Clint Mansell (Requiem For A Dream) Music Video — Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils dramatic climate change map which shows flooded San Francisco of the future — Is this a $2m Warhol, or a fake? Art world sees red over self-portraits — Climategate reveals ‘the most influential tree in the world’ — Cody the convenience store dog must go, state warns — Mexico Ignites Literary Passions — A Muse has died — US Soccer–World Cup 2010 Trailer Video — World Cup 2010: Spain, England, Italy winners in draw — Animals Playing Soccer (World Cup South Africa 2010) Video — Green Condoms: The Purpose Of The Day: The Condom — Prostitutes Offer Free Climate Summit Sex — The Unveiling Of Uga VIII.0 — Agriculture Promotional Video


Lost At Sea

Photos for this Sunday’s Cultural Posting are from the Blog Site “Scouting NY

For four years, NICK CARR has been a film location scout in New York City, finding the perfect dark alleys, rooftop getaways and neighborhood bars for Hollywood. Carr, who chronicles his job at ScoutingNY.com, says, “What never ceases to amaze me about New York is how much there is to see if you take the time to look. Every street has a hidden gem or two: remnants of a bygone era, beautiful architectural flourishes, an interesting oddity or quirk. And yet, I find that most of it goes unnoticed by the hundreds, if not thousands, of daily passersby in too much of a hurry to pay attention.” Here, Carr shares his 10 favorite finds, “the places that remind you that the city has a lot to offer those who take the time to slow down and appreciate it.”

New York Post – HIDDEN GEMS OF A LOST CITY


Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils dramatic climate change map which shows flooded San Francisco of the future

Mail Online – A map of how California will be affected by climate change in the future was unveiled yesterday by state governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The map, which demonstrates the devastating effects of global warming in just a century, shows how San Francisco Airport would be completely underwater if sea levels were to rise by 150cm (60in).

The coastline on the map was also coloured, highlighting how nearly half a million Californians are at risk from rising sea levels.

The map, named CalAdapt, which was revealed at a press conference on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay by Mr Schwarzenegger and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, was created as part of a plan for the state to adapt to global warming.

‘Within a century, Treasure Island, this place where we are right now, could be totally under water,’ the governor said. ‘It is technology in the end that will save us.’

Though California leads the U.S. in its legal mandate to cut greenhouse gases, Mr Schwarzenegger explained how $2.5 trillion of property and assets were still at threat from climate change.

He said that the state’s first report into adapting to climate change showed that a longer dry season has worsened the risk of wildfires, and a smaller winter snowpack is affecting water supplies.

The map, which is available to view on a specially created website (www.climatechange.ca.gov), was accompanied by an animated video that showed how the state would change over time.

Mr Schwarzenegger argued in the film that cutting carbon dioxide emissions would not be enough.

‘We must also be prepared for some continued climate change, which is now inevitable,’ he said.

Executive Order (EO) S-13-08


The Forgotten Building Under The Bridge


Is this a $2m Warhol, or a fake? Art world sees red over self-portraits

Guardian – David Leigh

Is this Warhol a fake, or is it worth $2m? Tate Modern’s Nicholas Serota says he believes the deadpan self-portrait on a red background, made in 1965, is perfectly genuine.

Nevertheless, he recently declined to have it bought with taxpayers’ money, because of claims convulsing the art world that the picture may not actually be the work of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.

The silk-screen print was to have been offered to the Tate by the wealthy art dealer Anthony d’Offay, who has now been forced to withdraw it.

Nor is D’Offay the only British-based connoisseur to be stuck with an unsaleable Warhol. The famous set of 10 identical so-called Red Portraits have all had their authenticity questioned.

Invective is being hurled back and forth across the Atlantic as a result. David Mearns, a Sussex businessman and underwater explorer, accuses the New York body that pronounces on Warhol authentications of “conspiring to remove” all the red portraits from the market.

Mearns, whose firm Blue Water Recoveries discovered the sunken remains of the second world war British battleship HMS Hood, says his antique dealer father bought one of the same Warhols 30 years ago and his family has no immediate interest in selling.

