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Monday, August 31, 2009

Remembering Chris Hitchcock

Chris would have been 43 today. His birthday before he died in 2006 was a Pirate Party, complete with eye patches, pirate hats, goblets and other silly things. I even made Bandit and Guin wear pirate gear. It's too bad the laughter from that day didn't last long. I'm going to visit his grave later today to replace flags and just to say hello.

WHO@ Newsletter - August 31, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .this is why you Google them before you go out on that 1st date
Police: Detroit man stole woman's car on 1st date

Police in Michigan say a first date went from bad to worse when a Detroit man skipped out on the restaurant bill, then stole his date's car.

Police say 23-year-old Terrance Dejuan McCoy had dinner with a woman April 24 at Buffalo Wild Wings in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale. The woman says the two met a week earlier at a Detroit casino and she knew McCoy only as "Chris."

The woman told police that McCoy said he left his wallet in her car and asked for keys. He then sped away in the 2000 Chevrolet Impala.

The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak reports that police identified McCoy by a photo he'd sent to the woman's cell phone, and his phone number.

McCoy is charged with unlawfully taking the car, a five-year felony. He waived a preliminary exam and was bound over for trial Thursday.
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:// Are you a secret cyberstalker - 08/30/09
Sitting at your computer, you log on to Facebook and notice a message on a friend's page... from your ex! Before you know it, you've downloaded their photo and magnified it a thousand times so you can see just how hot they are now.

Googling your child’s teacher and other cyber snooping - 08/30/09
Once upon a time, people debated whether it was ethical or wise to Google someone after a first date.
Nowadays, people will have checked out a person’s interests, causes and hobbies on Facebook well before considering a first date. While it may seem like a spoiler alert for a potential date, it’s another way to see if your personalities will click.

Prevent cyber-stalking, cyber-bullying, sexting: Help for cell phone and computer abuse - 08/30/09
How do grown-ups prevent 'tweens' and teens from cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, and "sexting"? Phones and computers have enabled us to keep connected but have also opened up a Pandora's box of problems.

Sue Bradford receives death threats - 08/30/09
Anti-smacking campaigner Sue Bradford has received chilling death threats and been warned she could be New Zealand's "first political assassination".

First Date Dos & Don'ts - 08/30/09
I get so many questions about first date etiquette from my readers that I think it is high time that I lay down the skinny on the “dos and don’ts” of the first date. I, with the help of readers have compiled a list of all of the things that you should do and all of the things that should be avoided at all costs.

Cyberbullying -- not just for kids anymore - 08/29/09
I'm sure many of you have seen or heard the commercials aimed towards teens and tweens about cyberbullying. You know, the one where it makes it sound like a young girl is saying directly to her friend 'OMG, that shirt is so ugly!' etc etc etc. There are several websites and programs aimed at stopping cyber bullying, such as STOP Cyberbullying, Cyberbullying Research Center, and CSRIU: Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.

N.J. man is arrested in e-mail threat case - 08/28/09
A New Jersey man is facing charges that he threatened Connecticut Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele.State police say 28-year-old John N. Stankus of Long Beach was charged with second-degree threatening and breach of peace. Officials say he was extradited Wednesday from New Jersey and was being held on $75,000 bond after he was arraigned in Hartford Superior Court.

Man arrested for selling stolen furnace after posting phone number online - 08/28/09
A man was arrested by Knoxville police after posting pictures of a furnace he didn't own on Craigslist and helping load it for buyers who were really officers.

Beware of caller ID spoofing: Your teens and young children can be deceived - 08/28/09
What is caller ID spoofing?
Phone caller ID Spoofing is faking the caller ID of a phone. It lets you call a person and have any telephone number you wish be displayed on the persons telephone.

Local Kids' Faces Pasted On Porn - 08/28/09
Would you know what to do if you found your photos online cropped onto pornographic images?
That's what Stanley Luther says happened to his friends and family," They said, 'Somebody has got you on the internet doing a lot of nasty stuff and everything,' it's all obviously chopped up."

Brits are top cyber stalkers - 08/28/09
BRITS love a bit of cyber stalking spending nearly ten minutes A DAY spying on other people's Facebook profiles it has been revealed.

