Open thread

Since I am pretty much unavailable now and for the foreseeable future, and since this has traditionally been a place for people to reconnect when various sites go down, or they are de-platformed somewhere, for now I am leaving this thread open for communications by trolls, real people, and whatevers.

I might write one or two posts more, as the spirit moves, but probably not. I will try to monitor email for a short time, in case anyone has problems with access. (It is currently set up to pass users who have already had a comment approved.)

I will try to stop by later and remove the creeps, death threats etc.

Cheers, and carry on.

-GD

Hachalu Hundessa

[Why does this not come up in google if there is a Wikipedia article, hmmm? Maybe because google translate only does Amharic, the official Ethiopian language, and not for instance, Tigrigna, Oromigna, or Ge’ez.]

Hachalu Hundessa (Amharic: ሃጫሉ ሁንዴሳ) (Oromo: Haadaaluu Hundeessaa) (1986 (?) – June 29, 2020) was an Ethiopian singer from the Oromo ethnic group, the largest in Ethiopia.  His songs were part of the 2015 Oromo movement that led to the Ethiopian political reforms of 2018, and the  country’s first Oromo prime minister, Abiy Ahmed. He is most known for his 2015 song “Maalan Jira!”

In 2017 he was declared “Oromo Person of the Year” by Opride, a news source for the Oromo and surrounding regions.

Personal life

Hachalu Hundessa was born in Ambo, west of Addis Ababa. His father, Hondusa Bonsa, worked in the electricity department in the city of Ambo.  His family raised cows on the family’s farmland on the outskirts of Ambo.  His father wanted him to be a doctor or a university professor, but he fell in love with music at an early age. Even as a teenager, he played music, and was encouraged in music by his mother, Gudatu Hora.

In 1998, when he was a high school student, he was detained in an effort to stop the flow of political and popular Oromo music.  He spent five years in Ambo prison, and while there learned to read and write music. When he was released, he decided to use his voice for protest. While in prison he wrote nine songs, which were the basis of his first album.

Music

His debut album ‘São Moti’, became popular in the Oromo-speaking population and throughout the country.

A few years later, while on his way to the United States to produce his music, he released his second single, “Wae Kane,” or “Our Something” in 2013, while he was on tour in the U.S. The album became the best-selling African album on Amazon, and his popularity grew. He was played on the radio and television in Oromo-speaking areas.

His solo single ‘Malone Gira’, or ‘Maalan Jira” which was released during the Oromia region’s public protest in the Oromia region in 2017. The subject is the 2015 displacement of Oromos from Addis Ababa when the city was expanded.

In October 2017, his single was released: Jirra, meaning “we are here and not going anywhere”. Jirra (jirtu) became a greeting, and an Oromo political slogan.

Hachalu’s music utilizes a “wax and gold” technique, an Amharic phrase describing a surface or “wax” meaning that when melted off reveals the underlying “gold” or metaphoric meaning.

Menlik II in 1896

In June he angered some by claiming Emperor Menelik II (1844-1913) stole horses from the Oromo when he consolidated Ethiopia as a nation and established Addis Ababa as the capital of Ethiopia in 1886.  Hachalu had called for the statue of Emperor Menelik II to be pulled down, so after his death, security forces dispersed demonstrators who were approaching the statue. Hundessa’s June 22 interview on Oromia Media Network (OMN), owned by Jawar Mohammed, sparked outrage on social media.

This looks like the video of the controversial interview here:

Hundessa was married to Santu Demisew Diro. He had three children. Or perhaps two daughters.  His father is Ato Hundessa Bonsa. His mother’s name is Gudatu Hora, it was she who encouraged his pursuit of music.

Death

The funeral was broadcast live on Oromo Broadcasting Network television.

Hundessa was killed in Addis Ababa in July 2020 at the age of 36. He had said he had received death threats.

Police said they arrested three individuals in connection with the death, but did not give details. The prime minister said the murder was related to the assassination of the chief of the Ethiopian army, Gen. Seare Mekonnen, last year. Elections that were scheduled for next month have been postponed.

Hundessa’s murder sparked protests that led to the deaths of at least 81 people, including 3 security officers. As a result, the Ethiopian internet was shut down, starting on Tuesday. There were three explosions in the capital of Addis Ababa and three additional people died in protests in Ambo, in the Oromia region. Hunessa was buried Thursday July 2 in the town of Ambo, a city at the forefront of the campaign by Oromos for self-rule, where his funeral was held in a stadium. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who took office after the 2018 protests, led the tributes to Hundessa.

Several were arrested in connection with the riots.  Opposition leader and media mogul Jawar Mohammed and thirty-four others, including journalist Eskinder Nega , chairman of the Baldras People’s Party for True Democracy, were arrested after they tried to have the funeral in Addis Ababa, according to the federal police commissioner. Jawar Mohammed had been linked with Hundessa in the past, but more recently they were on opposing political sides.  Police clashed with opposition who were trying to bring the body to Addis, against the wishes of Hundessa’s family.  Hundessa’s uncle was killed during the clashes, as a result of a grenade attack on the family home in Ambo.

Video of funeral procession: https://tigrigna.voanews.com/a/ስነ-ስርዓት-ቐብሪ-ህቡብ-ድምጻዊ-ሃጫሉ-ሁንዴሳ-ተፈጺሙ/5486218.html

International reaction

Minnesota protest blocks traffic

Protesters demonstrated in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, expressed his condolences on Twitter.

Much of the information about Hakulu’s music is being provided to the Western press by Awol Allo, a law professor at Keele University in England who has written extensively about Hundessa’s music, and who tweets at @awolallo.

Discography

Songs were written only in Afaan Oromoo language.

Compilations
Live tour of USA

Sources

Music

At Millennium Hall Addis Ababa in 2017.

Fembot and rough sex

“Men have always murdered women,
this is just a new way of getting rid of them.” – Louise Perry

Fembot weighs in on the UK’s proposed Domestic Abuse Bill, which would prohibit the use of the “rough sex” defense being used to justify the killing of a woman.  There are now over 60 women from the UK whose killers have made this defense in court.

Fembot was designed to please men, but something happened to the factory default settings.


Great bat bot. The square bot speech font is also a nice touch.

