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Pregnant women delighted to learn that she was not raped: Todd Akin’s is here to help

 Pregnant women delighted to learn that she was not raped: Todd Akins is here to helpHAPPY days for Semera, a Bosnian woman who thanks to Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s reproduction masterclass can look her child in the face and says that he was not the result of a violent rape. It was not a legitimate rape. It was, as George Galloway might term it, just “bad etiquette“. It might have been a joke that got bit out of hand.

Akin taught us that unless a woman is the the victim of a “legitimate rape” she cannot get pregnant. Akin says that in real rape the female body shuts down.

Says Semera:

“When the soldiers came and pushed hin to the room of my mother’s house, I was scared. When they stripped my clothes off and began to pinch and slap me, I was hurt . And when they held me down while they took it in turns to pentrate me I wanted to die. But after hearing Congressman Akin’s words, I have come to relsie that I was not raped at all. My body had agreed to it all. The pain was intense. My body did not shut down. My Fallopian tubes remians open, wilfully. My uterus ‘grill’ did not deploy. So it cannot have been rape. I must have wanted it. My son, Haim, is not the result of a rape after all. Thanks, Mr Akin’s for restoring my pride.”

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Posted: 22nd, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The best 14 ruined bikini photos

Posted: 21st, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Express front pages of 2012 brings cures for cancer, dementia, blindness, arthritis and death

THE Daily Express has been focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia. On fat. On aspirin. On heart -attacks. The Daily Express sees a spot of scientific research, cherry picks the best bits and then presents it as front-page news. This year we’ve already seen miracles:

Dementia

August 20: “Lose weight to beat dementia”
August 14: “Chocolate can halt dementia”
July 18: “Pill to beat Alzheimer’s”
June 26: “Dementia caused by stressful lifestyle”
16 April: “New test for Alzheimer’s”
4 April: “Statins halt Alzheimer’s”
10 February: “Drug to cure Alzheimer’s”
24 January: “Puzzles beat Alzheimer’s”
6 January: “Healthy heart is key to fighting dementia”

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Posted: 21st, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


George Galloway jumps on Julian Assange and rides him hard

 George Galloway jumps on Julian Assange and rides him hardOH. What joy. Isn’t it marvellous when someone you really don’t like puts their foot in it. Before we get to George Galloway and Julian Assange – what a team! - Robert Colvile calls to mind a saying:

 “Sit by the river long enough, and the bodies of your enemies will float by.”

No. Here’s Galloway, a leading light of the – get his – Respect Party  (oh, the irony) now representing Bradford in Parliament, telling us in his Goodnight With George Galloway podcast that Julian Assange is accused of nothing more than “bad sexual etiquette”. Galloway wasn’t in the room when Assange was with his alleged victims. But he paints a picture. Assange is wanted in Sweden to face allegations – which he denies – of sexual assault made by two women.

“But even taken at its worst, if the allegations made by these two women were true, 100 per cent true, and even if a camera in the room captured them, they don’t constitute rape. At least not rape as anyone with any sense can possibly recognise it. And somebody has to say this.”

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Posted: 20th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Politicians | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dog Shaming: because your dog is shamed (photos)

TUMBLR of the day is Dog Shaming, in which dogs confess to any number of sins and moments of moral turpitude:

Posted: 20th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Winnie Johnson: mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett dies

 Winnie Johnson: mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett diesWINNIE Johnson died this morning. Winnie Johnson is the mother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett. It was cancer.

On the website websitesearchingforkeith.com, run by her son Alan Bennett, we read:

“Winnie Johnson, the mother of Keith Bennett, died this morning at 12.35am, aged 78. She was a much-loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and is survived by one younger brother. Winnie fought tirelessly for decades to find Keith and give him a Christian burial. Although this was not possible during her lifetime we, her family, intend to continue this fight now for her and for Keith. We hope that the authorities and the public will support us in this. We would like to express our deep gratitude to all the medical staff who cared for Winnie during her illness, and also the public for their good wishes and support over the years. We hope that everyone will understand, however, that we would like to grieve for her in private, both at this time and during her funeral.”

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Posted: 18th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pussy Riot: the global protest in photos

THREE members of Pussy Riot, the Russian grrl band, are in prison. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, have been sentenced to two years choky for staging a “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin in Moscow Christ the Saviour Cathedral (see it here).

Judge Marina Syrova ruled:

“The girls’ actions were sacrilegious, blasphemous and broke the Church’s rules.”

