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why other people should buy Facebook

February6

I’m no fan of Google, most of the time.

but, I know they’ll get better, some how.

perhaps I’ll take that position because I’m an optimist, albeit a Prudent one, mind you. and, a gentleman.

as a contrarian though I can see alternative ways to help Facebook do good, despite their intentions. just read further. do it!

to be fair, John Haydon evidently thinks quite highly of certain tools found on Facebook, if you’re using it as a business page, some how. we’ll follow Mr. Haydon awhile, and sort him out.

however,  that said, I’m steadfast against Facebook. ironically, Google’s Chrome (that’s a browser) has a tool that helps you track how much time you waste on Facebook. I love that. none of my people (in my companies) care about Facebook, and a lot of people hire us to help them make even better decisions. there’s symmetry of purpose, in that.

but, I don’t like it that two of the goodly men I coach in business are in the midst of divorces and Facebook was arguably the ignition-point for each. one fellow rediscovered his ex-college sweetheart, and the other’s wife found a new man on a Triathlon Facebook page for her club. is that tit-for-tat?

just in case you go rooting around on the internet, (Yahoo is still often better than Google, but Bing is kind of awesome) you’ll note that I have a Facebook page. but, just so we are clear, my staff set it up and then we decided to never accept friends on it. I’m a rather unusually disciplined person, but Joanne simply asked that we not allow for any temptations. that’s good enough for me. but, it’s also the tip-of-the-iceburg for a lot of other people.

in any event, one of my brokers (yes, I use them) called today laughing about Facebook. he’ll certainly be able to get shares for us but won’t be recommending them to his people.

“they are for them other folks that are needed to for cannon fodder”, says he.

so… If Facebook says its worth $100 Billion dollars that means it will have to have sales of 27 x sales (currently $1B) and 100 x earnings. for perspective you need to know that Apple is currently at 3.3 x sales and 10 x earnings, and they actually do some good in the world. and, shares in the company will likely help families put kids through college (indeed, they’re helping me put other people’s kids through college) also… I’m willing to bet, and I am as a loyal shareholder and consumer, in fact doing just that, people will want and own iPhones than waste time on Facebook.

so… let other people buy Facebook. the same type that buy into Facebook, I’ll wager. I’ll short you later and put more kids through college.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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soldiers PAY

August20

as many of you have both noted and lamented, I’ve clearly taken a short break from blogging. the reason being that I’ve decided to pick a fight against the forces of evil in the form several mortgage companies, debt collectors – oh, and seven hedge funds, Facebook and certain people that I feel don’t have our country’s best interest at heart, or in-mind.

call me Captain America, that’s fine.

I recently learned that several families with members serving overseas are under attack by mortgage companies and debt collectors. and, there are clearly dark matters and thinking to go with them that require “light.

but, I’ve also caught wind of emerging thinking that looks like it starts at the Pentagon, but in truth, has its foundation in the White House.

to wit:

the question has evidently popped up: Are military pensions too ‘generous’?

and, of course the answer is: what the hell! this is ludicrous.

the party-line is that this upset was sparked by a non-binding recommendation from the Defense Business Board, the Pentagon’s private sector advisory panel. a July 21 draft report that could be finalized this month recommended pensions be scrapped and replaced with a 401(k)-type defined contribution plan.

NOTE: the board members are apparently from big businesses – experts, the Pentagon says, in executive management, corporate governance, audit and finance, human resources, economics, technology and health care.

but, I can tell you that most of these members are Obamacrats Democrats.

and, you need to remember that there is parallel talk about the government taking control of 401(k) and other pension funds.

it’s a side-note, but relevant, still… will Congress accept a similar measure for themselves?

can we at least argue that our soldiers earn their pay, unlike members of Congress?

more later. I am a Prudent and Optimistic Gentleman. and, I am not happy. neither should you be. so, we need to be prepared to make a stand.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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June14

okay… so this is more about me being in a situation than on top of it.

but, the worst mistake we can make is the one we repeat. so, this is being memorialized.

I wrote a version of the following for my business blog recently (albeit it with better grammatical structure).

many of you read Justin Daniels on that blog about once a month as he dispenses invaluable business related legal insight.

