teach them not to rape by thunderf00t




Many people, when confronted with the fact that -their choice of behavior modulates their chances of being raped- take the very simplistic, and unhelpful line that ‘its solely the criminals fault’. While in the eyes of the law this is true, it glosses over the fact that your choice of behavior modulates your chances of becoming a victim. For instance, putting locks on your door reduces your chances of being burgled. Not being alone reduces your chances of being mugged and so on. However frequently when you suggest that peoples actions can reduce their chances of being raped, many people, (notably feminists) view this very differently. They accuse you of supporting rape culture and blaming the victim. Curiously though these people do not suggest that putting locks on your doors is supporting thief culture and blaming the victim.

The bottom line there are almost always things you can do to minimize your chances of ending up in a dangerous situation. Advising women that this is not true simply increases their chances of being raped.

censorship: BBC Breakfast rejects guest over her views on unpaid internships

The founder of a website that provides careers advice to graduates claims she was dropped from a BBC TV programme because she refused to abide by a legal request about what she should and should not say.

Tanya de Grunwald, who runs the Graduate Fog site, was booked to appear on BBC Breakfast last Friday to talk about unpaid internships.

On Thursday evening, some half an hour after catching the Manchester-bound train from London at the BBC’s expense, she was called by a researcher questioning what she was prepared to say.

This was followed up by an email from a producer, who wrote:

“We cannot infer that… any employer is breaking the law by not paying interns – this has been absolutely specified by the BBC duty lawyer.

We are asking you to comment on the wider point about whether internships should routinely be paid regardless of current law.”

De Grunwald responded by arguing that many employers are breaking the law by not paying interns, and that it was important viewers knew that.

The producer, says de Grunwald, insisted that she had been advised by the BBC’s duty lawyer that this “claim” was only an “opinion”.

So de Grunwald attempted to explain the minimum wage law in some detail. The unconvinced producer then asked her if she would say something positive during her interview on the show, such as how unpaid internships can be a good thing because they add experience to a young person’s CV.

De Grunwald refused and, after the wrangle – when her train was just 10 minutes away from Manchester – the producer left a voicemail saying she was “terribly sorry” but the “editorial decision from on high” was that “we won’t be able to proceed with the interview as planned tomorrow morning”.

So de Grunwald ended up spending a night at Salford Media City Holiday Inn (double room fee: £109). The train ticket cost a further £79.

“On the up-side,” she told me, “I enjoyed an excellent cooked breakfast the next day.”

She said: “The BBC’s coverage of the issue of unpaid internships is routinely appalling – they minimise and trivialise every development that happens, it’s infuriating.”

Update: The BBC emailed a statement by a spokesperson at 8pm: “On some occasions it is decided, for editorial reasons, to stand down a guest.

“On this occasion the decision was made close the time of broadcast and for this we have apologised to the guest. The decision was made to interview MP Hazel Blears who’s currently campaigning in parliament on this issue.

“The item also featured a case study of a former intern. We then challenged Hazel Blears on her stance and explored some of the issues around internships, including payment.”



Study: Belief in an angry God associated with variety of mental illnesses

People who believe in an angry, punishing God are much more likely to suffer from a variety of mental illnesses, a scientific study published in the April edition of Journal of Religion & Health finds.

The study, conducted by Marymount Manhattan College Assistant Psychology Professor Nava Silton, used data from the 2010 Baylor Religion Survey of US Adults to examine the links between beliefs and anxiety disorders like social dysfunction, paranoia, obsession and compulsion.

To do this, Silton viewed the data through the lens of what’s called Evolutionary Threat Assessment System Theory, which posits that parts of the brain specifically evolved to detect threats, and suggests that many anxiety disorders may be a result of dysfunction in the brain’s perception of those threats.


In keeping with prior studies on this very subject, she queried the data on three types of believers: those who see God as angry, those who see God as neutral and those who see God as loving. Controlling specifically to weed out the non-believers, Silton found that a belief in a forgiving, loving God is associated with positive psychological traits, “almost protecting against psychopathology,” she told Raw Story.

But for those who think God is angry and preparing punishments for sinners, “that belief seems to be very much related to these negative symptoms,” Silton said.

“If you look at the previous research, they’ve connected it to depression and all sorts of other psychiatric disorders,” she said. “We were looking at social phobia, obsession, compulsion, paranoia and a lot of features of anxiety disorders.”

One thing Silton stressed is that her study should not be construed to have found a cause for such symptoms. “We are not looking at casual findings here,” she said. “We are looking at correlational findings. That means we’re not saying belief caused psychiatric symptoms, but we see relationships between beliefs and these psychiatric symptoms.”

Silton said that while her study was mostly quantitative in nature, she’s looking forward to “asking more qualitative questions” in future work, specifically “to look into what else belief systems might be related to.”

“We’d like to look more specifically at depression and eating disorders,” she said. “Do different beliefs in God relate to eating disorder symptoms? So, [we want to be] looking beyond just anxiety disorders.”







Mental Illness: French exchange student tries to kill Florida woman to save her from demons, police say


Demons were the least of her problems.

A former French exchange student was arrested Thursday after he attempted to kill his American host in order to protect her from “demons.”

Police in Boynton Beach, Fla., say that Pierre Franchi, 29, attacked the 66-year-old woman who owned the home where he had stayed as an exchange student a decade ago, but had recently returned to live.

The woman had scolded Franchi for leaving a wet towel on a chair, sparking an argument that lasted until the woman went to bed.

Hours later, she awoke to find Franchi trying to choke her with his hands and a chord to the bedroom blinds.

“I have to protect you,” Franchi told her, according to the police report. “I have to kill the demons.”

The attack lasted for hours, with Franchi attempting to smother the woman with a pillow, dragging her into another room and ordering her to bow to him before stripping her of her jewelry, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

The woman managed to break free and locked herself into the bathroom. She screamed for help, but Franchi blasted music that drowned out her cries, the police report said.

Finally, after several more hours, the house went quiet, and the woman peeked out to find that Franchi had left, allowing her to run to a neighbor’s and call police.

Franchi was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a person over 65, false imprisonment, grand theft, depriving use of 911 and other charges.

He remains behind bars in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-kill-florida-woman-protect-demons-article-1.1466593#ixzz2fuPpKtE0