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About me

I've been a Wikipedian since 2004 and an administrator since 2005.

I focus mainly on writing and editing. I've written several articles that have featured or good-article status.

I've helped to write three of Wikipedia's content policies, Biographies of living persons, No original research and Verifiability, and several guidelines, including Conflict of interest. I've also written an essay, Writing about women. I founded the Gender gap task force (GGTF) in 2013.

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Articles
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Female genital mutilation[edit]


Today's featured article, 6 February 2015
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Cscr-featured.svg Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the ritual removal of the external female genitalia. Typically carried out by a traditional circumciser with a blade, with or without anaesthesia, FGM is concentrated in 27 countries in Africa, as well as in Indonesia, Yemen and Iraqi Kurdistan, and found elsewhere in Asia and among diaspora communities around the world. UNICEF estimates that over 200 million women and girls have experienced FGM in those 30 countries.
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Marshalsea[edit]


Today's featured article, 3 February 2010
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Cscr-featured.svg The Marshalsea (c. 1300–1842) was a notorious prison in Southwark, London, known for its incarceration of the city's debtors. Run privately for profit, the Marshalsea looked like an Oxbridge college and functioned as an extortion racket. Prisoners unable to pay the jailor's fee faced starvation, as well as torture with thumbscrews and skullcaps; during a warm spell in 1729 eight to ten prisoners were dying every day. All that is left of what Charles Dickens called "the crowding ghosts of many miserable years" is the long brick wall that marked the prison's southern boundary.
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Brown Dog affair[edit]


Today's featured article, 10 December 2007
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Symbol question.svg Cscr-featured.svg The Brown Dog affair was a political controversy about vivisection that raged in England from 1903 until 1910. It was triggered by allegations that William Bayliss of University College London had performed an illegal dissection on a brown terrier dog – anaesthetized, according to Bayliss; conscious and struggling, according to Swedish feminists who had infiltrated the lecture.
A statue in the dog's memory led to protests by London's medical students, who saw its provocative plaque – "Men and women of England, how long shall these things be?" – as an assault on the profession. The unrest culminated in rioting in December 1907, when 1,000 students clashed with suffragettes, trade unionists and police officers in what became known as the Brown Dog riots.
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Night[edit]


Today's featured article, 6 September 2010
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Cscr-featured.svg Night (1960) is a work by Elie Wiesel about his experience with his father, Shlomo, in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. In just over 100 pages of sparse and fragmented narrative, Wiesel writes about the death of God and his own increasing disgust with humanity, reflected in the inversion of the parent–child relationship as his father declines to a helpless state and Wiesel becomes his resentful teenage caregiver.
The book is the first in a trilogy – Night, Dawn, Day – marking Wiesel's transition from darkness to light after the Holocaust, according to the Jewish tradition of starting a new day from nightfall. "In Night," Wiesel said, "I wanted to show the end, the finality of the event. Everything came to an end – man, history, literature, religion, God. There was nothing left. And yet we begin again with night."
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Study 329[edit]


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Study 329 was a clinical trial conducted in North America from 1994 to 1998 to study the efficacy of the SSRI anti-depressant paroxetine (Paxil, Seroxat) in treating depressed teenagers. The study became controversial when it was discovered that the article reporting the trial results had downplayed the trial's negative findings and had been ghostwritten by a PR firm hired by the drug company. The controversy led to several lawsuits and strengthened calls for drug companies to disclose all their clinical research data. New Scientist wrote in 2015: "You may never have heard of it, but Study 329 changed medicine."
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Sonderkommando photographs[edit]


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Symbol question.svg The Sonderkommando photographs are four blurred photographs taken secretly in August 1944 inside the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Taken by an inmate, they are some of the only photographs known to exist of events around the gas chambers. The photographer took two shots from inside one of the gas chambers and two outside, shooting from the hip, unable to aim the camera with any precision. The Polish resistance smuggled the film out of the camp in a toothpaste tube.
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Wilhelm Reich[edit]


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Symbol support vote.svg Wilhelm Reich (1897–1957) was an Austrian psychoanalyst and one of the most radical figures in the history of psychiatry. He worked with Freud in the 1920s, but later became a controversial figure, massaging his patients, arguing that mental health depended on "orgastic potency," and insisting that he had discovered a life force, which he called "orgone" and said others called God. In 1940, after moving to America, he started building orgone accumulators for his patients to sit in, leading to stories about sex boxes that cured cancer. The government obtained an injunction against their promotion, and Reich was jailed for violating it. He died in jail of heart failure, days before he was due to apply for parole.
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Christian Science[edit]


