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Posted by on Apr 23, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FROM THE EDITOR, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

TODAY’S NEWS FROM REINING, CUTTING AND HORSE RACING

April 23, 2019

NEWS FROM THE REINING INDUSTRY:

Carol Trimmer, Crescent, Okla., NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and staff member, passed away on Tuesday, April 16. The dedicated and knowledgeable horse lover worked with horses and horse people over the years, claiming it was “not work” as she loved her job and was passionate about helping promote the industry in whatever capacity she could. 

Before going to work for the NRHA, Trimmer spent 15 years in the press room at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, one of the largest horse shows in the world. At the NRHA she filled many positions, including her appointment in 2003 as the NRHA Senior Director of Publications. She was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2013. 

Trimmer’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, at First Baptist Church, 220 South Grand, Crescent, Okla.

NEWS FROM THE CUTTING HORSE INDUSTRY:

Billy Ray Rosewell, an NCHA Hall of Fame Rider and World Champion, passed away on Monday Feb. 18, 2019. 

Rosewell, who was raised near Mt. Pleasant, Texas, began training cutting horses in 1967 and won three Appaloosa World titles before he rode Show Biz Sandy, owned by Starkey Smith, in 1992, when the daughter of Son Of A Doc was 5.

The pair were one of the top three contenders for the 1993 NCHA Open World Champion Show and won the event, earning $42,812. That was the year that Kenny Patterson was Reserve Champion riding Commandicate, earning $42,385 and Kobie Wood rode Red White and Boon, placing third for $42,314. Rosewell had NCHA career earnings of $576,013, primarily showing in weekend competition.

His survivors include three sons: Billy Rosewell, Jr., Cookville, David and Maria Rosewell, Kilgore, Texas and Tommy Joe Rosewell, Mt Pleasant; one daughter-in-law, Tammy and John of Reno, Nevada; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Katy Rosewell of Cookville; one sister Betty Ann Phillips, Mt. Pleasant; nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Feb. 22  at the Harrison Funeral Home, Naples, Texas, and  interment was at the Omaha Cemetery in Omaha, Texas. 

 

NEWS FROM THE RACE HORSE INDUSTRY:

With the Kentucky Derby coming up, there’s no slowdown in what owner/trainers are giving their horses to make them run faster and die sooner. According to the Thoroughbred Daily News (TDN), Strychnine, the active agreement in rat poison, has been detected in post-race drug testing of three horses from the same owner/trainer at Phoenix, Arizona’s Turf Paradise, Alex Torres-Casas, who also owned and trained a fourth horse that tested positive for caffeine alone.

Torres-Casas was fined $2,625 and suspended 80 days on Feb. 27 for the offenses according to Arizona Department of Racing (ADR). However, according to the public information officer for the Arizona Department of Gaming, Torres-Casas appealed the ruling the same day it was issued. .

Strychnine is listed as a Class 1 Penalty/Category, a substance on the Association of Racing Commissioners International Uniform Classification of Substances list, which is the most-dangerous level. Caffeine is listed as 2/B. The ARCI’s recommended penalty for 1/A violations is a minimum one-year suspension and a minimum fine of $10,000.

However, this was not the first offense for Torres-Casa as on May 30, 2017, ADR ruled he was also fined $2,650 and suspended 180 days for a cocaine positive in a horse he raced at Turf Paradise in February of that year. The ARCI guidelines for a trainer’s second Lifetime Penalty Category. Although his suspension was not available at press time, an offense in any jurisdiction calls for a minimum three-year suspension and a minimum fine of $25,000. However, according to the article, neither Torres-Casas nor a Turf Paradise employee could not be reached for comment.

According to the TDN article, if the case is overturned in the appeals process, all of the above-mentioned horses will be disqualified from purse money and placed on the steward’s list for 60 days. They then would have to be retested and be proven to be clear from foreign substances prior to being allowed to race.

