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Wednesday
Jan182012

Evolutionary Multi-Cellularity Gap Explained | Brazil President Dilma Rousseff 72% Approval | Anne Sinclair @ Huff Po France

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Anne Sinclair and husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn‘Le Huffington Post’ French edition, launching in partnership with the newspaper Le Monde, will be led by Anne Sinclair, the well-known TV journalist in France and wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Under her new title of ‘editorial director’, Sinclair told Elle France, via the New York Times:

‘‘I am very happy to resume my career, amid the euphoria of taking part in something new. I think I still have something to bring to the profession.’’ 

Sinclair is a wealthy heiress, formerly the host of a popular television interview program during the 1980s and ’90s. She gave up her position in 1997 when Mr Strauss-Kahn became finance minister of France.

‘‘I am neither a saint nor a victim,’’ Sinclair told Elle, when asked about her continuing support for her husband, who is under fire still for his sexual laisons . ‘‘I am a free woman.’’

‘‘Unconditional support does not exist,’’ she added. ‘‘One supports if one has decided to support. Nobody knows what happens in a private relationship, and I deny anyone the right to judge mine. I am comfortable with my decisions, my actions, I made them independently.’’

Year One Dilma Rousseff

With an approval rating of 72 percent, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff proved that “a technocrat who never worked as an elected official coule step out of her predecessor’s shaw and achieve success on her own terms.”

Dilma Rousseff has strengthened ties with the United States and was the first woman to address the opening session of the United Nations. Read on at Americas Society - Council of the Americas

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Huge Evolutionary Understanding

Yeast. (Credit: © Dmitry Knorre / Fotolia)In what could be a truly memorable cup of coffee, postdoctoral researcher Will Ratcliff and associate professor Michael Travisano, both from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, chatted that bridging the famous multi-cellularity gap would be “just about the coolest thing we could do.”

Evolutionary biologists have long wondered how more than 500 million years ago, single-celled organisms on Earth’s surface begann forming multicellular clusters that ultimately became plants and animals.

Deciding to pursue the question, the two scientists found the answer in their first experiment, writes Science Daily.

“To understand why the world is full of plants and animals, including humans, we need to know how one-celled organisms made the switch to living as a group, as multicelled organisms,” said Sam Scheiner, program director in the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Division of Environmental Biology. “This study is the first to experimentally observe that transition, providing a look at an event that took place hundreds of millions of years ago.”

NEW | Anne’s OMG! Ultimate Hyprocrisy!

Today’s hypocrisy nuggets that left Anne Speechless: Get the details

Ga State Rep Kip wants all Georgia welfare recipients to take a drug test. Alas, Kip was arrested last week, driving his fast-moving Jaguar through a red light. Denying that he had been drinking at breakfast time, Kip failed the ‘intoximeter’ test, the ‘walk and turn test’ and standing on one leg.

Rick Santorum’s Iowa coalitions director Jamie Johnson, sent out a June email saying an American female president would harm children. The Des Moines Register outlined ‘Nine reasons Michele Bachmann’s campaign fizzled. #5 reason: Sexism among some conservatives.

The question then comes, ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will, … to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’ ” Johnson’s email said.

Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R) threw his hat into Virginia’s senate race yesterday, educating Anne on his views that God punished women who have had abortions by giving them disabled children. Still reeling from yesterday’s revelation of Karen Santorum’s 5-6 year live-in relationship with an abortion doctor, Anne asks if Marshall really means to suggest that …

This is NotCot’s landing page today, a tribute to the many websites participating in the anti-SOFA “defend our freedom to share” the Internet day. The way NotCot is organized, we can’t send you to a replication of this screenshot image. But this SOPA link on NotCot brings up a host of participating organizations.

Monday
Jan162012

Can Criegee Biradicals Fight Global Warming? | Israel Debates Role of Women | Map Of Biblical Israel? | Callista Profiled

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If you think it’s only in Saudi Arabia where men and women can’t mix, you’re wrong. Many Israelis also seek to segregate women from men in an Israel that increasingly turns against secularism and women’s rights.

The New York Times writes in Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women that professor Channa Maayan confronted the reality of a new Israel when she was recently awarded a prize for her book on hereditary diseases common to Jews.

