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Rudy Umans

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  1. 41 minutes ago, Barry Paterson said:

    There is no such thing as positive discrimination. All discrimination based on age, gender, ethnicity or any other factor over which a person has no control is ethically wrong. It is incredible that this even needs to be said. Treat everybody equally, and follow the golden rule - treating others as you would wish to be treated.

    Positive discrimination does exists, but it doesn't mean it is positive. It is preferential treatment, which is in some cases in this day and age necessary in order to get that equality. E.G. when a particular group is grossly underrepresented in an organization or trade. Of course you are right that all forms of discrimination and prejudice should be abolished (and it will one day), but right now, humans are not mature enough yet and need to be reminded sometimes. 

  2. @Milo J Back in the nineteens and early twenties I was a Small Business Assistance Officer for Palm Beach County and prior to that the local bus company, which was federal,  and one of the things I did was certifying women and minority owned businesses. I can assure you that "Women Owned" is not that black and white (no pun intended). Actually I should say "was" because it's all changed now. There is no such things as M/WBE anymore.  Nevertheless, I can understand your point, but at the same token, if it wasn't for programs like this, we would still live in the fifties for the most part. Was it perfect? No. Necessary? Yes. Still is really (Btw I was the only white guy there) A colleague and I actually rewrote the county M/WBE ordinance

    "What this resulted in was that several Caucasian girls who had years of acting experience and did great in the auditions got kicked off the list and were replaced by Hispanic and African American students, some of which struggled to even read their lines, much less memorize them, or froze like deer in the headlights when the camera started rolling. "

    Why do you think the the Minority boys and girls were so much behind? Contemplate about that for a minute or two

  3. It is only positive discrimination if all circumstances are equal

    but they are not. Minorities (of all kinds) are still playing catch-up. That counts for women too

    Having said that, Trying to give minorities a head start should come from love and care and an awareness of unity and that all people on this blue speck of dust are the drops of one ocean. It shouldn't come from commercial or political reasons. That would be fake and wouldn't be sustainable.




  4. 5 hours ago, balajisrinivasan said:

    Thank you. Earlier, I wrote a comment in this thread trying to say something similar to what you said in your two comments here but deleted it because people were getting (maybe justifiably) very angry and began reacting aggressively. But you've articulated what I wanted to say far better than I could. So very grateful to your rational, level-headed point of view.

    Thank you! That is very kind.

  5. 13 hours ago, KeremGogus said:

    Thank you so much, I panicked and raised my minimum payment to $500 to avoid transfer to my payoneer. And then I found this following article which things "suppose to" run smoothly - whatever that means.

    And I changed my minimum payment to $35 again. You think this can affect getting my payment from this month? I'll try to ask support too if I can reach anyone.

    I also hardly process English language because of anxiety, does this sounds like a good news? https://blog.payoneer.com/exclusive/wirecard-in-the-news-funds-on-your-payoneer-card-are-safe-and-secure/

    sounds like other people answered your question already

    That the assets are frozen is a normal procedure with bankruptcies. I am sure there is a court appointed forensic accounting firm that needs time to figure things out and come up with accurate and independent financial statements so the court can proceed with the bankruptcy procedure.  The bad news is, this might take a while and remember the government (taxes) and the court get paid before everybody else. 

  6. 52 minutes ago, KeremGogus said:

    On my account payment I get first show up on card balance and then I'm able to withdraw to my local bank account. In their Facebook page, many customers saying everything is frozen and they can't even withdraw to their bank accounts.

    I'm an old customer of Payoneer from Turkey. I had to switch because PayPal is banned. I had to get the card for receiving any payment and added my bank account later.

    I don't know what to do right now, its my only option. And this was a good month for me... I'm spending my earnings to my parents. :(

    Very sorry about all this Kerem. I wish I had a solution.

    I was confused I guess because it said that the card balance was frozen, but not the "virtual currency balance".

  7. 2 hours ago, Paulo Rocha said:

    He may be a talented professional and a successful business man, but it's becoming evident to anyone that he is showing arrogance, greed, and lack of consideration for the contributors that he should see as partners. Therefore he lost my respect.

    That's your prerogative

    I just wanted to remind the poster I replied to that without him, none of us would have been here in the first place, none of us would have had the opportunity to make a few dollars (while it lasted), and only a limited number would have had the chance to enter the image stock market that was in place before microstock to begin with.  

    Some of the comments on his twitter account were just uncalled for and he lost it for a moment. So what? I probably would have reacted the same way as he did. We probably all would have if people push you long and hard enough. Just read these forums up to about a few months ago. That should tell you something.  

    Regardless, calling somebody (bad) names is always uncalled for.

    That's all. Everybody else's opinion might differ. (wouldn't be the first time)

  8. 9 hours ago, Tony Dunn said:

    This boss on twitter sounds like an arrogant moron not fit to be a CEO of anything yet alone an art & photo agency. Does this idiot realise that these pitiful new rates just aren't viable for the majority of contributors. certainly not creating new content. I actualy graduated in graphic art & design in the 80's but in the pre digital era when it was worthwhile . One of the problems though is that the internet with its easy downloads has cheapened digital media & content in which the micro stock agencies are mainly to blame. BUT it gives this new CEO NO RIGHT to take it out on contributors. 

    He is the founder of SS. He alone introduced the subscription model that practically started the microstock industry that changed the image stock market forever (and then some). He created the microstock industry 

    He is originally a programmer that wrote, and successfully marketed, a computer security program. He was also a hobbyist photographer. He put 2 and 2 together and Shutterstock was born and in less than 15 years took it to a multi billion dollar company. Hardly a moron I would say. 

    And although I do not appreciate this latest move and how and why it was done by Shutterstock, I personally appreciate it even less if people start calling him names. (Or anybody for that matter). 


  9. 2 hours ago, Daniel Eskridge said:

    Is anyone else getting a huge number of 10 cent sales today?   I normally only have 20-30 downloads a day.  It's only 11am and I'm already approaching 200, but they are all 10 cent (at level 5) sales from India.

    Coming soon to a flea market near you (or somewhere in SE Asia).................

  10. I average this month $.54 per download at tier 3, which is about $.50 less than before.

    However, this is meaningless for me. I am interested in 3 things that we cannot know yet (it hasn't happened yet)

    a) Earnings January 2021 when we start over at tier 1

    b) How long it takes to get back to tier 3 (my guess is 6 months since I stopped uploading)

    and c) earnings over whole 2021

    in short, not before the end of December 2021 I would know what the effect is (so far It doesn't look good. It's heading in the wrong direction)


  11. I just repeat here what I posted in Steven Tritton's thread about the future


    The reason SS survived this long is because they knew and know how to sell better than anyone and diversity in their businesses. Especially not in the beginning, they were not a media company, there were a tech company. They still are. This thirst for new technology, ,marketing, and diversity kept kept them ahead of the competition 

  12. There never was a sustainable future. This industry was dying since the day the subscription model was introduced. 

    The reason SS survived this long is because they knew and know how to sell better than anyone and diversity in their businesses. Especially not in the beginning, they were not a media company, there were a tech company. They still are. This thirst for new technology, ,marketing, and diversity kept kept them ahead of the competition 

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