The title implies I have a solution, it's a b it far fetched, but s o is the movie which got us into this mess in the first place. I propose we give the North Koreans a taste of their own medicine. We temporarily suspend all prosecution of cybercrime directed a t North Korea. It's a well known fact that while the Communist country has a horrible human rights record for simple crimes, cyberhacking is widely condoned, when a person can get out which is a whole other story. I have long equated cyber crime with minor drug offenses, unless the crime does serious financial or intferstructure damage, the should be sentenced to help secure the Internet in the US. I want the US to declare war on NK not like in the fifties but a cyberwar. I want people who hack NK to be saluted not sentenced.
The major problem was Jackie's story fell apart from the word rape. First of all when these guys were finished attacking her, Jackie found the strength to walk out on her own, without being noticed by a house filled with people (of course there was a party going on). She then called a friend who took her to the hospital. In the original article Jackie bemoans the fact nobody believed her story ( I wonder why ) and it took going to the media for her to see some action.
Enter Sabrina Rubin Erdely who wrote this heart-wreching article in Rolling Stone about this poor helpless freshman girl being raped by these four men repeatedly. Erdely's goal, to seeking "justice" for Jackie, to punish the men who did this to her and to highlight this is a massive problem on campuses across America. We all know the story before. Does the words "Duke Lacrosse" come to mind? It should because in that case the true victims were the accused, just like we have here. Although the media is afraid to call these men "victims", they just became innocent, no harm no foul. Let me ask you this say you are a woman and one of these guys started flirting with you. You enjoy the attention, it goes on. You randomly type his name into your favorite search engine and BAM thes false accusations pop up Nine times out of ten people just look at flashy headlines. The articles written before we all knew this was all a hoax. Hopefully the stories retracting these false charges show up first, but it's not a save bet! What does a women do? Does she confront this guy? Does she ignore them?
The other really disturbing angle to this article is the police weren't given the chance to investigate. G iven all the bad press the cops have gotten lately, this might seem like another blunder. However nine times out of ten the shortcomings of the police are the type of investigation they conduct, not if they do one at all. Erdely never asked the police about an investigation, because no poilice report was even filed. This is one of the most disturbing aspects of this case. If you have problems trusting the police to begin with, Erdley's article seemed like a real cry for help. In reality given Jackie's storyy, thee police had every right to send her one her way. However Erdely protrays Jackie as a "victim" who has nowhere to turn. Sounds more like a Hollywood script than evidence of a crime
Sexual assualt is serious, it is a problem that needs to dealt with forcefully. It is also undereported because sadly there are times when the victim isn't believed, especially if it's a male victim. False claims like the Duke Lacross and now this one at the UVA do just as much damage because men can point to these cases and say they can become victims too. It's time we start believing them!
Photographers get their images ripped off all the time and make the biggest stink, as they should but it seems too often than not writers often face worse offenses. Some photographers watermark their work,, others insist watermarking takes away from the picture. My philosophy is what's worse having a waterma rk or having your picture jacked? I usually get an unrealistic respond like, they'll work around it somehow, which like saying why put water
It's not even that I wrote an entire article but he took my tip and expanded it. I wish he had reached out to me to see if I had a ny details on the incident. I feel, unlike photograph which is an equal amount of skill and luck, there's more background work to an article. I've done research myself, worked through writer's block, dealt with editors and had any number of other trials and tribulations to ovvercome. For a photographer he or she may shoot thousands of photographs to maybe get one or two shots published. The thing of it is one shot can be used. The argument photographers make is it's easier to steal and photograph than a written piece like an article, this is true. Although plenty of articles have been plagurized all over the Internet as well.
One of my pet peeves is photographers who think because they can compose the perfect shot, they can write the perfect article. I read a lot of articles where the writer also takes the pictures. It isn't too difficult for me to tell wether the photography or the writing is their primary ar tform
Justin Mattes ALPCA#6748
ALPCA Garden State Region President
Scenes from Italian Resturant
The Longest Time
No Mans Land
If we didn't have enough to deal with in this countrry now we have an Ebola problem. I'm not talking about an outbreak nor am I really worried, but this recent Kaci Hickox story has once again made me stop and wonder that so maNy people in this country or dying. Why travel to Africa? There's a greater risk of not getting the proper healthcare if the nurses and doctors themselves get sick. That should have been her number one concern when she reentered the country. She's claiming her reward for helping people in a third world country was to be treated like a common criminal. Hickox, who currently isn't showing signs of Ebola, is claiming the people who detained her overreacted without consideration to the fact she is a healthcare professional and therefor knows the risks and the protocol if she developed symptoms. For the record I'm not worried about an Ebola outbreak nor do I slight Hickox for telling her side of the story.The government did overreact
However one of the takeaways I got from the article is on the one hand Ms Kickox is bemoaning the unprofessional behavior upon returning to this country, she has very right to be critical of her treatment. Hickox goes out of her way to highlight the failures of our government. She says by detaining her the government is denying her civil right and now she's filing a lawsuit . Govs. Christie and Cuomo have come underfire for supporting the quarantine but I am not sure that this is warranted. Since she doesn't show signs she should be released, On the other hand if she was released and developed the disease, there a risk she might pass it on to others and then the government would be b lamed for not detecting the threat. The government would also be blamed f or not treating her and therefor putting the public at risk. It would highlight another failure that our government isn't doing enough to keep us safe. That would cause even more fear and overreaction by everyone. Can you imagine the fall out?
