WASHINGTON — Senator Al Franken of Minnesota announced Thursday he would resign “in the coming weeks” from the Senate after his support among Democrats crumbled, becoming the highest-profile casualty in the growing list of lawmakers felled by charges of sexual harassment or indiscretions.
“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party,” Mr. Franken said.
His references to both President Trump, who has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior including harassment and assault, and Roy S. Moore, the Republican nominee for an Alabama Senate seat who faces allegations that he molested teenagers, followed Mr. Franken’s steadfast denial that he himself had done anything wrong.
Mr. Franken said he had been ready to “cooperate fully” with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation but that he decided to leave office because it became clear he could not both pursue the investigation and represent the people of Minnesota. He maintained that he would have ultimately been cleared.”
01) Request for MAPs to Participate in Study about Attraction
“B4U-ACT regularly collaborates with and advertises studies we feel will contribute to professional understanding of MAPs and/or to MAPs’ well-being. If you are an MAP and you’d like to contribute to such professional understanding, please consider participating in the online study described below, being conducted by a master’s student from Vrije University in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), in cooperation with the University of Ottawa and the Royal Mental Hospital (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada):
We are looking for adult men or women (18 or older) who are attracted to children (14 or younger) to complete a secure, anonymous online survey. The survey has two parts:
Survey 1 asks questions about experiences of sexual and romantic attraction to children (and adults, if relevant).
Survey 2 is about the physical and psychological characteristics that are attractive about children (and adults, if relevant).
Each survey takes about 10-15 minutes. The study is completely anonymous. After each first study, you will be asked if you would like to participate in the other study. This is totally voluntary.”
“My thoughts on mortality as an atheist. Sorry for all the jump-cuts, but it’s far better than all the long pauses.”
This echoes my own sentiments…
I did not question it when I was really young, while being raised in the church…But today, it really does not set well with me, that anyone would use the remains of your beloved deceased, as a prop to peddle their religion.
…It’s tasteless…decency deaf…and just bad behavior.
I can get past the point, that these beliefs are common in our culture…thus, they will surface at times like someone’s death…
…But trying to convert [possibly distraught] people, at that specific point in time?…
No…that is just wrong.
Dealing with your own mortality:
I’ve been meaning to set down, and right more on this…and I fear, I may have let a window of healthy, cogent thoughts pass me by…not so long ago…
Of course…psychologically dealing with the understanding of your own mortality, and psychologically facing your own death, aren’t necessarily the same thing.
…Each is it’s own process, with it’s own variables.
…But, yes…A lot of the traditional psychological soothing offered by religion, is absent for the atheist…
For the atheist…it’s more about coming to terms with a simple ending…falling asleep, to never wake up again…no more of everything you love…or at least like…a weighing, of whether you experienced and accomplished everything you needed, to feel validated…satisfied…that you honestly lived a life and accomplished something.
I think…given my particular circumstances in life…I will almost certainly face death with reluctance, knowing there is more left undone…and having every fiber within me, still focused on that fight…
…I wont want to leave the unfinished, still before me…
That really bothers me…in it’s own way…
If I believed in spirits and ghosts…I’d honestly think, that someone like myself would be a prime candidate…to linger on in this world, in such a form…
In fact…this setting fits the lore of ghosts…
…”Steve Diamond…The extremely friendly ghost…floating into little boy’s bedrooms…slipping under the covers…and giving blow jobs from the spectral dimension…”
…Can’t you just imagine those home exorcisms?
…Better not linger on this topic too long…I don’t want to seduce myself, into looking forward to my own death…
…But, what an aspiration!
Grief Without Belief: How to Deal With Death as an Atheist:
I’m including this second video because it was linked in the description…and it’s a pretty good video.
A lot of good territory is explored…It warrants more commentary.
01) New Legislation Threatens Politicians Ignoring Immigration Laws with Jail Time
“A new piece of legislation is targeting sanctuary cities and the lawmakers supporting those cities. The measure would put those politicians behind bars for not enforcing immigration laws. One America’s Emerald Robinson has more from Washington.”
The more I witness of this type of thing…the more I wonder, how long before what’s left of the foundation crumbles in totality.
I tend to wonder, just how many states and localities are going to stand for their elected officials being incarcerated by the U.S. federal government…
Push…push, push, push…slap in the face…push, push, push…kick in the crotch…push, push, push…spit in the face…push, push, push…berated and dehumanized…push, push, push…sent to the shackles…push, push, push…stay on your knees!…push, push, push…kick em while their down…push, push, push…make lots of public examples…push, push, push…
…The U.S. population takes second place to no other nation, where it comes to Stockholm syndrome, after all.
If the people with “the right” titles, “the right” appearances and “the right” slogans want to do it to you…well…
…Bend over…because it is going to get done to you, while the rest of “the godly and free” look on, doing nothing…
…Hell…they’ll probably be cheering it on…It’s not happening to themselves, after all.
…And the public coliseum is full of so many amusements.
01) Ajit Pai’s Office Gives Net Neutrality Proponents the Finger, Calls Them “Desperate”
“Democratic Senators along with various consumer advocacy groups and the city of New York have publicly called on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to delay the upcoming December 14th vote to repeal Title II net neutrality regulations. His office responded by essentially giving proponents of net neutrality the finger, calling their attempt to postpone the vote “desperate,” and affirming that the vote to gut net neutrality will still take place on December 14th.
“Report to the abuse@[hostingsite] here’s an example:”
NAMBLA does not need to be reported to the FBI…
…The FBI became aware of NAMBLA, and began hounding it’s members shortly after the group was founded…back in the 1970’s…
…NAMBLA has been infiltrated by the FBI, more than once…and despite their best efforts, the FBI could not shut the organization down, because it was, and still is, an entirely legal entity.
The FBI has known about the NAMBLA website, likely ever since it went live…a few decades ago?…or more?…
The NAMBLA website provides social commentary, on issues of interest to many BoyLovers and youth…people interested in human sexual rights…and so forth.
This is neither illegal, nor immoral.
…And here comes Ms. Zaccaria…acting as though she is making some kind of revelation in all of this…And it looks an awful lot to me, like she’s making a veiled threat [or attempts to intimidate, at any rate] against the current host of the NAMBLA website…
…As if that host has not thoroughly vetted NAMBLA as a client, and long ago set down some stern rules to follow…
Historically…the NAMBLA website has always been extremely mild…overwhelmingly text based…I’ve even seen some BoyLovers call the website dry and boring…
I kind of prefer the way Joe Power described NAMBLA, in an episode of Pedologues…
…”NAMBLA presently exists, to document a sort of ethos”…
…In large part…I’ve always kind of looked at what I do [when I write or record something], as being the same endeavor.
This is precisely why Mellisa [and a whole slew of others, before her] cannot stop me…
…My expression exists in the philosophical, ethical and artistic realms…It’s something that is not bound down too the trappings of movements for legal change…I am all about uplifting the human being, and defending positive human rights…
You have to be one totally ugly, nasty excuse for a human being…to even insinuate that such endeavors are “a crime”, on the grounds that they are engaged in by “someone like me”.
Your wicked, evil magic does not work here, Mellisa…
…No matter how many people you run off screaming too…you cannot subjectively strip other humans of their speech and expression…Most even half way sane people understand this.
This is why you had already lost, before you even started.
Just because I am sexually attracted to boys below the age of thirteen, does not mean that every public and private thing I will ever do in my entire life is a crime.
The same stands for any MAP…
…Please get this point of fact through your excessively thick skull.
“Pedos should be strictly monitored & medicated.”
“I don’t block Pedophiles, I run them off the internet and expose their demented self righteousness.”
“I wonder how many others think I’m a manipulative psychopath, any takers? PEDOPHILIA WILL NOT BE NORMALIZED, KAMIL I WILL FOREVER PASSIONATELY OPPRESS DERANGED CHILD RAPISTS.”
You, Mellisa, clearly display:
A) A stubborn refusal to understand others.
