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How Can YOU Tell if You’ve Shared Too Much on Social Media?

cloud symbolTen years ago I was asked a question in a group. The question was about where do I see myself in 5 or 10 years. It’s basically a good question, one of those obvious leading questions about setting goals and becoming something you want to be, The truth is, I don’t know exactly what that looks like. The reasons are many but perhaps part of its learning what happens to a plan when life gets in the way.
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Here’s an example, that didn’t happen to me, but it probably has for someone. Suppose you planned on becoming an astronaut. You’ve taken all the required college courses, pilot training, are in good health & routinely exercise, and even entered Annapolis. Now, a few more years of education and preparation and you find out the astronaut program has been essentially defunded. You can say, well the time wasn’t wasted and you’ve gained valuable experience but the goal was never realized. Not a total loss by any stretch of the imagination. For some people though, life’s altering moments cause us to understand, not everyone will be able to plan the next 5 to 10 years with reliable predictability. Cancer, car accident, natural disaster, drive-by shooting, etc. all are part of the unpredictability of life. In short, living your life without direction isn’t something to strive for, but be prepared to accept the unexpected.

Change is a never-ending process but not all change is progress. Here are a few examples of those changes.

  • Fifty years ago, we saw people on TV talking into their glass frames as if they had a secret microphone linked to someone in a remote location. It was total fiction. Now we have Google glass.
  • We saw spies in movies traveling in undetectable aircraft. Now we have stealth attack drones.

We were doing well and living large when we had two or more of these things in our homes.

  • A telephone with a private line. (There were shared phone lines at one time).
  • A color television that everyone in the house shared. (A color TV was considered a luxury).
  • A portable record player you could set on a table or other furniture so that you could play your own music.

Here are a few things none of us knew were coming but routinely accept as part of our lives.

  • Smart phones which not only allow us to make telephone calls, they’ve become a big source of music & video entertainment.
  • Social Media has overtaken porn as the No. 1 activity on the web.
  • Over 200 million of Facebook’s users are “mobile only”.
  • 30% of Facebook’s ad revenue is from users that only access via mobile devices.
  • The fastest growing demographic on Twitter is the 55–64 year age bracket. It has grown by 79% since 2012.
  • The 45–54 year age bracket is the fastest growing demographic on both Facebook and Google+.
  • For Facebook, this group has jumped 46%.
  • For Google+, 56%.

This means you should keep older users in mind when using social media, on at least these three platforms.

I’ve often made predictions about advancements in science and computer technology, most of the time I failed miserably in these predictions.

Computer technology would become part of every classroom and home providing great advancements in education and human understanding. (Well I got part of that right)

Transportation would become more advanced to the point where you would be able to leave your home in a (alternative energy like hydrogen) smart car that would enter super highways and be moved along with a conveyor like precision leaving the driver to catch up on last-minute job preparation or the news. Google is working on a prototype driver-less car. I also thought these highways would lead to major centralized commuter locations where people could get on trains and be whisked at high-speed to their destinations. A further enhancement to that would be your car is moved on to the train and you could then have it available to use at your destination. (I was very wrong on this but it still appeals to me)

Technologists and doctors would have a tiny computer embedded into optics which would allow them to ask questions of other resources or a database of information before and during any procedure. (Google Glass & the Internet could still make this happen)

Facebook logoWhere I really was off the mark was anticipating where the Internet would lead us in a group sharing experience such as Facebook. Here’s where many netizens have jumped the shark.

You might have personally jumped the shark with the following Social Media sharing activity.

  • Posted a video of yourself trying to squeeze your former size 4 backside into size 10 jeans and not realizing you’re now a size 14.
  • Posting an announcement to the world that you are in possession of your faculties while at a strip club, all gay bar, private party, dancing with a lampshade on your head with someone, and you don’t think you will regret it the next day.
  • Posting announcements to the community your bust size, penis size or backside, sometimes supported with photographic evidence.

How can you tell you have shared way too much information on Facebook?
1 – When the FBI or the NSA sends you a thank you card.
2 – When your spouse / significant other reads your profile and is shocked to learn things you never told them about yourself.
3 – When TMZ or the Daily Beast texts you and asks for a little more detail to round out the story they’re about to run.
4 – When Bill Clinton calls and wants to know more.
5 – When you start offering your opinions about how the Kardashians, Jay Z, or Miley Cyrus need to conduct their life.
6 – Posting videos of you with an underground arsenal and demonstrating your knife throwing ninja abilities.
7 – Posting videos of your speedometer pegged while circling the city or running down the expressway. Better still when the video is date & time stamped and you show street signs along the way.
8 – When you share what you think is humor and it insults several nationalities in the punch line(s)
9 – You frequently find it fun to debate people and when they say something you don’t like, you call them names and threaten them along with their families.
10 – You can’t help but share the best grandchildren, pet or cute animal videos and hoping for a lot of likes to your shared posts.

Think before you post!

A Team of Ox & Morons Couldn’t Pull This Off Any Better!

