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Sunday
Jun242012

American Energy Boom | Opus Dei FOX Reporter New Communication Head At Vatican | Nuns on the Bus 

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Anne is reading …

Foreign Policy shares Think Again: The American Energy Boom, a middle of the road analysis on the future of American oil production and natural gas output. Not being specialists in either field, it seems to us that the news is far better than any discussion we’ve heard on the campaign trail.

It’s entirely possible, writes FP, that the US will reclaim its spot as the world’s largest oil suppliers, thanks to hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking. The process of unlocking vast quantities of oil and gas buried in shale rock deep underground is controversial. So is deepwater drilling.

Today Saudi Arabia produces 10 million barrels of crude oil each day, versus about 6 million for the United States. Add on surging production of natural gas liquids, and the figure moves to 8 million barrels a day. EVen the cautious US Energy Information Administration (EIA) sees combined production at about 10 million barrels a day by 2020.

We never hear this news in the relentless anti-Obama energy ads, but Robert Hefner, who understands well the natural gas market as an entrepreneur, points out in his book The Grand Energy Transition that the cost of heating 65 million American homes by natural gas has fallen $20 billion annually.

Is Fracking Safe?

Fareed Zakaria is our go to expert on many subjects. Watching his Sunday GPS show recently, Fareed referenced the recent environmental study undertaken by the Environmental Defense Fund, which suggests that fracking can be done at comparatively low risk.

The rise of shale gas is shaping up to be the biggest shift in energy in generations. And its consequences — economic and political — are profoundly beneficial to the United States.

Nuns on the Bus

The Spittin’ Sister from Philadelphia will be meeting up with Nuns On the Bus next weekend, in the last phase of their bus tour for social justice. The sisters will be heading out to DC to end their rally for economic justice next weekend.

In writing just now about the Vatican’s new Fox News Opus Dei guy Gregory Joseph Burke, now in charge of communications and messaging strategy for the Vatican, we pulled out several older AOC articles on theocracy in America.

Anne has a major essay that will be published on Tuesday 10 pm. Stay tuned. Her focus is why PA voters in the 16th district must defeat incumbent Joe Pitts, who in 2002 was scheduled to speak at a conference so radical that it supports stoning in America as punishment. Our AOC mouths have been open for years on the subject of women’s rights and the erosion of church and state in America.

After researching her 4500 word essay on taking down Joe Pitts — and why concerned Americans must support Aryanna Strader’s campaign with funding — she is shaking in her stilettos.

We can’t ignore the term Harlot Babylon, referenced in Anne’s 2011 article on Oprah being called a harlot. Reading what is said about women of compassion, it occurs to us that the nuns are probably Babylon Harlots (aka radical feminists, according to the Vatican) too.

Opus Dei Fox Reporter @ Vatican

Fox News correspondent Greg Burke will leave the company to become the senior communications adviser to the Vatican. Burke, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a member of the ultra conservative Opus Dei movement. The story broke ahead of schedule, reflecting the communications chaos swirling through the Vatican.

Related Reading

Rick Santorum’s Tight Embrace of Legionairies of Christ & Regnum Christi AOC FR News

Rick Perry’s Brainless Pursuit of an American Theocracy AOC Apple Valley

The DaVinci Code: Opus Dei USNews.com

A Christian Plot for Domination? Daily Beast

Ron Paul’s Christian Reconstructionist Roots Daily Beast

Rick Santorum and the Continued Drift of the GOP into the Grip of Radical, Right-Wing Christianity Antipasministries.com

Meet the Christian Dominionist ‘Prayer Warriors’ Who Have Chosen Rick Perry as Their Vehicle to Power AlterNet

Hear This Rick Perry, If Oprah Is A Harlot, I Am A Harlot, Too AOC Women

The Harlot Babylon will be a religion of affirmation, toleration, no absolutes, a counterfeit justice movement. They will feed the poor, have humanitarian projects, inspire acts of compassion for all the wrong reasons. They won’t know it, beloved they will be sincere, many of them, but their sincerity will not in any way lessen the impact of their deception.

Small Town Aryanna Strader Voters Like Cupcake Liners, Too

Anne of Carversville

Karolina Kurkova | Miguel Reveriego | Vogue Spain July 2012 | El Ultimo Emperador Roberto Cavalli

AOC Private Studio

Candice Swanepoel | Mariano Vivanco | Muse Magazine June 2012 | Big Hard Sun

Candice Swanepoel | Collier Schorr | Muse Magazine June 2012 | Candy Cane

Naomi Campbell | Emma Summerton | W July 2012 | Luxe be a Lady

Natalia Krauchanka | Nikolay Biryukov | SCMP Style June 2012

Karolina Kurkova | Miguel Reveriego | Vogue Spain July 2012 | El Ultimo Emperador Roberto Cavalli

Naomi Campbell | Emma Summerton | W July 2012 | Luxe be a Lady

Codie Young, Skye Stracke & Emily Jean Bester | Gianluca Santoro | Vogue.it | Play Gypsies

