from Full Focus:

Images of October

November 4, 2013

Our top photos from the month including images from the Russian Olympic city Sochi and revelers enjoying Halloween festivities.

from Photographers' Blog:

Everyone has a dark side

October 30, 2013

Bottrop, Germany

By Ina Fassbender

I really don’t like splatter films, not even the films of ‘Saw’. But for this job I had to look at a sequence from Saw 1 on YouTube and after six minutes of this, I was curious about my performer Yvonne Nagel who wanted to perform as the Amanda Young character, who wakes up in a room with a "reverse bear trap" around her mouth and the key to her escape is in the stomach of her dead cellmate. Nice. Movie Park Germany engages every year some hundreds of people who run through the park to frighten visitors during the Halloween season.

from The Great Debate:

The war on Halloween is a war on capitalism

By Ken Layne
October 26, 2012

America's second-favorite holiday is upon us, and once again the forces of intolerance are demanding that hardworking people give up their most hallowed traditions.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

It’s a black day for candy lovers…

October 28, 2011

Okay, take that black stuff out of your mouth, put it on the floor, and back away.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Taking Siri out for a spin?

October 25, 2011

Blog Guy, I gather from your recent posts that you're a big fan of Siri, the personal assistant on the new iPhone 4S who carries on conversations with users?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Mr. President!

October 21, 2011

Do you believe this, Michelle?

What's that, Barack?

I'm the president, and I'm pulling my own pumpkins!

Pulling your pumpkins from the patch to the plane?

Precisely.

Where's the presidential pumpkin puller?

In Pacific Palisades.

Presidential Pumpkin Puller Peter Piper is in Pacific Palisades?

Positively.

Poop! That explains why I had to pick my own peck of pickled peppers!

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Top and right: President Barack Obama pulls a cart loaded with pumpkins that he and first lady Michelle Obama picked for Halloween at Wood's Orchard in Hampton, Virginia October 19, 2011.

from FaithWorld:

Saudi king, religious police, Islam and donkeys – via WikiLeaks

December 8, 2010

mutaween 1 (Photo: Religious police perform dusk prayers with Saudi youth outside a Riyadh cafe on June 27, 2010 during half-time of the Germany-England World Cup soccer match. The police ensured that people watching matches in cafes said their prayers during the tournament/Fahad Shadeed)

WikiLeaks has come up with an interesting insight into the way King Abdullah views his own kingdom's religious police, the mutaween who enforce Islamic behaviour in public. A cable from the Riyadh embassy entitled IDEOLOGICAL AND OWNERSHIP TRENDS IN THE SAUDI MEDIA and dated 11 May 2009 mentions what appears to be a U.S. diplomat's visit to a Saudi newspaper editor whose name is XXXed out. The Saudi says the king had visited the office and complained about how ignorant the religious police were about Islam and how they  treated people like donkeys:

from Tales from the Trail:

Steven Chu: Energy Secretary, Nobel Laureate, Zombie

November 1, 2010

67613_449706237290_79707582290_5525360_4352855_aYou sort of have to like a U.S. cabinet secretary and Nobel Prize winner who knows how to have a little fun while getting out a message.

from FaithWorld:

Ghosts, goblins? Many Americans are believers

October 30, 2010

halloween (Photo: Halloween in Shanghai October 29, 2010/Aly Song)

Ghosts and goblins are more than Halloween decorations or costumes for many Americans who confessed they believe in the supernatural and returning from the grave.

from Fan Fare:

Helena Bonham Carter, queen of Halloween frights

October 18, 2010

This item is both good, and perhaps not so good, for director Tim Burton. His long-term companion, Helena Bonham Carter, has had the distinct honor (some might say dubious distinction) of making it on a list -- twice -- of top movie-themed Halloween costumes. The first time, she is a queen (good) and the second, a witch (not so good, although given Burton's taste in characters  -- Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd -- he might think it's cool).