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Children can confuse the imaginary world with the real world. The boy in this story does so to deal with the difficult situation of leaving his country and having to adapt to a completely new context.Children can confuse the imaginary world with the real world. The boy in this story... more
ANAHEIM, Calif. – A newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his home to confront suspected burglars was shot in a case of mistaken identity, police said.
Julian Alexander died after being shot twice in the chest by a police officer who was chasing four burglary suspects early Tuesday morning.
Police Chief John Welter said the officer ran into Alexander, mistook him for one of the four juvenile suspects and shot him.
"The last thing we ever want to do, No. 1, (is) take somebody's life," he said. "And we certainly don't want to take the life of someone who is mistakenly believed to be involved in some criminal activity."
"He was a good kid, trying to protect his house," said Alexander's mother-in-law Michelle Mooney. "And the police, instead of asking questions, they just shot first. Somebody has to be held responsible for this."
Welter would not release the officer's name, but said he was a 10-year veteran of the department. The officer was placed on paid leave pending an investigation.
"It's mistaken identity, but that doesn't bring my son back," said Alexander's father Jerry.
He said Alexander got married last weekend and his 19-year-old wife is expecting a baby in December.
Alexander's wife said she heard the gunshots and tried to go into the yard, but the officer told her to stay inside. From the window they saw Alexander handcuffed and bleeding in the front yard.
Paramedics treated him at the scene and took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The four burglary suspects were detained and interviewed, but no arrests were made.
Welter said investigators would interview the officer to determine what commands he gave to Alexander before he fired. Investigations will be conducted by the FBI, the Orange County Office of Independent Review and the district attorney's office, Welter said.ANAHEIM, Calif. – A newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his home... more
ISTANBUL — High school hurt for Havva Yilmaz. She tried out several selves. She ran away. Nothing felt right.
“There was no sincerity,” she said. “It was shallow.”
So at 16, she did something none of her friends had done: She put on an Islamic head scarf.
In most Muslim countries, that would be a nonevent. In Turkey, it was a rebellion. Turkey has built its modern identity on secularism. Women on billboards do not wear scarves. The scarves are banned in schools and universities. So Ms. Yilmaz dropped out of school. Her parents were angry. Her classmates stopped calling her.
Like many young people at a time of religious revival across the Muslim world, Ms. Yilmaz, now 21, is more observant than her parents. Her mother wears a scarf, but cannot read the Koran in Arabic. They do not pray five times a day. The habits were typical for their generation — Turks who moved from the countryside during industrialization.
“Before I decided to cover, I knew who I was not,” Ms. Yilmaz said, sitting in a leafy Ottoman-era courtyard. “After I covered, I finally knew who I was.”
While her decision was in some ways a recognizable act of youthful rebellion, in Turkey her personal choices are part of a paradox at the heart of the country’s modern identity.
Turkey is now run by a party of observant Muslims, but its reigning ideology and law are strictly secular, dating from the authoritarian rule in the 1920s of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a former army general who pushed Turkey toward the West and cut its roots with the Ottoman East. For some young people today, freedom means the right to practice Islam, and self-expression means covering their hair.
ISTANBUL — High school hurt for Havva Yilmaz. She tried out several selves. She... more
Another enchanting episode in the making of my gObama 2008 documentary. After a inspiring visit to Denver, Colorado to film Obama at the DNC, I drove to Arizona and visited the Navaho Nation Fair in early September 2008.
I was hanging out in Window Rock and bumped into the homeboys from Ashkii Ryderz Entertainment. They just released their first HipHop album in Navajo and were eager to promote.
As I walked around the fair, I discovered Miss Navajo Nation competing in the beauty contest passionately. When she had to switch her speech from Navajo to English, I thought about the complexity of spiritual survival in our modern world. A moment of truth that resonated also with Betty Redhair, who is a big Obama fan and lives near Shonto, Arizona.Another enchanting episode in the making of my gObama 2008 documentary. After a... more
Margaret Cho recent was chosen "Korean of the Year," but her relationship with the Korean community has not always been so positive for her.
