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Social Issues In Today's Society

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A hive where we can discuss issues faced by all of us. Ideas for discussion are guns, drugs, divorce, death, work, health and any topic that affects us regardless of race, sex, or status.
  1. Milos Djukic

    Milos Djukic

    The Hive metaphor, bees, beBee and Elsevier.
    "Four biotech start-ups selected for new project: "The Hive". The Hive, a project for biotech and pharmaceutical start-up firms"
    Elsevier is one of the world's major providers of scientific, technical, and medical information.
    Milos Djukic
    Four biotech start-ups selected for new project: The Hive
    www.elsevier.com Participants have access to Elsevier’s tools to develop drugs for unmet medical...


    Pamela L. Williams
    22/10/2016 #5 Pamela L. Williams
    Okay, you can't tell me this is a coincidence!!! The BEE is going global like crazy! It is becoming the symbol for everything new and innovative! Maybe beBee is actually inspiring other industries, which I would be very happy to learn is the truth.
    I find the idea presented to be fascinating. I would actually like to try and follow this research. It would be extremely interesting to see if they actually seek innovation or just continue to build upon what already is, which we all know, pharma needs some innovation; Right @Gerald Hecht?
  2. ProducerGerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    On Alcoholism...
    On Alcoholism...I am a 56 year old recovering alcoholic --still...I have to admit that I remain tremendously proud of many of my exploits from my days of ridiculously heavy drinking. I weigh about 158 pounds (am 5’ 10”) and until I quit drinking several years ago,...


    Gerald Hecht
    22/10/2016 #152 Gerald Hecht
    #151 @Pamela L. Williams oh man...umm; yeah that's all...
    Pamela L. Williams
    22/10/2016 #151 Pamela L. Williams
    #150 But of course you were. :-)
    Gerald Hecht
    22/10/2016 #150 Gerald Hecht
    #149 @Pamela L. Williams oh yeah.. I knew that --I was just testing you, 😬
    Pamela L. Williams
    22/10/2016 #149 Pamela L. Williams
    #148 The Crowd, you know the ones: that community that may not be day to day friends, but the familiar faces, the ones you can be yourself with and not be judged. They don't 'care' if you're not This or That, they're just there to hang, laugh, and dance the night away.
    Gerald Hecht
    22/10/2016 #148 Gerald Hecht
    #146 @Pamela L. Williams thank you so much!...wait...what do you mean by "everybody"?
    Peter van Doorn
    22/10/2016 #147 Peter van Doorn
    Incredible how honesty scores these days. You have no problem and yet you get a lot of support. Is humanity misdirected?
    Pamela L. Williams
    22/10/2016 #146 Pamela L. Williams
    thank you for sharing a personal bit of yourself Gerald. I do understand the affection for the moon. It's a community. It's like the theme song from the old TV show "Cheers". I think this pretty much covers it:

    Making your way in the world today
    Takes everything you got
    Taking a break from all your worries
    It sure would help a lot
    Wouldn't you like to get away?

    Sometimes you want to go
    Where everybody knows your name
    And they're always glad you came
    You want to be where you can see
    The troubles are all the same
    You want to be where everybody knows your name

    (Better have a good night)
    You want to go where people know
    The people are all the same
    You want to go where everybody knows your name

    by Gary Portnoy - Where Everybody Knows Your Name Lyrics | MetroLyrics

    Hopefully Gerald you realize Everybody Knows you're name here and we're always glad you came to spend time with us. (okay I'm mushy, guilty as charged, but I'm good with that!!)
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #145 María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Hi Mr gerald, thank very much to you appreciate me, me to you, I am grill eat make food nam nam nam, understanding, I am Veganer eat not fich not pick not eat tiered understand Salat tomato ja ja ja plus to much humor and simpatiche
    Gerald Hecht
    22/10/2016 #144 Gerald Hecht
    #142 @María Teresa Redondo Infantes I will today!
    Gerald Hecht
    22/10/2016 #143 Gerald Hecht
    #141 @María Teresa Redondo Infantes I understand and appreciate you very much!
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #142 María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Good morning Mr Gerald.

    Of Spain blessing and have one end week.

    Later me add more post and buzz, hope you like angay plus understand my bad inglés.

    I am now preparation on foot grill

    have you look me another Web site?

    Thanks to reading.

    To much blessed I'm looking one espíritu yesterday hmmmm.
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #141 María Teresa Redondo Infantes

    We one person are problem on life, go on alcohol, but, not know alcohol make dea to much people.

    I am sorry to me bad inglés.

    Blessing to all people on the universe.

    Pace and positive vibrations.

    Mary of Spain
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #140 María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    Do not take life too seriously, because it will not get out alive.
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #139 María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #138 María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    #134 you to Geral
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #137 María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    #134 delighted
    María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    22/10/2016 #135 María Teresa Redondo Infantes
    I invite you to follow me on Google's website and his followers if you like thanks

    Gerald Hecht
    21/10/2016 #134 Gerald Hecht
    #133 @Neil Smith Thank you for reading.
    Neil Smith
    20/10/2016 #133 Neil Smith
    Loved this. Thanks Gerald.
  3. ProducerDarryl John

    Darryl John

    My Painful Childhood
    My Painful Childhoodhttps://youtu.be/yFknG5heyPAhttp://www.bullying.co.uk/anti-bullying-week/I have decided to share this very personal and quite often painful part of my life. My childhood from ages 1to 7 I have no idea about but from 7 yrs old  it gets difficult this...


    Darryl John
    06/10/2016 #8 Darryl John
    I am not here to moralise we all have skeletons in our closets but some have more bones than others.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    06/10/2016 #7 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #6 Agree!
    Darryl John
    06/10/2016 #6 Darryl John
    #5 as we grow in age we grow in ethics, morals and stubbiness , We don't like to see see others in pain or stress any sentient being.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    06/10/2016 #5 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #4 thanks DJ, I tend to go with the underdog too...am very peace loving...even get taken advantage of at times for I believe in essential human goodness...but I was ...er...hungry and foolish back then ;)
    Darryl John
    06/10/2016 #4 Darryl John
    #3 nice piece I don't enjoy violence though at the time it was a release of all my anger, all my life I kind of feel it's my duty to help the little guys, against those with perceived power or corporate bullies.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    06/10/2016 #3 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    I wonder what that bully you beat up finally, must be at right now. He had it coming. And maybe that's why you were the designated teacher for him! ;) Good thing you went on to the other martial arts. Supposed to teach you self-control more than anything else...because, once you tasted that power of victory, you could have easily ended up a bully, bullying the bullies! Am sure fear of retaliation or more bullying drove you to picking up those self-defence skills. Do correct me if I am wrong. Well, I had my share of bullies too growing up. And all those protracted encounters (testing my patience) ended up in a brawl finally and that's when I realised my hands moved faster than my eyes (and my mind) when I whupped their behind! A few teeth went missing the first time...a single, cracking flash of a slap that petrified the other guy in the second instance and the last one ended in me leaving a bump with my knuckle right in the feller's forehead that even today (after 35 years) he carries, for some strange reason. He showed it to me with a sheepish smile, the last time I chanced upon him a few years ago. Am not afraid of bullies anymore. Only worried of those who I cannot reach, persuade or dissuade...and sadly there are many such crawling the corridors of power behind designations and decoys. But rest assured, every bully will find a bulldog that would have his day! :) Thanks for a nice share. There are three ways of dealing with bullies - befriend em, beat em or...like MJ said...Beat it!
    Pascal Derrien
    06/10/2016 #2 Pascal Derrien
    an importsant message, thnak YOU @Darryl John
  4. ProducerDarryl John

    Darryl John

    Job Hunting At 49
    Job Hunting At 49I feel more and more out of today's society I am coming up for my 50th birthday next year and I am unemployed have very little money and am struggling to cope with everything. I have experience and many Qualification's yet I have applied to over 60...


