Showing posts with the label Index C – Carly Fiorinia: A Cautionary Tale for Political Candidates, Famous People, and the Rest of Us, Too

Image -- Carly Fiorina ____________________ The world is really run by the Web. There’s so much information out there that you can click and keep going down the rabbit hole finding stuff. – Big Boi   ______________________ was registered on December 19, 2014, presumably by a former disgruntled employee of Hewlett-Packard (HP). For good reason, t he domain is registered under Contact Privacy , Inc, a privacy service out of Canada. believes that the registrant of is a cybersquatter, but he or she is NOT. He or she is NOT monetizing this domain but using this valuable piece of the web to exercise his or her free speech rights, in this case making a definitive statement about Ms. Fiorina’s job-killing activities while she was CEO at HP. OUCH. No visitor would ever mistake this site as being pro-Carly Fiorina, and, therefore, there is no trademark or name infringement. The first rule of running for p

A Cherokee Fable of Two Wolves: Good and Evil

Sometimes, the best life lessons that are passed from one generation to the next are short, simple, elegant, and breathtaking. I found one such lesson on my Facebook timeline as a meme. I want to share this fable with you: An old Cherokee told his grandson, My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, jealously, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. The boy thought about it, and asked, Grandfather, which wolf wins? The old man quietly replied, The one you feed. – Author unknown Of course, the grandfather’s message is implicit: Feed the good wolf and starve the evil one. While the grandfather’s lesson is deceptively simple, it is difficult to learn in its totality – that bad wolf resides within all of us, and he is hungry and greedy, always pushing, pushing, pushing... Because we are constantly wanting something, what

Chase Bank: Are You KIDDING?

As a blogger, I am always thinking about finding and developing solid content for my blogs, but, sometimes, gems arrive in my junk mail... The following piece of grandiose wishful thinking, worthy of a Saturday Night Live (SNL) spoof, fell into my lap (personal info deleted, snark in red added): Dear Currently, our records indicate that you are not being mailed offers from Chase [Let's keep it that way; now I will have to waste my time filling out this stupid form] and we wanted you to know we are continually developing new products and services that may be of interest to you [Seriously? I am panting with anticipation at the prospect of being inundated with junk mail from Chase Bank.] . We are updating our prospective customers' preferences for receiving these mailings. We want to be sure that you know about available offers and that you have the opportunity to consider them. [Thank you for thinking of me and my well-being. How considerate!] Please completely fill in

Customer No Service and "Loyalty" Cards...

I'll take 50% efficiency to get 100% loyalty. --Samuel Goldwyn Okay, so, last Sunday, I was in the process of buying a pair of slacks (on sale, of course, a very tony brand at a rock-bottom price) at a well-known department store chain, when the sales associate asked if I wanted to sign up for a loyalty card. She noted that it was free and that I would earn points toward this purchase and my future ones. "Sure," I said, not all that excited about it, but, still, if I could earn points, why not? So she took my info and rang me up. But, then, she realized she had made a mistake, and my info hadn't registered properly, thus voiding the card she had just issued. So you would think that she would simply re-ring my purchase, re-enter my info, and reissue me a new card, right? Wrong. Instead, she said, "Oh, it would be such a hassle to do this again." Too close to quittin' time, I guess. "So, I'll give you the company's 800 number and you can sort

Could YOU Walk a 5k Today?

Funky, Cool Fish Statue, Skopje, Macedonia, Located near the center and along my walking path _________________________ All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. --Friedrich Nietzsche Could YOU walk a 5k TODAY? Yes, you could! Just for today, decide to walk a 5k. Don't worry about tomorrow, for you should decide what you do tomorrow, tomorrow. No matter where you are right now or how old you are, if you have legs and are able to walk at all, you can walk a 5k (3.1 miles) today . HOW you do it does not matter; you can break up your 5k in small increments, even 10-15 minute sessions throughout the day: at work, at the grocery store, and at home. You don't need any special equipment, just a pair of comfortable shoes and a bottle of water (to keep yourself hydrated). You don't need to walk fast; you just need to move. In fact, for the long haul, slow as she goes is more sustainable. Our bodies were built for walking, and when we don't do it re

Consumer Reports (Again): Will MSNBC Investigate?

...I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place. And I really believe good journalism is good business. --Christiane Amanpour Yesterday, I was reading on the MSNBC site an article about the death of heiress Huguette Clark, when at the bottom of the page, I saw a form, calling for possible investigative news pieces, so I shot off the following: Hello, In its June 2011 issue, in its article "Pick your ideal diet," Consumer Reports selected Jenny Craig as the top diet plan. Unfortunately, they selected a study that had been financially supported by Jenny Craig. There are other problems with their research methodology, for example, only Jenny Craig was studied in this particular trial. So I wrote a rebuttal on my blog, picking apart their methodology: I also wrote some follow up posts:

Thought for the Day--April 25, 2011: Children and Exercise

Webmaster, 8, on her bike. During Spring, Summer, and Fall, she lived on that bicycle _______________________ Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn't formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. --Lee Haney Back in the late 1950's, during the long, hot Sioux City, Iowa, summers, it seems that kids were always outside: exploring, playing whiffle or softball, jumping rope, cycling, roller skating, and hula hooping. Play was organic, not organized by parents as "play dates." As a kid, you scoured the neighborhood until you found some kids to play with, and that was it. You just went home to eat and sleep, both of which interfered with the important work of playing with your friends. It was too hot to stay home and park yourself in front of the TV--no one I knew had air-conditioning. Only department stores and movie theaters had that luxury. On the unbearably hot days of July and August, you hung out at the local swimming p

Thought for the Day--March 24, 2011: Choosing Your Battles

You're a true believer. You have discovered the perfect diet. Moreover, you're a perfect angel who is on the perfect diet, the best diet in the world, and you want everyone to know about it. You want to shout your discovery from the mountaintop. You want everyone you know and love to jump on your bandwagon and enjoy what you are enjoying. You want to recruit. Don't do it! Instead, show by example, not by cajoling. If your children are still young, it would be tempting to nag them to eat and live a healthier lifestyle, but refrain. Instead, quietly serve tasty (but healthy) foods, and don't make a big deal out of it. Just let them assume that you're serving the best tasting food in the world. And, for goodness sake, don't force them to eat foods that they hate. Maybe they should love broccoli, but all the wishing in the world won't make it so. Besides, once they go out the door and into the big, bad world, your control (such as it is) evaporates as peer pre

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