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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. Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman

    Phil Friedman
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  2. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    This is one of the many great images created by my BIL, Bob Twidle who passed away recently. The simplicity of his work always moved me. I could stare at his stuff for long stretches of time and think what a great creative mind he had. I really miss Bob. Jim Murray


    Michael O'Neil
    15/04/2017 #3 Anonymous
    #2 Yes Jim, there is. For me the story is that it took me a while to learn that I could not replay my childhood by proxy. I have moved through the cycle of sports life - watching (too young to play), playing, coaching, refereeing, and now I'm back to watching (too old to play).
    Jim Murray
    15/04/2017 #2 Jim Murray
    #1 @Michael O'Neil. I'll have to ask my sister what the story is with this piece. There's always a story, isn't there.
    Michael O'Neil
    15/04/2017 #1 Anonymous
    @Jim Murray
    The simplicity is truly evocative. There is a sadness on the faces of these birds.
    "Kids Tell Us The Truth about Sports Parents" is a masterpiece as well.
  3. ProducerJim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Bad News For The White Bigots
    Bad News For The White BigotsFirst of all, let me preface this piece by telling you that I am a white guy. But I am also a Canadian white guy and have honestly never really believed that there was any sort of difference between white guys and any other guys or girls anywhere.I...


    Nicole Chardenet
    10/04/2017 #23 Nicole Chardenet
    Jim, please don't fall into the trap of thinking racism is a 'white thing'. Racism is *universal*. We hear about white bigotry the most because we live in the West where there's a predominance of white people, and also we tend to ignore non-white racism. We're not even allowed to talk about or acknowledge non-white racism. But you see it all around you, if you open your eyes...there are plenty of non-white people demonstrating their gross ignorance of others.

    Frankly, I've been tired of talking about racism for quite some time. I'm of the camp that believes ALL racism is wrong, not just racism by whites. If we can't have a conversation about everyone else's racism - yes, even of underclasses and people who only think they're the underclass - then we shouldn't bother talking about it at all.
    Harvey Lloyd
    06/04/2017 #22 Harvey Lloyd
    Bigotry and racism has evolved. The question is no longer "white" but rather class. Class warfare is the new bigotry you refer. Its easy to park the conditions of society at a color and it was placed at the black many years ago, now it is being placed at the white. The color may change over years but i am afraid the last 8 years have solidified that class warfare is here to stay.

    The haves and have nots are still being defined into their respective groups and the use of color on either side of the debate is a political power play by many governments.

    The white bigot/racism/homophobe/male/female debate is merely emotional topics that avoids the real debate of class warfare. Until we decide to enter into the real debate the discussion will remain within the realm of popular topics with no substance. Being human of no color designation will require us to debate tough and consequential issues. But to have these we will have to endure the classes lashing out with rhetoric of no substance or offering of solution.
    Jim Murray
    06/04/2017 #21 Jim Murray
    #20 Thanks @Judy Mackenzie. Every country has its warts. Some warts are a lot bigger than others. The Trump wort is the biggest wart in the free world, He has made it Ok to be subhuman. And he should not be in any sort of position of power. he is the most toxic person on the planet right now. He has a lot of competition though.
    Judy Mackenzie
    05/04/2017 #20 Judy Mackenzie
    I am also a Canadian and I think we have our own sad story to tell about Native Canadians. I was raised in a blue-collar family that valued hard work and integrity. I see the hatred on the television and I am horrified that these people walk around every day with this much toxic emotion flowing through their bodies. I am thankful for the open minded way I was raised and the understanding that we are not in a position to judge anyone.
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    05/04/2017 #19 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    Remarkable article from @Jim Murray -- what are your thoughts?
    Susan 🐝 Rooks
    05/04/2017 #18 Susan 🐝 Rooks
    Well, @Jim Murray, hopefully you've helped a lot of people think about this.

    I am lucky to have grown up with parents who made nothing of color; of course, given we lived in a totaly white town north of Boston, Mass., that was sort of easy. But my formative years did not include any version of racism or other intolerances that I can remember. My dad especially talked a lot of about treating others with respect, no matter their situation; although I don't remember him mentioning color as a specific, it was implied. Everyone is worthy of respect.

    Of course, as I grew older I saw how others felt about this issue and so many others. But I just never understood the hatred. Still don't. Someone's skin color is so superficial! And it's not a choice anyone makes. We are born as we are, and we can only control so much.

    I have no idea why anyone white would think he or she is any better than anyone else just because of their skin color. I just don't get it.

    I think one positive aspect of social media has to be the connections we have worldwide, something that wasn't very easy in the 1950s when I was growing up. It encourages us to see others as valuable, as our equal, as persons who have much to teach us -- no matter what their skin color, their gender, or their age is!

