The truth is that movies and society influence each other in ways that overlap and are therefore arguable. But clearly something seems to be going on, and something is in need of changing.
My own epiphany came about six months ago and was occasioned by the film "The Dark Knight Rises." When I saw it at an advance screening, I regarded it as a wallow in nonstop cruelty and destruction, a film that was antilife.
Just as there is profit in violence, there is enormous profit in pornography, and yet our films don't routinely depict graphic sex acts for two reasons: (1) The public wouldn't stand for it; and (2) Critics would feel on solid ground deploring it. It's time to stop behaving as if we were paralyzed. It's time to lose our squeamishness about confronting screen violence - and the monolith of profit behind it - and to start acting like a community.
5 Officers Face Charges in Fudging of Statistics
By AL BAKER and RAY RIVERA
Published: October 15, 2010
A New York City police commander and four officers are facing internal charges based on a fellow officer’s allegations that crime complaints in the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn were manipulated, the Police Department said.
The commander, Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, who was transferred to the Bronx during the inquiry, has been charged with failing to record a grand larceny complaint and with impeding the department’s investigation, according to a police official familiar with the inquiry. Two sergeants and two patrol officers, whose names were unavailable and who served under Inspector Mauriello, also face internal disciplinary charges involving the apparent failure to file a robbery complaint.
The charges, reported Friday evening by The Associated Press, stem from the department’s inquiry into allegations made by Adrian Schoolcraft, a patrol officer who reported suspicions of rampant manipulation of crime statistics in the 81st Precinct in 2008 and 2009 to the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.
Inspector Mauriello denies the charges, which will be heard in hearings before an administrative judge who will make disciplinary recommendations that could range from loss of vacation days or pay to firing if the officers are found guilty. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly will render a final decision.
The charges underscore concerns of current and former police officers who say intense pressure to produce annual crime reductions has led some supervisors and precinct commanders to manipulate statistics.
Oh, yeah, abortions are definitely the worst because that little scrap of sperm/ovum is ever so much more valuable than, say, a 5-year-old in whom society already has a considerable investment, not to mention the investment of its family and community. What a tragedy!
Outlaw jacking off! That kills billions of children around the world every HOUR!
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