- 17/04/2017Be a potential victim no more. Join the...: Buzz - beBeewww.bebee.com Be a potential victim no more. Join the Scam-Eaze hive and prevent internet scammers and con men from stealing your personal information. Don't stop...
- 14/04/2017This is one of the many great images created by my BIL, Bob Twidle who passed away recently. The simplicity of his work always moved me. I could stare at his stuff for long stretches of time and think what a great creative mind he had. I really miss Bob.
Comments15/04/2017 #3 Anonymous#2 Yes Jim, there is. For me the story is that it took me a while to learn that I could not replay my childhood by proxy. I have moved through the cycle of sports life - watching (too young to play), playing, coaching, refereeing, and now I'm back to watching (too old to play).
- Producer04/04/2017Bad News For The White BigotsFirst of all, let me preface this piece by telling you that I am a white guy. But I am also a Canadian white guy and have honestly never really believed that there was any sort of difference between white guys and any other guys or girls anywhere.I...
Comments10/04/2017 #23 Nicole ChardenetJim, please don't fall into the trap of thinking racism is a 'white thing'. Racism is *universal*. We hear about white bigotry the most because we live in the West where there's a predominance of white people, and also we tend to ignore non-white racism. We're not even allowed to talk about or acknowledge non-white racism. But you see it all around you, if you open your eyes...there are plenty of non-white people demonstrating their gross ignorance of others.
Frankly, I've been tired of talking about racism for quite some time. I'm of the camp that believes ALL racism is wrong, not just racism by whites. If we can't have a conversation about everyone else's racism - yes, even of underclasses and people who only think they're the underclass - then we shouldn't bother talking about it at all.06/04/2017 #22 Harvey LloydBigotry and racism has evolved. The question is no longer "white" but rather class. Class warfare is the new bigotry you refer. Its easy to park the conditions of society at a color and it was placed at the black many years ago, now it is being placed at the white. The color may change over years but i am afraid the last 8 years have solidified that class warfare is here to stay.
The haves and have nots are still being defined into their respective groups and the use of color on either side of the debate is a political power play by many governments.
The white bigot/racism/homophobe/male/female debate is merely emotional topics that avoids the real debate of class warfare. Until we decide to enter into the real debate the discussion will remain within the realm of popular topics with no substance. Being human of no color designation will require us to debate tough and consequential issues. But to have these we will have to endure the classes lashing out with rhetoric of no substance or offering of solution.06/04/2017 #21 Jim Murray#20 Thanks @Judy Mackenzie. Every country has its warts. Some warts are a lot bigger than others. The Trump wort is the biggest wart in the free world, He has made it Ok to be subhuman. And he should not be in any sort of position of power. he is the most toxic person on the planet right now. He has a lot of competition though.05/04/2017 #20 Judy MackenzieI am also a Canadian and I think we have our own sad story to tell about Native Canadians. I was raised in a blue-collar family that valued hard work and integrity. I see the hatred on the television and I am horrified that these people walk around every day with this much toxic emotion flowing through their bodies. I am thankful for the open minded way I was raised and the understanding that we are not in a position to judge anyone.05/04/2017 #18 Susan 🐝 RooksWell, @Jim Murray, hopefully you've helped a lot of people think about this.
I am lucky to have grown up with parents who made nothing of color; of course, given we lived in a totaly white town north of Boston, Mass., that was sort of easy. But my formative years did not include any version of racism or other intolerances that I can remember. My dad especially talked a lot of about treating others with respect, no matter their situation; although I don't remember him mentioning color as a specific, it was implied. Everyone is worthy of respect.
Of course, as I grew older I saw how others felt about this issue and so many others. But I just never understood the hatred. Still don't. Someone's skin color is so superficial! And it's not a choice anyone makes. We are born as we are, and we can only control so much.
I have no idea why anyone white would think he or she is any better than anyone else just because of their skin color. I just don't get it.
I think one positive aspect of social media has to be the connections we have worldwide, something that wasn't very easy in the 1950s when I was growing up. It encourages us to see others as valuable, as our equal, as persons who have much to teach us -- no matter what their skin color, their gender, or their age is!
Thanks for a very important article. Much appreciated.05/04/2017 #16 Jim Murray#14 @Lisa Vanderburg...All you can do is what you can do. I write this stuff because it's what I believe I am saddened by a great deal of what the world has become for no reason other than to protect the white, the wealthy and the entitled. It feels like true democracy is becoming a fantasy.05/04/2017 #15 Paul Walters@Jim Murray for my sins I spent many of my formative years living in South Africa under the terrible apartheid regime which was quite frankly appalling. I left , permanently way befor Mandela was released and the transition to Black government and black empowerment, What that country is undergoing right now is in fact reverse racism . Even after twenty five years of black rule the sins of the fathers are still being expunged. Tis a strage world we live in05/04/2017 #14 Lisa VanderburgJust shows what stupid honkys we are @Jim Murray (although I'm unsure of the pluralisation of honky?). As restaurateurs, we've employed and trained every color of people, yet it wasn't until we opened up in Florida that racism became so apparent. We'd been in London, Spain, other places, but this was a primitive can o' worms; that someone would so casually and openly slur another human because of his color - the assumption being I would agree or concur because I was the same color as the speaker. Sickened me, and I said so....over, and over and over.................
