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Post by Witness » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:47 am

Revealed: The Thousands Of Public Spaces Lost To The Council Funding Crisis

This national investigation uncovers how cash-strapped councils are selling off libraries, parks and community centres, and using the proceeds to fund job cuts.

The local government funding crisis has become so dire that councils are being forced to sell thousands of public spaces, such as libraries, community centres and playgrounds – and are using some of the cash to pay for further service cuts and redundancy payments.

In a double blow to communities, local authorities are using the money raised from selling off buildings and land to pay for hundreds of job losses, including in vital frontline services.

In a major collaborative investigation with HuffPost UK and regional journalists across the country, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has compiled data on more than 12,000 public spaces disposed of by councils since 2014/15. We found that councils raised a total of £9.1 billion from selling property.

The investigation has found:
  • One in six councils in England have used a total of £381million from sales of buildings and land to pay for cost cutting since April 2016
  • Almost a third of that – £115million – was spent on pay-offs to make people redundant
https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ ... ccounter=2

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:25 pm

'Explosives' are found at Heathrow, City Airport and Waterloo: Three London transport hubs are sealed off as terror police reveal the small IEDs with 'love from Ireland' stamps were sent in A4-sized yellow Jiffy bags
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Explosive devices were sent to Heathrow, London City Airport and Waterloo station today in what terror police believe was a 'linked' series of packages at the capital's major transport hubs.

The crude explosives arrived at office buildings at the UK's busiest airport and railway station this morning carrying an Irish postage stamp.

The device sent to Heathrow started to burn when the bag was opened, prompting office workers to flee the building as the small fire was quenched and specialist Met Police officers made the device safe.

Similar packages arrived in a post room at Waterloo and an admin building at City Airport later on Tuesday, but were not opened.

No-one was injured by the packages and there was little disruption to rail or air passengers even as Scotland Yard's Terrorism Command sealed off parts of the transport hubs.

Police said they were keeping an 'open mind' about a possible motive, as security sources said the devices did not appear to be sophisticated.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:35 am

UK ‘porn block’ starts April 1 – but you can unlock it by handing over ID or buying £5 ‘porn card’ on your local high street

As early as next month, porn sites will be required to get proof of ID from UK residents before showing any X-rated clips.

[…]

When someone first clicks on a site, they'll be asked to register with AgeID and verify their age using a Mobile SMS, credit card, passport, or driving licence.

Users will then be able to use their AgeID username or password to access all porn sites that use AgeID – though some may use different age verification systems.

Clark said: "It is a one-time verification, with a simple single sign-on for future access. If a user verifies on one AgeID protected site, they will not need to perform this verification again on any other site carrying AgeID."

The new rules were approved as part of the Digital Economy Act 2017.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/8565486/p ... lock-card/

April 1, nice timing. :mrgreen:

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Post by Doctor X » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:43 am

Counter-terror police are investigating three packages containing explosives found at Heathrow Airport, London City Airport and Waterloo station.

The "small improvised explosive devices" were found in A4 postal bags, the Metropolitan Police said.

The force's Counter Terrorism Command is treating it as a "linked series" and "keeping an open mind" about motives.

Irish police are assisting the Met as the Heathrow and Waterloo packages had Republic of Ireland stamps. Why not the Boston Police . . . and Chinese Police? [Stop that.--Ed.]

Heathrow's Compass Centre was evacuated after a package was reported to police at about 09:55 GMT.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:03 am

So how does it get enforced on porn sites not in the UK?

What about sites (not in the UK) containing porn that aren't in the porn business as such, for example 4chan?
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Post by Witness » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:29 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:03 am
So how does it get enforced on porn sites not in the UK?

What about sites (not in the UK) containing porn that aren't in the porn business as such, for example 4chan?
An older article on the subject: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/9kqp ... ng-to-like
A host of age-verification companies have submitted solutions. Tenders include:
  • Credit card (by various): send your card details to the age verifier when prompted; they ask your credit card company to confirm you are over 18.
  • Social media (Veridu): you authorise the age verifier to rummage through your timeline updates, your photos, friend lists, education history, all of your personal metadata and use machine learning to work out if you’re over 18.
  • SMS (Verime): go to a porn site, the age verifier asks for your (UK) phone number, sends you a text, to which you reply, and the age verifier asks your telecom provider to confirm you are over 18.
  • App (Yoti): download an app, take a photo of, say, your passport and then a selfie. Yoti matches your selfie to your document to create a secure digital identity. You can then prove you are over 18 anonymously and you don’t send any personal information to the porn site.
  • Physical verification (AVSecure): take proof of ID to the post office, where a teller confirms you are over 18 and gives you a code that you take home and input into the porn site.
As I understand it, the gubment intends to rely on the MindGeek porn trust. That's all I know for now.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:41 pm

No.

