Privacy Means Bupkis These Days

• “Privacy is not an option, and it shouldn't be the price we accept for just getting on the Internet.” —Gary Kovacs, Former CEO, Mozilla

• “I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” —Eric Schmidt

• “Anytime Facebook wants to change how it might use all that data about you, in any way, across any service it has within the Facebook ecosystem, all it has to do is change one privacy policy, tell you about it, and that's that.” —John Battelle, Tech journalist

• "Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds." —John Perry Barlow, Writer/Activist

• "Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?" —Al Gore

• "It's become something of a ritual - every year, Google publishes its year-end summary of what the world wants, and every year I complain about how shallow it is, given what Google really knows about what the world is up to." —John Battelle

 “"Eric Schmidt likes to point out that if you recorded all human communication from the dawn of time to 2003, it takes up about five billion gigabytes of storage space. Now (2012) we're creating that much data every two days.” —Eli Pariser 

Food for the Funnel of Love

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This is a portion of a real ad around a tunnel in Germany, with the woman's mouth forming the entrance. Quote, burger, drink and animation added by Fizzdom. 

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• “The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again.” —George Miller

• Below: Comedian Brian Regan on serving sizes, etc. (worth 4:34)

• “Eighty percent of the flavor comes from your nose, including a set of internal nostrils. When you chew food and hold it in your mouth, the gases that are released go into these nostrils. People who wolf their food are missing some of the flavor.” —Mary Roach, “Gulp: Adventures of the Alimentary Canal”

• "I used to be svelt, but with age I have svelled." —Henry Alford 

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• “Virtually every adult on the planet consumes too much salt … nearly double the two grams daily recommended … 1.65 million deaths annually … a major cause of high blood pressure … Forty percent of those deaths occurred before the age of 70.” — Tufts University study, Washington Post

  Sushi  roll art by  Takayo Kiyota  - homage to  Edvard Munch's "The Scream"  (123inspiration.com)

Sushi roll art by Takayo Kiyota - homage to Edvard Munch's "The Scream" (123inspiration.com)

• "Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970’s … More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese … About a quarter of 2-5 year olds and one-third of school-age children (including adolescents) are overweight or obese in the U.S." —Food Research and Action Center (FRAC, anti-hunger non-profit)

• “Mexico overtakes the U.S. as the world’s fattest country, according to the U.N.” —Time 7.22.13

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art by Banksy

Know Your Jargon for Fast-Food Trickery:

"1. Pillar Ingredients—Salt, sugar, and fat are the Pillar Ingredients, and the industry strategically combines the three to keep you hooked.
2. Bliss Point—If we crave pillar ingredients so much, why not just crank them up as much as possible? It turns out there is an optimum amount of salt, sugar, or fat the human brain likes best, and it is called the bliss point.
3. Mouthfeel—This is literally the way food feels inside a person’s mouth; junk food industry scientists also adjust factors like crunchiness to produce a mouthfeel that consumer most crave.
4. Flavor Burst—Technologists alter the size and shape of salt crystals, so that they induce a flavor burst that “can basically assault the taste buds into submission.”
5. Vanishing Caloric Density—Underlying all junk-food science is vanishing caloric density, which is the process by which the food melts in your mouth so quickly that the brain is fooled into thinking it is consuming fewer calories than it actually is. The packaged-food scientists want to avoid triggering sensory-specific satiety, the brain mechanism that tells a person to stop eating when it is overwhelmed by flavors." —Michael Moss, “Salt Sugar Fat”

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Female on the Beach, Updated

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• Above: Imagining if the 1955 movie, "Female on the Beach," was remade for today's multi-tasking market.

• Below: Popular, mostly-American beach movies, followed by a link to the best beach scenes in movies.

