AN OPEN LETTER TO BEN AFFLECK – FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH!

An open letter to Ben Affleck

Your heart was in the right place, but…

Dear Ben,

I am writing to you today as a woman who was born and raised in Islam. I saw your discussion with Bill Maher and Sam Harris, and I must say you did me a great disservice that day. Your heart was in the right place, of course, and it was lovely of you to step up and defend ‘my people’.

What you really did though, perhaps inadvertently, was silence a conversation that never gets started. Two people attempted to begin a dialogue and you wouldn’t even listen. Why should any set of ideas be above criticism, Ben?

Why are Muslims being ‘preserved’ in some time capsule of centuries gone by? Why is it okay that we continue to live in a world where our women are compared to candy waiting to be consumed? Why is it okay for women of the rest of the world to fight for freedom and equality while we are told to cover our shameful bodies? Can’t you see that we are being held back from joining this elite club known as the 21st century?

Noble liberals like yourself always stand up for the misrepresented Muslims and stand against the Islamophobes, which is great but who stands in my corner and for the others who feel oppressed by the religion? Every time we raise our voices, one of us is killed or threatened. I am a blogger and illustrator, no threat to anyone, Ben, except for those afraid of words and drawings. I want the freedom to express myself without the very real fear that I might be killed for it. Is that too much to ask?

When I wrote a children’s book that carried a message of diversity and inclusivity for everyone, my life changed. My book, ‘My Chacha (uncle) is Gay’ has the innocent anti-homophobia message, ‘Love belongs to everyone’. This was not palatable to many of my Muslim brothers and sisters.

Since that project I have been declared an ‘enemy of God’ and deemed worthy of death. All because I want to help create a world where South Asian children too can have their stories told, so they too can know that love comes in all forms, and that that’s okay. My Muslim brothers and sisters were hit hard by this work because it addresses the issue of homophobia within our own community. It is not something they can pass off as ‘Western’ immorality. Just like they deny that any issues exist within the doctrine of Islam, many deny that homosexuality exists amongst good, ‘moral’ Muslims. Just like that, millions of people’s existence is denied. Please do not defend people who think this way, and let me tell you Ben, many ‘good’ Muslims do think this way.

What you did by screaming ‘racist!’ was shut down a conversation that many of us have been waiting to have. You helped those who wish to deny there are issues, deny them. You became an instant hero, a defender of Islam. It’s kind, it really is. I understand because I too am plagued and affected by the issues brought about by actual Islamophobia. I have a Muslim name and brown skin, my peaceful relatives have been pushed in the subway and called ‘terrorist’ for no reason.

I get that.

We must distinguish critiquing an ideology from being hateful towards a group of people. And for this reason I think that tackling the issues within Islam should be two-pronged. They must be brought up, but simultaneously we should stress that blame for these issues cannot be placed on individuals.

In the interest of being politically correct and ‘liberal’, we silence the voices of millions. I am turning to you because you were instrumental in starting this conversation. Those of us who want reform are muted by extremists, as well as the liberals who betray us in the name of multiculturalism.

ISIS paints a horrific picture, so I understand the knee-jerk reaction to deny any link. Most Muslims choose to interpret scripture in a peaceful way, but that doesn’t mean the raw material isn’t there for those who choose the path of violence. That material must be addressed.

Can we talk about the blatant double standards and violation of human rights, for a second? Mosques are built throughout western countries, usually without much issue. But in the hub of Islam, the heart of Islam, Saudi Arabia, no one but Muslims are allowed to officially practice their faith. There are no churches, temples or synagogues because Saudi Arabia will not permit any non-Muslim place of worship to exist. Who will hold them accountable for such injustice if we hush everyone who speaks out against Islam?

What is so wrong with wanting to step into the current century? There should be no shame. There is no denying that violence, misogyny and homophobia exist in all religious texts, but Islam is the only religion that is adhered to so literally, to this day.

In your culture you have the luxury of calling such literalists “crazies”, like the Westboro Baptist Church, for example. In my culture, such values are upheld by more people than we realise. Many will try to deny it, but please hear me when I say that these are not fringe values. It is apparent in the lacking numbers of Muslims willing to speak out against the archaic Shariah law. The punishment for blasphemy and apostasy, etc, are tools of oppression. Why are they not addressed even by the peaceful folk who “aren’t fanatical, who just want to have some sandwiches and pray five times a day? Where are the Muslim protestors against blasphemy laws/apostasy? Where are the Muslims who take a stand against harsh interpretation of Shariah? These sandwich-eating peaceful folk do not defend those suffering in the name of Islam, Ben, and therein lies our problem.

Maybe the points Maher and Harris were trying to make are more easily digested when coming from within the community, I can appreciate that. That is why I am writing to you, as someone who has personally been hurt by the lack of acknowledgement of these issues.

If Muslims do not critique their own atrocities, then people on the outside will and their message will not be listened to simply because of who they are. It’s a vicious cycle, one that can only break if indeed, like Harris said, true reformers are empowered.

I ask you and anyone reading this to make an effort to seek out reformers from within our community, and support them in any way you can.

If I were allowed to meet a man that is not my father, brother or husband unchaperoned, I would have loved to discuss this over drinks (which I am also not allowed to have) with you. So, you see, things must change.

Sincerely,

Eiynah

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Eiynah if you live in America you have to step away from your religion because it will, in the end, kill you.  In America you can do what you want without a man telling you otherwise. I wish you the best because you are a woman oppressed. Leave Islam – it is a disease of a religion.

BERKLEY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS VOTED TO RECIND OFFER TO HAVE BILL MAHER AS A KEYNOTE SPEAKER AFTER PRESSURE FROM SCHOOL’S MUSLIMS

THE MUSLIMS ARE TAKING OVER BERKELY CALIFORNIA’S MOST LIBERAL COLLEGES

A MUSLIM RUNNING FOR SENATE AT”ASUC BERKELY” NAMED MARIUM NAVID IS A NAZI

WHO IS TRYING TO PRESSURE OTHER STUDENTS AT BERKLEY TO RECIND A SCHOOL OFFER FOR BILL MAHER TO SPEAK THERE AS

A KEY NOTE SPEAKER

BECAUSE HE TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT MUSLIMS

SHE IS A NAZI

AND SHOULD BE OUSTED FROM THE UNITED STATES AS I THINK ALL THE OTHER

MUSLIMS SHOULD BE

SHUT UP BURKA FACE YOU COMMIE BITCH

OR WE’LL BEHEAD YOU.

WHAT’S NEXT MARIUM – EVERYONE HAS TO WEAR A SCARF LIKE YOUR? YOU SHOULD WEAR A BURKA OVER YOUR FACE EVEN THO YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL YOU ARE EVIL.

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ISLAM IS A DISEASE – MARIUM NAVID IS THE ONE WITH THE RAG ON HER HEAD.  BELOW IS HER FACEBOOK PAGE – SHE IS A BIGOT AND A RACIST.

https://www.facebook.com/marium4senate

NOT SO INDEPENDENT VOICES – THEY WANT TO CRUSH THEIR INFIDEL OPPOSITION

YOU PICKED THE WRONG PERSON TO OUST MUSLIM CUNTS

BILL MAHER IS A LIBERAL – A TRUE LIBERAL AND HE’S TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU AND YOUR RELIGION.

DO NOT VOTE FOR THESE WOMEN – THEY ARE CONTROLLED BY DEMONS ALLAH & ISLAM IS A DISEASE!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014

Chancellor ‘looks forward to welcoming’ Bill Maher despite student opposition

A student group charged with selecting commencement speakers convened Tuesday night and voted to rescind an invitation for comedian Bill Maher to speak at December commencement, but campus administration announced late Wednesday afternoon it would not be accepting the group’s decision.

The Californians, a leadership organization that selects keynote speakers, chose Maher in August. But the group reassembled Tuesday night without administrative participation and voted overwhelmingly to uninvite Maher. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, however, decided the invitation will stand and “looks forward to welcoming Mr. Maher,” according to a campusstatement released Wednesday.

“The UC Berkeley administration cannot and will not accept this decision, which appears to have been based solely on Mr. Maher’s opinions and beliefs, which he conveyed through constitutionally protected speech,” the statement read.

The student group met after an online petition, “Stop Bill Maher from speaking at UC Berkeley’s December graduation,” was put forth by studentsand began circulating last week. The petition had gained more than 4,000 signatures as of Wednesday evening.

With the petition, UC Berkeley students joined those at a handful of other college campuses protesting commencement speakers who included former chancellor Robert Birgeneau at Haverford College, Condoleezza Rice at Rutgers University and Christine Lagarde at Smith College.

