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Tuesday
Feb142012

Digital School Success in Mooresville | Pew Research Says Women Voters Turning Fast Toward Obama, Hate Santorum

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CONNECTING Tammy Rigby, a fifth-grade science teacher at East Mooresville Intermediate, helping Grace Lateef, left, and Caitlyn Yaede with a class exercise.Jeremy M. Lange for The New York Times. Finally we have a positive story about American education with impressive results, writes the New York Times about Mooresville School District about 20 miles north of Charlotte. Best known for its connections to Nascar racing, the Mooresville Graded School District has emerged as the “defacto national model of the digital school.”

For decades Apple has enjoyed a positive relationship with schools and American educators.

“Other districts are doing things, but what we see in Mooresville is the whole package: using the budget, innovating, using data, involvement with the community and leadership,” said Karen Cator, a former Apple executive who is director of educational technology for the United States Department of Education. “There are lessons to be learned.”

The achievements are impressive. The district’s graduation rate alone has improved from 80 percent in 2008 to 91 percent in 2011. Mooresville ranks 100th out of 115 districts in North Carolina in terms of dollars spent per student — $7,415.89 a year. But it’s currently third in best test scores and second in graduation rates.

Technology appears to be the answer in Mooresville. Sixty teachers have lost their jobs without any negative impact on test scores or student enthusiasm about staying in school.

Let the Robot Drive

The autonomous car of the future is here, writes Wired.

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The Culture Wars

Image: Tom Pennington/Getty Contraception & The Woman Problem

Rick Santorum Wants to Fight ‘The Dangers of Contraception’, writes TIME. In a transcript of his interview with Evangelical blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Santorum agrees with Catholic bishops that contraception is “not okay”.

One of the things I will talk about that no President has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, “Well, that’s okay. Contraception’s okay.”

It’s not okay because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They’re supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also [inaudible], but also procreative.

The Atlantic writes today what polls confirmed yesterday: Rick Santorum has a serious woman problem. The Atlantic reviews Santorum’s narrow senate victory in 2000 against then-Democratic Rep. Ron Klink.

Santorum won an impressive 57 percent of the vote among men; that number increased to 60 percent just looking at white men. But among women, Santorum lost to Klink, winning just 48 percent of the vote. Among white women, he barely inched past the Democrat, 52 to 47 percent.

Conservative writer Jennifer Rubin says that when considering the current Republican field, women (presumably Republican women) prefer Romney over Santorum by 38 vs 29 percent. The startling commentary came from the Atlanta Constitution’s Jay Bookman, reviewing the latest Pew national polling:

Obama has a 21-point lead over both Romney and Santorum among women. The margin is 59-38 percent. Among men, Obama actually trails by five against Romney and three against Santorum. That’s a 26-point swing between men and women, and I don’t recall ever seeing a gender gap that large.

Thursday
Feb092012

Calls Mount for Komen Resignations | Prochoice Republicans Beg Right Wing to Stop Religious War Escalations

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Despite the efforts of Susan G. Komen to begin to repair its reputation, some people are still angry at the foundation. Here, a small group of women recently protested outside of Komen’s office in Dallas. (Rex C. Curry / Associated Press)Eve Ellis, who served on the Susan G. Komen board of directors for six years and works now as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in New York issued a private letter that wound up being published by the Guardian UK.

The letter is devastating, writes the LA Times,  calling for the founder of the Susan J. Komen breast cancer philanthropy Nancy Brinker to resign. Writing that there is no doubt that Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood was political, she then “dings Brinker for her links to the George W. Bush administration and for recently hiring Ari Fleischer, Bush’s former White House press secretary, for help on crisis communication. Then the big guns come out as she calls for Brinker to resign, the board to be replaced, and vice president Karen Handel to be fired.” (Note, Handel resigned on Tuesday.)

White House Contraception Battle

Why White House sees political opportunity in the contraception battle Washington Post

Senate Democrats Split Over Obama’s Contraception Rule Business Week

Catholic TV network sues to block US contraception rule Reuters

Contraception controversy consumers DC campaign CNN

Santorum: Obama leading Christians to the ‘guillotine’ The Raw Story

“They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is a government that gives you rights. What’s left are no unalienable rights. What’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the the guillotine.”

