Daily Archives: February 9, 2016

The long arm of sex offender laws…


Date: February 09, 2016

01) The long arm of sex offender laws

“[…] a bill that passed Congress last week and is now awaiting a signature from President Barack Obama risks gambling away the civil rights of thousands of law-abiding Americans each year by subjecting them to heightened scrutiny not just at home but abroad. The legislation (H.R. 515) was sponsored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-N.J.) and bears the laborious title: “The International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders.”

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The idea of subjecting U.S. citizens to the whims of foreign courts is so antithetical to U.S. lawmakers that for 15 years Washington has opposed participation in the International Criminal Court (ICC), which tries defendants accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. But the International Megan’s Law was unanimously adopted by the House on Feb. 1 by a voice vote after just 40 minutes of floor debate. In December, it cleared the Senate with Sen. Corker’s passport amendment by unanimous consent. Not a single lawmaker has gone on record opposing the bill.

The types of crime it purports to address are horrendous. Exactly how often they occur, though, is hard to say. In published testimony, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has credited Operation Angel Watch, the precursor program that inspired the Angel Watch Center in H.R. 515, with providing “1,700 leads” about sex offenders “to nearly 100 countries” in 2013. But the agency doesn’t (and presumably couldn’t) know how many of those leads disrupted actual attempts at child abuse. The program is part of a larger DHS initiative targeting international sex crimes dubbed “Operation Predator” that the agency boasts has led to 14,000 arrests since 2003. However, according to a summary of that program published in 2012, only 99 arrests over the prior decade involved “traveling sex offenders,” with the majority netting purveyors of child pornography.

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The International Megan’s Law casts an inappropriately wide net and places unnecessary and burdensome scrutiny on classes of ex-offenders who pose no risk of abusing minors overseas…

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if the president signs H.R. 515 into law he will be paving the way for American citizens to be arrested, interrogated, prosecuted and possibly convicted in foreign jurisdictions without the benefit of due process on the basis of wobbly intelligence provided by the U.S. government…At least one criminal justice advocacy group has threatened to sue the government if the bill becomes law, saying it believes the law to be unconstitutional.”

Barrack signed this into law…

…We have so called “leaders”, who are impervious to facts, reason…even base human decency.

Here we have another entirely useless law, forged by incompetents…which will have it’s enforcement commissioned to other incompetents…Whether it was ever needed, and any standard of concrete success, will never matter in the least…

You see…it’s the idea behind this mess, which is the only thing that matters…

…The sex abuse industry must be fed…The public must be properly spooked, and kept in shock…The self styled heroes of this war, must have excuse to dawn their capes and strut around with their noses in the air, so prideful and glorious…

Reality has nothing to do with any of this.

Daniel Tsang interviews Richard Mohr about the Rind et al. controversy 1/2…


Date: February 09, 2016

01) Daniel Tsang interviews Richard Mohr about the Rind et al. controversy 1/2


“Emeritus of Philosophy Richard Mohr interviewed on KUCI radio by Daniel Tsang on June 15, 1999 about the Rind et al. controversy
Part 1/2

Rind et al. study:
http://digilib.bc.edu/reserves/sc563/mcgu/sc56310.pdf

Article by Richard Mohr:
http://archive.guidemag.com/magcontent/invokemagcontent.cfm?ID=E6B2CF69-031D-11D4-AD990050DA7E046B

That Dragon, Cancer…


Date: February 09, 2016

01) That Dragon, Cancer

02) Kickstarter Page

03) Documentary to tell the story behind That Dragon, Cancer

04) That Dragon, Cancer: is it right to make a game about cancer?

“A videogame developer’s love letter to his son; an adventure game to inspire us to love each other; a voice for those fighting cancer.”


05) That Dragon, Cancer | Full Playthrough


Beautiful and grueling, all in one experience…

…This isn’t really a game…It’s a shared life experience, presented through the venue of video game architecture…

It’s hard to watch, once you realize this was made for a deceased child.

This is certainly a powerful experience…because it allows you to interact with the environment, places, conversations, sounds and emotions, which the family went through…Which leaves a very profound and deep impact.

Part of me felt this was kind of morbid…setting there watching…While another part of me felt like, this is an amazing thing…not just as a memorial, or an expression of love…but as a tool to raise awareness to childhood cancer.

Over the day or two since I’ve watched this…I’ve pondered what was gone through…And what I’m about to say, I don’t express with judgment aimed at “this” family…They went through it, the only way they knew how.

…I just cant imagine holding onto a terminally ill child, and letting him go through those last days…or weeks, suffering in agony…At some point…this is what euthanasia is explicitly for…and why it should be legal…

…Maybe the grueling hospital crying scene, was not of his last days [maybe they controlled the pain, afterwards]?…But that was clearly a child who was suffering horribly…And one has to ask…at what point does it become inhumane, to prolong the inevitable…and make a child deteriorate like that…go through all of that…All because you refuse to let them go…when you know you have to.

Nothing about that question was supposed to be an accusation…nor is it an easy question…I just don’t know how anyone could stand watching their child go through that…knowing it was going to end in death…all to keep them alive in a horrible state, a little while longer.