Internet harassment

Harassment, like Covid-19, is more virulent than ever. And it is not a hoax.
The Internet used to be a pleasant place to visit, but not so much anymore. Now, anytime you get there, you will be subjected to relentless harassment.
It will feel like visiting a Mexican resort town; you will be accosted every 5 minutes by somebody who wants to sell you something.

No matter what you are looking for, after a few minutes of browsing, an ad will pop up and beseech you. And it is more insistent than a political fundraiser. Sometimes browsing the Internet feels like being solicited by a “sporting woman”. No matter how you look, the lady wants your business. But at least, she is nicer and not as pushy as the Internet pimp.

Television used to be a provider of news… Today it is nothing more than a pipeline for commercials… The news is lost in a flood of noisy promotions. The industry is behaving like a business on its last leg, trying to squeeze out a few more bucks before closing down. Greed will eventually kill the Golden Goose.

The public is increasingly turning to the Internet for information. But every news outlet now wants you to “subscribe”. “To continue reading, please sign up.”
Every Tom Dick and Harry want your precious address, but I don’t want to divulge it too easily. It is not for public consumption. Too many people are already privy to my address and sending me unwanted junk. Basta!

Harassment is not something new. It is an old American institution. Women have been subjected to it for a long time and they are finally fighting back. Good for them. But it is not only a women’s problem. It is a universal problem, and everybody should rebel against any aggressive pressure.

Most of the people don’t respond well to cyberbullying. It is counterproductive, and it will drive customers away instead of attracting them. In the future, they will steer clear of sites where they are being harassed.

There is a world of difference between seduction and harassment. Seduction is a synonym for the act of charming someone. Harassment means to torment, annoy, bother.
On the Internet or anywhere else, I want to be charmed, not tormented.

 If you want to entice, fondle instead of going against the grain. Use a “patte de velours” (velvet paw) instead of bare claws.

Alain

The art of the clean exit

Some people are hopelessly incapable of making a clean exit.
It sounds strange but I actually know individuals affected by this strange affliction. The “hard to part” disorder.

When they say, “I am leaving”, it doesn’t mean that they will decamp in the next few minutes. It indicates, that eventually, in the next 30 minutes or so, if the wind is blowing in the right direction… they might make themselves scarce.

I find this rather annoying. I am the type of person who is out the door right after exchanging a kiss or handshake. I don’t look back or linger. What is done is done. Changing anything after such a deliberate decision has been made is bad karma.

But some people find making a clean exit hard to do. They always need more time… to think, gather their wits, and set their compass before making this momentous decision.

I once knew a person who was the ultimate bad “leaver”. He started to say goodbye in the kitchen. He then stopped in the dining room for more talk. He paused at the front door for a few last thoughts… and he coerced you to follow him to his car for more schmoozing.

It was absolutely exhausting. I always tried to remain civil but the frozen smile on my face was becoming harder to maintain with each passing minute.

To me, a goodbye kiss or a handshake means that a deal has been made. The departing person is ethically bound to vanish within minutes. Not implementing this contract is bad form, especially since the host might have to pee or flush his bowels.

The old “I left my panties on the sofa“ won’t cut it with me. No excuses! Once we have smooched, you have to leave. It’s the rule!
Leaving is like a bungee jump. After you have made your decision, there is no turning back.

So, if you want to stay on my good side, once we have cuddled, or whatever we have done, don’t expect anything from me anymore. Make a clean exit! Get on your horse and get the hell out of here.
This is what goodbye between two rational people means.

Goodbye, my friend. Vaya con Dios…  Ciao… Auf wiedersehen…. and don’t you dare to look back or say another word!

Alain

Vote! Don’t be a dope.

“If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.” George Carlin

 It is as simple as that. If you are eager for changes, you must vote!

There are currently only 52 short days until the 2020 Presidential Election, and the clock is ticking.

We are now facing one of the most crucial elections of the last 50 years, and anybody who cares about democracy has the sacred duty to vote. Frankly, one ought to be penalized for shirking his civic obligation.

Protests and street rioting are not the solution. They won’t achieve much but strife and chaos. To compel lawmakers to enact any significant political and social changes, you must vote and elect people committed to reforms. Mavericks, who will truly try to improve the condition of their fellow citizens instead of preserving their own selfish interests.

“Being adequately informed is a democratic duty, just as the vote is a democratic right. A misinformed electorate, voting without knowledge, is not a true democracy.” — Jay Griffiths

Disinformation is rife everywhere. Before casting your ballot, you must be informed. Prior to trusting any bit of information, you must check its accuracy. To this effect, fact-checking websites have been created to confirm or deny any abusive allegation.

If you need to clarify an issue, you can check the UC Berkeley Library which will provide you with at least ten sites dedicated to maintaining objectivity.

We are presently dealing with the most immoral and dishonest president of the United States’ history, and we cannot trust anything he is saying.
He must be dislodged from his lair by an overwhelming majority. If we don’t, hatred and strife will ultimately overwhelm and destroy this country.

Vote by mail and vote early. Before doing this, check your voter registration status and make sure that your information is correct. Once you have cast your ballot, this office will confirm that they have received and registered your vote.

If you don’t vote, somebody else will… and the results might not be to your liking.

“Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.” Keith Ellison

Alain