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Skin cancer drug reverses Alzheimer’s in mice CNN

Baby Knows Best: Baby-Led Weaning Promotes Healthy Food Preferences  Science Daily

New TED Book envisions the ‘living cities of the future TED

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Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2Ps in a Pod AOC Body

(Excerpt) America is much more like the Arab world in our thinking about women.

Do you know that in Utah, both houses moved in 2010 to make miscarriage a felony in the state? If a woman slipped on ice in winter, her husband could have her imprisoned for not wearing proper shoes and causing the miscarriage with her negligence. Only the governor’s veto kept this legislation from passing.

In South Dakota last year, legislators worked on a law to make it justifiable homicide for a man to shoot his wife if she assisted her daughter in ending a pregnancy. Insanity has taken over the demand of American men that they control women’s bodies. And there is no end to the new legislation in sight.

Under the weight of your controversy over me, Bro. Dennis, I’ve had to return to my own inner psychological roots, locking down the essence of my own identity and principles. This fight for me as a good woman of honor comes at a time when the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood problem is the topic of every Republican candidate for president, along with the new argument that birth control shouldn’t exist for women in America, says Santorum. It’s too dangerous for our health. Romney will reverse himself on birth control, like he’s reversed every other position in his career. I am terrified of Republicans, because they will hunt down women all over America.

Talking Points Memo weighs in on the new Republican war on contraception, writing that pro-choice Republicans are begging the party to pull back from the building fight over contraception before it’s too late.

“I think this week’s outrage over the Komen decision should be a warning to the Republican party about how quickly there was a mass outrage over further and further attacks on general women’s health,” Kellie Ferguson, executive director of Republican Majority for choice, told me Wednesday. “You could see the same backlash on attacks on contraception.”

Pandering to the extreme wing of social conservatives will take the party down a path to disaster warns Ferguson. A majority of Americans and a majority of Catholics support the White House decision on offering contraception in the insurance package for Catholic institutions like hospitals and universities. 28 states already mandate exactly what is contained in the new federal plan.

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Kristen McMenamy | Tim Walker | LOVE Magazine #7 S/S 2012 | ‘The Origin of Monsters

AOC Private Studio

Laura Blokhina | Pierre Dal Corso | L’edito Magazine February 2012

Rooney Mara | Glen Luchford | Dazed & Confused January 2012 | Who’s That Girl

Uma Thurman | Peter Lindbergh | Vogue Italia February 2012

Daisy Lowe | Toby McFarlan Pond | LOVE Magazine #7 | ‘Closer’

Woman | Daria Werbowy | Mikael Jansson | Vogue Japan April 2010 | ‘When Goddess Rules the Sea’

Madonna | Mert & Marcus | MDNA Covers & ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’

Rianne ten Haken | Anthony Maule | A Perfect Guide #22 Winter 2011 | ‘Fashion Discipline’

AOC Style

Meng and Patti Zhao | Baldovino Barani | SCMP | Senior Citizens

Reese Witherspoon | Simon Emmett | Glamour UK March 2012 | Go, Reese, Go

Farah Holt | Frederic Auerbach | Tatler UK March 2012 | Sherbet

Meng and Patti Zhao | Baldovino Barani | SCMP | Senior Citizens

Kristian Schuller | Tatler UK March 2012 | ‘We Can But Dream’

Kirsten Dunst | Yelena Yemchuk | Vogue Italia February 2012 | True Heart

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Roxane Glineur & Sissel Nystad | Ellen von Unwerth | Wheels & Dollbaby ‘Dejazet’ Collection F/W 2012

Olga Maliouk | David Burton | Elle Taiwan February 2012 | Win-Win Baseball

Anabel Van Toledo | Costas Avgoulis | Vogue Hellas February 2012 | A Girl Thing

Giedre Dukauskaite | Tobias Lundkvist | The Creatives | ‘Sunny Feeling’

Elizabeth Olsen | Pamela Hanson | Glamour UK March 2012 | Show Us the Pretty

Esme Wissels, James, Wes & Matti | Walter Chin | Glamour UK March 2012  | Meet Me at the Diner

Irina Shayk, Vanessa Hessler & Vinnie Woolston | Thierry LeGoues | Replay S/S 2012

Monday
Jan232012

2012 Election Super-Pac Slime Avalanche | Obama & Birth Control | Investigation of American Nuns | Aung San Suu Kyi

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Photo-illustration by Gluekit (Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images (Obama); Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (Romney))Slime isn’t our favorite breakfast food, especially when drinking fair trade French Roast, but it’s the toast with Anne’s morning jo, reading New York Magazine’s The Coming Tsunami of Slime: How Super-PACS, vulnerable candidates, and armies of mercenaries will converge to create the ugliest campaign ever.

