• RE: Electric universe model debunked by latest physics

    @shitshitshit nooo, no. I'm a reasonably informed layperson. Ty

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  • RE: A Few Solid Reasons Why LinkedIn is an Absolute Waste of Time

    You forgot the elephant in the room : LinkedIn has been purchased by Microsoft. Ooch.

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  • RE: Electric universe model debunked by latest physics

    Gee, I wonder if anyone understands your satirical work. That's very good albeit obviously completely out of touch with reality. Are you a physicist?

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  • Neocons Declare War On History

    Neocons Declare War On History
    Submitted by B3 on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 20:38

    Following Fox News anchoress Megyn Kelly's inflammatory remarks to former President Dick Cheney about him being on the wrong side of history over Iraq, the American Heritage Foundation has issued a stern rebuke and warning to History in 68 page policy paper.

    According to the paper, History has been escalating its provocations and generally belligerent stance towards America and the rest of the free world (America's territories), with its constant contrary and obstructive acts toward the New American Century.

    The paper outlines the long running crimes of History and its overall anti-democratic ways, with a thorough listing of tyrants and injustices. William Kristol has penned a harsh threat toward history in the concluding paragraphs, saying "If I could invent a time machine and travel back to every period of history to wreak havoc, overturning the established order and impose democracy, I would not hesitate to do so. Don't underestimate America's capacity to build a time machine."

    History made no comment, not wanting to repeat itself, but knowing it would.

    In other news, Charles Krauthammer strapped Chris Christie into the riggings of his wheel chair and gave him a smart crack of the whip ahead of the 2016 Republican primaries.

    Remember: America Trusts SmudgePot News More Than SmudgePottomus Does
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    Billington Strikes Back 🙂
    Submitted by metalhed19 on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 08:13. Permalink

    Billington Strikes Back 🙂

    Wisconsin Constitution Article I, Section 25 "The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security,defense,hunting,recreation or any other law-abiding purpose"


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    Miss you, metal man
    Submitted by B3 on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 23:13. Permalink

    hope you're well.

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    Neocons Declare War on History...
    Submitted by dkmeller1 on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:15. Permalink

    Neocons (once again) declare war on history-and sanity-and LOSE!

    Where does that leave the rest of us?

    How much longer is foreign policy, military policy, and counterterrorism policy, or whatever is left of them, going to remain in the hands of those irresponsible, stupid, and often fanatical crazies?

    "The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi


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    until jesus christ
    Submitted by B3 on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 22:06. Permalink

    and an army of avenging angels destroy them... with laser beams.

    either that or until their deranged ideology has crumbled the edifice of state beneath them to the point that they can't collect productive output from the supposed citizens beneath them.

    you have to take a wait and see approach.

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    Submitted by The Rebel Poet on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 17:58. Permalink


    Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!

    "Patriotism should come from loving thy neighbor, not from worshiping Graven images." - ironman77


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    It's a wash. As much as I
    Submitted by laissez faire on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 14:51. Permalink

    It's a wash. As much as I hated the title of your What We All Believe post, I love this one. Outstanding.

    10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.


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    Neocons and their hysterical
    Submitted by AntiFed1791 on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:24. Permalink

    Neocons and their hysterical Historicism, hilarious Hegelism, and too funny for words Trotskyism.

    "The United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that." — Alan Greenspan


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    just remember bill....
    Submitted by Smudge Pot on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:53. Permalink

    more americans trust smudge pot news

    Get your preps together! Learn historic food storage and preservation methods and the science that makes them work now, start saving money and the future


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    Was the Heritage Foundation paper authored by Winston Smith?
    Submitted by SteveMT on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 09:59. Permalink

    Nice post, B3.


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    Good Satire!
    Submitted by PremoMD on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 08:40. Permalink

    Good Satire!


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    Submitted by Sophron on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 05:43. Permalink

    Neoconservatives have been calling for an "end of history" since Fukuyama's famous essay in 1989.


