Over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds
of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from
parents and the public.
A Los Angeles Times review of 1,600
confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting
officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and
helped many cover their tracks.[...]
The details are contained in the organization's confidential
"perversion files," a blacklist of alleged molesters, that the Scouts
have used internally since 1919. Scouts' lawyers around the country have
been fighting in court to keep the files from public view.
In the past, cover-up may have been more the rule than the exception, but our entire approach has changed over the last three decades. Mandated reporter laws only began to include sexual abuse in the late 1960s. Before 1990, sexual abuse didn't garner nearly the public attention it has gotten in the past two decades. Psychiatrists and psychologists would often advise organizational referrers that abusers who had gone through treatment could return to their former duties. Police and courts weren't nearly as tough in dealing with sexual abuse. These matters were often handled in the shadows and in a manner that was completely inadequate for the protection children.
[Saleem] had all kinds of unique insights to share, but I found this one especially interesting. According to Saleem, whose real name is Khodor Shami, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is currently working with Islamic countries and the United Nations to "subjugate American people to be arrested and put to jail and their churches and synagogues shut down." All of this, he said, will happen early next year -- March, at the latest.
Values Voter Summit attendees, instead of turning to one another and asking, "What on earth is this strange man talking about?" actually cheered Saleem's bizarre conspiracy theories.
And the liberal press gets blamed for damaging their reputation.
I was pondering how fundamentalism of any kind might best be described psychologically. Perhaps one definition would be a near total lack of awareness of the mediating mental processes that fall between perception and reaction. In that mental space between input and output, rigid ideology substitutes for mature observing ego--that more sober and wise, third mental eye that steps back and conducts a bullshit inspection of one's own thoughts, motives and reactions.
A [20-year-old] Des Plaines man was shot and wounded on an Evanston street [at 12:30 this morning ...]
The man was walking with three other people when an attacker shot him, police said in a news release.
"The victim is uncooperative and investigators suspect that the incident was gang-related."
I've got a couple of hundred thousand miles on a three-year-old notebook that has been accumulating minor but costly problems. I also use a desktop and a netbook, but since I travel between work locations, the notebook has served as my workhorse.
In the past, when I was ready for a replacement computer, I've always updated to something new and I always incurred the added cost of repurchasing a program or two. This time around, I would need to repurchase Word and some costly assessment software.
It occurred to me that I could buy a used, replacement notebook and swap out the hard drives, but the decision hinged upon finding an identical notebook in excellent condition. Luckily,
I was able to find just one for sale online, supposedly in
like-new condition, but of course it was much cheaper than what I
originally paid for mine.
It was returnable, so if it wasn't in excellent condition, I could get a refund, less shipping cost. I was also a little nervous about the possibility of some minor, unknown hardware difference that might gum up the works, but I decided to take a chance.
I ordered last Saturday and the replacement arrived on Thursday. As promised, it's in like-new condition. Actually, it looks and operates like it's brand new. Everything is tighter, the LCD is brighter, and I can't find any wear on the shell. The previous owner couldn't have used it all that much.
I swapped out the hard drives and it's working perfectly. And now I also have a back up battery, a clean back-up hard drive, power cord, LCD and DVD player.
I know this wasn't an act of genius, but for some reason I hadn't thought about this option until last Saturday. I guess I was lucky to find an identical notebook that was cheap and also happened to be in great shape.