Feb 21

HHS Seeking Access to ‘Full Twitter Historical Data’ (Washington Free Beacon, Feb 19, 2014):

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to a solicitation released on Tuesday.

The agency is seeking feedback for a “possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis.” HHS said it wants to use the tool for “ongoing monitoring” of public health issues.

HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.”

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Feb 11

… or maybe it’s just a ‘little’ higher than that …

Wall Street Adviser: Actual Unemployment Is 37.2%, ‘Misery Index’ Worst In 40 Years

RECOVERY: People Not In Labor Force Soar To Record 91.8 Million; Participation Rate Plunges To 1978 Levels

RECOVERY: U.S. Workforce-Participation Rate At 35-Year Low

The Real Unemployment Rate In The U.S. Is At Least 30%

Fake Employment Numbers – And 5 More Massive Economic Lies The U.S. Government Is Telling You

… but we don’t want to distract people from this important tweet …

Good Thing The US Only Has 6.6% Unemployment… (ZeroHedge, Feb 10, 2014):

… or else the following photo just tweeted by Marie-Antoinette Michelle Obama of White House canines dining on fine taxpayer-funded china might have seemed just a little inappropriate.

And this photo speaks volumes about the dog owner.
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Feb 07

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Blythe Masters Withdraws From CFTC : Furious Twitter Backlash Blamed (ZeroHedge, Feb 7, 2014):

Following our post yesterday which included the occasional F-bomb and got well over 40K reads since its posting late last night, the reaction was sharp and severe. So severe in fact that less than 24 hours later, Blythe Master has withdrawn from the CFTC. The culprit for Masters’ resignation in just 24 hours? A very angry Twitter.

From Bloomberg

Blythe Masters, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s commodities head, withdrew from an advisory committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission a day after her appointment was disclosed,  according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision.

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Jan 30

GCHQ taught NSA how to monitor Facebook, Twitter in real time – Snowden leak (RT, Jan 27, 2014):

British intelligence officials can infiltrate the very cables that transfer information across the internet, as well as monitor users in real time on sites like Facebook without the company’s consent, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

The internal documents reveal that British analysts gave instruction to members of the National Security Agency in 2012, showing them how to spy on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in real time and collect the computer addresses of billions of the sites’ uploaders.

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Jan 07

It’s A Click Farm World: 1 Million Followers Cost $600 And The State Department Buys 2 Million Facebook Likes (ZeroHedge, Jan 6, 2014):

Recently, Facebook got into hot water with investors when it was revealed that as many of its 1.18 billion active users 14.1 million (and likely orders of magnitude more) were fraudulent. Things are even worse at Twitter, where Italian security researchers Andrea Stroppa and Carlo De Micheli found that of the social network’s 232 million monthly active users about 20 million are fake and for sale, while Jason Ding of Barracuda Labs said 10% of more of all Twitter accounts are fake.

Welcome to the world of click farms, where nothing is what it seems, and where social networking participants spend millions of dollars to appear more important, followed, prestigious, cool, or generally “liked” than they really are.

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Dec 27

The Stock Market Has Officially Entered Crazytown Territory (Economic Collapse, Dec 26, 2013):

It is time to crank up the Looney Tunes theme song because Wall Street has officially entered crazytown territory.  Stocks just keep going higher and higher, and at this point what is happening in the stock market does not bear any resemblance to what is going on in the overall economy whatsoever.  So how long can this irrational state of affairs possibly continue?  Stocks seem to go up no matter what happens.  If there is good news, stocks go up.  If there is bad news, stocks go up.  If there is no news, stocks go up.  On Thursday, the day after Christmas, the Dow was up another 122 points to another new all-time record high.  In fact, the Dow has had an astonishing 50 record high closes this year.  This reminds me of the kind of euphoria that we witnessed during the peak of the housing bubble.  At the time, housing prices just kept going higher and higher and everyone rushed to buy before they were “priced out of the market”.  But we all know how that ended, and this stock market bubble is headed for a similar ending.

