PIG News Wire [05/31/14]
Attended by the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth, plus assorted other entities that were once part of the British Empire, the Commonwealth Games are an Olympics class sporting event. Like any event of the nature, boob tube coverage is a hodgepodge of events, various reports, plus the host-perpetrated 'filler'.
One 'filler' item, had a host - 31 year old cyclist and adventurer, Mark Beaumont - squaring off against a 19 year old judo champion from the Bahamas, Cynthia Rahming. It went about the way you'd expect:
During the programme, presenter Mark Beaumont, 31, was flung to the ground by a young judo champion, and joked: 'I am not sure I can live that down – being beaten by a 19-year-old-girl.'
His remarks were aired in full when the documentary, called The Queen's Baton Relay, was first broadcast on the BBC News Channel in April.
But fearing viewers might take offence, the corporation decided to edit out the word 'girl' when it was repeated last week. [BBC]
It didn't take long for this "G-word" crap to blow up in BBC's face.
Tory MP Philip Davies, who sits on the Commons culture, media and sport committee, said: 'They are finding offence where none is taken or intended.
'We are going to end up in a situation where nobody is going to dare say anything lest some politically correct zealot deems it offensive.'
Mr Beaumont, a record-breaking cyclist and adventurer, also questioned why the cut was necessary, writing on Twitter: 'Maybe the editor thought it was sexist – it wasn't. I'm not worried about it.'
Even the teenage judo champion in question, Cynthia Rahming from the Bahamas, was baffled. 'I wasn't offended – I didn't find it sexist,' she told The Mail on Sunday.
The "G-word"? Now that's a steaming load.
Big Brother Is Watching You
Source: PIG News Wire [05/10/14]
Big Brother (Barry) really wants to know what you're doing in cyberspace. You probably think that's yesterday's news. Wrong! The new titanic turd pooped out by the Obama Regime is something called 'a driver's license for the Internet. It would do away with all those pesky passwords.
It would also do away with privacy, since the Nanny State would have an easy way to track your travels in cyberspace.
Now That's Funny
Source: PIG News Wire [04/26/14]
George Soros must be thrilled to hear that some of his Marxist union organizer homeboys are painting a union label on another company. Actually, 'thrilled' may be slightly off the mark, since it's his very own Media Matters for America (MMFA) that the SEIU(Service Employees International Union) wants to 'organize'.
Did MMFA welcome their SEIU Comrades with open arms? Not exactly:
Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.
[Earlier this month] the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA's staff through a Card Check election. …
The nonprofit media watchdog group has hired the law firm Perkins Coie, which specializes in representing management in labor disputes, to represent it before the board.
Good luck, MMFA. You'll need it when coming before Obama's radicalized NLRB. Just ask anyone at Boeing.
Maybe the Board will take into account the leftist rhetoric MMFA has spewed in the past…
MMFA has regularly presented itself as a supporter of organized labor. It has argued that "economists point to declining union participation as one cause of the growing economic rift in America" and claimed it was a fact that "unions increase productivity [and] do not reduce business competitiveness."
Now that's funny. I don't care who you are.
This Week's Fun Fact
Source: PIG News Wire [04/26/14]
If you don't know about L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, you're probably in a coma. If you want to know what he said that put him on the 'racist bastard' radar, you'll find it on the TMZ web site. For now, here's a sample:
TMZ Sports has obtained audio of Sterling making the racist declaration during a heated argument on April 9th with V. Stiviano … after she posted a photo on Instagram posing with Magic.
Sterling rails on Stiviano — who ironically is black and Mexican — for putting herself out in public with a black person (she has since taken the pic down). But it doesn't end there. You have to listen to the audio to fully grasp the magnitude of Sterling's racist worldview. Among the comments:
– "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?" (3:30)
– "You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask you is not to promote it on that … and not to bring them to my games." (5:15)
– "I'm just saying, in your lousy f******* Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people." (7:45)
– "…Don't put him [Magic] on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don't bring him to my games." (9:13)
Everyone wants his head on a platter, but all this is just a build up for the fun stuff.
A lot of people are coming out of the woodwork, insisting that 'everyone' knows Sterling has been saying racist crap for years. That will give the L.A. NAACP outpost a real thrill. Why? Because in a few days, they were going to give Donald Sterling a lifetime achievement award.