You can see Margaret in "The Cho Show" on VH1.Margaret Cho recent was chosen "Korean of the Year," but her relationship... more
Despite being entirely illegal, skin lightening creams are big business both in the UK and in Jamaica - but who are the women - and men - who use them? And who sells them?Despite being entirely illegal, skin lightening creams are big business both in the UK... more
A 33-year-old woman was charged with stealing her daughter's identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading team.
Wendy Brown, of Green Bay, is charged with felony identity theft after enrolling in Ashwaubenon High School as her daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown's mother.A 33-year-old woman was charged with stealing her daughter's identity to attend... more
John Renehan has been reunited with his father, John Delaney, after spotting him on television - five years after he thought he was cremated.
Delaney went missing in 2000 and when a decomposed body matching his description was found in 2003 he was identified by a coroner. However, it has since emerged that Delaney had actually been put in a care home after being found wandering around the town with memory loss. Unable to identify himself, he was given the name "David Harrison" and placed in the care home where he stayed for eight years. His family reported him as missing but appeals failed to uncover information about his whereabouts.
The body of a man, which had similar clothes and historic wounds to Mr Delaney, was found in the grounds of Manchester Royal Infirmary in January 2003. It was identified as Mr Delaney and a funeral was held.
More than five years after the cremation service, Mr Renehan, from Didsbury, saw a television appeal about finding the family of the man in the care home, who he recognised as his father. He contacted the authorities and DNA tests confirmed their relationship.
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said the identification mix-up was a matter for the coroner, who is no longer in the post. But a spokesperson said: "Greater Manchester Police accepts that mistakes were made and that Mr Delaney's family has been through a traumatic ordeal."
An investigation is under way to try to establish the identity of the man cremated in 2003.John Renehan has been reunited with his father, John Delaney, after spotting him on... more
Jeff Stearns' short classically animated film "What Are You Anyways?" explores the life experiences of cultural backgrounds that lie outside of the white breadbox. This is a humorous, yet serious film about the struggle of finding love and identity through the trials and tribulations of growing up.
The wonderful animated film is included.Jeff Stearns' short classically animated film "What Are You Anyways?"... more
"China's "human flesh search engine" is in hot pursuit of an unnamed Chinese factory worker after photographs of her showed up unexpectedly on a new iPhone 3G purchased recently in Britain.
In one of the photos, a young woman dressed in a pink striped factory uniform and wearing a matching white cap and rubber gloves, is seen smiling and flashing a "V" sign as she leans over an iPhone assembly line.
The photos were discovered by an iPhone user in Britain who promptly posted his find on the MacRumors forum, setting off a global chain reaction of media interest and culminating in the quest by Chinese internet users to discover her identity.
The term "human flesh search engine" refers to this type of mob reaction by China's so-called netizens (internet citizens) to pool their collective resources in order to track someone down..."
"China's "human flesh search engine" is in hot pursuit of an... more
Atlanta policewoman understands at last why her voice is deep, why she’s attracted to women and why she can grow a full beard. And she’s OK with it.
Harris is intersex — someone whose internal or external sexual anatomy or chromosomes don’t fit the typical definitions of female or male at birth or puberty, according to Sharon Preves, a sociology professor and intersex researcher from St. Paul, Minn.
Genetic testing recently revealed that Harris carries the XY chromosomes of a male while having external sexual anatomy that appears to be a blend of a man’s and woman’s.
“It was like, ‘OK, I’m not crazy,’ ” said Harris, 35, who was identified as a female at birth and has lived her adult life as a lesbian, feeling like a man in a woman’s body.
An estimated 1 in 2,000 people are considered intersex, and numerous medical conditions cause it, said Preves, who wrote the book, “Intersex and Identity: the Contested Self,” in 2003.
People become intersex when they have overactive or under active hormones or the inability to respond to hormones during fetal development, Preves said.
