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Endtimes : 45-foot tall nude sculpture may be coming to the National Mall

by on Sep.30, 2017, under 2017 Year, Endtimes

An artists rendering of what R-Evolution would look like on the National Mall, not to scale or showing the correct positioning.(Photo: Vladimir Herrera)

If you walk along the National Mall this November, you’ll see the Smithsonian Museums, the Washington Monument, Capitol Hill, and, possibly, something else: a 45-foot tall nude sculpture of a woman.

The Amazonian figure would tower over the National Mall next to the Washington Monument, directly facing the White House until March 7 to promote women’s equality.

Organizers are trying to raise funds to transport the R-Evolution sculpture from San Francisco to Washington. They’ve gotten conditional approval from the National Park Service to have the structure on the grounds of the National Mall.

Event organizers have raised more than $21,000 in four days to transport the sculpture across the country and assemble it, although they still have a long way to go to meet their 30-day fundraising goal of $90,000.

The organizers have also put out a nationwide call for volunteers. After the event ends, the sculpture can remain on the Mall for four months, if it is guarded by volunteers at all times.

The sculpture was created by artist Marco Cochrane as part of The Bliss Project. He said the sculpture was meant to combat a culture that increasingly dehumanizes women and sexualizes the female form.

R-Evolution is just one of three giant nude female sculptures Cochrane created with his model and collaborator Deja Solis.

He said the series spawned from an idea of feminine safety that he says he’s been wrestling with since the age of seven, when he learned that a friend had been sexually assaulted.

“These sculptures are about expressing what it would be like if women were safe,” Cochrane said. “To me this sculpture answers that question . . . She’s absolutely fearless and accepting and being able to do that is a really powerful thing.”

Julia Whitelaw, Cochrane’s creative partner, said his early sculptures were often so life-like that people felt uncomfortable looking at them, until he scaled them up — way up.

“There was such this taboo that was happening,” she said. “Men would walk in, look at the sculpture, and they would have to avert their eyes.”

Cochrane was inspired to take his art to new heights by the burning effigies at Burning Man. Instead of working in bronze or clay, he created massive sculptures out of steel rods, tubing, mesh and LED lights.

“It made it okay to look at them,” Whitelaw said. “People feel emotionally connected to these sculptures, they don’t focus on the physical.”

In 2015, the series debuted where it was born, at Burning Man. The other two pieces, Bliss Dance and Truth is Beauty, have found homes on the Las Vegas Strip and the San Leandro Tech Campus in California.

The sculpture is being brought to Washington, D.C. by the organizers of Catharsis on the Mall, an annual three-day event that features 24-hour activities, music and an effigy burn. The theme of the event this year is “Nurturing the Heart.”

“This year’s theme is in response to a lot of the social disconnect and politics going on in our community right now,” said Sanam Emami, an activist and community organizer.

“We felt that R-Evolution represented that,” she said. “That’s why we’ve placed it in America’s front lawn.”

The four-month long vigil is also intended to raise awareness of the Equal Rights Amendment. The constitutional amendment, proposed in 1972, would outlaw discrimination based on sex, but it has yet to be ratified.

The sculptures will inevitably produce some controversy wherever they go, but Whitelaw said she’s confident that there are plenty of people excited to have art “supporting the end of violence against women and equal rights for women right there in the heart of the nation.”

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Endtimes: Man-made earthquakes put millions at risk, report says

by on Apr.02, 2016, under 2016 Year, Endtimes, Revival In America

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If you live in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas beware: You are nearly as likely to experience an earthquake as high-hazard areas such as California, but the risk is man-made.

That’s the conclusion in a first-ever report made public Monday from the U.S. Geological Survey, which cites the oil and gas drilling process as triggering the quakes. The assessment of human-induced seismic shaking found 7 million people in the central and eastern U.S. live in the man-made earthquake zone, said Mark Petersen, head of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project.

Human activities, such as wastewater disposal from drilling for oil and gas can cause earthquakes the report said.

