Human Behavior

Revenge on Purveyors of Revenge Porn

by Diane Dimond on April 13, 2015

Superior Court Judge William Gill

California Superior Court Judge David Gill

Can I get a high-five and a hallelujah for the California judge who recently sentenced cyber-criminal Kevin Bollaert to 18 years behind bars? Finally, at least some of the smarmy creatures who psychopathically roam the dark corners of the internet are being brought to justice.

Every indication is that laws and punishments are slowly but surely catching up with these creeps.

Bollaert, 27, is one of those repulsive human beings who made money off the pain of others by posting so-called “revenge porn,” sexually suggestive photographs exchanged between lovers and then used to humiliate when the relationship soured. [click to continue…]

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Jodi Arias Before Turning to Murder

Jodi Arias – Seen Before Resorting to Murder

In the summer of 2008, Jodi Arias stabbed her boyfriend nearly thirty times, slashed his throat, shot him in the head and left him in the shower of his Mesa, Arizona home. Eleven days later, the attractive 28-year-old was arrested and the public became transfixed by her case.

Nearly seven years after the vicious murder Arias has yet to be sentenced on the finding that she is guilty of the first-degree premeditated murder of Travis Alexander. Two separate juries have deadlocked on whether she should be executed for the crime.

Now, under Arizona law, the death penalty is off the table and later this month a judge will finally announce her sentence – likely life in prison. [click to continue…]

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More Female Police Officers, Please

by Diane Dimond on March 30, 2015

Female Officers Could Bring Different Culture to Streets

Female Officers Could Bring Different Culture to Streets

When you were growing up and there was a dispute between siblings who stepped in to bring about a peaceful solution? Probably Mom, right?

And when mediation was necessary to decide the evening’s curfew, your punishment if you ignored it or when you were mature enough for driving lessons I’m guessing it was Mom front and center.

Soothing raw nerves, introducing diplomatic distractions and solutions and hugging away bruised feelings are all female specialties. It’s just human nature. [click to continue…]

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Applying Newton’s First Law of Motion to Politics

by Diane Dimond on March 23, 2015

Newton's Law Warns - No Motion, No Change

Newton’s Law Warns – No Change Without Outside Force

Bravo and Hooray! We the American people have officially identified what’s wrong with this country.

For four straight months now the Gallup organization’s poll question, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” has gotten the same answer. Respondents have concluded that it is (can I get a drum roll, please?) the government.

Gallup reports the economy and unemployment, healthcare, race relations and immigration all continue to worry us but dissatisfaction with our government is the most often mentioned concern these days. In addition, Gallup says 67% of us are not satisfied with the direction the United States is headed. [click to continue…]

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Israel Speaks About Iran But Are We Listening?

by Diane Dimond on March 9, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Okay, so let me get this straight. We need to add the conflict in the Middle East to the list of things our politicians cannot agree upon. Is that right?

Our schismatic U.S. Congress – the body that makes the laws we are all bound to live by – can’t agree on what to do about immigration, long overdue tax reform, environmental issues, economic policies, budgetary matters and now they’re also divided on how to treat Israel — our strongest ally in the never ending war of ideologies in the Middle East? Really? [click to continue…]

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Paternity Fraud Begs the Question: Who’s the Daddy?

by Diane Dimond on February 23, 2015

The Justice System Has to be Fair - to Everyone

The Justice System Has to be Fair – to Everyone

There is a lot of unfairness in the world.  The American justice system stands ready to counter that, right?

Not so fast.

When it comes to men and allegations of paternity women have a decidedly upper hand. Whatever the woman claims in court most often becomes fact. And once a court has ruled on paternity and established child support it can be next to impossible change. Not even if a DNA test excludes the man from any possibility of parenthood. [click to continue…]

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The 911 System Needs Help

by Diane Dimond on February 16, 2015

Need Help? Who Do You Call?

Need Help? Who Do You Call?

Each day across this country lives are saved because a dedicated 911 operator dispatched emergency personnel to help a panicked person. Every year there are some 240 million urgent calls made to this ‘one nation, one number’ system. The value of the 911 organization is beyond question.

But how many times have you heard a recording of a 911 call in which the operator seems bored, uninterested or downright rude?

The latest incident occurred when a 14- year-old called from the back seat of a car to report her father and his fiancé had been struck by a hit-and-run driver while changing a tire. Sitting alone on the Baltimore-Washington Beltway she and her little brother were scared to death. [click to continue…]

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Scamming Grandma – A Billion Dollar Industry

by Diane Dimond on February 9, 2015

Elder Fraud is a Massive Problem

Elder Fraud is a Massive Problem          

These despicable crimes amount to a $36 billion-a-year underground industry ~

Ruth is a retired school teacher living in Indianapolis. She’s led an exciting and rewarding life as a wife and mother. She dedicated a few years to serve as an elementary school teacher in Congo along with her husband. Even today, as a 93- year-old widow, she remains active thanks to a recently acquired walker.

Sometime in her early 80’s Ruth began to lose track of whether she had written her regular monthly check to her favorite charity. [click to continue…]

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Getting Our Act Together on the Death Penalty

by Diane Dimond on February 2, 2015

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This is What the Death Penalty Looks Like

If we, as a nation, are going to allow the execution of convicted murderers, rapists and traitors can’t we get our act together about how to take their lives?

Back in 2010, European countries began a movement to abolish the death penalty around the world.

European pharmaceutical companies began to refuse to sell any anesthetics to the U.S. that could be used to facilitate an execution. And that left our prisons, in the more than 30 states that carry out the death penalty, without easy access to the medications needed to kill the condemned. [click to continue…]

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State of the Union Speech - January 2015

State of the Union Speech – January 2015

As a young radio reporter on Capitol Hill I used to be full of anticipation for the annual State of the Union address. Fresh notebook on hand I’d dutifully mark the highlights of the speech and plot out what portions to report to the public.

My desk under the Capitol dome was just steps away from the House chamber where the country’s political elite gathered each January to hear the president’s national report card. For a kid from Albuquerque it was always a heady experience.

Today, at home, I still take State of the Union notes and count the number of times the crowd breaks into applause. Old habits are hard to break. [click to continue…]

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