In a world where Borg are the Vampires of Thinking Machines.
Click on the image of the SAR commander, to read the Complete First Season [All 13 Episodes + Season 2, Episode 1] of Kill Command, Book 01 of Gee Whiz! … Enjoy … 🙂
In a world where Borg are the Vampires of Thinking Machines.
Click on the image of the SAR commander, to read the Complete First Season [All 13 Episodes + Season 2, Episode 1] of Kill Command, Book 01 of Gee Whiz! … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on either image of fighter Gina Carano, to read the Season One episodes of Becky is Better from The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on the image of June Wilkinson, to read Book 04 of The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on the image of Sunglasses After Dark, to read Book 03 of The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on any of the images of boxer Natalya Ragozina, to read Book 00 of The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Considered Manhattan’s most exclusive building, the Dakota is a co-op built in 1884 on the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side. John Lennon was murdered outside in 1980, and his widow, Yoko Ono, still lives in their apartment. The building was also the setting for Roman Polanski’s classic 1968 creeper, “Rosemary’s Baby.”
The perfect setting for an old-fashioned, “dead body in a locked room” whodunit.
Click on the image of Jenny Miller, Mondo’s BFF, to read the pages … Enjoy … 🙂
Joanna and Blaise ponder on the attraction of stockings and suspenders for men.
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Economic uncertainty. Terrorism. Global warming. Trump. Hillary. Russian collusion. The news seems to be filled with events that threaten life as we know it. Indeed, some of the headlines talk about things that could end life itself.
On a smaller scale, we are all faced with problems at work and at home. And some of those problems threaten our happiness or success.
But that’s the way it’s always been and always will be. Life is a mixture of good times and bad times.
The incredible thing is some people and some businesses do well … no matter what the times are like. Some businesses keep on growing, while others in the same industry file bankruptcy. Some salespeople keep on selling their goods and services, while other salespeople can’t give their stuff away. And some leaders keep on getting peak performance from their employees, while other leaders can’t even hold on to their employees.
So what makes the difference? What characterizes the winners? Personal responsibility. The ingredient that is woefully lacking in so many people, leaders, team members, families, and organizations.
The question is: How do you get it? And how do you keep it working for you? I’ve found 3 strategies that work wonders.
(Side Note: I’ll share more with you in my ExtraOrdinary Success 2.0 Master Class starting in September. 24 people will be selected for this awesome, life-changing training- coaching-and-mentoring experience. More details to follow.)
In other words, winners go out and get the right attitudes, skills and classes … BEFORE they need them. They prepare themselves for the tough times … BEFORE the tough times come.
And that’s pretty much the way Olympic athletes do it. Take Rulon Gardner, for example. He was the wrestler who won the gold medal at the Sydney Olympics. But how he did it was even more amazing.
Gardner beat the great Russian, Aleksandr Karelin, who hadn’t lost in 13 years. In fact, he hadn’t even been scored on in 10 years.
So how did Gardner do it? He took personal responsibility for his grueling preparation. He’d wrestle the best wrestlers in the country for a minute each, facing one immediately after another. He’d do this for 10 to 15 minutes at a time with no breaks.
A typical wrestling match is three, three-minute periods with a much needed breather in between. But Gardner’s training was akin to running a 200-yard sprint up a steep hill, full speed, wearing a harness with someone behind him trying to hold him back … and then trying to swim a 100 yards with weights strapped to his back with someone holding his legs.
Gardner said this “over-training” helped him the most when he needed it the most … in the last seconds of the match against the Russian. With both of them dead tired in the final seconds of the final period, Gardner broke from the hold Karelin had on him to score a point.
Final score: Gardner 1. Karelin 0. The gold medal went to Gardner and ranks as one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
What about you? Do you take personal responsibility for getting yourself trained … BEFORE the problems inevitably hit your business, your job, life, or marriage? Or do you wait for the problems to come … and then wonder how you’re going to handle them?
It all comes down to personal responsibility. Are you doing what you can to get the training you need, or are you waiting for your company or manager to give you the training? Winners never wait.
Professor and author Ben Stein says, “The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated. It is finished when it surrenders.”
Gardner knows that. Sometime after winning the Olympic gold medal, Gardner was snowmobiling in Utah. He got lost, plunged into a half-frozen slushy river, and when he tried to walk his way back to safety, the four feet snow swallowed his legs with each laborious step.
Exhausted, with his clothes soaking wet, and the temperature dropping to 25 degrees below zero, he nodded off repeatedly, battling sleep, knowing that a long sleep would mean certain death. But Gardner was determined to stay awake, to hang on … even though every nerve in his body ached for sleep. Gardner refused to give up.
Some 17 hours later he was rescued. He could no longer feel his frozen feet. And the doctors had to cut off his boots … only to find his frozen feet, wooden to the touch … just like his frostbitten hands. The doctors thought his hands and feet wouldn’t make it, and they gave him little hope of ever walking or performing everyday routine tasks again. Wrestling was certainly never going to happen again.
But Gardner thought otherwise … even though they had to amputate one toe. And amazingly enough, Gardner came back to win another medal in the next round of Olympics.
Could the same be said of you? Do you let setbacks kill off your dreams and snuff out your motivation? Or do you refuse to let your setbacks have the last word?
As strange as it may seem, your setbacks can be a blessing in disguise. As Helen Keller noted,
“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there was no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.”
Simply put, victories that come too easily are seldom savored … because there is little or no personal responsibility for that victory
Losers believe they are entitled to success, wealth, happiness, and position. So they wait for it to fall into their laps rather doing something (or lots of things) to make it happen.
Indeed, as philosopher Jim Rohn says, “It’s too bad losers or failures don’t give seminars. Wouldn’t that be valuable? We could sit back and say, ‘Pete … Henry … Mary … Jessica, you’ve screwed up your life for forty years. If I bring a notepad, and promise to take good notes, would you spend a day with me? Would you teach me all the things NOT to do?’”
By contrast, winners seldom think about being entitled to the prizes in life … without working for them. Winners adhere to Winston Churchill’s admonition, that “The price of greatness is responsibility.”
Winners know they would miss out on the real joy in life if the goodies in life were just handed to them. They would miss out on the opportunities to grow as a person and contribute a professional.
That’s why the legendary sales trainer Tom Hopkins says, “Every dollar you earn is worth ten given to you. Earned money creates the self-image of self-reliance; given money creates the self-image of other-dependence.”
In fact, we’re designed with this internal desire to learn, master, and conquer. That’s why little kids say … with great pride … when they dress themselves, tie a shoe, or cut their own meat … “I did it myself.”
Misguided parents jump in and say, “Here, let me do that for you.” They don’t want to see their kids struggle. But by jumping in to help, these same well-intentioned parents rob their kids of any chance they might have to learn the art of personal responsibility.
Managers often do the same thing and then wonder why they’re so overloaded and so out of balance.
What about you? Are you taking responsibility for getting ahead or making things better? Or are you waiting for good things to simply happen … for lightning to strike … or for your ship to come in?
Well, chances are, if you’re not taking personal responsibility, you’ll never see most of your dreams come true.
This Week’s Action: What are 3 things you need to take responsibility for … starting right now?
Dr. Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip, Issue 888 – Personal Responsibility: The Indisputable Ingredient in All Success
Another beauty from brother Joey…recorded on VHS almost 40 years ago we bring to you another rare classic and gem from our favorite drummer and the best there ever was …Buddy Rich ! This one really shows the friendship, love and respect johnny and buddy have for each other Enjoy!!!!
