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LJ Outrage {biased post, just to warn}

I received an e-mail from LJ saying that they banned this community, debatification. After looking into it, I realized that many communities were suspended just because of controversial content- specifically pedophilia. Perverted Justice is quoted in stating that LJ is "an aggressive Corporate Sex Offender". Reading this post gave me more insight to what's going on in the LJ community.

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Below is another complaint that was launched a while back. My community would fit in this category as we never encouraged illegal activity, or giving instructions/ hints how to engage in illegal activity. It was a community for debating life issues but somehow LJ went on a striking frenzy and deleted all communities remotely mentioning interests in something. Debatification was inactive for over a year as well but it doesn't change the fact that this was a mature debating community discussing issues in life that are controversial. As a mod I never came across comments endorsing illegal activities in any country or state, though of course it was discussed as an issue instead of any detailed "plots" or anything.

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On another account of mine a user was harassing every member and adding them to their f-list completely degrading everyone and kept making alias accounts to be accepted. I wrote LJ and alas, got the same kind of response as the above mentioned response one.

It disappoints me that the US has laws that forbid freedom of speech apparantly *obvious sarcasm*, while LJ is hypocritical (see above statement) by banning communities that are harmless and that also don't encourage any illegal activity... such as mine. I am enraged that LJ didn't take the time to actually read through these communities, but rather suspended accounts based on controversial terms. Because there are always 2 sides to each story, please read LJ's apology so that you can come to a better understanding of the situation: http://news.livejournal.com/99159.html?thread=47729495 .

Not only was this done to communities, but to personal journals as well. This happened to mine 2 days ago and I responded immediately for LJ to show proof of the allegations toward my site but alas, no response. Some of you think I may be taking this way out of context but I think it's a serious matter when basic human rights are being taken away. Today LJ reinstated this account, but I have some questions to ask members of this community:



1. Does Livejournal or any other website have the right to suspend accounts under false pretenses? While this account has been reinstated, would it have been legit for them to (not legally) keep it suspended?

2. Do you believe that Livejournal's actions were a form of censorship, invading basic human rights, justified because of triggering key words on userinfo pages, any sort of statement to Perverted Justice (explain), and/ or merely actions of puppets of Warriors of Innocence who threatened to remove funding if this didn't take place.

3. What are your thoughts on how a company can take drastic and undeniably unfair measures with concerns to how the company can be "trusted" in the future?

4. On a somewhat related note, what are your views on Perverted Justice's claims that Livejournal is "an aggressive Corporate Sex Offender"? It is a harsh accusation, so did P.J. take it too far with this accusation or should it be exposed more than it really has been in the past?

5. Your views on anything other aspect to this issue.
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"Survivor Segregation"

For those of you who are not familiar with the reality television series Survivor, click here to see how the game works.

I have not watched season 13, but became intrigued when I found out what it is about. The "twist" to this season is that the participants were divided into groups based on race at the beginning of the series. All are American, but the four groups consist of African, Caucasian, Hispanic, and Asian tribe members.

Do you believe that it is about time that television finally addressed unspoken racial issues of today, or has it gone too far by feeding into racial stereotypes? If you have watched this season, have you found that the members have fed into cliche views of their races or overcome them with unique personalities?

Does the winner of the show, and/or the runner ups, represent their race subconsciously? Possibly prove who is "better"? Or is it random, based on personalities, not based on their races/ how they interact with other tribe members?

Or is this just purely entertainment without any real value in the content- merely made to draw in a larger realm of audiences? Overall, do you think that the concept for this season's Survivor will have any impact on viewers (good or bad)? Should this idea have been broadcasted to millions of viewers?
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Suicide

Another "touche" subject.

Can suicide ever be deemed as acceptable in any case? For example, a suicide bomber who is fighting for his (generally male) country in a lethal manner, or a person without friends/ family/ job/ no one even knows of his/her existence except for the government as they collect taxes?

Sounds like extreme situations, but is it ever right to off yourself? Even if "right' means that it is acceptable that someone is being a self-proclaimed martyr by fighting for his/her rights or using "life" as a powerful movement of sorts? Who is it seen "right" by, if it's seen as being "right", and whose opinions are more important- loved ones of the person or the person by trying to fulfill something?

Generally, suicide experienced by individuals who feel hopeless about their current situations, the lives they have created/ been born into, etc. So when they take their own lives, is it selfish because of the pain that loved ones will endure? Or can it be considered selfish of the loved ones when all a person wants to do is die because he/ she cannot bear to continue living a life that has been nothing but hell and it can never change? And to conclude this debate like the last paragraph, whose feelings are more relevant and who should be made happy- the suicide attempter or the loved ones? Another thought to think of is the abortion issue: "pro-choice"- taking a life or also how much of a choice someone has over his/ her own body... how much of a say should we really have? Not a direct link, but a suggestion.
 
