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It seems that republicans don't feel that women should have the right to have sex and not get pregnant, but at the same time they will argue that health insurance should cover medication for erectile dysfunction. Talk about hypocrisy!
http://illuminate.newsvine.com/_news/2012/03/25/10854753-my-response-to-ignoranceIt seems that republicans don't feel that women should have the right to have sex... more
Foot in mouth disease is the diagnosis
How the FBI Monitored Crusty Punks, ‘Anarchist Hangouts,’ and an Organic Farmers’ Market Under the Guise of Combating TerrorismThe FBI conducted a three-year investigation, dubbed "Seizing Thunder," into a animal-rights and environmental "terrorists" in the Pacific Northwest that devolved into widespread—and seemingly pointless—surveillance of activists for no apparent reason aside from the fact that they were anarchists, or protested the war in Iraq, or were "militant feminists." Here's the file.
I first came across the name "Seizing Thunder" several years ago while rifling through the FBI's investigative files on the Animal Liberation Front. The ALF records obliquely referenced the evocatively named investigation, which I requested via the Freedom of Information Act just for kicks. Last month—after three years—the FBI returned nearly 500 pages (it held back 784).
It turns out that Seizing Thunder, which was based out of the bureau's Portland field office, was one of several investigations into animal rights and environmental activists nationwide that the FBI eventually merged into Operation Backfire, a wide-ranging probe of ALF and the Earth Liberation Front. Backfire concluded in 2006 with the indictments of 11 activists for arson and other "acts of domestic terrorism," including a notorious 1998 destruction of a $12 million ski lodge in Vail, Colo. The Portland portion seemed to focus primarily on gathering general intelligence on activists who used tree-sitting and other monkey-wrench tactics to fight old-growth logging in the Pacific Northwest.
What makes Seizing Thunder interesting, however, is how easily the agents slipped beyond investigating actual federal crimes and devoted considerable resources to tracking political activists with no apparent criminal intent.
Seizing Thunder was opened in 2002 to target members of the "Animal Liberation front (ALF), Earth Liberation Front (ELF) and an anarchist group called the Red Cloud Thunder, all whose members are inter-related and they openly claimed several major arsons," according to the files. The investigation involved physical and video surveillance, warrants for phone taps, and cooperation with local police departments in Portland and Eugene, Ore. But the feds quickly dropped the pretense of tracking organized groups and quickly began surveilling people simply for identifying themselves—or for being identified by informants—as anarchists. The memos read like artifacts from the Red Scare:
July 19, 2002: "On [redacted], the source observed a [redacted] Oregon license plate...parked at [redacted], a known anarchist hangout."
August 8, 2002: "The source observed the following vehicles in the vicinity of [redacted], a major hangout for the anarchist and [redacted]"
September 19, 2002: "On [redacted] the source observed [redacted] vehicle, Oregon license plate [redacted] parked at [redacted] one of the hangout for anarchist...."
October 18, 2002: "On [redacted] the source was questioned as to the [redacted] anarchist travelling to [redacted]."
Continued at: http://gawker.com/5892639/how-the-fbi-monitored-crusty-punks-anarchist-hangouts-and-an-organic-farmers-market-under-the-guise-of-combating-terrorismThe FBI conducted a three-year investigation, dubbed "Seizing Thunder," into... more
Gingrich Collects 5% of Super Tuesday Votes In Massachusetts, Governor Patrick Declares State Of EmergencyBig dust-up in Boston
Now, most people don't need a scientific study to know that it's more culturally acceptable for black women (and Latina women) to be more heavyset than their white (and Asian)counterparts. Is it because the majority of black women in the United States (60%) are considered overweight/obese? Or is it an outgrowth of the "Black is Beautiful" movement of the 70's, which has supported a more natural, organic style for black women to aspire to? Could it simply be a reaction to white culture, which adopted the "Thin Is In" motto for beauty in the mid-60's and hasn't let go of it since. Or is it just simply that black is slimming? Share your thoughts below:Now, most people don't need a scientific study to know that it's more... more
If you escape to the movies only once during March, make "The Kid With a Bike," Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes Film Festival, your trip. Opening on March 16, it stars Cecile de France as a kind woman who decides to help a troubled kid (Thomas Doret) who's been abandoned by his father, whom he adores. This "kindness of strangers" story and the film's superb performances grab your heart and never let go. In French, with English subtitles.
