•April 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment
“Police in Manchester have said they will begin recording offen[s]es against members of alternative subcultures in the same way they do attacks based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity,” reports The Guardian.
The Manchester police made its decision in response to the fatal attack five-years ago on Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend.
“Even though Manchester police are recording the attacks at hate crimes, England’s courts cannot acknowledge the special designation. The country’s [statutes] say crimes can be motivated by hate only when they’re committed due to a victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity,” notes the International Business Times.
This decision by the Manchester Police may not impact the prosecution of crimes against goths, but it makes it seem more likely that goths eventually will be given protected status in England. In any event, it is a good policy — if you are going to have hate-crime laws, then you should have to include goths as a protected group.
•March 12, 2013 • 7 Comments
The movie was not made for me. However, Mila Kunis has never looked better.
Says Elizabeth Rappe in an article published on Jezebel.
The new Disney movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful is not on my must-see list. The movie has been plagued by legal issues, bad reviews and too much testosterone. I set out to blog about the intellectual property issues in Oz. L. Frank Baum’s books were written over one hundred years ago and are now part of the public domain. Warner Brothers holds the copyright to the 1939 film, Wizard of Oz. Here is the TL:DR… Anyone can use the plot from these books to make new films, but cannot use the visuals (e.g., ruby slippers, the shade of green for the wicked witch) from the Judy Garland movie.
I had high hopes for Oz: The Great and Powerful. I am a fan of L. Frank Baum, the author of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the creator of the the world of Oz. I loved the film the Wizard of Oz and its portrayal of Dorothy. I even liked the Wiz. Of course, I loved Wicked.
But Metacritic gives the movie an overall 45 out of 100. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 61 percent fresh rating. Eek. Those are not good scores.
And then there is the fascinating article by Elizabeth Rappe about Disney’s prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Ms. Rappe explains why it was such a huge misstep for the new film to make the Wizard the hero rather than one of the female characters. As article explains, the male characters in the Oz series were almost always the sidekicks whereas “the feisty, heroic characters of Oz are all young women.” And here is where the context in which Baum created the world of Oz gets really interesting -
Baum was a feminist. He was an avid supporter of women’s suffrage, and was happily married to the outspoken, intelligent, and energetic Maud Gage Baum, who had gone to Cornell, and sacrificed dreams of degrees to marry him. Their marriage was an unusual one for the time, as Frank happily let her wear the pants, assert her authority, and rule the house.
Baum’s mother-in-law was none other than famous activist and suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage. She was a frequent visitor at their house, as were many other suffragettes of the time, including Susan B. Anthony. Baum was not only sympathetic to their cause, but active towards it, serving as the secretary for Aberdeen Women’s Suffrage Club, and writing editorials for the “Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer,” urging citizens to vote for women’s suffrage.
What is more, it turns out that Baum’s mother-in-law had some pretty open-minded views on witches. “In particular, she was obsessed with witches and witchcraft, whose demonization she saw as irrational and devaluing of women long before 1990s-style Wiccans took up the call of recharacterizing witches as ‘wise women.’” Glynda, the Good Witch is supposed to be modeled after Ms. Gage.
I find this stuff fascinating. So, I am going to skip the new movie and go back and read these books.
•March 11, 2013 • 1 Comment
Marc Randazza just pwned Hunter Moore aka ”The Most Hated Man on the Internet.”
Hunter Moore is a notorious cyber-bully and the founder of IsAnyoneUp.com, a revenge-porn website. (Revenge-porn sites, for those unfamiliar, are sites that allow slighted lovers to submit and upload naked photos of their exes to humiliate them). IsAnyoneUp.com is now defunct, but according to recent interviews, Moore plans to start a new site that takes revenge-porn to a new and “scary as shit” level — a site that not only posts naked photos of people without their permission but also posts their addresses. As Moore recently explained to BetaBeat, “We’re gonna introduce the mapping stuff so you can stalk people.” Terrific.
Outside of his revenge-porn business, Mr. Moore also takes time to defame individuals, like James McGibney, the founder of Bullyville.com. McGibney is the one who convinced Moore to shut down his now infamous “Isanyoneup.com” revenge porn website for a nominal fee. But Moore then turned his attention to McGibney, going on an online rampage and falsely accusing McGibney of possessing child pornography and engaging in child abuse.
A defamation suit is really the only recourse for the victim of this kind of attack. In an effort to take down Moore, Marc Randazza –who typically defends defamation cases — took on McGibney’s defamation claim.
Randazza proved Moore’s statements about McGibney were false, and also showed that his client had suffered $250,000 in damages. Mr. McGibney may never really be able to undo the damage to his reputation by Mr. Moore’s statements, but this judgment should make it less likely that the statements will be repeated.
•March 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment
•February 28, 2013 • 2 Comments
For as long as 19 days, [the] decomposing body was in one of the hotel’s four cisterns while the . . . guests below drank cups of water, bathed and brushed their teeth.
A maintenance worker, checking on complaints about the hotel’s water, found the young Canadian tourist on February 19 . . . .
It is unclear how the woman ended up in the water tank.
Shudder. Hotels already give me the creeps (in a bad way). Now, I have two new things to be anxious about: ending up in the water tank and drinking corpse water.
Guests who drank the corpse water have filed a class-action suit against the hotel.
•February 16, 2013 • 1 Comment
Well actually, that is exactly what I was wondering while watching the Russian meteorite videos. I couldn’t figure out how everyone was able to drive so calmly while filming the meteor exploding overhead in the air.
Market Place explains,
Turns out there’s so much corruption over there in the courts and in law enforcement in particular that the only protect yourself against false charges or claims of liability is to have proof. Hence everybody has a dash-cam in their cars.
I can’t help thinking that dashboard cams will be all the rage here in the U.S., too. Not that I think the police and judges here compare with Russia. It just seems like where we are headed.
•February 13, 2013 • 1 Comment
“This might look to you as a skull made of plaster, but in fact there are thousands of sheets [of paper].”