Treatment of sex offenders depends on whether they’ve challenged rules…


Date: June 08, 2018

01) Treatment of sex offenders depends on whether they’ve challenged rules

“WASHINGTON – Eight months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively upheld a decision saying parts of Michigan’s sex offender registry law — one of the toughest in the nation — were unconstitutional, thousands of former sex offenders who thought they’d be off the registry by now, or facing less severe restrictions, have seen no changes.

The law remains in place, unchanged, with the state defending it in more than three dozen lawsuits — many of which it has already lost. The controversy involves a ruling two years ago by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that said provisions enacted in 2006 and 2011 and applied to offenders convicted before then violates constitutional protections against increasing punishments after-the-fact. Last October, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the state’s challenge to that ruling, effectively upholding it.”

Such an illuminating article.

Here is why neuroscientists think you are a pervert…


Date: June 07, 2018

01) Here is why neuroscientists think you are a pervert

“Why has society condemned certain intimate practices between consenting adults but not others? The answer possibly lies in wherever our society sets moral standards — generally biased, limited and sometimes political. Instead, normality should be derived by scientific and quantified results.

When it comes to bedroom activities, we often believe that most things we don’t do are wrong and sick. We often judge other people’s realities and behaviours from our limited and biased scope and experience.

It’s up to each individual to choose what is right for themselves. The notion of abnormality in sexuality — with its medical and psychological labels of illness — came about to explain a deviant pattern in the reproductive aspects of mating. But humans, in general, engage in sex because they like it, not necessarily because they want to reproduce.”

Study finds your genes have a large influence your sense of duty to vote…


Date: June 07, 2018

01) Study finds your genes have a large influence your sense of duty to vote

““The conventional wisdom is that political orientations are primarily shaped by political socialization (e.g., parents, teachers, peers, etc). We find that the sense of civic duty is heritable and also that there is genetic overlap between personality traits (which we, and many psychologists before us, find to be heritable) and civic duty.”

By statistically analyzing data from twins who had participated in the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States, the researchers found evidence that people have different heritable predispositions to how they feel about politics.

Specifically, they found that about 70% to 87% of the relationship between civic duty and four of the Big Five personality traits could be attributed to genetic factors. (The four personality traits being Extraversion, Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability, and Openness.)

Genes, Personality Traits, and the Sense of Civic Duty

Fetal exposure to maternal cortisol linked to better cognitive performance…


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Date: June 07, 2018

01) Fetal exposure to maternal cortisol linked to better cognitive performance

“Exposure to maternal cortisol during the third trimester is beneficial to a child’s cognitive function later in life, according to a study recently published in Psychoneuroendocrinology.

The human brain undergoes a complex series of events in its journey from embryo to adult. Developmental stages are influenced by early environmental conditions including in utero experiences. However, the neurodevelopment that occurs during the foetal period is far greater than any other period in an individual’s life and the stage at which the brain is most vulnerable to the environment.”

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Arizona veterans group finds homeless camp — and fuels a new ‘pizzagate’-style conspiracy…


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Date: June 07, 2018

01) Arizona veterans group finds homeless camp — and fuels a new ‘pizzagate’-style conspiracy

“Conspiracy theorists have found a new outrage to respond to, this one in Tucson, Arizona.

An armed group called Veterans on Patrol is demanding that authorities recognize a homeless camp they found on private property to be a child sex-trafficking camp.

Authorities have found no evidence that there was a child-sex camp on the site, even though they have brought in investigators and a police cadaver dog to search the area. But the lack of evidence has done nothing to prevent these claims from catching on among far-right online conspiracy theorists.

The speed at which these accusations have spread is yet another example of how fringe beliefs, nurtured in dark corners of the internet, can blossom in a deeply polarized era.

Followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory — an elaborate offshoot of the debunked “pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which claimed Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza shop that had no basement — have been particularly gripped by Meyer’s claims. The “pizzagate” theory inspired one person to fire an AR-15 rifle in the restaurant.”

As usual…the unfounded claims run rampant.

…The “rape trees” weren’t actually rape trees…

…But once the conspiracy theorists get something into their heads…everybody else has to suffer from their ignorance…

…Typical.

This is the problem with laymen and zealots deciding they are “authoritative investigators”…

Their incompetence is the source of all sorts of trouble and suffering…frequently for people, other than themselves.

This is why it annoys me so badly, when these people wont pull their heads out of their own rear ends…

…They’re just clueless idiots, running around and causing trouble.

We are the ones who have to live in this world, with all of their B.S.

…Many of us are so, so eternally sick of it…We’re just done tolerating this nonsense…

…Why cant we have them all committed to a mental institution, and get them out of everybody’s hair?

…It’s where a lot of them belong.

When are you sorts of people who do this type of stuff going to get it through your heads?…

You are not helping anyone, or anything, in any way, shape or form, by working up the public into a frenzy, over your wild goose chases!

In fact…your notorious incompetence only hurts things.


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MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit…


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Date: June 07, 2018

01) MIT scientists created a “psychopath” AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

“The MIT team—Pinar Yanardag, Manuel Cebrian, and Iyad Rahwan—was actually trying to show how some AI algorithms aren’t necessarily inherently biased, but they can become biased based on the data they’re given. In other words, they didn’t build Norman as a “psychopath,” but it became a “psychopath” because all it knew about the world was what it learned from a Reddit page.”

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Parents Lose Their Son After Letting Him Smoke Weed To Control Seizures…



Date: June 07, 2018

01) Parents Lose Their Son After Letting Him Smoke Weed To Control Seizures


“Georgia recognizes cannabis as a treatment for epilepsy and notionally lets certified patients possess up to 20 fluid ounces of “low THC oil,” an extract that contains a negligible amount of marijuana’s main psychoactive component but a substantial amount of cannabidiol (CBD), the ingredient that reduces seizures. That privilege is mainly theoretical, however, since there is no legal way to produce or obtain cannabis extract in Georgia. Given that glaring defect in the state’s medical marijuana law, it is easy to understand why Matthew and Suzeanna Brill let their 15-year-old son, David, smoke cannabis in a desperate attempt to control his epileptic seizures. It is harder to understand why that decision led the state of Georgia to forcibly separate David from his parents…

Citation:
https://reason.com/blog/2018/05/31/georgia-kidnapped-this-boy-because-his-p