Share: Preoccupied

June 1, 2010

We know we’ve slowed down posts recently and want to apologize. We’ve been mortified with the oil spill in the Gulf.

And now double mortified with a second BP oil spill in Alaska.

We like to say we know how to rank issues and the most immediate one is this sickening disaster. So in light of what’s happening to the Gulf, the coastlines, the fishermen there, and everyone’s economic well-being we want to share our ideology of an all out solution to this unchecked dependence that’s ruining our lives. And you know what? It fits right in with the 5th anniversary of the death of our good friend who suffered in her last moments as a cement truck knocked her off her bicycle, running her over on her way to work on June 3rd.

Our ideology for cutting oil dependence is to cut its use. Not the basic suggestions of turning your lights off but with a greater goal of limiting oil’s usage.

We dream of a future where cities are bicycle only. It takes us an hour to ride 30-miles on a bicycle. We understand cities aren’t all 30-miles in circumference, some are larger but you know what? We don’t want to die from an environmental disaster, from a cement truck, or from the aggravation of sitting in rush hour traffic on a fucking Saturday!  Right now, your drive to see the city for the weekend from you boring burb is an issue. Your drive to the grocery store, is an issue. Your daily commute to your job is… that’s right, an issue. You’re dependent beyond your control.

Stop letting these ass hat blue-bloods tell us how the economy and society are to work. Stop using their systems. The only way to fix this problem is with new, off the wall, sort of thinking. Cut vehicle traffic out of cities. Use bikes and public transit in cities. Get your groceries, go see your friends, go to work on a bike or train. No cars in the city unless for exceptions, like life or death situations and regulated construction routes. No cars in the city but do use them for great distances like a trip from Louisville to Nashville, NYC to Philadelphia, San Fran to LA…

We realize this is a crude ideology but we think it has a ring of solution to it. And now back to the Facebook monitoring program.

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Share: Fine Print Shenanigans

May 19, 2010

Ahh comments we love.

We’re going to start harvesting your comments related to Facebook and other privacy issues – ONLY if they’re intelligent. Like this guy’s here:

“They [Facebook Inc.] didn’t make anything clear. Their “guidance,” from what I’ve seen, constitutes for some wordy legalese policy they expect everyday (non-lawyer) people to sit, read, and understand. It’s fine print shenanigans over at Facebook headquarters while they single-handedly change the definition of personal privacy for the worst. This has potential to affect everyone. Not just Facebook users.”

In response too this old timey story:
http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/life-tech/privacy/2010/01/facebook-running-into-trouble-in-canada-over-privacy-issues/#comment-1396

As far a comment harvesting and only choosing the intelligent comments: We may pick on the stupid ones too if only to dilute the trite amount of ignorance to life ratio there is out there.

ie… People who sound like this: “Ahhhh!!! I’m mad because everyone else is!!! But I really don’t know why!!! I’m so mad I’m going to join a group of other stupid angry people who are being manipulated by the ruling class to kill the progress that would benefit me!!! Making me angrier because there’s nothing there to help me!!!! Ahhhh!!!!”

Ef’ing vocally stupid people. They’re like cockroaches. Ugh.


Fedbook: Ghosts From the Past

May 17, 2010

Can you remember back two-years? How about two-years ago on Facebook? Ugh has it been that long?

Two years ago was the beginning of the end, or at the very least it was the moment where the users of Facebook began to realize something wasn’t right with Facebook Inc.

In light of this fact, we’re posting a submitter’s frustrated letter about some shitass third-party application:

Facebook “Choice Makers”-

The news describes the malicious behavior of “Secret Crush” *which is what ended up compromising my browser that day on the I to wrote you.

http://www.news.com/8301-10789_3-9840441-57.html?tag=cd.blog

Here is my question Facebook … Are you selling us out to these “third party” operators? Is this why your initial and second reply indicate less concern for my “Facebook experience” than I’ve seen in the past?

I don’t know why, but I really hope “Mark’s company” and all it’s practices do decide to adopt a more ethical defensive mindset than the usual sell out … like MySpace did.

My guess is, in this era; I’m probably being too optimistic and should have no reservations, as it appears FB does not either? This is rhetorical.

Thanks for caring.

This application may still be up in the Facebook apps, we looked and saw something with the app name there… it could also be some moron who made a new one because it doesn’t seem to have a lot of users.