It is almost as if Wall Street has not learned any lessons from the last two major stock market crashes at all.  Just look at Twitter.  At the current price, Twitter is supposedly worth 40.7 BILLION dollars.  But Twitter is not profitable.  It is a seven-year-old company that has never made a single dollar of profit. Continue reading »

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Nov 08

THe TWiTTeR IPO PaRaDiGM… (ZeroHedge, Nov 7, 2013):

(Click on iomages to enlarge.)

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Nov 07

Related info:

Twitter Opens At $45.10 (+73%); Trades Up To $48 (+84%) (ZeroHedge, Nov 7, 2013)

Twitter Tags $50 Then Dumps Back Below Open Price (ZeroHedge, Nov 7, 2013):

Nope, no bubble here… Having traded up to $50 (over 33x Price-to-Sales), it seems hitting every analyst profit target (aside from Topeka’s Anthony) within one hour of its release was enough for most… The ‘profit-taking” has started and now TWTR is trading back below its break price… But do not worry – everyone can rest assured as Cramer just said “we’re out of the woods here.” Of course, as everyone knows, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish that counts…

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Nov 07

14 Facts About The Absolutely Crazy Internet Stock Bubble That Could Crash And Burn In 2014 (Economic Collapse, Nov 5, 2013):

Shouldn’t Internet companies actually “make a profit” at some point before being considered worth billions of dollars?  A lot of investors laugh when they look back at the foolishness of the “Dotcom bubble” of the late 1990s, but the tech bubble that is inflating right in front of our eyes today is actually far worse.  For example, what would you say if I told you that a seven-year-old company that has a long history of not being profitable and that actually lost 64 million dollars last quarter is worth more than 13 billion dollars?  You would probably say that I was insane, but the company that I have just described is Twitter and Wall Street is going crazy for it right now.  Please don’t get me wrong – I actually love Twitter.  On my Twitter account I have sent out thousands of “tweets”.  Twitter is a lot of fun, and it has had a huge impact on the entire planet.  But is it worth 13 billion dollars?  Of course not.

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Sep 13

Behold Twitter’s Thought Leader Titans (ZeroHedge, Sep 13, 2013):

500 million users, 170 billion tweets, $10 billion valuation… and these are the four people whose 140-character enunciations are followed the most…

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Aug 19

Want To Be “Liked”? There’s A Virus For That (ZeroHedge, Aug 18, 2013):

There was a time when the shadier online “element” was mostly interested in procuring credit card numbers, usually from Eastern European sources, in order to turn a quick buck. However, over time, interest in credit card fraud declined and according to RSA the going rate for 1000 credit card numbers has now dropped to a mere $6. What has taken the place of monetary online fraud, is artificial “likability” and “popularity.” Reuters reports that with the rise of social networking, instead of obtaining credit card numbers, hackers have used their computer skills to create and sell false endorsements – such as “likes” and “followers” – that purport to come from users of Facebook, its photo-sharing app Instagram, Twitter, Google’s YouTube, LinkedIn and other popular websites. This can be seen in the costs charged by “service” providers: 1,000 Instagram “followers” can be bought for $15, while 1,000 Instagram “likes” cost $30. It is likely that the going rates for fake popularity on other online social networks, FaceBook and Twitter is comparable.

In other words, being “liked” and “followed” online – traditionally an indication of influence, importance and power – has become more important than having instant access to liquidity, and naturally, since there is demand for online popularity shortcuts, there is also supply.

Enter Zeus: a computer virus that was once widely used to steal credit card numbers, has now been modified to create bogus likes that can be used to generate buzz for a company or individual.

In short: marketing and self-promotion is now the most impotant gray market commodity on the internet.

From Reuters:

These fake “likes” are sold in batches of 1,000 on Internet hacker forums, where cyber criminals also flog credit card numbers and other information stolen from PCs. According to RSA, 1,000 Instagram “followers” can be bought for $15 and 1,000 Instagram “likes” go for $30, whereas 1,000 credit card numbers cost as little as $6.

