- Producer10/12/2016Transcending the Virtual World: Are We Desperate for Real Connection?Preface: 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...
- Producer03/12/2016A 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...
Comments04/12/2016 #18 Pamela L. 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.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.04/12/2016 #15 Phil FriedmanWell 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!04/12/2016 #14 Pamela L. WilliamsI 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.04/12/2016 #12 AnonymousFunny, after reading this buzz, I can claim that you and I agree - you simply phrase it a bit differently. For example, You say: "I have come to believe that the percentage of the idiot to non-idiot out there is actually very small." Agreed! (And thanks for making me laugh out-loud after reading that line!) You say: "the perception that is created regarding idiots tends to make the idiot population look much larger than it actually is." Agreed! This has always been true of the media, it is no different today than it ever was. However, the volume to which we are exposed has increased exponentially - and that is disturbing. You say: "I hate to say it, but the best way to keep from becoming victimized by all this is to dial up your cynicism a bit." With this I basically agree, but I do not see it as 'cynicism' - and perhaps it's a matter of semantics - but I see it more as common sense awareness. We must teach our children 'awareness' of the truth about how media works, this goes for marketing in general. News, for instance is a product, that is being marketed and sold to the masses - it is not necessarily the truth. Media & Marketing too much of the time lacks integrity and thus, I am always skeptical of its claims. Is that cynicism or common sense? Hmm - if it is cynicism, perhaps I'm simply an 'ole Beezer' too!04/12/2016 #10 debasish majumderwagging 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 morewagging 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. Close04/12/2016 #7 Tony RossiNothing 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).04/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzieIf 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.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. Catherine03/12/2016 #1 Gerald HechtI 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;
- Producer01/12/2016Whatever 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...
Comments03/12/2016 #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 accurate02/12/2016 #8 John RylanceThe 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"02/12/2016 #7 Zacharias VoulgarisNo 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.02/12/2016 #6 Brian McKenzieWhat 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.02/12/2016 #5 Donna-Luisa EversleyMaybe 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 😇😊🐝🐝01/12/2016 #4 Julio Angel Lopez LopezLet'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 moreLet'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. Close01/12/2016 #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.01/12/2016 #1 Jim MoodieJim, 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.
- Producer29/11/2016Castro...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...
- Producer28/11/2016The 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...
Comments01/12/2016 #19 Brian McKenzieThai 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'.01/12/2016 #17 Malcolm MacNeilI 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.30/11/2016 #10 Nicole ChardenetThanks 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?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.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.29/11/2016 #2 David B. GrinbergThank 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!
- Producer28/11/2016The 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...
Comments30/11/2016 #6 Paul Frank GilbertFEAR. 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 ...30/11/2016 #4 Brian McKenzieYes, 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!30/11/2016 #3 Asesh DattaVery 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. Regards29/11/2016 #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"!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...
- 25/11/2016I 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
- 25/11/2016Just 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.
- 25/11/2016Thar it blows again, MobyTrump disavows 'alt-right' supporters - BBC Newswww.bbc.co.uk Donald Trump repudiates the fringe "alt-right" group that celebrated his victory with Nazi...
- ProducerMy 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...
Comments24/11/2016 #7 Asesh DattaWhat 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. Regards23/11/2016 #4 Bill StankiewiczWOW, @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 , Georgia23/11/2016 #3 David B. GrinbergKudos 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!23/11/2016 #2 Loribeth PiersonWhat 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.
- 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.
- Just trying my hand at a Trump Pence Meme. A similar was done for Obama & Biden and I thought they were pretty amusing. If we can't make a little fun every ow and then, what's the freakin' point of it all anyway?
- Producer22/11/2016Tuesday Tirade: Writing About What You Think Is Important.I have always subscribed to the notion embodied in the headline above. To that end, I have been devoting some of my time over the past year to anti-Trump blogging and meme posting and I will continue on into the foreseeable future. Because I think...
