Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oklahoma Teacher Rape Case Dismissed - Update

(Tipton, Oklahoma) Former Tipton teacher Laura Cowan's student sex case has been dismissed.
Online court records confirm Laura Cowan's case has been dismissed in Tillman County District Court. That's after witnesses did not show up for a hearing.

Tipton police say Cowan told them she had sex with one student once in her classroom and again in her car in the country outside of Tipton during spring break.

In January, she says she had sex with another student in a Frederick motel and again in her car.
No reason was reported for the dismissal.

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Oklahoma Teacher Accused of Raping 2 Students
[Previous 8/5/14 post]
(Tillman County, Oklahoma) A former Tipton Public Schools teacher, Laura Cowan, has been accused of engaging in sex with two students.

Cowan has been charged with three counts of rape.
The affidavit prepared on July 21, and filed on July 23 in the Tillman County District Court, documents an interview that Tipton Police had with Cowan. “The document states that she admitted having sex in her classroom with a high school student (name withheld).” The affidavit further states, “Cowan also described having sex with (the same student) in her car, in the country outside of Tipton, during spring break 2014.”[…]

Affidavit which further states that Cowan also admitted to having sex with another un-named high school student in January 2014, in a Frederick motel and in her car outside Tipton. OSBI agent Sadler further documented, “Both students verified that they did have sex with Cowan when they were students at Tipton High School.”
Cowan was booked into custody then released on $150,000 bail.

Wisconsin Educator Guilty of Sex with Male Student - Update

Laura Bates

(Chilton, Wisconsin)
A former Appleton West High School teacher's aide has agreed to a plea deal for having a sexual relationship with a special education student.

The deal, which consolidated charges from both Calumet and Outagamie counties, allowed 45-year-old Laura Bates to plead no contest to 3 counts of sexual assault of a student by a staff member. Four other similar charges were dropped.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 17, 2015.

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Wisconsin Educator Accused of Sex with Male Student
[Previous 12/3/13 post]
(Appleton, Wisconsin) A 44-year-old teacher's aide formerly at Appleton West High School, Laura Bates, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 17-year-old male student.

Bates faces four counts of sex assault of a student by school staff.
According to court documents the victim was a student with a special ed classification in a class where Bates worked as a paraprofessional.

Bates has been charged with four counts of sex assault of a student by school staff. Each count carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a 10 thousand dollar fine.

The charges were filed Tuesday but Bates was arrested at the school on Monday and booked into the Calumet County Jail where she remains.
The alleged crimes reportedly occurred on school property.

California Teacher Charges Dropped - Update

(San Bernardino County, California) All charges against Amy Bramlett have been dropped due to lack of evidence. Reportedly, Bramlett's alleged victims recanted their accusations.

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California Teacher Accused of Sex with 2 Minors
[Previous 9/15/14 post]
(San Bernardino County, California) A 46-year-old teacher at Indian Springs High School, Amy Corinne Bramlett, has been arrested for engaging in sex with two male minors, one a former student.

Bramlett faces two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 years old and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than three years younger.
On Thursday detectives assigned to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Highland station contacted the detectives in the Specialized Investigation Division/Crimes Against Children Detail about an investigation into an inappropriate relationship between a 17-year-old male and Bramlett.

Sheriff’s Department detectives believe Bramlett had unlawful sex with the minor, a former student of hers, between January and June of this year, at her home on 7200 block of Sunrise Court.

On Friday, detectives found a second alleged victim during the course of their investigation, a student of hers who would have been 16 at the time of the alleged crime.
Bramlett was booked into the Central Detention Center with bail set at $1 million.

California Mom Sentenced in Sex Case - Update

Annette Banda, aka Annette Vink

(Salinas, California) Annette Banda has been sentenced.

On Tuesday she received a suspended prison term of five years and eight months. Banda will also be required to register as a sex offender for life and receive counseling.
In addition to probation, Banda was sentenced to a year in county jail with good time and actual credits of 288 days.
If Banda violates her probation terms, she'll likely go to prison.

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California Mom Guilty of Unlawful Sex with Student
[Previous 4/17/14 post]
(Salinas, California) A 50-year-old local mother, Annette Banda aka Annette Vink, has pleaded no contest to charges of unlawful sex with an underage boy hundreds of times.

In accordance with a plea deal, Banda was convicted on four felony lewd acts and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
"Starting in 2010, Banda, initiated and continued a sexual relationship with a then 14-year-old boy for three years," prosecutor Jeannine Pacioni said Wednesday.

