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According to a recent report from the Onion fake news report Mark Zuckerman won a medial from the CIA for his work with face book. Of course it is not true but it is true.
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"A squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa." - Eli Parser's paraphrase of Facebook's driving algorithm.
I find TED Talks to be almost unfailingly signficant in some aspect of a given topic's presentation. That is the objective, after all, to use Internet power to inform the world of great ideas.
And, so, it's blunt non-irony to watch MoveOn's Eli Pariser calling the gatekeeping innovators of the Internet to task for having inverted that power. Instead, he says that a 'filter bubble' is fostering global myopia through a process that uses the hidden algorithmic analysis of individual web navigation patterns to personalize the websurfing experience. Make the jump»
Click the image for the whole feed. Hat-tip BeChange of Delphi Forums:
Heh...gotta love Biden's honesty. :)
Anywho...this is an Open Thread. You know what to do.
Email from MoveOn regarding Facebook Privacy issues. They are asking for action on the part of Facebook users to,
Facebook should stop sharing my personal info with outside companies without my permission. If you agree, set this as your status today and join this group: http://bit.ly/d1ZB6h
I have heavily curtailed my facebook activities since the last invasion (heh ... not that I spent a whole lot of time there anyway). Make the jump»
Like most of ya'all here, I log in to FaceBook every morning. This morning, a disconcerting thing happened.
When the page loaded, I was paresented with:
Now, the links in that box are not links I had identified ... there wasn't even anything in my profile that related to these links. Make the jump»
Wholesale Body Bags.
The voice of the radical right has driven 'the base' over the edge. By the first weeks of the Obama Administration, they had cleared the ammo from shelves of gun shops around the country by fear-mongering popular demand. Ever since, and with a constituency that is lock-and-load ready, an endless list of action items has shifted the screams of radicalizers to shrill overdrive.
How many more times will Fox's Beck or Limbaugh fan the fanatical flames that burn inside of rightwing extremists to another violent climax, before sane America demands a stop be put to the incitement of domestic terror?
It's too late for some innocent victims whose killers responded to the voices of media and talking-head cheerleaders. But, if they stop even now, it may prove too late for others who will fall to the echoes of voices still resounding inside the heads of the independently rabid.
Make no mistake, it is terrorism according to the Executive Order signed by President Bush in September of 2001 that was explicit in its definition:
Executive Order 13224
(d) the term "terrorism" means an activity that
-- (i) involves a violent act or an act dangerous to human life, property, or infrastructure; and
-- (ii) appears to be intended
---- (A) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
---- (B) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
---- (C) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, kidnapping, or hostage-taking.
It's not just for millenial religious warfare anymore: Terrorism for profit was born right here in the USA.Make the jump»
Please take the time to read the posting here in the link.
Believe me I'm not doing this to increase traffic to my blog. There is a young man on the Internet who may need help.
If after reading the posting, you know who or what agencies may be able to help, please pass along the posting with all the information I have been able to obtain. Make the jump»
A few bits and bytes to start the day:
Just a day after standing by the revisions, the company said it would scrap the new policy and return to its previous terms of service in a notice to its 175 million users on its Web site.
The article continues at the link in title.
Wow -- flip-flop much?
Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- As R. Allen Stanford assured clients last week that U.S. investigators were conducting "routine examinations" of his Texas investment advisory firm, a lawyer for his company’s Antigua affiliate was backing out.
"The attorney's withdrawal is a massive red flag" that "screams fraud," said Peter Henning, who teaches criminal and securities law at Wayne State University in Detroit. "If the SEC hadn’t turned up the heat by that point, it did then."
The article continues at the link in title.
Heh -- when your attorney throws in the towel and walks away, it's not usually a good sign.
More than 400 television stations have stopped broadcasting in old-fashioned analog form, according to the Federal Communications Commission, months before the rescheduled transition to digital TV.
Turning off the analog signal allows stations that are short of cash to save money, but it also means a loss of service for viewers who have not yet upgraded their older television sets.
The article continues at the link in title.
Talk about getting cut off at the knees; folks in areas who no longer have analog service may not notice if they have alternative feeds such as cable, but for those who used to depend on their tvs along and who couldn't afford cable, they're suddenly out of luck.
There's lots more going on out there -- what have you got for us?
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Late last Saturday, we posted a short blurb announcing a virtual nurse-in protest against Facebook by nursing mothers who objected to Facebook's policy of removing certain pictures of women nursing their children. This morning, Reuters UK has a bit of a follow-up on the protest story and the petition spawned as part of it:
But Facebook's decision to ban some breast-feeding photos has angered some users, including U.S. mother Kelli Roman whose photograph of her feeding her daughter was removed by Facebook.
The petition has now attracted more than 80,000 names and over 10,000 comments, reigniting the old debate about the rights or wrongs of breast-feeding in public.
Facebook's primary objection, according to spokesman Barry Schnitt, was that images showing "a fully exposed breast (as defined by showing the nipple or areola) do violate those terms (on obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material) and may be removed." Accordingly, the Reuters piece included this written objection from one woman:
"I find it offensive that (Facebook) can remove my photo but not the close up picture of a thonged backside I (have) seen on a friend's page or remove the "what kama sutra position are you?" quiz application," she wrote.
That, of course, makes perfect sense. It's less sexually explicit to post a thonged backside than a mother nursing her child? But Facebook wouldn't be deterred:
Schnitt said the company had called many U.S. media groups during the course of the protest to ask to place an advert related to breast-feeding that showed a woman breast-feeding her child with a fully exposed breast. None agreed.
After the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction fiasco, perhaps news agencies are a tad sensitive1 -- yet the act of tearing off a woman's shirt as a simulated act of violence during a song and exposing her breast vs. the natural act of nursing a hungry child do appear to be different matters entirely.
I stumbled across this just a little while ago:
Last year, Stephanie Knapp Muir set her profile picture to a small photo of herself breastfeeding. Facebook deemed the image obscene and without prior notice. removed the photo.
Women breastfeeding their children have been pushed out of restaurants, libraries, museums, shopping malls, and now … you can not post a picture of a baby feeding because it is an obscenity.
Following the incident, a group called "Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" (Official petition to Facebook) is fighting back. The group already has over 67,000 members.
-- Staff post at IreallyShouldStudy
Women who breastfeed their children can find themselves subject to scorn, ridicule, or ridiculously prudish and insensitive behavior.
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originally posted 2008-08-17 16:39:14 -0500.I am bumping it up because I just saw it today and I think this kind of outreach is really important. I hope everyone who sees this is also on to stumbleon, another out read site. Just hit the stumble button below posts and you will get the idea. Big thanks from Carol too. Make the jump»
I would like to call attention to an article from the the Nation about the conntinued use by the social networking site Facebook of a tracking system which now allows them to profile 9 million Americans. Ari Melba has written a follow up, About Facebook on the story which was covered on the blogs last year. According to him Facebook has given people an opt/in opt/out choice but most users are chosing to remain part of their information-sharing system. Make the jump»
Reading between the lines--or perhaps I am being ultra conspiritorial--I am wondering about the new Facebook Marketing Venture in which they track individual member's purchases and then publicly reveal the information in a news feature. This kind of tracking device would certainly facilitate surveillance by intelligence services who are in the data collection business. Let's not forget the library project to track what books people are reading in order to develop a political profile of them, that was undertaken as part of the Patriot Act. Make the jump»