Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Triptoeing Through the Opium Fields of Facebook

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"Is FB Worth 100 Billion?" Two posts I made at Jeff Pelline's blog this morning.

Douglas Keachie
If you take what you know about FB, and the potential for enhancing the revenue of companies possibly not even in current existence, by virtue of suggesting what such companies might have as a product or service, and then add in the obvious demographic clustering capabilities for advertising services of existent products, and then add in a big dash of the following:
You are looking at a one trillion plus company, and, “BRAVE NEW WORLD.”

on November 29, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply Douglas Keachie
In short, for the first time, we are looking at molding the products and services to the customers’ nacent desires, instead of trying to persuade the customer to buy what we’ve already produced.
Because the manufacturer/service provider can literally get into the heads and mindsets of selected potential customers, the potential for profits is enormous.
It also means that if I adopt a totally separate false identity, and use the best anonymizing capabilities out there, I will still be found by potential sellers simply by them knowing who my various circles of non anonymized friends are.
If you weren’t into sociology/anthropology/psychology before, welcome!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Examples: 1984 Double Speak

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UPS has been selling vendors on a new mailing scheme, and tries to tell them is is just as good as first class mail, but is one day slower.

USP even admits it is a slower process.

“Domestic Mail Process

Using the reliability and strength of the UPS network, the U.S. Postal Service, our extensive national network of processing facilities, proprietary software, and technology enables us to consistently achieve domestic average transit times comparable to First Class Mail® plus one day on all qualified mail”
comparable times PLUS ONE DAY is not comparable times. Orwell Speak example number 3,453,324.

On my bottle of Bolthouse Farms Blue Goodness”

100% Natural

Blend of 5 not from concentrate and
from concentrate juices/purees.

It is printed just like that. Why not just say, “Blend of 5 juices/purees, concentrated and non concentrated.”
BTW, what is a puree? watered down or mixed with sugar, etc.? On the list of ingredients EVERYTHING is listed as from concentrate, except for the banana puree.

And then there’s my Nestle’s Toll House cookie dough roll. On the side, it warns:


yeah, right!....................

Your FICA and Facebook

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Why do you think all these apps ask for the information? Would you believe that your FICA score may depend on who you do and don't firend? Coming soon the biggest class warfare digital divide ever seen. If you ain't got friends you can borrow from if you get in trouble, your FICA goes down. It is most likely already happening. if you can afford to subscribe to Linked In, your FICA probably goes up.  Smart money buys into Linked In.  I don't own stock, but do have a former student who works there.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Are EMT's Smarter Than LE?

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On the Davis Pepper Spray Attacks: It's funny, EMT personnel are more than capable of moving unconscious limp bodies, possibly with internal injuries, and can do so without causing harm. What is to keep the police from learning the same techniques? After all, the police make two to three times as much money as the EMT's and should be able to live up to a higher standard.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

What the 99% Want.

The 1% just thought the 99% would dry up and blow away, when the 1% found other places to manufacturer, and other places to sell. Guess what? That’s not happening, and 99% with time on their hands and American cultural values are being very creative about letting the 1% know that this country was founded on the notion of freedom and justice for all, and NOT for just the 1%.

Best expresssion yet that I’ve found of what the 99% want is here: “In a must-read New York Times Op-Ed over the weekend, economist Jeffrey Sachs – an erstwhile villain in the eyes of the anti-globalization left – hailed Occupy Wall Street as the start of a new progressive era in American history, defined by the challenge of restoring “prosperity and power to the 99 percent.”

The movement, he writes, should aim concretely for three things: The first is a revival of crucial public services, especially education, training, public investment and environmental protection. The second is the end of a climate of impunity that encouraged nearly every Wall Street firm to commit financial fraud. The third is to re-establish the supremacy of people votes over dollar votes in Washington. 

None of this will be easy, obviously. The movement will have to up its strategic game, Sachs writes: consumer and shareholder activism needs to play a bigger role, and the movement also needs both a public policy platform and a cohort of change-makers willing to run for public office propelled by social media, not corporate cash. But make no mistake – something’s happening here. “A new generation of leaders is just getting started,” Sachs writes. “The new progressive age has begun.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/national-affairs/is-occupy-the-start-of-a-new-progressive-era-20111114#ixzz1eAyLhkWO

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Easy to Remember, Hard to Crack, Passwords

Technorati Profile http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping Easy to remember, hard to hack password, can be created by taking the first letter of a favorite song, going in nine or ten words, and add your phone number suffix. sample: (H)ow (M)any (R)oads (M)ust (A) (M)an (W)alk (D)own, (B)efore (T)hey + the phone number 304-5678 equals a password of "HMRMAMWDBT5678" All you have to do is recite the song in your head as you type the letters in. You do not have to remember the password, just the song, and the last four of your phone number, which you already know. Good luck!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Population Control 1A

Technorati Profile http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping Population control in the USA can be done as follows: Money is put into a college/education fund account every month from age 13 to age 23, for everyone in those age ranges, subject to the following conditions. For girls, it's "don't get pregnant." BTW, 5% of that amount is given directly to the individual as spending cash, again on a monthly basis. For boys, they have to give a sample of their DNA, to match up any unwanted pregnancies. In the case of either sex, having a pregnancy happen, kicks you out of the program for one year, and 25% of what you've saved up is redistributed to those who have not screwed up. This way their are strong incentives to avoid pregnancy at the most important time, and to get an education, and to learn to manage money.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Honoring Corporal Keachie

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