More than 500 sentenced to death in grotesque ruling in Egypt.
An Egyptian court has shocked the world by issuing a mass death sentence to 528 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi for their alleged role in a riot last July that turned violent.
This is the largest number of death sentences handed down in one case Amnesty International has seen in recent years.
This is not justice. It's the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and it could be an attempt to wipe out political opposition.
Raise your voice to help Amnesty stop this gross violation of human rights! Urge Egyptian authorities to overturn the mass sentence and order fair retrials.
In a trial that "defied plausibility," 528 men were convicted in just two sessions.
More than 400 of those convicted were tried in absentia. No witnesses. No review of evidence. No time for the defense to read 3,000 pages of case documents. On the second day of trial, defense lawyers were blocked from the court!
Does this sound like a fair trial to you?
Ratchet up the pressure on Egyptian authorities before it's too late.
Egypt's authorities are quick to punish Morsi supporters, but have ignored gross human rights violations by the security forces.
If this astounding sentence is carried out, there will be serious concerns about whether Egypt's criminal justice system has anything to do with justice.
The cases have been referred to Egypt's highest religious figure, the Grand Mufti, for his advisory opinion. The last resort for averting this human rights catastrophe is to take this to Egypt's supreme court.
You can help stop this mass, grotesque violation of human rights: sign Amnesty's petition calling on Egyptian authorities to overturn the 528 death sentences.
Thanks for all you do to defend human rights for all.
Director, Middle East and North Africa
Amnesty International USA
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Mar. 21 Reincarnation: I was checking what’s on TV and I watched Katie Couric’s talk show about reincarnation. I like New Age and supernatural stuff. First they talked to a police detective named Robert Snow. He’s very logical and went to past-life regression therapy session as a dare. He then saw that he was painting a picture of hunchback woman and knew she died of blood clot.
Snow then starts looking for that painting in bookstores, art galleries, etc. He went to New Orleans on vacation and found the painting and the artist. He had recorded his session and found the artist’s journal. In the session there were 28 things he said, and the journal confirmed it. The artist was in the 1800s and was never really famous.
There was another story of a woman named Hannah and her son Noah maybe the reincarnation of her dead brother Craig. When Noah was 3, he said “Damn it Hannie, listen to me.” Only Craig would say that to her. Noah has never been to Hannah’s hometown and this place was totally changed and he pointed out where they used to play basketball. There is another time, Noah was a kid and said he always slept with Froggy, this stuffed animal, when he never did. Only Craig did.
Craig and Noah looked like each other at 3 yrs old. Noah did say he is his own person, and maybe there is some of Craig in him.
Mar. 29 Chris Tucker: On Mar. 21, 2014, I met Chris Tucker. He was at West Edmonton Mall for his comedy show so I got an autograph and a pic with him. I was kind of nervous because he was so famous. He was nice and friendly.
The photo was taken with my friend’s phone and then he put it on a USB key and gave it to me. He said he gets these USB keys with 2GB when he goes to these conferences. They give those away for free.
Jonathan Tucker: Last night I saw that the TV show Hannibal was on City TV. I decided to check it out, because I have read about it in the newspaper. It’s on during 20/20, but the 20/20 episode didn’t interest me. I was watching Hannibal’s episode called “Mukuzoke.”
The show is dark. I see Laurence Fishbourne (Morpheus from The Matrix) is on. Caroline Dhavernas is in it. I didn’t recognize her, but when I looked her up on imdb.com, I see she was on the TV show Off the Map. That was a short-lived show.
I did see Jonathan Tucker play an orderly Matthew Brown. He gave a really good performance. At first I didn’t recognize him, but then I was like: “Wasn’t he on Criminal Minds?” I checked and he was on the episode “The Thirteenth Step.”
Hannibal is a good show, from this one episode I saw. I don’t know if I will continue watching it.
Apr. 9 Demi Moore: I was reading in the Metro on Dec. 12, 2013 that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s divorce is finalized. She sold the 5-karat, emerald cut engagement ring anonymously to a consignment store for $250,000.
My opinion: I thought: “That’s good feng shui to get rid of something that makes you unhappy.” Seriously, I thought about feng shui.
Family Guy: It was also done on Family Guy. Peter finds out he has a vestigial twin named Chip. Later Chip moves in with the family and Peter comes home and sees all this new furniture in the family room.
