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Google Chief’s Teenage Daughter Blog Puts AP North Korea News Bureau to Shame: A Comparative Analysis

21 Jan

Amateur Journalism of Teenage Daughter of Google Chief Puts AP North Korea Reporting to Shame: A Comparative Analysis

Exactly one year ago, the Associated Press was granted permission to open a news bureau in North Korea, becoming the first western media agency to set up an official operation, providing what was to be a major propaganda coup for the repressive Pyongyang regime and what has evolved into an equally major blow to the reputation of, and an embarrassment for, the  AP.

On January  10, while Google chief Eric Schmidt and his delegation were in North Korea engaging in a very secretive and odd mission of which they refused to offer any substantive comments on their objectives, accomplishment or purpose, Associated Press  vice president  John Daniszewski  told the Voice of America that the AP Pyongyang bureau was not subject to state censorship and strictly follows the AP standards and rules used to produce the same stories in its global network  of bureaus that make it the largest media organization in the world.

Why then did an amateur teenage college student accompanying her father on the same Google trip deliver a knockout blow in her blog posting of the high profile top world story, putting to shame with substance, detail,  quotations from key participants, color, and written presentation the entire AP Korea coverage, despite the AP Pyongyang Bureau Chief, Ms Jean H. Lee being physically present at every event of the 4 day visit, even accompanying the official delegation on the airplane from Beijing?

But what Ms. Jean H. Lee, the AP Pyongyang Bureau Chief, the AP management, the North Korean government, Governor Richardson, and Ms. Sophie Schmidt’s own father, Google head Eric Schmidt, apparently didn’t realize was they had a stealth citizen journalist who had wangled her way on to the trip as a member of the delegation—Google head’s 19 year old daughter, college student Sophie Schmidt.

On January 3, AP Pyongyang bureau chief Jean H. Lee—reporting from Seoul not incidentally—released a story that AP headlined “APNewsBreak: Google exec chairman to visit NKorea” which led with the sentence “Google’s executive chairman is preparing to travel to one of the last frontiers of cyberspace: North Korea.”

The story went on to contend that “North Korea is in the midst of what leader Kim Jong Un called a modern-day “industrial revolution” in a New Year’s Day speech to the nation Monday. He is pushing science and technology as a path to economic development for the impoverished country, aiming for computers in every school and digitized machinery in every factory. However, giving citizens open access to the Internet has not been part of the North’s strategy. While some North Koreans can access a domestic Intranet service, very few have clearance to freely surf the World Wide Web.”

The AP story concluded saying “Last year, a group of North Koreans even visited Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. And government-affiliated agencies already use at least one Google product to get state propaganda out to the world: YouTube.”

What was not mentioned in the story was that a Korean American broker who makes his living taking money from wealthy corporations and officials to be a fixer to arrange access to the North Korean government, was not only the source of her story, but was paid tens of thousands of dollars by the Associated Press over a period of years to broker the agreement that allowed AP to open the Pyongyang Bureau in the first place. Mr. Tony Nam Chung was also on the delegation, who the AP referred to simply as an “Asian expert.”

Let’s compare the reporting of the teenager, Sophie Schmidt and that of the AP bureau chief, Jean H Lee, own dispatches, both having witnessed exactly the same events, met the same players, and analyzed the significance of the newsworthiness of the high powered delegation that grabbed world headlines for days.

Having the only western bureau of a press organization in Pyongyang has its perks. Ms Lee was the only journalist given a visa to accompany the Google delegation on the flight from Beijing to Pyongyang.

The delegation left Beijing airport where a scrum or reporters managed to get the only on the record comments of substance from delegation leaders, former U.S. politician Bill Richardson and Google head Eric Schmidt.

On that day, Jan 7, upon arrival in Pyongyang, AP Pyongyang Bureau chief Jean H. Lee tweeted “Jean H. Lee ‏@newsjean We’re here. #Google executive chairman arrives in #NorthKorea http://bo.st/TG57Di”

Another AP official tweeted “Were they on same flight as @newsjean & @dguttenfelder? MT “@AP: BREAKING: Google executive arrives in NKorea on controversial trip”

Lee tweets in reply: “Jean H. Lee ‏@newsjean @adamjdean @dguttenfelder @AP Indeed. Last photo posted was of Schmidt on left, Richardson on right on Air China.”

Here is the AP picture taken by Lee on the airplane and the AP picture released on arrival at Pyongyang’s Sunan airport:

AP Korea Bureau Chief Tweets Jean H. Lee ‏@newsjean @adamjdean @dguttenfelder @AP Indeed. Last photo posted is of Schmidt on left, Richardson on right on Air China.”

AP Korea Bureau Chief Tweets Jean H. Lee ‏@newsjean @adamjdean @dguttenfelder @AP Indeed. Last photo posted is of Schmidt on left, Richardson on right on Air China.”

AP’s  January 7 story on the arrival in North Korea was titled “ Google big arrives in North Korea” datelined PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP), and written by Ms. Lee. The lead sentence was “The Google chairman wants a first-hand look at North Korea’s economy and social media” adding that “Schmidt, a staunch proponent of Internet connectivity and openness, is expected to make a donation during the visit” and that “Computer and cell phone use is gaining ground in North Korea’s larger cities. However, most North Koreans only have access to a domestic Intranet system, not the World Wide Web. For North Koreans, Internet use is still strictly regulated and allowed only with approval.”

And here is excerpts from the blog of the untrained teenage college student, Mrs. Schmidt, titled “It might not get weirder than this”:

It starts with a Disclaimer: I am a North Korea amateur and can only share what it’s like to be part of a NK-bound delegation. Straightforward trip report here: no discussion of meeting details or intentions–just some observations.”

“This was how it started: A Chinese media pack saw us off at Beijing Airport. “Gov” is unfazed, a pro. The level of media attention prior to the trip raised the stakes and definitely affected the calculations on both sides.

We flew Air China in, on a full flight.  Mostly Chinese businessmen, Western NGO types and assorted diplomats, all looking appropriately battle-hardened.  An Ethiopian attaché assured me there was “never a dull moment” in the hermit kingdom.”

Google delegation at Beijing airport preparing to depart fro Pyongyang

Google delegation at Beijing airport preparing to depart fro Pyongyang

Schmidt accompanied her comments with a photo of the North Korean Custom form that both she, her dad, and the AP’s Ms Jean Lee filled out upon arrival in Pyongyang, with the comment “Do note #1 and #6: leave your “killing device” and “publishing’s of all kinds” at home.  Got it. We carried a ton of cash (USD) since that was the only way to pay for anything.”

"My favorite form. Do note #1 and #6: leave your "killing device" and "publishings of all kinds" at home.  Got it."

“My favorite form.
Do note #1 and #6: leave your “killing device” and “publishing’s of all kinds” at home. Got it.”

She then detailed the ambiance of their arrival.“An aside: For a country that banned religion, and has sent thousands of practicing Christians to prison camps, the Christmas trees were rather incongruous. When asked, Minder 1 chuckled and offered, “New Year’s trees?” We picked up visas at the check-in desk: slips of paper with our pictures taped on, which they then took back upon arrival at Pyongyang.  Deprived of our deserved passport stamps, we soldiered on.

Sophie Schmidt's North Korean ID card

Sophie Schmidt’s North Korean ID card

Our flight was the only one coming into Pyongyang that day. Small press swarm upon arrival, including media from NK, China and the AP, who have a small bureau in Pyongyang. We also met our handlers, two men from the Foreign Ministry, whom we gave code name. As minders go, they were alright.  They were affable, but would frequently give noncommittal answers to our questions…or just not answer us at all. I’d like to think they grew a little fond of us, though realistically, they were probably just as happy to see the back of us as we were to leave.”

Google delegation arrives at Pyongyang

Google delegation arrives at Pyongyang

Ms Schmidt then added what it would seem to be a crucial question on the delegation of the head of a company whose name is synonymous with the global borderless information age and free flow of information on a visit to the world’s most censored country ranked dead last on every list of world nations on issues of free press and free speech. “It was a nine-person delegation in total. We left our phones and laptops behind in China, since we were warned they’d be confiscated in NK, and probably infected with lord knows what malware.”

GOOGLE GROUP SHOT

Ms. Schmidt then made sure to include what is universally confirmed pertinent background context: “Ordinary North Koreans live in a near-total information bubble, without any true frame of reference.  I can’t think of any reaction to that except absolute sympathy.  My understanding is that North Koreans are taught to believe they are lucky to be in North Korea, so why would they ever want to leave?  They’re hostages in their own country, without any real consciousness of it.  And the opacity of the country’s inner workings–down to the basics of its economy–further serves to reinforce the state’s control. The best description we could come up with: it’s like The Truman Show, at country scale. “

She inserted a caveat for the readers benefit and in the interests of full disclosure—something starkly absent from all the Associated Press reporting: #1 Caveat: It’s impossible to know how much we can extrapolate from what we saw in Pyongyang to what the DPRK is really like.  Our trip was a mixture of highly staged encounters, tightly-orchestrated viewings and what seemed like genuine human moments.  We had zero interactions with non-state-approved North Koreans and were never far from our two minders (2, so one can mind the other). The longer I think about what we saw and heard, the less sure I am about what any of it actually meant.”

GOOGLE AT E LIBRARY

Ms Schmidt then offered a portrait of the city and what she saw—which was limited to the hotel and being chauffeured to pre staged events and places She gave an overview of the arrangements of which they were to operate under during the visit, a portrayal that is consistent with the accounts of virtually every foreign visitor to the DPRK, and certainly every professional journalist: “We were told well ahead of time to assume that everything was bugged: phones, cars, rooms, meetings, restaurants and who knows what else.  I looked for cameras in the room but came up short. But then, why bother with cameras when you have minders? After a day in frigid Pyongyang, I was just thankful it was warm. Long, empty hallways. My father’s reaction to staying in a bugged luxury socialist guesthouse was to simply leave his door open. Since we didn’t have cell phones or alarm clocks,  the question of how we’d wake up on time in the morning was legitimate.  One person suggested announcing  “I’m awake” to the room, and then waiting until someone came to fetch you.”

"Long, empty hallways. My father's reaction to staying in a bugged luxury socialist guesthouse was to simply leave his door open."

“Long, empty hallways. My father’s reaction to staying in a bugged luxury socialist guesthouse was to simply leave his door open.”

Long, empty hallways. My father’s reaction to staying in a bugged luxury socialist guesthouse was to simply leave his door open.

As for the ambiance of the accommodations, the teenager wrote: “We stayed at a guesthouse a few kilometers from Pyongyang that was really like a private hotel, in that we were the only guests.  Food overall? Solidly decent.  Like Korean food, only with less pizzazz and more corn (?). Inside, the place was a bizarre mix of marble grandeur and what passed for chic in North Korea in the 1970s.

Photographs of the Hotel:

Hotel Lobby

Hotel Lobby

Main lobby (above): Grecian statues, pirate ship appliqué, TV playing patriotic broadcasts.

In case you were wondering where tacky fake floral arrangements went when they went out of style: they're all in North Korea. (Ditto for gaudy light fixtures.)

In case you were wondering where tacky fake floral arrangements went when they went out of style: they’re all in North Korea. (Ditto for gaudy light fixtures.)

In case you were wondering where tacky fake floral arrangements went when they went out of style: they’re all in North Korea. (Ditto for gaudy light fixtures.)

And those beds? Hard as a rock.  Very little in North Korea, it seemed to us, was built to be inviting. Not a rug in the place.

