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Zeitgeist April 2012

by Eric TazelaarPublished: 6 April 2012
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April 6, 2012

Buckets of boys' urine are collected from primary school toilets in China
It is the key ingredient in "virgin boy eggs"

Yes. Really. We're not making this up. Happy and blessed Easter! May all of your eggs be yellow! Much more fun than simply dying them different colors. I don't expect to see this on the menu at Denny's or IHOP here in the U.S. anytime soon.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/29/us-china-urine-eggs-idUSBRE82S0EE20120329?feedType=RSS&feedName=everything&virtualBrandChannel=11563

'QR codes' replace milk cartons in quest to find missing children
Yet still, these organizations refuse to acknowledge the vanishing rarity of stranger abductions. It just doesn't serve their purposes.
http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_20329556/qr-codes-replace-milk-cartons-quest-find-missing

Interesting Google Tool: "NGRAM"
In this case, the frequency of the word "pedophile" as it is used in books from 1970 until 2007
http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=pedophile&year_start=1969&year_end=2008&corpus=0&smoothing=0

Soft Sciences Want to be Hard"
BUT-CHUH AREN'T BLANCHE, YUH AREN'T!" I think the following NYT article hits the nail on the head as far as we are concerned. A lot of the bullshit used to demonize us and keep people in mental institutions is in the form of theoretical models that have no basis in empirical data.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/opinion/sunday/the-social-sciences-physics-envy.html 

Young Writers Dazzle Publisher (Mom and Dad) Self-publishing for the younger set

Some critics talk about "sending the wrong message" (i.e. encouraging young authors) and one asshole compares youthful authorship to doing dentistry or architecture (and why not on the latter).
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/us/young-writers-find-a-devoted-publisher-thanks-mom-and-dad.html

Community Fights To Keep Sex Offender Out

Systematic harassment used to force evictions of sex offenders.
http://www.wisn.com/r/30765628/detail.html

The Afghan girls who live as boys

Ancient cultural gender bending.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15262680

Palm Springs Nudist Resort Bans Children
A few decades ago naturist resorts actively sought to get families. How times have changed.
http://www.myvalleynews.com/story/62723/

Vigilante-style attack on suspected paedophile
The U.K. phenomenon of vigilantism continues.
http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/crime/vigilante-style-attack-on-suspected-paedophile-1-3672196

Most young sex criminals don't re-offend: study
But then, most "sex criminals" of any age don't, either.
http://www.thelocal.ch/national/20120328_2958.html

Missouri House passes sex offender bill
As Churchill said, “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” More signs of push-back against the evil registration laws.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/political-fix/missouri-house-passes-sex-offender-bill/article_4353f458-789d-11e1-a594-001a4bcf6878.html

Residency Restrictions Litigation
Taking on Texas. More challenges like this are needed. http://texasvoices.org/lawsuit/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TexasVoices+%28Texas+Voices%29&utm_content=Google+Readerhttp://%20%28Paste%20link%20here%29

A Boy's Best Friend Is A Pig
Actually, rather heartbreaking. Thanks to government.
http://www.961kiss.com/pages/freakshowpage2.html?article=9958261

Bill seeks to seal criminal records to prevent "permanent underclass"

"ex-offenders are being pushed "to the margins of society to become part of a permanent underclass with little chance of flourishing and providing opportunities to their children beyond the pale of poverty”  http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-muckrakers/2012/03/bill-seeks-to-seal-criminal-records-to-keep-some-ex-offenders-from-becoming-permanent-underclass/

Man convicted of violating sex offender registry he shouldn't be on

Convicted for living "too close to a swimming pool". Was supposed to have been removed from the registry years before.
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/17269130/man-convicted-of-violating-sex-offender-registry-he-shouldnt-be-on

Congress considers bills (Affecting Registered Sex Offenders) behind closed doors without advising the public of content of bills
How Congress passes laws in secret and who they are targeting.
http://sexoffenderresearch.blogspot.com/2012/03/action-alert-congress-considers-bills.html

