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Randy’s Reviews – Randy’s Record Reviews: Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey

 

Randy’s Reviews – Randy’s Record Reviews: Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey (Randyjw; October 22, 2016)

 

Putumayo Presents… African Odyssey. (p) and © 2001 Putumayo World Music: 411 Lafayette, 4th Fl., New York, New York 10003 ph: (212) 625-1400; (www.putumayo.com). Barcode Reader: 790248019123; ISBN: 1587590476.

 

Another compilation disc of African music from around the region presented on an acoustic level with profundity and sophistication.

 

1. Manecas Costa – Fundu Di Matu  – Guinea-Bissau (5:30)

Portuguese-influenced song.

 

*2. Seydu – The Well – Sierra Leone (4:22)

Interesting; hard to peg; really nice. Soft, rambling xylophone and percussion, in a ’70’s, jazzy-ish style with scary punches of accent on the highs.

 

3. Les Go – Sou – Ivory Coast (3:12)

Plucky and monochromatic. Complex arrangements of overlaid vocals to simple music in offbeat rhythm.

 

*4. Oliver Mtukudzi – Raki – Zimbabwe (7:05)

Slow-moving reggae-ish sound. I like it; it grows on you, throughout, ’til you’re slo-mo bopping.

 

5. Augusto Cego – Mar – Cape Verde (5:15)

Ocean tide and Portuguese guitar in a ballad style.

 

*6. Bidinte – Kecu Minino Na Tchora – Guinea-Bissau (3:14)

I love this happy, little song with its bluesy start and scale-runs and “Junior” -like backup.

 

*7. Aura Msimang – Kulala – South Africa (4:34)

This is a really neat one with multiple influences presented in such a cool-sounding mix.

 

8. Adama Yalomba – Miri Yoro – Mali (8:24)

Steely strings and wah-wah synth combined with a low voice makes for some really weird and great stuff.

 

9. Doctor King’esi – Nipelaki Kwa Baba – Kenya (2:54)

Reminds me of some old, Israeli music.

 

10. Habib Koite’ – Sinama Denw – Mali (3:25)

Interesting notes put together in a unique minor-major way (puns always intended).

 

Starred standouts on this album include tracks: 2, 4, 6 and 7.

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Job Opp: Calling All Foodies

 

Job Opp: Calling All Foodies (Randyjw; October 22, 2016)

 

Foodies, foodistas, and foodettes…

 

Want to write about your passion, your love, your reduction glace’? Enjoy discussing a proper beurre blanc, as opposed to blank stares over French terminology from culinarily-impaired folks committing food faux-pas?

 

Fret no longer! The perfect-sounding job opp has just opened up with Chef’d, in El Segundo, California. This town of 149 Trip Advisor-listed restaurants includes several of Middle Eastern and Japanese influence, along with the ubiquitous American burger bistro.

 

Touted by indeed.com (Friday, October 21, 2016) as an innovative start-up company, this position gets you in on the ground floor with an exciting opportunity to work with celebrity food bloggers, chefs, and others, translating food-talk into recipe form. If you have a way with words, in both written and verbal form; if you have a background in writing, and instructional communication is your forte, then this job might just be for you.

 

See new dishes come to fruit-ion as you eyeball a pinch of this and a dash of that. Was that 1/4-teaspoon, or 1/2? Are you able to convert gallons to litres, in the shake of a lamb’s leg (with rosemary and mint jelly)? Know the difference between dry measures and liquid? More importantly, would you like to see more people eat well, due to your initiative?

 

This company delivers its results to end-users — and, hopefully, you can deliver yours! Become a content writer of chef- and cook-created recipes, sent out with all the fixin’s, to Chef’d clientele, and you’ll be helping to develop literal home-made cuisine gourmands.

 

Good luck, and a chef’s hat off to you!

 

For further information and details, please see entries for Chef’d at indeed.com (and as a disclaimer, please be advised that I cannot warrant the information provided, being a non-participatory and non-involved entity for any of these agencies/entities, and, so, positions may/may not be available and may/may not be as described; and no liability should be proclaimed as a result, etc.)

