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The mythology of Gram Parsons’ short life runs deep, but perhaps nothing is as enigmatic as the death of the 26-year-old king of Cosmic American Music, onetime Rolling Stones cohort and founding father of alt-country.
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The Internet’s been unpacking a confounding new music scene in London lately: A group of young electronic producers gravitating around a record label called PC Music. “Many details of the label—if it can be called a label— are unclear, including just how many people are involved,” writes Pitchfork’s Philip Sherburne. “The rest of the roster is a rogue’s gallery of aliases, avatars, red herrings, and unknown quantities.” The confusion is largely by design. The artists who make up the scene—with names like SOPHIE, A.G. Cook, and GFOTY, producing music that sounds like animatronic-chipmunk-drag queens singing Britney Spears karaoke—have shrouded themselves in mystery, hiding their true identities behind elaborate fabricated online characters. The latest wave of speculation concerns their gender. It now seems likely that these artists are masquerading as female, but are really just a group of guys manipulating their vocal tracks into high, girly pitches. One theory goes that the group’s most famous producer, SOPHIE—who technically isn’t part of the PC Music label but has worked with its artists—has gone so far as to enlist a female frontwoman for his A.G. Cook collaboration, QT, to perform songs live while he watches from the audience.
Hiding is nothing new in electronic music. Producers pioneered anonymity and pseudonyms in the early techno days, and in what might be a reaction to the Internet’s all-knowingness, 21st-century London dubsteppers like Burial and Zomby have taken it to extreme lengths, almost never showing their faces in public. Even pop-electronic artists like Daft Punk famously hide their faces behind space masks. But PC Music’s culture of anonymity seems a step more extreme: It’s created a glossy façade to disguise who they truly are. And the look and visuals that the artists have chosen are as bewildering as any song they’ve made.
The album covers, websites, and press photos of PC Music are a grab bag of references, from early Web tropes like Comic Sans to the newer, post-post-post modern digital manipulation found on Tumblr. Some of PC Music’s aesthetic seems intentionally amateur, some of it almost scarily shiny and airbrushed. Is the artist called Girlfriend of the Year actually a girl, or just a guy in a Photoshopped red wig? Is Hannah Diamond? Though the movement’s visuals are nearly as enigmatic as its music, there are some identifiable influences.
Here’s a primer:
In the series of carefully constructed, intensely inscrutable films that have made him an art star, Trecartin dresses his characters up in wigs that render them genderless, writes scripts for characters made up of cliché advertising jargon and text-message vernacular, and then strains the characters voices through chipmunk filters so that everyone sounds like sped-up valley girls. Trecartin’s influence is felt perhaps most strongly in SOPHIE and QT, who bill themselves as hybrid energy-drink/pop stars, and whose performances feature a model who might be a drag queen wearing a blonde wig, dancing robotically, or sitting on a chaise lounge reading New Age magazines.
You could call DIS magazine the fashion version of Ryan Trecartin. The site’s staff turns Trecartin’s genderless, freaky vision into fashion editorials, blurring the lines between fashion and art by hosting pop-up stores that sell cheeky Hood by Air salad bowls and Bjarne Melgaard body pillows. DIS was early to document PC Music, premiering what is now considered one of the label’s best mixes. The janky Internet art on PC Music’s album covers very much echoes the aesthetic that DIS created for its own mix series. The way that PC rendered its digital vision into flat, 2-D, Tumblr-able images is also pure DIS.
London streetwear scene
The micro-streetwear scene epitomized by Martine Rose, Nasir Mazhar, and Astrid Andersen has been having a ball lovingly twisting the macho, gendered aspects of street culture with queer dance culture, rendering basketball jerseys in pink fur (Andersen), putting women in candy-pink quilted ensembles (Mazhar), and covering models faces in androgynous blonde wigs (Rose). The use of streetwear to play with gender is just in the air in London. You can see this influence in Hannah Diamond’s pink puffa coats and QT’s messy, shorn wigs.
J-Pop and K-Pop
The new generation of stars from Korea and Japan and their incessant, peppy popness has been called out as the single most important musical influence for PC Music. (SOPHIE is said to be working with J-Pop’s biggest star, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.) But their look—particularly the candy-colored, glittering videos of Kyary, 2NE1, and Perfume—has clearly left an impression, too. Then, there’s the Japanese hologram pop star Hatsune Miku, perhaps the first non-human celebrity, who certainly inspires PC’s love of avatars and anonymous red herring performers.
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They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and while there may be some truth to that, if he’s a gamer, you’re probably better off just giving him something like this:
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Redditor MrPayson received this awesome Nintendo tribute as a birthday gift from his girlfriend. It was quickly upvoted to the front page of Reddit — and it’s not hard to see why. You’ve got to give props to a woman who’s willing to acknowledge the other great love in her man’s life: video games.
DIYing is fun, theraputic, budget friendly and above all else, creative! This new series, ‘DIWhyNot’ is dedicated to saying “why not!” and trying your hand at these fun and easy projects to express your unique sense of style.
In this first episode, I show you how to turn old stained sneakers into some statement, snakeskin sneaks using fishnet stockings! The video shows you how to do the neutral (black, gold, silver) pair while the post has pictures on how to do the colorful version. Try the technique out and let me know how it turns out!
fabric paint - in the colors of your choice, I used black, glitter silver and gold on the neutral pair and bright colors for the colorful pair
Shove one shoe down inside the fishnet stocking and make sure your fishnets are pulled taught over the area you’re going to paint. Tape stocking in place to secure. Tip: stuff the inside of your shoe with newspaper to fill it out and make it easier to paint.
Use your spouncer and lightly dab your paint over the fishnets and onto the shoes. (Don’t rub or do a brush motion, just a tapping motion to not move the fishnet around.) I spounced until the spouncer was out of paint to let the pattern naturally fade out.
