A Comment from the Editor
I receive emails from readers telling me to check out Facebook. I receive screenshots of posts on Facebook. Do I trust Facebook. In a word: NO. Facebook is a fools’ forum; the information is rubbish, the dialogue is idiotic, and the people posting on most of the groups are sicko-s. Did I have a Facebook account? Yes, but it got old real fast. Now, I don’t do Facebook. It has nothing to offer.
Furthermore, I’ve done quite a bit of research on social media, particularly Facebook, and the authoritative sources don’t paint a very pretty picture of the platform or of the users. The kind of people that spend more than ten minutes a day on a social media have significant socialization and personal problems. Some spend an hour or more on the platform. It’s a sick sign of the times. Pew Research, Gallup have done the research on the problem of Facebook and the types of users and their characteristics. It’s not pretty. The NIH medical research platform, Pubmed, has hundreds of scientific research publications reporting the dangerous social and psychological effects of spending more than an hour a day on Facebook. I believe the most recent edition of the leading psych diagnostic manual, the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) even has a Facebook use syndrome as a recognized disorder. When someone asks if I have a Facebook account. I just smile, and say “No.” So many good ideas today go amok because they attract the wrong kinds of people for the wrong reasons, and a lot of harm is done because people are irresponsible. The Friends of Coeymans Facebook presence is an illustrative example of what happens when greed and corruption of one kind or another is involved, and no one seems to care.
Some say it keeps people connected but that’s not true. What it does do is give them an easy out, and cuts them off from meaningful communication and connection. Most reasonable people would prefer a face-to-face conversation or a telephone conversation if the distance is too great. Other’s might want to get their facts from reliable sources. Many of us prefer to make our friends the old-fashion way. Some of us would rather have a debate and reach an understanding on some controversy, not silence the other party and ban them because you don’t like what they have to say.
As I mentioned above, I don’t have a Facebook account, and I don’t need or want one to keep informed. I also mentioned that I get a lot of emails from readers with Facebook accounts, who send me screenshots.
Editor’s Aside: Rather than risk being conveniently misinterpreted by a select few, who stand ready to pounce on the “technophobe,” I do want to clarify that I honestly believe that the concept of social media can work well in certain circumstances. Those circumstances depend on the user’s sense of responsibility and integrity, however. Social media should be an adjunct, a complement to normal interpersonal engagement, not a substitute or a replacement. But given the history of Facebook, it has abuse built in. It started when Zuckerberg teamed up with several classmates and created Facemash, a platform that compared on-campus women’s faces with farm animals, and asked subscribers which one was “hotter.” Sweet, right? Here’s an excerpt from the history of Facebook:
FaceMash, Facebook’s predecessor, opened in 2003. Developed by Mark Zuckerberg, he wrote the software for the Facemash website when he was in his second year of college. The website was set up as a type of “hot or not” game for Harvard students. The website allowed visitors to compare two female student pictures side-by-side and let them decide who was hot or not…Zuckerberg faced expulsion and was charged by the administration with breach of security, violating copyrights, and violating individual privacy.
(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Facebook, last accessed on October 11, 2019)
Neither Zuckerberg nor Facebook have since improved their performance; they’re still liars and still abusive. It appears they tend to attract the same types of people, with few exceptions.
Facebook tends to create online addicts and non-thinkers, that is, subscribers tend to suspend thinking and to absorb whatever is fed to them. Does that sound familiar?
Most of the time I graciously thank them and trash the screenshots, since most of the language is either illiterate or unintelligible, or both. But Smalbany just posted an article on a group calling itself the Friends of Coeymans, and we suggested that they are bullies, fascists, and in league with George McHugh, and McHugh’s keepers. We intend to prove that statement but we are timing our exposé until just before the elections.
As many of our readers know, we have championed the cause of Emily Kern, the mother of the lad who was killed last year in a tragic motorcycle-pickup truck accident just outside the Sycamore Country Club. A local man, Travis Hagen, was the driver of the pick-up truck. He’s the brother of Chris Hagen of the Friends of Coeymans.
Now, we’ve had a lot to report on that accident, and nothing’s been resolved. It’s been a big under-the-carpet issue that’s caused a lot of people a lot of heartache. So, what’s that got to do with Friends of Coeymans, you might ask. Good question.
