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Today’s Ecstasy

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Death, Hispanic, History, Humor, Photo, Politics, Religion, Security, Spectacle, Violence, Women |

— Going All Out for the Papal Visit — [a picture is again worth a thousand words] – What does “ecstasy” look like these days? (Sister Mary Gabriel of the Sisters of Life is screened at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Washington, D.C. – Wednesday September 23, 2015) – “Beyond the Finish Line” and other photographs by Josh Haner […]

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Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Death, Health, Now, Sci/Nat, Women |

To my friend, Judith Doneson: “This year, 21,290 new cases of ovarian cancer are expected in the United States, and 14,180 deaths… The study confirmed earlier findings that IP treatment helps women live longer. Among women who had IP treatment, 81 percent were still alive three years later, compared with 71 percent in women who had only intravenous chemotherapy. The findings are based on the records of about 500 women…. the cumulative data are so strong that oncologists have “no more excuses” for disregarding it.”

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Salgado & The Salt of the Earth – a review

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Art, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, France, Highlights, Human Rights, Native, Now, Peace, Photo, Politics, Racism, Review, Spectacle, STL, Travel, Wars, Women, World |

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]

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Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Film, Hispanic, Humor, Jewish, Music, Review, Theater, Violence, Women |

LAST DAY IS THURSDAY! – AT THE TIVOLI IN ST. LOUIS: Wild Tales/ Relatos Salvajes/Les Nouveaux Sauvages/Storie pazzesche/Jeder dreht mal durch! My review (an excerpt): the humor is explosive, the jokes hard-hitting, the dysfunctional machine is perfectly well-oiled! Society has a great many constraints but if we go outside, we can feel sooo free! Damián Szifron, the director of “Wild Tales” explores what lies beyond the rules, when we lose control… and anything can happen. After breaking the all-time record of attendance in Argentina, it was nominated […]

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DOC: Chechnya Now/La Tchétchénie Maintenant

Posted by on Mar 15, 2015 in Death, Doc, French, Human Rights, Now, Politics, Violence, Wars, Women |

“Tchétchénie, Une Guerre Sans Traces.” Manon Loizeau retourne en Tchétchénie 20 ans plus tard. Un film avec beaucoup de courage, devant et derrière la caméra. – “Chechnya, A War Without Traces.” Manon Loizeau returns to Chechnya 20 years later. A film with much courage, in front and behind the camera. Highly recommended too: Nino Kirtadze’s Chechen Lullaby.[…]

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