IN REMEMBRANCE: 7-17-2011

SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ, CREATOR OF ‘GILLIGAN’

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The seven who embarked on the three-hour tour on “Gilligan’s Island.”

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Published: July 12, 2011

 

Sherwood Schwartz, who created “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch,” two of the most affectionately ridiculed and enduring television sitcoms of the 1960s and ’70s, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 94.

 

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Sherwood Schwartz in 2004.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Hope Juber.

Mr. Schwartz weathered painfully dismissive reviews to see his shows prosper and live on for decades in syndication. Many critics suggested that they were successful because they ran counter to the tumultuous times in which they appeared: the era of the Vietnam War and sweeping social change.

Give or take a month or so, the original network run of “The Brady Bunch” coincided with two major upheavals in American society. The show, about a squeaky-clean blended family in California, began in 1969, shortly after Woodstock, and ended in 1974, soon after President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation following the Watergate scandal.

Mr. Schwartz’s work may have been seen as lighthearted entertainment, but some scholars of popular culture took it very seriously. David Marc and Robert J. Thompson, authors of “Prime Time, Prime Movers,” in which they advance an auteur theory of television, considered Mr. Schwartz an innovator who made a “surgical strike into the national psyche.”

Describing the advent of “Gilligan’s Island,” which told the story of seven very different castaways stranded on a desert island, they wrote, “Schwartz was pioneering a dramatic matrix built upon the emerging cultural concept of the ‘support group’: a collection of demographically diverse characters thrown together by circumstance and forced to become an ersatz ‘family’ in order to survive.”

Mr. Schwartz, in a 1996 interview, said that he had always planned the series as a social statement, the message being, “It’s one world, and we all have to learn to live with each other.”

Once or twice a year, he added, he received word of an academic paper whose author claimed to have uncovered the “real meaning” of the series, also stating that its creator probably had no idea what he was really saying.

Not so. Mr. Schwartz remembered describing the idea of “Gilligan’s Island” to William S. Paley, then chairman of CBS, as a microcosm. Mr. Paley, he recalled, blanched and said, “Oh, God, I thought it was a comedy show,” to which Mr. Schwartz quickly responded, “But it’s a funny microcosm!”

Mr. Schwartz was also largely responsible for his shows’ theme songs, which spelled out the premises in detail. “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island,” which Mr. Schwartz wrote with George Wyle, told the story of those castaways and how they ended up on that island. It began:

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,

A tale of a fateful trip

That started from this tropic port

Aboard this tiny ship.

The “Brady Bunch” theme, which Mr. Schwartz wrote by himself, told the story of a woman with three daughters and a man with three sons who met and married. Viewers who swore they had never been fans of either show somehow knew the lyrics, or at least couldn’t help associating phrases like a “three-hour tour” or “the youngest one in curls” with the two series.

Sherwood Charles Schwartz was born in Passaic, N.J., on Nov. 4, 1916. He grew up in Brooklyn and was a premed student at New York University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he moved to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California, but the master’s he earned in biological sciences was never put to use.

In 1938, while waiting for acceptance to medical school, he asked his brother Albert, who worked on Bob Hope’s radio show, if he could try writing a few jokes. Soon there were two Schwartzes on Hope’s payroll.

After World War II, during which Sherwood Schwartz wrote for Armed Forces Radio, he became a writer for “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” which was then on the radio. He made the transition to television in the 1950s with the sitcom “I Married Joan” and “The Red Skelton Show,” for which he became head writer. In 1961 he shared an Emmy Award with his brother, Skelton and two other writers for the show.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife, Mildred; three sons, Lloyd, a television producer, Donald and Ross; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

“Gilligan’s Island” began broadcasting in September 1964, with a cast that included Bob Denver as Gilligan, a bumbling first mate; Alan Hale Jr. as the skipper of the shipwrecked boat; and Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III, a millionaire, who managed to practice elitism while living in a hut. Guest stars turned up as British butterfly collectors, misguided aviators or headhunters in grass skirts, sometimes raising hope for the castaways’ rescue. But they were always left behind, even when the series ended in 1967.

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“The Brady Bunch” pictured in 1975.

The castaways finally did leave the island in a 1978 reunion special, “Rescue From Gilligan’s Island.” There were other specials; then, in 2004, the show was the inspiration for a reality series, “The Real Gilligan’s Island,” starring contestants whose real-life identities (millionaire, skipper and so on) matched those of the characters. As early as 1995 and as recently as this year, there was talk of a “Gilligan’s Island” feature film.

“The Brady Bunch” had its premiere in September 1969. It starred Florence Henderson and Robert Reed as clean-cut newlyweds with children whose most serious problems were usually on the level of sibling rivalry or a student council election.

