Archive for the 'Politics' Category

26
Sep
13

Obama’s Fake Twitter Followers

In a classic example of “astroturf” the UK’s Daily Mail reports that 53% of Obama’s followers on Twitter, or 19.5 million, are not real people. And just 20% “of Obama’s Twitter buddies are real people who are active users.” There are numerous other members of the US Gov that have a lot of fakes as well. However, in some fairness to them, they may not have purchased all of them. It is possible that a fair number of the fakes are created to follow various figures in addition to the one they are created to follow. This would make them seem more “real.” I say this in part because it doesn’t really seem like someone would pay for 3660 fake accounts like Senator Dick Durbin has, or the 4,614 fakes of Representative Steny Hoyer (Steny who????). Its not really enough to bump you up, so why would you bother? So for some of these numbers its no doubt just adding various prominent public figures them to make them seem more real. Probably also a big component is ensuring that those other people linked happen to be ideologically compatible. Which would imply this is done far more by the left than the right, as is also supported by the numbers reported by the DailyMail.

What we are seeing is an attempt to sway public opinion by making it seem as if the public believes things that it does not. And as far as psyops go, this one is fairly innocuous. There are also groups of people who get paid to comment in various places to push an agenda or ad campaign. But thats a different topic and deserves a post of its own

Click here for the article along with the list of others with fake accounts which include Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, John Boehner, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Newt Gingrich.

25
Sep
13

Make DC Listen – Senator Ted Cruz filibusters over Obamacare

Sen. Ted Cruz has been on the floor of the Senate speaking against Obamacare all night long. He is at something like 14 or 15 19 hours now. The issue is largely over cloture, which would end debate in the Senate. Its something that the democrats want in order that they might add in amendments stripping the language defunding Obamacare that the House put in the spending bill, or better, the "continuing resolution" as no budget has been passed since 2009. Now this isn't a true filibuster as apparently a vote on cloture will happen today regardless, but it is good to see, to help get the people informed, and perhaps to get Congress to pay attention to us plebes, aka their employer.

Apparently the twitter hashtag is #MakeDCListen hence the name of this post.

Click here to see the Senator Ted Cruz filibuster over Obamacare

18
Mar
12

Spies Like Us

So it turns out that the powers that be will soon be relying upon us for their intelligence gathering. They will be keeping tabs on “connected” devices which will give them a lot of information about how we live and where we are. Combine this with a person’s facebook or twitter and there isn’t much you wouldn’t know about them.

13
Nov
11

AARP interview with Ron Paul

A very well done interview that lays out Dr Paul’s views in a straight forward manner

It is interesting to note that most of the questions were about people age 50+, Paul doesn’t pander but gives the same answers that he would give to any crowd. Its nice to know there are a few politicians whose opinion doesn’t change to suit the crowd they are in.

01
Mar
11

You Are F’ing Dead

Democratic State Rep. Gordon Hintz tells a fellow State Rep. “You are F’ing dead”

So just how is it that the Dems get away with this sort of behavior? How do they get to live by such a different standard than the Repugnicans? They can overtly threaten another representative and they can flee their State to avoid the duties they were elected to perform? I of course speak of Wisconsin, but not just them. The Dems have done this numerous times over the past 5-6 years or so. It boggles the mind that they can act so childish or offensive (or both) and never get called on it. Now I realize that the media loves the Dems/Liberals, but how can it be that such overt behavior can be ignored or worse, sanctioned?

19
Feb
11

House passes “steep” “sweeping” cuts?

So the AP published an article titled “House passes sweeping cuts to domestic programs” In the article they later describe these cuts as “steep.”

But just what are the cuts? a “whopping” $61 billion that will likely never make it past the Senate. $61 billion is ONLY 5.2% of the DEFICIT for the fiscal year. Thats only 1.7% of the entire budget. Sweeping? Steep? Shame on you AP for misleading people.

Some more relevant numbers:
2010 Revenue: $2.381 trillion (estimated)
2010 Expenditures: $3.552 trillion (estimated)
2010 Deficit: $1.171 trillion (estimated)
House Cuts: $0.061 trillion (Actual if passed by senate and president)

Mandatory Spending $2.009 trillion
This includes:
$695 billion Social Security
$571 billion Other mandatory programs
$453 billion Medicare
$290 billion Medicaid
$164 billion Interest on National Debt
$11 billion Potential disaster costs

Discretionary Spending $1.368 Trillion
Discretionary includes the military and everything else the government does, including the Depts of Treasury, Transportation, Energy, State, Interior, Justice etc.

Republicans: If we were to cut ALL (put the name of your most hated program here) it wouldn’t get rid of the deficit.

Democrats: If we raised personal income taxes to 100% it would not cover the deficit.

Everyone:
We need to sharply re-evaluate just what it is that we want from our government. We are not the super prosperous nation we once were and can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman, nor can we afford these social programs anymore either. We need to get ourselves out of this mess before we go bankrupt, because at that point we will simply be cutting people/companies/nations off which will be far harder for everyone involved.

31
Oct
10

Happy Movember!

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.

The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple – to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men’s health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men’s health movement.

In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men – prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia – representing the single largest donation they had ever received.

The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.

In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember’s global beneficiary partners.

So who is going to participate?

(No word if Jamie was involved in the creation of Movember, but as Aussies and beer were involved there is a good chance of it!)