Unbridled FIFA Footwork

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As World Cup fanfare reaches a fever pitch, the beautifully orchestrated game offers fantastic images of fancy footwork… Feet flying, kicking, passing, blocking, handling, stealing, dribbling, shooting and saving. Feet are dexterous and dazzling on the world football (soccer) stage. 

When feet move from executing a goal to celebrating in dance, there is a lift-off of spirit in play. Whether choreographed or spontaneous, feet deliver the message of “joy”.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/sports/worldcup/world-cup-2014-goal-celebrations-in-soccer-are-always-colorful.html?_r=0

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Treading Lightly: US Political Metaphors (Part Two)

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“I really see my role as secretary, and, in fact, leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race,” Mrs. Clinton finally said at the Women in the World meeting… “I mean, you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton.

“Justice Stevens Suggests Solution for ‘Giant Step in the Wrong Direction’”

“Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia”

“Obama treads warily, but sends a big ship to Korean waters.”

“Pentagon Sending a Message to Iraq by Dragging Its Boots.”

“The Republican Path To Victory”

“Sandy aftermath: U.S. struggles to get back on its feet.”

“The Tea Party’s Achilles Heel.”

“The White House Takes Baby Steps Toward Drug Sentencing Reform.”

Who is out of step on immigration?

 

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Treading Lightly: US Political Metaphors (Part One)

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“Bush Dips a Toe Back Into Washington.”

“Chris Christie Supporters “Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop”

“On Campaign Trail, Missteps on Gender… With a bizarre illustration of Hillary Rodham Clinton and a profile of Wendy Davis, The Times Magazine has tripped over gender-based double standards.”

“The State Department also took the unusual move of walking back the remarks of Kerry.”

“First, shoot yourself in the foot. Then repeat…”

 “The House GOP Immigration Walk-Back.”

 “I know from experience, the only way you get good government is for the citizens to hold its feet to the fire.” (Jesse Ventura)

 

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TO-ing and FRO-ing in the MIDDLE EAST

 

 

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“Abbas Takes Defiant Step, and Mideast Talks Falter.”

 

 

 “Bill Clinton sticks his foot in Syrian quagmire.”

 

 

Going out on a limb, Pope Francis met to pray with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The Rev. Thomas Reese, a veteran Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter noted “In the Middle East, symbolic gestures and incremental steps are important.”

 

 

“Palestinians to walk away from peace talks.”

 

 

“Powers seek ‘first-step’ nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva talks.”

 

 

“Rouhani’s victory in 2013 is the Iranian equivalent to Obama’s victory in 2008: an electorate that voted overwhelmingly for hope and change, understanding that the process will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington.

 

 

[U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry told reporters he was flying home to Washington to meet with President Obama to reassess the peace negotiations and whether there was a path forward. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend, if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.”

 

 

“Syria chemical arms: ‘Global red line’ crossed – Kerry”

 

 

“For U.N. Chief, a Dance of Diplomacy Is Halted by a Misstep. Ban Ki-moon… choreographed a precise diplomatic sequence on Syria that relied on others to perform their roles equally precisely. The choreography did not go as planned, and Mr. Ban stumbled under the spotlight.”

 

 

Women in Saudi Arabia: Unshackling themselves

 

 

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The Sole of Canadian Politics

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“The grass doesn’t grow under Justin’s feet.”

“Hudak falls well short in Ontario campaign, steps down as PC leader.”

“Keystone missteps, Senate scandal have Harper stumbling.”

“‘I’m not stepping aside’ Toronto Mayor Rob Ford insists.”

“Alberta’s next Tory premier better walk on water.”

“Ontario political parties walking a fine line with Ontario’s ethnic voters.”

“Who will fill (all of) Jim Prentice’s shoes?”

 

 

If You Hear a Rattlesnake – STAND STILL!

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Rattlesnakes are not as dangerous or as frightening as most people think. These shy and secretive animals would rather avoid confrontation with people. That does NOT mean however, that you should throw caution to the wind in the great outdoors.

If you hear a rattlesnake, STAND STILL! Avoid jumping or running blindly. Look carefully until you locate the snake and then make your move. Remember that harmless snakes, moving in dry leaves and grass, can sound like rattlesnakes rattling.

If you see one, leave it alone because if it feels cornered, it will defend itself.