Justin and I are contemplating a radio show (airwaves, not internet), just so you know. stay tuned for that, literally.

meanwhile, I found myself perplexed, if not vexed by the way I was treated by a an existing and also a prospective client in a recent business transaction (as most people know, I introduce a lot of people and businesses that make for meaningful business. if not you should, and do so now). there were promises and representations made and that I accepted at face value and they did not abide by their word.  also, there was the simple matter of trust and good judgment. Justin, who encounters these situations repeatedly, offered the following advice:

“I also think you need to seriously consider what Joanne and Bob are telling you. Your rolodex and ability to bring others together is powerful and is an important asset you must protect. It is guaranteed you will run into more situations where people don’t abide by their word, I think that is why people find the bible teaches lots of life’s lessons, technology may change but human nature never has.

Justin”

it’s true… I have super powers, and they must be used for good. but, also be appreciated.

meanwhile, during a Board meeting for Squidbid.com (a company that I coach that is on the verge of HUGE things) earlier in the week, I was reminded of the following by Marcus Crockett:

“Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.” – Proverbs 11:14

thank you for the reminders Justin and Marcus. slso for being great friends and men of good business principles.

and, for the record… I forgive the interlopers. I’m blessed beyond measure, and wish them only the best fortune.

ultimately, I suspect mush of this will be resolved through providence, and there will be those of us, Prudent Gentlemen, certainly, that will nod our heads with the Laws of Natural Selection, once again exampled.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters..

brian patrick cork

 

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Facebook’s contribution to Terrorism

February21

I was reminded recently that the white van is circling out there. and, raising questions that I do about people in power and of influence is genuinely risky business.

in any event, I’m, admittedly, a bit weary of using Facebook as a punching bag. however, I won’t tire of being relentless when it comes to pointing out that Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook Mafia (this can be stated in something of positive light because it’s a reference to the wealth generated by the Facebook insiders and how they are seeding countless other venture at unprecedented speed) have it within their collective power to use the Facebook platform for good. but, right now, with millions of examples over the course of any given day, it’s being used for a lot of evil, and mostly in the hands of ignorant children.

as you probably know, I’ve managed to rile up some folks with my Most recent Facebook-oriented posts: Facebook is on a Mission but not from God, and: why Facebook might be a great bad story/

In-and-amongst recent comments, Mark Toler said:

“Brian – you make a compelling argument about the much maligned privacy of Facebook however based on your judgement I could make the same argument that Jim Basillie and Mike Lazaridis (joint CEO’s of RIM) are responsible for the September 11 attacks as it has been proven that al-Qaeda used such devices (with their impenetrable encryption) while planning and executing said attacks or that Bill Gates and other internet pioneers are somehow responsible for today’s ever increasing human traffic trade.

Mark

P.S. – I am not a fan of Mark Zuckerberg – like most in his position he clearly stole the idea. He gets an A for execution.”

[...]

My response:

“I see your point with RIM. Mobile phones are a big part of the problem with explosive devices around the world. Nokia is a favorite of terrorists. And, aside from explosive devices, hand-held devices are obviously used to communicate the threat of terrorism.

NOTE: My dear friend and business partner, Bob Twitchell is part of the solution for this with his hearty and ferocious crew at Dispersive Networks. That website is currently under redevelopment.

In an earlier Blog post, Facebook is on a Mission but not from God, I pointed out that Facebook is intent on putting “dumb phones” into the billions of unreached customers around the globe. I wish I had my wits about me enough for this recent post to draw that connection as well. But, now Facebook may be unwittingly aiding millions of more potential terrorists with this plan. That is not really fair to Facebook. But, your inadvertent point needs to give us all pause, collectively.

For now, I want Zuckerberg to regulate content and the age of the Facebook users. That is fair.”

[...]

