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Posts Tagged ‘Fox News’

More Tea Party “/facepalm”

Posted by ALmod on November 11, 2009

Jon Stewart caught something I completely missed.

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Rick Sanchez to Fox News: “Your pants are on fire.”

Posted by ALmod on September 18, 2009

I have to admit I was rather baffled to hear a few people comment on the 9/12 rally by saying that the “other news networks” weren’t there.  I suppose this would explain it.

Posted in Mainstream Media, Scandal | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Quote of the Day

Posted by ALmod on August 20, 2009

Jon Stewart (to Fox News) – “Welcome to liberalism, f**kos!  See you guys at Sean Penn’s barbecue this weekend.  We’re haveing tofu bourguignon– it’s French AND vegan!”

The Daily Show last night was absolutely hillarious!  The quote from above was from the end of a segment (which you can watch if you follow the link above) where he compared the views expressed on Fox News to what they describe liberals to be.  At the end, only one conclusion could be reached.  Fox News is liberal.

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Glenn Beck has never heard of cookies or EULA statements?

Posted by ALmod on August 8, 2009

Here’s a clip I found amusing:

The line Beck is so worked up about is basically an agreement for the owner of the program/site (in this case, that would be the U.S. government) to monitor you while you use it.  There are a number of reasons for this and a number of ways to do it, but it’s done by virtually every site out there– including this one and Fox New’s own website.

Now before you accuse me of doing something dreadfully horrible, hear me out.  Most sites install what is called a “cookie” on your system for various reasons.  Perhaps you want to stay logged into that site when you return to it the next day.  The cookie keeps that information so that it’s possible to do that.  It also helps keep track of other personalized site features.  For me and other bloggers, it gives us nonpersonal information like the amount of site traffic we’ve had and where that traffic was referred from.  I’m not exactly getting your bank account information or name or home address.  But I can tell you what Google search words sent you here.  I can also tell things like what type of browser you were using.  That helps me to improve my site and get more traffic.

It also helps sites that are supported through advertisements to better assess which ads to place and so forth.  Government sites want to make sure that you’re not doing anything illegal with their site– like creatively modifying it to send out a virus or datamining it for the personal information of other people who have used it.

This is nothing new.  In fact, it’s been going on for years.  If you own a computer, chances are that you’ve already agreed to these terms with Microsoft (or whoever else owns the operating system you’re using) and the owners of any other software you have.  Back when the RIAA was first freaking out about pirating, it became increasingly popular to monitor and make sure you weren’t using any stolen software.  And yes, the process would have allowed them to see other things as well.  In fact, the first thing I thought of when I saw the agreement that Beck is ranting on was the End User Liscence Agreement (EULA) that I have to agree to everytime Blizzard releases a new patch for World of Warcraft.

Check out #17, in particular:

“A. WHEN RUNNING, THE GAME MAY MONITOR YOUR COMPUTER’S RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY (RAM) AND/OR CPU PROCESSES FOR UNAUTHORIZED THIRD PARTY PROGRAMS RUNNING CONCURRENTLY WITH WORLD OF WARCRAFT…

B. WHEN THE GAME IS RUNNING, BLIZZARD MAY OBTAIN CERTAIN IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR COMPUTER AND ITS OPERATING SYSTEM, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION YOUR HARD DRIVES, CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT, IP ADDRESS(ES) AND OPERATING SYSTEM(S), FOR PURPOSES OF IMPROVING THE GAME AND/OR THE SERVICE, AND TO POLICE AND ENFORCE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THE EULA.

C. Blizzard may, with or without notice to you, disclose your Internet Protocol (IP) address(es), personal information, Chat logs, and other information about you and your activities: (a) in response to a request by law enforcement, a court order or other legal process; or (b) if Blizzard believes that doing so may protect your safety or the safety of others.

D. BLIZZARD MAY MONITOR, RECORD, REVIEW, MODIFY AND/OR DISCLOSE YOUR CHAT SESSIONS, WHETHER VOICE OR TEXT, WITHOUT NOTICE TO YOU, AND YOU HEREBY CONSENT TO SUCH MONITORING, RECORDING, REVIEW, MODIFICATION AND/OR DISCLOSURE. Additionally, you acknowledge that Blizzard is under no obligation to monitor Chat, and you engage in Chat at your own risk.”

And be sure to check out the Fox News website’s Privacy Policy to read all about how they collect and use your Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”).  In my humble opinion, they actually do a fairly good job of clarifying and simplifying everything– much better than the website that Beck is harping on.  But it’s still pretty much the same thing.  In fact, just for fun, pull out some software manuals (if you kept any of them) and start reading the privacy policy.  Even my web browser collects a certain amount of information.

And if you use satelite or cable television?  Well, that’s being monitored, too.  For similar purposes.  Ain’t “privacy” grand?

EDIT: After taking another look at the video, I realized that the highlighted exceprt Beck is going on about is specifically targeted at hackers who might be using the site to “mine” personal data.  Considering that this is a government site that asks people to log in with personal information, it could potentially be a dream come true for those with nefarious purposes.  And so, it would make sense for them to monitor the use of the site.  If they noticed anything suspicious, they could notify a third party government authority (foreign or domestic) should they suspect an attack of that nature.  Now, being a video gamer, I probably see it a lot more than some people because it’s very prominent in the video game industry.  But the Chinese industry for this sort of thing is HUGE.