    Karen Anne Kramer  ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015
    22/10/2016 #28 Karen Anne Kramer ~ CNN Women Leaders 2015
    @ Darryl John .. Hi Darryl ! I have so many friends who have been out of work. It is discouraging. I think things will improve, but that doesn't help right now. 0ne f the guys I know went and did volunteer work at the. Eat Hospital and did get offered a job. He got real lucky. He works in Accounting. He was out of work for 2 years. If I can think of some other ways like Job Corps, if you have that in your state they are pretty good . Don't give up .
    Darryl John
    14/10/2016 #27 Darryl John
    Thank you I do look but quite often they remain the same for some time.
    Lisa Gallagher
    14/10/2016 #26 Lisa Gallagher
    Have you looked at the jobs on beBee @Darryl John? There are quite a few :)) Not sure what the process is like but maybe worth the try? Still wishing you much luck!!
    Janet Lentz
    09/10/2016 #25 Janet Lentz
    I was 56 when I left I job I'd had for many years to advance my career. A year later a headhunter lured me to an even better job. Neither company cared about my age, only what I can do for them. I'm sorry not to be sympathetic, but age discrimination is too often used as an excuse not to do the work and preparation necessary to get a job. You have to understand how the internet falls into the equation. You have to understand how to network effectively, online and off line. You need to be able to explain what makes you unique. Re-read your original post from an employer's point of view and think about how you would change it. If you are truly struggling, I suggest hiring a professional career coach to help you make the changes you need. Here is the one I used:
    Yes, finding the right job is a lot of work but you need not go it alone and you can be successful. Best of luck.
    Darryl John
    26/09/2016 #24 Darryl John
    #22 #23 thanks for the advice I will take it on board
    Ken Boddie
    24/09/2016 #23 Ken Boddie
    Can't offer you advice, Darryl, only sympathy. From a failed Latin scholar "nil ilegitimus carborundum" - "don't let the bastards grind you down." 👍 Stay +Ve.
    Mark Anthony Dyson
    24/09/2016 #22 Mark Anthony Dyson
    Hey Darryl, it doesn't pay to completely rely on a CV to be bait these days. There is so much creativity required outside of submitting. You can use your talents and creativity to get in front of people first who can get you in, gain familiarity, then introduce your resume. It's easier to have faith in humans than a machine (ATS).
    Brian McKenzie
    22/09/2016 #21 Brian McKenzie
    Damn homonym
    Brian McKenzie
    22/09/2016 #20 Brian McKenzie
    I am no help with an ATS, every job I have ever worked - HR was an after stop and not my entry point. The only time I want to talk to HR is to make sure they have my information for taxes and pay correct. Other than that, I want nothing to do with them. This has worked for me for 30 years. ALL of my employer fails and angst have been when I went threw the HR / ATS front door. It is an endeavour that I always try and avoid.
    Darryl John
    22/09/2016 #19 Darryl John
    Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with building a career just it would be foolish at my age not to have other options just like a fine wine I am aging well but the price of the bottle rises as I have less time to make a difference.
    Darryl John
    22/09/2016 #18 Darryl John
    Thank you #16#17 I never give up I am too tenacious to do that, stubborn like my Mum I realise the internet does not have all the answers and that I still need reliable income that a job gives, but I am so determined to find that one thing that will allow me to achieve my personal goals and dreams as a method of transit the internet can be a learjet where a traditional career is like a taxi journey stopping to pick up others until you reach your destination. I value the security of this but today no job is secure and at my age I don't want a career but a job until I find the key to unlock the internet's potential to make me money as I sleep so that I can use my money to help others by providing them with the tools to help themselves. The biggest form of charity it to teach someone something as it costs your time which you will never get back.
    Michael Dowling
    22/09/2016 #17 Michael Dowling
    I can appreciate the struggle - I'm in it myself. Establishing and maintaining mindset is the challenging part. Hard to focus on the future when you are living in the present. But building a simple plan to get you through each day...steps to take to build little piles of kindling that you throw matches on to spark a few fires is a good way to build momentum. You can't scattershot right now...build off of what you LOVE and target roles that feed into those activities (Martial Arts, writing, fitness anything...) You have interests. Use them. Forget about whether or not they pay well...some is better than none. First figure out if they have holes that you can fill...and then be relentless at finding them. I can tell you it gets darkest right before it bursts. You will do this. What other choice do you have? Do not quit my friend...you have support. Keep at it!
    Harvey Lloyd
    22/09/2016 #16 Harvey Lloyd
    Great article and i think the 50 somethings can mirror your opinion whether they are employed or not. The 50 somethings are all looking for a job or scared of the one they have wont last long enough. I am not comfortable with the internet either. But i believe my comfort is not based on the fact i don't fully understand its potential. My thoughts carry me to value. Yes people are making fortunes off the internet, but it appears that for each one that does there are 1,000's that don't. I see it as a value trap. I am 56 and although the internet offers opportunities they seem to be short lived paths for one looking for a career. Good luck with your search.
    Darryl John
    22/09/2016 #15 Darryl John
    Thank you for your words of encouragement I have posted on LinkedIn but find the platform no use when job searching I have been on there for years and only ever been offered one job, I used to have premium membership but it's not worth it. Please feel free to check out my posts my LinkedIn address is on my profile here.
    Neil Smith
    22/09/2016 #14 Neil Smith
    Thanks for this article @Darryl John. It mirrors exactly my feelings following a job search last autumn. There seem to be a lot of companies using recruitment agencies which don't have the time, expertise or interest to find out about the applicant and depend entirely on recent paper qualifications. I believe that lazy hiring is a big part of the reason for unsatisfactory staff performance and another part is that many companies are offering really poor remuneration and limited benefits. One post I was offered paid not much over the minimum wage and several fell short of that with an ill-defined bonus being the magic ingredient to tempt me. I wish you the best of luck in your search.
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/09/2016 #13 Aurorasa Sima
    I am terribly sorry you are having this experience. I´d probably have the same issue and I am glad that I do not have to go through that process, especially in the US, where - following feedback I am hearing - people are not necessarily treated well during the application process.

    Sadly, I would not know how to help besides you could post on LinkedIn and I would be happy to like=share it. @Brian McKenzie might be able to help how to best feed ATS. I hope you find a great job very soon. Until then, please stay strong. I know it must be hard.
    Perla Rodriguez Dieguez
    22/09/2016 #12 Perla Rodriguez Dieguez
    #2 Hi! Your example is very interesting, this issue is in any age, except that as you mentioned, many of 30 "living with their parents", We are those parents!! who can not get work, my son 25 live with us, but if I do not get a job with my experience and my knowledge? is a whole family on the street ! and worse, than our generation 45 or more, jobless not contribute to our future retirement or pension! We will have a very tough old age, Nobody says give up, on the contrary, Here in Bebee I had three interview for employee. I remain enthusiastic :)
    Randy Keho
    21/09/2016 #11 Randy Keho
    I found myself in a similar predicament at age 56, when I resigned from the company I'd been with for 13 years. I relocated and spent nearly two years taking care of my father. I never imagined a job search could be so frustrating and stressful. Things have changed. Fortunately, the company called me back when they had an opening in the city I had moved to. Otherwise, I don't know how things would have turned out, especially when the local economy was at its lowest.
    Darryl John
    21/09/2016 #10 Darryl John
    I do get some healthcare offers but really as I suffer with mental health issues the last thing I need is other people's to worry about that's like having a GA meeting in a Casino
    Darryl John
    21/09/2016 #9 Darryl John
    We cling on to what we know even if in hindsight it is not the best option. Sometimes the unknown scares us as it takes us from our comfort zones I am open to working wherever that will give me some chance of making a better life for myself I really want to be retired by 55 and am prepared to do whatever I have to do to make that a reality.
  5. ProducerCityVP Manjit

    CityVP Manjit

    The Tragedy of Aaron
    The Tragedy of AaronThe Study hive is my personal interface between my offline studies through both public and college libraries - though I have yet to make good use of any college library I have the choice to access.  My presence here is as a 21st Century learner, but...


    Laurent Boscherini
    18/09/2016 #5 Anonymous
    Thank you @CityVP Manjit for sharing your insightful and relevant post. Let me share you one relevant quote which enlightens quite well what happened... " Since one cannot educate adults, the word "education" has an evil sound in politics; there is a pretense of education, when the real purpose is coercion without the use of force. " - HANNAH ARENDT
    Dean Owen
    18/09/2016 #4 Dean Owen
    This is a seriously important piece, one that I would expect to see in The Guardian or somewhere. You are so right, there is a thin line between prosecution and persecution. People in power will always fear change, and apparently fear new thinking.
    CityVP Manjit
    16/09/2016 #3 CityVP Manjit
    #2 Dear Fatima there is nothing wrong with fighting injustice and obscene power but one must be prepared for the consequences. Both Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are now living in exile but they had a plan, however Aaron underestimated the consequences of special interest in education and the power they wield with government officials. This is why there must be campaign finance reform and a democratization of special interest groups.

    In order to fear these things we must first get caught in the cross-hairs of those who have a different opinion of freedom and what the future should be. Instead of fearing power, we must be thoughtful that there are people like Aaron who were willing to see a bigger picture and the tragedy here is what his loss has meant in terms of reforms to the law and more importantly, the reshaping of law so society can move into the knowledge age.

    These battles for transformation are nothing new, these fights occurred at the beginning of the first wave of globalization at the beginning of the century, as well as at all other prior transformational periods. https://www.etown.edu/offices/president/2014-11-14-WW1-Globalization.pdf Another way that supporters of globalization look at this is written here http://www.americanforeignrelations.com/E-N/Globalization-First-era-of-modern-globalization-to-1914.html

    You and I Fatima are ordinary mortals far removed from the world Aaron was trying to change, there should be no fear from trying to be aware of these things, unless of course anxiety is our underlying condition, and that is a personal transformation.
    Fatima Williams
    16/09/2016 #2 Fatima Williams
    my heart goes out to Aaron such a brilliant mind targeted and forced to live a short life. Our lives have become a movie directed by those who want to control us and sometimes we end up being mere puppets. An untold melancholy remains in my heart as I think more about this Aaron's story made me feel so insecure about what can happen to one who is much lesser in thought and actions than him
    CityVP Manjit
    05/09/2016 #1 CityVP Manjit
    This is the You-Tube Link to the documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz, it is called "The Internet's Own Boy" (English only)
  6. Renee Iseli - Smits
    Why it is important to feel at home:
    Renee Iseli - Smits
    At home
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 23rd, 2015 Quelle: At the moment we are in the middle of summer break and most people are not home despite the heat and good weather here, but are vacationing elsewhere. My gymnastics classes...
  7. Wayne Yoshida

    Wayne Yoshida

    From Design News Daily - NASA's Secret Mathematicians - The same President who enabled this also created executive order 9066 - the "internment" of Japanese-Americans in the USA. Very confusing.
    Wayne Yoshida
    Design News - Blog - The Hidden Story of NASA's African-American Women Mathematicians
    www.designnews.com With the film Hidden Figures set to tell their stories on big screen for the first time, we take a look at the real lives of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three little-known African-American mathematicians who played key...
  8. ProducerLance Scoular

    Lance Scoular

    Zemblanity + Family and the Word We Fear To Speak
    Zemblanity + Family and the Word We Fear To Speak Today is Thursday 8th September 2016, as I post this on beBee and it is R U OK? Day (R U OK? - Are You OK? Day) in Australia. "R U OK? Day is an annual day in September (the second Thursday in Australia) dedicated to remind people to ask...


