16-Year-old Girl Set on Fire for Resisting Gang-Rape

Originally posted on sharia unveiled:

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by, The Times of India

LUCKNOW, India:  Even as the Uttar Pradesh government grapples with the Badaun rape and-murder , another case of atrocity against women has come to the fore with reports of a group of men, including a former village pradhan, dousing a minor girl in kerosene and setting her ablaze in Basti district on Saturday after she resisted their attempts to molest her.

The incident took place in Captanganj police circle of the district on Saturday morning. No arrests were reported till late on Saturday night.

According to reports, a former pradhan of the village, Munna Shukla, first tried to stall construction work of a boundary wall of a house in Bharvaliya village. When the owner of the house, who was supervising the work, refused to oblige, Shukla and his men beat him up. And, when his 16-year-old daughter arrived at the scene they tried to molest…

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Filmmakers Moving Where the Money Is: Digital TV Series

Originally posted on Variety:

For independent filmmakers, digital TV series may be the next green.

Like many directors, Paul Schrader acknowledges the difficulty of finding money for his projects. He had to fund last year’s “The Canyons,” starring Lindsay Lohan, on Kickstarter, a process he’s not sure he’d try again. “It’s the kind of thing that’s fun to do once,” he says. “Independent film is not lucrative anymore. People are discovering you can lose money on a $500,000 movie.”

As Netflix and Amazon bulk up on original entertainment, they’re largely focused on buying TV series, which perform better on their services than movies do. The result is that indie moviemakers are starting to think more about crafting, episodic TV-like projects for play on digital screens.

“It’s not a surprise to me that more and more filmmakers are telling me they are working on an eight-episode story than (that) they just finished another screenplay,” says…

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Facebook Promote The Oldest Anti-Jewish Libel: Eric Lee

D.E. Cantor:

For some insane reason, Facebook, which has been known to be quick in deleting pages and profiles upon complaints, is letting this page, which promotes a long-disproved bigoted myth about the Jewish people, to stand. This is the epitome of hypocrisy in that Facebook claims to have a policy against “Hate Speech,” but, somehow is allowing this to stand. Thanks go to “Engage” for bringing this issue to my attention and that of others. To those reading this on my blog, please reblog this to bring it to the attention of more people.

Originally posted on Engage:

This is a cross-post by Eric Lee

I learned this morning that Facebook has a page devoted to “Jewish ritual murder” which I found hard to believe — so I checked and found it’s true.

So, as one does, I used Facebook’s complaint procedure to formally report harassment.  After all, I do feel harassed — as a Jew and a human being — by people promoting vile anti-Jewish propaganda.

It took Facebook 32 minutes to respond, which is great.

Good to see that they care about racism and antisemitism and are as keen as I am to … wait a minute … here’s a screenshot of their response:

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Just in case you can’t read that, here’s the essence of it:

You reported Jewish ritual murder for harassment.
Status    This page wasn’t removed
Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our…

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Not a Perfect Soldier: The Question of Captain America

Originally posted on On the Worn-Out Heels of Kerouac:

Even by the more strenuous geeky “but-you’re-not-a-real-fan-unless” credentials, I’ve been a Captain America fan for a while now. I’ve read many of the comics; I’ve watched, re-watched, discussed, and analyzed the three Marvel movies where Cap’s been a key player; I was even planning to write Winter Soldier on my face in Russian with liquid eyeliner to celebrate the new movie premiere, though wiser friends talked me out of the idea.

So when I came across a link on my Twitter feed to an article titled “Why Captain America Is Only Interesting If He’s A Prick”, my attention was snagged almost immediately.

The argument that the article’s author is making is one that I’ve heard more than a few times: as a character, Steve Rogers just isn’t that interesting, and he’s uninteresting because he’s good. He’s “fundamentally dull”, says the article, because he’s “kind… moral, and effortlessly charming”, and…

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“Years of Living Dangerously”: Climate Change in our World Today

Originally posted on Thought + Food:


Yesterday I watched the première episode of the series “Years Of Living Dangerously”. I had heard a lot about it and was curious to see if it would touch on  any links to agriculture/food system. It started off with Harrison Ford, one of the celebrity correspondents helping to tell the climate change story, taking off in a plane repurposed by NASA to collect samples of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  Other aspects of the story unfolded as we visited Plainview, Texas where long years of drought decimated the cattle and shut down the local meat-packing factory, rendering people unemployed; to Indonesia where centuries old forest growth is being cut down everyday to make room for palm oil plantations; and to Syria where the roots of the current conflict are traced back to a devastating drought that displaced farmers and forced people into extreme poverty. (I wrote about Syria earlier here).

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Marvel ‘Captain America’ Tie-In Overpowers ‘Agents of SHIELD’

Originally posted on Variety:

Although the producers of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” have said this was the plan from the beginning, the Marvel overlords – and their interwoven cinematic universe – have done the ABC series no favors by trying to accommodate the studio’s theatrical blockbusters and incorporating those events into the episodic drama.

Tuesday’s episode (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched, or seen the latest “Captain America” sequel) sought to pick up where the movie subtitled “The Winter Soldier” left off. And since the movie essentially decimated the government organization known as SHIELD, that left the show to take a rather sharp turn, and the promos promising a “game-changing” episode.

Until now, “SHIELD” has primarily been constructed as a villain-of-the-week procedural with a mythological component, as Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his rather bland team of operatives go about neutralizing a different threat each week. There was also the nagging matter of…

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Notes On the Church From an Insomniac

Originally posted on Morning Meditations:

Old English cir(i)ce, cyr(i)ce, related to Dutch kerk and German Kirche, based on medieval Greek kurikon, from Greek kuriakon (dōma ) ‘Lord’s (house),’ from kurios ‘master or lord.’

I’ve always wondered how you get “church” out of “ekklesia” and in a bout of insomnia, I decided to find out. It’s not so much that I want to know about the usage of “church” as a building or even an organization, but as the entity that has, in some circles, replaced Israel as the focus of all His New Covenant prophesies and promises (see my five-part review series on D. Thomas Lancaster’s lectures, What About the New Covenant for more).

The definition above is what I first came up with in a Google search using the search string “origin of the word church”. Here’s more detail:

church (n.) Old English cirice, circe “church, public place of worship; Christians collectively,” from West…

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