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The Government’s Abuse of the Parents of “Balloon Boy”

by on Dec.24, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Civil Rights>Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes>Posts>Opinions>Politics>Ethics

Just because someone has done something wrong or committed a crime does not mean that that person can be abused. But that is what happens a lot of time. People often disrespect someone who has been condemned for some reason, even if it is not a very serious reason. And once they disrespect someone, they abuse them.

“Balloon Boy” parents Richard and Mayumi Heene should pay for the government’s financial losses resulting from their hoax. But they should be allowed to make money to pay for it even if it means that they have to write a book or offer TV interviews about their hoax. Some people may want to know why they did what they did and what their experience was. They may profit from something that has caused harm to other people. But they are going to pay for all the harm they did to other people.

By the way, some people think that Richard and Mayumi Heene abuse their children. I don’t see any of that. One, they did not instruct their children to lie. That was why the boy told the truth and we got to know the truth. Two, they did not jeopardize their children’s safety by really letting the boy trapped in the balloon to make it real. Three, they let them explore nature to learn more about nature and technologies. I would love to have that kind of opportunities growing up. I don’t understand why people accused them of abusing their children.

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Differences between the American legal system and the Italian legal system

by on Dec.10, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes

The following about the differences between the American legal system and the Italian legal system is taken from the article “`Foxy Knoxy`: Innocent coed or manipulative murderer?” by Wendy Murphy, a law professor, a famous victims rights advocate and television legal analyst, and an ex-prosecutor who specialized in child abuse and sex crimes cases. I have seen her on TV a lot. I admire her courage to express her own opinion which is not the same as those of most people in mainstream media. Unfortunately, this article is not yet published on well-known news sites, only on the websites of a few little known local newspapers in Massachusetts such as The Daily News Tribune. Politics trumps the pursue of the truth and justice in America as much as it does in the developing world.

“The Italian legal system is indeed different than the American system, but it isn’t necessarily worse. We think we have the “best legal system in the world” but we really don’t – though there are features of our system that are truly superior – like the right to remain silent, and the exclusionary rule that forbids use of evidence obtained in violation of certain constitutional rights. The Italian legal system has similar kinds of rules to ensure the fairness of the process, but they’re not as generous.

Nevertheless, the Italian system is more likely to reach a “just” verdict if “justice” means getting at the truth.

This is because the Italian legal system is inquisitorial – which means it’s designed to uncover facts. The American legal system is adversarial – which means it’s designed to pit adversaries against each other for the purpose of producing a winner.

Adversarial legal systems inspire an “anything goes” attitude that can lead to shenanigans that distort rather than elucidate the truth. Think O.J. Simpson.

Inquisitorial systems don’t tolerate tricks. They’re designed to prevent red herring strategies precisely because they distort the truth. This is one of the reasons Italian juries are comprised of a combination of “regular” people and judges. The professional training and expertise of judges brings objectivity and less human bias (and vulnerability to strategic manipulation) to the decision-making process.

In short, – the Italian system couldn’t care less about exactly the thing that makes many Americans so upset about the verdict.”

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Reactions to the Amanda Knox verdict

by on Dec.08, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes

Knox’s supporters are waging a campaign to discredit the Italian judicial system, while some of those who are convinced that Knox is guilty can not stand the fact that Knox’s parents are trying so hard to get Knox off the hook.

I personally believe that Knox is guilty. But I can understand why her parents are doing what they are doing, although they look rather selfish if they know that their daughter is guilty. Some people commit crime and regret what they did. But they do not like to have to answer to people who they have not hurt. They believe that what they did should be judged by God and no one else. They are not proud of what they did. But they believe it is no one else’s business to judge them. It is a Christian’s believe that only those who never sin can cast the first stone. And since virtually no one can claim they never sin, no one can cast the first stone. So no one can judge others.

I personally do not think that punishing a person or even killing him or her can bring back anything. Meridith will not come back to life even if Knox is sentenced to death. And if Meridith had survived, she might not want to revenge so much. So looking for vengeance should not be our motive to keep Knox behind bar.

