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California unveils cyber crime unit

SAN FRANCISCO — California has a new eCrime Unit devoted to catching and prosecuting Internet Age crooks. State attorney general Kamala Harris created the team, which is comprised of 20 attorneys and investigators specializing in identity theft and cyber crime. “Today’s criminals increasingly use the Internet, smartphones, and other digital…

Pipe bomb threatens Spokane MLK Day parade

One of the reasons that the talking heads can continue to play the “both sides” card and pretend that political violence isn’t (yet) a problem in our culture is through carefully ignoring the unpleasant evidence that the atmosphere of conspiratorial thinking and old-fashioned misogyny–both issues in terms of partisan politics,…

Law enforcement moves to take bullying seriously

One of the most interesting trends of the past few years is the rapid way that bullying has been redefined as an inevitable part of young life, and being treated as a problem that we should see as fixable, or at least addressable. The latest bully-related tragedy is that of…

Creative misogynists still unable to imagine letting go of the hate

Salon has an article up about a popular (because it’s still largely legal) form of sexual harassment/assault known by its wannabe rapist fans as “upskirting”. It’s interesting—Tracy Clark-Flory dances around the words “assault” and “harassment”, probably because she doesn’t want the inevitable deluge of men who are defensive of their…

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