Newseum

Today’s Front Pages

Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays these front pages each day on its website. The front pages are in their original, unedited form.

Roll over the cities you are interested in and double click when you see a front page that interests you to get a larger image than the thumbnail that appears to the right of the map.

This is something I just found and I think it is a great idea to keep track of what is the main story in other cities.

Toronto Sun Surprised by Private Investigator

Private Investigators, Adjusters, and insurance companies get a lot of bad press due to bias, ignorance, and a desire to sensationalize the news.

In today’s Toronto Sun an article titled, How Facebook can screw you by Alan SHANOFF, the author states,

I wouldn’t be surprised to see insurance company adjusters and investigators trying to become a claimant’s “friend” to obtain inner circle access. Instead of a private investigator hiding in a van on your street or behind a bush, he might very well be tracking your movements in cyberspace.”

It’s obvious that SHANOFF would be surprised to learn that Private Investigators and Adjusters in Canada wouldn’t do this to a represented claimant.  I have written on this subject twice, and all the PI’s and Adjusters I have spoken to about this know that they may not “friend” the subject of an investigation if he or she is represented.  Simple fact checking would have corrected this.

Regulatory Risk From Bribery

According to the 2010/2011 Kroll Annual Global Fraud Report, many companies do not recognise the risks associated with bribery.

“Companies are unprepared for regulation: Increased regulation through the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the introduction of the UK’s new Bribery Act has created new challenges for companies. According to the survey, nearly two-thirds (63%) of businesses with operations in the US or UK believe the laws do not apply to them or are unsure. As a result, many are unprepared to deal with the regulatory risks: less than one-half (47%) are confident that they have the controls in place to prevent bribery at all levels of the operation, compared with 42% who say they have assessed the risks and put in place the necessary monitoring and reporting procedures.”

The News and Critical Thought

“Competitive Intelligence means looking behind the news and doing an analysis to find the truth. That is not the role of newspapers. Their role is simple: to sell and make profits for their owners. If that means subjective reporting, then so be it.”

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Charged with Operating Without a Licence

Animal cruelty officer faces additional charges

A former senior animal cruelty officer at the Toronto Humane Society (THS) is facing a slew of additional charges in connection with the alleged operation of an unlicensed security guard services business.

Smith, 39, of Thornhill, and Protective Security Consultants has been charged with operating a business entity without a license under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act. He has also been charged under this legislation with acting as an unlicensed security guard.

Smith and his company are further charged with engaging in the business of providing security guards, no agency license and holding out as an agency with no agency license under the Private Investigators and Security Guards Act.

The new charges are reportedly not linked to a probe involving allegations of animal cruelty at the THS, which had its River Street shelter raided on Nov. 26, 2009.

He was charged then with two counts of impersonating a peace officer and one count of perjury in connection with accusations he continued investigating animal cruelty cases at the shelter despite being suspended last June.

Earlier, during June 2007, the OSPCA suspended Smith after he rescued a Rottweiler from a overheated vehicle and left the dog’s owner unattended and handcuffed to a car door while he left the scene with the dog. The handcuffed and defenseless dog owner was then assaulted by onlookers.

UK to Axe Identity Card Scheme

National identity card schemes usually end badly for somebody, usually the average citizen. These overpriced schemes usually assist death-by-government programmes or become one point of failure that usually fails through corruption and/or criminal action.

Identity cards scheme will be axed ‘within 100 days’

The National Identity Card scheme will be abolished within 100 days with all cards becoming invalid, Home Secretary Theresa May has said.

How Tweet It Is!

The Library of Congress announced  they acquired the entire archive of public Twitter activity since its inception in March 2006.  Addition of new data to the archive will create a delay of several weeks between its addition and its availability to the public.

Google has also created  way to revisit tweets related to historic events called Google Replay. It lets you relive a real time search from specific moments in time, but Google Replay  only goes back a few months now, but it will eventually reach back to the very first Tweets.

Photoshop Fakery & Disasters

I’m naturally skeptical, especially of what is reported in the news. The Toronto Star keeps putting a bodiless hand in a picture of the Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion, and her son.

Photoshop

This Photoshop disaster hasn’t gone unnoticed, but it highlights the issue of how Investigators and Researchers use such pictures and how they cite collected images.

I don’t have the technical skills to verify the authenticity of every image I collect and use in reports, but I can, and do, report the source of the image and the date it was collected. For example, in this case, several versions of this image are in the public domain. If I use the image in a report, I must state its source and the date collected, as it may later be revealed as a fake or altered image.

TinEye

I also use TinEye on such an image to see if an alternative version exists and to see where else the image might have appeared. For example, using TinEye on the cropped Toronto Star image I get a reference to the obviously Photoshopped image with the bodiless hand.

Twitter Lists

Twitter lists are becoming an interesting crowd sourcing phenomenon. Twitter Lists is becoming a favorite tool for Twitter. The lists identify specific individuals in vertical fields.

To make a list, sign in to your Twitter account and click on navigation-bar item that reads “New Lists”. A pop-up window asks you to name your new list and if you want it to be public or not. When you make your own list be careful; a public list may reveal too much about what you are interested in.

You should first look for the list you want to create, somebody has probably already created it, but at the moment there isn’t a good way to find lists. Go to Twitter’s people search page and do a search for your list topic and rummage around to find accounts to add to your list. Eventually these lists will be useful once they are easier to find and search.

Listorious has compiled a list of lists of sorts but it isn’t a true search engine. This site and the Twitter people search seem to be the best tools to use when dealing with Twitter Lists.

Fake Bank Record Scam

Ex-cop, wife accused of faking bank records

Police say duo reeled in clients by claiming ex-spouses, relatives stashed money offshore

Cullen Johnson was a top Toronto cop.

Elaine White was a dogged investigator at a downtown accounting firm.

Now the husband and wife team of private detectives are accused of forging and selling bank records that make clients believe an ex-spouse, friend or employee has millions of dollars stashed offshore…

This is a case where the victims should have known what was on offer was too good to be true.

Secret sources always introduce reliability problems into an investigation or research project.

For example, is the source lying; does the source even know what he’s talking about; is the information old; and is this a trick of some kind? Is the secret source doing something illegal to obtain the information? Is the data fabricated?

Open sources, on the other hand, can be fact-checked in real-time through multiple sources. Open sources can be properly identified and the collection method can be explained fully.

Twyman’s Law

Remember, Twyman’s Law states:

Any piece of data or evidence that looks interesting or unusual is probably wrong!