“It’s staggering really that modern American Christianism supports wealth while Jesus demanded total poverty, fetishizes family while Jesus left his and urged his followers to abandon wives, husbands and children, champions politics while Jesus said his kingdom was emphatically not of this world, defends religious war where Jesus sought always peace, and backs torture, which is what the Romans did to Jesus. At some point these charlatans need to be chased out of the temple. Which these days means the Republican party.”—Andrew Sullivan (via azspot:danielholter)
“Why these tapes stayed locked in the vault for nearly half a century — and what it took to set them free — is a tale of a producer’s neglect, a jazz sleuth’s obsession and a string of happy coincidences.”—
Verve has just released Twelve Nights in Hollywood, a four-CD boxed set of Ella Fitzgerald singing 76 songs at the Crescendo, a small jazz club in Los Angeles, in 1961 and ’62 — and none of it has ever been released until now. These aren’t bootlegs; the CDs were mastered from the original tapes, which were produced by Norman Granz, Verve’s founder and Fitzgerald’s longtime manager. “This ranks on the top shelf of her live recordings. It’s about as good as it gets.”
The 62-year-old branch head of one German bank confessed to transferring money from rich customers to help her poorer clients. She was given a 22-month suspended sentence after moving more than €7.6m (£6.9m) in 117 transfers. The court in Bonn was told that the employee, who has not been named, took no money for herself.
The truth is, they can never truly take it from her.
In Norway, where the peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation of the gold medal was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old prize.
They also seized her Legion of Honor and a ring awarded to her by a German association of journalists and froze the bank accounts of her and her husband and demanded $410,000 in taxes that they claimed were owed on the $1.3 million she was awarded. Ebadi said, however, that such prizes are exempt from tax under Iranian law. She said the government also appears intent on trying to confiscate her home.
Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to be awarded the peace prize and the first female judge in Iran, said she would not be intimidated and that her absence from the country since June did not mean she felt exiled. She left the country a day before the vote to attend a conference in Spain and has not returned since. In the days after the vote, she urged the international community to reject the outcome and called for a new election monitored by the United Nations.
The Foreign Ministry also “expressed grave concern” about Ebadi’s husband, who it said was arrested in Tehran and “severely beaten” earlier this fall, after which his pension and bank account were frozen.