsHiking? Did you say Hiking @Paul Walters? Growing up in the mountains of B.C., (British Columbia for those of you like @Gert Scholtz who are not familiar with the acronym), we were wearing hiking boots as toddlers. Great way to travel and explore. I burst out laughing as I was reading your wonderful article about mountains and hiking and you mention " ideal jumping off point", is your foot healed to the point now that you're base jumping?
Great post and I still have a decent pair of hiking boots that I can dust off...05/11/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher10 hour hike to Koruldi Lakes, ah let me think about that....................... nah. I will make sure to see it by photo though ;-) As for the khinkali (dumplings) to khachapuri (cheese-filled bread), that's a big yes! Enjoyed this, sounds like quite the interesting place @Paul Walters!03/11/2017 #6 Paul Walters#4 @Ken Boddie . Ah detective Boddie, you are so right. This piece was written a few months ago when I was in France so the travel distances were not that taxing. Traffic chaos due to get even more interesting with the big roundabout leading to the airport to be closed in order to build an underpass. Where the traffic will go to is anyone's guess but I guess they have clever engineers and traffic planners...stay posted!03/11/2017 #2 Mohammed A. Jawad@Paul Walters Interesting places with scenic beauty. Georgia is worth visiting! Thanks for the post. Here's an article about Georgia:
- Producer04/11/2017LinkedIn: To Tag or not to Tag and the Going Viral Controversy "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" What a week this has been on LinkedIn. HEATED!! At times VICIOUS!! Let me bring you up to date. Reminder: I am posting this here because, if I post it in...
Comments06/11/2017 #13 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA@Aleta Curry I am doing an experiment. I will ad the links as soon as it is over. LinkedIn distributes posts based on how many people comment on and like them in the first hour. Also, because organic reach is limited, if you want certain people to see your content, if you don't tag them, chances are they won't see it. The goal is not to go viral for viral's sake. It's to ensure that your posts are seen by your connections and followers. If you don't tag, chances are they won't see them.06/11/2017 #12 Aleta CurryIt would be great if you could link to the pertinent LinkedIn discussions, @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA
I don't usually 'tag' on LinkedIn. I am not seeing the connection between taggin and going viral, unless you're taggin Bill Gates and he replies.
I used to tag on beeBee, but the new notifications feature seems to make that superflous, except that now people are getting so many notifications they may start ignoring them.
I've been offline for a couple of weeks and I have 95 new notifications, not counting the ones I hadn't yet checked before I took my break. (Be careful what you wish for.)05/11/2017 #10 Paul "Pablo" CroubalianI still post stuff on LInkedIn. It isn't all that difficult to copy/paste from beBee.
Truth: there is more breadth and depth to my beBee posts where I can write about all my "personalities." Not everything gets to Linkedin and whatever does, gets to beBee first.
There is more LinkedIn activity on a status update than on a long-form post. There is more activity on a status update without an image than with (strange but true)
CLOSING NOTE: Wanna go viral? Post a video of the Chairman of the Board tripping and falling nuts first on the edge of the boardroom table. To break his fall, he can, accidently, tear the shirt off a female executive.
To ensure virality, the boardroom table should collapse injuring many people.
If a birthday cake, with candles lit, flies directly into the Chairman's face as he writhes on the floor clutching his genitals in pain, so much the better.
"Going viral" is for stupidity, personal embarrassment, and/or multiple injuries. Oh, and for cute kitten things.
Can anyone name a single valuable business anything that has gone viral?05/11/2017 #9 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI don't use LI half as often as I used to due to the fact that organic reach is next to impossible on LI now. However, to your point @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA, many of us tag on LI when cross posting and yes, I find the articles that are tagged reach a MUCH larger audience than those articles which have no tags. I agree, just send the person a message stating, I don't care to be tagged. I wrote something on beBee quite a while ago about mass tagging, I don't care to be tagged by the same few people over and over when they are self-promoting their writing. I guess there is a fine line but when it comes to B2B, content writing, etc... or even an important update, tag away!05/11/2017 #8 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeI want also to add that number of views could well be related to the position of the writer. If LI manager publishes even an ordinary quality post he shall get more views than a distinctive post by you.
I stopped completely worrying or paying attention to numbrer of views. I publish on Fridays and Saturdays and these two days hardly get traffic. My concern is to expose the post to the world when ready.05/11/2017 #7 Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee@Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA- I understand you. I must say that in rare cases I tag people. I. Publish on beBee and share later on LI. Except recently every post I published on beBee got more view and comments by a factor od 3 to 4. Onle recent buzz on LI got more than 5300 views on LI nad 2400 on beBee. However; still comments on be Bee exceeded by 3 times those on LI.
I am saying this and I find beBee far more rewarding.05/11/2017 #5 Proma 🐝 NautiyalGreat post, @Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBA! I totally agree with you.
