The same ones who sell the panic…

By | 2023-06-06

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, it’s crucial to be vigilant and discerning when it comes to the information and products we consume. A popular saying, “The same ones who sell the panic sell the cure,” highlights a cynical viewpoint on how certain individuals or entities may manipulate public fears to their advantage. This blog post delves into the concept behind this moniker, exploring its implications and offering a critical perspective on the matter.

The Manipulation of Panic

Panic can be a powerful tool for those seeking to profit from it. In various industries, we often witness instances where fear is amplified to sell products or services that promise relief or protection. Whether it’s the fear of a health crisis, an economic downturn, or societal unrest, there are always opportunistic individuals or corporations ready to exploit these anxieties.

Pharmaceutical Industry: A Prime Example

One industry that frequently comes to mind when discussing the moniker “The same ones who sell the panic sell the cure” is the pharmaceutical industry. While it’s true that pharmaceutical companies play a vital role in developing lifesaving medications, there have been instances where profit motives seem to supersede public health concerns.

Take, for instance, the controversy surrounding the marketing of certain drugs. In some cases, we’ve seen pharmaceutical companies aggressively promote medications by magnifying the perceived severity of a condition or disease. By creating a sense of panic, they can drive up demand and sales for their products. This phenomenon is not limited to medications alone but can extend to other healthcare products and services as well.

The Media’s Role

The media also plays a significant role in perpetuating panic and contributing to the cycle described by the moniker. Sensationalized headlines and exaggerated stories attract attention and boost ratings. In the race to capture audiences, some media outlets prioritize the amplification of fear over providing balanced and accurate information.

While responsible journalism exists and strives to inform the public objectively, it is essential for consumers of news to be discerning and critical of the narratives presented. Understanding the potential motives behind sensationalism is crucial to avoid falling victim to manipulative tactics.

Navigating the Landscape

In a world where panic can be manufactured and sold, it is crucial for individuals to maintain a healthy skepticism and exercise critical thinking. Here are a few suggestions to navigate this landscape:

  1. Research and Verify: When faced with alarming claims or products, take the time to research and verify the information from reliable sources. Fact-checking can help you separate genuine concerns from exaggerated ones.
  2. Question the Motives: Consider the motives of those who present panic-inducing information. Are they genuinely concerned about public well-being, or do they stand to benefit financially or politically from the situation?
  3. Seek Multiple Perspectives: Avoid relying on a single source for information. Consult various reputable sources to gain a well-rounded understanding of the issue at hand.
  4. Evaluate the Evidence: Examine the evidence supporting claims and recommendations. Be wary of anecdotal evidence or cherry-picked data that may distort the bigger picture.
  5. Promote Critical Thinking: Encourage a culture of critical thinking by engaging in open discussions and sharing reliable information with others. Education and awareness are crucial in combating manipulation and misinformation.

And then!!!

“The same ones who sell the panic sell the cure” serves as a reminder to approach alarming situations with caution and skepticism. While it is essential to address genuine concerns and take appropriate action, it is equally important to avoid falling prey to manipulative tactics driven by profit or ulterior motives. By staying informed, critically evaluating information, and questioning the motives behind fear-inducing campaigns, we can navigate through the noise and make informed decisions for our well-being and society as a whole.

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Technology and communication…

By | 2023-04-21
How has technology changed the way we communicate?

Technology has revolutionized the way we communicate, offering new and more efficient methods for people to connect with each other. Here are some of the most notable ways technology has impacted communication:

  1. Instant communication: The rise of instant messaging and social media has made it possible for people to communicate with each other in real-time, regardless of their location. This has made it easier for people to stay in touch with friends and family, collaborate on work projects, and conduct business transactions.
  2. Global reach: Technology has made it possible for people to communicate with others from around the world, breaking down geographical barriers and enabling more global connections.
  3. Mobile communication: The proliferation of smartphones and mobile devices has made it possible for people to communicate on-the-go, increasing the frequency and speed of communication.
  4. Video communication: The availability of high-speed internet and video conferencing software has made it possible for people to have face-to-face conversations with others, even if they are in different parts of the world.
  5. Social media: Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have made it easier for people to connect with others, share their thoughts and experiences, and build relationships.

Communication is an essential part of human interaction. We use it to share our thoughts, ideas, and emotions with others, to connect and build relationships, and to collaborate and achieve common goals. Over the past 100 years, technology has had a profound impact on the way we communicate. In this blog post, we will explore how technology has changed our ways of communication, from the early days of telegraph and telephone to the modern-day era of social media and video conferencing.

The Early Days of Telecommunications:


The early days of telecommunications were characterized by the development of the telegraph and the telephone. The telegraph was invented in the 1830s and revolutionized long-distance communication by allowing messages to be sent quickly over long distances. Messages were sent via Morse code, which allowed operators to transmit messages using a series of dots and dashes. The telephone was invented in 1876 and allowed people to communicate over long distances using voice.

However, these technologies were limited in their reach and accessibility. They were expensive to use, and only a small number of people had access to them. Moreover, they were not very portable, and people had to be in a specific location to use them.

