I have begun working on this blogs new and improved look and feel. While it is not completely ready yet you can preview it here at any time. I have decided to keep this WordPress blog in working order temporarily to ensure an even transition once I begin posting regularly to the new blog site. Stay tuned for upcoming updates. In the meantime I am continuing taking a brief recess from posting news unless the event of a major breaking event. More information can be found here regarding this here.
Currently, I’m in the process of debating whether or not to move this blog to blogger simply because I like the format better and it seems much easier to spice up blogs with blogger. I am not very content with the templates on WordPress or the limited widgets. What drew me to WordPress was it’s simplicity but I consider myself to be somewhat creative and have grown tired of the lack of creativity WordPress has to offer. While my decision has not been finalized yet I will keep you posted. Thank you for the 1000+ “Quality” hits on this site in such a short period of time.
In the meantime I will be taking a short recess from posting here unless some major news breaks. In the meantime I may decide to begin making the move to blogspot or just “Take A Break”. Don’t worry I won’t sit long I can’t see myself from taking an elongated ‘Sabbatical’ because I’m addicted to blogging.
NOTE: If I decide to move to blogger (aka blogspot) I will keep the blog name (If it’s availiable) and it’s theme. Only the format and appearance are likely to change.
FACEBOOK EVENT LINK:
TIME: Monday, July 4 · 12:00am – 11:30pm
LOCATION: State capitals nationwide (and participating countries!)
MORE INFO: “The most powerful force on earth is the human soul set on fire.” -Unknown
This July 4th, 2011, we are taking a stand.
What are you protesting about? (in case you have more questions from the info below) http://www.facebook.com/4t hofJulyprotest/posts/15321 0548082872?notif_t=feed_co mment
It’s time to take a stand against the injustice inflicted upon the American people by our own government. In the words of Jesse Ventura:
“To the Ruling Elite,
You control our world. You’ve poisoned the air we breathe, contaminated the water we drink, and copyrighted the food we eat. We fight in your wars, die for your causes, and sacrifice our freedoms to protect you. You’ve liquidated our savings, destroyed our middle class, and used our tax dollars to bailout your unending greed. We are slaves to your corporations, zombies to your airwaves, servants to your decadence. You’ve stolen our elections, assassinated our leaders, and abolished our basic rights as human beings. You own our property, shipped away our jobs, and shredded our unions. You’ve profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living. You’ve monopolized our freedom, stripped away our education, and have almost extinguished our flame. We are hit… we are bleeding… but we ain’t got time to bleed. We will bring the giants to their knees and you will witness our revolution!
My fellow brothers and sisters, it is time to take a stand. No more will we wait to elect corrupt politicians to represent us, we will speak our opinions. The members of Congress, the Pentagon, and parts of our government have abused their power at our expense. They have insulted and failed soldiers, working-class America, families, the elderly, our schools, health, our rights, our savings, our jobs, our Constitution, our country, and our future by taking away our choices and having us believe we are a democracy. We the People say no more.
We are young and old, men and women. We are civilians, soldiers, and veterans. We are of every color, faith, and political party. We are Americans, fighting for our freedom.
Our mission is to stand up for our rights July 4th, 2011. In a civil and non-violent protest to be held at city capitals across America, and let our voices be heard loud and clear.
Alabama, Montgomery (AL)
Alaska, Juneau (AK)
Arizona, Phoenix (AZ)
Arkansas, Little Rock (AR)
California, Sacramento (CA)
Colorado, Denver (CO)
Connecticut, Hartford (CT)
Delaware, Dover (DE)
Florida, Tallahassee (FL)
Georgia, Atlanta (GA)
Hawaii, Honolulu (HI)
Idaho, Boise (ID)
Illinois, Springfield (IL)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169148769814245 (St. Charles, Aurora, and Geneva area)
Indiana, Indianapolis (IN)
Iowa, Des Moines (IA)
Kansas, Topeka (KS)
Kentucky, Frankfort (KY)
Louisiana, Baton Rouge (LA)
Maine, Augusta (ME)
Maryland, Annapolis (MD)
Massachusetts, Boston (MA)
Michigan, Lansing (MI)
Minnesota, St. Paul (MN)
Mississippi, Jackson (MS)
Missouri, Jefferson City (MO)
Montana, Helena (MT)
Nebraska, Lincoln (NE)
Nevada, Carson City (NV)
New Hampshire, Concord (NH)
New Jersey, Trenton (NJ)
New Mexico, Santa Fe (NM)
New York, Albany (NY)
North Carolina, Raleigh (NC)
North Dakota, Bismarck (ND)
Ohio, Columbus (OH)
Oklahoma, Oklahoma City (OK)
Oregon, Salem (OR)
Pennsylvania, Harrisburg (PA)
Rhode Island, Providence (RI)
South Carolina, Columbia (SC)
South Dakota, Pierre (SD)
Tennessee, Nashville (TN)
Texas, Austin (TX)
Utah, Salt Lake City (UT)
Vermont, Montpelier (VT)
Virginia, Richmond (VA)
Washington, Olympia (WA)
West Virginia, Charleston (WV)
Wyoming, Cheyenne (WY)
To make your state/country’s page, go here, and then send me the link to see it up here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=151985461538714
Friday, June 11, 2011
Thanks to the fantastic work of Bilderberg activists, journalists and the Swiss media, we have now been able to obtain the full list of 2011 Bilderberg attendees.