The show lasted five seasons and, in a way, refused to die. After reruns proved enormously popular, there were three attempts at spinoff series (none lasted longer than half a season); a stage show, “The Real Live Brady Bunch,” in which original episodes of the series were re-enacted; and “The Brady Bunch Movie,” which had two sequels.

In interviews Mr. Schwartz talked about having intercepted a script for the first movie in which the Brady children used four-letter words. He told Paramount that he would personally campaign against the film if the language remained.

So when the first film, set in the 1990s, opened, the obliviously wholesome Bradys appeared to be living in a time warp, still dressing, talking and behaving as if it were the early ’70s. Apparently Mr. Schwartz had his way.

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Gilligan’s Island.

After all these years, I can still sing the original theme song:

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
a tale of a fateful trip,
that started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin’ man,
the Skipper brave and sure,
five passengers set sail that day,
for a three-hour tour,
a three-hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
the tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
the Minnow would be lost.
The Minnow would be lost.

The ship aground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
with Gilligan,
the Skipper too.
A millionaire and his wife,
a movie star,
the professor and Mary Ann,
here on Gilligan’s Isle.

Then, there’s the ending verse, which told of how the survivors would have to stick it out until help would someday arrive to rescue them:


So this is the tale of our castaways,
there here for a long long time.
They’ll have to make the best of things,
it’s an uphill climb.


The first mate and his Skipper too
will do their very best,
to make the others comf’terble
in their tropic island nest.


No phone ,no lights, no motor car,
not a single luxury
like Robinson Crusoe
it’s primitive as can be.


So join us here each week my friends,
you’re sure to get a smile,
from seven stranded castaways
here on Gilligan’s Isle!

The original first season theme ended with the words “the movie star…and the rest, are here on Gilligan’s Isle.”

Here is the theme from the third season that many people remember and recognize:

Mr. Sherwood Schwartz gave the world an iconic and endearing sitcom that to this day still brings smiles to my face and joy  to my heart.

The castaways, usually through the mishaps of Gilligan, were always going through some screwball comedy zany antic each week, filled with inane humor. Always, Gilligan was the brunt of their anger and frustration. Always, the Skipper would hit his Little Buddy with his skipper cap when Gilligan aggravated the castaways.

Five passengers, along with the fearless crew, set sail for a three-hour cruise that lasted four seasons.

Yes, you had to suspend disbelief that a ship struck ground on a desert isle when much of the world’s oceans had been charted. Yes, you had to suspend disbelief that the castaways, when presented with numerous opportunities to leave the island, somehow manage to stay stranded, time after time. That with would-be rescuers, such as Wrongway Feldman, who landed on the island, but for some illogical reason, never remembered to send help back to rescue the castaways. Yes, you had to suspend disbelief that the castaways never figured out how to fashion life rafts outs of the plant and tree material on the island.

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Most of all, loads of disbelief was necessary where the clothes and hairstyles of the castaways never became frayed, ragged, or disheveled. (Ginger…those evening gowns, that bouffant hairdo, the makeup–girl, how did you keep it up?) Not to mention that no one lost weight.

And then there is my question:  between the two, which did men prefer the most–wholesome Mary Ann, or Ginger, the sultry movie star?

But, this was Gilligan’s Island, and you tuned to be entertained, to laugh, and to forget any troubles you had that day.

Here is an episode entitled Lovey’s Secret Admirer, from Season 3, Episode 19:

Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale, Jr. (the Skipper), James “Jim” Backus (the Millionaire), Natalie Schafer (Lovey, Millionnaire’s wife), have all departed from this world, with Tina Louise (Ginger, the Movie Star), Russell Johnson (the Professor), and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann), still with us.

Mr. Schwartz gave so many millions fond memories that will last a lifetime.

Rest in peace, Mr. Schwartz.

Rest in peace.

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ROB GRILL, LEAD SINGER OF THE GRASS ROOTS

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The Grass Roots, from left: Dennis Provisor, Warren Entner, Rob Grill and Rick Coonce.

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Published: July 12, 2011

Rob Grill, the longtime lead singer and a very nearly original member of the Grass Roots, the immensely popular rock group of the 1960s and afterward, died on Monday in Tavares, Fla. He was 67.

The cause was complications of a head injury he sustained in a fall last month, his wife, Nancy, said. Mr. Grill was a longtime resident of Mount Dora, Fla.

From the mid-1960s to the mid-’70s, the Grass Roots were a fixture on the airwaves and a regular presence on “American Bandstand.” They sold tens of millions of records and had more than a dozen Top 40 hits. Among their best known are “Let’s Live for Today,” “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes” and “Two Divided by Love.”

The band’s style married elements of folk-rock, soul, blues and R&B. Its songs, whose close-knit harmonies evoked the British pop groups of the period, were bouncy, accessible and eminently danceable, often backed by an upbeat brass section.

“The Grass Roots weren’t the hippest band on the block,” The Boston Globe wrote in 1989. “But they were — and remain — a sure-fire guilty pleasure, a blissful package of pure pop.”

The group’s longest-serving member, Mr. Grill appeared with the Grass Roots for more than four decades: first in the group’s heyday and again as the band has enjoyed a renaissance on the oldies circuit. His voice — high, sweet and supple — was memorably urgent and beseeching in the group’s many songs of love.

He also played bass and wrote some of the group’s songs, though the Grass Roots’ best-known material was written primarily by nonmembers.

The Grass Roots began life as a phantom. In the mid-1960s, two Los Angeles songwriters, Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan, were asked by their label, Dunhill Records, for songs that would capitalize on the growing appetite for folk-rock.

They wrote “Where Were You When I Needed You” and, as the Grass Roots, recorded a demo. When the song had some success on the radio, they cast about for an existing band to become the Grass Roots.

They enlisted a San Francisco group named the Bedouins, who recorded the first Grass Roots album, also titled “Where Were You When I Needed You.”

In 1967, after the Bedouins decamped, Mr. Barri and Mr. Sloan recruited the 13th Floor, a Los Angeles band comprising Creed Bratton, Rick Coonce, Warren Entner and Kenny Fukomoto. (Mr. Bratton, the lead guitarist, later worked as an actor; he is known for playing the eccentric quality assurance director — also named Creed Bratton — on the American sitcom “The Office.”)

Just as the 13th Floor was about to sign on as the Grass Roots, Mr. Fukomoto was drafted, and Mr. Grill was brought in as a replacement. He remained with the group through the late ’70s, when it faded from view, a casualty of changing popular taste.

Mr. Grill managed new incarnations of the band in 1978 and ’79, rejoining it in the early 1980s. He performed with the Grass Roots throughout much of the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s.

Mr. Grill appeared on many of the band’s albums and also recorded a solo album, “Uprooted,” released in 1979.

Robert Frank Grill was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 1943. Intending to become a lawyer, he studied at California State University, Los Angeles, before pursuing a career in music.

Mr. Grill’s first marriage ended in divorce. Besides his wife, the former Nancy Pilski, whom he married in 1986, he is survived by a brother, James. A son from his first marriage, Christian, died of cancer last year.

Mr. Grill lived for years with chronic pain as a result of a degenerative bone disorder known as avascular necrosis and the multiple hip-replacement operations it entailed. In 2007, he was arrested on charges of having obtained the prescription painkiller oxycodone from multiple doctors, in violation of Florida law.

He entered a guilty plea, which was later vacated after he completed a pretrial intervention program, his wife said.

On the whole, however, Mr. Grill’s life — and the lives of his band mates — was so tame that it became, in some quarters, a professional sticking point.

“I asked one of the guys at VH1’s ‘Behind the Music’ why we weren’t on,” Mr. Grill told The Huntsville (Ala.) Times in 2005. “And he said, ‘Were you guys ever into heroin?’ and I said, ‘No.’ He said we just weren’t compelling enough.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: July 14, 2011

A picture caption on Wednesday with an obituary about Rob Grill, the lead singer of the rock group the Grass Roots, gave incorrect identifications from the Everett Collection archives for three of the four members shown. As correctly noted, Dennis Provisor is at the far left. The others are, from left, Warren Entner, Mr. Grill and Rick Coonce.

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KIP TIERNAN, FOUNDER OF FIRST SHELTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN

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Published: July 12, 2011

 

Kip Tiernan was dumbfounded when she saw women disguising themselves as men to get a meal at a men-only homeless shelter in Boston nearly 40 years ago — so much so that she went ahead and founded the nation’s first homeless shelter for women.

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Kip Tiernan

Ms. Tiernan died at 85 at her home in Boston on July 2. The cause was cancer, said Sue Marsh, the executive director of Rosie’s Place, the shelter Ms. Tiernan started in 1974.

It was while working as a volunteer for Warwick House, a Roman Catholic civil rights, antiwar and antipoverty ministry in Boston, that Ms. Tiernan saw those women dressed as men at the Pine Street shelter in the early 1970s.

“At that point people thought there was no such a thing as homeless women,” Ms. Marsh said. “Kip traveled to Chicago, Philadelphia and New York to see what those cities were doing for homeless women, and found there was nothing.”

