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The Beezer Hive is the home, on beBee, of well-written, highly readable and comment-provoking content covering a broad range of topics. Where interesting and provocative posts and discussions are the norm, rather than the exception, and perpetually pushing the proverbial buttons is the intent.
  1. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Digital Sunday Paper
    Jim Murray
    BL&FN.; (Bullshit, Lies & Fake News). The American Tragedy
    www.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...
  2. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Jim Murray
    The Cynics Guide To A-Holes
    www.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...
  3. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    Is it Time for a Friendectomy?
    Is 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...


    Louise Smith
    17/03/2017 #45 Louise Smith
    According 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
    2.inactive 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.
    Sara Jacobovici
    17/03/2017 #44 Sara Jacobovici
    Thanks 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!
    Nicole Chardenet
    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.
    Aaron Skogen
    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!"
    Donna Wood
    16/03/2017 #41 Donna Wood
    I 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!
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    16/03/2017 #40 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #20 I agree. Just say when, @Kevin Pashuk and @Don 🐝 Kerr!
    Kevin Pashuk
    16/03/2017 #39 Kevin Pashuk
    #36 Thanks for sharing Christine. We do treat each platform differently.
    Wayne Yoshida
    16/03/2017 #38 Wayne Yoshida
    #35 Yes, exactly. Sort of like that who wants to be a millionaire game show. Kinda irritating.
    Kevin Pashuk
    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.
    Christine Stevens
    16/03/2017 #36 Christine Stevens
    I 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.
    Kevin Pashuk
    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.
    Harvey Lloyd
    16/03/2017 #34 Harvey Lloyd
    Enjoying 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.
    Wayne Yoshida
    16/03/2017 #33 Wayne Yoshida
    #26 @Brian McKenzie -- LI has a "delete account" button. It's pretty drastic and once it is clicked - zap - everything is gone. I know at least one person who did that accidentally. Now he has to start all over. I am not ready to do that (yet). . .
    siraj shaik
    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.
    Kevin Pashuk
    16/03/2017 #31 Kevin Pashuk
    #29 Thanks Aaron. I did try to say 'connectectomy' three times quickly... it didn't work.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    16/03/2017 #30 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #20 Sure. If I survive the cut! @Kevin Pashuk @Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Aaron Skogen
    16/03/2017 #29 Aaron Skogen
    FB - 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!
    Kevin Pashuk
    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.
    Kevin Pashuk
    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)
    Brian McKenzie
    16/03/2017 #26 Brian McKenzie
    I 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.
  4. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The End of The Innocence
    The 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...


    David WEBBER
    14/03/2017 #13 David WEBBER
    Jim, 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.
    Brian McKenzie
    11/03/2017 #12 Brian McKenzie
    It's not a whack jib conspiracy unless you bring in Aliens and Elvis 👾👽🙈🙉🙊
    Jim Murray
    11/03/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #9 @Brian McKenzie...we don't really disagree on who is steering the ship. It's just whenever I write about it, it always sounds like a whack job conspiracy theory...but I know in my gut it's not, and that you are right.
    Bradley Zachary
    11/03/2017 #10 Bradley Zachary
    I 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.
    Brian McKenzie
    11/03/2017 #9 Brian McKenzie
    We 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.
    Jim Murray
    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.
    Jerry Fletcher
    11/03/2017 #7 Jerry Fletcher
    Jim, 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?
    Jim Murray
    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.
    Donna Smith
    09/03/2017 #5 Donna Smith
    there 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.
    Jim Murray
    09/03/2017 #4 Jim Murray
    #2 Thanks Robin. I think it's important to keep reminding people that this is a very dangerous situation. The Republican agenda is all skewed towards making the rich richer and screwing the unrich.
    Jim Murray
    09/03/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks @ Joyce
    Robin Barton
    09/03/2017 #2 Robin Barton
    Agreed! And certain Americans cannot keep sticking their head in the sand hoping it will go away.
    Joyce Bowen
    09/03/2017 #1 Joyce Bowen
    I keep saying, Jim, "move over, I'm with you. An observation from 'down here.'
  5. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of Television
    The 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...


    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    05/03/2017 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    #1 My electricity went out (a transformer blew), and it did something to my box. My TV doesn't get a signal now, but, I wasn't using it much anyway. I don't miss it. I read a lot. I guess the internet is my new "idiot box".
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    05/03/2017 #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....
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    03/03/2017 #1 Mohammed A. Jawad
    Aha...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.
  6. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Another killer piece by one of my favourite femmes.
    Jim Murray
    The F*cking Visit
    www.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....


    Jim Murray
    01/03/2017 #1 Jim Murray
    This piece was so good, I put it in the Beezer's Hive.
  7. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Jim Murray
    The Power Of Intent
    www.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....
  8. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    BLAST 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.
    Jim Murray
    Conversations Across the 49th Parallel - Vol 1
    www.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...


    Milos Djukic
    24/02/2017 #1 Anonymous
    Oldie but goodie. Thanks again @Jim Murray and @Phil Friedman for all you have done in social media.
  9. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Division & Conquest. AKA Business As Usual In America
    Division & 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...


    Harvey Lloyd
    21/02/2017 #11 Harvey Lloyd
    #10 That would make sense.
    Jim Murray
    21/02/2017 #10 Jim Murray
    #8 Hi @Harvey Lloyd...I believe my source for this was an article by Bernie Sanders.
    Martin Wright
    21/02/2017 #9 Martin Wright
    A thoughtful post. It does make you wonder what the real agenda actually is. I mean the one candidate who should not have won did.

