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Sex as a drug in American culture

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Ashley Benson, 23, knows what sells to America's 12-year-old girls: sex, including threesomes. Together with Seventeen magazine, the actress is promoting her new movie "Spring Breakers" on the magazine's cover, despite the fact that the movie is being hyped elsewhere for its steamy sex scene between Benson, actress Vanessa Hudgens, 24, and actor James Franco. The movie is rated R for strong sexual content, language, nudity, drug use and violence. Seventeen targets an audience of females, aged 12 to 19.

Comment: Interesting that the James Franco mentioned above recently premiered a documentary that some describe as torture porn. Exactly what message is Seventeen trying to send to it's readership?

There is a psychological sea change occurring in American culture, wherein girls shy of their teenage years are now exposed to erotic imagery and storylines, routinely.

The sexualization of children is a runaway train - and they are being brought aboard.

Comment: For more information about the sexualization of children and pathology in the media, see these Sott links:

Programming Complete: Why 6-Year-Old Girls Want to Be Sexy

Pedophile networks coming out in the open? US TV show promotes child abuse


NYPD sued over 'stop-and-frisk' policy

The controversial ‘stop-and-frisk’ policy of the New York Police Department specifically targets Blacks and Latinos.
The New York Police Department has been taken to court over its controversial 'stop-and-frisk' policy, which rights groups say specifically targets minorities.

A civil case is to begin on Monday in Manhattan, where more than a hundred witnesses are expected to testify regarding the NYPD practice of stopping, questioning and frisking people. Blacks and Hispanic men are the main targets."When we say stop, question and frisk, we're not talking about a brief inconvenience on the way to work or school," said lead attorney Darius Charney of the Center for Constitutional Rights. "We're talking about a frightening, humiliating experience that has happened to many folks."

Red Flag

New Jersey student sues two schools for failing to stop bullying

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A teenager who was allegedly subjected to years of bullying is now suing the Hunterdon Central Board of Education and Flemington-Raritan Board of Education.

The suit, filed in late February in Superior Court in Flemington by attorney Brian Cige, claims the now-teenager was bullied not only by other children but by some school employees as well, from fourth grade onward.

The boy and his parents - as well as the students who did the bullying - are identified only by initials in the suit, which makes the following claims:

The bullying started in the fourth grade and continued into high school.

The years of alleged taunting, name calling and derogatory comments took its toll - as the young man eventually developed serious and debilitating health issues. He missed significant periods of school for hospitalization, according to the suit. Although the direct bullying has subsided, the suit claims the high school district is now doing very little to accommodate his disability.

The suit details many incidents over an eight-year period starting in grade school in the Flemington-Raritan district and continuing into high school at Hunterdon Central.

Heart - Black

Fox News airs name of 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim

Fox News on Monday aired the name of a underage victim of a disturbing rape in Steubenville, Ohio.

During correspondent Mike Tobin's report about the guilty verdicts in the Steubenville rape case on Fox News' America's Newsroom, the girl's first name was broadcast without being censored.

"We have not known, really, how the victim is doing, Mike," host Martha MacCallum told Tobin. "Is there any information on that today?"

"Well, a relative tells me that she spends a lot of time in her room," Tobin explained. "She has been back out playing sports, and through it all - you'll be surprised to learn - she made the honor roll one more time."

"A family representative says the remorse coming from the football players came too late," the correspondent added. "We saw their reaction yesterday."


United Airlines mistakenly sends Phoenix-bound dog from Newark to Ireland

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6-Year-Old 'Hendrix' Ended Up On 3 Flights In 24 Hours; His Owner Isn't Pleased

Right ticket, wrong destination - by 5,000 miles!

A dog that was supposed to fly from Newark Liberty International Airport to Arizona ended up in Ireland.

But why?

Six-year-old Springer Spaniel "Hendrix," who was named after the jet-setting rock star, endured a long journey. Like his legendary namesake Jimi, the dog is now an international traveler, but was not supposed to be.

