The Facebook Comment That Ruined A Life

 

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Justin Carter was an ordinary person – he played games, got active on Facebook, and did most stuff what teenagers normally do, but one unfortunate incident, which most of us barely care in our daily lives, puts his life, and his reputation, on jeopardy.

He posted a threatening comment in the social media site, and he was put in jail for a few months, and his legal case ends up in limbo.

Everyone, please be careful whenever you post something on Facebook.

 

Read his full story on Dallas Observer.

 

Excerpt:

 

One of the comments appears to be a response to an earlier comment in which someone called Carter crazy. Carter’s retort was: “I’m fucked in the head alright, I think I’ma SHOOT UP A KINDERGARTEN [sic].”

Carter followed with “AND WATCH THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT RAIN DOWN.”

When a person writing under the profile name “Hannah Love” responded with “i hope you [burn] in hell you fucking prick,” Carter put the cherry on top: “AND EAT THE BEATING HEART OF ONE OF THEM.” (The Austin police officer who wrote up the subsequent report noted: “all caps to emphasize his anger or rage.” )

That’s when someone in Canada — an individual as yet unidentified in court records — notified local authorities. Because Carter’s profile listed him as living in Austin, the Canadians sent the tip to the Austin Police Department. Along with a cell-phone screenshot of part of the thread and a link to Carter’s Facebook page, the tipster provided this narrative: “This man, Justin Carter, made a number of threats on Facebook to shoot up a class of kindergartners. … He also made numerous comments telling people to go shoot themselves in the face and drink bleach. The threats to shoot the children were made approximately an hour ago.”

The Library of Babel

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A surrealist short story by Jorge Luis Borges about a universe that entirely consists of libraries.

Read the full story in The Critical Point.

 

Excerpt:

 

Some five hundred years ago, the chief of one of the upper hexagon came across a book as jumbled as all the others, but containing almost two pages of homogeneous lines. He showed his find to a traveling decipherer, who told him that the lines were written in Portuguese; others said it was Yiddish. Within the century experts had determined what the language actually was: a Samoyed-Lithuanian dialect of Guarani, with inflections from classical Arabic. The content was also determined: the rudiments of combinatory analysis, illustrated with examples of endlessly repeating variations. Those examples allowed a librarian of genius to discover the fundamental law of the Library.

Humans of HKUST – Life and everything within the campus

 

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(my personal request to everyone reading this blog)

 

Why you should visit this website: I, and four other friends studying in this university widely known for the ‘stress and tension’ it carries over, are making this project, modeled on Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, to give everyone an elementary understanding about life, ideas, opinions, experiences, and stories that HKUST students, staff, or whoever contributing to this great university, want to share to the public. There may be sad stories, there may be mind-provoking ones, but there are also silly, quirky, and inspiring ones. Every person has different perspectives about life, and of course there are no ways we can enforce our own towards theirs. Therefore, as a sign of appreciation towards diverse mindsets, we create this platform to let everyone know more about what really is happening in this campus.

Link: http://humansofhkust.tumblr.com/

FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/humansofhkust

Watch the short till the end to know the answer

 

Just some hints, so you know: it’s set in a some sort of advanced world, inhabited by millions of potato-like nose-less creatures stacked like salmon cans, and the world keeps expanding. Things seem to be fine, with daily, mundane activities going over and over, until one day, a bluish ‘meteor’ strikes their world, and things start going wrong. A ‘potato-like creature’, case zero, holding that bluish stuff which turns out to be slime-like, starts to disintegrate, and the germs it carry begin spreading beyond control to its entire populace. As more and more these blue slimes invade their world, a prospect of apocalypse becomes seemingly inevitable, and everything reaches its critical, boiling point in leaps and bounds.

But I won’t tell you what it actually is all about until you watch the end of this video (which is set in Channel 4).

Either Roland Emmerich or Michael Bay should learn more from this video, I suppose.

 

Enjoy!

The missing 28 pages in 911 tragedy

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13 years ago, one of the history’s worst tragedies struck the United States that it catastrophically shook over the country’s reputation as ‘the world’s most influential superpower’. The 911 tragedy, ever since, by which World Trade Center twin towers and its vicinity, Pentagon, and some places back then were struck down by planes, puts the country’s omnipresent position at a very huge question in regard to America’s ability to defend itself from outsider’s attacks. Things significantly change with the advent of this pandemonium, and many political statements were made, promising full justice to all the victims affected.

Wars have been waged, many terrorists already annihilated, and countless amount of money are already spent in efforts towards ‘achieving that justice’. But despite all this, there’s something missing from those families, something by which they truly believe is a large, abyssal void, that keeps hindering them from obtaining that ‘literal sense of justice’.