And those beds? Hard as a rock. Very little in North Korea, it seemed to us, was built to be inviting. Not a rug in the place.

Three channels on the TVs: CNN International, dubbed-over USSR-era films, and the DPRK channel, which was by far the most entertaining.  My tolerance level for videos of Kim Jong Un in crowds turns out to be remarkably high.

Ms Schmidt then described the ambiance of the city of Pyongyang that put the AP’s Jean Lee to shame: “You could almost forget you were in North Korea in this city, until you noticed little things, like the lack of commercial storefronts. No street-level commerce, either. I didn’t realize that I hadn’t seen any plastic bags yet until I saw one person with a bag of apples and thought it looked out of place. Our trip coincided with the “Respected Leader” Kim Jong Un’s birthday. On that day, the little stalls that dotted the city and sold small sundries had long lines as they distributed treats.”

On the requisite tour to pay homage to the Great Leader at the palace, she writes:“Large, gilded gates outside the Palace. Heavily guarded, military types everywhere. This country has the 4th largest standing army in the world  (1.4 million)  and it's the size of Pennsylvania.

On the requisite tour to pay homage to the Great Leader at the palace, she writes:“Large, gilded gates outside the Palace. Heavily guarded, military types everywhere. This country has the 4th largest standing army in the world (1.4 million) and it’s the size of Pennsylvania.

 We weren’t allowed to bring anything in–no coats, gloves, cameras, hats, etc. (“No contents!”) We entered a series of tunnels with those moving-walkways you find in airports, which we slowly rode for probably 20-30 minutes.  The walls were lined with portraits of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung looking at things, which turn out to be rather important: Because the Leaders are god-like figures, when one provides “on-site guidance” (which they always can, because they are experts in all things) it’s like a benediction.

Some favored the portrait of Kim Il Sung behind a gynecologist's chair (insert "on-site guidance" joke here). I preferred the one of him sitting behind a desk double-fisting ears of corn.

Some favored the portrait of Kim Il Sung behind a gynecologist’s chair (insert “on-site guidance” joke here). I preferred the one of him sitting behind a desk double-fisting ears of corn.

Behind us in line were at least 600 North Korean soldiers of various rank, for whom this was a solemn occasion and precious opportunity–they may be allowed to visit once more in their lives.

On the ubiquitous lectures that every visitor to Pyongyang is mid numbingly subjected to, including the AP chief of Korea news coverage, are all too familiar, Sophie Schmidt observes: “And open with a familiar speech: It was only due to the instruction/vision/guidance of Our Marshall/the Respected Leader/ Awesome-O wunderkid Kim Jong Un that we were able to successfully __________ (insert achievement here: launch a ballistic rocket, build complicated computer software, negotiate around US sanctions, etc.). 

Reminded me of the “We’re Not Worthy” bit from Wayne’s World. Just another example of the reality distortion field we routinely encountered in North Korea, just frequently enough to remind us how irrational the whole system really is.”

And Sophie went on to describe with a keen eye for detail and color the transportation system: “Metro Station. Rather less grand than the mausoleum, but also our best shot at seeing a non-staged group of ordinary North Koreans. The lines are probably twice as deep in the ground as an ordinary city’s, designed to withstand bombing raids. Cars are old but clean. Portraits of the Leaders? Check. Revolutionary music? Check. In the station, they had the day’s newspapers on display; there are four papers and all are state-run. In a fantastic bit of timing, as we exited the train, the station’s power cut out (above right).  The commuters around us immediately pulled out flashlights, which they presumably carry all the time.  Can’t win ’em all, minders.”

In a fantastic bit of timing, as we exited the train, the station's power cut out (above right).  The commuters around us immediately pulled out flashlights, which they presumably carry all the time.  Can't win 'em all, minders.

In a fantastic bit of timing, as we exited the train, the station’s power cut out (above right). The commuters around us immediately pulled out flashlights, which they presumably carry all the time. Can’t win ’em all, minders.

The AP’s Jean Lee, was also at the hotel, and her sole contribution on the ambience was tweeting from her twitter account: Jean H. Lee ‏@newsjean “Snacks for sale at #NKorean hotel outside Pyongyang where #Google delegation stayed this week. @apklug http://twitpic.com/bu17ia” and posting this photograph:

Jean H. Lee ‏@newsjean “Snacks for sale at #NKorean hotel outside AP picture of range of food available: "Pyongyang where #Google delegation stayed this week."

Jean H. Lee ‏@newsjean “Snacks for sale at #NKorean hotel outside AP picture of range of food available: “Pyongyang where #Google delegation stayed this week.”

It would seem quite apparent that the account of Ms. Schmidt, the college teenager, of the Google delegation’s first day was considerably more substantive, informative, detailed, without bias, fear of repercussions from Pyongyang government thugs and colorful than that of the Associated Press journalist in charge of the world’s biggest news organization’s Korea coverage.

Then we move on to day two, the highlight of the world headline grabbing delegation’s visit to Pyongyang—their visit to the computer center and universities where North Korean’s allegedly have access to use computers and, according to the AP, surf the internet.

Here is the AP report in its entirety:

“Google exec gets look at NKoreans using Internet.”

By JEAN H. LEE, Associated Press – Jan 8, 2013

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Students at North Korea’s premier university showed Google’s executive chairman how they look for information online: They Google it.

But surfing the Internet that way is the privilege of only a very few in North Korea, whose authoritarian government imposes strict limits on access to the World Wide Web.

Google’s Eric Schmidt got a first look at North Korea’s limited Internet usage when an American delegation he and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson are leading visited a computer lab Tuesday at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang. Other members of the delegation on the unusual four-day trip include Schmidt’s daughter, Sophie, and Jared Cohen, director of the Google Ideas think tank.

Google looks at NK computers

Google looks at NK computers

Schmidt and Cohen chatted with students working on HP desktop computers at an “e-library” at the university named after North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. One student showed Schmidt how he accesses reading materials from Cornell University online on a computer with a red tag denoting it as a gift from Kim Jong Il.

“He’s actually going to a Cornell site,” Schmidt told Richardson after peering at the URL.

Cohen asked a student how he searches for information online. The student clicked on Google — “That’s where I work!” Cohen said — and then asked to be able to type in his own search: “New York City.” Cohen clicked on a Wikipedia page for the city, pointing at a photo and telling the student, “That’s where I live.”

Google executive Jared Cohen surfs the internet in Pyongynag

Google executive Jared Cohen surfs the internet in Pyongynag

Kim Su Hyang, a librarian, said students at Kim Il Sung University have had Internet access since the laboratory opened in April 2010. School officials said the library is open from 8 a.m. to midnight, even when school is not in session, like Tuesday.

While university students at Kim Chaek University of Science and Technology and the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology also have carefully monitored Internet access — and are under strict instructions to access only educational materials — most North Koreans have never surfed the Web.

Computers at Pyongyang’s main library at the Grand People’s Study house are linked to a domestic Intranet service that allows them to read state-run media online and access a trove of reading materials culled by North Korean officials. North Koreans with computers at home can also sign up for the Intranet service.

google computer room

google computer room

But access to the World Wide Web is extremely rare and often is limited to those with clearance to get on the Internet.

At Kim Chaek University, instructors and students wishing to use the Internet must register first for permission and submit an application with their requests for research online, Ryu Sun Ryol, head of the e-library, said.

But he said it is only a matter of time before Internet use becomes widespread.

“We will start having access to the Internet soon,” he said in an interview last month. He said North Korea is in the midst of a major push to expand computer use in every classroom and workplace.

New red banners promoting slogans drawn from Kim’s speech line Pyongyang’s snowy streets, and North Koreans are still cramming to study the lengthy speech. It was the first time in 19 years for North Koreans to hear their leader give a New Year’s Day speech. During the rule of late leader Kim Jong Il, state policy was distributed through North Korea’s three main newspapers.

There was a festive air in Pyongyang for another reason: Kim Jong Un’s birthday. Though Jan. 8 is not recognized as a national holiday, like the birthdays of his father and grandfather, and his official birth date has not been announced, North Koreans acknowledged that it was their leader’s birthday Tuesday.

Waitresses at the downtown Koryo Hotel dressed up in sparkly traditional Korean dresses and decorated the lobby with balloons.

Follow AP’s bureau chief for Pyongyang and Seoul on Twitter at twitter.com/newsjean.

Copyright © 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Now here is where the teenage Ms Schmidt, who wrote with the tone of anyone familiar with teenage girls living in a free society, who (and I totally guessing here) was probably loudly chewing gum during the events, excels: reporting on the actual details and state of North Korea’s digital capabilities and future.

First Ms Schmidt posted the same AP photograph but included her own caption: She posted a picture of  North Koreans using computers which was broadcast worldwide by the Associated Press but given absolutely no explanatory commentary, leaving readers wondering whether these were actually North Koreans using the internet, a capability strictly banned in the country.

She captioned the photograph:

"“The Kim Il Sung University e-Library, or as I like to call it, the e-Potemkin Village”

““The Kim Il Sung University e-Library, or as I like to call it, the e-Potemkin Village”

She offered an insert box to the main bar story that any professional journalist knows as crucial to packaging a story to make it more readable and keep the news consumers attention, not to mention reinforce the stories credibility:

Top Level Take-aways:

1. Go to North Korea if you can. It is very, very strange.

2. If it is January, disregard the above. It is very, very cold.

3. Nothing I’d read or heard beforehand really prepared me for what we saw.

I can’t express how cold it was. Maybe 10-15 degrees F in the sunshine, not including wind chill.  The cold was compounded by the fact that none of the buildings we visited were heated, which meant hour-long tours in cavernous, 30-degree indoor environments. It is quite extraordinary to have the Honored Guest Experience in such conditions: they’re proudly showing you their latest technology or best library, and you can see your breath. A clue to how much is really in their control.”

Sophie Schmidt then wrote a story of the events that, in comparison, made the AP’s Jean Lee look like, well, a North Korean state propagandist:

“Inside, we were shown through study rooms like the one above, maybe 60 people diligently at desks.  Were they bussed in for our benefit? Were any of them actually reading? All I know is that it. was. freezing.”

“Looks great, right? All this activity, all those monitors. Probably 90 desks in the room, all manned, with an identical scene one floor up. One problem: No one was actually doing anything.  A few scrolled or clicked, but the rest just stared. Of all the stops we made, the e-Potemkin Village was among the more unsettling. We knew nothing about what we were seeing, even as it was in front of us. Were they really students? Did our handlers honestly think we bought it? Did they even care?  Photo op and tour completed, maybe they dismantled the whole set and went home.  When one of our group went to peek back into the room, a man abruptly closed the door ahead of him and told him to move along.”

“Looks great, right? All this activity, all those monitors. Probably 90 desks in the room, all manned, with an identical scene one floor up. One problem: No one was actually doing anything. A few scrolled or clicked, but the rest just stared. Of all the stops we made, the e-Potemkin Village was among the more unsettling. We knew nothing about what we were seeing, even as it was in front of us. Were they really students? Did our handlers honestly think we bought it? Did they even care? Photo op and tour completed, maybe they dismantled the whole set and went home. When one of our group went to peek back into the room, a man abruptly closed the door ahead of him and told him to move along.”