He's Off His Meds Again
Source: PIG News Wire [04/05/14]
Everyone's favorite 'voice of reason', that holy huckster, Pat Robertson is off his medications, again. He has concluded that the Nanny State's obsession with forcing every financial transaction to be controlled by computer ushers in the era of the infamous 'Mark of The Beast'.
"The Bible says that they cannot buy or sell without the Mark of the Beast," Robertson noted in a segment about new financial technologies. "And people said, 'Oh, well, that just fanciful Hebrew rhetoric that doesn't apply to anybody real.' Who would have thought that we could live in an age that that could literally come to pass?"
"We don't want to scare people," he insisted. "The times going to come, we're not going to have any cash. We don't need cash."
"We're going into some strange world, ladies and gentlemen," the TV preacher continued. "The pros — the people who are in charge — find that paying cash are an annoyance, and they want everything on your cards. And they want it all by computer."
"I hate to tell you, it's coming. Because it is a control thing. And Satan wants to control the lives of all the world. He wants to be God, he wants to be worshipped as God. And he wants to have control over everybody, and that's how it will be done."
Robertson concluded: "Can't buy, can't sell without the Mark of the Beast." [Fox]
Thanks Pat, now take your meds like a good boy.
Source: PIG News Wire [04/05/14]
If you wanted to name CAIR's worst nightmare, it's a documentary film name 'Honor Diaries', a film which gives the viewer an unflinching look at the way too many women are treated under Islam. Since CAIR has intimidated the MSM into silence on this, and many other dirty little Islamikaze secrets, you probably haven't heard about it.
Fox News describes this film as follows:
The film showcases nine Muslim women who speak about their experiences with honor practices, forced marriage at young ages and the denial of education. Some of the women are victims or have family members who were victims and describe the painful and up-close realities they endured. The film weaves the experiences of honor violence victims together with commentary from activists and experts.
CAIR is determined to keep the truth from coming out, so they did what comes naturally. First, they vilified it, then they used the Islamikaze's propensity for violence to suppressed it:
CAIR convinced officials at University of Michigan to cancel a screening of the film last week, and a CAIR official confirmed a second screening was canceled at the University of Illinois. CAIR has since made attempts to shut down additional showings.
"They utilized tactics of censorship," said clinical therapist Zainab Khan, who appears in the film, giving her expertise as an activist for global women's rights. "It's completely dangerous and shows their mode of operation: bullying, scapegoating, censoring, avoiding issues."
But CAIR officials say they didn't censor the film, they simply told sponsors the people behind the documentary are not presenting the issue fairly, and the sponsors chose to cancel the screenings.
"The screenings were not canceled by CAIR," said spokesman Ibrahim Hooper. "They were canceled by the screening sponsors after they were informed of the hate agenda and Islamophobic history of the film's producers. Replacement events dealings with this issue are now being planned with the screening sponsors and actual representatives of the American Muslim community." [Fox News]
Translation: CAIR lied about the film. CAIR lied about the film makers. CAIR promised to provide an entirely fictional whopperthon about women in Islam.
CAIR deserves to be horse-whipped for this censorship.
Source: PIG News Wire [04/05/12]
Alleged comic genius, Stephen Colbert, stepped in it while discussing the Siberian American hissy fit over 'Redskins'. To say that his joke bombed, is an understatement.
Colbert, who is liberal but parodies a blustery conservative on his late night talk show, took aim at the Washington Redskins football team whose name is considered offensive by many Native Americans.
Colbert mocked team owner Dan Snyder who has announced a fund to support Native Americans while rejecting calls to change the name.
On Twitter and on his "Colbert Report" show on the Comedy Central network, Colbert said: "I am willing to show the Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever."
It's not a knee-slapper, but it's thisclose to being 'almost funny'.
Capitalist of the Week
Source: PIG News Wire [03/29/14]
Eager to drum up publicity for Taco Bell's new breakfast menu, company president, Brian Niccol, got out there to spread the news. He logged into Reddit's AMA (Ask Me Anything) section to answer questions about his company and its new breakfast fare.
"I am Brian Niccol, President of Taco Bell," he wrote under the username RealTacoBell. "Today is the biggest launch in Taco Bell history as we bring breakfast to America. AMA!"
To clear any doubts, Niccol posted a picture of himself as proof of his identity.
