There are three things to learn from the Patraeus Sex Scandal…
The first lesson is that everybody is having sex with everyone else. There is nothing new about consenting adults having consenting sex with other consenting adults whether they be in the military or secret service or even in the oval office. The only thing that surprises me about the Patraeus Sex Scandal is that Bill Clinton was not involved.
The second lesson to learn here is that email or text messages or any other form of electronic communications are not private. Every message sent leaves a trail and every compromising digital picture is vulnerable of being accessed by a third party. No matter how careful you are with electronic messages, using burner cell phones, dummy email accounts, and fake names everything is logged and traceable to the source.
The final lesson is that if you have a friend in the government, from the local police to federal agent, you can have them open an investigation on anyone you don’t like. The Patraeus affair was revealed only after one of the women involved contacted a friend in the FBI to open an investigation. I’ve know folks that have filed legitimate police complaints to report theft and vandalism where the police didn’t even show up. But this scandal proves that if you have friends inside the police you get a special investigation unit on the case.
In this post I’ll be reblogging some retweets from the past month broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events such as the Fluke contraception controversy as well as the continuing military droning in the Middle East. Follow the conversation at xwoop and lolprez.
ObamaCare proves that Obama don’t care.
The Hunger Games? Sounds like a new Obama economic policy.
OH: I can’t believe there is a whole wikipedia page on Bo Obama… And there is a lot written on him.
One thing I learned about President Obama, he doesn’t like to pull out if he doesn’t have to. #afghanistan
The US is not a police state, it’s a prison state.
(DUE PROCESS != JUDICIAL PROCESS) = DRONE STRIKE DEATH SQUAD USA
By status quo, for the status quo.
The United States does not have true allies, it only has puppets and muppets.
Don’t trust the man, or the woman behind the man, of the corporation behind the man, of the money behind the man…
Bill Clinton, apparently went from being president of the US to a registered lobbyist for an oil company. #shill #lobbyist
Doing business in China is doing business with the devil.
You can’t spell Romney without MONEY.
When it comes to R&D and IP, China is the Borg. China want to assimilate and integrate western IP into their state run corporations.
Capitalism does not mean fleecing.
With modern construction methods, there is no reason why people are still homeless.
I wonder if the people behind Kony 2012 would make a documentary about King Leopold II of Belgium 2012. #historical #warcriminal
War is business as usual.
History is bound to repeat itself because people have such bad memory!
Unless you encrypt your data assume someone can and will access it, read it, monitor it, use it…
Open Secret, No Surprise: All large scale communication services, such as Skype and GMail, have backdoors.
If some one else loses it, it’s not your job to find it for them.
2012 is the new 1984.
In Da Future
In the future, it will be illegal to feed the hungry.
In the future, TomTom will be an insurance company.
In the future, presidents will receive the medal of peace their first year of presidency and trial for war criminal trial their last.
In the future, Facebook Credits will be legal tender.
In the future, everyone wi have 15 minutes of fame and a New York Times best selling book.
In the future, every human experience will be shared in a social network.
The argument whether Sandra Fluke is a slut or that religious institutions should pay for your life of sin is all wrong.
President Obama called Sandra Fluke to console her for being a slut, and see what she is doing Saturday night.
Q: Will Sandra Fluke wear white at her wedding? A: Only if the government forces the church she is getting married to pay for it.
As the right argues with the left about who should pay for the dinner/sex/contraception on a date, big pharma is cashing in record sales.
There is no reason why contraception should be expensive, no reason why you should need insurance for it, it should be free with every drink.
Contraceptions have been used for over 4 thousand years, are well understood, and cheap to make that we should not be having this debate.
The first few presidents of the United States left the left the presidency in debt. It used to be that the responsibility of paying for the house hold help in the White House used to be the responsibility of the sitting president. It used to be that every party hosted by the a sitting president was paid by the personal finances of the president. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison left the presidency poorer than when they where elected. Over the course of American history that has changed, today a president is expected to be much more wealthier than when he came into the presidency. For example, the Clinton Foundation manages over $200 million dollars.
Aside from the personal finances of the an former president. While in office, a sitting office makes use or a large amount of money for his house hold expenses at the White House. Aside from his security detail, the President employees a large staff that tends to his personal needs. There is an official White House chef and full kitchen staff and wait service, there is a personal doctors, there is vast amount of personal assistants. It is a state secret how much money is spent for the personal expense of the President but some have estimated that the White House spends as much as $1 billion dollars for the upkeep of the president and his family.
I can’t say if the federal government is too big to fail, but a current job post at the White House was recently filled that made me question the size and use of federal monies. President Obama just appointed a White House Social Secretary, a job that comes with a six figure salary and full federal health care and benefits, and maybe even a book deal at the end of it.
After using Google Buzz for a month I have started to find my grove and how that fits with my social networking self. If you are using Google Buzz, be sure to follow me I’ll follow back. Here are some recent buzz posts from a variety of topics.
