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An astute blogger has been putting the pieces together.
T. Monroe-Hamilton of The Noisy Room writes, “Google exec Wael Ghonim utilized Facebook to bring thousands into the streets and set himself up as a political martyr if need be. Youth groups along with Ghonim support ElBaradei and, by default, the Muslim Brotherhood. And who is financing such groups? Well, our old friend George Soros of course. He and ElBaradei both sit on the International Crises Group board of trustees.”
Call it Revolution 2.0. It’s what Google’s Wael Ghonim has named it, claiming their on-line tech-savvy ability to foment demonstrations was what ultimately toppled the Egyptian regime of Hosni Mubarak.
Monroe-Hamilton observes, “The Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions did not just spontaneously erupt. No …they are well planned, drawn out, militant efforts to bring about revolutionary change on a global scale. This will be done using the Internet and the young, who will be manipulated into revolt, with either legitimate causes, manufactured wrongs or a combination of both. Enter The Alliance for Youth Movements (AYM).”
Just how influential were websites Facebook and Twitter in the rebellion? At least one skeptic argues not so much.
But Ghonim and the technically savvy computer geeks proved that technology amplified the protesters’ message, helped build international support and showed that the Internet could change politics in Egypt.
Monroe-Hamilton’s research would seem to bear this out and takes on the media for not doing theirs.
“If any real journalists had scratched the surface even a tiny bit and researched the connections behind the Egyptian revolt, they would have found it most enlightening,” he writes. “It would seem that Soros’ Center for American Progress has been behind the majority of lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill for Egyptian ‘free’ elections. Soros has also invested heavily in India with Google and in the Palestinian territories. His financial and political fingerprints are everywhere concerning chaos and revolt – of course, all done in the name of philanthropy, while sowing the seeds of violent revolution.”
Khalid El-Baramawy, 33, editor of masrawy.com said, “This isn’t like any revolution in history. It has two faces. The bad face is, we can’t control it. We don’t know the next step [after] the street.” On the positive side, he said, “Mubarak doesn’t know how to deal with us.”
Ghonim told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “If you want to liberate a government, give them the Internet.”
Ghonim also rang out victory with this Twitter message: “Mission accomplished. Thanks to all the brave young Egyptians.”
He plans to write a book about the effect of social media on political activism.
So, have Americans been “out-foxed by their government, who all along has been pulling together the makings of a movement that would start revolts in the Middle East and move throughout Europe and then strike at home, culminating in a New World Order”? Monroe-Hamilton thinks so.
By the way, Algeria has shut down its Internet and deleted Facebook as protests mount in that country. Syria and Sudanese governments have embraced use of social media to retain power. And if one were to measure the impact of Egyptian coverage: Internet vs. newspapers? No contest. Are we entering a time of worldwide Internet censorship?
Obama’s plan: nationwide wireless access.
In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama announced he wants the federal government to provide high-speed wireless coverage to 98 percent of all Americans within five years. Last week we learned details of how he wants to spend billions of dollars to tie cities and towns together with a high-tech wireless public safety system.
At a time when Congress is committed to cutting $100 billion from the budget, Obama is asking for a one-time investment of $5 billion to bring wireless coverage to rural areas and is proposing to spend $3 billion of the spectrum proceeds on research and development into new wireless technologies. Obama also is calling for a $10.7 billion commitment to support what his administration describes as a “nationwide wireless broadband network” for public safety.
Remember, “If you see something, say something.”
Foreign policy via Twitter feed at State Deptartment
While the revolution in Egypt was playing out, Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters answering questions from around the world. Her visit was streamed live through Ustream. Last week, the U.S. State Department launched a Twitter feed in Arabic.
A Bill: “Do Not Track Me Online Act of 2011”
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., has introduced a bill requiring online tracking firms to allow citizens to opt out of tracking, or else face stiff fines. The Do-Not-Track-Me-Online Act would let people choose a no-tracking setting in their browser and have companies obey that setting.
CIA website: offering public better understanding of spy work
Would you like to better understand the CIA, its history and its workings? Here’s your chance. The CIA has launched a revamped website with links to YouTube and Flickr to go along with the games and links for children on its website.
“Confession” app not a substitute, Vatican says
Don’t even think about it, says the Vatican.
“Confession: A Roman Catholic” app walks Catholics through the sacrament and contains a “personalized examination of conscience for each user.” But it’s not designed to replace going to confession, only to help Catholics through the act of admitting sins to a priest in a confessional booth. Here’s one Catholic’s perspective on it.
OMG! Texting etiquette. Happy Valentine’s Day. ILY!
Google wedding planning?
Google is now into helping you plan your wedding. No, really. Launching a full fledged planning portal for brides and grooms-to-be. Google Weddings is a destination that houses wedding-specific templates in Google Sites, Google Docs and Picnik for save-the-dates, wedding websites, planning materials, invitations and more.
Securing your data: two-factor authentication rolled out to everyone
You’ve got bad mail – Internet pushes Borders near bankruptcy
Remember the movie “You’ve Got Mail”? It was the charming story about a small bookstore run by Meg Ryan that was run out of business by the big Borders-type book store run by Tom Hanks. Well, here’s the real-life sequel: Borders, impacted by online books sales and e-readers like Nook and Kindle, is expected to file bankruptcy. It’s a sad story with an unhappy ending for Borders.
A sign of the Times: Here are eBooks on the New York Times best seller list.
Yahoo’s digital magazine rack
Cool uses for your iPad.
Doctor, lawyer, pilot, chef … adapting the iPad for personalized use.
Clueless NBC wanted Conan O’Brien to stop using Twitter account
The folks at NBC exist in a TV-centric world where they didn’t even think about the Internet as an issue. Just ask Conan O’Brien.
‘Facebook Pages’ gets new look
Here’s what it means for new users.
Friendships in a cyber age
A friend to many left unexpectedly and suddenly a few days ago. Joshua Goldberg, son of the famedLucianne Goldberg and brother of Jonah Goldberg, passed away. Josh was indispensable – he edited the sites Lucianne.com, BlogsLucianneLoves and The Connection, working mostly behind the scenes. He left behind many of us who knew him as a friend, though we had never met face to face, or even over the phone.
Blogger Bookworm reflects on the modern-day phenomena of cyber friends, and discovers that it’s not so modern after all.
The Time Capsule
1965 – Malcolm X assassinated
Now playing at the Princess Theatre, Urbana, Ill.
Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers Tom Woods of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Juliet Mifflin of Gillham, Alaska, who were among the first to correctly guess actor Angela Lansbury in her portrayal of Mrs. Iselin, the deadly wife in “The Manchurian Candidate.” The 1962 Oscar-nominated film tells the story of a former Korean War POW who is brainwashed by communists into becoming a political assassin.
What dark and sinister secrets are being withheld by the government and the Army? Sen. John Yerkes Iselin: [addressing the Senate] There are exactly 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the Department of Defense at this time!
The quote: “I keep telling you not to think! You’re very, very good at a great many things, but thinking, hon’, just simply isn’t one of them.”
This week’s quote: “Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Good luck!