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Robin Williams Dies in Apparent Suicide

It’s not official, of course, that his death was a suicide, but we do know that he was suffering from depression, addiction, and perhaps some other mental health issues.

Unfortunately the death of Robin Williams serves as yet another painful reminder that mental health issues affect everyone, no matter how famous, successful, or funny. If you find yourself struggling with depression, wanting to die, or harm yourself please know that what your illness is telling you is a lie. Talk to someone, anyone, and get help.

And if you know someone struggling with depression, do whatever you can to listen, and get them help.

If you’re in the US, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you’re outside the US, please Google for a local resource, or leave a comment here if you know of one for your area!

Criminal Minds “Restoration” (2013, US)

Criminal Minds is known for its recurring guest star characters, although in Restoration the gap between appearances is six years meaning a couple of clips are needed for new viewers who hadn’t seen the older “Profiler, Profiled” in season two that developed the character of Morgan.

As such it moves on as always with Criminal Minds with a new murderer to catch and at least one convict’s input required to help hunt down the perpetrator. The writers are different as one of the show’s creators wrote the older episode but the tone remains the same with credited input from Jim Clemente as well as Janine Sherman Barrois and it further explores Morgan’s past whilst concentrating on the current case and the overall story arc all within the stringent 40-42 minute time limit for the episode. The clichés are minimised and it’s really only the running time that forces a quick wrapping-up of the case.

The ending has a message with minimal preaching and shows that CSA as treated by American network telvision is beginning to get more positive treatment with or without the input from RAINN, even though on this occasion it had six years of other story history behind it. In fact this episode’s ending means it’s unlikely to be revisited but it was handled well enough to remain a high point.

In the UK the series 8 box set is on DVD with series 9 arriving at the end of the year, for US viewers it’s a rerun, but definitely one of the standout episodes in a season dominated by a main arc that could have detracted from the main weekly events.

Credit reference sources: TV.com and IMDB.com

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Law and Order “Betrayal” (2008, US)

In America the main Law and Order show has been cancelled for at least two years but series 18 from 2008 is brand new to British DVB television (Freeview) on Five USA channel 31.

Last week’s episode “Betrayal” featured a complex and intelligent debate regarding the potential for abuse in a therapist/patient relationship and was written with none of the normal preaching you’d expect from Special Victims Unit, the only Law and Order show left standing (although to be fair the UK has a season delay on SVU as well). It’s available to watch until Friday 15th August for UK viewers by going here;

http://www.channel5.com/shows/law-order/episodes/episode-11-294

Or searching on Law and Order at the Index page;

http://www.channel5.com/demand5

 

Google Finds a Predator

The tech world is alive with news that Google has helped locate and charge a predator based on scanning their email for child pornography images.

Obviously, this is a case of a stupid criminal, if you’re going to share illegal images, using a cloud service provider that already admits to scanning email contents for keywords as part of their advertising plan probably isn’t the most private place to do it.

On the other hand, it is also a sign of the times. Letting third party companies hold your data on their servers puts some legal obligations on them to prevent you from putting certain kinds of data on the service. Simply put, once you attached a known CP image to an email it was stored on Google’s server. Google could be charged with possession by simply leaving it there, negligence for not knowing it was there, and possibly even more if they allowed this person to keep sharing it with their service. So, they kind of have to scan their own servers for known images. Once found, that information has to be turned over to the authorities, which is as it should be. Anyone who works with technology, especially other people’s technology, would be required to do the same.

As someone who is very interested in making sure child pornographers are caught and charged, I like the fact that cloud services are attracting them. Rather than shut down services that allow people to trade images on the internet for fear of letting a few of them do something illegal, I’d rather have this type of thing going on, where they use the technology, but the technology helps the authorities find them too.

This Week’s Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

This Week’s Links (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

How Grooming Happens

I shared this story about former professional baseball player Mel Hall across some of the social networks last night, but the more I read it, the more I am convinced that if you want to see grooming at it’s finest, go read some of the stories included in that piece.

From a distance it might be hard to understand what those families were thinking, but read carefully, you can see kids from troubled homes being targeted by a somewhat famous, charismatic and friendly guy, who comes complete with gifts and promises of helping a kid reach their goals.

It sounds all too good to be true, and as it turned out, it was! But it does provide us with a clear example of what to look for!