National Post | Arts

As Disney’s Paperman got its moment of triumph in the Oscars’ Best Animated Short category Sunday, one of its producers threw a thematically appropriate celebration: Kristina Reed tossed a few paper airplanes which, just like in the film, were marked with kisses.

The aircrafts’ doomed flights didn’t carry them long, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The planes apparently nosed dived off the balcony, landing mostly unnoticed and far from the stage.

But Academy security wasn’t feeling quite as whimsical as Reed. They tossed the producers from the ceremony for the breech of gala etiquette.

Luckily, the punishment was temporary. Security reportedly let her back in after about ten minutes.

Paperman, which showed before Disney’s Brave, was created by small team of innovators at Walt Disney Animation Studios. The story is set in mid-century New York City and centres around a young businessman who becomes smitten after a chance encounter…

View original post 97 more words

National Post | Full Comment

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) begins its annual session in Geneva today by once again disgracing itself through the appointment of the West African country of Mauritania as its vice-president for the next year.

The UNHRC is the organization that, in the past, has cozied up to the Gaddafi and Assad regimes in Libya and Syria; that praised Sri Lanka’s human-rights record shortly after that country’s military killed more than 40,000 Tamil civilians; and that still exhibits at the entrance to its meeting hall, two pieces of art, one donated by Egypt’s Mubarak regime, the other with a plaque that reads, “A statue of Nemesis, Goddess of justice, donated by the Syrian government.”

It also appointed Alfred De Zayas as one of its leading advisors last December, despite the fact that his books on the Second World War portray Germans as victims and the Allies as perpetrators of “genocide.”…

View original post 664 more words

National Post | News

Douglas H. Christie, the so-called Battling Barrister, counsel to almost every prominent Canadian hatemonger of the last thirty years, from John Ross Taylor to Ernst Zundel, has advanced liver cancer and is not expected to live more than six months. He is not being treated, and has withdrawn from the defense of Arthur Topham, a British Columbia man facing trial on a rare charge of wilful promotion of hatred.

“If the doctors are right, it’s the end of everything,” Mr. Christie said yesterday from his bed at home in Victoria, B.C.

The illness marks the close of a remarkable legal career that has seen Mr. Christie stand up for freedom of speech, even in defense of the most vile propaganda and often illegal racist incitement, everywhere from human rights tribunals to the Supreme Court of Canada. As such, it leaves a gaping hole in Canada’s legal scene.

“I don’t know…

View original post 1,024 more words

CNN Belief Blog

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) – According to Jewish tradition, a boy becomes a man at 13, when he’s called before his community to read from the Torah and become a bar mitzvah, meaning “son of the commandments.”

In the case of Daniel Blumen, who will make this rite of passage in May, this homestretch of childhood has suddenly become a viral event.

Rather than send out simple save-the-date cards or e-mail announcements, Daniel busted out and did something different. A fan of rap music, this only child and “clever little guy,” as described by his father, made a music video – for which he wrote most of his own lyrics – playing off Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta,” featuring Ludacris.

View original post 1,190 more words

‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs

‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs.


‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs

Posted Saturday, Feb 16 2013 11:06pm in Chabad News

By: Molly Resnick


Two weeks ago I found myself at the International Conference of Chabad Shluchos in Crown Heights running a program together with my friend Rivka Kotlarsky for 120 Guests of Shluchos – many of them not yet especially observant. On Motzei Shabbos, while ascending the elevator of the Jewish Children’s Museum – where we had organized an elegant melave malkah banquet – I suddenly saw the woman next to me point in my direction and say to a third woman, “That’s the person you’re looking for.”

“Oh, you’re in charge of the Shluchos Program?” the lady asked me.

“No,” I said, “I’m one of the women in charge of the Guest of Shluchos program. If you want the Shluchos program, you’ll have to walk a block and a half where the main program is taking place.”

“I don’t want to walk,” she said. She was holding 25 beautifully embroidered challah covers that her husband – the rabbi of the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem – had asked her to distribute among the shluchos as a promotion for the hotel.

Brain Study

So I have a confession to make: I’ve been cheating on this blog. I’ve taken up with a new writing endeavor, a hot inter-disciplinary thing, and today is the day we go public with our (current) affairs.

A group of highly talented graduate students at King’s College in Cambridge have launched a new web magazine today, and I’m honored to be a part of it. The first issue tackles everything from US national security and the CIA to the uprising of artists in Germany over state funding cuts. I’ve even contributed my own article, which dedicated Brain Study followers might recognize as the mutant off-spring of a piece I posted last year on ‘pathologizing the norm‘. It’s been beefed up and fleshed out as I attempt to tackle some of the proposed changes in the upcoming DSM-V, slated to be published later this year.

Here’s a brief teaser…

View original post 136 more words

National Post | Full Comment

A follower on Twitter sent me this strange video of a woman on the Montreal Métro screaming at fellow passengers and giving them the middle finger for daring to address her in a language other than French; it’s a safe assumption that the offending tongue was English.

Now, at first glance, you might think that it’s just a morbidly fascinating video of a disturbed individual incoherently ranting about nonsense on public transit when she should be getting treatment in a mental institution (thanks again for the deinstitutionalisation plan, Brian Mulroney). But I choose to read a bit more into this.

My friend Barbara Kay recently argued that “mentally disturbed people often take ‘reasons’ for their paranoia from vibes in the general atmosphere.” I knew Barbara was onto something, but I wasn’t totally convinced of her “vibes” argument until I saw this video.

Having government tell the population, “here, we speak…

View original post 527 more words

what bs alert!!!!!!!!!!!

National Post | News

WARNING: Some photographs depict graphic content

Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award Friday for newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a picture of two Palestinian children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their funeral.

The picture shows a group of men marching the dead bodies through a narrow street in Gaza City. The victims, a brother and sister, are wrapped in white cloth with only their faces showing.

View original post 540 more words

National Post | Life

As I’m sure you already know, spaghetti grows on trees in Italy.

The harvesting of the crop is a delicate procedure involving hand-picking so as to retain premium lengths. Thanks to the successful eradication of the pasta weevil, noodles of all types have become a popular dish the world over. Amongst all the choices, however, the bounty of the spaghetti orchard is the most popular.

Well, that was the story that went to air on the BBC back on April 1, 1957. The legendary April Fool’s prank worked in part because pasta was then a novel food stuff in the United Kingdom; Britons could be forgiven for thinking that foreign noodle-y things did, indeed, grow on trees. After all, pasta was usually sold canned, swimming in pallid red sauce, so it would have been difficult to determine if it was animal, mineral or vegetable.

Ha! Spaghetti trees! Such provincial naïfs!…

View original post 897 more words