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@schneibster @KyleRLelli @johnboy4546 Haha. Guessing you're using a bit of sly sarcasm. Just in case you're not, I was referring to the bombing campaign mentioned in the original message I replied to.

1 year, 7 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy

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 @johnboy4546 I didn't say that the USAF couldn't keep secrets. You asked why the CIA was conducting the air-based bombing campaign, so I responded with an opinion of why I believe that is the case. By nature, the CIA is a secretive agency. The USAF has to have oversight, however, to what extent, I cannot speak to as I am not a member of either organization.

1 year, 7 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy

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 @johnboy4546 For purposes of secrecy and non-disclosure. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Access denied | Foreign Policy

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Although I'm very unfamiliar with watchmaking, the part that most interests me is the precision with which one has to employ to craft a movement that accurately tracks time. I would liken it to creating and fine tuning an engine on a car. It seems to me that the reason that both a car and a watch can cost so much is that so much time and effort has to go into tuning the movement (or engine) in a way that allows it to function precisely as intended - not just for a day, month or year, but for 10's of years. 

Also, working a job where I sit in front of a computer for copious amounts of time makes me truly appreciate craftsmanship in any form - especially in timepieces. Getting a chance to experience traveling abroad (never have) as well as traveling abroad to build a watch is obviously a once in a lifetime experience. Once of my life-goals is to craft handmade one-off pieces of furniture, and getting the chance to craft a watch - along side of an expert watchmaker is something that will deepen my appreciation for the craft of making things that are important to people - that they cherish and pass on for generations.

Things that last in this world are far and few between, and being able to create my own timepiece that I could pass on (hopefully) to my kids and grandkids is a memory that will never be outlived.

1 year, 9 months ago on GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch

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I typically only purchase big name brands due to the fact that I am still at the entry level price. Most boutique watch makers are a bit too expensive for my purchasing abilities. Haven't really stuck to any type of watch in particular. If something catches my eye and I think it's a handsome watch, I'll put it on my list. Trying to work  my way up and naturally build a collection I can be proud of. Want something I can hand down to my kids one day. This blog has always been a good go-to for an honest opinion.

1 year, 10 months ago on GIVEAWAY: EHF Horlogere Mk Zero Watch

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First off, thank you @HathawayP for sharing a very honest post about your situation. It lends a lot of clarity to your overall point.

 

Google has and will always have the upper hand in controlling an industry it essentially created and polices. In no way do I think they have to be transparent, but I do think they should. Not necessarily for the benefit of the agency or in-house SEO, but for the benefit of the SMB business owner that is not sure how to "...ensure your contractor got the right permits before doing the work on your house."

 

Most businesses want to place trust in an agency that they will act in the businesses best SHORT and LONG term interest. As mentioned, there is no governing body other than Google Guidelines. Many business owners (focused on running a business) may not know where to look to retrieve or what exactly is being stated, or may receive a bad referral, etc. It's not as easy as "Hey, I want to just double check to see if this agency is reputable or not." even though it seems it should be.

 

I don't necessarily agree with @ajkohn in that you shouldn't be able to get to undo the bad stuff quickly. Easily, no. It shouldn't be easy, but if you make the effort to reform and are honest about it, why remain punished? If you have changed and are now good at what you do, and DESERVE rank well NOW, than why do you have to remain in the doldrums b/c someone in the past (maybe you, maybe not) violated a guideline (essentially TOS)? It's not that I think anyone is wrong or right per se, but I have a different viewpoint.

 

Getting to your point, it seems that Google is essentially punishing it's users/doing them a disservice out of spite (laziness?). 

 

Maybe I'm wrong here. Maybe I'm underthinking the situation, but based on what you've said, you're reformed. I don't like the part of our culture that wants to punish instead of reform. It doesn't make sense to me. Reform helps everyone. Google should reward that behavior instead of ignore that behavior. They're cutting off their nose to spite their face.

2 years ago on The Dark Knight Rises: How Being Bruce Wayne is Not Enough to Save Gotham

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