10 results for month: 01/2009

Facebook is Pimping your Children

Now that Harvard's Berkman Center has reassured us that child predators are not a threat online, we've got a new hustler to worry about. And this time it's Facebook. Buried in the Facebook Terms of Use is this little read and considered clause: By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any ...

Clinical Trials of NYC Foster Children – NYSDOH Coverup Continues

As I editorialized here in 2005, between 1986 and 2001 hundreds of NYC foster children were involuntarily enrolled in medical experiments. Soon after the story broke in the NYT, NYC commissioned a study by the widely respected Vera Institute for Justice. Almost four years later, that long awaited (forgotten?) study was finally released today. After interviewing people familiar with the drug trials, reviewing policy documents, and examining the child welfare files of 796 children, Vera staff identified 532 children who were enrolled in 88 clinical trials and observational research studies. The Vera Report identifies the procedures established to ...

Express Observation (Pedophile Playground)

Millionaire pedophile donates playground equipment and exposes himself during dedication ceremony, plaque removed Link

Express Observation (Berkman Cyber-Whitewash)

More on the cyber-whitewash re: online predators from the WashPost @ Link

Join me on Twitter!

I have joined the world of Twitter as a supplement to this blog. Twitter is great for those "one off" observations and links which are too insignificant for a blog entry (or, more likely, discovered when I'm too busy to blog!). You can easily follow me on Twitter by going to my Twitter page. You can also create your own Twitter account and participate in an interactive conversation. With only 160 characters per entry it's a quick easy way to keep everyone apprised of the latest intel as it happens.

Express Observation (Judge Disbarred for Child Porn)

Disbarment Urged for NJ Judge Convicted of Child Porn and Sex Trafficking Link http://twitter.com/jamesmarshlaw/statuses/1149358876

Foreign Policy Magazine Exposes International Orphan Myth

Last month, Foreign Policy Magazine ran a hard-hitting expose entitled The Lie We Love. It's premise: "Foreign adoption seems like the perfect solution to a heartbreaking imbalance: Poor countries have babies in need of homes, and rich countries have homes in need of babies. Unfortunately, those little orphaned bundles of joy may not be orphans at all." Finally some truth in advertising. Here's reporter E.J. Graff on the international orphan myth: We all know the story of international adoption: Millions of infants and toddlers have been abandoned or orphaned—placed on the side of a road or on the doorstep of a church, or left parentless due ...