What’s on the Agenda

I remember, in my youth, feeling a certain sense of loss when I realized that the WWF was scripted. In the same way, reality television fans would be bummed to find out that their favorite show is scripted. It’s a feeling akin to what is felt when one learns that the Easter Bunny does not exist, Santa Claus does not exist, and as a result one is doubtful about the existence of God. But this is not about theology or wrestling. This is just a short list of some interesting scripted entertainment.


The Daily Show

Fox News

Russia Today

Alex Jones

Colbert Nation



That’s My Pharmacy!

WESTLAND, Mich. (WXYZ) – Men with guns tied up employees at a Westland pharmacy while they stole prescription drugs and cash.

Karen Wilkie ran up to the store after she received a disturbing phone call about her boss Ollie.

“I just got the phone call that he was robbed and they tied him up,” said Willie.

Her boss Ollie and two other employees were tied up by three men with guns.  The men robbed the Good Neighbor Family Pharmacy during business hours of prescription drugs and cash.

“They jumped over the counter tied up the 3 employees inside and looted the pharmacy of an unknown description of narcotics,” said Sgt. Todd Adams with the Westland Police Department.

“They were probably here for the hard drugs.  The Vicodin, the Xanax, the Valium,” said Wilkie.  She said someone robbed the pharmacy six months ago, but it happened at night when no one was working.  The business has been in Westland on South Venoy for the past 12 years.

“I started crying when I didn’t know if he was okay.  Because I care for him a lot because he cares for us,” said Rochelle Parks.  Parks is a long time customer and said that she comes here because Ollie treats customers like family.  She came to see that he and the other employees who were tied up are okay.

“There’s been times or two where i have my script in there but didn’t have the change, so he helped me out until I could get the change.  You don’t find that at other drug stores,” said Troy Parks, another customer.

Police say the gunmen wore long sleeve shirts and face masks to conceal their identity, but they are hoping to pull something from the store’s surveillance video that can help catch the thieves.

When Ollie finally walked out of the pharmacy he did not want to talk about the ordeal, but did tell us he is okay.   Only one other customer was in the store at the time of the robbery.  The suspects did not tie her up but stole her purse.

If you have any information about the robbery, please call the Westland Police Department at (734) 722-9600.

Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/washtenaw_county/employees-tied-up-during-pharmacy-robbery-in-westland#ixzz21K2KchnH

‘New Facebook Guidelines’ Chain Letter About Copyright Laws Still A Hoax

Users who’ve logged onto Facebook in the last 24 hours may have seen friends posting a message about “New Facebook Guidelines.” The message urges others to copy and paste the post, lest the company use their content for commercial use without their permission.

But users shouldn’t be so quick to post the message to their own Facebook walls: Experts say the chain letter is just another hoax.

The post in question reads:

In response to the new Facebook guidelines I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details, illustrations, comics, paintings, professional photos and videos, etc. (as a result of the Berner Convention). For commercial use of the above my written consent is needed at all times!

The message continues on to say that users can copy and paste the text and post it to their wall, which “will place them under protection of copyright laws.”

“If you do not publish a statement at least once,” the text warns, “you will be tacitly allowing the use of elements such as your photos as well as the information contained in your profile status updates.”

But experts say not to bother posting the message at all.

“It is my understanding that the text has no legal meaning at all,” Chester Wisniewski, a senior security expert at Sophos who has written about this chain letter in the past, told The Huffington Post.

“Your photos are your photos — you haven’t given up your copyright,” Wisniewski said. “But by posting it to Facebook, you have given them the right to share it given their sometimes confusing privacy settings.”

Facebook echoed this in a statement to HuffPost.

“As outlined in our terms, the people who use Facebook own all of the content and information they post on Facebook, and they can control how it is shared through their privacy and application settings,” Andrew Noyes, a Facebook spokesman, wrote in an email. “Under our terms, you grant Facebook permission to use, distribute, and share the things you post, subject to the terms and applicable privacy settings.”

Similar messages have gone viral in the past and have become so common that Facebook actually posted a message to its wall in June saying they weren’t true. Snopes, a fact-checking site that debunks online rumors, called it “false” in June.

The Huffington Post