Comments23/11/2016 #5 Paul Walters@Jim Murray Bravo Jim. I heartily endorse your sentiments. Also , I do like @David B. Grinberg response.I love America and have loved it even more over the last 8 years with a benevolent, intelligent and altogether wonderful man at the helm. One can only hope that the in coming administration takes at least a leaf or two from Obama's book. There is no place for hate in this already fragile world. Also perhaps bunk beds in the basement might be a wise decision you could have a few guests. then again there is Bali. Most here don't give two hoots about that new guy in the White House!22/11/2016 #1 David B. GrinbergJim, I commend your for being so outspoken about the incoming Trump Administration. Everyone should feel free to voice their views and opinions about this contentious and divisive election. After all, that's what freedom of speech is all about and what makes America great.
While I neither voted for nor supported the Trump candidacy, I'm still holding out some hope for the USA that his many detractors are proven wrong -- that is, for the sake and well being of America. My own view at this time is in line with President Obama and Hillary, both of whom asked Americans to keep an "open mind" and give the President-elect a fair "chance" to lead and govern.
Finally, I think this election result has less to do with support for Mr. Trump, and more to do with 1) distrust and disgust with Hillary for various reasons, and 2) More importantly, voters who are fed up and want to lob a metaphorical grenade at the Washington political establishment to shake up the status quo.
Regardless, I hope you will join me in hoping and praying the for best. I think President Trump will neither be as horrendous as his detractors allege, not as great as supporters claim. But only time will tell. Therefore, please keep that basement corner reserved for me just in case I need to skip town if your predictions are correct. Thanks, Jim!
- 22/11/2016Please join me in welcoming my friend @Erroll -EL- Warner, to beBee. I've known Erroll for years through LinkedIn, plus he's a New Yorker like I used to be(Bee). Erroll is blunt, outspoken and opinionated. He doesn't sugarcoat his views -- which reminds me a bit of @Phil Friedman, who always tell it straight up. Glad you're here, Erroll!
cc: @Javier beBee @Matt Sweetwood @John White, MBA @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian @Lisa GallagherErroll -EL- Warnerwww.bebee.com Erroll -EL- Warner's...
- Producer21/11/2016Winning a Pitch With a Squirt GunI’ve seen agencies lose pitch after pitch. They never think it’s their fault. How could it be? They agonized over the brief. They stayed up late the night before, making sure every word echoed what the client said or intimated.So what do they do the...
Comments22/11/2016 #12 Robert Cormack#4 Yes, I was at Cossette in Montreal when Peter was still creative director here in Toronto. We worked together on Air Canada for a short spell. He was a good presenter. My favourite was Steve Catlin. In a meeting once, a young (impatient) client informed him she wanted to get "right down to it." Steve said, "I'll do my best, but I'm from South Carolina and we tend to talk slow." I don't know whether she got the true drift or not, but Steve was capable of gentle irony.22/11/2016 #9 Paul Walters@Robert Cormack A pitch is a bitch. If I had kept all the money invested in 'pitching' I would be a very wealthy man! Alan Brady & Marsh ( British Agency who emerrged in the late 80's ) got it right. When pitching for British Rail the board arrived at the agency to find the reception grubby with overflowing ash trays left on coffee stained side tables, yesterdays newspapers scattered around and a very rude receptionist who sat behind her desk painting her nails. The board, ( mad up of many "sirs and a couple of Lords " were asked to wait (but not enough chairs) . presentation due to begin at 10am . By 10.20am the board standing around were getting decidedly grumpy after being offered tea, served in chipped mugs and a couple of stale biscuits. By 10.30am when the agency presenters didn't show the board informed the disinterested receptionist that they were leaving. As they exited the principles, Brady, Allen and Marsh were waiting outside . " Now you know how your customers feel " said Brady...they got the account !!!22/11/2016 #8 Phil Friedman#7 Robert, go to the "Business Hub" hive. 1) In the box at the top of the page, on the share tab, click the link symbol. 2) After the orange share box opens, paste the link to your post in the box for the link. 3) Wait for the image to load. 4) Add a comment if you wish, or nothing at all. 5) Click share.
