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Saturday
Jun092012

In America's 13 Colonies, Catholic Bishops Had Little Religious Freedom | 'Documenta' Opens in Kassel, Germany

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Anne is reading …

About 200 people rallied in Philadelphia on Friday, demanding that the federal government stop what they perceive to be “morally offensive” health-care regulations. The protest — part of 150 rallies in America yesterday under the banner “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” — had symbolic meaning due to its location at Independence Hall, home of the Liberty Bell.

America’s Catholic bishops seek to define religious freedom as a series of right that permit them to reject a wide range of civic and government-protected liberties. Increasingly, the bishops demand a form of national theocracy, one that subordinates the rights of citizens and in particular, women citizens.

At issue yesterday is the Obama contraception mandate compromise, a decision that has ripped the Catholic Church in two.

Catholics stood proudly yesterday, embracing the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia as their symbol of religious freedom. In fact, when America was founded, Catholics were a tiny minority in the original 13 colonies. The first federal census of 1790 found America to have 3,939,000 citizens, with about 25,000 Catholics in residence.

In all but three of the original 13 original colonies, “Catholics were the subject of penal measures of one kind or another”,  writes Dr. Marian T. Horvat.

British settlers had no love of the Catholic Church in the least, fearing the very kind of theocracy in America that the Catholic bishops now propose. A theocracy is NOT what the founding fathers had in mind for America. Most of them were deists, believing in a more abstract infusion of spirituality throughout the universe. Turning to the 2010 book ‘America’s Four God’, the founding fathers believed in god #4.

‘Documenta’ in Kassel, Germany

The Daily Beast author Blake Gopnik writes that Kassel, Germany makes Peoria seem like Paris. The city may be no great shakes, but twice a decade for the past 57 years, Kassel’s Documenta festival is home to the world’s culturati.

This edition’s creative director is American Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who has worked mostly in Europe, has a passion for apples. Writes Gopnik:

For me, knowledge of Documenta’s world begins, as it should, with an apple. Or rather 372 of them, of every variety, meticulously drawn over many decades by a German priest and activist named Korbinian Aigner, who bred fruit while interned by the Nazis at Dachau. Packed onto two walls at Documenta, this nonartist’s apples, drawn in color and pretty much at life size, stand for artistry at the service of fact, a crucial constellation in Christov-Bakargiev’s cosmos.

The curator’s apple obsession, expresses itself in a bottle of apple juice offered to the press free of charge, inscribed with her name as its creator and with an allegorical label by the American artist Jimmie Durham.

The tart significance of said apple label isn’t lost on us at AOC. After all, in Latin the word apple means evil. Read on in AOC Sensual Rebel:Mysteries of the Garden of Eden’ | History Channel | In Latin Apple Means Evil.

Friday
Jun082012

Does Erykah Badu 'Flaming Lips' Video Speak A Universal Truth? | A Hustle Is A Hustle

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Erykah Badu, ‘The Flaming Lips’

At AOC we’re thinking carefully and closely about Erykah Badu’s dramatic and unsettling video with Wayne Coyne, a video that Erykah says violated the vision laid out to her and also one that was released with getting her approval on either the images of the lyrics, in a violation of her contract. Wayne Coyne doesn’t disagree.

In a long Facebook post, referenced by Think Progress, Erykah writes:

You showed me a concept of beautiful tasteful imagery( by way of vid text messages). I trusted that. I was mistaken…You begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But Out of RESPECT for you and the artist you ‘appear’ to be, I Didn’t wanna kill your concept , wanted u to at least get it out of your head . After all, u spent your dough on studio , trip to Dallas etc.. Sooo, I invited Nayrok , my lil sis and artist, who is much more liberal ,to be subject of those other disturbing (to me ) scenes .

In terms of its artistry, I feel an honesty in the video that transcends the prurient interests of the Penthouse, Hustler crowd. The undercurrent of bloody, historical violence, rape and assault against black women comes through loud and clear with Wayne Coyne’s visuals and other sound effects.

The video is honest in terms of its confrontation. There is extreme beauty in Erykah Badu’s body and how she uses it in water. And there is violence and the suggestion of a participatory submission. Yes, that is unsettling but I lived through this unsettling issue of female submission last fall with a young woman I was ‘sponsoring’ artistically.

Watching her female vision move into the direction of submission and bondage — while she blamed feminism for the problems between men and women — I, too, felt violated. Of course I supported this young woman exercising her artistic rights, but when I am committed to ending the flogging of 40,000 women a year in Sudan, how could she promote this vision of the natural submission of women in my digital house. Now she’s into Japanese rope bondage, leaving me finished with her artistry for good.

I’m inspired to think further and write more on ‘The Flaming Lips’. There’s a truthfulness to this video that is searing.  ~Anne

A Hustle Is A Hustle

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin AOC Sensual Rebel

I understand the deep provocation of Erykah Badu’s controversial video and the juxtaposition of my Sensual Rebel column from yesterday.

Regular Sensual Rebel readers know that I suffered deep pain this winter, trying to help a Cathlic monk and his mission in Massachusetts. After warning him repeatedly that our collaboration would never fly, I agreed to write our 2 Ps in a Pod blog and promote his skin cream. The experience was devastating on every possible level for me, as I was judged by members of his flock and finally thrown completely onto the street by possible investors as a harlot. I can only say that I hope he got his money.

 …  Bro. Dennis asked me to remember him in my will a couple weeks after we began talking. I found that odd — given the small time we had known each other.  He told me I was like a true sister, a woman like so few he had known in life — and I believed his words because they were the first kind words about me from the Catholic boys club in decades. It’s been all downhill for me since Father Ben sided with the sexual predator who violated me as a young woman, and denied me communion as punishment for my sins.

