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  • From Jonathan Gruber to Kim Kardashian: Why American Leadership Is Broken

    11/18/2014 1:16:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    ABC ^ | November 17, 2014 | Matthew Dowd, founder of ListenTo.Us, ABC News analyst and special correspondent
    "....Kim Kardashian, a celebrity by virtue of having accomplished not a thing substantive, but having been an expert at using a voyeuristic culture to make herself well-known, decided to sit for nude photos, apparently to make sure she stayed in the limelight. Did she do this to raise awareness about women's body image issues? Did she get nude photos taken to highlight the abuse of animals for expensive fur or clothing? Of course not, to both of these. At a time when women want to be taken seriously and enter into leadership positions,Kardashian apparently merely wanted continued fame and fortune...
  • Truthy, Explained

    11/16/2014 9:55:06 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | November 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Andrew Stiles contributed to these explanations.What is Truthy?“Truthy” is a research project being conducted by the University of Indiana. Proponents claim this is an apolitical study of how information spreads online through the social media platform Twitter.What is Twitter?Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to post hot takes and/or anonymous insults on the Internet.What is the Internet?The Internet is a cultural phenomenon that allows people to earn money by typing words on a computer regardless of talent or expertise. For example, you are reading this “explanatory” post on the Internet. Weird, huh?Yeah, that is weird. Told you.What is...
  • Rep. Darrell Issa tricked into retweeting support for Himmler, Oswald

    11/10/2014 7:02:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 9, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    California Rep. Darrell Issa, who asked Twitter followers Friday to tweet photos of their family members in the U.S. military, was duped into retweeting support for some of history’s most notorious killers. A Twitter user by the name @BrooklynJuggler trolled the Republican into retweeting a photo of his dear “Uncle Lee,” which was really a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald, the former Marine believed to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy, The Daily Dot reported. Another user by the name @Butt_C_Planet tricked Mr. Issa into retweeting a photo of his “late grandfather,” which was actually a photo of Heinrich Himmler,...
  • Young Michigan Hunter Receives Death Threats After Shooting Albino Deer

    10/26/2014 10:18:08 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 105 replies
    Field and Stream ^ | October 23, 2014 | Kristen A. Schmitt
    An 11-year-old hunter from Oceola Township, Michigan, took a rare albino 12-pointer with a crossbow last week while hunting with his father. The albino buck was well known in the area, but Gavin Dingman ended up being the lucky hunter to harvest it. Sadly, the celebration ended for Dingman and his family, as they became the subject of death threats and social media backlash. "My dad was just like, 'Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you're not 100 percent, we don't want to injure it,'” Dingman told the Livingston Daily on Monday. The...
  • Obama's "Truthy" Squad Set to Invade Social Media

    10/22/2014 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 17 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 23, 2014 | Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    Earlier this week, the federal government’s National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media. The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colbert’s invention and hilarious use of the word “truthiness.” The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it...
  • How Big Is the Canadian Terrorists’ Network?

    10/23/2014 7:57:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/23/2014 | BY Tim Mak, Eli Lake, Jacob Siege
    Canadian officials were quick to finger ISIS in this week’s attacks on government targets. But it’s still not clear whether or not the killers were part of a larger jihadist web. Terrorists have twice attacked Canadian government targets this week, with a shooting Wednesday at the country’s parliament in Ottawa. Now Canadian and American authorities are trying to learn whether the killers acted alone or were part of a larger extremist network. The mayhem caused by alleged Ottawa shooter Michael Zehaf-Bibeau occurred just two days after another man, Martin Rouleau-Couture, struck two Canadian soldiers with a car in Quebec—killing one...
  • Confirmed: Wendy Davis Literally Has THE Worst Twitter Campaign Of All Time

    10/23/2014 4:50:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 22, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Well, if you thought the Wendy Davis gubernatorial campaign, which has devolved into a clown show, couldn’t get any worse; you should brace yourselves. She had this tweet featuring a bunch of eager young Davis supporters, but there’s only one problem. It was actually a group of volunteers for the College Republican Federation of Virginia who posed for a photo after knocking on doors for Ed Gillespie, the GOP senate hopeful in the Old Dominion.
  • Social media is now influencing credit scores in the UK

