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.

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

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

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


"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


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


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!

Millennial Myths Dispelled: Andrew Au

Think millennials are lazy, entitled and self-centered? Andrew Au says you're wrong. Millennial Myths Dispelled: Andrew Au by Laurel Moglen, Feb. 22, 2017 Forbes

Saturday, February 25, 2017

How a Transgender Man Tries to Honor His Muslim Faith

Via latimes: (...)"This path he had taken was not an easy one. Perhaps, however it would settle once and for all: Could Alex be transgender and Muslim at the same time?

"Muslim Arabs have some history with people who hold a culturally recognized third gender, including eunuchs who lived in the time of the prophet Muhammad and came into contact with him. But not in the modern period.

(...)"Alex is aware of media reports that naively heralded Iran as an affirming place for transgender people in the wake of the 1987 decision by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini allowing gender-reassignment surgery. Iran is now the second-largest center for the procedure behind Thailand, according to some estimates.

(...)""Those decisions just allow them to 'fix' people and say that they don't have gay people," Alex says. "It's because they are so conservative, not because they are liberal in any way. They would never allow someone like me: a trans man who is sexually attracted to men and women and trans men and trans women."

(...)"Alex sometimes envies the path of his best friend, Zaki Hale, who is also Palestinian American.

""My cousin told me you can't be gay and Muslim, so I just said, 'I'd much rather be gay,'" Zaki told Alex.

"Zaki, 22, has never looked back.

(...)"For him, it is no easier to shed his faith than his gender and sexuality.

"He knew there would be days when worries over his body image would prevent him from even leaving his apartment. On Facebook this summer, he typed that he was searching for "anyone who has time just to help me just get out the house without crying. I'm reaching out cuz I need help."

"But to his surprise, the struggle to reconcile his identity has brought moments of exhilaration as well.

"At San Francisco's Pride Parade this year, he drew loud cheers as he marched wearing the trans flag on his back as a cape and his father's kaffiyeh hanging from his neck. On his arm, he showed off his tattoo of the Arabic word for strength.

"Alex is studying psychology at City College of San Francisco. "Because, you know, of my past," he said. "I like working out what is the difference between persuasion and manipulation and figuring out where that manipulation is really rooted."

"But the acclaim coincided with a quiet realization that maybe he wasn't too far off from Zaki's conclusion that you couldn't be Muslim and LGBTQ. So, in frustration, he stopped going to the mosque." Read the article: How a Transgender Man Tries to Honor His Muslim Faith by Garrett Therolf, July 21, 2015 Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan

Via Jason Palmer's Weblog: The Lady Who Shot Lee Morgan - By Larry Reni Thomas: The Story of Helen Morgan, if You Didn’t Know Already jasonpalmerjazz.wordpress.com (Image: Art Blakey and Lee Morgan)

Monday, February 20, 2017

My February 2017 Fragrance Favorites List

From Shalimar to Fantasy, my preferences in perfume span from classic to trendy, yet always seem comfortably classified in the Floral Oriental olfactive family. Guerlain Shalimar (1925) whose legend is not only its iconic blend of lemon and vanilla over a musky bed of sandalwood but the story behind the perfume, of a widower who built the Taj Mahal with all its sentimental yet ostentatious rose-clad glory in memory of his dead wife, is my inspiration this week for personal perfume blending. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to recreate the best parts of Shalimar if you have lemon and vanilla oils in your perfume organ. It won't smell like Shalimar, but if you're lucky, more like a pleasant hotel soap redolent of lemon sorbet.

Britney Spears Fantasy by Elizabeth Arden which is a wonderful gourmand scent with notes of quince and kiwi constructing a key lime tartness atop a vanillic-woody base, shares elements with Shalimar, primarily of citrus and vanilla. I tried one of the Fantasy flankers the other day, and I honestly can't smell the difference between the original Fantasy and Fantasy Rocker Femme which supposedly has a coconut note in it. I tried another flanker before (Remix?), which also smelled like Fantasy, so I've decided the Fantasy series isn't nearly as daring as Guerlain's offerings such as Shalimar Light (Shalimar Eau Légère Parfumée), my favorite variation of Shalimar from 2003 (last edited at 11:34 AM).