Do you know what Google is saying about you? - 08/28/09
Sue Scheff didn't expect she'd make enemies when she founded the child and parenting advocacy organization PURE. But someone began attacking her on the Internet, posting enough defamatory statements to compel her to bring a lawsuit. She won $11.3 million in 2006.

Is 'Friending' in Your Future? Better Pay Your Taxes First - 08/27/09
Tax deadbeats are finding someone actually reads their MySpace and Facebook postings: the taxman.
State revenue agents have begun nabbing scofflaws by mining information posted on social-networking Web sites, from relocation announcements to professional profiles to financial boasts.

Facebook brag busts fraudster - 08/27/09
A BENEFITS cheat who conned nearly £20,000 in rent and council tax got caught after boasting about his champagne lifestyle ­ on FACEBOOK.

Man stabbed in web ad scam - 08/27/09
ROBBERS placed a phoney car sale advert on the internet - then stabbed a would-be buyer and snatched £5,000.

How a midweek tie turned into a 'scene from hell' - 08/27/09
Shoaib Akhtar realised West Ham's match against Millwall was going to be a night to remember – for the worst reasons – when he looked out of his kebab shop window and saw a bloodied fan uprooting a concrete bollard to hurl into a crowd of screaming rivals.

Facebook users premiums on up - 08/27/09
FACEBOOK users have been warned they could face higher insurance premiums ­ because burglars exploit the site to "shop" for victims.

'Bring your bats... but don't bring your kids': Thugs planned West Ham v Millwall rampage on internet chatrooms - 08/26/09
Hooligans behind violent clashes at a match between West Ham and Millwall today boasted about the rampage which ended in one fan being stabbed.
Evidence has emerged showing thugs organised the riots at the Carling Cup match on internet chatrooms. One message said: 'Make sure you bring your bats and don't bring your kids.'

Thief surfs for porn and bemoans poor hygiene - 08/26/09
A thief in southern Sweden took time off during a weekend break-in to surf pornographic websites on a company computer and leave a note complaining about unsatisfactory hygiene standards, local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad reports.

Tombstoning tour web map slammed - 08/26/09
ADRENALIN junkies who posted a video of their "TOMBSTONING tour of Scotland" have been slammed for giving out a map of jump sites.

Monday, August 24, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - August 24, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I just have nothing to add to this:
Man with Spears tattoo steals earring-wearing dog

A man with a tattoo of Britney Spears' name on his arm or neck allegedly stole a Chihuahua with pink earrings from a South Florida gay bar. Brian Dortort, 48, said Thursday he has spent weeks searching for his 4-month-old pooch, named Hudson Hayward Hemingway. The dog, about the size of a softball, was in a specialty pet bag.

Dortort said he let a man hold the Chihuahua for a moment during a friend's birthday party, then both of them disappeared.

Police said a suspect has been identified, but it's up to the Broward State Attorney's Office to decide whether to an issue an arrest warrant.
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Blogger who called Vogue model a 'skank' sues Google for $15million for unmasking her - 08/24/09
A blogger who was outed by Google for anonymously labeling a model a 'ho' and a 'skank' says she will sue the website for $15m.

Official tells Google to erase Swiss street views - 08/24/09
A Swiss government official is demanding that Google Inc. immediately take off the Internet any image of Switzerland in its "Street View Maps," and the company said Monday it would discuss the matter with the privacy rights regulator.

Woman accused of threatening bomb-plot informant - 08/24/09
A Texas woman faces trial this month in Austin on charges she threatened to kill a government informant who infiltrated an Austin-based group that planned to bomb the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., last fall.

Facebook bully has affected my every moment for 4yrs - 08/24/09
A GIRL tormented by a Facebook bully told how the abuse affected her "every waking moment". Victim Emily Moore, 18, was hounded for four years by Keeley Houghton - who ended up threatening to kill her.

Mom faces felony charges for fake Craigslist post - 08/23/09
A St. Peters mom faces felony charges for allegedly making a fake posting on Craigslist.
It will be a landmark case.

