Question: For many of us, the messages and photos posted on Facebook are like a scrapbook of our lives. What happens to a Facebook user’s account after death?
Answer: That’s a great question. There’s increasing discussion these days about social media as it relates to end-of-life issues. Here’s what it says on Facebook:
“It is our policy to memorialize all deceased users’ accounts on the site. When an account is memorialized, only confirmed friends can see the profile (timeline) or locate it in Search. The profile (timeline) will also no longer appear in the Suggestions section of the Home page. Friends and family can leave posts in remembrance.
In order to protect the privacy of the deceased user, we cannot provide login information for the account to anyone. However, once an account has been memorialized, it is completely secure and cannot be accessed or altered by anyone.
Verified immediate family members may request the removal of a loved one’s account from the site. To actually delete a profile page, however, a family member or executor must submit proof of their relationship with the deceased before getting further instructions.”
Some people refer to memorializing a profile as a Facebook funeral. It allows people to save and share their memories of the deceased.
On a related topic, there’s now a Facebook app called if I die. It gives people the opportunity to create a video or text message to be played after their demise, as verified by at least three “trustees” the person selects from his or her Facebook list.
Sandra Fluke Says She Didn’t Know Target Sells Birth Control Pills for $9 (well, neither did I…hahahahhaha)
The U.S. Senate has approved of a $109 billion bill that provides two years of funding for transportation and transit projects around the country.
The bill may or may not be taken up by the U.S. House Representatives depending on if they choose to write a separate House bill, but hopefully what will be left out of any final version is an amendment by Montana U.S. Sen. Max Baucus. His amendment funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to the tune of $1.4 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 — quite a jump from the $323 million it is currently receiving in FY 2012.
Why does the LWCF need such a boost from Congress?
This Fund helps purchase and protects lands across the country. Evidently the line of thinking within the Senate is more U.S. lands are in need of being purchased and protected by the federal government.
The federal government owns almost 650 million acres of land in the U.S. That’s about 30 percent of all the land area in the nation and includes national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. In other words, it’s equivalent to 1 out of every 3 acres in the U.S. — 1 out of every 2 acres in the West, says Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), a member on the Natural Resources Committee and ranking member on the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands.
And now the Senate thinks the government needs even more land.
Chuck Cushman, executive director of the American Land Rights Association located in Washington State, has dedicated his life to stopping federal land grabs and limiting trust funds such as the LWCF. He says this big boost of funds from the Senate endangers all land owners in or near federally protected lands.
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In a newly-uncovered interview from the Hyde Park Citizen newspaper circa December 28, 1995, Barack Obama explains his philosophy on income inequality in the United States, especially in light of economic difficulties:
In an environment of scarcity, where the cost of living is rising, folks begin to get angry and bitter and look for scapegoats. Historically, instead of looking at the top 5% of this country that controls all the wealth, we turn towards each other, and the Republicans have added to the fire.
In that interview, Obama explains that his perspective on the “top 5%” was shaped by his experiences abroad:
It’s about power. My travels made me sensitive to the plight of those without power and the issues of class and inequalities as it relates to wealth and power. Anytime you have been overseas in these so-called third world countries, one thing you see is the vast disparity of wealth of those who are part of power structure and those outside of it.
See Yourself In Vintage Style
yearbookyourself.com – How would you look in the hairstyles and clothing from past decades? It’s fun to find out on this site, which lets you take your photo and place it in vintage yearbook shots from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and beyond. Just picture it—you with Farrah hair, or a groovy headband, or Buddy Holly glasses. Create hysterical portraits and then share them on Facebook.
Duct Tape Prom Outfits
duckbrand.com – Sure, we all know that duct tape is handy for lots of repairs. But did you know it could be used to make prom outfits? Stuck at Prom® is a contest from Duck Tape® brand that challenges high-schoolers to make amazing prom outfits out of the tape for the chance to win scholarships. Once the top 10 entries are selected, you can start voting for the winners in March.
Can’t Recall What’s Recalled?
saferproducts.gov – It seems like every time you turn around, there’s another product recall in the news. By visiting this site, you can easily search for recalls by product category including dishwashers, appliances, space heaters, children’s products, and toys. You can also file a report on an unsafe product that you’ve discovered
Of course being conservatives, we lack the ability to appreciate this.
(CNSNews.com) – President Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus law, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, impacted nearly one quarter (25 percent) of all renewable energy initiatives across the government, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report says.
According to GAO, 157 of the nearly 700 renewable energy initiatives in fiscal year 2010 were either created by the stimulus law, received expanded funding or were modified under it and the futures of some programs are uncertain because of a draw-down in funding — or because they were already set to expire..
The programs were implemented by 23 agencies and their 130 sub-agencies.
“Agencies’ renewable energy efforts increased in recent years as a result of the provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and other factors,” the GAO report said.
