This is a crucial blog posting, and I suggest that you read it. Why? It will explain more than anything else, why President Trump is in office, and it also tells why America is so divided. There is something significant that happened at NATO. Did you see it? Oh, what exciting times! I’ll have more to say about this in my next post.
“[The] nation state as a fundamental unit of man’s organized life has ceased to be the principal creative force. International banks and multinational corporations are acting and planning in terms that are far in advance of the political concepts of the nation state.” (Zbigniew Brzezinski, 1969)
This famous quote from one of the world’s leading Globalists could have been written more truthfully. For example: “We must do everything we can to eliminate the reality of separate and individual countries. In this regard, breaking down borders with massive waves of immigration will go a long way.”
And what about Brzezinski’s remark that corporations and banks are acting in ways that are “far in advance” of the nation-state?
Perhaps this is what he means by advanced concepts: Corporations are empowered to set up factories in Third World hellholes, where they employ workers…
There is a global battle in my view between the United States and the European Union in regards to Media and Copyrights. If you are like me and you are online a good part of the day, you will notice all of your favorite websites are now having you “approve” the updated terms and conditions.
Now let’s fast forward to one of the largest media companies the world Warner Media.
You are going to witness and a flood of mergers and acquisitions as a result of this one merger.
Employees at WarnerMedia, the newly re-christened entertainment enterprise formerly known as Time Warner, are eyeing their new corporate leaders with trepidation. They’re worried that AT&T, the telecommunications giant that snapped up the company in a blockbuster $85 billion transaction, will do a lot more than simply rename its new bauble.
Having lived through one megamerger — Time Warner’s disastrous 2000 marriage with AOL — and seen other entertainment companies, such as NBCUniversal and Scripps, get taken over by sprawling corporate owners, they’re understandably fearful of a future that undoubtedly will include layoffs and cultural overhauls. And AT&T is known for cutting costs.
John Stankey, the man tasked with bringing WarnerMedia’s various divisions under the AT&T umbrella, knows that he’s got a sales pitch to make.
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Empires do collapse and usually from the inside out. When we shift from a compassionate empathetic society to one of narcissistic self-worship, this is when you are in big trouble and I see this brewing all over America.
As I was preparing this blog posting, I noticed this story on Twitter from Colorado. What was it? An Uber Driver shot a passenger and killed him. I’ve placed a pdf version of the story as proof of the story.
There are more insights and updates coming out in regards to the collapse of The Roseanne Barr show that was just canned by ABC TELL-LIE-VISION.
Roseanne Barr went into meltdown on Twitter overnight on Tuesday as she retweeted a stream of abusive, controversial and doctored material after her show was cancelled over her racist remarks about Valerie Jarrett.
The star of America’s top TV show also last night blamed Ambien for saying Jarrett looked like the lovechild of the ‘Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes’ before saying she also ‘mistakenly thought she [Jarrett] was white’.
Among hundreds of retweets Barr reposted comments including an image of Jarrett’s face next to a character from Planet of the Apes, a fake tweet claiming Jarrett had said she wanted to make America more Islamic, and a doctored image of Whoopie Goldberg wearing a t-shirt of Donald Trump shooting himself in the head.
The stream of retweets came alongside dozens of tweets from Barr herself, in which she apologized for her first racist comments, blamed sleeping drug Ambien and claimed she thought the target of her racist Twitter rant was white.
The first time I blogged about the reboot of the Roseanne Barr show, my final question was: “How long did I think the show would last before it gets pulled?”
Now we need to ask ourselves, “If one tweet in bad taste can cause a popular television show to be canceled, maybe we need to dump Twitter and Facebook?”
ABC has cancelled its reboot of “Roseanne” after star Roseanne Barr tweeted that former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett looks like “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes had a baby.”
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” — ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey
The details: Just yesterday, Barr tweeted false conspiracy theories connecting Chelsea Clinton to George Soros — which were retweeted by Donald Trump Jr. In the past, she has frequently tweeted pro-Trump conspiracy theories, controversial topics and criticized prominent Democrats. Earlier this afternoon, Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer on the sitcom, said she will not be returning to the show citing the tweet. After her tweet, which was later deleted, Barr apologized and said she was quitting Twitter:
The state of streaming your content changed forever on May 25, 2018. Did you feel it? Do you know about it? Will you be affected by it? Lots of questions and reasonable because if you are like me you have received dozens of “privacy update notices” from various online services including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and dozens more.
Here is what I have found so far so check it out!
LONDON —Europe is about to introduce some of the toughest online privacy rules in the world: the General Data Protection Regulation, also known as the G.D.P.R. The changes aim to give internet users more control over what’s collected and shared about them, and they punish companies that don’t comply.
Here’s what it means for you.
What are the new rules? The law, which goes into effect on May 25, strengthens individual privacy rights and, more important, it has teeth. Companies can be fined up to 4 percent of global revenue — equivalent to about $1.6 billion for Facebook.
The internet’s grand bargain has long been trading privacy for convenience. Businesses offer free services like email, entertainment and search, and in return they collect data and sell advertising.
But recent privacy scandals involving Facebook and the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica highlight the downsides of that trade-off. The system is opaque and ripe for abuse.
In the meantime, it would seem that the lawsuits have already started!
US news websites including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times were inaccessible for millions of European users after missing the May 25 deadline to be GDPR compliant.
At the time of writing users in the European Union were met with the following message when trying to access their websites:
“Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.”
On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro (roughly $8.8 billion in dollars), were filed by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, a longtime critic of the companies’ data collection practices.