For the past three years, Harris has been the Police Department’s liaison to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. She works with those who are victims of hate crimes or who file complaints against police officers. She also gives speeches for groups or organizations in those communities.
Harris said she has never had a problem with anyone in the Police Department while she identified as a lesbian. And no one has had a cross word for her since she went public about being intersex.
She said that her supervisor, Maj. Pearlene Williams, took a supportive role as she went from doctor to doctor. Once Harris learned she had male chromosomes, she said she broke down and cried in Williams’ office.
We’re living in a society where there are only two choices for anatomy, even though there are so many variations,” Preves said.
Numerous variations considered intersex include:
• A person who has female chromosomes but external male genitalia.
• A person who has male chromosomes but external female genitalia.
• A person who is internally male or female, but has ambiguous external genitalia, such as a noticeably large clitoris that resembles a small penis.
It wasn’t until Harris started dating her current girlfriend in late 2007 that she went to a gynecologist to explore the differences in her body and, in turn, her anger issues.
That visit led Harris to an endocrinologist, who ran a chromosome test in February that offered medical proof to support how she feels: like a man in a woman’s body.
The news made Harris weep.
“It has lifted the burden off me and also released a lot of the anger,” Harris said. “I was angry and I couldn’t understand why.”
Harris said she thought about having a sex change to male, but decided against it.
“For what?” she asked. “God doesn’t make mistakes. I’m just uniquely different.”
She has quickly found peace being somewhere in the middle.Atlanta policewoman understands at last why her voice is deep, why she’s... more
How impostors like Clark Rockefeller capture our trust instantly - and why we're so eager to give it to them.
Human beings are social animals, and our first instinct is to trust others. Con men, of course, have long known this - their craft consists largely of playing on this predilection, and turning it to their advantage.
But recently, behavioral scientists have also begun to unravel the inner workings of trust. Their aim is to decode the subtle signals that we send out and pick up, the cues that, often without our knowledge, shape our sense of someone's reliability.
Researchers have discovered that surprisingly small factors - where we meet someone, whether their posture mimics ours, even the slope of their eyebrows or the thickness of their chin - can matter as much or more than what they say about themselves. We size up someone's trustworthiness within milliseconds of meeting them, and while we can revise our first impression, there are powerful psychological tendencies that often prevent us from doing so - tendencies that apply even more strongly if we've grown close.
"Trust is the baseline," says Susan Fiske, a social psychologist at Princeton University. "Trustworthiness is the very first thing that we decide about a person, and once we've decided, we do all kinds of elaborate gymnastics to believe in people."
According to researchers, the subtler aspects of body language or physiognomy are difficult, if not impossible, to manipulate. But what has become public about Gerhartsreiter's methods - his preppy clothes, penchant for approaching people at country clubs and society events, and modest hints at a storied lineage - matches up with a body of research that suggests just how powerful signals of common identity and status can be, and how they can override our better judgment.
And they illustrate how, though we live in an era of worry over faceless Internet predators and Web identity thieves, we can be at our most vulnerable face-to-face.
Why trust exists in the first place has been something of a puzzle for scholars of human behavior. Evolutionary biologists (and economists) have traditionally assumed that people are self-interested, concerned only with maximizing their own well-being and passing on their genes to succeeding generations. That model doesn't leave much room for trust - why would we assume that someone would act on our behalf rather than simply his own?