No sex offenders in Delridge Supportive Housing project
Public housing banishment, less well-known than the other forms of banishment.
http://westseattleblog.com/2012/03/no-sex-offenders-in-delridge-supportive-housing-project-says-desc

Texas Ban on Photographing People Without Their Consent
“With Intent to Arouse or Gratify the Sexual Desire of Any Person” In other words, a thought crime. Guess whose thoughts it will apply to.
http://volokh.com/2012/03/28/texas-ban-on-photographing-people-without-their-consent-with-intent-to-arouse-or-gratify-the-sexual-desire-of-any-person/

Women's Funding Network Sex Trafficking Study Is Junk Science
What's amazing is that so many believe it. After thirty years of hysteria and lies and the public is still eating it up.
http://www.sfweekly.com/2011-03-23/news/sex-trafficking-fake-study-womans-funding-network-deborah-richardson-nick-pinto/

Aston Twp. repeals law targeting sex offenders
A.C.L.U. targets residency restriction laws.
http://delcotimes.com/articles/2012/03/28/news/doc4f73c1e76fb7b962609046.txt

Illinois moving to toughen sex-offender registration law
Kissing up to A.W.A.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/illinois-moving-to-toughen-sex-offender-registration-law/article_a97ac7ee-791e-11e1-994a-001a4bcf6878.html

Rick Santorum Tells Boy Not to Use Pink Bowling Ball
Now there's real presidential material!
http://www.hrc.org/press-releases/entry/rick-santorum-tells-boy-not-to-use-pink-bowling-ball

Protesters: Village Voice helps sell kids for sex
More silly hysteria about a non-existent phenomenon.
http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/national/689627/Protesters-Village-Voice-helps-sell-kids-for-sex.html

Russia’s Parliament to consider bill against ‘gay propaganda’
Sex hysteria has proven to be such a useful tool for distracting the masses from real concerns in the West, why not use it in Russia?  http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/as_widely_expected_russian_parliament_considers_national_ban_on_gay_propaganda

CDC: U.S. kids with autism up 78% in past decade
But is it real?
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/29/health/autism/index.html

Irate father chains young boy to pole by his neck after he skipped school to play computer games
Will he be sentenced to umpteen years in prison? Will he be permanently incapacitated for the rest of his life. I think not. http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/angry_dad_in_cambodia_chains_his_son_13_to_pole_by_his_neck

Voluntary sex causes as many injuries as rape
Could it be the basis for wrongful convictions?
http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/voluntary_sex_causes_as_many_injuries_as_rape

Impressive moves by 12 year old skateboarder
Thrilling! And dangerous! But I can't imagine telling him not to do it.
http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/first_ever_1080_landed_by_12_year_old_skateboarder_tom_schaar
also this:
http://www.redbullusa.com/cs/Satellite/en_US/Video/first-ever-1080-skate-021243187233817

Arkansas parole board assessing total internet ban for all released sex offenders
Perhaps behind some of this is the growing awareness that a backlash against tyranny will be organized almost entirely through the use of the Internet.
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/393369e3911a4e0b80a836d978b86346/AR--Sex-Offenders-Internet

More about this Arkansas story
Waiting for "The Supremes" to weigh in.
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2012/04/arkansas-parole-board-assessing-total-internet-ban-for-all-released-sex-offenders.html
 

The Problem With "Bully": The new documentary dangerously oversimplifies the connection between bullying and suicide
Bullies are a problem. But the biggest bully of them all is our government. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/bulle/2012/03/bully_documentary_lee_hirsch_s_film_dangerously_oversimplifies_the_connection_between_bullying_and_suicide_.single.html

A father responds to his gay 7-year-old
Touching! Everyone should have such a father.
http://www.salon.com/2012/03/30/a_father_responds_to_his_gay_7_year_old/

Traditional Background Checks of Bus Drivers Won’t Stop Child Molesters from Driving Kids to School
Don Dymer, president and chief executive officer of SingleSource Services background screening corporation warns of limitations of relying strictly on criminal record reports. No, instead he would have everyone who comes into contact with children take the "Diana Screen®" test. Which he just happens to be selling. How convenient!
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9349959.htm