The other day, I didn't ask a woman which perfume she was wearing, but it was a nice, somewhat sweet fruity floral. I'd love a new perfume like that, but I have no clue where to look for generic girly these days.

Top fragrances for February 2017:

Guerlain Shalimar Light
Britney Spears Fantasy Rocker Femme
Paris Hilton
Rihanna Reb'l Fleur
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted
JLo Miami Glow
Ralph Lauren Big Pony 2

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Le Pen: French Jews Will Have to Give Up Israeli Citizenship

Image: French Marianne Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu in Fort Saganne

Marine Le Pen wants everyone to know Russia is Europe while Israel is not, that in her France, yarmulkes and hijabs will not be accepted, and anyone with French dual citizenship with non-European countries must renounce it.

Via Haaretz: "In a France ruled by the far-right Marine Le Pen, Jewish citizens will be forced to give up their Israeli citizenship, the Front National party leader said on Thursday." Le Pen: French Jews Will Have to Give Up Israeli Citizenship - Leading contender in French election tells interviewer she won't allow dual citizenships with non-European countries. Asked specifically about Jews and Israel, she said: 'Israel isn't an EU member.' By Roni Bar, Haaretz 10.02.20

Via JTA — "Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and other countries outside Europe – including Israel and the United States.

"Le Pen, who according to some polls is the leading candidate in France’s presidential elections in May, spoke about dual French-Israeli nationality in replying to a question Thursday during a two-hour interview on the France 2 television channel.

"Nearly an hour into the interview, the French-Lebanese journalist Lea Salame asked Le Pen to “clarify” certain aspects of her plan to outlaw dual nationality in France for French citizens who are also nationals of non-European countries.

"Asked whether this applied to Russia, which is in Europe but is not a member of the European Union, Le Pen said: “You know very well I want a Europe of nations and Russia belongs to it,” Le Pen said.

"Le Pen then was asked whether her plan was to make it impossible for Moroccans and Americans to have dual passports, while allowing it for Russians.

"“Yes, that’s what it’s like in Germany,” Le Pen responded.

"“Does your Europe extend to Israel, and let me clarify: Will you demand that French Jews renounce their Israeli dual citizenship?” Salame asked, to which Le Pen replied: “Israel is not a European country and I see that Israel itself accepts this assertion and opinion. So I’m against dual nationality outside Europe.”" Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis, Americans and other non-Europeans - February 10, 2017 

Via Tablet: "Earlier this week, the far-right leader reiterated her longstanding support for banning the wearing of yarmulkes in public spaces, as part of an overall ban on religious (mostly Muslim) attire. “The struggle against radical Islam should be a joint struggle and everyone should say, ‘there, we are sacrificing something,’” she told Israel’s Channel 2. “Maybe they [Jews] will do with just wearing a hat [instead of a yarmulke], but it would be a step in the effort to stamp out radical Islam in France.” Conveniently, Le Pen has never called to ban wearing crosses in public, having previously claimed that “the Catholic religion doesn’t have conspicuous symbols.”" Why Marine Le Pen Wants to Ban French Jews from Wearing Yarmulkes and Having Dual Israeli Citizenship - Latent anti-Semitism and a desire to marginalize Muslims are driving the far-right presidential candidate to ensnare Jews in her policies. By Yair Rosenberg, February 10, 2017 tabletmag.com

Added at 9:44 AM via The Jerusalem Post: "Israel feels a deep connection to Europe, but should remember that its affection for Europe has a lot in common with Stockholm Syndrome. Israel considers itself part of the Western cultural tradition, and of course it is; along with Greece, it is the birthplace of the Western cultural tradition. Israel should remember that it is much less a product of European culture than Europe is a product of Israeli and Judean culture." Moving Israel from Europe to Asia - As more and more West European Jews make aliya, western Europe’s tech industries will take comparable hits. By Joshua Gelernter, 19 Jan 2015 The Jerusalem Post

Monday, February 13, 2017

Al Jarreau Valentine's Day Marathon ❤

"After All" - Music by Al Jarreau, Jay Graydon and David Foster from High Crime

Al Jarreau & Melissa Manchester - "The Music of Goodbye" (Out Of Africa Theme) – Music by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, John Barry

Music of Al Jarreau

Music by Al Jarreau and Lee Holdridge

Music by Al Jarreau and Philippe Saisse from L Is for Lover

"No Ordinary Romance"
Music by Michael Gregory from L Is for Lover

RIP Al Jarreau

Alwin Lopez Jarreau
(March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017)

From Al Jarreau's Twitter: "We ask that no flowers or gifts are sent. A donation page has been set up for Wisconsin Foundation for School Music."

