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Thursday
Aug232012

Women Lose Power at Google | Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women | Dominionism, Todd Akin & Paul Ryan

An 1886 base-relief figure of Dike Astraea in the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the Vermont State House.

Dice ((Dikê), the personification of justice in ancient Greece, was according to Hesiod, a daughter of Zeus and Themis, one of GlamTribale’s 12 goddesses. In the ancient world, women represented the moral force in judicial systems.

Wiki writes:

One of her epithets was Astraea, referring to her appearance as the constellation Virgo. According to Aratus’ account of the constellation’s origin, Dike lived upon Earth during the Golden and Silver ages, when there were no wars or diseases, men did not yet know how to sail, and men raised fine crops.[7] They grew greedy, however, and Dike was sickened. She proclaimed:

Behold what manner of race the fathers of the Golden Age left behind them! Far meaner than themselves! but you will breed a viler progeny! Verily wars and cruel bloodshed shall be unto men and grievous woe shall be laid upon them.
—Aratus, Phaenomena 123

Dike left Earth for the sky, whence, as the constellation, she watched the despicable human race. After her departure, the human race declined into the Brazen Age, when diseases arose and they learned how to sail.

Since the 15th century, Lady Justice statues are often depiected wearing a blindfold, to connote objectivity and neutrality regardless of identity, money, power or weakness. Then again, she might be nearly nude, as depicted in this painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder “Justice as a Naked Woman with Sword and Scales”. Sometimes also referred to as “An Allegory of Justice”, the painting

Lucas Cranach the Elder was best known for his paintings of his close friend Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation.

Global Survey of Evangelical Protestant Leaders The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

In June 2011 we published the findings of Pew Researches study on evangelical beliefs worldwide. With the advent of Christianity, Lady Justice has moved to a place of obscurity in public life and most definitely in America. Truthfully, women never had significant power in America. Just ask Abigail Adams, wife of America’s second president John Adams.

Findings in the Pew survey of evangelical protestant leaders include:

  • Most say that men should be the religious leaders in the marriage and family (79%) and the main financial providers for the family (53%). But most do not think that women must stay home and raise children (63%). And a solid majority favors allowing women to serve as pastors (75%).
  • The global evangelical leaders are strongly inclined to participate in politics; 84% say religious leaders should express their views on political matters, and 56% say that to be a good evangelical, it is essential to take a public stand on social and political issues when they conflict with moral and biblical principles.

French Roast News

Forbes Female Powerhouses

Forbes Woman has released its 2012 list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. German chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list, with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in second place. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff retains third place. Also in the top five were Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Jill Abramson, who became executive editor of The New York Times in September 2011.

Fewer Google Women

Senior women at Google are out of Larry Page’s inner circle, reports Claire Cain Miller in The New York Times.

Newly appointed Yahoo president Marissa Mayer, who ran Google’s most profitable search division for years was given a new assignment under Page that many cpnsidered a demotion. The new CEO shran his inner circle from 15 under Eric Schmidt to 11. Three of the four cutbacks were women.

Also removed from the L Team, for Larry Page, were Rachel Whetstone, who oversees communications, and Shona Brown, who oversaw business operations and now leads Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, a lower-profile job. Only one woman remains — Susan Wojcicki, who oversees advertising.

Some men were also reshuffled in the changes but were replaced by other men. Some commenters say that Page relates best to product engineers and women aren’t strongly represented there.

Todd Akin Update

American Vision is a Christian nonprofit whose mission if to “restore America to its biblical foundation”. The group’s research director Joel McDurmon writes about pressure from Republicans for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to drop out of the race “political gang rape”.

Akin did not drop out of his race against Claire and launched a new website called akin.org/still-standing that apologized for his mistake in using phony science to deny that 32,000 American women a year get pregnant from being raped. US News writes that the photo of a fetus in the womb has since been taken down.

The candidate announced this morning that he has raised $100,000 even though big money Republican donors are treating him like a pariah.

Dominionists like Akin — embracing fundamentalism of the most conservative kind — have a vision of America that is now the sum and substance of the Republican political platform. Addicting Info wrote an article earlier this year that sounds harsh and subjective and yet, the article rings very true to us as dominionism researchers.

Paul Ryan Abortion Record

In the aftermath of the Todd Akin brouhaha over “legitimate rape”, Paul Ryan found his own extreme record on women’s health issues under scrutiny. Ryan opposes abortion under any circumstances, with no exceptions. This most exteme position has earned the vice presidential candidate a 100 percent lifetime score from the National Right to Life, writes Bloomberg.

