Willing to pull the trigger, episode #7

This week the boys of booze take on Arthur Koestler’s eminent work on the employment of power in Stalinist Russia  “Darkness at Noon.”

They also talk on the recent destruction of artifacts at the Mosul museum by ISIS and the mystery tunnel of Toronto.

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Articles discussed during this episode:

“ISIS fighters destroy ancient artifacts at Mosul museum,” The Guardian

“Toronto ‘Mystery Tunnel’ built by two men for ‘Personal Reasons,” NBC News

Books discussed during this episode:

“Darkness at Noon,” by Arthur Koestler

Allowing you to masturbate, Episode #6

This week, author Brett Crehan and journalist Darryl Coote take on John Cassidy of The New Yorker who wrote about the future of journalism. Also, they examine trash lit: what is it, how it differences from literature and why it exists.

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Articles mentioned in this episode are as follows:

“A bit of good news about journalism,” by John Cassidy, published in The New Yorker

Books mentioned in this episode are as follows:

“The elements of journalism,” by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel

Ari Goldkind, Toronto’s ‘underdog’ mayoral candidate

This article was first published by Shalom Life on Oct. 14, 2014 — Ed. 

Ari Goldkind’s campaign to be Toronto’s next mayor was barely a month old when he was already being written off.

“He has virtually no chance of winning,” Robyn Doolittle wrote in a late March article for The Toronto Star on “fringe” candidates.

When considering the three leading contenders in the race — John Tory, Olivia Chow and Doug Ford — this assessment would normally be sound: How is a 40-year-old criminal defence lawyer with no history in politics going to be heard amongst the cacophony of campaigning by city hall juggernauts?

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Chow: victim of ‘really, really disgusting’ sexist, racist comments

Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow said that the amount and graphic nature of racist and sexist messages she has received during the current mayoral race has been far worse than she has ever experienced in her almost 30-year political career.

Prior to a scheduled debate on Oct. 6 at Centennial College in Scarborough between herself and candidates John Tory and Councillor Doug Ford, Chow told reporters that “I wish my political opponent(s) would actually speak up when these kind of attacks happen.”

The verbal attack in question occurred during the Oct. 1 debate in the Corso Italia neighbourhood, where an elderly caucasian man asked Chow why she –an immigrant who had lived in subsidized housing in the ′90s — thinks that she could run the city of Toronto.

“They just sat there,” she said of the other candidates following that question having been asked. “They made no comment.”

Asked if she thought Tory was correct in implying that Ford was an anti-Semite and a homophobe, she said that she would leave those two to fight among themselves.

“Neither of them have experienced the racist remarks directed to me. I’m the one supposedly spreading creeping jihad, I’m suppose to go back to China, I’m suppose to not be a Canadian. I’ve been attacked.”

The worst of the racist and sexist attacks, she said, are being committed online through Twitter and Facebook.

Chow thumbs through her smartphone for some of the obscene messages she has been sent since she started campaigning for mayor. Photo by Darryl Coote

Chow thumbs through her smartphone for some of the obscene messages she has been sent since she started campaigning for mayor. Photo by Darryl Coote

“It’s just really, really disgusting comments that I can’t say publicly,” she said, offering to show the media examples after having been repeatedly asked to elaborate on the content of the messages.

“It’s not for public consumption. It involves woman body parts, it involves outrages sexist remarks,” she said.

The Toronto Star reported on Oct. 2 that since she had announced on March 13 that she was to run for mayor about 1, 756 offensive posts had been removed from her Facebook page.

“My wonderful staff and my volunteers have been deleting them because they don’t want to show it to me. And from time to time I want to see what it is and when I look at them I thought, ‘My god, in this day I’m still getting that kind of really gross, disgusting comments,’” she said.

Tense Toronto mayoral debate sees candidate Ari Goldkind calling out Rob Ford for anti-Semitism

This article was first published by Shalom Life on Oct. 6, 2014 — Ed.

TORONTO — Issues of public transit and taxes took a backseat at Sunday night’s mayoral debate after candidate Ari Goldkind held Mayor Rob Ford accountable for having previously called Jewish people by a racial slur.

During the four candidate debate, Goldkind was not deterred by the surprise appearance of a tired and ashen-looking Mayor Ford, who is currently fighting a rare form of cancer, and said that Toronto can combat anti-semitism “by not having a mayor who refers to us … the Jewish people in this room, with a derogatory name that starts with K.”

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