Although strychnine would seem like an unlikely performance-enhancer given its widespread use as a rodenticide, over a century ago, it was one of the first substances to cause a major sports doping scandal in America

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A FREE REPORT ON HOW TO MAKE A CLEAN CUT IN THE CUTTING ARENA

Posted by on Apr 19, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MAKING A CLEAN CUT IN THE CUTTING ARENA?

NCHA CUTTING FUTURITY AND WORLD CHAMPION LINDY BURCH WRITES ABOUT THE SECRET TO MAKING GREAT CUTS IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS – AND IT’S FREE!

April 19, 2019

Former NCHA Futurity and World Champion Lindy Burch reveals her own techniques on making good cuts in  a free book titled “5 Steps to Making Clean Cuts and Maximizing Your Score.”

The book includes six bonus tips that will help you improve your scores in the show pen, how to better understand the NCHA rules on cutting cows so you can eliminate frustration and embarrassment and the most important one: How to impress the judges from the moment the clock starts ticking down!.

AND IT’S FREE!

Simply go to: cutting.chtolive.com, fill in your name and e-mail address. Then click on: “Yes! Send Me This Free Report.” The free report will be sent instantly to the email address you submit. You are welcome to share the report with your friends.

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IS THERE AN EXTORTION RACKET IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY?

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 10 comments

IS THERE AN EXTORTION RACKET OPERATING IN THE HORSE INDUSTRY?

 

THE LATEST GIMMICK INVOLVES THE POOR HORSE, ANIMAL RESCUES, DONORS AND KILL BUYERS

 

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For all about cutting.net

April 14, 2019

EXTORTION BUYING:

It seems, if there’s a new scam that’s been derived, in the horse industry, to separate folks from their hard earned money.  The latest gimmick involves the poor horse, animal rescue operations, donors and “kill buyers.”  The scheme is quite unique in that it fulfills all the requirements of the definition of extortion:  More specifically, Extortion (also called shakedown, outwrestling and exaction) is a criminal offense of obtaining money, property or services from an individual or institution, through coercion.  Coercion is defined as “the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats”.

Another extortion tactic they use is: “The extortionist tells the donor that the horse is already on the truck headed to Mexico, but $200. will turn the truck around.” Still another extortion tactic they use is: “They will tell the potential donor and buyer that the horse has already been separated, sorted and chipped for shipment to the slaughter plant on a certain date.  The seller then jacks the price up on a previous $750. horse, for example, to a new asking price of $1,500 to cover the sorting and the chipping.

“Horse Kill Buyers” have enacted and perfected their presentation of an extortion operation which is offered to the general public in order to double their profits on selling horses, with the aid of phrases such as: “This horse was just rescued from the kill pen and if it doesn’t sell within a specified time frame, it’s going to the slaughter house!”  (Threat). 

Louisiana law enforcement has caught on to this unscrupulous and illegal tactic and is actually doing something about it by investigating “horse kill buyers” where in some cases the offender is actually arrested and prosecuted.  However, this unsavory extortion tactic isn’t unique to just Louisiana.  The same basic principle can be found throughout the United Sates where “horse kill buyers” are located and they use the same extortion tactic to sell excess horses for double profits on the internet or social media sites.

A more aptly applied moniker for what their doing is often referred to as a “shakedown racket”.  Simply stated, its akin to an individual telling a person, “unless you pay me so much protection money, I won’t burn your house down. In the case of the “horse kill buyer” they use a similar tactic by saying, “Unless this horse is sold out of the “kill pen” within a certain time frame, it’s going to the slaughter house!” (Threat). This illegal activity is designed to induce an immediate response from donors and horse rescues alike by invoking an individual’s sense of caring to save the poor horse.  My observed responses depicts a bidding war among rescues and donors alike.  