She continued with more crucial first hand detail, saying “Looks great, right? All this activity, all those monitors. Probably 90 desks in the room, all manned, with an identical scene one floor up. One problem: No one was actually doing anything.  A few scrolled or clicked, but the rest just stared. More disturbing: when our group walked in–a noisy bunch, with media in tow–not one of them looked up from their desks.  Not a head turn, no eye contact, no reaction to stimuli. They might as well have been figurines.  Of all the stops we made, the e-Potemkin Village was among the more unsettling. We knew nothing about what we were seeing, even as it was in front of us. Were they really students? Did our handlers honestly think we bought it? Did they even care?  Photo op and tour completed, maybe they dismantled the whole set and went home.  When one of our group went to peek back into the room, a man abruptly closed the door ahead of him and told him to move along.”

Then the teenage Ms. Schmidt offered what neither her father or the Associated Press were willing to regarding the technical realities of North Korea in the information age.

“On the tech front: Everything that is accessible is accessible only in special tiers. Their mobile network, Koryolink, has between 1-2 million subscribers. No data service, but international calls were possible on the phones we rented. Realistically, even basic service is prohibitively expensive, much like every other consumption good (fuel, cars, etc.). The officials we interacted with, and a fair number of people we saw in Pyongyang, had mobiles (but not smart phones). North Korea has a national intranet, a walled garden of scrubbed content taken from the real Internet.  Our understanding is that some university students have access to this.  On tour at the Korea Computer Center (a deranged version of the Consumer Electronics Show), they demo’d their latest invention: a tablet, running on Android that had access to the real Internet.  Whether anyone, beyond very select students, high-ranking officials or occasional American delegation tourists, actually gets to use it is unknowable.  We also saw virtual-reality software, video chat platform, musical composition software (?) and other random stuff.” 

“What’s so odd about the whole thing is that no one in North Korea can even hope to afford the things they showed us. And it’s not like they’re going to export this technology.  They’re building products for a market that doesn’t exist.”  

 

“Those in the know are savvier than you’d expect. Exhibit A: Eric fielded questions like, “When is the next version of Android coming out?”and “Can you help us with e-Settlement so that we can put North Korean apps on Android Market?”  Answers: soon, and No, silly North Koreans, you’re under international bank sanctions.”

“They seemed to acknowledge that connectivity is coming, and that they can’t hope to keep it out.  Indeed, some seemed to understand that it’s only with connectivity that their country has a snowball’s chance in hell of keeping up with the 21st century. But we’ll have to wait and see what direction they choose to take.”

 "We can leave, really?  Thank you, Kim Jung-un. No, really, thank him, because it was only with his expert instruction and inspirational vision that I was able to make this slideshow."


“We can leave, really? Thank you, Kim Jung-un. No, really, thank him, because it was only with his expert instruction and inspirational vision that I was able to make this slideshow.”

The Sophie posts a picture of herself captioned: We can leave, really?”

“No, really, thank him, because it was only with his expert instruction and inspirational vision that I was able to make this slideshow.

The end.”

On January 16. 2012, the official Korean Central News Agency announced “AP Pyongyang Bureau Opens” located within the offices of central nervous system of the considerable North Korean Propaganda machine, the KCNA. “Present there were the delegation of the Associated Press headed by its President and CEO Thomas Curley” adding “Thomas said the opening of the bureau would bring hundreds of millions of people around the world the cultural understanding and access to stories of political and economic development of the DPRK” adding “He has great expectations for good journalism, he said, adding this is a great opportunity to just understand and report.”

Prior to January 2012, it took The Associated Press almost a year to finalize terms to open a full-time news bureau in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang during which time AP head Curley supplicated himself to the leaders of arguably the most repressive government on the planet, coming in last 9 out of the last 10 years in world government rankings of “Enemies of Press Freedom by the independent Reporters Without Borders. On March 8. 2011, KCNA ran an article headlined “Americans Pay Homage to Kim Il Sung” which said in its entirety: “Thomas Curley, president of the Associated Press of the United States, and his party visited the statue of President Kim Il Sung on Mansu Hill on Tuesday. The guests laid bouquets before the statue and paid homage to the President.” Three days later, on March 11, 2011, KCNA reported “General Secretary Kim Jong Il received a gift from Thomas Curley, president and chief executive officer of the Associated Press of the United States on a visit to the DPRK. It was handed to an official concerned on Friday by Thomas Curley.”

The AP news executives had years of direct experience to understand just what the consequences, compromises, capabilities and professional ethical terms were of cutting a deal to allow for access to North Korea. The Television branch of the Associated Press has had a bureau in Pyongyang since 2006. The head of Associated Press Television News behaved similarly in selling the integrity of the news operation in exchange for permission to access the state controlled by a government that regularly ranks dead last, in comparative indexes of nations on human rights, religious freedom, economic freedom, press freedom, and economic health.

On March 22, 2002 KCNA ran a story headlined “Performance “Arirang” praised”, referring to their mass performance propaganda games where hundreds of thousands perform flawless robotic paeans to the Kim Family dynastic dictatorship. “Foreigners were deeply impressed to watch the all-round rehearsal of the mass gymnastic and artistic performance “Arirang”. Nigel Baker, director of content of the London bureau of the Associated Press Television News, said that all scenes of the performance were wonderful, adding that it is hard to enjoy such show elsewhere.  It is something unbelievable that human beings can provide such huge and beautiful background scenes, he noted, calling on the people of all countries to come and see the performance. “

When the AP opened its bureau in January 2012, located inside the building of the state-run news agency, they were assigned by the Pyongyang regime a North Korean “reporter” and “photographer”,  who they AP caricaturized as “under the supervision of two Americans who will make frequent trips to Pyongyang.” It is widely accepted that both are, in fact, trained agents of the North Korean intelligence and propaganda services.

The head of the Korea Central News Agency, Kim Pyong Ho, was quoted at the ceremony as saying the AP promised to report on North Korea “with fairness, balance and accuracy.”

The AP’s Executive editor Kathleen Carroll, speaking from Pyongyang,  assured world news consumers that the AP would operate under the same standards and practices as it did at all its bureaus worldwide. “There’s not a government that we cover that doesn’t occasionally read a story or look at a picture or a piece of video and have an opinion about it, that they may not like it,” she said. “We have those conversations all the time and I don’t expect they’ll be any different here when they occur.”

The AP has refused to release what the terms of their agreement to open the bureau were and have adamantly refused to allow their management or reporters to speak on the record regarding the operations and the conditions and restrictions they work under in the year since the opening ceremony.

In a September interview with the Columbia Journalism Review, the Pyongyang AP bureau chief, Jean H Lee,  offered a few answers to a series of remarkably softball questions. The CJR, in a question and answer format, offered a very brief overview saying that the AP was “the first international, independent journalism agency with a full-time, full-format bureau in the North Korean capital. At the time, the AP refused many requests for interviews with the journalists involved to give them time to get established. Now, seven months on, Lee tells CJR about reporting from a country where visiting international journalists are usually required to relinquish their cell phones, work without Internet access, and submit to constant surveillance.”

CJR asked “How have things changed since the bureau opened in January?” to which Lee responded “We’ve been in North Korea for seven months now, through the challenging early stages of the move. At the moment we’re still concentrating on building the operation, training local staff and building a network in North Korea. I visited here a dozen times in the last two years, especially leading up to January, and I have had incredible insight into how things work here. But it is a very difficult place to work.”

CJR:What are the biggest challenges?”

Jean Lee: There are very strict rules for foreign visitors in North Korea, which includes journalists. The rules require all cell phones to be left at the airport, and foreign visitors must be accompanied by a host at all times. I can’t think of another place in the world where that is the case. You can’t even leave your hotel to go for a walk. There is no interacting with locals unless you’re in the presence of a North Korean. Many journalists have previously entered the country on the invitation of the foreign ministry or by pretending to be an academic or a tourist, but that can have implications for their companies if they get caught. The issue with cell phones is a big one—it’s very difficult to get a cell phone here, and there isn’t much Internet access. Simple things like filing become an issue for journalists.”

CJR:Do you feel like you’re being watched?”

Jean Lee: “I operate under the assumption that everything I say, everything I write, everything I do is being recorded.”

CJR: “You share an office with the Korean Central News Agency, which is state-run. How much do you work with them on stories?”

Jean Lee:We do work with the local news. It’s quite amazing to be included in the local press corps with the local media, and to be invited to state press conferences alongside them. It’s a real coup to be the first Western news organization there.”

CJR: “Is there any resistance to training North Korean journalists to work for the AP?”

Jean Lee: “There is no resistance. They are keen to learn how Western journalism works, and they see it as an opportunity to practice their English. I’ve also seen them adopt Western reporting techniques over the last year. They take what they need and they try and learn from it. It’s really important to build these relationships. North Korea is a closed country and they are suspicious of outsiders, so it takes time. There is quite a lot of training involved!”

CJR:Why did the AP get the gig?”

Jean Lee: “Our TV office did the hard work when they opened a bureau here in 2006. We went in as their partner, but it is clear to the North Korean regime that we are one company. Aside from that, there are two main reasons: firstly, my colleagues and I have been working here for years, so we have a certain longevity. Secondly, AP is the largest news organization in the world. We are completely independent and funded by international subscribers. If the regime wanted to make a political statement about the direction it is heading, this is it. North Korea is taking a big risk in working with us. Technically the US and North Korea are still at war—to reach out to an American company goes against decades of policy. Hopefully we can pave the way for other media.”

Compare AP chief Korea correspondent’s comments to teenage cub reporter Schmidt:

Schmidt: “Trucks equipped with loudspeakers roam the streets. “For the propaganda, “Minder 2 told me, with a tone that suggested You idiot.”

Schmidt: : “Palace of the Sun, Kim Il Sung’s former office and now the national mausoleum where Kim Il Sung’s and Kim Jong Il’s embalmed bodies lie in state.  When a government meeting was cancelled, they decided to let us visit to pay respects (a rare honor). I can barely describe how strange an experience it was. The mausoleum part had all the dramatic doom and gloom you can imagine: red-lit marble halls, severe-looking guards, sweeping, lamenting orchestral music.  The soldiers would line up in threes at each side of the bodies, and bow deeply.  Stone-faced. Also lying in state: the late Leaders’ cars, train compartments and even a yacht, all preserved in their former glory.  Even Kim Jong Il’s platform shoes were on display.  I was delighted to learn that he and I shared a taste in laptops: 15” Macbook Pro.  We weren’t allowed to bring anything in–no coats, gloves, cameras, hats, etc. (“No contents!”) We entered a series of tunnels with those moving-walkways you find in airports, which we slowly rode for probably 20-30 minutes.  The walls were lined with portraits of Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung looking at things, which turn out to be rather important: Because the Leaders are god-like figures, when one provides “on-site guidance” (which they always can, because they are experts in all things) it’s like a benediction.”

Schmidt: “Also on our flight out? The North Korean national women’s soccer team. 20 little North Korean women in tracksuits and sneakers, and presumably no intention to defect.

Here’s a North Korea joke:

Q: Did these athletes play indoor or outdoor soccer?

A: Trick question. They have no heat, so what’s the difference?”

Schmidt: “We heard just one song that wasn’t patriotic North Korean music while in the country, first in a promotional video for the e-Potemkin village and again over the speakers on our return flight on the national airline, Air Koryo.  It was a remastered version of The Cranberries’ “Dreams.”  It’s cool, I’m sure they secured the rights first.”


Immediately after the departure of the Google delegation and their stealth citizen reporter, Sophie Schmidt, AP Vice President Daniszewski arrived to celebrate the one year anniversary of AP’s presence in Pyongyang. Upon his departure he admitted to Yonhap news that the AP’s American Pyongyang bureau chief, Jean H. Lee, “hasn’t had good luck getting out of Pyongyang and doing stories. When we want to cover a story, we have to request interviews, request permissions to go to places either to government offices involved or KCNA, which arrange things,” he said.

