Why Big Brother hates the Internet: How Ed Schultz destroyed his journalistic credibility

Today was a great day for learning some of the lessons the Internet can teach us. Today, in a proudly in-your-face style, Andrew Breitbart outed talking head Ed Schultz for the propagandistic liar he proved today that he is. In my book, Ed Schultz lost 100% of whatever little credibility he had. Depending on how long it takes for MSNBC to fire Schultz, that network may also lose whatever little credibility they had. This in a time when various polls show media credibility at an all time low with "news" consumers.

Immediately below is Breitbart's video — it speaks for itself — which may prove to be the undoing of Ed Schultz. In my view, it couldn't happen to a more deserving piece of Goebbelsian propaganda scum1. Karma, Eddie, toujours le karma!

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BEGIN DIGRESSION: One of the things I am trying to accomplish with this information-gathering mashup-type website is to demonstrate how social media, Twitter in particular, can be used as two-way emergency warning system, a sort of modern Committees of Correspondence, to share information about what Big Brother is up to. (Non-beginners please bear with me for a second.) An important part of what makes that possible is known as "hyperlinking". You'll notice that the text is black, but some of the words are blue. When you place your cursor on a blue word, it turns into a little hand with a pointing index finger. Then, if you left-click the word, it takes you to another place. It's a little like footnotes, only VASTLY superior because the links can take you virtually anywhere on the Internet, to news articles, to videos, to photographs, ad infinitum.

As you may know, this website is made using Drupal 5 content management system (CMS). I recently purchased two new (to me) softwares, PDF Converter 7 Pro and OmniPage 17 (an optical character regonition [OCR] software). Additionally, I purchased online the invaluable little program, Image Converter Plus, which will quickly convert almost any type of file into virtually whatever type of file you need. The idea is to be able to create, manage, edit and link to my website Portable Document Format (PDF) files for the purposes of sharing valuable self-ownership-related information.

Material gets deleted from the Internet every day. I used to remove the deleted videos from my website, but I no longer do that. I want people to see how much stuff the gubmint doesn't want you to see gets deleted from the Internet for political propaganda purposes. You see, Big Brother doesn't want his debt-money serfs thinking seditious thoughts. No doubt some of the deletions are innocent, but it is more than likely that many of the deletions are agenda-oriented. Big Brother is definitely interested in changing history by deleting truth and adding lies to the World Wide Web (as distinguished from the Internet) of information.

To combat the enemies of freedom in their strategic deletions and alterations of information, it is necessary that freedom lovers become skilled in copying all different types of files from off the Internet and storing them on their own personal computers at home. To secure this information, you need as much redundancy as you can get. I have two hard drives in my personal computer as well as an external hard drive. That's three copies of everything. Additionally, I regularly backup my important information onto several USB flash drives I keep stashed in different locations so as to minimize the chance of loss, theft, or police-state tyranny. Another good way to store information is on compact discs or even higher capacity DVDs.

I consider it crucial for freedom lovers to acquire video making skills, because so much important information is being strategically deleted and/or altered daily by the enemies of individual freedom. There are softwares, some free, which allow you to "rip" (copy) an actual video file (as distinguished from a mere link), particularly off of YouTube, and stash the actual file on your personal computer. What that means, is that you can link or "upload" the copy of the file you have on to your website or social media account for viewing by the Internet's entire society of "cybercitizens". Video files come in several different formats, but I am only a beginner and can't tell you more than that. Research the subject yourself! (END OF DIGRESSION.)

Getting back to today's Breitbart vs. Schultz story, I was checking my Twitter time line on Tweetdeck when one of the 2,000 smart "Tweeps" (Twitter users) I follow "tweeted" (posting something on Twitter) the video which caught my eye. In turn, I posted the following "tweet" (a post on Twitter): "AbleGoodman — What a scumbag liar U R, @WeGotEd. It's really cool how @AndrewBreitbart outed your sorry ass. bit.ly/mUH2gT #teaparty #libertarian". The idea, by using their Twitter addresses, was to let Andrew Breitbart know his video was getting around, and to let Ed Schultz know that his outing as a liar was also getting around. Lastly, when you put a "#" symbol in front of a word or phrase, in the "Twitterverse" (Twitter universe), that is known as a "hashtag". Tweetdeck will group all the tweets using a given hashtag, so that's a great way to make contacts with like-minded tweeps (and the group's "trolls" and idiots). If you click on the #teaparty #libertarian hashtag links, you will see what happens.