My kitchen was full of mainly black preps - (the whites that had to take that sort of work were less intelligent or lazy). This was the time of the 3-strike rule and so many of them had fallen foul because of this blanket-racism that had sealed the envelope that had got them to 2-strike. After that , it was the 'system' that just hung such a heavy weight around their necks,....few made it. And that's only from my vantage point. It broke my heart and I did everything I could to encourage them in the outrage they faced. Some very determined souls did make it, for a time!
I'm sure I'm not the only one to notice that a baby born of two different colored parents are stunningly beautiful - God's trying to tell us something, eh?05/04/2017 #13 Pascal DerrienAbsolutely right on the button , even Ireland who was an homogeneous society up to 25 years ago will see its pool gene shaken down with the population now including 12 % of residents born in a different country , thats good news but bad news for the inuslar minded folks :-) As an aside I smiled at your comment on great great grand children as I am writing a post which is a letter to my great great great grand child I will probably not getting to finish it this week but working on it ... Thanks for the post @Jim Murray05/04/2017 #12 Brian McKenzieBeing a white male in America is nearly waking up as a daily pariah - we are the last class of humanity that is openly encouraged to villify and hate - just on circumstance. #HappierAbroad PS - I am betting EVEN when whites are the minority - there will be no 'Affirmative Action' or EEOC for them (of course I will be long dead by then)05/04/2017 #11 Jim Murray#7 Thanks @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I didn't know you knew Charlene. She's a marvel. I'm totally in love with her. I'm pretty sure we'll be working together going forward on different things we both run across. She told me about her situation. I talked with her for 2 hours yesterday at a Tim's. It was great. She's pretty much back to normal. She just needs to work on her confidence a bit more. I think I have convinced her that she is, in fact a writer, which she was doubtful about. Sitting in front of me with a published book, it was not that hard to do. She inspired this post in fact. What a small world indeed, I will send her your regards, sir.05/04/2017 #9 David B. Grinberg#6 Jim, also a very fitting post for the same day in history when civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
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Outside Rm 306 of the Lorraine Motel #OnThisDay in 1968, Dr. King was fatally shot at 6:01pm. He was pronounced dead at 7:05pm. #RememberMLK05/04/2017 #8 Jerry FletcherAs scary as the idiocy you describe is there is one which I believe excedes it. That is man's inhumanity to women. It crosses all races and socioeconomic differences. It is abhorrent. And because of a charity I'm involved with each day I learn more. There are days I'm ashamed to say I'm a man.05/04/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 ManjitHi Jim, pass my deepest regards to Charlene Norman. Who would thought that you would move to St. Catherines and she would move to St.Catherines and of all the new people that are in St. Catherines, the world it turns out yet again, at least from my own experiences, it is indeed a small world and that you are friends with Charlene. If it is not a small world then it definitely is an example of synchronicity.
Charlene is a great mind and I am glad that she has refound new verve of life and spirit. I am also glad that things are on the up for her and that she has battled through what would have sunk a lot people in similar circumstance, especially her health scare and the adversity with absolute tremendous courage. Speaks volumes for her and who she is.
Most of all that she is back to her best and again enjoying the fullness of life. That she is your friend, well that is an added bonus - and so I'm really happy for her. I have seen her silently pop by beBee but I had no idea that both of you know each other.
As for the future, it never turns out the way we expect. Scientists will do to human beings what they have done to corn, and by 2100 skin colour will simply a genetic modification - at that time we can have whatever colour baby we want. Think about what synthetic biology is going to reek into being by 2025 and 2100 is really unimaginable in comparison. Imagine how the Jetsons thought life would be like today - it's fun seeing how our ancestors envisaged us a future race.05/04/2017 #4 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Jim. Here are two points for consideration.
1) Yes, it's true that whites in the USA are declining as a demographic percentage of the population, according to the US Census Bureau. Hispanics/Latinos and Asians are the two fastest growing minority groups. Moreover, in many big American cities today there is what's been called a "minority-majority" population. This means that the combination of all "traditional" minority groups now outnumbers that of whites. This likely accounts for at some of the fear and paranoia of white bigots -- albeit, unjustifiably.
2) Per the above point, even with the increasingly diverse USA population, white men still control an overwhelming majority of power structures in the nation, from Wall Streets to Main Street USA. The number of non-white CEOs and C-Suite executives of the Fortune 500 companies remain exceedingly low compared to whites. Let's also remember we now have a white President (just saying) and the US Congress (especially the Senate) is still mainly represented by white men, especially at the leadership level. Thus, in essence white men still overwhelming control government and corporate America industry-wide.
FYI - Here's a prior post of mine about why workforce diversity simply makes good business sense. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/why-workforce-diversity-is-simply-good-business
- 03/04/2017For some reason, I find this particularly relevant today....unfortunately and with respect to the USABanana republic - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org
- 25/03/2017https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jim-murray/fucked-up-is-alive-well-and-thriving-on-social-mediaFucked Up Is Alive & Well And Thriving On Social Mediawww.bebee.com Like most everyone, I have a love-hate relationship with social media. And have had this going on for about 10 years or so now. During that time...