    10/13/2014 7:10:54 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 10-13-2014 | Tommy Wyher
    It might be time to whittle down your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Not just because they continually post “news” articles from The Daily Mash or because they upload twelve pictures of their newborn baby every day, but because they could be negatively affecting your credit scores and credit worthiness. In a society where online data is abundant and easy to obtain, creditors are starting to use this information to their advantage. Lenddo, a ‘trust-based lender,’ is very open regarding their policy of using social media data as a factor in loan applications. In an article by Fortune...
  • Rape survivor: Facebook panders to gays over real names, banned rape victim

    10/05/2014 10:06:29 AM PDT · by walford · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 4, 2014 | Joe Newby
    "...I was victimized all over again," she said. "I had my ID set as Tina Si at the time. Luckily I went in and changed my name to Tina IsSavedByGrace and blocked them and it stopped." But her problems weren't over. A short time later, Facebook demanded she provide photo identification to prove she is a real person. Their goal, she added, was to silence her. "They didn't care that I was a rape victim," she said..." [mandatory excerpting sux pls read the whole article]
  • Shamed, Flamed, Harassed: What It’s Like To Be Called Fat Online

    10/03/2014 10:29:24 AM PDT · by BJ1 · 48 replies
    Search for the word “fat” on Twitter and you’ll likely find a torrent of criticisms, insults, and jokes at overweight people’s expense. Now researchers have undertaken such an experiment in a much more systematic way, across a variety of platforms — and what they’ve found may give the public health community a look at the reality of being overweight online.
  • Lib Candidate for TN Gov Hiring People to Infiltrate Social Media, Pose as Average User, Push Agenda

    09/28/2014 12:57:44 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 22 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/28/14 | Aurelius
    Isa Infante, the liberal Green Party candidate running for governor in Tennessee, is hiring people to create profiles on social media, such as Reddit, pretend to be an average user, then push for her "progressive" agenda. Ms. Infante is a self-labelled "progressive" candidate for Tennessee. Part of her platform is "ecological wisdom, social justice, feminism, and nonviolence." But, of course, as a Green Party candidate, she has had trouble gaining traction in the race. Her campaign, therefore, is now posting ads looking for people to pose as average social media users to pretend to have "found" this wonderful, liberal candidate....
  • ISIS phenomenon: the illusion of intimacy

    09/25/2014 5:29:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/25/14 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Faith is the fulfillment of the spiritual blessing of hope. It’s the difference between serving Christ, the personification of benevolence, or slavery to allah that exemplifies intolerance Social media is probably one of the most insidious misnomers in use today. It entices tech savvy young people to become reliant on the internet to fill their social needs. A belief that connecting with others through the web, via twitter, Facebook, Skype and other digital sites, can replace intimacy has developed a void in western culture. Individuals are taking solace in the safety of internet friendships to avoid the hurt that can...
  • Pharmaceuticals decry FDA's social media rules

    09/24/2014 5:12:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 23, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    Pharmaceutical companies say the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) new social media rules would have a "chilling" effect on the industry and leave consumers in the dark.The FDA in June released draft guidelines for how drug firms should use social networks like Facebook and Twitter. But pharmaceutical companies are concerned the FDA would hold them responsible for misinformation about their products posted online by third parties that the companies have little to no control over. They say the rules would discourage them from interacting on social networks, leaving consumers without useful information about their products."Given the extraordinary growth of the...
  • Narcissism and Social Media: Where Should Conservatives Draw the Line?

    09/15/2014 7:06:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    We live in an era today where practically everyone is “famous.” It’s not just reality stars anymore; anyone can have their own blog at no cost, and use social media for free, where their every word and photo is broadcast to the entire world. Activists all across the spectrum have taken to these platforms, utilizing them to influence politics. If that is where the younger generations are hanging out, it makes sense to reach out to them there. Organizations like Americans for Prosperity were ahead of the curve several years ago, encouraging and teaching activists on the right how to...
  • Facebook's Marc Andreessen: Jeff Sessions 'Clinically Insane' for Supporting U.S. Workers

