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Cultures that endure carve out a protected space for those who question and challenge national myths. Artists, writers, poets, activists, journalists, philosophers, dancers, musicians, actors, directors and renegades must be tolerated if a culture is to be pulled back from disaster.Cultures that endure carve out a protected space for those who question and challenge... more
Do nothing at your own peril. Fight Discrimination. Heal the world.
"I really thought this video was worth posting.... What do you Folks think???"Do nothing at your own peril. Fight Discrimination. Heal the world.... more
Indigenous protesters in Ecuador have begun a two-week march across the country against plans for large-scale mining projects.
Several hundred protesters set off from an Amazon province where a Chinese company has been authorised to develop a huge open-cast copper mine.
Ecuador's main indigenous organisation, Conaie, says mining will contaminate water and force people off their land.
President Rafael Correa says it will help fund much-needed development.
He has accused Conaie of trying to destabilise the country.
Thousands of his supporters joined a rival demonstration in the capital, Quito.
The indigenous protest march has support from some opposition parties as well as student and teachers' organisations.
Under the slogan "For Life and Dignity of the Peoples" the demonstrators set off from the town of El Pangui in Ecuador's Amazon rainforest region.
Some carried banners reading "Chinese companies get out of Ecuador".
The marchers hope more people will join their protest along the 700km (435 mile) route to Quito in the Andean highlands.
Earlier this week the Ecuadorean government signed an agreement with Chinese mining company Ecuacorriente to invest $1.4 billion (£900m) in a copper mining project near El Pangui.
The counter-demonstration by Mr Correa's supporters in Quito was much larger
President Correa has hailed the agreement as marking the start of a "new era" in Ecuador.
He says royalties and taxes from the mine and similar projects will fund roads, schools and hospitals.
He also says local people will benefit from a generous share of the revenues.
But Conai - the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador - says mining will damage the environment and displace entire communities.
It also says indigenous rights to be consulted about development on their ancestral territories are not being respected.
Ecuador's indigenous movement played a leading role in the overthrow of two previous presidents in 1997 and 2000.
more at the linkIndigenous protesters in Ecuador have begun a two-week march across the country... more
Malibu Film Festival, Independent Film Week (IFP), NYTVF, POP Montreal, are Event Highlights in SeptemberIn 1997, Malibu Film Foundation was founded by writer/producer/director, David Katz, to produce the Malibu Film Festival. The Malibu Film Festival is set to make a run this year from September 9-15 in the renowned beachfront community that is its home... http://actorschecklist.com/wordpress/?p=147In 1997, Malibu Film Foundation was founded by writer/producer/director, David Katz,... more
There has to be another term other than devout Christian for someone with the capacity to love thy neighbour when that neighbour is literally your only child's convicted killer.
Love thy neighbor: Son's killer moves next door http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?&feed_id=0&catid=20069849&videofeed=36There has to be another term other than devout Christian for someone with the capacity... more
For your consideration, perhaps this will help those who are lost.
What I love about Dita Von Teese as a model is her ability and interest to reference the past—particularly American cultural history as it relates to the sexploitation/fetish era, which means both burlesque and what was then, in the 1950s, labeled as "bizarre," now simply called fetish.
Most often she's still referred to as a burlesque performer because the term "burlesque" in post-porn America has taken on a soft, even sweet, connotation; while "fetish"— still being associated with some form of mental illness, possibly Devil worship, in the minds of some—summons all sorts of mass market disapproval.
But for anyone familiar with the history of sexploitation/fetish artifacts, it's obvious to see where her real talent lies....
(Heavily illustrated article with Dita Von Teese magazine cover images.....)
http://permanentobscurity.com/perm-obsc-dita-von-teese.htmWhat I love about Dita Von Teese as a model is her ability and interest to reference... more
Latin-American literature, in spite of its prolificacy and influence, sadly enjoys less academic recognition than its European-American counterparts in the "Western" canon.
Link : http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2011/20-essential-works-of-latin-american-literature/Latin-American literature, in spite of its prolificacy and influence, sadly enjoys... more
According to a Reader’s Digest survey, the Italians are the sexist and most popular people. Italy is also the country Europeans would most like to live in, and Italian the nationality they would most like to be.According to a Reader’s Digest survey, the Italians are the sexist and most... more
This video is part of a longer presentation at the Humanist Institute in New York in 1989, and it demonstrates yet again that the broad outlines of the climate change story have been understood for decades by, well, intelligent men who are guided by science.