But the authentication board contacted him “out of the blue”, inviting him to submit it for an opinion.

It transpires, he claims, that its real intention was to destroy the picture’s value by stamping “Denied” on the back, in a “premeditated and underhanded ploy”.

A third victim is American film producer Joe Simon, who lives in London. Simon launched a lawsuit in 2007 after his hopes were dashed of selling his Warhol portrait for $2m. The board also stamped it “Denied”.

Simon says he bought the print in 1989 for $195,000: “Most of my friends and family bought a house, I bought a Warhol. I loved the work – I had known Andy quite well when I was a kid.”

He alleges in his US lawsuit that the authentication board, and the linked Warhol Foundation, which inherited a large cache of Warhols and sells them off periodically, may have a conflict of interest. The foundation’s income depends on the prices it receives and its appointed dealer, Vincent Fremont, receives commission on the sales.

These bitter claims were backed in last month’s New York Review of Books by the British art critic Richard Dorment. Dorment said the board’s position – that prints signed, dedicated and dated by Warhol himself were not his work – was “sublime idiocy”.

He suggested that Joel Wachs, the board president, should resign for fighting the Simons lawsuit, “wasting millions of dollars attempting to shore up the credibility of his scandal-ridden board”.

Wachs retaliated with equal vehemence this week. He claimed to the Guardian: “Mearns’s views are a damaging distortion of the truth and are motivated by his own economic self-interests.”

He added that Mearns’s picture “was one in a series of works that the board determined are not the work of Andy Warhol … the board performs a critical role in preserving the Warhol legacy, and protecting buyers and sellers, by preventing inauthentic works from entering the market.” It was “absurd” to suggest a conflict of interest, he said.

The foundation was a charitable organisation which donated many Warhol works and sold others at substantial discounts. “The vast majority of the proceeds from its sales are used to fund grants for the visual arts. The foundation has given away some $200m.”

In a novel twist, he accused Dorment and Simon of pressing the board on another occasion to authenticate an “obviously forged” piece. “Mr Dorment sent emails to board members advocating that the work should be deemed an authentic Warhol, despite the fact that the collage contained dollar bills that were signed by the US treasury after Andy Warhol had died,” he said.

Dorment calls this “an attempted smear”.

One cause of the present rancour is that Warhol often deliberately blurred the lines between individual authorship and mechanical reproduction, so much so that some critics find the idea of a “fake” or “genuine” Warhol to be almost meaningless. He famously christened his studios the Factory.

The red portraits were made from a previously-used acetate transparency, based on an automatic photobooth picture. Warhol gave the transparency to an associate, who had an outside firm run off the red silk-screen prints. Warhol is said to have later approved them.

The authentication row has been spurred on by the huge global prices paid for contemporary art before the 2008 banking collapse.

Warhol’s Green Car Crash sold in New York in May 2007 for $72m, with Lemon Marilyn going for $28m on the same day.

Despite D’Offay losing out on the failure of the Tate to buy his Warhol self-portrait last year, he has received millions from sales of art works to public galleries.

The Tate and the National Gallery of Scotland jointly agreed in early 2008 to buy the bulk of the rest of his stock of works by Beuys, Koons, Mapplethorpe, Damien Hirst and some 230 other Warhols for a total equivalent to £41.5m, all but £1m of it publicly financed.

D’Offay cleared £26.5m from that sale after tax, and his company accounts for that year show that he immediately paid himself out a dividend from his Mayfair gallery’s profits, which totalled more than £35m.


Decapitation at the Ziegfeld


Climategate reveals ‘the most influential tree in the world’

Telegraph – By Christopher Booker

Coming to light in recent days has been one of the most extraordinary scientific detective stories of our time, bizarrely centred on a single tree in Siberia dubbed “the most influential tree in the world”. On this astonishing tale, it is no exaggeration to say, could hang in considerable part the future shape of our civilisation. Right at the heart of the sound and fury of “Climategate” – the emails leaked from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in East Anglia – is one story of scientific chicanery, overlooked by the media, whose implications dwarf all the rest. If all those thousands of emails and other documents were leaked by an angry whistle-blower, as now seems likely, it was this story more than any other that he or she wanted the world to see.