Enjoy the past irony and happy Facebooking!



Share: Big Brother? Is That You… ?

May 6, 2010

Happy Facebooking!!!


Fedbook: Watch As Facebook Holds Your Profile Hostage…

May 5, 2010

New terms mean new demands. And the new demands are clear:

“Register this computer

Please take a moment to register this computer by choosing a name you’ll remember later. You’ll receive a notification confirming that you registered and logged in from here. Please note that if you clear your cookies you may need to reregister this computer.”


The “yesterday” date mark is May 4th, 2010 and there are no other topics regarding this new(?) demand before this date anywhere online of what we could find, in any forum. This new “security measure” seems pretty damn recent.

Don’t believe it? Well it happened to us today!


Before “registering” anything we’ve given Facebook the opportunity to answer for themselves. We sent them an email, “Why are we having to register a computer we’ve used for the last five years to log in to Facebook today?” What do you want to bet two outcomes – 1. no reply  or 2. a form reply claiming “security” due to phishing and malware…

We’ve also taken the liberty to write Senators Schumer, Franken, Bennet, Begich, and our own State’s Attorney Generals as well on this and one thing is for sure – we aren’t registering SHIT until we get a response from someone. (see edit)

You know, there are other ways of dealing with “hacked accounts” instead of  gathering even more information than usual, on every computer that connects to Facebook. It’s not like they don’t log our IP’s.

The splash page has made it clear though, if you want to get onto their network to see your information, you have no choice but to give them even more information about your home location than has ever been needed in the past. (And quite frankly, should not be needed now.) There really is no excuse for this but let’s see them try to make up a good one.

EDIT: Of course we got the form letters today from Bennet and FBook but we also read the link above’s new development – which indicates that the logging of your computer’s ID issue is due to yet another new setting in the overly confusing plethora of new, rearranged, and reworded Facebook settings. Remember the slider settings? Those were good times. Anyway, this new setting could have been automatically changed for you, or you could have changed it not knowing what it does because it’s not very clear in an explanation on what it does and how it works.

In fact this is what the setting says word for word:

“To help keep your Facebook account as safe as possible, we can notify you when your account is accessed from a computer or mobile device that you haven’t used before.

Would you like to receive notifications for logins from new devices?”

Sounds harmless enough to check “Yes” for but it really isn’t because it’s not 100% truthful about what it does.

Ultimately, there’s nothing in that explanation about “Team Zuckerberg” locking your ass out of your account till Facebook registers your computer. You know, the computer you’ve been consistently using to log into FB for the last five years. Even though the setting says “…computers or mobile device that you haven’t used before.”

So if you’re thinking about using their “security settings,” you’d better think again because THIS is what happens.

Anyway, if you’re locked out then that’s it. You are locked the fuck out till you name your computer in their records. After getting the form letters we registered our computers – this was my registration result:




UP NEXT… On the topic of new demands and forcing you to do shit you don’t want to do: Facebook has been on the offensive about prominently linking your likes and interests, to your account. You can be dicking around, emailing team members, managing a group and the next thing you know you’re being told, not asked, to link to some malarkey:

What WE do in this situation is just hit the “refresh” button and it goes away. That’s our “No” button. Refresh = no. It works at the moment. But if you think that’s all you’ll see of that sheisty message… believe us – you’ll be seeing it often.

Facebook is being relentless about wrangling its little bundles of commodities [YOU] into well behaving rows of information to present to the Wall Street Journal, Sephora, Scribd, and other ass-tastic corporations on their buddy list.

Just keep hitting refresh on this and happy Facebooking you little well-behaved little bundles of commoditized information.


Fedbook: Discussing Senator Schaumer’s Letter To Mark Zuckerberg

May 3, 2010

Two-weeks ago Facebook implemented some asinine changes in regards to sharing your privacy with their favorite corporate buddies. A behavior which continues to run along the sort of destructive path we’ve all come to expect from Facebook.

A month before this malarkey went down Facebook announced the planned change. Kim-Mai Cutler @ Venture Beat asked Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s director of communications and public policy, if there would be a way to opt-out of the new personal data-share plan. “No,” would be the indirect, but mostly direct answer.

Over the last couple years Facebook has been penalized by authorities of other countries for their policy behavior – but in the corporately hi-jacked USA, shit like this gets ignored all the time! Think Paypal.

