Every day, three times a day, the students march in two straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang
Kim’s reporting turned into the book Without You, There Is No Us, which — much to her dismay — was marketed as a memoir. She wrote in The New Republic recently that the book was not only miscategorized as a North Korean Eat, Pray, Love — a memoir of self-discovery by the writer Elizabeth Gilbert — but it was also trivialized. Kim argued that her investigative reporting would not have been confused for a personal narrative account were she not Korean or a woman.
Google Doodle celebrates what would have been the 98th birthday of Esther Afua Ocloo.
…[W]ho was this groundbreaking businesswoman who was known to so many as “Auntie Ocloo”?
[Here are] five fast facts about her life and legacy.
1. SHE STARTED HER FIRST BUSINESS WITH LESS THAN A DOLLAR. Ocloo recalled in an interview years later. “With six shillings I bought the ingredients to make marmalade, … 2. SHE WAS ENCOURAGED BY HER FORMER TEACHERS. … … I was ridiculed by all my classmates, who saw me hawking marmalade on the street like an uneducated street vendor. …. “They were so impressed with how successful my business was, they began reserving a percentage of my profits to save money for me to go to England for further training.” …. 3. SHE WAS THE FIRST BLACK TO RECEIVE A COOKING DIPLOMA FROM the GOOD HOUSEKEEPING INSTITUTE.
…. She also took classes in food science, technology, preservation, nutrition, and agriculture at Bristol University. 4. SHE DEDICATED HER LIFE TO HELPING OTHER WOMEN SUCCEED. …. ”You know what we found? We found that a woman selling rice and stew on the side of the street is making more money than most women in office jobs—but they are not taken …. Ocloo helped to found eight nonprofit organizations, including the Sustainable End of Hunger Foundation and Women’s World Banking, a micro-lending organization that gives small loans to female business owners who are unable to secure traditional bank loans. The organization operates in more than two dozen countries.
5. SHE BECAME THE FIRST WOMAN TO RECEIVE THE AFRICA PRIZE FOR LEADERSHIP. >… True to form, Ocloo reinvested much of her prize money in the women she fought so hard to empower….,
… when Ocloo’s children once complained to her about how all that training was only helping her competitors, Ocloo responded …, “I don’t listen. My main goal is to help my fellow women. If they make better marmalade than me, I deserve the competition.… .
After gaining success, Ocloo passed her business knowledge on to other Ghanaians, founding the Women’s World Banking organization in 1979 to help low-income women create businesses.
Wikipedia Excerpt Afua Nkulenu was born in the Volta Region to George Nkulenu, a blacksmith, and his wife Georgina, a potter and farmer. Sent by her grandmother to a Presbyterian primary school, she proceeded to a coeducational boarding school at Peki Blengo. Because of poverty, she traveled weekly from home to the school, taking food supplies which she cooked for herself to avoid expenses. When she won a scholarship to Achimota School, her aunt provided her with money to travel to the school. She studied there from 1936 to 1941, when she obtained the Cambridge School Certificate.: Nkulenu was the first person to start a formal food processing business in the Gold Coast; she built up a business supplying marmalade and orange juice to Achimota School and the RWAFF. Institute in London and to take the post-graduate Food Preservation Course at… Bristol University
Ah Youth! Idealism! Laughter and Hope in a simpler time?
June and Television brought warm laughter into our Cold War homes.
An Emmy winner at 95, she quietly gave us her swan song last week at 99 !
Extolled by National Public Radio on multiple occasions we learned:
June Foray is gone, leaving an absence, an ache, a cloud of whirling bobby pins in her wake. The voice of many beloved animated characters, including the plucky Rocky the Flying Squirrel, the sinister spy Natasha Fatale, the tow-headed moppet Cindy-Lou Who and — most delightfully, to my mind — the girlishly ghoulish Witch Hazel, Foray died Thursday at the age of 99. She was called the Queen of Animation for a reason — she was a passionate lifelong advocate for the form, and for recognizing the efforts of those who work in it. Variety's obit goes deep on her role in founding the Annie Awards, and in establishing the Oscar's Animated Feature category.).
Villainess of Riki Tiki Tavi with
Rocket J. Squirrel,
Witch Hazel jocular nemesis of Bugs B
Cindy-Lou Wh alongside The Grinch
MuLan's Grandmother Fa
Only on the Rocky and Bullwinkle segment "Fractured Fairy Tales" did Foray really get to show her comedy chops, as the anthology format called for a rotating roster of tough cookies: independent-minded princesses and tart-tongued witches. Proscribed gender roles, yes — but each one different, and recognizably Foray['s].
She got a bit more room to play when she tackled villains like Witch Hazel, who tangled with Bugs Bunny on several occasions. The vain, coquettish hag always held her own, and took an infectious amount of joy in her work. She laughed at her own jokes — and invited you to join in.
