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The power of the Internet and the growing phenomenon of micro-blogging are playing a growing role in connecting people instantly. Millions are using the tool to express their opinions to elected representatives and each other about the controversial pork-laden, so-called Stimulus Bill.

By midnight last Friday, the number of “Tweets” or posts at microblog Twitter account TCOT (Top Conservatives On Twitter) more than doubled all other Twitter hash tags – or groups – with 40,679 “tweets” or messages. What prompted the heavy usage? Wrangling over the Congressional stimulus bill in the U.S. Senate. Users send or receive instant tweet messages to members of Congress. The TCOT Report site, similar in format to the Drudge Report, keeps conservatives up to date with breaking news content provided by and for Twitterers.

Internet use is bringing together concerned citizens to march on Capitol Hill where WorldNetDaily columnist Melanie Morgan
joined fellow Californian and Free Republic founder Jim Robinson to lead a delegation of Americans who converged from all over the country on Monday morning at Senator Arlen Specter’s Senate office in the Hart Building.

The contingent’s purpose: to urge Specter and two other Republican senators, Olympia Snowe
and Susan Collins
of Maine, to withdraw their support for the stimulus bill, and vote against cloture.

Morgan scheduled a press conference for Tuesday at the National Press Club to introduce a television spot produced by Move America Forward
calling on President Obama to keep open the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo.

In the newsrooms

Microblogging also has found its way into newsrooms with Fox News anchor Julie Banderas and Fox and Friends
among those keeping users involved in the news program and up to date with news and life events. Radio show hosts G. Gordon Liddy and Hugh Hewitt
have discovered Twitter, billboarding upcoming show topics and guests.

Targeting Facebook profiles

Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150 million members by creating one of the world’s largest market research databases.

In an attempt to monetize the social networking site once valued at $15 billion, it soon will allow multinational companies to selectively target its members in order to research the appeal of new products. Companies will be able to pose questions to specially selected members based on such intimate details as whether they are single or married.

Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook’s global markets director and sister of founder Mark Zuckerberg, 24, said multinational companies had been bowled over by the ability to receive real-time feedback from the site’s millions of users.

Better than television?

Recently, I watched the classic movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” on my laptop. I found it at “Like Television.”

Touting itself “Like Television, Only Better,” Tesla is all of that: TV episodes, classic TV shows, online and streaming TV, cartoons and old time TV commercials are some offerings. Ride the Time Machine too, with features like “This Day in Hollywood,” and “This Day in History.” Top picks at Like Television: To Kill A Mockingbird; Owl Creek Bridge; Andy Griffith Downloads; Brother From Another Planet; and Johnny Carson Comedy.

Starting right

In tribute to all of the wonderful title sequences in film, Smashing Magazine has collected 30 unforgettable movie-opening sequences for your enjoyment and inspiration, including selections from all eras and genres. What are your favorites? What’s missing in the list?

While you’re at Smashing Mag, check out this collection of high dynamic range photos of the city that never sleeps.

See a series of photographs from around the world at Boston.com’s “The Big Picture,” including fascinating photos of our nation’s capitol dressing up for the inauguration of our 44th president.

Guns without ammo

Remember when Obama said he wasn’t going to take your guns? Well, it seems his minions and allies in the anti-gun world have no problem with taking your ammo!

The Ammunition Accountability Act is being introduced in state legislatures across the country. This bill, being pushed in 18 states, requires all ammunition to be encoded by the manufacture, creating a database of all ammunition sales. So how much you buy and what calibers will be on record. Nobody can sell any ammunition after June 30, 2009, unless the ammunition is coded.

Any privately held uncoded ammunition must be destroyed by July 1, 2011. (Including hand-loaded ammo.) You’ll also be charged a five-cent tax on every round, so every box of ammo you buy will go up at least $2.50 or more. If you can be deprived of your ammo, they won’t need to take your gun.

Legislation has already been introduced in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

A tan from your computer?

An on-line tan? More than 30,000 people fell for a new technology that promised workers a tan from their computers. What did they discover when they clicked the link?

Stop morphing!

Annoyed with those ads that blink, or morph onto your page? Here’s the solution. Add-Art is a free Firefox add-on that replaces advertising on websites with curated art images. The art shows are updated every two weeks and feature contemporary artists and curators.

The best of advertising

See the big game ads, including your favorites from the Super Bowl and the classics, like Noxzema with Farah Fawcett and Joe Namath. Remember the eerie and controversial “Apple 1984″ ad? It’s here. Watch the best ads of 2008. More at Hulu,
including the Hulu ad.

One poll puts a Go Daddy Group Inc.’s Super Bowl ad as the big game’s most-watched commercial. Another ranks both its ads near the bottom in viewer popularity.

Either way, the Scottsdale-based company said Monday that it gained a record number of new customers and total orders as a result of its “Shower” and “Baseball” ads.

JFK conspiracy

If you weren’t among those who listened to my show last week and heard author and historian Tim Miller gives us his opinion of why JFK was killed and by whom, you missed a stunning revelation. But don’t fret. You can still hear the hour-long show. Here’s the link.

Miller, who worked with the late President Gerald Ford on his final book, “Who Killed John F. Kennedy” about Ford’s participation on the Warren Commission, says Ford reveals that the CIA destroyed documents, raising more questions about the reason Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas that November day 45 years ago. And who might have been involved in the planning and execution.

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