CREEPER Act would turn law-abiding Americans into sex offenders…


Date: February 01, 2018

01) CREEPER Act would turn law-abiding Americans into sex offenders

“CREEPER would do nothing to reduce the number of sex offenders in the community. It would do the opposite. Apart from instantly creating a whole new class of child sex offenders out of those who buy these dolls, it may also deprive non-offending pedophiles of one of their only legal sexual outlets, and perhaps drive some of them towards more harmful methods of sexual gratification.

The CREEPER Act’s preamble makes a number of untested scientific claims about sex dolls, such as that they “normalize sex between adults and minors” and “cause the exploitation, objectification, abuse, and rape of minors.” These assertions rely on the cherry-picked opinions of one expert, but they ignore or contradict the testimony of a growing number of other experts who disagree.

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We should also consider whether criminalizing the possession of a latex doll would be consistent with U.S. constitutional values. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for the government to impose a blanket ban on the possession of sexualized images of minors in virtual or cartoon form. Since these too can be used by pedophiles as a substitute for images of actual children being abused, experts have supported pedophiles having access to them. It’s hard to see how dolls are any different.”

Thanks to feinmann0, for this.

Until we find a way to get predators like Daniel Donovan [and his twelve cosponsors] out of government, and keep them out…we are going to continue devolving down this endless cycle, of relentless harassment and malicious criminalization aimed at MAPs.

It’s crazy…because I never anticipated getting into a fight, over something as ridiculous as purchasing and owning a sex doll…But this has quickly evolved into a battle, that must be fought and won…Because they are picking this fight, and we must put our foot down before they push this so far, that even criminalizing being a “pedophile” starts to seem reasonable to the average person…This endless targeting, must be brought to an end.

This is no longer about public protection…Someone with a masturbation aid, in the privacy of their own home, poses no concern to public protection…

Any sex toy can serve the same “dreaded” purpose…as anybody can fantasize about “sex acts with a child” [or even violent rape and murder], while using that sex toy…no matter what type of sex toy it is.

On what grounds do these “representatives” propose, to fail criminalizing all forms of sex toy?

If you are going to legally connect sex toys with criminal thought [or thought crimes]…then there is no rational barrier.

So…what of “pedophiles” who buy “adult” sex dolls…but still fantasize about being with a child, while having sex with that “adult” doll?…

…What’s the difference?

I’ve seen enough of the sex toy industry…to know that when you buy even one of those cheap, blow up sex dolls…they’re often a fair bit smaller, than an average sized adult human…Why would they be legally protected?

The aim of these types of proposed laws, are to force certain segments of the population into government institutions [IE: prisons], and under mandated government control…It’s a public form of ruthless ostracism [and banishment], for people who “think in icky ways”.

They’ve been chipping around the edges of this, for decades…

…If they don’t like you for the way you are, or for the way you think and speak, yet you are not violating any laws…they find legal things you are statistically likely to do, and criminalize those…Anything to tip the scale, and force you into the status of “being a criminal”…so they can lay siege upon you.

That is what this is ultimately about.

Religious Trauma Syndrome (TTA Podcast 368)…


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Date: February 01, 2018

01) Religious Trauma Syndrome (TTA Podcast 368)


“Religion is often declared a positive force. This show explores the darker side of religious teaching and thinking, and the very real harm it so often causes, as Seth Andrews speaks with listeners, shares their stories, and speaks with Dr. Marlene Winell, the psychologist and author who coined the term, “Religious Trauma Syndrome.”

Dr. Winell’s website: http://www.marlenewinell.net/
Journey Free: http://journeyfree.org/
Dr. Winell’s book, “Leaving the Fold:” http://marlenewinell.net/leaving-fold-former
Recovering From Religion: https://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/

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“Classical Liberalism” is Pretty F&^#@%g Conservative!…


Date: February 01, 2018

01) “Classical Liberalism” is Pretty F&^#@%g Conservative!


“Our long form deep dive into classical liberalism”

I don’t know if I’ve ever called myself a “classical liberal”, or not…I’ve never really called myself “progressive”, either…though I do have various humane, sensible positions, which many progressives embrace.

This video is a good example, of why I don’t politically label myself…

David is correct…”progressive” probably fits me today, more than most other options…But I loath what is going on, under the banner of “progressivism”…and I’m an outsider…I was not in that group, when it began forming…I’ve never identified with it, that closely.

Debunking Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig’s ludicrous Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories…


Date: February 01, 2018

01) Debunking Alex Jones and Wolfgang Halbig’s ludicrous Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories


“On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza fatally shot his mother before murdering 20 students and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, before turning the gun on himself. A number of fringe figures have promoted conspiracy theories that doubt or dispute the events that took place that day – claiming, for example, that the massacre was actually orchestrated by the U.S. Government as part of an elaborate plot to promote stricter gun control laws. The most popular of these conspiracy theorists is the radio show host Alex Jones who, with his little friend Wolfgang Halbig, made a 30-minute video where they talk about the best evidence they have that the whole thing was a massive conspiracy.