    09/12/2014 6:06:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 12, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Do not dare challenge the Masters of the Universe, the Party of Davos, or the Permanent Political Class with facts. After Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), in a thunderous Wednesday speech on the Senate floor, denounced Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for pushing amnesty on foreign soil and high-tech executives for demanding more guest-worker permits while laying off American workers, Facebook board member Marc Andreessen maligned the Alabama Senator in a series of incensed Tweets. "Outright slander from an odious hack," Andreessen Tweeted on Thursday evening. "Mark has directly&indirectly created 10s, maybe 100s, of thousands of US jobs." He implied that Sessions...
  • By Documenting So Much Of Your Life, You’re Missing Your Life

    09/04/2014 4:38:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    It’s not often I get to cite Peter Frampton. Hell, it’s not often anyone gets to cite Peter Frampton anymore. His massive album “Frampton Comes Alive” was before my time, yet my ears are intimately familiar with the songs on it. “Baby, I Love Your Way” was a staple of junior high dances and couples skates, until such things were replaced by dry humping. So it’s nothing personal when I write that I don’t get much occasion to write about Frampton, he’s just mostly before my time. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still things we can learn from the...
  • Super: Federal grant funds plan to detect “misinformation,” “hate speech” on social media

    08/26/2014 6:25:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 25, 2014 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Well, this sounds interesting and probably sinister and open to manipulation: The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter. The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online. The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.” The university has received $919,917 so far for the project. “The project stands...
  • White And Black People Just Aren't Friends. Numbers Don't Lie.

    08/26/2014 2:50:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    carbonated.tv ^ | August 26, 2014 | Lauren Burgoon
    'Some of my best friends are black!' You're probably lying. Do you have friends of another race? Statistically speaking, probably not.With so much racial unrest going on in America these days, it can be hard for people to understand the "other" side. Maybe it's because white Americans never walked a mile in a black friend's shoes -- or maybe because they have no black friends to begin with. Public Religion Research Institute found that whites' social networks are 91 percent white. Even more alarming, 75 percent of whites have a totally white social network. For a nation that prides itself...
  • Losing a Sense of Community

    08/22/2014 4:44:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 22, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There is a lot of anger in Ferguson, Missouri, and much of it understandable. But there is also a lot of spectacle and drama. "Ferguson" has become a rallying cry for hucksters, a ratings point for the media, and a point of argument for friends on social media. What Ferguson really is, is a deeply wounded city in Missouri. Its citizens are divided; its trust in authority is collapsed; it has one less 18-year-old and an injured policeman. There are no winners in Ferguson, just a lot of tears and heartache. Most Americans tend to trust and support their police....
  • How to Deal With Friends’ Racist Reactions to Ferguson (Come see what they consider "racist")

    08/21/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Root ^ | August 20, 2014 | Jenée Desmond-Harris
    Race Manners: Michael Brown’s death didn’t cause a divide between you and the people in your social networks. It simply revealed one. Use the information you’re getting to decide which relationships you value. Dear Race Manners: I have been so offended and angered by what some of my friends on Facebook have said about Michael Brown and the situation in Ferguson (he was a thug, he deserved it, black people destroy their own communities, blacks are criminals, all the police officers in Ferguson should quit because blacks don’t appreciate them and more). I feel as though I don’t know some...
  • Peculiar: New York Times Reporters Stick Up for Hamas on Social Media, Television

    08/13/2014 9:20:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 12, 2014 | Clay Waters
    As a 72-hour ceasefire takes hold in Israel, New York Times Gaza-based reporters remain locked in a peculiar moral equivalency between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas bent on the nation's destruction, with reporters taking pains on social media and television to stick up for Hamas, dismissing the idea of Hamas harassment of journalists as "nonsense," and even criticizing Hillary Clinton for taking on the group.. Reporter Anne Barnard appeared on Sunday's edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, hosted by former Times colleague Brian Stelter. When Stelter asked Barnard about the "biggest misconceptions" in the coverage offered by naysayers "thousands of...
  • Russia Banning Soldier ‘Selfies’ to Prevent Incriminating Evidence from Going Viral

