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Thursday
Jan032013

Saudi Cleric OKs Rapes of Syrian Women; Israel Bans Models With BMI's Below 18.5; Obama Joins Ike & FDR 51% Club

In 2013 Anne’s jewelry collection GlamTribale will sponsor ‘Informed’, a series of quick info bits for Anne of Carversville readers. View our goddess Diana Collection (above) online.

1. XO Jane writes: FSD (female sexual dysfunction) is a serious disorder — part of a family of disorders. Let’s start talking about it.

 

Alex Nabaum illustration6. Both ancient philosophy and modern psychology suggest that darker thoughts can make us happier. Consider it the power of negative thinking — and it’s positively unAmerican. via WSJ

2. Israel bans models with BMIs below 18.5 in ads. Also ads must reveal use of Photoshop. via WSJ

7. Print book sales tumbled in America last year, declining from 72% who said they had read printed books in the previous 12 months to 67%. via Pew Research

8. Indian police have filed rape and murder charges against five men accused of a brutal gang rape of a New Delhi woman. The sixth suspect is a juvenile who will handled separately. Police say they will seek the death penalty. Read on at AOC

3. Saudi religious leader Muhammed al-Arifi, calls for gang rape of Syrian women over 14, specifying that “intercourse marriages” last only a few hours “in order to give each fighter a turn”. via Salon

The hard-line Wahhabi cleric said that the marriages between the foreign-backed militants and Syrian women will satisfy the militants’ sexual desires and boost their determination in killing Syrians.

BREAKING NEWS!!! Time Warner drops Current after Al Jazeera deal via Salon

4. President Barack Obama is the first president in more than 50 years to win at least 51% of the vote twice. The last president to do it was Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. The last Democrat to win such solid support was Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944. via Bloomberg

9.Fragonard’s ‘The Swing’ is a model of French Beauty & Decadence, writes Anne.

The existing — or soon to be — mistress flies through the air in frivolous abandon, losing her shoe in an action powered by her husband.

5. Among tablet users, men are 11% more likely to say they get news on the devices than women. via Pew Research. Age, on the other hand, seems to be less of an indicator of mobile news consumption. This is particularly true on the tablet, where daily rates are similar across all four age groups studied (50- to 64-year-olds are a bit more likely than the youngest and oldest groups to get news). On the smartphone, owners under 50 get news at higher rates than those over 50. Read more at Pew Research

10. Energy drinks are the fastest-growing part of the beverage industry in America, reaching more than $10 billion in sales in 2012. Energy drinks promise edge, writes the NYT, but experts say there’s little proof to the claim. 

Tuesday
Aug212012

Not An Ounce of Science in Todd Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Belief | Rumors Fly Around Hillary for VP

‘One Enchanted Evening’ by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue US September 2012 with styling by Grace Coddington and starring models Aymeline Valade, Bette Franke, Elza Luijendijk and Zuzana Bijoch

Ann Romney on not sharing Mitt Romney’s tax returns:

“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how — you know, how we live our life.”

French Roast News

Obama On Men of Congress Running Women’s Health Care

President Obama denounced today Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape”, calling the views “offensive” writes The Washington Post. Asked yesterday why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, Akin reponded with the unscientifically documented assertion that women rarely get pregnant from rape, saying “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”

The President agreed in his press conference that many Republicans and probably MItt Romney wouldn’t support the Akin’s posiiton. Then Obama continued, saying:

“Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing, qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people.”

“What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women,” Obama said.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released today Monday, prior to the Akin dust up, shows Obama leading Romney among women 54 percent to 39 percent, says Politico. 

President Obama concluded his remarks about the Akin’s furor citing a “significant difference of approach between me and the other party” on the issue of women’s reproductive health.”

Health Experts Dismiss Assertions on Rape

Dr. John C. Wilke, a general practitioner doctor with obstetric training who is also a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, was an early advocate of the concept of the female body shutting down during “forcible rape” or “legitimate” rape as Rep Akin called it.

“This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped, adding, “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”

Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of sbstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, told the New York Times that the Wilke assertion is totally false, syaing “There are no words for this — it is just nuts.”

Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, said, that “to suggest that there’s some biological reason why women couldn’t get pregnant during a rape is absurd.”

Republicans Urge Akin to Drop Out

With Akin saying he won’t drop out of the Missouri senate race, Republicans at high levels urged the Congressional rep to leave the race. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Akin was favored to beat sitting Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

RedTracker

Former US Secy of State Condoleezza RiceA Male Bastion Falls

The glass ceiling at Augusta National Gold Club, home to the Masters golf tournament, crashed today when the organization ended its 80-year-old all-male policy by accepting its first women members. Condolezza Rice, former US Secretary of State, and financier Darla Moore will receive their world-renowned green jackets. 

President Obama pressured Augusta National last April, saying that the club should admit women members.

Sally Jenkins, columnist for the Washington Post, shares background information on Darla Moore and saucy commentary on the boys club called Augusta.

DC Rumors Fly Re Hillary

The speculation that Hillary Clinton will replace Joe Biden as Obama’s running mate — except that she doesn’t want the job. Writing for CBS Baltimore, Scott Paulson says:

According to the press and political talk show hosts who are usually “in the know”, it appears that the major players in the vice presidential chats are President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the President and First Lady’s good friend and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. As far as Vice President Joe Biden is concerned, he will probably find out if his White House status has changed just moments before the rest of us do. When it comes to winning this election, loyalty has no place in the alleged-friendship between the President and the Vice President. Obama wants to win this thing at any and all costs.

AOC has asked more than once for Hillary Clinton to join the ticket.

Hillary Clinton — Not Joe Biden — Can Bank the Women’s Vote in 2012 Elections AOC FP

Hillary Clinton for Vice President? Yes! | Kickstarter’s Amazing Crowd Funding Success AOC FP

More from Anne: Hillary for President? It’s Insane But How About a Poll on Democratic Preferences? AOC Women

ArtTracker

$100,000 Mohn Award for LA Artists

LA’s Hammer Museum announced Botswana-born, LA-based artist Meleko Mokgosi is the winner of its new $100,000 Mohn Award price, created to rival the Turner Prize in the UK.

The artist’s installation in the biennial Pax Kaffraria: Sikhuselo embumbulu, 2012, is part of a larger series dealing with post-colonial Africa. Its title includes the term “bulletproof” in Xhosa, a South African language. The work refers to the cattle killing movement of 1856-57, which was based on a prophecy meant to bring about a new earthly paradise and destroy the white colonists. According to the museum, “the series of paintings frames the historic event and considers a legacy of resistance that continues today—namely, the persistent drive to become bulletproof.” via The Art Newspaper

Sixty artists are taking part in the Hammer’s ‘Made in LA’ biennial. The artist was one of five finalists selected by a panel of judges. He was chosen the winner by registered public voting online and at the museum.

Chicago Eco-Island Park

2010 MacArthur Genius Grant winner Jeanne Gang and her firm Studio Gang Architects has embarked with Chicago landscape architecture firm JJR, working also with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicago Park District to convert a 91-acre stretch called Northerly Island from an abandoned airplane landing strip into an “ecologically diverse natural habitat”.

The entire scheme — which will take 20-25 years to complete includes “a 4.1-acre pond fenced in to protect its inhabitants from invasive species like Asian carp (an issue Gang tackles in her latest book “Reverse Effect.”) Surrounding the pond will be elevated dry-mesic and wet prairies, intended to attract mice, snakes, and small birds. Environmentalists hope that the habitat will provide new nesting areas for over 300 species of birds, luring the animals away from the mainland where they frequently crash into the city’s high-rises.” via ArtInfo.


J’Adore

Flying duck orchid via FB Colours of Life

A Flueless Ethanol Fireplace by Vauni via IcreativeD

Friday
Jun082012

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

French Roast News

Anne is reading …

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