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IN the USA, where equiality rules, Minneapolis public schools have set a racial quota for discipline:
“Moving forward, every suspension of a black or brown student will be reviewed by the superintendent’s leadership team. The school district aims to more deeply understand the circumstances of suspensions with the goal of providing greater supports to the school, student or family in need. This team could choose to bring in additional resources for the student, family and school. . . . MPS must aggressively reduce the disproportionality between black and brown students and their white peers every year for the next four years. This will begin with a 25 percent reduction in disproportionality by the end of this school year; 50 percent by 2016; 75 percent by 2017; and 100 percent by 2018.”
Anyone think that just means less suspensions?
CAROLE Mideley has few sane words about the paedo panic. Last week a man was banned from Puxton Park park for being an adult male unaccompanied by a child:
We can be bawled out by security for filming our own toddler in a ballpool (legally you can photograph anyone in a public place, but on private property it is at the management’s discretion), yet serial child sex abusers ran rampant in places like Rotherham undisturbed. What seems to matter is being seen to be vigilant, even if it does amount to a hill of beans. Julie Spence, former chief constable of Cambridgeshire, recently said the force spent more on CRB checks than they did on real child protection, ie, tracking actual sex offenders. About 3.9 million such checks were carried out last year. Most will be vital, of course, but 843,000 of those were on volunteers offering to help with school trips, discos or reading. A friend recently volunteered as a helper at her son’s school but was told she hadn’t been “trained”. What they probably meant but were too polite to say was that she hadn’t been vetted for a paedo past. Worth remembering, meanwhile, that a CRB-type check would have picked up nothing amiss with Jimmy Savile.
HARRY Roberts, the murderer, is free.
A police killer who was jailed for life in 1966 for the murders of three unarmed officers has been released from prison. Harry Roberts, 78, was part of a gang planning an armed robbery when they were disturbed by the policemen in west London. He was released from Littlehey prison in Cambridgeshire on Monday, The Sun reported.
FREE Speech Watch:
Eric, a manager at a Chick-fil-A restaurant, made a list of words that he forbade his staff from uttering while at work. When someone crossed out “bae” he added it back on the list and wrote, “scratch it our & you lose your employee meals!”
Spotter: Boing Boing
MODERN romance features Aminah Hart who wanted her daughter to meet her biological father – the one who sired her by donating his sperm.
A British-born woman who had a child through IVF is engaged to the anonymous sperm donor she tracked down and later fell in love with. Aminah Hart, 45, an Australian woman born in London, only met her fiance after she had given birth to their daughter Leila, it has been reported.
She originally selected Scott Andersen, an Australian cattle farmer who lives on an island off the south coast, from five possible sperm donors because she liked that he listed himself as “happy and healthy”.
Aminah discovered his identity through a series of internet searches based on his name as well as his profession as a cattle breeder and his role as a Aussie rules football coach.
MADELEINE McCann: a look at reporting on the missing child in the news. Today the tabloids’ ‘Our Maddie’ is back on the Mirror’s front page:
The ‘EXCLUSIVE’ news is that there a ‘Brit Man & Woman’ are ‘NEW SUSPECTS’.
WHO are the world’s most persecuted minoroty, asks “Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim thinks he knows:
One hundred years ago, 20% of North Africa and the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, was Christian. Today, Christians make up 4% of the population. Much of that decline has occurred in the last decade. In essence Muslims are rendering North Africa and the Middle East free of Christians.
Take Egypt, for example, my ancestral homeland. In just the past two years, tens of thousands of Christian Copts have left Egypt. And many others want to leave, but they simply cannot afford to. Why they want to leave is no mystery.
On New Year’s Day 2011, the Two Saints Church in Alexandria was bombed, leaving 23 Copts dead and 97 injured. In recent years dozens of Coptic churches have been attacked, many burned to the ground. In August 2013 alone, the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters attacked and destroyed some 80 churches.
Unfortunately, Egypt is more the rule than the exception.
Hundreds of Nigerian churches have been destroyed in recent years, with especially deadly attacks reserved for Christmas and Easter church services, leaving dozens dead or mutilated. Churches have been bombed or burned in Iraq, Syria, and just about every place in the Middle East where churches still exist except Israel. Christian businesses have been torched, Christian girls have been kidnapped, sold as child brides or slaves, and had acid thrown in their faces for not being veiled. Anyone born a Muslim who converts to Christianity faces jail and possibly execution. The list of fresh atrocities by Muslims against Christians grows longer almost every day. Even in Muslim countries often portrayed as “moderate” — Morocco, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan — Christian minorities are under legal pressure not to build churches or evangelize.
