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Obama's Lead With Women Widens | Nine Days With Hillary Clinton | Gates Foundation Reinvents the Toilet

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Doutzen Kroes | Mario Sorrenti | Vogue Paris August 2012

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the cover girl of Conde Nast’s Traveler, reinforcing her position as the most globetrotting American secretary of state ever. Hillary shares her thoughts on humanity in words that are music to our ears.

In the modern world, we’re all interdependent, we’re all interconnected. You just can’t say that you’re only going to deal with your own kind of person, or you’re only going to meet your own kind or person, or you’re only going to listen to your own kind of person. That’s not the way the world is going to work. And we’ll either figure out how to be more integrated, or we will disintegrate.

Hillary Clinton will have clocked over a million miles when she steps down as secretary. Writer Devin Doyle says that “traveling with Clinton is like chasing after a woman shot out of a cannon with rocket boosters strapped to her pantsuit”. Keeping up with her is described as “punishing,” “grueling” and “exhausting”.

Clinton guesses that her popularity stems from a combination of factors. For one, she represents the United States, which, “despite all of the criticism and other issues, people still admire.” Another reason is that she went to work for the man against whom she battled fiercely for the presidency and who dealt her a stunning defeat. “They find that just amazing. Why would he ask me and why would I say yes? Because we both love our country and democracy, and in a time of great challenge, people need to commit to their country and to their fellow human beings. I think that resonates with some people,” she says.

We share a video of Secretary Clinton in India, stopping to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who recently defeated 30 years of Communist rule in a state of 91 million in Kolkata. The occasion was the first time an American high official had visited the program focused on combating India’s sex trafficking industry, in which girls are sold into slavery.

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Women Rally Around Obama

New research on the 2012 presidential election shows that President Obama has a commanding lead among women voters, a lead that should increase now that Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate. Mitt’s main guy Paul Ryan is Mr. Sponsor of a federal law mandating unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion and Mr. Sponsor of the same rights for a fertilized egg as for the woman in the voting booth — making the egg more important than she is in reality.

All her independent decisions about even taking certain medications are governed by the needs of her embryo, making her a true incubator machine with no rights of her own to good health.

Here’s the latest polling research, via Jedediah Bila writing on FOX:

On August 7-8 CNN/ORC found that women were voting for Obama (73%) over Romney (44%).

On August 13, The Wall Street/NBC confirmed polling results that Obama leads Romney 54% to 39% among women. Among college-educated women, the president leads 63%-32%. (Note, those results might include Ryan results.)

Tove Larsen (speaking) of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, talks about their diversion toilet at yesterday’s  ‘Reinventing the Toilet’ Fair, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response that we’ve gotten,” Bill Gates said.

To pass the foundation’s threshold for the world’s next toilet, it must operate without running water, electricity or a septic system, not discharge pollutants, preferably capture energy or other resources, and operate at a cost of 5 cents a day. via Salon

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Obesity in America

Using self-reported results that are probably worse than reported, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed the details of America’s latest obesity reality check. For the first time, researchers used households that can only be contacted with mobile phones, results that bring more younger people into the statistics.

Mississippi leads the nation in obesity. via The Economist

US Fertility Rate Plunges

America’s fertility rate has plunged below replacement level at a time when France’s is stable and Britain’s rising.

The Economist writes that Mexican migrants — who have higher fertility rates — are not finding work and go back home. Significant research confirms that young people are postponing marriage, buying new homes and having children.

Saudi Arabia’s Women Only Cities

In an innovative measure to deal with strict gender-laws that prohibit men and women working together, Saudi Arabia is planning to build several women-only cities. The first location to employ women only will be a new industrial city in the Eastern Province of Hofuf.

Segregated schools, universities and offices are already the norm in Saudi Arabia where women require a male guardian’s consent for activities including marriage, divorce or travel, reports Huff Po.

Although 60 percent of the nation’s college graduates are women, only 15 percent are employed.


Hillary Clinton's Last Tour of Duty | Are Clean Cookstoves Making A Difference? | WaterAid At Work

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Today’s New York Times profiles America’s Secretary of State in Hillary Clinton’s Last Tour as a Rock-Star Diplomat. She was pleased beyond words to read in the first sentence that “Hillary Rodham Clinton followed a scrum of Chinese ministers around an exhibition of clean cookstoves.” In 2009, Clinton took up the cookstove cause, including it in her portfolio of “smart power” issues. The men of the State Department tend not to go for these “shiny objects” issues that focus on improving women’s lives.

What the Times makes clear is that the media may have been focused on the drama on a blind Chinese dissident putting the Secretary in a tight situation in Chinese-American relations. But Clinton herself was multitasking. Knowing that the smoke from poorly ventilated stoves kills nearly two million people a year, Secretary Clinton argued that a killer worse than malaria deserves some attention.

Will America Keep Its Promise of $50 Million for Clean Cookstoves AOC World Sept. 22, 2010

Writing today for the New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal praises the initiative in Money for Stoves; the Other Pledges? She also raises a key question that is concerning all of us, one raised earlier this year by Bill Gates in AOC’s Is America Triple-Promising Global AID Dollars?

