Why Are You Still On Facebook?

After Facebook was recently found to be allowing users stuff to go wherever someone wanted it…..they, meaning the Zuck, went before Congress and promised that all would be rectified….Facebook even has an ad out now apologizing and the promise to do better……it is a fake as the Wells Fargo apology.

But if you still think you need Facebook for whatever addiction you are feeding the here are a few of the things that you can look forward to from your new and improved Facebook…….

1. information from “computers, phones, connected TVs, and other web-connected devices,” as well as your “internet service provider or mobile operator”
2. “mouse movements” on your computer
3. “app and file names” (and the types of files) on your devices
4. whether the browser window with Facebook open is “foregrounded or backgrounded,” and time, frequency, and duration of activities
5. information about “nearby Wi-Fi access points, beacons, and cell towers” and “signal strength” to triangulate your location (“Connection information like your IP address or Wi-Fi connection and specific location information like your device’s GPS signal help us understand where you are,” said a Facebook spokesperson.)
6. information “about other devices that are nearby or on their network”
7. “battery level”
8. “available storage space”
9. installed “plugins”
10. “connection speed”
11. “purchases [users] make” on off-Facebook websites
12. contact information “such as an address book” and, for Android users, “call log or SMS log history” if synced, for finding “people they may know” (Here’s how to turn off contact uploading or delete contacts you’ve uploaded.)
13. information “about how users use features like our camera” (The Facebook spokesperson explained, “In order to provide features like camera effects, we receive what you see through camera, send to our server, and generate a mask/filter.”)
14. “location of a photo or the date a file was created” through the file’s metadata
15. information through your device’s settings, such as “GPS location, camera, or photos
16. information about your “online and offline actions” and purchases from third-party data providers

17. “device IDs, and other identifiers, such as from games, apps or accounts users use
18. “when others share or comment on a photo of them, send a message to them, or upload, sync or import their contact information”

Me?  I am not worried in the least for you see I have NEVER had a Facebook account and will NEVER have one in the future…..there is nothing so important that I need a FB account.

Now aren’t you glad you are sticking with Facebook?  Keep in mind that if you have ever had an account that they have your  number….still feel safe?

I see those “suckers” are still born every minute.

One more thing…..For 2020 Trump has teamed up with those that sucked up your info on Facebook……

A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, the AP has learned. The AP confirmed that at least four former Cambridge Analytica employees are affiliated with Data Propria, a new company specializing in voter and consumer targeting work similar to Cambridge Analytica’s efforts before its collapse. The company’s former head of product, Matt Oczkowski, leads the new firm, which also includes Cambridge Analytica’s former chief data scientist. Oczkowski denied a link to the Trump campaign, but acknowledged that his new firm has agreed to do 2018 campaign work for the Republican National Committee.

Oczkowski led the Cambridge Analytica data team which worked on Trump’s successful 2016 campaign. The AP learned of Data Propria’s role in Trump’s re-election effort as a result of conversations held with political contacts and prospective clients in recent weeks by Oczkowski. In one such conversation, which took place in a public place and was overheard by two AP reporters, Oczkowski said he and Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, were “doing the president’s work for 2020.” In addition, a person familiar with Data Propria’s Washington efforts, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect business relationships, confirmed to the AP that Trump-related 2020 work already had begun at the firm along the lines of Cambridge Analytica’s 2016 work. Click for the whole story.

Maybe your stolen info can help re-elect…..

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June 14–The Day Of The Flag

Closing Thought–14Jun18

After all the hoopla about the national anthem and of course that involves the flag…..I wanted to see how all these “sunshine patriots” handle the day.  (Not sure what a “sunshine patriot” is then Google IT!)

Do you know what day it is….that is besides the 14th of June…..let me help…it is Flag Day.

The day when we go all out to celebrate the Stars and Stripes……

My biggest bitch is all these so-called “Patriots” that have their flags displayed outside their homes….the problem is most times it is displayed wrong.

