Now _this_ was a good walkabout. I decided I needed either an ice cream or an apple. Rite-Aid and Food4Less are equidistant. I took the road best travelled–up, across, and down to Food4Less. Behind the old movie house there’s a wondrous pile of red brick from the tear-down. My heart goes "U, i want me some bricks" and I do a quick reminiscence of cleaning used brick for 2 cents that the contractor sold for a nickle. Wipe that thought, fifth or sixth grade prices, probably a buck a brick now. still pay two cents to the clean-up labor.
At any rate, so i continue the trek and there at the parking lot is a man with a small brown girl in an embroidered blouse, Michoacan style, i think. "Money" he says. I took only a few coins to buy the apple, and i give about half the coins. "Gracias," the little girl says. On the way back, the man stops me and offers me a melon someone had given him. You should eat it, it’s good I say in spanish, and he gives a blank stare. "No hablas español?" "Poco." what’s your first language, I continue in Spanish, and he says "we’re from Montenegro." Español mocho. Hmm, geography quiz. Near Monaco? "tu parle français?" "je parle un poco" he answers. Odd, I think.
So I look it up. The Balkans. Maybe I shoulda tried Attic Greek.
but here’s the point, gente. This man has nothing, he’s begging for money. And he answers my meagre generosity with a gift of all he has.
You see, people _are_ good.
I NEED MY PHONE!
“I can’t find my phone!” I scream to myself.
I’ve looked all over for it and I have to BE somewhere RIGHT NOW.
I’ve checked the couch.
And then I realize it.
It’s in my hand.
The amount of money you’ve been wanting to make is a lot like the phone in your hand when you think you’ve lost it.
Relax and see that it’s a part of you.
Acknowledge it and claim it.
WHEN YOUR ORGANIC IS SO GOOD FACEBOOK PREEMPTIVELY DISABLES YOU FROM RUNNING ADS
I haven’t ran any ads in so long!
Okay, I boosted an event back in the beginning of October and even then that was for 24 hours.
So what gives?
Here’s what I added to my request to have my ads account turned back on:
“I haven’t ran any ads since the beginning of October and that was for a day. Now, December 1st, I am emailed a notice that says my Ads account is shut down. Why? I haven’t been using any ads! What is going on? I would like to get it reinstated because I plan to actually use ads in the near future. Thank you, – Ben Perry”
Good Mourning–I Mean Good MORNING America! I’m Stevie Mnuchin! You may not know me because of Donald Trump’s orange wall of hair (very permeable I might add) is blocking your view of me. (And yes, I saw his most recent Twitter post and loved your viral video of him throwing paper towels at brown people on an island I can’t remember the name of.) Anyways, this is my wife enamored by my understanding of monetary theory. Doesn’t she look fabulous in her black leather? (She can do the DAB too!) Anyways, I want to let you know that this new tax plan I’ve scored–but haven’t released–is THE BOMB. It will be a big beautiful bomb on graduate students, on the poor, on medicaid and medicare recipients. Fuck it, unless you’re the new middle class (200,000+), it’s a bomb on you too. We’ve even managed to fuck over people we used to worship like the real estate industry and housing manufacturers. Anyways, I thought I would share this BIG BEWTIFUL photo of a big sheet of Washingtons just to remind you that CAPITALISM IS A KILLER! HA HA! (Actually, the sheet of Washingtons was being used to block a huge, accidental fart and make sure it doesn’t hit my lovely wife. Workers have to eat the shit instead).
Here’s a good use of AI: helping prevent suicide.
Starting today we’re upgrading our AI tools to identify when someone is expressing thoughts about suicide on Facebook so we can help get them the support they need quickly. In the last month alone, these AI tools have helped us connect with first responders quickly more than 100 times.
With all the fear about how AI may be harmful in the future, it’s good to remind ourselves how AI is actually helping save people’s lives today.
There’s a lot more we can do to improve this further. Today, these AI tools mostly use pattern recognition to identify signals — like comments asking if someone is okay — and then quickly report them to our teams working 24/7 around the world to get people help within minutes. In the future, AI will be able to understand more of the subtle nuances of language, and will be able to identify different issues beyond suicide as well, including quickly spotting more kinds of bullying and hate.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people, and this is a new approach to prevention. We’re going to keep working closely with our partners at Save.org, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ’1-800-273-TALK (8255)’, Forefront Suicide Prevent, and with first responders to keep improving. If we can use AI to help people be there for their family and friends, that’s an important and positive step forward.
Just learned that Cracked.com laid off about 90% of their writing and production staff last night.
I’ve checked that site nearly every single day for going on nearly a decade. I’ve read about 90% of their articles, listened to every podcast they’ve produced, and watched every video I could find time for. My dedication as an audience member wasn’t anomalous, either.
The ad revenue model is clearly flawed. Their article and video views were consistently in the high six figures, if not millions. I imagine a lot more innovative and popular indie content generators are not faring well either.
Lauer, O’Reilly, Weinstein, and Rose.
Conyers and Keillor as of counsel.
I think this combo as a lawfirm for the corporate defense of manufacturers of sextoys, loofahs, bathrobes, and massage tables is pending.
Teddie Kennedy is one hell of a poster boy this crew.
Don’t make me chant the song….
Oh………….his…I’ll stop there.
Taking time out in a retreat or yoga & meditation break is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury
2018 is already looking fabulous…..
Cosy Winter practice @Chalet du Blanc, Haute Savoie in January
Time Out @Es Saadi Resort, Morocco in March
Shake the Dust Spring retreat, Provence in May
Cultivting Power & Refining Light, Mineral Lodge, Savoie in June
Doshic Alignment Yoga Searcher – Hossegor in September
Elements, Energy & Chakras Mineral Lodge, Savoie in October
For more details visit my web site…. so looking forward to crossing paths with you…
Rachel Kyte of Sustainable Energy for All in October, on the need for a consolidated approach to sustainable cooking energy by folks focused on clean fuels like LPG and those focused on cutting health and other impacts of biomass-stove cooking:
“My request, is that we organize ourselves better. WLGPA, GLPG, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and others, come together to one platform, one group, one coalition, present ourselves uniformly to a subsection of those 20 countries that want to move fastest and see if we can come up collectively with a plan for a vibrant market with all the financing and other pieces of the puzzle that we will need, that can set real targets in closing the gap of access to clean fuels. We can bring others to the table if we act together with a plan.”
Today at the Facebook Social Good Forum we announced a bunch of important things:
- We’re eliminating all payment transaction fees for donations to nonprofits so now 100% of the money you donate will go directly to the cause.
- We’re starting a $50 million annual Facebook Donation Fund to match all of your donations to nonprofits on Facebook.
- We’re making it so anyone can link a fundraiser on any site to Facebook. Our initial test with the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure has increased their donations by 40%.
- We announced that 4 million people in India have registered to become blood donors using our new tool, and now we’re expanding it to Bangladesh.
- I mentioned that our suicide prevention tools have enabled first responders to reach more than 100 people who needed support quickly in the last month, and now we’re expanding these tools to most countries in the world.
- I shared that Safety Check has notified people more than 3 billion times that their friends and family are safe in times of crisis.
- And we launched Facebook Mentorship and Support — a new program with nonprofit partners to match people with mentors to help support them and raise their sights higher.
Thanks to all the nonprofits and partners who came out today. I’m looking forward to helping you do even more good in your communities.