The Daily Wrap: October 1st

It’s October, time to bust out the pumpkins and, well, that’s all.  Let’s see what’s buzzing around the internet today.

Shut Down!

As we guessed yesterday, the government of the United States of America has shut down.  Congress, deadlocked over that funding bill, watched as Tuesday rolled in and a shutdown came riding on its back.  For the first time in 17 years, officials told the various agencies of our government to prepare to shut down,  a move which will largely involve many, many people and services not being available today or any day until this gets resolved.

Hundreds of thousands of workers will be placed on furlough, parks and monuments are now closed, various services have been suspended including IRS audits (no big deal there) and food stamps. Members of the military will still be paid however, thanks to a bipartisan measure passed yesterday and signed into law by the President, and the mail will still be delivered as the post office receives alternate funding.

Both sides of government headed into Tuesday morning blaming the other and bickering.   The GOP refuses to pass any funding bill without tying anti-Obamacare legislation to it and the Dems refuse to acknowledge anything that includes Obamacare.  Until someone gives, expect more of the same.

All Public Facebook Posts Are Searchable

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Finally, Facebook stalking is way easier than it used to be.  Facebook Graph Search lets you search anything made public on the site, from any time, with other modifiers like people who participated, or location, or whatever keywords float your boat today.

Privacy controls are still in effect so if you flagged someone private it will still be private, but of course everything on Facebook is public by default, and this will allow you to search all the way back to when Facebook began and people were less concerned with keeping their profiles private.  Is this news earth shattering and are you likely to find damning info?  Probably not, but as part of Facebook’s plan to have a Twitter-like feed of info to interact with, your life, assuming you put it on Facebook, just got a whole lot more public.


Zero Tolerance and Zero Intelligence

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Every school with a zero tolerance policy seems to be run by doped up monkeys but every so often a new story pops up that trumps the old ones in stupidity.  We’ve heard in the past of kids suspended for bringing things like butter knives in their lunch, but a kid in Florida, an 8 year old kid, was sent home for playing cops and robbers with a friend and using a finger gun.  You know, when you use your thumb and forefinger and point it at someone, maybe say “pew pew?”  Yeah, that.

The school labeled this an act of violence, because maybe they’d been drinking.  When asked, they refused to comment on the specific case but did say their code of conduct prohibited children from playing with invisible guns.  That is not a punch line, that is what a school official actually said to the media. 


Happy Birthday Yosemite!

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On this day in 1890, Yosemite National Park came into existence.  On its anniversary, why not pop in for a visit and enjoy the splendor and majesty of nature and one of the country’s greatest treasures?  Because you can’t, it’s shut down along with all the other national parks.  But you can look at Google’s doodle about it. 

Happy Birthday anyway.

Jehovah Didn’t See This Coming

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There have been jokes about being harassed by Jehovah’s Witnesses for as long as Jehovah’s Witnesses have been knocking on doors to spread the word of the Lord.  Some people don’t find those jokes funny, however, like John Baldwin, who instead of locking the door and pretending to not be home like the rest of us, pulled a gun and fired 19 rounds at three Jehovah’s Witnesses.  19!

When the three approached Baldwin on his lawn, he swore at the them stating he moved there to get away from people like them.  The three apologized and left but not fast enough for Baldwin who is quoted as saying “Get my nine.”  Not sure who he said it to, but he lives in a world in which he can say that and someone will actually do it, because he just started shooting at the fleeing Jehovah’s Witnesses after that.  He was released from county jail yesterday on a $50,000 bond.