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Catholic Bishops Crack Down on 28% of Women Having Sterilizations After Child Birth | Anti-Dementia Foods

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Trust a woman to bring some pragmatic discussion to the national debate on contraceptive coverage. Writing for TIME, Erika Christakis reminds the nation that taxpayers spend more than $11 billion each year (in 2001 dollars) on costs resulting from unintended pregnancy. That number includes only public insurance costs and not the larger financial burdens of bringing up unwanted children.

Before the nation cuts back on access to birth control as the Catholic bishops demand and candidates like Republican frontrunner Rick Santorum advocate, about half of all pregnancies in America are unintended, says the Guttmacher Institute. By age 45, more than 40% of all American women will have had at least one abortion, a rate twice that of countries in Europe with more liberal abortion laws and widely available contraception.

Knowing that more than half of births to women under 30 now occur outside of marriage — a condition many would like to change for both mother and children, how can Catholic bishops and Republican leaders propose moving against available contraception as outlined by President Obama in his compromise to religious leaders?

To suggest — as the Senate Blount bill proposes — that any moral offence is justification for refusing health care coverage for an employer puts individual employers in charge of employee health care.

And if you believe that sterilizations just might be the answer to end this insanity, the Philadelphia Inquirer writes an in-depth piece that Catholic bishops in the US are also cracking down on sterilzation at the woman’s request — having one’s tubes tied after the birth of a child — denouncing is as “coercive,” “insulting,” “unconstitutional,” “beligerent” and “dangerous.”

New old contraception fight just beginning Digital Journal

Right Wingers Go Wild Against Women Around the Country Daily Beast

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Avoiding Dementia

Psychology Today reminds us in ‘How to Save Your Brain’ that fighting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older age is heavily impacted by lifestyle decisions throughout our entire life.

Scientists attribute the debilitating disorder to the gradual accumulation between brain cells of a toxic protein, beta-amyloid, that blocks the transmission of information from cell to cell, wipes out synapses, and disrupts basic neuron function, leading to cell death. Inflammatory processes are also involved in memory loss.

The same lifestyle choices that lead people to obesity and heart disease also increase the likelihood that one will suffer from dementia. Every food choice that we make in life can impact our brains later on. Anti-inflammatory foods that work as deterrents to dementia include:

1. Dark chocolate with low sugar but high cocoa content

2. Red wine

3. Clams and other seafood rich in B12

4. Asparagus

5. Wild salmon and other oily fish

6. Walnuts high in omega-6

7. Cherries and blueberries, raspberries and strawberries

8. Tumeric which contains curcumin; ginger is a close cousin

9. Apple for quercetin; capers and red onion are also excellent sources


Kickstarter: Chelsea Rose's Earth Goddess Body Art & Photography Expedition

In Chelsea Rose’s own words:

My “Earth Goddess” body art photography series expresses the sacred and powerful qualities contained within the female body, mind and spirit and works to expose the powerful relationship between women and Mother Earth. Nowadays women are bombarded by pop culture’s destructive and disfiguring definitions of female beauty, strength, and spirituality. Modern society is quick to discredit the sacredness and power of the earth as well as the female sex and their ties to nature’s cycles. My art series challenges these views and cultural missteps with a series of stark, black and white photographs that elevate women to their true goddess status through the use of intricate body paintings. In these photos, women of all age, body type, and ethnicity stare back at the viewer, clothed only in the spirally woad of my body paint, enmeshed in the infinite wilds of deep forest, craggy sea shore, rock cliffs and more.

With your help I can gather the funds that will allow my models and I to safely explore, travel, lodge and create in remote, wild and amazingly beautiful locations. If my funding goal is met I aim to photograph my hand painted models in the snowy heights of Mount Hood, the primordial rain forests of Washington, the mystical rocky shores of the pacific north west, the soothing sights of the Columbia river gorge, the rocky red deserts of eastern Oregon and much more.

Read on at Kickstarter. AOC has contributed to this project and we urge readers to give a mere $5 to jumpstart this important art initiative and keep it going. Chelsea is asking for a mere $1000 to support the very real expenses of making her art.


Santorum Says Obama Walks to "Different Theology" & Will Demand Woman Priests As Affirmative Action

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Archbishop Timothy Michael Dolan of New York was elevated to cardinal on Saturday at the Vatican.via the New York Times

From his throne under the soaring dome designed by Michelangelo, Benedict received the men one by one, as they climbed the steps to the altar that lies over the grave of St. Peter and knelt before the 84-year-old pope.

The pope bestowed a blessing on each man and gave them the red silk square-ridged hats, called birettas, that signify princes of the church. The scarlet color, he told the men in a quiet but steady voice, signifies a “readiness to act with courage, even to the shedding of your blood, for the increase of the Christian faith.”

Santorum Says Obama Agenda Not Biblical

Speaking Saturday in Columbus, Ohio Republican candidate Rick Santorum challenged the President of the United States’ Christian beliefs saying that Barack Obama’s policies are motivated by a “different theology”.

