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Emma Roberts Arrested For Assaulting Evan Peters: How Common Is This?
July 17, 2013 at 1:47PM By Anna Breslaw |

You rarely hear about the female-on-male flip side of domestic violence charges in news stories about everyday Americans, let alone perpetrated by a 22-year-old starlet, but Emma Roberts shocked everyone this morning when news surfaced that, on July 7th, she was taken into custody in Montreal following a fight with her boyfriend, American Horror Story's Evan Peters. According to USA Today, he was found with a bloody nose and bite marks from Roberts, and she had various bruisings.

Roberts was released immediately because Peters didn't want to press charges; reps for both claim that it was just an "accident:" "It was an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding. Ms. Roberts was released after questioning and the couple are working together to move past it." Sounds familiar -- battered women commonly take back their domestic assault reports. Regardless of the gender, many of the psychological effects of abuse are identical.

So just how prevalent is domestic violence against a male partner? Many people are of the opinion that men "can't be physically abused" the way men "can't be raped," because men are generally stronger than and can subsequently overpower women. Incidentally, neither of these are true.

According to a study done in 2000, the statistics of domestic abuse in America were 1.3 million women versus 835,000 men. A more recent study from 2011 ups the percentage: One in four men have experienced "rape, physical violence and/or stalking" by a partner, and one in seven have experienced "severe physical violence," like beaten with a fist or a blunt object. And a 32-nation study by the University of New Hampshire claims that girlfriends initiate violence equally often as boyfriends do in relationships.

So don't forget to pay mind: This does happen, and it needs just as much awareness and prevention as male-on-female domestic assault.



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http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/emma-roberts-evan-peters-abuse
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..Mother arrested for creating child porn with her children, police say

British authorities alerted Hamilton police that a woman from Hamilton had sent pornographic ...

....A Hamilton woman has been taking pornographic photos of her children and sending them to an overseas penpal, police say.

In January, a 50-year-old man from London, England, was arrested for possession of indecent images of children. The investigation by British authorities revealed a woman from Hamilton had sent several images of her children to the man.

Members of the Hamilton Police Internet Child Exploitation unit were alerted to the investigation and executed a search warrant in the city's east end Thursday morning.

Numerous computers and devices were seized from the home for forensic examination. The three children in the home were removed and the Catholic Children's Aid Society was notified, police say,

The 46-year-old woman was not home at the time, but was arrested at her place of employment in Toronto shortly after, police say.

The woman's name is not being released to protect the child victims. She has been charged with the making, distributing and possession of child pornography.

A bail hearing is set for Feb. 7.

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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/mother-arrested-creating-child-porn-her-children-police-173610331.html
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..German court rules religious circumcision on boys an assault

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....Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents' religious rights.

The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the "fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents", a judgement that is expected to set a legal precedent.

"The religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised, if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised," the court added.

The case was brought against a doctor in Cologne who had circumcised a four-year-old Muslim boy on his parents' wishes.

A few days after the operation, his parents took him to hospital as he was bleeding heavily. Prosecutors then charged the doctor with grievous bodily harm.

The doctor was acquitted by a lower court that judged he had acted within the law as the parents had given their consent.

On appeal, the regional court also acquitted the doctor but for different reasons.

The regional court upheld the original charge of grievous bodily harm but also ruled that the doctor was innocent as there was too much confusion on the legal situation around circumcision.

The court came down firmly against parents' right to have the ritual performed on young children.

"The body of the child is irreparably and permanently changed by a circumcision," the court said. "This change contravenes the interests of the child to decide later on his religious beliefs."

The decision caused outrage in Germany's Jewish community.

The head of the Central Committee of Jews, Dieter Graumann, said the ruling was "an unprecedented and dramatic intervention in the right of religious communities to self-determination."

The judgement was an "outrageous and insensitive act. Circumcision of newborn boys is a fixed part of the Jewish religion and has been practiced worldwide for centuries," added Graumann.

"This religious right is respected in every country in the world."

Holm Putzke, a criminal law expert at the University of Passau, told the Financial Times Deutschland that the ruling was "enormously important for doctors because for the first time they have legal certainty."

"Unlike many politicians, the court has not allowed itself to be scared off by charges of anti-Semitism or religious intolerance," added Putzke.

The World Health Organisation has estimated that nearly one in three males under 15 is circumcised. In the United States, the operation is often performed for hygiene reasons on infants.

Thousands of young boys are circumcised every year in Germany, especially in the country's large Jewish and Muslim communities.

The court specified that circumcision was not illegal if carried out for medical reasons.

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http://ca.news.yahoo.com/german-court-outlaws-religious-circumcision-172728400.html
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Deion Sanders tweets about his messy divorce

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 23, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

APHall of Fame cornerback and NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders is going through a divorce, which he and his family are entitled to deal with privately. But Sanders has decided to deal with it publicly.

Sanders went on Twitter on Monday and wrote that his estranged wife had attacked him, and that he had called the police.

"Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She's going to jail n I'm pressing charges!" Sanders wrote. "I'm sad my boys witnessed this mess but I warned the police department here that she was gone try n harm me and my boys. This is on my mama!"

