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Jul. 16th, 2008

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Writer's Block: You, the Movie

If your life was made into a movie, what type of movie would you want it to be? Who would you choose to play yourself? Who would play the important people in your life?
 Probably David Niven in the Movie Around the World in 80 Days

Jul. 9th, 2008

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The vexed moral question concerning Paedophilia

In recent years and more particularly in the last few days in Queensland, Australia public outcry amongst the media about Paedophilia has been well quite palpable amongst the radio talk-back, shock-jocks.

Paedophilia or child molestation is considered one of the most heinous of criminal offences. In recent years most
paedophiles receive very harsh prison sentences. In addition when they enter prison they are subjected to prison violence from inmates, many leading to death for perpetrating the crime of paedophilia.

In recent days here in Queensland political activist groups such as "Bravehearts" have campaigned vigourously against recently released Convicted Paedophile Denis Ferguson. Citing that he cannot control his urges. period. Demanding that he permanently incarcerated or monitored 24 hours a day even after completing their sentence.

The term paedophilia erotica was coined in 1886 by the Viennese psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing in his writing Psychopathia Sexualis.He gave the following characteristics:(1.)

The sexual interest is toward pre-pubescent youth only. This interest does not extend to the first signs of pubic hair. The sexual interest is toward pre-pubescent youths only and does not include teenagers. The sexual interest remains over time. Adults sexually attracted to pre-pubescent youths were placed into three categories by Krafft-Ebing:

a.) pedophile b.) surrogate (that is, the pre-pubescent youths are regarded as a substitute object for a preferred, non-available adult object) c.) sadistic Other researchers used their own terms for the Krafft-Ebing categories:

a.) preferential/structured/fixed (i. e. pedophile) type, b.) situational/opportunistic/regressed/incest (i. e. surrogate) type c.) sadistic (no change)

Many of the perpetrators of these crimes were themselves a victim of Paedophilia in their childhood. Often from Orphanages of Boarding Schools particularly it seems from the Catholic ones it seems where celibacy is encouraged. Secretly though Paedophilia was perpetrated amongst the young boys attending these places.
Groups such as brave hearts are calling for the introduction of something called Megans Law Megan's Law was passed after Megan Nicole Kanka was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 1994 by her neighbour Jesse Timmendequas, a repeat sex offender who lived across the street.

Megan's parents Richard and Maureen circulated a petition demanding immediate legislative action to ensure communities were warned about sex offenders in their areas, with the petition garnering more than 400,000 signatures.

The law – which supporters argue gives parents the ability to protect their children by making them aware of the presence of convicted sex offenders – was enacted in an unprecedented 89 days.

Megan's home state of New Jersey was the first to pass the law in 1994, with federal legislation following in 1995 requiring every state to develop a procedure for notifying the public when a person convicted of certain crimes is released near their homes.

State laws now require people convicted of specified sex crimes to register as sex offenders with their local law enforcement agencies after release from jail or a mental hospital.

The information is made public and can be accessed through local police and each state's Megan's Law website.

More than 614,000 sex offenders are registered across the US.

Each state offers varying information on offenders, with most including a photograph and the offender's criminal convictions.

Some states provide a residential address for the offender, while others only offer a postcode.
Other information that certain states provide range from descriptions of offenders' tattoos and details of their vehicles.

This raises a important vexed moral issue which the public is rarely asked to consider. Given that the behaviour appears to have been somehow learned after a act against them should the adult perpetrators be considered so culpable for their crimes given that the child was left in moral danger in the first place.

If you want my opinion well I would say that better methods of dealing with paedophilia is needed. The arcade method of locking them up and throwing away the key is so 19th Century. Sure Paedophilia needs to be looked at seriously and offenders need to be accountable for their actions. But to consider the crime more heinous that other rapes of murders is wrong. In recent times the Queensland Government under political duress by the likes of 'Bravehearts' a lobby group set up by the very political effective Hetty Johnson has attempted to have the legal papers of Paedophiles marked 'Never to be released'. I think this is wrong, this is cruel and unusual punishment for those that were innocent victims in the first place. References(1.) Wikipedia.

