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Monday
Jan022012

Joseph Stieglitz On Fixing America | 5 Sensible Small Rules for the New Year | Beauty & Self Worth As God's Love 

Daily French Roast

Anne is reading …

Illustration by Stephen Doyle.Saying that ‘yes’ we must fix a broken financial system, but … economist Joseph E Stiglitz re-examines the causes of the Great Depression, citing the revolution in agriculture that three millions out of work, and not a greedy financial system gone rogue as the primary cause of extreme hardship and suffering for millions of Americans. Today, the US faces a similar transition, with manufacturing jobs lost to increased productivity and technological innovation, and service-sector jobs replacing them.

In a cogent analysis and argument that should be read by all of us — those who agree with managed industrial policy and those who don’t — Stiglitz argues that without mobilizing for global war, the only path out of this economic decline in America is investment in infrastructure.

This path is exactly what Republicans refuse to embrace, arguing more vociferously for control of science curriculums to ban teaching evolution than for investments in quality schools and teachers. As America’s infrastructure crumbles — and it has dramtically in the last two decades compared to other countries in the world — it’s unclear how private companies will own our schools and roads, or repair our falling bridges.

Wall Street demands immediate returns on investments, faster and greater than in the last great wave of American economic prosperity, another consideration not discussed in ‘The Book of Jobs’. It remains unclear that the demands of Wall Street today will even permit investments in new technologies and research that can take a decade to incubate.

Major issues and questions for America’s future are rasied in this excellent article, one that moves beyond the endless, overly-simplistic platitudes and promises coming out of Iowa and into a substantative, strategic  discussion about the lifeline of America’s future. Read on at Vanity Fair.

See also by Stiglitz for Vanity Fair: Of the 1%, by the 1% for the 1%.

Professional Women and a Secure Retirement

Nevertheless, it’s underappreciated how much better one large cohort of aging boomers should do financially during the traditional retirement years: The college-educated stalwarts of the feminist movement. A generation of well-educated career women is nearing retirement for the first time. It’s the group that marked the revolutionary shift from earning money because they and their families needed it to embracing working because it defined “one’s fundamental identity and societal worth,” said Claudia Goldin…  They’re poised to flourish in their elder years, at least compared with most everyone else. Read on at Bloomberg | BusinessWeek

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Spin the Resolutions

The No-Resolution Resolution: How to Really Be Happy in 2012

Writing for GOOD, Gracy Obuchowicz shares her blueprint for getting things together:

1. Put the cart before the horse. Why not just decide to feel better, obsessing less about what isn’t right and moving forward.

2. Dream big and challenge yourself. Create a stretching but realistic blueprint for your life. Chop your life into phases and get moving with attainable goals to advance your plan.

3. Act small. Create ‘micromovements’, a concept developed by the inspirational author and dreaming advocate SARK. Every project is comprised of dozens of small steps.

4. Practice. Identify what you enjoy — yoga, biking, baking, writing — and DO IT several times a week. Creativity emerges within stability and the steady rhythm of pracice (Note, Anne swears by this one.)

5. Take refuge in yourself. In another item that Anne agrees with, Gracy suggests leaning from ‘The Artist’s Way’ — on her bookshelf. Writing about what’s going on in your own mind for 30 minutes a day isn’t narcissism and self-absorption. It’s personal power.

iTV Coming Soon?

Published in Adweek:

Taiwanese technology publication DigiTimes published two stories this week claiming that Apple is telling hardware suppliers to start preparing for production. While DigiTimes’ sources seem to differ on which companies will be responsible for which components, they agree that Apple plans to launch its own TV sets by the end of next year. One source says the initial product line will focus on 32- and 37-inch screens.

In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, the Apple founder is quoted as saying he’s “finally cracked” the TV problem. Presumably that will include content as well. New York Times writer Nick Bilton says “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”

An Environmentalist Is Buried

Patrick Ytsma, lived mindfully, not wanting to harm the environment. Killed suddenly in a car crash at 53, he was laid to rest in the same manner in Bethlehem, Pa— “without harsh chemicals, without concrete, without a polyester-lined casket.”  Read on at LA Times

Anne of Carversville

Beauty, Goodness & Self Worth As Female Expressions Of God’s Love | 2Ps in a Pod by Anne AOC Body

It’s easy for you and I to tell women to find their own inner beauty and to believe that God loves us and our corporeal nature, that we have beautiful soft skin and smiles for a reason. The reality is that the messages condemning female physicality and beauty come not only in the form of commercialism and parental child abuse or bullying at school. Those messages come from many of our religious institutions.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators in Jerusalem were denounced by Israeli leaders on Sunday after wearing yellow stars and alluding to other images from the Nazi era. Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency

All Women Are Prostitutes

How will this little girl in Israel ever look at herself in the mirror and see her own beauty, able to regard her body as God’s temple?”

Via New York Times, we read a terrible story:

One Israeli television program recently reported how an 8-year-old girl, the daughter of American immigrants who are observant modern Orthodox Jews, had become terrified of walking to school in the city of Beit Shemesh after ultra-Orthodox men spit on her, insulted her and called her a prostitute because her modest dress did not conform exactly to their more rigorous dress code.