    08/01/2014 6:51:03 AM PDT · by Thistooshallpass9 · 29 replies
    TheTrumpet.com ^ | 31 July 2014 | theTrumpet.com
    Moscow is preparing a bill to prevent Russian troops from posting selfies and other photographs on social media sites, according to July 29 reports. The proposed legislation came after soldiers published images on social media sites with captions saying they had been firing artillery into Ukraine. “We shelled Ukraine all night long,” Russian soldier Vadim Grigoryev wrote beneath a picture of weaponry he published last week on Vkontakte, Russia’s most popular social media network.
  • Driver who killed teen posts his totaled car online with smiley face

    07/31/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 7/31/14 | Paul Walsh
    A 16-year-old Brooklyn Center boy clung to life for days before dying after a suspected drunken driver, without a valid license, fled one crash on a north-metro highway and ran into the teen’s car down the road moments later, authorities said. SNIP On the Saturday before McCarthy died, Vanwagner posted photos of what was left of his vehicle on his Facebook page and wrote, “That’s her front end after I got done with her lol.” He signed that message with a smiley face.
  • Social Media Is Making People Dumber, Fears Elliott's Paul Singer

    07/30/2014 6:10:31 PM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 30 2014 | Tyler Durden
    PROGRESS? Some technology represents unquestioned progress, despite causing real challenges to the employment prospects of citizens who are made redundant. For example, recent advances in science and medicine have merely scratched the surface in terms of enhancing our ability to find cures for diseases in an increasingly focused way at sharply diminished cost. Also, the technology of moving people and goods in vehicles and organizing their movement on roads contains tremendous opportunities for cost and energy efficiencies, as do the areas of resource extraction, the development of alternative energy and the efficiency of food production. These are just a few...
  • Drought Shaming Pitting Neighbors Against Neighbors On Social Media

    07/14/2014 5:32:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 11, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Neighbors are tattling on neighbors for wasting water and some are taking their drought shaming to social media. If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re being watched while you water your lawn, there’s a good chance you are during this historic drought. In Sacramento, water wasters can face fines, and the enforcer may be someone who lives right next door. Terrance Davis with the city department of utilities says he’s seeing a trend of drought shaming. “Our water use complaint calls have gone up exponentially from the last 2 years,” he said. Karen Halbo lives in River...
  • German spies step up social network checks

    06/27/2014 3:18:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 27 Jun 2014 09:03 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Germany’s domestic intelligence service wants to increase surveillance on users of social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, but stressed it would only target terrorists and extremists. […] But the Süddeutsche Zeitung had reported that the BfV’s chief, Hans-Georg Maaßen, wanted to develop a system which collected “large amounts of online data”. …
  • Bring Your Own Device–But Carefully!

    06/25/2014 8:59:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/25/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    For many people, the 2013 feature Terms And Conditions May Apply was their introduction into just how extensive and invasive data collection has become. It is all “voluntary,” of course, based on their agreement to software/app, website, and search engine terms and conditions. Even worse, is what the consumers of Big Data do with this information. Powerful computers and specialized programs allow virtually endless data dredging, whereby large volumes of information are analyzed seeking any possible relationships between data, occasionally for unethical purposes. Such practices can result in relatively benign consequences, such as seeing ads for various drugs and media...
  • Isis Mocks Michelle Obama, Parades English-Speaking Jihadist Imported From Uk

    06/20/2014 4:35:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jun 2014 | by FRANCES MARTEL
    Michelle Obama's #bringbackourgirls tweet has become the laughingstock of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the militant jihadist group terrorizing Iraq. Jihadists have allegedly doctored the original photo of the First Lady brandishing a hashtag and added "#bringbackourhumvee," a reference to stolen American military equipment. The #bringbackourhumvee hashtag is now full of variations on the original image, in which the First Lady holds up a piece of paper with the hashtag associated with the more than 200 girls abducted by jihadist terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria. The jihadists and supporters have doctored the photo to replace the...
  • Facebook, Twitter Down In Iraq: Communications Ministry Blocks Social Media Sites

    06/15/2014 4:26:09 PM PDT · by kristinn · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | Friday, June 13, 2014 | Howard Koplowitz
    Social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, were down in Iraq Friday as the country’s Communications Ministry blocked access to them. The Iraqi Ministry of Communications also notified citizens in a Facebook post Friday night local time that the Internet would be cut off on Sunday “in all parts of Iraq” to maintain optical cable along the Turkish border. It did not address reports that social media was inaccessible. Baghdad-based BBC reporter Richard Galpin said Friday that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were blocked in the Iraqi capital. A Communications Ministry source confirmed the shutdown to the Kuwait News Agency, but...
  • Is Social Media Fueling the Gender Debate in America?

