The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 24th, 2019 morning edition

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A BBC documentary broadcast this week provides further evidence that the tide is beginning to turn on the historic carte blanche afforded to infant circumcision.

The former is illegal in the UK and typically regarded as barbaric; the latter, benign or even “beneficial”.

Just last week reports emerged of a one-month-old baby having to have his penis amputated in Egypt after it turned gangrenous following a circumcision.

Earlier this year, two baby boys died in Italy after their genitals were cut for religious reasons.

But even when carried out “successfully”, circumcisions involve the cutting away of erogenous tissue leading to a loss of penile sensitivity, inhibiting sexual pleasure.

But too often, debates around religious freedom are framed solely by those who only really care about their own.

But as a society we have a duty to balance competing freedoms and consider the rights of the child. »

Far-right extremism to be included in official terror warnings alongside Islamist threat for first time, government announces

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The growing threat from “extreme right-wing” terrorism will be included in official threat-level warnings for the first time, the home secretary has announced.

Sajid Javid, the home secretary, said: “Our approach to stopping terrorists is the same, regardless of the twisted ideology that motivates them.

“While the Islamist threat remains, we have recently seen an increase in terrorist activity motivated by the extreme right wing. »

Senate approves bill to extend 9/11 victims fund

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The House is expected to approve a bill Friday ensuring that a victims' compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a bill ensuring that a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

The bill would extend through 2092 a fund created after the 2001 terrorist attacks, essentially making it permanent. »

Bring Back the Animation

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Of course, such animation — the kind drawn by armies of animators, frame by painstaking frame — built the Walt Disney empire and aided in its resurgence in the late 1980s and early ’90s, known as the so-called Disney Renaissance.

Hand-drawn animation actually got tossed a lifeline when Disney bought Pixar in 2006.

Walt Disney himself represents a good case study for the power of personality as expressed through hand-drawn animation. »

Jon Stewart's Outrage Powers Senate Passage of 9

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While I support our heroic first responders, I can’t in good conscience vote for legislation which to my dismay remains unfunded.

But thanks to relentless lobbying, and the game-changing outrage of Jon Stewart, the bill finally passed, to actual applause, in the Senate on Tuesday.

But as John Feal, the ramrod activist behind the bill, reminded everyone afterwards, this wasn't the typical group of professional lobbyists. »