AP’s Pyongyang bureau is located in the offices of the North Korean official state propaganda Korean Central News Agency, and employees two North Korean reporters handpicked by the Pyongyang regime, which the AP described as “When the AP opened its bureau in January 2012, located inside the building of the state-run news agency, they were assigned by the Pyongyang regime a North Korean “reporter” and “photographer”,  who they AP caricaturized as “under the supervision of two Americans who will make frequent trips to Pyongyang.”

The head of the Korea Central News Agency, Kim Pyong Ho, was quoted at the ceremony as saying the AP promised to report on North Korea “with fairness, balance and accuracy.”

The AP’s Executive editor Kathleen Carroll, speaking from Pyongyang,  assured world news consumers that the AP would operate under the same standards and practices as it did at all its bureaus worldwide. “There’s not a government that we cover that doesn’t occasionally read a story or look at a picture or a piece of video and have an opinion about it, that they may not like it,” she said. “We have those conversations all the time and I don’t expect they’ll be any different here when they occur.”

The AP has refused to release what the terms of their agreement top open the bureau were and have adamantly refused to allow their management or reporters to speak on the record regarding the operations and the conditions and restrictions they work under in the year since the opening ceremony.

The AP’s Executive editor Kathleen Carroll, speaking from Pyongyang,  assured world news consumers that the AP would operate under the same standards and practices as it did at all its bureaus worldwide. “There’s not a government that we cover that doesn’t occasionally read a story or look at a picture or a piece of video and have an opinion about it, that they may not like it,” she said. “We have those conversations all the time and I don’t expect they’ll be any different here when they occur.”

The AP has refused to release what the terms of their agreement top open the bureau were and have adamantly refused to allow their management or reporters to speak on the record regarding the operations and the conditions and restrictions they work under in the year since the opening ceremony.

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AP Vice President Daniszewski said last week North Korea appears to be opening up to the West, citing airing foreign television programs.  “Our correspondent (Jean Lee) mentioned that there are some new TV shows, some interesting films like ‘Madagascar,'” he said, referring to the American cartoon film. This year “We want to see more of the country and talk more with the people.”

I would suggest that if the Associated Press wants to improve their abysmal reporting record to date on North Korea, they should consider closing down their bureau and contracting with youthful tourists at the Beijing airport arrival gate from Pyongyang , who are free of fear of upsetting the most egregious regime on earth responsible for obscene institutional abuses of the rights of their citizens and get away with it by bullying, not just governments, but apparently reporters into giving credibility to their Orwellian narrative in exchange for—well in exchange for apparently not much. Hire a teenager to write a blog of their experiences. They probably could use the cash and the Associated Press could certainly use the credibility to their news operations it has pathetically, cynically, and transparently caused entirely self-inflicted damage.

Rape, Child Abuse, and Animal Cruelty: Women’s Sexual Freedom and Respecting My Pal Lamont

19 Jan

Rape, Child Abuse, and Animal Cruelty: Why Everyone’s Sexual Pleasure Requires Women Have Sexual Freedom

And Why That Means You Have to be Nice to My Pal, Lamont.

 By Nate Thayer

Warning: If you are disturbed by explicit sexual content or disturbing descriptions of violence do not read further

I recently posted a story outraged at those who force animals to fuck them. I said it was, like fucking a child, an unacceptable crossing of the boundary that all sex must be consensual; where all parties are capable and willing to consent, free from coercion, manipulation or force. With animals and children they simply don’t have the capability to give consent.

Importantly, I at the same time absolutely defended, and demand for myself, that all erotic desires be freely explored and are healthy to express. That none are better suppressed. But some must never be acted on, and some should be left to fantasy and role-play either by oneself or with a consenting partner.

 

The two inviolable guidelines are that we should all be free sexual beings, without judgment or shame or guilt. And you cannot deny anyone else that exact same right.  To carry sexual fantasy to action every participant must both give, receive, and exchange, full, clear, and non-coercive consent. We all have the right to explore whatever sexual desires we have. And none of us have the right to deny that in another.

This post will not make your pussy wet or your cock hard. If that is what you are seeking at the moment, and probably what I would prefer to be writing than this post, I would urge you to click the computer button and move on. You can find that in thousands of other stories posted online. If you want my take on why some things turn you on or whether fantasies are healthy to act on and some are not, you might—maybe–want to continue reading.

Below is an excerpt from an earlier missive I penned in response to some people who believe it is OK to fuck my dog titled “Except for One Obvious Exception…” I believe there are no limits to exploring sexual fantasies or desires by you or with anyone who consents to sharing them. I don’t care if anyone thinks mine are perverted, immoral, or simply has no erotic appeal to him or her. And I don’t judge the many I have no desire or even understanding of the sexual arousal and pleasure it brings to them. Who knows why we all have distinct sexual urges that drive us to unbridled frenzy? Who cares why? But exploring through shared fantasy and role-play and exploring through experiencing them are two very distinct things. This is my reaction to a question posed online earlier:  “Has anyone ever let a male dog fuck them?”…and the question poster continued “My wife had our German Shepherd fuck me like I was his bitch. Has this ever happened to anyone else? I was really sick feeling at first, but now I really like it and want him to!!”

There is a reason why non-consensual sexual acts are defined as rape and sexual assault. Animals cannot by definition consent. This is also fact for children. If you have erotic fantasies of non consensual sex, which I submit is common, normal, and shouldn’t be repressed for the many that do, then either by yourself or with a person or persons who share that sexual desire and fantasy, role play and explore it within the boundaries of fantasy. But to experience it by forcing it on another who isn’t willing or consenting is, and should be, unacceptable.  

 

Virtually any other sexual desire fantasy or fetish can be achieved and experienced consensually. I am aroused by many things others are not and who find no erotic pleasure in those I do. So if it is consensual and doesn’t involve animals and children, then I truly hold no judgment and defend your right to pursue without restriction fulfilling your own erotic needs.  I also understand when others see no erotic appeal in what turns me on and don’t impose my sexual menu of lust on others who don’t share them.

But to the above question poster I say: You should be arrested for animal cruelty, face the consequences of the full weight of the law, never be allowed to be around dogs, and will forever be the focus of my utter contempt.

 

And the same applies to those who force children to experience your selfish choice to force your desires on those incapable of consenting to choose to participate in them. Anything can be played out in role play and fantasy but to force an unwilling or incapable person or animal to serve your interests, regardless of knowingly ignoring, and refusing to respect, and choosing to abuse, and therefore deny that right to someone else, is firmly beyond defense. Of course you are ashamed of and beneath contempt for denying to someone the choice that you are demanding for yourself. You cannot deny the sexual freedom to anyone in order to achieve sexual pleasure. It is the sexual repression and denial of anyone that hurts everyone.  Full stop.

The response to this was civil and posed many questions that took issue, saying it was oversimplified. Many argued that sex with animals was separate from sex with children. “I don’t think it’s a consent issue and I’m not even sure it’s a animal cruelty issue. I’m absolutely certain it’s not appropriate to bracket it with child sexual abuse. All of that may be skirmishing around the fringes: I absolutely agree with your view that we cannot be held culpable for what turns us on, only for acting on it in a way that is likely to hurt or damage others.” And “I think consent or non-consent is a human attribute. To apply it to animals is a bit of a double standard…I mean, if animals can never consent, do you feel bad about killing and eating them, the way you feel bad about having sex with them? Which do you think is worse: eating an animal? Or giving them an orgasm? Why do we feel we have dominion over the animals?”

The arguments contended that there is a long history of bestiality. That if one was to use ‘consent’ as a rule guiding action towards animals than we should all be vegetarians.  “Consent is not the answer, unless you are prepared to follow it the whole way, which means veganism.” And “What is worse—killing or fucking an animal?” “It just becomes a matter of personal distaste at the thought of it; it’s a perversion to satisfy your carnal urges with a different species. But then again hunger is a carnal urge as well. Food, water and sex drive every species on the planet. So if its o.k. to eat a lesser species to satisfy your carnal hunger… why would it be wrong to ‘eat’ a lesser species to satisfy your carnal lust? 😉 ask them which they would prefer.”

Most agreed that the idea of fucking a child or animal was deeply offensive to them. But is being offensive to someone a justification for judging someone else’s or making an erotic urge illegal? 
”I asked for a reason bestiality was wrong, from a strictly legal and philosophical standpoint, and all I get is people calling it and me disgusting,” said another respondent. “I ask a question which you have failed to answer. …You and everyone else’s comments are nothing more than statements of how disgusting you find the act. But you have not yet explained the moral or philosophical reasoning behind why having sex with an animal should be illegal.” And “your comparison between child molestation and bestiality is a false premise. They are not ‘wrong’ for the same reason of ‘non-consent’. It is impossible for an animal to give consent, period. Cows aren’t even smart enough to understand the mortal danger they are in and greyhounds never really get the nefarious plot to chase a hare that never moves. So what exactly is ‘wrong’ with bestiality; besides that it is as gross to me as those people who claim to find their poop and pee sexually exciting?”  Others brought up the issue of exactly when a child is defined as old enough to consent.  “So the question about sex and animals is interesting. What is it that makes that behavior taboo not just for Vegans but also for, in practical terms, everybody? Is it just that we have hang ups about sex? Probably. Sexual morality and logic are, appropriately enough, not very comfortable bedfellows…. But don’t put someone who sexually abuses my children in the same bracket as someone who sexually abuses my dog. 

But let’s be clear – child sex abuse is not really a consent issue. If it is, we will have people trotting out “the exceptionally mature pre-pubescent argument”. And we will have no answer to them. There may well be children who have the maturity to consent to sexual activity with adults but I don’t want to live in a world where we let them.”

Still others said “what about incest?”

 

All these questions, and others, are legitimate and the debate could go on endlessly. “(Thayer’s) thesis about the underlying rationale being lack of consent is superficially attractive but is simply wrong and I will hold to that until persuaded otherwise. The problem is that the only suggested alternative, which is that some things are just inherently wrong and that it is innate in us to recognize them, doesn’t appeal to his (or my) rational mind.”

So here is my more thoughtful response.

We all have sexual desires, urges and fantasies that are the result of the complex wiring of life experiences, social conditioning, religious and cultural influence, repression and guilt, many based on painful as well as pleasant memories that form the architecture of our erotic minds.

 

Like, snowflakes, everyone one of us is different.

Specifically, without restriction, every one of us should be encouraged to embrace and explore whatever menu of sexual urges, desires, and fantasies make up the erotic menu of the buffet from which we can freely choose which dishes appeal to us.  I make absolutely no judgment on any sexual desires that gets anyone off or turns any one of us on. It is meaningless and irrelevant if I find some perfectly repulsive, or hold no erotic appeal for, or simply find baffling that it is included on anyone else’s sexual urges of choice. And I demand that there be no interference in my right to derive pleasure and explore those lusts desires and sexual kinks that make up mine. . There are many that we each find a distinct turn off, simply have no interest in, or find wincing at the thought of participating in. I have my own list in both categories as well. But clearly there are many who share each of ours and to find others with common sexual interest and to explore them together is a joy, a right, and a gift.  But to take that to one step further—to experience or act upon—has another set of very clear inviolable boundaries for all of us.

