The phoney moral crusade against racism by Mick Hume
“How could a television documentary exposing racism among some police recruits in Manchester cause such a national furore? To judge by the news headlines, you might think that nobody had ever heard of a policeman making racist remarks before, and that racism was a new disease now sweeping the ranks of the police and other British institutions”
Copping it by Josie Appleton
“At the time of writing, three police officers have been suspended and five have resigned after they were filmed making racist comments by an undercover BBC reporter.”
A powerful and interesting article, but not what you think. Highly Recommended.
From the New York Times:
“Global Networks,” an exhibition of [Mark Lombardi’s] delicate filigree drawings that map his version of the flow of global capital. In these works, solid and broken lines, circles and squiggles enmesh the names of organizations and individuals in webs of often surprising interconnections. One drawing charts the workings of the Vatican Bank, in the process linking its directors to the Mafia and the illegal transport of firearms.
Another purports to show how Iraq was armed in the 1980’s through a secret scheme supposedly involving the top levels of the American and British governments and Italy’s largest bank, the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. Yet another follows the course by which the Bank of Commerce and Credit, International (B.C.C.I.) was accused of having become a funnel for a variety of illegal operations, including laundering drug money, supporting the Iran-Contra operation and backing Afghan Mujahedeen fighters.
Lombardi died, a suicide, at 48 in March 2000.
The exhibition is here.
“College classes that make one think – it’s a basic concept assumed as a given. But many grads walk away with a diploma yet still lack critical-thinking skills. That’s why some educators are asking students to close their textbooks and do a little more reflecting.” [More at the Christian Science Monitor]
“A woman in Pakistan doing cut-rate clerical work for UCSF Medical Center threatened to post patients’ confidential files on the Internet unless she was paid more money. To show she was serious, the woman sent UCSF an e-mail earlier this month with actual patients’ records attached.” MORE
“Knee Defender stops reclining seatbacks so your knees won’t have to.
Unique, patent pending Knee Defender gives you control when confronted by a faceless, determined seat recliner who doesn’t care how long your legs are. ”
A wonderful little innovation.
“A British woman was raped in bed next to her husband while the couple were on honeymoon in South Africa.
The attack took place after four men broke into their house in Johannesburg.
The woman, 26,..is today awaiting the results of an HIV test” MORE