Category: news

Jun 20 2013

violation of this child’s first amendment rights? yes, please. Sue the school? totally do it!

this
this apalling story
may be old, but it scrolled across my twitter feed for some reason and still pissed me off, so you can be pissed right along with me. Comments follow.

Sign Language Ban Imposed on N.J. Girl

By Bryan Robinson Jan 7, 2006, 10:13 AM

School officials have threatened a hearing-impaired girl with suspension if she uses sign language to talk to her friends on the school bus, the girl’s parents say.

Danica Lesko and her parents say sign language is the only way to for the 12-year-old to communicate, especially while riding to school on a noisy bus.

But officials at Stonybrook School — which is not a school for the hearing-impaired — and district officials in Branchburg, N.J., apparently believe signing is a safety hazard. They have sent a letter to the Lesko family ordering Danica to stop using sign language on the school bus or risk a three-day suspension.

The March 30 letter from her principal that said Danica was “doing sign language after being told it wasn’t allowed on the bus.”

The Leskos may file a lawsuit over the sign language ban, claiming officials are violating Danica’s civil rights and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“She has a hearing problem, and now she’s being punished for using sign language,” Mary Ann Lesko, Danica’s mother, told The Star-Ledger of Newark. “It’s absurd.”

Danica’s parents told the paper that other students who rode to school with their daughter made fun of her, and refused to stay in their seats as they teased other girls who were using sign language. They said school officials are singling out Danica and not addressing those who should really be reprimanded.

Schools Officials: Safety First

In a statement released through the school district’s attorney, David Rubin, the Branchburg Board of Education refused to discuss the details of Danica’s case, saying only that its version of events differs from the parents’ version.

However, the board insisted it has not violated anyone’s rights and is only trying to protect other students who must ride on the school bus.

“The Board is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to all students with disabilities, and is satisfied that there has been no violation of that policy in this case,” officials said in the statement. “The Board is also committed to assuring the safety of all students who travel on District buses, and will continue to take appropriate steps to accomplish that goal.”

One deaf-rights advocate said Danica’s parents have a strong basis for a lawsuit because sign language could be a considered a foreign language, and school officials could be violating the girl’s First Amendment right to communicate.

“Why should there be a ban?” asked Charlotte Karras, outreach coordinator for the Edison, N.J.-based Alliance for Disabled in Action. “It’s a violation of her communication rights. She’s said it’s the only way she can communicate with her friends … It’s [the ban] against the ADA and violates the First Amendment and her family can file a discrimination suit citing the Americans With Disabilities Act.”

Karras said her organization would be willing to help the Leskos with any legal action.

Danica’s parents say she began losing her hearing last November, when a classmate allegedly shot a bottle rocket near her ear. They have already sued the Branchburg School District over that incident.

I don’t know why this came across my twitter feed, but let’s pick it apart, with a bunch of questions, in list form.
questions.

  • how is sign language a safety risk?
  • why would you suspend a hearing impaired 12 year old?
  • your already in deep shit for the bottle rocket thing, so why the hell would you pull a boneheaded move like this?

comments and opinions.

  • this schoolboard’s moronic, needs a swift kick, and should not be a schoolboard.
  • you are violating this little lady’s right to communicate so how about we rip out your vocal cords, then talk, k?,/li>

Final thoughts.
The comment boards. use them

Apr 25 2012

This is exactly the type of thing I want to be reading this close to flying to the states.

So as I prepare to fly to Origan in less than 2 weeks.
this is exactly the kind of thing I want to see the TSA doing.
note the oozing sarcasm, ladies and gentlemen.

Weeping four-year-old girl accused of carrying a GUN by TSA officers after she hugged her grandmother while passing through securityBy Hugo Gye
PUBLISHED: 05:11 GMT, 24 April 2012 | UPDATED: 10:14 GMT, 24 April 2012
Of all the many complaints about airport security and the TSA, one of the most common is that they make little distinction between plausible security threats and passengers unlikely to be doing anything wrong.

And a recent incident in Wichita, Kansas has reinforced that argument, as a four-year-old girl was apparently subjected to a humiliating ordeal after she hugged her grandmother while she was waiting in line.

The girl was accused of having a gun and declared a ‘high security threat’, while agents threatened to shut down the whole airport if she could not be calmed down.

When asked about the overbearing treatment the girl received, a TSA spokesman did not apologise and insisted that correct procedures had been followed.

Terror threat? Four-year-old Isabella was subjected to a full body pat-down and accused of carrying a gun in an airport
Four-year-old Isabella’s horrific experience in Wichita earlier this month was recounted on Facebook by her furious mother Michelle Brademeyer.

The family was in Kansas for a wedding, and was travelling home to Montana with Ms Brademeyer’s mother.

Ms Brademeyer and her two children had passed through security when the grandmother was detained after triggering an alarm on the scanners.
Isabella then, according to her mother, ‘excitedly ran over to give her a hug, as children often do. They made very brief contact, no longer than a few seconds.’

The young girl was immediately detained by security agents, who apparently shouted at her that she would have to be frisked too, and refused to let her mother explain what has happening.

Ms Brademeyer wrote: ‘It was implied, several times, that my mother, in their brief two-second embrace, had passed a handgun to my daughter.’

Nightmare: The TSA has been criticised for being over-zealous (file photo)
In her terror, Isabella tried to run away rather than face a full body pat-down, which unsurprisingly enraged the TSA officers further.

One officer even told the girl’s mother that the airport would have to be shut down and every flight cancelled if the four-year-old did not co-operate.

They also apparently described the little girl as a ‘high security threat’.

As Isabella was taken into a side room for a pat-down, accompanied by her mother, she could not stop crying and refused to let the agents touch her.

An officer repeatedly said she had ‘seen a gun in a teddy bear’ in the past, in an apparent attempt to justify the situation.

Ms Brademeyer continued: ‘The TSO loomed over my daughter, with an angry grimace on her face, and ordered her to stop crying.

‘When my scared child could not do so, two TSOs called for backup saying, “The suspect is not cooperating.” The suspect, of course, being a frightened child. They treated my daughter no better than if she had been a terrorist.’

Airport: Isabella’s family was flying out of Wichita at the time of the incident
Isabella continued to cry, and officers said the family would have to leave the airport as the TSA was unable to frisk the four-year-old.

When a manager was called, he decided that the distraught Isabella could be checked alongside her mother, and let the family pass through security at last.

But their nightmare was not yet over, as on a connecting flight in Denver, an airport employee demanded to know which of the family was Isabella – and ‘looked really confused’ when the girl was pointed out to her.

Ms Brademeyer concluded her Facebook post by drawing attention to TSA rules against separating children from their parents, and added: ‘I feel compelled to share this story in the hope that no other child will have to share in this experience.’

When The Consumerist approached the TSA for comment on the bizarre incident, a spokesman said: ‘TSA has reviewed the incident and determined that our officers followed proper current screening procedures in conducting a modified pat-down on the child.’

Last month the agency came in for criticism when a video of a three-year-old boy in wheelchair having a full pat-down and being swabbed for explosives circulated on the internet.

The TSA really needs to be better trained in handling children, that is all I have to say.
More later.

Mar 11 2012

Squeeze” based Debian Edu version released

This scrolled across my desk thanks to a list.
This may be of interest to some.

Subject: “Squeeze” based Debian Edu version released
Resent-Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:50:22 +0000 (UTC)
Resent-From: debian-news@lists.debian.org
Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:49:01 +0100
From: Francesca Ciceri
To: debian-news@lists.debian.org

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The Debian Project http://www.debian.org/
First “Squeeze” based Debian Edu version released press@debian.org
March 11th, 2012 http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120311
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March 11th, 2012

The Debian Edu Team is pleased to announce the release of Debian Edu “Squeeze” 6.0.4+r0! Debian Edu (aka “Skolelinux”) is a Debian Pure Blend specifically targeted at schools and educational institutions, and provides a completely configured school network environment out of the box. It covers PXE installation, PXE booting for diskless machines, and setup for a school server, for stationary workstations, and for workstations that can be taken away from the school network. Several educational applications like Celestia, Dr. Geo, GCompris, GeoGebra, Kalzium, KGeography and Solfege are included in the default desktop setup.

Besides including everything provided by the fourth update of Debian “Squeeze” (6.0.4), this new release of Debian Edu introduces some interesting improvements, including: replacement of LWAT with GOsa² as the LDAP administration interface; updated artwork and new Debian Edu / Skolelinux logo; a new LXDE desktop option, in addition to KDE
(default) and GNOME (LXDE and GNOME are available only with the CD installation method); faster LTSP client boot; improved handing of removable media on thin clients; a new roaming workstation profile for laptops; full Samba NT4 domain support for Windows XP/Vista/7; etc.
The Debian Edu Team has also worked intensively on the documentation, improving and extending the manual which is now fully translated to German, French and Italian, while partial translations exist for Danish, Norwegian Bokmål and Spanish. The installation process has also been improved, integrating the new version of debian-installer, allowing copying of ISO images to USB sticks and changing partitioning for Standalone installs to have a separate /home and no /usr.

When asked about the [1] advantages of Skolelinux/Debian Edu, Nigel Barker
replied: “For me the integrated setup. This is not just the server, or the workstation, or the LTSP. It’s all of them, and it’s all configured ready to go. I read somewhere in the early documentation that it is designed to be set up and managed by the Maths or Science teacher, who doesn’t necessarily know much about computers, in a small Norwegian school. That describes me perfectly if you replace Norway with Japan.”

1:

http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/Debian_Edu_interview__Nigel_Barker.html

For those who want to give Debian Edu “Squeeze” a try, [2] complete download and installation instructions are available, including detailed instructions in the [3] “Getting Started” chapter of the manual explaining the first steps, such as setting up a network or adding users.

2:

http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/en/debian-edu-squeeze-manual.html#Installation

3:

http://maintainer.skolelinux.org/debian-edu-doc/en/debian-edu-squeeze-manual.html#GettingStarted

Those who are already using rc1-3 can upgrade to this version by using for example “apt-get upgrade” – users upgrading from beta3 must make sure they keep the existing gosa.conf file when dpkg asks how to handle the changed file during upgrade.

The sha1sums of the released ISO images:

f4184237f0eb2a509c6729b3f8039b71f5f4394a debian-edu-6.0.4+edu+r0-CD.iso 64681588fffa7a20f5d9e67c726f010580e35b9f debian-edu-6.0.4+edu+r0-DVD.iso
087d0c69da17b4a98a2966ff752fcfea8e30ec23
debian-edu-6.0.4+edu+r0-source-DVD.iso

Would you like to give your school’s computer a longer life? Are you
tired of sneaker administration, running from computer to computer
reinstalling the operating system? Would you like to administrate all
the computers in your school using only a couple of hours every week?
Check out Debian Edu Squeeze!

Skolelinux is used by at least two hundred schools all over the world,
mostly in Germany (in 2009 the region of Rhineland-Palatinate decided
to use it in all its schools) and Norway.

About Debian Edu
—————-

The [4] Skolelinux project was founded in Norway in 2001 with the aim of
creating a GNU/Linux distribution for schools and other educational
institutions. After merging with the French Debian Edu project in 2003,
Skolelinux became a [5] Debian Pure Blend. Today the system is in use in
several countries around the world, with most installations in Norway,
Spain, Germany and France.

4: http://www.skolelinux.org/
5: http://wiki.debian.org/DebianPureBlends

About Debian
————

The Debian Project was founded in 1993 by Ian Murdock to be a truly
free community project. Since then the project has grown to be one of
the largest and most influential open source projects. Thousands of
volunteers from all over the world work together to create and maintain
Debian software. Available in 70 languages, and supporting a huge range
of computer types, Debian calls itself the “universal operating system”.

Contact Information
——————-
For further information, please visit the Debian web pages at
http://www.debian.org/ or send mail to .

Feb 26 2012

you didn’t want the public to know that you can’t manage your own networks?

As someone that’s been watching the
rogers
vs
crtc
go round and round since october, 2010, it came as no surprise when the following
story
rolled across my desk.

CRTC Slaps Rogers for Throttling Non-P2P Traffic
Posted by Jason Koblovsky on Saturday, January 21, 2012 – 01:38
January 20, 2012 – The Canadian Gamers Organization got word today that the CRTC’s enforcement division has found Rogers to not be non-compliant with CRTC net neutrality policy, and that it’s throttling software and hardware are actively misclassifying a wide range of applications and communication ports. The CRTC has cited evidence obtained and published by Cisco Systems (the hardware and software vendor Rogers uses for throttling), and has threatened a show/cause hearing on this subject if Rogers’ response is insufficient or fails to respond. If it goes to a hearing, the CRTC could file an order with the courts to force Rogers to reimburse affected customers.

In its letter the CRTC stated:

As you know, prior Commission approval is required pursuant to section 36 of the Act, as described at paragraphs 126 and 127 of TRP CRTC 2009-657, for implementing a technical ITMP that results in:
• noticeable degradation to time-sensitive traffic, or
• the slowing of non-time-sensitive traffic to the extent that it amounts to blocking the content and therefore controlling the content and influencing the meaning and purpose of the telecommunication.
Within two weeks, I look forward to you either presenting us with a rebuttal of our evidence or providing us with a plan to come into compliance with the Act. Failure to provide a meaningful rebuttal or an effective plan will result in my recommendation to Commissioners to hold a show-cause hearing. I look forward to your response by 12:00 pm, February 3, 2012.