With permission from the city, Ms. Tiernan opened Rosie’s Place in an abandoned supermarket in Boston’s South End. It now occupies an old church rectory in the neighborhood. Ms. Tiernan came up with the name based on the notion that everyone needs a rose in their life.

The shelter’s mission, at first, was merely to hand out coffee and used clothing and to offer a place where a few women could spend the night. That mission has greatly expanded.

In the mid-1970s, said Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, “single men constituted the vast majority of homeless people and shelters served men only; women literally had no options for shelter.”

“Kip was a prescient first responder to a need that would only continue to grow,” Ms. Foscarinis said.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual assessment of homelessness, there were 1.59 million homeless people in the country last year, 38 percent of them women.

Ms. Foscarinis and Neil Donovan, executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, said Rosie’s Place was the nation’s first shelter established specifically to address the issues confronting homeless women.

“A major cause of homelessness for women is domestic violence, and that makes the need for separate, safe and secure shelter especially acute,” Ms. Foscarinis said, adding that women with children “have a particular need for shelter that can accommodate them as a family.”

With its slogan “Diapers to Detox,” Rosie’s Place tries to meet an array of issues. While the shelter has only 20 beds, it serves lunch and dinner to 150 women a day. Its pantry provides food to about 800 women a month. It helps women find housing and avoid utility shut-offs. There are 300 students in its literacy program. It offers drug and alcohol abuse counseling. A craft cooperative allows women to sell jewelry they have made.

“This is the way Kip thought it should be,” Ms. Marsh said, “that they are our sisters.”

Born in West Haven, Conn., on June 17, 1926, Mary Jane Tiernan was 6 months old when her father died and 11 when her mother died. Raised by her maternal grandmother, she took flying lessons as a teenager and became interested in jazz.

Ms. Tiernan moved to Boston in 1947 to study at the Boston Conservatory, but was expelled for drinking. “I was raped once,” she told The Boston Globe in 1988. “I was 19. Drunk.” After achieving sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous, she eventually became a successful advertising copywriter with her own agency and began her volunteer work with Warwick House.

Ms. Tiernan is survived by her partner of 15 years, Donna Pomponio, whom she married in 2004. Her previous companion, Edith Nicholson, died in the 1990s. Together they raised Ms. Nicholson’s three children, one of whom, Peg Wright, also survives.

Beside Rosie’s Place, Ms. Tiernan helped found the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, the Greater Boston Food Bank and the city’s Emergency Shelter Commission.

“She really had no stomach for people pitying the homeless without some type of follow-through that would improve the condition of the unhoused,” Mr. Donovan, of the National Coalition for the Homeless, said. “She railed against politicians and bureaucrats for making empty promises or unfunded mandates and against homeless advocates who put their own organization or agenda first.”

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SKYWATCH: DAWN REACHES VESTA, ASTEROID HIDES STAR, AND MORE

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Dawn Arrives at Vesta

July 15, 2011 | If all goes well, NASA’s spacecraft Dawn will enter orbit around Vesta at 1 p.m. EDT on July 16th. > read more

Does Air Pollution Alter Lunar Eclipses?

July 15, 2011 | Observations of June 15th’s total lunar eclipse suggest that smoggy skies over China created unusual patterns in the umbral glow on the Moon. > read more

The Truth About Neptune’s Spin

July 11, 2011 | By tracking two visible features in Neptune’s atmosphere, a University of Arizona astronomer has clocked a new spin rate for the blue planet. But does this mean the Voyager results from 1989 are wrong? > read more

More on Saturn’s Thunderstorm

July 13, 2011 | Two studies reveal that the white smear across Saturn’s northern face was caused by a deep seated thunder storm that discharged powerful lightning bolts for days on end. > read more

Messy Cleanup Awaits Subaru Telescope

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Rare Occultation by a Double Asteroid

July 15, 2011 | Early on Tuesday, July 19th, lucky observers along a 120-mile-wide path from north-central California to central Saskatchewan have a chance to watch a big, enigmatic double asteroid briefly cover a relatively bright star in Aquarius. > read more

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This Week’s Sky at a Glance

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Neptune in Motion

July 13, 2011 | Sky and Telescope‘s editor Sean Walker puts together NASA’s anniversary images of Neptune to create a movie that shows a day on the blue planet. > read more

Let the Star Parties Begin!

