The Chinese cult that kills ‘demons’

The BBC’s China editor Carrie Gracie on a secretive cult in China behind one of the nation’s most notorious murders.

Source: m.bbc.co.uk

Once again, killing in the name of god. 

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Couple guilty of bomb detector fraud

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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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‘Huge’ drop in tribunal claims

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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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China activists fight gay ‘conversion therapy’

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.

Source: m.bbc.co.uk

"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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Dog friendly buses in Hong Kong

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

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

Source: www.mirror.co.uk

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When David died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines.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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Man paid for loss of wife’s services

A husband from Dorset wins High Court damages of more than £600,000 for the “loss of services” of his “extremely house-proud” wife.

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

So many nuances, both for and against this settlement.

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Blogger fined for restaurant review

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

"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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Mental health work scheme piloted

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

"The Department for Work and Pensions said treatment would not be mandatory in the pilot scheme but that remained an "idea" for the future."  Mandatory counselling and/or psychotherapy.  Unethical, impossible and I hope no therapist would touch it with a bargepole.

 

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Typical writer ‘earns £11,000 a year’

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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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