”Krupa and Rich” is a 1956 studio album by jazz drummers Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich on Norman Granz’ Clef Records label. Krupa and Rich play on two different tracks each and play together only on “Bernie’s Tune”. Krupa and Rich would record again for Verve Records, their album Burnin’ Beat was released in 1962.
This is without a doubt the finest collaboration between the two most famous drummers ever. There is no sense of competition on this album, just wonderful, swinging interplay between these two giants. When one looks at Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, one can make an analogy to Art Tatum and Count Basie on the piano. Rich, like Tatum, was simply the greatest technician on his respective instrument that ever lived. No one has even come close to duplicating what he did on the drums. Krupa, on the other hand, was a master of pure swing just like his counterpart on the piano, William Basie. Krupa could make the drums sing like any other instrument as his sticks literally danced on the drums. Krupa could play a simple beat and turn it into a mesmerizing mantra, whether it be on his snare or on the floor tom. What makes this album so special is that each drummer sticks to what he does best, and the result is an extremely even matchup. Krupa responds to Rich’s thunderous technique with playful, entertaining, and always hard-swinging magic. And add the fact that the band on this session consists of trumpet giants Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge, tenor saxophonists Illinois Jacquet and Flip Phillips, and a rhythm section of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Herb Ellis, this album cannot help but swing like mad…(By Customer on July 28,2003;Amazon)
01.Buddy’s Blues (Buddy Rich)…(00:00)
02.Bernie’s Tune (J.Leiber/B.Miller/M.Stoller)…(10:29)
03.Gene’s Blues (Gene Krupa)…(24:26)
04.Sweethearts On Parade (C.Lombardo/C.Newman)…(32:14)
05.I Never Knew (G.Kahn/T.Fio Rito)…(41:03).
1.Gene Krupa(tr.2,3,5) – drums
2.Buddy Rich(tr.1,2,4) – drums
3.Oscar Peterson – piano
4.Ray Brown – bass
5.Herb Ellis – guitar
6.Roy Eldridge – trumpet
7.Dizzy Gillespie – trumpet
8.Illinois Jacquet – tenor saxophone
9.Flip Phillips – tenor saxophone,clarinet.
Recorded: N.Y.C; 1 November,1955.
Label:Verve/Clef Records – MGC-684
Photography By – Herman Leonard
Producer, Supervised By – Norman Granz.
Israel’s Sayeret Matkal is another of the world’s most elite units. Its primary purpose is intelligence gathering, and it often operates deep behind enemy lines. During the selection camp (Gibbush), would-be recruits endure hardcore training exercises while being constantly monitored by doctors and psychologists. Only the strongest get in.
In 2003, an Israeli taxi driver, Eliyahu Gurel, was kidnapped after transporting four Palestinians to Jerusalem in his cab. But the Sayeret Matkal unit located and rescued him from a 10-meter pit in an abandoned factory in a suburb of Ramallah.
In the movie Mortuary, at around 28 minutes into the film. The quote carved on the vault’s door, “That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die,” is from H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories “The Call of Cthulhu” and “The Nameless City”. It is a couplet attributed to Abdul Alhazarred, the author of the Necronomicon.
The quote is also the incarnation Miss Kane uses to pick the lock of the morgue’s backdoor. The trigger phrase, so to speak. A protocol slipped to her by the CME (chief medical examiner), Doctor Amy Madigan.
Needless to say, the clean and pristine Miss Kane can’t get back to being a filthy and parasite-infested baglady soon enough. She craves being a Leech the most. She is clearly beyond the point of no return in her indulgence of this new found depravity of hers. But. She never [never ever] gets so far gone in her debauchery that she can’t put business first.
When the door opens, Doctor Madigan ushers her in quickly. The backdoor closes and locks itself behind them. They hustle down a flight of stairs. Although she used a surreptitious way to enter the morgue, Miss Kane made no use of CCTV blind spots when she walked over to the morgue from Frau Schmidt’s condo. Nor did she instruct Doctor Madigan to loop the CCTV in the morgue. Ergo, games are afoot in spades.
Twists, turns, and descent, brings them to a private, well-guarded room on the lowest sublevel. The guards pretend to not notice them enter. There are rows of metal tables upon which dead bodies lay. One of the dead bodies is a butchered Sarah Lane. Standing over Ms. Lane’s corpse is Senator Herman Carter, the father of the slain Hazel Carter.
Ms. Lane’s killer used the MO of Simon Angel. Doctor Madigan has a very good idea, but no solid evidence of, who Ms. Lane’s killer is, and it’s not Simon Angel. The agent’s naked, mutilated body was found in the room of a flophouse on Cherokee Street in the red light district. Along with the corpse, a ton of evidence was also found in the room which unequivocally proves that Sarah Lane murdered Hazel Carter.
Although Hazel was a constant source of embarrassment for him, she was still his daughter and he loved her very much. His grief over her murder is profound. The senator’s enemies, and he has a lot of them, especially in the upper echelon of the Martian police force, are glad to see him in such pain. The senator also has friends on the Martian police force as well, as evidenced by his presence here.
Bypassing Doctor Madigan, Miss Kane walks up to Senator Carter.
“My. My. My. You are in a bind. Aren’t you, senator? Your enemies will paint you as a sociopath who is feigning his grief over his daughter’s death. You wanted her dead and paid this woman through a handler to kill her.”
Senator Cater could respond in many ways to Miss Kane’s accusations. Lashing out at her is not one of the wise ways he could choose. He holds back his anger and responds in kind to her.
“I had nothing to do with my daughter’s murder.”
“Convince me. Tell me a tale. And. Make it a good one. One that would raise the specter of reasonable doubt in the minds of a jury. But. Just the cliff notes—i.e., short, sweet, and to the point. As if your very life depended on it … and, of course, I mean that in the figurative sense … because it would be in clear violation of ROE, not to mention unlawful, if I killed you based upon, shall we say, bad storytelling.”
“Misdirection. Sleight of hand.”
Miss Kane smiles inhumanly wide from ear to ear, literally.
“That’s a good start. Continue, please.”
“My daughter was not the target. She was only a distraction. Something intended to mislead investigators. The real target was Agent Molly White, the partner of Agent Simone Simon.”
Miss Kane turns away from the senator and directs her attention to Doctor Madigan. “I’ll bet you think that I killed Agent Simone … don’t you, Doctor Madigan?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Agent Simone’s accomplice killed Agent Simone, and planted the evidence of Agent Simone’s guilt.”
That’s when Senator Carter can be heard saying behind Miss Kane: “Keep your friends close, and keep you enemies closer.”
“Exactly,” Miss Kane responds, as she turns her attention back to Senator Cater and away from Doctor Madigan.
But. That’s when Doctor Madigan can be heard saying behind Miss Kane: “Bullshit. There was no accomplice to this murder for hire. You’re the lunatic, homicidal bitch who … acting as judge, jury, and executioner … brutally killed Agent Simone, and, I intend to prove it. We don’t tolerate vigilantism here on Mars.”
Upon hearing the straitlaced, no-nonsense Doctor Madigan’s stern admonishment of Miss Kane, this time it’s Senator Carter who smiles broadly. Miss Kane’s own smile does not lessen, though.
The twenty-something Doctor Madigan is one of Senator Carter’s boon coons. But. She is her own woman, nonetheless. Doctor Madigan is the youngest person to hold the Office of Chief Medical Examiner on Mars. And. She didn’t solely accomplish that feat, and her lightning-fast raise through the ME ranks, based upon patronage alone. Doctor Madigan is one hell of an ME—i.e., she’s just that good.