It is consent. And the issue is the guidelines for acceptable rules of human sexual behavior. It has nothing to do with whether humans eat animals, or whether animals are lesser beings. Or whether some children mature earlier than others. For the same reason whether many women have sexual fantasies of being raped. Coerced and non consensual sex not just forces others to participate against their will. It forces many not to participate in sexuality they in fact desire.

 

For many, if not all women, there is a blatant double standard that if they freely express their erotic mind, they will be judged and condemned. So they are restricted to not be able to express what they want, but are pressured to not object to what they don’t want.

 

And for far too many men, they want a woman who presents no sexuality in public to be exactly the opposite in private—but only with them. Our desires don’t control our actions.  Desires may be beyond our control, but our actions are within our control. As are our attitudes towards our sexual partners.

So I will extend the connection here to sex with animals and children being unacceptable for the same reason that repressing women’s ability to be free to express their unedited erotic selves is unacceptable and is connected to being forced to not being allowed to refuse, or to be forced to participate with those that do not, and equally being forced to not be free to participate, initiate or consent in whatever is erotically appealing to them.

These are rules that define sexual conduct between adult consenting humans. They are not guidelines for non-sexual human relations or interspecies relations. We all, in our universal quest for sexual satisfaction, deserve to be free to choose to express our desires and lusts and kinks and fetish’s as we want. Without exception.

 

Except one: When it denies another the ability to pursue that same choice.

The connection is in fact not an issue of sexuality, but one of force and control–an imbalance of power, where one of the involved parties cannot, or is denied the right to, consent to or communicate in their sexual actions and choices.

 

Both involved parties must be conscious, fully informed, and positive in their desires in order to be able to give genuine consent.

 

The bottom line is – if you fuck animals, or engage in any other form of sexual contact with them, you are engaging in nonconsensual behavior with a creature that is unable to consent.

It also delves more deeply into these connections with the known interaction of animal sexual abuse with violence against people and child sexual abuse. All three are not about sex.

Rape is about power. Rape isn’t about a man getting carried away with passion and desire. It is about controlling the victim and removing their autonomy, control, decision making powers, and humanity.

Consent is when one can say no, and that no is accepted. And equally, but more nuanced, when one is empowered to be free to not just say yes, but ask that their desires be equally free to be requested to be fulfilled. Consent demands not only giving it but also receiving and exchanging it.

 

Clearly animals cannot do that. Bestiality and sex with children are model cases of demanding sex without consent, denying that to another, while also confusing affection and acquiescence for consent.

Guess what the single largest reasons people engage in bestiality is? The fact that no negotiation is required. In other words no negotiation means they eliminated the issue of consent. Or, even more offensively, chose to demand that only one person’s desires mattered and they imposed them on another.

 

A study of those who had sex with animals found that 74% gave the reason as no need for negotiation.  Another study of juvenile sex offenders found that of those who had engaged in sex with animals, 96 percent admitted to sexual abuse against humans as well. Those that sexually abused animals also had a much higher rate of sexual abuse against humans than other sex offenders. So the connection between sex with animals and rape is established.

Abusing an animal is a way for a human to find power and fulfillment through the use of a victim they know cannot defend itself.

 

Now let’s break down a human crime, say rape: If we substitute a few pronouns, it’s exactly the same. Rape is a way for a human to find power and fulfillment through the forcible use of someone against their will who cannot defend themselves. Now try it with sexual abuse of a child or spousal abuse: Child abuse is a way for a human to find power and fulfillment through the forced use of someone they know cannot defend themselves.  The line separating an animal abuser from a child abuser to a rapist is much finer than is comfortable.

 

People abuse animals and children for the same reasons they abuse people. Some of them will stop with animals, but enough have been proven to continue on to commit violent crimes to people that it’s worth paying attention to. Virtually every serious violent offender has a history of animal abuse in their past. The connection gets more alarming.

Studies of prison inmates show 75% of violent offenders had early records of animal cruelty. 30% of convicted child molesters and 48% of convicted rapists admitted animal cruelty in their childhood. 71% of abused women report that their batterers have threatened to hurt/kill their pets or have done so. 32% of battered women with children report that their children have hurt or killed pets. 25%-48% of battered women delay leaving an abusive situation for fear of what will happen to her pet if left behind. 48% of rapists have committed acts of animal cruelty as children or adolescents. 30% of child molesters have committed acts of animal cruelty as children or adolescents.
15% of all active rapists also rape animals. 40% of animal abusers committed brutal crimes against people.

Cruelty toward animals is a marker for violence toward humans.

 

If a person behaves violently towards an animal, this is violent behavior that, in all likelihood, is not confined to animals.

 

Children exposed to domestic violence are 3 times more likely to act out animal cruelty than children in nonviolent homes. 88% of New Jersey families with physical abuse in the household claimed animals were abused as well. 12 different independent studies show 18% – 48% of battered women delay leaving abusive situations out of fear for the safety of their animals.

 

Violence against small, helpless, or non-threatening creatures unlikely to retaliate is a precursor to assaulting children, women, and the elderly, disabled, or other vulnerable victims. Batterers who hurt animals resort to more types of violence and controlling behaviors to humans than batterers who do not abuse animals.

It gets even more ugly.

Every serial sex rapist ever recorded has a history of animal abuse.

 

Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, Jeffrey Dahlmer, the Boston Strangler, William Gacy and on down to the less infamous.

 

Dennis Rader, the “BTK” (Bind-Torture-Kill) murderer in Wichita, Kansas, confessed to strangling cats and dogs prior to his sadistic spree raping and torturing and murdering untold numbers of women. His day job? An animal control law enforcement officer for the city.

 

Washington D.C. convicted serial killer Lee Boyd Malvo stalked and killed cats with a slingshot. “This was probably the most serious problem…in a strikingly obedient child,” his court psychologist testified. Malvo once had a pet cat but grew to hate animals, a psychologist testified at his murder trial, because his mother would beat Malvo when the cat would sleep in Malvo’s bed and soil the sheets. “If he saw a stray cat he would become angry and shoot the stray cat. He hit some of the cats, and probably killed some of the cats,” she said.

 

Columbine High School shooter Eric Harris smashed the heads of mice with a crowbar and set them on fire.

 

Russell Weston Jr., tortured and killed 12 cats: burned and cut off their tails, paws, ears; poured toxic chemicals in their eyes to blind them; forced them to ingest poison, and hung them from trees. He later killed 2 officers at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Jeffrey Dahlmer impaled frogs, staked cats to trees and decapitated dogs. Later he dissected boys and kept their body parts in the refrigerator. He raped and murdered 17 men.

 

Kip Kinkle shot 25 classmates and others in Springfield, Oregon. He killed his father and mother. Before that, he blew up a cow, set a live cat on fire and dragged it down Main Street of town. Classmates rated him as “Most Likely to Start WWIII.”

 

Albert De Salvo, the “Boston Strangler,” placed a dog and cat in a crate and after starving the animals for days; he watched them kill each other. Later, he raped and strangled 13 women.

 

Richard Allen Davis set cats on fire before he killed all of Polly Klaus’ animals before abducting, raping and murdering her when she was age 12.

 

11-year-old Andrew Golden and 13-year-old Mitchell Johnson tortured and killed dogs before, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, they shot and killed 4 students and 1 teacher during a fire drill at their school.

 

16-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed his mother to death, killed 2 classmates and shot 7 others. He later confessed to bludgeoning his dog, Sparkle, with baseball bats and pouring liquid fuel down her throat and set fire to her neck. “I made my first kill today,” he wrote in his journal. “It was a loved one…I’ll never forget the howl she made. It sounded almost human.”

 

Ted Bundy, executed in 1989 for at least 50 murders, was forced to watch his grandfather torture animals. Bundy later piled animal bones on human graves.

 

Gary Ridgway, the Green River killer, suffocated a cat as a child years before kidnapping, raping and murdering more than 40 prostitutes in Washington State.

 

At four years old Michael Cartier dislocated the legs of rabbits and hurled a kitten through a closed window. He later shot a woman 3 times in the head.

 

Henry Lee Lucas killed numerous animals and had sex with their corpses. Later he killed his mother, wife, and several other people.

 

Edward Kemperer hacked to death 2 cats. Later, he killed his grandparents, mother, and 7 other women.

 

Richard Speck threw a bird into a ventilator fan. Later he killed 8 women.

 

Randy Roth taped a cat to a car’s engine and used an industrial sander on a frog. He then killed 2 of his wives and attempted to kill a third.

 

David Richard Davis fatally shot 2 ponies, hurled a wine bottle at kittens and shot randomly animals. Later, he murdered his wife for insurance money.

 

Peter Kurten, the Dusseldorf Monster, tortured dogs, and practiced bestiality while killing animals. He murdered or attempted to murder over 50 men, women and children.

 

Richard Trenton Chase, “The Vampire Killer of Sacramento,” bit the heads off birds, drained animals for their blood, killed animals for their organs, and later killed 6 people in random attacks.

 

“The Kobe Killer,” a 15-year-old boy in Japan, beheaded a cat and strangled several pigeons before he decapitated an 11-year-old girl. He also killed a 10-year-old girl with a hammer, and tried to rape 3 other children in separate attacks.

 

Richard William Leonard’s grandmother forced him to mutilate cats and kittens when he was a child. He later killed someone with a bow and arrow and murdered another by slashing their throat.

 

Tom Dillion murdered other people’s pets. He later shot and killed five other people.

 

Nine-year-old Eric Smith strangled a neighbor’s cat. At 13, he bludgeoned a 4-year-old to death after luring the boy into the woods, choking him, sodomizing him with a stick, and fatally beat him with a rock.

 

David Berkowitz, the infamous “Son of Sam,” poisoned his mother’s parakeet out of jealousy before shooting 13 young couples, men and women.

 

Arthur Shawcross repeatedly threw a kitten into a lake until the kitten drowned from exhaustion before killing a young girl. After 15-1/2 years in prison, he killed 11 more women.

 

Michael Perry decapitated a neighbor’s dog. Later, he killed his parents, infant nephew and 2 neighbors.

 

Jason Massey’s killing resume began with cats and dogs; at 20 he decapitated and disemboweled a 13-year-old girl and fatally shot a 14-year old boy. He claims to have killed 37 cats, 29 dogs and 6 cows.

 

Patrick Sherrill stole neighborhood pets, tethered them with baling wire and encouraged his dog to mutilate them. He killed 14 co-workers and himself in 1986.

 

Keith Jesperson, the “Happy Face Killer,” bashed gopher heads and beat, strangled and shot stray cats and dogs. Later he strangled 8 women. He said: “You’re actually squeezing the life out of these animals… Choking a human being or a cat — it’s the same feeling…I’m the very end result of what happens when somebody kills an animal at an early age.”

 

Carroll Edward Cole, executed in 1985 for 35 murders, confessed that his first act of violence was to strangle a puppy under the porch of his house.

 

Robert Harris murdered two 16-year-old boys, doused a neighbor with lighter fluid and tossed matches at him. Earlier he was caught by police killing neighborhood cats.

Defenders of sex with animals use the same arguments as those who excuse or defend sex with children and rape of women.  They split the conduct into two categories. Desiring to fuck and to be fucked against their will. Open practitioners of sex with animals say they would never hurt an animal and the animal willingly wants to fuck them. “As a self-confessed zoophile, I personally have no interest in abusing, hurting or torturing animals. I do not go around, breaking into people’s houses and having sex with their pets. Most people with zoosexual tendencies are very sensitive to the needs and body language of their pets. One who knows their animal can quite easily tell if they are stressed or unhappy by a given situation. Simply to say they cannot speak does not, and never has, meant an animal cannot communicate. There’s certainly a grey moral area when it comes to men sticking their cocks in female or male animals, and I don’t show any of that on my website – it feels too close to rape,” says one, 
“But a dog fucking a woman is a different situation entirely. A male dog won’t get an erection and actively take control of humping a woman unless it wants to.”