With all the problems in running America’s government, we are concerned that our public announcements about global aid may be just window-dressing, announcements that can be thwarted by individual congress people and political parties. Aid to women has always been a political target, with Republicans and Conservatives thwarting almost any program that didn’t stipulate some form of sexual abstinence and no birth control — even if the aid dollars are for cooking pots or a similarly innocuous and life-enhancing project.

AID That Works

A recent article in Bloomberg asks Can Cleaner Cookstoves Help Save the World?

From 2005-2010, overseas aid from US private groups jumped by 164 percent, compared to an 8 percent increase in official development assistance from America. In 2010 Americans donated $22.8 billion to global causes.

A recent study investigated how well the clean-cookstove movement is working.

Three researchers Rema Hanna of Harvard, and Esther Duflo and Michael Greenstone of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, expected to confirm the health benefits of 2,600 $12.50 mud-based, chimneyed cookstoves installed in 44 villages in India’s Orissa state.

Clean cookstoves have been shown to release fewer pollutants and burn more efficiently than traditional cooking methods in laboratory experiments. What happens in the real world?

The results in Orissa were sobering. Initially the cleaner cookstoves did reduce pollutants in the air. But the stoves broke down. Without repair, they were useless — the same problem with a hot water project a few years ago.

The Bloomberg piece isn’t negative in the least about philanthropy projects in developing countries. Rather it stresses the complexity of making these countless philanthropy projects effective.

A group that AOC profiled in 2011 is addressing this very question of broken down equipment.

Ram Rati is a leader in her community, rising above her runaway bride status and wheat grinder. Married at age 11, Rati seems to be always a take-charge woman. Rati tired of the wells in her village always breaking down and decided to take matters into her own hands. In the Indian district of Mahoba, one-third of the 4,000 drinking water wells are broken.

Rati was one of the first people to apply to WaterAid,an organization training micro-entrepreneurs in the well maintenance business in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region. New well mechanics like Rati have fixed 300 hand pumps in 2 years, impacting the water supply of 300,000 people.


Meghan McCain Concerned About Republican War on Women | Virginia State-Sponsored Rape Bill on Delay 

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Global Middle Class

The Atlantic takes a look at The New Power of the Global Middle Class focusing initially on the BRICS — four distinct trillion-dollar plus economies in Brazil, Russia, India & China — while admitting that already Turkey should be considered the “silent T” in TBRICS.

George Mason University’s Jack Goldstone begs to differ, suggesting that TIMBIs be the new acronym — Turkey, India, Mexico, Brazil and Indonesia. Gone from Goldstone’s list are Russia and China due to Russia’s aging population and China’s, too.

Looking out four decades, you see what a small share of middle class consumption is America’s. Watching the deep American purple space shrink rapidly from 2000 to 2012 is a vivid example of America’s shrinking middle class in the last decade.

Race & Affirmative Action

In a 2003 Supreme Court decision, the majority wrote that their decision to allow public colleges and universities to consider race in admission decision could be expected to last 25 years. Today the Court sent a signal that it might end affirmative action ahead of schedule.

Supreme court justice Elena Kagan will recuse herself from the case, and it’s generally believed that the court’s five more-conservative justices may be prepared to end racial preferences in higher education.

A Supreme Court decision forbidding the use of race in admission at public universities would almost certainly mean that it would be barred at most private ones as well under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids racial discrimination in programs that receive federal money. via New York Times

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The Women of Twitter Vogue Magazine

Focusing on Twitter executives Katie Jacobs Stanton and Chloe Skadden, Vogue does a non-puff piece on the role of Twitter in global politics and the role of women in the Twitter organization.

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Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, left, addresses a “Stands for Women’s Rights” rally at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square in Richmond, in Richmond, Va. Read more:

Virginia Abortion Laws Update

Over a thousand people — perhaps 1500 writes AP — conducted a silent protest in Richmond, Virginia yesterday.

The silent demonstration was over bills that would define embryos as humans and criminalize their destruction, require “transvaginal” ultrasounds of women seeking abortions, and cut state aid to poor women seeking abortions.

Again Facebook and social media were the organizing vehicles for the protest. Molly Vick of Richmond said it was her first ever protest. On her shirt Vick wore a sticker that said “Say No to State-Mandated Rape.” Below her beltline of her jeans was a strip of yellow tape that read “Private Property: Keep Out.”

The protest also came after Saturday Night Live brought the ultrasound bills into popular culture last weekend. Meghan McCain appeared tonight on Rachel Maddow and let me say that prolife Meghan is mad about the proposed Virginia laws. We’ll play the segment tomorrow, but Meghan — who also supports women’s right to contraception — does not want probes in her vagina without her permission.

Saying these laws are bad for women, this Republican daughter went on the record saying extremists in the Republican party are trying to roll back the clock for American women. Rachel asked Meghan if she would work with her this issue that affects alll American women and Meghan said “yes”. In 2011 Meghan wrote Shut Up About My Body Glenn Beck: Don’t Call Me Fat.

Lawmakers in Virginia delayed a final vote Tuesday, as Republican Governor Bob McDonnell, a Roman Catholic father of five, had the pen in his hand. At the end of the day, it wasn’t clear when the bill might come up for a vote again.

The Virginia law is openly being called state-sponsored rape. Were legislators surprised to have silent protests outside the capitol over the Republican War on Women? Apparently. 


Rep. Crowley (D-NY) delivers the best speech of the year, quoting facts and not uttering one damn word.