Society's Child


Rampant sexual abuse by officers ignored by police departments

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Nicole Smith is terrified that her rapist, a former police officer, is up for parole soon and could be released from prison, possibly as early as September 2015. Smith's name has been changed due to potential retribution from her attacker, should he be released.

Smith said that, upon first meeting this man, she trusted him because he was a police officer, and felt more comfortable and safe around him after seeing him in uniform and in his patrol car. When they started dating for a short time, she went to visit him in an undisclosed city one weekend.

She could never have predicted he would viciously attack her during their stay in a hotel room.

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Put Tracey Emin's iconic (ironic) 'My Bed' artwork on public display, art experts say

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© Tracey Emin, My Bed (c. 1999) Installation.
Such beauty! What a talented artist!

The work itself consists of Emin's bed after she had lain in it for roughly seven days while contemplating suicide. The objects that surround the bed include used condoms, stained undergarments, cigarette butts, empty bottles of alcohol and the bed itself is covered in stained sheets with bodily fluids.
Art experts have called for Tracey Emin's My Bed to be put on public display, after it emerged her art dealer Jay Joplin had bought the "iconic" work on behalf of an unnamed client.

Tania Buckrell Pos, head of specialist art consultancy Arts & Management International, said: "It is a pivotal piece, it belongs in a museum. Hopefully whoever he bought it for will pass it to an institution."

The best place for it, she continued, would be the Tate, saying: "That's absolutely where it should be."

The White Cube would only confirm that "we were involved in the purchase on behalf of a client" adding it was "very early days at this stage".

Comment: for more examples of the psychopathic degradation of the beauty that is real art:

Eradicating beauty: The destruction of art and The Plot Against Art


Symbolic? Wall under historic Brooklyn Bridge collapses during storm

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During last night's pounding thunderstorm, a facade under the Brooklyn Bridge on the Brooklyn side collapsed, injuring numerous people.

It happened at Washington and Prospect Streets, near the exit ramp to Tillary Street and Cadman Plaza. The Daily News reports:

"Jerome Dilligard, 52, said his wife noticed water seeping from between the heavy stones of the facade as they took shelter under the Brooklyn Bridge. The retired correction officer decided to run for their car.

As soon as Dilligard left, the wall collapsed - burying his wife, Teresa, and their 8-year-old daughter, Kaylah, as well as his 30-year-old daughter, LaToya Jackson, her son, Khmani, 10, and little Kiarra in debris. The baby was knocked to the street, her grandfather said.

"A stranger picked her up," Dilligard said. "They were right under the wall when it came down.

"My wife had to dig them all out. It's a miracle they got out with their lives.""

Streets near New York Brooklyn bridge reopen after facade collapse

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A section of the wall under the Brooklyn Bridge on Prospect and Washington Streets has been removed for safety, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management.
Streets and walkways around the Brooklyn Bridge reopened Thursday morning after part of the stone facade of a bridge underpass crumbled to the ground during a thunderstorm Wednesday evening, injuring eight people who were taking shelter from the heavy rain under the bridge.

The collapse, at Prospect Street and Washington Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn, brought nearly a dozen fire trucks and paramedics to the bridge just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a Fire Department spokeswoman said. She said five adults and three children were treated for minor injuries at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.

A spokeswoman for the city's Office of Emergency Management, Nancy Greco-Silvestri, said investigators had determined on Wednesday that there were no structural issues at the bridge. The streets in the area, which were clogged Wednesday night with emergency vehicles, have reopened, and a temporary walkway has been built for pedestrians, she said.

EU's right to be forgotten: So it begins - Guardian articles being hidden by Google

Publishers must fight back against this indirect challenge to press freedom, which allows articles to be 'disappeared'. Editorial decisions belong with them, not Google.

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‘Whether for commercial or free speech reasons (or both), Google is informing sites when their content is blocked – perhaps in the hope that they will write about it.'
When you Google someone from within the EU, you no longer see what the search giant thinks is the most important and relevant information about an individual. You see the most important information the target of your search is not trying to hide.

Stark evidence of this fact, the result of a European court ruling that individuals had the right to remove material about themselves from search engine results, arrived in the Guardian's inbox this morning, in the form of an automated notification that six Guardian articles have been scrubbed from search results.

The first six articles down the memory hole - there will likely be many more as the rich and powerful look to scrub up their online images, doubtless with the help of a new wave of "reputation management" firms - are a strange bunch.

Comment: And so we being to see real live examples of how history can so easily be manipulated - if you have access to and influence over the 'scribes' of the day.

