- Producer10/12/2016Free BirdsThe cage was open. The bird did not hesitate. It spread its wings. Flying home. Fast. Locked up for too long. It was painful. Nevertheless necessary. The bird was aware that some things take time. Healing is a process. The journey back to its own...
- 09/12/2016'Fake News' Is Far More Pervasive Than We Realizewww.charismanews.com Most of all, it means that in this era of sound bites and memes, we need to learn to think...
- Producer09/12/2016The Suicide Flowers: Rock 'N' Roll, Family and this weekend free download on AmazonIn the buzz The Last Book I ever read I talked about this book. What I didn't talk about is the dream that Pete Conrad has of taking this and turning into a film. Pete writes the script at the same time he writes the book as a solution to the book...
"The four “star worlds” explored in this book illustrate the dilemmas concerning the role of technology as liberator or oppressor in our postindustrial society, and represent computer simulations of future possibilities of human experience."Star Worldswww.press.umich.edu Star Worlds explores the future-oriented universe of online virtual worlds connected with popular science fiction—specifically, with Star Wars and Star Trek—that have been inhabited for over a decade by computer gamers. The Star Wars and Star Trek...
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- Producer08/12/2016Socks, Open-mindedness, and Intolerance MaskedThis buzz is solely my personal opinion and represents a rebuttal to some members of this community. Please do exercise your right to click-away if you are uninterested in hearing about some masked discrimination that I recently experienced, as...
Comments10/12/2016 #56 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#53 It is not a common occurrence, at all, as the vast, vast majority of people find beBee to be a refreshingly positive, supportive place to be. I work hard at adding that exact sort of value every day.
My own personal standard is that no one should experience 'name calling abuse' that causes them to leave beBee. In this case, it was the very subtlety of an indirect attack that I thought lent itself to a discussion that might bring about more awareness.
Interacting with tolerance is actual hard work on a global site based on open participation. We all have biases. We all have buttons that will get pushed.
This community is one where we celebrate the pause between a stimulus and a response, so that we may state our views with respect toward the person who holds the opposing view.10/12/2016 #55 Max🐝 J. Carter#53 I am happy for you that you have avoided this experience. I experienced at first and it was why I left for a while.
It was actions taken by the management team that convinced me to give it another shot.
While I have still experienced it, it has gotten much much better and that has a lot to do with the rest of the community also working to put an end to it.10/12/2016 #54 Robert Bacal#45 @Jim Murray I don't think that line is that fine. In fact, most of us can distinguish between name calling abuse and a differing opinion. Well, maybe not those who spend their time attacking everything that moves (or doesn't); perhaps the distinctions escape you?
In any event the insults and name calling were so clear that @John White, MBA came out strongly against it. Seriously if I call you an effing ahole, we get that that's not a "difference of opinion", and rationalizing bad behavior as "a difference of opinion is pretty lame, and probably self-serving. So, there. That's MY differing opinion you jack*** (oops :)10/12/2016 #52 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#51 We must be like-minded then, as I only speak when I have satisfied myself that I have all the relevant context, am not spreading rumors, and have an important principle or two to take a stand for. The 'inflammatory' comments happened off-piste, as the judgement really wasn't about what it was purported to be about. The intolerance was masked.
My tolerance is wide out in the open.10/12/2016 #51 Aleta Curry#50 Well, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich perhaps yes, perhaps no. If it got so bad that this happened (quoting you)
My last post was recently accused of being so detrimental to the beBee community that a new policy had to be put in place to add a disclaimer that Ambassador's views are their own opinion.
then that's relevant to all of us. However, this ain't High School and I decided years ago that I didn't need to know *everything*; all the gossip, I mean.
