Date: April 19, 2017
Date: April 18, 2017
“When Joseph Jenkins went on vacation in May 2009, he brought his collection of child pornography with him. That decision led to a prison sentence so severe that a federal appeals court yesterday deemed it “substantively unreasonable” in a decision that shows how mindlessly punitive federal sentencing guidelines for child pornography offfenses have become.
[…] After Jenkins skipped bail in Canada, he was charged under U.S. law. In 2014 he was convicted of possessing and transporting child pornography, and a federal judge sentenced him to nearly 19 years in prison, followed by 25 years of supervised release. Given the nature of Jenkins’ crimes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled, the judge “went far overboard.”
The 2nd Circuit’s decision illustrates the impact of congressional edicts that call for stiff sentencing enhancements based on factors that are routine in child pornography cases. Jenkins’ criminal history was limited to a single misdemeanor, he did not produce or distribute child pornography, and his crimes did not involve contact with minors. Yet U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby calculated that the recommended sentence was 210 to 262 months, thanks mainly to enhancements for using a computer, for possessing more than 600 images (with each video counting as 75 images), for possessing images of prepubescent children, and for possessing images featuring masochistic, sadomasochistic, or other violent content. “These enhancements,” the 2nd Circuit notes, “have caused Jenkins to be treated like an offender who seduced and photographed a child and distributed the photographs and worse than one who raped a child.”
That’s right: If Jenkins had raped a child, his recommended sentence would have been shorter than the one he got for trying to carry pictures of such crimes into Canada for his own personal viewing.”
It’s telling, all the little tricks, smoke and mirrors they come up with, in order to enhance sentencing…when what someone is being railroaded over, wasn’t especially serious in the first place.
Now, fine…yes…a child being tormented is absolutely wrong…if that is, in fact, in any way related to this case…
…But what we are talking about, is an individual possessing images and recordings of whatever took place.
Even if you find the content in question deplorable…we are not talking about someone who objectively needs to be thrown into prison [let alone for almost two decades].
It is insane, how they keep jacking up these sentences…for no reason at all, except that they want to be all the more vicious in their sentencing…And they do this even in the face, of knowledge that this is counterproductive.
Well…at least a tiny bit of sanity finally showed up, in this case…however meager it may be.
Date: April 17, 2017
I think gender fluid and transgender are based out of something real…even if it’s hard to define exactly what that is…and I don’t have any moral objections, regarding people who become this way.
In one way or another, they’ve always been around…and they don’t threaten the human species by their mere existence and expression.
I think where people are getting uncomfortable with this new, organized movement…
…it exists in the fact that it’s very enthusiastic and aggressive, about pushing kids to confront and explore an issue that wont effect the overwhelming majority of them…
That’s not to say that it’s bad for kids to develop empathy for gender fluid and transgender kids…
…But when a movement is challenging every kid to question their own biology, offering them an option to be the other sex, or something in between…elevating what is a trivial fact of nature [in the minds of most of us], to the level of something you personally have to wrestle with and navigate…and having a new, “gender reassignment” industry waiting on the horizon to service you…
…there’s something about this, which presents a lot to be concerned about.
Date: April 16, 2017
“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics.”
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Date: April 16, 2017
“[Dead Link] http://www.silvanoagosti.it/damore_si_vive.html
The interview with Franck is an extract of the film LOVE YOU LIVE Silvano Agosti. This clip is loaded you tube by the author himself that after many requests she decided to make it public.
The documentary film LOVE YOU LIVE is a research on the theme of sensuality, tenderness and love through conducted a series of interviews with marginalized people of the province of Parma.
Built in 1982, this film has been subtitled in many languages because so by a wide audience, and still is the subject of interest in his sociological and artistic value. Claire Fontaine has entered LOVE YOU LIVE between the works that influenced his work, in his exhibition of sculptures, films and writings at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, had held from June 2 to 22 August 2010.”
This is a boy speaking frankly, about a past sexual experience with a girl.
It’s important to keep a balanced perspective, pertaining to the realities of childhood sexuality…and the natural positivity within it.
…Here, we get it from the boys own mouth.
Date: April 14, 2017
“The Ooho! algae balloon was created by a trio of London-based engineers