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Who are you, really???

I purchased an apple laptop for school, and I have been gradually learning how to use it.  I have both Google Chrome and Safari on it as browsers. At school, on their computers, I generally use Google Chrome, because it usually works better.  They aren’t apple computers in their library.  I have gmail, and yahoo and an apple email now.   The plethora of passwords  is a little much. I tend to forget what they are after not too long. I had it down for a little while, but then someone hacked my stuff, and I had to change all my passwords.  Now, I’m frequently in a bind as to which one I need to remember.  It’s horrible.  Until recently, I thought that was my only problem.

It hasn’t been an issue before, but I’ve just discovered that I can only get on the wordpress site when I’m in the google search engine. I can’t even get into it when I’m in my gmail, if I’m not in gmail on Google Chrome. I get told that I don’t have a site yet when I try to get into it. On the other hand, when I’m in my gmail on Google chrome, it goes straight into the wordpress site when I click on any of my articles that I have sent to my gmail. No problem at all.

I’ve just purchased a web site for my new artistic profession, which I am still in the process of setting up.  I was in a different browser when I searched for it, and I set it up with my Apple icloud email.  If I’m in Google Chrome, It can’t find the site at all.  Now, not only do I have to remember which password goes with which email, etc., but I also have to remember which browser goes with which site.  This is becoming depressingly frustrating. I need a big chart on the wall with all my internet traffic lanes.
None of this would have become an issue at all, if it wasn’t for all the censorship of sites that I liked, like the naturopathy and how to raise farm animals that I love.  I have to go to to find them. Additionally, the selling of all my data to just anyone who wants it has begun to bother me too.  It doesn’t matter that I’m a law-abiding citizen, and that I have nothing to hide. It matters that anytime I search for anything, for whatever reason, ie, someone asked me a question that I didn’t know the answer to, so I searched it, I then get advertising for products related to that search, whether I’m interested in it or not.

Apparently, whoever has my data believes it applies to me, so they are working on selling me something. This potentially gives a false picture of me, in my opinion. I even heard that if you purchase something at a convenience store, with one of those points cards, that it will send, or sell the data to companies that use it to determine insurance rates; for instance, cigarettes.  If you are a non-smoker, but you have friends or family visiting that do smoke, and you buy them cigarettes with your points card, the data can go to the health insurance company and they will assume it’s you who smokes and raise your insurance rate.

Since this is true of points cards, then who is to say it isn’t also true of the data collected by browser searches? Or just plain any kind of typing that is done within one. These blog sites also collect data.  So now that I am switching sites to locate things of interest to me, I now have multiple pipelines of data.  Perhaps some of the sites, or browsers, or search engines don’t track everything I do, but I still have things of interest to me in the other locations, like this one.  What to do, what to do….  It’s disturbing, really.  Is this the price we pay for having these tools at our disposal?

Hmmmmmm……. Do I need to have multiple sites to sell my artistic wares? Depending on which site I’m on, will I get different results?  Will I get the interest of different kinds of people on each browser? Up until recently, I had taken it for granted that searches would have similar results, no matter where I was; now, I’m certain that I need different strategies for each browser, and different sites for them too.   ….  Sigh …….

I think I’m more interested in a smaller, more personal venue after all.  I doubt that I will bother with getting anymore internet sites.  This is far too time consuming and troublesome for doing the kind of personal, one-on-one custom artistic business I’m interested in.  I’ll be looking for a brick and mortar corner studio/shop when I get settled again after school.  Thanks internet, for clarifying that question for me.

Copyright 2018 Ellen M. Lattz.




I’ve been considering consulting a psychic about how, or if I should pursue building my business.  I’ve been doing some work on my own for a couple of years now, and just last year I paid a hefty fee for getting it incorporated, but my overhead is still way too high and I’ve moved it to another state (in spite of another hefty fee for changing the principle address of my business) to cut the costs down.  Still, I’m not sure how I’m going to meet expenses at my current rate of business.  I may have to diversify and bring in revenue from different sources to keep it going.

