Saturday, July 31, 2010

CNN Larry King Live interviews Michael Moore at Traverse City Film Festival

Larry King Live on CNN on July 31 presented a sobering hour on whether and when prisons can rehabilitate criminals.

Former Texas inmate Duane “Dog” Chapman explained how the Texas prisons were self-sufficient farms where everyone worked and where he was told there was no rehabilitation, just punishment.

Vernel Crittendon spoke for rehabilitation.

But Pat Brown said that some people can never be rehabilitated. However people who committed crimes in a gang context probably can be.

On Thursday, Larry King had interviewed Michael Moore at the Traverse City, MI film festival, which will present more than 100 films. Michael Moore defended the behavior of PFC Bradley Manning, whom Moore says answered a higher calling than the chain of command in the military. Moore also said that companies have become the “de facto government” and said about the BP Deepwarer Horizon oil spill and cleanup, “nothing works any more.”

He also interviewed Shawn Johnson, a victim of stalking.

Here’s an earlier LKL interview with Arizona governor Janet Brewer.

Wikipedia attribution link for Traverse City Film Festival

Thursday, July 29, 2010

President Obama appears on ABC's "The View"

President Obama appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Thursday morning, July 29.

The president said that he does not tweet, but in fact he does, as I follow him on Twitter (about two a day). He said only about 10 people are on his Blackberry phone list, since the communications are so secured, and the messages are mundane. We believe he has the new Verizon smartphone.

The full episode will appear on ABC tomorrow (Friday).

Barbara Walters asked “what has been the rose, and what has been the thorn?” Remember, Walters is returning from heart valve surgery, which now can be very successful on a patient able to tolerate it.

Obama talked about the need for improvement in education, and the “resilience of the American people’ in dealing with the financial collapse, the oil spill, and even the H1N1 pandemic. He said that the American people remain optimistic.

The president also said that he tries to provide as normal a life as possible for his two daughters, who aren’t allowed to use media during the school week.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ABC Nightline interviews WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

On Monday night, July 27, Terry Moran on Nightline covered the WikiLeaks “scandal” Then Moran (and Jim Shudo) interviewed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (from Australia), who says he is a combative person and likes to “crush b_”. Later Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, was shown saying that the leaks are against the law and could be harmful.

But Wikileaks is less an organization than a movement. It has no paid staff and no home, and uses many servers to make it hard for any government to trace. Assange, given his background, finds he has to live “on the road” and a bit on the run. Soon someone will want to make a movie about him.

Assange has suggested that some soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are guilty of war crimes.

Generally, the media has said that the WikiLeaks activity has shown up foreign policy problems and serious issues with the reliability of other governments, especially Pakistan.

Later Nightline interviewed Zac Efron, talking about his movie “Charlie St. Cloud”.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Episode of "The Mentalist" claims all encryption schemes could be defeated with a generic "key"; what would happen to the Internet? (It's only fiction!)

Another episode of “The Mentalist” called “18-5-4”, as if it were a combination for a padlock you use at the health spa, contains an interesting idea. It was episode 21 of Season 2 and first aired on CBS May 6, and re-aired on July 22.

A brilliant young man, Noah, socially awkward but nevertheless married, is murdered by someone dressed as a clown, near a tryout or audition for clowns. As the CBI (California Bureau of Investigation) whittles into the case, it discovers that Noah had worked on some sort of universal decryption program that could defeat any encryption, as on the Internet.  (So much for Mozilla's "https everywhere"!) The government wants it, but any hacker or criminal could defeat all the security mechanisms on the Internet if he had it. (This of the “Girl” hacker in the “Millennium” movies from Sweden and what she could do with this.) Noah had regarded this as just solving a “puzzle”. Smart people get paid big bucks to have fun what they naturally like to do, which is solve puzzles. (I think there is more; clearly people like Shawn Fanning and Mike Zuckerberg believed they were creating something knew by solving certain programming “problems”.)

The story is told with the metaphor of a chess game, which Patrick Jane gets into, often calling off the moves in algebraic notation by visualization. There is a mention of the gambit in the opening and its being “declined”, and it ought to be the Benko Gambit, but the moves don’t quite match. (I think a really good script could match the peculiarities of some specific chess opening, with the correct moves shown, to the events the screenplay as they happen to the characters.)

