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Tony Blair and George Bush should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu - http://www.guardian.co.uk/politic...
Tony Blair and George Bush should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for Tony Blair and George Bush to be hauled before the international criminal court in The Hague and delivered a damning critique of the physical and moral devastation caused by the Iraq war. Tutu, a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement, accuses the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction and says the invasion left the world more destabilised and divided "than any other conflict in history". Writing in the Observer, Tutu also suggests the controversial US and UK-led action to oust Saddam Hussein in 2003 created the backdrop for the civil war in Syria and a possible wider Middle East conflict involving Iran. "The then leaders of the United States and Great Britain," Tutu argues, "fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart. They have driven us to the edge of a precipice where we now stand – with the spectre of Syria and Iran before us." But it is... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
Of course they should. Their actions directly led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and those same actions were deemed illegal by the UN. The crimes of African dictators pale by comparison. - Winckel
Desmond Tutu is a wise man - M F
Grant Shapps founded company selling software that breaches Google code - http://www.guardian.co.uk/politic...
Grant Shapps founded company selling software that breaches Google code
"Grant Shapps, the Conservative housing minister tipped for promotion to the cabinet this week, founded a family business selling software that increases a website's advertising revenue by breaching Google's code of practice. The $497 (£313) software package, TrafficPaymaster, creates web pages by "spinning and scraping" content from other sites to attract advertising from Google. Millions of people who have blogs or websites are paid for hosting ads on Google's behalf using the AdSense service, which scans a web page and posts adverts related to the content. TrafficPaymaster creates an instant cashflow by appearing to plagiarise information." - M F from Bookmarklet
Ah one of those SEO gurus that I dislike so much - M F
And he followed me on Twitter some months ago, obviously all part of his strategy. - M F
Spidra Webster
Wow. Bethany Firth lives in Northern Ireland but swam for Republic of Ireland during the Paralympics. I've never heard of a NI athelete swimming for RoI instead of UK. I wonder if that happens very often?
Perhaps even weirder: A Cuban who now resides in the USA but still rides for Cuba in the Paralympics. o_O - Spidra Webster
I've seen several of those -- there were a few runners who were US citizens, who'd been raised in the US, but ran for the countries of their parents. I think it might be a matter of family pride, or potentially ease of qualifying for different nations. - Jennifer Dittrich
See, that I can understand more. But in both these cases, there are very serious political issues between the two nations. The Cuban is being treated to facial reconstruction surgery in the US and lives & trains in the US. - Spidra Webster
Oh, yeah, those are definitely extreme. I wonder if there's some sort of language in the charter or whatnot, that prevents any sort of fracas over this sort of thing. - Jennifer Dittrich
Quite often is a qualifying issue as I think they have the same limit of three athletes per type of competition per country as in the Olympics. It would be generally tough to go to the Paralympics for the UK as it has a very large team and there is a lot of competition for a place. Therefore if anyone had the chance to compete for a country with spare capacity they would normally take it. - M F
Well, Firth won her event so... Still so shocked that someone from Northern Ireland competed for RoI. I wonder if she catches any shit at home about that... I'd be worried about getting harassed by loyalists. - Spidra Webster
Atos holds £3bn of government contracts | Society | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society...
