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Zeitgeist April 2013

by Eric TazelaarPublished: 17 April 2013
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April 17, 2013

‘America’s most wanted pedophile’ free after British judge questions U.S. justice
The story is several months old but so remarkable that we need to take note of it.
"Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor who is now managing director of Kroll Advisory Solutions, told FoxNews.com that European courts are increasingly shielding criminals from U.S. penalties they consider too harsh.Cramer said: “The European courts are starting to view U.S. courts as being so Draconian that it violates human rights."
http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Americas-most-wanted-pedophile-free-after-British-judge-questions-US-justice-186919481.html?utm_source=outbrain&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=paid

19-year-old girl arrested after having sexual relations with 9-year-old boy
Outrageously good babysitting job!
http://www.yourjewishnews.com/2013/02/w6734.html

Sex in San Diego: Are Some Men Born Pedophiles?
New Science Says Yes, But Sexologists Say Not So Fast
If they discover that pedophilia is pre-ordained, what happens next?
http://sandiegofreepress.org/2013/03/sex-in-san-diego-are-some-men-born-pedophiles-new-science-says-yes-but-sexologists-say-not-so-fast

Martijn:

Dutch Court Says Pedophilia Advocacy Group Martijn Can Continue
Judges in the Netherlands have ruled that an organization that wants to legalize pedophilia can continue to exist.
Cintia Taylor speaks with the group’s most recent leader.
A surprisingly objective report. But the group itself says it's future is unclear.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/05/dutch-court-says-pedophilia-advocacy-group-martijn-can-continue.html

Dutch Court Overturns Ban on Paedophile Association
http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/dutch-court-overturns-ban-paedophile-association-20130403

Martijn:Dutch Court Says Pedophile Club Cannot Be Outlawed
http://www.businessinsider.com/martijn-pedophile-club-is-not-illegal-2013-4#ixzz2PLY2LgbH

Appeal court reverses ban on pro-paedophile lobby group
http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/04/appeal_court_reverses_ban_on_p.php

Public prosecutor to challenge lifting of ban on pro-paedophile group
Predictably. "Meanwhile, political parties CDA and ChristenUnie are preparing draft legislation which would have the foundation banned by law." Also, predictably. http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2013/04/public_prosecutor_to_challenge.php

Inquiry told of risk posed by school-aged sex offenders
"These children can be spotted in schools. But they're not being handled well. He gets caught two times, he might be suspended. Three times, he's expelled ... and then he goes to another school," she told the inquiry. "But because of his right to privacy, the staff don't know that he's got this history."
"he... he... he's... he... he... his... he's."
Pathologizing the male child, even ones "as young as four years old".
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-04/inquiry-told-clergy-continue-to-27groom27-children/4609592

Tate removes Graham Ovenden prints after indecency conviction
Ovenden was found guilty of six charges of indecency with a child and one of indecent assault at Truro crown court Art yesterday, illegal "smut" today.
It puts the mind of the creator center stage in any determination of "child porn" for the purpose of its creation. And, for the purpose of "consumption" can we have any doubt that the mind of the "consumer" will also become (if one is not already) a factor to determine what is "child porn"? This is not an unimaginable consequence of the frighteningly broad scope and vague definition of "child porn" statutes or, for that matter, any number of other laws which are already in place. Increasingly, laws are being implemented that can be interpreted so broadly and capriciously that it is becoming impossible to know what is illegal and what is not as well as providing dangerous levels of discretion to government agents in their interpretation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/apr/03/tate-removes-graham-ovenden-prints

Fifth man sues Kevin Clash, former voice of Elmo
"Upon his arrival, Kevin Clash gave Kiadii alcohol and groomed him with attention and affection," the lawsuit says.
Oh, that diabolical GROOMING! The poor thing! How was he to know that hooking up with someone on a gay chat site would lead to "attention and affection" a.k.a. "grooming"?
Quite obviously, this has NOTHING to do with money. It's about CLOSURE. And JUSTICE.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-kevin-clash-20130402,0,2609978.story

James Goodale: It’s a bad time for press freedoms
James Goodale, chief counsel to The New York Times when its editors published the Pentagon Papers in 1971, argues that President Obama is worse for press freedom than former President Richard Nixon was.
http://www.cjr.org/critical_eye/qa_with_goodale_obama_press_fr.php?page=all

