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Good Wednesday Morning, Minx here and I have lots to share with you! This picture is one of those that is worth a thousand words. It is a life-size Barbie, and I guess a literal translation what exactly turns men on?

Galia Slayen made a Barbie doll that stands about 6 feet tall with a 39

Life-Size Barbie Shows Her Terrifying, Unrealistic Proportions

When I was growing up, my mother never let me have Barbies.  Later, she explained that she hadn’t wanted to give me a doll that modeled such an absurdly unattainable version of beauty.  It was one way for her to shield me, however imperfectly, from the constant injunctions to be thin that would batter me throughout my life.  At the time, I didn’t understand how refusing to give me one doll would help me love my body in the face of a constant cultural onslaught.  When I played with Barbies at my friends’ houses, I wondered why my mother was so opposed to what seemed like a harmless toy. The life-size Barbie built by Galia Slayen, a student at Hamilton College, vindicates my mother completely.

I will let you chew on that picture for a bit….Let’s stick with the women’s issues okay? This next link is great because it just proves that women writers still have not really broken that ceiling. Tennessee Guerilla Women: Most Sexist Late Night Doods Employ 1 Token Woman Writer; Bill Maher Has Zero

Surprise. Famed misogynist Bill Maher scores at rock bottom in the category of token women writers. Maher’s show Real Time has exactly zero female writers. All Maher has to do is hire 1 token woman writer and he will be right up there with most of the sexist late night doods: Bill Maher – 0 Jay Leno – 1 Stephen Colbert – 1 Conan O’Brien – 1 David Letterman – 1 Craig Ferguson – 1 Jimmy Kimmel – 1

Some good news regarding educating women health workers in Pakistan so that they can save lives and protect women during dangerous times…like childbirth. From the State Department Blog Dipnote: Training Women Health Workers To Save Lives and Improve Health in Pakistan | U.S. Department of State Blog

dr. wyatt vists a health house near district jhelum in pakistan, april 15, 2011. [state dept.] Alberto Rodriguez serves as Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Lady Health Workers are receiving training through the Family Advancement for Life and Health (FALAH) project from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This four-year, $48 million program works in 15 districts in Pakistan to remove barriers to and increase information about birth spacing. Speaking at a press conference, Dr. Wyatt said, “Evidence shows that when a woman plans her births, she has healthier children. The U.S. government is proud to be improving the lives of women by supporting Lady Health Workers through USAID’s FALAH project in Jhelum and all over Pakistan.” As part of the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to women and their reproductive health, USAID is training thousands of Lady Health Workers and working to improve health facilities around Pakistan. Through other programs, USAID also works to increase women’s participation in the labor force, expand girls’ access to quality basic education, and promote women’s rights in political, economic, and social realms.

Well, I guess a woman like Kay Hymowitz would not approve of the education and training given above. Anti-women women like Kay are a real threat to everyone. Reading this pisses me off, if you can’t already tell, so I will leave my attitude for the comments… Yglesias » Kay Hymowitz Warns That Increased Female Educational Attainment Will Lead To Spinster Surge

Truly, there’s no stranger beast on the planet than the professional anti-feminist. Different from the man with somewhat misogynistic attitudes, this creature is almost invariably a woman and oftentimes seems to me to be deliberately offering nonsensical arguments in order to stir the pot. For example, Kay Hymowitz in the Daily Caller argues that it’s bad that female educational attainment has risen since it will lead to a plague of college-educated spinsters.

