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Website ISP Propaganda

I call misinformation disguised within a planned marketing effort, propaganda. The formal definition is, “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

All media in the United States has become a competition. So, they have become propagandists, rather than true reporters. It has become so dominate in our culture, most people younger than myself are desensitized by the constant exposure, they freely accept the spin on the truth. Fact is now replaced by opinion which is broadcast by medias as fact. Media now invents the news, without concern for truth.

Independent thinking and judging in every society is replaced by certain members who interpret the facts for others to “better understand”. They are called “leaders”. They make decisions for the others. It’s the basic rule of domination. Media is guilty. Religion is guilty, Military depend on it. Even the animals do it.

Recently I did some research into the ISP (Internet Service Providers). There is a secret little war going on between these providers of service. It appears a dominate but silent major owner has developed named Endurance International Group (EIG). Here is a “mission statement” quote from a review site that talks about EIG, “…transforms opinions shared on social media into a review site for consumers. We currently focus on web hosting reviews.”

Since when have reviews of opinions on “social media” replaced true fact finding? I have stated many times in other blogs, “Opinions are not facts.” Opinions are an interpretation of facts. Not the unbiased truth. Dominate leaders promote their opinion, not fact. Consider the conflict between cults and religions in this world. Jim Jones, David Koresh, ISiS.

This EIG may be bad, good, or indifferent. But I noticed the loudest nay-sayers of this group are smaller ISP’s blasting this growing menace to their way of life. If someone was dominating my way of business, I certainly have a negative opinion. I might even go to war. That’s because my opinion is biased to my own interests.

So, this is how “being social” really works. Nothing is truly how it is presented in opinion. That’s because opinions don’t have to be the facts. It is how I want or think things should be. Opinions are reflections of truth and reflections can be distorted to something unrecognizable.

The ISP I have been using for over a decade is now on the “black list” of the EIG haters group. It’s being reported by the propagandists that my ISP is now “DOOMED” to failure and all the people served are going to exit screaming for better service (which of course the “savior” writing the comment provides) This is a blatant example of bias and self-serving prophecy. In business we call it, “a self-fulfilling prophecy” when we do it to ourselves.

Am I running and screaming from my ISP? Hell no! I believe nothing I read and only half of what I can see…  Maybe later though, if the facts I experience  tell me. That’s MY opinion.

Feel the Love

I enjoy exploring new challenges. They permit me to stray from a hard and true single-minded repetitive process. I am OK with that, because mostly… what I do, is what I enjoy.

I glance at the road around and behind me from time to time. Sometimes I see people following where I am headed. They are the “fans” who love whatever I make.

Occasionally there is no one there. I made a change to a road less travelled when no one is watching. This time it was the road to the mountain of new knowledge and skills.

I have a little moto, that keeps me on track while doing what I love. It explains the presence of those who follow me on my journey. It says, “Do what you love for those who love what you do.

I have that moto posted on my website. It’s a reminder of my goal when I wander too far off on less traveled roads. It puts me back on the main track.

Occasionally, I do my own thing for my own selfish enjoyment. It’s good to explore for a while. It brings new ideas and skills to my game.

But, true enjoyment of making comes to me from the people with whom I share what I do. It’s that human trait of “showing off” to others that stokes my creative fire. It makes me feel warm and cozy inside. The warm feeling is the sharing of what I love with others.

In this stage of my life, creating something people admire, want to have, and own is the reward for my continued existence. My family is grown and on their own. My professional career is in retirement. I have the time I need.

I don’t make things to add to my own collection. My desire is to pass my creations to someone who feels the spirit contained within. That spirit of love is returned by the new owner’s desire for my work. To love my work is an honor I appreciate.

My research has shown that people prefer handmade to factory made when a special-made item conveys a sense of personal human creative involvement. The human spirit is a part of the hand-crafted item. The mass-produced factory item has no soul.

I just cleaned off the debris of temporary neglect from my jeweler’s workbench, making room for my new skills. The road to developing new creative methods is not always clear. I spent needed time off the main track, wandering slowly through a few misty clouds on the high road of learning. But the old ways are not lost or abandoned. I saw a silver lining while in those clouds. So, I am back in the bright sun on the main road again, eager to again be productive. Enjoying doing what other people love.

Qualified Person

Edgar Allan Poe

In the construction trades and probably everywhere people perform tangible physical work, there is a term used when safety is being defined. It is the “Qualified Person”. There is no one definition of the term as it is used in a very broad sense. OSHA defines it as:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) CFR Regulation 1910 defines a “qualified person” as “one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation, and specifications in the subject work, project, or product.” OSHA CFR Regulation 1926 defines […] Continue reading » Qualified Person

Looking Below the Surface

Microsoft has produced something very nice. It’s the Surface series of tablet, laptop, and desk computers.

They are not the lowest cost computers. To be good, low price cannot be the most important feature. Quality is all about getting return for what is paid. I didn’t pay for my Surface. <G> It is on permanent loan to me. Subject to recall but not likely. If I had paid for it, I think it is worth the original cost. That’s good because the cost and features of the Surface series have increased since this machine was built.

The Surface brand represents the machines for which Windows 10 is designed. Could they […] Continue reading » Looking Below the Surface

More to Tell…

“And now, the rest of the story…” ~ Paul Harvey

My “big” PC

My 10+ year old main office PC (computer) with WIN10 has been giving me problems. I had a hard drive failure which was the boot drive. Fixed it and was running great, better than ever, but suddenly, earlier today, the whole dang PC went south. Fans run, and I have 12 and 5 volts, but mother board is dead. No video at all.

Looks like I must get a new one. Feeling much sorrow, grief and despair. Started to study what it would take to replace my old friend, browsing the […] Continue reading » More to Tell…