- 19/03/2017The Digital Sunday PaperBL&FN.; (Bullshit, Lies & Fake News). The American Tragedywww.bebee.com One of the things I have noticed these days is that the media and by the media I mean just about everywhere you get your information is...
- 17/03/2017https://www.bebee.com/producer/@jim-murray/the-cynics-guide-to-a-holesThe Cynics Guide To A-Holeswww.bebee.com Maybe I’m just watching too much news days, but the way things are going in the world are really bringing out the cynic in me. Hopefully, I have...
- Producer15/03/2017Is it Time for a Friendectomy?[NOTE TO READER: Every so often I feel compelled to rant. Today is one of those times. And since I was sitting down to write today's blog post, I felt it might be a very good time to let loose. So while this is lightly connected to my normal...
Comments17/03/2017 #45 Louise SmithAccording to the Attentional Economic Theory,
people cannot enlarge their friendship networks forever because
- people must pay attention to maintain friends
- people’s attention is limited.
There appear to be two kinds of friendships in a personal friendship network:
1. active friendships
If people inactivate some of their old friends,
they would save time for their new friends
and would have time to make new friends.
Thorngate, W. (1988). On Paying Attention. In n W. Baker, L. Mos, H. Van Rappard, & H. Stam (Eds.), Recent trends in theoretical psychology (pp. 247-264). New York: Springer-Verlag.
You also might like to consider that we may need to detach from frenemies who use emotional manipulation to cause us distress.17/03/2017 #44 Sara JacoboviciThanks for once again writing a great post and provoking a great discussion @Kevin Pashuk. I don't think I smile as much reading and learning from a post and the comments as I do on yours. As far as whether I get the cut or not, I won't even ask. I'll just share an anecdote about my dad (of blessed memory - tonight is the anniversary of his passing). My dad never liked the "social games" of his circle of "friends". He was a very social fellow, an extrovert and storyteller, but he put up with the society stuff because my mom enjoyed the involvement. So, when there would be a holiday or event dinner at our home and we needed to schedule two concurrent nights to accommodate all the friends, my dad used to welcome the group and say, "We are very lucky to have the number of friends we do and to be able to share with everyone, we had to divide you into two groups; the "sympatic" (Romanian version of "sympatico") and those who are not." Then he would stop and carry on about something else, never telling the group present, which one they were....and no one asked!17/03/2017 #43 Nicole Chardenet#24 "Harem guy" is something i made up because I couldn't find an already established phrase for referring to them. It started when a friend of a Facebook friend wanted to friend me. I almost always accept if we have at least one friend in common - I've met some great new people that way - but I always look at the profile first and this guy had nothing but dozens and dozens of women as his friend. So I hit Ignore. Then I began to see more of it elsewhere and it seems to be particularly common on Google+, which I almost never use anyway, where people can add you to their "circles" and you can't give or deny permission. I guess it's the only way some guys will ever be seen as studs! LOL.16/03/2017 #42 Aaron Skogen#35 I read your comment and the scene from Spaceballs popped into memory. . . The button on the wall reading "Self Destruct Button - Do not press unless you really, REALLY (underlined), mean it!"
And a while later the Self-Destruct Voice comes on: "This ship will self-destruct in twenty seconds. This is your last chance to push the cancellation button" to which President Skroob says "Cancellation button? HURRY!"16/03/2017 #41 Donna WoodI have 397 friends on FaceBook. Some are categorized as acquaintances. However, the majority are people that I know - family (most of them), old hometown friends from years gone by, and new friends that I have made over the years in Fargo. I discovered this, because I was going to perform a friendectomy myself, and realized, I really do know these people. I did disconnect from quite a few on LinkedIn. Connections made at a time I was new to LinkedIn and didn't know any better. I maintain a separate author account on FaceBook, but that might just get some sort of "ectomy" all of its own in the near future. Appreciate your thoughts!16/03/2017 #37 Kevin Pashuk#34 Thanks Harvey... I know that being a Raging Introvert affects my perspective of such things as relationships... Didn't Susan Cain say that introverts have fewer relationships, but those they have are deeper?
I'm not sure that 'friendectomy' will hit the DSM 5, but @Aaron Skogen's 'connectectomy' might, since it sounds more scientific and is hard to pronounce.16/03/2017 #36 Christine StevensI recently did two massive purges on my Facebook account, which brought me down to roughly 150 people, most of whom are old high school friends (close or not so close) and family. Anyone who is overwhelmingly negative and nasty got the axe. LinkedIn is a bit harder to purge because many are followers and not connections, and many are people with whom I've had useful, if infrequent, contact. Unless they are overwhelmingly annoying or idiotic, I generally leave them be on LinkedIn and beBee.16/03/2017 #35 Kevin Pashuk#33 I wonder Wayne, if a button was labelled 'ZAP!', whether anyone would ever push it.
In the old days when I used to program... we always built in a "Are You Sure?" message for the terminator function. In one case I even followed the "Are You Sure?" with a "Are You REALLY Sure??" message.
