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jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection

Anne Rethinks ‘Flawless’, Third-Tier Male Photographers & Values That Matter

Eden Foods Files Suit Against Contraception Mandate, Citing Birth Control As Immoral. PLEASE!!! Anne Says: Don’t Support Eden Foods With Your Wallet!

Scandinavian Women Lead the World in Equality & Governing | Anne Sends Big Hugs to Helsinki, Finland

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Why Philadelphia Women Need the Earned Sick Days Bill

Izabel Goulart in Sign from Lilith That Anne Has Religious Morals After All

Gang of 10 Republican NM Women Want to Jail Rape Victims for 3 Years If They Abort

First Lady Michelle Obama in Jason Wu | The Feminine Feminist

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Is Maison Martin Margiela’s H&M Collaboration Subversive in Nature?

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Female, 30-Something, Glamorous & Pregnant | Women’s IQs Now Higher Than Men’s

Cosa Bella’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ | Women of Harlot Babylon

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Louis Vuitton’s Yayoi Kusama Celebration | David Austin Roses | Kate Scott Photography

Eve Ensler’s ‘The Vagina Monologues’ Will Be Read With Eve Ensler At Michigan Capitol June 18th

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For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

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Wednesday
Jul272011

Kathryn Gustafson's Lurie Garden in Chicago | Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra in Cuba 

Landscape Architect Kathryn Gustafson

The Sky Is Mine More Intelligent Life

American-born Kathryn Gustafson is called the ‘grande dame’ of landscape architecture.

Rights of Man Square. ‘Envy’. It is interesting to note that most of Gustafson’s French works deal with some strong artistic statement. Her designs can be interpreted as surgical acts of healing, where the land is skillfully draped and sown as if to hide past torments. This particular attitude clearly makes Gustafson’s work unique in France. The landscape as art movement never really reached this country, and most professionals would never think of themselves as artists, but simply as pragmatic problem solvers in line with a particular urban tradition. Gustafson is, therefore, definitely different from her peers in that her work appears each time clearly as an artistic act. She prefers to work over disrupted terrain, where she need not consider the notion of terroir or any other burdensome cultural referent to place. Her conceptual and artistic approach sets her apart from the rest of the French profession where the reference, not to say reverence, to place always plays a key role.Gustafson has a dozen projects around the globe, run either by her firm of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, covering America and Asia from Seattle, or by Gustafson Porter, her European practice, whose walls in Kentish Town, north London, are hung with plaster moulds of her original clay designs.

She is a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, a medallist of the French Academy of Architecture, and a recipient, from the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, of the Sckell Ring of Honour, which sits on her small hand like a heavy gold knuckle-duster.

Most recently, Gustafson’s Seattle firm won the Landscape Architecture Award in the 2011 Cooper-Hewitt National Awards.

More Intelligent Life informs that Gustafson is working with British architect Norman (Lord) Foster developing six blocks of downtown Washington DC, reinstating an expanding the original 18th-century alleyways that ran between them.

“Each project takes five years on average,” she says. “You get to know a city very well.” She is also working there with Adjaye, on an African-American museum, due to open as part of the Smithsonian in 2015; it will have a “rain garden” and a pool symbolising the ocean crossed by the slave ships.

Critics and curators say that Gustafson’s greatest contribution is the re-introduction of the human body to site design. She agrees: ‘For me, the form of the land and the form of the body come together somehow.” A former fashion student and 1970s design professional, critics maintain that the sensual draping of clothes has strongly influenced her landscape work.

Gustafson Gutherie Nichol Ltd is a refreshingly gender-balanced group of professionals. Founder is seated on sofa, white collar.

Urban Parking Garage in Bloom

Lurie Garden Chicago website

The Lurie Garden, built by Gustafson Gutherie Nichol Ltd,  in Millennium Park is an urban oasis emerging from a harmonious blend of symbolism, landscape design and ecological sensitivity. Its design pays homage to Chicago’s transformation from flat marshland to innovative green city, or “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden).

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Wednesday
Jul272011

Israel Women Take Palestian Women to Beach | Bloomberg Gives $50 Million to Fight New Coal Plants

Beyond the Veil

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Where Politics Are Complex, Simple Joys at the Beach NYTimes

Palestinian women and girls from the West Bank at the beach in Tel Aviv, after a group of Israeli women snuck them into the country for a daylong excursion. Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times

The Ecstasy

Twice yesterday we had stories out of the West Bank that brought tears to our eyes. The first, pictured above, is a dozen defiant Israeli women, who risked criminal prosecution, taking women from Palestine to the sea for the first time in their lives. The Palestinian women also risked being locked up by the Israelis.

