Category: Capitalist Societies

Lindsay Lohan sent back to jail in handcuffs

Reuters | Sep 25, 2010 | 1:48am IST

Actor Lindsay Lohan was led away from a Beverly Hills courtroom in handcuffs on Friday and returned to jail to await a hearing on whether she violated her probation by failing a random drug test. Superior Court Judge Elden Fox ordered the 24-year-old actor, who was convicted in 2007 of drunken driving and cocaine possession, held without bail and set her hearing for Oct. 22. Spokespersons for the Los Angeles courts and its jails said, Lohan would remain behind bars the entire time, and would not be released due to overcrowding, as she had been in the past.

Lindsay Lohan In August, the "Mean Girls" actor served two weeks of a 90-day jail sentence and 22 more days in a residential drug treatment program when a different judge ruled she violated probation for the same charge. After being released from rehab, Lohan was subject to court-ordered drug tests. Late last week, Lohan sent out a series of messages on Twitter admitting she failed a test and saying she was working to overcome her substance abuse. "Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test, and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before Judge Fox," Lohan tweeted last week.

On Monday, an arrest warrant was issued and Fox ordered she appear in his court on Friday. Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley was not immediately available to comment. Websites around the world posted Lohan’s mug photo, which showed the once promising star in an orange, prison-issued jumpsuit, a stark contrast to the sleek black designer jacket and white skirt she wore to court Friday morning.

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Technology for the Sake of Technology and Money

Article first published as Technology for the Sake of Technology and Money on Blogcritics.

Innovation of technology has to be in favor of every citizen of a country and the world. It has to provide more tools for the humankind to be innovative in securing fundamental rights of the citizens. The fundamental rights include right to live, right to express, right for equality and right to peace from violence of any kind. Contrary to it, today’s technology is helping widen gap between haves and havenots. The Technology is helping Wall Street people to gain more wealth per day, but not at all caring about making lives of the common masses easier.

Technology for People

Technology can innovate ways to bring everything before the footsteps of thehiroshima_nagasaki masses. Instead, it is developing ways to make things more costly so that only wealthy can own them. Technology is helping pull everything away from the common masses.

Technology should help improve the cultural levels of the humankind. It should also help equate the levels of every culture. It has to introduce sensible human values to every nook and corner. It has to develop the culture of politics and economics to the next highest level. Instead, it is interested only in developing next generation technology leaving aside the lagging generations of the masses. The technology is working for the sake of technology and money.

Human Disaster

Technology keeps calm or mostly keeps a warning button, when the people are becoming insensible to the human values of family, children, daughters, parents, friends and neighbors.

Porn industry is the biggest human disaster for the civilized world, augmented if not invented by the information technology. A natural human affection between opposite sexes has become now a public affair for enjoyment, irrespective of viewers being children, adolescents, youth, lovers, married, respected families and elders.

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Sexual harassment a common pattern – experts

Sexual harassment a common pattern – experts | Reuters

Sexual harassment seems to be on the rise along with an inability to keep expenses in order, experts said on Friday. After the market closed on Friday Hewlett-Packard announced that its chief executive, Mark Hurd, had resigned on Friday after an investigation into claims of sexual harassment. HP’s investigation found there was no violation of the company’s sexual harassment policy, but did find violations of its standards of business conduct. There were instances where the female contractor received compensation or reimbursement without a legitimate business purpose, HP said.

“There seems to be a trend,” said California lawyer Jason Oliver, who specializes in such cases. He referenced the July resignation of ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson, who resigned amid an internal investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior. “It’s a common pattern,” said Stanford University law professor Deborah Rhode. “What any of the briefest review of the most recent sexual scandals involving political, business and professional leaders suggests is that many men see as a perk of office the opportunities for sexual relationships and often the financial improprieties that accompany them.” She referenced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford using taxpayer funds to visit his mistress in Argentina and former Tyco Chief Executive Dennis Kozlowski billing his company for a $6,000 shower curtain. Rhode, who is working on a book about leadership, said, “There is a well documented perception of entitlement among particularly male leaders that comes with that power and financial perks of office. You’ll see it less, almost never with women, because power is not viewed as especially attractive in a woman.”   Continue reading

Belgian Catholic offices raided in sex abuse probe

BBC News | Thursday, 24 June 2010 | 16:23 GMT

Officers on search Belgian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church during an investigation into child sex abuse claims. A spokesman for the Brussels prosecutors’ office confirmed that the palace of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels had been sealed off. Police have also raided the home of retired archbishop Godfried Danneels. Belgium is one of several countries in which a stream of abuse claims have shaken the Roman Catholic Church. Brussels prosecutors were looking for material relating to allegations of sex abuse, a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office said. "This is a case that the Brussels prosecutors’ office received recently, containing a statement of facts in relation to alleged sexual abuse of minors by a number of people within the church," said Jean-Marc Meilleur. "The object of the searches is to verify the declaration and eventually gather evidence about these declarations," he added.

