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Artists Must Prove it’s not Porn

Painters and photographers will no longer be able to rely on a defence of artistic merit under an overhaul of child pornography laws in  Australia. Nearly two years after police raided Melbourne artist Bill Henson’s contentious exhibition, the Government will legislate to force artists to account for their works. A ‘working party’ set up by the Government in the wake of the May, 2008, controversy over Henson’s child exhibits has recommended the artistic-merit defence be struck out.

As much as I despise child pornography and those who would produce it or in any way exploit a child, I loath more those who would demand that those facing charges ‘prove’ their ‘innocence’, and equally loath those who would repress art under a moralistic dogma of puritanism last seen amongst the nazi’s.

The report also recommends the introduction of laws making it easier for police to investigate child pornography and for juries and court staff to participate in trials for these offences. This suggestion follows concern within the legal fraternity of the impact that the viewing of child pornography evidence has on jury members, many of whom find the process distressing.

The working party has recommended the law be changed so jury members, prosecutors and court staff are able to view only a sample of images during the trial process.

The assumption is the jury will be shown images and told to assume that there are far worse images, which is somewhat similar to the ‘terrorism’ charges where individuals in this civil liberty stricken nation can be charged and not be told what they’re being charged with, going as far as even refusing to tell the judge what the charges are.

Here I was thinking we voted out the neo-conservative lobby. Besides, what IS art and what IS porn? Can porn be art? Can art be porn? Something tells me the answer to those questions is ‘whichever yields the most convictions’ given that the Australian justice system’s prosecution works on a conviction quota for it’s budget.

Chairman Rudd and his Glorious Workers Party has once again shown us that we don’t have bipartisan politics, but both parties are batshit insane hardline right wingers. As much as I hate talking about politics, and don’t assume I’m a lefty, I’m quite solidly centrist as a civil libertarian.

Norway Spiral, Sky Phenomena

A true UFO was spotted in the early hours of the 9th of November, 2009 in Norway. What started off as a blue light soaring up from behind a mountain stopped mid-air, quickly morphing into a giant spiral white spiral on the end of a concaved cone of light, bending far more than a cone of light should in on itself then hung in the sky for about ten to twelve minutes, depending on the eyewitnesses’ account. It then disappeared completely. It was filmed by dozens of people from different angles, with one piece of footage zooming in to the end of the cone of blue light, depicting what appears to be a large plume of red hued smoke similar to that of a very lage bush fire.

Different responses have occured, with various special interest groups offering vague explainations from atmospheric phenomena to large hadron collider paranoia through to a ‘failed icbm test by the Russians’, the latter usually coming with the caveat that it was from an ‘anonymous source within the Russian military’ (see: bullshit).

Other less outlandish theories even dabble in the fourth dimensional cross-over, a natural worm hole opening, through to a micro galaxy collision with our atmosphere, the latter of which often cites the vacuous hole left behind as a mini black hole after the micro galaxy collapsed in on itself, shedding it’s orbiting mass.

The mainstream media has run with the ‘runaway rocket’ story far too swiftly and buried it pretty fast, as a google search will yield as far as very little material being out there on it outside of batshit insane conspiracy theorist sites. Thankfully a lot of Norwegians upped their footage to YouTube so we’re inundated with footage but very few reasonable sources are willing to talk or comment about it.

Any and all of the potential explanations, regardless how outlandish, may be possibilities, but all I’m going to do right now is show you some photos and some video and let you make up your own minds, please comment if you find this interesting.

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Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway | Mail Online

Spiral UFO puts Norway in a spin | The Sun |News

Awesomely bizarre light show freaks out Norway | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazi…

Giant Mysterious Spiral Takes Over the Skies of Norway – Giant Spiral – Gizmodo

UK Photographers Lose Rights …

Why wouldn’t someone in a public office invite scrutiny? What’s that line (or logical fallacy rather) the police and government use when they take away our rights, “you’ve got nothing to fear if you’ve got nothing to hide” or something? 🙂

It’s now a criminal offence to take photos of law enforcement in the UK, talk about a police state – Click here for more.

 

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