At the end of the day, I was hustled and preyed upon by Bro. Dennis just as Badu says she was hustled. She participated in her hustle, as I participated in mine. Being artists, we seek men we can believe in. Often, the mission goes dreadfully wrong — yet there is a lesson there for learning. ~ Anne

Friday
May252012

Fiscal Plunge of New York Times Financial Fortunes | Will Chaos at Vatican Make A Pink Smoke Bonfire?

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Anne is reading …

Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty (Sulzberger, Robinson); Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine (all backgrounds). Illustration by John Ritter.In an astounding new low for American journalism, Fox News top guy Roger Ailes called New York Times reporters a “lying bunch of scum” and the Times itself a “cess pool of bias” in a speech to journalism students at Ohio University last week.

Clearly, those comments hit way below the belt — a real kick in the balls if you will — coming at Ochs-Sulzberger family members who control the New York Times and chairman/publisher Arthur Sulzberger, who leads the organization. 

Joe Hagan’s New York Magazine in-depth expose on the New York Times organization is more gentile but equally high-impact.

At the center of Hagan’s story is former Times CEO Janet Robinson who abruptly left the organization last December with a $24 million payout that represented half the company’s dismal profits for 2011. Writing ‘A New York Times Whodunnit’, this in-depth piece interviews more than 30 people intimately familiar with the Times business, but always off the record.

Who slew Times CEO Janet Robinson? Was it Arthur Sulzberger’s new girl friend? The advertising market? The frustrated web guru? Or the ambitious Sulzberger cousin?

It’s impossible to ignore the romantic entanglements: Robinson and Sulzberger as the platonic power couple ‘married’ to the Times empire. Yet the publisher was ‘available’ after separating from his wife in 2008.

When Sulzberger met Claudia Gonzalez, he fell hard and remains a man very much in love, writes Hagan. In the midst of Janet Robinson’s fall publicity tour to promote the Times, Capital New York picked up a story on the new romance from Mexico’s Quién calling Gonzalez “the Mexican woman who moves the New York Times.

Writing about Robinson, Hagan writes a not so pretty picture, saying that she earned a reputation for “ruthlessness” and pushing out anyone who was disloyal. 

By 1999, one of Robinson’s most trusted protégés was a woman named Jyll Holzman, whom she had plucked from the magazine world and elevated to senior vice-president for advertising  … During a period of tension between the newsroom and the advertising division, the Times’ then–deputy managing editor, John Geddes, represented the news and Holzman the advertising side. Robinson believed Holzman was championing their cause—until she discovered that Holzman had begun dating Geddes.

In a stunning admission of just how financially unsuccessful the Times organization has become uner the Robinson-Sulzberger union, the once wide-ranging media empire of newspapers, TV stations, websites and a baseball team worth almost $7 billion is now two newspapers and a website valued at less than $1 billion. 

It almost makes one nervous that family members could vote a buyout by Ruperb Murdoch, if the price is high enough.

FRN Pope Under Pressure

Paolo Gabriele rides in the “Popemobile” with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square in March 2011. via CNNVatican Denies Cardinal in Heist

CNN reports today that Pope Benedict XVI’s spokesman denied today that a cardinal or a woman were being investigated for potentially devasting leaks, along with the pope’s butler Paolo Gabriele, who remains “imprisoned” at the Vatican and formally charged with “aggravated theft for allegedly stealing private documents.”

Last month, the Vatican gave Cardinal Julian Herranz a “pontifical mandate” to uncover the source of hundreds of personal letters and confidential documents that have been released to Gianluigi Nuzzi, an Italian journalist and author of “Sua Santita,” a book that translates to “His Holiness” and includes the documents.

National Catholic Reporter reports that Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi resigned last week. Tedeschi, along with the bank’s general director Paolo Cipriani has been under investigation for alleged money laundering.

Nuns Convene in DC

Women march in support of Catholic nuns Wednesday near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York via CNNAmerica’s largest group of Catholic nuns will meet for three days in Washington this week to draft a response to the Vatican’s reprimand that they group embraces “radical feminist themes.’

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious “plans to move slowly, not rushing to judgment” when the group’s 21-member board meets Tuesday, writes CNN

“The board will conduct its meeting in an atmosphere of prayer, contemplation and dialogue and will develop a plan to involve LCWR membership in similar processes,” the group said in a statement. “We will engage in dialogue where possible and be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We ask your prayer for us and for the Church in this critical time.”

It’s expected that there will be no major announcements this week. Rather the sisters are expected to prepare a plan that will be reviewed by their entire membership in August.

CNN senior Vatican analyst and senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter John Allen says the nuns could do one of three options this week: they could go along with the Vatican’s demands; they might offer to work and negotiate with the Vatican in an effort to promote dialogue or the nuns coud say “we’re not going to play ball and we’re going to walk away.”

The last option would involve disbanding the LCWR.

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

The documentary Pink Smoke Over the Vatican (featured above) will screen June 2, 2012 in Lexington, Ky;June 7, 2012 in Albany, NY and June 22 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Florence Welch | Tesh | Marie Claire US June 2012 | Rock Goddess

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Olivia Palermo | David Burton | Elle France May 2012 | Beauty Queen

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Alyssa Miller, Anouck Lepere, Christina Kruse, Constance Jablonski + | Yelena Yemchuk | TAR | Retro Pin-ups

Sara Sampaio | Xavi Gordo | Elle Spain June 2012 | Verano a la Habana

Eniko Mihalik | Glen Luchford | Vogue China June 2012 | ‘Natural Lines’

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Jessica Hart | Benny Horne | Maison Scotch “Été Blanc” | ‘Summer Essentials’

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