Lily Cole | Damon Baker | S Moda for El Pais June 2012

AOC Style

Lara Stone & Joan Smalls | Mert & Marcus | Vogue US July 2012 | Risky Business

Marique Schimmel | Tesh | Elle France June 2012 | Pur White

Emma Stone | Mario Testino | Vogue US July 2012 | Comic Relief

Karlie Kloss & Clement Chabernaud | American Manhasset Fall 2012

Edita Vilkeviciute‎ | Ben Weller | Twin S/S 2012 | The Immaculate Collection

Eye | Saint Laurent Paris Design Studio Moves to LA | Alexander McQueen’s ‘Flora and Fauna’ Concept Store

SN News

Kate Upton | Terry Richardson | GQ US July 2012

Nastya Belochkina | Alexey Kolpakov | Marie Claire Russia July 2012

Sung Hee | Kah Poon | Dossier Journal S/S 2012 | Lady Godiva’s Operation

Patricia van der Vliet | Regan Cameron | Numéro Tokyo July/August 2012 | Summer Jam

Jessica Paré | Horst Diekgerdes | Elle US July 2012 | Mad About You

Gisele Bundchen |  Nino Muñoz  | Brazilian Intimates Collection Campaign

Carmen Kass | Yelena Yemchuk | 25 Magazine Spring 2012 | A Transformer

Johanna Jonsson | Marianna Sanvito | Elle Russia July 2012

Ieva Laguna | David Bellemere | Elle Russia July 2012

Marique Schimmel | Tesh | Elle France June 2012 | Trip Chic

Saturday
Jun162012

Eve Ensler's 'The Vagina Monologues' Will Be Read With Eve Ensler At Michigan Capitol June 18th 

Just In!

Vaginas Take Back the Capitol! Monday June 18th 5:00pm until 8:00 pm

Michigan Caitol Building - 100 Capitol Ave (btw. West Allegan & West Ottawa), Lansing, Michigan

Facebook Public Event until June 30 at 12:00 am PDT: Vagina isn’t a dirty word

Would you like to show your support for the word vagina in particular, and women’s rights in general? Mail a card with just the word VAGINA on it to: Jase Bolger Speaker of the House PO Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909-7514 ********

(CNN) - Two state representatives in Michigan were barred from speaking on the floor of the legislature in Lansing Thursday after colleagues deemed their language “failed to maintain the decorum” of the legislative body.

State Reps. State Reps. Lisa Brown and Barb Byrum, both Democrats, were arguing against proposed legislation that would enact new restrictions on abortions in Michigan, including provisions for new insurance requirements for abortion providers.

Brown ended her floor speech by declaring: “”I’m flattered that you are all so interested in my vagina, but no means no.”

Byrum chimed in, announcing the word “vasectomy” after Brown’s speech, an apparent reference to proposed Democratic legislation that would counter the new abortion rules by placing similar restrictions on vasectomies.

A spokesman for the Republican Speaker of the House told the Detroit Free Press the two women would not be allowed to speak on the floor after their remarks.

They “will not be recognized to speak on the House floor today after being gaveled down for their comments and actions yesterday that failed to maintain the decorum of the House of Representatives,” the spokesman said.

French Roast News

Anne is reading …

Eve Ensler’s play ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is considered to be a manifesto for women’s rights. The world is revving up behind two Democratic women members of Michigan’s state House of Representatives, after the Republican War on Women banned them for saying ‘naughty’ words on the House floor.

AOC reported the story yesterday, with Orthodox Jewish woman Lisa Brown’s speech against Michigan’s passed in House anti-abortion law, one that de facto also puts Planned Parenthood out of business in the state.

The story has gone viral, and now at least nine female legislators will join actresses from around Michigan on Monday evening to read the 1996 play “The Vagina Monologues”, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Protest organizer Carla Milarch, who is associate artistic director of the Performance Network Theatre in Ann Arbor, announced that playwright Eve Ensler is flying in for the event from California. “Staging the play seemed like the perfect response to conservative men silencing women for speaking in direct terms about body parts — specifically for saying the word vagina, she said.”

Also planning to read Monday are Rep. Barb Byrum, D-Onondaga, who also was banned from making further speeches because she intended to introduce a bill putting restrictions on vascetomies; Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes, D-Saginaw; Rep. Dian Slavens, D-Canton; Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit; Rep. Vicki Barnett, D-Farmington Hills; Rep. Joan Bauer, D-Lansing, and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer, D-East Lansing.

“No one is throwing these words around (in the Legislature) without a rational context. If these men can’t handle the debate about women’s bodies, they shouldn’t be taking away our rights” to abortion access, Whitmer said.

Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, said she will read from the play ” because preserving freedom of speech is essential in any legislative body.

Lisa Brown Silenced by Bolger

Michigan Rep Lisa Brown (D) is banned indefinitely from speaking by Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R)Ari Adler, press secretary for Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R) told TPM that her punishment had nothing to do with her use of the word ‘vagina’.

“The Speaker Protempore at the time was John Walsh. It was his judgment at the time that when she finished her statement by referencing her vagina, and then saying ‘no means no,’ that was drawing in a rape reference, and he felt that crossed the line.”

