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Wednesday
Jan022013

Phoenix Rising, Charlotte Allen's Weak Women, The Antichrist: 2013 Should Be A Spectacular Year

Leaning Towards Solace from Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Films on Vimeo.

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Sigur Rós ‘Valtari’ Mystery Film Experiment: Leaning Towards Solace
Directed by: Floria Sigismondi

We start the new year with a beautiful, conceptual film starring Elle Fanning and John Hawkes in ‘Leaning Towards Solace’, part of Sigur Rós’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which they’ve urged different artists to create short films inspired by songs off their new album Valtari. Follow the link for many other outstanding films that provoke and inspire thought. See also Sigur Rós’ blog.

“Leaning Towards Solace” was made by Black Dog Films and was directed by Floria Sigismondi.

The concept of the Phoenix, found in Greek mythology and also that of Egypt, is supremely threatening to social conservatives who argue that it’s just another anti-Christ, anti-American concept. Anne of Carversville finds Phoenix Rising concept, which represents the reinvigoration of female values and principles into our thinking, of great interest. Our ideas put us at major odds with Charlotte Allen.

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Selita Ebanks | Kanye West ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

I went to sleep last night with the most preposterous thoughts, perhaps inspired by watching the hate videos posted yesterday on AOC, on the 150th anniversary of America’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Rarely do I hoot in the dark, saying “Oh, God, Anne. That is a ridiculous thought!” Probably so.

Watching Floria Sigismondi’s beautiful, haunting film above, I couldn’t help thinking of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’. I’ve posted it again within the context of this new intellectual meditation.

Symbols of the ancient Phoenix are deplored by ardent social conservatives as signifying the rise of the anti-Christ in the form of Lucifer. The Phoenix destroys itself in flames and then rises from the ashes. The symbol is also tied to the ‘Masonic Christ’, considered by today’s social conservative Republicans to represent the global threat of a new world order.

Charlotte Allen’s Bonfire

Conservative pundit, anti-feminist Charlotte Allen, argues at the National Review that men would have made all the difference in the Newtown massacre, simply because they are male. National Review published Allen’s controversial piece on last week, where she attributed the massacre to Sandy Hook’s female staff and its “feminized setting.”

Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.

When the public predictably went nuts over her comments, Allen responded saying she wasn’t blaming the parents. With thinking people combing her words for countless errors in her facts and assertions, Allen sent out another major volley, writing:

I am, however, blaming our culture that denies, dismisses, and denigrates the masculine traits—including size, strength, male aggression and a male facility for strategic thinking–that until recently have been viewed as essential for building a society and protecting its weaker members.

For more information on just how stupid and weak Charlotte Allen thinks women are, read We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get, a 2008 Washington Post op ed piece.

High Profile Parents

Kim Kardashian on pregnancy with Kanye West’s baby: ‘It’s not as easy as people think’ NY Daily News

We’re assured that the birth won’t be televised. And I’m certain that the news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye will be parents has the KKK beyond bezerk.

Kardashian, 32, hit the 1 Oak party just a day after West, 35, dropped the baby bombshell during a performance in Atlantic City. The happy couple raced from New Jersey to Los Angeles early Monday and then high-tailed it to Vegas for Kardashian’s long-scheduled paid appearance.

Wednesday
Dec192012

Charlotte Bacon's Newtown Girl Scout Troop's 10 Girls Now 5 As VP Joe Biden Set To Lead Gun Control Reform

Charlotte Bacon, 6, had a big personality, writes The Washington Post, in their pages honoring the Newtown Victims.

Charlotte had curly, dark red hair. She loved the color pink and going to school. She was so smart, Hagen said, that her parents were thinking about putting her in a special private school because they worried she wasn’t being challenged enough. “This girl was definitely going places,” her uncle said.

Charlotte also loved being a girl scout, and her mom was her troop leader.

“There were 10 girls in the group,” Hagen said. “Only five are left.”

Obama to Tap Biden to Oversee Gun-Control Efforts WSJ.com

President Obama will announce today that Vice President Joe Biden will lead the White House efforts to change gun policy in America. The announcement comes at a time that even NRA (National Rifle Association) supporters agree that there must be a change in policy.

One of the major facts to emerge in the last few days is how out of step the public face of the NRA, led by Wayne LaPierre, is with the views of NRA members. LaPierre has a reputation as being almost a cult leader of militia groups that argue Americans must have unlimited firepower to protect themselves against a federal government confiscation of all guns.

Salon writer Alan Berlow profiled the NRA and LaPierre in a three-part series this summer.

If Americans wake up one day to find out that they’re living in a Stalinist police state and that government agents have confiscated all their guns leaving them utterly defenseless, it won’t be because Wayne LaPierre didn’t warn us. LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, has been issuing warnings along these lines for most of his 20 years as the public face of what is regularly described as the nation’s most powerful lobbying organization.

“The Second Amendment is not there to protect the interests of hunters, sports shooters and casual plinkers, although those are convenient spinoffs. The Second Amendment is there as a balance of power. It is literally a loaded gun in the hands of the people held to the heads of government.” ~ Fred Romero, NRA field representative for Southern California

The Secret World of Extreme Militias from 2010 TIME cover story.

Similar minds run on similar journalistic investigation paths. The reference to Charlotte’s girl scout troop caused me to update the current investigation the Vatican has going into girl scouts. This post by Max Lindenman on Patheos is so relevant today. Read Can A Mass Murder Mean A Church-World Truce?

Jack Long’s Splash Photography Project ‘Vessels and BloomsAOC Mavericks

Water mixed with thickeners, pigments and dyes produces these magnificent, enchanting images. The paint is suspended in air for a split second as Long uses an electronic flash to get the image capture just right. ‘Reality’ appears as a range of leaves, stems, petals and pots made of paint. In fact, we’re looking at a wondrous visual illusion. Simply superb!

Lilith Was A Hit at Dress for Success Philadelphia Holiday Fashion Event AOC GlamTribale

We had a marvelous time at the Dec. 5th Third Annual Holiday Trunk & Fashion Show to Benefit Dress for Success. The event was sponsored by Y.E.S! the volunteer branch of Dress for Success that works on fundraising, volunteering and networking opportunities to champion the mission of Dress for Success.

The current Philadelphia Executive Director of Dress for Success Cecilia Cardesa-Lusardi (front row right on end) was the very lucky recipient of one of the first necklaces I designed and made all by myself. Her guy said it was a birthday present, and we all agreed that our true goddess Lilith necklace suited this powerhouse perfectly. See the entire Lilith Collection at GlamTribale.

Yeah! Another excuse for having a martini — but not before sundown.Flowers should never drink alone.

Are you tired of tying fancy ribbons, twine or props of any creative kind around paperwhite and narcissus stems? Mother Nature rarely screws up but paperwhites and narcissus blooms in particular struggle not to flop over.

Armed with a few narcissus bulbs and a bottle of gin, Researchers at Cornell University’s Flower Bulb Research Program proved a few years ago that adding alcohol (ethanol) to the water will stunt the growth of narcissus bulb stems but not the blooms. The same holds true for paperwhites.Stems will be approximately one third shorter, preventing them from getting heavy and flopping over. The reason it works, according to Prof. William Miller, is probably “water stress.” The alcohol makes it more difficult for the plant to absorb water, reducing growth of stems and leafs without adversely affecting the size or longevity of the plants’ flowers. Tip via Gardenista.

Karen Elson & Carolyn Murphy As ‘Hothouse Flowers’ by Steven Klein for Vogus US January 2013 AOC Style

Tuesday
Dec182012

Politico Says NRA Is In Total Lockdown, Facebook Gone, No Tweets, No Media Responses

Politico reports that the NRA (National Rifle Association) is on lockdown after the massacre that left 20 cildren dead at their elementary school last Friday.

NRA Facebook page is GONE and presumably all the big bravura talk from fans who have enjoyed an unfettered ride in almost unrestricted gun use in much of America. NRA Twitter is silent and no one is responding to media inquiries.

The group also hasn’t been aggressive with allies on Capitol Hill, even as pro-NRA members like Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) have said there might need to be more gun control to prevent future shootings. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also said Monday that it is time to have a debate on the country’s gun laws. Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat from Kentucky, also came out publicly, apologizing for not speaking out on gun violence over the past six years. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has pledged to reintroduce the federal ban on assault weapons, which expired in 2004.

We all know that the NRA is a financial powerhouse. Today’s Washington Post article shows just how badly the group dominates spending on gun control issues, based on IRA filings. Note that these figures are for education and other activities, not only lobbying or supporting political candidates.

Update: The NRA will hold a news conference on Friday. Organization promises “meaningtul contributions” to avert another Newtown. Read on at CBS News.com.