WHO@ Newsletter - November 21, 2011

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Boring Conference attracts 400
The second annual Boring Conference in London attracted 400 people Saturday ready for talks on topics like the view from parking garage roofs.

James Ward, the organizer, told The Independent he is afraid the success of last year's conference -- which originated as a joke on Twitter -- means this one may be too interesting. The attendees include a documentary film crew from Canada to record the proceedings.

The speakers this year include an expert on the hot-air hand-dryer who has installed one in his home. Ward is scheduled to spend 10 minutes on the first decade of "Which," a pioneering consumer magazine that guided Britons in the 1950s and 1960s through subjects like how to use a refrigerator.

Another speaker will discuss how parking garages, ugly inside, often reward drivers with gorgeous views from the top level. The London locations used for the Hugh Grant movie "About a Boy" are another topic.

"What we are talking about is the stuff people take for granted, which is considered trivial mundane," Ward said. "Because it is so familiar when you look at it in detail it is incredibly interesting."
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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)

Bullying Moves From Online to Text-Messaging: Study - 11/21/11
Kids' exposure to online attacks and deviant behavior appears to have leveled off, but as more kids socialize by cellphone, sexual and other bothersome text messages are on the rise, a new study finds.

Cease and Desist Next Step in Terror Stalking of Canadian Writer, Christina Halasz. - 11/19/11
It's been an interesting week for everybody's favorite Canadian Internet writer. We're all wondering where I might be. We know I am being stalked by wannabe artists who moonlight as airport washroom attendants for the Gates Foundation because their shameless insinuations are plentiful in all corners of the Google news stream­ but no, this is not sufficiently interesting, evidently. We have nothing further to amuse ourselves with.

Revealed: The former civil servant who has waged a cyber hate campaign against Katherine Jenkins - 11/19/11
When Katherine Jenkins hit out this week at the ‘pathetic’ cyber bully who had harassed her for more than a year, she stopped short of naming names. But an online trail followed by the Daily Mail leads inexorably to a 43-year-old former civil servant called Geraldine Curtis. From her run-down home in South London, Miss Curtis has repeatedly attacked and denigrated the Welsh classical singer on a personal blog.

Missouri man found guilty of cyberstalking his wife - 11/18/11
Jovica "Joshua" Petrovic was a vengeful man, federal officials said. When his short-lived marriage began crumbling in 2009, Petrovic threatened to release family secrets. Beginning in 2010, after his wife said she wanted a divorce, he stalked and harassed her and mailed roughly 150 homemade postcards to her boss, friends, relatives and neighbors. The cards carried suggestive pictures, insults and the address of a website where he posted still pictures from secretly made videos of them having sex, embarrassing personal information and some outright lies.

Babysitter found on Craigslist charged with sexual assault - 11/18/11
A 32-year-old Webster man who allegedly advertised as a babysitter on Craigslist has been charged with sexually assaulting one of his charges. Steven P. Knox is free on $30,000 bond after being arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14.

Naples PD investigates lewd email sent to City Council - 11/17/11
A criminal investigation is underway after a sexually explicit e-mail showed up in the inboxes of Naples City Council members. The message detailed a laundry list of alleged misconduct within the Naples Police Department.

Selena Gomez's 'stalker' walks free as judge throws case out - 11/17/11
The man accused of stalking Selena Gomez has had his charges dismissed and been set free. The 19-year-old Disney favourite accused Thomas Brodnicki of harassing her from July through to October this year.

Hot Springs man arrested for explicit Facebook messages, texts - 11/17/11
A Hot Springs man is being charged with Internet Stalking of a Child and Computer Child Pornography. Jesse Dunn, 27, was arrested Thursday afternoon after allegedly sending sexually explicit text and Facebook messages and photos to a 14-year-old girl. The father of the girl filed a report with Garland County Sheriff's Department, and submitted the girl's phone for investigation.

Newtown resident charged with posting sex tryst online - 11/16/11
A remorseful 20-year-old college student blamed his broken heart for his decision to secretly post a consensual sex tape of himself and a former girlfriend on the Internet two years ago, causing her continual harassment, according to authorities and court documents.

Web crooks nick Bulger Christmas money - 11/15/11
MURDERED toddler James Bulger's mum is facing a bleak Christmas after online thieves fleeced the family of £900. Fraudsters targeted her husband's NatWest bank account and transferred cash saved for Christmas gifts to PayPal.

Katherine Jenkins, Louise Mensch and Lorraine Pascale are plagued by sexist cyberbullies - 11/15/11
Only the most observant would have noticed the faint shift in classical singer Katherine Jenkins’s expression as she answered a viewer’s question on the television show Something for the Weekend last Sunday; the sudden rictus quality of her smile. But a furious statement she posted online just after the programme ended revealed a greater drama backstage.


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