Saturday, August 27, 2011

Does Google Know About You?

The giant search engine has been skating on thin ice lately. With anti-trust probes and most people thinking the company knows too much about us already, it seems that Google’s motto of “Do no evil” is a bit hypocritical.

It’s not that Google’s intentions are necessarily evil, but the perception is that they are. After all, when you are the biggest search engine in the world, you pretty much own the internet, and you know more about your users than they even know, it’s pretty easy to see why people are paranoid about what Google knows.


So what does Google know about you?



Well first you have to know why Google wants to get to know you so intimately. It’s all about the almighty dollar and how much money they can get from targeted ads. The more their advertisers see results with ads that are specific for each user, the more money Google can make through selling those ads. So they want to know about your habits and hobbies and they do this by tracking everything you do online.

Google looks at the content of your emails, the Youtube videos you watch, what websites you visit, the IP addresses of these websites and more all to find out what ads they should show you. The problem is that most people have no idea they are tracking this kind of information. And they are unapologetic about it with their CEO saying, “If you don’t want people knowing what you are doing maybe you shouldn’t be doing it.” But imagine how that would look in the real world where the police can barge right into your house without a warrant saying, “If you don’t have anything to hide then you shouldn’t be worried about this.”

Google also knows where you are

If you use Google maps or their app for finding your location with your phone or mobile device, Google uses this information to show local ads that may be more relevant. And if you ask the company about these issues they make it sound like you should be happy with this tracking because you get to see ads you are more likely to be interested in. But do any of us like to see ads at all? Isn’t it the commercials that we are trying to skip (unless it’s the Super Bowl of course). Personally, I don’t want ads to be catered to my surfing habits because I search a broad range of topics, and I don’t care to see ads for hemorrhoids when I was searching for my Uncle for a way to deal with the problem.

You might think it’s cool for a search engine company to know so much about you and be able to show you advertising that you are actually interested in, but remember that this is a private company that knows all of this about you. And we all need to consider how safe this information really is and what happens when someone feels like using this information against us, either to steal our identities or just make life miserable. And with today’s technology it’s easier than ever to have your hard earned reputation washed down the drain because at one time that technology was “cool”.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

@#!?^&#W@* GET IT TOGETHER!

WARNING LANGUAGE

Felonius Munk, a YouTube comedian, has put together an EPIC rant against Obama. It’s not about right or left, it’s about paying the bills. WARNING: It’s got some foul language. “Very, very adult language, but very, very funny,” Glenn described. “I don’t know anything about him. I just know this video was sent to me last night. And I think it’s hysterical. Here it is, the edited version of Felonious Monk his message to Barack Obama



Monday, August 8, 2011

Congressman Joe Walsh Puts The Breaks on Chris Matthews



Ouch: Chris Matthews humiliated by GOP Congressman Joe Walsh

In the clip, Matthews tries to criticize the bill for not having a ‘plan’ to cut spending, but Walsh is quick to shoot him down and says that the bill does call for spending cuts, but Walsh emphasized the Balanced Budget Amendment as the most important part. “The key aspect of this plan is the balanced budget amendment. Forcing members to balance their books every year. There may very well be some negotiation, and flexibility on the caps. Look I’m a freshman who came here to change the way this town does business, and we’re going to do that by structurally reforming spending,” Walsh said.

“80% of the American people believed in the balanced budget amendment. Most states have to live according to one. All households do. This is something Americans understand,” Walsh added.
“Here what is obvious. Chris, you’re losing,” Glenn said of the interview. “Nobody is going to watch you.”
And as Chris Matthews tried to shoot down the bill as not being a “plan”, Stu pointed out that progressives and Republicans are obviously threatened by it, otherwise they wouldn’t say they would veto the bill if it passes.

On radio this morning, Glenn played audio from Chris Matthews’s interview with GOP Rep. Joe Walsh. In the interview, Matthews tried to claim that the “Cut, Cap, Balance” bill proposed by Tea Party representatives in the House contained no ‘plan’, but Walsh was quick to shout down Matthews ridiculous argument. And what did Beck and the rest of the radio crew have to say about the interview?





In the clip, Matthews tries to criticize the bill for not having a ‘plan’ to cut spending, but Walsh is quick to shoot him down and says that the bill does call for spending cuts, but Walsh emphasized the Balanced Budget Amendment as the most important part. “The key aspect of this plan is the balanced budget amendment. Forcing members to balance their books every year. There may very well be some negotiation, and flexibility on the caps. Look I’m a freshman who came here to change the way this town does business, and we’re going to do that by structurally reforming spending,” Walsh said.
“80% of the American people believed in the balanced budget amendment. Most states have to live according to one. All households do. This is something Americans understand,” Walsh added.
“Here what is obvious. Chris, you’re losing,” Glenn said of the interview. “Nobody is going to watch you.”
And as Chris Matthews tried to shoot down the bill as not being a “plan”, Stu pointed out that progressives and Republicans are obviously threatened by it, otherwise they wouldn’t say they would veto the bill if it passes.
But Glenn was more concerned with the games being played with the bill and the economy in general. He was critical of Boehner and McConnell, saying “All they’re trying to do is pin this economy on the President of United States so they can win more elections.” Glenn said that they needed to get focused on fixing things, though, because elections would soon become irrelevant. “I don’t know how many more elections we have. I don’t care who wins and who loses if the country loses it ain’t going to make a difference. We must do the right thing.”

America’s Credit rating survived Great Depression, but not two years of Obama





Is Glenn being “punked”? Every time the White House administration says something – the opposite happens. Take for instance the downgrade that happened late Friday, Glenn ahs been warning about it for years despite others calling him crazy. “Our credit rating survived the Great Depression. Our credit rating has not survived the first two and a half years of the Obama administration.”
Take for instance Timothy Geithner, who when asked “Is there a risk that the United States could lose its AAA credit rating” Geithner responded, “No risk of that”.
And how is everybody reacting?
An anchor reported on Warren Buffets comments, “I don’t get it. It doesn’t make sense what S&P did. In Omaha, and this is a quote, the U.S. is still AAA rated. Of course, Omaha is where Berkshire Hathaway is based. And then he said if they were a quadruple rating, Liz, I’d give it to the USA.”
The reporter also said that Buffet told her that “the United States to his knowledge owes no money in currency other than the U.S. dollar, which the United States treasury can print.”
“We’ll just print more,” Glenn said.
“Which just means that the money you’d be getting would be worth a lot less,” Stu said.
Now, the radio crew has a habit of archiving some of Glenn’s “crazier” predictions, mainly to mock him later on. But today, Stu played the clips to show how accurate Glenn has been in predicting the current state of the economy.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Obama Wants $71,600 for Power Dinner. SAY WHAT?


The parties just keep coming for birthday-boy Barack Obama. After a Chicago fund-raiser the night before he turned 50 and a White House party on the big ay, a third event is now planned for New York.This time it is high-powered movie mogul Harvey Weinstein who will host the
president at his Big Apple home, reports the New York Post.

obama birthday party millionAnd despite being described as "a small dinner and discussion" on the invitation, it will raise $2 million for the president's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee. According to the NYP, the cost per couple to chow down is $71,600.

The event, at Weinstein's West Village apartment is being co-hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Confirmed guests include actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, R and B singer Alicia Keys and moviemaker Quentin Tarantino. Madonna was also invited but can't make it, the Post reported.

The party, set for next Thursday, was postponed from its original July 18
date because of the ongoing debate about raising the debt ceiling.