“In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material -- this is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy,” Holder said during the hearing.
However, NBC News reported last week that Holder personally approved a search warrant that labeled Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen a co-conspirator in a national security leaks case.
The panel is investigating whether NBC’s report contradicts Holder’s claim that he had not looked into or been involved with a possible prosecution of the press in a leaks case.
BORDC is proud to present Jayel Aheram with the May 2013 Patriot Award. Jayel’s work also employs many media, combining his ability to capture a visual experience with journalistic expertise, a broad range of experiences and activism and organizing work across several social movements. In addition to its inspiring breadth, Jayel’s work also reminds us that creative expression can dramatically strengthen political activism by making the issues more accessible, and the concerns more powerful, to public audiences.
High heels point back to an unlikely source: men. For centuries, high heels were worn as a form of riding footwear, according to Elizabeth Semmelhack of
the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. The heel helped a rider secure his
stance in the stirrups so he could shoot arrows more effectively; this
was useful particularly in Persia (modern-day Iran), where the fighting
style relied a great deal on good horsemanship.
"In the 1630s you had women cutting their hair, adding
epaulettes to their outfits. They would smoke pipes, they would wear
hats that were very masculine. And this is why women adopted the heel -
it was in an effort to masculinise their outfits."
Eventually, though, the unisex heel branched into a low, stacked heel
for men and a slender heel for women, and when the Enlightenment rolled
around, men’s dress became more sensible and understated. The
distinction between classes was vanishing, and women—seen as silly,
vapid, and overly sentimental—became the curators of the high heel and
other pretentious, impractical fashions. By 1740, men stopped wearing
high heels entirely.
Once functioning as sensible footwear for horseback riding, high
heels evolved into stilettos and pumps, impractical but irresistible
signifiers of femininity and wealth.
The entire overture, long as it was, was played to a dark house with the
curtain down. It was exquisite; it was delicious. But straightway
thereafter, or course, came the singing, and it does seem to me that
nothing can make a Wagner opera absolutely perfect and satisfactory to
the untutored but to leave out the vocal parts. I wish I could see a
Wagner opera done in pantomime once. Then one would have the lovely
orchestration unvexed to listen to and bathe his spirit in, and the
bewildering beautiful scenery to intoxicate his eyes with, and the
[silent] acting couldn’t mar these pleasures, because there isn’t often
anything in the Wagner opera that one would call by such a violent name
as acting; as a rule all you would see would be a couple of silent
people, one of them standing still, the other catching flies. Of course I
do not really mean that he would be catching flies; I only mean that
the usual operatic gestures which consist in reaching first one hand out
into the air and then the other might suggest the sport I speak of if
the operator attended strictly to business and uttered no sound.
Woody Allen: “Every time I listen to Wagner, I get the urge to invade Poland.”