AOC Private Studio

Lara Stone & Fred Ward | Peter Lindbergh | Vogue China January 2012

Kasia Struss | Danko Steiner | Vogue China January 2012 | Fifties Addiction

Chloe Lecareux | Richard Bernardin | Grazia France January 2012 | House Wife Paradise

2012 Wishes @ Morfium Couture, Dusan Jaukovic & Jelena Malesevic

Emma Maclaren | Tony Kim | Sure Korea December 2011 | ‘The Shadow in Red’

Maryna Linchuk | Vincent Peters | Vogue Espana January 2012 | ‘Sempre Grace’

Thursday
Dec222011

Major Insults to Black Women Include Michelle Obama | Easeamine's Br. Dennis on Powerful Dreams | MIT Online Expands

DFR Daily French Roast

Anne is reading …

While we defend the insulting, rude, brainless, tasteless tendency of obese Republican men like Wisc. Rep Jim Sensenbrenner and Rush Limbaugh to negatively target First Lady Obama’s body as an absurd example of a person not following her own advice on exercise and healthy eating, The Daily Beast helps us understand the term niggabitch.

What exactly is a niggabitch? Aside from being a combo of two of the vilest words you can call any black woman, it is the headline of a fashion story just published by the Dutch magazine Jackie. In an article on how to dress like “De Niggabitch” Rihanna, the story, translated by Parlour magazine, says, “She has street cred, she has a ghetto a— and she has a golden throat. Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate niggabitch and displays that gladly, and for her that means: what’s on can come off. If that means she’ll be on stage half naked, then so be it.

Also: Maya Angelou’s Lesson About Black Speech

MIT Online Education

MIT will announce next Monday that will open courses online free of charge to anyone anywhere in the world. Ten years ago MIT launched its free OpenCourseWare including 2,100 courses now used by more than 100 million people. Describing the type of certificate that will be awarded to students taking courses in the program, the New York Time writes:

The certificate will not be a regular M.I.T. degree, but rather a credential bearing the name of a new not-for-profit body to be created within M.I.T; revenues from the credentialing, officials said, would go to support the M.I.T.x platform and to further M.I.T’s mission.

AOC Body

Br. Dennis on Dreams, Healing & Falling into the Elevator Shaft

Our innovative 2Ps in a Pod blog posts Br. Dennis’ thoughts on Anne’s dream of falling down the elevator shaft and living.

I was intrigued by the “trap-door in the wall, an exit out of the elevator shaft” which seems to be symbolic of your self-reflective attitude and response to life, enabling you to “open doors” with decided effort to move into a new stage of life, as in “walk[ing] onto a picnic table”!  This movement brings closure to the old, while continuing the transition into healing the deeper recesses of your being.

Fat Republican Guys on Michelle’s Butt

Fat, Rude Republican Men Attack Michelle Obama’s Body, Butt & Childhood Obesity Campaign

More reading: The GOP’s Payroll Tax Fiasco WSJ

Saturday
Sep242011

Body Psychotherapist Ellen Gayda & Anne Enke Agree | Women Owning Our Bodies Is A Fight to the Finish

Una Burke Body Armor

Una Burke Fall 2011 Meta.Morph Collection AOC Private Studio

A brilliant young woman, Una Burke’s designs are inspired by historic tragic events and body accessories that convey stages of a healing process. Her conceptual, wearable art pieces are associated with the cause, the physical and psychological effect and the healing stages of human trauma.

This astounding video and images about the Fall 2011 collection was made by Andreas Waldschütz and Steffan Sappert, with styling by Adia Trischler.


Ellen Gayda Healer | Friend

Body Psychotherapist Ellen Gayda on ‘Body Inhabitance’ | Do You Live in Your Body or Have You Gone Fishing’? AOC Health & Happiness

I was honest with Ellen, answering all her her questions — many of them focusing on my relationship with my body since childhood — truthfully. This is easy for me to do, not only because I’ve been analyzed and read many psychology books, but because I took a very personal journey into my body when I picked up the camera and began photographing myself about eight years ago.

This journey is the focus of my unpublished Sensual and Superyoung book — which became it’s own little disaster in 2005.

The day I looked in the mirror and admitted that I totally loathed my body about eight years ago, is the day I took responsibility for my own body inhabitance — or so I thought. Never had I worked in such concert with myself on diet, exercise, keeping a journal, and dealing with my physical self up close and personal with the camera.

Reflecting now on this self-centered Anne trip, I’m not certain that the journey to the new me was as holistic and cohesive as I believed at the time.

Controlling Women’s Bodies

James Rosenquist ‘Playmate as Fine Art’, 1966Controlling Women’s Bodies Is a Fight to the Finish AOC Sexual Politics

In America, Too, Hypocrisy Rules

Just this week I took a look at porn subscriptions in America.

As you might surmise, even in America, the states that yell the loudest about the need for women to ‘cover up’ and control their animalistic urges, sign up monthly in numbers that exceed New York, California and more liberal states — the ones with ‘no morals’.

This is the abyss of hypocrisy threatening women’s lives on a daily basis.

From my perspective, female sexuality is front and center, in the ‘battle for civilization’, even though the fight is clothed in religious identities.

One wonders if there is any light at the end of this tunnel.

At a time in my own life, when I want to be reading the great books of the Western World and reflecting on the great minds I will not know before I die, I must go back to pitching my tent in the dessert, hunkering down to do my part in digging us out of this mess.

We’re globalists, like-minded people, identifying the seventy per cent of shared values we can agree on, and not fighting over the rest.