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NYPD Twitter Campaign Turns Ugly

A New York Police Department campaign to engage people on Twitter via the #myNYPD hashtag backfired in a big way.

The New York Police Department learned a hard lesson this week — be careful what you ask for. Especially when dealing with a public forum like Twitter.

The trouble started at around 2 p.m. ET Tuesday, when the department took to its official Twitter account to launch a little contest intended to engage the public on social media. “Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook,” the department tweeted.

They were probably expecting a few good-natured snaps showcasing New York’s Finest in action. But things didn’t exactly go as planned.

It started out innocent enough, of course. Some users posted nice photos of themselves with officers.

But when the #myNYPD hashtag went viral, thousands of others took it as an opportunity to expose police aggression by sharing embarrassing and unflattering photos of New York City officers fighting with members of the public.

One heavily retweeted photo posted by an Occupy Wall Street supporter shows a police officer pointing his gun at a dog a homeless man lies on the ground having a seizure. Others show police officers holding people to the ground, pulling hair, punching, and sleeping on the subway.

The embarrassment comes as the NYPD works to ramp up its efforts on Twitter. Just last week, five officers were given the go-ahead to begin tweeting news about their precincts.

NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis told The New York Times that the snafu would not deter the department from engaging with citizens through social media in the future.

“You take the good with the bad,” he said.

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NYP wanted some Tweets,
From homes and from the streets,
They stood for pics on their beats,
But they suffered some defeats.

People Tweeted police being rude,
Cops with bad attitudes,
One was seen punching a dude,
Showing behavior that’s crude.

Others showed cops at their best,
Taking photos at their request,
Showing badges on their proud chests,
Smiling and talking in jests.

Cops are not basically mean,
Or totally cruel and obscene,
When they arrive on the scene,
If you know what I mean.

They’re there to protect each one,
When threatened by a knife or a gun,
From bad guys they will not run,
They work ’till their job is done.

So when you see a cop,
Outside a store or shop,
It will not hurt to stop,
They might be a mom or pop.

They’re people just like you,
With a hard job to do,
Dressed in NYPD blues,
They’re heroes through and through!

God bless them one and all,
When they are on a call,
Not one of them should fall,
While they stand proud and tall.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh
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Fortunes Found in Facebook’s Faces

Kim Komando says…

“I’m sure you remember a while back Facebook used people’s names and profile images in advertising without clear permission.

People got mad about these “Sponsored Stories” and started a class-action lawsuit. It ended last week with Facebook paying out $20 million.

While the lawsuit was going on, Facebook put in a setting so you could opt out of Sponsored Stories.

Now that the lawsuit is over, Facebook is wasting no time changing how it does things.

To that end, it’s updating its site policy – you probably got an email about it. If you didn’t read the email, I’ll give you the short version.

Starting September 5, if you use Facebook at all, you’re giving it explicit permission to use your image in ads. There is no opt-out, even for minors.

Of course, Facebook is taking user feedback on this change. You can weigh in with your opinion.

Just be aware that in the past Facebook has ignored what its users want. It will probably do so this time.”

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For some reason WP won’t let me add the link today. Sorry!


FB will use your photo for money,
Or a picture of your lovely honey;
It’s all about cash,
They’re certainly brash,
I’m thinking it is awfully crummy.

Privacy’s not their concern,
It’s money that they want to earn;
They’ll sell a great pic,
Of a guy, or a chick,
It’s making my temper burn.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh
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Bucket Bandit Busted

A bank robber was nicknamed the “Bucket List Bandit” after allegedly telling a Utah bank teller he had just four months to live. He was responsible for a string of heists spanning 10 states.

It was later determined that he didn’t have cancer or any other terminal illness.

“The impetus for the crimes was greed, not grief,” U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin told Michael Eugene Brewster, 54, formerly of Pensacola, Florida.

He was sentenced in Erie, Pennsylvania, located 120 miles north of Pittsburgh where his nationwide robbery string ended Sept. 10, 2012. It began June 21, 2012 in Arvada, Colo.

Brewster’s sentence works out to a year for each of the 11 bank heists he committed.

He was arrested three days after the Erie robbery when he ran a stop sign in Roland, Oklahoma.

Federal prosecutors brought him back to Erie and easily linked him to the other robberies because he was seen wearing the same pale blue polo shirt glasses and brushed back hair in surveillance videos.

According to court documents, Brewster stole a total of $33,858 and sometimes threatened tellers with violence and claimed to have a gun. Nobody was injured in the robberies.

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Geez, with all the money he stole you’d think he’d at least buy a new shirt.


A bank robber said he ill,

He wanted the cash in the till,

The teller complied

Not knowing he lied,

He ran out with a large wad of bills.

He held up a number of banks,

It gave the fed lots of angst,

He ran through a stop

And got caught by a cop,

The banks owe the cop lots of thanks.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

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Females Find Frequent Flier Fits

Apparently, the tiny metal fasteners on some bras have been triggering alarms on airport security systems — a potentially embarrassing scenario.

In response, a Japanese company is reported to be developing a metal-free bra, dubbed the Frequent Fliers’ Bra.

It will incorporate resinous wires and nonmagnetic metal hooks that don’t set off metal-detector alarms.

Sorry TSA agents.

You can see more at…


We now have the frequent flier bra

It’s something to behold with awe.

If you wear this brassier,

You have nothing to fear.

Let’s hope it’s made without flaws.

To get through security quick,

It’s the bra that you should now pick.

It won’t set off alarms,

It will cause no one harm,

And it won’t even make you airsick.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

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Dangerous Distraction Drains Dollars

Hackers want to install a very nasty virus in your computer. Nastier than Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.

