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What is drug addiuction like? Well, coming off heroin is like having your skin peeled off. Another friend had repeated, hellish flashbacks from LSD.
Andreas Hykade gives us an idea:
Once upon a time college was fun and rebellious. Then it became about compliance, approval and crime… The University of Maine has adopted the ‘yes means yes’ consent policy:
Consent is agreement to engage in sexual contact. Consent must be informed, freely and actively given, and consist of a mutually agreeable and understandable exchange of words or actions. Consent is clear, knowing and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Consent may be withdrawn at any time.
Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and conditions of) sexual activity. Past consent does not imply future consent. Consent to engage in one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to engage
in any other sexual activity.
Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not imply consent to engage in sexual activity with any other person.
Any consent that is given is invalid or moot It is not consent when the exchange involves unwanted physical force, coercion, intimidation, and/or threats. If an individual is mentally or physically
incapacitated or impaired such that one cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual 7 situation, and the incapacitation or impairment is known or should be known to a reasonable person, there is no consent. This includes conditions resulting from alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. Consent is not valid if the person is too young to consent to sexual activity under Maine law.
THE Westminster Peadophile ring story continues to build:
The detective who led the investigation into Britain’s most notorious child abusers said its files could provide evidence for Scotland Yard’s investigation of an alleged Westminster paedophile ring. Roger Stoodley said he would be delighted if the Metropolitan police were to reopen Operation Orchid, the inquiry into the Sidney Cooke gang, which abducted, abused and murdered children in the 1970s and 1980s.
MADELEINE McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news.
The Daily Express features Madeleine McCann on its front page.
“POLICE WANT TO QUIZ MURAT AS A WITNESS”
Robert Murat, the man monstered by the media, is back in the news. But he’s no suspct in any crime. He’s a possible witness to something, maybe or maybe not.
KYRON Horman: an up-date on the story of the missing child from Portland, Oregon.
On the increasingly intolerant, shrill petition site Change.Org, we read:
“Petitioning Multnomah County Sheriff’s OfficeThis petition will be delivered to: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office”
WHEN the Oxford University’s compliant, scared, iliberal wimps and bigots censored an abotion debate, anyone sane should have noted that “Free speech is under assault on campus”. Tim Stanley was one of the speakers who was shut down by the unenlightend, ignorant mob.
…someone was outraged that we dared to discuss this issue at all. A protest group of around 300 people called “What the f**k is ‘Abortion Culture’?” appeared on Facebook that promised to “take along some non-destructive but oh so disruptive instruments to help demonstrate to the anti-choicers just what we think of their ‘debate’.” We were guilty of promoting “really sh*tty anti-choice rhetoric and probs some cissexism.” The foul language indicates how sophisticated the protesters were, while the accusation of cissexism had me reaching for my online urban dictionary. Was I being called a sissy by homophobic feminists? Mais non. Apparently a “cis” is someone who identifies with the same gender that they were born with. So that’s a thing now.
The university’s students’ union also issued a statement that took aim at Brendan O’Neill and me for being so offensively attached to our God-given genitals: “The Women’s Campaign (WomCam) condemn SFL for holding this debate. It is absurd to think we should be listening to two cisgender men debate about what people with uteruses should be doing with their bodies.” Next, the Christ Church Junior Common Room (posh talk for “the committee that run the students’ bar”) passed a motion asking their college to decline to room the debate. Eventually, the college caved-in on the grounds that, “there was insufficient time between today and tomorrow to address some concerns they had about the meeting”. The pro-life society tried to find an alternative venue but everyone else said “no”. I believe that two colleges agreed only to later rescind their invitations…
What it also proved is that elements of the Left are working hard to define new parameters for freedom of speech. You are free to speak so long as it doesn’t offend certain sensibilities, which of course amounts to no real freedom at all.
Madeleine McCann: Anorak’s look at the missing child in the news.
BBC: “Ex-suspect Murat ‘faces new questions’
Robert Murat..? The poor sod who was monstered and libelled?
Police investigating the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann are to question former suspect Robert Murat. A source close to the case has told the BBC that two of 11 people due to be questioned by officers in Portugal are Mr Murat and his wife.
Molly Crabapple write on Freguson, the small US city where a white police office shot dead a young black man:
“On August 9th, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot a black teenager named Mike Brown. Since then, the city has been protesting. The police did not react well. This is a short by animator Jim Batt and me explaining the events in Ferguson, and the events brought to light outside the city, since the shooting of Mike Brown.”
Police don’t listen. They tell.
ELLY Prizeman is the most talked about shirt designer on this planet (and whatever planet they’re on).
Her stellar range of shirts is out of this world (as modelled by Matt Taylor).
As another notable shirt designer, Vivienne Westwood, put it:
You have a more interesting life if you wear impressive clothes.
AND on its goes, the row over Dr Matt Taylor’s shirt.