Quick Wikipedia check:

  • Louise Perry (red link) is a British freelance writer.  She runs We Can’t Consent To This, a group that raises awareness of the “rough sex” defense, along with the founder Fiona McKenzie (red link, but there is a disambig, where she is not mentioned). She has written for The Telegraph, The Spectator, The i Paper, Quillette, The Spinoff TV, Feminist Current, Areo Magazine, Standpoint Magazine, UnHerd, and Red Carpet Crash. Her personal website is frigidbitch.substack.com. She tweets at Louise Perry@Louise_m_perry and We Can’t Consent To This@Wecantconsentto.
  • Rough sex murder defense.
  • Grace Millane is at Murder of Grace Millane. Note: this helps confirm my hypothesis that articles for women are more likely to be given “victim tag” titles. Note also that Rodney King is at “Rodney King” even though all he did was get beat up by cops. George Floyd is at “George Floyd” not “The Murder of George Floyd”.
  • Carole Califano (red link), the first recorded instance of the “rough sex” defense,  murdered in 1972 by Peter Drinkwater, a doctor who had treated her and her daughter.
  • Natalie Connolly (red link), killed by millionaire businessman, who was sentenced to 4 years with the possibility of being out in less than 2 years, although Connolly had 40 injuries, including a broken eye socket.
  • Priyanka Reddy (red link) (Hindi: प्रियंका रेड्डी)was an Indian veterinarian who was kidnapped, sexasually assaulted,  and murdered, and her body set on fire to prevent detection.  But the murderers were traced to the place they bought the fuel to set her body on fire, and later all four suspects died in police custody. Her name is one of the top porn searches, men are looking for a video of her being sexually assaulted and murdered.
  • Nirbhaya (“Fearless”)(red link), the name used for Jyoti Singh by the India press, which is forbidden to print the names of sexual assault victims, redirects to “2012 Delhi gang rape and murder“, even though she was named to the International Women of Courage Award in 2013. She does have an article on Simple Wikipedia. The case against the suspects dragged on for years, but the sentences were carried out after the murder of Priyanka Reddy in 2019.

Didn’t we see this with HAL in 2001: a Space Odyssey?  But of course it’s a metaphor for the shift in relationships between men and women brought about by gamergate, the incel movement, and now the “rough sex” murder defense, which smears a woman’s reputation with sexual innuendo, and which a woman cannot speak against once she is dead . It might be worth mentioning at this point that the “red pill” theme of the MGTOW movement came from the Matrix film, created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, who have since announced that they are trans-gender MtF.

This seems to be the first episode of Fembot:

Fembot is drawn by Tatsuya Ishida@TatsuyaIshida9 You can also find her on Glindr (Spinster). @TatsuyaIshida@spinster.xyz.

Corbett derails Code of Conduct discussion

http://archive.is/gB9UC

Corbett again

Corbett puts his foot in it:

“Crowdsourcing” in this context seems perilously close to ‘lynching’ to me.”

NO, ERIC, NO!

This is the same mistake Fae made when he brought down the mailing list.

YOU ARE TALKING TO AN AMERICAN CROWD.

American cities right now are on permanent “occupy” status.  Protesters are painting “defund the police” on the street in front of the White House. Last night, Atlanta’s police force called in sick.  Seattle even has a section of the city that has declared independence.  And why not.  Everything is closed due to coronavirus, and unless you have money, there is nothing else to do but protest and occupy.

The Brits need to read the newspaper right now, and then shut up.

Zoloft tries the velvet glove technique.

Somey tries the “respectfully request” technique.

But Corbett is Corbett and merely doubles down.  It even looks like he is suggesting that it is blacks who are criminally lynching other people.

The thing about Corbett is that he is occasionally right, and occasionally even demonstrates common sense.  But even when that happens, he invariably states his piece in a way that can’t help but alienate the very people who are likely to be the most sympathetic. Is Wikipedia governance a system of vigilante justice? That’s the definition of a lynch mob, right?  Peasants with pitchforks? Looking for werewolves and vampires, to drive a stake through the heart?  The question deserves its own thread, but without the racial trigger. Too bad Wikipediocracy doesn’t have any active moderators, that can split that whole thing off to its own thread. Too bad Corbett can’t stop insulting people and plainly state the case about vigilante justice. And yeah, much as they are trying to backpedal, they did imply he was being racist, and in American terms, he was.

Code of Conduct

So let’s go back to the Code of Conduct discussion.

Wikipediocracy’s abrasive Brill Lyle (why do I always want to read this “brillo”?) saw this on Twitter and has summed up a few of the links:

Next steps for the process:
1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Un … Next_steps 2. Summary from Patrick Earley Trust and Safety Policy Manager 03/06/2020: “We’ll be putting a call for applications from community soon, specifically looking for diversity in language, geography, gender, age, and sizes of home wikis; looking for experience in dealing with harassment such as found in stewards and arbcoms as well as other functionaries; and for experience in policy drafting and online collaboration. We’re working on a timeline for this and for other milestones before the August 30th deadline that we’ll be publishing very soon.”

Yep.  That is the problem right there. Trust and Safety has been co-opted by the very people who have already refused to enforce the rules, and disenfranchised whole swathes of users – the kind of users who are NOT based in Manchester. It is the system that is corrupt.  The last thing we need is another layer of enforcement, and another chance for the usual suspects to collect yet another hat, with Trust and Safety acting like a corrupt police state –  charged with keeping them in power, and keeping out the riff-raff, like galleries, libraries, archives, museums, affiliates, and newbies.

Then Tarantino drops a bombshell.

“Back to the topic, Maggie Dennis is going to appoint a committee of volunteers to draft a UCOC, that will be built on top of the Contributor Covenant.”

I can’t seem to open that document, but it looks like this is it: https://www.contributor-covenant.org/version/2/0/code_of_conduct/

This is basically what Twitter is enforcing right now, using it to get rid of the women, especially Lesbians (who are defined as “transphobic” for not dating female impersonators), and the “wrong” kind of transgenders, i.e. the ones like Kristina Harrison who say a transwoman has a different biology and experience from a woman.

This is the money quote:

“…aggression toward or disparagement of classes of individuals.”

In the current trans activist world, failure to provide them with sexual stimulation as “validation” is the same as “violence” and “erasure”.  Wikipedia needs to ask itself if its willing to import Twitter’s treatment of J.K. Rowling to its own pages:

(NSFW)

Funny, but these “women” sound exactly like abusive and violent men.

UPDATE:

And now, just like magic, the whole conversation has been disappeared.

http://archive.is/RCMIj

Just like it never happened.

Not the first time either. The Wikipediocracy moderators routinely clean up on these, just like a bartender wiping down the bar after closing time.

You won’t find a “lynch mob” discussion either.  Because Wikipediocracy is the biggest lynch mob there is. Sure there are a few insiders, like user:28bytes who have been able to use Wikipediocracy to clear their names and prevent their careers from being ruined by Wikipedia, and more power to them.  But your average garden variety GLAM – or really any professional – is more likely to have their life ruined just by being named.  And it doesn’t really matter if they hide it in the back room where only registered users can see it, if those registered users can later have it published on Brietbart. Once Wikipediocracy decides to publish, the fix is in.  There is no right of reply, there is no discovery of facts, there is no privacy for personal or sexual matters that might lead to identity-based harassment. That person might as well leave Wikipedia forever, and may well have their career destroyed as well.

