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The Times - United Kingdom | 29/11/2011

Anonymity breeds hatred in the Internet

A hate campaign instigated by British Internet users has forced the organiser of a fireworks display to go underground with his family. The police are investigating whether the firework display at the beginning of November caused a massive pileup on the UK's M5 motorway in which seven people died. There must be an end to anonymity on the Internet, the conservative daily The Times demands: "Perhaps the net, like newspapers, has to learn to self-regulate. Randi Zuckerberg ... has called for an end to online anonymity, having forced Facebook members to use their real names and e-mails when signing on. 'People behave a lot better when they have their real names down,' she explained. ... In the end it's about responsibility. Plato attacked anonymity on the grounds that 'wherever anyone thinks that he can safely be unjust, there he is unjust. For all men believe in their hearts that injustice is far more profitable to the individual than justice.' It's a gloomy view of human nature, but today's Internet users are in serious danger of proving his point."

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 18/01/2008

Good teeth are reserved for the rich in Britain

"In Britain today, you can stuff yourself on deep-fried Mars Bars, drink 20 pints a night, inject yourself with heroin, smoke 60 cigarettes a day or decide to change your sex - and the NHS [National Healthcare System] has an obligation to treat you. ... But if you have bad teeth, forget it," writes Alice Thomson. "It is now virtually impossible for many people to find an NHS dentist, and if they do manage to squeeze on to a list, they could still be charged 80 per cent of the cost of treatment ... But there are increasingly two dental nations in Britain and those who can't afford the fees have worse teeth than ever before. With bad teeth, you are less likely to find a good job or a successful relationship. ... Healthy teeth used to be seen as a sign of a modern society. Now because of our first-world diets and third-world dental care, we have 19th-century teeth. Britain has to take its teeth seriously again or we will soon be back to wooden dentures."

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