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    in his golden years
    Submitted by B3 on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 22:04. Permalink

    it will be solace to francis that his essay made history. on that day, he will rejoin humanity.

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    Submitted by Von on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 22:41. Permalink

    Yeah! That's exactly how they roll.

    "Don't let what actually happened get in the way of our truth!"


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    That's what Bolton tried
    Submitted by Puma for Life on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:13. Permalink

    on Meghyn Kelly the other night; no, we can't look back, we have to look at he situation now...how convenient.

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  • RE: Here's Why Corporate Promotional Items are a Waste of Time, Money, and Resources

    @main-sequence these trinkets are a way of not looking cheap, much like having a wife.

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  • Jihadist Council In Afghanistan Announces End to Hostilities

    Jihadist Council In Afghanistan Announces End to Hostilities
    Submitted by B3 on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 21:19

    At first I was skeptical of our government's strategy in fighting the War on Terror, but after the Patriot Act really kicked in, and of course the recession of 2008-2012, I realized they were working with a long term strategy to not just defeat the terrorists, but to strike at the root of their underlying motivation: our freedom and prosperity.

    That is why I was not in the least bit surprised when the tribal leader in an Afghan village -- notably, the one with the recent civilian massacre -- announced to a large crowd the cessation of hostilities, based on their most recent assessment of our economic and political situation.

    Although delayed by the distance and language barrier, the Jihadist council had come to a consensus that with the curtailment of political liberty and the deterioration of economic conditions in America, the causus belli for the war had been sufficiently ameliorated to allow at least a long term armistice, if not an end to the war.

    With resources freed up on both sides, American troops have been welcomed to stay on and go about the normal business of building water parks and distributing candy bars for the Hershey Inc. dominated military-industrial complex.

    The tribal leaders of Afghanistan have been able to get back to the normal business of policing sexual behavior and holding beheading exhibitions in dilapidated former soccer stadiums. The CIA will continue to get a large, but reduced, supply of its uncut Heroin from the region, but alternative sources will need to be pursued.

    We have understandably had to maintain the fiction of causalities continuing on both sides to satisfy the hardcore of extremists in both countries, who lust for the blood of the young.

    It's all over! the war is over!

    People stupid enough
    Submitted by dabooda on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 23:18. Permalink

    to believe that "they hate us for our freedom" are too stupid to realize that our freedom is gone. Or they're too busy watching American Idol, same difference.

    Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...


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    Submitted by RonzdaMan on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 22:43. Permalink

    I doubt the west will see it that way.

    War is good for business in the minds of folks like the Bush's, the Clinton's, the McShames and Grahams.

    Hope those council members don't drive Mercedes C Class coupes.


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    thanks for the well wishes.
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    thanks for the well wishes.

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    Submitted by Katniss Everdeen on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 22:08. Permalink

    Is chat working for you, Bill? It stopped working for me.

    “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." -J.R.R. Tolkien


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    workin like a pinoy in an
    Submitted by B3 on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 22:33. Permalink

    workin like a pinoy in an ipod factory.

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  • RE: Here's Why Corporate Promotional Items are a Waste of Time, Money, and Resources

    @clinicallyalive Useless NPC's have become a real epidemic. The cuckery is legendary.

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  • RE: Here's Why Corporate Promotional Items are a Waste of Time, Money, and Resources

    Very accurate description. Can attest through personal experience that they serve little function outside of meeting business partners/clients/colleagues you have constant contact with over email & phone etc. ...and of course getting paid to leave the office and waddle about in whatever location the convention or conference is being held at.

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  • Here's Why Corporate Promotional Items are a Waste of Time, Money, and Resources

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    Like a kid in a candy store. Everyone who attends conferences wants this shit that they will never use.

    People are generally excited to attend conferences or exhibitions because they:

    • Don't have to do any actual work.
    • Are getting paid for not doing any work.
    • Can stuff their faces with all the ultra-healthy booth snacks for free, while chatting up the booth babes who pretend you are interesting, when in essence, they couldn't give a fuck and just want the day to end.
    • Harvest a hearty supply of absolutely worthless promotional items made by children in sweatshops from various third-world Asian countries which they can take home and collect dust.