Women Composers of Classical Music

Shakespeare Wrote His Best Works During a Plague

Someone on Facebook has been linking to me, but I don’t know who.  Maybe these guys? I don’t know why they would have any reason to link to me, and I can’t seem to find my URL in there anywhere, but this open group for Women Composers of Classical Music is all I can come up with. https://www.facebook.com/groups/508526195993395

So let’s pick out one of their women composers, and look for some music. Preferably something written by some overachiever during a plague.

Fanny Mendelssohn was the sister of composer Felix Mendelssohn, sometimes called by her husband’s name Hensel. During the plague of 1831, she wrote several cantatas, there is even a list of her works on Wikipedia. The one we are looking for is the one she referred to in her diary as her “Choleramusik“.  The three are often grouped together:

  • 257. Lobgesang. Kantate. Nach Versen der Bibel und einem Text
  • 258. Hiob. Kantate. Nach Versen der Bibel
  • 260. Höret zu, merket auf. Oratorium/Kantate. Nach Versen der Bibel

Fanny may have been forbidden her to play for the public by her family, because she was a woman, but she more than made up for it with private events:

“The Sonntagsmusiken [Sunday concerts] were given in the spacious Gartensaal (garden room) of their home that could accommodate up to 200 guests. The Hensels kept an open house and Fanny was well known and beloved in all of Berlin for her performances at the piano and her generosity as a hostess. Members of the high society clamored to be invited, and representatives of the Court were always present, parking up to seven royal coaches in front of the home at Leipzigerstraße 3.”

Nice work if you can get it.

So which one is the cholera cantata?

“Scored for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, the cantata counts among her most ambitious works, even though its very existence was veiled in obscurity until late in the twentieth century. Mendelssohn never published the work, and her autograph full score lacks a title. Apart from the premiere, which she conducted privately at her family residence before invited guests, the music was not performed, and remained virtually unknown until late in the twentieth century. When the first edition finally appeared in 1999, it was announced as an oratorio on biblical scenes. But in 1996 orchestral parts of the cantata turned up bearing the title Cantate nach Aufhören der Cholera in Berlin, 1831 (Cantata after the Cessation of the Cholera in Berlin, 1831), and Mendelssohn’s diaries, released in 2002, refer to her Choleramusik, finally enabling us to identify and title the full score.”

Yes yes, go on.

“…But in addition to the Cholera Cantata her catalogue of well over 400 compositions contains two other sacred cantatas (Lobgesang and Hiob), an orchestral overture, concert arias, the large-scale piano cycle Das Jahr, and several chamber works….”

So by process of elimination, the “cholera cantata” is the one marked “Höret zu, merket auf.”

And according to this, it is only an 8-minute section of a longer Oratorio, created in 1831, “based on images from the Bible”. It was first premiered in Cologne in 1984 by conductor Elke Mascha Blankenburg (1943-2013)  (German Wikipedia, no article in English).  Here it is performed by Cappella Clausura (red link) , one of the leading ensembles focusing on the research and performance of music by women composers, in Eliot Church, Newton, Massachusetts, March 31, 2019.

A blow-by-blow account of the biblical text is here, in the concert notes. The …movements ?…sections? … are:

Cholera Musik: (Oratorium nach Bildung der Bibel 1831)

01 Introduction: Allegro moderato
02 Recitative: Horet zu, merket auf, alles, was in dieser Zeit lebet (Alto)
03 Arioso: Ich habe Kinder auferzogen und erloset (Bass and Soprano)
04 Wehe, weh, es ist geschehn (Choir)
05 Recitative: Sie rufen, aber da ist (Alto)
06 Recitative: Plotzlich muss das Volk sterben und um Mitternacht (Soprano)
07 Gott, unser Schild, schaue doch, Herr (Choir)
08 Aria: Ich bin elend und ohnmachtig (Tenor)
09 Recitative: Er wird dich mit seinen Fittichen decken (Soprano)
10 Arioso: Blick hin auf die, so vollendet haben (Soprano)
11 Sie sind dahin gegangen, wie das Gras verdorrt (Choir)
12 Ich habe einen guten Kampf gekampfet (Choir, Soprano, Bass)
13 Wir leiden um unsrer Sunden willen (Choir)
14 Recitative: Der Herr ist nahe allen, die ihn anrufen (Soprano, Alto, Bass)
15 Singet Gott, lobsinget dem Herrn (Choir)

To see the whole program, with the Lobgesang, then Hiob, then after intermission, Cholera Musik: (Oratorium nach Bildung der Bibel 1831), see video here:

The original of this work is in the Mendelssohn collection of the Berlin State Library.  Somewhere.  This seems to be the 1984 recording, indexed as “Oratorium nach Bildern der Bibel” with an alternate title “Choleramusik”: http://stabikat.de/DB=1/SET=2/TTL=1/SHW?FRST=4

There is another recording of the same oratorio, with an odd title, Oratorium nach Bildern der Bibel, but at a much livelier tempo, which this PhD candidate prefers, (and has much to say about the keys and instrumentation as well), the recording by Helmut Wolf and the Stuttgart Philharmonia Orchestra and Choir.

This recording is less than two minutes, but I’m sorry, two minutes of this is more than enough for me.

There is another recording of the entire oratorio here by Dortmund University choir and musicians.

Höret zu merket auf

The musical score itself is in the Berlin Mendelssohn collection. Read online: https://digital.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/werkansicht/?PPN=PPN685235262

See also [WorldCat]. Titles: Höret zu merket auf.  Other titles: Choleramusik; Musik für die Toten der Cholera-Epidemie 1831; Oratorium nach Bildern der Bibel.

 

Ephrem, Saint of the Vigilant

The price of freedom is eternal Vigilance.

This week, Vigilant™, one of Wikipedia’s longest-running critics, disappeared from the Wikipedia criticism constellation altogether.

Vigilant’s home base was Wikipediocracy, but he was widely quoted elsewhere, including Eric Barbour’s forum, Wikipedia Sucks, which once had no less then ten anti-Vigilant threads going simultaneously.  Most of them were created by Abd, also known as Abd al-Raman Lomax, who recently filed a pro se lawsuit against the WMF (see Lomax v. WikiMedia Foundation, Inc. https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/14573324/lomax-v-wikimedia-foundation-inc/ ).

Vigilant recently embarked on a quest to prevent Abd from taking over the “Wikipedia in Action” sub on Reddit, as its only moderator.  My Evil Twin tossed her hat in the ring, and in her very first edit to Reddit, announced her own candidacy for moderator, since she is already has the keys to the genderdesk dungeon here.  Her candidacy was endorsed by several Wikipediocracy regulars.  (See “My Evil Twin is running for moderator on Reddit“.) The sub now appears to be irrevocably broken, after someone claimed to be Nathan Larson posted repeatedly about child porn.

