Why I want to quit Facebook - 07/09/14

I can't quit Facebook for work.  It's part of the job description.  However, I have a personal account that I set up to keep in touch with our family and friends while we were living 2,500 miles away.  I used it to share pictures of our children because we only got to see our family once or twice a year.

After reading about what Facebook is doing right now - without our permission - I want to delete my account and find a way to make sure pictures of my sweet kiddos never end up in the wrong hands.  My fear is that it's too late.  What started as a way to celebrate being a parent seems to be turning into the best way for monsters to track our children. 

Is this something you've thought about?  When will the tide change?  Will people quit sharing every detail and photo from the lives on the web?  I'm not sure it'll happen.  In the meantime, here are a couple of links that may be helpful.


http://netsecurity.about.com/od/newsandeditorial1/a/Facebook-Security-5-Things-You-Should-Never-Post-On-Facebook.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/01/facebook-mood-study-government_n_5550555.html

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.