An interesting TED talk on things that Facebook and Google do, that you just might not approve of:
Now with some “educational value”:
I’m sure the owner was oh so very surprised at his loving companion’s behavior:
From the BUFFALO NEWS:
Jamey Rodemeyer needed help. At 14, he was grappling with adolescent demons that could torment grown men.
And when he was online, he wrote about it.
“I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens,” he wrote Sept. 9. “What do I have to do so people will listen to me?”
Just over one week later, Jamey was found dead outside his home of an apparent suicide.
In the months prior, he routinely blogged about school bullying and thoughts of suicide in between upbeat posts about his pop star idol Lady Gaga and the ordinary types of teen rants typical for kids his age.
On Sept. 8, he wrote: “No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down.” [Rest of article]
Jamey Rodemeyer, R.I.P.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, R.I.P.
UPDATE (Forgive the 10 second ad):
I had not realized that there was a “movement” afoot to try and “stimulate the economy” by forgiving student date. If you think that’s such a terrific idea, there is a website where you can go to sign a Petition requesting this. And here’s a Congressman touting the idea:
Sorry, but I think it’s a terrible idea–our unemployment problem does not lie with college graduates, and this is another example of special treatment for the rich(er), at the expense of the poor. The FREAKONOMICS BLOG has a very good analysis of the issue:
There’s an argument going around right now that forgiving the country’s student loan debt would have a stimulative effect on the economy. This online petition by Signon.org, an offshoot of Moveon.org, has nearly 300,000 signatures. Its basic argument is this:
Forgiving the student loan debt of all Americans will have an immediate stimulative effect on our economy. With the stroke of the President’s pen, millions of Americans would suddenly have hundreds, or in some cases, thousands of extra dollars in their pockets each and every month with which to spend on ailing sectors of the economy. As consumer spending increases, businesses will begin to hire, jobs will be created and a new era of innovation, entrepreneurship and prosperity will be ushered in for all
….[Rest of article]