They were meeting with someone who has never held a job, let alone created one. Never met a payroll. Never created a thing of value in his entire life.
What would these dozen American entrepreneurs, industrial titans of our era, captains of capitalism, creators of multi-billion dollar corporations that employ hundreds of thousands of people, possibly have in common with a community organizer to discuss technology and job creation?
Official White House photo by Pete Souza
What is the common denominator among the people in this image? The hidden picture within the picture? If you guessed money, you’d be right. Money. Lots and lots of it.
The capitalists and Obama might have chatted about job creation over hors d’oeuvres, but it’s a safe bet the main course was served over talk about campaign contributions for Obama’s 2012 reelection run. Seated at the table were gazillionaires with wealthy friends and armies of well-paid employees.
Obama was wooing a group that represents companies worth billions and by implication, their employees, who contributed financially to Obama’s 2008 campaign for president. Among them was one holdout who before dessert was served, might have been convinced by presidential charisma to get out his checkbook too.
And that brings us to control:
Obama campaign contribution (2008)
How easy would it be to control Internet communications? Ask Google’s Wael Ghonim, who took credit for coordinating and organizing the uprising in Egypt.
Strong social ties create revolution; the Internet just helps it along. The Facebook revolution is global, and it’s only just getting geared up. Its influence is felt in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya. Social media like Facebook is the Internet, half a billion people strong and growing to an estimated 3 billion users in the next six years, democracy in action, tremendously influential in coalescing groups and a threat to totalitarian regimes.
When Iranian opposition leaders Mir-Houssein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi began organizing new demonstrations to be held in Tehran next week, they turned to the Internet. They posted statements on
The Los Angeles Times reports the speech has been widely interpreted as a sign that the Chinese government intends to tighten its controls over the media and Internet. The slightest hint or whiff of a protest bring the police.
With Google it’s a race against Facebook for search engine functionality. Who’s ahead? It’s almost too close to tell.
One of the Internet’s founding fathers talks about Google’s new boss, Facebook Search and “Revolution 2.0″ in Egypt. In this video, Vint Cerf discusses the Internet’s beginnings and future, including interplanetary Internet now in development with NASA.
It used to be that TV was the leader in setting social norms and mores, but that’s changing. As more and more people chat on Facebook, Twitter and a host of smaller sites – television networks are trying to figure out how to capitalize. Here’s how one network is tying social media to the Academy Awards, to capture and keep the attention of social media users in real time.
“American Idol” voting comes to Facebook
Facebook users could be the determining factor in who will be a future American Idol. Fox’s hugely popular TV singing contest will add online voting. Facebook users will log in to a designated voting page on the “American Idol” website.
Recipe View is the 21st century version of the cookbook. It shows clearly marked ratings, ingredients and pictures and lets you narrow results by ingredient, cooking time and calorie count. Google executive chef Scott Giambastiani demonstrates Recipe View in this video.
NOAA map gives weather conditions across the continent
Find out the weather conditions anywhere in North America by running your cursor over the cross. This NOAA map is one of the most amazing and handy weather maps I’ve come across. It also gives other weather-related data points. Great for pilots.
Congratulations to WorldNetDaily readers Tracy Hightower of Tennessee and David Haines of Leesburg, Fla., who were among the first to correctly guess actor Tom Hanks in his portrayal of baseball coach Jimmy Dugan in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own.”
Directed by Penny Marshall, the film tells the story of two sisters who joined the first female professional baseball league when many young American men went overseas to fight in World War II, depleting the ranks of pro ball players. Candy manufacturer Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall), comes up with the idea to create a professional baseball league for women to keep the sport alive and make a buck or two. Starring Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Lori Petty, the film was nominated for two Golden Globes.
The quote: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.”
This week’s quote: “We are the Pros from Dover and we figure to crack this kid’s chest and get out to golf course before it gets dark.”
Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the e-mail address below. Good luck!