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Copypasta!

Creepy pasta host a ton of stories. the site itself, is a conglomerate of horror and scary stories meant to be mostly classified as satire. The most Popular one is one known as Slenderman. Slenderman started out as a Internet Meme created by the Something Awful Forums in 2009 who stalks mostly children, And since then has taken hold in vast media. The problem with the CreepyPasta site, where Slenderman is the administrator, is that it’s designed to look like, and report like an actual set of news stories.

And as happens in any form of media, there’s a fan base, And Slenderman’s is enormous.  Yesterday CNN aired a story stating that two young girls attempted the murder of another, Stabbing the girl 19 times, Missing her heart by a millimeter. All three of the girls were 12 years old, and were friends. They are being tried as adults. because, this was a premeditated murder that they had planned out since the beginning of February. Now the question remains, why? Why would they do this. Because, Slenderman required a sacrifice to Enter the realm. The Victim was left to die, and crawled herself to a path where she was  found by a biker, and is currently in stable condition in a nearby hospital.

I saw the story initially on the News Feed in my cafe, and sent it to my eldest daughter, who’s a fan of the site. Purely with the subject line of  “This is what happens, when people take things too far.”  The response I got back was that most of her friends,  think that the site is going to be shut down.

Unless the site gets sued by any of the families of the girls involved the site will probably remain as is.  Unless the site administrators decide to be proactive about it.  I don’t think that the site will get shut down. A warning label, maybe, If they get sued it will probably be that they will remove that content. Forcefully Shutting down the site could be constituted as a violation of the First Amendment, of both of freedom of expression and the right to satire.

This is the same type of scare that comes up when there’s a shooting and they find out that the shooters themselves enjoyed a violent video game. there is really no direct correlation between the two, although people will point fingers and place blame because they don’t want to own up to themselves. Recent studies have shown that people who do play the violent games are actually less likely to be violent in real life.  Two people who performed a heinous act, and murdered others and who also happen to enjoy a popular medium, doesn’t represent the whole of it’s millions of fans. To those that believe that, they are essentially stating that the deeds of the few represent the many.  To reasonable people, making that assertion  beyond ridiculous. To the news, it’s a story to report, and they spin it, to whip up a frenzy because it’s how they retain viewers. it’s how they make money.  I find that for most people, It’s easier to say “its not me” then to say this “it is”.  The parents of the girls involved will probably say that it’s the site. While the specialists will stated “it’s because the parents ignored their children.”  But that second opinion will be completely ignored by the media.

it’s sad, but a true story that we see all of the time.

So I was listening to this broadcast called “geekshow” it’s done by several local personalities, they talk about well.. geek stuff. Comics, Movies, Games, toys, etc. They talked about something today that disturbed me. Apparently a mother somewhere in the U.S. sued her local School district for having Comics in the library. She said it was a waste of money for the school to spend money on comics. Honestly I think she needs to be slapped. I will that part of the reason why I can read at all is because I spent a lot of time reading comics. It’s something that will get kids interested. Let’s not forget that this Saturday (May 2nd) is Free comic day. It’s a nationwide event. You can go into any comic store and get free comics. I’m  certain that somewhere in this state there is at least 2 comic stores would allow any school system to go in the day before, and get age appropriate content appropriate comics for free for the schools. There is one local guy who home schools his kids, he called up a comic shop and asked about resources to get comics. The Owner of the store told him that he’s got a box of comics that he has multiple copies of, and he sold him to the guy for 10 cents a comic.

Why am I making a big deal about this?

Two reasons. Comics are not the root of all evil… it’ll happen, one day we’ll have the media going nuts “oh someone went on a killing spree because he thought it was better than letting humanity rot, and in his coat jacket was a comic of Watchmen.” This has happened with music, then movies, then games, now it’s certain fantasy fiction books written for teenage girls, and soon it will be comics. The fact of the matter is it’s a great way to get kids, boys especially to get interested in reading, Some of them are long the words get big and explanations get complicated, it will not only help them with their general reading but also their comprehension which is a big deal and being a father of 4 special needs children and being severe ADD myself, it’s a really big deal. Comprehending certain aspects of writing styles and certain words and their actual meanings gets to be really tough. But This is a great way to get it so kids get that exposure they need.

