death and taxes
On the off chance that disaster strikes on your commute home, you might want to delete your more incriminating tagged photos. Facebook has tweaked its policies to make more of your profile information available to the general public after you die.
Previously, when a user’s account was “memorialized” after their death, it was virtually sealed off so that only friends could view their information, a Facebook blog post says. Now, their privacy settings will be preserved so that even if their account is memorialized, other users will still be able to view whatever information they made public.
Note: I originally published on TheFix.com in January 2012 under a pseudonym. Since that time, there’s been a surge on Fentanyl-related deaths, with the unfortunate demise of Philip Seymour Hoffman this weekend putting the deadly narcotic in the spotlight. I originally wrote this essay to tell my story, now I’m sharing it as a public service: Fentanyl is a drug that isn’t just relegated to people in poor, urban areas, and the next life it takes could be a family member’s, a friend’s, or your own.
Here’s a good tip for what not to do after graduating from college if you don’t want to get addicted to opioids: do not go on Craigslist’s “For Sale” section and search for “pain.”
Honestly, you just graduated from college, why are you trying to buy more pain? You can’t afford the pain you are in already, because you don’t have health insurance and also because you are in $40,000 of debt. What are you, some kind of masochist?
Also, don’t search for “pain” in Craigslist’s seller section (feel free to search for it on Missed Connections), because you might end up buying pharmaceutical grade heroin from a quadriplegic at Coney Island (true story).
The stale idea that classical music is dead has been repeated so many times that it’s not really worth being bothered by anymore. But an article published on Slate today argues the grim notion with such narrow-minded certainty that I can’t help taking issue with it.
This story is almost too disturbing to believe. Read More
A day after a baby boy was shot to death in his stroller, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is saying enough is enough.
“There must be a new era of community policing,” Mr. Thompson declared at a press conference today, standing solemnly beside his wife, outraged community leaders and grieving residents. They were next to an abandoned lot in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, where 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was killed.
Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? More specifically, what happens to all your old Google Docs?
Well, fellow internet users, wonder no more. As of today, Google is giving users the opportunity to “plan their digital afterlife,” with a new feature called Inactive Account Manager, according to their Public Policy Read More
Celebrity Castration Plots
Today’s ruling won’t bring back Robert Saylor, the young man who died in police custody after employees of a Frederick, MD multiplex called the cops on the 26-year-old with Down Syndrome for trying to sit through a second screening of Zero Dark Thirty. (He had only paid for one viewing.) But the court’s decision on Friday to call the death what it was–a homicide–is a step in the direction of justice, which is more than can be said for the case thus far.
During a recent gig at Madison Square Garden, Justin Bieber was not, we repeat, was NOT, strangled to death with a paisley tie and then castrated in a plan hatched by a convicted child rapist and murderer serving time in a New Mexico prison. Once again: this did not happen.
But it almost did.
Jane Fonda’s first French-speaking film in 40 years finds her leading a joyous ensemble of septuagenarians in a sweet, thoughtful and spirited examination of how to grow old with dignity and pride in a regrettable era when senior citizens have been reduced to the status of a political agenda. At 74, Ms. Fonda is a testament to the benefits of exercise, the stimulation of cognitive effort, up-to-the-minute cosmetics, a healthy lifestyle—and the money to afford them all. She is glorious at any age, in any language, and is a class act on the screen who is always welcome.
Continuing in one of the worst trends of this summer, a Pathmark employee identified as a 23-year-old ex-marine took his own life today after reporting to his job and shooting two of his coworkers, WABC reports.