via Jack Norton
The food industry’s fight for “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition. “As a culture, we’ve become upset by the tobacco companies advertising to children, but we sit idly by while the food companies do the very same thing. And we could make a claim that the toll taken on the public health by a poor diet rivals that taken by tobacco”, Kelly Brownell, Professor of Pscyhology and Public Health, Yale University.
Voice of Russia – articles commemorating Stalingrad. http://english.ruvr.ru/tag_12343038/
To mark the occasion the city will be called Stalingrad on military holidays. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/9839666/Russia-revives-Stalingrad-city-name.html
“Stalin Buses” http://rt.com/politics/stalin-bus-ww2-stalingrad-138/
The Battle reenacted. http://englishrussia.com/2012/11/21/battle-for-stalingrad-70-years-after/
UNWomen and UNICEF have initiated a global online discussion on inequalities. The current discussion is on gender inequality and future topics include violence against women, disability, indigenous peoples, etc.
Via Saraswathi Menon of UNWomen
A fascinating series of videos on what it takes to reach Olympic levels of performance – Missy Franklin and fluid dynamics, Usain Bolt’s unique biomechanics, the biomechanics of weightlifting, and compensating for disability are some of the topics.
Harriet Gilbert’s World Book Club interviews can be heard on BBCi Player. This month’s interview has Swedish noir writer Henning Mankell speaking about Wallander and his first appearance in Faceless Killers. Next week Norways’s Jo Nesbo speaks about his unusual family – a father who fought with the Nazis and a mother in the Resistance – and how they influenced The Redbreast, a Harry Hole mystery. Down the list of WBC interviews are Russia’s Boris Akunin on his Putin-like Erast Fandorin, and Spain’s Carlos Ruiz Zafon on ‘ecclesiastical’ thrillers.
A Democracy Now! special on the life, politics and music of Woody Guthrie, the “Dust Bowl Troubadour.” Born a hundred years ago on July 14, 1912, in Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs and became a major influence on countless musicians, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. While Guthrie is best remembered as a musician, he also had a deeply political side, speaking out for labor and civil rights at the height of McCarthyism.
Andea Camilleri’s The Potter’s Field (an Inspector Montalban mystery) is the winner of the Crime Writer Association’s International Dagger. The short list has mysteries set in Sweden, Norway, Italy and South Africa. The new talent is Maurizio de Giovanni with an intriguing sounding story set in fascist Italy.
Seventy years ago, the Start Stadium in Kiev was the site of one of football’s most infamous games when a group of Ukranian players defeated a German military team. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/sports/soccer/a-soccer-match-in-ukraine-during-world-war-ii-echoes-through-time.html?hpw
Peter Donohoe, British concert pianist, reflects on the cultural and musical climate in the Soviet Union and the response in the West. A thought provoking essay on an extraordinary period in music history.
Chicago has seen a weekend of protests and more are anticipated. Prominent among the protesters have been military veterans.
Photos of veterans throwing away their medals. “Basically, [the medals] are tokens designed to make us feel good or rewarded for participating in fighting for the 1%, oppressing whole populations, and sending our world into a downward spiral,” Veteran Scott Olsen told the Guardian. “They’re meaningless to me.”
“But I always remember Ernest Hemingway’s advice to writers: always quit for the day when you know what the next sentence is. ”
Assange interviews Hezbollah leader Sayyid Nasrallah – his first interview in 6 years.
Eight authors (including crime writers John Banville aka Benjamin Black, Alexander McCall Smith and Minette Walters) have invented imaginary biographies and character sketches based on fourteen unidentified portraits. Who are these men and women, why were they painted, and why do they now find themselves in the Collection of the National Portrait Gallery? With fictional letters, diaries, mini-biographies and memoirs, Imagined Lives creates vivid stories about these unknown sitters from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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