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

    Jim Murray

    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...
  2. 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...


    Cyndi Docy
    19/02/2017 #50 Cyndi Docy
    I am so sorry for your family's loss.
    🐝 Fatima Williams
    18/02/2017 #49 🐝 Fatima Williams
    A very beautiful tribute about Bob. Hugs and Prayers to you and your family Jim.
    Sara Jacobovici
    18/02/2017 #48 Sara Jacobovici
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family @Jim Murray. Wishing you all strength during this difficult time. Honoured to have been able to learn about your brother from your story. Beautiful tribute.
    Susan Rooks
    18/02/2017 #47 Susan Rooks
    Sharing sadness in the family of @Jim Murray . . .
    Susan Rooks
    18/02/2017 #46 Susan Rooks
    I am just so darned sorry to learn of your brother's passing, @Jim Murray. What a shame. And I understand that to you, he WAS a brother. He and you were lucky to have had each other, and I'm sorry for your family that's gone so soon.
    Salma Rodriguez
    18/02/2017 #45 Salma Rodriguez
    My condolences for your loss, @Jim Murray. Although I was never personally acquainted with Bob, I suspect you guys were very close siblings. My best wishes to you, and I hope good memories help with your recovery. Amen.
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    18/02/2017 #44 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Sorry for your loss @Jim Murray
    Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    18/02/2017 #43 Chas ✌️ Wyatt
    I echo everyone's sentiment; wishing your memories of time spent together will console your heart.
    debasish majumder
    18/02/2017 #42 debasish majumder
    R.I.P. My sincere condolence to you and your family.
    Donald Grandy
    18/02/2017 #41 Donald Grandy
    Sorry for your loss @Jim Murray. Prayers for you and family.
    Sonia 🐝 Quiles Espinosa
    18/02/2017 #40 Sonia 🐝 Quiles Espinosa
    My condololences for you and your Family @jim murray
    Sunita Mudgett
    18/02/2017 #38 Sunita Mudgett
    My condolences to you and all that truly knew him. He is up in heaven shining down on all of you. To you and his family and friends prayers are with you now and forever. God Bless
    Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    18/02/2017 #37 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher
    I'm sorry you lost a brother and good friend. I'm sorry for your sister and family too. It sounds as though you have many wonderful memories to carry with you for a lifetime. I love the painting. Bob sounds like he was a good man. Sending good thoughts @Jim Murray
    Jim 🐝 Cody
    18/02/2017 #36 Jim 🐝 Cody
    Sorry for your loss @Jim Murray
    Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    18/02/2017 #35 Flavio 🇯🇵 Souza 🐝
    same here , condolences to you and your family @Jim Murray
    Paul Walters
    18/02/2017 #34 Paul Walters
    @Jim Murray Sorry for your loss Jim . However sounds like he brought you a lot of joy and will be remembered !
    Ian Weinberg
    18/02/2017 #33 Ian Weinberg
    Condolences @Jim Murray
    Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    17/02/2017 #32 Franci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Jim, my condolences to you and your family. A lovely tribute to a much-loved person.
    Mohammed A. Jawad
    17/02/2017 #31 Mohammed A. Jawad
    @Jim Murray My deep condolences to you for the demise of your brother-in-law. May the Almighty Lord give you and your sister and other family members patience upon this sudden loss.
    Phil Friedman
    17/02/2017 #30 Phil Friedman
    Sorry, Jim, for your loss. My sincere sympathies to you and your family.
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. ProducerJared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    De-pollinating: the Hives & the Bees
    De-pollinating: the Hives & the BeesPollinating too prolific? Unaware of Updates? Cluttered content page? On beBee, content goes to your home page, based on bee Followers and Hive affinity. You can see most activity in your Notifications area.  When you connect to someone on...


    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #76 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #71 I will agree that we need better controls on the language of posts and hives to which we affine.

    I just emailed Fede:

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

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

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

    "Report inappropriate comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    If people against the "-1" have made their point well enough, beBee has already said they are considering all options.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #74 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    To be clear, they are giving users the ability to turn comments off for all types of posts.

