Friday, August 18, 2017

SNL Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville

Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville - SNL

Tina Fey reacts to the events of Charlottesville and offers a plan for how to deal with future Alt-Right protests. Posted by Saturday Night Live on YouTube on Aug 17, 2017

Added at 12:55 PM: Do not attend a hate rally.

Find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw media attention away from hate. Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide - Southern Poverty Law Center splcenter.org August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Canadian roots of white supremacist Richard Spencer

"“I hope that one day all Europeans can be united. That we could revive something like the Roman Empire. (...) The Canadian roots of white supremacist Richard Spencer - Avery Haines writes about meeting the white supremacist making headlines today—and his disturbing dream for a 'white state' - Nov 25, 2016 By Avery Haines, macleans.ca

Sunday, August 06, 2017

An Imagined Date Between Two Straight Men

An Imagined Date Between Two Straight Men Rebecca Caplan Shea Strauss December 13, 2016 The New Yorker

Friday, August 04, 2017

Max Park | How The Rubik's Cube Changed His Life



Max Park | How The Rubik's Cube Changed His Life

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From Autism Speaks: "Max Park is a 15 year old on the autism spectrum who just became the 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion. Max is a speedcuber, a person who competes in cubing competitions by solving a Rubik's Cube and other twisty puzzles in record time. His best time in this year's competition was an astonishing 5.87 seconds. Watch his inspiring journey to becoming the 2017 world champion (...)": Teen with autism is 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion - autismspeaks.org

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

Of course Pope Francis is blaming sola scriptura, which the hardest-lining Catholics blame Judeo-Christianity for, for the zealotry among members of his own Church he's pointing out. But maybe both sides, the Protestants and Catholics who merged as the Christian Right, are equally to blame for emulating past popes like Ratzinger who are every bit the unforgiving hard liners as the Christian Right are on abortion. Via NYT: "“American Catholicism, he argued, echoing the article’s thesis, “has become different than mainstream European Catholicism and mainstream Latin American Catholicism,” and has fallen “into the hands of the religious right.”" Read: A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics by Jason Horowitz, August 2, 2017 The New York Times

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream




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Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream is described as a combination of Fresh Coconut Water, Sparkling Mandarin, Kiwi Blossom, Lush Frangipani, Tahitian Vanilla Musk, but I mostly smell a cornucopia of tropical melons and kiwi within a vanilla-based powdery fruity floral. It's not heavy (for comparison, A Thousand Wishes is incredibly so), but it has some sweetness and body to it. I get some woodsiness towards the finish. It's a bit aqueous and sporty, too, striking all the right notes from sunny and warm to refreshingly cool.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New York Crossings Project


New York Crossings Project - Published on Oct 5, 2016 by NYGovCuomo on You Tube


October 5, 2016, New York City - Governor Cuomo announced a transformational plan to reimagine New York's crossings for the 21st century. The plan will institute state-of-the-art automatic tolling at all MTA bridges and tunnels – reducing traffic congestion and decreasing emissions to improve the overall travel experience for millions of residents and visitors in New York State. (Video credit: Campbell Ewald, Versus, Ned Kahn, Grimshaw Architects, L'Observatoire International)

Colorful Lights Are Turning Skyscrapers Into Tacky Billboards - As LED technology makes it cheaper to illuminate buildings, cities are becoming experimental spaces for an ancient form of visual communication—and not always for the better. By Adrienne LaFrance Jan 25, 2016 The Atlantic 

Cuomo Unveils Plan to Transform City Bridges with Lighting Displays by Jose Martinez, October 5, 2016 NY1

"The Cuomo administration said the $216 million figure was just a placeholder — and that, though lights will be gracing MTA bridges, the MTA won’t pick up the bill.

"“The funding of these lights are not an MTA issue,” Lhota told the Daily News.

"Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever said, “The mayor should know the facts before speaking. The MTA will not pay for the Harbor of Lights proposal — period.” 

"“It is an economic development and energy-efficiency proposal that would be paid for by” Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority." Cuomo, de Blasio spar over fancy MTA bridge lights by Jillian Jorgensen NEW YORK DAILY NEWS July 20, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Another day, another derailment in NYC subway




New Yorkers are living a Summer of Hell, a real life Atlas Shrugged moment as the privately owned MTA demands funding from NYC before they can stop playing Russian roulette with our lives. Which is better in the long run: private or public ownership, and who's responsible for the operation and maintenance of a private entity that isn't legally bound to serve the public? Don't let this turn into another Flint, Michigan. Another day, another derailment in NYC subway by Associated Press, Jul 2017

Here's the century-old technology delaying the New York City subway every day

Here's the century-old technology delaying the New York City subway every day by Graham Rapier Jun 20, 2017 Business Insider

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Anal Sex Safety and Health Concerns




From WebMD: "An estimated 90% of men who have sex with men and as many as 5% to 10% of sexually active women engage in receptive anal intercourse.

"While some people find anal sex enjoyable, the practice has downsides and requires special safety precautions."

Is Anal Sex Safe?

"There are a number of health risks with anal sex, and anal intercourse is the riskiest form of sexual activity for several reasons, including the following: Anal Sex Safety and Health Concerns - webmd.com

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Japanese sacred island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing

"A sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.

"Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century.

"The reason for the ban on women has never been publicly stated, but one theory – which extends to other aspects of Japanese culture – cites the Shinto belief that menstrual blood is impure."

Japanese sacred island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing - Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, is home to a 17th century shrine. By Justin McCurry, 9 July 2017 Guardian

Related article: UNESCO recognizes Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage site - July 7, 2017 PINK MANHATTAN

UNESCO recognizes Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage site

Any day now, UNESCO and The Catholic Church should declare Hebron as a Greco-Roman site for its Hellenistic roots, and Japan's men-only island where the sacred bathing ritual takes place, a Roman bathhouse. Jews and Japanese share more than a traditional mikvah; the Jewish home which is also home to Arabs is called by a Roman name, as Japan is called by the Chinese name. The Church has been trolling Jews for 2000 years, and when they say they won't stop until every Jew accepts Christ, they mean it.