We like to have authors share their own work because it assures they are directly aware of the share and will be available to handle any discussion. But if you have a problem either I or my co-admin Randy Keho will be happy to share it on your behalf. Just let me know. Thanks and cheers!21/11/2016 #4 Don KerrLike @Jim Murray this brings back great memories from both sides of the table @Robert Cormack. Cossette won the Manulife business because Creative director Peter Landon was so naturally engaging and because the followed Grey and the most boring presentation done in the history of pitches. In Grey's case type tried to anticipate what a traditional life insurance company would want. cossette presented what they thought we needed. They were right and we jointly went on to win Marketing gold. The story of that night I shall keep for a longer post. It was epic. Sharing.21/11/2016 #3 Jim MurrayNice work, dude. That brought me back. I worked with a guy named Danny Floyd. He had a great deal of difficulty being serious at the best of times. One time he got up to present something and said. 'You may not approve what we present today and that's Ok. Send up back to do more stuff. That's the fun part. This here, standing up here with a dog and a pony...that's sheer hell". It's all in the delivery, as they say and he loosened those P&G suits up perfectly. After that we tagteamed it and quickly got a rep for being crazy but accurate. That's what we were aiming for. We did 8 years of that, and it was a hell of a lot of fun.
Comments21/11/2016 #3 Jim Murray#2 I don;t worry about Trump. I just think he's a turd and feel an almost compulsive need to keep reminding people. Our country is doing fine. Our PM, who is a real human being is out making trade deals all over the place. If the US isn't careful, it's going to be left out of a lot of the world's commerce, because it has a con man calling the shots.21/11/2016 #2 Gerald Hecht@Jim Murray HYPOTHETICALLY..., Canada should be more concerned about the recent American election than America would need to be if the "tables were turned", and Canada ended up with a "Trumpish prime minister", IMHO...here's why (caveat; this is based on a 23+ year old memory from an undergraduate "Intro to Government" class):
In a parliamentary system, the chief executive (the prime minister) is selected by a parliament of their peers whenever parliamentary elections are held. This, the prime minister is the leader of two branches of government simultaneously --the executive branch and the legislative branch, a "fusion of powers". Since a majority of parliament is required to select the prime minister, they usually “come equipped” with a working political majority or a favorable coalition “straight out of the gate”.
In a Presidential system, a legislative body and a chief executive (the president) both of whom are selected by the voters in separate (or at least independent) elections. In the United States, for example, the Senate (upper house) and the House of Representatives (lower house) are elected in intentionally separate staggered elections, and whose terms of office are of different lengths (the presidential term is 4 years, a senator’s term is 6 years, and a House Member’ term is 2 years. This system increases the odds that the legislative and executive branches will be controlled by different political parties, while simultaneously “spreading out” federal power to a certain extent, hence the term "separation of powers”.
- 20/11/2016I went to Hollywood once to find an agent for my screenwriting. But the place freaked us out (probably worth a long post) and we left after four days. Didn't find an agent. Didn't really want to as it turns out. But I did get this song out of it. And a couple more.