    Thanks for a very important article. Much appreciated.
    Jim Murray
    05/04/2017 #17 Jim Murray
    #12 You're probably right, @Brian McKenzie. What more can you say?
    Jim Murray
    05/04/2017 #16 Jim Murray
    #14 @Lisa Vanderburg...All you can do is what you can do. I write this stuff because it's what I believe I am saddened by a great deal of what the world has become for no reason other than to protect the white, the wealthy and the entitled. It feels like true democracy is becoming a fantasy.
    Paul Walters
    05/04/2017 #15 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray for my sins I spent many of my formative years living in South Africa under the terrible apartheid regime which was quite frankly appalling. I left , permanently way befor Mandela was released and the transition to Black government and black empowerment, What that country is undergoing right now is in fact reverse racism . Even after twenty five years of black rule the sins of the fathers are still being expunged. Tis a strage world we live in
    Lisa Vanderburg
    05/04/2017 #14 Lisa Vanderburg
    Just shows what stupid honkys we are @Jim Murray (although I'm unsure of the pluralisation of honky?). As restaurateurs, we've employed and trained every color of people, yet it wasn't until we opened up in Florida that racism became so apparent. We'd been in London, Spain, other places, but this was a primitive can o' worms; that someone would so casually and openly slur another human because of his color - the assumption being I would agree or concur because I was the same color as the speaker. Sickened me, and I said so....over, and over and over.................
    My kitchen was full of mainly black preps - (the whites that had to take that sort of work were less intelligent or lazy). This was the time of the 3-strike rule and so many of them had fallen foul because of this blanket-racism that had sealed the envelope that had got them to 2-strike. After that , it was the 'system' that just hung such a heavy weight around their necks,....few made it. And that's only from my vantage point. It broke my heart and I did everything I could to encourage them in the outrage they faced. Some very determined souls did make it, for a time!
    I'm sure I'm not the only one to notice that a baby born of two different colored parents are stunningly beautiful - God's trying to tell us something, eh?
    Pascal Derrien
    05/04/2017 #13 Pascal Derrien
    Absolutely right on the button , even Ireland who was an homogeneous society up to 25 years ago will see its pool gene shaken down with the population now including 12 % of residents born in a different country , thats good news but bad news for the inuslar minded folks :-) As an aside I smiled at your comment on great great grand children as I am writing a post which is a letter to my great great great grand child I will probably not getting to finish it this week but working on it ... Thanks for the post @Jim Murray
    Brian McKenzie
    05/04/2017 #12 Brian McKenzie
    Being a white male in America is nearly waking up as a daily pariah - we are the last class of humanity that is openly encouraged to villify and hate - just on circumstance. #HappierAbroad PS - I am betting EVEN when whites are the minority - there will be no 'Affirmative Action' or EEOC for them (of course I will be long dead by then)
    Jim Murray
    05/04/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #7 Thanks @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I didn't know you knew Charlene. She's a marvel. I'm totally in love with her. I'm pretty sure we'll be working together going forward on different things we both run across. She told me about her situation. I talked with her for 2 hours yesterday at a Tim's. It was great. She's pretty much back to normal. She just needs to work on her confidence a bit more. I think I have convinced her that she is, in fact a writer, which she was doubtful about. Sitting in front of me with a published book, it was not that hard to do. She inspired this post in fact. What a small world indeed, I will send her your regards, sir.
    Jim Murray
    05/04/2017 #10 Jim Murray
    #8 @Jerry Fletcher...I agree. But I can only tackle on fucked up issue at a time. Otherwise my head will explode.
    David B. Grinberg
    05/04/2017 #9 David B. Grinberg
    #6 Jim, also a very fitting post for the same day in history when civil rights icon, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
    NatCivilRightsMuseum‏Verified account @NCRMuseum 11h11 hours ago
    Outside Rm 306 of the Lorraine Motel #OnThisDay in 1968, Dr. King was fatally shot at 6:01pm. He was pronounced dead at 7:05pm. #RememberMLK
    Jerry Fletcher
    05/04/2017 #8 Jerry Fletcher
    As scary as the idiocy you describe is there is one which I believe excedes it. That is man's inhumanity to women. It crosses all races and socioeconomic differences. It is abhorrent. And because of a charity I'm involved with each day I learn more. There are days I'm ashamed to say I'm a man.
    CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    05/04/2017 #7 CityVP 🐝 Manjit
    Hi Jim, pass my deepest regards to Charlene Norman. Who would thought that you would move to St. Catherines and she would move to St.Catherines and of all the new people that are in St. Catherines, the world it turns out yet again, at least from my own experiences, it is indeed a small world and that you are friends with Charlene. If it is not a small world then it definitely is an example of synchronicity.

