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Good Friday morning to you!
 

I am not a fan of Facebook. The social media mammoth has done good things for its users, but the harm it has caused to society from its unbridled growth far exceeds any positives.

Having said that, I have been impressed with aspects of Facebook Marketplace, which has been an incredible improvement from Craigslist and newspaper classifieds. A simple layout. Lots of photos. And sellers linked to profiles so you know who you are buying from. Sounds ideal.

But, once again, Facebook’s greed and lack of oversight caught up with it. This point was made once more in a recent NBC News investigative report about organized shoplifters and crime rings using Facebook Marketplace as a go-to destination for selling stolen goods.

The report focuses on the theft of power tools from big-box stores, noting that Facebook makes it easy for criminals to “offload their loot with ease” and that “police say Facebook Marketplace has increasingly become a go-to destination for organized rings that sell items ripped from big-box store shelves.”

The story tells how Facebook has gained a reputation for being slow to respond and cooperate with investigators. E-commerce experts say that Facebook Marketplace’s oversight isn’t keeping up.

Police share that Facebook Marketplace has become the place where thieves spend their time, and it has become a top source for illegal transactions, the NBC report states. The frustration comes from officers who say they have to wait months for Meta to answer requests. Officers told NBC that when they call Facebook for help, they don’t get to speak to anyone directly. They are baffled by the lack of cooperation and point to systems like eBay’s where officers work with a point person throughout a case.

Can Facebook do better? Yes, and they should. But don’t expect any changes until the fines for non-compliance exceed the profits the company is making for operating with their current systems. Until then, be careful out there.

Have a fantastic Friday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

More cold today before milder temperatures move in on Saturday. Winds will be a lot lighter than the past couple of days. We waver between the 20s and 30s as we head into next week. The forecast stays dry into the upcoming week as well.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

 
Things To Do

Friday, Jan. 7 (through Jan. 22)
“Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!” (Children’s Theatre)
At: Des Moines Community Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines
Info: You can do ANYTHING! Mo Willems hilariously brings stories from his Pigeon series of books to theatrical life.
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!” - Children’s Theatre. Pigeon feels like they don’t get to do anything they want. Then CLANK! HISS! SPLAT! The Bus Driver finds bird feed in the engine and Pigeon attempts to prove himself? www.dmplayhouse.com

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo
Wells Fargo Arena, downtown Des Moines
www.iowaeventscenter.com/eventsFriday-Saturday, Jan. 7-8: Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bareback Riding, Women’s Barrel Racing... This edge-of-your seat rodeo action — eight seconds at a time — all leads up to the Bonus Showdown Round, an adrenaline rush gone western as the top two in each event go head-to-head, in a winner takes all finale.

 
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Headlines

FROM KCCI: IRS defends denial of Des Moines church's tax-free status over use of psychedelic drug

DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines-based church is having trouble getting its tax-exempt status because of the use of a psychedelic drug in its ceremonies. The Iowaska Church of Healing was founded in 2018, according to state records, and is registered to a home on 27th Street in Des Moines.  ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

FROM WHO-TV: EMC Insurance puts Hub Tower, adjoining Kaleidoscope complex up for sale

DES MOINES, Iowa — One of Iowa’s most distinctive skyscrapers is now on the market. EMC Insurance announced Thursday it is planning to sell the Hub Tower and the connected Kaleidoscope complex on the 600 block of Walnut Street.  READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: DMPS adding 25 more community school coordinators, who also serve as homeless liaisons

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Public Schools is welcoming 25 more community school coordinators to double the current number in the district and place one in every school. The position helps ensure students' personal and academic success, according to Cara Edmondson, the district community coordinator. She said the new coordinators will be placed at elementary schools to help enhance the student experience and connect families.. ... READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

 
CITYVIEW's Best Of Des Moines 2022

The polls have closed, the results have been tallied, and the 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices will be announced soon! Watch for results in the February issue of CITYVIEW!

 
Personalities
 

‘Dougy Doug’s’ holiday sparkle: More than 42,000 Christmas lights dance to music.

By Jackie Wilson

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, a steady line of vehicles drives slowly past Doug Ostrander’s home in Waukee. What’s the big attraction? It’s his Christmas light display, known as Dougy Doug’s Christmas Extravaganza.

With 42,380 lights set to music, swirling lights outline his house as if dancing to “Jingle Bells.” A 6-foot sphere ball changes color. Two 16-foot posts hold up a 12-foot by 12-foot wide virtual TV matrix. Snowflakes spin while other shapes morph into rainbow colors. A 4,800-light mega tree strums lights as if plucking a guitar string to an AC/DC tune.

Doug first began tinkering with lights in college. With a background in electrical engineering, he made colored LED running lights in his car. The LEDs weren’t cost efficient, but he liked a challenge.

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Winterset Living magazine is published each month and mailed to every household in the community. The January issue cover story, "Pets of a different kind" is about locals who have chosen unusual pets and what they have to say about them. Also included are other features, informational articles and local photos. Each edition, as well as the archives, may be viewed at www.iowalivingmagazines.com. Read the January issue here.

 
 
Birthdays and Notables!
 

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Nicolas Cage, Jeremy Renner, Lauren Cohan, Katie Couric, Haley Bennett, Lyndsy Fonseca, David Caruso, Brett Dalton, Merritt Wever, Ron Rivera

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Poll of the Week
Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

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When do you take down your Christmas tree?

The day after Christmas - 9%
A week after Christmas - 46%
Two weeks after Christmas - 25%
Three weeks or more after Christmas - 9%
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Morning Chuckle
 
YESTERDAY'S RIDDLE:

What was the mouse after its shower?

SQUEAKY CLEAN! Thanks for the answers Judy Anderson, Linda Westergaard

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Where does a mouse get a new tail?

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