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‘2001 Space Odyssey’ science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was a pedophile

Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) was a celebrated British science fiction writer who became very famous when one of his books was made into the 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Clarke was one of the “Big Three” of science fiction; the other two were Robert Heinlein and Issac Asimov.

An atheist who once said “I don’t believe in God or an afterlife,” Clarke was hostile to religion. He said that “One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion” and that religion is the “Most malevolent and persistent of all mind viruses. We should get rid of it as quick as we can.”

I had thought it curious that Clarke, a Brit, emigrated to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) — a desperately poor country in S.E. Asia where the average per capita GDP in 1961 was US$582. There he lived for most of his life from 1956 until his death 52 years later in 2008 — a world-famous foreigner who was made chancellor of the Meratuwa University and to whom the government conferred tax-free status. We are told his move was “largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving,” but in his biography of Stanley Kubrick, author John Baxter cites Clarke’s homosexuality as a reason for his emigration, due to Sri Lanka’s more tolerant laws with regard to homosexuality.

I was once a scifi fan and had read Clarke’s books, including his much-lauded 1953 novel, Childhood’s End, and was repulsed by it. The book was an expansion of Clarke’s short story, Guardian Angel — about the arrival on Earth of mysterious but benign aliens who had been humanity’s guardians, which began a golden age of utopia on Earth. But the benign “Overlords” refused to reveal themselves to humanity, promising they would do so after 50 years when humans have become used to their presence. It turns out that humanity’s virtuous guardians look like the traditional Christian image of the devil: large bipeds with cloven hooves, leathery wings, horns, and tails.

In other words, Clarke’s beneficent devils are a variation on the notion that the much-maligned Lucifer, the “morning star,” is actually a benevolent and well-meaning being who brought knowledge, enlightenment and civilization to mankind.

Now, I finally know why Clarke moved to Sri Lanka and why I find Childhood’s End so repugnant.

The BBC reports that mere days before Prince Charles’ knighting of Arthur C. Clarke on February 4, 1998, the London Sunday Mirror had published a story that Clarke, then 80 years old, was a pedophile.

The Sunday Mirror story was a purported interview with Clarke in his Sri Lanka home, in which he said there’s nothing wrong with an adult having sex with children who’ve reached puberty. Clarke is quoted as saying:

Once they have reached the age of puberty, it is OK… It doesn’t do any harm. I am trying to think of the youngest boy I have ever had because, of course, you can’t tell it here. I think most of the damage comes from the fuss made by hysterical parents afterwards. If the kids don’t mind, fair enough.

The Sunday Mirror story sparked outraged protests in Sri Lanka.

Referring to a law on prevention of abuse of children below the age of 16 which had been unanimously passed by Sri Lanka’s parliament in October 1995, Maureen Seneviratne, co-ordinator of a children’s rights NGO called Peace (Protection of Environment and Children Everywhere), said, “I am amazed why the law has not been enforced as far as Clarke was concerned. Why do we have strong laws in Sri Lanka?”. Under the new law, which was put in place after a public outcry over pedophilia and child prostitution, pedophilia of a child under the age of 16 carries a minimum sentence of seven years imprisonment and a maximum of 20 years.

Seneviratne said her group had heard rumors about Clarke’s pedophile activities, but being a small NGO, her organization could not take it up as that would be like ”tilting at giants who have written books and been made chancellors of universities. It would have been like signing our own death warrant.”

According to Peter Popham of the UK Independent, Clarke claimed he had not been sexually active for 20 years. But the head of current affairs at the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Company — a friend of Clarke — said Clarke was still having sex with boys “a few months ago”.

Popham wrote:

“There are seedy aspects of foreign involvement with Sri Lanka. Elsewhere in Asia, paedophilia means sex tourism. In Sri Lanka some Europeans have come into the country posing – and even performing – as businessmen or philanthropists. They set up homes close to the idyllic west or south coast beaches, and also close to communities of impoverished former fishermen. They then win the trust of local boys and begin abusing them, paying them tiny sums of money in return.

A German man is serving a two-year sentence and two other cases are going through the courts, and up to 100 suspected paedophiles are deported every year. […]

Clarke has indeed been a wonderful fairy godfather for Sri Lanka. He set up the Arthur Clarke Centre for Modern Technologies 15 years ago with the money he received with a Marconi International Fellowship, and in a country that is still in many cases crushingly poor it is an inspiring success. Thanks to the centre, and Clarke’s generosity with his contacts, many Sri Lankan scientists punch well above their nation’s weight in research and development.”