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Aug 09

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Secret Service: Contact Us to ‘Report a Tweet’ (CNS News, Aug 6, 2013):

On a day when terror threats continued to dominate the U.S. headlines, the Secret Service — a division of the Homeland Security Department since 2003 — tweeted the following message:

“Contact your nearest field office with time-sensitive or critical info or to report a tweet,” said one message.

That tweet from the Secret Service links to telephone numbers for every Secret Service office in the U.S. or its territories (there are 117 of them) and all 20 Secret Service offices overseas.

In a separate tweet on Tuesday morning, the Secret Service asked, “Have you seen any of our Most Wanted?” This tweet links to a list of suspects, most wanted for theft or fraud. None are listed as suspected terrorists.

This is not the first time the Secret Service has asked its Twitter followers to tell on other subscribers.

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Jun 23

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Jun 13

YouTube Added: 11.06.2013

Full Keiser Report:

Keiser Report: PRISM, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, etc. Copyright Prostitutes!

(Don’t miss his guest “The artist taxi driver”!)

YouTube Added: 11.06.2013

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Jun 03

Turkey’s Prime Minister: “There is a Now a Menace Which is Called Twitter” (Liberty Blitzkrieg, June 3, 2013):

You know a government is losing it when its leaders express public frustration with a social media website called Twitter.  I highlighted how the Saudi government recently had a panic attack about it, saying users would go to hell. Now, in the midst of a widespread uprising that began when Turks protesting the razing of a park in Istanbul near Taksim Square to build a mall and mosque were attacked by police, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is showing his true colors.  It is quite obvious that the government’s reason for wanting to tear down the park is to eliminate the most obvious staging ground for future protests in the center of Istanbul.  Oh the irony.

From Business Week:

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday rejected claims that he is a “dictator,” dismissing protesters as an extremist fringe, even as thousands returned to the landmark Istanbul square that has become the site of the fiercest anti-government outburst in years.

Over the past three days, protesters around the country have unleashed pent-up resentment against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who after 10 years in office many Turks see as an uncompromising figure with undue influence in every part of life.

A huge, exuberant protest in Taksim Square subsided overnight, but an estimated 10,000 people again streamed into the area on Sunday, many waving flags, chanting “victory, victory, victory” and calling on Erdogan’s government to resign.

With Turkish media otherwise giving scant reports about the protests, many turned to social media outlets for information on the unrest.

“There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” Erdogan said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.”

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May 20

Saudi Religious Police Chief Goes on the Attack…Against Twitter (Liberty Blitzkrieg, May 19, 2013):

You know something isn’t right in your country when you have a “religious police force.”  You know something is really, really not right in your country when the head of that religious police force starts condemning twitter and saying its users will go to hell as a consequence.  Talk about pathetic.  Just more strange and panicked behavior from the Saudi government.

From the BBC:

The head of Saudi Arabia’s religious police has warned citizens against using Twitter, which is rising in popularity among Saudis.

Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said anyone using social media sites – and especially Twitter – “has lost this world and his afterlife”.

Twitter was the platform for those who did not have any platform, he said.

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Apr 23

Hacked AP Twitter Account Reports Of Two Explosions At White House, Obama Injured (ZeroHedge, April 23, 2013)

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Feb 14

Obama signs cybersecurity executive order ahead of State Of The Union (ZDNet, Feb 13, 2013):

Summary: President Obama unexpectedly signed an executive Order on cybersecurity prior to tonight’s State of the Union address. UPDATED: Links to the Order and “new” CISPA added.

President Obama signed an executive order aimed at bolstering U.S. cybersecurity prior to tonight’s State of the Union address. The Order precedes a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on “new threats.”

It is the government’s latest move in attempting to deal with cyber threats, and the order has not undergone any public technical, rights-based, or privacy review.

The Order “enables the government to share more information with private industry partners and developing a new framework of practices to reduce cybersecurity risks.” Continue reading »

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Feb 13

YouTube Added: 11.02.2013


First TRAPWIRE, now RIOT, the new product from the defence company, Raytheon, and which is featured in the above video. RIOT will use GPS and other technologies to track people anywhere in the world. It also boast predictive capabilities (work out the most likely location the target will go to next). RIOT will basically search, analyse and organise all social network content globally.