As soon as Vigilant left, Eric Corbett returned in full force. There had been some unspecified animosity between them before, but whether it was due to something specific, and not just on general principle is anyone’s guess.  Corbett rarely adds anything original or witty to a discussion, preferring to add dittohead-type remarks to negative comments.  For instance, here Carrite negates the commonly held idea that Jimbo still has any influence in Wikipedia, and Corbett merely added a dittohead remark, missing the point that the style of the forum is to be witty, rather than bluntly derogatory. His response doesn’t give any indication that he caught the gist of the conversation, but any mention of Jimbo to Corbett is like waving a red flag in front of a bull.  In a way, he is a little bit like Kumioko, waiting for openings to inject remarks about Jimbo, the same way that Kumioko injects remarks about abusive admins.


An unnecessarily rude reply, but seems to be rooted in the remarks Jimbo once made at Wikimania about toxic persons, which seemed directed at Corbett.  Corbett has never commented on whether he views himself as toxic or not.  His enablers merely claim this is a taboo subject, and that discussion is off the table because he is doing fabulous and irreplaceable work, a claim that never quite holds up when you look at his actual edits.

If Wikipediocracy thought that making Corbett a member would mean he would be “pissing out of the tent”, instead of inside, they miscalculated badly:

Corbett is doubtless socking on Wikipedia right now, without adding that kind of odor to Wikipedia.

This is not the first time Vigilant has disappeared. Back in 2016, he left after the election, but eventually returned. Where he has gone this time is anybody’s guess, but after his ordeal on Reddit and elsewhere, which my Evil Twin only experienced a fraction of, he will probably need some saintly blessing and protection. Sooner or later, Vigilant may decide to stop burning bridges, and settle down somewhere.  If he decides to write his own blog, I will certainly read it.  But in the meantime, I am reluctantly emerging from my seclusion to offer some saintly inspiration and protection for his walkabout.

Saint Ephrem

The main patron saint for the vigilant (and by extension for vigils) is the 4th century Ephrem the Syrian, sometimes spelled Ephraem.  Oddly enough, the feast day of St. Ephrem is observed around about June 9, which is also roughly about the time when our own Vigilant disappeared.

The tradition of the Syriac church is frankly weird.  They observe different feast days from everyone else, and in general do not blend in, in a part of the world where most Christian groups try for some kind of cooperation, in the face of a sometimes militant Moslem majority. But this Saint Ephrem is well-regarded by denominations as diverse as Roman Catholics as well as Episcopalians –  who include his hymn From God Christ’s deity came forth,” as Hymn 443 in the 1982 hymnal – stretching back to the 4th century and up to the present day.  Ephrem was a prolific hymnographer, and wrote hymns specifically for choirs of women.

If you want to see images of him, check this YouTube video (it may only work with Chrome browser?).  I may make screenshots later, if I have time, haha, but the images and maps are very nice, even if there are some gratuitous explosions.  The video is far from boring.

Saint Ephrem

As a youth, Saint Ephrem was quite rambunctious.  He was accused of stealing a sheep and thrown in prison, which he thought very unfair, but God revealed to him that he was being punished for hubris, and if he got out of prison he was expected to reform.  Does one sense a plea bargain here?  In any case, on his exit from prison, he joined a religious group, was mentored by another saint, and eventually became regarded as a church pillar.  He did a number of hymns on Mary which all come from his exegesis of Luke.  Several stories are told about him in retrospect, and people mimicked his work, some of which is incorrectly attributed to him, as was considered proper in those days, before copyrights were invented.  St. Ephrem died of the plague, but not before he caught the rich hording food supplies. In response, the populace entrusted him with the food warehouses, and he was trusted to ration the food fairly to all.  He was ordained a deacon, but when an emissary came to ordain him bishop, he feigned madness and the emissary left.  He was also said to be dissolved in tears, and known to weep constantly, his acuteness of vision seeing both the goodness of God and mourning over the fallen human state of sin.

But where are the poems, where are the songs?  We want art, and we want it now.

Okay, here is part of a hymn about vigilance, composed for the vigil of Christmas-Epiphany.  Who are the vigilant? The Christians were very vigilant, obviously, as anyone who has witnessed their all-night rites can tell you, but there are also a bunch people keeping vigil who are awake because they are up to no good, starting with the devil.  This translation (full text)  is by Dr. Kathleen E. McVey (1944 – )(red link) (WorldCat) (OCLC)(LOC)(WikiData):

61    Today the Watchers were rejoicing that the Awakener came to awaken us; who will go to sleep on this night on which all Creation is awake?

62    Since by sins Adam let the sleep of death enter Creation, the Awakener came down to awaken us from the slumber of sin.

63    Let us keep vigil as do the greedy who contemplate money lent on interest, who stay awake often at night to calculate principal and interest.

64    Awake and thinking is the thief who dug a hiding place in the ground for his sleep; his wakefulness is all [for] this: to increase lamentation for those who sleep.

65    Keeping vigil also is the glutton in order to eat more and to suffer agony; his vigil was torment for him since he did not eat with moderation.

66    Keeping vigil also is the merchant; at night he wearies his fingers to calculate how much [interest] came [in on] his mina and whether he doubled and tripled his obol.

67    Keeping vigil also is the rich [man] whose sleep mammon pursues; his dogs are sleeping, but he is keeping his treasure from thieves.

68    Keeping vigil also is the worrier whose sleep has been swallowed up by his worries, whose death stands at his pillows, and he watches, worried, for years.

69    It is Satan who teaches, my brothers, wakefulness for the sake of wakefulness, so that we might be asleep to virtues, vigilant and wakeful to vices.

70    Even Judas Iscariot kept vigil an entire night, and he sold the blood of the just One Who purchased the entire creation.

71    The sons of darkness, who stripped off and shed the Shining One, put on darkness, and with silver the thief sold the Creator of silver.

72    Even the Pharisees, sons of darkness, were awake an entire night; the dark ones kept vigil to conceal the incomprehensible Light.

73    Keep vigil as bright ones on this bright night; for even if its color is black, still it is splendid in its power.

74    One who splendidly watches and prays in the darkness is wrapped in hidden brilliance in the midst of this visible darkness.

75    The way of life of the hateful one who stands in the daylight is the way of a son of darkness, so that even if clothed by light without, he would be girt by darkness within.

76    Indeed, my friends, let us not forget in our wakefulness: illicit is the vigil of one who does not watch as he should.

