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Mary, Officer Paul and Laura.

Mary, Officer Paul and Laura.

How to Bring a Dead Man to Justice

We set out to dance on the grave of the grandfather who molested us as children. We never got there, but what happened instead changed our lives

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” 

Maya Angelou

When Mary Lovely and her cousin Laura Parrott-Perry were two little girls. They were both sexually abused by their grandfather from the time Mary was eight until she was fourteen and Laura was seven until she was nine.

Mary didn’t talk about it for 35 years.

She remembers being in the kitchen as a youngster around twelve and overhearing her parents talking with Laura’s dad.  In the midst of a bitter divorce, he was angry because Laura had told her mother she had been molested by her grandfather. Her mother believed her. He didn’t.

It was the first time Mary spoke up. “I tried to communicate to my uncle and my parents that he had done that to me too, but the conversation didn’t go as I had thought it would,” she said. “They asked me why I hadn’t told them before and then they were silent. My story was buttoned up, never mentioned again and that was the end of it. Why wouldn’t they listen to me? I thought it was because I was bad.”

The two cousins were kept apart from each other from then on. Laura never had to see that side of the family again. Mary continued to suffer the abuse until she was 14. Both said their grandfather had stolen the child within them and referred to themselves as ‘ancient ruins’ before they were ten.

“As abuse victims, we all continue to carry this dark, dark shame,” said Laura. “We don’t want anyone to know about it. We are told it is ‘unspeakable.’  So, you don’t speak about it and you carry it around in this little pocket in your heart and it infects everything. You leave it alone and it’s toxic.”

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1534393_10153369876453834_3199743508034097054_nDee Dee Wanted Her Daughter To Be Sick, Gypsy Wanted Her Mother To Be Murdered

Dee Dee Blancharde was a model parent: a tireless single mother taking care of her gravely ill child. But after Dee Dee was killed, it turned out things weren’t as they appeared — and her daughter Gypsy had never been sick at all

For seven years before the murder, Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blancharde lived in a small pink bungalow on West Volunteer Way in Springfield, Missouri. Their neighbours liked them. “’Sweet’ is the word I’d use,” a former friend of Dee Dee’s said not too long ago. Once you met them, people said, they were impossible to forget.

Dee Dee was 48 years old, originally from Louisiana. She was a large, affable-looking person, which she reinforced by dressing in bright, cheerful colors. She had curly brown hair she liked to hold back with ribbons. People who knew her remember her as generous with her time and, when she could be, generous with money. She could make friends quickly and inspire deep devotion. She did not have a job, but instead served as a full-time caretaker for Gypsy Rose, her teenage daughter.

Gypsy was a tiny thing, perhaps 5 feet tall as far as anyone could guess. She was confined to a wheelchair. Her round face was overwhelmed by a pair of owlish glasses. She was pale and skinny, and her teeth were crumbling and painful. She had a feeding tube. Sometimes Dee Dee had to drag an oxygen tank around with them, nasal cannula looped around Gypsy’s small ears. Ask about her daughter’s diagnoses, and Dee Dee would reel off a list as long as her arm: chromosomal defects, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, severe asthma, sleep apnea, eye problems. It had always been this way, Dee Dee said, ever since Gypsy was a baby. She had spent time in neonatal intensive care. She had leukemia as a toddler.

The endless health crises had taken a toll. Gypsy was friendly, talkative even, but her voice was high and childlike. Dee Dee would often remind people that her daughter had brain damage. She had to be homeschooled, because she’d never be able to keep up with other kids. Gypsy had the mind of a child of 7, Dee Dee said. It was important to remember that in dealing with her. She loved princess outfits and dressing up. She wore wigs and hats to cover her small head. A curly, blonde Cinderella number seems to have been her favourite. She’s wearing it in so many photographs of herself with her mother. She was always with her mother.

“We are a pair of shoes,” Gypsy once said. “Never good without the other.”

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Time to apply the same logic at our national borders as company recruiters

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Nothing is quite so annoying as a person who says, ” do as I say, not as I do.”  In this article we look at Silicon Valley companies that are opposed to strong borders to protect a country’s culture but are ruthless when it comes to the protection of their individual company culture.

Ask a startup CEO what the most important thing at his company is, and you’re likely to hear something about the “company culture” — a unique blend of values and workplace norms that give startups their unique vibe.

It’s something that tech companies are very proud of, particularly in Silicon Valley

….Valley startups understand the importance of culture to an organisation’s success. Indeed, tech companies take company cultures so far that they turn into borderline cults.

Some would argue that a company’s culture is even more important than the skills and experience of senior hires. Indeed, it’s now accepted practice for potential employees to be rejected because hiring managers don’t think they’d be a “good fit” in the company’s atmosphere.

Which of course makes sense. Different companies work differently and no one culture is the perfect fit for every startup.

…Every startup CEO knows this and takes pride in his company’s distinctiveness. Many believe that it is precisely their company culture that affords them a competitive edge.