OK if you haven’t taken some time in the last decade to get to know the shadiness that is Paypal/Ebay, then proceed with the basic summary here: In the EU, Paypal is held up to the authority of the banking standards which govern the region’s economy. What’s different between us and them?  In the US, Paypal isn’t held to the same “stringent” standards and practices which govern banks and other financial institutions. Paypal operates without the same SEC laws a bank like Chase, would be held to. Paypal is NOT FDIC insured so in other words, Paypal is an unregulated money philanderer. They’re not the high-end gigolos banks are, they’re just straight up whores for the money.

I’ve watched Paypal rip a small business off for $20,000 … putting the tiny operation out of business as it spun its little wheels using loans to try to recoup the cash Paypal unreasonably froze and fined. And who stepped in to help the small business owner? No one. That’s Paypal in America! And that shit happens every day, to more than one person at a time.

So how is Facebook like Paypal? Think of privacy as cash and there you have it.

Privacy is in fact, even more intrinsically valuable than cash and Facebook knows this. Facebook has taken personal privacy and turned it into any other commodity like crude oil, wheat, or gold. A Facebook account is no longer an innocent chat with mother, it’s a contribution to what the Facebook Brokerage will sell out on the commodities market.

Mark Zuckerberg, Commodity Trader: “Sally’s love of SAFEWAY brownies are for sale!!!!”
Assy McClinched, Commodity Buyer for CNN: “DAMN! That’s A GREAT price for that info about Sally, Mark! I’ll buy her account and add her to the share pool! Thanks!”

As you can you see, privacy, like money, actually needs protection. Educated alarmists are not just talking out of their butts. Facebook, like Paypal, are the unregulated ass-rapers of your checkbook and your privacy. And apathy … well apathy is the pegged dildo they do it with. Maybe you’ll care when it’s your turn.

So there are two points to today’s posting other than drawing whimsical comparisons and generating thought.

The first point is in the last few days Senator Schumer wrote Facebook and called Mark Zuckerberg out on the recent bullshit. Whether this is a publicity stunt or really will be a result of a true action, this is a good thing. It’s good because for once, a bad issue that’s been created by a large/greedy corporation who usually get’s the “hush-hush pass” from the press and bureaucracy, is being singled out! This shit is rare and good!

And then this brings me to the second reason for this posting… I have seen some dumb-dumbs out there comment on stories related to Schumer’s letter. Just reeeeeeeally fucking stupid comments. More ignorant opinions from ignorant people who don’t know wtf is really going on. Those muthafuckers take note: Ignorant opinions are not good for anyone. Ignorant opinions hurt the brains of people who’ve invested time into being educated about social issues because they, the reader who seeks solid/educated thought, just read what you wrote and it was soooo stupid it burned a hole in their brain. Ignorant opinions make apathetic ignoramuses even stupider by justifying their reasoning to not actually go fucking read up on the issue themselves, and just take the word from some other unread hayseed. Ignorant opinions and apathy are like an airborne diseases, they spread and infect easily.

Let’s try this: If you’re unread on a particular issue, then how can you really have a developed thought on it to share with anyone else? Stop peeing in our drinking water ok? There’s no shame in saying “Oh I’m not educated in that issue enough to have a valid opinion.” Ooor!!! Or just in keeping your under-developed thoughts to yourself and your mouth shut. No shame in that. Remember – ignorance is bad. Knowledge is good. They don’t teach that in kindergarten these days I guess.

Because I’m feeling frisky, I’ll break it down some more for those assholes with ignorance constantly spewing from their mouths like it was oil out of a broken oil platform in the Gulf. Assholes who make comments like, “Oh yea so let’s look into the Senator’s privacy records.”

THAT’S NOT THE FUCKING POINT AT THIS FUCKING MOMENT YOU FUCKING SPAZZ-BASKET. ONE ISSUE AT A TIME!!! PREFERABLY THE ONE THAT ACTUALLY COUNTS, FIRST!

Or blatantly half-witted comments like, “Why does the government have to get involved in this? Can’t they just mind their business for once?”

This tea party sounding ass-hatery; the declaration of anarchy or libertarian trendsetting needs to quit. You’re angry at the government, but not at the corporations who’ve infiltrated our government, education, and economy in a takeover? You’re mad at an irrelevant politician instead of the corporation that’s going to charge you your tax dollars to fight for your right in a court of law – when that same fucking corporation could’ve saved us all from spending the cash and just gone ahead with being ethical on their own in the first place?

