‘Fault In Our Stars’ trailer, and more news to note

The Marquee Blog

Today’s talk you might’ve missed:

  • We’re so ready to have a complete cry-fest when “The Fault In Our Stars” is released that just looking at this trailer makes us tear up a bit.
  • Country music’s golden girl is rolling in ACM Awards nominations. Miranda Lambert, along with Tim McGraw, leads Wednesday’s nods with seven. [THR]
  • After Trent Reznor threw his middle finger up at the Grammy Awards, the show’s executive producer has apologized for cutting the rocker’s set short. [MTV]
  • Get ready to join the Big Sean-and-Naya Rivera ‘shipper club after reading her interview in Cosmopolitan Latina. The “Glee” star gives adorable insight into their relationship, saying she thinks the rapper will be “an amazing husband … and a great father someday.” [Cosmo]
  • Elton John is getting in on the Katy Perry, One Direction and Justin Bieber concert film action. “The Million Dollar Piano…

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15 minutes of fame

Breaking news stories in the news on January 23, 2014:

  • a family of a pregnant and brain-dead woman in Fortworth, Texas, ask a judge to allow the family to take her off life support, sparking massive debate between pro-life and pro-choice abortioners, and hospital officials who refuse to end her treatment, even though the baby may not even survive birth and the hospital bills are running up thousands of bills for the family
  • two people charged, convicted and sent to prison for abusing feminine activist Caroline Criado-Perez over Twitter
  • three bombings ripped through downtown Cairo, Egypt, destroying the police headquarters and city hall, killing five passerbys
  • Justin Bieber was arrested for a DUI
  • three dead and thirty are missing after a fire destroyed a nursing home in L’Isle-Verte, Quebec; too cold for workers to search for remains

One of these is not like the other.

How many of you reading this right now, heard about these headlines? How many made top world news?

In every CBC, Global News, The National and Toronto Sun headline I read online, each one was bombarded by atleast one picture or one headline leading to Justin Bieber after he was arrested for a DUI in Miami. It seems to me that he’s only getting so much publicity because hes FAMOUS. Everyone adored him, and now we are just watching him fall, which is what half the world has been waiting for. But honestly, how does a 19-year old getting a DUI trump over a COUNTRY BEING BOMBED. What makes Justin Bieber’s life and mistakes so much more interesting than any one elses? Yeah, he’s a 19-year old, they make mistakes, everyone at that age does. But if it was just a random, drunk teenager who no one knew from Stratford, Ontario, no one would be reacting like this. He’d be in jail by now. But no, not precious Justin.

I have no interest in Justin Bieber, I don’t care about the fact that he’s going down, even though we all knew it would happen eventually. I don’t care about his music, I just ignore the popstar all together. But I think there is something wrong with society the day a popstar makes world news for 24 hours straight over politics or human rights. Those are the things people should be paying attention to, because those are the things people want to hear because they apply to the public. Justin Bieber got a DUI. Does that affect you 2,000 miles away? Didn’t think so.

And to those beliebers who want to “free” Justin? No way in hell would I want to see him walk free. Just because he’s famous and rich doesn’t mean he can throw some money at the judge and he can walk free. He was driving 50 miles over the posted speed limit, and was above the legal alcohol limit. If he was a regular person, Justin could be sent to jail for up to six months. He could have hurt someone. I don’t want to see him get away with this, and I definitely am sick of stupid stories about celebrities buying the latest thing or wearing the latest trend trump over the news stories that people actually need to hear.

 

life after death

okokok. PERFECT timing to do a book review on a book about heaven and what not, since recently my philosophy class just had a massive debate on whether there is a God or supreme being (I’ll save that rant for another blog post). However, what makes this so perfectly timed is that right at the time of the debate, i had just finished reading about 3/4 of one of the most eye opening books i’ve ever read in my lifetime.

the book, Proof of Heaven, written by Dr. Eben Alexander, M.D., is, technically speaking, a documentary in itself. Dr. Alexander had suffered a serious seizure in the early 2000’s, which resulted in doctors discovering that his body had contracted a serious, bacterial form of meningitis that affects 1% of the 1% that contract the disease. his body and organs filled with pus as a result of so many white blood cells attempting to attack and rid the body of the bacterial meningitis, usually caused by a harmful strain of E. coli. Dr. Alexander was placed in critical care for a week in a medically-induced coma so that his brain could rest while doctors attempted to clear his body of the harmful infection. while he was in his coma, he says that he had travelled to another world, almost like another dimension, that was neither human nor super natural in its kind, but more a place of extreme beauty to what some could compare to as “heaven”. 

now, Dr. Alexander tells the reader from the start that he was not a man of God. he went to church a few times, but had never really believed in the power of miracles. while he was separated from us on earth, he described the dimension that he went to as divine beauty, a beauty that can only be described when “present in the soul”. he goes on to say that he could hear angelic voices around him but saw nothing, not even his own body. his senses were present, but nothing else was present around him. the colours that we know of on the physical world stretch farther and create whole new spectrums in this so-called “after life”. it is in this realm that Dr. Alexander meets an angelic being, almost like a butterfly or a fairy-like creature, who he says “speaks to him without speaking”, guides him with her eyes, and allows him to hear any voice, even her own, who he says “sings to me clearer and more harmonious than any choir or person on the physical earth”. this angelic being guides him through the deepest of supernatural realms, where he meets and speaks to the Divine source of the universe itself. 