Maher, who hosts the HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” and regularly denounces religion, most recently received backlash after an Oct. 3 segmentin which he criticized liberals for not acting according to “liberal principles” by not condemning Islam.

“It’s the only religion that acts like the Mafia — that will fucking kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book,” Maher said during the segment.

On his official Facebook page, Maher said he would address the UC Berkeley commencement issue on his Friday night show.

According to Gina Hwang, student director of the Californians, the group had met with two representatives from University Relations earlier Tuesday, who told the group it would have the power to make the final call on whether to rescind the invitation.

The Californians was not informed that campus administrators rejected its decision until the statement was released. Hwang said the group requested to meet with administrators before a final decision was made, but they did not respond.

“We’re not trying to cut down his free speech,” said petition author Khwaja Ahmed, who is a member of the campus Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition. “He has his own show. He can say whatever he wants … But the way he goes about speaking is problematic because he generalizes entire communities and generations across countries with a single brush.”

Ahmed, a UC Berkeley junior transfer student, pointed to “degrading” comments Maher has made regarding women and religions, saying they serve to marginalize communities.

“Giving this guy the honor and prestige to congratulate UC Berkeley’s graduating class is where I have a problem,” Ahmed said about free speech issues, adding that it was “disappointing” to hear that the administration will proceed with the invitation.

University Relations spoke with an alumnus who had a connection to Maher and put forth the option to the Californians several months ago, Hwang said. The group reviewed those in favor and those against Maher speaking on campus but eventually voted after a two-hour meeting Tuesday night to suggest rescinding the invitation.

“This University has not in the past and will not in the future shy away from hosting speakers who some deem provocative,” the campus statement read.

Due to the “unfortunate events” surrounding the selection of Maher, the campus announced it will be moving forward with a new policy for managing commencement ceremonies.

Kimberly Veklerov is a news editor. Contact her at kveklerov@dailycal.org and follow her on Twitter@KVeklerov.\

 

  • While we may disagree with many of Mr. Maher’s opinions, some in the Berkeley community have urged the University to respect the fundamental academic value of freedom of expression and to resist the call to withdraw his invitation. We applaud Chancellor Dirks’s decision to uphold the tradition of free expression that is a vital component of the Berkeley intellectual community.

    Read the counterpetition here:
    https://www.change.org/p/unive…

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      How else would you choose a graduation speaker except on the basis of statements that he or she has freely made? Maher has every right to make the statements he has made. And the students of UC Berkeley have every right NOT to choose him as a speaker.

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        Yeah, and they have every right to choose him for his courageous stand against an evil ideology. He’s a great choice.
        Funny how that works.

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          The point is, the student groups had a right to choose and they chose AGAINST him.

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            The point is Bill Maher is correct about Islam and you cannot stand this fact.

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            First, this small, unelected student group called the Californians made the choice to invite him. Then, after another small group of students got upset about it, the Californians caved to the pressure and made the decision to rescind the invitation.
            Chancellor Dirks did the right thing in refusing to rescind the
            invitation just because a small but vocal group was upset. The Californians group was trusted with the responsibility to make decisions about commencement speakers, but it’s clear that they weren’t able to handle it.

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    Bunch of Stalinists Fascists.

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      Please don’t tell me are/or have been, educated at Cal. and haven’t learned that Stalinism and Fascism are not synonymous!!! If you want to hurl diatribes be accurate, be creative, be smart, be educated.

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        Actually the Stalinists supported the Fascists to divide up Poland, before Hitler became obsessed on Germans supposedly living in Russia.

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          OK, I’ll give you that! But using those simplistic terms to paint people as political opponents is tantamount to the McCarthy witch hunts and is beneath someone who really want to disagree with a position. The accusation of “Communist” is beneath you.

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            Are you kidding me? Joe McCarthy’s atrocities isn’t amount to the same atrocities the Fascists or the Nazis ever committed. Where are all the mass graves? Found none. Only humiliated Lefties upset over being blacklisted but looking at how they treat Bill Maher being their own.

            Well they shouldn’t wail about McCarthy then.

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              Oh, pay attention to your own words. I know that reactionaries like you are not prone to changing your party line so I waste my breath. However, Joe McCarthy DID commit violence, do you demand ‘mass graves’ to identify atrocities? Does personal thuggery, character assassination, career disruption, forced displacement, resulting suicide in some cases, count in your narrow opinion? Do you condone polluting the social discourse, and corrupting public discussion with the kind of diatribe you employed in your “Stalin/Fascist” name calling?

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                Does not amount to the same atrocities that the actual Fascists really did. Stop throwing words around.

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                  Then you were not affected by the red-baiting that took such a big toll on the majority of this society. The words that were first “thrown around” were “Stalinst/Fascists”. Have a nice day!

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                    So the Left likes to toss the word “bigot” around with Bill Maher and wail so much about McCarthy even though the Venona project showed that the Reds wanted to steal military secrets within the USA.

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      Who?

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    you know what this means- graduation + protests! fun!

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    Usng freedom of speech to push the ideology of a religion that suppresses freedom of speech is like someone slapping your face with your own hand thats just been cut off or cutting out your tongue and ramming it back down your throat

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    Mr. Bill Maher will address this cowardice pathetic act on his show this Friday. I have never been so ashamed of the institution I graduated from. If MEMSA is a serious, they should protest the pathetic human right violations of the Muslim countries they come from. And Yes I came from one of those muslim countries and nobody needs to lecture me about the “religion of peace”. I will spend everyday in this country to open people’s eyes about the true religion of Islam which is everything but “peace.”

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      Power to all apostates!

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      “Islam was like a mental cage. At first, when you open the door, the caged bird stays
      inside: it is frightened. It has internalized its imprisonment. It takes time
      for bird to escape, even after someone has opened the doors to its cage.”

      ― Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Infidel

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    Dirks is the man!

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      It takes courage to stand up to a lynch mob with the herd mentality one regularly sees in Berkeley from the SJP and MSA. Kudos to Chancellor Dirks, and cootees to the SJP/MSA horde…

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    And so it goes….my daughter is graduating this December…both of us not looking forward to listening to a joke like Bill Maher.

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      Man you are sad

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      We live in a free country. Maher is free to speak at the commencement and you and your daughter are free to either not attend or wear earplugs…

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        Sure is. Did I say anything that stated otherwise or you just had to inject your “wisdom” by stating something irrelevant? Do you know the meaning of..”and so it goes?”

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        That is Bullshit. He was only “free to speak” there IF invited. Did someone drop you on your head? The students were told they were FREE TO CHOOSE who spoke at their commencement. THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT not to want a BIGOT who spreads hatred for 1.5 billion people and their religion. Maher’s views are entirely divisive, ignorant, and destructive. Berkeley administrators must be ignorant bigots themselves, or simply do not care how uncomfortable many of the students will be to have this divisive bigot speak on their important day. Screw Berkeley.

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          Maher is a perfect speaker for a student body which says it rightfully opposes bigotry. According to their own polls, a majority of the 1.6 billion Muslims, who have been poisoned by the sickness found within their own religion, say they wish to live under Sharia Law. Derived from the Koran, Sharia Law turns women into chattel, justifies GFM, the marriage of child brides, the stoning of women who have been raped, the amputation of the left hand of thieves, the brutalization of gays, and other actions unacceptable to civilized people the world round (although it is not clear if Islamists-stuck in the 7th century-even believe the world is round). And speaking of bigotry, the likes of SJP and MSA along with a majority of Palestinians support Hamas, which advocates Jewish genocide. But then again, NT, people of your ilk probably don’t see that as the bigotry you claim you loathe.
          Since you say, “Screw Berkeley,” NT, you should be reminded that unlike most Islamic societies, this is a free country and you don’t have to come to Berkeley if you don’t wish to…

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          NT,
          Bill Maher is very clear about not hating Muslims but hating their religion.
          He hates their ideology that brainwashes so many of them into hating non-Muslims.
          NT, it is like hating Nazism but not hating Germans for being slaves to it.

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      JERK!

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      BruinBearDad I hear you. Hopefully you will still be able to enjoy her departmental graduation (the smaller one and the one that usually has more integrity anyway)

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    And for liberals out there – if you need to stand up for the real underdogs in this battle of ideas – stand up for the ex-muslims and freethinkers/intellectuals of the muslim world. They are the ones who are persecuted and defamed and slandered by traditional muslims (even your so called moderate muslim friends) – almost reflexively like a mafia system -which bill maher is alluding to.

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    asdfadskd,

    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”-
    Voltaire
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    That is it is apparent Muslims are calling the shots on which comments are approved. Wouldn’t want to upset their delicate sensibilities with the truth.

