The Venus de Milo is a paradox: the embodiment of beauty, yet disfigured. And she is a puzzle, gazing serenely at something we cannot see, something once held, we assume, by her missing arms. “La Vénus de Milo est un mystère,” declared the French archaeologist Salomon Reinach in a 1890 essay, emphasizing the point with italics.
In Reinach’s day, speculation about the statue’s original pose was a minor industry. She was imagined standing beside a warrior—Mars or Theseus—with her left hand grazing his shoulder. She was pictured holding a mirror, an apple, or laurel wreaths, sometimes with a pedestal to support her left arm. She was even depicted as a mother holding a baby. One popular turn-of-the-century theory understood her not as Venus but as Victory, supporting a shield on her left thigh and recording the names of heroes on it with her right hand. Other versions imagined her using the shield as a mirror, the goddess of beauty admiring her reflection.
Israel’s president has said Ethiopian Israelis’ protests against alleged discrimination “revealed an open and raw wound” at the heart of Israeli society”.
Reuven Rivlin said Israel must address the community’s grievances, which had been ignored.
It comes after police and protesters clashed in Tel Aviv on Sunday night.
Israel’s PM meanwhile has met the Ethiopian Israeli soldier, whose beating by police fuelled tensions.
“When It Got to the Murders, I Think I Was Surprised by That”:
Rodney’s first experience with targeted protest came as a result of the regular large-scale protests outside of the clinic where he first worked as an abortion provider. Two of the regular protesters were the parents of Rodney’s son’s fiancée. When they learned that their daughter’s soon-to-be father-in-law was a doctor at the clinic, they forced her to move out of their house and cut off their support. When the two were finalizing their wedding plans, protesters made it clear that they planned to target the wedding. The priest for the wedding threatened to call the police if the protesters interrupted the services and told them, “If a priest has you arrested, it’s not going to do your cause any good.” The priest did not allow any protest but allowed the protesters to stand in an anteroom where they could see the services but could not be heard.
By the early 1990s, the protesters started targeting Rodney in a much more direct and violent manner. One day, Rodney was working at the clinic when he received a call from a police officer who told him that his house and barn were on fire. The fire was so large that an Air Force plane flying over the scene saw the fire and reported it. Rodney said that despite the call from the pilot, it took three calls before firefighters appeared. By the time the firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire had been burning for nearly two hours. Rodney and his family lost everything they owned other than what they were wearing at the time. They lost their house, their barn, and three separate outbuildings. Their dog, cats, and seventeen horses were killed. Thankfully, the human members of Rodney’s family were not injured because none were home at the time.
Baltimore residents celebrated the lifting of the city’s curfew today, with hundreds of people gathering at city hall for a rally of prayers and song.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake earlier today announced the end of the citywide curfew that was instituted after riots erupted Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
There were prayers and civil rights songs at the City Hall rally, but speakers also called on the crowd not to stop demanding change and that the six police officers charged in Gray’s death are punished.
“We’ve got to see this all the way through, until all six officers trade in their blue uniform for an orange uniform,” the Rev. Jamal Bryant said. “Let them know: Orange is the new black.”
When people say the two parties are exactly alike, don’t you believe them. Here are some highlights from their 2012 platforms. These quotes are pulled from
An independent web developer named Amit Asaravala combed both documents and made a side-by-side comparison of the stances of each party.
Commerce: Women [W]e are committed to passing the Paycheck Fairness Act…. [p.10]
Education: Sex Education
Democrats support evidence-based and age-appropriate sex education. [p.18]
We renew our call for replacing “family planning” programs for teens with abstinence education….[p.36]
President Obama has encouraged innovation to reach his goal of generating 80 percent of our electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Democrats support making America the world’s leader in building a clean energy economy by extending clean energy incentives…. [p.7]
We support more infrastructure investment to speed the transition to cleaner fuels in the transportation sector. [p.7]
We will end the EPA’s war on coal…. Further, we oppose any and all cap and trade legislation. [p.16]
We call for timely processing of new reactor applications currently pending at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. [p.16]
As soon as possible, we will reverse the current Administration’s blocking of the Keystone XL Pipeline…. [p.47]
Environment: Climate Change
We affirm the science of climate change, commit to significantly reducing the pollution that causes climate change…. [p.20]
Democrats pledge to continue showing international leadership on climate change, working toward an agreement to set emission limits in unison with other emerging powers. [p.21]
We also call on Congress to take quick action to prohibit the EPA from moving forward with new greenhouse gas regulations….[p.19]
Foreign Policy: Foreign Aid [W]e will continue to respond to humanitarian crises around the globe. [p.29]
Limiting foreign aid spending helps keep taxes lower, which frees more resources in the private and charitable sectors, whose giving tends to be more effective and efficient.[p.46]
Gay Marriage & Rights
We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.[p.18]
We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. [p.10]
And on and on—tell me again why any sane person would vote for Republicans?
(And that’s the comparison of the 2012 platforms—with the inmates running the asylum, I’m sure 2016 will see the right-wing additions to their platform going all the way over the cliff.
Ben Carson for President. For the Republican 2016 ticket, things somehow, someway, in some capacity just got nuttier.
I mean, it’s like saying and everyone recognizing that the Sun is hot. And then, an event happens that make you say, “Well, the Sun just got that much hotter.”
That kind of nuttier and loony.
Former president Jimmy Carter, wrapping up his three-day mission to Israel and the West Bank on Saturday night, said prospects for renewed peace talks were so distant that he didn’t even discuss the matter with the Palestinian leadership.
Carter said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “does not now and has never sincerely believed in a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”
On the final day of his reelection campaign in March, Netanyahu said that as long as he serves as prime minister, there will not be an independent Palestinian state.
This is where your tax monies go, to a racist apartheid regime, warmongering and wanting to send your soldiers into a war with Iran.
Square Enix evoluciona la demo t’cnica Agni’s Philosophy con WITCH - Chapter 0 [cry]. Espectacular.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Sunday that if he becomes president in 2016, he will bring “a real political shake-up” that lifts the nation’s poorest while stemming the proliferation of millionaires and billionaires.
In other words, he said he wants to make America look more like Scandinavia.
During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked the 73-year-old Vermont senator if it’s really possible for someone like him to be elected president. Sanders, who identifies as a democratic socialist, announced his White House run last week.
“Well, so long as we know what democratic socialism is,” he said. “And if we know that in countries, in Scandinavia, like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, they are very democratic countries, obviously. The voter turnout is a lot higher than it is in the United States. In those countries, health care is the right of all people. And in those countries, college education, graduate school is free.”