Agree or Disagree: Ello will be the anti-Facebook

Introducing Ello

Have you noticed that there is many Social Networks out there now? Quite frankly, there is too many to count.

But,we have another one coming into our midst.

The above link will greet you to Ello. A new Social Network.

What is Ello?

Well, this is their Manifesto. Right from their site

Your social network is owned by advertisers.

Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.

We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.

We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.

In other words, they are trying to be the anti-Facebook. Their words. Not mine.

Now, let’s have a quick chat about Facebook. Apparently, there is some disenchantment by how Facebook is being run. Some of you don’t like the advertisements. Or, how some people can see your posts and how some can’t.

However, it seems many of you still use it. I still use it. As a matter of fact, this post will be on Facebook.

Now let’s have a quick chat about Ello.

Two things struck me. It’s common for Social Networks to establish invites. I get that. What I didn’t get was the email response to my invite which was this.

Thank you for your interest in Ello.

We will invite you as soon as we can. Ello is currently in beta, and we are inviting new users in small groups as we roll out new features.

In the meantime, please share our Manifesto — and help us spread the word.

I was turned off by this. If you are going to tell me to get an invite, well why are you telling me that you aren’t ready for an invite? I wasn’t impressed by this. It strikes me as arrogant. It strikes me as unprepared. It strikes me as elitist. I admit this is an instant reaction, but first impressions stick sometimes.

Anyway, the early theory of Ello is it will be the anti-Facebook

Here is an article you can read from the BBC about Ello. Read

So, let’s ask a couple of questions.

Are you losing interest in Facebook? Why?

Are you interested in Ello? What are you expecting from this Network?

Normally I post an Agree or Disagree at this point….But this is a must read.

I typically post a an Agree or Disagree at this point.
However, we have debated and discussed forever about the relationship between Christians and LGBT. We have criticized many Christians behaviour and actions.
However, this is some kudos. Read this response from a Christian Pastor if he found out his kids were gay.

And of course, discuss.

Read here.

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-Finding Great People Great Dates

met with Myke Macapiniac and  Erin Skye Kelly to discuss two projects that they are involve in two separate projects.

Myke is trying to get girls to meet good men. He has a project called the Social Man Project. He discusses how men can be more successful at dating.

Erin is having a divorce and transition weekend at the Banff Springs Hotel. It will run from October 3-5.

Topics we discuss include:

Agree or Disagree: It’s tough to date after divorce.
Myke’s perspective on men’s options on dating in Calgary.
Erin’s perspective on women’s option on dating in Calgary..

Their projects.

A contest in which you can win prizes. Quite Simply, if you mention to Myke and Erin that you heard of their projects through Agree or Disagree: The Podcast, you will win some great prizes!

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Agree or Disagree: It’s tough to be dating after your are divorced

Divorce and Singles Transition Weekend

You may have heard of this event coming up next weekend.

It is a Divorce and Singles Transition Weekend coming up on October 3-5 at the Banff Springs Hotel. The host is Erin Skye Kelly. Who, incidentally, will be joining me on an Agree or Disagree: The Podcast to discuss this event. The above link is a Facebook Invite.

Now, I have never been married. So, this would also mean, I have never been divorced. But several of you have been divorced. You know the difficulties and the challenges the dating game after your divorced. Mentally, spirtually and emotionally.

As I mentioned, Erin will be joining us on the Podcast to give the event some more depth. So, I give you some questions to discuss.

What challenges are there dating after divorce?

If you are divorced, would you, or have you dated someone who has not been divorced? Why or why not?

If you have never been divorced, would or have you dated someone who has been divorced?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-YYC Pizza Week


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Cory Chapdelaine and Amber Romaniuk join me in discussing YYC Pizza Week. It will be running from Friday Sept 26-Sunday October 5.

Topics includes
What is Pizza Week?
Your feedback on the best Pizza in Calgary. Will they be participating in Pizza Week?
Gluten free options and a gluten free crawl for Pizza Week.
Fundraising for Meals on Wheels
How to participate in YYC Pizza Week?
Potential Prices to be won.
The discussion of a gluten free Podcast.

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Agree or Disagree: You would sign a permission slip so your kid can bring home a Gideon Bible

This is a long title.

However, when you read the story, you will understand.

This is a blog from Susan Goldberg. She is excited about the new school year. New routines.New activities. And a very interesting permission slip.

This one.image

A permission slip from The Gideons! They would like to send Susan’s kid and perhaps your kid with a nice new Gideon Bible.

You can read her concerns in her blog. One of her concerns is that her kids are in a public school. The idea of public school for many is to not have religion in the classroom. This…well…contradicts that.

So, if you were the parent and your kid brought home this permission slip, would you sign it?

Why or why not?

Question: How should men speak about feminism?

Emma Watson’s speech to the UN.

This video has gone viral on social media.

It’s Emma Watson speech to the U.N. about women’s rights. To sum her speech, she has invited, and encouraged, men to be a part of the conversation. She encouraged men to express their sensivity and be themselves.

Now as a man I have a bit of a …..reputation….in coming across sensitive. I’m ok with that because it is true. I also have spoke for equality. As one simple example, I find it ridiculous that in 2014, there are still issues and a debate about equal work and equal pay.

However, also as a man, one of the points that Emma made is there have been times our participation hasn’t been welcome by some. It might be because we men have made many, many inappropriate comments. Fair enough. However, I know that there are men that want to speak properly into this.

My question, or questions if you will,to you is this. How should men speak into this conversation? How do we make valuable conversation into the legitimate concerns women have expressed over the years? How do we help move the conversation forward?

Any feedback is welcome?

Agree or Disagree: The Podcast-A perspective of homelessness-Robyn Moser

Robyn Moser discusses her perspective on homelessness. Topics include.

Is homelessness a choice?

A definition of homelessness.

Options for homelessness in Calgary.

Response to homelessness in Calgary.

Supports for family and those who could be homeless.

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Agree or Disagree: Being homeless is a choice

We have had some small conversations about this before.

I’ve interviewed a homeless man named Tim Barber on Agree or Disagree: The Podcast. He talked about his experiences being homeless in Calgary.

You might also remember we talked to Cory Chapdelaine and Kali Readwin about this topic as well. We spent some time discussing the different social implications being homeless.

Now, we have a challenge for a debate.

Robyn Moser has challenged Kathleen Smith to a debate on this topic. So, like a good Podcast, we will record it.

Some of the topics we will cover.
There will be someone who has a homeless experience. They will share it.
Current overall trends of homelessness in Calgary and Edmonton.
Current trends and concerns on LGBT homeless in Calgary and Edmonton. As well as support options for LGBT,
And of course, the question if homelessness is a choice.

For clarity, and this will be expanded on more, Robyn thinks homelessness is a choice. Kathleen does not.

To prepare us, what do you think? Is homelessness a choice? Why or why not?

Agree or Disagree: Gay Rights groups should be angered by the ” rugby marriage”

Agree or Disagree: Gay Rights groups should be angered by this “marriage”

Have you heard of the marriage of Travis McIntosh and Matt McCormick?

They are in New Zealand they got married!

Isn’t that exciting? Another happy marriage! It is another progress for the LGBT movement right?


The reason? Travis and Matt are not gay. They are straight.

The other reason? They got married to win rugby tickets. You read that right. Rugby tickets.

McIntosh and McCormick tied the knot got hitched at a rugby stadium. 60 of their closest friends and tens of thousands were listening live.

This has caused anger from some gay rights groups.

In the above article from The Sydney Morning Herald, Alex Greenwich, an independent MP for Sydney and former convenes of Australian Marriage Equality is quoted as saying this.

“It essentially makes a mockery of marriage. Marriage is a really important institution about love and commitment and it’s sad to see that there are people who are making a joke out of that.”

What do you think? Is this something people standing for gay marriage should be upset about?