 Jaws - 1975

Jaws - 1975

 Blue Hawaii - 1961 

Blue Hawaii - 1961 

 The Endless Summer - 1966

The Endless Summer - 1966

 Cast Away - 2000

Cast Away - 2000

 Gidget - 1959

Gidget - 1959

 Y Tu Mama También - 2001

Y Tu Mama También - 2001

 Beaches - 1988

Beaches - 1988

 Point Break - 1991

Point Break - 1991

 Lord of the Flies - 1990

Lord of the Flies - 1990

 The Blue Lagoon - 1980

The Blue Lagoon - 1980

 Blue Crush - 2002

Blue Crush - 2002

 Above: The controversial  kiss scene  in  From Here to Eternity,  1953 Below: Watch the  video clip

Above: The controversial kiss scene in From Here to Eternity, 1953
Below: Watch the video clip

Click the following link for more from an English paper's list of the 50 best beach scenes in the movies: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/3558960/The-50-best-beach-scenes-in-the-movies.html

 Above:  After Amazon buys all the beaches.

Above: After Amazon buys all the beaches.

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Source: Wikipedia

Climate Change, You Bastard!

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• The arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. 

• "The first 13 years of the 21st century were among the 14 hottest on record." —Time 6.23.14

• Watch Will Ferrell channel George W. Bush above.

• "There is about 4 percent more water vapor in the atmosphere today than there was in 1970 ... (It’s) returning to earth as extra-heavy rain and snow.” — former Vice President Al Gore

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Reposted from Adrian Rojo; shirt by https://www.facebook.com/57thirtythree

• "Compared with citizens of Germany, South Korea, India, Turket and Brazil, Americans were the least likely to turn off the lights when leaving a room or power down their computer  at night and by far the least likely to walk or take public transit instead of driving." —Time 6.23.14

• "A majority (53%) of Republicans believe climate change is happening, while 95% of Democrats do." — survey by Resources for the Future, June 2014 (SF Chronicle 6.22.14)

• "(The climate change issue) plays into what I call the Republican troglodyte brand. Anti-immigrant, anti-woman,  anti-science."  — Chris Lehane political strategist (SF Chronicle 6.22.14)

 "Climate actionif it happens at all — will probably look like health reform. That is, it will be an awkward compromise dictated in part by the need to appease special interests, not the clean, simple solution you would have implemented if you could have started from scratch. It will be the subject of intense partisanship, relying overwhelmingly on support from just one party, and will be the subject of constant, hysterical attacks. And it will, if we’re lucky, nonetheless do the job." — Paul Krugman (NY Times 6.22.14)

• Credit: Map above of shifting wheat belt is from CIMMYT International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (NY Times 2006)

 

Snowden Mans Up, Stays Put

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• Commemorating the June 5th anniversary of first publication of NSA documents by Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian U.S. (and later, Washington Post and New York Times) leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

• Edward Snowden above outlines the substantial changes his leaks are precipitating in NSA surveillance programs, practices and public discourse.

• The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was jointly awarded to The Washington Post and The Guardian U.S. for their "revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency."

George Polk Awards for Journalism in 2013 for national security reporting were presented to The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill, and to The Washington Post's Barton Gellman.

Daniel Ellsberg uses his experience with the Pentagon Papers to explain above why Edward Snowden would not receive a fair trial in the U.S. under the Espionage Act

Journalist Glenn Greenwald explains the difference between private companies and the government retaining all your personal data and communications in the video above. 

• Above Daniel Ellsberg makes a strong case why it is necessary for Edward Snowden to be out of the U.S. 

Breaking story! Cellphone operator reveals scale of gov’t snooping http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/vodafone-report-shows-extent-of-govt-snooping/2014/06/06/7a01a9ba-ed5c-11e3-8a8a-e17c08f80871_story.html?hpid=z3

• "Twitter Inc., LinkedIn Corp., AOL Inc., Google Inc., Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc., Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are pushing for tighter controls over electronic espionage — fearing that eavesdropping threatens the technology industry’s financial livelihood." (from W.Post link above)

Links to important videos:

•See why U.S. District Judge Richard Leon calls the bulk collection NSA surveillance program "almost Orwellian" and probably unconstitutional. https://archive.org/details/KPIX_20131217_150000_CBS_This_Morning#start/210/end/240

Edward Snowden explains the "pattern of life" the NSA can obtain from a targeted cell phone: https://archive.org/details/KNTV_20140529_050000_Inside_the_Mind_of_Edward_Snowden_An_NBC_News_Exclusive#start/1416.5/end/1476.5