    Well look on the bright side - at least next time there will be better candidates (fingers crossed).
    Harvey Lloyd
    21/02/2017 #8 Harvey Lloyd
    #6 I would agree, government accounting is more mystery than real. It was the disparity of the numbers that were represented between military and healthcare.
    Jim Murray
    21/02/2017 #7 Jim Murray
    #5 @Jerry Fletcher...yeah it would feel kind of like rubbing lemon juice on a knife wound.
    Jim Murray
    21/02/2017 #6 Jim Murray
    #4 Sorry @Harvey Lloyd. But 598 Billion for the whole military seems ludicrously low.
    Jerry Fletcher
    20/02/2017 #5 Jerry Fletcher
    I thought of sending this post to a number of friends but their probable tears kept me from doing it. How many warnings does it take?
    Harvey Lloyd
    20/02/2017 #4 Harvey Lloyd
    The 2015 healthcare spending tab was Approx: 10,000 dollars per person or 3.2 trillion dollars, 4% of the 2015 defense budget is 24 billion. https://goo.gl/iHx7wN (The 2015 defense spending was 598 Bil.)
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    20/02/2017 #3 Jim 🐝 Cody
    The 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.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    19/02/2017 #2 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Jim Murray A sad commentary on what is rapidly becoming an even greater truism.
    Paul Walters
    19/02/2017 #1 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray What can one say except ....yup I wholeheartedly agree . Greed conquers all and when the greedy have too much and are asked, "now what do you want?" the answer will always be, "More !" Thank you for a brilliant piece, albeit a sobering one .
  10. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    In Memory Of My Brother Bob
    In 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...


    Jim Murray
    23/02/2017 #52 Jim Murray
    Thanks to everyone who offered their condolences. As a tribute to Bob, I'm going to, over the next while post some pics of his paintings, which I have always loved.
    Turatsinze Ivan
    22/02/2017 #51 Turatsinze Ivan
    its a big Loss
    Cyndi Docy
    19/02/2017 #50 Cyndi Docy
    I am so sorry for your family's loss.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    18/02/2017 #49 🐝 Fatima Williams
    A very beautiful tribute about Bob. Hugs and Prayers to you and your family Jim.
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/02/2017 #48 Sara Jacobovici
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family @Jim Murray. Wishing you all strength during this difficult time. Honoured to have been able to learn about your brother from your story. Beautiful tribute.
    Susan Rooks
    18/02/2017 #47 Susan Rooks
    Sharing sadness in the family of @Jim Murray . . .
    Susan Rooks
    18/02/2017 #46 Susan Rooks
    I am just so darned sorry to learn of your brother's passing, @Jim Murray. What a shame. And I understand that to you, he WAS a brother. He and you were lucky to have had each other, and I'm sorry for your family that's gone so soon.
    Salma Rodriguez
    18/02/2017 #45 Salma Rodriguez
    My condolences for your loss, @Jim Murray. Although I was never personally acquainted with Bob, I suspect you guys were very close siblings. My best wishes to you, and I hope good memories help with your recovery. Amen.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    18/02/2017 #44 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Sorry for your loss @Jim Murray
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    18/02/2017 #43 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    I echo everyone's sentiment; wishing your memories of time spent together will console your heart.
    debasish majumder
    18/02/2017 #42 debasish majumder
    R.I.P. My sincere condolence to you and your family.
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    18/02/2017 #41 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    Sorry for your loss @Jim Murray. Prayers for you and family.
    Sonia 🐝 Quiles Espinosa
    18/02/2017 #40 Sonia 🐝 Quiles Espinosa
    My condololences for you and your Family @jim murray
    Sunita Mudgett
    18/02/2017 #38 Sunita Mudgett
    My condolences to you and all that truly knew him. He is up in heaven shining down on all of you. To you and his family and friends prayers are with you now and forever. God Bless
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/02/2017 #37 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I'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
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    18/02/2017 #36 Jim 🐝 Cody
    Sorry for your loss @Jim Murray
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    18/02/2017 #35 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    same here , condolences to you and your family @Jim Murray
    Paul Walters
    18/02/2017 #34 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray Sorry for your loss Jim . However sounds like he brought you a lot of joy and will be remembered !
    Ian Weinberg
    18/02/2017 #33 Ian Weinberg
    Condolences @Jim Murray
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    17/02/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Jim, my condolences to you and your family. A lovely tribute to a much-loved person.
  11. Philippe Collard
    Here 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.
    Philippe Collard
    'Death Panels'​ Are One Of Four Fears Preventing Systemic Healthcare Reform
    www.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...
  12. Philippe Collard
    By the way I also take pictures...been doing that for over 40 years...
    Philippe Collard
    Philippe Collard
    500px.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...
  13. Philippe Collard
    We 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!
    Philippe Collard
    This Der Spiegel Trump cover is stunning
    www.washingtonpost.com “It's a beheading of democracy, a beheading of a sacred symbol,” artist Edel Rodriguez...
  14. ProducerJared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    De-pollinating: the Hives & the Bees
    De-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...


