Wednesday, August 20, 2014
After several people used recorded phone calls to out customer service reps for bad behavior, it turns out using a microphone during your call might improve your chances of a decent customer experience. The trouble is, how do you do it?
You might think of the obvious option right off the bat: an app. The trouble is, a lot of apps that record cost money and are glitchy. Instead, we've pioneered a strategy for recording your calls that's simple, quiet and cheap.
(Here, we'd like to point out that laws around recording vary by state, so it's probably a good idea to check on the rules for wherever you live. We'd also advise getting the service rep's consent before you record, since you don't know where they're located.)
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James Foley was, in fact, executed by ISIS, you can honor him -- and not play into the terroristic hands of that organization -- simply by not watching the video of his murder.
Video voyeurism of the worst variety exists when we feast on the death of journalists who strive, through their reporting, to keep our society free. Resist the temptation to take even the briefest of looks.
There are many ways to think about the Republican Party's electoral predicament — in racial terms, in sectional terms, in ideological terms. One clarifying way to conceive the problem is in generational terms — a geriatric trap.
David Frum has an essay in Foreign Affairs laying out his view of how the Republican Party must change in order to regain parity at the national level. Frum’s core insight is that the Republican Party fell into a self-perpetuating cycle whereby its ideas attracted mainly old people, and old people in turn shaped its ideas, and so they wound up “reinventing themselves as defenders of the fiscal status quo for older Americans — and only older Americans.” Even while fighting a desperate rear-guard campaign to prevent, and then to destroy, universal health insurance, Republicans exempted all Americans over the age of 55 from any budget cuts. As a Fox News ratings gambit, this works splendidly. As both a long-term Republican political strategy and as a governing doctrine, it is a catastrophe.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
For many Americans, the scariest phrase in the English language is "changing demographics."
It's never easy to adjust to change -- especially when the thing that is changing is nothing less than the complexion of the country. America is being transformed before our eyes. In the early years of the 21st century, many white Americans are trembling at the thought that -- within three decades -- they'll be the minority in the United States. The demographic "doomsday" is about 2043, according to the most recent projections.
I'm not afraid of America's changing demographics, given that all are here legally.
What concerns me more is Americas's changing respect for:
The rule of law
Independence (rather than dependence)
The only ones getting no where in the future are .... the blacks. Hispanics use the blacks as ladders when they are in the minority in a company but when they are a majority they are more racists than the KKK.
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Ah, hey that's not bad. I can demand affirmative action, section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare checks...rather than working...hmm.
Well, you know what? It would be nice if these new groups would start considering themselves as American and stop thinking of themselves as special groups. Stop thinking of yourself as Hispanic, or black. Just be Americans. Assimilate like other immigrants (my relatives included) did. Learn the language, get a job, start supporting yourself and your family. Stop asking for special treatment and special favors. Just BE American. Can you do that, do you think?
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Facebook’s policy to force users to install a separate Messenger app on their smartphones hasn’t been popular. However, there is a quick trick on an iPhone to stop Facebook installing Messenger and continue chatting using the normal Facebook app.
Not all Facebook users are being forced to use the Messenger app, as the change is rolling out gradually. Eventually every mobile Facebook user will face the decision of whether or not to install the separate app.
All iPhone users have to do avoid this unpopular decision is to hit the install Messenger button when prompted by the standard Facebook app, but switch to the App Store while the Messenger app is being installed and stop the installation or delete the app.
Re-opening the standard Facebook app should have chat available in Messages, as before Facebook’s attempts to try to force Messenger on users.
The trick should work for now, but Facebook could easily update its apps for better detection of Messenger and remove the little work around.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Daniel here from the Music Bed. Real quick, I want to tell you about our latest idea: We want to help you bring your next short film idea to life. It’s called #ProjectFilmSupply, and we’re giving away more than $50,000 in prizes from awesome brands like RØDE, Kessler, Freefly, Blackmagic and more.
Here’s how #ProjectFilmSupply works.
Step 1: For the month of August, we’ll ask the filmmaking community to submit a short film idea + mood board for the project they’ve always dreamed of creating.
Step 2: Those who submit an idea will ask their friends, family, and followers to vote for their projects.
Step 3: The Community + TMB will decide which three stories rise to the top and which one absolutely has to become a reality (the two runners up will receive loads of incredible prizes)
This is your chance to bring your dream project to life! Can’t wait to see what you guys have got up your sleeves.
They both share stages we must experience, in order to feel baggage free and ready to try again.
Koch Brothers Spend Millions on Group Aiming to Teach Hispanics Republican Party, Conservative Views
As the number and influence of Hispanics increases in the United States, billionaires Charles and David Koch are partially funding efforts to help persuade the community to favor the Republican Party's conservative views.
Hispanics traditionally do not identify with the Republican Party, according to The Associated Press. In 2004, the group was about evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, but have recently strayed further from the GOP. In 2004, Hispanics represented 8 percent of U.S. voters, and Republican George W. Bush won 44 percent of their votes. In 2012, however, Hispanics represented 10 percent of votes and Democrat Barack Obama won 71 percent of their ballots.
The Libre (Free) Initiative, which the Koch brothers' political network has funneled millions of dollars into, hopes to win over the Hispanic community. The group was founded in 2011 and is "501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community," according to its official website. It also aims to encourage Hispanics to support a limited government and economic freedom. Various classes on family-owned businesses and "prayer breakfasts with Hispanic pastors" help this, AP reports.
The group has also been tackling immigration reform. In 2012, The Libre Initiative spent almost $1 million on the issue, Yahoo reported. After the recent surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America, the group has been fundraising for in Tucson, Arizona and Rio Grande Valley, Texas, according to AP. The money is given to the children held in federal detention centers.
"If they support immigration changes so that more people can get their papers in order, then I'm with them," Elda Guevara, a 45-year-old Democrat, said.