 

It is this same self-deluded, self-justification argument which is used by pedophiles; that it is a mutual act of affection to fuck a child just taken to the next step.

 

And how many women reading this are familiar with the argument that “She wouldn’t have dressed that way or been in that place alone if she didn’t want to be fucked?” Would a candlelight dinner, champagne, romantic music, gifts, etc be considered coercion or trickery? A friendly smile? She—like the children and animals are expressing non-verbal approval to be fucked regardless of whether the offer verbal consent, according to this line of argument.

Rape is sexual assault that is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, and abuse of authority or with a person who is incapable of valid consent. “Victim blaming” is holding them to be in whole or in part responsible for the crime, that certain victim behaviors, such as flirting, or wearing sexually-provocative clothing, may encourage rape, suggesting victims are  “asking for it”, simply by not behaving demurely.

 

That power is reserved to men whereas women are meant for sex and objectified, that if women want sex it is the equivalent of wanting forced sex, and that male sexual impulses and behaviors are uncontrollable and must be satisfied.

 

To take it one step further, rape has throughout history been viewed less as a type of assault on the female, than a serious property crime against the man to whom she belonged, typically the father or husband. The damage was done to the husband, or father if she was unmarried, severely depreciating her value to a prospective husband. In such cases a demand for financial compensation from the rapist, payable to the woman’s household, whose “goods” were “damaged”, was the penalty. The woman was a piece of property.

Under biblical law, the rapist might be compelled to marry the unmarried woman instead of receiving the civil penalty if her father agreed.  And it isn’t ancient history. In every U.S. state it was legal for a husband to rape his wife until 1975, when South Dakota finally made it a crime to force your wife to have sex against her will.

As the gruesome facts above show, rape is not about sex. Rape is about power, control, objectification, and ownership. Rape is not about a man getting carried away with passion and desire. As is made intentionally disturbingly clear above, rape is not about sexual attraction at all, but rather about controlling the victim and removing their autonomy and humanity. The rape of a woman, as with sex with animals and children, is an act of power and control through force and violence, rather than one of sex.

In 2008, the United Nations recognized the connection between rape and power, officially declared rape to be a weapon of war. It didn’t take a genius to figure that out.  From Roman history and the Mongol empire right through the colonization of the Americas, rape was not held to be a crime. Rather, rape was one of the spoils of victory of power through violence. Under Spanish law in colonizing America, native women could be raped because they were considered Pagan and not Christian.

 

Throughout history, the rape of women has been regarded as a recognized, legitimate spoil of war, ancient enough to be mentioned in the Bible. The systematic rape of as many as 80,000 women by the Japanese soldiers during six weeks the Nanking Massacre in China is an example. During World War II an estimated 200,000 Korean and Chinese women were forced into prostitution in Japanese military brothels, as so-called “Comfort women”. 200,000 women were raped during the Bangladesh Liberation War a few decades ago by the Pakistani army. Serbs raped 20,000 Bosnian Muslim women during the Bosnian War in the 1990’s. More than 200,000 females living in the Congo today have been raped during the recent wars there.

 

In 1998, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found that systematic rape was used in the Rwandan genocide. It said: “Sexual assault formed an integral part of the process of destroying the Tutsi ethnic group and that the rape was systematic and had been perpetrated against Tutsi women only, manifesting the specific intent required for those acts to constitute genocide.” 500,000 women were raped during that 1994 Rwandan Genocide.

So rape as an instrument of control and power and violence seems rather indisputable.

 

As is sex with animals.

 

 

And as is sex with a child.

So let’s move on to sex with children. It is rape, sexual assault, and unacceptable because a child has no ability to consent. Everyone knows a child saying ‘yes’ does not mean s/he wants to or enjoys it or agrees. It, too, is a form of coercive and manipulative abuse of power over someone incapable of freely determining whether they are acting by consent. It is because they cannot, on an equal basis, say ‘no’, that they are targeted.

But where most common sex takes the form of willing manipulation, child abuse is coercive: the abuser preys upon a child’s intellectual helplessness. The abuser gets all the self-satisfaction he or she wants and in the process leaves the child with a life-long legacy of having been manipulated into aspects of eroticism well before having developing any defense mechanisms to cope with the psychological and sexual assaults.

Studies of child sex offenders show that pedophiles use psychological manipulation to meet personal needs, justifying abuse by making excuses, defining their actions as love, and using the power imbalance that is always fact in all adult-child relationships. They also defend their actions saying the children they raped enjoyed it and were sexual beings, or that they weren’t responsible because of uncontrollable sexual urges, and felt they were entitled to their sexual desires fulfilled.

The connection between child abuse and animal abuse and forcing women to both act against their sexual will–and be forbidden from acting according to their sexual will–is also clear.

 

30% of convicted child molesters and 48% of convicted rapists admitted animal cruelty in their childhood. Another study showed 40% of persons convicted of child abuse admitted they abused animals and 30% of persons convicted of rape confessed to prior animal abuse. Studies also found that a history of animal abuse was found in 25% of male criminals, 30% of convicted child molesters, 36% of domestic violence cases and 46% of homicide cases.

The connection between sex with animals and children and rape and sexual assault of women has far less to do with sex than it does with sexualizing power and control to deny or target those who can’t say ‘yes’ to act out selfish demands.

 

It is exactly the absence of consent that is what the offender lusts after.

 

It doesn’t matter whether physical harm occurs. What matters is that one participant is not able to be fully informed, communicate consent, or to speak for themselves.

 

For consent to be exchanged both participants must be conscious, fully informed and positive in their desires.

 

The animal or child is unable to understand the act or even understand it at the physical level. This is similar to having sex with a mentally handicapped adult. It is taking advantage of their inability to comprehend.

Even if the animal or child physically ‘consents’–as in does not resist the physical advances of an adult human– they still cannot be said to be consenting. There is no contract as such between both parties.  In an act of rape the potential exists for reciprocity, but it is not fulfilled. Only one party – the rapist – derives any pleasure from the act, while the victim is denied the option to choose what pleasures her or him or, in the case of animals, it.

Consent is the exchange of voluntary, sober, wanted, informed, mutual, honest, and verbal agreement. It cannot be coerced or imposed. Consent cannot be coerced. It is a process to be asked for every step of the way. If you want to move on to something else, just ask.

 

Consent is never implied and cannot be assumed. The absence of a “no” doesn’t mean “yes”. It always requires that both participants be equally involved in any sexual decision or activities to have sex.

 

This destroys and eliminates myths such as the stud vs. slut stereotype. It frees everyone to find and choose without restraint what he or she both want and don’t want.

 

It means every individual is responsible for not only their own sexual conduct but requires them to engage in mutual sex with those who have and can take the same responsibility.

 

Communicating with your partner about sexual needs and desires liberates for women and men to both want and enjoy sex. Knowing your personal beliefs and values and respecting your partner’s personal beliefs and values allows us all to be free to explore and free from judgment.

 

Your desires may be beyond your control, but your actions are within your control.  Sexual excitement does not justify forced sex.

As a corollary, only each us can prevent rape or sexual assault–by not doing it.

 

A lot has been said about how to prevent rape. Women should learn self-defense. Women should lock themselves in their houses after dark. Women shouldn’t have long hair and women shouldn’t wear short skirts. Women shouldn’t leave drinks unattended. Hell, women shouldn’t dare to get drunk at all.

 

What utter bullshit and profoundly counterproductive to all men who are seeking sexual fulfillment.

 

Instead, if a woman is drunk, don’t rape her.

 

If a woman is walking alone at night, don’t rape her.

 

If a woman is drugged and unconscious, don’t rape her.

 

If a woman is wearing a short skirt, don’t rape her.

 

If a woman is jogging in a park at 5 am, don’t rape her.

 

If a woman is in a coma, don’t rape her.

 

If an animal can’t say ‘yes’, don’t fuck it.

 

If a woman changes her mind in the middle of, or about a particular activity, don’t rape her.

 

If a woman has refused a certain activity, don’t rape her.

 

If a woman is not yet a woman, but a child, don’t rape her.

 

If your girlfriend or wife is not in the mood, don’t rape her.

 

If your stepdaughter is watching TV, don’t rape her.

 

If your friend thinks it’s okay to rape someone, tell him it’s not.

 

Tell your sons and grandsons, sons of friends it’s not okay to rape someone.

 

Don’t tell your women friends how to be safe and avoid rape. Don’t imply that she could have avoided it if she’d only done this and not done that. Don’t imply that it’s in any way her fault.

 

Don’t accept a culture that tells you that you have no control over or responsibility for your actions.

So, for me, that takes care of the issue of the actual act, or experiencing, sex with children and animals.

 

It in no way denies or judges that many people have sexual urges and fantasies of underage sex, being raped or raping, sex without consent, and yes, sex with animals. It is only when acted on that each of these crosses the acceptable boundaries.

Coerced and non consensual sex not just forces others to participate against their will; it forces many not to participate in sexuality they in fact desire.

 

For many, if not all women, there is a blatant double standard that if they freely express their erotic mind, they will be judged and condemned. And, for far too many men, they want a woman who must repress their public sexuality but act the opposite in private—often only with them.

 

So never assume before you proceed. A good lover is a good listener. A bad listener is at best a bad lover and at worst a rapist.

 

Whether a sexual desire or fantasy is natural or perverted does not depend on what organs are used or where they are put, but only that mutual consent guides the sexual encounter.  It just needs mutual agreement of response to the other’s sexual arousal.

 

Consent by definition is the exchange of mutual agreement. If one is going to engage in sexual activity with another not only should they have consent they must exchange it. Not only is it someone’s right to give consent but also it is equally your obligation to receive consent.

 

Because animals are not capable of saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ is exactly why you cannot fuck them, period. And by extension, why it is essential that you not only offer consent but you receive consent in any sexual encounter. This question of whether non-sexual human relations with animals is a consensual one is spurious. We are referring to human sexually activity with a partner—in this case wo(man) or beast.

Which leads us to the difference between fantasy desires and actions: There is a difference between sexual desires of fantasy and brutal, violent reality. There also is a difference between the fundamental right of choice in one’s fantasy and the loss of control as a victim of sexual assault.

The most common fantasies for men and women are reliving an exciting sexual experience, imagining sex with a current partner, and imagining sex with a different partner.

 

The next most common fantasies are oral sex, sex in a romantic location, sexual power or irresistibility, and forced sex.

 

45.8% of men in a 1980 study said they fantasized about being raped by a woman and 44.7% of fucking a woman who “pretends resisting” and 33% of raping a woman.

 

More than half of women fantasized of being raped or coerced forcibly into sex.

 

The top women’s fantasies include older women fantasizing about sex with a much younger man, or a man of a different ethnicity, or a man who is lower than them on the social scale, like the fantasy of the pool man or the delivery boy; Quickie sex with a total stranger, often on a plane or train; being overwhelmed and taken against their will or raped (but not painfully or violently); sex with another woman, even if they don’t consider themselves to be lesbian; sex with someone who cares for them such as a doctor or priest.

 

For younger women, “Daddy” fantasies about older men are common. Older women fantasize about their sons much younger friends. Sex with someone who is a blur.