Bottom line. If Doctor Madigan can make it stick that Miss Kane viciously murdered Agent Simone, in clear violation of ROE and the laws of Mars, she will do her damnedest to make sure that Miss Kane is convicted of murder and sentenced appropriately. By her inflexible way of thinking, no one is above the law—not the supernatural Miss Kane, not the influential Senator Carter, not even herself for that matter.
In spite of a tendency to bend the rules, when the ends justify the means. Doctor Madigan is too much of a straight arrow to break the rules. Therefore. It won’t be by hook or by crook that she proves her suspicion of Miss Kane’s guilt. Doctor Madigan won’t frame Miss Kane.
In the ’90s, Star Trek was such a hot property that for much of the decade there were two concurrent Star Trek series running on television. Deep Space Nine overlapped The Next Generation for about two years, and then Voyager overlapped Deep Space Nine for the remainder of the ’90s– all this in conjunction with the four Star Trek films that hit theaters throughout the decade. That said, Voyager was both one of the franchise’s most groundbreaking series, and one of its most divisive.
Voyager had a strong start, and was initially popular with critics and fans alike. The show broke several long-standing conventions for the franchise–it was the first series to use computer-generated effects rather than models, the first to have a female captain, and the first to have a liberated member of the Borg join the crew after years of the alien race being one of humanity’s most dangerous adversaries.
Seven of Nine, played by actress Jeri Ryan, helped to inject some new life into the show when she joined the cast in the fourth season. Her looks and costumes brought people in, but they stayed for what ended up being one of the show’s most interesting and complex characters.
Here are 15 Things You Never Knew About Seven of Nine.
The Borg are more of a hive-mind collective than a group of individual creatures with their own purpose and distinctive personality. Like bees, ants, and other similar species, individual members of the Borg are known as “drones” and tend to exist only to serve the collective and its queen. Because of this lack of individual autonomy, Borg drones aren’t given traditional names–instead, they are given designations based on their basic details. Seven of Nine was one of a group of nine, and Unimatrix Zero was a virtual community that she lived in. Her designation, “Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One”, was essentially a quick summary of who she was with, and where.
Prior to being assimilated by the Borg, Seven of Nine’s original human name was Annika Hansen. Even after being liberated and joining Starfleet on the ship Voyager, she refused to return to using her original human name. Instead, she opted to be referred to by a shortened version of her Borg designation, deciding on the nickname “Seven.”
Voyager‘s ratings were never as strong as they were in the show’s earliest days, but it was season three in particular that saw numbers plummeting to worrisome levels. When speculating on why the show might be struggling, the show’s producers realized that past Star Trek captains had a direct foil to play off of, a character who would challenge them and present them with new angles to various situations.
In particular, they looked to the original series’ Spock and Next Generation‘s Data, who, in their own ways, saw things from a distinctly non-human perspective– often counterbalancing the flaws of human passion and emotion by taking the high ground of cold, hard logic.
The solution was to bring a similar character to Voyager that would be that counterpart to Captain Janeway. In an effort to again come up with a character that would have an outsider’s perspective on humanity and flawed human choices– and have no trouble challenging a Starfleet captain– they ultimately decided on the concept of a liberated Borg drone to fill that role.
Her role as the Spock of Voyager wasn’t the only thing that Seven of Nine and actress Jeri Ryan brought to the show in an effort to boost ratings. Seven’s Starfleet uniforms were so tight that they almost looked painted on, and by all accounts, took impressive feats of engineering to create.
Underneath the uniform, Ryan had to wear a complicated corset-like piece that helped to give Seven her impressive curves and figure. The corset was so complex that it reportedly took 2o minutes each to get her into and out of it, making even a basic bathroom break a convoluted, manpower-intensive task.
However, Ryan probably didn’t mind having those annoyances when compared to the problems with her original, mechanical Borg costume. The neck piece on her Borg costume was so tight that it restricted blood flow, causing the actress to pass out multiple times.
Seven had brawn to much her brains and beauty, and what better way to prove that by taking on one of the WWE’s all-time greatest wrestlers in an arena fight? In one of his first acting appearances, Dwayne Johnson appeared in an episode of Voyager as a character fittingly known only as “The Champion.”
Seven ultimately loses the match against him, but the fact that she escapes a battle against a hulking alien warrior with easily treatable injuries says a lot about her physical fortitude.
It wasn’t a coincidence that UPN, the network that aired Voyager, had also recently just started up their own weekly WWE series called SmackDown. Many Voyager fans disliked what they saw as a shameless cross-promotional stunt, and reaction to the episode was largely negative from both fans and critics. However, from UPN’s perspective, the stunt was a success as it drew the highest ratings of any Voyager episode for the entire sixth season of the show.
Following her liberation from the Borg, Seven had chosen to associate as little with her life pre-assimilation as possible. She refused to go by her original name, was reluctant to speak to one of her living human relatives (her aunt), and was largely just content to build a whole new life for herself as a liberated Borg drone slowly adapting to humanity, rather than trying to recapture her previous life as Annika Hansen.
However, there is only so much that can be done to override certain ingrained human traits. And apparently one of those traits is food preferences. Once Seven had transitioned back into eating normal food, she soon discovered that she considered strawberries to be her favorite food– something that carried over from her human childhood, where strawberry tarts had been her favorite treat.
Magnus and Erin Hansen were exobiologists who were studying the Borg and their behavior. As would be expected when studying such a dangerous species, it was a job that required considerable risk. The couple would frequently push their own limits and luck, getting into increasingly perilous situations and not taking sensible opportunities to escape, instead choosing to continue their research for as long as they could.
There was just one problem: they had a young child in tow as they conducted their extremely dangerous research. Their parental instincts to protect their then-five year old daughter never seemed to kick in enough to override their desire to continue studying the Borg, even in the face of ever-decreasing odds of safely getting out of their work unscathed.
During a particularly risky operation, Magnus had sneaked onto the Borg ship while his family’s own vessel sat nearby undetected. Sure enough, an ion storm hit that gave away their location and led to the Borg assimilating young Annika.
Annika was assimilated by the Borg at the age of six, but was much too young to be turned into a drone. So the collective placed the child into a maturation chamber to begin the assimilation process and have her reemerge when she was a full drone and her body was mature enough to begin her duties. In Annika’s case, this process took five years, meaning that she was essentially in stasis until the age of 11.
While Borg assimilation ended up robbing Annika of 19 years of a normal human life, that entire time wasn’t even spent being actively conscious. Six full years were simply lost to her forever. Although, given the damage that she did as a Borg and the millions of lives she assisted in assimilating, that also meant that she had six fewer years in which to do the Borg’s evil work.
Seven first encountered the crew of the Voyager and began the process of liberation at age 25, effectively skipping from age 6 to age 25 in terms of her human life.
Much remained unknown about the Borg prior to Seven’s liberation, and even less was known about how much would be retained of her Borg life once she returned to being human. However, when Seven one day began to exhibit signs of multiple personality disorder, everyone learned something quite significant.
As it turned out, the personalities she was exhibiting weren’t random or made-up– they were the memories and personalities of beings she had assimilated, coming out as the result of an accident. The first “personality” she exhibited is that of a Klingon male, who she saw when she looked at her reflection in that state. Others included a mischievous child and a worried mother.
When, in the Klingon male persona, Seven tried to forcefully mate with B’Elanna Torres, security got involved, and everyone went about trying to figure out what was happening. It was discovered that the neural patterns of all assimilated beings are stored within the Borg’s collective hive mind, and that the accident had caused Seven to interface with the neural patterns of the beings she specifically had assimilated herself.
