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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Guardian view on Jimmy Savile: oblivion’s too good for him

A criminal cheats justice by dying undetected. Without a belief in the afterlife, what can we do?

The rage and disgust that we feel at each fresh revelation of the crimes of Jimmy Savile has an unsatisfying quality. It is distinct from the normal course of outrage. The “normal” part is bad enough. The discovery that his sexual appetites ranged from necrophilia to the rape of children is hard to stomach partly because it is difficult to comprehend the existence of such a completely unrestrained id. No consideration of safety or law hindered him. Nor did his professed religious scruples.


It’s likely that some of his crimes, like the relentless groping, went unpunished because of the very different culture of those days, in which women were expected to evade or tolerate such behaviour, rather than to alert the authorities and make a formal protest. But the leap from serial groping, offensive and reprehensible though it was, to the systematic rape of the helpless, is one that marks this case out, and the sheer improbability of it explains a little of how he was able to persist for so long undetected, and, in public, unsuspected too.


We feel cheated by his death. It robs us of the dramatic, and purgative, aspects of a trial


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CCTV: Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun at Millennium Hotel

Dramatic CCTV footage has been released for the first time on Thursday showing the moment when Alexander Litvinenko arrived at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair, the night he was allegedly poisoned. Video retrieved by police from hotel cameras shows Litvinenko's two Russian contacts, Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun, both making separate trips to the bathroom ahead of their meeting. It is alleged the men later poisoned Litvinenko's tea Continue reading...





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Chelsea seal £200m shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber

• Japanese tyre firm is to become club’s new shirt sponsor

• Deal is second highest in Premier League behind Manchester United

The Japanese tyre firm Yokohama Rubber is to become Chelsea’s new shirt sponsor in a deal believed to be worth £200m, making it the second most lucrative in Premier League history. The agreement, effective from next season, is second only to the £53m a year that Chevrolet pays Manchester United and is more than double the club’s previous contract with Samsung.


Since the advent of Uefa’s financial fair play rules, commercial and broadcasting income has become disproportionately important as clubs seek to balance the books and grow their global brand. The increased sponsorship revenue will boost Chelsea’s transfer spending power.


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Jimmy Savile given free rein to sexually abuse 60 people, report finds

Damning reports point finger at politicians, civil servants and senior NHS staff but stop short of holding anyone accountable


Politicians, civil servants and NHS managers gave Jimmy Savile free rein to sexually abuse 60 people, including children as young as eight, over two decades at Stoke Mandeville hospital, two damning reports have concluded.


Savile’s celebrity status, his connections with the then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, and with royalty, and his role as a fundraiser allowed him unfettered access to patients, staff and visitors at the Buckinghamshire hospital. Over 20 years he brazenly used that power and access to rape, sexually abuse, harass, intimidate and silence his victims who ranged in age from eight and 40.


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Lüderitz v !Nami≠nüs: dispute over town's name divides Namibia

The government’s attempt to strip a coastal town of its colonial name has stirred up tensions in the former German territory




Asking for directions is set to become a linguistic assault course for foreign tourists in Namibia.


The government wants to change the name of Lüderitz, a harbour town, to something that would test the mettle of any GPS: !Nami≠nüs.


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Bank of England to boost watchdog role after failing to spot forex rigging

Central bank to tighten controls and raise staff standards but MP fears changes could see firms move to rival finance hubs


The Bank of England plans to beef up its watchdog role after it failed to spot one of the biggest scandals in the City’s recent history.


The central bank said a “root-and-branch” review of its market intelligence operations had found that some staff were unfamiliar with the way City firms operated.


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Young Black Hole Had Monstrous Growth Spurt

Super-massive object found in the early universe tests theories of cosmic evolution



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Nigerian election: Muhammadu Buhari pledges to defeat Boko Haram

Leading challenger to Goodluck Jonathan claims president spent money on politics leaving military under-resourced


The leading challenger for the Nigerian presidency, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to defeat Boko Haram insurgents in the north of the country by providing government forces with better equipment, more training and more accurate intelligence.


Buhari, a former military leader, said if the government of President Goodluck Jonathan had deployed the same resources to fighting Boko Haram as it had to political ends, the army would have rescued the more than 270 schoolgirls abducted by the extremist movement in Chibok last April.


