Monday, December 17, 2012

Time for Government to Take ACTION!

I suppose there are cynics out there right about now, muttering things like: "How come when a tragedy makes national news politicians have no shame in jumping all over it and feasting like jackals on a corpse, or corpses as the case may be?  And how come the message they want us to take away always happens to be the message they advocated beforehand?  It's never like with the fictional Dick Cheney in that gay global warming movie from 2005 or whatever where after the world is covered in ice, he comes on TV and says he's sorry for waging evil wars for oil?  Can't these sleazy, shameless con artists at least have the dignity to not use tragedies as a chance to get the parasitic TV cameras turned on themselves yet again, summon some tears by recalling how the pet dog got served for dinner when they were a kid or whatever the trick is, and urge us to ACTION!  Our benevolent rulers deigning to fly out to podunkland with their million dollar retinue, using newly grieving families essentially as props in the new perma-campaign, well, what else can people of good faith say about this, it's just bad, it's icky and gross and I mean, what the hell is happening to the world." 

To which I would reply, oh you so-called cynics, going on watching the news still!  What do you expect to see, virtue and merit and real acheivement rewarded and things like that?  Yeah, let me turn on Katie Couric so she can do her duty as an impartial arbiter of objective facts and report to me what The Events Of The Day are, and then armed with that knowledge I'll be a good citizen and go vote, and our citizen/representatives will go to Washington like Mr. Smith and work to fix the problems I and my fellow citizens elected them in good faith to fix!  Pshaw, and you call yourself cynics.  Stop bothering me.  And besides, these politicians are totally right, if we're talking about the same thing.  This incident is so horrific and gnarled that clearly Government Must Do Something, To Make Sure Nothing Like This Ever Happens Again!  To be sure though, it certainly is an unsettling bit of news:

A 37-year-old Swedish woman with an admitted obsession with skeletons has been convicted of disturbing the peace of the dead for allegedly using human bones for sexual purposes. 
In issuing its ruling on Monday, the Gothenburg District Court also convicted the woman of weapons crimes, sentencing her to probation and ordering that she undergo treatment for addiction and psychiatric problems.
The woman has continually denied committing any crimes, telling the local Göteborgs Posten (GP) newspaper that she is an "odd bird" but that she is "not sexually interested in necrophilia". 
She had argued that she acquired the skeletons legally and that she handled the bones in a respectful manner and that her actions weren't covered by Sweden's laws against disturbing the peace of the dead.

But the woman was found to have kept some bones scattered on the floor in her home, stored skulls in plastic bags, and to have sold some bones to others.

"Criminal protection starts when a person dies, and the protection remains as long as there are remains of the deceased," the court wrote in a statement.

"The fact that the woman had moved bones constitutes a crime because she was unauthorized to do so, just as it's a crime to put together a skeleton and have it lying on the floor, to have bones in plastic bags, and to sell them."

According to the court, the 37-year-old handled the human bones "ignominiously", something which is prohibited by Sweden's laws against disturbing the peace of the dead.

The court added that the woman didn't need to be aware that her actions were criminal in order to be convicted.

"It's enough that she knew that she was handling human bones," the court said, explaining there was no doubt she was acting with intent.

However, the court threw out a charge stemming from allegations that she had stored human skulls in her freezer and used human bones for sexual purposes.

While the 37-year-old was facing up to two years in prison, the court ruled that her lack of criminal record and the nature of her crimes meant she should not be jailed, but instead be sentenced to probation.

The woman, who has continually denied any wrongdoing, was arrested in September when police arrived at her flat and found human skeletons and knives after responding to a call about gunfire coming from the apartment.
When femur-dildoes are outlawed, only outlaws will have femur-dildoes.

This reminds me of the film by German director Jorg Buttregeit, Nekromantic (1987).  I have seen it, I like it, I recommend it, and I've also seen and recommend his other film Der Todesking, which is about seven deaths in seven days.

Here's the photo gallery, so that readers may have a full and complete understanding of this incident in Sweden.  You decide!

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