At the end of November, more than two months after the German elections, Angela Merkel’s right-centered party has reached an agreement to form a coalition government with the Social Democrats. Although it is still unrevealed, who is going to be nominated a secretary, one was clear from the beginning: Angela Merkel stays chancellor.
Starting off as “Kohl’s girl“, the Forbes Magazine has now rated her the most powerful woman of 2013. Within this time Merkel radically -and positively- changed her appearance.
Even though today’s post is not on hair, I think that it is an important follow-up on my previous post on Yulia Tymoshenko’s potential arrest break for medical treatment.
Unfortunately these hopes were destroyed today with the Ukrainian parliament closing the talks on this issue without a result.
This failure might endanger the ratification of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, which had demanded the release of Tymoshenko as prerequisite for signing the treaty.
The miss of this opportunity is particularly disappointing, as it was President Yanukowich himself, who had raised hope on a disimprisonment by saying that he would sign any such legislation if it was passed by parliament. – In which his people represent the majority.
Today I want to reblog a post from Danielle Fuentes Morgan, as I think that I could not have written it any better. Enjoy!
It’s a question President Obama has undoubtedly been asked before. It’s almost a universal African American experience, except this time it was asked under different circumstances and for a different reason.
“Can I touch your hair?”
The photo of this moment, three-years-old at this point, is making the rounds again. You’ve seen it in your inbox and on social networking sites—President Obama, bent at his waist while a five-year-old African American boy wearing a tie and dress pants touches his hair. It seems innocuous enough—meriting a few awwws certainly—but leaving some to wonder what all the fuss is about. Cute, sure. But is this news? Absolutely.
The New York Times recounts the conversation between Jacob and the president:
“I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, so quietly that the president asked him to speak again.
Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He lowered his head, level with Jacob, who hesitated.
“Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said.
As Jacob patted the presidential crown, Mr. Souza snapped.
“So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked.
“Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said. Continue reading
In 1960 an interesting theory was approved by the Kennedy – Nixon debate.
The scientific phenomenon of the confirmation bias suggests that we look for information which confirms our hypothesis, and ignore falsifying information relationship between events that doesn’t exist.
In the example of the Kennedy – Nixon debate this means that people who watched the debate on television were biased by Kennedy’s more appealing appearance and as they wanted him to win they started focusing on his positive points. The radio listeners, in contrast, for the most part considered Nixon to be the winner of the debate.
Even if our inner idealists want to deny the following fact, this case again shows, how important our appearance (with hair being a major part of it) is in making a statement and influencing others.
Yulia Tymoshenko, known for her trademark blond braid, entered the international stage when leading protests against a presidential election in 2004, known as the orange revolution. In 2011 she was sentenced for 7 years because of a disadvantageous gas deal with Russia, thus criminally exceeding her authority.
According to her the charges of abuse of power are a tissue of lies, however, and the EU supports the view that the jailing was politically motivated.
Due to health problems she already asked the authorities to transfer her to a German hospital in 2011, leading to no result. In April this year the European Court of Human Rights stated that her pre-trail detention was “arbitraty and unlawful”
This week, however, President Viktor Yanukovich signaled new hopes for Tymoshenko, saying that he would sign such a legislation if it was passed by parliament. -A move that might be made under pressures from the EU, whose leaders will discuss a possible agreement with Ukraine in November.
Even tough in jail, Tymoshenko embodies the idea of a strong, powerful woman.
Wearing a traditional braid together with a wardrobe that’s conservative yet feminine, traditional yet modern, professional yet soft tells the public that she expects the world to respect her as a leader. -Pia Vivas
Whereas many people want to escape from uniformity by having an extraordinary hair style, North Korean citizens now can choose in which way they want to be pigeonholed.
Kim Jung Un published a “menue of sample hair cuts” that are adequate to prevent the bad influence of capitalism. While men can choose from a variety of 10 hair dos, (the dictator’s hair style is not available) women can choose from even 18 different hair styles. Yet, with the following limitation: The younger, the longer the hair might be, wives, however, should have short and practicable hair.
With these restrictions and his resistance to Western hair dos it astonishing, however, that Kim Jung Un invited no other than hair legend Dennis Rodman for a visit to North Korea.
While the Government shutdown lead to closed National Parks, landmarks and museums, more than 800,000 furloughed federal employees and conflicts about budget cuts it seems almost ironic that “since 1997 the Senate Hair Care shop has consistently run deficits of about $340,000 annually, a taxpayer subsidy that is growing rather than shrinking”.
In her article Lynn Hulsley argues that besides generous incomes, health care and pension benefits this is another example of how distant members of Congress are from their constituents.
Although the money-losing hair salon is only a small piece in the budget, Hulsley claims that “it carries symbolic value at a time when members of Congress are targeting defense and domestic programs for $1.2 trillion in across-the-board sequestration cuts over 10 years and also taking aim at entitlement programs serving the elderly and poor.” Instead of being hypocrites, members of Congress should make an example of seriousness and morality by also pointing the finger at themselves.