I also feel there's been an unusual amount of focus given to phallic symbolism since the Trump administration took office. Weren't most of these religions written to promote the psychological well-being of warriors?

From CatholicCulture.org: "The UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as a World Heritage Site, approving a request by the Palestinian Authority.

"Israeli had strongly opposed the Palestinian request, but a majority of UNESCO committee members voted in its favor, recognizing the “Palestinian site.”

"The Tomb of the Patriarchs is recognized by Jews as the burial site of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For Muslims the Ibahimi Mosque is located on the site." UNESCO recognizes Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage site - July 10, 2017 catholicculture.org

Related links:

"Hebron, located in the Judean hills south of Jerusalem, is the site of the oldest Jewish community in the world, dating back to Biblical times. Today, Hebron is home to some 250,000 Palestinians and approximately 700 Jews. An additional 6,000 Jews live in the adjacent community of Kiryat Arba.

"Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic) is located 32 kilometers south of Jerusalem and is built on several hills and wadis, most of which run north- to-south. The Hebrew word Hebron is explained as being derived from the Hebrew word for friend (haver), a description for the Patriarch Abraham. The Arabic Al- Khalil,literally the friend, has a nearly identical derivation and also refers to Abraham (Ibrahim), whom Muslims similarly describe as the friend of God. Hebron is one of the oldest continually occupied cities in the world, and has been a major focus of religious worship for over two millenia." jewishvirtuallibrary.org

"It is noteworthy that while Hebron was in Muslim hands, Jews were often barred from their holy site and subject to pogroms by their Arab neighbors. But after coming under Israeli control in 1967, both Jews and Muslims share access to the shrine." camera.org

Monday, July 10, 2017

EMIN In Another Life Official Music Video ft. Donald Trump and Miss Universe 2013 Contestants



I like the tune. It's actually a banger for a wedding reception.


Sunday, July 09, 2017

20+ Passive Aggressive Office Notes That Are So Good You Can’t Even Be Mad

Is the passive-aggressive behavior the act of leaving a note with a clear message for staff, or the things staff will do under their bosses' noses because they're tired, overworked or otherwise not feeling well and are in need of blowing off steam? 20+ Passive Aggressive Office Notes That Are So Good You Can’t Even Be Mad (Image of Bob Marley via boredpanda)


Monday, July 03, 2017

Happy Independence Day: Columbia (name)





From Wikipedia: ""Columbia" (/kəˈlʌmbiə/; kə-LUM-bee-ə) is a historical name used by both Europeans and Americans to describe the Americas, the New World, and often, more specifically, the United States of America. It is also a name given to the "Spirit of the Frontier" of which was used to illustrate Manifest Destiny among several other American political causes. It has given rise to the names of many persons, places, objects, institutions, and companies; e.g., Columbia University, the District of Columbia (the national capital), and the ship Columbia Rediviva, which would give its name to the Columbia River. Images of the Statue of Liberty largely displaced personified Columbia as the female symbol of the U.S. by around 1920.[1]

"Columbia is a New Latin toponym, in use since the 1730s, for the Thirteen Colonies. It originated from the name of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and from the ending -ia, common in Latin names of countries (paralleling Britannia, Gallia etc.)." Continue reading: Columbia (name) on Wikipedia

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Happy NYC Pride




BOB THE DRAG QUEEN - PURSE FIRST (feat. DJ Mitch Ferrino)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Advice From Your Favorite Drag Queens



Published by It Gets Better Project on You Tube on Jun 1, 2017

We visited the 2017 RuPaul's Drag Con and interviewed some of your favorite queens!

Included in the interview:

Kim Chi
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Eureka O'Hara
Joslyn Fox
Aja
Alaska Thunderfuck 3000
Bob the Drag Queen
Sasha Velour
Ross Matthews

Nine interviews with RuPaul Drag Race icons -- and they all have the same core message: It Gets Better!

Not only is there a vast community of people out there who "accept" you for your true authentic self, but we CELEBRATE you!

NYC Pride March Is Tomorrow!



The March

DATE AND TIME

Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Step Off: Noon

LOCATION

Begins at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue Ends at Christopher and Greenwich streets

More info: nycpride.org


Philando Castile Nightmare Caught on Video

Warning *Graphic video at link: Philando Castile, Diamond Reynolds and a Nightmare Caught on Video - When Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer, the traumatic events were captured by police and security cameras, and his girlfriend's smartphone. The New York Times

Wikipedia: "On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, after being pulled over in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. Castile was in a car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter when he was pulled over by Yanez and another officer." Shooting of Philando Castile

Friday, June 23, 2017

Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer



I wish I'd read about the Alt-Right on Hillary Clinton's web site sooner. I missed all the election news that could've illuminated the mystery.


The "OK" emoji 👌 and hand signal has a double meaning in the Alt-Right context for "WP," which stands for white power. This sign is sometimes referred to as a Satanic symbol. It's no surprise that everything in this movement is about doublespeak, or passive-aggressive, undercover communication.

Like Polandball, this frog is a motif for white supremacists to create comic strips and saleable goods around. I don't think all of them are LGBT, but maybe the people who went after Hillary are afraid of being outed. READ Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer - That cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize. September 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Chan | hillaryclinton.com


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Related articles:

(...)"From 2008 onward, the term has been used to refer to a type of white identity politics that believes in racialism (the need to divide humanity into racial groups) and rejects American conservatism for being a “cuckold movement” (a cuckold is a man whose wife sleeps with other men; likewise, in the alt-right telling of the story, white conservatives are wrongfully “in bed with” other races, not only sexually, but socially, culturally, and politically)." An Evangelical Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right June 22, 2017 bruceashford.net

(...)"Jon Stone, in The Guardian, called it a "swelling of vicious right-wing sentiment" and compared it to the men's rights movement.[137]  Commentators such as Jon Stone, Liana Kerzner and Ryan Cooper have said that the controversy is being exploited by right-wing voices and by conservative pundits who had little interest in gaming.[137][141][88]  Chrisella Herzog states that in addition to violent sexism, Gamergate has virulent strains and violent sentiments of homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and neo-Nazism.[80]  Some in the gamergate movement went on to be part of the alt-right." Gamergate controversy - Wikipedia

