Are we part of us?

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Liberty is a state of mind. It can be seen as a chance for freedom, or a promise made but not kept. We can choose to be part of something or choose to be apart.

Liberty is the offer and promise and requirement of responsibility. A willingness to connect and to offer dignity in response to those around us.

Independence is actually about cooperation and interconnectedness.

Yet we’ve set up systems that limit what we see, how we connect and insulate us from the hard work that’s right in front of us.

One of the most important words I know doesn’t have a simple English equivalent, which says a lot. Sawubona, a Zulu term, means, “I see you.” Not just your face, of course, but your hopes, your dreams, where you came from and where you’re going. It’s not something we’re good at, and I need to do it better.

Figuring out the best way to see and understand and care about the people we call ‘us’ can be difficult indeed. And essential.

July 4th 2020 Uncategorized

Starting an Affiliate Marketing Business during COVID-19

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I’ve fielded SO many queries about how to start an affiliate marketing business since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic started, that I feel the need to come out of my 5-year retirement.

So many of you who have contacted me, have lost your jobs or are on an indeterminate layoff due to the pandemic and are looking for ways to make money online quickly and thinking that affiliate marketing is the way to do that.

I SO feel for you and sincerely want you to find a way to augment and improve your income to lessen the effects this pandemic has had on your livelihoods.

I KNOW that the unemployment $600 a week Coronavirus ‘booster shot’ will hardly take care of your family, especially if you get the virus and don’t have health insurance. Covid-19 treatment costs are absolutely crushing.

Sadly, even that money is coming to an end soon as Republicans have opposed extending the policy, who argue that the benefit, which leaves many people making more than they did while working, deters employees from going back to work.

Of course, returning to work is an impossible prospect for many Americans who do not receive hazard pay or guaranteed sick leave during the pandemic.

So, having said all that, my first caution to you is… PLEASE don’t rush to buy (waste your money on) an affiliate marketing educational product or any other product that internet marketers are pushing that promises you’ll make money online quickly.

Right now, Internet marketing ‘sharks’ are preying upon the needy in spades.

For example, some will try to sell you a $60 PLR package through the Warrior Forum that you can either use to beef up the content on your website or that you can sell to others. The merchant will sell 500 of those packages and make $30,000 from that launch, yet none of their buyers will ever earn a penny from that purchase, because that PLR content will never reach Page 100 on Google, let alone Page 1 on Google.

Seriously, making a living from an Internet business has NEVER been quick or easy, and I’ve never, in my 20+ years doing business online and teaching affiliate marketing ever suggested that was the case.

When I started my Internet marketing business, I was working a full-time job as an air traffic controller and working another 100 hours per week on my business. I studied and worked and worked and worked some more.

By doing exactly that, I became successful, making ~$500,000US per year, which is why I’ve been in retirement for the last 5 years (not to mention that I’ve had to deal with 2 cancers in the last year AND dealing with another ‘pre-cancer’ right now as I write this).

So, DO NOT BUY into the ‘get rich quick’ B.S. marketers are trying to sell you now.

Learn something about affiliate marketing and KNOW that it will take time.

If you want to start an affiliate marketing business, research those who have been successful, i.e. food, mommy, lifestyle and other bloggers. THEY work hard and deserve every dollar they earn.

Find your niche and work it for all its worth.

Meanwhile, if you’re in the U.S. on November 3rd vote out the nefarious elements in your society, that kill public education (in an effort to make people stupid) and those who don’t advocate for universal healthcare. NO ONE should have to pay for ANY services related to COVID-19, unless they’ve been terribly stupid and refused to socially distance and refuse to wear a mask in public, i.e. they WANTED to get the disease and pass it on to their friends and family and cause tens of thousands of additional deaths and keep the U.S. economy shut down for months and months longer than need be.

Just sayin’.


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July 4th 2020 affiliate marketing

Comic for July 03, 2020

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Dilbert readers – Please visit to read this feature. Due to changes with our feeds, we are now making this RSS feed a link to

July 4th 2020 Uncategorized

Tesla is taking reservations for its Cybertruck in China

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Tesla has opened up reservations for its all-electric Cybertruck to customers in China, a move that will test the market’s appetite for a massive, futuristic truck.

The reservations page on Tesla’s China website was first posted in Reddit channel r/teslamotors by user u/aaronhry. Electrek also reported on the Reddit post.

The Cybertruck, which was unveiled in November at the Tesla Design Center in Hawthorne, Calif., isn’t expected to go into production until late 2022. But that hasn’t stopped thousands of U.S. consumers to plunk down a $100 refundable deposit for the truck. Just weeks after the official unveiling, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that there were 250,000 reservations for the vehicle.

Tesla is now testing potential interest among Chinese consumers.

It’s impossible to predict how many of these reservations — in China and the U.S. — will convert to actual sales. It will be more than a year before there are any answers. Tesla hasn’t even finalized its decision of where it will build the vehicle.

Musk tweeted in March that Tesla was scouting locations for a factory that would be used to produce Model Y crossovers for the East Coast market as well as the Cybertruck.  At the time, Musk said that the factory would be located in the central part of the United States.

