Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:40 UTC
Serial paedophile Raymond Sydney Cheek targeted young boys across numerous parishes between 1955 and 1985.
In November last year, Cheek was found guilty of committing an act of gross indecency and two counts each of indecent assault and indecent dealings with a child.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:03 UTC
The school board in Windsor, Ontario, which is separated from Detroit, Michigan by a river, has canceled all trips across the border planned for this month because it considers the political landscape of its close neighbor to be too unpredictable and "unsafe."
"Paramount for us is student safety... we really don't know what will happen to our students at the border," Clara Howitt, a superintendent with the Greater Essex County District School Board, told the Windsor Star.
A number of students from Windsor were due to attend Detroit's Holocaust Memorial Center, which is currently hosting a special Anne Frank exhibit that "shows how people were persecuted by political decisions."
Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:51 UTC
The photo was used side-by-side with a photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
It was not immediately clear whether the image of Baldwin was accidental or an intentional joke.
Social media users found it funny either way.
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:22 UTC
In an impassioned plea, Mr Cook, boss of the world's largest company, says that the epidemic of false reports "is a big problem in a lot of the world" and necessitates a crackdown by the authorities and technology firms.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph, he calls for a campaign similar to those that changed attitudes on the environment to educate the public on the threat posed by fabricated online stories.
Comment: In other words, he's calling for increased propaganda in the war for peoples' minds.
Made-up news reports trying to promote a particular agenda gained huge traction on social media in the US during the election.
Free Thought Project
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:31 UTC
Luckily Sykes pulled through. However, he will never see justice carried out against the intruders who shot him.
The intruders were cops.
On Friday, after the the state's investigation into themselves concluded, they ruled that the troopers who went to Sykes' home that night and shot him — were justified — in spite of the fact that they had no reason to be there.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:09 UTC
The Ukrainian bombing of its eastern town of Horlivka in the Donetsk region has taken away a husband and 11-year-old daughter of Anna Tuv. Her left arm was also badly wounded and had to be amputated.
The Ukrainian authorities turned their backs on Anna and refused to help in her hour of need. However, assistance unexpectedly came from Italy. The young mother told her story to Sputnik Italia, when she arrived in Italy in order to get a bionic myoelectric prosthesis, and here is her story.
"I am very happy to be in Italy. It was my biggest dream which became a reality after a year of anguish," she told Sputnik.
Free Thought Project
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:18 UTC
Defendants in the 11 lawsuits included former Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Chris Epps, and former Republican state House Member Cecil McCrory, the key figures in the conspiracy. They and four other people pleaded guilty to their involvement in the conspiracy.
Attorney General Jim Hood says in the lawsuits that multiple corporations, including prominent private prison contractors, paid millions of dollars in bogus "consulting fees" to people who used the money to pay bribes and kickbacks to Epps.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:07 UTC
Russia recently reduced the punishment for first-offense spousal or child abuse from a criminal to a civil one. What this means is that in cases of non-life threatening abuse, the penalty has been changed to a fine. When it was a criminal offense, the abuser could be sent to prison.
What Russian legislators realized is that people don't like sending family members to prison and that police, who in many parts of Russia are not particularly attentive, had no incentive to investigate whether Vlad hit his son or not, if it was reported at all, which returns us to our first point. The fine creates an incentive for police to respond to reports as well as encourages more reports. A win-win.
Los Angeles Times
Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:55 UTC
Gender feminists — who are distinct from traditional equity feminists — refuse to acknowledge the role of evolution in shaping the human brain, and instead promote the idea that sex differences are caused by a socialization process that begins at birth. Gender, according to them, is a construct; we are born as blank slates and it is parents and society at large that produce the differences we see between women and men in adulthood.
The idea that our brains are identical sounds lovely, but the scientific evidence suggests otherwise. Many studies, for instance, have documented the masculinizing effects of prenatal testosterone on the developing brain. And a recent study in the journal Nature's Scientific Reports showed that testosterone exposure alters the programming of neural stem cells responsible for brain growth and sex differences.
Gender feminists often point to a single study, published in 2015, which claimed it isn't possible to tell apart male and female brains. But when a group of researchers reanalyzed the underlying data, they found that brains could be correctly identified as female or male with 69% to 77% accuracy. In another study, published in 2016, researchers used a larger sample in conjunction with higher-resolution neuroimaging and were able to successfully classify a brain by its sex 93% of the time.
Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:56 UTC
The offensive first stanza has been banned in Germany since the end of the Second World War, but it was precisely those bars that were played during the opening ceremony of the quarter final match on Saturday between the Alison Riske of the US and Germany's Andrea Petkovic.
Riske subsequently beat Petkovic, who described hearing the verse as the "epitome of ignorance."
"I've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup, and I've played Fed Cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me," she said, stressing "It's 2017 - something like this simply should not happen in the United States."