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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. 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,Β  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
  2. 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...


    Gerald Hecht
    11/01/2017 #61 Gerald Hecht
    #60 Exactly Dr. Elkins! Who knows what those thingies mean? You know @Sarah Elkins , I was just recalling the time when this "doctoral degree thingie" fell out of my daughter's box of "Lucky Charms"...I framed it, used it as a title on LI around three years ago...and now, even though I haven't used a title at all for a couple of years --it haunts like a curse...I reach up to the heavens and cry out (to the camera in the helicopter above) (ahem) "HOW LONG? HOW MUCH LONGER? IWAS KIDDING...I WAS KIDDING...I was (sob) only..kidding arou..." oh! I'll be back to finish this; my show is on!
    Sarah Elkins
    11/01/2017 #60 Sarah Elkins
    I was just discussing this with a friend at work. Titles are so bogus. I'd much rather have a more specific tagline for a position, especially if it can be descriptive enough to know what a person actually DOES. I don't really look at titles either, because I know they can be inflated -- but really, when people put out that false bravado, they eventually get caught.
    Gerald Hecht
    11/01/2017 #59 Gerald Hecht
    #58 @Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman I couldn't agree more --it seems that titles inevitably lead to a sense of entitlement...
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    10/01/2017 #58 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    I have no problem with titles that are earned - academic, educational, accreditation, military, religious, however, attaching a title to your name - just to show importance is usually a sign of "lack of importance". I especially like Kevin's statements "Being genuine, being real, and knowing yourself well sets you apart from the crowds.If you are pretending to be something you are not, it doesn’t take long for the wheels to come off…
    … and the real β€˜you’ is revealed."
    Signed, Franci Eugenia Hoffman, HiveTalk Information Queen, Queen of Quaint*, Queen of Whatever and Whoever
    *Queen of Quaint title bestowed by @Dean Owen

    @Sara Hodge - during my insurance underwriting career, engineers were very difficult to classify. We required a copy of their license in order to provide the proper insurance coverage.
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #57 Gerald Hecht
    #56 @Brian McKenzie we are working on it...you are still the chief!
    Brian McKenzie
    10/01/2017 #56 Brian McKenzie
    The 'Chief Giggles Officer' is making a come-back under the guise of 'Chief Heart Officer' and the large scale push for EQ as 'Science'. FML.
    I need to be hired again as Chief Destruction Officer - I miss my days on Red Team - blowing shit up and crashing things for fun, profit and a bit of boredom.
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/01/2017 #55 Kevin Pashuk
    #53 Great points Sara. Calling oneself an expert doesn't make you one. Showing actual results will result in others giving you the label. That's the best kind of title.
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/01/2017 #54 Kevin Pashuk
    #51 There are good reasons for certain titles. For example, my business card says "Chief Information Officer". Among other things it signifies that I am personally liable for mismanagement in my area. (and yes, I have insurance). How many people would adopt a title if they realized it came with personally liability? In practice, my team will occasionally ask me to 'pull the title out of the drawer' when we need to invoke the authority that comes with it. Most times however, I am referred to as the one who leads a team of smart people. Besides, I don't think CIO will get me a better seat in the restaurant. That also goes for my degree. While it took a lot of work to get those three little letters, I generally don't bring it up. Instead, I like to talk about the disruptive magic my team has done.

    Great video on 'advice' vs. 'opinion'. I would urge other readers to view the video you referenced and be sure to only take 'advice' from actual practitioners.

    The same recommendation goes for your post. It is certainly in alignment with my thoughts today.

    Thirdly, I must admit that the Chordettes and the Platters were before my musical awakening. I may be long in the tooth, but not that long.

    Cheers back!
    Sara Hodge
    10/01/2017 #53 Sara Hodge
    Excellent points! My father is an engineer and I can definitely vouch for his displeasure at hearing the title being self-proclaimed. I see similar things happening in my own little world. I have a Twitter account with close to 8000 followers which I've tended to personally over the years, and though I consider social media as one of my specialties, I refuse to use the term "expert". How can any of us in social claim to be experts when the platforms are all evolving by the minute, consistently introducing new features? Specialist? Perhaps. Expert? It seems like a stretch to me, and I've been at this for a long while. For that reason I may indulge in a good side eye when I see someone with 200 followers claiming to be a social media "ninja".
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #52 Gerald Hecht
    #51 @Phil Friedman yes these are excellent points; even though I completed all of the course work for the M.D. during my postdoc... I never planned on practicing medicine; I was just sick and tired of having to put some other M.D.'s name on my publications involving i.v. self administration of cocaine, diacetylmorphine, MMDA, etc.

    Once I had completed the requirements for the M.D., I could dispense with there services...so even though I've never kil...I mean treated patients ...I could put both.
    Either way I think it sounds funny so I just put my name instead of prefacing it with "Reverend Doctor, Professor, and ending with M.D., Ph.D.

    That would be almost as pretentious as "Rock and Roll Shaman...Director of The Church of Second Generation Post Grunge" ending with "Almost got my Associates Degree at the Community College down the street and "that guy from Louisiana is picking on me again...so all of the powerful people here should trash him on the Internet".
    It just doesn't sound like ...I guess to me it doesn't sound like the way people introduce themselves to each other.
    Phil Friedman
    10/01/2017 #51 Phil Friedman
    #36 Kevin, I love both your post and your musical selection. Which was, for the record, stimulated by my bringing to your attention "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes ( https://youtu.be/Fty3Nzc-oiY?t=247 ) . As you might guess, I have a couple of points to make.

    1) When I was teaching at university (with apologies to Aurorasa for beginning this way), which was in another lifetime and before electricity was invented, it was considered gauche for a Ph.D. to use the title "Dr.", especially in liberal arts circles. This was because a high percentage of the titans in academia at that time did not have a Ph.D., but more often simply a Masters degree with years as honored fellows at a British or European university, and were referred to simply as "Mr.". In the U.S. and Canada at that time, those who wanted to flaunt a bit more prestige employed "Prof." or "Professor" in front of their name. Although some who had the Ph.D. (and some who didn't) referred to themselves as "Doctor" when making restaurant reservations because it was generally assumed that doctors were very important and busy people, and often given priority seating at said restaurants. The entire situation being kind of like the precursor of social media practice.

    2) I ran across a fantastic video the other day, which in this context I would like to make you all aware of: https://youtu.be/gsWoEh5wwxk?t=9

    3) I don't usually post a link to one of my own pieces on someone else's thread, but since you and I are friends and comrades, I hope you will extend some leniency here, if I take that liberty this time. For I believe you have raised a very important topic, which deserves a broadened discussion.