Jun. 2nd, 2008

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I am a Freshman

 please feel free to ' freind request' me, comment on my Blog or anything else.
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Rue De Paris

So what's in a name?
Most streets are the same,
But here there is an air,
And you'll know when your there,
It's that French Saviour-Faire.

 

 

 

 


  When I took the S" out of my avatar on my  internet blog sites  name to reveal clearly to all and sundry my real everyday name! namely ; Barry Rutherford.
The reason I commented on this topic and raised it again today is that copyright and brand names are a multi-billion dollar business. The more you think about the more important you can see in thew world's how brands are important. Whether it is Coca-Cola,Pepsi,Volvo,Ford,Macey's Tiffany & Company or Mercedes; We realise how maintain the name and the image of the name is so important. Similarly if the image is high the the commercial value of that Brand is high and can demand greater revenue.
Contrary to that if the Brand is damaged, through mistakes or recklessness or whatever the revenue stream usually begins to dry up. Take Enron for instance for a period of time it probably had one of the biggest cash flows of all companies in a America before it's reputation was damaged. Any whisper of malpractice or illegality in it's staff or Directors can result in people defaulting on the money they owe the company. As well Banks tend to call in their loans on such information. and so a and so forth...


Back to the Branding and naming topic Similar to me taking the "S" out of my Newsvine Avatar a company well known here in Australia MYER similarly took out the "S" in their name in the 1970's. A Management Consultant demanded and received over a Million dollars for advising Myer's to do just that. Take the "S" out of Myer's and producer MYER. Now people shop at MYER not Myer's.

 

Jun. 1st, 2008

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Its all over !





Rupert Murdoch says that Barack Obama will win the next US Presidential Election. Period.

"He's (Obama) like a Rock Star Im looking forward to meeting Him !" Rupert Murdoch said yesterday in a Video Conference.

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Writer's Block: Goblin for a day.

Let's say you're a hobgoblin for 24 hours. What sort of havoc would you wreak? Or: If a baby of unknown origins suddenly fell into your care, would you keep it? What would you name it?
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May. 31st, 2008

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." - H.

 Ride a bike and save the world
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race." - H.G. Wells

Science has had a tremendous impact on the planet in an incredibly short time. In just the past few hundred of our 150,000 years on Earth, we have invented everything from steam engines, cars, and airplanes to sophisticated weapons and supercomputers. And the pace at which we keep inventing more complex and fascinating machines is increasing. Some of our inventions have been a great boon, some have been harmful, and some, such as cars, have turned out to be a mixed blessing.

But one invention is so efficient, beneficial, and simple that it may be the best thing we’ve ever made. People across the land will celebrate that invention as we ride into June, Bike Month. The "modern" version of the bicycle with pedals and cranks was invented by French carriage-maker Ernest Michaux in 1861. It’s come a long way since then, but whether it’s a high-tech racing bike or a one-gear street cruiser, the bike is still a marvel of ingenuity. In fact, it may well be the most efficient form of transportation yet invented.

The best part of the bike is that you, the rider, are the engine. The fuel is what you eat and drink. Putting the human engine together with the gears, wheels, and frame of a bike gives you a mode of transportation that uses less energy even than walking. As for our most popular method of getting around, the automobile, there’s no comparison. According to the WorldWatch Institute, a bicycle needs 35 calories per passenger mile, while a car uses 1,860. Buses and trains are somewhere in between.
 
During Bike Month, it’s worth thinking about the potential this amazing invention offers. With oil prices climbing and environmental damage from car emissions increasing, bikes are becoming a more attractive form of urban transportation every day. Cleaner air, reduced congestion, safer streets, and lower noise levels are just a few of the benefits. As more people get out of their cars and onto their bikes, they’ll also become fitter, leading to lower health-care spending. The money that could be saved nationally on things like health care - not to mention the infrastructure required to keep so many cars on the road - reaches into the billions, but the money an individual can save on fuel, insurance, and maintenance costs alone is also substantial. And because biking is a lot of fun, it will probably increase what the people of Bhutan call "gross national happiness"!