Moving on with the story, one of my biggest Internet heroes, Andrew Breitbart, actually "retweeted" (tweeting somebody else's tweet so all your Twitter "followers" can see it) my above tweet. I couldn't believe it. That was really cool. Unfortunately, he also deleted it before I could think of making a copy of it for my archives. I guess he leaves that type of "RT" ("retweet") up just long enough to be sure it has a chance to circulate. Too bad. It would have been one of my most cherished Internet cyberspace possessions. I would have loved looking at it once in awhile just to remind me how cool the Internet is.

Fortunately, my bad luck gives me a chance to illustrate why freedom lovers need to be alert to copy important information and spread it around. TIP: It's very cool to know that if you push your "print screen" button, you will have made a copy of your computer screen at that moment. That copy can be opened in softwares that handle "jpeg" ("Joint Photographic Experts Group" — also "jpg") files, such as PhotoShop or PhotoShop Elements.

One of the most important things (besides cutting, copying and pasting - Hardy har!) a computer user can know is how to organize your files and folders. I have a folder just for jpeg files. In that folder are dozens of other folders, all containing jpeg files in dozens of different categories. One of my categories is "website banners and buttons".

You can "right click" on an image, and it will tell you the size of that image, and you can save it to the folder of your choice. In the case of "print screen" images, you can open the jpeg in, say, Photoshop, and crop and size it to pretty much whatever you want. When you make a small image and link it to a URL or another image, it's often called a "banner" or "icon". You can see some banners and icons in the navigation column to the left side of the page. Feel free to click on them and see where they take you.

To conclude my little story, I'm going to make a medium-sized banner image which will take you to a larger print-screen image. If you don't know how to do that, and to post those images on your own website, I suggest you find yourself a good local — local has advantages of trying to do it over the Internet — computer guru who has some time to help get you started. My guru was a great guy named Rick Castellini who became a personal friend. Here's the banner I made for demonstration purposes:

If I had thought to do that with Andrew Breitbart's retweet, I would have done so. Oh well, at least I know the truth of what happened — and I just happen to have jpeg images of both the email notice of that retweet, and the actual retweet itself as it shows on Breitbart's Twitter page, even though those images are not quite as pretty and colorful as the Tweetdeck page would have been. They demonstrate my print-screen tip.

One last thing I nearly forgot to mention. It's a great idea to keep track of your Internet resources. I use Mozilla Firefox for my browser, so I have a bookmark column with hundreds of handy "bookmarks" in it. I also made pages on my website for my Twitter News Feeds, and my collection of Twitter pundits & bloggers. You can see the icons in the navigation column on the left side of the page. Between those three things, I have made it a LOT easier to refer more quickly and easily to the information I need.

I hope you enjoyed my political activism combined with a little tutorial for beginning freedom lovers. Until next time, as Drudge loves to say, "developing . . ."


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1. As I said in the "Welcome" section of this website, (it bears constant repetition): Regarding the words "scum" and "scumbag" as an epithet used in self-defensive demonization against select individuals. Hey, what can I say? It is a long-proven statistical fact that negative political ads work. And since the so-called "left" uses lies, half-truths, demonization and the politics of personal destruction as standard political strategies, failure to engage in a little "turn about is fair play" merely makes it easier for the various assortments of disordered illiterate fascist control freaks to destroy individual freedom. As I said on my blog homepage, "Some folks just think they're smarter than everybody else, a higher form of life than everybody else. So, instead of engaging in good faith discussions about specific ideas, they simply resort to deception, sophistry, unspecificity, undefined terms, manipulation, demonization and the politics of personal destruction AS A MATTER OF PREFERRED STRATEGY to get their little spoiled-brat control-freak way. Such behavior is anathema to intellectual honesty, an open mind, a kind heart, free inquiry, the freedoms of thought and speech, and the free flow of information. It MUST be eternally warred against if humankind is to entertain a realistic hope of ever reaching its full spiritual and intellectual potential." To avoid the violence which is directly related to repression of free speech and the crushing of polite and civil discourse, I believe it is essential to engage in strategic tit-for-tat with wannabe-clever manipulative demonizers by openly calling them what they are: the anti-freedom, anti-Golden-Rule scum of the earth (aka "scumbags"). Accordingly, it doesn't bother me in the least to do so. No less brilliant a person than Jesus of Nazareth himself referred to the scumbags of his day as "hypocrites", "blind guides", "vipers" and "whitewashed sepulchres". To paraphrase Ann Coulter, Jesus was not some moron driving around in a Volvo with a "be nice to people" bumper sticker on it. So, having read The Art of Political War and Other Radical Pursuits by David Horowitz, I don't have any problem with calling reprobate, treasonous-to-the-U.S.-Constitution, control-freak "scum" what it is.

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