USS R-12 - Help Fund The Documentary
Underwater ocean explorers Christine Dennison and Tim Taylor are making a documentary about their incredible discovery of the USS R-12, a World War II submarine, that has been buried in 600 feet of water off the coast of Key West, Florida since June, 1943. The USS-R12 sent 42 sailors to a watery grave where they remained lost for nearly 70 years. Back in October of 2010, Tim Taylor, an underwater explorer, searched 11 miles off the coast of Key West using a remote-controlled submarine outfitted with sonar. With the use of this specialized equipment he was able to generate an image of something lying 600 feet below the surface, about 200 feet long and what he said was shaped like a mangled rocket.
"I knew it was a submarine," he said, adding that based on its location, he knew it was the R-12 - one of 48 American submarines lost in World War II but only the 5th ever found, according to Navy statistics.
Taylors wife, Christine Dennison, runs Mad Dog Expeditions and leads adventure tours throughout the world. She has been diving for over 20 years in remote regions of the world. Christine was the first woman to dive and explore under the Arctic sea ice and ice caves of the Canadian High Arctic and the Amazon's Rio Negro, diving amongst the pink Boto dolphins and giant Piranha. To date she has logged over 80 dives in the harsh polar environment in addition to dives made on numerous historic wrecks around the world, including Europe, The Caribbean, South America and the USA. Christine and Tim invested their own funds in having a special mini-submarine vessel constructed in order to film a documentary about the USS R-12. They feel it is their duty to tell the R-12 story to the world, so that the men entombed just a few miles off the reefs of Key West, Florida should never be forgotten.
Read more at the Official USS R-12 Website and make a donation for the final funding of the documentary project to honor the men who were lost for the past 70 years at www.kickstarter.com. Also check out Christine Dennison's Mad Dog Expeditions. Share this story with friends on Facebook or Twitter by clicking on the icons at the top right of the page.
Troublesome Patriarchal Dominance - Time For More Women in Positions of Power
Women from around the world that are living on the edge, doing something special, making a difference or generally in possession of a unique
nature. In my book these women should be put in positions of power and allowed a chance to see what they would add to our world, instead of
the men that promise blah-blah-blah and then fill their own pockets as well as the pockets of their buddies. The way I see it, any of this diverse group of women would be an improvement...
These are the kind of women that should be put in positions of power. They would make positive contributions with their time and resources and leave the world better for having been here. And not to mention the fact that they all certainly look far more appealing...
From century to century throughout history the men have ruled the roost in politics and business and relegated the home as the place where the women were to direct their attention and efforts. The women have done their job admirably, but the men have failed miserably in most cases. Their politics are corrupt and their businesses have turned into large greedy corporations. The patriarchal model is evidently not working so well - so maybe it's time to hand the reins over to the women. The wars and conflicts around the world are the result of male dominance in politics, and more often than not, are set in motion to benefit male controlled corporate interests. Turn on the evening news anywhere in the world and you'll see images of angry men in conflict and women and children in flight. It is time for change...
FEMEN Female Warriors - Sensationalism Lacking Substance
It is evident that women are now awakening to the ass-up situation the alpha male has created through the age-old patriarchal system. Emerging from the Ukraine and quickly gaining momentum is a group called Femen, the scandal famous organization of topless women activists, who defend sexual and social equality in the world by baring their breasts. FEMEN is the beginning of a new wave of feminism with an increasing number of followers all over the world. The symbol of the organization is a wreath of flowers that adorns the head of bold women on all five continents.
FEMEN is founded on an ideology of SEXTREMISM. This new ideology of protest presented by extreme topless campaigns of direct action. FEMEN is sextremism serving to protect women's rights by being democracy watchdogs attacking patriarchy - in all its forms from the dictatorship to the church and the sex industry. The movement was founded in 2008 by Anna Hutsol after she became aware of sad stories of Ukrainian woman duped into going abroad and then being taken advantage of sexually. Initially Femen gained attention by demonstrating while dressed in underwear. However, in August 2009 Oksana Shachko bared her breasts at a protest in Kiev. Since then FEMEN have regularly protested topless, and the organization has staged noticeably erotically-flavored rallies near the building of the Cabinet of Ministers, at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the Turkish embassy in Ukraine, and in front of the Iranian embassy to oppose the expected execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, among other locations.
FEMEN could provide a powerful and effective platform for a new young generation of women to empower themselves, but unfortunately their protests are more sensational than substantial. Disrobing in a French Cathedral and spewing epitaths against the Pope is counter productive to any meaningful accomplishment on behalf of the empowerment of women. Their movement showed promise in theory, but falls short in practice. Many young women would better relate to the female warrior concept posed by FEMEN than they would to more traditional social protest and reform movements. A clear-cut and more precise statement of their mission could be the catalyst to attract the growing numbers of young women who, due to higher levels of education and the advent of diverse communication technology, are now capable of mobilizing large numbers of members for events. But, until FEMEN displays a clearer understanding of the serious issues that confront women they will soon fade from the headlines after the shock effect of bare breasts is no longer newsworthy.
Check out the campaigns they have initiated at www.femen.org or follow FEMEN on Twitter
Prominent Womens Groups - Women Around the World
As a global women's advocacy organization, WEDO envisions a just world that promotes and protects human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment. WEDO's mission is to ensure that women's rights; social, economic and environmental justice; and sustainable development principles, as well as the linkages between them are at the heart of global and national policies, programs and practices.
Started in 1915, when 1,200 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War, to study, make known and eliminate the causes of war. They issued resolutions, sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the First World War and created our organisation: the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF for short.
W4 - Women's WorldWide Web is an online collaborative platform dedicated to empowering girls and women around the world, through education, microfinance, access to ICTs and networking. Connect with us and co-create opportunities for girls and women to thrive.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization's goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers. The Council currently has 49 Members. The Council's mission is to promote good governance and enhance the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead at the highest levels in their countries.
The Women's Refugee Commission is having positive impact on the lives of displaced women, children and youth around the world. Their programs focus on reproductive health, economic livelihoods, displaced youth, asylum seekers and people with disabilities.
The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is an international, non-profit organization of women graduates. We were founded in 1919 by women who believed in the importance of education and working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.
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