77    Deep sleep is the vigil of one who watches unworthily; its opposite, too, is the vigil of one who watches unchastely. [note: “chastity” in translating St. Ephrem does not mean sexual chastity but a more broader sense of self-control ]

78    The vigil of a jealous man is an abundance full of emptiness, and his watch is a matter full of scorn and disgrace.

79    If an angry man keeps watch, his vigil is disturbed by anger, and his watch itself becomes full of wrath and curses.

80    If a garrulous man keeps vigil, his mouth becomes a thoroughfare useful for the destroying  [spirits] but wearisome for prayers.

81    If a discerning man keeps vigil, he chooses one of two: either he sleeps sweetly, or he keeps vigil righteously.

82    Serene is the night on which shines forth the Serene One Who came to give us serenity. Do not allow anything that might disturb it to enter upon our watch.

83    Let the path of the ear be cleared; let the sight of the eye be chastened; let the contemplation of the heart be sanctified; let the speech of the mouth be purified.

84    Mary today has hidden in us the leaven from the house of Abraham; let us, therefore, love the poor as Abraham [loved] the needy.

85    Today she has cast rennet into us from the house of David, the compassionate one; let man have mercy on his persecutor as the son of Jesse on Saul. [note on rennet: Cheesefare Week is a reference to a sort of Fat Tuesday for some type of orthodox, who observe a fast from eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products ]

86    The sweet salt of the prophets today is scattered among the peoples; let us acquire by it a new taste by which the former people would lose its flavor.

87    On this day of redemption let us speak a speech of interpretation; let us not speak superfluous words, lest we be superfluous to [the day].

88    This is the night of reconciliation; let us be neither wrathful nor gloomy on it. On this all-peaceful night let us be neither menacing nor boisterous.

89    This is the night of the Sweet One; let us be on it neither bitter nor harsh. On this night of the Humble One, let us be neither proud nor haughty.

90    On this day of forgiveness let us not avenge offenses. On this day of rejoicings let us not share sorrows.

91    On this sweet day let us not be vehement. On this calm day let us not be quick-tempered.

92    On this day on which God came into the presence of sinners, let not the just man exalt himself in his mind over the sinner.

93    On this day on which the Lord of all came among servants, let the lords also bow down to their servants lovingly.

94    On this day when the Rich One was made poor for our sake, let the rich man also make the poor man a sharer at his table.

95    On this day a gift came out to us without our asking for it; let us then give alms to those who cry out and beg from us.

96    This is the day when the high gate opened to us for our prayers; let us also open the gates to the seekers who have stayed but sought [forgiveness].

McVey’s translations are most excellent, although many remain behind a paywall.  The free translations available on the Internet Archive are unfortunately written in a more archaic form of English:

There is also a prayer for the vigilant, prayed during the Great Lent weekday services. Here is the Orthodox English language version.

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

Again “chastity” here is not sexual chastity, heaven forbid, but Greek “σωφροσύνης” or sophrosyne.  Wikipedia translates this as “sober-mindedness“, and again, heaven forbid, Strong’s calls itsoundness of mind“.

There is a chant of the prayer here, in an unidentified language, probably Greek (Απολυτίκιο Αγίου Εφραίμ του Σύρου – this would be your search term for more chants) : “The Apolytikion of St. Ephraim the Syrian”:

Here is St. Ephrem’s hymn to the Light from the Marionite tradition, in Arabic:

The refrain is the first verse which says: “The Light has dawned, rejoice, O, earth and Heaven”. English translation here

أشـرَقَ النُورُ فَافرَحي أيُّهـا الأرضُ وَالسَماء ) – أشــــرقَ النــــور أشـرَقَ النُورُ فَافرَحي أيُّهـا الأرضُ وَالسَماء، طُرِحَ الليـــلُ خارِجـَاً وَخَرَجْنـا إلى الضِيــاء. إِنَّ يَســـوعَ رَبَّنـا غَمَـر الكــونَ بالبَهـاء نُـورُهُ طَـارَدَ الأَسَــى في حِمـىَ المـوتِ والفنَـــاء. مُـذْ تَجَلَّـى بأرضِنَـا سَقَطَت سُــــلطَةُ الظَـلاَم فــي مَطَامِيــرِ الثَــــرىَ كُسِـرَتْ شَـوكَةُ الحِمَــام. وَاجَـهَ الليــــلَ وَاطِئــاً مَجــدَهُ صَخـرَةُ الجَحِيــمْ، فالدفِينـونَ هَللـوا، إذ رأوا مَجـدَهُ العَظِيــمْ. وارتَقَــى الحَـيُّ لِلعُلَـــى حَيثُمـا كَانَ مِـنْ أَزَلْ، وَالمَصَابيـــحُ شَــعْشَعتْ وَالعَذَارى نَثَرْنَ طِيب. وَسـَيأتي بِمَجـدِهِ عِندَمــا تنقَضِــي الدُهـــورْ فَيَلْبَــسُ الأَمـوات فـي لِقَائِــهِ أَجسَــادَ نُـــورْ. يـا أحِبَائِـي أسـهَرُوا ليلَـةَ العُمــرِ في إنتِظَــارْ، فَمَوعِـدُ الآتـي دَنــا ووَعــدُهُ نــورٌ وَنـار. يـا مَلِيكـــي مُخلِّصـي وبَاعِثِي مِـنَ الممَـات لِـي مِن مَوتِــكَ الرَجَـاءْ وَلِــي مَحَبَــةُ الحيَــاةْ. أَعطِنِـــي أَن أَكُـونَ في وَليمَة العشَـا مَعَكْ حَيْـــثُ أُمسِــي وَيُصبِــحُ الحُــبُ فينَـــا هُـــوَ المَلِــــك.

Here is another chant, this one in Ukrainian, “Come and bow to Christ Our King and God”, with English subtitles.

Sources

So who are the academic experts on Syriac studies and early Christianity? According to Dr. Catherine Tkacz (red link) (profile) (WorldCat) (OCLC), in this video:

And where are these hymns, and the information about this saint?

Hagiography

  • Vita Ephraemi
  • Gregory, Vita Ephraemi, De Vita S. Patris Aphraem Syri, Patrologia Graeca 46. 820-849. A translation into Latin.

Hymns

Bibliographies

 

Jimbo retweets J.K. Rawlings

[NSFW]

Anyone who is following the new Universal Code of Conduct discussion should take a look at the trans thing on Twitter. Here is Jimbo retweeting Rawlings’ latest essay.

Twitter has a code of conduct that prohibits hate speech. But the devil, as they say, is in the details.  In this case, it is in the way Twitter – and the transgender thought police – define hate speech.

This means a medical doctor who has studied and published his research about transexuals, and more specifically, autogynephilia, Dr. Ray Blanchard @/BlanchardPhD, got banned for tweeting about his own peer-reviewed research:

But no one gets banned for tweeting this:


Or this:


There is an entire collection of these at https://terfisaslur.com/

There’s another whole collection here, in video form.  As he says, it’s a violent movement, and they are out of control.