So to help “patriots” avoid any further embarrassment I have a guide to the display of the American flag…..

http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html

http://www.aflag.com/flag-etiquette/

https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/celebrate/flagdisplay.pdf

There are way too many “patriots” that need help when they display the flag…….Print it out and display the flag the proper way and stop embarrassing yourself.

Today begins the FIFA World Cup….go Iceland!

Obsession Of Suburbia

Sunday and I was trying to find something that would be appropriate for the beginning of Summer……..much deliberation and finally settled on the perfect post for the time of year.

Home owners these days have this obsession that I never subscribed to……that is the obsession of planting, watering, feeding, growing then mowing then the cycle starts all over again the very next week.

Why do we waste time and money on something we cannot eat?

Lawns and their care are a never ending job for the suburbanite…..to me it is a worthless endeavor…….. I never participated in the ritual…..

And now someone has finally seen what I have always seen…..

Neil Tyson often conjectures that maybe aliens have concluded humans aren’t intelligent enough to contact. He’s probably referring to our capacity for war, but lawns may display our talent for fruitless carnage even better.

Americans devote 70 hours, annually, to pushing petrol-powered spinning death blades over aggressively pointless green carpets to meet an embarrassingly destructive beauty standard based on specious homogeneity. We marvel at how verdant we manage to make our overwatered, chemical-soaked, ecologically-sterile backyards. That’s just biblically, nay, God-of-War-ishly violent.

To understand the sheer inanity of devoting 40 million acres, nearly half as much land as we set aside for our biggest crops, to an inedible carpet, we need to back up—beyond the modern lawn’s origins with a real estate family peddling the “American Dream” as Whites-only cookie-cutter suburbs—to the evolution of grass.

https://earther.com/lawns-are-an-ecological-disaster-1826070720

I am of the age now that I could give a crap what my neighbors think of my yard if they do not like it then cut it yourself or shut the F*ck Up!

Time to move about and enjoy the day (rain due soon)…please do the same….be well, be safe….chuq

Closing Thought–23May18

It Just Sucks!

There is a situation in DC that needs watching and better yet explaining……something in or around the White House is sucking badly!

A sinkhole has appeared on the White House lawn, causing headaches for groundskeepers and giving the current occupant’s critics an irresistible metaphor. The Washington Post reports that the sinkhole was first spotted last week on the North Lawn, yards away from the White House press briefing office and the office of deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley. Over the last few days, the sinkhole, which groundskeepers have surrounded with caution tape, has expanded and a second one is apparently opening up next to it. The sinkhole could be the result of a leaking old water line eroding space underground, and it doesn’t help that much of Washington, DC, is built on swampland, Forbes notes.

Some experts believe the sinkhole could be the result of debris settling from Obama-era construction projects. National Parks Service spokeswoman Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles says the service is keeping a close eye on the situation and is bringing in outside experts to help “remedy the situation,” CNN reports. “Sinkholes, like this one, are common occurrences in the Washington area following heavy rain like the DC metro area has experienced in the last week,” she says. “We do not believe it poses any risk to the White House or is representative of a larger problem.” (A year ago, a sinkhole opened up in front of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.)

It appears as if these sucking sink holes are following our President around……I am sure that there is a comic skit in this situation……I will leave it to late night TV hosts to do the honors….in the mean time I await the rebuttal from those lovely supporters that will have a good excuse (I am sure).

Peace Out Brothers and Sisters…..chuq

A Short Break

Just wanted to let my regular readers know that I will be posting only one or maybe two posts a day…..I need to get to work on my health and returning to some sort of normalcy.

Plus the situation in this country has gone from crazy to all out bonkers…any time that personal BS becomes more important than the country at large then it is time for me to step back and let the idiots duel it out.

This change will take effect today and last for as long as it takes for me to reclaim some mobility and health…..

Please stop by daily there will always be something to ponder here on IST.

I would like to thank all my regulars for their loyalty and their comments…..I will still be with you every day just not as often….please do not hold that against me…….

Peace Out my friends……chuq

 

Why Does TV Suck?

