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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Facebook Post Saves Mom and Daughter!!!

    Social Media often gets a bad rap.  Too much information, invasion of privacy, intrusive...but social media via a Facebook Post saved a Mom and Daughter that had been kidnapped.  Forbes posted this story:

    E.D. Kain, Contributor

    I write about tech policy, nerd culture, and the future.

    12/28/2011 @ 12:35PM |32,360 views

    Mom and Baby Rescued After Facebook Status Update

    Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...Image via CrunchBase

    A Utah woman and her 17-month old son were rescued after a five-day abduction after the woman hid in a closet and posted a Facebook update on a laptop that said she and her son would be “dead by morning” which prompted a call to local police.

    At times these horror stories are simply overwhelming. Yesterday we heard about the nine-year-old girl, Aliahna Lemmon, who was killed by a baby-sitter in Indiana. These things are inexplicable and terrifying – especially for those of us who are parents.

    So I read about a woman being saved thanks to internet access and social media, and a part of me is thrilled. Social media is changing the world. It’s helping stoke revolutions, topple dictators, and save women from predators.

    Maybe there’s an app out there already that could quickly and automatically report an assault or abduction and send the location to police. But there’s also more room for predators to use that same technology to track and harm their victims. It’s a double-edged sword.

    More fundamentally, technology is a limited tool. It always has been and it always will be trumped by humanity. Most sexual abuse happens in the home, by family members or trusted friends. The senseless murder of Aliahna Lemmon at the hands of a neighbor is just one of countless examples of this. Technology cannot save us from the monsters that lurk in the bed in the next room.

    Technology won’t save us from bad decisions.

     

    But if technology can’t save us, what can?

    I am left despondent. So many questions, too few answers. Women’s rights and education; transparency in institutions; increased prosperity – these are all small pieces to the puzzle.

    Sexual violence is especially bad in closed communities in isolated areas with low median incomes. You can see it in small town America or the sexual abuse in the Irish Catholic Church. The problem, of course, is that the institution with the least transparency is and always will be the nuclear family.

    Somewhere the balance between privacy and the safety of children has to be determined, but it’s almost inevitable that the balance won’t be struck in a way that pleases everyone.

    Libertarian writer Andrew Cohen has suggested parenting licenses. I think that we should do everything we can to educate people on parenting skills and other life skills, but such a ham-handed approach is never going to work. Indeed, it’s quite surprising to hear a libertarian suggest such a thing, though certainly the horror stories make me sympathetic to the idea behind the scheme.

    In any case, neither technology nor the government can save us from ourselves. I believe we can and will evolve, that our better angels will snuff out the demons eventually. Perhaps tech will guide us on that path. And perhaps stories such as the Utah abduction, as horrible as it is, will give us some hope.

    Follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Read my Forbes blog here.

    Next time you hear someone complaining about social media - you can let them know that it definitely has it's merits and can even save lives!!!

  • Pharmacy Manager Douses Suspect in Pepper Spray - Video

    Pepper Spray was used by a Pharmacy Manager on a man that tried to hold up a pharmacy.  Fox News Insider posted this Video showing Susan Beller replying to his hold up note with Pepper Spray.  She really blasted him in the face with this and then she and another pharmacy employee chased the man out of the store.

    Apparently, the man had so much pepper spray (actually, she used Bear Pepper  Spray which has a range of 15 - 20 feet) his parents called 911 and that is how he was caught.  I wonder how proud they were of their son??

    Good for Susan Beller for spraying him!!!!

  • Pepper Spray Will Definitely Clear A Room, Yes...Pepper Spray

    Sometimes meetings, banquets, events just run long.  While no one wants to claim they are boring and we'd rather be somewhere else - fact is it's often true.  One security guard  found a way to clear a room and put an end to long speeches - Pepper Spray  yes, pepper spray.

    My Plainview.com reports their Chamber Banquet was a burning, wheezing success full story! !  Apparently, a security guard came to check on upcoming events and leaned up against a wall and accidentally discharged his pepper spray.  The pepper spray was believed to travel through the ventilation system from the hallway into the grand ballroom.

    The Man of the Year was giving his speech and the coughing began, then wheezing and everyone was joining in.  Could his speech have been that bad??  While it continued to get worse they finally realized what it was.  The Chief of Police then informed the crowd they could leave through the side doors and avoid the lobby.

    Pepper Spray when used correctly can be a great personal safety tool.  Accidentally, discharge it and pepper spray can clear a room.  I'm sure the security guard will make sure the safety is on his pepper spray from now on and won't live down the jokes for quite awhile!!!