Where is our James Alexander, formerly of Trust & Safety?  Didn’t he leave Wikipedia  to make Twitter safe?

Oh and if you want to know the answer to “what is a woman”, be sure to google Karen White and Jessica Yaniv.  You won’t find them on Wikipedia though, although there might be a deletion discussion or two, if you know where to look.

 

“Karen White” sexually assaulted four female inmates women while incarcerated in a woman’s prison. No surgery, no hormones, in some photos does not even throw on a wig and lipstick, but got classified as a woman, and sent to a woman’s prison, just by saying so. So if “trans women are women” this means that statistically speaking, these criminal sexual assaults were committed by a “woman”.

And Emilia Decaudin, who took a reserved female representative’s seat in New York, calls the idea that a woman does not have a penis “an outdated concept because it simply just doesn’t reflect reality“.

This is what a woman looks like in New York in 2020.

Speaking of which, Fae seems to like this…

Maggie sneaks in the front door

Maggie Dennis is either the smartest person in the WMF or the luckiest.  A while back, she disappeared forever, then just this week, reappeared as if nothing happened, this time holding office hours via Zoom.

In case you don’t remember that far back, this was Maggie’s official place in the grand scheme of things.

When we last checked in with SuSa (Support & Safety), it had been renamed Trust & Safety, and Maggie had just been promoted, after doing her job and her boss’s job at the same time for several millennia. She promptly trained a newbie to do her old job, and disappeared, as it turned out later, on medical leave.

 

The newbie got surprised by a few things, as happens with newbies on Wikipedia, and ended up moving on.  Whereupon it was discovered that the WMF no longer needed that department anyhow, and it was merged with Legal, or something like that.

The “staff and contractors” page is a little hard to read since the WMF migrated to their own website — for instance, you can’t see when staff come and go, and the lines of reporting are often obfuscated, sort of like all the different militia converging on our nation’s capitol right now, with their badges covered — but you can usually get some rudimentary picture of the WMF food chain.  Let’s take a look, shall we?

Oh oopsie.

Bummer.

It looks just like Twitter.

They must have decided to do an action.

You can see the “donate” button and that’s about all.

Okay, this isn’t what we came here for, but I’ll click on the click bait.

Aaaaand, this is what we get.

There is already an article for Black Lives Matter.  This one has been nominated for deletion. Oh, it’s on Meta, that’s it. And is that a donate button?  No, if you click, it just says you can “contribute” by editing.  And here is the first edit.

Okay, so we don’t get to find out if T&S has been reorganized, but let’s just say that if Maggie is involved, you can throw the organizational chart out the window, because she wields a tremendous amount of soft power.

That wasn’t what I wanted to show you, but that is what there is to see.

Back to Maggie.

The announcement was on the mailing list, and now it also looks like this is where we will also find our answer about the WMF food chain.

I am Maggie Dennis. Currently I am the Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability under the General Counsel of the Foundation. I’ve been with the Foundation for 9 years in various roles, but always connected to the group who now conduct Trust & Safety in one form or another.

So now this is being branded as “Community Resilience & Sustainability”.

Here is the office hour meeting.

I haven’t watched the whole thing yet, but here it is.  Participants are: Nattes à chat, Philippe (formerly WMF), Fae (Ashley van Haeften), Christel Steigenberger (WMF), Trust & Safety, Chico Venancio (User:Chicocvenancio), User:ELappen (WMF), Heather Walls, Chief Creative Officer, who for some reason has an unmarked (WMF) staff account.

The Cliff Notes version is here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04

Marjan

So how about a little Persian Pop from the 70s?

Marjan was a singer and cinema star from the pre-revolutionary Iran. The only reason I know about her was that she died today in Los Angeles while I was looking up Iran topics on the Radio Farda website.

Translation of her obit on Radio Farda:

Ms. Marjan (مرجان), whose real name was Shahla Safi Zamir (شهلا صافی‌ضمیر), was 72 years old at the time of her death. She was a figure who, from the earliest years of the establishment of the Islamic Republic, joined the ranks of its opponents and the People’s Mojahedin Organization.

The news of the artist’s death was also announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization and it wrote in a statement that she “remained committed to the cause of freedom” until the last moment of her life.

The cause of death of Ms. Marjan is reported to be cardiac arrest.  She spent many years in the prison of the Islamic Republic in the 1981s.

“Salome” (سالومه), “Hello to Love” (سلام بر عشق) and “Slave of the Gendarmerie”(غلام ژاندارم) were among the most famous films in which she played roles, while the opposite roles were played by figures such as Mohammad Ali Fardin, Nasser Malek Moteie and Iraj Ghaderi. The music album she released was well received, especially pieces such as “Desert of the Heart” (کویر دل) and “Coin of the Moon” (سکه ماه), which are remembered by several generations of Iranian pop music fans.

That’s the official fare for local consumption, the BBC fills in some detail.

  • In recent years, she was an activist in opposition to the Iranian government, performing several songs for Mojahedin Khalq or MEK. The songs include “Time Wasted” (وقت براندازی شده), “Growth” (رویش), “Evin Say” (اوین بگو) and “Liberation” (رهایی).
  • Her first film role was at the age of 21 in “World of Hope” directed by Ahmad Shirazi and starring Mohammad Ali Fardin.
  • She has played opposite Mohammad Ali Fardin, Nasser Malek Moteiei, Reza Bikaymanvardi, Saeedrad, Reza Fazeli and Iraj Ghaderi.
  • Her singing talent was discovered when she was whispering the song “Farhad Alleys” and her second husband, Fereydoun Jurk (فریدون ژورک>), who was the director of cinema and television, told her what a good voice she had.

Her article in English is a stub, but let’s run her Farsi article through Google translate and see what we come up with.

Marjan became famous by singing the song “Kavir Del” (کویر دل), which was previously performed by Turkish singer Ajda Pekan in French under the name Viens dans Ma Vie.

[Link to Ajda Pekkan with Viens Dans Ma Vie on YouTube]

This is “Kavir Del” from the album of the same name. No clue what is “pomegranates”, the translation of the title is more like “desert of the heart”.

Lyrics

(oh my, … “You left and my heart ached without you, Autumn my heart is silent and cold”, …this is gonna need about four hankies)

Trump pressures Iran to release a *male* political prisoner

Welcome home Michael White, freshly recovered from COVID-19 in Iran prison.

Today our president tweets that Navy veteran Michael White has been released from prison in Iran, saying, “it shows a deal is possible!”