I have been bitching for a long time about the poor quality of the standard TV shows….most are mind numbing poppycock…..but is there a good reason for this sad showing for standard TV?

Television networks will draw hordes of advertisers to New York City this week for their annual bonanza of presentations and parties, a decades-old tradition known as the upfronts that is meant to dazzle marketers and loosen their purse strings.

New shows and top talent will be pitched from the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, followed by lavish evening affairs where marketers can eat lobster rolls and snag selfies with network stars. The fanfare will kick off weeks of negotiations, with networks aiming to get advertisers to commit to billions of dollars in spending for the year ahead.

Old age…it sucks…both for TV and for the general well being of us elderly….

Now that the royals are finally wed maybe we can return to some form of normalcy…..

Random Thoughts–April 2018

It has been a long time since news has been coming fast and furious other than the word regurgitation from the man in the big white house.

From time to time I will do a Random Thoughts post to try and get as much news in as possible…..hope you guys enjoy it…….

On The International stage…….

1–All the hub-bub about Iran and NK and their nuke program and everyone overlooked Pakistan…..

Last week, Chinese officials confirmed the sale of a sophisticated optical tracking system to Pakistan. The nation has been developing multiwarhead nuclear missiles, and the infusion of advanced Chinese tech brings it one step closer.

Optical systems are critical in missile testing, providing engineers valuable high-resolution images of a missile’s multiple stages that can be used to improve designs.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/could-china-help-pakistan-make-its-nuclear-arsenal-even-25158

2–I recently gave my thoughts on the so-called Russian attacks on our electric grid…..and yet more…….

The Trump administration has accused Russia of a two-year cyberattack campaign against the U.S. electric grid. This is the first time the U.S. has openly accused Moscow of threatening America’s energy infrastructure. And it demonstrates why the grid must be able to resist cyberattacks on networks and ensure customers have stable electricity access.

Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced a new Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response last month, indicating that the administration is taking grid cyber threats seriously. This effort aims to enable coordinated preparedness and response to man-made threats. President Donald Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget allocates $96 million for this center.

https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2018/04/04/russia_attacked_the_us_power_grid_for_two_years_now_what_110283.html

3–A new anti-terror alliance for Syria………

 The presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia on Wednesday appeared determined to continue their 15-month cooperation on Syria, ignoring crucial differences among themselves but often pointedly mentioning the sacrosanctity of the country’s territorial integrity.

The Ankara summit brought together Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, whose countries launched the Astana process in January 2017 seeking to facilitate de-escalation zones in war-torn Syria and aid the Geneva talks in bringing about a political solution.

Erdogan, often blunt to the point of being belligerent, opted for a soft approach despite a hint of differences – with Iran in particular – over Ankara’s military incursion into Afrin since January.

http://theantimedia.com/russia-iran-turkey-alliance-syria/

4–Once again Assad is accused of chemical attacks……

A new flare-up of violence in the last rebel-held city in Eastern Ghouta has served as an opportunity for the US State Department to claim chemical weapons were being used. The allegations were quickly endorsed by the White Helmets, a Syrian medical NGO active in a number of rebel territories. The White Helmets are often making allegations of war crimes in Syria.

Evidence has been lacking in claims of chemical attacks by Syria’s government, and proof has been non-existent. US officials, however, never let uncertainty get in the way of a good story, and will not only be repeating this claim as unquestioned fact for years to come, but as seen last year, may use it as a pretext for a military strike on Syrian forces.

(antiwar.com)

5–Remember when Chavez and Bush would go round and round….and then Obama came to the leadership and the political tango continued and then Trump was elected and a new Venezuelan president and the beat continues…..

Countries that don’t eagerly follow the U.S.-led global order make prime targets for American-led invasions, particularly when those countries challenge the status of the U.S. dollar.

