Making Sense with Sam Harris #156 – The Evolution of Culture (with Nicholas Christakis)…


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Date: May 15, 2019

01) Making Sense with Sam Harris #156 – The Evolution of Culture (with Nicholas Christakis)


“In this episode of the podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Nicholas Christakis about his new book, Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society.

Nicholas Christakis is a sociologist and physician known for his research in the areas of social networks and biosocial science. He is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University, where he directs the Human Nature Lab. His books include Death Foretold: Prophecy and Prognosis in Medical Care and Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (coauthored with James H. Fowler). He was on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.”

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The truth about paedophilia…


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…. Many of the things expressed in this Sub-Blog, I’ve addressed any number of times over the years. I don’t wish to analyze every video, etc., but I do find it valuable to share these kinds of video, etc., even if I disagree substantially with any of it…It’s important to acknowledge and embrace, that there are people out there, who are engaged in levelheaded discussion about “pedophiles”. – Steve

Date: May 15, 2019

01) The truth about paedophilia

02) MP3 Download



“It’s scary to learn, but sexual attraction to children is a lot more common than most people realise.

Not everyone with that problem will meet with the clinical definition for paedophilia, but the attraction is there nevertheless.

So what separates a would-be abuser from an abuser?

Today’s episode is part one of a two part special where we speak to three men who say they’ve never offended but struggle with the attraction they feel towards children.

We also ask an expert about exactly how common attraction to children is, and what it is that makes people more likely to act on it.

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Dr Kelly Richards, Criminologist, Queensland University of Technology

Anonymous celibate paedophiles”

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Westminster VIP abuse accuser [Carl Beech] ‘fled to Sweden when story collapsed’…


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Date: May 15, 2019

01) Westminster VIP abuse accuser ‘fled to Sweden when story collapsed’

“A man who made a series of “heinous” false allegations that prompted a multimillion-pound police investigation into an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster fled to Sweden when his claims unravelled, a court has heard.

Carl Beech, previously referred to by police as “Nick”, is accused of lying when he claimed he was among victims of an alleged group of establishment figures including senior men in politics, the military and the intelligence services who raped, kidnapped and murdered boys in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Beech, 51, is on trial at Newcastle crown court where he faces 12 counts of perverting the course of justice from December 2012 to March 2016 and one count of fraud over a criminal compensation payout he pocketed.

The charges, which he denies, include that he made a false allegation of witnessing the murder of a child by the former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor. Beech, who worked for the Care Quality Commission health watchdog, is also alleged to have lied about claiming to have witnessed the murder of two other children.

Police found “a number of important claims” he made were “probably false”, the court heard. Opening the prosecution’s case on Tuesday, Tony Badenoch QC told the jury: “He had lied about the content of these allegations, taken active steps to embellish a false story and then cover his tracks when challenged. He made no response … when he was asked to account for this by Northumbria police and, ultimately … he took the only option that was really available to him: he fled the country and he lived overseas as a fugitive.

“That was until a specialist fugitive unit in Sweden worked closely with Northumbria police and the National Crime Agency to secure his arrest on a European arrest warrant executed overseas. He was then extradited back to this country to face these charges.”

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How bad is the WhatsApp surveillance hacking attack and what should you do?…


Date: May 15, 2019

01) How bad is the WhatsApp surveillance hacking attack and what should you do?

“WhatsApp has rushed to roll out a security fix after it emerged hackers could spy on phones by injecting surveillance software via the call function.

The app discovered a vulnerability that allowed attackers to install malicious code on iPhones and Android phones by ringing up a target device.

The code could be transmitted even if users did not answer their phones and a log of the call often disappeared, the Financial Times reported.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

WhatsApp says it has rolled out a security fix and that users should update their app on their phones.

This can be done using the phone’s application store.

For Android users, they should go to Play Store, then tap Menu > My apps & games. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Alternatively, they can go to Play Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE under WhatsApp Messenger.

For iPhone users, go to the App Store, then tap Updates. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.

Alternatively, they can go to the App Store and search for WhatsApp. Tap UPDATE next to WhatsApp Messenger.”

Baltimore County Corrections Officer Thomas Mannion Charged In 13-Year-Old Boy’s Rape, Child Porn…


Date: May 15, 2019

01) Baltimore County Corrections Officer Thomas Mannion Charged In 13-Year-Old Boy’s Rape, Child Porn

“…[Thomas] Mannion met the 12-year-old boy at the beginning of the year allegedly on a dating app and brought him back to his Parkville home and raped him. In charging documents, the teen told police Mannion took sexually-explicit photos of him and created an account for him on Grindr.

On Monday, Mannion again grabbed the boy, who is now 13, outside his Essex home. A neighbor spotted the boy entering the basement apartment Mannion rented and thought it was a burglary in progress. He asked the homeowner if he could go into the basement to check for the burglar, but instead found Mannion naked in bed with the teen. The neighbor left and called police.

Detectives learned Monday evening about the sexual assault. The boy told police the same man assaulted him twice — once this week and once between January and February 2019.

“He went to check. And, what he found was a renter who rents out the basement of that home in bed naked with a juvenile subject,” Baltimore County Police spokeswoman Ofc. Jen Peach said.”

The boy claims to have said “no” to the sex.

Why Machines That Bend Are Better…


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Date: May 14, 2019

01) Why Machines That Bend Are Better


“I visited the Compliant Mechanisms Research group at Brigham Young University and spoke to Professor Larry Howell:

https://www.compliantmechanisms.byu.edu

At the above link, you can download 3D-print files to make some of the objects in the video, plus learn more about compliant mechanisms.

What I learned about compliant mechanisms I summarize in the 8 P’s of compliant mechanisms:

1. Part count (reduced by having flexible parts instead of springs, hinges)

2. Productions processes (many, new, different enabled by compliant designs)

3. Price (reduced by fewer parts and different production processes)

4. Precise Motion (no backlash, less wear, friction)

5. Performance (no outgassing, doesn’t require lubricant)

6. Proportions (reduced through different production processes)

7. Portability (lightweight due to simpler, reduced part count designs)

8. Predictability (devices are reliable over a long period of time) “

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