Very few beings are able to be successfully liberated once they have been assimilated by the Borg and live to tell the tale. It typically takes someone with the willpower, strength, and fortitude of a Jean-Luc Picard to be able to break free of the Borg’s grasp. Not to discredit Seven’s strength, but it does seem a little hard to believe that she was able to get away and then fully turn on her former Borg overlords.
As it turns out, there is a reason for that. It is eventually revealed by the Borg queen herself that Seven was intentionally allowed to be liberated and live on as a turncoat Starfleet officer as part of a grand plan to assimilate all of humankind. Not unlike a sleeper cell, the Borg was going to wait until the time was right and Seven had fully gained the trust of Starfleet before they would activate her to take down humanity from within.
That plan didn’t end up panning out, as Seven had subsequently bonded with her crew– and developed a hatred for the Borg– far more deeply than the Borg had expected her to.
As was previously mentioned, Seven chose to build a new life as Seven of Nine rather than trying to resume her interrupted life as Annika Hansen. However, there was a set of circumstances that had caused Seven to take a stab at being the adult that Annika never got to be– albeit a severely distorted version of her.
Seven was part of an away team that was investigating a mine when they were captured by a group of Quarrens who altered their memories in order to force them into manual labor. The memory alteration involved giving everyone false memories of their homeworlds, twisting them into negative associations. Doing this to Seven completely erased her time as a Borg from her mind, and she was therefore forced to act as though she had always lived as Annika Hansen and was now an adult. However, her ingrained Borg instincts did remain, and as such she was given a managerial role– and she was far from being a kind, fair boss.
All the crew members did eventually regain their true memories and personalities, and “Annika Hansen” was gone once again.
After having noticed crew member Harry Kim frequently ogling her, she eventually cornered him and bluntly asked him if he wanted to “copulate” with her. Kim was embarrassed and didn’t take her up on her pointed request. Next, Seven chose William Chapman as her first attempt at a proper relationship, for no other reason than her deducing that they had similar interests. As it turned out, she came on as physically strong as she did verbally, and accidentally tore a ligament in Chapman’s shoulder while the pair were dancing. He was done with their courtship after that.
Seven’s sexual power was so strong that even the ship’s holographic AI doctor began to develop romantic feelings for her, even fantasizing about her sexually. The fantasies eventually began to overrun his program and cause various malfunctions that affected the entire ship.
4. SHE BRIEFLY HAD A “SON”
For a short time, Seven was effectively the mother to a Borg drone known as One. Following an accident involving a transporter, a mobile emitter, and Seven’s nanoprobes, One was created, and the two were connected through said nanoprobes. The pair quickly developed a mother/son relationship, with Seven getting in touch with her human maternal instincts in her affection and care for One.
One would go on to accidentally send out a signal to the Borg that alerted them to Voyager‘s position, and soon after, a Borg cube was discovered to be heading their way. One knew that the Borg would think nothing of destroying the Voyager crew– including his “mother”– and decided to sacrifice himself in order to protect her and the rest of the ship.
This ended up being Seven’s first true taste of loss, after having largely been immune to feelings of mourning and personal sadness. The pain she felt over losing One opened up a whole new side of her humanity.
It’s difficult to imagine anyone other than Jeri Ryan playing Seven of Nine, and despite the difficulties of actually filming the role, she has since expressed mostly warm feelings about getting to play an iconic Star Trek character. However, as it usually goes when casting something on the magnitude of a Star Trek series, there were a number of other actresses that the producers had in mind when they were deciding who should play Seven of Nine.
Possibly the most famous name on their shortlist, at least to sci-fi fans, is Carrie Anne Moss. Had she taken the role, the actress would’ve made her Star Trek debut the same year as her breakthrough role in The Matrix.
Much of the Borg’s technology greatly exceeds that of Starfleet’s, and Seven’s knowledge of such technology ended up being a great asset to the Voyager. Her crowning achievement was in helping to design and build an astrometrics lab aboard the vessel, which allowed the ship to harness Borg technology that ended up taking several years off of Voyager’s decades-long journey back to Earth. The astronomics lab also greatly enhanced the Voyager‘s communications capabilities, leading to faster, more reliable communication with the Alpha Quadrant.
Another major feat accomplished by Seven was when she used Borg nanoprobes to bring Neelix back to life even after he had already been officially dead for several hours. This discovery wasn’t just a one-time thing, and was something that Seven could’ve theoretically been able to do again on other recently-deceased beings under the right circumstances– although they never presented themselves again during Voyager‘s time on air.
Unfortunately, not all of Seven’s attempts to upgrade the Voyager with Borg technology went off without a hitch. One of her first endeavors was to upgrade the ship’s warp drive in order to be able to access transwarp corridors– which are the energy conduits that the Borg uses which allows them to travel such vast differences so quickly. The upgrade was a failure, and nearly led to the Voyager losing its entire warp core.
Seven’s greatest failing in this regard came when she tried to outfit the Voyager with a quantum slipstream drive, another Borg technology that allows for extremely rapid travel. Quantum slipstream technology is extremely unstable, however, as Seven and the rest of the crew found out when the Voyager‘s use of it resulted in the ship coming apart and being destroyed, killing the entire Voyager crew!
Luckily, this is Star Trek and time travel isn’t out of the realm of possibility. Seven was able to send a signal to herself in an alternate timeline that told the Seven of that timeline to–let’s stop right there before we go too far down that rabbit hole. Long story short: everything was fine and everyone lived.
Do you have any trivia to add about Star Trek Voyager‘s Seven of Nine? Share it in the comments!
Imagine a website where you can buy not only products like clothing and electronics but also discount tickets for the Empire State building and services like house cleaning and proofreading. And like other major online retailers, you can expect cheap delivery within two days, even on weekends.
Are you tempted to log on and start shopping?
That’s what Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma (BABA) wants you to do. And he’s already getting people to do it. In the 12 months ending in March, Alibaba’s China retail marketplaces reached 454 million active buyers and saw $547 billion in gross merchandise volume. Alibaba recognized $23 billion in revenue during that period.
This week, the Chinese e-commerce giant’s stock soared by more than 10% after it forecast sales growth of 45% to 49% for the current fiscal year.
In a speech to investors this week, Ma set the goal for Alibaba: to become the fifth-largest “economy” in the world by 2036 by serving 2 billion consumers around the world.
Though often compared to Amazon (AMZN), Alibaba is not quite the Chinese equivalent of the US online giant, according to Ma.
“The difference between Amazon and us, is Amazon is more like an empire — everything they control themselves, buy and sell,” Ma said at this year’s Davos Forum. “Our philosophy is that we want to be an ecosystem. With our technology, our innovation, our partners — 10 million small business sellers — they can compete with Microsoft and IBM.”
While they’re the dominant e-commerce players in two big economies, Alibaba and Amazon have different business models. Amazon, which has more than 70 fulfillment centers, uses a mix of services like UPS and FedEx along with the US Postal Service, to deliver packages to your door. (Though it has also been building its own delivery operation.)
Alibaba’s biggest retailing website, Taobao, works differently from Amazon. It has no warehouses, for example. It also consists only of direct sales from manufacturers to consumers, whereas Amazon features a mix of products it sells directly and products from third-party sellers.
Taobao’s goods are delivered by express courier companies, which handle logistics. China’s online retail boom is driving a surge in the country’s domestic delivery industry, which is a win for Alibaba. Low labor costs, fierce market competition and the huge scale help keep shipping costs low.
“The shipping price is almost always cheaper than in the US. It’s a major perk of using Taobao,” said Ethan Roberson, a North Carolinian who currently studies in China.
In a conversation with Yahoo Finance, Roberson said he shops on Taobao every week, buying goods from tuna fish to bed sheets.
