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Date: April 26, 2018
“CLEVELAND – Parents need to be extra vigilant today because child abusers and pedophiles are on the prowl.
News 5 spoke exclusively with a man who’s tracking down those criminals, and his new study exposes more about who these perpetrators are.
“It is a rabbit hole, and depends on how far you want to go down,” said Dr. Jesse Bach, Director Emeritus for the Imagine Foundation, a non-profit developing research and recovery services for sex trafficking and pedophile victims.
On April 25, sex traffickers and pedophiles parade a teddy bear symbol around that looks happy and innocent, but it represents their very dark world. The symbol signals they’re all in the same club, and a pathway to trade tips and tricks on how to get their next victim. What might be more disturbing is who these perpetrators are.”
There’s so much false information here, that this “report” is just incompetent.
“Pedo Bear” is a symbol of pedophile mockery, which was created and promoted by 4chan. It is not a symbol of Alice Day, nor IBLD. No self respecting MAP I’ve ever known [in almost twenty years of involvement with the MAP community], takes this symbol seriously.
They dump a few unrelated assertions about “predators preying on children, sharing tips and human sex trafficking”…
…When the day is merely one of positive observation, and MAP community…
…Then they go on to indict law enforcement, fire fighters and politicians in all of this…
…I’m certainly not suggesting there aren’t a lot of hypocrites out there, in law enforcement and politics…And I do appreciate the public admission…
In this setting, it’s just word diarrhea.
…It has nothing to do with Alice Day.
These shysters are trying to assassinate the character, of a harmless day of observation.
They even have the gall, to interview an alleged victim of sex trafficking…
…This has absolutely nothing to do with Alice Day, whatsoever!
Date: April 25, 2018
“If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what citizenship means.”
When Theresa May uttered these words at the Tory party conference in 2016, there was uproar. May was targeting the liberal establishment, who flit business class from Mayfair to Monaco, from Davos to Doha; those in positions of power, who, as May put it, ‘behave as though they have more in common with international elites than with the people down the road’.
But many people who don’t fit in this frequent flyer category felt under attack too. For this group, believing you are a citizen of the world is a badge of honour, not shame. The cosmopolitan impulse, they believe, isn’t about loyalty to any single community. On the contrary, you can be a citizen of your street, your city, your country and the entire globe. And in our interconnected world, those with a burning concern for global justice, for the environment, for the strife and carnage happening beyond our borders, see themselves as part of humanity at large – as citizens of the world.
But for a different group of people, May’s words resonated deeply. These are the people who feel genuinely rooted in their communities, who feel the strongest sense of solidarity with those who share their history, language and other elements of a common culture. These people often feel sneered at as nationalists or worse, as bigots, by the elites who do not understand their profound intuition that the nation state is the natural expression of group identity.
To unpack these divisions at the heart of contemporary politics, Intelligence Squared is bringing together Simon Schama, one of Britain’s most celebrated historians, who embodies the cosmopolitan spirit; and Elif Shafak, the Turkish novelist and commentator, who calls herself a ‘world citizen and a global soul’. Joining them will be the author David Goodhart, whose bestseller The Road To Somewhere identifies two tribes –’Somewheres’, who feel strong local and national attachments, and ‘Anywheres’, global villagers who value autonomy and mobility; and David Landsman, a former diplomat now in the corporate world, who is concerned about the growing intellectualisation of work, which is widening the gap between the professional classes and everyone else.”
Date: April 24, 2018
Thanks to feinmann0, for this find.
“Iceland’s proposed legislation seeks to criminalise circumcision on male minors that is unnecessary ‘for health reasons,’ stating individuals who remove ‘part or all of the sexual organs shall be imprisoned for up to 6 years.’”
The author’s sate that: “While the bill concerns circumcisions not performed for ‘health reasons’, it does not define the term ‘health.’ This is an oversight, as the term is not self-evident.”
According to bill spokesperson Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir, a key reason for the bill is that all forms of female genital cutting (FGC), no matter how minor, have been illegal in Iceland since 2005, but no similar legislation exists for males.