To appreciate its significance, as I observed last week, it is first necessary to understand that the people these incriminating documents relate to are not just any group of scientists. Professor Philip Jones of the CRU, his colleague Dr Keith Briffa, the US computer modeller Dr Michael Mann, of “hockey stick” fame, and several more make up a tightly-knit group who have been right at the centre of the last two reports of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). On their account, as we shall see at this week’s Copenhagen conference, the world faces by far the largest bill proposed by any group of politicians in history, amounting to many trillions of dollars.

It is therefore vitally important that we should trust the methods by which these men have made their case. The supreme prize that they have been working for so long has been to establish that the world is warmer today than ever before in recorded history. To do this it has been necessary to eliminate a wealth of evidence that the world 1,000 years ago was, for entirely natural reasons, warmer than today (the so-called Medieval Warm Period).

The most celebrated attempt to demonstrate this was the “hockey stick” graph produced by Dr Mann in 1999, which instantly became the chief icon of the IPCC and the global warming lobby all over the world. But in 2003 a Canadian statistician, Steve McIntyre, with his colleague Professor Ross McKitrick, showed how the graph had been fabricated by a computer model that produced “hockey stick” graphs whatever random data were fed into it. A wholly unrepresentative sample of tree rings from bristlecone pines in the western USA had been made to stand as “proxies” to show that there was no Medieval Warm Period, and that late 20th-century temperatures had soared to unprecedented levels.

Although McIntyre’s exposure of the “hockey stick” was upheld in 2006 by two expert panels commissioned by the US Congress, the small group of scientists at the top of the IPCC brushed this aside by pointing at a hugely influential series of graphs originating from the CRU, from Jones and Briffa. These appeared to confirm the rewriting of climate history in the “hockey stick”, by using quite different tree ring data from Siberia. Briffa was put in charge of the key chapter of the IPCC’s fourth report, in 2007, which dismissed all McIntyre’s criticisms.

At the forefront of those who found suspicious the graphs based on tree rings from the Yamal peninsula in Siberia was McIntyre himself, not least because for years the CRU refused to disclose the data used to construct them. This breached a basic rule of scientific procedure. But last summer the Royal Society insisted on the rule being obeyed, and two months ago Briffa accordingly published on his website some of the data McIntyre had been after.

This was startling enough, as McIntyre demonstrated in an explosive series of posts on his Climate Audit blog, because it showed that the CRU studies were based on cherry-picking hundreds of Siberian samples only to leave those that showed the picture that was wanted. Other studies based on similar data had clearly shown the Medieval Warm Period as hotter than today. Indeed only the evidence from one tree, YADO61, seemed to show a “hockey stick” pattern, and it was this, in light of the extraordinary reverence given to the CRU’s studies, which led McIntyre to dub it “the most influential tree in the world”…]


Death on Admiral’s Row


Cody the convenience store dog must go, state warns

St. Petersburg Times – By Dominick Tao

Cody, a chocolate Labrador, has for months greeted customers at the Clearwater BP gas station and convenience store at U.S. 19 and Nursery Road.

A St. Petersburg Times story in November introduced thousands more to the jovial dog. And thanks to the wonders of the Internet, the canine’s drive-through window presence spawned hundreds of positive responses from across the country.

“Now I have two reasons to go to Florida again,” commented one tampabay.com reader. “One, to see my friends and their sons. Two, to see Cody.”

But on Thursday morning, a state health inspector put an end to Cody’s stint as a convenience store clerk.

Karim Mansour, the store and dog owner, received a warning: Remove the dog or the Florida Department of Agriculture would declare all of Mansour’s food products — mostly bottled sodas, Slim Jims and candy bars — unfit for consumption.

Mansour, who adopted 6-year-old Cody three years ago, had no choice but to sign the warning. His primary violation: “Prohibited animals present in a food establishment. Dog seen in retail area.”

The store doesn’t serve hot food such as hot dogs or even fresh cold deli-type items. The only food it carries are packaged products such as chips, crackers and candy.

But food, apparently, is food.

