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WB7: Several items of interest surfaced over the Christmas Holiday with regard to Social Media Strip Mining and data cloud euphoria:

1. Facebook's privacy settings are evidently too complicated for Zuckerberg's sister to navigate. Not surporising, they are not designed for anyone to successfully navigate. If you succeed in mastering Facebook's privacy settings, you are in line for Krugman's Nobel.

2. Our Congress, which always has our best interests at heart do they not, managed to expunge the provision of the NDAA which would have required a warrant for government access to our email accounts. Surprised?

3. Instagram, shifted into hyper-back-pedaling mode. Of course they want to convert user images to advertisements. Isn't that what Facebook wants to do? Stripmining user privacy.

4. "Facebook's New Motto: If it's free, it's not the First Amendment."

I don't mind that so many others use these services for seemingly inane purposes. Photo sharing is actually more engaging than sitting around watching TV when you get right down to it. It is two way communication.

What concerns me is the way these giant social media players are displacing other traditional channels of content sharing and distribution, yet they obviously consider themselves exempt from well worn principles of free speech, privacy, open access and fair use.

They cannot just say if you don't like it go somewhere else. That's not good enough.

You can't deny access to so called "fringe groups" and allow mainstream political groups to remain ensconced.

That is not the level playing field of ideas envisioned by the First Amendment.

At some point, Facebook becomes a quasi-public space like Zucotti Park and they cannot just arbitrarily deny access to users without some form of due process.

Their perfect commercial world is a world bereft of unpopular ideas or political controversy.

A happy sheepful place.

5. It was revealed that plain old fashioned email marketing provides a higher retail ROI than social media advertising, which also came behind display ads and web search...

And I received this on Boxing Day...



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Sat, 12/29/2012 - 18:38 | 3105406 blindman
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John Trudell by moonros21
Big Bank Theory
Paranormal Psycho-Economic Activity Monitor
Detailing the Government-Wall Street-Drugs Empire!/
John Trudell - Mining our Minds For The Machine

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 14:21 | 3104791 blindman
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face book, it is microwaved people ! it provides
the context of the microwave translation commands !
do you find it difficult to have a conversation
with someone who is texting on face book?
put your tin foil hats back on .

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 14:07 | 3104746 blindman
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Seals: Killers of Osama Dying or Being Killed?
Posted by Raja Mujtaba on Dec 28, 2012 in War On Terror

US Navy Seal Commander, Who Killed Osama Bin Laden, Commits ‘Apparent Suicide’ In Afghanistan
- UNBELIEVABLE: ‘More Than 20 Navy SEALS From The Unit That Killed Osama Bin Laden’ Die In Helicopter Crash

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 13:41 | 3104694 blindman
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face book is still voluntary, i guess that is
a good thing.
Jesse Ventura Takes on Government Mind Control
By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
"Ventura takes on what we have all suspected for so many years, the government’s use of advanced technologies, very real mind control.
" g.d.
key words: t.i. (targeted individual), Psychotronic Weapons and Bio-Communications Technologies.
i'm long tin foil

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 06:18 | 3104340 ThankYouSirMayI...
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and as a corollary be very careful when downloading apps to your smartphone, free or paid for apps ask for permissions like access to all your contacts so downloaders beware look at requested permissions and just say NO thanks

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 06:30 | 3104343 williambanzai7
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Not to mention tracking everywhere you go. They all insist on location services being ctivated, even though they have nothing to do with your location.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 06:07 | 3104333 Temporalist
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Teens Facebook Their Way Through Class, Study Finds 28 December 2012

"Paying attention? A new study finds that 94 percent of Israeli high school students surf social media sites during class.  

The students are accessing these sites through their cell phones, according to the study conducted by University of Haifa researchers, and only 4 percent said they never pulled their phones out during class.

"Based on our findings, there is almost no moment during any class when some pupil isn't using their cell phone,"

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 07:27 | 3104358 Setarcos
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I'm reminded of Israeli little girlies writing hate messages, during Operation Cast Lead, on bombs due to be dropped on Gaza to kill children there.

