Facebook Keeps Messing With Us…

So here’s the latest Facebook craziness that FB never bothered to mention.

Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your newsfeed from the same people lately? Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links, the same circle of people are commenting and everyone else seems to be ignoring you? …

The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you’ve recently interacted with or interacted the most with (which would be limited to the couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new profile). So in other words, for both business and personal pages, unless your friends/fans commented on one of your posts within those few weeks or vice versa – you are now invisible to them and they are invisible to you!!

HERE’S THE FIX: Scroll down to the bottom of the newsfeed on the homepage and click on “Edit Options”, click on “Show Posts From” and change the setting to “All Of Your Friends and Pages” Note: This is the fix for personal pages but I am unsure of whether or not the business pages are set up the same way.

Stupid Facebook.  If it weren’t that it enabled me to stalk the church kids and a select group of others, I’d ditch it like a bit of used toilet paper stuck to the bottom of a shoe.

Total Depravity: The Man Who Murdered a Pregnant Teenager, and Her Baby

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Bristol

A man has been charged with the murder of pregnant teenager Nikitta Grender. Carl Whant, 26, will also face a charge of child destruction and will appear before magistrates in Caerphilly on Monday morning. Heavily pregnant Miss Grender was attacked in her flat in Broadmead Park, Liswerry, Newport, south Wales, on February 5. Whant is the second cousin of the victim’s boyfriend Ryan Mayes, 18, who is the father of her baby, already named Kelsey-May. Miss Grender was stabbed twice and her flat set on fire.

‘Child destruction’, that pretty much sums up what it means to murder an unborn child. Unimaginable evil resides in the hearts of persons capable of such crimes.

Some ‘Twilight’ Fans are Just Bonkers

Twilight (2008 film)

film beloved by the crazies

Via the WaPo

Authorities say a Florida teen has told police that bite marks on her body came from “Twilight”-inspired vampire role playing – not from someone who attacked her while she was out jogging.  The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has charged the 15-year-old girl with making a false report.  Authorities say the girl is a fan of the vampire-based “Twilight” movies and books. The sheriff’s office says the girl had engaged in “fantasy biting” with a 19-year-old man in August and worried her mother would see the marks. She told her mother she had been attacked while jogging.

So she thought she’d rather blame some attacker and inspire fear in the whole community than fess up to being a doofus?  That’s just wrong.  Wronger, though, is who bit her…

Authorities say the girl is a fan of the vampire-based “Twilight” movies and books. The sheriff’s office says the girl had engaged in “fantasy biting” with a 19-year-old man in August and worried her mother would see the marks. She told her mother she had been attacked while jogging.  When deputies couldn’t find evidence of the attack, the girl eventually revealed what really happened.

So she hooked up with some adult (making him a bit of a biting pedophile).  And wronger-er still…

No charges have been filed against the 19-year-old man.

Why not?  She’s underage and he’s an adult.  People…  good grief.

The Latest from Algeria

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Algiers

Al-Jazeera is reporting

Algerian security forces and pro-democracy protesters have clashed in the capital, Algiers, amid demonstrations inspired by the revolution in Egypt.  At least 2,000 protesters were able to overcome a security cordon enforced around the city’s May First Square on Saturday, joining other demonstrators calling for reform.  Earlier, thousands of police in riot gear were in position to stop the demonstrations that could mimic the uprising which forced out Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s long-serving president.  Security forces closed all entrances to Algiers and arrested hundreds of protesters, sources told Al Jazeera.  Elias Filali, an Algerian blogger and activist, said human rights activists and syndicate members were among those arrested at the scene of the protests.

Protests have been peaceful and the citizens plan to keep it that way, though apparently the police are aiming to provoke hostilities.