“He’s certainly a reliable pro-life vote,” Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League, said in a telephone interview. “Everyone in the pro-life movement is really excited about Paul Ryan’s vice presidential candidacy. We can expect a Romney administration to reverse many of the anti-life, pro-abortion policies that have been implemented by President Obama.”

Incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill launched a website listing Akin’s most extreme conservative record. Besides his now notorious claims about rape victims not becoming pregnant, Akin supports abandoning minimum wage restrictions for Americans and he refers federal student loan programs to stage III cancer.

Writing for Huff Po, Malika Saada Saar, Executive Director of Human Rights for Girls, cites CDC research that says 60.4% of female victims were first raped before age 18 and 25.% were raped before age 12. We can’t conclude that 85% of the females who become pregnant by rape each year are 18 or under. As the age of onset of fertility drops in the US, the math does take us to the probable conclusion that well over half of rape-related pregnancies are women 18 and under.

J’Adore

Nicole Kidman | Mario Testino | V Magazine September 2012 | ‘Truth or DareAOC Private Studio

If Victoria’s Secret was smart, they would make 45-year-old Nicole Kidman an honorary Angel and contribute $25,000 to her favorite philanthropy. Kidman delivers a jaw-dropping ‘eyes wide open’ performance in Mario Testino’s fabulous editorial for V Magazine’s September Travel issue, and she wears Victoria’s Secret all the way. 

Tuesday
Aug212012

Not An Ounce of Science in Todd Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Belief | Rumors Fly Around Hillary for VP

‘One Enchanted Evening’ by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US September 2012 with styling by Grace Coddington and starring models Aymeline Valade, Bette Franke, Elza Luijendijk and Zuzana Bijoch

Ann Romney on not sharing Mitt Romney’s tax returns:

“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how — you know, how we live our life.”

French Roast News

Obama On Men of Congress Running Women’s Health Care

President Obama denounced today Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape”, calling the views “offensive” writes The Washington Post. Asked yesterday why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, Akin reponded with the unscientifically documented assertion that women rarely get pregnant from rape, saying “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”

The President agreed in his press conference that many Republicans and probably MItt Romney wouldn’t support the Akin’s posiiton. Then Obama continued, saying:

“Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing, qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people.”

“What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women,” Obama said.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today Monday, prior to the Akin dust up, shows Obama leading Romney among women 54 percent to 39 percent, says Politico. 

President Obama concluded his remarks about the Akin’s furor citing a “significant difference of approach between me and the other party” on the issue of women’s reproductive health.”

Health Experts Dismiss Assertions on Rape

Dr. John C. Wilke, a general practitioner doctor with obstetric training who is also a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, was an early advocate of the concept of the female body shutting down during “forcible rape” or “legitimate” rape as Rep Akin called it.

“This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped, adding, “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”

Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of sbstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, told the New York Times that the Wilke assertion is totally false, syaing “There are no words for this — it is just nuts.”

Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, said, that “to suggest that there’s some biological reason why women couldn’t get pregnant during a rape is absurd.”

Republicans Urge Akin to Drop Out

With Akin saying he won’t drop out of the Missouri senate race, Republicans at high levels urged the Congressional rep to leave the race. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Akin was favored to beat sitting Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

RedTracker

Former US Secy of State Condoleezza RiceA Male Bastion Falls

The glass ceiling at Augusta National Gold Club, home to the Masters golf tournament, crashed today when the organization ended its 80-year-old all-male policy by accepting its first women members. Condolezza Rice, former US Secretary of State, and financier Darla Moore will receive their world-renowned green jackets. 

President Obama pressured Augusta National last April, saying that the club should admit women members.

Sally Jenkins, columnist for the Washington Post, shares background information on Darla Moore and saucy commentary on the boys club called Augusta.

DC Rumors Fly Re Hillary

The speculation that Hillary Clinton will replace Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate — except that she doesn’t want the job. Writing for CBS Baltimore, Scott Paulson says:

According to the press and political talk show hosts who are usually “in the know”, it appears that the major players in the vice presidential chats are President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the President and First Lady’s good friend and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. As far as Vice President Joe Biden is concerned, he will probably find out if his White House status has changed just moments before the rest of us do. When it comes to winning this election, loyalty has no place in the alleged-friendship between the President and the Vice President. Obama wants to win this thing at any and all costs.

AOC has asked more than once for Hillary Clinton to join the ticket.

