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When Using Technology is The Crime

Hello again Dear Reader,
Today I’d like to follow up on a Blog from October titled ‘Fantasising Online. Is it a Crime?’. 
If you haven’t read it, might be worth hitting pause here and going back for a read. I can wait.

Ok, in that Blog I posed the question to you, the reader, as to whether fantasising about depraved and illegal issues is a crime in itself. 
If I fantasise online with other like minded adults about committing an illegal activity, but don’t initiate any actions or plans to follow through on my fantasies, have I already committed a crime?
Well, now I can provide an update.
Australian journalist Ben McCormack was sentenced today on child pornography charges. He received a three year good behaviour bond and a $1000 fine for having filthy and depraved discussions online with another adult male. He received no jail term, but still has a conviction and will be a registered sex offender.
Now, here I have to take a bit of a quick legal diversion. Sorry. McCormack pleaded guilty to two…
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Same sex Marriage and Teen Suicide Prevention

Hello again Dear Reader,
Today I’d like to take the opportunity to follow up on yesterday’s Blog ‘Where is the Love’, which begged the question...when is a loving relationship wonderful and acceptable to society and when is it not? When discussing the recent ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage in Australia, one reader noted that “they predict the incident (sic) of young lives lost to suicide will decrease” as a result. 
And you know what? I bloody hope that ‘their’ prediction is spot on. Anything, absolutely anything, that can be done to save the lives, and even improve the quality of life, for our youth is to be welcomed and encouraged. So, if allowing two consenting same-sex couples to marry does that, let’s hurry up with changing the law and get out the wedding bells.


But. And I can’t help asking this, it’s in my nature. Who are ‘they’? Who made this prediction and discovered the causal factor link between youth suicide and the non-legalisation of same-sex marriages? What data or evidenc…

Fantasising online. Is it a crime?

Hello again Dear Reader,
Today I would like to start by offering you a hypothetical. Let's pretend that you are a senior judge in your country's judicial system (and if you really are, just go along with it!).
A person has been brought before you charged with a serious crime. After a thorough investigation by the police, this person was found to have engaged in online discussions with like-minded adult individuals in chat rooms where they discussed their desires and fantasies for carrying out acts of the most vile and unspeakable type. Acts which if carried out or if even only planned would clearly be illegal under your country's criminal law code.Now, this person has not to date acted on any of these depraved fantasies, has not carried out any overt planning that would tend to indicate their intention to commit this act soon, but has spoken of their desire to do these things online on numerous occasions over a long period.
You are the sole decider of this person's fate b…

Remember, we only kill Black People

Hello again Dear Reader, If you've been following my blogs, you probably know by now that I usually like to be nice and rational in my blogs (well I try to anyway), just flow along and rely on the evidence to gently lead you to what I hope is a logical conclusion. Without emotion yeah. Purely objective. Usually. However.
But sometimes I get cranky and just have to raise my hand and call out hatred and plain old bigotry for what it is...evil. And yes folks, that's exactly what I mean and exactly how I feel right about now. I'm confused, I'm amazed and I'm bloody angry.
For those of you who read my blogs (do you exist?), you know I'm a big fan of the USA, it's people, it's culture and it's total acceptance of us Aussies in their land. So, how do you think I feel when I watch a for real video of an American Police Officer saying to a white, female civilian at a traffic stop, 'Remember, we only kill black people'?
What the hell? Did you really…

Forbidden Love - A Poem for our Times

Hello again Dear Reader,
No rant today. Yep, for today's blog I thought I'd like to share a poem I started writing last year. Not perfect yet, still a draft, but thought with the current Australian domestic agenda it might be worth sharing. And yes, for those who notice a similarity, it is based on the classic 1871 poem by Edward Lear, 'The Owl and the Pussycat'. I hope you enjoy.Forbidden LoveThe owl and the pussycat went to sea
Their lives had gone to hell
No time to pack for all their needs
No need for fare-the-wellsIn fear and haste they sailed forth
No breeze to fair their way
No bulging sail, no GPS
No time to chart their way‘It’s not fair’, the pussycat said
To the owl who loved her so
‘Why should we be the ones to leave?’
‘Why is our love not for show?’‘Calm my love’, the owl replied
To the pussycat oh so dear
‘They don’t understand love like ours
Love precious and blessed, though queer’So the owl and the pussycat sailed away
Nevermore to see their home
Through st…

Sometimes the Law is just Plain Stupid

Caution: Sensitive Material discussed below. Welcome Dear Reader, Today I'd like to chat with you about the sheer stupidity of some of our laws. To set the scene, let me tell you a story....and unfortunately it's all true.
Last year in Texas, the good ol' Lone Star State in the US of A, a 51 year old man was slapped with a felony charge of 'sexual performance by a child and possession of child pornography'. The man was caught after an investigation by the Houston Independent School District police found inappropriate messages and lewd photos of a 17 year old girl on his phone. Well done, I say, to the Police. Let's give him a fair trial and if he's found guilty, send his sorry ass to some skanky ol prison where he gets to see what it's like to be the victim of abuse for a change.
But wait, there's more. Apparently, it was even worse. Not only was he 'sexting' this girl, but he was also in an intimate relationship with her. Ok, now that's…

Where is the Love?

Hey there Dear Reader,Well, the results are in. Australia has decided!
Yes, yes and yes. Australia has delivered a landmark decision on....what?
If you recall, the Same Sex Marriage Survey was recently completed. It asked the Australian population ‘Should the Law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry’.  Seems straight forward yeah. Approximately 61.6% of respondents voted ‘YES’. So there we go, no problem, guys and girls can now get married to whoever they want. As they say, ‘Love is Love’.


Well, it’s not that simple really. Sorry.
The law as it stands is based on the 2004 amended Marriage Act, which states that marriage is ‘the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’. And there’s a bit more from the original 1961 Marriage Act that tells you who else can or can’t get married. 
So, as it stands, the following people can’t get married in Australia:
1.  Same sex couples 2.  Anyone under 18 (special circumstances 16 can be authorised) …