Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

Alan Snel: Dear Mr. President, let’s ride bicycles when you’re in Florida (so that you keep off the Twitter)

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Alan Snel: Bicycle Writer
Dear Mr. President,
It’s so cool that you enjoy Florida!
You’re back in South Florida today — and I live here too.
Today is such a sweet March day here in the Sunshine State for both of us. Strong tropical breezes off the Atlantic Ocean, yet the humidity is still low so that we’re not sweating our balls off!
Yet, for some reason, when you come to Florida you seem kinda, well, stressed out and those fingers of yours go running across your cell phone and out pops another tweet that really grabs America by the . . . hmmmm, I’m not sure I better finish that sentence.
Well, anyway, you were back in Florida and back on the Twitter and out jumped this twittery gem.

How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Man, that’s quite the doozy!
You’re one intense dude.
So intense, that you threw in an extra “p” into “tapp.”
Talk about ppassion!
So, here’s the deal. Even your closest pals think you’re overdoing it a bit with this Twitter thing.
So, I have an idea.
Let’s go bicycling instead of you twittering when you come to Florida.
Didn’t you hear? Bicycling is the new golf!
I get stressed out, too, sometimes — just like you.
But instead of tweeting I go biking.
I love bicycles.
You love bicycles. Well, maybe once you did, when you put on the Tour de Trump bike race back in the late 1980s.
You had the golden touch even back then.
This protest stuff is not new.
Check out some of these folks way back in 1989 at your bike race.
Anyway, I’m happy to take you out on a bicycle ride.
I have a bicycle for you. Or, I have lots of friends who would be happy

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Blake Dowling: The Russian (hackers) are coming

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

We hear about the Russian mob and Russian hackers all the time, especially in politics and technology.
The Russian mob is all over the dark web selling ransomware toolkits and fake credit cards. The Russians created ransomware, a threat that continues to wreak havoc all over the world in various forms.
We can’t all be comedian Bert Kreischer and be friends with the Russian mob. Nice work, Machine.
See the Showtime special about Bert in Russia if you dare. I knew Bert when he was a young Florida State frat boy (ATO) and was always up for a rowdy evening.
You can see the clip here; be warned, it contains adult language.
Moving on …
In recent years, talk has moved from the Russian mob and hackers to the Russian government.
We all know the stories about the Democratic National Committee emails and stories of our new POTUS (An acronym I hate, by the way. So annoying. I used it just to bother myself).
So, what is really going on? Is the Russian state backing hackers to cause chaos around the globe, interfering with our elections, communications and media? It would certainly appear so.
Let’s be real, their president does not mess around; their Olympic Athletes are more juiced up than an Orange Grove, and their attempts at hacking appear to be legit, but the Kremlin has always denied involvement.
Bulgaria, Germany, France, Britain and the U.S. – all targets of various types of cyber-attacks.
Last month, a joint report by the National Security Agency, CIA, and FBI concluded that the Russian intelligence services did, in fact, target U.S. organizations involved with our most recent presidential election.
Their goal? To create chaos, steer public opinion and disrupt our democratic processes.
This type of warfare has been going on for years, but in the past year, it has really taken a more public spin.

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Kathy Castor is right calling ‘extreme vetting’ order immoral, un-American

