Saturday, December 27, 2008

Joma now on Facebook and...?

An exiled leader of the Communist movement in the Philippines is using Facebook to keep in touch with fans and followers. Great!

Tarra Quismundo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports:

You can “poke” Joma, send him a message or gift him with a red flag and virtual copy of “The Communist Manifesto.”

Jose Maria Sison, founding chair of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), apparently digs the hugely popular social networking site Facebook that Barack Obama himself used in his successful campaign for the US presidency.

Here, Sison, on self-exile in the Dutch city of Utrecht, keeps in touch with more than 1,200 friends from around the world, among them fellow revolutionaries, militants, journalists and, yes, even sexy star Asia Agcaoili.

And while he became tech-savvy only recently, the 69-year-old leader of the party tagged by the United States as a terrorist organization adapts to cyber-cool and simply uses his nickname for his online persona.

Sison’s latest status update, a Facebook feature where users talk about their current state of mind, recent activity or any message, reads in apparent reference to yesterday’s 40th CPP anniversary: “Joma Sison is conveying the season’s greetings to everyone and celebrating a historic event.”

Season's greetings? I thought that Communists were also Atheists and generally denounce Christmas as capitalist propaganda? Oh wait! He was trying to be funny...

Funnier still, I found this other bit of news that should serve as a warning for all those who choose to hook up with dates via YM or any other internet chatting device. Read on:

Chinese teen kills self when blind date turns ugly

BEIJING -- A 17-year-old boy in northeastern China was so disappointed with the looks of a woman he met over the Internet that he hanged himself after seeing her face-to-face, state media reported Friday.

The unnamed teenager first contacted the woman -- known by her chat moniker "Qunjiaofeiyang", or "Flying Skirt" -- using the popular Chinese online messaging software QQ, Xinhua news agency said.

The girl described herself as a beautiful 19-year-old and the pair chatted on the Web for weeks before arranging a December 26 rendezvous in the nearby city of Mudanjiang, in far northeastern Heilongjiang province.

The boy arrived to discover the woman far less attractive than advertised and 10 years older than him, Xinhua said.

The boy immediately returned home, lost his appetite, and four days later hanged himself from a tree.

Whoah! I've dated a couple of dogs myself, but how ugly does a girl have to be to get a man to commit suicide after the first date? Maybe the boy's date turned out to be Joma in a skirt.

Har har har!

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