2016 Presidential Debates – What you don’t know

Until 1988, the League of Women Voters had organized and moderated the Presidential Debates as an independent 3rd party.

They were responsible for moderation, selection of questions, location, and other details related to the debates. The only thing the candidates had to do, was show up.

In 1987, the Democratic and Republican Party then jointly created a non-profit organization called the Commission on Presidential Debates. This commission secretly created a contract called a memorandum of understanding that decided which candidates would participate in the debates, which individuals would be panelists capable of asking questions, who could be in the audience… even the height of the podiums!

In 1988, the League of Women Voters 14 trustee’s unanimously voted to withdraw from participation, with the following statement:

“The League of Women Voters is withdrawing sponsorship of the presidential debates…because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter. It has become clear to us that the candidates’ organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions. The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.”

Since the LWV’s departure from the debate process in 1987, the private, jointly-held Commission on Presidential Debates has run the debate process ever since. They control virtually aspect of what you see on television, including the exclusion of additional candidates. It’s important to remember that the CPD is a private organization – not accountable to the American people in any way. It’s also important to remember that this private organization is jointly run by the Democratic and Republican parties,.

Since 1988, Memorandums of understanding have coordinated every debate, including the 2012 Romney-Obama debates. Twice, the memorandums have been made public (albeit unintentionally). 2012′s memorandum of understanding was 21 pages long, and forbade ‘direct questions from one candidate to another’, among many other things.

And that’s why I didn’t watch the debates this year. No candidate can solve the Nation’s problems with 2-minute talking points, under the comfort of a debate organized by two organizations that are attempting to ‘perpetuate fraud on the American voter’.

I have no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.

New App! Geotagged Classifieds

classifieds-geotagged.herokuapp.com

There’s been a lot of buzz about posting photos on Social Media sites like Twitter and Instagram because people can inadvertently share private information, like their location, with the world.

But one over-looked aspect of oversharing is in online commerce like classified ads like Craigslist. Online classified sites are a great place for people to post photos of their used junk and selling it someone who’s looking for a special treasure. Unfortunately, for many sites, GPS exif data is left in the sites photos.

A big classifieds site in my area is KSL.com. If anyone is selling anything used online in the Utah/Idaho area, it’s highly likely they’ve listed it on KSL.com. For this reason, I’ve selected them as my test app.

Check out classifieds-geotagged.herokuapp.com to see examples of data-overexposure via online classified ads.

Leave a comment or contact contact@imasuper.com with questions.

How long does it take Facebook to actually delete your images?

When you upload a photo on Facebook, you have the option to delete it immediately. But how long does it take Facebook to actually delete an image?

facebook image delete test

To test that, I created a sample image and uploaded it to Facebook. The sample image and uploaded it to Facebook  at 11:35 AM MST, January 2nd, 2014.

I then deleted the image from Facebook 2 minutes later. They asked me to confirm the deletion, which I did, and I received a confirmation that the image was deleted.

But before doing so, I copied the actual URLs to the images – the ones that get sent to your browser for display. You can find them here:

Full size image - http://goo.gl/B6yDZe

Thumbnail - http://goo.gl/fUqOEx

If you can still see the images via the links above, Facebook hasn’t actually deleted them yet… which makes you wonder – what else haven’t they deleted?

Comment below if you can still see the image.

update: (I made one error on the image, I said “PM” in the text instead of “AM”. This has no bearing on the actual test – oops. :) )