“This is a historic day in Canadian tech and telecom history. This is a big win for not just Canadian Internet users but also for game developers, who have also been extremely frustrated with the use of throttling. We hope that the evidence uncovered today by the CRTC’s investigations will also help game developers improve online environments. Their product is being hindered by Cisco’s throttling equipment causing problems with connectivity and lag in a lot of gaming environments.” Co-Founder Jason Koblovsky stated.

Co-Founder Teresa Murphy added, “I think we’re all just glad that the CRTC looked further into the issue and essentially agreed with our October 14th response to the Commission where we stated other games and programs were being affected by faulty throttling equipment and software. Jason, myself, and I’m sure many other gamers on Rogers Cable Internet, are all looking forward to the day that this entire fiasco is resolved, as its been a long time coming now. I hope in the future, Rogers will run more extensive testing of their throttling rules before pushing them to all their systems. I also hope that in the future, if a Rogers employee promises to their customers that they’ll have the update reverted because it caused problems with multiple programs (as what happened in October 2010 on the Rogers forum on DSLReports.com – a forum which Rogers employees release official statements on), Rogers will actually follow through on the promise instead of leaving customers blowing in the wind.”

In other words, they got owned, hard.
Because I was curious, I pulled the PDF copy of the letter from
here

Letter Ottawa, 20 January 2012

Our Reference: 545613

BY EMAIL

Mr. Ken Thompson
Director and Counsel Copyright and Broadband Law
Rogers Communications Inc.
333 Bloor Street, East
Toronto, ON M4W 1G9
ken.thompson@rci.rogers.com

Dear Mr. Thompson:

Re: File 545613,
Internet Traffic Management Practice (“ITMP”),
Section 36 of the Telecommunications Act, S.C. 1993, c. 38, as amended (“Act”), and Paragraphs 126 and 127 of Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-657 (“TRP CRTC 2009-657”)

I am writing with respect to the above noted file that was transferred to the Compliance and Enforcement Sector by the Telecommunications Sector on October 27, 2011.

Compliance and Enforcement Sector staff has been reviewing this file since its referral to our sector. Based on the preliminary results of our ongoing investigation, Commission staff is of the belief that Rogers Communications Inc. (“Rogers”) applies a technical ITMP to unidentified traffic using default peer-to-peer (“P2P”) ports. On the basis of our evidence to date, any traffic from an unidentified time-sensitive application making use of P2P ports will be throttled resulting in noticeable degradation of such traffic. Enclosed please find a summary of our evidence. Full details, if necessary can be obtained by request through my office.

As you know, prior Commission approval is required pursuant to section 36 of the Act, as described at paragraphs 126 and 127 of TRP CRTC 2009-657, for implementing a technical ITMP that results in:

noticeable degradation to time-sensitive traffic, or
the slowing of non-time-sensitive traffic to the extent that it amounts to blocking the content and therefore controlling the content and influencing the meaning and purpose of the telecommunication.
Within two weeks, I look forward to you either presenting us with a rebuttal of our evidence or providing us with a plan to come into compliance with the Act. Failure to provide a meaningful rebuttal or an effective plan will result in my recommendation to Commissioners to hold a show-cause hearing. I look forward to your response by 12:00 pm, February 3, 2012.

Sincerely,

Andrea Rosen

Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer

Summary of Evidence

File 545613

This attachment summarizes evidence pursuant to the above noted file, which is an ongoing investigation of Rogers Communications Inc.’s (“Rogers”) Internet Traffic Management Practice (“ITMP”) by the Compliance and Enforcement Sector.

The Compliance and Enforcement Sector’s ongoing investigation includes examining a number of key performance indicators (“KPIs”), such as:

TCP resets, TCP syn/acks, connection status
Latency in milliseconds
TCP Window size
Packet loss
Packets per second
Average packet sizes
Retransmission of packets
Dropped connections
Active connections/sessions
Upstream available bandwidth limits
Packet sequence numbers
Other TCP and UDP traffic statistics and analysis.
As Cisco is Rogers’ vendor,1 the Compliance and Enforcement Sector had and continues to have tests conducted against information from the website of Cisco Systems, Inc. (“Cisco”). Preliminary testing results indicate that unidentified traffic using default P2P ports, as identified in the Cisco SCA BB Protocol Reference Guide,2 is throttled. Such results further indicate that:

default P2P ports for TCP traffic are subject to throttling, except port 6969, and
until December 20, 2011, all default P2P ports for UDP traffic were subject to throttling.
Compliance and Enforcement Sector staff also notes Rogers’ disclosure of its network management policy, which indicates that an application may not attain full speed if encrypted and not using a standard port for the application/protocol in question.3 Moreover, while Rogers has stated that misclassification occurs in only a few cases,4 staff notes that Cisco identifies various applications that may have been misclassified.5

——————————————————————————–

1 Rogers letter dated September 27, 2011, at 3.

2 Cisco SCA BB Protocol Reference Guide: protocol_ref_guide/protocol_ref_guide.html> [Cisco SCA BB Protocol Reference Guide].

3 Rogers Network Management Policy: [Rogers Network Management Policy].

4 Rogers letter, supra note 1 at 3.

5 Cisco Service Control Application for Broadband Protocol Pack Notes, available online: protocol_pack/PP_Note_current.html> [Cisco PP Notes].

So I monitored this story to it’s conclusion this February, and we have a
promise
from rogers indicating they’d stop throttling by the end of 2012.

Rogers promises to end internet throttling
Phased-in approach will begin next month, with all customers included by end of year
Prithi Yelaja CBC News Posted: Feb 3, 2012 3:33 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 3, 2012 6:55 PM ET
Rogers has decided to end internet throttling by the end of this year in response to a CRTC probe.
net throttling?Rogers has promised to stop “throttling” internet traffic on its network by the end of this year, in response to an investigation by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

In a letter to the CRTC Friday, Rogers stated it would stop all traffic shaping including bandwidth throttling — limiting a user’s upload or download speeds — through a phased-in approach that is to begin next month.

“New technologies and ongoing investments in network capacity will allow Rogers to begin phasing out that policy starting in March 2012,” wrote Kenneth Engelhart, senior vice-president of regulatory affairs.

“These changes will be introduced to half of Rogers existing internet customers by June 2012 and to its remaining customers by December 2012.”

The move follows a similar decision by Bell to cease throttling on its network starting March 1.

Internet traffic management
Internet traffic management refers to techniques used by network managers to slow down some types of traffic in favour of others. In particular, some internet service providers say they slow down applications that use large amounts of bandwidth, but don’t dramatically affect the user’s ability to use the application when they are slowed down, such as peer-to-peer file sharing.

They say that allows them to guarantee higher speeds and better quality of service for time-sensitive applications such as video streaming that don’t work properly when they are slowed down. However, problems can arise if the technology used to distinguish different types of applications mistakenly classifies time-sensitive traffic as peer-to-peer.
“This is a huge step for internet openness in Canada, and [comes] after a long uphill battle with big telecom,” said Steve Anderson of OpenMedia.ca, a grassroots advocacy group that has protested usage-based billing and is credited with preventing bills allowing electronic surveillance from being tied into the government’s omnibus crime bill.

“Within months of one another Bell and Rogers have announced that they will stop throttling the internet and limiting online choice. This has been a long time coming — more and more Canadians are up in arms about threats to internet openness, and it’s about time that big telecom bends to the public interest.”

OpenMedia.ca pushed for and won Internet openness rules in 2009, but has since been pushing for enforcement of those rules, said Anderson.

“The consumer complaints process is the sole mechanism in place and Rogers’ response to the CRTC represents a potential first step in changing this broken system,” he said.

However, Jason Koblovsky, founder of the Canadian Gamers Organization had some concerns about Rogers’ intention to end throttling.

“Rogers failed to provide the CRTC with technical data as to which games and applications they have tested themselves. Without the technical data from their tests on online games, [we] worry that Rogers’ response may be an attempt to mislead the CRTC and the public. We continue to call on Rogers to make these numbers public,” Koblovsky said.

Last month, the CRTC notified Rogers it was violating federal net neutrality rules by deliberately slowing or throttling time-sensitive internet traffic, specifically online games.

The CRTC based its findings on the results of an investigation in collaboration with Cisco Systems, the hardware and software vendor that Rogers uses.

The probe was launched last year after a complaint by the Canadian Gamers Organization that accused Rogers of hindering online games, such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty: Black Ops, in violation of the federal regulator’s guidelines.

The Telecommunications Act and CRTC regulations allow throttling of peer-to-peer file sharing programs like BitTorrent, but not of time-sensitive internet traffic like video chatting or gaming.

Rogers had until Friday to either rebut the evidence gathered by the probe or provide the CRTC with a plan to comply with the act — or face a hearing on the matter.

As part of its rebuttal, Rogers said it would cease all traffic shaping by the end of 2012.

The company successfully dealt with the issue of throttling last March, and the CRTC’s “tests were of an issue that had nothing to do with gaming,” Engelhart told CBC News in a phone interview Friday.

“We’re pretty confident we solved those problems last year,” he said.

However, “out of an abundance of caution we have toggled the equipment so it does not slow down unclassified traffic on peer-to-peer file sharing ports.”

What’s this tell me about the major cable provider?
They can’t manage their network to save their lives, they’re looking for ways out and not providing all the data, because they want to Hhide.
As this year progresses, we’ll soon see what changes are committed to the network over the year.
Happy commenting.

Dec 07 2011

I…. can’t find words.

I get being angry, I get your stressed, irritated, what have you. But did you really have to shoot your own children, and kill yourself because you didn’t get foodstamps? This article now indicates the 12YO child is dead.
The article follows.

Laredo, TX Welfare Shooting Claims Another Victim

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The grandmother of two children shot by their mother inside a Texas welfare office said Wednesday her former daughter-in-law had a history of mental problems leading up to the standoff in a state building where the struggling family had been denied food stamps.

One of the children, 12-year-old Ramie Grimmer, died Wednesday night at a San Antonio hospital, Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza said. The girl’s brother, 10, remained in critical condition.

Ramie appeared to post a chilling update on Facebook while her mother squared off with police Monday at a Laredo welfare office. Her profile was updated to read “may die 2day” just hours before authorities say her mother shot the girl and her brother, then killed herself to end the seven-hour standoff.

The family had moved this summer to the border city, where they lived in a rundown trailer. The state denied Grimmer’s application for food stamps in August, but Mary Lee Shepherd said her grandchildren’s mother had problems beyond trying to feed her family.

“My son knew she was mentally ill and tried to get her help,” said Shepherd, who lives in Helena, Mont. Shepherd said her son Dale Grimmer, the children’s father, was flying Wednesday from Montana to San Antonio hospital to be with the children.

Dale and Rachelle Grimmer divorced six or seven years ago, after Rachelle and the children moved from Montana to Ohio, Shepherd said. Dale Grimmer also moved to Ohio and was able to visit the children from time to time, but Rachelle Grimmer moved and did not inform him or the court, Shepherd said.

Shepherd said she or her son contacted social workers in Montana twice and in Ohio once because they were concerned that Rachelle Grimmer could harm the children. Shepherd declined to detail her former daughter-in-law’s mental problems or say what caused them to make those calls.

Shepherd’s claims could not immediately be verified Wednesday with state child welfare officials in Montana and Ohio. However, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported finding two cases Wednesday involving Grimmer and her children.

In the first case, reported Sept. 15, 2010, the department received a possible neglect report after Rachelle Grimmer and her two children were found living in a tent on a South Texas beach. Investigators found no evidence of neglect and closed the case, spokesman Patrick Crimmins said.

In a report made last June, Corpus Christi police said Rachelle Grimmer had come to police headquarters with her two children and reported that she had been a domestic violence victim. Caseworkers checked on her and the children, determined the children were not at risk and took no further action, Crimmins said.

The findings had been delayed until Wednesday because Grimmer’s surname had been spelled differently in the department database, and she was listed under a different first name, Crimmins said.

Rachelle Grimmer, 38, was found dead inside the building later that night, along with her two wounded children. She arrived around 5 p.m. and asked to speak to a caseworker about her rejected food stamps application. Officials said Grimmer was taken to a private room, where she then pulled out a gun.

About two dozen people inside the building were let go unharmed. Grimmer rattled off a litany of complaints against government agencies during the negotiations with police, Laredo police investigator Joe Baeza said.

The state rejected Grimmer’s request for food stamps because her application was incomplete, said Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. She described Grimmer’s contact with the state as sporadic, including the mother not following up about her denied benefits until more than three months had passed.

Shepherd said the standoff and shooting never should have happened, but that she hopes this case will result in people
treating such intervention requests more seriously.

“They should have gave her the food stamps and followed up and then got the children out of there,” Shepherd said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, and my son is terribly distraught, but you know, something good can come out of this where somebody will start listening.

Goodman said an agency supervisor tried calling Grimmer on her cellphone five days before the shooting, but no one answered and the voicemail box was full.

According to further research, the 10yo is still alive, and in critical condition.
As I’ve read and researched this article for this blog, what crosses my mind is this.
If the 10year old survives? He’s gonna be rather pissed off.
I can’t find words, I’m reading this over and over again, the article above, has probably pissed a lot of people off, the comment boards await you.