Repeat step 2 with as many colors as you like until the entire shoe is covered. Make sure to let each color dry before moving on to avoid muddy, runny colors.
Let dry and wear!
If you want to get the look of the colorful shoes, do the snakeskin pattern (like in Step 2 above) with only one color in sporadic areas around the shoes and let dry.
Lay out various bright colored fabric paints on your plate and wet your spouncer before dipping it into your fabric paint (this will make it easier to blend) and brush it over the areas you think would benefit from a solid color. Repeat with as many colors as you like. Tip: the watered down paint wash will allow the underneath snakeskin pattern to show through – or you could reverse the process and do the snakeskin pattern last, after the color wash dries.
If you’re like us, you’re constantly wondering things like: what would happen if the film “Terminator” got mashed up with the show “Full House”? What if “Lord of the Rings” was combined with “Happy Days”? “Boy Meets World” and “Star Wars”? The combinations are endless!
Meet Tyler Knott Gregson. A photographer, author and buddhist who also happens to be one of the hottest poets in pop culture today thanks to social media and his legions of fans. Worshipped on pretty much every social platform out there, Gregson has single-handedly brought poetry’s cool back.
So how does a young man from Helena, Montana come to be almost every millennial’s poetry heartthrob? It began while browsing in an antique store when Gregson stumbled upon a vintage Remington typewriter for sale. Standing up and using a page from a broken book he was buying for $ 2, he typed a poem without thinking, without planning, and without the ability to revise anything.
Three years and almost one thousand poems later, Gregson is now known as the creator of the Typewriter Series: a striking collection of poems typed onto found scraps of paper or created via the blackout method that has taken the world of social media by storm.
Gregson just launched a new book Chasers of the Light which features some of his most insightful and beautifully worded poems that illuminate grand gestures and small glimpses, poems that celebrate miracles in the mundane and the beauty of a life spent chasing the light.
What do Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Wozniak, Kim Cattrall and Tommy Hilfiger have in common? They all made “The Boomer List.”
On Tues. Sept. 23, PBS will air as part of its award-winning “American Masters” series, “The Boomer List,” a portrait of a generation directed by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. As with his previous films, “The Black List,” “The Latino List” and “The Out List,” “The Boomer List” focuses on singular individuals who speak directly to the camera about their journeys, the challenges they faced, and what they’ve learned. Taken together, they are testament to one generation’s attempts to find and define itself.
“The Boomer List” features 19 accomplished individuals, each born in one of the Boomer years from 1946-1964: Tim O’Brien; Deepak Chopra; Jackson; Billy Joel; Wozniak; Hilfiger; Amy Tan; Eve Ensler; HistoryMakers founder Julieanna Richardson; Maria Shriver; Cattrall; IBM CEO Virginia Rometty; Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa; Ronnie Lott; Erin Brockovich; AIDS activist Peter Staley; Rosie O’Donnell; David LaChapelle; and John Leguizamo.
Greenfield-Sanders spoke about compiling the list, hating the term “Baby Boomer” and name-dropping Tennessee Williams to Marlon Brando.
Q: What inspired you to create ‘The Boomer List?’
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: This is the year that the last Baby Boomers turn 50 and that seemed like a perfect hook to do something.
Q: There has been some pushback in recent years against Baby Boomers as self-absorbed. Was your intent to in some way take back the narrative?
TGS: I’m a Boomer myself, but I never liked the term and I don’t use it in the film. I went out of my way not to use it. If someone did use it, I interrupted and asked, ‘Could you just say ‘generation’?” My work has always been about people of accomplishment, from ‘The Black List’ to ‘The Latino List’ and ‘The out List.’ Even in my porn star film that aired on HBO (‘Thinking XXX’), they were the best at what they did. (The Baby Boomer years) were a period of tremendous accomplishment, and I looked at this group as a concise way to examine it and to highlight (through their diverse perspectives) what I thought were some of the touchstones of the era: Civil rights, gay rights, the environment, Vietnam, AIDS, technology and feminism.
Q: Your previous films have aired on HBO. This is airing on PBS. Did they approach you?
TGS: It was my inspiration. I brought it to PBS. I felt ‘American Masters’ was the perfect platform to expand the franchise. In the arts and beyond, these are all American masters.
Q: You set yourself some strict ground rules for compiling the Boomer List. It must have been daunting to come up with these particular 19 subjects.
TGS: Impossible (laughs). I put very severe restrictions on myself I wanted to have an equal balance of men and women. I wanted diversity and I wanted to have a range of professions. That meant that once I picked Billy Joel, I couldn’t have another musician. On top of that was this nightmare of the year restriction.
Q: And then there’s the logistics.
TGS: It was hard. I wanted to get bold-faced names. Fortunately, some of the people I know and some of them it turned out knew me and that was great. Steve Wozniak was a fan of my work. Who knew? And yet he turned it down at first. I wrote him a letter. I said, ‘Please do this. Give me one hour. We’ll come to you, we’ll make it easy. He arrived on a Segway.
Q: There are no politicians.
TGS: That was conscious. Because it’s PBS, if you’re going to have a Republican you have to have a Democrat. That would have taken up two slots. I just decided f*** it. I would have made one exception. We tried for Bill Clinton and George Bush. Both were born in 1946. But we couldn’t get them. But I think it’s a complex and interesting balance (of subjects).
Q: Could you talk about your technique in creating these visual portraits? Is there an interviewer in the room?
TGS: I have a technique I first employed with ‘The Black List.’ It’s an elaborate rig where the subject sits on the set looking into a camera and sees on a teleprompter the face of the interviewer in another room. They talk to each other and that way you get the subject looking directly into the camera. After a few minutes it becomes almost like a therapy session. It’s a little bit distracting if the interviewer is right there. They might look at the person rather than in the camera. It works much better this way where they keep their focus at the camera.