Worldwide protest results. People have been pulling on the band’s trademark colourful balaclavas. Pussy Riot are famous.

Note:  The UK Foreign Office minister, Alistair Burt, said: “I am deeply concerned by the sentencing of three members of the band Pussy Riot, which can only be considered a disproportionate response to an expression of political belief.” That would be the UK ,whdre, as Brendan O’Neill notes, you can be sentenced to two months prison for writing a tweet or talking about a riot on Facebook.

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Posted: 17th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pussy Riot: Dublin protest gives Putin a laugh (pictures)

NEVER fear, Pussy Riot, Dublin is right behind you! “PIECE’. And “FREE GIRLS.”

FECK!

PA 14329189 1 Pussy Riot: Dublin protest gives Putin a laugh (pictures)

PA 14329189 2 Pussy Riot: Dublin protest gives Putin a laugh (pictures)

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Posted: 17th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How media turned Julian Assange into a blameless Saint – the best quotes

 How media turned Julian Assange into a blameless Saint   the best quotesWHY is Julian Assange big news? Why does Julian Assange feel no need to talk to the Swedish authorities about an alleged rape? It’s because big news decided that they loved him. They loved him because he game them the leaked cables and good copy. They built him into a Messiah, the embodiment of truth and light:

Raffi Khatchadourian in the New Yorker:Under the studio lights, he can seem – with his spectral white hair, pallid skin, cool eyes and expansive forehead – like a rail-thin being who has rocketed to earth to deliver humanity some hidden truth”.

Nick Davies in the Guardian: “We are going to put you on the moral high ground, so high that you’ll need an oxygen mask. You’ll be up there with Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa…They won’t be able to arrest you”

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Posted: 17th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Taxi for Julian Assange: Wikileaks’ Ronnie Biggs heads to South America

taxi julian assange Taxi for Julian Assange: Wikileaks Ronnie Biggs heads to South AmericaTAXI for Julian Assange. The man wanted in connection with alleged rape in Sweden has been granted political asylum by Ecuador. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition from Britain to Sweden, a country he used to love. Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patiño believes their is risk that Wikileaks founder Assange will be sent from Sweden to The United States. He says:

“Asylum is a fundamental human right. The Ecuadorean Government is defending its right to protect Assange and we have decided to grant him political asylum.”

A Swedish Foreign Ministry spokesman is unhappy with the Ecuadoreans:

“We want to tell them that it’s unacceptable that Ecuador is trying to stop the Swedish judicial process.”

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Posted: 16th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Summer holidays – the funny photos

Posted: 16th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Photojournalism | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sexy A-Levels blog: A round up of 2012 results (with bonus jumping)

sexy a levels 1 Sexy A Levels blog: A round up of 2012 results (with bonus jumping)SEXY A-levels. A look at successful, photogenic young women in the press. Because only fit girls celebrating their attractiveness and thinness do well at school. Boys – unless they get five A-grades or more; are very young; are a refugee – are invisible (until they enter the job market at which point the young women become less noticable then the young men.) Enjoy your moment in the sun, ladies, this might be as good as it gets.

(It’s what the schools want. The rules are here.):

DID You get rubbish A-levels? DO good A-levels fail to set you up for a life of disappointment? DID you do badly and then do well in life? Let us know.

PS – Look out for the jumping.

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Posted: 16th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pussy Riot: Peaches sings, Femen strip, Jamie Reid paints and Madonna prays

 Pussy Riot: Peaches sings, Femen strip, Jamie Reid paints and Madonna praysPUSSY RIOT – a round-up of protest in support of Maria Alelchina, Nadezhda, Nadeezhda Tokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich. The three women have been in jail for more than five months after performing a “punk prayer” in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Moscow. They are accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred . The judge will begin reading her verdict this week. Prosecutors want the women each jailed for three years.

Will Vladimir Putin’s regime jail three women for an act of political dissent?

Peaches has recorded Free Pussy Riot. As she says:

Peaches, Simonne Jones, and tons of musicians, artists, activists, and free-thinkers are came together to make a video for this song in support of the russian punk feminist band PUSSY RIOT! Now that you have heard about the song and video, we want you to take action! Here is why:

In March 2012 three members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevitch, were taken into custody by Russian authorities for their participation as part of a protest at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Their punk prayer is and was an act of free speech and the charges of “hooliganism” and detainment of the three women are seen by the world as a cruel heavy handed act of oppression, are being carried out to discourage free thought and speech in Russia.