New map updates sex offender loitering, residency restrictions
"MPD regularly conducts random compliance checks, which entail officers entering homes unannounced to ensure offenders are not living in areas they are not supposed to".  http://www.timesrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/548158/New-map-updates-sex-offender-loitering--residency-restrictions.html?nav=5005

Recidivism by sexually abusive adolescents - From 1943 - 2008 (7.73% recidivism)
Yet another study confirming low recidivism:
http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2012/03/hi-recidivism-by-sexually-abusive.html

Neighbors think suspicious van’s driver is on sex offender registry
A van driving slowly through the neighborhood creates a major panic, complete with t.v. news reporters.
http://wtvr.com/2012/03/30/neighbors-think-suspicious-vans-driver-is-on-sex-offender-registry/


Stray bullet wounds Minneapolis police officer during hunt for sex offender
The bullet was fired by another cop. What were they doing shooting bullets, anyway?
http://www.twincities.com/ci_20297842/minneapolis-police-officer-wounded-by-stray-bullet-hunt

Warning over need for safeguards in email and web monitoring plan
Or they could do just as the Americans have done, just don't acknowledge that they're collecting all emails and phone conversations. Much easier!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17580906

Dad on how minor pot offenses led to son's "execution"
More evidence of the militarization of the police.
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2012/03/christian_valdez_pot_offense_execution.php?print=true

Police investigate report of stranger giving Troy child $5, walking away
"What are they going to do when they catch him?  I'm pretty sure there is no crime in giving away money.  I know we like to forget about personal rights and freedoms when children are concerned, but the "perpetrator" still has them and it's going to be hard to prove that he broke any laws. " - Comment from one reader.
http://www.bnd.com/2012/03/30/2122521/police-investigate-report-of-stranger.html


Westhampton Sex Offender Trailer Could be Closed Soon
Get yer pitchforks and your torches! 
http://westhampton-hamptonbays.patch.com/articles/westhampton-sex-offender-trailer-could-be-moved-soon#photo-8308827

Sex-Offender Registries List Individuals Not Living in Community
Another report about the high error rates of registries.
http://www.newswise.com/articles/sex-offender-registries-in-five-states-inflate-counts-by-43-percent

Megan's Law: Not the best approach?
A horrible tragedy caused by hysterical and unjust sex laws destroys family.
http://www.recorderonline.com/news/frances-52259-girl-law.html

Colorado bill would strip DAs' ability to charge some kids as adults
They'll just have to get more creative.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20299956/colorado-bill-would-strip-das-ability-charge-some

PLANS to monitor millions of emails, texts and website visits are vital to trap killers like Ian Huntley and smash paedo rings, Theresa May declares today.
She's the U.K. Home Secretary. This is exactly what is already happening in the U.S. now, in secret. An enormous new complex is being built, far away from prying eyes in Utah, to warehouse the massive computer farms necessary to store and interpret unfathomable amounts of data.
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4235448/Theresa-May-says-web-spies-will-trap-killers-like-Ian-Huntley.html

Ohio Supreme Court finds required juve sex offender registration unconstitutional on numerous grounds
Cruel and all too usual.
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2012/04/ohio-supreme-court-finds-required-juve-sex-offender-registration-unconstitutional-on-numerous-ground.html

Many Parents Not Taking Kids Outside to Play
When I was a kid, the challenge was getting back in.
http://digg.com/newsbar/topnews/many_parents_not_taking_kids_outside_to_play

Child sex offence every 20 minutes NSPCC: Paedo scourge is like a disease and must be blitzed
You know, "blitzed" like when the Germans scared the bejeezus out of London. As for the statistics - they must be true - after all, they come from the Rupert Murdoch empire itself! So you can take those "facts" to the bank!
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4237695/Child-sex-offence-every-20-minutes.html

Sexuality + Youth + Technology = Panic 
Dr. Marty Klein is one of those rare individuals willing to challenge the panic.
http://sexualintelligence.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/youth-technology-sexuality/

US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge!
Hey! It worked as an excuse for Janet Reno at Waco!
http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/04/04/1226249/us-government-theres-child-porn-on-the-megaupload-servers-judge




 
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