The phenomena of success for some is claimed to be all part of their personal success strategy. Others claim it’s mostly luck with the right preparation mixed in. Whatever the ‘magic formula’ one thing is for sure, people with wealth don’t always have time to keep up with fashion or technology. Jerry Jones owns the $2.3 billion Dallas CowboysThere are of course many who are wildly successful in one or the other but it’s totally unnecessary to have to be concerned about things like, fashion, technology or the latest fads in entertainment. Case in point… This headline on Yahoo Sports — Jerry Jones Still Uses A Flip Phone

I know this comes as a bit of a shock to some people but maybe Jerry Jones uses the phone for it’s stated purpose, to communicate. He probably doesn’t have time to catch up on the latest tweets or Facebook friends or up his score with angry feathers. He probably only uses it to talk to people and carrying the smaller flip phone works just fine.  Maybe that’s why Jerry Jones is a billionaire and we’re not!

Government shutdown news: The government needs to shut down business or residents within Federal parks and land because they can’t afford to pay people to serve and protect in these areas. That’s why they send out Park rangers to shut down an Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Of course if you live on government land you have to vacate your property as well because they can’t protect you. If you’re 80 years old and use a walker it doesn’t matter, they’ll be sending Rangers around to make sure you vacate. So they can’t protect you, but they can evict you, that seems logical.  Senior citizens ordered to leave their homes due to government shutdown”. Over 800 square miles of the Florida Bay have also been shutdown by the Obama administration. This shutdown requires more federally paid workers to enforce this closure than on hand before the shutdown.

“Republicans planning extended temper tantrum over Supreme Court ruling” according to Joan McCarter of the Daily Kos.

I guess like most ‘progressives’ she doesn’t understand the concept our government was based on. It’s called a “separation of powers”.

open bookHamilton and Madison wrote the Federalist Papers which are the background of reasoning behind the Constitution. In Federalist Paper #62. James Madison explains the need for a balance of power so an individual, like a President, couldn’t just exercise his/her will to make law or move legislation forward.
It is a misfortune incident to republican government, though in a less degree than to other governments, that those who administer it may forget their obligations to their constituents, and prove unfaithful to their important trust. In this point of view, a senate, as a second branch of the legislative assembly, distinct from, and dividing the power with, a first, must be in all cases a salutary check on the government. It doubles the security to the people, by requiring the concurrence of two distinct bodies in schemes of usurpation or perfidy, where the ambition or corruption of one would otherwise be sufficient.

He went on further to explain the need for government leaders to work with integrity to their oath of office and in harmony with the happiness of the people. A good government implies two things: first, fidelity to the object of government, which is the happiness of the people; secondly, a knowledge of the means by which that object can be best attained.

The President independently changed the ‘mandate’ for the Affordable Care Act to allow big business an implementation delay for 1 year. The House of Representatives, who by the Constitution have the legal obligation and right to control spending and to modify and negotiate bills which become laws, asserted that right when President Obama illegally modified the ACA law to favor a specific group. The House of Representatives said, wait a moment, if you want to do that for one group then how about we sit down and iron out a fair and equal under the law treatment for all private individuals as well. President Obama says, oh no, we can’t be treating everyone equally, that’s just wrong.

This is where Madison hits the nail exactly on the head by informing us, favoring one group over another only benefits that singular group and not the nation. Furthermore he explains, those with money are then the beneficiaries of such egregious government behavior. Another effect of public instability is the unreasonable advantage it gives to the sagacious, the enterprising, and the moneyed few over the industrious and uniformed mass of the people. Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue, or in any way affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change, and can trace its consequences; a harvest, reared not by themselves, but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow-citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few, not for the many.

Obama playing golf

Plenty of time for golf during the shutdown

Lewis Carrolls’ novel, Alice in Wonderland, a dialogue began;

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where . . .”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

There hasn’t been consistency in the Obama administration toward policy, consequences of the cobbled together policies and the lack of overall international direction. Madison once again, understood his own time as well as the future when he stated. An individual who is observed to be inconstant to his plans, or perhaps to carry on his affairs without any plan at all, is marked at once, by all prudent people, as a speedy victim to his own unsteadiness and folly. His more friendly neighbors may pity him, but all will decline to connect their fortunes with his; and not a few will seize the opportunity of making their fortunes out of his. One nation is to another what one individual is to another; with this melancholy distinction perhaps, that the former, with fewer of the benevolent emotions than the latter, are under fewer restraints also from taking undue advantage from the indiscretions of each other. Every nation, consequently, whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability, may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of their wiser neighbors.

The only behavior which seems immature here stems from the absolute intractability of President Obama and the leadership exhibited by Senator Harry Reid. For a President to suggest he can modify laws at will, which differed from that passed through Congress and reviewed b y the Supreme Court and then go on to say, he isn’t required to negotiate with those loser Republicans, indicates a narcissism and native of our foundational principles documented in the Constitution and explained through the Federalist papers.

The signatures of President Barack Obama, Vice...

Anyone who makes the claim the Health Care law is the law of the land and Congress needs to roll over, fails to recognize the alterations made by the Obama administration after the law was passed and judicially reviewed. In case individuals forgot civics 101, the Legislative branch makes law and the Executive branch administrates the law. Once a law is passed, the President doesn’t have the authority to choose which portion of the law he wants to enact or enforce.

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