Q: Your earlier films used this format, but were there any surprises for you in the making of this film?
TGS: You never know what people are going to say. You never know how articulate they are going to be. A lot of these people I had never met, so it’s kind of like tossing the dice. Who knew that Erin Brockovich would be as fabulous as she turned out to be? She was just great. I know Sam Jackson; He’s been to my studio. I interviewed his wife for ‘The Black List.’ But he gave us a brilliant hour. He was so ‘on’ that day.
Q: Taken together, what portrait emerges from The Boomer List” of this generation?
TGS: I think it gives a very wide view of the accomplishments of this generation. There is a lot here. And I think what’s also nice is that within that, it touches on important moments in our culture.
Q: As a fellow Boomer, let’s talk about your memories of some of those. Did you watch the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show?”
TGS: I did. I was 12. I’m sure I loved the Beatles, but I don’t think they were as huge a thing for me. I was more influenced by Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. I grew up in Miami, Florida. I started listening to FM and rock and roll and discovered the Velvets. That led me to Andy Warhol and the scene in New York. I started reading the Village Voice and I wound up at Columbia University.
Q: Did you watch ‘Ed Sullivan’ as a family?
TGSL No, my parents didn’t believe much in television. I certainly loved ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ ‘Get Smart,’ “Maverick’ and Burke’s Law.’ I loved that show; amazing. So I guess I watched a certain amount, but my parents didn’t like us watching too much. A television wasn’t the center of our living room. And I became more interested in old films, which led to my interest in becoming a filmmaker.
Q: The quintessential Boomer question: Where were you….?
TGS: I was in sixth grade. I was going to a birthday party (that day) for my brother’s friend at the Seaquarium. (On the way) I kept saying to his mom to keep the radio on (to hear news reports), but she didn’t want to have it on. It was upsetting to everyone. President Kennedy drove past our school the year before. We were allowed to stand outside in the playground as he drove by.
Q: The moon landing?
TGS: I was painting my room black that day. My parents were in Europe on vacation and I was home alone. I was in to the underground scene at that time, and I thought, ‘Why have white walls when you can have black walls?’ My parents didn’t mind. They thought it was fine.
TGS: I almost went. A good friend of mine went. I ended up going to Key West instead for a trip out to Dry Tortugas. I brought fish back and had dinner with Tennessee Williams.
Q: Wait; what?
TGS: My uncle was a friend of his. I came back with some snapper and he said to bring it for dinner because Tennessee was coming over. I think that beats Woodstock. (Years later) I was hoping to get Marlon Brando to pose for a photograph and I said something stupid that he was the world’s greatest actor. He said, ‘That’s such crap.’ I said, ‘I grew up believing that because that’s what Tennessee Williams told me.’ There was a pause and he said, ‘Well, maybe I can talk to you tomorrow.’ It didn’t happen but I was able to drop that name on him. It was kind of great.
Q: What’s next for you?
TGS: Aside from directing and producing these ‘List’ films, I photograph everyone and these large format portraits go to museums around the country. I have a show coming up in Washington D.C. at the Newseum, a nine month exhibition on Baby Boomers being funded by AARP. It will have all 19 portraits and a timeline of Boomerdom.
Q: Any further thoughts on ‘The Boomer List?’
TGS: I would just say I’m very proud of the film. I think it really works. This has potential to be very popular.
Q: It’s about Baby Boomers and it’s on PBS. This will be Pledge Break fodder for years!
TGS: That would be very rewarding.
A version of this story originally appeared on millionairecorner.com
Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Tweedy, Leonard Cohen, Perfume Genius, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Jack White, Jessie Ware, and Death From Above 1979. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
A collection of Polaroid self-portraits that Stevie Nicks took during the mid-Seventies will be shown in an exhibition, “24 Karat Gold,” at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery. The photo set accompanies her upcoming album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault – tunes she wrote and demoed mostly between 1969 and…… RollingStone.com: News
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Here’s the scene: You are sitting at a table with your significant other’s mother, watching her as she daintily picks croutons out of her salad while she’s asking you about your future career plans—but you’re not hearing anything. You’re so busy thinking about whether your dress is too short or if you resemble a turkey when you walk because your shoes are uncomfortable that the whole thing seems like a terrifying out-of-body experience.
A touch of nerves is to be expected when you’re meeting the parents for the first time. After all, this isn’t just any date; this can be a pivotal make-or-break moment in a relationship. And when the stakes are running this high, making the right first impression is crucial. “The point is to look presentable and nice, but not to stand out in the slightest. One has to be outstanding without standing out, and to give off a general impression of unthreatening loveliness,” says Vogue Digital Creative Director Sally Singer. “So it’s not about any assertion of big personality.”
Striking that perfect balance isn’t easy—you don’t want to be too dressy, and yet sloppy definitely isn’t the way to go. The overall effect should be pared-back and polished, but that doesn’t mean you should suppress your personal style altogether. Tricky, right? “Don’t opt for a look that is too fancy,” says Vogue.com Market Editor Chelsea Zalopany. “You don’t want it to read: ‘I’m trying so hard! Accept me and love me, Mom and Dad,’ but not too casual, which says, ‘I could care less about this meeting and your approval.’”
If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, then it’s best to go neutral—a simple and charming capped-sleeve dress, without any outlandish patterns or overpowering color is a good starting point. That way you can add hints of personality with the accessories. “Opt for a classic shoe with an interesting pattern,” says Zalopany. “But forgo the evening clutch! This isn’t prom. Choose a classic bag without any bells and whistles.”
Lastly, if there is one thing you should keep in mind as you head out the door it’s good manners. The most important accessory of all? A napkin on your lap.
