Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Mary Louise Michie; career ended

A bit of a disturbing story coming out of the Northern Territory today; a long serving Teacher, possessing an excellent record, has been placed on a good behaviour bond (and can never teach again) because a student sustained the grievous injury of … a swollen thumb. There are many things wrong with this story and fault lays all over the place – but to think a teacher’s career can be ended instantly (as you’ll see below) over such an incredibly minor instance is mind-boggling to say the least.

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deliverance_dueling_banjosCertain parts of the United States of America have a long standing reputation for being dens of ignorance and general stupidity mixed with a generous helping of inbreeding and intolerance.  Is this reputation deserved? I have no idea but stories like the following are certainly cause for huge concern.  The story concerns a teacher named Richard Mullens who, judging by comments left by students on various websites, seems to have been quite popular and respected.  He was accused by a parent of being ‘too liberal’ and ‘an atheist’ despite no evidence yet being available to support either accusation (and even if true, neither is anywhere near enough to fire a teacher).  The Principal met with some people such as the School Board and (apparently) the local church minister and Mullens was shown the door.

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Have you seen this goat?

Have you seen this goat?

It is sometimes asked what harm does belief in the supernatural/mystical/whatever do to society. Does it really matter if certain people believe in witchcraft, sorcery, gods (plural and/or singular) or fairies in the bottom of the garden?  This story, which come from Nigeria, should illustrate some of the problems such backwards beliefs can have on society as a whole.

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This case concluded some time back but with life being life, time to follow up on it simply hasn’t existed.  Earlier I had posted on a case of a Sydney couple who fled their home and went into hiding to avoid having their newly born baby vaccinated against Hepatitis B, despite the Mother already having the condition.  It seems that that action by the parents got them what they wanted.

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Some people have been put on record on saying such things as even moderate religious beliefs are dangerous.  Not only because they provide a foundation and support for more radical (and insane) beliefs but also that they provide a mechanism so the gullible and uneducated can be so easily led astray from simple common sense.  This story really does have to be read to be believed simply because it contains so much stupidity.

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0_61_032608_madeline1.jpgSometimes the question is asked ‘what is wrong with religion’ or something phrased like that. This is a case of one of the ways it causes pain, misery and death. But then, in this particular case, religion itself may not be at blame – it could well be that ignorance is. This is a sad story about stupid people blinded by faith and losing a child as a result.

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I have taken a casual interest in the whole Anonymous vs. Scientology situation that seems to have arisen of late.  Now it will all probably blow over without that much fuss or concern but it does have some rather interesting facets to it. Herein lies silliness, war, interesting uses of technology and criminal behaviour.

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