The central U.S. has seen the most dramatic increase in seismic activity over the past six years, the report found, as wastewater injection became more widespread. From 1973 to 2008, the USGS recorded more than 20 earthquakes of magnitude-3.0 and larger per year. Such events increased tenfold from 2009 to 2015 – to an average of 318 a year. In 2015, the USGS recorded 1,010 earthquakes.

The report notes that most quakes are triggered by wastewater disposal from oil drilling, and far fewer from fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, has spurred a boom in oil and natural-gas production. The fracking process blasts millions of gallons of water — mixed with sand and chemicals — deep underground to break apart shale deposits and release natural gas.

An industry group said only a small percentage of injection wells are causing the quakes: “The vast majority of injection wells are not associated with earthquakes, a fact that’s confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey’s report,” according to Katie Brown, a spokesperson for Energy In Depth, a program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, a trade group.

“Data from the USGS and peer-reviewed studies show that less than 1% of injection wells across the United States have been even potentially linked to small earthquakes,” Brown added.

“This is a complex issue, and most earthquakes are not induced. But this is also an issue that scientists say — with near uniformity — can be effectively managed,” she said.

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Praying for Revival in 2016: ‘Hideous’ shooting leaves pregnant woman, Mardi Gras Indian big chief dead in New Orleans East

by on Dec.18, 2015, under 2015 Year, African-American Community, Endtimes, Leadership, Revival In America

MATT SLEDGE AND KATY RECKDAHL| MSLEDGE@THEADVOCATE.COM
Dec. 16, 2015; 11:06 p.m

Photo provided -- Breon Stewart, left, and Lionel Delpit III.

Photo provided — Breon Stewart, left, and Lionel Delpit III.

The latest victim of fatal gun violence in New Orleans had not even been born yet, but he had a name.

A shocking shooting Wednesday night in New Orleans East claimed the lives of a pregnant woman just days away from giving birth, her boyfriend — the Big Chief of the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian tribe — and their unborn child.

Neighbors said dozens of shots sounded just before 10 p.m. in a parking lot of the Wind Run Apartments in the 12100 block of the Interstate 10 Service Road. When the shooting was over, Lionel “Bumma” Delpit III, 25; Breon Stewart, 23; and the couple’s baby, whom they had planned to name Lionel Delpit IV, were dead in the front seat of their vehicle. Police were left searching for suspects.

One neighbor, who declined to give her name out of fear for her safety, said the couple had just pulled up to the apartment building in a blue 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser. She heard no sounds before the gunshots began, she said.

Another neighbor, who also declined to give her name, said she could see the anguish on first responders’ faces as they realized that Stewart, who had celebrated a baby shower this month and was due to give birth by Christmas, could not be saved.

The deaths of Delpit and Stewart were the 151st and 152nd homicides of the year in New Orleans, a grim milestone that means the city has now exceeded last year’s total of 150 killings.

The Wind Run killings also were the seventh slaying to claim more than one victim in New Orleans East alone this year.

Cmdr. Doug Eckert said police are waiting on the results of the autopsies to determine whether the unborn child’s death will be counted as a homicide.
Stewart had shared much of her pregnancy with her twin sister Britnee, who recently gave birth herself. A photograph on Britnee’s Facebook page shows both siblings cradling their very pregnant bellies, wearing matching clothes.

Stewart was the 2011 valedictorian at George Washington Carver High School. Her sister was the salutatorian.

Delpit was the son of Lionel Delpit Jr., the longtime chief of the Black Feather Mardi Gras Indian tribe, who died in 2011. Other Indians groomed the younger Delpit to assume the chieftainship of the 7th Ward tribe.

Friends and acquaintances shared a steady stream of shock online after word spread of the killings.

“This world is sick but New Orleans is sicker,” one wrote on Facebook. “I hate it.”

Tulane University football player Leonard Davis, who knew the couple, also spoke out on social media. “No, I can’t believe this, man,” Davis said. “Not you Bummer, this can’t be life.”