    These promotional items could not resonate any less for the receiver as an advertising medium, other than the utility that the pens and the USB drives provide in theory. Even these generally end up living out their days in a desk drawer of other useless shit, or end up laying in the bottom of those massive over sized cardboard reinforced bags with the rope handles that companies give out their worthless little gifts, which you end up taking home and stuffing in your closet.

    This useless trash only rears its ugly head when you need to move, and don't feel like packing it, so it ends up in the trash or left behind for the next tenant or the landlord to adopt, who ends up pocketing the pens, but never actually look at the writing on the pen, because who gives a fuck right?

    "Thanks for calling Joe's Plumbing, how did you hear about us if I may ask?"
    "Well, I came across one of your pens when I was clearing out all the useless shit I have in my basement, and although the fucking ink was dried after an intense scribbling sessions to get it going, I was compelled to call and inquire about your services."

    When was the last time you picked up a pen, read the side, and then ended up spending money there.
    Exactly. Never. In fact, if you inscribed "Whoever brings this pen into my shop will receive $10,000" you could rest assured, that you won't ever have to fork out the cash. You might as well just have "Whoever holds this pen can go fuck themselves".

    A few years ago, I remember being at a conference in Brazil, and one company in particular was giving away their useless certified fair trade organic sweatshop manufactured promotional items in one of those industrial grade glossy cardboard triple-reinforced bags with the company logo on it, and it was so massive it looked like you could smuggle a full grown man in it. It was like carrying a coffin built for Peter Dinklage from the Game of Thrones. This bag was so thick and heavy duty, it could probably stop a 357 magnum round at point blank range.

    The items in their promo/body bag were as follows:

    • 3 x very high quality brochures that nobody will ever fucking read ever, even if it was the last reading material on Earth. They gave 3 brochures in case I was compelled to give them to a friend who I hated, and evangelize their company for free.
    • 1 x foam stress ball, with the company logo on it, which would eventually crack and flake-off when squeezing it a few dozen times.
    • 1 x respectably laughable 1 GB USB drive, with the company logo on it. The drive had the shittiest closing mechanism that has ever been engineered in that there was no way to open it once it collapsed into its sheath unless you hit it on a hard surface so it popped out slightly.
    • 1 x super ultra mega low quality ball cap, with the company's name on it.
    • 1 x acrylic cube key fob with the company logo laser etched into the interior of the cube, which dangled from a key chain that had already broken-off in the box.
    • 1 x sunshade that smelled like a cocktail of about 17 carcinogenic chemicals, which smelled like VX poison gas after making contact with the sun for 4 hours.
    • 1 x faux-leather -- that's giving it credit paper day planner with a 3-ring binder, a built in calculator and a mini pen made for people with hands the size of an action figure.
    • 1 x small t-shirt with, of course, the company logo on it, which I later put on at the hotel, and tore it off like the Hulk Hogan prior to a wrestling match.

    Let's not kid ourselves here -- this was all the absolute worst quality and the most useless trash that money could justifiably buy without bursting out laughing. At some point the manufacturers actually looked the buyers in the eye and maintained a straight face to sign the supply contract.

    Typical conference attendees will fall into one or more of these categories:

    • The Watchers (walk around don't talk to anyone, eat the free booth food, and leave)
    • The Talkers (they don't know how to shut the fuck up and are in constant corporate speak mode. Fucking drones)
    • The Harvesters (attend conference with the sole purpose of acquiring as much useless promotional items as they can get their hands on, with absolutely no intentions of sending any business your way, ever)

    These people parasites walk around, outright stealing all the top-grade, over-engineered promotional material they see. They'll walk up to your booth, and if you have anything laying around on the tables, they'll just smile at you sheepishly, take it, and jam it into their large industrial grade bulletproof bag they have which was lifted from another booth. And let's be clear about one thing -- they will never do business, or send any business your way EVER. That's a rock solid guarantee.