... but I suppose that it is better to have LI'd and lost, than to never have LI'd at all.16/03/2017 #34 Harvey LloydEnjoying many of your posts and commentary you have let the cat out of the bag. You have posted and commented on your introvert status and i share that same title. This generally means the word "relationship" has a much deeper meaning than our extroverted cousins. A thicker criteria we could say. We tend to sense a obligation in a connection most other don't.
I enjoyed this post as always, friendectomy is new condition/procedure we can count on hitting the DSM 5 in a few years.16/03/2017 #32 siraj shaik#1 Going thro' few lines on main page feed, in my thoughts the first person whom I thought of you @Jim Murrayray (you had posted similar post on Li), landing on this post with hope to see comment in top five. Scrolling down saw and read your opinion, also happens to be the first in here.16/03/2017 #29 Aaron SkogenFB - Check, very small network.
beBee - I'm here and ejoying the engagement!
LI - I'm way over the limit you suggest. However, many are former colleagues from positions past. Many of the balance have connected based on engagement and sharing posts. Yet, I did perform my version of a "connectectomy" a few months back (sounded more sterile).
Enjoyed it @Kevin Pashuk, keep the damn scissors away from me though would ya. Ouch!16/03/2017 #28 Kevin Pashuk#26 Hey Brian! Thanks for commenting. I've heard it said that Social Media is like putting your hand in a bucket of water. Things are moving when your hand is in the bucket, but pull it out and see what kind of impression you left...
It's amazing how much the interaction drops when you are away from social media for any time. It's a very much 'in the moment' world.
Sad is the person who's only friends are online.
I guess that's another one of the points I was trying to make.16/03/2017 #27 Kevin Pashuk#25 Even with your broad criteria for following, you are right Sir Ken that there is still lots of activity. Like you, I am more ruthless, mainly because it's too easy to cross over to the point where you should be doing other important things... like work, or family, or out taking pictures....
And thanks for the ear worm (he said somewhat sarcastically, given that I work in education, but I am a PF fan)...
We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone!
Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!
All in all it's just another brick in the wall.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall.
(Pink Floyd - Another brick in the wall)16/03/2017 #26 Brian McKenzieI have been gone from Linked in for a year - none have questioned it. I would clear the ranks - but that just seems too much damn effort.
MS/LI has not added the DELETE ALL button yet - though I expect a glitch anytime soon and you will have to pay to upgrade to retrieve said 'lost' links.
- Producer09/03/2017The End of The InnocenceI have lived through several seismic shifts in our culture, and each one of those shifts has changed me, and I assume everyone else as well.When I was younger I never thought much about the implication of cultural shifting, I just rode with it and...
Comments14/03/2017 #13 David WEBBERJim, and you are surprised why? Reagan, Bush and now Trump. There's a pattern here. I'm not buying the doom and gloom picture. The Clintons were stealing the country blind too along with the whole Swamp and its cronies. Nothing new here. Hard working Americans are the same as their cousins in Canada. And we are all tired of being sold down the river because we are too busy making ends meet and taking care of our families. Stay Healthy My Friends. Out.11/03/2017 #10 Bradley ZacharyI wonder more all the time if he will do the entire term. If it weren't for term limits we would still have Obama. T isn't a politician and that is why he got in... but it's the same crap... extraordinary promises that people should easily see for what they are... Rhetoric. It is all so incredibly complex and politicians know it and stay inside the lines. Sometimes that isn't so good either, finding the balance that we all want is not going to happen. When a presidential election gets brought down to the level where dick size is entertained... Well that is just sad and scary and well much like the scenario idiocracy.11/03/2017 #9 Brian McKenzieWe disagree on who is steering it, and why - but indeed the train is being driven off the rails. I saw Classified plans, agendas and operations of the framework in 2005 - and it was decades old when I found it. Welcome to the Show - this long game has been planned and played since at least the 'Soviet' Revolution was engineered and exploited - Look closely - it is the same recipe.11/03/2017 #8 Jim Murray#7 @Jerry Fletcher I don't think any of this is going to end well. I'm completely mystified by how many people allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by this clown and even more mystified at how he has managed to make it this far. Your only hope right now is the moderate Republicans joining forces with the democrats to start obstructing. The status quo as it was before the election is
a hell of a lot better than where this will take the country. His budget is going to ad 10 trillion to your debt and he doesn't give a shit because he's fucking insane.11/03/2017 #7 Jerry FletcherJim, I wish I had a front row seat on the other side of the border. I don't. I'm stuck out here in the upper left corner in a town and a state that has already said we are a sanctuary. I'm not sure that has been done because a large part of this country won't eat without the "migrant workers" that are picking the produce or because somebody actually gives a damn. I keep looking for little glimmers of hope and the attempts to eviscerate what they call Obamacare aren't going too well. That is a small consolation when you consider the man in charge of the EPA doesn't think Global warming is real. My real concern is how long the rule of law will hold. Got a spare room?09/03/2017 #6 Jim Murray#5 That's a fair minded comment. But we have already seen the chaos that this man is creating. And wait until you see you benefits from the Obama care replacement and you will see just where the priorities of this adminstration lie. Sometime, people have to get hit on the head with a brick to realize a brick hurts. BTW...bricks hurt.09/03/2017 #5 Donna Smiththere have been issues for a long time the way my eyes see it - but there is so much we do not know about that happens behind close doors so to speak. I think that past leaders rarely made things better, but worse. what will this one do? I don't know. will have to wait and see. but it's time that all laws get followed not just some. I hate to see people get sent back - but laws are there for a reason and what about the ones that are following that law? i don't know what will happen with all this mess. I see your point.