Initially, Tesla was eyeing Nashville and had been in talks with officials there. The company has since turned its attention to Austin and Tulsa. Talks in Austin have progressed rapidly and it appears likely that the factory will end up in a location just outside of the city. Although Tulsa officials have been quick to note that talks with Tesla have continued there as well.

Tesla has said it will offer three variants of the Cybertruck. The cheapest version, a single motor and rear-wheel drive model, will cost $39,900, have a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and more than 250 miles of range. The middle version will be a dual-motor all-wheel drive, have a towing capacity of more than 10,000 pounds and be able to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. The dual motor AWD model is priced at $49,900.

The third version will have three electric motors and all-wheel drive, a towing capacity of 14,000 pounds and battery range of more than 500 miles. This version, known as “tri motor,” is priced at $69,900.

July 4th 2020 Uncategorized

Daily Search Forum Recap: July 3, 2020

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Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

  • Video: Bing Webmaster Guidelines & Ranking Factors, Google Shopping is Free & Search Console Insights
    I pre-recorded this one, not using my normal camera, hope it came out okay and hope I am back to the normal routine next week. In any event, I published the monthly Google webmaster recap, you can catch up there. Bing updated its Bing Webmaster Guidelines, there is a bunch of new things there including rel sponsored and ugc…
  • Google Tests Local Panel Ads Again, But With No Opt Out
    Over the past few days Tim Capper has been noticing ads back in the local knowledge panels again. I personally was unable to replicate, but now I can here and there. Greg Sterling confirmed with Google that this is a new “pilot program” they are running again.
  • Google Maps Tests Local Listing Carousel In Footer
    Andy Simpson spotted this interesting Google Maps interface test. It shows a local listing or local pack carousel in the footer section on the Google Maps view. I don’t believe I’ve seen this before, but it is kind of nice.
  • Google Search Console Video Structured Data Reporting Tweak
    Google announced on Twitter that it made a change to how Google Search Console reports on your video structured data. Specifically, Google wrote “if you use video structured data, our reporting is now aligned with the docs and…
  • Google Testing People Also Search For & Top Trends On Right Panel
    Stephen Watts is in a Google test where Google is testing placing the people also search for and top trends feature on the right hand panel. Normally this is in the main search results on the left but here Google is testing it on the right.
  • Google NYC Pride Logo Sign Up
    Every year, at most of the Google offices around the world, Google replaced the signage on the outside of their buildings with a rainbow color version of the sign. This is done for Pride Month and this year, with COVID, it is no different. At least at the Google NYC office and some other offices.

Other Great Search Forum Threads:

Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:


Industry & Business

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice



Search Features

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Microsoft’s Bad Habits Are Back As It Forces Edge On Users

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Microsoft’s Bad Habits Are Back As It Forces Edge On Users

Whatever goodwill Microsoft has earned in recent years by playing nice is rapidly evaporating, thanks to a particularly aggressive update.

Multiple users around the internet are reporting that Microsoft is forcing the latest Windows 10 upgrade on them. The upgrade appears to run, install and restart the computer automatically, often while people are actively using the machine.

To make matters worse, once the computer reboots, Microsoft’s Edge web browser automatically starts. The accompanying dialog boxes try to convince the user to switch to Edge, and don’t provide a clear way of saying no. The update also pins Edge to both the taskbar and desktop, and still verifies if the user wants to continue using their previous default browser the next time they launch a website.

Sean Hollister at The Verge sums it up best:

“If I told you that my entire computer screen just got taken over by a new app that I’d never installed or asked for — it just magically appeared on my desktop, my taskbar, and preempted my next website launch — you’d probably tell me to run a virus scanner and stay away from shady websites, no?

“But the insanely intrusive app I’m talking about isn’t a piece of ransomware. It’s Microsoft’s new Chromium Edge browser, which the company is now force-feeding users via an automatic update to Windows.”

For a company that once had one of the worst reputations in the industry for these kind of strong-arm tactics, it’s disappointing to see it returning to this kind of behavior.

Microsoft’s Bad Habits Are Back As It Forces Edge On Users
Matt Milano

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R&D Roundup: Tech giants unveil breakthroughs at computer vision summit

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Computer vision summit CVPR has just (virtually) taken place, and like other CV-focused conferences, there are quite a few interesting papers. More than I could possibly write up individually, in fact, so I’ve collected the most promising ones from major companies here.

Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft all shared papers at the conference — and others too, I’m sure — but I’m sticking to the big hitters for this column. (If you’re interested in the papers deemed most meritorious by attendees and judges, the nominees and awards are listed here.)


Redmond has the most interesting papers this year, in my opinion, because they cover several nonobvious real-life needs.

One is documenting that shoebox we or perhaps our parents filled with old 3x5s and other film photos. Of course there are services that help with this already, but if photos are creased, torn, or otherwise damaged, you generally just get a high-resolution scan of that damage. Microsoft has created a system to automatically repair such photos, and the results look mighty good.