“It’s simpler than shopping in the US,” he said. “Whatever I want, I find it on the app and purchase it almost immediately.”
Since China is a global leader in low-cost manufacturing, it can sell bargains directly from the assembly line. Some sellers on Taobao tout that they sell the same products made for American brands like Coach and Nike at a huge discount to domestic consumers.
However, it has also been criticized for selling counterfeit or low-quality goods. But buyers are aware and they’re getting savvier.
“If you’re smart, and you read the reviews, you can weed out the bad sellers and end up with what you were looking for,” said Roberson, whose friend ordered a leather couch, but found it was only a miniature model of a couch when he received the package.
Like Amazon, Alibaba has been doubling down on its cloud business, which is growing at twice the rate of its core e-commerce, according to Bloomberg. The company also hugely invests in entertainment, especially the movie industry.
Back in 1999, when Alibaba first started as an English-language global wholesale marketplace, the target was overseas business owners. China’s booming domestic demand soon became its focus, and it wasn’t until 2010 that the company launched AliExpress to reach individual consumers around the world.
Expect Alibaba’s presence in the US to be stronger in the next few years. In January, Ma met with President Donald Trump and promised to create 1 million jobs by linking American small businesses to Chinese consumers.
World domination is clearly still very much at the top of Ma’s mind.
Disclosure: Yahoo Finance’s parent company, Yahoo, owns a stake in Alibaba.
In my years of speaking to thousands of people in hundreds of organizations, I get asked one question more than any other. “How do I get people to do what I want them to do?”
In fact, C-level execs, meeting planners, managers, supervisors, team leaders, individual contributors, spouses and parents are all asking that exact same question. Fortunately, there is an answer to their question.
For bringing out the best in others, it all comes down to understanding three critically important words … and applying them effectively – Care, Fair, and Dare.
Side Note: I love writing my weekly Tuesday Tips and I’m humbled by all your positive feedback about what I have to say in these Tips. But I’m also frustrated by the fact that Internet etiquette pretty much limits me to about 1000 words. That means I have to leave so much of the content out.
That’s why I’m super excited about my new 10-week ExtraOrdinary Success 2.0 Master Class coming this September. That’s where you’ll learn the 7 Immutable Laws that Boost Your Happiness, Turbocharge Your Achievement, and Maximize Your Relationships. In that class, I won’t leave anything out. You get it ALL. (I’ll share more details later as to how you can be selected to be a part of this exclusive learning experience.)
Excuse my digression. Let’s get you started on how you can use Care, Fair, and Dare to bring out the best in others.
In Over The Top, Zig Ziglar asks this question:
“Remember how your favorite teacher made you feel like you were the most important person in the class and the impact that had on your grades? In contrast to those teachers who didn’t want to be bothered with you? The same concept holds true in business — the employee who feels his employer appreciates him is far more likely to do a better job.”
He’s right. The question is: Do you really and truly care about the people at work … your coworkers and customers? And if so, how do they know you care? How do you show it in clear, unmistakable ways?
If you don’t care, or your caring does not come through, the result is almost always a disengaged work force…a work force that is just “putting in their time” or “getting by.”
When your caring comes through, however, you get several benefits:
Once you’re Caring is evident, to bring out the best in others, you must also be…
We all have an innate sense as to what’s fair and what isn’t.
Bob found that out when he was reading the paper one night. He noticed a story about a beautiful actress who was engaged to a football player known for his stupidity and coarse behavior. Bob said to his wife Marlene, “It’s not fair. In fact, I’ll never understand why the biggest jerks get the most attractive women.”
Marlene smiled at Bob and replied, “Why thank you dear.”
Sometimes things aren’t fair at work, and a lack of fairness can make it almost impossible to keep your workforce fully engaged.
You know what I’m talking about. You work, and work, and work, and somebody else in the same position as you does just enough to get by. And yet you’re paid the same amount. It’s not fair.
You see it when the best employee, or the hardest working employee, is given more work, while the slackers are allowed to slack off.
You see it when the boss is rushed and needs something done. Without thinking about it, he unconsciously begins to give more and more work to his one outstanding employee. Over time, she gets so overloaded, she cannot perform well, and she grows increasingly unhappy with the disproportion between her workload and the others’ workload.
As my colleague and marketing genius Dan Kennedy says, “Ultimately, her attitude sours, her work diminishes, even her original legendary reliability dissolves. The best employee becomes the worst. The best-turned-worst leaves in disgust or is fired. She has been victimized by her own superior performance.”
Too many managers fail to see how they’re burning out their good employees and they fail to see why they should confront their under-performing employees. It’s not fair.
Of course, these types of managers have all kinds of excuses for not confronting their under-performing employees. These managers think, “These particular employees have been here a long time … No one else has ever confronted them … They’re not that bad … or … They need the job.”
As author Dr. Terry Paulson asks, “What is your excuse for not caring enough to hold all your people accountable?”
To create a FAIR work place, or even a FAIR home environment, you need to have some serious conversations with the people who are not doing their fair share or who are underperforming in one or more ways. They need to be held accountable.
Give people a challenge. And dare them to meet it.
Everyone needs the right level of challenge to be at their best. If the challenge at work is too low, there’s no pride in the job. It’s like dropping a coin in a cup that is three inches from your hand. If you miss, you feel real dumb. And for all the coins you drop in the cup, you feel like “it’s no big deal.” And so when the challenge is low, the worst that happens to you is humiliation, while the best that can happen is nothing.
However, if you toss coins into a cup that is farther away, you’ll miss some of the time. But there’s no shame involved. You probably feel a bit challenged. You want to do better … and know you could do better … if you were given a bit more time to practice.
The same principle applies to your job or anybody’s job. If you have JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT of challenge, you’ll probably be engaged. If there’s too little or too much challenge, you drift towards disengagement.
And once you give people just the right amount of challenge, you DARE them to accept and meet that challenge.
For example, effective managers keep responsibility and ownership where it belongs … on the employees. If you as a manager keep running in to lift the weights off your employees, you may be seen as a “hero” manager. After all, you keep on bailing your people out. The problem with that is two-fold. Your employees never build any muscle of their own and they become more and more dependent on you.
In Lessons from the Best Managers, Paul Thornton says smart managers invite employees to discuss their problems and possible solutions with them. BUT, smart managers do not allow their employees to leave their problems with them.
As a reminder of this principle, one of the chief engineers at the Hamilton Standard Division of United Technologies had this quote on his wall: “At no time during our discussion will your problem become mine. If that happens, then you don’t have a problem and I cannot help anyone who doesn’t have a problem.”
Action: What is one thing you could do this week to show more CARE? What is one thing you could do to make things more FAIR, at work and at home? And what is one way you could DARE people to meet a particular challenge?
Dr. Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip, Issue 887 – 3 Magical Words to Bring Out the Best in Others
It’s Chinese-made in America.
Yes, you read that right. Contrary to widespread belief, China isn’t the cheap place to manufacture that it once was, and rising costs have been forcing manufacturers to explore new countries to make their goods.
The U.S. may not be top of mind for all industries, but some manufacturers are taking a second look at the country — and many of them are Chinese. Throw in the possibility of lower corporate taxes under President Donald Trump, and more will likely come looking.
“The reason we want to invest in the U.S. isn’t only because the Trump administration is encouraging it,” Xiao Wunan, deputy chairman of Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation, who takes Chinese business executives to the U.S. on investment tours, told CNBC. “The U.S. has natural advantages for [Chinese] investment.”
John Ling, president of the Council of American States in China, makes a living finding prospective investment locations in the U.S. for Chinese companies.