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COLORLINES: MIGRANT WORKING WOMEN AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

 

 

July 14, 2011 Colorlines.com Direct | Published by the Applied Research Center

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HATEWATCH: WHITE SUPREMACIST ARTHUR KEMP REPRINTING FORGOTTEN RACIST TEXTS

White Supremacist Arthur Kemp Reprinting Forgotten Racist Texts

by  Leah Nelson  on July 12, 2011

Notorious South African white supremacist Arthur Kemp has added a new project to his portfolio of transnational activism. In addition to writing for white supremacist publications and running a prominent website for British racists, he has opened an online bookstore featuring reprints of previously impossible-to-find racist tracts from times gone by.

According to its website, Ostara Publications (which Kemp founded in 1999 as a means of distributing his own white supremacist screeds) was “developed in response to anti-white discrimination the world over” and “intends to be the world’s primary Eurocentric resource.”

The collection so far is small – but what Kemp’s bookstore lacks in breadth, it makes up for in nastiness. One of the most striking resurrected titles is Arthur Compte de Gobineau’s 1853 tract The Inequality of the Human Races, the first book to promulgate the concept of a superior “Aryan race.” Tremendously popular among late 19th– and early 20th-century “Pan-Germans,” the book inspired generations of white supremacists and anti-Semites – including a young aspiring artist named Adolf Hitler.

Kemp is also hawking several civil rights-era tracts that were used to fight school desegregation in the South. Among them is Race and Reason: A Yankee View by Carleton Putnam, whose pseudo-scientific “proof” that blacks were biologically inferior to whites was used by the White Citizen’s Councils (predecessors to today’s Council of Conservative Citizens) in their battle to keep black children out of white schools. Also for sale is the equally influential The Biology of the Race Problem, commissioned in 1962 by Klan-endorsed Alabama Governor John Patterson and authored by Wesley Critz George, once a department head at the University of North Carolina Medical School.

Ostara offers some new titles as well. It is the U.K. and European distributor for White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century, by racist ideologue Jared Taylor, editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance. Of course, the complete works of Arthur Kemp are also available, including a new 90-page text in which he states as fact that the I.Q. range in predominantly Muslim countries is between 70 and 79 (100 is an “average” I.Q. on most tests).

Looking at Kemp’s career, it’s no surprise that he would open a bookstore stocked primarily with hateful racist texts. Starting with his attempt in the early 1980s to revive a pro-apartheid student club at South Africa’s University of Cape Town, Kemp has spent the bulk of his years trying to breathe new life into fading pro-white causes. He was a pro-apartheid journalist in the 1980s and early 1990s, ultimately going to work in the South African security forces, which were implicated in assassinations and other violence directed at the African National Conference and other militant opponents of apartheid.

Kemp moved to England in 1996 and fell in with the National Alliance, which was at the time America’s leading neo-Nazi group. Always a fan of a losing white supremacist cause, Kemp threw himself into saving the collapsing group after founder William Pierce’s unexpected death in 2002. He wrote for and helped edit the Alliance’s National Vanguard magazine, and he drafted speeches and radio essays for its leader. He eventually got fed up, and in 2009 denounced Pierce’s recommendation that his followers abstain from participation in the democratic process and plan instead to seize power after the system’s collapse as “possibly the single most damaging influence in pro-white politics in American history.”

Between 2004 and 2011, Kemp worked in a variety of capacities for the whites-only British National Party. He resigned in March to become editor-in-chief of a British nationalist website owned by European Parliament member Andrew Brons.

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Hmm.

There is nothing like old hate to shore up the same ‘ol hate that has been with this nation since its beginning.

“According to its website, Ostara Publications (which Kemp founded in 1999 as a means of distributing his own white supremacist screeds) was “developed in response to anti-white discrimination the world over” and “intends to be the world’s primary Eurocentric resource.”

“Anti-White discrimination”?

Really?

So, I guess the majority of Whites in America face constant racial profiling, gentrification of neighborhoods they have lived in for generations, racist and venomous stereotypes, economic racism, environmental racism, judicial racism….I could go on and on.

Proof, man, proof.

Show me the evidence of anti-White discrimination.

Come on.

Convince me.

Prove it to me.

Yeah, I thought so.

Whites in America hold all the cards, including the Ace of Spades.

In better health care.

In better education.

Higher paying jobs.

Higher rates of employment.

Safer physical security in their rights as citizens and human beings.

Greater generational wealth and assets.

They live longer than Blacks, and get to receive more of their Social Security benefits (as well as get the remains of SS that deceased Blacks did not live long enough to collect.)

So, I do not want to hear any snotting and crying about all the horrific anti-White discrimination that is assailing the millions of Whites who live in America.

‘Kay.

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SISTER SOMALIA AND A THOUSAND SISTERS

Sister Somalia and A Thousand Sisters are two non-profit organizations dedicated to the humanitarian missions to end sexual violence against women in Somalia and the Republic of the Congo.