I wish Ms nHickox well
I myself have seen the ad and have seen the reactions across the spectrum and something remarkable has happened, people with disabilities aren't upset as people without disabilities. While I'm not particularly fond of the ad myself, and would never have approved it, I'm also not "offended by it either. Once I got past the initial shock of the ad, I happened to agree with it, Greg Abbot did win a medical malpractice lawsuit and is at least giving tort reform supporters a sympathetic ear. I think this needs to be addressed in the debate between them.
Actually I am more pissed at Greg Abbott because again while his disability doesn't define him as a person, it should give him a level of understanding and divorce him from the typical Republican brand. I think that IS fair game and Davis could have legitimately gone after him about it. However doing it now will ensure his victory. Only voters with disabilities will understand this move and I'm not even sure they'll buy it because the original ad is so toxic. It's a Hail Mary even the most saavy political operative couldn't pull off, not now. Abbot is up in the polls and doing this will ensure his victory
It would also do them both some good if they outlined their programs to assist people with disabilities with things like education, job placement and independent living. I think this needs to be addressed anyway, but given the fact one of them indeed has a disability it needs to be put in the forefront. It happened in 2008 when the first woman and the first black presidential candidates were running, what's the difference now?
- Recognize other people have CP- while everyone is an individual there are commons themes that folks that only have CP can g et. Never compare yourself to other people but learn from their experiences and share your experiences with other kids
- One minute you think you're on to of the world, the next minute it come crashing down CP has a funny way of getting in the way at the lousest time. Even when you're going out to dinner, try to eat at home, less food you eat less chance of it spilling on you
- Not everyone is picking on you - I still have a hard time telling the difference between a tease and sound advice.. It's an art you need to master on your own
- Sympathy sucks, understanding rocks Yeah this is another one that needs some good judgement on your part. Sympathy runs thin very fast and in the end yo u'll hate yourself for making people feel that way. Although when you're really frustrated sympathy might make you feel better, it will make you feel worse in the long run
- Your parents are human- Yeah hard to believe sometimes with all the crap they go through to make your lifre easier, they still sometimes don;t get it. There will be times where you'll think they're horrible, but the really are always looking out for you.
- Sabrina can be understanding and angry at you at the same time Trust me if your climb a 100ft mountain, she'll say you can climb 200 feet. If you upset her, she'll call you out on it. You'll always be her older brother but she'll always feel responsible for you. Speaking of siblings, some day she might make you an uncle.; It will be the coolest thing in the world
- Some people just don't get it There will always be people who will treat you like a second class person, they're jerks. They don't have the capacity of caring anid so you shouldn't be bogged down thinking about them
- Stay away from people who say they know what you 're going through Pardon the langauge but that's pu re BS this is kind of an extention of #7 but I feel that people who say this are just trying to make you feel better. When this is the case just tell them you just need someone to- talk to
- Never allow someone to label you If you are secure about who you are, nobody sho uld be able to take that away from you.
- You' are your own best advocate Again this is one I haven't quit mastered myself, much to the dismay of my parents. You need to become vocal on your own behalf and vocal doesn't always mean speech. You need to develop your ways of communicating NOW, you'll need them later
Please visit the World CP Day website for more information
|The hive hanging on the branch.|
|The destruction and removal of the evil nest|
The riots in St Louis about the shooting of a teenager sparked this status update on Facebook. I am not here to judge nor to defend actions. However I posted the status bel=ow and got a huge number of "likes".Just a thought.... I have been discriminated against at times in my life, been called names I KNEW were lies, have seen hate in a man's eyes because I was different. YET I have NEVER felt the urge to destory the town I live in. I hated people that occupied the local school, yet NEVER thought about taking their lives. RIOTS destroy where YOU live and are NOT the answer. While I would never preach "give peace a chance" I question the destruction of one's "hometown" as a method of expressing one's dissatisfaction in the environment they occupy........Just a thought
— in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
|The view from our hotel room|
It was great seeing everyone, including Tom Smith, Tom and Susan Allen, Tom Baur and the rest of the plate collecting barflies at the hotel water. Everyone wanted to know how the trip went and I left no detail omitted. However I always ended the discussion, "....but it was worth it", although the juries out on whether my folks agree. Jeff Minard greeted me with a smile and just say h e was glad I made it. Before I knew it I had a cold Yuengling in my hand and called home to tell my concerned mother I made it. She knew by the sound of my voice things didn't go quite as we planned, but was pleased to see I connected with Rick.