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President Barack Obama sent the family of Joan Rivers a handwritten condolence letter after the beloved comedian died earlier this month, Rivers’ daughter Melissa revealed Thursday in an interview on E.
“Not only did she make us laugh,” Obama wrote of the celebrity comedian, “she made us think.”
Melissa Rivers says she was particularly touched to receive a note from Obama, considering that he and the first lady were “often a target of her jokes.”
This was the case in July, when Rivers made a joke calling Obama gay and his wife Michelle transgender that some believed went too far, even for the aging comic who was famous for racy remarks. Later, Rivers defended herself, saying her comment on the first lady was intended as a compliment.
“She’s so attractive, tall, with a beautiful body, great face, does great makeup,” Rivers said. “If you think that’s silly, wait till you see what I say about FDR and Eleanor!”
Obama was hardly the only politician Joan Rivers disparaged over her long career.
With midterm elections around the corner, Joan Rivers has certainly given politicians something to think about. Comedy – The Huffington Post
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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a glowing beauty in a white dress while attending the Coca-Cola Life Launch event on Friday (September 19) in London, England. Style – The Huffington Post
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“In the United States you can ask everything” seems to be the motto behind a group of simple, yet provocative, questions that are popping up in New York City sidewalks these days.
In the attempt to start a citywide dialogue with “the types of questions a child would ask, but few adults actually do,” Spanish-born graphic designer, Marta Ibarrondo, is inviting New Yorkers to join her movement at The Unzipped Truth.
1. Why is modern art so expensive?
If it were affordable, collectors might consider it junk.
Marcus Garvey once challenged black people to get the kinks out of our minds and not out of our hair. Never has this statement been more true than with the natural hair movement. Don’t get me wrong. The modern natural hair movement is an amazing cross-cultural coalition of women with kinks and curls giving emotional support and hair advice to one another.
It is great in many respects! But, the movement often fails to challenge the very paradigm that encouraged women to chemically process their hair and thereby prevented them from remaining natural, in the first place. In my view, the following five natural hair mistakes are the biggest mistakes that most naturals don’t even realize that they are making.
1. Complaining About “Shrinkage” Magical afro-textured hair has a helix or ziggly formation that allows it to defy gravity by growing toward the sun. By definition, a helix or ziggly formation is not straight and therefore appears shorter than if those same hair strands were straight. It’s the amazing reality of our hair! But instead of accepting and embracing this, many naturalistas are complaining about it. I have seen comments on facebook pages such as “I hate shrinkage” and “shrinkage is evil.”
What the cuss? Where did this word even come from? Do straight haired people complain about their hair being “stretched”? Not that I know of! Your hair is amazing no matter how long or high it appears due to the weather or your styling methods.
2. Believing That Length Is The Only Goal
If you have a ziggly, spirally and or coily hair pattern and your goal is for your hair to “appear” long, you are at an inherent disadvantage because the length is less visible due to the twists and turns of the hair strands. But all over the natural hair community there are discussions about how to grow hair longer and faster. Is short hair ugly? Is short hair a sin? After big chopping many months ago, I was so mentally obsessed with growth that I failed to enjoy the benefits of the shortest length. The super short shaved head highlighted my big eyes and was super-easy to manage. I felt bolder with it. Now I sometimes miss it despite enjoying the styling options of longer hair. I hope that more of us can enjoy the journey, while realizing that hair can be beautiful at any length.
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3. Complaining About Frizz
I purchased a curl custard and the nice folks at curlmart sent me a bunch of free products that all claimed to de-frizz hair. I have kinky afro-textured hair – it is all frizz! Telling me to de-frizz my hair is like telling me to cut off all of my hair. The anti-frizz movement is an anti-kink movement, by default. Frizz is beautiful. Just ask Aevin Dugas who has a beautiful large frizzy afro. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Couresy of Michael July’s AFROS: A Celebration of Natural Hair. Featuring Aevin Dugas.
4. Subscribing to Hair Typing
In Ali Mazrui’s book, The Africans, he discusses the subtle and not so subtle ways that eurocentric education can make people of African descent feel inferior. The night is dark in Africa and all parts of the world, but African languages do not have nearly the number of negative references to night and darkness as the English language. Most phrases that use the terms “dark” or “black” are associated with evil and criminality such as “black cat”, “black market”, “dark and gloomy,” “dark heart” etc. Moreover, European cartographers chose to put Europe above Africa on maps, despite the fact that from a different angle in the cosmos Africa is actually on top of Europe and South America is on top of North America.
The association of top with better is obvious. Have you ever noticed that make-up foundations are always ordered from light to dark, with the lightest shades first and the darkest shades last? It could easily be positioned so that darker shades are first and lighter shades are last. This same colonizing of the African mind is present with hair typing. Why is straight hair 1A and kinky hair is the last type of hair on the list at 4C? It reveals a eurocentric standard, even if black people created it and or promote it. I will have none of it! I am going to refer to my hair as pretty grade A hair all day and everyday and I suggest that you do the same. Why are we using letters and numbers anyway, why not just use positive words? Source: KinkyCoilyMe
5. Complaining That Your Hair is “Hard” To Manage
Yes, kinky hair is hard to manage if you want it to look straight or look like loose curls. I agree 100%. But it is not hard to manage when you are engaging in styles that were created by people with kinky hair for kinky hair such as twists, braids, thread wrap or locs. If your hair is hard to comb then only comb it when wet with water and conditioner. Trust me, it will be easier. Also, put it in styles that won’t require you to comb it for long periods (braids, coils, etc.) or forever (locs). I will never forget the first time that I got rat tail coils. The male loctician was fawning over my hair because he said it was the “perfect” hair for locing. I thought to myself ‘I’m glad my hair is good for something”. It’s actually good for many things. When people with looser curl patterns complain about braids and twists unraveling consistently, I can’t relate. All hair textures have advantages – embrace the advantages of your texture.
