Thursday, December 01, 2016

Obama Supports Women Registering for Military Draft

May we never alter the constitutional law that protects the young women of this country, so help us God. From ABC news: "The pronouncement from the Obama administration, while symbolic, is little more than a statement of support.

"In order for women to actually be mandated to sign up for the draft, it would require an act of Congress to alter current law. There is little evidence of support for such a measure in Congress, with the administration announcement coming on the heels of Congress eliminating the women-in-the draft provision from the National Defense Authorization Act." Read the article: Obama Supports Women Registering for Military Draft by Jordyn Phelps, Dec 1, 2016

Monday, November 28, 2016

Donald Trump Demands ‘A Better Deal’ From Cuba

"President-elect Donald Trump says Cuba needs to provide a better deal for its people and the United States if the country wants to continue enjoying the thawed economic relations achieved during the Obama administration.

"“If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday." Continue reading: Donald Trump Demands ‘A Better Deal’ From Cuba by Charlie Spiering, 28 Nov 2016 Breitbart

Sunday, November 27, 2016

FDA Approves US Trial of Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine

FDA Approves US Trial of Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine by Nick Mulcahy, October 28, 2016 Metscape

Related articles:

Cuban cancer vaccine to be tested in U.S. sparks a new scientific bond by Alan Gomez and Liz Szabo | USA TODAY May 13, 2015

Can Cuban Science Go Global? Tensions between Cuba and the U.S. are easing. But researchers still struggle to join the scientific world -- By Sara Reardon, Nature magazine on September 29, 2016 Scientific American

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The Weimar Republic: Gone but Not Forgotten

"The Weimar Republic has been on people’s minds with the results of the U.S. presidential election and rise of the radical right in Europe. Is there a lesson to be learned from the Weimar experience? Any answer to that question has to be grounded in the chaotic history of the republic that barely held Germany together from 1919 to 1933." Read the article: The Weimar Republic: Gone but Not Forgotten by Matthew Wills, November 26, 2016 JSTOR

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Congress May Not Require Women to Register for Draft

"While U.S. Defense Department officials have made clear it has no problem with requiring women to register for the draft, lawmakers in Congress appear poised to dodge the issue in the upcoming battle over the defense policy bill.

"House and Senate negotiators plan to shelve the provision in the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act in favor of ordering up a study of the issue, sources told Politico and the Washington Examiner.

""Neither majorities support it," a source told Politico. "There's bigger things to worry about" in the $602 billion defense bill proposed by the Pentagon and the White House."" Read the article: Congress May Not Require Women to Register for Draft - 8 NOV 2016 | by Richard Sisk

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton ad: Martha and Sara

Thanks, Hillary Clinton. You tore my heart out with this campaign video, beautifully done like an Asian MetLife ad, with a moving orchestral musical score behind it all.

Via Hillary Clinton on You Tube

Monday, October 10, 2016

History Not Taught is History Forgot: Columbus' Legacy of Genocide

Image via "1492.0", Righting Red

(...)"The tribute system, instituted by the Governor sometime in 1495, was a simple and brutal way of fulfilling the Spanish lust for gold while acknowledging the Spanish distaste for labor. Every Taino over the age of fourteen had to supply the rulers with a hawk's bell of gold every three months (or in gold-deficient areas, twenty-five pounds of spun cotton); those who did were given a token to wear around their necks as proof that they had made their payment; those who did not were, as [Columbus's brother, Fernando] says discreetly "punished"-by having their hands cut off, as [the priest, BartolomŽ de] las Casas says less discreetly, and left to bleed to death.

"It is entirely likely that upwards of 10,000 Indians were killed in this fashion alone, on Espa–ola alone, as a matter of policy, during Columbus's tenure as governor. Las Casas' Brev’sima relaci—n, among other contemporaneous sources, is also replete with accounts of Spanish colonists (hidalgos) hanging Tainos en masse, roasting them on spits or burning them at the stake (often a dozen or more at a time), hacking their children into pieces to be used as dog feed and so forth, all of it to instill in the natives a "proper attitude of respect" toward their Spanish "superiors."" History Not Taught is History Forgot: Columbus' Legacy of Genocide Excerpted from the book Indians are Us (Common Courage Press, 1994) by Ward Churchill |