You see, there’s the obvious connection between George McHugh and the Fiends of Coeymans. There’s also a connection between Carver Laraway and Carver Companies, and George McHugh. We think there’s also a connection between McHugh, Carver Laraway, and the agenda of the Fiends of Coeymans.
Politics and politicians and their lackeys have a very bad reputation but Smalbany watches, listens, and waits. It all comes out in the end.
Emily Kern is no pushover. She’s a tigress and someone’s killed her cub. She’s been going after answers like a star reporter, and she’s collected some very interesting facts. We’ll be presenting some of those facts in an upcoming, pre-election article. Mr McHugh and his Fiends may come out with some thick egg on their faces when it does.
Mrs Kern recently posted a comment asking why Kate Lisa never did a story on Riley’s death. I’d like to share my response with you:
Kate Lisa is part of the machine. She works for the News Herald, which is part of Capital Region Independent Media, which is anything but “Independent,” and Capital Region Independent Media is “owned” by Mark Vinciguerra, who is owned by George McHugh and his supporters.
In an email from McHugh, he refused to help you with Riley’s case because, as McHugh stated in that email, he was “conflicted.” He was “conflicted” alright, and that’s an understatement. You see, the three clowns calling themselves “Friends of Coeymans,” and better known by most of the Coeymans community as the “Fiends of Coeymans,” are three local bullies posing as community activists, but who are actually working with McHugh, Carver Laraway, a character named Billy Biers, and others. They all have a special interest in getting McHugh elected, who will then set up shop and do a lot of favors that will benefit him when he leaves office after ruining Coeymans after one term. He did that in 2000-2001.
He’s conflicted because Riley’s killer, Travis Hagen, is the brother of Chris Hagen, one of the Three Stooges making up the Fiends. McHugh won’t hang one of his henchmen’s kinfolk and loose the thugs’ support; after all they’re doing his dirty work for him. Kate Lisa won’t lift a finger to help you by even writing a story, because she’d have to mention Travis Hagen, etc., and run the risk of pissing McHugh off, and in turn pissing Mark Vinciguerra off, and then she’s out on the street, jobless. (She must be one pretty lousy reporter anyway if she has to work for a lame local rag like the Ravena News Herald. Either that or she’s doing one of the scoundrels, possibly Vinciguerra or McHugh?)
Well, that’s how we figure it.
Hope you are well!
But back to the Fiends of Coeymans and character. Those readers who have experienced first hand the abuse by the Fiends of Coeymans won’t be able to share that on the Friends’ Facebook page; they’ve been banned. But there are those who don’t feel they need to join the mob to get friends, or to take a position on local politics. One such reader sent some screenshots that say a lot about the Fiends of Coeymans. I’d like to share those shots without further comment, since they speak for themselves, more than I can say about the victims, dead and alive, of the Fiends of Coeymans and their friends and relatives.
This being the real world, there will be some out there who will turn themselves inside out to find excuses for these Coeymans Clowns, others will likely shrug it off as “boys just being boys,” still others will point the finger at Smalbany for being in their face with unpleasant reminders. Well, people, these are not teenagers, they are grown up men, who need to grow up. Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer, and Chris Hagen are men who need to grow out of school bully stage. They are men, who rather than enter into an adult and constructive dialogue, bring their bullyism into the public forum. And then there are those in their fan club, who don’t have identities or minds of their own, and prefer to be the Friends’ sheeple. I think we can handle all that; we’ve dealt with worse, much worse in this community and have come out on top.
The question is: Can the rest of Coeymans survive and still feel safe in their homes if these characters and their keepers “take back their town.“ What will be left for the rest of us when that happens?
I personally make no apologies for my distaste and disapproval of the tactics employed by the so-called Friends of Coeymans, more aptly called the Fiends of Coeymans by many, and I take particular umbrage at their ignorance of government, administrative procedures, Town law and Open Meetings Law. I also find Carver Laraway’s and others’ conspicuous pandering to the McHugh agenda and the misconduct of the Coeymans Clowns, Jeff LaQuire, Nate Boomer and Chris Hagen, whose clown performances and snide remarks at public meetings are nothing less that a slap in Lady Liberty’s already bruised face.
Say what you like about this blog but no one can claim that we have published anything but true facts in the public’s interest, and we will continue to do so. That’s more than we can say about some of Carver Laraway’s, George McHugh’s, or the Fiends’ agenda, so stay tuned for our scathing report on Mr George McHugh.