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Tuesday
Jun042013

Senate Showdown Over Military Assaults | Marijuana Arrest Rates Target Blacks | Komen Cancels 2014 Races

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Military leaders agreed on the need to do more to prevent sexual assaults while resisting any and all attempts to institute reforms, including removing the handling of sexual assault cases from the chain of command.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the sexual assaults “like a cancer” in the military. But he said only the commanders — who resulted in a 1% conviction rate in last years’ estimated 26,000 sexual assaults — can change it.

“Not every single commander necessarily wants women in the force. Not every single commander believes what a sexual assault is. Not every single commander can distinguish between a slap on the ass and a rape because they merge all of these crimes together,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

Frustration among the senators was obvious in a unified group of seven women senators from both parties. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, a Navy veteran of Vietnam, said he could no longer give his unqualified support that women are safe in the military. Note that 50% of sexual assault victims are men. Proportionally, women are more likely to be assaulted, representing a much smaller number of service members.

The Washington Post summarizes that “More than 40 senators are sponsors or co-sponsors of the proposals, several of which have overlapping provisions. A bill by Sens. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., would provide any victims with a special military lawyer who would assist them throughout the process. Another, sponsored by Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, would require any service member found guilty of rape or sexual assault receive a minimum punishment of a dismissal or a dishonorable discharge. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced a bill with provisions that require commanders to submit reports of sex-related offenses to more senior officers within 24 hours.”

Drug Use & Drug Arrest By Race

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A major study by the ACLU reports the huge disparity between the number of black Americans and whites arrested for marijuana possession. The report confirms that blacks and whites use marijuana at about the same rates. Among young people ages 18-25, usage rates are higher for whites.

Iowa leads the country, arresting blacks at 8.34 times the rate of whites, while DC arrests blacks at 8.05 times the rate of whites for marijuana possession. Nationally, blacks are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested. Graphs via Washington Post.

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Komen Cancels 2014 Races

Dayna Smith/For The Washington Post - Walkers in the The Komen Global Race for the Cure, an annual run/walk event in Washington, D.C. that raises funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, which was held on the mall near the Washington Monument, May 11, 2013.The Susan G. Komen foundation has cancelled for 2014 its signature 3-Day walk in Washington DC and six other cities: Arizona, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, the Tampa Bay area and San Francisco. 

Komen will continue to host the 3-Day events in 2014 in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Michigan, Philadelphia, San Diego, Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Komen’s annual Race for the Cure in Washington took place a week later. It had fewer participants than in previous years — about 21,000 people, down from 27,000 last year and nearly 40,000 in 2011. The race raised $5 million in 2011, $2 million last year and about $1.5 million this year, although this year’s tally is not final, writes The Washington Post.

Komen has never recovered from the fury caused by founder Nancy Brinker when she unsuccessfully attempted to deny Komen funds to Planned Parenthood. The Komen 3-day events, which requires participants to raise at least $2,300, previously attracted a significant number of Planned Parenthood supporters. 

Avon’s 2014 Walk for Breast Cancer will take place in the same eight cities as this year. They are Houston, Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Charlotte and Santa Barbara, Calif. Avon’s walk in Washington which took place in May raised $4.5 million, compared to $5 million in May.

Despite trademarking the phrase race “for the cure”, Komen gave only 16 percent of the  2011 $472 million raised to research vs the $231 million spent on education and screening. The actual value of mammograms was recently covered by the New York Times in Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer by Peggy Orenstein. 

Tuesday
May142013

Angelina Jolie Links News of Geneticist Mary-Claire King & New Movie "Decoding Annie Parker" To Her BRCA1 Gene

A new movie “Decoding Annie Parker” will shine a light on the discovery of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that dramatically increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. With Tuesday’s revelation that Angelina Jolie carries the BRCA1 gene, the movie with Helen Hunt playing the geneticist Mary-Claire King is certain to spark interest in the film.

The film will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France this month.