BARROW PAEDOPHILE-WATCH GROUP ORGANISERS QUESTIONED
POLICE have quizzed the organiser of a Facebook group set up to name and shame convicted paedophiles.
Vigilantes discover FaceBook as a means of satisfying their primitive urges.
http://www.in-cumbria.com/barrow-paedophile-watch-group-organisers-questioned-1.1046061

DOMA hearing leads member of The Brady Bunch to pay tribute to her gay TV dad
Susan Olsen says Robert Reed was real-life father figure but being gay 'killed him'
Cindy, that was the first intelligent thing you have ever said. Now, I want you to go upstairs, apologize to Bobby for calling him a "stinker" and give him a blowjob!
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/doma-hearing-leads-member-brady-bunch-pay-tribute-her-gay-tv-dad290313

Blind spots in electronic monitoring of sex offenders
California corrections officials find that the Global Positioning System isn't always wired for reliability.
See, I told you aluminum foil would do the trick!
http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/blind-spots-in-electronic-monitoring_2013-04-01.html?pagenum=full

More Graham Ovenden:

Artist Graham Ovenden guilty of indecency charges
Could it have been otherwise?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-21950579

Graham Ovenden: Art arguments provide no mitigation in abuse case
As much as Ovenden himself, child nudity is now on trial for the hearts and minds of society. Can we imagine it turning out well?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-21899695

Graham Ovenden lived in rambling rural idyll with a dark side
Artist portrayed Cornwall home as Eden where children could live as nature intended, but abuse of girls has now emerged
Oh yes, invariably when the desire is to cast someone as a "paedophile" their surroundings, their thoughts and their intentions become "dark", much like Dracula's castle and every bit as menacing.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/02/graham-ovenden-idyll-dark-side

Graham Ovenden: artist thrived among 1970s self-conscious decadence
New attitudes have made yesterday's hip romanticism look deeply worrying and bizarre says the Guardian's art critic 
"It is the quite crude sexual suggestiveness of some of Ovenden's pictures that now poisons them as art. Nowadays, we don't take that lightly. Ovenden's success in earlier decades shows how profoundly times and values have changed. No one can ever have looked at his pictures of children and failed to see their flirtation with sexualising the young. But once upon a time no one thought it mattered so very much."
Yes, such open-mindedness is now unimaginable. As in "you are forbidden to imagine it!". Be sure to buy up those prints quickly - before they become entirely ILLEGAL along with all child nudity!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/02/graham-ovenden-artist-1970s-decadence

Tate removes Graham Ovenden prints after indecency conviction
Ovenden was found guilty of six charges of indecency with a child and one of indecent assault at Truro crown court So, naturally, his art is now "indecent" by extension. Right?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/apr/03/tate-removes-graham-ovenden-prints

A perverted view of art
It was daft of the Tate to remove Graham Ovenden’s paintings after his indecent assault conviction.
Just the beginning, I predict.
http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13516

CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY VS PORNOGRAPHY
"I am gobsmacked and bitterly disappointed that a police force which is far better than the one I joined all those years ago and far better educated, still fails to see when it has been ambushed by the purse-lipped paragons of public morality, those zealots who can’t separate nudity from sexuality …"
Another reason to abandon FaceBook. And, I am told, that Google's Picasa now scans all images uploaded, even if the folder is kept "private" for "offensive material" which, apparently, includes simple nudity and even if it is not a photo but a painting and will then send you a little alert that it has "tagged" those images which contravene its policies. Can the cops be far behind?
The writing is on the wall: childhood nudity is about to become a thing of the past. Possibly without even rewriting the laws.
http://www.themonthly.com.au/essay/2013/04/02/1364873806/joe-dolce/child-photography-vs-pornography

From Paedogeddon to #Paedobritain - It's Not a Joke Anymore
More hysteria where all that came from. Contends that the comic sendup of Britain's obsession with child sex, the t.v. show "Paedogeddon" some years ago got it terribly wrong.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/will-black/paedogeddon-to-paedobritian_b_2973030.html