    Thanks for a brilliantly clear and meaningful post. Cheers!
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    10/01/2017 #50 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    #28 Good Afternoon @Aurorasa Sima, maybe in only 3-4. :~)) best regards, Bill Stankiewicz
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #49 Gerald Hecht
    @Kevin Pashuk yeah ultimately; it's about lifting the smokescreen, turning over the rocks, taking off the masks and giving me some truth: https://youtu.be/HlZhPuDYqbU
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/01/2017 #48 Kevin Pashuk
    #43 Thanks Adam. The trouble with 'illusion' is that it requires inordinate effort to maintain it... energy that is better spent in actually achieving something worthwhile.
    Kevin Pashuk
    10/01/2017 #47 Kevin Pashuk
    #44 Thanks Jim. Your nugget of the day? "People who know what they are doing exude authenticity."
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #46 Gerald Hecht
    #45 @Pamela 🐝 Williams okay so I'll put Ph.D. on it for a couple of weeks...and then ...suddenly take it off again.
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    10/01/2017 #45 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #42 Believe it or not Gerald I have been involved in Dr/PhD debate before! I think it's just a personal preference but IMHO: Dr is for those who have 'patients' and PhD for everyone else; Since your work is research related; PhD is what I would put, but as I say; that's just my opinion and since I don't have a PhD..what the heck do I know :-)
    Jim Murray
    10/01/2017 #44 Jim Murray
    Nice stuff, Mr P. Yeah there are posers everywhere. The advertising agency business is full of them. As a result they end up believing they are re-inventing the wheel only to find out that the been-there-seen-that factor among consumers has become a plague. People who know what they are doing exude authenticity. And people who know what they are looking for and judge their applicants by the standards you have defined for yourself, or something close, will end up with situations that are much more conducive to success and having a good time achieving it. (Murray, not Collins)
    Adam Weedy
    10/01/2017 #43 Adam Weedy
    Not bad Kevin! There are lots of people who buy into the "perception is reality" business so they create an identity which is essentially an illusion.
    Gerald Hecht
    10/01/2017 #42 Gerald Hecht
    #40 @Pamela 🐝 Williams Should I put Doctor in front of my name or just leave it the way it is? I don't know--I've heard that its a good idea to just "change things up" from time to time to attract more engagement...maybe I'll put the "doctor thingie" there for a couple of weeks and then take it back off !
  3. 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.
  4. ProducerDon 🐝 Kerr
    Mittens, toques and enormous boots. Three things to hate about winter.
    Mittens, toques and enormous boots. Three things to hate about winter.β€œI 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...


    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?
    Dean Owen
    09/01/2017 #8 Dean Owen
    Mittens, what a daft invention! And I thought toques only referred to chef's hats.... Having lived in the tropics for nine years, I do appreciate the seasons, but like you, three of them will do! I do miss your writings. Hopefully will be able to see more in 2017?
    Brian McKenzie
    09/01/2017 #7 Brian McKenzie
    I hope I am never too old to go sledding !
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/01/2017 #6 Wayne Yoshida
    Darned winter weather commentary from @Don 🐝 Kerr
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/01/2017 #5 Wayne Yoshida
    #3 @Kevin Pashuk said it - My first job after college was in Newington, Conn. USA. One of my friends said that, too. Hans (from Germany) told me, in his stern accent, "There is no such thing as bad weather. Only bad dress."

    He taught me how to cross country ski and how to drive on snow and ice (although one does not really drive on ice) - using his car, not mine. He was a great friend.
    Wayne Yoshida
    09/01/2017 #4 Wayne Yoshida
    Toque? Checking Google. Oh. A "ski hat." Living Southern California USA, some of these words are not in my vocabulary.

    Much nice to have to go to the snow when we **want to** rather than it coming to you, @Don 🐝 Kerr View more
    Toque? Checking Google. Oh. A "ski hat." Living Southern California USA, some of these words are not in my vocabulary.

    Much nice to have to go to the snow when we **want to** rather than it coming to you, @Don 🐝 Kerr !

    However, I lived in snow country for an entire winter season. I went through three sets of tire chains, my car (1987 RX-7) was buried in a snow bank for two months, I went through 4 pairs of gloves (not mittens) and I had to buy a bunch of winter clothes (including long underwear) that I now take out once a year, if that, when I go skiing.

    But it was worth it. I was a ski lift operator at Mammoth Mountain! Free skiing and boarding and lessons for an entire season!

    On the winter boots - I still have a great pair of Sorels.

    Best part about any type of boot? Taking them off! (No, not "Take Off, eh!" as Bob and Doug would say.)

    Stay warm my friend. You can always come out here for a vacation. Close
    Kevin Pashuk
    08/01/2017 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    Don... Look up page 29 in the "How to be a Canadian for Dummies" - It states "There is no such thing as bad weather... Only inappropriate clothing."

    Confidentially, I'm not a fan of the Cole either.
  5. 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! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  6. 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 🐝 🐾 πŸ’« β˜• Ochoa
    03/01/2017 #1 Anonymous
  7. Philippe Collard
    a crazy year in review
    Philippe Collard
    2016 A (crazy) year in review.
    www.linkedin.com Bye-bye 2016. Hello 2017. Time to look back and reflect upon what the heck happened over the past 12 months. I am sure you are reading (or may be even writing) a few β€œ2016 in review”…hopefully...


    Dean Owen
    02/01/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    You've done it again! Best read I have had since, well, this:
  8. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

    A little motivation for your new year's resolutions... Alexa Steele
  9. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Cynic's Guide To 2017
    The Cynic's Guide To 20172017 is a going to be a great year for cynics. They will have a lot of things to say β€˜ told you so’ about.England Swings Like A Pendulum DoOver in England, the cynics will have a field day with all the fallout from Brexit and the ascension of Boris...


    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    03/01/2017 #13 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    Donald Trump is the biggest joke to hit the US since....damn, I don't think we've had anything more ridiculous. He embarrassed us in the election process and he'll only continue to do so...He's a puppet, now whose pulling the strings of that puppet is up for debate. Have you seen his portrait? And to think that is going to hang in the most recognized residence in the world.
    Asesh Datta
    02/01/2017 #12 Asesh Datta
    @Jim Murray Your balanced forecast of 2017 is full of pessimism and optimism for those who educate themselves in the modern way. We are all concerned about others and particularly those where we do not belong. Start with Brexit, I feel the Government has failed to do their responsibility and pushed the decision to referendum and divided the country. Right or wrong, ex-PM should have taken a democratic decision in the cabinet. However, let us allow the new PM do its best. Next US, which I have predicted after the 1st debate from India. Mandate is as per constitution. Instead of abuses and forecasting vertical split in US policy, I feel we will get a third alternative to many issues.Support the views and allow "You Yes" to prosper. Next is Canada and so much is written about the young leader.Recent signing with EU on business, may consolidate their economic power.
    Middle East is not only oil but religious fanaticism. That region is responsible for all types of pollution and global warming. Cutting oil production is the right step. They need to make potable water from the ocean for the rest of the world. Enmity within and between religion has to end. Understanding the ethos and pathos are paramount.
    I appreciate that you feel 20 to 30 years younger when on bike. Carry your coffee machine along and start recording your thoughts on the ride. Your communications on the move will be precious.
    Lastly, 2017 is a prime number and the year is going to present some prime results. All is well. Regards
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    02/01/2017 #11 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Best wishes from Madrid ! Happy New Year !
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    02/01/2017 #9 Don 🐝 Kerr
    OK. All of the geo-political economic military-industrial complex stuff is really great @Jim Murray and I hope you're right about it. But what really resonates with me is your new coffee machine. I have a Nespresso machine which I no longer use because of the nasty little pods. So, I need you to PM with the model number of your new family member so I too can get back to a great cup of joe without the guilt of polluting the planet even more for my boys.
    Devesh Bhatt
    02/01/2017 #8 Devesh Bhatt
    Policies and cynicism are contagious.
    Happy New Year.
    Kevin Pashuk
    02/01/2017 #7 Kevin Pashuk
    Good coffee can make even a bad situation manageable, and a good situation perfect. Best wishes for a great year ahead Jim on the quiet side of the lake.
    Billy Grande
    01/01/2017 #6 Billy Grande
    #5 2017 is going to be a fantastic year
    Todd Jones
    01/01/2017 #5 Todd Jones
    2017 has all the elements necessary for a fine disaster. Plus, more importantly, my wife maintains that odd years are always bad years. We shall see...
    debasish majumder
    01/01/2017 #4 debasish majumder
    Great insight @Jim Murray! enjoyed read. thank you for the share sir.
    Jim Murray
    01/01/2017 #3 Jim Murray
    #2 I sure as hell hope so. We're not taking any US refugees.
    Billy Grande
    01/01/2017 #2 Billy Grande
    Donald Trump is going to be great!
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    01/01/2017 #1 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Yes, 2017 will be a year of transition and let's hope for the best. Congrats on the Keurig!
  10. ProducerGerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    I'll Try Anything With A Detached Air Of Superiority
    I'll Try Anything With A Detached Air Of Superiority We reflect on the end of most terrible year of our Lord; 2016 A.D. We look forward, many of us with a sense of relief for better things to come, many of us with a sense of futility --that any hope of peace and prosperity in our time is...


