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Twitter is a microblogging and social networking service with millions of members and growing at a tremendous rate. With the buzz surrounding the service have come claims of its ability to transform the way people interact and share information and calls for public figures to start using the service. In this study, we are interested in the type of content that legislators are posting to the service, particularly by members of the United States Congress. We read and analyzed the content of over 6,000 posts from all members of Congress using the site. Our analysis shows that Congresspeople are primarily using Twitter to disperse information, particularly links to news articles about themselves and to their blog posts, and to report on their daily activities. These tend not to provide new insights into government or the legislative process or to improve transparency; rather, they are vehicles for self‐promotion. However, Twitter is also facilitating direct communication between Congresspeople and citizens, though this is a less popular activity. We report on our findings and analysis and discuss other uses of Twitter for legislators.

It is also illegal to purposely hire, or arrange for other persons to use pretexting tactics. There are legal (and time consuming and often costly) methods to find a debtor’s banking info. A popular legal method uses judgment debtor examinations and 3rd-party documentation requests. Pretexting got a bunch of attention in the media in 2006, when Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Chairwoman Ms. Patricia Dunn got frustrated by leaks to the media from Hewlett-Packard’s board of directors. It is asserted that Ms. Dunn secretly got the telephone records of HP’s board members, to discover patterns of the member’s contacts and calling. While eavesdropping was not involved, the unlawful access of records started a public relations mess for HP. Pretexting is defined as "the use of false pretenses, including false statements and impersonation, to obtain consumers’ personal or financial information". As no banking information was obtained, is what happened at HP a crime? This is a gray area, because if laws are written like hammers, much of the world appears as if it was a nail.

Mostly in the past, certain judgment recovery specialists formerly sent gift card offers, to try to get private debtor information. Now, this could be considered pretexting, and it is worth the risk. Using pretexts is still illegal, even when you have "permissible purpose". In summary, be really careful about pretexting, and do not use pretexts to locate banking info. As a general policy, and particularly if you are part of, or are related to a business, avoid practicing any form of pretexting. A bank garnishment or levy is an effective tool for judgment enforcement. Be sure that when you conduct the post-judgment asset discovery to discover where to have your bank levy served, you avoid any pretext. Mark D. Shapiro - Why assign your judgment? Do you own a judgment? Do you have leads for people that own judgments that want them bought or recovered? Do you buy or recover judgments?

If you like keeping up with politics, USENET is a fabulous location to be. Some individuals like a debate and, coincidentally, a bunch of those same people appear to like the USENET system. The USENET system has some distinct benefits compared to Internet forums that you may prefer to take into account if you're into politics and if you're following the presidential elections in the US this year in particular. Internet forums tend to attract people that either wholeheartedly concur or passionately disagree by having the overall position of the forums. For example, if you were to hop on a Web forum that had to do with the world, you 'd likely locate a rather dysfunctional mix of true believers and trolls who are constantly snapping at each other's ankles. The USENET is inclined to be different. Initially, there are newsgroups that are much broader in their subject matter than are most Internet forums. For instance, you can go to groups such as talk. If you don't like that newsgroup, you may go to soc.

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