    Charlene is a great mind and I am glad that she has refound new verve of life and spirit. I am also glad that things are on the up for her and that she has battled through what would have sunk a lot people in similar circumstance, especially her health scare and the adversity with absolute tremendous courage. Speaks volumes for her and who she is.

    Most of all that she is back to her best and again enjoying the fullness of life. That she is your friend, well that is an added bonus - and so I'm really happy for her. I have seen her silently pop by beBee but I had no idea that both of you know each other.

    As for the future, it never turns out the way we expect. Scientists will do to human beings what they have done to corn, and by 2100 skin colour will simply a genetic modification - at that time we can have whatever colour baby we want. Think about what synthetic biology is going to reek into being by 2025 and 2100 is really unimaginable in comparison. Imagine how the Jetsons thought life would be like today - it's fun seeing how our ancestors envisaged us a future race.
    Jim Murray
    05/04/2017 #6 Jim Murray
    #4 Thanks @David B. Grinberg. Right on the money and I would bet my house that all those powerful old white me are holding that country back and keeping it from becoming all it can be.
    Wayne Yoshida
    05/04/2017 #5 Wayne Yoshida
    Thanks for the thinking piece, @Jim Murray. This "human trait" is a learned behavior, which is a good thing - or a bad thing. I am glad you and your family taught your kids right. And if we all did this, the world will be a better place.
    David B. Grinberg
    05/04/2017 #4 David B. Grinberg
    Nice buzz, Jim. Here are two points for consideration.
    1) Yes, it's true that whites in the USA are declining as a demographic percentage of the population, according to the US Census Bureau. Hispanics/Latinos and Asians are the two fastest growing minority groups. Moreover, in many big American cities today there is what's been called a "minority-majority" population. This means that the combination of all "traditional" minority groups now outnumbers that of whites. This likely accounts for at some of the fear and paranoia of white bigots -- albeit, unjustifiably.
    2) Per the above point, even with the increasingly diverse USA population, white men still control an overwhelming majority of power structures in the nation, from Wall Streets to Main Street USA. The number of non-white CEOs and C-Suite executives of the Fortune 500 companies remain exceedingly low compared to whites. Let's also remember we now have a white President (just saying) and the US Congress (especially the Senate) is still mainly represented by white men, especially at the leadership level. Thus, in essence white men still overwhelming control government and corporate America industry-wide.
    FYI - Here's a prior post of mine about why workforce diversity simply makes good business sense. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@dbgrinberg/why-workforce-diversity-is-simply-good-business
  4. Philippe Collard
    For some reason, I find this particularly relevant today....unfortunately and with respect to the USA
    Philippe Collard
    Banana republic - Wikipedia
  5. Jim Murray

    Jim Murray

    Jim Murray
    Fucked Up Is Alive & Well And Thriving On Social Media
    www.bebee.com Like most everyone, I have a love-hate relationship with social media. And have had this going on for about 10 years or so now. During that time...
  6. 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...


    Jim Murray
    20/03/2017 #1 Jim Murray
    Hi everybody: I have an abiding interest in politics...just wuld never want to be a politician.
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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   Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    09/03/2017 #1 Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee
    I keep saying, Jim, "move over, I'm with you. An observation from 'down here.'
  10. 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...


    Solomon Jones
    14/04/2017 #4 Solomon Jones
    This guy is awesome lol
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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....


    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    02/04/2017 #2 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    My apologies. Looked like my comment got misplaced on the wrong buzz.

    That apart, i enjoyed reading this.
    Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    02/04/2017 #1 Devesh 🐝 Bhatt
    It is a good idea. It organises and streamlines disagreement into a hive. Good food for thought for correction and improvement without getting the masses pissed about it.

    If this survives beyond a high user threshold, there could be merit here. The key word being survives, because after that threshold, competition may get nasty but it would not matter.

    Before that, this maybe seen as risky, depending on how it is managed.

    At the end of the day, even the resistance has to be sweet when speaking up to sweetness.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 .
  15. 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 G. Williams
    18/02/2017 #49 🐝 Fatima G. 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.
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. ProducerJared Wiese, 🐝 adds 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, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    05/03/2017 #78 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds 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, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #76 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    #71 I will agree that we need better controls on the language of posts and hives to which we affine.

    I just emailed Fede:

    "Today Javier shared a post called 'beBee em Português' in hive 'beBee em Português' to 'Profissionais Administrativos'.
    Because I am following Javier, I saw all that.

    Please have a way in the new UI to choose what languages we want to see or not - in both posts and hives (posts shared to hives)."

    Today, to de-pollinate and not lose Javier, I had to Mute the Hive and/or Post.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #75 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    #72 I can't believe I missed this part:

    "Report inappropriate comments:

    We know that at times a very small number of members can tarnish the experience for our broader community by posting inappropriate comments. While we monitor for these types of comments and work directly with members, you can also flag and hide abusive or offensive comments made on any article or post:

    Click the “More” icon on the top right of a comment.
    Click “Report” to report the comment.
    In the pop-up window, tell us more about why you chose to report the comment."

