Short Takes: News From All Over: August 12, 2004

Taking Back the Whip
By Jessica Seigel, Ms. Magazine
When oppression comes along, you must whip it! Women won’t be safe, until they whip it! Though the whip has been used as a tool of dominance and oppression throughout history, it has also been used as a means of liberation and empowerment for women, from London suffragette Helen Ogston to Irish pirate Grace O’Malley. — Brendan Themes

True Tales from the Pews
By James Martin, S.J., Busted Halo
Bad sermons are like snowflakes: they’re all different, and some of them are downright mesmerizing. A peek at these awful homilies will make you appreciate your own pastor: no matter how boring or long-winded they might be, at least they’re somewhat sane. — Brendan Themes

Awareness in Every Sip
By Ted Rose, Beliefnet
Can booze help you attain the Buddha mind? Though the practice is controversial, some Buddhists advocate the use of mindful drinking to aid in meditation, proving what college students have known for years: you can empty your mind and empty your glass simultaneously. — Brendan Themes

P2P Congress
By Staff, P2P Congress
File sharing might make you a better music fan, but can it make you a better citizen? Sure, says P2P Congress, a site devoted to the peer-to-peer exchange of videotaped Congressional hearings. While downloading the latest low-quality pop schlock might be illegal, costly, and just plain bad karma, using Napster’s legacy to be a more informed citizen is legal, free, and all-around good democratic hygiene. — Brendan Themes

Hiroshima Mayor Chastises U.S. for Developing Small Nukes
By Eriko Sugita, Reuters
In the search for weapons of mass destruction abroad, Americans have forgotten about their own WMDs at home. Residents of Japan, however, have not forgotten about America’s nuclear capabilities, and the mayor of Hiroshima recently rebuked the U.S. for ignoring international law and making its nukes smaller and more ‘usable.’ — Brendan Themes

By Staff, PhotoVoice
For some, photography is merely a hobby, a pleasant pastime that chronicles fond memories and hilarious moments. For people in developing nations, however, photography can empower them to share their hopes, fears, and surroundings with the international community. PhotoVoice is an international non-profit that gives photographic training to the politically and economically voiceless, helping them become their own advocates for change and recognition. — Brendan Themes

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