Investigators described Banda as a housewife who is married and has two daughters. Banda met the boy because he hung out with her daughter, according to prosecutors.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 16.

Another example of the famous "fact-checking" that the MSM claim they do

Sixteen-year-old Mohammed Islam wants you to think he's a big shot. On his website, Ettaz Financial, he wears a pair of fogged-over glasses, expression serious, sporting a red tie on a snowy day. The New York high-school junior says he got interested in the financial industry "at the tender age of eight", quickly fell into the third-rate world of penny stocks before graduating to the futures market after finding "a love for risk and volatility". How much has he made? Millions, he said. His net worth has soared into the "high eight figures".

The world is filled with teenagers like Mo Islam, who now says he never made a dime on the stock market. They play fast and loose with facts. But they don't usually get the treatment Islam just got in Sunday's issue of New York Magazine.

The article, reported and written by staff writer Jessica Pressler, begins with a rumour. Someone - it's unspecified who - said Mo had pocketed $US72 million ($87.6 million) by trading penny stocks. "An unbelievable amount of money for anyone, not least a high school student, but as far as rumours go, this one seemed legit," Pressler wrote. The original headline: "A Stuyvesant Senior Made $US72M Trading Stocks on His Lunch Break."

Coming on the heels of Rolling Stone's disastrous story of a University of Virginia gang rape, though nowhere near as serious in its consequences, the story unravelled almost as quickly as it went viral. While the New York Post, the Daily Mail and the Guardian did their versions, New York Magazine's was getting pounded in its comments section: "How dumb do you have to [be] to believe that this kid made $US72 million trading stocks during lunch?"


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Pennsylvania Teacher Walks in Sex Assault Case - Update

(Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
Emily L. Nesbit, 32, of South Middleton Township, was sentenced by Cumberland County Judge Albert Masland to 4 years of probation. The sentence follows a plea agreement struck with the district attorney's office.
Nesbit must also undergo sexual-offender treatment and register in accordance with Megan's Law.

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Pennsylvania Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault - Update
[Previous 9/16/14 post]
(Cumberland County, Pennsylvania) Former Cumberland Valley High School teacher Emily L. Nesbit pleaded guilty today to institutional sexual assault.
Silver Spring Township Police said they began their investigation after associate principal Rob Martin was informed by an 18-year-old female student that she was looking through a male student's cellphone, with his permission, and found a conversation between the male student and Nesbit she thought was sexual in nature.

When police interviewed the male student, he told officers he would meet with Nesbit in her classroom at the end of the school day, and said they had held hands, kissed and had sexual contact, police said. The two had been communicating regularly for about two months, police said.

Police indicate the student and Nesbit had exchanged provocative photos of each other, and messages from Nesbit on the student's phone indicated her desire to have sex with him, and inferred past sexual activity, police said.
In accordance with a plea deal, Nesbit was preliminarily sentenced to probation. Formal sentencing will occur on December 16 after a review by the Pennsylvania sexual offender assessment board.

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Pennsylvania Teacher Accused of Sex Assault
[Previous 3/14/14 post]
(Cumberland County, Pennsylvania) A 31-year-old English teacher at Cumberland Valley High School, Emily Nesbit, has been accused of engaging in sexual act with an 18-year-old male student in her classroom.

Nesbit has been charged with institutional sexual assault.
At a press conference this morning, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said Nesbit and an 18-year-old male student engaged in sex acts on school grounds, not outside of school.

The student involved broke no laws, just maybe school regulations, Freed said.
Nesbit remains free as of this report.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ISIS Launch Scorpion Bombs

Frankly, I'm skeptical. However, anything is possible.
Islamic State militants are launching bombs containing live scorpions as the latest terror weapon in Iraq.

Canisters of the creatures are being blasted into towns and villages, according to a British military expert who has just returned from the country.
For one thing, wouldn't the scorpions die when the bomb exploded?

Sydney siege

Some notes about the Sydney siege by a now dead Muslim nut on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Monday, December 15, 2014

New Age Education by Planned Parenthood

(Lafayette, California)
Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.

Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge.

They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a "genderbread" person for lessons in gender identity.

“[Parents] are very concerned,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal organization that is assisting the concerned parents, told “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young people first.
OK, so 13/14-year-olds are subjected to the genderbread crap. Frankly, I think the parents should complain loudly and repeatedly.