Nov 03 2011

another reason I don’t want a mac.

browsing twitter, I ran across This article that annoys me. According to the article apple will be adding even more restrictions on their apps, in what they can access on the mac computers as of march 2012. Their calling it the “sandbox”. I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll soon be seing jailbroken mac OS lions soon to remove all these stupid restrictions, just like the iphone and IOS has.
We’ll soon see, but until then, sorry I’m not getting a mac, apple can ram it right up their asses.
I want complete, unrestricted access to my computer and it’s functions, and not be dictated to by a company on what my application or applications can or cannot access, thank you very freakin’ much.
I shouldn’t have to justify why I have to have access to the interfaces for the network cards, or the local folders to read and write to, it’s unnecessary and in my opinion uncalled for. Yes the app stores the only place people may go to get apps now, but just like the IOS app store, their will come out jailbroken versions of the OS that’ll remove the sandbox restrictions, and let non app store applications work again. In the beginning we won’t need it according to the article, because applications that aren’t in the mac app store will still work, but the sad fact is sooner or later apple will remove all ability to run applications not bought through the mac app store, and then it’ll be jailbreak time, kids. The comment boards await you.
Note to the appleheads, I don’t want to here wining that I don’t give mac’s a chance, I want constructive prooven with fact responses, not that I’m just a stupid windows user with absolutely no mac experience.

Aug 30 2011

what, that extra-large wasn’t big enough?

so yesterday, tim hortons said they were
changing
their cup sizes and removing the small completely.
It’s being tested in a couple of test markits for a month to see the reaction.
All I’m gonna say is. welcome to 24 oz extra large, kids.
Here’s the entire article.

Tim Hortons super-sizes its coffee; medium becomes new small

Updated: Mon Aug. 29 2011 4:36:32 PM

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Coffee lovers at two Ontario Tim Hortons outlets may soon be doing a double take at their double-double.

The popular chain is brewing up something new using outlets in Kingston and Sudbury as test markets.

Tim Hortons spokesman Nick Javor says the company is introducing a new extra-large cup size which will hold 24 ounces (710 millilitres).

It will also be changing the names of all the cups to make room for the new extra-large, which will cost $1.90 plus tax.

Javor says the 20-ounce (590 ml) will now be known as large, the 14-ounce (414 ml) will be medium and the 10-ounce (295 ml) will become the small.

At the Kingston test outlet, the eight-ounce (240 ml) size will be called an extra small but at the Sudbury outlet, it won’t be on the menu at all.

The prices for each cup size will not change.

Javor says research shows customers’ tastes are moving to larger sizes. He says it will test the two markets for about a month to see what the reaction is.

Aug 29 2011

That’s exactly how you promote accessibility and uphold the law in hamilton. really, it is.

Thanks to a contact on MSN, we have tonight’s stupidity.
this time it come’s from hamilton, and it’s HSR’s
apparent lack of hiring compitent drivers
My comments follow the article.

Mo ther, worker want HSR to apologize to boy in wheelchair

Peach Festival transit pitfalls Dan Provan, 7, with respite workers John Moning, left, Coleen Plate, centre, and his mother Robin. He had trouble riding on a bus to the Peach Festival.
John Rennison/The Hamilton Spectator

Daniel Provan is a seven-year-old with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is non-verbal. The Our Lady of Lourdes student was born seven weeks early with brain damage and is wheelchair-bound. But he was allegedly denied access to the designated wheelchair space on a Hamilton Street Railway bus.

His mother, Robin, wants an apology from the HSR after her son was made to get on and off the bus without a ramp.

Daniel and his educational assistant, John Moning, set out for the Winona Peach Festival early Friday evening and waited in a long lineup for the free shuttle service at Eastgate Square.

When the bus arrived, the driver did not open the back door, where passengers in wheelchairs usually enter, Moning said. So the EA took the boy to the front.

Once on the crowded bus, Moning said he asked the driver twice to have people occupying the wheelchair seating area move back. He was ignored both times, with the driver finally asking: “Where would you like these people to go?”

Moning ended up having to put the brakes down on Daniel’s wheelchair, behind the yellow line. When they arrived at the Winona festival, the ramp was not lowered for them.

On the return trip from the festival, another bus driver closed the back door before they got out and told them to exit from the front, Moning said, adding the driver had already stepped outside the vehicle to drink a coffee at that point.

Moning told the driver Daniel needed a ramp, but the driver said: “It’s OK. Just back him up, he’ll be fine.”

Moning and a secondary EA, Coleen Plate, ended up lowering Daniel from the bus without the ramp, after Moning had asked the driver three times to lower it.

The city’s public works department spokesperson Kelly Anderson said the director of transit, Don Hull, is assessing the situation to gather more information about the incident.

Daniel’s mother, Robin, sent an email Friday night to Mayor Bob Bratina, who replied Sunday, saying he would ask his staff to “review and comment.”

“I demand an apology. I think Daniel deserves one,” the 43-year-old said. “He didn’t ask to be disabled.”

Robin, who works for the city’s community services department, said this incident shows her that there is still a lot of “ignorance and intolerance” against people with disabilities in Hamilton.

“It was such a shock, such a slap in the face,” the 43-year-old said. “It’s unfortunate that other workers in the city … could treat another human being so shabbily.”

Similar incidents with HSR have happened before during Moning’s outings with Daniel, with whom he has been working for more than a year, but the EA never made a big deal out of it. “They might be having a bad day, whatever.”

But Friday’s events “ticked (him) right off” because it counteracted progress the city has made around accessibility awareness, he said. “Stuff like this happens and you’re going back 10 feet again.”

Moning said he wants to see HSR staff undergo more sensitivity training around the accessibility policies set out by the province.

“(I want) a public apology saying: That never should have happened.”

dawong@thespec.com

905-526-2468

Having lived in hamilton, I know what the rules and regulations are regarding this type of situation, and for a city that’s screamed accessibility for years, to allow this, and their only response is their looking into it?
If I were their, both drivers would be suspended without pay for at least 30 days pending a complete investigation, and either forced to undertake serious retraining or lose their jobs, entirely.
You are required by law to secure wheelchairs, and I’ve been on those buses. Nobodey moves to the back, nobody gives a shit.
Packed or not, if their is a wheelchair, the people in designated spots are to be told to move and the chair properly secured in the designated area.
As for the ramp?
That’s again, another form of blatent not giving a crap about the safety of the passenger(s).
If the child or the PSA’s had been hurt? It would be HSR’s neglogince that caused it and hell would be raised.
I feel both drivers shold be removed from their jobs, and a public apology from the drivers in question and from HSR as a whole shold be given to the child and workers who were put in a dangerous situation, and could have died that night because of the driver(s) negligence.

I know some of you are gonna wine that it’s a disability, who gives a fuck, but if you were in that situation, I don’t think you would be saying that, so just keep your mouths shut.

If this had happened here in Ottawa? the city, right alongside the people who live here, those drivers would be removed from the road and a full investigation would come out of it and their wouldn’t just be some lame ass form letter from the city and the mayor saying it was being looked into.

With that, I’m outta here!

Aug 03 2011

really, was that how you should have solved the argument?

I read the following
article
and just shook my head.

ABERDEEN, Wash., Aug. 2 (UPI) — A 21-year-old Aberdeen, Wash., woman was admitted to the hospital after her mother allegedly bit off part of her ear, police say.

The incident began Friday evening when the 21-year-old and her mother got into an argument, police told KXRO News Radio, in Aberdeen. The daughter then went out for the night and returned Saturday afternoon.

The daughter told police she and her 43-year-old mother then got into a physical fight, which led to the daughter biting her mother’s arm and the mother biting off a substantial part of the daughter’s right earlobe and causing damage to her outer ear.

The daughter was hospitalized. Medical personnel could not reattach the severed ear part because it could not be found, the radio station said.

The mother was charged with second-degree domestic violence assault and was being held at the Aberdeen Police Department. No charges had been filed against the daughter.

It wasn’t reported what the two women had argued about.

Jun 28 2011

guide dogs disallowed in restaurant. that’s legal? no, it’s not. sorry about your luck.

I have this nasty habbit of browsing the news.
Great idea, right?Until you come across thins like
This.
see my comments after the article and the further research I did into this.

Disabled People With Service Dogs Turned Away From Dedham Restaurant
June 27, 2011 11:56 PM
Thirteen people and six service dogs were turned away from the Dedham restaurant
Sunday night.
Thirteen people and six service dogs were turned away from the Dedham restaurant
Sunday night.
Reporting
Ken MacLeod
a group of disabled people were shocked and frustrated when a local restaurant turned
them away.
Miriam Cooper is legally blind, but clearly sees the wrong in what happened to her
and her service dog “Diamond.”
“Ignorance of the law: it’s an explanation, but it’s not an excuse,” said Cooper.
Cooper was with 12 other folks at the Bamboo Gourmet Restaurant in Dedham Sunday
night with six service dogs. The restaurant had admitted service dogs before, just
never so many at once, and a manager voiced concern about dog mayhem at the buffet
and customer allergies, even suggesting the dogs wait outside.
WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports.
“It was just very disappointing and very disillusioning,” said Cooper.
Because federal and state law require restaurants “to permit the entry and use of
service animals by disabled individuals,” Dedham police were summoned, but apparently
didn’t clarify much.
“It just seemed alternately that they weren’t interested, didn’t know, didn’t care,”
said Cooper.
Police said no officials could discuss the matter with WBZ-TV on Monday night.
According to guidelines in other departments, officers should have informed Bamboo
Gourmet Restaurant that unless they could show the dogs’ “behavior posed a direct
threat” or would cause an “undue burden,” they were in violation of the law.
“They’re supposed to help us secure our rights,” said Cooper.
Police cannot force the restaurant to seat the wannabee diners and their service
dogs. But, on the other hand, they should inform the owner that a criminal complaint
might be sought against them.
Cooper hopes the incident educates.
“And in the end, we’d like to have a nice, Asian dinner,” said Cooper.
An assistant manager at Bamboo admitted to WBZ-TV off camera that his restaurant
had made mistakes in handling the incident. He said tempers on both sides made the
situation worse, but assured us that if those patrons and dogs return, they are welcome.
The group of friends ate a late dinner somewhere else Sunday night with their dogs.

Firstly, the ADA clearly states you cannot discriminate against people with service dogs.
Secondly, said animals are trained to stay put at all times.
Thirdly, said act also states

The service animal must be permitted to accompany the individual with a disability to all areas of the facility where customers are normally allowed to go. An individual with a service animal may not be segregated from other customers.

in other words, sorry restaurant owner, you lose.
I’ve been reading comments wherein people are saying that the owner wasn’t violating the law, and that the ADA doesn’t superseed state or local law.
The ADA does superseed state and local law except when said service animal is a safety risk to others in the facility. So kindly shove that one, to.
This one’s sparked a lot of ublicity
so I can’t wait to read your comments over here.

Jun 09 2011

next time, varrify your facts and don’t rely on one source.

Because a man didn’t varrify his facts, a court
is letting him off
because he didn’t know the age of consent had changed.

CALGARY – A misunderstanding of the age of consent will keep a Calgary man out of prison, court ruled.

The Alberta Court of Appeal, in a ruling released Tuesday, rejected a Crown appeal to increase the man’s 17-month jail sentence.

The high court judges agreed there were substantial mitigating circumstances which justified a punishment below the three to four years sought by the prosecution.

Among those were the offender’s misunderstanding of the age of consent, despite researching it before succumbing to a 14-year-old girl’s persistent sexual advances.

The man, then 25, had initially told the girl, a neighbour, she was too young for him to have sex with, despite her “begging” him to.

In April, 2008, he went to a library and learned the age of consent at the time was 14, and they began having sex on June 19, 2008.

However, in May, 2008, Parliament amended the Criminal Code to raise the age of consent to 16, making the contact unlawful.

“He was operating under a mistake of law, which does not provide a defence but may mitigate the sentence,” wrote Justice Peter Martin, in handing down the appeal court’s unanimous ruling.

Martin also noted the offender, who told police after his arrest he plans to marry the girl when she is 18, didn’t prey on his young victim.

“The sexual relationship was the complainant’s idea – she begged him several times and the respondent (to the appeal) had said no many times before relenting,” he said.

“The respondent was never manipulative, predatory, or abusive, nor had he ‘groomed’ the complainant,” Martin said.

“Also, the sexual relationship was never aggravated by use of alcohol or drugs.”

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Peter McIntyre handed the man the 17-month term last November, after concluding his blameworthiness was on the low end of the scale.

in my opinion, you didn’t varrify your facts, so you should pay for breaking the law.
No matter if the girl was pushing, it’s your responsibility to know and abide by the law, simple as that.

Jun 07 2011

you actually went along with this? You stupid, stupid moron!

Their are times when I ask myself what the hell is up with people in the world.
You actually
put your service dog
in the back of a taxi cab?
Here’s the article, then my own comments will follow.

Service Dog Forced To Ride In Taxi Trunk
Blind Woman Says Driver Gave Her Ultimatum
Marc Stewart, 7News Reporter

POSTED: 8:38 pm MDT June 6, 2011
UPDATED: 2:10 pm MDT June 7, 2011

DENVER — A blind woman says a driver told her she would have to put her guide dog in the trunk of his taxi if she wanted a ride.

Judie Brown says her black lab named Alberto isn’t just a best friend; he’s been her lifeline for the past four years.

“If something happened to him. I would just die,” said Brown.

About a month ago, Brown called a cab.

When she walked out front with Alberto, the driver from Union Taxi initially refused to transport her with Alberto.

“He said, ‘No dog in my cab,’ ” said Brown.

Brown said the driver told her he was allergic to dogs and would only drive her if Alberto went in the back of his cab.

