Wha’ Happened This Week. So You’re Never LATE TO THE PARTY.
Old men did lots of stuff this week. They filibustered (the real way, for once). They died. They assumed there’d be a second coming of Venezuelan prez Hugo Chavez, like ya do. They started campaigning for 2016 ‘cuz THAT’s what we all need. They attempted dinner-party diplomacy. And of course they (it was them for the most part) greased the capitalist machine and made THIS happen:
So I’m going on an old men strike. No offense to the good ones — seriously. This isn’t your fault. But I’m focussing on what else is out there. AND it turns out coincidentally that today’s International Women’s Day anyway — who knew? Is it a thing? Well according to the internet, it IS and it HAS BEEN, and we deserve flowers (which I’m pretty sure is easier for men to give us than equality so maybe reconsider that tradition?)… Lookie here.
1. A couple o’ women are largely responsible for what’s been called “a milestone in the AIDS war.” A Mississippi-born kid who was given faster & stronger treatment than normal RIGHT after birth is basically cured, according to a big announcement at a big AIDS conference this week. And although scientists & doctors everywhere are hesitant to get too excited before the kid grows up and we see for sure, or before there’s more than one case to prove the rule, this is really awesome and could seriously change the stats — right now 300,000-400,000 babies are born with HIV every year, largely, as you might guess, in Africa.
2. Some kids (haha — in their early 20s, but kids in terms of their generational identity, and their age relative to moi) are grappling with some big stuff re: climate change… if you read ONE THING about the climate situation and what should or shouldn’t be done now, this is it. The author deals with a lot of the gray area between a dangerous radicalism borne of desperation vs. apathy, and the kids reveal their totally real struggles with fear & courage as they try to fight the intangible of their own darkening future. Here’s one of the girls interviewed for the article — a Harvard sophomore:
One of the seniors, last year, […] said something like, “You know, I think I could die of climate change. That could be the way I go.” And that stuck with me. And the more I learn about it, and read the incredibly scary reports coming out from the World Bank — saying, like, 4 degrees Celsius by 2100 may be impossible to adapt to — it’s very possible that we could be the generation watching our society crumble away. And, I don’t know, sometimes I walk around Harvard late at night, you know, with all these huge, fancy buildings, and think about what Rome was before it fell. And are we the generation that gets to sit and watch America fall?
3. Y’all, I’m not a fan of promoting random stuff I don’t believe, so I don’t. I mean, that said, no one’s really offered me enough to test whether I can be bought — heh, sounds like a dare to me — but so far, you can trust me 🙂
So, go get this movie! The filmmaker’s own vision is closely aligned with why I started “The Smarty at the Party,” which might explain partly why it was such an inspiring watch; she rather brilliantly puts all those big picture global stories that are hurtling toward us daily into perspective, and helps us sift through the onslaught. WITH love ‘n humor ‘n all that juicy stuff. But she also samples from our popular culture and her own life rather fearlessly. Let’s all aim for that ‘n tell our own stories, eh? Watch “Connected” and lemme know what you think.
Quote of the week from Coco Chanel:
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.