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Rover on course for Mars landing

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The US space agency says the big robot rover it is sending to Mars looks in excellent shape for its Monday (GMT) landing.
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Welcome to the Global Village

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This new blog will draw from a broad range of sources to highlight some of the values, thinking and lifestyles that people experience and subscribe to around the world.  I think, despite all the developments in social media and communication, we tend to confine ourselves to 'people like us' and can miss some of the rich (and strange) diversity out there.  Allodoxaphobia is the pathological fear of other peoples' opinions; in this curated site I want instead to highlight the ways in which we are the same and the ways in which we are different.

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Renata Hill's comment, April 9, 7:07 PM
An excellent goal! The more people who learn that all beings on Earth are related -- that we are all one -- and affect each other, the sooner we will solve world problems. Best wishes!
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Couple guilty of bomb detector fraud

Couple guilty of bomb detector fraud | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Another in a series of similar unpleasant tales.  Apart from their nasty greed and willingness to allow people to die so they could make a profit, the other side of the story is the sheer credulity of the people who bought these.  The denigration of critical thinking has led us into a position where people in power, in authority, have no ability to discriminate between the plausible and the downright stupid.  It is very worrying.

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China activists fight gay 'conversion therapy'

China activists fight gay 'conversion therapy' | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Gay rights activists in China are preparing for a landmark case against "gay conversion therapy". The BBC's John Sudworth visits a clinic in Nanjing to find out more.
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"One common method is electric shock. When the patient has a gay thought, we electrocute them or inject them with drugs that make them sick," he said.

 
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Killed by benefits cuts: Starving soldier died 'as result of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform'

Killed by benefits cuts: Starving soldier died 'as result of Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reform' | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker’s Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment
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England, 2014.  

 

“This tragic death is a direct result of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms.”

When David died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his insulin chilled was not working.

A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach.

 

I note that a DWP spokesperson pointed out a claimant can appeal against a sanction.  This is at best disingenuous and at worst a lie.  When appealing against a sanction, the sanction remains in place.

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Blogger fined for restaurant review

Blogger fined for restaurant review | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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"This decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked [on a search engine]', or of having too great an influence',"

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The BBC takes a strong stand against promoting fake science

The BBC takes a strong stand against promoting fake science | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Last week, the British Broadcasting Corp. disclosed an ongoing effort to teach its staff how to distinguish real science from bogus science, and the importance of keeping the latter off the airwaves.
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Interesting to see how this story is being reported in Los Angeles - it's not just a 'little Britain' issue  "...when even the Supreme Court makes law based on this level of ignorance, it becomes clear that the battle against ignorance in the press and public debate is all uphill."

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John Richards's curator insight, July 21, 3:26 AM

Great! 
Will the Beeb stop giving air time to clergymen then? 

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Beach hut on market for £225,000

Beach hut on market for £225,000 | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Conspicuous consumerism. Contemptible.

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Classic books become London benches

Classic books become London benches | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Absolutely gorgeous 

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NY judge: Religious objection to vaccines doesn’t outweigh public health concerns

NY judge: Religious objection to vaccines doesn’t outweigh public health concerns | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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This is the degree of stupidity we need to protect children (and ourselves) from: "“Disease is pestilence,” said the mother, Dina Check, “and pestilence is from the devil. The devil is germs and disease, which is cancer and any of those things that can take you down. But if you trust in the Lord, these things cannot come near you.”"

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Open prison has 90 inmates on run

Open prison has 90 inmates on run | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Redefining the concept of 'imprisonment'...

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Cow slurry fetishist is jailed

Cow slurry fetishist is jailed | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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I guess it is true - we are all the same, we are all different: David Truscott, 44, repeatedly rolled around naked in cow slurry and developed an obsession with a farm in Redruth, Cornwall.

 
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First look: Chocolate fried chicken, bacon biscuits and more at Chocochicken

First look: Chocolate fried chicken, bacon biscuits and more at Chocochicken | The Global Village | Scoop.it
The smell of fried chicken and melting chocolate wafts out of the soon-to-open Chocochicken and has taken over the corner of 11th Street and Grand Avenue downtown. That distinct sweet and savory aroma is the restaurant's signature dish, the chocolate fried chicken.
Kevin Friery's insight:

Yep - we are definitely all the same yet all different.  I couldn't imagine ever wanting to eat this but I am sure some people will be very drawn to it..

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US twin babies born holding hands

US twin babies born holding hands | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Monoamniotic - never seen that before, although 1 in 10,000 isn't that rare in the big scheme of things..

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The Chinese cult that kills 'demons'

The Chinese cult that kills 'demons' | The Global Village | Scoop.it
The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie on a secretive cult in China behind one of the nation's most notorious murders.
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Once again, killing in the name of god. 

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'Huge' drop in tribunal claims

'Huge' drop in tribunal claims | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Priced out of justice? Or a financial triage to deter bogus claims? I think many employees would be unable to fund the initial application cost, especially those at the minimum-wage end of the market, so employers must be feeling happy :(

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Dog friendly buses in Hong Kong

Dog friendly buses in Hong Kong | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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It is difficult for dogs and their owners to find wide open spaces in Hong Kong.

Dogs are also banned from using public transport but that is all about to change.

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Man paid for loss of wife's services

Man paid for loss of wife's services | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A husband from Dorset wins High Court damages of more than £600,000 for the "loss of services" of his "extremely house-proud" wife.
Kevin Friery's insight:

So many nuances, both for and against this settlement.

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Typical writer 'earns £11,000 a year'

Typical writer 'earns £11,000 a year' | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Kevin Friery's insight:

This is a worrying trend - we have a rich literary history in Britain, but like good wine we need to regularly lay down new texts, new literature, new poetry.  £11,000 full time is well below the minimum wage in the UK (£12,300).  Not nearly enough.

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Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana

Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana | The Global Village | Scoop.it

"Imagine if your child was ridiculed in front of his classmates for his religious beliefs until he was physically ill. Can’t believe it? Neither could we, and that’s why the ACLU and the ACLU of Louisiana sued the Sabine Parish School District on behalf of C.C., a sixth-grader of Thai descent"

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Good to see this judgement.

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The man who lives in 1946

The man who lives in 1946 | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Although he has afoot firmly planted in the present (he is BA cabin crew) Ben Sansum harks back to the 1940's and beyond in his attempts to keep an old world alive..

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Blog - Chai Wallahs of India

Blog - Chai Wallahs of India | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Zach and Resham tell stories of chai wallahs from the country’s many distinct regions.
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Fascinating - and some very evocative photography 

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Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks

Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Plans to build a new road in Iceland ran into trouble recently when campaigners warned that it would disturb elves living in its path.
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Surveys suggest that more than half of Icelanders believe in, or at least entertain the possibility of the existence of, the Huldufolk - the hidden people.

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Woman dials 999 over ice cream row

Woman dials 999 over ice cream row | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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"It doesn't seem like much of an emergency but it is a little bit."

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These Children are Safe (1940)

A look at the logistics and positive results of evacuation at the beginning of the Second World War. Find out more information about this title at britishcouncil.org/film.
Kevin Friery's insight:

Such a poignant film.  Those of us who have worked as therapists with older adults who were these evacuees can draw a line from the 1940's through a lifetime of problems and attachment difficulties... poignant in the extreme.

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Cheap chargers putting people at risk

Cheap chargers putting people at risk | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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We all love a bargain - don't we?

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Prison governor fails drugs test

Prison governor fails drugs test | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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More to this headline than you think..

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