I think that Knox should serve her sentence for a different reason. It is to satisfy people’s desire for justice, which is different from the desire for vengeance. It is also to prevent people from coming up with the conclusion that they can commit a crime and can get away with it if they know how to wage a PR campaign and enlist the help of politicians.

By the way, isn’t it the greatest thing about the developed world that the judicial system is independent from the government and any other political system so that no political pressure can alter judicial outcomes? Why are they trying to enlist the help of politicians?

For those who doubt the fairness of the Italian judicial system, please study how Americans such as Scott Peterson got convicted here in the US. There have been so many cases that have been subjects of national debates over the years. If you are interested in how people can be convicted fairly, study those cases.

This murder case does not have a confession. But it is like some other murder cases here in the US that have got guilty verdicts without a confession. Of course, you can point out that not all murder cases without a confession got guilty verdicts. But that does not mean that no murder cases without a confession can get a guilty verdict.

Also, I wonder if some people are worried that Knox got convicted because of what the US government has been doing to people in other countries and people from other countries. They know that what the US government has been doing is not popular internationally. So they worry that Americans will have to pay a price for it.

I don’t think that people in other countries want American citizens to pay for what the US government has been doing. They probably know that Americans have as little control over what the US government does as they have over what their governments do.

Also, are some Americans worried that American image would be tainted if Knox is convicted? I don’t see how you can save American image by denying something others are so convinced of. To really improve American image, we need to make it clear to Americans that they can not expect to be acquitted of crimes they commit abroad and so don’t commit crimes while they are abroad. By trying to get them off the hook, we are not discouraging them from committing crimes while they are abroad. More crimes and more cover-ups will taint American image even further.

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Men and women must be equal in guilt

by on Dec.07, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes

“Friday’s verdict, delivered in a court in Perugia, has dominated the media, with much emphasis on the contrast between her wholesome, sporty image and the grim sentence. But I wonder how differently we would feel if we tried the following experiment: what if it had been a man standing in the dock, declared guilty of sexually assaulting Meredith Kercher, stabbing her to death and abandoning her partly clothed body in a pool of blood? In fact, it need not be an experiment – Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s former lover, and Rudy Guede have also been convicted, prompting barely a whisper compared to the furore over Knox.” – from “Amanda Knox: whatever sympathy we feel, a girl is still dead“.

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Was Amanda Knox convicted just for being an American?

by on Dec.04, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes>Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs

I guess a lot of Americans think so. Even a US senator from her state vowed to ask the Secretary of State to help her out. (Unfortunately for the senator, Hillary does not need Knox’s supporters’ votes as the senator does.)

Judging from how Americans have been convicted in the US, I think if this case happened in the US, I don’t think Americans would have much difficulty reaching the same verdict that the Italians have reached. Only because this case is a case in which an American was convicted in a foreign country that so many Americans are scrutinizing it. Americans are afraid of getting wrongly convicted just for being Americans. Therefore so many Americans are screaming for justice even when facing a daunting task of proving Knox’s innocence.

If you are concerned that you could face the fate Knox is facing, ask yourself if you are anything like Knox. If you are, then you should be concerned. Anyone who lives a life like hers should be concerned. If you are not, relax. Knox was not convicted for being an American.

I think the American media’s selective reporting of information concerning the case explains why there is a big gap between the conclusions made by Americans and those made by the Europeans, and explains why Americans are so all fired up.

Armed with more information about the case than the American public, Europeans strongly believe in their judgement in the case. Americans’ effort to defend Knox will not raise Europeans’ doubt in their own judgement, but will raise their doubt in Americans’ judgement and possibly in their characters as well.

I think the American media have been trying to make the story to be not just about a wild American girl, but about an American girl, which many more Americans can relate to. They do that to get a lot more Americans interested in the case and thus raise their ratings. But by doing that, they are misleading the American public.

There is also another issue. Some Americans think that they do not need to respect the laws in other countries. And Europeans think that they have to make it clear that Americans have to respect the laws in their countries. Thus the crash.

