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Rather Than Answer a Question about the Matthew 4 Protocol, Mark Stengler Hits the Delete Key

On February 15 2014, I shared an offer sent to me by GOP USA and a company called Health Revelations using the name of “Dr. Mark Stengler” to lend an authoritative voice that a “Bible Code” called the “Matthew 4 Protocol.” I shared with you ten indications that the so-called Matthew 4 Protocol is actually [...]

Deanonymization: Definitely Not Delovely

Earlier this evening I found myself perusing Facebook’s privacy policy. Facebook writes in reassuring tones that don’t reassure:

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it [...]

Top 5 Internet Absurdities Of The Day

5. This morning, Fast Company reports that Facebook is now going to make it less difficult for people to buy things online by providing a way for people to route their financial interactions through Facebook, allowing Facebook to take a cut as a middleman. How many people are suffering from the difficulty of making a [...]

Your Encryption Will Not Save Your Privacy

The rare corporations that have refused to betray promises of encryption to their customers have been targeted by the NSA anyway, through hacking operations that have stolen encryption keys or found other ways to bust through privacy protections. [...]

My Vote On The Lays Potato Chip Promotion On Facebook

The reality of Facebook’s business model is that it profits by targeting dim-witted advertisers who are willing to pay exorbitant rates because they actually believe the hype about the state of social media marketing. [...]

Why Would I Let Facebook Hijack My Smart Phone?

I understand why Facebook executives are excited about Facebook Home. It gives them tighter control of more screens, creating more income streams for their corporation. [...]

Things that Make You Go Hmm… Episode #221, The Common Sense Coalition on Facebook

Two pieces of social media data that make me go hmm:

Quite a spike up and back down there in new likes per week for The Common Sense Coalition… and a rather unusual fan base for an 501c4 corporation advocating tax and spending restructuring favorable to the financial sector … of the United [...]

Green Party and Occupy have most educated Facebook Fans (Americans Elect and No Labels the least)

Within the Facebook corporation, there are entire divisions dedicated to the analysis of the connections and communications of users, using unrestricted access to the entire Facebook dataset. If you have a Facebook page for your cause or organization, you can use Facebook Insights to see a far more limited breakdown of information about the people [...]

In The United States Of Amercia We All Look Superficial

Not many of the Facebook and Twitter accounts that mocked Amercia yesterday will be used today to comment with more penetration on substantial political issues. There isn’t room on their users’ screens for all the words. [...]

Facebook Buy Will Get Me Off Opera

Just last week, I added Opera web browser to my computer, in an attempt to diversify my approach to the Internet. There are so many different companies and government agencies collecting information about my online activities, I figure it’s safer to use different tools for different sorts of activities, reducing the chances that they’ll be [...]

You Don’t Create A Raging Business Flop Without Making A Few Enemies

This afternoon, Facebook showed me an advertisement from a company bragging that it has the best frozen hog semen in all of America and Asia. That might interest me, if I was a pig farmer. I’m not. [...]