Is MH17 Journo Guilty of Tainting Crime (Crash) Scene?


mashable-abc-crash6Australian Journalist Criticised for Touching MH17 Victims’ Belongings

‘Following allegations that pro-Russian rebels may have “severely compromised” the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine, journalists have been caught touching victims’ belongings.

‘Williams defended his actions by saying the crime scene had already been contaminated by the rebels looting and trashing the crash site.

‘“I am guilty of picking up, touching a scarf on the ground, and that’s because there are piles of people’s belongings that have just been collected and dumped on the roadside; they’ve been picked through, and so it’s not as though it’s a crime scene, an uncontaminated crime scene there,” Williams told the ABC’s PM program on Monday night…’
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UK definition of terrorism ‘could catch political journalists and bloggers’

‘The current British definition of terrorism is so broadly drawn that it could even catch political journalists and bloggers who publish material that the authorities consider dangerous to public safety, said the official counter-terrorism watchdog.

‘David Anderson QC, the official reviewer of counter-terrorism laws, said Britain had some of the most extensive anti-terrorism laws in the western world, which gave police and prosecutors the powers they needed to tackle al-Qaida-inspired terrorists, rightwing extremists and dissident Northern Irish groups.

‘”But if these exceptional powers are to command public consent, it is important they need to be confined to their proper purpose, and recent years have seen a degree of ‘creep’ in parliament that could be reversed without diminishing their impact”…’
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$10 million lawsuit against Wikipedia editors withdrawn

Only a “strategic” move so that they can refile the lawsuit

‘On the same day the Wikimedia Foundation announced it would offer assistance to English Wikipedia editors embroiled in a legal dispute with Yank Barry, the lawsuit has been dismissed without prejudice at the request of Barry’s legal team—but only as a “strategic” move so that they can refile the lawsuit with a “new, more comprehensive complaint.”

‘Barry, who was a musician in the 1960s and 70s before becoming an entrepreneur and philanthropist, launched the action against five editors who he alleges participated in a “conspiracyhttps://pochp.wordpress.com/wp-admin/revision.php?revision=23907″ to “engage in the wrongful acts of defamation and invasion of privacy” against him and his charity, the Global Village Champions Foundation, which is also a named plaintiff…’
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July 17, 1996.

TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747, left JFK airport on its way to Paris.

It didn’t make it.

Many expert witnesses saw white streaks heading towards the plane. Radar operators saw an object heading towards the plane.

Then the plane exploded catastrophically in mid air.

The radar also captured another image: a ship right beneath the explosion.

That ship took off at high speed away from the scene of the accident and was never included in the official report.

What did the FBI do? They ignored some witnesses and intimidated others.

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Flight 17 Grave Robbers in Facebook


This photo was another case of grave robbing in Poland

This photo was another case of grave robbing in Poland

‘In a sick revelation, scammers have set up fake Facebook profiles using the identities of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 victims amid claims that credit cards may have been stolen from the crash site.

‘On Friday, Ukrainian MP Anton Gerashchenko said via his Facebook page that “death hunters” were collecting cash, jewelry and the credit cards of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

‘”My humble request to the relatives of the victims to freeze their credit cards, so that they won’t lose their assets to terrorists!” Gerashchenko said in the post…’
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Another dumb ‘Facebook’ criminal
Woman steals dress then shows off dress in Facebook
Facebook led police to thief within hours
‘Police say 27-year-old Danielle Saxton stole from a downtown boutique last week. Then, she posted pictures of herself wearing the merchandise. Investigators say Saxton shared the pics just a few hours after the theft. The images quickly spread on Facebook, and led officers straight to her.

‘“What she stole was a very distinct leopard dress,” store co-owner Kert Williams explained.

‘Police say the pictures are evidence of shoplifting committed by Saxton. The theft happened at Mortie’s Boutique in West Frankfort, where multiple items disappeared last Friday.

‘“[She stole] A dress, a couple shirts, some jewelry, couple items like that,” Williams said.