Niyya Tenee of Locs Revolution is not complaining about combing her hair. Courtesy of Niyya Tenee.
Again, get the kinks out of your mind and not out of your hair! The fable Sunne’s Gift will aid that process. Courtesy of Milestales. Style – The Huffington Post
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The short film above, “Last Hours,” is the second episode in the Green World Rising series narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and created by Tree Media. Ahead of next week’s U.N. climate summit, DiCaprio was named this week a U.N. Messanger of Peace.
By Leila Conners — Tree Media
We have reached a milestone this year, exceeding a 400 parts per million level of carbon in the atmosphere. While it was reported, has the trajectory we are on been fully understood? In an era where we are still dealing with climate deniers amidst the biggest self-made global catastrophe facing humankind, it is time that the equivocating stop and the media move beyond climate denial.
The reason is simple. The late Dr. Stephen Schneider often reminded us of that we buy insurance for a less than one percent chance that our house will burn down. And yet, we are waiting for 100 percent certainty on climate science even though the very life support system of our planet is at stake. And the science is showing that Earth’s life support system may be truly at stake. Per Dr. Michael Mann and others, business-as-usual emissions could possibly threaten the whole web of life. It is our obligation to take every precaution in our power to prevent that calamity.
The web of life has collapsed several times in the past, including the Permian Mass extinction, during which over 95 percent of all life on Earth perished. We are, with our accelerated burning of fossil fuels, creating conditions similar to those that triggered the Permian Mass extinction. Last Hours, the second film in our Green World Rising series, explains why.
Given the state of the climate debate in this country, we may face consternation that we have told this story. But as Dr. Schneider said, why risk the very life support system of our planet? I believe that people should be treated as adults and be told the truth, even if it is strong medicine. Scientists themselves often have to pull back from sobering conclusions for fear that they get reprimanded. But given the levels of carbon in the atmosphere, it is time to comprehend the whole story. We must all take heed and listen.
The European Union adheres to the notion of the precautionary principle. The burden of proof rests with the state or corporation to prove a specific action or product is not harmful before implementing it. The burden there does not rest on the public or civil society to prove that an action or product is not harmful. In the case of climate change, this is prudent law and much worth implementing here in America.
Here, the fossil fuel industry undermines, obfuscates and threatens those who speak out. This should no longer be acceptable to the media even if it does sell ads. The debate is over. Climate change is happening due to human activity and the burning of fossil fuels. It is time to move on to a sustainable new world.
This new world would be stable and viable. We will show that a world powered by renewable energy resources will allow for a more equitable distribution of income and stable energy prices. Less carbon will be released into the atmosphere, pollution will be reduced and overall health will increase. We need to start putting this world in place immediately, and we are glad to see that it is starting to happen.
To companies sitting on gigatons of still-buried carbon reserves: Please start massively moving into this new world of sustainable energy. Citizens can do what they can, individually, like plant urban gardens, turn off the lights, compost and recycle. But we need companies and bigger players to step up and build the cars that run on electricity (thank you, Elon) and biofuel from non-food resources; make the planes that run on biojet fuel; and create the systems that power our homes and industry with solar, wind and geothermal.
As my late father said, who worked in the fossil fuel industry: Do not burn fossil fuels but rather, use them to make life-sustaining products. The oil molecule and others like it have many undiscovered properties and unlocked potential: burning them is the least interesting and most destructive.
A world based on fossil fuels has no future; so stop fighting for it. And if companies don’t want to invest in this sustainable, economically robust future; that’s fine; but don’t create barriers that prevent all of us from building this world; please step out of the way.
Humanity still has a bright future if we move as quickly as possible to a world based on renewable energy. Let’s fight for this world, and stop giving credence to the deniers and their junk science that has for so long kept us back and created our current state of peril. It’s time for all of us to work in harmony with nature to build this new world.
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Looking for something good to watch at home? We've picked out the best movie and TV titles added to all of the major streaming services over the past month. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
It may not happen until next summer, but Charlie Daniels’ legendary Volunteer Jam show is returning to downtown Nashville. Daniels launched the all-star concerts in 1974 at the War Memorial Auditorium, and through the years featured guests as varied as Garth Brooks, Don Henley and a reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The Apple gods released the magic that is iOS 8. (We can mute group messages now? Um, YES.) A lucky few got their hands on the new iPhone6 hardware, and one dude promptly dropped his. Ouch.
Some other stuff probably happened this week. We heard rumblings of NFL players being even more horrible and apparently there was some sort of vote going on in Scotland? Whatever. IPHONE.
Anyway, if you can manage to divert your eyes from your shiny new screen for one second (or who are we kidding, you’re probably reading this on your new phone right now), here are the funniest Someecards of the past week.
WARNING: Some shoes may have been harmed in the making of this “Colbert Report” segment.
Will there or will there not be boots on the ground in Iraq? Whatever the answer, Fox News is flat-out furious about it. But as far as Stephen Colbert is concerned, there’s no question at all: “Of course there won’t be American boots on the ground, our shoes are all made in China.”
Apparently, Fox News thought it could bring a little clarity to the topic of war with ISIS by having an expert explain that not all boots are created equal, much to Colbert’s delight. “That is the type of in-depth reporting you can only get from Fox News … or Zappos,” Colbert noted.
Colbert takes Fox News absurd “boot” report, and raises them every other kind of shoe.
After Joan Rivers’ death on Sept. 4, the fate of her E! show, “Fashion Police,” was unclear. Following a few weeks of uncertainty, the network has issued a statement, announcing that the show will continue to air. “Fashion Police” will return in 2015 for Golden Globes coverage on Jan. 12:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joan Rivers and, for the last two weeks, have turned our attention to honoring her memory on all of our platforms. We have also thought long and hard about what Joan would have wanted as it pertains to the future of Fashion Police. We decided, with Melissa Rivers’ blessing, that Joan would have wanted the franchise to continue. Fashion Police will return in 2015 commencing with Golden Globes coverage on Monday, January 12. No further details will be announced at this time.
