This is what we are fighting on Facebook today. Reblogged

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Reblogged This is a Facebook Post by  Anna Berg
This is what we are fighting on Facebook today. Please get involved (by clicking on Anna’s “going”) and SHSRE, SHARE, SHARE and get your friends to click as well. We need to help ourselves if we are to receive help. I don’t think Zuckerberg, (despite his Jewish background) gets how awful this is and how damaging allowing it is.. I don’t know why he doesn’t, but I hope we don’t et sidetracked in our conversation about this. Instead, I hope we can think of additional strategies to deal with the problem itself..
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I’m reposting these pics into one post so it’s easier for you to share. I think it’s difficult for people to believe that this is allowed on FB since Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Nevertheless, as you all know, it is, and we need to get that sad fact out! If you have any other photos/pages that you have reported but are still up, please post them here and I will update this collection when needed.Also, if you see anti-Semitic comments, please take a screen shot and post here (just look for a Hate Israel page and you’ll find plenty).

Thanks! Keep up the good work!

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Jacob Zuma The Cost Cutter… vote for anyone else

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Jacob Zuma accused of corruption ‘on a grand scale’ in South Africa

Opposition say president should be investigated if preliminary findings that he misspent huge sums of public money are upheld



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Jacob Zuma’s aides said they ‘cannot comment on a report that his not been handed to us’. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition parties have accused President Jacob Zuma of being at the centre of one of the biggest corruption scandals in democratic SouthAfrica, after reports that millions of rand of taxpayers’ money were spent on a swimming pool and other facilities at his private home.

Zuma was accused of deceiving parliament about the expense and scope of the security upgrade to his residence in a scathing draft report by the country’s anti-graft watchdog, entitled ‘Opulence on a Grand Scale’, that was leaked to the Mail & Guardian newspaper. Opposition parties said that, if the findings are upheld in the final report, the president should face a parliamentary investigation with the potential to lead to his impeachment.

The scandal over state-sponsored construction at Zuma’s private residence in Nkandla, a modest rural town in KwaZulu-Natal province, has been rumbling since a December 2009 article in the Mail & Guardian about a 65m rand (£3.9m) “splurge” there.

The cost soared in the intervening years to 215m rand, with a further 31m rand in works outstanding, triggering intense media scrutiny and public condemnation, as well as an investigation by official public protector Thuli Madonsela. The acrimony over “Nkandlagate” has intensified in recent weeks as ministers went to court in an attempt to block the release of her report, while newspapers published photos of the home in defiance of a government warning that this might break security laws.

Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home 4/11/13Villagers’ huts in front of security fencing surrounding Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home. Photograph: Rogan Ward/ReutersThen came Friday’s Mail & Guardian with a front-page cartoon depicting Zuma floating on a swimming pool full of cash. The paper published details of Madonsela’s provisional report, saying she found that Zuma had derived “substantial” personal gain from the security upgrade at “enormous cost” to the taxpayer, and that he must repay the state.

Officials have repeatedly sought to justify the millions spent on Nkandla, insisting it was essential to provide Zuma with security befitting a head of state. But according to Madonsela, the improvements included a visitors’ centre, amphitheatre, cattle enclosure, marquee area, extensive paving, new houses for relocated relatives and a swimming pool – referred to in official documents as a “fire pool” on the pretext it could double up as a water reservoir for firefighting purposes.

The Mail & Guardian estimated that these facilities added up to 20m rand (£1.2m) of taxpayers’ money – a striking revelation in a country where the average black-headed household earns 5,051 rand (£302) a month.

In what “may be Zuma’s greatest embarrassment since taking office”, the paper added, Madonsela recommends that parliament call him to account for violating the executive ethics code on two counts: failing to protect state resources, and misleading parliament for suggesting he and his family had paid for all structures unrelated to security.

Zuma told parliament a year ago: “All the buildings and every room we use in that residence was built by ourselves as family and not by government.”