    Hmm. Pretty soon they might even give the +1/-1 option?!
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #73 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #71 I see your point. I might add:
    I had been in beBee in English for a long time. I built up many followers. I even shared posts there. All good.

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

    Just like the Lumpy Kingdom is giving the on/off switch to comments. More choice.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #72 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    This just in from the Lumpy Kingdom blog:
    "We continue to encourage two-way conversations on LinkedIn, and for many members who publish, comments are a great way to start discussions and can lead to broader reach.

    At the same time, we want to give you greater choice in the types of conversations you have on LinkedIn."
    Phil Friedman
    09/02/2017 #71 Phil Friedman
    #70 I have to disagree. If a hive is designated as "beBee in English", I think when one joins the hive, one reasonably expects to see a general stream of posts on a wide range of topics being posted in English. Just as someone who joins beBee in Spanish expects the same, except that the posts will be in Spanish. And so on. I don't think the problem is solved by "de-pollinating" but by enabling a practical system for language filtering those hives that declare themselves for a particular language. And similar for those hives that declare themselves devoted to a particular defined topic area.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    09/02/2017 #70 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    #69 Ahhh! I see.
    Then it might be time for some de-pollinating.

    I think I may know of a post that helps with that.
    Phil Friedman
    06/02/2017 #69 Phil Friedman
    #68 That, Jared, is to answer a question with a question. But never mind, the answer to your question is no. It is simply an inappropriate posting because the Hive is "beBee in English". It is not an issue over one instance, but becomes one if it happens over and over again. Because then a member of a hive that is for English gets Portuguese post in their feed too often.
    Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    06/02/2017 #68 Jared Wiese, 🐝 adding VALUE & RESULTS
    https://www.bebee.com/producer/@luizia-patricio/oque-e-uma-abelha-em-portugues-de-gerald-hecht was posted in beBee in English. True, not shared, but posted. It is in a non-English language. Is that spam, per #31 and #32?
    Milos Djukic
    05/02/2017 #67 Anonymous
    #66 @John Vaughan :)
    John Vaughan
    05/02/2017 #66 John Vaughan
    #65 "happy" + "family" = sometimes a contradiction in terms @Milos Djukic ... or is it an oxymoron? ; }
    Milos Djukic
    05/02/2017 #65 Anonymous
    We are happy family :)
    John Vaughan
    04/02/2017 #64 John Vaughan
    #63 "What were the original results?" asks @Gerald Hecht

    Variations on the usual theme, from the Usual Suspects: a modest shitStorm of Outrage from Aficionados - reflexive defensiveness & rejection, misdirection from the topic to personal attack, "Why are you so negative?", "You're the only one who complains", etc. Very tiring.

    I get sleepy just talking about it.
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #63 Gerald Hecht
    #61 @John Vaughan What were the original results?
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #62 Gerald Hecht
    #60 @John Vaughan got it.
    John Vaughan
    04/02/2017 #61 John Vaughan
    #58 "The irrelevance of [relevant]" is a rant that's been offered up before on beBee.
    It didn't go over well then, either.

    Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
    John Vaughan
    04/02/2017 #60 John Vaughan
    #57 :I've noticed your links to http://www.jcvtcs.com/portfolio/
    several times...well okay...several million times; anyway, a quick query --is that a convenient URL for reaching you ?" asks @Gerald Hecht View more
    #57 :I've noticed your links to http://www.jcvtcs.com/portfolio/
    several times...well okay...several million times; anyway, a quick query --is that a convenient URL for reaching you ?" asks @Gerald Hecht

    JV> That is a convenient link to some useful information that desperately needs to be learned. Use at own risk.
    Even more informative: https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/ Repetition implies perceived value.

    One can message me directly thru beBee, if we're connected Close
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #59 Gerald Hecht
    Overall, this little primer demonstrates the extreme ease and user friendly priority for completing simple tasks --in this case, freeing oneself from the world's most annoying fake shaman/dude/ministry founder (no, not L. Ron Hubbard --he was much more user friendly --he simply died), or stalker, etc..
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #58 Gerald Hecht
    #55 @John Vaughan I understand (I think) the +/- thingies...however the koan that is built into the colony and all of its dynamics is the mystique which surrounds the "Relevant"!