I can't find the inflammatory comments anyway.09/12/2016 #49 Aleta CurryWow! I'm ill for a few weeks and all hell breaks loose! (I was going to paraphrase Han Solo "I'm out of it for a little while and everyone gets delusions of grandeur" but, you know, someone might have been offended ;). Should I be happy or sorry that I missed this brouhaha? Well, in my continuing quest to be an informed and productive Bee, I will now go and read the original post and wade through all the comments. My word; 47 comments on this post alone! This may take a while; I'd better put the kettle on....09/12/2016 #47 Anonymous#46 #45 As Ambassadors, I think we all agree that certainly 'contrary opinions' are welcome and encourage; it makes for very interesting learning. But I agree with @Deb 🐝 Helfrich that Ambassadors should refrain from using language that belittles a community member. We are a pretty articulate bunch; I don't think we have to point out what sort of words belittle a person and can thus be perceived as bullying.09/12/2016 #46 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#41 Your words of support mean so much to me, @Irene Hackett. Here is the thing. A direct name-calling response would have been ignored. Anyone wanting to question concepts or dispute results would have been engaged in an open discussion.
There is a clear standard of respect being demonstrated across beBee. It appeared to me to be violated in this instance as disagreements take place over clear topics.
Clouds of suspicion, innuendo, and judgments without reference to what is being judged are attempts to silence via bullying, implying that the accusers are the majority and the accused are not welcome. The platform suffers because the cause seems legitimate but no one actually understands what they should be wary of. People begin second-guessing. Staying silent. Choosing not to participate.
Truth clears the air.09/12/2016 #45 Jim MurrayThere's a very fine line between contrary opinions and social bullying. I guess it depends on one's ability to take criticism. Hell, you've got a president elect who has really set the bar for the definition of social bullying. I have never seen anything here that even comes close. My opinion of course.09/12/2016 #43 Max🐝 J. Carter#37 Here's the thing it's not all about marketing. It's about community building. Everyone has the same ability to produce or not to produce and everyone has the same choice to read what is produced or not read it and the idea of making it only about marketing is simply making it a clone of Linkedin and that is exactly why people have left Linkedin.
There is personal interest as well as business interest that is welcomed by beBee and to make it all business defeats the purpose behind what Affinity Networking is. It is built on shared passion not marketing.09/12/2016 #42 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#26 @Harvey Lloyd I am thankful for your additions to this discussion as it is a demonstration of the exact thing at stake - can we listen to opposing arguments, ask for clarification when unsure if we accurately understand, and state strong viewpoints with RESPECT to the person we cannot understand. Are we actually participating in a conversation or are we orating a monologue?
The snakeoil buzz generated a cloud of confusion, generalized accusations - perhaps unfounded - but hard to ascertain as no specifics were attributable to any particular buzz, person, or set of ideas. So hence, the overall effect was to make the community suspicious of what might be going on.
I verified that I was person who was being discussed. Nothing untoward was going on, in my opinion, so I chose, via deep reflection, to put the focus on my thought process of deciding to shed light and facts on the subterfuge.
Not for a personal outcome, but to bring awareness, and to speak my own personal truth because I might be able to help someone else who needs to deal with an analogous situation.09/12/2016 #41 AnonymousIn the words of Taylor Swift: "Haters Gonna Hate"! And no matter what we say or do, haters still gonna hate! I commend you for taking a stand here @Deb 🐝 Helfrich. I sometimes feel the need to do the same. Like you, I engage with all sides, from a spirit of support rather than divisiveness. The world can be a harsh place. As Ambassadors I think it is wise action to counter that harshness, not add to it. You are a fine Ambassador and a wonderful human being. No 'name calling' post will ever change that fact.09/12/2016 #39 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#28 I appreciate the addition of that example, @Chas Wyatt. This speaks to the underlying tension of giving away too much of our full-body intelligence to theories and proof - as they exist today. Just because something has not been exhaustively verified does not mean it is false. We are simply not going to have an explanation for everything that happens.
The explanations and proof will only occur as an output of seeing clearly enough to first ask the right questions.
Human beings operate by energy. We are not currently in possession of the full set of 'facts'. This is what I know to be true.
I am not a scientist in the business of generating or validating answers. I am a philosopher in the business of asking deep questions.
- Producer09/12/2016Booze…The Fact That It Seems To Be Everywhere Is Extremely Distressing In my life, I have gone through three phases with drinking.First there was the high school/college phase of excessive drinking for no apparent reason other than to get pissed and do all kinds of stupid shit.This is OK when you’re young and strong...