But we still have a ways to go. Canadians and Americans use bikes for fewer than one in a hundred trips - although in Vancouver where I live, it’s a bit higher, at about 2.3 per cent. Compare that to the 20 to 35 per cent of trips taken by bike in the European Union and 50 per cent in China. (Unfortunately, the trend is reversing in China as the country embraces car culture.)

Shifting from car dependence will take action at the individual level, with more people simply deciding to get on their bikes, but governments must also do more to make it easier for people to ride bikes. And they can. In just three years, from 1998 to 2001, Mayor Enrique Peñalosa of Bogotá, Colombia, turned his city of 6.5 million from a gridlocked parking lot into a city where public spaces live up to their name. He did this by restricting car use, increasing gas taxes, and building hundreds of kilometres of bike and pedestrian paths, as well as investing in buses.

Making our streets safer for cyclists by giving them space to ride is an essential first step. The investment required is far less than that required for infrastructure for cars. Tax breaks for cyclists also help. Last year in Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty removed the provincial sales tax on bike helmets and bikes costing less than $1,000. Bikes are also exempt from PST in B.C., and the province’s $100 carbon-tax rebate could be put toward buying a bike or tuning up your old bike.

Employers can also help out by offering secure bike parking and showers for those who work up a sweat on the way to work.

Of course, cycling isn’t a panacea. In parts of Canada, the weather isn’t always conducive to cycling. And not everyone has the strength to ride up the hills in some of our cities. But if more of us choose bikes whenever possible, using public transport or at least energy-efficient vehicles when we can’t ride, we’d all be much better off.

So, get on your bike in June, and maybe you’ll like it enough to make it your preferred method of transportation year-round.

Take David Suzuki's Nature Challenge and learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.

Article reproduced courtesy of the David Suzuki Foundation.
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Writer's Block: I'm Ashamed of...

What are you ashamed of?
 spending more than i earn !
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Bipolar Disorder: Who's not Afraid to admit they have it ?

<header><strong>Hollywood movie legend & star and of the "Mad Max" movies Mel Gibson just days ago came out with the long dark secret that he had Manic Depression or Bipolar disorder and had suffered silently with the condition for many years.</strong></header> Like most bipolar suffers he was afraid to 'come out' and reveal that he suffered from the serious and often debilitating condition.

Second only to Schizophrenia in it's pathology. Often suffers have dysfunction lives, few long term relationships, jobs, or independent means of support.
Because of the stigma associated with being as they say 'mad'  then often the condition is kept secret from just about everyone.
Gibson said "I had really good highs but some very low lows," Gibson said. "I found out recently I'm manic depressive."
More often than not though suffers keep the condition under there hat  Often struggling  emotionally with the condition as it takes it's toll. Many suffers pay the ultimate sacrifice to the condition by taking their own lives. Often suffers engage in bizarre behaviour with long term painful consequences. Such as checking into five-star hotels with delusions of grandeur. Literally going crazy with credit cards, check books and loans so much so that one short shopping spree lasting only weeks can put them in debt for years. or result in them or other filing for bankruptcy and or going to gaol.  Winston Churchill is another famous person who is said to have suffered from the condition. Often he could go for weeks in the manic phase living without sleep. Eventually the 'black dog' as he would say, returned and he would submerge into deep depression. Research on the condition still has a long way to go. Doctors and drug companies say that it is easily treatable.   Patients however know better and often scorn at the side effects oftaking drugs.
 Lithium has become the major drug used to manage Bipolar-Disorder.  Discovered by accident by Australian John Cade it has been the mainstay of treatment  for  the last thirty to forty years.  In More recent years   Epilum or Sodium Valpronate is often prescribed.  Patients often complain that they feel like a Zombie or in a 'mental straight jacket 'after being sedated with these medications .  Unable to access the emotional highs that they once experieinced.  Patients often yearn for these manic highs.  Just like a drug user does.  For this reason many  patients often fail deliberately to continue to take drugs and as a result acute episodes of the disorder arrive with greater frequency. 

<strong>Sufferers are urged by this column and by professionals in the field world wide to seek ongoing help, support and treatment.
A particular eminent advocate and World-Wide expert Authority and personal sufferer of the condition  is Psychiatrist at the John Hopkins Medical School  Professor  Kay   Redfield-Jamison</strong>