Friday News: ‘don’t quote me on that,’ samurai swords, domestic violence, and a singing vet
Some People Cited in Ivanka Trump’s New Book Aren’t Happy About It – So some of the women offered as examples, or, in some cases, quoted, in Ivanka Trump’s new book, Women who Work, are speaking out in protest of being included. From Jane Goodall, whose message clashes strongly with current Trump policy on the environment, to Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, the irony of presidential adviser Ivanka Trump writing such a book now is lost on basically no one. What’s interesting, though, is the extent to which some of those included in the book are basically protesting their own inclusion. Trump’s “representatives” claim the book is not meant to be political. Which may be why Trump felt she could get away with this level of co-optation:
The first daughter was also criticized for using a quote from acclaimed author Toni Morrison, which was originally about the psychological toll of slavery, for a chapter on time management.
Trump uses the quote “Bit by bit… she had claimed herself. Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another,” along with the hashtag #ITWISEWORDS to begin a chapter about boosting productivity.
But the quote comes from Morrison’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel “Beloved,” which tells the story of a an escaped slave who kills one of her own children rather than have her be recaptured. A few pages later, Trump writes, “Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?” – NBC News
A Hypnotic Look at How Japanese Samurai Swords Are Made – So if you’re tempted to smash your head against the wall continuously after reading the last story, instead find your center with this amazing video on the creation of Japanese samurai swords. Which reminds me that a movie is apparently being made about Yasuke, who is believed to be the first black samurai in Japan.
Paper, books, wooden joints, tea whisks — Japanese culture has, for seemingly all of its long recorded history, greatly esteemed the making of objects. But no one object represents the Japanese dedication to craftsmanship, and within that the eternal pursuit of approachable but never quite attainable perfection, than the sword. You can see what it takes to make a katana, the traditional Japanese sword of the kind carried by the armed military class of the samurai between roughly the 8th and 19th centuries, in the 26-minute video above, which offers a close look at each stage of the swordmaking process: the Shinto blessing of the forge, the hammering of the red-hot metal, the tempering of the freshly shaped blade, the construction of the scabbard and hilt, the final assembly, and every painstaking step in between. – Open Culture
She accused a NASCAR champion of domestic violence and it ruined her life – You may need to take a few hundred calming breaths before reading this piece (assuming you want to read it – if this is a sensitive topic, you may want to skip this one), which recounts the aftermath of Patricia Driscoll’s accusations of domestic violence against NASCAR star driver Kurt Busch. The story is horrifying for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Driscoll regrets speaking up. And the hatred and double-standards used to pummel her, in the media, on Twitter, and in legal venues, are thoroughly disgusting. But it illustrates the extent to which women are STILL not safe from being doubted, debased, and re-victimized over and over. Busch even accused Driscoll of being a “trained assassin” (thus he could not have successfully abused her!). And it’s not as if Busch had a reputation for being cool-headed and even-tempered:
Busch’s temper frequently got him in trouble on the track. In 2012, he was named the most hated NASCAR driver in America by Forbes, and his reputation was well-earned. In September of 2011, Busch got into a couple of on-track dust-ups with NASCAR fan favorite Jimmie Johnson. When a reporter asked Busch about the altercation on pit road, Busch shouted expletives at him and had to be physically restrained by his crew members. Two months later, Busch was caught on camera screaming profanities at another reporter, Jerry Punch, after the season-ending race at Homestead. He was fined $50,000 by NASCAR and soon parted ways with his team, Penske Racing. The next May, Busch ran into fellow NASCAR driver Ryan Newman on pit road; after their crews got into a fight after the race, Newman accused Busch of having a “chemical imbalance.” A couple of weeks later he was suspended from NASCAR for one race after telling a reporter that probation “refrains me from not beating the shit out of you right now because you ask me stupid questions.” – Think Progress
Colorado vet serenades puppy before surgery – Yeah, this is corny (or cheesy, or whatever your favored adjective is), but it’s Friday, and there is a lot of bad stuff happening right now, and this is at least happy and optimistic.
On April 27, Dr. Ross Henderson was recorded serenading Ruby the golden retriever at Fox Animal Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado. The video, which was shared on the hospital Facebook page, has been viewed more than 260,000 times.
“Dogs spend 99 percent of their time at home and when they come into the hospital, we try to give them as pleasant an experience as possible,” Henderson told ABC News. “I think that’s why attention and music, those two piece together causes a little bit of familiarity to them. It’s the best part when they start to settle down and say, ‘OK, I can relax now.'” – ABC News