Author Archives: Jaclyn

Women’s rights as expressed in the Islamic Quran

In Canada, the relationship of Quebec to other provinces is that they are different but equal. In other words, both are respected, but they are not the same. One is primarily French in its culture, and one is primarily English. But both are worthy.   There is an analogy between how Canadians think of the…

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Women’s rights in Iran: Part 1

People in the West often have a very stereotypical view of women’s rights in Iran, and other countries in the Middle East. However, the reality is far more complex than that. Women’s issues are becoming a strong force in Iranian politics. Although the constitutions of Iran in 1906 and 1979 denied women’s rights, female activists…

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What really happened concerning Agatha Christie’s disappearance in 1926?

Agatha Miller was born in 1890 in Torquay, England. She was married in 1914 to Archibald (Archie) Christie, at the beginning of the First World War. She wrote her first book in 1916; it was called The Mysterious Affair at Styles. She had her only child in 1919. She wrote several more books between the…

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Hollywood: 1950s movies, the studio system, and Bette Davis

The 1950s saw the end of the old movie studio system where the moguls like Jack Warner and Louis B Mayer had shepherded an enormous number of stars through the film process to the American public. I use the word ‘shepherded’ for a specific reason. The stars under contract in the old studio system were…

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Does Joan Rivers go too far on Fashion Police with some of her jokes?

Joan Rivers is a very funny woman. But some of her comments cross the line, in my opinion. I know she is trying to portray herself, as all comedians do, as saying things that no one else dares to say. But in that race to the bottom, Joan is becoming an Olympic athlete.   On…

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Neil Heslin: Grieving father petitions Congress regarding Senator Dianne Feinstein’s bill to ban assault weapons after the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook tragedy

  The above picture shows just how much Neil Heslin has aged in the short space of time between when the picture with his little boy was taken, and how he appears now. This is evidence, circumstantial though it is, that there was not a conspiracy concerning Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School. People can…

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Who has won more acting Academy Awards/Oscars than anyone else?

The answer is Katharine Hepburn. She won for 1933’s Morning Glory, 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, 1968’s The Lion in Winter, and 1980’s On Golden Pond. She won 4 times in total as Best Lead Actress. She was also nominated 8 other times, for a total of 12 nominations. Her nominations were for 1935’s…

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Kris Kardashian Jenner: Is she a good parent?

Kris Kardashian Jenner is a very famous woman these days. But is she a good parent? It depends on your perspective. If providing substantially for your children’s financial welfare counts, then she has been a very good mother indeed. I remember in an episode of one of her shows that the reason why she works…

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Which is better, classic Dallas or the new Dallas on Bravo?

In my opinion, although the current Dallas is great, nothing can replace the classic show. However, last night’s episode was stellar in one important way. Originally, I thought that the picture JR sent Bobby, or rather, the video, was something cute, a throwaway scene that made limited but cute use of an ailing Larry Hagman.…

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Academy Awards, Joan Crawford and reality shows

In 1946, Joan Crawford received the Academy Award for Lead Actress for her role in the previous year’s Mildred Pierce. This was an example of a film noir movie. What is film noir? It’s where the atmosphere, plot and general feel of a movie is dark. A classic example is Double Indemnity, starring Barbara Stanwyck.…

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