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Is Wheeler destroying #netneutrality ?  We need to quit enabling "control of the channel" ... there are many channels, not 4 or 5.   I don't want my Internet to turn into cable TV.

I already have cable.
It threatens to make the Internet unequal in a way that deeply threatens our long-term prosperity.
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This is an audio-only lecture by Alan Watts, a popular philosopher and Zen teacher.  It's a long lecture, but extremely insightful...
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Alan might say you shouldn't tell people it's long, just that it's extremely insightful. So as to be careful not to turn someone off before they got started listening ;-) Learned that from the lecture and it's really made me start noticing the subtle messages embedded in the way people-including myself-speak. I enjoyed this video very much. Thank you for uploading!
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A good reason to get Showtime... amazing ...
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Great find Joe
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Here are the top-secret blogging rules that define all blogging rules ...
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An interesting talk by +Clay Shirky on decentralization and media's impact on society...
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One reason why blog comments aren't really necessary on a blog ... yes, the discussion can be active AND shared without them ...

NOTE:  I'm not saying blog comments aren't valuable, I'm simply pointing out  there is more than one way to skin a cat.
How to Win Friends and Influence People (While Sharing Social Content)

More than 70 years ago, the American writer and lecturer Dale Carnegie published a transcendent book on people skills entitled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

In the modern age of the Internet and social content sharing, we can still look to age-old truths like his to decipher a code to grow an audience (win friends) and successfully market online content via social media (influence people).

In tomorrow's post, +Andrew Schrage shares ten of those truths. Stay tuned. 

Update: the post is now live:

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This is just, disgusting.  The #NSA, funded in part with OUR tax dollars, knew about a vulnerability ... and instead of protecting and securing our nation, simply kept it under wraps so it could use Heartbleed at its discretion.

Words cannot describe the absolute frustration I'm feeling right now as a citizen.
As predicted, the huge Internet security vulnerability was used by the NSA. We should not be surprised, but furious
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This is just ... inhuman.
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Bloomberg is reporting that the Heartbleed bug, which shocked the web security community this week, has been known and actively exploited by the National Security Agency for at least two years....
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+Perry Marshall has a book that explores the 80/20 principle as it applies to sales and marketing.  It's good, and he has a "get it for a penny" (plus shipping) offer:
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The title says it all... if you don't know what #Heartbleed is... you really need to make sure you research this vulnerability on the Internet...
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I write, I draw, and I think about technology's impact on society.

I’m a writer and thinker on many life and technology-related topics. I especially have a passion for thinking and writing about how technology impacts our society.

Once in awhile I pick up my Lamy fountain pen and draw what I see, or what I’m thinking about.

My passion for writing began in my late high school years… then developed even further in late 2001 when I was approached by my former boss.  He told me I had a knack for written communication, and that I should further develop that talent.

So I did.

Little did I know it would turn into a direct response copywriting career (see “What I Do” for more info) that would span into the present day, as a direct response copywriter for marketing companies, publishers, chiropractors, and other clients from a variety of different industries.

Over the years that have passed since 2001 I’ve added other types of writing to the business services I provide.

This same career currently supports myself, my wife of 20+ years, and my two boys.

I’m also glad (and fortunate) I’ve quit “working for the man,” and can enjoy the time freedom writing and thinking about technology can provide me.

If you want to know more about the business writing and consulting services I provide… click here.

My writing can be found on my blog primarily, and also in the social media (all links open in new windows):

The Ratliff Report™ – my “ramblings of a down to earth writer, thinker, and marketer” blog.

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I hope you enjoy and can get value out of the content I’ve written… but it doesn’t matter, I’m going to keep writing it and sharing stuff anyhow.

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