The War Against the Mentally Ill

 

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The rise in violence, particularly gun violence, is being blamed on the mentally-ill, adding even more stigma to their already misunderstood existance.  If people insist on blaming the mentally-ill, I suggest creating a specific disorder in the

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders(DSM–5)

for this condition, instead of lumping all mentally-ill persons into one category.  Perhaps Gun-o-phelia, Gun-Loving Delusions of Grandeaur, or Gun-Loving Personality Disorder  for tbose with excessive attachment to their weapons, along with the belief that their firearms will solve all problems and keep them safe in the terrifyingly darkest recesses of their minds.

Fear Not the Fake Snow Snake

Just a reminder, it’s only a fake, it’s only a fake.  

“This is the deadly snow snake. It has bitten 3 people in the state of Ohio and one in Pennsylvania. It’s been spotted in other states. It comes out in the cold weather and at this time there is no cure for it’s bite. One bite and your blood starts to freeze. Scientist are trying to find a cure. Your body temperature start to fall once bitten. Please stay clear if you have see it. Please forward this and try to save as many people as we can from this deadly snow snake.”

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Source:  https://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/snowsnake.asp

 

It Can Snow Anywhere – Can O’ Snow

Portable snow in a can.  Send some to your friends in Florida to show them what they’re missing.  Perfect as a Secret Santa gift for work.  Or, save it for those Hot Dog Days of August.  Hurry.  Minimum quantity 101 per customer.

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/f21/home-and-gift/1000249358

 

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Light-Up Bulb Headband


Now this is a hair accessory I would imagine Garcia on Criminal Minds wearing, but heck, it would make a great Secret Santa gift, or to wear on a night out dancing, or while Christmas Carolling for free hot chocolate and cookies.

https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/Catalog/Product/F21/ACC/1000158545

Cleopatra VII – A Very Clever Queen

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Cleopatra VII – A Very Clever Queen

Over two-thousand years later, the mere mention of her name continues to conjure up an image of beauty, grace and power over both empire and men.   Cleopatra, however, was also intelligent, both ruthless and fearless, while feared in her day and admired still today.

A search on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) yields 188 titles of movies and TV episodes with the name Cleopatra in it.  One of the most famous movie versions starred the late Elizabeth Taylor.  http://www.imdb.com/find?q=cleopatra&s=tt&ref_=fn_al_tt_mr

A search on the Library of Congress yields 1,245 book titles.  Most notably would be Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra”. http://www.loc.gov/search/?q=cleopatra&all=true&in=original-format%3Abook

Why has Cleopatra remained such a fascinating pharaoh?

Born in 69 BC and believed to have committed suicide in 30 BC by asp (a cobra and symbol of divinity), Cleopatra was a daughter of Ptolemy XII Auletes and the final pharoah in a dynasty that endured approximately two centuries.

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Cleopatra.aspx

Antony fell for false rumors that Cleopatra was dead and as a result, fell to his sword, after which, Cleopatra ended her life.

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/121230/Cleopatra

Cleopatra did what she had to do to remain a ruler.  At the age of eighteen, following the death of her father, she married her twelve-year old brother, then after his death, another brother to keep her throne secure.  She seduced, Julius Caesar, legend has it, by being brought to his chambers rolled up in a carpet.  After Ceasar’s assisination, Cleopatra had her brother, Ptolemy XIV killed as well as her sister, Arsinoe in order to protect her throne.  Her next lover was to be Mark Antony.

Although Cleopatra was an Egyptian pharaoh, she was of Macedonian heritage.  She spoke nine languages, including her native Greek and the Egyptian language of the land she ruled.

http://www.touregypt.net/cleopatr.htm

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-cleopatra-151356013/?no-ist

 

Like No Other Woman or Man

Of course, being a woman, Cleopatra “during her lifetime and in the century after her death, Roman propaganda, most of it originating with her enemy Octavian, painted Cleopatra as a dangerous harlot who employed sex, witchcraft and cunning as she grasped for power beyond what was proper for a woman. The poet Horace, writing in the late first century B.C., called her “A crazy queen…plotting…to demolish the Capitol and topple the [Roman] Empire.” Nearly a century later, the Roman poet Lucan labeled her “the shame of Egypt, the lascivious fury who was to become the bane of Rome.”

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-cleopatra-151356013/?no-ist

In a power-ploy in December 2013, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un assassinated his uncle, Jang Song-Thaek and branded him a traitor.  Western civilization, especially, looked unfavorably upon this action.  Imagine the uproar if any modern woman assassinated members of her family in order to retain power.  Somehow, it is most difficult to believe, she would pull it off as admirably as Cleopatra is immortalized for.

http://www.news.com.au/world/north-korean-dictator-kim-jongun-has-executed-his-uncle/story-fndir2ev-1226782168127

 

Image By John William Waterhouse – http://allart.biz/photos/image/John_William_Waterhouse_14_Cleopatra.html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17965996

 

Semalt Expert: What You Can Learn About Your Online Marketing From Customer’s Feedback

Feedback is a strenuous activity but of immense value for any business. It involves more than just the acquisition of information but also the establishment of a bond with clients. However, feedback, especially customer’s feedback, is difficult to categorize.