I daresay that Israel comprizes the most dissociated, sociopathic and psychopathic population on this planet, with the US not far behind and enabled by cell phones and such socially destructive sites as FaceBook, which actually socially isolate people, because they substitute ACTUAL contact with remote and false 'contact'.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 06:19 | 3104341 williambanzai7
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That's funny. The schools I am familiar with placed a strict ban on phone use during school hours.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 08:55 | 3104396 Temporalist
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Looks like you have a permatroll.  You're really getting too big for the interwebs.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 09:25 | 3104414 williambanzai7
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Sat, 12/29/2012 - 01:55 | 3104233 hairball48
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I don't do Facebook, Twitter, none of that social media shit.

What happens to FB as a public company when something newer and "kewler" comes along?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 01:41 | 3104223 pd303
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LOL! Zuck ( Zuke? Cuke? ) peeping in the showers.


Dr Banzai, you are like an autobot. :)

"more than meets the eye".

And I mean that in a good way.


A+ stuff!!!


PS - I beat the rush and deleted my FB 6 months ago.

Felt great!


Sat, 12/29/2012 - 05:43 | 3104325 williambanzai7
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As a general rule of thumb, you should never put anything about the "real" you on any of these sites. You can expect to lose complete control over whatever they get their hands on and erasing the past is virtually impossible. Even if they tell you they have expunged your data, how do you know that is the case.

Unfortunately, the legal trends do not appear to favor the rights of users, particularly as they relate to Big Brother.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 05:40 | 3104323 Hobie
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I also deleted my fb account. Here's how...

And don't be tempted to login again. Just say no!

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 06:29 | 3104342 Setarcos
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I remember that bit.

NEVER be tempted to log in again.

How 'bout you deleting your account WB7, considering your vilification of FB and even though you get some kind of commercial, or popularist advantage from using this blatant scam and fundamentally Ponzi rort ... after all, when FarceBS can no longer grow, it is as finished as the TBTF banks and small fry like Madoff, Avon, Amway and sundry pension schemes.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 07:53 | 3104369 williambanzai7
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For whatever reason, there are a fair number of people who have followed me there and regularly commented on the links. I originally did it as an accomodation and I wouldn't feel good about suddenly cutting them all off. Otherwise, I have no use for FB.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 04:36 | 3104301 Setarcos
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I did it about a year ago and it ain't easy ... perhaps impossible to completely remove ones data, though I think that I might have by whatever method I used (which I can't recall).

How did you do it pd303?  Others might benefit if you elaborate.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 21:11 | 3103822 lakecity55
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Fri, 12/28/2012 - 20:12 | 3103686 Frastric
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Was that Asian chick caught in the act of fucking a courgette??? IN THE SHOWER!?!

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 23:46 | 3104122 williambanzai7
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That began as an award winning condom ad. Go figure...

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 19:42 | 3103573 Manipuflation
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I had a rare comment of mine deleted on FaceFuck last night.  In retaliation, I am going to post this thread and see how long it lasts.  Perhaps I should make my New Year's resolution to get myself kicked off of FaceBoot?  But then again, how would I observe all of the stupid shit that people say and especially so politicians that are my "friends".

That being said, I found a new political party that I at least like the name of:  Liquortarians.  They can't be ALL bad now can they?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 04:49 | 3104304 Setarcos
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Interesting that you contemplate getting kicked off FarceFuck because, before I deleted my account (with difficulty), I got temporarily booted for trying to "friend" too many people.

In fact I'd been inactive in FFS for weeks, ergo my account had been hi-jacked (I think I know by whom) and so let no one imagine that there is any security in FuckerBurgs monster.

Get out of the bowels of the creature whilst you still can.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 05:49 | 3104328 williambanzai7
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Somewhat ironic, since they constantly pester users to make more friends with complete strangers.

