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How To Prosecute A Revenge Porn Profiteer?

Okay, last post. Can they get this guy for running a porn site? There are a lot of rules and regulations operators have to abide by, including obtaining the consent of the models and verifying that they are even of the age of consent. I think this guy has gotten himself into quite a pickle, as my grandmother would say. I think there are already laws on the books that pertain to his shenanigans.

December 18, 2013 at 7:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How To Prosecute A Revenge Porn Profiteer?

I do agree that it is not identity theft. But it is libel if someone manipulates the photo so that it is only the woman's face and not her body. As far as women losing their jobs and "reputations": whoever is visiting such a site is of questionable moral fiber; they have a reputation, and a job, to lose, as well.

By the way, according to another news source, he is also being charged with extortion. Rightly so. He had quite a racket going: charge the guy to post the photo; charge the victim to remove it. Guess he didn't need a legitimate job.

December 18, 2013 at 7:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How To Prosecute A Revenge Porn Profiteer?

From the article: "Citron is currently helping to craft a law in her own state of Maryland. 'I'm calling for us to see it as a problem,' she said. 'In the way that we didn't see domestic violence and sexual harassment as a problem until the women's movement sort of made us see it as a serious social problem. I think we're in some sense replaying history.'"

The technology has changed but the underlying problem has not. Who even goes to visit such a website, and then harasses these women? Never mind post a photo, knowing she will be harangued. Those who have such severe shame issues that they need to shame others, I guess. That is the real issue that needs to be addressed. Why do these young men have such shame issues in this day and age? Very sad. We still need to make a lot of progress in the area of sexuality.

December 18, 2013 at 6:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Veterans Group Planning Challenge Of Judge's Order To Remove Soledad Cross

Yep. 1954. Back when the cross was meant to declare that only white Christians could purchase property in La Jolla. In fact, it was originally called the Mount Soledad Easter Cross. There have been a lot of shenanigans - after litigation was started - to attempt to reinvent it as a war memorial after the fact, to camouflage its original intent.

All's I can say is that I hope this group reimburses the taxpayers for all the time they are wasting on this issue. The Supreme Court has already declined to hear the case. The group has nothing to do but remove the cross. Some years back, a church volunteered to take it. So give it to them already.

December 14, 2013 at 9:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Atheist Group Looks To Spread Non-Belief

A few more thoughts, given in a kind and helpful light:

Why the need to bash on the beliefs of others: there is no heaven; there is no hell, theistic pretzels vs the power of cheezits, etc. Why not just say Relax; enjoy life. And then role model the enjoyment of life.

By the way, Carl Sagan was not an atheist. In the good words of Carl Sagan: “An atheist is someone who is certain that God does not exist, someone who has compelling evidence against the existence of God. I know of no such compelling evidence. Because God can be relegated to remote times and places and to ultimate causes, we would have to know a great deal more about the universe than we do now to be sure that no such God exists. To be certain of the existence of God and to be certain of the nonexistence of God seem to me to be the confident extremes in a subject so riddled with doubt and uncertainty as to inspire very little confidence indeed.” Another quote: ""Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual."

I am reminded of the song "What the world needs now is love, sweet love." It's the only thing there is just too little of. Imho, the need for analytical reasoning in one's life needs to be balanced by spirituality, a feeling of awe for the immensity of the universe -- and treating others with empathy.

Kind regards to all,

November 23, 2013 at 8:06 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Atheist Group Looks To Spread Non-Belief

Statistics show that 20% of Americans are religiously unaffiliated - and those numbers are rising. In fact, amongst young people the percentage is fully one third. At the same time, people still have a need for community. A place to congregate. People who care when you are sick, have a death in the family - or get a promotion, get married and/or have a child. This aspect of community used to be addressed by religious institutions; sounds like this group is filling a need.

~LaVoix Brixey

November 22, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sen. Dianne Feinstein To Introduce Gun Control Legislation

Making guns illegal in order to reduce gun violence is about as smart as removing cars from our society to reduce motor vehicle fatalities. (About the same number of people are killed in cars as the number of people killed in gun violence in the U.S.: approximately 30,000 per year.) Yes, making everyone walk everywhere will reduce motor vehicle fatalities. And it will even make society more physically fit, as a side-benefit. Nevertheless, people are willing to take their chances every time they get into their car. And I for one am also willing to take my chances on not being a victim of gun violence. To me, it is an acceptable risk of living in a free society.

On a practical note, banning semi-automatic rifles - or even all guns - is not at all effective in reducing gun violence. (Handguns account for the vast majority of gun violence.) First, of the 30,000 gun fatalities, more than 1/2 were suicides. People who are seriously suicidal will simply find an alternative method. And second, only the law-abiding will give up their guns. Washington DC had a ban for many years. Chicago too. Didn't do anything to reduce violence, just the opposite in fact. Law-abiding citizens are defenseless while the criminals continue to be armed.

Do I know the answer to reducing gun violence? No, but I do note that the vast majority of gun owners are responsible, law-abiding citizens. Perhaps we need to focus of getting more mental health help to depressed individuals, as well as to those who are willing to take out their grief and frustration on others.

December 25, 2012 at 12:33 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kiss Statue Leads To Resignations, Disappointment

@Len: Would like to know your source. An article I read quotes the woman as saying "“This guy grabbed me and we kissed. And then I turned one way and he turned the other. There was no way to know who he was, but I didn’t mind because he was someone who had fought for me.”

No where can I find where she felt she was "assaulted", as you state.

March 24, 2012 at 9:43 p.m. ( | suggest removal )