    Lisa Gallagher
    10/09/2016 #26 Lisa Gallagher
    #22 A topic very close to my heart @Lance Scoular. As I read your buzz I have to admit I cried and it took me about 3-4 minutes to compose myself before I could type. I didn't cry for myself, I cried reading about your daughter's friends, your wife's student and thinking of so many that are afflicted with severe depression and feel the only way out is to commit suicide. This is a vital topic and I'm glad you wrote so deeply about this. I'm keeping that term in my brain, "RU-OK" Wishing you a wonderful weekend Lance!
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #25 Lance Scoular
    Glad you hear UROK @Aaron Skogen. Appreciate too, your sharing the concerning increases in the suicide statistics.
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #24 Lance Scoular
    #11 Thank you @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian for sharing those that have checked out before time. Also for the incredible sharing you have been doing on Twitter.
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #23 Lance Scoular
    #10 No need @Mamen Delgado you already have! More than adequately.
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #22 Lance Scoular
    #9 Thanks Lisa @Lisa Gallagher for your kind words and sentiments. Also for your shares on Twitter.
    I need to reread this myself more often, as painful as it is to do so, to remind me to ask RUOK? more often, so that less people are impacted by Zemblanity. Hopefully.
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #21 Lance Scoular
    #8 No @Jena Ball I did not know about project semicolon. but now I do. Link: http://www.projectsemicolon.org
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #20 Lance Scoular
    #7 So true @Donna-Luisa Eversley we should no assume all is well by a persons outward appearence.
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #19 Lance Scoular
    #6 Once again @Sarah Elkins thanks. It is a reminder to me again to ask ask RUOK? more often.
    I did a Snapchat story Thursday evening (Sydney time) more about the concept of asking RUOK? and how to do so in different circumstances and a few snappers passed it on to their networks.
    Lance Scoular
    10/09/2016 #18 Lance Scoular
    #1 Thanks @David B. Grinberg for your kind comments and also for the link to the New York Times article Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness. It was interesting to see the reference to Men's Sheds which originated in Australia. We have a number in our area and are a great way for men (often lonely or at a loose end) to get together a make things in a community workshop.
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/09/2016 #17 Lisa Gallagher
    This needs to be read and re-read. Excellent, and moving (to tears) article by @Lance Scoular
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    08/09/2016 #16 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Invisible Ilnesses
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    08/09/2016 #15 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Sharing in Invisible Illnesses
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    08/09/2016 #14 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    This is heartbreaking. I too had a loved one commit suicide. This is a fantastic idea and should be a worldwide effort. U R OK? - I hope this catches on quickly. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
    Aaron Skogen
    08/09/2016 #13 Aaron Skogen
    #1 Thanks for the tag @David B. Grinberg, I appreciate it.
    Aaron Skogen
    08/09/2016 #12 Aaron Skogen
    Wonderful story @Lance Scoular, a very poignant reminder of our need to stay connected. As a medic, I had a handful of call's to respond to successful suicides and far too many calls to respond to an attempt. The horror of some of those calls, the families devastation has, like you, stuck with me. The suicide rate has increased 6% here in MN in the last year, driven primarily by men of a certain age (mine). More disconcerting is the rate of veteran suicides being 40% higher higher than that of the general population here int he US. Only through increased awareness, actively engaging with people, and staying connected can we battle this permanent solution to a temporary problem. "R U OK" is a great theme, and one that should be adopted worldwide. I am OK Lance, thanks for asking!
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    08/09/2016 #11 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    RU OK? Should be pushed worldwide. Thank you for this post, @Lance Scoular. I've had four friends commit suicide, five if you count one who was diagnosed with a terminal, painful illness and decided to check out on her terms. All but the last were indeed permanent solutions to temporary problems.
    Mamen Delgado
    08/09/2016 #10 Mamen Delgado
    Uffff, this story and everything you have shared here is deeply touching for me @Lance Scoular.
    I'll try to write something more than THANK YOU when I recover and let my feelings slow down. THANKS TO YOU as well @David B. Grinberg, as I told you yesterday it is an incredible gift for me to be in touch with all of you. 💕
    Lisa Gallagher
    08/09/2016 #9 Lisa Gallagher
    I removed a few comments, they were long and I felt too much info after I re-read what I wrote. I can't thank you enough for writing this. I'm sorry for what you and your family experienced over the years. This is such an important topic and I thank you so much for sharing this. RU-OK? Shared on beBee and twitter! My heart goes out to anyone that has lost a friend or loved one to suicide. Thanks @Lance Scoular for sharing your personal story.
    Jena Ball
    08/09/2016 #8 Jena Ball
    Powerful, gut wrenching and so important. Thank you for having the courage to share. I really believe that it is by breaking the silence, caring enough to ask and taking steps to ensure help is available we can start to make a difference. Do you know about project semicolon? Several of my friends who have struggled with depression have found its message and the community helpful. Sharing and making a conscious effort to ask not just today but every day.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/09/2016 #7 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    R u ok? This is a question I ask when I sense something is wrong, but maybe should be asked when everything appears right. Thanks for this sobering and inspiring article @Lance Scoular... Thank you @David B. Grinberg for pointing me towards this post. Will share.
  9. Renee Iseli - Smits
    Could have written those words myself. They touched my heart.and I wanted to share them. Renee Iseli - Smits
  10. Renee Iseli - Smits
    Renee Iseli - Smits
    Hearing test
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 20th 2015 I can still remember my earliest hearing tests: a robust lady in a glass cubicle behind the buttons and a very heavy headset (I was very young at the time). Everyone who has had a...
  11. Renee Iseli - Smits
    Renee Iseli - Smits
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 19th, 2015 Source: Sometimes I have very strange dreams. Most of these dreams I don’t recall upon waking up. The rare times that I can remember my dream, I often tell to myself that I must...
  12. ProducerDr. Allen Brown

    Dr. Allen Brown

    Why They Hate US So Much
    Why They Hate US So MuchMost likely this post will not stay up long but I had to share an experience that has been repeated time after time. Before I begin I will share this with you. I have had a great time exchanging and sharing with many of you. even when we disagreed....


    Gerald Hecht
    30/08/2016 #80 Gerald Hecht
    Gerald Hecht
    23/08/2016 #79 Gerald Hecht
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    23/08/2016 #78 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #72 I would ask that you Dedicate your phenomenal piece to @Dr. Allen Brown, who is gone. Others have departed from LI, for example, then received such love that they 'came back.' I would really appreciate your editing it and then could one bee please Share it to Hive: beBee Dedications?
    Fatima Williams
    22/08/2016 #77 Fatima Williams
    @Dr. Allen Brown You are treasured here on beBee as diamond that everyone values alot. Hope you do come back soon.
    Javier beBee
    22/08/2016 #76 Javier beBee
    Be happy be respectful be yourself be a Bee! :)
    David B. Grinberg
    22/08/2016 #75 David B. Grinberg
    @Dr. Allen Brown, thank you very much for starting a much needed conversation that will hopefully lead to racial healing. As you could see by the outpouring of support on this platform, you are well respected and admired. Moreover, I sincerely hope you reconsider leaving beBee when you have so much to offer. On a personal level, I would just note that every individual deserve equal opportunities in life based on their God-given ability, talent and merit -- regardless of skin color or any other racial, ethnic, religious or other factors. I do have hope since the USA elected and reelected the first African American President in history. Moreover, there are people of color in all walks of life in all types of high level jobs. Does this mean that racial discrimination doesn't exist? Of course, not, because there will always be some "bad apples" in society no matter what. I've been harassed based on my religion. Other have been discriminated against based on age, national origin, disability, sex/gender (including pregnant women and the LGBT community), the list goes on. But let's consider the proverbial cup being half full, not half empty. It's the diversity of people that makes the USA the most powerful nation on the planet. Therefore, I always prefer to focus on similarities between people, not differences. We are all human beings and all have 99.9% of the same DNA. It's only .01% that accounts for genetic differences like skin color, etc. Please note that you are a highly valued and respected member of the beBee community, which resembles the diversity of countless countries. Thank you, kind sir, for considering these points and reconsidering your decision to leave.
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2016 #74 Anonymous
    #72 Yes, there is progress And he will come back, as well as millions of other people. Thank you @Aurorasa Sima.
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/08/2016 #73 Aurorasa Sima
    #70 Thank you, @Milos Djukic
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/08/2016 #72 Aurorasa Sima
    #70 It´s painful. That´s why I posted "Why the world is not getting worse". There is progress. Painfully slow ... but there is.
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2016 #70 Anonymous
    #69 Dear @Aurorasa Sima, We are on the way, a little bit of idealism never hurts. We'll be back…
    Aurorasa Sima
    22/08/2016 #69 Aurorasa Sima
    #68 He left, @Milos Djukic, but for other reasons. Beautiful words from you.
    Milos Djukic
    22/08/2016 #68 Anonymous
    Black fractals are also forever dear @Dr. Allen Brown. Each C-butterfly independently chooses a color of wings (black, white, yellow, green... ) . Maybe you are one of the most important butterflies. The black one, who will never feel blue again. Let's see how, it will not be easy. But there are plenty of us (C-Butterflies) who are not racists and that's what matters most.
    Carolyn Kiel
    21/08/2016 #67 Carolyn Kiel
    I am so sorry @Dr. Allen Brown that you have been the target of hate. It is infuriating. The goal of haters is to silence their targets, but I hope that your voice will not be silenced by this cowardice and ignorance. I learn so much from the diverse thoughts, opinions and stories of the beBee community. It would be a great injustice for haters to deprive us all of the opportunity to learn from you. I am glad that you shared this with the beBees and that they have reached back with respect and support. If you decide to stay (I hope you do), we will continue to be here for you.
    mohammed khalaf
    21/08/2016 #66 mohammed khalaf
    on contrary my friend Dr. Allen Brown we not hated here in iraq any Negros because prophet of God (ADAM) is Negros and married from his wife (HAWA) white .we here not any contrast from any sex.
    Randy Keho
    21/08/2016 #65 Randy Keho
    #56 You're absolutely correct. As a vital part of the administration, you've given us the tools to deal with the Dream Police. We shouldn't need the thought police.
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    21/08/2016 #64 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    Ok, so I read all the comments up to here now. I have to admire the beBeeZ! No one let the patient on the Operating Table bleed out! We've got understanding, sympathy, love (even a heart transplant from @Mamen Delgado View more
    Ok, so I read all the comments up to here now. I have to admire the beBeeZ! No one let the patient on the Operating Table bleed out! We've got understanding, sympathy, love (even a heart transplant from @Mamen Delgado❣️), and the refusal to 'give up' on either @Dr. Allen Brown or @Gerald Hecht as well! Now, we've got massive hemostasis (blood spewage comes to a halt)....and the only question is: can the anesthesiologist now 'wake up' the patient? Is the patient revived, resuscitated, "reanimated" from the "Code?" My faith in humanity is restored...and I'm not giving up, I'm not taking 'No' for an answer, I'm continuing with the LoVE...because in the enD, Love Conquers All. And so do Loving beBeez. C'mon! Keep the Love Flowing! It's the most powerful drug on earth! Close
    Selim Yeniçeri
    21/08/2016 #63 Selim Yeniçeri
    #62 I absolutely second this, Dr. @Dr. Allen Brown, and @Randy Keho.
    Randy Keho
    21/08/2016 #62 Randy Keho
    I must respect your decision, @Dr. Allen Brown, but I would have never thought of you as a quitter. Speaking honestly, I've now lost a level of respect for you. You're extinguishing a much-needed light in the darkness. Silence will only perpetuation your issues, it will not lead to the answers or acceptance you seek. You're detractors have won.
    Mamen Delgado
    21/08/2016 #61 Mamen Delgado
    #49 On the basis that my two daughters are from China but they could have been from Ethiopia perfectly well (and they get sometimes "strange comments" I would say) there's something I don't quite understand after reading your post @Dr. Allen Brown and having read the comments here written. Are we talking about "Whites and Blacks" in a general way as you talk in your post @Dr. Allen Brown, or are we talking about someone in particular, who has sent you a message in particular with a particular intention? First of all I really feel very sorry about your feelings and I think it could be a good idea to speak as clear as possible to see if there's something we can do for you. It is necessary to speak clear and clarify "who said what" as @Aurorasa Sima said before. Please think about it. All my love. 💖
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    21/08/2016 #60 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    Well stated @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian and I agree, as well.
  13. Renee Iseli - Smits
    Do you like advertisement? Well, advertisers, let me tell you: we are not stupid!
    Renee Iseli - Smits
    Not stupid
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 18th 2015 Source: Do Call centers regularly bug you too? These persistent callers really love to call at the most inconvenient times such as when you are cooking or eating. We have now found...
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    Hearing aids of the future ...
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    Hearing aids
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 17th, 2015 Today I saw an article about the hearing aids of the future, and I wanted to share that with you. Music of the future for the hearing impaired: Researchers in England are...
  15. Brian McKenzie

    Brian McKenzie

    Until we see that we are equal but different, that we see things differently, that we bring different talents and perspectives to the day and challenges - we will continue to fight; and that fight will continue be used against us ~ again and again. Brian McKenzie
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    Shaun Dares
    34 things we don't do anymore
    www.msn.com A look at 34 simple things which we don’t do as much any more since technology has entered our...
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    We are not just statistics ...
    Renee Iseli - Smits
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 13th 2015 Source: ID 13857983 © Borislav Mishev | Dreamstime.com In 2009, about 2.25% of the Swiss population used one or two hearing devices. That is about 1/5 of the total number of hearing...
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    Renee Iseli - Smits
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 12th, 2015 Source: Quelle: D 24855998 © Corina Rosu | Dreamstime.com When I was four years old, my family and I moved from the city to a small village. In the village we were once of the...
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    Renee Iseli - Smits
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 10th, 2015 Source: Have you already noticed that these days, it seems to have become a trend that you must listen to music everywhere? In Fitness centers, restaurants, stores, and even when...
  20. ProducerGreg Rolfe

    Greg Rolfe

    Cutting through the noise and the pain
    Cutting through the noise and the painWhen looking at the current state of America and our extreme fall from the goals and standards set by our fore fathers, it is evident that as a Church we have failed to cut through the noise and the pain of the world to reveal the truth of God....