Atos holds £3bn of government contracts | Society | The Guardian
"Ministers have outsourced more than £3bn of public services to Atos, the multinational IT firm whose sponsorship of the Paralympics has prompted a nationwide campaign by disability activists. A series of parliamentary questions from Labour MP Tom Greatrex reveals the value of contracts with Atos is now more than a third higher than the amount outsourced by the last government. The replies expose how far the reach of the company extends in Whitehall." - M F from Bookmarklet
not a bad business. and the benefits go to shareholders. - Winckel
World's richest woman attacks 'jealous' poor - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
World's richest woman attacks 'jealous' poor
"Gina Rinehart, a mining magnate worth an estimated £19 billion, has advised those jealous of the wealthy to "spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working" in order to be successful. Miss Rinehart, 56, also rounded on Australia's "class warfare", insisting it was billionaires such as herself who were doing more than anyone to help the poor. She warns that Australia risks following European economies ruined by "socialist" policies, high taxes, and excessive regulation. Miss Reinhart stated there was "no monopoly" on becoming a millionaire. In May Miss Rinehart was declared the richest woman in the world, after building upon an estimated £13 billion mining empire inherited from her late father, Lang Hancock, in 1992." - Winckel from Bookmarklet
Given that she has inherited £13 billion, my suspicion is that she is not well placed to talk about poverty. I feel a good deal of anger about the stupidity and callousness of people like this. - Winckel
I guess with her wealth there is no need for tactfulness. - Stephan Planken
Very good and short article with all good opinions inside. - Slavomira
What a charming woman - M F
NHS franchising: the toxic world of globalised healthcare is upon us | Allyson Pollock | Comment is free | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
NHS franchising: the toxic world of globalised healthcare is upon us | Allyson Pollock | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Since 1948, the NHS has been the model for universal heathcare on the basis of need and free at the point of use. In 2012, parliament in England passed a law effectively ending the NHS by abolishing the 60-year duty on the government to secure and provide healthcare for all. From 2013, there will be no National Health Service in England, and tax funding will increasingly flow to global healthcare corporations. In contrast, Scotland and Wales will continue to have a publicly accountable national health service. NHS hospitals and services are being sold off or incorporated; land and buildings are being turned over to bankers and equity investors. RBS, Assura, Serco and Carillion, to name but a few, are raking in billions in taxpayer funds for leasing out and part-operating PFI hospitals, community clinics and GP surgeries that we once owned." - M F from Bookmarklet
Third and last installment. Stockholm.
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And the sun is always shining. - M F
We were pretty lucky with the weather during our two week vacation compared to the rest of the summer in these parts :) - Eivind
Great photos: you must have been inspired by something/ someone! ;-) - Son of Groucho
Thanks, Gordon. I brought a muse :) - Eivind
*sighs* Stockholm was so beautiful. - Jenny H.
It was. Too bad it could only keep one of its main attractions for a couple of days :) - Eivind
As did we :) - Eivind
I even dared admit to Eivind that I thought Stockholm was a cooler city than Oslo. He took it well, I think. :D - Jenny H.
I'm no Oslo patriot. If you'd said it was cooler than Drammen on the other hand... :-P - Eivind
Um... - Jenny H.
Withhold your judgement until you get a proper tour if the many pearls of Drammen :) - Eivind
Oh, does Drammen have its own version of Gamla stan? :P - Jenny H.
There's an old house... *toes dirt* - Eivind
You probably have a couple of Drammens in the US, as well, Mark :) edit: Yup. One in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. That's Viking country :) - Eivind
Second installment: Bergen.
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Great shots Eivind! - AJ Batac
Thanks, AJ :) - Eivind
Is that really sunshine? - Todd Hoff
I couldn't believe my luck, Todd. I so wanted it to be nice for her first visit there :) - Eivind
That statue of Henrik Ibsen kills me. Great shots, honey! - Jenny H.
Thank you, sweetie :) - Eivind
You're welcome. I am glad the sun was shining our first full day in Bergen. :) - Jenny H.
Sunny in Bergen? - M F
I know! Seems improbable, but it happened. Now if only there weren't a thousand pesky people in every shot... - Jenny H.
I blame Costa Luminosa. That ship stalked us our entire vacation! (I didn't realize it until now, but that's the ship you see in the top right corner of the first photo! We also saw it in Oslo and Flåm, and we saw its buses in Stockholm) - Eivind
It's possible that my friend might be on that ship ;-) - Heleninstitches #teamff
Great set of pictures. - Son of Groucho
What is this sorcery?? She was in the US the last time i checked and now she is in Norwegia??? How is that possible??!! - Aryo
No longer in Norwegia, Aryo. :((( - Jenny H.
It was beautiful, Aryo :) Also: Welcome back! Where have you been?! Both you and Sepi have been gone since I returned. - Eivind
Council housing sell off 'will create ghettos' - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news...
