Ten years after the death of Fiona Pilkington, have the police got better at tackling hate crime?

Govt Newspeak

The tragic backstory behind Fiona’s suicide was revealed under the unforgiving glare of the national press

Everyone remembers Fiona as the woman who burnt herself to death. They remember reading about her in the papers or seeing her face on the news: a photo of a brown-haired, middle-aged woman with downcast eyes. No one knew her personally. Fiona spent much of her life isolated and alone. Ten years on, residents in the Leicestershire village where she lived and worked still seem disconnected to her death. Locals living just a few metres from the lay-by where Fiona eventually set her own car ablaze struggle to recall the details. “We saw nothing,” one elderly resident says. “There was no fuss here. We had no one asking any questions.”

Thirty-eight-year-old Fiona Pilkington killed herself on 23 October 2007, after…

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The Apath

Excellent insightful article. Worth reading, then re-reading, then reading again. All of us fail to realise the extent to which manipulators in our communities poison human relations.

Psychopath Resistance

The Empathy Trap:
Antisocial Personalities

by Dr Jane McGregor
and Tim McGregor


Excerpt: Apaths are an integral part of the sociopath’s arsenal and contribute to sociopathic abuse. Sociopaths have an uncanny knack of knowing who will assist them in bringing down the person they are targeting. It is not necessarily easy to identify an apath; in other circumstances, an apath can show ample empathy and concern for others—just not in this case. The one attribute an apath must have is a link to the target.

How apaths, who might otherwise be fair-minded people, become involved in such destructive business is not hard to understand, but it can be hard to accept. The main qualifying attribute is poor judgment resulting from lack of insight. They might be jealous of or angry at the target, and thus have something to gain from the evolving situation.

At other times, the apath might…

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When workplace predators silence and intimidate their targets

Minding the Workplace

The ongoing revelations concerning sexual harassment and abuse allegations lodged against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein took a major turn this week via some excellent investigative reporting by the New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow. Here’s the lede:

In the fall of 2016, Harvey Weinstein set out to suppress allegations that he had sexually harassed or assaulted numerous women. He began to hire private security agencies to collect information on the women and the journalists trying to expose the allegations. According to dozens of pages of documents, and seven people directly involved in the effort, the firms that Weinstein hired included Kroll, which is one of the world’s largest corporate-intelligence companies, and Black Cube, an enterprise run largely by former officers of Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies.

The details are stunning. Here are just a few:

  • “Two private investigators from Black Cube, using false identities, met with the actress…

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Paradise Papers, rich people’s scandals worldwide

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 6 November 2017 video from the USA is called ‘Paradise Papers‘ Expose Giant Elite Tax Dodging Scheme.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Paradise Papers: Labour slams Tories for propping up rich tax avoiders

Tuesday 7th November 2017

JEREMY CORBYN called for a public inquiry into tax avoidance yesterday following the explosive Paradise Papers revelations.

The disclosure of 13.4 million secret documents ties major companies, entertainers and political figures to the secretive arrangements with billions of pounds believed to be squirrelled away in offshore tax avoidance schemes.

But the Labour leader said that apologies were not enough and tax-dodgers must recognise the harm their actions cause.

Speaking at the CBI annual conference he said: “Anyone that is putting money into tax havens in order to avoid taxation in Britain, and obviously investigations have to take place, should do two things.

“Not just apologise…

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Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

Talk Pinas Blog

People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study.© Provided by AFPRelaxNews People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study. People may be ingesting between 3,000 and 4,000 microparticles of plastic from tap water every year, said a study Wednesday based on samples from 14 countries.

While the health risks are unknown, the researchers pointed to previous findings that plastic particles can absorb, and release, potentially harmful chemicals and bacteria.

For the survey, 159 tap water samples were analysed of which “83 percent were found to contain plastic particles,” researchers from the University of Minnesota and the State University of New York wrote in a report entitled: “Invisibles: The plastic inside us”.

While much research has focused on plastic pollution of lakes, rivers, the ocean, beaches, even the air we breathe, less attention has been paid to its presence in human consumables, said the team.

This was…

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