The chain's president then proceeded to answer questions ranging from, "Is there some type of dream food you would want to add to the menu, but haven't had a chance to yet?" to "Is there a tomb for the Chihuahua where I can pay my respects?"
But his best response came in regards to a question regarding the Canadian release date of the Taco Bell breakfast menu.
"Only to America? When is this coming to Canada?" wrote one user.
"When you take Justin Bieber back," Niccol responded.
Taco Bell isn't one of my haunts, but thanks to Brian's Bieber quip, I might give him some of my fast food business.
Rush Limbaugh Booked
Source: PIG News Wire [03/29/14]
If you're looking for political controversy, Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards, an annual event perpetrated by the Children's Book Council and its Every Child a Reader program isn't on the list of likely suspects. It made the cut,
when an unlikely name popped up as one of the four finalists for author-of-the-year: Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh's book is titled, "Rush Revere and The Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans" – a time-traveling tale of colonial America and the latest of two books in the "Rush Revere Series" published last year by Simon & Schuster. [CNN]
Those American icons of tolerance, the progtards, went ballistic on social media, prompting CBC to fire off a response:
The Children's Book Council issued a public letter, posted to its website and Facebook page, defending its finalist selection process following the uproar online and insisting that the author of the year finalists "are determined solely based on titles' performances on the bestseller lists."
"Some of you have voiced concerns over the selection of finalists from bestseller lists, which you feel are potentially-manipulable indications of the success of a title. We can take this into consideration going forward, but cannot change our procedure for selecting finalists after the fact," the organization said in the letter.
The CBC letter goes on to say the kids, who will start voting next week, ultimately decide which author wins in each of the six categories, including best author. The letter goes on to assure that the organization has a procedure in place to protect against fraud and adult's voting in the contest.
"This program has never been about CBC or ECAR endorsing finalists," the letter says.
Don't the progtards have something better to do?
Source: PIG News Wire [03/07/14]
If you detected a noxious aroma when you motored past a local cinema, during 2013, the Golden Raspberry Awards (Razzies) have cited some of the prime offenders:
Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. They were both awarded Razzies for their performances in "After Earth."
Jaden was selected as worst actor for his starring role in the sci-fi flop about a father and son stranded on an untamed earth, while the elder Smith was chosen as worst supporting actor at Saturday's Golden Raspberry Awards, which lampoons Hollywood's awards season on the eve of the Oscars. The duo was also selected as the worst screen combo by online Razzies voters.
Razzies organizer John Wilson noted the pair was "stranded on Planet Nepotism."
"After Earth," which was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, tied with "Movie 43" for the most prizes with three awards. The raunchy comedy anthology featuring the likes of Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts earned Razzies for worst picture, screenplay and director. Apparently, it took a village to craft something so loathed. The Razzies noted that "Movie 43" is credited with 13 directors and 19 screenwriters.
Tyler Perry also didn't receive any good tidings from the Razzies . Perry — as feisty alter-ego Madea — was picked as worst actress for "A Madea Christmas," while Kim Kardashian was designated worst supporting actress for her role in the drama "Tyler Perry's Temptation."
Despite being the year's biggest box-office bomb, "The Lone Ranger" lassoed just one prize: worst remake, rip-off or sequel.
And now, you know the rest of the story.
A Standup Guy
Source: PIG News Wire [02/28/14]
When it comes to supporting our troops, Gary Sinise is second to none. It doesn't seem to be politics. It appears to be pure patriotism. This month, for example, Gary gave 50 of our wounded warriors to a very special outing which included a trip to Disney World:
The service members – each could bring a guest – had surprises along the way – including a trip to Paramount Studios and a red-carpet welcome at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Anaheim. Celebrities, including Tim Allen, greeted them in Hollywood. Tom Hanks, who played Forrest Gump, introduced a showing of the 1994 movie.
Sinise accompanied the guests in Anaheim.
A highlight was the evening flag retreat in Disneyland's Town Square, when the American flag is lowered. With the service members there, and signs about saying this was a special military tribute, a bigger crowd than usual showed up. Some women dabbed eyes as patriotic songs played. [Washington Free Beacon]
Gary Sinise is a stand-up guy.