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Symbol support vote.svg Christian Science, a new religious movement, was developed in the 19th century in the United States by Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910) and described in her book Science and Health (1875). Christian Scientists believe that spiritual reality is the only reality, that the material world, including sickness and death, is an illusion, and that sickness should be healed by prayer alone. Between the 1880s and 1990s the avoidance of medical treatment led to the deaths of several adherents and their children.
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White House Farm murders[edit]


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Symbol question.svg Symbol support vote.svg The White House Farm murders took place near the English village of Tolleshunt D'Arcy on 7 August 1985, when Nevill and June Bamber, their adult daughter and her six-year-old twin sons, were shot and killed inside the Bambers' farmhouse. It became one of England's most notorious criminal cases, with all the ingredients, as the Times put it, of a classic whodunit. The sole surviving member of the immediate family, Jeremy Bamber, was given five life sentences and has protested his innocence ever since.
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Rudolf Vrba[edit]

Today's featured article, 11 September 2006
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Cscr-featured.svg Rudolf Vrba (1924–2006) escaped from the Auschwitz concentration camp as a teenager in April 1944, and co-authored the Vrba–Wetzler report with fellow escapee Alfred Wetzler. The report was one of the earliest detailed descriptions of the mass murder taking place inside the camp. Publication of its material is credited with having saved hundreds of thousands of lives in July 1944 by halting the deportation of Hungary's Jews.
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Death of Keith Blakelock[edit]


Symbol support vote.svg PC Keith Blakelock (1945–1985) was a British police officer who was murdered during rioting in north London. The violence broke out after a black woman died of heart failure during a police search of her home. Forced back by rioters, Blakelock stumbled and fell, and was surrounded by a crowd. He received over 40 stabbing and cutting injuries, including the penetration of a six-inch-long knife into his neck. He was the only police constable to have been killed in a riot in Britain since PC Robert Culley was stabbed to death in London in 1833.
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Ezra Pound[edit]


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Cscr-featured.svg Ezra Pound (1885–1972) was an American poet who became a major figure of the early modernist movement. Working for literary magazines in London in the early 20th century, Pound helped discover the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway. His political views during and after the Second World War ensure that his work remains as controversial now as it was during his lifetime. In 1933 Time magazine called him "a cat that walks by himself, tenaciously unhousebroken and very unsafe for children."
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Joel Brand[edit]


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Today's featured article, 13 July 2014
Cscr-featured.svg Joel Brand (1906–1964) was a rescue worker who became known during the Holocaust for his efforts to save Hungary's Jews from deportation to Auschwitz. Shortly after the Germans invaded Hungary, Brand was asked by SS officer Adolf Eichmann to broker a deal between the SS and the Western Allies to exchange one million Hungarian Jews for 10,000 trucks. The deal was thwarted by the British government, to Brand's great distress. He told an interviewer shortly before his death: "An accident of life placed the fate of one million human beings on my shoulders. I eat and sleep and think only of them.
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Death of Ian Tomlinson[edit]

Today's featured article, 31 March 2010
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Symbol question.svg Cscr-featured.svg Ian Tomlinson (1962–2009) collapsed and died on his way home during the G-20 London summit protests. An autopsy suggested he had had a heart attack, but a week later The Guardian obtained footage showing a police officer striking him on the leg, then pushing him to the ground. Tomlinson died moments later; a second autopsy showed that he had suffered an abdominal haemorrhage. The officer was charged with manslaughter, but was acquitted. Tomlinson's death sparked an intense debate in the UK about the relationship between the police and public.
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Muhammad al-Durrah[edit]


Cscr-featured.svg Muhammad al-Durrah (1988–2000) was a Palestinian boy who was shot and killed in Gaza during the Second Intifada. Muhammad and his father were caught in crossfire between Israeli and Palestinian forces, as France 2 filmed their efforts to protect themselves. The footage became controversial because of the way it was edited, leading to a protracted dispute about who had fired the fatal shots and even whether the father and son had been shot at all.
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Lynching of Laura Nelson and her son[edit]