“I asked him, ‘Where in the back?’ And he said, ‘In the trunk,’ ” said Brown.

Late for an appointment, she reluctantly agreed.

“I never hear my dog whine or cry. Ever. Ever. I knew it was terribly wrong,” said Brown.

Colorado law protects guide dogs and their owners, allowing them to ride together in taxis.

“A service dog is an appliance, similar to a wheelchair. Would you deny them a wheelchair?” said animal law expert Jay Swearingen.

A manager with Union Taxi tells 7NEWS the driver has been suspended and fined by the state.

But Judie is scarred and says she’s been afraid to travel with Alberto ever since.

“I’ve lost my independence. And I do not like it. It makes me angry. And I want it back,” said Brown.

The National Guide Dog Association says they get similar calls, three to 10 times per week.

Regardless of weather you were late for an appointment or not, if said taxi cab driver refuses to transport you make said taxi driver get lost, call your appointment tell them you’ll be late, and make alternate arrangements.
Their was no reason for this service animal to be placed in the trunk of a car.
This is as much her fault as the drivers fault.
The driver got suspended, great, but this individual, should lose her service animal, and never be allowed another one.
Comment away.
Let’s see the discussion roll.

Jun 01 2011

follow up to: cab driver fails to pick up blind guy. seriously?

as posted
yesterday
a cab driver was under investigation.
The results?
He only
lost a days wages
and keeps his job.
The article follows, in it’s entirety with my comments following.

A Capital Taxi driver has been disciplined for refusing service to a blind man Tuesday evening.

“He’s already had his disciplinary action – he’s lost an entire day of wages because he’s been (at the investigation),” said Coventry Connections president Hanif Patni Wednesday.

Coventry Connections owns Capital Taxi.

David Labrecque, a computer technician from Orleans, who has been blind for 12 years, wanted a taxi ride home Tuesday afternoon with his wife and son.

Labrecque said when the driver saw his cane and sunglasses he said he “doesn’t pick up disabled people.”

“I’m quite upset about it, I really am,” he said. “That stuff shouldn’t happen.”

Patni said drivers are made aware of the laws related to people with disabilities.

“We will treat anybody with any form of disability in the same way as we treat anyone who is able-bodied,” said Patni.

“We are going to make sure that this driver knows just how much he’s compromised our entire reputation.”

The disciplinary process depends on the driver’s record.

A driver with a clean record gets a written warning while a “much stronger” approach is taken with an abusive one.

“We know the driver very well, he has a very clean record, he has performed without any issue at all with us in the past,” said Patni.

The company informed the driver what is expected of him, he agreed to it, “and we move on,” Patni said.

“It’s a significant number of people that we move — you’re bound to get situations where you get a driver who has lost it and doesn’t realize that he is to follow the rules,” said Patni.

So in other words, this jerk off gets a slap on the wrist and keeps his job.
Seriously?
My research indicates that this isn’t the 1st complaint against this particular driver.
But no, they only count the disabled person.
If I was the owner of that cab company, this moron would be out of a job, real fast.
Capital, you have officially lost my business, and probably the business of a lot of other people, even if your owned by a different company, I won’t be traveling with them.
Coventry connections, you need to really think about your actions and their impact on your business.

May 31 2011

cab driver fails to pick up blind guy. seriously?

I haven’t been in Ottawa very long, but when I run across stories like
this

David Labrecque began his errands on Tuesday, just like any other day.

He went to the bank and grocery store, but claims he was stranded when a Capital Taxi driver refused him service.

Labrecque, a computer technician from Orleans, has been blind for 12 years.

“I haven’t run into this once — except for now,” he said.

Tuesday afternoon, Labrecque, his wife and son were ready to return home, when Labrecque said the driver saw his cane and sunglasses and told him, “He doesn’t pick up disabled people.”

“I’m totally blind, yes I’m disabled,” said Labrecque.

“I just call and ask for a cab — it doesn’t matter if I’m blind, got one leg or whatever. I call a cab like you call a cab — so what if I’m blind?”

Labrecque said he doesn’t need special treatment from drivers.

“They’re not going to get out and walk me to a door, I had my wife and son with me.”

Although he doesn’t require it, drivers have helped him out in the past, bringing him to the hospital, even going as far as signing him in.

“I don’t want to hold it against Capital, they’re a pretty decent company — it’s just that one taxi driver,” said Labrecque. He said he got the number of the cab.

“I’m quite upset about it, I really am,” he said. “That stuff shouldn’t happen.”

Labrecque placed a complaint to Capital and said it seemed others have complained about this driver.

According to Labrecque, the company said they would look into it, but weren’t sure if they would call him back. They haven’t so far.

Capital Taxi didn’t have anyone available to comment when contacted and declined to identify the driver.

“I don’t complain too much, but this one really got to me,” said Labrecque.

I would like to take this guys weaner, and choke him with it.
Welcome to violating provincial law.
And now, we involve
1310 news
CNIB
and whatever other organization wishes to step up and join the party.
james
wants a piece of the action.
Thanks Ottawa sun, for our first combined project.

May 30 2011

I called this one, welcome to no more regular mail, as of Thursday, canadians.

Yep, it’s true Canada post has given strike notice for midnight Thursday. Here’s the article, in it’s entirety

OTTAWA – The union representing urban workers at Canada Post has given the Crown corporation an ultimatum — accept its final offer before Thursday night, or face a strike. Denis Lemelin, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, says the notice puts the union in a legal position to strike on Thursday night at one minute before midnight, Eastern Time. Lemelin says the union and Canada Post have a history of reaching deals at the last minute. But he warns Canadians thinking about mailing a bill payment or other urgent letter this week to consider their decision carefully. Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt was concerned a strike was possible and urged the two sides to reach a negotiated settlement. She says any work stoppage would affect Canada’s economic well-being, just when its economy is recovering. The two sides have been in talks for more than seven months and have not been able to hammer out an agreement. CUP-W made a final offer today that includes several amendments and clarifications to its positions — including lowering its demand for wage increases. This does not effect >UPS Or fedex

May 14 2011

and people wonder why I’ll *never* take paratransit if I have anything to say about it?

People have the audacity to ask from time to time.

Your a disabled blind person, so why don’t you use paratransit. their very helpful.

My standard response

I’m not a cripple, I’m just blind. I’m plenty capable of taking public transportation, but thanks for asking, though.

Well now, we add I don’t feel like being sexually assaulted to my statement, as well. If I can get away with public transit, your damn right I’ll take it. Sorry paratransit, you aren’t getting my business.

May 13 2011

they called that making sense?

Hey all;
So while plowing that thing that is twitter. I ran across
this article
That attempts to make light of why
microsoft
Bought
skype
For the wapping sum of 8.5 million dollars.
Reading that article, right near the end, it states

Skype doesn’t signal a big change in Microsoft’s M&A strategy either. The
company will continue to focus on the small acquisitions that it has in the
past — it really likes to find smaller bits of technology to “tuck in” to
existing products.

But as the Skype deal shows, it’s not afraid of bigger buys where they seem
to make sense.

How does purchasing skype

Make sense

Anyhow?
Someone explain?
I’ve been using skype since it’s 0.x days, and yeah it’s had it’s ups and
downs, but come on, in my opinion, microsoft, you don’t need it!
Morons!
Comment away!

Apr 25 2011

See ya, SWCast.

throughout today, it came to light that
SW Cast
had been shut down by
Sound exchange
but their’s a lot of wining that this is not valid.
Firstly, have the
original
post that sparked this

> SWCast shut down >

Posted on April 19, 2011 by David Oxenford

SoundExchange Claims Credit for Shutting Down Webcaster Who Was Not Paying Royalties

SoundExchange claims on its website that webcaster SWCast.net was shut down when SoundExchange complained to its ISP that the service was not paying royalties for the use of the music played by the site. SWCast was an aggregator of webcast channels created by other individuals, who paid the company – allegedly for the streaming and for the royalties that were due for that streaming. According to the SoundExchange press release, the webcaster was shut down when SoundExchange “sent a letter requesting that the hosting ISP disable access to the SWCast site.” SoundExchange’s statement says that, despite repeated attempts to engage the webcaster, SWCast neither paid royalties nor filed reports of use for the songs streamed by the service, leading to SoundExchange’s action. As far as we know, this is the first time that SoundExchange has taken such an action.

How did this work? While we have not seen the letter that SoundExchange sent to the ISP, we can assume that it alleged that SWCast was infringing on copyrighted materials by not paying the required royalties. ISPs have a safe harbor under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, protecting them from liability for the infringement of users of their services, if the ISP does not encourage the infringement, registers an agent with the Copyright Office, and agrees to take down infringing content when properly notified by a copyright holder (see our post here). We can only assume that SoundExchange or the copyright holders themselves notified the ISP that the material streamed by this webcaster was infringing as no royalties were being paid and, to protect itself, the ISP blocked access to the site.

Does this action reflect a new aggressiveness on the part of SoundExchange? We have noted before that, from time to time, there seems to be a flurry of collection activity by SoundExchange. We have heard from several streaming companies that they have recently received notices from SoundExchange inquiring about various compliance issues. SoundExchange has been staffing up, and they have an attorney on staff whose principal job is enforcement. Perhaps, with a new President, and with the last webcasting royalty proceeding done but for the appeals, this is a time when SoundExchange feels comfortable enough to act to ensure compliance with its royalty requirements.

We’ve summarized the Internet radio royalty rates recently, and reminded webcasters not to forget their minimum fee payments and yearly election requirements. If you are streaming, this might be a good time to check your royalty compliance to make sure that you are doing all that is expected by SoundExchange. They may be watching!

so I headed over to the linked in portion of the sound exchange website, and found
this
here’s that article, as well.

Public notice of disabling of access to SWcast services
April 18th
In recent days, SoundExchange requested that access to Internet radio service SWCast.net be disabled by the hosting ISP in accordance with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the ISP’s terms of service.

While regrettable, this step was necessary given SWCast’s repeated claims that it is a “provider of blanket music licensing and enhancement services” for online radio stations. SWCast collected monthly fees from webcasters using its service, in exchange for (it claimed) satisfying all of the reporting and royalty obligations of its webcaster clients. Among the obligations specifically listed on its site are those reporting obligations and royalties paid to rights-holders by webcasters through SoundExchange.

SWCast, however, does not provide the promised services. Specifically, and despite its claims, SWCast has failed to abide by its obligations under the statutory license, did not pay anything to SoundExchange for years, and, as of the date of this letter, has not even attempted to make any payment to SoundExchange for any period after 2005. SWCast has also never provided the reports of use that are clearly required by the statutory license.

SoundExchange repeatedly reached out to SWCast to seek its compliance, to no avail. Accordingly, SoundExchange sent a letter requesting that the hosting ISP disable access to the SWCast site. Individual webcasters who had been using SWCast’s services are free to rely on the statutory license going forward, either by submitting the necessary materials and payments to SoundExchange directly, or relying on a different third party service to submit such materials and payments on their behalf. Learn more about SoundExchange’s Licensing 101.

Thousands of webcasters have been able to thrive and to provide valuable services to their listeners while operating legally under the statutory license. It’s unfair for SWCast or anyone else to use artists’ work without compensating them, and it’s unfair to the webcasters who believed they were abiding by the law.

We’re sorry that SWCast chose not to comply with the law, and we hope SWCast fans will find another (legal) provider by which to enjoy the tracks we all love. Meanwhile, we’ll be holding down the fort here, making sure that artists and copyright holders see returns on their hard work, and have the means to continue creating new music.

If you have any questions, please review www.soundexchange.com or feel free to contact our licensing and enforcement department at 202.559.0555 or L&E@soundexchange.com.

so as a member of staff on both
JJRN
and
Mojo Radio
and a concerned listener, I contacted the phone number listed, and spoke with Mandi Nash of the licensing and enforcement department.
I determined, during that conversation that what I was reading was true and accurate, and as further proof, she sent me what all stations were receiving upon request.

________________________________

From: Mandi Nash [mailto:anash@SOUNDEXCHANGE.COM]
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 3:43 PM
To: shane@shaned.net
Subject: Notice of Violation of Terms of Statutory License by SWCast

Re: Notice of Violation of Terms of Statutory License by SWCast

Dear Sir or Madam:

This is a courtesy notice provided to you by SoundExchange regarding the current compliance status of your webcasting station. As you may know, SoundExchange, Inc. is the non-profit entity designated by the Copyright Royalty Board to collect royalties owed under the statutory license for the public performance of sound recordings via certain noninteractive digital audio transmissions (e.g., “webcasting”) and the making of certain ephemeral phonorecords. See 17 U.S.C. §§ 112(e), 114; 37 C.F.R. Parts 370, 380 (the “Statutory License”). SoundExchange, in turn, distributes the royalties it collects to the performing artists and copyright owners of such sound recordings.

We write to you regarding your webcasting service that has been made available through SWCast.net (“SWCast”). SWCast purports to be an Internet radio service for small webcasters and a “provider of blanket music licensing and enhancement services” for online radio stations. As part of its services, SWCast offers a so-called “Joint Performance Licensing Program” (“JPL Program”). Through the JPL program, SWCast offers, for a fee, to satisfy all of the reporting and royalty obligations of its webcaster clients whose streaming it hosts and manages (the “Webcaster Clients”). Among the obligations specifically listed are those reporting obligations and royalties paid to rights-holders by webcasters through SoundExchange. SWCast promises to provide “small U.S. Webcasters with the licensing coverage, expertise, and peace of mind they need,” in exchange for monthly payments from its Webcaster Clients.

SWCast, however, does not provide the promised services. Specifically, and despite its claims, SWCast has completely failed to abide by its obligations under the statutory license, did not pay anything to SoundExchange for years, and, as of the date of this letter, has not even attempted to make any payment to SoundExchange for any period after 2005. SWCast has also never provided the reports of use that are clearly required by the statutory license.

SoundExchange has tried for months to rectify this unacceptable situation with SWCast, to no avail. Accordingly, on March 28, 2011, SoundExchange sent a letter to the Internet service provider for SWCast.net informing the ISP that SWCast.net had failed to comply with the terms of the statutory license, was engaging and/or assisting in infringing activity and had violated the ISP’s terms of service. The letter requested that the ISP disable access to the SWCast.net site, in accordance with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the ISP’s terms of service.

We are writing to you to inform you of SWCast’s failure to comply with the terms of the statutory license. If you wish to rely on the statutory license for your webcasting service going forward, you may decide to submit royalty payments, statements of account and reports of use directly to SoundExchange, or you may decide to rely on a different third party to submit such materials and payments to SoundExchange on your behalf. Please let us know by May 6, 2011 how you intend to proceed. If you wish to submit materials and payments directly to SoundExchange, you may use the rates, forms and other information provided on SoundExchange’s web site at www.soundexchange.com/service-provider/how-do-i-pay/ . Please note that SoundExchange does not endorse any particular third-party service and that – should a third-party service fail to meet its obligations on your behalf going forward – you remain ultimately responsible for your own service’s compliance with the terms of the statutory license.

If you have any questions, please review our web site at www.soundexchange.com or feel free to contact our licensing and enforcement department at 202.559.0555 or L&E@soundexchange.com.

* * *

This letter does not constitute a waiver of our members’ right to recover damages incurred by virtue of any unlicensed transmissions or reproductions of copyrighted sound recordings, and such rights as well as claims for other relief are expressly retained. Also, please be advised that SoundExchange does not make any determination as to whether a service is in fact eligible to use the Statutory License. Instead, the applicable authorization for such services to publicly perform sound recordings derives from federal law, and eligibility for such activity is thus a matter of law. Accordingly, SoundExchange’s acceptance of notices of use, payments, statements of account, or reports of use does not express or imply any acknowledgment that a service is in fact eligible for or otherwise in compliance with the requirements of the Statutory License. If you have questions about whether your service is eligible for the Statutory License, you should consult your own legal counsel for advice.

Regards,

Brad Prendergast
Counsel
SoundExchange, Inc.
1121 Fourteenth St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: 202-559-0550
Fax: 202-640-5883
email: bprendergast@soundexchange.com

In other words, SW cast is dead. and you’ll need to find an alternate licensing source before may 6, 2011.
Feel free to comment as either a station owner, a listener, or what have you. It’ll be interesting to see your views.

Apr 20 2011

that’s most certainly not how I’d like to be woke up.

the ontario provincial police
raided
a home, only to realize it
wasn’t the right address.
Their were 20 officers, and they couldn’t get the right address?
I can understand the man’s frustration, seriously.
Welcome to our police force, ontario.

Apr 18 2011

how do you confuse…. those?

so a restaurant has this nasty habbit of
confusing
drinks.
This time, a milk shake, and an alcoholic beverage.

Brooklynn Morris, 4, was served an alcoholic mudslide at a Chicago Chili’s restaurant, her mother says. (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) – An Applebee’s in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights, Mich., made headlines after a 15-month-old boy was mistakenly served margarita mix and alcohol in his sippy cup instead of apple juice.
An Olive Garden in Lakeland, Fla., also made headlines recently for serving a 2-year-old alcoholic sangria rather than orange juice.
As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Tyree Davis said she was having dinner with her daughter at a Chili’s at 1750 W. 119th St. in the Morgan Park neighborhood around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, when her daughter’s chocolate shake got swapped with a mudslide alcoholic beverage, which contains vodka.
Davis said her daughter, Brooklynn Morris, 4, was later diagnosed with an alcohol overdose.

Brooklynn drank from the cocktail three or four times, and told her mother it didn’t taste good.

Davis said she tried it herself, and that is when she realized it was an alcoholic drink.

She called police, who responded to the restaurant and told her to take her daughter to the emergency room, because the girl was dozing off.

A doctor at Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island diagnosed Brooklynn with overdose of alcohol ingestion.

“I don’t want it to ever happen again … to any child, because I know this just happened last week to someone, and I heard about it, and it’s crazy that it just happened to us yesterday,” Davis said.

“You know, they need to be more, I don’t know, aware of what they’re doing. I know you’re busy, I know things are going on. I know it’s crowded, and it was crowded. But you served my child an alcoholic beverage. That’s not good.”

Davis said her daughter vomited when she got home last night, but when CBS 2 stopped by Monday morning, Brooklynn was sleeping.

Chili’s Restaurant and its media representatives have yet to respond to the incident.

Davis said she was told by a manager Sunday night that someone would be calling her within 24 hours, but she said she has not heard back from anyone either.

This isn’t the first such innsodent of this as sseen in the above article, and methinks it’s time for some serious retraining.

Apr 16 2011

oh yeah, welcome to brainless, and stupid.

we all as humans have rights, weather your american, canadian, british, japanese, chinese, whoever you are, you have basic rights. But now, these rights extend to
mother nature
The linked article states

What does the new Bolivian law mean? It means that tics that suck the blood, the choking sulphur pits of volcanic vents, the indestructible cockroach, the arid desert wastes and the bleak frigid spaces of the planet’s poles — everything from the locusts that despoil, to the great mountain ranges, the earth and all that is in it, are to have … rights. (About the other planets, Morales is silent.)

I can’t find words. I’m staring at this article on in my browser window while I compose this in my e-mail client, going, seriously? your fucking kidding me.
related: the reaction from
james
when I told him that was, just a repeated utterance of

buh?

and that’s probably what you all are thinking, as well.

Apr 16 2011

a sentancing finally comes down the pipe. she deserves it.

As posted
previously
a colorado child died after drowning in the bathtub, while his mother was on
facebook
Well now, the mother has been
sentanced
Here’s that article in it’s entirety.

A northern Colorado woman who was playing a game on Facebook while her 13-month-old child drowned in a full bathtub was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Shannon Johnson was playing a game on Facebook while her 13-month-old son drowned in a full bathtub. She was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison. (Weld County (Colo.) Sheriff/Greeley Tribune/Associated Press)
Shannon Johnson, 34, of Fort Lupton, cried as District Judge Thomas Quammen told her he didn’t think she was a bad person or that she killed her son on purpose, the Greeley Tribune reported.

But, he added, that doesn’t mean her action wasn’t criminal.

“You left this little boy in a bathtub so you could entertain yourself on the computer by playing games,” Quammen said. “And you left that 13-month-old human being, little Joseph, incredibly for those reasons.”

Johnson pleaded guilty in March to negligently causing the death of her child. The charge carried a sentencing range of four to 12 years, but it also left open the possibility she could receive community service or probation. Authorities rejected both of those options, saying they didn’t want to play down the seriousness of her crime.

According to court documents, Johnson put her son in the tub for his bath a little after 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 20. She then left him unsupervised in a bathtub full of water as she went to another room to share videos, check status updates and play Café World on Facebook. Johnson told deputies that Joseph had grown independent and wanted to be left alone in the tub.

When she returned to the bathroom, said she found Joseph sideways and face-down in the tub.

Johnson called 911 to say Joseph wasn’t breathing. Paramedics were able to revive the toddler but he was pronounced dead at a Denver hospital.

She was also sentenced to five years of mandatory parole following her incarceration.

‘Independent baby,’ mother said
According to the affidavit, Johnson told police the boy “wanted to be left alone” and was a very “independent baby.”

She also told police she knew what it was like to be told “no,” and she did not want her baby to be told “no.”

The affidavit says she also did not want him to be known as a “mama’s boy.”

Johnson told police she gave the boy a bath every day — sometimes twice a day. She said that on the day Joseph died, the water level might have been higher than usual.

Johnson told police she had been leaving Joseph in the bathtub alone for weeks.

She also told authorities that her son had a seizure at his grandmother’s house a month earlier and had been given anti-seizure medication in case it happened again. Doctors didn’t diagnose the cause of the seizure and there were no other occurrences, Johnson said.

The investigation into the boy’s death was delayed while investigators waited for the final autopsy report. That report came back Jan. 3. It said the baby died of anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and drowning, according to the arrest affidavit. Johnson was arrested days later.

She was also sentenced to five years of mandatory parole following her incarceration.

Weld County undersheriff Margie Martinez told KMGH-TV in Denver that Johnson’s mother said she had warned her daughter of the danger of leaving the toddler unattended in water just days before he drowned.

“She told her she wouldn’t do it anymore,” Martinez said.

Their aren’t words. See my previous post, my comments their, fit here to.

Mar 24 2011

hey, united states? canada’s kickin’ your ass, again!

Once again, we here in canada proove we have a better handle on this digital thing than the united states.
We took the year by storm with
18% growth
over the united states impressive 1%.
Oh, wait, it gets better.
In 2009, our digital growth was 38%, and the united states was… what’s that? only 8%? sorry you suck, again.
It’s impressive to see that our digital and non digital markets rank the same, number 7 in the world.
Again, united states? RIAA/MPAA, head out of your asses, right the hell now.

Mar 24 2011

clearly, 18′s still a ripe age for being a complete idiot when it comes to parenting.

I see this on a daily bases.
Parents think that parenting’s fun, get their asses knocked up then do stupid shit.
This one,
decides
to report one thing to medical personell, but then it’s prooven wrong, hi the boy suffering from

second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, and his injuries are considered life-threatening

and you still plead not guilty?
For serious?
I’m still of the mind set, you want to parent, you need to be ualified.
Wait, slight problem with that, we give idiots drivers licenses to, so that wouldn’t help.
Shit, I tried, k?

Feb 18 2011

how can you not know?

So whdh tv reported about 5 minutes before I started writing that a grandfather picking up his 3 year old son from daycare was
given the wrong child
and didn’t realize it until he got home.
How the hell do you not know you don’t have your child?
Just…. stupid people.
At least the daycare centre is
reviewing their policies
but still. welcome to stupid, it hurts.

Jan 31 2011

parenting skills, get you some. their free.

The things I find while waiting for files to save.
A 5-year-old says he
found
a gun in his father’s car on the way to school.

The young boy, who has since been suspended for an undetermined amount of time, told police that he found the gun in his stepfather’s vehicle on the way to school that morning.


Why do I have a sneaking suspicion this is true?
Oh, that’s right, because in today’s society parent’s don’t give a shit, at all.

Superintendent Tom Townsend says he is unaware if the child realizes the severity of the situation and ultimately, places blame on the child’s parent.

Well hey, he’s only 5, he was curious, and probably wanted to show it to all his friends. Placing blame on the parents, damn straight.
That’s exactly where it belongs.

“As a father that’s raised three kids, I’m responsible for what my 5 year old accesses. So, yes, I think he’s a victim of neglect.”

As a godfather, babysitter, and father to a child that isn’t mine biologically, I *was* responsible for that child(s) actions when that child is/was in my care. so I see where the superintendant’s coming from.

Police say that if the boy’s story proves to be true, the parent could face neglect charges as well as culpable negligence for improperly storing a firearm within the reach of a child.

I’m not doubting the validity of the child’s story, I’m currently wishing the parents jailed for such a stupid action.
The what if’s come to mind, what if the gun had gone off, what if their had been a bullit in the actual chamber… so many possibilities that just, even to me, are extremely scary.
Innocents could have been killed by this parents neglect.
Yes the child was wrong for picking up an unknown object, should he have been suspended? yes, I believe he should have been, just so he knows that what he did was wrong.
Should the parents be held accountable for the unsafe storage of a firearm around a child? Your fucking right they should be.
Taking this a step further, should the child be removed from the home, if it’s determined the parents are irresponsible with firearms? Yes, he should. Why? because it’s an unsafe environment for the child.

Jan 27 2011

this really doesn’t surprise me.

I’m not surprised that miley cirus was
voted
worst celebrity influence of
2010
I’m not surprised.

Miley Cyrus has been voted the worst celebrity influence of 2010.

The 18-year-old singer-and-actress topped the poll for the second year in a row on AOL’s JSYK.com (Just So You Know) — a website targeting nine to 15 year olds — taking 58 per cent of the 99,000 votes.

Although no reasons have been given for Miley receiving the dubious honour, she had a controversial 2010 after video footage showing the ‘Last Song’ star inhaling smoke from a bong — a filtration device usually used for smoking cannabis — was posted on the internet.

Visitors to the website slammed her for her “poor” choices with one user called Leanne saying: “Just because it is legal, doesn’t mean it’s good for you! Like beer, and smoking cigerettes … Those ARE LEGAL but people die from them every day. She’s just not making the right choice.”

Chelsea12Chel wrote: “Really girlfriend you are setting a really BAD example for your fans. They looked up 2 u. And I wanted they 2 look up 2 u, because you are awesome and a really preaty girl. But now I am going to have 2 set down and think about them looking up 2 u. (sic)”

Miley beat off competition from Demi Lovato and Lindsay Lohan, who both entered rehab last year, ‘Teen Mom’ star Amber Portwood, Kanye West and ‘Gossip Girl’ star Chace Crawford who was arrested for possession of marijuana.

Jan 27 2011

wrong school? I’m confused.

I’m confused by
this
can someone unconfuse me why this is a
wrong school?
I can’t figure it out.

An Ohio single mother was released Wednesday after spending 10 days in jail for sending her children to school.

But it was the wrong school, authorities say.

Kelley Williams-Bolar registered her two daughters with the Copley-Fairlawn School District in the suburbs of Akron, Ohio, near her father’s home.

She and the children live in downtown Akron, where the school district has a much lower academic record and the neighbourhood is plagued by drugs and crime.

The woman told CNN the family considered her father’s house one of their homes.

“My primary residence was both places. I stayed at both places,” she said in an interview at the Summit County Jail.

Her father, Edward Williams, said the children did live with him so he believed the family was within the law.

In addition, his daughter’s Akron neighbourhood — where she lives in government-subsidized housing —isn’t safe.

“She had 12 police reports that her house had been broken in, so what am I supposed to do? Just leave them there?” Mr. Williams said.

“I mean, I can protect them better if they was with me.”

The woman — who is black — was caught after the school district hired a private eye, who videotaped her driving into the predominantly white district to
deliver the children to school.

Then officials asked her to pay US$30,000, the estimated cost of the four years of schooling received by her children without her paying taxes.

When she refused, they went to court.

Ms. Williams-Bolar was indicted and convicted of falsifying her residency records.

“It’s overwhelming. I’m exhausted,” she told ABC News.

“I did this for [my children], so there it is. I did this for them.”

Brian Poe, the Copley-Fairlawn superintendent, said the district almost always resolves residency cases without involving the courts, but it couldn’t work
out a resolution with Ms. Williams-Bolar.

“The way I look at it is, the bottom line, you need to follow the law,” he said.

“If you choose to step outside of the law, what’s going to happen at that point is you are going to have to face the consequences for that.”

He denied Ms. Williams-Bolar was singled out because she is black.

The case has upset many people in the area, including the judge who sentenced Ms. Williams-Bolar.

Common Pleas Judge Patricia Cosgrove said the prosecutor’s office refused to consider reducing the charges to misdemeanours during numerous closed-door
talks to resolve the case outside court, the Akron Beacon reported.

Jan 20 2011

the things you can use your cell phones for.

I thought I’d seen it all until
this

WASHINGTON – US coffee chain Starbucks on Wednesday began allowing customers in its US stores to keep their cash and credit cards in their wallets and pay for their drinks with mobile phones.

Starbucks said the mobile payment system, which has been tested in selected cities since last year, was being expanded to the nearly 6,800 Starbucks around the country and the more than 1,000 Starbucks located in Target stores.

While Japanese shoppers have been able to pay by mobile phone for years for certain purchases, the practice is still in its infancy in the United States.

The Seattle, Washington-based Starbucks said its mobile payment program will be the largest in the country.

Starbucks said owners of a Blackberry smartphone, an iPhone or an iPod Touch who have downloaded the free Starbucks Card mobile application can buy drinks by waving their mobile phone at a scanner at the cash register.

The scanner reads an on-screen barcode and debits the purchase from the Starbucks Card, which can be reloaded with funds using a credit card or with PayPal.

“Starbucks anticipates mobile payment will be a draw for customers looking to experience the speed, ease and convenience of paying with their mobile phone,” the company said in a statement.

Google last month unveiled a new mobile phone, the “Nexus S,” powered by its Android software, that allows for another form of mobile payment.

The Nexus S is equipped with a near field communication (NFC) chip that turns the device into a virtual wallet, allowing users to “tap and pay” for financial transactions.

NFC chips store personal data that can be transmitted to readers, say at a shop checkout stand, by tapping a handset on a pad.

Reading that makes me wonder how accessible that app would be ont he iphone with voiceover.
related: aughta check that out while I’m down their. methinks.

Jan 20 2011

please to be reevaluating your response times.

The only thing I can say is it’s time to
reevaluated
your practices, methinks.

LONDON, Ont. – A vicious attack on a woman went on for at least half-an-hour — and it was loud enough to be heard by tenants living on the floor below.

The woman lay in her own blood for more than five hours Tuesday evening, severely beaten, until her roommate came home to find her and called 911.

Now, shaken neighbours wonder why it took police nearly six hours to respond to a call for help. They also hope the assailant is located soon.

“Five hours seems like a long time for the police to get here,” said one friend of the woman.

The victim, believed to be in her late 40s or early 50s, lives on the second floor of a four-storey walk-up.

Police refuse to release her age because they say the detail could identify her and hurt their investigation. Investigators also won’t say whether the woman was sexually assaulted.

But they said she remains in critical condition in hospital.

Police got an initial call from the apartment building at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, said the building superintendent who placed the first 911 call.

“I told them I had a tenant complaining about loud noises coming from the unit above him. He could hear someone in there but when he went to the door, no one answered. I told (police) we’ve had problems with that tenant before and they said they’d send someone out,” he said.

“I understood they were sending someone right away.”

Another neighbour said the banging went on for about half an hour, loud enough to be heard through the cement floors to the apartment below.

But police didn’t show up until after 11 p.m., when the woman’s roommate returned home and found her unconscious on the floor.

Police first told the media they responded at 11:28 p.m. when they were called about a woman with serious injuries, but they didn’t mention the 6:25 p.m. call.

When questioned about the time lag, Deputy Chief Brent Shea released a prepared statement.

When the first 911 call came in, he said, it was logged as a “Code 3″ call — one that isn’t urgent.

“The London police service confirms that the initial call … was received at 6:26 p.m.,” Shea’s statement said.

“At (that) time information was received from a third party in the building advising of noise coming from a unit. There was no indication from the caller that the occupant was in distress and as a result the call was classified as a non-urgent call and placed in the dispatch queue in order of priority.”

Officers were on their way to the apartment building at 8 p.m. but were redirected to a higher-priority call while en-route, Shea said. The call, now almost two hours old, was again placed in the queue.

“A further 911 call was received at 11:20 p.m. from a caller who entered the unit. Upon notification of the urgency, officers were immediately dispatched,” Shea said.

Witnesses say the woman was taken out on a stretcher, her normally blondish-grey hair dark with blood.

“I’m terrified. Being a woman, I fear for my safety. I’m getting out of here,” said neighbour Janet Gray, who returned home from work early Wednesday morning to find police officers scouring the building for clues.

“I know she led a bit of a (sordid) lifestyle, but I don’t care who you are or what kind of lifestyle you lead, no one deserves to be hurt the way she was,” Gray said. “I’m terrified. My kids saw them take her out, covered in blood.”

Gray and her neighbours said they hope the person responsible for the attack is arrested quickly.

“It takes a real piece of work, for lack of a better word, to do that to a person, especially a woman. That’s no kind of man,” Gray said.

Based on the information they had from the initial caller at 6:25 p.m., police protocol for logging the call as a “Code 3″ were followed, said police spokesperson Const. Dennis Rivest.

Code 2 calls require officers to respond “fairly quickly” but without sirens and lights, and Code 1 calls, the highest priority like car crashes or robberies, require lights and sirens, Rivest said.

Police are still looking for a suspect and remained at the apartment late yesterday afternoon.

Jan 20 2011

this prooves why I never keep my information on facebook up to date

Yet again, I’m reminded why my information on facebook is never kept up to date.
even if a
delay
by facebook to share contact information prevent it from happening, you won’t see me keeping that information up to date, hell no.

Facebook announced on its developer blog on Friday it would begin granting developers access to home addresses and mobile numbers, but the social network followed up with another post on Tuesday saying the move had been put on hold.Photograph by: Justin Sullivan, Getty ImagesFacebook, in its latest privacy flap, on Tuesday delayed a plan to share home addresses and cellphone numbers of its members with outside developers of applications.

Facebook announced on its developer blog on Friday it would begin granting developers access to home addresses and mobile numbers, but the social network followed up with another post on Tuesday saying the move had been put on hold.

“Over the weekend, we got some useful feedback that we could make people more clearly aware of when they are granting access to this data,” said Douglas Purdy, director of developer relations at Facebook.

“We agree, and we are making changes to help ensure you only share this information when you intend to do so,” Purdy said.

“We’ll be working to launch these updates as soon as possible, and will be temporarily disabling this feature until those changes are ready,” he said.

“We look forward to re-enabling this improved feature in the next few weeks.”

The change announced Friday would have allowed Facebook members to share their home address and mobile numbers with external websites and third-party developers of applications.

A Facebook user would have had to explicitly choose to share the data before it could be accessed by an application or website, and home addresses and mobile numbers of friends could not be shared.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at computer security firm Sophos, was among those expressing concern about Facebook’s initial move.

“I realize that Facebook users will only have their personal information accessed if they ‘allow’ the app to do so, but there are just too many attacks happening on a daily basis which trick users into doing precisely this,” Cluley said in a blog post.

“Now, shady app developers will find it easier than ever before to gather even more personal information from users,” he said. “You can imagine, for instance, that bad guys could set up a rogue app that collects cellphone numbers.

“The ability to access users’ home addresses will also open up more opportunities for identity theft, combined with the other data that can already be extracted from Facebook users’ profiles,” Cluley said.

Facebook is the world’s most popular social network with nearly 600 million users, but it has been dogged by complaints about privacy protection.

Jan 20 2011

well, you had money, until now.

$90000 would be nifty to have, unless you get
ordered
to pay it back, plus interest.

TORONTO – An Ontario Superior Court Justice has ordered a Port Perry, Ont., man to repay the Toronto-Dominion Bank $90,000 in cash given to him in error by a Stouffville, Ont., branch five years ago.

Two low-ranking bank employees were later fired because of the mistake, made after William Zaparanuik came on Oct. 18, 2005 to pick up a pre-arranged $10,000 he wanted to pay for a used truck.

Staff quickly noticed they had given Zaparanuik $100,000 _ 10 bundles of $100 bills stuffed in a black bag _ $90,000 more than he came for.

But, by that time the sheet metal contractor had left.

The branch’s manager, William McKinney, and a teller drove to Zaparanuik’s work site and asked for the money back.

But he refused, claiming he only received $10,000.

The bank sued.

The branch manager testified that when he arrived at Zaparanuik’s work site, the contractor told him that if he was paid too much money, it was the bank’s fault.

“Mr. McKinney told the defendant that that was not how it worked, and that the defendant would be responsible for the extra money,” wrote Justice Peter Lauwers.

Zaparanuik denied any such conversation took place, testifying that the bank manager was not specific about the problem.

The judge did not believe Zaparanuik.

“His first response, that it was the bank’s mistake and the bank’s fault, shows how Mr. Zaparanuik decided to play the situation,” the judge wrote.

“He made the wrong choice.”

The contractor knew he had been paid $100,000 in error, Lauwers ruled. “He saw it as an opportunity.”

n honest person would have produced all the evidence for the bank immediately, Lauwers wrote. “Instead, he disposed of or destroyed that evidence.”

Lauwers granted Toronto-Dominion Bank $90,000, plus interest.

Acting on the bank’s complaint, police charged him with theft over $5,000, but the Crown later withdrew the charge. It cost him $25,774.85 in legal fees to defend the criminal charge.

guess he won’t be getting that truck now.

Jan 20 2011

suing… over a name? ohmygod. the stupid.

It seems that fairweather is
suing
target over it’s name.

Toronto-based retail chain Fairweather Ltd. has filed a $250-million lawsuit against Target Corporation in federal court, days after the U.S. discount giant announced plans to expand north of the border.

According to documents filed Monday, Fairweather is also requesting an injunction to keep the American firm from using the name Target in Canada, claiming that its expansion north would cause Fairweather to lose customers, devalue the “Target Apparel” name and lose control of its reputation and trademark.

It’s also seeking to have the U.S. retailer surrender ownership of targetapparel.com, which sends users to Target’s American website.

Fairweather has owned the Canadian rights to that name for a decade in Canada, court documents state, and has operated a clothing store with the name “Target Apparel” in Toronto since 2005. It also recently opened retail stores under the name “Target Apparel” in Sudbury, Ont. and Nanaimo, B.C.

The American Target chain announced Thursday that it is paying the Hudson’s Bay Company $1.83 billion to acquire up to 220 Zellers stores from the 279 that are currently open across Canada.

Speculation has been rife the company was considering a move north of the border for some time, but the U.S. company only confirmed its international expansion plans in June of last year.

It had been stymied by the hunt for suitable locations, and most recently, the economic slowdown. Now it will have to contend with a multimillion-dollar copyright dispute.

Target filed a challenge with Canada’s trademark office in July in which it claimed that Fairweather’s owner, International Clothiers, hasn’t been using the Target name.

The Canadian retailer has until the end of February to prove that it has used the name over the past three years, or that it intends to use it, to retain ownership.

Fairweather has not commented on the legal action.

Target spokesperson Jessica Carlson said she could not comment on the pending legal proceedings, but said her company plans to use the same name and logo.

“There really is nothing that prevents Target from using the Target name and branding elements in Canada the same way we do in the United States,” she told The Canadian Press.

In 2005, Fairweather lost ownership of the Target trademark temporarily. The American retailer sought to have it cancelled, which Industry Canada did. But it was restored later, following a ruling by The Federal Court of Appeal.

Target said last week that its Canadian expansion deal won’t mean an immediate end to the Zellers brand, but is rather the first step in opening between 100 and 150 of its own stores here by 2014.

The Minneapolis-based company expects to spend approximately $1 billion to remodel and reopen the existing Zellers stores under its own brand. The company also says it will have hired up to 20,000 people once its stores are operational.