"Longtime LGBTQ organizer Scot Nakagawa has been fighting white nationalist movements for over 30 years, now as a senior partner at ChangeLab, a think tank on racial justice. Says Nakagawa, "We have to remember that even racist white gay men are still very vulnerable to discrimination" because they're gay. "When one is under attack"—not by phantom Muslims, but by real, neighborhood gaybashers—"one picks up whatever shields one can,"even shields like racism that will not fight the true threat. In Donovan's writing, it's clear that what he's terrified of most is "weakness," especially male weakness. (He notes that he feels "disgusting" if he doesn't train in a gym "for more than a few days.")" How the Alt-Right Is Using Sex and Camp to Attract Gay Men to Fascism - Queer people are not immune to fascist impulses. By Donna Minkowitz, June 5, 2017 Slate

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bernie Sanders - The President We've Been Waiting For



Happy Summer - Once more with feeling!

🔥 Bernie Sanders 🔥 - The President We've Been Waiting For (2016)

Via YouTube uploaded by The Digital Left

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dugin's Evil Theology


Image via sinj.com


Dugin’s Evil Theology‌ - His Eurasianism is a satanic cult. By Robert Zubrin June 18, 2014 National Review

Related article:

A former banker turned film producer and right-wing polemicist, Bannon has praised not only Russian President Vladimir Putin but also a brand of Russian mystical conservative nationalism known as Eurasianism, which is the closest the Kremlin has to a state ideology. Alexander Dugin and Steve Bannon’s Ideological Ties to Vladimir Putin’s Russia by Owen Matthews, 4/17/17 Newsweek

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Meet the Proud Boys, the Chauvinists Providing 'Security' at a Right-wing Event Near You



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The new Alt-Right / Alt-Light group acts like Westboro Baptist Church when they storm public places and get filmed without a permit amongst the people they set out to provoke on camera (assuming these people are strangers to the provocateurs, not actors). It's an obnoxious precedent set by the fringe groups to justify free speech through aggressive bullying tactics, all for show.

Are they Nazis? Anything seems possible disguised as a joke.

Via Haaretz: "For all their anti-immigrant sentiment, the group devotes a lot of its online activity to arguing that it’s not a white-supremacist outfit. McInnes has posted a video called “Why We Don’t Let Nazis in Proud Boys,” but the arguments can be unconvincing. For example, McInnes starts by saying "I would like to make it clear that the Nazis don’t exist. The KKK is not storming through your campus calling people the N-word, the noose on your professor’s door was not put there by a Nazi. All those hate crimes you see are hoaxes .... Even the smoking guns you have, like that Sieg Heil they did [for Trump in November], you know those people were kidding, right?”"

READ Meet the Proud Boys, the Chauvinists Providing 'Security' at a Right-wing Event Near You - The leaders of the new group, among them Vice founder Gavin McInnes, say they're just fun-loving guys, but a racism monitor describes them as a 'fight club' seeking clashes with leftists. By Taly Krupkin 19.06.2017 Haaretz

Related article: OK, if this writer is more concerned about chastising the largely female base for being too picky and unpragmatic to win, unlike these awesome Alt-Right strategists, I'll just relax and take it as a joke, too... What the Alt-Right Understands about Winning Elections That Some Progressives Do Not - Why is the anti-Semitic alt-right OK with Trump’s Jewish family? The answer explains part of the movement’s success. By Yair Rosenberg, June 20, 2017 Tablet


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Enjoy your day, dads. What's Father's Day without a little Old Spice? 💜💝

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bath & Body Works Tutti Dolci (White Mocha Kiss, Sweet Lemon Buttercup)




Move over, prestige fragrances, because Bath & Body Works has a satisfyingly sweet gourmand collection at a competitive price. If you liked the white chocolate note in Britney Spears Fantasy, White Mocha Kiss from the Tutti Dolci collection is a morsel of fruity goodness dipped in white chocolate fondue. It's been compared to another scent by the same company called Beach Nights Summer Marshmallow which I've only smelled in shower gel which, sometimes, smells unlike the matching body mist, but yes, they're similar. Here are the notes on the web site:

Bath & Body Works White Mocha Kiss

Fall in love with rich vanilla mocha & coconut orchid wrapped in marshmallow crème

Here's a fuller list of notes:

Top Notes: Crisp Apple, Watery Lily
Mid Notes: S’mores Accord, Ginger Flower, Coconut Orchid
Dry Notes: Vanilla Mocha, Driftwood, Marshmallow Crème




Sweet Lemon Buttercup is a rich, sweet, cakey gourmand that starts with a sharp lemon cleanser note, yet settles down to a well-balanced blend of lemon cream and pound cake. I prefer White Mocha Kiss because it's a bit lighter, but if you want more Angel Food cake than fruit ganache, go for it.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Lemon Buttercup

Top Notes: Juicy Mandarin, Sweet Lemon, Sparkling Lime Blossom
Mid Notes: Sugared Muguet, Jasmine
Dry Notes: Meringue Accord, White Musk, Whipped Cream

BONUS surprise reviews 🍰🌸:

Pink Peony Crème, which, again, I've only tried in shower gel form, boasts of an enticing blend of raspberry crème with a peony flower note, and smells more floral than gourmand. It's the most traditionally perfumey scent among the ones I smelled, conceptually similar to Vera Wang Princess but less sweet, with an ambery woody musk base without the chocolate.

Now, you might be thinking, "What's so Italian about Tutti Dolci?" I know, I almost got the Golden Honey Praline, but without an almond note, I probably wasn't getting a pignoli cookie, the Italian version of the French macaron or macaroon. But I should try it, because hazelnut praline with salted caramel sounds divine. With honey, too; maybe it smells like baklava. ☕

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Yoko Ono added to Imagine writing credits



Yoko Ono added to Imagine writing credits

By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter 15 June 2017 BBC


Monday, June 12, 2017

In Her Own Words: Evan Rachel Wood Reflects on Her Bisexuality and the Power of Perfume



"Personally, I've been very open about my bisexuality because I was terrified growing up and felt very alone. There are misconceptions-a lot of people think that you're confused if you're bisexual. They want you to be either gay or straight. And there's bi-phobia in the straight community, as well as in the LGBT community, which breaks my heart." In Her Own Words: Evan Rachel Wood Reflects on Her Bisexuality and the Power of Perfume

Marie Claire April 7, 2016



Related articles:

"Granted, there is no shortage of bisexual celebrities—and that shouldn’t be a surprise seeing as bisexual people comprise more than half of the U.S. LGBT community. 