There is also an engaging 19-year-old mental patient, who has already finished graduate school, and who had met Noah. The script tends to illustrate how brilliance goes wrong by focusing on certain ideas literally and taking them to the point of absurdity.

Why not name a movie (or a Mentalist episode) “The Benko Gambit”?

NBC Dateline follows poverty in southeastern Ohio

NBC Dateline, on Sunday July 25, ran a one-hour documentary “America Now: Friends and Neighbors” with the subtitle “How do you choose between paying your bills and feeding your kids”, with main link here.

The program centered on families struggling and living together in cramped mobile homes in southeastern Ohio. They did depend on Lutheran Social Services, but they also banded together to prepared communal meals and develop schemes to properly share scarce food. There was mention fo the fact that the grownups often have cereal for dinner.

That region of Ohio is at the end of what we call "Appalachia" and used to supply more coal mining jobs but, like West Virginia, has been affected by strip mining.

The extreme unemployment in the region has been building up for many years, going back to the days of hostile takeovers and offshoring, and then got worse after the 2008 financial crisis. On the other hand, there are a number of small very successful and relatively “private” high-tech companies throughout this part of the Midwest (I am particularly familiar with one of them because of family), so the overall outlook is very mixed.

The film "Winter's Bone", while set in the Missouri Ozarks, demonstrates the economic conditions in these areas well (see my movies blog, June 18, 2010).

Wikipedia attribution link for Hocking Hills picture.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

CNN: "Rescue: Saving the Gulf"

On Saturday July 24, Rob Marciano of CNN provided a report “Rescue: Saving the Gulf”, a one hour documentary, with link here.

Marcianio boarded, toured, and worked on a US Coast Guard skimmer. We saw the engine room, where the temperature is 120 degrees and everyone must wear earmuffs. Then Marciano donned his protective clothing before doing the skimming work, including gloves and booties, and had a physical with the ship’s medic, a female. Marciano's own appearance and demeanor are interesting in the film.

At the end of the day, many gallons of oil are collected in a vat, but it’s only a drop in the bucket.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

ABC 20-20 raises issue of medical marijuana, other natural remedies for kids

ABC 20-20 last night raised a couple of controversial questions in pediatric medicine and learning. The second half of the program presented a boy with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The boy apparently benefitted from medical marijuana administered orally by the mother as a “tincture”.

Nightline followed with a Twittercast as to whether to legalize medical marijuna.

The ABC news story by Chris Connelly, Astrid Rodrigues and Jennifer Joseph (“Marijuana From Mom: Mother Says Drug Helps Son Cope with Severe OCD: Parents Resort to Medical Marijuana to Treat Kids with OCD, Autism”) is here. There was also a report of a child with a severe body motion disorder that parents attributed to vaccines. The child was successfully treated with natural remedies in North Carolina, and some people thought it was a mental disorder.

This sounds like something John Stossel would have covered in the past. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

PBS: "Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself"

On July 21, some PBS stations carried the 80 minute documentary about a notorious guitarist and country music singer, “Merle Haggard: Learning to Live with Myself”, with main link here.  There were a number of interviews with other musicians, including Robert Duvall, John Fogerty, Billy Gibbons, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Richards, Tanya Tucker, Don Was, and Dwight Yoakam.

The early part of the film depicts rearing in the California valley, the arrival of the “Okies” from the Depression, and his delinquency, resulting eventually in some time at San Quentin prison, which was still pretty bad in 1960.

Later the film presents his outlook on life, as rather paradoxical: he was happier when he was sad; he seemed to enjoy his pain.

Haggard has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Here’s a YouTube video “Merle Haggard looks back”.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of San Quentin.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ABC and Diane Sawyer interview Facebook "toddler CEO" Mark Zuckerberg as it reaches 500 million users

Tonight Diane Sawyer of ABC “World News Tonight” interviewed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Here is a clip.

At 26, Zuckerberg looks beefy and buff, maybe more so than the actor Jesse Eisenberg who will play him in Columbia’s film “The Social Network” this fall.