 

Company: Chef’d

See the positions which have been listed previously on indeed.com with this company, including the recent one, “Content Writer – Writing Recipes!”, described, here:

 

http://www.indeed.com/cmp/Chef’d/jobs

 

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Little Kitten Lullaby

 

Little Kitten Lullaby (Randyjw; October 12, 2016)

 

Little baby kitty

You’re my little sweet pea

Now you’re going sleepy

Little baby kitty

 

Little baby sweet pea

You’re my baby kitty

Now you’re going sleepy

Little baby sweet pea

 

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Manna, Manna Mighty!!! 8-Day Israel $999 – $1099

 

Manna, Manna Mighty!: 8-Day Israel $999 – $1099 (Randyjw; October 7, 2016)

 

Although Travelzoo continually challenges themselves to find/create the best deals, they keep extending their benchmark standards and, again, have managed to outdo their last promotion to Israel, with an even greater offer, this time around!

 

It seems that travel just keeps getting cheaper and cheaper. I guess the industry is making up, in volume, what losses they’d garner in higher pricing schemes. And that benefits the traveller. With competitive capitalism driving consumer costs down, it benefits the end-user, in the long-run, with better options, better luxuries and amenities, better services.

 

While still not entirely inexpensive, altogether, travel might still be an attainable luxury if you can plan and save for it. I still remember the days of considering an overseas trip abroad as being a once-in-a-lifetime, hoped-for possibility, with a kind of a stars-in-the-eyes gleam. Air travel became easier and cheaper, incomes rose, and some were able to plan a trip on more regular bases. I still think it incredible that some can even fly-off on yearly trips — but they do.

 

The hospitality industry has become loaded with great new hotels, ever-expanding and renovating to be the best on-offer, in order to capture the all-waving consumer dollar. Hooray, hooray, we now can play!

 

So, there in my email inbox, like a shiny little candy in glittery wrap this morning was a Travelzoo deal, singularly offered, to Israel! This is the best price I’ve seen yet — at any time — which includes air, hotels, and travel on-land: eight days for just $999.00* (*and up, depending on departure city and length of travel, etc.)! Wow! The only things it doesn’t include is tips (of course!) and any optional side tours, which I would absolutely recommend (at least for two or three, out of the five offered with this package). This practically beats the price of air travel to Israel, alone — a decade ago! It’s like getting the tours, accommodations, and meals, all for free, and then-some! Manna, manna mighty!

 

The only down-sides of this offering are that it is not long enough, and that the time-offering means that it falls during possible cold weather. They do offer tours of longer days, also with discounts (discounts don’t appear until almost finished processing and must include Travelzoo’s promotional code, which you can access after signing up for a free Travelzoo.com account and inputting the code at the tour operator’s site). But, then, of course, the rates must increase — as so it goes.

 

What I really do love about this offering, first-off, is the consideration of choice of tour operators. While I’ve never toured with this particular company, and I’m not a spokesperson for any of these agencies, I was a candidate as an Israeli guide operator at one time (remaining incomplete), and the tour guide company president began in earlier days as a licensed Israeli guide, as well. All tour operators in Israel must receive their license from the state, which is a course of study of at least eighteen months, or longer, involving classroom and field studies.

 

More importantly, though, the tour company has a personal commitment to philanthropy in funding its charitable branch, which focuses on building onto or aiding existing school buildings and infrastructure of more-impoverished areas around the world, such as it has done in Peru and Costa Rica. Their website relays their deeds in providing water tanks, painting buildings, and other deeds via its education and enlightenment programs where people can sign-on to assist this tour/cultural exchange opportunity, if desired. There are plans to expand to other areas, also. So, your tour dollars go around and indirectly help the agency to help schoolchildren — and that, to me, is definitely a win-win!