    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    05/03/2017 #78 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #77 That is GREAT to hear. You made my day!! Thank you, @Chichi Layor Okoye. Enjoy YOUR day...
    Chichi Layor Okoye
    05/03/2017 #77 Chichi Layor Okoye
    As a new bee, I find the workarounds useful. Thank you, Jared. This added value for me.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #76 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding 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.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #75 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding 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.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #74 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    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?!
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #73 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding 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.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #72 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    This 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."
    Phil Friedman
    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.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #70 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #69 Ahhh! I see.
    Then it might be time for some de-pollinating.

    I think I may know of a post that helps with that.
    Phil Friedman
    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.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    06/02/2017 #68 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@luizia-patricio/oque-e-uma-abelha-em-portugues-de-gerald-hecht was posted in beBee in English. True, not shared, but posted. It is in a non-English language. Is that spam, per #31 and #32?
    Milos Djukic
    05/02/2017 #67 Anonymous
    #66 @John Vaughan :)
    John Vaughan
    05/02/2017 #66 John Vaughan
    #65 "happy" + "family" = sometimes a contradiction in terms @Milos Djukic ... or is it an oxymoron? ; }
    Milos Djukic
    05/02/2017 #65 Anonymous
    We are happy family :)
    John Vaughan
    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.
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #63 Gerald Hecht
    #61 @John Vaughan What were the original results?
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #62 Gerald Hecht
    #60 @John Vaughan got it.
    John Vaughan
    04/02/2017 #61 John Vaughan
    #58 "The irrelevance of [relevant]" is a rant that's been offered up before on beBee.
    It didn't go over well then, either.

    Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
    John Vaughan
    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 Close
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #59 Gerald Hecht
    Overall, 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..
  15. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Futile Practice Of Banging Your Head Against The Wall
    The 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...


    Gerald Hecht
    02/02/2017 #26 Gerald Hecht
    #21 @Paul Walters I know --yesterday I caught a "Breaking News" thingie --and the news was that a certain unnamed "leader of the free world" someone had broken the news; and it may not be reparable.
    Gerald Hecht
    02/02/2017 #24 Gerald Hecht
    #19 @Jim Murray 🤦‍♂️
    Gerald Hecht
    02/02/2017 #23 Gerald Hecht
    #18 @Don 🐝 Kerr even though @Kevin Pashuk, in #17 says it's probably a futile gesture: 🤷‍♂️
    Gerald Hecht
    02/02/2017 #22 Gerald Hecht
    #17 @Kevin Pashuk I suspected that my use of those "emoticon thingies" were not working! Thank you for confirming that fact; oh --the time energy I've been wasting!
    Paul Walters
    01/02/2017 #21 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray her her Mr Murray . I chose not to have a television here in Bali and really glad I didnt and listen now to the BBC. However lately when I hear the words " breaking news' I tremble
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    01/02/2017 #20 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Jim Murray should have read this earlier today. Was butting my head quite a bit. Thankfully, the future will not have a headache from butting😉
    Jim Murray
    01/02/2017 #19 Jim Murray
    #16 Maybe it's the late hour. But it took me a while to get that one. @Gerald Hecht. When I did, I had a good laugh.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    31/01/2017 #18 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #14 You're killin' me @Gerald Hecht!
    Kevin Pashuk
    31/01/2017 #17 Kevin Pashuk
    It 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.
    Gerald Hecht
    31/01/2017 #16 Gerald Hecht
    #12 @Robert Bacal There is no reason to insult me; the topic here is Donald Trump's Presidency!
    Gerald Hecht
    31/01/2017 #15 Gerald Hecht
    #11 @Jim Murray I'm sticking to a modified Theodore Roosevelt stance: "Grin like an idiot, while armed to the hilt"!
    Gerald Hecht
    31/01/2017 #14 Gerald Hecht
    #10 @Don 🐝 Kerr yeah--I already don't know anyone who did that --even everyone that I don't know!
    Gerald Hecht
    31/01/2017 #13 Gerald Hecht
    #9 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell yes; we will march him away like army ants!
    Robert Bacal
    31/01/2017 #12 Robert Bacal
    #10 @Don 🐝 Kerr and @Jim Murray I feel strongly that Trump will not finish his term of office, My guess is something less than two years, somewhere around the mid term elections - impeachment and/or being deemed incapacitated and unable to carry out the role of President.

    He lacks the self-control and willingness to listen to others more expert to a) avoid violating the constitution and b) avoid criminal acts of other kinds.
    Jim Murray
    30/01/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #10 I agree. Mostly I just have to stop watching the news again. It gets me all riled up. This is mainly because I don't understand mass insanity. @Don 🐝 Kerr
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    30/01/2017 #10 Don 🐝 Kerr
    I 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!
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #9 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    @Jim Murray - awesome post as always. I've never seen a newly elected leader have so many people marching against him and protesting within a week of his inauguration. Hopefully this means that he won't be President for long.....
    Gerald Hecht
    30/01/2017 #8 Gerald Hecht
    #7 @Donald 🐝 Grandy no necessarily --remember, Noah was no fool...
    Donald 🐝 Grandy
    30/01/2017 #7 Donald 🐝 Grandy
    We are in deep trouble! #6
  16. ProducerJavier 🐝 beBee
    Differences between bees and wasps - Diferencias entre abejas y avispas (EN/ES)
    Differences 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...


    Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    22/02/2017 #34 Irene 🐝 Rodriguez Escolar
    Uy, este artículo, pasó zumbando y no lo ví, perdón.
    Abeja por supuesto, con avispas mejor no cruzarte, pican.
    Gerald Hecht
    30/01/2017 #33 Gerald Hecht
    Please stop tagging me
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    29/01/2017 #32 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Bees are welcome on beBee, wasp are not. Very simple :)
    John Vaughan
    29/01/2017 #31 John Vaughan
    Uhhhhh.... yes
    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... Close
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    29/01/2017 #29 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #28 @John Vaughan of course wasps are very important for ecosystem but they dont have space in our beehive ;) . They have a lot of room on Twitter and the others
    John Vaughan
    29/01/2017 #28 John Vaughan

    "... 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" Close
    Carlos Souza Ribeiro
    28/01/2017 #27 Carlos Souza Ribeiro
    Realmente @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 Vespas
    Gerald Hecht
    26/01/2017 #26 Gerald Hecht
    #25 @Javier 🐝 beBee yes they do; my son found that out when he was little and hit the sand under the playground swing...it was digging out something under there!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    26/01/2017 #25 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #24 @Gerald Hecht . WASPs are detected very easily ! they try to bother you anytime. thanks !!!
    Gerald Hecht
    26/01/2017 #24 Gerald Hecht
    Very informative @Javier 🐝 beBee --failing to make the distinction could result in "painful and bad craziness!"
    Victor Chertkov
    26/01/2017 #23 Victor Chertkov
    Te 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!
    Victor Chertkov
    26/01/2017 #22 Victor Chertkov
    Muy interesante excursion al mundo de las abejas y avispas de la mano de @Javier 🐝 beBee.
    Gracias Javier por esta apirtación.
    26/01/2017 #21 JOEL CORDOVA CICLE
    Estoy adorando ese sentido de Abeja em BeBee, su respeto y colaboración.
    Un articulo bien simbólico y explicito de los objetivos de esta RRSS.
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    25/01/2017 #20 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    The buzzing of a honey bee brings me back to my childhood when I was in awe of bees and butterflies. Wasps always scared me ;-) I feel fortunate, as I've only ran into a few wasps on beBee and met so many beautiful honey bees! Do we call Javier the queen bee? Maybe a new title should be worn, king bee? LOL. Sidenote: This summer we had bees or hornets that were coming into my home through a small area between my Cedar Shakes. They were living inside the wall of my den. Luckily it happened during early fall and by the time they were able to get inside my den they weren't very active. I had a pest control person come out who was very familiar with bees vs. hornets and I saved a ton of dead ones. Right away he told me they were hornets. He sealed up the small area they were going into and within 24 hours they weren't arriving in my den anymore. If they had been honey bees, we would have had much more issues because of the wax hive they create. It creeped me out having hornets in my den.
    Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    25/01/2017 #19 Julio Angel 🐝Lopez Lopez
    Bee always
    Abeja siempre,
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    25/01/2017 #18 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #9 I agree Zacharias - LinkedOut is the place for Wasps!
    Devesh Bhatt
    25/01/2017 #17 Devesh Bhatt
    Metaphorically speaking, focus on being a bee and not labelling anyone a wasp.

    Public opinion is like water on rock, someone maybe convinced and start behaving like a wasp.

    Bees have a lot of self restraint.

    Another analogy, bee stings in children were considered as a vaccine for particulate types of arthritis, claim was rejected in 2009 but accepted in 2016.
    So a bee sting should help another get moving, professionally moving so to speak, even the sting is a cure :)

    Great read
    Dean Owen
    25/01/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    There are wasps in our midst but ignore them and you won't get stung.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    24/01/2017 #15 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I met a few wasps on beBee, and they are exactly as you described them, @Javier 🐝 beBee. Luckily, there is no wasp-nest. :-)
  17. ProducerGerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    It's Not Nice To Bee Smarter Than Other People.
    It'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...