Comments23/11/2016 #23 Gerald Hecht#22 @Jim Murray I just saw that interview myself (it may have been the day before yesterday?) I read his 2008 "The World is Flat", when it came out and I really want to to read this one as well. I ma be overly "jumpy" these days, but what struck me ...was despite the "intent" and "content" of the new book (he was being interviewed for)...he didn't seem "like himself"...there are many Americans who are traumatized right now...I really am not exaggerating --when I use that word. I believe that I can't wait till Christmas--I'm gonna try to get that book as soon as I can.23/11/2016 #22 Jim Murray#21 @Gerald Hecht. I saw a great interview on Charlie Rose that explained all of this. It was with a NY Times writer named Tom Friedman. He has a book called Thank You For Being Late: An Optimists Guide To Thriving In The Age of Acceleration. This guy really opened my eyes to some of the big reasons why a lot of things that are happening 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.23/11/2016 #21 Gerald Hecht#20 @Jim Murray as do I. I'm sorry if the point I was trying to make didn't come across...my point is that we all (IMO) should always keep our "guard up" for people who may obtain positions of "political/policy making" power...and whose prior behavior strongly suggests that they consider themselves to be above the rule of law...I never thought it could happen here...I now now that it can happen anywhere; to actually feel how precious and fragile one's Constitutional Protections are...and how powerless a person like me is to "fight back"...I don't like it that my life has been all but ruined by a public institution who placed themselves above the rule of law; it's not hypothetical to me.21/11/2016 #19 Gerald Hecht#18 @Jim Murray well; when I cut through the propaganda minister's cinematic skill; I see (at least HYPOTHETICALLY) that Canada should be more concerned about the recent American election than America would need to be if the "tables were turned", and Canada ended up with a "Trumpish prime minister", IMHO...here's why (caveat; this is based on a 23+ year old memory from an undergraduate "Intro to Government" class):
In a parliamentary system, the chief executive (the prime minister) is selected by a parliament of their peers whenever parliamentary elections are held. This, the prime minister is the leader of two branches of government simultaneously --the executive branch and the legislative branch, a "fusion of powers". Since a majority of parliament is required to select the prime minister, they usually “come equipped” with a working political majority or a favorable coalition “straight out of the gate”.
In a Presidential system, a legislative body and a chief executive (the president) both of whom are selected by the voters in separate (or at least independent) elections. In the United States, for example, the Senate (upper house) and the House of Representatives (lower house) are elected in intentionally separate staggered elections, and whose terms of office are of different lengths (the presidential term is 4 years, a senator’s term is 6 years, and a House Member’ term is 2 years. This system increases the odds that the legislative and executive branches will be controlled by different political parties, while simultaneously “spreading out” federal power to a certain extent, hence the term "separation of powers”.20/11/2016 #14 Phil Friedman#10 Yes, Gerald, and there is some historical evidence to suggest they did because some really wanted a "limited" monarchy. The presidential form was a way of doing that, and I bet if you ask Donald Trump, he will confirm the isomorphism if his coming presidency with a monarchical form of government.20/11/2016 #13 Brian McKenzieI was never 'deported' - they don't deport US Legal Citizens. It was heavily recommended that It would be best if I kept a 'safe' distance from the Whitehouse and further correspondence with them. I figured this side of the world was far enough away. I still hold the US Passport and Citizenship - as well as the Canadian.20/11/2016 #11 Gerald Hecht#3 @Jim Murray the "how" would take me more than 2000 words...the horror is that no nation is immune from the unfolding events in the United States...it didn't take Germany, and immediate neighbors very long to go from Freud, Einstein, Fechner, Bohr, Kant, etc., to Hitler, Goebbels, Speer...20/11/2016 #8 Brian McKenzie#hot dog down the hallway after the Red Soviet Train that Obama and crew ran. It will take a generation to unfuck the damage of Obamacare and the Os executive orders. The stain of his Cult of Personality across America will be Americasgrave stone, the killing of the dollar last week ensures it20/11/2016 #5 Harvey LloydThe will of the people here was served or the lack of will is a better statement. Given the voter turnout between 2012 and 2016, i would say that either laziness or media over confidence existed for many voters.
In reading on the Candian most recent election you have elected your version of President Obama. The irony is the losing party was thanked for the fiscal handling of the economy during the crisis. I would imagine like America, Canda has been duped into believing the crisis is over.
Although half of our country doesn't like what the President-elect stands for as branded by media, the other half are tired of the process Canada will now face, fiscal irresponsibility from a populist president.
We can't know what will be the future of America and Canada from two very stark perspectives of leadership. My hope for both is they find what they are looking for and can live with the outcomes.