Radio and Television:


The invention of radio and television in the early 20th century further revolutionized communication. Radio allowed people to listen to news and entertainment from around the world, while television allowed people to watch news and entertainment in real-time. These technologies were not only more accessible than the telegraph and telephone but also more entertaining and engaging.

Radio and television played a crucial role in shaping public opinion and were used extensively for political propaganda. They also became a primary source of entertainment for people, with the rise of soap operas and sitcoms. Radio and television also created new opportunities for advertising, allowing companies to reach a wider audience.

The Rise of the Internet:


The internet is undoubtedly the most significant technological advancement in communication in the past 100 years. The internet was invented in the 1960s as a way to share information between scientists, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that it became accessible to the general public. The internet enabled people to connect with others around the world, exchange information, and conduct business.

Email was one of the first communication tools to emerge on the internet. Email allowed people to send messages instantly, and it quickly became the preferred method of communication for businesses and individuals alike. Online chat rooms and forums also emerged, providing people with a platform to connect with others who shared similar interests.

The rise of the internet also led to the development of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Social media platforms allowed people to connect with others, share their thoughts and experiences, and build relationships. Social media also created new opportunities for businesses to reach their target audience.

Mobile Communication:


The rise of mobile communication has further revolutionized communication in the past decade. Smartphones and tablets have become ubiquitous, and people can now communicate from anywhere at any time. Mobile communication has made it easier for people to stay connected with friends and family, collaborate on work projects, and conduct business transactions.

Messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage have become increasingly popular, allowing people to send messages, photos, and videos instantly. Video communication has also become more accessible, with platforms such as Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime allowing people to have face-to-face conversations from anywhere in the world.


In conclusion, technology has had a profound impact on the way we communicate over the past 100 years. From the early days of telegraph and telephone to the modern-day era of social media and video conferencing, technology has enabled us to connect with others more easily, quickly, and efficiently than ever before. While there are certainly drawbacks to the increased reliance on technology

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A new era in computing…

By | 2023-04-21


In the late 20th century, the world of computing was dominated by two giant companies: Microsoft and Apple. Their operating systems, Windows and Mac OS, were used by millions of people worldwide. But in a small corner of the computing world, a group of programmers were working on a new project that would change the landscape of computing forever.

It started with a young Finnish programmer named Linus Torvalds. In the early 1990s, Torvalds was a student at the University of Helsinki, and he was frustrated with the operating systems that were available at the time. He wanted an operating system that was flexible, stable, and could be easily customized to fit the needs of individual users.

So he started writing his own operating system, which he called Linux. He released the first version of Linux in 1991, and it quickly gained a following among other programmers who shared Torvalds’ vision of a free and open operating system.

Over the next few years, the Linux community grew and developed. Programmers from all over the world contributed to the project, adding new features and fixing bugs. The Linux operating system became more stable and user-friendly with each new version.

As Linux gained popularity, it began to attract the attention of large corporations. Companies like IBM and Hewlett-Packard started to use Linux in their own products, and they began to invest in the development of the operating system.

By the turn of the millennium, Linux had become a serious contender in the world of computing. It was being used by businesses, governments, and individuals around the world. And it was providing a real alternative to the closed, proprietary operating systems that had dominated the industry for so long.

The rise of Linux marked the beginning of a new era in computing. An era in which openness and collaboration were valued over secrecy and competition. An era in which anyone could contribute to the development of software, regardless of their background or expertise.

And as the years went by, Linux continued to grow and evolve, inspiring other open-source projects and paving the way for a new generation of software developers. It was the beginning of a revolution, and it all started with one young programmer’s vision of a better operating system.

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Screw you, OVH.

By | 2023-02-22

I’ve finally gotten to the point that time goes by so quickly now, that I really need to take a step back and see everything that has happened. This post will have some profanity, for that I apologize in advance to those with thinner skin… πŸ™‚

I know that it’s taken me a while to get back to this blogging thing… Hell, I didn’t even have the website active fully because of a spat with my hosting provider left me without a server, years of my work gone, and they generally were so full of shit that I canceled their service and I doubt that I’ll ever do business with them again… This includes missing out on potential referrals and any time I need a new server for the company I work for, I will *never* go to them again.

First, they decided to charge people in the US twice the amount for the same service they charged people in Canada and the rest of the world… Nice, right? So I call them out on it… and they then go through a script that uses the Patriot Act of all things as an excuse to charge us more money… What in the ever living hell? Anyway, so I almost beat them at their own game. I started a subsidiary of my personal company in Vancouver! πŸ™‚ Anyway, I’ve gone ahead and dissolved it because I only had it to prove one point to the company in the first place… If I was fraud… Wouldn’t there have been a single chargeback in the past 10 years of service? Yes… That’s right. They lost out on one hell of a loyal customer because of their bullshit policies and standardized scripts. After I contacted the CTO of the issues I was having, suddenly, the Americans were being charged the same amount… After I had already gotten a new server, I was trying to get my data transferred over because it was about to expire… and guess what?