Obama’s agenda is “not about you. It’s not about your quality of life. It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology,” Santorum told supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement at a Columbus hotel. via Chicago Tribune

Refusing to back down from his assertions that Obama’s values run against those of Christianity, Santorum continued at a press conference saying:

“He is imposing his values on the Christian church. He can categorize those values anyway he wants. I’m not going to,” Santorum told reporters.

Santorum’s Gospel of Inequality

IHT columnist Charles M. Blow asks if Rick Santorum is coming unhinged. Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club on Thursday, the Republican candidate said there was always income equality in America, then continued: “… and, hopefully, and I do say that, there always will be (income inequality).” Santorum didn’t address the dramatic increase in income inequality in America in the last 30 years.

Last week, he said that the president was arguing that Catholics would have to “hire women priests to comply with employment discrimination issues.”

We hadn’t considered that idea before now.

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The Republican War on Women

Tobias Barrington Wolff is a professor of constitutional law and civil procedure at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He joins the sky-rocketing Google news search citations using the term “Republican War on Women.” AOC is proud that we were among the first to call the Republican assault on women’s rights for what it is.

Addressing the passage of a Virginia law requiring not an external sonogram but a vaginal probe, done without a woman’s consent as part of getting a legal abortion in Virginia, Wolff writes:

I am a man who believes in coalition politics. The strength of a people is measured not solely by their ability to advance their own interests but also by their success in joining with allied communities in mutual support and solidarity. We become better people and more effective advocates when we show up for other people’s issues. My strong support for the rights of women is an expression of that philosophy.

This Virginia legislation, however, is not a matter of coalition politics. Every person who has a body should view this law as a direct assault. So, too, should every person who believes that women are human beings.

The Virginia situation gets worse. As part of the Republican argument for Occupy Vagina, State Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock) called abortion a ‘lifestyle convenience’.  writes Huff Po

As to the law’s dubious constitutionality, Gilbert’s view is well known. Women already made the decision to be “vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant.”


Planned Parenthood & PR Gods

Writing for Huffington Post, David Meadvin argues that the fallout over the Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood controversy could enhance the Planned Parenthood brand, as Komen’s dims. It’s hard to argue with the hypothetical that 30 years of Komen credibility was “wiped out in 48 astonishing hours”.  How Komen regains its credibility will unfold in the coming months.

Meadvin makes the larger argument that Komen gave Planned Parenthood a tremendous opportunity to communicate its real identity as a women’s health care provider and not essentially an abortion provider. Abortions are 3 percent of PP’s services and about 10 percent of revenue. Planned Parenthood raised several million dollars in the Komen fight. Determination to kill the organization has never been stronger among Republicans and male-dominated religious organizations. A national ad campaign that educates open ears to the range of Planned Parenthood services — often the only services available to poor women in these communities — seems to be a positive step forward for such an important American organization for women.

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‘Orpheus’ by Jo Thorne | The Creatives

AOC Private Studio

Chantal Stafford-Abbott | Enrique Badulescu | Marie Claire US March 2012 | ‘She Sells Seashells’

Gonzalo Alipaz | Reflex Magazine | ‘Third Kind Possession’

Iselin Steiro | Hedi Slimane | Vogue Russia March 2012

AOC Style

Joan Smalls, Liu Wen, Kasia Struss, Karolina Kurkova, Fei Fei Sun and Cara Delevinge | Peter Lindbergh | Vogue US March 2012 | Vision Quest

Natalia Vodianova | Mario Testino | Vogue US March 2012 | Testino Royale

Aymeline Valade, Frida Gustavsson & Caroline Trentini | Craig McDean | Vogue US March 2012

Sun Feifei | Emma Summerton | Vogue Italia February 2012 | Smart and Stylish

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SN Living

Raquel Zimmermann | Patrick Demarchelier | Vogue US March 2012 | Fantasy League

Annabella Barber | Jamie Nelson | Madame Germany March 2012 | ‘Cool Glam’

Joan Smalls | Daniel Sannwald | Pop Magazine Spring 2012 Covers

Ella Kandyba | Rafael Stahelin | Harper’s Bazaar UK March 2012 | Diamond Cowgirl

Lindsay Ellingson | Victoria’s Secret Spring 2012 | Hi Gorgeous

Chanel Iman | Thomas Nutzi | Marie Claire US March 2012 | Bloom Town

Hanne Gaby Odiele & Ming Xi | Tommy Ton | Harper’s Bazaar US March 2012 | Street-Smart

Bambi Northwood-Blyth | Richard Burbridge | Harper’s Bazaar US March 2012 | Under the Sea

Kori Richardson | Tesh | Marie Claire US March 2012 | Glam Dandy

Ralph Lauren F/W 2012 Accessories Collection

Gwen Loos | Terry Tsiolis | Elle US March 2012 | The Beale World

Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Magdalena Frackowiak, Maryna Linchuk & Lily Aldridge | Victoria’s Secret Swim 2012 Catalogue

AOC Body

VS Stylist Says Kate Upton Is Too Fat

Reading along, I’ve changed my mind. Forget the Advil. Please bring me a Bombay Sapphire martini straight up. I don’t believe this crap. The Gloss does not exaggerate.