What We Want To Beliebe

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While migrating geese can’t speak to one another, they can communicate well enough to get the flock south for spring break.  This is often a source of wonderment to humans because we tend to think that non-verbal communication is quite difficult.

When you take some time to consider the issue though it becomes apparent that, non-verbal communication isn’t all that difficult, verbal communication is just very easy.

In fact, talking is so easy that it’s a wonder that humans miscommunicate at all.

But we do don’t we?

It happens a lot doesn’t it?

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Where The Wrecking Ball Lands

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A lot can happen in 10 years can’t it?

It doesn’t seem that long ago that everybody was excited to see what would become of little Destiny Hope Cyrus.

Tish and Billy Ray’s little girl was such a joyful prodigy that she eventually adopted the family nickname “sMiley” as her stage name. The exuberance that shone through in her precocious singing and dancing brought her to the attention of friendly agents and starmakers.

At 11 she auditioned for what would eventually become Disney’s “Hannah Montana”, a television series about a school girl with a secret life as a pop star. While everybody imagined that she would use her talents to entertain for a time, very few were banking on her becoming a worldwide celebrity.

If it’s hard to get famous, it’s even harder to stay famous.

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Faking It

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If you haven’t yet heard, the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life was unfortunately upstaged by the unintentionally hilarious presence of a sign language interpreter who appears to have worked the crowd by “making up sign language” as he went along.

While this sounds a lot like a Saturday Night Live sketch, and might actually have been funnier than some of them, it is more than a little disturbing that many of the world’s most important leaders made their tribute speeches standing just a few feet from a person who was at best a charlatan, and possibly mentally unhinged.

It makes you wonder how a person who was unable to do the job was actually hired to do it?

Or does it?

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