"Recent surveys have shown that bisexual people are the largest group within the LGBTQ community: half of people who identify as LGB identify as bisexual. However, bisexuals are far less likely than their gay and lesbian peers to be out, citing stereotypes, skepticism and pressure to “choose” one sexual orientation as reasons for staying in the closet.

"“I really started contemplating suicide because I had no way to express myself." #BiPride: In Powerful Video, Evan Rachel Wood Highlights Issues Facing Bisexual Community by Hayley Miller, Human Rights Campaign hrc.org June 21, 2016

"“I choose to use my voice because it would feel selfish to have acquired the platform to represent the underrepresented and to not use it,” she said near the end of her speech." Evan Rachel Wood’s Big Bisexual Moment by Samantha Allen 02.09.17 The Daily Beast

"I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgments," she says. "And I was craving danger and excitement. I looked at my mother one day and said, 'Mom, I'm gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself, and if people aren't OK with that, I'm sorry, but I can't live my life for other people.' 

"Turns out people weren't really OK with that, mostly because of the colossal mindfuck that was just looking at Wood and Manson together. But for Wood it was a learning experience of the highest order. "Most teenagers are searching for identity, and I was thrown into a situation where I was supposed to have that already figured out," she says. "Then you're demonized for figuring it out and getting messy. People would call me a whore when I walked down the street, and you can't not be hurt by that."

"What the public didn't know at the time was that Wood was attracted not just to Manson's in-your-face liberation but also to his androgyny. She has since referred to herself as gender-fluid, and in 2011 came out publicly as bisexual." Evan Rachel Wood: How Wild Past, Personal Demons Prepped Her for 'Westworld' - Former child star fought bad romances and anti-LGBTQ prejudice before channeling her craziness into paranoid-android role – and rebooting her life. By Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, November 17, 2016

"According to the report, about 61 percent of bisexual women reported some incident of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, compared with about 43 percent of lesbian women and 35 percent of heterosexual women.

"Ninety percent of those bisexual women who had experienced intimate partner violence had only male perpetrators, while two-thirds of lesbian victims had only female perpetrators.

"Regardless of their sexual orientation, most women who suffered sexual violence said that they were victimized by men, the CDC report found." Bisexual Women at Especially High Risk of Sexual Violence, CDC Says - Six out of 10 reported rape, stalking or other abuse, often early in life. Jan. 25, 2013 US News

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Bill Maher Knows Exactly What He's Doing

I wonder who's the most politically incorrect, ballsy and non-cowardly of them all: Trump, Bill Maher or Bob the Drag Queen. Bill Maher Knows Exactly What He's Doing - Just Ask Him. By Stephen Rodrick, Jun 6, 2017 Esquire

Related article: "He’s also sexist: He calls women “bitches” and once cheered on a professional football player for allegedly choking his girlfriend, saying “the surprise is that someone hasn’t choked this bitch sooner.”(...)

"He fervently defended Bill O’Reilly’s racist and sexist joke about Rep. Maxine Waters’ hair, saying the outcry over it was an example of the kind of sensitivity that lost Democrats the presidential election." Bill Maher has been a public racist for a long time. Here are the receipts. By Emily Q. Hazzard Senior Editor, ThinkProgress Jun 3

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Finale


Aja, Alexis Michelle, Peppermint & Sasha Velour - C.L.A.T. (Feat. DJ Mitch Ferrino) [Official Video]


Are you ready for the season finale this Friday? I haven't seen every episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, and there's so much to catch up on including episodes of Untucked, but I hope to re-watch Season 9 Episode 6 "Snatch Game," a highlight of the series according to the show's true fans. The contestants showed theatrical skills in the improv game, including Season 9's very own Marlene Dietrich, Naomi Campbell and Liza Minnelli.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Victoria's Secret Pink Sunset



This is a new fragrance that was introduced recently as part of the 2017 collection of summer scents. Pink Sunset features notes of watermelon, coconut and rum. I smell the watermelon, but it's not a high-pitched, aqueous sport scent like Davidoff Cool Water. Combined with a watery coconut note and a deep and meditative woodsy base, the watermelon blend is sweet at first, mildly creamy like fruit-flavored toffee, with emphasis on a smoky sandalwood base for a comforting, "just came out of the sauna" warmth that lasts well through the day.

The fragrance resembles Beyonce Heat (or Heat Rush), but not as orange+musk. Pink Sunset has a woodier dry down with a note that's closer to Tom Ford Black Orchid but lighter, and to my nose not bitter at all without patchouli, and no rum like the list of notes suggested. As deep and rich as woods may be, this is not so intense, radiating an aura that's soft and warm, pleasant and peaceful. At the end of the day, it is VS and it smells pink, borne of a simple combination of notes that works at the dauntingly simple task of smelling nice, which, to me, olfactorily speaking, could mean both energizing and relaxing at once.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Bath & Body Works Magic in the Air



Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 The Bath & Body Works fragrance I'm about to show you is not quite related to LGBTQ (I), but it's all about rainbows, glitter and unicorns. The bottle for the fragrance mist has a festive design for the 2016 winter holiday launch, adorned with glittering holographic decals and gold and silver tones. The fragrance was touted in the ad as something the company has never offered before, so you knew you were getting a real unicorn of a scent.