The month also brings something truly special for scare-seekers. "Silent House," written and co-directed by Laura Lau (with Chris Kentis, her husband), delivers terror aplenty as Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) is mysteriously sealed inside her family's isolated lakeside house, where she experiences ominous events that unravel her sense of reality. The film is presented as one continuous shot, so you take Sarah's journey with her, in real time. It's an unusual and well-realized marker in the horror genre.
On March 30, "Dark Tide" is a femme-centric psychological action thriller that has Halle Berry as a shark expert whose failing business forces her to face her fears in Shark Alley. It's a shallow set up, but the underwater photography is stunning and Berry confidently works the script co-written by Amy Sorlie.
"Mirror Mirror" stars Julia Roberts as the Queen and Lilly Collins as Snow White in director Tarsem Singh's elaborate re-imaging of the classic Grimm fairy tale. Singh's take on the story, with script co-written by Melisa Wallack, reflects the original's grim, deep-rooted psychological elements with magical and majestic cinematic spectacle. Oh so much more interesting than Disney's 1937 version.
As for love stories, here we go. From France, "Delicacy" stars Audrey Tautou as Nathalie, a successful Parisian business woman whose thoroughly happy life falls apart when her husband dies suddenly, and she goes into complete emotional retreat -- until she takes an unlikely romantic interest in a bumbling subordinate she notices at work. This very sweet film guts preconceptions about who falls in love with whom, and why.
"Friends With Kids," opening March 9, hits the romantic funny bone and tops a trio of romcoms. This quirky film, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt, is about best friends, Julie (played by Westfeldt) and Jason (Adam Scott), who decide, noncommittally, to have a baby together. The ins and outs of their non-marriage get measured against the ups and downs of two married couples. Plenty of entertaining plot reversals and the dialog is funny, fresh and convincing.
http://www.womensenews.org/story/arts/120301/kid-bike-leads-the-march-movie-lineupIf you escape to the movies only once during March, make "The Kid With a... more
In spite of the truth that the Girl Scouts do not promote abortion, homosexuality, paganism, or the like, right-wingers have continued their hate campaign by using social media to encourage a boycott of the group’s annual cookie sales and force local churches to refuse the group a place to meet.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=30817In spite of the truth that the Girl Scouts do not promote abortion, homosexuality,... more
Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft and burned alive
From Manesh Shrestha, CNN
updated 11:36 AM EST, Sat February 18, 2012
A shaman accused Dhegani Mahato of casting a spell to make a relative sick
Mahato's family members set her afire in front of her daughter, police say
Police arrested 10 people, including an 8-year-old boy
Map of Nepal showing the location of the remote village of Madi where the woman was burned alive (AFP/Graphic)
Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A 40-year-old mother of two was burned alive in central Nepal after she was accused of being a witch, police said Saturday.
Dhegani Mahato was attacked and set on fire by family members and others after a shaman allegedly accused her of casting a spell to make one of her relatives sick, Police Officer Hira Mani Baral said.
The attack occurred Friday in Bagauda in Chitwan district, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, Baral said by telephone.
Police arrested 10 people, including two shamans, five women and an 8-year-old boy, in connection with the burning.
"Those arrested have confessed to their crime and will be charged with murder," Baral said.
Mahato had just finished cleaning a cowshed early in the morning when she was attacked, Baral said.
She was beaten with sticks and rocks before being doused with kerosene and set afire, an attack witnessed by her 9-year-old daughter, according to the local police report.
Neighbors told police they were alerted to the attack but by then it was too late to save her.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai appealed to the people not to heed to shamans and faith healers.
The government announced 1 million Nepalese rupees (about $14,000) in compensation for Mahato's two children.
.CNN... . Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft and burned alive From Manesh... more
Civil rights leader Patricia Stephens Due dies at 72
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:40 PM EST, Tue February 7, 2012
Dr. Patricia Stephens Due died Tuesday at age 72.