So many questions…

  • White said he went to Iran to visit his “girlfriend”.  Where is the girlfriend and what has happened to her?
  • This was supposed to be in exchange for Matteo Taerri, AKA Majid Taheri, an Iranian American doctor accused of violating sanctions against Iran.  What do you bet Taheri disappears into Iran and is never seen again.
  • At the same time, Iranian scientist Sirous Asgari, who also has a Wikipedia article, was deported. The U.S. government failed to make their “trade secrets” case against him, but continued to hold him anyhow.
  • Siamak Namazi, an otherwise unremarkable Iranian-American businessman, but who has a decent stub article and his father Baquer Namazi, who also has an article, also remain in prison.

And the question you have all been holding your breath for, where are the women?

Shall we start with an American. From “List of foreign nationals detained in Iran“:

Afarin Neyssari

Afarin Neyssari is an Iranian-American architect and art collector. She and her husband Karan Vafadari are both Zoroastrians and were held in the notorious Evin prison. Their children live in the U.S.

But that list is only foreign nationals.   Wikipedia has missed so, so many. And they seem to have ignored the women completely, just like the Iranian government, which sent so many male prisoners home on furlough during Iran’s particularly hard-hitting COVID-19 outbreak, while leaving the women in an even more dangerous situation than they were in already.

This is not really reading material, more of a curated work list.  The links have been checked, the red links marked in red, except for the women who are currently out of prison.  They do go back and pick the same people up over and over, but with the coronavirus, this is not as immediate a concern unless they get picked up again.

About notability: it would be nice if every political prisoner was considered “notable” just as every elected official is. These people are not exactly the same as fat-cat corporations trying to use Wikipedia get an advertising edge. I should hope that these prisoners are automatically “notable”, and that their “notability” evaporates quickly when they are out of prison or seem to want to be out of the limelight.  There are people who have been picked up for questioning and the authorities quickly let them go after an interview. These are not a priority, rather it is the people currently imprisoned, whose families are probably being pressured to remain silent. If there is any doubt, the prisoners themselves have said the public notice is good, and puts pressure on repressive governments. So write the article. And if there is any danger at all to you, like you are living under a repressive regime, don’t write the article.  Wikipedia can’t – or won’t – protect you, no matter what they say.

Here is a list of 50 women prisoners of conscience, and a letter from the international community about keeping political prisoners incarcerated during the pandemic:

Evin Prison:

1.    Nasrin Sotoudeh (this is in 35 languages) Farsi:  نسرین ستوده

Fariba Adelkhah

2.    Fariba Adelkhah Farsi: فریبا عادلخواه

3.    Kylie Moore-Gilbert Farsi: کایلی مور-گیلبرت

4.    Mojgan Keshavarz (red link)head scarf protest: (Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, and Mojgan Keshavarz), VOA, Farsi: مژگان کشاورز

5.    Saba Kord Afshari (stub) Farsi: صبا کردافشاری

6.    Raheleh Ahmadi (red link) –  Evin Prison, mother of Saba Kordafshari, head scarf protest, Farsi: راحله احمدی

7.    Yasaman Aryani (orphan tag),  Farsi: https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/یاسمن_آریانی  (not connected in WikiData) –  head scarf protest: (Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, and Mojgan Keshavarz), Farsi: یاسمن آریانی

8.    Monireh Arabshahi (red link) – head scarf protest: (Yasaman Aryani, Monireh Arabshahi, and Mojgan Keshavarz), Profile. Farsi:  منیره عرب‌شاهی

9.    Atena Daemi Farsi: آتنا دائمی

10. Niloufar Bayani Farsi: نیلوفر بیانی

Sepideh Kashani

11. Sepideh Kashani (red link) – one of the eight detained wildlife conservationists, with the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) (‎مؤسسه حیات وحش میراث پارسیان). [Note: this is not the same as the female poet  (1934-1992), who died in London in 1992: https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/سپیده_کاشانی .] Farsi:سپیده  کاشانی,  BBC News (in Persian)  Profile of Sepideh Kashani: Sepideh is a graduate of the Master of Environmental Assessment. With more than 10 years of experience in various environmental organizations, she has played an important role in coordinating the field and office activities of the Persian Wildlife Institute. She has worked for many years in the Qeshm Free Zone to protect sea turtles. Sepideh’s other activities include the “Protecting the Natural Values ​​of Hengam Island” project to protect Persian Gulf dolphins. She is the wife of Hooman Jokar.

12. Maryam Akbari Monfared – Farsi: مریم اکبری منفرد

13. Samaneh Norouz Moradi (red link)speaking against the killing of prisoner Alireza Shir Mohammad Ali at his funeral. Profile. Farsi: سامانه نوروز مرادی

14. Negin Ghadamian (red link)  – Bahai teacher arrested while trying to leave the country. Profile. Farsi: نگین قدمیان

15. Zahra Zehtabchi (red link)sociologist and social science researcher, Zehtabachi’s father was executed in the 1960s. Has been serving a 10 year prison sentence since 1992 in Evin Prison. Profile. Farsi: زهرا زهتاب‌چی

16. Rezvaneh Khanbeigi (red link)denied furlough for COVID-19, convicted of protesting fuel increase. VOA. Farsi: رضوانه خان بیگی

17. Elham Barmaki (red link)Iranian-Cypriot, her children live abroad, BBC News, Farsi: الهام برمکی

18. Maryam Haj Hosseini (red link) – appears on several lists with little explanation, some kind of espionage charge, transferred to Evin prison. Farsi: مریم حاج حسینی


Other Prisons:

19. Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi (Qarchak Prison) Farsi: گلرخ ایرایی

20. Leila Mirghafari (red link) (Qarchak Prison) Farsi:  لیلا میرغفاری profile

21. Raha Ahmadi (red link) (Qarchak Prison) Farsi: رها احمدی – distributing flowers as scarf protest, VOA.

22. Zohreh Sarv (red link) (Qarchak Prison) Farsi: زهره سرو – profile, something about Instagram

Maryam Ebrahimvand

23. Maryam Ebrahimvand (red link) (Qarchak Prison) – cinema director, ran for president in 2017 (see photo) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_candidates_in_the_2017_Iranian_presidential_election#Non-office_holders Photo on Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maryam_Ebrahimvand.jpg  Profile. Farsi: مریم ابراهیم‌وند

24. Fatemeh Khishvand (Qarchak Prison) Farsi: فاطمه خویشوند – Instagram “Sahar Tabar”, Farsi: “سحر تبر”, diagnosed with COVID-19 in prison as of April 2020.