• See the entire Edward Snowden interview with NBC's Brian Williams, at the Internet Archive's TV News Archive where you can edit and share your own clips: http://archive.org/details/KNTV_20140529_050000_Inside_the_Mind_of_Edward_Snowden_An_NBC_News_Exclusive

• Link to the Internet Archive's post commemorating the anniversary of the first NSA surveillance report by Glenn Greenwald. Avid NSA followers can check out the Archive's NSA-issues TV News Quote Library for video clips and links cataloging the history of the NSA surveillance issues featuring Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Daniel Ellsberg, Barton Gellman, James Clapper, Keith Alexander, President Obama — all the key people involved in the revelations.

http://blog.archive.org/2014/06/06/1-year-later-nsa-revelations-debate-and-dire-prospects/

The Internet Archive has the largest and most comprehensive video library documenting reports, hearings and revelations on the NSA surveillance programs.

Spielberg Pins It on Social Media

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• "On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away." —unknown via @mozusa

• “The best way to engage honestly with the marketplace via Twitter is to never use the words "engage," "honestly," or "marketplace.” ― Jeffrey Zeldman

• “If social media made us smarter, wouldn’t we be smarter?”
— Magnificant Ruin

• "When you've got 5 minutes to fill, Twitter is a great way to fill 35 minutes.” - @mattcutts

• Watch Jimmy Fallon's funny, rapid-fire Twitter conversation with Justin Timberlake above.

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Best #momquote submitted to Jimmy Fallon

Tech-No-Love Fail

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• "It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
—  Victor Salva

• "Men have become the tools of their tools."
Henry David Thoreau

• "Bill Gates is a very rich man today... and do you want to know why? The answer is one word: versions." — Dave Barry

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• Watch SNL's mockery above of whiny smartphone users.

• Fizzdom's animated quote is by humorist Alice Kahn, author of several books capturing the Northern Cal zeitgeist of the 70s and 80s, including "My Life as a Gal," "Multiple Sarcasm," "Fun with Dick and Bree," and "Lunch at Cafe Ridiculous."

Earth Day, Mirth Day

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Earth Day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Rep. Pete McCloskey and Denis Hayes as an environmental teach-in, to be held on April 22, 1970. "Some suspected the date was not a coincidence, but a clue that the event was 'a Communist trick.'"

• By coincidence, April 22, 1970 was also “the 100th anniversary of the birth of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. In 1920 Lenin had instituted the “subbotnik” (days of volunteer work) to commemorate his birthday by requiring that people clean up their villages. 

• FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover "may have found the Lenin connection intriguing; it was alleged the FBI conducted surveillance at the 1970 (Earth Day) demonstrations.” (wikepedia)

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• Watch this short, funny video above that honors our leaders who deny climate change. (350action.org

• In video above, watch journalist Jeff Goodell (source of quote in our gorilla animation), author of How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate — winner of 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. (jeff-goodell.com/)

• Great resource: CoalSwarm.org — provides individual profiles of over a thousand existing and proposed coal plants in the United States and many other countries. 

• Animation's photo of coal plant is by Jason Hawkes, published by National Geographic.

Infinitely Einstein

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• Commemorating Albert Einstein's death on April 18, 1955 after refusing surgery for internal bleeding. "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly."

• Another wry Einsteinism: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

• “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” — Albert Einstein

• Einstein successfully challenged his hero Sir Issac Newton’s theory of gravitational pull. “Objects are pushed, not pulled,” as theoretical physicist Michio Kaka explains. “The earth has curved a space around me, and space is pushing (not pulling) me into this chair.” Watch the 3-minute video above and perhaps be surprised by what you'll unlearn. 

Einstein aficionados will enjoy the 90-minute bio above narrated by the incomparably clear Michio Kaka

John Oliver Gets Hot About Spying

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Clapper falsely testified that the NSA was not collecting data on millions of Americans. (3.12.13)

• Watch John Oliver make fun of James Clapper's testimony above.

 

• See Clapper above admitting he had answered in the "least untruthful manner" possible, using a strange analogy.

• April 14, 2014 The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to The Guardian and The Washington Post for reporting the NSA's U.S. and international surveillance activities were far broader than the U.S. government had admitted

 

• Edward Snowden said, "Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can." (theguardian.com)