Respecting the fact that the crowd would be mixed from ultra-orthodox to secular Jews, Channa Maayan wore a long-sleeve top and a long skirt. But it was not enough. No one was prepared for the next event — not even us reading this article.

Simply stated, Channa Maayan was not allowed to accept her own prize for scholarship, because in Israel — a country that receives how much foreign aid from America? — she was no longer permitted on stage. Maayan was instructed to have a male colleague accept her prize.

At a time when there is no progress on the Palestinian dispute, Israelis are turning inward and discovering that an issue they had neglected — the place of the ultra-Orthodox Jews — has erupted into a crisis.

And it is centered on women.

Is There A Map of Biblical Israel?

No, writes Rachel Havrelock in ‘Where Exactly Is Biblical Israel? for Huff Po. The always-assured Israeli prime minister Netanyahu, along with the strident voices of Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential election make it sound as if the Old Testament or the Torah leaves no doubt as to the location of Biblical Israel.

Citing Joshua chapter 15, verse 63, Havrelock writes that it’s very possible that a regional federation of the tribes of Israel overlapped and coexisted with locals — the very vision of disputed Israeli lands held by more secular Israelis.

Right-wing religious groups, whether Israeli or Palestinian, aspire to rule all of “Biblical Israel” or “Historic Palestine.” In truth, these maps result from British colonialism and not from religious tradition. Religious ideas about this land are, in fact, more fluid, more flexible, and more accepting of the different peoples who live within its uncertain borders.

Nude in the Dead Sea

We don’t know if Spencer Tunick shot the new Playboy logo ad, featuring naked women displayed Turnick style. But our search inquires uncovered major details of the controversial photographer’s fall 2011 Israeli Naked Sea — Spencer Tunick’s Dead Sea Installation. It was the first Tunick installation in the Middle East, part of a tourism initiative to (unsuccessfully) include the Dead Sea as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Read on at Sensuality News

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Written in 2010, Anne’s Does ‘I Have a Dream’ Need Redefinition? rings as true today as two years ago. In light of First Lady Michelle Obama’s angry black woman charge against Jodi Kantor’s new book, we are reminded again of just how badly America is stuck in the mud on racial & women’s issues. Anne’s new MLK birthday reflection will incorporate and expand on the thoughts expressed in this 2010 essay. Now, we encourage readers to listen to Dr. King’s great speech.

Global Cooling Solution?

Credit: © Sergey Tokarev / FotoliaIn a potentially impressive possibility for attacking global warming, scientists have shown that a newly-discovered molecule in the Earth’s atmosphere may move to the front of the line in the fight against environmental destruction.

Called Criegee biradicals, these molecules are powerful oxidisers of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Read on at Science Daily.

Callista Gingrich Gets Her Man

The New Yorker asks in ‘The Good Wife’: Can Callista Gingrich save her husband?

In the unlikely event that Callista Gingrich did become First Lady, she would be unusually well suited for the position. She is good with children, bending down to touch their hands in Manchester, hoisting them onto her lap to meet her elephant at Mount Vernon. She told me that if she were First Lady she would focus on promoting music education—precisely the kind of uncontroversial passion that plays well with everyone, like Laura Bush’s crusade against illiteracy. She has an old-fashioned politeness that borders on primness, and she ends many interactions with the words “God bless.” Throughout his political career, Newt Gingrich has tried to summon voters’ nostalgia for a bygone and probably imaginary America; he has spoken longingly of the kind of small Midwestern town where “a lot of Norman Rockwell still exists.” Callista is from that place.

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Aurelie Claudel | Asa Tallgard | Elle Russia February 2012

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Hanna Wahmer | Satoshi Saikusa | Vogue Gioiello Winter 2011 | Iceland Queens

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Xiao Wen & Grace Gao | Stockton Johnson | Vogue China February 2012

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DFR Travel

In Switzerland, the 104 year old Berghotel Muottas Muragl has been completely renovated! The transformation called for the hotel to double in size, but with that, it was a massive goal of the architects and the hotel owners, Romantik Hotels, to reduce the energy consumption and create the first “plus-energy” hotel in the Alps. “This was achieved by insulating the building to be in sync with the latest insulation standards (Swiss “Minergie” ecological label) and by generating renewable energy from five different sources,” the architects explained. The post renovation energy strategy led to an impressive 64% decrease in energy consumption! via KNSTRCT

Tuesday
Jan032012

The Battle for Women's Bodies Is Full Steam Ahead | Sanja Iveković's MOMA 'Sweet Violence' | Meryl Poster @ Weinstein

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(Ultra-Orthodox men, wearing uniforms like those worn by Jews during the holocaust, take part in a protest against what they called oppression of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood December 31, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner)A little-noticed story got our attention yesterday. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators provoked outrage and condemnation on Sunday by dressing children as Holocaust victims and making one boy wearing a centerpiece of the protest against devout Jews seeking gender separation in Israel. 

