Suppose that every day, ten men go out for a beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay $1.00 The sixth would pay $3.00 The seventh would pay $7.00 The eighth would pay $12.00 The ninth would pay $18.00 The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.00
So that’s what they decided to do. The men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.
“Since you are all such good customers, he said, I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.00. “Drinks for the ten men now cost just $80.00
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men – the paying customers? How could they divide the $ 20 windfall so that everyone would get their “fair share?” They realized that $ 20.00 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay!
The fifth man like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings). The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings). The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28% savings). The eighth now paid $9 instead of 12 (25% savings). The ninth now paid 14 instead of 18 (22% savings). The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).
Each of the six was better off than before! And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
“I only got a dollar out of the $20“ declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, “but he got $10!”
“Yeah, that’s right, shouted the seventh man. “why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!”
“Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in union. “ We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!”
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. (while calling him a 1%er)
The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible!
David R. Kamerschen, PH. D Professor of Economics, University of Georgia
I dont like Newt Gingrich at all. He is a petulant little Cartman wanting to be President for ego reasons, not love of Country. However, as a Conservative, I am disgusted by Mitt Romney (who blocked me because he cant deal with it) and his use of this clip as a campaign commercial.
Newt Gingrich should never be President, but Mitt Romney is a disgusting human being, a liar, a phony, undeserving of your consideration. He holds no actual core values, and will say whatever you want to hear to get elected. I would rather vote for Ron Paul, someone who I agree with on little, but can at least believe that he believes his own words.
Mitt Romney does not, and should never hold power in the United States of America.
I am a Conservative. A real one. Gingrich sucks. Romney sucks ass.
Okay, so much of the time, my posts are about something that bothers me, but today, I want to say something about the good things I see on Google+ , and hopefully hear from you on who you might be gaining help, insight and more that might be beneficial to others.
For me,+Mike Elgan has become the de-facto last word in Tech Media. We've not always agreed, but one thing I can count on from Mike, is a very-well researched, factual and thoughtful article. I used to spend the bulk of my mornings reading dozens of sites to catch up on what is going on out there for us geeks. Now, if I am busy, I read ARS-Technica, and I read Mike Elgan’s take, and I’m good for the morning.
Like myself, Mike takes a lot of flak for telling it like it is, but I dig the guy, as he is becoming indispensable.
When I arrive on G+ in the mornings, the very first page I visit is usually +Google+ Your Business, run by +Toby Stein. It has become the bible for those of us doing business on G+, with daily articles, always well thought out, always factual, no fluff, just helpful, timely and on point. Love that page, so much that I would steal from it and take credit for their ideas, were I not so fluffy. If you don’t circle that page, then I’ve got you at a disadvantage.
Last but not least;+Jaana Nyström. The single most helpful person on Google +. Janna has literally written the book on this site (no, she really has), and has steered the way here for many of us learning how to navigate these pages. Not only that, but Jaana helps with a smile, and an enthusiasm unmatched by the rest of us geeks. I love me some Jaana!
-Never paid anyone to protest -Never defecated on police cars -Never attacked police officers -Never failed to get a permit -Never trespassed on private property -Never failed to clean up after ourselves -Never failed to disperse because never had to be asked -Never had union members bus'ed in to protest -Never had a protester arrested -Never failed to welcome members of any race, creed or color -Never failed to understand why we were protesting -Never broke the law
Now, I know some of you are ready to sling invective, but instead, why not see a lesson here? You have views that you feel are important to you, but you allow yourselves to get drawn into partisan mud-slinging to the point where you defeat yourselves through sheer unpleasantness. Are their no marketers within your ranks?
Have you no idea of the number of people on all sides of the aisle who cannot wait to vote against your agenda by reflex? Why not a war of ideas, instead of a war of attrition?
Most of you 99%'rs wont even be voting next year.
The strength of the TeaParty movement, is that we go after our own. We are ridding ourselves of those in our ranks who do not agree with our agenda. We would rather a politician like Scott Brown lose than represent our ideals. We are going to send him home.
We would rather Obama win again, than support a lying phony like Mitt Romney.
You say you want only "Peaceful Protest"?
Peace is non-disruptive Peace is respectful of opposing points of view Peace is non-destructive Peace is cheap, easy, and persuasive.
You think this nation is getting Peaceful Protest from you? If so, you can kiss my Beautiful, Black, Diablo 3 Beta testing, (and not you, because you suck) Ass.
Our values do not depend upon whether there is an R' or a D' behind your name. This is why the GOP fears us more than you do.
One tenant of influence and persuasiveness, is respect for your fellow man, even when they don't agree with you. The ultimate protest is within the voting booth. Nothing else matters, never has, never will.
What you are doing is having an organized tantrum, supported by those who would rather see your deeds in the news headlines than their own. You are being used by the very enemy you protest.
They are laughing at you, sitting there relying on the very corporations you demonize in your mantras to deprive no one but your fellow man of their freedom to use their own property
You are making no new friends, you are convincing no one outside your own ranks of the credibility of your argument. If you think I am wrong, explain then why we are winning? Explain why your side is afraid to vote on their own jobs bill, while their figurehead runs around demanding same?
Talk is cheap.
P.S. Only pussies respond with personal attacks. Thoughtful people debate.
Which are you?
No movement is free of nutty extremism by those seeking credibility for a more radical agenda, including us. We have bad actors as well. We attack and remove them with prejudice, because it is our message that has priority, not anyone's personal agenda.
So, after two days on the road, I get home, thinking my dogs will give me a nice warm-fuzzy welcome, when instead, I got a only a couple sniffs to confirm I was carrying no food, and they trotted back into the kitchen, where they park themselves waiting for my wife to drop food on the floor while she bakes. I should give them a dry-food weekend; the ungrateful mo-fo's....
Its a BBQ weekend, and I am feeling vindictive....
Now, the thing is, this is not the first time! I posted the other day about someone who posted my article and did not put my name, or business name on it, or a freaking link-back to my site, or to B2C. NADA!
So now this creep, comes along, lifts my article, puts it on his site, removes all references to me, my site, my company, but thankfully because MediaTapper tracks ping-backs from the links I embedded in the article, I busted this mo-fo.
Is this common practice? Is this what I can expect going forward, if I put up something interesting? Some clown is going to copy my words and give me no cred?
Would you help me out? This dude has a comments section under MY article. Would you mind letting him know what you think about this sort of thing? The pings and linkbacks from this article belong to ME, and this clown is stealing them.
It is time to remove Facebook from your Android device!
Facebook is currently in the process of asking you to install a new update. This update gives Facebook the ability to install future updates on your device without notifying you about the install.
This update gives Facebook the ability to bypass the Google Play store, and its app verification services, and update your device over wi-fi without telling you a thing.
Why this is horrible
First, it means that Facebook can continue to update your device, and add features or abilities (like tracking you) that you would otherwise know nothing about. My guess is this is the precursor for sending you advertisements on your phone from Facebook Exchange, which happens to leverage Facebook partners to track every single address you visit on the Internet. There is no practical way for you to opt out of this service, btw...
Second, it means that by staying off the Google Play store, you are not provided with an opportunity to read about any changes that Facebook is making to your application, its functions and abilities to do things with YOUR data.
Third, and the worst part about it, this update requires that you turn OFF your application-security protection from unknown sources (like all those Facebook Exchange partners), and also anyone else who might want to provide a fraudulent update, claiming to be Facebook.
Right Now go to your settings/security/device administration, and see if "Unknown Sources" is checked. If it is, uncheck it immediately, and uninstall Facebook. This is a MASSIVE malware vulnerability, one that is required by Facebook on your Android device.
What more information do you need about this organization? If Facebook is on your Android device, get rid of it without delay.
The other day, I asked the question, "What happened to men?", and that thread rocked, so I thought I would continue the thought with respect to gender roles. I'm going to try to stay out of trouble here (if that is possible) and just express my PERSONAL views on the subject, as a lead in to what is bugging me.
Many women expressed the view that they actually LIKE men, and in the traditional sense of a strong, protective type. Well great, but here is the thing?
What if a man were to say that he actually liked women in the traditional sense? I'm sorry, but I think more often than not, a man would get his head handed to him at the mere suggestion. The question, is whether or not its okay for men to appreciate women for all they are today, while still maintaining admiration for what women used to be? I've been told that I'm a bit of a throwback, and I hope that is a good thing, but sometimes I wonder?
One of the things that I love about Su Ann, is that while she is a modern, independent and highly capable person, she is also very traditional, conventional and culturally aware.
My question today, is whether women want to be appreciated more for what they are, (beautiful, smart, creative) or for what they do (whatever a man can do)?
I guess I'm asking, if women still like the idea of being women, or do you feel that societal pressure has forced women to place all that girly stuff we guys love about you on the back burner in a quest for more respect?
I want to share something with you folks tonight. I hope it will explain my attitude, which some find arrogant with respect to Social Values. The dude flying the Tomcat in this photo went by the name of Donnie Cochran. If you were a kid in San Diego in the 70s you grew up around Naval Aviation. In this photo, Commander Cochran is flying this jet as the commander of Squadron VF-111, the "Sundowners" out of Miramar.
The reason it matters to me, is that Cochran was the first Black man to command a Navy Fighter Squadron, the first Black man to join the Blue Angels, and the first Black man to COMMAND the Blue Angels. In short, he was an original BADASS.
He was born in Pelham, Georgia, and had 11 other brothers and sisters. He grew up dirt poor. Instead of victimization, his parents stressed education as the way for him and his siblings to rise up from poverty and make something of themselves. No excuses, no Affirmative Action, just discipline, determination, and an attitude of excepting nothing less than excellence in himself.
When I see or hear people talk about how Black people need this, that, or the other thing, I always remember this dude, and how I was in awe of him growing up, and when I met him at an Air Show when I was in College, I was like a school girl in his presence. His callsign was "BigTime" He simply was/is a kickass human being. He retired at the rank of Captain.
Black people; we can do anything.
Anything we want.
We don't need favours, handouts, exceptions or excuses.
Okay, just a moment? A bit of “Real Names” Reality? -Jonathan (J.C.) Kendall - President, TekPersona
I realize that by now, everyone has their opinions regarding Google’s Real Names Policy, and while I have read most everything posted on the subject, I think people are continuing to dance around the primary issue in favor of Political Correctness.
So, please allow me?
Here it is.
This wonderful little sandbox that Google created for us, was not built because they just think that you and I are so interesting and wonderful, that they wanted us to have a safe and fun place to play. Using Google + is a tacit agreement between you and Google that you are trading your information in exchange for the right to be here.
Ladies and Gentlemen; you are not the customer. You are the product. You are a fish in a very pleasant big-ass barrel and you are for sale.
The advertisers and marketers who are going to buy you from Google are the customers.
Google is counting on you deciding that the environment here is so superior to others that you will choose to stay awhile. Some will not, but most will. You have probably read about how traffic on G+ has dropped dramatically over the past month.
What has happened, is that most of us have moved the majority of our communication into our circles, and off the Public Stream; which happens to be the only stream that can be measured by anyone outside of Google. In fact, nobody outside of Google has accurate numbers on G+ traffic.
So, pay no attention to the naysayers, as they do not have enough data to make an accurate assessment one way or another.
Okay, so why does your name have to be public? Why can’t Google sell your information to the highest bidder but keep your information off the Internet? The answer is Verification. The value of being able to tye your Public Name to your information not just in G+ but outside as well, makes the information that you share exponentially more valuable.
Your public information will provide demographic information when Analytics tie your G+ information to what you purchased at Amazon or elsewhere. On the other hand, did you think that information was kept a secret?
Now you might be saying that sucks. But, does it suck as much as NOT having free kickass messaging services? Does it suck as much as not having free or very cheap Phone and Voice services? Google is already saving me over $300 per month in services that I used to pay for. For $3600.00 a year Google can have my data.
Hell, throw in some candy; I will show them my junk, too.
If you have a perfectly valid reason to hide your identity for safety or other reasons, that is fine; just understand that in that case you are of no actual use to Google, or Google’s customers. Your presence and thoughtful ness might enhance the quality of the stream, but for Google you are an expense, not an asset. You go in the red column, folks. Love ya, but that is a fact.
Google knows very well that Real Names will keep many of you or your friends away from G+. They have made the bet that the information that they gather from those who stay will be of such value that it will over-compensate for a smaller overall fish barrel than their competitors social networking solutions.
If I am putting together a marketing campaign, I will almost certainly pay more money for data that might improve my rate of return by quality, than data that I will have to analyze and launder for irrelevancies. I suspect Google will charge a hell of a lot more for access to us than Facebook or Twitter does. Google will need fewer people because there will be a higher average revenue number from the data received.
Twitter = Hamburger. (Cheap, Plentiful, Good) Facebook = Chicken. (Cheap Very Plentiful, Good) Google Plus = Kobe Beef (Expensive, Rare, Awesome)
Can you guess which has food has a higher profit return? (it aint chicken, baby) The very basic misunderstanding is that you are the customer, and the customer is always right. You are NOT the customer; you are the product. If Google cannot sell you, for any reason whatsoever, you are of little to no value to them.
We are the Whole Foods Produce aisle compared to a Farmers market and a Corner Fruit Stand.
Our fruit is pretty, shiny and fresh. We cost more. We are worth more.
Google Plus is an Identification Verification Engine, wrapped around a bunch of irresistible social networking toys to keep us happy. I do not know about you, but I am freaking ecstatic. Take my data, Google. Take it and beat me with it if you want; just don’t send me back to Facebook, please?
Secure in the knowledge that the GOP has done enough to secure Mitt Romney as the Republican Nominee, the media will now proceed to destroy him over his Mormon Connections.
Well done, GOP. Not only have you excluded any viable Conservative alternative, in your quest to remain invited to Washington Cocktail Parties, you have participated in your own destruction.
Watch now, as the Media turns your standard bearer into the supporter of a "Religious Cult". Watch now, as those you fear, beat you over the head with these stores from now until November, where they will cover the re-election of Obama.
I asked this question last week, but most of you mentioned family. That is easy. This is about Stuff. Your favorite thing. Not person, not place, not activity, not pet, not phrase, not house, not home, not food, and for the purpose of this discussion, not phone or computer either; just a THING. Max of 3, just so your heads dont explode.