Nik Chaykovskiy, the expert of Semalt Digital Services, explains what types of feedback exist and how you can use them to improve your marketing strategies.

Academically, there are three types of feedback mostly used by teachers to improve their student’s work. There are positive feedback, negative feedback, and constructive feedback.

  • Positive feedback is a valuable source of insight in different areas of business. This acuity helps to decide whether to devote more attention and energy into what works or work more on something that needs improvement. To encourage customers to leave feedback, give them a response and show an interest in their reviews as soon as they are significant for other customers as well. But, never ask for a positive feedback straightforward, doing so is tantamount to coercion, so customers will never respond well to this.
  • Negative feedback, on the other hand, is inevitable so banning it and deleting will extremely damage your brand. Instead, it is advisable to turn criticism into actionable feedback by using customers’ negative reviews to establish reasons why they were unsatisfied. Also by asking them to provide details about their experience aids this process.
  • Finally, constructive feedback differs from the previous two in that it refers to things that you might do in the future, unlike positive and negative feedback that dwell on the past. Nevertheless, positive feedback and negative feedback are also integrated into constructive feedback, resulting in positive, constructive feedback and negative constructive feedback. Positive, constructive feedback, in this case, means advising on future actions and how they are taken while negative constructive feedback advises on how not to take future action.

Apart from these three types, there are two other categories unique especially to digital marketing. They are formal feedback and informal feedback. Formal feedback relies on questionnaires and surveys to get information from customers. Thus, for questionnaires to have an impact, they should be designed to encourage the customers to critique the business as well as praise it. Also by making the questions clear and precise, the customers can give a thorough feedback on the business.

Informal feedback as the other category is important because it gives the business owner a chance not only to interact with the customers but also see them in their natural environment. A shortcoming, though, of informal feedback is that the customers are never under pressure to respond one way or the other. In the end, this becomes time-consuming in both collection of data, analyzing and distilling of it.

Finally, keeping up to date the information on what the competitors are up to helps the business to keep a competitive edge because customers who are internet savvy are quick in spotting widespread strategies. Collecting data is eventually a constant and ongoing process, which requires enough time for the application of its results into business processes.

The Glorification of Guns in America

Because, “Happiness is a Warm Gun”

In this United States of America, there seems to be a fascination, an affection, a powerful and almost sexual attraction to guns. Oseene of my favorite toys in the 1960’s (or maybe it really was my older brother’s) was an attache case that shot bullets out the side.  It could have been this one, or it could have been a cheap copy, but I thought it was the coolest toy ever.  I don’t recall any of the accessories/guns included.  However, I was well-aware it was a toy.  I had no fantasies of killing anyone. Continue reading “The Glorification of Guns in America”

Occasional Book Review: A. C. PAPA

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In case you missed it earlier this year, “a literary journal that celebrates Florida,” A. C. PAPA (Ancient City Poets, Authors, Photographers and Artists), an 8-1/2″ x 11″ glossy-cover anthology was released by Editor-In-Chief Chris Bodor of the Poet Plant Press.  This is Mr. Bodor’s seventh and most stunning publication to date. Continue reading “Occasional Book Review: A. C. PAPA”

Fox & Friends

The first time I ever watched the Fox news station was during the August 6, 2015 first Republican presidential debate where Megyn Kelly “behaved very badly” like a bad little girl by asking Donald Trump “tough questions”.  This burlesque comedy show and its fallout was most entertaining and worth the watch. Continue reading “Fox & Friends”

Morgan & Morgan Improves Its Image

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Captain Morgan billboard at intersection of Griffin Rd and HW 27 in Leesburg FL.   (Stevie Cenko photo.)

 Attorney John Morgan of Morgan& Morgan with several locations throughout Florida (and beyond) has finally rid his billboards of that photo of him with so much white makeup on his face that he looks like a corpse.  He’s also updated his wardrobe and changed his slogan.  It’s all so very refreshing. Continue reading “Morgan & Morgan Improves Its Image”

True Detective Season 2: An Exploration of Women’s Struggles

There are only a handful of TV series I watch (up from none for years) and True Detective is one of them.  It baffles me that so many viewers watched every episode this season, only to gripe about almost every aspect of each episode.  I’ve learned this from reading many posts on the IMDb True Detective discussion boards and a random selection of critics’ reviews.  It appears the majority of viewers were extremely disappointed by Season 2 which they faithfully watched every episode of nevertheless. Continue reading “True Detective Season 2: An Exploration of Women’s Struggles”