Secondarily, the Geek show broadcasters said that a comic sent as a care package to the soldiers in Iraq were some of the favorite things that they got. I confirmed this with a friend of mine who is an Iraq vet. “Nothing was better and more relaxing to me than sitting down and reading a comic.” This mirrors one of things said in the broadcast this week “There is very little that can mentally take you out of the horrible situation that you’re in like a couple of issues of the uncanny X-Men.” I would say it’s true. It’s a very great way to get your mind involved into a story, and out of a bad situation.

However it is the responsibility of the parent to know what their kids are reading, sit down and read the thing before they do so you know if it’s going to be too much for your kids or not. There are some that are definitely not appropriate for “all young ages.” But comics open the doorway to Mythology, Geography, history and chemical sciences. Most comics start with a basis of truth, and they maintain certain truths, There are aspects of most of comics that the ideology is based around truth, and a point of history. Captain America came out During WWII, he was the icon for freedom and fighting for it. He became a symbol for support for the troops overseas. Let’s not forget what made comics what they are, they are not evil. Suing a School system because your child brought home a copy of Spider man is stupid, it’s not only entertainment, but good reading for kids and adults alike.

Twilight Fans gone Rabid…

I’ve just flat out decided to distance myself from acknowledging people who have these books on them out in public. I’m sure that this is not what Stephanie Meyer had in mind when she wrote it. The books didn’t create a horrific cultic mindset it’s the unstable people who get obsessive about it that created this.

If you’ve not heard about this, and have no idea what I’m talking about. Check out this insane list.

http://twilightsucks.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=fangirls&action=display&thread=5175

Twilight fans have separated themselves into groups, there is the group called the “twihards” and the “antis” however if your somewhere in between (much like I am) You’re still likely to get attacked regardless. I showed this someone, they turned around and made the retort of “I’m sure every major story book line like Harry Potter, or Starwars, or Startrek has have people who have gotten violently into it.So I went out to either prove, or disprove this. I have spent much more time searching than I care to admit, the closest thing I found was in 1999. When Starwars Episode 1 was released a riot broke out at a movie theater because the person who was in line first bought 150 tickets, and therefore the theater ran out quick for the midnight showing. The guy in question then turned around and resold the tickets for 4 times the cost. This isn’t the fault of George Lucas, it is partially the fault of the theater for selling 150 tickets to one person. It was one guy who made an ass of himself, and he got beat up. That was the only event I found, of this magnitude. I’m not saying that there aren’t any others, only that I couldn’t find any others. The fact that people have had knives pulled on them, beaten with bats, flare guns shot at them, slapped, kicked, bricks thrown at head, and body parts mutilated because they expressed a personal opinion without provocation is absurd. It’s groupings of people who are mentally unstable to begin with and took it too far. Before I get chastised, yes my wife and I sat down and read the books together. She really liked them, they weren’t for me. Her writing is chaotic and hard to follow, it wasn’t that great, it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read. (I’ll leave that to Stephen King.) But it wasn’t the phenomenon that it was made out to be.

I feel bad for Stephanie Meyer, This kind of crap isn’t what she intended, this is the result of unstable people taking it too far, and parents who don’t reign in an obsessive behavior before it gets out of control.

However, There is a positive side to this.

This introduces a whole set of generation of kids to the fantasy world. Vampires, werewolves, shape shifters. This will hopefully get some of them to look into the Buffy and Angel comics, as well as some of the other types of fantasy media which is intended for entertainment.

Swine flu?

