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Monday
Jul302012

PA Corbett Plummets with Women Voters | Rainer Becker's Sensational Sushi | Hillary Clinton Defemds Huma

Zuma: Wabi-Sabi on Nowness.com.

A delectable culinary, film vision from NOWNESS. The artfully handcrafted sushi, robata grill dishes and desserts of German chef Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese cuisine restaurant Zuma are celebrated in still life photographer Thomas Brown’s stop-frame animation. Based on the award-winning London eatery’s informal Japanese “izakaya” style of dining, in which dishes are continuously and steadily brought to the table throughout the meal, Brown’s short opens with the red laser projections used to precisely set each table and features Head Chef Li Ong’s delicately prepared chow. “He is the ultimate professional,” says Brown of Ong, “incredibly passionate and with expert skills. It was an honor to watch these dishes being crafted––Li made it look effortless.” Becker’s first Zuma restaurant arrived to critical acclaim in Knightsbridge in 2002 after its mastermind had spent six years perfecting his art in Tokyo. “I immersed myself in the whole culinary culture of Japan from street food yakatori to kaiseki. I could identify with the subtlety of flavor, the importance of texture, the rules of the cooking techniques and presentation,” explains Becker. Stylishly decorated with marble pillars, unyielding wooden surfaces and natural stonework by leading Japanese interior designer Nori Muramatsu, and based around an open floor plan and exposed kitchen to evoke an “authentic” Japanese restaurant, Zuma offers 40 different varieties of sake, including Biwa No Choju––exclusively brewed from the waters of Lake Biwa in Japan’s Shiga prefecture. Frequented by numerous celebrities and high-profile guests including Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the culinary destination has expanded over the past decade into Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai, Miami and Bangkok.

Maguro No Tataki (Seared Tuna with Chilli Dalkon and Garlic Chips) recipe at NOWNESS

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PA’s Corbett’s Approval Sinks with Women

Is Pennsyvania governor Tom Corbett in trouble with women voters?” We sure hope so!

Corbett joins the list of Republican governors trying to eliminate Planned Parenthood and usher in a host of new rules governoring women’s health care in the state. Corbett famously told PA women to close their eyes, as the state mandated exactly how their head was to be positioned when viewing their unneeded untrasound before having an abortion.

Corbett’s disapproval polling numbers, as reported by Quinnipiac University, have increased from 12 percent in January 2011 to 51 percent in June 2012.

“I think Corbett’s priorities have been a step back for the state, for women, our priorities and our families. That deeply affects women as it does men,” U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties told the Philadelphia Daily News.

“I would say he doesn’t have empathy or any understanding of what average women are going through,” said Julia Ramsey, president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Organization for Women, and a friend of Anne’s. “Either he will change his tune in another two years or we need a new governor.”

Amen sisters!

Related: Planned Parenthood, NARAL to score House abortion vote The Hill

Challenge to Arizona Abortion Law Finds Prosecutors Taking Opposite Sides WSJ

Big Mouths: Hillary Clinton

Huma Abedin, singled out by MIchele Bachmann as a front for the Muslim BrotherhoodSecretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her personal top State Department aide Huma Abedin at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace today. Politico reports:

In answering the question, Clinton tied the Abedin controversy into the struggle of developing nations to respect minority religions.

“Leadership is incredibly important.  Leaders have to be active in stepping in and sending messages about protecting the diversity within their countries.  And frankly, I don’t see enough of that, and I want to see more of it.  I want to see more of it, and we did see some of that in our own country.  We saw Republicans stepping up and standing up against the kind of assaults that really have no place in our politics,” Clinton said.

Clinton was referring to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who condemned Bachmann’s letter on the Senate floor.

“These attacks on Huma have no logic, no basis and no merit. And they need to stop now,” McCain said.

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Sunday
Jul292012

America's Growing, Severe Doctor Shortage | D Day for Vatican Nuns | Dire News Coral Reefs Update

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2012 Election

Gallup reports that a majority of Americans would vote for a well-qualified atheist for president. This is the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 1958, when only 18 percent answered affirmatively about voting for a nonbeliver.

America’s Doctor Shortage

It’s good news that President Obama’s health care law will extend insurance coverage to more than 300,000 people by 2014. Yet another critical problem undercuts the American health care system. Estimates are than in 2015 America will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed.