EDIT: FactCheck.org has weighed in, and they actually caught something I didn’t.  The site in question is for dealers and not every day citizens/car buyers, as Beck seems to be implying.  (And he did imply well, as I thought he was referring to a site for participating consumers and not dealers.)  Regardless, the assessment is the same — nothing nefarious or unusual is going on here, and these two are overreacting.  In fact, the EFF says pretty much the same thing I said, which is that the language is meant to alert the user that the site is working to keep personal information secure.

Posted in Corporate Craziness, Entertainment, Federal Government, Laugh It Off, Mainstream Media, Republicans, Video Games | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

The Pundits Who Cried “Wolf”

Posted by ALmod on April 17, 2009

A shepherd boy decided to entertain himself one day.  He ran into the village and starting yelling that a wolf was near his sheep and that someone should come and help save his flock from this wolf.  So several villagers came to the rescue only to find the boy laughing at how he’d gotten everyone riled up.  After a short time, the boy became bored again, so he decided it would be fun to play his trick again.  He called for help, the villagers came running, and once again they found him laughing at their expense.  Shortly after, the boy spotted a large wolf coming toward his flock.  The boy ran into the village and screamed, “Help!  Wolf!”  The villagers just sat there thinking to themselves that this was just another of his tricks.  And so, the wolf ate his sheep.

A message to my friends on the far right:  The sky is not falling, and if it was, nobody would believe you at this point.

Case in point, the recent uproar and outrage over a DHS report on right-wing extremism (PDF) in this country.  Basically, it’s nothing more than a report on the topic of groups and lone wolves within our country who might be prone to attacks– some violent and some nonviolent– and continues to profile them.  The uproar was started by the usual suspects, not the least of which was Michelle Malkin.  This report that was issued by the DHS under Obama was surely his effort to stamp out those who disagreed with him politically!  They’re targeting the tea partiers.

Or not. That one was debunked in a rare moment of actual journalism by Fox News, of all things.

Among other things, we’ve learned that there is a very similar report on left wing extremism (PDF).  And yes, this report does cover general definitions as well, which you’ll find if you read the report.  (As does its counterpart discuss specific right wing incidents and groups.)  We’ve also leared that both documents were produced as a series that was ordered by the previous administration and just happened to be released while Obama was in office.  (We also remember the infamous “Free Speech Zones” during the Bush administration.  Nothing new.)  We also know that the FBI produced a similar report (PDF) on right-wing extremist groups and their recruitment of military veterans back in July of 2008.

“If Bush had done this…”  No, hon.  Bush did do this, and that’s the point.

Given all of this information, we can logically conclude that the most recent report was neither aimed at tea parties (which were organized and planned after the reports were made) nor was it was a hitjob by the Obama administration (which did not request them).

“Wolf.”  Can’t believe you fell for it again.

My problem is that we need a right.  We need a logically sound right that is coiled and ready to pounce when the president and his goons try to pull a fast one on us.  It has happened already, and it will happen again.  I doubt he’s a sinister evil overlord in disguise, but I’m not stupid enough to forget for one second that he’s still a politician.

But when the far right is so skittish right now that they’re inciting panic and fear about everything, then my fear is that they won’t be taken seriously at all when a real issue arises.  I’ve already taken to waiting a few days to discuss anything coming from the right because I’m sure that there’s more to the story.  What if there was a real threat from this administration that needed to be addressed urgently?

That’s a real problem.  That’s a big problem.

Posted in Federal Government, Mainstream Media, Other Blogs, Public Outrage, War on Terror | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

From the “What was he thinking?!” file:

Posted by ALmod on April 7, 2009

We have a saying in WoW…

/facepalm

Posted in Laugh It Off, Mainstream Media | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Blame Canada!

Posted by ALmod on March 24, 2009

All this talk of Fox News and the incident at Red Eye got me to thinking about some of the better segments from The Daily Show regarding Canada.  They usually feature (Canadian couple) Samantha Bee and/or Jason Jones.

So here we go with a segment from back in December:

Part 1

Part 2

And poking fun of Obama’s visit in February (and his Iowa/Ottawa slip-up):

There are two distinct differences between these segments and what appeared on Fox News.  First and foremost, there are no smarmy jabs at the Canadian military and/or their service. Second, this is not a program that could ever be mistaken as a news show.  Beyond that, there are a few other things.  It pokes fun at our own country in addition to Canada (and India and the UK).  The jabs are rather light-hearted and do not negatively portray Canada.  There is not a general “we’re better than you” attitude.  Stewart, Bee, Mandvi, and Oliver all actually know about Canadian culture and don’t rely solely on stereotypes for humor.  Rather, they seem to focus on differences in culture between the two.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go and poke fun at a guildie for buying bags of milk while he pokes fun at me for being a barefoot redneck.

Posted in Entertainment, Laugh It Off, Mainstream Media, Public Outrage | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

While you’re busy being outraged at bowling jokes and AIG…

Posted by ALmod on March 22, 2009

Fox News was busy alienating our allies.

Where’s the outrage?

h/t to the GTL

Posted in Mainstream Media, War on Terror | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »