Cyber-sleuth Noel traces ‘he needs to die’ Facebook troll… and offers to pay for his studies – by Lara Gould – PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 31 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:57 GMT, 31 March 2012
Noel Edmonds has told how he tracked down and confronted a man who waged a vicious Facebook hate campaign against him – urging other internet users to kill the star.
The Deal Or No Deal presenter took action after contacting Facebook last March and asking it to close the page entitled ‘Somebody please kill Noel Edmonds’.
The page, which had 28 followers, included a posting saying ‘Everybody knows Noel Edmonds first Mr Blobby then Deal or No Deal he needs to die’, but Facebook told Mr Edmonds it could take action only if there was a police complaint.
‘Malice’: Noel Edmonds and wife Liz were shocked by the Facebook page
The 63-year-old star took matters into his own hands and called in Web Sheriff, a company that monitors social networking sites for cyber-bullying by trolls – people who post abusive messages on the internet. The firm contacted Facebook’s headquarters in the United States and traced the page to a computer user from Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.
Mr Edmonds contacted the campus to request a face-to-face meeting with the man in return for not reporting the matter to the police, which could have led to a charge for incitement to violence.
Mr Edmonds – who was one of the BBC’s highest-paid stars when he fronted Saturday morning children’s television series Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and prime-time Saturday night show Noel’s House Party – arranged a meeting at his Bristol offices last month accompanied by his management team.
The Deal Or No Deal presenter took action after contacting Facebook last March and asking it to close the page entitled ‘Somebody please kill Noel Edmonds’
The Deal Or No Deal presenter took action after contacting Facebook last March and asking it to close the page entitled ‘Somebody please kill Noel Edmonds’
In an hour-long meeting, the man, who was accompanied by his sister and girlfriend, was described as ‘more than sorry’ for setting up the site and the distress it had caused Mr Edmonds and his wife, former Deal Or No Deal make-up artist Liz Davies, 42.
It is understood Mr Edmonds offered to fund the PhD student to research a project into understanding what drives internet trolls to wage campaigns against people they have never met.
Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old biology student from Swansea, was sentenced to 56 days in prison after posting racist messages on Twitter
The revelations come days after Liam Stacey, a 21-year-old biology student from Swansea, was sentenced to 56 days in prison after posting racist messages on Twitter, triggered by the collapse of Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba.
Newcastle University student Joshua Cryer, also 21, was given a two-year community order for racist Twitter messages sent to former England footballer Stan Collymore.
Mr Edmonds told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I don’t engage with social media – I am not on Twitter or Facebook – so when this issue was drawn to my attention and I saw the site, I was shocked and my wife was very shaken. Web Sheriff brought me up to speed on the issues and my options, which included reporting this to the police.
‘I felt incredulous that someone could have this level of prejudice and that this kind of message could be posted in an unfettered way.
‘Web Sheriff spoke to Facebook on my behalf about removing the page but we were told there were protocols about doing that. Telling people to “murder” and writing things like that can incite the crowd.
‘I don’t get it. I find it hard to contemplate why someone who had never met me wanted to see me murdered and would harbour this kind of malice.
‘But at the same time, I could see there was someone young behind this and I didn’t want to see that person’s life ruined with a criminal record and I thought there had to be a more positive way to get a resolution than going to the police. I wanted to resolve this face-to-face.
‘I didn’t want to get sucked in, I wanted to counter that hate and find a better way to deal with this. But my overriding motivation was to try to understand the intention of such a horrific attack.
‘When we met I could see the guy was terrified and remorseful. I thought it was brave of him to come to meet me and say he was sorry and I think something could come out of this – where people realise that just because someone is famous or in the public eye, they are people too. We talked for about an hour. There was no hanging about.
‘I know I am not the only one – I know a lot of people in public life have been exposed to this kind of hatred. I think everyone should take a long, hard look at the way this level of malice is allowed to exist.’ A source close to the star added: ‘When they met, this guy was shaking with fear and in floods of tears and saying sorry.
‘Noel said to him, “I accept your apology. You are man enough to come up here and you are man enough to face me and apologise but I want to know why you wanted to tell people to kill me?”
‘He said it had started as a joke and he had never wanted to see Noel harmed. He said, “I wasn’t thinking about how this would affect you as a person when I set up the site but now I am sitting here opposite you, I can see the effect it has had.”
‘Noel has been in the public eye for a very long time and he takes his security extremely seriously.’
A spokesman for the university said the student would be allowed to continue his studies.
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Goading or encouraging bad behaviour? Careful internet users. They want ppl to threaten . . . those whom they like for writing ‘pro-NWO’ material will get sponsored educations, those whose material they don’t like, they sabotage, fine and jail.
Obama’s Supreme Court Warning a ‘Curious Turn of Events,’ Romney Says – By Emily Friedman | ABC OTUS News – 4th April 2012
Romney Says Obama Ad Ducks Responsibility (ABC News)
PEWAUKEE, Wis. – Mitt Romney said today that if President Obama is trying to intimidate the Supreme Court during its deliberations on the health care law, he doesn’t think “that would work,” calling the president’s comments a “curious turn of events.”
“I don’t think that would work,” Romney said during an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in which he was asked whether he believes Obama is trying to intimidate the Supreme Court justices into making a decision that would favor the controversial health care overhaul.
“I also think it’s quite a curious turn of events to start complaining about an activist court,” Romney added.
Romney was referring to comments Obama made Monday when he offered what sounded like a warning to the court, saying, “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
Watch ABC News’ Jake Tapper’s report from “World News” on Obama’s remarks HERE.
The president later added that he would “just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and – and passed law. Well, there’s a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”
Romney said that the “whole point” of the Supreme Court is to be a court that upholds the Constitution, not one that becomes an “activist court” that departs from the Constitution.
“In this case, the court is doing the job they were put in place to do,” Romney said.
“They will opine whether Obamacare violates the Constitution,” Romney said before repeating that he believes the court will find that it is unconstitutional.
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EITHER Obama’s choice OR Supreme Court’s choice? How about let NEITHER Obama NOR Supreme Court decide – AND let the individual citizen decide which they prefer. The choice should not lie with either Obama or Supreme Court but the individual citizen on a case by case basis. Pass the bill with an ‘Opt out’ option WITH 2 options for Healthcare (a) by Obama AND (b) Supreme Court – and CHOICE (c) – None of the above! Which means all parties win and all parties have a choice and say! Hegelian Dialectic again!
Copenhagen hippie haven struggles to raise cash to survive – April 02, 2012
COPENHAGEN, April 2 — “Become a Christiania stockholder today!”: on its Facebook page Copenhagen’s “free city”, long a refuge for hippies and artists and a popular tourist destination, pleas for help to save the 40-year-old enclave.
Following a court ruling, the self-governed hippie community needs to come up with 76 million kroner (RM40.2 million) to buy the area at the heart of the Danish capital.
File photo taken on March 13, 2012, shows a woman repairing her bike outside her house in Christiania. — AFP pic
Christiania was founded on September 26, 1971 when a band of guitar-laden hippies made an abandoned army barracks in central Copenhagen their home. They raised their “freedom flag” and named their new abode “Christiania, free city”.
It is one of Europe’s last remaining hippie enclaves, counting around 1,000 artists, activists and misfits as residents. There are restaurants, cafes, shops, a flourishing drug trade and some colourful, psychedelic-looking homes designed by residents.
The area attracts more than a million visitors annually.
On the emblematic Pusher Street, misfits and tourists saunter among stalls decorated with colourful pictures of hemp leaves and decked out with small plastic baggies of hashish and cannabis seeds.
If not for a ban on taking photographs, which might dissuade drug purchases, the boulevard would look like your average village shopping street on market day.
But Christiania’s existence is now threatened.