“If we have laws banning circumcision for girls,” she said in an interview, then for consistency “we should do so for boys.” Consequently, the bill is not specific to male circumcision, but adapts the existing law banning FGC, changing “girls” to “children.”
This gets way, way deeper than what is quoted here…and it should be read in full.
It’s sounding like this may be a toothless law.
What do you think about Stephen Moreton’s comments?…aside from the fact that they may come off a bit aggressive…and maybe condescending…and they’re obviously vigorously defending circumcision…
One reasonable take away, is that he thinks all males should be compelled to “take one for the team”, because third world countries [which lack the same hygiene resources as “first world”] might not want to circumcise their boys anymore, and HIV [etc.] might explode in those regions…
…He also compares it to the effectiveness of a vaccine…
I’ve never bought into the notion, that an unnecessary surgery of this nature should take place, except in the presence of an immediate danger to the individual…
…I mean…I’m sorry if they don’t have running water in their village…or other resources, that would vastly eliminate diseases and infections without circumcision…But does that make it rational or moral, to force it upon people who overwhelmingly, do not statistically need it, because their living conditions are different?
I know this may sound like a naïve question, given the sheer magnitude of such a project…But wouldn’t it be more humane and decent of us, to help them bring their living conditions up to first world standards, instead of leaving them in it?…and pushing them to cut off boys foreskins, to better survive in it?
How many trillions would it cost to overhaul a country in Africa?…
…How many trillions is it worth, to save these boys bodily integrity [and whatever else they lose from this]?
Even if I have some distaste for Stephens conclusion…I have to admit, most people aren’t likely to even consider such a humane intervention, with such a high price tag…
…And the African AIDs crisis, is a serious one.
Does it make sense in Africa, while it’s overwhelmingly foolish in the more modern countries?
…What a shitty circumstance for African boys.
It’s cases like these…where we find out how much the world honestly does care.
Date: April 24, 2018
“As of April 23rd, 2018, parts of the FCC’s repeal of Title II will go into effect, thus marking the beginning of the end of net neutrality in the United States. Other parts of the repeal order are expected to take effect months later, but in the meantime, more than half of states are weighing their own legislation that would protect net neutrality.
Date: April 24, 2018
“Let’s be honest. It’s the political Left that has society’s best interests at heart, that works for the good of all. It has always been the Left that has struggled to protect the weak from the strong, that has fought for workers’ rights, for sexual and racial equality, for the welfare state. It is the Left that now challenges abuses of power by corporations and financial institutions. And it is the Left that seeks to build a world based on mutual respect, not individualistic self-seeking. It is the Left, not the Right, that has right on its side.
Yet according to conservatives, it is precisely that self-regard, that attempt to monopolise virtue, which exposes the hypocrisy of left-wing ideology. To flaunt your concern for your fellow man doesn’t make you right – it just gives you the smug glow of virtue signalling. In fact, by expanding the state, overtaxing the rich and splurging benefits on the poor, the Left has always damaged society by crippling people’s natural instinct to better themselves. It is the Right, by championing free markets, free choice and social cohesion, that has right on its side.”
Date: April 24, 2018
“Not everything from the Harry Potter books made it into the films. After all it has to be pretty hard to stuff 4,175 pages worth of text into 20 hours of film.”
I guess I know the movies well enough, to get by…A perfect score!
At least one I had to guess at…Another is kind of misleading, and up to interpretation…but I went with the most solid answer, in my opinion.
Date: April 24, 2018
“With virtually no government oversight or public outcry, the multibillion-dollar youth marketing industry has used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. American kids, targeted from birth with sales pitches for everything from Hollywood merchandise and junk food to iPods, cell phones, and the family car, now influence an estimated $700 billion in annual consumer spending. Consuming Kids traces the evolution and impact of this unprecedented phenomenon. Drawing on the insights of children’s health experts, media critics, and industry insiders, it blows the lid off the youth marketing industry’s stealth tactics and explores the effects of consumerism on the imaginative lives of children.”
Date: April 24, 2018
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