    Gerald Hecht
    06/01/2017 #26 Gerald Hecht
    #23 @Kevin Pashuk YES IT CAN ...YES IT WILL!! Let's hope that our safety gear is secured for the latest extreme sport known as: 2017
    Gerald Hecht
    06/01/2017 #25 Gerald Hecht
    #21 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit It s actually called a BEEGORITHM.

    It is built from bees ...(mostly) consenting to be used as SLAVE LABOR by following their mutually agreed upon TWITTER PAC schedules ...with GREAT ENTHUSIASM!!
    Joris Plaatstaal
    02/01/2017 #24 Joris Plaatstaal
    #15 @Gerald Hecht. You see? Now you are clear!
    Kevin Pashuk
    02/01/2017 #23 Kevin Pashuk
    Happy New Year Gerald! Here's to a productive New Year. Can it really get any stranger than last year?
    Harvey Lloyd
    02/01/2017 #22 Harvey Lloyd
    #16 Please dont get more organized i am just learning the old system. Thanks for the reply, your posts are engaging and cryptic. I believe you would have made a great extra in a Boris Karloff film maybe frankenstein returns. Have a great new year
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    02/01/2017 #21 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    #20 There is an algorithm, it is called human emotion
    Gerald Hecht
    02/01/2017 #20 Gerald Hecht
    #13 @CityVP 🐝 Manjit there are many people in places like Syria, the Sudan...East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish Louisiana, and (if Gaia could talk) umm...earth who might have differing opinions --I think the marine life in the pacific and the polar icecap are also a tad irritable --I don't know; I really don't...I could say that compared to many, I am blessed, others could say that compared to me --they are are blessed...I think I'll just wait for the algorithm to tell me staring on January fifth; I think.
    Gerald Hecht
    02/01/2017 #19 Gerald Hecht
    #12 @Praveen Raj Gullepalli there having another one? Really? Oh man...
    Gerald Hecht
    02/01/2017 #17 Gerald Hecht
    #10 @Phil Friedman Thank you my dear friend! I wish you and yours all the best in this (hopefully new and not previously owned) year.

    I apologize for the delay, my eyes are still adjusting to the light --I just emerged from my bunker several minutes ago.
    Gerald Hecht
    02/01/2017 #16 Gerald Hecht
    #9 @Harvey Lloyd I should have read this earlier; I'm sorry --I've just implemented a new cipher a few minutes ago; I try to regularly change them on an erratically changing schedule; which I have misplaced. I am so sorry; I simply have to become more organized at some point.
    Gerald Hecht
    02/01/2017 #15 Gerald Hecht
    #8 @Joris Plaatstaal --I don't think that I could possibly provide a definitive answer; here's why: As I understand it; understandings/misunderstandings occur between people...so, I can't be sure of your cognitions, emotional responses, associations of this with your previous experiences...and I don't think others can be sure of the same as they exist in me.

    I believe there may be a misunderstanding.
    Gerald Hecht
    02/01/2017 #14 Gerald Hecht
    #7 @Ian Weinberg sorry for the delay --I just made it forward and upward to the hull of the stern.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    31/12/2016 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    For the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki the most terrible year of our Lord was 1945, especially that very hot month of August. In comparison the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had an incredibly good 2016 and then there is the balance of my review of 2016 to follow here https://www.bebee.com/producer/@gerald-hecht/the-year-in-review-2016
    Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    31/12/2016 #12 Praveen Raj Gullepalli
    Dear Gerry, woof! And a Happy New Year to you too. Just chill...we have another year to kill ;)
    Phil Friedman
    31/12/2016 #10 Phil Friedman
    @Gerald Hecht, you are my favorite -- actually my only -- authentically fucking mad scientist friend. Never doubt, not in 2016, 2017, or ever that you are indeed valuable to those of us who work hard to understand your surrealistic stream-of-consciousness expressions of thought. My best to you for a healthier, happier, and more prosperous New Year. Keep the faith, bud. And remember you know where to find me. -- Phil
    Harvey Lloyd
    31/12/2016 #9 Harvey Lloyd
    @Gerald Hecht my hope for 2017 is that you will produce a codex or cipher to interpret your posts. I am almost up to 50% translation of most posts. My palm reader understands everyone of your posts, she is helping. Have a great new year and looking forward to getting to know my palm reader through you in 2017.
    Joris Plaatstaal
    31/12/2016 #8 Joris Plaatstaal
    #6 The story of life... Misunderstanding...

    I like to learn. Did I misunderstood you, or did you misunderstood me, or did we misunderstood each other, or.....?

    Can you explain? We seem to all misunderstand each other, and take it for granted. We call this society, and assume it is life.

    I don't know what to think of you. You seem to be intelligent and therefore provocative. (an assumption based on what you posted here)

    Misunderstanding can only exist in a world that successfully killed clarity.

    I like to learn, I need to learn. Wasn't I clear?
  11. Kevin Pashuk

    Kevin Pashuk

    From one of my favourite SATIRE sites on the web... @Phil Friedman, @Don 🐝 Kerr, and @Jim Murray... you may enjoy this.
    Kevin Pashuk
    Supreme Court OKs Death Penalty For Commenting On Articles Without Reading Them | The Babylon Bee
    babylonbee.com WASHINGTON, D.C.β€”In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court bench handed down a ruling Friday approving the death penalty for people who comment on articles without reading them. In the highly publicized case, State of Texas v. Wilbur, state...