If Russia wishes to be a part of the modern globalized world it must adhere to the standards and principles of a free nation where its people have the right to have a free and open dialogue about all subjects. Discussion, debate, and action are the basic building blocks of a free society. By following through with the prosecution of these women Russian political bullies are currently making a mockery of free speech, free thought, and Russia’s own country’s constitution.

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Posted: 16th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Celebrities made to look normal

EVER wondered that celebrities would look like if they wer photoshopped to look ‘normal’? Well, some bright sparks went to work and produced these images of Scarlett Johansson, ‘poor’ Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Madonna. They are all brilliant:

Spotter: LostEMinor

Posted: 15th, August 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


One Direction fan magazine subjects Caroline Flack to Daily Mail-style sexism

caroline flack styles one direction One Direction fan magazine subjects Caroline Flack to Daily Mail style sexism CAROLINE Flack once dated Harry styles, leading hair in One Direction, a teenager her junior by 14 years. Many one Direction fans were upset. Stephanie Eff spotted this article in a One Direction fan magazine subjecting Caroline Flack to Daily Mail-style sexism. Looks like the next generation of the newspaper’s columnists are keeping up with the programme to present all women as competition to ridicule and rubbish in public…

You can click the image to read it in full:

“Never before have 1D fans united in greater numbers than to share their ‘feelings’ for Caroline Flack, the old woman who dated Harry Styles. She was the host of England’s The X Factor where 1D got their break. But today she spends her time reading hate mail. So to help you, here’s voodoo doodoo Caroline.”

UPDATE: The magazine is called Girl’s Guide to One Direction HD. It was published in May 2012 by New York-based publisher Topix Media Lab LLC. You can buy it on via iTunes.

The greatest magazine dedicated to the greatest band in the world. Everything you have to know about One Direction including never-before-seen photographs, backstage controversy, exclusive interviews and secrets on meeting the band (from re-tweets to getting their attention at concerts). Plus digital posters, matching games and the first ever One Direction Awards Ceremony!

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Posted: 15th, August 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tia Sharp: a victim of the New Addington ‘ghetto’?

new addington Tia Sharp: a victim of the New Addington ghetto? TIA Sharp. With Stuart Hazell is custody accused of her murder, the tabloids’ reporting on the case is curtailed by law. So. The Sun does what it always does, cocks and ear to the prison cells and hears that lags want to murder Hazell. He’s to appear in the Old Bailey via videolink today.

The headline thunders:

Inmates vow to kill Tia accused

What inmates. And why are they in prison? The Sun does not say:

Stuart Hazell, 37, is in isolation on a wing with paedo-philes and rapists at high security Belmarsh prison.

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Posted: 15th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Poor Jen: Jennifer Aniston engaged to man she split from

justin and jennifer1 Poor Jen: Jennifer Aniston engaged to man she split fromYES! Poor Jennifer Aniston, the tabloids’ ‘Poor Jen’, is marrying Justin Theroux (photos of his buffness here). The mega-rich, successful actress who shagged the young Brad Pitt before he was saddled with children and hats, who has great hair and a nose that sits on the front page of Messers Nip ‘n’ Tucks’s Hollywood catalogue is marrying a good looking man with no baggage.

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Posted: 14th, August 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tia Sharp: Daily Mail blames police failure on Muslims, working women and the white working class

 Tia Sharp: Daily Mail blames police failure on Muslims, working women and the white working classTIA SHARP: The allegedly murdered 12-year-old New Addington girl is back on the front pages:

The Sun: “GRAN’S LOVER IN CUFFS”

Stuart Hazell has been charged with her murder. The headline tells us how police and prosecutors think Tia Sharp died:

“TRAGIC TIA “SMOTHERED’ – Body wrapped in bed sheet inside bin bags”

The Daily Mirror prefers to further reduce the child’s treatment, leading with:

DUMPED IN BIN BAG”

The Daily Star’s front-page headline says Tia was “stuffed” in a bin bag; the Daily Express says “Murdered Tia” was “put” in a bin bag; and the ‘i‘ says “Tia Sharp was found wrapped in a bin liner”.

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Posted: 14th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Rihanna LP scores number one with paltry sales: The record industry is dead man, miss him, miss him…

 Rihanna LP scores number one with paltry sales: The record industry is dead man, miss him, miss him...THE record industry has long been in decline. Basically, people got sick of the mark-up on CDs and, more importantly, were thunderously tired of having to find places for their CDs to live. MP3s may lack the character of vinyl and such, but boy howdy, they’re a lot neater aren’t they?