Is your child being bullied? - 08/22/09
What do you do if your child comes home from school on Monday and complains of being picked on or teased by other students?

Online radio service wins ruling over license fees - 08/21/09
Personalized Internet radio stations got a boost Friday when a federal appeals court ruled that Yahoo's LAUNCHcast music service was not interactive enough to be forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees.

Court Shuts Down Sites Promising Free Gov't Grants - 08/21/09
A U.S. district court has shut down several Web sites that falsely promised they could help consumers get free government grants, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced.

New policy addresses ‘inappropriate' computer use in Craven schools - 08/21/09
Craven County Schools has a new set of consequences for inappropriate computer use, as students have more access to computers in labs, the classroom, and through a laptop initiative.

Facebook bully jailed: Death threat girl, 18, is first person put behind bars for vicious internet campaign - 08/21/09
A teenager who posted a death threat on Facebook, yesterday became the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.

Uncouth Facebook postings closing doors for job candidates - 08/20/09
More employers than ever are researching job candidates on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter in order to find out more about their activities and character. And, it turns out, many candidates are doing a great job of showing their potential bosses poor communication skills, inappropriate pictures, and even how many workplace secrets they can leak.

Dangers of internet, cell phones often overlooked - 08/20/09
Police warn teens that not everything on the internet or in the world of wireless is what it seems
Computers and cell phones can cause an increasing and often overlooked danger to teenagers

The end of anonymous trolling? - 08/19/09
Yes, my headline is wishful thinking. But this is definitely a step in the right direction. (Ignore the article's headline if you can, ugh.)
A Manhattan judge ruled yesterday that a blogger can't hide behind a web of anonymity while flinging the ugly words "skank" and "ho" at somebody online.

Banksy 3 face fraud trial - 08/19/09
THREE fraud suspects yesterday denied making around £100,000 selling 100 bogus prints of work by graffiti artist Banksy on eBay.

On the Trail of the Missing Gadget - 08/19/09
In 2007, Mat Mullen walked out of a party in Marin County, Calif., and discovered that someone had stolen his iPod from his car. “It had all of my music in it,” he said. “I work in a recording studio and it’s something that’s always been close to my heart. I never backed it up.” Mr. Mullen started thinking. “There’s got to be a way to track your iPod,” he recalled saying to himself. “Apple has to have some way to do it. There’s a unique serial number. I did some research and found there was a huge user community saying the same thing.”

Bullies unleash venom from behind computer, police say - 08/18/09
Hearing that her son's life had been threatened online brought Bonnie Harris a mix of emotions.
She was scared and nervous for her son, but her heart also went out to the troubled boy behind the violent threats.

U.S. man arrested for faking his own suicide live on the internet - 08/18/09
An American man sparked a frantic transatlantic search after faking his suicide on the internet.
Police in North Wales and New York state became involved in a race against time to find Joseph Shepherd after he said he was going to slash his wrists.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Attorney: FBI trained NJ blogger to incite others

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Monday, August 17, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - August 17, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Now you can listen to "Happy Birthday Mr. President" when you're dead
Eternal resting spot next to Marilyn Monroe to be auctioned

Want to spend eternity next to Marilyn Monroe? Now you can, because the burial spot located just above the ill-fated starlet is going on sale for a cool 500,000 dollars on auction website eBay.

The tomb in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles is currently occupied by one Richard Poncher, who died 23 years ago aged 81, The Los Angeles Times reported.

But his widow is having his body moved over one spot and auctioning the site above Monroe's, hoping to earn enough to pay off her 1.6-million-dollar Beverly Hills home.

"Here is a once in a lifetime and into eternity opportunity to spend your eternal days directly above Marilyn Monroe," the sale advertisement on the site says. Bidding starts at 500,000 dollars.

Elsie Poncher, who prefers not to give her age but admits she is over 70, told the Times that her husband, a successful business man, bought the crypt from baseball player Joe DiMaggio, Monroe's ex-husband, in 1954.

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Are you insured for your blog? - 08/16/09
If u r texting/online lots, u may need > insurance.
Active contributors to blogs or social-networking sites like MySpace, Facebook or Twitter value the freedom of expression those channels provide.

