Danish PM Defends Freedom of Speech After Attacks on Synagogue and Cafe


TIME

The Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has insisted that the series of shooting attacks in Copenhagen will not alter the country’s belief in the freedom of speech.

“They want to violate our freedom of speech, they want to violate our belief in religious freedom,” she said at a press conference on Sunday.

“It’s time for unity in Denmark. The coming days will be tough to get through. We have to understand what has hit us, but we must insist on acting as we do. Think and talk like we want to. We are who we are.”

Police continued their investigation after a gunman who had already killed one person and injured three officers in an attack on a panel discussion dedicated to free speech, struck again on Sunday morning, this time killing another and injuring two outside the city’s main synagogue. Hours later, in a dragnet the likes of which…

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Jimmy Savile is dead, other British child abusers still alive


Dear Kitty. Some blog

Jimmy Savile wearing a Stoke Mandeville T-shirt after running a marathon in aid of the hospital. Photograph: PAFrom weekly The Observer in Britain:

Stoke Mandeville hospital ‘still putting children at risk’

Independent study of Buckinghamshire hospital’s child protection policy criticises it as ‘vague’ on eve of Savile reports

Alex Renton

Sunday 15 February 2015 00.05 GMT

On the eve of the publication of two explosive reports into the abuses – thought to involve more than 60 victims – committed by Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville, an independent study of child protection policy at the Buckinghamshire hospital claims that it still puts children at risk.

Two years after Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust claimed that it had revised policy, following the initial revelations about Savile’s two decades of abuse at the hospital, the children’s safety campaigning group Mandate Now says that the trust’s “vague” policy offers little support to junior staff who want to report their suspicions.

Former staff have said that Savile and other sexual abusers

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Spaceship approaching dwarf planet Ceres


Dear Kitty. Some blog

This video says about itself:

19 January 2015

NASA’s Dawn mission snapped imagery of Ceres at a distance of 238,000 miles (about the same distance between the Earth and the Moon) on Jan. 13th, 2015. The images show ‘hint of craters’ according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

By Jacqueline Howard in the USA:

NASA Probe Gives Close-Up Look At Dwarf Planet Ceres, But What Are Those Weird White Spots?

Posted: 02/06/2015 5:53 pm EST Updated: 02/10/2015 8:59 am EST

What are those things?

Scientists have been puzzling over a set of weird white spots on Ceres ever since 2004, when the spots showed up in images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, io9.com reported. Now NASA’s Dawn space probe, which is drawing ever closer to the dwarf planet, has obtained the best images yet of the spots–and still no one can explain them.

“We are at a…

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Things I read this fortnight that I found interesting


Another angry woman

Missed the round-up last week because I was at Disneyland. Anyway, I’m sure you’re all thirsty for stavvers-curated links, of which I have some, but not many. Enjoy.

Radical (Robot Hugs)- Seriously good comic outlining rape culture.

I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war (Garrett Reppenhagen)- Moving piece on the dangerous nonsense that is American Sniper.

Take the Red Pill: The Truth Behind the Biology of Sex (Luz Delfondo)- Interesting takedown of “biological sex”.

Questions I Have About The Harper Lee Editor Interview (Mallory Ortberg)- Because of all of these issues, explained well here, I don’t think I can buy the new book.

There’s a Big Problem With Polyamory That Nobody’s Talking About (Kaitlyn Mitchell)- Excellent article on the whiteness of polyamory.

Be Mine, And Hers, And His: The Requisite Valentine’s Themed Post On Polyamory (Jetta Rae DoubleCakes)- Super-sweet article about non-normative poly.

Fact…

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