Slingbox Plantronics 590A Bluetooth Headset Boxter
Real Life result of Obama's plan to tax "Millionaires and Billionaires"
Just yesterday, many of you might have seen a post from an enterprising young man looking for web work, and willing to work "cheap". I have a blog that is in dire need of completing and I was considering hiring this individual to work it out for me in WordPress, but I made it clear, that if I chose to hire him, it would not be for much, because the alternative was that I could find the time to do it myself at the risk of my needed sleep.
When I wake up this morning, to find that Obama wants to take another 5% of my gross income, simply for the crime of being successful; guess who does not get hired to do my blog? The kid could use the income; I could use the help. I currently employ 9 contractors, and until this morning, it was going to be 10.
The 5% of my income that Obama has targeted today, would have paid for 3 contractors, not just one, if I so choose.
Thanks to Obama, I choose NOT, and the enterprising young man, looking to improve his skills and build a portfolio, is the one hurt the most.
I love the part about the "Front of the store manager"; I believe those folks are better known as "greeters". Nobody has a gun to the backs of these folks, and retail is no place for an adult to get ahead. Check the guy who says Walmart should raise wages, because his credit card debt is so high. That would be like me walking into Walmart and saying: "I'm hungry, so lower your candy prices!" What is happening to the notion of reaping what we sow? Who thinks they can get a high-paying job in Retail without an education? Argh!
This post is for discussion of the MEDIA. It is NOT about RACE. It is about the MEDIA. If you bring up Race, I will remove you and your post from this thread. The thread is also locked, so that comments come directly to ME.
I know this is going to be controversial, but I am going to ask the question we all already know the answer to for the purpose of DISCUSSION.
My Question to YOU, is which picture of Trayvon should the Media have used? The picture from years ago, or the picture of how he appeared near the time of his death?
Many of you are seeing the picture of this "child" as he appeared recently for the first time. I want to know how you feel about that?
I just completed a planning hangout with +Ayoub Khote and +James Fierce, and I want to point out,(because he is shy) that Ayoub has got that soft, approachable, sensitive type of voice that you women like.
He is single, handsome (if you like hair) and a very decent human being. Tonight, he even showed me his Gummy Bear stash over video, so you know he's good people.
So, you single, lonely gals, you might want to circle, encircle, or ultimately enslave my brother from the U.K., before he gets snapped up by some evil British troll. I suggest you get on that.
Go to his stream, read "Peach", then ask him....."how YOU doin....Ayoub....?
He likes long walks in the park, and all that other crap you gals are into.
Okay look, you guys. I don't agree with Paul on his foreign policy at all. I don't agree with large chunks of his domestic policy either.
However, there is nobody in the GOP who says what either I or they really believe. Mitt Romney is a phony. Newt Gingrich is an undisciplined snake. Santorum is a joke, as is Bachmann. Huntsman is a stalking horse, and Rick Perry, uh,.... no.
So, that leaves your guy as the only one I can see who actually believes what he says, even if I dont agree with him. I see no faking, no couching his words for votes, no blatant lies or obfuscation.
Before I say one way or the other whether I will back your man, please explain to me how he can possibly win? I would like to vote for the better man, but I don't want to return Obama to power under any circumstances.
Convince me, please?
Perhaps I did not make myself clear? This is NOT a post for attacking Ron Paul. If you are anti-Paul, be that, but this post is not for you. This is a post for Ron Paul supporters to share their arguments with ME. Do not be rude, or I will warm up my block button. Umkay?
Be honest: Did you learn from anyone in National Media, that the guy who shot the black kid wearing the hoodie is an hispanic man?
I realize that little tidbit might screw up a few themes that the media is working overtime on, to keep you from noticing that you might have to sell your house for gasoline, so I just thought I'd mention it.
To be clear, I am no fan of Ron Paul. However, when ever anyone does such a fantastic job of knifing another politician, I must give kudos. This is the best takedown of a hypocrite politician that I have ever seen.
My own opinion, is that although I am a Conservative, the GOP really deserves to lose the upcoming election, based upon their sheer duplicity, hypocrisy, and ineptitude.
I suppose I can survive another 4 years of Obama if I have to. Better that, then to be led by RINO Republicans pretending to have my best interests at heart and selling our values down the river in exchange for cocktail party invites. If there is a Conservative with a moral code; some of us are waiting for you, because Romney and Gingrich aint it, baby.
Good Job, Ron Paul. I never thought I'd say that...
Why do people only march in the streets in outrage over racism directed at Black people, instead of ALL people?
Today, the race-bating poverty pimps are doing their best to make a local tragic event into another national blood-letting over Race. In the case of the young man who was killed on Florida, clearly there was wrong-doing, and clearly there was a racial component. What else is new? There will always be racists, there will be tragedies, there will be cases of "Driving while Black" like I experienced in Seattle with my NSX.
My question is; what have all these marches accomplished? What has public outrage done to prevent these things from happening? In my opinion, unlike in the 60s, not a damn thing.
I also believe the reason is the great unspoken point of view that nobody is allowed to bat an eye when a bunch of black kids rape and beat a white woman in Central Park, and I don't remember all the Black outrage when Yankel Rosenbaum was stabbed and beaten in the street over the Crown Heights riots instigated by Al Sharpton.
Al Sharpton went around throwing epithets at Korean Grocers, leading chants of "Chinamen" and "Watermelons" at them. Did anyone march? Nope. MSNBC decided that he deserved a television show. How many people are aware of the things that Sharpton has said about Gay people? Or his famous speech about "white interlopers"?
Guess who is out front again, raking in dollars, looking for attention, and claiming that America is a racist nation? Al Sharpton. And you people fall for it every time. Is their racism in America? Of course. But more and more, race is tied to hypocrisy, to ginned-up outrage designed to distract from the fact that our economy is in the toilet. I long for the day when, if we are serious about dealing with racism, that we deal with ALL OF IT, not just racism directed against Black people. Until that happens, in my opinion, its just noise.
I cringe at how many people have been taken in by the stupid notion that only the powerful can be racist. How convenient is that? MSNBC fired Pat Buchanan over Racism. I have no problem with that. But when the only racism that seems to matter is White against Black, then its no longer racism we are talking about, but plain old Bias.
Racism sucks, but using racism to further an agenda sucks worse. When Al Sharpton screams racism, it surprises me that anyone is still willing to listen.
It occurs to me this morning, that I turned a few dozen of you folks onto Breaking Bad this season. Last night, when I was missing my favorite show(and will be for the 9 months before they return) that I've received no feedback, nor credit for the entertainment I so graciously provided you.
If you watched Breaking Bad for the first time this season, I want to hear what you thought about it.
I also want to know if you believe you have it in you to "Break Bad" like Walt, given the same or greater motivation?
Be honest; its not like Google knows your name, or anything.
I am reminded of how it was back in the 90's when a bunch of pissed-off competitors to Microsoft decided to pick up their ball and go find a new home called OS/2. When is the last time you penned anything in Word Perfect? When is the last time you rocked an Info-gram in Harvard Graphics? How's that 1-2-3 working out for ya?