Kurt Angle Arrested for Harassment, Possession of HGH - 08/16/09
Kurt Angle, a professional wrestler for Total Nonstop Action, has been arrested in Moon, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) on charges of violating a protection from abuse order, possession of human growth hormone and harassment.

Cyber warriors trawl web for extremist threats - 08/16/09
Nur Azlin Mohamed Yasin spends several hours a day trawling the Internet, but she is not your typical young surfer, descending into a world of bomb-making, militancy and extremism.

Roanoke man guilty in online threat - 08/15/09
A Roanoke man has pleaded guilty to charges he threatened a San Francisco area transit policeman in an online posting.

Paedophile jailed after burglars with a conscience tip off police about child abuse pictures on stolen laptop - 08/15/09
A paedophile was caught after disturbing child abuse images were uncovered by burglars who stole his laptop.
Richard Coverdale downloaded pictures of child abuse and also invented a 14-year-old character so he could expose himself to a shocked teenage girl over the internet.

Update: Costume-shop cyberstalking charge dropped - 08/14/09
A cyberstalking charge against a costume designer was dismissed at District Court on Wednesday, according to court records.

Surfing porn can still get you fired - 08/14/09
The Internet enables people to watch more pornography than ever before, even at work. Adult films gross more than Hollywood. However, despite its rising popularity, it hasn't become any more acceptable to the mainstream and is often part of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Student guilty of online threats - 08/13/09
A former Nicholls State University student pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making death threats on a social-networking Web site following President Barack Obama’s election.

B.C. university adds grade worse than F - 08/13/09
There are two new scarlet letters in academia.
Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., recently introduced a grade called FD to deal with cheaters.
The letters stand for failure with academic dishonesty.

Australian charged with infecting 3,000 computers - 08/13/09
A 20-year-old Australian man has been charged with infecting more than 3,000 computers around the world with a virus designed to capture banking and credit card data, police said Thursday.

Man arrested for making online threats against schools - 08/12/09
The FBI has arrested a 39-year-old man for making threats over the Internet against local elementary schools.
Paul Douglas Rodgers was arrested Monday on federal charges while being held in county jail on an unrelated charge.

Texas pastor charged with cyber-stalking former attendee - 08/12/09
A pastor active in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has resigned from his church amid allegations that he sent inappropriate e-mails to a woman who once attended the congregation.

Online stalking helps rise in reported rapes - 08/11/09
Reported rape is up 16 percent in Mecklenburg County this year, fueled by the popularity of Internet dating and online classifieds offering sexual services, Charlotte police and experts say.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Charlotte police blame the Internet for rise in rape cases | McClatchy

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Monday, August 10, 2009

WHO@ Newsletter - August 10, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .I wonder what else he was hiding there
Obese Texas inmate hides gun in his flabs of fat

An obese inmate in Texas has been charged after officials learned he had a gun hidden under flabs of his own flesh.

Twenty-five-year-old George Vera was charged with possession of a firearm in a correctional facility after he told a guard at the Harris County Jail about the unloaded 9mm pistol. The Houston Chronicle reported Thursday that Vera was originally arrested on charges of selling illegal copies of compact discs.

The 500-pound man was searched during his arrest and again at a city jail and the county jail, but officers never found the weapon in his rolls of skin. Vera admitted having the gun during a shower break at the county jail.

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Air Force used Twitter to track NY flyover fallout -08/10/09
As the Pentagon warns of the security risks posed by social networking sites, newly released government documents show the military also uses these Internet tools to monitor and react to coverage of high-profile events.

Twitter hack spawns spam and scareware scams - 08/10/09
Spam and scams have continued to flow from the fallout of last week's DDoS against Twitter.
The attack, which took the micro-blogging service offline for around two hours on Thursday, and reduced service levels for a much longer time afterwards, (see here and here), also affected Facebook, LiveJournal and other sites.

Alarm at new ‘cyber sex’ threat -08/10/09
SCHOOLS and children’s rights groups have warned of a growing new “cyber threat” to the region’s youth as online sexual predators and bullies increasingly use the internet and cellphones to target victims.