The thought of it makes me shiver.

A very dangerous Trojan (worse than a virus) is making the rounds on Facebook.

It’s sneaky.

It behaves like a virus in some ways, it can be much more dangerous to you and your loved ones. It’s kind of like the government.

If this nasty Trojan infects your device, it can find your bank account and drain all of your cash.

And,  it spreads from people you know and trust. YIKES!

Though the virus is almost a decade old, it’s still active and very dangerous.

Having security software helps, but it’s not bulletproof. There’s still a chance that it can make its way around your anti-virus software.

Am I scaring you yet?

The best way to prevent this potential catastrophe is to avoid it.

Make sure you share this tip with all of your friends and family on Facebook!

You definitely don’t want this dangerous virus stealing their cash! You may need to borrow some of it from them in the future.

The malware in question is called “Zeus.” In most cases, it looks like a funny or shocking video one of your friends posted. It may be posted on their page or in a message to you.

No, it’s not a video of your first birthday party when your diaper fell off and your face was smeared in chocolate cake. It’s worse than that. Worse than your mother-in-law’s plot against you.

Once you click the link to the “video,” it will tell you that you need to update the player to watch it.

When you try to do that, (update the player) you download the virus. Tricky little devils aren’t they.

When you click the “Play” button, you’re actually clicking “Like” on the virus page. It will spread the link to all of your friends to try to infect them.

I knew there was something very suspicious about that “Like” button.

Don’t fall for it. If you get a message from your friend about such a video, ask them if they meant to send it. If they giggle when they answer you, well, they probably did sent it.

In most cases, they won’t even know that they are spamming you (though I’m sure many of them would love to spam you).

From what I understand, you can also search the title of the video in question on Google, YouTube, or by consulting your local witch doctor.

If nothing turns up, you’ll know the video is a scam, or they’re all in on it too.

Oh no.  It’s a conspiracy!


Malware is still all around,

Trojans and viruses abound,

They’ll steal all your money,

And, honey that’s not funny,

Prevention can always be found.


Don’t fall for a trick or a con,

Your security should always be on,

Don’t download that spam,

Or you’ll be in a jam,

The conclusion is all but forgone.

 © 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

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Softpedia Says Scary Spam Scams

According to Softpedia, another IRS malware campaign has been spotted in the wild and even though the message is new, the way it functions remains the same.

Unsuspecting victims receive an email which seems to come from the much feared U.S institution, The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), with the subject, “Federal Tax Report”.

It contains a message that reads something like, “There are arrears reckoned on your account over a period of 2010-2011 year.”

It continues, “You will find all calculations according to your financial debt, enclosed. Sincerely, IRS.”

More information about this news item can be found at:


Some malware is going around,

In IRS emails it’s found.

It says you owe money,

Now that’s just not funny,

Scams like this really abound.


Don’t answer the spam when it comes,

Or you just might send in large sums.

Delete it in haste,

So your cash you won’t waste,

Keep it out of the hands of those bums.


© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Alert Aussies Arrest Aggressive Attacker

Good news everybody!

Australian Federal Police have arrested the self-proclaimed leader of the international hacking group, LulzSec. It’s the collective that claimed responsibility for infiltrating and shutting down the CIA website.

Police reported the 24 year old IT worker was arrested in Sydney and charged with hacking crimes which could earn him 10 years in prison.

Police said the man was arrested at his work place where he had access to “sensitive information from clients including government agencies.”

LulzSec is an offshoot of the international hacking group, Anonymous. It has taken credit for hacking attacks on government and private sector computers including the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox Studios, and Nintendo.

The two cyber hacking groups became notorious in late 2010 when they launched what they called the “first cyber war” in retaliation for attempts to shut down the Wiki leaks website.

The name LulzSec is a combination of “lulz” which is apparently another way of writing lols, and the word security.

You can learn more at this web site:


They caught a mighty big hacker,

He wasn’t your everyday slacker;

He made cyber war,

But not anymore,

He’s now one jailed attacker.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Government Goons Gathering Garbage

I found this news alert on the Kim Komando Computer site:

The United States House of Representatives is considering legislation identical to last year’s invasive anti-piracy bill that could let the NSA (National Security Agency) collect your private Internet records.

The NSA is already trying hard to track every move you make online.

It’s Big Brother at work.

I guess it’s time to go browsing in private. It’s readily available now.


They’re watching our every mouse click,

It’s something that makes me feel sick.

They gather our data,

And all sorts of matter,

They’ll get it and through it they’ll pick.

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Crafty QR Codes Confound Crooks

There’s a lot of counterfeiting of goods and currencies going on these days. Scientists are working on ways to counter act the counterfeiters.

They have upgraded QR codes to help in that effort.

Quick Response (QR) codes are applied to products and advertising, and are found just about everywhere.

QRs are those little, funny looking squares with smudges on them usually found on the corners.

New codes have been developed which will hamper the efforts of the counterfeiters of profitable products and even money.

You will be able to scan them with a smart phone and go to the company’s web site to determine if they are the real thing.


QR codes are now on the scene.

To crooks that really is mean.

They won’t capture the codes,

To steal mother loads.

But smart phones can, isn’t that keen?

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

Government Gathering Goods on Guys and Gals

The National Security Administration (NSA) denies it is collecting data (and storing it) on U.S. citizens.

But, and ex-NSA employee thinks differently about that.

Looks like  the novel/movie 1984 is coming to pass. That’s scary stuff.


The government is stashing our data?

The thought of it’s making me sadder.

They are always snooping,

Our data they’re grouping,

It’s something that’s making me madder,

© 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh


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