Mary Karr gives us her unfiltered views on Dr. Drew, her relationship with David Foster Wallace, and creative depression.
Jon Bon Jovi watched as NJ Governor Chris Christie signed into law the 911 Good Samaritan Policy today, which allows people to call 911 to report someone has overdosed on drugs without the fear of getting themselves arrested for drug possession. Bon Jovi’s daughter, Stephanie Bongiovi, suffered a heroin overdose six months ago in her Hamilton College dorm room.
South Korea introduced new legislation this week proposing that video games need to be strictly regulated, like drugs and alcohol, in order to promote a "happy and healthy society." Rep. Shin Eui-jin, a member of the conservative Saenuri Party and former medical professor, introduced the bill, backed by fourteen other representatives, which would authorize the government to regulate online gaming, drugs, alcohol, and gambling, by controlling their manufacturing, distribution, and sale. The bill has yet to be voted on in the National Assembly, but is already causing a stir in the country’s gaming industry. “It is regretful that the government views games in the same category as drugs and gambling,” a member of the gaming industry told Inews24. “[This administration is] talking about a creative economy and yet are constantly trying to regulate one of leading industry for content business.” Gaming addiction is a growing problem in South Korea. The government spends about $10 million per year to fund internet and gaming addiction treatment centers, in addition to “prevention programs” such as imposing a national online gaming curfew for people below age sixteen. According to the DSM-5, video gaming is not classified as an addiction, but continues to seriously affect the lives of those who become addicted.
Silk Road, the Amazon.com of drugs, is under attack by unknown parties. For the past couple days, the hidden “dark net” site has sustained a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, which basically floods it with fake automated traffic until the servers are overloaded and the site crashes. “It is incredibly discouraging to have everything we’ve worked so hard for taken down by some anonymous and malevolent person, but your kind words of encouragement do wonders for our morale,” wrote site administrator Dread Pirate Roberts in an update on Monday. “We are on the cutting edge of anonymity technology here. The attacks being used against us MUST be overcome if Silk Road and any anonymous public sites are to have a future.” Since Monday, the site has been adjusting its servers in order to mitigate the attack and prevent similar future offensives. Various news sites and related forums have floated theories about who is attacking the site and why. Gawker suspects the US government or the DEA have something to do with it, considering the staggering traffic the anonymous online marketplace has had recently. News Australia thinks it has something to do with a ransom threat sent a few days before. BitCoin Magazine addresses the possibility that the hacker isn’t just after Silk Road, but instead all Tor-based crypto-commerce funded by untraceable Bitcoins. Currently, the site is back up, in limited capacity: “Silk Road is open and accessible. As soon as the attacker finds out, he will likely change his tactics and try to take the site down again,” Dread Pirate Roberts writes in today’s update. “Hopefully he won’t be able to, but time will tell.”
Back in May 2010, the then 18-year-old was convicted of felony burglary for her involvement with the group of six other teenagers—known as the “Bling Ring”—that robbed $3 million worth of cash and personal belongings from celebrities including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom.