Told you it was just a matter of time before the "powers that be" (government officials, bankers, media moguls, etc.) would start using social media to identify their opponents.

The Federal Reserve Plans To Monitor Facebook, Twitter, Google
The New York Federal Reserve Bank is embarking on an ambitious social media monitoring project. Starting this December, the Fed will be monitoring Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, and web forums in order to "handle crisis situations" and "track reach and spread of […] messages and press releases." A vendor proposal request (or RFP) from the Fed describes a "Sentiment Analysis and Social Media Monitoring Solution." The project will also identify a number of what they call "key bloggers and influencers" to target with their outreach, and presumably monitoring, efforts.
(More details on Scribd.)

American school kids still learn about Hitler, but unfortunately, they are not taught the Holocaust as a lesson of the evils of government power, but solely as a lesson in the evils of racism. (Which it certainly is, but that's not the whole story.)

I wish every American school kid (and adult) had to read "Death by Government" and "The State vs. The People" and then spend a few years learning about these dictators -- to name just a few:

*Josef Stalin (Responsible for 60 million deaths)
*Chinese government (Responsible for 100 million deaths)
*Pol Pot  (Killed 20% of Cambodia in five years)
*Nicolae Ceaușescu (Tyrannized Romania and brutalized opponents)
*Rafael Trujillo (Tortured and killed opponents in the Dominican Republic)

Of course, the list goes on and on. When will they ever learn?

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    3 years, 11 months ago - Reply - Link

    I guess come December it will be time to start making MORE comments about the federal reserve :) :) :)

    Many companies (the federal reserve included) use Twitter now to monitor what people say about them and many companies (like Ford or Groupon) are extremely fast at responding to negative remarks. I had an issue with Groupon and wanted my entire account closed and a few purchases refunded. They bawked at first until I went on Twitter and started complaining like crazy. Within a coupe hours all was resolved and I got my money back.

    Same thing happened when my Ford Escape hood came up while driving on the freeway. Ford responded quickly via Twitter (after i commented how scary it was having my hood pop up driving 65mph) but in the end I didnt get a refund like i wanted. I'll never buy Ford again.

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    3 years, 11 months ago - Reply - Link

    Ooops! I accidentally pressed ENTER key. But YES.... if you mention a company that is on Twitter, you can be sure of a quick reply. I find this a great way actually for consumers to actually get something resolved instead of getting put into phone call oblivion. Whether its being on hold forever, dealing with incompetent or rude people, etc.

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  • Mihail
    3 years, 11 months ago - Reply - Link

    Ceausescu? All leaders of today are at least the same, just were masks so you cant see them! That list could be veeeery long... it will include ppl that you cant think of...

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