The report also said Zuma ordered that his private architect be drafted in as “principal agent” to oversee the upgrade, even though he was not a security expert. This led to an “uncontrolled creep” of the project and eightfold increase in the cost, with elements such as an underground bunker going way over budget.

The 215m rand spent on Zuma’s home is in stark contrast to state money spent on improving the security of previous presidents, the Mail and Guardian said. FW de Klerk, South Africa‘s last white president, who left office in 1994, received 236,000 rand (£14,179) for upgrades to his house, while 32m rand (£1.9m) was spent on Nelson Mandela’s home.

The opposition Democratic Alliance said the provisional findings contained in the report “are so damning that, if accurate, they would warrant the most severe sanction of president Jacob Zuma’s conduct“.

Lindiwe Mazibuko, its parliamentary leader, said she would consider tabling a parliamentary motion to investigate Zuma. “As more and more details surrounding Nkandlagate emerge, it is becoming increasingly clear that President Zuma is at the centre of one of the biggest corruption scandals in democratic South Africa,” she said. “He must be accordingly held accountable by parliament for his actions.”

Thabo Leshilo, a spokesman for Agang SA, said the facilities “were purely intended to ensure the president and his family can live in the lap of luxury at taxpayers’ expense”.

He added: “President Zuma should pay back every rand of public money improperly spent on making him live like the monarchy he fancies himself to be, which is out of kilter with the behaviour expected to the head of government in a constitutional democracy accountable to the public.”

Zuma’s political career has been littered with scandals. More than 700 corruption, fraud, money-laundering and racketeering charges against him were dropped shortly before his election in 2009. The following year he fathered a child out of wedlock. But the Nkandlagate saga has particular resonance in a nation whose elite are often accused of betraying the principles of the liberation struggle and showing disregard for the poor. It could also define his presidency just six months before a national election.

Justice Malala, a political commentator, said: “It’s going to be the main motif of the election. Every single politician in the opposition will grab the microphone to say ‘Nkandla’ and that will say it all. It’s going to be a big liability for the ANC and it will run and run.”

On Friday Madonsela condemned the leaking of her draft report as unlawful. She is yet to give the interested and affected parties, including Zuma, a right to reply, which may affect her final findings.

Jackson Mthembu, national spokesman for the ANC, urged South Africans to show restraint until the final report is published, adding: “As the ANC, we continue to have confidence in our president and we believe and know that he is not responsible for any wrongdoing with regard to the Nkandla security upgrade.”

A source close to Zuma said: “We cannot comment on a report that has not been handed to us. I think this is on the edge of undermining the justice system.”

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Side Of Globalization

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Side Of Globalization

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Globalization, the increasing integration and interdependence of domestic and overseas markets, has three sides: the good side, the bad side, and the ugly side.

The good side of globalization is all about the efficiencies and opportunities open markets create. Businesscan communicate efficiently and effectively with their partners, suppliers, and customers and manage better their supplies, inventories, and distribution network. Local producers can sell their products in distant markets with the same ease and speed as in their home country. Sony Corporation (NYSE:SNE), for instance, can sell its TV and game consoles with the same ease inNew York as in Tokyo. Likewise, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL), and Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) can sell their high tech gear with the same ease in Tokyo as in New York.

The good side of globalization is also about easy credit and rising leverage, as money flows easily across local and national boundaries, and creditors fail to distinguish between good and bad borrowers, boosting aggregate demand; setting the world economy into a virtuous cycle of income and employment growth; and easy credit and leverage fuel financial bubbles that feed into a euphoria that perpetuates the virtuous cycle.

The bad side of globalization is all about the new risks and uncertainties brought about by the high degree of integration of domestic and local markets, intensification of competition, high degree of imitation, price and profit swings, and business and product destruction. Corporations that previously have been enjoying the benefits of globalization, now face unstable and unpredictable demand and business opportunities and their products quickly become commodities, leaving them little or no pricing power and under constant pressure by new competitors that undermine profitability.