 

I have to say that that impresses me, that Travelzoo has chosen such a tour operator to promote. I have always loved Travelzoo, though I’ve never yet utilized any of their great deals. Finding this out makes me love them, even more.

 

Well, now on to the deal!  The offer of the eight-day tour includes 1 night in Tel Aviv, 2 nights in Tiveria (Tiberius), and 3 nights in Jerusalem (the other two days listed include your travel time, etc.). This is listed as a minimally active tour, meaning that most time is yours to do with as you please, unless you will be selecting the excellent, optional add-in tours, which are very cheap, and cover quite a bit: physical participation, involving stairs and a good deal of walking, will be anticipated.

 

Some listings of these featured areas highlighted are: the ancient port of Jaffa, with its artist colony; the ruins of Caesarea; the Church of the Holy Sepulchre; Mt. Zion; Beit She’an; Tiveria/Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee (the Kinneret), and Jerusalem. The optional add-ons include: a trip to Tsfat/Safed and the Golan; a trip to Yad Vashem and the vicinity; a trip to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; a combined trip to Masada, and the Dead Sea; and the light show at the Tower of David with dinner out.

 

Definitely cram in as much as you can while you’re here. No trip to Israel would be complete without a visit to Masada and a swim in the Dead Sea (the health benefits are amazing!). Bring some extra money for this trip, take your towel and pack your swim clothes, and get thee to both these sites! I would also recommend the additional tour to Yad Vashem.

 

Instead of visiting Bethlehem, I would pass on that in favor of doing other things. If you had a longer, extended visit in Israel, I would say to go to Bethlehem, but since I recommend one of the “Jerusalem” days be taken for Masada/Dead Sea, and one day in Jerusalem already includes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, then I don’t think you’ll want to miss visiting the Kotel HaMa’ariv (The Western Wall/The Wailing Wall), if you don’t get to it on the escorted tour (I don’t know if you do, or not) — and there are other things you can do in the vicinity of the Old City, as well.

 

For one, the Wailing Wall, mentioned above. Also, there is a small, tiny museum (make sure it’s open that day) dedicated to the Holocaust called the Chamber of the Holocaust. It is located just outside the walls of the Old City near the (Mt.) Zion gate entrance (it’s a little hard to find, so make sure to get a map; you can pick up some great maps at the tourism office just past the gate of the Jaffa gate entryway on the left-hand side, where there will be numerous Arab hangers-on vying for your financial attention and patronage. Make sure to get the Jewish tour map, and any others which may interest you). The Chamber of the Holocaust had more of an impact on me than Yad Vashem, but in a totally different way. I would say to take in both, really. And make sure to look up as you exit the (Mt.) Zion gate from the Old City, and take a moment to reflect on the meaning of the cratered wall above the entryway, pockmarked by Jordanian artillery fire in their attack(s) on Israel.

 

I would have loved to have seen the Wohl Archaeological Museum, but somehow missed that opportunity to go with a German tourist I befriended during her brief visit to Israel. Perhaps you might visit in my stead and let me know how you enjoyed it.

 

You could also visit the archaeological park at the wall, or you could also walk around the City of David and see the really old walls there, located outside the Old City walls closest to the bus entrance roundabout by the Kotel HaMa’ariv.

 

I loved the Tower of David. I spent a long time just sitting. I went during the daytime, and watched the little video display (definitely do this) and walked around. Then I sat on a bench with the rifle-slotted windows with a vague view to the outside, feeling like King David peeking out to the outside world. I don’t recall there being anybody there during that whole time, and I could just sit, and be. It was great. I really recommend this. I know the evening option for another tour is the light show here, plus dinner out — and I’d probably say that you should do that, too. It would be different in the day, and you can really see and get a chance to explore it in natural sunlight. Nighttime would be a completely different story.