Names In The News
Source: PIG News Wire [02/15/14]
I know Mikey's dead, but the IRS is still finding signs of life in his estate, which they just nailed with a $702 MILLION dollar tax bill - back taxes = $505 million; penalties = $197 million. How did the IRS ring up those eye-popping numbers? How indeed.
The discrepancy comes from just how much Michael Jackson was worth at the time of his death in 2009. The estate placed it at just $7 million, stating that the value of Jackson's likeness was just $2,105 and his interest in the trust that controlled his music as well as The Beatles catalogue at zero.
No way, says the tax men.
They claim Jackson's return was so inaccurate, that it qualified for a gross valuation misstatement penalty, which would allow the government to double the usual 20% penalty for underpayment, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
The IRS puts the value of Jackson's likeness at $434 million and the King of Pop's percentage interest in the music catalogues at $469 million.
The IRS is even haggling over the value of automobiles the singer owned when he died.
The estate said his three Rolls-Royces and a Bentley were worth $91,600. The IRS put a value of $250,000 on the luxury cars. [Radar]
Mikey's moochers - Mama Jackson and her loser spawn - must be thrilled.
Rosie has issues with her son who is pro America and pro military. Here's what Rosie has to say about that:
ROSIE O'DONNELL: Parker is 18. There he is in his military uniform. He's been accepted to the Citadel. He's very into the military because, you know, how do you annoy your left-wing liberal pacifist mother? You become a big military man. He's the number one cadet at his school, Valley Forge Military Academy. He's very interested. When he was really, you know, I said to him, "Why, honey? Why do you want to do –' He said, only in America, mom, could somebody like you who came from a horrible childhood, grow up and adopt kids like me who needed a family and I owe something to this country." And I said, "No, my son. You owe something to me."
George is embroiled in a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by his ex girlfriend, a tempestuous South American firecracker named Adriana Ferreyr. During a recent legal proceeding Adriana went Mt. St. Helens and went fist-city on George, plus her own lawyer:
Adriana Ferreyr, a South American soap actress, clocked Soros in the head, knocked the glasses off his California lawyer Martin Singer, cursed his other prominent lawyer William Zabel and even screamed at her own high powered attorney William Beslow, according to papers filed Friday by Singer.
"A--h--le! You piece of s--t!" Ferreyr, 30, allegedly screamed at Soros, 83, when he passed her in the hallway on the way to the restroom.
The Tuesday deposition -- where Ferreyr's lawyer got to ask Soros questions under oath -- had been going on for about two hours when Ferreyr suddenly appeared with a videographer and demanded that the proceedings be filmed, the latest filings state.
Singer said in the court papers that Ferreyr insisted in a loud voice: "I am filming and calling CNN. Everyone!"
When he and Beslow agreed that the deposition would not be filmed, Singer said, Ferreyr hit Beslow in the arm and then thumped out of the room, slamming the door.
Her first direct confrontation with Soros followed in the hallway. Singer said she then yelled at Beslow for 20 minutes before everyone returned to Beslow's conference room for the deposition.
Ferreyr then insisted the deposition could not proceed until she could get her computer to work. Meanwhile, he said, she started trying to videotape the proceedings with her telephone and he objected again, Singer said.
Ferreyr is suing Soros for breaking his promise to give her a $1.9 million Upper East Side condo. Instead, he gave it to the woman he married last fall, Tamiko Bolton. A judge has ruled that Ferreyr could press her case against Soros for inflicting emotional distress.
Singer said that when he objected again to her recording and Beslow asked her to stop, Ferreyr "began to yell expletives at me...and...prevented Mr. Beslow from asking any questions of Mr. Soros."
When the lawyers agreed at 1 p.m. to break for lunch, Singer said, Ferreyr "suddenly and without warning ... lunged at Mr. Soros -- who is 83 years old -- and struck his head with her hands, knocking off the headphones he was wearing to amplify the audio in the room."
"Ms. Ferreyr pulled back her arm to strike Mr. Soros in the face. I was able to grab both of (her) arms to move her away....I let go of her arms. Ms. Ferreyr immediately swung at my face, knocking off my glasses."
Singer said he had to pull her back from stepping on his glasses and she tried to kick him. Then, he said, she slapped a Soros aide, Jose Santos, across the face and kicked Santos in the shins.