It’s not government that’s the issue, it’s regulation. Too much regulation and you end up like North Korea. Too little regulation and you end up like the Native Americans when Christopher Colombus raped and murdered their wives in front of them. So to say you’re for “no regulation” makes you look like a greedy fuck who wants the rules removed so you can ass-rape to your heart’s content, or it makes you look especially stupid. And vice versa.

You don’t want your privacy protected because you’re unread? HAH! And BY THE WAY, why the fuck do you think the USA is in an economic shit-storm?

ITS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT DIDN’T REGULATE THE ASSHOLES IN SUITS FOR 30 FUCKING YEARS. Those assholes NEED enforced regulation! THEY CLEARLY AREN’T INTERESTED IN TAKING ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY ON AS AN ADDITION TO THEIR SHITASS CORPORATE POLICIES!

So YES ASSHOLE. Facebook’s behavior is a huge issue because the definition of yours, and my personal privacy is VERY VALUABLE. Say it with us, PRIVACY IS VALUABLE.

PRIVACY SHOULD NOT BE A COMMODITY.

Finally there are the comments of… “Well then just close you account.”

That helps a little but not enough. Facebook is perverting the definition of privacy of which we all have come to love today. Regardless if you have an account or not the company is being reckless with the overall idea of privacy. And from this bullshit wall-street-like irresponsibility they’re wielding, we the US Taxpayers, the Canadian Taxpayers, the EU Taxpayers, and all other Taxpayers, are going to end up having to pay for the laws to save us from the raping of our ideas of what personal privacy really means and should continue to mean.

So now that I’ve said my piece on why this shit matters GREATLY, I’m leaving you with Schumer’s letter. Read it, and fucking get the issue. Stop being ignorant.

Schumer was joined in his letter to Facebook by Senators Franken, Bennet, and Begich:

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

We are writing to express our concern regarding recent changes to the Facebook privacy policy and the use of personal data on third party websites. While Facebook provides a valuable service to users by keeping them connected with friends and family and reconnecting them with long-lost friends and colleagues, the expansion of Facebook – both in the number of users and applications – raises new concerns for users who want to maintain control over their information.

The following three changes have raised concerns:

1. Publicly available data. Facebook’s expansion of publicly available data to include a user’s current city, hometown, education, work, likes, interests, and friends has raised concerns for users who would like to have an opt-in option to share this profile information. Through the expanded use of “connections,” Facebook now obligates users to make publicly available certain parts of their profile that were previously private. If the user does not want to connect to a page with other users from their current town or university, the user will have that information deleted altogether from their profile. We appreciate that Facebook allows users to type this information into the “Bio” section of their profiles, and privatize it, but we believe that users should have more control over these very personal and very common data points. These personal details should remain private unless a user decides that he/she would like to make a connection and share this information with a community.

2. Third party data storage. Previously, Facebook allowed third-party advertisers to store profile data for 24 hours. We are concerned that recent changes allow that data to be stored indefinitely. We believe that Facebook should reverse this policy, or at a minimum require users to opt in to allowing third parties to store data for more than 24 hours.

3. Instant personalization. We appreciate that Facebook is attempting to integrate the functionality of several popular websites, and that Facebook has carefully selected its initial partners for its new “instant personalization” feature. We are concerned, however, that this feature will now allow certain third party partners to have access not only to a user’s publicly available profile information, but also to the user’s friend list and the publicly available information about those friends. As a result of the other changes noted above, this class of information now includes significant and personal data points that should be kept private unless the user chooses to share them. Although we are pleased that Facebook allows users to opt-out of sharing private data, many users are unaware of this option and, moreover, find it complicated and confusing to navigate. Facebook should offer users the ability to opt-in to sharing such information, instead of opting out, and should make the process for doing so more clear and coherent.

We hope that Facebook will stand by its goal of creating open and transparent communities by working to ensure that its policies protect the sensitive personal biographical data of its users and provide them with full control over their personal information. We look forward to the FTC examining this issue, but in the meantime we believe Facebook can take swift and productive steps to alleviate the concerns of its users. Providing opt-in mechanisms for information sharing instead of expecting users to go through long and complicated opt-out processes is a critical step towards maintaining clarity and transparency.