WHO@ Newsletter - July 19, 2010

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Ruh roh
Mass. releases 'great places' list ­ with errors

It turns out that some of Massachusetts' greatest places aren't so great after all.

To promote tourism, the Legislature last week released a list of the state's top 1,000 attractions.

But the Boston Herald reports that some sites don't exist any more, some are closed to the public and some are listed in the wrong towns. The list also actually has 996 places.

The list includes the Baker Robinson Whale Oil Refinery in New Bedford, which has been gutted to make way for a hotel; and Worcester's African Cultural Center and Ashland State Park, both of which are closed. St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Pittsfield was closed by the Springfield Diocese two years ago.

Tourism officials acknowledge some mistakes and say they did their best.

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(DISCLAIMER: The following news items were found on the web and were not written or endorsed by WHO@; they are for informational purposes only)

Why the internet demands vigilance - 07/19/10
HANDS up if you know what a server farm looks like? Or even if you know what one is? Those of you studying IT can put your hands down. The rest of you, try YouTube. That's where you will find pictures of the places that store your online secrets.

Misunderstood Sign Causes Harassment Of Shopowner - 07/19/10
Sajid Master wants the phone calls and angry letters to stop. He wants people to quit coming into Perfume Planet in west Houston to yell at his workers. He'd especially like folks to stop castigating his landlord. Nearly a year after the Internet painted Master as an Al Qaida sympathizer, outrage toward the store at the Harwin Central Mart shows no sign of waning.

11-Year-Old Viral Video Star Placed Under Police Protection After Death Threats - 07/19/10
Earlier this week, a funny video went viral of 11-year-old Jessi Slaughter (AKA Kerligirl13) crying while her dad yelled at the people trolling her on the Internet. It's not so funny now that she's been placed under police protection. More than 1.7 million people have seen the foul-mouthed Floridan's breakdown and laughed at her dad's luddite rage. But the video, "You Dun Goofed Up," wasn't the only thing to go viral: Jessi Slaughter's real name, address and phone number was distributed widely via Internet pranksters 4chan.org, Tumblr and other online backchannels.

The Art of Trolling: Inside a 4chan Smear Campaign - 07/19/10
Last night, the users of 4Chan.org's notorious /b/ message board declared war on the lead singer of an obscure electro-pop band. More than 12 hours later, they're still waging it. This is how the Internet's worst trolls work.

Defamation in the Internet age - 07/18/10
With the proliferation of the Internet, communication is fast, easy and convenient. Within the past few years, social networking has grown at an astonishing rate. Sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter allow us to share our thoughts and ideas with the masses. But, what if those thoughts are not so nice?

Security Secrets the Bad Guys Don't Want You to Know - 07/18/10
You already know the basics of internet security, right? You know to keep your antivirus program and patches up to date, to be careful where you go on the Internet, and to exercise online street-smarts to resist being tricked into visiting a phishing site or downloading a Trojan horse.

Can kids be safe online? - 07/18/10
Long hours in cyberspace can bring harmful repercussions to children's privacy and safety. Due to the increasing use of email, webcams, text messaging and social networking sites, more and more of the nation's children are subject to online harassment in the form of cyber-bullying, blackmail, sexting and pornography.

The 'porn star killers': Actors who met on adult film set charged with killing tattoo shop owner with a sledgehammer - 07/17/10
Jason Andrews was a bisexual Chicago DJ with a British accent, whose chiseled jaw and good looks landed him roles in countless gay porn videos. Amanda Logue was a married, bleach-blond Georgia woman who once owned a lingerie shop, dabbled in prostitution and starred in several X-rated videos herself. Florida detectives claim that together they stabbed and bludgeoned to death a 41-year-old tattoo shop owner with a sledgehammer. They are also claimed to have hatched some of their plans in expletive-laden text messages.

NH lawyer out $240,000 in scam targeting attorneys - 07/16/10
A New Hampshire lawyer is out $240,000 after falling prey to an international Internet scam, prosecutors said. The attorney general's office declined to identify the lawyer but said he is one of two lawyers in the state who were targeted in recent weeks by scam artists who used Internet messages, fake companies and counterfeit checks to "retain" them. The checks were said to be settlement money or retainer fees, and the lawyers were instructed to wire money to a different party in the case.

Debt Collected Over Facebook? - 07/16/10
Debt collectors have turned to a new way of contacting debtors: Facebook. In a world of Facebook, where a person's name, face and friends are out there for anyone with a computer to see, the last thing many people think about is debt collectors.

Blogger "stalks" a black woman on Twitter - 07/16/10
It started Wednesday, when writer Joel Johnson fired off a provocative explanation of "Why I Stalk a Sexy Black Woman on Twitter (And Why You Should, Too)" for Gizmodo. When the self-described "white dork" discovered that black folk use social media too, he decided to follow one -- a 20-something Christian lady from Detroit.

Celebrities' Photos, Videos May Reveal Location - 07/16/10
Keeping tabs on your favorite celebrities might be easier than you think -- and much easier than they want. But they likely have no one to blame but themselves. According to two teams of computer scientists, Hollywood stars could be unintentionally giving up the exact locations of their homes and private whereabouts through pictures uploaded to the Internet, leaving them wide open to attacks by tech-savvy thieves (not to mention unwanted visits by starstruck fans).

Northside teen gets probation for email threats to ex-girlfriend - 07/16/10
A 14-year-old boy who used MSN to threaten a former girlfriend, a teacher at his school and another student has received 12 months supervised probation. The teenager sent a computer e-mail message Nov. 14 to the girl to say that when he showed up at school he was going to show her a gun or a knife. He also said that he was on cocaine.

Facebook page praising British killer removed after row - 07/15/10
The creator of a Facebook tribute to a British killer who shot himself dead after a standoff with police removed the page Thursday after it sparked condemnation, including from the prime minister. Siobhan O'Dowd said she had taken down the page dedicated to Raoul Moat -- but was unrepentant and did not rule out reinstating the group, which had attracted more than 38,000 members.

Overzealous sex-texting J’can cop loses job - 07/15/10
A Jamaican-born police officer who sent a married woman menacing text messages after a brief sexual encounter has escaped a conviction ­ but has lost his job after 10 years with the Bermuda Police Service (BPS). A Magistrates Court heard that Robert Webster, 48, who is also married, refused to accept that the woman did not want to continue the affair.

Jesse's Sister: Janine is Cyber-Threatening Me - 07/14/10
Jesse James' sister claims she's been receiving email threats from Jesse's ex-wife Janine Lindemulder ... and Janine's mom. Julie James England tells TMZ in the past few weeks, she's been bombarded with angry emails from Janine and her mom Jonlyn. In fact, England tells us she received an email from Jonlyn just a few weeks ago that read, "You and your sh*tbag brother need to back off my daughter and granddaughter if you both know what's best for you."

Case of kids found on Facebook revives disputes - 07/13/10
Prince Sagala has pined for her son and daughter since her estranged husband took them and fled to Mexico 15 years ago ­ but she never gave up hope that she would see them again. The Indonesian-born nursing assistant was rewarded for her faith earlier this year, when she stumbled on her daughter's Facebook page in a story that made national headlines.


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