Target’s more than 1,700 stores across the U.S. have long been a favourite of shoppers on the hunt for what the retailer has dubbed “discount-chic.” But it remains to be seen how Target will stack up in Canada.

it’ll be interesting to see the outcome of this.

Jan 20 2011

you had children, why?

catching up on RSS feeds, we have a woman
convicted
of slaughtering her daughter.
The article is vague, but it begs the question, why the hell did you have kids?
Stories like this make me want to kill people like her with a fork.

Jan 17 2011

do be revoking this mother’s parental license, now.

So while this child was in the
bath
the mother was on
facebook

.DENVER – An American mother who told police her 13-month-old son drowned in the bathtub while she was playing a game on Facebook was charged Friday with child abuse resulting in death.

Shannon Johnson, 34, of Colorado was advised of the charge against her via a video hookup from the jail where she is being held on a $100,000 bond, said Jennifer Finch, spokeswoman for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

Johnson requested a public defender during the brief hearing and another hearing was set for later in the month, Finch said.

Under questioning by police after the boy died at a Denver-area hospital last September, Johnson admitted she placed the baby in the bathtub and went into another room to play the Facebook game “Cafe World.”

She also checked in with friends and watched videos on the site while the boy bathed alone, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

When she didn’t hear any sounds from the boy after 10 minutes, she found him slumped over face down in the bathwater making “gurgling” sounds, according to the affidavit. Johnson then called 911, and the boy was airlifted to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from drowning.

When police arrived at Johnson’s home they found a laptop opened to Facebook.

Johnson told police that she frequently left the boy unattended in the bathtub because he was “independent,” he liked to be left alone, and she didn’t want him to be a “mama’s boy,” according to the affidavit.

Police also questioned the boy’s grandmother, who said he suffered a seizure while she was baby-sitting him a month before he died. She told police she warned her daughter about leaving her grandson alone in the tub after the seizure.

When police asked Johnson about the wisdom of leaving a young child with a history of seizures alone in water, Johnson admitted that “it was so stupid.”

She faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted.

Please convict this bitch,. ok?

Jan 17 2011

That’s all he gets, just 15 years?

Their are times when I ask myself, does the justice system, really do their jobs?
Not after reading
This

Before he was sentenced for sexually abusing five girls, day care worker Joseph M. Calabrese was interviewed by a probation officer who prepared a report for the judge.

During the conversation, Calabrese, 24, discounted the impact the abuse had on the girls, the probation officer reported. One of the girls, she quoted him as saying, “picked me out.” The other girls, he said, didn’t object to having sexual contact with him and were “OK with it.”
But one of the girls, now a teenager, faced Calabrese in court Friday as he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, telling him that his abuse of her and her sister in their home had devastated them.
“I want my sister’s innocence back,” she said. “The day you can give that back, you will be forgiven in my eyes.”

Calabrese pleaded guilty in October to abusing the girls, ages five to 12, over a four-year period that ended last year when one of the girls came forward.
Three were abused at Generations day care centers in Irondequoit, Fairport and Rochester, where Calabrese worked. Two were abused in their Penfield home, where Calabrese was babysitting them after he befriended their family.
Assistant District Attorney Sara Van Strydonck said Calabrese’s words to the probation officer weren’t unusual.

“A lot of times offenders will minimize their conduct,” she said. “That’s always shocking, but it’s certainly nothing I haven’t heard before.”
Calabrese’s lawyer, Meredith Lamb, said Calabrese accepted responsibility to avoid putting the girls through a trial.

“My client offers no excuses today but begs for forgiveness from everyone who has suffered as a result of his poor judgment,” she said.
Calabrese chose not to speak when given the chance.

“She said what I wanted to say,” he said, referring to his lawyer.

Calabrese pleaded guilty to single counts of first- and second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child and three counts of first-degree sexual abuse. All of the charges are felonies.
He also faced a more-serious charge of predatory sexual assault against a child, which could have resulted in a life prison term.

But the prosecution allowed him to plead guilty to the other charges, with the consent of the girls’ families, to avoid a trial.
Citing tearful statements by the mothers of two of the girls and the grandmother of another before the sentencing, state Supreme Court Justice Joseph D. Valentino said Calabrese’s actions affected more than the girls.
“It wasn’t just the children you preyed upon, but their entire families were victimized,” he said.

So all this stupid twit gets is 15 years? I think he should have gotten life.
I hate people like him, for the record

Jan 17 2011

and this driver still has his license?

being a few days behind, I’m just now catching up on the few things I need to post here.
We’ll start with this bus driver that
still
for some reason has his drivers license after
leaving
a special needs student on a bus alone.

WINDSOR, Ont. – A driver who left a special needs student on a school bus alone in Windsor, Ont., will no longer be driving school buses.

General manager of Student Transportation Gabrielle McMillan said the driver won’t be working for any of the local school boards.

The student at Forest Glade Public School was left behind on a school bus at drop-off around 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

It’s not known how long the student was left on the bus, but the student is reported to be fine.

The Greater Essex County District School Board is conducting its own investigation to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

This driver shouldn’t just be fired from driving for the board, he should lose his bus driving license, perminantly and also not be allowed to have children, if this is how he treats special needs kids

Jan 11 2011

a note to TMobile in the UK, this is the 21st century, not the 1990′s.

I was utterly appalled to read a story while browsing the news this morning that TMobile in the UK is
cutting
their data plans expinentially.

“T-Mobile in the UK has revealed a new fair use policy, cutting caps from 1GB and 3GB to 500MB, saying mobile browsing doesn’t include videos or large downloads. ‘If you want to download, stream and watch video clips, save that stuff for your home broadband,’ the company said.

In other words TMobile, at least in the UK, has decided to revert to the 1990′s.
Welcome to a step backwards, much?
It gets better.

Any user that goes over the new limit won’t be charged, but will be blocked from downloading or streaming for the rest of the month.”

why! this is the 1st I’ve heard of a provider *ctting* you off for exceeding your limitations.
Another thing, that needs to be answered, are you still gonna charge your customers the same prices? for a plan who’s issentially had it’s nuts chopped off by this?
TMobile UK, get your head outta your ass and get the hell back into the 21st century or get the hell outta the way.

Jan 10 2011

I never thought I’d see the day where those firedrills would be a use.

Over my years of attending the W. Ross Macdonald school, we always had fire drills on a monthly bases, sometimes planned, sometimes caused by some stupid deaf blind twerp pulling the alarm.
I could tell stories about those deaf blind people pulling the fire alarm, but that’s not what this post is about.
back to the main topic of this post.
I never thought I’d see the day where the school firesystem would actually
serve
a purpose other than be a toy for the deaf blind
But last sunday, it turned out that it
did
Here’s the article in it’s entirety

BRANTFORD (BCN) – Damage caused by a weekend fire at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind has been pegged at between $400,000 and $450,000.

Brantford fire prevention officer Darren Zettler said the blaze damaged two second-floor classrooms and a preparatory room.

A monitored alarm system alerted fire crews to the blaze at 4:51 a.m. on Sunday. With the exception of security personnel, the Brant Avenue school was empty at the time of the fire.

Zettler said the fire is believed to have started in a preparatory room that adjoins two classrooms. Most of the damage is located in the preparatory room, but smoke damage spread to the classrooms, he said.

Potential causes of the fire have been narrowed down to an electrical failure, overloaded power bar or someone unintentionally leaving an appliance on.

“We are leaning toward the first, but haven’t made a final determination yet,” Zettler said.

we here at the blog will be following this story, as it develops, and we thank
Carin Headrick
for tossing this initial link at us.
related: I feel like blaming some teacher for leaving an appliance on, why, because most of them, would be that stupid. at least, the ones that I hated, in my day

Jan 09 2011

a note to the stupid, research before you wine.

So yesterday everyone and their mother was wining about
facebook shutting down
but sadly, it’s
not
so please do be shutting your mouth and do your research before you wine.
More proof that the claim was
false
can be found right
over here
so in short, please get your facts straight before believing things like
this
thanks for coming out to play, though.

Jan 07 2011

I’d like to welcome you to the losing game, atari. enjoy your stay.

Thanks rss feeds, again.
this time, we’ve got atari and it’s attempt to
sue
the company
rapid share

dotarray writes “Online copyright lawsuits aren’t all about music. Video game publisher Atari Europe recently became concerned that copies of its game Alone in the Dark were floating around one-click file-hosting service RapidShare, so it took the hosting company to court. While they won the initial case, the decision was overturned on appeal, finding that RapidShare is doing nothing wrong.”

My thoughts? that’s how this crap should go, sorry big boys. you lost, gonna try that again?
No, didn’t think so.
please do be going back to your corner, now.

Jan 07 2011

and this person has other kids? not anymore she don’t.

We start out today… with yet another clue.
This is what… the 2nd day in a row?
Doing the morning cruise through RSS feeds, we find a mother that got charged for an amber alert, why? because the mother decided to use her kid as
insurance
so a man would return her car.
Then she claimed the child was abducted, oh yeah, this is just brilliant.
Have the article in full.

The Elmira mother charged after the city’s first use of the Amber Alert system used her 3-year-old son as “insurance” when she loaned an acquaintance her car, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Stephanie A. Davila, 33, of South Walnut Street, was also accused of lying to police as they were looking for her son, Jacob Ryan Rubin Davila.
Law enforcement officials said the mother loaned her car to a man she didn’t know well and made him take the boy so he would return the vehicle.
The boy, who was reported missing Tuesday night, was found unharmed Wednesday morning at a motel room in Henrietta, a suburb of Rochester.
Stephanie Davila and the man accused of taking Jacob Davila, Quentin M. Singletary, 26, of Rochester, were both charged Wednesday with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. They are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Elmira City Court.
“Right now, I feel we’ve got appropriate charges filed,” Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Thursday, adding that he’d spoken in detail with Capt. Joe Kain, commander of the Elmira Detective Bureau, about the investigation.
The misdemeanor complaint against Stephanie Davila accuses her of misleading police as they looked for her son.
“When the patrol originally went over there, she flat-out told us it was an abduction of her child against her wishes,” Kain said.
That information led police to issue an Amber Alert, saying that Jacob Davila had been abducted, Kain said.
“It wasn’t until we interviewed some of her other kids, and some of the information was able to be obtained to find out that she actually did give him (Singletary) consent to take her car and one of her children,” Kain said.
Another charge may be coming: Wetmore said he may charge Singletary with unlawful imprisonment, but Davila’s actions the night Jacob Davila went missing might stand in the way.
“(Davila) insisted that (Singletary) take her son when he took the car, as insurance that he would return the car,” Wetmore said, adding that that was the reason for her charge.

“He never intended to kidnap (Jacob), or anything. He just took the kid and went to do his business in Rochester,” Wetmore said.

Wetmore said he charged Singletary with endangering “because he had the kid legitimately, but for whatever reason he decided to go off to Rochester.”
Wetmore said he didn’t know why Singletary went to Rochester with Jacob Davila, and said Stephanie Davila also didn’t know.
“She didn’t want to know what his business was,” Wetmore said.
“According to her, she thought he was just going to a local Burger King. She let her son go off.”
Kain said there is no evidence Singletary’s trip to Rochester was related to drug trafficking.
He said there may have been some drug paraphernalia in the motel room in Henrietta where deputies found the boy, but Singletary and Jacob Davila had only been in that room for a few minutes. He said they stayed in a different room at the motel.
When deputies found Jacob Davila, they questioned Singletary, one man and two women.
Kain said the three other adults whom deputies found in the room “knew nothing about Quentin Singletary … abducting a kid or anything like that. They knew (Jacob) as his girl’s baby, so they never questioned anything about it. He just kind of hung out up there with them.”
Though the three other adults in the motel room may have thought the boy belonged to Singletary’s girlfriend, Kain said he didn’t know whether he and Stephanie Davila actually had a romantic relationship.
He said the two met about two weeks ago and had seen each other a few times since then.
“Quentin didn’t even know the boy’s name,” Kain said. “If he had to think for a while, it would come to him. … (Davila) doesn’t know him; he doesn’t know nothing about her.
“That’s his lifestyle, just come and go and do his own thing. He’s not accountable to anybody …,” Kain said.
Kain said Singletary has a criminal history but didn’t elaborate except to say that Singletary had never been arrested in Elmira.
Police said they fielded perhaps thousands of calls after issuing the Amber Alert. Kain said two of those callers provided information that helped locate Jacob Davila. He said he planned to talk to both.
“They did an outstanding job and it helped us out immensely, so I’d like to commend them in whatever way I can,” Kain said.
“It’s nice when people step up and do the right thing, especially when it’s a good cause: the protecting and the saving of a little kid.”

So in short, the man in question, Kain, isn’t being charged, unless I’m missing something, and the mother is.
Please do be taking the rest of her kids to, ok?
Related: I hate stupid people, stop failing, please? thanks.

Jan 05 2011

a note to the driver, please, stop failing.

wel, their are people that just don’t like snow.
This
driver
didn’t, and greyhound passengers aren’t very
happy
about it, and with good reason.

Angry Greyhound passengers are considering a lawsuit after claiming they were abandoned for 14 hours in northern Ontario.

More than 100 people were on the bus when it stopped at a gas station in White River on Sunday morning, reported The Toronto Star.

Those on the bus were told by the driver to sit tight, because it was snowing out.

He then checked into a nearby motel, allegedly leaving them to fend for themselves.

They were forced to wait until 5 p.m. the following day, with little information about about what was happening, passengers said.

