Monday, 25 November 2013

check Cos67's wisdom, part 8

I knew that the Daily Mail has an effect on
even sane women, if they dare to look.
As I said, on the tube, all proud young ones
"read" the Mail online to check which star
has a fat butt.
we all have now seen the DM sidebar with the
famous chicks with every kind of boob and
buttock out.
Women read it because other articles in the DM
play with women's sense of confidence. So,
the paper that insults them (to sell them stuff)
also gives them the opportunity to look down
on famous people. simple psychological tricks
make lifelong customers.

check it: The Observer

Lily Allen: 'I'm called mouthy but I'm just talking'
Lily Allen is recording her first solo track in three years. Here, Eva Wiseman joins her on set and talks to the unfailingly honest singer about feminism, surgery and the joys of motherhood
        Eva Wiseman   
        Sunday 17 November 2013 
Lily Allen
'Dolly Parton is a bitch. Adele’s a bitch. Angela Merkel is a bitch… Kate Middleton is NOT a bitch': Lily Allen. Photograph: Ed Singleton for the Observer

A year ago, if you'd been walking down Harley Street late one morning, you would have seen Lily Allen leaving a plastic surgeon's office covered in the fine black lines of a steady-handed pen. It was two years after the Daily Mail ran a graph charting "the ups and downs of her ever-changing figure", one year since she'd publicly discussed her bulimia and the recent loss of her child, and months since she'd given birth to her first daughter. She was feeling fat. She had gone for a consultation about laser liposuction and, after advice from the surgeon, booked in for more – as well as her thighs, her arse, he recommended she reshape her ankles, her belly, her knees and her back. Except, four days before her operation, she found out she was pregnant again. And so – she's Lily Allen – she wrote a song.
On a bright cold day on an industrial estate outside Wimbledon, near a dusty Chinese takeaway called the Charisma Café, a café that appears to have been built out of chips and irony, Lily Allen is standing on a sound stage, being a pop star again. Her new song booms through air fragrant with the fresh-paint smell of things going right. This is not just a pop song. This is a feminist text with a really catchy drum beat. This is not JUST a pop song, this is an open letter to Mail Online, this is a cackling wink at modern misogyny, at women's roles in 2013, at bloody Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", even. While his video, for one of the biggest hits of the year, featured balloons that coyly spelled out "Robin Thicke has a big dick", her balloons say "Lily Allen has a baggy pussy."Could this be the first chart hit containing the word "objectifies"? It's good to have her back.
"The Mail Online is like carbs – you know you shouldn't but you do. Probably two or three times a day." She laughs, drainily. "I hate them – it's an atrocity, really. But I still go on it. It's my homepage. These lyrics are a message to them, in part. We keep going back," she takes a long pull on her cigarette, "we keep going back, because they've made us feel so shit that we have to compare ourselves, to say 'haha she's fat too', in order to feel better."

under that side butt, is a real feminist

Women have always sought the freedom to dress as
they see fit. No man can tell a woman how to dress.
and how have women been celebrating this fact?

The famous ones have been parading around with
out their underoos. their boobs have been popping
out. Not strippers. Actresses and "musicians".

chick in black nipple-covers

Their parading has caused some new words to
be created. sideboob, underbutt, camel toe. Science
thanks you.
And I thought Pussy Riot was pushing the
language thing.

checkit: The Guardian

From underboob to bum slip: the new female body parts
A guide to the body parts you didn't even know you had – all of which are the subject of fevered online debate

        Emine Saner     
         Monday 11 November 2013 13.05 GMT   
        Jump to comments (166)
 The Venus de Milo rocking bum cleavage
The Venus de Milo rocking butt cleavage. Photograph: Jean-Erick Pasquier/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Who would have thought that despite the long history of the study of human anatomy, new body parts are still being discovered every year? In medical schools around the world, students are being given printouts from the Daily Mail's sidebar of shame so that they can correctly identify parts such as the "side bum" – a glaring omission from anatomy textbooks. Here, then, is a handy guide to the bits you didn't even know you had.

Of course, 2012 will be forever remembered as the sideboob's zenith (the year the Huffington Post launched their dedicated sideboob page), but it is still going strong. The origins of the sideboob – the area between armpit and ribcage – are not officially recorded, but it is thought to date back as far as 2005 to an episode of Family Guy, with Peter Griffin presenting his Sideboob Hour: "A wonderful look back on all the partial nudity network television used to offer." Since then, countless female celebrities have been accused of "flaunting" (I believe this is the phrase) a sideboob. In an attempt to take the sideboob seriously, last year the Huffington Post asked if it was "the endgame of feminism". But no, it's mainly just for internet pervs.

The bottom part of the breasts, exposed by an ill-fitting top – perhaps a jumper that looks like it has been unravelled from the bottom up. According to Urban Dictionary, there is even such a thing as an "underboob shirt", though I don't think they're stocked by M&S. The underboob is not exactly new – think of those cliched 1980s shots of women in chilly crop tops – but it is enjoying a renaissance. The Mail has, this year alone, written 12 stories about celebrities' underboobs, which is starting to look like a fixation – at least once describing it as "serious underboob" (Miley Cyrus), underlining the gravitas of this hitherto unconsidered body part. Fevered debate is had online about sideboob v underboob – think of it as 2013's contribution to the great battles of history. A cursory glance around the internet reveals underboob might be winning.

Back dimples
Also known as dimples of Venus, these are the little indentations some people have either side of their lower back (they're genetic). Still very much a niche fascination that is bubbling under on Tumblr blogs at the moment, there has yet to be a celebrity back dimple explosion. It will come.