The show’s most recent hosts included Rivers, George Kotsiopoulos, Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne. At the time of Rivers’ death, Rancic she spoke about the future of “Fashion Police,” and said, “A lot of that will be up to [Melissa] and how she’s feeling and how she decides what she wants to do, along with the execs here at E! There is no word now — they are seeing what Fashion Police looks like without Joan.” Rancic told ABC News, “A part of me is like Joan would want Melissa and us and the team to go on and I know she would, but it’s just a matter of can there be a show without Joan? Do we want to do a ‘Fashion Police’ without Joan? I don’t know.” Style – The Huffington Post
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police say Grammy-nominated R&B singer Keyshia Cole has been arrested on suspicion of battery after an altercation early Friday morning in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles police officer Nuria Vanegas says Cole was arrested around 5 a.m. after someone initiated a private person’s arrest. The 32-year-old was booked on suspicion of battery and released from custody Friday afternoon. Police did not release any further details about the incident.
An email message sent to Cole’s publicist was not immediately returned.
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Our guide to this week's album releases also features streams of upcoming tracks and albums from Aphex Twin, My Brightest Diamond, TV on the Radio, and more. Plus, catch up on the week's music news, and watch new music videos from artists like Ty Segall, Parquet Courts, and Alt-J. Read and Post Comments | Get the full article at Metacritic
During a press conference today in Atlanta, Garth Brooks confirmed that his highly-anticipated new album will be available on November 11th, though the album title is still a well-kept secret. The album includes his current hit, “People Loving People” and will be released via his own Pearl Records in a…… RollingStone.com: News
Earlier this week, we shared reviews of the best movies at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)—and now reality star-turned-actor Ryan Serhant takes us behind the scenes. Saturday, September 6, 2014 5 A.M. Wake up in…
How do you infuse “sporty” with a jolt of high-voltage glamour? That was the subject of discussion backstage before tonight’s Versace show. The answer involved stripping away the house’s usual beauty codes—think smoky rock-’n’-roll eyes, high-gloss lips, and supernaturally shiny blowouts. “It’s minimal—or, at least, it’s minimal by Donatella standards,” said hairstylist Guido Palau with a good-natured laugh of the shift toward a more pared-down kind of sophistication. He was blowing models’ hair straight with Redken Guts Volume Spray Foam and a round brush for a clean, smooth finish with a bit of height, then blasting it with the company’s Redken 23 hairspray and combing it straight back off the face along the crown. “You know how you might rake it back with your fingers?” he said. “It’s that.” As sleek and shiny as one of Versace’s patent minidresses, it felt like the most wearable version of the season’s slick-hair trend yet. Makeup stuck to a similarly winning philosophy: “Simple, young, and fresh,” said Pat McGrath, although she did receive one specific request from Versace. “Donatella wanted a hint of pink in the makeup,” she said of blending a soft, barely-there iridescent rose-colored pigment onto the eyelids and the high points of the face. The reason became clear when models took to the runway—those glowing pink cheekbones lent a womanly softness to their graphic colorblock crop tops, skirts, and evening dresses. Because who couldn’t use a makeup lesson from the master of bombshell sensuality herself?
In a video uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, a man named Shane pops the question to his girlfriend on a paddle boat full of their friends. In her excitement, she playfully hits him and knocks the ring out of his hands and into the water.
You’re probably dying to know if they found the ring — so are we. We reached out to Shane but hadn’t heard back by the time of publication.
Women’s footwear has its own history. “Heels” as a type has fallen in and out of popular fashion several times since WWII, most notably in the late 1990s when lower heels and even flats prevailed. Now we hear that “flats are back!”
“Whereas heels were once integral to power dressing, flats now connote a liberation from that stereotype. As clothes have become more gender-neutral, the need to announce our femininity with a percussive soundtrack has vanished,” writes Sadie Stein.
Wow! This sounds progressive. Who could have predicted that flats and other
“sensible shoes” would become symbols of power in the working world?
OK. And so…how many of you believe this? I don’t.
I might if I saw “Donna” and “Jessica” in the TV series, Suits wearing flats. Sarah Rafferty who plays Harvey Specter’s loyal secretary is 5’9″ (1.75 cm) and Gina Torres who plays his law partner is 5’10″ (1.78 cm). When these stunning amazon women sashay down the hall wearing Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana or Manolo Blahnik stilettos — which they do in every single episode — we don’t have to wonder what the subliminal message is as they tower over the men in their privileged universe of corporate law.
This is how branding and marketing experts got away with the fatuous claim that “high heels” on women is empowering. Forget about potential sprains or fractures. Or that wearing high heels contributes to a woman’s vulnerability by making it literally impossible to run. Forget about degenerative changes in the knee joint or venous hypertension in the lower limbs. Suits boss, “Jessica Pearson” — arguably the best-dressed character in television — is Number One and we are reminded of this every time we see her. She is always, not just the smartest, but the tallest person in the room.
High-heeled shoes have a long history. In the early 1700s, France’s King Louis XIV would often wear shoes with elevated heels, some as tall as five inches. The king decreed that only nobility could wear heels and that no one’s heels could be higher than his own. During the French Revolution, high heels became associated with unearned wealth and the leisure class, since it was widely recognized that performing manual labor was impossible with shoes that no one could walk on.
The stiletto has its own history. Initially, these dagger-like shoes were a symbol of a woman’s sexual power, designed to arouse men so that in their earliest incarnation they were associated almost exclusively with “bimbo” fashion.
