Ideologues will be death to us all!
The Health Department is warning of an ongoing outbreak of measles in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, fueled in part by anti-vaccine propaganda promoted by religious leaders and organizations. [ more › ]
Police have released a sketch—but not surveillance footage—of the man they say attacked a 57-year-old Trinidadian woman in a subway station while shouting racist statements on Friday. [ more › ]
A 1924 silent movie that predicted the horrors of anti-semitism has a new score by the Austrian Jewish composer. She explains why the bitter satire resonates so powerfully today
“Antisemitism is in the DNA of Austrians,” says Olga Neuwirth. “Maybe it skipped a generation but now it’s back – along with hatred for refugees.” We are speaking in a hotel bar in Vienna ahead of the premiere of the Austrian composer’s score for an extraordinary silent movie from 1924 called The City Without Jews, and she is worried about how it will go down with the locals.
After all, she says, it’s not long ago that anti-Muslim protesters interrupted a performance at Vienna University of a play about refugees, storming the stage to unfurl a banner reading “multi-culturalism kills”.
Will he respect the ruling?
Purportedly sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says president is ‘not above the law’
Sri Lanka’s supreme court has suspended the president’s controversial decision to dissolve parliament and MPs are planning to meet to decide between the two men claiming to be the country’s lawful prime minister.
In a verdict hailed as one of the most important in Sri Lankan history, the court ruled on Tuesday evening to suspend the order by the president, Maithripala Sirisena, calling for fresh elections that followed his attempt to install Buddhist strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in the prime minister’s office.
For one thing, a large portion of the area burning is not forest. Trump probably has in mind how a century of putting out wildfires in the American west has caused forests to grow dense with trees, making large, hot fires more common than they once were. This is not the predominant cause, however, of the fires currently making the news. To comprehend what is currently taking place in California, you have to comprehend how it has historically burned – and the vast changes now occurring across the landscape.
Source: What Trump gets wrong about wildfires, by a fire scientist | Environment | The Guardian
Many Southern California Democrats are poised to play critical roles in investigating President Trump and influencing policy that will impact California. With the House Majority, “we can stand up to stupid stuff,” said Rep. Ted Lieu.
Source: SoCal Democrats Are Licking Their Chops To Take Over The House. Here’s What They’re Planning: LAist
The letter above goes to show two things. George Raymond Richard Martin, otherwise known as George R.R. Martin, or simply as GRRM, had fantasy and writing in his blood from a young age. Decades before he wrote his fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which HBO adapted into Game of Thrones, a 15-year-old George R. Martin sent a fan letter to the now departed Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the legendary creators of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four (called “F.F.” in the letter).
When you read the note, you can immediately tell that young Martin was steeped in sci-fi and fantasy literature. He could also string together some fairly complex sentences during his teenage years — sentences that many adults would struggle to write today. Above, you can watch Martin read his 1963 fan letter note, and Stan Lee’s short reply: “We might want to quit while we’re ahead. Thanks for your kind words, George.” We’re all surely glad that Lee and Kirby kept going.
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Freedom of the press is under attack, claims union behind protests
Italian press unions have called on journalists to join protests after leaders of the Five Star Movement (M5S) branded those working in the profession as “jackals” and “whores”.
The anti-establishment party, which is ruling in coalition with the far-right League, also renewed threats to cut funding for publishers and introduce new conflict-of-interest laws as relations with the media hit a new low after the mayor of Rome was acquitted for cronyism on Saturday.
In Los Angeles County alone, election officials estimate there are 934,000 ballots left to be counted. Orange County estimates it has 302,895 ballots to tally. Officials have previously explained that large numbers of uncounted ballots are due in part to changing election rules and a jump in the numbers who are voting with mail ballots. The last of the eligible vote-by-mail ballots for this election arrived on Friday.
Source: Where California Stands In Its Vote Count And Close SoCal Races: LAist