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Who picks up the garbage after the revolution? On maintenance as art

In 1969, Mierle Laderman Ukeles was frustrated. The new mother, whose time was increasingly taken over by childcare and housework, felt she had lost the freedom to make her art. Realising that her artistic uncles Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko and her grandfather Marcel Duchamp never changed diapers, she authored her Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! My working will be the work, she wrote. Through the force of re-naming, and then doing, she would convert the repetitive, thankless labor of housework into artor “Maintenance Art,” as she called it.
Ukeles (who is now the subject of a retrospective at the Queens Museum) outlined two interdependent systems of labour in her manifesto. The first, Development, is characterized by individual creation, progress and freedom; it is the work of the avant-garde in its purest sense. The second system is Maintenance, which cares for the new, cleans up after the old and preserves individual creation. One cannot exist without the other, as she noted..

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Christians in the Muslim World Beg Trump for Help Fighting ISIS

Now that Donald Trump is president-elect, Christians in the Muslim world are calling on him for help, mainly by arming and training them to fight those who would seek to destroy them.
In a letter was sent by the American chapter of the Assyrian Universal Alliance to President Elect Donald Trump, Carlo Kooktapeh Ganjeh expressed their congratulations for his victory last Tuesday over opponent Hillary Clinton.
“On behalf of the Assyrian Universal Alliance and its affiliate organizations I extend our heartfelt congratulations to you for your election as the President of the United States,” wrote Ganjeh.
“You are assuming the responsibilities of this most-powerful and honorable office at a time the world needs clear direction from the United States for achieving long-lasting peace and security, especially in the Middle East,” he continued. “The Assyrian people, who are Christians of different denominations and the indigenous people of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, have been victims of g..

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Donald Trump told CBS on Sunday that He was “Fine” with Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling!

From the Daily Caller News Foundation:
President-elect Donald Trump said he is fine with the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage during an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday.
In his first TV interview since being elected, the billionaire said he’s comfortable with the high court’s decision despite it conflicting with his party’s platform.
“It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court,” Trump said. “It’s done … These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled, and I’m fine with that.”
The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in June 2015 that same-sex marriages were a constitutional right.
Trump has reached out to the LGBTQ community during the course of the election, having mentioned the topic in his speech at the Republican National Convention.
“As your President, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology, believe me,” he said while accepting the nomination.

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Trump Promises “No Big Vacations” and Only $1 Salary as President!

In an interview with 60 Minutes host Lesley Stahl, Trump was asked about his $400,000 presidential salary. The President-elect stated that he wouldn’t be taking it. He said he’ll take a dollar a year. “Well, I’ve never commented on this, but the answer is no. I think I have to by law take $1, so I’ll take $1 a year. I don’t even know what it is. Do you know what the salary is?” he asked the host. “Four hundred thousand [dollars] you’re giving up,” Stahl answered.
Trump replied, “No, I’m not going to take the salary. I’m not taking it.”
Donald Trump says he will not take a salary as president
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) November 14, 2016
In addition to not taking the usual $400,000 salary, President-elect Trump has also pledged not to take long vacations. “There’s just so much to be done,” Trump told Stahl. “So I don’t think we’ll be very big on vacations, no.”
The presidential salary isn’t something that can simply be turn..

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The Electoral College Works and is meant to Protect the Minority Against the Majority!

Over the last week or so you’ve probably noticed the outpouring of grief on social media directed towards our Electoral College. Many upset liberals have been arguing that the time has come to unfetter our democracy and rid ourselves of the Electoral College which robs the people of their vote. It’s a simple argument to make because it relies on the ignorance of the hearer – more people voted for Clinton than Trump, but Trump will be President… it’s just not democratic!
Here’s the problem. We aren’t a democracy, we are a democratic-republic. Also, our nation is built on certain values, and the Electoral College speaks to one point in particular – the rights of the minority.
See, the Bill of Rights exists as a check against the majority to ensure the rights of the minority. This is why we have the 1st Amendment guaranteeing freedom of speech, even if the majority doesn’t like our speech. It protects our freedom of religion, even if the majority doesn’t like our religion. It protects t..

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Avalanche of artists in Gstaad for Elevation 1049

Artists are running for the (Swiss) hills once again with the launch early next year of the third edition of Elevation 1049, the biennial event that takes place in and around Gstaad (3 February-19 March). The eagerly anticipated show in the snow, curated once again by the independent curator Neville Wakefield and the artist Olympia Scarry, is based on avalanches, their power, dynamics and the unexpected, according to a project statement. Wakefield says: The curatorial impulse of this winters show is born of the unexpected and the shape-shifting interplay between form and formlessness; there is no better place than Gstaad to display these dramatic manoeuvres. Large-scale, site-specific sculptures will be dotted around the Swiss mountains, while sound installations and performances will take place during the launch weekend in locations such as contained interior spaces, ranging from a barn to the Palace Hotel to the bunkers of the secret army. Participating artists include Allora & Calza..

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Trump’s Campaign Chief Called an Anti-Semite, But where’s the Proof?

With the appointment of Steve Bannon to a senior position in the Trump administration, the media talons came out. The man is a white supremacist and an anti-Semite said the critics. Always looking for a good story I set out to do some research, but there was nothing, no anti-Semitic incidents, no racist or white supremacist incidents.
Apparently the claims of Antisemitism came from the mouth of his ex-wife during a very contentious divorce. According to that ex-wife they were looking for schools to send their daughters, when they checked out the Archer School for Girls:
The Archer School for Girls, the ex-wife claimed Bannon “went on to say the biggest problem he had with Archer is the number of Jews that attend. He said that he doesn’t like Jews and that he doesn’t like the way they raise their kids to be ‘whiney brats’ and that he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews.”
Ultimately they decided to send their daughters to Archer — but only after a prickly email exchange be..

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Tech Companies Defend Diversity against Trump, but They Lie

What tech companies defend, in reality, is enforced conformity—just ask Brendan Eich. While tech companies defend themselves as the vanguards of progress, investors have stopped believing in their value in the last few days. The Drudge Report posted a story yesterday about how they are losing value. According to Bloomberg,
The stock market’s post-election bifurcation sharpened Monday as technology shares extended their worst performance since the start of the bull market on speculation Donald Trump’s trade and immigration policies will translate into lower earnings.
Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc. led the S&P 500 Information Technology Index down 1.7 percent for the biggest retreat since September. The group stands out as the only industry that normally benefits from a rising economy not to rally on speculation Trump’s policies will stoke domestic growth. Tech stocks in the benchmark equity gauge have slumped 3.1 percent over four days, trailing the S&P 500 Index by 4.2 p..

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The Myth Of President Obama’s Popularity Exposed

If President Obama is as popular as the national media claims, why isn’t Hillary R. Clinton a winner?
The plain truth is neither she nor he reigns in the majority of today’s actual popularity polls.
National polls claim the leader of the free world is perceived as doing a good job by an average 53% of those contacted.
Of course, these are the same pollsters who foretold a Clinton victory margin of between three and eight percent.
While the factoid on President Obama’s popularity did not receive much scrutiny during the election cycle, pundits are now examining it more closely in light of the resounding Electoral College defeat for Clinton and her party.
Foremost in the minds of critics is the makeup of the sampling group. During the campaign, pollsters admitted they had biased the population with more Democrats than Republicans. Also, minorities were represented in higher percentages than their numbers in the population.
As the election showed, these polls ignored a large segment..

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Congratulates His “Friend” Donald Trump on Election Victory

Foreign leaders will work with their counterparts of all political stripes and persuasions – they have to – because every nation has a diverse and different electorate than their neighbors. However, sometimes world political leaders have the opportunity to work with leaders who have similar ideologies, similar political realities, and similar interests. It’s in these relationships that we often see alliances flourish. For years, and through many political shifts, the United States has counted on nations like Canada, Britain, and Israel because of the unique relationship we shared with them. However, the partnership with Israel has been under some heavy strain in recent years due to the Obama administration’s decision to align itself more closely with Israel’s enemies.
Now that season of stress may be over.
With the election of Donald Trump, Israel has a true friend in the White House, and with GOP majorities in the House and Senate, Israel can be sure of America’s full support.

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