I tag when I want the concerned person's attention to the post. If it's an author whom I have to tagged, it allows other members (in my network and in their's) to know about the person tagged.
Finally, when someone tags me, I feel happy that they took the time to type in my name to make sure I see the particular post.
- Producer04/11/2017Rote Island - The Sweet Melodies of Rote, Indonesia The Sweet Melodies of Rote I slowly shuffled forward in the queue of passengers boarding the ferry at Kupang Harbour. I was about to cross the Timor Sea to Rote Island. Ahead of me, a long line of tall-coned straw-like...
Comments05/11/2017 #3 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Stephanie Brookes, I saw the dance, phew.... no kidding, they sure can move! I love their description of Rote, the kingdom- it makes everything sound magical. I was sad to hear how hard people work for just 75 US cents per day but the woman seemed to love her job on the ocean, so maybe it's all a matter of perspective? Thanks, really enjoyed this and the beautiful photos by @DAVID METCALF04/11/2017 #2 Gert Scholtz@Stephanie Brookes Intriguing and inviting post Stephanie - thank you: "Rote is still a kingdom, and we still maintain ancient traditions,” she said, and went on to explain how the land is divided into two domains. One is known as Sunrise and one is known as Sunset."
- Producer01/11/2017The Top Five Posts on LinkedIn A recent LinkedIn Article lists the top five posts on LinkedIn, based on the number of Likes and Shares the posts received. I found it interesting reading and I made a few extracts from the grouping of posts. Here are a number of salient points on...
Comments03/11/2017 #25 Lada 🏡 PrkicInteresting stats, Gert. I like to read posts by Oleg Vishnepolsky and Brigette. They also post interesting updates that receive the thousands of likes and comments. I agree with Ken. I prefer beBee much more than LI, but I also spend time on LI because of my many connections from the construction field.
We should take the best of both sides.03/11/2017 #24 Anne 🐝 Thornley-Brown, MBAI am very happy for Brigette.
I write about similar topics and nothing has been picked up by the editors.
I packed it in. The editors have their favourites. Other than that, no one gets seen. I know where I am not wanted and I am not a glutton for punishment. There are plenty of other places for me to post that do appreciate my work and will pay me for it.02/11/2017 #22 Ken BoddieI just can’t get enthused about LI, Gert. I tried it for over a year and eventually gave up since I deemed insufficient return for effort compared to beBee. Furthermore,, I am frequently amazed at the number of bloggers who use beBee to bitch and moan about LI yet still appear to spend time there.02/11/2017 #20 Gert Scholtz#17 @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher As far as I recall your articles have had very good reponses on Medium. LI is quite work and business oriented - maybe I will write a post on "The Business of Non-Business Articles" :)). Thanks for reading and commenting Lisa, good of you to stop by.02/11/2017 #18 Debesh Choudhury#1 I agree with @Pascal Derrien .. The topics people "Like" is monotonic "Leadership", "Management" and "Work". The number of "Like" is a good measure about the popularity. But I have a BIG DOUBT whether the people really read the contents or just blown away with the viral wave? My recent LI short form post questions that - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:633033292170198220802/11/2017 #17 Lisa 🐝 GallagherInteresting facts you wrote of above @Gert Scholtz. It's been so long since I wrote on LI, I think I may forget how to now (just kidding). As you know my writings are always personal or about life in general... along with some travel blogs. I guess it wouldn't hurt to try and write on LI on occasion. Like you, I prefer beBee more and I've just gotten used to writing here now. Variety is a good thing. I love variety, it also shows a persons character when the are able to share something more than a business article on occasion.02/11/2017 #13 David B. GrinbergThanks for sharing this interesting info, Gert. I agree that @Brigette Hyacinth is a "must read" and we are fortunate to have her unique blogging buzz on beBee.
While I'm still active in supporting others and networking on LinkedIn, I stopped blogging on Pulse in early 2016 -- and my last post was about beBee!
I agree with your sentiments assessment, Gert: "Yet, for many reasons I like it more here on BeBee. Much more."
And a major reason why is due to all of the brilliant buzzing bees like you and countless others who help to make this platform so special and amazing. Thanks for all you do, Gert, and ditto that or everyone else who makes significant and selfless contributions to growing/improving this site.01/11/2017 #10 Robert CormackI would definitely say it's what interests people at the time. LinkedIn is very different than beBee, something I've seen numerous times where something on LinkedIn garners more interest on beBee than LinkedIn. So, I guess, putting your eggs in more than one basket, like Javier says, makes sense.
- Producer31/10/2017The origin of HalloweenAs every year, Halloween is celebrated on the night of the October 31st. In the United States, this tradition is also a tradition celebrated in schools. There is a parade for kids to show off their costumes, so their family and friends can see...
- Producer21/10/2017Tangier, A Tantalizing Taste of One Of Morocco's Most Cosmopolitan Cities.First published in Arabian Air, October 2017It’s a stifling hot day, the sun beating down from an azure blue sky as I make my way down the twisting, crooked passageways and lanes laid out like an intricate and confusing puzzle that make up Tangier’s...
Comments25/10/2017 #29 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI felt like I was there while reading this @Paul Walters! Tangier sounds like a fun city with a lot of beauty. Oh what I would give to stay in the Grand Hotel Villa De France! Le Boulevard now that sounds like my type of fun. Love cafes, especially if they have outdoor seating and the weather is great. Maybe one day my travel dreams will become a reality!
- Producer08/10/2017QUICK BUZZ BECOMING PRODUCER POST - Voices from the PastFor those of you who have not visited my Hive, Music of the 40s, 50s, and 60s, I interspersed my music video posts with Producer posts under the titles of "Musical Decades" and "Music History". These are true "content" posts covering a specific...
Comments10/10/2017 #32 David B. GrinbergI just want to note the following per the 200 word count on new Producer buzz (non-blog posts):
1) Most people can write 200 words in their sleep, so this should not be problematic, especially considering the ROI of more quality content which enhances engagement.
2) If you're posting a link to an article, just "cut and paste" a 200-word excerpt from the article (in quotation marks with attribution). This will draw reader interest if you don't want to write something as a preface.
3) If you're posting a photo or memes, use the text for the 200-word count, if possible. If not, defer to the Point 1.
While the first option is preferable per original quality content IMHO, it's not the only option -- which is what I want to point out, especially to those who are respectfully and constructively voicing a negative opinion.
Thanks and best to all on producing high-quality buzz!
cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA09/10/2017 #29 AnonymousThe new rule -- 200 words minimum for a producer! Wait a minute!
Oct 8, 2017
I suspect this lousy new rule is aimed at producers who can say important things using much less words than others. If u want to publish articles start a newspaper a la the Huff Post and pay the contributors ...09/10/2017 #25 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess#16 I think that it was the suddenness of having to add the extra words, @David B. Grinberg, that surprised us -- we can certainly all come up with that many any time we wish to. It was just seeing the notice pop up that was weird! Now that we know, we know!
And as I wrote in an earlier comment, I do love seeing who has produced honey so I get to read more of what I want to read.09/10/2017 #21 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#16 Please kindly note David not all of us have the time to write even 20o words; the value of a quick buzz lies in the content. ..be it 5 words or 500.The old truism that a picture is worth a 1,000 words certainly holds true here - why should we (as just one example) prevent those of an artistic bent from sharing their works / videos with us sans any words? This can certainly not be regarded as spamming or clogging up walls by any means.
Deliberate spamming is anotehr matter - 1 strike and the spammer should be out09/10/2017 #20 Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA#9 Still don't get this thing about producer versus quick buzz @Lada 🏡 Prkic..quality lies in the content. A picture can indeed convey a thousand words.. but we are seemingly now required to adhere to an arbitarily determined number in order to reach outside our immediate followers. Simplest way to control the spam issue is to ban spammers..1 strike and out ..that will achieve the so called "clean wall" condition aspired to by our platform08/10/2017 #16 David B. Grinberg@Dominique 🐝 Petersen: first, I agree with the comments below about the excellent quotes. Kudos on featuring such a nice compilation of music legends!
Second, you offer an exemplary example of what ALL bees should be doing on hives in accordance with recent improvements to this platform. If someone has a buzz and wants it included in up to three hives, simply make it a Producer post. This is not rocket science!
And for those who may complain about adding a mere 200 words, I would say this: Please, are you serious! If you cannot add a measly 200 words to a buzz describing it or articulating your opinion about it, then it's probably not buzz-worthy in the first place.
Again, you offer a great example of one way to boost buzz in the hives going forward. All bees, especially brand ambassadors, should take note, stop complaining and get with the program to promote the brand -- that what brand ambassadors do. Vamos!!!
cc: @Javier 🐝 beBee @John White, MBA
- Producer10/10/2017What If The Las Vegas Shooter Was Normal?He was a white male, but didn't appear to be particularly angry.He didn't belong to any extremist groups or have any ties to supremacy or Nazi groups.He didn't take drugs.He did drink, but not to excess.He had no criminal history.He had no known...
Comments14/10/2017 #19 Nicole ChardenetHey folks, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sorry I was gone for a few days. Okay, no I'm not, but it had nothing to do with y'all. I just simply took a break from social media for an evening for other reasons and discovered just how addictive life in 1993 is :) Seriously, I really enjoyed being offline for a few days. Honestly, don't see how you Millennials can *stand* being connected 24x7. Maybe I'm just an old person, but it doesn't suck as much as you think. I watched documentaries and shit on Youtube. I cleaned my apartment. I looked for other excuses to not get back online but couldn't think of any so I logged on tonight. Then I was like, "Shit, 34 notifications? did people produce 33 new honeys or did I do something?" Had forgotten about this. Well anyway, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Oh, I mentioned that already, didn't I? :)14/10/2017 #17 Nicole Chardenet#14 Fortunately, Dave, you're not my Facebook friend where my views on guns are somewhat less restrained than you find here :) Although, technically, I don't argue for anything there (or against it) that I argue here...I'm not a total gun ban type...I agree with the 2A, I just think it's too broadly defined, and don't buy the argument that one has the right to 'freedom' to own high-powered assault weapons, which to my knowledge are utilized *exclusively* by mass shooters (apart from the military) to try to break mass murder records, rather than to protect or hunt.
