One hundred million votes and 31 million Tweets later, Election Day 2012 has come to a close.
Election Night 2012
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
One hundred million votes and 31 million Tweets later, Election Day 2012 has come to a close. As the results of the election were called by news organizations, the conversation about the election on Twitter surged, hitting a peak of 327,452 Tweets per minute (TPM). Before President Obama took the stage to address the nation, he shared a special update on Twitter. As thousands of supporters cheered in Chicago, more than 455,000 (and counting) retweeted his celebratory message:
Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
While the announcement of results was the biggest moment of the election cycle, there were many other notable Twitter moments tonight:
-327,452 TPM – 11:19pm ET – Networks call Obama’s reelection
-85,273 TPM -11:12pm ET – IA presidential race called
-69,031 TPM – 9:33pm ET – PA and WI presidential races called
-65,106 TPM – 8:03pm ET – Polls close in various states; AP calls races for IL, CT, ME, DC, DE, RI, MD, MA
As international leaders tweeted diplomatic messages directly to @BarackObama, Twitter also provided a glimpse into global politics:
Warm congratulations to my friend @barackobama. Look forward to continuing to work together.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) November 7, 2012
Congratulations @barackobama on being elected to a 2nd term. I hope our countries’ relationship continues to go from strength to strength.
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) November 7, 2012
My sincere congratulations to President@barackobama on your re-election! JG
— Julia Gillard (@JuliaGillard) November 7, 2012
Since the campaign cycle unfolded on Twitter, it’s only fitting that for candidates nationwide, the journey also culminated here. After the votes were tallied, the candidates came to Twitter to share their final campaign Tweets. And so we’ll wrap things up by letting them speak for themselves.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I won’t just be your Senator, I will also be your champion. #masen
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) November 7, 2012
This is your victory – your hard work, support, & faith made it possible. Thank you so much. I’m honored to have had you by my side.
— Gov. Tim Kaine (@timkaine) November 7, 2012
Thank you to thousands of volunteers who gave their time & talents. I hope you will keep the faith & always stay strong for Freedom!
— George Allen (@georgeallenva) November 7, 2012
Tonight is a testament to the grassroots and each and every one of you who made it all possible #txsen twitter.com/tedcruz/status…
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2012
Reporter: “Was it worth it?” Sadler: “Absolutely it was worth it!” #thankyouTX #TXSen
— Paul Sadler (@SadlerTX) November 7, 2012
And I’m well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate. #Tammy2012 #WIsen
— Tammy Baldwin(@TammyBaldwinWI) November 7, 2012
I didn’t run to make history.I ran to make a difference. #WIsen #Tammy2012
— Tammy Baldwin(@TammyBaldwinWI) November 7, 2012
I spent 14 years serving as governor, and it was an honor. I will continue to be the proudest and loudest advocate for Wisconsin.
— Tommy G. Thompson (@TommyForWI) November 7, 2012
I am thankful for the opportunity to continue to represent the people of #Mississippi in the U.S. Senate! twitter.com/RogerWicker/st…
— Wicker for Senate (@RogerWicker) November 7, 2012
Posted by Adam Sharp (@AdamS)
Head of Government, News, & Social Innovation
Military-industrial complex in American life. Eisenhower worried that the defense industry’s search for profits would warp foreign policy and, conversely, that too much state control of the private sector would cause economic stagnation.
The Permanent Militarization of America
November 4, 2012 By AARON B. O’CONNELL Annapolis, Md.
IN 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower left office warning of the growing power of the military-industrial complex in American life. Most people know the term the president popularized, but few remember his argument.
In his farewell address, Eisenhower called for a better equilibrium between military and domestic affairs in our economy, politics and culture. He worried that the defense industry’s search for profits would warp foreign policy and, conversely, that too much state control of the private sector would cause economic stagnation. He warned that unending preparations for war were incongruous with the nation’s history. He cautioned that war and warmaking took up too large a proportion of national life, with grave ramifications for our spiritual health.
The military-industrial complex has not emerged in quite the way Eisenhower envisioned. The United States spends an enormous sum on defense — over $700 billion last year, about half of all military spending in the world — but in terms of our total economy, it has steadily declined to less than 5 percent of gross domestic product from 14 percent in 1953. Defense-related research has not produced an ossified garrison state; in fact, it has yielded a host of beneficial technologies, from the Internet to civilian nuclear power to GPS navigation. The United States has an enormous armaments industry, but it has not hampered employment and economic growth. In fact, Congress’s favorite argument against reducing defense spending is the job loss such cuts would entail.
Nor has the private sector infected foreign policy in the way that Eisenhower warned. Foreign policy has become increasingly reliant on military solutions since World War II, but we are a long way from the Marines’ repeated occupations of Haiti, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century, when commercial interests influenced military action. Of all the criticisms of the 2003 Iraq war, the idea that it was done to somehow magically decrease the cost of oil is the least credible. Though it’s true that mercenaries and contractors have exploited the wars of the past decade, hard decisions about the use of military force are made today much as they were in Eisenhower’s day: by the president, advised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Security Council, and then more or less rubber-stamped by Congress. Corporations do not get a vote, at least not yet.
But Eisenhower’s least heeded warning — concerning the spiritual effects of permanent preparations for war — is more important now than ever. Our culture has militarized considerably since Eisenhower’s era, and civilians, not the armed services, have been the principal cause. From lawmakers’ constant use of “support our troops” to justify defense spending, to TV programs and video games like “NCIS,” “Homeland” and “Call of Duty,” to NBC’s shameful and unreal reality show “Stars Earn Stripes,” Americans are subjected to a daily diet of stories that valorize the military while the storytellers pursue their own opportunistic political and commercial agendas. Of course, veterans should be thanked for serving their country, as should police officers, emergency workers and teachers. But no institution — particularly one financed by the taxpayers — should be immune from thoughtful criticism.