Peter: Hey, what is this?
Lois: Chip said we had bad feng shui.
De-clutter: I was practicing some feng shui by de-cluttering. The last time I recycled pens and batteries at Staples was back in Oct. 2013. It was in the fall because I knew in the winter time I wouldn’t be going out.
On Mar. 25, 2014, on one of my days off, I went to Staples. I recycled 8 batteries, 3 pens, and 1 highlighter. I checked to see if the batteries and pens were all still working. They have to be totally used up before I can recycle it.
Today I finally threw out the little tube of toothpaste I used up. I was trying to use up as much of it as I could.
I’m also throwing out my backpack. I had it about a year and a half. The big zipper has stopped working. I can’t zip up the big part of the bag. If it was a little zipper on one of the smaller compartments of the bag, I would still keep using the bag, just not that compartment.
Apr. 13 Music video: I was looking up Robin Thicke and he has a new video. It’s called “Calling All Hearts” by DJ Cassidy feat. Jessie J and Robin Thicke. It was a fun video with a pink background. The band is dancing and so are the singers. It’s a catchy tune. It’s fun, light, and uplifting. Check it out:Ashley Roberts: She was a Pussycat Doll. Here’s her solo song and video “Yesterday.” It’s a good video. She looks good in it as she makes out and argues with her lover. It’s a sad and good song. The lyrics are good. Here’s a bit:
And I'm a roller coaster
Trying to be the queen of hearts
And I wish on a spotlight
And pretend it is a star
“All in a Day”: Here’s her other music video “All in a Day.” It’s a slow song where she loves this guy and hates him at the same time. She’s singing in the studio, and it’s black and white. They also show clips of the “Yesterday” video in here.
Email: My last email was a news email called “social activism/ Clean the World/ Rehteah Parsons.” I thought that I had underwritten my last email, but it turns out I had overwritten it because it was longer. So to balance it out, this email will be shorter.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Apr. 4 Social activism: I was reading in the Edmonton Journal about Craig and Marc Kielburger who are social activists. They created Free the Children. The Kielburgers writes articles about social issues in this newspaper and the Globe and Mail, and the Metro.
I really want to get a job that helps people and incites change. In college, I took programs that were creative and practical like graphic design, arts and cultural management, and professional writing.
In my free time, I am the one signing petitions for Amnesty International, and putting up their emails on my blog and Facebook. I’m spreading the word and telling others to sign the petition. I have donated to this charity and other charities before, but I have stopped because I have to save money. I have to help myself before I can help others.
I use this blog to broadcast news that I read or saw on TV and to share with my friends and family, and the internet.
Maybe go into journalism, or TV news, news magazine shows like 20/20, and be like Oprah who spreads news and awareness.
Non-profit: I have been networking with my Professional Writing classmates. One of them said she worked at a non-profit and was getting paid $14.95/hr so that’s pretty good.
Female circumcision: On Feb. 7, 2014, I read in the Metro “Female circumcision. Opposition grows in Mali.” On Feb. 5, 2014 “the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Genital Mutilation, Dicko Ongoiba joined hundreds of residents of a town outside Mali’s capital for a public declaration swearing off female genital cutting, which affects 89 percent of Mali’s women.”
The non-organization Tostan worked with 7000 communities in 8 African countries to denounce cutting. They cut a girl’s external genitals without anesthesia, leads to loss of sexual pleasure, difficult childbirths, urinary incontinence and other complications.
India gang rape: On Feb. 7, 2014, I read in the Metro about “Seven arrested for alleged gang rape.” The alleged rape of a co-worker’s wife (28 yrs old) and aunt (40 yrs old) in Mukti Rachak, a village 40 km north of Kolkata in India’s West Bengal state. They were also cut with blades and are in stable condition at the hospital.
The fight with the co-worker was over a road building project. The village had electricity and then the electricity was turned off by the electricity transformer, and then they were attacked.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman: On Feb. 7, 2014, I read in the Metro about writer Aaron Sorkin talk about Hoffman’s death:
“(Hoffman) did not die from an overdose of heroin- he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he’s just taken the proper amount then everything would have been fine. He didn’t die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed. He died because he was an addict.”