And it is a special scent, as well as a popular one being 1 of 5 fragrances nominated for The Fragrance Foundation Awards 2017 for Consumer Choice. The notes on the Bath & Body Works web site are: Almond flower, white iris & whipped vanilla. My first reaction was that it smelled like Cacharel Noa. Going into soapy-powdery musk territory, I thought, "Oh, it's Rain." Then the sweeter notes emerged, and then it brought to mind almond scents: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle L'Eau d'Hiver, Penhaligon's Artemisia, almond-scented milled soap. The scent begins a bit sharp, with sort of an abrasive, chemical musk tone topped with lily. What I get in the end is a faint vanilla with a bit of almond lotion, and cool, white lilies floating in the air like iridescent lotus blossoms. This is a pretty scent but in a quiet, unassuming way. Even Kate Middleton would approve, as her white floral wedding perfume wasn't so different than this.


I've seen on other sites additional notes like coconut, but I smell nothing tropical. With white iris in the blend, the composition is more of a powdery Floral musk, something like Victoria's Secret Heavenly but not as powdery and heavy. I think Bath & Body Works could've listed musk first, but that would turn off a consumer like me, and the musk note has improved over the years to not be as, uh, musky... or powdery, or anything that doesn't make you feel refreshed after you apply it. This scent is understated, evanescent and teasingly gourmand with sugar and spice. Magic in the Air deserves attention and a chance to come home and be the well-behaved musk you never knew you needed or even existed.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bath & Body Works At the Beach



Hmm...Bath & Body Works At the Beach actually smells like CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966 if I recall correctly. This is definitely a Coppertone suntan lotion / sunblock type of coconut-pineapple smell, literally beachy but also musky and punchy (as in strong 👊) with a sharp, almost spicy quality to the creamy, milky-woodsy, mildly warm musk in the base (reminds me faintly of Burberry The Beat or BBW Twilight Woods). I love it, but since it's a bit brusque and not as gourmand (sweet) as I prefer my coconuts, I think a small perfume spray (and it says "perfume" and means it) will last me awhile. I can smell it potently when applied lightly to just one pulse point. If you want a scent that epitomizes that beachy air, At the Beach is the seasonal fragrance to get! 💪

Edited to add: The suntan lotion scent comes from the musky note which I just figured out was a skin cream scent, like Nivea. I'm not crazy about applying perfume that smells like lotion, but I can see how the "skin musk scent" evokes warm skin and sand in this composition (which, reminds me, is beachy in a way like Coty Sand & Sable).

Edited to add: The dry down stage is pure monoi: tuberose, gardenia, jasmine. Heady, long-lasting and amazingly enough, floral yet still coconutty. It's like Bond No.9 Chinatown but nicer because beachy means more tropical.

Edited to add: The dry down is deep and incensey, sweet with vanilla and tropical florals, like a scent I used to buy from local fragrance oil vendors called "black coconut". Through it all, I love this scent from the first hit of fresh beach air to the unexpected darker turn.

Edited on June 5: The fragrance mist is much lighter, more like sea spray than monoi, but just as beachy. Should I disclose how many bottles of this addictive scent I've stockpiled?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

When You're Sasha Velour, Drag Is More Than Lipstick and Liza



"Drag queens are basically real-world comic book heroes. Both take on new names and identities, with flashy costumes to match, face marginalization for being exceptional, and turn this potential source of exclusion into a source of power. It makes sense that Sasha Velour, the drag persona of Brooklyn-based artist Sasha Steinberg, who's currently starring on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race, first began life as a comic book character...

"(...) Sasha Velour didn't leap directly from the pages of comics and onto TV screens. Before her time on the show, she was a star in Brooklyn's drag scene, a community that embraces a definition of drag that spans far beyond female impersonation..." Read the article: When You're Sasha Velour, Drag Is More Than Lipstick and Liza by Gabrielle Bruney, Creators / VICE


Sasha Velour & Shea Couleé on VH1
TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 9


Friday, May 26, 2017

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion




There's going to be a slew of these VS and BBW fragrance reviews here because that's what happens when these stores have a clearance sale. You can safely expect mall stores to carry mall scents, products that are easily accessible to all, and can fit into our daily lifestyle with as little distraction as possible. Body mists, which are comprised of less percentage of fragrance oil mixed into an alcoholic base than eau de toilette or cologne, are made to be pleasant-smelling and light enough to liberally spray on after a shower. Depending on the particular scent, the formula can still be strong or weak in terms of which notes tend to stay in people's noses long after smelling it. As much as I loved Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion, the scent was based in a baby oil-type musk, which combined with the sweet vanilla gave it a sumptuous, almost tactile presence, a spoiled bratty richness similar to Love's Baby Soft, an American drugstore icon.



Victoria's Secret has stifled the outrageous hedonism and given Coconut Passion a makeover. This time, the original composition is as streamlined as the new one-look-fits-all packaging, sans visually pretty flowers, sans warm and suggestive musk, and audaciously interwoven with a sporty, calone-y, floral note. The combination makes the scent less perfumey and more perfumey at the same time. It's less perfumey because even though it's still a heavy Oriental vanilla fragrance, it's lighter without the musk, as well as missing that subtle yummy spiciness, too, like angel food cake. Simultaneously it's more flowery-smelling, and, ya, in that Axe sort of way, which translates to scented deodorant, which translates to perfume. So, while I like that it smells more like Rihanna Reb'l Fleur now, which is to say less Oriental, more Chypre, somewhat low-pitched, obnoxious and intense either way, I'm still more of a rich, warm vanilla musk person than a bold, sharp woody floral one. I still like it, but nothing like austerity makes me miss the original, cloudy sweet and delectable formula as much as I do now.

Edited to add: The aqueous note smells like watermelon-flavored Jolly Rancher candies at the start. I like the initial combination with coconut water and the overall caramel-buttery sweetness.





Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Now 2017



Never mind that it's a silly, nonsensical name, the whimsical-sounding launch is a refreshingly basic Floral composition with fruity aspects, a spring bouquet with crisp top notes reminiscent of Paris Hilton or Max Factor Le Jardin. The ad campaigns seem to shift between garden flowers and tropical rainforest motifs, but both of these are reflected in the scent which I would describe as a floral coconut water, especially at the beginning when the coconut is prominent. The coconut subsides and I'm left with a pleasantly clean soapy floral dry down, like a less musky Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue or an '80s style floral a la Rochas Lumiere, Charles Jourdan Un Jour or Laura Ashley. The diaphanous pastel rainbow colors seem to depict fantasy island, befitting of this heavenly new fragrance like light and lilting May flowers by the sea.

