Posts Tagged ‘parasite’

To Entrap a Local Predator: Electricity Parasite, Caught in the Act

Monday, February 24th, 2014

There, but for extremely cheap and powerful backup OEM batteries from the Amazon, go I:

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Real Estate Salespeople Don’t Produce Anything, So How Can They Be “Top Producers?”

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
 
Work with me here. The Question of the Day is this:
 
Why do Real Estate Salespeople and Brokers refer to themselves as “Top Producers” when, in actuality, they don’t produce anything?
 
Producers “manufacture crude materials into articles of use.” Right?
 
“Main Entry: pro·duc·er  Pronunciation: \prə-ˈdü-sər, prō-, -ˈdyü-\ Function: noun Date: 1513
One that produces; especially : one that grows agricultural products or manufactures crude materials into articles of use”

So, let’s compare former President Jimmy Carter with, I don’t know, some parasite that doesn’t produce anything, how about a tapeworm?

See? Jimmy Carter takes wood and nails ‘n stuff and makes useful habitats. Conversely, the tapeworm calls itself a “top producer” because it eats six percent of the food that passes it by and then issues press releases about how it’s a “top producer.”

To review, taking commish out of a real estate transaction doesn’t produce anything. If you sell a house to somebody and then help sell it to someone else a year later, you have not doubled your “production.” There’s still just the one house, and it was produced by somebody else.

Maybe you’re necessary for society and maybe you’re good at your job, but that doesn’t make you a “producer.” Try to find a different term.

Just saying…

Grubb & Ellis Company Announces Top Producers for 2009 at Annual Circle of Excellence Awards

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 21  — Grubb & Ellis Company (NYSE:GBE), a leading real estate services and investment firm, today announced that Bruce McNair, executive vice president, Office Group, of the company’s Washington, D.C., office was the company’s No. 1 producer and top Office Group professional for 2009.

McNair received both honors at Grubb & Ellis’ Circle of Excellence Awards. The annual event, which was held in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 13-15, recognized Grubb & Ellis’ top producers

Exotic Brown-Headed Cowbirds Kill Native San Francisco Birds

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

The bird on the left in this photo from Golden Gate Park is an adult that has adopted the baby Brown-Headed Cowbird on the right. The baby cowbird’s real mother is a brood parasite, so she doesn’t know how to build a nest of her own. She just lays eggs in existing nests and lets other parents do all the work. When the interloping egg hatches, the newborn cowbird succesfully competes against its nestmates.

The tricked parent bird doesn’t know the difference and works twice as hard to feed the baby cowbird. In this scene, the young cowbird receiving food is already bigger than its adoptive parent. 

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These cowbirds were native to the Midwest, but some of them traveled to the bay area about 85 years ago. Cowbirds remain a threat to native species in the bay area and beyond.