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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:34:13 PM EST
Ken Loach snubs Italian film prize after workers sacked - CINEMA - FRANCE 24

British director Ken Loach on Wednesday turned down a prize from a festival organised by Italy's National Museum of Cinema in Turin in protest over the rights of cleaners and security guards at the museum.

"It is with great regret that I am obliged to turn down the prize assigned to me by the Turin film festival," the internationally acclaimed filmmaker said in a letter to organisers that was sent by his Italian distributors, BIM Film.

Loach, who is well known for his social activism and films about labour disputes, said workers hired for cleaning and security services at the museum had been mistreated, threatened and sacked after protesting over salary cuts.

"The workers who were worst paid and therefore most vulnerable lost their jobs for opposition to a reduction in pay," he said, adding: "It is unfair that the poorest pay the price for an economic crisis they are not responsible for."



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:34:24 PM EST
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Jesus wept ... oh, it's bad plumbing. Indian rationalist targets 'miracles' | World news | The Guardian

When water started trickling down a statue of Jesus Christ at a Catholic church in Mumbai earlier this year, locals were quick to declare a miracle. Some began collecting the holy water and the Church of Our Lady of Velankanni began to promote it as a site of pilgrimage.

So when Sanal Edamaruku arrived and established that this was not holy water so much as holey plumbing, the backlash was severe. The renowned rationalist was accused of blasphemy, charged with offences that carry a three-year prison sentence and eventually, after receiving death threats, had to seek exile in Finland.

Now he is calling for European governments to press Delhi into dropping the case. And on the first leg of a tour around EU capitals on Friday, he warned that India was sacrificing freedom of expression for outdated, colonial-era rules about blasphemy.

It is a seldom told part of Indian history that some key elements of modern religion were institutionalised by the colonial rulers (including the India-wide four-division caste system).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Nov 23rd, 2012 at 03:34:45 PM EST
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The EyeSee mannequin may look too cool to care ...

Store mannequins may be no dummies, they're spies - SF Gate

Store mannequins are meant to catch your eye. Soon you may catch theirs.

Benetton and other fashion brands are increasingly deploying mannequins to watch over shoppers in their stores, deploying technology used to identify criminals at airports. Retailers are introducing the EyeSee, sold by Italian mannequin maker Almax, to glean data on customers much as online merchants are able to do.


by sgr2 on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 05:27:29 AM EST
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Independent: Rise of acid ocean eats away base of food chain.

It is the first time that scientists have discovered the visibly acid-damaged shells of critically-important organisms living in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. The researchers believe it could be a harbinger of worse things to come.


You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 02:13:18 PM EST
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