The Etch-A-Sketch Candidate: Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom hands opposition hook with quip comparing general election strategy to an Etch-A-Sketch: “You can kind of shake it up and restart all of over again.” Rick Santorum: “I’m no Etch a Sketch waiting to be shaken up & re-shifted”; Santorum spox Alice Stewart hands out mini Etch-A-Sketches at Romney event; Newt Gingrich gives little boy an Etch-A-Sketch, tells him “now you can be a presidential candidate”; DNC attack ad up within hours: “Mitt Romney: Some Things You Just Can’t Shake Off”; On Twitter: #RomneyToys, Fake Eric Fehmstrom; Single Serving Site: Etch-A-Sketch Mitt Romney; Etch-A-Sketch spox Nicole Gresh reax: “A profound toy…is now SHAKING up the national debate”; Mitt Romney breaks silence on Etch-A-Sketch-Gate: “The issues I’m running on will be exactly the same”; Fehrnstrom clarifies: “[The general election] is a different race, with different candidates, and different issues that get discussed.”
IFC cancels Onion News Network show. Damn, I liked that show!
Broken bathroom strands Beijing-bound United passengers in Anchorage for two days.
Major Online Dating Sites to Start Background Checks on Users.
Just as lame as it was one week ago when he first used it to try and belittle us.
BOULDER CITY, Nev. — President Obama traveled here to the Nevada desert Wednesday to highlight the future of solar energy — and ridicule Republicans for trimming back federal funding to develop it.
“If some politicians get their way, there won’t be any more public investments in solar energy,” Obama said at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 plant, about a half-hour’s drive southeast from Las Vegas.
“These folks dismiss the promise of solar power and wind power and fuel-efficient cars. They make jokes about it. One member of Congress who shall remain unnamed called these jobs ‘phony,’” Obama continued. “If these people were around when Columbus set sail, they would’ve been founding members of the Flat Earth Society.”
Although this was an official White House event, Obama employed the sharply partisan tone he has reserved primarily for campaign rallies and fundraisers in recent weeks.
Aint this the woman that Obama says keeps him focusing on the big picture?
Research and investment firm SNL Kagan is the source authority for the kinds of financial information about cable channels that everyone wants to know, and that most companies don’t want to disclose. So it’s sure to attract a lot of attention with a report today from its respected long-time analyst Derek Baine who says that Discovery may need to take “a significant write-down” in Q1 for its investment in OWN to account for “programming costs for shows that are not working, as well as severance costs for those being laid off.”
Last week the joint venture with Oprah Winfrey cancelled Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show and fired about 30 employees. Baine says he “would not be surprised to see Discovery ask Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions to finance some of the network’s losses going forward. Discovery has already funded well-beyond its $189 million commitment and they may want Harpo Productions to have more skin in the game.” Baine’s estimate of OWN’s $142.9M operating loss this year is up 33.6% from the $107M loss that SNL Kagan figured for OWN in 2011. Discovery reported a $35M loss for its equity investments last year, but that includes The Hub — which Kagan says probably broke even — as well as 3net and channels in Canada and Japan.
Discovery’s on the hook for much more: It has invested $312M in OWN. Yet Baine notes that the channel still has big hurdles to overcome. For example, ”advertisers may tire of playing the waiting game for shows to catch an audience.” In addition, many of Discovery’s deals with pay TV providers begin to expire late this year. ”Its hope for license fees of 20 cents to 25 cents per sub (per month) may now be unrealistic.” And here’s the kicker: ”Without a significant ratings boost by year-end, this could be Oprah Winfrey’s last chapter in the cable network industry.”
The assholes that Obama, Pelosi, and all liberals love, the occupiers, have done it again to prove how freaking ass shitty they are….
(NBC NY) — Police say an Occupy Wall Street protester dumped a tub of human waste down a public stairwell and inside a bank vestibule, and got caught on video.
Police said Occupy Wall Street protesters were captured on surveillance video dragging a large receptacle of human urine and feces to an open-air plaza at the corner of Nassau and Cedar streets last Wednesday evening, just before 8 p.m.
They then poured the waste down a set of stairs there, police said.
About 20 minutes later, one of the protesters entered a Chase ATM vestibule on Water Street and poured human waste inside there, police said.
A witness gave police the license plate number of the van used to transport the waste, and police were able to match the plate to its registered owner, a Philadelphia man.
He was arrested on Wall Street Saturday on charges of unlawful possession of noxious matter and aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.
(a good punishment for this act would be for those involved to clean the shittiest toilets in NYC with only a toothbrush and one rag)
Is this woman just plain stupid?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday evening that the 2010 healthcare law, which prompted complaints from conservatives that Democrats far exceeded their constitutional authority, actually helps people meet the goal outlined in the Declaration of Independence, which promotes mankind’s rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Speaking on the House floor, Pelosi called on her colleagues to remember “what our founders put forth in our founding documents, which is life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And that is exactly what the Affordable Care Act helps to guarantee.”
Pelosi explained that the law gives people the flexibility they need to pursue these goals, since it makes it easier for them to switch jobs in order to pursue their career or family goals.
“A healthier life, the liberty to pursue happiness, free of the constraints that lack of healthcare might provide to a family,” she said. “If you want to be photographer, a writer, an artist, a musician, you can do so. If you what to start a business, if you want to change jobs, under the Affordable Care Act, you have that liberty to pursue your happiness.”
And so that is why I’m so pleased that this week we can celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.”