Vladislav Tretiak: On Feb. 11, 2014, I was reading in the Metro “Russian icon a hero to one Canadian.” Tretiak is a goaltender. In 1987, a Canadian Michael Hunter was 14 yrs old who went to Moscow for a school field trip. He got there and then he got sick. His mom Julie was a chaperone there. Julie was invited by the Canadian ambassador in Moscow to have dinner, and she told him that Michael is a big hockey fan.
The ambassador offered to invite Tretiak who was in town, and Tretiak visited Michael in the hospital. The whole wing at the hospital was excited. He stayed for 30 min. and took pictures.
My opinion: That is so nice to hear.
Black slavery: On Feb. 10, 2014, I was reading in the Metro “Canada’s unknown slave-owning past” by Takara Small. She broke down the myths:
1. Slavery never existed in Canada, right?
It did exist in Canada.
2. Canada was the first to abolish slavery before other parts of the world followed suit.
There was a legislation in 1793 that a slave would get his freedom when he turned 25. However, a lifespan of a slave was 20-25 yrs old. Britain was the first to abolish it in 1833.
3. Black slaves escaped to Canada from the US.
They did escape to the US, but there was still discrimination, violence, and segregation.
4. Slaves who escaped to Canada, stayed in Canada.
Some slaves who got into Canada, moved back to the US once slavery was abolished in America.
Blindness: I read this article in the Metro on Feb. 10, 2014 “Teen Athlete’s Sight Restored.” Canadian Opthalmological Society talked about how one doneor can restore sight for two people.
People with vision loss experience:
-twice the risk of a fall or premature death
-low income- the employment rate of working-age adults with significant vision loss is only 32%, and 50% of adults with vision loss live in poverty
-more medication errors
-two to five times as much difficulty with daily living
-three times as much clinical depression
-twice as much social dependence
Clean the World: I was reading in the Metro on Feb. 19, 2014 “Soap recycling.” The “Florida-based charity Clean the World collects and recycles hotel amenities discarded by the hospitality industry, sending them to homeless shelters and countries in need.”
My opinion: Oh that’s good. I was in high school when I learned about donating shampoo to women’s shelters because they need it. I know that with homeless shelters, it’s important to donate men’s socks and gloves.
Justin Trudeau: He made a light joke “In an interview taped on Thursday, which aired Sunday night, Trudeau said that Russia was upset about its men's Olympic hockey team losing out on a shot at a medal in Sochi.”
My opinion: I watched the video and I was kind of eh with the joke. Well he said it in French. I didn’t really think it was funny, and he said he wanted to make light of a serious situation. It’s been over a month and he isn’t getting flack.
Alison Redford: When I saw this on the front page of the news that the Alberta Premier was resigning, I was kind of sad. So she has a scandal about using tax payer’s money for her travel expenses. That’s not good, but it could be worse. For example, Rob Ford and his drug and alcohol addiction. At least it’s not a sex scandal.
Paris’s first female mayor: On Mar. 31, 2014, Anne Hidalgo is Paris’s first female mayor. That’s great.
Apr. 13: Alison Redford is now on Twitter:
Jim Flaherty: Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has passed away. I was surprised. At least he accomplished a lot in his career, and he lived a long life of 64 yrs old.
Rehteah Parsons: I found this on Yahoo “How Canada has changed in the year since the suicide of Rehteah Parsons.” There is a lot of discussions on this article:
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Arlene • 1 day 5 hours ago
I cannot believe how insensitive and stupid people are! So girls are only good for #$%$?? Incredible!! First all before anyone posts anything anywhere you better be aware of the possible consequences of your actions no matter your age and NO ONE should die because of being bullied. Shameless! Sex is not a game of tag where you want to get an STD that in some cases can't be treated and both sexes (even grown ups better think about this one too before they stick anything anywhere) need to be taught that.
You get HIV you sure as hell won't be laughing I can tell you that. I was a teenager once too but I made the choice not to put myself in situations like that. I will not even drink in bars because of the fear someone might slip something in my drink. As a female I know how easy it is for someone to take advantage of you and for someone who has been sexually harrassed several times I can assure you these "men" who thought it was "cute" to what they did do that poor girl they oughta have something removed because real men don't do that. For their actions a girl is dead and that is very unfortunate. Real men don't date rape women or post stuff like that or harrass women. They protect them with their life. That next woman that you post on line "having fun" at a party just could be your sister, your aunt, your cousin or your niece. What would YOU do if that girl was your family?? Maybe it would be so funny then would it.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Mar. 22 Self-help: Today was good because I talked to my friend Jessica on the phone for 24 min. Then I talked to my friend Sonia for 51 min. Sonia told me to check out some self-help books. First I checked my email account, because people used to send me a lot articles through my blog.
