By Tara Culp-Ressler on Jun 7, 2013 at 10:20 am
Deric Lostutter (Credit: Mother Jones)
The Steubenville rape case, in which two high school football players were convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl at a party, helped spark a national conversation about consent, victim-blaming, and rape culture. The case gained national attention after the “hacktivist” group Anonymous leaked significant social media evidence implicating the assailants — including tweets, Instagram photos, and a 12-minute video of Steubenville high schoolers joking about the rape. But it turns out that working to expose those rapists may land one Anonymous hacker more time in prison than the rapists themselves will serve.
- Hacker Who Exposed Steubenville Rapists Raided By FBI, Faces Ten-Year Prison Sentence (disinfo.com)
- Hacker Who Exposed Steubenville Rape Case Could Spend More Time Behind Bars Than The Rapists (alternet.org)
- Man Who Helped Expose Steubenville Rapists Faces More Jail Time Than They Do (addictinginfo.org)
- Hacker Who Exposed Steubenville Rape Case Could Spend More Time Behind Bars Than The Rapists (libertycrier.com)
The dissident who had escaped from house arrest was escorted by U.S. officials into the hands of the Chinese authorities. That action by U.S. officials seemed almost unbelievable. How do you return an individual who has seeked asylum back to the country that had him under house arrest? The eviction from the U.S. Embassy was allegedly done without coercion.
Now, Mr Guangcheng has changed his mind after talking with his wife.
Claiming of recent threats made against his family, he said he now wants to leave China as soon as possible. “My fervent hope is that it would be possible for me and my family to leave for the U.S. on Hillary Clinton’s plane,” he told the Daily Beast.
Now, what chance do you think he has of being released back to U.S. officials?
I still think the United States of America should not interfere with the laws of foreign nations. Who are we to judge about the rights of a man in China?
Who is helping him hide from the authorities after he fled house arrest last week? Is he in American hands in Beijing?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be stepping into this mess to attend two days of talks in Beijing this week. The Strategic and Economic Dialogue, as this meeting is called is part of the administration’s policy to manage America’s relations with China through regular discussions on a wide spectrum of issues.
Again a meeting in a foreign country is being overshadowed by shenanigans of others. In this case a prostitute is not involved.
“The Chinese government regards foreign criticism of its human rights policies and practices as undue interference in its internal affairs, and it will almost certainly use the occasion of the talks to drive that point home, diplomats in Beijing said. In fact, the Chinese might go forward with the planned talks specifically to have the chance to confront Mrs. Clinton about it.” NYT April 29, 2012
Mr. Chen, 40, became famous because of his strong opposition to forced abortions and sterilizations conducted as part of China’s policy of limiting families to one child per couple. NYT April 29, 2012
The presumptive challenger in next year’s election in the United States of America stated, “Our country must play a strong role in urging reform in China and supporting those fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.”
Why must we always interfere in the affairs of other nations?
President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan was asked about Chen Guangcheng’s whereabouts on “Fox News Sunday,” and he declined to discuss anything. He did acknowledged that “the United States is “working very closely with the individuals involved in this.”
Continuing to meddle in China’s policy he went on to say the administration seeks an appropriate balance when advocating for human rights in strategically important countries like China.
“I think, in all instances, the president tries to balance our commitment to human rights, making sure that the people throughout the world have the ability to express themselves freely and openly,” Mr. Brennan said, “but also that we can continue to carry out our relationships with key countries overseas.” NYT April 29, 2012
- US and China iron out deal over blind activist Chen Guangcheng (telegraph.co.uk)
- How to Handle Chen Guangcheng (brookings.edu)
- Chen Guangcheng: Fears for Chinese activist He Peirong who helped ‘barefoot lawyer’ escape (dailymail.co.uk)
Funeral home director works to save dog that changed his life
By Bill Stevens, Times Columnist
In Print: Sunday, March 25, 2012
Funeral home director Tom Dobies and his fiancee, Pam Montana, with, from left, Rosie, Amber and Lucy, sit together as a family in their back yard in New Port Richey.
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Rain pounded the roof of the carport where the scrawny black dog sought shelter. She looked up, soaked and sad-eyed, toward the employees at Tom Dobies’ funeral home in Holiday.
“Looks like we got a new mascot,” one of them said to Dobies.
“Like hell we do,” he snapped.
Dobies had a dog when he was a boy many years earlier. It got hit by a car and died. Whether it was the pain of that loss or just that he got too busy building a thriving business, he never got another dog. He never wanted one.
And then he met this mutt, a Labrador mix with no tags, but with a gentleness that made her welcome. Okay, he said, maybe she can stick around until we can figure what to do with her.
A veterinarian checked her out. She was about eight years old and in pretty good shape. Somebody had cared for her, crafted a pleasant personality.
Dobies took her home. He named her Lucy.
Brave, foolish man.
This message was sent by someone who is not brave enough to protest the economic embargo of this island by the United States of America.
Visit them when in Tampa, Florida
Two Blind Bobcats Rescued
On December 5th, Rufus, a 2 month old male bobcat kitten, was found on the side of a South Carolina road after he had been hit by a car. His jaw was broken and he was comatose. He was taken to Carolina Wildlife Care in Columbia South Carolina where he was treated for his injuries. His jaw was set and wired in place and he was tube fed once he awoke from the coma. After several weeks of recuperating, it became apparent to his care givers that something else was wrong with the five pound kitten.
His eyes seemed fine, but he would run into things and could not even find his food when it was right in front of him. Rufus was seen by eye specialists who determined the bobcat kitten had permanent brain damage as a result of the impact on his head. Although his eyes did work properly, his pupils dilate and contract, his brain does not receive the information his eyes receive and therefore he is essentially blind. This was not good news.
A blind bobcat would not be able to survive in the wild and so Carolina Wildlife Care sought a permanent home for Rufus. Big Cat Rescue answered the call and took in the now 5 month old bobcat. Rufus has been living in the onsite Cat Hospital since his arrival where he is closely monitored by staff and the veterinarian. His jaw has healed and he eats well on his own, with a little help finding his dinner plate. Because Rufus is blind it has been quite challenging for his keepers to care for him. His sense of smell is not that great, so his keepers have to put his face right next to his plate so he can find his food.
Precautions also have to be taken to make sure that nothing in his room is against the wall. Not only is he is blind he is also a bit slow to process situations, if he were to get stuck between two things that are against the wall he has no idea how to turn around and will just sit there with his nose against the wall until someone turns him around. It has been a few weeks now since Rufus’ arrival and he is getting around much better. All of the items on the floor in his room are kept in the same place so he can memorize their locations and avoid running into them. His next challenge is exploring the great out doors. His keepers take him to an outdoor enclosure for supervised playtime each day. Eventually he will remain outside full-time, but first he must learn the new area. While he does this Rescuers are nearby to assist him should he need it.