Without the new health care law, the US will have a shortage of over 100,000 doctors by 2025, much of it regional and city specific. Fewer than half of primary care clinicians were accepting new Medicaid patients in 2008, making it more difficult for the poor to gain treatment.

Other issues driving the future of health care in America include physicial compensation. Fewer doctors are choosing to become primary care doctors due to an average compensation of about $200,000 a year. Specialist make twce that much. Further complicating the medical care equation is the fact that younger doctors on average work fewer hours. And one third of America’s doctors are 55 or older and nearing retirement. Read on at the New York Times.

Catholic in America

CA Prop 8 Archbishop

The Vatican and America’s Catholic bishops are center stage this week, on multiple fronts. The new archbishops of San Francisco is a staunch gay-marriage foe, writes the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Vatican has named Salvatore Cordileone who played a key role in the passage of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage in California, an archbishop. Prop 8 was overturned by a US District Court judge in 2010. In Feb 2012, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed the decision, declaring Popr 8 unconstitutional. The case is being appealed to the US Supreme Court.  

D Day for American Nuns

The Leadership Conference of American nuns till meet in St. Louis this week, in a group decision about how to respond to the scathing critique issued against them this spring by the Vatican. The nuns will decide whether to cooperate with the three bishops appointed by the Vatican to supervise the overhaul of their organization, in an act of obedience.

The power struggle between the nuns and bishops has been building for decades.

“I admire religious men and women,” Cardinal Levada, the former head of the church’s doctrinal office,  said in an interview with The National Catholic Reporter. “But if they aren’t people who believe and express the faith of the church, the doctrines of the church, then I think they’re misrepresenting who they are and who they ought to be. Read on at New York Times.

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Milou Van Groesen | Alique | Vogue Netherlands July/August 2012 | Riches of the Reef

This Vogue Netherlands editorial prompted us to update our several articles on the perilous state of the world’s coral reefs.

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Science & Governments Debate Doomed Future for Coral Reefs

Why are governments and environmentalists airbrushing the dire state of the world’s coral reefs, asks Roger Bradbury writing an op ed for the New York Times. Reality is that the world’s coral reefs — the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks — are zombie ecosystems, crushed under the weight of overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution.

Friday
Jul272012

John Bolton Supports Gaffney Who Calls Michele Bachmann America's 'Iron Lady' | Joss Stone's New 'Soul Sessions'

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Secy of State Hillary Clinton /AP photo Election 2012 | Foreign Policy Front

Politico reminds readers that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has a tough job ahead on the foreign policy front. Steve Schmidt, who served as John McCain’s chief strategist in the 2008 campaign said:

“She’s widely recognized by a very high percentage of persuadable voters for having done a terrific job as secretary of state,” Democratic consultant Steve Murphy said. “Having Hillary Clinton as part of the equation certainly strengthens Barack Obama’s argument on foreign policy and national security.”

On the foreign policy front, key Romney adviser former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton says that he was “mystified” by those who have criticized Rep. Michele Bachmann’s claims against Clinton’s key deputy Huma Abedin that she is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

On July 24 Bolton appeared on Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney’s radio show. Gaffney’s largely discredited ‘research’ is the source of Bachmann’s claims.

Slate reported in May 2012 that Gaffney was disinvitied from the weekly conservative “Weyrich lunch’, due to his continuing investigation of the alleged Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of Washington. In February the American Conservative Union blocked Gaffney from the CPAC stage.

Writing for Jewish World Review this week, Gaffney compares Bachmann to Margaret Thatcher, calling her America’s Iron Lady.

Joss Stone’s New Debut

Joss Stone by David VenniGood news from WSJ. British pop star Joss Stone returns soon to the stunning sounds of her first album “Soul Sessions’, also a big hit in Anne’s music library.

Stone is backed by a band that includes guitarist Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Stompers keyboard great Clayton Ivey, with backing vocals by 1974 Grammy winner Betty Wright (“Where is the Love”).

The sultry temptress will be singing Sylvia Robinson’s 1973 hit ‘Pillow Talk’. Steve Greenberg, producer of both Sessions albums says Joss Stone never would have sung anything that risqué in her first album.

Joss Stone Debuts new ‘Soul Sessions’