The first day of trading I found where Marco Tramelli and Dale Bernecker's tables and they graciously let me setup my one box of plates up on one of their tables. We each took turns standing watch and talking. I enjoyed chatting with people as they stopped by and was even more thrilled to find I made a few sales in the process!! Everyone seemed to notice during the convention I took the scooter from our hotel over the sky way, parked it near what I now call "The New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania Compound" and roamed parts of the convention on foot which gave Gary Walker to place not one but TWO business cards/ stickers on the back of the seat!!. Yes Gary I had a very hard time peeling them off!!
Justin Mattes ALPCA#6748
Below is the post I made to the ALPCA Facebook and Listserv and is a preview of my report on the 60th ALPCA convention!! It's something different that I wannted to try and figured it will settle my nerves a little. This is actually a pretty long post for Facebook standards and will not replace my Rochester Report due out next week
Well I'm sitting here just completing my want list, printing my ticket for the train, making sure Marco brings my trade box, packing the plates I have for the Favorite plate display and the plates I'm donating to the auction,charging the "portable" scooter, programming my radio and trying to settle myself from the nervousness of a 7 hour train ride alone.Thinking about getting off the train in one piece, easing my parents' mind that everything will fall into place, just like it has for the 9 other conventions I have attended. I look forward to more conversations with folks like Jeff Minard, Tom and Susan Allen, Tim Stentiford among other wonderful friends I have made over the years It has been said a few times on here' but this is ALPCA'S 60TH year. It also happens to be my 20th year in the club and my 10th convention!!! For those who know me, know this journey isn't an easy one for me, but it's worth it!!!! Safe travels to all
Justin Mattes #6748
Back in the sixties in the South black people orginized "sit-ins" where they would sit in "Whites Only Sections" in resturants and demand they be served. Of course this all started with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. It started a chain reaction whites and blacks sat in white sections together and refuse to leave until they were forced, sometimes causing bodily harm. However they stood their ground and brought down a way of life that scared this country since before it was born! They saw change.
A small part of the moment also involved stars, like Ray Charles, who famously refused to play segergated venues, most fam ously in Georgia. We all know the story Georgia "banned him for life" then revoked the ban, issued him an formal apology and made "Georgia on My Mind" the state song. It was a ha pp y ending.
However times have changed a bit. W hile we as our country are still fighting injustices, and always will by the way, we should evolve because our country has evolved. There are other avenues, like social media, to point out these injustices. However there need to be a throw back to th e sixties and stand up for what you believe it
despite a little wet weather 47 collectors gathered *in the
ballroom at the Resorts Casino and Hotel. Trading was brisk inside
what is an amazing layout rivaling Las Vegas. Chuck Bahnor once again drove in
from Indiana to spend some time with us, always great to see him. We
also had the usual suspects like Roy Rich(representing the ALPCA Board),
Jim Moini, Walter O., Dale Bernecker to name
a few. John Anshant and John Willard drove in from Pennsylvania with
plenty of plates for sale Marco's wife Kristy once again handled to
registration desk . Paul Rosenberg "won" the shortest distance award,
he owns Atlantic City Taxi and instead of business cards, hands out gambling
chips with his phone number on them, too bad they couldn't be redeemed in the
casino!!!!The staff at Resorts did a great job providing coffee and
water. They even helped us load and unload plates!For the second time in a row
our meet was covered by the media, Ben Preston from BBC Auto came down
from New York City to report on the day's activities and to snap a few
pictures. The date change did have an impact on attendance but we now
know for next year and won't have a problem. Last but certainly not
least I want to thank my mom, Mary, who drove me down by herself,
definitely an adventure onto itself!!! The first ALPCA Garden State Region
Southern meet is now in t he books and we'll see you in Elmwood Park on
Justin Mattes 6748
ALPCA Garden State Region
As a writer and someone who has lost numerous friends and mentors over the years, I feel I need to tip my hat to Dan Aykroyd, who co-created Ghostbusters with Mr. Ramis. It is the movie worlds worst kept secret Aykroyd and Ramis have been working on a third installment of the paranormal series for years. Rumors have flown that Bill Murray wasn't happy with the script and the dynamic writing duo were trying to please him. kLast I heard before the great Egon passed, was Bill was slowly coming around. Now it's unknown wether it will ever happen. The script Aykroyd has been revising may never come to the silver screen which is a shame I feel. It makes you wonder what kind of gems are hidden? How would the special effects look?
RIP Harold Ramis
What does Harold Ramis's Death Mean f or 'Ghosterbusters 3'?byJoal Ryan