Seneviratne said as many as 7,000 children were involved at any one time in Sri Lanka’s sex trade:

“Previous governments didn’t even look into it, because all they were concerned about was tourism. When we began working on the problem six years ago people thought the foreign paedophile was a wonderful fairy godfather giving out presents – so why were we rocking the boat? People were only outraged when the facts were brought to light.”

Bizarrely, around the same time as the Sunday Mirror‘s story on Arthur C. Clarke, David Asimov, son of the late Isaac Asimov — one of science fiction’s Big Three — was arrested for possession of child porn.

Luke Reiter reports for ZDnet that on March 5, 1998, California’s Santa Rosa Police Department arrested David Asimov, 46, and seized more than 4,000 computer disks and videotapes from his Bennett Ridge home. Asimov was charged with four federal counts of possession of child pornography with each count carrying a five year sentence.

Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Gary Medvigy said:

“There were thousands of disks, thousands of videos. Anything imaginable regarding sex between human beings and human beings, or human beings and animals, was there. Whatever your imagination can conjure up, he had it.”

On March 28, 2001, after David Asimov pled guilty to two counts in a plea bargain deal, U.S. District Court Judge Maxine M. Chesney sentenced him to only six months’ home detention with electronic monitoring and three years’ probation for possessing child pornography.

According to Phil Jayhan of LetsRollForums, “Asimov’s child porn stash was so big many child victims and perpetrators would have taken a fall, had Asimov been zealously prosecuted at trial.”

H/t independenceday of Voat

~Eowyn

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Rocklin charter school won’t allow parents to opt out of “transgender” teachings

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Rocklin Superintendent Robin Stout

Solution: Disenroll and/or homeschool.

I told you about this school in August when a kindergarten teacher led a “transgender” discussion in class, to introduce a child who was “transitioning,” without notifying parents of the discussion. Many parents were outraged.

Looks like the school is doubling down on denying biology and moving forward with the “transgender” agenda.

From KCRA: The school board for Rocklin Academy Charter School voted late Monday night in favor of a literary policy that allows controversial books like “I Am Jazz,” which is about a transgender girl, to be read in class and won’t allow parents the option of opting their children out of that lesson.

However, the school will “endeavor” to notify parents about such controversial topics.

Hundreds of parents packed the charter school board meeting for the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools Monday for a passionate debate about gender identity and its place in the classroom.

Some parents proposed a new policy requiring the charter school to let them know if controversial topics, like gender identity, would be discussed in class and allow their students to opt out.

“For them to say that they can teach my child about transgender without me even knowing about it is wrong,” said parent Chelsea McQuistan, who has two children who attend Rocklin Academy Gateway and a third who is about to enter kindergarten.

“Gender and sexuality are not the same thing, and I think we end up in a place where parents can opt out of anything they find offensive, which is subjective,” said Jen Hansen, another parent in the charter school.

The debate was sparked in June when a Rocklin Academy Gateway transgender student brought the book “I Am Jazz,” to her kindergarten class. She then asked the teacher to read the book, which is about a transgender girl’s transition, to the class so other students knew what she was going through.

Some parents said their children came home questioning their gender after school. “This book was outside the curriculum and I see it as a controversial subject to discuss with a kindergartner,” said Wendy Sickler, who is the parent of two kids at Rocklin Academy Gateway.

Ankur Dhawan’s daughter was in class when the teacher read “I Am Jazz” to students and was taken aback when she told him about it.

“I’ve struggled with the question of parental notification quite a bit. But when I put my need against the child who’s going through that transition, I realized it’s not the same thing,” Dhawan said. “This child needs us to come together as a community and respect their dignity and their character.”

California law allows parents to opt out of sex education, but gender identity doesn’t fall under that category.

“It’s like race or religion or ethnicity. It’s a protected class but it’s not sex ed so parents actually don’t have the opportunity to opt out and it would be illegal for the school to make it possible to opt out,” said Elizabeth Ashford, who works for Fiona Hutton and Associates, the public relations firm hired by Rocklin Academy to serve as spokesperson.