    Phil Friedman
    30/12/2016 #3 Phil Friedman
    Wow, how will social media survive?
    Susan Rooks
    30/12/2016 #2 Susan Rooks
    Funny, @Kevin Pashuk! And yes. I read it.
  12. ProducerNic Fester

    Nic Fester

    Bee Challenged
    Bee ChallengedSo if you have been keeping track of me for the past number of months, you would have come to know me as somewhat outspoken, a little too direct for some, maybe a bit irritating for others. I am like one of the beBee celebrities who recently had...


    Jim Murray
    15/12/2016 #14 Jim Murray
    That was interesting. Reposting it to the Beezers. Anyone who can get @Phil Friedman to say thanks and agree with them is OK with me.
    Max🐝 J. Carter
    14/12/2016 #13 Max🐝 J. Carter
    @Nic Fester I have experienced this group think that you bring up and you describe accurately.

    I often find that bubble needs to be popped in order any learning or growth to take place. I find often instead of eating the humble pie you suggest and rightly so, the group will engage i emotional abuse through a myriad of tactics the first being to simply ignore what was said as if it was never said which is how the ego defends itself and attempts to protect the image of self.

    You really know you hit home when they go after your character and start talking about you instead of the issue.

    In social media I find the best way to handle is to simply report the abusive comment instead of reacting or responding to them.

    Never sink down to their level.

    Great buzz and I dig your style.
    Nic Fester
    14/12/2016 #12 Nic Fester
    #11 Faith, hope and love... Thanks Harvey, to you and your loved ones too!
    Harvey Lloyd
    14/12/2016 #11 Harvey Lloyd
    The growing part of any challenge is faith. With each leg of the journey we meet new and different challenges. Here on BeBee i have found many facing these challenges from different perspectives. Many have commented here. I enjoy the frontal assault rather than the side volley. I look forward to reading and catching your bubble bursting challenges.

    Merry Christmas and may the new year bring you the joy promised.
    Phil Friedman
    14/12/2016 #10 Phil Friedman
    #8 Thank you, Nic, for the kind words. My best to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year. Cheers!
    Nic Fester
    14/12/2016 #9 Nic Fester
    #7 Well said!
    Nic Fester
    14/12/2016 #8 Nic Fester
    #6 Hey Phil, you are one of my muscle builders for sure. Great hearing from you and thanks for your thoughts.
    Aurorasa Sima
    14/12/2016 #7 Aurorasa Sima
    I second that. Be open and respectful, ready to learn but also ready to defend what you stand for.
    Phil Friedman
    14/12/2016 #6 Phil Friedman
    Nic, I'm with you. Being challenged is good for the soul. Consider, if you will, that being averse to having your ideas and opinions questioned may signal not having the courage of one's convictions. In which case, being open to challenge and disagreement become even more important. The mind and the soul (character) are like muscles, they need to face resistance in order to grow. I join you in hoping for more, not less challenging exchange on beBee in 2017. Cheers!
    Nic Fester
    14/12/2016 #5 Nic Fester
    #2 Sushmita thanks for weighing in! Let's make 2017 great!
    Nic Fester
    14/12/2016 #4 Nic Fester
    @Kevin Pashuk Much appreciated sir!
    Kevin Pashuk
    14/12/2016 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    As the jeans ad says... "Be authentic. Be original." Only in this case it's much better applied to our lives. Good post @Nic Fester
    Sushmita Thakare Jain
    14/12/2016 #2 Sushmita Thakare Jain
    My 2016 was definitely more different than 2015 and challenging... It's still work in progress let's raise a toast for the coming 2017!!! 🍻
    Pascal Derrien
    14/12/2016 #1 Pascal Derrien
    to 2017 then :-)
  13. Philippe Collard
    You Trumpsters are not "real" America. You America of 100 years ago. We DO NOT want to go back...and we are the majority!
    Philippe Collard
    β€˜Real America’ is its own bubble
    www.washingtonpost.com It’s condescending β€” and absurd β€” to suggest that a vote for Trump is a sign of...
  14. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Vinyl Cafe….Gone But Not Forgotten On A Saturday Morning On The Queen E.
    The Vinyl Cafe….Gone But Not Forgotten On A Saturday Morning On The Queen E.We made it to our house in St Catharines with a carload of plants in just over an hour. Stoked on caffeine from Tim Hortons, and with clear sailing on the usually abysmally slow Gardiner/QEW combo, it’s amazing how being able to keep up a good speed...


    Jim Murray
    13/12/2016 #9 Jim Murray
    #8 Yeah. I lucked out there.
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    12/12/2016 #8 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    #7 Such a good woman!
    Jim Murray
    12/12/2016 #7 Jim Murray
    #5 THanks Rene. We'll be there next Monday for real. My wife have been sort of living there since last week. She's getting a lot of stuff done.
    Robert Bacal
    12/12/2016 #6 Robert Bacal
    The good news is that one can buy cd's or even digital audio mp3's of the Vinyl Cafe, the latter being quite cost effective, and playable on mp3 capable devices. We're huge fans.

    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    12/12/2016 #5 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Nice buzz, Jim. I liked Vinyl Cafe, too. It really showcased the unique quality of Canadian talent, and I use the term "quality" in every sense of the word. We are so overrun by American pop culture, we need reminding of who we really are. Stuart McLean and CBC did it very well. Wishing you all the best in your new home.
    Jerry Fletcher
    12/12/2016 #4 Jerry Fletcher
    Nicely told Jim. Sometime in the spring I'll be selling this monster of a house I now inhabit alone and moving Lord knows where to a smaller residence so your observations touched me. My daughter, on one of her flyover visits, was here last week. She tells me I need a pair of cats to simplify the transition. And though she is one of those of the younger generation that always seems to be on the run she has an innate knowledge of how to put the phone down and sense the power of a pause.
    Jim Murray
    12/12/2016 #3 Jim Murray
    #2 @Phil Friedman. We have a lot to explore. One more week to go and things will calm down. I'm totally worn out from driving back and forth and all the damn packing. Fortunately we had a long closing so there wasn't a lot of time pressure.
    Phil Friedman
    12/12/2016 #2 Phil Friedman
    Jim, Canada has always been a hotbed of quality writing and literature, as far as I am concerned. Canadians value open exchange and dissent. In their op eds, in their literature, in their humour, and in their government. Vice le Canada! And best wishes for a healthy, long, and happy life in you new St Catherine's. House. Say hello to the spirit of George Hinterholler, a truly great boat builder -- if you happen to see it walking the docks at the city marina. Cheers!
  15. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?
    Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?Preface:Β  The objective of this series is not so much to debate issues among its four co-authors, but to seed engagement and conversation pertaining to the topic at hand among our readers. We, therefore, solicit your questions, comments, and...


