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Police fire stun gun at their own black Race Relations Advisor after mistaking him for a wanted man

Police fire stun gun at their own black Race Relations Advisor after mistaking him for a wanted man | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Police officers fired an electric stun gun in their own black Race Relations Advisor's face after mistaking him for a wanted man, it emerged on Friday.
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He is black he must've done something - police think! Even the dog is relaxed but they think they have the right to shoot somebody who doesnt want to answer questions. It is not just the local community that should be concerned but the rest of us. If it was not on film they would have invented a story about him being aggressive etc etc
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Jewish-American organized crime - Wikipedia

Jewish-American organized crime - Wikipedia

Jewish-American organized crime emerged within the American Jewish community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has been referred to variously in media and popular culture as the Jewish Mob , Jewish Mafia , Kosher Mafia , Kosher Nostra , or Undzer Shtik ( Yiddish: אונדזער שטיק‎).

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Another fascinating story never told is that of Jewish gangsters. How many people know that gangsters in the US were not just Italians but that there were an equal number of Jewish gangsters, popularily known at the time as "Kosher Nostra"! They sometimes cooperated in joint enterprises such as Murder Incorporated - yes there was such an organisation. I love the names: Harold "Hooky" Rothman, Israel "Ice pick Willie" Alderman, Arnold "The Brain" Rothstein, Albert "Tick–tock" Tannenbaum. Great when you are not involved. These organisations have not disappeared, just moved into other domains.
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Victims' groups cry foul as footballer Ched Evans is cleared of raping a teenager after complainant's sexual history is put before court

Victims' groups cry foul as footballer Ched Evans is cleared of raping a teenager after complainant's sexual history is put before court | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Rape victims’
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I always thought there was something not right about his conviction and also the vindictive campaign by the Self-righteous to completely destroy his career. Now we can see that she had sex with another one 2 weeks after the supposed "rape"! Even if he had been guilty the crime was so mild compared to what real rape is that he should have just been allowed to complete his sentence and be left alone. Nobody said he was a danger to women whereas a real rapist should never be free to be a threat to women. Previously rape was about force, violence, intimidation and so on, a woman or man for that matter being forced to have sex. The problem nowadays is that rape is now just about consent. A woman can say later I didn't want to do that even when she is talking about her partner even if there was no force as in this case though here she said she couldn't remember. And in our trial system the jury is not allowed to see the previous record of a victim or the accused, in GBH cases it is the same. So somebody can put on a great act in court pretending to be innocent and the Jury will have no idea that he or she has a string of previous convictions. In this case her sexual history was not allowed as evidence. If the jury had known they would possibly not have been so ready to believe her. When somebody keeps saying they are innocent they often are - there is a long list. the famous one was about the Birmingham Six - 17 years in prison for something they didn't do.
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Revealed: Adam Johnson was arrested for possession of animal porn

Revealed: Adam Johnson was arrested for possession of animal porn | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Shocking details which could not be revealed during Johnson's trial can be reported today after he was given a six-year sentence at Bradford Crown Court.
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Adam Johnson would have been better employed robbing a bank and stealing millions and would get 7 or 8 years at most, as the recent Hatton Garden robbers got. Or robbing OAPs handbags as I saw today on tv and leaving them afraid to go out. Now that really does cause psychological damage. Suspended sentence, sometimes prison depending on form. A real paedophile was given a suspended 20 month!! sentence for a crime against a 9 year old here in Newcastle!! What the f...Or you can kill a car passenger while drunk and driving and leave your own injured daughter to die and get 4 years (He had previous convictions for drink-driving and driving while disqualified). None of these cases has had the publicity that celebrity crimes have had or similar sentences. There is an obsession with celebrity crime that artificially magnifies the incident to proportions far bigger than they deserve while really serious crimes with weird sentencing go unnoticed. The psychological profiles I am reading and hearing on the news does not bear much relationship to real people. Like 15 year olds are not sexual or interested in sex just at the age when they are. Everybody is determined to find a child scarred for life no matter if she freely participated. It is all a long way from coercion, threats and real abuse. Such people should be permanently locked up. Is the family really happy that he should spend 7 years in jail while really nasty people doing far more damage will get less.
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Teacher loses marriage, home and job after student fakes terminal cancer to get her to look after her

Teacher loses marriage, home and job after student fakes terminal cancer to get her to look after her | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Elisa Bianco conned Sally Retallack into believing she was about to die before posing as a man to seduce her online
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Mad or bad?
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10 great films set in the swinging 60s

10 great films set in the swinging 60s | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
It’s 50 years since the Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night helped put a swing in the step of 60s British cinema, heralding London’s emergence as the epicentre of hip fashion, art and music. Here are 10 of the best swinging London films that followed in its wake.
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In the 60s there was an explosion of creativity and not least in the UK with some seminal social comment films and classic tv series like The Avengers. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Room at the Top are good adult ones reflecting the changing times.