Sanders also posted a picture of himself filling out a police report.

After Sanders' fellow NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp got himself into hot water by saying too much on Twitter (and later on the air), Sanders would be wise to be cautious in his use of Twitter. For the sake of his sons, here's hoping that he and his wife have no more encounters that lead to police intervention.


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Carleton student sexually assaulted on campus
CBC News Posted: Oct 31, 2011 1:15 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011 1:46 PM ET
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Carleton University staff has released the description of a sexual assault suspect who they say inappropriately touched a female student early Sunday morning.

A letter addressed to all students said a sexual assault happened around 3:30 a.m. when the woman was "sexually touched by an unknown man" between Stormont and Dundas residence buildings.

The suspect is described as black, about six feet tall with an average build and short hair. The victim also said he was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, dark jeans and a baseball cap.

The university's campus security is investigating the incident but it has not been reported to Ottawa police.

People with information that might aid the investigation are asked to call the university safety department at 613-520-4444.

Carleton University had beefed up security starting in 2008 after a sexual assault on campus in September 2007 where a 23-year-old woman was beaten unconscious.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/10/31/ottawa-carleton-university-sexual-assault.html


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Woman sentenced after streaming sex abuse of daughter over webcam  By Katie Silver, CNN

March 28, 20
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Mom sentenced for abusing daughter

15-year prison sentence for woman convicted of abusing 2-year-old daughter
Julie Carr streamed the acts over the internet to a teenager in the United Kingdom
Carr received 20-year sentence last week on child pornography conviction
The two sentences will run concurrently

(CNN) -- A woman convicted of sexually abusing her 2-year-old daughter and streaming the acts over the Internet to a teenager in the United Kingdom was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Thirty-three year-old Julie Carr was also convicted of producing child pornography and gross sexual assault and exploitation of a minor.

"When I see child-pornography, I ask myself: Where are the parents? Where are the people who are supposed to be protecting the child?," U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock said, according to the court transcript. "Well, Ms. Carr, in your case, we know where the mother was."

The acts took place in June 2009 when Carr used a webcam to deliver four live videos of herself performing oral sex on her youngest daughter, according to the documents.

The videos were sent to Nicholas Wilde, then 19, in West Midlands, England, after meeting on an internet dating site.

They exchanged messages for approximately 10 hours over the month in which the crime occurred, accoridng to the documents.

The videos were later discovered by British police after searching Wilde's home in relation to a separate child-pornography case.

Police collaborated with American authorities to then identify and locate Carr, the documents said.

Wilde was sentenced last year in England to nearly five years in prison for possessing child-pornography and inciting the sexual abuse of a child, according to West-Midlands police spokeswoman Hazel Steer.

Wilde, who claimed to suffer from Asperger's syndrome -- a form of autism -- was ordered to sign the sexual offenders register and is banned from working with children for life.

Meanwhile, Carr's four children have been removed from her custody, according to Assistant U.S. AttorneyTodd Lowell.

"I want to say that I am sorry," she told the court. "I never meant to hurt anyone in my family, and I have regreted it ever since."

Once released, Carr will receive a mandatory 10 years of supervision where along with checks for drugs and alcohol, her computer and internet use will be monitored, the documents said. She will also be registered as a sex offender.

"I have always thought that possession is bad enough, but production is another level of true evil," Woodcock said.

"Unequivocally, yours is the worst case I've ever seen."

http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/03/23/maine.sex.crime.sentence/index.html?iref=obnetwork
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Jewish groups oppose circumcision ban in US city

By Hannah Dreier | AFP News - Sat, 5 Mar, 2011 9:04 PM ESTShareretweetEmailPrintRelated ContentEnlarge PhotoA view of San Francisco in California. The city is debating whether to introduce ...

Enlarge PhotoBoth pro- and anti-circumcision advocates make health claims, but the medical research ...
Jewish groups and others are up at arms over an attempt to outlaw male circumcision in San Francisco by putting the issue to a popular vote.

Self-described "intactivist" Lloyd Schofield has been collecting signatures for a voter initiative that would criminalize infant circumcision in the Californian city.

After two months of collecting names, he claims to be more than half way toward getting the 7,168 signatures he needs by late April to put the matter on the November ballot.

Schofield and a growing community of anti-circumcision activists say that infants should not be forced to participate in what is essentially culturally accepted genital mutilation.

They claim that the procedure can cause health risks and diminished sexual function and compare it to the clitoridectomies performed on girls in parts of Africa.

"This is a human rights issue," he said. "What you're doing is you're taking an infant and removing the most sensitive part of their body."

Jewish organizations have pledged to fight the measure should it be placed on the ballot. Anti-Defamation League director Daniel Sandman called Schofield's effort discriminatory and misguided.

"This is hurtful and offensive to people in the community who consider this a coveted ritual," he said.

Abby Porth of the Jewish Community Relations Council charged Schofield with wasting city resources for an inappropriate political stunt that was unlikely to become law.

"This is one of the most fundamental practices to our tradition of over 3,000 years," she said. "It's symbolic of our covenant with God."

Porth said the Jewish community would form a coalition against the initiative with medical professionals and Muslims, who also practice circumcision.

"It's very similar to those of the Jewish faith," said Omar Nawaz of the Bay Area-based Zaytuna College, one of the nation's only Muslim colleges. "It's a religious tradition and it's important for us."

Both pro- and anti-circumcision advocates make health claims, but the medical research does not firmly support either position.

The American Academy of Pediatrics holds that there are both benefits and risks to infant circumcision, and recommends that parents make the choice for themselves.

Several other health bodies are reviewing the evidence on circumcision with an eye to new policy recommendations.

Circumcision rates among US male infants have dropped in recent decades, but more than half of newborns are still circumcised, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

If the ban is approved, those caught cutting the foreskins of infants and other minors would face up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

The ban would certainly face legal challenges, and could be found in violation of the First Amendment right to Freedom of Religion.

However, it would not be subject to legislative amendment.

California's unique voter initiative system allows residents to place virtually anything on the ballot so long as they secure the requisite signatures.

Many of California's most controversial and restrictive policies have been passed this way, among them a drastic reduction in property taxes and a ban on gay marriage.

San Francisco resident Mark Reiss, who grew up in an Orthodox Jewish home, is among a vocal community of circumcised men who say they struggle with the emotional and physical effects of circumcision.

He runs a website that lists rabbis nationwide who will preside over a naming ritual similar to the one performed at Jewish circumcisions but with no cutting.

Schofeld said that the issue is not one of cultural practice, but of individual freedom.

"This is a painful and irreversible surgery," Schofield said. "It's a man's body. It's his right to choose and we're trying to preserve that choice."


http://ca.news.yahoo.com/jewish-groups-oppose-circumcision-ban-us-city-20110305-180422-847.html
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Texas man cleared by DNA after 30 years in prison declared innocent by judge

By Jeff Carlton, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press - Tue, 4 Jan 1:46 PM ESTShareretweetEmailPrintRelated ContentEnlarge Photo**CORRECTS YEAR TO 2011** Cornelius Dupree Jr., left, raises his hand to testify ...
DALLAS - A Texas man declared innocent Tuesday after 30 years in prison could have cut short his prison stint twice and made parole -- if only he would admit he was a sex offender.

But Cornelius Dupree Jr. refused to do so, doggedly maintaining his innocence in a 1979 rape and robbery, in the process serving more time for a crime he didn't commit than any other Texas inmate exonerated by DNA evidence.

"Whatever your truth is, you have to stick with it," Dupree, 51, said Tuesday, minutes after a Dallas judge overturned his conviction.

Nationally, only two others exonerated by DNA evidence spent more time in prison, according to the Innocence Project, a New York legal centre that specializes in wrongful conviction cases and represented Dupree. James Bain was wrongly imprisoned for 35 years in Florida, and Lawrence McKinney spent more than 31 years in a Tennessee prison.

Dupree was sentenced to 75 years in prison in 1980 for the rape and robbery of a 26-year-old Dallas woman a year earlier. He was released in July on mandatory supervision, and lived under house arrest until October. About a week after his release, DNA test results came back proving his innocence in the sexual assault.

A day after his release, Dupree married his fiancee, Selma. The couple met two decades ago while he was in prison.

His exoneration hearing was delayed until Tuesday while authorities retested the DNA and made sure it was a match to the victim. Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins supported Dupree's innocence claim.

Looking fit and trim in a dark suit, Dupree stood through most of the short hearing, until state district Judge Don Adams told him, "You're free to go." One of Dupree's lawyers, Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck, called it "a glorious day."

"It's a joy to be free again," Dupree said.

This latest wait was nothing for Dupree, who was up for parole as recently as 2004. He was set to be released and thought he was going home, until he learned he first would have to attend a sex offender treatment program.

Those in the program had to go through what is known as the "four R's." They are recognition, remorse, restitution and resolution, said Jim Shoemaker, who served two years with Dupree in the Boyd Unit south of Dallas.

"He couldn't get past the first part," said Shoemaker, who drove up from Houston to attend Dupree's hearing.

Shoemaker said he spent years talking to Dupree in the prison recreation yard, and always believed his innocence.

"I got a lot of flak from the guys on the block," Shoemaker said. "But I always believed him. He has a quiet, peaceful demeanour."

Under Texas compensation laws for the wrongly imprisoned, Dupree is eligible for $80,000 for each year he was behind bars, plus a lifetime annuity. He could receive $2.4 million in a lump sum that is not subject to federal income tax.

The compensation law, the nation's most generous, was passed in 2009 by the Texas Legislature after dozens of wrongly convicted men were released from prison. Texas has freed 41 wrongly convicted inmates through DNA since 2001 -- more than any other state.

Dallas County's record of DNA exonerations -- Dupree is No. 21 -- is unmatched nationally because the county crime lab maintains biological evidence even decades after a conviction, leaving samples available to test. In addition, Watkins, the DA, has co-operated with innocence groups in reviewing hundreds of requests by inmates for DNA testing.