    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    12/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Well since everyone is going house crashing 😁 I'm in...@Jim Murray what I love more than reading your posts are the comments πŸ˜˜πŸ€—β˜Ί..like a house filled with some jovial ribbing
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    10/12/2016 #4 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #3 I am in. Probably have to come without the kids😜
    Randy Keho
    10/12/2016 #3 Randy Keho
    #1 How many people can you put up at your house, Paul? I have two weeks vacation. :)
    Phil Friedman
    10/12/2016 #2 Phil Friedman
    #1 Paul, people who live in grass houses should really try phones. Skype is free. -- phil_friedman.
    Paul Walters
    10/12/2016 #1 Paul Walters
    Gentlemen, how delightfully North American you all are ! What about those marooned on a tropical island in the middle of the Lombok Sea ! I would in fact travel all the way to your side of the planet to actually meet some of the people I have developed a 'relationship " with on line. Chances are 50% of some might not live up to expectations but the others might. ( sounds a little arrogant of me) Sometimes being on line creates a 'virtual ' you where its quite easy to hide as we don't flaunt our faults so perhaps easy to disappoint face to face ! So @Sarah Elkins dive right in and remember to delegate most if not all of the tasks associated with organising a big event ! Thanks gentlemen , interesting banter.
  16. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    A  Short Essay On The Tail That Wags The Dog
    A Short Essay On The Tail That Wags The DogAnyone who knows me, or at least reads the stuff I write, knows that I can be a bit cynical.The level of cynicism I carry around with me varies in degree from situation to situation depending on how personal it is to me.It also has its highs and...


    Jim Murray
    06/12/2016 #20 Jim Murray
    #12 @Irene Hackett. Common sense awareness works for me. But spoken with authority.
    Jerry Fletcher
    04/12/2016 #19 Jerry Fletcher
    Hail to the Chief....Cynic!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/12/2016 #18 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    #17 I love my country Jim and what he and his cronies have planned is anti-American in every way. I will be respectful of others that believe differently but I will not as Phil so eloquently stated: "go quietly into oblivion". My hope is that I don't ever have to say: "I told you so" but it is I believe inevitable. This just cost me a long-time and much cherished friendship but I don't blow smoke, I stand by my principles. This may keep me in the poor house but so be it. My principles and integrity and the belief in the American Ideal are not for sale.
    Jim Murray
    04/12/2016 #17 Jim Murray
    #14 Right on @Pamela 🐝 Williams. You now have a huge corrupt machine of a different colour to rage against. See my comment to Phil.
    Jim Murray
    04/12/2016 #16 Jim Murray
    #15 Thanks @Phil Friedman. I will continue to rant unabated, simply because somebody has to do it. There are a lot of people being very nice and politically correct these days and by doing so they add to the malaise. I am glad to be associated with a small group of people who could be called 'agititators for good'. You know who they are and what they do. My only wish is that more would step up and tell people what's really on their minds. You do it all the time and look at all the noise it makes. You don't build an audience in social media by being nice. You build it by being honest and fakir and speaking your mind. Sometimes it backfires but even those are worthwhile.
    Phil Friedman
    04/12/2016 #15 Phil Friedman
    Well said, Jim. You know that I believe cynicism is often the last refuge of an idealist. By ceasing to expect most people to think and act sensibly or rationally -- or even in their own best interests -- the idealist-turned-cynic protects him- or herself against the pain of disappointment. Which description, bud, fits you pretty well. One other thing I know about true cynics is that they never stop punching and kicking and screaming about what's wrong in the world. And they are never deterred by charges of negativism -- for, they more than the pollyannas of the world have an abiding belief in the possibility of improvement. And are committed never to go quietly into oblivion. End of Sunday sermon. Great rant, Jim. Cheers!
    Pamela 🐝 Williams
    04/12/2016 #14 Pamela 🐝 Williams
    I don't know Jim if it is so much tied to fame as it is to riches. One of the problems with social media, news media, and reality bullsh** television is these idiots are getting rich. The public never sees the millions that lose everything trying for that get rich quick crapola. Everyone thinks; that being like trump (I love that spelling corrector doesn't ask me to capitalize that name) will somehow win you the get rich lottery, that he gives two hoots in hell whether others get rich, that he actually cares about this country, (e.g. will be splitting his time between running the country and still running his businesses, but then he's so brilliant, or so he thinks, he can do both, where every other president aged considerably in the office). This nation has given him what he wanted, the title; The most powerful man in the world. Isn't that what has been assigned to the u.s. presidents in the past? I stick by my support of a recent post here on beBee; "How stupid are we?". (Dang, I wish I could remember the name of the Bee who wrote that!).
    So many believe the uproar will die down, that we'll will calmly walk into the sunset and accept this nightmare that has been foisted upon us.
    On my commute home this week I passed by a church that always has encouraging and sometimes really thought provoking messages on their sign. Since the election there have been 3 words: "Pray for Courage".
    Those three words have stuck with me because I know We The People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union; are going to need the courage of a Lion, and the equally stubborn will of this jackass to endure what is to come.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    04/12/2016 #13 Don 🐝 Kerr
    @Jim Murray Ah, yes, it is our own little group of idiots that truly keep me on the sanity continuum when I am about to wildly fly off it into the nether regions of madness. Another good 'un crammed in between stuffing boxes. Well done lad.
    George Murrow
    04/12/2016 #11 George Murrow
    Fleas...dem fleas dont get no xposure even the tail waggin gibs dem fleas entertainment. All idiots aside great essay fer goin to church this mornin now you got me with no fleas please.
    General BT Hope
    HObo Univercity's Missions
    For Jesus
    debasish majumder
    04/12/2016 #10 debasish majumder
    wagging tail is not an abnormal feature when you already focused your object as 'Dog' and i guess, it is equally having relevance with our notion of 'God', whom we consider will do all good for ourselves! however, fantastic article@Jim Murray View more
    wagging tail is not an abnormal feature when you already focused your object as 'Dog' and i guess, it is equally having relevance with our notion of 'God', whom we consider will do all good for ourselves! however, fantastic article@Jim Murray! extremely relevant post. enjoyed read. thank you very much for the share sir. Close
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    04/12/2016 #9 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Well you sure have the experience to be objective about being cynical 😁... quite sobering thoughts in keeping sane...love this prescriptionπŸ€—πŸπŸ
    Paul Walters
    04/12/2016 #8 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray Love a good cynic !!
    Tony 🐝 Rossi
    04/12/2016 #7 Tony 🐝 Rossi
    Nothing wrong with a spoonful of cynicism, my friend. @Jim Murray rants are the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down, IMHO. A recent Netflix binge on Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States" has given me hope that we've survived levels of stupidity I didn't know existed (those that started the nuclear arms race, Cold War, etc.). There will seemingly always be a new idiocy fad, but it too shall pass (if only to make way for another).
    Brian McKenzie
    04/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzie
    If it is on TV, it was written, produced and broadcast with an agenda and tied prerequisite money consideration - At nowhere in this process is TRUTH alive nor considered. The BBC has famously let slip that their programming is not important to be accurate, but entertaining and "relevant". The other networks are no better. They are all lying whores, the only difference is for whom and how much - signed just another f*cking cynic.
    Jim Murray
    04/12/2016 #5 Jim Murray
    #4 When are you going to realize you got conned by slimebucket with a red power tie?
    I can do cynical too, my friend.
    Randy Keho
    03/12/2016 #4 Randy Keho
    #2 When are you going to realize you're just pissing into the wind? :) How's that for dialing up the cynicism?
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #3 Gerald Hecht
    #2 @Jim Murray well yes --that all assumes that we somehow survive this tsunami...it is becoming increasingly clear that the original US Constitutional Rule of Law ...is history; the founders couldn't have seen the "global billionaire thingie" coming...so there are no checks and balances for this particular situation...
    ...but the founders ideas have a habit of cropping up in other places...I mean --if you look at Ancient Greece, for example --you can still go there (physically) ...the ideas moved elsewhere...
    ...hell there's still a place called England that used to be an extremely oppressive empire that ruled my current physical location...but by the time I was a "tween"; all was forgiven...I got to watch the Stones on the "Dean Martin Variety Hour", etc.
    It's gonna be like a bigger version of moving to St. Catherine
    Jim Murray
    03/12/2016 #2 Jim Murray
    #1 @Gerald Hecht...Yeah. That's my hope too. All this is providing that a thermo-nuclear war isn't initiated at the tiny hands of the new Boss. :) Thanks for reading.
    Gerald Hecht
    03/12/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht
    I think this explanation makes a very sound argument; additionally it provides hope --that much like the initial marketing blitz behind the original "hula hoop craze" in the 1950's...the current "idiot fad" will fade to its previous baseline levels (the sort of background idiocy --which I grew up with) in the 1960's;
  17. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Whatever Happened To The Human Race
    Whatever Happened To The Human RaceI am at odds with a really substantial number of people these days.These people who are so certain in their beliefs: political, philosophical, moral and spiritual.These people who expound and wax poetic on those beliefs.These are people who claim...


