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. πŸ’‹

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