 

When you arrive to Tel Aviv, make sure to take a beachside stroll along the promenade, the “Tayelet”, and I recommend a sorbet (mango is yummy) at the Yotvata restaurant. If timing or itinerary allows, I’d also try to see if you can squeeze in a visit to the Palmach museum, that black, hulking building on the sands of the beach at Tel Aviv, near the Yafo end. Pick up a couple of my favorite drinks from the convenience stores: PriGat plum juice, and Anavim grape drink; as well as a Magnum ice cream bar — you’re on vacation! If you get a chance to go by Independence Hall, where David Ben-Gurion read out the Proclamation of Independence on May 14, 1948 — that’s cool! And don’t forget to squeeze in a good falafel, somewhere; preferably with amba.

 

As far as the Galilee goes, it’s hard to know what the side trip includes. If you can get out to Kfar Nachum (Capernaum), I think that’s a good tourist site to see. There’s a synagogue there made out of the stone common to that area, which is black basalt. There is the open-sided synagogue in the round, and there are the ruins of a temple, with Jewish symbols carved into the fallen capitals from atop the columns. It’s worth a trip, and I feel it should be seen.

 

The Kinneret, or “Sea of Galilee”, is a really beautiful area. Not to be missed is the view from inside the Church at the Mount of Beatitudes — it’s stunning. Lots of stairs down, but stunning. If the trip includes this, then go, by all means. Not necessary, although nice, if you have the time for it, is to see the “Jesus boat”, and listen to the guided background on how they figured out a way to preserve the approximately two-thousand year-old wooden boat.

 

I must say that the hotels they’ve chosen for these excursions all look wonderful. I especially love the way the seaside resort overlooking the Galilee appears, and the holiday village looks really nice, too. I particularly think I like the itineraries including the kibbutz Lavi, but the other ones all look good, as well, too. They do change, as does pricing, depending on your departure date (and therefore, your arrival date), and these particularities are well-listed at the website.

 

Pricing changes, based on departure date and location, and is a per-person rate, based on twin occupancy. Six breakfasts and two group dinners are included, as are fuel surcharges, hotel porterage, airport taxes and fees (baggage fees may be extra), transfers, and entrance fees (per itinerary). Deal must be purchased by October 12, 2016, and prepaid at least sixty days prior to departure. Pursuant to this promotion, travel is on certain dates and is valid for departures from January – March, 2017 (or perhaps end of February?) (January 22 and 29 are an additional $200.00): please check operator website for final details, changes, or updates, as well as additional requirements, pursuant to your selections. Don’t forget to enter the Travelzoo promocode to receive the unlisted discount.

 

Please check the sites, in case I’ve forgotten something or other things change; and have a great trip!

 

Here’s the Gate 1 Travel Home page website. Once there, select the destination pull-down menu, and then select “Mediterranean”; once there, then select “Israel” and you will see different pages and boxes for your needs:

https://www.gate1travel.com/

 

Salmonese, Olivia. “$999 – $1099 — Israel Escorted Vacation w/Tours & Air”: Source: Gate 1 Travel; Travelzoo.com (email: October 7, 2016):

http://travelzoo.com/vacations/africa/-999-1099-Israel-Escorted-Vacation-w-Tours-Air-2351802/

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In My (E-Mail) Inbox 3

 

In My (E-Mail) Inbox 3 (Randyjw; October 5, 2016)

 

The United States of America is a vast land, with a changing topography and individualistic beauty across all of its ranges. From the red desertland of a New Mexico sunset, to the soft hues of a risen sun striking the red clays of Georgia, America presents a tapestry as vivid and cacophonous as the multitudes of its cultures.

 

From the Hawai’ian Islands, apart from the mainland, to the stretch of the Big Sur coastline drive, the West Coast contains some of the most beautiful scenery in America. Have you ever seen the Sequoia forests? The trees are a majesty to behold! It is here where the land is fertile, producing much of our organic produce and foodstuffs. Almonds, olives, grapes (raisins, wine, etc.) and so much more are coaxed with much care and artisanry by the small-batch growers, who make up the forefront of our proactive laws across our lands in the back-to-nature movements. I don’t think a trip to the U.S. would be complete without a trip spending some good, quality time in California.

