Posted on Advocate.com November 25, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Posted on Advocate.com November 25, 2009
November 26, 2009
Despite the fragmented and incomplete historical record, experts pretty much agree that some popular beliefs about Jewish history simply don’t hold up: there was no sudden expulsion of all Jews from Jerusalem in A.D. 70, for instance. What’s more, modern Jews owe their ancestry as much to converts from the first millennium and early Middle Ages as to the Jews of antiquity. More Here.
With expectations running higher for the new special KBS2 drama “The Slave Hunters,” scheduled to air in January next year, the latest news that its three stars will show off spectacular martial arts skills in the drama is yet another draw. More Here.
By Fiona Macrae
Last updated at 11:28 AM on 26th November 2009
As a book of record the New Testament doesn't do too well on the early life of Jesus Christ.
The large holes may explain why so many outlandish theories have been able to build up about what the Son of God got up to as a boy.
But among those myths most perpetuated is that he visited Britain - an idea immortalised in the opening lines of William Blake's Jerusalem. More Here.
The Lufkin Daily News
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A federal judge ordered the Texas Education Agency to temporarily reinstate an East Texas teacher's credentials Tuesday after she refused digital state fingerprinting, calling it "the mark of the beast." MORE HERE.
Britain's first transsexual is, in a new exhibition, again challenging ideas about gender, identity and DNA.
By Peter Stanford
Published: 7:00AM GMT 24 Nov 2009
'It always makes me laugh when people say I was born a man," says April Ashley, who in 1960 became the first Briton to undergo sex-change surgery. "I was born a baby, not a man. From the year dot, I knew I was female, so as soon as I could kneel down to say my prayers, it would be 'God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy, and please let me wake up and be a girl.' " MORE HERE.
Hollywood figures quit 'rip-off' church as Australian prime minister threatens parliamentary inquiry into its activities
- Peter Beaumont in London, Toni O'Loughlin in Sydney, and Paul Harris in New York
- The Observer, Sunday 22 November 2009
The security at the red-brick and glass-walled horseshoe of the John Joseph Moakley courthouse on Boston's waterfront was unusually tight. Anybody who was not a member of the city's bar association was swept with a search wand. Photo IDs were checked. Mobile phones were taken from guests, who included the Hollywood star Tom Cruise. MORE HERE.
By William Wan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 23, 2009
The calls come in at all hours: patients reporting broken bones, violent coughs, deep depression.
Prue Lewis listens as they explain their symptoms. Then Lewis -- a thin, frail-looking woman from Columbia Heights -- simply says, "I'll go to work right away." She hangs up, organizes her thoughts and begins treating her clients' ailments the best way she knows how: She prays. More Here.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
It's not your mother's vibrator, and certainly not your grandmother's.
In the Bay Area, land of high-tech innovation and groundbreaking industrial design, inventors are creating sex products for the desktop - or nightstand - that are as imaginative, nuanced and advanced as the latest rainbow colors of the iPod. MORE HERE.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The doves are back, and that's very good news for action movie fans.
A universal sign of peace, they are a trademark symbol in the films of mayhem maestro John Woo, so when they soar in the new Chinese historical epic "Red Cliff," it signals a return to form for the iconic director. MORE HERE.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Barbara Frale, a Vatican researcher, claims to have discovered Christ's 'death certificate' on the Turin Shroud. More here.
By Nick Squires in Rome
Published: 6:05PM GMT 20 Nov 2009
- 11:20 17 November 2009 by Ewen Callaway
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Even at the tender age of 3, children who will go on to be convicted of a crime are less likely to learn to link fear with a certain noise than those who don't. This may mean that an insensitivity to fear could be a driving force behind criminal behaviour. More Here.
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:55 PM on 20th November 2009
Peter Sutcliffe: The serial killer, who lost sight in his left eye in 1997, was stabbed near his right during lunch more here.
Four people have been arrested in Peru on suspicion of killing dozens of people in order to sell their fat and tissue for cosmetic uses in Europe More here.
Cheddar cheese eaten in Britain is now more likely to come from Latvia than from the area of Somerset from which it takes its name, a campaign by The Sunday Telegraph has found. More here.
Published: 9:00PM GMT 14 Nov 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
L-R: Izumi (dr.), Nao (ba.), Isshi (vo.), Shin (gt. & koto), Akiya (gt.)
Kagrra, is possibly one of the most unique contemporary bands from Japan. With a name that means "music of the gods" (Kagrra is a misspelling of kagura, a traditional Japanese dance), they combine traditional Japanese elements with modern styles to create something wholly their own. More Here.
Apocalyptic predictions, such as those warning of global destruction in 2012, are nothing new – they have been around for millennia. More here.
- By Mark Strauss
- Smithsonian.com, November 12, 2009
The venerable Shakespearean, who plays the manipulative Two in the remake of the BBC series, would like to reprise his wizard role for 'The Hobbit.' More Here. By Matea Gold
November 14, 2009
November 14, 2009
Ian McKellan has played many iconic roles from Gandalf to Magneto and now he's No. 2 in the remake of "The Prisoner." (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times)
By Richard Shears
Last updated at 11:23 AM on 13th November 2009
For years while he was on the run, robbing banks and holding up stage coaches, police were determined to have bushranger Ned Kelly's head.
Now a farmer claims to have handed over his skull to forensic scientists in Australia, asking them to determine if it really is the head of the notorious highwayman who to this day remains an iconic figure in the country's history, literature and film.
