Fake news video true story from the Onion, in humor diary about facebook being a CIA program

Written for the phazebooq group @ the daily kos.

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.
Are you feeling confused.

Eli Pariser: Internet's democratizing potential is derailed by invisible algorithmic personalization

"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.

From the Mailbag: Facebook & Online Privacy

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). 

StopDomesticTerror.com - Murdered MDs? Presidential assassination? Hangings? Military coups? What's next?



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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.

Pro-Iranian Democracy Rally in DC, July 9, 2009

The tenth anniversary of student uprising in Iran brought a new decade of students to the streets. 

Yesterday, at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., a rally of solidarity with the Iranian protestors was organized by the Facebook group Iranian-American Youth.  



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.

December 28 -- Facebook Virtual Nurse-In

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.

What's your take?

Just a Heads Up to ePM

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.

Private Information made public

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.

Shades of Orwell's Big Brother:" Facebook and Myspace Invasion of member privacy.

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.