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Feb 09

UK government plans to track ALL web use: MI5 to install ‘black box’ spy devices to monitor British internet traffic (Daily Mail, Feb 6, 2013):

  • MPs’ report outlines spooks’ take on the draft Communications Data Bill
  • It shows they are keen to implement nationwide surveillance regime
  • They want ISPs to install ‘black boxes’ that can inspect all internet traffic
  • Spies claim they are only interested in ‘communications data’
  • Campaigners warn it will give spies unprecedented surveillance powers
  • UK spy agencies want to install ‘black box’ surveillance devices across the country’s communications networks to monitor internet use, it emerged today.

    A report by an influential committee of MPs tells how spooks are keen to implement a nationwide surveillance regime aimed at logging nearly everything Britons do and say online.

    The spy network will rely on a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection to log data from communications ranging from online services like Facebook and Twitter, Skype calls with family members and visits to pornographic websites.

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    Jan 07

    Library of Congress almost done archiving 170 billion tweets (RT, Jan 7, 2013):

    Don’t let that dwindling number of Twitter followers drag you down: users of the successful social networking service are about to have a huge new audience as the Library of Congress nears archiving every public tweet ever sent.

    In a new statement released by the largest library in the world, Washington’s premiere research center says it is almost done with the first steps in a project involving a massive trove of micromessages sent over Twitter going all the way back to when the site first got off the ground in 2006 [.pdf].

    In April 2010, Twitter announced that every public tweet published since its inception would be added to the Library of Congress so that the Untied State’s top researchers could have access to a then-untapped form of correspondence that was thought to be on the way to becoming as commonplace as snail mail. Today, they admit that they’ve almost reached that goal.

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    Dec 14

    Tweeters ‘could be military targets’ (The Age, Dec 13, 2012):

    Social media users who use tweets and online posts to comment on a military operation could be regarded as legitimate military targets.

    Australian army Land Warfare Studies Centre analyst Chloe Diggins on Thursday said a recent social media war between Israel and Hamas raised complex ethical questions about who was a combatant and therefore a legitimate military target.

    A key question was whether such comments constituted an act of war.

    “If that’s the case, this might mean that those using social media in support of military operations are now legitimate targets,” she wrote in a blog for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

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    Nov 24

    YouTube Added: 20.11.2012

    See also:

    Veterans Today’s Gordon Duff: Darkness Of Western Media Over Gaza

    Interview With John Pilger: Israel’s Gaza Rampage: It’s Not Just War

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    Oct 30

    U.S. Secret Service Twitter Feed:

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    Oct 24

    United Nations report calls for Internet surveillance, saying lack of “internationally agreed framework for retention of data” is a problem, as are open Wi-Fi networks in airports, cafes, and libraries.

    U.N. calls for ‘anti-terror’ Internet surveillance (CNET, Oct 22, 2012):

    The United Nations is calling for more surveillance of Internet users, saying it would help to investigate and prosecute terrorists.

    A 148-page report (PDF) released today titled “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes” warns that terrorists are using social networks and other sharing sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Dropbox, to spread “propaganda.”

    “Potential terrorists use advanced communications technology often involving the Internet to reach a worldwide audience with relative anonymity and at a low cost,” said Yury Fedotov, executive director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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    Aug 28

    Obama has millions of fake Twitter followers (USA Today, Aug 24, 2012):

    President Obama’s Twitter account has 18.8 million followers — but more than half of them really don’t exist, according to reports.A new Web tool has determined that 70% of Obama’s crowd includes “fake followers,” The New York Times reports in a story about how Twitter followers can be purchased.