Related link: Taíno on Wikipedia

My October Fragrances List

Still Life with a Cup of Coffee, Roses and Fruits
Oil paint on hardboard | 40 × 35 cm | 15.8 x 13.8 inches
Anna Fine Art

Seasonal changes haven't swayed my taste in fragrances for quite some time, but currently I'm wearing warmer, sweeter coconuts blended with vanilla, and a new favorite note combination found in my personal coffee-and-rose perfume, which I had intended to offer for sale but have only kept for myself to wear. Perhaps one of these days I'll get it done, along with everything else I said I've thought about doing. I must say, having a unique original perfume that no one else has smelled or worn makes me feel pampered, a sensation I could get used to.

Coffee and roses seems an iconic combination if only in the world of stock photos and not fragrance, but perhaps someone out there will create some divine liquid gems to saturate the market with and put to shame anything I've ever made. I usually only work with combinations that smell too good to mess up completely. Lol. My coffee & roses mix is one of my personal favorites: rich, mildly sweet but a touch bitter, sumptuous, aromatic, and in an intense parfum strength I can only dab lightly onto one or two pulse points at a time. My rose oil is at least as strong as Caron Rose extrait. My coffee's potent, too.

Aside from my coffee obsession, my love for the star of tropical notes, coconut, continues season after season, year upon year. Today I might spend Columbus Day attempting to make these zeppole that don't taste like zeppole because I don't have the right recipe. Sugar and dough is another foolproof combination, and goes well with a good ol' cuppa joe. Enjoy your season!

My fragrances list:

LaVanilla Coconut
The Body Shop Coconut
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
OGX Coconut Water for my hair

Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Ways to Layer Nail Polish

These are great tips! Read: 5 Ways to Layer Nail Polish Polish by Chelsea King, Mar 1, 2015

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Bath & Body Works Honolulu Sun

Of all my coconut scents and Bath & Body Works body mists, Honolulu Sun is my #1 favorite fragrance of Summer '16. It was launched as part of the same collection as Golden Pineapple Luau, but Honolulu Sun is more coconut-centric whereas Golden Pineapple Luau is a fruitier cocktail. They're both beachy, but Honolulu Sun has a suntan-lotion-in-the-beachy-air kind of feeling that I can't get enough of. What is your favorite scent to remind you of the season? May these happy days remain when splendid summer is gone again.

Top Notes: Fresh Island Coconut, Ocean Air Accord, Pacific Palm, Sundrenched Citrus
Mid Notes: Creamy Coconut Milk, Exotic Island Nectars, Pink Passionfruit
Dry Notes: Driftwood, White Sand Musk

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Watch Japan's prime minister morph into Mario for the Olympics closing ceremony

Pac-Man is Japanese?! I'm having a crisis! At least Ms. Pac-Man is still an All-American babe! Watch Japan's prime minister morph into Mario for the Olympics closing ceremony by Rich McCormick, August 21, 2016 The Verge

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Puerto Rico wins first Olympic gold as Monica Puig clinches women's tennis title

Via Reuters: "Monica Puig may be delivering the first Olympic gold to Puerto Rico, but she is not the first Puerto Rican to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She's not even the first to win a gold medal for women's tennis." Continue reading: Puerto Rico wins first Olympic gold as Monica Puig clinches women's tennis title by Leela de Kretser, Aug. 13, 2016 Reuters Live

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nile Wilson (GBR) – 2016 European champion on High Bar

Nile Wilson scored 15.666 on the high bar at the Rio Olympics in the Men's Gymnastics Team Final. I look forward to seeing him and Kenzo Shirai (JPN), Sam Mikulak (USA) and all of the Olympic gymnasts competing in the All-Around tomorrow.

Published on Jun 7, 2016 UEG Official – 32nd European Championships in Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Bern (SUI), May 25-28, 2016. Nile Wilson (GBR). Apparatus Finals, High Bar : 15.300 (Difficulty : 6.900 ; Execution : 8.400), European champion. Uploaded by europeangymnastics on You Tube

Nile WILSON Rings SILVER - 2016 Apparatus Finals -- Published on Apr 12, 2016 The 2016 British Championships at the Echo Arena Liverpool. Uploaded by BGtv British Gymnastics on You Tube