It is a hard question!

adjective (DIFFICULT)

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.

Opposite: easy

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An Inconvenient Truth

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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.

Trust is a paradox, isn’t it?

Bernie Madoff

Go the extra mile
Degrading and undermining the justice system

Statue of lady justice stands in front of an out of focus row of law books.

Een aberrant gebeuren in de wetenschap

De wetenschapsfraude door Diederiek Stapel
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1 Hoogleraar Vingerhoets ook slachtoffer van frauderende collega Diederik Stapel

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25 nov. 2012

De Tilburgse hoogleraar Ad Vingerhoets is vorig jaar ook bijna het slachtoffer geworden van de fraudepraktijken van zijn collega Diederik Stapel. Stapel zoog onderzoeksresultaten uit zijn duim en werd door daarom de universiteit van Tilburg ontslagen.

2 Uitgebreid gesprek met hoogleraar Vingerhoets over zijn frauderende collega Stapel

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25 nov. 2012

De Tilburgse hoogleraar Ad Vingerhoets is vorig jaar ook bijna het slachtoffer geworden van de fraudepraktijken van zijn collega Diederik Stapel. Stapel zoog onderzoeksresultaten uit zijn duim en werd door daarom de universiteit van Tilburg ontslagen.

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.”

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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.”

Woman who falsely accused a Williamson County man of assault will be arrested

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1 dec. 2018

She accused her ex of assault, but now prosecutors say she made it up and now they plan to hold her responsible. 
Agusta Sister
99 years vs 180 days…should be equal
Jan Martin Brenden
Like i say woman cant love a man. Like a man do. If she dont obey you she dont love you. Ofc moral obeying. If shes not submissive and humble cast her out.

3 Woman who falsely accused Cedar Park man arrested

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5 dec. 2018
An ex-girlfriend accused him of carving an “X” into her chest with a box cutter. Now she’s the one facing jail time.

Because it was common sense

Adam Foss speaks at TED2016 – Dream – Outside the Box, Vancouver Convention Center

True Justice or Keeping up appearances
Mauro Manuel an exceptionally human story

Mauro Manuel is de bekendste asielzoeker van Nederland

Mauro Manuel in Pauw & Witteman 22-09-2011

Geen verblijfsvergunning voor Mauro

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1 nov. 2011

Grote teleurstelling in Nederland. De achttienjarige Angolees Mauro Manuel krijgt geen verblijfsvergunning. Mauro woont al acht jaar in een Nederlands pleeggezin, praat vloeiend Nederlands en voetbalt bij de plaatselijke club. Maar nu hij meerderjarig is, kan hij wettelijk niet meer in het land blijven
When the reality of life and justice are at odds

Above Suspicion

Jimmy Savile

‘A compulsive, colourful and chilling read’
Sunday Times
‘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’.

de Volkskrant

The author does not go into detail, except in one explicit scene. The focus is on the psychological consequences of the abuse’.

de Volkskrant

‘A book with depth, written full of nuance and language skill’.

Twentsche Courant

‘With his shocking book Mark Vangheluwe has made a fundamental contribution to the debate that is still so urgently needed’.

Twentsche Courant

“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 Volkskrant

‘De auteur treedt niet in detail, behalve in één expliciete scene. De aandacht gaat vooral naar de psychologische gevolgen van het misbruik’

de Volkskrant

‘Een boek met diepgang, vol nuance en taalvaardigheid geschreven.’

Twentsche Courant

‘Met zijn ontluisterende boek heeft Mark Vangheluwe een fundamentele bijdrage aan het nog altijd zo dringend noodzakelijk debat.’

Twentsche Courant

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?

At former Indigenous schools, Canada unearths a brutal history. Flags and solar lights now mark the site where graves were found in Saskatchewan.

Rose Anne Archibald

How the Catholic Church Hid Away Hundreds of Irish Children
Children Abused By French Clergy
The Innocence Project
The world upside down

Top US general under fire for calls to Chinese officials l GMA

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Why Milley checked nuclear procedures, called China in final days of Trump presidency

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15 sep. 2021

Correction: The headline on this video has been updated to accurate reflect the steps Gen. Milley took to secure the nuclear launch process.
Explosive new details about former President Donald Trump’s actions around last year’s election and the January insurrection have been revealed in a yet-to-be-released book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post. Judy Woodruff discusses them and the questions they raise with White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and foreign affairs and defense correspondent Nick Schifrin.