    06/14/2014 7:39:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Christian Life News ^ | June 13, 2014 | Alex Kocman
    The debate over sexuality in America has moved far beyond what behaviors are okay and what is off-limits. Buried beneath, there is a deeper misunderstanding of what it means to be human. The argument in our culture is about whether anything physical—i.e., our bodies—has anything to do with the way we should live our lives. John Piper got to the heart of this issue earlier this month, discussing transgenderism and Laverne Cox' assertion to Time magazine that biological gender "doesn't necessarily mean anything inherently." (Of course, if you're a naturalist, the case could be made that your "inherent" sexual desires...
  • The 8 Stupidest Arguments Being Made About Obama’s Bergdahl Swap

    06/06/2014 10:26:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 6, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Despite President Obama’s claim Thursday that he’s “never surprised by controversies that are whipped up in Washington,” the administration and its fans are struggling to tamp down widespread criticism of the deal that traded one soldier — who fellow infantrymen say deserted them — with five top Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It’s a fair bet, given President Obama’s triumphant announcement in the Rose Garden featuring Bowe Bergdahl’s parents, that those in his inner circle severely miscalculated how such a presentation would go over with Americans. As they scramble to respond, they’ve made...
  • How bad is the Bergdahl mess? This tweet puts it in gigglesnorty perspective

    06/04/2014 12:46:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    twitchy ^ | 6/3/14
    ....Many citizens are understandably uneasy when it comes to Bowe Bergdahl. Just when you think the situation can’t get any worse, another shoe seems to drop. Did the White House really do “the right thing” when it traded five Taliban leaders for a suspected deserter? Tweeter @CuffyMeh can’t help but be reminded of another big swap that didn’t end well:
  • SECRET SERVICE SOFTWARE WILL 'DETECT SARCASM' IN SOCIAL MEDIA USERS

    06/03/2014 11:53:16 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 112 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 3 2014 | No Attribution
    The Secret Service is purchasing software to watch users of social networks in real time, according to contract documents. In a work order posted on Monday, the agency details information the tool will collect -- ranging from emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages. Its capabilities will include “sentiment analysis,”
  • Saudi Arabia to Crack Down on ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

    06/02/2014 9:13:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 6/2/2014, 6:25 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Saudi authorities are cracking down on social media, the Saudi Gazette reports Monday, and are in the process of reviewing the Anti-Cybercrime Law to allow legal proceedings to be filed against social networking sites for allowing accounts which promote adultery, atheism, and homosexuality. The Saudi Anti-Cybercrime Law was enacted by royal decree on March 26, 2007. According to the Gazette, the law—like many cyber-security laws enacted since the rise of the internet—aims “to ensure information security, protection of rights pertaining to the legitimate use of computers and information networks.” But it also functions as a “big brother” over the Saudi...
  • The threat facing online comments

    05/24/2014 6:54:45 AM PDT · by shove_it · 31 replies
    FinancialTimes ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Sunyer
    In the early days of the internet, there was much talk of how the web would connect us all, thereby furthering knowledge and fostering community. Yet for all its advocates’ and early adopters’ optimism about its potential to enable us to organise, think and influence one another, freed from institutional supervision or what the newcomers frequently described as “mainstream media bias”, one thing has remained consistently problematic: comments posted under articles or blogs (or “below the line” in internet-speak). ~snip~ One of the great questions for the future of the net is: to what extent this extraordinary freedom will be...
  • How the West Won the Great Hashtag War of 2014

    05/14/2014 5:53:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 14, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    This week, a picture emerged of Islamist terror group Boko Haram's leader Abubakar Shekau holding a machine gun in one hand and a piece of paper in the other. On that paper was scrawled: "#WeSurrender." Thus came to an end the Great Hashtag War of 2014. Led by the bravery of First Lady Michelle Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Democratic women of the United States Senate, the West tweeted Boko Haram into submission. When Obama released the H-bomb of twitter -- a sad duck-faced picture of herself in an empty room holding a sign reading #BringBackOurGirls...
  • Summary of White House Big Data Privacy Report: 'Give Feds More Power, Please'

