Daily Archives: March 31, 2018

The secret US prisons you’ve never heard of before – Will Potter…

Date: March 31, 2018

01) The secret US prisons you’ve never heard of before – Will Potter

“Investigative journalist Will Potter is the only reporter who has been inside a Communications Management Unit, or CMU, within a US prison. These units were opened secretly, and radically alter how prisoners are treated — even preventing them from hugging their children. Potter, a TED Fellow, shows us who is imprisoned here, and how the government is trying to keep them hidden. “The message was clear,” he says. “Don’t talk about this place.” Find sources for this talk at http://willpotter.com/cmu/

How Sex Offender Registries Can Result in Vigilante Murder…

Date: March 31, 2018

01) How Sex Offender Registries Can Result in Vigilante Murder

“Some Canadian conservatives are pushing for more public sex offender registries. But there is a history of deadly violence associated with them.

Stephen Marshall was driving through rural Maine under the cover of night with three guns by his side and a laptop with 34 names and addresses he’s found online.

It was the early hours of Easter Sunday in 2006 and 20-year-old Marshall, a dishwasher from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia was paying a rare visit to his father in Houlton, Maine, a town near the Canada-US border. His father was asleep and had no idea that Marshall had taken his truck after quietly slipping out a window.

Around 3 AM, Marshall reached his first stop: about two hours southwest in the town of Milo, Maine. Fifty-seven-year-old Joseph Gray was in his living room asleep. He’d been up late watching Forensic Files with his wife. She was woken up by the sound of their dogs barking. Gray was shot and killed by Marshall through the living room window as she stood by, helpless.

Over the next few hours it’s believed that Marshall drove by at least four other homes, but it isn’t until just after 8 AM, that he meet his second victim.

Grey and Elliott were among around 2,200 names on Maine’s online sex offender registry in 2006. Marshall was able to access their photo, name, address, identifying characteristics—even their place of employment. And he wasn’t the only one checking them out. The registry was the state government’s most popular website at the time receiving over 200,000 hits a month.

By the end of the weekend the count of people dead at Marshall’s hand would rise to three. After abandoning the truck in Bangor, Marshall hopped a bus to Boston. Around 8 PM, as it approached its destination, the bus was surrounded by police. In his final act, Marshall put a .45 calibre handgun to his head and pulled the trigger. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.

One of the inconvenient truths about sex offender registries is that not all offenders are equally dangerous, nor are their crimes equally severe or prolific. Reasons for registration could cover, in theory, anything from groping to a violent sexual assault.

Stephen Gehl, a lawyer in Waterloo, Ontario, unsuccessfully challenged the Ontario sex registry in three superior courts on behalf of a client who was listed. He recalls the Marshall case and points out Elliott as indicative of one of the main problems of a public registry.

“It’s unlikely anyone would have thought this guy needs to be sent away (and) locked up forever and certainly not killed,” he told VICE.

But it’s not just Marshall and Oliver who’ve murdered someone they tracked down on an online sex offender registry.”

Jordan Peterson – Why Creative People Act Childish & Political Correctness…

Date: March 31, 2018

01) Jordan Peterson – Why Creative People Act Childish & Political Correctness

“So many great topics in psychology are talked about because the Host is a research psychologist, too. So, If you are interested in topics of psychology this podcast episode is great and provides excellent education to supplement Jordan Peterson’s Lectures at the University of Toronto. The personality of psychology is talked about to help better understand people.”

BBC The Real Story: How Do We Build a Better Internet?…

Date: March 31, 2018

01) How Do We Build a Better Internet?

“When the first website went live just over 25 years ago, there was hope that the internet would change life for the better. These days, though, there is deep unease about the direction the internet is taking. Allegations that data firm Cambridge Analytica used personal information harvested from more than 50 million Facebook users without their permission to target US voters with tailored – sometimes misleading – messaging highlights how technology is infiltrating democracy. This week the US Federal Trade Commission said it would investigate Facebook’s privacy practices and the company said it would overhaul its privacy tools. The internet is now controlled by a handful of companies and how they acquire and use personal data is poorly understood. They have disrupted the way we shop, work, and live. So how did we get to a place where so few players have so much power, and are these companies still serving the public interest? Carrie Gracie and a panel of experts discuss whether we can change direction. And if we did want to build a different internet from the one we’re hurtling towards, what would it look like anyway?”