    Some of these guys probably built up their forearms during these events to Popeye strength proportions carrying all of their stolen sweatshop produced goods. Carrying 49 bags of groceries from the car into the house is a walk in the park for these clowns.

    Companies spend a massive amount of money unnecessarily for these useless cheap "promotional items", which, to be quite frank, nobody cares about and are literally give aways to people who by and large will never engage with your business.

    How can you quantify success and return on investment? Oh wait, let me get out my promotional pen and figure this out...

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  • A Few Solid Reasons Why LinkedIn is an Absolute Waste of Time

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    There is no preamble here where I use the sandwich technique and talk about the good, the bad, and then the good, or the history and benefits of LinkedIn, but rather just the reasons why I think LinkedIn is an absolute waste of time.

    That aside, let's have at it.

    1. Endless contact requests and solicitations from people you don't know, or would ever care to know.

    On a standard day, I get about 1-2 contact requests from people I don't know, or from fake profiles of people I don't know and quite frankly, I'm sick of it. If I haven't met you in person, exchanged a phone call or email, or had no communication whatsoever you can go fuck yourself. Ok, I said it.

    You have to ask yourself "When was the last time I actually received a meaningful contact request from someone that you haven't met?"

    Here's a sampling of the types of contact requests I've received recently:

    African Presidents
    CEO's of large global banks
    Random people with high-level titles in the financial services industry
    CEO's of global blue chip corporations
    Generals and high ranking officers from the US Military
    High ranking US government officials in charge of nuclear missile programs
    Hayden Panettiere (unfortunately fake)
    Students from third world countries
    Random people from the strangest industries and roles such as plastic film wrapping technologist or something. It was so important I recalled it instantly. And the list goes on.
    To me, it seems that most people just want to haphazardly connect to anyone they possibly can irrespective of the quality or caliber. While I see this totally desperate and lame angle, it totally defeats the purpose of what LinkedIn is intended for -- which is keeping track of "your" network of the people that you know and are important to you in some way. Having any of the above unknown, fake, bullshit profiles associated with your network is like taking a dump on clean white pressed bedsheets.

    Honestly, I cannot even remember the last time I received an invite or an InMail that was thought provoking, meaningful, and legitimate. Maybe 1 in 5000 are genuine aside from the ones that come as result of people you meet face-to-face at a business event for example.

    Here's the last InMail I received from someone who's cold email marketing was about as useless as tits on a nun:
    Good day! How are you? Fine?I hope everything is going well and this email receives you well! I was impressed with your LinkedIn profile and I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself and my company It seems like you have a lot of experience. We are an award winning company that specializes....
    When someone asks me if this "email has received me well" I just want to trash a public restroom like Adam Sandler from Punch Drunk Love. I actually went to their website and they won exactly ZERO awards, so this was clearly a great start for him.

    Seriously, fuck you buddy and your useless patronizing drivel that nobody even looking for whatever the hell you are offering even if they had a budget. I was debating whether or not I would reply to him just to mess with him, and then shoot him down and watch as his ego goes down in a ball of flames. Sometimes that's just natures way of telling people that their marketing is absolutely worthless and they should jump off the nearest bridge.

    Another noteworthy pulitzer prize-winning InMail came to me courtesy of a woman from India who's title was "Sr. Business Development Director, MBA". She worked at a company that was essentially a competitor of my company in almost every single way, and she had written about a solid page of text talking about how she thoroughly researched my company, and that she sees a lot of "synergies" for business together, etc etc not realizing that it was reminiscent of her selling ice to a fuckin' Eskimo. Nothing says "Sr. Business Development Director, MBA" like a fuck up like this. It can be chalked up to "spray and pray" marketing. Her success/close rate is probably is probably 1 in 100k, maybe.

