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Facebook vs iPhone CEO Sandbox War – Killing Tech Markets!

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First of All, I am NOT a fan of Facebook and merely put up with Apple iPhone because I don’t like it when my phone explodes!  Mark Zuckerberg is and adolescent adult and Tim Cook is a conceptual infant.  But, their battle of words over internet privacy and security is simply an idiotic attempt to one up the other without an audience who cares!

Facebook is a free social media site whose users are its PRODUCTS. Apple iPhone is a telephone and a personal data assistant and a personal portal to the world-wide web and YOU are Apple’s CUSTOMER!  So, to compare any facet of these products is comparing apples (pun intended) to cannon balls!  

You fully expect Apple to provide the highest possible personal data protection for anything you do with your iPhone.  (don’t bet on it)  For one thing, you paid big bucks for your phone and are paying through the nose every month for your air time.  Who you call, text or email; which sites you visit; who you Face Time with; and all of your contact, credit card, and other personal information you store on our iPhone/Cloud should be absolutely secure and not shared with advertisers or made public in any way.  (Except for the NSA, FBI,  CIA, DIA and other public agencies)  Who cares if Apple’s Tim Cook badmouths Facebook’s Little Markie Zuckerberg about the lack of security for Facebook users?  Not me.

You should have no expectation that Facebook or any other FREE social networking software will protect any data that you put in your profile nor any posts that you create or share.  In fact, anyone that you Friend is also up for grabs in the same way.  You want privacy, then sign up and pay for a social networking service!  Just how did you think Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. make money?  Did you think they were part of Catholic Charities or the Salvation Army?  If you really want to know how little control you have over your Facebook info, just read the Terms you blew off when you created your account.

Enter Your Savior, CONGRESS!!!!  YIKES

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So, the left is shooting their own darling, Facebook, in the foot, thigh, head and heart by exposing the Cambridge Analytics data use in during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary!  The left needed another narrative against Trump now that their Russian drum beat is boomeranging on the left!

Now, you see all of the Congressional blowhards fighting for air time to out demagogue each other over protecting Consumers against using a Product they Don’t Pay For!  DO YOU THINK THAT THERE IS ANYONE IN CONGRESS WHO HAS A CLUE WHAT THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE ALL ABOUT?  And, do you THINK THAT ANYONE IN CONGRESS CAN FIX ANYTHING.  If you do, I offer you to consider;  US Post Office; Obamacare; your DMV; the VA; the IRS; US Immigration Laws; and basically any government agency/service other than our military!  

Congress is considering how to secure your Facebook and other social media providers data, even from their advertisers!  The only problem is that your data is THEIR PRODUCT that they sell to their advertisers in order for you to Facebook and other social media sites FREE.  Would you use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram if they were not free?  I seriously doubt it.  Would Facebook have 2 Billion worldwide users if the users had to pay $10.00/month to use its site?  NOPE!  

Have you ever used a web browser like Google or Bing to search for a product like a man’s wool plaid shirt?  Once you do, you will see ads for that shirt until the day you die since those search engines pass your data to their advertising subscribers!  You probably don’t mind because maybe one of them will actually send you an ad for a product you actually like!  This is called CAPITALISM.  Congressional “safeguards” are called SOCIALISM.  Remember what President Reagan said about government:

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’

So, it is really up to you to control what level of security you want when using FREE social networking. 

  • The most secure is DON’T SIGN UP. 
  • Next, put nothing in your profile other than your name, or the name of someone you don’t like if you want to make their life miserable! 🙂  The only thing that is potentially accessible to others is your name.
  • Then, if you post something, restrict it to only people you have “friended“. 
  • Better yet, don’t have any friends! 
  • OR, make up a very nice pretend friend that will only say nice things about you and always use a smiley face when responding to you! 

If your info is shared to advertisers or apps, your friends info may also be exposed and visa versa.  So, it is up to you to protect yourself.  DON’T LET CONGRESS SCREW UP WHAT IS PROBABLY THE ONLY FREE THING YOU HAVE LEFT!  If not, you may be back to licking stamps!!!