All About Buzz
With any new service there is always a land rush for the best vanity url, profile name, and followers?
The short for Google Mail is GMail. The abbreviation for Google Voice is GVoice. Will Google Buzz be shorten down to GBuzz? What about Guzz?
That is the plural of buzz? Buzzes?
I expected Microsoft to blatantly copy Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare before Google.
Google Buzz is a new opportunity for the race to reach 1,000,000 followers. I hope @aplusk hasn’t heard of Google Buzz yet as it would give me a head start.
What I like about Buzz is that it has not been taken over by marketing and SEO bot accounts, just like the early days of Twitter.
What is the verb of using Google Buzz? Buzzing? Like, “I can’t talk cause I am buzzing right now.”
Having a buzz attack.
I’m going to buzz my facebook to tweet my tumblr post on myspace and blog about it.
Remember when following someone meant stalking… Now it means, friending.
I don’t know how to find the Google Buzz posts that I liked. Anybody know where to find liked posts?
I think that Google and Facebook are in a battle for your friends. But it feels more like a Belfast brawl cage fight… Google and Apple are battling it out in in the mobile space with tit for tat guerrilla warfare… i.e. you can use the word ‘Android’ to describe you app on the Apple App Store. Now Google will suck a lot of the hot air valuation from Facebook. I think Jason Calacanis stated that Facebook lost half it’s value because of Google Buzz… and Microsoft is trying to pick a fight with Google in the search space with Bing but it is not getting much traction.
When commenting in the middle of the Buzz stream, people notice the comment box flicker and jump around as other posts around the one you are commenting are updated with new comments. If you don’t like the flickering, I get’s me dizzy after a while, click on the post’s time stamp in the upper right corner. The link is to the page for this one post and it does have the jumpy flickering visible when commenting in the middle of your stream.
I am not sure how Google will combat the additional spam I expect because of Google Buzz and Google Profiles. But I imagine, spammers and marketers are already hard at work developing spam bots that will follow everyone possible and then it is very easy to figure out peoples email address by adding at gmail.com at the end of you profile user name which is public, visible, and searchable.
When Twitter first came out Leo Laporte and Kevin Rose had the most followers for the longest time because the early adopters where mostly technologists. But once celebrities and mass media discovered Twitter, and after the stop laughing at the concept, they quickly gained the most followers and brought on new users. Leo Laporte currently has over 6K++ followers. Just wait until Britney Spears gets her buzz on.
Ansel Adams would not have had used Flickr, Shakespeare would not had has used Twitter, Ghandi would not have had used Facebook, and Columbus would not have had used Foursquare.. But I am sure they would all have had used Google Buzz.
How does one get verified on Google Buzz/Profile? I certify myself. Does my mom need to call Google to verify my identity? What else will Google verify? What I really need is an alibi and some receipts from a convenience store in Albuquerque, New Mexico for last night.
There is a lot of negative reaction regarding the privacy failures with Google Buzz. I think that the problem with Google Buzz is not that it is integrated in GMail. The problem is the defaults of Google Buzz, including auto-follow, and public profiles, and the inability to use a public profile name other than your private GMail user name, the blocking functionality does not seem to work, etc. Google pulled a Facebook move in terms of privacy… Their motto of ‘do no evil’ did not stop them from doing something so stupid.
There are a few things I like Buzz over Twitter. The ability to edit buzzes after they have been posted and commented on, and the ability to post more than 140 characters at a time. What I don’t like is that, unlike Facebook, is that you can’t delete comments left on you posts from trolls or stalkers or folks buzzing on their own supply. Even after you block spammers their comments are still visible in your posts.
Posting on Google Buzz feels like posting a medium size blog entry. First we had blogs where we can post long form articles, then came microblogs like twitter, and now we are moving back up with medium size blogs like Buzz and Posterous were we can easily post a paragraph or two.
For those that have not attained enlightenment it is some special to attain, for those that have achieve enlightenment it is not worth mentioning.
I feature I hate in my iPhone 3GS is that when listening to music, if you shake or jolt the phone it shuffles to some random song. I feel like shaking a bitch when that happens!
I think one problem with anything that Microsoft does is that everything they develop looks like Windows, which is based on Windows 3.1. Windows CE, Windows Tablet, Windows Mobile, it all looks like Windows. I mean, they ported Microsoft Office to their mobile platforms to look like it does on the desktop.
Is Comcast trying to re-brand themselves as XFINITY? Don’t they know that a rose with any other name smells as sweet, and that bad customer service with any other name sucks the same, if not worse because now they confused you as to who you are calling to complain about your cable being out?
Tiger Woods saying “Elin never hit me that night or any other night” is as truthful as Bill Clinton saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
What is the must have Apple software? Apple Aperture, Microsoft Office for Mac, iWork, iLife, VMWare Fusion 3, MacSpeech Dictate, Pixelmator, Comic Life, Mobile Me, other? What other Mac software should I have?