- Producer03/03/2017The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of TelevisionAlthough I live in Canada, I have always lived close to the border and was suckled on American TV and still am to this day. So most of what is written here pertains primarily to American television, and secondarily to TV in general.I’m an expert on...
Comments05/03/2017 #2 Claire L Cardwell@Jim Murray - I fully agree that the majority of people think that if it's on TV it must be real....Television is a highly persuasive medium and don't even get me going on the fact that there is a lot of subliminal messaging going on which brainwashes people into buying other people's bull@%?*@! I was not allowed to watch much TV growing up and was encouraged to play outside or if it was raining to read a book. I think that all the TV and video games have contributed greatly to many overstimulated children being misdiagnosed with ADHD and being drugged up to the eyeballs....03/03/2017 #1 Mohammed A. JawadAha...Television that's often regarded as idiot box is all misinterpreted. People who are choosy know how to charge themselves with the flow of inspiration, chronicles and mentoring from television. With all goodness and good tidings, television keeps on brainstorming its audience and those who are timid get sliced by its sorcery and get brainwashed with its ugliness.
- 01/03/2017Another killer piece by one of my favourite femmes.The F*cking Visitwww.bebee.com My plane landed and I received the voicemail, “We are here in the cellular parking area. Call when you land”. I called her mobile. No answer....
- 26/02/2017The Power Of Intentwww.bebee.com I have almost finished reading Bruce Springsteen’s amazingly honest and literate biography ‘Born To Run’. It’s one thing to enjoy reading a book....
Comments02/04/2017 #1 Devesh 🐝 BhattIt is a good idea. It organises and streamlines disagreement into a hive. Good food for thought for correction and improvement without getting the masses pissed about it.
If this survives beyond a high user threshold, there could be merit here. The key word being survives, because after that threshold, competition may get nasty but it would not matter.
Before that, this maybe seen as risky, depending on how it is managed.
At the end of the day, even the resistance has to be sweet when speaking up to sweetness.
- 24/02/2017BLAST FROM THE PAST: I was doing some research for the piece I wrote this morning when I came across the very first article that @Phil Friedman and I wrote together back in December of 2015. Since then we have done 24 of these pieces (mainly on beBee) and built a substantial audience for them in the process. So if you came late to this series, I thought you might enjoy our kickoff post. I would also encourage anyone who has a friend and fellow writer they respect to try this for themselves. It's a very rewarding experience and a hell of a lot of fun.Conversations Across the 49th Parallel - Vol 1www.linkedin.com Preface: This is the first of a series of conversations between Phil Friedman and me, covering a broad range of topics, some important, some...
- Producer19/02/2017Division & Conquest. AKA Business As Usual In AmericaI expect a lot of Americans (especially those with some vestage of faith left in the political system), will be offended by this post. But as you can see from the quotes I have gathered, I'm not the only one who shares this opinion.The United...
Comments20/02/2017 #3 Jim 🐝 CodyThe only reason that America is divided is because of the liberal leftist refuse to accept our election results that our forefathers installed. Conservatives have never taken the streets to protest causing chaos and destruction avert a democratic won the presidential election. It is disheartening that you just fan the flames.
I believe that Obama and Hillary are to blame for what's happening in our country.
- Producer17/02/2017In Memory Of My Brother BobMy heart is heavy this morning.At 4:15 am today my brother, Bob Twidle passed away after a long illness.In actuality he was my brother-in-law. He married my sister who is 20 years his junior about 30 years ago and our families merged.Bob was a...
Comments18/02/2017 #37 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI'm sorry you lost a brother and good friend. I'm sorry for your sister and family too. It sounds as though you have many wonderful memories to carry with you for a lifetime. I love the painting. Bob sounds like he was a good man. Sending good thoughts @Jim Murray
- 12/02/2017Here is a great article that explains very well why the US has the most expensive and the least effective health care system in the world.'Death Panels' Are One Of Four Fears Preventing Systemic Healthcare Reformwww.linkedin.com The fear of healthcare rationing is real and came roaring back to life this weekend, but the fear is only one of four big one's that stand...
- 04/02/2017By the way I also take pictures...been doing that for over 40 years...Philippe Collard500px.com Been taking photos for over 40 years. Nothing staged, nothing photoshopped. Just trying to capture moments of our lives as they flash by. A photo is the capture of a moment in time that cannot be described in words. It is THE moment...and you need...