What advertising people seem to be realizing is that whatever activity is occurring is not the profound social graph Zuckerberg is constantly shilling about. If there is a meaningful social graph online, it has nothing to do with Facebook. Who gives a flying buritto what shampoo their Facebook friends use?

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 23:45 | 3104119 williambanzai7
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Nice ;-)

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 21:54 | 3103912 WTFUD
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G Facelift was the newest saviour now CrApple is wanting for WallStweet ( remember not so wong agogo just after AlgoHFTIPOt sucked up that they and msm started to question zsuckbergs Hoodies and Non appearance did little to Puff up Share Price).
Sookberg wit enough dosh in his coffers has big OppTunity to say FU one and all and side wit Sheeple.
Hope he seize moment ( even with gun to head prezzure from Big Brudda).

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 18:58 | 3103391 q99x2
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FaceBook Sucks. But how would I know since I don't use it. Because it sucks bad according to all reports.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 18:50 | 3103360 rocker
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Like it All. But the Pyramid is tops and on top as it should be.

Never sighned up for Face Plant or Twitter Twit. or any blog that wants to know more about you than you know about them. 

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 23:58 | 3104113 williambanzai7
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That pyramid was a slam dunk to do. It was all instantly obvious. Maslow's brave new world.

I use twitter daily. Up until now, it has not been invasive. It works well as a newsfeed and communication medium. Like anything else, if you don't manage it, it can turn into a sewer.

I have a Facebook account where I link most of my images. I started it during OWS at their request. Then I left it up since there are people who use Facebook as their main platform for interaction. I do not post images there directly since they claim an IP license if you do. I do nothing else with it.

If you want your content to propagate online you can't just ignore these services.

If you want to manage the Intellectual Property rights of your image content Flickr is número uno.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 05:01 | 3104313 Setarcos
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You have a FuckButt account WB7!!!   Who would have thunk it but, as you say, "If you want your content to propagate online, you can't just ignore these services."

Now why does that somehow remind me of prostitution, or else selling ones soul for fame and profit?

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 06:18 | 3104331 williambanzai7
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Fortune has nothing to do with what I'm doing. If it did I'd be doing something else. Fame is a curious concept when you apply it to an alias.

Show me a widely viewed content site that does not include the cross link feature to twitter, Faceboot and G+. You will notice that my blog site is not designed to create ad traffic and that is no accident.

And yes, I hope the Facebook police see all the shit I have thrown at Zuck and his data Ponzi.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 07:36 | 3104365 Setarcos
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Fair enough, I'm just a perpetual sceptic ... though not as good a one as Socrates, which is why I use his name backwards.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 07:43 | 3104366 williambanzai7
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I never noticed that word play. Nice

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 07:56 | 3104370 Setarcos
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Lol.  Now you know and if you are familiar with Platos Socratic dialogues, then you'll know why I identify with,  "The unexamined life is not worth living."

BTW what has happened to CD?  He used to express a lot that I think too.

Sat, 12/29/2012 - 09:21 | 3104413 williambanzai7
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He is busy relishing the simple joys of family living. One of these days he'll finish writing whatever it is he is working on.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 18:44 | 3103341 Atlantis Consigliore
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OBEY Consume, Buy Stocks Watch the dummy financial channels;
buy newspapers....
shut up and move along.

must see: They Live:

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 18:07 | 3103196 ugmug
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Have you noticed that it is all the Harvard dropouts that become the biggest threats to democracy and freedom? I don't want to know who graduates from Harvard but who are all the dropouts. There needs to be a national registry for Ivy League dropouts.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 16:37 | 3102778 Clowns on Acid
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Billy B. - Fantastic as per usual!

Now that Instagram has been long before there are suits galore vs FacePlant? The coming recession will have the short fingered vipers (lawyers) becoming very hungry.


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 23:35 | 3104103 williambanzai7
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Someone just started an Insta-Class Action suit.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 16:17 | 3102716 Jack of All Trades
Jack of All Trades's picture with the Bernank peddling printer ink is a classic!!!  Great work Banzai!