“Modern feminists’ focus on behaviour, its propensity for censorship and its increasingly anti-man rhetoric, is creating a dogmatic and divisive feminism that turns women into victims who need protecting from the big, bad world, rather than equipping women with the tools to tackle real issues of gender inequality.”
THE murders of four praying Jews and a Druze policeman in Jerusalem would be a massacre, or the work of seriel killers. The two men who armed themselves with an axe, knives and a pistol to slaughter Jews in a synagogue would be presented as being dangerous, mentally negligible nutjobs, like the killers of drummer Lee Rigby. But this is Israel. The rules are changed.
FOUR Jews have been murdered in a synagogue in Jerusalem. They were praying when two Palestinians walked in and shot them. The murderers were wielding knives and a meat cleaver.
Druze police officer Zidan Nahad Seif was also murdered.
CNN was first with the gaffe:
The bodies of the dead are not being bradcast on Twitter or the BBC.
COLLEGE sex and Prohibition:
“A vast majority of college women’s rape claims involve alcohol. Not long ago, 18-year-olds in many states could drink legally. College-sponsored events could openly involve a keg, with security officers on hand to ensure that things didn’t get out of hand. Since 1984, when the federal government compelled states to adopt a drinking age of 21, college alcohol policies have been a mockery. Prohibition has driven alcohol into private spaces and house parties, with schools largely turning a blind eye.”
Banning drink and drugs never does work…
WHEN police murderer Harry Roberts was released for prison, the Mail on Sunday had an “exclusive”:
25 Oct 2014: Kate Kray, of the infamous Kray family, was the women how secured the “only interview” Harry Roberts has ever given.
The story tells readers:
I am the only person ever to have interviewed Harry Roberts.
When you’re 93-year-old, it’s time to take a hit from your first joint.
93-year-old “Silver Princess” and her son “Open Sky” has uploaded this view of them smoking weed together. It’s her first time. Well, so goes the legend.
The drug is now legal in Washington, so the police will not toss grandma in prison and ruin her life.
THE fall out from the Mirror’s report on alleged peadophiles is that fingers are being pointed with no proof. Compensation-seeking lawyers, police PRs, self-serving politicians and anyone looking for a whistleblower to prove all the conspiracies true are circumventing justice to prove their settled conclusion: peados did abuse and even murder children in 1980s Westminster.
Maybe it is true. But what about the facts?
Barrister Blogger has more:
The scene was set yesterday when the BBC decided to join Exaro News in broadcasting an interview with a man in his 40s known as “Nick” who alleges that he was repeatedly raped by Conservative MPs and other “VIPs” in the 1970s and 80s. Nick, it is said, is grateful to Exaro News and to his counsellor for “allowing” him to tell his story in public, and wants to encourage others to go, as he has now gone, to the police to corroborate his account. According to the BBC he has been “in counselling on and off since he was in his twenties” and has only now “found the strength to come forward.” There was no mention in the BBC interview of any murder and Exaro have never previously revealed that Nick witnessed a murder.
Mark Watts the Exaro interviewer suggests “a lot of people will find your account hard to believe,” but that does not mean that Nick is lying. Nevertheless Exaro, and now the BBC, have acted extremely unwisely by catapulting him into the public domain.
Both the BBC’s interview, and even more so Exaro’s, go into considerable detail about the alleged abuse. We are told, for example, how Nick and other children would be driven to Dolpin Square where sex parties were held. They would be made to dance and sing, before being sexually abused by a group including MPs, “an ex-Cabinet Minister,” and other “powerful people.” Nick says that he was repeatedly raped while his head was held under water in a bath, and on a number of occasions he nearly drowned. Boys were injured, and a doctor, he says, was part of the group to treat these injuries. It was, indeed, a paedophile ring.
The first effect of broadcasting Nick’s detailed allegations is that anybody wishing to make a false allegation has now been given not just rumours, which in truth have been flying around on the internet for years, but a detailed and apparently first-hand description of exactly how another witness says the abuse took place. This, of course, flies in the face of good policing practice in which the account of one witness is never given to other potential witnesses precisely because of the danger of contamination. It is true that neither Exaro nor the BBC has actually given the names of the alleged abusers but 5 minutes on the internet would supply a selection of Tory MPs and cabinet ministers about whom rumours have swirled. Most of those who were cabinet ministers in Mrs Thatcher’s first administration are now dead, so the tidbit that the Minister in question is still alive narrows the field to about 10 suspects.
In any case involving multiple complainants the defence always strives hard to show that the complainants may have colluded with each other, or at least that later complainants knew of the substance of an earlier complaint, while the prosecution tries to show that such collusion or awareness is unlikely. Well, Exaro and the BBC together have comprehensively ensured that any future complainant will be aware of the detail of Nick’s complaint and his evidence will for that reason be devalued. In a nutshell, if a future witness relates similar details to Nick’s he will be accused of having learnt them from the BBC and Exaro interviews. It is on such issues that cases turn.