Another Soros attorney, Amanda Jawad, submitted papers saying Ms. Ferreyr also screamed at Zabel: "You're gonna go down, Zabel. You're gonna go down. You should go to prison and get beat up." [NYDN]
What, if anything, do I have to say? HIT HIM AGAIN...HIT HIM AGAIN...HARD-ER, HARD-ER.
O. J. Simpson
According to a Brit fishwrap, the Daily Mail, The Juice - O. J. Simpson - is not a happy camper. In fact, he's so miserable in his Nevada Graybar Hotel suite, that he wants to die. I'm not exactly thrilled spitless about his 'alive and kicking' status, either, but I digress.
[Daily Mail] OJ Simpson has gone on hunger strike in prison, saying, 'I used to live my way, and now I'm going to die my way,' sources have claimed.
The jailed former football star, who is serving out a kidnapping, assault and robbery sentence in a Nevada prison, is reportedly so depressed that he wants to 'just sit down in a corner and die'.
Sources spoke to the National Enquirer about Simpson's hunger strike and worsening health. His attorneys have yet to respond to a request for comment.
The source claimed that Simpson, 66, who is eligible for parole in 2017 after having an appeal for a new trial turned down last year, wanted to die so that his children would be able to get his millions.
He wants his fortune, which is largely stored in his pension account, to go to daughters Sydney, 28, and Arnelle, 45, and sons Justin, 25, and Jason, 43 - and he's worried they won't get it.
Although Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994, Goldman's family were awarded $33 million in a wrongful death civil suit.
'He can't give the kids his money while he's alive without the Goldman family laying claim to it,' the source told the Enquirer. 'The only way OJ figures he can leave his kids the millions is to kill himself.'
Will The Juice do the right thing? I doubt it, despite the fact that his transition to room temperature will earn him the coveted 'eligible to vote in Chicago' status. Come on, Juice, get 'er done.
Jesse Ventura Moonbat
Source: PIG News Wire [02/07/24]
If the psychobabblers haven't invented it yet, they should. It, in this instance, is 'dronephobia'. If they need a poster punk, they'll find him 'off the grid' in Mexico. That's where self-made Moonbat, Jesse Ventura is hunkered down, where those damn drones won't find him.
I defy you to read this, and make yourself believe that this uber paranoid pinhead was once the Governor of Minnesota.
[Politico] Former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has gone "off the grid" in Mexico to avoid drones knowing where he is.
Ventura spoke with CNBC's "Closing Bell" from an "undisclosed location in Mexico" on Tuesday, prompting the hosts to ask him where he was and why he was there.
"I'm off the grid. I move about with my TV show so that the drones can't find me and you won't know exactly where I am," Ventura said, talking over the host's question as to whether it was a hoax.
The former third-party governor hosts a show called "Off the Grid" on Ora TV. Ventura said he could remain off the map "as long as we have solar power and we can reach the satellite."
"I view the United States, today, much like East Berlin. And I'm off the grid. I've tried for 20 years to warn the country about the Democrats and Republicans, and nobody's listening."
Jesse seems to think being a legend in his own mind makes him a legend in 'their minds', too. Don't hold your breath, dude. You're not a legend in our minds, either, but the news isn't all bad. Hiding from drones which aren't targeting you made you memorable enough to make you our Girlieman of the Week.
Source: PIG News Wire [01/31/14]
If you don't know that this year's Super Bowl is being played in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford (New Jersey) you're not paying attention. If you think the town -population 8,978 - is getting any TLC from the NFL, get over it. All they got from the league is a kick in the nuts:
The sports world is converging on East Rutherford (pop. 8,978) for Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, and all the town wanted to do was have a little block party for locals not rich or lucky enough to have tickets.
The NFL can't stop the party, but they did bar East Rutherford from using the phrase "Super Bowl" in any description of the humble event, set to take place Sunday afternoon in the shadow of the town's most famous building, MetLife Stadium.
Mayor James Casella is a battle hardened veteran of such abuse by the league. He knows thata this shit is what you get, when you deal with the congenital ASSHOLES who run the league. Unwilling to let the bastards fuck up the festivities, Mayor Casella gave it a much more compelling name:
So Sunday's event, at which main drag Park Avenue will be blocked off, live bands will play and local restaurants will serve up food and drink in the open air, will be dubbed "The Meadowlands Tailgate Party Live from East Rutherford." The town's website trumpets a "Game Day Tailgate."