It's been a recurring theme in this series - that the science was essentially complete long before Al Gore, long before the IPCC, long before the Hockey Stick.This video is part of a longer presentation at the Humanist Institute in New York in... more
For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year.
On the afternoon of Nov. 16, 2010, Mark Zuckerberg was leading a meeting in the Aquarium, one of Facebook's conference rooms, so named because it's in the middle of a huge work space and has glass walls on three sides so everybody can see in. Conference rooms are a big deal at Facebook because they're the only places anybody has any privacy at all, even the bare minimum of privacy the Aquarium gets you. Otherwise the space is open plan: no cubicles, no offices, no walls, just a rolling tundra of office furniture. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, who used to be Lawrence Summers' chief of staff at the Treasury Department, doesn't have an office. Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO and co-founder and presiding visionary, doesn't have an office.
The team was going over the launch of Facebook's revamped Messages service, which had happened the day before and gone off without a hitch or rather without more than the usual number of hitches. Zuckerberg kept the meeting on track, pushing briskly through his points — no notes or whiteboard, just talking with his hands — but the tone was relaxed. Much has been made of Zuckerberg's legendarily awkward social manner, but in a room like this, he's the Silicon Valley equivalent of George Plimpton. He bantered with Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, a director of engineering who ran the project. (Boz was Zuckerberg's instructor in a course on artificial intelligence when they were at Harvard. He says his future boss didn't do very well. Though, in fairness, Zuckerberg did invent Facebook that semester.) Apart from a journalist sitting in the corner, no one in the room looked over 30, and apart from the journalist's public relations escort, it was boys only. (See pictures inside Mark Zuckerberg's inner circle.)
The door opened, and a distinguished-looking gray-haired man burst in — it's the only way to describe his entrance — trailed by a couple of deputies. He was both the oldest person in the room by 20 years and the only one wearing a suit. He was in the building, he explained with the delighted air of a man about to secure ironclad bragging rights forever, and he just had to stop in and introduce himself to Zuckerberg: Robert Mueller, director of the FBI, pleased to meet you.
They shook hands and chatted about nothing for a couple of minutes, and then Mueller left. There was a giddy silence while everybody just looked at one another as if to say, What the hell just happened?
It's a fair question. Almost seven years ago, in February 2004, when Zuckerberg was a 19-year-old sophomore at Harvard, he started a Web service from his dorm. It was called Thefacebook.com, and it was billed as "an online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges." This year, Facebook — now minus the the — added its 550 millionth member. One out of every dozen people on the planet has a Facebook account. They speak 75 languages and collectively lavish more than 700 billion minutes on Facebook every month. Last month the site accounted for 1 out of 4 American page views. Its membership is currently growing at a rate of about 700,000 people a day. (See a Zuckerberg family photo album.)
What just happened? In less than seven years, Zuckerberg wired together a twelfth of humanity into a single network, thereby creating a social entity almost twice as large as the U.S. If Facebook were a country it would be the third largest, behind only China and India. It started out as a lark, a diversion, but it has turned into something real, something that has changed the way human beings relate to one another on a species-wide scale. We are now running our social lives through a for-profit network that, on paper at least, has made Zuckerberg a billionaire six times over.
Facebook has merged with the social fabric of American life, and not just American but human life: nearly half of all Americans have a Facebook account, but 70% of Facebook users live outside the U.S. It's a permanent fact of our global social reality. We have entered the Facebook age, and Mark Zuckerberg is the man who brought us here. (See pictures of Facebook's overseas offices.)
Zuckerberg is part of the last generation of human beings who will remember life before the Internet, though only just. He was born in 1984 and grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., the son of a dentist — Painless Dr. Z's slogan was, and is, "We cater to cowards." Mark has three sisters, the eldest of whom, Randi, is now Facebook's head of consumer marketing and social-good initiatives. It was a supportive household that produced confident children. The young Mark was "strong-willed and relentless," according to his father Ed. "For some kids, their questions could be answered with a simple yes or no," he says. "For Mark, if he asked for something, yes by itself would work, but no required much more. If you were going to say no to him, you had better be prepared with a strong argument backed by facts, experiences, logic, reasons. We envisioned him becoming a lawyer one day, with a near 100% success rate of convincing juries."
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2036683_2037183_2037185,00.html #ixzz18Ba3TM4OFor connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among... more
Akademi Fantasia Travel » Blog Archive » Hadaka Matsuri “Naked” Festival Photos
Yepper,. . . . that about sums it up ; a bunch of "naked" dudes running around in Japan in loin cloths,...with at least ONE actual butt-naked dude involved ! Huzzah ! ( Uhm,....BANZAI !?! )
There IS of course some actual history and cultural back-story associated with this,......but frak IT,....wikipediaphile THAT for yourself !