this book is so amazing, i can’t emphasize that enough. the words are so simple, yet his use of them makes his remembrance of events sound so deep and intellectual. i don’t believe that there are any words that could have described the depth of his journey, it almost seems contradictory to use simple language to describe it, but in a sense, the only way to explain the presence of any Divine being is “it just exists”. for example, he says “i was present in my body and i was, in a sense, colourful. i was every colour of the rainbow spectrum that you could imagine and more, but at the same time, i had no physical body, only super-physical”. simple language, but it is so simple that it allows your imagination to run free as to what kind of existence he was experiencing at the time of his out of body experience. although Dr. Alexander’s book and experience all together have been struck down by other medical experts, saying that he was “just hallucinating”, this books gives greater insight into helping us answer the age-old question: is there a life after death?

i am not a believer in any sort of “God”, whoever he may be (sorry if i offend anyone), but i am on the fence about a supreme being who created us all. SOMEONE or something had to have created who we are, we are far too advanced to not have been created purposely for some reason. this book is a must read for those who want an explanation or are curious about religion and afterlife.

three knocks

three knocks

  A massive headline was written across the second 2014 issue of Maclean’s magazine that read: MISSING SHIP L’ACADIEN II DISCOVERED. To many treasure hunters, collectors, and the curious public, this was quite the opportunity. Ship wrecks often meant money to be harvested, … Continue reading

Uganda: when ugonda learn? (lame, i know)

It really seems to me that instead of this world working forward to create a better world for us to live in, it’s working backwards. Maybe to create new obstacles to work for a better world. 

As of December 20, 2013, Ugandan advocates have passed an “anti-homosexuality” bill that states that anyone who promotes homosexuality or takes part in “aggravated homosexuality” will be sentenced to an indictable offence of fourteen years in prison.

(CNN) — After years of controversy, the Ugandan parliament has passed a bill that punishes certain acts of homosexuality with life in prison.

A Ugandan lawmaker first introduced the bill in 2009, sparking worldwide condemnation for tough measures that included the death penalty.

It was briefly shelved amid the backlash. At the time, some European nations threatened to withdraw aid to Uganda, which relies on millions of dollars from the international community.

Before its passage Friday, parliament adjusted the death penalty clause to life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” It includes acts where one person is infected with HIV, “serial offenders” and sex with minors, Amnesty International said.

In cases where one has HIV, the punishment applies even when the sex is consensual or protected.

“Ugandans have been anxiously waiting for this bill. This day will be a good day for all Ugandans,” said Benson Obua Ogwal, a member of parliament for Moroto.

The bill also proposes years in prison for anyone who counsels or reaches out to homosexuals, a provision that would ensnare rights groups and others providing services to lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

In a world where these kinds of things are finally becoming more acceptable and more outspoken, the other side of the world is working to diminish the rights of those who want to love who they want. This is definitely the love of power working over the power of love. What is aggravated homosexuality anyway? Aggravated homosexuality is literally what the western part of the world defines as “PDA”, or public displays of affection. Hand holding, a peck on the lips, even a hug with the same sex in public WILL LAND YOU IN PRISON. You want to talk to someone about your change in sexuality? It could be seen as promoting your sexuality to others and again, CAN LAND YOU IN PRISON.

Ugandans did have their reasons for passing a bill like this. By making homosexuality essentially illegal, they hope to bring down HIV/AIDS stats by discouraging intercourse between two men or two women. They hope to bring down rape stats in prisons and in the public domain, as well as maintain the morals and traditional family values of the average, heterosexual Ugandan family. In retrospect, it does seem to uphold somewhat reasonable points, arguable, but reasonable. But is sending people to prison the right way to carry it out? Before the bill was passed, it was written instead of a indictable prison sentence, that “anyone found promoting homosexuality or participating in aggravated sexuality”, they would be sentenced to the death penalty. No matter what religion you are, or what country you are from, you should never have to give up your life just because someone thinks that who you choose to love is a “disgrace to the culture’s traditions”. The Ugandan government has even gone so far as to write in the bill that any citizen found participating in homosexual acts outside of the country may be extradited and brought back to Uganda for prosecution. This bill also discourages and illegalizes all LGBT-activists groups, individual LGBT-rights supporters, media organizations, whole companies, and non-governmental organizations.

As a person from a recently split family as a result of my mom switching to homosexuality, I take great offence to this. My mother could literally be prosecuted just for loving my step mother. There are so many other points I could make to this case that makes it seem like this bill is just insane, but this post would be about the length of my last english essay. The world should be working together to make life easier, not more difficult. Just because someone may not like it, does not mean they have the right to punish you for who you want to love.