The big news story in America this week is that a bunch of “activist” hackers finally released the email addresses and personal information of millions of people who figured that life is short and they might as well have an affair.
Naturally, the media jumped all over the leak like a bossomy girl on a trampoline, desperately looking for a local angle to garner clicks, pageviews, and Facebook shares. They found that treasure chest in the form of government emails people used to access the site.
The cheating website Ashley Madison’s reported hack revealed some Oklahoma government emails.
So far, there have been 21 emails linked to OKC.gov accounts and four linked to OK.gov.
Ashley Madison is a dating website that helps married people cheat. The alleged hackers threatened to release information about millions of customers last month if they didn’t shut the website down.
The website company did not comply, and that’s how the Oklahoma emails were revealed.
At first, it was thought the reported leak might be fake, but independent security experts say it is very real. Tech experts say hackers who targeted the site have published stolen data from more than 1 million users.
A database shows government email domains reportedly linked to Ashley Madison.
Here is what a quick search revealed:
Tinker Air Force Base – 33
City of Oklahoma City – 21
Vance Air Force Base – 2
Altus Air Force Base – 2
Oklahoma Department of Health – 2
Oklahoma Department of Corrections – 1
Oklahoma Department of Juvenile Affairs – 1
I understand why this is a big story. It’s interesting, juicy, and kind of funny, but why are we only focusing on government employees? Are they held to a higher moral standard than the people who have better jobs and make more money in the private sector? Why are they the ones being shamed?
And please don’t give me the whole “But they’re wasting taxpayer time and money” bullshit, Person Who’s Reading This Post In Your Cubicle While You Should Be Emailing TPS Reports To Your Boss. Who cares what email address they used? It’s not like taxpayers are charged per the email. If anything, we should give these bright government employees raises and promotions for having the smarts to use an email address their spouse can’t access.
What I really want to know is who in the local media signed up for this service! Let’s judge the ones leading the judging! Last night, I downloaded the entire 9GB leak on Bit Torrent. This is what I found:
One of my favorite past times is spending a lot of money to have a bad time, and by that, I mean I like to go to the movie theater. Sure, the popcorn is tasty and the soda is served by the gallon, but once you’ve purchased your tickets and snacks, you find yourself in a theater with a sticky floor. Some dude with a severe cough always wants to sit right next to you, and the damn teenagers two rows back won’t stop talking. So yeah, I’d say I like to spend a lot of money to just be pissed off in the dark for a few hours.
Though, admittedly, I haven’t been to the theater very much lately. And the past couple of times, I immediately found the nearest exit and escape route because I’m pretty concerned I might wind up in one of those theaters that gets shot up. Well, Hollywood Theaters in Norman apparently has the same fear. According to OKCFox.com:
Last night, KFOR told us the story about a mom who left her kid parked in a car while she knocked back a few drinks at Lumpy’s on Expressway way back on Mother’s Day. Apparently, the whole thing was one big miscommunication:
A mother accused of child neglect gives her side of the story after allegedly leaving her son in the car while inside a bar.
Hayley Hampton, 28, is now facing one charge of child neglect, and while she accepts responsibility, she says there was a miscommunication that night…
It was late Mother’s Day evening… Hayley says she was picking up her boyfriend when he talked her into getting a quick drink.
“My boyfriend was like ‘hey it’s mother’s day…your friend’s in there working, do you want go to in real quick and visit before we leave?’” said Hampton.
Okay. For a Mother’s Day present, your boyfriend offered to watch your kid in a bar parking lot while you went inside to have a beer and talk to a friend?! Wow! What a gentleman! He’s a keeper! He obviously knows the key to a woman’s heart involves drinking alone inside a bar.
Actually, since her boyfriend was in a car in the parking lot watching the kid, what is exactly the issue here?
With Bentley in the back seat, Hayley says her boyfriend was supposed to stay outside with the child.
But according to a probable cause affidavit, both he and Hayley were later spotted inside.
When a bartender overheard the child was in the car, she called police.
Bentley was found by police, sleeping in a car seat…
The bartender told authorities Bentley had been outside, unattended, for at least 45 minutes.
