Sunday, March 25, 2012

Me & Facebook cont'd...

No, not a scam. It was really the Facebook Team asking for identity confirmation. They want to be certain that the demographic info they gather can be cross-referenced to an ongoing database that collects info from browsers and website cookies and such.

I might look into the other FB options, but I have to decide if I want to play FB again. It takes a lot of work staying involved and dealing with the "opinions" one can encounter in discussion groups. Facebook is becoming a legal liability. If someone can be certain that the FB profile is really you, it can be used in legal proceedings, by collectors, employers, the IRS and other more clandestine government agencies in this country and abroad. By asking for identity confirmation, FB could be placing people at risk.

Greed is the only reason Facebook will not allow the uncomplicated use of screen names or web identities. Forgive me if I do not trust in Facebook's reassurance that my information will be kept private or will be deleted after my identity is verified. The operators of this particular social media have not been honest in the past and show no signs of being honest or truthful in the future.

Remember MySpace? With their overbearing presence, it won't be long before the question asked will be: Remember Facebook?

Me & Facebook...

Hello People!

I have not been around FB for a while and have included correspondence between myself and the FB team should you care to read it. They want me to prove I am a real person. Until I do, I am shut out. What a life.

I hope all is well with you. Here are the FB emails...

Mar 19 (2 days ago)

to me


We need to verify your identity before we can take any action on this account.

If you don't have a government-issued photo ID, please reply to this email and attach copies of at least TWO documents that are from a respected institution (for example: business, school) and combined show your full name, birthday, and picture.

We encourage you to cover any personal information (for example: address, license number) that we don't need to confirm your identity. We also recommend sending your attachments over a secure connection. Find out more here:

Some examples of acceptable documents include:

- School or work ID
- Library card
- Utility bill
- Credit card (with the number covered)
- Birth certificate

If possible, please save this file as a JPEG. Once we receive a clear image of your identification, we will reevaluate the status of your account and permanently delete your attached identification document from our servers.

Please note that we will be unable to process your request unless you send in proper identification.


User Operations

-----Original Message to Facebook-----
From: modabid al-Adel (
To: The Facebook Team
Subject: Re: Report an Issue with Facebook on Mobile - No Mobile Phone

That is too much trouble. Please delete my Facebook account and associated
items. Thank you.

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM, The Facebook Team <> wrote:

> Hi,
> You were asked to confirm your identity because our security systems
> thought you may not be using your real information on this account or that
> you may have multiple accounts. If you already tried to log in at
> and follow the instructions to confirm your identity but
> weren’t able to complete the process, we’ll need to see other proof of your
> identity.
> If you already submitted a copy of your ID, simply reply to this email.
> Once we receive your reply, we can assist you further.
> If you have not uploaded your ID:
> 1. Use a scanner or take a digital photo of a government-issued photo ID
> (ex: driver’s license or passport), which shows your full first and last
> name and date of birth.
> 2. Reply directly to this email and attach the image of your ID to the
> message.
> 3. We will confirm that your ID and account information match. As soon as
> we verify your identity we’ll delete the image of your ID.
> Please note that we cannot process your request unless you submit the
> proper identification. We're sorry for any inconvenience this caused.
> If you have any questions about this process, please visit our Help Center:
> Thanks,
> The Facebook Team
-----End Original Message to Facebook-----
modabid al-Adel
2:57 PM (21 hours ago)

to Facebook
Thank you for the opportunity, however, I am not applying for membership in your social media club. I liked it better when you sought your profit invisibly. The Facebook team has gotten an inflated opinion of itself since the real possibility of going public has presented itself. At best Facebook is entertainment, not a life's necessity. Much of the internet is fantasy and role play, Facebook is no exception. It has come, and it will go. In my opinion, you are taking yourselves much too seriously and are alienating the people who made you popular.

I know I am a real person, and I am interested in: as opposed to what? Facebook has taken phishing to an elevated level. By requesting legal documentation, you become a hazard and a risk. I do not need a knock on my door late in the night or early in the morning for something I may or may not have posted on FB. If I disappear, I want it to be on my own terms.

Perhaps a reality check is in order. Who is your customer and what do they want? Who can provide the product and at what price? You ask too much in exchange for too little.

modabid al-Adel Hassan
modabid al-Adel
7:05 PM (17 hours ago)

to Facebook
Some news regarding Facebook. The only way to win this one is not to play:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Corporate Identity...This Week: God

(or gods since the idea of only a single god came later).

1 generally unavailable; rarely interacts directly with the humans
2 knows more than I do
3 is secretive about the agenda
4 accepts requests if properly formatted
5 provides and protects
6 punishes transgressions - mine and those who transgress against me
7 there is some confusion over creation, which god is said to have done, but god only worked with the available material and fashioned it into something habitable.
8 establishes law and sets moral values
9 is not limited by divine law, but is held to it
10 has mysterious powers
11 employs humans
12 has favorites
13 has divine assistants who are even more unavailable than god
14 has a program of promotion; it is possible for humans to move up in the hierarchy
15 has a home office
16 offers a retirement package
17 accepts resignations while leaving open the possibility of reinstatement
18 has a weird understanding of physical laws which at times seems miraculous
19 is harsh but fair
20 keeps records
21 occasionally updates policy
22 takes corrective measures
23 cleans house
24 hands out assignments
25 sometimes engages in sexual activity with the help
26 specializes, in the case of multiple gods, with a central overseer who does not possess the same skill set.
27 encourages regular team meetings
28 has a handbook available for any who care to read it (which few do)

Sounds a lot like a large corporation, doesn't it.

I just realized something. God may be the First Cause of the universe, but not necessarily of anything else. If we step outside the universe, we may see that God is just a clerk sitting at a desk somewhere peeling the foil off gum wrappers.