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
What they mean by that is "let's abuse children by stripping any semblance of their rights of self-determination".
Let's reflect for a moment on how many children have been abused; by their parents, by the state, and by each other because a once worthy cause- the prevention of child abuse - got hijacked by those with a very dark obsession
http://www.wtxl.com/news/april-is-child-abuse-prevention-month/article_8c6a9904-9abf-11e2-8592-0019bb30f31a.html

Australia opens national child abuse inquiry
"...more than 5,000 people expected to provide evidence of "abuse and consequential trauma".
The inquiry will look at religious groups, NGOs and state care providers as well as government agencies.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22011598

The family life of the anti-gay 11-year-old street preacher
Nolan Cranford made headlines when he was videoed shouting at gay-friendly churchgoers on Easter morning. Now a gay dad digs down into his home life.
Still, I'm not inclined to get worked-up over it. This kid and his rabid family are simply expressing the same kind of sentiments about gays that many gays themselves express about us. Yes, they're ugly and hateful sentiments but, decrying their expression in one instance while spouting them in another is sheer hypocrisy.
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/family-life-anti-gay-11-year-old-street-preacher030413

Editorial: Time to retool sex offender registry
Recommends limiting the scope of offenses to be publicly listed and possibly the length of registration.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/the-platform/editorial-time-to-retool-sex-offender-registry/article_93b11087-a7fa-5cf0-92ae-7b1f17d61feb.html

Sex offender faces charge after lobbying legislators
"Scott County Sheriff’s Detective Peter Bawden, who supervises the county’s 322 registered sex offenders, said that although sex offenders aren’t barred from being lobbyists, they have to register what they’re doing whether they’re getting paid for it or not. Even volunteer activities must be reported as changes in employment status, Bawden added."
Oh, REALLY?? No doubt, the statutes are so broadly written for just such a convenient prosecution.
http://qctimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/sex-offender-faces-charge-after-lobbying-legislators/article_dd6b0a17-d3b9-5ecc-a106-5ead06df6b44.html


Homeland Security 'Fusion' Center Director: We're Not Spying On Americans... Just Anti-Government Americans

"I do what I do because of what happened on 9/11," Davis says. "There's this urge and this feeling inside that you want to do something, and this is a perfect opportunity for me."
Right! Timothy McVeigh had the urge to "do something" also. Maybe he should be compelled to attend sex offender therapy to get control over his "urges"!
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130402/02150622543/homeland-security-fusion-center-director-were-not-spying-americans-just-anti-government-americans.shtml?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

INQUIRY TOLD OF RISK POSED BY SCHOOL-AGED SEX OFFENDERS
"Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs from the University of South Australia said she had come across child sex offenders aged as young as four."
Notice how the "child" in "child sex offenders" is coming to mean the "perpetrators", themselves. Why is it not transparently obvious to people that the "campaigners" have churned through, first the men, then the women and, having run low on those, have now moved fully on to the children themselves? Just how obvious does it have to get before the backlash begins?
http://au.news.yahoo.co, latest/a/-/latest/16554849/inquiry-told-of-risk-posed-by-school-aged-sex-offenders/

Aussie Accused of Allowing Son, Aged 13, to Visit Samui Prostitute
A rite of passage for his son, exercised in Thailand, becomes a serious felony on return to Australia.
http://phuketwan.com/tourism/aussie-accused-allowing-son-aged-visit-samui-prostitute-17842

Conservative Think Tank Supports Less Sex Offender Disclosure
And in Texas, at that!
http://www.texasobserver.org/conservative-think-tank-supports-less-sex-offender-disclosure

Feigenholtz's Legislation on Child Sex Offenders Wins Approval
The law would prevent child sex offenders from escaping prosecution, and it just gained House support. By this, they mean they are eliminating the statute of limitations. The question is, and they don't even brink it up, is if they will attempt to make it retroactive.
http://lincolnpark.patch.com/articles/feigenholtz-s-legislation-on-child-sex-offenders-wins-approval

Call for changes to working with children checks
"The fact that a person is a parent doesn't guarantee that they are suitable to work with children." 
I wonder if he has ANY evidence that such checks would have prevented any crimes?
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-05/call-for-changes-to-working-with-children-checks/4611970

