While fact checking a speech

Yes, I do perform fact checking. Not on everything, but items that seem too good/bad to be true. So, I was listening to one of the Lake Land protesters during the walkout the other day. She made the claim that the number one cause of death for kids was gun violence. Now, I do not agree with everything that they are trying to accomplish with this push. I do support a couple of items such as; less kids being killed, and their involvement in the process. (More on this later) Do I want kids to be getting killed? No.

So I pulled up the numbers and the little lass was wrong, the claim was false for every age group. The most recent chart is below for your review. For the moment, let me focus on the age group of the speaker, 14-24.  Homicide, Firearm is 2nd after motor vehicle accidents. Have you heard anyone push for vehicular safely? Even with vehicles being a third more deadly… When you combine the numbers from all of the age groups, where do you think homicide, firearm falls in? 5th place.

So let’s consider how business and life works. You seek out the fastest, cheapest, and effective method to bring the best results, right? If we were really looking to reduce juvenile deaths, we would take our eyes to the bigger numbers right? Well, drivers are not to be vilified, there are too many of them. God forbid we overburden the police by having them actually enforce the traffic laws. We would need to pay for more of them so that they could perform the job. Don’t get me wrong, I like to police. I just think that they have been refocused away from the community policing that we need to build the social structure that is conducive to respect for oneself and others. A great example of that was the pilot program in Vancouver WA that put cameras on school buses to catch drivers putting out kids in harms way while getting on or off the bus. Why was it called off? it generated too many citations. Wait, what?!?  Initially it would be a revenue generator, then as respect (or fear) built up, the drivers would pay more attention and the tickets would taper off with safer drivers. I know at least one local girl died in this manner, more than died in the county by school shootings in the last ten years.

There are 37000+ high schools in the US. How many have had a real shooting? No, I personally do not count the bullshit numbers being padded in such as a window getting shot by a punk with a BB gun. However for expedience, I will count the data in an unfiltered manner from 01/01/00 to 03/14/18.

There were 268 deaths and 386 injuries. Too many I know, but if you listen to the media and rhetoric then you would think that the number was in four or five digits.

Since the various levels of government have already permitted plenty of infringements to the second amendment, what will a very small amount more hurt right? It isn’t like I am going to pay attention to them. So let’s look at what may have some impact.

Good background checks, that are not as moronic as the no-fly list. There has to be due process to individuals being named. We have enough people listed on the no-fly because their name sounds foreign.

Mandated weapons security, safe, lock, other similar manners to keep arms limited to proper owners.

Illegal immigrants in possession of a firearm, immediate deportation after due process.

 

I am quite curious why suicide (in any manner) is listed as an “Unintentional Injury Death”. By the very definition of suicide, it is intentional and should not be included on this table. Another oddity in the results was that from 25-64 the leading cause was unintentional poisoning. No ideas there yet, but I found it notable.

https://www.cdc.gov/injury/images/lc-charts/leading_causes_of_injury_deaths_unintentional_injury_2015_1050w760h.gif

Sextortion – are you aware of it?

As so many are flocking to cell phones and the ages of the users are getting younger, there is a topic that parents need to be aware of.

Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. Sextortion refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion.[1]

We as a society need to be able to band together to combat this psychological attack against our youth. 83% of the victims are female, and 46% are minors. Like physical sexual assault, it is estimated that only a third or less of the victims report the crime. 60% of the perpetrators knew the victim before the incident.

I have reviewed the evidence of one of these cases personally. No, I will not share that data as the victim does not deserve that. The portrayal below is based on that incident but is sanitized for her privacy. This was properly reported to the appropriate authorities.

Here is how this abuse occurred:

  • Victim received a text from an unknown source
  • criminal claimed that they had nude photos of the victim
  • They also recited her street address, including which room within her apartment was hers
  • the pictures were going to be shared on all forms of social media unless she complied with the criminal
  • the criminal wanted her to disrobe for more pictures
  • on a the second day the criminal resumed texting with a more aggressive tone
  • the same intent of getting more pictures
  • Criminal escalated to calling the victim and pressuring her to an online video chat service in Scandinavia (I believe in Norway) to excuse herself from family to go to a bathroom to disrobe and put herself on display.

As I and my colleagues tried to trace the evidence and find the personal data exposure, we were impressed with the victim’s awareness of protecting her data. She does not have her college address shared with any databases other than Amazon, and even they did not have which room was hers.

Text messages are very hard to trace unless you are law enforcement. Even for them, they are not easy. Because of my role, I was able to provide the FBI with the owner (not the user) of the phone numbers used to text and call the victim.  I was also able to  alert the abuse team at the video chat service so that they could review the actions of their users. Since I did not have a subpoena, I was unable to get data to relay to the FBI.

When the victim returned to campus, she found that her roommates were also victims. Since the issue was clearly involving a local perp, the apartment management was advised. They had a very lame excuse that this was a data breach when someone restarted the internet. I am still stunned with how stupid this answer is. The apartment management company did say that seven women had come forward. This number ended up rising to twenty when published by a local media source. The article was a plea for other victims to come forward. It is my personal opinion that the apartment complex has a rogue employee that needs to be identified, arrested, and prosecuted. So far this particular incident is limited to the complex.