Facebook and the Internet: Down in Algeria

Algeria’s dictatorship isn’t going to follow in the footsteps of Egypt it seems- because they’re clamping down on protesters and choking off their means of communicating.  The Telegraph is reporting

Internet providers were shut down and Facebook accounts deleted across Algeria on Saturday as thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators were arrested in violent street demonstrations. Plastic bullets and tear gas were used to try and disperse large crowds in major cities and towns, with 30,000 riot police taking to the streets in Algiers alone.  There were also reports of journalists being targeted by state-sponsored thugs to stop reports of the disturbances being broadcast to the outside world. But it was the government attack on the internet which was of particular significance to those calling for an end to President Abdelaziz Boutifleka’s repressive regime.

I think the floodgates of change have been opened in Tunisia and Egypt and I don’t imagine repressive regimes will be able to shut them again. Some sort of reforms are now, it seems, inevitable, across the Arab world. Or at least we can hope so.

Helen Lee Should Avoid Discussing Christian Theology

At all costs.  She has no clue, self evidently, as to what Christianity is or what Christian virtue is.  To suggest that Lady Gaga is an image of Christian virtue is to suggest that Saddam Hussein was an image of Kurdish charity.

Lady Gaga is eccentric for sure. She can be grotesque. She can be vulgar. But she is a role model of Christian virtue precisely because it seems unlikely that she would be. She has the potential to introduce God to so many people precisely because it doesn’t seem like she is doing so. Lady Gaga is telling a huge, devoted audience that God loves them.

So absurd for a number of reasons: Gaga promotes promiscuity and vulgarity (neither of which are Christian or virtue).  She doesn’t introduce anyone to God because the only god she appears to know is an idol and not the God who reveals himself in Scripture.  And she may be telling a huge audience that love is god, but she is devoid of the knowledge of the fact that the sort of love she promotes is eros and not agape.  It is self serving.  Her god is a god that makes you feel good and requires nothing of you.  In short, hers is a god of her own making.  The very notion that you can package Christian truth in a vulgar and profane package proves the ignorance of those suggesting such.

Helen Lee, whoever she is, should never, ever talk about Christian theology again.  She knows it – obviously – as well as does a flea or a herd of lice (i.e., those persons in comments to her essay which follow her fallacious line of thinking).

The Facebook Hitman Hire Attempt

A Chester County teenager faces 11 to 22 years in prison after agreeing to a plea agreement on charges he used Facebook to try to hire a hit man to kill a woman who had accused him of rape.  Nineteen-year-old West Chester, Pa., resident Corey Christian Adams accepted the plea agreement Friday on charges of rape, criminal solicitation of murder and other counts.  In July, a 20-year-old woman who had accused Adams of raping her after a party called police to point out a posting on his Facebook page offering $500 for “a girls head.” In a later posting, police say Adams said “he needed this girl knocked off right now.”

If a man (19 isn’t really a teenager, is it?) is accused of rape, and then he tries to get his accuser killed, it’s a pretty safe bet he did in fact rape her.  If a person is willing to murder (the ultimate crime) then that person is completely capable of any lesser crime too.

Furthermore, he clearly isn’t bright.  No one with sense advertises for such deeds.  No one.  So Mr Adams is the trifecta of depravity: rapist, murderer (if only in intention) and unintelligent.

Afghanistan Isn’t Egypt

As events today make abundantly clear.

At least 21 people have been killed following an attack by Taliban fighters on the police headquarters in Kandahar city, in southern Afghanistan, sources say. The attack on Saturday, which took place over several hours and left at least 45 people injured, involved several suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades, provincial officials said. The attackers fired on the main police headquarters after occupying a wedding hall opposite. Initial reports suggest a car bomb exploded outside the police compound. Immediately afterwards, two suicide bombers tried to storm the headquarters but blew themselves up outside the perimeter wall, according to NATO officials in Kandahar.

The US had no influence over events in Egypt and their revolution was essentially bloodless; the US has been shaping the government in Afghanistan and Iraq and both are essentially uninhabitable death pits. Perhaps it’s time for the US to learn a simple lesson- let people determine their own destinies. We have, why can’t, and shouldn’t, they?  Why should American lives be on the line in foreign lands?