    An exploding (effectively marketed defective/deadly product), shrapnel spewing Takada airbag in my face is an event that I would (however briefly) definitely consider "RELEVANT".
    I worry, however, "that my meaning may be lost or misconstrued"...

    ... I, most likely would not be using the "relevant" as a "like" for one of Paul Simon's storied "50 ways to lose your lover".
    Gerald Hecht
    04/02/2017 #57 Gerald Hecht
    #55 @John Vaughan 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 ?
  7. 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 🐝 Cardwell yes; we will march him away like army ants!
    Robert Bacal
    31/01/2017 #12 Robert Bacal
    #10 @Don 🐝 Kerr and @Jim Murray I feel strongly that Trump will not finish his term of office, My guess is something less than two years, somewhere around the mid term elections - impeachment and/or being deemed incapacitated and unable to carry out the role of President.

    He lacks the self-control and willingness to listen to others more expert to a) avoid violating the constitution and b) avoid criminal acts of other kinds.
    Jim Murray
    30/01/2017 #11 Jim Murray
    #10 I agree. Mostly I just have to stop watching the news again. It gets me all riled up. This is mainly because I don't understand mass insanity. @Don 🐝 Kerr
    Don 🐝 Kerr
    30/01/2017 #10 Don 🐝 Kerr
    I have a prediction based upon the past @Jim Murray Just as pretty much everyone of our generation claims to have been at Woodstock, I predict that within maybe 9 months (seems an appropriate gestation period) you won't be able to find more than a couple of million particularly dense citizens of the Excited States who will publicly admit to voting for Herr Trump. Save your forehead my friend!
    Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    30/01/2017 #9 Claire 🐝 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
  8. 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...


    Gerald Hecht
    30/01/2017 #33 Gerald Hecht
    Please stop tagging me
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    29/01/2017 #32 Javier 🐝 beBee
    Bees are welcome on beBee, wasp are not. Very simple :)
    John Vaughan
    29/01/2017 #31 John Vaughan
    Uhhhhh.... yes
    and also ....

    "But the number 1 animal killers on an annual basis are bees, wasps and hornets, responsible for 58 deaths each year -- mostly due to anaphylactic shock after a sting."

    Interesting compulsion, this "I'm a bee" thing... Close
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    29/01/2017 #29 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #28 @John Vaughan of course wasps are very important for ecosystem but they dont have space in our beehive ;) . They have a lot of room on Twitter and the others
    John Vaughan
    29/01/2017 #28 John Vaughan

    "... they are absolutely vital to our planet’s health. It is after all, the little things that make the world go round. You could remove humans, elephants or tigers from the face of the Earth, and our ecosystems would carry on regardless. However, a world without wasps would be beset by plagues of biblical proportions" Close
    Carlos Souza Ribeiro
    28/01/2017 #27 Carlos Souza Ribeiro
    Realmente @Javier 🐝 beBee só a bebee para trazer este assunto e outros e, não poderia de expressar minha opinião. Tem um ensinamento que diz que todo "MAL E "BEM", foram necessários para nosso crescimento , então vamos crescer ainda mais e, com ajuda das Vespas
    Gerald Hecht
    26/01/2017 #26 Gerald Hecht
    #25 @Javier 🐝 beBee yes they do; my son found that out when he was little and hit the sand under the playground swing...it was digging out something under there!
    Javier 🐝 beBee
    26/01/2017 #25 Javier 🐝 beBee
    #24 @Gerald Hecht . WASPs are detected very easily ! they try to bother you anytime. thanks !!!
    Gerald Hecht
    26/01/2017 #24 Gerald Hecht
    Very informative @Javier 🐝 beBee --failing to make the distinction could result in "painful and bad craziness!"
    Victor Chertkov
    26/01/2017 #23 Victor Chertkov
    Te agradezco @Javier 🐝 beBee ese tono sincero e imparcial a la hora de describir el mundo natural.

    Y es curioso que avispas-humanos , curiosamente, no son válidas para "combatir las plagas", siendo ellos una plaga en este ecosistema.

