Day: April 19, 2017

Facebook Anti-Spoofing Trick

Facebook privacy settings suggestion: You know how sometimes you get friend requests from spoof accounts that claim to be your pre-existing facebook friends but aren’t? I’m still not sure what the spoofers get out of it, but the way they do it is by copying a name and profile photo, and then sending friend requests to everyone on that person’s friends list, which is usually public.

You can fix this on your own profile real fast and make it harder for someone to make a spoof of your page, just by changing the privacy settings on your friends list.

This is NOT the same as the privacy setting on your posts. You may already have all of your posts set to friends only, but it’s likely your friendslist stayed public by default. (Facebook assumes your friends list is something you want to brag about.) Conversely, you can manually set your posts to public, but your friends list to just-you or friends-only (like me!)

What you want to do is:
– Go to your profile page by clicking on your name on the blue bar at the top of your screen.
– Scroll down to your “Friends” box on the left side of the page.
– Click the down arrow in the top left of that box. That brings up the single option “edit privacy”
– Do so. Any setting other than public is going to make it much harder for spoofers to imitate you and send spammy imitation friend requests to your friends.


There Are No U.S. Attorneys at the Justice Department

Not any. Not one. None is the amount of U.S. attorneys in the justice department right now.

A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place,”¬†Sari Horwitz,¬†The Washington Post

I thought the headline had to be exaggerating, but from the body of the article:

“the attorney general does not have a single U.S. attorney in place”

Remember how last month, Trump and Sessions fired everybody who hadn’t already resigned? Welp, no replacements have been hired. Not any of the 93 U.S. attorney positions have been filled.

How are they managing this? Not well. There are acting U.S. attorneys, your basic staff bureaucrat lawyer fill-in pinch hitters, but there are various statutory authorities which only the officially-appointed U.S. attorneys have, when for instance talking to police departments.

What’s weird is that although this is maybe (maybe?) good for libertarian “starve the beast, small government” republicans, it’s super bad for tough-on-crime republicans, like for instance Jeff Sessions. These are prosecutors that are missing. So this looks less like a sinister plot than another manifestation of the administration congenitally not having its ducks in a row.

It’s maybe going to take months to start filling the positions, because of the way congressional approval works. Sessions isn’t the first AG to confront this; newly-appointed Janet Reno did the same “have everybody resign” thing in March of 1993. Which, FYI, means we were U.S. attorneyless during the Waco standoff. If this is normal, it seems like a bad norm.