IN the Us you can own a gun whilst blind. And you can drive a car, too. But if you want to take marijuana to alleviate stress or help relax your eyes, you’re a criminal. Hit and Run looks at the States where guns and pot go together:
A Reddit user recently posted a graphic called “The Venn Diagram of Cultural Politics,” showing which states allow at least some citizens to use marijuana, which states recognize gay marriages, and which do both. The chart got us wondering: Which places embrace the personal freedoms beloved by the left and the right? Where can you buy both a vibrator and a Big Gulp? Where can a gay couple not just marry but avoid a high sin tax on the cigarettes they smoke after sex? Where can you carry a gun while passing a joint?
The image below tackles that last question. If you include states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes only, there are now 24 states that permit pot. There are 42 states where an adult non-felon’s right to carry a concealed gun is either unrestricted or subject only to permissive “shall issue” laws. Sixteen states fall into both categories.
MAX Clifford has lost his appeal against his eight year sentence for sex offences. The PR fixer remains in prison. His victims remain damaged:
Sky News has apologised over an error which led to one of Max Clifford’s victims being named in a recorded broadcast of his appeal… The woman, who has lifelong anonymity under the terms of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992, complained to the police when she heard her name 17 minutes into an edited clip which went out on Sky’s website on October 10.
Sky took the clip down. But did you catch the error?
Sky’s counsel, Adrienne Page QC, claimed that the maximum number of viewers was five – including the victim…
Websites aren’t taking over the news business yet, are they…
NEWSPAPERS are dying. So are the readers who grow up with them. That’s tragic. But it’s life.
Print sales of The Sun dipped below two million a day for the first time in its modern history last month.
Average sales of the paper dipped 8 per cent year on year to 1,978,324 making it still the UK’s best-selling daily.
Publisher News UK is expected to release an update later this month on the progress of the paper’s digital subscription strategy which may soften the blow of falling below two million.
The Daily Mirror dropped below two million copies in 2004 and fell below the one million mark last December.
MATTHEW Williams: a look at reporting on the ‘cannibal’ who killed Cerys Yemm and then, reportedly, ate parts of her face. Williams was then tasered by police at a hostel in Argoed, Caerphilly county. Police hit him with 50,000 volts. He died.
The Sun: “Call me the wolf… I like to eat people”
DEPRAVED Matthew Williams bragged he was a cannibal in jail — weeks before he killed a woman and ate her face. An ex-lag who spent time inside with the 34-year-old said he liked to call himself The Wolf. When asked why, Williams said: “Because I am a cannibal and I eat people.”
Can we trust this ex-lag to be honest?
His ex-cellmate, who did not want to be named, said Williams was hooked on heroin substitute Subutex and had a feared reputation.
He said: “People say all sorts in prison but he seemed to mean it. He said he had already eaten someone. I put it down to talk — until I heard what he’d done.”
The Daily Mail aks a question about the Great British Sandwich:
Rightly, the death of the Great British sandwich (surely the hungry editor’s yell as a headline – ed) has been highlighted by the paper of record. A Great British traditional is being undone by foreigners.
Let’s take a look at the Great British sandwich in history.
THE Singh Project by British photographers Amit and Naroop focuses on members of the country’s Sikhs:
These intimate images highlight two very important symbols of the Sikh lifestyle – the beard and the turban (Dahar). The turban in particular is a representation of honor, self-respect, courage, spirituality, and piety. Sikh men (and women) wear the turban to cover their long, uncut hair (kesh), and are also seen in this series brandishing a traditional Sikh sword (kirpan).
Originating in South Asia – primarily in India, Singh was a popular middle name or surname for lords and warriors. Meaning Lion (from the Sanskrit word Simha/Sinha), it was later adopted by the Sikh religion, and today is compulsory for all baptized Sikh males. The sense of pride connected with the history of the name Singh is evident on the faces of these men.
A CURE for Ebola could be in survivor’s blood:
A group of scientists including three Nobel laureates in medicine has proposed that U.S. health officials chart a new path to developing Ebola drugs and vaccines by harnessing antibodies produced by survivors of the deadly outbreak.
BECAUSE all adults are paedophiles-in-waiting and children are sacred (see all news for past decade) single men or women without children are banned from visiting Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in case they are paedophiles.
Matthew Richards wanted to see the falconry display at Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare, but was denied entry.
IN “X Factor rat got me pregnant at 16 and ditched me”, the Sun leads with “X FACTOR boyband star James Graham” and one Molly Ranger, whom he “begged to have an abortion”.
For those of you watching the X-Fator in cinemascope, James Graham, 18, is one of eight singers in the Stero Kicks. Like you we thought the Stereo Kicks were an advert for Top Man’s range from spring 2012. But they are in actual fact the X Factar’s foray into male voice choirs, aiming to plug the gap between the Vienna Boys Choir and Treorchy Male Choir with voices that wander between pre-pubescent highs and aged lows often in a single note.
THE Sun has a story about John Venables, one of James Bulger’s killers. Vanbles was a 10-year-old child when he killed the toddler.
Gary O’Shea writes:
A JOURNALIST is facing jail after exposing how James Bulger’s bloated killer Jon Venables got private fitness sessions behind bars. The reporter — who paid a tip fee to a prison officer — was convicted by an Old Bailey jury of plotting to commit misconduct in public office.