When I asked if the abuse has continued, the victim stated that there has not been a peep since the police report was filed. The situation is getting great exposure on campus so the student body is much more aware.

If you check the links below, you will find that this situation is not isolated, but becoming more and more common.

Parents need the same level of awareness. This is the tool that you need to arm your kids (regardless of how grown that they are) so that they can fend off these pond scum samples.

Obviously the first line is to make sure that they do not have these kinds of pictures TO BE shared in the first place. I also know that this is wishful thinking, just like abstaining from sex before committed relationships. It is talking to them so that they know if they do not have content for the criminals to share, then why co-operate with their demands. Do not delete the texts, call logs or any other evidence. The local police (and likely the FBI) need to be contacted. Take the time to file the report. The perp needs to be caught. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Even if your kids DID have content that could be exposed, this is not the time to blame the victim. They did nothing to deserve this. My thought is to treat that situation as you would when your kid calls form a party/bar after drinking. Get them to safety then discuss when it is more mentally safe to do so. If your kids know without a doubt that you will stand with them, then they will be more likely to tell you of the incident so you can help them through it.

I hope that nobody that you know has to go through this, but the numbers indicate that it will hit close to home.

Related useful links:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/sextortion

https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/news-podcasts-inside-sextortion-and-the-lucas-chansler-case.mp3/view

Prosecutors: ‘Sextortion’ Cases Targeting Young Women At Alarming Rate

Sextortion

Criminal History

This will be news to those that have not followed me for quite a while, but for those who has been swapping emails with me for longer than a year already know things about me.

Just to bring everyone to the same sheet of music, lets do some history.

When I came out of the Army in 1989, I was one of a multitude of homeless vets with service connected injuries. Some people have support networks in place, others, well others have to do what they can to survive. While I have not always made the BEST choices in life, I have continued to choose to continue my life. (sometimes it was a close call) Where am I going with this? I was living in the woods of a county park with two tents, one was home, the other was a closet.

I broke into a someones home and stole food (some wine as well) and a pistol. I got a job a week or so later, of all places in a mall working security. It was a job that would only last about five months as while I was at work a guy that was staying out in the woods with me for a few days found the pistol (A Ruger .22) and decided that he needed to be a dumbass and fired a few rounds getting the attention of a jogger. The State Police had to bring in three cruisers to haul my little campsite away. Imagine my surprise when I got home in the middle of the night to find the camp gone… I ended up sleeping in one of the empty storage units under the mall, and got caught. The situation was reported to the chief. He referred me to one of the little Honduran gals down in the food court as she had a room for rent.  It wasn’t a full month later of phone tag, that the county sheriff’s department figured out where I was. Funny thing about living in the woods with all of your military records and uniforms (remember I was just trying to live, not sneak) that they are able to figure out your identity in a hurry.  When they dropped by the mall to see me, they really enjoyed the fact that the only difference between my uniform and theirs was the badge, gun, and the stripe on my pants was twice the width of theirs. The humor was not lost on me while I was cuffed in  their office.

So, I sat in the detention center in the same cell that would later house one Michael Tyson, playing cards, watching TV, and eating indescribable hotdogs with kerosene-kraut. They charged me with Burglary with Theft Over. When it came time to go before the judge, the DA made me an offer that I could not refuse (or face up to twenty years as it was a night time burglary). I was given a once in a lifetime deal of Probation Before Judgement (PBJ). With PBJ if you complete the probation, pay the fine (and recently, do a little county lockup time (30 days or so)) then the court will have your records expunged. Legally you never have to admit that the arrest ever happened, let alone the court appearance.  So I had a year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and twelve years later found out about a 110 fine/fee. Had I stayed in Maryland for the duration of the probation, things would have been a bit easier.

I called my mother for Thanksgiving and discovered that she had a heart attack and wanted me back in Vancouver to take care of my sister (11 at the time) in case anything happened to her. So I called my PO and asked what I could do since I was not permitted to leave the state. The State of Washington was kind enough to accept the transfer of my probation. I went to Andrews Air Force base and caught a Lear jet to Colorado Springs and from there a Greyhound to Vancouver. I finished out my probation and put it out of my mind for several years.

I had a problem crossing the border into Canada, seems that the FBI/Interpol records (or where ever they pull your criminal files from) showed my arrest, but nothing for adjudication.  I was able to finesse my way into Canada on a one time pass. However I was aware that there was a problem with my legal situation. When I got home, I called Maryland and found out about a fee/fine that had yet to be paid. Boom, done fixed that with a quick money order. About six months later I received a few letters confirming expungment of the documents and certification of completion of the courts wishes.

A couple of years ago, I went to buy my son his first rifle and was denied at the federal background check. barooo? A couple of days ago, I was reminded of the rifle purchase so I emailed an address I found for the Washington State Patrol dept of records.  Tomorrow I will fax all of the documents I have and see if they will be able to restore the records to their rightful status.

While I was going through the documents, I found a familiar name. They were processed with the County Sheriff being Charles Moose. I had to laugh about that connection. It was however about four months before the DC Sniper opened fire. (perhaps another post about how close the sniper his to my various residences.)

With any luck, I will have another (much shorter) add on to this post soon. Wow 945 words. sorry all, sorta.