Silly as it may seem, things like this can sometimes lead to wars. It would be interesting if America goes to war with Europe. But I won’t bet on it. There are still people who are cool headed enough to stop that from happening. This is because a war between two world powers will surely cost too much, not like a war between a world power and a little poor country like Afghanistan.

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How main stream media keeps us ill-informed

by on Nov.14, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Industries

Read Truth and Consequences to see it for yourself how main stream media selectively report news.

The opposite of Ashleigh Banfield is Lou Dobbs, who does not just selectively report news, but reports rumors as news and replaces news reporting with rumors spreading. And he got to keep a job doing just that for a long time.

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Why are crimes not reported?

by on Nov.02, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes

Many people wonder why nobody reported the gang rape when it was happening. I have witnessed a crime and even participated in it myself. So I know why it happened that way. I did not have the power to stop it. I could not say no to my business partner. She was in control. And I did not want to do anything that may hurt her. So even though I did not like it, I could not do anything to stop it.

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ABC News: How Could People Watch Alleged Gang Rape ‘Like An Exhibit’?

by on Oct.30, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes

How Could People Watch Alleged Gang Rape ‘Like An Exhibit’?

I think the following comment by JR_from Fla is the best.

“There is a very simple answer is we have desensitized and marginalized our children to events in life and the consequences of said behaviors. All we have to do is look at the movies they watch, the TV programs, the video games and the video music which depicts violence to the extremes; with little associated consequences. Children are becoming numb from what they see and experience. It starts at home where the father might abuse a family member and little changes in their life except their inner emotions. Society has become too permissive in many aspects, and common sense predicates that people need to evaluate the message they are trying to disseminate before it becomes a full scale production. In the case of that young lady who was savagely abused, it started with the authorities at the school who allowed a certain group of men to ‘pack’ on their property and did nothing to protect the children. Were they trying to create a situation. You will have to ask them, but more than anything they need to be held accountable because of their inaction.”

The movies, TV programs, video games and music videos which depicts violence to the extremes bring some people in the entertainment industry enormous amount of wealth while ruining the whole society. As with the food industry, the drug industry, the financial industry, and the defense industry, huge profits for some people are created at the expense of the entire population.

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ABC News: Gang Rape Victim Is Church-Going Honor Student

by on Oct.29, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Crimes

Gang Rape Victim Is Church-Going Honor Student

I think this is a warning to parents who try to bring their children up as good students. Human society is a lot closer to an animal society than a civil society that we try to create. Although we should try to create a civil society, we can not bring our children up to believe that our society is civil.

Some of the people that I have met during the cause of running my business are very arrogant, selfish, and abusive. I have the feeling of being insulted and abused all the time. People never have any respect for you just because you are educated. In fact, they want to abuse you more when they know that you are educated, just to prove that they do not have to be educated to beat you and that they do not have to respect you just because you are more educated.

I feel very sorry for the girl in this case. It could be because her case keeps reminding me of the people that I have to deal with in business. Some of the men that I have dealt with think of me as a prostitute, not because I have ever asked for money from them, but because I am poor. To them, the amount of money and power I have decides how much respect I deserve. Men and women alike think that I would do anything for a meal, although I have never asked anyone of them for a meal.

The guys in this rape case must have disrespected the girl so much to have done all of that to her. They just don’t have any idea what rights the girl have. They just did whatever they wanted to do to her simply because she was there without anyone to protect her. What a bunch of animals! And yes, these are the people we have to deal with all the time. They would do anything they can do to you as long as they do not see how they would be punished for it. They do it to satisfy their need, their greed, as well as their desire for a sense of superiority. And many of them never get caught. They are always around trying new tricks.

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Reasons To Dump Dairy

by on Oct.11, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Society>Animal Abuse

I am not sure if I can dump dairy myself. But this article about how diary products are produced is interesting: “Got Soy Milk? New Investigation Underscores Reasons To Dump Dairy“. Now I understand why some people hate human beings more than animals.

I think even just for the sake of human beings, animal should not be mistreated. When animals are mistreated, what they produce is not good for human consumption. We may not die from it right away, but it may have adverse effects on our health.

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