25. Narges Mohammadi (Zanjan Prison) Farsi: نرگس محمدی (روزنامه‌نگار)

26. Zeinab Jalalian (Khoy Prison) Farsi: زینب جلالیان

27. Fatemeh Sepehri (red link) (Vakilabad Prison, Mashhad) Farsi: فاطمه سپهری – profile. released, suspended sentence.

28. Fatemeh Dadvand (red link)  (Bukan Prison) – Kurdish (?), detained during November protests, BBC, nicknamed “Fatemah Karate” «فاطمه کاراته» , Farsi: فاطمه دادوند

29. Mojgan Sayami (red link) (Ardebil  Central Prison) – journalist (?),  Azerbaijani, Writer, journalist, and director-general of the Turkish-Persian magazine Sarai, arrested April 2019, transferred to the central prison of Ardebil. Profile. Farsi: مژگان صیامی

30. Fatemeh Asma Esmaeilzadeh (red link)Transferred to Birjand Prison in December 1998, psychologist and employee of Birjand University, wife of Amir Mehdi Jalayeri, a political prisoner in Birjand Prison, Farsi: فاطمه اسماء اسماعیل زاده

31. Enis Saadet (red link)  – released, details not clear. Profile. Farsi: انیس سعادت

32. Jaka Esmaeilpour (red link) – Kurd, Profile. Farsi: ژاکا اسماعیل‌پور

33. Sheida Najafian (red link) – Kurdish, Central Prison of Urmia. VOA. Profile. Farsi: شیدا نجفیان

34. Samira Hadian (red link) – arrested during November protests, profile, Farsi: سمیرا هادیان

35. Hajar Ardasr (red link) – Kurd, no trial. Profile. Farsi: هاجر آردسی

36. Hakimeh Ahmadi (red link) – Turkish/AzerbaijaniTorured, hunger strike, in Maragheh Prison, Farsi: حکیمه احمدی

37. Fatemeh Kohanzadeh (red link) – arrested during November protests, profile, Farsi: فاطمه کهن‌زاده

38. Zari Tavakkoli (red link) – arrested during November protests, no trial, profile, Farsi: زری توکلی

39. Gita Hor (red link) – arrested during November protests, profile, Farsi: گیتا حر

40. Maryam Mokhtari (red link) – Baha’i, released on furlough, profile, Farsi: مریم مختاری

41. Saghar Mohammadi (red link) – Baha’i, released on furlough, profile, Farsi: ساغر محمدی

42. Mokhgan Eskandari (red link) – arrested in November protests, profile, Farsi: مژگان اسکندری

43. Nahid Beshid (red link) – Shia, released, sentence completed. Profile. Farsi: ناهید بهشید

44. Simmin Mohammadi or Simin Mohammadi – Bahai. Released on furlough. Related to Saghar Mohammadi. Profile. Farsi: سیمین محمدی  There is another (?) Simin, sister to deceased prisoner Akbar Mohammadi, who lobbied for his release, and was imprisoned in 2004, along with their father.

45. Ehteram Sheikhi (red link) – Bahai, released on furlough cornoavirus Profile. Farsi: احترام شیخی

46. Sheida Abedi (red link) – Released on furlough due to coronavirus. Profile. Farsi: شیدا عابدی

47. Masoumeh Ghasemzadeh Malekshah (red link) – On furlough due to coronavirus. Profile. Farsi: معصومه قاسم‌زاده ملک‌شاه

48. Yalda Firouzian (red link) – Bahai. Profile.  Farsi: یلدا فیروزیان

49. Farideh Jaberi (red link)arrested with seven members of Baha’i faith – Profile (bilingual). Farsi: فریده جابری

50. Masoumeh Askari (red link) – retired teacher,  profile– Farsi  معصومه عسکری

Let’s add a note about Yasaman Khaleghian (یاسامان خالقیان), Iranian journalist whose house was raided and her journalist credentials confiscated after she wrote about the rape of a girl in Khomeini City, and a fire at a coffee shop in Ahvaz. VOA. Five of her articles archived.

And Moloud Hajizadeh (مولود حاجی‌زاده). BBC: “In the last two weeks, security forces have confiscated the personal belongings of Moloud Hajizadeh, Yasman Khaleghian, Maziar Khosravi ( مازیار خسروی) and Yaghma Fashkhami (یغما فشخامی) at their home.” This one was about the Ukranian plane.

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the 50 in Farsi:

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Trump and “a Bible”

The Feeding of the Five Thousand (and “gathering up the fragments”)
11 Then Jesus took the loaves and the fish, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. 12 And when everyone was full, He said to His disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” 13 So they collected them and filled twelve baskets

Yesterday Trump had some peaceful protesters teargassed and forced out of Lafayette Park with rubber bullets and “flash bangs” (what is a flash bang?) so he could stand in front of a church for a photo op.

Female reporter: “Is that your Bible?”

Trump: “It is a bible.”

The bishop was not amused.

Heh, Episcopalians. You know their people are undoubtedly in the crowd demonstrating.

So how is Wikipedia doing?

Episcopalians belong to the Mainline Protestant family, a family that is shrinking, even as the southern evangelicals are growing, with the movement of non-union manufacturing to the South. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mainline_Protestant But you won’t find that in their article.

Mariann Budde. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariann_Budde Short and sweet. Barely above stub status.

Her book is “Gathering up the Fragments: Preaching as Spiritual Practice”. (For context, see the epigraph above, under the post title.) [gbooks]

Mariann Edgar Budde shows how pastors can create a solid foundation for preaching by taking the fragments of their own life and ministry – their studies, personal life experiences, and relationships with their congregations – and weaving them together in a homiletic mosaic that will bring glory to God and illumination for themselves and their listeners…. Budde believes that preaching is a form of art – a profoundly satisfying creative expression with intrinsic value, a gift from God that ministers offer back to the congregations they serve.

Well, thank you, bishop, for the performance art, and yes, that was some “profoundly satisfying” Twitter fodder.

The bishop’s domain also includes the Washington National Cathedral. You may remember during President Bush’s funeral at the National Cathedral, Donnie and Melania stood with arms folded while the rest of the presidents read the Apostles Creed from the bulletin: “Trumps take heat for not reciting Apostles’ Creed at George H.W. Bush funeral“.

I see Budde recorded something for a Sunday broadcast back in March, when she was self-quarantined at home after a possible exposure to coronavirus, and dedicated her remarks to Bishop Barbara Harris, the first female bishop in the Anglican Communion, who had died a few days earlier. It seems the Episcopalians are not lacking in firebrands. Wikipedia said:

“As the first woman ordained as a bishop, and as an African American, she received death threats and obscene messages. Though urged to wear a bulletproof vest to her ordination, she refused. A contingent of the Boston police were assigned to her consecration.”

Harris even incited an Anglican schism: the Episcopal Synod of America,  “opposed to women’s ordination.” The breakoff denomination was led by Clarence Pope, who later joined the Roman Catholic church, then returned to the Episcopal church before returning to the Catholic church for the third time. Now THAT is a short Wikipedia article.