Right now, Venezuela is one of these countries. Venezuela sits on the world’s largest oil reserves, and in order to free itself from what it calls the “tyranny of the U.S. dollar” in maximizing its potential on these oil reserves, the country began publishing its oil and fuel in Chinese yuan in September of last year. It recently added further insult to injury and launched the world’s first state-backed cryptocurrency, known as the petro. According to TIME, however, the petro is “in fact a collaboration – a half hidden joint venture between Venezuelan and Russian officials and businessmen, whose aim was to erode the power of U.S. sanctions.”

http://theantimedia.com/americas-looming-war-venezuela/

6–I do not want to leave Africa out of my thoughts…….In recent months several countries have changed leadership after dumping long serving leaders……could we be looking at an African Spring?

But does this herald a new dawn for African democracy – or will they be left disappointed?

The three biggest downfalls herald from Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/comment/it-might-be-too-early-to-declare-an-african-spring-but-leaders-are-being-toppled-in-their-droves-1.718370

Now let me stray into events within our borders…….

1–It appears that South Carolina has been busy with idiots….GOP lawmaker has his day with a gun…..

A Republican lawmaker in South Carolina took out a loaded pistol while arguing with constituents pushing for better gun control Friday, the Washington Post reports. “I’m not going to be a Gabby Giffords,” Rep. Ralph Norman tells the Post and Courier, adding, “I don’t mind dying, but whoever shoots me better shoot well, or I’m shooting back.” Giffords, a former Arizona lawmaker, was shot during a public appearance in 2011. Norman’s move drew criticism from some attending the “coffee with constituents” event, as well as from Giffords’ husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who agreed with just one part of Norman’s sentiment. “When I think of @GabbyGiffords, I think of courage and public service, not intimidating constituents,” Kelly tweeted. “You’re no Gabby.”

Norman says he took out his pistol and placed it on a table while talking with volunteers from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to prove that “guns don’t shoot people; people shoot guns” and that guns are only dangerous when it’s criminals who are using them. “I’m tired of these liberals jumping on the guns themselves as if they are the cause of the problem,” Norman says. “Guns are not the problem.” While Norman claimed he was making constituents at the meeting safer, some said they felt uncomfortable or unsafe when he took out his gun. “Rep. Norman’s behavior today was a far cry from what responsible gun ownership looks like,” says Lori Freemon, one of the volunteers at the meeting. Norman, who has a concealed carry permit, says he plans to take his gun out at more meetings in the future.

2–There has been a lot of air time About Sinclair Broadcasting and its demand that its anchors put forth a solid front……

Sinclair Broadcast Group owns a growing number of local TV stations across the US, and it’s come under fire previously for newsroom tactics dictated by its Maryland headquarters. But criticism reached new heights over the weekend when Deadspin stitched together a video showing dozens of anchors reciting the same script in which they criticize the national media over bias and fake news. See another mashup here via ThinkProgress. Here’s a look at background and reaction:

  • The order:CNN reported last month that the conservative-leaning Sinclair ordered anchors at local affiliates to read what CNN media writer Brian Stelter describes as something akin to “pro-Trump propaganda.” His story recounts how many anchors chafed at the mandate, with one saying he “felt like a POW recording a message.”
  • Sinclair’s defense: This is standard stuff, says Sinclair VP Scott Livingston. “Promo messages, like the one you are referring to, are very common in our industry,” he tells CNN. “This promo addresses the troubling trend of false stories on social media and distinguishes our trusted local stations as news destinations where we are committed to honest and accurate reporting.”
  • The script: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has the full transcript of the anchors’ script. “The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media,” it reads in part. “More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories … without checking facts first. Unfortunately, some members of the media are using their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’ … This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.” The P-I reports that staffers at local Sinclair affiliate KOMO were upset with the order.
  • Trump defends: “So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased,” he tweeted Monday. “Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”
  • ‘State media’: Criticism of Sinclair took off on Twitter and sample sentiment was on display at MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday. “It’s state media, essentially,” said Jon Meacham, per Mediaite. “Shoving propaganda down local anchors’ throats,” added Joe Scarborough.

http://theantimedia.com/media-propaganda-sinclair-broadcasting

Thoughts of the day…..

May we all have a good day…..