All-in-all, this bidding interaction can sometimes drive the price of the horse above the initial asking price.  The end result is that donors are eager to save a life and cough up their hard-earned money in the process. This perfectly-devised plan further enriches the seller.  So are horse rescues and money donors actually saving a life or are they enabling the “horse kill buyer” to further his or her extortion operation by using the donor funds to return to the local auction, buy more horses for the extortion operation and start the process all over again?  Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding “yes” and “no”.  Case in point:  Most all “kill pen brokers” already have existing contracts with horse slaughter plants across the international border of the United States.  These contracts usually require a “kill pen buyer” to fulfill a certain number of horses per contract, e.g., 200.  In all probability, the “kill pen buyer” has already fulfilled his obligation to the horse slaughter plant or the horse slaughter plant will find someone else to fill the contract, which leaves the original broker out in the cold, so-to-speak.

In all probability, the horse that’s being marketed as being “in dire straits,” in a “do-or-die situation” really isn’t in dire straits at all, never was intended for the slaughter plant and is being sold off to double his or her profits. Especially when they are usable riding horses.  That’s just a fact.  This illegal tactic is just really a very effective and fraudulent way of selling a horse and enriching ones bank account. One key way to verify this is to be cautious of photographs of horses with saddles on them, ready to ride. Usable horses aren’t the ones that make it to the horse slaughter plant. Unusable, unstable, mean and wild horses are the ones that usually make it to slaughter.

For the record, horses end up in the horse slaughter pipeline for all sorts of reasons, whether its because of economic down-turn, a death in the family, a non-performer in the show pen or on the race track, etc. Furthermore, it’s not against the law to fill a trailer full of horses and export them to a foreign slaughter house.  However, the unlawful tactics that are being employed today to sell horses allegedly, in the “kill pen” by “kill buyers,” is most certainly illegal. It’s just a SCAM program that’s been used effectively for a very long time in the horse industry.

Furthermore, it’s just an effective extortion tactic to double an investment. After all, let’s face it, “kill buyers” have found a very effective niche in the industry to double their profits by selling usable horses in this fashion that they’ve picked up at a bargain price at the sale barn. After all, no one wants to buy an emaciated horse or a horse in poor health and neither does the slaughter plant. This type of horse just isn’t fashionable or sellable. 

HOW PROFITABLE IS THE EXTORTION TACTIC?

Let’s just introduce a hypothetical into the extortion tactic equation and  see how it all shakes out. For example, a “kill buyer” attends a local auction he or she buys horses based on the horse-slaughter plant paying him or her 40 cents per pound per slaughter horse.  Therefore, he has to purchase a horse below this figure in order to sell the same horse to the horse slaughter plant for a profit.  In the meantime, he or she buys some usable riding horses for the same below market price at the same sale.

Bear-in-mind that the “kill buyer” (who is engaged in selling horses using extortion tactics) is buying horses for two purposes: the unusable horses for the slaughter plant to fulfill the contract and the useable riding horses that are sold using the “in-dire straights” moniker. In order to make a substantial profit, the “kill buyer” markets the usable horse to the general public at let’s just say, 80 cents per pound, yielding double profits or even $1.20 a pound or more, which may yield triple profits.  When the horse sells because of the illegal extortion tactics being used, the horse brings a substantial profit to the “kill buyer”, which in turn allows him or her to restock and start the process all over again.  In fact and reality, if the usable horse isn’t sold at one location, the horse is just moved to another selling location to start the bidding war all over again. It’s the sad reality of the situation.

HORSE RESCUES: 

As the old saying goes, “there are horse rescues and then there are horse rescues.” Horse rescues are comprised of two categories: “legal and fraudulent.” Unfortunately, for the novice, it’s hard to distinguish between the two.  As a primer to the novice, rescues usually occupy the category of either being a Non-Profit or a 501 C (3) Non-Profit. The difference between the two are:  The State Non-Profit has to abide by certain disclosure laws of the State of Incorporation as well as Federal Taxing laws.  