Edited to add: I smell more guava now, an icy cool, perpetually frozen summer fruit. The actual floral packaging is more vividly colored than pastel, with hibiscus pink being the star. 🌺

Edited to add: No, it's not an '80s but a '90s Floral-fruity I smell: Clarins Elysium. The soft, lush, pear-like tropical note also reminds me of Annick Goutal Petite Chérie.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

PINK MANHATTAN Mother's Day Fragrance Review Party

Happy Mother's Day! I'm very happy and fortunate to be called "a lit mom" by my own, so much so I'm going to repeat it to anyone in the world who'll listen. Oh, but you're not just anyone, you're my precious PINK MANHATTAN blog reader, so thanks to your birth giver, for you're utterly lit for being here, too. 🔥


Tory Burch Love Relentlessly: What a gorgeous fresh spring scent! It's almost like Chloe to me, though it reminds me more of fresh cut grass and Cartier Baiser Vole, that dry sensation of a steaming hot towel. It's a crisp, refreshing green fruity floral, upbeat and upscale like it could be called Eau de Miss Arpels. My daughter and I share this love, but shh, I think she's getting the bottle for her dresser.

(Edited to add: Estée Lauder, creator of Pleasures perfume, is the parent company.)


Michael Kors Wonderlust: I've only smelled the scent strip, sorry, but this is often how perfume love begins. I smell a tropical scent, a light, sheer tuberose with citrus, though it's probably a deeper scent on the skin being Floral Oriental. This could be my sporty La Chasse aux Papillons. I like that they used a guy with a cane in the ad because it's unusual and creative.

(Added on May 20: I sampled the perfume today. It's spicy, with peppery notes on top.)


Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy Sucre: A gourmand scent that delivers real sweetness - I love it, though it is a heavy Floral scent, almost reminiscent of Giorgio and Fred Hayman / Gale Hayman perfumes. MK Wonderlust is similar but more sheer, at least the white floral note of tuberose and gardenia. I posted the pic of the 1 fl. oz. bottle because I found the sugar glaze design to be an eyesore...I love the rest of the packaging, especially the tulle bow.

Get her and yourself something special! ♥🌸

Friday, May 05, 2017

City Island Theater Group presents The Philadelphia Story (Final weekend 5/3-5/5!)


This is the final weekend of CITG’s acclaimed production of the classic romantic comedy, The Philadelphia Story. Originally premiering on Broadway in 1939, starring legendary leading lady Katharine Hepburn, who later starred in the popular film adaptation, The Philadelphia Story is a timeless love story filled with charm, wit, laughs and champagne! A first rate cast delivers an evening of pure entertainment that will leave you beaming with joy.

Don’t miss CITG’s take on this great show.

~ Starring ~

Casey Marie Ecker
(Tracy Lord)

Jean Eifert
(Margaret Lord)

Claudia Kimmel
(Dinah Lord)

Bob Livingston
(Thomas)

Robert McEvily
(Alexander (Sandy) Lord)

Joseph Montano
(William (Uncle Willy) Lord)

Greg Morra
(C.K. Dexter Haven)

Robert Mulroy
(Seth Lord)

Elizabeth Paldino
(Liz Imbrie)

Stephen Pearce
(Macaulay (Mike) Connor)

Frances Suro
(Elsie)

Thomas Worden
(George Kitteredge)

Directed by Amanda Livingston Martin


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Todrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz


Dumb by Todrick Hall


Expensive by Todrick Hall feat: Kim Chi, Willam, Alaska, Mariah & Laganja


Raven-Symoné in Todrick Hall's "Straight Outta Oz"


If you haven't seen Straight Outta Oz yet, enjoy the show!

Friday, April 28, 2017

City Island Theater Group presents The Philadelphia Story (Opening Tonight, 4/28!)



The City Island Theater Group is proud to announce the cast of “The Philadelphia Story”!

Starring: Casey Marie Ecker, Jean Eifert, Claudia Kimmel, Bob Livingston, Robert McEvily, Joseph Montano, Greg Morra, Robert Mulroy, Elizabeth Paldino, Steven Pearce, Frances Suro, Thomas Worden

Directed by Amanda Livingston Martin

Performances are scheduled for: April 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6 & 7**

Reserve your tickets now!  tickets@cityislandtheatergroup.com

**Dates subject to change  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

On the Road Again: Todrick Hall Re-Launches Straight Outta Oz Tour



"Endearing, introspective, and full of life’s lessons, Oz tells a coming of age story, following a young Todrick growing up in Texas and the fight he endured to learn the ropes of the Hollywood industry after moving to LA. Later, he took the show out on the road in 2016." Read the article: On the Road Again: Todrick Hall Re-Launches Straight Outta Oz Tour - And by road, we mean yellow brick! By Jerrica White /  March 11, 2017 broadwayblack.com

Related article: "Broadway sensation Todrick Hall (Kinky Boots) will be bringing his off-Broadway musical, Straight Outta Oz, to Birmingham this week. The April 27 stop at the historic Carver Theatre — home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame — was recently added to his 30-city tour. Longtime fans of Hall in the area will get a chance to witness Hall’s adrenaline-filled creativity on the stage with this colorful Wizard of Oz spoof, a crafty merger of Wicked and flashy adult contemporary R&B and pop show tunes." Read the article and WATCH the trailer: Todrick Hall’s ‘Straight Outta Oz’ Heading Straight to the ‘Ham - Equinox Birmingham on Tumblr


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Insecurity of Public Interest: Criminal Law and Dumpster Diving

"Paul May, Jason Chan and William James were arrested on 25 October last year, just before midnight, for climbing over a wall at the back of Iceland in Kentish town and taking some tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese and Mr Kipling cakes that were destined for a landfill. Initially arrested for burglary, the three men were detained in a police cell for 19 hours before being released, the items they took returned to the Iceland store. They were finally charged by the Crown Prosecution Service under what the Guardian has properly described as ‘an obscure section of the 1824 Vagrancy Act, after being discovered in “an enclosed area, namely Iceland, for an unlawful purpose, namely stealing food”.’ (...)