Trump and GOP accuse Gen. Milley of treason. Reporter urges them to read the book

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16 sep. 2021

CNN’s Jamie Gangel reports that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley consulted with former Defense Secretary Mark Esper and former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller before he called his Chinese counterpart about former President Donald Trump, and that 15 people were part of the call including a Trump State Department representative. The Joint Chiefs chairman has since come under attack over new reporting in “Peril,” a forthcoming book by Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, which details Milley’s phone conversations to reassure a nervous Chinese general and efforts Milley took to limit then-President Donald Trump from potentially ordering a dangerous military strike. Former NATO supreme allied commander Gen. Wesley Clark tells Anderson Cooper that Milley should be praised for what he did.

Trump Electors Plot Implodes: Giuliani And The Admission That May Haunt 45

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25 jan. 2022

In this special report, MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber breaks down Trump’s multi-state bid to steal the 2020 presidential election with the help of fraudulent electors. This comes after former Trump campaign advisor, Boris Epshteyn, admitted to his involvement with the plot on “The Beat” and confirmed that Rudy Giuliani led it.
David V
Trump’s next move, he tries to blame the fake electors plot on Rudy.
Sadly, the great majority of the country does not realize that our democracy is on life support.
It’s always amazing to see a lawyer who doesn’t realize he needs a lawyer.
Jean Howard
All of these people must be prosecuted, there has got to be consequences for these actions.
Mac Daddy 50
Had Trump 1st impeachment been handled like Watergate hearings, Donnie would of got the boot by congress and the American people!
Morphic Monkey
It’s incredible how Giuliani went from “America’s Mayor” to “Enemy of Democracy”. What a legacy.
Bertha Bridges
What makes this hard is they had so little respect for the American people. Very disrespectful.
milt moltich
I’m now convinced some, hopefully not all, lawyers are so narcissistic that their sophomoric/moronic logic is ridiculous. Even embarrassing.
Thorny Turtle Ranch
Boris was a little stupid going on the news. Does he not see the potential for prison in his future?
brian mcintyre
Somebody needs to go to prison for this, otherwise it makes the America justice system look like a big joke. This is how they operate in banana republics.
John Yost
It is best prosecuted, tried and convicted by the State and Feds so they cannot be pardoned by a future Republican President, assuming the American voter ever makes that mistake again…
Marc F. Nielssen
The fact that Giuliani has not yet been arrested is mind-boggling.
Sharon Mores
I think that there should be many corrupt lawyers needing to be disbarred. This is a disgrace and our country looks like fools to the world.
Kip Horton
Give them real jail time. Not affluent penalties. Pop a few 10+ year sentences on them. This is really serious. The world is watching us. Watching our weakness and division. Let’s get right people, before it’s too late.
Christine Raymond
It’s astounding how much an advance they had all this stuff in place
This plot needs to be exposed and some prosecution initiated before the midterm campaigning begins because Americans need to know who they’re electing to office and how it might affect the future of our democracy. AG Garland needs to get a sense of urgency.
Rudy is just the fall guy. Not surprised he wasnt smart enough to see that
Ari’s casual listening face while these idiots reveal their plans in the public record to overthrow our democracy is priceless.
Dissle 32
Everyone involved in the attempted coup should be thrown out of office and in a jail cell. Or else its just going to keep happening and they will succeed at some point.
I think the vast majority of voters don’t understand how dire this situation was
We’re tired of seeing the criminal acts they committed and not having any consequences.
nick franklin
How many times does this guy have to get in trouble before his folks realize that he may be corrupt?
Randy's Crafts
Nothing haunts Trump. He has no conscience.
Mars crypto
Prison would be a given for any of these activities, in an actually free society. Unfortunately the legal system only applies to the underprivileged.
Marilyn O
At 7:03 Boris Epshteyn ACTUALLY SAID “Everything that was done, was done ILLEGALLY by the Trump legal team…” I’m sure he did not mean to admit that on live television. But he slipped. And he said it !
Rara Avis
The thing is, if this was me, a lowly barely making ends meet person, had even one of the things any number of these guilty parties have been accused of, id have been in prison a long time ago. Can we just finally treat these asshats the way normal people are treated?? This crap wouldve been long over by now…😡Seeing all these jerks not being treated the way they treat us is infuriating.
