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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re: Moral Imperialism (470 comments)

But as far as I know, obscenity laws are completely different from the law/s against child pornography. The difference being that obscenity laws do not regulate possession, only distribution. You can't be prosecuted for owning something that is obscene, only for distributing it.

3 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re: Moral Imperialism (470 comments)

Actually... No.

Well to be perfectly honest... I'm not that familiar with the american arguments on this subject, but I'm familiar with an argument by european proponents of this type of legislation... And that argument has nothing to do with the harm of the material itself, and this is specifically why their argument simply cannot be defeated.

Why?

Because they don't argue that the material itself causes harm. They argue that the material itself IS THE HARM. (sorry for the capitals, no \emph here)

When they look at it from that perspective, there's simply nothing that can change their mind because it doesn't matter what effects the material itself has. It doesn't matter whatever studies you show these people. Their argument is simply that the material itself is the actual damage done, and it must be forbidden.

4 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (470 comments)

If the IQ study is the one I think it is, it was based entirely on convicted child molesters, and not on the population of pedophiles as a whole. Therefore if, say, lower IQ causes these people to molest, then it also makes them more likely to get caught.

It'd be really interesting to see studies on the entire population, not just on incarcerated subsets.

4 days ago
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Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (470 comments)

Actually while I agree with what you're saying in general, I want to ask

1: Do you have any sources or links to such studies as you mention in the beginning of your post?

2: Comparing countries is a bit problematic because there might be a differences between two countries in terms of how likely people there are to go to the police following a rape. (though with japan it's probably a special case seeing that there's a study confirming that reported incidents of rape decreased as availability of porn increased, and it doesn't seem likely that japan became so much more sexist since the end of world war 2 that report frequencies changed as a result)

4 days ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:You are highly confused (385 comments)

The belief that abortion should be considered murder is absolutely fucking retarded, though.

about two weeks ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re: America = snowball (126 comments)

Yeah right...

about three weeks ago
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Fortune.com: Blame Tech Diversity On Culture, Not Pipeline

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Bullshit. (342 comments)

But what the schools are doing isn't necessary what the culture at large is doing.

You'll have to look beyond school. What is media telling men and women about IT?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Common sense (392 comments)

Proponents of common sense rarely have any.

Most people I've heard speak highly of common sense tend to have a very superficial understanding of whatever they're 'invoking' common sense in response to.

about a month ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Obviously, and that's a good thing. (215 comments)

Whoever invented the "who would have thunk it" expression should be shot.

about a month and a half ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Great news (269 comments)

The conservatives will just claim that the scientists involved are all biased and "politically correct".

about a month and a half ago
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DNA Reveals History of Vanished "Paleo-Eskimos"

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Today's "Natives" eliminated the Clovis culture (57 comments)

"Social scientists, and I use the term 'scientist' very lightly here, tend to only want to consider the facts that don't hurt people's feelings"

Or perhaps those things you call facts simply aren't actual facts.

about 2 months ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:I forced myself to watch it (300 comments)

Why should the other Muslim nations give a shit?

There's such an obvious power imbalance between Israel and Palestine. Palestinians will keep attacking out of pure spite because there's absolutely nothing they can do to change the situation.

"They could stop firing the rockets" you say.

But yeah. Like that's going to happen. The "country" is so fractioned that there's no central control over these acts. Who is going to make them stop? Heck, even if some central authority managed to make the attacks stop somehow there'd still be armed independent groups active and I'm fairly sure they'd keep on firing rockets.

Israeli retaliation will only kill more people, and that will make even more people hate Israel. It's a never ending spiral of hate, and the only realistic way for this to end is for Israel to calm down.

about a month ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:Global market for talent (441 comments)

That's because corporations are parasites shopping for employees on a global market, but fraction the markets for their own products deliberately to counter precisely the thing they themselves are doing.

about 2 months ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (203 comments)

THAC0 was excessively complex because of how it interacted with AC.

A bonus to X is something that lowers it?

So a -2 penalty to a stat increases it?

about 2 months ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:My assessment (203 comments)

What's wrong with the spell slots table?

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

Your second paragraph follows from your first. Alas, the first one does not follow from reality.

about 2 months ago

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Swedish Translator Busted for Cartoon Porn

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Kojiro Ganryu Sasaki (895364) writes "A famous Swedish translator of Japanese manga has been fined 25000 crowns (3400 us dollars or 2500 euro) for possession of 51 fictional drawings which were deemed to be child pornographic. Many libertarian and liberal blogs have criticized this case (and the law) along with the pirate party which is now considering the possibility of making a press statement on the issue (mainly relating to how the police confiscated the translator's harddrives without returning them). Three of Sweden's largest newspapers (Aftonbladet, Expressen and Dagens Nyheter) have also criticized the case which also gets mentioned on the homepage of the Swedish non-profit comic book awareness organization Seriefrämjandet. To complicate matters a new law kicks in on the first of july not only raising the minimum age of participation in pornography to 18, but also criminalizes the act of viewing such material even if the images are not in your actual possession."
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