     

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    Here is a video showing some of the pepper spray that is available in Pink.

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  • Facebook Parenting For The Troubled Teen - Right or Wrong???

    It seems a parent of a teen took matters into his own hands.  Tommy Jordan wasn't happy about what his 15 year old daughter posted on facebook.  She blocked her parents and her tirade began.  This didn't keep her parents away and kid (and everyone alike) should know what is on Facebook does not stay private.  Mr. Jordan was not happy with what he found and he posted this video on YouTube.  He shows himself shooting, yes, shooting, his daughers laptop.

    Mr. Jordan was not happy about a post his daughter Hannah made on facebook.  Apparently, she was tired of chores and wrote an open letter to her parents  complaining about her life but blocked them from seeing it.  The thing is...what is posted on Facebook isn't really private and something like this will get around very quickly.

    The video has a link to a facebook page where  Mr. Jordan posted the video.  He wanted to be sure his daughter and all her friends would see it.  The video and the Facebook page have gone viral.  The YouTube video has over 25,000, 000 hits...yes, millions and 285,905 likes and 26,675 dislikes.  The facebook post has 84,051 likes (they don't have a "dislike" button, 37,672 comments and 33,241 shares. 

    Reviews on this are obviously mixed.  Some comments praise Mr. Jordan, "way to go", "you are my hero" and others are not so kind, "you need counseling", "what an idiot"...in fact, the video even caught the attention of CPS.

    Right or Wrong???  What do you think???

  • Cut In Line At McDonalds - Get Tased

    News this week is talking about a mother who cut in line at a local McDonald's and ending up getting tased.   The woman drove all the way up to the pickup window and wanted to place her order, pay and pickup rather than wait in line.  The staff refused to wait on her.

    Here is the full story from the fayobserver.com:

    Published: 01:54 AM, Sat Feb 04, 2012

    Cumberland County Sheriff's deputies use Taser on woman blocking McDonald's drive-through

    Staff writer
    Deputies used a Taser on a woman who wouldn't surrender to them after she cut into a McDonald's drive-through line and then refused to move her car without being served, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.Evangeline Marrero Lucca, 37, of the 100 block of Snow Hill Church Road, pulled up to the window of the McDonald's on Legion Road, near Black and Decker Road, on Friday afternoon and held up the line for about 20 minutes before deputies arrived, said Debbie Tanna, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.Staff at the restaurant reported that Lucca drove her Ford Taurus to the pickup window, bypassing the order screen and payment window, and tried to order her food there, she said."She did not want to wait in line," Tanna said. "They told her she had to go around and wait like everybody else did and place her order that way, that they weren't set up at that window to take her order or take her money. ... She wasn't having any of that."

    The woman refused to move her vehicle and became confrontational with the employees, she said.

    "When we arrived, she really got mad," Tanna said.

    Attempts to reach Lucca for comment were unsuccessful Friday.

    Customer Anthony Rich said he pulled into the parking lot to order lunch and found a long line of cars at the drive-through. He said he got in line and waited, eventually getting up to the first window, where he commented about the long line.

    An employee told him the woman was refusing to move, Rich said.

    The employee told him the woman frequently comes to the restaurant and cuts in line, and that, "We're not having it anymore, so we called the cops," Rich said.

    Lisa Powell, who owns the franchise for that McDonald's location, said in a prepared statement that employees called deputies "after lengthy conversation with the customer" about why her actions were unsafe.

    Rich said deputies soon arrived at the scene and ordered Lucca to get out of the car, but she refused. The deputies continued their orders for about 20 minutes, until they finally removed a young girl, he said.

    "Two or three officers entered the car with her and started trying to forcibly drag her out of the car, and that's when you could hear the clicking sound of the Taser one time," Rich said. "They pulled on her a couple of times, and then they Tased (stunned) her again, and when they Tased (stunned) her the second time, she just flopped out of the car like a fish."

    Lucca was charged with second-degree trespassing. Social workers took custody of her 3-year-old child who was in the car, Tanna said.

    Tanna said deputies are not allowed to use Tasers on a person who simply refuses to comply with orders without danger involved, but in this case Lucca was engaging in "threatening behavior."

    "Our top priority was making sure people weren't hurt because we didn't know if she was going to drive the car off and run over somebody," Tanna said. "Then there was the baby in the car we were concerned about."

    The deputies performed a "drive stun" on Lucca, a technique that does not involve firing probes into the target's skin, she said.

    A drive stun involves removing the Taser cartridge and touching the weapon directly on the skin to create a "pain compliance effect," according to the Fayetteville Police Department's use of force policy. A drive stun is applied to pressure points on the surface of the skin and allows officers to restrain a suspect without full incapacitation.