    Espero que entre todos hagamos más miel que hiel ;).

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

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

    Bees have a lot of self restraint.

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

    Great read
    Dean Owen
    25/01/2017 #16 Dean Owen
    There are wasps in our midst but ignore them and you won't get stung.
    Lada 🏡 Prkic
    24/01/2017 #15 Lada 🏡 Prkic
    I met a few wasps on beBee, and they are exactly as you described them, @Javier 🐝 beBee. Luckily, there is no wasp-nest. :-)
    Renée  🐝 Cormier
    24/01/2017 #14 Renée 🐝 Cormier
    Great analogy. @Javier 🐝 beBee! I am definitely a bee!
  9. ProducerGerald Hecht

    Gerald Hecht

    It's Not Nice To Bee Smarter Than Other People.
    It's Not Nice To Bee Smarter Than Other People.It is very unfortunate that (apparently) I have been designated as the one to set the record straight, but I guess sometimes, that's just how it goes.The fact is that most of us don't speak because we want to be educational.We speak because we want...


    Gerald Hecht
    09/02/2017 #59 Gerald Hecht
    #58 @Paul Walters I struggle withinarythms and with algorithms...but --though slumber may not be known until death us do (sort of) unleash (seemingly endless) repetitive loops...as the living change --so does the meaning of a deceased writer's words:
    Paul Walters
    09/02/2017 #58 Paul Walters
    @Gerald Hecht Your'e on a roll here gerald
    Gerald Hecht
    09/02/2017 #57 Gerald Hecht
    #56 @Donna-Luisa Eversley ✨✨🚀
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    09/02/2017 #56 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    #55 Today you have inspired me 😉☺🍧🍧
    Gerald Hecht
    09/02/2017 #55 Gerald Hecht
    #54 @Donna-Luisa Eversley ✨💫
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    08/02/2017 #54 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Gerald Hecht..😉😎🤗🌻🌼🍇🍉🍒🍰🍷🍷🏖
    Just have to use pictures to respond 😘
    Gerald Hecht
    30/01/2017 #53 Gerald Hecht
    Happiness is only a "yo Google..." away!
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #52 Gerald Hecht
    #50 @Claire 🐝 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 🐝 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 🐝 Cardwell
    25/01/2017 #50 Claire 🐝 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 🐝 Cardwell
    25/01/2017 #49 Claire 🐝 Cardwell
    #21 Too true @John White, MBA - making people feel stupid or ignorant is not the way to go. Especially these days as infinate knowledge is just a click away on Google.....
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #48 Gerald Hecht
    #27 Indeed @Cyndi wilkins --and finding the harmonious balance between respectful cultural norms for bidding final farewells to a departed loved one and protecting the public health needn't be unduly burdensome; indeed do not both spring forth from a single source --compassion?
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #47 Gerald Hecht
    #44 @Laurent Boscherini A most wise observation; I wonder if perhaps, , ultimately, (for people anyway) that which we call "failure" is nothing more and nothing less than the perception of learning...
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #46 Gerald Hecht
    #43 @Preston 🐝 Vander Ven Well said my friend!
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #45 Gerald Hecht
    #42 Thank you so very much for those kind words and thoughts@Graham🐝 Edwards --the sentiment is mutual.
    Laurent Boscherini
    25/01/2017 #44 Anonymous
    Thank you @Gerald Hecht for sharing your relevant prism, as Always. Maybe, observing bees accept failure helps bees Develop Mindset of Perpetual Learner.
    Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    25/01/2017 #43 Preston 🐝 Vander Ven
    I love to surround myself with those who are smarter than me. Yet, I don't want to fill my heads with facts. I want to fill my head and heart with principles that will guide me and better change my life. No matter how the world changes, principles are universal.
    “Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein's reply was "I don't know, why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book?”
    Personally, I don't believe anybody is better than anyone else. We all fall short, yet we are loved equally. I just believe that everyone has a different role of equal value to play in life.
    If I never place myself in a new environment, I will never grow. Bebee is a great Hive of knowledge that each of us can pick and choose from. "If I don't like the book, I will just put it back and pick a new one."
    Graham🐝 Edwards
    25/01/2017 #42 Graham🐝 Edwards
    Thank you @Gerald Hecht... I always enjoy reading what you write.
    Gerald Hecht
    25/01/2017 #41 Gerald Hecht
    #40 @John Vaughan yes; I've heard that it is a very interesting film.
    John Vaughan
    25/01/2017 #40 John Vaughan
    #35 Yep. See it
    Excellent cast, weird message, funny script
  10. ProducerFranci🐝Eugenia Hoffman
    Hive🐝Talk-Featuring World Honey Bee Day/Pamela L. Williams
    Hive🐝Talk-Featuring World Honey Bee Day/Pamela L. Williamshttps://www.bebee.com/group/world-honey World Honey Bee Day This hive is to share information on Actual Honey Bees. Colony Collapse Disorder is the sudden death of a colony of Honey Bees. It is a global epidemic and there are many proposed...