Comments09/12/2016 #18 Paul Frank GilbertOkay. Makes more sense. Alcoholism ... like all other addictions ... regardless of the challenges those addicted will find a way to get it ... and there will always be someone waiting to take whatever they have to give .... Governments, countries, groups ... individual ... they all prey on the weak.09/12/2016 #15 Phillip HubbellI vaguely remember drinking in college. I vaguely remember college. However, I know people with addictive personalities who just never stopped. I never drank because I needed a drink and I don't drink much now...rarely, maybe once or twice a year. My mother never drank, my father took a drink a day. I do believe that excessive drinking isn't caused by drinking but because of some underlying issues with facing up to the day. I don't think capitalism has anything to do with it. Drinking excessively predates capitalism. I drown my sorrows on paper, then delete them...usually.09/12/2016 #14 Paul Frank GilbertCapitalism, communism ... alcoholism has little to do with a government ... or does it? Alcoholism is a human weakness ... an addiction and there are some that simply are unable to mentally manage its consumption. Governments know this and use it. The history of alcohol abuse in by Russia and the US is an interesting read. We tried prohibition here ... thankfully it did not work! Here is the US we are beginning to see these weaknesses as diseases ... sounds like our healthcare system will be making a lot of money ... I just wonder if that will require everyone to pay more taxes? Alcoholism is a serious life altering, family destroying issue ... I am not making light of it ... but weakness, illness, disease or whatever you want to call it ... we cannot take away all responsibility from the alcoholic ...09/12/2016 #13 Brian McKenzieYou missed the Prohibition phase of history where Alcohol was largely illegal.....and still there were drunkards. I started on Whiskey at 5 with my Grand Father, by 8 I had moved to the family recipe of Sweet Lightning (a Watermelon Mash in the Whiskey Family of the spectrum) At 14 I sobered up and cleaned up - dumped all my money in motorcycles instead. Alcohol depresses me - I am a mean drunk - yes, worse than when I am sober - so I don't do it often; and when I do - I prefer to be alone - and left the f*ck alone as well.09/12/2016 #10 Cory GalbraithGreat Piece Jim appropriately timed for the holidays. I have a strict policy about alcoholics. I make sure to remove them from life, and I don't care who they are, including family. People drink to escape real life. It's the same of any addiction. My former business partner was an alcoholic who drank all day long. He missed important meetings and became violent when in conversation, even in front of clients. I had no choice but to buy him out and say good bye. A former friend lost his business due to clouded thinking - the result of the bottle. My own father was a drunk who died in jail - broke (he spent all his money on booze), depressed and completely alone. We cannot blame the booze itself. It is the weakness of people - indeed, the desire to create a world separate from what is real, that is the culprit. Under the influence of alcohol, the nice person becomes nasty. The nasty person becomes happy. Personalities are turned upside down. And lives are destroyed. We can offer our help and be supportive as long as the alcoholic admits their problem and is trying to better themselves. But if they refuse, and choose to use themselves as lethal weapons on the road and elsewhere - get as far away from them as you can.09/12/2016 #9 John PrpichWhat most people miss is that alcohol, food, cigarettes and drugs are merely the vehicles for addictive personalities. If you couple that with the growth in mental disease you have a perfect storm. It was until recently that people discovered that these addictions are both mental and physical. The problem is that those that don't have the addiction can't really understand it, and rightfully so. People that don't understand addictive personalities or addiction wonder why those individuals won't stop their bad behavior, the answer is quite simple, it's not that easy. It's no different than being addicted to fitness and wearing your body out at an exponential rate. Look at the heroin epidemic, last time we saw this was back in the 70's. The answer isn't so simple and the truth is that it's going to get worse before it gets better. The economy has shattered many people's lives and this is what they turn to.09/12/2016 #6 Nicole ChardenetI cut down on my drinking this year when I wanted to get serious about losing weight and now I find that not only do I not miss it, but I don't like how it makes me feel. These days I need to be clear-headed about a lot of major changes in my life and alcohol is just going to get in the way. My ex was an alcoholic (although he successfully recovered) and his judgment was much better after he