Posing as gay men on Twitter, a troll goes viral with attempts to falsely tie the LGBTQ community to pedophilia…

Date: January 05, 2019

01) Posing as gay men on Twitter, a troll goes viral with attempts to falsely tie the LGBTQ community to pedophilia

“Various efforts to tie the LGBTQ community to pedophilia have been linked back to fringe internet message board 4chan.

Around Christmas Day, Karl Krause and Daan Colijn started receiving emails from their fans, telling them their pictures were being used to promote pedophilia in several viral posts on Twitter.

Krause and Colijn are gay travel bloggers who tell their followers of gay-friendly and LGBTQ-owned businesses and communities throughout the world. They had no idea their faces were being used to promote an idea they found abhorrent.

One of their pictures, which features Krause and Colijn kissing in front of a rainbow flag, had been stolen by a Twitter troll who went by the name “Alex,” an account that was created in December. The account then tweeted messages promoting pedophilia.

The account successfully spread across Twitter the deliberately defamatory idea that pedophilia is an acceptable part of LGBTQ life. Over the last half-decade, that concept has become a staple of far-right internet trolls on websites like the fringe message board 4chan, and the troll’s message quickly gained internet traction.”

Psychologist and professor Thomas G. Plante imagines we have a “psychopathology”…

…How comforting…that universities continue unleashing “experts” upon this world, of such…consistent “quality”…

Foie Gras & the Ethics of Force-Feeding: The Politics of Food…

Date: January 05, 2019

01) Foie Gras & the Ethics of Force-Feeding: The Politics of Food

“In 2012, the State of California successfully banned foie gras, citing animal welfare and health concerns. Though that ban was just recently overturned, the debate continues to rage on from both sides.

In this episode of The Politics of Food, chef and food writer Dave Arnold speaks to the ban’s key political players, including the Chairman of the California Democratic Party, to understand how insider politics determines what we can and cannot eat. From a foie gras speakeasy to the world of animal-rights activists, Dave visits both sides of the issue and discovers why there’s so much controversy surrounding this popular delicacy.”

Democrats Take Over, Immediately Move To IMPEACH Trump…

Date: January 04, 2019

01) Democrats Take Over, Immediately Move To IMPEACH Trump

Democrats IMMEDIATELY Begin Multiple Trump Investigations:

“The new House majority is wasting NO TIME looking into Trump.

Welcome to Donald Trump’s nightmare.

When the 116th Congress is sworn in on Thursday, the Democratic Party will control the House of Representatives ? and the new committee chairs are ready to finally conduct rigorous oversight of the president’s administration for the first time.

‘For the last two years, the president has had no oversight, no accountability from Congress,’ Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on ‘CBS This Morning’ on Wednesday. ‘We’re going to provide that oversight. We’re going to use the subpoena power if we have to.’

Democrats will almost immediately begin to investigate the many controversial policies and scandals of the Trump administration.


Shannon Q: The Sham of Religion “Deliverance” Counseling…


Date: January 03, 2019

01) Shannon Q: The Sham of Religion “Deliverance” Counseling

“YouTuber and atheist advocate Shannon Q. sounds off on atheism, activism, and the disturbingly awful practices of Above & Beyond, a religious “deliverance” ministry more interested in superstition than science.

Shannon’s YouTube channel:

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Disentangling Child Pornography from Child Sex Abuse…


Date: January 03, 2019

01) Disentangling Child Pornography from Child Sex Abuse


Recent years have seen a significant increase in the criminal penalties associated with possession of child pornography. The new severity appears to be premised on arguments that blur the distinction between those who possess images of child pornography and those who sexually abuse children. In particular, sentences have been increased based on arguments that possession of pornography is equivalent to or worse than child sex abuse, arguments that viewing child pornography increases the risk that an individual will sexually abuse a child, and arguments that those who possess child pornography are abusing children undetected. This Article identifies instances where possession of child pornography and child sex abuse have been conflated, critically evaluates the arguments that promote such conflation, and identifies independent concerns with conflation. Specifically, it argues that blurring the distinction between the two crimes allows us to continue to misperceive child sex abuse as a stranger-danger issue, and that when law enforcement statistics aggregate possession and child sex abuse, then the public may be misled into believing that law enforcement is successfully battling child sex abuse, when that is not the case. The Article concludes that the modern trend of increasing sentences for possession of child pornography ought to be reviewed, and it suggests several possible areas of reform.”

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[Book] Refining Child Pornography Law…


Date: January 03, 2019

01) Refining Child Pornography Law: Crime, Language, and Social Consequences

02) Full Book Online

03) Direct Download [PDF]

“The legal definition of child pornography is, at best, unclear. In part because of this ambiguity and in part because of the nature of the crime itself, the prosecution and sentencing of perpetrators, the protection of and restitution for victims, and the means for preventing repeat offenses are deeply controversial. In Refining Child Pornography Law, experts in law, sociology, and social work examine child pornography law and its consequences in an effort to clarify the questions and begin to formulate answers. Focusing on the roles of language and crime definition, the contributors discuss the increasing visibility child pornography plays in the national conversation about child safety, and present a range of views regarding the punishment of those who produce, distribute, and possess materials that may be considered child pornography.
“During the early days of the so-called ‘war on drugs,’ possession of marijuana could sometimes lead to a decades-long criminal sentence. In time, the need for reconsideration, and proportionality in sentencing, became apparent. The contemporary sentencing approach to child pornography offenses, including possession, requires an analogous re-examination. This text does an outstanding job of addressing the rationale for sentencing in child pornography cases, and in suggesting the need for potential change, in a thorough, scholarly, and thought-provoking manner.”
—Fred S. Berlin, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“Our modern digital world has increased exponentially the constitutional, social, and practical issues implicated by criminal laws and policies surrounding child pornography. This book provides a timely, balanced, and astute array of perspectives on a topic that all criminal law theorists and practitioners should be following closely.”
—Douglas A. Berman, Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University

Carissa Byrne Hessick is the Anne Shea Ransdell and William Garland “Buck” Ransdell, Jr. Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law.”

I’ve not read this yet…but I understand it has some insights, into misleading claims made by the government…