Consider the same problem in the context of much older historical records and we see there is a huge problem with what has been passed on and taken now as historical 'fact' without a second thought. All it takes is influence and power over the scribes and history tells any story you want it to. Who owned what land, what tribe went from where to where, how and why wars were started and fought and so on and so on.

One of the lessons of history, is that much of it is founded on lies and manipulation of the facts.


Gone but not forgotten: Why has Google cast me into oblivion?

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This morning the BBC received the following notification from Google:
Notice of removal from Google Search: we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to show the following pages from your website in response to certain searches on European versions of Google: robertpeston/2007/10/merrills_mess.html
What it means is that a blog I wrote in 2007 will no longer be findable when searching on Google in Europe.

Which means that to all intents and purposes the article has been removed from the public record, given that Google is the route to information and stories for most people.

So why has Google killed this example of my journalism?

Well it has responded to someone exercising his or her new "right to be forgotten", following a ruling in May by the European Court of Justice that Google must delete "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" data from its results when a member of the public requests it.
Gold Bar

Netherlands promises to resolve return of Scythian gold to Crimea by September

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The Russian Culture Ministry has hired lawyers to prepare an appeal to the Netherlands concerning the return of Scythian gold from Crimea to Russia, Interfax reports Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky saying. "A well-known international law company which will defend the interests in the event of litigation, which we hope will never happen", media cites the official saying.

"We have lawyers drafting the relevant complaints. I am very hopeful that our counterparts in the Netherlands will approach the matter from the viewpoint not of petty politics but that of the law," Medinsky told reporters in Moscow on Thursday.

Netherlands promised to resolve the issue of the Scythian gold collection that came from Crimea by the end of September, however, Russia still sought legal advice in the case that it does come to court, Medinsky said on Thursday.

"Crimean museums filed official requests to according to which the collection has to be returned and the Dutch have promised to consider them at the end of the summer or in September," minister said.

"At this stage the exposition has been extended due to excessive politicization of this issue," Medinsky added.

Comment: The answer should be obvious: these artifacts belong in Crimean museums!

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Overpass collapse at World Cup host city Belo Horizonte kills at least one

At least one person was killed and two buses were damaged when an overpass bridge under construction collapsed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, one of the host cities for the ongoing World Cup, said CNN affiliate TV Record, which cited firefighters.

Images that circulated on social media showed a bus trapped underneath the collapsed structure.

No further details were immediately available.

Belo Horizonte will host Tuesday's semifinal match between the winner of the France-Germany match and the winner of the Brazil-Colombia game.

The city has so far hosted five World Cup games since June 14, when Colombia beat Greece 3-0. Tuesday's game will be the last to be hosted by the city in this year's World Cup.


Independence Day? 79 percent of Americans are completely okay with the current level of tyranny

On July 4th, the United States will celebrate Independence Day once again. But who in the world are we trying to kid? Our founders intended to create a society where freedom and liberty would be maximized, but that is not what America looks like today. Instead, we live in a country that literally has millions of laws, rules and regulations.

We have a government that is obsessed with spying on the entire planet and that tries to watch, monitor, track and record as much information about all of us as it possibly can. A "Big Brother" surveillance grid is being constructed all around us, and our militarized police are becoming more brutal with each passing day.

Sadly, most Americans don't seem too alarmed by any of this. In fact, a new Gallup survey has found that 79 percent of Americans are "satisfied" with the level of freedom in this nation. That is a very alarming statistic.

If most people believe that everything is "just fine", then our leaders are going to feel free to keep doing the same things that they have been doing.

That is why it is so frustrating that so many American "sheeple" appear to be so apathetic about the loss of our freedoms and our liberties.

But it was not all bad news in the Gallup survey. Let's take a look at the good news first...
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British graduates face jail time for lying on CVs

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Students who are caught lying on their CVs will risk a jail sentence, amid fears that university graduates are embellishing the truth to get ahead in the jobs market.

Fraud prevention officers have sent a pamphlet to every university in the UK, warning students that "white lies" on their job applications could be classed as "fraud by false representation" - a crime that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

The pamphlet, produced by the government's anti-fraud service CIFAS, says: "Your dream job asks for a 2:1, but you've got a 2:2 - so you just make a little change on your CV. You're worried you don't have enough work experience - so you pretend your summer of trekking through Nepal was actually spent working at a local solicitor's firm.

"After all, no one really checks, right? It's just a little white lie, right? Wrong. It's fraud."

Comment: As usual we see the law in pursuit of 'the little man' and still nowhere does it lean in on perpetrators of the true crimes against mankind. The law aims to please the ones above it who perfected "fraud by false representation".