The interview showed the inside of Facebook’s quarters in Palo Alto and also showed Zuckerberg’s girl friend, a medical student. (His mother is a psychiatrist.) His speech is somewhat deliberate and probing. The TV interview showed a glimpse of a chess game from a real position (unlike a New York Times photo some time back).

Zuckerberg said that he has no regrets for any “mistakes” as they make someone who he is. He also discussed briefly a recent and controversial claim of ownership against Facebook, and said he was quite sure that the company never made the promises claimed.

Diane Sawyer started a profile, as had Leslie Stahl on CBS 60 Minutes when Zuckerberg was 23 (for that interview, see the "BillBoushka" blog posting December 2, 2009). Facebook recently logged it’s 500 millionth user.

Monday, July 19, 2010

CBS 60 minutes presents "Golf Company" Marines in Afghanistan in "Restrepo" style report

CBS 60 Minutes last night (July 18) presented a report (by Henry Schuster) about life with “Golf Company” in the Marine Corps, patrolling and pacifying a narrow vertical stretch of southern Afghanistan, actually low country, an area called “Little America”.  The unit's presence is part of President Obama's recent additional deployment to Afghanistan. The text link for the story is here.

Marines secure land, and then the Army holds it.

The report showed life in the Marine group, in a manner reminiscent of Sebastian Junger’s film “Restrepo” about an Army ranger company farther north in the mountains.

The report covered the loss of a Marine lance corporal, and the difficulty of avoiding land mines in the surprisingly swampy land.

The Taliban is a catchall for a patchwork enemy consisting of warloads, religious leaders, and villagers working for the highest bidder. In this area, many grow opium and heroin, making the operation take on the character of the Colombian drug wars.

The report emphasizes relationships with the villagers, very sensitive to security and loss of civilians.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

PBS "Classical Destinations" traces the boyhood of WA Mozart on Salzburg

Tonight, WHUT aired an opening episode of “Classical Destinations”, about Salzburg, Austria, birthplace and childhood home of Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, that is “Amadeus”, born to Leopold and Anna Maria Pertl.

WA Mozart was composing at age 3, and was a prodigy with the violin as well as piano, and began European tours in early childhood.

The show excerpted much of his music, including arias and the “big” G minor symphony (I like the little one).

The show lasted only 20 minutes in a 30 minute slot on Howard University PBS television.

It’s a good question when Mozart’s mature style had evolved, but certainly by about K300 he had (for example, the E-flat Sinfonia Concertante) reached his full expression of originality.

I received a present in college of a recording that included an early B-flat Cassation, I think it was K99. I’ve never warmed up to very early Mozart.

Here is the website for the program.  The next episode is said to present Franz Schubert.

Here’s a YouTube of the show's theme song.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Discovery's "Powering the Future", overview of renewable energy

The Discovery Channel is running a series “Powering the Future”. On July 17, the episodes were called “The Energy Revolution” and “The Energy Planet”, sponsored by Shell. The link is here.

The most interesting facility in the first hour was a solar plant in Spain that stockpiles the energy in a salt vat for release of the energy at night to about 40 homes.

The idea of solar paint was presented: the homeowner could just paint the roof and connect to the right wiring apparatus.

The second hour was very general, and explored the concept of “peak fossil fuel”, mention the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill only very briefly. We are rapidly approaching a time when it costs more to extract energy from fossil fuel than the energy the fuel produces.

The show examines processes to create renewable energy in nature, as with leaf-cutting ants that use fungus to create the leaves to sugar.

Here is Lesly Mark’s video "Shocking discovery The generator that powers itself and creates energy by itself”, Mag power

Friday, July 16, 2010

ABC 20-20 "What would you do?" and "real estate racism"

ABC 20-20’s “What Would You Do?” with John Quinones, (link) presented a couple of particularly interesting situations tonight, July 16.

It opens with an experiment in “real estate racism.” At a home sale open house in northern New Jersey, an actress (pretending to be the realtor) shuns African American and Muslim couples who come, in front of other guests. Another realtor tries to mediate a bit, and another guest is deeply offended at the host’s “horrific” conduct. It would have been interesting to show a same-sex couple.

