“Who needs network TV and other traditional media?” asked political strategist Joe Wierzbicki.

Coming off a successful Defeat Obama Telethon, Wierzbicki, strategist for the Campaign to Defeat Obama PAC totaled the numbers for the first-ever Independence Day five-hour live telethon fundraiser and concluded, “We see that social media is the new way to get results. Big time. Here are some ‘gee whiz’ figures: Over 23,000 views on UStream.tv; over 12,000 listeners via the Andrea Shea King Show on Blog Talk Radio; more than 1,300 Tweets on Twitter to the broadcast feed; and thousands more listeners on host KDWN and on independent TV stations KPVM in Pahrump and Vegas TV in Las Vegas.”

The goal was set at $250,000, which will be used to target four key swing states in which Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney are in a virtual tie.

Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio and Michigan represent 50 electoral votes. In 2008 Obama won all four states. If he loses them in 2012, it will represent a 100 electoral vote swing. And the grassroots conservatives who donated to the Defeat Obama Telethon will be primarily responsible for the outcome of these four states.

Herman Cain launches online television network

Former GOP presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain has launched his latest enterprise, joining others like Glenn Beck in establishing an online TV network. CainTV debuted July 4th and features short clips of Cain speaking on different topics, a “We Are Not Stupid” channel about policy issues, “Good News News,” blogs, video channels and movies.

Google putting Mussolini online

Google has made arrangements with the Italian government to post 30,000 newsreels and documentaries from 1900s on YouTube.

The deal allows Google post 30,000 Italian newsreels and documentaries from the 20th century online, including a dedicated YouTube channel that will show news reports that glorified Benito Mussolini’s fascist dictatorship.

Were you hit by malware today?

You’ve heard the warnings. You’ve read them at Facebook and Google. Heck, I’ve received dozens in my inbox. Here’s the cure.

But by the time you read this, you’ll know if your computer was infected with malware more than a year ago. If yours was among them, you likely need help from your Internet service provider to delete the malware and be reconnected to the Internet.

This malware might have taken down tens of thousands of computers worldwide. The FBI estimated some 64,000 infected computers here in the United States were infiltrated by the malware that hijacks your ability to get to a website by rerouting you to theirs. This video explains it.

WikiLeaks released 2.4 million Syria e-mails

Want to know what’s really going on behind the scenes in Syria?

WikiLeaks last week began publishing more than two million e-mails – about ten times the size of Wikileaks’ State Department release – dating from as recently as March 2012 going back to 2006, making for some fascinating and stomach-turning political reading.

The e-mails come from Syrian politicians, government ministries and associated companies. According to the Wikileaks website, the e-mails are written in a variety of languages, including Russian and Arabic.

The e-mails, “Shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another,” according to WikiLeaks.

For example, the Los Angeles Times reported, “A New York-based public relations firm tried to help the Syrian government ‘brand’ its reforms last year as media reported its crackdown on protesters, according to an e-mail released Friday by WikiLeaks.”

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said, “The material is embarrassing to Syria, but it is also embarrassing to Syria’s opponents. It helps us not merely to criticize one group or another, but to understand their interests, actions and thoughts. It is only through understanding this conflict that we can hope to resolve it.”

And this: “At this time Syria is undergoing a violent internal conflict that has killed between 6,000 and 15,000 people in the last 18 months. The Syria Files shine a light on the inner workings of the Syrian government and economy, but they also reveal how the West and Western companies say one thing and do another.

“The range of information extends from the intimate correspondence of the most senior Baath party figures to records of financial transfers sent from Syrian ministries to other nations,” he added.

For a chronology of news about the data dump and associated actions in Syria, click here.

Controversial ACLU cell phone app – shoot the cops?

The American Civil Liberties Union reports on its website, “The New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has released an Android application allowing mobile-phone users to easily capture police patdowns on video, which is then automatically uploaded to the rights group’s servers.”

The NYACLU app is programmed to work only in New York City. Stop & Frisk Watch video explains how the app enables people to secretly record police stops.

And the ACLU of New Jersey also released an app called Police Tape, which allows citizens to “hold police accountable in the palms of their hands.”

According to a televised report on Fox News last Saturday, the app is a stealth operation, but a 1987 Supreme Court decision ruled that public service employees in a public place have no reasonable expectation of privacy and can be recorded. Yet people have been busted for “interfering with police activity,” or arrested under wiretap charges.

Related: Justice Department defends public’s constitutional “right to record” cops, and U.S. police behind most requests for Twitter information.

Judge to Twitter: Turn over Occupy tweets

Did Occupy Wall Streeter Malcolm Harris disregard police orders? Prosecutors believe the protestor’s tweets will prove he did. Harris was among some 700 demonstrators arrested Oct. 1 on the Brooklyn Bridge.

“Twitter has been ordered to give a New York City judge almost three months’ worth of an Occupy Wall Street protester’s tweets despite the social-networking company’s efforts to fight prosecutors’ demand for the messages,” according to an NBC report.

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