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Sunday
Oct072012

Women and Water | Khoa Bui's Film Shows Women At Our Primordial Best

KatherineNC from Khoa Bui on Vimeo.  See also Khoa Bui website.

Women and water — symbols of birth and rebirth. Life first came from water via women; the Greek goddess Aphrodite rose from the sea foam.

Worldwide, women get the water still. Susan Murcott, a Boston-based engineering consultant and a lecturer at MIT believes that water engineering in poor countries is an important tool of liberating women in the developing world. Her initiative Safe Water for 1 Billion People is a leader in global water and sanitation projects.

In 1980 the first Water Ritual was held in East Lansing, Michigan, organized by activist Carolyn McDade and now-deceased Lucile Schuck Longview. Members of the Women and Religion Continental Convocation of the Unitarian Universalists, Carolyn and Lucile organized the Water Ritual “as a way for women who lived far apart to connect the work each was doing locally to the whole”.

Women’s connection to water is negated and condemned by social conservatives as a symbol of debauchery and siren-led sensuality that threatens patriarchal civilizations. At Anne of Carversville, we hold hands around the symbolism of women and water as the source of communion and human redemption.

Saturday
Oct062012

Mitt Romney Terrorizes the Nation with Threats to Kill Big Bird's Subsidy | Big Oil to Remain Untouched

“I’m sorry Jim, I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” Romney said to the nation, addressing Jim Lehrer, the presidential debate host of PBS’s NewsHour.

 

“I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too. But I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

 

Romney’s promise went viral and the meme machine sprung into action. One American hero sprang into action, swooping down out of the clouds a bit like Superwoman.

Big Bird in Demand

David Bauder writes that Big Bird has never been so hot. In an act that Republican presidential candidate might live to regret, he has promised to kill one of America’s most precious mascots.

All the big media was trying to book an appearance with the ‘Sesame Street’ character on Thursday, after Mitt Romney promised that the yellow-feathers superstar would become dead meat during Wednesday night’s debate. ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Jimmy Fallon, Piers Morgan, the Today’ show and ‘Good Morning America’ all tried to book the yellow feathered friend after he was unexpectedly thrust into the presidential campaign by Mitt Romney.

Sesame Workshop says the the beloved bird is declining all appearances. Besides, Hillary has him stashed away in a safe house.

Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting totals $450 million this year, accounting for about 15 percent of the CPB’s budget, she said. Federal money supplements the budgets of PBS’ 179 stations nationally. For some of the smaller stations in rural areas, this subsidy accounts for more than half of their yearly budget, so many can’t operate without it. via Boston Herald

Four out of five children under age 5 watch public television, where ‘Sesame Street’ is a long-running hit.

Americans Trust PBS

Melinda Henneberger, writing ‘She the People’ for The Washington Post says that PBS regularly rates as America’s most trusted institution.

PBS itself issued a “tersely worded statement” on Thursday, saying:

“Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves.”

On Thursday, President Obama took the Big Bird confrontation on the trail.  It does seem a big illogical that Romney is trying to woo women voters and especially married women voters who are leaving him in droves, with the promise of killing Big Bird’s funding. The Wall Street Journal writes:

“When he was asked what he would actually do to cut spending and reduce the deficit, his big example was to go after public television,” Mr. Obama told a rally at George Mason University Friday, where he also discussed the new jobs data. “For all you moms and kids out there, don’t worry. Somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird… Wall Street can run wild again, but he’s going to bring down the hammer on Sesame Street.”

2012 Election Just In

In blow to Romney, court says Ohio can’t restrict ‘souls to the polls’ voting by blacks CSMonitor.com

Romney Claims of Bipartisanship as Governor Face Challenge NYTimes

He came into office with a mandate to shake things up, an agenda laden with civics-book reforms and a raging fiscal crisis that threatened to torpedo both. He sparred with a hostile legislature and suffered a humiliating setback in the midterm elections. As four years drew to a close, his legacy was blotted by anemic job growth, sagging political popularity and — except for a landmark health care overhaul bill — a record of accomplishment that disappointed many.

Jack Welch: I Should Have Added a Question Mark to Tweet About Friday’s Job Numbers Slate

“There is rough justice in the way things are playing out,” writes (New York Times’ Joe) Nocera. “Having spent the last year wrongly blaming the president for high unemployment, Republicans can only stand by helplessly as the unemployment rate goes down at the worst possible moment for them.”

 

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Thursday
Oct042012

Australian Ballet Jubilee | Will Davidson | Vogue Australia November 2012 | 'Heavenly Creatures'

Will Davidson presents a magnificent editorial ‘Heavenly Creatures’ styled by Jillian Davidson for Vogue Australia’s November issue. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Australian Ballet, dancers Amber Scott, Amy Harris, Christopher Rodgers-Wilson, Sarah Thompson, Adam Bull, Halaina Hills, Jake Mangakahia & Ty King-Wall gather by the sea in this sensual celebration of love, artistry, classicism and true beauty. Simply gorgeous!

 

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