Santa’s Coal Deposit Exposed

- santa poo WP

Merry Jingle Bells and Happy birthday to the hallowed martyr of Jewish reform we all love so much we shower ourselves with his birthday presents!  Kind of weird we fantasize about a fat, old German man breaking into our homes through our chimney to eat our sweets and judge our childrens’ worth, pulled by deer across the sky en route to a billion or so homes in one night.

You work up an appetite with that kind of insane workload.  And, it’s not the scene normally included in movies abut such adventures, but you just know that the fat man has got to use some of the little boys’ and girls’ bathrooms to clear the way for yet more cookies and such.  Sometimes, the guy has got to get caught in the act.  Oh my,  A little embarrassing when he does.

Probably the funniest ad campaign I’ve ever seen.  And, yes, this is a real product.  Just in the Christmas spirit, enjoy a couple more of these commercials:

And, there are more.  Why not?

Of course, there’s one using the man-child as the major anti-poop prop:

There are more, but a good place to end, with a proper parody of the genre.

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Obama Hawaiian See Ya How Ya Do

lotus flower WPPresident Obama wishes America a fond farewell as he wraps up his end-of-the-year press conference and readies to head to Hawaii with his family.

I made this little video for Get Out the Vote.
https://www.facebook.com/GetOutTheDemVote

It came from the entirety of the Press Conference, that had a lot of good information about the Cuba Normalization; the Keystone XL Pipeline, and of course the Alleged North Korea Hack of Sony that no one in the tech community buys.  Seems like that one has “Curveball” (LINK) and Yellowcake (LINK) all over it.

Great essay by Security Guru Marc Rogers about why this smells like NSA rot.

“Why the Sony Hack is Unlikely to be the Work of North Korea”
http://marcrogers.org/2014/12/18/why-the-sony-hack-is-unlikely-to-be-the-work-of-north-korea/

The nicest thing about the press conference was a three-way tie.  First, this was the first Presidential press conference in history where the President took questions only from women.  Gurl power in a much needed and deserved reprieve from the anti-woman legislation from the GOP.   Since March 2011
http://www.guttmacher.org/statecenter/updates/2011/statetrends12011.html

Second, Obama laid out a wonderful outline for how Democrats and all legislators alike, can bring about progress and solve AYN problem facing America, because there is no country on earth better than we are at coming up with solutions.

Last, this video of a strong man bidding the press corps and the country a fond farewell in his native Hawaiian as he left the room and prepared to embrace his family for a lovely and well-deserved Christmas holiday.

Happy Holidays an a hopeful new year to all of you!

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Facebook Messenger TOS Issue Reminder

iNSECURE FACEBOOK MESSENGER WPMyspace — I mean Facebook — is at it again in a full court press with their Messenger app.  You may remember the app and its conteoversy.  You can’t check your FB messages without it.  Unfortunately, you have to give it a lot of permissions that give both Facebook and even relatively inesperienced hackers access to a lot of the data from your phone.     Sam Fiorella wrote an article about it in HuffPo:

The Insidiousness of Facebook Messenger’s Android Mobile App Permissions
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-fiorella/the-insidiousness-of-face_b_4365645.html

Facebook has gone out of their way to argue that the fears are unfounded, but the truth is, there is more reason to avoid the app than need to use it.  I personally haven’t tried them, but there are workarounds that allow you to avoid this insecure application:

An iPhone trick to avoid Facebook Messenger and keep chatting 
www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/12/iphone-trick-facebook-messenger-chat

Just so you know, here are the details of what the Terms of Service (TOS) allow the Messenger app to access on your phone.  The more ya know, y’know?Allows the app to change the state of network connectivity

~Allows the app to call phone numbers without your intervention. This may result in unexpected charges or calls. Malicious apps may cost you money by making calls without your confirmation.
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~Allows the app to send SMS messages. This may result in unexpected charges. Malicious apps may cost you money by sending messages without your confirmation.
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~Allows the app to record audio with microphone. This permission allows the app to record audio at any time without your confirmation.
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~Allows the app to take pictures and videos with the camera. This permission allows the app to use the camera at any time without your confirmation.
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~Allows the app to read you phone’s call log, including data about incoming and outgoing calls. This permission allows apps to save your call log data, and malicious apps may share call log data without your knowledge.
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~Allows the app to read data about your contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency with which you’ve called, emailed, or communicated in other ways with specific individuals.
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~Allows the app to read personal profile information stored on your device, such as your name and contact information. This means the app can identify you and may send your profile information to others.
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~Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
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~Allows the app to get a list of accounts known by the phone. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
Whatever you choose to do, it’s better that you know the extent of the rights you sign over to the application before you do.  We are way too naive and blindly trusting.  Here’s a media release that was part of the campaign to quell fears of the TOS permission grant of Messenger:

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Do They Stare like me?

stewart copeland WP

It’s 1979.  Hadn’t cut myself shaving quite yet.  The police were new.  Out of Europe, thank you Rodney Bingenheimer,  I was a freak-child for knowing about them at all, but I was a little Dungeons and Dragons tyke with a best friend who owned every Kiss album and would later become the drummer for a charting 90’s band.  The fact that this punk band sounded like Monty Python was conducting is no coincidence.  It’s how we rolled.