Hey Hey Hey
“Forged documents “…..… Why aren’t they arrested already!? 😫 Hurry up!
Ari is Brilliant. He is one of the few I admire on any network. He is so clever and knows his game so well he gets criminals to confess to their crimes on TV!
These talking heads need to start pointing out the absolute historical fact that every single failed coup was a practice run for a successful coup. You know, like what State House level Republicans are engineering right now.
Definitely seeing why they didn’t want anyone to investigate what happened. So they could basically do it again.
Be Thoughtful
I can see you are a good guy Ari. This clip tells me more than you think.
this is a great news report, sums up all the most important bits of the chilliing situation.
Johnny English
Donald Trump: I’m butthurt. Judge: That’s not a legal argument.
Bruce Sanderson
If it is true, as it seems, that this was all Steve Bannon’s baby he should get life without parole.
Soo Tuck Choong
Giuliani, in his mind, feels that as a lawyer, he can certainly lie and lie, and keep on lying, and can get away with it.
Kenny C Nez
He said: ” Everything Was Done Illegally ” by Trumps Letgal Team according to the rules
This plot is coming apart like Rudy’s hair dye under stage lighting.
Vernon Engbino
Rudy should be taken into custody immediately. So too Powell and Flynn for advising Trump to seize voting machines.
Kurt Dunbar
From grifters, to criminals, to traitors. We would not know most of this without the 1-6 committee.
Leona Forcier
Trump M.O. He is extremely predictable, the more he speaks about a subject (ie the big lie) and the more he points his finger at someone, the more you know it is exactly what Trump is doing behind the scene’s himself.
Scott Black
I’m so tired of hearing overwhelming evidence and NO ONE has been charged… It’s sickening.
꧁Natus Iterum꧂
Seems like the BAR Association would have an issue with this.
Jim Spyro
If it weren’t for a free press, we’d never know about any of this. That’s why it’s been so fiercely attacked here lately.
This is horrifying! I hope there are consequences for everyone involved. I know for me who leaned Democratic and still voted Republican sometimes if I liked the candidate better, I will never vote Republican again after they tried to overthrow Democracy. Who would have thought at the end of this thing Mike would be the hero who was one of a handful of Republicans that have some integrity.
Soul Dreamer
I seriously doubt Giuliani has the mental capacity to be the mastermind and ringleader of anything this complex. He is at best a Tattaglia, and he’s definitely not a Barzini.
Regina Higginbotham
This man doesn’t think there is consequences for his sedition and criminal behavior. He’s a legend in his own mind.
Alex Mercedes
My head is exploding. Evidence, proof, admissions, confessions, documents…..and these people are still walking around free, some of them fundraising and making book deals, many of them refusing to appear when subpoenaed? I do not understand American justice system.
James Irwin
When six judges plus even our own Supreme Court rules against Trump, any US citizen who still believes Trump’s versions seriously needs psychological help and fast! Seriously. Golly, the Supreme Court is the highest in our country!
True Grit
Lock them up! Lock them up! ALL of the foul Trumps! So much for the party of family values.
When you elect a criminal you can expect criminal activity.
The orange coated one’s life-long knack for failure is keeping me in stitches.
That one anime freak
The cognitive dissonance it requires for Republican voters to defend all of this and somehow blame Dems…
Workout Warrior
I really hope they are gonna hold these people accountable.. I mean come on! So many have gotten away with so much, especially TRUMP.. so make them pay
Eduardo German
The look on his face when he comes out to speak when he knew he was gonna lose is priceless and as he is spewing that whole mess that he won you can tell he’s gauging the room for there reaction 🤦.
Karin New
I really think Giuliani is Trump’s “FALL GUY”!! Trump always needed a fall guy and this time it’s Giuliani’s turn. He didn’t have the mental capacity, and those Trumpers’ knew it, hence, make him the Fall Guy from the get go!!
Heck during the debate when asked if he would participate in our peaceful transfer of power he said If I win. Didn’t anyone find that chilling? I know I did.
Mike Downey
I’m confused. Isn’t the get a way driver charged with murder when someone dies during a commission of a crime?
Fran G
Soo the party of “alternative facts” was trying alternative electors.
Brother Taro
Watergate was like jaywalking compared with this.
Justice for the Middle East

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9 Air Conditioner Falls From Window onto a Car

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6 feb. 2019

Will these strangers fall hard for this prank like the air conditioner falls from the window?