It was in tourist country, the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness Area that is not a wilderness anymore because it is severely overrun by tourists. As beautiful as the High Peaks are, they are not worth sharing a few miles of trail with fifty people trashing it and even actually crapping on it.
From renowned journalist Christiane Amanpour: “Frank Schaeffer once produced propaganda films that helped launch the Christian right [and the anti-abortion political movement]. Now he feels regret for what he calls an ‘anti-family’ movement.”
This is Amanpour’s recent interview of Frank Schaeffer. 20 minutes.
At the moment it has 350,000 views and 5,000 comments since posted on May 4, 2022. And, from the dozen I looked at, they’re actually reasonable comments, not loony crap like a lot of comments in popular media. I guess that’s because loonies don’t follow serious journalism. If you like it, share the link and help reality catch on at least a tiny bit before the November 2022 and 2024 elections. Thanks. https://youtu.be/25JyC5Whhvc
Christiane Amanpour’s show, Amanpour & Company, is almost entirely interviews with people who are either subject-matter experts or the subjects themselves. She just did the first ever interview with the head mucky-muck of the Taliban, wanted by the FBI, never did a TV interview before. He is a masterful liar. It was disgusting. He can pee on your head and politely tell you it’s raining. But I mention it to show that Christiane can get people to talk on air that others can’t, or she’s the first. I have great regard for her service to humanity by airing interviews that we really need to hear. It is a CNN show, but aired also on PBS. The full show is also available by podcast, and individual interviews on YouTube. Each show usually has 2 interviews, one by her and one by one of her team, who are also among the best-in-class.
While researching the story of a famous Ukrainian song that has inspired endless versions around the world, from the ancient folk chant to epic orchestral and chorale concert works, to the latest rock, hip-hop, metal and electronic synthesis and LED and laser light shows (you’re going to love it if I ever write the post), I stumbled across this bit that said inside me, “Hey, shut up and have some different fun.” It has nothing to do with the Ukrainian song. It’s just a distraction. A good musical distraction is worth its waste in gold; i.e., no waste at all.
Music is not real except as a miracle. It is impossible. It can’t be done. But it happens anyway. The more I explore it, the more impossible it seems.
It’s like learning about oneself, in a sense. Like the beauty in any other kind of nature, beauty in music does what it does to us because of who we are, and yet it shapes us, too. In this case, it “does me” in humor, too.
Enjoy this break from and into reality. Watch it in full screen for best effect.
(Link to YouTube video: https://youtu.be/BKezUd_xw20)
(I wonder if they could be booked at the Upper Jay Art Center?)
From the Salut Salon website:
Whether or not it is optimistic that we continue, we must continue. –Hong Kong rebel.
In this recording from the BBC World Service Newshour podcast of 20220324, you can hear Anna Vorosheva, a 45-year-old resident businesswoman of Mariupol, Ukraine, talk about seeking ways to get back to the hell she survived. She describes what she lived through in ways you rarely hear, with details we all should hear. Her passionate explanation for going back she puts into one word: conscience.
Audio (7 minutes):
She wants help getting back:
#STANDWITHUKRAINE (https://war.ukraine.ua/support-ukraine/ … official Ukraine website) says, “You can save lives, no matter where in the world you are. A simple donation. A few clicks on your keyboard. A message to the right person. Everything you need to help Ukrainians in their fight for peace and freedom – in one place.”
To the women …
The dead fight. People dead in streets. They fight. They fight in me. I am not dead yet. –Unidentified woman near Mariupol, Ukraine.
In her 2008 book, Between Earth and Sky; Our Intimate Connections to Trees, Nalini M. Nadkarni wrote on page 43,
Like many special days, the essence of this one is for every day. That’s my excuse for being a week late posting this.
Did you know that President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, requiring that women be paid the same as men? He did! But it applied only to minimum wage jobs. Above the minimum wage, women would continue being paid 60% of men’s pay rates.
Today, fifty-six years later, well, keep your chin up, I suppose. Now it’s way up to 80%! Just think: at this rate, it will take only until 2075 to get pay equality.
You never know … maybe by then we’ll have a female president, too! A Latina! Alright, alright, one century-long step at a time.
There’s an explanation of the pay balance situation at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which begins with this excerpt:
Women are almost half of the workforce. They are the sole or co-breadwinner in half of American families with children. They receive more college and graduate degrees than men. Yet, on average, women continue to earn considerably less than men. In 2017, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80.5 cents for every dollar earned by men, a gender wage gap of 20 percent.
Women, on average, earn less than men in nearly every single occupation for which there is sufficient earnings data for both men and women to calculate an earnings ratio. In middle-skill occupations, workers in jobs mainly done by women earn only 66 percent of workers in jobs mainly done by men. IWPR’s report on sex and race discrimination in the workplace shows that outright discrimination in pay, hiring, or promotions continues to be a significant feature of working life.
There must be thousands of videos on the web about International Women’s Day. I looked at a few dozen. Many were terrific. It was a good way to contemplate the day’s meaning.
Can you guess any of the five reasons why I chose this eight-minute video to post as a celebration of IWD 2019? Or would you like to post a comment on what you like about it?