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Bible Gateway passage: 1 Samuel 15 - New International Version

Bible Gateway passage: 1 Samuel 15 - New International Version | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
1 Samuel 15
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The Old Testament is not a source of moral guidance that anyone in their right mind could follow unless you were in the the BC period of history. God apparently wanted the total destruction of the enemies of Israel on many occasions and by destruction he meant every living thing. There is nothing like that in the Koran as far as I know.

 

Deuteronomy 20
 
And when the Lord thy God hath delivered it into thine hands, thou shalt smite every male thereof with the edge of the sword:
 
14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shalt thou take unto thyself; and thou shalt eat the spoil of thine enemies, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.
 
15 Thus shalt thou do unto all the cities which are very far off from thee, which are not of the cities of these nations.
 
16 But of the cities of these people, which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth:
 
17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee:
 
Some God!
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DH Lawrence and maddening breasts: why The Rainbow was banned

DH Lawrence and maddening breasts: why The Rainbow was banned | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
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The victorian age ended in 1960 when sex began!

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What parliament would have looked like under a different voting system

What parliament would have looked like under a different voting system | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
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The UK's broken electoral system - it does not represent what the majority want. Every government is a minority government, in terms of total votes.

 

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Ashes to flashes: The funeral strippers who dance to honour the dead

Ashes to flashes: The funeral strippers who dance to honour the dead | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
For a modest fee the scantily-clad women arrive on the neon-lit back of a diesel truck, dubbed an Electric Flower Car, to erotically gyrate in front of the departed in Taiwan.
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the weird and wonderful world of the human race! More here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/taboo/videos/funeral-strippers/

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The Welsh may be the truest Britons according to new genetic research

The Welsh may be the truest Britons according to new genetic research | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Scientists at Oxford University have found that modern Britain can be divided into 17 distinct genetic 'clans' (pictured) with the Welsh having the most DNA from the original settlers of the British Isles.

 

 

 

 

 
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Lecturer sues ex-wife for £100,000 after being told IVF son is not his

Lecturer sues ex-wife for £100,000 after being told IVF son is not his | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
The man, who cannot be named, claims he had no idea that his then wife used her ex-boyfriend's sperm rather than his to father her child
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Interesting ethical dilemmas are coming to light that have not been considered properly.

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Tuskegee syphilis experiment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tuskegee syphilis experiment

The Tuskegee syphilis experiment (/tʌsˈkiːɡiː/) was an infamous clinical study conducted between 1932 and 1972 by the U.S. Public Health Service to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African-American men in Alabama. They were told that they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government.

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Scientists and doctors are not always as trustworthy or as ethical as we like to think. There is a long history of such behaviour towards the unfortunate and vulnerable.

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The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds - On Demand

The Secret Life of 4, 5 and 6 Year Olds - On Demand | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
How do children establish their position in a new social group?
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Funny and interesting. Some gems - funnier when you see how they are talking and looking:

Teacher to boy: what would you do if you were king for a day?
If I were king for a day I would fly. (Pause) Cos I want to be a butterfly.(totally serious :))
Teacher to girl: Where do babies come from?
From your stomach. From dads. Made with love. (Happy squirm)
Teacher to boy: Whats heaven like?
Its got God (thinks) - and nice comfy beds.
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Christopher Biggins cleared by Ofcom over Big Brother bisexual comments - BBC News

Christopher Biggins cleared by Ofcom over Big Brother bisexual comments - BBC News | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Comments about bisexuality made by Christopher Biggins on Celebrity Big Brother are found not in breach of broadcasting rules.
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Somebody said something that offended me. Oh dear I am so upset I want to punish them. Is there anything we can say that will not upset someone somewhere. Let's all talk Teletubbies (grovelling apologies in advance to the Teletubbies). Really some people need to grow up. Here is a gay man saying discordant things about gays and bisexuals. Its on "reality" TV for goodness sake! Obviously reality is fine as long it is just a fairy tale and not actually reality and once again people stick to the orthodox book of Things one can say in public and Things which one cannot. There is a growing infantilism and intolerance and dissonance from reality. People are even mixing up drama and reality. Poldark uses force against a woman! Oh dear me. It is a representation of a possibility - it is called drama! It is not really happenng. And what happens in Poldark is in any case milk and water compared to the real 18th century. Hitler's house is going to be demolished because the town does not want to recognise their history. But it happened, it was real. No they want the fairy tale version of their self-image.
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Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim - BBC News

Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim - BBC News | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Shandra Woworuntu hoped to start a new career in the US hotel industry, but instead she found herself in a world of sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence.
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Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim. Amazing story happening right under the noses of the people who can stop it - in Indonesia. Unbelievably naive person coming from a corrupt country like Indonesia.
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Selfies of a female serial killer on the run: Woman who stabbed three men in the heart pictured with a terrifying knife while dodging police with her alleged accomplice

Selfies of a female serial killer on the run: Woman who stabbed three men in the heart pictured with a terrifying knife while dodging police with her alleged accomplice | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
The extraordinary pictures show Joanna Dennehy, 31, who has admitted stabbing killing three and dumping their bodies in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and alleged conspirator Gary 'Stretch' Richards, 47.
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Watched a documentary about this creature with cctv footage. Scary psychopath. Motiveless crime. Locked up forever. People like her are flocking to ISIS. There is still no explanation as to why and how people become like this because the signs are not always apparent when they are young.
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Britain's worst husband: How 18th century's Andrew Robinson Bowes will make your spouse look a saint

Britain's worst husband: How 18th century's Andrew Robinson Bowes will make your spouse look a saint | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Can't get him to put the bins out? Sick of dragging him out of the pub? Count yourself lucky, ladies. A new book shows how you could have picked far worse a man.
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Truth is stranger than fiction! You couldn't make this up. Millionairess gets conned by lothario who pretend to be dying, marries him on his faked death bed, makes a miraculous recovery, soaks her for all she's got, beats her up, she eventually runs away, he kidnaps her etc etc. Apparently he was also an MP, no surprise.

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Prince William tells Chinese 'elephants will be extinct by the time Princess Charlotte is 25' unless they act now

Prince William tells Chinese 'elephants will be extinct by the time Princess Charlotte is 25' unless they act now | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
Duke of Cambridge uses landmark TV appearance to urge Chinese people to stop buying products made from endangered species as he tells them 'rhino horn won't cure cancer'
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I am no royalist but at least they are speaking out against poaching in this broadcast on Chinese television.People tend to listen more when famous people talk. The opposite to some of their recent relatives who toured Africa in previous decades on killing holidays - they called it shooting parties or "Safari"! Nowadays it is well off dentists and the like who like to torture animals.

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Never Mind Lady Chatterley - the censorship trial that changed Britain was a courtroom farce 40 years ago all about sex, drugs and Rupert Bear

Never Mind Lady Chatterley - the censorship trial that changed Britain was a courtroom farce 40 years ago all about sex, drugs and Rupert Bear | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
The three men in the dock, pictured, were the publishers of Oz, a satirical magazine that began life in Sydney in 1963 — a sort of prankish school magazine.
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Censorship in 1971

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European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Information from the European Commission on the latest draft proposals in the context of negotiations with Greece

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It reads like a Conservative Party manifesto - privatise everything, cut pensions, increase pension age, reduce state benefits, increase the cost of living via VAT, cut wages in the public sector and less contentiously - make people pay their taxes. it is a purely business view of a country, deeply insensitive to the needs or interests of the population, even if you assume that all the proposals are OK. It is a plan for big International business takeovers.

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The Mitzvah of Settling the Land of Israel - Judaism - Arutz Sheva

The Mitzvah of Settling the Land of Israel - Judaism - Arutz Sheva | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
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A glimpse into the fundamentalist Jewish mind - if you have the patience! Just as mad as Islamic scholars in my opinion. Gentiles don't count, the only people who do are Jews, and the land belongs to Israel. Not much chance for the Palestinians!

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Chimpanzees granted 'legal persons' status to defend their rights in court

Chimpanzees granted 'legal persons' status to defend their rights in court | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
New York judge grants writ of habeas corpus to Hercules and Leo, chimpanzees used for medical experiments, to defend rights against imprisonment
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Watching Monkey World on UK TV is like watching naughty 4 year olds. Sorry, not too much difference between them and us at a behavioural level. Not that I would like one in the car!

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New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years

New genetic map of Britain shows successive waves of immigration going back 10,000 years | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
A remarkable new map of Britain shows how the nation was forged by successive waves of immigration from continental Europe over 10,000 years since the end of the last Ice Age.

 

 
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Polyglot UK.

 

 
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It's a great day to be a man: our penises are not as short as we thought

It's a great day to be a man: our penises are not as short as we thought | Society and behaviour | Scoop.it
A study of 15,000 men has found the average penis size is just over five inches. Martin Daubney leads the celebrations
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