Sunday, October 23, 2011

9/11 : The Falling Man

9/11: The Falling Man is documentary based on a photograph taken by an Associated Press photographer who captured some of the over 200 people who chose to jump from the World Trade Center towers. The film asks the questions: Who exactly is The Falling Man? And why was his picture and the images of others who jumped removed from our collective memory and mourning of 9/11. A devastating, must-watch documentary.
A study in the pathology of shock, denial and horror - and the collective reaction of media and government.  It examines why it may have happened, what social mores were broken and how whatever truths we can know could be suppressed.  The reactions of family and others are instructive in explaining how we confront some hard truths.

And this article on the 10th Anniversary of 9 /111 made sense to me.


The Force

Madonna's brother living on street

Madonna's older brother Anthony Ciccone, 55 - is homeless, living under a bridge in remote northern Michigan.

"My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," Ciccone told the Messenger. "You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times — why my sister is a multibazillionaire, and I'm homeless on the street? Never say never. This could happen to anybody." 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

23 Swedish women convicted in rare child porn case

What are you talking about - have you read some of those Romance novels? 
Of course it wasn't their fault - they were unstable AND the70 year man MADE them so it.

Also, "The child who never was."
For two years, Victoria Jones, left, pretended to have a daughter and convinced Daniel Barberini he was the father.
Plus,  "Stockbrokers More Competitive, Willing To Take Risks Than Psychopaths: Study"

In 2005, a study found that traders who are unable to fully feel their emotions due to brain damage end up performing better on the market -- possibly because they experience less anxiety about risky trades.

At the time, one professor of neurology described such emotionally impaired traders as "functional psychopaths."
And for good  measure:
Wife Tries To Behead Sleeping Husband With Power Saw: Police

Monday, October 17, 2011

Van Gogh's death not suicide

Auvers Sur-Oise field where Van Gogh shot himself.
He just couldn't take it anymore.  Plus, Paul Gauguin cut off his ear in a fight and they covered it up.  These are the revelations from 2 academics who have closely studied Van Gogh family documents.  Let's nor forget that at the time of his death (and for a number of years following it) he was a virtual unknown. Living from hand-to-mouth and painting whenever he could.  That his personal accounts acquired some degree of "myth" may reflect the possibility that they were spun out of conversations at the "Moulin Rouge" - or some other venue by patrons of an absinthe bar!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chris WHITE in Glasgow on Oct 10

100-yr old Man completes Toronto Marathon in 8:25 hh:mm

First Centenarian to complete the Toronto International Marathon, Mr. Fauja Singh completed the 42.4Km in 8hrs 25 mins today.  22,000 runners took part in the half and full marathons.

Singh took up running about 20 years ago at the age of 80. He runs about 16 kilometres each day. This marked the eighth marathon for Singh but he has slowed down a bit in the last decade.  In the same marathon in 2003, he set a record in the 90-plus category of 5:40 hh:mm.

Feminist making excuses

No sure what to make of this "white-wash" about women who kill their husbands - but I don't think I am going to like it.

The purely by coincidence I saw this.
9-1-1 call records Helena double murder; estranged wife in court.
He wanted to leave her for another women - he asked for a protection order, denied - 2 days later, she shots them both. Sounds pretty clear to me.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

1-in-4 Rape Myth

Given October is "DV Against Women Month" in the US this stat continues to live on - frequently repeated "ad nauseum".    It seems to me be exploiting both men and women's personal fears about sexuality - what is or may not be healthy - and is feminists way of  making it a "thought-crime" for young men (no so much women) to think about what their natural, healthy adult relationships which must include sexuality - are all about.

Given the frequency of adults engaging in sex, feminists may as well say something equally as as outrageous and provocative about eating, drinking or regular voiding of our bodies.


Quebec mom charged with attempted murder of children

A husband awoke on Thanksgiving Sunday to his children's screams with his wife attempting to drown them in the bathtub.  Now tell me there ain't some crazy bitches around.


National Post - Out of the park!

The National Post has had a good run in the last few days:

Exhibit A) Open court’ a doomed exercise for public, press - describes what a joke it is that courts are "open" for all.    That couldn't be farther from the truth - and the Judges know it and like it that way.  This starts to make more sense now - given that we know of the many battles Dad's in Ontario have had trying to convince judges they can bring self-recording devices into their own cases.

Furthermore it reinforces the idea that Court is NOT OPEN.  In fact, in  many vases in Alberta the Judge acts like an impetuous child. 

Exhibit B) Gilding the lily in domestic violence case - OMG, can this happen? Of course it can and does.

All are common truths that need to be told.

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