Diane Dimond from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:56:43 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Diane Dimond from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/diane-dimond-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond 62f52446f05035469f148678e04caf1d Taking Care of Kids Who Witness Death for 06/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/18/taking-care-of-kids-who-witness-death Sat, 16 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Normally, small research studies don't interest me much because they usually don't include a large cross section of participants. I mean, how can you reach a generalized conclusion if you have only questioned or studied 20 or 30 people, right?</p> <p>But a newly reported effort from the Boston Reentry Survey caught my attention. During a project that spanned more than a year, departing prison inmates were asked all sorts of questions. The one that caught my attention focused on the inmates' childhood: "Did you ever see someone get killed during that time?"<p>Updated: Sat Jun 16, 2018</p> afd9677f8ed37f8aefbb426f2063f245 A Citizen's Letter to Robert Mueller for 06/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/18/a-citizens-letter-to-robert-mueller Sat, 09 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Dear Mr. Robert Mueller: I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am writing as a concerned American to beg you to reveal whether there is any end in sight for your Russia-Trump collusion investigation.</p> <p>We all want to know the truth behind whether President Trump or any of his associates colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election. We'd also like to know whether the FBI first started investigating Trump months before the election based on a dirty-tricks tip from Democrats. <p>Updated: Sat Jun 09, 2018</p> d513a9bd08770f6f3bdd25f5a4508a7b Smart Homes Are Dumb for 06/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/06/18/smart-homes-are-dumb Sat, 02 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Smart homes are dumb. There, I said it. I'm sure those involved in the nearly $1.5 billion dollar-a-year connected-home technology business in the United States won't be happy with my statement, but I'm sticking to my guns. So-called smart technology is not your friend.</p> <p>I know, I know. There are those who can't imagine life without their voice-activated gizmo that turns on lights, the heating and cooling system or their home entertainment center. Others brag about their smart refrigerator that scans items and lets them know when to buy more. There is even a smart mattress that tracks "over 15 factors about your sleep and health, including REM sleep, deep sleep, heart rate and respiratory rate," according to the company website.<p>Updated: Sat Jun 02, 2018</p> 914ec58aa2869130dffa62d3f5316e4b Colleges Are Not Responsible for Your Child's Well-Being for 05/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/18/colleges-are-not-responsible-for-your-childs-well-being Sat, 26 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Across the nation, parents are in the process of either welcoming their college kids home for the summer or making preparations to send them off to college in the fall. Some will be letting go of their children for the first time, excited and anxious about the next chapter of life. Let this be a wake-up call for those parents who believe the school will keep them informed if anything goes wrong with their kids. It probably won't.</p> <p>Thanks to a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, colleges and universities are under no legal obligation to tell tuition-paying parents anything about their child, not even if their child is having a serious mental meltdown. Institutions of higher learning share a basic philosophy that students are adults. And FERPA is invoked as the reason to keep education records private. Parents are often baffled that they cannot get information about their child &#8212; not even their grades &#8212; unless and until the child signs a written consent form.<p>Updated: Sat May 26, 2018</p> ef5e396dd845432bb820b300f0b251ba Reducing Racial Profiling Depends on All of Us for 05/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/18/reducing-racial-profiling-depends-on-all-of-us Sat, 19 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The post-9/11 mantra "If you see something, say something" appears to have taken an ugly turn these days. It used to relate to concerns about terrorism. If you saw an abandoned backpack or van, or if you discovered evidence that could be construed as bomb-related, the instruction was to immediately call police to investigate.</p> <p>Today, citizens seem to have twisted that advice; they call police with the pettiest suspicions or complaints about people who don't look like they look. Thanks to ever-present cellphone cameras, we can confirm several instances of racial profiling that have happened in just the last few weeks. <p>Updated: Sat May 19, 2018</p> 9939b8b91181c5798d753e3e4af9944c Time to Bring Back the Asylums for 05/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/18/time-to-bring-back-the-asylums Sat, 12 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>What does the word "asylum" conjure up in your mind? An overpopulated mental ward with screaming patients frothing at the mouth? A snake pit, as depicted in the 1948 movie of the same name in which actress Olivia de Havilland's character battles schizophrenia, shock treatments and a sadistic nurse? </p> <p>The word "asylum" simply means "an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill." So why don't we have more psychiatric asylums to help the ever-growing number of Americans who battle serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder? <span class="column--highlighted-text">"Asylum" is not a dirty word.</span><p>Updated: Sat May 12, 2018</p> 14cf56052233755305959f9fd2431026 Confronting Tough Questions Following the #MeToo Movement for 05/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/05/18/confronting-tough-questions-following-the-metoo-movement Sat, 05 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bill Cosby is a convicted felon. A jury has declared him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault.</p> <p>If you'd told me a few years ago that I would one day be writing lines like that about the actor called "America's Favorite Dad," I would have thought you were nuts. But there it is. The first post-#MeToo trial conviction and, I daresay, it probably won't be the last.<p>Updated: Sat May 05, 2018</p> 60d24b228fc37d2c214df85557f90634 Child Sex Abuse: Men Break Their Silence for 04/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/18/child-sex-abuse-men-break-their-silence Sat, 28 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Each of the men on the dais was successful in his field. There was a Broadway actor from the hit musical "Hamilton," a popular TV personality and a district attorney. All came to talk about have been sexually abused as a child and how it had impacted their life. Each story was unforgettable because men often keep sex abuse secret, sometimes for their entire life.</p> <p>The symposium was sponsored by the New York State Office of Victim Services. The keynote speaker had also been a victim. <p>Updated: Sat Apr 28, 2018</p> 145111917c1d2d31e2bb3ff6d8f3d47e Punished Because He Asked for Help for 04/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/18/punished-because-he-asked-for-help Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Could everyone reading this just pause for a bit and really think about our fellow citizens who put their lives on the line for us every day?</p> <p>I'm talking about police officers and firefighters who face deadly dangers and serious stressors on a regular basis: gruesome car accidents, raging fires with trapped victims screaming for help, domestic abuse calls that can easily end with officers injured or killed, hostage situations and the ever-present possibility of having to respond to a mass shooting or bombing. Blood, terror and death are a way of life for these brave first responders.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 21, 2018</p> 69c5e6fa5e7c0c8ffcf2d959c177e8f6 Even Baby Steps to Curb Sex Trafficking Are Valuable for 04/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/18/even-baby-steps-to-curb-sex-trafficking-are-valuable Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>WASHINGTON &#8212; "The Justice Department announces the seizure of Backpage.com, the Internet's leading forum for prostitution ads, including ads depicting the prostitution of children."</p> <p>All I can say is, it is about time. <p>Updated: Sat Apr 14, 2018</p> ea8fc444c61c4a17fc1005c7b6f8e92f Beware the Con in Uniform for 04/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/04/18/beware-the-con-in-uniform Sat, 07 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>They blend in to veterans groups and military parades, and usually sport a hat or jacket displaying the logo of a branch of the service. They tell intriguing stories about their military exploits with highly trained and super-secret special operations forces like the Navy SEALs, Green Berets or Army Rangers. Some may let you see their Medal of Valor, Silver Star Medal or Purple Heart. You instinctively want to thank them for their service. But beware. Those patches and medals can be bought online as fast as you can type in a credit card number.</p> <p>The reality is that <span class="column--highlighted-text">people who pass themselves off as a war hero by displaying a medal they did not earn are guilty of violating the Stolen Valor Act of 2013</span>. An earlier version of the act was found to have abridged free speech and declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, but the latest version is very specific. It is a federal crime to flash a medal and pose as a war hero for personal gain. An imposter can be fined, sentenced to prison for up to a year &#8212; or both. Twenty-seven states have passed similar laws, New Mexico being the latest.<p>Updated: Sat Apr 07, 2018</p> 6a587d9b50b5cf1afef454d36adebca9 Your Privacy in This Digital World for 03/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/18/your-privacy-in-this-digital-world Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here we go again. Facebook critics are up in arms, outraged over the idea that their personal information might have been mishandled by the U.K.-based company Cambridge Analytica, Facebook or both.</p> <p>It's as if people are surprised that digital information is shared or outright sold to other companies. Since no one pays to join Facebook, how do you think its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, 33, became a multibillionaire? His company has always exploited its users' likes, dislikes, opinions, photos and videos. Whatever you do on Facebook, Team Zuckerberg is watching, analyzing your every move and figuring out ways to monetize the information.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 31, 2018</p> 28807f70c962b75d8273aa38cdd58603 Was It the Bombs' Fault, or the Mind That Made Them? for 03/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/18/was-it-the-bombs-fault-or-the-mind-that-made-them Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is no doubt the deadly mayhem endured by the citizens of Austin, Texas, at the hands of a mysterious bomber this month was horrendous. <span class="column--highlighted-text">But in the annals of crime, 23-year-old suspect Mark Anthony Conditt (aka the "Austin Bomber") will go down as an amateur.</span> </p> <p>It's sad to say bombings are not that unusual. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reports that there were 439 of them in 2016, set in motion by jilted lovers, stalkers, or relatives seeking revenge or an inheritance. Since 1990, dozens have been wounded or killed by a package bomb.<p>Updated: Sat Mar 24, 2018</p> ec4be508ef2206cc120c6f39f10fee7c Love It or Hate It, Daylight Saving Time Is the Law for 03/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/18/love-it-or-hate-it-daylight-saving-time-is-the-law Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Ahh. The extra sunshine these days makes me long for spring. Thanks to daylight saving time, nearly all of us are now able to enjoy an extra hour of sun on the back end of the day. The only U.S. residents who don't benefit live in Hawaii, most of Arizona (excluding the Navajo reservation) and about a half-dozen U.S. territories that stay on standard time. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 17, 2018</p> df636c516e0f77c7042268be4aa6bf4e Hello, FCC and FTC -- Can You Hear Me Now? for 03/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/18/hello-fcc-and-ftc-can-you-hear-me-now Sat, 10 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It happens 2.9 billion times each month. All across this nation, citizens are being pestered by privacy-invading telephone calls from either live or tape-recorded telemarketers, spammers and scammers even though there are state and federal laws against such unwanted calls.</p> <p>Think about this: 2.9 billion calls a month translates to 96.6 million of these annoying and frustrating calls placed every single day. That's 4.25 million phone calls every hour causing many who answer them to want to tear their hair out. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 10, 2018</p> 610c3c0667018eefa81563f90701af69 A Message to the Florida School Shooting Survivors for 03/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/03/18/a-message-to-the-florida-school-shooting-survivors Sat, 03 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Dear students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: The nation hears you. We have seen you on television and read your quotes. Despite the terror of losing 17 classmates and teachers to a gun-wielding madman, you are the most eloquent victims I've ever heard. Traumatized student victims are usually whisked away, protected from public view. You, on the other hand, have chosen to stand up, speak your mind and demand more from the adults who are in charge. Bravo!</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Keep talking. Please. Tell every adult who will listen about your personal experience. </span>Talk until you have adequately described how sick your generation is of hearing about the latest body counts. Tell them about your quest, defined by the hashtag #NeverAgain, to try to wipe out the possibility of any future school shootings. <p>Updated: Sat Mar 03, 2018</p> a89446f035dd80f88ef2b461b0ba0abc The FBI Needs More Dedicated Digital Detectives for 02/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/18/the-fbi-needs-more-dedicated-digital-detectives Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Think of all the groundbreaking scientific developments that have helped in the fight against crime: fingerprinting, blood testing and DNA profiling, to name just three. It is way past time for another major advancement.</p> <p>This one must be laser-focused on the digital world in which we all exist. And it must be fully funded and staffed by modern-day detectives who have an expertise in the ever-changing computer science landscape.</p> <p>There is no denying that our internet-driven society is ripe with clues the criminally minded have left behind. The question is, when will law enforcement get the funds needed to regularly and thoroughly plumb this field of publicly available evidence? Instead of waiting for a crime to occur and then working to identify the perpetrator, how about we help investigators try to stop crime before it happens?<p>Updated: Sat Feb 24, 2018</p> 6cf930d7ae68f29845f21eb7c1d22f19 Foreign-Made Goods Flood U.S Federal Prisons for 02/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/18/foreign-made-goods-flood-us-federal-prisons Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Have you ever watched that recurring ABC evening-news segment called "Made in America"? It highlights small businesses that provide lots of jobs and make competitively priced products designed to reduce our appetite for cheap foreign-made goods. It stirs my patriotic juices every time I see it, and it makes me wonder what would happen to our economy if we were to all buy merchandise only made here in the United States. </p> <p>Well, one of my friends has been thinking about this, too. He has recently had a lot of time on his hands, as he is serving an 18-month sentence in a federal prison. He did a stupid (nonviolent) service for one of his associates and is now paying the price. After having been on the inside for a while, he thinks the Federal Bureau of Prisons ought to take a page from the Buy American handbook, too. <p>Updated: Sat Feb 17, 2018</p> dfe5d2d0275a5b59cf5a69ae6575ed42 A Call to Judges to Better Protect Children for 02/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/18/a-call-to-judges-to-better-protect-children Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>There is way too much killing in America. Murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse, despondent people who kill themselves, and then there is filicide. That's when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime doesn't happen, but it happens way too often. </p> <p>A study published in the Forensic Science International journal combed through more than 30 years of FBI filicide cases and found parent-on-child murder happens in the United States about 500 times each year. More than two-thirds of the victims are 6 years old or younger. It might surprise you to learn that mothers kill their children almost as frequently as fathers.<p>Updated: Sat Feb 10, 2018</p> e59f3dfac57131377c56440927edc618 Don't Let the Media Make up Your Mind on State of the Union for 02/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/diane-dimond/02/18/dont-let-the-media-make-up-your-mind-on-state-of-the-union Sat, 03 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Following President Trump's first State of the Union, I was left shaking my head at some journalists' analysis of what was said. Especially troublesome to see from my crime-and-justice perch was reporters tying Trump's mention of deadly MS-13 gang activity to all undocumented immigrants.</p> <p>The Huffington Post's coverage of the issue was tagged with the label "Hate Speech" and included this line about the President's comments: "His comparison between MS-13 and the millions of undocumented immigrants in America &#8212; including hundreds of thousands of young people known as "Dreamers" &#8212; prompted swift rebuke from Democrats." </p> <p>HuffPost added a supporting quote from the junior senator from California, Democrat Kamala Harris. "MS-13 is an example of some of the worst of criminal gang behavior," she said. "To equate that with Dreamers and DACA was completely irresponsible, and it was scapegoating, and it was fearmongering, and it was wrong."<p>Updated: Mon Feb 05, 2018</p>