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London Police appoints first female chief

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Cressida Dick becomes first woman to take charge of London's Metropolitan Police
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zippy72
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A female police chief is a positive step, but I still think she should have faced charges over the killing of de Menezes.
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WTF is up with the W3C, DRM and security bods threatened – we explain

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Five years on, attempts at compromise on web standards still fueling fights

Analysis  A lengthy battle over the inclusion of digital rights management as a Web standard is coming to a head, with a set of new guidelines planned for early March.…

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Why some Tories fear blood on the streets in a couple of years | Andrew Rawnsley

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Further spending cuts, higher taxes and a renewed squeeze on living standards all add up to trouble ahead

There I was, having an interesting conversation with a senior Tory about the road ahead for the government, when he surprised me by making the unprompted declaration: “I worry there will be serious public disorder in the next two years.” He didn’t start singing the chorus from Kaiser Chiefs’ I Predict a Riot, but he was not far off. In his eyes, people were underestimating how extremely rocky things could become over the next 24 months. Talking to other Tories, I find more than a few scanning the horizon with similar foreboding.

Superficially, this sounds strange because the state of play couldn’t look much better for Mrs May. The opinion polls indicate a robust lead for the Tories against a flailing opposition; Labour is fighting a rearguard battle in the two seats it is defending in this Thursday’s byelections. Even if it manages to cling on in one or both of Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central, the big point is that it shouldn’t even be a contest in seats that were previously so safe and it wouldn’t be close if Labour wasn’t in such a dreadful place.

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3 days ago
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I suspect their fears will probably come to pass...
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Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

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If at first you don't succeed, try { try { again } }

Oracle has brought its legal war with Google back to life, alleging Android's Java framework ripped off Big Red's copyright.…

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Because this worked so well for SCO, obviously...
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"I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you."

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Quincy Larson asks you to image "What’s the worst thing that could happen if the Customs and Border Patrol succeed in getting ahold of your unlocked phone?"

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Oklahoma lawmakers want men to approve all abortions

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Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey is pushing for the passage of House Bill 1441, "prohibiting abortion to be performed without consent of the father; requiring pregnant woman seeking to abort pregnancy to provide identity of father." It might as well be called the Handmaid's Tale Law.

Rep. Humphrey explained his reasoning behind the bill to The Intercept:

“I believe one of the breakdowns in our society is that we have excluded the man out of all of these types of decisions,” [Humphrey] said. “I understand that they feel like that is their body,” he said of women. “I feel like it is a separate — what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.’ And you know when you enter into a relationship you’re going to be that host and so, you know, if you pre-know that then take all precautions and don’t get pregnant,” he explained. “So that’s where I’m at. I’m like, hey, your body is your body and be responsible with it. But after you’re irresponsible then don’t claim, well, I can just go and do this with another body, when you’re the host and you invited that in.”

Was he wearing his swell cowboy costume when he said this?

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zippy72
4 days ago
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Then there should be female consent for Viagra pills, and an insistence that all VD clinic results be given to the wife or mother first before being revealed to the man. Sounds fair to me...
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8 days ago
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"Host". Classy.
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