Oh, and here are even more woman issues links, the first one is a good one, enjoy it! (That is said with a great deal of snark.) Newsbrief: NJ School Superintendent Says Young Women Are the Enemy, WMC Calls Out the WSJ, and Yemeni Women Will Not Remain Silent. – blog

NJ School Superintendent Says Young Women Are Worst Enemy 4/15/11 Clutch Magazine: NJ School Superintendent blames young women for community’s problems, saying, “our worst enemy is the young ladies.” WMC to WSJ: Print Fair Coverage of Fair Pay 4/13/11 Change.org: The Wall Street Journaldecided to honor Equal Pay Daywith an anti-fair pay oped; the WMC has launched a call to action to hold them accountable. Yemeni Women Will Not Remain Silent 4/16/11 BBC: After the President said co-ed protests defied Islamic law, thousands of women have taken part in anti-government demonstrations in the conservative country. NATIONAL If You Can Tell Boys From Girls, the Air Force May Give You 20 Grand 4/14/11 Wired: The US Air Force has had problems distinguishing men from women and adults from children, resulting in targeting and killing the wrong people. They’ve issued a challenge for proposals for a new system: the winner could walk away with 20 thousand dollars in reward money. Holding the Line to Protect Some Programs, But Defunding Others Important to Women and Their Families 4/14/11 NWLC: Although funding continues for critical family planning services that millions of women depend on for their contraception and preventive health care screenings, protecting these actions came at a high price. Judge Gives Philly Area Students the Right to “Heart” Boobies 4/13/11 Good: Two middle schools got in trouble on Breast Cancer Awareness Day for wearing “I (heart) Boobies” bracelets, which were subsequently banned by their school. The ACLU filed a suit on their behalf and now, thanks to a federal judge, students in Pennsylvania are free to keep hearting boobies. Blog Usage and Influence Growing Among Women 4/13/11 SF Gate: A new report says that 69 million women use social media weekly; 80 million use social media monthly.

Here is a bit from that first link up top about the School Superintendent:

In a bizarre speech this past Wednesday, Charles T. Epps, Superintendent of the Jersey City Schools, placed the blame for the community’s problems squarely on the backs of one group—young girls. During Wednesday’s speech, Epps addressed about a dozen members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Jersey City & Vicinity when he began discussing the $1 million per year the district spends on school police. According to Epps, the district’s “worst enemies” aren’t gangs or kids who bring weapons to school, but rather the district’s young women. “Our worst enemy is the young ladies,” Epps said. “The young girls are bad. I don’t know what they’re drinking today, but they’re bad.” Although Epps was speaking to a group of pastors, no one seemed to bat an eyelash over his comments. […] Epps praised employees from JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs for signing up to mentor some of the kids in the district. Or as Epps explained, “They’ve signed up to help even the dirty, nasty, bad kids.” Wait, what? Despite Epps’ admission that violent incidents in schools “break down evenly” among male and female students, he choose not to talk about the shortcoming of all of the district’s students, but instead threw the young female students under the bus.

I urge you to read the entire article from the Clutch Magazine link above, there is a rebuttal from a couple of professors that is right on the mark. What do you think about that superintendent? I wanted to devote some of this mornings post to women, and I just thought putting it up top would be a good thing. Now for the rest of the news…here are some links to feed your news junkie’s soul. Did you all see this yesterday? Plane with Michelle Obama had to abort landing because of mistake – The Washington Post

FAA officials confirmed that the first lady was aboard the plane but had no additional immediate comment. They expected to release a statement later Tuesday. The first lady’s office also had no immediate comment. The Federal Aviation Administration, already dealing with a series of controversies involving controllers sleeping and watching a movie on the job, sent a team of investigators Tuesday to the Warrenton radar control center, where the mistake was made. The first lady was returning from a television appearance and other events with Jill Biden in New York and was aboard a Boeing 737 that is part of the presidential fleet of jets when the error occurred on final approach to Andrews.

And here is another link to an Obama story, this one about Barack: The outburst heard ’round the world | POLITICO 44

When the even-keeled and cool President Obama gets prickly in public, it never goes unnoticed.

