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Tuesday
Jul022013

Thousands Pour Into Austin, Texas Abortion Fight | Gabby Gifford Fires Gun & Presses On For Gun Control

An estimated 5-6,000 abortion rights supporters converged on Austin, Texas yesterday, as lawmakers returned for a second special session called by Texas Governor Rick Perry. The Republican majority body is expected to pass abortion legislation that galvanized American women last week, after Fort Worth Democrat state Sen. Wendy Davis led an 11-hour filibuster against the bill. The Texas Tribune reports that a group of about 100 backers of the bill held a press conference inside the capitol.

The Texas Tribune also shares an important article How Public Opinion Fueled Senate’s Abortion Fight, interpreting recent polls in Texas as AOC analyzed them.

Taken together, these polling numbers convey broad support for some specific restrictions focusing on procedures. We don’t find more than token support for drastically reducing or eliminating access. In June 2013, 79 percent of Texans indicated that abortion should be available to a woman under varying circumstances. As for Davis’ core constituency, 59 percent of Democrats and 77 percent of liberals think that it should always be legal and available. As for the GOP: 20 percent of female Republicans think that abortion should always be legal, compared with 11 percent of male Republicans. But maybe more important for future electoral fortunes, there exists a 19-point gap among female and male independents regarding the opinion that abortion should always be available, 41 percent to 22 percent; and one of the most supportive groups of all is suburban women, 45 percent of whom think the procedure should always be legal.

1. Former Arizona Reb. Gabrielle Giffords aimed and fired a gun at a Las Vegas target firing range yesterday. Giffords sent the firing shot of her seven-day “Rights and Responsibilities Tour” as a proud gun owner who seeks sensible gun legislation in America. Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are trying to revive stalled background-check legislation, which failed in the US Senate in April. 

“Some might consider me an unlikely advocate for gun rights because I sustained terrible injuries in a violent shooting,” Giffords wrote in an Op-Ed published Monday in USA Today. “But I’m a patriot, and I believe the right to bear arms is a definitive part of our American heritage.”

2. Jeep leads a list of America’s most patriotic brands, writes USA Today. Jeep beat out Coca-Cola, Levis, Harley-Davidson and Disney in the top 25 list, in a survey of 4,500 consumers.

“As marketers traditionally operate on the Independence Day theory that a patriotic, flag-waving call-to-emotion will motivate consumers to behave more positively toward their brands, we wanted to see which brands actually led when it came to that particular value,” says Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, in a statement.

Jeep resonates deeply as a symbol of American ruggedness and sense of adventure.

3. Records of the actions of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan as archbishop of Milwaukee in 2003 suggest that he had a full understanding of the seriousness of sex abuse cases in America. Dolan moved to protect church assets from any future claims, while moving to push out problem priests and even paying them to leave the priesthood. 

“The impact on his various victims has been significant,” Dolan wrote then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. “The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has yet to even locate all of the potential victims that could come forward for assistance. Our new found awareness of the severity of damage caused by sexual abuse at the hands of clergy makes it impossible for us to ignore this situation.”

575 sex abuse plaintiffs are suing the archdiocese in bankruptcy court.

4. Twelve-year-old Maddy Paige had a very respectable season, playing football as a defensive end at Georgia’s Strong Rock Christian private school in Locust Grove, Ga. Paige was excited to return next fall, until the school ended her football future, saying “Our official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports. “

Maddy’s mother says private conservations with school officials told another story. “In the meeting with the CEO of the school, I was told that the reasons behind it were… that the boys were going to start lusting after her, and have impure thoughts about her,” she said. “And that locker room talk was not appropriate for a female to hear, even though she had a separate locker room from the boys.”

Facebook is on the move for Maddy Paige.

5. The human brain’s ‘garbage truck’ could hold a key to treating Alzheimer’s and other health disorders. What scientists do know is that the body’s lymphatic system performs the task of ridding it of toxic and damaging molecules. However, the lymphatic system doesn’t extend to the brain.

Researcher Maiken Nedergaard, M.D. and her team used new imaging technology called two-photon microscopy that allows us to peer deep within a living brain. They observed an extensive plumbing system responsible for flushing waste using cerebral spinal fluid.

Friday
Feb012013

Redtracker: LA Catholic Cardinal Barred from Public Ministry | Gun Control Reduces Violence Against Women 

1. Bonobo empathy innate.  “Our findings suggest that for bonobos, sensitivity to the emotions of others emerges early and does not require advanced thought processes that develop only in adults,” say researchers observing bonobo behavior in the Congo.

 

Science Daily reports that researchers also found that the minority of bonobos in the sanctuary — raised by their mothers rather than as orphans — were more likely to comfort other members of their group than orphan bonobos.

2. Vermont Senator and Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy effectively tied the Violence Against Women Act to a hearing on gun violence today. Promising to bring the Leahy-Crapo Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act to the floor soon, Leahy confirmed that 38 percent fewer women are shot by their partners partners in states that have background checks. 

Baltimore Police Chief Jim Johnson testified that when females are killed, more than 50 percent of the time, it’s by a spouse or household member. A gun in a home with a history of domestic violence increases the change that a person will be victimized by gun violence by 500 percent. via Huff Po

Politico reports that ex-NRA president Sandy Froman said that the NRA has “changed its position” on universal background checks, because it “doesn’t work”.

Rowan Barnes-Murphy for NYTimes3. As Fall 2013 fashion shows ready for launch beginning Feb. 7 with New York Fashion Week, the global flue epidemic has struck fear into the industry, reports yesterday’s New York Times Style section.

” … with this season’s flu panic, the fear is approaching hysteria. Stressed-out designers recoil in horror if someone coughs within earshot. Frail models shiver their way between fittings, terrified someone will spy their runny noses. And frenemies everywhere are reconsidering the wisdom of the double-cheek kiss, the standard greeting of the global fashion tribe. Air kissing seems safe for now.”

Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties. 

4. Catholic Cardinal Roger Mahony — now retired — has been banned from performing any public duties in the church, while Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas J. Curry has stepped down. The announcement was made by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez Thursday afternoon, in response to the priest abuse scandal, writes the LA Times

Gomez’s statement follows a recent release of internal Catholic church records. The records showed an unflinching look at 15 years of Mahony and Curry discussing ways to conceal the molestation of children from law enforcement. Those records are a tip of the iceberg in terms of what is to come in a public release.

5. Women & IQ. It’s only six months now that IQ tests have come down on the feminine side of the argument, finding that women now score higher on IQ tests than men. New Zealand researcher and IQ testing expert James Flynn has tracked the evolution of the rise of female test scores against those of men, the closing of what was once a five-point gap and now the move ahead by women in IQ testing.

“Over the last 100 years, everyone in the developing world has been gaining about three IQ points, but women have been gaining faster,” Flynn told ABC News. “This is the result of modernity. In every country where women have an equal chance of modernity, women have caught men [in IQ testing].”

Business Insider shares 5 Easy Ways To Feel More Intelligent. There’s much good advice in this article, although I’ve taken comment exception to the argument that smoking increases IQ. 

Shop Valentine’s Day online at GlamTribale Freja collection and in Philadlephia at Giant Steps Gallery; 229 S 20th Street, one block off Rittenhouse Square park. Read more about Giant Steps here.  

Saturday
Mar242012

Key Execs Leave Susan G. Komen Foundation | Single Women Voters Hold Key to 2012 Election

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Anne is reading …

Feb 2012 protesters in Dallas. Rex C. Curry/AP/FileThe number of high-ranking resignations at Susan G. Komen for the Cure has increased to at least five this week. Three officials has resigned from Komen’s Dallas headquarters, accompanied by CEOs of affiliate groups in Oregon and now New York City. The chairman of the foundation Howard University surgeon LaSalle D. Leffall Jr. has stepped down but remains on the Board.

The New York chief executive, Dara Richardson-Heron, declined to comment Wednesday. In a statement on the affiliate’s Web site, she said the decision was not “easy,” but the right one. Her counterpart in Oregon, Christine McDonald, said last month that she was stepping down. McDonald, who did not return phone calls Wednesday, said “deep frustration about the distraction” caused by the Komen headquarters’ actions was a factor, a statement on the affiliate’s Web site said.

New York is the biggest affiliate fund-raiser, raising about $12.7 million in cash and in-kind donations in the 2011 fiscal year. New York was always opposed to the decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

In Dallas, Komen is losing Katrina McGhee, the EVP and CMO, leaving May 4; Nancy Macgregor, vp of global networks is leaving in June; and Joanna Newcomb, a director for affiliate strategy and planning who is gone. McGhee oversees more than 200 corporate partnerships, 140 race events and more than $350 million in annual revenue at Komen.

Not only is Komen looking at the departures of key executives, but the breast cancer charity’s ability to fundraise is also dubious. Throughout the organization, staff members are being asked to review budgets, continues WaPo.

At Komen’s recent affiliate leadership meeting in Dallas, there was a renewed call for the organization to become more horizontal, rather than receiving top-down directives from Dallas. The NYTimes wrote earlier this week that the calls for founder Nancy G. Brinker to resign were escalating.

War on Women

Minutes ago in PA’s April 28 group planning a United Against the War on Women Rally in Harrisburg, Anne wrote “I think we need a personhood movement for women, too. Women aren’t incubators.” Jason Stanford asks the same question in his Huff Po piece.

Maybe what women need is a personhood movement that piggybacks on the Republican dream to enfranchise zygotes with civil rights. It’s time for Republicans to recognize that women should have at least as much power in their lives as they imagine a fertilized egg has.

