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But this is exactly how we felt yesterday after standing on the sidewalk at 1pm to hail a cab. It took three minutes, and we were wearing a hat, but our brain still got fried. We walked around like a zombie the rest of the day, then decided that the day was lost and went to bed early. That’s why there’s no new post today.
Discussing the weather is so tiresome.
In an earlier era, law enforcement might not have identified the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing so rapidly.
When the smoke literally cleared on Monday, investigators had a huge problem and nearly no leads. No individual or organization claimed responsibility for the bombings that killed three and wounded more than 180. So they took a big leap: They copped to how little they knew, and embraced the wisdom of The Crowd.
Hiding in plain sight was an ocean of data, from torrents of photography to cell-tower information to locals’ memories, waiting to be exploited. Police, FBI, and the other investigators opted to let spectator surveillance supplement and augment their own. When they called for that imagery, locals flooded it in. They spoke to the public frequently, both in person and especially on Twitter. All that represented a modern twist on the age-old law enforcement maxim that the public’s eyes and ears are crucial investigative assets, as the Internet rapidly compressed the time it took for tips to arrive and get analyzed.
Read This Is the Modern Manhunt: The FBI, the Hive Mind and the Boston Bombers, at Danger Room in Wired.
Text spam is so much spicier during campaign season. Apart from the real estate offers from people you don’t know, and award notifications from raffles you never joined (Apparently I just won a brand-new car and P350,000, and stand to lose more if I am stupid enough to call their number), there are anonymous messages commending or attacking certain candidates. This spam from last week is so clever, it requires a second reading to determine whether it is praising or slamming the candidate.
“Friends, suportahan natin ang kafatid nating si ______! # ___ sa balota. At huwag kalimutan, Ang Ladlad #28 sa party list!”
What does it mean?
Read Ladlad o Laglag? our column at InterAksyon.com.
Eavesdrop on our conversation with Atty. Lorna Kapunan, legal counsel of James Yap. Obviously we discuss the ongoing Kris Aquino-James Yap case—at least the parts that can be discussed in public. Then we talk about family law, men’s rights, spousal abuse, things to remember before you get married, community property, why there is no divorce in the Philippines, the legal profession and political office, and how to hang on to your soul when everyone is selling theirs.
P.S. The exact quote from Henry VI is: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
Thanks to Boboy for the alert.
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By the way we’re doing a podcast interview with Lorna Kapunan, legal counsel of James Yap (and Hayden Kho) in April. Don’t know if she can discuss That Case, but do send in your questions. We met her when we did a project with the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (women who kick ass) and set the interview before her client hit the headlines again.