Monthly Archives: November 2017

November 22, 2017

Hundreds of Las Vegas shooting victims file lawsuit against Mandalay Bay owner

Several lawsuits, including the largest yet, were filed in California on Monday on behalf of people injured or present during the October mass shooting in Las Vegas. The lawsuit accuses the hotel operator MGM Resorts International of failing to employ adequate security measures at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Several lawsuits have previously been filed in the shooting, mostly in Nevada state court.

Hundreds of victims of the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas filed five lawsuits on Monday in a California court against the operators of the hotel from which the gunman fired, the organizers of the country music festival he targeted, and the killer’s estate.

The largest of the lawsuits was filed on behalf of 450 people who either were injured in or witnessed the shooting, while the other four were brought by families of people who were killed or severely injured.

All five cases were filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Muhammad Aziz, a Houston-based lawyer heading the lawsuits, said they were filed in California because nearly all the plaintiffs were from the state and had been treated there. He noted that Live Nation Entertainment Inc., the event organizer, was a California-based company.

The victims accused the hotel operator MGM Resorts International and its subsidiary Mandalay Corp., which owns the hotel, of failing to properly monitor Paddock’s activities, train staff members, and employ adequate security measures.

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Sarah Silverman ‘Fell in Love’ with Trump Supporters While Traveling Country for Hulu TV Series

Actress, comedian, and former Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman says she “fell in love” with Donald Trump voters while traveling the country to work on her new Hulu television series, I Love You, America.

In a conversation with New York Magazine contributor Frank Rich at Vulture Fest Tuesday, Silverman said she was able to find common ground with Trump voters when she met with them one-on-one. Silverman’s new Hulu series sees the comedian traveling across the country to meet people with different political views.

“When you’re one-on-one with someone who doesn’t agree with you, or whose ideology is different than yours, when you’re face to face, your porcupine needles go down,” Silverman said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The surprise was… I fell in love with them. I had a great time with them and I felt comfortable.”

She went on:

“I’m trying to be open. I’m finding if I do engage with someone who is angry at me, or angry and I’m a place where they can put that anger… it’s almost always a good experience, because more than anything, all of us what we have in common is, we want to feel seen. We want to feel like we exist. We really should — all of us — work on not getting our self-esteem from outside forces, but it is so much when somebody just sees you. It’s just like, everything melts away. We just all just human out again.”

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Melissa Chen: How Postmodernism Attacks Enlightenment Values (Video)

Melissa Chen is a Genome scientist born in Singapore. This is part of the talks at Mythcon 2017.

Life As A Political Activist – Brittany Pettibone (Video)

Must watch video.

Wilfrid Laurier University’s president apologizes to Lindsay Shepherd for dressing-down over Jordan Peterson clip (Video)

Wilfrid Laurier University’s president apologizes to Lindsay Shepherd for dressing-down over Jordan Peterson clip.

The head of Wilfrid Laurier University has officially apologized to teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd for a meeting where faculty members dressed her down for showing students a video clip of a debate involving controversial professor Jordan Peterson.

“Through the media, we have now had the opportunity to hear the full recording of the meeting that took place at Wilfrid Laurier University,” says the letter from President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy.

“After listening to this recording, an apology is in order. The conversation I heard does not reflect the values and practices to which Laurier aspires. I am sorry it occurred in the way that it did and I regret the impact it had on Lindsay Shepherd.”

Shepherd’s supervising professor Nathan Rambukkana also published a letter of apology, saying that “everything that has happened since the meeting has given me occasion to rethink not only my approach to discussing the concerns that day, but many of the things I said in our meeting as well.”

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Dick Smith on his controversial new campaign to slash immigration (Video)

Kochie spoke to Dick Smith who is today launching a new anti-immigration campaign which claims that ‘Overpopulation will destroy Australia’.

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November 21, 2017

Complete Classic Movie: The Great American Pastime (1956)

Stars: Tom Ewell, Anne Francis, Ann Miller. Bruce Hallerton becomes coach of the Panthers, a little league baseball team. The fact that an attractive widow has her son in the team causes problems with his wife.

Click here to watch The Great American Pastime.

Hank Williams Jr. – Just Call Me Hank

Where Eagles Dare – Trailer

1969

See the Small Mexican Town Embracing Islam (Video)

In Chiapas, 400 Mexicans are building a new identity by merging their indigenous practices with Islam.

In photographer Giulia Iacolutti’s native Italy, the conversation about Islam revolved around fear and terrorism, but when she arrived in Mexico, she found none of that.

In 2014, a professor introduced Iacolutti to the imam of one of the mosques popping up around Mexico City to host a growing Muslim community. For a year, she embedded herself in their homes, rituals and feasts for a project called Jannah, an Arabic word that represents paradise in Islam.

Islam came to Mexico in spurts over the past decades, with immigrants from Lebanan and Syria, and even a group of Spanish Sufi Muslims who came to convert members of the Zapatista revolutionaries in the ‘90s. It caught on quickly. The country now has around 5,270 Muslims—triple what it had 15 years ago, Iacolutti says. An Arabic teacher helps them read the Quran and a scholarship offers a chance to study at a medina in Yemen.

In Mexico, which is largely Catholic, Iacolutti found that having a belief system is more important than following a particular religion. She spoke to Catholic mothers who didn’t want their daughters to convert to Islam, but were pleased when the change inspired a more pious way of life. “In Mexico it’s better to convert to Islam than in Europe,” she says. “They don’t think of terrorists.”

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