    Gerald Hecht
    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:
    Paul Walters
    09/02/2017 #58 Paul Walters
    @Gerald Hecht Your'e on a roll here gerald
    Gerald Hecht
    09/02/2017 #57 Gerald Hecht
    #56 @Donna-Luisa Eversley ✨✨🚀
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/02/2017 #56 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #55 Today you have inspired me 😉☺🍧🍧
    Gerald Hecht
    09/02/2017 #55 Gerald Hecht
    #54 @Donna-Luisa Eversley ✨💫
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/02/2017 #54 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Gerald Hecht..😉😎🤗🌻🌼🍇🍉🍒🍰🍷🍷🏖
    Just have to use pictures to respond 😘
    Gerald Hecht
    30/01/2017 #53 Gerald Hecht
    Happiness is only a "yo Google..." away!
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #52 Gerald Hecht
    #50 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell YES! I'm not the only one! They won't be able to taunt me after Friday; I am definitely going to get at least one of those Googles!
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #51 Gerald Hecht
    #49 @Claire L 🐝 Cardwell ; exactly! In fact I am planning to get a Google myself! If I can fit it into this month's budget --I may get two of them...but that might be cutting it close.
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    25/01/2017 #50 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    Thanks as always @Gerald Hecht - really enjoyed the article. I never learnt anything from those windbags that like to show off their knowledge in this way....
    Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    25/01/2017 #49 Claire L 🐝 Cardwell
    #21 Too true @John White, MBA - making people feel stupid or ignorant is not the way to go. Especially these days as infinate knowledge is just a click away on Google.....
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #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?
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #47 Gerald Hecht
    #44 @Laurent Boscherini A most wise observation; I wonder if perhaps, , ultimately, (for people anyway) that which we call "failure" is nothing more and nothing less than the perception of learning...
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #46 Gerald Hecht
    #43 @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven Well said my friend!
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #45 Gerald Hecht
    #42 Thank you so very much for those kind words and thoughts@Graham🐝 Edwards --the sentiment is mutual.
    Laurent Boscherini
    25/01/2017 #44 Anonymous
    Thank you @Gerald Hecht for sharing your relevant prism, as Always. Maybe, observing bees accept failure helps bees Develop Mindset of Perpetual Learner.
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    25/01/2017 #43 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    I love to surround myself with those who are smarter than me. Yet, I don't want to fill my heads with facts. I want to fill my head and heart with principles that will guide me and better change my life. No matter how the world changes, principles are universal.
    “Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein's reply was "I don't know, why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?”
    Personally, I don't believe anybody is better than anyone else. We all fall short, yet we are loved equally. I just believe that everyone has a different role of equal value to play in life.
    If I never place myself in a new environment, I will never grow. Bebee is a great Hive of knowledge that each of us can pick and choose from. "If I don't like the book, I will just put it back and pick a new one."
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/01/2017 #42 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Thank you @Gerald Hecht... I always enjoy reading what you write.
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #41 Gerald Hecht
    #40 @John Vaughan yes; I've heard that it is a very interesting film.
    John Vaughan
    25/01/2017 #40 John Vaughan
    #35 Yep. See it
    Excellent cast, weird message, funny script
  18. ProducerFranci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Hive🐝Talk-Featuring World Honey Bee Day/Pamela L. Williams
    Hive🐝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...


    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    21/01/2017 #15 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Thank you for sharing, @John White, MBA.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    21/01/2017 #14 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #13 You're most welcome, Fatima. There are many existing hives that have yet to be discovered. My goal is to make them know, including the Spanish hives.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    21/01/2017 #13 🐝 Fatima Williams
    A alot of new hives and I love the idea of the save the bee Hive. Thank you @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman for letting us catch up on these useful hives.
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    20/01/2017 #12 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #9 you are most welcome, @Franci Eugenia Hoffman.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/01/2017 #11 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #3 I am glad you find it useful, Sara.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/01/2017 #10 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #4 Thank you, Lisa.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/01/2017 #9 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #5 #6 Thank you for your kind comments, Liesbeth.
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    20/01/2017 #8 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    #7 You're welcome @Pamela 🐝 Williams, our bee caretaker.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    20/01/2017 #7 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #1 Thanks for featuring my new hive Franci! #savethebees!
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    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 YOU
    Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    20/01/2017 #5 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
    #2 wow @Franci Eugenia Hoffman, such fantastic efforts!!! Thank YOU so much.
    Sara Jacobovici
    20/01/2017 #3 Sara Jacobovici
    #2 As always @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman, your hard work and efforts are much appreciated. This is a VERY valuable resource to us bees here on beBee. Thank you!!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    19/01/2017 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    You are mentioned in this post, @Pamela 🐝 Williams @Kartic Vaidyanathan @Diego Simón Leal @Deeoak Roy
  19. Don 🐝 Kerr

    Don 🐝 Kerr

    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 Sima
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    The 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...
  20. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Thanks To The Internet, The Age Of The Smokescreen Is Quickly Coming To An End
    Thanks 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...


    Tony 🐝 Rossi
    11/01/2017 #14 Tony 🐝 Rossi
    I 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.
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #13 Gerald Hecht
    #11 @Brian McKenzie I haven't touched one in about 8 years; on my laptop everything is cool cause I never do anything but locked down, onion routed "*NIX on a stick"...but lately I've been lazy and using my phone way too often... I should know better.
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #12 Gerald Hecht
    #4 @Jim Murray oh yeah... I almost forgot; it can't be 1-1. I'm actually a highly trained and admired professional! I guess I gave up a run by even lowering myself to ...okay; I get it; "with great zaniness comes great responsibility".
    Brian McKenzie
    10/01/2017 #11 Brian McKenzie
    #10 Microsoft has long been a source of my angst. I KILL one of their boxes every other year.
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #10 Gerald Hecht
    #8 @Brian McKenzie http://radsoft.net/security/20090116,00.shtml
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/01/2017 #9 Kevin Pashuk
    #5 You may be in St. Catherine's Jim, but I can see you taking the role of Diogenes walking around looking for an honest man (or woman).
    Brian McKenzie
    10/01/2017 #8 Brian McKenzie
    The 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.
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #7 Gerald Hecht
    This 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?????!!!
    Gerald Hecht
    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.
    Jim Murray
    10/01/2017 #5 Jim Murray
    #3 @Kevin Pashuk. I'm not moving to Athens. I just moved to St Catharines, our of harm's way. But have attached little propulsion mechanisms to my arrows.
    Jim Murray
    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.
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/01/2017 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    It would appear we've been pondering similar things Jim... authenticity and accountability among other things. I think I should get a T-Shirt with "I'm with Diogenes of Sinope" on it. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diogenes)
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #2 Gerald Hecht
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #1 Gerald Hecht
    My God! It's full of Stars! --that Astronaut from 2001 a Space Odyssey at the end ; when he was enter
  21. ProducerKevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    I'm Looking for Genuine People - Your Job Title Means Nothing to Me
    I'm Looking for Genuine People - Your Job Title Means Nothing to MeAccording to a recent infographic posted to Twitter, the average age of workers at beBee is 29… putting me way above the average. Perhaps that’s a polite way to say I have a few years under my belt. I have some great experiences. I...


