Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walt Whitman is America

By Walt Whitman

Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,
All, all alike endear'd, grown, ungrown, young or old,
Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,
Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,
A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,
Chair'd in the adamant of Time.

Walt Whitman is the American Poet of Democracy.

Stop Acid Attacks!

In acid attckes against women in Isfahan, several women were seriously injured.

One of the victims of Acid Attacks: I need my face back, I need my life back!

Women in Tehran in solidarity with women in Isfahan.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Butterfly

"Legendary actor Michel Serrault stars as Julien, an ornery butterfly collector. When eight-year-old Elsa and her often-absent mother move into the apartment next to his, the persistent and curious Elsa adopts a reluctant Julien as her surrogate grandpa. But when Julien leaves town for a week-long hiking expedition in the Alps to find the "Isabella," an exotic butterfly as elusive as it is beautiful, he instead discovers an uninvited companion - Elsa!

What the Critics are Saying about the film:

"A perfect movie for the holiday season, sure to please children and adults."- New York Post

"Delicate, Intoxicating...its combination of psychological insight and emotional restraint helps it transcend sentimentality. A scrupulous, even-toned gentleness, clear-eyed intelligence and refusal to condescend." - New York Times

"Evokes with humor, poignancy and even suspense a sense of what is most important in life." - Los Angeles Times"

We need to talk about an injustice.

Bryan A. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative
The power of identity speaks at TED.

"In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives."

Bryan Stevenson:  The opposite of poverty is Justice