Due played a leading role in student sit-ins more than half a century ago
She and other activists were arrested at a Woolworth lunch counter
The activists spent 49 days in jail rather than pay fines
(CNN) -- Civil rights leader Dr. Patricia Stephens Due died Tuesday at age 72, nearly 52 years after she played a leading role in student sit-ins in Tallahassee, Florida, her family said.
Due's death followed "a determined and courageous fight against cancer," her family said.
In 1960, as a 20-year-old college student and founding member of the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, Due, her sister, Priscilla, and three other Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University students were arrested for sitting at a Woolworth lunch counter.
Their decision to spend 49 days in jail rather than pay fines marked one of the first "jail-ins" during the civil rights movement, according to Johnita Due, one of the civil rights leader's three daughters and a lawyer for CNN.
During her time in jail, Due received a telegram of encouragement from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "Going to jail for a righteous cause is a badge of honor and a symbol of dignity," it said. " I assure you that your valiant witness is one of the glowing epics of our time and you are bringing all of America (to) the threshold of the world's bright tomorrows."
Jackie Robinson, who broke major league baseball's racial barrier, sent Due a diary so that she could record her experiences while in jail, the family said.
Due's involvement with civil rights, which included leading rallies and marches throughout Tallahassee and elsewhere, came with a price, her family said. She was arrested for protesting in Florida and New York and the FBI had built up a 400-page file on her because of her activities, according to the family.
During one incident in 1960, Due was injured by a tear gas bomb used by police. The incident left her sensitive to light, requiring that she wear dark glasses throughout her life.
Her activism also jeopardized her college education at FAMU. Due's parents feared for her safety and wanted her to focus on her college education, according to Johnita Due.
Due tried to balance school and her protests against segregation, but according to the family, FAMU administrators were ultimately pressured by Florida officials to suspend Due.
Due was allowed to re-enroll and earned her degree in 1965. "I was determined that nothing was going to stop me from getting my degree," Due later said.
In 2006, FAMU gave Due an honorary doctorate in human letters and formally acknowledged the five decades she spent as a social activist. In response, Due said then, "At our ages when entering college, we were still children and FAMU was our surrogate parent, and time after time, we were punished for our 'behavior,' and now, they are embracing us and saying, 'well done, well done.'"
Due co-authored a book in 2003 with her daughter Tananarive Due called "Freedom In The Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights." Due wanted the stories of the Florida civil rights movement and its key players to be remembered for their contributions to the fight against social injustice. According to the family, Due remarked, "Stories live forever. Story tellers don't."
The book was honored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
In 2006, The History Channel's award-winning series "Voices of Civil Rights" profiled Due.
She was recently honored by Tallahassee Mayor John R. Marks, who issued a proclamation declaring May 11, 2011, "Patricia Stephens Due Day."
Florida Gov. Rick Scott praised Due in a private letter last year recognizing her "impact as a civil rights pioneer" and commending her for her "lifetime of advocacy and commitment to achieving racial justice in America."
Scott called Due's actions "a significant moment in our country's history and ... an incredible source of inspiration still today."
.CNN... . Civil rights leader Patricia Stephens Due dies at 72 By the CNN Wire... more
February 5th, 2012
05:33 PM ET
Crossing the plains and kicking up dirt, a new Mormon pioneer
By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
San Diego (CNN) – At a 1950s-style house nestled in a peaceful neighborhood nicknamed “Hanukkah Hill,” a smiling Buddha on the porch greets visitors – his arms raised as if to say all are welcome.
Affixed to the doorpost is a mezuzah, a decorative case holding blessings for a Jewish home. Inside, on the family’s refrigerator, hangs a magnet from the Feminist Mormon Housewives blog that says, “Jesus loves us. Who cares what you think?”
In the kitchen stands Joanna Brooks, an accidental, unofficial and admittedly unauthorized source for all things Mormon. She’s making “funeral potatoes,” a classic Mormon casserole, and heaped on the counter are the ingredients: a not-so-healthy dose of cheese, butter, sour cream, hash browns and chicken soup. Her Jewish husband strolls by, takes a look at what’s cooking, and grimaces. Bespectacled and freckled 6-year-old Rosa, standing atop a chair, proudly announces, “I’m Jewish and Mormon!”