The enclave needs to raise more than 50 million kroner by July 1, otherwise the Danish state will move in and shut it down. The state wants to get its hands on the lucrative property and put an end to the illegal drug trade which some claim is run by international biker gangs.
Residents created the Christiania Foundation last July to raise funds and apply for a bank loan.
According to the free city’s lawyer Line Barfod, the state has promised to guarantee 100 per cent of the cash borrowed for the project, so getting a loan should not be difficult.
But the squatters are balking at the deep cuts to their cultural activity budget that would be required to help cover the heavy monthly payments, explained Risenga Manghezi, a Christiania spokesman.
The commune pulls in about 20 million kroner each year from voluntary rent payments from residents, many of whom have normal professions on the outside.
To raise more cash, the free city started last September selling online and on site “Christiania shares,” or small posters stating in several languages: “Christiania Share — worth more than money.”
Nulle, a 47-year-old acupuncturist who refused to give her last name, handed over 100 kroner at a colourfully painted wooden booth on a side street, sheltered from the commotion on Pusher Street.
“It’s wonderful to have a place that is not necessarily regulated and where all kinds of different people live together,” said Nulle, a regular at the many concerts organised in the enclave.
Birthe and Kurt, a couple in their mid-60s who also refused to provide a last name, said they rarely venture into Christiania, where dogs run free and bikes speed across grassy paths off-limits to cars.
But when they read in the paper that donations to save the commune were lagging, they decided to help by adding 500 kroner to the pot.
Some 50,000 people have so far donated money, but by the beginning of March, the Christiania Foundation had raised less than seven million kroner.
“It has always been understood that the foundation would need to borrow most of that (76 million kroner) sum,” lawyer Barfod stressed, insisting the amount gathered so far was “fantastic.”
Of course, some people refuse to pitch in because of the drug trade run by “organised criminals”, Manghezi acknowledged.
“As long as they haven’t kicked out the Hells Angels, I won’t invest!” insisted Torben Vemmelund, a 37-year-old communications consultant, referring to the notorious biker gang.
Manghezi, who works part-time outside the commune at a Copenhagen school, meanwhile, was quick to point out that the residents themselves are the ones who suffer most from the criminal activity in their neighbourhood, stressing that the squatters receive none of the drug trade money.
Kjeld Amundsen, a 72-year-old artist, however said he considered the residents accomplices, since they rent out homes to the drug traders.
The free city “has lost the sympathy of the Danes,” since it has become “the biggest criminal den in Denmark,” he insisted.
Tanja Fox, a 44-year-old former gardener who has lived in Christiania since she was a young child, doesn’t agree.
As she sells Christiania shares from her booth, she voices optimism the efforts will pay off, insisting donations will take off “in the spring when the sun and tourists return.” — AFP-Relaxnews
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China (but less so India – being more centrally located) lacks subculture, how about offering citizenships to Chinese investors? And do change the name ‘Christiana’ to something hipper, hippy-er and religion neutral, like Utopiana . . . if the whole premise of this place is to fette Xianity via neurolinguistic programming, then no point anyway for any non-Xian to support.
Finally what IS the constituency of the residents? A true hippy enclave would have some dark skinned tarot reading (skull or crystal ball carrying?) gypsies, and other diverse characters and faiths (don’t see any Turbans or Shmaughs, Wusha or whatever there, how about a nudist or few) and not be only peopled by techno listening, synthetic poison taking white people – at least some in dreadlocks. Any Vikings there? Or just Aramean faithers who forgot THOR and ODIN! Shame on Denmark if they forget that hippies mean *mean* – portions of societies (rather than whitebread poseurs here’s your racism outer-trap NLP btw), that is, and that Xianity and the Bible faith is an Aramean IMPORT unlike true Norse faith based around the Prose Edda.