Tyrone Yancy, who helped Delpit’s father form the Black Feather tribe in 1992, said he said seen the younger Delpit on Sunday at Indian practice, one of the weekly musical rehearsals that Indians hold as Mardi Gras approaches. “He wanted to put all of his energy into his girlfriend and their baby,” Yancy said.

Second Chief Corey Rayford also spent Sunday night with the young chief. He’d seen potential in Delpit, his cousin, and a motivation to achieve, he said.

“He was paying attention,” Rayford said. “He wanted it. He was creating his own style. That’s what he was focused on, just making his daddy proud.”

On Mardi Gras Day, Rayford will feel an emptiness on the street behind him, in the spot where the chief walks. “It will be hard for me to look back and see him not there,” he said.

Rayford said his cousin and girlfriend had their priorities straight. “They weren’t preparing for that baby. They were prepared,” he said.

Delpit was working two jobs to provide for his unborn son, Yancy said, and they had been talking with doctors about inducing labor next week if the baby didn’t arrive by then.

On Sunday, Rayford asked him, “You getting ready for Mardi Gras?”

As the tambourines shook behind them, Delpit told Rayford that, for the moment, the Indian tradition was taking a backseat.

“I’m getting ready for this baby,” Delpit said.

Indians from across the city massed Thursday night at Hunters Field, a traditional 7th Ward gathering spot, to honor the dead. Mourners danced, wept and shook tambourines raised high in the air as the crowd grew larger by the minute.

Wild Magnolias Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., who helped organize the event, said he had last seen Delpit in line at the Carnival supply shop Jefferson Variety on Tuesday. They spent so long talking that the clerk passed them over and took the customers waiting behind them.

Even though he is an Uptown Indian and “Bumma” was from Downtown, he said, they always felt a special bond as second-generation chiefs carrying on the legacy of their fathers.

“It’s younger people like us that are carrying the tradition on, so we always stuck together,” Dollis said.

Gaynell Sorina, the Big Queen of the Black Feather Indians, recalled that when Delpit’s father was on his deathbed, he gave her an instruction: Never leave someone without telling them that you love them, because it may be the last time you see them.

Sorina broke down in tears as she said that when she had seen Delpit earlier this week, they had parted in just that way.

Eckert, head of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, said at a news conference that detectives were following up on several tips. He urged members of the public to call police with any information they might have.

“We feel confident that this wasn’t a random act,” Eckert said. “It’s a hideous crime. There’s no good time for a homicide, there’s no good time for a murder, but this, right before the holidays, just makes it that much worse.”

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Health – Diet Coke warning: Two cans of fizzy drink a day ‘could increase heart failure risk’

by on Nov.09, 2015, under 2015 Year, African-American Community, Endtimes, Hispanic Community, Native American Community

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Drinking two 200ml servings of fizzy drink a day can increase the likelihood of heart failure, scientists have said.

A study carried out at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that men who drank two or more servings had a 23 per cent higher risk of developing heart failure.

The wide-ranging research looked at 42,400 men over 12 years and found 3,604 cases of a positive association between sweetened beverage consumption and risk of heart failure. It identified 509 people who died of the condition.

Sweetened drinks include Diet Coke, Pepsi Max and other beverages using artificial sweeteners, many of which are marketed as ‘diet’ options due the absence of sugar.
Writing in the medical journal, Heart, the researchers added: “Our study findings suggest sweetened beverage consumption could contribute to heart failure development.

“These findings could have implications for heart failure prevention strategies.”

In an accompanying editorial, Spanish professors Miguel Ruiz-Canela and Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez said people who drink a large number of carbonated beverages generally have a poor diet, and are likely to be more susceptible to ill health.

But Mr Ruiz-Canela and Mr Martinez-Gonzalez added: “The well-known association of sweetened beverages with obesity and Type 2 diabetes, which are risk factors of heart failure, reinforces the biological plausibility of the findings.”

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