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    Hello Mr. Moorcock,

    I apologize in advance for my passionate manipulation. This has nothing to do with Elric, but seeing how this section has had the most viewings that is were I've chosen to place it.
    You have written extensively in the past on pornography and I would have you and ever reader to this site who has an ounce of compassion read the following article from the NEW YORK TIMES, by Peter Landesman

    http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/25/ma...EXTRAFFIC.html

    Furthermore, an interview of him on NPR can be heard at:

    http://freshair.npr.org/day_fa.jhtml...ayDate=archive

    Some cancerous corruption is eating away at the once noble spirit of America, and we must be made aware of this, so we can contact our representatives, law officals, community groups, chruchs, hard working moms and dads, etc... Tell, me one political offical running for president that has even vaguely suggested that such a horror on such a scale is happening in America.

    Blessings,

    J

  • #2
    Hmmmm

    can't see the article and not sure which NPR thingee is relevant. sry.

    What's up bro?

    Someone trying to take away our porn?

    Ashcroft up to his old tricks again?
    When they had advanced together to meet on common
    ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
    and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
    each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
    mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
    killing, and the ground ran with blood.

    Homer, The Illiad

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    • #3
      Hello,

      If you didn't see anything you must not have a subscription to the New York Times. You can get a free one by just typing in a few generic things, and then you'll be able to read the subject.

      The NPR subject would be the interview with Peter Landesman. I apologize if the connection between the writer of the article for the NEW YORK TIMES and him being interviewed on NPR was not clear.

      No, this has nothing to do with freedom of speach/press issues. The article and interview is about child sex slavery in the United States and the tens of thousands of childern being raped hourly, beaten and murdered.

      Serious stuff. The NPR interview made me sick.

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      • #4
        whoa

        Whoa,

        That sounds horrible. I'll check it out. I've got three kids of my own so it will be painful to read, I'm sure.

        If only we could cast these monsters on Elric's sword...
        When they had advanced together to meet on common
        ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
        and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
        each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
        mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
        killing, and the ground ran with blood.

        Homer, The Illiad

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        • #5
          I have written extensively on pornography, especially that which exploits women and children, and I have strong feelings about it, seeing it as a form of propaganda used in much the same way that racial propaganda has been used in the past to dehumanise black people and Jews. Anyone interested can find articles by me in, for instance, Casablanca and in a book published by OUP a few years ago called The Case Against Pornography. You'll also find some reference in my long essay The Retreat from Liberty. It's interesting how in a 'free market' porn proliferates. When Yugoslavia was originally liberated from communism it was suddenly flooded with home-produced porn and all the paper previously used for literature disappeared -- simple economics. I'm wary of phrases like 'taking away our porn' because I understand the deep connection people make between it and their sexuality, especially their sexual pleasure, but I happen to believe we can enjoy even better sex if we DON'T have porn around. It has fetishised and vulgarised much of what was once exquisite and has produced, at very least, a
          nation where little girls now believe that fellatio isn't as serious as
          kissing (cf many studies, TV programmes and so forth). Some studies also show that introducing porn into a community brutalises and makes more violent that community. That's part of the case against porn.
          I'm not about to get into a discussion about wht is 'eroticism' and what is 'porn' but for me pornography is that which degrades and dehumanises human beings, objectifying them as sex objects or diminishing them as feeling, sentient people.

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          • #6
            There should be harsh penalties for this kind of crap. Like castration. People who exploit children are lower than the lowest amoeba. I feel ill thinking about it...

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            • #7
              I've known quite a few people involved in all this stuff and they pretty much all agree that castration doesn't actually stop the criminals. It's more to do with power than sex and there are deep drives causing it which are triggered by pornography but probably never actually 'caused' by pornography. I know one guy who counsels the criminals and he says that often only medication or some form of restriction (imprisonment, tagging, house-arrest, whatever) ever seems to work.
              Castrated criminals will often commit further crimes. I do believe that someone who robs another individual of their life, as it were, should be
              punished accordingly and that the sentences are often inappropriately short or mild, but we also have to be careful not to punish the genuinely remorseful. There are several cases, as perhaps you know, where sex criminals who have NOT repeated crimes have been murdered by people who have focussed all their hatred on them. It's a complicated issue and one which needs serious attention but, as I say, castration often only makes them worse -- i.e. they are even more liable to try to get power over a weaker individual.

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              The Whispering Swarm: Book One of the Sanctuary of the White Friars - The Laughter of Carthage - Byzantium Endures - London Peculiar and Other Nonfiction
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              • #8
                I know, I didn't really mean it, but the whole thing pissed me off.


                I'm thinking Elric would have castrated them and then forced them to consume their own privates!!!

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                • #9
                  Hmmm

                  My statement "taking away our porn" was in relation to Ashcroft and/or certain republicans who seem bent on driving their sense of morality down other's throats. It doesn't seem motivated by a concern for the portrayal of human sexuality, but a need to bring their puritanical beliefs into every American's home.