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    Not a fan of Maher, but I am a fan of free speech

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    They knew Maher’s views on religion when they invited him originally. They have no problem with his criticisms of Christianity, but when he criticizes the bad ideas in Islam, they want him gone.

    It’s because they’re so anti-Israel, they feel that any criticism of Islam reflects on what Israel faces as real security threats. Anything short of straight out criticism of Israel is not permitted on UC campuses, including open forums for discussion, regardless of how prestigious or important the speaker:

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    I don’t understand.
    So the SJP & MSA can accuse Israel of committing a “Holocaust” (and outrageous like and a cruel vile thing to accuse those who suffered THE Holocaust) but we are not free to write honest, forthright comments on Islam and Muslims. Why are the editors of this site so one-sided and hypocritical?

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    “The UC Berkeley administration cannot and will not accept this decision, which appears to have been based solely on Mr. Maher’s opinions and beliefs, which he conveyed through constitutionally protected speech”

    Free speech is not relevant here nor does bringing it up make any sense. Constitutionally protected speech means that the government can’t use their police power to throw you in jail for saying something objectionable (not that they sometimes don’t, especially if you’re not a white man).

    It does not mean that anyone (even a public university) is required to give you a pedestal to speak from. In a situation where the speaker is supposed to represent the capstone of students’ academic careers, it especially makes sense to consider that person’s “opinions and beliefs”.

    “It should be noted that this decision does not constitute an endorsement of any of Mr. Maher’s prior statements: indeed, the administration’s position on Mr. Maher’s opinions and perspectives is irrelevant in this context, since we fully respect and support his right to express them. More broadly, this university has not in the past and will not in the future shy away from hosting speakers who some deem provocative.”

    This decision is an explicit endorsement of his views. The University is not merely allowing him to speak on campus (which is not what students’ are objecting to — stop creating a strawman argument), it is making him the star of commencement. The University should choose someone for the very privileged role of commencement speaker who embodies the values of the university and student body, not someone who makes students feel unwanted or unsafe.

    Shame on you Chancellor Dirks and shame on you UC Berkeley, even more so for using misleading language and a totally illogical argument. You are choosing to ignore the students’ outcry and for the sake of publicity (even though it looks like that isn’t working out as you planned).

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      “The University should choose someone for the very privileged role of commencement speaker who embodies the values of the university and student body, not someone who makes students feel unwanted or unsafe.”
      Really?
      And what makes you the person who defines what qualities the commencement speaker should have? Are you really that all-knowing?
      Maher is a great choice. A man unafraid to speak truth to hatred, A man unafraid to confront that which our main-stream media and political dimwits cower in fear of. A real role model, IMO

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      Oh my god. So much stupid in one comment.

      > Free speech is not a purely legal construct
      > Allowing a venue to speak is not endorsement of speech
      > Presenting a small subset of whining students as “the students”

      Go back to tumblr and never ever ever come back. Before you go, read this:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…

 

HAPPY SAMHAIN – HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN

WE – ME & MINE – ARE WICCA AND WE CELEBRATE THE SEASONS OF THIS IS HALLOWEEN

OR

SAMHAIN

BELOW ARE THE ORIGINS OF THIS HOLIDAY

WHERE PEOPLE OF ALL AGES DRESS UP

AND PRETEND TO BE SOMEONE ELSE

BUT THE TRUTH IS TODAY IS THE DAY WHERE

THE VEIL BETWEEN THE TWO WORLDS IS THINNED

AND WE CELEBRATE THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE US

AND PLEASE

DO NOT TEXT AND FLY

 

Celtic holy day of Samhain: Thank Ireland for Halloween

By , Communities Digital News

Samhain fires

Samhain fires

WASHINGTON, FL, October 29, 2014 — Friday is Halloween, a time in America that has been marked by fake cobwebs, pirate costumes, keggers for the adults, and trick or treating for the kids. It has been celebrated as part of the “American religion” since the mid to late 19th century, during the greatest waves of European immigrants to our shores.

But where did Halloween come from?

There are several explanations for its origin, one being the Roman festival of the dead “Parentalia”, but another origin, not necessarily exclusive from the Roman one, is from the ancient Celtic holy day of Samhain (sa-wain). And indeed many of the traditions we celebrate on Halloween stem from Celtic/Gaelic culture.

Samhain, which means November in Irish, was the end of summer and the Harvest season in the Celtic calendar, towns made preparations for winter. It was the last great feast held outdoors before the cold months came. On the surface, it was a celebration of the Harvest preparations and Summer, much like events such as “Moonfest” that are held all over the country. However there was more to this festival than meets the eye.

You see the Celts believed that on Samhain the veil between the living and the dead was dropped for one day, and the spirits of the living could intermingle with the spirits of the dead. It has also been speculated, that this feast was a celebration of the dead they had lost since the last Samhain. This would include warriors lost in battle, children lost at birth, the old, and the sick. All of the years dead would be celebrated. In hopes of guiding the spirits of their loved ones to their resting place, large bonfires would be lit to draw the spirits and provide them a path to the “otherside. “

There is one legend, in which an Irish king every year would have his cooks set out a meal in his hall for his fallen warriors every Samhain. The living would eat outside, and the dead could have the hall. According to legend, a place is set for every warrior who was lost in that last year, and the finest food is prepared. Guards are placed at every door, and no one is allowed in on pain of death.

As the story goes, every year the king enters the hall to find the food gone with no evidence of who may have eaten the food meant for the battle slain.

But that was not all. The spirits that could now cross over into the land of the living were dangerous, and often played tricks both playful and malevolent on the living. In an effort to stop those spirits from meddling with the dead and playing tricks on them, the living would dress up in costumes, masks, capes, and horns in order to fool the spirits into thinking that they were one of them.

The idea of trick or treat, comes from the tradition of going to a house and getting the inhabitant to give you a treat, since the person does not know if you are living or dead because of your costumes, he would either have to give you a treat, or suffer the consequences of a trick. Trick or treat.

It does not stop there. Even the Jack O’ Lantern is reputed to have roots in Celtic mythology. Jack O’ Lantern, or Stingy Jack, was the rogue of rogues of Irish mythology. Stingy Jack, a drifter, derelict, and a drunkard, was overheard by the Devil talking about how he had tricked, lied, stolen, and drank his way through life. The Devil, always up for a challenge, wanted to see just how good Jack was.

To make a medium story short, Jack met the Devil, got him drunk, and tricked him into giving him 10 more years. 10 years later, Jack tricked the Devil again into never taking his soul to Hell. When Jack died, Heaven refused to take him, and when Jack went down to Hell to try to gain entrance the Devil politely reminded him of their deal. Instead, the Devil gave jack an ember of Hell, and a hallow gourd for a lantern to illuminate a pathway through the Netherworld.

And so when the veil between the living and the dead is dropped on Samhain, we can see Stingy Jack of the Lantern (Jack O’ Lantern) trying to get into Heaven or Hell. Look up this story independently it is worth the read.

But what happened to Samhain that turned it into Halloween? Well, frankly it was the Christians. Like many Roman, Nordic, Celtic, and Germannic traditions, the Christians missionaries who came to Celtic lands were very good at connecting pagan holidays with Christian celebrations and traditions. The Vikings were converted by missionaries comparing Odin as the All-Father to God the Father, while demonizing Loki as the trickster or even the Devil.

The Celtic tribes had several influences on modern Christianity through the assimilation of their traditions. St. Patrick was very astute at connecting feast days of Saints or other days of Obligations to Celtic holidays, just as the Romans did with Saturnalia. In Ireland, Samhain was turned into All Hallows Eve, which was the day, conveniently enough, before the Christians celebrated their own feast of the dead in All Souls Day.

The Christian missionaries, and the Bishops and Cardinals of the Church, were smart enough to align their liturgical season of the dead with the same celebrations of dozens of yet unconverted cultures from Ireland to Asia, making their eventual conversion much easier.

Celebrating Samhain, and its partner Beltaine which was replaced by May Day and Easter, soon became pagan, and forbidden in many Christian areas of Celtic nations. However being the people that they were, the Celtic peoples of Europe continued to celebrate the feast of the dead their own way.

Which brings us to how it came to America. The latter half of the 19th century saw a vast migration of Celtic, and a great many other, peoples from Europe. Not to say that a plentiful amount were not already in the United States, just that this time period saw a particularly heavy volume. Spurred by the terrible conditions in Ireland such as the famine, and British oppression, millions of Irish made their way to the United States, and so did their customs.