( note - - -this it tagged "NOT boobies" - - -go figure )
http://www.akademifantasia.org/?p=2230&utm_source=wahoha.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=wahohaAkademi Fantasia Travel » Blog Archive » Hadaka Matsuri... more
News Corp has put MySpace on notice, letting the company know it needs to show some improvement.
There was a time when MySpace was the social network to join--but more and more networks have gotten into the game in recent years. From Facebook to Twitter, there are new options for staying connected.
How can older social networks stay active and appealing as new ideas come on the scene? Or have we reached social network overload, and it is time to let some go?News Corp has put MySpace on notice, letting the company know it needs to show some... more
Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.
She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German.
The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany.
A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners".
The study - by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank - also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany's immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for its social benefits.
Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at "the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country."
She added: "We kidded ourselves a while, we said: 'They won't stay, sometime they will be gone', but this isn't reality."
"And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed."
In her speech in Potsdam, however, the chancellor made clear that immigrants were welcome in Germany.
She specifically referred to recent comments by German President Christian Wulff who said that Islam was "part of Germany", like Christianity and Judaism.
Mrs Merkel said: "We should not be a country either which gives the impression to the outside world that those who don't speak German immediately or who were not raised speaking German are not welcome here."
There has been intense debate about multiculturalism in Germany in recent months.
Correspondents say Mrs Merkel faces pressure from within her CDU and its allies to take a tougher stance and require immigrants to do more to adapt to German society.
Earlier this week, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the CSU, said it was "obvious that immigrants from different cultures like Turkey and Arab countries, all in all, find it harder" to integrate.
Mrs Merkel says Islam is part of Germany but more must be done on integration
"'Multikulti' is dead," Mr Seehofer said.
Earlier this month the chancellor held talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the two leaders pledged to do more to improve the often poor integration record of Germany's estimated 2.5 million-strong Turkish community.
The debate first heated up in August when Thilo Sarrazin, a senior official at Germany's central bank, said that "no immigrant group other than Muslims is so strongly connected with claims on the welfare state and crime". Mr Sarrazin has since resigned.
Such recent strong anti-immigration feelings from mainstream politicians come amid an anger in Germany about high unemployment, even if the economy is growing faster than those of its rivals, our correspondent says.
He adds that there also seems to be a new strident tone in the country, perhaps leading to less reticence about no-go-areas of the past.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11559451Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed",... more
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I just vomited in my mouth... you will too.**Warning: The Images You Are About To See Are NOT Suitable For All Viewers.** I just... more
" I don't believe anything , until it has been officially denied " -Mark Twain" I don't believe anything , until it has been officially denied "... more
Step by step, President Barack Obama is building a record of major legislation that's sure to make a mark on history.
The most sweeping financial regulation since the Great Depression. A vast expansion of health care, which Democrats had wanted for more than six decades. An $862 billion stimulus package that locked in long-sought Democratic priorities.
Yet his job-approval rating remains low. Why doesn't he get any credit?
(more at link)Step by step, President Barack Obama is building a record of major legislation... more
( Lets hope the great one has a sense of humor,....or I am about to have some VERY, VERY bad brew )
Nin-kasi: Mesopotamian Goddess of Hops n Dreams
---It is you who pour the filtered beer out of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates. Ninkasi, it is you who pour out the filtered beer out of the collector vat; it is like the onrush of the Tigris and the Euphrates. ---
Unfortunately no identifiable depiction of Nin-kasi, the beer goddess, seems to have survived antiquity, but she must have been a very popular deity, if we judge from the many illustrations of beer drinkers that have come down to us from ancient Mesopotamia and from references to beer in its texts. Often it was the deities who indulged in drinking. In the poem "Inanna and En-ki," En-ki , the great god of fresh subterranean waters and wisdom, got drunk when partying with Inanna and foolishly gave the goddess all the "cosmic offices" (Jacobsen 1976: 84). At the banquet in Babylon, a city that the deities had just created, the "beer jug" was put before them, and the festivities began (Heidel 1967: 49). In addition, not knowing how to drink beer indicated that a man was uncivilized: For example, in the "Epic of Gilgamesh," the wild man En-kidu "did not know how to eat bread, / Nor had he ever learned to drink beer!" (Foster 2001: 14)
O so much more---
http://www.matrifocus.com/SAM06/spotlight.htm( Lets hope the great one has a sense of humor,....or I am about to have some VERY,... more
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