Death Stars, dumbass judges, and suicide notes for homework- my top 5 news stories of the week

Welcome to another edition of my top 5 news stories of the week! This is where I list the top 5 stories in the news that have grabbed my attention through importance, stupidity, or just plain interest. I also list the stories that didn’t quite make it in my twitter feed

It’s important to note that the Sandy Hill killings, nor the recent school killings in China will be listed here. This is simply because they’re everywhere, and while they’re important and heart breaking stories, I don’t feel like using my blog to add to the media hysteria. I’ve mentioned Sandy Hill in my tweets; that’s all the public speaking I’ll be doing on the subject. However, my thought’s are with the families of those affected.

So now onto the news!

Gary McKinnon will NOT face charges in the UK and is now effectively free!

Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who broke into US government computers looking for UFO evidence, will not face charges in the UK, effectively making him a free man.

You may remember in an earlier post that Mr McKinnon successfully managed to block his extradition to US and was awaiting the decision whether he’ll be charged with anything in the UK. Last week, a joint CPS/police panel recommended to the Assistant Commissioner of the Met Police not to start a new investigation, which he accepted.

The only one not completely happy about this (apart from the Americans) is McKinnon’s lawyer, Karen Todner. After the verdict,  she said “I am pleased he is not going to be prosecuted…But I am disappointed because the extradition warrant is still outstanding because he can’t travel anywhere outside of the UK and will have this hanging over him until it’s resolved”

Regardless, I’m pretty sure they’ll be having a much happier Christmas now. (Source: BBC)

Global obesity crisis is now a bigger problem than hunger

A report published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, has shown that the medical burden caused obesity and it’s related problems and disabilities now outweighs the burned caused by hunger.

Furthermore, the report showed that all countries, with the exception of those in sub-Saharan Africa, has suffered an alarming increase in obesity rates.

Hopefully this doesn’t lead to adverts trying to get 20p a day to support obesity. (Source: CNN)

UN internet treaty blocked

A global telecoms treaty that would’ve given national governments and the UN control of the internet has been blocked by the US, Canada, and the UK, as well as other key European and African countries.

However, the Chinese, members of the UAE, and the Russians disagree with this approach, and believe the internet needs to be part of future communications treaties.  Fortunately, that doesn’t look to be happening any time soon. (Source: Guardian)

Teacher in France told her students to write suicide notes as homework

An unnamed teacher in France decided it would be a good idea to set his 13/14 year old students a writing exercise that involved writing their own suicide note.

Parents are naturally outraged, and a student was reportedly ‘put on the of putting an end to his life and describing it’. The teacher has been suspended pending an official hearing, and has admitted that he was ‘confused’ when he set that task.

Needless to say he won’t be teaching anytime soon. (Source: Daily Mail)

Judge took 10 years of rapists’ sentence, claiming ‘If she didn’t want sex, her body should have just shut down’

Another person who made a severely inappropriate professional judgment, US Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson has been publically admonished over his decision to reduce the sentence of a rapist by 10 years. Why? Because she didn’t fight back enough.

Echoing earlier comments made by Republican Todd Akin, Johnson claimed that the female body was ways of shutting down the body to prevent rape. He went on to call this case a ‘technical’ case, as calling it a ‘live criminal case’ would be an insult to ‘real’ rape victims.

I’m sure his mother’s proud. (Source: Daily Mail)

Bonus story of the week:White House considers building a Death Star

I couldn’t pass up a chance to mention this one.

The American petition site We The People, were a petition that receives 25,000 signatures receives an official response from the White House within 30 days. One such recent petition came from a John D, calling for the government to build a Death Star from Star Wars. The White House replied that, despite the estimated cost of $852 quadrillion, they were ‘considering it’

God bless the internet, eh?

And that’s it for this week. Again, check out my twitter feed at @sociocuttlefish for stories that didn’t quite make it and please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments

Hoe you had a good weekend!


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