The 501 C (3) Non-Profit has to abide not only by the Federal Non-Profit guidelines, but the State of Incorporation tax guidelines, as well.  The State Non-Profit has to afford the general public a financial disclosure.  The Federal 501 C (3) Non-Profit has to afford the general public a financial disclosure in the form of an IRS 990 which is loaded on Guidestar.org.  Donations to the 501 C (3) are tax deductible.  Donations to the Non-Profit aren’t always tax deductible.

Before donating to an individual posing as a horse rescue, it’s always advisable to conduct a cursory background check, including references and a document request, or you could be donating your money and your horse to an individual whose posing as a rescue but in fact and reality is a “kill buyer” and the only loving home your horse will ever see is on someone’s dinner plate in Europe.  Donors beware!  

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS: 

As with horse rescues, the same can be applied to alleged animal-rights activists. The legitimate horse rescues perform wonderful work; however, unfortunately there are individuals on social media who pose as animal-rights activists, but in fact and reality are just “cyber bullies” and extortionists or social-media extremists whose mindsets are border-line terrorists, as I like to refer to them. Their modus operandi (MOS) is to launch an attack on an individual not in their favor and to ruin that individual at all costs while using lies, half truths and distorted facts to accomplish their mission.  

To reinforce their self-worth and legitimacy, they usually post headlines from news articles generated by other news outlets concerning abused horses or other matters of interest but they usually can’t post anything pertaining to anything they actually accomplished on their own to contribute their actually providing their personal accomplishments in making a horse’s life better. Therefore, one should be careful with whom one interacts with on social media and the Internet. As the Trojan adage goes, “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts!”

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www/richardedennis.net

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RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANIMAL ABUSE LEGISLATION

Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HORSE ABUSE, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

CALIFORNIA INTRODUCES ANIMAL-ABUSE LEGISLATION

 

THE CORRELATION BETWEEN HUMAN ABUSE AND ANIMAL ABUSE

 

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For all about cutting.net

April 13, 2019

CALIFORNIA INTRODUCES “THE ANIMAL CRUELTY & VIOLENCE INTERVENTION ACT OF 2019

 

IS ANIMAL CRUELTY A PREDECESSOR TO VIOLENCE AND ABUSE?

Animal abusers are five times more likely to harm humans. Various studies have shown that there is a high correlation between domestic violence and animal abuse, as well as child abuse and animal abuse.  Statistics show that 70 percent of the most violent prisoners in a study of federal prisons had serious animal abuse in their histories.

California Senator Scott Wilk and the Animal Legal Defense Fund are sponsoring the Animal Cruelty and Violence Intervention Act of 2019, Senate Bill (“SB”) 580, to address this link between animal cruelty and violence against humans and to stop the escalation of dangerous behavior among offenders who hurt animals.

The bill requires offenders convicted of serious animal abuse crimes, as well as those convicted of crimes associated with underlying mental health issues such as hoarding, to undergo a mandatory mental health evaluation and possibly ongoing treatment if deemed beneficial by the assessing mental health professional and the court.  Judges are also empowered to order people convicted of less serious crimes to enroll in humane education courses that provide people with the skills they need to interact with animals in a positive way.

The Animal Cruelty and Violence Intervention Act of 2019 gives judges the tools they need to rehabilitate people convicted of animal abuse and prevent the escalation of dangerous behavior, to protect animals – and humans – from future violence.  A good read on the subject of animal abuse is:  Arnold Arluke et. al., The Relationship of Animal Abuse to Violence and Other Forms of Antisocial Behavior, 14 JOURNAL OF INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE, 963 (1999)

 

AN OREGON MAN GETS 60 DAYS IN JAIL FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING DOG THAT HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED

By Louis Casiano, Fox News, April 11, 2019
An Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail for sexually assaulting a dog who had to be euthanized due to extensive injuries.

Fidel Lopez, 52, was given the maximum penalty allowed for his offense by Multnomah County Judge Angel Lopez who said, “If it could have been more, I would have gladly given you more,” according to KOIN-TV in Portland.

The station reported that Lopez admitted to investigators to sexually assaulting the dog, a Lhaso Apso mix named Estrella. Estrella’s owner took her to a veterinarian in November 2018 after suspecting she had been abused. Lopez knew the owner and admitted to investigators that he abused the dog.

 

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES (HSUS)

The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg, as most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However, we can use the information that is available to try to understand and prevent cases of abuse.

 

WHO ABUSES ANIMALS?

Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries and media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas. Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people.

Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are able to adequately take care of. Serious animal neglect (such as hoarding) is often an indicator of people in need of social or mental health services.

Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly men under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are more likely to be women over 60.

 

MOST COMMON VICTIMS:

The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses and livestock. Undercover investigations have revealed that animal abuse abounds in the factory farm industry. But because of the weak protections afforded to livestock under state cruelty laws, only the most shocking cases are reported, and few are ever prosecuted.

 

ORGANIZED CRUELTY:

Dogfighting, cockfighting and other forms of organized animal cruelty go hand in hand with other crimes and continues in many areas of the United States due to public corruption.

The HSUS documented uniformed police officers at a cockfighting pit in Kentucky. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has prosecuted multiple cases where drug cartels were running narcotics through cockfighting and dogfighting operations, while dozens of homicides have occurred at cockfights and dogfights. In fact, a California man was killed in a disagreement about a $10 cockfight bet.

The HSUS’s investigative team combats complacent public officials and has worked with the FBI on public corruption cases in Tennessee and Virginia. In both instances, law enforcement officers were indicted and convicted.

 

CORRELATION WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

Data on domestic violence and child abuse cases reveal that a staggering number of animals are targeted by those who abuse their children or spouses. There are approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. where 20 men and women are assaulted per minute (an average of around 10 million a year). In one survey, 71 percent of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted pets.

In one study of families under investigation for suspected child abuse, researchers found that pet abuse had occurred in 88 percent of the families under supervision for physical abuse of their children.

 

STATE LEGISLATIVE TRENDS:

The HSUS has long led the push for stronger animal cruelty laws and provides training for law officials to detect and prosecute these crimes. With South Dakota joining the fight in March of 2014, animal cruelty laws now include felony provisions in all 50 states.

 

FIRST VS. SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE:

Some state laws only allow felony charges if the perpetrator has a previous animal cruelty conviction. Given that only a fraction of animal cruelty acts are ever reported or successfully prosecuted, the HSUS is committed to supporting felony convictions in cases of egregious cruelty regardless of whether the perpetrator has a prior conviction. A total of 46 of 50 states’ felony provisions are first-offense provisions.  Four states (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa and Mississippi) have laws that apply felony charges only to subsequent offenses.  A majority of anti-cruelty laws are limited to cases involving aggravated cruelty, torture or cruelty to companion animals.

 

CHANGES IN FEDERAL TRACKING:

On January 1, 2016, the FBI added Cruelty to Animals as a category in the Uniform Crime Report, a nationwide crime-reporting system commonly used in homicide investigations. While only about a third of U.S. communities currently participate in the system, the data generated will help create a clearer picture of animal abuse and guide strategies for intervention and enforcement. Data collection covers four categories: simple/gross neglect, intentional abuse and torture, organized abuse (such as dogfighting and cockfighting) and animal sexual abuse.

Law Enforcement has long known the direct correlation between animal abuse and violence in society.  As the old adage, “The way a person treats an animal is exactly how their going to treat you.”

Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com
Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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EIA CASES CONFIRMED IN TEXAS

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE HEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

EIA CASES CONFIRMED IN TEXAS

April 10, 2019

According to  an article by Erica Larson in The Horse, EIA cases have been confirmed in Smith and Van Zandt counties in Texas.

In each county, a Quarter Horse was tested positive for EIA in March and both affected horses have been euthanized, according to the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC).

According to the EDCC, “Each animal’s home premises will remain under quarantine until requirements for release have been met. TAHC staff is working closely with owners and veterinarians to monitor potentially exposed horses and implement biosecurity measures.”

Equine infectious anemia is a viral disease that attacks horses’ immune systems. The virus is transmitted through the exchange of body fluids from an infected to an uninfected animal often by blood-feeding insects such as horseflies.  It can also be transmitted through th use of blood-contaminated instruments or needles. A Coggins tot screens horses’ blood for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of the EIA virus. 

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IS CYBER BULLYING THE NEW NORM?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 7 comments

ARE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS BEING RUN BY ADOLESCENTS?

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For allaboutcutting.net

April 9, 2019

IS CYBER BULLYING THE NEW NORM?

The latest in a round of lawsuits against cyber bullying, again comes from United States Congressman Devin Nunes of California.

Nunes, a House Intelligence Committee ranking member filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia state court against The McClatchy Company and others on Monday, alleging that one of the news agency’s reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes’ oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.

Nunes’ new complaint acknowledged the sensitivity of filing a defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against journalists but went on to allege that the defendants had “abandoned the role of journalists and chose to leverage their considerable power to spread falsehoods and to defame Nunes for political and financial gain.”

“They need to retract everything they did against me but they also need to come clean with the American people,” Nunes told “Hannity” on Fox News Monday night. “Retract all of their fake news stories. This is part of the broader clean-up. Remember, a few weeks ago, I filed against Twitter — they’re censoring conservatives. McClatchy is one of the worst offenders of this. But we’re coming after the rest of them. I think people are beginning to wake up now, I’m serious — I’m coming to clean up the mess.”

FILING A SOCIAL MEDIA ABUSE COMPLAINT:

The similarity of the Nunes Lawsuit and the current cyber bullying trend on social media platforms today are one and the same. The major difference between the two is:  Devin Nunes and his legal team are pursuing legal action in a court of law, while the rest of the population, who are under siege from internet “Cyber Bullying trolls” are left trying to negotiate the maze of social-media interphase reporting obstacles just to file an “abuse report.” 

Essentially, the every-day social media user trying to file an “abuse complaint” on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, for example, are usually left completely exasperated before the “abuse” filing process is over.  It’s a fact that social media platforms rely more on internet communication skills, via email, to solve a problem, rather than actual personal one-on-one communications via the telephone.  

So in one respect, I’d say social media platforms communication skills are very lacking, if not non-functional, to the average internet user. Technology is fine, except when it becomes obstructive to someone trying to file a legitimate “abuse complaint.”  Rather than having a system in place to speak to a live operator, it seems social media platform designers are more interested in “making a buck” rather than protecting the individual users on a specific platform. Of course, each social media platform offers a litany of rules and regulations to supposedly govern the civility on social media; however, in fact and reality, how many individuals are actually sanctioned for their harassment and constant “cyber-bullying tactics?” In my opinion, it’s just smoking mirrors!

CYBER BULLYING AND CYBER HARASSMENT:

Cyber Bullying or Cyber Harassment is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. Cyber Bullying and cyber Harassment are also known as “online bullying.” It has become increasingly common, especially among teenagers. Cyber Bullying is when someone, typically teens, bully or harass others on social media sites. Harmful bullying behavior can include posting rumors, threats, sexual remarks, a victim’s personal information (DOXXING), or pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech). Bullying or harassment can be identified by repeated behavior and an intent to harm. Victims may have lower self-esteem, increased suicidal ideation and a variety of emotional responses, including being scared, frustrated, angry and depressed.

Awareness in the United States has risen since the 2010s, due in part to high-profile cases. Several US states and other countries have laws specific to cyber bullying. Some are designed to specifically target teen cyber bullying, while others use laws extending from the scope of physical harassment. In cases of adult cyber harassment, these reports are usually filed, beginning with local police.

Research has demonstrated a number of serious consequences of cyber-bullying victimization.