Young Benjamin Stern of Florida has something YOU want, need and will save you money! And will change how millions around the planet will wash their hair and bathe!
“Nohbo” bottleless shampoo invention
I saw my mom using laundry detergent tablets and, ‘Eureka!’, the idea came to me that hair products and body washes could be delivered the same way. … I asked myself, ‘Why can’t I create it?’
How many shampoo bottles do you have around your bathtub or shower?
Ben has patented and brought to market solution that promises to:
remove costly chemicals, distribution and disposal.
Save consumer money, cut environmental impact, and pollution….
Benjamin Stern, an 18-year-old from Melbourne, Florida, invented a novel way to package and dispense shampoo without using plastic bottles. Each year in the US alone, almost 1,200 football stadiums worth of shampoo bottle waste flood our oceans and landfills.
“This constant buildup of plastic material is incredibly unsustainable, and lethal to the mammals and soil around us,” explained Stern. “It’s disheartening to see this damage done to my home, and I want to help in any way I can. If that is changing an age old industry, so be it.”
Stern’s bottleless shampoo invention, called “Nohbo” balls, has been a significant undertaking, requiring a time commitment and focus unusual for a high school student. Stern’s inventive process has gone through several stages, particularly in preparation for Nohbo’s debut last year on ABC’s Shark Tank.
KidBacker: Please tell KidBacker readers how Nohbo got started.
Benjamin Stern: After watching a documentary covering the ins and outs of the plastic bottling industry, I saw my mom using laundry detergent tablets and, eureka, the idea came to me that hair products and body washes could be delivered the same way. I did research and realized there wasn’t anything like that on the market. I asked myself, ‘Why can’t I create it?’
I was originally thinking of this as a regular consumer product, but then I took a trip and stayed in a hotel. I immediately thought, ‘My product would be perfect for this place.’ It will be cheaper to produce than the little bottles they have and it’s environmentally friendly. Hotels are increasingly aligning with environmental messages, like asking guests to reuse their towels during their stay to save energy and water, so I felt there would be a good fit.
“Hatred can rot away at a person’s intelligence and conscience. Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation, incite cruel mortal struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and hinder a nation’s progress toward freedom and democracy.
“That is why I hope to be able to transcend my personal experiences as I look upon our nation’s development and social change, to counter the regime’s hostility with utmost goodwill, and to dispel hatred with love…”
Liu Xiaobo played a significant role in the Tiananmen Square student protests of June 1989, which ended in bloodshed when they were quashed by government troops.
The 11-year jail term was handed down in 2009 after he compiled, with other intellectuals, the “Charter 08 manifesto”. It called for an end to one-party rule and the introduction of multi-party democracy.
Mr. Liu was found guilty of trying to overthrow the state.
He was a pro-democracy figurehead for activists outside mainland China, although many of his compatriots were unaware of his struggles because the authorities rigorously censored news about him.
News ignored by Government controlled Press
As if to offset, yet prove, the validity of Mr. Liu’s Life and Message, a weak self-congratulatory editorial claimed “China scores new achievements in judicial protection of human rights – Xinhua | English.news.cn”
i just saw this movie at home. It spends a good 40 minutes in character development- a bit “embellished” yet sharpened by the reelfaces link below. – It ALSO serves as a great timesaver! (if like me, one is tired of war movies.)
In this case even my Japanese wife liked this one despite the ultra modern ultra realism of war with Japanese on Okinawa, arguably the worst fighting of the worst war… still a bright high point in one of our history’s DARKEST times. (
This is the first Japanese – US war movie she and I have ever seen together (and likely the last)
Did you know the hero was
Already married when he enlisted
Sabbath keeper ( Saturday)
Medal of Honor winner
used rifle to make stretcher
the true story is even more unbelievable – “truth eclipses fiction”
It’s hard to believe how heroic Desmond Doss was. So hard, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ director Mel Gibson and producers left some of it out.
By Mary Katharine Ham
Most movie adaptations of true stories exaggerate for effect, condensing timelines and adding action to heighten drama. In “Hacksaw Ridge,” the story of a World War II conscientious objector who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic duty as a medic, director Mel Gibson and producers had the opposite problem.
“There were things that left us thinking ‘Who would believe that?’” producer Bill Mechanic told “Deadline.”
Fukushima survivors are being urged to return to the nuclear disaster site by the Japanese government despite radiation levels similar to Chernobyl, say Greenpeace.
Officials are planning to slash housing support for 6,000 people from the village of Iitate on March 31, when the evacuation order is due to be lifted just six years on from the reactor meltdown, reports rt.com.
The risk to health is on a par with the exclusion zone around the former Soviet reactor Chernobyl in what is now Ukraine – more than 30 years after it spewed plumes of killer fission, say Greenpeace Japan.
Greenpeace has some superb idealists, but not renown for conservative reporting- Can any Commentor add any corroborating or dissenting news reports?