Queensland police have charged a Justin Bieber imposter with 931 offenses against children, including rape and producing imagery of child abuse.They’re asking fans and their parents to be extra-vigilant online: coincidentally, Bieber is now on tour in Australia and New Zealand.As well, on Saturday, Queensland Police’s child abuse taskforce plans to answer questions on keeping kids safe online: click here or see below for details, as well as our own tips if you can’t get to Queensland.Police say the alleged predator has been operating since 2007, well before Bieber’s current Purpose Tour 2017 launched this month.The accused is alleged to have reached out to victims via Facebook, Skype and other online platforms, police said in a statement on Thursday.Australian news outlets, including News.com.au, have identified the suspect as Gordon Douglas Chalmers, a 42-year-old University of Technology law lecturer, whose home they raided after tip-offs from US and German authorities in November.
Daily Archives: March 16, 2017
Church blames ‘consumerism’ and ‘temptations of body’ after Catholic priest ‘rapes 15-year-old girl’
The Catholic Church has sparked outrage in India after it blamed “consumerism” and bodily “temptations” for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old girl. Priest Mathew Vadakkacheril, from Kerala in India, was accused of raping the child and later arrested. The girl was allegedly raped several times and became pregnant, according to India Today. The child has since been delivered at a private hospital and since taken to an orphanage, reportedly without the mother’s consent.Yet it is the response to the incident among the Christian community in India that is now making headlines. A Christian weekly magazine, which is backed by a Catholic Sabha or association, blamed the alleged victim for the event and said Mr Vadakkacheril may have momentarily “forgotten his position”.
Runaway real estate speculation has been filling global capitals with vacant homes, creating artificial shortages in the world’s most sought after cities. The “shortage” has made local home owners wealthy overnight, but it comes at the cost of turning lively cities into empty shells. The city of Paris has decided it’s had enough, and implemented a tax in 2015. They didn’t quite get the results they wanted, so they’re now tripling the tax to 60%.Paris’ Empty Home ProblemParis has been trying to deal with vacant property owners for some time. Despite warnings that the city will have to take action, the number of vacant homes is growing. There’s now 107,000 vacant homes, representing 7.5% of all residential dwellings in the city according to France’s INSEE. Deputy Mayor Ian Brossat told Le Monde that 40,000 of those vacant homes aren’t even connected to the electrical grid.Local developers have argued that more new construction is the solution. However Brossat argues “In a city as dense as Paris, where it is very difficult to build, controlling the occupancy of housing is strategic.” It appears the city believes they have 107,000 reasons more construction is not the solution.
In an effort to help expecting fathers feel more involved in the pregnancy, a Danish tech company has developed a smart bracelet that lets them feel the kicks and movements of their unborn children in real time.Fibo is the newest development in wearable technology. It looks like a cross between a fitness tracker and a smart watch, but its purpose is completely different. By pairing it with a patch -like baby kick monitoring device worn by the mother on her belly, Fibo can accurately imitate the movements of the fetus right after they occur. The bracelet features rotating beads that create a natural movement, rather than the usual sharp, unrealistic vibration that most notification devices rely on.“Many fathers we spoke to said they first realized they were bringing a new life into the world when they heard their baby’s heartbeat for the first time. We want this feeling to last longer,” Sandra Pétursdóttir, of First Bond Wearables, the company behind Fibo, told the Huffington Post.“Fathers sometimes tend to get a little left out when the mother is going through all the changes with her body and feeling a little life growing in her belly,” Pétursdóttir added, so her company decided to come up with a piece of wearable tech to make them feel more involved. Yeah, poor us guys, mothers get to walk around with extra weight, feel bloated all the time and go through that “amazing” childbirth thing, and we just get ignored. Sad!
In the thick of late 19th and early 20th century colonialism, across Europe and the United States, people — along with animals — could be found in zoos. There, white families could gawk at individuals who had been dragged from foreign countries and placed inside cages, where they acted out a performance of their “daily life” for the onlookers’ entertainment.Indigenous peoples of Africa, Asia, the Americas — and almost anywhere else that non-white people could be found — served as the exhibits’ subjects.After being taken from their homes and hauled across the ocean, these individuals would be placed (sometimes behind fences or wires) in enclosures designed as artificial replicas of their “natural habitats,” including a fake ecosystem and prop versions of their former homes. Visitors could then peer into their cages to see how the “other half” lived.
There is an inherent dilemma for most of the people living in cities.Even those who are aware of the extremely fragile fabric of society are often stuck living urban lives. Perhaps they plan to retire to a country abode, or construct a hideaway to escape to if the need ever arises, but for now, they are stuck in the city making a living.This is true even for the rich, but now, they have a back-up plan.The biggest of American cities, and one of the most gridlocked, is New York City, with Manhattan and Long Island both isolated islands – trapped during emergencies from the rest of the world.That’s why those with means, and forethought, are now chartering emergency charters to get out of the city – probably a good idea, especially if the helicopter is out of your price range.via NY Post:
People think the Food and Drug Administration is a government agency working to protect them. But the FDA works to protect Big Pharma and Big Food from any competition and allows them to hawk harmful chemical products as cures while blocking natural cures from the public.An Amish farmer has learned this lesson the hard way and is facing a lifetime in prison for selling salves made from chickweed and bloodroot and a mixture of essential oils. These are all natural products, many of which people have growing in their yards, gardens or nearby forests, and are not drugs by any stretch.Samuel Girod’s initial “crime” was in the labeling of his products. He claimed his products – Chickweed Healing Salve, TO-MOR-GONE and SineEze – could help cure certain conditions. One of the claims was that his balm cured skin cancer, a declaration rooted in a testament from a woman who told him his product had cured her skin cancer.
We often worry about how online services like Facebook and their advertising partners track our every move, but let’s not forget the information that internet service providers collect.These organizations get to see what you access online, when you access it, where from, and what device you’re using, among many other things. It’s a treasure trove of user data. Last week, the US government stopped a ruling designed to give users control over it, the day before it came into force.US ISPs have historically been able to sell this sensitive information to online brokers interested in knowing more about their customers. Those brokers could in turn use it for advertising and targeted marketing. In October, the FCC moved to regulate that with a contentious privacy rule that introduced a privacy framework for ISPs.Under the rule, broadband providers couldn’t do anything with sensitive data unless the consumer gave them explicit permission first, by opting in. Sensitive data includes things like geographic location, app usage history and communications content (including, for example, your web browsing history).