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  • John McAfee Is a Menace to Bloggers Everywhere

    A few weeks ago, John McAfee was known as the creator of McAfee Antivirus, a program that acted like a condom for your computer, except when you didn't use it, something far more valuable than your body got a virus. Now John McAfee is known as a possibly-dangerous, insanely rich fugitive.

    Here's a quick recap of John McAfee's life over the last few weeks:

    November 12 – McAfee's home is searched by Belize police, who call him a person of interest in a murder. He hides by burying himself in the sand.

    November 17 – McAfee begins blogging as he evades police.

    December 5Guatemalan police detain McAfee for illegally entering the country and prepare to extradite him.

    December 6 – McAfee is denied asylum in Guatemala. He's now hospitalized and his lawyer claims he has suffered a heart attack:

    McAfee's lawyer vowed to block Guatemalan efforts to remove the entrepreneur and said the 67-year-old had suffered two mild heart attacks early on Thursday. McAfee was not taken to a hospital and posted on his blog during the morning hours.

    "I don't think a heart attack prevents one from using one's blog," said the lawyer, Telesforo Guerra.

    I've had mild colds that prevented me from blogging. I once stubbed my toe and took a half day off. If John McAfee had two heart attacks and continued to blog, then he is the world's hardest-working blogger.

    My real concern–aside from the fact that this guy is batshit–is the precedent he's setting for other bloggers. I can see it now: Some poor intern at Gawker keels over after working 29 hours straight, and his editor just props him up at his desk and places his lifeless fingers on the keyboard. A HuffPo writer is encouraged to liveblog her own open-heart surgery. The National Review bloggers are forced to keep writing even when Jonah Goldberg sits on them and reads aloud from his own books.

    Where will it end?

    [Ed. note: I guess you'll find out!]

    Photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Belize, Guatemala, Internet, John McAfee