His hands were raised in surrender and a yellow Star of David inscribed with “Jude,” Jew, in German, was sewn on his jacket. The image mimicked a memorable photo of a terrified Jewish boy during a roundup in the Nazi-occupied Warsaw Ghetto in World War Two. “Nazis, Nazis,” some of the protesters shouted at police.

Writing at that moment a response to Bro. Dennis’ recent 2Ps in a Pod post about loving our bodies as a temple, Anne turned course, asking how a modestly-dressed eight-year-old girl who is called a whore on her way to school can grow up with a positive self-image.

A core premise of Anne of Carversville is the insatiable need of men to control women’s bodies in every aspect — from flogging 40,000 women a year in Sudan for inappropriate dress to setting 100,000 women on fire a year in India in a practice called “bride-burning”.

Anne has written before on all roads in global politics leading to Jerusalem, where crazy men — Jews, Christian and Muslim — will torch the world in the name of God.

Update in Israel

Ultra-Orthodox extremism is a reaction to growing reform in the community Haaretz (Israel)

Yocheved Horowitz by Michal Fattal

One ultra-Orthodox woman who did not stay silent Haaretz (Israel)

Yocheved Horowitz had considered protesting for a long time. “I wanted to signal to the extremists, and not only on buses, that women are not hefker” [literally “ownerless property,” though in this context meaning expendable]. “Of course I was scared at first. The Haredim don’t like things like this. They fear having their name and image publicized. I was afraid of what people would say, especially my family. But I went with my truth and I knew that without a name the act would be less credible, and so I decided to go public.”

Horowitz views the extremist Sicarii campaign in Beit Shemesh, who made headlines last week after grown men spat at an 8-year-old girl whom they believed was not dressed modestly enough, as a gross misinterpretation of the Torah. “The Sicarii are insane, and I don’t even consider them religious. Lately everything has become forbidden, and I think that’s extremist and twisted.”

Haredi women resent intrusion into their sphere The Jerusalem Post

From Anne:

Controlling Women’s Bodies Is a Fight to the Finish

Drawing a Line in Lubna’s Sand, Saying ‘No More’ to the Growing, Global Erosion of Women’s Rights in the Name of Any Man’s Religion

Placebo Effect Update

The Wall Street Journal visits the amazing effect of placebos across a wide range of treatments for medical conditions. One factoid caught our eye, a reference to ghrelin levels as related to dieters and food consumption.

Last week’s New York Times in-depth The Fat Trap references ghrelin levels being 20% higher among weight losers. The focus of the article was on the difficulty of not regaining weight. Writer Tara Parker-Pope presented raised ghrelin levels as hormonal and biological, perhaps a reflection of the body’s concern about starvation.

This new article from WSJ slants the question differently, suggesting that perhaps the mind — a preoccupation with food and hunger so often associated with weight loss — also triggers ghrelin levels. If we believe we’re not getting enough food, our body responds accordingly.

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Lady Rosa of Luxembourg.by Sanja Iveković.The goddess on her huge pedestal (Lady Rosa of Luxembourg, 2001) is the work of Sanja Iveković. A regal and pregnant Nike, she rules over New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s central atrium in Iveković’s MoMA retrospective “Sweet Violence,” (on view through March 26).

Capital New York writes:

Iveković’s body of work stretches across drawing, photography, film, video, and performance, and largely examines the interlacing of the personal and the political. She is also—famously—the first Croatian artist to declare herself and her art feminist. Conceptual projects based on photo-collage and -montage like Double Life (1975-76), a series which pairs personal photographs of Iveković and magazine ads mirroring the gestures or appearances, probe how representations of the lives of women may determine the lives of women. The ads usually post-date the photographs, vexing the issue of causality further.

