Friday, April 02, 2021

The "Little Pebble" is still going!

He got a lot of attention in the '90s but despite his time in prison, his religious "movement" still seems to be alive. He seems to have a great attraction to females. The name "Little Pebble" is an indirect allusion to Matthew 16:18

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William Costellia-Kamm's release comes despite police finding a teenage girl - who went missing from New Zealand - living in his home, dressed as a child and holding a doll

Self-professed prophet, cult leader and child sex offender William Costellia-Kamm will be able to return to his followers' commune on the NSW South Coast despite his continued denial of his crimes.

The 70-year-old, who calls himself 'Little Pebble' and claims to communicate with Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary through visions, was on Thursday placed on a new supervision order restricting his movements and activities until 2024.

His return to the property he owns north of Nowra will be permitted after Supreme Court Justice Stephen Campbell said the risk of Costellia-Kamm reoffending could be 'adequately managed' with electronic monitoring and other restrictions.

His release comes despite police finding a teenage girl - who went missing from New Zealand - living in his home, dressed as a child and holding a doll.

Costellia-Kamm was released on parole in 2014 after being convicted of sexual and indecent assaults committed against two children in his cult in the 1990s.

He maintains he was falsely accused and wrongly imprisoned.

The self-professed seer claims to be in direct, revelatory communication with Jesus and his Holy Mother via monthly visions received by 'divine inspiration'.

Part of the doctrine he claims to have received is that he is to be the last pope and was to 're-populate a royal dynasty' after the second coming with 12 'queens' and 72 'princesses'.

While still adhering to that belief, Costellia-Kamm now claims Jesus told him two decades ago to 'put aside' that belief system until the second coming.

His lawyers told the court he wished to lead a 'rather quiet' life, to take up residence on the cult's grounds in Cambewarra and to avoid the expense of renting in Sydney.

Justice Campbell said besides age, the offender's risk profile had changed little in the past five years.

'I remain sceptical about the defendant's disavowal of the current applicability of the 'queens and princesses' doctrine,' he said, pointing to the lack of sworn evidence by the cult leader.

'(Kamm believes) he is to be the last pope who was to be joined in a polygamous relationship with 12 queens and a polyamorous relationship with 72 princesses … with whom he would procreate to repopulate a royal dynasty after the Second Coming.'

Concern was also raised about the defendant's relationship with the young Kiwi woman, who left her home in New Zealand to join the cult soon after she turned 18.

But there was no evidence Costellia-Kamm, who the court heard has a narcissistic personality disorder and is still highly regarded in his community, had been in contact with the woman when she was underage.

The judge said conditions of the supervision order needed to manage the risk of further serious sex offending.

Under the supervision regime, Costellia-Kamm will not be allowed to sign any new leases for residences at Cambewarra without the approval of a government supervisor.

He will also have to provide that supervisor any necessary keys and access codes to allow access to Cambewarra for monitoring purposes.


No Nannying Social Media

In a world of rampant nanny-statism, and hectoring busybodies, Australians want social media to companies to leave them alone.

The findings from the latest Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) paper, Australian Attitudes to Social Media: Connection or Curse? revealed 66.8% of Australians think social media platforms have a moral obligation to be politically neutral in how they moderate content on their platforms.

With several high-profile people and outlets being suspended — or suffering the poorly named, ‘permanently suspended’ — the way social media police their sites has been a contentious issue for years, with both sides of politics either crying about too much or too little censorship.

However, Australians have a far more classical liberal view of political speech online.

Although it has become popular to lament the state of political discourse, and blame social media for the, supposed, loss of the ability to civilly debate complex ideas, Australians do not want those problems (real, imagined, or exaggerated), to be solved by mothering tech giants.

Social media has become an important avenue for political debate and discussion, and unlike traditional media, the barriers to entry are low and virtually non-existent.

Therefore, Australians have been able to connect, and politically organise, more easily and cheaply than ever before. These platforms offer people a high level of connection, and they do not want to be censored by some t-shirt wearing progressive sitting in Silicon Valley.

The feeling of interconnectedness provided by social media is also demonstrated by the fact that most respondents thought social media connected people (57.3%) more than it isolated them from the real world (33.8%).

In Australia, we have a significant number of constraints on speech: from vilifications laws; to laws against causing offence; to lax defamation laws. Although such laws have been applied to social media, Australians have likely viewed online communication as freer, and less constrained than the real-world.

This also helps explain why a greater number of Australians (39.8%) thought employers should not be able to discipline employees for what they post privately on social media.

When everything that is said and done is policed, either officially or unofficially, Australians want to escape to the online world, where they can interact with people free from the scornful eye of moderators, or employers.




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