Saturday, September 20, 2014
Six Iranians appearing in a YouTube video singing the popular pop song 'Happy' were given suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison for "obscene behaviour."
Another defendant who faced heavier charges was given a suspended sentence of one year in prison and 91 lashes.Farshid Rofugaran was quoted in the Iran Wire as saying the verdicts had not been officially communicated to him and so he could not be completely sure about the information he had gathered.The sentences are suspended for three years, meaning that if any of the seven are found guilty of committing a similar offense, the punishment is carried out.The women appearing in the video were bare-headed, which is a violation of the strict Islamic dress code.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
He doesn’t really fit the bill.J. R. R. Tolkien that is. Novelists these days are supposed to wear their angst on their finely tailored sleeves, to be whirling dervishes of deconstruction, discontent, deviance and the divine right of protest. Yet the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was quintessentially comfortable—in his life as well as in his tweeds. He was also formed, informed, shaped, defined and inspired by his Roman Catholicism.I write this because yet another movie based—albeit sometimes loosely—on the man’s writings is in the making, and at this rate there will be at least six full-scale feature films. There are two biopics planned about the lives of Tolkien and his friend and fellow Christian, C. S. Lewis. It’s remarkable and welcome, and while purists never welcome publicity or success, the more that is known of Tolkien by a mass audience, the better is has to be for Catholicism.It’s not only the purists in our camp, of course, who question all this.When various bookstores, newspapers, magazines and literary societies compiled their lists of all-time greats a few years ago, Tolkien won the contests over and over again. First it was a chain of stores, polling more than 25,000 people. Dickens, Tolstoy, and Jane Austen did well, but the fellow with the pipe and friends in dwarfish places came out top.This annoyed the chattering classes no end, so the highly prestigious Folio Society polled its 50,000 members. Connoisseurs of fine literature, these good men and women were certain to make a different choice.
He evokes strong emotions from both his supporters and detractors, but anyone who has met Toronto Mayor Rob Ford knows the passion and love he has for his city and his determination to help his constituents.
Over his term as mayor, Ford has beaten opponents who tried to use the courts to undermine his democratic mandate and bounced back from the best efforts of media obsessed with undermining him.
But yesterday, it was announced that he has a malignant form of stomach cancer and is fighting the real battle of his life.
The people who wanted Rob Ford to no longer be mayor of Toronto have got their wish. Ford withdrew from the mayoral race.
So let's all send him our best thoughts and prayers for good health and a total recovery. Rob Ford made Toronto politics more exciting than it's been since the Mackenzie rebellion and the city wouldn't be the same without him.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
He really must have been the Master of Suspense: Patient in vegetative state for 16 years reacts to suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock show
A group of Canadian neuroscientists says they have successfully used an episode of the suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series to record the conscious experiences of a patient who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years.The researchers at Western University in London, Ont., released a paper Monday about a brain scanning technique that monitors the response of non-responsive patients to a shortened version of the episode, Bang! You’re Dead.
plus, more at NATURE
The NDP establishment in the downtown ward of Trinity-Spadina is pushing out an extremely troubling figure for Toronto District School Board (TDSB) trustee. The candidate, Ausma Malik has been endorsed by high-profile NDPers including Mike Layton, Joe Cressy, and former MPP Rosario Marchese. She's also sharing a campaign office with Layton and Cressy. In fact, so close are the three that they appear to consider themselves an allied slate, as opposed to three individual candidates.More HERE
Who is Ausma Malik?
According to The Varsity, Ausma Malik played a major role in a crooked student union election at the University of Toronto - which is located in the very ward in which she is now running for TDSB trustee...
You can read more and support him HERE
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
|Participant Media's Jeff Skoll|