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Symbol question.svg Symbol support vote.svg Laura and L. D. Nelson were an African-American mother and son who were lynched in Okemah, Oklahoma, on 25 May 1911. They were arrested after L. D. shot and killed Okemah's deputy sheriff, who had arrived at their home with a posse to investigate the theft of a cow. Three weeks later a 40-strong mob arrived at the jail, kidnapped them, and hanged them from a bridge over the North Canadian River. Hundreds of sightseers gathered the following morning, and photographs of the bodies were sold as postcards
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Disappearance of Madeleine McCann[edit]


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Symbol support vote.svg Madeleine McCann disappeared on 3 May 2007, days before her fourth birthday, from an apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal. She and her siblings had been left asleep while her parents ate in a tapas restaurant 50 yards away. The parents checked on the children throughout the evening until Madeleine's mother discovered she was missing at 22:00. Her disappearance became what one newspaper called "the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history.
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Veganism[edit]


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Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of nonhuman animal products. The term vegan was coined in England in 1944 by Donald Watson of the British Vegan Society to mean non-dairy vegetarian. In 1960 H. Jay Dinshah started the American Vegan Society, linking veganism to the Jain concept of ahimsa, the avoidance of violence against living things. Ethical vegans reject the commodity status of nonhumans and the use of animal products for any purpose, while dietary vegans eliminate them from their diet only.

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Abu Nidal[edit]


Cscr-featured.svg Sabri Khalil al-Banna, known as Abu Nidal, was the founder of Fatah – The Revolutionary Council, a militant Palestinian splinter group known as the Abu Nidal Organization (ANO). Its operations included the Rome and Vienna airport attacks on 27 December 1985, when gunmen opened fire on passengers in simultaneous shootings at El Al ticket counters, killing 20. Patrick Seale, Abu Nidal's biographer, wrote of the shootings that their "random cruelty marked them as typical Abu Nidal operations."
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Chelsea Manning[edit]


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Symbol support vote.svg Chelsea Manning is a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violating the Espionage Act after releasing the largest set of restricted documents ever leaked to the public. The material included two videos of air strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan, 250,000 diplomatic cables, and 500,000 classified army reports. The publication of the cables, in particular, was widely seen as a catalyst for the Arab Spring that began in December 2010.
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Bad Pharma[edit]


Symbol support vote.svg Bad Pharma (2012) is a book about the pharmaceutical industry by British physician Ben Goldacre. Goldacre argues that "the whole edifice of medicine is broken," because the evidence on which it is based is systematically distorted by pharmaceutical companies. He writes that they finance most of the clinical trials into their own products, routinely withhold negative data, conduct trials on small groups of unrepresentative subjects, fund much of doctors' continuing education, and plan or ghostwrite, without disclosure, apparently independent academic papers.
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Life of Mary Baker Eddy[edit]

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Symbol support vote.svg The Life of Mary Baker G. Eddy and the History of Christian Science (1909) is a highly critical account of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. The material first appeared in McClure's magazine between January 1907 and June 1908, and was the first major examination of Eddy's life and work, published when she was 85 years old. Although attributed to a McClure's researcher, it appears the articles were the first extended work of the novelist Willa Cather (right). David Stouck writes that Cather's portrayal of Eddy contains "some of the finest portrait sketches and reflections on human nature that Willa Cather would ever write."
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Hulda Stumpf[edit]


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Symbol question.svg Hulda Stumpf (1867–1930) was an American Christian missionary in Kenya who was murdered in her home, probably because of her opposition to female genital mutilation (FGM). Her injuries suggested that, before or after smothering her, her killer had ritually mutilated her. FGM is practised in Kenya as a rite of passage, and at the time of Stumpf's death was regarded by the Kikuyu, the country's main ethnic group, as an important institution. The colonial opposition to the practice made it a focal point of the independence movement, and Stumpf's death served to highlight the dangers missionaries faced in trying to stop it.
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Lizzy Lind af Hageby[edit]

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Symbol question.svg Lizzy Lind af Hageby (1878–1963) was a Swedish feminist who moved to England in 1902 and became one of that country's most prominent anti-vivisection activists. She was the co-author of The Shambles of Science: Extracts from the Diary of Two Students of Physiology (1903), co-founded the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society, and ran an animal sanctuary in Dorset. She spent her life promoting the link between feminism and vegetarianism, working with a small group of women who sought to challenge the male medical establishment's attitude towards women and nonhuman animals.
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Kastner train[edit]