    Vivian Chapman
    10/07/2016 #24 Vivian Chapman
    #9 No I did not take you for an atheist William, simply because you hate corrupt institutions. I have witnessed corruption in the churches since a was a small child. I was trying to find out where you are coming from, that's all.
    Vivian Chapman
    10/07/2016 #23 Vivian Chapman
    #15 @William VanDorin that tells me you don't know Jesus personally. He does have a sense of humour!
    Vivian Chapman
    10/07/2016 #22 Vivian Chapman
    #14 What a lively mind you have William! Like that! Oh dear I keep pressing Return and the comment goes on without my finishing it. I don't think you are a gnostic, judging from your comments. We are all fallen - which is why Jesus chose to carry our sins in His own body to the Cross, so anyone who is in Him can be raised up with Him. As for Hell: the place of final punishment will only come into being after the Final Judgement so no one is there yet. I have been considering writing a book about Hell, because I don't think it's entirely negative. No room to go into that really, but if you read Revelation, you find that it is only immediately after the wicked are thrown into the lake of fire that God is able to wipe away the tears from each eye, and only then it says "there will be no more death, nor crying etc" But many really evil people will have been saved by Jesus because they repented and thanked Him for taking their sins. "The Son of Man has authority on earth, to forgive sins". Jesus is "The Rock of Offense" as well as the Rock of Sanctuary. Some people are offended that God would "send" people to hell (they go there all by themselves and refuse to be saved!), and some people are offended that God can wipe away the sins of someone who has committed horrible crimes. Personally, I love Jesus and I'm 100% on His side.
    Greg Rolfe
    08/07/2016 #19 Greg Rolfe
    #18 Brian I was not unaware of the concept behind your words simply confused on why you added them to the conversation. You did not appear to be adding nor drawing a resolution. Did I miss you point? (It would hardly be the first time.)
    Brian McKenzie
    08/07/2016 #18 Brian McKenzie
    Thesis * AntiThesis -> Synthesis. Two diametrically oppositional forces set into conflict for the purpose to advance an agenda to the next landing state of control, submission, subversion and slavery. It is as it always has been. (Lenin adds necessary killing to the equation - and Obama has updated it with digital coverage of the events)
    The current Alinsky meme is Problem * Conflict -> Resolution. I cannot show you the game, but when you see it - it cannot be unseen.
    Greg Rolfe
    08/07/2016 #17 Greg Rolfe
    #16 Hello Brian. I must admit to my confusion but I am not sure how your comment fits into this discussion. Not complaining mind you just curious of your intent.
    Brian McKenzie
    08/07/2016 #16 Brian McKenzie
    I believe the Church vs State construct is one of the earliest and most relevant versions of the Hegelian Dialectic. And looking at the body count and ideology from each, I am undeterred in that assessment.
    William VanDorin
    08/07/2016 #15 William VanDorin
    I would like to believe Christ had a sense of humor, you know not like a stand up because that would simply be heretical, but able to pull of a good practical joke on occasion. Come on John, It's not that deep! LOL!
    William VanDorin
    08/07/2016 #14 William VanDorin
    #13 Yes it was Vivian, I was not wearing my glasses. Apologies, allusions of youth you know! We all bear our cross of thorns, damn I may be one of the fallen. Some how I still feel I must have virtue and faith in a rather cynical fashion. Guess that would make me a Gnostic... Oh hell I am so confused. Say do you think there really is a hell? I am rather divided on the matter, as I know many who have earned their spot, and would hate to see them denied their eternal torture. Wow, seems kind of harsh, but hell it's doctrine!
    Vivian Chapman
    07/07/2016 #13 Vivian Chapman
    #9 @William VanDorin you are addressing "Wendy" did you mean to address me?
    Greg Rolfe
    07/07/2016 #12 Greg Rolfe
    #11 William. I just might. Thank you.
    William VanDorin
    06/07/2016 #11 William VanDorin
    #3 Greg it was not a quote, but rather simply a statement which it shall remain... unless some one quotes me on it. Feel free! LOL!
    William VanDorin
    06/07/2016 #9 William VanDorin
    #6 You are mistaken Wendy as I do know Jesus. In response to the love and compassion he preached we nailed him to a cross, did we not? Of course most will defend with it was them, not us! I will join any individual proposing love, peace and nobility of the human spirit. Did you take me for an atheist simply due to my admonishment of a corrupted institution. Did Christ not have the same complaint when he threw the money changers out? Faith is grand, blind faith is often fatal.
    Greg Rolfe
    06/07/2016 #7 Greg Rolfe
    #3 William that sounds like a quote, if it is who said it. You have peeked my interest.
    Vivian Chapman
    06/07/2016 #6 Vivian Chapman
    #3 William VanDorin interesting comment coming from - I take it - someone who does not know Jesus? Am I right? The comment interests me because I'm wondering if you would turn TOWARDS an individual follower of Jesus who had no worldly influence, but lots of love, warmth and authenticity?
    Greg Rolfe
    05/07/2016 #5 Greg Rolfe
    #2 Donald I do agree that small acts define us more than the large acts. So yes they would indeed create an since of warmth.
    Greg Rolfe
    05/07/2016 #4 Greg Rolfe
    #1 interesting choices for this post. I like them though.
    William VanDorin
    05/07/2016 #3 William VanDorin
    When churches are reduced to empires we must turn away for they are worshiping themselves.
    Donald Grandy
    05/07/2016 #2 Donald Grandy
    Amen to this post! Perhaps we could start by being of service? Maybe over time, all of the small acts, those small moments, would lead to a different state of being – a state that helps us cut through the noise and begins a ripple effect that synergizes with countless others. Imagine a state in which service becomes increasingly effortless and honours God. Would that help unveil the truth and let the Lord heal the pain?
    Vincent Andrew
    05/07/2016 #1 Vincent Andrew
    Reminds me of another verse "Come to me you who labour and I will give you rest" and "As the deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after thee" @Greg Rolfe
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    Renee Iseli - Smits
    hardofhearingweb.wordpress.com July 9th, 2015 Source: I, Ydomusch, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publishes it under the following licenses: under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License Last evening, I...
  22. ProducerRenee Iseli - Smits
    To be or not to be
    To be or not to be Source picture: http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-to-be-not-to-be-question-hamlet-shakespeare-skull-image34121769 Are you familiar with this? When one is tired and everyone all around you is...


    Renee Iseli - Smits
    16/09/2016 #4 Renee Iseli - Smits
    #3 Deb Helfrich, I only saw your comment recently, so that's why my response is a bit late. I understand what your point is. People who are hearing impaired really depend on lipreading and the mimicing of their vis-a-vis. This often is a cause for miscommunication in interactions. Please, don't underestimate this.
    Often, deaf people for example, have some trouble interpreting spoken language because their first language is sign language. For me, born normal hearing and acquiring a good speech development, trying to learn sign language at a later age is very hard.
    I agree with you, that a huge part of miscommunication is due to the fact how our brains process information and what is your social background. All too often, and this is true for hearing impaired as normal hearing, we "assume" what our vis-a-vis means, instead of checking the true meaning of the words.
    Deb Helfrich
    30/08/2016 #3 Deb Helfrich
    This is a very interesting question, @Renee Iseli - Smits. I would tend to agree that the range of interpretations might be meaningful to some people who can't hear well; but to my mind, the reason for having a common 'label' is so that strangers can easily be given a cheat sheet on how to adapt in their interactions with someone who doesn't hear so well.

    On the issue of miscommunications, very little of that problem has anything to do with the volume of the words and a great deal to do with the fact of how our brains chunk information and sort through probably tens of thousands of incoming signals. Then there is the social aspect of prior interactions. If I said to you, I am an unfluencer, your brain would likely just replace the prefix with the 'right' one as you know it, whereas @Pamela L. Williams would know exactly what I meant and it would convey paragraphs worth of information. The complexity of communication is staggering.