The home and life Brooks has created is the product of a complicated journey.
She cannot separate The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from her identity any more than she can leave cheese out of funeral potatoes. But like her persecuted ancestors who braved the unforgiving plains to reach the promised land of what is now Utah, Brooks, 40, fights for her faith.
The battle has, at times, left her feeling beaten.
As a young feminist activist, she saw her beloved church excommunicate her intellectual heroes. She’s felt outrage and soul-crushing grief while watching her church mobilize against same-sex marriages. For about 10 years, she walked away.
But today a vintage postcard of a Mormon missionary boarding a plane sits on her desk to inspire. It reads, in part, “Dare to be different.”
She believes there’s room in the LDS Church for loving criticism and candid talk, that Latter-day Saints like her can not just belong but also serve – without fear of being cast out into the wilderness.
She’s staking her claim to Mormonism, writing about it for Religion Dispatches, debunking myths in national papers, speaking up on podcasts, radio shows and from stages, and offering advice in her column and blog, Ask Mormon Girl. She recently self-published her memoir, “The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith” and writes regularly for Feminist Mormon Housewives. Politico has named her, or specifically her Twitter account, one of the “50 Politicos to Watch.” All this while being an award-winning scholar, a published poet and, oh yeah, a department chair and professor of English and comparative literature at San Diego State University.
[Click the audio player for a Q&A with Joanna Brooks from CNN Radio's John Lisk ]
Amid Mitt Romney’s presidential bid, the “I’m a Mormon” ad campaign and the smash-hit Broadway musical “Book of Mormon,” this Obama supporter has emerged as a refreshing voice for media, hungry for frank discussion about her faith.
Her goal? To be her authentic self and humanize a tradition and people she couldn't love more.
“I just refuse to be ashamed of being Mormon,” she says. “Don’t talk about us like we’re not in the room.”
.CNN... . February 5th, 2012 05:33 PM ET . Crossing the plains and... more
In an exclusive commentary from filmmaker Sharon La Cruise Women's eNews finds out what it takes to uncover stories about women's work in desegregation from our recent history.
"I knew the story of the famous opposition, in 1957, by local authorities against implementing the Supreme Court's anti-segregationist ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. But I didn't remember Bates' involvement. I learned that after the Brown decision Bates, as a leader of the NAACP, demanded the entry of black students into any of the all-white schools in Little Rock. This fight was very personal. Bates' own education hadn't gone beyond the eighth grade and she knew that the world of an uneducated black child was very small.
I read everything I could about Little Rock Central High. I found hundreds of books, but little information about Bates that went beyond her 1962 autobiography. Strangely enough, I also discovered there were no adult books on Bates' life; only children's books. She was mentioned in books about women in the civil rights movement, but even in them she didn't warrant a chapter. But the books still contained valuable information that I used to build a list of sources, from whom I pieced together the puzzle pieces of Bates' life."
Read the full exclusive at: http://www.womensenews.org/story/media-stories/120201/little-rocks-daisy-bates-gets-film-her-own
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW_3cgDcAQMIn an exclusive commentary from filmmaker Sharon La Cruise Women's eNews finds... more
( I paraphrase )
Perfect Marriage | Estrogen for Testosterone in Wall Street
Anne of Carversville
Smart Sensuality People with Heart
When I first wrote “Wall Street Needs Two Queens and a Great Dame”, no one would listen to me. Posted over at BlogCritics, such radical thinking got me nowhere.
With today’s cover article at New York Magazine titled “What If Women Ran Wall Street”, I’m taking back my words, bringing them home where hopefully more people will listen to me.
I’m so much smarter since the day I wrote the original essay on men, testosterone and trading. I watched yesterday’s health care debate, with mostly Republican men defending the good old days of America’s founding.
That would be the days when women had no rights and couldn’t vote, although they could get abortions. I don’t have this Tea Party Desire to get back to the days when we killed all the Indians and introduced guns to the Wild West.