Council housing sell off 'will create ghettos' - Telegraph
Property developers are rubbing their hands with glee! Property developers aren't interested in communities, only profit, they destroy communities by creating multiple occupancy accommodation, they outbid 1st time buyers, thus creating a ghetto of trapped renters and rich developers with huge property portfolios. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Thus creating the right environment for the "Proles" of Nineteen Eighty-Four - M F
London's housing crisis hotspots | News | guardian.co.uk - http://www.guardian.co.uk/news...
London's housing crisis hotspots | News | guardian.co.uk
"London's housing crisis is the result of a generation or more of failed policies that need urgent redress. That redress requires multiple policy changes: building new council housing on a mass scale is long overdue – or else the 'Kosovo-style cleansing' of the poor that Boris Johnson foresaw is unavoidable. In the short term there are only two solutions – wages and benefits must rise and rents must be capped. Instead though, the government is going in the opposite direction: cutting and capping benefits, while holding back minimum wage increases (just 1.8% in October and a freeze for workers aged under 21). Housing has become an investment opportunity for a few, while for many more it is a constant source of anxiety, insecurity and debt. What we have mapped is London at its most divided: we should not be at home to it." - M F from Bookmarklet
Did you read about the proposal to sell of expensive social housing once vacant to provide funds for new social housing? I'm guessing this will be as fantastically successful as the RTB policy, which provided loads of money that was readily pumped back into social housing repairs/new builds etc! In case you can't hear me, I'm being VERY sarcastic! - Halil
I read it yes and I know you are sarcastic - M F
Britannia Unchained: the rise of the new Tory right | Politics | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/politic...
Britannia Unchained: the rise of the new Tory right | Politics | The Guardian
"It may come as a surprise to those who already consider the coalition a tough government, with its hairshirt rhetoric and seemingly endless spending cuts, but a growing number of Tory backbenchers, business figures, commentators and thinkers feel that the coalition – and by implication, other austerity governments across the west – is not nearly tough enough. Since 2011, as the British economy has slumped, this energetic but largely unnoticed political alliance, somewhere between a lobby group and a proper movement, has begun to show its strength." - M F from Bookmarklet
dont like him. dont like them. they lack humanity and, call it arrogance or not, I think they are so full of themselves they can't see the wood for the trees. - Winckel
They can't see beyond their ideology and are not in touch with reality. It is all very well to say that they want to abolish employment laws saying that only the lazy would lose out, in reality hard working and competent people would get fired with no reason because their faces don't fit, because they can find someone cheaper, because they are very good and their boss feels threatened,... more... - M F
Besides the fact that I do not see any correlation between the right to hire and fire at will and a booming economy. - M F
Hang on, I'm pretty sure we have the right to hire and fire in this country already. At least I remember hiring quite a few people, and alas firing a few too - when in probabtion, during their first year, through (painful) redundancies in tought times, and even two for major faults. It was always clear what was possible, why, and how to do it, and normal business needs were never harmed by the limitations. - Iphigenie
Exactly, businesses can already hire and fire when they need to, removing the existing employment laws would just remove any protection employees have. At least now, especially after probation, employers have to prove they have a legitimate reason for firing and not just "I don't like you, get out". - M F
Say hello to the future King of the United Kingdom
Let me be clear, it's completely appropriate for me (and millions of others) to fund this lowlife so that he can in due course accept - like some sort of chattel - the head of stateship of the United Kingdom, the seventh largest economy on the planet and a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Not inappropriate. At all. Happy lowlife-ing. - Winckel
William and Kate had better hurry and pop one out... - Halil
Abolish them. All of them. Cast them into history. - Winckel
We did, but then they came back... - Halil
We should do it again, mind you our elected representatives are not that much better - M F
Aw, man. Harry was my favorite. But, I'm a yank, so know nothing about him as a person. I'm just partial to redheads. - t-ra needs this place
I always liked Harry and still do! Not because he is a 'Royal' but because among privileged people without any efforts, he is not a total waste of space. If it is time to abolishing anyone David Cameron and George Osborn must be way ahead of Harry! - Nemo
The west's hypocrisy over Pussy Riot is breathtaking - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
The west's hypocrisy over Pussy Riot is breathtaking
"Anyone in England and Wales with a dog out of control can now be jailed for six months. If the dog causes injury, the maximum term is to be two years. I have no sympathy for such people. Keeping these beasts is weird, and those who do it probably need treatment. But the Defra minister, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, complained in May that fewer than 20 people were in jail for dangerous dog offences. The sentencing council has duly told courts to raise the threshold to two years, "to send a message". The same sentiment a year ago motivated magistrates to play to the gallery by jailing 1,292 people for stealing bottles of water or trainers or sending idiot incitements during the dispersed rampage dubbed "urban riots". Hysterical ministers raced home from holiday to tell judges to send messages. Judges duly ruined the lives of hundreds of young people, at great public expense and to no advantage to their victims. I have no sympathy for these people either, but again the politicised response... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
yes - Winckel
Good article - M F
Yes. - Maitani
How Long Until We Learn Animal Languages? : Discovery News - http://news.discovery.com/animals...