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The Kastner train consisted of 35 cattle trucks that left Budapest on 30 June 1944, during the German occupation of Hungary, carrying around 1,700 Jews to safety in Switzerland. The train was named after Rudolf Kastner (right), who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann, the German SS officer in charge of deporting Hungary's Jews to Auschwitz, to allow the passengers to escape, in exchange for gold, diamonds and cash.
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Val Plumwood[edit]


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Val Plumwood (1939–2008) was an Australian ecofeminist philosopher and activist known for her work on anthropocentrism. Plumwood spent her academic life arguing against the "hyperseparation" of humans from the rest of nature, and what she called the "standpoint of mastery": a reason/nature dualism in which the natural world (including women, indigenous people and non-humans) is subordinated to anything associated with reason.
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Jeremiah Duggan[edit]


Jeremiah Duggan (1980–2003) was a British student in Paris who died after running in front of several cars on a dual carriageway during a visit to Wiesbaden. His death became controversial because he was attending a recruitment course organized by the LaRouche movement, an international political network. Protracted litigation by his parents resulted in a second inquest, and in 2012 a court in Frankfurt ordered German police to reopen their investigation.
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Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot[edit]


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Vivienne Haigh-Wood Eliot (1888–1947), the first wife of the American poet, T. S. Eliot, was regarded either as his muse or as a femme fatale who enticed him into a disastrous marriage. They separated in 1933, after which Eliot shunned her, hiding from her and instructing friends not to tell her where he was. Her brother had her committed to an asylum in 1938, where she remained until she died nine years later, the year before Eliot won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Germaine Greer[edit]


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Germaine Greer is an Australian writer, regarded as one of the major voices of the second-wave feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. Greer is a liberation rather than equality feminist. Her goal is not equality with men, which she sees as assimilation and "agreeing to live the lives of unfree men." "Women's liberation," she wrote in The Whole Woman (1999) "did not see the female's potential in terms of the male's actual." She argues instead that liberation is about asserting difference and "insisting on it as a condition of self-definition and self-determination." It is a struggle for the freedom of women to "define their own values, order their own priorities and decide their own fate."
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Lemmons[edit]


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Symbol question.svg Symbol support vote.svg Lemmons was the home of novelists Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard on Hadley Common, Hertfordshire. Jane and Kingsley lived there with several relatives, including Kingsley's children, Philip, Martin and Sally. Several of the family's novels were written at Lemmons, including Kingsley's The Green Man (1969) and The Alteration (1976), Jane's Odd Girl Out (1972) and Mr. Wrong (1975), and Martin's The Rachel Papers (1973) and Dead Babies (1975).
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St Edward's Passage[edit]


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Symbol question.svg St Edward's Passage is an alleyway in Cambridge, England, lying between Peas Hill and King's Parade. Excavations indicate that it dates back to the 13th century. The entrance of St Edward King and Martyr is located on St Edward's Passage. Calling itself the cradle of the English Reformation, the church contains the original pulpit from which the reformers Robert Barnes, Thomas Bilney and Hugh Latimer preached. During midnight mass there on Christmas Eve 1525, Barnes delivered the first sermon in which a reformer accused the Catholic Church of heresy.
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Glasgow Effect[edit]


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Symbol question.svg The Glasgow effect is a term used by epidemiologists to describe the poor health and low life expectancy of Glaswegians compared to the rest of Europe, a disparity that poverty alone does not appear to explain. For men in the Calton area of Glasgow, life expectancy was 54 years in 2008. Equally deprived areas of the UK have higher life expectancies, while the wealthiest ten percent in Glasgow have a lower life expectancy than the same group in other cities. Factors proposed to account for it include vitamin D deficiency, cold winters, higher levels of poverty than the figures suggest, high levels of stress, and a culture of alienation and pessimism.
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Epistemological Letters[edit]


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Symbol question.svg Epistemological Letters was a hand-typed, mimeographed, underground physics newsletter about quantum physics that was sent out to a private mailing list between 1973 and 1984. It was created because academic journals were reluctant to publish articles about the philosophy of quantum mechanics, especially anything that implied support for action at a distance. Several well-known scientists, including John Bell (1928–1990), the originator of Bell's theorem, published their material there.
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Haidbauer incident[edit]


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Symbol question.svg The Haidbauer incident took place in April 1926 when Josef Haidbauer, an 11-year-old boy in Otterthal, Austria, reportedly collapsed unconscious after being hit on the head during class by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein taught philosophy at the University of Cambridge from 1929, but a decade earlier had trained as a school teacher in Austria. The incident was reported to the police, and Wittgenstein was summoned to appear in court. Sources differ as to whether there was a hearing that exonerated Wittgenstein, or whether his wealthy family had a hand in making the case disappear.
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John Baptist Grano[edit]


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Symbol question.svg John Baptist Grano (c. 1692–c.1748) was a trumpeter, flutist and composer who worked with George Frederick Handel at the opera house in London's Haymarket. From May 1728 to September 1729, Grano was imprisoned for a debt of £99 in the notorious Marshalsea prison in Southwark. He kept a diary of his 480 days there, now housed in the Bodleian Library. The diary describes his friendships, love affairs and adventures as he struggles to earn enough money to buy his freedom.
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David Icke[edit]


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Symbol support vote.svg David Vaughan Icke is an English writer and public speaker, best known for his views on what he calls "who and what is really controlling the world." Describing himself as the most controversial speaker in the world, he has attracted a global following that cuts across the political spectrum. At the heart of his theories lies the idea that many prominent figures belong to the Babylonian Brotherhood, a group of shapeshifting reptilian humanoids who are propelling humanity toward a global fascist state. The reptilians use the rings of Saturn and the Moon, all reptilian constructs, to broadcast an "artificial sense of self and the world" that humans perceive as reality.
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Jack Sarfatti[edit]


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Jack Sarfatti is an American theoretical physicist specializing in the relationship between quantum physics and consciousness. Working outside academia, he argues that mind is crucial to the structure of matter, that retrocausality is possible, and that physics – which he calls the "Conceptual Art of the late 20th Century" – has replaced philosophy as the unifying force between science and art.
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Jan Hus Educational Foundation[edit]


The Jan Hus Educational Foundation was founded in May 1980 by philosophers at the University of Oxford. It ran an underground network in the former Czechoslovakia, then under Communist Party rule, organizing seminars on philosophy, smuggling in books, and arranging lectures. Deemed a "Centre of Ideological Subversion" by the Czech police, several of its visiting philosophers were arrested or placed on the "Index of Undesirable Persons."
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Brian Josephson[edit]


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Symbol support vote.svg Brian David Josephson is a Welsh theoretical physicist and professor emeritus of physics at the University of Cambridge. Best known for his work on superconductivity, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1973 for his prediction of the Josephson effect, made in 1962 when he was a 22-year-old PhD student. In the early 1970s he took up transcendental meditation and turned his attention to issues outside the parameters of mainstream science, exploring the relationship between quantum mechanics and consciousness, and the synthesis of science and Eastern mysticism.
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Vrba-Wetzler report[edit]


The Vrba–Wetzler report was one of the first documents to describe what was happening inside the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Holocaust. It was written by hand or dictated in Slovak between 25 and 27 April 1944 by Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler, who had escaped from Auschwitz, then typed up by the Slovak Jewish Council. The 40-page report represents one of the first attempts to estimate the numbers being killed in the camp, and the earliest detailed description of the gas chambers.
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Animals, Men and Morals[edit]


Animals, Men and Morals: An Inquiry into the Maltreatment of Non-humans (1971) is a collection of essays on animal rights, edited by Oxford philosophers Stanley Godlovitch, Roslind Godlovitch and John Harris. The book was one of the early publications in the 20th century that argued for animal rights, rather than for compassion in the way animals are used. A review of the book by Peter Singer in the New York Review of Books is credited with triggering the rise of the modern animal rights movement.
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GuLF Study[edit]


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Symbol question.svg The GuLF Study, a research project examining the human health consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, was launched in September 2010. During the spill in April that year, over four million barrels of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico, near the coast of Louisiana in the United States. Conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the study aimed to recruit 55,000 of the 150,000 workers who helped to clean up the oil.
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Spanish City[edit]