Monday, January 30th, 2017

It might be easy to dismiss the harsh comments by U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa regarding President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order that called for “extreme vetting” of potential refugees from seven Muslim nations.
As Mitch Perry reported Sunday on SaintPetersBlog, Castor said, “President Trump’s executive order targeting and banning legal permanent residents and refugees from war-torn areas is illegal, immoral and un-American.  It has made us less safe.  If the president wants to empower jihadists, this is the way to do it.”
I would expect nothing less from Castor. She is reliably liberal. She is from the opposition party, and Trump’s action is right in the Democrats’ you-were-warned wheelhouse. And she was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton.
There is something else to keep in mind, though. In my dealings with Castor, I have found her concern for all people to be genuine and deep. She also is extremely smart and usually says exactly what she believes.
I don’t think she was just trying to make political hay here. I think she was trying to make an important point before this deeply divided nation drives off the edge of the cliff and careens into the abyss.
Did I say divided?
For all the notoriety about President Trump’s Twitter habits, his Facebook page is what raised my eyebrows Monday morning.
His statement explaining the executive order had more than 574,000 reactions – most of which appeared to be positive. The statement also had been shared with other Facebook users more than 213,000 times. And he is doing exactly what he promised to do if elected. More than a few people have said they find that refreshing.
There appeared to be thousands of comments under the statement – I didn’t have time to count them all – and most of them (but not all) were supportive of the

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Donald Trump campaigned as a disrupter, begins governing by chaos

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Trump’s temporary halt to the U.S. refugee program — the most consequential policy he’s unveiled in his presidency’s opening days — wreaked havoc at airports and sparked protests across the country. The order left Trump’s own government agencies scrambling, his Republican Party divided and allies around the world uneasy. A federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily blocking part of the measure, setting up a legal battle ahead.
Trump could have avoided at least some of these consequences. He could have consulted significantly with the agencies tasked with implementing the order. He could have delivered a speech explaining his action and its intent in detail to the American people. His team could have prepared a contingency plan for the newly banned travelers already en route to U.S. as Trump signed the order.
Instead, Trump showed that not only does he intend to follow through on his controversial campaign promises, he plans to do so in the spirit of the mandate his advisers believe he has: disrupting Washington and setting fire to the playbook its leaders have long relied on.
It’s not clear whether the White House acted Friday knowing the consequences that would follow. But Saturday, as protesters crowded U.S. airports where legal U.S. residents were stuck in limbo, the president declared he was pleased with the results.
“It’s working out very nicely,” Trump said Saturday.
Trump is known to tolerate considerable instability and fluidity in his inner circle. His campaign was often improvisational and unpredictable, driven at times by the split decisions of the candidate. As a chief executive of a private company, Trump rarely had to contend with the complexity or scrutiny involved in operating the federal government.
Even before the chaos surrounding the refugee restrictions, Trump was sowing confusion in his first days in office.
He announced an investigation into voter fraud — on

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Seminole elections chief Mike Ertel takes to social media to defend voting integrity

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel wants voters to know that that the voting process is sound and he believes it was not corrupted by millions of illegal votes in November as President Donald Trump has alleged.
Ertel, a Republican, took to social media Wednesday morning to spread that message. He conceded there may be problems to be fixed and attempts by some to manipulate voting. But he sought in a Facebook post Wednesday morning to explain that the system should ensure voter trust. He also said trust in the democratic process hangs in the balance.
Ertel tagged 25 other Florida supervisors of elections as well as Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, assuring that his post would be seen by their followers as well as his own. Among those he tagged was Clay County Supervisor Chris Chambless, who is president of the Florida State Supervisors of Election Association [Ertel is not a member.] Ertel said he also would be tweeting out a similar message today on Twitter.
“President Trump has created quite the kerfuffle with today’s tweets concerning voter fraud,” Ertel wrote in his post. “To be clear: voter fraud is likely one of the least committed felonies in America, and barring system-wide collusion, it is simply not the case that ‘millions voted illegally.’
“However, there are always political operatives who attempt to manipulate the process throughout, and to pretend it doesn’t exist at all, is to either be putting your head in the sand or to exercise an extreme naïveté of the presence of dirty political tactics,” he continued. “There is good news: Florida’s system, while not perfect, is among the best at ensuring voter trust. We have hard-working, ethical supervisors of elections, and Seminole County is home to pollworkers and staff who together constitute America’s Finest Elections Team.”
Ertel then pointed out a number

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Florida man charged with making online threat against Donald Trump

