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Wanna Make Your Own Culture?

Posted: December 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

There’s a site that a whole lot of Myspacers have been fleeing to.  It’s called Friendburst.com.

I have to admit, at first glance I didn’t really expect much.  Friendburst’s splash page is a bit underwhelming in my opinion.  But then I’m obsessed with graphics, so I’m naturally biased in that direction.

I have to say, once I got signed up and started looking around Friendburst, I was pleasantly surprised.  What may have been lacking in graphics was made up for in content and navigability.  What’s even more impressive is all of it had been put together within a month or so by Kevin (the founder) and a skeleton crew of folks.

What’s even better is Kevin openly communicates with users and does his best to integrate their suggestions and ideas into the site.  Digging through the forums, I found several instances where suggestions where made by users only to be implemented a few hours or days later by Kevin and the team at Friendburst.  That’s pretty damned impressive.  You won’t find results like that on Myspace.

So yeah, that’s all fine and dandy, but what do they have to offer users?

To begin with, there’s blogs.  The blogs are set up with a WordPress interface which I was glad to see.  Kevin’s got it set up with a ton of plugins in the interface too.  Much more than I ever use on my personal WordPress setup.  So there’s much more customization to be had than New Myspace offers.  Many of the bloggers at Friendburst are direct transplants from Myspace, so it all has a familiar feel to it.  Although it seems that much of the bullshit drama didn’t translate over, which is a great relief.

Friendburst also has a decent Forum area, built in instant messaging, and even video chat.  There’s an area where users can submit recipes, which I think is really cool.  There’s also a game area where people can play Mahjong and stuff like that.  You can also post quizzes and polls for other users to toy around with.  And of course you can upload music, photos, and video.

The profile customization on Friendburst is very similar to the Myspace 2.0 setup.  Although it is possible to do some coding tweaks, from what I’ve read.  Users are also given the ability to customize their homepage view, which is something that got stolen away from users when New Myspace went into effect.

Do you remember the way Myspace utilized bulletins as the primary way of broadcasting announcements, links, and information?  Well, Friendburst has it.  This is cool because it allows for quick transfer of in depth info between friends without clogging up the stream or having to sacrifice words due to character count constrictions.

That’s right!  Friendburst isn’t in the business of dumbing down their users.  But shhhhhhh!  Don’t let the DHS or corporate America find out.  It’ll be our little intellectual secret.  😉

I spent several hours last night digging around the site and catching up with my fellow Myspace refugees.  By the time I logged off, I had a familiar feeling buzzing around in my chest.  I realized it was the same feeling I had back in the glory days of old Myspace.  That feeling of  comfort, community, and collective hope.  That’s a good feeling.

What’s really cool to me is the fact that Friendburst is just now getting started.  This means by being early users of the platform, everyone there has the ability to influence how it develops, both culturally and structurally.  Kevin is very receptive to constructive recommendations and is constantly improving the site to better fit the needs and comfort zones of the users.  Combine that with the fresh cultural blank slate of this new internet community and the possibilities could very well become endless.  Reality is what you make of it, and this is an opportunity to build a reality that the corporate overlords at Myspace won’t allow us to have.

So anyway, I strongly suggest that if you miss the old Myspace that you give Friendburst a try.  I think you’ll like it.  It’s not every day that we get an opportunity to help birth a new culture onto the internet.  It’s not every day that we have the blessing of an admin like Kevin who actually cares and listens to the user.

If you’re interested, come and check it out at www.friendburst.com

or check out my profile at www.friendburst.com/moosehammer/

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Posted: November 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

Your Twitter posts are probably being monitored, citizen.

The United States under scrutiny by UN for human rights violations.  I bet you never thought you’d be seeing this.

It looks like many of the Blue Dog fake Democrats got purged by the last election.  Which leave a window of opportunity to replace them with real progressives.

Bought and paid for, with more to come.

GOP promises to use it’s newly acquired Big Gubment powers to repeal science.

Speaking of the GOP’s skewed perceptions concerning global warming.  Here’s an oldie but a goodie.

Let’s see if Teabaggers have a problem with reckless government spending when the GOP does it in the name of military spending.

And now for something completely different.  A cool story bro.

AT&T seeks to screw the little guy…forever.

What Real ‘Murikans really like.

She’s already trying to deny it, so here’s a link to the cached page on google.

This is funny.  Neocons don’t care about voter fraud now that they won elections.

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Posted: October 31, 2010 in Uncategorized

GOP obstruction of the vote is well underway.

Anti-muslim organization caught cheating on taxes and funneling money from it’s non-profit organization.

It’s sad when Al-Jazeera is the only new agency left that gives two shits about coastal Americans.

The free market, running “Death Panels” for profits?  It’s happening right now.

First it was swine flu, then it was bird flu, then it was swine flu again.  Now there’s Monkey Flu.

