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Thousand Oaks CA Mass Shooting: “We Have To Do Something About Hate” and Why That Is Problematical

8 November 2018 Op-Ed

During a press conference this morning about last night’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean was reported to have said (sic), “We have to do something about hate.” Well, we’ve tried legislation to curb, prevent, and outlaw hate related crimes. How’s that working out? It has only made people scared and […]

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: Fake Identities, False Friends, and Online Safety in the Age of Social Media

13 May 2018 Internet & Social Media Safety

You know that old saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” When it comes to false friends or identities with absent, spurious, or fake credentials, the same proverb applies to social media, notably Facebook. “If the account identity cannot be verified, it probably isn’t for real.” There are many people who […]

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Bad Retailing Practices: The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and The Martin’s Country Market Way

5 May 2017 Op-Ed

I preface the following remarks with this: I’ve been shopping at Martin’s Country Market for better than 25 years, and will continue to do so. This treatise is written as an op-ed expose and, for the grocery shopping populace, a caveat emptor for all grocery and retail stores. On a recent Monday, I was shopping at […]

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Social Media 101: Fake Identities, False Friends, and Social Media Safety

11 February 2014 Op-Ed

When it comes to false friends or identities with spurious, fake, or even absent credentials, the same proverb applies to social media, especially Facebook. There are many people who will use various deceptive tactics, mostly benign and preying upon what is familiar to you, to gain your confidence. Alternatively, there are also those well-meaning persons […]

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