Now, having been smacked down by both the courts and Samsung, Apple is picking up its memory chips, display screens and processors and looking for a new home. Never mind that all those changes cost money that will be passed on to the consumer, Apple wants to pout, cry and blow snot all over the phone market, just so they can have their pound of flesh.
Time to market mattered back in the 90s, so why does Apple think it doesn't matter today? While Apple takes the time to cram more expensive Intel chips into their devices, they will have to count on their user community being willing to wait for them, while Samsung and LG can spend their money on Marketing and Innovation.
Apple needs to figure out that just because you were first, means you get to be the "only", they lost, and its time to move on like maybe, uh.....Xerox?
Okay, we've been up here 90 days now. How has Google + changed your daily activities? Do you find yourself (like me) staring at that little box waiting for it to turn red? Or do go about your day/night and check in only when you feel like it?
Are you more/less productive? Is your spouse or significant other ready to drag your sorry ass away from the computer by now?
Are you disappointed if you only see a '1' in the little box, and happier with a 2-3 or 4?
If so, you've been "Plustered" I coined it, its mine. You may use it; just remember where you got it.
You try to storm the Air & Space Museum yesterday because one of you decided there was a drone in there for you to abuse; when you might have gone to the Pentagon to discuss your issues with those operating them and not disrupt the lives of innocent bystanders?
Oh wait, that's right, At the Pentagon; they would have beaten you about the head and shoulders before arresting you. There is a point, where this is no longer fun and games.
And now, when you realize how stupid that move was, some of you are actually trying to push a meme suggesting the GOP did it in disguise?
Newsflash! The GOP has neither the brains nor the guts, so please stop it.
How to keep your Google + stream free of Assholes (even if you post public) -J.C. Kendall, President, TekPersona LLC
Sorry about the provocative title, but I want your attention this morning. I will try to keep this post relatively low in terms of the number of curse words, but when describing the recent degeneration of streams with the influx of the kids, the cliques, the spammers, the scammers, the self-righteous, the humorless, etc… All subjective, all annoying, and all able for you to deal with easily, if you are change your perspective just a bit?
This is not Twitter.
This is not Facebook.
Throw out whatever sentiment or rules for graciousness you had on those forums.
This is Google Plus. It has been designed for YOU. Your interests, your comfort-level, your entertainment. You have everything you need at your disposal to block the assholes like they stole something.
Remember the term “Defriending”? Facebook made it seem that to “Defriend” a person, was the same as slapping their grandmother. It was considered insulting. Why did they do that? Because the more links you have to others, the better the quality of the anal-probe of your data that they sell to marketers, that’s why, but that’s another story. (and that story by me, will be on MediaTapper.com next Monday, btw) *gasp* Yeah, that’s right, it’s a PLUG. Dead center of my post, too.
Deal wit it.
Look, you are not a bad person on Google +, if you feel the need to block somebody. In fact, you are made more handsome or pretty, from sheer happiness if you start blocking mo-fo’s back to the stone age with prejudice.
Asshole Detection101: (Find them, Identify them, Report them, and Block their Monkey Ass)
First, not every jerk deserves to be blocked. Some are avoided simply by de-circling them so you do not notice their postings. The “Blueheads” (credit-Jaana Nystrom) who can’t be bothered to identify themselves, the “Cartoonheads” who hide behind a graphic denoting mischievous behavior, and those who circle you, but block you from viewing their profile. (a pet peeve of mine); just refuse to circle these folks, and go about your business.
• Circle Ratio
Check a Plussers Circle Ratio. If they have more than tripled the amount of follows as followers, they may be an asshole. If their ratio is worse than one-quarter, they might be even worse, and deserve your block, just to be sure.
• Hiding Profiles & Circles in Common
If you block whom we have in common, I will block you and your mama too. It’s that simple. I share myself with you; you share yourself with me. If you don't? See ya, bitch. If I’ve circled you, my profile is available for your review. If you circle me, and I go to your profile and it says “So and so has not shared anything with you.”; I’ll block your grandchildren; Hell, I will block your Dog.
• Thread Hijacking
Does this need explaining? It’s fine if you run into someone you know within someone else’s thread and say hello, but if the two of you start swapping recipes, and setting play-dates within my threads, I’m probably going to call you a dick.
When Business sites arrive, fine. Pop a link in my thread. I have no problem with that. For now, if I am talking philosophy with my circle, have the sense to know that at that moment in time, none of us are particularly interested in Aluminum Siding; much less pictures of your third nipple. Show some grace, or I will insta-block you for your insolence.
• Name Calling & Basic Rudeness
Some people arrive on threads, just screaming, “Block me, please!” Why not indulge them? This is “Social Media”, not a party for Assholes to crash at their leisure. I’ve had people actually scold me for blocking people.
WTF? This is MY G+ . There are many like it, but this one is MINE.
Now sure, you might do something to cause me to call you a dick, but I’ll also be blocking you, so that’s a one time thing, okay?
There are some who believe everyone deserves a second chance. A second chance to what? Be a more stylish form of asshole? Yeah we all have a bad day. Its called an apology, mo-fo’s. When I screw up, (yeah, it happens, trust me) I try to repair my error via private message, or a group blast if I offended many. Who knew some people are offended by Turtle jokes?
Some of you put your computers at risk by soliciting technical advice in a thread. There are people here who get a kick out of ruining your computer, by telling you to delete certain folders. Do you also call Zimbabwe for your Personal Banking Advice?
Befriend a Geek that you trust. (not me, I’m busy) Solve your technical problems within a PM with your trusted advisor. Otherwise you run the risk of some asshole telling you to delete your Windows folder. Be smart, for Christ’s sake. If you get help, you might even think about tossing them a bill or two in their PayPal account, just to say thank you?
Okay, this was supposed to be an article, but its become more of a rant, so I’ll leave it at that. If you want a pleasant Google Plus stream, you will need to avoid the Facebook and Twitter sensibilities when it comes to YOUR experience. It is not rude to remove from your stream those who offend you; even if it happens to be *gasp* me.
Now that Google has opened this place to the masses, you gotta get medieval on some of these folks, lest they ruin your day. You have the power, you have the tools.
I want to talk to both the men and women of Google + about a subject that is becoming quite a problem, and also discuss what we ought to do about it on our beloved streams. More and more often, the women of this forum are being disrespected and close to being accosted by men who believe that attention equals attraction. This needs to stop, and stop NOW.
There is a difference between harmless flirting and the assumption of a returned lust just because a pretty woman has posted on your thread. Also, if a woman gives you a +1, it does not mean that she secretly longs to see your junk next to her Christmas stocking.
I suppose it is important to mention, that I have had a few very embarrassing moments here on this site, due to ill-advised flirtation. I have learned that people can get hurt, misunderstandings can occur, and when they do, a person can find themselves blocked or worse. So, I have a special acknowledgement of the dangers that can occur when talking out of turn to the wrong person. Going forward, I treat every woman on this forum with utmost respect. Lesson learned.
That said, I have adopted a strategy, which I hope each man on this forum will consider? I now try to remember that every woman on this forum, married or single, happens to be the wife, sister or daughter of some man. I would like it if all of us dudes could remember what it felt like when some fool disrespected our little sister. Some man was rude to our mother, or the worst of all, tried to take advantage of our daughter. If you are a man at all, you know how you would feel, if your daughter could barely eke out a post without dozens of men thinking it an opportunity to get in her pants. Would you not want to beat their sorry ass like a dog in the street?