“In every project I help to land in the U.S., if I cannot present evidence that they can lower their costs, my chance of doing [the deal] in the U.S. is almost zero,” he told CNBC. “Cost is driving this.”
American workers earn a lot of money compared to their counterparts in China, but the U.S. can still come out on top when costs are taken as a whole.
For Hangzhou-based textile manufacturer Keer Group, American workers were paid on average twice as much as workers in China, according to the firm’s president, Zhu Shanqing. In aggregate, however, producing in the America is significantly less compared to China.
“In the U.S., land, electricity and cotton are all much cheaper,” Zhu said. “My production cost per ton of textiles is 25 percent lower [there].”
In addition, he said, wages for him in China have been increasing 30 percent each year for much of the past decade. He has pledged $220 million to build and expand a facility in South Carolina and plans to eventually move the entire business to the U.S. where he plans to employ more than 500 people by the end of the year.
Add in the possibility of a lower corporate tax to as little as 15 percent, as proposed by Trump, and the U.S. becomes a no-brainer for many manufacturers Zhu said.
“If Trump cuts the corporate tax even by 5 percent, companies that left America a few years ago, will be back,” he said.
The stable business environment
Compared to many other countries, especially in the emerging world, China has been a stalwart of stability for manufacturers for decades. However, the U.S. does have some selling points that Chinese companies don’t really like to talk about on record: better air, safer food, straightforward access to funding and a government that doesn’t intervene.
U.S. state politicians will pitch to a foreign company to bring in the jobs, but once they’ve invested, it’s said the American officials leave them alone. Once a company is in the U.S., Chinese or not, it is treated like any other company.
The proximity to the U.S. consumer
Chinese consumers are the spenders of the future, but Americans are the buyers of today. As Chinese companies grow in stature and expand their footprint overseas, many of them see the U.S. market as the holy grail.
Guangzhou-based GAC Motor, which is eyeing the U.S. market, says partnering with a stateside automaker or even building its own American plant one day is in the cards.
“If we can succeed in the U.S. market, we can succeed anywhere in the world,” President Yu Jun told CNBC, adding that having facilities in the U.S. makes a manufacturer more nimble to respond to a customer’s needs.
“No matter if it’s a good economy or a bad economy, the U.S. is still the number one market for any company in the world,” Ling explained. “So certainly, naturally you want to be closer to where your customers are.”
All sorts of companies are interested in setting up shop in the U.S., according to Ling, but there is an emerging trend.
The most suited, he said, are capital-intensive industries such as textiles, chemicals, paper and packaging and auto parts. Chinese billionaire Cao Dewang, whose company Fuyao Glass makes window shields for cars, recently invested hundreds of millions of dollars to revive a plant in Ohio.
“I don’t believe we have scratched the surface yet,” Ling said.
Labor-intensive industries: No, thanks.
Labor-intensive industries such as apparel are not as keen.
China-based Austrian garment manufacturer KTC, which sells sports clothing mainly to Europe and the U.S., says its industry still depends heavily on labor. American workers are still more expensive than Chinese and the other factors wouldn’t bring costs down enough to make it worthwhile for a move, says Managing Director Gerhard Flatz.
Additionally, American workers don’t have the skills right now that have been developed in China over years, he told CNBC.
Ling said some high-labor businesses, though, have been able to make the transition lowering costs since, unlike in China, manufacturers in the U.S. don’t have to worry about building dormitories and canteens or arranging transportation for their workers. “You only have a small canteen with a refrigerator and one or two microwaves,” Ling said about the U.S.
China’s status as a manufacturing powerhouse means it has gained decades of experienced talent — which has been drained out of the U.S.
“We face pressure in the U.S. because we cannot find skilled workers. Most of the people have not worked in this [field] before in their lives,” Keer’s Zhu said.
KTC’s Flatz sees a strong argument for investment in training and education for more China-based jobs to move to America. “Education—tradesman education,” he said. “You have to make sure that you have enough educational power in the States, more or less, to bring up this entire industry.”
To help train American workers, some manufacturers in China want to bring in their own managers and skilled workforce, but are having trouble obtaining the proper paperwork.
“Our technicians cannot get visas to go to the U.S. We need [our staff], but many of them have been refused,” Zhu said. “We are facing a new challenge.”
In addition to the lack of skilled workers, Flatz said entire supply chains would have to relocate to the U.S. for some industries.
“None of us apparel manufacturers would move to the U.S. without having an ecosystem on site as we have in China,” he said.
The U.S. would have to do what the Chinese did decades ago, the China manufacturing veteran explained: set up economic zones, offer better infrastructure and financial incentives to cover health benefits as well as other financial costs as a package.
“Make it the same as the Chinese,” he said, “and start on-shoring.”
CNBC’s Daisy Cherry contributed to this report.
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The wonderful Lennon Sisters singing Georgy Girl from the Lawrence Welk Show.
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Back in 1967, when The Seekers returned home to Australia for a visit, little did they know that their free concert at the Myer Music Bowl in their home town of Melbourne would break attendance records for the Southern hemisphere and TV ratings records for Australia! (continued…)
The concert forms part of the DVD ‘The Seekers at Home and Down Under’. The group sang live on the day, but because no promo video existed for the original (1966) hit version of the song, it is this which I’ve used for the audio, extending the video to include the middle 8 bars. The DVD with the live audio, (along with all The Seekers’ hits and much more) is available to buy on Amazon. You can see the clip here for comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-GAp…
More of these videos on the playlists below:
Best of the 60s in stereo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSxwq…
Reunion Performances: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOlPC…
The Seekers concluded their Golden Jubilee tour in New Zealand in November 2014, and Judith Durham began her farewell tour there in April 2016. visit http://www.TheSeekers50th.com and http://judithdurham.com for more info and news.
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A Vintage 1960’s Original Photograph depicting Mary Hughes, beautiful, sexy, and shapely (36-22-36) blonde knockout. She was discovered on the beach in Malibu, California and made her film debut in Muscle Beach Party (1964). Hughes appeared in a handful of “Beach Party” movies made by American International Pictures; she was often cast as a sunny and spirited bikini-clad sprite in these cheerfully silly outings. Moreover, Mary also popped up in the car race items, Fireball 500 (1966) and Thunder Alley (1967). Her last feature was the Elvis Presley vehicle, Double Trouble (1967). Outside of her film work, Hughes also modeled for various magazines throughout the 1960’s. Mary was romantically linked to famous guitarist Jeff Beck of The Yardbirds; she’s mentioned twice in The Yardbirds’ song, “Psycho Daisies”.
Few of the world’s counterterrorism forces can compete with France’s National Gendarmerie Intervention Group, or GIGN. The group is 200 strong and trained specifically to respond to hostage situations. It claims to have freed more than 600 people since it was formed in 1973. It is against the law in France to publish pictures of its members’ faces.
One of the most extraordinary episodes in the GIGN’s history was the seizure of the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979. Because of the prohibition of non-Muslims entering the holy city, a team of three GIGN commandos briefly converted to Islam before helping the Saudi armed forces plan the recapture of the mosque.
It is one day into her abduction and captivity. Miss Kane comes to herself amidst the ruins of The Temple Mount. Mrs. Carson is nowhere in sight. The girl is just standing there next to the shopping cart of Mrs. Carson. Her face is no longer insanity-ravaged. Her lizard brain has shrunk back to its normal size. Her pineal has also shrunk, but it’s still large enough to give her a head-splitting migraine. Sober, again. Clean and pristine, again. She’s Miss Kane in Miss Quill node, again.