    Kevin Pashuk
    10/03/2017 #117 Kevin Pashuk
    #116 Thanks for the kind words. Glad I got you thinking.
    Susan Rooks
    10/03/2017 #116 Susan Rooks
    First of all, @Kevin Pashuk, love the video. One of my favorite groups of all time!

    Second, titles to me are labels and can be terribly limiting and/or misleading. Any title can be intepreted as necessary; they're not carved in stone. Some rise to theirs; others hide behind theirs. Different companies see them differently, right?

    Marvelous post because it's real and unique. Got me thinking, which is usually a good thing!
    Kevin Pashuk
    07/03/2017 #115 Kevin Pashuk
    #114 Thanks for the story @Heather Malson. That's the trouble with titles (albeit in a non-intentional way). The recruiters seem to be going by their (mis)interpretation of your title, rather than reading more carefully.

    I do believe beBee has something for everyone, but it is like a buffet. If you wait around at the table, nothing seems to come... but if you get up and active (commenting for example) then it's a great place to engage.
    Heather Malson
    05/03/2017 #114 Anonymous
    I have an interesting anecdote of others over inflating and attaching meaning to a title without bothering to think about what it really means. I'm an electrical engineer, with a degree and cherries on top, specializing in power system protection for the electrical utility industry. Commissioning engineers and technicians are in very high demand right now. My LinkedIn profile is pretty detailed, including my time as a "Commissioning Standards Engineer." Though there is just one word added, it changes the meaning and work wholesale, not to mention the description following it. I developed standards with and for the engineers and technicians performing the work. I find myself explaining the difference a couple times a month to recruiters. I have the experience often desired, lacking the actual commissioning work, and this revelation is an unwelcome one.

    That said, I am your people and I'll see if beBee has something for me.

    Great coffee table topic. Thanks!
    Kevin Pashuk
    23/02/2017 #113 Kevin Pashuk
    #112 Good observation Robert... I've met way too many people who were 'consulting' a.k.a. 'in between jobs' a.k.a. 'unemployed' who previously had an 'important' title, and would now never consider any lower position, even though the bills were piling up. If it was a made up title, the problem is worse.
    Robert Cormack
    22/02/2017 #112 Robert Cormack
    You bring up an interesting point, @Kevin Pashuk (many points, actually). I'll stick to one, though. People have an inflated opinion of themselves based on the title they were given at their last job. In some respects, this is the fault of their last job. Too often, companies decide to give titles instead of raises, a corporate savings technique and, frankly, stupid. Employees leave, looking for similar titles in the employment section, thinking that's them, exactly. Wasn't that what they did? Weren't they promoted to that position because of their qualifications? Then they hit reality. Were they just naive? Or possibly brain-washed by their last employer? I guess it's "bullshit baffles brains" with a growth cycle.
    Kevin Pashuk
    16/01/2017 #111 Kevin Pashuk
    #110 Great anecdote to illustrate the points in the post Migdalia. I'm pleased you had the wherewithal to report this goof of an interviewer.
    Migdalia Burgos
    16/01/2017 #110 Migdalia Burgos
    Kevin Pashuk I was reminded of an experience I had at the Miami office of a Fortune 500. I had paid internships and other work. Then I landed at McKinsey's HQ in New York. Although I was young, I had pretty extensive experience. An ex-McK colleague asked me to interview for a post at his company in Miami because he wanted to work with me again, but he wanted to keep the connection quiet because he thought it might prejudice them against me. Awful interview. The guy was openly hostile from the outset and as hyper as an over achieving hummingbird. "So, you don't really speak 4 languages. You just understand them." Err. No. Multilingual household. "Right... You didn't really have two majors. That's a lot of work." Uh. GWU would issue a diploma stating otherwise. "You don't really have this experience from McK. It's not even a big title. Admit it. You were a secretary, and you SAW them doing this work. Maybe you just assisted on the periphery." Then he said, "I applied at McK. They turned me down, and I came here. People don't have the opportunities you say you had. Besides, McK is overrated." At this point, I decided I'd had enough, but I said: "You can always verify my title with the company. Why don't we let your HR group do those checks and we can continue another time." He protested - presumably because he was just getting warmed up on insults - but I was already on my way back to HR down the hall. "I'll accompany you," is all he said and then asked HR to set up a new appointment. When he left, I requested to speak to the HR director and explained what happened. He was horrified. Then I called my friend who was beside himself - especially since I said I wouldn't take any job at the Miami office. He also called McK's Managing Director who made a call... The interviewer was fired the same week. Lessons: 1) Ask about the work, role, functions. Titles mean nothing - especially in flat orgs like McK. 2) Don’t bad mouth. Ever. As applicant or interviewer.
    Gerald Hecht
    14/01/2017 #109 Gerald Hecht
    @Kevin Pashuk I've learned a great deal about the damaging effects of fluff on real stuff that I was unaware of previously. Thank you for this "no nonsense" post --its pragmatic value cannot even be quantified!
    Kevin Pashuk
    13/01/2017 #108 Kevin Pashuk
    #107 Welcome Renata.
    Renata Jakielaszek
    13/01/2017 #107 Renata Jakielaszek
    I'm new here. Today I really enjoyed spending time with you.'True joy is infectious. It’s contagious. It’s a virus.' Thank you.
    Sarah Elkins
    13/01/2017 #106 Sarah Elkins
    #82 You know, @Ken Boddie, I never thought of it as an age thing before now, but I think you are right, generally speaking. I remember trying to be that "sweet quiet girl" in high school, they seemed so mysterious and the boys seemed to love them. It didn't work out for me. Most women I know fight who they really are until they're in their late 20s, then resign themselves to their reality (for me, that was being too talkative). But then, magically, we go from resignation to embracing those things we tried to fight as kids. I'm definitely all me these days, it's exhausting to try to be anything else.
    Ken Boddie
    13/01/2017 #105 Ken Boddie
    #95 Hook, line and sinker, Kev! You didn't disappoint. 🤣
    Gerald Hecht
    12/01/2017 #104 Gerald Hecht
    @Kevin Pashuk Check out how bad this "fake title thing" has gotten (I tried to restrain myself...but this time he's gone to far).