Hillary Clinton — Not Joe Biden — Can Bank the Women’s Vote in 2012 Elections AOC FP

Hillary Clinton for Vice President? Yes! | Kickstarter’s Amazing Crowd Funding Success AOC FP

More from Anne: Hillary for President? It’s Insane But How About a Poll on Democratic Preferences? AOC Women

ArtTracker

$100,000 Mohn Award for LA Artists

LA’s Hammer Museum announced Botswana-born, LA-based artist Meleko Mokgosi is the winner of its new $100,000 Mohn Award price, created to rival the Turner Prize in the UK.

The artist’s installation in the biennial Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo embumbulu, 2012, is part of a larger series dealing with post-colonial Africa. Its title includes the term “bulletproof” in Xhosa, a South African language. The work refers to the cattle killing movement of 1856-57, which was based on a prophecy meant to bring about a new earthly paradise and destroy the white colonists. According to the museum, “the series of paintings frames the historic event and considers a legacy of resistance that continues today—namely, the persistent drive to become bulletproof.” via The Art Newspaper

Sixty artists are taking part in the Hammer’s ‘Made in LA’ biennial. The artist was one of five finalists selected by a panel of judges. He was chosen the winner by registered public voting online and at the museum.

Chicago Eco-Island Park

2010 MacArthur Genius Grant winner Jeanne Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects has embarked with Chicago landscape architecture firm JJR, working also with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicago Park District to convert a 91-acre stretch called Northerly Island from an abandoned airplane landing strip into an “ecologically diverse natural habitat”.

The entire scheme — which will take 20-25 years to complete includes “a 4.1-acre pond fenced in to protect its inhabitants from invasive species like Asian carp (an issue Gang tackles in her latest book “Reverse Effect.”) Surrounding the pond will be elevated dry-mesic and wet prairies, intended to attract mice, snakes, and small birds. Environmentalists hope that the habitat will provide new nesting areas for over 300 species of birds, luring the animals away from the mainland where they frequently crash into the city’s high-rises.” via ArtInfo.


J’Adore

Flying duck orchid via FB Colours of Life

A Flueless Ethanol Fireplace by Vauni via IcreativeD

Saturday
Aug182012

Fashion's Hippie Love Trend Is Tied To Womanly Cultural Creative Values 

Left: Abby Brothers | Zoey Grossman | Novella Royale August 2012 | Vintage Collection III

Right: Kate King | Emma Tempest | Dansk #28 F/W 2012 | Garb of the Groupie

 

Fall 2012 fashion is having a Hippie Luxe moment. 70’s references abound and we fully expect to see Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix appear any moment.

Cultural Creatives Movement

Cultural Creatives Now 35% of US | 10% in Transition AOC New Day

Cultural Creatives often describe themselves as ‘bridge people’ between the Traditionals and Moderns, ‘trying to make a ‘cultural synthesis’ that moves the world beyond its polarized opposites. This subset of global-thinking people first emerged in the sixties and is 65% women.

The core values of Cultural Creatives remain:

  • Ecological sustainability
  • Enjoying exposure to foreign ideas and culture
  • Concern about women and children worldwide
  • Priority of health care and education
  • Desire to rebuild neighborhoods and community
  • Improving neighborhoods and community
  • Emphasis on creating caring relationships and family life
  • Social conscience and demand for authenticity
  • Guarded social optimism
  • Emphasis on altruism, self-actualization and spirituality as a single complex of values.

In the 1995 study, Cultural Creatives were 23.6% of US adults. By 1999 they had increased to 26%. 

An addition to the new 2008 research is a new group called the Transitionals, representing 10% of Americans. 

The current US breakdown in Dr. Ray’s research is:

Moderns 39.7%

Cultural Creatives 34.9%

Traditionals 15.4%

Transitionals 10.1%

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal for a Better World in My Summer of Love (Aug 2007) AOC New Day

I attach transcendental meaning to every form of light show: white lights on bridges, lit windows in skyscrapers, fireflies in my garden.

In my twenties, my husband’s brother produced a marvelous breast sculpture a pulsating piece of female anatomy, featured in a Lincoln Center Salvador Dali moment. It offered endless hours of kaleidoscopic, lightshow effects, and transformed our ordinary Brooklyn apartment into a posh night club …

Much of the Whitney (Summer of Love) art was created under hallucinogenic influence of LSD, a fantasy-inducing drug that challenges our perception of reality with merging shapes, forms and colors that aren’t “real”.

Vivid, red geraniums aren’t actually visible on a dark, cloud-covered summer night, but one could probably pass a lie-detector test insisting that they were visible at 3am in full-crimson splendor, defying science in all their glory.

My Carversville flowers didn’t glow in the dark last night, and for one brief moment, I realized that forward-looking me wanted a supernatural, spiritual, acid-like experience with this heavily-promoted, healthy, heavenly light show. Read on