I've been frozen out of my Facebook account because it's challenging my account name, "Jordan Bassior" -- which is not only the name I've used on that account for years, but actually is my name, and the one I use with my friends face-to-face.
Facebook is demanding that I submit JPEG's of ID's to them to confirm my name. I don't think I'm going to do this, as Facebook has been known to sell or inadequately secure data confided to them, and this is the sort of data which could be used for flat-out identity theft.
Is there any reason to try to get back on Facebook any more? Or do anything on Facebook anymore?
Cuckerberg seems to imagine that he's a CEO in some poorly-thought-out Cyberpunk 2020 campaign, above the laws of mere nations, and I think that in consequence, Facialbook is going to fall and fall hard. And when this happens, I think that any effort I've put into it is going to be lost anyway.
What do you guys think?
To those of you celebrating the reversal of the trangender bathroom order ...
... what is the exact POINT of this?
I don't know what YOU do in the bathroom but I have gone to men's rooms all my life, and in my experience guys do not generally waggle their dicks at one another. I certainly don't do any such thing, not even if I use the urinals instead of the stalls. Nor do I gape in awe at some other man's equipment.
In women's rooms, where the bathrooms are ALL closed stalls, I would imagine that there is even LESS public display of hoo-has, glittery or standard-issue.
Indeed, if a transgender mtf goes into a woman's room, how do you KNOW that she has a Y chromosome? Likewise, if a ftm goes into a men's room, that he LACKS that most important bit of teeny weeny cellular machinery?
Are you going to start challenging butch looking women and femme-looking men when they go to the bathroom? How will this be resolved, forced stripping? What do you do about the angry and embarrassed XX women who just happen to be kind of mannish-looking, or XY men who happen to be kind of effeminate?
What about POST-operative transsexuals (these would be mtf with vaginal or ftm with penile structures)? Are you going to CLOSELY examine their junk? What if it passes muster? Full CAT scans to investigate the interior architecture? Perhaps we should have chromosomal scanners at the entrance to the bathroom?
And if this absurd action succeeds, what exactly will we have gained. I haven't heard very many people worrying about the ftm transguys in the men's room, so apparently real men aren't afraid of them. Okay, so I'm guessing it's the mtf transgirls in the women's room.
"They'll rape women unless we make it illegal!" Um, raping women is ALREADY illegal, and has been so during the whole millennium and some odd centuries history of the Anglo-Saxon legal code on which our own common law is based.
"They'll rape LITTLE GIRLS unless we make it illegal!" Well, ever since we instituted the age of consent laws in medieval times (around three-quarters of a millennium ago), that's been even MORE illegal than raping grown women.
"They'll ignore the laws and rape anyway!" Okay, but if they're willing to ignore the laws which mandate years in prison for the felony of rape, then ...
... what makes you think they'll OBEY the law which mandates a few days in prison or a small fine for the misdemeanor or offense of using the wrong bathroom?
"Well gee, I would have gone to the women's room and raped the little girls with my rapeyness. but luckily for those little girls, I remembered that going to the women's room was ILLEGAL. Curses! Foiled again!"
The main effect of this law will be embarrassing young transgirls.
Let me repeat this. The main effect of the law will be causing emotional pain to teenagers and in some cases actual CHILDREN who are ALREADY in emotional pain due to sexual dysphoria.
Congratulations, my fellow conservatives. You've succeeded in pushing around some emotionally-vulnerable little girls. Or, looked at another way, some emotionally-vulnerable little boys. Oh yeah, in the latter case, what you're doing is MUCH braver and more socially important.
Don't we have actual ENEMIES to fight?
I attempted to get a Green Dot Card. Wahlgreen's took $1.95 from me. I then tried to initialize the card. Green Dot claimed that my name and social security information was unverifiable, even though it is recorded by the State of California and the Social Security Administration. Green Dot then said that they would not send a permanent card, meaning I was unable to get ID from them, and that they would anyway deduct a $7.95 fee for the service, and I could not reload the card. I am thus out almost $10 for the "service" of having my time wasted. I have also create a security threat to myself by giving my personal information, including Date of Birth and Social Security #, to a company which is demonstrably either incompetent or fraudulent.
I hereby state that Green Dot Corporation is an untrustworthy fiduciary corporation and advise all readers to shun their supposed "service." If you use it, be aware that they may at whim provide you no service, and steal your personal information in the process. How are they making money? I won't use their service any more.
Well, they have my $10. And my information, which they may well sell repeatedly to even less reputable groups.
So -- deal with them at your own risk. Or, if you're wise -- DON'T.
If George W. Bush participated in enabling Saudi accomplices to 9-11 flee the country, can he be prosecuted as an accessory after the fact? I know that his Presidential immunity no longer applies -- after the end of his second term, he no longer needs to be impeached to be charged with a crime.
If so, perhaps some Democrats should make their reputation going after this target. Heck, or even REPUBLICANS.
If Bush did this, I want to see him end his days in prison.