I wrote about this before, Lynda Albertson sent me “30 blogs with the Best Self-help advice.” I already read and wrote about boosting self-confidence, professional success, dealing with stress, and controlling your temper on my blog.
Counseling: I haven’t seen my Counselor in over a year. I need this boost by talking to my friends.
Newspaper: I went through my newspaper articles that I kept in an enveloped titled “Self-help” but there were a lot of articles about happiness.
The Power of Now: Sonia was checking on the internet and here’s a self-help book she’s interested in. On Amazon:
It's no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, "the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death." Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.
My opinion: It seems kind of a spiritual book. I’m looking for more of a left-brain book.
Mar. 23 Productive reading: Sonia told me that since I read so much, it should be productive.
Me: I read a lot of the business section of the newspaper. I know about how to get job interviews and what to say in the interview. I learn a lot about businesses.
Here’s a hypothetical situation:
Friend: Tracy, I’ve been applying to all these retail positions so I can work on the weekends, but I haven’t gotten any callbacks.
Tracy: Let me see where you applied to. You applied to Sears and Best Buy? Don’t you read the business section of the newspaper? Those companies are struggling. They are unlikely to hire.
Mar. 25 Sales: I’m always trying to play to my strengths and avoid things that I’m not good at. For example, jobs like “100% commission.” When I got a phone call for a furniture sales associate position, and they told me that it was 100% commission, I didn’t take it. There was that time in 2012 I tried selling newspaper subscriptions door-to-door. I did one shift and I didn’t continue.
I had signed a contract where I would have to work 40 hrs to get paid by all the subscriptions I sold. If I quit anytime before the 40 hrs was up, I wasn’t going to get paid at all. I worked one shift of 4hrs and I sold 3 subscriptions.
Jobs for introverts: I found this article:
“To succeed in the working world, successful introverts find jobs that play to their strengths while avoiding an overload of interactions each day. To help with that effort, we've identified the following 10 jobs from our Jobs Rated report that are best suited to shy job seekers. If that's you, consider whether these jobs match your skills and abilities.”
Animal care and service worker: I’m not interested in working with animals. I only had fish as pets because that’s the only pets my parents would allow in the house. You don’t have to clean up after them, walk them, take them to the vet, etc.
Film/ video editor
Industrial machine repairer
Medical records technician
Social media manager
Film editor: Of course, I had to look at the film editor job. I found this article:
“Movie editors have to know the art, the business and the technology of filmmaking. One way to get the knowledge you’ll need is to attend a two- or four-year college that offers programs focused on the filmmaking industry. There you’ll find classes in other aspects of the business, such as directing, cinematography and movie production, as well as film editing.
To start, you'll need to build a video resume of your work. You'll also need contacts you've made to get a first job. That first job may have nothing to do with editing. You may find yourself a production assistant, an animation-editing assistant or an assistant to an editor.”
Mar. 28 Job interview: I applied to this job ad, and then they emailed me back with this questionnaire. They asked if I was going to go back to school, available to work in downtown, what hours I’m available. I filled it out and emailed it back. They then called me for an interview.
I researched the company and took notes. I arrived on time. It was like an insurance company. She told me a lot about the company and how the company and industry works. It’s a very detail-oriented job. At the end, she said they would be looking for another person for another position that I would be more of a fit. She would keep my resume.
Mar. 31 Dental office: I did a job interview at a dental office last week. It was average. He did tell me that I should look into dental programs at NAIT. I told him I knew there was a dental assistant program at the school. He told me there was a lot of dental terminology.
I looked up the Dental Assisting Technology at NAIT. This is about being a dental assistant:
Dental Technology is about making crowns:
There is Denturist Technology:
There is $10 teeth cleaning at the NAIT’s dental lab:
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
You have helped obtain protection for Flaminio Onogama Gutiérrez
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But Flaminio also told us that the situation remains incredibly dangerous. Paramilitaries continue to threaten him and his family. Indigenous leaders in La Esperanza and other communities that have opposed resource extraction projects continue to live in fear.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Mar. 7: I need to focus on my goals more. By going through and reading these articles I cut out, I can focus.
