Or perhaps it was an attempt to destroy the idea that individual freedom and democratic accountability present an attractive alternative to an Islamic theocracy? Certainly, you can see how the very idea of personal freedom is an affront to an ideology based on submission to God and to religious authority.
What better way to discredit freedom than to turn it into an illusion?
If you still like the idea of buttons, but don't want to give up using the vendor-supplied buttons themselves, you can use the "two clicks for more privacy" jQuery plugin, which only loads the actual button when the user enables it by clicking a greyed-out placeholder.
1) Served over raw HTTP so that Uncle Sam can add your request to his database.
2) Twitter and Facebook buttons up in the top right-hand corner in case you feel like associating your real-world identity with trollthensa.com.
3) The Big G's analytics running in the background just in case Twitter and Facebook didn't collect enough data.
5) Email hosted on... GMail. Because Google haven't been accused of granting the US Government carte-blanche access to their users' emails. Ever.
But don't worry, because they got their domain through DomainsByProxy, notable champions of Internet freedom!
This is why the PRISM leak won't change anything. It's all well and good to say "I'm OUTRAGED over what's going on", but it doesn't absolve you of the responsibility to start taking privacy seriously and reducing (or eliminating) your dependence on services which could trivially compromise your users' data.
Here is where Facebook defines what they consider to be "hate speech":
> Content that attacks people based on their actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or disease is not allowed. We do, however, allow clear attempts at humor or satire that might otherwise be considered a possible threat or attack. This includes content that many people may find to be in bad taste (ex: jokes, stand-up comedy, popular song lyrics, etc.).
Granted, it's a horribly distasteful image macro, but Facebook acted according to their written community standards, so I'm not sure why their response is "shocking". It's also important to bear in mind that the page is titled "Offensive Humor at its Best", so I'm not sure why it comes as a surprise that the images are, well, offensive.
> I hear you can actually run Linux on it if you put some effort in
Some time ago there was someone who decided to hook a RAM chip up to an 8-bit micro-controller---like one of the ones in the various Arduino models---so that they could run Ubuntu on it. Their write-up (http://dmitry.gr/index.php?r=05.Projects&proj=07.%20Linu...) is actually quite interesting, though watching it boot is less so ;)
The problem is that well intentioned suggestions like "eat dark leafy greens" tend to sew doubt in the minds of patients, and as a result you have lots of cancer sufferers on batshit insane diet regimes because "a friend-of-a-friend said this would help". When someone is staring down death and you say "hey, I bet this would help", they're going to listen very, very intently, regardless of what a rational person might make of your suggestion.
At its extreme, this mentality can be actively harmful. I know of one person who does "spiritual healing" over the phone, charging a handsome fee to pump your telephone line full of good vibes. It may sound stupid (the cynic might even assume malice on the part of the giver-of-vibes), but things aren't so black and white when the chips are down.
 This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that crazy diets compromise your ability to enjoy life without delivering any discernible medical benefit. It's all well and good to adopt a fighting attitude and say "I'm going to beat it!", but that attitude may not result in an optimal payoff in the long run.