Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rural Voters HATE Hillary


via GIPHY

I can't believe I'm finally writing this but why not? Hillary is so tone-deaf to how she lost, I don't need to read her book to understand how Trump was able to beat her with or without Russian assistance.

Let's just look at the county where I work which is quinessential rural North Carolina and increasingly representative of rural America.

At the end of the post you will find the results of the last six elections going back to 2000.
EXCEPT for Bush's re-election year in 2004 (which you will notice was VERY close) the DEMOCRAT has carried the county by at least a "clear majority."

UNTIL this past election. 

That's right. A county that clearly went for Gore in 2000, Obama TWICE (with even an increase in votes for his re-election), CLEARLY rejected Hillary Clinton. 

No before you turn this into a Clinton thing. Be clear: Bill Clinton CLOBBERED Bush in 1992 in Bladen with 55% of the vote and then repeated that statistic against Dole in 1996.

No, this is clearly a Hillary Clinton thing. Nearly 1,000 people that voted for Obama said "no" to Hillary in 2016. Now Trump MIGHT have picked up most of them with his nearly 800 vote increase over Mitt Romney as the Republican, but that still left a large number of voters who just did not vote for either. As of June 2017 in Bladen County, of 22,599 registered voters, 13,247 are Democrats and only 3,478 are Republicans. However, there are 5,835 unaffiliated voters.  Wow, that is a huge crossover.

Unless Democrats learn the lesson of Obama-fatigue and Hillary-decline this election, we are likely to see another Trump four years. 

2000
Gore54.0%5,889
Bush45.6%4,977



2004
Kerry49.6%6,109
Bush50.1%6,174



2008

Obama50.7%7,853
McCain48.7%7,532




2012
Obama50.5%8,062
Romney48.6%7,748


2016
Clinton44.4%7,058
Trump53.8%8,550

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Paraphrasing, Re-Wording, Copying, Stealing


Seriously, there are times when I wish I weren't so jaded about the state of what happens on the internet.
Here are the results when you run that sentence through Google: https://www.google.com/search?q=I+wish+I+weren%27t+so+jaded+about+the+state+of+what+happens+on+the+internet.&oq=I+wish+I+weren%27t+so+jaded+about+the+state+of+what+happens+on+the+internet

I ran that same sentence through several FREE online plagiarism detectors. Thankfully, Quetext did not find a copy. Searchenginereports was 100% clean. Even NoPlag.com came back ok.

Why do I ramble about this? Because I have found yet one more example of "re-worded" plagiarism of one "business consultant" of another's work. 

I won't tell you where I found these examples, but based on the dates of the sites, this paragraph came out first in 2015: 
"The definition of success is a very personal one. It’s unique to each individual and only they can know if they’ve reached it. Unfortunately, most people say they haven’t attained it. A final word from Mr. Twain, “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.”

The second one is recently published online within the last month:
"The definition of success is a personal one. It is unique to each of us and only we can say if we have reached it. Unfortunately, most people say they have not attained it. As the saying goes, “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” (Mark Twain)"

Now, I don't know about you, but I was taught in school that this kind of copying was wrong. You might call it a paraphrase. There is even a paraphrasing tool, http://paraphrasing-tool.com/, that gave me this interesting re-do of Mr. Twain.

"The meaning of achievement is an individual one. It is one of a kind to each of us and no one but we would say be able to on the off chance that we have achieved it. Sadly, the vast majority say they have not accomplished it. As the truism goes, "There are essentially two sorts of individuals. Individuals who achieve things, and individuals who claim to have fulfilled things. The principal bunch is less swarmed." (Mark Twain)"

That might be the literal definition of paraphrase, but essentially- it is still copying. Thankfully, a recent article from LegalBeagle clarifies: 
"If you do any of the following, you have committed plagiarism: copy what someone has written or take someone's expressed idea and pass it off as your own without giving the owner credit, fail to put a quotation in quotes, change words but copy the sentence structure without giving credit, and use so many words or ideas from someone else's writing that it makes up most of your work."

Sadly, we can only protect ourselves, because it does not appear that others will look out for us in this regard. But hey, just for you... don't copy and it's not a problem.

Original post can be found here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dear Founder, Don't Be the Bad Waiter

Photo by Alvaro Serrano
Dear Founder/Marketing Head/Product Development/Customer Funtime Lead,

I am just writing this vague and boilerplate email to repond to the Nth Billionth email I've received from one of you with regards to your freemium, SAAS product/app of choice.

Look, if I had questions or concerns about your product, I am a smart enough guy to find the email, contact page, or bot that you call a chat module to get an answer.

If you want feedback, you really do need to give me enough time to actually use your product. Emailing me a mere day or two after I have only signedup for the product is not enough time for me to evaluate something.

It finally occurred to me that you are like the waitress who comes back to the table right after dropping the food and asking if I like it before I've even begun to chew.

So please, stop.

Just don't bother. Use your email for advertising or something else, but pestering a potential client like this is a pretty good way to make sure I stay a potential client and not an actual one.

Sincerely,
Todd