    Jim Murray
    03/12/2016 #10 Jim Murray
    #7 Thanks @Zacharias. My daughter is, indeed a romantic,
    Jim Murray
    03/12/2016 #9 Jim Murray
    #8 Thanks @John Rylance. My comment back to you is something I just wrote back to my friend @Don 🐝 Kerr. 'There are now only two kinds of people in the world. The idiots and the ones scratching their heads wondering why there are so many idiots around.' It was an attempt at humour, But the more I think about it, it might just be pretty accurate
    John Rylance
    02/12/2016 #8 John Rylance
    The Human Race is like any race there are winners, losers, also rans, those who withdraw, those who opt out, and those who didn't know they were part of the race. Some are "hares" some "tortoises " and some are "leemings".
    Many are spectators waiting for the moment to fully commit when they find where they fit in to the scheme of things.
    To quote you Jim "I'm glad I got that out of my head"
    Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    02/12/2016 #7 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝
    No offense, but your daughter has got it a bit wrong. There are people out there who are incapable of good. These beings (whom I'd refrain from calling human) tend to "evolve" downwards, since they cannot go up. So, even though it's beneficial for a child to maintain the naive belief that everyone is good but some people are just misguided, it doesn't hurt to look at the facts too. That's the difference between being a realist and a romantic. And although the latter is more inspiring, when it comes to survival and evolution, my money is on the former.
    Brian McKenzie
    02/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzie
    What is it to understand man? Start with Pavlov, add a bit of Adam Smith, pour in entirely too much Hegel / Engels / Marx / Lenin - coax with doses of money, power, fame, sex, narcotics or threaten them with pain, imprisonment, torture, murder or disappearance....next invite them to the Bread and Circuses Tour. I find no exception to this path in history, economics, conflict or government.
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    02/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Maybe some folks in this human race went to sleep or took a vacation..if I believed that they can be uncaring, unkind and hateful among other words I can't bring myself to write... Then I would have to accept that I'm living in a world with a lot of sick folks... Great post @Jim Murray...im feeling disillusioned this morning and the reality check is like cold coffee πŸ˜‡πŸ˜ŠπŸπŸ
    Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    01/12/2016 #4 Julio Angel Lopez Lopez
    Let's get to know each other better
    The Sapiens (all humanity today is Sapiens) are still evolving.
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@julio-angel-lopez-lopez/una-teoria-sobre-la-evolucion-humana-a-theory-about-human-evolution View more
    Let's get to know each other better
    The Sapiens (all humanity today is Sapiens) are still evolving.
    Each time the DNA analysis shows the variety in our genetic chain.
    You're right, but there's nothing left to go on. Close
    Kevin Baker
    01/12/2016 #3 Kevin Baker
    The only borders on this planet are the ones we invent. There is only one race.
    Jim Murray
    01/12/2016 #2 Jim Murray
    #1 @Jim Moodie I totally agree. My tribal thesis was inspired by the Charlie Rose PBS interview with author Tom Friedman, who really laid it out beautifully. I had actually start out writing about mass confusion, but it kind of morphed into this. mass confusion may be just a symptom and not the disease. Thanks for the comment. I will file it under "great minds think alike' , he said humbly.
    Jim Moodie
    01/12/2016 #1 Jim Moodie
    Jim, this is exactly along the same lines as my post on "How the focus on inclusion creates division"... the more we define separate "groups", be they race, gender, belief, political alignment, hell even astrological (okay... maybe that is a bit of a reach), the more we prevent humans from realizing we are all the same group. Go back far enough and we all came from that same cell that split all those millions of years ago.

    We need to go back to teaching people to live and work WITH each other, to find a way to become part of society rather than teaching everyone to go there and change society. Change is a gradual process that our "instant gratification" world can't seem to wait for.

    At some point, maybe we have past the point, as a society we will collapse unless we stop bickering about our differences and work together.
  18. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Castro...Good Guy or Bad Guy?  Kinda Depends On Your Perspective.
    Castro...Good Guy or Bad Guy? Kinda Depends On Your Perspective.I never really wrote anything immediately after Fidel Castro's death because he was a genuinely polarizing figure in modern history. It's always sad when somebody dies. But a lot of people, especially Cuban refugees have been celebrating his...
  19. ProducerDon 🐝 Kerr
    The end of days? Peace out dude.
    The end of days? Peace out dude.This recent election in the Excited States caused a bit of a ruckus. Don’t know if you knew about it but it was in most of the major papers. (Not that they’re necessarily relevant anymore!) We had a bit of a ruckus up here in Canuckistan as well...