    BTW, Pam - you are a fountain of knowledge. I could explain that I heard the words but didn't understand them, but I never bothered to actually see if it was a thing. I find that numerous times I have to say 'what did you say?' and just as I finish asking, the meaning of the previous set of words becomes manifest. This adds in some physiologic underpinning to the sensitive introvert tendencies....
    Renee Iseli - Smits
    04/07/2016 #2 Renee Iseli - Smits
    #1 I can understand your problem, yes. If the body language doesn't "tone" with the spoken words (someone can make a joke with a poker face ...), this creates confusion and misunderstanding too, just as with sarcasm.
    Pamela L. Williams
    01/07/2016 #1 Pamela L. Williams
    "you hear a cacophony of voices and are unable to concentrate on one voice and then find yourself unable to understand anything" I don't have to be tired to experience this, but it's worse when I am. I have Audio Processing Disorder when means I hear just fine but the communication between my auditory system and my brain has a delay. If I'm in a loud room my brain can't differentiate the sounds. Because of this I depend I have come to depend heavily on other means of communicating. The part that bothers me the most is I have problems differentiating sarcasm from truth. Think about it; if you being sarcastic you project all the features of anger with an ever so slight change in tone. If a person is not picking up the tone then all signals interpret it as anger. It's why I don't like sarcasm in verbal communication. They're just asking for a misunderstanding..
  23. ProducerFlavio 🇯🇵 Souza
    We are our problem, but also our solution.
    We are our problem, but also our solution.Don't get me wrong, let me clarify the title above, I am not talking about the world is full of people and we need to reduce our size like some elites and movies want us to believe. As Gandhi famously said, “The world has enough for every man’s...
  24. ProducerPamela L. Williams
    Society is not Top-Heavy - skooch over and make room
    Society is not Top-Heavy - skooch over and make room I’ve been contemplating the growth of beBee in the last couple months that I have been actively involved. What I have found is some successful professionals who are either still in the game or have happily retired. I’ve met brilliant...


    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    29/06/2016 #53 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #51 Humm, laissez-faire or post-Gestapo. Are we really stuck at the two extremes? One of the issues I see is that people choose Hives solely on their names and/or size. There's one hive that is dedicated to the mechanics of writing, yet I see many completely unrelated posts on it. Maybe the answer is to allow Hive Owners to delete posts without allowing the original poster to replace it with another hive. Maybe that will open a whole other can of worms. I think it would be a step in the write direction (pardon the pun)
    Pamela L. Williams
    29/06/2016 #52 Pamela L. Williams
    #34 If it wasn't for some of the generous writers I met in the LI Unfluencers I wouldn't be writing on social media. I learned a lot from them and their encouragement gave me the courage to start writing. Wow, did you ever have an AHA moment. I just realized the roots of the word 'en-courage-ment'....okay, so my brain goes off on tangents-hehe. Thanks for stopping by Dean! Always a pleasure.
    Robert Bacal
    29/06/2016 #51 Robert Bacal
    #28 Don't think laissez faire works. The offenders don't even notice they arent' getting responses particularly with the way things are laid out here. Not that I know of any better solution. I went to one of the Writer's hives, and if I found more than 2 buzzes on writing of the first 40 posts, I'd be surprised. AND, I hate to say it, but some of the completely irrelevant posts there were from the same old folks that you hang with (or hung with) on LinkedIn.
    Pamela L. Williams
    29/06/2016 #50 Pamela L. Williams
    Ooh, I love the blues...wow is that a contradiction of terms! beBee is a blast but informative at the same time....now I need to stop by the blues hive! Just when I think another great one can't be added. Thanks Robert!#48
    Pamela L. Williams
    29/06/2016 #49 Pamela L. Williams
    then you perform a wonderful service. Hope and encouragement are the greatest gifts we can give anyone. Thank you for commenting Jim! #44
    Robert Bacal
    29/06/2016 #48 Robert Bacal
    #30 Absolutely, Pamela. No platform can counterbalance the tendency for people to ruin it for others. It's one reason I don't really like social media much, and I get bored, but at least for now, I'm having a blast on Bebee with my blues hive - https://www.bebee.com/group/nothing-but-blues
    Pamela L. Williams
    29/06/2016 #47 Pamela L. Williams
    Good! that makes me happy. First because this is a great site and second, that my post evoked thought. That's the best compliment I could receive!#46
    Chas Wyatt
    29/06/2016 #46 Chas Wyatt
    #40 @Pamela L. Williams, no, I didn't think you were being down on beBee at all. I was just sharing the thoughts your article evoked in me. I think it is a great article.
    Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    28/06/2016 #43 Franci Eugenia Hoffman
    When I share to hives, I like to stay within the topic. Also, sharing to smaller hives will help them grow. I agree with @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian in the "Let the reader decide mentality".
    Pamela L. Williams
    28/06/2016 #42 Pamela L. Williams
    I agree Paul. We should guide, not command#41
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/06/2016 #41 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #36 A thought: A re-classify button would smell too much like censorship. I am dead against any form of such. I prefer beBee's "Let the Reader Decide" mentality. Writers fear crickets more than sharks, tigers, bears, and crocodiles... combined.
    Pamela L. Williams
    28/06/2016 #40 Pamela L. Williams
    Chas, correct me if I'm wrong please but I get the feeling that you think I'm down on beBee but I'm not. I think its a wonderful site, I've met some wonderful people here. The point of my post was to bring a bit of reflection upon the growth of beBee. As Dean @Dean Owen says in his comment; he goes out and looks for new writers and supports them. Many tend to stay within their circles, their level of experience, and for that matter; type of experience. If beBee is to grow we need to skooch over and make room for those outside our normal realm of experiences. There is Bee potential everywhere, with ideas, thoughts, and much to offer. People we meet in our day to day lives. The clerk in the store who catches our attention because they're just so outgoing and they make everyone smile. Wouldn't you love to hear their story? There is a line from a old TV cop show (I used to watch the reruns) called Naked City; "There are eight million stories in the naked city; this has been one of them": People fascinate me; not just those at the top of their game but those for example who are working their way through college as kitchen staff. Those with a college education but you find them earning a living in a way you wouldn't expect; Don't you want to know why? It's that human element, that one of millions of stories that exist in this world. They're not all 'bad' stories, some of them are absolutely fascinating. Some of them don't believe anyone would be interested or as I point out they fear their writing skill will be met with judgment and ridicule. It's out duty as Bees to help overcome that fear.
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    28/06/2016 #39 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    #36 I have actually. I have also shared posts to more logical Hives for the topic. Then I messaged showing the engagement. Bees decide what they see. When someone posts off-topic, at best they are ignored. At worst, they are blocked. Either case is not good.
    William VanDorin
    28/06/2016 #38 William VanDorin
    #37 Right there with you Chas. I too have been many things, but it is what drives us that truly defines us. Sadly, I too have seen many driven by reasons and means not entirely honorable. It is best to simply not feed them. I usually seek out the empathetic compelled by reason.
    Chas Wyatt
    28/06/2016 #37 Chas Wyatt
    @Pamela L. Williams, your article has evoked several thoughts from me. I have worked my entire life in 'blue collar' type jobs just to survive. From fighting forest fires and trail maintenance, to farm work, warehouse work, custodial, construction, manufacturing, production, working in a plywood mill, planting trees, caring for horses, the postal service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, tagging fish- on and on. I have also been an Archival Assistant for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and did a magazine shoot earning $500.00 for a one-day shoot. None of these occupations, or titles makes me who I am. Once I worked in a small company in food production that went public. The two founders were pretty egotistical and if an idea didn't originate from them, they generally scoffed at it. When they were coming up with a new product line, they were having issues with producing it. I suggested how to tool the molds to make it work and they ignored my idea. I decided to go to college, but, during a break from school, I went back there to work for a short period. Lo and behold, there was the mold I had suggested producing the product because now, it was 'their' idea. We are all more than our occupations, titles, or labels. I think beBee reflects that ideal. " An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence." ~Honoré de Balzac, "Scènes de la vie Parisienne".
    Lada Prkic
    28/06/2016 #36 Lada Prkic
    #28 Can we just use a reclassify button? Paul, did you ever try to suggest user to change the hive for his/her post? I press the button two times, but without any reaction.
    Paul Walters
    28/06/2016 #35 Paul Walters
    #32 @Pamela L. Williams Funny you should mention that...Just did. A recent journey to Tana Toraja
    Dean Owen
    28/06/2016 #34 Dean Owen
    Great article @Pamela L. Williams. I think no matter your status/background/education, beBee welcomes all. I see beBee.com as the auditorium, and Producer the stage. It perhaps takes courage to go up on stage and potentially receive no relevants, and no comments. What we can do, and many of us are doing, is making sure to skim through Producer looking for articles that may have been overlooked. I have never seen that kind of community spirit anywhere. But like I say, some people love the stage, some people would prefer remain in the auditorium. I would not worry too much about white/blue categories. In a sense, beBee is more like Facebook, a social network first, and Facebook users have every segment of society chatting away (less so these days apparently). But beBee is better. Everything is open. There is a huge opportunity for anyone to interact with and learn from or impress people who can potentially change their lives. Providing a welcoming environment is up to us, and not Team beBee. But since all comments are potentially seen by everyone, bees are more likely to maintain a positive persona as compared to other platforms. And because of the open nature of beBee, personal attacks/discrimination/racism/hate will be met by a community that is not tolerant of such activity, and a community not afraid to openly condemn such negativity. How do we encourage people from all walks of life to join the party? - Well one way is by throwing parties around every topic. Themes like Music are a unifier, potentially bringing together janitors with CEOs. That is the beauty of beBee.
    Pamela L. Williams
    28/06/2016 #33 Pamela L. Williams
    I don't see a reason either Ms. Franci! As @Deb Helfrich so appropriately phrased it; we need to be a beacon, encouraging and supportive of those you might not find to be active in this type of arena. This is not an unselfish plea because I dip my fingers into a lot of stuff, such as helping my ex rebuild American classic cars. Also I would love to learn wood carving and artistic welding so to see some custom woodcarvers and welders on here, talking about some of their more intricate work would fascinate me!. #25
    Pamela L. Williams
    28/06/2016 #32 Pamela L. Williams
    Hey wait a minute....isn't it time for another Cultures of the World share from one Mr PauL Walters??? hmmm.......Get Bzzzzzzzy#27
  25. ProducerVivian Chapman