Clearly, Trump will be watched like a hawk at every step and every angle of impeachment will be explored. This is our form of government at its best. The populist president doesn't always receive this level of scrutiny. This allows deficits to climb, regulations to stifle economies and all the while the voter can only see the last selfie.
I wish each of us luck as we go forward with the two vastly different approaches to managing a country. In the end the two presidents will go on to build libraries and hob knob with the 1%. You and i will be left to deal with the wake of their leadership.
- Producer18/11/2016Has America Put A Con Artist In The White House?Yesterday, two things happened that I thought were interconnected. And yes they have to do with the upcoming presidency of Donald Trump.And yes, I made a promise to back off and curb my enthusiastic opposition to his presidency, and I will. But like...
Comments19/11/2016 #21 William VanDorin#19 We should have become concerned for our future long ago when we embraced monstrous war criminals in our intelligence agencies and scientific endeavors. This was done out of ignorance of the consequences and fear.. We are now proposing badging Muslims, does this have a horrifying ring of familiarity?19/11/2016 #20 Jim Murray#15 Your hatred for Obama is well document on beBee Brian. At the very least you have a point of view. Just wondering if, like a lot of other right wingers there isn't a certain amount of racism that's mixed up in your opinion. Please correct me if I am wrong in my supposition. If I'm not then you would just be like all those other Americans who drank the con man's Koolaid. If you honestly think that Trump will make a better president than Obama did, then I certainly feel bad for you. We should re-convene on this issue in say, June of 2017, it there is still an America left to discuss. BTW Hillary is now 1.5 million popular votes ahead of Herr Trump.19/11/2016 #19 Pamela L. WilliamsOH, one more thing Jim, the chosen one for Head of Intelligence walked away after meeting with Trump. Ignoring the pun of intelligence regarding the trump dictatorship wanna-be attitude, the intelligence community is 'highly concerned' (NPR). And we're not supposed to be afraid for our future?19/11/2016 #18 Pamela L. WilliamsGood gravy Jim, those lyrics were prophetic! And in them is the reasons Why? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, more, more, more. and the trumpions actually believe he gives too hoots in this hell into which we've been delivered about whether or not they share in the his bounty. Bend over middle class america, you're about to get it from behind. On this anniversary of the Gettysburg Address; (thanks @Tony Brandstetter for the reminder), we should hide in shame for dishonoring all those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom and equality. Thanks for just one more rant Jim...we need it, this may not be the place, I don't know that for sure, but this is our life, this is what is impacting us, what is filling so many of us with fear and sadness for this great country of ours and the world. Isolationism, discrimination, the raping of the American public; Shame on you America, Shame on you.19/11/2016 #17 Philippe CollardHas America put a con man in the White House? I did not know that it was even worth a question. But that is not only a con man that was put in the White House, also: a crook, a pathological liar, a racist, a person who treats women like objects, a narcicist, an ignorant, a gangster whose only art of deals are to not pay his bills, on and on. This scum bag, will, in turn, bring others like him in the WH (see Bannon anc co). Bravo America, you govt now ressemble those of Chile during Pinochet, of Spain during Franco. A banana republic. What I find absolutely innacceptable is that the Democrats in Congress (House and Senate) state, for the most part, that they are "ready to work with him". Are you f...g kidding me! Thow the bums out and by that I mean every single elected House or Senate member who even hints at "working" with Trump and the Reps...do I need to remind people that those same Reps obstructed Obama's agenda from day one...an agenda to do mostly good...whereas what the Reps have in mind is to do mostly harm (like putting a climate change denier at the EPA, selecting a 9th SCOTUS to undo Roe v Wade, undo the ACA, etc etc...Democrats have only one thing to do: oppose whatever those jerks will do and expose the corruption they represents.19/11/2016 #16 Chas Wyatt@Jim Murray, he has just settled the lawsuit against Trump University for $25 million, a case he vowed to fight; his supporters had better get used to eating waffles~