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The Spanish City was an amusement park in Whitley Bay, north east England. It opened in 1910 as a concert hall, restaurant, roof garden and tearoom, and in 1920 a ballroom and funfair were added. Just yards from the seafront, the Spanish City became known for its Renaissance-style frontage, distinctive dome and female bacchanalian figures on either side of the entrance. Dire Straits immortalized it in their 1980 song, "Tunnel of Love," which was thereafter played every morning when the park opened. By the late 1990s the building had fallen into disrepair, and was closed to the public in the early 2000s.
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DJ Cassidy[edit]


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Cassidy Podell, better known as DJ Cassidy, is an American DJ and record producer. With his trademark boaters, cricket sweaters, bow ties, color-blocked tuxedos and 24-carat-gold microphone, Cassidy is known for his work at celebrity functions, including the 50th birthday party and 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the 2008 wedding of Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
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DSharp[edit]

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Derryck Gleaton, better known as DSharp, is an American violinist, DJ, singer and producer based in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Known for his colored violins, he writes his own music and performs cover versions of popular songs, focusing on hip hop, electronic dance music and classical pieces.
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Bernard Williams[edit]


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Today's featured article, 19 January 2005
Cscr-featured.svg Bernard Williams (1929–2003) was an English moral philosopher. Described as an "analytical philosopher with the soul of a general humanist," Williams was sceptical of attempts by philosophers to build a foundation for moral philosophy. Martha Nussbaum wrote that he demanded of philosophy that it "come to terms with, and contain, the difficulty and complexity of human life."
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Mattress Performance[edit]


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Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) was a work of endurance performance art by Emma Sulkowicz, conducted as her senior thesis for her visual arts degree at Columbia University. Begun in September 2014, the piece involved Sulkowicz carrying a 50-lb dorm-type mattress wherever she went on campus. She said the piece would end when a student she alleges raped her left the university; she carried it until both students graduated in 2015. Emily Bazelon described the work and events surrounding it as "an increasingly bitter fight over truth and narrative," a triumph for the campus anti-rape movement and a nightmare for the accused.
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Mass sexual assault in Egypt[edit]


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The mass sexual assault of women in public has been documented in Egypt since 2005. In May that year security forces and their agents were blamed for using it during political demonstrations in Tahrir Square, Cairo, as a weapon against female protesters. The behavior spread, and by 2012 sexual assault by crowds of young men was regularly seen at protests and religious festivals. Acting under the protective cover of large gatherings, assailants encircle a woman while outer rings of men deter rescuers. Described in Egypt as the "circle of hell," the attacks have left women stripped, groped, beaten, bitten, penetrated with fingers and raped.
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Robert Lustig[edit]


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Robert H. Lustig is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, where he specializes in neuroendocrinology and childhood obesity. He is also director of the university's WATCH program (Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health) and co-founder of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition. Lustig came to public attention in 2009 when one of his medical lectures, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth," went viral on YouTube.
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Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol[edit]


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Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol ("This is not a rape") is a work of performance art by American artist Emma Sulkowicz. The work consists of a website, an eight-minute video, introductory text and an open comments section. Released on 3 June 2015, the video shows Sulkowicz having sex with an anonymous actor in a dorm room at Columbia University in New York City. It was directed by artist Ted Lawson in early 2015, while Sulkowicz was in her final year of a visual-arts degree at Columbia. Named after "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" from René Magritte's The Treachery of Images, the film illustrates the shift between consensual and non-consensual sex.
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Stanley Green[edit]


Today's featured article, 7 May 2011
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Symbol question.svg Cscr-featured.svg Stanley Green (1915–1993), the Protein Man, was a sandwich man who walked up and down Oxford Street for 25 years. His placard, warning of the effect of protein on the libido, recommended "protein wisdom": "Less Lust, By Less Protein: Meat Fish Bird; Egg Cheese; Peas Beans; Nuts. And Sitting." One writer described Green as patrolling the streets, "campaigning for the suppression of desire."
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Murke's Collected Silences[edit]


"Murke's Collected Silences" (1955) is a short story by the German writer Heinrich Böll. The Murke of the title is an editor for the Cultural Department at Broadcasting House. He starts collecting bits of discarded tape containing silence, where the speaker has paused, which he splices together and takes home to listen to in the evening. Soon he advances to recording his girlfriend sitting silently in front of a microphone
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