Internet trolling is a common form of bullying over the Internet in an online community (such as in online gaming or social media) in order to elicit a reaction, disruption or for someone’s own personal amusement. Cyber stalking is another form of bullying or harassment that uses electronic communications to stalk a victim. This may pose a credible threat to the victim.

INTERNET TROLL MONIKERS:

It’s been my experience that most internet “cyber-bullying trolls” and “cyber-harassment trolls” don’t have the guts nor the moral fiber or fortitude to initiate and repeat unwanted cyber-bullying and harassment attacks on an individual on social media while using their own names or identities.  Instead they use monikers like “Drama Drama”, “WTF”, “WTH”,  “Devin Nunes Cow” “Holy Moly”, etc.  Or they use a completely fictitious name which is unrelated to their real names. However, this provides a sense of security from identity disclosure to the cyber bully, which is completely false. A subpoena duces tecum from a lawyer, or a request from law enforcement, will usually disclose the culprit’s complete identity in quick fashion.

 

VALIDITY OF A “CYBER-BULLY’S” REMARKS:

It’s been my experience that the remarks, “Cyber Bullies use against a victim are usually false, slanderous and defamatory, which are strictly designed to 1) ruin a person’s reputation and 2) create a response from the individual being attacked, so-to-speak.  Good, bad or indifferent, a response is a response.  It’s also my opinion, from law enforcement experience, especially, “Criminal Profiler” training, “Cyber Bullies” are teetering on the border of being a “sociopath,” a “narcissist,”or a criminal, rather than being a normal social-media participant.  One of the tools that “Cyber Bullies” use in conjunction with their illegal activity is that they usually run in packs like dogs.  

In a Tweet on Twitter, or a post on Facebook, the “Cyber Bully” can rally his or her cohorts, or otherwise also seemingly mentally deficient individuals, to organize a concerted attack on an individual. Whichever the case may be, the unwarranted and unsolicited social-media attacks distort the truth and can produce economic, physical and mental harm to some individuals. Overall, “Cyber Bullying and Harassment” are a violation of the law and in my opinion more individuals should be arrested, prosecuted and transferred for an extended stay at the “Grey Bar Hotel” for his or her actions.

Case in point, I know of an individual who’s being “Cyber Bullied” on social media by a Twitter user who uses a moniker as his or her identity.  The problems arising for Twitter users are multiple:  1) The information being disseminated was only provided to one individual for which the identity of this individual is well known, 2) the information being disseminated is not completely true and accurate and 3) the false information being disseminated is very slanderous and defamatory by nature and content.  For the record, all appropriate options are on the table for resolving this matter, including, but not limited to, criminal and civil applications. Furthermore, if a “Cyber Bully” thinks they can hide behind a lawyer for protection while they’re committing a crime, he or she is completely wrong.

Another case in point is that not in the too far distant past, I was contacted by an individual who asked me if I would investigate a certain individual. The problem is that I don’t engage in or solicit for private investigations.  Another problem with this scenario is that I don’t engage in “Cyber Bullying.”  The last problem, for this individual, is that some of the information that was supplied to me concerning the individual was completely false. Therefore, I declined the offer.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE CYBER BULLYS?

Build a case against them, contact law enforcement and put them in jail! As the old adage says, “To engage with a fool is to become a fool.”  Therefore, the best way to handle a “Cyber Bully” is to completely ignore him or her.  If the criminal act persists, by all means, contact law enforcement.  One must remember, “Cyber Bullies” are criminals and eventually, as all criminals do, he or she will make a mistake.  This mistake will afford the recipient of such illegal action, a place in the crosshairs of a pair of handcuffs, a jail cell and a courtroom while being prosecuted.  In my opinion, the Federal Government needs to take control of all social media platforms because the adolescent-minded people running them, as well as operating on social media platforms of the criminal type, are completely out of control.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Managing Member
Phone: (985) 630-3500

 

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