Life in the 21st century is not romantic fiction, and I would like the boys club to get serious about the future. Our John Wayne cultural history needs a shakeup, which typically happens when people grow up into adulthood.
New York Magazine writer Sheelah Kolhatkar asked Sheila Bair chairman of the FDIC, about new testosterone research implications for the financial markets, and her two top men had a good laugh:
… the two men sitting in on our interview—Andrew Gray, her press director, and Jesse Villarreal, her chief of staff—burst out with horrified laughter, as if it were the most absurd thing they’ve ever heard. Bair responded more carefully. “With some of those academic studies, I can see what they’re saying, and I think there may be some truth to that, with the caveat that you should never categorize people,” she said. “Perhaps from a risk-management standpoint, having diversity and different perspectives and attitudes is helpful.”
While Bair is regarded in some circles as a prudent, risk-averse regulator who helped save the banking system, she’s made quite a few enemies along the way. She’s publicly feuded with Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, even pushing for a shake-up in Citi’s management. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has reportedly fought to push Bair out of her job. via New York Magazine
Bottom line, the question is whether or not the global economy should be run like a crapshoot. When men speak of the logic of the markets, there is little.
Being feminist to the core, I never struggled with the idea that female biology is different than male biology — even though the admission nearly got me run out of an Intel Conference by the PhD ladies from Berkeley.
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http://www.anneofcarversville.com/hopetracker/perfect-marriage-estrogen-for-testosterone-in-wall-street.html( I paraphrase ) Perfect Marriage | Estrogen for Testosterone in Wall Street Anne... more
2 great groups at " c u r r e n t " ! ~HUZZAH !
and THIS is 4 them ! Hooty hoo ! ( actually not A BAD READ )
GENERAL DISCUSSION - (Not related to Poland) » General Archive » Feminism
There is one CDU politikerin (politician) who is against feminism, because she defends
the rights of Housewives, and finds that the Feminists attacked the houswife.
Another women, is a leftwing German journalist and Feminist from the first hour (sixtees or seventees) of the second Feminist wave. The third is a very elegant, beautiful mature Germans actress. who acknowledges the achievements of the feminist movement, but said that she disliked the attacks on men in the seventees, and tradtional women.
Than there is a very handsome young slender German women (with English) roots, who
had a very radical feminist mother, who had six children from six differant men, a man was in her eyes only for reproduction. Her daughter is very Feminist too, but in a modern
way, she hates the sexism of her granddad and men, but is less radical than her mother.
I remember that there was contempt and a certain hatred for men in the radical versions of the Feminist movement in the seventees and early eightees.
Men were seen as Neanderthals, uncivilized monkeys who were rust in their Patriarchal
attitude, abuse of Power and women, by the opression, agression and old fashionate role patterns they maintained. In the Netherlands you had radical Socialist Feminist organisations like the "Man Vrouw Maatschappij" (Man-Woman Society), and Dolle Mina ( a quite funny feminist organisation of young women, who undertook funny actions, like whistle to men, and the "Boss in my own Belly" Free-choise actions).
In the end of the seventees there was a radical version of Feminism which was the Lesbian feminism. Ofcourse the discussion on the ARD has become very tense, the feminist women and the German male scientist (gender researcher) fiercly disagree.
The CDU politician takes the middle road, but has her objections agianst Feminism,
because it's effect on the relation between the sexes.
She says that she blames Feminists that they blamed the children for their problems,
and the Feminists say that the men did not take their responsabilities for rasining the children. It is interesting to follow this as an outsider, bachelor, and somebody who is interested in recent history, and German recent history too.
(I love German television, because of the quality of it's programs [like the BBC]).
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2009 audio interview with comic book artist and historian Trina Robbins about her collection of Nell Brinkley art, The Brinkley Girls. Conducted by Mr. Media. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=6602009 audio interview with comic book artist and historian Trina Robbins about her... more
You GoGirl! Comics writer Trina Robbins inspires tomorrow's feminists! (2007 Audio Interview, Pt. 1)2007 audio interview (and transcription) with comics writer and historian Trina Robbins, talking about her GoGirl! comic, conducted by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman. http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=1302007 audio interview (and transcription) with comics writer and historian Trina... more