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3 years ago  ::  Jun 05, 2012 - 11:02PM #1
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When activist Maria Gunnoe found that the water coming into her West Virginia house was polluted with run-off from the coal companies, she went to Washington, D.C. to testify at an oversight hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources, subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

A journalist, Aaron Brady, wrote about what happened at that meeting.  As part of her testimony, Ms Gunnoe had a photo of a child bathing in copper-coloured water, and pictures of how the coal run-off had devastated the countryside.  There were also stories from local people about how their air and water had become polluted.

However, the people in charge wouldn't let her show the child's photo, calling it pornographic.

Here is the photo:  

After Gunnoe had given her testimony, the Capitol police took her aside to question her about the photo of the child in the bathtub, calling it child pornography.

Will somebody please tell me what is going on in Washington these days with the government, that this sort of thing is actually happening?  

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3 years ago  ::  Jun 05, 2012 - 11:25PM #2
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Jun 5, 2012 -- 11:02PM, solfeggio wrote:

....Will somebody please tell me what is going on in Washington these days with the government, that this sort of thing is actually happening?

It's all about money. They cannot fight the charges of polluting the water but they can have the messenger persecuted.

Dave - Just a Man in the Mountains.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.   Isaac Asimov
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3 years ago  ::  Jun 06, 2012 - 9:08AM #3
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This goes beyond the jackasses in Washington.

There are plenty of other jackasses in this country who think anything showing nudity is pornography.

There was a story a number of years ago about a grandmother who took a photo of her naked grandchild in the bathtub and was arrested after the  clerk in the photo store (shows you how long ago this was!) took it upon himself (or herself) to be offended and called the police.

People are idiots.

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3 years ago  ::  Jun 13, 2012 - 11:21PM #4
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Bureacratic anal orifices tend to act like bureaucratic anal orifices...simple as that.


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3 years ago  ::  Jun 14, 2012 - 11:31AM #5
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I think it is a wild story.  Obviously this woman is being harrassed because she is blowing a whistle.  I don't think very many people would consider the photo in question as porn.

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3 years ago  ::  Jun 21, 2012 - 3:34PM #6
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