How Long Until We Learn Animal Languages? : Discovery News
"Surely, as the most intelligent species, humans could learn to understand dolphin-speak better than dolphins learn sign language. Instead of trying to teach human communication systems to animals, why don't people decode theirs?" - M F from Bookmarklet
"Alan! Alan! Alan!....oh, wait. Isn't that Steve? Steve! Steve! Steve!" - That's So CAJ!
'Dark day for justice' in Bahrain as activist receives three-year prison sentence | Amnesty International - http://www.amnesty.org/en...
'Dark day for justice' in Bahrain as activist receives three-year prison sentence | Amnesty International
"A Bahrain court's decision to sentence a prominent human rights activist to three years in prison for taking part in an anti-government protest is a "dark day for justice" in the country Amnesty International said today. Nabeel Rajab, the President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, was found guilty of taking part in an “illegal gathering” among other charges in relation to a protest in the capital Manama on 6 February 2012." - M F from Bookmarklet
THE BLUE LANTERN: The Persevering Carp - http://thebluelantern.blogspot.co.uk/2012...
THE BLUE LANTERN: The Persevering Carp
THE BLUE LANTERN: The Persevering Carp
"The carp or Japanaese Koi fish. swimming upstream valiantly against the current, symbolizes perseverance. During the last quarter of the 19th century, it swam around the world, trailed by schools of artists at every turn. At the same time that Louis Comfort Tiffany was designing a green bell lamp in the style of ancient Egypt, he conceived this swirling stained glass window in the shape of a carp." - M F from Bookmarklet
Olympics 2012: third of Team GB medallists came from private schools - http://www.guardian.co.uk/educati...
Olympics 2012: third of Team GB medallists came from private schools
"More than a third of British medal winners in the 2012 London Olympics were from private schools, which educate 7% of the school population, a study by the Sutton Trust shows. The dominance of private schools is particularly evident in sports such as rowing where more than half of gold medallists were privately educated, with fewer than a third coming from state comprehensives and the rest from grammars. However, gold-medal winning athletes Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford were state-educated, as were all the boxers, and all but one of the 12 medal-winning cyclists. Team GB won 65 medals, 29 of them gold. The proportion of state-educated gold medal winners is broadly similar to previous Games. The proportion of privately educated Olympic winners (37%) is similar to that for MPs (35%), but less than leading journalists (54%) or judges (70%), according to previous Sutton Trust studies. The focus on the school backgrounds of Britain's successful Olympians has prompted an... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
not many. but the private schools are very good on the whole. and they embrace sports much more readily than state schools do. I must say the statistics aren't really a surprise at all and the solution is for state schools to look to raise their game in sport - I think that takes cultural change and cash. - Winckel
Money buys most things in life from NCAA Football championships to olympic athletes. - Steve C, Team Marina
Dude looks like Neil Patrick Harris. - SAM
although in the case of Olympic athletes, it's buying the chance to give them the opportunity to fulfill their potential at sport on the world stage, an opportunity - it seems to me - both state and private school kids deserve - Winckel
off the topic a bit, but how can this government talk about the importance of sport, when they sold off loads of playgrounds? - Halil
It does look a bit odd :-( - Winckel
were any of the playgrounds sold off from private schools? get my drift? - Halil
I don't like Cameron's stance on this at all. He wants to promote competitive sport while I think kids should have the opportunity to try sports then if they want to take it seriously it should be up to them, I enjoyed a bit of sport but I was not competitive at all, if I had to race at all costs I would have given up immediately. I don't think that the main aim should be to have... more... - M F
:-) - Halil
M F, so what's the chances then? It was a huge disappointment Labour never stuck to their guns when they opposed these in opposition, but like so many Thatcherite polices that they protested against, Blair was a secret admirer, hence why none of them were overturned, even though promises were made by previous Labour leaders. :( - Halil
I don't see many at the moment. - M F
we can dare to dream... - Halil
Ed Sheeran fans mistake Pink Floyd hit for new song | Gigwise - http://www.gigwise.com/news...