    I know you disagree, Phil. Yet I still believe - and am allowed to write - this is another good reason that we have "-1" on beBee. It can help encourage the commenter to have more appropriate comments.

    Sure, some are open and courageous enough to debate openly. Some are not. I am trying to be courageous here, now. I wonder if I will get +1, -1 or nothing because others have given up on the direction of these comments?

    Some people prefer to vote on comments, anonymously. Should everyone in the US who votes be forced to openly state who they voted for in an election?

    Perhaps +1/-1 is voting that could be looked at as a way to help the commenter understand how their comment was received. Or it could be looked at as an annoyance that the commenter does not get to refute. Two sides of the same coin.

    If people against the "-1" have made their point well enough, beBee has already said they are considering all options.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #74 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds 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, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #73 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    #71 I see your point. I might add:
    I had been in beBee in English for a long time. I built up many followers. I even shared posts there. All good.

    Now, however, I see way too many posts about subjects I care no longer. I wish to de-pollinate for a while or even permanently and see what my followers share as sufficient. While perhaps in purgatory-to use your old testament reference - I do not believe I should be in hell forever.

    Just like the Lumpy Kingdom is giving the on/off switch to comments. More choice.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #72 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds 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, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #70 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds 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, 🐝 adds VALUE & RESULTS
    06/02/2017 #68 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adds 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..
  20. 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!
    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
    Gerald Hecht
    30/01/2017 #6 Gerald Hecht
    #5 @Jim Murray ahh! The "Job Secret"...the lord protects drunks and fools!
  21. 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...


    stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    12/04/2017 #40 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador
    Once upon a time....we have ..a great leader...this is good...oh this is wise...and good...ho ho...that is imperial....
    Miguel 🐝 López Oliva
    12/04/2017 #39 Miguel 🐝 López Oliva
    Unfortunatelly big wasps are one of bee's threatens. Those are bigger and very aggresive at the point it kill them. 🙁
    Gerald Hecht
    12/04/2017 #38 Gerald Hecht
    #33 has a typo in it. It should read: Please,
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    12/04/2017 #37 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #36 @David Navarro López correcto. Y lo bien que se está. 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝
    David Navarro López
    12/04/2017 #36 Anonymous
    Si no estoy mal informado, cuando una avispa ataca una colmena, las abejas forman alrededor de la avispa un enjambre batiendo sus alas energicamente, lo que aumenta la temperatura más de lo que las avispas pueden aguantar (las abejas soportan hasta 45 grados), y literalmente asfixian/cuecen a las avispas si éstas no huyen antes.
    Una avispa se coló en una ocasión en Bebee. La avalancha de comentarios por parte de las abejas, formando una cerrada piña alrededor de la avispa, tuvieron su efecto. La mencionada avispa ya no está.
    Bien por Bebee!!!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    11/04/2017 #35 Javier 🐝 beBee
    On beBee , bees are welcome, wasps are NOT :)
    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.
  22. 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...


    Solomon Jones
    16/04/2017 #64 Solomon Jones
    K lol
    Gerald Hecht
    16/04/2017 #63 Gerald Hecht
    #62 @Solomon Jones ahhh! Very interesting!
    Solomon Jones
    16/04/2017 #62 Solomon Jones
    Interestingly I'm about to watch an hour training tutorial on a form of Marketing called Copywriting. At the end of the day it's just using psychology, some would even say manipulative wording to suck people into your website, blog etc. Take a look at my blog post titles including the pictures. I use this method when I can. I'm about to write a blog post about the training afterwards. Also there's a form of marketing called Attraction marketing. I think this method should dictate what you write. Every Professional blogger uses this method. It's a good thing that you check your own facts and make corrections. Or maybe you should google what you're unsure about when you type it. You'll be able to sleep better at night. I do it all the time.
    Gerald Hecht
    16/04/2017 #61 Gerald Hecht
    #60 @Solomon Jones I had a suspicion that I may have been "on to something" here; but I wasn't sure...I'm really not very well versed in "how" (the mechanics) to drive people to my posts; interestingly, I probably have self-esteem issues of the type you mention. I often find myself spending a ridiculous amount of energy checking my own facts and inserting them into my posts.
    Solomon Jones
    16/04/2017 #60 Solomon Jones
    I'm in 100% agreement with you. Treating people in a dignified manner should trump everything else. People who perceive themselves to be more intelligent than you and view others as being inferior is not a good thing. In fact I think they lack self esteem.
    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.
  23. 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 G. Williams
    21/01/2017 #13 🐝 Fatima G. 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
  24. 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...
  25. 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
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