Explosion in Sweden: another lone wolf with mental issues and unclear motive

The Right Scoop spotted this story breaking on social media, and the news is still developing, but it does appear to be the case that there was an explosion at a residential building in Malmö, Sweden in the 9pm hour (local time). Here’s a report from an Australian news channel.

The on-air anchor says it is an area with “a high Muslim population” and that it happens on the same day as a Gay Pride march, which are both merely circumstantial facts and should not be seen as drawing a conclusion.

The reports come just days after another incident in the same city, where a victim was shot in broad daylight. The circumstances, again, have a theme.

They may have a theme, but we can not actually expect the media to spell it out.

More in the comments as the situation develops and confirmed information is released.  Readers can contribute.

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The free fundraising lunch has come to an end.

Givealittle’s decision to start charging a 5 percent fee from September could put people off donating, says an organiser of the Awaroa beach fundraising campaign.

The crowdfunding website has not charged people anything to date, but it said it needed to now to ensure it could continue operating.

The amount raised on the website by individuals and groups has grown in the past three years from $500,000 a year, to $22 million a year.

Givealittle chief executive Tom Beyer said the fee would help ensure long-term stability.

“The growth and that generosity over the last three years has been quite phenomenal. It’s now at 40 times the volume that it was four years ago.

“And that volume of generosity comes with costs and we pay a lot of money in bank fees, and payment processing fees and web posting cost as well.

“And we have an awesome team that looks at every page created on the site before it can take donations.” Read more »

An open letter to Penny Webster

Dear Penny,

As you will have seen Whaleoil has decided to give you some extra coverage of your Auckland City Council election ad in the Helensville News.

We wanted to take up your offer of “Ask Penny Anything”, so we went to your web site but it is under construction.

http://pennywebster.co.nz/

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Merkel macht frei

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing down pressure to change Germany’s refugee policy in the wake of a deadly week of refugee related violence.

Mrs Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to hold the news conference in Berlin, said the asylum seekers who had carried out the attacks had “shamed the country that welcomed them”.

But she insisted that those fleeing persecution and war had a right to be protected, and Germany would “stick to our principles” in giving shelter to the deserving.

Referring to the attacks that have taken place in France, Belgium, Turkey, the US and elsewhere, she said “taboos of civilisation” had been broken, and they were intended to “spread fear and hatred between cultures and between religions”.

But in reference to her famous phrase “Wir schaffen das” or “We can do this” – uttered last year when she agreed to take in a million migrants – Mrs Merkel said: “I am still convinced today that “we can do it”.

“It is our historic duty and this is a historic challenge in times of globalisation. We have already achieved very, very much in the last 11 months”.

It’s Germany’s historic cumulative guilt for the actions of their fathers and fathers’ fathers.  Read more »

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Wendy Brown: Photo Jeff Maysh.

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Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader

At 33, Wendy Brown stole her daughter’s name, grabbed a pair of pom-poms, lived a teenage dream—then she went to jail for it

Wendy Brown had always dreamed of becoming a cheerleader when she was in high school. Unfortunately the dream never came true and she found herself in a position where she was 33-years-old and raising her 15-year-old daughter. Since Brown resembled her daughter and had access to her daughter’s ID, she used her daughter’s credentials to enrol in a high school and join the cheerleading squad.

On September 2, 2008, a shy, blonde transfer student strolled into Ashwaubenon High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The petite sophomore wore a pink hoodie and carried a new school bag decorated with hearts, eager to start the new term. But just 16 days later, she was standing in court wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and shackles, charged with identity theft. There, prosecutors revealed that Wendy Brown was not really 15, but a 33-year-old mother of two—who had stolen her teenage daughter’s identity in an attempt to relive her own high school days. In her weeks as a student, Brown had taken classes with students half her age. She had tried out for the Ashwaubenon High School cheerleading squad and even attended a pool party thrown by the cheer coach.

Television crews surrounded the courthouse and besieged Brown’s family at their home in Nevada. “It was bad,” recalls her father, Joe. “Every show that’s on in the morning called. … Oprah didn’t call. She was the only one that didn’t call.”

A bespectacled Brown spoke like a teenager as she addressed the court: “I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” she said softly. “I feel bad about it. And I regret it. Um, I always have … I am not a bad person. I just made a mistake.”

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Ministry for Vulnerable Children

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What an awful name.  But please let that be the worst of what is an initiative to reform CYFs for all the best of reasons.

Child, Youth and Family (CYF) will be replaced by a new ministry in March next year, it has been confirmed.

It’s expected to be called the Ministry for Vulnerable Children and a chief executive is reported to have already been selected.

Acting Social Development Minister Hekia Parata confirmed the change. Read more »

Does Penny Webster know what she is running for?

Current Rodney Council and well known trougher Penny Webster is running an ad in the Helensville News. It is on page 12.

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Poor old Penny’s brain seems to have been a bit addled from spending years giving away other peoples money. Or from voting for 9.9% rates rises and having a mail drop in her ward point this out. Or maybe she thinks that the Rodney Councillor’s job is to transfer rates from Rodney to the old Auckland City Council area.

Whatever the reason Penny seems to be wanting to run for the Auckland City Council, not the Auckland Council.

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