The Great American Right to Complain

For 30+ years as a news hound and reporter of weird stuff, I, Xeno, have believed it is the duty of Americans to speak up truthfully about what they like and dislike. We have the right to complain, to make things better. This was true in the past. Is it still? I like peace, non-violence, transparency in government and privacy and fair voting for the public. I oppose violence and support peaceful plans. I try to read a broad spectrum of news and ideas, but don’t agree with everyone or everything I read or see. Reading is not approving, obviously. … Continue reading The Great American Right to Complain

Japanese Court: Father is “Sole Parent” to 13 Babies

Not many men have sole custody of 19 of their own children, 13 by foreign surrogate mothers. In the news is the case of a weathly Japanese man, Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was recently awarded sole custody of 13 children by surrogate Thai mothers. The ruling is not saying he is the only biological parent, rather that he is “the legal parent” of his own biological children, a quite logical ruling. In discussing this “baby factory” case, a confused international media seems unaware that there is no legal joint custody status in Japan. Officially, there is no such thing as joint … Continue reading Japanese Court: Father is “Sole Parent” to 13 Babies

Florida: Up to 15 years in Prison for a “Pew pew pew” drawing

Feb 14, 2018 Update: This blog entry was posted Jan 10, over a month before the horrific Feb 14 Parkland Florida high school shooting of 17 students by a former student. Parkland is about 550 miles (over 8 hours) away from where where this school shooting drawing took place and the man who drew a school shooting image was not connected to the Parkland shooter. Gun violence in schools is horrific, but I still feel that an artist who draws a school shooting scene is not necessarily making a threat. It could have been drawn for his step son as … Continue reading Florida: Up to 15 years in Prison for a “Pew pew pew” drawing

Hidden Web Site Terms: You Must Obey!

Slavery as a condition of web page use? I found a web site where a hidden term is that you agree to not disobey any employee of the company. The interface is set up so it is not possible to see the terms and conditions until you are already using the site.  Nice try, Satan. Actually, from the point of view of the simulation, we probably all agreed to obey already. The terms of use in here may include obeying the current laws of physics, for example. –  TrueStrange.com   Continue reading Hidden Web Site Terms: You Must Obey!

Jury Nullification: The Most Power You Have as a Private Citizen in the USA

If you disagree with a law, did you know you can legally override it? You can, on a jury. You may, of course, vote “not guilty” if you feel there is a reasonable doubt about circumstances in a case, or that a person may have been falsely accused, but even if you think a person violated a law, I was surprised to learn that you may still enter a “not guilty” vote if you simply disagree with the law or if, for example, you think a person violated a law for an honorable reason, like running a red light to … Continue reading Jury Nullification: The Most Power You Have as a Private Citizen in the USA