Side butt
"Side butt is the new side boob," proclaimed New York magazine earlier this year, using an array of pictures of celebrities, including Kate Winslet and Jennifer Lopez, to prove it, all wearing dresses with transparent panels to display varying amounts of flesh between the top of the (side) thigh and hip, and around to the buttocks. Then last week, Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on the front page of the Sun wearing a long white dress that exposed said area and was crowned "Gwyn the side bum queen", surely her biggest achievement since winning an Oscar. It's a look that announces: I am not wearing any pants and I don't care.

Thigh gap
It's as if a cabal of misogynists got together and said: "We've done bingo wings, we've done cankles; really, what's left in our ongoing attempt to make women hate their bodies?" And then they came up with thigh gap, the part of the body that nobody had ever thought about before, except maybe marathon runners caught out by surprise chafing. And yet a deranged idea has apparently become the new obsession: that when you stand with your feet together, there should be a visible gap where your upper inner thighs do not meet.

Bum slip
Alarming news, again from the Mail, where it predicts the "side boob's days could be numbered" in favour of the "bum slip". The bum slip is, apparently, the fleshy underside of the buttock cheeks, made visible when wearing very short shorts (Miley Cyrus), or a kind of leotard (Kate Moss). It is also known as "underbutt". "Although the bum slip hasn't been doing the rounds for long," writes the Mail, bringing to mind a kind of giant arse with its own PR team, "it has made more regular appearances on stage."

Butt cleavage
You know it already as the "builder's bum", but now, thanks to Heidi Klum among others, the exposed arse crack has been legitimised as fashionable. At last, a body trend everybody – man and woman – can join in with.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

modern art has gone up its butt & died

I don't care one way or the other which art is in fashion.
that's not what art is about. it's what investment in art
is all about, but I have always enjoyed it when , say,
the mother of a Romanian art thief chucked millions
of euros of evidence into the fireplace.
Bonfire of the Vanities anyone?

Anyway, i have been noticing that this latest wave of
modern art, witnessed in the Chapmans, Damien Hirst
and the-bird-with-the-cum-stained-bed, oh ya, Tracey Emin.

It looks like their time, historically speaking, is coming to an
end and some of them are flailing about in public. Hirst and his
"dealer" have been know to pump and dump on the market.

Others have committed artistic suicide. Hirst again, tried to 
paint realistic likenesses and they were sh*t. He got his 
ego served to him in a dirty ashtray.

Now there's a whole show in the Tate Modern that is as 
stale as the piss in their bathrooms. It's called Art Under 
Attack. It claims that iconoclasts are those who wreck 
art, and then the modern artists place themselves and their
work next to art that was wrecked for political or religious 
reasons, not because the art was worthless tat. 

Cromwell hanging upside down
Catholic art wrecked in the Reformation
painting of Canterbury Cathedral after a Puritan attack 
from the Guardian:
"the Tate can't really champion art vandals as artists 
without sounding hypocritical". 
the wreckers are the artists now.

"the studiously ambivalent, pretentious way the rest of the 
show explores modern attacks on art"  

"if you scribble your name on any of the works here, you 
will be prosecuted. Unless you are Jake and Dinos Chapman
and can afford to buy the art you plant to insult. Then it's

As Jonathan Jones said, they should have included the 
Umanets graffiti on the Rothko blandscape. Or something
by banksy.

maybe the new boys are taking the piss out of art shows 
because they're pompous excuses for showiness that
are cobbled together with no sense of coherence anyway.
well, they won that argument. Their show is a 
massive f^&*k-about.

duck duck go this one: Review- is it smart to smash up art?
Jonathan Jones Guardian

Friday, 8 November 2013

Brothers in Chemistry

Although a degree in pharmaceuticals is usually
a ticket to a "clean" job with riches, those who
fail could always open a meth lab.

Now it turns out that the meth lab has a friend
in the pharma industry. The meth boys would
have a hard time without a particular drug
that big pharma provides.
You see, big pharma needs lots of lucre, and
they'll take the meth lab money any day.

checkit: Boing boing

Allies: meth merchants and big pharma
David Pescovitz at 12:37 pm Fri, Sep 27, 2013
In Mother Jones, Jonah Engle investigates the business of "shake and bake" methamphetamine labs and how legal drug manufacturers help illegal drug manufacturers stay in business by fighting to keep crank precursors like Sudafed available over the counter, or at least "behind the counter" without a prescription. From Mother Jones:
    If anyone wondered what would happen if heroin or cocaine addicts suddenly discovered how to make their own supply with a handful of cheap ingredients readily available over the counter, methamphetamine's recent history provides an answer. Since 2007, the number of clandestine meth sites discovered by police has increased 63 percent nationwide. In Kentucky, the number of labs has more than tripled. The Bluegrass State regularly joins its neighbors Missouri, Tennessee, and Indiana as the top four states for annual meth lab discoveries.
    As law enforcement agencies scramble to clean up and dispose of toxic labs, prosecute cooks, and find foster homes for their children, they are waging two battles: one against destitute, strung-out addicts, the other against some of the world's wealthiest and most politically connected drug manufacturers. In the past several years, lawmakers in 25 states have sought to make pseudoephedrine—the one irreplaceable ingredient in a shake-and-bake lab—a prescription drug. In all but two—Oregon and Mississippi—they have failed as the industry, which sells an estimated $605 million worth of pseudoephedrine-based drugs a year, has deployed all-star lobbying teams and campaign-trail tactics such as robocalls and advertising blitzes.
"Merchants of Meth: How Big Pharma Keeps the Cooks in Business"
(Photo by Stacy Kranitz. See her photo essay: "Chasing Meth in Laurel County, Kentucky")

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