Category: LIFESTYLE

UK: STOLEN PASSPORTS, CREDIT CARDS, COCAINE AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY BOLDLY ADVERTISED ON CRAIGSLIST

The information site Wikipedia describes Craigslist as an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.

Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a web-based service in 1996 and expanded into other classified categories. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries.

The popular site has grown to become a huge tool for buying or selling all manner of objects and products ranging form the most normal and useful to the downright weird and wacky. From sexual hookups to surrogate mums to women who want to conceive a child during the total eclipse – you can find them all on the site

But a recent BBC report has revealed that organised criminals are misusing the UK version of the popular classifieds site to trade in class A drugs and offer criminal services, according to the probe by the BBC.

The investigation, by regional news programme Inside Out, found reporters were openly able to buy cocaine online from a dealer in Derby, illegal cigarettes from two sellers in Corby and Carlisle and a £550 stolen passport from Kent.

According to leading intelligence and security expert Philip Ingram MBE, the levels of organised crime on the site are “frightening”.

After arranging an exchange of cocaine for £80 a gram on Craigslist, undercover reporter Jonathan Gibson said: “Controlled drugs are being sold next to second hand sofas.

Other people offered services on the site including money laundering, recruiting postmen to steal mail and fraudulently asking other people to take a learner driver’s theory test in exchange for money.

But criminal activities on the site is not limited to this side of the pond. A California woman was sentenced to five years in prison for a bizarre and elaborate scheme to frame her husband’s ex-fiancée for trying to have her raped.

For months, Diaz made it appear that her husband’s ex-fiancée, Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 30, had been harassing and stalking her, as well as recruiting men to go to Diaz’s home and rape her by posting “rape fantasy” ads on Craigslist.

And in Miami, Florida the Food for Florida cards that were issued to victims of the Hurricane Irma to help them get back on their feet are being advertised on Craigslist for cash. The cards which have a face value of $1,300 are being illegally sold for $700.

Also, a New Jersey corrections officer was charged with receiving images of child sexual abuse.  37-year-old Stephen Salamak was arrested after  an undercover officer made contact with him after he posted on Craigslist that he was looking for women and moms “that are into Cheese Pizza,” a reference to child pornography.

According to the BBC, Craigslist was contacted but has declined to comment.

See this story in full on BBC Inside Out  on BBC One on Monday 23 October.

 

 

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FACEBOOK GROUP FOR SINGLES WHERE MEMBERS POST NUDE PICTURES

X-RATED photos are being shared by hundreds of people on a Facebook group in which anyone including children could join.

Admins of the UK-based group, which boasts more than 1,500 members, host explicit photo-sharing sessions every Wednesday during a “happy hour” where users are urged: “Have fun you filthy f********.”

 

The group was full of racy, nude snaps which were posted and later removed by Facebook

 

Entitled “UK Sexy Singles Come and Mingle”, the group initially seems like an innocent place for single people across Britain to meet others.

On the page its description reads: “Hello and welcome to UK Singles laughter and love house 21+.

A place to have fun, flirt, banter, chat, enjoy games, make friends and maybe find that special some we’re all looking for!!

“We’re a friendly bunch and welcome all new members. Please post an introduction when you join so people can interact with you.

“Join in and have fun.”

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However one insider has told how while the group advertises itself as a place for people to meet and begin meaningful relationships, the group is actually a “non-stop stream of porn which anyone can join”.

The insider added: “I joined the group with a blank profile, no picture, no nothing. You have to request to join, but they do not do any checks at all.

“I just wanted to take a look around and see what it was about, but it was very explicit.

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“Then over the last three weeks they have introduced this ‘Happy Hour’, where everyone is told to share pictures of themselves naked or hardly wearing anything.

“There’s men posting pictures of their member, women doing similar. It doesn’t end.

“It’s horrific that people can just make something that just resembles porn and nothing is done about it.”

The group member decided to speak out against the group when he became aware that young teenagers were involved.

Members of the group had been playing a game in which they post a picture of themselves and then others have to guess how old they are.

Eventually one member admitted they were only 16, and was removed by admins.

“They could sign up for this for all they care and see all that.

“This could be used by predators, people looking for revenge porn, anything.

“Facebook took down a few of the images when people complained, but hardly any of them.”

 

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MALE SMOKERS WHO’VE GIVEN ORAL SEX TO 5 OR MORE WOMEN ARE AT GREATER RISK OF NECK CANCER

Men who have performed oral sex on five or more women are at greater risk of developing head and neck cancer, especially if they smoke.

Oropharyngeal cancer can be triggered by contracting the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is a common cause of cervical cancer in women.

Although the risk of diagnosis remains low – just 0.7 per cent of the male population – US researchers warned that men are more likely than woman to contract it.

According to the research, published in the journal Annals of Oncology, 15 per cent of men who smoked and had five or more oral sex partners are most likely to get HPV.