The bad side of globalization is also about tight credit, deleverage, and declining money flows across local and national boundaries, as creditors tighten credit to both good and bad borrowers, depressing aggregate demand; setting the world economy into a vicious cycle of income and employment declines; and euphoria is succeeded by pessimism and a burst of asset bubbles, perpetuating the downward spiral of the world economy.

The ugly side of globalization is when nations and local communities try to escape the vicious cycle of income and employment declines through simultaneous currency devaluations; and by raising trade barriers that in essence put an end to globalization and a beginning to trade wars, as was the case in the 1930s.

In the last quarter of the century and for the most part of the first decade of this century, the world has seen the good side of globalization. In the last four years, the world has seen the bad side of globalization. We do hope and pray that the world won’t see the ugly side of it.

The Top 4 Tips for Dealing with Marketing Complexity

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If you’re in marketing today, you likely have mixed emotions. The power of digital technology has unleashed performance-marketing opportunities providing data, analytics and ROI metrics that have many marketers jumping for joy. At the same time, the ever-increasing number of platforms, systems, applications, acronyms and sheer complexity of marketing’s current state has some, if not most, marketers crawling under their desks into the fetal position and sobbing like small children. Welcome to marketing’s new era where technology has ushered in extraordinary new capabilities and mind-numbing complexity.

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At Business.com, our engagement with the small-to-medium business market provides us with a unique vantage point on how buyers and sellers engage online and how to better harness today’s marketing technology and turn complexity into better marketing performance. Here are 4 tips for dealing with marketing complexity.

1. Marketing is Always On. If you have a website, your marketing needs to be real-time and always on. Some 15 years after the launch of the commercial Internet this seems obvious, but it is still a challenge for many companies.

  • Offer fresh content, well-optimized landing pages and a clear process for serving and engaging customers and prospects.
  • Develop a plan for your website that provides practical content that serves your customers information needs and positions your brand, products and services.
  • Engage with and listen to your prospects and customers via your blogs and your social media presence so customers can connect with your company, your employees and other customers. Set up a clear process and schedule for monitoring your company social networks, blogs and community forums so you can respond to requests or concerns ASAP.
  • Make it easy for customers to buy from you. Give your customers easy, simple ways to learn more, contact a sales rep and better understand the range of products and services you offer.

2. Simplify. When a technology research company starts predicting that “In 5 years CMO’s will be buying more technology than CIO’s,” you can be sure that the hype cycle has set in. Clearly marketing is going through a technological revolution; marketing and technology have become inextricably intertwined. At the same time, we have hit a tipping point in the complexity of advertising and marketing technology. New terminologies like DSP, DMP, RTB, Native Advertising, InStream Advertising, Ad Networks, Retargeting Networks, Marketing Automation, and a staggering number of new platforms, systems and applications have made the technology marketers daily world a land mine of complexity. This increase in complexity can result in increased costs, reduced ROI and can distract marketers from the critical fundamentals of marketing. As a modern marketer, simplify your approach, by myopically focusing on your core customers and prospects, defining and articulating your core value proposition, and engaging your customer throughout their buying journey. Don’t get caught up in the hype! Marketing has had multiple technology revolutions and ultimately marketing will master this one as well. Anyone who tells you that “You have to have the latest ad technology” or “You’re late to the game with real-time bidding” or “programmatic buying” is simply trying to sell you something.

3. Follow the Marketing FunnelSuccessful marketing moves along a continuum known as the “Marketing Funnel.” From awareness to engagement to education and purchase, effective marketing engages the buyer along the key juncture points in the purchase process. Business products and service buyers are looking to discover, learn about and ultimately purchase the products and services they need for their businesses. Your marketing efforts need to mirror this journey and help the buyer through the marketing funnel, taking them from a prospect to a customer as they do so. Given that the marketing funnel is a continuum, you also need to engage customers where they are in the process, not simply where you would like them to be. If a prospect wants to go from clicking on your banner ad to speaking with a sales rep at your company, give them that opportunity. If a current customer wants to have more information on a product or service they haven’t yet bought and wants to download a whitepaper to learn more, give it to them. Today, the ability to provide prospects and customers with the exact type of information they need, when they need it, that maps to who they are and where they are in the buying process is easier than it has been in the past.

