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Haiti and Facebook

A while back I posted about how Jack Waterhouse was causing a stir on Facebook. In case your faith in the average person has been somewhat restored since then, I thought I’d draw your attention to the latest group to spring up: “fuck praying 4 Haiti some thing needs to control the population”.

This is troubling on at least three counts (that I can see):

  1. Facebook doesn’t seem to have sufficient power to deal with stuff like this cropping up. They’ve plastered links to ‘report’ posts all over the place, but there’s no indication this actually does anything.
  2. There’s still no accountability here, even with this being linked to people’s online identities; it’s too easy to play the “ahh, somebody else did this using my account” card.
  3. People exist who are actually this stupid.

Charisse Rosati writes:

Id like to thank the 7.0 earthquake for visiting Haiti, Thats a few less aids infected Peices of shits that will Invade our country with their filth and disease


If you’d like to help people less fortunate than you, Google’s put a link to the crisis response page on their homepage.


By Vivan on 15 January 2010 at 13:27:

It’s hard to distinguish between a successful troll and a complete moron, and they’re sometimes the same thing. Having “faith in the average person” is just plain silly, as you will always be let down by the incredibly stupid things that people do.

By Vanderdecken on 15 January 2010 at 14:14:

I’m guessing you didn’t see Wednesday’s interview with Pat Robertson on the CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network, US TV channel which he founded) where he told the interviewer the truth about Haiti making a pact with the Devil in order for their 1791 slave rebellion to succeed and defeat Napoleon. Yeah. Except Emperor Napoleon III wasn’t born until four years after Haiti became independent from the French in 1804.

“Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it,” he said while his co-host, Christie, looked reverently on. “They were under the heel of the French. And they got together and swore a pact to the Devil…They said, ‘We will serve you if you get us free from the prince.’ True story. And so the Devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ They kicked the French out, the Haitians revolted, and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor.” ( shameless-haiti-wingnuts/,

In his daily press briefing on January 14, 2010, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said of Robertson’s commentary: “It never ceases to amaze that in times of amazing human suffering somebody says something that could be so utterly stupid.”

This guy’s got a good record too. He has described feminism as a “socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” He agreed with evangelical pastor and activist Jerry Falwell when Falwell stated that the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were caused by “pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays, lesbians, the American Civil Liberties Union and the People For the American Way.”

On the June 8, 1998 edition of his show, Robertson denounced Orlando, Florida and Disney World for allowing a privately sponsored “Gay Days” weekend. Robertson stated that the acceptance of homosexuality could result in hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorist bombings and “possibly a meteor.” The resulting outcry prompted Robertson to return to the topic on June 24, where he quoted the Book of Revelation to support his claims. The first hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Bonnie, actually turned away from Florida and instead damaged the rest of the east coast. The area hardest hit by the hurricane was the Hampton Roads region, which includes Virginia Beach, where the Robertson’s 700 Club is broadcast from. While other hurricanes did hit Florida, none of them hit Disney World.

Pat Robertson ran for President of the United States in 1988. He dropped out before the end of the primaries.

May the non-existant-yet-usefully-proverbial Lord have mercy on our souls.

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