Tiger Woods has climbed back to the top of the world golf standings, the first time since his multiple – ooops – affairs came to light, and crumpled his marriage to the gorgeous Ellin Nordegren, way back in 2010 :: Read the full article »»»»
More than fifty websites, blogs and microblog accounts have been shut down over the past week in China, not a huge number right? it is if your a pornster in China, in it’s latest round of crackdowns on online porn the government’s State Internet Information Office - SIIO – said the websites were closed for posting pornographic images, articles, films, amateur videos, online ads for prostitutes.
The SIIO was setup in May 2011, and is the online branch of the überpowerful State Council Information Office, the communist states censorship office. China’s Internet, with the world’s largest number of users – more than 450 million – is a booming industry, attracting investors and government agencies hoping for a stake in online revenues through licensing and regulation.
The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said Tuesday that nearly 1.8 million websites had been checked since the launch of the campaign, and 2,195 cases of dissemination of online pornography have been dealt with.
The office received more than 160,000 porn-related tip-offs from the general public and paid out about more than $AU75,000/¥500,000 to around 5oo informants. Companies and government departments also joined in the campaign. As part of the sting, China Mobile organized 20 employees – mothers of teenagers – to assist with monitoring and reporting mobile sites :: Read the full article »»»»
UPDATE: WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning has been formally charged ahead of a court martial that could see the United States soldier sentenced to life in prison. Manning was charged with 22 counts, the most serious of which is “aiding the enemy”, for allegedly turning over a trove of classified US documents to WikiLeaks in one of the most serious intelligence breaches in US history. The 24-year-old is accused of passing hundreds of thousands of military field reports from Iraq and Afghanistan and US diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks between November 2009 and May 2010, when he was serving in Iraq. The leak of the military documents shed light on civilian deaths, while the diplomatic cables sparked a firestorm by disclosing the private remarks of heads of state and candid observations by senior US officials. The US government slammed the disclosure of the documents by WikiLeaks, saying it threatened national security and the lives of foreigners working with the military and US embassies. WikiLeaks supporters view the site as a whistleblower that exposed US wrongdoing and see Manning as a political prisoner.
Hundreds of adopted children in the United Kingdom have been contacted by their birth parents, who used social media sites like Facebook to track them down. One adoption support group in Victoria says the process can be illegal, and a mother of three adopted children in the UK says it can be highly traumatic. Adopted children can sometimes spend their whole lives wondering about their birth parents because the search process through official channels can take years. One adopted teenager in the UK received a message on Facebook saying “Hello, I am your father. I have been searching for you ever since you were stolen by social services. You look beautiful. I love you so much.” The father who wrote the message is a registered paedophile, whose children were removed by social services and later adopted.
It’s a development that has concerned some psychologists, who fear the destabilizing impact that kind of sudden contact could have. In Britain, health services fear that some birth parents, and in particular those who may have been abusive in the past, could track down their birth children via sites like Facebook to establish or re-establish contact.
Some psychologists have reported that adopted children have displayed troubled behavior after their parents had unexpectedly re-established contact. Read the full article »»»»
WARNING! CONTAINS NUDITY
The list of celebrity regret is awesome, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Kat Dennings, Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, The Weiner, Snooki and Miley Cyrus, all armed with a smartphone, a mirror and a penchant for flashing the flesh. Clearly highpants loves these dribbles and drabs from celebs, there is a more real side to all this though – Regret!? While flashing flesh might be an integral part of the PR machine that is the entertainment industry, in our normal humdrum lives naughty pix can be a pain.
Stories like the 23-year-old woman who dropped her smart phone in a restaurant car park in South Carolina. She thought her treasured photos would be lost forever. Imagine the shock, when nude pictures she had taken on the phone started being sent to people in her contact list. The woman from Spartanburg County called in police when friends began receiving the risqué messages of her posing naked. By the time her phone was disconnected by her network, the naked pix had reached the rest of the world.
Sexting isn’t confined to gender, just ask The Wiener. So is sexting a dismiss-able event? Sure, we’ve all done something in our personal lives that we might not be so proud of. And sure, most everybody is willing to forgive politicians, even accept that it’s just a part of normal for celebrities. There’s always some kind of weirdness out there, isn’t there? The massive concern is that sexting is becoming an acceptable behaviour, concerning because almost the only group that looks up to these 25 cent celebrities are teens.
“Weiner was driven, not by lust–which we can sort of find forgivable–or even by some other kind of desperate passion–but by vanity. It was plain old lousy, dumb, nerdy, unmerited, vaguely pathological and certainly creepy vanity that made him take pictures of what he thought was his handsome virile/viral self and send those pictures to women he didn’t know personally in order to feed his sense of unparallelled perfection” says Gina Barreca of Psychology Today
Two British judges have ruled that Mr Assange can ask the Supreme Court to consider his appeal against extradition. Swedish authorities want to question the 40-year-old over accusations of sexual assault made by two former female WikiLeaks volunteers during a visit to the country last year.
Assange insists the allegations are politically motivated and has voiced concerns that he will inevitably end up in the hands of the United States.
The chink in this theory – which seems to have evaded Assange – is that if the US truly wanted to nab him, they’d have a much larger chance of doing so from the UK, Sweden has a history – recent – of NOT extraditing folk for political reasons.
The British judges have ruled that Julian Assange’s case is of general public importance, but the Supreme Court could still refuse to hear his case :: Read the full article »»»»