The Whole Swing Flu thing has been blown completely out of proportion, but for good reason. In years past when we’ve had “Mad cow disease” and “Bird flu” The governments in question slaughtered all of the infected animals to remove the spread of the disease. In this particular case certain governments are not willing to take this step. Which isn’t a good thing, however people are taking it too far. There are people thousands of miles away from where the flu is being spread, in areas where there have been no outbreaks that are out driving their car with a gas mask, not just a standard face mask, but a gas mask. Is it a concern? Absolutely. Ignorance isn’t bliss… but paranoia isn’t either.

Interesting Morning news.

The word “meh” Makes the Collins – English Dictionary

Microsoft Files lawsuit to defend Visual Studio users

For once I can applaud MS for their involvement. This is a rather big deal. This is basicly an indirect attack on the Visual Studio Package as a whole. MS is protecting their own.

How much Professional and Open Source development is done on the Visual Studio package? Saying “Lots” is a touch insignificant. I know my own Development project wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for C#, Which is a language that MS developed.

Jack Thompson Disbarred!

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DISBARRED!
September 25, 2008

In a four-page written order (download here), the Florida Supreme Court today affirmed a referee’s recommendation to permanently disbar controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson.

The action, which takes effect in 30 days, means that Thompson will no longer be licensed to practice law and may not apply for reinstatement. Ever.

In citing a litany of offenses, the Court noted Thompson’s extensive pattern of misconduct and cited a “complete lack of remorse.” The Court also quoted extensively from the June, 2008 report of Judge Dava Tunis, who served as referee at Thompson’s November, 2007 trial on charges brought by the Florida Bar:

In her report, the referee states: Over a very extended period of time involving a number of totally unrelated cases and individuals, [r]espondent has demonstrated a pattern of conduct to strike out harshly, extensively, repeatedly and willfully to simply try to bring as much difficulty, distraction and anguish to those he considers in opposition to his causes.

He does not proceed within the guidelines of appropriate professional behavior, but rather uses other means available to intimidate, harass, or bring public disrepute to those whom he perceives oppose him.

Noting that “The Court concludes that the facts, as even more extensively detailed in the referee’s report, support the referee’s numerous recommendations as to guilt,” the justices of the Florida Supreme Court affirmed Thompson’s offenses as delineated by Judge Tunis.

Some of these include findings that Thompson made false statements and accusations, repeatedly harassed those he considered opponents, and, while falsely accusing others of “the criminal distribution of sexual materials to minors,” himself attached pornography to court filings.

* [Thompson] made false statements of material fact to courts and repeatedly violated a court order
* [Thompson] communicated the subject of representation directly with clients of opposing counsel
* [Thompson] engaged in prohibited ex parte communications
* [Thompson] publicized and sent hundreds of pages of vitriolic and disparaging missives, letters, faxes, and press releases, to the affected individuals
* [Thompson] targeted an individual who was not involved with respondent in any way, merely due to “the position [the individual] holds in state and national politics”
* [Thompson]falsely, recklessly, and publicly accused a judge as being amenable to the “fixing” of cases
* [Thompson] sent courts inappropriate and offensive sexual materials
* [Thompson] falsely and publicly accused various attorneys and their clients of engaging in a
conspiracy/enterprise involving “the criminal distribution of sexual materials to minors” and attempted to get prosecuting authorities to charge these attorneys and their clients for racketeering and extortion
* [Thompson] harassed the former client of an attorney in an effort to get the client to use its influence to persuade the attorney to withdraw a defamation suit filed by the attorney against respondent
* [Thompson] retaliated against attorneys who filed Bar complaints against him for his unethical conduct by asserting to their clients, government officials, politicians, the media, female lawyers in their law firm, employees, personal friends, acquaintances, and their wives, that the attorneys were criminal pornographers who objectify women.

The Court also upheld a fine of $43,675 against Thompson.

For his part, Thompson offered his standard-issue bluster, announcing his disbarment in an e-mail which carried the subject line “Now the Fun Begins.” Thompson has also filed a request with the U.S. District Court for an emergency stay of the FLSC’s order disbarring him.
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