Michael Lombardi, who manages the Agriculture Department’s inspectors, said since food items touch the main counter, the inspectors said it is off-limits to dogs. But, Lombardi said, “If he has a back room where food isn’t stored, that would be fine.”

If Cody were cut off from interacting with people, Mansour said he might as well leave him home with his two other dogs.

“Cody would think he was being punished if I put him back there,” he said.

A health inspector visited the business Nov. 23 and noted Cody as a source of environmental contamination, but was appeased when Mansour “put dog in back where there is no food,” according to the inspection report.

But Cody, being a people creature, couldn’t help but wander to where the action was. He was out front when the inspector, John Berkler Jr., and his supervisor, Kevin Carroll, arrived Thursday.

“The guy was told this is not sanitary to have an animal running around in the area where food is kept,” said Terence McElroy, Department of Agriculture spokesman. “We all love dogs. But the fact of the matter, as far as we’re concerned, nothing’s more important than preventing food contamination.”

Mansour said he will leave Cody at home today, but will try to find a way for his companion to stay.

“There’s no way one of my dog’s hairs are going to get into a bag of Doritos,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do without him. It’s going to be boring here, and people are going to be looking for him.”

Mansour’s customers were surprised and upset.

“I’m all for him being here,” said Mark Little, who visits the store weekly for cigarettes and soda. “He comes up, greets the customers, everyone’s happy.”

Karen Greer, who had read about Cody, pulled into the drive-through Thursday afternoon. She was greeted by the dog on his last day. Cody appeared in the window, big brown eyes and all.

“Hello, Cody!” she said.

After finding out that Cody apparently had been forced into an early retirement, Greer said she wished she could do more to keep him from leaving.

“I want to bring my granddaughter here to see him,” she said.

Whether it was Cody’s fame that led to his downfall is still unclear.

Lombardi, with the Department of Agriculture, said while he couldn’t verify what prompted the surprise visit Thursday, it was not uncommon for supervisors to accompany inspectors on routine checks.

But Mansour, recalling his conversation with Carroll, came to a different conclusion.

“He told me somebody up top said his boss saw it on the news,” he said.


The Wizard Of Park Ave


Mexico Ignites Literary Passions


Guadalajara International Book Fair opens its doors to the finest literature

El Pais – PABLO ORDAZ Guadalajara

Tattoos are forever. That is why there are men who tattoo the names of their loved ones on their bodies, as proof of their everlasting affection. But the mayor of Los Angeles went even further. A grandson of one of the millions of Mexicans who cross the Río Grande every year in search of fortune, Antonio Villa fell madly in love with a woman and decided to incorporate her surname into his own. Thus he became Antonio Villaraigosa, and he stayed that way even after the love affair died out.

Last week, Villaraigosa returned proudly to the land of his ancestors as the first LA mayor of Mexican origin, and he came to inaugurate the 23rd Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL), which ends Sunday in the Mexican city. This charismatic man was a keynote speaker at what could well be the world’s only book fair where literature arouses the same kind of passion as that symbolized by a tattoo.

Villaraigosa is also one of those rare politicians who never dodges a difficult issue. As the representative of a city that is this year’s guest of honor at the fair, the mayor of Los Angeles candidly reviewed all the issues that divide, rather than bring together, Mexico and the United States.

Under the attentive gaze of Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes, Villaraigosa criticized US politicians who view their southern neighbor as more of a threat than an opportunity for growth. It was a curious thing indeed to witness the mayor of America’s second most highly populated city make these kinds of rebellious statements.

“We cannot allow 12 million men and women to remain in the shadows. We cannot take no as an answer to a request for reasonable immigration reform,” he said.

So what does all that have to do with a book fair? Everything — or at least that is the case here in Guadalajara, because FIL is unlike any other book fair in the world. From day one, every last available space is crammed with visitors energetically seeking out the latest literary releases, or perhaps a brief encounter with their favorite author and an autographed book. Unbelievable as it may sound, writers here are actually worshipped like soccer stars, and a metaphor by the poet Rafael Cadenas is preferable to a feint by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Everything in Guadalajara is viewed through the hopeful, protective lens of literature — even Mexico’s own difficult political, economic and social situation. A case in point is the latest novel by Carlos Fuentes, Adán en Edén (or, Adam in Eden), which turns a suffocating reality into literature: “I routinely get sent reports about weapons that have been confiscated by authorities in Mexico,” Fuentes said at the book’s presentation. “A rifle in Acapulco following an attack on the attorney’s office that left three secretaries dead. Two rifles found on federal roads […]. Then I do the math. Five weapons recalled by Mexican authorities. Five. Meanwhile, thousands of weapons are being imported by the drug cartels. Thousands. There are mansions with metal doors, windows that have been boarded up, gunmen on the rooftop and gardeners who carry arms.”

Other celebrity guests at FIL include Nobel winner Nobel Orhan Pamuk (Istanbul: memories of a city), who this week presented The Museums of Memory, and the Peruvian-born Mario Vargas Llosa (The Feast of the Goat), who on Friday talked about his new book, La libertad y la vida (or, Freedom and life). The Spanish novelist and EL

PAÍS columnist Rosa Montero is also here to launch Instrucciones para salvar el mundo, (or, Instructions on how to save the world), a story about survival.

“It is a tragic-comic tale about this anxiety-ridden life of ours that has such an Apocalypse feel to it,” she said. “I hope my book will act like those bags they give you at the emergency room to breathe into when you have an anxiety attack.”


Grand Central Rats


A Muse has died

Few people knew his name, but millions know her body often bare. Charis Wilson was the muse of photographer Edward Weston. She died at age 95 in California.

Le Figaro – Par Jean Sébastien Stehli (English Translation)

She has just died at age 95 in California. Few people knew his name, but millions know her body often bare. Charis Wilson was the muse of Edward Weston, one of the biggest names in American photography. Weston and Charis had met when she was 19 and he 48. She became his muse, his assistant, his wife (before becoming his wife), his model and his patroness. For example, thanks to Weston in 1937 she won a prestigious award Guggenheim. It was the first time that the Foundation awards a scholarship to this photographer.

The arrival of Charis Wilson in the life of photographer, has changed the art of Weston. Before they met at a concert in Caramel, images of Edward Weston were formal, formalism found, relaxed in his images of peppers and other vegetables.

“An important new chapter in my life began last Sunday,” Edward Weston wrote in his diary dated April 22, 1934. “I saw this big beautiful girl with a body well proportioned, intelligent face with freckles, blue eyes, brown hair golden. I had to meet her.”

Chris Wilson, Weston, this native of the Midwest, a little stiff exchange. He discovers the sensuality and photograph well.  The critic of New York Times, Andy Grundberg, writing in 1990 that the beauty of this young woman had allowed Weston to mature and become an artist capable of real feelings. “

Images of Charis Wilson, who divorced in 1945 Weston are among the most sensual and the largest in the history of American photography while being very simple.  Nude Floating, for example, in its simplicity _ a naked body in a concrete basin _ is an image that we can not forget after seeing it. It reminds me of a picture shaped like a half high sensuality of Cartier-Bresson, Italy. The pictures of Weston with his muse take some of their strength from the fact that they also evoke the golden age of California, a time that looks like a perpetual summer, where you almost expect to see a surge Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange and friends.


Evil Jesters on West End Ave


Spain, England, Italy winners in draw

ESPN – Six months before the World Cup begins in South Africa, Spain already has its first win.

The world’s No. 1 team was drawn into what appears to be one of the easiest groups Friday, and should have a clear path to the knockout round. Five-time champion Brazil, meanwhile, seemed to get the worst of the lot, facing not only reigning player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in Group G, but also the Ivory Coast, the strongest African team.

“It’s going to be tough, man,” Brazil striker Luis Fabiano said.

Not as much for Spain, which is looking to win its first World Cup and got a big assist from those pingpong balls designed to look like mini soccer balls. The European champs drew games against Chile, Honduras and fellow European team Switzerland in Group H.

“Let’s not underestimate the three opponents we’re facing. Every one has their difficulty,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said. “We already knew that we were going to be mentioned as the group favorites, but that’s something you have to prove on the pitch.”

Consider, however, that Spain could have drawn 1998 World Cup champion France, the United States or Mexico.

Spain’s bigger challenge will likely come in the second round, where it could face Brazil, Portugal or the Ivory Coast. A potential matchup with defending champion Italy in the quarterfinals looms, too.

“Of all the teams we could have come across we haven’t done too badly,” Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas said. “But it’s further along that things get complicated.”

Italy, looking to match Brazil with five titles, will face New Zealand, the second-weakest team in the field, Paraguay and Slovakia in Group F. None are ranked higher than 30th in the world.

Not that you’d know of the Azzurri’s good fortune from listening to coach Marcello Lippi.

“Paraguay led qualifying for two years. Slovakia is a team that has improved lately and they feature an important player based in Italy,” Lippi said, referring to Napoli’s Marek Hamsik.

“We’re not satisfied nor unhappy,” Lippi said. “We’ll prepare, study and get to know our opponents’ characteristics and then we’ll face them.”

The French were far more confident.

Les Bleus struggled throughout qualifying, and only got to South Africa courtesy of a goal set up by Thierry Henry’s obvious handball. They were passed over in the seedings, making them vulnerable to be drawn against one of the world’s powerhouses.

Instead they got South Africa, the lowest-ranked team in the World Cup, and Uruguay, which had a controversial goal of its own in its playoff with Costa Rica for the tournament’s last spot. Mexico also is in Group A.

“I’ve heard about two or three groups far more difficult than our pool,” Lyon striker Sidney Govou said on RTL radio. “We make no secret of it, we had a favorable draw.”

Same goes for England and the United States, which are paired in Group C with little-known Algeria and Slovenia.

“We feel this is a group that gives us a real fair chance to move on,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said.

Hopes were high for the Americans after their surprise quarterfinal run in 2002 but they crashed out in the first round four years ago, scoring a measly two goals — one of which was an own goal by Italy. But the Americans have made big strides since then, scoring the upset of the year with a victory over Spain at the Confederations Cup.

It was only two years ago that England had to stay home for the European championships, a stunning humiliation. But Fabio Capello has done wonders since taking over, and England might just have its strongest team since 1966, when it won its only title.

The English and Americans play on the second day of the tournament in what could be the glamour matchup of the group stage. Though England has a significant edge in friendlies, this is their first World Cup meeting since the 1950 tournament in Brazil — a 1-0 victory by the Americans still considered one of the game’s greatest upsets.

“It’s a big challenge,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. “But when it comes to the World Cup and you have a chance to kick it off against a team like England, it gives it a real special start.”

The Netherlands, which won all its qualifying games, should cruise through a Group E that also includes Cameroon, Denmark and Japan.

Germany, which lost in the semifinals in 2006 to eventual winner Italy, has a tough draw with Ghana, Serbia and Australia in Group D. But the three-time champions haven’t lost a group game at the World Cup since 1986 and could be playing with added inspiration after the shocking suicide of goalkeeper Robert Enke.

Things don’t look nearly as smooth for Argentina and coach Diego Maradona. Despite having Lionel Messi, Argentina barely made it to South Africa. They’ll face Nigeria, South Korea and Greece in the group stage.

That’s nothing, though, compared to Brazil

The Brazilians are one of the hottest teams right now, winning 13 of their last 15 games with a star-studded lineup. But they’ll be tested soundly against Portugal and the Ivory Coast.

Portugal, semifinalists in 2006, is a hard team to figure out. It played poorly in the early rounds of qualifying, and had to go through the playoffs to get to South Africa. Still, any lineup that has Ronaldo, Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Nani is always dangerous.

Many think Ivory Coast could be the surprise of the World Cup. Didier Drogba is having his finest year yet at Chelsea, tied for the Premier League lead with 11 goals. The Elephants also have Drogba’s Chelsea teammate Salomon Kalou and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure.

“You could almost say the ‘Group of Death,” Kaka said.

2010 FIFA World Cup Draw

Group A: France, Mexico, South Africa, Uruguay
Group B: Argentina, Greece, Nigeria, South Korea
Group C: Algeria, England, Slovenia, United States
Group D: Australia, Germany, Ghana, Serbia
Group E: Cameroon, Denmark, Japan, Netherlands
Group F: Italy, New Zealand, Paraguay, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, Ivory Coast, North Korea, Portugal
Group H: Chile, Honduras, Spain, Switzerland


Could I Get A Hand Holding This Thing?


The purpose of the day: the condom, by Terra Eco

LEMONDE.FR – Louise Allavoine (English Translation)

The stamp “green” is booming. And condoms are no exception. In recent years, the brand “green” have multiplied. In France, in natural food stores or some pharmacies are the Namnam strawberry or Birds’n Bees green Dr. Theiss. This Swedish brand says use only natural latex and its treatment products (for strength, finesse …) or washing. In England, the spearhead of the animal because there are no condoms certified treatment product of animal origin, such as Condomi or Glyde.

APHRODISIAC PRICED FLOOR

Across the Channel again, latex condoms have made a place on the shelves of fair trade. Since late 2007, the brand French Letter sells coats manufactured in Germany and whose raw material comes from an industry fair in natural rubber production located in South Asia. Four models are distributed in shops ethical trade, pharmacies and sex shops: Aphrodisiac, Desire extended Douce Caresse Massage and exciting. Who said that ethics was not sexy? Certainly not Martin Buckley, co-director of the company, explains: “We felt there was an opportunity for a brand of condoms ethical and we have worked with the company Fair Deal Trading, which we sought for providers.” For Britain, there is no independent fair trade certification for latex. Just like a chocolate or coffee fair, small producers partner Fair Deal Trading affect a floor price for their latex: 50 euro cents per kilo dry.

The rubber tappers “are able to improve their living standards and build stronger communities,” boasts Martin Buckley, citing the installation of water pipes in homes to some of the workers Sri Lanka, or the establishment of a fund for education in a community in southern India. And that’s not all. The latex from this sector is also fair certified FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). Launched in 1992 by the WWF, it ensures sustainable forestry.

“ARGUMENT COMMERCIAL” “Business case”

If the green condom begins to penetrate the market of the hood, it remains anecdotal. How many sales? Indeed, there is no national panels to measure. The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) estimates still only 10.4 billion condoms were used in 2005. As for the female condom, although it is rapidly increasing, it has been distributed worldwide to 25 million copies in 2007, according to the Female Health Company, the only manufacturer approved by the U.S. administration . As for performance, Manix ranks second in France with around 25% market share, just behind Britain’s Durex.

These manufacturers’ traditional “show little chatty on the exact origin of their latex. Trade secret, invokes Jean-Marc Bloch, the head of marketing and communication Manix in France. “It is a natural latex from rubber trees in Asia,” concedes it. FSC certification? We will not know more. In any case, for him, ecologists manufacturers are not more “green” that the treaty: “They have only one point selling point. The condom is a product inherently green because from a natural raw material and renewable. “

Vulcanized STABILIZERS …

This time, Durex, the competitor had also sniffed: “As Claire, participate in sustainable development using Durex condoms. They are composed of a 100% natural latex, advancing the global leader in a campaign. Problem: The entire industry is not as “green”. On one page of the website of Australian band Ansell Manix owner, who described the condom manufacturing plant in Thailand, one could read: “To obtain the final product properties, a number of chemical compounds must be used as stabilizers, curing, antidegradants products and dyes. “

All this does not sound very natural. But according to the spokesman Manix, these chemical treatments refer only exceptional products. “Molds are used and baths different depending on what is desired,” says he. Only since the mid-2000s, the exceptions seem to have become the norm. For a few years, the coats have taken all possible forms and flavors, just to erase their medical aspects to give them added value “pleasure” and, thereby, increase the price.

ISCUSSION IN SOUS-BOIS

Because of the chemical cocktail in which they were soaked, most of the hood, made from latex, do not reveal more than their cousins biodegradable plastic (polyurethane). Do remember not to give up your French Letter Used in nature, after frolicking in the undergrowth. The sustainable and equitable trade mark is not producing a condom 100% “green.” There is no natural lubricants to produce a condom with a lifetime sufficient justification Martin Buckley. We use the dimethicone, a substance chemical hazardous to the environment. No question of taking the flush for a dustbin. “It is important not to throw them down the toilet, emphasizes the co-director of the company, because water preserves them.” Besides the sewage treatment which scavengers, did not appreciate.


Can You Believe This Exists in the East Village?


Gropenhagen Conference

Prostitutes Offer Free Climate Summit Sex

Spiegel Online – By Politiken Staff

Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards to city hotels warning summit guests not to patronize Danish sex workers during the upcoming conference. Now, the prostitutes have struck back, offering free sex to anyone who produces one of the warnings.

Copenhagen’s city council in conjunction with Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards out to 160 Copenhagen hotels urging COP15 guests and delegates to ‘Be sustainable – don’t buy sex’.

“Dear hotel owner, we would like to urge you not to arrange contacts between hotel guests and prostitutes,” the approach to hotels says.

Now, Copenhagen prostitutes are up in arms, saying that the council has no business meddling in their affairs. They have now offered free sex to anyone who can produce one of the offending postcards and their COP15 identity card, according to the Web site avisen.dk.

Discrimination

According to the report, the move has been organized by the Sex Workers Interest Group (SIO).

“This is sheer discrimination. Ritt Bjerregaard is abusing her position as Lord Mayor in using her power to prevent us carrying out our perfectly legal job. I don’t understand how she can be allowed to contact people in this way,” SIO Spokeswoman Susanne Møller tells avisen.dk.

Møller adds that it is reprehensible and unfair that Copenhagen politicians have chosen to use the UN Climate Summit as a platform for a hetz against sex workers.

“But they’ve done it and we have to defend ourselves,” Møller says.


Back In Time In Midwood


The unveiling of Uga VIII.0

ESPN – By Jim Caple and Kurt Snibbe

Following the sudden death of Uga VII, the thoughtful folks at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) called upon Georgia to replace its live mascot with an animatronic bulldog. Apparently, sitting in a stadium and occasionally getting fired up enough to lick itself on a dozen or so Saturday afternoons each year is just too hard on an actual live dog.

Naturally, critics complained that this is just further proof that PETA is the nation’s unofficial publicity-crazed killjoy. Which the organization most definitely is. But the animatronic idea isn’t half-bad. No, seriously. It’s certainly no more ridiculous than mascots such as Herbie Husker and Pistol Pete. C’mon. Can it get any more ludicrous than having humans dressed up to be, well, humans? (Although I do admit to a certain fondness for Purdue Pete.)

Plus, an actual animal can only sit there and look bored, or walk around and soil the field. Just imagine all the cool stuff an animatronic mascot could do:

(A) Bluetooth technology allows Uga VIII.0 to receiver Twitter feeds from the press box. “Sic Auburn receiver!”

(B) Not only is there no more messy mascot poop to scoop up between the hedges — a partnership with Roomba means Uga VIII.0 can be programmed to vacuum a 12×15 luxury suite in just 12 hours!

(C) An MP3 player, state-of-the-art speaker system and Big Mouth Billy Bass technology allow Uga VIII.0 to twist his head, wag his tail, and hum the Georgia fight song, deliver the Gettysburg Address or sing “Take Me to the River.”

(D) Uga VIII.0 can plug into Florida’s computer system and download the Gators’ entire game plan. “A direct hit with proton torpedoes to Tim Tebow’s thermal exhaust port will start a chain reaction that will destroy the Gators.”

More importantly, he can tap five kegs at once.

(E) A jet pack and missile system allows Uga VIII.0 to fly and achieve air superiority over Auburn’s War Eagle.

(F) With X-ray vision and a retina camera, Uga VIII.0 can transmit video of Ole Miss cheerleaders instantly to a secret Web site accessible only to Georgia alumni making $10,000-plus annual “scholarship'” donations.

(G) A GPS unit in Uga VIII.0’s dog tags means he requires no handler.

(H) Uga VIII.0 produces no greenhouse gases.

Somebody needs to ask the CRU to investigate this claim: Tim Tebow’s tears cure cancer.


A Snowy Day At Fort Totten


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