America’s Open Secrets

Most politicians have skeletons in their closets, you almost have to be a successful politicians. Politicians don’t only know where the bodies are buried, they often order them buried. To win elections you need money and money don’t come cheap. Politicians will debate each other on foreign policies, tax increases, education cuts but like the mafia, they don’t snitch on each other. The media is a complicit to this, the media in a sense is the reference, dirty and has money riding on the results and as such it chooses not to question or address certain aspects of a politician’s life. For example, just about everyone close to JFK’s administration knew about his philandering ways but no one mentioned it. That is why I was surprised when the media took up the debate of President Obama’s birth certificate. I mean, there are real issues facing America and the late night local news does not mention these, but they sure did spend a lot of time alluding to the birthplace of President Obama. This made me think, what other open secrets is the media keeping? What other issues are the media choosing to neglect for soft piece on the royal wedding?

Intelligence

  • The Chinese are actively hacking and infiltrating American networks.
  • Chinese intelligence has infiltrated many top companies and research facilities.
  • China has a spy ring much larger than the uncovered Russian spy ring of 2010.
  • China has acquired most of our stealth and next generation military technology.
  • Berkley is a hot bed of intelligence recruiting.
  • No American in their right mind goes hiking along the North Korean or Iranian border.

Politicians

  • Obama was raised Muslim.
  • Janet Napolitano is gay.
  • Joe Biden is either the only honest guy in Washington or an idiot.
  • Timothy Geithner didn’t pay his taxes for years.
  • The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has only given the Haitian a fraction of the money it collected.

Osama

  • Everyone in the intelligence community knew Osama was in Pakistan for years.
  • President Obama step outside the the law and international treaties to assassinate Osama.
  • Osama was assassinated, this was a mafia style shot in the head murder.
  • Osama was killed only because he no longer useful for to the government.

Election 2012

  • President Obama is American’s first black token president.
  • Norman Freeman, playing a black president in Deep Impact, did as much to get Obama elected as he did for himself as a US senator.
  • President Obama will win the 2012 elections.
  • President Obama will raise nearly a billion dollars in donations, a large portion of which are untraceable ‘internet donations.’
  • Republicans know they can’t win.

The Disinformation War in the Media

I’ve lost all faith in the media. On one side they don’t actually do much journalism anymore, they are cowed into not reporting information that has not been deemed ‘declassified’ so they are left reporting press releases and Facebook status updates and they are always ready to take credit when they ‘investigate’ a lead on Twitter. Andy Carvin, the senior strategist at NPR, recently ‘debunked sloppy reporting’ about possible Israeli-made weapons in the civil war in Libya. Oh, by the way, it’s a full scale civil war. It’s not a protest, uprising, opposition, rebellion, it’s a full scale civil war that is functioning as a proxy war between regional super powers but you won’t hear about that in the news either.

An image surfaced in Facebook of a mortar shell used by Ghaddafi forces on the rebels with a insignia that to me immediately looked as a ‘star of david dangling from a parachute.’ I don’t read Arabic, but it seems that those that posted the image are claiming this to be irrefutable proof that the Libyan government are using Israeli munitions on its people. Andy Carvin took it amongst himself to prove this wrong using his journalism degree by just reposting the link on his Twitter account. LOL. This is is journalism in the age of social media, putting up your twitter account and reposting links. You can read the timeline of how Andy Carvin unearthed the fact that the shell is “most likely British made” and the graphic is probably an iconography describing the purpose of the shell. The icon of what seems like the star of David depicts indicates that it’s a flare.

Mortar Shell in Libya

Mortar Shell in Libya

If you look closely at the image in question, you can deduce the function of the shell from the label and icons on the shell. It reads “81 mm M ILLUM PARA L 20A L2Y.” The shell even includes the lot number. Anyone with common sense can know that this image doesn’t necessary mean that Israeli is backing or has backed the Libyan government.

Even thought this seems like common sense, it’s apparently not common sense for journalists like Andy Carvin who is taking credit of his ‘findings’ and social media mad hatter skills of Twitter, Google, and Facebook to ‘debunked sloppy reporting’. What is sad, is that he doesn’t dig deeper than these shallow findings. For one, from the ‘intelligence chatter’ that I am picking up, a great many of the rebel fighters think they are rebelling against their government because they have been told that it’s backed by Israel. The propaganda of this image in pro-Arab Facebook groups and Andy Carvin’s investigated journalism seems to confirm this. Someone is telling the rebel fighters that Israel is involved. The question is who is feeding this anti-Israel and anti-Ghaddafi propaganda to the rebels? Andy Carvin should also following up on why we are actively involved in Libya’s civil war but do very little to prevent the massacres taking place in the Ivory Coast.

Social Media Etiquette

As of yet, there is no association, board, or certification process to be accredited as a Social Media Expert. I guess if you have 100 followers and you have tweeted 10,000 tweets you are an expert. As an accredited expert, I have five rules of Social Media etiquette.

  • Share Your Passion – Passion is infectious, share your passion, spread it to others, and it might just go viral. Your followers don’t want to follow an ad robot, but someone that is passionate at what they do.
  • Add Value – It is not the quantity of tweets, but the quality that will attract followers. In a similar note, it is not the size of your followers, but how you work your network that ads most value.
  • Pace Yourself – No one wants to follow someone that clogs their activity stream with tweet diarrhea.
  • Promote those that promote you – Don’t retweet only tweets that mention you, but use retweeting to promote, connect, and extend your followers reach.
  • Invest in your followers – Pay dividends to your followers by given them exclusive access to you, your content, or your product.