As many of you have already heard, our President just gave us all a rousing good talking to about our modern way of creating a business.  Apparently, I’ve been going about it all the wrong way.  I’ve been thinking that I was in this all by myself.

Of course not, he tells me.  I’ve had good teachers that gave me the opportunity to learn to read (oops, I thought that was my parents job, since I was reading way ahead of my grade level in school), I’ve had government that built the roads I use (wasn’t that paid for by tax dollars from already thriving businesses before they were built?),  and infrastructure that was in place before I was born (telephone systems were installed by private enterprise weren’t they?  and paid for by the customers?).  Hmmmm…  Oh and the Internet, that was conceived of by the government (as an in-house system) and then jumped on by everyone else…… (Micro-soft was begun as a private business wasn’t it?  and Apple? and IBM? and Sun Systems?  when were they government owned?) who didn’t have to pay for them (thank goodness I can get all this computer stuff for free…  ooops, maybe not.)

Well, I certainly want to thank everyone out there who has contributed to my business success. Now I can breathe easy because I won’t have to worry about where my business is going to find it’s customers, or how I’m going to pay for the Insurance for it or the marketing costs, or the delivery system, or the software or the… wait a minute…. do you mean to tell me that I still have to pay for all of that Myself!???

Well…. If I have to build my business all by myself, and then still pay the government for the privilege of doing it, why should I bother to do it at all?  I’m sure the government will take care of me if I don’t.  My President has said they were the source I should credit for everything we have.


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I hope you can see that butterfly..  he’s been enlarged a bit…  so he looks a bit watered down… much like our finances.


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Ron Paul, and his supporters, know what it’s like to have their words taken out of context and used to malign them unfairly.  As a result, being the fair man that he is, Ron Paul took a nearly unprecedented step during a Presidential Primary run to defend one of his fellow candidates , Mitt Romney, who was getting that treatment, yet again.

Mitt Romney was describing, to a rapt  audience in New Hampshire, his philosophy of keeping businesses honest, and hardworking, by saying that he Liked being able to fire people who provide services to him.

After all, what happens in a business that you can’t fire?  It tends to get cocky, arrogant, and self-serving.  Instead of providing good service to you, you end up just being the vehicle to providing more money to the ever increasing demands from the company. This is Not a good business to consumer relationship model.

As an example, lets look at what has happened to service from our city/county utilities.  First, they tend to have removed as much as possible, the face to face contact.  In our area, you have to go to a bill paying service center that is mostly about check cashing, and otherwise is about paying several different bills in cash.  And on top of all that, you have to Pay this bill paying service center more money to let you pay your bill here. Of course, you Can pay them electronically…. but again,there is no personal contact.

Then, the utility companies removed as much as possible of the voice to voice contact, sending customers through an ever expanding menu of options designed primarily to frustrate the user, wear you down, and prevent you from actually solving problems.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gotten to where I just hold the phone for five minutes while it runs through it’s litany of menu choices and let it finally decide that I must be one of the three people in the nation still using a dial phone, and then it will let me talk to an Actual person, whereupon I usually get Much better results (Usually).

Or, how about the Cable company.  Do they give good service?  I remember when they first came into existence, and people said, why do we want these guys?  We have free T.V. now.  And the Cable companies said, “We’ll keep the cost down.  It’ll be real low.”   And it was, for a little while, until the initial contract ran out, by which time people were hooked on the convenience of tuning in to Many more show choices, and the cable companies raised the rates.  A lot. And they make it difficult to return the equipment in a timely manner; And they charge you all kinds of extra fees…  I could go on, as I’m sure you all could too.

The same thing happens with retail companies that have a lock on market products in an area.  They too, become difficult to work with and start thinking that They are doing You a favor by letting you shop at their store.

Suffice it to say, if you don’t have choices, firing the people/companies who “Serve” you is difficult; then, You end up serving them instead.

© Ellen M Story and emariaenterprises, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Ellen M Story and emariaenterprises with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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