Meryl Poster Fashionable TV

Meryl Poster @ The Weinstein Co.WWD in-depths Meryl Poster, president of television for The Weinstein Co. Having previously worked for Harvey and Bob Weinstein at Miramax Films for 16 years, Poster is back.

Her list of shows she’s producing includes “Project Runway All Stars,” which makes its debut on Thursday on Lifetime Television; “Project Accessory,” which wrapped up Dec. 22; “Project Runway,” which will begin its 10th season in June; “Mob Wives,” whose second season premiered Sunday and has already been renewed for a third season on VH1, and “The Nanny Diaries,” which she is producing with Ryan Seacrest for ABC.

Progressive Theater Politics?

From left: Hamish Linklater, Alan Rickman, Lily Rabe, Hettienne Park and Jerry O’Connell in “Seminar” at the Golden Theater. Sara Krulwich/The New York TimesOn the one hand female playwrights historically haven’t found Broadway welcoming but this season is an exception, writes the New York Times. Along with a darkly comic one-act from the veteran Elaine May, Katori Hall and Lydia R. Diamond are making their Broadway debuts, and Theresa Rebeck, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has her second Broadway production to date, the comedy “Seminar,” now at the Golden Theater.

Ms Rebeck’s ‘Seminar” begins with the line “Boys, boys, boys!” but promotes is own “insidious glass celing’ writes Claudia La Rocco.

In other plays, Ms. Rebeck has exposed cultural hypocrisies among the so-called enlightened, and true to her modus operandi, “Seminar” trades in stereotypes. At least there is a Kate to argue with Leonard — in sharp contrast to another current Broadway production, Woody Allen’s “Honeymoon Motel,” one of three frivolous one-acts in “Relatively Speaking,” which, like “Seminar,” celebrates the true (male) writer-artist and rewards him with a much-younger blonde. Ms. May’s “George is Dead” presents even drearier depictions of women, but the playlets as a whole are such offensive throwbacks, it seems petty to quibble with how any one group is treated.

Read on in this provocative critique: Women Playwrights and Gender Stereotypes on Broadway.

From Anne:

Are Women Actually Talking ‘Sexism’ After All These Years?

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Dakota Fanning | David Slijper | Elle UK January 2012 | Dakota will see you now…

Bambi Northwood Blyth | Natasha Alaverdian | Harper’s Bazaar Russia January 2012

Alice Dellal | Philippe Kliot | Vogue Brazil December 2011 | Grande Família

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Sam Pinto | Majoy Siason | FHM Philippines December 2011

Jacob DeKat & Prince Chenoa | Lovecat Kittens of 2012 Calendar

Alessandra, Emanuela, Evandro+ | Michael Roberts | Vogue Brazil December 2011 | ‘Coquetel de Cores’

Ali | Roberto d’Este | Grazia Italia January 2012 | Let’s Party

Du Juan | Trunk Xu | Vogue China January 2012 | Creative Sky

Monika Sawicka | Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer | Vogue Germany January 2012 | Feeling Frühling

Julia Lescova | Mark Sarco | FHM Russia January 2012

Ursula Corbero | Toni Torres | FHM Spain January 2012

Lad Language

British Lad Mags Quotes Score Worse Than Talk Of Real Rapists

This verbiage is also from one of the magazines: ‘A girl may like anal sex because it makes her feel incredibly naughty and she likes feeling like a dirty slut. If this is the case, you can try all sorts of humiliating acts to help live out her filthy fantasy.’ By contrast, here is a convicted rapist discussing his crime: ‘There’s a certain way you can tell that a girl wants to have sex … They way they dress, they flaunt themselves.’

Dr Peter Hegarty, of the University of Surrey’s Psychology Department, added: “There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalises the treatment of women as sexual objects. We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people.  But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalise views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?”

In both studies, one asking a coed group to rank the comments in terms of derogatory nature and the other by self-identification, the lad mags were scored worse than the statements of rapists.

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The idea originated from Elan, one of Coco Cafés founders.  Developed in service of his ambitious lifestyle of recreation and work, Elan needed a healthy form of recovery and subsequent energy boost.He essentially stumbled upon the decadent combination of hydrating coconut water and invigorating espresso on the way to one of his mother’s early morning yoga classes.  Required to recover each morning from late nights out on the town, long business trips, and grueling hours at the job, the first brew of Coco Café was born.

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