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Ann Maguire stabbing: Man charged over malicious message

Ann Maguire stabbing: Man charged over malicious message | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A 21-year-old man from Leeds is charged with malicious communication following the stabbing to death of teacher Ann Maguire.
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The detritus of society. 

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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, 2014 10:07 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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Hubble issues 25th birthday image - BBC News

Hubble issues 25th birthday image - BBC News | The Global Village | Scoop.it
The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its silver anniversary with a picture featuring a spectacular vista of young stars blazing through a dense cloud of gas and dust.
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Beautiful

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Search for justice after China school abuse

Search for justice after China school abuse | The Global Village | Scoop.it
The BBC's Celia Hatton on sexual abuse at one school in China - and why the victims are still seeking justice.
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Queen Victoria

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“Bodypainting is the oldest art form in the world.  We’re hard-wired to respond to it.”  With no messing around, we're straight to the core of Victoria Gugenheim’s incredible work as an artist...."

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A fascinating interview with my online friend Victoria Gugenheim, whose approach to life, art and science is always engaging.

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Mohammed Ashrafi: 'Spiritual healer' jailed for fraud and blackmail

Mohammed Ashrafi: 'Spiritual healer' jailed for fraud and blackmail | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A self-proclaimed spiritual healer is jailed after being found guilty of conning victims out of £650,000.
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Mummified remains of '200 year old man in lotus position' found in Mongolia

Mummified remains of '200 year old man in lotus position' found in Mongolia | The Global Village | Scoop.it
Forensic examination to be made on well preserved remains of possible Lama teacher.
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Intriguing

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Wilko Johnson is 'cancer free'

Wilko Johnson is 'cancer free' | The Global Village | Scoop.it
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Isn't it astounding the step changes that are being made in cancer treatment and cure. Remarkable science....

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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, 2014 6:26 AM

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

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'Embryologic twin' tumour discovered in student's brain - BBC News

'Embryologic twin' tumour discovered in student's brain - BBC News | The Global Village | Scoop.it
California doctors have removed what they call an embryologic twin living deep inside the brain of a student who had health problems.
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Twins, huh? More trouble than they're worth. 

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Enraged US man shoots his malfunctioning computer

Enraged US man shoots his malfunctioning computer | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A man in the US city of Colorado Springs faces police action after becoming so frustrated with his computer that he shot it eight times, police say.
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"The computer is not expected to recover."

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Melbourne priest apologises for derogatory comments about Jill Meagher

Melbourne priest apologises for derogatory comments about Jill Meagher | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A Catholic Church official has apologised after a priest told parishioners that had murdered Melbourne woman Jill Meagher's faith been stronger, she would have been "home in bed" and not walking down a street on the night she was brutally raped and killed.
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"Be 'faith-filled' and don't get raped."  Rage at every level. The Catholic Church apology doesn't go even near the issues.

 

You note, of course, that the rapist wasn't expected to 'faith-filled' in order to avoid raping.

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Devon traveller John Treagood stranded at Exeter roundabout following death of his horse

Devon traveller John Treagood stranded at Exeter roundabout following death of his horse | The Global Village | Scoop.it
TRAVELLING man John Treagood has been left stranded on an Exeter roundabout following the death of his faithful horse Gildor.
The even tempered, Irish cob horse, which for the past 18 years has...
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This is sad.

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Doctors turning away unvaccinated children

Doctors turning away unvaccinated children | The Global Village | Scoop.it
When the mother of an 18-month-old visited Dr. Charles Goodman's practice last week, he explained that under his new policy, the toddler would have to be immunized to remain a patient.
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We need more of this

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, February 11, 5:02 AM

WHO MAKES THE PARENTAL CHOICES PARENTS, DOCTORS OR THE STATE? JUST ASKING

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Clare's Law abuse disclosures made

Clare's Law abuse disclosures made | The Global Village | Scoop.it
A scheme allowing people to find out if their partner has a history of domestic violence has been used more than 1,300 times, police figures show.
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An important initiative, yet the police still act as decision makers and their reputation with domestic violence is patchy to say the least.

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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.
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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
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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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