Masters of our fate, captains of our soul
"Power. That’s what it’s all about, insist the bad-mouthers these days. The abuse of power... Bullshit. It’s not about power, it’s about the physical dimension of love, which inspires benevolent and nurturant feelings. That’s always been my response, based mainly on my own introspection and knowledge of really nice guys who are attracted to children, and a few women too."
http://tomocarroll.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/masters-of-our-destiny-captains-of-our-soul

Anti-gay researcher: Gays more likely to have sex with children, animals
Discredited psychologist and chairman of the Family Research Institute goes on a rant about the sex lives of gay people What an outrage! I have never ONCE had sex with an animal! Well, okay, there was that kitten that one time. What a tongue! "In the past, Cameron has also said: ‘The long term goal of the homosexual movement is to get every little boy to grab his ankles and every little girl to give it a try.’"
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anti-gay-researcher-gays-more-likely-have-sex-children-animals050413

Police Bust ‘Most Notorious Child Porn Downloader’ John Shearen
"We were able to seize anywhere from 500,000 to one million images and videos,” said Special Agent Jeff Duncan."
But, of course, no one else gets to independently verify that it really is child porn and, given the increased prosecution of "simple nudity" possessions, we will never know what this "world's largest stash" consists of. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/police-bust-most-notorious-child-porn-downloader-john-shearen

Help Tommy Help His Mom
7-year-old boy holds bake sale to raise funds for his mother, who has ALS.
http://bristol-warren.patch.com/articles/help-tommy-help-his-mom

Sex offenders make easy target for Okla. lawmakers
Oklahoma continues its downward draconian spiral with existing laws continually made worse.
http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Sex-offenders-make-easy-target-for-Okla-lawmakers-4414869.php

Risk screening worthless with juvenile sex offenders, study finds
Boys labeled as 'sexually violent predators' not more dangerous.
Of course, adult scores on the tests are also notoriously unreliable.
http://forensicpsychologist.blogspot.com/2013/04/risk-screening-worthless-with-juvenile.html

Kyrgyzstan Considers Chemical Castration For Sex Offenders

"When sex offenders are offered a more lenient sentence or early release if they subject themselves to castration, rights activists say, their consent cannot be considered "free."" Eastern bloc and Asian countries are adopting "chemical castration" in a big way.
http://www.rferl.org/content/kyrgyzstan-castration-sex-offenders/24950849.html

Serbia adopts harsher law against paedophiles
Very nasty laws, indeed!
http://www.businessghana.com/portal/news/index.php?op=getNews&news_cat_id=&id=181185

Sexual Abuse Of Incarcerated Youth: Prisons, Jails Required To Help Prevent Assaults
One in eight detained youths are sexually abused, according to a 2010 study by the Bureau of Justice, the most recent comprehensive report on the subject to date.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/sexual-abuse-of-incarcerated-youth_n_3016687.html?utm_hp_ref=crime

Explain 10-year-old child locked up by cops, says Supreme Court to UP
The Supreme Court wants an explanation for why a 10-year-old girl was locked up by women constables in Uttar Pradesh after her mother said the child had been sexually assaulted.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/explain-10-year-old-child-locked-up-by-cops-says-supreme-court-to-up-352266

Bill expanding definition of a 'sex act' passes Iowa Legislature
"amends the definition to include “ejaculation onto the person of another.”"
Very much like what lawmakers are doing to all of us.
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20130408/NEWS/130408028/Bill-expanding-definition-sex-act-passes-Iowa-Legislature?nclick_check=1

Guest post on federal sentencing data and costs of incarceration for child porn offenses
Confirmed: child porn sentences are longer than those of any other federal crimes.
http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2013/04/guest-post-on-federal-sentencing-data-and-costs-of-incarceration-for-child-porn-offenses.html

Sex-offender program changes reviewed by Minnesota House committee
Minnesota has the highest number of civilly committed sex offenders per capita.
http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_22998086/minnesota-house-sex-offender-program-changes-reviewed-by

Gay marriage: a case study in conformism

Anyone who values diversity of thought and tolerance of dissent should find the sweeping consensus on gay marriage terrifying.
He's wrong about gay marriage, of course, but he's right that we should be terrified of the intolerance of dissent sweeping our society. He just doesn't correctly identify where that intolerance most cruelly lies.
http://www.spiked-online.com/site/article/13518




 
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