Are You Minding Your Online Manners?

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I find it interesting that with the rise of social media, there has also been an increase of bad manners, so says the poll of me.  Am I the only one that notices rude or tactless behavior on the internet?  Social media is everywhere and there are plenty of people who use it on a daily basis, so how come online etiquette is brushed aside or in some cases, nonexistent?  What gets me confuzzled is that people will accept this behavior online but in real life would probably punch the culprit on the nose!

I’m positive that just text can be read the wrong way, as I have been on the receiving end of rude remarks that had me thinking that I must have wrote the text wrong.  Nope, I didn’t write it wrong, he was just rude.  His uncalled for remarks that were publicly displayed on Twitter got me thinking… Do people know the difference between how to behave online and how to behave in the real world (TRW)?  Or does it even matter?  I have been pondering this thought and have come to the conclusion that if a person practices good manners in TRW, they probably practice it online and if they don’t, is it because they have a protective shield known as a display screen that turns them into a barbaric cave person that grunts and moans with every text?  Hmmmm…

So with that last hmmmm… I’ve decided to list a Dos and Don’ts of Online Manners.  Here we go…

Do leave comments on an article or a social thread that you have read and enjoyed.  Nothing puts a smile on an online author’s face like a friendly comment and it is always appreciated.

Don’t not read the article, leave a comment that has nothing to do with the post and then claim the author is wrong!  Now, you know we’ve all seen these types of comments before!  While I’m at it, please don’t advertise your website either unless it is relevant to what the post is.  If people want to know who you are, they’ll click your name that I pretty much guarantee has a link connected.

Do take the time to say please and thank you to those that interact with you online. Whether it’s a retweet to thank someone or a please in front of the word share, please and thank you are the foundation of good manners.

 Don’t be rude!  Just because you may never meet someone in TRW, doesn’t give you the green light to throw your everyday manners out the window.  I’ve said this a million times and I’ll say it again, “Just because your words don’t mean anything to you, it means something to somebody.”
Do make friendly connections on social sites such as Facebook or G+.  What a wonderful opportunity for new friendships and possible business contacts.  Our world becomes that much smaller and the people around the globe become more like family with every new “friend” we encounter.
Don’t stay “friends” with those that have a track record of harassing or bullying others in the online world.  That type of behavior is unacceptable in TRW and chances are, you would never allow deplorable conduct in your home… so why would you acknowledge it in the form of a “friending” in your online home?  One word… unfriend!
So there you have it, online manners 101 so says me.  Thank you for taking the time to read!  Please share if you feel the need to remind others about their online manners.  Friendly comments are always appreciated.  Have a Wonderful Day! 😉

GMOs in Paradise… Hawaii’s Tropical Nightmare

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Protest march in Kauai 2013

I was born in Honolulu at St. Francis Hospital on Liliha Street at a time when they used to have a maternity ward. Yeah, go ahead and make fun of me now… “I never knew there was a hospital over there!” No worries, I got my secret box of hair color underneath my bathroom sink!

I no longer live in Hawaii, but thoughts of my island home stay close to my heart. Phone calls with my parents who live on Oahu are frequent and it is always a treat when I catch my grandma, who lives on Kauai, near her phone as she tells me all about her green roses and orchids that fill her side yard.

Lately, conversations with my parents have not been the typical light hearted talk story chats, it has been about Hawaii’s food source and the effects that it has not just in the islands, but the entire world. Talk of GMOs are the hot topic and figuring out who is telling the truth about health and the environment can be muddled as it depends on who fills the informant’s wallet. This article is written with every intention of sharing my heart and my knowledge of what is happening to the islands that I love so much… without anybody filling my bank account. Even though I no longer live in Hawaii, I will forever be a local girl that cares about the land and the people of Hawaii.

The story of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is a huge tangled web and affects many businesses, farmers, politicians, consumers, the animals, the land itself and most importantly, our keikis. There is so much talk about GMOs but what I’ve realized in chatting with others is that most people really don’t understand how GMOs affect our well being. Once understood, the anger sets in and the feeling of betrayal by those who we thought were on our side, really is not.

The two major concerns that GMOs cause for Hawaii is the poisoning of the environment and the poisoning of all who eat GMO foods. With the trade winds blowing, the poisonous chemicals are sprayed on the crops, and when it rains, the poison makes its way to a water source… the ocean. The people who use these chemicals are covered in head to toe protective gear and ventilative masks to make sure not to harm themselves, but shouldn’t the environment wear a mask too? How much poison can be used before the land and the water become highly toxic?

Now let’s talk about what we eat. There are two types of modified seeds, but the one I want to discuss is the pest resistant variety. These seeds have been modified to create a poison within itself. Yes, a pesticide so that the pesky little critters won’t eat the plant and if they do, their stomach explodes. Are you catching on? Poison is put in the seeds that turn into a plant that now becomes dinner on your family’s table. And we wonder why there are so many cases of extreme allergies, infertility, obesity, leaky gut syndrome, autism and tumorous cancers in younger and younger patients.

Hawaii has always been and continues to be the place where Aloha was born. No matter where someone is from, when the Aloha spirit is felt, it has captured that person’s heart and they will never forget that feeling of being accepted as ohana. The biotech companies that are in Hawaii are not ohana and they are definitely, not Aloha.

This article was written for Babes Against Biotech.  Like them here… https://www.facebook.com/BabesAgainstBiotech