ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jan. 29th, 2013 03:11 pm)
Alternet, Mother Jones, and other reality based or liberal sources:

* Latest Pathetic Conservative Attack on Social Security: Disability Fraud Hysteria
Move over Welfare Queen. The Disability King is the new pet scapegoat for all that’s wrong with America.

* A Fetus Is Not a Person if it Costs us Money, Says Catholic Church
Forced to put its money where its mouth is, the Catholic Church backs off on the idea that the fetus is a person.

* Hillary Faces Down The Angry Men
From simpleton Ron Johnson to delusional Rand Paul, GOP senators swung at the Secretary of State and hit themselves.

* Obama's Failure to Punish Banks Should Be Causing Serious Social Unrest
A new PBS Frontline report examines outrageous steps Obama's administration took to protect Wall St. Wall Street from prosecutions.

* An Academic Smackdown: Refuting the Absurd Social Science Claim that "Poverty is in Our Genes"
* Personhood USA's Unhinged Response to National Advocates for Pregnant Women Study
* 4 Freedoms in America That Don't Exist Anymore
Freedom seems to exist more in our minds than in reality.

* A Girl Reads the New York Times: Why Are All the Front-Page Articles By Men?
The paper of record can't find any women reporters?

* When the Law Won't Call it "Rape"
If there's confusion among the public (and politicians) about rape, baffling, conflicting state laws make it worse.

* Fracking Boom Overwhelming Hospitals With Uninsured Laborers
* Read My Lips: Yes New Taxes
* The Way It Was
The Beatles ruled. The mini was in. I was seventeen, and pregnant. What happened next is what could happen again.

* Texas Public Schools: Still Teaching Creationism
* Bobby Jindal Thinks the GOP Isn't Right-Wing Enough
* A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year
Violence against women is incessantly overlooked, both in America and elsewhere.

* Boy Scouts Losing Big Funders Over Anti-Gay Policy
* No More "Pro-Life" and "Pro-Choice"
Op-Ed: It's time to abandon confusing and limiting labels and live dangerously in abortion's grey area.

* Coke: Wait, People Thought Vitaminwater Was Good for You?
* Top Earners Set to Pay Most, Especially Married People
* How to Avoid the Prying Eyes
* U.S. Still Suffering Depression Conditions: Paul Krugman
* The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck
The online peanut gallery can get you so riled up that your ability to reason goes out the window, a new study finds.
Regarding this mess: http://news.livejournal.com/125326.html?thread=83019150#t83019150

OK, I'll be honest.

I'm a sysadmin. This means that when I'm working I can pretty much read the email and files of just about anyone on my network. If it lives on the company network that I have rights to, I can look at it, unless they've encrypted it and not given me the key.

Now, part of being a GOOD sysadmin mean I DON'T go trolling through other people's email without a legitimate reason - as in legal, relevant to the business, and cleared with my superiors. I've only had to do it once, and I insisted that HR sign off on it. Because although when in a corporate environment the company (meaning me, the sysadmin) has the right to go through your stuff, doesn't mean we can for kicks or boredom. Then it's abuse of privilege.

That's what they did. It's not that they can't - it's their machines, their software, their network. But unless they have a reason to having direct bearing on doing their job, they damn well shouldn't. Also, the sysadmin/support person/etc in question has no business going through and commenting on your private stuff. That's just plain asinine. While they may be asked to evaluate it for dates, times and a summary for their superiors, they shouldn't be inserting comments into your space. Plus, they sure as hell shouldn't go revealing anything that they found unless legally required (by subpeona) to do so.

This stuff is pretty well covered by established HR and corporate privacy law in the workplace. I know when I worked for a major web retailer that even the phone support people were trained not to discuss with anyone, even each other (unless required to do their job), user identifiable details. If you even *might* touch use data, you got the training.

So yes, get riled about LJ's abuse of privacy - but not at the fact that they can see your locked entries, but that they would not only read them, but comment on them.
Via various people...

"As of a few days ago, there is a new privacy setting called "Instant Personalization" that shares data with non-facebook websites and it is automatically set to "Allow." (like every other fucked up, invasive "feature" on farcebook.)

Go to 'Account' > 'Privacy Settings' > 'Applications and Websites'
Find "Instant Personalization" (new, at the bottom) and click "Edit Settings"
Uncheck "Allow" -- it's at the bottom of the page.

These guys are really invasive fuckheads.

BTW, don't link this LJ account or my email with any crap like Orkut or any of those contact tracking sites. I don't liked them, and if they get too pesky about emailing me, I may unfriend you to get them to stop bugging me.

Oh, and I don't buy shit that is email marketed to me unless I specifically asked for the fucking catalog. I especially don't buy diet crap, weight anything, hair or beauty anything, baby or child anything, dating or sex crap, or anything else marketed to the pink collar ghetto.
From [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink in this post:
* Reasons people may prefer pseudonyms or limited personal disclosure on the Internet:

* Because it is a standard identity- and privacy-protection precaution
* Because they have experienced online or offline stalking, harassment, or political or domestic violence
* Because they wish to discuss sexual abuse, sexuality, domestic abuse, assault, politics, health, or mental illness, and do not wish some subset of family, friends, strangers, acquaintances, employers, or potential employers to know about it
* Because they wish to keep their private lives, activities, and tastes separate from their professional lives, employers, or potential employers
* Because they fear threats to their employment or the custody of their children
* Because it's the custom among their Internet cohort
* Because it's no one else's business

Even if you know someone's "real name", Do Not Disclose It On The Net!!. It is a serious breach of privacy, can actually endanger a person's life and/or livelihood, and can also endanger their friends, relatives or people who have similar names!!

I really don't care if you "don't approve of" or "don't agree with" pseudonymity, it's not your choice, not your life, and not your place to reveal someone else's legal identity, period.

Got it? Good.


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