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

A South Florida man has been charged with threatening to kill President-elect Donald Trump in a video posted online.
A Miami Beach police report released Wednesday identified the suspect as 51-year-old Dominic Puopolo. Jail records show Puopolo is being held without bail on state charges of threatening harm against a public servant. Court records do not list a lawyer for him.
The police report says Puopolo on Monday posted a video on his Twitter account stating that he would “be at the review/inauguration and I will kill President Trump, President-elect Trump” while in Washington.
The report says he was arrested a short time later at a Miami Beach Subway restaurant and admitted to officers he had posted the threatening video. Police say Puopolo told them he is homeless.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.
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Marco Rubio puts Russian in political oppression spotlight – and calls out Vladimir Putin

Monday, January 9th, 2017

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio restarted his social media campaign to highlight political prisoners worldwide Monday, this time spotlighting a Russian imprisoned under President Vladimir Putin for “unauthorized assembly, and calling out Putin by name.
“#Russia must immediately and unconditionally release prisoner of conscience Ildar Dadin #expressionNOToppression,” Florida’s Republican senator tweeted Monday morning.
It’s a restart of an occasional serial of tweets and other social media posts that Rubio has been providing in late 2014 and the first few months of 2016 before his U.S. Senate campaign. Yet while it’s not the first time Rubio has highlighted a Russian, it comes with explicit denunciation of Putin – at a time when the Russian president’s relationship with president-elect Donald Trump and allegations of election campaign interference, together with reports of Putin’s own totalitarian approach to governing, are at the top of the news.
The tweet included a meme that declared, “Russian human rights activist Ildar Dadin was sentenced to two years in prison for participating in an ‘unauthorized assembly’ – in other words, expressing his right to freedom of expression. He is the first person convicted in Russia under Vladimir Putin’s new law that bars any form of public dissent. Status: Reportedly held in a prison camp in Siberia.”
Rubio brought his campaign to the Senate floor last May with a speech that included, “Every day, people are unjustly detained, they’re tortured, publicly shamed, and murdered, often at the hands of their own government. And here’s what their crimes are: Simply disagreeing with the government… disagreeing whether through journalism, through blogging, through peaceful organizing, or for simply [believing] in a different religion.”
In the first few months of his campaign, which ran until last July, Rubio highlighted at least two dozen cases of politically-oppressed individuals in North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Pakistan, Iran, China, Venezuela, Egypt, Kenya, Turkey, Bahrain, Vietnam,

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#NeverAgain is the lie that’s always trending

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Vladimir Putin may be the highest-tech mass murder on the planet, but he has not been able to silence the men, women and children in Syria who are writing their last wills and testaments on Twitter.
One of them is a seven-year-old girl named Bana. With a little tech support from her mom, she tweeted a “Final message. People are dying since last night. I am very surprised I am tweeting right now and still alive.”
Some Syrians are communicating the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper. If you’re a nurse who saves lives for a living, you need more than 140 characters to explain why taking your own life is a more appealing exit strategy than being murdered by Assad’s army, after a battalion has raped you.
If little Bana is still alive, she is “hiding and terrified.” If she somehow survives Bashir’s Bloodbath, she will learn that holocausts have been going on since biblical times, and many people knew, and few people lifted a finger to help.
The Lie of the Year may change, but “Never again” is The Lie of Every Year.
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Blake Dowling: Apps for everything