There is a spot where an actor pretending to be a man in his 90s has a minor traffic accident and seems confused as to how to drive. The subject of when to take car keys from elderly loved ones is discussed.

There is a situation with “strangelet” men initiating conversations with small children in parks (all actors) to test what responsible adults nearby would do.

There is a bizarre dating situation at Maxwell’s on the Upper East Side (I’ve only been there once).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

"Covert Affairs", spoofy series about life in the CIA on USA, brings back a geeky Christopher Gorham (from Jake 2.0)

USA Networks aired a pilot (75 minutes) last night, in competition with the All Star Game, of a new series “Covert Affairs”, about a young woman Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) joining the CIA. One interesting aspect of her resume is her fluency in many languages (often an ability that would have made her a desirable recruit for the military or service academies). Her final polygraph asks if she can keep her professional and personal lives apart – an oxymoron according to both Facebook and probably the terms of becoming an agent. Once at work, she meets nice techie guy Auggie Anderson (Christopher Gorham, in a role reminiscent of “Jake 2.0” on UPN). Auggies was blinded in a previous employment accident, and Gorham has to act the part. His computer terminals display output in Braille.

They set up a caper with a Russian spy (familiar) in a hotel room, have a shootout, and later visit a morgue, to get caught by the cops.

The show has a kind of tongue-in-cheek and snazzy look and soundtrack, almost comical. This is not the conscience-changing concept of something like USA’s former hit “The 4400”.

The episode was directed by Tim Matheson.

The USA site for the show is here.

Here is a video from Leon Panetta on language training for CIA employees

Picture: see the train?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

ESPN carries All Star home run derby, but Celebrity Softball carries the night!

D. Ortiz won the All Star home run derby at Anaheim Stadium on ESPN with a total of 32 homes, the longest at 478 feet last night.

Anaheim, the site of the 2010 MLB All Star Game, has a 70-styles apparently almost symmetrical stadium, with a variety of scenery behind the outfield wall, 400 to dead center, 330 down the lines. It looks relatively like a hitters park now, as some newer asymmetric stadiums have deeper centerfields (even Washington).

But the highlight of the evening was the Celebrity All Star Softball Game (slow pitch), with old greats including Bo Jackson. The tone of the even reminde one of "The Celebrity Apprentice" but I didn't see The Donald in the stands. They set up a temporary fence that appeared to be little more than 220 feet from home plate everywhere. It turned out to be a homer derby. The AL won, and led 5-0 after the first, but nobody seemed to report the final score. The play reminded me of our own backyard softball in the 1950s. In fact, on an Ohio farm, we one time set up a fence and played home run derby that we called “homerama”.

Jeanne Finch, I believe, did all the slow-pitch pitching, and actually hit a home run herself. Several women batted.

In the Army, back in 1969, across the street from the barracks at Fort Eustis, there was a softball field that was about 220 down the lines and 300 to dead center. Soldiers, even slightly built ones, regularly reached and cleared the fences.

MLB offers a video of the event but does not report a final score (not embeddable, MLB is jealous of its copyrights!)

Here’s an account on Examiner.

Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Angels stadium

I believe that Angels stadium is near Disneyland and the Crystal Cathedral. I visited the areas in 1969, 1986, and 2002. The Angels came into existence with the 1961 expansion of the AL.

Here is a Sortball Kingdom YouTube of Rusty Baumgartner hitting 500-foot homers at a home run derby in Anaheim on another field. I didn’t know a softball could be hit so far.

Will Stephen Strasburg be in the stands tonight?

Note: I heard during the All-Star game that the Softball game was actually played Sunday night and taped.

Monday, July 12, 2010

NBC Dateline: "The Spies Next Door" plus Joe Biden's joke on Jay Leno

On Sunday July 11, NBC Dateline aired a segment “The Spies Next Door” giving the history of the Russian spy scandal, with Erich O’Neill reporting. The link (which gives only a brief summary) is here.