The story was a prison “source” telling News of the World readers:
“He [Venables] got very body conscious when he had to appear on camera on the day he was sentenced. It gave him the extra spur to improve his body image and he asked the governor for assistance.”
MATTHEW Williams news watch: a look at reporting on the man caught chewing the face of his dead victim Cerys Yemm at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed, South Wales.
CANNIBAL killer Matthew Williams bit off part of his victim’s face after taking a huge cocktail of mind-bending drugs, a friend revealed. Boozed-up Williams, 34, smoked cannabis and took prescription drugs before injecting miaow-miaow shortly before mauling Cerys Yemm.
He pretty much took anything he could get his hands on, by the sound of it. But how did a man in a bail hostel get a woman into his room and so many drugs (he’d been released from a prison term for attacking his girlfreind?)
Convicted thug Williams, who was released from prison just weeks earlier, told pals he was hearing voices and hallucinating before savaging the 22-year-old in his hotel room.
One witness said: “Williams had just met Cerys and we all went to a friend’s house for the evening. He had an ounce of miaow-miaow on him and at some stage he injected himself… He was also taking large quantities of prescription beta-blockers given to him to help overcome his drugs habit when he was released from jail.
WITH Abu Hamza was arrested and Omar Bakri, the Tottenham Taliban, gone, the media looked for another gurning loon to represent the authentic face of extreme Islam. It ended up with Anjem Choudary, a man who lacks the horror of Hamza and the ridiculouslness of Bakri. He’s bit, well, meh.
Mr Choudary now says he’s ready to leave the UK. He tells the Times that he would have already travelled to territory in Syria or Iraq controlled by the jihadists if the police had returned his passport.
“I believe the world belongs to God and that one day, hopefully, the UK will be part of an Islamic State. Why shouldn’t I be free to travel to the khilafah [caliphate] and see what life is like under the Sharia? The passport . . . is a basic human right and I don’t see why I should have to give it up or have my movement restricted. I want to know from the Home Office and the crown prosecution service if it is illegal for me to travel to live in the Islamic State if I have no intention of carrying out acts of terrorism.”
THE papers report on Matthew Williams and a hideous crime at the Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed, Caerphilly.
Matthew Williams is on the Daily Star’s cover:
The story has been embellished in fine style.
THE Daily Express leads with chilling news:
WARNING OVER KILLER WINTER BUG
JIMMY Savile has yet to be dug up and beaten with sticks, his head stuck on a spike. But the man never tried for his alleged crimes remains under investigation. The Times tells readers:
Jimmy Savile may have sexually abused patients at 41 hospitals, the health secretary has revealed. New allegations have been made in relation to 12 NHS trusts, including nine not previously implicated in the scandal.
It’s always useful to turn sensation on its head.
Jimmy Savile may not have sexually abused patients at 41 hospitals, the health secretary has revealed.
What Hunt revealed was nothing at all. He just hinted and suggested that the purge on paedos was making progress.
Savile remains stubbornly dead. The Government is chucking all the ills of the past into his pit. The problem is that if you keep looking at the past, you miss the present. Read the rest of this entry »
Read the rest of this entry »
ARE Manchester City looking to offload their stella midfielder Yaya Touré? It was only last year Touré was telling everyone that “nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player.”
Given his flirting with Barcelona and PSG, do Manchester City fans still believe that?
The Times says City are looking to sell the man:
As they wrestle with a worsening crisis in the wake of their woeful 2-1 defeat by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday, it has emerged that City would be open to parting company with Touré if a suitable offer is forthcoming.
Isn’t that a line that could be applied to every player?
Arsenal would be open to parting company with Sanchez if a suitable offer is forthcoming.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, 60, is accused of attempting to hire a hitman to murder two people.
Rudd, an Australian, been charged in New Zealand, where he lives.
WHO is Yehuda Glick, the man shot in Israel, allegedly by Mu’taz Hijazi, shot dead by Israeli police?
Wikipedia tells us:
Yehuda Joshua Glick (Hebrew: יהודה גליק; born 20 November 1965) is an American-born Israeli rabbi and “civil rights activist” who campaigns for expanding Jewish access to the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Glick is the leader of HaLiba, a coalition of groups dedicated to “reaching complete and comprehensive freedom and civil rights for Jews on the Temple Mount.”…
Glick advocates opening the Temple Mount on an equal footing to prayer by Muslims, Jews, Christians and others.
“We are talking about sharing, coexistence, tolerance, respecting one another. I think that genuine peace must begin with tolerance and respect. I think that Jews, Muslims, or Christians, anybody who supports peace, anyone who supports praying — talking to G-d — should be allowed to on the Temple Mount.”
Christian Science Monitor writes:
Jews are increasingly staking a claim to the Muslim-controlled Temple Mount, testing the Israeli government’s resolve to avoid conflict by protecting Muslim sovereignty over the site.