http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/86646932/trump-agrees-to-pay-us25-million-to-settle-trump-university-lawsuits19/11/2016 #15 Brian McKenzieYes, of course they have ~ and then they were still ill-informed to RE-ELECT him again. American Ex-pat since Feb 2013m when he took office again. PS - it's been 8 years, I am betting you still havent read the Lenin works that he plagiarized for his campaign nor his "legacy" the 2600 pages of ObamaCare; and its' accompanying 1800 pages of referenced USC case precedence nor the over SEVEN feet of policies, codes, fines, memos and executive orders. The lies of Universal HealthCare were the same political panderings that Lenin used in his gambit of "Land for the Peasants"...... and the failure of both has had an amazing similarity and trajectory.18/11/2016 #7 Jim Murray#6 That's very egalitarian of you David. But frankly, I don't believe he deserves anything at this point. He preaches hate and division and he does it in a way that's blatantly obvious. His chief advisor is the biggest hater in America so pardon me if I'm still about making sure that people keep their eyes on their fries. This guy is a con man and he's running the biggest con ever in America. I would love nothing more than to give him the benefit of the doubt. But he needs to earn it and from where I sit, that just has not happened yet.18/11/2016 #6 David B. GrinbergJim: just to reiterate up front, I neither voted for nor supported the Trump candidacy. However, now that the people have spoken and the votes are in, perhaps it's time to stop complaining and start uniting -- in the USA and elsewhere worldwide (including Canada, our beloved neighbor to the north which is among the most important US allies).
Look at this way, I highly doubt the Founding Fathers would have approved of only career politicians beholden to big money, lobbyists, and the Washington political establishment being elected President. Let's recall America's founders wanted a limited central government with most powers delegated to the states (unless otherwise reserved for the feds). Instead, today the White House/Executive Branch has morphed into the so-called "Imperial Presidency" -- which moves us further away from true democracy for, of and by "we the people."
Thus, perhaps a newcomer to the Oval Office who is a successful businessman with global trade and economic experience -- rather than another career politician -- will ultimately be viewed as a welcome change in hindsight.
As both President Obama and Hillary have said, we should "keep and open mind" and give Trump a "chance" to lead and govern. I think he deserves the "benefit of the doubt" unless or until proven otherwise once in office. Is that too much to ask in order to honor the institution of the American Presidency? I sure hope not.
- 17/11/2016Just so you know, @Paul Frank Gilbert is now a Beezer whether he likes it or not. You will be able to find his stuff in the Beezers Hive of course. Cause that's where all the Beezers Beez.The Beezers HiveThe Beezers Hive 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
- Producer17/11/2016Reading, thinking ... changing?I found myself drawn down an interesting path the other night while doing some reading on the past relationships of Germany and the United States … coming across a quote that sent me fully into a micro burst review of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe....
Comments21/11/2016 #9 AnonymousI like this one a lot @Paul Frank Gilbert. If I write "carefully", I will also reduce the chance that my words are misunderstood, misused or taken out of context by someone. If I follow my intuition in writing, I will not be better to everyone, but certainly to myself and also to some precious self-similar people. If I manage to stay true to myself in writing, I will become a bit clearer and much closer to some people, while simultaneously I will dissociate from some people. An integral part of “Writing is a Joy” concept is to control own vanity and overblown self-regard. The power of the present moment is massively underrated. Ultimately, time is only an illusion (particles of light already knows everything), but somehow everything rather than nothing is possible if we start to understand the secrets of a personal time management. The natural growth of chaos in a free society is also a source of the most precious creativity and a possible upcoming Renaissance......
I have written this in 3015. And that is good. "Stupid is as stupid does". I have no problem to be stupid, ever :)17/11/2016 #8 Phil Friedman@Paul Frank Gilbert > "... understand that the idea is not to make us all think and act the same but to find the value in each of our differences and move forward together."
--- Goethe (and PFG) on the difference between being like-minded and finding affinity.