Sex-predator iPhone app is back in business -08/10/09
Of all the applications that Apple (AAPL) has pulled from the iPhone App Store ­ and there have been quite a few ­ none were as creepy, sad or profitable as Offender Locator.

Fugitive is nailed by Facebook - 08/10/09
A MUM wanted for a string of robberies was caught living it up on the French Riviera after cops traced her through her Facebook page.

Forced to take on the system - 08/08/09
This woman was bashed to within an inch of her life. Her attacker escaped an attempted murder charge in a plea bargain.

Net fires jealousy -08/08/09
SOCIAL networking sites are causing an outbreak of jealousy among partners of online fans that researchers have dubbed "Facebook rage".

Online Posts Could Kill Your Career - 08/07/09
According to career counselors, people who are concerned about their careers should be cautious about what they post on the Internet.
Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube provide opportunities for people to sabotage their hunt for a job during a recession that requires employers to be extra picky when choosing new employees.

Judge's Facebook ban: Gang thugs face jail if they post menacing photos online - 08/07/09
A judge has banned a gang of thugs from posting menacing photographs of themselves on the internet.
In a landmark ruling, nine men pictured making gun gestures on social networking websites will be locked up if such images appear again.

Boy,16, who had sex with 11-year-old is spared jail thanks to girl's racy Bebo photos - 08/07/09
A youth who had unlawful sex with an 11-year-old girl walked free yesterday after a court was shown graphic content from the girl's Bebo site.

Reach Of Online Speech Raises New Issues Of Freedom - 08/06/09
When the poetic line “Oh what a tangled web we weave …” was penned a few centuries ago, Sir Walter Scott had no idea what irony those words might have when applied to the 21st century’s world of blogs, tweets, Web sites and free expression.

Online threats not to be dismissed - 08/06/09
Are online threats taken seriously? This question has been raised in the wake of fitness club shooting near Pittsburg.

Cyber Attackers Empty Business Accounts in Minutes - 08/06/09
The criminals knew what they were doing when they hit the Western Beaver County School District.
They waited until school administrators were away on holiday, and then during a four-day period between Dec. 29 and Jan. 2, siphoned US$704,610.35 out of two of the school district's bank accounts. Western Beaver's financial institution, ESB Bank, managed to reverse some of the transfers, but the Pennsylvania school district was out more than $441,000.

New workplace worry: ‘textual harassment’ - 08/06/09
Text messaging in the workplace has become an increasing source of concern for employers. Much like the emergence of e-mail in the 1990s, the popularity of text messaging among employees in all age ranges has grown significantly in the last several years. And any time a new method of communication is created, it’s inevitable that a certain segment of employees will use that medium to convey inappropriate messages that have the potential for getting themselves – and their employers – in hot water.

Suspected German paedophile turns himself in after photo released - 08/06/09
A suspected German paedophile who appeared on the internet brutally assaulting children as young as five turned himself in after police went public with his picture and voice samples.

Sexting a world-wide epidemic - 08/05/09
A "close call" involving a case when a teenager sent a topless photo of herself to her boyfriend prompted warnings from Polk County law officers and rape prevention counselors.

Former assistant attorney general pleads guilty to harassment - 08/05/09
A former state assistant attorney general was sentenced to 240 hours of community service Wednesday after pleading guilty to impersonating his wife's former co-worker on adult Web sites, causing dozens of people to call her home looking for sex.

Digitized Stalking Is the New World Order - 08/05/09
You’re being followed. Stalkers are everywhere, even in your pocket.
That’s the warning Wednesday from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the San Francisco-based civil liberties group.

Outing An Online Outlaw - 08/04/09
A TSG investigation unmasks the leader of Pranknet and the miscreants behind a year-long wave of phone call criminality

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Some people are assholes

So last night I feel like I'm coming down with a cold. Sore throat, achy, just plain tired. Took some Nyquil and slept straight through until almost 10 this morning. Got up and insisted I would help Chris with the post office parking lot. We did this last year, go through, sweep up the dust, garbage and crap (not literal crap), I'd weed, trim the bushes, etc. We did it in about three hours last year.