‘Williams was heading back to work last week when he saw a woman walking away from the store with those clothes…’
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A real case of ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’
Couple Could Be Fined $500 if They Water Lawn, $500 if They Don’t
‘After a Glendora couple decided that they’d water their lawn only twice a week, which left it with brown patches and bald spots, they received a letter from the city’s code enforcement unit warning them to turn their grass green again or face $100 to $500 in fines and possible criminal action, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. The letter said that despite the need to conserve water, “we wish to remind you that limited watering is still required to keep landscaping looking healthy and green.” And the city helpfully included some pictures of bad and good examples: a dead lawn with a red line through it and a lush, green lawn with a sprinkler running…’
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Daly City fugitive nabbed through Facebook after 22 years
‘Legaspi, formerly of Daly City, was originally indicted Aug. 19, 1992, on three counts of aiding and filing false quarterly employment tax returns for Mission Childcare Consortium. In 1989, Legaspi claimed to have made $37,442.12 in federal tax deposits although the consortium had actually made only $10,715.68 for the quarter. In 1989, he similarly claimed $46,422.24 in compensation for tax purposes while the truth was $143,679.40. On another occasion, Legaspi also misrepresented the compensation and taxation, according to the indictment.

‘That November, he pleaded guilty to one count and was due to be sentenced Jan. 28, 1993. He never showed up and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

‘In 2012, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security tracked down Legaspi’s Facebook page and found him living in London, Ontario, Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested Legaspi…’
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The Youthful Microsoft Admins


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education.asu-ma-ed-techA Window chat app that wasn’t working finally made me curious and I asked for MS help. I noticed at once that the second MS administrator that replied is young (the profile pic of the first isn’t his face). When I met the 9th of them, I just have to write about the surprising discovery: none of these admins look thirtyish. This was the first time I witnessed a youthful group of admins—at least in this one involving a tech giant. Since they decided that my topic should be private, I know I should not say anything more about it.

The second discovery was that MS might ask your permission to grant access to your account if your problem requires it. It asked me to send a screen capture of my browser network info. And since MS was very strict about our discussion being private, I knew I could trust…

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Are You Working with the Right Energy Level?


A decrease in energy level from E 2 to E 1 res...

A decrease in energy level from E 2 to E 1 resulting in emission of a photon represented by the red squiggly arrow, and whose energy = h (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘”We have over 15 years of research from hundreds of thousands of individuals showing that optimizing and directing energy positively drives high performance and growth,” Welbourne said in a statement.

‘Welbourne said working above your best energy level is counterproductive because mistakes are made more frequently, and small obstacles easily become big problems. She said working at this level for too long can lead to burnout.

‘Conversely, when leaders work too far below their optimal energy level, they avoid challenges and boredom sets in easily, Welbourne said. The research found that among the leaders surveyed, this was particularly a problem for senior managers, vice presidents and CEOs.

‘Welbourne said in order improve energy and productivity business leaders need to measure and understand their own energy and that of their employees…’
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How Much Difference Practice Makes
The Limits of Practice
‘Those who, like me, have failed to become proficient at something despite working at it for a long time can take heart from a new paper in the journal Psychological Science. Brooke N. Macnamara and her co-authors analyzed 88 studies of the impact of practice on people’s prowess in such areas as music, sports and professional jobs. They found that practice helped, but it wasn’t everything — it explained about 21 percent of the difference in subjects’ musical skills, 18 percent of the difference in sports and less than 1 percent of the difference in professions. So definitely leave work early today — you may not be getting any better by staying…’
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Why people gave almost $50,000 just to produce potato salad
How one person raised almost $50,000 to make potato salad
The Psychology Behind Why We Give
‘Americans are now donating more than ever before. Recent studies have shown that we’re more likely to give to one person, rather than many. In fact, we’re willing to donate twice as much if it serves the needs of an individual, instead of a group. This establishes an inverse relationship between the amount of people involved and the responsibility we feel to reach out.

‘But why? There is an explanation that stems from individual involvement and personalization—the opportunity for people to actually change future trajectories and become part of how stories are shaped. This reasoning is driven by empathetic roots that run deep in our psyche:…’
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Russian Reporter Resigns and Exposes Flight 17 Truth


‘I’m for the Truth': RT Reporter Resigns Over Coverage of Malaysia Airlines Disaster
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‘“When this story broke I ran back into the newsroom and saw how we were covering it already and I just knew I had to go,” Sara Firth said. “It was the total disregard to the facts.”

‘Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday with 298 people on board. Ukraine’s Security Service Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko was quick to point to finger at Russia, saying he had “unconditional evidence” that Russia was involved in downing the plane. He blamed pro-Russian rebels for the attack. Russia, in turn, blamed Kiev for not pulling back its operation in the region…’
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Mashable Headline:
Commercial Planes Routinely Fly Over Conflict Zones, From Ukraine to Syria
So how come it was a Malaysian plane again that was ‘Chosen’? The plane that was shot down was not even alone in that area at the time.
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Couple missed Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed because of lack of seats
‘A couple who had been planning to fly on the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine spoke last night of the “sick feeling” they experienced on hearing the news.

‘Barry Sim and his wife Izzy were told there were not enough seats on the plane for them and their baby so they switched to a later KLM flight.

‘Up to 10 British passengers were last night feared to be among the 295 people killed when a the Malaysia Airlines plane was apparently shot down on the Russia-Ukraine border.

‘Asked about his response to the crash, Mr Sim, from Scotland, said: “You get this sick feeling in the pit of your stomach [...] We started getting butterflies. Your heartbeat starts going.”

‘Mrs Sim added: “There must have been someone watching over us and saying ‘you must not get on that flight’…’
telegraph

‘Brilliant Minds’ Perish in Malaysia Airlines Crash
‘The International AIDS Society, convenors of the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), is continuing to work with the authorities to clarify how the tragic loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 impacts our conference delegates, our conference partners, and our community as a whole.

‘In recognition of our colleagues’ dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS, the conference will go ahead as planned and will include opportunities to reflect and remember those we have lost.

‘The International AIDS Society will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.’
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The Downside of Having a Popular Blog


Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

Citizen journalism / blogger card by Pinseri-blog

Citizen journalism / blogger card by Pinseri-blog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why you should be careful if your blog is too popular
Blogger Fined for Ranking Too High on Google
Negative restaurant review gets French blogger in trouble
‘A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.

‘The judge ordered that the post’s title be amended and told the blogger Caroline Doudet to pay damages.

‘Ms Doudet said the decision made it a crime to be highly ranked on search engines.

‘The restaurant owners said the article’s prominence was unfairly hurting their business.

‘Ms Doudet was sued by the owner of Il Giardino restaurant in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France after she wrote a blogpost entitled “the place to avoid in Cap-Ferret: Il Giardino”.

‘According to court documents, the review appeared fourth in the results of a Google search…

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Writing Wasn’t Popular and Ignored for 2 Thousand Years


smithsonianmag-fig5_tokens_from_zt.jpg__800x600_q85_cropAncient Assyrians still used clay markers, 2K years later
‘These days, not too many people use or even own typewriters. Those clunky machines have almost entirely been replaced by a smoother model: the modern computer. Imagine, however, that thousands of years from now people were still clinging to their typewriters, ignoring all the technological advances that developed along the way. It seems illogical, but this is pretty much what ancient Assyrians did, according to new research.

‘Archaeologists digging in Ziyaret Tepe in Turkey recently uncovered a mess of clay tokens made in various geometric shapes. Prior to the advent of writing around 3,000 BCE, the people living in the region that eventually formed the kingdom of the ancient Assyrians used the tokens as primitive record-keeping tools…’
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60 new abbreviations that an internet savvy should know
‘According to a social media marketing agency Wearesocial.com.au, the ordeal of new meanings have grown from the simple abbreviation like LOL (Laughing out Loud) to a complicated ICYMI (In Case You Missed It). And more users adapt these and use every day.

‘A university professor of linguistics said that internet savvy people use the abbreviations for faster text communication while some use it as codes so older people cannot understand it. It is like using Morse code or secret codes so only a few can understand.

‘The managing director of WeAreSocial.com.au Julian Ward revealed that the abbreviations range from the compassionate to the more profane shortcuts. The simple ILY (I Love You) to the irreverent WTF (What the F***) are basic internet lingo nowadays…’
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British blogger Brown Moses launches new site to train others in crowdsourced reporting
‘A little over two years ago, the blogger known as Brown Moses was an unemployed father of one, with no journalistic training and no expertise in military weaponry or the Arab world, living in his flat in Leicester, a small town in northern England. Since then, Moses — whose real name is Eliot Higgins — has become a key source of information about the conflict in Syria and elsewhere, information he gathered by spending thousands of hours combing through YouTube videos and social-media accounts. Now he is launching a Kickstarter campaign to jump-start a dedicated website to teach others how to do the same.

‘The site is called Bellingcat, a name derived from an old fable about a group of mice, and Higgins said the idea behind the venture is twofold: to provide an online home for the work that he does in fact-checking reports about terrorist activity in Syria and elsewhere — as well as the work done by a small team of fellow citizen journalists such as Jonathan Krohn and Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi — and to help provide the resources for others to learn the same kinds of techniques…’
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