Saturday, July 30, 2016

You Are Not Private: The World Knows Who--and Where--You Are!

YOU are not alone!

So, you think you live in your own private world? Guess again...

You tweet, you update your Facebook page, you post things on Pinterest, or Scribd, or you Skype a friend in Indonesia. 

You email or text a friend over on Hall Street. You play a game and laugh and laugh.

You shop iTunes and You sell a thing or two on eBay or Craigslist.

Then, you get annoyed when you find out that lots of big companies--and others--know who and where you are. And they are influencing you.

If you haven't done so already, I recommend you Google your own name. If it's on the common side, add your middle name. You'll be amazed at what pops up. If you can see it, so can the world. 

I've been online since the mid 1990s. When I Google my full name, nearly four pages of links and info show up!

Go ahead. Google yourself. Then come back and tell me what you found.

(By the way, if you're looking for a job these days, don't bother lying in any way on your resume. Your future employer has Googled you before you even try to set up an interview.)

Have fun!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hilary Makes a Major Break in the Glass Ceiling

Love her or hate her, you can't deny that she has made history. 

Last evening, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hilary Rodham Clinton was officially nominated as the Presidential Candidate for the Democratic Party. She is the first woman in American history to receive the honor.

Congratulations, Ms. Clinton. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Are Conservatives Too Scared to Change? Are Liberals Too Stubborn to Bend?

"Northeastern and most coastal states will vote for the candidate who is more closely aligned with international cooperation and engagement, secularism and science, gun control, individual freedom in culture and sexuality, and a greater role for the government in protecting the environment and ensuring economic equality." Steven Pinker

What do you think of Pinker's quote? I asked a couple of colleagues and here are just three comments:

"I think Pinker is right. The middle of the country is too staunchly conservative to give a damn about such things as equality and justice. They are stuck in a past century and fear change too much." D.L.

"Pinker seems by implication to suggest that the conservative is a lug and has no concern for freedom and equality. As a conservative, I take issue with him. We like our stability, but we know change is inevitable." S.R.

"I've heard this kind of stuff for years. The coasts go liberal, the middle and south of the county go conservative. It's more complicated than that. Take Denver, or Cleveland, or Atlanta. Lots of liberals in those cities. Sure, they're surrounded by country bumpkins, but the cities usually swing the state in their own direction." P.Z.

The outcome of this election season will prove to be challenging, no matter the winners. Even if you don't like the presidential candidates, there are a lot of Congress people up for reelection as well. They matter more than the White House. 

So please vote in November. Your city, state, and nation depend on you.