“It does not prohibit an opt-out provision for school districts, so for them to say that is just disingenuous,” California Family Council Director Greg Burt said in response to Ashford’s statement.

The school board heard more than three hours of comment before they voted late Monday to not to change their current literature policy, which allows the inclusion of transgender characters, and “endeavor” to notify parents about controversial topics.

“The school is going to endeavor to do that,” Ashford said. “If they can’t get to it ahead of it, they will try to inform the parents after the fact.”

The board also struck down a proposal to allow parents to opt out of gender identity topics in class.

Rocklin Academy said 14 families have chosen to disenroll from their charter schools as a result of this issue, and they expect more families to withdraw in the wake of the board meeting.

DCG

Perpetually offended: Hobby Lobby cotton décor deemed “racist”

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Hobby Lobby’s offensive décor/Facebook photo

You do know that the fall season is approaching and people like to decorate with homey décor. Apparently anything related to the material “cotton” in its raw form is now raaaaaaaaacist and offensive. Some people need to get a new hobby.

From Yahoo: Crafts store Hobby Lobby is taking serious heat for a store display that one woman is calling “racist.”

On Thursday, Facebook user Daniell Rider posted a photo to Hobby Lobby’s Facebook page, of a vase of cotton flowers displayed in a Texas store. She captioned it, “This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves. A little sensitivity goes a long way. PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘décor.’”

The $29.99 stems (marked down to $15 on the company website) was shared more than 15K times and earned 169K comments, an overwhelming majority of which ridiculed Rider for being “too sensitive” and a few that defended her stance.

“LOL likely written by someone wearing a cotton T-shirt and cotton jeans and cotton underwear,” wrote one Facebook user. “Must not of thought that one through,” wrote someone else.

“Boycott Hobby Lobby,” wrote another.

“This is crazy. Cotton is a fact of life,” added one. “People still pick it. That happened 150 years ago. Slaves also picked tobacco, harvested rice and many other things. We can’t just get rid of them. Well Lowe’s sells chains and rope. You think they should get rid of that too?

Hobby Lobby did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment; however, cotton has been igniting backlash recently.

On Friday, Randy Lowry, the president of Lipscomb University in Nashville, sent an apology letter to African-American students who recently visited his home to discuss university life, some of whom objected to cotton-stalk centerpieces at the president’s home (although it’s unknown whether they were the same that were sold at Hobby Lobby).

“The content of the centerpieces was offensive, and I could have handled the situation with more sensitivity,” Lowry wrote. “I sincerely apologize for the discomfort, anger or disappointment we caused and solicit your forgiveness.”

DCG

Woman screams at veteran with PTSD service dog

We seem to have an epidemic of women going berserk in public places:

  • Two days ago, I did a post on an American woman in Denmark verbally assaulting a Danish man for wearing a MAGA hat.
  • A day ago, I did a post on a woman bathing herself in the produce section of a supermarket.

Here’s another woman going apesh*t — a black woman screams and yells obscenities at a veteran for bringing his service dog into a restaurant, although the dog’s coat is clearly labeled “PTSD Service Dog”.

Service dogs are legally permitted in restaurants, but the screaming woman claims the veteran is not allowed to bring his dog inside. Her cucked boyfriend stands next to her, looking embarrassed.

A waitress is heard saying, “He’s allowed because he fought for our country.” The screaming woman then claims her husband was also a serviceman who died abroad, and continues screaming “It’s nasty to me! It’s fucking disgusting! There should be a separate section for the fucking animals!” and calling other diners names.

The vet and the staff at the restaurant try to calm the woman down and get her to leave, but she refuses. Eventually, she begins heading to the door, but turns back and ramps things up again, screaming “It’s my opinion, none of y’all are gonna change it! It’s disgusting, it’s gross!”.

Notice that throughout the woman’s screaming tirade, the service dog remained calm and well-behaved, thereby demonstrating who the real “animal” was that should be barred from that restaurant.

H/t Daily Mail

~Eowyn

Shocker, not: Refugees eyed in British subway terrorist attack

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From Fox News: Authorities named one of two Middle Eastern refugees believed to be responsible for last week’s London subway bombing, as new details emerged about their troubled time being fostered by a British couple previously honored by Queen Elizabeth II.

