The Supreme Court today issued a one line statement refusing to hear Troy Davis' appeal
. Troy Davis
was convicted of the 1989 murder of a police officer in Savannah, GA, and sentenced to death solely on eyewitness testimony. No murder weapon or any physical evidence linked him to the crime. Since the conviction, seven of the nine witnesses have recanted or changed their stories, and one of the two who haven't changed their stories is the other suspect in the case. Things were looking good for Davis when the Supreme Court issued a stay two hours before his execution
last month. Justice may really be dead in this country.
posted by x_3mta3
on Oct 14, 2008 -
Character actor Don S. Davis
, known for his portrayal
of Dana Scully's father Captain Scully on The X Files
, Major Garland Briggs on Twin Peaks
, and Colonel George Hammond on Stargate
, passed away Sunday at the age of 65
. Even if you don't remember him from those roles, if you take a look at his IMDB page
, you will probably recognize him from something. He had a gift for taking stereotypical military roles and bringing a warmth and gentleness to them. One of his final roles was in the Stargate
, which will premiere on DVD this month.
posted by rednikki
on Jul 1, 2008 -
Death were a proto-punk trio of black Jehovah's Witnesses
based out of Detroit back in 1974. They were almost signed to Columbia, but bailed on the label when Columbia wanted them to change their name. Instead, they self-released a 7" which is now quite a collector's item
, influenced as it was by, “Iggy and Stooges, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and The Who”
But the story doesn't end there. Recently, Bobby Hackney, whose father played in Death along with two of his uncles, learned of the band and, lo and behold, his dad found the master tapes for their unreleased full-length in his attic. Is a new chapter in punk rock history
about to be written?
posted by stinkycheese
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Life Before Death
- (from the site) "This sombre series of portraits taken of people before and after they had died is a challenging and poignant study. The work by German photographer Walter Schels and his partner Beate Lakotta, who recorded interviews with the subjects in their final days, reveals much about dying - and living."
posted by blue_beetle
on Apr 1, 2008 -
I shot his plane down.
First his fighter plane was just lost under unknown circumstances during WWII. People speculated on a possible suicide of the writer. Then his golden armband was found by a fisherman in the sea. Then
the plane of well known french writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
was found in the mediteranean.
Now 88 year old journalist Horst Rippert, who was a fighter pilot during WWII, admits
that he shot down Saint-Exupéry and that he regretted this his whole life.
posted by jouke
on Mar 17, 2008 -
While the dream of immortality might be as old as mankind, the jellyfish Turritopsis nutricula (image)
seems to be living it
The hydrozoan Turritopsis nutricula has evolved a remarkable variation on this theme, and in so doing appears to have achieved immortality. The solitary medusa of this species can revert to its polyp stage after becoming sexually mature (Bavestrello et al., 1992; Piraino et al., 1996). In the laboratory, 100% of these medusae regularly undergo this change. Thus, it is possible that organismic death does not occur in this species!An in-depth research paper
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jan 30, 2008 -
American audiences remember Akira Kurosawa
as the genius of the samurai epic, a past master who used the form both to revise and revive Western classics - Shakespeare with Ran
and Throne of Blood,
Dostoevsky with Red Beard
and The Idiot,
Gorky with The Lower Depths
- and to give splendid and ultimately immortal life to new archetypes, as in The Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo.
But Kurosawa also made films of his own time. His masterpiece,
in fact, was the quiet story of a gray Japanese bureaucrat dying in post-war Tokyo, and of his attempt to do something of lasting good before he leaves. The film is Ikiru
("To Live"; 1952). [more inside]
posted by Iridic
on Jan 29, 2008 -