Ed Sheeran fans mistake Pink Floyd hit for new song | Gigwise
Ed Sheeran fans mistake Pink Floyd hit for new song | Gigwise
"Ed Sheeran fans mistook the Pink Floyd song he performed alongside Nick Mason from the band at last night's Olympic Games closing ceremony for a new song." - M F from Bookmarklet
Sometimes I am glad I am no longer that young. - M F
Bad attitudes do not cause disability any more than good attitudes guarantee health | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs - http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012...
Bad attitudes do not cause disability any more than good attitudes guarantee health | | Independent Editor's choice Blogs
"Using a snapshot of disabled people as a tool to convey a message to, primarily, non-disabled people, involves playing on stereotypes and assumptions. It removes a person’s humanity and individuality in order to present them in a way that will goad a non-disabled person to buck up their ideas. It does not matter who the people in these photographs are, as long as their representation is enough to guilt non-disabled people into action. Their use of prosthetics is the only thing about them that is of interest in these images, and it automatically turns them into some kind of superhero. Along with the captions, the implication is supposed to be, “Wow, they have a great attitude!”." - M F from Bookmarklet
"Stating that the only disability in life is a bad attitude also puts the blame on disabled people for their predicament. When I fell down the stairs a few days ago I misguidedly tried to work out which failing body part had caused the tumble when, presumably, I should have been adjusting my attitude instead: a much more effective way to prevent further falls.!" - M F
A good article that makes some valid points. - M F
I hate when people use other people's experiences/attitudes about how they overcame/accepted their own disabilities, and look at you as if you are the problem, like, if they can do it, so can you and therefore you deserve no sympathy. Snap out of it, buck up, move on...this is some of the most egregiously cold remarks that you could possibly make. It's very easy to judge both physically and mentally disabled people when you aren't disabled yourself. Why not just round us all up and put us in camps already. - Halil
Absolutely and you see it a lot with the Olympics. So and so overcame depression to win a gold and the other so and so had cancer and decided to train harder etc. They might be good stories but are so one dimensional as they concentrate on one aspect of their lives, they could be unpleasant and selfish people for all we know. Still they are turned into role models. - M F
Royal Mail defends decision to deny Paralympic gold medallists own stamps Failure to honour winners at Paralympics in same way as Olympians prompts outcry online http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport... I guess it's because they had a bad attitude, if they all had a good attitude they would of received individual stamps like the other Olympians? - Halil
Mark H
Mo Farah wins olympic gold 10000 metres - BBC commentators reaction - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Mo Farah wins olympic gold 10000 metres - BBC commentators reaction
Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis, and Michael Johnson watching Mo Farah win the 10k race from the commentary booth; absolutely fantastic. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
The right reaction :-) - Winckel
Priceless. - M F
I didn't watch the run, but read his bio, since you all posted about him, interesting chap. - Halil
Hee hee! I love all these candid excerpts. Michael Johnson is literally bouncing in his chair ;-) - Heleninstitches #teamff
I've been loving the reactions shots, too. I particularly loved one where you hear Colin Jackson talk in a completely different accent than the one he uses on the air... - Spidra Webster
Lesser spotted animals on the tube – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London - http://now-here-this.timeout.com/2012...