Image Credits: Google

The problem is as much identifying the types of degradation a photo suffers from as it is fixing them. The solution is simple, write the authors: “We propose a novel triplet domain translation network by leveraging real photos along with massive synthetic image pairs.” Amazing no one tried it before!

July 4th 2020 Facebook, Google, microsoft, video

Washington Redskins Officially Begin Review of Team Nickname

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After facing intense pressure in recent weeks, the Washington Redskins have officially begun a review of the team’s nickname. In a statement from the team, owner Dan Snyder said: “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the…

July 4th 2020 Uncategorized

We need a new field of AI to combat racial bias

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Since widespread protests over racial inequality began, IBM announced it would cancel its facial recognition programs to advance racial equity in law enforcement. Amazon suspended police use of its Rekognition software for one year to “put in place stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology.”

But we need more than regulatory change; the entire field of artificial intelligence (AI) must mature out of the computer science lab and accept the embrace of the entire community.

We can develop amazing AI that works in the world in largely unbiased ways. But to accomplish this, AI can’t be just a subfield of computer science (CS) and computer engineering (CE), like it is right now. We must create an academic discipline of AI that takes the complexity of human behavior into account. We need to move from computer science-owned AI to computer science-enabled AI. The problems with AI don’t occur in the lab; they occur when scientists move the tech into the real world of people. Training data in the CS lab often lacks the context and complexity of the world you and I inhabit. This flaw perpetuates biases.

AI-powered algorithms have been found to display bias against people of color and against women. In 2014, for example, Amazon found that an AI algorithm it developed to automate headhunting taught itself to bias against female candidates. MIT researchers reported in January 2019 that facial recognition software is less accurate in identifying humans with darker pigmentation. Most recently, in a study late last year by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), researchers found evidence of racial bias in nearly 200 facial recognition algorithms.

In spite of the countless examples of AI errors, the zeal continues. This is why the IBM and Amazon announcements generated so much positive news coverage. Global use of artificial intelligence grew by 270% from 2015 to 2019, with the market expected to generate revenue of $118.6 billion by 2025. According to Gallup, nearly 90% Americans are already using AI products in their everyday lives – often without even realizing it.

Beyond a 12-month hiatus, we must acknowledge that while building AI is a technology challenge, using AI requires non-software development heavy disciplines such as social science, law and politics. But despite our increasingly ubiquitous use of AI, AI as a field of study is still lumped into the fields of CS and CE. At North Carolina State University, for example, algorithms and AI are taught in the CS program. MIT houses the study of AI under both CS and CE. AI must make it into humanities programs, race and gender studies curricula, and business schools. Let’s develop an AI track in political science departments. In my own program at Georgetown University, we teach AI and Machine Learning concepts to Security Studies students. This needs to become common practice.

Without a broader approach to the professionalization of AI, we will almost certainly perpetuate biases and discriminatory practices in existence today. We just may discriminate at a lower cost — not a noble goal for technology. We require the intentional establishment of a field of AI whose purpose is to understand the development of neural networks and the social contexts into which the technology will be deployed.

In computer engineering, a student studies programming and computer fundamentals. In computer science, they study computational and programmatic theory, including the basis of algorithmic learning. These are solid foundations for the study of AI – but they should only be considered components. These foundations are necessary for understanding the field of AI but not sufficient on their own.

For the population to gain comfort with broad deployment of AI so that tech companies like Amazon and IBM, and countless others, can deploy these innovations, the entire discipline needs to move beyond the CS lab. Those who work in disciplines like psychology, sociology, anthropology and neuroscience are needed. Understanding human behavior patterns, biases in data generation processes are needed. I could not have created the software I developed to identify human trafficking, money laundering and other illicit behaviors without my background in behavioral science.

Responsibly managing machine learning processes is no longer just a desirable component of progress but a necessary one. We have to recognize the pitfalls of human bias and the errors of replicating these biases in the machines of tomorrow, and the social sciences and humanities provide the keys. We can only accomplish this if a new field of AI, encompassing all of these disciplines, is created.

July 4th 2020 Uncategorized

Wash All Your Fruit, Even the Kind You Peel

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You should be washing all your fruits and vegetables, even the ones you plan to peel before eating. Besides dirt from the field, there can also be bacteria and pesticide or other chemical residues. So as you’re packing your picnic basket, give your produce a rinse.

This doesn’t mean you need to be afraid of your food, by the way. Small amounts of pesticide residue are not dangerous, and buying organic doesn’t sidestep the issue — organic food uses pesticides too.

But the safety protocols used on farms and at grocery stores assume that you know you should be washing your food before you eat it. Even if you plan to peel something, the knife can push bacteria or chemicals into the food, or you can get them on your hands.

Fortunately, the solution is simple: just rinse your produce. No need for soap or bleach or anything like that (in fact, food safety experts recommend not using anything extra), but you can go the extra mile by scrubbing things like cantaloupes with a soft brush.

So if you’re packing for a picnic, wash produce before you go, and place it in a clean bag or container. And if you’ll be in a place where you can’t wash your hands before you eat, pack baby wipes and maybe hand sanitizer, too.

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