They deleted all of my data during this process because their “automated” system cancels nonpaid servers at 7 days over… Even if you contact their technical support team, no one will ever take the blame for the issues I was having. The server I was on was aged to the point that two of the drives were failing… Instead of me getting them to troubleshoot them, I signed up for a new server, and contacted their support team about the old server and asked if I could have 24 hours to get the data. So, they instead sent the ticket to billing (who wouldn’t be in until 3 days later)… Meanwhile, I’m going back and forth between sales, their fraud department, and their technical support team… All because I had to create a company in another country to get by their bullshit policy of charging Americans more money. I tried to get their left hand to talk to their right foot, and it seems that they couldn’t figure out that I had been a customer (even though I had opened up tickets in both accounts) and that I should have been let through the fraud prevention crap that I could’ve easily gotten around… had I not been an honest customer.

So, they’ve lost all of my business and all of the business that they could’ve gotten through me… Simply because their support staff doesn’t know how to pick up a god damned phone and call another department or because they have their heads so far up in “the cloud” that they don’t know the difference between a hole in the ground from their ass.

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It has been a while…

By | 2018-10-10

On September 30th, one of my friends, Bria, passed away after battling lymphoma for a year. I didn’t realize at how quickly the year had passed. It seems that the older I get the more quickly time goes by. I mean, it had been more than two months since I last posted anything on here.

I don’t really have anything to say at the moment, except that I really miss her. I thought that she was getting better, but I guess that she just didn’t want us to worry.

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A secure way to contact me

By | 2018-08-20

So, I’ve decided to go ahead and get a little bit more concerned with security… Therefore, if you need to contact me about anything that could potentially need security, please do so at the following URL:

https://ifigure.wtf/contact-me/

By using the above link, you’ll be able to encrypt the message inside the browser, so it’s never even sent outside in plain text at all.

Go and give it a shot, or you can also do it here:

Your Name :
Your E-mail Address :
Your Message :


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Anything that annoys you… (Quote)

By | 2018-05-22

Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is for teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is for teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is for teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything you can’t control is for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe.

Jackson Kiddard

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I need to unplug and recharge for a bit.

By | 2018-04-19

So, this upcoming weekend, I will be disconnecting myself. Tomorrow, as soon as I’m done with work, I’m going to turn off my laptop, desktop, and just chill with a friend of mine who I haven’t seen in a couple of years.

I have a meeting with someone on Monday, and then after that, I’m going to my home town. I had been planning this for over a month. I haven’t been home for more than a day in almost three years. I’m going to intentionally disconnect while I’m there.

However, instead of me renting a car, a friend is going to take me so that I can save some money.

I will have my phone, but I’ll be using it for taking photos and for media purposes only. I’m going to turn off background syncing of items and my notifications will be disabled.

I’m going to use my PTO as I’m supposed to… Completely off from work. πŸ˜‰

Maybe some time out in the country will do me some good. I’ve been inside the city for quite some time. (Side item: yes, I went to San Antonio a couple of months ago, but it was still a city…)

πŸ˜›

 

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Suddenly, my mind stopped racing…

By | 2018-03-10

Suddenly, my mind stopped racing and I could finally live in the moment. It happened without thought or planning… I was just sitting there, drinking my coffee, and then it just happened. I didn’t plan for any of this to happen. Then, out of the blue without prompting, it was as if everything stopped and I felt peace. I was looking at the beautiful people sitting outside the cafe, wondering what their conversations were about because I had my earphones in and blasting music. Today, everyone seems beautiful to me in their own way. Maybe this is what I’ve been needing or seeking.

Inside the restroom, some graffiti on the wall mentioned “what you seek is seeking you”. I wonder why they wrote that today, I know it was written today because the walls were clean earlier this morning. It was as if the Universe was reaching out to me through a stranger’s words.

 

via Daily Prompt: Suddenly

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The Music

By | 2018-01-10

The music moves you, almost as if it was written for you at to hear at the specific moment that it reaches your ears. The rollercoaster of emotions that it invokes makes your mind spin in circles. You get the familiar feelings of nostalgia and then you remember what it felt like to fall in love… The sweetness of the feeling warms your heart while past heartache fades away into the farthest reaches of your mind.

You try to be rational, but that’s a lost cause, for your heart is anything and everything but rational. Suddenly, your attention is diverted away from it all as your body moves back and forth to the beats in the newfound anthem of your life. The pain is suddenly gone, replaced by the positive energy found in the tranquil melody. Between each note change, you’re reminded of the love, the hate, all that is wrong and right with the world… Its beauty overtakes you to the point of ecstasy while you fight back the tears of joy.

You really needed to hear it when you did… Because it reminds you of why you’re alive. You live for this feeling that is indescribable in just a few words… Except, maybe you can convey the emotion in a few words, only if they could be mixed in a blender: hope, freedom, peace, love… Maybe it’s just serenity that you’ve found… even if it’s just in the moment.

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