Data Disclosure Guidance
The Privacy Technical Assistance Center invites you to attend a webinar focused on the latest guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education in the area of Data Disclosure. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th at 1:30 PM ET. The Department and PTAC will provide an overview of the guidance documents around Data Disclosure avoidance and best practice strategies for protecting personally identifiable information from education records (PII) in aggregate reports. The webinar will provide suggestions on how to ensure that necessary confidentiality requirements are met, including compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Michael Hawes, Statistical Privacy Advisor for the U.S. Department of Education and Baron Rodriguez from the Privacy Technical Assistance Center will present.
For your reference, the three guidance documents released are available on the PTAC website:
Frequently Asked Questions – Disclosure Avoidance
Case Study #5 – Minimizing Access to PII: Best Practices for Access Controls and Disclosure Avoidance Techniques
Data De-identification: An Overview of Basic Terms
Hurricane Sandy help from FED Dept of Ed to SEAs LEAs IHEs
Department is reaching out to state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), institutions of higher education (IHEs), and state and local disaster recovery coordinators to let them know about issue-specific recovery resources. Also, the Department is posting relevant information on a new Hurricane Sandy web page: http://www.ed.gov/sandy/.
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FTC escalates anti-robocall campaign – takes out 5 mass callers
FTC cases follow agency’s Robocall Challenge offering $50,000 for private high-tech fix for robocall problem
By Layer 8 on Thu, 11/01/12 – 12:30pm.
Just two weeks after it challenged the public to come up with a better technological way to stop incessant robocalling, the Federal Trade Commission pulled the plug on five mass calling companies it said were allegedly responsible for millions of illegal pre-recorded calls from “Rachel” and others from “Cardholder Services.”
The FTC said it gets more than 200,000 complaints each month about telemarketing robocalls, including calls from “Rachel” that pitch consumers with a supposedly easy way to save money by reducing their credit card interest rates. After collecting an up-front fee, however, the FTC believes that the companies do little if anything to fulfill their promises. “At the FTC, Rachel from Cardholder Services is public enemy number one,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz at the announcement of the cases. The five complaints announced today were filed in courts from Arizona to Florida against the following companies: 1) Treasure Your Success, 2) Ambrosia Web Design, 3) A+ Financial Center, LLC, 4) The Green Savers, and 5) Key One Solutions, LLC. Each complaint alleges, among other things, that the defendants violated the FTC Act by misrepresenting that consumers who buy their services will have their credit card interest rates reduced substantially and will save thousands of dollars as a result of lowered credit card interest rates.
In the cases, the FTC alleges that the defendants place automated calls to consumers, saying they have an “important message” regarding an opportunity to reduce high credit card interest rates. Consumers are urged to “press 1” to connect with a live representative, or “press 2” to discontinue getting such calls. Consumers who press 1 are connected to live telemarketers. Most consumers have no way to screen the calls using Caller ID, as the incoming number allegedly is often “spoofed,” or displayed as a false number. In many cases, the name displayed on the Caller ID is so generic, such as “Card Services,” that it provides little information about who is calling, the FTC stated.
While most robocalls have been banned since 2009, the FTC has seen the problems escalate over the past year. Just last month it announced the Robocall Challenge offering $50,000 to anyone who can create what the agency calls “an innovative way to block that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.” As part of the challenge, the FTC said it would provide participants with data on de-identified consumer complaints about robocalls made between June 2008 and September 2012. Challenge participants interested in this data will receive periodic updates with contemporary data through December 31, 2012. The complaint data will include: date of call; approximate time of call; reported caller name; first seven digits of reported caller phone number; and consumer area code.
Verizon Lobby under water
Under sea cables
Almost every cell phone available today is able to send and receive SMS text messages.
SMS infrastructure generally holds up better in times of crisis than email, and it automatically appears on your phone’s screen when you receive one.
IN A DISASTER YOU CAN’T TRUST CELL PHONES
Satellite phones work in emergencies, transmit calls through networks of low-earth-orbiting satellites technically capable of transmitting calls anywhere on earth, BUT they have the drawback of not working inside buildings and being much heavier and more expensive than cell phones. Trusting cell phones to work in many emergency situations can be dangerous or fatal.
Two firms — Iridium and Globalstar — dominate the satellite-phone market. Cell phones become useless from call traffic overloading, power cutoffs, microcell batteries running down within a couple of days, power failures can turn regional cellular networks into largely useless hardware in short order. Organizations should not depend on inexpensive cell phones rather than the expensive dedicated radio equipment. Newer satellite phones commonly sell for $1,000 to $1,500 dollars. Monthly calling plans aren’t cheap either. Iridium subscribers typically pay between $1 and $1.50 a minute for air time.
The main problem is no communication connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown
Ham Radio’s work no matter what – Do you know a ham radio operator?
- fill up your gas tank in the car
- call your family and invite them to your hurricane party sleep over!
- get the bucket and fill up the bathtub with water so you can still flush the toilet
- batteries batteries batteries batteries
- candles + matches
- P&J + bread
- magazines – books books books
Connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown.
Hurricane, Typoon, Earthquake Weather Disaster Emergency Communication
The main problem is no communication.
Connectivity and telecommunications will breakdown.
IN A DISASTER YOU CAN’T TRUST CELL PHONES learn what you can do
Typhoon, Earthquake Weather Disaster Emergency Communication Check List http://ow.ly/ePlIG
Learn to use a Ham Radio, become an operator and own the airwaves.
This will be another huge waste of taxpayer’s money like the billions over the last decade.