Uhm, the bartender really snitched on this lady? That’s not cool. I always thought parents leaving their kids out in the parking lot was part of Lumpy’s charm! It’s what makes it one of the best bars in the city, right?
Seriously, I’ve always loved Lumpy’s. Back during my waiting tables days, I spent many nights there sitting in depressing white lounge chairs playing NTN trivia with servers from other restaurants. In fact, Lumpy’s was the first bar to ever served me alcohol. I was 19 and had this awful fake ID and they were one of the few places that would accept it. How bad was it?
Last night, I stumbled across a native advertising article on NewsOK.com promoting the third annual Confluence Conference. It’s a Digital Media Summit (yeah, they’re calling it a summit) organized by The Oklahoman’s internal ad agency “Big Wing.” At least I think that’s what Big Wing is. It kind of reminds me of Wimgo in that is has a weird name and no one really knows what it is or does. The only difference is that it’s run by some quirky little English bloke so no one really gives a damn.
Anyway, the Confluence Conference article conveniently focused on how 51% of Oklahoma companies have increased their digital advertising budget this past year, because you know, digital advertising is fucking awesome! Who doesn’t want to advertise on the internet? It really is an amazing deal, especially when you deal directly with local independent blogs. For example, just the other day Ryan Cunningham, Marcus Mears and I were driving around in Volkswagen asking if we should stop by Patricia’s or The Hustler Store before we…
Wait. I’m not going to go down that path and turn this into an advertorial for digital advertising. Unlike The Oklahoma, I have higher standards than that.
Anyway, I decided to check out the article because, well, I sell digital advertising. At the very least, maybe I could find a company or two that invest in digital media and want to advertise on TLO. As is typically the case with NewsOK.com articles, I was immediately disappointed.
For many of Oklahoma’s biggest brands, marketing budgets have moved toward digital channels. They are in line with national trends that suggest that more than 50 percent of companies will increase online marketing spending this year.
Longtime companies like OG&E shift towards digital, newcomers nearly dedicate 100 percent of marketing spend to digital.
Power-giant OG&E, for example, has deployed significant digital marketing efforts compared to five years ago as more and more customers engage with the brand online, company officials said.
“Our share of spend on digital advertising has, and will, continue to grow,” said Angela Nichols, OG&E director of marketing. “Increasing our digital marketing efforts is an important trend that keeps the brand effective at reaching customers in ways that are meaningful to them and that resonate with their lifestyles.
WTF?! OG&E? Yeah, something tells me their marketing department isn’t going to buy an ad on TLO anytime too soon…
“Hey, this is Patrick with The Lost Ogle. Would you all be interested in buying an ad?”
“Are you the same guy who compared us to high school dropouts and PT Cruisers and called our spokeswoman a dirty, filthy liar?”
“Yes, that would be me.”
“Sorry, but we’d rather spend our 2015 digital advertising on companies that sucks our dick and mention us in articles about digital media summits. Goodbye.”
Okay, so OG&E will never advertise on this site, but maybe some other company mentioned in the article will…
David Boren must feel pretty damn guilty about that Justin Stolarik debacle.
Yesterday, the University of Oklahoma unveiled new uniforms (pictured above) for the Pride of Oklahoma marching band. They’re shinier, whiter, and unfortunately, still look like marching band uniforms.
Seriously, what’s up with that? Society has advanced in so many areas over the years, but for some reason, we still dress up our marching bands like 19th century European militias. Can’t they just wear normal clothes like everybody else? It’s like the powers-that-be want to guarantee the band nerds remain virgins. If you think band uniforms are weird to look at, just imagine having to march around on a field wearing one. Trust me on this, it’s cruel and demeaning.
But I digress. For band uniforms, these look nice. And the Pride totally deserves new gear for all the shit David Boren put them through. They’ve had to deal with an in-over-his-head band director, striking tuba players and even Trevor Knight. Well, we’ve all had to deal with Trevor Knight.
Anyway, OU didn’t stop with new uniforms. They also issued a series of Pride of Oklahoma paper dolls. And no, I’m not making that up. Check them out:
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