Difficult to understand, do, experience, or deal with:
There were some really hard questions in the exam.
It’s hard to say which of them is lying.
It’s hard being a single mother.
Her handwriting is very hard to read.
He’s a hard man to please.
The topics get harder later in the course.
I feel sorry for the kids, too – they’ve had a hard time.
An Inconvenient Truth
In the margin of the website
The con man in the justice system
Bernie Madoff is the biggest con man
Bernard “Bernie” Madoff has been described as the largest investment fraud scheme – in history.
In March 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal crimes and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme that defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars.
Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the 1980s, and that the investment operation may never have been legitimate
The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion.
The court-appointed trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion.
On June 29, 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.
Go the extra mile
Degrading and undermining the justice system
An excerpt from an articlel in The New York Times:
Suspecting fraud, he consulted a retired professor to figure out what to do.
“Do you really believe that someone with [Stapel’s] status faked data?” the professor asked him.
“At that moment,” Vingerhoets told me, “I decided that I would not report it to the rector.”
If Stapel’s status served as a shield, his confidence fortified him further.
His presentations at conferences were slick and peppered with humor. He viewed himself as giving his audience what they craved: “structure, simplicity, a beautiful story.” Stapel glossed over experimental details, projecting the air of a thinker who has no patience for methods. The tone of his talks, he said, was “Let’s not talk about the plumbing, the nuts and bolts – that’s for plumbers, for statisticians.” If somebody asked a question – on the possible effect of changing a condition in the experiment, for example – he made things up on the spot. “I would often say, ‘Well, I have thought about this, we did another experiment which I haven’t reported here in which we tried that and it didn’t work.’ ”
An Aberrant Event in the Personal Life of an Individual
“I was going to sleep hoping I wouldn’t wake up.
Just to trying to get away from it.”
1 dec. 2018
Because it was common sense
True Justice or Keeping up appearances
Mauro Manuel an exceptionally human story
1 nov. 2011
When the reality of life and justice are at odds
‘A compulsive, colourful and chilling read’
‘An astonishing account’
‘An extraordinary book’
Mail on Sunday
Letter to the Pope
After years of abuse by his ‘uncle bishop’, Mark Vangheluwe decided to take up the fight and break the silence. In 2010, with the announcement of one of the biggest scandals within the Roman Catholic Church, he unleashed a media storm that was reported worldwide. Meanwhile, he leads a quiet life with his family in a remote corner of Flanders, but shame and fear continue to play tricks on him. Until the moment he realises that he can decide over his own life and finds the form and words to do so: a letter to the Pope.
“I have to tell you something, but powerlessness and especially shame stop me. Doubt and fear also play tricks on me. It is as if I am only now in possession of a piece of my memories and want to share them with you. Strange after so many years.”
‘Vangheluwe’s story stands out for its depth, its nuance and the richness of its language’.
The author does not go into detail, except in one explicit scene. The focus is on the psychological consequences of the abuse’.
‘A book with depth, written full of nuance and language skill’.
‘With his shocking book Mark Vangheluwe has made a fundamental contribution to the debate that is still so urgently needed’.
“Ik moet je iets vertellen, maar onmacht en vooral schaamte houden me tegen. Ook twijfel en angst spelen me parten. Het is alsof ik nu pas bezit krijg over een stuk van mijn herinneringen en dit met jou wil delen. Vreemd na zoveel jaren.”
“Het verhaal van Vangheluwe valt op door zijn diepgang, zijn nuance en de rijkdom van zijn taal”
‘De auteur treedt niet in detail, behalve in één expliciete scene. De aandacht gaat vooral naar de psychologische gevolgen van het misbruik’
‘Een boek met diepgang, vol nuance en taalvaardigheid geschreven.’
‘Met zijn ontluisterende boek heeft Mark Vangheluwe een fundamentele bijdrage aan het nog altijd zo dringend noodzakelijk debat.’
Canadian First Nation Residential Schools
For a period of more than 150 years, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation children were taken from their families and communities to attend schools which were often located far from their homes. More than 150,000 children attended Indian Residential Schools. Many never returned.
Rose Anne Archibald: Uncovering Canada’s dark past HARDtalk
Stephen Sackur speaks to RoseAnne Archibald, newly elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Canada.
The truth about the deaths of thousands of indigenous children in schools infamous for abuse and neglect has shocked the world. Why has Canada failed to heal the wounds of a dark past?
How the Catholic Church Hid Away Hundreds of Irish Children
Children Abused By French Clergy
The Innocence Project
The world upside down
15 sep. 2021
16 sep. 2021
25 jan. 2022
Justice for the Middle East
An Inconvenient Truth
In the margin of the website