The Lima climate  junket: Do as I say, not as I do

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State delivered an impassioned plea to the summit on Thursday. “It was in Rio, as far back as 1992, when I heard the secretary-general declare, 'Every bit of evidence I’ve seen persuades me that we are on a course leading to tragedy,’ he said. 'This is 2014, 22 years later, and we’re still on a course leading to tragedy’.”

Ironically, the conference has remained overtly reliant on fossil fuels, in the form of diesel generators. The talks are taking place in a vast temporary village constructed on the site of the Peruvian military headquarters.

Organisers rejected powering the village with solar panels on the grounds they were too unreliable, while efforts to hook the site up to the national grid – which is half-fed by renewable energy – failed due to technical problems.

Experts say the Lima talks will have the biggest carbon footprint of any UN conference to date at more than 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

As well as the diesel generators, the footprint has been enlarged by the jet fuel burned by the estimated 11,000 people who flew in from abroad to attend – including roughly 4,000 from non-governmental organisations – as well as the emissions from the fleet of coaches that crawl through Lima’s gridlocked streets to shuttle delegates to and from the venue.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Connecticut Woman Pleads for Jail in Sex Case

Sabrina Destiny Melendez

(Stamford, Connecticut)
A homeless Bronx woman taken in last year by residents on the city's East Side is going to jail for having sex with the family's 13-year-old boy.

Earlier this week, Sabrina Destiny Melendez, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault at state Superior Court in Stamford.

As part of her plea agreement worked out by Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Manning, Melendez will go to jail for nine months when she is sentenced on Feb. 20. She will be placed on probation for 10 years and will also be placed on the state's Sex Offender Registry for 10 years.
Formal sentencing is scheduled for February 20, 2015.

Is this the rudest necklace ever? 'phallic' pendants spark fury

Controversial designer Tom Ford has sparked fury by launching a range of penis necklaces - just in time for Christmas.  The phallic pendants - which resemble the shape of a cross - come in gold or silver and are available with small, medium and large charms.

Intended as the perfect holiday gifts for kinky fashionistas, size apparently doesn't matter as they are all priced $790.

But the latest offering from the designer provoked outrage on Twitter from users who said the necklaces were 'unbelievably offensive' to Christians and branded Ford 'sick' for combining a phallic image with a religious symbol.

Kevlyn Hall added: 'How dare you use a phallic symbol in the Christian cross! You insulting piece of trash! HOW DARE YOU!'

One user said on Twitter: 'This is unbelievably offensive to me. Is he insane?'


I have no doubt that these pendants were meant to offend and were probably seen by their creator as innovative and original.  They are not however.  The cross was originally a pagan sex symbol, meant to symbolize a male penetrating a female.  With the encouragement of St. Paul, however, the early Christians adopted many pagan practices, such as Sunday observance, Easter etc.  Use of the cross is another such borrowing.

In the original Greek of the New Testament there is no mention of Christ dying on a cross.  The words usually translated as "cross" are either "xylon", which simply means "wood" or "stauros", which simply means "stake'.  Christ was executed by nailing him to a stake with his hands both directly above his head.  Why bother to add a crossbar when a simple stake could do all that was needed? -- JR

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Japanese north–south gradient in IQ predicts differences in stature, skin color, income, and homicide rate

By Kenya Kura

A fascinating academic journal article from Japan below.  The Japanese and Chinese are less politically correct in talking about race than Americans are -- if only because they mostly believe that THEY are a superior race.  And in average IQ terms, they are.

And the finding below, that high IQ people in Japan are taller, richer and less prone to crime and divorce, agrees well with American findings going back as far as the 1920s.

Not mentioned in the Abstract below but mentioned in the body of the article, is that the Koreans and Chinese score a touch higher on IQ than the Japanese do  -- only by about one or two points but that is in the opposite direction to what one would expect.  The Japanese are more Westernized than the Chinese are  -- though that difference is diminishing rapidly -- so if there were any "Western" bias in the tests (which Leftists often assert there is), one would have expected the Japanese to be slightly ahead.  Clearly, any "bias" in the tests is not detectable in the far East  -- being detectable only by American Ivy League "wisdom".

But there is one point inferable from the findings below that seems at first completely regular  -- the finding that the closer you get to the equator, the browner and dumber you get.  The Japanese archipelago does cover a very considerable North/South range so there is plenty of room for that to emerge. So the really smart Japanese are in the Northern Prefectures of Honshu while the dumbest are in Okinawa.