As it happened, the stiletto high heel got a new life when marketing and branding professionals shrewdly linked “sexy” with capability and capacity. By the time Sex and the City entered our lives, (1998) the tapered 4″ (10 cm) stiletto was competing with 5″ (13 cm) and the shoe, no longer a “bimbo” icon, was firmly entrenched as the right look for the modern, well-dressed career woman. Evidently, women earning high salaries in highly skilled occupations needed high shoes to demonstrate it. Thus, this unsafe foot apparel suddenly represented authority and power.
Think back to 2006 when The Devil Wears Prada took us into the life of Andy, (Anne Hathaway), a new college graduate who lands a job as a beck-and-call assistant to Miranda Priestly, (Meryl Streep) the narcissistic boss of a haute couture fashion magazine. Thoroughly embarrassed by Andy’s appearance and lack of fashion sense, the very first thing her colleague (Emily Blunt) does is hand her a pair of stilettos. Eventually, Nigel (Stanley Tucci) becomes Andy’s tutor and she learns how to dress for the job. We see her teetering on four-inch high heels as she literally runs from one errand to another, including an acrobatic feat of balancing four cups of Starbucks coffee.
Andy has to dress according to fashionista guidelines. Practicality and comfort are not part of the equation. “… to ask why women subject themselves to the pain of pinched toes and wobbly ankles misses the point of haute couture fashion,” comments New York Times writer, Roberta Smith in her review of a current exhibit in the Robert E. Blum Gallery at the Brooklyn Museum: Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe. (September 10, 2014-February 15, 2015.)
“Haute couture,” she says “has always been more provocative than practical.”
Stiletto high heels have always been provocative and never safe. Think back to 1993 when supermodel Naomi Campbell tripped and fell on the runway while modeling Vivienne Westwood’s Super Elevated Gillie heels. Nobody even pretends the high high-heels are safe. But as UK shoe designer, Terry de Havilland has said, “people say they’re bad for the feet but they’re good for the mind. What’s more important?”
Marketing and branding professionals understand this far better than we do. The average female consumer is powerless against the influence of trend-setters, taste-makers, merchants of cool and the arbiters of fashion. Pitted against this corporate capitalist machine, we have little free will. The need to “fit in” and be “fashionable” trumps individualism as conformity-with-one’s-peers is elevated to an essential component of mental health.
Evidently, fashion is cyclical and now “flats are back!” This means that women who want to be fashionable in the workplace can be appropriately chic in no-heeled shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti, Charlotte Olympia or Alexander McQueen not to mention neon-hued sneakers and flat-heeled boots from Marc Jacobs or Chanel. Or in their less expensive copies.
Flats, sneakers/trainers and flat-heeled boots. It’s a welcome change. But will they really — really? — compete with 3″- 4″-5″ high heels? Are we seriously ready to make a convention out of accessorizing dresses and skirts with flat shoes?
Ask the arbiters of fashion. They’re the ones in charge and they can make anything seem desirable.
When I was a teenager and new to America and comedy, I used to go wherever comics gathered. Back then, anyone could open a stage, because comics weren’t paid. I tried to have some stage time at a showcase at the Hyatt Hotel on Sunset Boulevard and was accompanied by the great comic and my dear friend, George Miller. We were promised a spot, but as the evening wore on, a singer impersonating Jose Feliciano playing a flamenco guitar and another singer were brought on stage ahead of me The emcee got up and told some unfunny jokes and delayed further by bringing up another “foreigner,” Yakov Smirnoff. George had had it and dragged me out front, where we saw Tom Dreesen in his car. Tom was on his way to meet us, but Miller said to him, “Take us to Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills,” and off we went.
I’ll never forget that night. We walked into the club, and Tom introduced me to Joan Rivers. She was larger than life and a woman comic to boot! I felt immediately the warmness and genuineness and kindness of her presence. Joan was standing next to comic Paul Mooney and Marshall Edson, the owner of the club. Tom Dreesen introduced me as a newcomer and asked if Joan could put me on, and Joan, without any hesitation, said, “He’ll be on next.” Right away I felt like she was giving me 100 percent of her attention.
Then I heard an explosive Paul Mooney yell, “Over my dead body! I’m next!” I thought we might be in for another Hyatt experience when I saw Marshall tap Paul on the back and smile, while Joan looked at me and winked. I think George wanted to avoid any confrontation and said, “You can’t stand at the bar; you are underage,” and took me outside. While I was wondering if I would ever get on stage, Joan popped out with a glass of Coca-Cola and reassured me that she would be bringing me on next. Then I could hear the applause for the comic leaving the stage and saw Joan turn and run into the showroom and onto the stage. George Miller and Tom Dreesen came to the doorway and said, “Hey, she’s bringing you up!” and then I heard that high-pitched, raspy voice say, “If you like me, please give this next guy all of your love and attention. He’s an exotic foreigner and a wonderful kid, and he’s funny! Please welcome Jamie Masada!”
Now, Paul Mooney had a large afro at the time, and he was well-known because of his work as a Soul Train dancer. He started in: “Oh, no! She did not just do that!” Paul had a very distinctive voice. He kept going, saying somebody should call the police and “get this illegal alien out of here and send him back across the border where he belongs.” Paul continued ranting, and I could hear Joan talking to him, trying to calm him down, saying, “Oh, Paul, please, he’s a kid.” Dreesen and Miller chimed in, saying, “Let him do his act.” Mooney kept going; his voice got louder and louder: “I’m a big star on Soul Train, and I have more talent in one of my dancing moves than he ever could have.” While he was demonstrating his dance moves and drinking, I made my way to the stage.