Michigan Liberal posts an email from Adler that goes further:

“All day today, we have had representatives of both parties, both genders and several different religions passionately debating important issues that will significantly impact the future of Michigan. I would urge you not to become too distracted by temper tantrums designed to score political points.”

Brown was explaining that the package of abortion bills — one including the “let women die” rule, would violate her Jewish religious beliefs which says that abortions must be allowed to save the life of the mother.

Related Reading: Michigan’s Attack on Women’s Rights New York Times

FDA Revises Scientific Language Around Morning-After Pill

In a speed not known to the federal government, the Food & Drug Administration updated its definition of how the morning after pill works, after a recent in-depth article by the New York Times.

In its recent report on the morning-after pill, the Times said the FDA had decided during the drug-approval process to say the pill can prevent eggs from implanting despite “lack of scientific proof” and “objections by the manufacturer of Plan B, the pill on the market the longest.” According to the Times, leading scientists say studies “provide strong evidence that Plan B does not prevent implantation and no proof that a newer type of pill, Ella, does.”

The change isn’t likely to have significant short-term change in the abortion debate, where anti-abortion advocates have little interest in hearing the scientific facts about women’s reproductive health.

Anne of Carversville

Body Talk | Owning Vulvas, Clits & G-Spots AOC Sensual Rebel

I do understand that women are tired of being sexually dissected, but as grownup females, we remain unbelievably uncommitted to embracing the benefits of healthy sexuality — assuming that access to condoms and birth control exists.

Political and religious patriarchies are waging greater control than ever over female sexuality around the world. My advice to women in developed countries about exploring their sexuality is laughable when women are dying and raped in the Congo.

The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning to Love Our Genitalia AOC Sensual Rebel

I returned to the subject of vaginas today, ruminating over a comment I made last week about the male fear of castration in female orifices. Busy rewriting a new definition of sensuality that I will present to Webster’s before the end of 2011 — come hell or high water —  I found myself in the muck of ‘vagina dentata’ at 5am.

You might think that ‘vagina dentata’ or a vagina full of teeth capable of devouring a phallus without warning is present only in ancient history and mythology. It was actually the basis of the 2007 horror/humor film ‘Teeth’.

Friday
Jun012012

American Nuns Call Vatican Charges "A Flawed Process" | Ideology Drives Perception of War on Women

French Roast News

Anne is reading …

Sister Claudia Bronsing takes part in a vigil at St. Colman Church in Cleveland, Ohio, in support of Catholic nuns who were criticized by the Vatican. Michael McElroy for the New York Times The Vatican awaits American nuns who will travel to Rome in an effort to open discussions and their defense against charges that American nuns are “radical feminists” and not committed to upholding core Catholic values.

Concluding a week of meetings in Washington, the 21 board members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 80 percent of the nation’s dwindling 57,000 nuns, spoke today in strong terms. Sister Pat Farrell, president of the conference helped draft a response to the Vatican calling recent charges based on “unsubstantiated accusations” and a “flawed process”. The sisters added that the charges have caused scandal, pain and polarization in the Roman Catholic Church.

“Even large sectors of the church itself have legitimate concern and want to continue to talk about the place of women in the church, and rightful equality between men and women,” said Sister Farrell, who is a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Francis, of Dubuque, Iowa. “So if that is called radical feminism, then a lot of men and women in the church, far beyond us, are guilty of that.”

The National Catholic Reporter interviewed Franciscan Sister Pat Farrell today. She shares details of this week’s meetings and the desires of American nuns to forge an honest, high-integrity dialogue with Rome. Read also the New York Times.

Related reading: Catholic child abuse cover-up case heads to jury CNN

Jurors began deliberating today in Philadelphia in the “landmark trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric charged with endangering children by allegedly helping cover up sexual abuse.”

On trial besides Lynn is Rev. James Brennan, who is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old. Both Brennan and Lynn claim that they are innocent.

Women’s Pay Growth

Forbes reports that a new analysis from PayScale confirms that today’s full-time American female college grads initially earn a median of $31,900 and male college grads earn a median of $40,800. From ages 22 to 30 their salaries growth similarly in percentage terms.

At age 30, women’s earnings growth slows substantially. “By age 39, college-educated women working full-time stop getting raises and see their salaries peak at about $60,000. Their male peers, on the other hand, continue seeing wage increases through age 48, when they earn a median of $95,000 a year.”

For plausible reasons why, read on at Forbes.

Conservative Women Say “No War on Women”

A new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation says that three in 10 women (31 percent overall believe that there is currently a “wide-scale effort to limit women’s reproductive health choices and services, such as abortion, family planning, and contraception” in America.

Nevertheless, 42 percent of women polled reported that they took some action in the past six months in reaction to a news or feature item in the media.

This includes attempting to influence a friend or family member’s opinion (23 percent), donating money to a non-profit working on reproductive health issues (15 percent), and contacting an elected official (14 percent).

Six in 10 women voters say the economy is the top election issue and concern.

Writing for The Washington Post, Suzi Parker points out that the real dividing line is ideology.

Nearly half of liberal women (49 percent) said there was a war on women’s health with only 18 percent of conservative women thinking the same.