Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Post

Stay loose...

Lots going on at the Fur.

It's not the first time a disabled person was screwed over by the religion of peace:

This will be quite embarrassing for some:

The federal government posted a surplus of nearly $1.1 billion for June — half a billion less than in the same month last year when the surplus was $1.6 billion.

The surplus came as the federal government’s revenue increased by $600 million to $24.3 billion for the month.

Excise taxes and duties were the source of most of the revenue growth.

Federal program spending increased by $1.6 billion from a year ago to $21.3 billion in June.

The universal child care benefit was responsible for most of the spending increase, which was partly offset by a $500-million decline in public debt charges, which fell to $1.9 billion.

Because an insanity plea might set the bugger free:

Still dressed in his orange, prison-issue jumpsuit, Chiheb Esseghaier attacked the hospital lunch with gusto. He ate each part in turn. He dug into the butter with his fingers. He saved two sugar packs for last. And then, obsessively, neatly, he cleared away the crumbs.

As he ate, Esseghaier spoke, through tangled beard and missing teeth. His body stank. His words weren’t always clear. But he was open, eager to talk, and he said many things.

He was convicted in March in a terror plot that was less foiled than it was stillborn. With an accomplice, Raed Jaser, he conspired to cut a hole in a railway bridge in southern Ontario. The two never came close to pulling it off. Jaser dropped out of the plot long before they were even arrested. 

But the men were tried nonetheless and found guilty on a host of terror-linked charges this spring. In June, as part of his sentencing process, Esseghaier spent four days in a Toronto hospital with a forensic psychiatrist. In their 15 hours together, Dr. Lisa Ramshaw watched him eat and pray. She saw him leave the bathroom — water dripping from his hair — after an elaborate cleansing routine. But mostly, she asked questions and listened. ...

At the end of the four days, and after consulting a host of trial transcripts and interviews, she came to a stark conclusion: Esseghaier, the man touted on his arrest in 2013 as a ringleader and terrorist recruiter, was suffering from a psychotic disorder, she wrote in a report to the court, and was most likely schizophrenic.

He was delusional and believed that his soul would be taken to God when he was 33, like Jesus, and that the other prisoners weren’t prisoners at all, but filmmakers “colluding with the officers to make a movie about him.”

Wednesday, Esseghaier and Jaser are due back in court for a sentencing hearing. Both face the possibility of life in prison.

But Ramshaw’s report now hangs over the process. It raises questions not only about the sentencing, but about the trial itself, about the decision to allow Esseghaier to defend himself, to try the two men together, and the thorny legal issues that arise when a man’s sanity comes into question this late in the process.

The report raises broader questions, too, more fundamental ones, about terrorism and insanity and justice, and whether any of us should care, given what Esseghaier tried, however ineptly, to do. He is insane, in other words, of that there’s little doubt. But whether that should matter at this stage is a much trickier question.

Well, it is said that housework can be a work out, so....

A national newspaper’s website is in hot water after penning an article claiming that not doing enough housework is making women “fat”

The Mail Online article, analysing the results of a study saying that a lack of chores is fuelling the obesity crisis has got people pretty angry – and it’s easy to see why. 

The article implies that women are putting on weight because “labour-saving” devices such as microwaves and dishwashers are keeping them less active.

And now, things you might not know about Charlie Parker:

In a 1954 radio interview, Parker explained that he “put quite a bit of study into the horn” in those early years: “In fact the neighbors threatened to ask my mother to move once when we were living out West. She said I was driving them crazy with the horn. I used to put in at least … 11 to 15 hours a day.”

Practise, practise, practise.

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