NOTE: I defy parents of Middle School girls, for example, to relay positive stories around the use of Facebook. …well, actually, I’d be delighted to get word of some. And, I’ll publish them, to be fair. I’m simply skeptical many exist.

in the picture to the left, I’d like to think Obama is telling Zuckerman why he and Michelle won’t allow their own daughters to use Facebook. and, I wonder how Zuckerman might view his platform come the day he has a pre-teen daughter of his own?

returning the line-of-thiinking before my NOTE…

For now, I want Zuckerberg to regulate content and the age of the Facebook users. That is fair. [...]

or, so I thought until Toler made his appearance in the comments section. Bob Twitchell was recently granted an expedited patent around his work for Homeland Defense. as an early investor and champion I can’t go into details, here, but a problem is with terrorists (in the general form) using cellular telephones as trigger devices for bombs like improvised explosive device (IED’s).

An  IED, also known as a roadside bomb, is a homemade bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventionalmilitary action. It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery round, attached to a detonating mechanism.

IEDs may be used in terrorist actions or in unconventional warfare by guerrillas or commando forces in a theater of operations. In the 2003–2010 Iraq War, IEDs were used extensively against coalition forces and by the end of 2007 they had become responsible for approximately 60% of coalition deaths in Iraq. They are also used in Afghanistan by insurgent groups that has caused over 70% of coalition casualties in the 2001–present Afghanistan War.

They were also used extensively by cadres of the rebel Tamil Tiger (LTTE) organization against military targets in Sri Lanka before the LTTE was dismantled in mid 2009 by the Sri Lankan military forces. – Wikipedia

the term Improvised Explosive Device comes from the British Army in the 1970s, after thev Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) used bombs made from agricultural fertilizer and semtex smuggled from Libya to make highly effective boobytrap devices or remote-controlled bombs. an IED is a bomb fabricated in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic, or incendiary chemicals and designed to destroy or incapacitate personnel or vehicles. in some cases, IEDs are used to distract, disrupt, or delay an opposing force, facilitating another type of attack. IEDs may incorporate military or commercially-sourced explosives, and often combine both types, or they may otherwise be made with homemade explosives (HME).

cellular phones are a primary tool used to detonate IED, and similar devices.  a radio-controlled IED (RCIED) incorporating a cell phone which is modified and connected to an electrical firing circuit. cell phones operate in the UHF band in line of sight with base transceiver station (BTS) antennae sites. commonly, receipt of a paging signal by phone is sufficient to initiate the IED firing circuit.

so… getting back to my prior post: Facebook is on a Mission but not from God,  if Facebook is successful in putting millions, and possibly billions of “dumb phones” into the hands of the “unreached” thinking they are going to put facebook.com into their collective hands, I am more concerned that they might be unwittingly (now we have to understand scienter) arming terrorists with, otherwise, state-of-the-art technology that can be used to kill children real-time, literally, as opposed to metaphorically, on-line.

I’m apparently going to receive a call from the bad boys at Goldman Sachs about my line-of-thinking because they are (naturally), part of the syndicate group, expected to take Facebook public.

meanwhile, Barack Obama recently met with the founders of Apple, Google and others, including Facebook, to promote government partnering with corporate America to create jobs and opportunities. I wonder if Messrs. Obama and Zuckerberg are potential golf buddies? to be fair, that might be a low blow at Obama. but, I also have to be fair to people like Neal Boortz that appear to be genuinely concerned that Obama may not be what we need him to be. is this a new axis of evil? not likely in terms of intent. but, ego can be an ugly delivery system for evil, unto itself.

by the way… just as a reminder, and in an effort to keep being fair, Michelle and Barack Obama apparently don’t allow their own daughters to use Facebook. read into that what you must in terms of the goose and the gander. so, I wonder what Obama actually said when had an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Zuckerberg? someone else said that a picture says a thousand words (is that correct?). but, really, what did Obama say, or ask, of Zuckerman?

we have to ask the other questions though, and dig for the truth. that is what it means to be Heterodox -and, an Optimistic Gentleman.

dig. push. ask questions. write letters. send emails. do research. hug your kids. don’t text and drive. call your Mom and tell her you love her. Don’t text your daughter and tell her you love her. take her out to lunch and do it.

do it!

…then ask her for her Facebook login passcode and tell her not to post anything she does not want you (or her Grandmother) to see.

do that too!

in the coming months, if that white van gets me, I genuinely love all of you.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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