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NO RIGHT TO A VISA
You don't have a "right" to a visa to visit a foreign nation-state, sorry. If people don't want you in their country, the problem might be you. This is not censorship.
RIGHT TO WASTE TIME
#antivaxxers much like 9/11 conspiracy theorists, should find something more productive to do with their time, other than decrease herd immunity and increase the incidence of preventable deaths.
RIGHT TO BE DISGUSTING AND IGNORANT
The disgusting use of the #charliehebdo tragedy to claim victimhood, by comparing those who disagree with you to terrorists, is so far off the charts of acceptability it only leaves the conclusion that Meryl Dorey is an extremist. Nice work Ms. Dorey, you've successfully shown yourself to be unfamiliar with basic tenets of civil society and rule of law.
NO RIGHT TO A PRIVATE VENUE
You do not have a "right" to have your ridiculous event at any given commercial venue. This is called "freedom." Freedom of those who own and run those venues to choose not to be associated with you and your harmful agenda.
What one really wants is a better class of opponent, so one can respectfully debate issues which aren't complete nonsense.
Required reading: Nellie Bowles’ excellent 7-part series on re/code http://recode.net/special-series/las-vegas/
The Promised Land
Hundreds leave behind families and homes to follow a charismatic leader to a newly formed utopia of sorts in the desert. Obsession with happiness comes from the top. Pressure to succeed, isolation, and separation from family and friends may have contributed to three suicides. If that doesn’t ring any alarm bells for you, what about a newly minted organizational methodology in which “tension sensors” take direction from their “lead link?” www.holacracy.org
Managers are no longer needed, the leadership function is now distributed. The result: faster, more appropriate decisions by more engaged and autonomous workers.
Holacracy® — the r is not for religion
Bowles’ seventh and last part in the series includes this:
...they were fiercely debating how to explain to me a Holacracy concept called “circle elections.” The conversation had escalated.“That’s not how I’d define it at all!” said one young Zappos employee named Alexis. “What you’re saying is not Holacracy,” another responded. Hsieh interjected: “If this were Holacracy, this would not be allowed.”
I don’t think Hsieh is the next L. Ron Hubbard but my initial fascination with the project transformed to something more like my feelings about cults. I genuinely feel sorry for those who get caught up and then spit out, laid off, defunded, expelled, excommunicated.
The compelling visions of a new future and wildly enthusiastic ideas about how members can realize their dreams are perhaps too ambitious. Success may be found and quickly lost. The abrupt shutdown of Factorli is not a good sign, because it was about more than a website or online service. It requires major upfront expenditure on machines and skilled labor to do one-off manufacturing, an industry which we have as a nation outsourced to China.
We do still have some high-quality specialized manufacturing operations, where a single highly skilled person can’t be replaced by a thousand who are un- or lesser-skilled. But those operations are not “startups” and their clients are not looking to China for cheaper knockoffs.
Onward and upward, or at least sideways
In the meanwhile, tech startups and the associated excesses and follies continue to capture the attention of the nation. Who am I to burst the bubble? It’s not a bubble! And if it is a bubble, it already burst, it’s too late.
It could also be a mirage, which after disappearing reveals 60 acres of blighted real estate with a newly appraised value at quite a markup. $200 of the $350 million was allotted to real estate investments. Everyone aboard the train for Detroit! Even more cheap real estate and bigger concessions and promises from Motor City’s mayor, desperate to solve its financial crisis. The titular question remains unanswered.
One, all three, none of the above? Tell me what you think is the answer.
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