Sadly for the recording industry, MP3s (a format designed to maximise profits) are easily stolen, which has seen sales dropping dramatically. Which brings us to the news that Rihanna has just topped the album charts with the lowest sales figures EVER.

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Posted: 13th, August 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Flashback: The Indoor League – 81 pints and the Terry Yorath table-football fight

 Flashback: The Indoor League   81 pints and the Terry Yorath table football fightTHE Indoor League was broadcast live from the Leeds Irish Centre. Your host was Fred Trueman, proud Yorkshireman and cricket great from the period when only men born in the northern Republic could represent it at bat and ball. Your commentator was Sid Waddell, the erudite Geordie with the common touch. (Read his great quotes here.) In the early 1970s, The Indoor League made it onto the ITV network. It was serious business.

Sid Waddell recalled one infamous bout as he surveyed the room:

“Fred Trueman used to stand up there, on the stage, giving it large in a cardigan. The shove ha’penny was over there … here would have been the bar billiards. And that’s the door out of which I had to smuggle Terry Yorath when the fight broke out at the table football.”

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Posted: 13th, August 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A modern history of Vandals: why do they do it?

VANDALS: why do they do it?

Vandal1 A modern history of Vandals: why do they do it?

No sooner had the first golden post box been unveiled to honour Britain’s Olympic champion, than it was duly vandalised. Is this a new British record? Not at all – this massive Olympics billboard was defaced within hours of its unveiling, and the flowers in the Olympic Park were swiftly trampled underfoot by the destructive forces of the Great British Public.

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Posted: 13th, August 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mirror uses Pedobear to illustrate ‘vast network of child perverts’ on Twitter

 Daily Mirror uses Pedobear to illustrate vast network of child perverts on TwitterAS the papers salute Mo Farah, the Somalia-born double gold meal winner for Team GB, the Daily Mirror readies its readers to the post-Olympic descent. The paper choses the morning of the final day of the London 2012 Games to leads with the news that paedos are out to get your children:

“TWITTER PAEDOS EXPOSED – Police swoop as we reveals vast network of child perverts”

After sport and bonking, drugs-taking celebs, what tabloid readers next like to look at is a story on paedophiles, especially in the summer months. The number of child rapists is not high. The number of readers who like reading about them – and politicians and hacks who like to talk about them – is huge. What better story than one of peados to illustrate all our fears? Is this interest in paedophiles healthy? No. Is the Mirror just tapping into a subject that it feels will unite its readers in a common revulsion? Yes. Does that story foster mistrust, telling us all that it’s not only strangers you need to be fearful of but every adult, even those in a virtual world behind your computer screen? Yes. From being a nation of winners the Mirror reminds us that we are locked in fear of one another, insular and suspicious. The paper says:

“Vile perverts using social networking site to find victims and trade intelligence”

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Posted: 12th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The funniest photos and gifs from the London 2012 Olympics

THE funniest photos and gifs from the London 2012 Olympics features photo fakery, hilarity, a spot of nudity, stupidity and at least on John Terry:

Spotters: here@TRJeffries,@cydermann,Reddit,Somhairle Ó Meachair, @Alsboy,@RobbieSavage8,@MandyPandy32, LiamWaterloo@BeardedGenius,@joescouse_lfc,@sandersonjones,

Posted: 11th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, London Olympics | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tia Sharp: Stuart Hazell’s drunken fist, the body in the loft and claiming a reward

 Tia Sharp: Stuart Hazells drunken fist, the body in the loft and claiming a rewardTIA Sharp is front-page news. If it bleeds it leads, runs the old news mantra. Tia Sharp has died. Stuart Hazell, a man who lives with her grandmother, Christine Sharp. He is the last person believed to have seen her alive. He’s been arrested on suspicion of her murder. The news round-up:

Update: Christine Sharp, 46, was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday and is being held at a south London police station.

Update 2: South-East London Area Commander Neil Basu said: “An early review has been conducted and it is now clear that human error delayed the discovery of the body within the house. We have apologised to Tia’s mother that our procedures did not lead to the discovery of the body on this search.”

Daily Mail (front page): “SHAMBLES – Despite a week-long hunt by 100 police with dogs, Tia was found dead in her granny’s house, which officers had searched THREE times…and man they quizzed has disappeared.”

The Mail blames the police, names the victim but steers clear of naming the accused man in its headline.

The Yorkshire Post sees the Mail’s three searches and trumps it:

Tia detectives ‘searched house four times before body found’

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Posted: 11th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0