Ici la vie vécue
Ici le rêve perdu
Ici le chant enfoui
Ici le rythme rompu
Que nous avions jetés au vent
à quel âge ingrat ?
Que les cristaux de roche
ont conservés intacts
A notre insu
- François Cheng, double chant
|Dann Goodfellow and Tom Daley|
Adidas is getting some play today for its announcement of the obvious: The company won't drop endorsed athletes if they come out publicly as gay.
I say it's "the obvious" because there's no way in hell a company like Adidas would fire anyone for being gay, and no reasonable person with any knowledge of the state of gay equality today would think otherwise.
Adidas has previously endorsed marriage equality for same-sex couples.
The company previously had a deal (that we could not confirm is still active) with British Olympic diver Tom Daley, whom they made the "face" of their NEO label. Last year it received an HRC Corporate Equality Index score of 80 (out of 100).
While obvious, it's still nice to see the company make another overtly positive statement embracing LGBT athletes. One of the big fears we traditionally hear circling closeted professional athletes is the potential for them to lose endorsement deals if they come out publicly.
What would be more powerful, however, is for the company to actually endorse out athletes. There are so many incredible professional athletes looking for deals like this. If Adidas wants to put its money where its mouth is, it will soon announce endorsement deals with more out LGBT athletes. Read more...
Source: Outsports, Feb. 12, 2016
|In a Michigan State of Mind|
The above picture was posted a couple of days ago by some anonymous student on my old college's Facebook page.
I took the picture of my then-roommate (below) on the exact same spot --just outside our dorm-- on the exact same day two decades ago. I hope he will forgive me for posting this.
|omnes vulnerant ultima necat (current state of mind)|
What will space tourism look like centuries from now? "Visions of the Future" -- a set of 14 posters released by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) -- provides an imaginative take.
JPL visual strategist Dan Goods explains that the images are intended to celebrate the diversity of planets being discovered -- and to increase the desire among the public to be curious about the universe.
Three of the posters were created by Seattle-based design and illustration studio Invisible Creature. Influenced by post-war WPA propaganda and vintage travel posters, one of the prints shows what it would be like to visit a Mars colony, complete with cultivated crops and water. Read more...
- "Newly discovered 'gravitational waves': 10 Ways to Make Them Work for You" (NYT, Feb. 11, 2016)
- "The Sun Is Made of Gas and Can Explode at Any Moment. What the Average Citizen Can Do in Such a Case" (NYT, July 14, 2013)
|'Nazaré is a challenging place to surf, that’s what makes it so interesting.’ Photograph: Tó Mané|
"It’s been described as the largest wave ever surfed, but by most surfers’ terms, it’s a swell not a wave, because it never properly breaks. It’s frustrating – it just crumbles at the top. But it is the largest, fastest swell I’ve been on. Nazaré is a challenging place to surf, that’s what makes it so interesting.The waves there are completely unpredictable, and you never know where they’re going to break. There’s a giant canyon out at sea that can turn a 50ft wave into a 100ft one in a second. And then there are the giant Atlantic swells – you don’t get those in the Pacific." (The Guardian, Oct. 9, 2015)
When Philip remembered his adolescence, he remembered the hidden parts. Hiding had been so important, so essential a part in his life, that even now–grown up, more or less, and living on his own–he kept every book with the word “homosexual” in the title hidden, even in his own apartment. These days, when he thought of himself at twelve or thirteen, he did not think of school, his friend Gerard, board games and playground injustice and gold stars in workbooks. He did not envision himself sitting in a classroom, or with his parents at dinner, or in front of the television. Instead, he saw himself always and only lying on the bathroom floor and masturbating, the steam billowing from the shower, the wallpaper curling at the edges. He could remember nothing else, nothing but this forbidden activity, as if his memory was now capable of creating only a negative image, exposing only those things which were then in shadow. Philip's sexual awakening had not been uncommon: a chance collision of penis and thigh, the unexpected, intense terror of orgasm, the shock of the white liquid squirting onto his bedsheet. But what was different for Philip was that it never ended, this period when sex was only masturbation, it never developed into another stage. For his friend Gerard, there was talk of girls, and then there were girls, sex, talk of love. For Philip, there was only this solipsistic stroking, by definition nameless. Of course he realized, from the magazines he glimpsed at the corner newsstand and later bought in profusion, that there were many other men in the world with similar visions in their heads. But he did not think to seek them out, to match himself to one of them, to make love to one of them, because sex for him had never had anything to do with anyone but himself, and certainly had nothing to do with his life.
Sometimes Philip thought about what would happen if his mother were to walk in on him one day and find him surrounded by the shiny magazines, mounds of them spread all over the floor, colorful as the toys and blocks with which, as a child, he had often built play castles to house himself. He imagined the look on her face -- her eyes wide, her mouth open in confusion. Beyond that, he couldn't imagine. His life, he presumed, would end in a flash, as it had begun. If he was lucky, he would be born again without this need.
It was only many years later that Philip was finally able to face the possibility, to enact the scene that never took place, the scene where his mother walked in and caught him with his pornography. He imagined what it would have felt like to be forced to talk about it, to acknowledge the protruding erections and the "toys" in the ads and the sergeants in the stories, "planting liplocks" on willing recruits. His mother would have probably handled it relatively well, he decided. She would have left the room, let him clean up. Later, calmly, she would have brought it up with him, said something wise and never mentioned it again, imagining, he supposed, that this was a childish phase, something he'd get over. And he -- what would he have said? His sexual life had been bred in secret; he had never spoken of it with anyone, not even himself.
It was not until college that Philip finally made love with another human being, and it was a man. He was not altogether happy about this, but he felt compelled: Loneliness, horniness, the need to touch real flesh -- these things conspired against him. He and a skinny medical student named Dean rolled on an ancient sofa in a dorm room and Philip's hands grabbed for flesh, touched where they had never touched before.
-- David Leavitt, The Lost language of Cranes, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1986
Josh McDowell, a well-known evangelist and apologist, commissioned a new study to expose what he calls the “pervasiveness of pornography in the church and among Christians” and to his disbelief, the statistics proved what he had already feared – “pornography has infiltrated the church, especially among young adults.”
“Of young adults 18-24 years old, 76 percent actively – and these are Christians – actively seek out porn,” McDowell lamented to OneNewsNow.
Here are some additional key findings from the church commissioned study titled: “THE PORN PHENOMENON: A COMPREHENSIVE, GROUNDBREAKING NEW SURVEY ON AMERICANS, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY: Impact of Internet Pornography on American Population and the Church.”
- 21% of youth pastors and 14% of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn.
- About 12% of Youth Pastors and 5% of Pastors say there are addicted to porn
- 87% of pastors who use porn feel a great sense of shame about it
- 55% of pastors who use porn say they live in constant fear of being discoveredOneNewsNow reports on McDowell’s one man crusade to turn the tide on all those young Christian’s addicted to playing with themselves.
McDowell tells OneNewsNow young people have a cavalier attitude towards porn.“Of 13- to 24-year-olds, 96 percent would say that when they talk to someone about porn – their friends, which most of them are Christians now – they do it in either a neutral, positive or encouraging way,” he says.McDowell is putting together what he calls the most comprehensive conference for Christian leaders about Internet pornography. Called “Set Free Summit,” it will take place in April in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Source: The Daily Grind, February 5, 2016