Sorry, I’m going to be blunt about it.
Guys, if you think that Social Media is the best place to secure your next sexual conquest, then first, you might reconsider your stance, and second, you really kinda suck as a man. Those of you who think it cool to create an avatar of yourself sprawled on a bed shirtless, pantsless, or worse, as if that is attractive or respectful, are going to discover very quickly that you will attract only the type of woman who would appear on an episode of Jersey Shore, if you manage to attract anyone at all. STOP.
Attention Gay men; I have no intension of changing teams, so please stop. Even if I WAS gay, I would not appreciate an image of you holding your junk in my stream, public or private. Eeewww? I like the team that I am on, and for those on yours, is that really how you want to begin a relationship? A love story, that aint. Umkay?
Members of my stream will confirm that where I was once a proud and shameless flirt; I now post as if I am speaking with a sister or my own mother. I have noticed that my circles have sort of exploded, as people become more comfortable interacting with me. Learn from me, and try to show the women around here the proper consideration. They are not on Google + looking for anything beyond dialog, just like the rest of us. If a Gladie (G+ Lady) finds you interesting, she knows how to track you down.
Guys, what is with those of you who are married and don’t say so in your profiles? I have seen at least three of you, which I know or know of personally, who are married, but claim single status on G+. To me, that is the most crass, disrespectful thing you can do to your spouse, and frankly, I hope she finds the cajones to kick your ass to the curb over it. You are not only denying your woman, but you are misleading those you think are warm for your digital form. The truth? You are an asshole. I’m not going to name names…..for now. In one case, I know your wife too, and she is HURTING over it, you dick, and only her pleading keeps me from busting your sorry ass.
Finally dudes, while we all know that there are a huge number of very beautiful women on this forum, that does not mean that if they speak to you, post a pic of themselves, or even circle you, that they want your geeky ass to move in with them. How about trying FRIENDSHIP? Of the many romances that I know of that have come about on Google +, I think it is safe to say that none of them began over a disrespectful comment, an oogling over a picture, or an unsolicited photo of you raping a pillow.
If you have a problem with any of the above, please say so, so that I may block your monkey ass back to the stone age?
Do you know that there are men on G+ who put up trolling threads just for the purpose of getting a number of women to chime in with a complaint? Some of the stranger types on the forum get off on first getting you angry, then seeing if they can turn that anger into a connection. I see it going on almost every day, and you ladies are falling for it, and when verbally accosted by some maniac, scratch your heads wondering what you did wrong. Jerks are to be ignored.
You ladies have got to get over the notion that the block button is rude. It is NOT. It is yours to insure that a jerk gets only one chance to be rude to you. Use it. Sure you can ignore, but blocking insures that not only do you not see them anymore, they don’t see you either.
Every woman on this forum, right this moment, needs to adjust their profile, so that it is viewable ONLY by the people that YOU circle. That means, until or unless YOU decide someone is interesting enough to circle, nobody can see or read any of your information. The number of women who leave all of their information, including geographic location, available to everyone, is kinda ridiculous. You are asking for trouble.
The number one way of avoiding the creeps on this forum is to Ignore them, Block them, and report them. Say nothing to them, which only provides the attention they desire, eliminate them from your stream, and report their profile to Google. In many cases, what you receive in the way of unwanted or unwelcome attention comes from being overly nice to a troll.
There is something nurturing in women that makes them want to either scold or attempt to understand the offender. This is social media, and I’m telling you, that you only encourage ongoing abuse if you engage with a troll, jerk or loser in any way shape or form. Telling some guys to F-Off, may be exactly the catalyst needed for their soiled sheets. Do not engage the trolls!
For those of you ladies who like the shirtless bimbo dudes, post for attention, hey, whatever floats the man in your boat, but remember, this is social media, and you don’t always know who you are dealing with. Be smart. It is a sad thing that in this day and age, women still act and behave in ways that almost guarantee eventual unwanted attention. I’m a man, so I won’t go into much depth on this, except to implore you to be careful about the kind of attention you attract. I am not blaming women for the jerky guys on this forum, but only asking you to protect yourself, and be smart regarding with whom you share your data.
We have a wonderful forum here on Google +. What a shame it would be for someone to be hurt, violated or have their identity stolen through the act of befriending a stranger without taking the proper precautions.
Lets all respect each other as PEOPLE, and send the trolls, the jerks, the a-holes, and the losers back to FaceBook where they belong?
If I were to disappear, would it be like I was never here, Or the fulfillment of a goal you had been wishing? If I were to run away and take my possessions with me Would it be long before you noticed I was missing?
To leave without a heavy load, just leave it all and hit the road Is that the way to calm your angry mind?If I left and never said goodbye, would either joy or sorrow make you cry? Would it depend on just how much I left behind?
Don’t want the pool, don’t want the house, just distance from an angry spouse; A peaceful place where I’m just out of reach. Suppose you were to go instead, if I supplied the needed bread, The dogs and I just stayed here at the beach?
So, the wife says she has to run to the store for Croutons for the Caesar Salad that I'm supposed to pretend to enjoy tonight....So, as she's backing out of the driveway, I've already got the Foreman Grill blazin' doing the Bacon in 7 minutes flat. Tomatoes sliced, Lettuce pulled, mayonnaise.... Damn straight!
In 10 min, ready to rock, on a paper plate so as to leave no trace, puppies sworn into silence with a strip each of their own..... Foreman grill grates in the dishwasher which is on and running, as if I really wanted to clean up, because I'm such a great hubby..
By the time she gets back, all I have to do is hope the air freshener has removed the bacon smell and nobody will be the wiser...
Obama has cost tens of thousands of jobs with this decision that does NOTHING for the environment, and with the sale of this Oil to China, you are talking about a nation with NO environmental policy at all. So, in short, domestic oil prices remain higher, pollution is worse, jobs are lost, China will secure a permanent North American resource.
These are facts. Argue at your own risk. Bring it.
Good Morning +Orrin Hatch , since you (or your staff) decided to circle me this morning, I thought I should address you at least once before blocking you into oblivion.
No doubt, your circling is the result of your discovering that I hold some sway within the TeaParty movement, which you are desperately working to woo into blind submission before your reelection campaign.
I'm going to be blunt, assuming future forgiveness from my friends and followers here on G+
Conservatives have watched you compromise with Liberals over the years as a matter of rule rather than need. We have watched you fall all over media talking tough, taking stands, and then caving in back room deals as if you had been caught with a dead girl or a live boy.
You are WEAK, you are dishonest, and if the TeaParty has its way, next November, you are GONE.
Yesterday proved to me more than anything else, that Facebook is dying, might already be dead, and that they will never, ever, EVER get it right.
Here is why:
Every Android owner knows about that little blue icon on our devices for Google Now, which if you have not experienced it, represents the future while Facebook represents the past.
I woke from the alarm on my Note II at 5am yesterday, turned off the alarm, and pressed that little blue icon, and found out that the flight I would be on was delayed the day before but would be on time for my flight.