That's how various commercial pr0n sites say they will comply.

How does the UK government propose to apprehend anonymous malefactors who disobey?

Otherwise it's just tribute paid by sites that care about being "respectable".
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Post by Witness » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:02 am

Inside Britain's Escalating Missing Persons Problem

With austerity widening society's cracks, the number of people reported missing in London alone has increased 77 percent since 2010.

[…]

And then there are the forgotten. The people who die without family, or anything to identify whoever it was they were and the lives they led. There are more of these kind of missing people every year, if the statistics are to be believed, though we don’t understand these figures as well as we could or should. 180,000 people are reported missing every year in the UK, one every 90 seconds, according to figures compiled by the charity Missing People. One in 200 children will go missing, with that number standing at one in 500 for adults. Those numbers have risen in the last decade as round after round of austerity has emaciated the safety net of public services down to a trapeze wire. Drug and alcohol services, mental health provision, housing, stability of employment: nothing is what it was. Society’s cracks have widened, and the number of its lost have almost doubled. In London alone, the number of reported missing person cases has increased 77 percent since 2010. A rate that one senior officer has labelled "unsustainable".
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/yw8e ... reddit.com

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:09 am

A million seasons of footie (on the computer). :lmao:

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Post by Giz » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:10 am

Witness wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:02 am
Inside Britain's Escalating Missing Persons Problem

With austerity widening society's cracks, the number of people reported missing in London alone has increased 77 percent since 2010.

[…]

And then there are the forgotten. The people who die without family, or anything to identify whoever it was they were and the lives they led. There are more of these kind of missing people every year, if the statistics are to be believed, though we don’t understand these figures as well as we could or should. 180,000 people are reported missing every year in the UK, one every 90 seconds, according to figures compiled by the charity Missing People. One in 200 children will go missing, with that number standing at one in 500 for adults. Those numbers have risen in the last decade as round after round of austerity has emaciated the safety net of public services down to a trapeze wire. Drug and alcohol services, mental health provision, housing, stability of employment: nothing is what it was. Society’s cracks have widened, and the number of its lost have almost doubled. In London alone, the number of reported missing person cases has increased 77 percent since 2010. A rate that one senior officer has labelled "unsustainable".
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/yw8e ... reddit.com
I’d have more sympathy with UK police saying they were over stretched if they weren’t arresting 3000 people a year for being mean on Twitter

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Post by Witness » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:14 am

↑ Yup. Or tracking porn.

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Post by Witness » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:17 am

Jack the Ripper finally identified, forensic scientists claim

Jack the Ripper, the notorious serial killer who terrorized the streets of London more than a century ago, may have finally been identified by forensic scientists in Great Britain. Genetic tests published last week in the Journal of Forensic Sciences point to Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish barber and a prime police suspect at the time.
Details: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jack-the-r ... cientists/

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Post by Doctor X » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:31 am

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:50 am

So J the R and the Demon Barber are one and the same. :BigGrin3:
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:58 pm

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Post by Witness » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:11 am

Witness wrote:
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:17 am
Jack the Ripper finally identified, forensic scientists claim
Has been shot down:
Archaeological Geneticists Call Jack The Ripper DNA Study 'Unpublishable Nonsense'

While the study appears solid on its surface, archaeological geneticists immediately picked apart the science and criticized media coverage of Louhelainen and Miller's work.

Adam Rutherford, a genetics expert and science writer, took to Twitter to point out that the study, first of all, is not new. It was initially described in a 2014 book, and Rutherford challenged the claim then for BBC Inside Science. He also questions the provenance of the shawl. While Louhelainen and Miller suggest in their paper that appropriate chain of custody was employed, and that they attempted to exclude contemporary people's DNA, Rutherford notes that "the way it has been handled since would render DNA analysis cripplingly problematic." This particular silk shawl has made the rounds, with photographs of people holding it with their bare hands. Hardly a pristine object for DNA analysis.

Geneticist Turi King of the University of Leicester, who has led the genome sequencing of Richard III, also sees majors issues with the Ripper shawl study. Writing on Twitter, King asks, "How did this ever get past review!? Primers not listed, data not presented, was it done in a proper forensic/aDNA lab... Unpublishable!" She is as concerned as Rutherford about contamination issues with the shawl as well. "Not only owner photographed holding it with bare hands but apparently also been in presence of the descendants being used as a comparator. Staggering!"

[&c.]
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinaki ... -nonsense/

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:23 pm

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Post by Giz » Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:36 pm

I’m sure the residents of ealing are sleeping easier. Those things look like the stuff of nightmares (if you are construction paper).

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:27 pm

Look what I found 8)

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Post by Giz » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:28 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:27 pm
Look what I found 8)

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