I opened with the line that Mitzi, who owned the Comedy Store, had said I should open with: “Hey, I’m from a very exotic desert city, Phoenix, Arizona. Does anybody want to buy some oil?” I then would say, “I have a lot in my hair.” That was my opening line, and it was met with silence and strange stares from the audience. Paul Mooney let out a big fake laugh that drew attention to the fact that nobody was laughing. I continued to talk about how in America it’s “confusing for foreigners” and recounted the time I was walking down the street and saw a sign that said “Animal Psychiatrist,” and I thought to myself, “I would never go and lie down and tell my problems to a German Shepherd.”
Well, there was some giggling, so I continued. I talked about how I wanted to find a girlfriend. I said that all the comics had given me the advice that if I wanted to go out with an American girl, I had to spend a lot of money on them. The first time I told that joke, I said, “I walked into a club, saw a girl, and said, ‘Hello, I want to buy you a piano.’” David Letterman, watching me at the time, told me that I needed more of a punchline, so I added his suggestion. Now I ended it with the girl coming back at me and saying, “Nah, I’d rather have an organ.”
Now I felt like I was on a roll, as I was getting more laughs. I told a few crazy jokes and then ended by saying that another comedian had told me that if I really wanted to meet American girls, I would have to go to dance clubs. He told me, “If you dance a slow dance with a girl, they get excited and go home with you.” So I told the crowd that I went to a club and saw a girl who was extremely overweight and alone and asked her to dance with me. It was a slow song, and I think I was holding her too tightly, because she was struggling to breathe. After a while she whispered in my ear, “Can I ask you a question?” I said, “Sure.” She said, “What do you use for protection in your country?” I told her, “A stick or a knife.” She walked away from me.
People laughed and clapped, and I left the stage
On that note Joan came up, laughing really hard at that joke, and she kept saying, “That’s funny! Knife or stick, stick or knife — that’s what you use for protection, really? Did you really use a stick? OK, very funny, young man. Very funny.” She was laughing uncontrollably.
Paul Mooney, still irked that he didn’t go on, came over and asked me, “Can I see your green card?” Tom, George, Marshall, and Joan laughed. Joan put her arm on my shoulder, giving me a kind, secure feeling that she was there and that I should not be afraid of anybody — Mooney included. Joan told me, “Anytime you want to come by, I’m in here most of the time,” and I could feel that she had a real warmness about her. Most people had come to see her, but she made me feel that I was the source of the merriment. “What a nice lady,” I thought.
A few years later, in 1982, I was publishing a magazine for Warner Brothers, and Joan asked me if she could be on the cover, and I said I would be more than glad to put her on the cover.
The interview I did with her for the magazine is below:
As you can see, she was quick, funny, and simply terrific. She was fast on her feet. In 1985, when she was now a huge star, I asked her if she would be on the cover of the magazine again, and without hesitation she said yes.
As you can see, Joan was simply the best. I remember one time my friend, the actor Robert Harper, a member of the Academy, had two tickets for the Academy Awards, and we got good seats. That night I met so many celebrities, including Paul McCartney, but I particularly remember sitting next to an actress and her husband. I heard bits of their conversation and recall the actress saying, “I hope Joan Rivers saw me and made some comment about my dress.” Her husband was saying, “Don’t worry about that; we should watch the show,” but she was so focused on whether she would be on Joan Rivers’ show that the actual show before her eyes played second fiddle. I think the actress knew that the things Joan said about those on the red carpet came from a place of love. Her stingers were a form of tribute.
After I opened my own club, Joan invited me to see a comedian from Bangladesh named Gerry Bednob opening for her in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. That’s where I met Edgar, her husband. I remember that room in Caesars Palace sat over 1,000 people, and each night I was there, before the show started, I stood by the door and saw people coming into the showroom, some with walkers, some with canes, and some with sad faces because they had lost their money. Some of them had brought their families. Some were happy because they were seeing Joan, but most of the faces were unhappy.
By the time they were leaving, however, it was a different story. I was standing by the exit, and I saw these same people with canes and walkers were all walking out, laughing with smiles on their faces. Gerry was next to me, and I told him that Joan was truly a doctor of the soul. Here all her patients came to see her, over a thousand at a time, and after an hour and a half they walked out with smiles on their faces. This is something we should always remember about her: She made millions of people laugh. That is no small accomplishment.
And I really truly believe Joan paved the road for female comics. She did more than anybody for female comics. Comics like Rosanne Barr, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, and so many others owe so much to Joan.
I remember one time she followed Richard Pryor on stage at the Laugh Factory. She had come to see a comedian perform, and the crowd wanted to see her, so we brought her up, and she went toe to toe with Richard Pryor, and she held her own. I would say she was one of the most important comedians of all time. In addition, she was a great mother. The last time I saw her, she was with her daughter and grandson Cooper at the Hollywood Laugh Factory. She told me that Cooper was going to be a great comic and to watch for him. Earlier, before the show, the TMZ bus stopped in front of the club, and she walked out and took her time to say hello to everybody on the bus. The people on the bus kept asking about her appearances on Howard Stern’s show, and she took her time to answer everybody’s question and spoke so highly of Howard.
She always tried to make everybody feel good. She was truly a doctor of the soul — there are so few of them — and as a comedian, she was one of a kind. And she is not just the most important female comic of all time but one of the most important and funniest comics of all time. Her name belongs right there with Lenny Bruce, Don Rickles, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, and Rodney Dangerfield. The history of comedy will remember her as one of the best of the best.
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1.) Bally‘s new bags are all clean lines and ladylike straps, but the standouts from its spring 2015 collection were an elegant, deep emerald hue inspired by the tone of vintage Jaguar automobiles. And after all, green means go.
5.) From a projected bat signal to a swimming pool filled with Styrofoam replete with a pair of frolicking male models, Philipp Plein’s underwater extravaganza was a sight that had to be seen to be believed—but it was the orchestra playing Depeche Mode which won us over.