At that same time, Mark Zuckerburg was preparing to give a presentation telling investors how Facebook, through their visual updates, was hoping to keep me on Facebook longer, so that I would be exposed to more advertisements.
Because I was about to spend the day in various airports, I decided to try to sync my music to my phone using Spotify. This did not work, because the new Spotify install on my Note II would not allow me to use the sync function, because I had to have Spotify connected to Facebook.
I remembered that I had installed Google Drive on the Note II, so I just synced the music folder in the Note II and dragged a few selections from my desktop in to a new folder called "Music" and went back to my packing.
Before leaving for the airport, I read that Zuckerburg was on stage explaining that bigger images would be "more persuasive than words" which would cause Facebook users to better engage with content and advertisements. “The most important stuff is going to be on the front page,” he went on. “Then people have a chance to dig in.”
Did you get that? You are going to "better engage with advertisements", my brotha's. Umkay?
I have become a big fan of Peter Mansbridge on CBC, and worried that I might not be able to watch Canadian news while in America, so I asked Google Voice Search for a Proxy Server Solution, and it told me about "Tunnelbear" which will proxy Canada from America, and vice versa, letting me watch either online from the other location.
While this was going on, Julie Zhou, Facebook's design chief, said only that Facebook ads would be more visual. “Everything across the board is going to get this richer, more immersive design,” Ms. Zhou said.
Meanwhile, arriving at the airport, the Alaska Airlines app on my Note II reminded me that I should have my passport ready, and not just check in at a Kiosk. I was a bit ticked off, so I took a picture of my angry face and posted it on Google+, checking in my location at the same time.
The NY Times suggested the following: "The redesign is also a nod to the ubiquity of mobile devices, which a majority of Facebook’s one billion users worldwide use to log into their accounts. Pictures will show up bigger in the News Feed. And there will be larger images of maps and links to articles. In that way, the new look is a nod to other social networks that are seeing viral growth, like Pinterest, which is built around large pictures."
After my flight, I hopped on to a Supershuttle Van, and opened my Note II to Google Now, which promptly came up with an info-card telling me how long my trip would be on Supershuttle to my California home. I was totally blown away, but also noticed that my Android device and Google applications had worked FOR ME, throughout the entire day. Google and NFC (near field technology) made sure that throughout my day, I got the information I wanted WHEN I ASKED FOR IT.
You may be wondering why your Android device does not do what mine does. Have you turned on NFC and Location Services in your settings?
So, while Google and Android give me what I can use, when I decide I want to use it, Facebook is running around trying to shove more and larger pictures and advertisements in my face, as a way of keeping me more engaged. The funny thing? Since my Google+ stream is shared to Facebook and Twitter automatically, I never had to log in to Facebook at all.
P.S. Apple decided not to include NFC technology on the iPhone. P.S.S. I remember conversations last year, where +Jesse Wojdylo, +Eli Fennell and I were all saying that for Facebook to survive, they needed to stop throwing ads in our faces, and come up with a Facebook Phone. They didnt.
Google+ is the future. Facebook is already dead, and they dont even know it.
RESHARE: Some clown with 61 circles by my count decided to tell us all why Google + wont succeed. H/T to +Joyce Donahue.
I've already answered him with this:
"J.C. Kendall said: How dare you post such garbage with a total of 61 circles? Yours is the single most uniformed screed about Google + that I have seen yet. You have either not engaged enough with others to market your personal brand, or you are plain too boring to get noticed. You are also relying on bogus data, in addition to not considering the simple fact that Google + is complementary to um.....GOOGLE?!?!?
Another hit piece from another uniformed writer in search of a story. Sad, dude. Really weak. "
Reshared text: Oh lordy - another one of these doom-sayers. He thinks FB and Google+ duplicate a reason to be there - engagement. Little does he know that the reasons many of us are here more than we are on FB is because this is a totally different kind of engagement... one built around shared interests - which creates new relationships... while FB is primarily about relationships - and if you are lucky, you discover you share a few interests.
I'm thinking, because of my former career as a Corporate Assassin for Microsoft, I tend to find myself getting into situations where I would rather fight than negotiate. Because this serves nobody, I am announcing the creation of a new thread, and associated Brand Page.
Welcome to the Google Plus Fight Club. (Page under development)
What I am doing, is creating a home and circle for the non-shy, the combative; those willing to enter into a no-holds-barred debate on issues of the day, free from Political Correctness, where you (and I) can use whatever language, comments, tactics you want in making your point.
I know that sometimes, people get their widdle feelings hurt, so I need a better way of filtering the sensitive from those with a bit more spine.
Let me know, if you would like to be included via circle, and look for the G+ Fight Club Brand page shortly.
Remember, there are no rules inside the G+ Fight Club, and guess what, you can even talk about the G+ Fight Club, but, you might not want to share our comments, insults, invectives, curse words, etc, out in the public stream.
Paul Ryan was NOT my pick. I thought it should have been Rubio. However, Ryan already schooled Obama on the budget, and it will be an absolute slaughter if Joe Biden takes him on. I would not be surprised to hear in a few weeks that Biden has contracted an "illness" and is replaced by Hillary. I would almost predict it, but my crystal ball runs on Chrome, and is currently experiencing memory leakage.
France now taxes income over 1M at 75%. Raise your hand if you plan on running a business and working your butt off in France, when you can sit on your butt and be supported by government welfare programs?
Or, you might consider Canada or the Southern United States for your business?
If you don't fill out a profile, or you don't expose your profile to your own freaking circles, why on earth should I circle you back, bitches?
If you circle me, and I click on your name to look at your profile, and you don't have anything, not only am I not circling you, from now on, I'm BLOCKING you. Why should you look at my stuff, if I cant look at yours?
Final warning, if you circle me, and do not have a visible profile, I will block your ass like you stole something.
My profile is available for extended circles. But if you have circled me first, why the hell cant I see you? This is a place for DIALOG, mo-fo's, not one-way entertainment.
Are we clear? GRRRRRR.
I went back and cleaned it up. (a little) In the name of civility.
You get two, and they cannot be people. No babies, no children, none of that. I want to know what things make you sit back in awe, that put you in your happy place? Oh, and you cant mention love, either. Nope, gotta be a non-human entity.
Yesterday, Phil Mickelson suggested that due to high and growing taxation, he might consider leaving California, maybe even consider moving to Canada (who does that?) So, like Gerard Depardieu, who is now a Russian citizen due to 75% taxation in France, Mickelson is being ridiculed, primarily in Fortune magazine guest writers.
My take, is that if celebrities are coming out publicly regarding over-taxation, this signals a pretty interesting shift that might grow into wave of America's tax base leaving, either for Texas, or *gasp* Canada.
Is America going to respond by articles like this, calling Phil a "whiner", and "lucky" to have what he has earned, or will the nation figure out that for every Phil Mickelson thinking of leaving the country, there might be hundreds or thousands already making similar plans?
Okay, don't you think its a bit RUDE when the In-N-Out Burger counter-person says "where is your family?" when you place your order?
What business is it of her's what I'm going to do with my four Animal-Style Double-Doubles? That is what I get for going inside on a nice day, instead of doing the drive thru lane, I guess.