 

More women than men fantasize about location and setting like making love on the deserted beach of a beautiful island.

Fantasies are frequently used to escape real-life sexual restraints and to imagine dangerous or illegal scenarios.

 

Fantasy is a normal, healthy part of sex for men and women. A rich fantasy life leads to better sex. One of the attractions of fantasy lovers — even when your fantasy lover is actually your current partner, as often happens — is that they’re right beside you, and they know just what to do to make you feel good. And you can enjoy fantasy sex with someone other than your partner without repercussions, because it occurs solely in your mind. Fantasy gives you an outlet for all of the wild, lustful, often forbidden urges that you’ve always wanted to do.

Now to digress and insert the Internet as a way of expressing sexual fantasies and how it is healthy and contributes to decreasing—not promoting—unacceptable sexual conduct.  In 2001, the four states with the lowest per capita access to the Internet were Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, and West Virginia. The four states with the highest Internet access were Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, and Washington.

 

Next look at the figures for forcible rape compiled by police reports for the years 1980 and 2000. In the four states with lowest Internet access, the increase in rape was 53%. The four states with highest Internet access the decrease in rape was 27%.

 

The same phenomenon has followed changes in pornography laws when eased around the world. In Japan the laws legalizing pornography were met with a stark decrease in sexual violence over the period of change, sex crimes in every category, from rape to sexual assault against children significantly decreased. Despite the wide increase in availability of pornography to children, not only was there a decrease in sex crimes with juveniles as victims but the number of juvenile offenders also decreased significantly. These same findings were seen with the rise of sexually explicit materials in Denmark, Sweden and West Germany. In West Germany, from 1971 to 1987 group rape rates decreased 59%. Rape by strangers decreased 33%.  In Japan the number of rapes committed by individuals known to the victim, decreased. Since rapes by strangers or groups are more likely to be reported than date or marital rapes, again there is little doubt these findings in Japan represent real differences.

While pornography does arouse people sexually, it leads to legal sexual expressions through fantasy. Couples might have increased their love making frequency, artists might have created newly inspired works of art, multitudes might have used the pornography as vehicles for sexual self knowledge and many used the material for reading or viewing pleasure and masturbation.

 

All of these are positive, legal and constructive, or at least nondestructive, social outlets.

 

Erotic fantasies expressed, not repressed, are a way to relieve the sexual suffocation we all are victims of and promote healthy expression, rather than the unacceptable acting out of behaviors that violate others right to their own sexual freedom and choices.

So the point of all the above overflow of dry facts and academic analysis of fucking, lust, perversion and desire is that it is all normal.

 

Think and lust how we all want to.

 

But never deny another that exact pleasure by forcing them to satisfy yours by denying them theirs. All sexual acts and sexual crimes begin with fantasy.

A perfect example of where fantasy allows full pleasure without denying others their own is found in the edges of the forbidden corners of the BDSM community.  Many, both women and men, find deep and pure sexual pleasure in being dominated or submissive—including fantasies of purely non consensual sex. Many include domination, control, humiliation, pain, injury, and violence, or a combination of these themes, as a means to elicit suffering. As the fantasies vary, so does the degree of violence. But there are clear rules on how those are satisfied. Sexual role-playing of rape fantasy is self-defined as ‘ravishment’ or ‘forced sex role-play’. To make the distinction between consensual role-play and non-consensual assault. Though consent is absolutely paramount the illusion of non-consensuality or rape is important to maintaining the fantasy. Crossing the line is rape and assault. One or more “safe words” are used to communicate being consenting partners. All participants agree what will transpire beforehand. Limits are respected and made very clear, to maintain consensual play.

Who knows why we all have different desires and sexual tastes? Who cares? The only way that we can each seek and enjoy and satisfy the demands of our often fiery, sweltering, turbulent, and ecstatically pleasurable and sometimes disturbing lust in the forbidden corners of our erotic minds, is to ensure no one restricts them.

 

And that means we cannot restrict or deny the same in others.

 

So, I say feel free to fuck who, where, how, and when you want. As long as you do not deny me or anyone their pleasure in doing the same. And having both the right and ability to say exactly what that is.

 

And that means, by definition, stay the fuck away from my dog, Lamont.

I AM HAZARA TAKING BlOOD BATH IN QUETTA

11 Jan

I AM HAZARA TAKING BlOOD BATH IN QUETTA

A powerful poem from Asmat Hosaini, a Medicine Student from Quetta, Pakistan where a bomb killed 106 people and injured 163 yesterday in a snooker hall. Over 1300 Hazaras have been killed in targeted attacks and shootings in Pakistan.

This poem was written for Irfan Ali, a human rights and peace activist, who died giving first aid to victims of the 1st blast when the second bomb killed him last night.

Hazara child with message for Ban Ki-moon

Hazara child with message for Ban Ki-moon

I AM HAZARA TAKING BlOOD BATH IN QUETTA

A senseless killing took you away last night

Coward ass nigga shot you through a window so you didn’t have a fight

I am hurt that your life had to come to an end this way

Dying at the hand of someone else’s gun play

He didn’t think he just took your life away

Leaving you loved ones with unanswered questions today

I enjoyed the time you and I shared

I will hold those moments close to my heart

And although your life was cut short here on earth

I know your with you make where you’ll get a new start

For those of us who embraced who you were we’ll miss you dearly

As for the one who killed you may his soul burn severely

“I am Hazara carrying Mongol facial feature mostly living in Afghanistan. Hazaras have a unique place and dwelling in the history of cultures and ethnicities for they are only that held oriental and other mixed background as well as communion with the religion of Islam. It is unlike to find another such nationality with the same characteristics. Hazaras are identified by their specific characteristics; Asian like eyes, nose and may more Asian physical attributes. They are most oppressed and most mistreated ethnic in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And unfortunately this vicious saga of brutality barbarism continues everyday of twenty first century against Hazaras in Pakistan.”

Asmat Hosaini is a Medicine Student from Quetta.Asmat. He tweets at @AsmatHosaini and can be reached at asmat.hussaini@yahoo.com

His blog is http://asmathosaini.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/i-am-hazara-taking-blood-bath-in-quetta/

Websites Hacked of Cambodian Secret Political Police and Supreme Court Charged with both Protecting the Assassins of Political Opponents and Jailing Opposition

10 Jan

Websites Hacked of Cambodian Secret Political Police and Supreme Court Charged with Both Protecting the Assassins of Political Opponents and Jailing Opposition

Two Cambodian government ministries web sites were hacked this week and defaced in the latest in series of cyber attacks against the authorities.

The National Military Police and Supreme Court Web sites were breached and defaced by separate hacker and hacker group on Tuesday, with visitors to the Web site of  the National Military Police on Tuesday greeted by a picture of a masked man wearing a red cape. Above his head, there was a word printed in capitals: “Hacked”.

If you logged on to the Supreme Court site you would have been met by a message in the top left hand corner, “hacked by Hmei7”, the signature of an Indonesian hacker, who claimed to have attacked 70,000 Web sites worldwide.

This means in the last year since 2012, hackers have breached the Web sites of at least 7 major government ministries, including the National Police, Ministry of Agriculture,  Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy,  the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Hacktivist group Anonymous breached Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and stole 5,000 documents which included people’s passport information and visa requests from the hard drives as revenge for the arrest and deportation of Swede Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, co-founder of file sharing Web site, The Pirate Bay, who had taken refuge in the country after fleeing Sweden after being convicted  of illegally sharing proprietary information from the internet.

The National Military Police are the Cambodian Government’s specially trained political police, tasked with cracking down on political opponents to dictator Hun Sen, and are documented to be involved in widespread organized crime, including kidnapping and murder for ransom, prostitution, and torture and killing of political opponents.

The Supreme Court stands accused as being entirely politically controlled by Hun Sen and his small cabal of corrupt elite, who have sentenced numerous journalists, elected parliamentarians, social, land, and environmental activists to prison sentences while protecting those guilty of  murdering other activists and journalists from facing legal sanction.

Phu Leewood, former secretary-general of the government’s National Information Communications Technology Development Authority, noted the government does not have the skills and education and the security of government Web sites will “take time”, he told the Cambodian Daily.

After the government’s first recorded cyberattack in 2002, all Web sites were hosted from the same server with a frequently updated firewall, but since 2010, each ministry has been responsible for its own online security and every Web site has its own server, most with no firewalls, because government employees do not know how to use it, Leewood explained.

AP Exclusive: U.S. News Agency Sells Reputation to North Korea for Access to Exactly No News

2 Jan

AP Exclusive: U.S. News Agency Sells its Former Good Name to Serve as a Propaganda Arm of the World’s Most Repressive Govt in Exchange for Access Which has Produced Exactly  No News and Undermined the Principles of a Free Press

The Associated Press Korea coverage is nothing short of a stain on, and an embarrassment to, the principles of a free press, and it is past time they  cut it out, close their bureau in Pyongyang and apologize.

And I say this as a former AP reporter (who spent a month in North Korea as their correspondent) and was the AP bureau chief in Cambodia–a country whose modern series of governments are as equally as egregious as Pyongyang, albeit minor league amateurs in comparison to the Kim family regime, simply not as accomplished or sophisticated in their thuggery.The Kim family dynastic criminal syndicate which operates currently under the protection and privileges of a recognized nation state, will make Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge look like Mother Theresa when the unspeakable truth comes out what has happened inside North Korea over the last fifty years when they inevitably will implode and collapse.

It is the unspeakable which the AP refuses to speak about–the central moral and professional mandate of its existence–in its coverage of North Korea which is, in itself, unspeakably offensive.

The AP just released an “exclusive” that the head of Google is planning a trip soon to Pyongyang, the only country in the world that has a blanket ban on use of the internet, headlined “APNewsBreak: Google exec chairman to visit NKorea”, datelined Seoul with the byline of correspondent Jean H. Lee.

What is the outrage are the several things missing from the story that violate the most basic ethical standards and AP’s own formal–and now formerly– inviolable ethics, standards and rules, a concept they have repeatedly abandoned when it comes to Korea coverage since opening a “bureau” in Pyongyang last year.

Among the most glaring absences is that there is no mention of, or reference to, any input from AP’s own Pyongyang Bureau in the story, the existence of which is a rank embarrassment and scandal in itself.

AP cut a sweetheart deal with Pyongyang to open the bureau a year ago, the contents of the written contractual arrangement they have kept as tightly secret as if they were a third world dictatorship themselves.

In the year since they opened the bureau, in a pomp and ceremony propaganda excersize orchestrated by the same North Korean government architects that are charged with maintaining  the Kim family dictatorship personality cult, not a single substantive news story has been produced from the AP Pyongyang bureau.

In fact, on numerous occasions, the AP bureaus and their competitors based in other countries have consistently first broken virtually every significant top world North Korean story and informed the world, the AP in Pyongyang remaining entirely in the dark about every important news event happening under their very nose.

These include both the April and December launches of the long range missile tests designed to carry nuclear weapons that can reach the continental U.S., which were first reported by foreign media in Tokyo, Beijing, and Seoul, to the purge of the top army commander in July, to a series of stories regarding top personal changes and policy statements.

This is because the AP bureau in Pyongyang is a wholly owned and staffed subsidiary of the the intelligence and propaganda arms of the North Korean regime. The foreign reporters can go nowhere, meet no one, or see nothing without the permission of the Pyongyang government.

In fact, the AP staffers, both the “reporters” and “photographers” are entirely handpicked by the North Korean government and widely known to be nothing short of trained operatives of the regime intelligence services.