From Wisconsin Foundation for School Music: "Milwaukee-born and raised, Al Jarreau is internationally acclaimed for his ability to sing many styles, his scat singing and his talent of taking on the character of guitar and percussion, all with his versatile and soulful voice. Jarreau has topped the music sales charts with more than 20 albums. He is the only vocalist in history to have Grammy Awards in the 3 categories of jazz, pop, and R&B. Jarreau’s Grammy earnings now total seven, along with a nomination for the theme song from the ever-popular TV show, Moonlighting. Al Jarreau continues to tour the world and delight audiences, while also tirelessly working to promote the importance of keeping music and arts opportunities alive for children everywhere!"

Donate now in Al Jarreau's honor to Wisconsin Foundation for School Music: foundation4schoolmusic.org

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Million Reasons - Lady Gaga

Happy pre-Valentine's Day weekend! ♥

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Lady Gaga Halftime Drone Swarm Was Pretaped to Shield Crowd

Gaga was spectacular, though! She's a musician and performer for the ages. Lady Gaga Halftime Drone Swarm Was Pretaped to Shield Crowd by Henri Gendreau and Alan Levin February 7, 2017 Bloomberg

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Draft for Women: Female Conscription Worldwide

"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.

"Berlin has said it’s considering changing its position on conscription." Conscription for women in Norway | All media content | DW.COM | 14.12.2016 December 17, 2016

"After the first half year of military service, with equal numbers conscripted, the proportion of soldiers who drop out is least among women, reported Aftenposten newspaper.

"‘It turns out that girls are better stickers during initial service than boys. I would call that a good lesson’, said Commander Per-Thomas Boe, who is a staff officer under Chief of Defence, Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, to the newspaper." Fewer women than men are falling out of initial military service by Gerard Taylor, 27. December 2016 Norway Today

"STOCKHOLM — If Sweden reinstitutes the draft, as it is expected to do within a couple of months, many will report the move as a return to a previous era. (...)

"The return to conscription is both a sign of more uncertain times and the result of difficulties Sweden has had in filling its military roster with only volunteer forces. But it would be a mistake to write off the effort as a rollback of progress. Sweden’s initiative will show the draft in its modern incarnation: targeted, highly selective, and applied to both men and women." Bring back the draft. No, really. Sweden’s highly selective conscription of men and women is an opportunity for the military and the young. By Elisabeth Braw, 1/21/17 CET via politico.eu


Related links on PINK MANHATTAN:

Israel Grapples With Military’s Plan to Open Combat Roles to Women - December 30, 2016

Clinton Says Women Should be Included in Draft: Huffington Post - June 16, 2016

My Senator Thinks Drafting Women Gives Equal Opportunity - June 29, 2016

The best countries for gender equality may also have a domestic violence problem - June 26, 2016

President Jimmy Carter Proposes Draft Registration for Women - July 28, 2016


Read more:

"As of 2013, countries that were actively drafting women into military service included Bolivia,[54] Chad,[55]Eritrea,[56][57][58] Israel,[56][57][59]Mozambique [60] and North Korea. [61]Israel has universal female conscription, although in practice women can avoid service by claiming a religious exemption and over a third of Israeli women do so. (...)

"In 2015 Norway introduced female conscription, making it the first NATO member and first European country to have a legally compulsory national service for both men and women.[65] In practice only motivated volunteers are selected to join the army in Norway.[66] (...)