Before you say anything, tomorrow is my first day with my new personal trainer, and I just dont want to hear about it, so I'm having a final In and Out Burger fling before starting my new diet of Tree Bark in the morning.
Okay, I've figured it out. The only way that Obama is not going to be re-elected is for the GOP to hold a brokered convention and select Marco Rubio. None of the current people running will beat Obama, period.
51% of men wont pay for a woman on their first date? I find this somewhat tragic. Do you agree with this? Do you think its right for a man to ask a woman out and not pay her way? Forget all the sexual overtones, what happened to just being a gentleman? My grandmother is rolling over in her grave.
To those of you, posting videos, talking incessantly in support of the goals of OWS (until you change it again, when the former is discredited), are aware that you are using one of the largest, for-profit Corporations on the entire planet, in your anti-Corporate, anti Capitalist mission?
Before you try to weasel out of that point; what about the fact that Google keeps a good portion of those profits in one, two, ten, of those evil Banks?
Finally, with every single reply to this PUBLIC post, YOU are helping both Corporations, Bankers, Wall Street, Investors = ME, in making more money?
Now, this post is only to exercise my new "no-cursing" policy. Lets see how long I can hold out before a get a response so silly as to send me over the edge?
What about it? (and leave your emotions at the door, please)
I'm not the kind of guy that normally does this; but my feelings are so strong, I think I need to just get it off my chest, and admit to my secret love, lest it go unacknowledged and unappreciated. Whenever I look at my love, I find it hard to believe anything could be so lovely, so generous, so giving. I'm just gonna say it, and tell the world, and let the chips fall where they may;
I need your help. I need to find out which species of cats are badass enough to deal with roof-chewing raccoons, hedge-raping beavers, and other back yard critters like gophers and stuff. Living near the water, wildlife is everywhere, and I need to find a cat that I can feed, love (and treat like a dog) in exchange for night time sentry duty.
Before you ask, you cant have Siberian Huskys roaming around at night, because they are only as loyal as their last meal. I need a cat, a big badass cat breed, that can throw-down with natures critters and leave me their carcasses as proof on the back porch. Okay, maybe not raccoons, but in search of a perfect lawn, the gophers have got to go!
Thank you, from a Dog lover, who for a perfect lawn, could love a cat too. I'll raise him from a Kitten, I'll feed it Ribeye steaks, I'll take it to the gun range, and call it "baby", if I must...
Almost 60 million shares changed hands today. Look at the volume today versus the average. The die is cast, people. They have no plan, no solutions. When (not if) Facebook falls into the low teens or even $10 per share, they become an acquisition target. Hear me now, and believe me later, but as a economic engine and growth opportunity, Facebook is dead.
Allow me a quick rant? Just a quick one, I promise?
I just heard another complaint about the "1%", and I felt I just had to respond before I blow an artery in my brain. I am so tired of this notion of "luck" an "a matter of birth" and all that other noise that I could spit.
What were you doing last night at 1am on your Friday? Me? I was working.
What were you doing every 2-3 am the previous mornings this week? Me? I was working.
As you enjoy your wonderful Saturday today; enjoy yourself. Me? I'll be WORKING.
And finally, when the economic activity that comes from my efforts and others like me helps you and others like you to find jobs, better afford your homes, and buy the things that you want, I wont even notice.
How many of you are waking up to realize that our President just signed an executive order to halt deportations of illegal aliens, and issue them WORK PERMITS until after the elections?
Do you understand what just happened here? Because he is dropping fast in the polls, instead of being worried about YOUR job, the President of the United States just opened the floodgates and provided illegal aliens with additional motivation to break our laws to come to America, knowing that they will be allowed to work legally in the States. (and vote for him)
Dont you think you might have gotten at least a kiss and maybe dinner before Obama did you in your sleep?
I just saw a news report on that "Octomom" woman, who decided that she wanted a reality show, so she had plastic surgery in an attempt to look like Angeline Jolie, and then spit out 8 babies in addition to already having a few.
This person is mentally ill, now she and her children are on government assistance and about to be foreclosed upon. In a country where you need a permit to run a Lemonaid Stand, how does this happen?
This woman and her children; people that none of US had any say in creating, are now being supported in total by your tax dollars, while she ponders a career in Pornography to pay her debts.
Is this the kind of society we want? What can be done to prevent this, or are we (and the children produced) just screwed beyond repair? And, if this woman and her "fame" are allowed to just suck at the government teat, what are we to say to others who might be just as nuts and want to do the same?
Is this fixable?
Personally, I don't think so. I think its too late.
Good morning, afternoon and evening, everyone! It is Sunday morning here in California, the sun is shining, the beach is sending its smell up into my home this morning and I am in a great freakin mood.
The question today is:
When you are in a bad mood, what can turn it around in an instant?
But here is the thing; you cant mention people. Not family or friends. I'm talking about THINGS. No PETS either.
Be it your favorite things like say, your motorcycle that your silly wife who you are about to divorce wont let you ride because signs and polls keep jumping in front of you; I swear thats what happenned... oops sorry.
Anyway, you know what I mean?
What have you got around you that can take you from angry to joyful just by its very presence in your life? Remember, no people or pets either, sorry, its my post, and you have to play by my rules or until +Acadia Einstein hijacks the thread.
On Friday, after a hellacious work week, I like to indulge, and eat whatever the $%&# I want. I will be swimming in Pizza today from "Lido's" in San Diego (the best, regardless of what anyone says) and I was wondering how you might be planning to indulge today?
Now, since you are not having a Lido's large "the works" or two, or five (we freeze them) your choice wont be as good as mine, but, I still want to know.
How are you planning to stuff yourself today?
Oh, and if you mention Tofu or Broccoli? I might block you.....
I don't know about you, but I will not watch, attend or otherwise support the NBA this season. We are talking about men, who 80% could not otherwise press the correct button on a cash register at McDonalds if not for their talent with a basketball.
When you are paid to play, PLAY, you illiterate over-grown babies!
In that it is a nice, calm, pleasant Sunday, you do realize that I cannot allow that to continue, right? I've not had a real nice rockin' debate in some time. That is what this thread is for. Read the post, which is from Atlas Shrugged.
I know, some of you will like it, some of you will hate it, but read it anyway and tell me whether you agree or disagree with it. This one of the most famous sections of the novel, and whether you like or agree with Ayn Rand is not the point. In fact, comments regarding Rand pro or con, are not welcome.
The speech is about money, and so is the thread. Comments on that subject or data in support or in opposition to it are welcome. It is a DEBATE I want, not an argument. Dig?
I know there are those who love to suggest that I block differing opinion. This is a lie. I block rudeness and condescension. So bring your thoughts and opinions, and lets throw down as intellectuals. Sling mud, you get blasted. Clear?
To the left, your beloved spouse looking sexy as ever.
To the right, Rosie O' Donnell (if you are a man) or Michael Moore (if you are a woman), each holding your morning cup of coffee, the only coffee for miles around. You cant leave, you cant do Starbucks.
Hey Plussers, help me out a bit, would you please? My circles have exploded again lately, and I've not had time to go through and find out about you, so that I may either circle back, or move you to a particular circle from my "Holding Circle" If you could tell me a bit about you, why you circled me, an which of the following Circles you belong in, I would appreciate it?
