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This story just absolutely makes my blood boil. How in the hell could he only get 2 years for doing this to his own child. And people want me to believe we would be a better Nation if we made Christianity our National Religion. I don't freaking think so!
"The Kitchen Witches," Little Fish Theatre, San Pedro, CAAugust 4th 2013
Photos courtesy of Mickey Elliot.
The Food Network features cooking royalty (read: celebrities), with kitchens to die for, prep work that appears by magic, and time condensed so that three-hour ragus are done, from start to finish, in thirty seconds. Cable Access TV, on the other hand, presents "The Kitchen Witches" Izzy Lomax (Adriana Bate) and Dolly Biddle (Madeleine Drake), with shows of dubious production values that are more like outtakes than polished footage. Mortal enemies from way back, the two women share a TV kitchen, a lot of baggage, and a long-held secret. Written by Caroline Smith and directed by C. Ryanne Laratonda for Little Fish Theatre, it's a hilarious and touching story of reconciliation, renewal, and redemption.
The gun control people are already trying to use this as yet another reason to screw with our right to bear arms. But, as far as I'm concerned this isn't about gun control. It's about common sense. Or rather the lack of it shown by those who are responsible for having a school built that close to two hunting leases. Yes, hunters should be careful where they shoot. However, I don't care how careful they are, a school built that close to hunting leases is a tragedy waiting to happen.
School officials are now considering putting up a cinder-block wall to protect the kids. My neighbor, Eric Kennedy, (yes, he's related to those Kennedy's), is an avid hunter, and knows just how far a bullet can travel. He has suggested what I consider a better plan for solving this whole dilemma. To quote him "If we are going to start fixing America let's do it right. Screw the cinder-block wall. Just move the politicians in City Hall and the County Courthouse to the new school. They would have a brand new buildings, plenty of desks, wonderful views, wildlife all around them, and a great big parking lot they could play basketball in. The kids could be moved to City Hall and the Courthouse where they would be safe." Kudos, Eric for what I consider a completely brilliant idea on how to solve that problem!
This incident is disturbing in many ways. Not only have two children been shot, but according to what I have read, one land owner will not be leasing his land out after this year. Is it because of the school now being there? Had the land been leased for hunting before the school was built there? If so, why should a land owner have to give up leasing his land out? Shouldn't the people who are responsible for building the school where it is have thought about those hunting leases, and the revenue they bring in to the land owner and the community, before they built the school there?
Speaking of money. Did money exchange hands under the table for that school to actually be built where it was? If so, what price did those receiving that now bloodstained money put on the lives of the children in their community?
Even with privacy safeguards like the school claims it has followed in place, isn't there a risk that a hacker could gain control of the remote feature on those distributed laptops via one of their Trojan Horse or other programs? And isn't there a terrible irony in the possibility that a hacker could possibly gain control of computers given to students to work on via such a Trojan Horse program? When one considers just how sick and vicious some of the hackers and trolls roaming the internet today are, I think the question of just how safe the laptops given to students really are, most definitely needs to be addressed. Should the answer to that question be not 100% safe, then when one considers what could happen if a hacker with pedophile tendencies gained control of one or more of those distributed laptops, it is enough to chill the blood of any loving parent.
Giving laptops out for students to work on is a wonderful idea. However, given the possible potential for misuse by the schools themselves, as well as by hackers, it is a wonderful idea that needs to be carefully thought out and well studied to insure that those gifts do not themselves become Trojan Horses that could wind up biting the givers and receivers of those gifts in the butt in some very sad and savage ways. What the school in Pa. has been accused of, could wind up only being the tip of the iceberg where that matter is concerned. Think about it.......
When you take into consideration that students are very likely to take those laptops supplied by the school into their bedrooms to do homework on, the idea of the school having remote web cams that can be turned on at any time, is disgustingly scary to say the very least.
The real irony here is that this Big Brother behavior by the school was uncovered when an assistant principal told a student he thought he had engaged in inappropriate behavior at home, then produced a photograph taken by the web cam on the computer supplied by the school as evidence. None of the stories I've read so far have said what the inappropriate behavior of the young student was. I can't help but feel that whatever that student did, it isn't half as bad as what the school has done by invading the homes of its students in the manner it has.
Some students from that school are now placing masking tape over the web cams and microphones on their school supplied computers. And though many are probably going to laugh at this, I actually started putting a small piece of sticky note over the built in iSight cameras on my macs a couple of years ago after watching a movie where a hacker took control of a computer web cam. I figured even back then, better safe than sorry when it came to that all seeing little eye on the top of my display screen.
The Lower Merion School District should ashamed of itself for violating the privacy of its students, as well their parents in the manner it has. They are at best, guilty of a form of illegal wiretapping, and at worst, no better than a pedophile who puts hidden cameras in bathrooms. The faculty members responsible for this breach of privacy need to be held accountable for their actions. And the school district as a whole needs to understand that their job of monitoring students does not extend past the boundaries of the schoolyard.
Anyone who is reading these words, and thinks there is such a thing as a safe place on the net, needs to do a reality check. First all, the term net, when used in connection with the online thing means Network. Not like the net under a high wire that is there to safely catch the person walking that high wire should he or she slip and fall from the wire. Realistically speaking, when in comes to private information, there is no safety net, for the net itself. If you learn nothing else today, please take note of, and learn that lesson.
If you are a conservative type person, especially one of those pillars of the community types, my advice is NEVER say or post anything on the net you wouldn't want to see posted at, oh let's say your local post office bulletin board. If you are not at all conservative, or the pillar of the community type, and are really adventurous, not to mention an exhibitionist at heart, go ahead and say and post whatever you want, anywhere you want. Then, hope like hell it never comes back to haunt should you decide to settle down and become a conservative pillar of the community type. I suggest all those that fall somewhere in between those two categories use common sense and discretion when posting anything on the net, including private information about yourself.
I'm not trying to scare you so bad here you throw your mouse down in utter horror and run screaming from your computer. But, I am trying to make anyone reading these words, be you a net savvy person like myself, or a newbie to the net, realize that the term "privacy on the net" is an oxymoron at best. If companies aren't trying to track you to find out as much info as they can in hopes of selling you something you don't really need, hackers are busy as beavers in a flood trying to figure out new and creative ways of hacking Facebook, Twitter and other such sites. In between all that, there are network glitches like the one AT&T customers are occasionally experiencing.
Do enjoy your time on the net. The world wide web can be a fun, interesting, and even educational place at times. Just use common sense caution when surfing, making posts, and divulging private information about yourself, and/or friends and family because among many other things, the net can also be a dangerous place for those who don't understand how it truly works, and sometimes really messes up.
My perusal this morning of the technology news headlines this morning also made me more aware the Google Hack has raised many concerns concerning China.
And on an Oddly Enough news note, Montenegro's only hippopotamus has escaped from the mountainous Adriatic nation's zoo.