"In 1981 in the United States, several men filed lawsuit in the case Rostker v. Goldberg, alleging that the Selective Service Act of 1948 violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment by requiring that only men register with the Selective Service System (SSS). The Supreme Court eventually upheld the Act, stating that "the argument for registering women was based on considerations of equity, but Congress was entitled, in the exercise of its constitutional powers, to focus on the question of military need, rather than 'equity.'"[70]" Conscription (Drafting of women) on Wikipedia

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Most Americans Think the Benefits of the MMR Vaccine Outweigh Risks

Central Park, New York by Stephen Wiltshire stephenwiltshire.co.uk

"Among his first acts as President-elect, Donald Trump signaled his interest in establishing a presidential committee on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, headed by Robert Kennedy Jr., a lawyer known for arguing that a preservative used in some vaccines causes neurological disorders. This is a position at odds with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations which evaluate the safety of childhood vaccines.

"(...)Public concerns about the safety of the MMR vaccine have been percolating since at least 1998 when a research study – later discredited –suggested that MMR vaccines were associated with autism." Read the article: Most Americans Think the Benefits of the MMR Vaccine Outweigh Risks - Some groups still have concerns, however, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. By Cary Funk on February 2, 2017 Scientific American

Related article: "(...)Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who suggests inoculations are linked to autism, met last week with Trump to discuss a panel to examine what Kennedy called “vaccine safety and scientific integrity.” Although the autism–vaccine claim has been studied and debunked, the president-elect has also suggested a connection. His team later hedged about the panel, saying that nothing had been decided. (Kennedy’s office declined an interview request.)" Continue reading: Proposed Presidential Autism–Vaccine Panel Could Help Spread Disease - Committee mentioned in a Trump meeting last week could scare people away from protective immunizations, scientists say. By John McQuaid on January 19, 2017 Scientific American

Image from Autism Society NL

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

White House: Five-year-old boy detained posed 'security risk'

"The White House has said a five-year-old boy handcuffed and detained for more than four hours at a US airport posed a "security risk"..." Read more: White House: Five-year-old boy detained posed 'security risk' by James Gorman, February 1, 2017 9news.com.au

Related article: Sean Spicer defends detention of 5-year-old: It’s ‘misguided’ to think kids don’t ‘pose a threat’ by David Edwards, 30 Jan 2017 Raw Story

Monday, January 30, 2017

Shape of You - Ed Sheeran

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Mayor de Blasio Proposes Budget of $84.7 Billion

Via NYT: "...The mayor cited threats by President Trump and other Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, pare support for social services and public housing, change the way schools are financed and retaliate against so-called sanctuary cities that resist a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

"But he said that none of those possibilities were reflected in the preliminary budget because it was still unclear which, if any, would occur.

(...)"The mayor also announced that the city’s 10-year capital spending plan would increase to $89.6 billion, from $83.8 billion two years ago. That includes money for school construction, accounting for more than 38,000 new classroom seats, and long-term plans to upgrade a training center for the Police Department and to repair hundreds of roofs in public housing buildings.

"In his initial presentation, Mr. de Blasio did not mention the city’s homelessness crisis, which has become a major vulnerability for him as he has struggles to find a way to care for a record number of people flooding into city shelters." Read the article: Mayor de Blasio Proposes Budget of $84.7 Billion by J. David Goodman and William Neuman, January 24, 2017 The New York Times

Related articles:

"...The current crisis requires bigger, bolder solutions, and Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi is proposing one. It’s a plan to create a statewide rental subsidy to help families on public assistance stay in their homes. The program, called Home Stability Support, would help bridge the gap between the shelter allowance for public assistance recipients and market rents. Families who face eviction or are forced to move because of domestic violence or hazardous living conditions need a sturdy bridge to permanent housing. But existing aid often isn’t enough to help them avoid the shelter trap." A Bold Plan to Prevent Homelessness by the editorial board, January 23, 2017 The New York Times

Via NYDailyNews: "The de Blasio administration is struggling to stem the city’s relentless rise in homelessness — up 6% since the mayor took office in January." Homelessness increases under de Blasio administration by Jennifer Fermino, August 22, 2014, New York Daily News

"(...) The point is, New York is blessed with more wealth, intelligence and know-how than any city in the world. Why should any child here be homeless?" Business leaders can help fix homelessness in the city - Cuomo, de Blasio should seek fresh ideas from outside of government. By Karen Hinton, Nov. 6, 2016 crainsnewyork.com

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Porn in the Age of Trump: Fear and Loathing at AVN in Las Vegas

This news could redeem President Trump in my eyes! However, we all know things won't change so drastically under Republican leadership, any more than they did under Reagan or Bush. We in America still grapple with the effects of pornography on women and relationships, just as no matter how they restrict funding for Planned Parenthood around the world, Roe v. Wade is here to stay.

