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The fast pace of the Internet and information and communication technology overall has the tendency to make all our heads spin. For businesses and individuals alike, sometimes the desire to stay on the forefront of technology undermines the need to educate ourselves on the laws and regulations that are still catching up. As we’ve witnessed in many cases, the consequences of ignoring legislation can be devastating, resulting in huge fines or more serious legal repercussions (see Ragan’s $8000 blogging mistake). This is why I thought Ragan’s well-written, concise summary of applicable laws for online professionals is noteworthy.

Like all Ragan’s articles, this one is short and to the point, offering easy-to-follow summaries of the most relevant laws pertaining to the Internet. Businesses, bloggers and generally anyone with an online prescience can benefit from the reading.

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How to kill kittens

ImageNow that I have your attention … don’t ask me how I came upon this. Just tell me what it is, please.

The Landover Baptist Church forum on how best to kill kittens includes suggestions from “Trap them and use them as live bait in a hunt” to simply baptizing them. There was exactly one post on the sadistic nature of the discussion thread and its author was marked as an enemy to God and banned. Trying to get to the bottom of this, I visited the “noobs page” (their name, not mine) and found no trace of satire. Every page also reminds us of this:

The information presented here is Biblically accurate. Opinions concerning the technical difficulties, fitness requirements, safety, and ratings of self-crucifixion, flagellation, stoning, destroying enemies of GOD utterly, without mercy, and other activities inherent in Christianity are subjective and may differ from yours or others’ opinions; therefore be warned that you must exercise your own judgment as to the difficulty and your ability to safely protect yourself from the inherent risks and dangers. Do not use the information provided on this site unless you are a True Christian ™ who understands and accepts the risks of participating in these activities. Landover Baptist Church makes reasonable efforts to include accurate and up to date information on this website, errors or omissions sometimes occur, therefore the information contained on here is provided “as is” and without warranties of any kind either expressed or implied. Viewing, reading, or any other use of the information contained within this web site is purely the voluntary will of the viewer or user. You, ‘the viewer’ or ‘user’ shall not hold the publisher, owner, authors or other contributors of The Jesus Experience responsible for any incidents related directly or indirectly to the Experience. Landover Baptist Church, et. al., assumes no liability or responsibility for your actions.

I did find an external forum on a different site that labeled it a fake, but also read that it is taken very seriously (one Atheist did in fact get booted from the site after expressing opposing views on a thread). The site itself also posts a hidden disclaimer at the bottom of their Terms of Service labeling it as fiction/satire. Regardless, it’s disturbing (to the average morally sound person, anyway). I also wonder who comes up with this stuff?

Thoughts on what to make of this? Here’s their regular website.

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