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RD Pierini

@RDPierini

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Winston Churchill Would have Loved Twitter, Just Like President Trump

We often romanticize historical figures as being “statesmanlike”, polite, gentile, etc.  But, like all of our recollections of the past, they generally contain our own versions of the truth.

President Trump is often hammered in the press for his “tweets” and his straightforward manner of speaking.  He does not sugar coat his feelings or beliefs and it comes through his tweets.  

IF WINSTON CHURCHILL WERE ALIVE TODAY, HE WOULD RIVAL PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS USE OF TWITTER.  FURTHER, THE PRESS WOULD GO NUTS LIKE THEY DO WITH TRUMP!  MAYBE THE PRESS SHOULD READ A LITTLE HISTORY OF OUR PAST LEADERS AND LEARN A LITTLE HUMILITY IN THE PROCESS.

Below are a few examples of “Churchillian” quips and barbs about his contemporaries.  Just substitute the names of the persons being addressed and use @realdonaldtrump rather than Winston Churchill as the author!

  • Neville Chamberlain was one of Churchill’s favorite targets:
    • “He looked at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe”
    • “At the depths of that dusty soul there is nothing but abject surrender”
    • “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last”
  • Clement Atlee-The successor to Churchill:   
    • President Truman said of Atlee, “He seems a modest sort of fellow.“  Churchill responded with:  “He’s got a lot to be modest about.“
    • Churchill also said of Atlee:  “An empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was opened, Atlee got out”
  • Lord Charles Beresford, a popular British Admiral and member of Parliament.
    • Churchill described Beresford’s speaking skills as:  “He is one of those orators of whom it was well said: Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.“
  • Ramsey McDonald, Former Prime Minister of England:
    • Churchill compared McDonald’s lack of ability to make a decision in the following manner:  “a sheep in sheep’s clothing.“
    • Churchill did not stop there with his derision of McDonald:  “We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought.“
  • Stanley Baldwin. conservative politician not well liked by Churchill:
    • Churchill said: “I wish Stanley Baldwin no ill, but it would have been much better if he had never lived.“
    • Churchill also quipped of Baldwin:  He occasionally stumbled over the truth, but hastily picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened”
  • Not PC, Churchill would definitely get the feminists up in arms today.  He once said of the British politician Bessie Braddock after she said:
    • Bessie: “Winston, you are drunk.“
      Winston: “My dear, you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be ugly.“
  • Churchill did not save his anti-female barbs for just Bessie.  
    • Lady Astor once said to Churchill “Winston, if you were my husband I would flavour your coffee with poison”
      Churchill: “Madam, if I were your husband, I should drink it”
  • Churchill’s Potty Humor:
    • The Lord Privy Seal requested a meeting with Churchill while Churchill was using the toilet.  
      • Winston said “Tell him I can only deal with one sh-t at a time!”
  • Churchill’s opinion of Charles de Gaulle:
    • Churchill said:  “What can you do with a man who looks like a female llama surprised when bathing?“

In addition to being known for his verbal assaults, he also left us with memorable anecdotes that were “twitterable”!

  • On Americans:  “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.”
  • The Art of Tact:  “Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.”
  • Truth:  “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
  • Fanatics (Maybe he met a Democrat):  “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.”
  • Fanatics Part II:  “Show me a young Conservative and I’ll show you someone with no heart.  Show me an old Liberal and I’ll show you someone with no brains.”
  • Politician’s Skill:  “A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year.  And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”
  • Success:  “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
  • Animal Likes:  “I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”

And Finally One for the Main Stream Media:  “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.” 

Next time you hear the MSM badmouth one of President Trump’s Tweets, remember Winston Churchill and ask yourself, what would old Winston say about this!

RD Pierini

@RDPierini

Another Freedom Loss-“Stop Online Piracy Act”-Another Takeover of your Personal Rights by Government

Congress and the Obama Administration is at it again, the abrogation of Your Rights.  At the heart is your access to websites and content that may or may not be subject to or in violation of Copyright or Patent infringement.  Do we condone theft?  Absolutely not but we already have laws to protect the theft of Copyrighted materials or the publication of the design details of patented materials.  We also have laws to ensure due process to protect those who may be inappropriately charged with violations under this new law.

