BRITAIN’S knife crime epidemic is being fuelled by a sick point-scoring game followed by young gangs on social media. The Tally Up challenge, in which points are scored for wounding different parts of the body, is already being linked to attacks. A stabbing to the head scores 50 points, the chest is 30 points and the stomach is 20 points, with ten awarded for a leg wound and five for an arm. The craze is spreading through Snapchat and Instagram and is referenced in drill rap videos. Former gang leader Sheldon Thomas said the challenge — also known as Street Scores and Street Shark — was helping to cause the bloodshed. Mr Thomas, who set up support group Gangsline, added: “This points scoring game was just in London and has been around for about six months or so. “But it’s now spreading at a scary rate and is now getting everywhere and is potentially more lethal than ever.” The challenge has come to light as figures reveal knife crime is … [Read more...] about Britain’s knife crime epidemic fuelled by sick point-scoring game followed by young gangs on social media
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Danielle Ryan is an Irish freelance writer based in Dublin. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Nation, Rethinking Russia, teleSUR, RBTH, The Calvert Journal and others. Follow her on Twitter @DanielleRyanJ The digital age has coincided with decreasing happiness and well-being. Study after study shows this to be true, but the latest sign that we might all benefit from a digital detox comes from the World Happiness Report. It’s bad news for the United States, which dropped in the ranking to 19th position, the unhappiest the US has been since the study began. This could be due to what the researchers called an “epidemic of addictions” — everything from drug and alcohol abuse, to gambling — and yes, obsession with digital media, which is hardly an American phenomenon alone. Hands up if you’re a recovering Twitter addict, like me? These days, most of the criticism I fire off at sites like Facebook and Twitter has to do with their many … [Read more...] about Social media is making Americans unhappy, but can they ditch it?
Tony Bellew declared Britain "is more concerned about celebrities than the normal man" after sparking a social media storm in the wake of the death of Mike Thalassitis. The 2017 Love Island contestant was found hanged in a park in north London on Saturday morning, according to police. Officers are not treating his death as suspicious. According to a number of reports, the 26-year-old had been battling with mental health issues in the months leading up to his death. But in a tweet posted - then deleted - on Monday night, Bellew seemed to make light of his death as he again highlighted the problem of PTSD in military personnel. 'Bomber', who announced his retirement in November, declared celebrities should "get a grip" and questioned why more isn't done to help soldiers suffering from PTSD who are living on the streets. “Heard today that celebrities coming off these shows are getting stressed out cos they aren’t getting enough so it’s causing them to be depressed! WTF … [Read more...] about Tony Bellew causes social media storm with tweets after Mike Thalassitis suicide
There is a veritable dumpster fire of scandals currently embroiling the White House. President Trump has been accused of conspiring with a foreign government, obstructing justice, and violating campaign finance law, among other things that I cannot list in full because this piece can only run to 800 words. Indeed, Americans are facing the most pressing threat to our democracy in modern times — but there is another, even darker scandal which seems to be vexing many of our establishment politicians and much of our media: namely, that women have some power now. Truly, this is a crisis in its own right. It would be one thing if it were older women who had gained access to the political conversation. The world has some experience processing female figureheads like Theresa May, Angela Merkel, or Hillary Clinton. As long as they adhere to pre-approved haircuts, choice exceptions can be been made for women of a certain age to fill establishment positions. We’ll … [Read more...] about Opinion: If you want to know the shocking truth about AOC, here it is
The RTE analyst, who grew up in the Christchurch area, said locals would now be living in fear of a similar attack happening again. He told the Today programme on RTÉ Radio 1: “I grew up in Christchurch, all my friends are in Christchurch and this is the good fact about social media that I’m able to find out that they’re safe. “It’s absolutely rocked the country...and I think that the description for my country is innocence lost. “New Zealand has always been revered as a safe country, as a country somewhat stuck back in the old ages in the sense of you don’t have to lock your house or lock your car. “I grew up in a multi racial society that embraced differences in culture and differences in colour and for this to happen. “The one thing I would like to publicly say is the outpouring of love and support to me from the Irish people has been overwhelming. “I know a lot of people that live in that suburb, especially the second … [Read more...] about ‘There were was a real feeling of shock at the team room’