Anna Chapman (“digital Anna”) was the most visible conspirator, and she may have been careless. But it seems as though none of the “ground spies” picked up any classified information, or even collected “PII” about people that could be given to criminals. It was more a matter of Kremlin bureaucracy, that it wanted to maintain a ground, low-tech spy apparatus. Russians may have gotten a perspective on middle class Americans that would interest their businesses, but it does not seem that they tapped into any real secrets at all.

The Russian’s set up some “dead drop” locations (as had happened with the 1994 Aldrich Ames scandal during the Clinton years), one of them at a footbridge in Arlington VA. I’m not sure where that is; it may be along Four Mile Run, or it may be in Lubber Run Park or near Bluemont Picnic Area (which is, however, quite heavily traveled). I’ll try to get a picture of a couple of possible locations later.

The Russians used a laptop-to-laptop exchange that was not easy to wardrive or intercept (I’m not sure how, other than with strong encryption), but apparently to the same vans in various cities, especially New York.

All of the spies were charged with living as unregistered foreign agents, but they were not charged with more serious espionage charges. The media has covered the spy exchange in Vienna.

Here is Joe Biden’s appearance before Jay Leno on the NBC Tonight Show joking about the spy scandal


Here's a picture of the footbridge in Lubber Run Park in Arlington closest to George Mason Drive. It is relatively quiet and has less traffic than the bridge near the ampitheater. Is this where the drop-off was?  Will Clint Eastwood make a movie called "The Bridges of Arlington County"?  Or will Dateline?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

ABC "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" covers family where wife had to raise her younger siblings

Tonight (July 11, 2010), ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” re-aired the episode about the South Carolina Suggs family. TV Grapevine has a summary (where as ABC’s own site doesn’t make it easy to find all the episodes, many of which drop off) here.

Armanda was forced to become a substitute parent for her younger siblings because her parents left the alone too much. Her parents’ behavior did interfere with her education, although she eventually earned a GED and started community college. She met and fell in love with and married Derrick. Some time there after, her oldest younger sibling Jacob called and told her that he and the other brothers were being put in foster care, so she took them in. Her husband says “he married a family.” This is certainly a case where family requires adult kids to cover for their parents’ behavior. From media reports, it does appear that the couple does have one or two children of its own.

The result of the new home is, of course, spectacular, with enormous space, and a modern workout room for Jacob. It looks like something from the SyFy channel.

Some of the web references about the show call for home-remodeling volunteers in some cities, such as Baltimore.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

PBS re-airs British sitcom "As Time Goes By"

PBS sometimes airs half-hour episodes of the British sitcom “As Time Goes By” dating back to 1992.

The name of the series comes from the song in the classic film “Casablanca” that provides the music of Warner Brothers trademark. But BBC is the official distributor of this series.

The premise of the series is that to former lovers from the days of the Korean War reunite (in London) when the man gets to know the woman’s daughter when she works for him as a secretary. Judi Dench plays Jean, Geoffrey Palmer plays Lionel, and Moira Brooker plays Judith.

The episodes tend to contain a lot of dialogue that has fun with idioms in the English language, as well as cultural stereotypes. (“You’re a woman, so it’s all right to talk to you.”) In a July 10 2010 rerun, the couple has fun with a lost dog, that almost seems to want to talk (reminding me of Cleo in the 1950s sitcom “The People’s Choice”).

"Atgbf1397" has a youtube video clip where Judith is getting married tomorrow.

Friday, July 09, 2010

CNN on anti-parent "truancy" law; ABC View on gay international adoption

There a couple of Friday morning tidbits (maybe repeats) today that catch attention.

CNN’s Frederica Whitfield interviewed Steve Perry (Capitol Preparatory Magnet School) and PTA chairman Charles Saylocs about a proposed ordinance for Detroit (Wayne County) MI proposing parents who miss parent-teacher conferences and don’t respond in 14 days with three-day jail sentences. Both speakers thought that this would be counterproductive, especially with so many single mothers and homes where both parents work.

And ABC’s “The View” discussed international adoption today, and presented a gay male couple from New York that had adopted a boy from Guatemala. The older partner said that Guatemala has a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy for single-parent adoptions, and his partner was made a second parent back home in NYC. An attorney said that Russia had not followed through on its threat to ban international adoptions, despite the flack over

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Oprah has a couple of LGBT interviews (including Kimberly Reed)

In early July 2010, Oprah has followed on to the recent gay pride celebrations with a couple of shows on LGBT topics, although these appear to be repeats of interviews last winter.

