Monthly Archives: November 2013

Revenge Porn: Scary & What to Do About It?

Involuntary Pornography or Revenge Porn are a form of cyberbullying involving the uploading of non-consent pictures and shaming to the nth degree. There are “thousands of victims of ‘involuntary pornography’ or ‘revenge porn’—nude or sexual photos posted online without their consent. Revenge porn gets its name because many pictures are posted by former lovers who […]
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Sotomayor Underscores Lack of Diversity in the Judiciary

Noting a “crying need” for better lawyering in the field of immigration law, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently addressed law school students at the American University Washington College of Law. She stated that she “saw ‘horrible lawyers’ and ‘terrible fraud’ committed by lawyers who charged large fees in immigration cases but did not know what they […]
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History Buffs & Thanksgiving

As you settle in to celebrating Thanksgiving… Did you know that once upon a time Thanksgiving was canceled on the last Thursday of the month? And that it took Congress to pass a law that placed it on the last Thursday of the month to keep it that way? Known as “Franksgiving”, Thanksgiving was pushed […]
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Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends, Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m still remembering JFK: As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. And how about a little diversity on Thanksgiving: Today, with diversity defining our lives, expanding upon tradition only enhances […]
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“Sexting” Consent

We’ve all heard of informed consent. What about “sexting consent?” That is, a texted consent to willingly engage in sex. CNN Op-Ed Says College Men Need Text-Message Proof They Didn’t Rape College men should have their sexual partners send them a text message before they get down to business to avoid a false rape charge, according […]
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Growing Old on Death Row v Getting there at a “Ripe Old Age”

The matter of serial killer Joseph Naso being sentenced to death at age 79 caught my eye: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local/north_bay&id=9336285 There is an age requirement at the lower end: The Constitution forbids the execution of killers who were under 18 when they committed their crimes, ending a practice used in 19 states. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7051296/#.UpSxVR4o7rc There is no upper […]
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Train Story

Train Story “Me and the Train” I was looking for a good title that captures the meaning of the story and stimulates interest to at least take a peek. After all, a story should have a good title. “Train Story” or “A Train Story?” We’ve had quite a few. “The Great Train Caper?” Taken already, […]
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JFK: 50 Years Later & PTSD

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. We will be reminded – repeatedly – of the events that fateful day and the legacy JFK left behind. Some typical themes: Where were you (if you are old enough to remember)? How did his assassination change the world? In his memory, I’ve added […]
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Cyberbullying Conference Tidbits

Cyberbullying Conference Tidbits  In no particular order, some points from notes I took at the Conference at St. John’s on 11/15/13: The Many Faces of Cyber-bullying: A Multidisciplinary Response. I added links and resources and sites to file complaints. There is a phenomenon online known as the Online Disinhibition Effect. See: http://truecenterpublishing.com/psycyber/disinhibit.html People say and do things […]
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Expert Succumbs to PTSD

A well-known forensic psychiatrist, Dr.  John Bradford, developed PTSD after years of exposure to gruesome images. It suddenly came to a head and he broke down crying uncontrollably one day driving home after performing an evaluation. Dr. Bradford told his therapist that it wasn’t only the ghastly images that were replaying inside his head but also […]
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