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The Three Most Annoying Singaporean Habits

I’m going to put a disclaimer here because I don’t want anyone getting offended and taking me to court: this is simply my opinion. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people whose opinions run the world, and I am largely inconsequential as a human being; hence, if anyone at all is actually reading this, please do not take offense. 1,088 more words

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Bring me all the (Dairy Girl's) cheese


Blimey, hot enough for you, etc, how’ve you been, going anywhere nice on holidays? Yes I know, you haven’t seen me around here in ages. 607 more words


Bishop of Chester supports amendment to Criminal Justice and Courts Bill

On 21st July 2014, the Bishop of Chester, the Rt Revd Peter Forster, spoke during the Committee Stage of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. He spoke in support of an amendment to make assault on workers selling alcohol a specific criminal offence. 233 more words


Polish far-right MEP blasted for use of 'racist' language

MEPs have called on European parliament president Martin Schulz to take strong action against polish deputy Janusz Korwin-Mikke for making ‘deeply unacceptable’ remarks.

Following Wednesday’s debate on youth unemployment, MEPs call on far-right politician Janusz Korwin-Mikke to “apologise and step down” for using the word “nigger”. 940 more words

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Home Ministry backs down from six-month birth certificate-for-passport rule

Home Ministry backs down from six-month birth certificate-for-passport rule

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 – Written by  Demerara Waves

In the wake of a public outcry, the Home Affairs Ministry on Wednesday backed down from its original demand and said applicants for new passports must now furnish birth certificates that have been obtained no more than two years before. 171 more words


Ken Macdonald: How the Drip bill will help us convict criminals (via The Guardian)

This new emergency surveillance bill poses no threat to privacy. The coalition should be proud of it.

For supporters of the use of intercept evidence in criminal trials – that’s to say real-time recordings of conspirators convicting themselves out of their own mouths – there is something surprising about some of the reaction to the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (the unfortunately monikered Drip), before the House of Lords tomorrow. 68 more words


Brian Paddick: The surveillance law is a threat to criminals, not privacy (via The Guardian)

Opponents of the new legislation on surveillance being pushed through parliament this week say that it contains “sweeping new powers” to require communications and internet companies overseas to respond to requests from British government agencies for data. 118 more words