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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Travel, Food, dining & restaurants, Politics, Nightlife, clubbing

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Twitter to delete images of dead people at families' request

San Francisco - Twitter has announced it will remove photos and videos of critically injured or dead people if their relatives request such deletions.

Facebook donated $10K to anti-gay Utah AG candidate Sean Reyes

Salt Lake City - Facebook has come under fire after it was revealed that the social media giant donated $10,000 to the re-election campaign of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage equality.

Judge calls sex abuser mom 'vile bitch' during sentencing

Macon - A disgusted Georgia county judge verbally eviscerated a woman being sentenced to three decades behind bars for sexually abusing her two young daughters, calling her a "vile bitch" and saying she will spend eternity in "hell."

Florida’s Public Service Commission does everything but serve the public Promoted

In Florida, as in most states, utility companies wield enormous power over both consumers and the elected officials who are meant to regulate them. This influence inevitably leads to conflicts of interest.

Amnesty details U.S. murder, torture, war crimes under Obama

A scathing new report from Amnesty International details how the U.S. military has systematically ignored and covered up the torture and killing of innocent civilians committed by its forces in Afghanistan.

Ferguson chief names Darren Wilson as cop who shot Michael Brown

Ferguson - The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri identified a six-year veteran as the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown last Saturday.

EthicsInTech invites NSA official to comedy tour Special

San Francisco - The founder of a tech-based activist group has invited a high-ranking NSA official to participate in a comedy tour highlighting surveillance, privacy and Fourth Amendment issues.

#OpFerguson: Anonymous identifies alleged Mike Brown shooter

Ferguson - The global hacker group Anonymous has identified who it claims is the Missouri police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last weekend in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Apple CEO unhappy with company's diversity report

Cupertino - Apple's CEO is unhappy about the results of an internal diversity report showing that the vast majority of the company's employees are male, white or Asian.

Twitter backlash against media coverage of Michael Brown shooting

Ferguson - Social media users, many of them young and black, are deeply dissatisfied with the corporate mainstream media's coverage of last weekend's fatal police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Civil unrest after unarmed black teen killed by Missouri police

Ferguson - The fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager on Saturday sparked a night of rioting and vandalism in a St. Louis suburb on Sunday.

Actor Robin Williams dead at 63 of apparent suicide

San Francisco - American comedy icon Robin Williams was found dead of an apparent suicide at his northern California home on Monday morning.

Missouri Baptist leader arrested for attempted bestiality

Roach - The leader of a Missouri church has been arrested after he allegedly sought sex with a dog through a Craigslist posting.

Pentagon denies bombing Iraq as Obama mulls attack on ISIS

Sinjar - The Pentagon on Thursday vehemently denied Kurdish reports that US forces had begun bombing Islamist militants in Iraq, as President Barack Obama said he was considering renewed military action in the war-torn nation.

Democrat John Walsh drops out of Senate race over plagiarism

Helena - Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) announced on Thursday that he is ending his re-election campaign due to fallout from a college plagiarism scandal.

Reports: IDF deliberately shot unarmed civilians, rescue workers

Reports from the Red Cross and international human rights groups accuse Israeli troops of deliberately shooting and killing unarmed civilians attempting to flee for their lives in Gaza, as well as medical personnel attempting to rescue the injured.

Palestinian child found alive 4 days after family killed in Gaza

Gaza - A Palestinian toddler believed to have been killed along with his family in an Israeli airstrike on their Gaza home has been found badly injured — but alive — by surviving relatives.

Hacker to highlight risks of commercial airliner cyber hijacking

Las Vegas - A cyber security researcher claims to have figured out how to hijack passenger jets by hacking their satellite communications equipment through their WiFi and inflight entertainment systems.

17K join Austrian student's Facebook privacy class action lawsuit

Vienna - Thousands of Facebook users have joined an Austrian law student's class action lawsuit accusing the social media giant of violating their online privacy.

Snowden leak: NSA flagged Israel as leading espionage threat

The National Security Agency listed Israel among a handful of nations considered to pose the "greatest threat" to American government, military and industrial secrets, classified documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal.
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