Is there really any reason to fly anymore?  We’re a fucking police state nowdays.

Peak Oil just got a little further behind us.

New study identifies “Liberal Gene”.  Also explains why liberals aren’t afraid of the outside world.

Intersting flowchart of GOP interconnected influence.

Who’s really behind The Tea Party?

First it was the curbstomper.  This time it’s the curbflopper.

This just in from the No Shit Sherlock Institute, “The Supreme Court Fucked Up”

This is so full of WIN.  This is how you call out Fox News.

Tea Partier that stomped on woman’s head now says she should apologize to him.  Welcome to the mind of a Neocon.

The GOP tries to convince black folks that Republicans really get them.

Fair And Balanced My Ass!

Posted: October 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

Here’s a fun exercise.

Go to Foxnews.com.

Look on their front page.  Look under their politics tab.

Do you see any mention of the Tea Bagger curbstomper that assaulted that lady from Moveon.org?

I don’t have cable, so I can’t see if it is being mentioned on their “news” channel.

Doesn’t it seem strange that a “Fair and Balanced” “news” organization wouldn’t mention this story?

Imagine if a “Black Panther” stomped on the head of a Tea Partier.

Do you think Fox News might plaster it’s entire site with links to the story?

It looks like a bunch of macho-man, patriot types just got done curb-stomping a woman in the name of Real ‘Murika.

Here’s the full story.

 

Here’s a blog that’s trying to ID the guy that pushed her down.

Welcome to Tea Party Amerika folks!  What was once a counterculture Libertarian movement has now become the new fascist stormtrooper arm of the Republican Party.  There’s no use in denying it any longer.  Homegrown terrorism is mainstream and sailing under an apple pie and crucifix spangled banner.

This is the movement that’s been aggressively astroturfed by the Republican Party and conservative corporate interests.  This is what Sarah Palin proudly endorses as “Real America”.  This is the cult that worships Glenn Beck as if he were the second coming of Jim Jones.  This is the demographic that Fox News spoon-feeds propaganda to 24/7.

This is not the first time these “Real Americans” have unlawfully lashed out at their fellow citizens.   Attacks like this (and worse) have been going on for a while now.  These intollerant acts of hatred are not the “Isolated Incidents” that Neocons claim them to be.  This is a habit and a trend that is being actively encouraged by right wing icons and pundits.

Here’s An Abridged History Of “Isolated Incidents”

Would be mass murderer talks about his obsession with Fox News and Glenn Beck.

Abortion doctor murdered in church by Bill O’Reilly fan.

Man and his daughter were rammed from behind for having an Obama bumper sticker.

At the 2:55 mark of this video, you can hear Sarah Palin endorse stopping Obama supporters in traffic.

Of course who can forget her “Don’t retreat! Reload!” campaign, complete with gun sight graphics targeted on Democrats?

Threats over the Health Care bill.

More Health Care bill threats.

Pittsburg shooter goes on paranoid rampage over feared “Obama gun grab”.

Oh, and you remember the skinheads that were planning on killing 88 black folks and Obama.

And the Christian militia group that planned on killing cops with roadside IED’s

And who can forget Eric Roberts Rudolph?

Unidentified white powders mailed to Democrats.  This one came with swastikas.

This one didn’t.

Republican candidate calling for a “Drive-by” on Washington.

Spitting on Congressmen.

Mocking and screaming at someone with a terminal illness.

Making a congressman’s home address public and encouraging people to “stop by and tell him how you feel about the healthcare bill”.  To make matters worse, it was the wrong address and it directly endangered children.

Tea Party speaker calls for Sen. Pat Murphy to be hung.

Inviting people to crush Obama’s head.

Destroying effigies of prominent Democrats at conservative political conferences is always classy.

Tea Partiers prepare to intimidate liberal voters in upcoming election.

If that doesn’t work, they’re talking about violently overthrowing the government.

Speaking of declaring war against the “Liberal gubment!”

Let’s not forget Sharon Angle likes the idea of an armed revolt too.

Tread 

I would post a picture of Muslims stoning a woman here for it’s loosely related shock value, but that would be tasteless, so I’ll just imply the comparison and keep moving right along.

These people claim to pray to a kind and loving God.  They claim to follow a religion of peace.  They claim to be true constitution-loving patriots.  They claim to hate terrorism.

Yet they worship masters that actively encourage hate, prejudice, paranoia, dissent, violence, and terrorism.  Of course they don’t come right out and tell people to go out killing folks and terrorizing the public.  But then Charles Manson didn’t have to give direct detailed orders either.  Once enough brainwashing is in place, an all-out war can be started with a simple nod and a wink.

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Double-standards-R-Us

Posted: October 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

Juan Williams got fired by NPR for agreeing with Bill O’Reilly’s opinions on Muslims.

Fox News gave him a $2 million job, a three year contract, and as much positive exposure as possible for it.

