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"We need to ensure that companies are pulling their weight alongside government."

Call it a Labour of love for Planet Earth. John McDonnell, the Labour Party's Shadow Chancellor in the United Kingdom's Parliament, has proposed a bold new initiative that would require companies to do their part to help combat climate change.

Under the proposal, companies that aren't "pulling their weight" on environmental reforms could see their status in the London Stock Exchange threatened. McDonnell said the proposal was necessary to "ensure that companies are pulling their weight alongside government." The London Stock Exchange represents more than 2,000 companies from 60 nations and an estimated wealth of nearly $5 trillion U.S. dollars.

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You’d think a bunch of guys wearing tall hats, bright red clothing, carrying guns and stomping would be a pretty clear signal to get out of the way. This is an important lesson in paying attention to your surroundings.

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Leave Our Butthole Alone, Says English Town

The residents of Shepshed are proud of their most famous street, Butthole Lane.

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One would be wrong to assume that the English town of Shepshed, Leicestershire is embarrassed about the name of its most famous street, Butthole Lane. While residents of other more discerning English towns have gone out of their ways to change the names of their similarly named streets and roads—like those of Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, who changed the name of their Butt Hole Road to the far less provocative Archers’ Way—the residents of Shepshed say they’re proud of their Butthole Lane.

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Experiment Finds Immigrants Apply for Low-Income Jobs Much More Than Natives

A British newspaper tested the theory that immigrants are hungrier for work than native citizens, to interesting results.

A common refrain among anti-immigration activists is that immigrants are "taking our jobs." While it is true that millions of American citizens are struggling with joblessness while many illegal immigrants are gainfully employed, a new study out of England helps make sense of why that may be.

Journalists at the U.K. paper the Daily Mail created 10 fictitious job descriptions and advertised them online, in newspapers, and in shop windows around Britain. When people applied to the jobs, the reporters fessed up about their ruse and asked the applicants where they were from. The journalists' ethics are questionable, but what they discovered was interesting: Despite the fact that the U.K., like America, is in the grips of an awful recession, more immigrants applied to the jobs than native Brits—sometimes by huge margins.

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The War on Photoshopping: UK Bans "Misleading" Makeup Ads

A government body in the UK has tossed two makeup ads after complaints that they were too exaggerated for public consumption.

Just one month after the American Medical Association officially came out against the practice of photoshopping actors and models in advertising, the British are waging their own battle against airbrushed ads.

After a complaint by female Member of Parliament Jo Swinson, who said two new ads, one for Maybelline and one for L'Oreal, were "not representative of the results the products could achieve," the federal Advertising Standards Authority deemed the ads too retouched to be allowed.

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Idea: Give Prostitutes Amnesty to Catch a Serial Killer

Might making prostitutes and their clients unafraid of police lead to a serial killer's arrest?

The photo above is of Megan Waterman with her daughter, Lily. Waterman was 22 last year when, after going out one night to work as a prostitute, she was killed. Her body was dumped along with three others on a beach in Long Island. Like Waterman, the three other murder victims had advertised themselves as escorts on Craigslist, leading police to believe they may have a serial killer on their hands.

The problem with trying to catch a killer who kills prostitutes is twofold: Firstly, the public and the authorities frequently don't attack crimes against sex workers the way they do crimes against people in other professions. The prostitute's violent death is seen by many as a penalty for a dangerous life of "sin"—she shouldn't have been a hooker.

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