As long as 'Super Bowl' isn't pinned on the festivities and none of the ASSHOLES' logos are used, the rat bastards in the league office will leave them alone. And why not, since they pulled this vile shit:
Casella also noted the NFL named towns including Montclair and Hope, 11 and 58 miles respectively from the field where the game will be played, as "host communities" while East Rutherford was never considered. The league holds official events at designated host communities, including officially sanctioned parties where the words "Super Bowl" don't draw a penalty flag..[Fox News]
East Rutherford deserves better.
Source: PIG News Wire [01/18/14]
At first glance, the standoff between DirecTV and the Weather Channel is just another contract renewal pissing contest. There are, however, some PIG-worthy wrinkles in this one.
The Weather Channel:
The Weather Channel asked its viewers over the weekend to urge Congress to intervene in its business dispute with DirecTV, arguing that it could harm public safety if the satellite system dropped the network. The network's contract with DirecTV expired at the end of Monday.
In a statement provided to Variety.com early Tuesday, The Weather Channel Company chairman and CEO David Kenny said the situation was "unprecedented."
"We offered DirecTV the best rate for our programming, and I am shocked they have put corporate profits ahead of keeping a trusted channel that subscribers rely on every day," Kenny said. "We are not looking for a large fee increase. We are simply looking for a fair deal that allows our company to continue to invest in the science and technology that enables us to keep people safe, deliver the world's best weather, and tell weather stories to help people be prepared and informed."
David Clark, president of The Weather Channel, said Saturday he has no problem essentially equating his television network to a public utility. The Weather Channel is part of the NBC Universal stable of networks and is owned by Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company.
DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said that the satellite service launched its own service, Weather Nation, in response to consumer complaints about the amount of reality programs that The Weather Channel airs instead of weather forecasting.
Local weather information is also available on local network affiliates offered by DirecTV, and during severe weather, the system also makes its emergency channels available for weather programming, he said.
Every time I needed a priority weather update, I never got it at the Weather Channel. All I found there was some asinine reality show or a whopperthon about Global Warming. Is THAT their idea of essential, up to the minute, weather reporting?
Governor Steven Seagal?
Source: PIG News Wire [01/11/14]
I stumbled over a news item which says the action hero is mulling a move into politics.
PHOENIX (AP) — Action-movie star Steven Seagal says he is considering a run for Arizona governor.
The "Marked for Death" actor told KNXV-TV that he is considering a shot at the state's highest office and has had a talk about the bid with the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America.
The 61-year-old made the comments while talking about his newly released reality series "Steven Seagal - Lawman: Maricopa County."
Seagal teamed up with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the show that was shot in Arizona and airs on cable TV's Reelz Channel.
The martial arts expert is a member of Arpaio's posse, made up of 3,000 unpaid civilians. He also has been deputized with sheriff's offices in New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana and says he wants to increase border security.
If the Terminator can do it, why not Seagal?
More Facebook Shenanigans
Source: PIG News Wire [01/04/14]
When someone mentions cyber snooping, the first offender who pops into your mind is probably Uncle Sam's NSA. I tend to react the same way. What the NSA does is especially infuriating, because, like you, I'm forced to pay for this invasion of my privacy with my stolen tax money.
There's another group of relentlessly snoopy assholes who piss me at least as much. I refer, as the title of this epic reveals, to Facebook, an outpost in cyberspace, which is increasingly intrusive.
A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook claiming the social-networking site is systematically snooping on private messages to mine data that it sells to advertisers.
Matthew Campbell from Pulaski County, Arkansas, and Michael Hurley from North Plains, Oregon, argue that Facebook has 'systematically violated consumers' privacy by reading its users' personal, private Facebook messages without their consent'.
The suit claims that the messages are scanned if an address to a third-party website is included in the message.
This link is then analysed to build a profile of the user, it argues.
According to the suit, independent security researchers have discovered that Facebook analyses users' private messages not to aid their transmission, but to 'mine… data and profit from those data by sharing them with third parties, namely advertisers, marketers, and other data aggregators'. [Daily Mail]
I don't give a rat's ass how Facebook justifies this spying. How about you?
You can do what you want about Facebook, I'm not going to play their game. As long as it exists, I keep my posts and messages to a minimum. I won't give them grist for their mill.
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