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AOC Stands with Planned Parenthood As Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation Cuts Poor Women's Breast Exams

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Nancy Goodman Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer FoundationThe biggest story for American women today is Susan G. Komen dropping its funding for Planned Parenthood. Being generally ambiguous about its reasons for cutting funds for Planned Parenthood’s mammogram services, huge numbers of American women smelled a rat.

It’s no secret that Planned Parenthood is a victim of the Republican War on Women. In a development just in, Jezebel reports Komen recently hired as its Vice President of Communications one Karen Handel, a Sarah Palin-endorsed, rabidly anti-choice failed gubernatorial candidate from Georgia. As a candidate Handel was vocally in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. Presumably she has now taken that belief to the Susan G Komen organization, whose founder Nancy Brinker was a major donor to George W. Bush.

The LA Times writes that Handel couldn’t be reached for comment today, nor did executives for the Komen foundation respond to requests for comment. Their article quotes Handel’s stated negative stance on Planned Parenthood.

NPR reports that Komen has lost donations from several Catholic dioceses around the country, and so their decision will open them up for donations from the prolife movement. The total amount that Komen donated to Planned Parenthood last year was $680,000, and the loss is being made up in significant online donations and a single check already in hand of $250,000 from the family foundation of Dallas oilman/philanthropist Lee Fikes and his wife, Amy. Planned Parenthood reports that they raised more than $400,000 from more than 6,000 online donors as of this afternoon.

The Southern Baptist Convention’s publishing division was also recently forced to pull its line of pink-bound Bibles because of complaints that some of the proceeds donated to Komen might be finding their way to Planned Parenthood. 

Komen has now issued an official statement, writes NPR:

Komen says it was forced to make the move by a new policy that prevents it from giving grant money to groups that are under investigation. In this case, the focus is a congressional inquiry launched last fall by Florida Republican Cliff Stearns, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Investigative Subcommittee. He is looking into whether Planned Parenthood is using federal money to fund abortions.

“This is a trumped-up investigation by some Republicans in the Congress who have a vendetta against Planned Parenthood,” said Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California.

“The work of the Komen Foundation has lifesaving potential and should not be intertwined with an industry dealing in death,” said Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life.

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Nancy G. Brinker receives Presidential Medal of Freedom Aug. 12, 2009 in WashingtonNancy Goodman Brinker is the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization named for her only sister, Susan, who died from breast cancer in 1980 at age 36. Previously she was US Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2007 to the end of the George W. Bush administration. Brinker is a breast cancer survivor.

For her work on breast cancer research, TIME magazine named the relentless crusader for breast cancer victims to its 2008 list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Calling her “a catalyst to ease suffering in the world,” President Barack Obama honored Brinker with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor on August 12, 2009. via Wiki

We’re uncovering a long history of attempts by the prolife movement to penalize Komen’s support for Planned Parenthood. As recently as last year, Brinker sat on the advisory council for Planned Parenthood of North Texas.

Komen’s decision to drop its support of Planned Parenthood may back fire far worse than they imagined possible. Even many prolife women disapprove of making the totality of women’s health a war zone over abortion. Outraged members of Congress like Colorado’s Rep Diana DeGette, a Democrat issued a statement:

“I don’t see two groups at war with each other,” DeGette said. “I see the Komen Foundation declaring war on women’s health. Planned Parenthood has done everything they’ve been asked to do. And with their own private money, with 3 percent of their services or less, they do abortions, which the last I heard were still legal in this country.”

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said on the House floor that she could no longer support Komen, the charity known for its pink ribbons and products. I have been a big booster of the Susan G. Komen organization,” Speier said. “But not anymore.”

“They’ve really hurt their own cause,” said Judith Waxman, vice president of health and reproductive rights at the National Women’s Law Center, according to The Hill.

She said Komen has alienated part of its fundraising and advocacy base while undermining its core mission — helping fight breast cancer. Planned Parenthood performed about 170,000 breast-cancer screenings over the past five years with Komen funding. Previously, Komen has said that no other organization met the needs of poor women receiving mammograms.


Bill Moyers Interviews John Reed & Byron Dorgan on Big Banks & Government | Davos Misses Its Own Gender Quota

Toni Garrn | Camilla Akrans | Numero #130 February 2012 | ‘Splash’ AOC Private Studio

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Male-dominated: a meeting at this week’s World Economic Forum. Photograph: Jean-Christophe BottIt’s unsettling to think that in the midst of all the world’s problems, and with women like Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and Christine Lagarde demonstrating women’s wisdom in a global crisis that the boys club called Davos can’t fill their own quota system of qualified females to participate in the meeting their own quota system. No wonder the FEMEN women staged a bare breasted protest.