- 04/02/2017We live in a very scary time. For as long as it has been, the US, my country, has believed it was immune to totalitarism, propaganda, oligarcism...and it took an election to reveal that it simply is not true. We are witnessing the transformation of the "city on the hill" into the "if you are not white and christians, get the hell out of here"...last time something like that happened what in Germany (Der Spiegel is a German publication)...and the trump of the time was called hitler..I know, you think the parallel is ridiculous...they laughed at him at the time (1933)...12 years later, 60 millions dead later, the world was in ruin!This Der Spiegel Trump cover is stunningwww.washingtonpost.com “It's a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” artist Edel Rodriguez...
- Producer01/02/2017De-pollinating: the Hives & the BeesPollinating too prolific? Unaware of Updates? Cluttered content page? On beBee, content goes to your home page, based on bee Followers and Hive affinity. You can see most activity in your Notifications area. When you connect to someone on...
Comments09/02/2017 #76 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS#71 I will agree that we need better controls on the language of posts and hives to which we affine.
I just emailed Fede:
"Today Javier shared a post called 'beBee em Português' in hive 'beBee em Português' to 'Profissionais Administrativos'.
Because I am following Javier, I saw all that.
Please have a way in the new UI to choose what languages we want to see or not - in both posts and hives (posts shared to hives)."
Today, to de-pollinate and not lose Javier, I had to Mute the Hive and/or Post.09/02/2017 #75 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS#72 I can't believe I missed this part:
"Report inappropriate comments:
We know that at times a very small number of members can tarnish the experience for our broader community by posting inappropriate comments. While we monitor for these types of comments and work directly with members, you can also flag and hide abusive or offensive comments made on any article or post:
Click the “More” icon on the top right of a comment.
Click “Report” to report the comment.
In the pop-up window, tell us more about why you chose to report the comment."
I know you disagree, Phil. Yet I still believe - and am allowed to write - this is another good reason that we have "-1" on beBee. It can help encourage the commenter to have more appropriate comments.
Sure, some are open and courageous enough to debate openly. Some are not. I am trying to be courageous here, now. I wonder if I will get +1, -1 or nothing because others have given up on the direction of these comments?
Some people prefer to vote on comments, anonymously. Should everyone in the US who votes be forced to openly state who they voted for in an election?
Perhaps +1/-1 is voting that could be looked at as a way to help the commenter understand how their comment was received. Or it could be looked at as an annoyance that the commenter does not get to refute. Two sides of the same coin.
If people against the "-1" have made their point well enough, beBee has already said they are considering all options.09/02/2017 #74 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS#72
To be clear, they are giving users the ability to turn comments off for all types of posts.
Hmm. Pretty soon they might even give the +1/-1 option?!09/02/2017 #73 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS#71 I see your point. I might add:
I had been in beBee in English for a long time. I built up many followers. I even shared posts there. All good.
Now, however, I see way too many posts about subjects I care no longer. I wish to de-pollinate for a while or even permanently and see what my followers share as sufficient. While perhaps in purgatory-to use your old testament reference - I do not believe I should be in hell forever.
Just like the Lumpy Kingdom is giving the on/off switch to comments. More choice.09/02/2017 #72 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTSThis just in from the Lumpy Kingdom blog:
"We continue to encourage two-way conversations on LinkedIn, and for many members who publish, comments are a great way to start discussions and can lead to broader reach.
At the same time, we want to give you greater choice in the types of conversations you have on LinkedIn."09/02/2017 #71 Phil Friedman#70 I have to disagree. If a hive is designated as "beBee in English", I think when one joins the hive, one reasonably expects to see a general stream of posts on a wide range of topics being posted in English. Just as someone who joins beBee in Spanish expects the same, except that the posts will be in Spanish. And so on. I don't think the problem is solved by "de-pollinating" but by enabling a practical system for language filtering those hives that declare themselves for a particular language. And similar for those hives that declare themselves devoted to a particular defined topic area.06/02/2017 #69 Phil Friedman#68 That, Jared, is to answer a question with a question. But never mind, the answer to your question is no. It is simply an inappropriate posting because the Hive is "beBee in English". It is not an issue over one instance, but becomes one if it happens over and over again. Because then a member of a hive that is for English gets Portuguese post in their feed too often.04/02/2017 #64 John Vaughan#63 "What were the original results?" asks @Gerald Hecht
Variations on the usual theme, from the Usual Suspects: a modest shitStorm of Outrage from Aficionados - reflexive defensiveness & rejection, misdirection from the topic to personal attack, "Why are you so negative?", "You're the only one who complains", etc. Very tiring.
I get sleepy just talking about it.04/02/2017 #60 John Vaughan#57 :I've noticed your links to http://www.jcvtcs.com/portfolio/
several times...well okay...several million times; anyway, a quick query --is that a convenient URL for reaching you ?" asks @Gerald Hecht View more#57 :I've noticed your links to http://www.jcvtcs.com/portfolio/
several times...well okay...several million times; anyway, a quick query --is that a convenient URL for reaching you ?" asks @Gerald Hecht
JV> That is a convenient link to some useful information that desperately needs to be learned. Use at own risk.
Even more informative: https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/ Repetition implies perceived value.
One can message me directly thru beBee, if we're connected Close04/02/2017 #59 Gerald HechtOverall, this little primer demonstrates the extreme ease and user friendly priority for completing simple tasks --in this case, freeing oneself from the world's most annoying fake shaman/dude/ministry founder (no, not L. Ron Hubbard --he was much more user friendly --he simply died), or stalker, etc..