The entire function of the bureau is to give credibility to Pyongyang’s rank manipulation of events of import and twist, suppress, or blatantly create a false narrative of the life of North Korean citizens and the conduct, actions, and intent of its brutal elite who are in power.

Regarding this story of the head of Google–a Company whose name is so firmly ubiquitous it is now both a noun and a verb absorbed irrevocably in popular international linguistic usage it is synonymous with the power, good, and importance of freedom of, and free access to, information–visiting Pyongyang, the irony is so rich it would be cut from the script of a third rate daytime TV soap opera.

Specifically, the story made only a comically brief, frightened reference in passing to the most obviously important news of the story that was so transparent one could almost visualize the AP bosses fleeing from the terror of upsetting their Pyongyang choreographers by reporting a truth: That North Korea is the only country on earth that outright bans the entire internet technology that has transformed life in literally every other piece of real estate on the planet. And failed entirely to mention the  fact that North Korean citizens are routinely imprisoned if caught using any communication devices to access information from, or communicate with people in, countries outside the borders of the worlds saddest, most repressive, most despicable gulag posing as a government and given the benefits rights and benefits of a a seat at the table of the rest of the properly organized nation states.

These are facts so ubiquitously known, that is outside the borders of North Korea, and so obvious that a good chunk of the American population that couldn’t name who their own current vice president is are aware of this news. But not if they were forced to rely on the AP for their news and information.

And in a further inexcusable breach of ethics, the AP censored the title of the job of the author of this story, editing out the fact that Ms. Jean Lee is also the “Bureau Chief” of the Pyongyang AP bureau simultaneously with her same function in Seoul–two countries formally at war with each other.

If this story involved any other country, or the AP wasn’t running fully scared of upsetting the Pyongyang authorities, they would have had input from the Pyongyang bureau, obtained some comment from a regime official or, more probably, confirmation of the very country the entire story was the subject of. But not one word. Not even the obligatory “No Pyongyang official could be reached fro comment.
In fact the sources for the entire story were all anonymous, in itself a violation of AP’s own rules requiring two named sources for publishing a story.

But the biggest outrage, among the aforementioned and several more, is buried deep in the story, in a reference  that the Google chief will be merely a member of a delegation with Kun “Tony” Namkung who they say will “also (be) leading the trip” and identified him as “an Asian affairs expert who has made numerous visits to North Korea over the past 25 years. Namkung also has been a consultant to the AP.”

AP made no reference to how Mr Namkung is “an Asian affairs expert” or what he had been in the employ of the AP “consulting” about.

In truth, Mr Namkung is a broker who makes his living taking large amounts of money from people such as the AP and Google in exchange for getting them access to meet with North Korean elite government officials and taking  a cut from business deals being negotiated. In fact, Mr. NamKung was central to the deal negotiated with the Pyongyang propaganda apparatus to open the AP bureau itself, which is so cowed, ineffectual, and counterproductive it is unwilling to shed the most mundane of light on even this what normally would be a wholly innocuous and non controversial news piece.

AP should be ashamed of themselves and quit shilling for the most offensive, oppressive dictatorship in the world and knowingly misleading their readers as part of a deal to pimp for the thugs in power in Pyongyang. Not to mention soiling the reputation of the free press, and by extension, me.

Here is a link to the just released AP story: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gqBQsr0HoEAxofMe8hK-3v5GkDcA?docId=624f23a869cc46f1be68afbc96977083

New Edition Of ‘Bible Of Psychiatry’ Combines Witch Doctor Hocus Pocus With Boneheaded, Unsupported Diseases in the Service of For-Profit Dope Dealers Industry

4 Dec

Please Stop Telling Me How I am Given Permission to Fuck, What I should Like When I do, With Whom to do so with, How Often I should Enjoy It, and Injecting Your Religious Fairy Tales as a Guidebook. And Quit selling your Soul to be in the Service of the Legal Dope Dealers While Telling me What Makes me Insane. And Please Stop Stigmatizing Children by Telling them Something is Wrong With Them. And while you are at it, fight to end the stigma against the very real serious mental illnesses and figure out a way to make affordable treatment for them possible

New Edition Of ‘Bible Of Psychiatry’ Combines Witch Doctor Hocus Pocus With Boneheaded, Unsupported Diseases in the Service of For-Profit Dope Dealers Industry

By Nate Thayer

Revisions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the Bible of psychiatry put out by the American Psychiatric Association, were released today. Thank God they didn’t have these in my youth. I would still be incarcerated. It is the 5th revision of the DSM.

The revision, announced Saturday, has been more than a decade in the making and included input from more than 1,500 experts in all walks of medicine in 39 countries. The changes to the DSM  are updates to “what we consider psychopathology” said a spokesman for what are officially recognized diseases.

Let me make clear, the stigmatization, lack of medical insurance and therefore treatment and resulting unspeakable suffering that goes untreated for the mentally ill is despicable and criminal.
Let me also make clear that many of these boneheads leading the medical profession on mental illness simply have no idea what they talking about, injecting social mores as the basis of defining illness, far too many in the pocket of the billion dollar dope dealing industry, who just happen to have done the research to create a medication for something they then pay politicians to newly define as a disease, so they can reap billions from the equally despicable insurance industry, drugging with chemicals many of which have horrific side effects, and basing this from little more than hocus pocus.
And these people are stigmatizing children and the different instead of celebrating them.

And far too often blaming the real sufferers for their very real mental illnesses as being their own fault.
In effect too often telling the wrong people how they can think and how they can fuck or they are officially diseased.  And ignoring the real suffers while they work in the paid service as pimps and they are in the service of the drug companies who them make billions out of drugging far too many with new concoctions they just happen to have ready to treat these new diseases.

To which these private for profit legal dope dealers get reimbursed from insurance companies, who use the DSM as THE guideline.
The fourth and previous edition has been in effect since 1994. The Third Edition came out in the 1970’s.

Those ones brought us a host of now discredited ‘diseases’ and a generation of legally doped up children and relegated the lives of thr truly suffering to cockamamie theories and unnafforbale treatments, most of which there is precious little data to show that they are effective, why, or what the often more debilitation side effects are.

And in this DSM edition, for instance, dyslexia was not dropped from the manual, as was the expectation. Dyslexia is a disease for those who have been diagnosed with an inability to read and write with sufficient acumen.

As I was diagnosed with that at age 12, obviously, given my career choice and modicum of success, I take exception with some pretty strong personal research.
Sorta like my 9th grade English teacher giving me a failed grade for using the word “and” to begin a proper and acceptable sentence. And to whom I say:“And fuck you.”
Which brings me to the next category in the APA unimpressive history of attaching pathos to sexual predilections.
On the plus side one leading contender for new diseases that got cut from the team is “hypersexual disorder,” otherwise known as sex addiction. If you have that, you are still not technically insane.

That is depending on HOW much you like to Fuck, how you prefer to do so, and with whom and in what manner.
One APA doctor explained that if one  really, really, like sex A LOT it is a “symptom of other disorders, such as personality disorders.” “Hypersexual disorder” now comes under the rubric in the new DSM manual under the a new category for  “behavioral addictions.”
Also, “gender identity disorder” is now “gender dysphoria,” which means “emotional distress over one’s gender.”

Defenders say it is akin to removing homosexuality as a mental illness in the diagnostic manual, which happened in the 3rd Edition of the DSM by these same people. Which means being Gay WAS a disease according to this stellar cabal of clueless boneheads when I reached puberty.
Other major changes in the new APA DSM-5 included:
•    Binge-eating disorder is now an official diagnosis. A psychiatrist who is a critic of the new DSM says this:”Excessive eating 13 times in three months is no longer just a manifestation of gluttony and the easy availability of really great tasting food.”  But the APA says the change “better represents the symptoms and behaviors of people with this condition.”
•    Children with persistent irritability and frequent tantrums (three or more a week for over a year) will receive a diagnosis of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder. The APA says this addresses concerns about the over-diagnosis of ADHD.  ADHD was a disease created out of –I don’t know just out Poof! In 1994. Now tens of millions of children are force fed by legal dope dealers for a disease that really is a compendium of symptoms otherwise known as childhood for most diagnosed. And now the APA is backing off that one. Critics say it will do the opposite, equating temper tantrums with mental disorders.
•    Skin picking will be a new disorder related to obsessive-compulsive disorders.
•    Hoarding is a new disorder that will describe “people with persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions, regardless of their actual value.”
•    Grief used to be considered normal in people with symptoms of depression lasting less than two months after the death of a loved one. Now such people may receive a diagnosis of depressive disorder. “This reflects the recognition that bereavement is a severe psychosocial stressor that can precipitate a major depressive episode beginning soon after the loss of a loved one,” the APA says. Critics say now “pills and superficial medical rituals” will replace “the deep consolations of family, friends, religion, and the resiliency that comes with time and the acceptance of the limitations of life.”
•    Substance-use disorder now combines the old categories of substance abuse and substance dependence. Critics say that now anyone who really really overdoes it once, is now in the same medical category as life time addicts.
The DSM affects millions of children and adults worldwide, is a major revenue force for drug companies, medical practitioners, and insurance companies, and is the guidebook for who gets treatment paid for and how schools decide to categorize children as special needs children.
Equating ‘problem children’ with diseased children is a common theme of critics, such as making recurrent temper tantrums into “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.”Defenders say that it will address the problem of the increase of diagnosing tens of millions of children with Bipolar Disorder which was, you guessed it, was created by these same folks and made a disease in 1994. That diagnosis is now generally accepted to have been far too broadly applied, placing millions of children on serious medications , many with harsh side effects. Other say that making bad temper tantrums a disease with cut back on over diagnozise of Attention Deficit Disorder. Which was also created by these same folks as a disease in 1994.
Others say it will stigmatize kids with temper tantrums. The logic is that “too many kids (are) being misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and treated with powerful psychiatric drugs for the wrong illness.” Said one APA doctor in defending the new diseases: “We don’t know what these kids need. We suspect it’s something different than kids with true bipolar.”
The age cutoff for symptoms of  “the inattentive form of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)” has been increased to 14.

Binge-eating disorder has been promoted from a condition “needing further study” to a recognized medical condition, allowing medical insurance reimbursement.
A new disease called “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder,” which is “persistent irritability and frequent episodes of behavior outbursts three or more times a week for more than a year.”
While designed to cut back on diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (which only became a disease in 1994, again by this cabal of charlatans), skeptics are concerned it just “medicalizes temper tantrums.”

“This is much more extreme than a tantrum,” offered one doctor. “There are definitely those kids where the tantrums and irritability are very chronic and very severe. A lot of kids who were captured by a bipolar diagnosis may be captured by this.”

Also there is the new diseases of “excoriation (skin-picking) disorder” and “hoarding disorder” which are now diseases under  “obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.”

Grief is now also a new disease on the block, explaining “bereavement is a severe psychosocial stressor that can precipitate a major depressive episode,” according to the American Psychiatric Association.

Something called “psychotic risk syndrome,” also was dropped from the final document, as was

Also, joining the fray is excessive “Internet gaming” which has been upgraded to medical conditions requiring “further research”, the precursor category to a full fledge recognized disease.

Mental Illness is far too pervasive, serious, stigmatized, untreated, and unaffordable to be left in the hands of these modern day witch doctors whom are in the employee of the very scum of unregulated capitalism.

Plus, stay the  fuck out of my bedroom. Let’s start with that.

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