I’m not sure when we last saw such a marvelous expression of pleasure coming from the region. The Palestian women have never been to the beach, never splashed in the sea or gotten knocked over by the wave

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Wednesday
Jul272011

Republican Math, Budget Deficits, Job Creation, US Incomes, Two-Class Economy

Boys Club

Republicans & Math

Reid savings trumps Boehner plan Politico

No one is saying that House Speaker John Boehner has an easy job. And we’re pleased that he’s holding up well under the stress of his unruly Tea Party caucus. If Boehner cried at this moment, I suspect that the rating agencies would downgrade America’s credit status for real. Crying under pressure is not good for the country.

There is actually a much worse problem among Republicans generally, which is why I now turn the TV to mute when the 25 key-word Republican commentator takes the mic. To have a limited vocabulary and inability to grasp the complexities of business, politics, and economics is bad enough for the country.

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Tuesday
Jul192011

Evolutionary History of Animal Domestication | Evangelicals Cool to Conversion Therapy

Green Beings

Men in Charge

Animal Domestication: Taming the Wild National Geographic

Images from photographer Vincent J MusiImages used in National Geographic article are ‘Domestication’ series on Vincent J Musi website

The exercise of dominion over plants and animals (and AOC adds women) is arguably the most consequential event in human history. Along with cultivated agriculture, the ability to raise and manage domesticated fauna—of which wolves were likely the first, but chickens, cattle, and other food species the most important—altered the human diet, paving the way for settlements and eventually nation-states to flourish. By putting humans in close contact with animals, domestication also created vectors for the diseases that shaped society.

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Lab-grown meat would cut greenhouse gas emissions and save energy, research suggests Science Daily

Researchers in the Netherlands believe that ‘cultured meat’ could be part of the solution to feeding the world in the future, and vastly improving impact on the environment at the same time. Without focusing on whether people would eat ‘cultured meat’, the researchers contend that it would involve “approximately 7-45% lower energy use, 78-96% lower greenhouse gas emissions, 99% lower land use, and 82-96% lower water use depending on the type of meat.”

Boys Club

Sins of Our Fathers

70-Year-Old Queens prison chaplain arrested for paying inmate for oral sex NY Daily News

Getty imagesQueensboro Correctional Facility chaplain Frank De Tucci, 70, was doing more than penance, kneeling Sunday in front of a prisoner and most likely not doing penance or saying the rosary for the man’s soul. The chaplain had $200 in his shoe and another $153 im his wallet when detained by a guard.

In question chaplain De Tucci admitted that on July 5 he paid the same inmate $120 and $150 for two separate sessions of oral sex at the minimum-security Long Island City facility.

De Tucci, who has been a chaplain for 27 years in the state correctional system, faces up to four years in prison on a variety of charges. He is also a deacon at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Astoria.

Philadelphia Gets New Archbishop

Amid American church abuse scandal, Philadelphia stands out CNN Belief Blog

Philadelphia Archbishop Justin Rigali stepped down today, after the Vatican accepted his resignation and appointed Archbishop Charles Chaput to take over the Philadelphia position.

“What makes Philadelphia devastating is allegations that priests who were facing credible accusation of sex abuse were still working in parishes as recently as February,” CNN senior Vatican analyst John Allen said. “This is not about misconduct that happened 50 years go. This is about the failures of today.”

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Monday
Jul182011

Joyful Bike-Riding Benefits for Heart, Soul & Spirit 

BEG Bicycles is a British company with a superbly charming website. The biking images used in this post are pure joy; unfiltered happiness for our hearts. Of course biking is nostalgic but it’s also a high-priority mode of transportation in some of the world’s happiest (translated wellbeing) countries like the Netherlands and Denmark.

Some American cities promote biking, making safety and ease of getting around town a high priority. Yet, inspite of all we know about the health benefits of biking and fast walking, we Americans are getting fatter and remain generally unwilling to get on a bike, compared to other countries.