Kelly was hanged in Melbourne on November 11, 1880, but just what happened to his remains has been a mystery down through the decades. More Here.
Bandit: Ned Kelly (left), who was hanged in 1880, wore this armoured suit (right) on his raids. A farmer claims to have handed over Kelly's skull to scientists
Science reporter, BBC News
The test could help to preserve treasured books and documents
The key to preserving the old, degrading paper of treasured, ageing books is contained in the smell of their pages, say scientists. MORE HERE.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
In Bolivia, the Day of the Skulls is a colourful collision of ancient ritual with Catholic belief. The BBC's Andres Schipani went to a central La Paz cemetery to find out more. MORE HERE.
The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has joined with more than 100 other groups from more than 20 countries to protest a so-called “global blasphemy law” proposed by the United Nations (UN). Last month, for the first time ever, a UN body proposed a legally-binding treaty to combat the “defamation of religions.” MORE HERE.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Title: Chief operating officer
Company: Good Vibrations, San Francisco
Q: Going into one of your stores can feel like going into a Hallmark or a beauty supply store. What is the message the store's appearance is meant to send?
A: Sex is normal, natural, healthy. When people walk through the door, we want them to feel very comfortable and welcome, to walk in and find nice lighting and nice fixtures. Sex is just another part of life and should be treated as such. Of course, I don't want to take the sexiness and the charge out of it either - we have products for that too. MORE HERE.
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Jello Biafra Celebrates 30 Years of Alternative Tentacles With a Three Day Concert
Updated 6:53 PM PST, Fri, Nov 6, 2009
In case you don't know it there's a party going on and it will last for three days. Well, for three nights at least, as Alternative Tentacles bring their roster of bands, old and new, to The Great America Music Hall in San Francisco. Each night The label's proprietor will cap off the evening with his new band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine.
I talked to the man...MORE HERE.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Jack Boulware might be tired. He's in the middle of Litquake, the annual eight-day San Francisco literary festival he co-founded, which would be enough to stress out any rational person. But he also has his own book to promote, freshly printed, still smelly, and his collaborator Silke Tudor is in town for a brief return to her old stomping grounds, so perhaps he can be forgiven for asking if we needed anything else while he was in "full media-slut spew mode." MORE HERE.
Claude Lévi-Strauss, the French anthropologist whose revolutionary studies of what was once called “primitive man” transformed Western understanding of the nature of culture, custom and civilization, has died at 100. MORE HERE.
Posted: Oct 31, 2009 04:30 AM
For years, the Church of Scientology chased down and brought back staff members who tried to leave.
Ex-staffers describe being pursued by their church and detained, cut off from family and friends and subjected to months of interrogation, humiliation and manual labor. MORE HERE.
Somalia is in the grip of famine and chaos but officials there are inspecting bras
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Monday, November 02, 2009
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Karozu zero II (Japan)
Proving that he would rather fight than quit, prolific Japanese helmer Takashi Miike dishes up "Crows Zero II," the second installment in the manga-inspired schoolboy-gang-war franchise. Sequel adds some new wrinkles to the two-hour-plus slugfest but essentially sticks to the required formula of yakuza codes being played out in an apocalyptic schoolyard. In April, the pic powered its way to a socko $29 million, outclassing the first by $4 million. Miike's international cult following will ensure equally robust ancillary. MORE HERE.
August marked the 30th anniversary of the release of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, the first single by goth pioneers Bauhaus. I knew in the back of my head that the song would hit the three-decade mark this year, but the exact date of release slipped my mind, otherwise I would’ve written a glowing tribute to the song two months ago. My forgetfulness works out all right, given that there’s no better time to ruminate on “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” than in the light of Halloween. MORE HERE!
Crackdown on music piracy could further harm ailing industry
Sunday, 1 November 2009
People who illegally download music from the internet also spend more money on music than anyone else, according to a new study. The survey, published today, found that those who admit illegally downloading music spent an average of £77 a year on music – £33 more than those who claim that they never download music dishonestly. MORE HERE.
Yesterday, a genuinely historic moment passed with scarcely a blip of attention from the media: President Obama signed into law the nation's first genuine federal bias-crimes statute.
Everyone interested in advancing civil rights in America and defending the nation's minorities from the deprivation of their rights by terroristic thugs -- particularly their historic victims, from African Americans and Asian Americans to Latinos, to Jews and other religious minorities, to gays and lesbians and transgender folk -- have real cause to celebrate. Brian Levin has a nice collection of their thoughts at HuffPo.
Then, of course, there's the Religious Right, which is holding its collective breath and pouting over the event. Case in point: Pat Robertson at The 700 Club, ripping into the new law both yesterday and today on his show. MORE HERE.
Unlike the United States, France has not been duped by the Church of Scientology. Although more and more members have come out exposing the church to be nothing more than a glorified cult, the U.S. continues to recognize it as a bona fide religion. After all, would American royalty (celebrities) be associated with something that weren't legit?
Well, France has veiwed Scientology as a sect for a long time now. And, according to an Associated Press report, European countries have been criticized by the U.S. State Department for considering Scientology to be a cult or sect. MORE HERE.
What I've learned from debating religious people around the world.By Christopher HitchensPosted Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at 11:21 AM ET
This week sees the opening on various cinema marquees of the film Collision: a buddy-and-road movie featuring last year's debates between Pastor Douglas Wilson, who is a senior fellow at New St. Andrew's College, and your humble servant. (If I may be forgiven, it's also available on DVD, and you can buy our little book of exchanges, Is Christianity Good for the World?) MORE HERE.
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