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

    Kevin Pashuk

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


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

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

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

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

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


    Trouble is... I used to perform this song from the perspective of the young man... I still sing it however.
    Gerald Hecht
    12/01/2017 #98 Gerald Hecht
    #94 @Kevin Pashuk "Sometimes there's trouble between some of the old men and younger men; old, young, none of it carries any weight; it doesn't matter in the end." --Bob Dylan
    Gerald Hecht
    12/01/2017 #97 Gerald Hecht
    #86 @Harvey Lloyd I wanna be the old man...you said I could be...alright ; I'll start off as 500,000th oldest if I can be a Capricorn with an IQ of ...something really high like 85...no --make that 87!
    Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    12/01/2017 #96 Matt 🐝 Sweetwood
    #90 Having a positive personal brand is usually the difference between getting the job you want and not.
    Kevin Pashuk
    12/01/2017 #95 Kevin Pashuk
    #82 Thanks Ken. I agree. When hiring the young 'uns... look at affinity, personality, and attitude. Hire for talent, train for skill as the old saying goes.

    You said "I look for staff who are keen and energetic, able to fit in and work in a team ..... and who laugh at my dad jokes."

    That final requirement must thin the herd... a lot.
    Kevin Pashuk
    12/01/2017 #94 Kevin Pashuk
    #81 Thanks Harvey. I've heard the phrase go... "It is said that with age, comes wisdom. Some people only get the age."

    It's important for each of us to have a personal brand, but it has to be based on reality, not bullsh*t...
    Kevin Pashuk
    12/01/2017 #93 Kevin Pashuk
    #77 If you keep making bad puns like that @Todd Jones, @Ken Boddie will recruit you into the "BAD DAD JOKES' hive...
    Kevin Pashuk
    12/01/2017 #92 Kevin Pashuk
    #76 Thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. I liked that you point out that for each 'title', there's a person behind that. I also agree that there's a dire lack (or skill) in holding people to account, and expose the pretending.
  14. Jordan Barta

    Jordan Barta

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


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

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

    Don 🐝 Kerr

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


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

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

    Told ya. Shoulda stopped reading...

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

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

    Don 🐝 Kerr

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


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

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

    Don 🐝 Kerr

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


    Kevin Pashuk
    03/01/2017 #2 Kevin Pashuk
    Perfect. A cartoon is worth 10,000 words.
    Gloria 🐝 🐾 💫 ☕ Ochoa
    03/01/2017 #1 Anonymous
  18. Philippe Collard
    a crazy year in review
    Philippe Collard
    2016 A (crazy) year in review.
    www.linkedin.com Bye-bye 2016. Hello 2017. Time to look back and reflect upon what the heck happened over the past 12 months. I am sure you are reading (or may be even writing) a few “2016 in review”…hopefully...


    Philippe Collard
    13/01/2017 #2 Philippe Collard
    #1 Thank you so much :-)
    Dean Owen
    02/01/2017 #1 Dean Owen
    You've done it again! Best read I have had since, well, this:
  19. Alexa Steele

    Alexa Steele

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

    Jim Murray

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


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

    Gerald Hecht

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Pashuk

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


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

    Nic Fester

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


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

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

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

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

    Never sink down to their level.

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

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

    Jim Murray

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


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

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