RelatedFill your marketing funnel with leads generated via whitepaper downloads.

4. Turn Prospects into Subscribers, Then into CustomersBeing ready when a customer wants to engage with your business is key in marketing. The fact is, however, that 70% of business buyers have made up their mind on who they want to buy from before they engage with sellers. In fact, a recent study by Market Probe International shows that 7 out of 10 SMB purchasers follow the company on Twitter before making a purchase. You need to be reaching buyers at the top of the marketing funnel when they are in their discovery phase. Then, engage them when they are in their learning phase. The best way to do this is to provide them a whitepaper or other form of content marketing that assists them in the learning process. This in turn allows you to create a subscriber out of your prospects and nurture them along the buying process by supplying them with more information.

What to do about the wealth gap

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What to do about the wealth gap

As widening disparities of wealth bring the prospect of Arab Spring-like political upheaval in the West, Israel has solutions to offer.

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With all the coups, civil wars, general chaos and barbarism that has followed the so-called “Arab Spring”, it is easy to forget that the whole phenomenon began with the deterioration of the economic situation in the Arab countries involved initially; that is, Tunisia and Egypt. Afterwards, the demonstration effect of the success of the populace of those two countries in toppling long-term secular dictators inspired other similar movements in Libya, Yemen, Syria and Bahrain. We have seen how the deteriorating economic and financial situation in Europe has given rise to massive demonstrations (so far largely peaceful) and the formation of political parties of the far right and the far left as well as encouraging the growth of existing extremist parties.Recent studies by universities and research institutes in the United States have emphasized a phenomenon which has been developing for many years; namely the extreme and growing disparities in income among various social groups, arranged in order of level of income. This disparity is now more marked than any time since 1928 (those who know economic history will recognize the significance of that date). Excluding government transfer payments, the top ten percent of the population as a whole in 2012 received almost half the total income stream (48.2%), and the top one percent of the population received almost one-fifth (19.3%). ‘

A recent issue of The Economist, in a long analytical article, emphasized the huge and growing place that government transfer payments represent in providing all or most of the income of about half of the American people; as well as pointing out the extreme complexity and openness to fraud of the system, as well as the disparities of such payments among the various states, with Hawaii the most generous and Mississippi the least so. Ironically, the same issue of the magazine highlighted developments in such areas as 3-D printing and advanced robotization, largely responsible for the income picture, due to the relentless surge of the importance of capital in the productive process and the ever-decreasing role of labor.

If these trends continue, and there is every reason to assume that they will, the American polity can expect to suffer the political and social developments that are taking place in the rest of the world. Already groups such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street have emerged and the political system has become more and more dysfunctional. After the financial crisis of 2008, the public at large through its taxes, and future generations, through exponentially-increasing debt, bailed out the one percent. This fact is becoming better known with every passing year, and the public cannot be expected to ignore it, but rather to demand, through its elected representatives, that the holders of productive capital be punished by government action to expropriate their earnings to feed the government’s redistribution machinery, with all its very high processing costs. Already, public officials make more than those in the private sector in comparable positions. Populists of whatever political label will have ever-increasing success, as the new helot class votes for those who promise to maintain and increase their governmental handouts.

In future, claimants to privately-generated income will be increasingly limited to two groups, not mutually exclusive: those with high-level technical educations, and the holders of productive capital. In this regard, Israel is in a significantly better position than either the US or Europe. Technical education is excellent and its graduates are remunerated well. Many, if not most, hi-tech companies include among their employee benefits, shares in their companies, thus spreading the ownership of productive capital. The new, strengthened, anti-trust legislation, if vigorously enforced, will also help in this regard. However, much more can and should be done, through such mechanisms as employee stock ownership plans and community investment trusts. Ever-larger portions of the Israeli population of all religions and ethnic background would then have access to the ownership of productive capital.

Israel leads the world in many ways–the eight million showing the way to the billions outside. It can and should do even better.