    “The practice has become so widespread that StatusPeople, a social media management company in London, released a Web tool last month called the Fake Follower Check that it says can ascertain how many fake followers you and your friends have,” the Times reports. Continue reading »

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    Aug 26

    See also: Barack Obama And Mitt Romney Are Essentially The Same Candidate … 40 Facts

    Twitter wars: Obama and Romney buying fake followers? (RT. Aug 25, 2012):

    While Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are neck in neck at the polls, another fight between the two presidential candidates has emerged — one that isn’t measured by votes but with retweets. Are politicians paying for their Twitter followers though?

    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made headlines with his Twitter account earlier this month after it was discovered that the presumptive GOP nominee for president magically accumulated more than 100,000 new social networking followers in only a single short weekend. Today, Romney’s 901,000-or so followers pale in comparison to President Obama’s nearly 19 million strong, but was the race to raking in an impressive online audience an easy one?

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    Jul 24

    Got gold and silver?

    Billionaire Eric Sprott: ‘There Isn’t A Solution To The Problem’ – ‘If The People Had Any Sense They Would Be Buying (PHYSICAL) Gold And/Or Silver’:

    People should, rightly, have fear of having their money in paper instruments, whether it’s in a bank account or a bond.  If they had any sense they would be buying (physical) gold and/or silver.  That’s the only way to maintain your purchasing power.

    Social Media Panic in Italy: “Enough of this Agony; Give Us Back the Lira” (Global Economic Alalysis, July 23, 2012):

    Black Monday messages on Facebook and Twitter have gone viral in Italy as people have had enough of austerity, job losses, and uncertainty. La Stampa reports on Panic in the Network.

    What follows is a Mish-revised translation of select ideas and quotes from the article. My specific comments are in brackets.

    Black Monday breaks early in the morning on websites across the world and social networking spreads alarm. “Withdraw money from bank accounts” is the appeal of Andrew to Facebook friends.

    Pseudo-analysis on the alleged benefits of a return to the lira go around the net. “Enough of this sad agony. Bring back the old money”, Paul insists.

    “In 2000 we had the lira. We were producing more, exporting more, and children were living better, the results of monetary sovereignty” says Magdi Cristiano Allam on Twitter.

    “We are on the brink of the abyss and the top EU cazzeggiano [slang for F* around],” accuses Ivan.

    The tones on social networks are apocalyptic: “This is not a crisis, it’s the end of capitalism.” On the forum of the economics of printing a black player sees: “Folks, we begin to pray, after Greece’s up to us. We are at the end titles, to every man for himself.”

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    Apr 23

    SOPA mutates into much worse CISPA, the latest threat to internet free speech (Natural News, April 21, 2012)

    Just because SOPA and PIPA, the infamous internet “kill switch” bills, are largely dead does not mean the threat to internet free speech has become any less serious. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), also known as H.R. 3523, is the latest mutation of these internet censorship and spying bills to hit the U.S. Congress — and unless the American people speak up now to stop it, CISPA could lead to far worse repercussions for online free speech than SOPA or PIPA ever would have.

    CNET, the popular technology news website that was among many others who spoke up against SOPA and PIPA earlier in the year, is also one of many now sounding the alarm about CISPA, which was authored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.). Though the bill’s promoters are marketing it as being nothing like SOPA or PIPA, CISPA is exactly like those bills, except worse.

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    Apr 13

    Yasumi Iwakami Tweets About His Recent Health Problems After His Visit to #Fukushima I Nuke Plant in February (EX-SKF, April 10, 2012):

    (and boy he received some nasty tweets in response…)

    Yasumi Iwakami is arguably one of the best known independent journalists in Japan covering the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident, particularly among net users. I happened on Iwakami’s live netcast of TEPCO press conferences on his USTREAM channel very early on in the crisis, and have followed him and his reporting since.

    He was one of the independent journalists allowed inside the plant compound in February this year on the second plant tour for the press (first one was in November last year). And ever since, he seems to have been plagued with one health discomfort after another. He tweeted about them on April 10, and someone compiled a “togetter” – a string of tweets.

    First, the translation of Iwakami’s 15 tweets as they appear on the togetter, with Iwakami’s express permission to translate: Continue reading »

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