I would be alone if not for you
Nebraska, the new Alexander Payne movie! Can’t wait.
New figures show the number of visible minorities in Canadian prisons has increased by 75 per cent in the past decade, while the number and proportion of inmates who are Caucasian has declined significantly.
As well, Canada’s prison population is now at its highest level ever, even though the crime rate has been decreasing over the past two decades. Ten years ago, the number of inmates in federal prisons was close to 12,000. It’s now more than 15,000.
These are just some of the statistics expected to be examined Tuesday, when the annual report of Correctional Investigator of Canada Howard Sapers is tabled in Parliament. His report is widely expected to be a scathing indictment of federal correctional policy.
“You cannot reasonably claim to have a just society with incarceration rates like these,” Sapers said Sunday in a speech he gave at a church in Toronto.
Sapers gave his audience a litany of grim figures. He pointed out that close to a quarter of all inmates are aboriginal even thought they make up only four per cent of the population. The rate of incarceration of aboriginal women increased by 80 per cent in the past decade.
Sapers said the situation is particularly critical for black and aboriginal inmates.
Wanna know something? Editing used to be a “woman’s job” during the days of the old hollywood studio system, because it was done in an assembly-line fashion and seen as menial and boring. But as soon as editing began to be recognized as an art form, men swarmed the position
House of the Devil (2009)
This horror movie has style and tension, but also a whole lotta nothing, but I didn’t mind so much. A college student in the early ’80s gets a babysitting job and it only goes awry from there. It was a fun watch even though the crazy at the end is pretty dumb.
The Bling Ring (2013) dir. Sophia Coppola
Everytime I watch a Sophia Coppola movie I regret it. Every time I think it’s going to be different. I’m always attracted to the story line but she never goes any further than the surface. This film is no exception. Who are these characters? I have no idea. There’s no style here (unlike some of her other films) and it’s boring as hell. Sophia, I give up.
Sundance Apples + Raclette turned 5 today!
Room 237 (2012)
Several The Shining obsessive fanatics discuss their full-blown theories based on minuscule details found in the movie. If you love conspiracy theories, maybe you’ll love this take. Me, not so much.
Frances Ha (2012) dir. Noel Baumbach
Awkward, clumsy, funny and whip-smart, Frances Ha is like a Truffaut movie in style, score and pacing….it borrows heavily from the French New Wave. I loved it. How can you not love black & white galloping around New York City while the soundtrack plays David Bowie’s Modern Love?
Today, 13 November 2013, WikiLeaks released the secret negotiated draft text for the entire TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) Intellectual Property Rights Chapter. The TPP is the largest-ever economic treaty, encompassing nations representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s GDP. The WikiLeaks release of the text comes ahead of the decisive TPP Chief Negotiators summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19-24 November 2013. The chapter published by WikiLeaks is perhaps the most controversial chapter of the TPP due to its wide-ranging effects on medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological patents. Significantly, the released text includes the negotiation positions and disagreements between all 12 prospective member states.
Oh man, don’t get me started on the TPP. Of the 29 chapters we know of from released documents, only 5 actually have to do directly with trade. The whole thing is a fucking nightmare.
this infographic looks 1000000% better than my little analysis post