Date: January 11, 2019
“Christian Maire, 40, died after the attack at Milan federal detention centre in Michigan…
The head of an international paedophile ring was stabbed to death in his cell in a targeted attack, according to US media.
Christian Maire was repeatedly stabbed and bashed in the cell just a month into his 40-year prison sentence.
His death on January 2 has been listed as ‘homicide’ by the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The cause of death was given as ‘multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma to the head’ however the office is awaiting additional tests that could be finished in 60 days.
Nobody has been charged with the killing, but investigators have identified people who participated in an attack that involved seven inmates at Milan’s federal prison, a source told The Detroit News.
Another member of the sex ring, Michal Figura, 36, an IT specialist at the University of Pennsylvania, was injured in the attack.”
What were these guys doing in general population?…
…This was, essentially, the state sending them straight into their own murder…
At the bare minimum, it is cruel and unusual punishment.
They should not have been doing what they were doing…but there is absolutely no justification for this.
…..TAP-Net Website | Sub-Blog Archive
Date: January 11, 2019
“Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced a bill Wednesday that would regulate marijuana the same way the government currently regulates alcohol products.
The bill, H.R. 420, seeks to remove marijuana from the list of illegal narcotics under the federal Controlled Substances Act. The bill would also create a nationally regulated industry that would be overseen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “420” is slang among marijuana supporters that encourages celebration or smoking of pot on April 20, or at 4:20 on the clock.
Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, has worked with representatives from both parties toward legalization of marijuana and cannabis products in addition to seeking progressive reforms on the federal level. Marijuana is currently listed as a Schedule 1 drug defined as having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Marijuana sits alongside heroin, LSD, peyote and ecstasy on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s list.”
Date: January 11, 2019
“When: Wednesday 23 January 2019, 6:30 — 7:45pm
Where: The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts
Join Julia Farrington, associate arts producer at Index on Censorship, psychoanalyst and professor Adam Phillips, and artist Celia Hempton as they discuss the challenges in creating erotic art in today’s contemporary art world with journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark.
Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were two artists that frequently scandalised their audiences in the early 20th century. But what if they were making the same works now – would they be censored? What defines erotic art? Who decides when erotica crosses the line into pornography?
In an age of successful digital media platforms and the prolific production of transgressive artworks, new methods of censorship have become a controversial and impeding issue for contemporary artists. Our panel investigate how censorship has changed in the digital age and to what extent it stifles an artist’s creativity.”
This would be very interesting to attend.
Date: January 10, 2019
“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Renée DiResta about Russia’s “Internet Research Agency” and its efforts to amplify conspiracy thinking and partisan conflict in the United States.
Renée DiResta is the Director of Research at New Knowledge and Head of Policy at the nonprofit organization Data for Democracy where she investigates the spread of malign narratives across social networks. She regularly writes and speaks about the role that tech platforms and curatorial algorithms play in the proliferation of disinformation and conspiracy theories. She is the author of The Hardware Startup: Building your Product, Business, and Brand.
|– Atheist Media Links|
Date: January 09, 2019
“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 within the context of homosexuality in America during the 1980’s.”
Sexual minorities have historically been treated monstrously, by the media…and much of the fault rests with religious organizations, and their constant strong armed meddling…
…Religious organizations [and people] often complain today…because the shoe is largely on the other foot…and they don’t much like it, when they end up getting the ridicule…mockery…though, I’d stop short of calling it dehumanization, as this is nothing akin to what sexual minorities have suffered.
It’s funny, this case…because I never really thought of Nightmare on Elm Street 2, as being “gay”…
…I always liked the movie…though it started a long trend of sequels, clearly inferior to the first…