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About debshinder

Technology analyst and author, specializing in enterprise security. Author of or contributor to over 25 books, including "Scene of the Cybercrime." Fourteen-year Microsoft MVP, married to Microsoft FTE Tom Shinder, and proud mom of two wonderful grown-up human children and three amazing Japanese Chin pups. In my spare time, I love to travel - especially on cruise ships - and write about my grand adventures.

Battle Fatigue: the second wave of government oppression

COPYRIGHT 2020 Debra Littlejohn Shinder The past three months have been tough on almost everybody. Well, maybe not Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and a handful of other billionaires, whose net worth has increased substantially, or Tony Fauci and other public … Continue reading

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Police and the Public: A Marriage That’s Failing

COPYRIGHT 2020 Debra Littlejohn Shinder I guess one of the key ways in which I’m showing my age is that I can remember when the police and most of the public had a good relationship. The good guys (and girls) … Continue reading

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Without a Trace

COPYRIGHT 2020 Debra Littlejohn Shinder Many of us breathed a sigh of relief as state and local governments finally began to lift the orders of mass house arrest under which we had been living for two months — but that … Continue reading

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Behind the Badge

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER Under the gun and behind the badge,there’s a heart and a soul and a mindand a fear that it’s clear everything he holds deardisappears in the tunnel of time. You look in his eyes, but … Continue reading

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Wolves in sheepdog clothing and other human animals

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER You don’t have to be a cop to be a sheepdog. But you ought to be a sheepdog if you’re going to be a cop. I spent much of the 90s training cop wannabes in … Continue reading

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More on mask madness

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER The Great Divide between the masked and the unmasked has widened and the battleground has gotten bloodier of late. Those on both sides have escalated from disagreement to argument to nastiness in a short period … Continue reading

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Unmasked

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER in·di·vid·u·al·ism /ˌindəˈvij(o͞o)əˌlizəm/a social theory favoring freedom of action for individuals over collective or state control. Oxford Dictionary Let’s get one thing clear up front: if we were talking about something that genuinely provides a significant … Continue reading

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Behind the Mask

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER Perhaps it was inevitable that the unfolding fiasco that has been the world’s response to the SARS-CoV2 epidemic — excuse me, pandemic — has devolved into a Great Divide over a subject few of us … Continue reading

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… But I won’t do that

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that. Love is a many splendored thing. But now, under the pressure of fear, frustration, and forced togetherness, it’s becoming a many splintered one for … Continue reading

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Fear Itself

COPYRIGHT 2020 DEBRA LITTLEJOHN SHINDER Fear serves a purpose. It’s a survival mechanism; it exists to motivate us to act — not to paralyze us into being unable to do anything. That’s when useful fear turns into harmful phobia. It … Continue reading

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