Greece suicide: Tributes for retired pharmacist
Neighbours and friends say Dimitris Christoulas, 77, was a committed leftist who had attended many anti-austerity protests – Helena Smith in Athens – guardian.co.uk, Thursday 5 April 2012 19.34 BST
The night before Dimitris Christoulas died he sat alone on his balcony, between a large fern and the sliding door that led into his flat.
It was a balmy spring night and the elderly pensioner cut a solitary figure. “His aloneness stood out,” said Fani Theodoropoulou, a neighbour who lived opposite. “But he was a gentleman, a good man, of that there is no doubt.”
The next day the retired pharmacist – first ensuring his first-floor home was securely locked and balcony doors firmly shuttered – walked down Logothetidi street on which the nondescript apartment block stood and headed for Syntagma square. He had made the decision that would turn him into the symbol of the the inequities of Greece’s debt crisis.
By 9am, as Athens was beginning to awake, the 77-year-old had shot himself in the head only metres away from the parliament.
Last night, as hundreds continued to pour into the plaza, leaving flowers, flags and handwritten notes at the foot of the pine tree under which he had stood, it was clear that the suicide had taken on a significance that Christoulas may never have imagined. His death prompted vigils, anti-austerity protests and in Athens, clashes between demonstrators and police.
With passions running high, the pinehad overnight become a tree of liberty – watered with the blood of its own martyr.
“He chose this place because it was under that tree that he pitched his tent when the aganaktismenoi took over the square last summer,” said Nicholas Fotopoulos, a fellow member of the “outraged”.
“I remember him well. He’d sit on the bench over there and greet passersby. People feel very angry, very aggrieved because in this man they see how far we have been pushed. He said it in his [suicide] note. He had been pushed to the point where he couldn’t survive with dignity on a pension that had been cut to virtually nothing. You tell me, how can anybody survive on virtually nothing?” he said.
It was a question many had posed in angry notes pinned to the pine. “Down with the junta of the lenders,” said one referring to the EU and IMF, the foreign creditors keeping the near-bankrupt Greek economy afloat. “This is not a suicide. It’s a political murder,” said another.
“I’m quite sure that what he did was about sending a message. He wanted to say ‘revolt, take up arms, don’t put up with this anymore,'” said Fotopoulos.
Those who knew Christoulas described a decent and dignified man. A committed leftist, he actively participated in citizens’ groups such as “I won’t pay” which started as a one-off protest against toll fees but quickly turned into a grassroots anti-austerity movement. Neighbours recalled how the divorcee, who lived alone, had hung a banner emblazoned with the words “I won’t pay” from his balcony.
“You’d meet Makis in the street and he’d rail about the injustices of our society,” said Kostas Angelis, a friend who runs a pharmacy in Ambelokipoi, the neighbourhood where Christoulas lived. “He wasn’t a communist or anything like that. He was a progressive man who had spent years away in Switzerland during the [1967-74] junta, and he’d often say ‘they don’t do things like this abroad. They shouldn’t do them here.”
Angelis, like others who knew the pensioner well, was in no doubt yesterday that he had taken his life to “shake people up.”
“With his suicide he wanted to send a political message,” Antonis Skarmoutsos, a friend and neighbour was quoted as saying in the mass-selling Ta Nea. “He was deeply politicized but also enraged.”
Only days before his death, the pharmacist had insisted on paying his share of the “common expenses” contributed by residents in the building where he lived although payment was not due for several weeks.
“He was clearly very educated, a man of habit who walked everywhere and didn’t smoke and didn’t drink,” said Giorgos Christopoulos who owns restaurant where Christoulas would often eat. “He was an exceptional person, very, very decent who was upset with what was happening to Greece.”
Ensuring that all his bills were paid was part of the meticulousness that appears to have defined a man who for 35 years – nearly half his life – had faithfully contributed to his pension fund without any “state support”.
The state, however, had not kept its side of the social contract. Instead, like so many of Greece’s older generation, Christoulas had found himself paying for his country’s debts.
The anger that would prompt the pensioner to kill himself is shared by the vast majority of middle-class and low-incomed Greeks who have carried a disproportionate burden of the extraordinarily stringent tax increases, pay and pension cuts meted out to trim budgets in the name of putting Greece on an economically sustainable path.
“He was deeply problematised by it all, the inertia of young people and the situation as it had emerged over the last two years,” said Antonis Skarmoutsos his friend. “He would go down to Syntagma to attend protests [held in the square].”
Wittingly or not, the retired pharmacist has become a symbol of resistance to policies that are perceived as not only unfair, but – as Greece sinks further into recession – ultimately self-defeating.
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Try this quick Socialist Solution. With the help of the army and police or at least prior informing of the army and police, OCCUPY the Capitals and Townhalls, remove all existing politicians and shred the Constitution and laws. Then redistribute all movable wealth, and redistribute all unused land to the homeless. Then get the homeless to begin planting their own crops, collect their own water, compost their own waste.
Leave the currently occupied homes and a single vehicles of the wealthy alone. The unoccupied or 2rd and 3rd homes can be sold. All vehicles will be redistributed. Those with busineese should be left alone. Leave the infrastructure alone. Those in private sector who want to work can continue working, those in public sector will be fired immediately, and be given land like the homeless. Uniformed groups, education and healthcare all will be scrapped for a few years. Any doctors who want to treat patients for meals or barter goods can work if they want to. Those who want to run away and leave fellow country men without healthcare should have their citizenships removed
Any rich people who leave should be allowed to, but can expect state lawsuits in a few years with the help of interpol on whatever charges when the situation stabilizes. Meanwhile PASOK should ask the local billionaires who are loyal enough to not run away to begin buying food and supplies to redistribute as a humanitarian action. Greece could also contact BRICS for direct investments of funds if not emergency supplies for the initial 1 or 2 years while the citizens begin growing their own crops to not starve. Default in all debts and withdraw all diplomats in crdeitor countries with intent to return debts as suspended at the current point without increasing or compound interest. How does this sound George and Greeks? Best of luck.
Obama warns ‘unelected’ Supreme Court against striking down health law – Published April 02, 2012 – FoxNews.com
April 2, 2012: President Obama, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon, left, and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper take part in a joint news conference in the Rose Garden.
President Obama, employing his strongest language to date on the Supreme Court review of the federal health care overhaul, cautioned the court Monday against overturning the law — while repeatedly saying he’s “confident” it will be upheld.
The president spoke at length about the case at a joint press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The president, adopting what he described as the language of conservatives who fret about judicial activism, questioned how an “unelected group of people” could overturn a law approved by Congress.
“I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said.
The Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments last week in four separate challenges to the health care law, which stands as the president’s signature domestic policy accomplishment. A central challenge was over the individual mandate — the requirement that Americans buy health insurance. Critics say the mandate is unconstitutional, and that the federal government cannot force people into the insurance marketplace.
Obama on Monday said that without such a mandate, the law would not have a mechanism to ensure those with preexisting conditions get health care.
“I’m confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld,” Obama said, describing the law as “constitutional.”
Republican lawmakers slammed the president for his Supreme Court comments. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, accused the president of misrepresenting the implications of a ruling against the law.
“It must be nice living in a fantasy world where every law you like is constitutional and every Supreme Court decision you don’t is ‘activist,'” he said in a statement. “Many of us have been arguing for nearly three years that the federal government does not have the power to dictate individuals’ purchasing decisions. After a national debate on the subject, more than two-thirds of Americans agree that the Obamacare insurance mandate is unconstitutional.”
The president spoke following meetings with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Until the heath care case remarks, the press conference was focused mostly on economic issues, as well as the war on drugs.
The leaders vowed a new effort to boost North American trade and cut needless regulation that stifles it. “Our three nations are going to sit down together, go through the books and simplify and eliminate more regulations that will make our joint economies stronger,” Obama said.