So I took a non-drowsy Sudafed, hooked up Phoebe to her halter/leash and we met Chris at the post office. We began weeding and everything was going great. I'm listening to Christopher Paolini's "Brisinger" on audio, there was a nice breeze and Phoebe was chillin.

Chris had weed whacked what he could and was blowing everything into a pile to scoop up to put into the back of his truck. All of a sudden I hear this guy screaming and yelling. I walk around the back of the post office and see this guy getting up in Chris' face (he was a short guy, so Chris towered over him) calling him nasty names and saying we can't be working because the dust was getting all over his just-pressure-washed house.

Chris told him he was under contract to do the work when customers weren't around. Sunday is the only day the post office is closed, the same day we did it last year (without complaints, mind you). The guy yells, "I'm going to call your boss!" And Chris replies, "I AM the boss." then he turned to walk toward me, clearly ticked off. The guy starts screaming about he's going to call the police.

I'd had enough. Never piss off a Scorpio. I yelled at the guy, "Do you have to be such an asshole? Can't you see he wears protective headphones and he couldn't hear you?"

He said something to the effect that he wanted to kick my ass and I told him to bring it on. Good thing he was far enough away or I would have kicked his ass to tomorrow and Chris would be bailing me out of jail.

The guy came back with something snappy and threatened to call the police. "Don't bother. I'll call them myself." I yelled, pulled out my phone and dialed. Then I called the postmaster, who said he'd had problems with the same guy about trucks delivering the mail and making "too much noise."


I don't think this guy thought I would call the cops. Phoebe and I waited for the cop, one I'd heard of, but didn't know personally. I explained what had happened and told him, "I did call the guy an asshole, but he is one."

The cop laughed. The guy comes walking across the parking lot and I walked toward Chris, who was now sweeping by hand, then shoveling what he could. It still was kicking up a lot of dust. You can't win .

The cop comes over and the guy follows him and the cop asked us all to be nice. Chris and I were quiet. The guy actually apologized to Chris for yelling at him, Chris accepted and apologized back and the guy went home.

I told the cop, "You'd think when you purchase a house near businesses (not just the post office, but several banks and other offices) you'd know there would be noise and cleaning and things."

The cop agreed, thanked us for being so civil and left.

So Chris asks if I'd walk behind him with the broom. He went to hook Phoebe up to the hitch on his bumper while we worked. She panicked, wriggled out of the halter and took off running.

I thought my heart was going to break.

We chased after her. I *almost * had her at one point, trying to keep the panic out of my voice, but then a loud car or truck went by and she was off again. Chris went back to get his truck while I walked, stopping people. I even stopped at the funeral home near our house (between us and the post office) because one of the employees was outside greeting people for a funeral. He was so nice and took down my info.

I headed for the cemetery, thinking maybe she'd head somewhere quiet and with lots of shade and talked to a couple there who said they'd look out for her.

Then Chris called my cell. He went home and sure enough, someone got our number off her tag and called us. They had her!

He picked me up and boy, did Phoebe run. The other way from the post office, kind of kitty corner to our house, almost like she was trying to head home.

We get to the street and this guy with a leash and two kids stops us. He told us he'd had her but let her go (I almost yelled at him). I saw her and had treats in my hand, so I calmly walked towards her. She ran a little, slowed down and I coaxed her to stop, grabbed her collar, picked her up and brought her to the truck.

She chowed down the chicken snacks. Chris had noticed a free riding lawn mower right there, checked it out and decided to bring us home, get his trailer and go back for the mower.

We get home, I put Phoebe in the tub, give her a flea and tick bath, then I hopped in the hot tub while she shook the water off out in the back yard.

Chris brought the mower home and got it running - it has a bagger and everything! I gave him a nice cold beer. I plan on drinking later. Hell, I may start now. And I'll cry a bit.

If that asshole hadn't started trouble, we would have been home, safe and sound. I wish the worst on him. Karma will get him in the end.