Excellent piece, with an undertone of wit and humor. Kudos. And cheers!17/11/2016 #6 Pascal Derrien 🐝some good quotes :-) most of the paragraphs and topics could form dedicated articles in their own right :-) "A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart." I would say that a man needs to see the world to understand what he carries in his heart but that's for another day :-)17/11/2016 #4 Jim MurrayOK ....1. Outstanding post. 2. I am reposting it in my hive The Beezers Hive. 3 This makes you a Beezer. 4. The downside of that (should you choose to let it affect you adversely), is that someone, or perhaps even a few people will label you part of that rag tag group of 'elitist" writers, here on beBee. The rest of us 'elitists' have gotten used to that. The reason certain people will feel that way is contained in the substance of your post, especially "A person Only hears what they understand". The Beezers write to be always aiming to elevate their craft. In so doing you will lose some folks along the way due to their inability to accept content that doesn't necessarily support their beliefs. So this was a rather long winded away of saying that you nailed a lot of stuff in this post. So thanks for that, @Paul Frank Gilbert
- Producer17/11/2016The Worst Job In The World, A Movie ConceptIn Hollywood and New York, there are probably a hundred or so people working on movie and mini-series treatment ideas for the Great American Film or Series. Most likely it would be about the 2016 election. So I thought I would have a go at my own. I...
- Producer16/11/2016TMI (Too Much Information)EMOTIONAL VOYEURISM AND EMOTIVE EXHIBITIONISM MAY BE DEGRADING OUR ABILITY TO EMPATHIZE...Preface: This is on the order of a rant --- polite and quiet, but a rant nevertheless. It's a protest against the Tyranny of Emotion that I see growing daily...
Comments18/11/2016 #68 Phil Friedman#67 Thank you, Aurorasa, for reading and taking the time to comment. I think everyone has his or her own reasons for being on social media. Yours you say is connection. I would describe mine as conversation, although that is not so different. And some I think are moved by the fact that misery loves company. I guess there is a place for everyone. Cheers!18/11/2016 #67 Aurorasa Sima#65 I know I can´t read 10 emotional posts in a row. I´d get depressed. Everyone should write about whatever they like, but if a writer is only and always writing about his inner demons and struggles, I will probably stop reading him or at least reduce the amount.
My preference is writers that have their readers in mind and try to deliver useful advice or entertainment. I´m not saying that all of the emotional writers do not care about their audience, but it seems to me that some of them are not truly looking for a genuine connection.
Here´s the thing: If I´m looking for good writers, I´ll go to "goodreads.com" or a similar site. When I turn to social media, I am looking for connection. But, again, that´s just me and my personal preference.
So, basically, I share your point of view.18/11/2016 #65 Phil Friedman#53 #52 #39 --- I understand that you have very likely read this post. However, for the record, and to clarify why I consider a number of the criticisms expressed in this thread to be off point, the following is a direct quote from the article"
" I am neither recommending nor seeking to eliminate emotive elements on social media --- or anywhere else, for that matter ... However, I am suggesting that, when it comes to emotional occurrences and experiences, TMI (too much information) can actually result in decreased, rather than increased sensitivity to the plight of others ..."
Thank you all for reading and commenting.18/11/2016 #63 Max🐝 J. CarterIn psychological terms what we are witnessing here is called juvenile behavior from Phil and Gerald.
Instead of addressing me directly they have been hoping I didn't come back to this article and call then out for it.
As they attempt to talk behind my back and talk shit about me without using my name but making strong inferences.