Around seven per cent of men who smoke and have had two to four oral sex partners contract the infection.

Cancer: The risk was also higher among men who smoke (PA)

And the lowest risk group were those who had one or no oral sex partners in their lifetimes, with only 1.5 per cent of them getting an oral HPV infection. This rises to four per cent among non-smokers with two to four oral sex partners.

The risk was much lower among women, anyone who did not smoke, and people who had less than five oral sex partners in their lifetimes.

One of the authors of the study, Dr Amber D’Souza, said cases of head and neck cancer are predicted to overtake cervical cancer by 2020 and said that, because of this, an effective screening process was crucial.

“It would be useful to be able to identify healthy people who are most at risk of developing oropharyngeal cancer in order to inform potential screening strategies, if effective screening tests could be developed,” she said.

“Most people perform oral sex in their lives, and we found that oral infection with cancer-causing HPV was rare among women regardless of how many oral sex partners they had.

“Among men who did not smoke, cancer-causing oral HPV was rare among everyone who had less than five oral sex partners, although the chances of having oral HPV infection did increase with number of oral sexual partners, and with smoking.”

Researchers analysed data from 13,089 people, aged 20-69.They used the numbers of oropharyngeal cancer cases and deaths from US registries to predict the risk of cancer from oral HPV infection.

There are over 100 different kinds of HPV but only a few are known to cause cancer. HPV 16 or 18, for example, is known to cause most cervical cancer, and HPV 16 also triggers oropharyngeal cancer.

EXERCISE WILL NOT HELP IF WE DO NOT CUT OUT SUGAR AND CARBS FROM OUR DIET

In a fascinating and scorching editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three authors argue that the myth that exercise is the key to weight loss – and to health – is erroneous and pervasive, and that it must end. The evidence that diet matters more than exercise is now overwhelming, they write, and has got to be heeded: We can exercise to the moon and back but still be fat for all the sugar and carbs we consume. And perhaps even more jarring is that we can be a normal weight and exercise, and still be unhealthy if we’re eating poorly. So, they say, we need a basic reboot of our understanding of health, which has to involve the food industry’s powerful PR “machinery,” since that was part of the problem to begin with.

 

The major point the team makes – which they say the public doesn’t really understand – is that exercise in and of itself doesn’t really lead to weight loss. It may lead to a number of excellent health effects, but weight loss – if you’re not also restricting calories – isn’t one of them. “Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%,” they write. “However, physical activity does not promote weight loss.”

Plus, in the last 30 years, exercise has stayed about the same, while overweight and obesity have skyrocketed. So something else must be at play – like the type of food we’re eating. That part has gotten steadily worse over the years, as highly-processed sugary foods and sodas have taken over as our go-to choices. “According to the Lancet global burden of disease reports,” they write, “poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined.” This is a disturbing statistic. But it gets worse.

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Exercise must be combined with a change in eating habits to result in weight loss and great health

The related and larger issue is that even normal weight people who exercise will, if they eat poorly, have metabolic markers that put them at very high risk of chronic illness and early mortality. “Up to 40% of those with a normal body mass index will harbour metabolic abnormalities typically associated with obesity, which include hypertension, dyslipidaemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.”

 

And the crux of the issue is this: We’re continually “fed” the idea that all that’s behind the rise in obesity is lack of exercise, or sedentariness. There have certainly been a lot of studies and popular articles suggesting that sitting is our downfall. Instead of effective messages about diet and health that science actually knows to be true, “members of the public are drowned by an unhelpful message about maintaining a ‘healthy weight’ through calorie counting,” the team writes, “and many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This false perception is rooted in the Food Industry’s Public Relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to those of big tobacco.”

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“Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%,

What we know to be true is much simpler: “Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger,” the write. “Fat calories induce fullness or satiation.” For every additional 150 calories in sugar (i.e., a can of soda) a person consumes per day, the risk for diabetes rises 11-fold, regardless of how much or little we exercise. The single most effective thing people can do for their weight, they write, is to restrict calories – and even more, restrict carbohydrates.

So if this is all true, and research seems to suggest it is, how will it change? It might take quite a lot of work to shift our psychology around food, especially since advertising is so saturated with the message that carbohydrates are good for us. The celebrity endorsements might need to be tweaked, the authors say, and certainly the way foods are advertised and, perhaps, created, need to be shifted. The public should be repeatedly hit with the message that whole, natural foods, where possible and affordable is the best way to go. If you’re trying to lose weight, reduce your calories (especially sugars) – don’t think exercise alone will cut it. And even if you’re normal weight, you can’t subside solely on junk and stay healthy.

The authors end with this powerful finale: “It is time to wind back the harms caused by the junk food industry’s Public Relations machinery. Let us bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity. You cannot outrun a bad diet.”

 

**Article by Alice G. Walton