Friday, 22 September 2017

Fake Ad Story

For a couple of days, I've read the hype by Facebook over the evil Russians and their ad's during the US campaign last year.  They want to turn the information over to the special prosecutor....congress....and just about anyone who will talk about the evil Russians.

I sat and pondered over this.

Back in January of this year....a couple of Stanford University professors wrapped up a study over fake news and social media usage.

They came to the conclusion that all this fake news....really wasn't read much by readers via social media.  They even discovered that only about fifteen percent of Americans get their news in some fashion....via social media (a shocker for Facebook).

Then they came to this odd factor.....folks don't really retain any information about these ad's or fake news items.  They do go and add a 'pound' of weight on future perception of people....but to say that the fake news items by the Russians did much....as compared to stupidity by Hillary herself, her news-handlers, or some guy just commenting about something at the local sports bar?

So you go back to Facebook and just wonder if we need to have some agency continually monitoring the ad situation on Facebook.....hour-by-hour and preventing people from advertising on social media.....mostly because people are too stupid to grasp propaganda.

Here's the thing....all of this might eventually bring up some stupid idea via the Senate that you need to have a commission that monitors all political advertisements in an election year....to prevent stupid people from reacting in some unusual way.  The potential title?  The Facebook Commission?

North Korea and the Duchy Story

Decades ago, probably around the age of sixteen....I was sitting around on a Sunday and they ran an odd movie called "The Mouse That Roared".  For some reason, the is etched into my mind, and often comes up when the North Korea and Nukes topic is discussed.

For those who don't remember the movie....a brief background.

The book used for the movie came out of 1955....by an Irish-American by the name of Leonard Wibberley.  He wrote mostly crime-fiction, kid-fiction, and poetry....but in the midst of the mid-1950s...he got into satirical novel writing and wrote a piece over the Cold War.

So this book to be used for the movie....was about this Duchy of Grand Fenwick.  It's an imaginary place....somewhere between France and Switzerland....no more than three by five miles.  It was mostly a failed economy situation....pre-industrial stage....much like North Korea today.  The only thing they made, which they proudly sold....was a wine.

Thanks to evil American capitalists....they figured out the way to make Fenwick wine....copying it....and selling it for less, thus destroying the economy of Fenwick.

One day, the prime minister says 'enough' and decides that only by declaring war, then surrendering....will they get something like the 'Marshall Plan'.

The war in his mind....will be brief and without much drama (no medals, no ceremonies, and no parades).

It's worth mentioning that their weapons collection is mostly bows and arrows from the 1700s.

There is a formal and well-written declaration of war....but the State Department with all of it's fine people....just file it in the records department without reading it.

There's an invasion within the movie....they walk into some Manhattan weapons lab, and accidentally discover the "Quadium Bomb".   The US freaks out over what's happened and offers up some deal to make the Duchy all happy....with 'free' American money.

The bomb-part of the story?  Well....as the Einstein-like inventor tells at the end....it was a dud.  He didn't think it was wise to build such a bomb.

In a way, North Korea is stuck into a cycle like the Duchy.  The economical world since the mid-1950s has passed them and there are a country without much of anything to export.  For all the talk that Kim ("Rocketman") does....it only works because of the mass media, and this "Quadium Bomb" threat (mostly with nuke bombs he says they have and these rocket tests).  In a way, Kim needs the country to emerge move into the industrialized era.

Oddly, Leonard Wibberley wrote three additional books on the Duchy.  One on their attempt to enter the race to the moon....a second on their escapes on handling Wall Street....and the last on the world's energy problem (solved by the Duchy of course).

This is probably why I don't really take all this hype on North Korea very serious.  I remember the movie, and the conclusion.