If someone gets a rattler bite, remain calm and get to a doctor or hospital ASAP. Don’t waste time with the old remedies:

  • cutting the bite
  • sucking out the venom using a snakebite kit
  • using a car battery to run a current through the affected area.

Your best bet is a doctor and anti-venom.

Even “DEAD” rattlesnakes can bite, so…caution is advised. Treat any rattlesnake, dead or alive, with respect.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mendocino/learning/safety-ethics/?cid=FSBDEV3_004522&width=full

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/us/rattlesnake-wranglers-armed-with-gasoline.html

 

‘The Standing Man’ Protest

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Turkey’s nationwide protests last year grabbed headlines with images of police violence and protesters’ creativity.  Taksim Square, a much-loved green space in Istanbul, was the epicenter of this anti-government action. The icon that put all the other protest antics to rest was the appearance one evening of ‘The Standing Man’.

A 34-year-old performance artist named Erdem Gunduz walked to the middle of the square, stuck his hands in the pockets of his gray pants, and assumed a stoic stance that lasted about eight hours.

Still shell-shocked from two days of fierce clashes with the police, protestors were looking for a peaceful way to extend their effort into its third week. Those arriving at Taksim Square joined Mr. Gunduz.  By the end of the evening, several hundred people were standing quietly, some of them holding hands as they faced the Ataturk Cultural Center. In a time-out face-off, security forces lounged in front of the center underneath big umbrellas. Behind them teargas canisters lay in wait.

A phenomenon was born. Within a short period of time, The Standing Man was the hottest thing on Twitter–not only in Turkey, but for a brief period, worldwide.

Then, ‘The Standing Woman’ appeared at the Kizilay Square in Ankara, where a protester was fatally shot. The passive resistance spread like wildfire, even to Paris and London.

Mr. Gunduz, the artist, was quoted as saying in a message posted on social media sites. “Standing Man is not just one person!”

 

Excerpts and photo from:

http://blogs.wsj.com/emergingeurope/2013/06/18/turkeys-new-protest-hero-standing-man/

 

The Standing O

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“Stood there, applauded that: Does the standing ovation really mean anything any more?” asks J. Kelly Nestruck of the Globe and Mail.

It’s time to face the facts: The standing ovation is dead in North America. Yes, the standing O is finito.

Theatregoers get up on their feet and clap at the end of plays more than ever, it’s true – but that’s exactly it: The gesture is no longer exceptional. You’ll find people standing and applauding after great performances and less-great ones and sometimes even after lousy ones.

Audience behaviour is constantly evolving and I personally prefer to stand at the end of a long show, if only to stretch my legs. I almost always rise as soon as the person in front of me does, if he or she blocks my view of the curtain call, anyway. The alternative – sitting grumpily and staring at a stranger’s backside – seems unnecessarily willful. The only time I stay seated, ironically enough, is when a show has so completely bowled me over that I feel unable to move.

There are those artists who do recognize that standing, clapping spectators are now merely standing, clapping spectators – sometimes they are wildly enthusiastic, sometimes they just want to beat the traffic – but who can’t stand the shift in semiotics. They would prefer audiences stay seated unless they’ve really had their socks knocked off.

Quoting Source:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/nestruck-on-theatre/stood-there-applauded-that-does-the-standing-ovation-really-mean-anything-any-more/article8838629/

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Standing for American Values

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Hilary Clinton’s latest book launch is well under way. She spoke to the Toronto Region Board of Trade yesterday (June 16, 2014) and participated in televised interviews with CBC and CTV.

In her book ‘Hard Choices’ and in an interview last week in New York, she revealed that decision making often pits U.S. strategic interests against bedrock U.S. values. The interviewer asked: “Where did you stand on that continuum when you began your job as secretary of state and where do you stand now?”

She responded, “I had hoped there was a way to more closely align them. We could do more to get our values and our strategic interests to be coinciding. I worked very hard to do that. But I also came to realize what generations of American diplomats and leaders understood before me: that often it’s not possible and often you have to make that hard choice – stand for your values and be ready to take the consequences.”

When, for example?  “In my book, I describe how we let blind [Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng] into our embassy. It was a perfect example of being forced to make a decision that was primarily a values decision and believing we had done enough to firmly ground our relationship with China in a broader discussion about where we could work together, where our disagreements would persist, that the relationship was strong enough to withstand what would be a difficult, confrontational experience for both sides.”

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/stand-for-your-values-on-the-hard-choices/article19175854/

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