Over one hundred and fifty years later Halloween is alive and well in the United States. It is a time for mischief, to embrace the dying of Summer with everything from haunted hayrides to watching scary movies. But it is not just for children anymore as it had been during most of the 20th century, adults have parties, bars throw costume events, and it has become another excuse for Americans to drink in excess.

However all of these things are arguably in the spirit of the holiday. It is one last chance in many respects to have fun outside, and get ready for the coming winter. But it also has a more mischievous side to it, Halloween is the one time of year that we are not only forgiven for being bad but it is encouraged.

We get to get scared, we get to play tricks, we get to pull pranks, and it is all in the name of the holiday. Get it all out! That’s the idea, because you don’t know how long or how bad winter will be, and this could be your last chance to live it up outside.

So when you are celebrating Halloween this year, and it feels a little too corporate for you, a little too commercialized, remember what it was originally about and maybe you could not only enjoy it, but it could be good for you. Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Samhain, is on the surface about the death of summer, it is the funeral party for the end of the long, warm months.

But beneath the surface, Halloween, All Hallows Eve, and Samhain offers all of us a chance to lift a toast to those who we lost in the last year, and to light their way home.

Happy Halloween, All Hallows Eve, Parentalia, and Samhain.

Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/life/the-true-story-behind-halloween-a-tale-for-all-ages-28840/#4IaJ7ZR4qWm2XKyB.99

EBOLA NURSE GOES HOME TO MAINE & THEN DEFIES 21 DAY HOME CONFINEMENT

SHE WENT OUT FOR A BIKE RIDE WITH HER BEAU

WHO LOOKS LIKE HE NEEDS THE RIDE MORE THAN SHE DOES (a bit on the pudgy side)

but she is not contagious, not symptomatic,  and refuses to obey the “voluntary” quarantine. I think she’s a bit selfish. Here are my reasons:

I agree and disagree with what this woman is doing. First of all, her boyfriend needs the ride more than she does. 2nd of all it’s a VOLUNTARY QUARANTINE she is NOT breaking the law. She tested negative for the disease but that does not necessarily mean she is NOT a carrier of the disease and I BELIEVE she’s being selfish not to abide by the state law (Maine’s). I believe Christie has done a lot of terrible things to pple in tri state NYC area but this is NOT one of them.

She could still be a carrier and infect others while not showing symptoms and being affected by them herself. So before you comment and get all crazy about the constitution and our rights all I have to ask you is – is this woman thinking about the rights of others? I do not think so.

She is a nurse – not a doctor. We know a little about this contagious virus. Nurse Crotchet is acting ridiculously and I think she should be confined to her home until we know for sure she is not a carrier.

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I have met many folks from Maine
They are all weird
Self absorbed and RICH
ARREST THIS BITCH
and STOP HER FROM GETTING ANY MORE PRESS!
AND WHAT ABOUT STAYING HOME AND WORKING WITH THE POOR BLACK AND MINORITY PEOPLE IN AMERICA?
OH NO SHE WOULDN’T DO THAT
WE’D HAVE TO PAY HER WHITE ASS!
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Nurse Kaci Hickox Defies Ebola Quarantine In Maine, Goes For Bike Ride

Posted: 10/30/2014 9:33 am EDT Updated: 10/30/2014 1:59 pm EDT

ROBERT F. BUKATY, Associated Press

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A nurse who vowed to defy Maine’s voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.

Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend stepped out of their home Thursday morning and rode away on bicycles, followed by state police who were monitoring her movements and public interactions. Police couldn’t detain her without a court order signed by a judge.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Image via AP.

Hickox contends there’s no need for quarantine because she’s showing no symptoms. She’s also tested negative for the deadly disease.

State officials were going to court in an effort to detain Hickox for the remainder of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola that ends on Nov. 10

It was the second time Hickox broke quarantine. She left her home Wednesday evening briefly to speak to reporters, even shaking a hand that was offered to her.
kaci presser

“There’s a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is transmitted, and I can understand why people are frightened. But their fear is not based on medical facts,” Norman Siegel, one of her attorneys, said Wednesday.

Hickox, who volunteered in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders, was the first person forced into New Jersey’s mandatory quarantine for people arriving at the Newark airport from three West African countries. Hickox spent the weekend in a tent in New Jersey before traveling to the home she shares with her boyfriend, a nursing student at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Image via AP.

“I’m not willing to stand here and let my civil rights be violated when it’s not science-based,” she told reporters Wednesday evening.

Generally, states have broad authority when it comes to such matters. But Maine health officials could have a tough time convincing a judge that Hickox poses a threat, said attorney Jackie L. Caynon III, who specializes in health law in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“If somebody isn’t showing signs of the infection, then it’s kind of hard to say someone should be under mandatory quarantine,” he said.

Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, has killed thousands of people in Africa, but only four people have been diagnosed with it in the United States. People can’t be infected just by being near someone who’s sick, and people aren’t contagious unless they’re sick, health officials say.

Guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend daily monitoring for health care workers like Hickox who have come into contact with Ebola patients. But some states like Maine are going above and beyond those guidelines.

The defense department is going even further. On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered military men and women helping fight Ebola to undergo 21-day quarantines that start upon their return — instead of their last exposure to an Ebola patient.

President Barack Obama warned that overly restrictive measures imposed upon returning health care workers could discourage them from volunteering in Africa.

But Maine Gov. Paul LePage, who canceled campaign events to keep tabs on the situation, maintained that the state must be “vigilant” to protect others.

State law allows a judge to grant temporary custody of someone if health officials demonstrate “a clear and immediate public health threat.”

The state’s court filing was expected Thursday, officials said.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Image via AP.

If a judge grants the state request, then Hickox will appeal the decision on constitutional grounds, necessitating a hearing, Siegel said.

Siegel said the nurse hopes her fight against the quarantine will help bring an end to misinformation about how the Ebola virus is transmitted.

“She wants to have her voice in the debate about how America handles the Ebola crisis. She has an important voice and perspective,” he said.

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Associated Press writers David Sharp in Portland and Alanna Durkin in Augusta contributed to this report.

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PIERS MORGAN – goddess help me – got it right FINALLY!

‘Selfless’ Ebola Nurse Kaci is actually utterly selfish. Three weeks in quarantine won’t kill her – and it might just save someone’s life

It’s not hard to take sides in the Battle of Ebola Quarantine.

In the blue corner, weighing in at over 300 pounds, is big, nasty bullyboy Governor from New Jersey, Chris Chriiiisssstttiieeee.

In the red corner, weighing in at less than 150 pounds, is kind, caring, gentle, heroine nurse Kaci Hickox.

At this point the fight would be stopped, right?

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Kaci Hickox has made herself a media sensation trying to fight against her 'unjust' Ebola quarantine.
Christie is the real hero, doing what any sane person would have when presented with a nurse with Hickox's background who had a fever upon landing from America

Kaci Hickox has made herself a media sensation trying to fight against her bola quarantine. But Christie is the real hero, doing what any sane person would have when presented with a nurse with Hickox’s background who had a fever upon landing from America

Christie is not a man who engenders much empathy these days.

Since Bridge-gate, when his vile staffers closed America’s busiest bridge to damage a political opponent, he’s seen his Presidential aspirations burn up faster than an Ebola fever.

But I’ve always liked his brash, tough-talking, no-nonsense style and on the issue of Ebola quarantine, Christie is 100% right.

Nurse Hickox, I keep being assured, is one of the most selfless human beings on Planet Earth. On the podium of public opinion right now she’d probably give Mother Teresa a run as Greatest Nurse in History.

Really?

Let’s consider some hard facts.

She has just returned from Sierra Leone, one of the most Ebola-ravaged countries in the world.

More than 4,000 people have contracted the virus there so far, of whom 1,341 have died. It is estimated 5 people an HOUR are currently being infected and that rate is doubling every 20 days.

On October 19, the World Health Organisation reported there had been 129 cases of health workers in Sierra Leone infected with Ebola, of whom 95 had died – an appalling 73% fatality rate.

Nurse Hickox, working for the wonderful Doctors Without Borders, spent the last few weeks directly treating Ebola patients, immersing herself at the sharpest, most infectious end of the very epicentre of this dreadful disease.

When she flew back to America on Friday, Nurse Hickox explained to screeners at Newark Liberty airport where she had been and what she had been doing.

Understandably, they took her away for further questioning and she had her temperature taken. It showed a fever of 101 degrees.

Now, imagine you’re Chris Christie – Governor of the State where an American nurse has just presented with a fever after treating Ebola patients in West Africa.ncompetent’ that…

A few days previously, there was a huge national outcry after another American medic, New York doctor Craig Spencer, ignored instructions to self-quarantine after also flying in from West Africa – and went around the city on the subway, using Uber cabs, eating in restaurants and bowling.