- Producer30/01/2017The Futile Practice Of Banging Your Head Against The WallAlmost every op/ed writer in the history of writing has, at one time or another, started whatever they are writing with a thought such as “We’re living in troubled times”Then they will go on and rail about things like abuse of power and corruption...
Comments31/01/2017 #17 Kevin PashukIt is so true Jim that one is mistaken to think that posting something to social media will actually change people's minds. Oh look! Someone gave me a frowny face! I must repent! said no one ever.
But I certainly enjoyed your post from the perspective of a sidelines (in this case borderlines) commentator.30/01/2017 #10 Don 🐝 KerrI have a prediction based upon the past @Jim Murray Just as pretty much everyone of our generation claims to have been at Woodstock, I predict that within maybe 9 months (seems an appropriate gestation period) you won't be able to find more than a couple of million particularly dense citizens of the Excited States who will publicly admit to voting for Herr Trump. Save your forehead my friend!
- Producer24/01/2017Differences between bees and wasps - Diferencias entre abejas y avispas (EN/ES)Bees VS Wasps While honey bees can attack - to defend - when provoked - , wasps are naturally and more aggressive predators. Identifying the difference between honey bees and wasps is important in order to administer proper treatment of wounds...
Comments12/04/2017 #36 AnonymousSi no estoy mal informado, cuando una avispa ataca una colmena, las abejas forman alrededor de la avispa un enjambre batiendo sus alas energicamente, lo que aumenta la temperatura más de lo que las avispas pueden aguantar (las abejas soportan hasta 45 grados), y literalmente asfixian/cuecen a las avispas si éstas no huyen antes.
Una avispa se coló en una ocasión en Bebee. La avalancha de comentarios por parte de las abejas, formando una cerrada piña alrededor de la avispa, tuvieron su efecto. La mencionada avispa ya no está.
Bien por Bebee!!!29/01/2017 #31 John Vaughan#30
and also ....
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/06/16/chart-the-animals-that-are-most-likely-to-kill-you-this-summer/?utm_term=.2854dfc56cdb View more#30
and also ....
"But the number 1 animal killers on an annual basis are bees, wasps and hornets, responsible for 58 deaths each year -- mostly due to anaphylactic shock after a sting."
Interesting compulsion, this "I'm a bee" thing... Close29/01/2017 #30 Javier 🐝 beBeeWasps attack and kill honey bees :)
http://nurturing-nature.co.uk/gardening-for-wildlife/wasp-attacking-and-killing-honey-bee-next-to-busy-hives/ View moreWasps attack and kill honey bees :)
beBee is a cool beehive 🐝🐝🐝 Close29/01/2017 #28 John Vaughanhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2748653/Why-learn-love-WASPS-They-ve-vanished-summer-But-s-shouldn-t-celebrate-writes-STEVE-BACKSHALL.html View morehttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2748653/Why-learn-love-WASPS-They-ve-vanished-summer-But-s-shouldn-t-celebrate-writes-STEVE-BACKSHALL.html
"... they are absolutely vital to our planet’s health. It is after all, the little things that make the world go round. You could remove humans, elephants or tigers from the face of the Earth, and our ecosystems would carry on regardless. However, a world without wasps would be beset by plagues of biblical proportions" Close28/01/2017 #27 Carlos Souza RibeiroRealmente @Javier 🐝 beBee só a bebee para trazer este assunto e outros e, não poderia de expressar minha opinião. Tem um ensinamento que diz que todo "MAL E "BEM", foram necessários para nosso crescimento , então vamos crescer ainda mais e, com ajuda das Vespas26/01/2017 #23 Victor ChertkovTe agradezco @Javier 🐝 beBee ese tono sincero e imparcial a la hora de describir el mundo natural.
Y es curioso que avispas-humanos , curiosamente, no son válidas para "combatir las plagas", siendo ellos una plaga en este ecosistema.
Espero que entre todos hagamos más miel que hiel ;).
Un gran abrazo!
- Producer24/01/2017It's Not Nice To Bee Smarter Than Other People.It is very unfortunate that (apparently) I have been designated as the one to set the record straight, but I guess sometimes, that's just how it goes.The fact is that most of us don't speak because we want to be educational.We speak because we want...
Comments16/04/2017 #62 Solomon JonesInterestingly I'm about to watch an hour training tutorial on a form of Marketing called Copywriting. At the end of the day it's just using psychology, some would even say manipulative wording to suck people into your website, blog etc. Take a look at my blog post titles including the pictures. I use this method when I can. I'm about to write a blog post about the training afterwards. Also there's a form of marketing called Attraction marketing. I think this method should dictate what you write. Every Professional blogger uses this method. It's a good thing that you check your own facts and make corrections. Or maybe you should google what you're unsure about when you type it. You'll be able to sleep better at night. I do it all the time.16/04/2017 #61 Gerald Hecht#60 @Solomon Jones I had a suspicion that I may have been "on to something" here; but I wasn't sure...I'm really not very well versed in "how" (the mechanics) to drive people to my posts; interestingly, I probably have self-esteem issues of the type you mention. I often find myself spending a ridiculous amount of energy checking my own facts and inserting them into my posts.09/02/2017 #59 Gerald Hecht#58 @Paul Walters I struggle withinarythms and with algorithms...but --though slumber may not be known until death us do (sort of) unleash (seemingly endless) repetitive loops...as the living change --so does the meaning of a deceased writer's words:
https://www.linkedin.com/hp/update/622985779263578112025/01/2017 #48 Gerald Hecht#27 Indeed @Cyndi wilkins --and finding the harmonious balance between respectful cultural norms for bidding final farewells to a departed loved one and protecting the public health needn't be unduly burdensome; indeed do not both spring forth from a single source --compassion?
