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His Hole-iness, the Onion Ring

There’s a fun little thing going on over at Facebook. Someone got the bright idea to see if an onion ring could garner more “fans” than Stevo. As of this morning, The Ring has  11,121 fans while the PM has over 29,000. And this “fan club” started just yesterday – as far as I can tell.

This is, of course, all in good fun and one shouldn’t try to read too much into this unprecedented groundswell of Onionosity in Canada. But this does should how viral the new media really can be and should be a cautionary note to public figures who do not recognize its power.

For the record, I predict that The Great and Wondrous Onion will have double the number of fans by the weekend.

It’s also a good laugh to scroll through some of the comments being posted on the site. Here’s a sampling:

Even though both make people cry, onions do it without intent!!!

Do you think A & W would give us corporate sponsorship? I’ve always liked their onion rings… mmmmm

This onion ring would NEVER take a 2-month holiday in the middle of my meal!

I think anything can get more fans than Stephen Harper. Harper does what he wants, leaving a horrible taste in our mouths. The onion ring is battered than fried and leaves a wonderful taste in our mouths. 🙂

One day, I wanted to buy a coffee, but I was 14 cents short, and this onion ring gave me a quarter … and even said ‘keep the change’ … that’s why I’m a fan!

This onion ring has suspended the production of all other onion rings until after the Olympics

Oh, and in the time it took for me to write this, His Whole-liness’s fan base has grown to 11,460.

ALL HAIL THE RING!

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Google and Facebook, sitting in a tree…k-i-s-s-i-n-g

I’m not one to buy into sinister rumours about unwanted intrusions into one’s on-line privacy, but this seems to be legit.

One of the things that I try to trust about Facebook is that they do protect my privacy according to the settings that I stipulate – i.e., who can see my “stuff”. But there is a little tick-box in one’s privacy settings that should be unticked unless you want your profile info to appear in Google searches.

Latest rumors suggest Facebook is up to compromise users privacy by automatically indexing all users info on Google. Facebook’s privacy features has been one of its strong suits since it began and millions of users trust that the personal information will not be shared with anyone unless permission is granted.

So will Facebook index all your info on Google?

In response to the “rumour”, Facebook posted the following response

There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile.

In case you think that this is an unwanted intrusion into your privacy and don’t want your name to be indexed by Facebook and pop up on Google there is simple solution –  just follow the steps below:

Step 1

Go to the Settings>Privacy Settings>Search

Step 2

If the Allow indexing box is checked for search engines, just uncheck it

In case you have already unchecked the privacy setting feature in past, recheck to ensure if it has changed with the new Privacy settings.

Thanks to cousin Christopher as well as the folks at Simple Thoughts, by Gaea Times for this info.

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Why NOT to vote for Stephen Harper – #1

As promised, I will be posting regular thoughts on why giving the Harperites a second mandate – and likely a majority – is a very bad idea for Canada. I will not endorse one alternative over another – but will make the case for ABH – Anyone But Harper.

These will be in no particular order of importance.

#1 Politics of fear

In continuing with the “hard on crime” theme and the need for a solid leader for the troops in Afghanistan, Harper is following the Karl Rove strategy of using fear to win support.

I remember bookmarking this page a few years ago and I think that it applies equally now as it did then:

Stephen Harper knows a good trick when he sees it: the fear tactic. It has worked wonders for George Bush for five years – with yellow alerts, hints of danger and the passing of new draconian laws that convince many Americans that such laws are really necessary.

Harper is doing the same thing with a string of new laws to “fight crime.” This kind of politics is truly despicable not just for deliberately misleading people about how much crime there is in Canada and providing false solutions but for consciously and strategically trying to corrupt the political culture.

As we have witnessed for years in the US, a country afraid of its own shadow is a country that ignores the many far more important issues of everyday life: economic security, health care, the environment, energy costs, the collapse of American public schools, the erosion of pensions, child care, etc.

Keep them scared – and you can keep them distracted.

Unfortunately, the politics of fear works. It worked for the Republicans when a bumbling fool was RE-elected as president. And it may work this time in Canada unless the other parties can somehow counter this message.

I found this Facebook group – and if you share these options, join up and let our opinions be heard!

Next time – the politics of fear and the invention of the “crime” issue.

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