Sunday, August 11, 2019

"The Media Lies About Trump's Charlottesville Comments"




The Media Lies About Trump’s Charlottesville Comments”, by PragerU, dissects President Trump’s comments about “very fine people” on both sides.


PragerU (Steve Cortez, Real Clear Politics( claims that the mainstream media deliberately mislead the public on who Trump was criticizing and who he was praising.  Trump was talking about the non-violent groups attending, not the violent radicals. 

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Amazon Prime stirs controversy by offering a Canadian documentary on the biological roots of pedophilia in men


I noticed on YouTube that conservative BlazeTV commentator Lauren Chen has a “review” of the 2016 Amazon Prime documentary “I, Pedophile: Understanding the Mental Illness” by Matthew Campea, written with Robin Benger, 50 minutes, produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, MID, and Flame.

I watched it “free” on Prime this morning, and rather than give a trailer I’ll embed Lauren’s 15-minute commentary (with a male companion).


The film interviews subjects (one or more played by actors) and psychiatrists or researchers in Canada (Abbotsford BC (S of Vancouver), and a support group in Peterborough, ON, near Toronto), in Rochester MN (USA), and in Germany, where the legal climate makes research practical to do. It does present the ruthless social stigma, but that is usually shared against all registered sex offenders.

The film presents medical data from cat scans of brains and various studies saying that men who are attracted to pre-pubescent minors (usually girls, usually heterosexual) have unusual wiring in the connective tissues of their brains, and have other anomalies: more likely to be short and left-handed. (The latter is not normally a negative thing:  about one third of Major League Baseball is left-handed, so this is an odd thing to mention.)

The film also says that some pedophiles don’t act, and that others who interact with children aren’t biological pedophiles, so I’m not quite sure what sense that makes.  The film maintains that actual activity may come from psychopathy, but other temptation may come from misinterpreting signals from others (schizotypal reactions).  Some of this dichotomy was covered by Chris Hansen’s series on NBC more than a decade ago, “To Catch a Predator”.
  
It also mentions ephebophilia without much explanation. It would not be abnormal to be interested in a young adult (post-teen) about to enter biological "summer solstice".  Maybe the harm is that older poeple are then ignored.

Some viewers might be surprised that Amazon offers this content at all, but talking “about” something does not promote it.  Amazon flashed an ad that seemed a little inappropriate, “The Pedophile Hunters”.  I’ll skip the usual embedded ad link for this (today’s) film.
  
The film does make the “inconvenient truth” point that a biological cause does not always provide a person with justification for protection from discrimination.  So that throws society back to looking at everything and deciding what is acceptable with a democratic process;  nothing is taken for granted.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

CBS video on El Paso incident motive


I won’t make my own coverage of the events in El Paso today melodramatic.

CBS has the best video so far on possible motive and the role of Internet radicalization (if that is mainly what happened; it may not be.) 


I have seen the four pages on Twitter of what is believed to be the perpetrator’s “manifesto”.  This entry would probably have been deleted by now.

The last page has tactical information that would be incitement and illegal under US law.

The other pages are familiar “replacement” ideology, but make a curious reference to “dirty work” and elitism that admittedly was an issue for me when I was younger.

In sum, this document has the stamp of both the far Left and far Right.

Here is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s description (not that SPLC is always accurate). 
  
The Internet radicalization of some people (besides the chan sites, even on major social media sites and YouTube, despite all the de-platformings and censorship controversies) seems to come from the business model (clickbait) that drives the Internet.  This is very disturbing.

Later this evening the New York Times offered a more detailed discussion in an article by Tim Arango et al.