Tonight’s late local news TV broadcast was typical; a house blew up, a restaurant burned down. Two politicians who were just expelled from the legislature are running for reelection tomorrow as if they did nothing wrong. Not many shootings, for once.

The special investigator report, though, was about “swatting.” Police appear at the residence of an innocent person, in full “SWAT” gear, because they were called about a false criminal report by someone with an axe to grind with the victim. I know about this from following “GamerGate” and other forms of harassment used by Internet cretins. That this ends up on the local TV news means harassment is going mainstream, which is bad news in general. I thought the world was supposed to be getting better.

I’ll try to add a link to the news report; for some reason it’s not available yet, though they just aired it.

Edited to add: http://www.wxyz.com/news/monday-at-11-cracking-down-on-pranksters-who-are-swatting is the report.

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About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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