(...)"What can be said about our political community, when the public administration claims that it is in the public interest to deprive anyone who appears not to be acting in conformity with its idea of citizenship of the basic means for their subsistence — from their access to food, to their homes, to their nationality? Above all, it must be in our interest to rethink our conception of the public sphere, if we aim to remain — or, better, to become — a community." The Insecurity of Public Interest: Criminal Law and Dumpster Diving by Henrique Carvalho • 7 February 2014 Critical Legal Thinking

Related articles:

"People may often dumpster dive for useful items such as clothing, furniture, food, and similar items in good working condition.[5]  Some people do this out of necessity due to poverty,[6] while others do so professionally and systematically for large profits.[7]

(...)"A wide variety of things may be disposed while still repairable or in working condition, making salvage of them a source of potentially free items for personal use, or to sell for profit. Irregular, blemished or damaged items that are still otherwise functional are regularly thrown away. Discarded food that might have slight imperfections, near its expiration date, or that is simply being replaced by newer stock is often tossed out despite being still edible.[18] Many retailers are reluctant to sell this stock at reduced prices because of the risks that people will buy it instead of the higher-priced newer stock, that extra handling time is required, and that there are liability risks. In the United Kingdom, cookery books have been written on the cooking and consumption of such foods, which has contributed to the popularity of skipping.[citation needed] Artists often use discarded materials retrieved from trash receptacles to create works of found art or assemblage.[20]

"Students have been known to partake in dumpster diving to obtain high tech items for technical projects, or simply to indulge their curiosity for unusual items.[21]  Dumpster diving can additionally be used in support of academic research. Garbage picking serves as the main tool for garbologists, who study the sociology and archeology of trash in modern life. Private and government investigators may pick through garbage to obtain information for their inquiries. Illegal cigarette consumption may be deduced from discarded packages.

"Dumpster diving can be hazardous, due to potential exposure to biohazardous matter, broken glass, and overall unsanitary conditions that may exist in dumpsters.[6]

"Arguments against garbage picking often focus on the health and cleanliness implications of people rummaging in trash.[citation needed]  This exposes the dumpster divers to potential health risks, and, especially if the dumpster diver does not return the non-usable items to their previous location, may leave trash scattered around. Divers can also be seriously injured or killed by garbage collection vehicles; in January 2012, in La Jolla, Swiss-American gentleman Alfonso de Bourbon was killed by a truck while dumpster diving.[22]  Further, there are also concerns around the legality of taking items that may still technically belong to the person who threw them away (or to the waste management operator), and whether the taking of some items like discarded documents is a violation of privacy. In general a legal concept called abandonment of property covers this question of the subject of ownership of property that is disposed of.

"Discarded billing records may be used for identity theft." Continue reading: Dumpster diving on Wikipedia

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"Dumpster diving is legal in the United States except where prohibited by local regulation. According to a 1988 Supreme Court Ruling (California vs. Greenwood), when a person throws something out, that item is now the public domain. Here is some language from that ruling: “It is common knowledge that plastic garbage bags left on or at the side of a public street are readily accessible to animals, children, scavengers, snoops, and other members of the public.”

Good Samaritan Law: No Excuses for Not Donating

"Store managers will claim that food in their dumpster cannot legally be consumed by humans, or that they cannot donate or give it away. This is either ignorance or lies. If you have the patience to educate, you may want to bring up the  Good Samaritan Food Donation Act that has has been the law since the 1990s.

"Some people suggest telling store managers you are collecting food to feed livestock or for a compost pile and if you don’t want to make a political point on the waste this will usually work. Some managers will even tell you when certain items are discarded (ie; produce), and encourage you to come get them. The main thing that food stores are worried about is¬† someone getting sick from what they throw away, and then suing them." Dumpster Diving and the Law - freegan.info

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Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time

"What researchers discovered was surprising: Those who are described as "agreeable, conscientious personalities" are more likely to follow orders and deliver electric shocks that they believe can harm innocent people, while "more contrarian, less agreeable personalities" are more likely to refuse to hurt others.

(...) ""The irony is that a personality disposition normally seen as antisocial — disagreeableness — may actually be linked to 'pro-social' behavior,'" writes Psychology Today's Kenneth Worthy.  "This connection seems to arise from a willingness to sacrifice one's popularity a bit to act in a moral and just way toward other people, animals or the environment at large. Popularity, in the end, may be more a sign of social graces and perhaps a desire to fit in than any kind of moral superiority."

"The Nazi effect: The findings lend themselves even further to Milgram's original goal in the '60s: trying to understand the rise of Nazism." Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time by Eileen Shim, June 30, 2014 Mic.com

Monday, April 03, 2017

Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia



Save the date! “Sesame Street” will air the special episode “Meet Julia” Monday, April 10 on HBO and PBS KIDS.
Newest "Sesame Street" Muppet has autism: Meet Julia by Lesley Stahl CBS NEWS Mar 20, 2017

Light It Up Blue #LIUB for World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Autism Awareness Month

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Victoria's Secret Intense



If you love tropical scents as I do, you must try this fragrance. If it reminds you of coconut-based Bath & Body Works body mists, it might be because both Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works are owned by L Brands (which begs the question, which Henri Bendel brand fragrance might resemble PINK?). If you like BBW Honolulu Sun and VS Coconut Passion, you'll love Intense eau de parfum by Victoria's Secret. To me, it smells of pineapples and sweet coconut, plus some full-bodied yet cool, aquatic melange of white florals, spice and fruit -- melon or banana? It's musky the way pikake can smell to me, but otherwise a clean aroma, like shampoo.