Is someone who tries to take his/her life a coward for getting rid of his/ her problems the *easy* way, or has mental illness taken over so extremely that the person cannot think clearly and so it is seen more as the mental illness taking over... not the person? (Consider the mental illnesses, if you believe they exist, that would drive someone to attempt/ commit suicide)

This brings in another thought about euthanasia and how a pet (viewpoint of this social definition of "family" or "property") can be put down for suffering, yet a human can't. Mental or physical- but this post doesn't concern this subject. It's a thought that can arise with pondering opposing views.

PS- I know it's been awhile since there's been an update, but I hope someone responds. Now I have more time to put into this community and possibly recruit more people.
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election

So with the upcoming election:

Are you voting?
&
What party are you planning to vote for?
&
Why?


This should be a cool discussion if anyone feels like taking a minute out of their "busy" lives to talk to some of their damn peers. lol


now discuss bitches :P

~em
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Michael Moore

Friend or foe?

He created the 2 controversial documentaries: "Bowling for Columbine" and "Farhenheit 911".

Do you think he was successful in making valid points against the United States government or do you believe that he stretched the truth to stir a bit of commotion? Did you notice anything of significance in either film that supports your argument?

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Gas Prices

****Before I start, please note I will not use actual figures since the American and Canadian use different metric systems.

What should be done about gas prices? What method of human action do you think would help lower the astronomical prices of gas, if any?

On example is in New Brunswick, Canada, truckers blockaded the Trans Canada Highway but were eventually persuaded by the authorities to take the trucks off the road. Could this have been an effective form of rebellion or should the truckers have stuck to their guns and stayed on the road? Read this for the more in-depth story: http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/050908/n0908139A.html

Other people have mentioned that going on strike for not buying gas would be effective in sending a message to the government, but what do you think? Would this method fail because people will eventually buy the gas just to get to their own destinations or do you think more people will start using public transportation to travel (ie.- cabs/ taxis, buses, subway...)

First the excuse of the raising prices was because of the War in Iraq, but now it is said that it is because of Hurricane Katrina and lack of resources. What do you think is the reason behind the hike in pricing? Do you think this is a tactic for the government to get more money so that when (if) they lower gas prices, there will be a boom of profit for frantic customers to fill up their vehicles and a load of money will be made or do you think the prices will ever go back down.

Note- On the news in Nova Scotia, it was mentioned that prices for groceries may increase due to the gas prices of the stock being transported to grocery stoers. Do you believe this is the reason, partly the reason, or is it that this industry is looking for an excuse to raise their own prices?

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Armed and Ready

What are your views on safety- from the public... aka "self-defense/ protection"?

Many people (moreso in the USA- or it might be a myth) protect their families by owning guns. When an intruder enters the house, they have the option to use and ensure that their family is unharmed. But is this a good idea, especially with children in the house? With freak accidents and children getting a hold of the weapons in the house, they can play a games and make-believe, but accidentally fire the weapon. They could also play games with regular household items, such as kitchen cutlery so should parents have all possible items hidden. Do you believe the average person would be able to fire a weapon without a second-guessing his/herself and end up making a fatal flaw anyway? Do the pros outweigh the cons?

Also, what about if you have to walk in a dangerous neighborhood at night? Is it better to be equipped in case of an attack- with a knife or gun- or are the chances of the weapon being turned on you too great to chance it? If you are being mugged, would you defend yourself by bringing in a weapon though you know that the culprit(s) might have one too or is it better to get one blow in and chance escaping?

Should people be equipped? If you think so, please explain why and weapons are ideal for your safety- or your family's safety. If not, what would you do in the case of having your house broken into (self-defense wise) or if you were mugged in the middle of the street?

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Personal Grooming

This post will be unlike the other debatification post. I wrote this in my personal journal without even thinking that it would be a great debating topic. The result of me posting this was a full- fledged debate in my journal and I am hoping for the same type of feedback. People were questioning each other actively (which is my goal for this community), but the main debate here is Should people shave their pubic hair? Sorry for it being biased, but I just cut and pasted what was in my journal to this post.





Porn star secrets for hair removal.

Top Ten Tips For Looking Great Naked and How to Take off Anything from The Stripper's Guide To Looking Great Naked.

69 Things Every Gay Man Should Know About Looking Good. #69 is a lesson for all.

Testicles: STRIP AND RIP. Article in the Montreal Mirror. (The male version of "grooming")

Clean up your sex act from Men's Fitness. (I don't pay attention to fingernails! lol)




My opinon about "shaving"? I'll keep it short, especially since it's very offensive. Let's just say, why would someone be interested in someone who looks like a child with no hair? Trimming- good, shaving- bad. Your opinion, if you are open to discuss?

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