I mean, I can buy drugs for the asking in my local pharma, but I can't buy *prescription* drugs without, you know, a prescription, and some drugs I can't buy under any circumstances.
(Although I'll be able to buy marijuana products legally next summer :) )
(Which I probably will, but only consumables, I'm not much of a smoker :) )
(And I don't think I'm particularly non-free just because I won't, at the same time, be able to legally purchase cocaine or heroin :) )14/10/2017 #16 Nicole Chardenet#13 Jim, I agree with the 2A...just not that anyone should own ANY damn thing they want.
People kill people with high-powered weapons much more efficiently than they do with a short-range weapon like a knife. There's nothing Machiavellian or Hitlerian about interpreting the 2A to mean "not any damn weapon you want, esp. if you don't need it." I mean, I have a license to drive a *car*, but I can't drive an 18-wheeler, a Humvee or a Sherman tank. Which is as it should be.
It's a red herring to suggest that banning *some* guns means you don't have 'freedom'. Actually, I'd argue that most of the 2A gun hysterics are very much prisoners of their own overblown fears...but that's a rant for another day :)11/10/2017 #14 David Disney@Nicole Chardenet I certainly held to my semi-Right winged views when I read this article, however I must say I'm very Impressed by your responses, and how well you wrote this article. Although I disagree with some of the views in the post, they are just my opinion, and I feel that if I voiced them to you, you would politely rebuttal with your views in a calm way that would allow us to understand each other. I appreciate you alot for this, and look forward to reading more from you, even though I dont see things the same way you do. Exciting!11/10/2017 #13 Jim Cody 🐝 Brand Ambassador@Nicole Chardenet interesting points but with flaws.
NRA is not the problem; even though I don’t agree with everything about the NRA I and many
Americans have the right to possess guns. Society is the problem including our judicial and medical programs. Guns don’t kill, mentality unstable people do.
As humans we key on mass issues that the news media shows in order to get attention; mostly negative.
More people die from alcohol and abortion but society for the most part isn’t fighting to stop selling alcohol.
Don’t mistake my intentions. I own many guns and ammunition but I believe we focus on gun control instead of the real issue. Chicago has one of the strictest gun control in the US. However the number of murders bu guns in Chicago outnumber the rest of the US combined. But media doesn’t focus on this issue.11/10/2017 #12 Devesh 🐝 BhattJust like guns.. some crazies have a trigger.
I am thinking... people just die here of supposedly non lethal injuries..of negligence of doctors or society after accidents, of uncalled for hunger due to delayed payments.. of food posioning etc
Many here hope to have children in more responsible countries.
Then these shootings happen very 5 or 6 months in some part of the US.
Looks like Life is losing value everywhere.11/10/2017 #11 Geoffrey CoolingI think Paddock was a dichotomy and will remain so. I agree with @Phil Friedman that the urge to own nearly fifty high powered assault weapons points to some one who may be having some issues. To be honest, the urge to own one, seems a little odd to me. Don't get me wrong, I am a sport shooter. I find nothing more relaxing than pinging away on the range or going after game. Both are generally done best with either semi-automatic or bolt action rifles at best. Range based handgun shooting is a particularly zen moment for me. Although I do like some shotgun shooting for fowl. So, in essence as a shooter I am not adverse to high power weapons, but I don't understand the need for high output weapons in civilian life, I think most ex military people would agree. What the fuck do you need an AR 15 for? The rubbish about home protection is laughable, anyone who has ever been in urban combat situations knows that nice short weapons with decent scatter damage are preferable, think shotgun, or even better a decent high powered semi-automatic pistol. Much easier to move around with and get on target quickly. I think the attraction to assault rifles is really about big boys toys as opposed to anything else. I agree completely with you about the power of the NRA Nicole. However, I think it is just one outward sign of what is wrong with politics in America, Politicians make laws for interest groups, not really the people they are allegedly representing. That though, is not just an American problem, although it seems to be blatant in the US.11/10/2017 #10 Nicole Chardenet#5 Tried that already. NRA lobby was too powerful. The problem is the NRA.
