Here’s Social Media Addiction – Thousand Oaks Gunman Stopped Shooting To Post To Instagram

Here’s a new standard by which we’re going to have to judge social media addiction – the Thousand Oaks gunman stopped in the middle of his rampage in order to post to Instagram. Somehow the children having short attention spans, or getting insomnia from blue light from screens, is going to look a little more trivial after this.

It is hard to believe too, but we’re assured it is true:

California bar shooter posted to social media while inside Borderline Bar & Grill, cops say

Actually, not just that, he stopped shooting to do so.…

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Does Thousand Oaks Prove The Need For Gun Control? Not Really

A useful guide to public policy is that laws passed in haste after public disasters will themselves turn out to be somewhere between useless and disasters. Mature and considered mulling is a necessary, but not sufficient, base for public policy. Thus the immediate and inevitable calls for gun control after the idiocy in Thousand Oaks aren’t quite as persuasive as some might think, the immediacy being one of the problems.

“I don’t want prayers. I don’t want thoughts,” said Susan Orfanos, whose 27-year-old son, Telemachus Orfanos, a navy veteran, died on Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar and Grill.

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Pick The Truth Out Of These Crime Statistics Over Stalking

It’s obvious enough that there really are stalkers out there. People who obsessively follow and interfere with the lives of others. It’s equally obvious that this should – at some limit at least – be a crime and one that is punished in order to dissuade. It is perhaps less obvious that a major push has been made in recent years concerning this crime. More attention is paid to it. At which point we get these statistics, numbers which we’ve got to try and pull the truth out of:

Eight out of 10 people accused of stalking are not charged despite reported cases to the police having tripled in four years.

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The Long Feet of The Law

Dubai police are testing a new device to assist them in the fight against crime, and it is one that police in the UK might make use of.  It is the police hoverbike, designed by Hoversurf.

The police hoverbike will be able to travel at speeds of up to 40mph, for up to 25 minutes and can carry as much as 300kg.  Fine, and it has been tested to cope with the heat and dust the local environment supplies in abundance.

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Quite Delightful – Thief Pays Waitress With Her Own Stolen Credit Card

There are indeed master criminals out there and we never hear of them because they’re, you know, clever enough to be master criminals. My own bribery of government officials was done in a time and place when it was legal for example. There are also those who really should, given their intellectual abilities, stick with the minimum wage mop pushing:

Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just desserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress’ stolen credit card.

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But, But, What Epidemic Of French Suicides Can Orange Executives Be Responsible For?

Over in France several former executives of Orange, France Telecom as was, are up for trial over causing suicides. This is all about the fairly brutal restructuring required at the company in the 00s. Some of those employees forced to restructure committed suicide – perhaps the executives are to blame?

The problem with this being that there wasn’t an epidemic of suicides. We appear to be dealing with little more than ignorance of statistics here.…

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Elizabeth Holmes Of Theranos Hit With Criminal Charges – Yes, Of Wire Fraud

Elizabeth Holmes, and her sidekick, have just been hit with criminal charges over in the US. Which seems reasonable enough, given that they raised $700 million in funding for something that never was going to work and, objectively at least, then spent near a decade lying about it all. However, there is a certain weakness in the case against them as they’ve been charged with wire fraud. This is something of a ragbag, catch all, charge.…

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THE METROPOLITANS — Episode Thirteen

A saga of everyday life in the Big L and a wry look at contemporary culture

By Tony Carden


Episode Thirteen


Dancy moved across the conference room to take a seat where he could see the screen on the wall. Rocco smiled at him as he sat down. ‘Good ta see yah, boy.’

‘How’s Zug?’

‘You know Switzerland. It’s not like London. Great chocolate but no making noises on a Sunday morning.’ He laughed.…

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Rod Liddle’s Heinous Hate Crime

The world is obviously free of anything important for the police to do – you know, arresting old age pensioners who kill off burglars and the like – for they’ve time to investigate Rod Liddle for a hate crime. An entirely heinous one of course, being beastly to the Welsh. To be honest I have some sympathy with the idea that we should stop people being beastly to them, they do after all already labour under the distinct disadvantage of being Welsh, in Wales of all places.…

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Oh Yes, Violent Youths To Be Banned From Sending A Letter

This is one of those things which will so obviously work, isn’t it? The postal system is used by criminals to coordinate their activities. So, if we ban the use of the postal system by criminals then we’ll be able to prevent them from coordinating their activities, won’t we?

Young people who commit violence offences should be banned from using social media such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram, according to the chair of the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime.

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