Lets go with the offbeat today.
So what is going on this Sunday, not much, and that’s not always bad. I picked a fews reads for you, I hope you all slept in 😉
President Obama will be in Israel next week. The so-called peace process, was there ever a real effort (?), is not only stalled, it is at it’s lowest point since I remember. The Economist picks up the topic:
IN 1942, as the Holocaust in Europe was entering its most horrific phase, a pacifist American rabbi called Judah Magnes helped found a political party in Palestine called Ihud. Hebrew for unity, Ihud argued for a single binational state in the Holy Land to be shared by Jews and Arabs. Its efforts—and those of like-minded idealists—came to naught. Bitterly opposed to the partition of Palestine, Magnes died in 1948 just as the state of Israel—the naqba, or catastrophe, to Palestinians—was being born. Decades of strife were to follow.(read more)
Cyprus needs a bailout. That’s not really news, but the account holders will get a haircut, oops:
Cypriots reacted with shock that turned to panic on Saturday after a 10% one-off levy on savings was forced on them as part of an extraordinary 10bn euro (£8.7bn) bailout agreed in Brussels.(read more)
Formula 1 is on, finally, The Lotus Effect:
Kimi Raikkonen proved he and Lotus have what it takes this year to become Formula One world champions after storming to victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.(read more)
And, kids, you look the other way now:
Close your eyes and ears,” warns an off-screen voice, “because here comes a sex comedy that’s all about bonking and banging.” Then Bavarian character Sepp appears on screen. As he assumes a wide-legged stance in an Alpine pasture, a cow gazes awe-struck at the fly of his lederhosen. Thunderbolts shoot out of his tight leather shorts, bulging with excessive man-power.( read more)
Again, there’s not much going on really, I could have brought you ‘She Who Must Not Be Named’ and her CPAC speech, but I am not cruel.
This is our Open Thread. All Yours!
This is my body.
I do what I want with it.
This is my body.
I make my own choices.
This is my body.
I use it as a canvas, tattoo it, decorate it, and pierce it.
I take medicine if I want to and only undergo medical procedures I choose.
I eat what I want, exercise for my health, and wear what I like.
I fall in love with whomever, fuck/sleep with whomever and marry whomever I choose.
I decide when and how to become a mother.
This is my body, not yours
These decisions have nothing to do with you. If I’m not hurting you or stopping you from pursuing your inherent right to happiness, it’s none of your business. This is my body, not yours.
Almost one in eight women in the United States will have breast cancer, the most invasive cancer for women worldwide. If I am black or white, rich or poor, married or single, gay or straight, formally educated or not, I have the right to be screened for this killer of women, whether I go to my doctor or rely on the services of clinics like those run by Planned Parenthood. Your desire to stop the funding of abortions has nothing to do with my right to defend myself against cancer. This is my body, not yours.
If I choose to have sex, I have the right to birth control and to be spared your demeaning insults you’d never want leveled against your daughter or mother. My pursuit of orgasm is neither unnatural nor dangerous nor scary nor an infringement of your religious liberty. My sexual activity is for my benefit, not your pleasure. And it’s never my fault if you rape me. I am done being excluded from decisions about my sexual and reproductive health. This is my body, not yours.
I determine who or what goes inside of my vagina and when. I make all decisions regarding my pregnancy. I will access prenatal care whether or not you agree with the choices made resulting from that care. I have the right to an abortion without facing intimidation, harassment, burdensome parental consent laws, or prejudicial taxes. If I decide to have an abortion, I will not undergo unnecessary, invasive medical procedures for the purposes of your moralizing and personal edification. I’m entitled to all health information from my doctor. And allowing myself to be penetrated once doesn’t assume your right to do it again on your own prerogative, for your own reasons. This is my body, not yours.
It is time for you to accept that I am fully aware, capable, and accountable for myself. I don’t need a hero or saving because I’m not in distress. I’m not defined by my need of a man or partner, but I have the right to be made happy by one, in a safe and supportive relationship. I’m not defined by my weight, hair, make up, skin color, or breast size. I do not exist to be your play toy. I won’t wait my turn nor be quiet nor heed you. I know my physical and mental strength and I do not fear you. I’m beautiful, despite what you think, with or without your approval. This is my body, not yours.
This is my body.
I’m through with legislators telling me what to do with it.
This is my body.
Keep your salacious, aggressive, sexist insults to yourself. I’m not listening.
This is my body.
I have the right to marry my partner, woman or man.
To equal pay
To health care
To protection of the law
To respect and dignity
To complete equality
This is my body, not yours.
Do not be afraid of a world in which women know themselves, their voice, and their power. That world has arrived.
Don’t like it? We aren’t asking you if you like it; we’re telling you how things are.
Thom Hartmann has a discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Reisman, who is a serious nutcase with major problems around the topic of sex. Apparently Dr. Kinsey (she refers to him as the man who “mainstreamed perversion”) unleashed a true horror when he studied how the body works during sex. OMG, NO!!! Sorry, I’m not linking her site; it’s toxic crap.
Seriously, listen to this woman talk. If you listen to her, there were no sexual problems until the sexual revolution and sex education. She claims that the sex ed aimed at kindergarteners recommends “explicit materials.” She’s even against teaching proper names for body parts — that’s dirty stuff, man.
I do disagree with Thom on one point — that the internet is the main problem with young children seeing inappropriate sexual images. Yes, young children may be exposed to such things on the internet, but that’s a PARENTING problem, not an INTERNET problem.
This is our daily open thread. What’s going on in your world?
Is there anything that gets one sailing through the day on a cloud, like belcanto with the divine voice of the unforgotten Luciano Pavarotti? No? Then let’s start the news round-up with “Torna a Surriento”
Here’s the link
You find today’s news round-up below the fold – and there’s even “sex” on the menu. Continue reading
Castelluccio – Italy
The Guantanamo Bay Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures have been leaked to the press. The link leads you to the complete manual (pdf-document). The procedures are chillingly specific down to such details as to who is getting a small soap bar, who is entitled to a standard soap bar, or how a muslim burial site is structured. The volume of the guards’ tv sets and the phrasing of themes to cover media interest. Of course access of the icrc is restricted or even impossible for some detainees.
Southern company, which has helped George W. Bush to become sworn in as President and contributed $ 217’047 to his campaign and $ 6.2m for Republican campaigns since 1990 is named one of the world’s greatest polluters.
A single Southern Company plant in Juliette, Georgia already emits more carbon dioxide annually that Brazil’s entire power sector. The company is in the top two of America’s dirtiest utility polluters and sixth worst in the world.
The IAEA report on Iran is in. While Iran asks the West to apologize, some take it as proof that Iran will be able to build the bomb within a year. However, China will not participate in stepping up sanctions, The US, France, Britain and possibly Germany will have to go it alone.
Bronwen Maddox, Chief Foreign Commentator of The Times, said that the cancellation would make it more likely that a group of Western nations, likely to be the US, Britain, France and possibly Germany, would push ahead to develop unilateral sanctions against President Ahmadinejad’s regime, and give up on the UN route.
This makes it improbable for the US to reach any UN legitimation for a possible attack on Iran.
When it comes to hold on to the death penalty, the United States are in full agreement with rogue states like Syria and Iran. Strange bedfellows, indeed.
And finally: First class passengers on the new Airbus 380 are provided with all luxury, even a double bed. Applicants for the Mile-High-Club are asked to restrain from their inauguration rites, however. In smaller airplanes such activities may lead to an unscheduled stopover, and in an interview with Stephen Colbert the topic is best avoided or will lead to certain embarassment.
This is “Europeanview’s” take of the world today. You all stay safe and take care!