The day after he did all this, blissfully content in the self-diagnosed knowledge that he was ‘asymptomatic’ and therefore ‘not contagious’ – Dr Spencer woke up with a fever and tested positive for Ebola.

(It’s now emerged that he lied to officials, insisting he had stayed inside his home since arriving back in America. Detectives only discovered the truth when they checked his credit card statement.)

Nurse Kaci Hickox says she won’t obey Ebola quarantine

Chris Christie did what any sane, rational person would surely do in his position: he immediately ordered Nurse Hickox to be placed in quarantine while further examinations were carried out.

The conditions she was kept in were not exactly Four Seasons quality, granted. But nor were they anywhere near as bad as the horrific working environment she had endured in Sierra Leone.

Nurse Hickox was tested several times for Ebola and the results were negative. Her fever stopped and after 65 hours in quarantine she was allowed to go home to Maine.

She’s been asked to stay inside that home for the full recommended 21 day quarantine, but she is refusing.

Dr Craig Spencer was also astonishingly selfish, running around New York City, after returning from his heroic work

Dr Craig Spencer was also astonishingly selfish, running around New York City, after returning from his heroic work

Instead, Nurse Hickox has lawyered up, and hit the airwaves. She’s become a media superstar, a Joan of Arc heroine courageously battling the outrageous treatment of a cold-hearted political barbarian.

Nurse Hickox wants us to know she’s ‘outraged’, ‘demeaned’, ‘insulted’, ‘violated’ and ‘horrified’ by what’s happened to her.

It’s a ‘shocking breach’ of her human rights and an ‘assault’ on her Constitutional freedoms.

As her boyfriend Ted Wilbur put it, Governor Christie ‘messed with the wrong redhead!’

I predict a book, a TV mini-series – perhaps even a movie, with Jennifer Lawrence playing The Ebola Angel.

My own view is that Nurse Hickox, like Dr Spencer, is an exceptionally brave person whose work in West Africa has been quite astonishingly selfless.

In that sense, she is absolutely a heroine.

But as we saw with Dr Spencer, her behaviour since she returned to America has been equally astonishing – in its reckless selfishness.

If I were running this Ebola fight in America – and I am just as qualified to do so as the newly-appointed Ebola Czar – I wouldn’t trust America’s medics to ‘self-quarantine’ because as we have seen, they will either refuse to comply or lie about it.

I would make a 21-day quarantine mandatory for every single doctor and nurse who returns from treating Ebola patients in Africa.

No excuses, no exceptions, no succumbing to political point-scoring pressure.

Chris Christie’s instincts about this are spot on. He’s been bold and decisive as President Obama has dithered and prevaricated.

An Ebola epidemic would devastate America. Why on earth would anyone charged with trying to prevent it happening take any risk, however small that risk may be?

Nurse Hickox should stop her pathetic squealing, fire her lawyer, get off TV, thank her lucky stars she’s not got Ebola, and stay inside her damn home for the next couple of weeks to ensure there’s not a tiny scintilla of chance she could infect a fellow American.

This advice is not in any medical journal. It’s called ‘common sense’.

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I never normally agree with Piers, but this time he is spot on. Just imagine the consequences if there was an Ebola outbreak in the States. Shut up and stay at home, it is just common sense.

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THE STORY OF RAPIST JIAN GHOMESHI

WHO THE FUCK IS “JIAN GHOMESHI”?

He’s a cute Brit/Lebanese dude from Canada who had his own TV show that he lost when he raped a woman

There are all types of rape – when a man yanks down your pants and sticks his fingers up your twat

that’s rape

it’s rape if you say NO

it’s rape if you push him away

and he persists

The woman didn’t want him to do that

It was rape

and now Karma is kicking in.

This is her side of the story

and below her’s is his

Below his side of the story is his wiki

read it all

you decide

I think towards the middle of his facebook description of what happened you can tell how guilty he truly is

when he blames the woman.

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Why I Can’t Remain Silent About What Jian Did to Me

Posted: 10/30/2014 4:53 pm EDT Updated: 3 hours ago
REVA SETH JIAN GHOMESHI

Yesterday I went into the CBC building and for the first time in the six years that I’ve been back in Canada, I didn’t feel the pang of stress at the thought of running into Jian. Or see the giant image of his smiling face looming above me.

I debated all week whether or not to write this for all the same reasons that most women don’t publicly or even privately share similar experiences: judgment, online trolls, the questioning of all your other choices, the accusation that it wasn’t that bad, that it was so long ago, and the fact that I don’t have the time and ultimately, is there any value in adding my voice or story in a public domain?

The reason I ultimately decided to share this is two-fold: The first is that it shows a pattern that has certainly escalated since I knew him.

Additionally, I feel that while it is exceedingly difficult to publicly put your name forward and open yourself up to all of the accompanying criticism, if you are in the position that you can do so without fearing the ramifications in terms of your family, marriage, personal or professional trauma, then you should do it. Having this conversation can help build a public understanding of the complexity around these issues.

I’ve been married for 11 years to an incredible man. We have three kids, and I know that I am very lucky to be at that place where this feels possible.

I also decided not to write about this experience abstractly, as I had initially planned. I care deeply about my three boys, who are two, five and eight, and making them understand when they are older that a woman shouldn’t be made to feel ashamed of something a man does to her without her consent. I want them to understand that every women they meet is someone’s daughter, mother or sister and they need to remember that. Always.

I first met Jian in the late spring of 2002. I was 26 and after two years with the firm, was just leaving a job as a Bay Street lawyer (ironically at what is now Dentons, the firm Jian has retained for his case). I was about to start a job at Toronto City Hall as well as a Masters in Trade and Competition Law at Osgoode. I share this because one of the themes that his supporters seem to suggest is that the women now accusing him all wanted something professionally from him at the time or were somehow star-struck by him.

Not so with me.

When we met, Jian was hosting a show on CBC called “Play” that I’d never heard of before. I wasn’t overly into the music or arts scene and had been too young for the Canadian heyday of his band, Moxy Fruvous. My world at the time was far more about law and politics. The men I tended to date were also engaged on those fronts.

I met Jian at the old Loblaws on the Danforth on a weekend afternoon. We started talking in the water aisle. He was very funny and charming and invited me to come to a taping of the show (which I think was at the old Movenpick restaurant downtown). I never bothered to go to a taping, but I did agree to meet him a few days later for a week night dinner on the Danforth.

We met at the restaurant and it was fun. I remember he thought I was Persian (I’m South Asian) and I think we talked about immigrant parents, sex and shame, as well Love In The Time Of Cholera. After dinner I just walked myself home.

Over the course of the summer we hung out very occasionally. I went to a couple of parties with him and watched a movie at his house. It was all very low key. I was seeing other people and I’m pretty sure he was also.We never talked about anything related to BDSM and had only very casually fooled around — a bit of kissing.

The incident that changed everything was on a Sunday night. Oddly, I actually remember exactly what I was wearing and the purse I had with me. The evening started out fine. We had a drink, we smoked some pot and we hung out chatting. A while later we started kissing. Suddenly, it was like he became a different person. He was super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated.

I distinctly remember the jarring sense of suddenly being abruptly shaken out of my reverie. I remember thinking “what the fuck is going on here? What’s wrong with him?” Jian had his hands around my throat, had pulled down my pants and was aggressively and violently penetrating me with his fingers. When it was over, I got up and it was clear I was really angry. My sexual interactions until then had always been consensual, enjoyable and fun.

I remember he gave me some weird lines about how he couldn’t tell if I was actually attracted to him or not, and somehow this was meant to explain his behaviour. I called a cab and I left right away. In the car, I remember feeling sort of stunned, like I couldn’t wrap my head around what had just happened. He acted like it was all totally normal and came to the door to watch me go down the stairs and get into the cab.

So why didn’t I do anything?

This is the part that I think is so important to understand if we are ever going to change the context in which rape culture and violence against women is perpetuated. I didn’t do anything because it didn’t seem like there was anything to do.

I hadn’t been raped. I had no interest in seeing him again or engaging the police in my life. I just wanted to continue on with my life as it was. And even if I had wanted to do something, as a lawyer, I’m well aware that the scenario was just a “he said/she said” situation. I was aware that I, as a woman who had had a drink or two, shared a joint, had gone to his house willingly and had a sexual past, would be eviscerated. Cultural frameworks on this are powerful.

Equally important, however, was that it also didn’t feel like it was worth my effort. Most of my girlfriends had a story about an uncomfortable, sleazy, angry or even scary encounter with a guy. No one really did anything other than avoid them and tell their girlfriends to also stay away. And that’s what I did. I never intended to see him again. I felt fine. I was busy and I just put the night and him out of my mind. I ignored his calls and messages over the next few weeks.

It was maybe six or seven weeks later that I next saw him. My mom was in town to attend my call to bar the next day and she was staying with me. We were on our way out when the phone on my desk rang. Without thinking, I picked it up. It was Jian. I told him I couldn’t talk since I was going with my mom to get a bottle of wine for a dinner she was attending that night.

A short time later, Jian turned up at the LCBO on the Danforth. I remember being both annoyed, confused and creeped out at him for doing that.

I don’t remember much about what was said at the LCBO. We left the store fairly quickly. The next year I got married and moved to the U.K. It was only when I came back to Toronto in 2008 that I realized he was now a huge CBC star. We have never spoken directly since. He once reached out to me on Twitter with a “Hi” and I responded really neutrally, mentioning my three boys.

Last year while my husband was running for the Liberal nomination in Don Valley North, I ran into Jian at a Persian Community event. We were seated at adjacent head tables. His body language made it clear that he recognized me. He seemed angry. I avoided him and we left as soon as it was appropriate to do so.

This morning, I listened to Lucy DeCoutere on The Current sharing her remarkably similar experience and calling for women to not be afraid to tell their own stories and, if they can, share their names. After much thought, I decided to answer her call. I hope it helps in some way.

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JIAN’s story:

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.

Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.

I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I’ve never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.

All this has now changed.

Today I was fired from the company where I’ve been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I’ve done nothing wrong.

I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.

As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.

I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.

Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.

I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.

About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.

Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.

It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.

Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?

The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I’ve had to live with.

And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for “scandal”. And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a “pattern of behaviour”. And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.

I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone’s business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.

CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for “the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out.” To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.

Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.

And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.

I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare.

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I think he should stop writing this on FB – this is who he is below on wiki
Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.

Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.

I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I’ve never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.

All this has now changed.

Today I was fired from the company where I’ve been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I’ve done nothing wrong.

I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.

As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.

I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.

Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.

I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.

About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.

Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.

It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.

Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?

The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I’ve had to live with.

And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for “scandal”. And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a “pattern of behaviour”. And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.

I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone’s business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.

CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for “the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out.” To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.

Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.

And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.

I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare. 

Dear everyone,

I am writing today because I want you to be the first to know some news.

This has been the hardest time of my life. I am reeling from the loss of my father. I am in deep personal pain and worried about my mom. And now my world has been rocked by so much more.

Today, I was fired from the CBC.

For almost 8 years I have been the host of a show I co-created on CBC called Q. It has been my pride and joy. My fantastic team on Q are super-talented and have helped build something beautiful.

I have always operated on the principle of doing my best to maintain a dignity and a commitment to openness and truth, both on and off the air. I have conducted major interviews, supported Canadian talent, and spoken out loudly in my audio essays about ideas, issues, and my love for this country. All of that is available for anyone to hear or watch. I have known, of course, that not everyone always agrees with my opinions or my style, but I’ve never been anything but honest. I have doggedly defended the CBC and embraced public broadcasting. This is a brand I’ve been honoured to help grow.

All this has now changed.

Today I was fired from the company where I’ve been working for almost 14 years – stripped from my show, barred from the building and separated from my colleagues. I was given the choice to walk away quietly and to publicly suggest that this was my decision. But I am not going to do that. Because that would be untrue. Because I’ve been fired. And because I’ve done nothing wrong.

I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.

As friends and family of mine, you are owed the truth.

I have commenced legal proceedings against the CBC, what’s important to me is that you know what happened and why.

Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some.

I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.

About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.

Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.

After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.

It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned – through one of my friends who got in contact with this person – that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me.

Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation. Everyone contacted would ask the same question, if I had engaged in non-consensual behavior why was the place to address this the media?

The writer tried to peddle the story and, at one point, a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story. One assumes they recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications. Still, the spectre of mud being flung onto the Internet where online outrage can demonize someone before facts can refute false allegations has been what I’ve had to live with.

And this leads us to today and this moment. I’ve lived with the threat that this stuff would be thrown out there to defame me. And I would sue. But it would do the reputational damage to me it was intended to do (the ex has even tried to contact me to say that she now wishes to refute any of these categorically untrue allegations). But with me bringing it to light, in the coming days you will prospectively hear about how I engage in all kinds of unsavoury aggressive acts in the bedroom. And the implication may be made that this happens non-consensually. And that will be a lie. But it will be salacious gossip in a world driven by a hunger for “scandal”. And there will be those who choose to believe it and to hate me or to laugh at me. And there will be an attempt to pile on. And there will be the claim that there are a few women involved (those who colluded with my ex) in an attempt to show a “pattern of behaviour”. And it will be based in lies but damage will be done. But I am telling you this story in the hopes that the truth will, finally, conquer all.

I have been open with the CBC about this since these categorically untrue allegations ramped up. I have never believed it was anyone’s business what I do in my private affairs but I wanted my bosses to be aware that this attempt to smear me was out there. CBC has been part of the team of friends and lawyers assembled to deal with this for months. On Thursday I voluntarily showed evidence that everything I have done has been consensual. I did this in good faith and because I know, as I have always known, that I have nothing to hide. This when the CBC decided to fire me.

CBC execs confirmed that the information provided showed that there was consent. In fact, they later said to me and my team that there is no question in their minds that there has always been consent. They said they’re not concerned about the legal side. But then they said that this type of sexual behavior was unbecoming of a prominent host on the CBC. They said that I was being dismissed for “the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out.” To recap, I am being fired in my prime from the show I love and built and threw myself into for years because of what I do in my private life.

Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life. And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life.

And so, with no formal allegations, no formal complaints, no complaints, not one, to the HR department at the CBC (they told us they’d done a thorough check and were satisfied), and no charges, I have lost my job based on a campaign of vengeance. Two weeks after the death of my beautiful father I have been fired from the CBC because of what I do in my private life.

I have loved the CBC. The Q team are the best group of people in the land. My colleagues and producers and on-air talent at the CBC are unparalleled in being some of the best in the business. I have always tried to be a good soldier and do a good job for my country. I am still in shock. But I am telling this story to you so the truth is heard. And to bring an end to the nightmare.

13 Real Life Haunted Houses And The Horror Stories That Go With Them

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

ENJOY!

 

13 Real Life Haunted Houses And The Horror Stories That Go With Them

Posted: 10/29/2014 9:33 am EDT Updated: 10/29/2014 11:59 am EDT

Photographer Seph Lawless is a master of the abandoned — his frames are filled with eerie portraits of shopping malls, factories, homes. All dilapidated, all empty, all but forgotten. He usually travels across the United States via hybrid vehicle, equipped with a camera and a knack for finding ways inside strange structures, collecting stories of his adventures along the way.

It shouldn’t be surprising that Lawless’ travel logs include more than a few ghostly tales. He is, after all, venturing through the detritus of tougher times. He was bound to stumble upon a few terrifying properties, left to crumble while the rest of us are too afraid to notice. Just in time for Halloween, Lawless has compiled the most hauntingly beautiful of the bunch in a book titled “‘13: An American Horror Story.

Essentially, the tome is a high quality coffee table book for the macabre obsessed. From Texas, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Connecticut, Lawless shows off the real life haunted houses he’s visited throughout his work, and the slightly startling histories and personal stories that make them unique. Check out a preview of the publication, available in hardback and e-book, below. (All captions provided by the artist.)

