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About Me

I am a Brit. I am a working class child of the troubles in Belfast who now lives a life of privilege. I am an anti-racist, progressive monster for truth. If I fail in being that monster, call me out....

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What the hell happened to the stiff upper lip?!?!

The scenes @ Oxford Circus today?....... good grief. An unsubstantiated something from nowhere starts a panic rippling through the heart of the west end, with people fleeing like frightened rabbits. The Soho bomber never managed to invoke this level of panic. The IRA wished they could have made Londoners react like this. Hitler could not manage it, and yet we see the lock down of the heart of the capital over nothing. No suspects, no shots fired, no casualties and yet there was a human stampede. I get that people are more aware at the moment after London Bridge and Westminster, but it seems to me when we are under attack our stiff upper lip is proudly on display, this afternoon, not so much...no attack and no stiff upper lip. Does anyone else think it a tad embarrassing?

As a caveat I will say I was raised in Belfast in the troubles so I am hardier than most when it comes to 'terror' scares. Been there, done that.....again.....and again....and again.....Also been there and done that for actual terror, of course.

Social media and the silencing effect: why misogyny online is a human rights issue

· 23 per cent of women polled across the eight countries said they had experienced online abuse or harassment, ranging from 16 per cent in Italy to 33 per cent in the US

· Online abuse can manifest in different ways including threats of violence, privacy violations or sexist and misogynistic comments. Of women polled who had experienced online abuse or harassment, more than a quarter (26 per cent) said they had received threats of physical or sexual assault

· Online abuse can have a serious psychological impact with women reporting stress, anxiety or panic attacks as well as lower self-esteem as a result of the abuse. Around two-thirds of women who had experienced abuse or harassment online in the UK (67 per cent), New Zealand (64 per cent) and Italy 68 per cent) stated a feeling of apprehension when thinking about using the internet or social media.

· Online abuse has a silencing or censoring effect on women with more than three quarters (76 per cent) of women across the eight countries who had experienced abuse or harassment on social media making some changes to the way they use social media platforms as a result


If only Jesus was a REAL Christian



South African court doubles Oscar Pistorius's prison sentence

Source: The Guardian

A South African appeal court has more than doubled the former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s prison sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The supreme court of appeal (SCA) increased Pistorius’s sentence from six years in prison to 13 years and five months.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp by firing four bullets from a handgun through a closed toilet door in his luxury home in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day 2013. He claimed he mistook her for a burglar.

Steenkamp’s family welcomed the increased sentence and said it showed that justice could prevail in South Africa. “This is an emotional thing for them. They just feel that their trust in the justice system has been confirmed this morning,” Tania Koen, a spokeswoman for the Steenkamp family, said.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/24/oscar-pistorius-prison-sentence-doubled-south-african-court-reeva-steenkamp


Built 1132. Sacked by Henry. Still standing. Splendid

Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire was founded in 1132 and sacked by Henry the Eighth. It is a world heritage site and so very splendid to visit.

Probably too many picci's but hell I took 100's!

The US voted against UN resolution condemning Nazism

The United States is one of three nations that voted against a U.N. resolution condemning Nazism late last week.

The resolution called to combat the “glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”
It was approved by the U.N. Human Rights Committee on Friday, with 131 countries voting in favor, 48 counties abstaining from voting and three countries voting against the condemnation: the U.S., Ukraine and Palau.

The U.S opposed the resolution, apparently, because it wasn’t expansive enough and could lead to limitations of freedom of expression.

"We condemn without reservation all forms of religious and ethnic intolerance or hatred at home and around the world," Deputy U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council Stefanie Amadeo told CBS News, explaining the U.S. vote. "However, due to this resolution's overly narrow scope and politicized nature, and because it calls for unacceptable limits on the fundamental freedom of expression, the United States cannot support it.”


Woman who stole 'Make America Great Again' cap from fellow student could be jailed for up to a year

A university student who allegedly stole a cap bearing the message "Make America great again" from a Donald Trump supporter faces up to a year in prison.

Riverside Country District Attorney's Office has filed a charge of theft against University of California student Edith Macias, after she was allegedly filmed brandishing the red hat and condemning racism.

Ms Macias said the message on the hat represented genocide.

A year in jail for a spat at uni - where the property was returned undamaged????? WTF????

There is something just so wrong with this image

These people are insane

Republican lawmakers abolish gender so they dont have to call trans politician Danica Roem a woman

Republicans have abruptly taken the decision to stop using gendered language in the Virginia House of Delegates – so they don’t have to refer to groundbreaking trans politician Danica Roem as a woman.
Democratic delegate-elect Danica Roem made history earlier this month as the first openly transgender lawmaker to be elected to a state legislature, after unseating GOP incumbent Bob Marshall, who penned anti-transgender ‘bathroom’ legislation.
Roem is set to take up her seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in January.
But ahead of the new session, the Republican-controlled body has opted to make drastic changes to the chamber’s 400-year-old rulebook.
Under the changes, politicians speaking on the floor of the House will no longer have to refer to eachother as ‘Gentleman’ or ‘Gentlewoman’, and will instead use the term ‘Delegate’ as a gender-neutral address.


The Damage to Children's Health Insurance Is Already Being Done

Right now, a draft of a letter informing thousands of Virginia parents that their kids might lose their health coverage just after the holidays is sitting on Linda Nablo’s desk. “People are going to panic,” Nablo, who is the chief deputy director of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, told me. “It’s going to cause mass confusion. It’s going to be an increase in the lack of trust in government, that government will do what it says it will do. People will lose their managed-care plans. They’ll lose their provider. It’s going to cause chaos.”

Nablo and her colleagues have drafted the letter because, for more than 50 days, Congress has failed to reauthorize funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, a federal-state initiative that covers about nine million lower-income kids. Within weeks, states will start running out of money, leaving them scrambling to patch the holes in their budgets or forced to suspend their programs and drop coverage—as Virginia expects it would have to do. “Every day that goes by, we’re getting increasingly concerned,” Nablo said. “Nobody ever anticipated we’d be in this situation. We’re taking very concrete steps as if we’re going to shut this program down.”


This administration is evil
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