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"My curfew was lightning bugs. My parents didn' call my cell, they yelled my name. I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn't eat what mom cooked, then I didn't eat. Sanitizer didn't exist but you COULD get your mouth washed out w/soap. I rode a bike w/o a helmet. Getting dirty was ok and neighbors cared as much as your parents did. Re-post if you drank from a garden hose and survived."

Generally, these things don't bother me that much, but I never repost them on FB as that's not my thing. The first time you see these, they are fine, but when you see them over and over, it is nauseating. Sometimes they tick me off... like when Bin Ladin was killed, people were cheering and then they did a 360 and started posting up the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, implying that we were in the wrong for taking him out. I just wanted to delete all those idiots!

Kat

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Here's one:

"My curfew was lightning bugs. My parents didn' call my cell, they yelled my name. I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn't eat what mom cooked, then I didn't eat. Sanitizer didn't exist but you COULD get your mouth washed out w/soap. I rode a bike w/o a helmet. Getting dirty was ok and neighbors cared as much as your parents did. Re-post if you drank from a garden hose and survived."

Generally, these things don't bother me that much, but I never repost them on FB as that's not my thing. The first time you see these, they are fine, but when you see them over and over, it is nauseating. Sometimes they tick me off... like when Bin Ladin was killed, people were cheering and then they did a 360 and started posting up the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, implying that we were in the wrong for taking him out. I just wanted to delete all those idiots!

Kat

Yup, variations on the same old theme. For some reason or another, there is a new flare-up of this mounting. Nauseating. And I started putting out fake ones, making fun of it, all kinds of mayhem. You know what I got? Stuff like "Some of us aren't that good with words, it is easier to just copy and paste." Crap, my wife even said that. Fuck's sake.

rde

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[...] when Bin Ladin was killed, people were cheering and then they did a 360[*] and started posting up the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, implying that we were in the wrong for taking him out. I just wanted to delete all those idiots!

As one of the latter "idiots," who actually thinks that "we" (the SEAL mob-hit squad and those commanding it, to be accurate) subverted the rule of law, and that the raid's propriety may deserve civilized debate ...

I wonder about the scope of your verb "delete." Especially since it's used in close juxtaposition to mentioning a military attack.

Does your "delete" go beyond removing a Facebook contact?

If I were accompanying you and Michael to a concert performance at Northwestern, and upon leaving Pick-Staiger Hall we were accosted by an armed robber, on a byway of the lakefront campus that did not permit escape or other alternatives, I would not hesitate to use my concealed-carry handgun to "delete" such a marauder.

If, that is, I had a concealed-carry handgun at that location. Since such self-defense is illegal in Evanston, Illinois, as I know well, and I am not sure I would challenge the authorities on their prohibiting such use, and I am 2,000 miles away from my alma mater anyway, the scenario is moot at present. Nonetheless, I would do it.

Yet I don't think that's quite how you mean "delete."

{/sardonic}

* I believe you meant "180."

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Here's one:

"My curfew was lightning bugs. My parents didn' call my cell, they yelled my name. I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn't eat what mom cooked, then I didn't eat. Sanitizer didn't exist but you COULD get your mouth washed out w/soap. I rode a bike w/o a helmet. Getting dirty was ok and neighbors cared as much as your parents did. Re-post if you drank from a garden hose and survived."

Generally, these things don't bother me that much, but I never repost them on FB as that's not my thing. The first time you see these, they are fine, but when you see them over and over, it is nauseating. Sometimes they tick me off... like when Bin Ladin was killed, people were cheering and then they did a 360 and started posting up the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, implying that we were in the wrong for taking him out. I just wanted to delete all those idiots!

Kat

Yup, variations on the same old theme. For some reason or another, there is a new flare-up of this mounting. Nauseating. And I started putting out fake ones, making fun of it, all kinds of mayhem. You know what I got? Stuff like "Some of us aren't that good with words, it is easier to just copy and paste." Crap, my wife even said that. Fuck's sake.

rde

Yeah and a buddy of mine at work showed me a website where you would come up with a topic and it spews out proverbial sounding garbage...

Incidentally, my boss was working on internet addiction on kids and asked for my opinion on what could be a/the possible cause of this phenomenon. To which my answer was,most people don't know what they have on their hands. If the parents don't understand it, the internet's a dangerous place for a kid or anyone for that matter. Problem is, they aren't even making an effort to know it... just use it and abuse it and let it run as well as ruin their lives in the process.

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Here's one:

"My curfew was lightning bugs. My parents didn' call my cell, they yelled my name. I played outside with friends, not online. If I didn't eat what mom cooked, then I didn't eat. Sanitizer didn't exist but you COULD get your mouth washed out w/soap. I rode a bike w/o a helmet. Getting dirty was ok and neighbors cared as much as your parents did. Re-post if you drank from a garden hose and survived."

Generally, these things don't bother me that much, but I never repost them on FB as that's not my thing. The first time you see these, they are fine, but when you see them over and over, it is nauseating. Sometimes they tick me off... like when Bin Ladin was killed, people were cheering and then they did a 360 and started posting up the Martin Luther King Jr. quote, implying that we were in the wrong for taking him out. I just wanted to delete all those idiots!

Kat

Yup, variations on the same old theme. For some reason or another, there is a new flare-up of this mounting. Nauseating. And I started putting out fake ones, making fun of it, all kinds of mayhem. You know what I got? Stuff like "Some of us aren't that good with words, it is easier to just copy and paste." Crap, my wife even said that. Fuck's sake.

rde

Yeah and a buddy of mine at work showed me a website where you would come up with a topic and it spews out proverbial sounding garbage...

Incidentally, my boss was working on internet addiction on kids and asked for my opinion on what could be a/the possible cause of this phenomenon. To which my answer was,most people don't know what they have on their hands. If the parents don't understand it, the internet's a dangerous place for a kid or anyone for that matter. Problem is, they aren't even making an effort to know it... just use it and abuse it and let it run as well as ruin their lives in the process.

It's still going on, too. We're definitely seeing a spike in the current contagion. Apparently there is no stopping it. I applied a few countermeasures and can, happily, report that I was able to block some of the infection on a local level. But they started back up almost before I applied the vaccine. This thing mutates, folks.

rde

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