Women in these areas suffer from abduction and imprisonment through forced marriage, gang rape, beatings, genital mutilation, and murder. If accused of adultery, women face two forms of punishment: stoned to death or beheaded.

The five worst places to be a female are India, Afghanistan, Somalia, Republic of the Congo, and Pakistan, and they all had help from the United States in becoming that way in their devaluing of women’s economic independence, the right to assert themselves against male patriarchy, the fight against domestic abuse, and lack of access to rights and privileges that men enjoy–education, political office, and financial independence.

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The World’s 5 Worst Places for Women — And How U.S. Policy Helped Make Them That Way

 
The plight of women in Afghanistan, Congo and other difficult places owes much to the machinations of Washington politicians.
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When checking the nuclear ambitions of dictators or building “democracy” in Baghdad, politicians tend to justify foreign policy by touting America as an international “beacon” of freedom and equality. A new report on the world’s five most dangerous countries for women is a predictable listing of places not yet reached by the light of America’s democratic promise. Beneath the surface, though, many of the misfortunes that plague women in places like Afghanistan can be traced back to a cruel political consensus in Washington.

According to a report by Thomson Reuters Foundation, the most dangerous countries for women are Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia. The ranking, based on a poll of gender experts (with a statistically based methodology), measures major threats to the welfare of women and girls: “sexual violence; non-sexual violence; cultural or religious factors; discrimination and lack of access to resources; and trafficking.” Some of the more dismal points:

  • About nine in 10 Afghan women are illiterate.
  • In Somalia, where maternal mortality remains extraordinarily high, fewer than 10 percent of women give birth in a standard health facility.
  • Some 100 million people in India, mostly girls and women, fall victim to trafficking. Female infanticide and “feticide” (referring to sex-selective abortion) are also widespread.
  • One study estimated that 420,000 rapes occur over the course of a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Women in Pakistan earn about 80 percent less than men, and 90 percent of them experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.

Siphoning these injustices into categories is a bit misleading: poverty, inadequate health care, sexual exploitation and violence are all links in a chain of gender oppression, roping women into a cycle of political and economic disempowerment.

And these problems share another connection, to Washington’s foreign policy.

Since the invasion of Afghanistan, the human rights situation has in many ways actually deteriorated amid constant war, a weak and corrupt puppet government, and the ascendance of reactionary forces aligned with warlords and the Taliban. The collapse of accountability falls hard on women, as the breakdown of the education, health care and legal systems further degrade women’s access to justice and social opportunity. And so, while the “liberation” of Afghan women has been held up as a chief goal of Western military intervention, following the Taliban’s decline, the U.S. occupation has ushered in another wave of oppression.

Both Washington and Kabul have exposed the bankruptcy of promises of gender equity by ignoring and abetting the systematic abuse of women. It is appalling that young girls are attacked for attending school, but it’s unconscionable for Western powers to wield the tragedy as a cudgel to defend imperial warfare.

Washington’s military aid to Pakistan has been fueled by a similar approach toward “stabilizing” the region through war and “counter-terrorism.” Raining bombs on Pakistan won’t relieve the country’s deep poverty, now exacerbated by last year’s catastrophic flooding. Nor do the Pentagon’s drone attacks win hearts and minds when they kill and injure civilian families and stoke even more local resentment.

Though the U.S. has relatively friendly relations with India, rights advocates have called for both governments to end “war on terror” crackdowns that lead to human rights abuses. The U.S. has encouraged political impunity by fostering the militarization of India. Meanwhile Western-style globalization has driven neoliberal rural development policies that erode public resources and disenfranchise women. The structural violence embedded in this type of “modernization” is at odds with even Washington’s own aid programs for Indian women’s health and civil rights.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the injustices women endure daily stem from years of regional and civil conflict. But the rape and carnage also represent the fallout of controversial U.S. policies, which have long been tied to the arming of military regimes and patterns of socioeconomic instability that kill democratic development.

Despite some reform measures to combat sexual crimes, the brutalization of women continues, abetted by twisted U.S. posturing. While Washington has poured aid into the D.R.C., its political machinations in the region have failed to comprehensively address military involvement by neighboring Rwanda and Uganda. Activists have called on the U.S. to ramp up support for peacekeeping and civil society institutions, international diplomatic efforts, and the inquiry of the International Criminal Court. Michael Poffenberger, executive director of Resolve, criticized the Obama administration’s position on the Lord’s Resistance Army:

“Congress gave the Obama administration an unprecedented mandate to end LRA atrocities and help affected communities recover… The administration has improved some of its efforts, but, by and large, has failed to strengthen civilian protection or apprehend the LRA’s top leaders.”