Is There Anyone at CPAC I Could Vote For?

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awesome hair

Sure, I’d vote for Donald Trump (because of his awesome hair).  But that’s it.  There’s not a single solitary person at that gathering I would vote for, send a penny too, or even think highly of.

The auditions are almost over at the Conservative Political Action Conference, so which Republicans thinking about running for president in 2012 have made an impression?

Nope.  Nope.  Nope.  There just aren’t any Republicans (or Democrats or Independents) that I could vote for with a good conscience.  None.  It’s a sad time for America.

Lady Gag(a) Gets Her Depraved Claws on the Turin Shroud

And she dyed it pink, the trollop…

The Turin Shroud, believed by many to be the last veil of Jesus Christ, has been accidentally thrown in a washing machine by a contract cleaner at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin. Worse news was to follow when the sacred relic was discovered to have been died pink by an errant red T-shirt.

The mistake was noticed half way through the economy spin cycle after a cardinal raised the alarm that the shroud had gone missing.

‘I just couldn’t believe it,’ said cleaner Lady Gag Rosa-Maria Delarosa. ‘The bishop himself came running in and asked where the shroud was. You should have seen their faces when I explained. It was like something you see in one of those prank shows. I half expected a TV crew to pop out any minute. Sadly they didn’t.’

[Gag later admitted to having dyed the shroud on purpose, stating ‘I’ve read Morton Smith’s book about Jesus and I think he was gay too, so I wanted to make a statement.  And as everyone knows, I’m a bible scholar”.]

People who believe the shroud is authentic are outraged.  People who know it’s bogus don’t care.

More Pakistani Corruption

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Another of America's loser partners

Your tax dollars supported this guy.

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has issued a warrant for the arrest of the country’s former president, General Pervez Musharraf in connection with the 2007 killing of the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, in a move that potentially reopens a bitter chapter from the country’s troubled political history.  Musharraf, a close ally of former U.S. President George W Bush, has lived in exile since 2008, dividing his time between the U.K. and Dubai, after he resigned to avoid a parliamentary impeachment by newly-elected politicians.

The United States is like a sad high school girl who has terrible luck picking a boyfriend because she always seems to pick the losers.  Our international policy must be set by some teens in some DC public school.  Or worse, like some middle aged woman trolling for dates on, of all places, Craigslist…

When You Can’t Trust the Police…

Because, for instance, they give liquor to underage girls to have sex with them…

A former Knoxville police officer convicted of plying two underage girls with alcohol wants a chance for a clean record. Donald Scott Clark pleaded guilty Friday to two misdemeanor charges of providing alcohol to minors. He’ll serve a suspended one-year sentence, pay a $250 fine and complete 200 hours of community service, prosecutors said. Clark must also surrender his certification as a police officer and avoid contact with children as part of the plea agreement.

That’s not sufficient. He violated his position. He took advantage of children. He broke the law. He broke several laws. He should be in prison, not on probation. If the police can’t be trusted to protect children, and when they violate them get nothing more than a slap on the wrist, that sends a very bad message to the community: the police are in some sense above the law.  But they aren’t, and they shouldn’t be.

Theft in the Midst of Revolt- Revolting

During the uprising in Egypt things were stolen from the Egyptian Museum and the director of Antiquities has published a list.

1.     Gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess

2.     Gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning. Only the torso and upper limbs of the king are missing

3.     Limestone statue of Akhena

ten holding an offering table

4.     Statue of Nefertiti making offerings

5.     Sandstone head of an Amarna princess

6.     Stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna

7.     Wooden shabti statuettes from Yuya (11 pieces)

8.     Heart Scarab of Yuya

If you see any of these items for sale in an archaeology magazine, do report it to the Egyptian Antiquities Authority.