"I was not happy," the dog's owner, Edith Alback, told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

Eye 2

Pennsylvania pastor sentenced to life in prison for killing 2nd wife, awaits trial in 1st wife's death

© AP/POCONO RECORDFeb. 7, 2012: In this file photo, retired Pennsylvania pastor Arthur Schirmer leaves court after a pretrial hearing in his murder case in Stroudsburg, Pa. Schirmer, awaiting trial in the 1999 death of his first wife was convicted Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in the 2008 death of his second wife.
A former Pennsylvania pastor was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole in the fatal bludgeoning of his second wife in 2008.

Arthur "A.B." Schirmer, 64, was sentenced in Monroe County Court nearly two months after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the death of Betty Schirmer. The conviction brought an automatic life sentence.

Schirmer is charged separately with killing his first wife, Jewel Schirmer, in 1999. He awaits trial in that case.


I am the blogger who allegedly "complicated" The Steubenville Gang rape case - and I wouldn't change a thing

I stayed up all night screen-grabbing tweets that joked about raping and urinating on a woman they thought might be dead. Welcome to Steubenville.

The Steubenville rape case has come to an end and the verdict has been heard.

Two Ohio high school football players were found guilty of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl.

On Sunday, Judge Thomas Lipps ruled that Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, digitally penetrated the West Virginia teenager known only as "Jane Doe."

Their punishment? Richmond will be held at a juvenile detention facility for at least a year and Mays for at least two years. Both are required to register as juvenile sex offenders, and the juvenile system can hold them until they are 21 years old.


Prison guard shoots own finger to remove wedding ring amid drunken dispute

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A federal prison guard shot his own finger in a misguided attempt to remove his wedding ring, according to police.

Thirty-one-year-old Alfredo Malespini III of Bradford in northwestern Pennsylvania was wounded in the March 2 incident, The Bradford Era reported. But police noted the wedding ring still remained on his badly mangled finger, despite the gunshot.

Malespini "had been drinking quite heavily throughout the day and he and his wife had been arguing throughout the day about an affair he had had several months ago," Bradford police Lt. Steve Caskey told The Associated Press.


Dead pigs in China's Shanghai river now exceed 13,000

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The number of dead pigs found in a river running through China's commercial hub Shanghai has reached more than 13,000, state media said Monday, as mystery deepened over the hogs' precise origin.

Shanghai had pulled 9,460 pigs out of the Huangpu river, which supplies 22 percent of the city's drinking water, since the infestation began earlier this month, the Shanghai Daily reported.

Shanghai has blamed farmers in Jiaxing in neighbouring Zhejiang province for dumping pigs which died of disease into the river upstream, where the official Xinhua news agency said another 3,601 dead animals had been recovered so far.

The Jiaxing government has said the area is not the sole source of the carcasses, adding it had found only one producer that could be held responsible.

Heart - Black

Accused Steubenville rapist's text: Victim was like 'dead body' that night

A blizzard of text messages sent and received by Steubenville, Ohio rape suspect and football player and his friends paint a harrowing and horrifying portrait of the night of the alleged gang rape. Yahoo! Sports reported that for more than two hours on Tuesday, forensic specialist JoAnn Gibb read selections from the thousands of text messages that were sent and received on the night of the incident and in its aftermath.

Two suspects, 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond are facing rape charges and are being tried in joint trials in Steubenville. Both boys are players on the town's champion football team, a factor which has purportedly clouded the investigation and caused prosecutors to drag their feet rather than risk opprobrium by dragging two of the town's young heroes before the court.

Nonetheless, the texts, pulled from the phones of 17 students, paint a damning portrait of Mays and his codefendant, as well as many of the town's young people. The messages range from profane to disturbing, enraging to pathetically sad.

The sheer volume of texted information taken in as part of the investigation was like nothing Katie Hanna of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Assault had ever seen before, one of the largest cell phone culls in state history.