 

The Northwest ranges along our border contain much of our hidden wildlife, deep snows, bubbling brooks, and some of our most glorious national parks.

 

Western inland includes some of the deserts and the drylands that are Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, with fantastic views of gorges, such as the Grand Canyon, and buttes of red rock, as in Zion National Park and Bryce’s Canyon.

 

There is the open plains of the Central regions, which make up the heartland of America. Fields of wheat, corn, dairies, livestock and more produce a plethora of food in the basic heart of the “bread basket” of our land. If you appreciate a cyclic approach to life, you will appreciate the country farming life of preserving the national heritage with its pioneering lifestyles involving homesteading and sustenance of the community.

 

The Central-Southern lands border the ocean, which plays a part of it, but not all of it. Texas has a great basis in its land, though it deals in oil rigs and cattle. Louisiana encompasses both the bay, in its bayou culture, and the interior swamplands of alligators. Its mixed cultures have integrated wholeheartedly into its particular people, and the foods and celebrations of the area showcase this with its crayfish/crawdaddy jumbalayas, beignets, and Mardi Gras parades — none for the faint of heart!

 

The northeast region encompasses the original settler colonies, where the landing took place. The states here still embody a hardy lot of plucky people, with skills from the Old World, and a freedom quest which can never be quenched. Here are the lands of Paul Revere, the soldiers against the redcoats, the Union Army against the Confederate Army of the south in the Civil War, and the assisters in the “Underground Railroad” aiding enslaved men to reach freedom, all of which was won by these northerners. The lands of these states exhibit perfectly all four of the seasons; they are small, but effective and diverse, with unique pockets of the cultures which came to its shores.

 

The South is a nod back to the days of manse houses, plantations (with its former sharecropping and slavemaster history), and the new paradigms embracing its former victims into the whole of its society, at times imperfectly. There is the warmth of Florida, and the hospitality and charm of the Georgian manner. Close-knit societies grew around faith and practices, establishing many different religious denominations in its midst. There is a vibrant Carolinas crafting society, a lively bluegrass community stemming from the Appalachias, and a “down-home” atmosphere all-around.

 

In my email inbox today was the Travelzoo Top 20 picks for the week of October 5, 2016. Here was a great deal for a walking tour of downtown Nashville! The area of Tennessee seems to be experiencing a sudden focus of activity lately, as well! Just the other night I watched a televised segment about the area of Dayton, where the Scopes Monkey Trial took place. The resultant verdicts and trial brought light to what would become a landmark, historical ruling on the teaching of evolution versus creationism in the public education system. If you are interested in seeing a piece of history with regard to replacing religion in the classroom with the theory of evolution, you may wish to explore the actual location of this momentuous event. Located in the Rhea County Courthouse, the second-floor restored courtoom is where the trial of John T. Scopes, a 24-year-old science teacher convicted for advancing Darwinian ideas of evolution in the classroom, took place. Also in the basement of the courthouse, an additional museum with artifacts has been set up to commemorate this event. The address is: 1475 Market Street; Dayton, TN 37321; (423) 775-7801. Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm. Check before you go. Closed weekends and holidays.

Sources:

Wikipedia.org:

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhea_County_Courthouse)

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development:

(https://www.tnvacation.com/vendors/the_scopes_trial_museum_rhea_county_courthouse)

 

More fun things to do in Tennessee include:

“Going to Graceland!”, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis;

A visit to the beautiful, haunting, G-dly Smoky Mountain Range;

Visiting Sun Studio, the recording studio where many famous musicians got their start;

Dollywood! Dolly Parton’s amusement park in Pigeon Forge (I just love Dolly Parton!)

Grand Ole Opry! iconic bastion of country music;

More!

 

Here’s a link to a site with some more ideas:

(http://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions/tennessee-ustn.htm)

 

Downtown Nashville Walking Tour:

Pricing:

Two People: $19.00 (Regularly $40.00)

Single: $12.00 (Regularly $20.00)

Meet-up in front of the Music City Visitor Center, downtown — and meet other nice folks who like to travel and enjoy the richness found in visiting the sites!

 

The Travelzoo deal includes discounted pricing on a guided, 90-minute walking tour, departing twice daily from the front of the Music City Visitor Center at 501 Broadway Avenue (at 5th and Broadway); Nashville, TN 37203 at 10:30am and 1:00pm. Reservations and pre-purchase of vouchers, available through tour operator, Really Entertaining Tours, required. Subject to availability and not valid on holidays or holiday weekends. Tips and taxes not included. Limit one purchase per person; gift purchases allowed. 24-hour cancellation policy. Presented by Really Entertaining Tours through Travelzoo.com. Valid through November 30, 2016. Call the tour operator or visit their website:

(615) 589-0238

(http://www.reallyentertainingtours.com/walking-tours)

 

Hope you enjoy your visit to the United States, in general, and to Tennessee and its environs, in particular!

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Kaine, and Able

 

Kaine, and Able (Randyjw; October 4, 2016)

 

Tonight’s vice presidential debate on television introduced me, for the first time, to both candidates. I’ve been a Trump supporter for at least four years prior to his decision to even run in this election. I’ve explained that I’ve heard Trump’s positions and opinions in interviews with conservative radio talk show hosts over the years, and I’ve agreed with mostly everything he’s had to say.

 

I’ve felt nervous about the man who would be second-in-command of the most powerful nation on the earth. Who is Mike Pence? And who is Tim Kaine, Hillary’s running mate? Tonight, I found out.

 

Tim Kaine continually interjected himself by trying to talk over Mike Pence, as Mr. Pence was trying to answer the moderator’s questions. I learned nothing new, yet I learned everything I needed to know — there’s Kaine, on the one hand.

 

And on the other, is a very Able candidate, by the name of Mike Pence (Republican).

 

Please read Donald Trump’s policies, at his website, here:

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/policies/

 

And his press releases, here:

https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases

 

 

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Acid Attack Awareness

 

Acid Attack Awareness (Randyjw; October 4, 2016)

 

The subject deserves more than the passing mention I’m affording it here. Perhaps that’s a by-product of my own dichotic nature of being too wishy-washy and not crystal clear on morality; too forgiving of the nature of humanity, including its evils.

 

Perhaps it’s my fears of giving impetus to the power of ideas, where bestowing acknowledgment to an accursed evil only expands its energy and gives heft to its existence. Such is what happened in giving weight to the idea that the former Arab terrorist leader of the PLO, Yasser Arafat, was a “peaceful” person, and that giving credence to a false narrative of a “Palestinian” people as indigenous to Israel, while they yet kill Jewish people and squat on Jewish sovereign land (not being “Canaanite”), made a reality out of propaganda-based lies.

 

Perhaps it’s also my fears of the desensitization of society — creating normative ideals of a debauched and debased society, where destructive thoughts and actions become the typical standards: the S’dom and Gomorrah of the popular culture of the day. I’m not really impressed by the trends of our youth flocking to such dark pop heroes as vampires, zombies, horror movies, and the genre of all “dark matters”. This fascination with necromancy and the macabre I find rather chilling.

 

When we have such obsession, we find individuals practicing their own warped realizations of their personal interpretations of these ideas carried forth into reality. The state of Ohio, for some strange reason, always seems to breed these satanic cult worshippers who actually perform sacrificial offerings of real human people on their death-cult altars. Copycat crimes are an additional worrying concern. My writing about this even shows my unformed ability to either acquiesce to its revealment, or to bury it where it should belong.

 

Perhaps this is as a result of being raised in the Puritanical holdover of cities and the town where I was raised, in the environment of a liberal framework I desired to adopt in my nature. The precepts of a Judaism which contains laws which are supposed to be followed, versus the Reform Judaism outlook of my synagogue, which jettisoned the rules, unbeknownst to me, until I really stopped to think and learn about the history and practices of this strain of beliefs I was inculcated with during my childhood.