Ride With Sophie

Biking in America Good News

The vision of bikers as rugged, lycra-wearing guys has given way to women riding in dresses and pumps, along with casual attire. In New York City, bicycling was up 66% from 2007-2009, and injuries are down 50% with more bike lanes and respect for bikers among auto drivers.

New York has encouraged biking around town with new bike lanes and safety measures. In four American cities — Eugene-Springfield, OR; Fort Collins-Loveland, CO; Missoula, MT and Boulder, CO about 5% of people bike to work. Here in Philadelphia, the 2009 percent was 2.16 with an unusually high mix of female riders. Bicycle commuting increased 151 percent from 2000 to 2009 in Philadelphia.

Biking in America Reality Check

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Monday
Jul112011

Boatel NYC | Swoon @Konbit Shelter Project & Transformazium | CP Cavafy

Les Artistes

Reclaiming, Deconstructing, Creating Waterspaces

Check In, Swim Out: A Floating Hotel as Art NYTimes

New York’s newest getaway is Boggsville Boatel and Boat-In Theater, a configuration of four refurbished pleasure boats and a houseboat, all moored around a jury-rigged floating platform.

Artist Constance Hockaday says she hopes to attract the romantic and adventurous to her floating hotel, one she describes as a post-apocalyptic adventure.

Under the auspices of Flux Factory, a Queens gallery, Boatel will be open Thursday through Saturday this summer. July is almost sold out.

“When you think about it, the water is the last remaining open public space,” said Jean Barberis, the artistic director of Flux Factory. “As artists and creative people venture more and more into the outer boroughs, there’s less and less unclaimed territory on land. But the water is still completely open.” Mr. Barberis said he sees the Boatel as part of a recent movement of artists exploring New York’s waterways, like Duke Riley, who staged a naval battle in a reflecting pool in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and Swoon, the street artist behind the wide-ranging flotilla of paddle- and steam-powered junk rafts known as Swimming Cities.

Swoon in Haiti & Braddock, Pa

Swoon and Her Band of ‘New York City Garbage Anarchists’ Drifts into Venice on the Adriatic AOC Green

The last time AOC checked on Swoon, she was headed for the 2008 Venice Bienniele. No longer a centerpiece of Swimming Cities, the project continues in India this summer.

Today the activist artist is working on her Konbit Shelter Project, created with the idea that a group of artists, engineers, architects, and builders could pool their individual knowledge, resources, and time to make a lasting difference in post-earthquake Haiti.

Under Deconstruction: Transformazium Pop City

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Sunday
Jul102011

Will China's Love of Ivory Kill All the World's Elephants?

A herd of elephants, photographed in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. With China’s growing appetite for ivory, poaching is on the rise all over Africa.Photography by Guillaume Bonn for Vanity FairWriting for Vanity Fair, Alex Shoumatoff takes up the plight of the world’s elephants. With a long career as a journalist covering political and environmental situations and world affairs, Alex Shoumatoff edits DispatchesFromtheVanishingWorld.com, devoted to “documenting and raising awareness about the planet’s rapidly disappearing natural and cultural diversity.”

There is plenty of finger-pointing in ‘Agony and Ivory’ and many of the problems aren’t new, especially those focused on unemployment, poverty and feeding families in Africa.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Africa’s elephanticide epidemic cut the population from an estimated 1.3 million to some 600,000, and Kenya’s elephant population went from 120,000 to 15,000. (It is now about twice that.)

All agree that getting an exact count of the elephant population and the extent of the current slaughter is difficult. The consensus of ‘Agony and Ivory’ is that the illegal ivory trade is increasing at an alarming rate. While illegal ivory is transported far and wide, all fingers point to China and the rise of a middle class devoted to conspicuous consumption.

China’s Love of Illegal Ivory

Before the Chinese began building the 70-mile-long highway around Amboseli, there was no poaching for 30 years. Since 2009, four of Amboseli’s “magnificent big-tusked bulls have been killed” and now poachers seek to kill the matriarchs — the oldest, wisest female leaders of the elephant herds.

The Chinese are close to creating an “extinction vortex” among elephants in the Amboseli, choosing to slaughter or pay for the slaughter of the largest elephants as trophies.

Ninety percent of the arrests for possession of ivory at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta are Chinese nationals. Half the poaching in Kenya occurs within 20 miles of one of the five massive Chinese road-building projects. Over a million Chinese now live in Africa compared to 700,000 a decade ago.

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