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 16:34 | 3102768 SILVERGEDDON

Facebook ? Never did, no interest.

Twitter ? Same.

Linkd In ? What the fuck for ?

TV ? Pulled the cable plug back in 2004, never looked back.


Try the internet on for blog and site commonality with your special interests.

Apart from that, cultivate some face to face relationships with  -    REAL PEOPLE !!!!

Otherwise, you will continue to morph into another people battery plugged into the Matrix. Bitchez.


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 16:08 | 3102680 falak pema
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happy oligarchy century! 


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 15:30 | 3102539 kaiserhoff
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Protecting us from reality, William?  That seems a little harsh.  What's more important than gossip, celebrity worship, and the boob tube?


On the other hand, we now have another Jewish senator, wonderfully named Shatz, to go with the 13 others in the senate.  Nothing to see here.  Move on...



Fri, 12/28/2012 - 15:24 | 3102516 sgt_doom
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And from the social media from the future era:

Where Do Billionaires Come From?

(The little girl, Jun Hao, ran into the ultra-modern kitchen, in the year 2440, to ask her mother an important question from school.)

"Mommy, mommy, do you know where billionaires come from? We had this subject today in class, and it's still confusing to me. It was about some place long ago called oosa!"

"Oosa," responded her mother?

"Oh, Juni, you mean the USA, a country which existed centuries ago, a completely corrupt, fraud-based society."

"Well...." began the mother, " goes like this...."

During a period in the late 20th century, and very early 21st century, the evil greedy people in that country performed a number of insurance swindles, it was really that simple.

Companies like Ambac and MBIA sold unregulated insurance, in the form of credit default swaps, which they had no capital to back up, and when they had to payout, they couldn't, and therefore all those municipal, and other, bonds they had insured in that country were immediately downgraded, but their owners, that is, the owners of Ambac and MBIA, made a fortune by selling all that unregulated insurance they couldn't back up.

In fact, the largest insurance company, AIG, sold $460 billion worth of unregulated insurance, also called credit default swaps, which made them a fortune, but they also had no money to back up those insurance policies they sold to hedge funds and the major banks (Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Bank of America), so the government, those taxpayers, had to bail them out.

So the insurance swindlers made billions off of the ignorant citizenry, and that's where their billionaires came from, my darling.

But thanks to them, and their shipping all their jobs and technology and investment to China, and we Chinese using their greedy ways against them, today the Chinese Daffodil Imperium rules the entire planet. And sometime around 2025, the Chinese government wisely put to death all their greedy billionaires.


Sat, 12/29/2012 - 10:51 | 3104461 Mr Kurtz
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A wonderful holiday bed time story.

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 16:27 | 3102746 Jam Akin
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And sometime around 2025, the Chinese government wisely put to death all their greedy billionaires.

They have been practicing by wiping out their own billionaires for some time already:

Friends Don't Let Friends Become Chinese Billionaires


Sat, 12/29/2012 - 06:09 | 3104334 MeelionDollerBogus
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Potato, Potato, skiing accident, apparent suicide, Potato, fell asleep in garage, Potato and potato.


Fri, 12/28/2012 - 15:07 | 3102445 Lumberjack
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In 2008 Facebook paid a reported $65 million to settle civil intellectual property theft lawsuits by, among others, the twins who had complained to Summers. No one admitted any wrongdoing, of course.  But the settlement, coupled with Zuckerberg’s original hack, calls to mind that famous popular paraphrase of a passage in an 1835 book by the great French novelist Honor de Balzac: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”

Fri, 12/28/2012 - 14:58 | 3102422 1eyedman
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zberg always seemed a little pervy....

..imagine also if the isp's decided you werent worth of service (almost there in china)...then the now ubiquitous means of communication would be cut off to you.  first amendment?  sure, you are more than welcome to walk out your front door and scream whatever you like

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