Those of us paying attention & the democratic grass-roots organizations in the South are not surprised that Georgia flipped blue [even if it doesn’t stay blue, post-recount, but that likelihood is very slim.]
In what has seemed like a large sea of “red”, Georgia has fostered “blue” strongholds for years — with Atlanta and Savannah’s circles growing, growing, and popping off new little holdouts — Athens, Macon, Augusta. Do not forget that Jimmy Carter, was born here, in Plains, Georgia. Remember that we were the only Southern state to flip blue, for one of our own, in 1976. Sumter, Georgia, the county Plains is located in, voted Biden with a slim margin, Ossoff with a slim margin, and Warnock with a larger margin. …
Why “Privatize USPS” is not an option.
“Privatizing USPS” could be a novel on it’s own, but here’s the spoiler alert : we already have two privatized shipping systems, and neither of them are practical for use for the average American sending packages or mail.
Why not? Because UPS & FedEx are privatized, they are optimizing for profitability. They have the luxury of capitalism dictating their decisions. One of those decisions for our privatized shipping options was to cut accessibility to every single address — it’s too expensive for everyone to receive mail.
USPS has not been given that luxury of choosing whom they can serve — by government mandate, they must deliver to every registered address. The benefits to the average American citizen because of that are tremendous. While FedEx can continue to hand-select customers and optimize for the highest-paid bill and easiest to deliver locations, the USPS address delivery radius has been expanding to more locations year over year. The cost of postage and shipping packages via USPS has held relatively stable, and remains fractions of the cost of the privatized options. So, why does the process cost the USPS so much money, while Fedex & others seem to be rolling in cash? …
One of the biggest reasons for the vaping “epidemic” is the current illegality of cannabis in most of the United States [and beyond].
Vaping came to be primarily as a discrete manner to consume cannabis. Read that again. I’m saying that vaping exists solely because cannabis is a federally illegal substance, and there was a need in the market for discrete consumption. Yes, there is a medicinal place in the market for vaporizers. Are we there yet? No.
Here’s the thing — all of us, yes — I do mean all of us- all of us that work in the legal [and for some still, illegal] cannabis industry, that are working and striving to make this sector fully legal and safe, we all support legislation. We support testing, we support regulation —this is the battle we’ve been gearing to fight for decades, and for many of us longer than I’ve been alive. For the large and vast majority of the cannabis industry, these products that are causing trouble — we want them to go away too. …
What happened to Zoom could have happened with any tech platform out there to date.
What happened to Zoom primarily was exposed because of circumstance, not due to a significant failure on Zoom’s part.
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Well, of course, there were flaws on Zoom’s technology part. But there are always flaws on the technology part — I’m willing to bet that more than half of the softwares you are currently using for your personal life or business have serious security vulnerabilities. Why? Because there are no real laws governing the wild west of the internet. And as I’ve said before, the internet as we know it was not designed to be safe. It was designed to be fast. …
Georgia’s Historically Business-Friendly Stance puts it at Greater Risk
Georgia is in a very complicated position. There’s a press conference scheduled for 5pm today [3/23/2020] — but at this time, Governor Kemp has “no plans to issue statewide mandatory business closures at this time.” For those watching in New York or California, this seems highly irresponsible.
But you have to think back to who Georgia is. For Georgia, controlling businesses is distinctly anti-state. This makes it very difficult for Kemp & local government leaders to enforce any type of business shutdown or closures. States like California, for instance, are employee-friendly and lean towards policies that typically protect public good over corporate interest — so enacting forced business shutdown is much less of a stretch, it falls within the established guidelines of that community. …
What is your HR department doing wrong?
I have spent most of my career on the hiring side of the table, but here is my most honest advice from both sides of the spectrum during the job application and hiring process.
Let’s start with compensation, since that’s what most people say they care about (in practice, I’ve found this to not be true, but I digress).
I have two very dear friends who happen to be sisters. Although genetically similar, in methodology they have proven to be distinctly different.
One of them, in a job interview, was asked how much money she made in her former/current role. She made $45,000 at her current position. …
Trigger Warning : Suicide
I’ve written five versions of this piece.
The first I wrote days after you left this world. Hurt, confused, ready to follow in your footsteps.
The second, and the third, I wrote trying to bring you some type of justice. To raise awareness, to call attention. They were both too pithy. Too filled with rage at everyone else that failed to notice the signs they were about to lose a friend. Too filled with rage at myself.
The fourth was pure grief. How sometimes I get so excited to show you something I’ve found before I remember. All the times over the last few months I’ve picked up the phone to track your location only to stare at the ‘loading’ screen. All the articles I have saved to share with you. My “bitchiest” comments about our co-workers. …
Learning the basics of computers changed how I viewed the world.
They seem to like this magical thing that works somehow, and our media and cultural fears play highly on that magical feature, but when you break it down it’s really quite understandable and simple. Computers have a language, and there are rules to language. There are rules that computers [and technology] operate within, and that’s just that. If you take away the idea that it’s magic, and try to understand, it becomes simple.
Computers aren’t magic. They do not have personalities, and even though we as humans find it easy to attribute emotional responses to their actions — like a computer freezing up on us, or refusing to send an email, we have to remember that they are just machines, effectively following a series of rules. …
An informal case study on how CryptoKitties has effectively used marketing for wide-scale adopting & use-case of blockchain.
You’ll always fail if you never ask
A few years ago, Stefan Sagmeister came to my college in Savannah to speak. My business partner and self-proclaimed advertising lover was thrilled, and I decided to tag along because of the promise of free time and supplies in the print-making shop.
Now, if you don’t know, Stefan Sagmeister is a designer truly dedicated to his craft — going as far as bodily mutilation to get the perfect work. Sagmeister is a creative by trade, formally working in graphic design and formerly owning a very famous and well known firm — Sagmeister & Walsh, in NYC. Currently [at time of publication] 56, Sagmeister entered the creative field at 15 years old and has consistently been pushing boundaries and redefining story-telling since. You can learn more about his awe-inspiring talent here. But this story isn’t about that. …