On July 6, Oprah ran an interview with lesbian Country and Western star (whose music has a Christian outlet) Cherly Wright. Her father was present. That was preceded by a discussion of the medically miraculous recovery of Bret Michels from a massive brain aneurysm, which may have had a 20% survival prospect. The link for the story is (web url) here.

Today (July 7) Oprah presents Kimberly Reed, one time high school football star, who became a female and then a lesbian. But she made a documentary about the rest of her family, “Prodigal Sons”, reviewed on the movies blog, March 12, 2010. The “other Scott Peck”, son of a Marine Corps general involved in the 1993 debate on gays in the military, had a radio talk show in 1993 where he interviewed a Navy corpsman who left, had a sex change, became a lesbian, and remained in Naval intelligence as a civilian.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

"House M.D." episode explores baseball steroid scandal

Recently, the UPN Network re-aired a particular episode (2005) of “House M.D.” named “Sports Medicine”, which plays on the controversy about steroids in major league baseball.

A pitcher (Scott Foley) has suddenly developed brittle bones and his upper arm humerus bone has a bad fracture. Then he develops other life-threatening symptoms. The doctors are suspicious of steroid use, and at one point Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) “exposes” him to show evidence of steroid use. It turns out that at one time in the minors the coach slipped him an usual secret steroid, increasing his muscle mass. But later they figure out he was trying to kill himself with digitalis.

The show presents the pitcher as a budding star who fell. The episode was apparently aired in a marathon of episodes from the show, but it may be ironic that it aired so soon after the debut of sensation Stephen Strasburg for the Washington Nationals.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

CNN: Blitzer interviews Bill Clinton in South Africa

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed former president Bill Clinton at Fortune Time CNN Global Forum in South Africa Saturday. Apparently Clinton was paid for the interview, an unusual practice in television journalism. Clinton also said that Obama gets a “bum rap” on the oil spill issue, and thought that the current president showed enough emotion and empathy.

He also discussed the Palestinian and West Bank situation, and suggested that historically at one time it had been possible for Israel to settle some West Bank lands without expropriation from individual Palestinian property owners, but the mathematics of that matter had quickly changed by the 1970s.

Wikipedia attribution link for map of settlements on West Bank in 2006

Saturday, July 03, 2010

CNN: "Michael Jackson: The Final Days"

On Saturday, July 3, CNN aired a one-hour documentary “Michael Jackson: The Final Days”. Most of the film chronicled the details of his death after being given Propofol by Dr. Conrad Murray. But the film documents the way Murray was hired, and apparently was not properly trained in anesthesiology or drug dependency, but was hired by Jackson’s promotional agency to keep him performing at any cost. As noted before, Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, although it is beginning to look as though it may be hard for the prosecution to make the charges stick against various legal defenses. Pretrial publicity (particularly from CNN, ABC and MSNBC Datelines) is bound to make jury selection even harder.

The film concluded with brief excerpts from Michael Jackson’s funeral. Don Lemon narrated.

Todd Leopold’s commentary for CNN is here.

Wikipedia attribution link for Michael Jackson clothing picture

Friday, July 02, 2010

ABC 20-20 covers Katie Piper burn case in London; another warning about social media abuse

On Friday July 2, ABC 20/20 presented a one-hour account of the recovery of former British model Katie Piper, who suffered severe chemical burns in a savage and unusual attack on a London street in March 2008. The news story by Justin Sturkin, Jessica Hornig and Lauren Sher is here.

The report covered the medical aspects of her recovery, including unusual surgeries and medically induced coma at first, and her determination at the end to start a new life, and in a sense, the issue of forgiveness after justice in the courts.

But one of the most disturbing aspects of the attack was the way if followed an exchange on Facebook, where her ex-boyfriend tricked her into going out and revealing her street location to another accomplice. As noted in the US, on a few occasions Facebook has been used by “friends” to set up crimes, now a concern of insurance companies.

The link for the Katie Piper Foundation is here.