From DailyBeast: (...)"With President Donald Trump, a wild card of a candidate voted into office and inaugurated during the convention, performers and business owners alike were concerned about the future of the industry from a President who, as a candidate, signed an anti-porn pledge.

(...)"No one at the convention forgot that his party’s platform has singled out the porn industry, branding it a “public health crisis,” and now that the GOP is in power that could pose a serious problem." Porn in the Age of Trump: Fear and Loathing at AVN in Las Vegas by Aurora Snow, 01.24.17 Daily Beast

Monday, January 23, 2017

President Trump on Inauguration Day

This is a photo circulating on the web of Donald Trump walking ahead of instead of waiting to escort his beautiful wife First Lady Melania out of their car on Inauguration Day. People will defend him saying it's not a big deal, but I don't want a president who doesn't have any notion of gentlemanly western chivalry to represent us. To me, chivalry is one major reason America is great. Also, he apparently doesn't wear a wedding ring; I suppose women around the world will take that as they will.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Before organizing the Women’s March on Washington, Linda Sarsour fought for Muslim holidays in NYC schools

One of my most poignant and bittersweet memories post-911 is arriving at filming location for Japanese TV in a Muslim American New York neighborhood to see people of the community being verbally harassed by a visibly frightened white male screaming randomly at anyone on the street about Muslims needing to leave, be it children, women or the elderly. I, too, was scared, but more of this man than the people of the community who seemed to find some relief in our crew being there with them that day.

Fast forward years later, I recall Muslim holidays being added to my children's school calendar. Honestly, I had mixed feelings about more holidays of any kind being added while our school chancellor under Mayor De Blasio didn't allow snow days on the worst days to travel. However, it is encouraging to see the three Abrahamic traditions side by side here in our beautifully diverse NYC: Jewish, Christian and Muslim celebrated equally.

I personally don't give an iota if NYC will add Japanese holy days to its calendar; in fact, you won't see me fighting for it. I think Mayor Bloomberg had a point in saying we need more, not less, school days (sorry, kids!), if I'm taking into consideration that students in countries like Japan attend school 6 days a week.

Before organizing the Women’s March on Washington, Linda Sarsour fought for Muslim holidays in NYC schools - Updated by The Secret Life of Muslims team, Jan 16, 2017 Vox


Seizing the Moment to Save a Child Under Attack on the Subway

Seizing the Moment to Save a Child Under Attack on the Subway - Jessamine Irwin, 26, saw a man attacking a boy in between cars on a No. 4 train this month. Ms. Irwin opened the door and pulled the boy inside.

By Jim Dryer, The New York Times, October 13, 2016

Thursday, January 19, 2017

(Million) Women's March

Women's March is protesting Trump for sexism and objectification of women while legitimizing prostitution and pornography, so you know I won't be there! I'd rather stay home and listen to Steel Panther! Why was it originally called a Million Women March, anyway? Does intersectional feminism have any connection to Million Man March?

Anti-Trump Women's March Calls For Legalizing Prostitution
By Daniel Greenfield, January 13, 2017 frontpagemag

Crush on Obama - Obama Girl

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Obama Farewell

What can I say about Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States?  

A young senator from Chicago took the world by storm in 2008 with his inspiring words of hope and charismatic charm. 


Suddenly we crushed on Obama like Obama Girl, then over the next 8 years we came to know and love his beautiful family.

He led with temperance, intelligence and compassion in the eyes of both America and the world. 

Together with Michelle, he reminded us of our common humanity with humor, warmth and content of character.  

There was no way to not be moved!  Thank you, President Obama, for strengthening families and relationships, showing us that change begins with ourselves, and being you.

Watch: President Obama's Emotional Farewell Speech In Full - Along with an entire transcript of the inspirational address. BET