got sober...although after so many years of damage I suspect there are parts of his brain that were permanently altered.09/12/2016 #5 Pascal Derrien 🐝I am with you @Jim Murray I am a phase 3 guy even I never really smoked. Strong drink culture in Ireland including business circles when I often have to justify myself on why I don't drink. It works for me and I don't lecture anybody but being plastered in front of your kids when back from a boozy lunch does not show any strength of character pretty much the opposite in my book.... in the meantime sante cheers :-)09/12/2016 #4 Claire Cardwell 🐝@Jim Murray - South Africa has a strong drinking culture, far too often I see drunken people stumbling into their cars and driving off. I've had a few near misses with drunken drivers who seem to think that a bit of sauce turns them into Michael Schumacher....I've also had an alcoholic ex-business partner who got increasingly abusive and erratic. I am rigorous with watching my alcohol consumption and rarely drink over the legal driving limit (even when I am at home). Whilst I like the taste of alcohol I don't like the effects it has once I have more than one drink. Thanks for this thought provoking article.09/12/2016 #3 Mohammed A. JawadAha...@Jim Murray Good that you have divorced the habit of drinking alcohol. Recall your quirky past and rejoice your stable present! :)
Indeed, what a chaotic drink is alcohol that's with more fluid dynamics. ..first tempts one's heart with cravings, when flows in sip by sip it intoxicates brain, the seat of reasoning. Once done, lo! It's all jigging, wobbling and mingling of senses, emotions and expressions. With all stupidity, there's wild, wicked and worthless actions in all wilderness.
- Producer08/12/2016VIRGIN ART OR MOLESTING VIRGINITY OF ART? A CONUNDRUM!There is a traditional arithmetic almost all kids are accustomed in their early age, where we have to deduce the length being covered by a monkey, who is climbing a slippery bamboo pole by its utmost effort to reach to the apex, but the amount of...
Comments09/12/2016 #1 David LisleYou present two major thoughts here. The first and immediately most obvious is the thought concerning there being no mitigating circumstances for the poor treatment of the woman even while purporting to be making a motion picture decrying such vile treatment of women by men. And that description is vivid and lacks no willing participants. The second thought concerns 'Art' and here I have greater concerns because of your portrayal of what you suppose 'Art' to be. I am familiar with the scenario you paint with the treatment of women in India. Hardly a person in the world could be ignorant of it, the continuing immolation of women even though forbidden by law and the lack of any consequences following. This alone makes your tale easier to portray and even makes it believable that you are describing an actual event. Your characterization of 'Art' however lacks any of the slight subtleties found in your other thought, that of the women, rather it is a hammer blow on what you clearly believe 'Art' to represent. As an artist (painter, writer) I find your article lacks balance in this regard and even on the whole, your conclusion provides no relief from the brutality of men and apparently 'Art.' Your portrayal of 'Art' is a misrepresentation. This misrepresentation is further aided and abetted by your implication that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," a clear postmodern misrepresentation that ignores completely aesthetics, although I understand from your following implication that you also are a believer in the postmodern maxim that "it's art if I say it's art" and the equally revolting mantra of modern society "it's my opinion." You leave no room for truth in your essay and provide no truths, only ignorant modern propaganda.
The above of course only relates to what you have written. My criticism is not a judgement upon yourself, should it have been I could have had a great day with your English.
- Producer09/12/2016Almost The End Of Another YearI found out today the end of the semester is next week. The school library closes next Friday and doesn’t open again until January 9th. Being able to use the school computers all day has gotten me used to taking them for granted. I can’t use them...
- Producer09/12/2016If you can't find a creative angle try the cartoon approachI spent 3 years writing under the name The Movie Whore. At one time I had this crazy idea about creating a cartoon about this persona I once lived through. Here it is. Premise and pilot episode idea 1:...
- 08/12/2016Astronaut. Senator. War hero.
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- Producer06/12/2016JUGGLING WITH 'SPEECH'!Speech is rich It has capacity to enrich Widens ones vista What an amazing bonanza! Speech is a boon Endowed by nature with a magnificent tune Empowering us to draw sync Calibrate us with a unique ink A catharsis to...