    Earlier, my printer broke...and then, WITHOUT EVEN ASKING ME;

    my 3-D printer printed me a new one and is now demanding to be called "Chief of Non-Electronic Document Operations"!!

    Who the hell does he think he is?
    Devesh Bhatt
    12/01/2017 #103 Devesh Bhatt
    #90 well, it ought to. Start somewhere.
    Thanks , but I'll use your good wishes for the quest. Job is the safest route to get there :)
    Gerald Hecht
    12/01/2017 #102 Gerald Hecht
    #99 @Kevin Pashuk so do I...so does Neil; his trick seems to be 1) now he introduces it with the "inside baseball "anecdote about the caretaker on the ranch he bought when he was 24..he still owns most of it, and 2) like, on "Heart of Gold"...now when he gets to that part : "and I'm getting old"...he does this comedic phrasing of the word "old"...stretching it out shaky-voiced;

    but the point here is that he doesn't put the (Title) "Old Neil Young" on his profile...even though that's a nice double reverse with a half twist homophonic phrase.
    Kevin Pashuk
    12/01/2017 #101 Kevin Pashuk
    #100 Douglas Adams would say your number is... 42. But that's a topic for another post.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/01/2017 #100 Gerald Hecht
    #86 @Harvey Lloyd I just graphed it; turns out my title is "Imaginary Number"...
    Kevin Pashuk
    12/01/2017 #99 Kevin Pashuk
    #97 #86 To add to your conversation @Gerald Hecht and @Harvey Lloyd... a musical interlude.


    Trouble is... I used to perform this song from the perspective of the young man... I still sing it however.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/01/2017 #98 Gerald Hecht
    #94 @Kevin Pashuk "Sometimes there's trouble between some of the old men and younger men; old, young, none of it carries any weight; it doesn't matter in the end." --Bob Dylan
  22. Jordan Barta

    Jordan Barta

    Advice VS. Opinion! This is a must watch!!
    Iannarino Everyday - Episode 9 Advice and Opinions
    Iannarino Everyday - Episode 9 Advice and Opinions Without experience and the situational knowledge that comes from it, what looks like advice is really an...


    Wayne Yoshida
    10/01/2017 #2 Wayne Yoshida
    @Phil Friedman, thanks for commenting, since this puts it into my buzz feed. Thanks @Jordan Barta for sharing this.

    The phrase "Consider the source" comes to mind.
    Phil Friedman
    10/01/2017 #1 Phil Friedman
    Jordan, you are so right. This should be watched by everyone who looks for advice on social media. Thank you for finding and sharing it.
  23. ProducerDon 🐝 Kerr

    Don 🐝 Kerr

    Mittens, toques and enormous boots. Three things to hate about winter.
    Mittens, toques and enormous boots. Three things to hate about winter.“I have a total irreverence for anything connected with society except that which makes the roads safer, the beer stronger, the food cheaper and the old men and old women warmer in the winter and happier in the summer.” - Brendan Behan Let’s get...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    22/01/2017 #28 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #24 Hahaha... @Don 🐝 Kerr I'm going to hold you to that 😁
    Paul Walters
    22/01/2017 #27 Paul Walters
    #24 Whenever you're ready Mr Kerr
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    22/01/2017 #26 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #25 Bingo!
    Phil Friedman
    22/01/2017 #25 Phil Friedman
    Snow is lovely, when the sun is bright and the snow is clean and dry and newly fallen. But when air pollutants have fallen and it becomes slushy and generally nasty, one inevitably dreams of sunny, warm climes and clear blue waters...
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    22/01/2017 #24 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #23 @Donna-Luisa Eversley Done. When can you be here? This is working out well. Caribbean and Bali now lined up. Right @Paul Walters?
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    22/01/2017 #23 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Don 🐝 Kerr I love snow... and I'm wishing I was with those little guys playing in the snow! That view is beautiful. You can have my boring sun any day...maybe we should try trading places for a bit :-)
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #22 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #21 Thanks @Laura Mikolaitis I have had parts of my anatomy curl up like those rhodo leaves!
    Laura Mikolaitis
    09/01/2017 #21 Laura Mikolaitis
    Great post, @Don 🐝 Kerr! I love the fervor with which you penned it - it shines through loud and clear. I grew up in the tundra that is Northern NY, which is currently buried under almost 3 ft of snow thanks to the wonders of Lake Effect. So, I hear you. And I feel for my family who still live there. Dressing like Nanuk of the North to simply go out and get the mail is not my idea of fun. Although, I have come to tolerate the winter a bit more than I used to. Living in New England, the winter is temperamental. Like this morning with a blustery 1 degree - so cold that I can gauge the temperature of the day by the reaction of the leaves on the rhododendron bush. They are curled up so tightly this morning I know it's cold. I don't ski or snowmobile and I haven't been on a pair of ice skates in years. But, I do enjoy sliding down a hill from time to time and making the occasional snow angel to keep my spirit young.
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/01/2017 #20 Wayne Yoshida
    #17 I know. Definitely not a "snow car" - the 2-seater had no weight at the rear. Exciting grocery store runs in that thing.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #19 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #2 @Pascal Derrien Regardless of one's experience in the snow it is still a challenge and I hold no sense of superiority to my Irish friends who regularly experience all four seasons in the space of 12 hours!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #18 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #3 @Kevin Pashuk As always you offer sage advice. I suspect though that deep within that raging introvert heart lies a genuine love for winter walks and photography sessions that require you to venture out onto the ice to shoot lost wedding roses. Or did I just dream that last bit?
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #17 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #4 @Wayne Yoshida An RX-7 in the winter? You are well and truly bonkers! Grudgingly will admit that if you gotta go with the boots you cannot do better than Sorels. There's a plug for them. God forbid they send me several pair as payment!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #16 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #7 Good on ya @Brian McKenzie I must admit I took a slide on the toboggan yesterday. I know I did 'cause my prostate is still celebrating the fun!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #8 @Dean Owen My dear friend Bob Cook moved to Hong Kong from Toronto/Boston/Calgary. All are known 'hot(?)' spots for winter fun. Curiously, he has not returned to enjoy the white stuff. Guessing your experience is similar Dean and can't blame you. I can envy you but I can't blame.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #14 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #9 @Paul Walters I had many short and pithy remarks at the ready for you my Balinese friend. I shall resist being baited by your gloating!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #13 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #10 Ah yes, the 'snotsicle'. @Todd Jones. Can't imagine the remarkable achievements you've experienced on that front as a lineman for the county!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    09/01/2017 #12 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #11 OK, @Tony Brandstetter, you have busted me. I too love the change of seasons and the rebirth that follows the stillness of winter. I just find it increasingly difficult to keep a positive outlook through February and March in particular!
    Tony Brandstetter
    09/01/2017 #11 Tony Brandstetter
    I live in a cold weather area, when I was younger it was fun, now that I am into my 57th year of this I have to admit, it not too fun anymore but I know it is necessary. It starts in fall, when all the trees go dormant, at this time of year I would not want to live any other place, it is breath taking. I have experienced this for 57 years an I still find it spectacular. Then winter comes, shorter days, cold nights, it seems to last forever. When the first bud of spring announces itself, everything comes alive and with such vengeance, the smells, the sights, the sounds, wonderful, all of it. Spring and summer doesn't last long, it seems not as long as winter but we enjoy, embrace, love every single day, winter helps us to enjoy when it's nice.... and savor every moment
    Todd Jones
    09/01/2017 #10 Todd Jones
    Ok... this is gonna be unpleasant. I don't know why I'm compelled to share this, but if you have a weak stomach, stop reading here...

    Don, my least favorite winter accessory is the stalactite-like snotsicle that adorns my face from November through April. By the end of winter, it has become so long that it presents a tripping hazard.

    Told ya. Shoulda stopped reading...

    On a less gross side note, I have a pair of Sorrels too. Best made, most durable boot ever. Mine are over 20 years old and still in great shape.

    Your kid with glasses looks like he is flipping winter the bird. My seasonal sentiment exactly.
    Paul Walters
    09/01/2017 #9 Paul Walters
    @Don 🐝 Kerr Pray tell....what is winter?
  24. Don 🐝 Kerr

    Don 🐝 Kerr

    So who needs proofreading? This is the front page from the largest circulation paper in Canada, The Toronto Star. Read carefully. Don 🐝 Kerr


    Devesh Bhatt
    04/01/2017 #8 Devesh Bhatt
    Inspiring in a weird way.
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    04/01/2017 #7 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    LOL! And the torture for mixed-race families continues....;)
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    04/01/2017 #6 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    #5 LOL. And those notes could then well be misconstrued for crap music!
    Kevin Pashuk
    04/01/2017 #5 Kevin Pashuk
    There's so many places you could go with this... Musical diarrhea for one, but I'll hold it in.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    04/01/2017 #4 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #3 LMFAO
    Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    04/01/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian
    You're absolutely right. That should read "shits a cord," after all this is fireplace season.

    Aleta Curry
    04/01/2017 #2 Aleta Curry
    Auto-correct can go straight to he'll!
    Alexa Steele
    04/01/2017 #1 Alexa Steele
    I'm not even sure what they meant to say! 😂😂😂
  25. Don 🐝 Kerr

    Don 🐝 Kerr

    I was gonna write a post about 2016 then I saw this and figured, nope, I'm good! Don 🐝 Kerr


    Kevin Pashuk
    03/01/2017 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    Perfect. A cartoon is worth 10,000 words.
    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ Ochoa
    03/01/2017 #1 Anonymous
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