Kara Swisher

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Why I Love the Internet: Part 4,562,992

Here’s what I love about the Internet–a new way to thwart bullies without getting beaten up.

This is a video that is getting a lot of play, which shows a really agitated policeman haranguing a 14-year-old kid, who was skateboarding at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

The officer–a 17-year veteran named Salvatore Rivieri–went verbally ballistic without, as you will see, a whole lot of cause from the boy, who was pretty well behaved and exhibited very minor lip. Calling someone “dude” is not really deserving of the rage he got in return from the policeman.

While it is not known what went on right before this video and most cops do not act like this, it is pretty appalling and a perfect example of chronicling bad behavior all over using the powerful tool of viral online video.

The person who took the video and posted it on YouTube is unknown as yet, but has a lot of guts to keep rolling, until he or she was almost found out.

Rivieri has been suspended, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Here’s the video:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik