Wednesday Reads: Between a Rock, a Cock and a Hard Place

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49, p. 17r – Christine of Pisan, Epitre d’Othea, c-1460.

Which way do you go? That is one tough decision…

At any rate, things are getting bad over in the Northeastern United States. I mean, when sharks are becoming “sharkcicles,” it is time to take these cold mutthafukken temperatures for serious.

Sharks are freezing to death in the US, due to a record cold winter — Quartz

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It’s so cold, sharks are washing up on beaches

In Massachusetts, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy found three thresher sharks washed up in Cape Cod, “stranded due to cold shock,” which can cause cardiac arrest in animals.

The conservancy collected tissue samples from the sharks that will be examined “once they thaw.”

“We hauled the shark off the beach and it is currently thawing at NOAA Fisheries Service to be dissected later,” the group wrote on Facebookabout the latest shark discovery. “A true sharkcicle!”

 

 

Other cold weather related news bits at that Quartz link above.

Actually, all should pay attention, the next cold blast is something frightening:

‘Bomb cyclone’ to blast East Coast before polar vortex uncorks tremendous cold late this week – The Washington Post

This thing is expected to have a barometer as low as Hurricane Sandy, and bring cold air from…Siberia, Greenland and the North Pole down into the East Coast.

Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days. But the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week.

First, a monster storm will hammer the East Coast from north Florida to Maine with ice and snow. By Thursday, the exploding storm will, in many ways, resemble a winter hurricane, battering easternmost New England with potentially damaging winds in addition to blinding snow. Blizzards warnings have been issued for the Virginia Tidewater and eastern Massachusetts and Maine, and could be extended to other portions along the eastern seaboard, presently under winter storm warnings.

“This rapidly intensifying East Coast storm will produce strong, damaging winds – possibly resulting in downed trees, power outages and coastal flooding,” the National Weather Service tweeted Wednesday morning.

Forecasters are expecting the storm to become a so-called “bomb cyclone” because its pressure is predicted to fall so fast, an indicator of explosive strengthening. The storm could rank as the most intense over the waters east of New England in decades at this time of year.

National Weather Service hurricane hunter aircraft are even flying into the storm to gather data and refine the forecast given the possible severe impacts in coastal areas.

That article is being updated as the new information comes in, so be sure to check it out. Lots of info there.

Yesterday, I went on Facebook, and this was the “notification” that greeted me:

Isn’t it fucking depressing?

The whole thing is filled with a comical disparity.

 

Meanwhile tRump is going off on Twitter…

 

I bet you…like something YUGE is going to be coming out in the next few days. If the Orange Caligula is threatening nuclear war while referencing the size of his dick…it has got to be some pretty bad news.

Geez. I can’t take this shit.

On to a bit more bad news…Peggy Cummins passed away in the last week of December. She was one of those actresses that was too good for Hollywood. Her role in Gun Crazy is one of the best performances, ever.

Peggy Cummins Dead: ‘Gun Crazy’ Star was 92 – Variety

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Peggy Cummins, star of the 1950 film noir classic “Gun Crazy,” died in London on Friday. She was 92.

The actress died of a stroke, her friend, Dee Kirkwood told the Associated Press.

Cummins started her career in theater when she was 13 years old, taking the stage in London and quickly landing roles in British films, including “Old Mother Riley Detective” and “English Without Tears.” Darryl F. Zanuck, who was then-head of 20th Century Fox, brought her to the U.S. in 1945, where she starred  in “Moss Rose” and “Escape.”

Her big break came with the thriller “Gun Crazy,” where she played Annie Laurie Starr, a sharpshooter in a traveling carnival who seduces Barton Tare (played by John Dall) to marry her and join her in a life of crime. The film was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry in 1998 because of its significance. “Gun Crazy” went on to inspire “Bonnie and Clyde” and the French new wave.

More on Cummins death from Eddie Muller:

 

With that, here are your cartoons:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ME TOO, ME THREE……: 01/03/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath

Cartoon by Deb Milbrath - ME TOO, ME THREE......

01/03/2018 Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson

Cartoon by Signe Wilkinson -

SheepDream: 01/03/2018 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia

Cartoon by Eric J Garcia - SheepDream

Resolutions: 01/03/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell

Cartoon by Paul Fell - Resolutions

01/02/2018 Cartoon by David Cohen

Cartoon by David Cohen -

 

That should get the party started…

One more thing, about resolutions…

I have decided to become more vocal and advocate for ending child marriage. Every year I donate money each month to Planned Parenthood and ACLU and Southern Poverty Law Association, but this year I am going to put that into something that has grabbed my attention.

I think we all are aware of the impact of child marriage throughout the world. Over the holiday I saw a repeat of a report by CBS news called The Lost Girls.

Nepal | The Lost Girls – Videos – CBS News

Nepal has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Correspondent Reena Ninan travels to a rural Nepali village to follow one woman in her controversial fight to end child marriage.

Please watch the video, it is only twenty minutes…

Nepal | The Lost Girls: One woman’s battle to end child marriage – CBS News

During Ninan’s stay, Rachana stopped a wedding by calling the police. And overnight, her mother’s worst fear came true — an angry mob confronted Rachana at her home. But she didn’t let the incident prevent her from losing sight of her main goal.

“If a girl hears my story, and how I started my journey, at least I’m giving hope to them,” she added. “There are some people  who don’t like the work I am doing. If I die for this reason, I know my sisters will be inspired and they will carry on.”

“If I lose hope, if I give up, nobody will dare to take this issue ahead,” she continued. “I’m happy to put my life at risk.”

[…]

Shortly after filming, Rachana stopped another three weddings. Her work has spurred a movement to end child marriage in her home district of Surkhet by 2020, ahead of the government’s 2030 target to wipe out the practice nationally.

She recently started an NGO called Sambad, which means “dialogue” in Nepalese, to help boys and girls alike discover their self-worth. She’s been fighting to empower the youth to focus on the importance of education. But in this conservative society, change isn’t easy. For some, this is the only education they will ever receive. For others, it’s the only place they’ll ever feel loved.

Saving futures: a message from Nepal – HS Insider via LA Times

Rachana Sunar (center behind the second child from left in the front row) with children at the Saturday school-children’s center she runs. Image courtesy to Rachana Sunar.

Her activism was going door-to-door in her village, trying to convince families that any appeal child marriage may have in the short run was no match for its long-term harm. She also would stop weddings by calling the police, sometimes even on wedding day. By thwarting weddings and changing minds, she has stopped over 50 weddings and increased awareness of the pernicious effects of child marriage among Nepalis, including by educating over a thousand children on avoiding child marriage.

She started a NGO called Sambad, which translates to “dialogue,” with the support of the Stromme Foundation and Kirdarc Nepal. There, she worked as a social mobilizer discussing various issues with the wider community. Although the original Sambad program ended after a year, Sunar and others who worked at Sambad continued the program, which works to empower children and transform society.

Sunar also runs a Saturday school-children’s center facility for 59 children called Baalbagaicha Gayankunj. When she hears the innocent laughter of the children at the facility, she feels more compelled than ever to help provide them with peace and love, and to educate them into better people. She hopes to open a school for needy children and girls at high risk of being married too early, giving them free education up to high school and providing counselling on the harm of child marriage.

“[S]chool will empower [the children] to. . .be independent,” Sunar says. She absolutely believes that “empowered girls. . .will [become the] future leader[s] of the nation.”

When the Prime Minister of Nepal visited an area close to her home village, she presented him with a framed letter on the topic of ending child marriage and asked him to support her and the other activists working on the issue, which he agreed to. In the video of that encounter (part of the CBSN documentary), she was visibly excited at not just having met the prime minister but also getting an important endorsement for the issue closest to her heart.

[…]

…she is full of hope and optimism about the positive effects her work will have in the long-term. Her aim is to eradicate child marriage in Nepal by 2030. For her, the strength to keep going in her activism stems from seeing girls start getting more equal opportunities.

“When more than 100 girls in my community called me a big sister and when they thanked me for my guidelines[, I] feel proud of being their big [sister] who always takes care of [the] younger sisters,” she asserts.

Rachana is truly an inspiration, I would love to get in touch with her and find out if there was any way to assist her in her efforts. I guess the connection with Sky Dancing and Dakini and Nepal so near to Tibet…it just seems like a good outreach for me to follow. At any rate, that is my thought process going forward.

#CelebrateSisterhood
#EndChildMarriage
#GirlsKickAss

 


27 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Between a Rock, a Cock and a Hard Place”

  1. NW Luna says:

    Great cartoon roundup again, JJ! I think my favorite is the “Rat!” And this from the John Cole cartoon link:

    And so, we bid adieu to 2017, a year I don’t think anyone other than billionaires, corporations, white nationalists and assorted evangelicals (all of whom want nothing more than to “make America great again”) will miss in the slightest.

  2. NW Luna says:

    And while we’re joking about nuclear send-offs….

    • Enheduanna says:

      Not so sure that’a joke Luna…she’s got 20,714 likes. hahahahaha

      • NW Luna says:

        Oh, Kashana’s speaking truth, that’s for sure!

        Heh. One dude whined in reply that women are all different so it’s not men’s fault. Of course he got deluged with “Dudes are pretty bad at asking for directions.”

    • RonStill4Hills says:

      Damn. Just damn.

  3. Enheduanna says:

    JJ – I admire your dedication to a new cause, and a very worthy one. I think 2018 will be a great year for women all over the world.

  4. dakinikat says:

  5. Pat Johnson says:

    Just read the Michael Wollfe book excerpt at the New York Magazine site.

    Holy shit!!!

  6. RonStill4Hills says:

    Did Bannon really call out Trumpty Dumpty Junior for treason!!!

    That gets a hot damn!

    Sounds like we are going to get a fat idiot fight. Maybe Limbaugh will get in too!

  7. RonStill4Hills says:

    Under the heading, “That’s What They Get!”

    Ratf*cking scheme by South Carolina Republicans to wrong foot liberals by erecting a Memorial to BLACK confederate soldiers goes awry.

    South Carolina did not have any black confedrate soldiers!!!!

    LMBAO! (“B” is for black in case you were wondering!) Bwahahahahaha!

    http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/03/us/black-confederate-monument-trnd/index.html

    • Enheduanna says:

      You really cannot make this stuff up! The derp with some of these elected officials is mind blowing.

    • NW Luna says:

      LMWAO with you! I love seeing these racist idiots get their comeuppance! They hate getting laughed at.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    New book: Rupert Murdoch called Trump a ‘f—ing idiot’

    http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/367236-rupert-murdoch-called-trump-a-f-ing-idiot

  9. dakinikat says:

  10. NW Luna says:

  11. Evangeline Liu says:

    Hello, thank you for reading the article on Rachana Sunar’s activism and your nice comment! Is there a way to get in touch with you? Rachana said she would like to get in touch with you 🙂