In this video, I talk about the main pieces of ‘evidence’ the theorists give to support this theory, and talk about the horrendous impact these people are having on the families of the Sandy Hook victims.”

Waking Up with Sam Harris #115 – Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)…


Date: February 01, 2018

01) Waking Up with Sam Harris #115 – Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss, and Matt Dillahunty (1)


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Lawrence Krauss and Matt Dillahunty about the threat of nuclear war, science and a universal conception of morality, the role of intuition in science, the primacy of consciousness, the nature of time, free will, the self, meditation, and other topics. This conversation was recorded at New York City Center on January 13, 2018.”

Where Homosexuality Is the Norm…


Date: February 01, 2018

01) Where Homosexuality Is the Norm


“In New Guinea and the Amazon, it is common and culturally acceptable for men to have sex with men.

Question: Where is homosexuality completely accepted?
Ted Fischer: How love is manifested varies greatly from culture to culture. And we, I think, often think of our way as the only way, or the best way, or the natural way, and yet it’s not. And this is really the power of anthropology is showing us we naturally think the way we do things is best very often. And looking around the world and saying, “Oh, among the Sambia in New Guinea they form homosexual bonds between men and also have husbands and wives.” That’s a different way of configuring families. A different way of configuring love. And it opens up the range of possibility for us to reconsider the way in which we do things. And it doesn’t mean we have to adopt somebody else’s pattern, but just knowing that we construct this world in which we live, and if we want to we can change it.
There are few notable cases around the world. Among Plains Indians before contact and even shortly after contact, there was a recognized; sometimes it’s called a third gender. So men who would feel like they are truly women, and they would dress as women, and the they would take male husbands, and very much a pattern of romantic love, falling in love, marrying, not having children, of course but still living as husband and wife. So that’s one pattern that we find in a few cultures around the world. More often, interestingly, of men feeling that they should be women. A few cases that we find of women feeling that they should be men and dressing as men, but that seems to be more transgressive for cultures in some way. So that’s one pattern.
Question: Are women sexually shunned in any cultures?
Ted Fischer: Another pattern that we find, especially, in New Guinea and in the Amazon region are men forming very strong bonds between themselves, and sometimes this is sexual as well as platonic. And in these cultures a very deep suspicion of women. Women is seen polluting, as dangerous, as someone who would suck a man’s life blood out of them, and so in these cultures there’s still heterosexual bonds, and heterosexual relationships and that’s the norm. And yet it’s seen as dangerous. And men feel more comfortable in the men’s house where only men can go. And for example, among the Sambia of New Guinea that involves — it involves sexual relations. So young boys are taught about sex by having oral sex with older men. And very — and sometimes — and then they’re expected then to go through this progression of having sexual relations with older men, then having sexual relationships with younger men, and then becoming heterosexual, choosing a wife and living with that wife and having children. Very often it’s hard for these men to make that transition to heterosexuality because women are scary, and they don’t want to be too polluted by women. So that’s interesting for this notion that heterosexually is natural. It probably is. I mean, most of the Sambia don’t want to continue with these homosexual relations for the rest of their lives. Some of them do and resist pairing up with a woman. But even for the ones who want to be with women, it’s a hard transition because they’ve learned a different kind of sex.
But those are the exceptions around the world. In most cultures around the world heterosexuality is the norm, and not only the norm, but the, you know, the very clearly the norm that other sorts of love are looked down upon. But this changes over time. I mean, there were — we can talk about ancient Rome. We could also talk about times in the United States or in western European history where homosexuality wasn’t accepted but it also was, it was kind of a screaming secret. There were, you know, spinsters who lived together, or men who liked men, and you wouldn’t talk about it in polite company, but it was one of those things we know it goes on and we just won’t talk about it. So we’ve seen homosexuality even in cultures such as our own that have and even in the very recent past had strong prohibitions against homosexual love. Evolutionarily we would expect, and then if there is an evolutionary basis for it, we would expect that it would have evolved to promote male/female bonding. It just makes evolutionary sense. But it doesn’t mean, I mean, the beauty of humans is we’ve evolved these huge brains so that we’re not slaves to our biology any more. We’re not automatons. We, again, we create our forms of love. We make love. If we can use that as a phrase. And so we can make love in different sorts of ways.”

Will the Democratic Party Give Bernie Sanders a Fair Shot in 2020?…


Date: January 31, 2018

01) Will the Democratic Party Give Bernie Sanders a Fair Shot in 2020?


“Over the weekend we learned that Bernie Sanders got the gang back together for a discussion about a potential 2020 presidential run. It’s safe to say we all may be wearing ‘Bernie 2020’ shirts soon. But the real question, however, is whether or not the Democratic Party establishment will actually give him a fair shot this time. We’ll mull this question over in this segment.

Citation:
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/25/bernie-sanders-2020-team-meeting-368148
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/28/sanders-whoever-runs-president-must-fight-workers-and-take-1