Yet human society would not function without trust. We loan things to friends, we take to the road assuming our fellow drivers are not suicidal, we get on airplanes piloted by people we've never seen before, and, when asked to sign something, we rarely read the fine print. If people stopped to double-check the background and references of everyone they had an interaction with, social life would slow to a standstill.How impostors like Clark Rockefeller capture our trust instantly - and why we're... more
The students at UCSB in Chicano Studies 1c focused on Gloria Anzaldua's Borderlands. The topic we focused on was Tlilli Tlapalli, the red and black ink, which is way for a person to express themselves artistically. Wether it be painting, drawing, singing, dancing, literature and writing. As a result we created a film about a chicana who struggles to write a paper her professor assigned her. Her writing as a form of art is pushed to the limit as she struggles to find the words to express who she is. The students at UCSB in Chicano Studies 1c focused on Gloria Anzaldua's... more
What do you guys think, are the kids just graduating college and entering the work force totally self-absorbed, selfish babies? Should we do what they say in the video and coddle them and expect calls from their parents about their performance reviews? Do WE have to change how business operates to fit the way they are? Should they just suck it up and get with the program? If they don't will they just be poor or will we change so that we have a work force?
This is a confusing one that has me really thinking.What do you guys think, are the kids just graduating college and entering the work... more
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Todd Davis has dared criminals for two years to try stealing his identity: Ads for his fraud-prevention company, LifeLock, even offer his Social Security number next to his smiling mug.
Now, Lifelock customers in Maryland, New Jersey and West Virginia are suing Davis, claiming his service didn't work as promised and he knew it wouldn't, because the service had failed even him.
Attorney David Paris said he found records of other people applying for or receiving driver's licenses at least 20 times using Davis' Social Security number, though some of the applications may have been rejected because data in them didn't match what the Social Security Administration had on file.
Davis acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that his stunt has led to at least 87 instances in which people have tried to steal his identity, and one succeeded: a guy in Texas who duped an online payday loan operation last year into giving him $500 using Davis' Social Security number.
Paris said the fact Davis' records were compromised at all supports the claim that Tempe, Ariz.-based LifeLock doesn't provide the comprehensive protection its advertisements say it does.
Davis learned about the fraud in Texas when the payday-loan outfit called to collect on the loan, he said. He didn't get an alert beforehand because the company didn't go through one of the three major credit bureaus before approving the transaction.
Davis said it's possible driver's licenses have been issued to other people in his name because of the widespread availability of his personal information — and because of what he described as the flimsy mechanisms in place to report that kind of fraud.
Paris noted that LifeLock charges $10 a month to set fraud alerts with credit bureaus, even though consumers can do it themselves for free.
But Davis stands by his company and his advertising gimmick, which has appeared in newspapers and on billboards, radio and MTV. He even broadcasts it by bullhorn on walking tours through crowded downtowns.
"There's nothing on my actual credit report about uncollected funds, no outstanding tickets or warrants or anything," he said. "There's nothing to indicate my identity has been successfully compromised other than the one instance. I know I'm taking a slightly higher risk. But I'll take my risk for the tremendous benefit we're bringing to society and to consumers."
The services don't guard against many types of identity theft such as use of a stolen Social Security number on a job application or for medical services, or even the instance of an arrestee giving police a stolen Social Security number to shield his own identity.
LifeLock is also being sued in Arizona over its $1 million service guarantee, which the plaintiffs claim is misleading because it only covers a defect in LifeLock's service, and in California by the Experian credit bureau. Experian accuses LifeLock of deceiving consumers about the breadth of its protection and abusing the system for attaching fraud alerts to credit reports.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Todd Davis has dared criminals for two years to try stealing his... more
A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public is being planned as part of the fight against crime and terrorism.A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time... more
One of a series of promo's I've made for Current highlighting the creative process. My main purpose was to showcase inspirational, British individuals, just getting out there and doing their thing.
Featured in this one is Spinmaster Plantpot, a poet performer.
One of a series of promo's I've made for Current highlighting the creative... more
Is Britishness all about ASBO’s, prejudice, cynicism and a patriotic vacuum? Or are we still eccentric world-beaters with a unique self-belief & attitude? Are we proud to be British?
This is a frank look at modern Britain and what it means to be a young person living here. The promo campaign starts airing on Current from March 8th, and the stunt itself will run from March 21st to the 24th.
Current TV: Sky 193 & Virgin 155
Is Britishness all about ASBO’s, prejudice, cynicism and a patriotic vacuum? Or... more