Miss Kane remembers being a Leech. She craves being a Leech again. She remembers being underground somewhere that was not beneath the temple ruins, a subterranean place that stunk of raw sewage, carnage, and decay. Her lying atop a shallow layer of stale graveyard dirt in a rotten wooden coffin. Covered in Borg runes and glyphs, the coffin was crude, roughhewn, and reeked of rotting corpses. She was in Mrs. Carson’s secret underground lair.
A moment ago, she was still in baglady mode [i.e., a Leech] reposing in that coffin in Mrs. Carson’s lair. And. Additionally. Things were growing on her. Things were living on her. Things were feeding on her. For example, leeches and slugs had been strategically applied to her formerly lily-white flesh. Graveyard lichens and moss grew here and there on her skin. Sewer moss covered much of the inside of her thighs. This is a very different Vampriric Borg drone than the leechgirl has ever manifested before—a most vile and wretched robotic creature. In essence, she is Seven [of Nine] as a Leech.
There’s something else. She is acutely aware that at some time during her repose in that coffin which was covered in Borg graffiti, the coffin tore her to pieces in the ultra-violent manner of a Borg Queen’s alcove—head, spine, and upper torso [i.e., her shoulders] as one piece, and the rest of her as five pieces [i.e., the arms, legs, and torso]—killing her outright. In occult circles, this type of Borg-esque coffin is known as a Queen’s Leach or “Queenie” or simply a Leach.
While she was in parts in that coffin. Something akin to a Dagon, but not a Dagon, was feeding on those rended parts of hers. And. When she was reconstituted [by the Leach] into a whole Leech from those parts, that same something continued to feed upon her. That something was in its native form.
Her misbegotten adventure in Mrs. Carson’s lair was not a new level of depravity, but, it was a brand-new flavor, entirety.
Of special note. Mrs. Carson’s lair is not underground Mars. It is the sublease of a PUV belonging to that something that feed upon Miss Kane when she was a Leech.
A doppelganger for 1960’s sexpot, actress, thirty-something Nancy Kovak, appears before the girl. Sober. Clean and pristine. Wearing perls, a Kaye, prudz, and flats. Her straight blonde hair, center-parted, is yanked back into a sternka. The Martian goddess only has female genital.
“How should Miss Kane address you?”
“You should address me as Mrs. Carson. And, I would prefer that you use the first-person when you’re referring to yourself.”
“You’ve assumed a ruse and dropped referring to yourself in the third-person. And. You’re still calling yourself Mrs. Carson. Pray tell why?”
“Because. Something has come up that demands my undivided attention. Therefore the necessity for my Nancy Kovak ruse and for your Miss Quill.”
Mrs. Carson’s shopping cart disappears. No magic or science was invoked. Mrs. Carson just sent it somewhere else in the manner of how God does such things.
“What is the nature of the emergency?”
“This place is alive and sentient. And. In the time that I have been gone, it evidently grew lonely.”
“It has ‘entertained’ someone here?”
“More than one person and on a number of occasions.”
“Now, that’s the question. It will not divulge identities, referring to its guests collectively as modern deities. Have you ever heard of such a usage?”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I’m sure. I’ve never ‘heard’ of modern deities.”
Mrs. Carson wisely chooses to not press the point. She knows that the girl is lying, and she knows why. The girl is bound by client confidentiality.
In human society. Client confidentiality is the principle that an institution or individual should not reveal information about their clients to a third party without the consent of the client or a clear legal reason. This concept is commonly provided for in law in most countries, and is even more binding in supernatural society.
“The location of Temple Mount is no secret. But. The enveloping barrier, a combination of wards and warrants and warrens, hides Temple from ordinary view and prevents unauthorized access.”
“Temple grants ingress to those who have been authorized access?”
“Yes. But, you can leave anytime of your own accord.”
“Ms. Prince’s part in all of this?”
Mrs. Carson smiles at the question that the girl was smart enough to ask.
“She’s the demi-god who authorizes access.”
“Is she supposed to be neutral?”
“Yes she is. And. In this case, I don’t see where she acted otherwise.”
“Change of subject?”
“That is the worst that it can ever get for me, isn’t it?”
“Why ask a question to which you already know the answer to?”
“Very well. A Leech is the basest pseudonym that your [Vampire] kind can assume. And. No drug binge, no matter how long and vile, and no matter how potent the intoxicants are that fuel that binge—not even if that mix incudes the grey death—will ever surpass being a Leech. And. Before you ask. Bingeing in combination with this new baglady [mode] of yours as a Leech will not make it any worse for you. So. Yes … You’ve finally experienced the worst that it can ever get for you.”
“In other words. Miss Kane—the drunken, junkie whore—has finally reached that plateau of depravity. Ergo. There are no more next levels, for me.”
Authorities on Mars and in the US are panicking to get to grips with the rise of a dangerous new drug dubbed “grey death” that can kill in one hit.
In the US. Investigators, who nicknamed the drug, believe that the substance has been the cause of multiple deaths in Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio, and are warning other states about the possible dangers.
Grey death is believed to be a combination of several opioids including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil (a powerful tranquilizer used on elephants), and a synthetic opioid called U-47700.
So called because it looks like concrete mix and can be found in hard lump or in a fine powder, it is said to be dangerous due to the unknown quantities of each drug and additional cutting agents.
“Grey death is one of the scariest combinations that I have ever seen in nearly 20 years of forensic chemistry drug analysis,” said Deneen Kilcrease, manager of the chemistry section at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, according to AP.
Experts say the drug can be injected, swallowed, smoked, or snorted, and because of the potency of the substance it can be absorbed through the skin, so even touching it can put users at risk.
“And the Jeopardy question is … What is the law of diminishing returns?”
“Exactly. And. You had to know that it would eventually come to this.”
“Yes. I did.”
Unspoken. Miss Kane will never tire of being the drunken, junkie whore. Ergo. She’ll never delete those periods of debasement and degradation from her vocabulary of depravity. It’s D&D that feeds her masochistic cravings like nothing else, that includes being raped, tortured, or killed.
“Now it’s my turn to change subjects.”
“Of course. Be my guest. Turnabout is fair play.”
Not of its own volition. Temple begins to reconstruct itself. Mrs. Carson invokes no magic or science to cause this. But. Again. As God, she is the author.
Temple’s barrier falls. More of the goddess’ doing, as God.
“I have to step back into the world, it seems. And you must also return to it. I will relapse, and eventually crack like I did before. But. For now I am the goddess of Mars, again, in all of my former glory. Something else will take my place in the world as a baglady—i.e., a Mrs. Peel will replace my baglady Mrs. Carson. Something akin to a Dagon, but not a Dagon. Something that can assume human form and who can show its true form as need be.”
A Something. A most vile and wretched creature, who calls itself Mrs. Emma Peel, emerges from a nearby derelict building pushing Mrs. Carson’s shopping cart. Baglady mode is its only mode. It is as base as The Master or The Strain. In human form, it looks like fifty-something actress Diana Rigg. Although it is not sentient. Like Mrs. Carson, it too is an Old God—i.e., it too is God.
In its native form. Mentally. Not sentient. A creature of pure instinct. Clicks and hisses are the only sounds that normally come out of its hideous, inhumanly-wide mouths. But, it can simulate speech to be used as a lure for prey.
In its human form or in its native form. Devoid of personal hygiene or any affectation of affluence, opulence, or wealth. Filthy and infested. During a full moon, it will foam at the mouth, and rant and rave incoherently.
“Stay off the grid for several hours more. The remainder of my stay will be spent bingeing with Mrs. Peel as a Leech my subconscious self [i.e., her Id manifested in physical form]?”
