Massive Fire Erupts at Torch Tower in Dubai Marina

Kind of an unfortunate name:

Dubai: A massive fire has broken out in the Torch tower at Dubai marina. The blaze started on the 50th floor, a resident said. The Marina Torch is a residential skyscraper at the Dubai Marina. The tower is one of the tallest residential building in the world. The tower reaches 336.1 m (1105 ft) in height with 79 floors above ground.

Fire coming under control, but flares whenever the wind blows.

“This building has been plagued since opening with false fire alarms on an almost daily basis. I personally had threaten to call the civil defense on many occasions but was constantly fobbed off by the building management,” says Digby Taylor, head of operations at GN Broadcasting.

ISIS Release Pictures of ‘un-Islamic’ Instruments Being Burned

So Muhammad hates percussion and brass?

The pictures, which have been released by ISIS’ ‘media wing’, show a line of armed soldiers watching a fire burn what appears to be a variety of drums and saxophones.

An accompanying message with the pictures states: “Hesbah seized these un-Islamic musical instruments in the state of Warqa.” They were burnt “in accordance with Islamic law”.

It’s not the first time that musical instruments have been the target of ISIS’ attention. A faction of the group in Syria was recently filmed beating a group of musicians and destroying their instruments.

Oklahoma GOP wants to restrict marriage to people of faith Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2015/01/oklahoma-gop-wants-to-restrict-marriage-to-people-of-faith/#ixzz3SIFjOAg4

Mmmm, ok:

Atheists need not apply: A bill proposed by Oklahoma Republicans would restrict the right to marry to people of faith, and would mandate all marriage licenses be approved by a member of the clergy.

House Bill 1125, filed on Tuesday by Republican State Representative Todd Russ, is a radical measure that would end secular marriage licenses in the state. In addition, the bill would bar all judges and other secular officials from performing marriages in Oklahoma.

Russ claims the radical legislation is motivated by his desire to protect court clerks from having to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Russ says he doesn’t want these workers put in the position of having to condone or facilitate same-sex marriage.