                  I am, actually, a bit old for the stuff (or a bit jaded!). I never "understood" a lot of it - the attraction for some. Especially nowadays. With the internet, you can see all kinds of craziness. Some sites are very disturbing. I even get them in my hotmail account (I never give out my "home" one) - yesterday it was a beastiality site. I sent them back an email and told them "No, I never want to see Michelle ride the 'horse'".

                  I am not saying this to be funny. That I can get this unsolicited in my email is deplorable. I know it's just an email-blast type program that hits anything@hotmail.com, thus impossible to block unless you only accept from known contacts (but then I couldn't get email from any of you ).

                  I think if people like to watch pornography(not child; not animal; etc...) it is fine with me, but as for its affects on society as a whole I don't know the answer.
                  When they had advanced together to meet on common
                  ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
                  and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
                  each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
                  mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
                  killing, and the ground ran with blood.

                  Homer, The Illiad

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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately,

                    I believe the boundaries of what is normal and what is not are allways being diminished/increased.

                    In our modern day society it is difficult to draw the line as what we believe is unacceptable today will in 10 years will be the norm..

                    i am not saying I think pornography is fine but again as MM says what is pornography and what is eroticism, one says this another says that .

                    I am in the camp that says if you molest a child that castration is a perfectly acceptable punishment...but then again is having a child out of wedlock gross enough a crime to be stoned to death.

                    everything changes. points of view change and perception changes.

                    What can we expect as "normal" people will be the state of affairs in 50 years

                    S

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Shaeve
                      I am in the camp that says if you molest a child that castration is a perfectly acceptable punishment...but then again is having a child out of wedlock gross enough a crime to be stoned to death.

                      everything changes. points of view change and perception changes.

                      What can we expect as "normal" people will be the state of affairs in 50 years
                      Wow. Did you just imply that in fifty years child molest might be considered acceptable? Wow.

                      Actually, I guess the implication is that castration may no longer be considered an acceptable punishment for it?

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                      • #12
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                        "My statement "taking away our porn" was in relation to Ashcroft and/or certain republicans who seem bent on driving their sense of morality down other's throats. It doesn't seem motivated by a concern for the portrayal of human sexuality, but a need to bring their puritanical beliefs into every American's home."

                        Not to create an argument where none exists, but probably the biggest proponents of censorship in the political arena today are Al Gore (and his wife Tipper) and Joe Leiberman. Both, um, Democrats. Leiberman particularly likes to make a huge point of the "filth" on our televisions today. Apparently, his television doesn't have an "off" button.

                        I still think it hilarious that Tipper's PMRC group required a sticker on the Frank Zappa album "Jazz From Hell" for offensive lyrics. Quite a slight on ol' Frank since the album was an instrumental album...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Jazz from hell

                          Speaking as a Zappa fanatic who has nearly 100 Zappa CD's, I can am quite certain that Frank NEVER consented to the parental advisory stickers. They are put on only at the record companies option, not required by law. Perhaps what you saw was the Warning/Guarantee that appeared on most of his CDs around that time:

                          WARNING/GUARANTEE

                          This album contains material which a truly free
                          society would neither fear nor suppress.
                          In some socially retarded areas, religious fanatics
                          and Ultraconservative political organizations violate
                          your First Amendment Rights by attempting to censor
                          rock & roll albums.
                          We feel that this is un-Constitutional and un-American.

                          As an alternative to these government-supported programs
                          (designed to keep you docile and ignorant),
                          Barking Pumpkin is pleased to provide stimulating
                          digital audio entertainment for those of you
                          who have outgrown the ordinary.

                          The language and concepts contained herein are
                          GUARANTEED NOT TO CAUSE ETERNAL
                          TORMENT IN THE PLACE WHERE THE GUY
                          WITH THE HORNS AND THE POINTED STICK
                          CONDUCTS HIS BUSINESS.

                          This guarantee is as real as the threats of the video
                          fundamentalists who use attacks on rock music
                          in their attempt to transform America
                          into a nation of check-mailing nincompoops
                          (in the name of Jesus Christ).
                          If there is a hell, its fires wait for them, not us.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks

                            Thx for the info Bill. Hadn't thought of them. Lieberman is a Putz. But hey didn't Al Gore invent the internet? :lol:

                            It is true that when thinking of the "morality police" I often picture Republicans (I'm guilty), but it is on both sides of the isle.

                            Thanks for pointing it out.

                            When will my gov't just worry about running the country and not my life?

                            Ahhh, I just need to build a cabin by a lake in the woods, maybe grow some beans...
                            When they had advanced together to meet on common
                            ground, then there was the clash of shields, of spears
                            and the fury of men cased in bronze; bossed shields met
                            each other and the din rose loud. Then there were
                            mingled the groaning and the crowing of men killed and
                            killing, and the ground ran with blood.

                            Homer, The Illiad

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                            • #15
                              I don't know if the label went on the CD, but I know the PMRC targeted him. Frank was a character.

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