They are our terrorists. Just as Muslims in the Middle East are afraid to stand up to their terrorists because the latter get terribly violent when challenged, so too does the NRA. I don't see much diff between them and ISIS anymore.11/10/2017 #9 Nicole Chardenet#4 I found some information last night, but didn't include it in the article because it wasn't from respectable sources, in which supposedly he was into conspiracy beliefs and was going on about the government being behind 9/11 and the usual conspiracy hysterics. I don't know if it's true or not though because the stories mostly seemed to be in extreme-right/fake news sites and the source was a prostitute. So, maybe, but I'd have to see it come from some place more reliable than The Blaze.11/10/2017 #8 Nicole Chardenet#2 Randall, mass shootings are pretty much a dick thing: https://www.livescience.com/53047-why-female-mass-shooters-are-rare.html
That said, I just finished a fascinating book called When She Was Bad: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence by Toronto journalist Patricia Pearson, who delves into the world of violent, psychopathic women (but no mass shooters...then again in the mid-90s when this book came out, there may *not* have been *any* female mass shooters. With, possibly, the exception of the teenage girl who inspired the Boomtown Rats '80s song, "I Don't Like Mondays".
Just before that book I had been reading a book on violent men. And then after the violent women book, I've been reading a Thich Nhat Hanh book on the teachings of the Buddha. They have got to wondering WTF my deal is on the subway :)11/10/2017 #7 Nicole Chardenet#2 Randall, there's nothing sexist about the comment I made; I was referring to mass shootings, the history of which is almost entirely male with maybe two or three exceptions. I don't claim that women are any less aggressive, often fatally, than men, but we express it differently - we don't tend nearly as much to mass violence as men do. My remark was about mass shootings, though, which are close to forty years of history at this point and almost exclusively male-driven.
We may well find that this Vegas shooter was mentally ill in some way. I mean, it's hard to believe he wasn't, given what he did, right? But we may *not* find that explanation, which leaves the question wide open...Is it possible *others* among us with no outward signs could do something like this?11/10/2017 #6 Nicole Chardenet#1 It's interesting, Zacharias, that 'mentally ill' is almost always applied to white shooters, yet when a sort-of-vaguely-Muslim guy like the Orlando nightclub shooter pulls something, and he's *clearly* mentally ill, people just believe him when says he did it for ISIS. I thought that guy was a terrorist wannabe too when it first happened, then it started coming out that he really was a headcase and all twisted up about his own homosexuality, and I came to believe that the ISIS crap was just inspired by the media stories about it. I mean, yeah, the guy was raised Muslim but he sounded like he was fairly apostate, rather like me leaving the Christian church over thirty years ago. If I suddenly went psycho and blasted away at a nightclub screaming, "I did it for Jesus, you sinners!" then I'd say definitely check my life and social media footprint for mental illness, because as someone who hasn't taken the Christian religion seriously since Reagan was President, yeah I'm mentally ill, not a Christian terrorist.
And anyway, what the NRA crazies are hoping to do is distract everyone with the 'mental illness' explanation rather than focus too much on the *real* problem which is, "Too damn many guns in America and especially too damn many high-powered weaponry *no* civilian needs to protect their precious 2A rights."
I mean, if the answer to gun violence is 'more guns', then the answer to Islamic violence is, 'More heavily armed Muslims." And the answer to the drug problem is 'more drugs.' And the answer to the high abortion rate is...well, go ahead, *guess*....10/10/2017 #5 Phil FriedmanIsn't it one of the characteristics of psychopathy that the person involved appears down-the-middle "normal"? But as well, isn't that because most of us refuse to deal with clear signs of mental defect -- such as accumulating nearly 50 attack type weapons. You show me someone who has a collection like that and I'll show you someone who is fantasizing about taking out a crowd of people -- a fantasy that grows in strength daily and which, in some is just waiting to be realized.
The magnitude of the slaughter is directly related to the nature of the weapons. In 1966, Charles Whitman managed to kill a total of 17 people during a 98-minute sniper attack. Paddock killed three times as many -- in 2/3 less time. We should be talking to the gun manufacturers and making them responsible for what is done with their products. Just as a bar is responsible in most states for what is done by someone whom they've served.10/10/2017 #4 Harvey LloydHe was human that somewhere along his existance he thought mass killing was “ok” in light of his beliefs. I don't question mental illness but rather the growth of this thinking that is executed with cars, sex trafficking and all manner of weapons legal and illegal
We were at this very gate a few decades ago with drugs, we declared war, spent billions on drug interdiction and its only grown and some parts being made legal now. The irony, prescribed meds are now seen as gateway drugs.
The real question is how will law enforcement be able to find these people and we retain our freedoms.
The focus on the weapons, like the drugs, will end with the same questions unanswered.