    05/02/2014 10:56:18 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 4 replies
    Reason Dot Com ^ | May 02, 2014 16:05GMT | Scott Shackford
    In January, the Obama administration put together a "working group" to analyze how huge swaths of Americans' data are being gathered and stored and what sort of privacy issues need to be addressed. The group's report was just released this week. Before you ask: No, it's not about the National Security Agency (NSA) sweeping up huge amounts of metadata from phone and online communications by Americans, even though that’s the big data conversation many Americans want to have right now. Such data gathering is vaguely mentioned in the full report, but primarily the 85-page study (pdf) is about consumer privacy...
  • Terrorism in the UK: Social media is now the biggest jihadi training camp of them all

    04/25/2014 3:15:52 AM PDT · by QuarkyNews · 2 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 04/25/2014 | Fraser Nelson
    If an Islamic terrorist is apprehended in Detroit or blows himself up in Stockholm, it doesn’t usually take long to trace their career progression back to Britain. The CIA despairingly refers to “Londonistan”, but the phrase doesn’t quite do justice to Britain’s ability to incubate terrorism all over the country. For various reasons – chiefly our being quicker to accept asylum-seekers than expel villains – Britain has ended up as a kind of finishing school for jihadis.
  • Russian social media CEO quits, flees country

    04/23/2014 9:49:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2014 4:16 PM EDT | Laura Mills
    The founder of Russia’s leading social media network—a wunderkind often described as Russia’s Mark Zuckerberg—has left his post as CEO and fled the country as cronies of President Vladimir Putin have made steady inroads into the company’s ownership. The slow-motion ouster of Pavel Durov from the network known as VKontakte, or “In Contact,” is the latest sign that independent media outlets in Russia have become increasingly imperiled. Although months in the making, the loss of Durov’s leadership in VKontakte means that the space for free speech on the Russian web could shrink even further. …
  • Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

    04/14/2014 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 165 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    This is the power of social media. This is the power of personal video cameras. This is the power of citizen journalists. And the next time Senator Feinstein calls for “licencing” only “legitimate journalists,” that the 1st Amendment only extends to people who work at the New York Times, Washington Post, or MSNBC, remember this moment. This is how the bullies with the power, the cronies and their allies, are turned back. Dianne Feinstein First Amendment Is A Special Privilege This is not about a rancher owing the Bureau of Land Management money. This is about a federal government which...
  • ‘NewsOne Now’ Panel: Has the LGBT Lobby Gone Too Far?

    04/09/2014 11:30:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Newsone ^ | Apr 7, 2014
    Just ten days after becoming CEO of web company Mozilla, Brendan Eich resigned after drawing the ire of LGBT advocates. In 2008, Eich donated money to the Proposition 8 campaign, an effort around legislation to make same-sex marriage illegal in California. When he was announced as the new Mozilla head, members of the LGBT community and even Mozilla employees expressed their dissatisfaction through social media and called for Eich’s resignation. Many have since spoken out against the backlash calling it unfair. On Monday’s “NewsOne Now,” Roland Martin was joined by a panel of guests to discuss the news, whether the...
  • American Fakectivism: Social Media activism by small numbers of people integrated into news cycle

    04/09/2014 7:51:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/09/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    What do the forced departure of Brendan Eich from Mozilla and #CancelColbert have in common? They are both examples of Fakectivism. Fakectivism is social media activism by small numbers of people that is integrated into the news cycle because it matches the media’s political agenda.Every Tea Party member knows that media coverage of actual protests is unequal. Twenty students, most of them volunteers at an environmental non-profit, protesting Keystone will get media coverage that a thousand Tea Party members protesting ObamaCare won’t receive.The same is true of online protests.Many of the real life protests covered by the media are fake....
  • The 25 Pictures Girls Need to Stop Posting in Social Media (slide show)

    04/08/2014 3:35:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies
    Rant Chic ^ | November 7, 2013 | Haley Kittsmiller
    Everyday, our feeds on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are flooded with the same old crap. Girls are going crazy taking pictures of EVERYTHING throughout their days, and subjecting their friends to this garbage on all the social media sites. These following 20 [sic] pictures are the most commonly posted, and the reason Zuckerberg gave us an 'unfriend' button.
  • FireChat Network-Free Chat Could Be Big. And Now It’s on Android.