FIFA, the Olympics, and Muslim Female Athletes Council on Foreign Relations

Pope Benedict is in Mexico, as former victims and authors staged news conferences to call attention to the sex abuse cases surrounding disgraced Rev. Marciel Degollado, the Mexican priest who founded the Legionaries of Christ. Benedict was the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office investigating the allegations. The NYTimes writes that Rev. Alberto Athié Gallo, a co-author of a new book, “The Will Not To Know” was among the voices speaking out about the case.

More DFR

President Obama greets women onstage in November 2009. (Credit: AP/Mel Evans)That subset of female voters that is unmarried women emerges as the single most important group that could decide the November elections, writes Salon. In a new report from pollster Celinda Lake and the Voter Participation Center, it’s estimated that 55 million unmarried women will be eligible to vote in November, an increase of 19 percent since 2000.

When these women do vote, it’s overwhelmingly Democratic. Reality is, though, that currently one-third of these women aren’t registered to vote, compared to a quarter of married women.

According to a poll Gardner’s group conducted with Democracy Corps and released in mid-February, Mitt Romney’s favorability numbers with unmarried women — defined as women who are divorced, separated, widowed or never been married — have dropped from 37 percent in November 2011 to 30 percent in February 2012. Meanwhile, in the same time frame, President Obama’s numbers have jumped from 54 percent in November to 65 percent in February.

Karl Lagerfeld Latest Snit

In all the chaos of the war on women and Anne acting as a press liaison for the April 28th march in Harrisburg, we failed to post Newsbeast writer Robin Givhan’s February 6 issue essay in which she called the famed designer “overrated”.

Givhan predicted her future, booted from her usual front row seat at the Chanel show. The imperial Lagerfeld claimed at a press conference Friday that he’s sorry editor Tina Brown is “going down” with a “shitty little paper”.

For a man who dished out criticism lavishly, the Chanel designer tolerates none from others. Anne has written extensively about Lagerfeld — and not kindly.

Like Aristotle, Karl Lagerfeld Sees Women As Predators

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld’s Preferred Vision | No Women Allowed

Claudia Schiffer as Muse | Comparing Frida Kahlo by Karl Lagerfeld | Iris Brosch

Karl Lagerfeld | Pirelli Calendar 2011 | The Female Divinities & Muses Are Feminists

Coco Chanel | Powerful, Seductive, Independent in ‘Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky’

Heidi Klum & Rankin Could Sell Magnum Chocolate Ice Cream NSFW

ALL Karl Lagerfeld

Anne of Carversville

AOC Private Studio

Edita Vilkeviciute | Lachan Bailey | Vogue Paris April 2012 | ‘Chic Boxing’

Marie Piovesan | Paolo Roversi | Vogue Italia March 2012 | A Lady in Spring

Vita Sidorkina | Wee Khim | L’Officiel Singapore March 2012 | ‘Life in Mono

Alison Nix | Rennio Maifredi | Marie Claire Italia April 2012 | ‘Latin Lover’

Dani Zhou | Tong Meng | ROUGE Spring 2012 | ‘Full Bloom’

AOC Style

Nadja Bender | Alexander Neumann | L’Officiel Paris April 2012 | Fil Rouge

Katryn Kruger | James Meakin | Stella Magazine March 2012 | Sharp Dressed Woman

Skye Stracke | Kayt Jones | Elle Russia April 2012 | Ladies Only

Stanislav Solntsev | Cosmopolitan Russia April 2012

Hanna Fridh | Aline & Jacqueline Tappia Reynaud | Grazia Italia March 2012 | Glam Tribale

Anouck Lepere | Steven Pan | Interview Russia March 2012 | ‘Never Enough Style

Heather Marks | Nico | Madame Figaro March 2012 | Point of Contact

Lily Donaldson | Nino Muñoz | Numéro Tokyo April 2012 | ‘Lily in the Moment’

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SN Living

Anna Selezneva | David Bellemere | Vogue Paris April 2012 | Paradis Blanc

Sienna Miller | Ryan McGinley | Vogue UK April 2012 | ‘Great Expectations’

Melissa Tammerijn | Andrew Yee | How To Spend It March 2012 | Key Looks For Spring

Alexandra Tomlinson | Jacques Olivar | Marie Claire Italia April 2012 | ‘Perfect Day’

Tallulah Morton | Manolo Campion | Nylon April 2012 | The Bright Stuff

Kate Moss | Mario Testino | Vogue Eyewear S/S 2012

Eliza Cummings | Camilla Akrans | Eres Spring/Summer 2012

Kiki Minwegen | Justin Polkey | Elle South Africa April 2012 | Fashionably Late

Hilda Pimentel | Ulrich Knoblauch | Elle South Africa April 2012 | ‘96 Remix

Anne Marie Van Dijk | James Macari | Glamour Russia April 2012

Rosette | Aubrey Jonsson | Cosmopolitan South Africa April 2012 | ‘Candy Coated Classics’

Victoria Lee | Max Abadian | Glamour UK April 2012 | ‘Hair Toss’

Kamila Filipcikova | Sergi Pons | Vanity Fair Italia March 2012 | Tweet Twiggy