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Can White People Be Victims of Hate Crime?

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No Hate

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Shane McClellan, a white 16-year-old boy in Seattle, was attacked and beaten down recently by two (this video claims four) assailants who were black and Asian. The attackers whipped him with a belt, held a gun to his head, threatened him with a knife, burned cigarettes into his neck, forced his head into a hole in the ground, urinated on him, and poured beer on him. The attack lasted four hours, and was punctuated all the while by racial slurs and references to slavery. The attackers also robbed him of cash, an MP3 player, and a jacket.

Seattle police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime, and two suspects have been ID'd and had DNA samples taken for further testing.… Continues …

When your love of online gaming goes too far

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Here's what many young people in Seoul do for ...

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I remember reading in March about a South Korean couple, who were addicted to online gaming. Internet addiction is something that many people struggle with to some degree, but they were apparently so obsessed with the game Prius Online that they neglected their 3 month old baby daughter and she died of starvation.

The website for the game maker, Netmarble, has a banner at the top of their website for Prius Online which features a pretty fairy, and says "Now it's my turn to protect you." Isn't it one of the most basic human instincts to protect our own children? How could both parents be so wrapped up in this online world that they would abandon their basic parental responsibilities of feeding and caring for their own child?… Continues …

Sex and the City 2 - Not So Sexy

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The new "Sex and the City 2" movie released this weekend has come under a hailstorm of criticism from all quarters due to it's supposed racism and cultural insensitivity. Salon has a full write-up of all the offenses, which of course the director and actresses vehemently deny. Despite all the controversy and generally negative reviews (like this one comparing it to a zombie flick), SATC2 is set to have a tremendous opening weekend at the box office.

Even if you're not a fan of Sex and the City and were never planning to see the movie anyway, this sudden outpouring of disgust for a movie is captivating. Have we finally reached that point where the image of obnoxious Americans overseas is no longer hilarious, but instead distasteful?… Continues …

That smoking baby's parents should be thrown in jail

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The Truth about Smoking Babies

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Ardi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteArdi takes a drag from his favorite brand of cigaretteMeet Ardi Rizal, an overweight 2-year-old boy who lives in Sumatra. Ardi has caused an international uproar over the fact that he smokes two packs of cigarettes a day. His mother claims that he's addicted and that he throws a tantrum if he is denied his smokes, and according to The Jakarta Globe, he "refuses to smoke anything other than his favourite brand". The situation is compounded by the fact that Ardi's father doesn't appear to see anything wrong with his son's habit.

Anti-smoking advocates have seized upon the story as another example of multinational tobacco companies preying on the poor in the developing world. The Boston Herald quotes Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:

"The tobacco companies are treating the developing world as the great new growth market and are taking maximum advantage of the lack of understanding among the poorest of the poor in these societies."

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