 

Acid attacks are one form of wielding dominance over other people. It is usually carried out by an individual who sees their own outlook on societal mores as superior to those of others and who wishes to control others by dominating them. Behind it lies a very insecure individual who feels threatened by the “other”-ness of another person’s differences; stereotypically, they extend their generalizations to include whole groups of individuals for whom they’ve linked identifying characteristics.

 

The Muslim society is still often portrayed by itself as one which is a patriarchical society, assigning dominance of thought and action to those individuals born male. Behaviors and roles in society are ascribed to each gender, and any deviance from the proscribed sets of actions will result in swift chastisement, punishment, and even at pain of death. This could be applied to both males and females, as it relates to apostasy beyond religious edicts, or behavioral aberrations which contradict expected behaviors of the so-distinguished classes.

 

Blood feuds between clans and tribes often rely on upholding one’s perceived standing within the society. To let an insult stand would bring mockery and shame to the family. “Honor” killings are the so-called rebalancing of the aggrieved parties’ status within the neighborhood and to their neighbors. The practice is, very marginally, beginning to be brought to bear as murder, for taking another’s life.

 

Sometimes an individual, or even a regime or government, will take up the task to injure another party in an egregious fashion by maiming the individual to make them “pay” for their “crime”, real or imaginary. This is our form of punishment and deterrance. In free countries, this is upheld by the courts of laws, to the extent that such fairness and laws are upheld. Other regimes uphold their laws, but their laws are faultily with already pre-biased judgment, not fairly distributed across the axial divide separating classes, religion, gender, and other such groups that we would consider, in the U.S., as protected individuals/groups.

 

People commit their own vigilante justice and juridical judgments when they undertake their own measures against others, when such decisions would be relegated to the courts of law to which they most normally subscribe. Bernhard Goetz was one such man familiar to us in the United States, when he attacked thugs in the railway station. Defense or Assault?

 

Well, moral equivalency is an issue, often. It apparently is that way in Pakistan, particularly, and regions in that area, as a fairly commonplace practice for the perpetrators of acid attacks, a horrifically hate-filled method of disfiguring another individual with long-lasting and, often, permanent effects — physically and emotionally.

 

Such attacks are carried out in measures which are more than noticeable by the men in this region against the women within it. Although there has been listed a case of a man suffering this incidence by the hand of a female, it is most often identified with a high rate of perpetration, seen as dominance, by men.

 

It is a socially-scarring stigma for those of its victims to bear, and to have to live with the consequences of its visible transformation as bearance of proof to the outside world of their so-called “sins”. But, women are erasing that and showing that they are strong, beautiful people that have only been the recipients of attacks by someone else, who themselves are the bearers of brutally-scarred souls.

 

BBCAmerica yesterday aired a segment on American television introducing a comic that has been created to contend with acid attacks by bringing its issue and its victims into the open. The superhero, a fighting female with magical powers, brings the mirror of self-recognition to light. It reflects what we see inside: a beautiful person, or a villainous evildoer.

 

The artwork by Dan Goldman for these endeavors has been awesome. This particular installment, created with Ram Devineni, is part of the “Priya” series. The original, or first, is known as “Priya’s Shakthi”. This second one, dealing with the subject of acid attacks, is called “Priya’s Mirror”. Using augmented reality technology to bring its scenes to life, the brief excerpts I saw of its airing on BBCAmerica was unbelievably incredible. Through October 16th, 2016, it will be shown in the Walter Reade Theater’s Furman Gallery, presented in conjunction with the 54th New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Theater.

 

54th New York Film Festival. “Priya’s Mirror”. 2016: https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2016/films/priyas-mirror/

 

Pandey, Geeta. “India’s Raped Comic ‘Super Hero’ Returns to Fight Acid Attacks”. BBC News, Delhi/BBC.com; September 26, 2016:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37287071

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