The company said they are investigating.

so in other words, the driver was too goddamn lazy to do his/her job.
Please, do be firing this driver. thanks.
related: I’ll still travel on greyhound for the soul purpose of it won’t kill my wallet.

Jan 05 2011

take a lesson from this.

so waking up, I’m going through RSS feeds.
A captain who was thirsty overturned a
cup of coffee
causing an emergency landing in Toronto.

It turns out a spilled cup of coffee is what caused a United Airlines flight bound for Frankfurt, Germany, to make an emergency landing at Pearson International Airport earlier this week.

Flight 940 with 241 passengers on board was en route from Chicago when the pilot experienced problems with the plane’s communication equipment.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration informed Transport Canada that the problem occurred after the pilot in command overturned a cup of coffee on the aircraft’s radio system.

United Airlines spokesperson Rahsaan Johnson said the captain and crew felt it was safer to land in Toronto rather than continue the flight with broken radio signals.

Another plane took the disappointed passengers back to Chicago where they were able to board another flight to Germany. They were provided with lodging and meals.

lesson learned here? no coffee on the flight deck.
The stupid, it hurts.

Jan 03 2011

iran makes valentines day illegal. no need to re read that, it’s true.

so, while bouncin’ threw twitter,
this
reminded me, hey you were supposed to write something about this.
in a nut shell, iran has decided

hey, were in a bitchy mood

so we’re gonna make valentines day
illegal.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t need any reason to do something for my girlfriend, hey, how many times have i up and paid a bill and gotten a call 45 minutes later, but I still needed to pay that? my response, you don’t now, shut up. lol.
Done it, any questions?
The only reason I give two shits about valentines day in this day in age? oh, that’s right it’s my girlfriends birthday. good enough excuse to care? I think so.
Other than that? jump off a cliff with it, but iran, please stop making it illegal for those of us, not me, that want to celibrate it, thanks.

Jan 03 2011

people continue to ask why I won’t switch to apple? have another reason.

people always ask me, why won’t you buy a mac.
My simple answer, I’m happy with what I’ve got.
If I want to play in the mac environment I’ll crank it up in a VM.
Well, I’ve found another reason.
Reading RSS feeds, we see that an apple
service provider is
suing
a customer for complaining online.

An Apple authorized Service Provider called System Graph is suing a customer who complained online about poor service from them. The customer Dimitrios Papadimitriadis took his iMac to them because he was seeing gray spots on his LED panel.

The Greek company System Graph recommended a full interior cleaning of the iMac and performed the service for Dimitrios. He then got his iMac back and noticed moisture behind the screen and that it still did not work properly and took it back to the repair center. System Graph then told him that they needed to keep his iMac to replace the LED screen and he would be without it for another week.

Dimitrios was now angry and demanded that his iMac be replaced pursuant to Article 540 of the Civil Code and section 5 of Act 2251. System Graph refused saying they were not the original retailer that he purchased the iMac from.

Dimitros has posted the entire story on a forum (Google Translated) and is now being sued by System Graph for 200,000 euros which is approximately $267,000 USD for slandering their good name. He has already gotten a large amount of support on both twitter and the forum.

What I don’t understand is what the company System Graph expects to get out of this suit. They will not be clearing their name by suing a customer, and what will Apple think if one of their Authorized Service Provider is suing an Apple customer. With the explosion of this news all over the web it will undoubtedly bring more attention to the company than they ever wanted.

if that’s the level of service we get from authorized apple dealers? Thanks, but no thanks apple, I’ll stick with windows, even though it does suck.
I’d rather avoid getting sued, when I file a valid complaint.
Apple, time to clean house, k? get rid of that service provider and i *might* consider switching, unlikely, but it had to be said.

Dec 27 2010

And people wonder why I don’t fly?

and here, we go again.
TSA, seriously
agaain

The 50-year-old pilot, who lives outside Sacramento, asked that neither he nor his airline be identified. He has worked for the airline for more than a decade and was deputized by the TSA to carry a gun in the cockpit.

He is also a helicopter test pilot in the Army Reserve and flew missions for the United Nations in Macedonia.

Three days after he posted a series of six video clips recorded with a cell phone camera at San Francisco International Airport, four federal air marshals and two sheriff’s deputies arrived at his house to confiscate his federally-issued firearm. The pilot recorded that event as well and provided all the video to News10.

At the same time as the federal marshals took the pilot’s gun, a deputy sheriff asked him to surrender his state-issued permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A follow-up letter from the sheriff’s department said the CCW permit would be reevaluated following the outcome of the federal investigation.

The YouTube videos, posted Nov. 28, show what the pilot calls the irony of flight crews being forced to go through TSA screening while ground crew who service the aircraft are able to access secure areas simply by swiping a card.

“As you can see, airport security is kind of a farce. It’s only smoke and mirrors so you people believe there is actually something going on here,” the pilot narrates.

Video shot in the cockpit shows a medieval-looking rescue ax available on the flight deck after the pilots have gone through the metal detectors. “I would say a two-foot crash ax looks a lot more formidable than a box cutter,” the pilot remarked.

A letter from the TSA dated Dec. 6 informed the pilot that “an administrative review into your deputation status as a Federal Flight Deck Officer has been initiated.”

According to the letter, the review was directly related to the discovery by TSA staff of the YouTube videos. “The content and subject of these videos may have violated regulations concerning disclosure of sensitive security information,” the letter said.

The pilot’s attorney, Don Werno of Santa Ana, said he believed the federal government sent six people to the house to send a message.

“And the message was you’ve angered us by telling the truth and by showing America that there are major security problems despite the fact that we’ve spent billions of dollars allegedly to improve airline safety,” Werno said.

The pilot said he is not in trouble with his airline, but a supervisor asked him to remove public access to the YouTube videos.

He does, however, face potential civil penalties from the TSA. He said he would likely go public when it becomes clear what the government plans to do with him.
He still hasn't gone public, but further research indicates he did resign as an FFDO. from this article we have:

The pilot said he had resigned his position as an FFDO and was told by a TSA representative the resignation would result in the case being closed. The pilot’s attorney, Don Werno, said he was waiting for formal written confirmation.

In my opinion, why should he have to resign his job, because he showed flaws in a security system? it doesn’t make sense.
from the same article we have this

Current regulations require flight crews to pass through a TSA checkpoint, while ground crews can gain access to the same aircraft simply by swiping a card at an unmanned door.

“How effective is security when everybody on board is screened and everybody on the ground isn’t?” the pilot asked.

How safe do I feel now knowing that?
Should the ground crew not go through *the exact* same screening everyone else does?
I stand behind my previous claims, I’ll stay with greyhound, at least, until such time, as stuff like this is put in place for ground transportation.
Then I may just stop traveling crossboarder all together.
TSA, kindly, die.

Dec 23 2010

can someone please explain the sense/logic in this?

Their are times in my life, when I am thankful to not actually live in ma, this time, especially in brooklynn, ma.
the words of the constitution according to schoolboard officials in the above named city are
contrivertial
yeah. that’s right.
to quote the article

A public school in Brookline, Massachusetts is bringing back the Pledge of Allegiance. Except now, in a move that suggests the recitation and its words are controversial, the school is requiring parents to sign a permission slip so their kids can participate.

According to the article, it’s supposedly a constitutional mandate, but I’m not american so I wouldn’t know.
and this parent, has it right.

“It’s uncomfortable. The pledge is a promise, and I’ve always taught my kids to think very carefully before making any promise. It’s not a decision I want to make for them,” parent Judi Puritz Cook, who has two sons at Devotion School, told the Brookline Tab.

your an american citizen, is the pledge not how you got your freedoms?
Am I missing something?
Please, give your thoughts and comments.

Dec 22 2010

what, their not enough crime for your liking?

Ya know, their’s crime, then their are things like
this
that beg the question, are you that hard up for crimes and things to wine about that your making a writing implement illegal?
The audacity of some people.
Holy crap.
Kindly die, ok?

Dec 20 2010

really, suing, at a time like this? seriously?

Me and my rss scrolling catching up on the past day’s worth of feeds since the 19th, brought me to this
article
regarding an $80-million lawsuit that Jo-Anne Blair is filing against both the housing company and the property management company of the building on 200 welsley street.
As you may or may not know, some 1500+ people were ripped from their homes back in september when a massive 6 alarm blaze ripped through this downtown highrise.
I personally know one person that’s been effected in this building, but you, my dear readers, may no many, many more.
What brought this to my attention was the article that
680 news
referenced.
That national post article is linked
here
and quoted below in it’s entirety.
My comments and thoughts will follow the article.

Wellesley fire victim files $80-million lawsuit

Aaron Lynett/National Post
Jo-Anne Blair stands outside of her fire-damaged building at 200 Wellesley Street East in Toronto, Friday evening, November 12, 2010. Blair has filed a class action lawsuit against Toronto Community Housing over the fire.
December 18, 2010 – 10:00 am

Jo-Anne Blair has a hard time sleeping at night. She constantly checks to see that her smoke alarm is working. The wail of a fire truck sends her into a fit of panic and she smells things burning even when nothing is.

It has been nearly three months since a fire ripped through a high-rise building on Wellesley Street and forced some 1,500 people to flee their homes. Most have been able to return, but not Ms. Blair, who lived across the hall from the purported epicentre of the blaze. She was marooned on her balcony for six hours before firefighters gave her a thumbs-up through the sliding door and escorted her out through water that came up past their ankles.

A week later, Toronto Community Housing had relocated her to a townhouse near Main and Danforth, where she’s had to “beg, borrow and steal to get some furniture to sit on.” Grateful for her share of the donations collected from across the city, she longs to return home.“You can sit at your table in the morning and can have your coffee. You go to bed at night and you have your own pillow,” said Ms. Blair, a former bookkeeper who lived at 200 Wellesley since 1984. “When you get up in the morning, do you look at your children’s pictures [or] your personals that belong to you?”

She is spearheading a lawsuit against Toronto Community Housing Corporation, which owns the complex, and Greenwin Property Management, which looked after it, alleging they breached their duty of care. She is suing both parties for $80-million, with the intent that the proceedings are certified as a class-action.

Ashley Hutcheson for National Post
.In a statement of claim filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ms. Blair alleges that she, “on several occasions,” alerted Greenwin to the potential fire hazard caused by a neighbour’s “hoarding” of stacks of paper and other material.

Fire officials initially said a lot of combustible material in a unit on the 24th floor appeared to be fuelling the flames, but the cause remains unknown. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall is investigating.
“Notwithstanding these warnings, Greenwin failed to make any, or did make inadequate attempts, if any, to remedy the problem,” according to the statement of claim. It alleges the defendants failed to keep the building up to fire, or safety codes (her fire alarm did not go off) and didn’t help occupants obtain adequate shelter, food or medicine in the aftermath of the crisis.

“It’s not about being uncaring, because I don’t think TCHC is uncaring. I think they care, they’re in the social housing business,” said Brian Shell, Ms. Blair’s lawyer. “I think it’s about the inability to effectively reach out to the community at a moment of high stress and tension. It may be an issue of expertise, or it may be just an issue of lack of creativity. Too many things going on. They are focused on how to figure out how to dry off the building, but they’ve forgotten they have hundreds of people spread out across the city.”

A spokesman for Greenwin said it was “prudent” not to comment on a matter that is before the courts. Mitzie Hunter, chief administrator for the housing authority, similarly would not discuss allegations made in the suit.

She said TCH has done everything in its power to help.

“We’ve provided alternative housing, food vouchers, transit passes. Immediately following, there was assistance through the Canadian Red Cross, the Salvation Army, all of the agencies throughout the city. So we certainly want to ensure that tenants have the support they need,” said Ms. Hunter. Toronto public health has been on scene, she said, there is an onsite information desk, a 24-hour hotline and frequent newsletter updates.

In recent weeks, TCH has also offered tenants a voluntary compensation package, while admitting no liability. Tenants who live in a bachelor apartment are eligible to receive $3,300; a two bedroom gets $5,300, plus additional amounts for each occupant for the unit. They have until Jan. 21 to sign up for a cheque. In exchange, tenants give up their right to participate in the class-action suit, which lawyers say is unlikely to be certified before the Jan. 21 deadline.

“We’ve offered to help on a compassionate basis so that tenants can return to their normal lives as soon as possible,” said Ms. Hunter, who noted that former Chief Justice of Ontario Roy McMurtry, Senior Counsel for TCH solicitors Gowlings, has endorsed the plan over what could be an otherwise lengthy legal battle.

Ms. Blair may very well be reliving the day for much longer.

“To this day I will never ever be placed in another apartment. I don’t trust anybody with anything. I’m constantly having nightmares like I’m trapped and I can’t get out.”

I can understand the stress, the heartache, and the sense of loss that accompanies such a tragidy.
What I can’t understand is, why this individual feels that on top of the already high stress levels on both the tennants, and the management/property management companies, does she think she needs to file a lawsuit?
Reading the article above, and having been following this since the morning of the fire in question, I feel that everyone that can do something, has done all they can, and will continue to provide as much aid, and help as needed to bring all the tennants back to their homes.
We may never know what started this fire, or who’s responsible for it, but ladies and gentlemen, common sense should prevale in this troubling time, and instead of suing people, find ways to survive, and allow the company(s) to get back to the job of bringing you back to your home, or relocate you to another home.
TCHC, and it’s partners are doing everything in their power to get everyone back, and lawsuits like this, only slow the process.
I welcome your comments.

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