Jane Martinson writes for The Guardian from Davos, for the purpose of seeing if anything has changed since her last visit five years ago. Just 17% of the delegates from the world’s business and political elites are women. Bravo, it’s the highest yet in 40 years, up a whopping 1% from 2011 and just 9% in 2002.

Fine — we all agree that economic issues should dominate the Davos agenda. Is there any point at men will get the notion in their brains that the global empowerment of women is key to solving the world’s economic challenges.

Moyers & Company

Watching How Big Banks are Rewriting the Rules of Our Economy, a conversation with former Citigroup Chairman John Reed and former Senator Byron Dorgan is a real eye-opener. Bill Moyers is back at PBS with a thought-provoking show on the late-90’s merger of Citicorp and Travelers Group and a friendly political and Presidential pen from Clinton that grought down the Glass-Steagall Act.

 … when the meltdown hit, the bank cut more than 50,000 jobs, and the taxpayers shelled out more than $45 billion to save it.
Senator Dorgan tells Moyers, “If you were to rank big mistakes in the history of this country, that was one of the bigger ones because it has set back this country in a very significant way.”

Now, John Reed regrets his role in the affair, and says lifting the Glass-Steagall protections was a mistake.

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Are Stay-At-Home Moms Majority of Cheaters On Ashley Madison? AOC Sensual Rebel

Reviewing other research about women who are adulteresses, married people’s affair website Ashley Madison reported in 2010 that of the 31,427 women who signed up the day after Mother’s Day, 67 percent identified themselves as stay-at-home moms. Take that, social conservatives!!

Activist Rock Star

Camila Vallejo Dowling, vice president of the Student Federation of the University of Chile.. Victor Ruiz Caballero for The New York Times Meet Chilean 23-year-old Ms. Camilla Vallejo Dowling, a young woman on the move for her people. Not well-known in the US, since June “she has led regular street marches of up to 200,000 people through Santiago’s broad avenues — the largest demonstrations since the waning days of the Pinochet regime in the late 1980s. Under her leadership, the mobilization, known as the Chilean Winter, has gained nationwide support; one of its slogans, “We are the 90 percent,” referred to its approval rating in late September.” Read on at the New York Times


Amazon Publishing Eyes Top Authors | 'New Girl' Has 'New Man' & John Wayne Is In Fits | Anjelica Huston Moves On

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The Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore is located in a 13th century Dominican cathedral in the center of Maastricht, Holland.Larry Kirshbaum and Jeff Bezos are in role reversal. 15 years ago Kirshbaum was the powerful head of Time Warner Books Group, and he bought a young online bookseller named Jeff Bezos to an industry party. Today, Bezos and Amazon are titans in the world of book sales, and Larry Kirshbaum heads Amazon Publishing. Acutally, Kirshbaum isn’t heading up Kindle Books.

Last May, Amazon hired the 67-year-old publishing titan to open a bonafide publishing house with the lofty goal of publishing bestselling books by big-name authors.

In interviews, Amazon executives cast their new effort as an experiment in the booming world of e-books, not a plan to displace the Big Six—Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin, Hachette, and Macmillan. “What we’re building is more like an in-house laboratory where authors and editors and marketers can test new ideas,” says Jeff Belle, vice-president of Amazon Publishing and Kirshbaum’s boss. “Success to us means working with authors who want to find new ways to connect with more readers.”

Many people aren’t buying it. Amazon is the 500-pound gorilla poised to out market, out connect, out just about everything the big publishing houses don’t do. Add to the complexity of Amazon publishing best sellers the reality that Amazon is the largest customer of the publishing houses. Game on. More at Businessweek

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Good Magazine shares ‘What New Girl Says About the New Recession-Era Man’, drawn from Fox’s latest commentary on recession-era America. Much straight and psycho talk, too, is devoted to the changing lives of 21st century American women. ‘New Girl’ reminds us that straight men are changing, too. In many cases, they complete the gender reversal of roles and responsibilities — a situation damned by social conservatives.

Workers in the new economy use their personalities and communication skills rather than their hands. They build relationships rather than things. They rely on networking and “teambuilding.” They serve tech support or sandwiches with a smile, not to “customers” but to “guests.” They’re performers, paid not just to stock shelves but to nurture shoppers, not just to sell houses but to sell themselves. Even though workers of all genders are now told to wield these skills, we still associate this kind of work with women; social and emotional labor require the same expertise that caring for elders, heading up a household, and mothering does. The men of New Girl (and men in general) are encountering a new, feminized working world.

Anjelica Huston Moves On

Anjelica Huston, photographed by Cedric Buchet. WSJ Magazine features the life and times of Anjelica Huston, who at 60 and widowed from her husband of 16 years, the artist Robert Graham who died in 2008, expresses a “hard-won clarity about her life”. Huston is living in New York while shooting the new NBC series ‘Smash’, in which she plays a role that suits her. Her character is a producer coping with a marriage now over while fighting with strong convictions to advance her art.