August 10th, 2012


How does police debriefing work?

Setting: modern-day Tokyo

I have a case where the criminal, an apparently nonviolent thief, just got away, and the last person to see him was a police consultant, who he tied up and talked at for some ten minutes before escaping. The criminal dropped some very oblique hints that he has information on another case, this one a kidnapping.

So my questions are:
How does a debriefing work? (I'm guessing they'll have the consultant go through the event and then ask questions, is this right?) Is it a debriefing, or would it be called something else like questioning or a witness statement? Are there differences between getting information out of an officer, cooperative witness, and cooperative victim? Does it make a difference if the consultant's a minor (seventeen)? And most importantly, what sorts of questions will they ask the consultant?

I wasn't even entirely sure what to google, but I tried "how does a debriefing work", "police debriefing", "military debriefing" (since this was the closest I found to police), and "debriefing questions", and mostly got "it happens" and "general guidelines in psychological research". Wikipedia offered about the same. I also looked through the tags here under "japan: gov't: law enforcement" and "usa: gov't: law enforcement", because I've adapted from American systems before when I couldn't find how the Japanese worked.

(I think I have the tags right? Sorry if I don't, it's my first post.)
Henry and Eileen

Covering scars with a tattoo.

Time and Place: Roughly current time, northeast U.S. (probably Maine) Can make it somewhere else if it makes a big difference.

Googled: tattoos to cover scars, checked the Body Modification e-zine FAQ on tattooing and tried searching on the same term and on "scars" there.

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Male Prostitution/Social Attitudes in London and Nagano 1901-2

I figured that whilst you're all staying so helpful, I'd throw out queries I have about some of my other fiction projects. This is concerning a novel set over the course of three years in three different countries: London, England 1901, Nagano, Japan 1902 and Paris, France 1903. Character A is a seventeen-year-old male prostitute working and living in London, Character B is a Japanese university student studying in London in 1901. 

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black death

Offensiveness of British Swear Words

Howdy folks!

I’ve written a short science fiction story, set in contemporary London.  I’m in the process of submitting it to magazines and websites that publish short sci-fi, but there’s something that’s puzzling me.  A fair few of the publications ask that the content of the piece be suitable for a PG-13 audience, in particular in regards to the level of obscene language used.  I’m English, but most of the appropriate magazines are based in the States.  I’ve used a few English colloquialisms in the dialogue in my story, but I’m not sure how offensive these would be to an American reader.  Also, I don’t really know what a PG-13 rating means in regard to the level of bad language.  For example, there are plenty of swear words in the movie Super 8, which is rated PG-13.  I know that a PG-13 movie can contain a single, non-sexual f-bomb, but I can't find any information about the other swear words that can be used, or the number that is permissible.     

So, would any of the following words be offensive to an American reader:

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Terms searched:  PG-13 swearing,  British swear words America offensive, how many swear words in a PG-13.

Thanks in advance for your help!