Whole Foods Treats Autistic Man Like Dog

Leashed Child by Flickr user athomson, liscensed by Creative Commons

Wrong At Any Age

Whole Foods is a market that prides themselves on their environmental and social awareness.  However, one of their employees didn’t get the memo about the “social” awareness.  Emily Goldman and her autistic brother Michael were the victims of extreme insensitivity while shopping at a Whole Foods Market in Milwaukee, WI.  Michael (who has difficulty communicating) swiped some food while the two were shopping.  The security guard on duty saw Michael stealing food and confronted the two shoppers.  When Emily realized what had transpired she immediately apologized, explained her brother’s condition, and offered to pay for the food Michael had taken.  But the security guard responded with a hateful comment.  The security guard exclaimed that Emily and Michael were to leave the store immediately and that they were not allowed to return unless Michael was “on a leash”.  This mentality doesn’t seem very consistent with Whole Food’s core value of “delighting customers”.

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Aaron Swartz Internet Activist Dies In Brooklyn

Aaron Swartz at the EIFL visioning retreat 2008, taken by Quinn Norton by Flickr user EIFL: knowledge without boundaries, licensed by Creative Commons

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It’s quite suspicious that, Co-Founder of Reddit and RSS, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide this weekend in his Brooklyn, NY apartment.  It’s even more disturbing to hear that he had been facing charges under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act where he could have been potentially seeing 35 years in prison and up to $1 million dollars in fines.

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Magic Band To Track Behavior at Disney Parks

Disney World Trip - Magic Kingdom - Cinderella's Castle by Flickr user RichardStep.com, licensed by Creative Commons

Now you can spend more at Disney World!

I have this recurring dream where I am in an all white room and fog is surrounding me.  I am holding a goofy doll and panicking.  All of a sudden a huge golfball is approaching me and a crowd of people are racing by.  I start to cry and look for my parents, turning in a circle and getting more scared.  My mom runs up to me and I squeeze her so hard that it wakes me up.  This is a recurring dream because it actually happened to me when I was in Disney World.  Well, thanks to Disney I won’t have to experience this trauma any more.

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Bad Reception: Web-TV Service Avoids Lawsuit

antenna home roof watch tv sky send transmitter by, Pixabay user Hans, licensed by Creative Commons.

Hello, is there anybody in there?

There seems to be a buzz in the air around New York City recently and cable/satellite providers aren’t happy about it.  The internet-powered television service, Aereo, allows users to enjoy basic programs for an incredibly small cost and has thrived despite a growing number of lawsuits.  Companies such as Cablevision contend that this alternative to their offerings violates certain copyrights and contracts.  Aereo argues that since their units include small antennas, the analog signal they pick up is free over the airwaves and not breaking any laws.  Aereo, which is backed by media executive Barry Diller, plans to grow their service area over the next few months including major cities such as Washington D.C., Boston, and Chicago. Read more

NY Judge Prevents Police Officers From Stop and Frisk in the Bronx

In God We Trust by Flickr user Just Deon, licensed by Creative Commons

       New York Courtroom

Picture yourself walking in the Bronx borough of New York heading to your home or apartment and a police officer stops you and asks to search you.  He is searching you because he thinks you look suspicious and you might be holding a firearm.  Is this fair for the police officer to stop you and frisk you?  A New York Judge, Shira Scheindlin, says no. She has put a halt to searches and frisking, deeming it unconstitutional and a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

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