Related: Boko Haram - the Guardian briefing


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British charity worker Simon Harris jailed for abusing boys in Kenya

Former public school teacher targeted youngsters who were ‘amongst the most vulnerable in the world’, according to judge


A British former public school teacher who sexually abused Kenyan street children after luring them to his lavish home with offers of food, money and the promise of education has been jailed for 17 years and four months.


Simon Harris, who ran an educational charity in the east African country, picked up boys in his Land Rover and took them to his home, known as the Green House, where he subjected them to terrifying and humiliating sexual abuse.


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Catching Up On 2 Seasons Of ‘House Of Cards’ Depressingly Manageable

SOMERVILLE, MA—Noting that he only needs to watch 26 full episodes of the political drama, local man Ben Atwell revealed Thursday that catching up on the previous two seasons of the Netflix show House Of Cards should be depressingly manageable.

















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IS sledgehammers ancient artefacts

ISLAMIC State militants rampaged through an Iraqi museum with sledgehammers, destroying priceless aantiquities they say insulted the Prophet.





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Defiant Chris Christie Swipes At News Media, Jeb at CPAC

New Jersey Gov. Christie struck a defiant tone at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, taking swings at the media and his leading presidential rivals as he fought off the notion that his likely presidential campaign is moribund. In a 20-minute interview on stage with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Christie cast himself as…



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How to make an ear ring (a ring that is an ear) 3D Printing

I am an Audioprosthologist (test hearing and fit hearing aids) and am working towards a doctorate in Audiology. I thought it would be fun to make an “ear ring” that didn’t make a man look like an effeminate pirate when wearing it All parts of the ring are 3D printed with a Printrbot Simple Metal […]



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F.B.I. Warrant in Insider Trading Cases Is Unsealed

The warrant offers new details on the evidence against some hedge fund suspects and the limitations of the inquiry into another fund executive.





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Jeb Bush Campaign’s Demand for Fidelity Ruffles Some Republicans

Mr. Bush has pursued top campaign donors, political operatives and policy experts with a relentlessness that, in the eyes of rivals, seems ruthless.

















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A Letter From Richard Glossip, Who Was Almost Executed Last Month


We periodically run letters from death row inmates. Today's is from Oklahoma inmate Richard Glossip, who came within one day of being executed last month before being (temporarily) spared by the Supreme Court.


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Ukrainian military pulls back heavy weaponry from eastern front

Withdrawl of artillery and creation of buffer zone is second step after ceasefire in 12-point agreement agreed in truce talks


Kiev’s forces have begun pulling back heavy weapons from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine, marking a step forward for the troubled peace plan agreed in Minsk this month.


Army command said on Thursday that it would withdraw 100-mm cannons from the current demarcation line over the next 24 hours, barring attacks by Russia-backed rebels. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the military, later said a second phase of the withdrawal would be pull back heavier weapons, including the 120-mm mortars that have been a feature of the conflict.


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Isis fighters 'destroy ancient artefacts at Mosul museum'

Footage is said to show militants in Iraq smashing statues with sledgehammers in bid to crush what they call non-Islamic ideas


Islamic State (Isis) has released a video purportedly showing militants using sledgehammers to smash ancient artefacts in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, describing them as idols that must be removed.


The destruction is part of a campaign by the extremists, who have destroyed a number of shrines including Muslim holy sites, to eliminate what they view as heresy. They are also believed to have sold ancient artefacts on the black market to finance their bloody campaign across the region.


Related: Isis destroys thousands of books and manuscripts in Mosul libraries


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Martin Rowson on cover-ups from Isis to NHS - cartoon

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Ed Balls plays down prospect of Labour deal with SNP

Labour refuses to rule out post-election agreement but shadow chancellor says coalition governments are now very unpopular


Ed Balls has sought to quash speculation that Labour could strike a formal post-election deal with the Scottish National party by hinting that Labour would prefer a minority government to a coalition.


The shadow chancellor said a deal with the SNP “is not part of our plan; it’s not what we want” during a pre-election campaign visit to Edinburgh and Glasgow.


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Run the Jewels on hip-hop's golden age, playing Ferguson and America's civil rights problem

The duo’s mix of braggadocio and political anger has finally earned Killer Mike and EL-P critical and commercial acclaim. ‘There was no overnight with us,’ they say

Seated in the restaurant of an east London hotel, El-P and Killer Mike are running through recent events. The past few months, they say, have been pretty tumultuous ones in the career of Run the Jewels, packed with startling highs and lows. At one extreme, their second album, Run the Jewels 2, the result of an experiment in which the duo secluded themselves away in a rural studio in upstate New York – “Convincing Mike to spend two weeks in the woods is not the easiest thing in the world,” notes El-P – was released. It garnered acclaim even more deafening than that which greeted its predecessor, critics boggling at the dexterity with which it flipped between entertainingly foul-mouthed alpha-male braggadocio – “You can all run backwards naked through a field of dicks,” it offers at one particularly colourful juncture – and righteous political anger and unsparing self-examination. At the other extreme, groans Killer Mike, its success inspired his eldest son to announce that he had decided to pursue a career as a rapper, an event he gloomily describes as “the worst day of my life, except the time he decided to get a tongue ring to impress a girl”.


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Westminster Abbey wins permission to add first new tower in 300 years

The renovations, including a lift to provide access to an attic museum, have been approved by the local council and are slated for completion by 2018


Westminster Abbey has won planning permission to add its first new tower in almost 300 years, which will create public access to a museum of treasures and curiosities housed in the triforium, the church’s attic gallery.


At present, the public can get only a distant glimpse of the spectacular and shadowy space through the stone arches 70ft up at the top of the walls above the high altar.


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Is Catch Me Daddy's street-casting an antidote to Britain's toff-actor problem?

The stars of a gritty drama about a girl on the run from her father were spotted on the street. It’s a trail blazed by directors from Ken Loach to Shane Meadows, and has brought some of our most searing performances to the screen


Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar last week was the icing on the cake for what’s been a good spell for British acting. There was also recognition for the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Felicity Jones, Keira Knightley and Rosamund Pike at this year’s Oscars, and British actors have been routinely nabbing iconic American roles such as Martin Luther King (David Oyelowo), Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and even Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis). Not to mention Spider-Man, Superman and the last Batman.


But it’s a certain kind of British actor who has been celebrated of late, as evidenced by Vanity Fair’s recent Hollywood issue, which has a feature on “The new British invasion!” Here’s Jude Law sipping champagne while being measured for his Savile Row suit. Cumberbatch is taking his hound for a walk through the fog, Sam Claflin punts Sophie Turner down the Thames, Judi Dench is having tea at the Ritz. By and large, they’re posing inside swanky London restaurants or outside National Trust properties, all dressed like debutantes and old Etonians. It looks like a theme-park version of Toff England, which, when it comes down it, is all Hollywood is really interested in about Britain.


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Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal a snapshot of self-destruction in Champions League

Despite the 17 consecutive qualifications, recent history suggests the manager increasingly finds it difficult to build a team who are not vulnerable to ambushing themselves with the same old mistakes

Jonathan Wilson: squad must get back to basics

Match report: Arsenal 1-3 Monaco

Snapshot one: it is 0-0 and the overture to Arsenal versus Monaco is cagey enough. Santi Cazorla is in possession and looks up. All he sees is blue roadblocks. He needs to see a flash of red and white movement, an angle, a pass but everything is blocked off. We have seen this film before.


Snapshot two: Olivier Giroud wears the stricken expression of a man who is being cruelly exposed. He looks almost paralysed by what is happening to him. What a time for his form to disintegrate, in front of a big Champions League crowd and an intrigued French audience back home. The most striking part of this image, however, is that nobody goes to him. He just stands there, by himself, while there is a pause in play. After a third gilded chance turned to stone he needs a team-mate to say something to him, pat him on the back, give him some encouragement. Nobody does. The charred old chestnut about leadership is there for all to see.


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Carly Fiorina Slams Hillary Clinton at CPAC

"Mrs. Clinton, name an accomplishment."



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In Net Neutrality Victory, F.C.C. Classifies Broadband Internet Service as a Public Utility

The agency’s 3-2 vote is intended to ensure a level playing field for Internet content providers, with no so-called pay-to-play fast lanes.

















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By the Book: Kim Gordon: By the Book

The musician and author of the memoir “Girl in a Band” is a fan of Joan Didion: “How cool is it that Céline chose her for their new ad campaign? I want those sunglasses.”





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Surprise: Almost Everything About Pimp My Ride Was Hilarious Bullshit


In this fraught American media landscape, who can be trusted? Brian Williams is a faker , and Bill O'Reilly is too. The credibility of our most cherished cultural lodestars is crumbling before our eyes, and the mighty haven't stopped falling. That's right: Xzibit is a fraud, and Pimp My Ride was insane bullshit.


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