Yahyah Farroukh, 21, was identified as one of the suspects being held by London police, Sky News reported. Farroukh was arrested at a fried chicken shop, where he worked, in Hounslow in west London Saturday night. Suleman Sarwar, 43, who owns the chicken shop, said the 21-year-old suspect was arrested after he finished his shift.

“He was very normal,” Sarwar told Sky News. “I don’t know how long he worked here. It was surprising seeing him on the news.”

Farroukh’s Facebook profile indicated he was from Damascus and studied English in West Thamas College between 2013 and 2015. He was living in Stanwell, Surrey, where officials conducted a search on Sunday, but also most recently was registered to live with Penelope and Ronald Jones, who were honored by the queen for fostering more than 200 children – including refugees from Middle Eastern countries affected by conflicts. Another unidentified 18-year-old man who was arrested earlier in the day at Dover ferry port, where boats to France leave, was also fostered by the couple.

Both men are being held under the Terrorism Act and questioned by London police about Friday’s attack, when an improvised explosive device partially detonated aboard a subway train at Parsons Green station during morning rush hour, injuring 30 people.

But trouble with the couple’s foster children was reportedly visible beforehand – when police visited the Sunbury house two or three weeks ago, according to neighbor Stephen Griffiths.

“The police were there multiple times over the span of about a month — a few times a week,” Griffiths said. “You always think foster kids are going to have a bit of trouble, but you don’t think terrorism.”

The 18-year-old man is believed to be an Iraqi orphan who moved to the United Kingdom when he was 15 years old, after his parents died. The man was reportedly a “problem” for the foster parents and they had been contacting officials before the attack, according to the Telegraph. He lived with the Joneses, but hadn’t been arrested “in the last couple of weeks” despite the police activity at the Jones house, a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman told Sky News.

The news of frequent police visits could shed light on a tweet sent soon after the attack by President Trump in which he appeared to criticize British authorities for not acting sooner to prevent the attack.

“Another attack in London by a loser terrorist. These are sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard. Must be proactive!” Trump wrote.

Images of the 18-year-old suspect, who is believed to have planted the bomb, have not emerged.

ITV News, however, obtained CCTV footage showing a man near Joneses’ Sunbury house Friday morning carrying a bag from Lidl supermarket. Images after the device detonated on Friday showed it was carried in a Lidl bag.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but British officials said there’s no proof yet the terror group was actively involved in the planning, preparation or carrying out of the attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the city’s terror threat level to “critical” – meaning an attack is imminent – but downgraded it Sunday to “severe” – meaning an attack is highly likely.

“Severe still means that an attack is highly likely, so I would urge everybody to be vigilant but not alarmed,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd said.

DCG

The ‘Mwahaha’ Caption Contest

This is the 159th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic (h/t maziel):

Eyebleach Alert!!!

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You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

“Mwahaha! So you thought the AntiChrist is a man? Get a load of this, you deplorable misogynists!”

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

Libtard and TDS-infected Jennifer Lawrence’s latest movie flops

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Hypocrite Jennifer Lawrence: So concerned about “human activity” and “climate change” she flies by private jet.

Good.

Why is this idiot still living in the USA? The world didn’t end upon Trump’s election. Do as you said you’d do and get your butt outta here!

From Yahoo: The gonzo horror movie Mother! has had an impressively terrible weekend at the US box office, where it has suffered a triquetra of indignities, namely mass walkouts, an F grade from audiences and lacklustre ticket sales.

The film, which has inspired an abundance of explainers attempting to decipher what it all meant, grossed just $7.5 million at the box office despite a significant marketing campaign, making it the lowest wide-release opening of star Jennifer Lawrence’s career, and the latest film to enter into the pantheon of movies graced with an “F” score from exiting audience members.

Twitter is abuzz with tales of walkouts during screenings both in the UK and US, with reaction to the film appearing split down the middle – some calling it a masterpiece, others proclaiming it the worst film they’ve ever seen.

The film also received an “F” grade CinemaScore from exit polling at select cinemas across the USA, putting it company with critical darlings like Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris, William Friedkin’s Bug and the Australian horror flick Wolf Creek, all of which received F grades upon their respective US releases.

Right-wing Americans have also been gloating over the film’s financial failure (you bet we are!), following an attempt at boycotting Lawrence for comments in which she tied together Donald Trump’s election, his stance on climate change, “Mother Nature’s wrath” and Hurricane Irma.

DCG