Here’s what the wingnuts at the Free Republic think about it.

Now let’s look at the other side of the coin.

 Remember when Helen Thomas got fired for publicly stating her opinion?

Fox News used as much negative material as possible in their articles regarding the whole situation.

Here’s what the wingnuts at the Free Republic thought about the whole fiasco.

Can they get any more blatant with their hypocrisy?  The Right’s entire political strategy is hinged on this aggressive and childish double-standard.  It brings to mind the schoolyard bully that kicks everyone on the playground in the nuts and then cries to the teacher when someone kicks them back.

These bullies probably wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t enjoy the protective umbrella of Fox News.  Can Fox News get any less “fair and balanced”?  And I thought their million dollar contribution to the Republican party was proof positive of their boldfaced lie.

 Yet Fox News has the gall to call NRP a slanted liberal mouthpiece.

Anyone with any sense knows how Fox News operates.  Even Fox viewers know the real deal here.  That’s why they watch Fox News.  To have their sick and outdated opinions reinforced by some sort of authority figure.  You know how they are about being subservient to uptight authority figures.

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Idiocracy is a documentary sent back in time from some time in the near future. 

The problem is perfectly intelligent people allow themselves to be made to feel guilty by these people every time they throw a tantrum.  Progressives allow these folks to hold them to an unattainable double-standard that the Neocons blatantly avoid themselves.

tissues_gop The game is rigged by crybaby bullies, and only a handful of politicians and pundits have the balls to call them on it.  Most of them who do get labelled as “Lefty loons” or “Mudlslinging agents of the liberal agenda”.  Thant’s when the Democrats come running out of the woodwork to apologize for the disrespect shown to these precious little Republican snowflakes.  You’d think they actually expect these folks to vote for them if they kiss their asses enough.

Obama recently called off his trip to The Golden Temple in New Delhi for fear of offending Tea Baggers by appearing to be Muslim.  It’s not even a Muslim temple!  Yet our president treads on eggshells in order to appease their insane view on the world.  Why?  So they can call him names like Fartbozo and try to impeach him, of course!

At this time, a consensus between ideologies is not possible.  It’s not from lack of trying on part of the Progressives and Liberals.  Obama (a proven right-leaning centrist) has been giving everything he can to these folks on a silver platter with sugar on top and they’re still not happy.  The consensus is not possible because they don’t want one.

That is why I’ve completely given up on “debating” with Neocons and “Independents”.

This is why I could care less about what Republicans want to bring to the table.

Everything’s all “Debate” and “Consensus” until they sense a loss of dominant control.  Then it turns into sedition, secession, threats, and name calling.

Speaking of hypocrites and secession:

In 2009, Texas governor wanted Texas to secede from the United States.

This year, he decided Texans weren’t too good for a Federal handout after all.

Well, Rick.  Which is it?  Are you a bootstrappy Real ‘Murican, or are you a rhinestone welfare queen looking for a federal handout to go with your backdoor embezzlement rodeo?  Make up your mind already because Chuck Norris needs to know if he’s gonna be president of Texas or not.

How in the hell do any of these folks expect anyone to take them seriously?  Maybe I should rephrase that for accuracy.  Why in the hell do these idiots demand that everyone take them seriously?

I think it’s the only game they know and they’re damned good at it.  They’ve been playing it since they were kids on the playground and they know all the tricks.  The question is can we teach ourselves to get over our guilt and not give a shit when they cry to the teacher?

If crocodile tears were worth their weight in gold, I might actually be inclined to believe that the GOP could offer something worth a damn to this country.  But they aren’t, and I don’t.

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Posted: October 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

“Affirmative action strikes again!!!”
…is what Fox News would be saying if this was being done by any other network than Fox News.

Proof that Christine O’Donnell is a witch.

This guy isn’t a witch though.  He’s you!

This is what we’ve become, America. 
When the president has to cancel a visit to a world wonder because people want so badly to believe he’s a Muslim.  And when being a Muslim is seen as a viable reason to hate people.  To top it all off, the temple isn’t even Muslim.

School shoves religion down students’ throats. 
But it’s not Islam, Wicca, Buddhism, Hinduism, or any other “heathen religion” so it’s o.k.

GOP candidates unlicensed security guards who handcuffed reporter evidently have ties to extreme right wing militia.

Republicans seek to eradicate National Public Radio. 
With NPR out of the way, Fox News will be able to spread The Derp more freely.  They talk big about “NPR’s radical liberal bias” yet they pay no attention to the fact that NPR just forbid their employees from attending John Stewart and Steven Colbert’s upcoming rally.

NPR employees forbidden to attend Rally To Restore Sanity unless they are assigned to cover it.

Of course Fox News has the gall to point a finger at NPR.

Tea Party incites wave of racism and hatemail against voter registration organization. 
No, this isn’t a repeat of the ACORN fiasco.