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

I think I have downloaded more apps in the past five years than anyone in the southern United States. When the kids were younger, new game? Done. Five a day, we would play incessantly, then delete.
The gaming app 100 Balls took over two weeks of our life; Stack took a few weeks. Jet Pack Joy Ride might have robbed our family of actual months. Anyway, as the kids got older, it’s more about functionality these days.
Although Zombie Highway still pulls me back in sometimes, I try to get out, and they pull me back in (as the saying goes).
As far as must-have solid apps, here is my go-to list: WatchESPN, Xfinity (I can change the channel while on the road, the kids wonder why they are suddenly watching Air Wolf … Ha Ha!), AMX, The Bible app is great, Delta, The Score, Twitter, and Insta.
For political junkies out there, make sure to check first for your news (duh).
After that, check out Politomix, which streamlines all political news worldwide 24/7, or Pocket Justice, which details over 600 constitutional law cases (they should have called this “party time,” because it sounds like the fun doesn’t stop).
iCitizen is another cool app for all things politics.
I have football season tickets with some fraternity brothers from back in the old days. The old days are defined as a time before smartphones, email, and social media – BT (Before Tech) for short.
It was a glorious time to be digitally anonymous. Those days are over now, and – for better or worse – tech is here to stay. Who
In regards to my season ticket holding group we use an app called SplitCost, which comes in handy 4 dividing up expenses: New generator costs A, dinner out was B, 4 cases of gin costs C.
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Lenny Curry’s office to parody Twitter account: public safety is no joke

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

In the words of The Smiths, “that joke isn’t funny anymore.”
That seemed to be the reaction of the office of Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry Tuesday to the latest tweet from @jaxmayorcurry, a parody account of the current chief executive.
“The mayor uses and relies on social media for information,” said City of Jacksonville Director of Public Affairs Marsha Oliver.
“With that, he recognizes that some information may be educational, informative and for entertainment — which includes parody accounts. However, threats of public safety are never funny. Social media followers should never be put in a position where they are presented with false and misleading statements as included in a recent post from a parody account,” Oliver added.
Unwary journalists have fallen for the seemingly obvious ruse of the counterfeit Curry in recent months, and until the advent of Hurricane Matthew, it seemed the attitude of the mayor’s office was “no harm, no foul.”
That time seems to have ended.
The previous mayor, Alvin Brown, also had a parody account, @jaxmayorbrown.
As with the Curry caricature, the Brown pastiche lampooned the public persona of the chief executive.
One can expect the Curry parody account to have some reaction to the mayor’s office drawing a distinction between the parodic doppleganger and the real thing.
For those interested in connecting with the city of Jacksonville via social media, a complete list of accounts follows:
Mayor Lenny Curry (@LennyCurry)                       
City of Jacksonville (@CityOfJax)                          
JaxReady (@JaxReady)                                           
City of Jacksonville                                                   
Ciudad de Jacksonville (en Español)                    
City of Jacksonville                                                   
City of Jacksonville                                                   
City of Jacksonville (@CityOfJax)                          

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Blake Dowling: Expert advice on navigating the Social Media universe

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Who remembers the short-lived site, Friendster?
Six years ago I was asked to sit on a panel at a conference to give “expert advice” on social media use at work.
I wish someone shot some video of the footage; in the lifetime of Social Media, six years is an eternity.
Just think … in 2008, Myspace peaked. Myspace was the most visited social networking site in the world, attracting during that time 75.9 million unique visitors a month.
Now, in 2016, we have a slew of options for social media, none of them are Myspace.
At work, we have an Instagram account, Twitter feed and Facebook account. Our Facebook page consists (mainly) of 600 friends in the community; Tallahassee being a small market, our personal and professional lives overlap quite a bit. Social Media should be part of your daily routine, no matter what line of work you are in.
If you aren’t out there, you can bet a gallon of peach schnapps that your competition is.
Granted, you don’t have to be garrulous and post every five minutes about what you had for lunch, what you are reading, what you think of the service at the car palace. Keep your messaging and content fresh and make sure you pay attention carefully to the difference between personal and professional posts.
It’s a gray area, but an important one.
I was talking to Social Media Expert, Ryan Cohn of Sachs Media Group and he had the following to say about social media: “You can’t 100 percent separate personal life and professional life, so for those interested, all my own social platforms also have professional content. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat — but I prioritize Twitter and LinkedIn for business content.”
Ryan went on to say this about the general state of social media: “The cardinal sin

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