Friday, April 1, 2016

Do Facebook Political Views Cause Rifts?

"Moe" pastes liberal demagoguery, "Larry" is a conservative fomentor and "Curly" rides the tight-ass, politically correct, middle road. This annoys you, but you're friends. But you can avoid the social rants, maintain friendships and they'll never know.

Facebook posts can be shared and/or "copied and pasted", i.e. the information is copied from another site and pasted onto one's page. Most political and social propaganda posts have some dimwitted remark showing the person's agreement with the link's author and/or statement.

If you agree with the post and/or author, you heartily click the "like" button and the bolder express their comment(s), as well. If you disagree with the post and it irritates you, your choices are two-fold. You can bite your tongue or make a comment to the contrary. Therein lies the problem.

To spar or start a verbal war over inane rhetoric creates animosity. Furthermore, it can cause a rift between the people involved over a subject that will most likely fade to future black, but leaving a bitter taste in one's mouth.

Surely you don't want to unfriend your family member or close friend, but you're weary of their political or social views. Let's see if we can fix this problem, shall we?

Facebook posts have a caron (yep, it's called a caron and reversed, it's called a caret) in the upper right corner. If you click it, a list of choices drops down. Well, you don't want to "delete" your pal Moe and you don't want to "unfollow" Moe because he's a good source of humor. Nothing is gained by "Report post". But there is one more revised option that is not shown on this older version (it's all I could find).

The other option is "Hide all from ______.", (the link origination). You see, most propaganda (left or right) is funded, packaged and sent by "interested parties". An exaggerated example would be "Citizens Against Cartoons" or "Mothers Against Public Flatulation" or some other dimwitted or money scheming, political groups.

Eventually, Moe's propaganda posts begin to wane as you have requested that Facebook does not allow posts from that particular propaganda entity on your notifications.

So there you have it, my little "Acorns" (pun intended). Less propaganda without eliminating friends and family. Today's post comes to you courtesy of "Irishmen Against Idiots But United In Drink". (I made that up.....)

The News As I See It: Ted Cruz was asked about his weaknesses, and admitted that he's "hard-charging" and has stepped on some toes. Then he said, "But enough about my high school prom."

New York and New Jersey officials have agreed to reconstruct the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, and the project will cost an estimated $10 to $15 billion. .....and that's just to clean the bathrooms.

Donald Trump suggested that his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who has been accused of harshly grabbing a reporter at a rally, could have just been keeping her from falling down. Sure, and Bill Cosby was just helping those ladies get a good night’s sleep.

This Date In History: 1789; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first Speaker of the House of Representatives. 1933; The Nazi persecution of Jews began in Germany with a boycott of Jewish businesses.

1945; American forces landed on Okinawa during World War II. 1960; The first U.S. weather satellite, TIROS-1, was launched from Cape Canaveral. 1970; President Nixon signed a bill into law banning cigarette ads from radio and television.

1976 Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer. 1979; Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran. 2001; Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic arrested on corruption charges.

2003; Private Jessica Lynch was rescued by U.S. commandos in a raid on an Iraqi hospital. 2004; President Bush signed the "Laci Peterson" bill making it a separate federal crime to harm a fetus during an attack on the mother.

2009; Sweden becomes the fifth European country to legalize same-sex marriage. The other countries with the same rights are The Netherlands, Norway, Belgium and Spain.

Picture Of The Day: In New York City, people are paying up to $100 for a "cronut," which is croissant-donut. We call these people "midiots," which is a moron-idiot.

Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) According to this bathroom stall, my ex changed her number again. 2) Every time my girlfriend stays over, we reenact the last scene from Titanic. She hogs the bed while I'm on the side hanging on for dear life. 3) I was considering remarrying the woman I divorced years ago, but she said I was only after my money 4) The easiest way to piss off a vegan is to refer to their choice of diet as an "eating disorder". 5) Nothing says I have faith in God like the bullet proof glass on the Popemobile.....and that's five !

Today's Horoscope: Aries - April 1st: People say you make your own luck, but carrying around a sign that says "Will work for beer" is probably not what they had in mind. You can freak people out in public restrooms by saying "come in" when they knock on the stall door, but it's probably a bad idea.

Birthdays: William Harvey, physician 1578, Otto von Bismarck,  statesman 1815, James Fisk, financial speculator 1834, Edmond Rostand, poet 1868, Toshiro Mifune, actor 1920, Milan Kundera, writer 1929, Debbie Reynolds, singer, dancer, actress 1932.

The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: A student nurse found an elderly gentleman dressed and sitting on the bed with a suitcase at his feet. Since hospital regulations require a wheelchair for patients being discharged, she brought the man a wheelchair. although he insisted he didn't any help to leave the hospital.

After a chat about rules being rules, he reluctantly let the student nurse wheel him to the elevator. On the way down, she asked him if his wife was meeting him. He answered, "I don't know. She's still upstairs in the bathroom changing out of her hospital gown."

A guy walked into a crowded bar, waving his unholstered pistol and yelled, "I have a Colt .45 with eight rounds in the clip and one in the chamber and I want to know who's been sleeping with my wife!"

A voice from the back of the room called out, "You don't have enough ammo!"

The Hits Just Keep On Coming: IMy thanks to my friend Julie for her contribution to today's stories.

In May of this year, police in Chicago announced the discovery of an arms cache of 200 semi-automatic rifles with 25,000 rounds of ammunition, 200 pounds of heroin and 25 trafficked prostitutes, all in a house behind the public library.

Local residents were stunned. A community spokesman said, "We're all shocked! We never knew we had a library."

An older couple had dinner at another couple's house, and after eating, the wives left the table and went into the kitchen. The two gentlemen were talking, and one said, "Last night we went out to a new restaurant and it was really great. I would recommend it very highly." The other man said, "What is the name of the restaurant?"

The first man thought and thought and finally said, "What is the name of that flower you give to someone you love? You know...the one that's red and has thorns?" The other man said, "Do you mean a rose?" The man said, "Yes, that's the one."

He then turned towards the kitchen and yelled, "Hey Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

That's it for today, my little sunflowers. Remember, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, except for grizzly bears. Grizzly bears will just kill you. I'm heading over to AREA 51 for happy hour.

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Have a great weekend and more on Monday.

Stay Tuned !

1 comment:

jack69 said...

I have several friends who donot talk tome anymore after following my advice on the Facebook thingee.
I have an idea the Himalayan cure would work for me! But it would be one of those the cure will kill you, things!
Nite from way out in the woods.