Contemporary Philosophical Comments for the Day, Courtesy of an Everyday Man on the Street

“You’re not like that in real life, so don’t be like that on Facebook.”

– enlightened man on the street, an English teacher, living in South Korea

Cited from the innermost mind of the blog author:

“One of the most grating linguistic phenomenons of the last days was the deterioration of human speech and diction into a series of ever escalating, and more or less meaningless, abbreviations. People, especially the very young, began to speak and text each other  in their own abbreviated language, which reflected a plunge from actual speech and diction into sputtered bursts of jargon instead. When common street speech, gang vernacular and slurred pronunciation were added into the mix, what emerged instead of human language was a chopped up rehash of ‘webslang’ which did not sound altogether different from the chattering of chimpanzees or other primitive primates from a half million years earlier.”

Tags: Facebook idiocracy, the everyday man on the street, diction, language, linguistics, common vernacular, slang, internet slang, Kali Yuga society, end of days speech diction styles, the last days on earth, deteriorating language phenomenon

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Obama Administration Should Have Hired Top Web Techies Out of California to Build Obamacare Enrollment Portal

I would have thought it would be common knowledge by now that if one wanted to hire someone, a company, a firm, an internet conglomerate, an association of internet experts, WHAT HAVE YOU, to build a state-of-the-art e-commerce portal, albeit it for the purchase of healthcare plans in this case, the place to go for that kind of technical and internet related expertise is CALIFORNIA.

California is only home to dozens of the very tippity-top internet companies in the world, including  Google, Ebay, and Facebook for starters.  The founder of WordPress also hails from California. There’s a reason that Mark Zuckerberg early on moved his infant company to Palo Alto California. That’s where all the best internet brains are percolating.

Canada….. Really?

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I love the Canadians just as much as the next American. I see and visit with traveling Canadians every summer out here on the Oregon coast.  But by no means do I believe they are better web developers than Americans are. Those contracting dollars should have been kept right here at home.

Apparently it hadn’t dawned on the effete intellectuals of the Obama administration that America fairly RULES the internet in terms of technical and creative expertise in web design, IT applications, E-commerce portal development and more.  And then there’s the issue of at least making an appearance that AMERICAN JOBS are important in all of this.  American internet technology experts are among the best on earth. How sad that the Canadian built site had to fail, and in an EPIC manner, before Obama turned to our own best and brightest to try to fix it. What the hell?

A website that can easily handle 20 million visits a day should not have been too tall an order for a proficient web development team. Almost every large commercial site built today handles those kinds of numbers routinely.

Let me get this straight: the federal government can build a spy data center in Bluffdale Utah big and powerful enough to literally consume and “mirror the entire internet” but they can’t build a website for enrollment in Obamacare that can handle 20 million visits per day? That just doesn’t add up.

And since the NSA hot shots are building a gargantuan DATA CENTER in Bluffdale Utah which is literally big enough to “mirror the entire internet” in it’s interior, why the hell didn’t the Obama people turn to their contractors to build the portal?  It only made sense. According to the NSA’s own documents and press releases, the Bluffdale data center is an internet technological wonder in and of itself – paid for with our tax dollars, mind you. Didn’t their contractors have the skills to build the Obamacare portal as well?

I’d like to reiterate my initial doubts about the whole Obamacare behemoth, the same doubts I have had all along. Why should we believe that the federal government can run the American healthcare system better than private enterprise can? The floundering site is just one more bad omen for this program.

NSA Maps Americans’ Social Network Connections [ And More ]

Report: NSA Maps out a Person’s Social Connections

WASHINGTON September 29, 2013 (AP)
For almost three years the National Security Agency has been tapping the data it collects to map out some Americans’ social connections, allowing the government to identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, The New York times reported.

Citing documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, the Times reported that the NSA began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine some Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after NSA officials lifted restrictions on the practice. The newspaper posted the report on its website Saturday.

A January 2011 memorandum from the spy agency indicated that the policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, the Times reported.

The documents Snowden provided indicated that the NSA can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, the paper reported.

NSA officials declined to say how many Americans have been caught up in the effort, including people involved in no wrongdoing, the Times reported. The documents do not describe what has resulted from the scrutiny, which links phone numbers and e-mails in a “contact chain” tied directly or indirectly to a person or organization overseas that is of foreign intelligence interest, the paper reported.

The documents provided by Snowden don’t specify which phone and e-mail databases are used to create the social network diagrams, the Times reported, and NSA officials wouldn’t identify them. However, NSA officials said the large database of Americans’ domestic phone call records revealed in June was not used, the paper reported.

Disclosures from documents leaked by Snowden earlier this year have sparked debate over the government’s surveillance activities and concerns that Americans’ civil liberties have been violated by the data collection. Russia has granted temporary asylum to Snowden, considered a fugitive from justice in the U.S., and his whereabouts remain secret.

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See also US NSA and UK GCHQ ‘can spy on smartphones’

5 Ways That Facebook Owns You

Sept 20, 2013 07:00 AM ET // by Talal Al-Khatib

If a stranger approached you asking for your name, age, phone number, names of family and friends, and interests, with the intent of sharing that information to more strangers, you’d probably be hesitant to readily give up that information. Yet that’s essentially what users do when they create their Facebook profiles.

All of that information about you isn’t owned by you. All of those personalized data points belong to Facebook, and there are ways all that sharing can come back to bite you.

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