B) A total lack of human empathy.
C) A nasty superiority complex.
D) A cruel obsession with hurting others.
E) A sense of grossly inflated, egotistical self worth.
F) A power tripping self delusion.
G) An obsession with smearing and libeling people.
H) A tendency to use dehumanizing propaganda against people.
I) A demanding attitude, that lawful, moral people be seized, held against their will and forced drugs.
J) A paranoid obsession with child rape, and so called “pedophilia normalization”.
K) Acts of public bullying, and attempts at intimidation.
L) Liberal usage of lies and red herrings.
M) A willingness to attack and dehumanize people, both individuals and groups.
N) A delusion of “divine commission from god”.
O) A tendency to stalk and harass people.
P) A willingness to scheme and interfere, with the private lives and business of others.
Q) A malicious tendency, to undermine the speech and self representation of others.
R) A propensity for propagating material, suggesting “justified” murder and possibly genocide.
…And you think anyone in their right mind, would dispute that you are, indeed, a manipulative psychopath?!…
…Between the two of us…the only one who needs specialized, professional help [and probably psychotropic drugs], is you.
You, Mellisa, are the actual living definition of a manipulative psychopath [or sociopath].
You have a fat mouth, that runs, and runs, and runs, and runs, and runs…when you are exactly the sort of person, who should remain quiet, and take instruction from those of us who actually do know not just more, but better than you.
…You are nothing but a cocky, ignorant, creepy, full of yourself, train wreck, begging for a place to cause maximum damage…for no sane reason, whatsoever.
It’s both sad and pathetic…
…You cant even help yourself…not even when those of us you ruthlessly attack, give you nuggets of wisdom, and attempt to save you from yourself.
…You are a petty, spiteful, vile fool, amongst fools.
…And, you are a brazen fraud…just like so much of the rest of the company you keep.
01) Ping Pong Pizza Porn: Did Comet Host Illegal Images?
“In the year following the election that raised Donald Trump to the highest office in the land, and then to the lowest poll ratings ever for the office, most people have forgotten about some of the more colorful features of the election. One exotic flash-in-the-pan that left little impression on the popular consciousness was a conspiracy idea that connected a hipster pizza restaurant in Washington, DC, with the notion that opposition candidate Hillary Clinton and her co-campaigners, who sometimes had fundraisers at the restaurant, were key figures in a massive ‘pedophile ring.’ This cabal was supposed to be shipping babies and other children to be sexually abused and, in some stories, cannibalized by many of the powerful figures of the Western world – especially Clinton supporters.
Pizzagaters believed in three main threads of pseudo-evidence against Clinton and her campaign manager John Podesta…”
This is quite worth reading…
I have listened to the BigFish interview, in it’s entirety…about a month back…
…I was left completely underwhelmed by the interview…and the claims made in it…It did not come off credible, to my intuition.
You also have to keep in mind, that these types of social panic are notorious for spawning tall tales, from thrill seeking opportunists who want their “fifteen minutes of fame”.
The “BigFish bombshell”, was nothing more than an unidentified guy [who’s speech was rather irritating, and taxing to listen too], stringing us through a narrative of little more than his own assertions…but zero evidence that he found child porn…And, of course…there were weak spots in the plot, not addressed…And we are all left having to depend on the words, of some faceless, nameless guy who’s credentials aren’t even established, who is hailed and celebrated like a hero by the “pizzagate” lunatics…who, themselves, have deep and vast integrity deficits.
It’s always telling, just how little the “pizzagate” people are interested in vetting their sources, before they go spreading content like this around on their networks, far and wide.
There was never any good reason to give this guy the presumption of credibility.
The facts are starting to point in a direction, indicating that “BigFish” was little more than a stunt, to drag a bit more mileage out of the dead corpse of “pizzagate”.
What struck me about BigFish the most…is that not only did he not explain anything technical, or use lingo I would anticipate from someone with a hackers knowledge and experience…He left me with the impression, that he probably could not explain anything about computer hacking, to save his life.