“We knew there were going to be serious obstacles to getting people to watch (the film),” director Steven Bernstein said at the Dallas International Film Festival. “People’s first reaction would be ‘Oh, it’s a film about cancer, I don’t want to see it.’ So we had to get the word out the film was about something bigger than that — although cancer’s a very, very big thing indeed — but it’s something about the human condition that we were trying to express. Something that people could actually come and see and feel uplifted by rather than depressed by.” via NBC News

The opening trailer of the film clearly adds a bit of gender sparing to the story line, with Hunt surrounded by dismissive men who say her theory that there is a defective gene link is poppycock.

Read on in Anne’s Sensual Rebel blog: Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Tied To Mary-Claire King Cancer Research

Monday
Feb062012

The End of Wall Street As We Know It? | Komen Controversy Moves to Stem Cell Research

America lost about a third of its managed honeybee colonies from October 2009 to April 2010. The little-understood event is called colony collapse disorder.

In 2010 Vancouver resident Jon Betz, associated with the Portland nonprofit film production and distribution company Collective Eye Inc. produced ‘Queen of the Sun.’ Among the beekeepers featured were Jacqueline Freeman and Sara Mapelli.

In this opening highlight from the film Mapelli used a queen-bee pheromone to attract 12,000 honey bees, the second time she’s done a honeybee dance. The artist admits to being stung six times while covered in bees to film ‘Queen of the Sun’, although she wasn’t stung at all in her first dance.

Mapelli describes dancing with bees as “magical.”

“It’s a duet,” she said. “We’re working together. It’s a really amazing, meditative experience.” Learn more about Queen of the Sun project on their website. information via The Columbian

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New articles on honey bees

Are Pesticides Behind Massive Bee Collapse? Discovery 1-11-12

Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security The Telegraph 2-6-12

Collapsing Honey Bee Colonies: Blame The Parasites? NPR 1-7-12

Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’ The Guardian 1-13-12

Photo: Howard Schatz. An homage to Robert Longo. Model: Michael Scirrotto; Styling by Nikko Kefalas; Grooming by Danielle Cirilli.“There’s no other industry where you could get paid so much for doing so little,” says a former Lehman trader, quoted in this week’s New York Magazine article Is This the End of Wall Street As They Knew It? Paul Volcker agrees. “They made a lot of money trading with each other with doubtful public benefit.”

Mama Mia!

Pamela Druckerman’s new book “Bringing Up Bebe,” catalogs her observations about why French children seem so much better behaved than their American counterparts. We read about Druckerman’s new book via Wall Street Journal.

More DFR Komen News

A few social media types are complaining that the liberal media just won’t let go of the Komen defunding of Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings, and then changing course at the end of last week.

(Please be advised that Komen is denying that this story, launched by LifeNews.com is true. We will know more in the morning.) That’s because we’re just getting started with Komen, now that we know the organization quietly cancelled $12 million in research funding last November, dollars contributed by vast numbers of Americans walking for the cure who embrace stem cell research. Very quietly Komen blowed to social conservatives pressure and big-time leaning by America’s Catholic bishops,  cancelling all breast cancer research grants that used embryonic stem cell research.

America’s top universities like John Hopkins were hit by the change in Komen policy. Let me be clear that AOC’s position is that Komen can donate funds however they wish. But corporate and individual supporters of Komen should be fully informed that Komen no longer supports cutting-edge, breast cancer research. Critics of Komen have long criticized that only about 20% of funds raised really goes for research. And now the amount will drop even further, if Komen refuses to fund the best scientists.

When TIME magazine writes Planned Parenthood vs Komen: New Win in the Culture War, yes this IS what social-media engine looks like and we’re just getting warmed up with Komen. The digging on behalf of women with breast cancer is just beginning, because we don’t like what we see so far.

More Komen-related articles

The Politics of Absolutely Everything Gail Collins for NYT

How a GOP Win Could Spell the End of Reproductive Health for Global Women Michelle Goldberg for Daily Beast

Surprises in Komen-Planned Parenthood dustup: How cancer screening is done and who pays for it The Washington Post

Komen Also Stops Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research Centers LifeNews.com

Catholic Bishop Drops Komen Support Over Planned Parenthood Ties LifeNews.com 7/13/11