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The Internet is like an elephant…it never forgets


I am constantly surprised at the stupidity of people who hold important positions and their Internet use.  On the one hand, they’ve reached great heights using their intellect. Yet, with said intellect, they fail to recognize how the Internet truly works.  When you write something on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, AIM, Gchat, and email… it’s not like writing something using pen and paper.  There’s no magical white-out or eraser, and you certainly can’t shred it.  No, ladies and gents…it’s there for good.

In March 2009, msnbc relayed a story about a would-be Cisco employee (“theconnor”) who tweeted: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”

Before the work day ended, Web sleuths revealed “theconnor’s” true identity… And thanks to Google Cache, the deleted content of “theconnor’s” homepage resurfaced on CiscoFatty.com, a Web site erected to commemorate this cautionary tale.

Rep. Anthony Weiner is by no means a pioneer in using Twitter in a scandalous way…but he’s definitely up there on the “we thought you’d know better” list. Here are some additional politician twitter scandals and a compilation of the top 10 Twitter related firings.

Note to the wise…if you don’t want to get in trouble for your words…air out your thoughts vocally to a friend.  Since we’re in the Internet age, I feel it necessary to point out that by “vocally”, I don’t mean using Google Voice, Skype or a cell phone…while it may be a rare concept, I mean old school face-to-face.

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Brazilians choose to send in the clown(s)


This past weekend, Brazil held their elections.

Tiririca, a 45-year-old television humorist whose real name is Francisco Oliveira, scooped up 1.3 million votes in Sunday’s polls to represent Sao Paulo, the highest number of votes for any federal deputy across the country.

His slogans are funny…some pearls include:

“It couldn’t [can’t] get any worse. Vote for me.”

and

“What does a federal deputy do? I have no idea — but vote for me and I’ll let you know”

Not surprisingly, other politicians tried to block him from running –

His detractors tried to have him barred from taking up his seat by lodging a lawsuit alleging he was illiterate — an automatic disqualification for a federal deputy. But a judge threw out the case.

I’d like to introduce you to Tiririca.

All I can say is, Brazil…I hope you know what you’re doing.

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Bernanke vs Geithner, which version do you like better?


I was reading about the state of the economy yesterday, and came across two conflicting news articles.

The first article I read had Ben Bernanke (Fed Reserve Chairman) saying that things are not all well yet – “including the high rate of unemployment…” and then in another article Timothy Geithner (US Secretary of Treasury) says that the economy “is showing signs that companies are starting to hire more workers as the recovery strengthens.”

I should note that Bernie’s article was posted at 11:15am EST and Timmy’s at 5:01pm EST…maybe in the span of 6 or so hours, the economy starting showing positive signs?

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