Watkins, the first black district attorney in Texas history, has also pointed to what he calls "a convict-at-all-costs mentality" that he says permeated his office before he arrived in 2007.

At least a dozen other exonerated former inmates from the Dallas area who collectively served more than 100 years in prison upheld a local tradition by attending the hearing and welcoming the newest member of their unfortunate fraternity. One of them, James Giles, presented Dupree with a $100 bill as a way to get his life restarted.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/texas-man-cleared-dna-30-years-prison-declared-20110104-080607-533.html
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Hold the mayo? Assault charge in sandwich fight
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CHATHAM, Ont. - Police in Chatham, Ont., have charged a woman with assault after her boyfriend was punched twice -- the first time in an alleged dispute over a sandwich.


Investigators say a man made his girlfriend a sandwich Monday evening and when she only ate half, she said he could have the other half.


A short time later, police say the woman became infuriated that the sandwich was missing and punched her boyfriend in the face.


Police say later in the night the two became involved in an unrelated argument and she punched him in the chest.


A 27-year-old Chatham woman has been charged with two counts of assault.


She has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100727/national/sandwich_assault
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Mother charged in stabbing of two children


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WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg woman is facing attempted murder charges after her two young sons, including a four-month-old infant, were stabbed at a government-run housing complex.


Police say the 35-year-old woman is also accused of assault with a weapon and assault.


Const. Jason Michalyshen says the baby boy and his nine-year-old brother remain in hospital, but are stable.


He says the boys' 32-year-old aunt was also stabbed, but she was treated and released, while another child was not injured.


He says the aunt was able to disarm a suspect and calm the situation.


Police have no motive yet for the stabbings, but the Winnipeg Free Press quotes unnamed sources as saying the mother had recently been suffering from postpartum depression.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100604/national/crime_children_stabbed
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Hostage taken in church robbery
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CALGARY (CBC) - A 38-year-old woman was shocked with a stun gun after trying to rob a Winnipeg church at knifepoint.

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According to police, she went into Springs Church on Lagimodiere Boulevard around 10:30 a.m. Monday and demanded money.


She then pulled out a knife and briefly held hostage a 66-year-old woman who works at the church in the city's Southdale neighbourhood.


Officers used a stun gun on the 38-year-old woman and arrested her.


The woman being held hostage was unhurt.


The 38-year-old has been charged with robbery with a weapon and forcible confinement.


She is in custody at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/cbc/100601/canada/canada_manitoba_mb_church_robbery_stun_gun_winnipeg
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Activism / American MRA living in Canada
Apr 15, 2010, 07:24 AM
Hey,  guys.  I'm  living  in  Canada  now.   And  I'm  in  grad  school  at  the  University of  Ottawa.   Are  there   many  MRAs  in  Canada ?  Cause  I  want  to  help.
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German woman charged in drowning of her 5-year-old grandson while on US vacation

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A 71-year-old German woman drowned her 5-year-old grandson in a bathtub while they were vacationing in Florida because she didn't want to see the boy grow up in a divorced home, authorities said Tuesday.


The grandmother, Marianne Bordt, tried to commit suicide after the drowning Monday by wading into the Gulf of Mexico wearing heavy clothes, authorities said.


Bordt, of Nufringen, Germany, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Camden Hiers at a condominium on St. George Island, about 60 miles (96 kilometres) southwest of Tallahassee.


A public defender was appointed for Bordt, but no one answered at the office after business hours.


The boy's parents had joint custody of Camden after they divorced in 2006, but he lived mostly with his mother in an Atlanta suburb. His father, David Hiers, lives nearby and is on his way to Florida, according to his attorney.


"I don't think anybody ever knows that a grandparent could be capable of something like this," said Hiers' attorney J. Thomas Salata. "David Hiers is extremely distraught and overwhelmed with grief over this incident."


A phone message left at the mother's home, Karen Hiers, was not immediately returned. She is Bordt's daughter.


Bordt's husband, Heinz, told police he came back from shopping to find his wife returning from the beach sopping wet from the neck down, clad in a red jacket and long underwear.


"Mr. Bordt said that when he went into the house he saw his grandson partial(ly) submerged lying in the bathtub with his face in the water," according to a sworn statement by Franklin County Sheriff's Lt. Ronnie Segree wrote. "Mr. Bordt pulled him out of the bathtub, placing him on the living room floor."


His wife tried to run away from the two-story condominium building, but he forced her into the car and the couple drove to the local fire station, Segree wrote. The boy was dead when authorities arrived.


Marianne Bordt was being held without bond and has been placed under a suicide watch.


Her case will be reviewed by a grand jury, which must issue an indictment before she can be prosecuted for first-degree murder. The panel also has the option of reducing or rejecting the charge.


First-degree murder convictions in Florida are punishable by either death or life in prison without parole.


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Associated Press writer Dorie Turner in Atlanta contributed to this report.
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Hello,  my  brothers.  Long  time  no  see.



Maybe it's the  Men's Rights Activist in me but....