Tapping on boards

At the home of retired Archbishop Godfried Danneels in Mechelen, just north of Brussels, police did not question the archbishop but took away his computer, according to his spokesman, Hans Geybels. Mr Geybels said police had also asked Archbishop Danneels to accompany them to the cathedral in Mechelen because they had heard that there might be files there. He said the officers were tapping on boards and looking for hidden spaces, but as far as he was aware, they had not found anything. He said Cardinal Danneels was co-operating fully: "The cardinal believes justice must run its normal course. He has nothing against that."   

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China official newspaper calls for workers’ pay rises

BBC News | Thursday, 17 June 2010 | 09:41 GMT

One of China’s most influential newspapers, the official People’s Daily, has called for workers’ incomes to be raised. The paper says wages need to rise to protect stability and transform society. It warns that what it calls the "made-in-China" model is facing a turning point. The article did not mention a series of strikes which have been causing problems for foreign businesses. Walkouts have paralysed several factories across China, including Honda factories in Tianjin and near Guangzhou, in Guangdong. The strikes are a sensitive topic for the ruling Communist Party.

‘Narrow the gulf’

The People’s Daily is the party’s official newspaper. Analysts look for clues within its pages to what those who rule China really think. Earlier this week, Premier Wen Jiabao called on officials to take greater care of migrant workers. This commentary goes further. It says they should be paid more. "The time has come to narrow the gulf between rich and poor which is stifling consumer demand here," the paper declares. The ‘All China Federation of Trade Unions’ says nearly a quarter of Chinese employees have not had a pay rise in five years. But some of the workers who have gone on strike for higher wages in recent weeks have accused this organisation of colluding with local officials and factory managers to try to force staff back to work before their demands have been met.  

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Shock at Sydney teenager’s ‘Facebook murder’

BBC NEWS | 2010/05/17 | 11:21:47 GMT

Facebook Thousands of people have paid tribute on Facebook to an Australian teenager allegedly lured to her death by a man she met on the social networking site. The body of Nona Belomesoff was found two days after she went on a trip with the man, who told her they were going to rescue injured animals, police say. A 20-year-old man has been charged with Ms Belomesoff’s murder at a creek south of Sydney. Detectives say the case reinforces the need for vigilance when using Facebook.

Ms Belomesoff, 18, is believed to have befriended Christopher James Dannevig, who police say set up a fake Facebook profile in which he claimed to work for an animal welfare group. Mr Dannevig is said to have offered Ms Belomesoff the prospect of a job with the organisation and lured her on a camping trip purportedly to look for injured animals in bushland around Campbelltown, New South Wales. "She loved animals and saw this as an opportunity to follow her dream," her brother Gary said. "Nona said if she didn’t go she would lose her job and this job was her dream," he said. "So she just went and that was the last time we saw her." When Ms Belomesoff did not return, her family contacted the police. Officers discovered the teenager’s body on Friday night. Since then several pages and groups paying tribute to Ms Belomesoff have been set up on Facebook.  

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Consumer Watchdog targets Google

Washington Post | Sunday, May 9, 2010

Too big to fail turned out to be wrong for banks and other corporations. But don’t tell that to Google, which has quickly expanded into making smartphones, mapping streets of the world, streaming videos, connecting friends and selling digital books. As Washington focuses more on Google’s explosive growth, one thorn in the company’s side is John Simpson, a 62-year-old veteran journalist with a deep suspicion of big business and a mission to break up the search giant. Federal regulators have launched a handful of investigations of the Internet behemoth — which dominates Web search — to ensure it doesn’t unfairly hurt competitors and consumers in its feeding frenzy of online businesses. So far, there hasn’t been a full antitrust review of the variety that hobbled Microsoft, AT&T and Standard Oil.

But Simpson thinks that needs to happen. He’s no longer in the newspaper business, having lost two jobs during "restructurings," he says, scooping the air with curled fingers. Now Simpson works for a nonprofit group called Consumer Watchdog, where his singular focus is turning up the regulatory heat on Google. With its brand appeal, he says, Google is an ideal target. He’s turned the tables, digging up data on the giant that tracks every move its users make and collects information without their knowledge. Also, he said, the company unfairly uses its size to barrel into new businesses.

Google says that just because it’s big doesn’t mean it’s bad. In other words, it hasn’t used its dominance in search to edge out competitors unfairly in other businesses it enters. An example of that would be forcing cellphone makers who use Android software to use only Google’s search engine and YouTube on those phones. Nonetheless, the company has responded to antitrust finger-pointing by beefing up its staff in  

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