Perfume lovers often shun the shampoo-scented fragrances as smelling cheap, but I'm often a sucker for these kinds of blends. Also, I don't care if Victoria's Secret hasn't hired any Asian models, I still love this perfume. It's like I'd rather see Scarlett Johansson play a Japanese character on screen than a less appealing Asian just to "be fair." I guess when they find someone exceptional like Miiko Taka, we'll talk. Smell good, lovelies. 💋

P.S. I love that Intense is the name of the fragrance, and it's not a flanker, lol. 😎

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Vaccine-Autism Link Study is Allegedly Part of Trump Administration's $54 Billion Budget Cut

Happy Spring Break, guys! No, not at your school? Well, speaking of education, Autism funding was actually cut in NY State, so I will never again trust that autism has bipartisan support. And what's this study going to do but tell everyone what we already know? It's not helping anyone, that's what - and that's what Trump was voted for. Vaccine-Autism Link Study is Allegedly Part of Trump Administration's $54 Billion Budget Cut by Regin Olimberio, sciencetimes Mar 13, 2017

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Rebuttal to Groups Supporting Female Draft Registration




"In July 2016, a letter in support of draft registration for women, signed by 16 organizations, was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. The joint letter was coordinated by the national American Civil Liberties Union and was sent on ACLU letterhead. Its signers included, among others, the Service Women’s Action Network, American Association of University Women, Human Rights Watch, NAACP, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National Organization for Women. Their goal in urging the extension of draft registration to women was very narrow: advancing the cause of gender equality.

"The fact that groups like the ACLU have historically opposed military conscription in the U.S. made the letter all the more frustrating to those who have been trying for decades to end draft registration and terminate the Selective Service System. In response to the ACLU-coordinated letter, COMD and a number of other organizations wrote and sent the following statement to various signers of the ACLU-coordinated letter. Because of space limitations, this is a slightly abridged version of the statement.

"(...)we hope also that your organization will publicly support ending the registration for men and Congressional proposals to abolish the Selective Service System (H.R. 4523 and S. 3041 in the current Congress)." Read the article: Rebuttal to Groups Supporting Female Draft Registration - Committee Opposed to Militarism and the Draft | Originally Published in Draft NOtices, January-March 2017 | nnomy.org

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Related links:

Sweden Introduces Military Draft For Both Men And Women - March 02, 2017

"Norway extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Women currently make up about ten percent of the Norwegian Armed Forces. All medically fit women aged between 19 and 44 years will be obliged to complete at least 19 months of military service." Draft for Women: Female Conscription Worldwide - February 07, 2017

Federica Mogherini remarks on important decisions taken with Foreign and Defence Ministers on EU defence

Federica Mogherini remarks on important decisions taken with Foreign and Defence Ministers on EU defence

Remarks by Federica Mogherini following the joint meeting of Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council - Remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following the joint meeting of Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers at the Foreign Affairs Council | Bruxelles, 06/03/2017 European Union External Action eeas.europa.eu

About the European External Action Service (EEAS): Since 2014, Italy's Federica Mogherini has been the EU's High Representative/Vice President. As the EU's chief diplomat she is charged with shaping and carrying out the EU's foreign, security and defence policies.

Related links:

Sweden Introduces Military Draft For Both Men And Women - March 02, 2017

"Norway extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Women currently make up about ten percent of the Norwegian Armed Forces. All medically fit women aged between 19 and 44 years will be obliged to complete at least 19 months of military service." Draft for Women: Female Conscription Worldwide - February 07, 2017

Added at 9:34 AM: "In July 2016, a letter in support of draft registration for women, signed by 16 organizations, was sent to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees. The joint letter was coordinated by the national American Civil Liberties Union and was sent on ACLU letterhead." Rebuttal to Groups Supporting Female Draft Registration - March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Flutist Dave Valentin Dies at 64





Via Jazz Times: "Born in 1952 in the Bronx, Valentin began playing Latin percussion at a young age, playing professionally in NYC nightclubs by age 11 and later attending New York’s High School of Music and Art. In college, he continued his percussion studies but took up the flute as a second instrument, the end result of an attempt to impress a classmate. He didn’t get the girl—but did get introduced to the instrument that would take him to future musical success. Switching to flute exclusively, and dissuaded from exploring the sax by Hubert Laws, his flute instructor for a short time, Valentin developed a style born of his percussive instincts, incorporating syncopation, forceful staccato bursts to create drum-like effects and a number of growling vocalizations generating sharp overtones—on top of a mellow and classic flute sound." Flutist Dave Valentin Dies at 64 - Grammy-winning Latin-jazz and crossover musician released more than 20 albums as a leader | 03/09/2017 jazztimes.com

Via 88.3FM WBGO: "Valentin was celebrated in Latin-jazz circles for more than 40 years, initially as a byproduct of his cultural foundation as a Bronx-born Puerto Rican. But he was wary of being typecast, preferring to describe himself as a “world artist,” and playing variations of his instrument with ties to the folkloric music of East Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. He played a Peruvian bamboo bass flute, a Romanian pan flute, Bolivian pan pipes, and various other kinds of flute from around the world, typically traveling with more than a dozen varieties." Dave Valentin, Virtuoso Flutist with a Foundation in Latin-Jazz, Dies at 64 by Nate Chinen wbgo.org

"In March 2012, Valentin suffered from a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and unable to perform. He suffered a second stroke in 2015.

"Valentin died at Throgs Neck Rehab & Care Facility Wednesday in the Bronx, according to reports. He was 64 years old." Latin jazz musician Dave Valentin dead at 64 - bronx.news12.com

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Sweden Introduces Military Draft For Both Men And Women

"Copenhagen: Sweden's left-leaning government introduced a military draft for both men and women on Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.

"Sweden abolished compulsory military service for men in 2010 because there were enough volunteers to meet its military needs." Continue reading: Sweden Introduces Military Draft For Both Men And Women - Associated Press, March 2, 2017

Related link: "Norway extended compulsory military service to women in summer 2016. Women currently make up about ten percent of the Norwegian Armed Forces. All medically fit women aged between 19 and 44 years will be obliged to complete at least 19 months of military service." Draft for Women: Female Conscription Worldwide - February 07, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Jazz Ensemble - Introducing the Band

Via apassion4jazz.net

"Piano: Pianists are intellectuals and know-it-alls since they studied theory, harmony and composition in college..." Continue reading: The Jazz Ensemble - Introducing the Band - A Passion for Jazz!