Category Archives: Stupidity

Kinda of funny that the UK press broke the story on how social media was manipulated by Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

The U.S. media spent 17 months chasing a story about $44,000 worth of Russian-linked Facebook ads while UK’s Channel 4 did real journalism, discovering the role Cambridge Analytica played with purloined personal data from Facebook, to craft highly customized propaganda campaigns and fake news to potentially throw a U.S. election.
This is the story – and the role that social media plays at it has devolved into a frictionless propaganda platform. Sorry U.S. media – you missed this story.
Source: UK – Channel 4 News

Am guessing we never hear another word about "Russia hacked the election" after today

Cambridge Analytica:

  • The full scale of their pivotal work in Trump’s election win

  • How they avoid Congressional investigations into their foreign clients

  • Setting up proxy organisations to feed untraceable messages onto social media

  • Using a secret email system where messages self-destruct and leave no trace

  • Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the “Defeat Crooked Hilary” brand of attack ads

Source: Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News
Cambridge Analytica is claiming they threw the election for Trump, using potentially stolen personal data on 50 million Americans and social media propaganda.
I am thinking a very large number of Americans may want to consider deleting their Facebook accounts.

Facebook, Google, Twitter are the private sector equivalents of the NSA – but much worse

  • Imagine a world where the government placed tracking devices on every person in the country,
  • Kept a data base record of every where you traveled and everywhere you have visited,
  • Recorded every web site visit you’ve ever made,
  • Recorded every online message you ever sent or received,
  • Built a photo recognition system that can identify your face from among millions of faces
  • Built a graph of every person you are connected to do and how well you are connected to each of those persons

If the NSA was doing the above, you’d be up in arms and marching the streets.
But instead, you are willing giving all of this data directly to a handful of mega corporations who hoard the data – forever – and use it and sell it for unknown purposes.
Now, imagine a world where the people being spied on actually paid for the tracking devices themselves (they are called smart phones), willingly used browsers like Chrome that do indeed log every web site you visit in the Google Cloud (yes, really), or Facebook which records and archives every Like, Share, Comment and personal message you have ever sent and received on their service, and does, in fact, use “tagging” of people in photos for the specific purpose of building a library of facial recognition data.
Imagine a world where the people being spied upon are also provided with highly optimized messages intended to sway their opinions on a variety of subjects, from products to political candidates and ideology.
Congratulations – you have just imagined Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and a host of online social media outlets.
And you now have the most incredible global mind control system in existence.
Why have we been doing this to ourselves?
 
 

"Americascrumblinginfrastructure" meme. Again.

I’m so old, I remember 10 weeks ago when a brand new locomotive leading the inaugural run of a brand new train on a brand new rail line crashed – on its first run, and many people blamed that on “Americascrumblinginfracture” (that really is one word you know!)
Today, another tragedy with the collapse of a brand new bridge still under construction. This of course is blamed on “Americascrumblinginfracture“.
I wonder if Crumblingthinkingskills might be a problem. These Twitter posts show the amazing effectiveness of the ARTBA propaganda campaign!
When even brand new construction fails, its blamed on crumblinginfrastructure not being fixed or replaced. Boggles the mind.
The idiots popped up on Twitter in short order. May be they are Internet Research Agency bots?