    Brian McKenzie
    01/12/2016 #21 Brian McKenzie
    I prefer high ground with a long rifle and hot scope over a bunker. They are going to kill me one day, until then - I will not cower in a bunker, give me the fight.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    01/12/2016 #20 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #19 You are so genuinely amusing @Brian McKenzie. Back to the bunker now until you're next summoned above ground.
    Brian McKenzie
    01/12/2016 #19 Brian McKenzie
    Thai Chili peppers will make me tear up and eyes to leak . Not much else. Certainly never a tie dyed college 'radical' that is burning nostalgic for socialism while ignoring the piles of corpses that such ideology always generates. I care not whether the meme is from the 60's nor the contemporary millennials - if you are going to 'embrace' socialism, Marxism, Leninism and the shining path of the communal "WE" - step out of the philosophy department tripe and go read some history. Millions of dead bodies abound under the progressive push to the 'Left'.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    01/12/2016 #18 Don 🐝 Kerr
    Thanks for stopping by @Malcolm MacNeil and once again so pleased to have you on BeBee. Can't remembering if I introduced you to the bees so must do that.
    Malcolm MacNeil
    01/12/2016 #17 Malcolm MacNeil
    I was just reminded by your comment,"Hell, I didn’t even venture into the Cuban Missile Crisis and being taught to hide under my desk at school when the air raid sirens went off." I experienced the same thing, and was telling my students about this just last Friday.
    I was a roommate of a school friend from the U.S. When the 6 day war started he was sure it was going to become a bigger event spread through the middle East. He also believed that in turning 18 the following year he would be drafted into the army to fight. We are still here. So yes I see there will be a calming of the minds eventually and then hopefully some good beneficial progress can be made.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    30/11/2016 #16 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #9 wet wipes at the ready!!
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    30/11/2016 #15 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #10 Tempus fugit
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    30/11/2016 #14 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #11 indeed.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    30/11/2016 #13 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #12 just what might get you teary eyed @Brian McKenzieπŸ˜₯
    Brian McKenzie
    30/11/2016 #12 Brian McKenzie
    I wiil always fail to get romantic and weepy eyed about hippies and socialists.
    Pascal Derrien
    30/11/2016 #11 Pascal Derrien
    we have been at crossroads before and we will reach some new ones when the orange order will be gone and forgotten :-)
    Nicole Chardenet
    30/11/2016 #10 Nicole Chardenet
    Thanks for reminding us, Don, LOL! I sometimes am tempted to ask my mother, "How did you and Dad ever survive the '60s?" Because they were old married farts raising their kids back then but I imagine it must have been a terrifying time...they were in central Florida when the Cuban Missile Crisis went down and no one was entirely certain they were going to live to see the weekend. And then there were the race riots, the civil rights movement, the assassinations...all the things you listed. We got through the '60s, we'll get through this. All of us, no matter where we live. Hell, we all lived through 9/11, didn't we? And didn't that seem like the end of the world back in the day?
    Randy Keho
    30/11/2016 #9 Randy Keho
    #8 You old softy, Don. Just when the world needs its diaper changed, you grab the handy wipes and go to work.
    The temper tantrums will eventually subside and we'll make the best of it. That's all we can do. As you've clearly indicated, we've weathered much bigger storms and lived to bitch about it. Peace, brother.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    29/11/2016 #7 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #2 @David B. Grinberg Kind of tough to see the forest for the trees at times.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    29/11/2016 #6 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #3 Pardons and acquittals seem to run rampant where cronyism rules. Thanks for your commentary @Chas ✌️ Wyatt I always enjoy your fresh perspectives.
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    29/11/2016 #5 Don 🐝 Kerr
    #4 Thank you @Jim Murray
    Jim Murray
    29/11/2016 #4 Jim Murray
    As you know I don't write long comments on the posts that I thought were quite groovy. So I'm out. Reposting this in the Beezers Hive.
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    29/11/2016 #3 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    @Don 🐝 Kerr, dude, I can relate; I was there. Just for some juxtaposition and perspective, however, we didn't have Bernie, but, Bobby, and he was gunned down. Nixon opened up trade to China, removed the Gold standard's connection to the dollar and created the Environmental Protection Agency. He also resigned before he would face impeachment hearings. Just for the record, while Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both impeached by the House, they were later acquiited by the Senate.
    David B. Grinberg
    29/11/2016 #2 David B. Grinberg
    Thank you, Don, for sharing your keen insights and historical perspective. Hopefully, this will cause some folks to calm down a bit (at least here on beBee...you know who you are). It's always helpful to look at the big picture and remember that everything is relative. Keep buzzing!
  20. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    The Power Of Fear
    The Power Of Fear OK so if you watch this video, you will come away a lot smarter about the way things are working in the world.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WveSEL-BhKI=PL0brmUZLTvUhBcfXd6RHhgHfEPKacK252This video is about Donald Trump and how he managed to get...


    Brian McKenzie
    30/11/2016 #7 Brian McKenzie
    I would rebut....i am however digging deeper into the Pizzagate wikileaks. It seems Hillary enjoys not only pissing contests but other bodily function exhibitions. Indeed, character should be critical.
    Paul Frank Gilbert
    30/11/2016 #6 Paul Frank Gilbert
    FEAR. The only purpose of fear is to manipulate people. Fear is used by people who are unable to communicate their ideas effectively, people who then look to blame anyone but themselves for their failure to "win" their battles ... to convince people of their cause. Fear is used by those unable to influence change. Why? Because fear is easy. So many people in this world have become dependent on others for their safety ... have given up the responsibility for taking care of themselves ... their happiness, their safety. So they are easily manipulated by fear. Fear is the lazy persons tool and the weak persons subjugation. Politics has become the playground of fear. All the candidates used it. Media has become the spewers of fear ... fear mongering is evidently very lucrative! But lets face it FEAR is not cornered by any one person, one government, one country ... no fear is rampant throughout the world ... because it is easy and people are weak ... and afraid. But not all of us ...
    Jim Murray
    30/11/2016 #5 Jim Murray
    #4 I hope you're right, @Brian McKenzie. I really truly do. But I just can get around the personality defects that are on display here every day in your fearless leader.
    Brian McKenzie
    30/11/2016 #4 Brian McKenzie
    Yes, it is true, half of America is dull, dim, daft - blindly led by low information slogans, frothing with their zealotry, swaddled in propaganda and ideology - spewing hatred, violence and murder.....we just disagree on the name of that side. Facts over feels. It is the Democrats and Hillary supporters that are burning, looting and rioting across America. America has become the most ravially divided under the leadership of the man that ran on Hope, Change, Unity and Transparency. I have neither the time nor crayons to appropriately draw a picture of his hypocrisy. It wil take at least 4 years to unf*ck everything Obama has done. Here's to a 2020 Trump Re-election victory! Hazza!
    Asesh Datta
    30/11/2016 #3 Asesh Datta
    Very rightly stated, the power of fear. If you are afraid, then follow me.Who are not afraid? All of us are in varieties of degrees.
    Creating fear of future is normal. If most advanced country's citizen are 50% afraid, the direction is right and not to criticize the person who instill fear among citizens.
    Problem is those who are pseudo courageous however powerful you may be, physically, economically, in sheer numbers or gender majority. We have to surrender in front of the inevitable Creator offers. Be prepared and accept the fear we all possess.
    Now translate this fear into victory, which Mr. Donald has shown. Of course, time will tell how he delivers, but keep him safe and free from opposition for the sake of it.
    Don't paint a picture of shame, hate and fear all around the globe. Cyclones are a natural process do not try to give a blind eye. Can we conclude that cyclones are due to climate change? Then there were no cyclones before industrial revolution. We all are destined to be transformed to a fossil fuel for the future if such natural calamities happen.
    Media is a reward of technology. The best media is what our senses can capture. Technology has stretched our visual and aural beyond comprehension. This has become a revenue generator by itself with so much employment and service to mankind. It also has its pitfalls on integrity and propaganda.
    Sensationalism sells swiftly spreading skewed symptoms. Regards
    Gerald Hecht
    29/11/2016 #2 Gerald Hecht
    @Jim Murray Tom Friedman --just to clarify; BTW, Trump is trying to feed both cyclonic forces: 1) return to fossil fuels with a vengeance/kill the EPA (Malthusian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2009/mar/21/leader-thomas-malthus) and 2) The "Fake News Marketing Generators"!
    Gerald Hecht
    29/11/2016 #1 Gerald Hecht
    @Jim Murray there is only light for those who can figure out how to stay in "Friedman's storied calm in the eye" of the cyclonic engine of exponentially accelerating Malthusian exponential forces of the earth's resources interacting with the (also) exponentially accelerating Moore's law "fake news" marketing techniques underlying its creation, dissemination, and amplification through SM channels...a process not at all understood by the majority who will fail to learn to stay in the eye...Goebbels would be impressed --Hitchcock (were he still with us) would have great material to work with. I doubt that many readers of this comment will even understand its meaning...and will be damaged/destroyed/ripped to pieces by the cyclone...
  21. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    I did go through a short 'outlaw ' period, called the midlife crisis. I wrote a few of these during that time. I'm always surprised at how not like that I am these days Jim Murray