In psychological terms this called bullying someone they don't like.17/11/2016 #61 Gerald Hecht#60 @Phil Friedman yes that's a good point; I don't have the numbers but my guess would be a small number (even a smaller subset with access to pharmaceutical grade precursors in single and stereoisomer form, Noble Gases, liquid Nitrogen, matches for Bunsen burner ignition, etc.; not to mention the requisite safety certificates for working with mutha big enema compounds in and around open flames such as Bunsen burners); yea, let's stick with the Merriam-Webster standard for now. No need to add noise and vibration (sturm and drang) confounds.17/11/2016 #58 Phil Friedman#52 Gerald, I have completed the following philosophical research recently.
physic : phys·ic (fĭz′ĭk) : noun : A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic. (Merriam-Webster)
metaphysic : meta-phys-ic (ˌmɛtəˈfɪzɪk) : noun : A mutha big enema, suitable for clearing out the BS on social media17/11/2016 #57 Phil Friedman#56 Thank you, Franci, for reading the post... and for understanding that which I am saying. I agree with your point when you say, "... when someone posts about a bad experience and others chime in with the "that's nothing, I've gone through worse". Then it is time for me to move on to another read." Some people who write about these things direct their attentions outward and use examples to provide illustrations for how other people might be able to work through various trials and tribulations. I personally find that legitimate, selfless and often potentially helpful. But a flag goes up when I see that over and over again, someone uses a comment to re-focus the conversation upon him- or herself. With not only "I've gone through worse, but with "with much struggle, and to my credit, I was able, via such and such courageous action, was able to overcome my obstacles." I don't know that one can pick it up in a single occurrence, but I do know that you can recognize a pattern, when the same behavior happens over and over again. Cheers!17/11/2016 #56 Franci Eugenia Hoffman#23 I agree 100% with @Renée Cormier.
I feel people who reveal their personal woes on social media perhaps do so to fulfill a need. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy some personal stories, but if the tone is "poor me and "OMG, look what I've been through", I tend to pass by those posts. It's not that I don't care but for my own enjoyment, I prefer not to read about someone's drama and I have no tolerance for whining. Plus, those that spell out their whole life on social media could be subjecting themselves to unwanted comments.
Another annoyance IMO is when someone posts about a bad experience and others chime in with the "that's nothing, I've gone through worse". Then it is time for me to move on to another read.
Good piece, Phil. Interesting and engaging subject.17/11/2016 #55 Max🐝 J. CarterAnd Phil let me help you out with some education again.
Everything is metaphysics as metaphysics in reality is a metaphorical way of explaining the physical universe which means every time we describe anything in the physical world in any way shape form or fashion is a metaphysics. Science and religion are both metaphysics.17/11/2016 #54 Max🐝 J. Carter#44 Gerald I have seen the episode several times.
Here is where you can find my series on what an Empath is.
It's a 4 part series that will remove your ignorance Gerald.
Gerald can you explain to us who it is you know what can and can't happen?
In my view any Empath who manages and then augments the gift tuning into honed mastered skills has become a Master Empath. Just as any one who masters a set of skills is considered a Master.17/11/2016 #52 Gerald Hecht@Aurorasa Sima I'm the "guilty party" then...obviously (although I Intended no such thing) --@Phil Friedman specifically stated that he was talking about the palpable realm of "being empathetic" (on the physical plane) ...and stated that he was NOT gonna touch "metaphysical thingies" such as empaths. I saw your distress upon reading the comment from the self proclaimed "master empath" , and tried to empathize; in doing so I inadvertently brought the metaphysical /paranormal construct into existence here in the material world. I should have been more careful. I apologize.17/11/2016 #50 Aurorasa Sima#49 Wow, Phil, bless you. I put on my iron shirt prior to reading your comment to my comment. The best surprises are the nice ones.
Numbers are meaningless statistics. I consider your posts influential. So do many of the people here. As long as you are aware of the influence and potentially intimidating power of your posts (that I btw read before I commented), it´s all good.17/11/2016 #49 Phil Friedman#47 No, Aurorasa, I do not consider my posts to be "influential" on beBee, where I have fewer than 600 followers. On LI, where I have nearly 4,000, maybe in a very small way. But not the way that Candice Galek or Brigette Hyacinth are, with their 40.000 plus followers each. However, if my posts find favor with even a few readers, it is because I speak my mind, and do not seek to curry favor by means of writing to the lowest common denominator. Cheers!
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