Lesser spotted animals on the tube – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London
Lesser spotted animals on the tube – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London
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"We were delighted to see Stephen Ebert’s tweet making the rounds last night, and judging by the thousands of retweets it got, we weren’t alone. So on that note, here are some of our other favourite animal-on-transport moments" - M F from Bookmarklet
‘Up North’ to become a single constituency, vows Cameron - http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politic...
‘Up North’ to become a single constituency, vows Cameron
"Under David Cameron’s proposed new constituency boundaries, Up North – which includes traditional Labour strongholds Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle – will elect a single MP. Meanwhile David Cameron’s home town of Chipping Norton would be split into 27 constituencies, three of them representing areas of Cameron’s house." - M F from Bookmarklet
The London Olympics has much to delight – but forget any talk of a legacy | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian - http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment...
The London Olympics has much to delight – but forget any talk of a legacy | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
"More worrying is the impact on political discourse. Apparently any gesture of national prestige, glory and self-congratulation, once declared by government to be "worth every penny", is beyond rational debate. To quarrel with any feature of the games is to be a whingeing, unpatriotic naysayer. Normally hard-headed politicians (and journalists) have gone soft in the head – flat-earthers, creationists, climate-change deniers." - M F from Bookmarklet
I've always believed that the Olympics would drive people on a low income away from parts of the East End, make some landlords richer and be mostly paid by the rest of us. The reality has been even worse than expected. Still they are fun to watch. - M F
alas it would have happened in any regeneration of the east end - and there would have been one even without the olympics... - Iphigenie
Oh yes that's what happened in other areas of London, destroyed communities to build luxury flats. The sad thing is that if you walk into any council estate you see children playing outside everywhere, you enter one of those gated luxury estates and children are not allowed to play anywhere and are locked inside their luxury flats. - M F
I must say, I don't accept that's the inevitable legacy of a great Olympics. Issues we have, yes, the richest councils provide the best playgrounds and sports facilities to kids who need them least. But inspiring kids to embrace sport, to win, to the the best in the world? That's a great thing and we should be proud of it. - Winckel
Serco set to take charge of 'big society' initiative | Society | The Observer - http://www.guardian.co.uk/society...
Serco set to take charge of 'big society' initiative | Society | The Observer
"The company, which recently announced global revenue of more than £4bn, has joined four charities in a controversial bid to run what has been described by the government as a key part of David Cameron's big society vision. Serco and its partners hope to win eight of the 19 contracts currently up for tender, with an estimated value of nearly £100m over two years. The development has raised concerns that the National Citizen Service (NCS) will become another way for private firms to make money from the public sector as charities and voluntary organisations find themselves without the resources to bid for large contracts amid the economic squeeze." - M F from Bookmarklet
greed breeds poverty, so how can a private company hope to create a big society, what is their ethos? - Halil
Son of Groucho
Yes I saw it earlier on Twitter, that's a good one. - M F
Is the Daily Mail trying to provoke riots again? - Nils Sandin
is that real or fake? mind you, it is the DM, so probably real, but why is this bad compared to people wearing the union jack as underwear? - Halil
I posted it assuming it to be fake. I think the red text gives it away... - Son of Groucho
It is definitely a fake although some of the articles that the DM published recently have not been less racist and offensive than that. - M F
and we should remember, the Daily Mail's website is - quite literally - the world's most visited newspaper website - Winckel
Worrying, isn't it? - Son of Groucho
Just found the guy who made it, his twitter name is on the side, it's been RT almost 3K times now :-) - Halil
from facebook, More proof Daily Mail columnists are ignorant. http://www.facebook.com/photo... - Halil
It’s not the benefit fraudsters who are targeted in the media, it’s the disabled | | Independent Notebook Blogs - http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012...