ARE we outraged that Christians are being persecuted?
Melanie Phillips in the Times:
Barbaric assaults on religious liberty are greeted in the West with an embarrassed silence. Canon Andrew White is one of the bravest people I know. For nine years this former Middle East envoy for the Archbishop of Canterbury, who has played a key role in freeing hostages in the region, has been the vicar of St George’s church in Baghdad.
As such, he has been the emblem and body-armoured defender of Iraq’s Christian community, which has been under murderous assault in the wars that have engulfed Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
A few days ago, at a conference I chaired in Jerusalem, Canon White told me that the Archbishop of Canterbury has now forbidden him to return to his church in its heavily barricaded compound. Given the advance towards Baghdad of Islamic State (Isis) — which has now murdered a fifth hostage, the American Peter Kassig — it is simply too dangerous even for him.
More than 1,200 members of his congregation and several of his staff have been murdered in the past few years. His flock has dwindled from 6,500 to 1,000 today, including the six remaining Jews in Iraq, who have lived under his personal protection.
What is happening is a tragedy of extraordinary, historic proportions. In the place where Abraham was born, most of the 135,000-strong, three millennia-old Jewish community was forced to flee several decades ago. Now it seems that Christianity is about to be wiped out in a land where it has been cradled for more than 2,000 years.
THE CENSORS won! An Oxford University debate between Brendan O’Neill and Tim Stanley on ‘abortion culture’ is cancelled. Ther would be protests. And that was no good. Christ Church JCR Treasurer, Will Neaverson tells Cherwell:
“I’m relieved the Censors have made this decision. It clearly makes the most sense for the safety – both physical and mental – of the students who live and work in Christ Church. I’m glad the views of the GM were well represented and well received.”
TO North Devon Magistrates’s court, where Christopher Saunders, is answering the charge of being in with possession of nine pence worth of cannabis, roughly 0.09 grams of prohibited drugs.
Tim Hook for the defence, argues:
“If I close one’s eyes and try to imagine nine hundredths of a gram it is a very difficult thing to fasten your mind on. I think it is a quantity that is barely capable of measurement… I am staggeringly surprised it couldn’t have been dealt with by way of a caution at the police station, when so many things are.”
Mr Saunders pleads guilty. He is awarded a conditional discharge.
The war on drugs goes on…
TWO lines to listen out for in this video of a man on a bike doing a 22mph wheelie in the City of London and the policeman telling him off:
Our favoutite is, “Get out the SQuare Mile and don’t come back”. John Wayne would be proud.
That narrowly beats, “You can tell your friends about the big telling off you got from a policeman on a horse”.
BRENDAN O’Neill and Timothy Stanley are going to debate abortion at Oxford Students for Life’s Abortion Culture debate. Or are they? Cherwell, the independent student newspaper of Oxford University, has news:
A controversial debate on abortion planned to be held at Christ Church by Oxford Students for Life (OSFL) has attracted widespread student criticism, with the College’s JCR voting to inform college Censors about the mental and physical security issues surrounding the debate.
Mental security? Colleges ought to be beacons of free inquiry. Is the allegation that listening to O’Neill and Stanley will render you unhinged? These melon twisters might make you think, and that would be just awful.
DID you see the convicted child abuser on Jim’ll Fix It, the Jimmy Savile BBC show whereon the twice-over knight (papal and regal) made kids’ wishes come true? Of course the biggest wish he saved for later when he dropped dead.
The peado wasn’t just Jimmy. He’s only an alleged one. This other padon was an actual proven nonce. As the Telegraph reports:
A young girl was “set up” to appear on Jim’ll Fix It alongside a convicted child abuser, the BBC has reported.
Was she set up because he was a young girl?
Confidential social services reports confirm that Keith Harding, an antiques expert who appeared on the 1980 Christmas edition of the show, was involved with the notorious campaign group, the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie), according to the Radio 4′s Today programme. It said that Harding was convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in the late 1950s and was a “schedule 1″ offender – meaning his convictions remained on his police file for life.
However he was subsequently given the Freedom of the City of London and became a member of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, as well as running a museum regularly visited by children.
TRANSFER Balls: Is Marco Reus heading to Chelsea? The Daily Express has been updating readers with no news whatdsover
The Daily Express, on November 9, and David Wright had news:
Chelsea to beat Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal to Marco Reus in Andre Schurrle swap deal…
CHELSEA are hoping to tempt Borussia Dortmund to part ways with Marco Reus in January with Andre Schurrle going the other way.
WHAT happens after you win millions on the lottery?
The Daily Mail says it’s mistery and more msiery:
Why so many lottery winners like me end up losers in love: Every week it seems another couple splits after scooping a Lotto jackpot
But it isn’t. That just makes the losers feel better. Money does buy happiness:
Dean Allen: 26 when he won £13,861,061:
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