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It seems to us: ‘Bad’ in Amherst, the price of Facebooking and selfie-destructive behavior

Life imitates art, Part 576: In a bizarre twist on television, a methamphetamine lab was found this week in a storm drain beneath the parking lot of a Walmart on Sheridan Drive, one of the busiest streets in Western New York.

Was it inspired by “Breaking Bad,” the AMC television series about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to making meth as a way to provide for the family he soon expected to be without him? It certainly fits right in with the brazen situations in which the fictional Walter White and his young partner, Jesse Pinkman, chronically found themselves.

We have just one piece of advice for the Amherst druggist, should he be apprehended: Better call Saul.

Facebook users are going to have to face up to a fact: Their free use of the overwhelmingly popular social media site means looking at ads.

Some users had taken to downloading software that would block ads from Facebook’s website, but now Facebook is fighting back. Its technology now blocks the ad-blockers for users on desktop computers.

Some users won’t like it, but they need to drink a dose of reality. Facebook provides them, for free, a platform that in some cases is worth millions of dollars in the number of people it reaches.

Just take it. The ads don’t hurt and they pay for a service that would not that long ago have been inconceivable.

People do a lot of stupid, dangerous and illegal things when they get behind the wheel. Driving too fast, driving while intoxicated, driving while texting and driving while eating a dripping sandwich. Now, unbelievably, it’s come to this: Driving while taking selfies and posting the images to social media.

New York State motorists rank eighth in the nation for this dangerous practice, as reported in The News. That is a pretty pitiful distinction, although at least we haven’t reached the level of California drivers, who share 2.5 posts for every 100,000 residents, followed by drivers in Nevada, Florida and Hawaii.

There are all sorts of apps allowing users to post or stream practically every thought or activity. It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: The time to connect online with “friends” is not while driving.

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