Richard Larson: On Jun. 4, 2011, I cut out this Edmonton Journal article by Codi Wilson:
Canadian teen up for book award
Grande Prairie writer surprised his sci-fi novel makes final three from 5,000 submissionsBy the age of six, Richard Larson was an award-winning author.
His short story on Mexican freetailed bats used as radar-guided missiles in the Second World War garnered the Grande Prairie native a children's short story award at the public library.
"It wasn't that good but it was good for a six-year-old," he says with a laugh.
Today, Larson, 19, is a semifinalist for Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award.The winner receives a $15,000 cash advance and a publishing contract with Penguin Group (U.S.). He is the only Canadian remaining in the competition.
His submission, a 51,000-word science fiction novel called Devolution, is a futuristic thriller about a computer virus capable of infecting the human brain.
The competition started with 5,000 entries. Larson was surprised to learn he is one of the three finalists in the young adult fiction category.
"It's really more like winning the lottery. It was a lucky break."
Larson's inspiration for the novel stemmed from a longtime love of science fiction. "That's what I read mostly when I was young. I was still imaginative enough that I didn't want to read about the real world."
Larson spent his early childhood in Niger, West Africa, where he was home-schooled. His parents often took him to the library.
To support her son's writing endeavours, his mother found Canadian author Kenneth Oppel's home phone number and called him.
Oppel, author of the Silverwing series, was receptive to giving the aspiring writer some advice. The conversation helped give Larson the confidence to pursue writing professionally.
"That was a neat moment for me. I realized authors are people and I'm a person and I could be an author."
Though he is pleased to have made it to the finals, he doesn't expect his novel to win.
"Sci-fi traditionally is not really a crowd-pleaser. It's not typical young adult fiction."
Larson hopes the experience will give him some exposure. He will be returning to the University of Alberta this fall, studying creative writing.
Larson completed his most recent book a month ago and is starting to move away from sci-fi.
"I don't want to lock myself into a genre. I'm going to start writing more general fiction."
For more information, go to amazon.com/abna.
Kindle readers can link to an excerpt from Devolution and can vote for their top choice.
The winners will be announced June 13.
My opinion: I went on the internet and it turns out Jill Baguchinsky won with her book Spookygirl. That’s great that he got this far into the competition.
Fame: I was thinking about how famous do I want to be? What famous writers are out there?
Jonathan Goldstein: He’s a journalist for the National Post; that’s a national newspaper.
Omar Mouallem: He is a local celebrity. I went to Professional Writing with him in college. He was the Edmonton Public Library writer in residence. He wrote for the Edmonton magazine Avenue and Metro newspaper.
Michael Hingston: He is a journalist for the Edmonton Journal.
Lynn Coady: She won the Scotiabank Giller prize for her book Hellgoing.
They are famous writers, but I don’t know if they get approached in the middle of the street.
Mar. 8 Fall 2012: Does anyone remember the Fall 2012 TV shows? I only watched the Elementary pilot and it was average. I didn’t connect with it. I only kept watching Arrow after the pilot.
In Fall 2013, there were a lot of promos for these pilots and they all looked so interesting. However, I watched a lot of them and I didn’t connect with them. I only kept watching Dracula after the pilot.
Mar. 10 Taming of Chance: I got this email for a contest to submit a short story, short film, or creative work. You can win money prizes like $500 or $2000. I checked it out and you have to be 25 and under.
Mar. 22 TV cancellations: I read that the TV show Hostages got cancelled. CBC cancelled Artic Air and Cracked.
Mar. 25 Canadian Literature: I was looking for some publishing companies to work for. I found this Canadian magazine. I looked at their submissions and they print non-fiction and book reviews.
Publishing companies: There is a list of publishers all across Canada.
AU Press operates on the model of a knowledge-based economy, to which we contribute by providing peer-reviewed publications unfettered by the desire to commodify thought or to restrict access to ideas.AU Press is the centre of scholarly publishing expertise for Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University.
It is the first scholarly press to be established by a Canadian university in the twenty-first century. We are dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and research through open access digital journals and monographs, as well as through new electronic media.
AU Press will offer its imprint only to scholarship of the highest quality, as determined through peer review. In keeping with Athabasca University’s mission of overcoming barriers to education, we intend to work with emerging writers and researchers to promote success in scholarly publishing.