So, Facebook reads your text messages, according to the the London Sunday Times in a subscribers-only article, referenced all over the blogosphere today (Fox News, Tech Crunch, and many others). If you have the Facebook mobile app, then that same mobile app, without asking your permission, has been showing your text messages to Facebook, who makes a profit off of it.
Charlie Dent is a politician from Pennsylvania who has introduced the Enemy Expatriation Act (EEA), which would revoke the citizenship of American citizens suspected of links to terrorism.
The interviewer’s only decent question is whether the EEA would strip convicted terrorists of their citizenship, or just those suspected of terrorism.
Dent responds by alluding to “investigations,” conducted by the state department, not trials conducted in the public eye, in our legal system. So the answer is “suspected,” not “convicted,” because convictions only happen in court.
Maine in February of 2012 is a sad example of a large underlying problem, everywhere in America, and all through our history: in-person elections are inherently flawed, and we need to get our elections online.
Sure, there will be challenges, but those hurdles are going to be much easier to overcome than the catastrophic, corruptable, logistics nightmare of holding an in-person election.
I’m from Oregon, where it’s 100% vote by mail. Maybe that makes me more predisposed to support a system where it evolves even further – vote by internet. People should have a choice of how they vote. Right now, few have any choice in how they vote.
Random information is generated by the human mind. From that random information, humans are extremely skilled at unconsciously, unawarely, hacking down 99+% of that randomly generated information, removing data based on their own consciously understood priorities, thereby prioritizing that random information, or (in other words) ranking that random information in relation to the individual’s understood goals.
I recently made a post to my Facebook profile that was promptly un-posted, by Facebook. Whether it was a human, a flagger, an algorithm, or a silver unicorn with an impaled tiger on its horn, bellowing more loudly than a blue whale, at the Sunrise, from a mountaintop, underwater, in space – it doesn’t matter. All that matters is the post was deleted.
The only word I got for that is censorship.
It’s been real, Facebook, but I’m done for a while. I won’t do the account de- and re-activation dance; I’ll just stop commenting.
Facebook, I give you consistently good content, and in return, you spam me with ads for Wal-Mart. I don’t care if Jim Phillips “liked” Wal Mart. I’ve never been inside one. I’ll keep it that way.
Have you heard about Google+? (Circle me!) It’s this cool new social network where adults can interact, and talk about things other than Jersey shore.
Pythagoreanism.com is probably the worst-categorized website online – if you’ve ever wondered what this is all about (for example, why it’s called Pythagoreanism), this video should clear up some of your confusion: