We're Still Here
As predicted here, and elsewhere, the 2012 Apocalypse turned out to be much ado about nothing. NASA posted this video explaining why the promised end of the world failed to materialize. But of course, NASA is run by the U.S. Government, so for all we know, they're just covering up for the fact that the world actually did end, and we are now living in a Matrix-like computer simulation.
Remember those emails that used to go around saying Facebook was going to start charging for membership? That was just a hoax, but now Facebook is toying with the idea of charging members for sending messages to members who they are not "friends" with. Facebook is "testing" this strategy to see whether people will be willing to pay for certain services. Will people go for it? Our guess? No effing way. The reaction on Twitter has been unequivocal. Sample reactions: "Facebook gets $, you get spam," and "Facebook charging $1 to send a message to someone you're not friends with? Pretty sure Twitter does that for free. It's called a tweet." Other users are calling it a "slippery slope" and "perturbing," but we prefer to think of it as a "stalker tax."
Mila Kunis Defamed
Igor Miroschichenko, a Ukrainian politician, is getting a bit of criticism for a recent Facebook rant in which he referred to the Urkainian-born actress Mila Kunis as a "zhydovka," which translates as "dirty Jewess." A rabbi from the Simon Wiesenthal Center sent a letter to the politician in which he said the term was "a slur invoked y the Nazis…as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar." Kunis has not responded to the slur, but in other interviews she said that she was aware of anti-Semitism from an early age. "This is a country that obviously does not want you," Kunis said referring to growing up Jewish in the Ukraine.
If you were online this morning at 9:30 Eastern time, you may have noticed that many websites were dark. But what you might have initially taken for the first sign that the world was ending was actually an organized tribute to the victims of last week's school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. The blackout only lasted a minute, and participation was nowhere near as widespread as the SOPA/PIPA protests earlier this year, which saw sites like Wikipedia and Reddit going dark for an entire day.