I see three good men being put at odds with each other due to the actions of a sinister, manipulative woman.


Obama : The first black President of the USA, a man of intelligence and integrity who doesn't back away from challenges even when his plate is full....


Gates : A gifted and renowned black intellectual who feels his rights were violated.....


Crowley : The cop who's just doing his job....



HOW COME NOBODY IS TALKING ABOUT LUCIA WHALEN ?

THE LADY WHO ASSUMED IF TWO BLACK MEN ENTER A NICE HOUSE, THEY MUST BE BURGLARS.

SHE SET THIS WHOLE MESS IN MOTION.


SOME   
WOMEN ARE REALLY THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.


Has  anyone   gotten  hold  of  this  woman  ?


I  think  she  is  laughing  her  sick  head  off  after  manipulating  three  powerful  men  into   a  colossal  mess.....


Just  like  a   Feminazi.


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Main / Is swine flu a bio-terrorist virus?
Apr 28, 2009, 11:57 AM
  Is swine flu a bio-terrorist virus?

Michael Le Page, biology features editor

Already, the conspiracy theorists are claiming the swine flu virus spreading around the world was genetically engineered by bioterrorists. The truth is more prosaic: the virus is far more likely to be a product of our lust for bacon than of a hatred for humanity.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the new virus is a mixture of four different viruses: North American swine flu, North American avian flu, human H1N1 flu and a swine flu strain found in Asia and Europe.

The claim of the conspiracy theorists is that this new combination could not have occurred naturally, but this is not true. Flu viruses consisting of a mixture of human, swine and bird strains have been found before. However, there is a sense in which the virus could be regarded as man-made.

Flu viruses contain 8 strands of RNA, which code for 10 proteins. If two flu viruses infect a cell at the same time, new viruses budding from that cell can contain a mixture of RNA strands from the two original viruses - a phenomenon called reassortment. Recombination - "cutting and pasting" - can also produce mixing within RNA strands.

It is unusual to be infected by two flu viruses at the same time, and even rarer for one of those viruses to come from another species. But it does happen, especially in pigs, which are susceptible to both human and bird flu viruses. Repeated reassortments can produce mixtures like that found in the swine flu virus now spreading worldwide.

There was reassortment between bird and human flu viruses in pigs in Italy during the 1980s, for instance, while in the 1990s a H1N2 swine flu circulating in pigs in the UK was found to be a mixture of swine, human and bird flu strains resulting from multiple reassortments.

It is not yet clear exactly when and how Mexican swine flu strain evolved, but it could certainly have happened without the help of genetic engineers. Despite this, the swine flu could still be regarded as man-made.

There are now over 6 billion people on the planet, and each year we raise more than a billion pigs and perhaps as many as 70 billion chickens. The result is a paradise for influenza viruses.

As New Scientist's flu correspondent Debora MacKenzie has reported over the years, the problem is not just the sheer number of potential hosts. The conditions in which animals are kept can favour the evolution of new and deadlier strains.

For instance, in the wild nasty flu strains that make animals too ill to walk or fly are unlikely to spread far. On crowded factory farms, they can spread like wildfire, helped by the global trade in animals and animal products.

The interaction of farm workers with animals, especially on small-holdings where pigs, ducks, chickens and children all happily intermingle, also provides plenty of opportunities for viruses to jump species.

Animal vaccines might seem like the answer, but vaccines that do not provide 100% protection can actually make things worse. When there is widespread vaccination, viruses can spread without any visible disease. Ineffective vaccines also create strong selective pressure driving the evolution of new strains that can dodge the immune attack provoked by the vaccine.

Already, attention is turning to the big pig farms in Mexico, and the role they may have played in creating this new strain of swine flu.

The fact is that we still know so little about flu, and what makes it capable of spreading from human to human, means that deliberately engineering a virus of this kind would be a huge challenge. Yes, it's possible that this virus was created by a mistake at a research laboratory or a vaccine factory.

But by far the most plausible explanation is that this monster is the long-predicted product of our farming system.



http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2009/04/is-swine-flu-a-bioterrorist-vi.html
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A  troubling  thought  has  entered  my  consciousness,  friends.


I  assume  everyone  here  is  aware of  the  Swine  Flu  Pandemic  sweeping  much  of  the  world.

The  H1N1   stand  has  been  the  newsmaker  as  of  late.    I  find  it  suspicious  that  only  Mexicans  are  dying  of  this  disease,  and  not   Americans  or   Europeans.  It's  almost  as   if  the  Swine   Flu  Pandemic  were  selective.   Almost  as  if  it  could  think.

A  disease  that  thinks.   Sounds  like  a  bad   Sci-Fi  Saturday  night  movie.


Consider  certain  facts,  though.     Around  the  world,   many  are  infected.   Yet   American  and   European  cases  have  been  mild  and  non-threatening  while  one  third  of  the  infected  in   Mexico  have  died.


The   observer  in  me  thinks  the   Swine   Flu  Virus   didn't  spontaneously  appear.   It  might  have  been  created  in  a  laboratory   by  some  truly   devious  individuals.


Why  ?   The  observer  in  me  notes  that  the  Swine  Flu  has   almost  effectively  shut   the  borders   between  Mexico  and  the  USA,  preventing  the  flux  of  Mexican  immigration   which  has  the    WASPs   so  worried.   Statistics  say  that  within  our  lifetime,   Hispanics    can  and  will  outnumber   Whites  and  other   minorities   in   America.


It  seems  to  me  like  a   Right-Wing   individual  with   money,  resources  and  will  could    whip  up   twin   batches  of   Swine   Flu  and   unleash  them  around  the  world.    The  lethal  batch  is  released  in   Mexico,   killing   quite  a  few  people.   The  non-lethal  batch  is  released  in  America  and   Europe,  causing  some  discomfort  among   the  men  and  women  affected,  but  not   killing  anyone.    For  batch  number  two  is   just  a  cover   for  batch  number  one.   To  keep  everyone  distracted  and  unable  to  find   the  truth.


The  Mexicans  are  the  true  target  of  the   Swine   Flu  Pandemic.

The  parties  responsible  ?   A   private  entity  ?   A   Eugenics-minded  member  of  the  US  Government  ?   A  sociopath's  idea  of  ethnic  cleansing  ?   Take  your  pick.


I  find  the  matter  worth  some  thought.


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Experts: Abuse doesn't just affect women

Recent high-profile case shows men often battered, but they fail to report it
By Amanda Cuda

Staff Writer

Updated: 03/25/2009 11:16:42 PM EDT



Most people have an image of what a victim of domestic violence looks like. And it's probably of a bruised and frightened woman.

But that picture doesn't tell the whole story, a fact that was made clear earlier this week when Fairfield police arrested Helen Sun, 37, after she allegedly handcuffed herself to her husband and bit him on the head, arms and chest. The incident was just the latest attack by Sun on her estranged spouse, who reported she also once broke an acoustic guitar over his head.

The bizarre case sheds light on the fact that not all victims of partner violence are women, said officials at domestic violence agencies.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 85 percent of intimate partner violence victims are women. Those statistics are reflected at facilities in the region that help those fleeing violent relationships. Debra Greenwood, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County in Bridgeport, said men make up about 20 percent of the shelter's clientele.

Meanwhile, at The Umbrella domestic violence program in Ansonia, programming director Susan DeLeon said she sees only a handful of male clients come through the agency each year.

But both said, though domestic violence disproportionately affects women, it's a real problem among men as well. In fact, it might be a bigger problem than people realize.

Many male victims of violence are


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unwilling to come forward and seek help said Erika Tindill, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The coalition oversees 18 domestic violence programs throughout the state, including The Umbrella and the Center for Women and Families. Tindill said men who are abused by female partners can feel emasculated by the situation.

"We are in a paternalistic society," Tindill said. "We depend on men to be the providers."

Being abused by a wife or girlfriend flies in the face of that macho archetype, she said, and male abuse victims might be unwilling to admit what has happened to them. As a result, Tindill said, female on male violence "is clearly underreported."

DeLeon agreed men might be uncomfortable confessing they have been hurt by a woman.

"There's definitely a stigma there," she said.

They also could feel uncomfortable coming to shelters, thinking such services are for women and children only.

That's understandable, DeLeon said. "These shelters stemmed out of the women's movement, so I think people do see us as more of a woman's service," she said.

These services are also primarily staffed by women, DeLeon said, and some men might not be comfortable discussing their problems with someone of the opposite gender.

Penny Leisring, associate professor of psychology at Quinnipiac University, had another perspective on why abused men might not open up about their problems. Leisring has done several studies about various aspects of domestic violence, including violence perpetrated by women. She said males who are abused usually suffer less serious injuries at the hands of their abusers than their female counterparts. Thus, she said, "they may not see themselves as victims."

Leisring also pointed out society generally regards violence by women as far less serious than abuse inflicted by men. Nowhere is that discrepancy clearer than in our popular culture, Leisring said. "If a woman slaps her partner in a movie, people aren't as horrified as they are when a man does it," she said.

Societal perceptions aside, the experts said there aren't many differences between violence against men and violence against women. The warning signs of an abusive relationship are the same no matter the gender of the victim, Tindill said. With few exceptions, the abuser is always controlling, possessive, jealous and set on isolating the victim from friends and family.

Greenwood, meanwhile, said the incident with Sun and her husband should not only make people aware that men can be victims, but should remind them domestic violence -- by and against both men and women -- is a constant problem. In fact, she said, the tension caused by the poor economy has intensified the issue. In Fairfield County alone, Greenwood said, she has seen domestic violence incidents go up 38 percent since October, around the time the nation's financial crisis went into full swing.

With people losing their homes and their jobs, relationships that were already troubled can crack under the strain, resulting in abuse, she said.

Like Tindill, Greenwood said, though more women than men are abused, violence is violence no matter who is perpetrating. "It all goes back to power and control,"

she said.

Where to get help If you think that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, here are some local resources: The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 888-774-2900 The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, 334-6154 The Umbrella, 736-9944

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Main / Paternity leave, a boon for new dads
Feb 26, 2009, 12:24 PM
Paternity leave, a boon for new dads

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Even though there is no specific law that enforces paternity leave, more and more companies in India are increasingly offering paternity leave to their employees. , "It is a great concept and is also very useful. I took my paternity leave last month as my wife delivered our baby in - Hyderabad."

In the good old days, dads didn't dare enter the delivery room, let alone take time off from work to bond with junior or care for their wife. Today's practical, quality-of-life-loving fathers are a far cry from them and the birth of nuclear families has made paternity leave almost mandatory. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, paternity leave is a paid leave granted by the company to an employee when he becomes a father.

And even though there is no specific law that enforces this leave, more and more companies in India are increasingly offering paternity leave to their employees. Employees of Infosys are eligible to avail three continuous working days of paternity leave and this option is avail able for the birth of the first two children.

Similarly Datacraft India also gives paternity leave. Says Ulhas Aher, HR head, Datacraft India, "We give three days paid paternity leave on the birth of the child. We give it only twice, i.e. during the birth of the first two children only and the gap between the two leaves should be three years. This is a symbolic gesture that we are participating in the employee's happiness and also an indirect message that one should not have more than two children."

So how do the employees feel about this gesture? Says Bangaru Babu, IT manager at Omega Healthcare services, Bangalore, "It is a great concept and is also very useful. I took my paternity leave last month as my wife delivered our baby in Hyderabad. Our company gives us five days paternity leave. So this combined with the two weekends (before and after the leave period), I got to take nine days off. I could go over to Hyderabad, finish all the hospital for malities and also take care of my wife and child. I think every company should introduce it."

Apart from natural birth, paternity leave is also being given for adoption by certain companies. "We give five days paid paternity leave even on the adoption of a child, apart from child birth. They can avail it within sixty days of adoption of a child. Birth or adoption, a child is the same for the parents and it needs attention from both the parents. That is the reason why we offer paternity leave even on the adoption of a child." says Guruvaryurappan, HR head at Omega Healthcare services.

While some may argue that three to five days is not enough, it may be considered as a ray of light -- corporates are at least becoming sensitive about the con cept. But there are still many companies who don't give paternity leave and employees are not too happy about it -- especially when they see other companies offering the same. Says an employee of Wipro Technologies, who did not want to be named, "Our com pany does not give paternity leave. So I had to use my personal leave when my wife delivered our baby. Ever since she got pregnant, I was saving up my leave, so that I could be with her after the delivery. It would have been a little less stressful if they had offered some kind of paternity leave."

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State courts unfair to men, minorities, UW study alleges

A University of Washington study has found disparities in race and gender in the penalties doled out by the state's criminal courts.

By Jennifer Sullivan

Seattle Times staff reporter

OLYMPIA -- A University of Washington study has found disparities in race and gender in the penalties doled out by the state's criminal courts.

The study, conducted on behalf of the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission, found that Hispanic defendants are given significantly higher fees and fines than white defendants. It also found that defendants who take their cases to trial instead of pleading guilty face steeper fines.

The study, which spanned four years and involved more than 3,000 felony cases, urges an overhaul of the way Superior Court judges assign fees and fines in cases involving impoverished and minority defendants. The study even suggests that the state should let poor defendants pay their court-mandated financial obligations through community service.

"Our findings show that some people convicted of similar offenses face very different sentencing outcomes, not on the length of confinement but on the financial side," said Katherine Beckett, an associate sociology professor at UW. "It's a huge financial obligation to possess."

The study focused on court fees and fines, not the amount of time that defendants were sentenced to jail or prison.

The report indicates:

Men are given higher court fees and fines than women.

Drug convictions result in higher fees and fines than violent felony convictions.

The study also showed that court fees varied tremendously by county -- in one case a man convicted of drug offenses in Pierce County was fined $600, while a man convicted of the same crime in Lewis County was assessed $6,710 in fines.

Beckett and Assistant Professor Alexes Harris started the study in 2006 when the Washington State Minority and Justice Commission hired the UW to analyze the state's system for imposing court fees, fines and other legal obligations. The sociology professors combed through each of the 3,366 cases adjudicated by Superior Courts throughout the state in January and February 2004 and tracked several of the defendants over the following four years, the UW said.

Beckett and Harris turned over their study to the commission in August, but the UW released the study to the public on Tuesday. It's unclear why the report wasn't released directly by the commission. Officials with the commission didn't return calls for comment on Tuesday.

Beckett believes the study, which also includes interviews with defense attorneys, county clerk staff and convicted criminals, may finally show state and local officials the evidence they need to support a systematic overhaul.

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King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said he has little sympathy for the disparities cited in the report. He believes fines are a good idea because they "hit people where it hurts."

"If they don't want to pay the fines, they shouldn't commit the crimes," Satterberg said.

Among the recommendations listed in the report:

Creation of a statewide database to consolidate information about legal debts from all municipal and county sources to "simplify the repayment system."

Adoption of legislation that would automatically restore the voting rights of felons after their sentences are completed.

A measure that would let felons easily regain their voting rights was proposed in the Legislature last month, but the proposal has since been transformed into a bill that simply recommends a study. Lawmakers want the Secretary of State's Office to study current state statutes relating to voting-rights restoration and issue a report during next year's legislative session.

Jennifer Sullivan: 360-236-8267 or [email protected]

Copyright 2009 The Seattle Times Company

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Main / Fictional drivel
Feb 26, 2009, 12:21 PM
Fictional drivel

Barbara Kay, National Post  Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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Monday's front page news contained an unprecedented case of literary lese majeste. A parent of a Grade 12 Toronto high school student petitioned for the removal from the school's reading list of The Handmaid's Tale, a 1986 novel by the queen of Canadian literature, Margaret Atwood.

A review board concluded that the book should remain a classroom text. No surprise there. It is hard to imagine the venerated Ms. Atwood being effectively "dissed" by a mere parent.

The parent thinks the novel, a futuristic fantasy of a totalitarian society --American, not Canadian!--in which women become the reproductive slaves of conservative patriarchs, is "fictional drivel." Well, of course it is, and so is much else in the gifted Ms. Atwood's diverse oeuvre, but the parent misses the greater point.

The Handmaid's Tale isn't drivel because of the sex and violence that concerned the parent. It is drivel because it is a paranoiac fantasy whose principal purpose and effect is to stir up hatred of men.

Hatred of any other identifiable group in a novel would normally render a book unfit for school curricula (situational selection should not be confused with censorship). But inciting hatred against men in the guise of art is neither an aesthetic nor ethical crime in educational circles. Rather it is a virtue, borne aloft in a misandric cultural zeitgeist that Ms. Atwood was herself influential in shaping.

The setting of The Handmaid's Tale is "the recent future." The United States has morphed into the Republic of Gilead, dominated by Christian fundamentalists, who have conscripted fertile women into a program of forced breeding.

Dystopian fiction deserves critical respect when its premises are grounded in psychological or historical reality. That sexual relations in the West on a collective scale ever did or ever could descend into Ms. Atwood's ideologically self-indulgent nightmare is -- well, fictional drivel.

History does of course provide horrific examples of experiments in eugenics: Urged on, ironically enough, by "progressive" women, Alberta once permitted sterilization of the intellectually handicapped, a blot on Canada's rights landscape. But generally speaking, Western conservatives, religious or not, are the most likely to resist any government intrusion into citizens' private -- let alone reproductive -- lives.

Mass eugenics coincides historically with anti-religious collectivist visions run amok. The Chinese program of forced abortions came from the atheist, utopian left. The Nazi Lebensborn program, which seems to have been Ms. Atwood's inspiration, in which fertile young women were lodged at breeding farms, there to be impregnated by SS officers in order to improve Germany's Aryan stock, grew out of anti-religious paganism allied with fascism.

On its face, Lebensborn seems like something of a harbinger of Ms. Atwood's vision. But a crucial distinction makes a mockery of Ms. Atwood's alarmist projection: Unlike Ms. Atwood's fictional victims, German women were never forced to breed.

Quite the opposite: The Lebensborn "handmaids" were willing volunteers, seduced by the perks of higher social status, nutritious food and high quality medical care, luxuries ordinary Germans could only dream of at the time.

On the other hand, German men were pressed into battle, millions of them to die ghastly deaths. For history's real forced sacrifice -- forced gendered sacrifice, that is -- look to the millions of young males in the First and Second World Wars who were maimed, shell-shocked and blown to bits to satisfy or subdue the bloodlust of tyrants and ethnic revanchists. By comparison, having sex with fit, virile men, living in luxury for nine months and earning the plaudits of your nation would seem an enticing alternate to an odds-on grisly death.

But in Ms. Atwood's conspiracy-theorist feminist universe, women are victims, men masters of their fates. Women cannot be seen as opportunistic or exploitative, and men cannot be seen as themselves victims or objects of pity. Theory demands that her fictional women emerge as innocent dupes of warring control freaks.

There exist warrior cultures, where courting death and subjugating women are virtues, but America's isn't one of them. Even in warrior cultures, boys must be brainwashed into compliance (as anyone who has seen Hamas "motivational" videos can attest). In Nazi Germany, love for war was inculcated into boys with Teutonic efficiency and persistence, and yet conscription was still necessary. Left to choose freely, men will fight to protect their loved ones, defend their country or uphold their honour, but few men love war for its own sake.

The Handmaid's Tale is a nasty, anti-American trifecta of bigotry: a cheap thrust at men, conservatives and religious Christians.

It is not a "cautionary tale," as one Atwood admirer characterized it in Monday's news story. For here we are 23 years later. Forced-breeding camps? Hardly. Politically and culturally, women's issues rule; abortion is rampant; fatherlessness is pandemic. It is men--insofar as their traditional roles as providers, progenitors and protectors are concerned -- who are the endangered social species.

The Handmaid's Tale is merely a tale told by a feminist, and like so many other such heavy-handed ideological screeds, it is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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