Now, music is my oxygen.  I worked herding the performance cats, promoted concerts, and worked in radio for the best part of a decade before saddling up my own pony and playing storyteller for dollars.  Now, I sit pretty much all day of every day writing. Worlds unfold below me on a bed of a thousand songs collected over time.  From Vinyl to Tapes converted to digital (no 8-track conversions, although not for my lack of an 8-track collection), on top of the nearly endless MP3’s I have amassed since 1999 or so.

I have EVERYTHING of just about EVERY genre  shuffling through my ear holes.  Everything.  But, every time Early Police come on —  Reggatta de Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta, I take it off shuffle and let them play through.  I always wonder if people remember these albums or even recognize the songs as being the Police / Sting.  Definitely worth getting to know!  Below is “Does Everyone Stare the Way I do, written by the legendary Stewart Copeland, sung by him and Sting.  Did you recognize it?

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Urban Art Meets Mother Nature

Nuxuno Xän 1

This is Nuxuno Xän.  Well, not the portrait,.  The artist.  Xän is like Banksy with a green thumb.  He takes opportune architectural scenarios — be they crumbling in American decay, or pristine.  Doesn’t matter.  Where nature has grown out from city unplanning, he weaves his paint into it.  Two becoming one where art wouldn’t exist without the combo.

Brilliant stuff where I see it from. Here’s another.  I have a collection of these things.  Probably set them up in the comments over whatever time beckons.  For now, here’s another one of my favorites:

Nuxuno Xän 2

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Got Out the Vote

Wasn’t much of an election day hassle.  You’ll notice the “I Voted” sticker on my nose.  That’s how you knows.

Election Daay 2014 WP

I vote by mail.  Early voting.  Usually, I send it in early.  Easy as pie.  But, there’s a direction on the form that says I can take the completed ballot to any poling place and turn it in.  Thought I’d try that out and go with my girl to our polling station.  Get a little human contact.

So, I did.  And, it went without a hitch.

I heard people asking if they needed their ID’s and heard helpful people helping saying: “Pffft, shit no.  If your name is on the roll and you know your address, that’s a’plenty, as it has been since Jim Crow racial laws were overturned in the 1960’s.  What is this, Alabama?”

So, that was nice.

I even met a nice Hispanic guy in a bike helmet who asked me If I was Jesus.  I thought it was because of my hair, but nope.  John (that was his name) said it was my eyes.  OK, then.  My eyes look like Jesus.  He told me that he met Jesus last week at church.  Came up to him and gave him donuts.  Told him: “I will protect you.”

From Diabetes, I thought out loud.  He didn’t get the point of my jib.  So0, I told him that I’m not Jesus, that HE is.  Told him that some people think that Jesus is in all of us (he agreed with a big smile), and tat we see him when we look in the mirror.  He liket it, my new friend did.

So, the vote, it’s gotten out.  We’ll see what happens next.

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Your Judgment Day Approaches

Get Out the DEM Vote

No matter who you are planning to vote for or who you would have maybe might have voted for, PLEASE go out TUESDAY and cast your vote. We’re only powerless because we are apathetic. Because we accept our place in their master plan and suck it up when our right to vote is taken from us. We weren’t going to vote anyway, right?

If we don’t surprise everyone — the analysts; the pundits; and ourselves, the landscape in the powers that be willing to bleed us dead and dry is going to be taking a sharp turn from ridiculous to nuclear. In one day. And, although we can point a rightfully-accusatory finger in the Right direction, really, we have only our willfully-date-raped selves to blame.

Get out the vote, and at least we will have a claim to our fate.

If you need help with fining out yur polling place or whether or not you’re even registered anymore, Get Out the Vote:
http://www.facebook.com/GetOutTheDEMvote

For the latest news about the resistance to the new Reich,
http://www.facebook.com/MagnanaMouseCitizenMedia

And, finally a clip about judgement day from last night’s Saturday Night Live.

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