Monday, May 27, 2013

Little Boys, Roller Coasters, and Angelina Jolie

The British have come up with the solution to sexual abuse of minors.  Namely, we must act now to prevent young boys (and girls, TOF supposes) from using their wiles to seduce vulnerable older men. 

The age of consent for sex should be lowered to 13 years-old to end the ''persecution of old men'' in the wake of the Savile sex abuse scandal, a leading barrister has claimed.
The barrister added: ''Instead, we should focus on arming today's youngsters with the savoir-faire and social skills to avoid drifting into compromising situations, and prosecute modern crime.

''As for law reform, now regrettably necessary, my recommendations are remove complainant anonymity, introduce a strict statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions and civil actions and reduce the age of consent to 13.''

Ms Hewson argued that ''touching a 17-year-old's breast, kissing a 13-year-old, or putting one's hand up a 16-year-old's skirt'' are not comparable to cases such as the Ealing Vicarage rape or Fordingbridge gang rape and murders from 1986.
This reminds me of the book with the Worst Release Date Ever.  TOF no longer recalls the title or author, but it was a professor at Univ. of Minn. and the thesis was that we cruelly deny the sexuality of children.  We should instead allow the little darlings to be, well, darlings.  What made the release date so bad was that the clergy abuse scandal erupted shortly after and the opportunity to pound the Church took precedence over poking a stick in the eye of bourgeois morality.   For a while everyone pretended to be outraged over fondling young boys; at least until it became far too obvious that it was nearly always boys that were being molested (80% of accusations). 


Remember the woman who married the Eiffel Tower?  The warehouse?  His pet dogHerself?  Another lesson in the ongoing decline of the Modern Ages has surfaced: a woman has decided to marry a roller coaster.  
Amy Wolfe, a US church organist who claims to have objectum sexuality, a condition that makes sufferers attracted to inanimate objects, plans to marry a magic carpet fairground ride.
Most of this would be much simpler if folks actually realized that the term "marriage" has a specific meaning and that not every attraction or appetite should be called that. 

Angelina Jolie and Denialism

Any scientific theory that argues from an appeal to celebrity should always be discounted for that reason.  But the headline Will Angelina Jolie Help End Climate-Change Denial, And Help The Republican Party? is too remarkable to pass by with no comment. 

The gist of the story is that Ms. Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy in the absence of any positive evidence of breast cancer will help people get in line with the pravda on global warming climate change.  "By modeling how to think with data when data do not tell us what we would otherwise want them to say, she displayed a level of decision-making courage that business and political leaders should strive to emulate."

Or perhaps not.  It is a mistake to suppose that a scientific fact or -- as in this case -- a mathematical model determines a policy of action.  Facts by themselves have no values. 

Everybody dies. Therefore, Jolie will die of something. Might be cancer, might be a worn-out heart, or by apoplexy brought on by reading the NYT. Jolie will not now die from breast cancer (almost certainly), though she might exit via ovarian cancer—or maybe by some other cancer (colon, skin, pancreatic, etc.). Her liver might fail or she may stroke out. Anyway, she will die, though she may (only may) live longer and then dye from something else. All she has done, then, was to remove one of these many, many choices of death. 
There are also the possibilities of false positives on the test for "the gene" and of negative outcomes on the surgery.  Or to put it more plainly, it is not at all clear that anyone was "thinking with data" or at least not all the data.  A certain amount of emotional commitment was involved. 


  1. What matters is not that we die but when. And above all when/who. If, for instance, the Devil offered me to exchange the death dates of my best friend Franco Urru (dead at 52 from lung cancer, from the only stupid and destructive thing he ever did in his whole life - smoking) and of Silvio Berlusconi (still alive and disastrous in his seventies; if he had died at 52 the country would have been saved twenty years of misrule), I'd gladly sell my soul in exchange.

    1. Pausing a moment, as a fantasy writer is bound to, and constructing a storyline on your hypothetical:

      Berlusconi is the symptom, not the disease. The Devil takes your soul, laughing, and consigns you to everlasting fire, whilst tempting some other Italian politician to do his evil work in Berlusconi’s place. Nothing changes on a large scale. On the small scale, Hell is one soul the richer; two souls, if Franco Urru’s extra term of life can be turned to what Screwtape would have called productive use.

    2. the Devil would have to struggle to find anything "productive" in FRanco's affectionate, upright, talented life. As for Berlusconi, to find someone worse would be literally impossible. My problem is rather that no Devil would take the deal.

  2. On the (not too) conspiratorial side:

    Angelina Jolie's announcement of undergoing a double mastectomy (surgically removing both breasts) even though she had no breast cancer is not the innocent, spontaneous, "heroic choice" that has been portrayed in the mainstream media. Natural News has learned it all coincides with a well-timed for-profit corporate P.R. campaign that has been planned for months and just happens to coincide with the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the viability of the BRCA1 patent.

    Learn more:

    1. Yes, very conspiratorial, and monomaniacal to boot.

      Ignoring the Angelina Jolie aspects, you do realize that technically genes are not in themselves patented but only modified sequences that produce a protein or involve an applied innovative process?

      While I welcome a clarification on the law that promotes competition and academic research, I'm not in favor of a free-for-all destruction of patent coverage.

      Disclaimer: I worked in the biotech field for nearly a quarter of a century.


  3. Amy Wolfe, a US church organist who claims to have objectum sexuality, a condition that makes sufferers attracted to inanimate objects, plans to marry a magic carpet fairground ride.

    Is a roller coaster an inanimate object?

  4. The structure is. The cars on the tracks, not so much.


  5. I am perfectly accepting that earlier and less technologically-sophisticated society's around the world found that reproductively mature girls of 12 or 13 were marriageable.

    I'll even admit that Ariel Durant had her mother's support in marrying Will Durant a hundred years ago in NYC.

    However, young women today in modern society's are more than brood-mares and sextoys [if they ever were] whatever the media would care to portray. A fixation on early sexual activity in young girls, especially induced by adults in relative power positions, has been repeatedly demonstrated to cause lifelong stability and attachment disorders.

    Jimmy Savile molested young hospital patients that trusted him.

    Like Oliver Cromwell, his corpse should be exhumed so it can be dismembered and the skull mounted over the entrance of the BBC headquarters.

    How's this for a double-standard:

    No, it's not a crime -- it's young love! sarcasm-off



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