Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Internet is Dangerous

In writing a blog, one tries to put into words thoughts or concepts we feel are significant enough to document for others to read.  Unless the only intended audience is the self.  Then one normally researches the internet and discovers that somebody else has already eloquently done the work.  Such is the case today.  I began thinking I was a radically-right hard cynic when I read something so blatantly cockamamie in Facebook that it gave me a stomach ache. Guess what?!?  I am not the only one!  Enjoy this observation of the internet from *Michael Poh’s piece written in his Web 2.0 on http://hongkiat.com

2. Reliability Of Information

With millions of blogs and websites out there on the net, one question we often ask is how much is the information they provide accurate and reliable. Given the convenience and low cost of publishing a blog or a website, there seem to be a lack of accountability for what are being published. The ease of modifying your online publication (as compared to offline publications like books and newsletters) makes putting out incorrect information less of an issue to the owner of the site. He or she can always amend the mistakes at no cost.

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(Image source: Shutterstock)

Specialized journalists who adhere to the accuracy of the stories they produced are now replaced by bloggers who may not have such practices. The result is that you get a massive number of different versions of the same story because there’s no way to verify it without a trustworthy source (e.g. from a news site). At the worst, opinions can be misinterpreted as facts by readers online who may then go on to spread them as the gospel truth in social networking sites.

As we internet users become aware of the existence of rumors masquerading as truths, we start to become skeptical in whatever we see or hear about be it in Facebook or blogs. This, in effect, creates a generation of cynics among us, who regards internet information as unreliable and shaky at best.

*Brazenly copied without permission, but credit is given and a reliable hyperlink, too.  TU

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The Healthcare Maze

The government mandates we select a form of health insurance.  They do not mandate we can opt out if desired.  Is this an attack or a breach of personal choice?

Back in the day it was the Employers responsibility to issue a health plan that covered the worker and allowed them to expand that to cover their families.  In nearly all cases this was a logical move.  Now – in the current economy when many become contractors and not employees (in the pure sense of the word) the line gets fuzzy.

Did you know?  Then you have university athletes who are vying for unionization and protection.  Guaranteed representation of a collective against a larger body.  Doesn’t that seem somehow backwards?  Inside-out?  Something.  The purse in this case belongs to the NCAA – a non-profit – and where’s the cash there is………..you know.

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Does anybody really live like this that you know?
This is the interior of the Transamerica Building in San Francisco.

Never mind that insurance companies used to own the seven largest buildings in the world.  It may be more than that, now.  How is it that we leave to keys to the bird cage with the cat?

If you can figure any of this out please let me know by sending a comment.

It’s all about money and the ways to guarantee that the G-Man gets his when he wants it.

Good Luck making up your mind.  If you wait too long, they’ll make the choice for you…….

You Are Damned If You Do – Or Don’t

Learn Public Relations/Promotions in under 4 Minutes!

Recent Furor Over a Prominent CEO Appointment Results in a ‘Hipster-Like’ Termination

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Who would have guessed that personal values displayed almost 6 years ago by virtue of a donation to a state proposal would result later in no less than shameful dismissal.  We are speaking about the recent ‘stepping down’ of Firefox/Mozilla’s CEO Brendan Eich1.

A belief – or even a blunt tendency of support – that may or may not be a majority popular opinion can get you in the doghouse if your business is all about being the best.  Your personal leanings are now fair game for a volley of arrows.  Somehow that does not seem to be an advance in peace against hostility and the acceptance of the “different.”  Yes – the progressive thinkers are out for blood.

UPDATE:  Bill Maher2 states his position {link} **Before I fall into the hole myself, let me state that this is officially an act of “stepping down” and not a termination in the purest sense of the word.  The pressure you may feel one week after you ascend to a lofty new post as visible as CEO was spur of the moment after all – there was no search team – nobody else saw this coming in a group of upper management and certainly no analysis and underwriting support and of course no other candidates, right?!?  Burn Him!!  He weighs more than a duck!! Therefore – we happily turn the other cheek and close the book on a career……………

Have we come that far with Social Media?

Let me get this straight.  Your abilities and track record of successes on the job and hard work and dedication all add up to less than what a vocally-political body constitutes as grounds for dismissal.  There was no law against contributing to a campaign in 2008.  Case closed.  Surprise!!  April Fool!!  Nope……………

The “New Truth” is that somehow you can take a personal belief and expand that to a degree where it is denying the human rights of a body of people  with a different opinion.

Political Correctness can change like the wind.  So the game requires keeping a firm hand on the tiller just in case the mood of the times (Zeitgeist) makes a zig-zag.  Never mind that this issue might be the result of your familial upbringing or an epithet of your faith.  The clock runs 6 years and now you are guilty.

Somewhere…..Somebody believes that destroying a person’s career is justifiable in the quest to make an impression on marriage-law.  Let us not hold the lawmakers responsible – let’s lynch the people with a different upbringing.

There is something less than perfect about this so-called progressive logic.

Something seriously doubtful about this kind of ‘correctness.’

He is lucky they did not drag him out of his pickup and beat him within inches of his life.

1Ref.  http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2014/04/mozilla_ceo_brendan_eich_quits.html

2Ref.  http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/04/bill_maher_there_is_a_gay_mafia_if_you_cross_them_you_do_get_whacked.html