- Producer19/01/2017Hive🐝Talk-Featuring World Honey Bee Day/Pamela L. Williamshttps://www.bebee.com/group/world-honey World Honey Bee Day This hive is to share information on Actual Honey Bees. Colony Collapse Disorder is the sudden death of a colony of Honey Bees. It is a global epidemic and there are many proposed...
Comments20/01/2017 #12 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#9 you are most welcome, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman.20/01/2017 #6 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.Standing ovation for beBee @Franci Eugenia Hoffman,with so much ease she puts us all in the spotlights!!! Big thank YOU20/01/2017 #5 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#2 wow @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, such fantastic efforts!!! Thank YOU so much.
Seems like a good time to look in the rearview mirror and revisit what was by far my most visited and remarked-upon post. Many of you will have missed my interview with a Bee for whom I have all the time in the world and someone I hope will remain an active supporter of beBee. Meet @Aurorasa SimaThe person or the persona? A revealing portrait of Aurorasa Sima - the person.www.bebee.com Don Kerr: First, on my part, a confession. As a writer, a sometimes interviewer, and someone always interested in exploring the space that...
- Producer10/01/2017Thanks To The Internet, The Age Of The Smokescreen Is Quickly Coming To An EndI have been around for a long time and, as I see it, the world is probably the most fucked up that it’s ever been.It’s fucked up because, bit by bit, all the hypocrisy that has been carefully hidden and disguised is now being revealed for exactly...
Comments11/01/2017 #14 Tony 🐝 RossiI think Ryan Holiday would be quite proud of your reference here, @Jim Murray - although he might offer some stoic medicine to calm your nerves. lmao. But seriously, you quite eloquently (my standards were honed out at sea) brought to a point something that's been floating around my head for a while: Sure, there's some incredibly bad stuff going on in the world, but even as a modern culture, humanity can't have changed that much over the centuries - we're simply exposed [to the truth of] so much more. It's a small island in a sea of mess, but I do take some solace in that, at least.10/01/2017 #8 Brian McKenzieThe Soviets / Russians have always been better at ' hacking' America, than we have been at 'hacking' them. They never turned their Cold War machine off, we did. But The Russian Hack of the 'Election' is pure pandering bullshit brought on by low info widgets and the media that feeds them. For example - in Wisconin, one of the states that was involved in an Official recount & 'The Hacking', the voting machines are not connected to the internet. The "news", however has conveniently avoided that voting machines from 2006 & forward an outsourced company Owned by Soros and his socual justice mouth piece " Media Matters". The Soros /SOE / Sctyl machines/software are present in 26 states with 900 jurisdictions. Couple that with how Obamacare enrollment was used as a vehicle to enroll illegal immigrants onto public dole benefits and endow voting privileges to them as 'documented residents' and you are looking in the wrong direction for gerrymandering and vote 'fixing'. The " Russian Hack " meme is pure rope a dope blather, without substance, without proof. Along the same lines that the US did with MH-17. Pure alarmist bullshit, without again any credibility.10/01/2017 #7 Gerald HechtThis is really an excellent synopsis of the current situation... I mean we have people streaming hate crimes against disabled kids on FB Live ...my God!!! I am sharing this ...and hoping for the best It's an eye opener! A must read...HOW MANY MORE LIVES HAVE TO BE SACRIFICED TO THIS MADNESS?????!!!10/01/2017 #6 Gerald Hecht#4 @Jim Murray okay so it's a tie ballgame--1-1; sort of...I don't go around complaining (affect appropriate voice) "Hey Everyone --did you read anything by Max Carter...can't you see?! He's not acting very nice...he's not a nice person...not a nice person; very nasty person...not nice...he's just another one of these Movie Shaman people...they are not nice...they don't understand what the hard working men and women in the wor...I mean in America have to deal with; out of touch...and very nasty. Anyway he's very overrated.10/01/2017 #4 Jim Murray#2 Thanks @Gerald Hecht. Hey is see you're having some fun with Max Carter. He's letting everybody know that the Psychology Professor from Louisiana is picking on him. Coubrailian summed it up perfectly.
I, for one, have had no issues with Gerry, nor with you, Max. This does indeed look like a 1-1 issue.
That said, Max, you can’t call yourself a Shaman and not expect some people to take issue with the label.
I assume you do it for the shock value, to create a reaction. It’s a particular branding scenario that is very likely to be inflammatory.
Your choice , of course, but there’s no logic to getting upset when it works.
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