I'm just glad Phoebe is home safe and sound. Going to tighten the halter for our runs. And she stays home from now on when I'm helping Chris.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Teen Voices Online Interview

An interview I'm in: When a Cyberstalker Invades Your Life -

Great sites for you/your teen daughter

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Friday, August 07, 2009

CONTEST: Name my next book and win!

I need a title for my next book that my publisher will love. If you provide the winning title, I'll send you a Maine goody bag filled with saltwater taffy, a lobster (not a live or cooked one), pen, and other neat stuff.

The book is about true crimes on the Internet, such as the Megan Meier Myspace suicide case; a young woman who was murdered by a delusional man who kept an online blog about killing her for two years; a TV personality receiving threatening emails from a "fan" who claimed he was a "cereal" killer and was going to kill his wife and children; and more.

The title I gave my publisher was Virtual Villains: True Crime Stories From The Internet

What can you come up with? Either post here or email to me at

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Pennsylvania LA Fitness Gym Shooter Kept Online Diary in Plotting the Attack - ABC News

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook

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Monday, August 03, 2009

FreeAppAlert - Free iPhone apps that were paid iPhone apps yesterday

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Child's photo used in Craigslist adoption scam

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WHO@ Newsletter - August 3, 2009

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .It's amazing the things you find on Craigslist

Date: 2009-08-02, 12:35AM EDT
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Hi there... I investigate so called turner beast or loogaroo...
do you hear a call that sounds like an owl with a dogs voice which hoots 3 times instead of 4 followed by an sound like a reptilian sound.. the movie jurasic park man in jeep gets attacked... almost sounds like that... repeating three times.. usualy at the wean morning hours... usualy august is most active and you'll find newspaper articles at this time...
I found they like cats very much... dogs get mutilated or beaten up...
over 17 years of investigating...found that this beast are many, covering the whole state...
they are more numerous in populated areas believe it or not... how i know this is through experiance of listening of them calling each other just before sunrise... in populated areas.. I hear sometimes seven...... in bingham or rangely, any place remote, you'll hear only one passing through looking for another...
just check out what i'm saying here.. if you find what i'm saying coincides...
could you email me.. I will travel.. I have equipment to videotape and voice digital...
the places I used to hear them has ceased for some reason...
also look for three claw marks in mud etc .. best regards

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Law enforcement agencies offer little help in vacation rental scam
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Fans react with threats to Ianto’s death in Torchwood - 08/02/09
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Man Sets Up Website Targeting Stockton Police - 07/31/09
"How to Kill a Cop," is the name of an internet community targeting local officers and their children. The man allegedly behind this is now facing charges. CBS13 went to Stockton to find out about the disturbing threats detailed in this website.

Victims of cyber bullying talk - 07/31/09
TRAGIC teenager Megan Gillan took an overdose and died after she was bullied on the internet. At her inquest this week, heartbroken parents Mark and Margaret told how Megan, 15, was targeted by bullies on social networking site Bebo. Cyber bullying is far from uncommon. Charity Beatbullying estimate one in three children and teens have been online victims. Almost 10,000 young people a week contact the organisation's internet service, Cybermentors, for advice. Here we bring you the stories of three teens driven to the brink by cyber bullying.

Hunt for missing schoolgirl, 14, who vanished with jobless 24-year-old she met on internet - 07/31/09
Police have launched a nationwide hunt for a 14-year-old girl who vanished with a 23-year-old man she met on the internet.
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Reporter Charged in Prostitution Case - 07/29/09|hp-desktop|dl6|link5|
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Creepy UMD student to plead guilty to harassing cousin for nude photos - 07/29/09
A University of Minnesota Duluth student allegedly wanted naked photos of his cousin so badly that he chose the blackmailing route to get them. After he hacked into her computer in 2006, he threatened to steal her identity and delete her files if she didn't send him nude pictures of herself. Something here is a little... off.

Tenant faces $50k lawsuit after complaining about her 'mouldy' flat on Twitter - 07/29/09
Amanda Bonnen is accused of defaming her landlords after updating her online status to say ‘Who said sleeping in a mouldy apartment was bad for you? Horizon realty thinks it’s okay.’

Judge dismisses indictment on free speech grounds - 07/28/09
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(ed. note - this judge is an absolute idiot)

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