Y’all can read the rest at the links…I really have no comment on either of the articles. On to more interesting stuff, yes? If you missed Dakinikat’s post about the DOMA fiasco, please click this link and read it before you go any further! This link caught my eye: Poll: Majority supports gay marriage – Jennifer Epstein – POLITICO.com

As House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi engage in a tug of war over federal funding to protect the Defense of Marriage Act, a new poll suggests that a narrow majority of Americans believes gay marriage ought to be recognized by the federal government, while a growing minority support the legalization of marijuana. Of those surveyed for a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday, 51 percent said they think marriages between lesbian and gay couples should be recognized as legal and come with the same rights as heterosexual unions, while 47 percent said the marriages should not be recognized.

The last time CNN asked the question, in April 2009, approval for gay marriage was at 44 percent and disapproval was at 54 percent.

I really think that more people don’t give a damn how other people live their lives. It seems to me that only those PLUBs and Fundies of the Religious Right are the ones with their panties in a bunch about this. Speaking of pushing “Godly” lifestyles on everyone… Priorities in the Land of the Free – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com

Millions of Americans are without jobs and are having their homes foreclosed.  The U.S. is currently fighting three out-in-the-open wars (or, if you prefer, one war, one occupation, and one kinetic humanitarian intervention) and several other covert ones.  Financial and political elites are preparing to tell Americans (quite unpersuasively) that they have to sacrifice Social Security, Medicare and other entitlements because the U.S. debt is so large and unmanageable that it threatens to subvert America’s superior creditworthiness.  And we’re constantly told that civil liberties erosions are necessary to combat the Great Menace of Domestic Terrorism.  So what is our political class focused on, and to what are law enforcement resources being devoted?  First, there’s this, from a couple weeks ago:

Nearly half of the members of the U.S. Senate are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to step up federal prosecutions of adult pornography. In a letter sent to Holder earlier this week, 42 senators encouraged Holder instruct prosecutors and FBI agents to counter what the lawmakers called “the growing scourge of obscenity in America” . . . . The signatures on the letter from socially-conservative Republicans like Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Jim Demint of South Carolina are unsurprising. However, some fairly liberal Democrats also joined in: Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Tom Carper of Delaware and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Greenwald continues discussing “the growing scourge of obscenity in America” like online gambling…let me tell you, I know many a hypocritical Baptist in my neck of the woods that are closet alcoholic, porn loving, gamblers. You can read the rest of Greenwald at the link above. Bradley Manning is being moved to a different base. I wonder if the torture will continue in Kansas…WikiLeaks suspect ‘moving to Kansas base’ – Americas – Al Jazeera English

The Army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved to a base in the Midwest state of Kansas in the wake of international criticism about his treatment during his detention at a Marine Corps base near Washington, the Associated Press has learned. Bradley Manning’s detention has been the focus of repeated protests from human rights groups and international leaders. His expected move to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, which is slated to be announced on Wednesday at the Pentagon, could put him in a new facility that houses inmates with short prison terms or those awaiting trial. The officials spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because the move has not yet been made public. Manning faces nearly two dozen charges, including aiding the enemy, a crime that can bring the death penalty or life in prison. Manning’s move to a new detention center comes about a week after a UN torture investigator complained that he was denied being able to make an unmonitored visit to Manning. Pentagon officials said he could meet with Manning, but it is customary to give only the detainee’s lawyer confidential visits. But Juan Mendez said that a monitored conversation would be counter to the practice of his UN mandate. Two days later, a committee of Germany’s parliament protested about Manning’s treatment to the White House. And Amnesty International has said Manning’s treatment may violate his human rights. Manning is being held in maximum security in a single-occupancy cell at the Marine base, and he is allowed to wear only a suicide-proof smock to bed each night. President Barack Obama and senior military officials have repeatedly contended that Manning is being held under appropriate conditions given the seriousness of the charges against him.

