Archive for June, 2010

G20 and the curtailing of civil rights

No Victorian Porn Friday last Friday, because I’ve been caught up with the situation in my city. I live in Toronto and we’ve been hosting the G20, and things have gone off the rails in terms of curtailing people’s rights. There’s still too much information coming out for me to make a big post about my thoughts and conclusions about how the police have handled the protests, and how much of the Black Bloc stuff is legitimate and how much isn’t, so I’m going to leave that be for now.

There is, however, one thing I can say, and that’s that I’m extremely unhappy that my city has essentially been turned into a police state. Prior to this, you only had to identify yourself to police if they were actually detaining you; with less than a week until the G20 protests, our provincial government (at the request of Toronto’s chief of police) secretly passed a new regulation, completely out of view of the public and without any sort of democratic process, that made it an arrestable offense to refuse to identify yourself to anyone identified as an officer within a certain range of the G20 area (which covers a good deal of our downtown core). They actually began arresting people using this regulation, which nobody knew about other than the police. The new regulation won’t be publicly published until next week, after this is all over, which neatly prevents any kind of challenge. The Canadian Civil Liberties Union sent the police a copy of their planned brochure that they were going to give out to protesters, which detailed what their rights were, a few weeks back and the police never even made a mention of this new regulation. This was kept under wraps until after they began arresting people.

To summarize: the government changed the law, secretly, with no democratic process or public awareness, and then began using this new law on people without any public awareness that the rules had changed. There is no world in which this is not a police-state tactic, and it is not okay, and there is nothing that could make this okay.

Victorian Porn Friday #13

The excerpt today is from A Night in a Moorish Harem.

Needless to say, Victorian Porn Fridays are NSFW. (Sometimes Victorian porn is also NSFL, just sayin’. Victorians didn’t seem to have much of a problem with incest and ephebophilia and other things like that.) Victorian Porn Fridays are only for those over the age of 18, as the content is explicit. Clicking to read more constitutes agreement that you are over the age of 18 and sexually explicit material is legal in your area.

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Victorian Porn Friday #12

I love the name of this one:
The New Ladies’ Tickler
or, The Adventures of Lady Lovesport and the Audacious Harry.

I admit I have a fondness for long subtitles in general, and Victorian porn often delights in that particular department.

Needless to say, Victorian Porn Fridays are NSFW. (Sometimes Victorian porn is also NSFL, just sayin’. Victorians didn’t seem to have much of a problem with incest and ephebophilia and other things like that.) Victorian Porn Fridays are only for those over the age of 18, as the content is explicit. Clicking to read more constitutes agreement that you are over the age of 18 and sexually explicit material is legal in your area.

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Victorian Porn Friday #11

Yes, I got behind again. Bad Robin! Bad! On the upside, this means you get several of these at once, so there you go.

Needless to say, Victorian Porn Fridays are NSFW. (Sometimes Victorian porn is also NSFL, just sayin’. Victorians didn’t seem to have much of a problem with incest and ephebophilia and other things like that.) Victorian Porn Fridays are only for those over the age of 18, as the content is explicit. Clicking on the “more” tag constitutes agreement that you are over the age of 18 and sexually explicit material is legal in your area.

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