CEOs often hire a small percentage of “bad fits” on purpose, in order to avoid groupthink in long-established teams — say, 2.5 to 5 per cent. But any more than that starts tearing the company apart, causing it to lose its edge and flavour.

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A new search engine for independent media

I can no longer ignore the censorship that is now happening on all the social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Even Google my favourite search engine has been accused of censorship. Conservative viewpoints in particular are being silenced, Milo Yiannopoulos the latest Conservative/Libertarian voice to be banned for life from Twitter.

Criticism of Islam, and any material that would expose or question the status quo is now being censored or discriminated against. For example YouTube will take away the monetization of a popular YouTube channel if they don’t want people to view it. This is a very underhanded form of discrimination as it is invisible to the viewing public who don’t know what is going on behind the scenes. Cutting off the financial blood supply to the content providers is almost as effective as taking the videos down or censoring their content.

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Screenshot from YouTube video where 16 year old German girl explains what life is like for her after mass muslim migration

I read recently that, GoodGopher.com  was created for independent media as a google alternative. It claims to be a propaganda-free search portal.

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American’s first Amendment rights violated by Social Media companies

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This month the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) under the First Amendment.

Center for Security Policy  Section 230 provides immunity from lawsuits to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, thereby permitting these social media giants to engage in government-sanctioned censorship and discriminatory business practices free from legal challenge.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Jihad Watch. The lawsuit alleges that Spencer and Geller as well as the organisations they run, have often been subject to discrimination and censorship by twitter Facebook and YouTube because of the beliefs and views they express. They believe the censorship and discrimination is because these social media organisations consider their freedom of expression to be offensive to Muslims.

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It seems Newshub has a moderation problem too

This screenshot is from Newshub’s Facebook page and shows that they allow calls to assassinate John Key to live for quite a while on the page.

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Free speech will be a casualty of the social media war against hate speech

Have you ever heard a person say “This isn’t free speech, it’s hate speech,” or “When does free speech stop and hate speech begin?” In America there is no hate speech exception to the First Amendment. Hateful ideas (whatever they are ) are just as protected under the First Amendment as other ideas.

One is as free to condemn Islam — or Muslims, or Jews, or blacks, or whites, or illegal aliens, or native-born citizens — as one is to condemn capitalism or socialism or democrats or republicans.

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Social Media however have banded together to create an Orwellian world where free speech that is disapproved of is labeled hate speech and is replaced with European Union sanctioned speech ie propaganda ( counter-narrative. )

Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have “signed up” to a new European Union (EU) “Code of Conduct”, pledging to help censor and “criminalise” perceived “illegal online hate speech” and “promot[e] independent counter-narratives” that the EU favors.

I fear that these “counter-narratives ” will be about ideas rather than people. As the below graphic illustrates, people have rights not ideas.

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It should not be labelled ” hate speech ” if it is open and free discussion about ideas. The new code appears to support this definition.

The IT Companies and the European Commission also stress the need to defend the right to freedom of expression, which, as the European Court of Human Rights has stated, “is applicable not only to “information” or “ideas” that are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also to those that offend, shock or disturb the State or any sector of the population”.

In reality however the practical application is not as clear cut as you would expect given the above definition. The other day I wrote about a facebook page being shut down for “hate speech. ” The page which was about Islamic genital mutilation for both men and women was clearly a page that discussed Religious/Cultural ideas.

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Is a Female Genital Mutilation facebook page Hate Speech?

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This week I did a post about a facebook page promoting female genital mutilation. Thanks to freedom of speech I am able to criticise the point of view expressed on that page. Yesterday I received a copy of an e-mail sent to one of our readers about their complaint about the page.

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A challenge for Andrew Little

Winston Peters has been filling halls at public meetings…and boasting about it on Facebook.

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Public meeting of Winston Peters at Levin

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I bet Labour are doing this, no wonder they chase passing cars so often

The key to good governance and maintaining power is through solid polling. All good political parties poll and they use reputable companies with a track record of success.

National uses David Farrar’s company, Curia. They are New Zealand’s best political pollster in my opinion. If I am ever asked by a potential candidate who to recommend for polling, the answer is always Farrar and if they refuse to entertain polling with him then I refuse to advise or coach them.

Facebook and Twitter though are now being pitched to politicians and so-called strategists to use them for polling. This is folly and will deliver the political equivalent of fool’s gold.

Digital consultants are making a play for down-ballot campaigns’ polling budgets. They’re now pitching Facebook and Twitter as ways to gauge voters’ opinions on issues and candidates. In reality, social media “listening” can only do so much for a candidate running below the federal level.

When it comes to state legislative campaigns specifically, polling remains one of the best tools. There’s just no replacement for accurate, empirical results. As consultants for many down-ballot campaigns, we emphasize putting resources toward research in our clients’ strategic plans. While social media might represent a no-cost or low-cost option, don’t let budget be an excuse not to proceed with polling.   Read more »

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