    04/04/2014 2:05:48 AM PDT · by kingattax · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Apr 3, 2014 | Rafe Needleman
    FireChat is one of the most interesting new communications products to arrive in the past year. Mostly because it’s not another take on standard messaging. By which I mean it’s not another WhatsApp clone. FireChat is a hyperlocal chat tool that allows smartphones to connect to each other directly, without the need for WiFi hotspots or cellular networks. As long as two devices (or a bunch of devices in a small space) can connect to one another, using Bluetooth or their WiFi radios, they’ll be able to chat. (Typically, every communication your smartphone gets from another smartphone comes through an...
  • Abandoned 27 years ago, ‘Burger King Baby’ finds mother

    03/27/2014 4:05:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    /thegazette.com ^ | 26 March 2014 | 3:26 pm | DANIEL KELLEY
    A woman abandoned as a newborn 27 years ago in an Allentown, Pennsylvania, fast-food restaurant bathroom has been reunited with her birth mother after a social media blitz, local media reported on Wednesday. Katheryn Deprill, left in the Burger King bathroom only hours after she was born, met her birth mother on Monday in a lawyer’s office, she told WFMZ television in an interview. Deprill said her birth mother, who she did not identify, recounted getting pregnant after being raped while on a trip abroad and giving birth in her childhood bedroom at the age of 17. Her parents did...
  • Law of Social Media: Digital Coup Coming

    03/23/2014 4:12:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Recent events in Turkey, and prior events in Egypt and Libya got me thinking about the amazing power of social media. On Thursday, Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to eradicate twitter, adding “The international community can say this or that – I don’t care. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic.” The next day a "digital coup" occurred and Twitter Use in Turkey Jumped to New High. With the above in mind, I propose ... The Law of Social Media: Arrogant fools who think they can control social media quickly discover social media controls them. The...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: Explicit Content, Everywhere

    03/13/2014 5:11:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Even if you weren’t one of the 28.2 million Americans watching the 2014 Grammys last month, you probably caught wind of the controversy over Beyoncé’s raunchy performance of her song “Drunk in Love,” featuring her husband Jay-Z. Perhaps it was her lingerie-like outfit or her chair dancing or the part where Jay-Z grasped her rear, but this was one of those moments when parents find themselves putting their hands over their children’s eyes—or flipping to another channel. Beyoncé, a mother of a 2-year old, raked in tons of media attention for that performance. Some of the publicity was negative. The...
  • Al-Qaeda Unveils New Magazine Aimed at Western Jihadis

    03/12/2014 2:49:05 AM PDT · by Cindy · 11 replies
    TELEGRAPH.co.uk ^ | 10:06AM GMT 10 Mar 2014 | By Rob Crilly, Islamabad
    "Al-Qaeda unveils new magazine aimed at Western jihadis Advert for 'Resurgence' magazine uses words of Malcolm X in appeal to disaffected Muslims in US and Europe, as it turns focus away from Middle East" SNIPPET: "Al-Qaeda is starting an English language magazine as part of a fresh effort to recruit and inspire Western jihadis to launch attacks in their own countries, according to security analysts. A video posted on YouTube uses the words of Malcolm X to justify violent struggle, before announcing the name of the magazine, Resurgence." SNIPPET: "However, the new magazine appears to be the first English language...
  • LA Gang Members Join the Fray in Syria – Fighting Alongside Regime (Video)

    03/02/2014 11:12:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/1/14 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Los Angeles gang members have joined the fray in Syria. The gang-bangers are reportedly fighting alongside the regime forces.</p> <p>MEMRI posted the transcript.</p> <p>A video-clip recently posted on the Internet shows two Armenian Power gang members from Los Angeles fighting in Syria. One of them, Wino Ayee Peeyakan, also posted a picture of himself in Hizbullah garb on his Facebook page.</p>
  • Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran's Support for Terrorism Worldwide

    03/05/2014 12:33:55 AM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Iran’s Support for Terrorism Worldwide Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa 2172 House Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Mar 4, 2014 10:00am