Saturday, June 28, 2014

ISIS FALSE FLAG - The Occult Connections (video)

I know this is weird, but it's hard to argue with.
(*Woo-woo alert* ... numerology, Egyptian gods/goddesses, Denver airport stuff ...)

Facebook Conducted Psychological Experiments On Unknowing Users

This is just one of the reasons I don't use Facebook.

Facebook Conducted Psychological Experiments On Unknowing Users
By Annie-Rose Strasser
Original Link from ThinkProgress

The latest way that Facebook has been peeking into its users’ personal lives may be the most surprising yet: Facebook researches have published a scientific paper that reveals the company has been conducting psychological experiments on its users to manipulate their emotions.

The experiments sought to prove the phenomenon of “emotional contagion” — as in, whether you’ll be more happy if those in your Facebook news feed are. They took place over the week of January 11th-18th, 2012, and targeted 689,003 English-speaking Facebook users.

The study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. was successful. It found that, indeed, manipulating the algorithm to show more “positive” posts in your news feed will actually inspire you to write more “positive” posts yourself. So, for example, if you see a lot of people happy about their jobs or excited to be seeing the concert of their favorite band, then you’re more likely to post that you are happy about something in your life, too.

While that little fact in itself may be interesting, there’s one disturbing aspect of the study: None of the people involved in the experiment were explicitly told that they would be a part of it.

Facebook does have terms of service — ones that every Facebook user has agreed to — that specify users’ data may be used “for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.” The researchers of this psychology experiment argue that their experiments fall under these terms of use because “no text was seen by the researchers.” Rather, a computer program scanned for words that were considered either “positive” or “negative.”

“As such,” the researchers write, “it was consistent with Facebook’s Data Use Policy, to which all users agree prior to creating an account on Facebook, constituting informed consent for this research.”

People have long been familiar with the double-edged sword of using Facebook: The social network may be useful for staying in touch with your friends, but Facebook can find out who you are from your data — information as specific as where you went on vacation or what movie you went to see on a given Friday night.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operations officer, explained recently what the company aims to do with the massive amounts of data it collects from users. “Our goal is that every time you open News Feed, every time you look at Facebook, you see something, whether it’s from consumers or whether it’s from marketers, that really delights you, that you are genuinely happy to see,” she said.

The company doesn’t just hang onto that data or use it for research. It also gives other entities access to it. Sometimes it’s for something as banal as a targeted advertisement. Other times, data on users can be handed over for intelligence agency investigations, or to an insurance company.

While users may have some awareness of the terms they’ve agreed to when signing up, they aren’t fully aware of what their information is being used for. A Consumer Reports survey, for example, found that “only 37 percent of Facebook users say they have used the site’s privacy tools to customize how much information apps are allowed to see.” Those third parties are one of the biggest collectors of data. And, the report explains, this touches everyone, not just those who don’t change their app settings. “Even if you have restricted your information to be seen by friends only, a friend who is using a Facebook app could allow your data to be transferred to a third party without your knowledge.”

Advocates have said one way to combat this absolute lack of knowledge — and to avoid being unwittingly used in a psychological experiment — is to mandate that tech companies put their terms of use in “plain English.”

“There’s a burden on the individual to get educated, but there’s also a burden on the companies,” Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, told ThinkProgress earlier this year. “We’re not all lawyers, we’re not all IT guys,” she said.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sorry, I know bad acting when I see it ...

At the risk of appearing a cold-hearted bitch, I'm posting this video. I have a friend who became a dedicated activist with the loss of her college-aged son, but that was far from her initial reaction. If you want to learn more about her story, read Peace Mom by Cindy Sheehan. Rushing around the country giving speeches just doesn't happen overnight. This guy was on TV pointing fingers at the NRA within hours of his son being killed. That doesn't fly with me. See if you agree.

Monday, June 9, 2014

This is what the bankers did to Detroit ...

Look at the dates on these comparative pictures ... heart breaking time-lapse photography of the destruction of neighborhoods ... [h/t Zen Gardner]
The Death And Decay Of Detroit, As Seen From The Streets

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The USS Liberty: When will there be a proper investigation?

Tomorrow marks the 47th anniversary of one of the worst acts of betrayal from our "best friend" in the Middle East, Israel. There is little doubt in my mind that this was an attempted false flag attack, meant to blame Egypt. It was only by the greatest of miracles this ship survived. Let us never forget.

Shhh, Continuity of Lies is a Prime Zionist Objective

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Luke Rudkowski interviews Richard Gage and FDNY Whistleblower (videos)

Architects and Engineers Respond to CNN's Jake Tapper

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews FDNY member Rudy Dent who on the day of 9/11 was witness to the collapse of infamous World Trade Center 7.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Hunger Strike News

Update on Palestinian infinite detention hunger strike that started April 24th:
"Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have staged a hunger strike in solidarity with their fellow inmates who have been on hunger strike in Israeli jails for nearly 40 days.
In nearby Egypt, thousands of prisoners started a week-long strike:

Around 20,000 prisoners in Egypt have gone on a week-long hunger strike in protest against alleged mistreatment and torture inside prisons.

Meanwhile, Shaker Aamer continues to languish in Guantanamo Bay after being held without charges for 12 years. Here is a recent protest from London: