When I look at what’s happening across the country, I see a common theme that for the most part has remained unnamed. The current news reports—of demonstrations, restrictions on free speech, increasing numbers of murders and other crimes, hate-filled rhetoric, accusations and “cancellations”—highlight symptoms of a far larger issue. Ultimately, it’s not about politics, or the environment, or even morality and social justice. The root of it all is spiritual.
I was originally planning to be the only blogger on the planet who didn’t comment on the Caylee murder trial verdict. In case you’ve been in a coma for the last several years, you know by now that Casey Anthony was declared “not guilty” in the murder of her daughter Caylee. Since I have only skimmed a few headlines pertaining to the case, I’m not qualified to have an opinion about the outcome, although that hasn’t stopped anyone else.
While I have largely ignored the trial, it’s pretty much impossible to ignore the outpouring of opinion. My friends’ facebook pages, the headlines on every news feed on my homepage, the assorted blogs I follow—all are consumed with the topic. You’d think nothing else of importance happened anywhere else on the planet.
According to twice-wrong Harold Camping’s most recent prediction, the world will end on October 21, 2011.
If that isn’t a good day for you, how about October 16? I was recently alerted (by a caring friend who was quite serious about this) to the impending destruction of the earth by a small, nondescript assemblage of ice and dirt that is currently heading for the core of the solar system. That’s right. On October 16, 2011, on its way out to space again, the comet Elenin will pass by Earth at a distance of “only” 21 million miles. (By comparison, Venus is 23.7 million miles away.)
A friend alerted me to this article on the CBS: Moneywatch website:
The author covers a number of current Facebook scams all aimed at getting you to unwittingly provide crooks with enough personal information that they can hack into your financial accounts. Games such as 21 Questions are easy to get sucked into—we all are curious about what question about us was unlocked—but very hard to get out of. Once your private information no longer private, you’re open to all sorts of scams.
I’ve already posted about one of the con games mentioned in the article. See my warning about the “I’m Stuck” scam, and how we avoided being fooled.
If you spend any time on Facebook, and ever click on the various links to applications that want access to your account, you’ll want to read this article. A good dose of paranoia will go a long way to protecting your money.