I have been writing A LOT this weekend. My eyes are dry from staring at the screen. I am tired from all the work. But I am due a post before this day comes to an end, so here it is! Fasten your seat belts and let us go for a ride. (Honk your horn if you are happy about sticking to your goals like I am!)
Normally, I am rather cautious in regards to social media, various apps, and the Internet in general. Yes, it can be informative and a lot of fun, but it has a lot of downfalls, too. As mentioned in my other posts, it can lead to various scams, desensitization, and even suicide. Because of all this, success stories are so much sweeter.
A life can be destroyed, but a life can also be saved. In this instance, a father of 5 was in need of a kidney transplant. Due to some medical issues, a donation from family members was ruled out. His rare blood type was not helping either. He was placed on a long recipient donor list and was expecting having to wait 7-10 years. However, the transplant happened much quicker due to his and his family’s creativity combined with a helping spirit of strangers and kindness of one donor. How did he make it happen, you ask? A few months ago, he went to Disney World with his family, and he wore a custom designed T-shirt, which said: “In Need Of Kidney 0 positive” and his cell number on the bottom. During his trip, multiple strangers asked permission, snapped a photo of him in the shirt and shared on their social media account. It went viral. Hundreds of potential donors called him. After a gruesome physical and mental evaluation, one persevered. Both, donor and recipient are doing well post-surgically. Yay for a positive (beautiful) story!
Now for the “stupid” part of the post. Once again, I am amazed how some people do not think twice before posting self-incriminating info on their social media profiles. Many criminal investigations were solved thanks to the offender boasting about their crimes online.
This time around, a bunch of foreigners from different countries, while vacationing in Cambodia, decided that simulating coitus was a fantastic dance move (???) and posted commemorative pictures online (see header image). Ten tourists were arrested for producing pornography. They face up to a year in a Cambodian prison. I am not going to judge the Cambodians for having the laws they have. Yes, there are controversial arrests being made in that part of the world, but if you are a tourist, going to a foreign country, RESEARCH IT! Learn their customs. Their dos and don’ts. Also, if you insist on doing silly things like group dry-humping on the floor, make sure to confiscate all the camera phones. You bet your sweet ass someone is going to snapchat all the “action”.
Danger closes the night. So you know that Big Brother tracks your every move through your cell phone, right? It seems like some people do not know how deep the invigilation goes, or just simply do not want to know. The star of this part of the post is a fitness app, which put a lot of lives in danger. This app enables you to map out your jogging/ biking path and uploads it into a log. Sounds helpful, right? Yes, helpful not only for you, but also for the bad guys. The company released the logs publicly for everyone to see where people run around. And of course various people decided to analyze the routes, which led to a confirmation of a CIA base in Mogadishu. Someone figured out special operations bases in the Sahel region. By analyzing the data, one can discover patrol paths, supply routes, and even places where the troops live. This is all so concerning. Their safety is in jeopardy. In a lot of cases, they will most likely have to re-establish their hidden bases.
Are you ever worried about the data collected about YOU?
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