The Money Changers

I ran into a discussion on Twitter about Facebook’s newest showing of its ethics.

The discussion came down to the question of who are the customers?

Most of the people who have established a feed on Facebook believe that they are the customers of Facebook. This is simply not so.

If you have established a feed on Facebook, you are the supplier, not the customer.

For your efforts in supplying Facebook with what they need to stay in business, they give you what you want, the ability to form an orientation in the environment of mostly your choosing.

As one commenter on the Twitter feed said, they give you this ability to form a positing in the Facebook environment “untaxed”.

But the information you give Facebook comes with a cost to you the supplier, and like all suppliers, you stay in “business” as long as your costs for what you supply is less than what you exchange it to Facebook for. And apparently that exchange is your private information in exchange for the privilege of being connected to the tax-free environment of Facebook.

Being connected is what you want, so there is no problem in this arrangement as long as you keep wanting. So Facebook needs to find and understand what you want.

This process of finding and understanding is the friction being created behind Facebook’s latest’s PR problems.

Facebook needs to know what it’s suppliers want (it already knows what its customer’s want) and the suppliers are not sure they want to give Facebook this information.

There is no harm in Facebook observing the market, but Facebook is not just observing. Facebook is getting inside the orientation of the suppliers, and that has an effect on the market, by taking away some of the advantage the supplier has. In other words, Facebook is choosing the customer over his supplier.

That may be something the supplier doesn’t want, and Facebook needs to deal with that, strawman or no.

Carl Bass

A good reference as to where hardware and software are going. I liked the nano robot delivering chemicals to a targeted cell. The real point was made towards the end of the video about designing in the cloud. The computer is not changing (yet) the orientation of the designer, just giving options. But when creating structure, the culture has the ability to change with it.

Will ISIS plan a 9/11-style terror plot against the U.S.?

Republicans are sounding the warning that the next 9/11-like terror plot could emerge from the regions of Iraq and Syria that are currently dominated by an extremist group bearing down on Baghdad.

It was on their watch that the first 9/11 happened, so it should not be surprising that they have a heightened awareness for another strike.

“These are not monkey bar terrorists out in the desert somewhere planning some very low-level attack. These are sophisticated, command and controlled, seasoned combat veterans who understand the value of terrorism operations external to the region, meaning Europe and the United States.

The 9/11 attack was a military planned attack. I don’t know who exactly said this, but if it was House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich. he should resign immediately from his position. We had eight years of stupid before Obama took over, we should not allow any more.

But Michael Morell, the former acting CIA director and a CBS News analyst on intelligence, national security and counterterrorism issues, predicted it’s at least a year before ISIS might pose more of a serious threat to the U.S. The current major threats to the homeland still come from al Qaeda groups in Pakistan and Yemen, he said.

Exactly. Most of the military personnel that attacked on 9/11 were from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is still there, so the treat is no more or no less real than before 9/11. The guys who are now in Iraq are no more 10 ft. tall than the guys of the military unit who struck us on 9/11.

The real trick is to isolate them for targeting, and to strike them without bringing down our economy.

via Will ISIS plan a 9/11-style terror plot against the U.S.? – CBS News.

Obama Should Have Seen Iraq Unrest Coming, Experts Say – NBC

With U.S. officials now scrambling to respond to the advances by The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the insurgent group that seized Mosul last week, some critics say there was either a failure by U.S. intelligence officials in assessing the strength of ISIS or Obama and his policy team didn’t react quickly enough.

Sorry, I thought this was Fox News for a second.

Ha! The story now is that Obama didn’t see this coming, and now officials are scrambling to respond to the advances by The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Didn’t anyone see Obama golfing?

What is wrong with you people? Of course Obama saw this coming in the slowest way possible.

“Oh my yes, let’s not lose that progress. “

via Obama Should Have Seen Iraq Unrest Coming, Experts Say – NBC

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Next 9/11 attack could come from Iraq and Syria – CBS News

“We need air power immediately to stop the advance toward Baghdad,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, warning that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ISIS – the jihadists who are an offshoot of al Qaeda – could control the entire northern half of the country and use it to march on Jordan and Lebanon while Iran moves in to control the south.

The South Carolina senator added that the director of national intelligence and the head of the FBI have both warned that ISIS, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has promised to carry out the next 9/11 attacks.

“I think it’s inevitable. The seeds of 9/11 are being planted all over Iraq and Syria. You don’t have to believe me, this is what they’re telling you they’re gonna do. They’re not hiding their agenda. They want an Islamic caliphate,” Graham said. “They plan to drive us out of the Mideast by attacking us here at home.”

Lindsey Graham needs to stop fighting the wars his father most likely fought in. Vietnam wasn’t that war and neither is the wars we fought since, are fighting, and future wars he hopes Americans will have to fight and die in. While war may mean wealth for the corporations that support him and jobs for those in his state that vote for him, fighting the war of our fathers means fighting the war that we want, not the war that we need.

And he may be right. It may be inevitable that what comes out of this latest conflict in the Middle East means a strike on our homeland, but right now the forces able to do that are busy, and they will be busy for some time in the future. And, as he says, it is not like they are hiding their agenda from those young men and women of future generations who will have to fight in this next war. The future is being laid out for those generations of Americans who want to see, want to act, and for them to decide.

So for now senator just stop. Resign from your position of power and let others take over. It is going to take awhile for the next generations to get rid of the corrupting forces that are skewing the future for their generation and that are deep inside your decision-making process. The quicker you leave the more chance they have in making the right decisions.

And while you are at it, take those ignorant people with you who are still fighting WWII. Once they had the values America needed, but they have now become so corrupted by corporate greed that they need to leave, and to leave with you.

via Sen. Lindsey Graham: Next 9/11 attack could come from Iraq and Syria – CBS News.

As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe

Iran is coming to the aid of its historic nemesis, sending elite fighters to Iraq in the wake of a Sunni insurgency that has claimed two key northern cities and now threatens Baghdad, Fox News has learned.

Gee Fox News, have you learned how much hardware purchased from the U.S. by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is coming to help hold the positions of the Sunni insurgency?

Because, believe me, if Iran is there, so are they.

via As jihadists take aim at Baghdad, Iran steps in to help historical foe | Fox News.