    Staff writer Gregory Phillips contributed to this report.

    Staff writer James Halpin can be contacted at halpinj@fayobserver.com or 486-3509.
    What in the world was that woman teaching her child and why would she not move out of the way??  Some people believe that rules don't apply to them at all.  Do it enough and you will eventually pay the consequences just as Miss Lucca found out.  Visit Website
  • Electronic Barking Dog Alarm - Video

    I've had the idea of this video for quite awhile.  I just decided one day I really ought to go and attempt to make this.  The first dog is my dog...and the second one - well he is a scary dog!!    I hope you enjoy the video!!!

    Electronic Barking Dog Alarm

  • Pink - Personal Safety Products

    Pink - Personal Safety Products.

  • Walking Dogs Gets You Tased???

    There has been a lot of controversy after a man was tased when he walked away from a Park Ranger.  The man - Gary Hesterberg, was detained by a female Park Ranger.  He gave her a fake name and was told to stay where he was repeatedly but he walked away which led to him getting tased.

    The Huffington Post has a story January 31, 2012 about this in more detail.


    California Park Ranger Uses Taser On Man Walking Dogs Off-leash

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    SUDHIN THANAWALA   01/31/12 08:11 PM ET  AP

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    MONTARA, Calif. — A man walking his dogs in a federal park was hit with a stun gun and arrested by a park ranger who accused him of not putting a leash on the animals and giving a false name, astonishing passers-by who say the reaction was excessive.

    The ranger deployed the Taser stun gun on Gary Hesterberg on Sunday after he ignored the ranger's orders and tried to walk away, the National Park Service said. Hesterberg was allegedly walking his dogs without leashes in violation of the rules of Rancho Corral de Tierra, which was incorporated into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in December.

    "It appears the incident began as one of several educational contacts that day about the NPS rules on dog-walking," said Howard Levitt, the recreation area's communications director. "But this one developed into a more serious law enforcement situation when the person being contacted provided false information."

    Hesterberg allegedly refused to provide the ranger with printed identification, and she realized he had told her a false name when she called dispatchers to verify, Levitt said. While she was on the telephone, "the man failed to heed repeated orders to remain at the scene" and the ranger used her Taser, he said.

    The encounter is being reviewed just like any other use of force by a law enforcement officer, Levitt said. The ranger, whom he would not identify, remains on the job, he said.

    "Any law enforcement officer has a variety of means by which to insure compliance in a law enforcement situation, so the standard is they exercise reasonable judgment to ensure compliance in any situation they find themselves in," Levitt said.

    A witness, Michelle Babcock, told the San Francisco Chronicle () the ranger never gave Hesterberg an explanation as to why he was being detained and then hit him with the stun gun in the back. http://bit.ly/y9rHph

    "He just tried to walk away," Babcock said. "She never gave him a reason. ... It didn't make any sense."

    Calls to a telephone listing for Hesterberg were not immediately returned Tuesday. No one answered the door at Hesterberg's home in Montara, a coastal community in San Mateo County with about 3,000 residents.

    A neighbor, Judith Rosenberg, said she heard about the incident from a woman who claimed to have witnessed it. Rosenberg, who was walking her own dog when she found out, said she complained in an email to federal park officials.

    "I was very concerned they are tasering people just for not having their dogs on a leash," said the 55-year-old. "It just seems really excessive."

    Rosenberg said the chief ranger for the recreational area replied with some details of the incident. In the response, which she shared with The Associated Press, Kevin Cochary said Hesterberg was "not compliant, tried to run away and lied to the investigating ranger about his name."

    "We will look into this matter in depth," Cochary wrote.

    Hesterberg was arrested on suspicion of failing to obey a lawful order, having dogs off-leash and knowingly providing false information, Levitt said.

    Rancho Corral de Tierra was privately owned until it became part of the recreation area in December. Residents were accustomed to letting their dogs roam there both on and off leashes, Levitt said.

    The recreation area has proposed tougher rules for dog walkers, including requiring leashes in open spaces where dogs currently roam untethered and closing some popular dog-walking areas to canines. The ranger was trying to educate residents about the leash requirement, Levitt said.

    Park service officials and environmentalists said they want to protect some 1,200 native plant and animal species, including the Snowy Plover, a federally endangered shorebird.

    This controversial move by the Park Ranger has caused quite a stir.  Was she justified in using a taser for this type of infraction??  He did lie to her and was not paying attention to her commands.  Should she have done something different????

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