Ever since a story came out that the mayor was private messaging people on FB over the Copper Lounge collapse, it seems it did nothing to stop him from continuing the practice. In fact, he has stepped it up a notch.

I’ve been getting several reports from citizens that he has been trolling different FB pages for negative comments about him, and when he sees one, he messages the person who is making the comments.

I guess I can’t tell the mayor how to do his job, or care what he does in his free time, but it seems a little petty that he has become an internet troll on Facebook.

The irony of all this is, if he would just run an open and transparent city hall he wouldn’t have to worry about what people were saying about him or speculating. Most likely people would have little to say because it would be all out in the open.

I really believe he doesn’t understand the concept of letting a little sunshine in.

Happy trolling Mike!

Okay, I have whined about this quietly long enough after I missed all 3 public meetings tonight. I have made several councilors and the city clerks office aware of the multiple glitches their is with their program SIRE that they use to post the public meetings online. What the Heck already? I mean I can understand it not working a few times, but this is starting to get ridiculous. Taxpayers pay for this service? Right? So when something isn’t working it should get fixed? Right? And not 2 or 3 days later? Right? This is software and programming not rocket science.

And this is the part I don’t get (an email from the clerk’s office tonight);

Thank you for your email. Our office and our IT Department are aware of the issue.
The meeting may be viewed on CityLink (Channel 16).

Great. So why are the video cameras able to transmit to the city’s TV station but not to the internets? My response;

I haven’t had cable for over 2 years, but thanks for the advice.

Fix it already or subscribe to a new service that actually works.

I think some of you exist on my site;

Online, there are two groups of people: those who comment and everybody else.

While comment threads across the Web can sometimes spur lively debate by offering a forum for the free exchange of opinions, they’re just as often a bulletin board for the neurotic, profane and frenetic rantings of anonymous strangers.

Sorry Patt, the president already has the power to shut down the internets;

Lieberman and his staff on the Senate Committee on Homeland and Security and Government Affairs say that the bill limits the powers that the president already has as a result of the 1934 Communications Act, which was amended in the 1996 bill.  The president already has the power to “shut off any and all regulated telecommunications if he deems it necessary for national security.”  Leslie Phillips, the communications director for the committee,”said “The very purpose of this legislation is to replace the sledgehammer of the 1934 Communications Act with a scalpel.”
“Lieberman’s Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 …requires that owners of critical infrastructure, a definition that dates to the PATRIOT Act, work with the newly created director of the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications within the Department of Homeland Security, to develop a risk assessment and a plan to mitigate their risks in the case of a national cyber emergency.”None of those response plans expressly require that telecommunications providers develop a kill switch; in fact, the director is prohibited from requiring an critical infrastructure owner or operators from using any specific mechanism.

The owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure shall have flexibility to implement any security measure, or combination thereof, to satisfy the security performance requirements described in subparagraph (A) and the Director may not disapprove under this section any proposed security measures, or combination thereof, based on the presence or absence of any particular security measure if the proposed security measures, or combination thereof, satisfy the security performance requirements established by the Director under this section.

Phillips reiterated this point with TPMDC: “There is not a ‘kill switch.'” When asked what measures might be envisioned by the legislation, she said, “A software patch, or a way to deny traffic from a certain country. All these measures were be developed with the private sector, not imposed on it.”

In addition to the measures that allow companies to come up with their own ways to mitigate the risks to their companies (and customers) from cyber attacks, and the requirement that they use the least disruptive means possible and attempt to mitigate larger impacts, the legislation also only allows the President to impose the state of emergency for 30 days, with a potential extension of 30 days. Under current law, he is allowed to shut down any and all telecommunications infrastructure for as long as he likes.”