“How are we going to punch him every fucking day in the face with the best fucking message that is going to drive voters in our favor?” he asks. The face in question is that of President Barack Obama. “How do we do it nationally? How do we do it in the states? How do we do it over and over and over? We’re not going to win the fight with a knockout punch; we’re going to win it with kidney blows that make your opponent so feeble that he can no longer raise his hands to cover his face.”

If mostly men have been at war in America’s just-say-no Congress, our citizens have another 10 months of extra-ultra ugliness to prepare for, writes Joe Hagan. With more money rolling in this campaign than ever before — thanks to the Supreme Court’s overturn of ‘Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission’ — corporate, union and rich people’s super-PACs are “effectively mini-campaigns, employing more pollsters, more researchers, and more ad-makers for the purpose of going negative against the opposition—every fucking day.”

We’ve already heard the line countless times in the last week. A super-PAC smears blood all over an opposition candidate, and the Republican says “Not my decision; I have nothing to do with these people.”

Aung San Suu Kyi Interview

Aung San Suu Kyi . Photograph by Frederic de la Mure/AFP/Getty Images.Lally Weymouth interviews Burma’s Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for Slate. Released from her house arrest of six years, the woman who leads Burma’s reform movement now welcomes high-level foreign guests, most recently US Secy of State Hillary Clinton.

Asked if President Thein Sein’s reform process is real, the petite warrior for the people answers affirmatively, but adds a caveat. The president has limited powers, and the military can take over at any time. The real question is whether or not Myanmar’s military powers support reform.

Asked whether she is likely to run for president in the 2015 elections, Aung San Suu Kyi replies: “I don’t want to be president, but I want to be free to decide whether or not I want to be President of this country.”

We have reregistered our party. I went to register myself as a candidate this morning. We have started campaigning around the country. People have been very enthusiastic. It is very encouraging—all these years and they are still standing solidly behind us.

The interview closes with a personal tribute back to Desmond Tutu, who expressed his lavish appreciation of Aung San Suu Kyi on Charlie Rose, in a September 2011 interview during the Clinton Global Summit.

I am a great admirer of Desmond Tutu. I like quoting his words that he believes in reformative rather than retributive justice. I think he means it and I mean it, too. I don’t like putting even animals in cages. I would hope that people should be treated with dignity whatever they have done.

As for Hillary Clinton, Myramar’s opposition leader says: ” Yes, she is very nice and very intelligent. I like intelligent people.” Read entire in-depth interview at Slate

Newt and World’s Rules

Writing for the Daily Beast, Marianne Gingrich’s divorce attorney Victoria Toensing, writes that when Newt Gingrich gets power, he believes the rules don’t apply to him. Read why she believes it’s true that Newt Gingrich believes:

People want to hear what I have to say. It doesn’t matter what I do.

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Associated Press - Birth control is displayed at manufacturing plant.The Obama Administration refused to grant church-affiliated organizations a pass on the mandate requiring church-affiliated organizations to offer their workers coverage of birth control as part of their health plans. But the administration did grant them an additional year to comply, writes the Washington Post.

The decision almost caught pro-women organizations off guard, given the Obama administration’s history of mixed signals on supporting women’s rights. Organizations including The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association of Evangelicals lobbied ferociously for a broad exemption for any organization opposing birth control on religious grounds. Based on the Republican party’s frontal attack on women’s rights, most women’s groups assumed Obama would again cave.

The delay was no consolation to Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences,” he said. “The Obama administration has now drawn an unprecedented line in the sand.”

AOC’s Own Line in the Sand

Anne previously drew her own line in the sand on this same topic. Read her 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.

Over at the Wall Street Journal, Rick Santorum writes: My Fight for Life. In terms of the upcoming election, Santorum states that as president he will appoint only ‘originalist’ judges who believe that life begins at conception. Not only is this the argument behind the personhood amendment, but also legislation that passed in Utah but was vetoed by the governor making miscarriage a felony.

Posted on our new Anne of Carversville Facebook page, Dov Linzer, an Orthodox rabbi who is the dean of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, weighs in on both the women’s modesty issue and controlling women’s bodies.

We’ve been following the explosive loss of women’s rights in Israel, most recently with eight-year-old Naama Margolese living in Jerusalem’s Beit Shemesh neighborhood, being vilified and called a whore for not dressing modestly enough for school. Note, that Naama was in fact dressed very modestly, just not modestly enough for these ultra-Orthodox men.

Dov Linzer writes the question that is at the core of Anne of Carversville: “Is it possible for a religious demand for modesty to be about anything other than men controlling women’s bodies? From recent events in Israel, it would certainly seem that it is not.”

Read more about the problems women are facing in Israel in Nation | Israel.

Investigation of American Nuns

No one suggests that the investigation of American nuns is over, but it’s noteworthy that on Jan. 4, Cardinal Franc Rode resigned as head of the Vatican’s ‘cabinet office’, the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life, that deals with religious orders, including nuns worldwide. 

Writing for Huffington Post, American nun Maureen Fiedler says that Cardinal Franc Rode is an arch-conservative with an archaic view of religious life that resonates with the 18th century, rather than the 21st.

When the Vatican announced its ‘investigation’ of all active orders of US nuns in 2009, a ‘doctrinal investigation’ of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the organization representing the collective leadership of about 90 percent to 95 percent of all nuns in the United States, was also on the list.

These investigations came out of the clear blue sky, without any allegations of wrongdoing that usually prompt official probes. And they brought howls of protest from nuns themselves and many in the laity. Typical was the comment of a friend of mine: “Now … let me get this straight. Some priests committed sex abuse. Bishops covered it up. And so they’re investigating nuns?” The investigation of nuns has nothing to do with sex abuse, of course, but that scandal led some to ask if this is an attempt to deflect attention away from the sex abuse debacle.

Simply stated, the vast majority of American nuns refused to comply with the investigation, including returning their surveys.

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Isabeli Fontana | Alexi Lubomirski | Vogue Spain February 2012 | ‘Bandida’

AOC Private Studio

Nell Rebowe | Park Kyungil | Noblesse January 2012 | A Woman Saint

Zen, Christina G and Beate Stivrina | Jamie Nelson | Marie Claire South Africa February 2012  | A New York

Monica Belluci | Ruven Afanador | FHM China November 2011Minute

Yulia Terentieva | Nikolay Biryukov | SnC Magazine February 2012

Hannah Green | Yie Sandison | The Creatives | ‘La Vie En Rose’

Diana Rudenok | GL Wood | Zink Magazine Winter 2011 | ‘Street Dreams’

Nastya | Nathalie Demontes | Vanity Fair Italia Jan 25, 2012 | ‘La Legga della Privacy’

Adina Forizs | Marcus Pummer | Kurv Winter 2011 | ‘Black Cat’

Valentina | Xi Sinsong | The Creatives

Yuliana Dementyeva | Armin Morbach | Tush Winter 2011 | You’re A Big Wig

AOC Style

Adeola Ariyo, Grace & Julia | Jesse Leigh Elford | Marie Claire South Africa February 2012 | Master Class

Izabel Goulart | Dusan Reljin | Vogue Spain February 2012 | El Estilo Fácil

Rianne ten Haken | John Balsom | Harper’s Bazaar Australia January 2012

Nargis Fakhri | Tarun Vishwa | Harper’s Bazaar India January/February 2012 | A Place in the Sun

AOC Green

Monika Sawicka | Victor Demarchelier | Vogue Spain February 2012 | Gipsy Queen

Hilda Pimentel | Jesse-Leigh Elford | Cosmopolitan South Africa February 2012 | Romany Dreams

Abbey Lee Kershaw, Daphne Groeneveld, Gisele Bundchen, Frida Gustavsson + | Elle Belgique February 2012

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SN Living

Barbara Palvin | Hunter & Gatti | Vogue Spain February 2012

Candice Swanepoel & Erin Heatherton | Victoria’s Secret January 2012

Honey, Trissan Holder and Hilda Pimentel | Richard Keppel-Smith | Marie Claire South Africa Feb 2012

Erin Wasson | Fred Meylan | Zadig & Voltaire Spring 2012 Campaign

Saskia de Brauw & Cristian Cruz | Mert & Marcus | Loewe Spring/Summer 2012

Beegee Margenyte | Tina Luther | Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong February 2012

Bibissara Sharipova | Thomas Von Aagh | Harper’s Bazaar India January/February 2012 | What’s Next

Angela Lindvall | David Roemer | Marie Claire US February 2012

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