No More Pickin On Ozzy: Attacks on punks, Goths, metalheads will be classified as hate crimes, says U.K. city

LONDON—If you punch a punk in Manchester, it could be a hate crime.

Police in the English city announced Wednesday that they will begin recording offences against members of alternative subcultures in the same way they do attacks based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

In other stupid news… Associated Press bans use of ‘illegal immigrant’ to describe people after claims it is ‘dehumanising‘  h/t TB

In surprising news… Globe writes good editorial:  When something is barbaric, call it barbaric

“Jason Kenney, the federal immigration minister, deserves congratulations for releasing an updated guide for newcomers that refers to certain unacceptable cultural practices as “barbaric.” Those practices include any that “tolerate spousal abuse, honour killings, female genital mutilation, forced marriage or other gender-based violence.” The term “barbaric” is strong, but it leaves no room for misinterpretation. That is the most important issue here.”