It’s time to once again check your Facebook privacy settings as the social network’s new facial recognition feature goes global.
Launched in the US last year, the tool looks at photos as they are uploaded and scans a user’s friend list to see if it recognises anybody in them. If it does, it automatically suggests they are tagged.
Aimed at speeding up the process of people tagging their friends in images, facial recognition has now been switched on for millions of users – who were not told that the option would be automatically enabled on their account.
Some users are unhappy that a website ‘knows’ what they look like, while others have complained about the way the new feature was turned on behind their backs.
The sneaky default setting means it is up to users to turn the option off if they don’t want it, instead of enabling it if they do.
The issue at stake isn’t so much about facial recognition technology as it is about Facebook ‘eroding the online privacy of its users by stealth’, writes Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley from security firm Sophos.
‘Most Facebook users still don’t know how to set their privacy options safely, finding the whole system confusing. It’s even harder though to keep control when Facebook changes the settings without your knowledge. The onus should not be on Facebook users having to ‘opt-out’ of the facial recognition feature, but instead on users having to ‘opt-in’.’
If you’re uncomfortable about being forced to ‘opt in’ to this new feature, here’s how you can disable facial recognition:
* Go to your Facebook account’s privacy settings.
* Click on ‘Customise settings’.
* Under ‘Things others share’ you should see an option titled ‘Suggest photos of me to friends. When photos look like me, suggest my name’.
* Unfortunately at this point you can’t tell whether Facebook has enabled the setting or not, you have to dig deeper.
* Click on ‘Edit settings’.
* If Facebook has enabled auto-suggestion of photo tags you will find the option says ‘Enabled’.
* Change it to “Disabled” if you don’t want Facebook to work that way.
* Press ‘OK’.
WASHINGTON | Thu Jun 9, 2011 5:46pm EDT
(Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in discussions with the White House about leaving her job next year to become head of the World Bank, sources familiar with the discussions said Thursday.
The former first lady and onetime political rival to President Barack Obama quickly became one of the most influential members of his cabinet after she began her tenure at State in early 2009.
She has said publicly she did not plan to stay on at the State Department for more than four years. Associates say Clinton has expressed interest in having the World Bank job should the Bank’s current president, Robert Zoellick, leave at the end of his term, in the middle of 2012.
“Hillary Clinton wants the job,” said one source who knows the secretary well.
A second source also said Clinton wants the position.
A third source said Obama has already expressed support for the change in her role. It is unclear whether Obama has formally agreed to nominate her for the post, which would require approval by the 187 member countries of the World Bank.
The White House declined to comment.
A spokesman for Clinton, Philippe Reines, denied she wanted the job or had conversations with the White House about it.
Revelations of these discussions could hurt Clinton’s efforts as America’s top diplomat if she is seen as a lame duck in the job at a time of great foreign policy challenges for the Obama administration.
However, the timing of the discussions is not unusual given that the United States is considering whether to support another European as head of the World Bank’s sister organization, the IMF.
The head of the IMF has always been a European and the World Bank presidency has always been held by an American.
That unwritten gentleman’s agreement between Europe and the United States, is now being aggressively challenged by fast-growing emerging market economies that have been shut out of the process.
The United States has not publicly supported the European candidate for the IMF, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde, although Washington’s support is expected.
Neither institution has ever been headed by a woman.
If Clinton were to leave State, John Kerry, a close Obama ally who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is among those who could be considered as a possible replacement for her.
Clinton’s star power and work ethic were seen by Obama as crucial qualities for her role as the nation’s top diplomat, even though she did not arrive in the job with an extensive foreign policy background.
She has embraced the globe-trotting aspects of the job, logging many hours on plane trips to nurture alliances with countries like Japan and Great Britain and to visit hot spots like Afghanistan and countries in the Middle East.
She has long been vocal on global development issues, especially the need for economic empowerment of women and girls in developing countries. She has made that part of her focus at State. Her husband, Bill Clinton, has also been involved in these issues through his philanthropic work at the Clinton Global Initiative.
The World Bank provides billions of dollars in development funds to the poorest countries and is also at the center of issues such as climate change, rebuilding countries emerging from conflict and recently the transitions to democracy in Tunisia and Egypt.