And in South-East Asia we find the same phenomenon.  Filipinos and Malaysian Bumiputras are notably browner and less bright than North-East Asians.

But that is not as regular as one might think.  There are a number of exceptions to the rule.  South Africa has a climate similar to Europe (if you have experienced a Bloemfontein winter you will know what I mean) yet the Bantu (South African negroes) are no brighter than any other Africans as far as we can tell.  But that is only a superficial puzzle.  The Bantu are recent immigrants originating in central Africa.  The whites in fact arrived in South Africa before the Bantu did.

The Bushmen (original inhabitants) of South Africa are a little more of a puzzle as they are very primitive indeed.  They are short of stature and live these days in extremely arid regions.  Perhaps they always did live in arid regions to escape the many fierce predators in the rest of Africa.

And Tasmanian Aborigines were also at an extremely low civilizational level (they did not even use fire) before white-man diseases killed them all off.  Yet Tasmania has a climate quite similar to England.  Tasmania is however a rather small island that was cut off from the rest of Australia for many millennia -- and isolated populations are often backward.  It appears that lots of invasions are needed to perk up average IQ  -- which is why Eurasia is home to all the high IQ populations.  Invaders can very easily sweep for long distances across Eurasia -- as Genghis Khan showed.

So the "exceptions" I have noted so far are all explicable by special factors.  But there is one exception that absolutely breaks the rule:  South India.  South Indians can be very dark in skin color indeed.  Yet they are far and away the brightest populations in India. The computer programmers, scientists and technologists in India come overwhelmingly from the South.  The recent amazing Indian Mars shot was almost entirely the work of Southerners.  It is no coincidence that Bangalore, India's science and technology hub, is in the South.

So what went on in the South to push them up the IQ scale is hard to say.  The nearest I can come to an explanation is to note that they all hate one-another.  The various regions have different languages and were often at war with one-another over the centuries.  So perhaps invasions did the trick there too. But then West Africans are are always fighting one-another as well ...

So perhaps we have to draw into the discussion that some evolutionarily recent DNA mutations affecting brain complexity did not spread to Africa.  Evolution can of course work either via natural selection or via mutations -- or both

A final note about the correlations reported below.  They seem unusually high.  That is common in "ecological" correlations (correlations between groups rather than individuals). It was Prefecture averages that formed the raw data below.  Individual correlations between similar variables can normally be expected to be much lower -- JR



Regional differences in IQ are estimated for 47 prefectures of Japan. IQ scores obtained from official achievement tests show a gradient from north to south. Latitudes correlate with height, IQ, and skin color at r = 0.70, 0.44, 0.47, respectively. IQ also correlates with height (0.52), skin color (0.42), income (0.51) after correction, less homicide rate (− 0.60), and less divorce (− 0.69) but not with fertility infant mortality. The lower IQ in southern Japanese islands could be attributable to warmer climates with less cognitive demand for more than fifteen hundred years.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Friday, December 12, 2014

New York Woman Guilty of Child Sex Abuse - Update

(Jefferson County, New York)
A jury deliberated Thursday and Friday for a total of about eight hours following a five-day trial before finding Nicole E. Hargis, 31, guilty of every count contained in two indictments against her.

The indictments, one handed up in September 2013 and a second in March, alleged she abused the children, who ranged in ages from 10 to 16, from the fall of 2007 to June 2012.

The jury found her guilty of two counts of predatory sexual act against a child, 35 counts of second-degree criminal sex act, four counts of third-degree rape and three counts each of third-degree criminal sex act, second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

The two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child can carry a sentence of up to life in prison upon conviction.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 2, 2015.

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New York Woman and Two Teens
[Previous 8/16/12 post]
(Jefferson County, New York) A 28-year-old local woman, Nicole E. Hargis, has been accused of engaging in sex with two teenage boys, ages 15 and 16.

The offenses allegedly occurred between January 2011 and June 2012.
Hargis has been charged with four counts of rape in the third degree, one count of rape in the second degree, one count of criminal sexual act in the third degree and sexual abuse in the second degree.

Hargis’ arrest stems from a complaint filed with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
Hargis was booked into custody with bond set at $15,000.

Delaware Teacher Gets Probation for Sex With Boy, 13 - Update

(Camden, Delaware)
A former Delaware middle school English teacher must register as a sex offender after she admitted to raping a 13-year-old boy.