Similarly warped U.S. policies toward Somalia, as well as skewed Western media coverage, have fixated on terrorism and piracy, but left issues of women’s rights in the shadows. Following a long, chaotic legacy of failed foreign interventionism, the U.S. and the international community have lagged in launching an investigation into possible war crimes in Mogadishu. Fighting between insurgents and government and “peacekeeping” forces, according to Human Rights Watch, has shattered communities, not just through civilian killings but the coerced use of child soldiers.

From more privileged corners of the globe, we’re tempted to respond to reports about all the forsaken women out there by sadly shaking our heads at those intractable, faraway crises. But these women are closer to us than we think. And hope for them begins with justice here at home, by demanding that our government take responsibility for its complicity in making the world unsafe for women everywhere.

Michelle Chen has written for the South China Morning Post, Clamor, INTHEFRAY.COM and her own zine, cain.
 
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A Thousand Sisters seeks to give counseling, financial aid (through donations), food, clothing, medical care, and education.

Sister Somalia offers the first sexual violence hotline in Mogadishu, Somalia, with the hope to serve women with counseling, medical care, and business skills.

The women of Somalia, Congo, and other places where life of women is devalued and considered cheap, may feel that no one cares for them. But, there are those who do, and these two organizations are willing to go into the lion’s den to stand by their sisters and give them the help they so desperately need.

That many of these brave, loving and courageous souls are women says a lot about the men who despise and mistreat the very women who live in their midst.

By destroying the women in their communities and nations, these men are in essence, destroying themselves.

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WORLD POPULATION DAY: JULY 11, 2011

 

WORLD POPULATION DAY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) World Population Day reaffirms the human right to plan for a family.

Local names

Name Language
World Population Day English
Día Mundial de la Población Spanish

World Population Day 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

World Population Day 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
List of dates for other years

The United Nations’ (UN) World Population Day is annually observed on July 11 to reaffirm the human right to plan for a family. It encourages activities, events and information to help make this right a reality throughout the world.
UN World Population Day
Family planning is an important topic raised during World Population Day. Illustration based on artwork from ©iStockphoto.com/Julien Bastide

What do people do?

World Population Day aims to increase people’s awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. The day is celebrated worldwide by business groups, community organizations and individuals in many ways. Activities include seminar discussions, educational information sessions and essay competitions.

Public life

World Population Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

In 1968 world leaders proclaimed that individuals had a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and timing of their children. About 40 years later modern contraception remains out of reach for millions of women, men and young people. World Population Day was instituted in 1989 as an outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, marked on July 11, 1987. The UN authorized the event as a vehicle to build an awareness of population issues and the impact they have on development and the environment.

Since then, with the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) encouragement, governments, non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals organize various educational activities to celebrate the annual event.

Symbols

The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as blue against a yellow background.

World Population Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Jul 11 1989 World Population Day United Nation day  
Wed Jul 11 1990 World Population Day United Nation day  
Thu Jul 11 1991 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sat Jul 11 1992 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sun Jul 11 1993 World Population Day United Nation day  
Mon Jul 11 1994 World Population Day United Nation day  
Tue Jul 11 1995 World Population Day United Nation day  
Thu Jul 11 1996 World Population Day United Nation day  
Fri Jul 11 1997 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sat Jul 11 1998 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sun Jul 11 1999 World Population Day United Nation day  
Tue Jul 11 2000 World Population Day United Nation day  
Wed Jul 11 2001 World Population Day United Nation day  
Thu Jul 11 2002 World Population Day United Nation day  
Fri Jul 11 2003 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sun Jul 11 2004 World Population Day United Nation day  
Mon Jul 11 2005 World Population Day United Nation day  
Tue Jul 11 2006 World Population Day United Nation day  
Wed Jul 11 2007 World Population Day United Nation day  
Fri Jul 11 2008 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sat Jul 11 2009 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sun Jul 11 2010 World Population Day United Nation day  
Mon Jul 11 2011 World Population Day United Nation day  
Wed Jul 11 2012 World Population Day United Nation day  
Thu Jul 11 2013 World Population Day United Nation day  
Fri Jul 11 2014 World Population Day United Nation day  
Sat Jul 11 2015 World Population Day United Nation day  

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THE NEW NATION OF SOUTH SUDAN: JULY 9, 2011

On July 9, 2011, the nation of South Sudan was officially created. Officially known as the Republic of South Sudan, it is recognized by 193 members of the United Nations, making South Sudan the 55th nation on the continent of Africa.

 

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South Sudan and surrounding nations.
 
