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Warning! Bing search engine unsafe for kids! (0)

Posted in Misc Crime June 3rd, 2009 @ 8:55 am by Linda 

Microsoft launched its new search engine Bing this weekend only to find that with just a few clicks anyone of any age can view explicit pornographic videos online without leaving the search engine. All you need to do is hover a mouse over the link while in the search engine site and it lets you preview videos – any kind of videos. This “autoplay” feature is the culprit in allowing pornographic web sites to be viewed.

According to a Fox News article this feature is unique to Bing because it allows users to view porn videos instead of going to their Web site. As a result, you can turn your search into your very own porn site without leaving Bing. Other major search engines like Yahoo and Google come up with similar video and image results when electronic filters are turned off, but don’t provide automatic playing of videos within the search-results page.

This new state-of-the-art search engine with its video preview is one of a kind but online safety advocates argue that not only this search engine but also others need to cut off underage access to pornography. Even filters can be circumvented easily with just one click.

Content-filtering companies have been reviewing Bing and have found the same problems. You don’t need to turn off an adult-content filter to view porn videos on the site. Microsoft said in a statement that it was up to users to turn-off the filters and they provided instructions on how to toggle the settings on its blog.

Of course, the responsibility to protect kids from pornography or other harmful online content is up to the parents. However, until Microsoft can fix their new search engine, Bing, parents should carefully monitor what their kids view on the Internet.

Deadly Memorial Weekend for Minnesotans (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News June 2nd, 2009 @ 11:19 am by Linda 

This year’s Memorial Weekend was deadly for motorists in Minnesota. Preliminary reports cited twelve traffics deaths. This was the next deadliest Memorial weekend since 1996.

State Patrol responded to 10 of the deaths and seven serious injuries. The deaths include seven motorists, two motorcyclists and a pedestrian. Sadly, of the seven motorist deaths, two were not wearing their seat belt. In addition, State Patrol investigators said seat belt use in a quadruple fatal in Olmsted County might not be known because of the extensive damage to the van that was hit by a suspected impaired driver.

The folks of Minnesota need to understand the ongoing threats on their roads. There are impaired drivers, speeders and those people not paying attention while driving. Summer is the deadliest time on the roads and Memorial Weekend starts the summer time driving.

Cheri Marti, DPS director of the Office of Traffic Safety underscores the relevance of the new primary seat belt law. The primary offense means drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint. Effective June 9, law enforcement can stop motorists for seat belt violations. Minnesota is the 29th state to pass a primary seat belt law following the recent passage by both Arkansas and Florida.

Wearing a seat belt is best defense behind the wheel especially against motorists who are impaired, speeding or driving distracted. Buckle up and don’t drive drink this summer!

Crime statistics in for cities in the U.S. for 2008 (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News June 1st, 2009 @ 11:06 am by Linda 

According to the 2008 FBI data crime statistics for cities in the U.S. shows that crime fell in large cities but grew in small towns. As you may remember, last year the country faced a housing bubble burst, banks going under, lending frozen and car companies looking for a bailout.

With the bad economy starting in 2008 and continuing into 2009, experts were concerned that crime may increase throughout the U.S. However, according to the 2008 statistics, violent crime nationwide dropped by 2.5 percent. Property crimes also fell by 1.6 percent.

However, cities with more than 1 million people saw murders fall by 4.3 percent as well as cities with 500,000 to 1 million people saw murders fall by nearly 8 percent. However, small towns with fewer than 10,000 residents saw murders rise 5.5 percent and rape increased by 1.4 percent as well as robbery at 3.9 percent. There was no reason given for this increase in crime in small towns.

The FBI crime statistics also broke down crime according to regions throughout the U.S. The northeast region saw a rise in property crimes by 1.6 percent but the remaining regions saw a decrease between 1.7 and 4.2 percent in both violent crime and property crime.

Even though the downturn in the economy has hurt most of us, at least we experienced less crime that made us feel safer in our lives.

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