    Jim Murray
    26/11/2016 #2 Jim Murray
    #1 Thanks @Mark Anthony.
    Mark Anthony
    25/11/2016 #1 Mark Anthony
    @Jim Murray many of the lyrics I read of yours make me think of love, relationships, heartbreak, and joy. The honeymoon period, the powerlessness and the merging of boundaries between two people. Always a pleasure.
  22. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Just picked up a great piece of long term business today. Now all I have to do is crush a lump of coal into a diamond and I'm all set. Jim Murray
  23. Mohammad Azam Khan
    Thar it blows again, Moby
    Mohammad Azam Khan
    Trump disavows 'alt-right' supporters - BBC News
    www.bbc.co.uk Donald Trump repudiates the fringe "alt-right" group that celebrated his victory with Nazi...
  24. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    My Special Relationship With American Thanksgiving
    My Special Relationship With American ThanksgivingAmerican Thanksgiving will always bring with it a bit of sadness for me.Nine years ago, US Thanksgiving day was the last day we spent with our dad…Pete.Fort ErieMy dad was a kid in Fort Erie during the great depression. He learned how to scramble...


    John Rylance
    24/11/2016 #8 John Rylance
    Our memories alongside our experience in conjunction with our families are the bedrock of our future. Thank you Jim for sharing this with us.
    Asesh Datta
    24/11/2016 #7 Asesh Datta
    What an emotive feeling associated with Thanksgiving Day. Thanks for sharing. Nine years ago, Jim, you were so lucky that since that day every thanksgiving day like today you are specially praying for him. So nice for such coincidence and you should be thankful to the 'bus driver' who escorted your Dad away. So nice and blessed all of you are. Started in Fort Erie and a fort (effort) which was so dear to your Dad and he wanted to escape from effortlessly. Great and thanks for the insight. Regards
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    23/11/2016 #6 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    Keep the stories coming Jim, I was touched very much by your post, my dad past away near thanksgiving Too. @Jim Murray Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!
    Paul Walters
    23/11/2016 #5 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray Happy Thanksgiving
    Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    23/11/2016 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand Ambassador
    WOW, @Jim Murray, great post here. My father was in the Polish Army in WWII & served in Italy & in the Monte Casino raid where his division routed the Germans. My father was later captured by the Germans & was in a POW camp, escaped & then later captured by the Russians & later released. He was given a beautiful sterling silver bracelet by the govt from the raid on Monte Casino that I still have. He has since past & had many stories about WWII when we talked. Here is some info about the raid: But the day is ours and a great victory has been won. Last night we received an operation order for the attack on Cassino in which we were to take part. It was to be supported by two squadrons of N.Z. tanks.

    But when the infantry probed the outskirts they found little opposition, and many Germans gave themselves up. There was some sniping and some machine gunning, but this was soon overcome, and in due course the place was mopped up. Some casualties were caused by time bombs left by the Hun.

    Later we learnt that the Polish flag was flying over the Monastery. It was very fitting that this should be so, for the Poles have suffered dearly. Georgi, the Polish liaison officer, told me that the hills behind the Monastery were absolutely indescribable. Hundreds of dead lay all over the hillsides, Americans, French, N. Zealanders, and now Poles. best regards, Bill Stankiewicz, Savannah , Georgia
    David B. Grinberg
    23/11/2016 #3 David B. Grinberg
    Kudos Jim on your excellent storytelling which is impressive and admirable. Also, thank you for sharing such a personal and moving story. I really enjoyed reading it, as I reminded me of my late father.
    Having lost my dad a few years ago, I can relate well to your statement: "My dad was very much in my life for most all of my life. I miss him every day."
    My dad likewise served in the military, albeit in the Army, 10th Mountain Division. We also enjoyed going to sporting events together. We had season tickets for the NY Jets football team (NFL). They used to play at Shea Stadium in Queens back then. And while the Jets usually lost more than they won, the father-son bonding was always a winning experience which I will cherish for the rest of my life.
    God Bless them both!
    Loribeth Pierson
    23/11/2016 #2 Loribeth Pierson
    What a wonderful buzz Jim in honor of your Father. I am sure he is looking down and smiling on you today. My Papa passed away 19 months ago today from esophageal cancer. Not a good way to go at all. I still miss him every day and reading your buzz has brought tears to my eyes. I'm sure there will be more tears with the family tomorrow, but tears of remembering what a great man he was. He will forever be my hero.
    Aaron Skogen
    23/11/2016 #1 Aaron Skogen
    Nice tribute to your dad @Jim Murray. Keep those warm memories close this Thanksgiving.

    It seems to me, and by your own admission, you have much to be thankful for.

    Cheers from just south of the boarder.
  25. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    For all of you who are worrying about the future of the world because of the President Elect and his screaming band of Righties, checking out Tom Friedman's new book called "Thank You For Being Late: An Optimists Guide To Thriving In The Age of Acceleration" might be helpful. I saw him being interviewed on Charlie Rose and he really opened my eyes to some of the big reasons why a lot of things that are happening in the world are happening. You should check him out. Knowledge, as you well know, is power. It calmed me right down after I absorbed what he had to say. I'm gonna ask for this book for Christmas. Jim Murray


    Jim Murray
    24/11/2016 #5 Jim Murray
    #3 I like both Friedmans a lot. And I am so proud of myself everytime I type the name correctly.
    Dannye Williamsen
    24/11/2016 #4 Dannye Williamsen
    Saw his interview on Charlie Rose. Very interesting!
    Kevin Pashuk
    24/11/2016 #3 Kevin Pashuk
    Thanks Jim. I'm a big fan of the 'other' Friedman guy. While Phil's writing is top notch, this Thomas guy has a few good things to say as well. I'm putting it on my reading list.
    Cameron Crawford
    23/11/2016 #2 Cameron Crawford
    Well timed, sounds like it should be 'required reading' for the country. Moved to action by that review I do think I should acquire this literature before the extended weekend.. Thanks
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