Students at University in Iran, Shot, Beaten
Quote of the Week:
“If your team is in the trenches, you’ve got to be in the trenches with them.” –Aaron Judge
Fact of the Week:
Stephen Greenspan lost nearly a quarter of a million dollars in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme. Greenspan was not just any other investor, however. He was a scam expert.
Just two days after the release of his new book, Annals of Gullibility: Why We Get Duped and How to Avoid It, Greenspan learned that a third of his retirement savings were gone. He had lost them because of Madoff’s fraudulent wealth management firm.
“I had been scammed,” Greenspan said. “In a way it was funny, though I didn’t think so at the time.”
Rather than keeping his mistake quiet, Greenspan wrote about it, explaining how his family had told him of the investment opportunity and that he soon fell for the ruse. He also explained how he, and others, could learn from his mistake, and how it verified the material in his book—that anyone can fall victim to scams. His writing was published in a number of magazines and newspapers and he was interviewed by “60 Minutes”, NPR, and other news stations for his expert opinion on the Madoff scheme.
The Denver Post contributed to this article.
News Update: Students at University in Iran, Shot, Beaten
Students protesting at Sharif University. Via The Guardian. Credit: Contributor/072019/Getty Images
It was the first day of school at Sharif University in Tehran, but classes were the last thing on the students’ minds. Many of them were preoccupied with their protest of the Iranian government, which involved a walkout. The peaceful act soon resulted in violence, however, when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps began beating, shooting, and gassing students.
Protests against the Iranian regime erupted two weeks ago after the Mortality Police beat 22-year-old Mahsa Amini to death. Her crime was wearing her headscarf too loosely, which showed some of her hair.
As protests and the government’s attempts to shut them down boiled into conflict across the country, students at Sharif University sought to make their own mark. But they, like so many others, were not immune to the violent enforcers of the law.
Farid, a fake name used by an individual interviewed by CNN, told the news network that his friend had called, saying, “Please come save us. We are stuck here. They are shooting at us.”
Farid quickly rode his bike over to the university, where chaos and violence rippled through the mob in the parking lot.
“They had guns, they had paintball guns, they had batons,” Farid said of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). “They were using gasses… [that are] banned internationally… it was a war zone… there was blood everywhere.”
According to CNN, ”Farid said that Sunday’s incident began after a group of students were reprimanded by campus security – who called in reinforcements – for staging a walkout and engaging in anti-regime chants.”
The students who refused to go to class were led out of the university by security forces. That’s where they were stopped by the IRGC, whose members wore regular civilian clothing.
“They told them that ‘if you go near the subway station, we will start shooting, go back to the university,’” Farid explained. “And then after half of the students got back into the university, they let the others into the parking lot. And after that, they started shooting them with paint balls and taking them into custody in a very, very savage way.”
CBS reported that, “The Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights posted a video apparently showing Iranian police on motorcycles pursuing running students in an underground car park and, in a separate clip, taking away detainees whose heads were covered in black cloth bags.”
The Iranian state news agency said that 30 of the 37 students detained have been released.
Since the onset of the protests, it is estimated that at least 80 people have been killed by government forces, though it is difficult to produce an exact number. The protests continue across the country, with no signs of slowing.
CNN and CBS News contributed to this article.
Alabama topped Arkansas on Saturday. Via Roll Tide Wire. Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama jumped Georgia to reclaim the number one ranking in college football. The two teams have alternated at the top spot this season, and after a close call by Georgia, Alabama moved back ahead.
The Bulldogs nearly lost to Missouri (2-3), trailing 16-3 at one point before mounting a late second half comeback. Their touchdown with 4:03 left put them in the lead for good. It was the second straight week that Georgia struggled, after a sluggish victory against Kent State. This weekend they’ll face Auburn, who just fell 21-17 to No. 25 LSU.
Alabama beat No. 20 Arkansas 49-26, but the main storyline was quarterback Bryce Young injuring his shoulder. It remains to be seen if he will play this weekend when Texas A&M come to visit.
Ohio State remains No. 3 in the polls after an easy win against Rutgers, and Michigan stays at No. 4 after their victory against Iowa. Clemson continues at No. 5 after a 30-20 win over No. 10 N.C. State while USC, OK State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Penn State round out the top ten.
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