It’s not the benefit fraudsters who are targeted in the media, it’s the disabled | | Independent Notebook Blogs
"However, for a longer time there have been a large number of very different stories about people who receive disability and sickness benefits in the press. In the government’s attempt to show it is getting tough on benefit fraudsters and the work shy the print media have been very willing to run stories on every release of statistics which they say show that most people who claim sickness benefits are perfectly capable of work, statistics which in reality show no such thing. A study “Bad News for Disabled People: How the newspapers are reporting disability” by Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research and Glasgow Media Unit found that there had been an increase in the number of disability related stories in the press with a decrease in those presenting a more sympathetic view. There had also been an increase in the use of words such as “scrounger”, “cheat” and “skiver” all adding to an impression that disabled people were “underserving”." - M F from Bookmarklet
Two gold medals - canoeing and shooting. Very pleased :-)
The UK is far outperforming Canada. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
presumably you do very well at Winter Olympics :-) - Winckel
The story of the shooter and his coach from Dubai is quite fascinating. - bruno
And cycling - M F
"You let down your dead dad": teenager arrested over tweets sent to OIympic Diver - http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport...
"You let down your dead dad": teenager arrested over tweets sent to OIympic Diver
"Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy as part of an investigation into malicious Twitter messages sent to the Team GB diver Tom Daley after he and his team-mate, Pete Waterfield, missed out on a medal at the Olympics. The teenager was held at a guesthouse in Weymouth, Dorset, hours after Daley, 18, retweeted messages he had been sent soon after finishing fourth in the 10m men's synchronised platform diving event. A spokeswoman for Dorset police said: "A 17-year-old man was arrested by Dorset police officers in the early hours this morning at a guesthouse in the Weymouth area on suspicion of malicious communications. He is currently helping police with their inquiries." Daley retweeted a message that said: "You let your dad down i hope you know that." Daley's father, Rob, died from brain cancer last year. Speaking before the Olympics, Daley revealed that his father "gave me all the inspiration that I've needed". The teenager, from Plymouth in Devon, told the BBC: "Winning a medal... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
In Britain, like Russia, it appears you can be arrested for anything. I would challenge anyone to justify being arrested (and thereby getting a criminal record) for saying a stupid offensive thing like this. - Winckel
This is getting ridiculous, it was a very insensitive thing to say but I think that being exposed as an idiot should be enough as a punishment. He is a teenager not a criminal. - M F
It's a distasteful thing to say but shouldn't be ground for an arrest. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
You can't criminalise Being A Dick, the whole nation would be a jail. - Pete's Got To Go
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - آتشزاد
I find it very telling that many American reviewers just didn't understand the NHS references in Danny Boyle's Olympic extravaganza. Indicative of a basic and widespread inability to understand a system of decently accessible healthcare. I'm having that warm feeling of superiority again.
If you read the article and comments many seemed to find the whole thing an embarassment for Britain http://www.forbes.com/sites... - M F
"It was mildly embarassing up until those beds appeared, then it got jaw droppingly, heart breakingly, eye wateringly humiliating for the poor Brits. No nation with such a long and proud history deserves to have its vital parts stuck in a mincer for all the world to have a turn at by some arty farty poseur. If Henry 1 through 8 were still around there’d be a lot of necks looking for... more... - M F
Forbes is an american publication and presumably the comments are predominantly by americans. Remember it was NBC which not only didn't show the the tribute to the July 7th victims but didn't know who Tim Berners Lee was (they suggested they should Google it - irony unintended) and given we had Mitt Romney - who has a very good chance of being thier next president - and his serial... more... - Winckel
I know they were mostly Americans, I admit that the ceremony had many cultural references that were unknown to people not living here (I would expect media people to know who Tim Berners Lee is though) but it was the first time in ages that I felt happy to be in London (and I normally don't like circuses). - M F
I thought that was part of Boyle's huge achievement - this was a global extravaganza beamed across most countries on earth and yet some of that content was just for Britons, subtle references about (in his view) what we are and where we've come from - Winckel
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