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Why you keep using Facebook, even if you hate it

The network effect is Facebook’s biggest selling point, and the root of many of its problems.

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What happened with Cambridge Analytica highlights this perfectly.

Before many people join a network, it may not be so useful. But the more people join, the more useful it becomes. That’s the network effect. Facebook is a step beyond that — it’s the network effect on steroids.

This is what makes facebook so great — it knows everything about you! — and what makes facebook so awful — IT KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU. And while its network of 2.13 billion monthly users doesn’t pay any money to use the core service, Facebook makes plenty of money — millions daily — buy providing advertisers access to that user data. And everyone on the site agreed to this when they signed up.

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Film Theory: The Tide Pod Challenge – EXPOSED!

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Ep. 83 – Movies We Hate That Most Others Love

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire – Horror in Manhattan – Extra History

A throwaway cigarette landed on a pile of cloth. 146 women died from the resulting fire. But this tragedy motivated citizens and politicians to take a stand from workers’ rights, creating a far safer world that we still live in over a century later.
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2018-04-03 MayorCam game – What did the Mayor Cut?

Cameraman Bruce made a mistake he will never do again. He tried using the Council audio feed and found out it can be cut off at the will of the chair. Bruce will be using his own microphone system from now on. Why? Here is a tale of meeting control and bullying from the mayor of all he knows.

As the public becomes more frustrated by the abuses of this administration, the mayor tries to create incidents so he does not have to answer to the bigger issues. Notice how the press and candidates are NOT talking about the root problems of our town. They only want to talk about the fluff and blame discourse on the people trying to bring up crime, transparency and corruption. The people going to the Council Public Input care deeply about the town. They are willing to risk jail time, being hit by the presiding officer, stalking and ridicule to bring the information to the Councilors who refuse to listen to the public in any other format.

The current strategy of the power elites seem to be to try and keep the discussion focused on this list of “booming” numbers. The message is that the average citizen should feel better when these numbers are bigger than when they are smaller. Unfortunately, no one has been able to explain how these “booming” numbers indicate good things for anyone but the power elites. Is your sewer and water bill lower? Are the roads better? Is more money staying local? Is the library better? Is your commute shorter? Are wages up? Are job opportunities better? What about crime?

The frailty of the administration’s arguments, is again shown by their need to play games with the official record of City Council meetings. Cameraman Bruce has saved every video and audio available from the City because the current administration tries to rewrite history and glorify itself with an edited version of the truth. As of this date, over 3,500 videos have been saved with most uploaded to YouTube for all to use.

So what is the mayor trying hide this time and why?

As of this posting, there are about 40 days and a few hours left to this miserable Sioux Falls city administration. It can’t come too soon. We have an election coming to change several wishy washy officials. Are we going to get another group of BOOM TOWN rubber stamper groupies? Are we going to elect more authoritarians like Huether who are there for their own gratifications?

Once again the city is playing video games. Cameraman Bruce has saved every video and audio available because the current administration tries to rewrite history to glorify. As of this date, over 3,500 videos have been saved with most uploaded to YouTube for all to use.

The City of Sioux Falls, as of this video upload, has refused to make the City Council meeting of April 3, 2018 public.

We have caught the administration editing videos before but never have they refused to make them public.

A few years ago, the administration cut out a section of video where the presiding officer went over and hit the Council Chair for not keeping his members in line. Several Council members contacted Cameraman Bruce in hopes his camera caught the action. For reference, remember when Christine Erickson was freeze framed? When pushed to fix the video, Rick Kiley’s head floated over the Council dais similar to the Great Wizard of Oz? Bruce secured newer equipment after the incident and MayorCam was born.

Another time, the presiding officer had the video system scrubbed after the Cameraman Bruce was hit on the head during a city council meeting causing a broken tooth.

A certain city official has taken the time to stalk citizens after meetings. Is this to possibly to create an incident so he can blame on the victim?

Cameraman Bruce has been hearing from citizens who have been threatened and physically assaulted.

The full server copy of city’s version has been uploaded already. We downloaded it and published it legally. Few people have the ability to do it, so we do it for you. Enjoy.

2018 04 03 Minnehaha County Commission Meeting April 3rd, 2018

Rebroadcast of Sioux Falls City plus School Board, School District and Minnehaha County government videos are paid for by the taxpayers of Sioux Falls SD. These video must be saved for the future.

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Transcripts of these meetings are available. Citizens should know what was said by all the meeting participants. Look to the Closed Captioning button. If you find a serious error from the system, let us know so we will try and help you fix it. This is a citizen effort and take no ownership or responsibility for the public videos.

Many of these videos will have a 15 minute delay before starting due to the operation of the operation of the city recording system. We grab the video before this is permanently trimmed off or other modifications are made. You are likely seeing the raw footage here.

