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Friday, November 4, 2016

Stupid Emails

Stupid Emails
A cranky opinion for 
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with little expertise on the topic opined.  Opposing views are welcome, but they are wrong.  As always, please, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid head!
How dumb can people be.  When are people going to learn?  If you have something that you would not like to see plastered all across the internet, do not put it in an email?
The fact that businessmen and politicians can be crooked, can be conniving, can be dishonest and evil does not surprise me.  What does surprise me is that these very smart albeit shady people continue to air their ideas and comments on email.
Several Wall Street firms were caught with their pants down in the early 2000’s.  Emails helped send big shots to jail for insider trading and other offenses.  Much of the evidence used against them was simple casual comments. 
OK, I’ll throw those idiots a bone, at the time most people did not realize that emails were subpoena-able, and they thought that delete meant delete.
That was then, by now everyone should know that whatever is on an email when you press send is liable to become evidence in some trial.  New Jersey Governor Christy and his Republican cronies are in deep doo-doo because some idiot had to email,
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” 
It’s like a thief pausing to take off his gloves and put his fingerprints all over the crime scene.
If I was a Titan of industry, a politician or just an ordinary thief, I would instruct everyone in my “gang,”
“Do not use email for anything other than to say hello or set up a meeting.  You want to tell me something funny, call me on my private line, you want to rant about someone or something, call on my private line, or stop in my office, you want to confirm something illegal or bash the boss or the President; plan a meeting in a dark booth at a restaurant in Palookaville!”
STOP THE EMAILS!!  They cannot be destroyed.  They are on your hard drive, they are on the receivers hard drive, they are on multiple servers and they may be on the computers of hackers all over the world. 
Before you send an email or tweet, stop, reread, and think.  If you would not like your boss, your spouse, your grandmother or the New York Times to see it, do not press send.
Enough with the emails. 
I understand that power corrupts.  I can accept that people in power can be vindictive, conniving, and corrupt…I don’t like it, but I can accept it…I don’t accept vindictive conniving, corrupt and stupid.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man who doesn’t know what he is talking about, and not that of management, Mrs. Cranky.

21 comments:

  1. To be clear, I do not endorse vindictive, conniving, and corrupt or any illegal activity. Crooked businessmen and or politicians should pay severe penalties commensurate with their crime. I am just shocked how in this age people do not realize how dangerous emails can be.

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  2. Good post, really. I had a good chuckle over it! Even I know not to email anything I wouldn't want anyone but the recipient to read. That's what snail mail is for ...

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  3. Excellent post. The Internet seems to have removed common sense. Like you, I am amazed at the things people put in an email. Even blogs are dangerous in the wrong hands, search engines have no problem sifting through and finding what is not intended to be found.

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  4. I remember when I was in the workforce one of our training leaders said, "Do not put anything in an email that you would not want to see on the front page of any newspaper."

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  5. When email was in its infancy, someone i respect said her attorney told her not to put anything in an email that she wouldn't want to see printed in the newspaper classifieds every single day forever.

    That advice has stood me in good stead not just in email, but in comments, in writing, in posting anything. If you don't want to be publishing it every day forever, don't put it in this medium!

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  6. You are so right about e-mail and comments. I see so many bad (what I think is) comments on face book from people that I thought used good common since.

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  7. I find it astonishing that people send e-mails capable of embarrassment or professional compromise. I send very few e-mails.

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  8. Absolutely right. And like you, I am astonished that people keep getting tripped up with embarrassing emails. (Im going to assume I have none).

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  9. I send emails to my family, but they won't get me in trouble. I have a few friends that send me jokes. Some are pretty racy, and some end up on my blog. Email is a dangerous thing and many are finding that out the hard way.

    There there is social media. That stuff doesn't go away either.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  10. This takes everything to a new level - I've always wondered why successful Yale/Harvard educated people would risk everything doing unethical things in the first place - and now they're topping that off by emailing the details! How dumb can you get?

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  11. Now I'm worried. Does the same hold true for comments on Blogger?

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  12. It's every age group, too. Even young people (who grew up with Internet, so should know better) put crap out there on Twitter, etc., thinking no one will see it?

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  13. Emailers are like drunks. They think they are protected by a cloak of invisibility and anonymity. Both quickly learn how wrong they are.

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  14. I was considering sending you an email on this subject, but then I decided the better part of valor...

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  15. I remember, oh, about 1985, the company hired a new marketing director. He was younger than me, and stopped by for advice from time to time. Once he was so angry with several of his peers he was writing a letter outlining all their perceived faults to the president of the company. My advice, Gene, never put anything in writing you would not want any person in this company to read. He reconsidered. He went on to become the president of a company.

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  16. I agree completely Joe. But let's take it a step further....video's. Every person in the free world, plus a few others, has a phone AND A CAMERA, and they know how to use it! There are few places where you can do things truly unseen. Cops beating up perps in handcuffs? Really guys? You thought no one would see that. DUH!

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  17. I copy the NSA on all my emails to save the the trouble of hacking my computer:)

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  18. Well, Cranky, I guess you forgot about the government phone-spying on your private line...

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  19. Love like there's no tomorrow, dance like no one is watching, email like it will be read out loud some day during a deposition...

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