published by Justin Podur on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 17:17
Misinformation about martial arts seems to have played a role in the Zimmerman verdict. Because of the mass popularity of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), there is an assumption that people know more about martial arts than they actually do.
When the defense asked Zimmerman's MMA (mixed martial arts) trainer to demonstrate the 'mount' position and the 'ground-and-pound', the defense's theory was based on two propositions.
published by Justin Podur on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 02:59
The Ossington Circle is an internet talk show hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. This week we have Middle East journalist Jon Elmer, and we discuss the Egyptian Revolution, the Syrian Civil War, and the great powers and their designs in the middle east.
published by Justin Podur on Thu, 07/04/2013 - 01:07
A new internet talk show begins! The Ossington Circle is hosted by Justin Podur in Toronto. A news and politics show, tOC will have fascinating guests discussing international (and local) politics from a thoughtful, informed, and progressive perspective. This week we have John Clarke from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP), and range over everything from the Rob Ford crack scandal to how best to face the "austerity agenda".
published by Justin Podur on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 18:28
SPOILER ALERT: This article, like many of my conversations, contains massive spoilers about George R R Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books and the HBO Game of Thrones series.
I was handed George R R Martin's Game of Thrones in 1997, by a friend who has recommended many of the books I've read over the years. He warned me that it was a little different, and that he was curious about my reaction.