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When David died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines.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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The BBC takes a strong stand against promoting fake science

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.

Source: www.latimes.com

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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Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana

“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”

Source: www.aclu.org

Good to see this judgement.

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Beach hut on market for £225,000

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Conspicuous consumerism. Contemptible.

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