It’s my MARKet, so I’m gonna share…Thank goodness for the mass media. Anytime someone like Google or Facebook even thinks about mentioning the word privacy, the media is there to raise alarm that we are all at risk for having our private and personal moments stolen by a big, bad conglomerate. They want to take our data, our pictures, our search history and share them with the world to sell more ads or something. How dare they. Then the media shows parental concern telling us how to keep our information private while at the same time trying to share stuff with friends. So yes, the media is most concerned with anyone who wants to keep their private moments out of the public eye and for that we thank them. Right? Not so fast. The same media that doesn’t want your private moments exploited is dealing from both sides of the deck. See, this same media is the one that encourages, pays and supports all those cameramen and paparazzi. The ones taking pictures with long–range lenses, or from bushes, or chase cars of folks just like you and me doing their private stuff. I’m not talking about red carpet events where folks who are publicly promoting something stand and pose for photos. That’s a public event. No, I’m talking about swarms of cameras outside a nursery school trying to get a shot of Halle Berry’s child while darting in and out of traffic and creating chaos. I’m talking about chasing and confronting Alec Baldwin after he steps out of a government building to get a license. Should one of these folks dare to respond or react or heaven forbid make it clear they don’t wish for their private moment to be made public, the media feels it is their duty to splash that all over the place and remind us that freedom of the press allows them to be as intrusive as they wish to be and look how upset and crazy someone got because we invaded their privacy in the name of journalism. Really? How is it “news” that a parent, who may happen to be an actor, is picking up their kid at school? It isn’t. It’s hypocritical to the nth degree. So before we all thank the media for being so concerned for our right to privacy, how about they take a moment to respect everyone’s right to privacy……Speaking of Facebook, it was announced that in a year, their stock price will finally be where it should be. Around $38 a share. Problem is, that was the price their stock was introduced at and quickly tanked from. Matter of fact, after its introduction, the stock hasn’t come close to $38 a share, instead hovering around the $28 to $30 per share range. It also appears everyone who was on the inside of this stock offering knew this would be the case. So call me crazy, but it seems Facebook was as honest and open about their stock IPO as they are about their privacy policies and how they use (and sell) user information…..A lot of discussion lately on decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana. Chicago for instance just made it OK to have a small amount on you and New York City and New York state are discussing the same thing. So let me understand this – If the governments of New York state and New York City get their way, you will be able to walk down the street smoking a joint, get high as a kite, but thanks to NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on big soft drinks, you won’t be able to buy a large soda to get rid of the dry mouth that comes with it……Can anyone recall a magical season such as the one New York Met R. A. Dickey is having? Double digit strikeouts in nearly every start, 10 wins in a row and he doesn’t throw over 90 miles per hour. Oh, he’s also a best-selling author. It must be true, knuckleball pitchers are different. I think there is an excellent chance come the end of the season R. A. may soon be known as CY……If you look up the phrase “charming rogue” in dictionary, you would probably find pictures of Charlie Sheen and Matthew McConaughey. Both of them make the appearance of being bad look so much fun……Lindsay Lohan, who is currently shooting a movie about Liz Taylor, was found one morning by her assistant in her hotel room unconscious and unresponsive. The assistant was alarmed at being unable to rouse Lindsay and wisely called paramedics as everyone feared the worst. It turned out Lindsay was only suffering from “exhaustion,” meaning she was very tired. But EMT’s showed up. Police showed up. Helicopters hovered. The media showed up. Alerts were sent. Obituaries were being readied. Drama was happening. Excuses were given. Some people called this a warning to her. Others called it overreaction. Lindsay just called it a typical Friday…There are accusations of voter fraud in the recent elections in Egypt. There were 11 people arrested for allegedly distributing invisible ink pens to be used on ballots. See, the ink would fade away allowing the vote counters to then mark the ballot for whomever they wanted, resulting in voter fraud and essentially, the stealing of an election. Invisible ink pens. Very clever. Not widely noticed was that five others were also arrested for distributing x-ray specs………Michigan Representative Lisa Brown was recently blocked from speaking on the state house floor for saying “vagina” during a debate on abortion. Should she have said “hoo-hah” or “baby maker” instead? Not only are Republicans fighting to control what a woman does with her vagina, they now want to censor the saying of the word as well. These are elected representatives of the people supposedly hired to represent the people and protect the Constitution of the United States. Hello? Freedom of Speech is part of the Constitution………Proving yet again that nothing good will result from drinking at three or four in the morning, rappers Chris Brown and Drake got into a wild, bottle-throwing bar fight. The fallout from this incident includes the bar now being closed as well as NBA star Tony Parker, who was there, having glass land in his eye which may cost him his spot in the Olympics. Upstanding citizen Chris Brown, whose last fight went better when he beat up and bruised Rhianna, proudly showed off his injuries via Twitter. Drake, for his part, is refusing to speak to the police about the whole thing, despite reports he started the incident with a rude remark to Brown about Rhianna, who he dated as well. Rhianna’s reaction to his hubbub over her was to get a new tattoo. I miss the good old days when rap wars were about where you lived and not over something silly like a girl……Lastly, and I am totally stealing this from my friend Elliott, it was announced that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes will be divorcing and that Katie wants full custody of Suri. I gather that means all the new iPhones out there will have to be recalled…….Have a fun, safe and happy Independence Day……OK, I’ve shared. Agree? Disagree? Share the joy with your friends. Share the outrage with your family. Have at it. See you next month.
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