As many as 28 pages of an 800-page summary report detailing the tragedy have been deliberately blanked out, leaving the public, and the whole world, perturbed by what actually is being concealed by US government. Countless efforts have been made to pressure the authority to release the remaining pages, but requests are continually declined. Some rumor that one of its principal allies (and most often of dubious reliability), Saudi Arabia, may be actually the main culprit. But as long as rumor remains a rumor, and US government refuses to release those pages, it will all remain a mystery. Its victims may never attain that sense of justice they have long been waiting for. And they don’t stop waiting.

 

Read the three articles in Al Jazeera, Vice News, and The New Yorker to know more about the mysteries surrounding the missing 28 pages, which may offer key evidence of who really masterminded 911 incident.

 

From Al Jazeera (excerpt):

 

Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar were the first two 9/11 hijackers to enter the United States in January 2000. They were soon befriended by Saudi national Omar al-Bayoumi, who helped them find an apartment in San Diego, co-signed their lease, and paid their security deposit.

Graham accused Bayoumi of being a “Saudi government agent” who “provided direct assistance” to the two hijackers. 

Michael Kellogg is a Washington, DC-based lawyer for the Saudi Arabian government. He told Al Jazeera the allegations against Bayoumi were “carefully examined and rejected” by the 9/11 Commission Report in 2004.

 

From Vice News (excerpt):

 

The 28 pages make up part four of the report, a section titled “Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters.” They are widely believed to implicate Saudi officials or describe support from Saudi intelligence for the hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi citizens.

“On the one hand, it is possible that these kinds of connections could suggest, as indicated in a CIA memorandum, ‘incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists [---------------------------],’ ” states an introductory note in the section. “On the other hand, it is also possible that further investigation of these allegations could reveal legitimate, and innocent, explanations for these associations.”

Former Senator Bob Graham of Florida, who co-chaired the joint Senate-House investigation, dispensed with the equivocation and told VICE News that the redactions are a “cover up.”

“I’ve said this since the first classification of the 28 pages,” he remarked. “It’s become more and more inexplicable as to why two administrations have denied the American people information that would help them better understand what happened on 9/11.”

 

From The New Yorker (by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright, and his excerpt below):

 

The theory behind the lawsuit against the Saudis goes back to the 1991 Gulf War. The presence of American troops in Saudi Arabia was a shattering event in the country’s history, calling into question the ancient bargain between the royal family and the Wahhabi clerics, whose blessing allows the Saud family to rule. In 1992, a group of the country’s most prominent religious leaders issued the Memorandum of Advice, which implicitly threatened a clerical coup. The royal family, shaken by the threat to its rule, accommodated most of the clerics’ demands, giving them more control over Saudi society. One of their directives called for the creation of a Ministry of Islamic Affairs, which would be given offices in Saudi embassies and consulates. As the journalist Philip Shenon writes, citing John Lehman, the former Secretary of the Navy and a 9/11 commissioner, “it was well-known in intelligence circles that the Islamic affairs office functioned as the Saudis’ ‘fifth column’ in support of Muslim extremists.”

The story told in those twenty-eight pages picks up with the arrival of two young Saudis, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, in Los Angeles in January, 2000. They were the first wave of the 9/11 hijackers. Neither spoke English well, so their mission—to learn how to pilot a Boeing jetliner—seemed crazily improbable, especially if they had no assistance.

 

The man who pretended to invent email

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A very brief analogy before you read the story: when you invent a type of airplane known as ‘AIRPLANE’, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re gonna turn yourself into Wilbur Wright.

Read the enigmatic story about Shiva Ayyadurai, the self-claiming ‘inventor’ of ‘email’, in Gizmodo.

 

Excerpt:

 

On the phone, Ayyadurai comes off as kind, a man of nervous tact. But it also absolutely feels like trying to sell you something that’s just not sticking—a sort of mainframe Willy Loman. At publications he’s duped into letting him opine unfettered, he’s email’s inventor, through and through. He also owns dozens of immodest domains to that point—InventorOfEmail.com,DrEmail.com, EmailInventor.com—you get the point. No? Well Ayyadura has literally 100 more sites (103 in total) dedicated to making sure you do.

But press Ayyadurai, and he gets desperate, as his entire faux-fame rests upon semantic tricks, falsehoods, and a misinformation campaign.

Shiva Ayyadurai didn’t invent email—he created “EMAIL,” an electronic mail system implemented at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, New Jersey. It’s doubtful he realized it as a little teen, but laying claim to the name of a product that’s the generic term for a universal technology gives you acres of weasel room. But creating a type of airplane named AIRPLANE doesn’t make you Wilbur Wright.

Oops, I repeat the same analogy again.