    The entire integrity and quality of contacts and networks on LinkedIn is being compromised, and hijacked, largely, for "marketing" purposes. I've seen people in my contact network non-chalantly connecting to unknowingly, what are clearly fake profiles just to build a contact network to spam to. I'll be willing to wager that a solid 20% of peoples contacts are total fabrications of epic proportions.

    Doing a reverse image search on these suspect profiles pictures reveal stock photos, which is clearly a breach of LinkedIn's terms of service -- essentially equating to misrepresentation. And what is LinkedIn doing about this? Basically jack fucking squat as far as I can tell.

    Nuff said.

    1. Consuming news or "information" just breaks down due to volume, and doesn't scale for human consumption. Most posts are also absolutely worthless on many levels

    LinkedIn has grown from a very good idea in theory, into an absolute cluster fuck of epic proportions due to sheer volume of users posting, and the absolutely useless shit they post.

    This type of platform -- for the average user, just breaks down as an information consumption mechanism. The news feed might as well be a fuckin' stock ticker that scrolls across the screen or a high-speed conveyor belt. People end up having to post the same bullshit promotional crap from their company or product, that I really couldn't give a shit about. There is probably a 112% chance that nobody on the planet gives a shit about the post of your companies booth at an exhibition and to "come on by".

    My news feed is littered with motivational quotes from random deceased leaders or spiritual figures, as well as Richard Branson. I see about 45 motivational quotes from Richard Branson daily. Every time I see his face I literally just want to put my fist through the screen. Let's not forget the motivational quotes that tell you that failing constantly is eventual success, and to "hang in there and tough it out", in case anyone forgot that life isn't like the movies or reality TV shows that hypnotize the masses into a false sense of aspiration to lifestyles and material wealth that you don't need.

    There was a quote recently from Henry Kissinger talking about freedom. That's like Jeffrey Dahmer talking about culinary arts.

    There is also a never ending stream of this shit:
    Choose your birth date, and I'll tell you how your career will be in 2015.
    Solve this, and we will offer you a great job in a top IT company.
    What’s the first word you see?
    Solve if “ur” a genius
    What is the 5th name? If you answer correctly you may be a genius
    90% Fail this Answer
    How many balls, triangles, squares
    Name a country without the letter “x”
    My daughter just got straight A's
    I know this is a professional site, but I just got married, got my PhD, got Cancer, became a father...
    My mother just had a heart attack...
    How many sticks/triangles do you see in this picture?
    Can you read the numbers inside the circle?
    You have ten seconds to think of a word that starts with "c" and ends with "e"
    Plus many more great cult-classics that everyone knows, and fucking hates.

    What really blows me away are the brain-dead drones that engage with what is clearly contact harvesting posts to later spam endless crap to your inbox a la the two aforementioned business development experts above. It's like one of those ultra annoying chain emails that your mother keeps sending, threatening the wrath of Satan if you break the chain by not forwarding and irritating your entire contact list, like a case of twin-turbo thermite-grade hemorrhoids. But hey, I am a genius now and I just got an instant job in a top IT company.

    And then there's the new updates of people who have new jobs, or simply changed their current or previous job to something that sounds better than they actually have, and then have an endless list of creative-as-fuck responses such as "congrats", or "congrats bob". Wow, don't stress your creativity there folks. There was one guy I recall recently who changed his title to "unemployed, looking for new job" and he received a laundry list of congratulations. Yeah, thanks assholes. Nobody even read past the "Bob Schanklemeyer has a new job..." Yeah, Bob has a new job, looking for a new job, and definitely deserves a congratulations for that, no doubt.

    Every third post has something to do with leadership or self help tips on how not to burn-out at work, which oddly enough, is a testament of the experience of being an underpaid, overworked drone working in a global economy where jobs are being outsourced and automated, and people are being kicked to the curb and given a cordial "fuck you".

    This, and the majority of worthless posts from LinkedIn Influencers talking about the stupidest fucking topics you can ever imagine grasping for strawsin their quest to become a writer and/or though leader in their industry. These posts are followed by people praising the writer "great article", and nothing more, or people that really want to show up the writer by putting their pointless spin on the topic for correction to boost their own bravado. I quit commenting on LinkedIn since its crystal clear that people use the commenting function just to show everyone how clever or funny or not funny they are. Most fall into the latter category. Nobody even reads the long list of comments, and just types in their response even if the person above essentially writes the same thing. Some comments make no fucking sense.

    Here's a snap-shot of the VALUE-ADDED steaming compost heap in my news feed:
    Recruiter looking for a Ledger Clerk
    Picture of a Chinese guy sitting at a table talking to a middle aged balding dude with a goatee holding a pen and looking serious.
    An article on identifying leadership
    An article on leadership training and coaching
    Another fucking article on leadership, if you just recently took on a leadership role
    Career self help to prevent burn-out
    A picture of 4 semi-attractive drunk girls dressed in orange clothes and cowboy hats with a caption of, and I shit you not “just work smarter” followed by a smiley face emoticon
    Useless post by a company advertising how to cut construction costs using transmitter technology
    An article about the Internet of Things
    An article about Big Data and how it can literally save a baby from a burning house
    A guy posting about his new software version, and how its now in Japanese and Spanish
    A picture of an Arab and his wife, with a bunch of Arabic text and crying smiley faces
    Self help article on creating money from patience
    Another fucking article on leadership
    A guy posting that his company is now ranked #2 in a category of business I couldn’t give a fuck about
    Post stating how critical career planning is
    U R a genius if you can answer this question

    So essentially after a read through that shit-stream, my life has new meaning.

    1. LinkedIn itself as a business, is struggling to stay relevant and trying to monetize every square inch of the service to "maximize shareholder value", and in the process driving people away.

    A vast majority of people don't actually pay for LinkedIn, and the company is struggling to find ways to coax them into paying. I was paying them $30 a month for many years, and just recently they have downgraded my package, so if I want what I had before I have to essentially pay $60 a month. I'm sorry, and with all due respect you can go and fuck yourself, and while you're at it, the shareholders.

    LinkedIn, along with a couple other tech stocks tanked 30% in April, which is no doubt an indication of its bloated over-valued position:

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    Let's take LinkedIn advertising, which is by and large a monumental waste of time and money. I decided to do several trial runs with some of my company's tried and tested marketing materials for Google AdWords, and I gave LinkedIn Ads a whirl. I ran three separate campaigns over a two month period, and a total of approximately 620k "impressions"were reported to have been shown on my target audience of about 170k people in 3 different industries.

    The results were absolutely fucking pitiful.

    The average click through rates for all three campaigns were -- and I'm not even remotely exaggerating in any way -- 0.00001%. You got it. A total of 7 people, or bots clicked on my ads, which then resulted in absolutely zero leads. My ROI was ZERO.

    I did a Google search to see what other people thought and it was similar to my experience. LinkedIn ads are a complete waste of your marketing budget. In other words, a pile of steaming horse shit has more value than LinkedIn Ads. At least a garden can be fertilized, somewhere.

    When my boss at the time asked me how the campaign went I felt so fucking ashamed to report my findings since this was my idea, and I also felt betrayed and "ripped off" like when you get ripped off for paying too much and your friends or family are laughing at you.

    With regards to LinkedIn, and its immense user base, it's getting to the point where it hits saturation point (people are just tired of it, too much monetization) and is getting top heavy, with an inevitable tumble down, and the users will slowly start gravitating to the next social media fad.

    Nobody can question the proclivity for businesses to shed the freemium business model and start monetizing their service, but there's a right way and a wrong way, and to me, clearly, LinkedIn and its shareholders are getting overly greedy with the higher and higher package prices and adding not much more value, and thus the allure and novelty of the service is being eroded in the name of quarterly revenues.

    A slow, and silent "LinkedOut" movement is underway.

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