Who is OPPOSING this new Law?

  • Wikipedia-One of the most accessed research site in the world
  • Google
  • Yahoo
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • eBay
  • and many more…

Why are they Opposing this new Law?  If you posted on Facebook the design for a patented item, FACEBOOK could be sued for patent infringement.  If you post a copyrighted video to YouTube, YouTube could be sued.  If  your site is within all existing US and International Laws, but you link to a website or advertise a website that offers copyrighted Hollywood movies for free, whoever hosts your website Can be Sued!  In short, this law attempts to make internet service providers, sites like WordPress who host thousands of Blog sites, social media sites, and other free sites offering “open system” access to materials, WOULD BE FORCED TO CENSOR CONTENT WITHOUT DUE PROCESS!

We understand that Hollywood and the Music Industry needs to be protected from piracy, especially by countries who engage openly in this practice.  But, there are laws on the books today that protect Copyrights and Patents and the GOVERNMENT should do their duty and enforce laws that are already on the books.  Why doesn’t the US Government go after China who is one of the largest, open, pirates of music and movies?  Why should Google or Bing have to do the Government’s job?

This is another piece of ill-advised legislation that will create unintended consequences (I hope they are unintended) that lead to a loss in your freedom to seek materials on the web that enrich your lives and further the education of everyone. 

We are becoming the most informed nation on earth thanks to the internet.  You have access to the entire world if you write a blog or link to sites on your Facebook page.  Government is not a proponent of an informed citizenry and will look for ways to encroach on your ability to inform yourselves.  If you don’t need the media to inform yourself, then what good is it for those in power to control the media?  That is what they fear most.

Contact Congress now to voice your opposition to this bill.  Go to Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org/) tomorrow and you will see their blackout page that they are posting to protest this law. 

This is just another extension of the Government takeover of your rights.  They can already have the military arrest and detain you indefinitely without due process.  Don’t let them arrest and detain your BRAIN by censoring the internet.

RD Pierini

Hat Tip:

Wikipedia:  http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/English_Wikipedia_to_go_dark

PaidContent:  http://paidcontent.org/article/419-wikipedia-shutting-down-for-24-hours-to-protest-sopa-piracy-bill/ 

http://paidcontent.org/article/419-wikipedia-homepage-confirms-site-will-go-black-for-24-hours/

The Star:  http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/1116523

KPCC:  http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2012/01/17/22148/is-the-stop-online-piracy-act-really-dead

Full Text of Law:  http://www.opencongress.org/bill/112-h3261/text

Obama Can’t Spell Libya (He thinks it is Lybia)

Tweet before the WH Corrected the Spelling Error...

The Obama White House today tweeted “The President Speaks out on Lybia, watch Live” with the link.  The only problem was that the WH mispelled the name of the actual country, Libya.  I assume this was a mistake for two reasons.  One, they corrected it after it was discovered by the vast right wing conspiracy (aka VRWC), and second, he spoke on the turmoil in Libya and not about a species of crab named Lybia.  Maybe is was freudian, the word LYBIA refers to a species of crab, specifically the boxer or boxing crab.  This crab also serves as the host to sea anemones.  The anemones grow on the legs of the crabs and protect the crab while the anemones have a safe ride to new sources of food and mating.  Something like Kadaffi’s relationship with the U.S..  Obama kind of wraps his arms around Libya’s “legs” and feeds off of their ties to the Islamic World.  I’ll leave the mating analogy to your own imagination… 

Where is “W” when you need him to help out his successor spell the name of one of the country that has been in the headlines for the past 2 weeks!   If “W”, or his staff,  had sent a tweet and misspelled the name of a country, the entire media complex would drag out Dan Quail  (oops, I meant Dan Quayle) and bash them both as illiterate and incompetent.  I am surprised that Chris Matthews has not suggested that Libya change its name to LYBIA since Obama cannot make mistakes and this must be a screw up by Rand McNally!

So much for an objective media…and…the infalibility of Obama…

RD Pierini