Okay, this next link is connected to Manning in a way….Crowley resigned because of things he said about the treatment of Manning. Anyway, please read the entire Emptywheel post below which is in response to the article written by Ben Smith. PJ Crowley: “Will My Words Be Credible?” | Emptywheel

There’s something deeply ironic about the beltway’s most tawdry purveyor of the Village narrative, Politico (“Win the morning™”), treating former State Department Spokesperson PJ Crowley’s investment in a strategic narrative dismissively. Ben Smith seems like he has never heard of something called “a narrative” or, on a larger scale, “ideology” before.

Original link to Smith’s article is here: Why P.J. Crowley went rogue – Ben Smith – POLITICO.com I mentioned this murder of an Italian activist in Gaza on Sunday, here is an update on that: Suspects in Italian’s murder die in Gaza raid – Middle East – Al Jazeera English And now I will continue to link to articles about MENA…Juan Cole has a good one here, take a look at the whole article, I am just giving you the first paragraph here:  Saif admits Qaddafis are Brutal Foreign Occupiers | Informed Comment

Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, son of the dictator, gave an interview yesterday to the Washington Post. In it he justified the Libyan army’s horrific attacks on the besieged city of Misrata…

On to that little island country just south of Florida.  This past week Cuba has been in the news a bit. Here is an article from AJE that I thought would sort of round-up what has been going on in that country. Cuba’s ‘old guard’ to oversee economic reform – Americas – Al Jazeera English

Cuba’s Communist Party has chosen many members of the old guard to oversee a new economic course for the country, with Raul Castro, the president, and Jose Machado Ventura, the first vice-president, chosen to lead the party. Castro’s appointment as first secretary of the ruling party’s central committee was expected, but 80-year-old Machado Ventura’s appointment as second secretary is likely to disappoint many Cubans hoping for new blood at the top. Ramiro Valdes, 78, was named as the party’s number three at the party congress in Havana, the capital, on Tuesday Several younger politicians were added to the 15-member leadership group, but in lower positions. The appointments also mark the first time since the party’s creation 46 years ago that Fidel Castro, Raul’s ailing older brother, was not included in the leadership list. Last month, Fidel, 84, announced he had resigned as first secretary of the party when he ceded the presidency to Raul several years ago. “There was a lot of talk about the need to rejuvenate the leadership of the Communist Party, but so far there haven’t been that many new faces,” Lucia Newman, Al Jazeera’s South America editor, said. “The reason, Raul Castro says, is that the party simply doesn’t have enough people who are well enough prepared to take over at this point.” Cuba’s ageing revolutionaries will preside over the implementation of wide-ranging reforms to the country’s struggling Soviet-style economy, which were approved on Monday at the congress, the party’s first in 14 years. The meeting has approved 300 economic proposals, though details are yet to fully emerge.

I just started a new puzzle and it is a cool painting depicting Cuba…without the misery.

Puzzle by Ravensburger

Speaking of misery, here is an article I linked to in the comments yesterday, I just think it deserves to be on a front page. Click the link below to read the 10 Reasons to Still Be Pissed Off About the BP Disaster | Mother Jones

Your guide to the worst oil spill in US history, one year later.

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week, for a list of winners click here. Boston Boomer had two real good post this week, one about the Long Island Serial Killer and this one about Three Cups of Tea. After reading her post on Mortenson, I was reminded of James Frey and the harsh reaction from Oprah when it was revealed that his book was “made up”…Well, looks like Frey has another book coming out. You can read about it here, I am not going to quote any of the article. James Frey: ‘I always wanted to be the outlaw’ | Books | The Guardian Here is a funny political cartoon, that you may enjoy:

Mike Luckovich on smartphones

For some real information on what all those cell phones do to your brain: It’s Not Just Rude, It’s Ruining Your Brain | Mother Jones And lastly, the title of this next link made me laugh out loud, so click on the link and watch the video if you want. I did not because I am so sick of Beck. Glenn Beck Theorizes That Corn Is Being Diverted In Plot To Get Rid Of People | Media Matters for America Ha Ha…I see an old Twilight Zone in that title, do you? What are you reading today? What are you thinking about? Let’s get that comment section going…
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