The City of Sioux Falls and School District have been systemically or maliciously deleting publicly owned videos without explanation. This channel is reloading all available School plus City of Sioux Falls videos in the public interest for history, research and transparency.

Demand your city history NOT be destroyed. Contact your School Board, the City Council members and the Mayor and tell them to stop destroying our civic history.

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Why ‘Deaths of Despair’ May Be a Warning Sign for America | Moving Upstream

Does a decades-long rise in suicide among white Americans signal an emerging crisis for U.S. capitalism and democracy? Nobel prize-winning economist Angus Deaton, and his wife, fellow Princeton Prof. Anne Case, share their provocative theory with WSJ’s Jason Bellini in this episode of Moving Upstream.

2018-04-03 Sioux Falls Special Meeting – 2703

The unsettling State of The City

Rebroadcast of Sioux Falls City plus School Board, School District and Minnehaha County government videos are paid for by the taxpayers of Sioux Falls SD. These video must be saved for the future.

See the agendas, minutes and video links at http://www.sfmeetings.org/

Transcripts of these meetings are available. Citizens should know what was said by all the meeting participants. Look to the Closed Captioning button. If you find a serious error from the system, let us know so we will try and help you fix it. This is a citizen effort and take no ownership or responsibility for the public videos.

Many of these videos will have a 15 minute delay before starting due to the operation of the operation of the city recording system. We grab the video before this is permanently trimmed off or other modifications are made. You are likely seeing the raw footage here.

The City of Sioux Falls and School District have been systemically or maliciously deleting publicly owned videos without explanation. This channel is reloading all available School plus City of Sioux Falls videos in the public interest for history, research and transparency.

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2018-04-03 Are we ready for the next big disaster in Sioux Falls?

To let you know I’m not a full time cynic or complainer. 30 years ago I traveled the United States developing disaster recovery programs and systems for major corporations and governments. I ask many questions from this spot because I see issues stemming secrecy and lack of transparency coming from poor planning processes. Some of the projects I developed solutions for allowed major banking institutions to survive and operate during the 1989 and 1994 CA earthquakes and more.

I sent all of you a Press Release last week asking three basic questions:
1. Is Sioux Falls ready to handle a major catastrophic event?
2. Have we done preparedness drills?
3. Do we have mutual aid agreements in place with surrounding communities for fire, police and ambulance services?

So far our review says we don’t have a yes to any of these questions. It’s time for the citizens to ask the town to make major leadership changes in this election before it’s too late.

Last Monday as I left downtown, I stopped to assess the train derailment under the 11th Street viaduct. What I saw shocked me and should cause everyone in Sioux Falls to consider the ramifications and lack of benefit we get from our mayor’s $27 million rail relocation project.

The events this week should shock and scare us to the point of action.

The train derailment missed becoming a mass casualty incident by a razor thin margin.

Fortunately, these rail cars contained grain.

However, other hazardous substances able to quickly gas or burn downtown Sioux Falls are regularly transported on the same route through our downtown.

The derailment of a car containing more hazardous substances like ammonia fertilizer could destroy or paralyze several square miles of Sioux Falls very quickly.

Potentially thousands of people would have had to be evacuated if they had not been killed.

I took the accompanying photos during the early and post derailment clean-up process. Photos show four rail cars on their sides with grain spilling out. Workers were already cleaning up the grain.

The photos also show how the railcars slid within a foot or so of taking out a pillar holding the bridge up. It was very likely the viaduct would have collapsed.

The 4 fully loaded railcars weighed about 1,000,000 pounds, that’s 1 million pounds of kinetic energy pushing into the ground, possibly moving the pillar’s foundation.

What would happen not if, but when, several million pounds of rail cars land differently next time?

As it is, have the footing been inspected by a reputable state highway inspector?

Once the pillar support can be inspected, the viaduct may yet be closed. Get answer to the question: Did the sliding rail car disturb the bridge foundation?

At several city meetings we ask to see City disaster recovery plans for disasters.

My requests for disaster plans seemed to be reasonable given how many full time disaster recovery planners are paid high City salaries.

Regardless, in answer to my requests for the plans, only blank stares or claims of computer simulation games are given.
Now we’re back to when will Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County get real mutual aid ambulance agreements? We never receive a straight story from this administration; will we get one from the next?

Secret agreements, deals and no transparency is all we find as we get when we dig into Sioux Falls city government. The released SDPAA training exercise project being portrayed by our administration as a real report shows how little our current government cares for the real health and safety of the public.

We got very, very lucky this time. What will happen when the next derailment or tornado happens?

No doubt the people who were paid to plan for these events will blame it on everyone else and claim it was the fault of the administration who happens to be in office at the time of the disaster.

Why is it always an act of God?

Where is this discussion in the current campaign?

Why does someone have to die for action to happen?