Las Vegas was not the end but the beginning of understanding humanity or another war on something that makes people feel good.10/10/2017 #2 Randall BurnsInteresting article @Nicole Chardenet, thought provoking. Bottom line is no one knows for sure what went through his mind at the time, nor do we know what's really going through anyone's mind and any particular time; and what really is "normal"? Another aspect is that maybe when waking up on Saturday morning Stephen Paddock was "normal" and yet for some inexplicable reason he wasn't on Sunday morning. There will be a myriad of theories for years to come spurning endless debate but will anyone ever really know?
And just to respond to your sexist comment of "Women don't have much of a penchant for this sort of thing, so it will almost certainly be a man who pulls off the next public shooting gallery escapade", I don't agree with you. While your generalization may be somewhat accurate for our "normal" state of affairs there is always the exception to the rule; we are ALL human and run with the same, or at least fairly similar, "normal" and "abnormal" traits. But again; what is "normal"?10/10/2017 #1 Zacharias 🐝 VoulgarisWell, mentally ill or not, he was definitely unstable. Perhaps his issue (or rather, one of his issues) was this "anxiousness" that he had a prescription for, which he didn't make use of. Or perhaps he was just angry on the inside (I think the best term for it would be angst, which is a combo of anger, frustration, and pessimism). Who knows? The thing is that all that information inevitably leads to one conclusion: the model for predicting if someone is a potential mass shooter or not is off. All these attributes may in some cases pinpoint if someone is going to be a maniac, but not always.
One more thing, about the mentally ill part. I used to date a music therapist once and she would sometimes share stories about some people she'd meet, who were mentally ill (always anonymized, of course). None of these people would seem remotely likely to act violently. Maybe there are mentally ill people out there with a flair for violence, but these people have more clear-cut tell-tale signs, while their illness is probably not their chief attribute. So, instead of creating a stigma for those people who are burdened with mental illness, implying that they might be mass shooters if they were given a gun, let's focus on the attributes that do have a chance or predicting if someone is going to go on a killing spree. Things like a lack of life purpose bundled with fearlessness and angst, for example.
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Comments10/10/2017 #45 Phil Friedman#42 Ah, Lada, now I understand even better. The WCC is not a significant structural contributor, but essential a surfacing layer and fire-spread resistant barrier. The high admisture of wood sawdust not only lightens the material but probably helps to minimize differential in coefficients of thermal expansion re the GLULAM and surfacing later.
BTW, my share of your buzz on LinkedIn has already racked up nearly 1,400 views and significant engagement. Not bad at all in comparison to the reaction here -- especially when you factor in, what I call, the Reality Conversion Coefficient. Cheers!10/10/2017 #43 Lada 🏡 Prkic#28 Sorry for the late response. I'm in the process of relocation. My office is moving to a different location in the city, and there is a lot of work to do.
Phil, all such research activities are focused on the ecological aspects and finding alternatives to concrete. This method significantly reduces the quantity of concrete.
The image in the post shows the testing process of the specimen consisting of glulam beams on the bottom and the WCC layer over.
Also, very interesting is how two different materials are connected together to ensure distribution of loads but also a solid connection between WCC and timber.
Placing WCC as the secondary (non-structural) layer met all requirements for fire resistance, acoustic and thermal insulation.
As for the lack of the interest, I have nothing more to say. If I had a time, I'd share this myself with my community on LI. Thanks for doing so.09/10/2017 #37 Tausif MundrawalaThis technique should be transported to all the city dwellers in the world. It pains me to read and encounter incidents where a rear part or the entire building collapses due to the dilapidated condition of the structure. It would be of great use here in our city as well as maximum number of people gets killed by huge beams and concrete. Looking at this technology it would be of great help to be placed in dwellings which only uses mortar, concrete and iron beams. Even during any untoward incident people would be safe enough to escape with their lives intact.
Thanks for this quick buzz of yours, my friend @Lada 🏡 Prkic09/10/2017 #35 Lada 🏡 Prkic#33 Although a timber floor slab is claimed to provide a better feel underfoot than concrete floor slab, I never felt the difference on my joints. I've been living whole my life in houses with reinforced concrete slabs and wood floors over. For six years now, I've been working in a 100-years old building with timber floor slabs and what I sometimes feel are vibrations.
To prevent stress on joints, perhaps you can install sleepers subfloor over a concrete slab.09/10/2017 #33 Phil Friedman#32 Joanne, to answer your questions -- 1) epoxy polymers generally do better than polyesters re flammability, smoke generation, and toxic gasses. You are correct, however, that reaction to fire is of concern where polymers (plastics) are involved. Significant improvements can be made by adding inorganic materials to the resins, and in this regard, epoxies are much more tolerant of such additions as to potential modifications of their mechanical properties, which are in general much higher (by 10x on average) than those of polyesters. 2) If a slab floor is to be a "work floor" with people walking constantly upon it, the best way to deal with that is, in my experience, to add a resilient "top floor" over the slab. That can be as simple as rubber or vinyl matting or as sophisticated as a floating "gymnasium" style over-floor. Eh, @Lada 🏡 Prkic?09/10/2017 #32 Joanne Gardocki#27 #28 #30 @Phil Friedman thank you for expanding on the engineering perspective. "Finally, I continue to wonder if a better approach might not be a completely engineered wood member, surfaced with abrasion and fire resistant aggregates held in an epoxy polymer-based matrix?" Wouldn't the epoxy polimer make toxic fumes burning in a building fire? I would also think the profile under heat stress would be unstable and unpredictable in a fire situation, too. Finding your ideas very interesting.
