TUESDAY’S DISCOUNT NEWS (AND SOME THAT SUCKS STORIES)

Today is TUESDAY (the taint of the WEEK) so we have some THAT SUCKS stories in today’s DISCOUNT NEWS.  We also have some stories involving TRAYVON MARTIN and a dude…who is foreal a true A-HOLE!
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Walmart is TRYING TO KILL YOU. On Saturday, 47-year-old Mica Craig of Clarkston, Washington was at a Walmart in Lewiston, Idaho, shopping in the garden section.  And Walmart tried to kill him. As Mica was looking through the plants, a RATTLESNAKE slithered out . . . and BIT HIM on the hand.  He screamed while it latched onto his hand . . . shook it loose . . . then stomped it to death. Mica was hospitalized, and his hand swelled to the size of a cantaloupe from the venom.  He was treated with six bags of anti-venom, and his life isn’t in jeopardy, but he’s been told his hand may be permanently disfigured. He hasn’t said whether he’s going to take legal action against Walmart.

For about two weeks now, 24-year-old Aimee Copeland has battled a rare flesh-eating bacteria she contracted after cutting herself when she fell from a homemade zipline. The disease claimed her left leg and will likely take her fingers as well, but her family reports she is showing signs of recovery. Although necrotizing fasciitis is rare, it’s a very serious disease. Within a short period of time, it can destroy skin, fat and tissue surrounding muscles. According to WebMD, about 1 in 4 people die from the infection, regardless of how healthy they are when they contract it.

Check out this gun range that is selling Trayvon Martin themed targets.  It actually is a silhouette of a guy, with a hoodie, crosshairs on the chest, and a bag of skittles and iced tea in his hands.  TOO SOON?!  Check out the picture below…

Back in 1992, there was an episode of “The Simpsons” where Homer sued a seafood restaurant after they ran out of fish during an all-you-can-eat special. Twenty years later, that just came true in real life.  On Friday night, a 53-year-old man in Mequon, Wisconsin went to a restaurant that was promising an all-you-can-eat fish fry.  The man “only” ate TWELVE pieces of fish before the restaurant told him they’d run out and wouldn’t substitute any other fish.  He protested and refused to pay his bill . . . so finally, they gave him EIGHT more pieces.  He ate them and paid. But two days later, he showed up in front of the restaurant with a PICKET SIGN, protesting their LIES about all-you-can-eat fish.  They ended up calling the cops . . . he wouldn’t leave, and was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Your First Amendment rights are probably the last thing you think about when you click the Like button on Facebook. But just in case you were wondering, that innocent little blue thumbs-up logo is not constitutionally protected free speech. At least, not according to a district court judge in Virginia, who was the first to decide such a question in federal court. The case before Judge Raymond Jackson was this: a local sheriff had fired six of his employees, some because their actions “hindered the harmony and efficiency of the office,”. One of those employees, it turned out, had clicked the Like button on the page of the sheriff’s political opponent. That may sound like a firing offense. But here’s the tricky part — not if the Like button counts as free speech. Public employees in Virginia are free to speak out on political matters, even if that means supporting the guy who wants to replace your boss.  So Jackson threaded the needle this way: He said the Like button isn’t the same as expressing yourself verbally. It’s not free speech, in other words. It’s just clicking a button.That had some legal analysts raising their eyebrows.  The ruling is expected to be appealed, and it’s not outside the bounds of reason that the Supreme Court could soon consider the meaning of that little blue thumbs up.

SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK AND THE LAW: Facebook is just outstanding at taking down stupid criminals.  And these guys are some of the stupidest. Last week in Calima, Colombia, two men went to an Internet café, used the computers, and then when it was time to pay, they PULLED GUNS and robbed the place.  Then, they took off. The café manager called the cops.  When they got there, they checked the computers the guys were using . . . and found one of them had logged into Facebook and left his page up on the screen. The cops ran his name, got his address, and arrested him at home.  There’s no word if they caught the other guy too.

How ridiculous is this? Social media is a part of daily life, but what happens to the online content that you created once you die? If you have social media profiles set up online, you should create a statement of how you would like your online identity to be handled. Just like a traditional will helps your survivors handle your physical belongings, a social media will spells out how you want your online identity to be handled. Like with a traditional will, you’ll need to appoint someone you trust as an online executor. This person will be responsible for closing your email addresses, social media profiles, and blogs after you are deceased. Take these steps to help you write a social media will:

  • Review the privacy policies and the terms and conditions of each website where you have a presence.
  • State how you would like your profiles to be handled. You may want to completely cancel your profile or keep it up for friends and family to visit. Some sites allow users to create a memorial profile where other users can still see your profile but can’t post anything new.
  • Give the social media executor a document that lists all the websites where you have a profile, along with your usernames and passwords.
  • Stipulate in your will that the online executor should have a copy of your death certificate. The online executor may need this as proof in order for websites to take any actions on your behalf.

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