To my esteemed colleagues,
As a Canadian and an 'older' Information Manager (still working at 67
years and enjoying it), I totally agree with Hugh's comments. We all deal
with information, and work hard to ensure that information and truth are
If we wish to continue to do that, we must be vocal in our beliefs and
in ensuring that our clients understand our desire to uphold those
standards. We have a necessary and important role to play in encouraging
integrity. I for one intend to continue to fill that role while still
serving my clients well.
Sam McCollum, CRM, MBA
On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 7:09 AM, Hugh Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> So I followed Peter's advice to remove myself from Google's clutches, only
> to find that I was never in there. I think??
> And that is what makes me mad about all this stuff. We never know who is
> gathering information and what they are using it for. Currently I am
> receiving things from French companies but since Brother Louis ( he
> pronounced it Looweeeh! ) at Central Catholic only imprinted Latin and
> French ever so lightly, I have no idea what they are selling. Too bad
> because Brother Looweeh! was totally committed. If you did something to
> startle him, he always exclaimed "O Mon Dieu!!" He did that whenever I
> knew something!
> I also found out that when you receive an email and unsubscribe, they
> collect and sell your email address. So the more I don't want something,
> the more I receive it. Plus, I must be the most attractive guy in the world
> "to the email address purveyors" as I receive 10 or so offers a day to buy
> email lists. (I think Larry is filling out information request cards and
> providing my info. That is pretty funny!) Come to think of it, I think
> Fred Grevin is signing me up for the French sites as he speaks French!
> I come from a simpler time where integrity was often the order of the day.
> I collect fiction books of Youth Sports Stories like Chip Hilton by Clair
> Bee and Frank Merriwell and Jack Armstrong. Those heros were beyond
> reproach! If they missed curfew they turned themselves in, even if they
> were saving a little boy who was drowning. To this day, if I see a book in
> a flea market that is from that 30's, 40's, 50's era I buy it because it is
> refreshing to read about people with iron clad morals. I have 20 or so
> Horatio Alger books and they also can cheer you up when you see the bad
> news in the paper. Rags to Riches and ironclad morals.
> Did Google and these other companies not have a course in ethics in High
> School or college? Were their parents that irresponsible? How is it that
> we can no longer control our own privacy?
> I heard on FOX News that Google's excuse is "that they never sell the
> information to other unscrupulous retailers"........? They are the
> unscrupulous retailer I am trying to avoid! So Bill Gates, here I come to
> Bing or my native Safari. No more Google for me! Heck I was only using
> Google Earth to see what Larry Medina has on the grill. (Who grills bacon
> on a grill??)
> One of the things I find refreshing about this List is that the core
> mission of records management is TRUTH! You keep the accurate record to
> prove that you your company did the right thing at the right time. Just
> like "Tom the Bootblack" and "Only and Irish Boy!" who always made the
> honorable decision.
> Sad that I must collect books to read about integrity. .....and hang out
> with records managers.
> .........and you take that for the compliment it was meant to be.
> Hugh Smith
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