@Gerald Hecht shared a buzz back in July about a prototype for floating islands made of triangular web. I wonder if the floating wood cement mix blocks would make a good material for building on top? The article talks about the webs being able to withstand 50-foot waves. At the time, I couldn't imagine anything on top of the web being able to withstand those same 50-foot waves.
Another question Phil, would you say the wood composit structual floor slabs would have more "give" and be easier on joints for people living and working on the floors? Just one day of standing on concrete floors has me stiff and sore. I can't imagine living in a home that put that kind of stress on my joints yet many housing units are made with concrete floors.
Please tag me in the LinkedIn conversations when you share, Phil. I would love to listen while the topic is kicked around. Again, thank you for enriching the conversation.08/10/2017 #30 Phil FriedmanPS- @Lada 🏡 Prkic, I do believe that the described WCC would be a great material for casting the blocks for the ubiquitous (to NorthAmerica) concrete block building construction. If lightweight blocks could be cast in WCC with self-aligning and self-locking tabs (like giant Legos), the reduced weight might make shipping from centralized manufacturing plants cost-feasible. Resulting in faster, higher-quality assembly on-site by lower-cost, lesser skilled labor. I like that idea a lot, especially in the area of affordable housing. Cheers!08/10/2017 #28 Phil Friedman#23 @Lada 🏡 Prkic, I've now looked at the additional articles listed at the end of the news piece and one of the things I see is that WCC is being used in composite members with engineered wood (GLULAM) in slab applications, for example as the structural floor slabs in a multi-storied warehouse.
In such a case the GLULAM component is used on the bottom where flexure loading (beam bending) puts the GLULAM in tension, while the upper WCC component is placed in compression. This makes sense to me, as it takes the best advantage of the mechanical properties of the materials involved, including the better abrasion and fire resistance of the WCC vs wood.
However, I still wonder why WCC instead of traditional reinforced concrete? Does the reduced structural weight allow a higher live-load bearing for the slab? Even though the upper WCC component will have a lower compressive strength vs reinforced concrete? Or could it be that the WCC component is a better match with the GLULAM component in terms of coefficient of thermal expansion?
Finally, I continue to wonder if a better approach might not be a completely engineered wood member, surfaced with abrasion and fire resistant aggregates held in an epoxy polymer-based matrix?
The issues and questions are quite fascinating and I don't understand why so little interest is shown on beBee by the engineering community which appears to be large. I am going to share this to LinkedIn where I know from experience there are engineers who would love to kick around these questions and the research you point to. Cheers!
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Comments11/10/2017 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#24 I agree, @Ken Boddie has his serious side which is enlightening and his fun side which always gives me the giggles. And I just saw your comment while I was typing this Ken, darn... you crack me up. Laughter really IS the best medicine. Did you miss your calling from becoming a comedian? Love Susan's Friday Fundays!07/10/2017 #26 Ken Boddie#20 #24 Since I'm unlikely to experience childbirth or have my nipples tickled, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, the next best generator of oxytocin is, I understand, laughter. We all need a 'giggle button' to push. I prescribe three times daily, before meals, plus a weekly dose of Friday Funday from @Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess.06/10/2017 #14 Susan 🐝 Rooks, the Grammar Goddess#10 Yeah, I have a friend who was a cook in a school for about 35 years, and this one is perfect for her. She no longer cooks from scratch; she heats up frozen stuff or she eats out. I have to tag her on it.
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Comments06/10/2017 #6 Pedro J. EstébanezGreat writing!
The only thing I have to disagree with is that you find he fact he was a brilliant writer to be apparently incompatible with his psychological issues and use of drugs.
Come on! The most interesting artists along history have been tormented souls and/or have experimented with drugs.
I don't know which one is the cause and which the effect, but there's an undeniable strong correlation.
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Comments04/10/2017 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 Yeah, I hear you. It's a shame we waste so much human ingenuity on stuff to kill each other off.
Then we hand that stuff over to nutjobs.
Now I hear the NRA is lobbying to legalize silencers??? There is only one reason to have a silencer and it ain't to hunt quietly.
I often wish the Founding Fathers had made a typo. It would have been better to give people the right to bare arms rather than the right to bear arms.
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- Producer03/10/2017#Video, Full Transcript of #Trump #WhiteHouse Speech After #LasVegas Shooting Massacre President Trump's speech from the White House today in the aftermath of the Las Vegas active shooter massacre was Spiritual and Godly. And, his speech established the perfect tone in a masterful use of his presidential powers of persuasion and...