    Vivian Chapman

    The Return of Democracy
    The Return of DemocracyBritains have just voted to leave the EU. I think our Members of Parliament should sit up and take notice: turnouts in General Elections have been dropping like a stone over the last few decades. The main reason for this is that we are no...


    Dale Masters
    28/06/2016 #11 Dale Masters
    #8 @Timothy Wall If you support any of them, you're supporting the central banking system. Want to be truly free? Get rid of the central banks by minting a coin double that of what your country owes + interest, enforce your payment (and theirs...with payment in gold bullion) with your military, charge the central bankers with treason (they collapse economies at whim)...and you're home free. There's a reason the first Presidents fought the establishment of a central bank...and it's why Truman later felt like a traitor for allowing one to be established.
    Vivian Chapman
    26/06/2016 #10 Vivian Chapman
    #9 Great comment John
    John Valledor
    25/06/2016 #9 John Valledor
    Hours after a majority of Britons voted, the sobering reality that is beginning to emerge is the collapse of elitism. Be it British or dare I say from the fat cats in Belgium. One only needs to travel to the heart of elitism--Brussels--to see just how wrong anti-sovereign policies have hurt many in Britain. For decades a plularity elected politicos promising to establish laws (economic, security, etc.) aimed at improving the lot for everyone but, in fact, have never truly followed thru on their promises. In reality, we've seen the rise of political ideology favoring a niche segment of society. Now politicos in the UK are waking up to the fact that a majority of the population has been ignored too long at their peril. This phenomena is equally bulging in the US as well. The media and political intelligentsia is in self-absorbed denial ignoring signs pointing to techtonic change in the status quo. There's even a popular name for it, "the echo chamber." Our society has taken a very sharp turn left when the default setting in the ignored majority remains centrist. As a sign of self preservation, look for the media elites to paint "populism" as toxic--especially when it is threatening the cushy, comfy bubble economy that has favored a few at the expense of the many. This phenomena will not stop with Brexit. Far from it, the majority of Britons have shown other equally frustrated majorities that the time of reckoning is here. Global cultural, socioeconomic resets can be painful. Strap in, lots of turbulence ahead.
    Timothy Wall
    25/06/2016 #8 Timothy Wall
    Regardless of the outcome... you still live in an Oligarchy, as does the USA etc. NOT a Democracy. One could have a revolution, and the same thing would happen eventually. Bribes are just too seductive for most people, legal or otherwise. If you really want to crush a government, stop buying from corporations, and ONLY buy locally made goods and services. There are obvious exceptions like pharmaceutical companies etc. I takes a Canadian/South African to flip the automobile and oil industry on it's ass. Elon Musk is the new "Environmental Entrepreneur", and it is these types that one should be supporting once the economy of scale comes into play.
    Raymundo Teixeira Filho
    25/06/2016 #7 Raymundo Teixeira Filho
    Catalina, gostaria de fazer parte de seu grupo.
    Vivian Chapman
    25/06/2016 #6 Vivian Chapman
    #5 I think there is a place for swear words - eg calling something crap or sh** when it is just that. Not just to sound off at someone who happens to annoy you.
    Lisa Gallagher
    25/06/2016 #5 Lisa Gallagher
    #4 @Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, someone wrote an entire blog about using 'cuss' words. I think it was @Paul Walters- enlightening. I love his writing. So many words we use are just that, words unless we use terribly bad swear words directed at another person. ;))
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/06/2016 #4 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    A great share, like @Vivian Chapman says, and why do we feel so powerless here in the USA? It's gone haywire. Better build my own beehive at home....still gotta do that.....and @Lisa Gallagher ~ I like it when you cuss lol. Where's @Rebel Brown? There has to be some kick-ass thing we can do! Oh, yeah....we're getting it together alright!
    Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    24/06/2016 #3 Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD
    #1 Hear! Hear!
    Vivian Chapman
    24/06/2016 #2 Vivian Chapman
    Thanks for sharing @Catalina Serrano
    Lisa Gallagher
    24/06/2016 #1 Lisa Gallagher
    Parliament sounds like the pompous asses we have in the US Congress. They too, do not listen to the wishes of the Citizens. Many people feel as though we are not a democracy either. Yes, the voters sure did speak in the UK!
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