 
 
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The ten states of South Sudan grouped in the three historical provinces of the Sudan:  Green – Bahr el Ghazal; Teal – Equatoria; Yellow – Upper Greater Nile.
 

President Barack Obama, in recognizing the new government of South Sudan, gave the following press release:

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 09, 2011

Statement of President Barack Obama Recognition of the Republic of South Sudan

“Today is a reminder that after the darkness of war, the light of a new dawn is possible. A proud flag flies over Juba and the map of the world has been redrawn. These symbols speak to the blood that has been spilled, the tears that have been shed, the ballots that have been cast, and the hopes that have been realized by so many millions of people. The eyes of the world are on the Republic of South Sudan. And we know that southern Sudanese have claimed their sovereignty, and shown that neither their dignity nor their dream of self-determination can be denied.

This historic achievement is a tribute, above all, to the generations of southern Sudanese who struggled for this day. It is also a tribute to the support that has been shown for Sudan and South Sudan by so many friends and partners around the world. Sudan’s African neighbors and the African Union played an essential part in making this day a reality. And along with our many international and civil society partners, the United States has been proud to play a leadership role across two Administrations. Many Americans have been deeply moved by the aspirations of the Sudanese people, and support for South Sudan extends across different races, regions, and political persuasions in the United States. I am confident that the bonds of friendship between South Sudan and the United States will only deepen in the years to come. As Southern Sudanese undertake the hard work of building their new country, the United States pledges our partnership as they seek the security, development and responsive governance that can fulfill their aspirations and respect their human rights.
 
As today also marks the creation of two new neighbors, South Sudan and Sudan, both peoples must recognize that they will be more secure and prosperous if they move beyond a bitter past and resolve differences peacefully. Lasting peace will only be realized if all sides fulfill their responsibilities. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement must be fully implemented, the status of Abyei must be resolved through negotiations, and violence and intimidation in Southern Kordofan, especially by the Government of Sudan, must end. The safety of all Sudanese, especially minorities, must be protected. Through courage and hard choices, this can be the beginning of a new chapter of greater peace and justice for all of the Sudanese people.

Decades ago, Martin Luther King reflected on the first moment of independence on the African continent in Ghana, saying, “I knew about all of the struggles, and all of the pain, and all of the agony that these people had gone through for this moment.” Today, we are moved by the story of struggle that led to this time of hope in South Sudan, and we think of those who didn’t live to see their dream realized. Now, the leaders and people of South Sudan have an opportunity to turn this moment of promise into lasting progress. The United States will continue to support the aspirations of all Sudanese. Together, we can ensure that today marks another step forward in Africa’s long journey toward opportunity, democracy and justice.”

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The five decades long civil war that tore apart the nation of Sudan, and caused the loss of life in over two and a half million lives, has created not one but two nations. South Sudan, a landlocked country, is bordered on the east by Ethiopia, on the southeast by Kenya, on the southwest by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the south by Uganda, on the west by Central African Republic, and on the north by its former northern half–the nation of Sudan, and the disputed territory of Darfur. South Sudan’s capital is Juba (located in the southern state of Central Equatoria), while Khartoum is the capital of Sudan.

For more information on South Sudan, click  here  and  here.

In the future, I was going to post on the nation of Sudan in one of my “The Flags of Africa” posts, but, with this new development, I will be posting not on one nation, but on two.

Right now, the technology to manufacture oil in refineries lies in the north, in Sudan, and the deposits of oil lie in the south, in South Sudan, which means that oil must travel out of South Sudan to reach the world markets; oil which will provide 98% of South Sudan’s revenue. The area of the Abeyei region, on South Sudan’s northern border,  is also in dispute.

[Map: Abyei, Sudan]

Not to be forgotten, is the deadly violence that women still face in South Sudan. The transgressions against human rights for women must be addressed and the new government must bring the perpetrators to justice in a world court, where rape and homicide against women and girls has been tolerated, a legacy from Sudan’s brutal civil war.

I wish this nation of South Sudan well, especially her people who have suffered through so much: the Dinka, Acholi, Lotuhu, Nuer, Shilluk,  and the Nuba (who reside mainly in the area located centrally in the country formally known as Sudan. The nation lacks many infrastructures that a developing new nation needs:  a high literacy rate, paved roads, health care, strong economy, job and trade skills to sell marketable goods to the world, and viable education.

How life will be for those living in South Sudan remains to be seen, but, many people across the world are praying for the best for South Sudan. The citizens of the is new nation themselves certainly are looking forward to a new, better, and prosperous nation.

UPDATES:

Here is a video on the United Nations welcoming the Republic of South Sudan into the UN. (Video courtesy of Al Jazeera)

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