Comments08/12/2016 #1 Mohammed SultanTo make a persuasive and an inspiring speech ,you either learn from poets or philosophers.From@debasish majumder inspiring poem or from Aristotle persuasive quote-In making a speech one must study three points,first;the means of producing persuasion,second;the language,third;the proper arrangement of the various parts.
- Producer08/12/2016Logic is but the first step to wisdomA line uttered by a personal hero of mine known simply as Spock. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few or the one."Another defining piece of wisdom that has been a guiding light in my life. Spock was always the character I identified...
Comments08/12/2016 #1 Preston Vander VenLeonard Nimoy's Spock was a character that I had always admired also. My personality has been so much like his of "Just-the-facts" in communication. I would set aside emotion for logic, reason, and fact. Those with similar minds feel that emotions interfere with good thinking. When I met my wife, I realize she was a "Share-your-feeling" communicator and her decisions did not always make sense to me. She feels deeply about what they communicate, and for people with her style of communication, emotions are simply a part of thinking. Yet, for the longest time I was trying to change your communication style to mine instead of understanding how to adjust to hers. I a guy, so naturally stubborn. I found that it was now logically better to have her view that was usually impossible for me to see.
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- ProducerWhat To Do?You sit in a class listening to a lecture that’s not interesting. The course has nothing to do with what you want to study but it fulfills a requirement to get a degree. You’ve invested a couple semesters of your time in college and a degree...
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- Producer07/12/2016Am I Repeating You?Have you read something on beBee and thought "I was just about say that!" Do you say it anyway?This keeps happening to me. I think maybe because beBee is so reactive we bounce off each other's thoughts. So I have been wondering if it matters if I...
Comments08/12/2016 #9 Elizabeth Bailey#7 I have noticed that. It shows that people are reading and thinking about other people's posts. I would love to read both posts you mention. I shall have to take a rummage on both your and @Susan Rooks View more#7 I have noticed that. It shows that people are reading and thinking about other people's posts. I would love to read both posts you mention. I shall have to take a rummage on both your and @Susan Rooks' blogs. Close08/12/2016 #8 Jared🐝 Wiese#6 #7 - not to communicate just to agree ;) but that's the way I see it too. we all have "a unique twist to add". Seriously, I was thinking about it more, looked for this post but saw I had a notification from Sarah... and was going to say practically the same thing she did - maybe because of what Deb wrote!
Some might say/think, "collective unconscious"???07/12/2016 #7 Sarah ElkinsI think people are often inspired to write a post on a topic after they've read other people's posts on the same topic, and like @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, write it with their own twist. It's also interesting how many posts will pop up around the same time, around the same general theme, without any real relationship other than the network members happen to have similar interests. A fun one was when I read a post by @Susan Rooks that had the same title as one of mine "What's in a Name?" The posts were on the same topic, but from significantly different viewpoints. Very cool.07/12/2016 #5 Elizabeth Bailey#2 That us a very interesting comment @Preston Vander Ven I don't know if I agree or disagree. For instance we cannot communicate with everyone by language but what about pictures? Or am I missing your point? Thank you for making me think.
I definitely agree though that communication needs to be worked on every day.07/12/2016 #2 Preston Vander VenI feel one reason we repeat others is everyone has different ways of communication. To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. This is skill that I improve on everyday. I feel there is always somewhere to improve because everyone is unique. This means mastering communication with everyone is impossible.07/12/2016 #1 Jared🐝 WieseGreat post, Elizabeth. I'd say you get it ;)
My favorite excerpt:
"We will repeat what others say, it's part of life. From time to time we might repeat ourselves, or even contradict ourselves. We might change our mind as we grow and learn.
More important than any of that is that we listen to others too. Talk not just about what interests us but what they find interesting. This is how we truly connect with each other."
Comments08/12/2016 #2 Preston Vander VenThis is great. This is a perfect to add more color to my articles. I just saved this chart. I believe it will come in handy. Finding this chart made me feel happy - optimistic - inspired to write more testimonial theme articles. Now, I have the words to express my self correctly.
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