Saturday, October 02, 2010
The War against Cyber Bullies
I believe in Freedom of Speech and I believe in the Protection of Privacy. And both of those privileges come with a price…they also protect people who have the intent of doing others harm. So how can we deal with the new crime of cyber-bullying? There should be standards as to what legally qualifies as cyber – bullying.
If I were Queen of the Internet I would modify a few things.
Most of the popular websites have login/password ability. Most require that you be a member before you POST. Let the member, who wants posting rights, choose his login name but change the registration process to a standard identity check against a real person (like Social Security Number) and have a REAL identity for that user. Have the Laws protect their privacy, But if they violate someone else’s rights, they should be accountable for the contents. I bet that would have a huge impact on cyber bullying. And let existing website members have their posting rights suspended until they pass the standard identity check as well.
Each POSTING should have the ability to allow viewing Members to flag it as a possible example of cyber-bullying. Let the websites use software to scan the captions and written contents for ‘key words’. If it gets picked out for hitting a keyword, let it go into some kind of review process like the film rating system. Chances are the descriptions and captions give a clue to the overall content of the posting. If it gets flagged by the system, it should be reviewed. Make the websites accountable as well; they are participants in the process. There is nothing like liability lawsuits $$$ to gain cooperation. If it qualifies as cyber-bullying it should be removed, and the Offenders should have their POSTING rights revoked.
AND NOW FOR A LITTLE HUMOR....
to lift your spirits after I brought you down.
Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.
A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
Practice safe eating - always use condiments.
Shotgun wedding - A case of wife or death.
A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.
A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.
When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.
A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.
What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead give away.)
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count
She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully
You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
Local Area Network in Australia - the LAN down under.
Every calendar's days are numbered.
A lot of money is tainted - Taint yours and taint mine.
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small
medium at large.
Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.
Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
Acupuncture is a jab well done.
Friday, October 01, 2010
In a world where technology advances in audio/visual communications are happening daily, we have INVASION OF PRIVACY.
This week's headline is the case of the Rutgers student who committed suicide after an intimate encounter with another student was shown on the Internet, by his roommate. . Prosecutors say that, Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi used a webcam to surreptitiously transmit a live image of Clementi having sex and that Ravi tried to webcast a second encounter, the day before Clementi's suicide. New Jersey's invasion of privacy statutes make it a crime "to collect or view images depicting nudity or sexual contact involving another individual without that person's consent." It's a separate crime to transmit or distribute those images. The penalty can include a prison term of up to five years. If the hate crime enhancement were applied, it would raise the maximum penalty to 10 years.
Invasion of Privacy is defined as: The wrongful intrusion into a person's private activities by other individuals or by the government. Tort law protects one's private affairs with which the public has no concern against unwarranted exploitation or publicity that causes mental suffering or humiliation to the average person. Some catagories of invasion of privacy are public disclosure of a private persons affairs, intrusion of solitude, appropriation of a persons name or likeness and talk about a person which cast a false light on them.
Now…There are a lot of morally challenged people looking to ‘entertain’ others by transmitting images of unsuspecting victims. So where does it stop. They can film you almost anywhere and post it on the web in seconds. They can put any caption they want. And they can be hard to trace back. If you’re in a locker room, do you know for sure that the person on the phone is talking or are they uploading a video to youtube.com. If you are in a locker room shared with others, is it considered Invasion of Privacy? And for these idiots, as usual, a favorite target are people who don’t fit society’s norm…the OBESE.
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING….
Who knew it would turn out to be some idiot nearby.
I wonder what Dharun Ravi thinks about Invasion of Privacy now.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I read a news story yesterday about outrageous reality shows and they cited ‘REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY’ as an example. So I watch a clip featuring Teresa Giudice. Is this woman bipolar? She scares me….a lot.
(WARNING: the following clips contain some profanity)
Here is Teresa at the ‘Last Supper’ episode
Here is Teresa at the Real HouseWives of NJ Reunion Show
Now I have to laugh, because in MY world this TANTRUM is inappropriate behavior. But I got to thinking about how I handle Anger and I realize that I eat. I use to sedate myself with food to avoid EXPLODING. So instead of emotionally exploding... I was physically exploding.
Now I have heard people suggest over and over, exercise helps getting the tension out. That's great...if that's what you're into...but I'm not. The best I can do is physically remove myself from the area, go somewhere to chill out, and limit contact with the offender as much as possible. And if the offender is like an obnoxious child, doing everything for more attention...I distance myself or shut down totally. Some people tell me this is the wrong approach. But I find confronting some of these obnoxious types, a lot like playing tennis...respond and they act like it's GAME ON. For me, removing toxins from my life is the best approach. If I can't have harmony, I'll settle for peaceful isolation.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A doctor on his morning walk, noticed the old lady pictured above, sitting on her front step smoking a cigar, so he walked up to her and said, "I couldn't help but notice how happy you look! What is your secret?"
"I smoke ten cigars a day," she said. "Before I go to bed, I eat a box of Oreos with a Regular Coke. Apart from that, I drink a whole bottle of Jack Daniels every week, and eat only junk food. On weekends, I pop pills, stay in bed all day, and don't exercise at all."
"That is absolutely amazing! How old are you?"
"Forty," she replied.
Hope this made you smile today.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
We are so use to multi-tasking that that we lose focus on the task at hand.
HIGHWAY HYPNOSIS, also popularly known as driving without attention mode (DWAM) or WHITE LINE FEVER, is a mental state in which a person can drive a truck or automobile great distances, responding to external events in the expected manner with no recollection of having consciously done so. The driver's conscious mind is apparently fully focused elsewhere, and not focusing on the masses of information needed to drive safely. One stream of consciousness is driving the car while the other stream of consciousness is dealing with other matters. Amnesia can even develop for the dissociated consciousness that drove the automobile. Take cruise control; accidents have been attributed to HIGHWAY HYPNOSIS because of the lack of need to maintain constant pedal pressure. Future systems may include a DEAD MAN'S SWITCH to avoid this.
Now …Mercedes Benz offers a new E series luxury car with safety features that:
***assist with staying in your lane,
***audible warnings when it concludes there is possible highway hypnosis or the driver is falling asleep,
***and accident avoidance to maintain a preset distance between cars (or it applies the breaks).
So what does this have to do with weight loss?
I think when you start a ‘program’ the novelty makes you focus your attention on everthing to do with losing the weight. It’s like a new game. You start to master the moves, and hopefully the new regimen becomes a habit. But after a while you start multi-tasking again…because life is complicated and your focus wanders. Or you get a little tired, because you keep hitting plateaus and progress slows. Or you start drifting lanes and going back to old habits that got you into trouble to begin with. And if you are lucky, your new health awareness applies the breaks and stops you from a total meltdown binge.
So I’ve come to the conclusion that my DEAD MAN'S SWITCH is the scale..
I need to keep an eye on my dashboard, and log my nutrition and exercise.
I’m not good with cruise control…I need to apply a little pressure on my pedal.
I need to weigh and measure, because I have dietary astigmatism (portions appear visually smaller than they actually are).
I need to check fuel tank and make sure I’m eating healthy.
I need to monitor my speed and make sure I’m exercising enough.
I need to keep an eye on the road and make sure I’m focused on my goals.
I need to check my temperature gauge to make sure I don't burn out or become too comfortable where I am.
I need to recharge my batteries when my lights start to dim.
I need to do maintenance checkups and fix the broken parts.
And I need to makeover the body image, so I can enjoy how I look along the journey.
Happy Trails to You
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