Writers Social Media/SEO Technology Pals Gamers/Victims Politics Philosophy (Miller/Rand/Krishnamurti) Sports Travelers (Cool Places) Photogs Spotify Explicit (where stuff gets played with no holds barred) Cutie Pies (suggested by +Karen Thomas Sherin )
If I've not said so, welcome to my stream, it is mercurial and hopefully funny and informative at the same time.
Well, I waited all day to see if any of the anti-capitalism, anti-corporation wonder kids would have the guts to back up their comments in light of this "story". As a capitalist, I understand that Corporations use the laws on the books, and do not as asserted "avoid taxation".
Google has paid billions in taxes (more than you) while managing to provide jobs, tools, services and solutions. They did what was LEGAL, and now some clowns want to call them evil for taking advantage of the LAWS?
Eric Schmidt is totally correct, but does anybody want to blame Google ON Google? Or are your values only as long as your mouse cord?
Today, as the U.S. flounders in unspeakable debt, I thought you might like to know why Canada did not suffer the same economic fate as their neighbors to the south.
Recently the Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty toured the US, and spoke about why Canada has the strongest current economy in western hemisphere. Listening to him speak about what ails America, I became a fan, and have since watched his every move in support of Canada’s economy.
To paraphrase what he said when asked why there has been such a different outcome in Canada from the economic collapse in the fall of 2008, he basically said “We watch what you did in America, and we did the opposite.”
When the US was easing credit terms to make it possible for unqualified borrowers to attain a home loan, Canada tightened their credit terms to insure fiscal stability in that market. Canada did not suffer the collapse of their housing industry, and housing values rose.
While properties in the US saw values fall after the crash of their housing market, many cities in Canada experienced bidding wars, which helped, drive up the average house value throughout the nation while at the same time shoring up the soundness of the Banking industry.
Flaherty has predicted that the proposed tax hikes coming at the end of 2012 will result in the US diving back into a recession of four or five percent, and suggested that Canada could follow the US into recession as well.
Without raising taxes on Canadians, Flaherty’s policies have caused Canada’s federal income tax revenue to rise in one year from 103.9 billion dollars in 2010 to 119.3 billion dollars in 2011. Canada runs an average budget deficit of only 26.2 billion dollars.
Canada’s population is approximately one tenth that of the US, but the US yearly budget deficit just reached 1 trillion dollars annually.
Let me repeat that. The United States of America now spends 1 trillion dollars more EACH YEAR than is received in tax revenue. In November 2008, the US had an overall debt of 5.8 trillion dollars. Two years later in 2010, the debt had risen to over 9 Trillion dollars. After four years, US Debt is over 16 Trillion Dollars.
Is there any wonder why Canada has a stronger economy, stronger housing market, stronger banking industry, and stronger dollar than the US, while providing healthcare for all its citizens at the same time?
Ask Jim Flaherty, Canadian Rock Star Finance Minister.
Sorry to call you out on this, +Vic Gundotra but I would really like to know what you expect us to do when this sort of thing happens, and we don't have the proper mechanism for removing the offender.
I dont know if you have heard about this, but what you see below (click to blow up to full size) is an example of PJ Rosenburg plagiarizing an article I wrote weeks ago, and posting it on Google+ as his own work.
+Dan Soto did the great work of first discovering what PJ was up too, and then +Ronja Addams-Moring went through the long process of creating screen captures, which show that one of your users has been extensively stealing the work of others, and posting it on your forum as his own.
There is no question that he did this, no question at all, while at this very moment, he is busy deleting his posts as fast as he can, apparently unaware that we have all we need for our copyright infringement complaints.
The only question that remains, is what does Google plan to do about this guy? He is still here, Vic. We've all reported him. So what gives?
From Google's Terms of Service
"Except as expressly authorized by Google you agree not to use, copy, imitiate, or incorporate any trademark, service mark, trade dress, company name, or product name in a way that is likely to cause confusion among consumers. You also agree not to remove, obscure, or alter Google's or any third party's copyright notice, trademarks, or other proprietary rights notices affixed to or contained within or accessed in conjunction with or through the Google services or Software."
2 Years ago in July, I met this incredible woman right here on Google+.
I did not know it at the time, but she would become the most important person ever in my life. Today is her birthday, but thanks to +su ann lim, every day I spend with her, it feels as if its MY birthday too.
I never thought I could love anyone so much. This is my favorite picture of her, because it says everything about her that anyone needs to know. She is joyful, loving, brilliant, and as you can see, she knows how to pick a summer getaway too.
Happy Birthday to my babycakes, the incredible Su Ann
Do you surf? Do you do something else potentially deadly for fun? Please explain it to me?
I'm out back watching the surfers this morning, its overcast, its early, its feeding time for sharks , but they are out there. Same guys, every day. Looks like they are having a ball. Now, I realize as a Black man, I have a genetic indisposition to surfing, but I'm still curious as to what makes these dudes go out there every day like this, wearing what will make them look even more like a blond-haired seal just to get some kicks in the waves?
Skateboards? I get that. Nothing is going to eat me off of a skateboard, and who beyond a certain age, needs testicles anyway? I used to ride Superbikes, but when I started running into things, I stopped . Brilliant, right? We have one-two Shark attacks a year between here and La Jolla, usually fatal. But every day, they are out there. I recognize the same faces now, and I would hate to lose one of them one day to a big-ass fish.
What activity do you do, that has a high potential to kill you, but is so much fun you dont care, and do it anyway? (eating doesn't count, that is a disease)
Reshared text: This is what the liberal media has been hiding from the American people in their efforts to re-elect Obama...
Atlas is starting to shrug. In the past 48 hours, the following companies have all announced layoffs in the USA:
- Westinghouse - Research in Motion Ltd. - Lightyear Network Solutions - Providence Journal - Hawker Beechcraft - Boeing - CVPH Medical Center - US Cellular - Commerzbank - Iberia - Momentive Performance Materials - Brake Parts - Gameforge Berlin - Vestas Wind Systems - Husqvarna - ING - Ericsson - SRA International - PerkinElmer - Majestic Star Casino and Hotel - Center for Hospice NY - Bristol-Myers - Lower Bucks Hospital - Oce North America - Corning - United Blood Services Gulf - Atlantic Lottery Corporation - Welch Allyn - Dana Holding - Stryker - Boston Scientific - Medtronic - Smith & Nephew - Abbott Labs - Covidien - Kinetic Concepts - St. Jude - Hill Rom - Darden Restaurants - JANCOA - Kroger - Caterpillar - Alcatel-Lucent - Umatilla Chemical - Rocketdyne
Okay, I've had enough. I don't care about your cultural considerations, I don't care that you are a newbie, unless I know you personally; if you circle me without an avatar, I am blocking you, period. Google+ has been around for 14 months. Buy a clue. Our connections (at least in MY stream) will be two way, or not at all. Life is too short for me to follow you back to your profile only to find that you have no intention of sharing information with me, while you hangout on my stream. Get a picture, and unblock your profile, or effective immediately, you are blocked.
P.S. If you put advertisements in my stream, avatar or no avatar, I will block you, your grandmother, and your dog too.