  • Michigan
    In 1941, The Haught Mansion (Brush Park, MI) was used as a brothel for upscale gentlemen. Years later several dead bodies were found in the cellar of the mansion. Each body had been marked by a what appeared to be a perfect circle on the torso and chest areas.
  • Kentucky
    So the story goes, after both parents committed double suicide in the Sayer House their four small children raised themselves for more than a decade in this home.
  • Ohio
    The Nova House (Youngstown, Ohio) was the place where Benjamin Albright shot and killed his son by accident then killed himself and his wife after being struck with anguish and guilt in 1958. The home has been vacant ever since and still has personal belongings inside.
  • Michigan
    The Temple Haunted Mansion (Detroit, MI) was the home of a triple murder that took place in August 1942.
  • Texas
    The Hooley Haunted Mansion was home to several strange deaths throughout the 1970s when the mansion served as a bed and breakfast for passing transients.
  • Ohio
    The Milan Mansion has long been suspected as a home of witchcraft. The owner was a practicing witch known by locals as the Milan Witch, and is said to be buried underneath front porch.
  • Pennsyvania
    The Doll House Mansion (Philadelphia, PA) is an abandoned mansion full of nothing but dolls and organized metal saws and tools neatly displayed on metal shelves through out several rooms.
  • Connecticut
    The Bailey Mansion (Hartford, Connecticut) is the haunted house that inspired the popular television series “American Horror Story.”
  • Ohio
    This Cleveland home was where serial killer Michael Madison toutured and killed his victims.
  • Pennsylvania
    This is the Oliver Family Mansion in Chester, PA. The Oliver family went missing in 1898. The mystery baffled investigators and the family was never found but locals say they can see them in the windows of the mansion.
  • Ohio
    This is the Akron childhood home of one of the most notorious serial killers in American history, Robert Berdella (also known as the Butcher of Kansas City). In his prison psychiatric profile, Berdella spoke of his rough childhood in Ohio. Specifically, he mentioned his rape at age 16, an act that triggered his desire to move to Kansas City, and kill off everybody in the sex industry in the process.
  • New York
    The Cater House Estates in Buffalo, New York was home to the local sheriff Donald Caters when he shot himself. The home went into foreclosure in 1968. The house remained vacant and haunted ever since with locals alleging they hear voices coming from the house regularly.
  • Ohio
    This abandoned house in East Cleveland is where Serial killer Anthony Sowell hid victims’ bodies. The house is now demolished but locals would cross the street refusing to walk on the sidewalk directly in front of the house claiming that the home made noises.
  • Wisconsin
    The Tillmore House

All proceeds from book sales between December 1-31 will go to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. For more on the pseudonymous Lawless,check out his Facebook page here. For more of our coverage of his work, see projects “Black Friday” and “Autopsy of America.”

CARTELS AND DEAD STUDENTS LITTER MEXICO

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOREVER

DEAD STUDENTS

DRUG CARTELS

THEY ARE AS A PART OF MEXICO AS

HOT TOMALI’S

and I understand why they come here illegally but I think it’s high time

America invests in Mexico to get rid of these damn cartels

Legalize drugs and level these killer cartels. People will stay in Mexico and work.

Otherwise they will just keep coming and we can’t handle all these illegals.

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Mexico Is Looking For 43 Missing Students. What Has Been Found Is Truly Terrifying

Posted: 10/30/2014 12:30 pm EDT Updated: 10/30/2014 12:59 pm EDT
IGUALA

After a student protest in Iguala, Mexico, last month, dozens of young men were seenbeing hauled off into police vans. Then, they vanished.

One month later, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college are still missing and presumed dead. Instead of finding the students, authorities investigating the events of Sept. 26 have instead found other horrors: a string of mass graves, police working for drug cartels and government officials at the helm of a dark underworld.

The hunt for the students has laid bare the brutality and lawlessness in parts of Mexico still under the grip of the cartels, despite years of Mexico’s war on drugs.

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Chairs with portraits of missing students are seen during a march for the 43 missing students in Mexico City, Oct. 22, 2014. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Here are some of the disturbing findings of the Mexican government’s investigation:

Last Sighting Of The Students

The students — men in their late teens and early 20s — were studying to become teachers in rural Mexico at a college with a history of radical leftist activism, the BBC reported. That Friday, they went out to demonstrate against hiring discrimination and solicit funds for an upcoming protest march.

Witnesses have said that the students were in Iguala, a city in southern Mexico, when they came under fire from police.

By the end of the night, six people were left dead. The body of one student was laterfound with his face skinned and eyes gouged out, the New Yorker reported, “the signature of a Mexican organized-crime assassination.”

Some of the students escaped Iguala, but 43 of them have not been seen since that night. Survivors described their classmates being taken away by police, but authoritiesdenied they were in state custody.

When the students didn’t return and relatives and sympathizers took to the streets in protest, Mexico’s federal government launched an investigation.

The City’s Mayor And His Wife Allegedly Control The Local Drug Cartel

According to the investigation, Iguala Mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez instructed municipal police to stop the student protests at all costs.

The mayor and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, are the “probable masterminds” behind the crime and are on the run from arrest, according to Mexico’s attorney general.

The investigation has led to allegations that Abarca and Pineda were the heads of a murderous personal fiefdom in collaboration with the local drug cartel — the Guerreros Unidos.

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Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa, at a meeting in Chilpancingo, Mexico, May 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez, File)

After his arrest, the head of the cartel told investigators that Pineda — the daughter and sister of cartel members — is the “key operator” of the criminal network in Iguala. When the students’ protest risked disrupting an event launching her own bid for the mayor’s office, Pineda gave the order to “teach them a lesson,” the cartel chief told authorities, according to the Daily Beast.

Despite expressions of shock by the Mexican government, local residents say officials turned a blind eye to the couple’s gang connections. “Everyone knew about their presumed connections to organized crime,” Alejandro Encinas, a senator from the mayor’s Democratic Revolution Party, told the Associated Press. “Nobody did anything, not the federal government, not the state government, not the party leadership.”

Investigators Say Police Worked As The Cartel’s Hit Men

Investigators said that police delivered the 43 missing students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, telling them that the students were members of a rival drug gang.

Guerreros Unidos hit men admitted to killing some of the students and dumping them in a pit — although their bodies have not yet been identified.

In custody, Guerreros Unidos members named at least 30 local police officers they said were working directly for the cartel. “I wouldn’t call these police, ‘police.’ I would call them hit men,” Mexican federal Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam told reporters.

Dozens of police have since been arrested, and authorities said some have confessed to being involved. Iguala’s police chief is also on the run. Federal police officers have taken over law enforcement in Iguala, disarming the entire force.

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Municipal police officers suspected of involvement in the students’ disappearance are taken to waiting transport at the attorney general’s organized crime unit in Mexico City, Oct. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Meanwhile, a banner demanding the policemen’s release appeared in Iguala, signed by the Guerreros Unidos cartel. “Or else we will reveal the names of all the politicians who work for us. The war is just beginning,” the sign threatened.

The Cartel’s Control Likely Goes Far Beyond One City

The Guerreros Unidos cartel is thought to control drug routes in Guerrero state — where Iguala is located — and neighboring Morelos. And the collusion of local authorities in their operation likely runs far wider than Iguala.

Federal police have taken control of more than 12 municipalities in southern Mexico after finding “presumed links to organized crime” in their police forces, Mexico National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said.

The cartel is one of several regional splinter groups from the notorious Sinaloa Cartel to emerge around 2011, according to investigative journalism group InSight Crime. Violence has exploded as the gangs battle for territory, and Guerrero had the highest murder rate in Mexico in 2013, the group said.

Many, Many More Are Missing And Dead

In their search for any trace of the students, investigators have found at least 12 mass graves with dozens of unidentified bodies near Iguala. So far, authorities say none of the remains match the missing students.

The gruesome discoveries confirmed some of the residents’ worst fears — that the hills above the city were being used as a cemetery for the disappeared.

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View of a grave discovered in Pueblo Viejo, in the outskirts of Iguala, Guerrero state, Mexico, on Oct. 6, 2014. (Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Already this year, 150 bodies have been found in secret graves throughout Guerrero state, InSight Crime reports, citing the state’s forensic office.

Across Mexico, more than 20,000 people have disappeared in the last eight years, according to government figures. Human Rights Watch’s Nik Steinberg, who has extensively investigated the disappearances, wrote in Foreign Policy earlier this yearthat if even half of the cases are verified, this represents “one of the worst waves of disappearances in the Americas in decades.”

“The evidence suggests not only that authorities have failed to investigate disappearances, but also, in many cases, that soldiers and police have helped to carry them out,” he wrote in a story published before the Iguala students vanished.

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People protest the students’ disappearance in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Oct. 8, 2014. (Servando Gomez Camarillo/LatinContent/Getty Images)

In the meantime, the students’ families and supporters are holding out hope that they will be found.

“Today all Mexico resounds with the cry ‘They took them alive, we want them back alive,'” Mexican poet and former diplomat Homero Aridjis wrote in a recent blog postfor The WorldPost. “Mexicans are fed up with living in a pervasive state of corruption and impunity,” he said.

The students’ disappearance and the allegations of official complicity have broughtthousands of outraged protesters onto the streets of Mexico to demand their return — and justice.