Former Fifer Middle School teacher Stephanie Seabury pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree rape in Kent County Court Wednesday, said the Delaware Department of Justice.
Seabury was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

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Delaware Teacher Accused of Sex With Boy, 13
[Previous 4/28/14 post]
(Camden, Delaware) A 22-year-old English teacher at Fred Fifer III Middle School, Stephanie Seabury, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old male student.

Seabury faces one count of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust or authority.
Investigators said Seabury and the student met numerous times at a pre-determined location, then went to her apartment in Dover.

Police said they believe that on Feb. 26, the two had sex at Seabury's apartment after driving the student there after school.

Investigators said they were able to retrieve surveillance footage of Seabury and the student exiting the school and walking toward the teacher's vehicle shortly before 4 p.m. on that date.
Seabury was arrested with bond set at $40,000.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Alabama Family Child Sex Abuse Ring

(Bay Minette, Alabama) Yesterday, 35-year-old Wendy Wood Holland was convicted of sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture and child endangerment charges tied to an alleged sex ring.

Notably, Wendy Holland's husband, Donnie, was investigated as the leader of the alleged sex ring. Within days, Donnie Holland reportedly killed himself.
Witnesses heard two days of testimony in her trial that didn't give any clues about the whereabouts of her 19-year-old niece Brittney Wood.

Wood was last seen with Holland's husband, Donnie, in 2012, and 11 people have since been arrested on sex-related charges. That includes Wendy Holland, on trial on charges of sexually abusing another underage relative.

Authorities said Wood could provide important evidence about sexual crimes by her adult relatives if only they could find her alive. But searches and two years of investigation have failed to turn up any sign of her. Police believe Wood is dead, possibly killed in the days before the case went public.[…]

Prosecutors told jurors during closing arguments that Wendy Holland, her late husband and others were monsters who subjected their own children and others to perversions that were almost too depraved to understand, with parents and in-laws using their own young relatives for sex.

Holland used sex toys and other forms of stimulation to groom the alleged victim for sex with adults at an age children typically are watching "Sesame Street" and learning to color, prosecution witnesses told the jury.
A sentencing date for Wendy Holland has not been reported.
Reindeer Populations On The Decline Due To Climate Change, Study Says

An old trick:  Choosing start and end points without looking at the in-between. Chinese reindeer populations may indeed have dropped over 25 percent since "the 1970s".  But if, as alleged, that was due to global warming, the population drop must now have ceased and the population must now be stable.  Why?  Because the warming stopped rising 18 years ago.  The temperature is stable to within hundredths of a degree.

We also read that the reindeer population in the Taymyr peninsula of Russia, "has declined from about 1 million reindeer in 2000 to 700,000 in 2013".   Sad, no doubt, but warming was not the culprit -- because there wasn't any warming over that period

Reindeer populations across the world are plummeting, thanks to a combination of factors including climate change and human interference, a new study has found. This decrease could actually have lasting effects on climate change, even outside of the Arctic.

The study, which focused on reindeer native to China, found that the populations have seen large declines. In China, reindeer populations have dropped over 25 percent since the 1970s. Mount Daxinganling is the main habitat for reindeer in China. It has been negatively impacted by climate change, causing to soil degradation and higher temperatures, which have hurt reindeer. Human interference, such as poaching for antlers which are used in traditional Chinese medicine, the selling of reindeer to tourists, and reindeer being killed by cars, also have hurt the populations in China.

While the study focuses solely on reindeer populations in China, the trend is not limited to that country. A 2013 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that major reindeer herds in Alaska, Canada, and Russia have all seen declines in population. The largest herd, located in the Taymyr peninsula of Russia, has declined from about 1 million reindeer in 2000 to 700,000 in 2013. The report also found that many reindeer herd’s ranges are smaller than they have been in the past. In 2012, the International Fund of Wildlife’s Jeff Flocken said there has been roughly a 60 percent decline from historical high levels, and that the decline was caused by climate change.

Loss of reindeer populations could actually exacerbate climate change. Researchers in Finland have found that grazing by reindeer can help prevent solar heat absorption which can lead to climate change. In their study, they found that areas where reindeer did not graze had higher levels of heat radiation, thanks to higher levels of shrubs and trees that absorbed heat. A Swedish study has found that reindeer can also prevent the climate-change-caused spread of invasive species in the Arctic tundra.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).


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