The something, Mrs. Peel, makes a beelines for Miss Kane. When it gets close to her. It begins hissing and making clicking sounds—its private language is akin to that of Mrs. Carson’s. Once it is in close physical proximity to the girl, its eyes begin to glow. The girl blacks out.
Many hours later.
Miss Kane comes to herself in the alley behind the Starbucks where her adventure began. Her forty-eight hours with Mrs. Carson has elapsed.
Baglady Mrs. Peel, the something that has replaced baglady Mrs. Carson, is moving away from Miss Kane. It’s pushing what used to be Mrs. Carson’s shopping cart, and is heading back to what used to be Mrs. Carson’s lair. Having assumed what used to be Mrs. Carson’s life.
The hard-faced girl is in Miss Quill mode. But. She’s acutely aware of two things. One: in the intervening hours between her blacking out at Temple and her regaining her senses here, she wandered about skidrow as a Leech bingeing on a potent cocktail of reagent, grey death, and embalming fluid with this something Mrs. Peel. Two: even though she was juiced up, she enjoyed being a Leech the second time around, no more than she did the first time—nonetheless, as aforementioned, she’ll never get bored with degrading and debasing herself in such a manner as that of the drunken, junkie whore bingeing on whatever as a Leech.
As far as the modern deities are concerned. The day of reckoning is a coming. Miss Kane is very familiar with the modern deities. In point of fact. She has an intimate knowledge of who and what they are. Which speaks volumes. Because. As secret societies go. They are the most closed and the most secret in all of Creation.
Back before she got turned [into a Vampire], the girl was offered the opportunity to become one of their change agents. Initially, she turned the offer down, because it was presented as an open-ended employment contract. But. When they approached her again, indicating that the employment would be for a fixed term, she accepted. So. For six months, she worked for them, exclusively—i.e., off the grid, and completely outside of ROE.
It was during her stint as a change agent, that she anonymously wrote “The ARS Deicidium”—i.e., The Art of Killing Gods. To this day, the author for the book is still officially listed as “Unknown”. Even the book’s publisher doesn’t know who wrote it.
Edward Reede, one of my many clients at the U.S. Army, told me “Several months after I was due my 25-year pin, the secretary finally asked me if I just wanted to take it from her, since she doubted the director would ever get around to presenting it.”
I thought to myself, “How pathetic. It’s no wonder the #1 job complaint is ‘you can do a hundred things right and not hear a darn thing about it.’”
And yet the power of recognition is nothing short of AWESOME, if you know how to release that power.
Take 13-year old Brad, for example. When he was cut from the soccer team, he was crushed. He felt like a loser, and several kids laughed at him.
Then Brad learned about “The Super Sweat” being held in Cincinnati, a workout for world hunger. The kids were to find sponsors who would pay them for doing sit ups, pushups, and jumping jacks … with all the money going to a good cause.
Two days before the event, Brad told Coach Cassis that he could do 250 sit ups … without stopping. So the coach signed him up for the sit-up event.
As “The Super Sweat” progressed, various participants dropped out. They could only do so much.
But there was a cute little blonde girl sitting near Brad who just kept smiling at him. Other people would wander by and say, “Brad, come on. You can do it. Go, Brad, go.” And Brad kept doing the sit ups, one after another, as other people thought the poor little kid would burn himself out.
Not Brad. Even though he was the kid who was cut from the soccer team, who was emotionally crushed a few days before, who could only do 250 sit ups by himself, he was now doing a great deal more. In fact, with the encouragement of his friends, Brad set a national record that day when he did 3,500 sit ups without stopping. The audience cheered and everyone learned the AWESOME power of positive recognition.
And it’s one of the seven immutable laws of success I will be teaching in my ExtraOrdinary Success 2.0 Master Class starting in September. I’ll provide more details later on how you can be one of the 25 people selected for this Master Class.
For the moment, here are some things you can do to release the AWESOME power of positive recognition.
In James Kouzes’ and Barry Posner’s book, Encouraging The Heart, they insist on setting standards. Every employee must know what you mean by excellent behavior that is worthy of recognition.
And every employee must know you expect these standards will be met. If they think you’ll settle for less, then that’s what you’ll get. But when they know you expect their very best, you’ll get their very best.
(Side Note: The same technique works on kids.)
Talk to them. Listen to them. Observe them and their work. If you isolate yourself in your office or cubicle, you’ll miss some of your best chances to offer on-the-spot recognition. Besides that, if you’re somewhat distant, your recognition loses some of its credibility.
That’s why I gave you point #2 above. When you spend time with your team mates and learn their likes and dislikes, you’ll find out what kinds of recognition mean the most to each person.
In fact, if you don’t tailor or personalize your recognition, it could backfire on you. For example, if you give someone (who doesn’t like sports) tickets to a sporting event, you will not release the awesome power of recognition. You will release a spirit of disgust instead.
Over-complimenting weakens the impact of your recognition. Avoid such run-on compliments as, “You did such a great job with that customer. You’re always so organized. You project a very positive attitude. And you’re really good with that new computer program.”
Instead, focus on one thing. When you do that, chances are a great deal better the other person will remember what you say.
That’s what one third-grade teacher did when she tried to explain the importance of penmanship. She said, “If you can’t write your name, when you grow up you’ll have to pay cash for everything.”
Rather than say, “You’re doing a good job,” focus on something specific in the other person’s performance. Try something like, “I appreciate the fact you kept checking and re-checking the XYZ figures until they came out exactly right.”
Note these two words “stand alone.” Some people give a compliment right before they criticize the other person or ask for a favor. That’s manipulative. But it’s also ineffective. It can rob your recognition of the motivational power you intend for it to have.
Just make the compliment. You can talk about the other issues at another time. That’s what Fred Lewis learned and reported in Reader’s Digest. Fred was trying to nail some plywood, but for every direct hit on the nail, he missed four times. Nevertheless, his on-looking engineer friend was very supportive. He encouraged, “Atta boy, Fred. You’ve got it surrounded.”
Some people get a little worried about the impact of public recognition. After all, it may cause resentment or jealousy among the other team members.
But that won’t happen IF the employees see you and the recognition … as genuine … instead of using the recognition as an underhanded way to criticize the other members of the team. Besides that, public recognition shows others which achievements earn praise so they can emulate them.
And there are lots of ways you can celebrate publicly. One might be as simple as passing along compliments you’ve heard. If, for example, a coworker praises the work of someone else you manage, make sure you relay the compliment to that person. Or forward copies of complimentary letters to the appropriate people.
Or you could name a day in someone’s honor. And you could play this up as much as you want. You could have a small ceremony and invite the recipient’s significant other to the ceremony. The ceremony might include a cake or a meal, a gift, a certificate, or even some oral or written testimonials from internal or external customers that talk about this employee’s exceptional work.
In fact, stories can be the most powerful part of the ceremony. So tell stories as to how and why the recipient earned the praise. It will make the event more memorable and help others relate to the recipient. Better yet, the stories reinforce your standards of excellence.
So there you have it. When it comes to motivating the best in others, you can get a certain amount of motivation by simply giving the other person a paycheck. But you can get a lot more motivation by releasing the AWESOME power of positive recognition.
It’s kind of like the man being led off to the electric chair. His cell mates shouted out, “Hey, more power to ya.” Recognition gives more power to the other person.
P.S. If your business or organization could use a refresher on positive leadership principles like the Power of Recognition, my program on 4C Leadership is the way to go. This program can be delivered as a keynote, a half-day, or a full-day seminar. Click here to learn more or to check my availability.
Dr. Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip, Issue 886 – 7 Ways to Release the Awesome Power of Recognition