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August 17, 2009

New Illinois law would prevent sex offenders from using the internet

Kicking Sex Offenders Off The Internet? - CBS News
If you believe its sponsors, a new Illinois law will keep sex offenders from recruiting children on the Internet. "If the predator is supposed to be a registered sex offender, they should keep their Internet distance as well as their physical distance," said sponsor Bill Brady, a Republican state senator, according to the Chicago Tribune. "The object is to protect innocent individuals on the Internet from sex offenders." If that were its effect, this would be a laudable piece of legislation. But in reality, the state law is written so broadly it would effectively prohibit registered sex offenders from using the Internet. It says "social networking websites" are off-limits, and defines those as "an Internet website containing profile web pages of the members of the website that include the names or nicknames of such members," or photographs, or any other personal information. Offenders must "refrain from accessing or using" such Web sites.

August 16, 2009

Fort Worth gay bar raid way worse than originally reported

In light of TABC report, raid at Fort Worth gay bar looks uglier | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Columnist Jacquielynn Floyd | Dallas-Fort Worth News For example, the cops had no instruction to raid the gay bar, they just thought it'd be fun to go beat up some gay people.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission allows that its agents committed more than a half-dozen potentially fireable offenses during the June raid on a Cowtown gay bar – and the agency hasn't even addressed the part about how one patron got his noggin busted. This is not looking good for anybody who still maintains that the joint TABC-Fort Worth police operation was all about protecting and serving. Instead, the findings to date lend credence to the unhappy suspicion that a bunch of geeked-up lawmen thought it might be good fun to roust a bunch of gay people.

August 11, 2009

Black teen gets two years in prison for writing a song

In Florida, natch. Thanks, ** Aunt Liz **. Rapper Gets 2 Years for Cop-Killing Song - BV Black Spin
A Florida rapper is sentenced to two years in prison for a song called 'Kill Me a Cop' that he produced as a teenager. Authorities say 20-year-old Antavio Johnson raps about killing two Lakeland, Fla., police officers in the tune, which cops found on MySpace while surfing for gang-related activity. Johnson pleaded no contest to two counts of corruption by threat of a public servant and was sentenced to two years in prison last month. He was already in jail on a cocaine charge at the time. ... Singing about killing a cop was not Johnson's first mistake. Pleading guilty and not hiring a lawyer were. Just ask Ice Cube and N.W.A., who sang '%#@* tha Police' as a form of police protest more than 20 years ago.

August 03, 2009

England considering putting 20,000 families on 24-hour surveillance for bad behavior

Daily Express | UK News :: Sin bins for worst families
THOUSANDS of the worst families in England are to be put in “sin bins” in a bid to change their bad behaviour, Ed Balls announced yesterday. The Children’s Secretary set out L400million plans to put 20,000 problem families under 24-hour CCTV super-vision in their own homes. They will be monitored to ensure that children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals. Private security guards will also be sent round to carry out home checks, while parents will be given help to combat drug and alcohol addiction. Around 2,000 families have gone through these Family Intervention Projects so far.

July 28, 2009

China bans video games that "glorify" gangs

China bans online games which glamorize gangs | Technology | Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has banned websites featuring or publicizing online games which glamorize mafia gangs, saying violators will be "severely punished," state media reported on Tuesday. The Culture Ministry said such games "advocate obscenity, gambling, or violence," and "undermine morality and Chinese traditional culture," the official Xinhua news agency said. "These games encourage people to deceive, loot and kill, and glorify gangsters' lives. It has a bad influence on youngsters," the report said, citing a ministry circular. In games like "Godfather" people can play at being hitmen or gangsters, Xinhua said.

July 27, 2009

Borders Books employees being pressured to sign non-blogging agreement

Borders Non-Blogging Contract | Used Books Blog
Borders employees are claiming that they are being pressured into signing a non-blogging contract that essentially puts a gag on any writing about new policies and procedures implemented by the distressed book chain. Here’s what one employee said. Borders is now trying to get the employees to sign a non-blogging contract, and several employees have been fired or put on probation for writing and producing videos in response to the “make books” controversy. It’s unclear whether this is simply a repurposed version of the current non-disclosure statement from the employee handbook or if it is something new and specifically targeted at online and blog activity.