Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Monday, February 02, 2009

Sex Offender Laws Not Working? ABC News: Misguided Measures

ABC News: Misguided Measures

Yet again, the shoot from the hip quick draw solutions to everything are not exclusive to the left as we see with these sex offender restriction laws, a pet of the right and often under attempted co-opt by the liberal left as well.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sheriff Don Zeller said new residency restrictions are forcing offenders into rural parts of the county where they are far harder to keep track of -- or worse, forcing them underground, where they can be lost track of completely.

"We're finding that it's almost impossible to keep track of individuals we have registered in the county,'' Zeller told ABC News' Law & Justice Unit. "Five years ago, we knew where about 95 percent of those individuals were. Now we're lucky if we know where 50, 55 percent of them are.''

Hmmm… Why?

"What it's done is driven people to -- rather than come in and register and comply with the law -- there's no way they can find housing, so it forces them to be on the run or lie about where they are at,'' Zeller said. "So that's not creating a safe environment for the public at all.''

Mind you, this is an actual serving gun carrying power of arrest and don’t you forget it sheriff.

What do we do? Grant exclusions for homeless shelters as long as they have a segregated wing under police guard?

As a compassionate conservative, I have to go with two ideas.

One, we need to stop writing off people. Every last person we return to society’s fold is better than the alternative. Risk? Sure, but…

"There is no research to suggest there there really is a relationship between where sex offenders live and whether or not they'll repeat their crimes, and there also isn't any evidence to demonstrate that these laws are really effective in preventing sexual crimes,'' she said.

In fact, only 7 percent of sex crimes against kids are committed by strangers, according to Justice Department statistics.

Studies show that -- contrary to popular belief -- sex offenders have a lower recidivism rate than other types of criminals, re-offending in about 14 percent of cases.

"So, ironically, what happens with residency restrictions is that we end up creating exactly the types of risk factors that we know lead to higher recidivism rather than lower recidivism," Levenson said. "In other words, we know that stability, social support and employment are really important factors to help criminals maintain a productive life and not resume a life of crime, so disrupting the stability of criminal offenders is not likely to be in the best interest of public safety."

I’d say that given that people can change on their own throughout their lives based on learned first-hand experience, that there’s a damn good chance that many of these people can be reasonably rehabilitated and that if we don’t we truly damn our own children by creating a world without forgiveness and without hope for the less than perfect. What happens when they consider their own sex drives as teens and wonder what will happen to them if they get caught being sexually dangerous like sending nude pics of themselves via camera phone. Well, they get called sex offenders.

I remember when showing off your backside to someone as a teen was calling mooning. Flashing your junk at the schoolyard during a tauntfest was not unusual. I remember one guy taking it out to stroke it for the girls to watch giggling in the dimmed schoolroom during a sex ed film in sixth grade. The teachers back then were all sixties hippy on that idea of leaving them alone while the sex ed film played.

Now, you’re going to be registered as a deviant. Guess what. It’s the result of an unholy union between the far right morality police and the far left feminists and “for the children” social control opportunists. I used to warn people twenty plus years ago that this was going to happen, but noooo… No one ever listens.

Both of these kinds of people, far left and far right, have the same mentality. Sex is inherently dirty, inherently wrong, inherently only necessary for procreation. Except on the left, there’s some who want to delegitimize even intercourse within marriage and replace with cloning techniques. Ewww… It’s my dick in a test tube, to bust on the SNL skit.

So before we get even farther afield with feel-good does-nothing legislation so we can all feel like we’re getting a reach around while we butt bang each other legally, let’s consider rehab.

The other thing we need to consider is the nature of our ideas on sex. Before it gets too much later. We’re already trying to make gay couples equivalent to heterosexual unions when only the latter furthers human progression starting with reproduction of new humans in the first place. Without any consideration of the nature of the gay sex world at all. No consideration of physical and sexual abuse of partners in that world. No consideration of the insane amount of promiscuity. It would be like claiming that one night hook-ups at Plato’s Retreat were as valid societally as marriage and how would that help those people any more than it could help gays?

“Yeah, no problem, you keep on with that sleeping around and whatnot… Good luck… No, no problem. What’s that? He beat the fuck out of you and then duct taped you to the kitchen table and shoved a zucchini up your ass? I’m sure it was meant in fun. Just crazy gay sex games. Who am I to judge?”

I guaranfuckingtee you the same liberal infected system that refuses to bother doing anything about black on black crime using the excuse that it would be racist to try because white people are fundamentally incapable of understanding “black culture” whatever the fuck that is supposed to be will be equally uninterested in taking gay on gay crime any more seriously.

If we proceed in that direction, the result can be seen coming a mile away. Next the much higher numbers of homosexual pedophilic hook-ups will be demanding approval. It’s no secret that males are more sexually aggressive than females. The encouragement of gay teens to explore their sexuality is already approved in many schools under the heading of non-judgmentalism. The other side of the coin, adult men who boink teen butt, will have to be taken up. Can’t approve of teens having sex with gay mentors if you don’t approve the mentors.

Then what? Straight men and teen girls? Lesbian women and young girls? Straight women and young boys?

When does it fucking end?

We have to as a society start doing some very hard thinking. Sure, in a perfect world where humans achieved maximum possible wisdom promptly after birth and only got more stable and centered as they aged, many things like intergenerational sex and pot smoking and many more things would be totally fine. People could handle it.

But they cannot right now. We are not that people. We are humans. Barely able to fall in love without losing our minds. Often incapable of loving without hating. Largely given to righteous anger when our love is disappointed and not returned. We’re not a stable species. We start out unstable and inexperienced, and if those who went before who receive us into society teach and raise us well, we hope to get better as we get older.

Today’s society is breaking down on that point. We’re in a state of wishful thinking. Crazed wishful thinking. We want desperately to believe that we’re ready for anything just because we’re capable of maybe handling a given thing.

Reality is that it just ain’t so but we’re not listening to the warning coming from our consciences and the result is that we’re encouraging a vastly worse future by encouraging the mainstreaming of presently fringe behavior and then swatting a fly with a nuke responses when anything doesn’t work quite perfectly.

Bad bad idea.

We need to start paring down the so-called sex offenders by actual offense, tailoring the rehab program to their offense, with a strong course of empathy encouragement, and helping to reunite them with society so they can learn how precious is the society they have a chance to return to by that society’s gracious forgiveness and mercy. We need to start seeing that there are different levels of offense and many alleged offenses are only sexual offenses in that they involved sex tangentially. We need to see where society might have encouraged and given the impression of tolerance for the behavior and learn from that where we need to correct our society.

We need to stop making the problem worse. When 1% of American adults are in jail, something is wrong, and its that no matter how hardcore nasty we get against crime, we meanwhile increasing the criminal base by our own stupidity and negligence. We need to heal our society. We need to take tough medicine. We need to fix ourselves.