Category Archives: Best Practices

The Uncivilized Civil Bear

Anyone remember that 3 tech giants began providing testimony to Congress by court order earlier this week? As of midnight, November 5th, 2017, a check of my Twitter feed showed the most recent article on the matter had been shared a whopping 7 hours earlier. There was very little to be found aside from a New York Times puff piece with Trevor Noah citing the most base excuses against social constructivism a la “Anger & Fear” which are as indifferent to the premise which brought these juggernauts to Washington, as Watters Worlds attempt at the same comedic vein.  

The best coverage out of the gate on November 5th, seems to be held by USA Today – unless this is YET ANOTHER example of the hackUverse taking itself too seriously for anyone’s good. “Cis-gender” rather than AI & Machine Learning was the premise Watters World cited when repeating a recent Tech engineer demand for neutrality as if it is synonym with transparency and something other than a blatant threat toward anyone challenging the Cold War historiography that they depend on. I award an honorable mention to a set of video clips titled “Facebook testimony in under 3 minutes.” Beyond this, Texas Hold Em rules appear to continue to be tacitly observed. 

I have little to add to the USA Today article that would change its scope. I did appreciate its subtleties. I’m suddenly reminded that I saved a pin on Pintrest today that says: 

Observer. Confirms. Bias. We dont have “Gods” with Unlimited Free Will but we have to do all the work to suffer thru Russian Communisms faux death throes until such a time as the “Gods” can create “Russian Capitalism” from the ashes of Voldemort and Edward Cullen. 

Meanwhile, The Paradise Papers have gotten (deservedly) more notice than a release of “new JFK files.” And yet each measured op ed piece that leads beyond the scope of social media sharing contains seeds of mortality. Vice Network’s series CyberWar spoke with Dan Geer who noted that this state of affairs is, for the time being, its own reward. With candor Geer went on to explain that The Internet Of Things cant currently support the complexity that humans create. Geer said “Because risk is proportional to dependency” and “complexity hides risk” the IOT must have remote management interface or a finite life cycle. Currently, the speed of innovation ensures the latter to the exasperation of the former.  

While we all hear the saber rattling for the publics submissive retreat into the shadows of idealism the ACLU floats pop pieces of science about infintesimaly small statistical disorders to vulnerable minority communities of gender, knowing that the Achilles heel of such fluff, like the IOT itself, has its own limited learning curve, a limited re-entry window into the mainstream fabric of American society which many young and veteran members of vulnerable communities need in order to simply live the lives they have. 

Why have I drawn the verbal equivalent of a crop circle when Tech Giant Testimony is the unifying theme? If you dont already suspect the answer goes beyond mere sociopathology, I do suggest watching Vice Networks CyberWar series. 

  • Its about the LONGEVITY of a Business Model? Is that all? 

    I personally cant withstand the drama of living outside the scope of the present moment. The intellectual challenge presented by the testimony of these “infintesimaly small’ Tech conumdrums is part & parcel of a dilemma in philosophy that parallels it. I do see my own retreat as a reserve removed from the views of military and government participants that structure their narratives in such a way that flash words like “Deep State,” “Alt-Right,” and “Unity” casually undermine the boundaries built by consensus that allowed us all to reach this moment, November 6th, 2017. 

    I need MORE SILENCE and more precision. I need my family back and a few friends. I need honesty and admissions of Facts. 

    I also would love to play a game of Clue. 

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    Thought for the Day: Defining Bullshit

    The Chronicle of Higher Education has just made my day, or rather two professors at The University of Washington. It’s a crying shame they aren’t located in D.C. and/or that they haven’t YET exported their wit to every State in the Union.

    Here is the opening line from The Chronicle’s current Post Truth issue:

    “Facts and figures are like cow pastures. Unless you squint, you can’t always tell how full of bullshit they are.”

    That’s correct readers. It seems AT LEAST TWO tenured (?) academics have struck marketing gold! At my Alma Matter, the class was titled Borderlands of Science and Religion and you can view the wit who created it, under this blog’s About tab.

    The current Chronicle article has a Q & A with the academics in question and I recommend giving it a read.

    Steiner North American Recruitment 2016

    It’s June 24th, 2016 and I was a guest of The Nevada School of Massage Therapy and The Steiner Education Group. It’s been a lovely experience and visit to Las Vegas.

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    I made time recently to look up basic info on the founder, Rudolph Steiner before the meeting. Today I learned Mr. Steiner began his career as “the hairdresser” to the  English Monarch in the early 20th century. The Nevada School of Massage Therapy is a Steiner school and for this season, recruitment was limited to the only American vessel in the fleet.

    I was shocked there were under 30 people at the meeting and a healthy portion were oriented to the East Coast. I believe there were two candidates from West Coast States, California and Oregon. My massage partner for the demo is a graduate from The Ann Arbor School of Massage and is currently in private practice. I wasn’t the only Massage Envy employee present, nor was I the oldest candidate, the most veteran candidate or even the most educated candidate.

    Here is a list of requirements successful applicants must complete before beginning their training and reporting for duty:

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    I don’t know if I’ve violated legal restrictions by publishing this photo on my blog. If any readers know what I don’t, please make me aware of it and thank you. The photo is small and I hope readers can enlarge it.

    At least one candidate is a recent graduate of The Utah College of Massage Therapy’s Master Bodywork program for instance. Another parallel would be ISPA’s management certifications that they created a bit more than ten years ago. One candidate is a long term Steiner veteran. She has been with the company almost ten years and despite this, all returning employees go thru the same recruitment process with each back to back contract.

    Basic Pros and Con’s:

    Cons: Longer work days are required at a pace Americans would reject for anyone not salaried in a white collar profession.

    Communal living. Enough said.

    Pro’s: Based in Hawaii!!

    Reasonable compensation.

    The interview itself was very limited. Brief even for the distance travelled by both the recruiter and candidates. I’ve been thru more thorough interviews with domestic employers. Despite this, I did feel comfortable. When I asked about upward mobility in the organization I was assured that it’s performance based and meritocratic. I didn’t ask about lateral moves in the organization, such as applying for different positions once a contract had ended.

    I hope to receive an acceptable passing interview notification in two weeks. If not, I will be staying put in Nashville and will begin making plans to begin my paralegal and lining up a more cost affordable graduate school than Emory Law. Emory is still too expensive for my finances, even with the blessing of one or more contracts with Steiner.

    Suspects arrested in murder of holistic MD

    Health Nut News reports that two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of holistic MD Teresa Sievers. The video is at least 15 minutes long but I recommend watching it. The connections between the accused and the deceased are convoluted and the reporter for Health Nut News ALSO has ties to the victim and her family. The video includes examples from facebook friends lists which illustrates the connections involved better than the accompanying article.