GDPR requires clear consent and justification for any personal data collected from users, and these guidelines have pushed companies across the internet to revise their privacy policies and collection practices. But there is still widespread uncertainty over how European regulators will treat the requirements, and many companies are still unpreparedfor enforcement.
Both Google and Facebook have rolled out new policies and products to comply with GDPR, but Schrems’ complaints argue those policies don’t go far enough. In particular, the complaint singles out the way companies obtain consent for the privacy policies, asking users to check a box in order to access services. It’s a widespread practice for online services, but the complaints argue that it forces users into an all-or-nothing choice, a violation of the GDPR’s provisions around particularized consent.
Shrems told the Financial Times that the existing consent systems were clearly noncompliant. “They totally know that it’s going to be a violation,” he said. “They don’t even try to hide it.”
The lawsuits are broken up into specific products, with one filed against Facebook and two others against its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries. A fourth suit was filed against Google’s Android operating system.
Both companies have disputed the charges, arguing that existing measures were adequate to meet GDPR requirements. “We build privacy and security into our products from the very earliest stages,” Google said in a statement, “and are committed to complying with the EU GDPR.”
Facebook offered a similar defense, saying, “We have prepared for the past 18 months to ensure we meet the requirements of the GDPR.”
Now you know the rest of the story by Mitch Santell
Here is another substantial reason to get off of your FaceBook Account. The EU (European Union) is shoving their rules and regulations down every American user.
Facebook announced Wednesday it would begin rolling out changes to how it handles private data this week to comply with forthcoming EU rules, with European residents seeing the measures first.
The social network, which has been rocked by disclosures about hijacking of personal data on tens of millions of its users, said it will start implementing “new privacy experiences” to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which become effective May 25.
“Everyone—no matter where they live—will be asked to review important information about how Facebook uses data and make choices about their privacy on Facebook,” said a statement from chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer.
“We’ll begin by rolling these choices out in Europe this week.”
Under the new policy, Facebook users will be asked to review and make choices about ads they receive, including whether they want Facebook to use data from third parties.
Facebook users will also be asked to review and choose what to share about the political, religious, and relationship information on their profiles.
Additionally, users will be allowed to opt in or out of use of facial recognition technology.
The statement said users will be told that facial recognition is optional, but that it could offer some benefit, such as being notified when someone is using an unauthorized picture.
“We not only want to comply with the law, but also go beyond our obligations to build new and improved privacy experiences for everyone on Facebook,” Egan and Beringer wrote.
The news comes a week after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg faced 10 hours of questioning in two congressional panels following revelations that personal data was harvested on 87 million users by Cambridge Analytica, a consultancy working for Donal Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The issue for me as always is privacy. This is what Steve Jobs had to say about Privacy back in the day!
“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules… That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.” – Steve Jobs
Reflections on Hollywood Studio fall out by Mitch Santell
Netflix as a company that has the strength, financial backing, and corporate culture to take down the current Hollywood Studio System as we know it! How do I know this? This is the 4th or 5th time that Hollywood has had to confront its own shortcomings.
Netflix can change game plans much faster than a regular studio. The most recent example of this was the new season of Arrested Development. Season 4 which had mixed reviews by fans and critics alike was literally re-mixed, re-edited by Mitchell Hurwitz the Executive Producer (Writer and sometimes Director of the show).
Not only did Mitchell Hurwitz have the integrity to Re-Edit Season 4 on Netflix just days before the release of Season 5, even though Jeffrey Tambor was “accused” of “sexual misconduct,” Mr. Hurwitz did not punish Tambor or the series.
According to the Associated Press:
LOS ANGELES —The creator and executive producer of “Arrested Development” acknowledges that some people will not like his decision to keep Jeffrey Tambor on the show after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced last October.
“Good people will find this offensive,” explained Mitchell Hurwitz. “I, too, get worked up when I hear about Harvey Weinstein and other people who have taken advantage of people. But I also believe very strongly that we don’t want to live in a world where accusations ruin people’s lives. We have tried that as a human race and it doesn’t always, doesn’t work out great, you know? So accusations are very different than proof and, you know, we obviously are going to support people that haven’t done, that haven’t been proved guilty.”
Hurwitz said production was nearly wrapped on season five when news broke of the allegations made by Tambor’s former assistant and an actress on his other show, “Transparent.”
“Not only do I support him as a friend, but I’ve known him for 20 years. I’ve worked with him for 20 years and I’ve never seen any behavior like that described. I’ve never, even in private, he’s never been in any way inappropriate about, we don’t talk about women or objectify. It’s just not who he is, and he’s got a lot of things that I’d like to list, a lot of really bad qualities I’d like to list for you now, but nowhere in there, in my experience, is any kind of creep,” said Hurwitz.
The “Arrested Development” cast unanimously supported the 73-year-old actor at the Los Angeles premiere Thursday for the cult comedy’s new season. The event also marked one of the first public appearances for Tambor in recent months. Tambor posed for photos with his wife, Kasia Ostlun, but didn’t do interviews with the press.
“We are a family and it’s great to have everybody in the family here,” said co-star Will Arnett.
Sean Hannity who has been in syndication on radio and tell-lie-vision for many years is a real hero to me. Why? Answer: He stands up for what he believes. Now, you may not be like-minded with him; each time I listen to him (which is not daily because of @BigReggaeMix), I am impressed with how authentic he is with his remarks.
Here is what he had to say on the air today as a result of being named in court. What do I do? I listen, read, observe and take a zen-like non-attachment to what is happening at the moment. Crazy is the new normal!
The audio clip is 49 seconds.
Parting shot:It’s all a big show that is presented to you as a lovely entertainment.