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Demonstrators protest the disappearance of the students on Oct. 17, 2014 in Acapulco, Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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A student paints ‘Repressive State’ on the windows of the attorney general’s office in Mexico City during a protest for the missing students, Oct. 15, 2014. (OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)

2 LATINO STUDENTS IN MASSACHUSETTES GET SUSPENDED FOR POSTING A PICTURE WITH GUNS

THESE KIDS ARE TWO DOPES WHO DON’T DESERVE TO GET AN EDUCATION

“THE GUNS ARE POINTING TOWARDS THE FLOOR!”, THEY DECLARED, “IT’S UNFAIR WE ARE SUSPENDED”

SERIOUSLY? PELLET GUNS CAN KILL & THE PHOTO IS OFFENSIVE TO ANY PARENT AND FAMILY WHO HAS LOST A CHILD TO SCHOOL VIOLENCE. 

LEAVE IT TO 2 LATINO’S TO BE INSENSITIVE

THESE KIDS ARE SO STUPID THEY SHOULD BE EXPELLED.

I BELIEVE IT’S BEST TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION SINCE THE SCALE OF IDIOT KIDS BRINGING GUNS INTO SCHOOL AND KILLING THEIR CLASSMATES IS CONSISTENTLY HIGH

IF I WERE THE SCHOOL I WOULD PISS TEST THESE TWO MORONS TO SEE IF THEY AREN’T ON DRUGS.

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Students Tito Velez And Jamie Pereira Suspended Over AirSoft Homecoming Photo

Posted: 10/29/2014 11:10 am EDT Updated: 10/29/2014 1:59 pm EDT
Tito Velez and Jamie Pereira face suspension over this photo

A young Massachusetts couple was suspended from high school after one of them posted a controversial photo to social media.

Tito Velez and his girlfriend, Jamie Pereira, posed for a photo holding AirSoft guns prior to the homecoming dance at Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School. According to WHDH, they posted the photo online Friday with the caption “Homecoming 2014.”

School officials perceived the photo as insensitive and issued suspensions to the teens. Officials said the students must be punished for causing a disruption.

“What it’s about is a [couple of] students engaging in an activity that created a total destruction of the school day,” Superintendent Richard W. Gross said. “They’re juniors in high school, and it’s proactive and they should know better and it scared students.”

The students say it’s unfair because the guns only shoot plastic pellets, and the photo was taken at home, not at school.

“This isn’t dangerous. You can’t kill someone with it,” Velez, 15, told CBS BostonTuesday. “We didn’t shoot anyone. We were pointing them at the floor.”

While supporters of the teens say that the school is overreacting, officials say the extra caution is necessary.

Gross told WBZ that, had police known about the photo, they would have cancelled the homecoming dance.

Earlier this month, a team of Harvard researchers published a study that shows mass shootings in the United States have surged in the last three years, occurring on average every 64 days.

 

ALLEGED COP KILLER ERIC FREIN IS CAPTURED W/O A SHOT FIRED

THE COPS  BROKE THEIR FAT BUTTS TO FIND A COP KILLER

WHOM THEY CAPTURED WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT

BUT THEY JUST CAN’T SEEM TO ARREST CITIZENS WITHOUT SHOOTING THE SHIT OUT OF THEM

REALLY?

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Eric Frein Captured: Accused Cop Killer In Custody, Police Say

Posted: 10/30/2014 6:59 pm EDT Updated: 22 minutes ago
UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: In this handout provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Eric Matthew Frein, 31, poses on an unspecified date and location. Eric Frein is being sought in the killing of State Trooper Bryon Dickson. (Photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation via Getty Images)

Eric Frein, the man wanted for allegedly killing a Pennsylvania State Trooper before going on the lam for 48 days, is in police custody.

Frein was captured by authorities Thursday, according to Pennsylvania State Police spokeswoman Connie Devens.

“I can confirm that we have taken Eric Frein into custody,” Devens said in an email Thursday evening. “No further information will be released or confirmed at this time.”

The arrest was reportedly made inside an abandoned airport hangar at the Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport. No shots were fired during the arrest but Frein was allegedly armed, according to FOX News.

An unconfirmed photo that allegedly shows Frein after he was taken into custody:
Authorities say Frein, a 31-year-old military enthusiast with extensive training as a marksman, ambushed two state troopers during a shift change outside the Blooming Grove barracks on September 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed in the attack. Trooper Alex Douglass was seriously wounded and remains hospitalized.

The first breakthrough in the case came in the hours following the shooting, when Frein’s jeep was found partially submerged in a wooded area, not far from the police barracks. Ammunition casings found inside the vehicle matched casings found at the scene of the shooting, police said.

Investigators say they believe Frein fled on foot. During the course of the manhunt there were numerous reported sightings of him in the wooded mountain areas, which are popular with tourists and law enforcement repeatedly claimed they were closing in on the fugitive.

On September 24, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens announced Frein had left a trail of used diapers and empty cigarette packs in the forests surrounding Canadensis, the village in northeastern Pennsylvania where Frein grew up.

The diapers earned Frein the moniker “Diaper Sniper” and the creation of hashtag#DiaperSniper on Twitter.

Another big development came earlier this month, when police seized a large cache of survival supplies and handwritten notes at a campsite in the area around Canadensis.

According to Bivens, the notes give a detailed first-person account of the deadly ambush.

One of the notes, reads, in part:

“Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick. I took a follow-up shot on his head, neck area. He was still and quiet after that. Another cop approached the one I just shot. As he went to kneel, I took a shot at him and he jumped in the door. His legs were visible and still. I ran back to the jeep. I made it maybe half-a-mile from the GL (game land) road and hit a road block. I didn’t expect one so soon — it was only 15 to 20 minutes. I did a k-turn a quarter mile from them and pulled into a development I knew had unfinished access roads. Hearing helos (helicopters), I just used my marker lights, missed the trail around a run off pool and drove straight into it. Disaster. Made half-attempt to stash AK and ran.”

Biven’s called the written account of the shootings “cold blooded and absolutely chilling.”

“I can only describe Eric Frein’s actions as pure evil,” he said.

None of the notes, Bivens said, suggest Frein knew either of the troopers he is accused of shooting.

The search for Frein heightened on Tuesday, when Frein was reportedly sighted at Buck Hill Falls, a private community in the Pocono Mountains. It remains unclear if that sighting helped lead police to Frein Thursday.

Police have not confirmed a possible motive for the shooting of the troopers, but have said Frein previously wrote about his hatred for police and had been planning an attack for several years.

“He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said in September. “What his reasons are, we don’t know, but he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society.”

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW is filled to the brim with stellar actors it’s OVER FUCKING WHELMING!

JESSICA LANGE NO LONGER STANDS OUT AS THE LONG PROPER ACTRESS

SHE IS NOW SURROUNDED BY UNBELIEVABLY BRILLIANT ACTORS PORTRAYING WHACKED OUT CHARACTERS WHO ARE EQUALLY BRILLIANT

THIS SEASON IS OVERWHELMING EPISODE BY EPISODE

THE OLD CREW IS BACK FROM “COVEN” which in my opinion sucks so bad I lost the ability to breath for that season but KATHY BATES’ CHARACTER

HAS A MIDWEST ACCENT YOU CAN CUT THROUGH ONLY WITH A BUTCHER KNIFE

HER HAIR AND STATUE LOOK MANLY

AND SHE IS WEARING A BEARD

AND I CAN’T STOP STARING AT HER

“IS THAT REALLY KATHY BATES” – FUCK ME!

FINN WITTROCK, AS DANDY MOTT, could he be the MOTT APPPLESAUCE HEIR with AFFLUENZA?

IN ANY CASE THE LAST SCENE IN THE LATEST EPISODE WHERE HE KILLS DORA, THE MAID (PATTI LaBelle) by cutting her throat and his realization that he is capable of becoming EXACTLY like the love of his life,

TWISTY, THE KILLER CLOWN

Who may have or not been a pedophile

In any case, he could not and would not admit his dark capacity for murder and was taken by Mordrake

FUCK ME UPSIDE DOWN WITH THE CHARACTER

EDWARD MORDRAKE

This actor, WES BENTLY IS FROM FUCKING ARKANSAS AND HAS A PROPER ENGLISH ACCENT STRAIGHT OF OF Gothic Charles Dickens or even Edgar Allen Poe!

Now others are joining the herd and frankly the season is packed with talent; Jodie Foster might even direct an episode – I wish she’d star in one.

That’s cream cheese for me – Foster and Lange on the same plane – in that same space – omg it’s a gay drama moment!

So we go forward after Halloween to more horror and the appearance of LILY RABE – Fuck me man – She’s been in every AHS since the beginning. Now she is guest starring because she is in her own TV show – of course it’s a horror show – THE WHISPERS soon to premiere.

So now AHS is two for two – ASYLUM & FREAK SHOW

The moral of freak show really is ‘WHO REALLY ARE “THE FREAKS”?”

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