Date: February 18, 2019
|Sub-Blog Archive – Frontier Series
Date: February 17, 2019
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“When Michael Jackson died in 2009, Wade Robson – the former choreographer whose allegations of abuse are at the center of a controversial new documentary, Leaving Neverland – wrote in tribute to his friend:
‘Michael Jackson changed the world and, more personally, my life forever. He is the reason I dance, the reason I make music, and one of the main reasons I believe in the pure goodness of humankind. He has been a close friend of mine for 20 years. His music, his movement, his personal words of inspiration and encouragement and his unconditional love will live inside of me forever. I will miss him immeasurably, but I know that he is now at peace and enchanting the heavens with a melody and a moonwalk.’
Robson was twenty-seven years old at the time. Four years earlier, he testified at Jackson’s 2005 trial (as an adult) that nothing sexual ever happened between them. Prior to the trial Robson hadn’t seen Jackson for years and was under no obligation to be a witness for the defense. He faced a withering cross-examination, understanding the penalty of perjury for lying under oath. But Robson adamantly, confidently, and credibly asserted that nothing sexual ever happened.
In Robson’s case, decades after the alleged incidents took place, he was barbecuing with Michael Jackson and his children. He was asking for tickets to the artist’s memorial. He was participating in tributes. ‘I still have my mobile phone with his number in it’, Robson wrote in 2009, ‘I just can’t bear the thought of deleting his messages.’
Then, suddenly, after twenty years, his story changed and with his new claims came a $1.5 billion dollar lawsuit.”
Gone Too Soon:
Date: February 17, 2019
“MAD AS HELL – the story of a white-collar, professional man on police bail for possibly the longest period in recent history. Arrested on information never shared, subject to an inept police investigation that violated its own Codes of Practice, it is a story of a type of madness in modern-day Britain.
A work of non-fiction, Mad As Hell charts the author’s three-year journey through the criminal justice system from the day of arrest to the month of the dropping of the case ‘urgently’ (their word) by the police and Crown Prosecution Service 13 days before a Crown Court trial. Arrested on suspicion of downloading indecent images, the author describes the madness of two and a half years on bail, police inefficiencies and all in the context of his long-standing belief that his arrest was the work of a malicious former housemate – something he sets out to prove to a jury.
Split into two parts, Part One charts the day of arrest to the author standing in the court dock two and a half years later. Part Two begins with the author standing in the dock in front of three Magistrates and describes the trial preparation up to the point the case was dropped – two weeks before a scheduled Crown Court trial.
Date: February 17, 2019
“What a day in Hartford!
Three state legislators and five experts (including me) testified in favor of a “Free-Range Parenting” bill at a public hearing held by the Connecticut State Legislature’s Committee on Children — and many more did so with written testimony. You can find it all here. It is outrageously inspiring. Look for S.B. (Senate Bill) 806: An Act Prohibiting a Finding of Neglect in Certain Circumstances.
Rep. Gail Lavielle (R), Rep. Tom O’Dea (R), and Sen. Will Haskell (D) spoke passionately about the need for children to have some independence. O’Dea recalled the day his son, then about 9, forgot his football helmet at practice. He made the boy ride his bike half a mile to retrieve it. His wife was a little taken aback, O’Dea admits. “But did my son forget his helmet again? Never.”
The bill would ensure it is NOT considered neglect for a parent or caregiver to let their kids walk or play outside, unsupervised.”
Date: February 17, 2019
“Call for comments
The Committee on the Rights of the Child is currently preparing Guidelines on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
The Committee invites all interested parties to comment on the current draft of the Guidelines. Comments are welcome on all aspects of the draft Guidelines, and after due consideration of inputs provided, the Committee will decide on the contents of the final version of the Guidelines.
Comments must be submitted by 31 March 2019. No submissions received after this deadline will be considered or posted on the webpage.
The draft Guidelines may be found here:
61. Child pornography is defined in article 2 OPSC as “any representation of a child engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities, regardless of the means used, or any representation of the sexual parts of a child for primarily sexual purposes”. The qualification “by whatever means” reflects the broad range of material available in a variety of media, online and offline. It includes, inter alia: visual material such as photographs, movies, drawings and cartoons; audio representations; any digital media”
“The United Nations has proposed an international initiative for all involved State parties to tighten their restrictions and prohibition of child exploitation and the proliferation and spread of that content. While on the surface this may seem like a noble effort, the prohibition of said material also extends to drawn and animated images as well, which could include all things loli.
The initiative, dubbed Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (OPSC), was proposed by the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child, also known as the CRC, with a draft guideline made available over on the OHCHR.org website.
Much of the draft centers on ways to prevent human trafficking, curbing the solicitation of child prostitution, and reducing the spread of child pornography and underage exploitation. However, on page 14 section 56, the U.N., defines what they view as child pornography, widely classifying anything that contains underage persons, whether fictional or real, stating…
“Child pornography is defined in article 2 OPSC as ‘any representation of a child engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities, regardless of the means used, or any representation of the sexual parts of a child for primarily sexual purposes’. The qualification ‘by whatever means’ reflects the broad range of material available in a variety of media, online and offline. It includes, inter alia: visual material such as photographs, movies, drawings and cartoons; audio representations; any digital media representation; live performances; written materials in print or online; and physical objects such as sculptures, toys, or ornaments.1
“The Committee urges States parties to prohibit, by law, child sexual abuse material in any form. The Committee notes that such material is increasingly circulating online, and strongly recommends States parties to ensure that relevant provisions of their Criminal Codes cover all forms of material, including when the acts listed in article 3.1(c) are committed online and including when such material represents realistic representations of non-existing children.”
It’s the United Nations…So…
…Does it really mean anything?…
…Well…given the fact that many of us live in a police state, like the United States of America, this could easily turn into the nudge, which gets the zealots pushing bills to outlaw content which no sane person considers dangerous…
…Because it’s handy having a large coalition of countries behind you, when calling for the abolition of nationally recognized protected rights.
You know there’s tons of people who want this weapon in their arsenal…even if only because, it would allow them to “legally” round us up, and take us away to concentration camps…such as prisons, and other facilities.
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Date: February 16, 2019
“It’s hard to overstate just how common jokes about men being sexually assaulted are in entertainment media. Most popular comedic actors engage in this type of humor. Jokes are typically designed to demean, humiliate, control, or emasculate a male character for being the victim, or potential victim, of sexual violence. This is the 1st of 2 video essays on this topic. Part 1 focuses on humor involving men sexually assaulting or harassing other men. Part 2 will examine media in which women are depicted as the perpetrators.”
Date: February 16, 2019
I agree…this is backwards…
It sounds like a whole lot of fuss, over what likely amounts to surface level lessons on human respect.
…Should religious groups be allowed to dictate, that non-private schools cannot teach such lessons?…And if they have such power, then what separates these schools from private religious schools?
…..Other Odyssey Islam Posts –
Date: February 15, 2019
“In this episode Sam Harris speaks with Martie Haselton about sex and gender, the role of hormones in human psychology, “Darwinian feminism,” the unique hormonal experience of women, transgenderism, the Google Memo, and other topics.
Martie Haselton is an interdisciplinary evolutionary scientist and Professor of Psychology at UCLA. She is the author of Hormonal: The Hidden Intelligence of Hormones – How They Drive Desire, Shape Relationships, Influence Our Choices, and Make Us Wiser.”
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