Obama noted trade among the three neighbors now tops $1 trillion a year, and he wants to see that number rise.
But notable by its absence from the post-summit news conference in the Rose Garden was the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s oil sands in Alberta to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Obama shelved the plan pending further review — and has endured ferocious GOP attacks ever since, with Republicans calling the move a blow to job creation and U.S. energy needs. He maintains GOP leaders in Congress forced his hand by insisting on a decision before an acceptable pipeline route was found.
Harper has voiced disappointment with Obama’s decision. He also visited China in February to explore alternatives. Canada has the world’s third-largest oil reserves — more than 170 billion barrels — after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, and daily production of 1.5 million barrels from the oil sands is expected to rise to 3.7 million by 2025.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Unelected??? Arent those judges elected by the Bar Council? A council of top level University academics in the Law fraternity? (i.e. Deans of Law departments in Unis across the USA or top bureaucrats in legal service related department come to mind . . . )? Paralegals who have worked for a minimum number of decades in law? All of the above groups? Who appoints the judges then?
Crime and punishment for prostitution offences – The New Paper – Monday, Apr 02, 2012
It’s the world’s oldest profession and it is legal here. But there are laws that govern the trade, and for those who flout them, the consequences are severe.
It is a crime to solicit by approaching a customer or promoting the trade. This also means that it is an offence to pimp sexual services.
Anyone who sells or hires women for prostitution and for taking a share in the prostitute’s earnings can be charged under the Women’s Charter.
Such a person, as well as those found guilty of soliciting and living off the immoral earnings of women, can be jailed for up to five years and fined up to $10,000.
Someone found to be running a brothel or a place of assignation can get a $3,000 fine and three years in jail.
No sex with underage prostitutes
It is illegal to have paid sex with anyone under the age of 18. A Singaporean or permanent resident who pays for sex with anyone under 18 outside of Singapore is also guilty of an offence. Those guilty of either offence face a jail term of seven years and a fine of $10,000.
Anyone who makes or organises travel arrangements for another person to engage in paid sex with someone under 18 outside of Singapore has committed a crime.
It is also illegal to print, publish and distribute any information that would promote sex with someone under 18 outside of Singapore.
Offenders can be jailed 10 years and fined.
These laws come under the Penal Code, which was amended in 2008 to protect minors against sex predators. The changes were seen also as a way to fight human trafficking and combat child sex tourism.
No rooms for prostitutes
Under the Hotel Licensing Regulations, a licensee who knowingly allows a prostitute to occupy a room or frequent the premises can be fined up to $1,000.
The licence to operate a hotel can also be revoked.
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Scrap the portion on the commission and pimping issue and allow designated Red Light Districts. The above system removes the choice from the prostitute or customer who does not want to negotiate about prices (discussion about money with someone we’d rather objectify to keep them ‘fantastic’ is something that should not be denied all parties) and prefers to use an agent. The pimp however should only entitle himself to at maximum of 2.5% of the earnings which can be be formalized under some Agent or Sales and Commission act or something like that. Out of a $20 session, this would be $0.50. Not more than a valet service which is what the pimp actually is in many ways, excepting the cool clothing (those extreme hats are like the signboards in a sea of anonymity . . . now how could they deny the basic right of signage in business?). At the rate of 10-20 negotiations an hour, this should be $5.00-$10.00 and hour or $40.00 for an 8 hour night shift, quite reasonable and equitable for a record keeping salesman who could be a great way of preventing abuses in the Adult Industry at frontline level. Don’t make these people illegal but do limit the amount they can take off the earnings of the sex workers.
Besides, a pimp can also protect the sex worker as well as be a witness in the event of any abuse. (i.e. sex workers can holler if anything goes wrong, install hidden cams to catch people running off after injuring or killing a sex worker etc..). We are not talking about the abusive pimp, but consensual mouthpiece pimp. The differences between these two must be made clear and allowances for the non-abusive ones with consensual ‘stables’ be permitted.