Comments13/10/2017 #16 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIIn fact, Stephen Paddock, "who killed 58 people and injured at least 515 others at a Las Vegas concert, was a retiree with no criminal history in the Nevada county where he lived," police said Fox News reports. MGM and law enforcement officials now (as of public reports on Friday, October 13, 2017) agree their approaching hotel security guard was shot at 10:05pm PT (1:05am ET), and then shortly afterwards Stephen Paddock opened fired into the crowd of concertgoers.10/10/2017 #15 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIOf the 31,224 people who died from gun violence, according to recent data reports on TIME.com, 12,632 people died from murderous gun violence, and the difference of 18,592 people died from self-inflicted suicide by gun fire, mostly by white men statistically.06/10/2017 #14 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIHistorically speaking, total numbers of firearm-related incidents have actually fallen through the decades. Before 1993, the number of people killed or wounded by firearms skyrocketed. Thereafter, America has seen a precipitous drop in deaths due to firearms, including fatal firearms accidents reduced to approximately 40 percent in the last decade, and nowadays reduced to as high as 49 percent, according to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conservative think-tank, with such fatal firearms accidents statistics resting now at their lowest levels ever chronicled.05/10/2017 #13 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIThe president praised law enforcement for their bravery in rapidly tracking down the (now deceased from suicide) active shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, high atop Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay 32nd floor (unleashing several hundred rounds of bullets from automatic weaponry through a busted out window) over 40,000 concertgoers at the nearby Route 91 Harvest country music festival site Sunday evening, shortly after 10pm PT (1am ET), saying that "in moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one" in the wake of the largest domestic mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing nearly 60 people and injuring and hospitalizing over 400 other concertgoers.04/10/2017 #12 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIThe right to bear arms was granted to the American people by the drafters of the constitution, who understood first-hand the effects of a tyrannical government, and included that right in the constitution before many other bills of rights, such as the right to trial by jury, and the prohibitions against illegal search and arrest.04/10/2017 #9 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIHistorically speaking, total numbers of firearm-related incidents have actually decreased over decades. In the early 1990’s, the number of people killed or wounded by firearms soared. Since 1993, however, America has seen a steady drop in deaths due to firearms. Fatal firearms accidents have declined as well, nearly 40 percent in the last decade, and are now at the lowest levels ever recorded.03/10/2017 #1 Oliver McGee, PhD, MBA, CFRM, AFWCIPresident Trump's speech from the White House today in the aftermath of the Las Vegas active shooter massacre was Spiritual and Godly. And, his speech established the perfect tone in a masterful use of his presidential powers of persuasion and compassion in the nation's hour of need to have our president unite us as safe and secure citizens of community, equality and liberties.
- 03/10/2017Another example of technology gone wrong: Microsoft Tay experiment.
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Comments30/09/2017 #7 Kevin Baker#4 I would gladly help anyone to understand the confusions that surround. SEO is not SEM nor is it SMM.
These are three distinct marketing methods.
In short form.
#seo is optimizing your web pages so they are searched for and found by the people searching.
#sem is link building and submitting your pages to all the search engines and creating constant update detailed sitemaps
#smm is posting with relevant content with links to your web pages so search with in social communities can find you.
For the average person or layman as you put forth. Producing content that is singular focus. One subject only.
Most important is to not try to deceive the search engines, or and especially the audience.
Do not set your keywords that are not the focus of your content.
Example of a fisherperson
The Title is the hook
The description is the bait
The keywords is the method of how to reel the audience in.
All relevant Title key words must be included in your description and multiple times through out your content.
On social media formats there is no description to submit. The first paragraph or the first 50 words etc of your content becomes the description.
We have a free tool that automatically will train anyone how to write for the web.
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@Proma 🐝 Nautiyal30/09/2017 #5 🐝 Fatima G. WilliamsBebee is fair to everyone and yes they promote us wholeheartedly. beBee is my breakfast, lunch and Tea.
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What motivates me is you, all of the wonderful people here at bebee who all have brought positive energy into my life experience. I couldn't agree less. Well said @Kevin Baker Together we learn, together we grow and together we share.30/09/2017 #4 Proma 🐝 NautiyalThis is a great buzz, @Kevin Baker. While I struggle to understand technicalities of SEO, like the algorithm or robot.txt files, but I hope I can learn it well and apply it to my work, effectively.
If it is not too much to ask, could you please help me with some sources that can enhance my (layman's) understanding of these matters?
I totally agree with you about beBee doing so much for us. This is what drew me to it and I am pretty much addicted to all the positivity we receive and reciprocate, here.30/09/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergVery well put, Kevin. Your buzzing blog posts and other efforts are exemplary. You're already an ambassador in my eyes!😇🙏👍
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