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If the experts at People magazine are to be trusted, then Gwyneth Paltrow is currently the most beautiful woman in the world. Happily, this means that beauty now comes with a comprehensive instruction manual. Thanks to her lifestyle newsletter, GOOP, it’s possible for us mere mortals to follow Gwyneth’s own advice on how to be exactly like her—that is, perfect.According to its website, GOOP (cheerily named after Paltrow’s initials) is “a digital media and e-commerce company.” Its free weekly newsletter includes style tips, recipes, vacation recommendations, and miscellaneous words of wisdom from Paltrow’s rich and famous friends. The writing style is particularly intriguing—primarily first-person Paltrow, with occasional additions from a mysterious editorial “we” whenever Gwyneth wants to interview herself.Continue Reading… …
The Facebook era has brought with it endless speculation about
the end of privacy—a world in which everyone shares themselves and
their lives freely. But what if what we think will be the end of
privacy actually ushers in an era more private than ever? That’s
the question behind comic book scribe Brian K. Vaughan’s newest
series, The Private Eye. It’s a masterpiece of comic book
world building—and a brilliant sci-fi riff on what happens after
the end of privacy nearly ruins everything.
Set in Los Angeles six decades from now, Vaughan’s comic, which
he co-created with artist Marcos Martin, envisions a world in which
the Internet no longer exists. The Net was taken down after what
can only be described as a privacy apocalypse. As the series’
protagonist describes it, everything was once stored in the cloud,
and then one day all that information “just poured right out for
the whole damn country to see. Every message you thought was safe,
every photo you thought you deleted, every mortifying little search
you ever made—it was all there for anyone to use against you.”
The resulting world is one
built out of the backlash to the privacy apocalypse—which is to
say, a world in which privacy is taken very, very
seriously. It’s not just that there’s no more Internet. Members of
the press are now literally licensed agents of the state.
Unlicensed journalism is a crime. Just about everyone wears
outlandish disguises in public—everything from cheap-looking fish
masks to holographic animal heads to full body disguises that
transform ugly men into beautiful women.
That makes for some thrillingly wild visuals from Martin, whose
cartoony but fantastically detailed art helps bring the series’
expansively weird world alive. Colorist Muntsa Vicente gives his
images a bright, bold color palette—like Wonka World as seen under
the light of the California sun. Their crowd scenes and
streetscapes, in particular, offer rich visions of a which
elaborate individual costuming has become a normal part of everyday
life—part fashion, part personal statement, part protective
The first issue is devoted mostly to sketching out the world,
but what story we get concerns an unlicensed paparazzi who
specializes in extremely thorough illegal background checks. That
allows Vaughan to play up the detective noir aspects with allusions
to ;The Maltese Falcon ;and ;Angel
Face. Indeed, Vaughan and Martin hide a slew of sly references
and big ideas in their panels and dialogue: I grinned when a
licensed fourth estate agent identified himself as Strunk. I
laughed out loud at an image of a training whizzing through the
city with an ad for the Los Angeles Times plastered on the
side—tagline, “Your Tax Dollars AT WORK.” For the truly attentive,
Vaughan and Martin even manage to work in references to The Flaming
Lips, Freakonomics, and playwright Henry Miller. It’s
clever stuff, and a heckuva lot of fun to both read and look
With only one issue out so far—the plan is to eventually
published about 10—Vaughan is only beginning to build the world and
explore its potential ideas. But if his previous comics work is any
indication, he’s sure to find somewhere interesting to go. Previous
Vaughan-created series, like
Ex Machina, have dealt with a host of
libertarian-friendly themes of state control and personal freedom;
his other current series, the equally fantastic Saga, is
in part a dazzlingly inventive sci-fi/fantasy take on the desire to
opt out of a politically determined life.
Still, for all its thematic ambitions, it may be the biggest and
most consequential idea in The Private Eye isn’t the story
itself but the way it’s sold. Vaughan’s other comic series have all
born the seal of a major comics publisher or imprint. But he and
Martin are digitally self-publishing their new creation without the
aid of any publisher. There are no print copies at all. Instead,
interested readers can go to PanelSyndicate.com and pay as much
or as little as they want in exchange for downloading a digital
The Private Eye may be a story about the consequences
of digital sharing, but I’m sure glad that Vaughan and Martin have
put their comic in the cloud for anyone to see and share. It’s
easily the best new comic series I’ve read this year—and its
greatness is something that shouldn’t be kept private at
all. ; …
Guess Rick Ross’ assurances that he doesn’t “condone” rape were not enough for him to keep his gig as a sneaker salesman. Late Thursday, Reebok announced it was dumping him as a spokesman.At issue were the lyrics to the new track “U.O.E.N.O.” – in which Ross brags that “Put Molly in all in the champagne. She ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain’t even know it.” (“Molly” is slang for Ecstasy, non-partiers.)The song has been scrutinized ever since writer Rosa Clemente noted the “problematic” line last month on her YouTube channel. Soon after, Ross told New Orleans radio station Q 93.3, “I would never use the term ‘rape’ in my records and as far as my camp… Nobody condones that. So I just wanted to reach out to all my queens that’s on my timeline, all the sexy ladies, the beautiful ladies that have been reaching out to me with the misunderstanding: We don’t condone rape, and I’m not with that. I want to make sure this is clear, that woman is the most precious gift known to man. It was a misunderstanding with a lyric, a misinterpretation where the term rape wasn’t used.”Continue Reading… …
Paul Flynn, the owner of a DVD rental store in Limerick, Ireland, has a rather interesting customer.
For the last five or six years a local priest has been calling in to rent movies. Paul describes the priest as “a lovely man who loves his old films” but there’s more to this man of the cloth than first meets the eye.
“Back in January, he mentioned he had watched Lincoln the night before,” Paul explained. “So I asked had they shown it early in the cinema or something and he said: ‘No, we have a film club once a week and we watched it up at the monastery’.”
Of course, back in January the movie wasn’t out on DVD, so either the priest is an Oscar voter or there’s another more likely explanation. And it gets worse.
“We watched Django Unchained last week, which I found very violent,” the priest told Paul. “We watched Les Miserables the week before and Zero Dark Thirty the week before that.”
What we appear to have here is a secret pirate movie club located in a monastery, run and frequented by priests. If that wasn’t enough, Paul says the priests just don’t see anything wrong in it either.
This rather unusual tale piqued our interest. Is the pirating priest phenomenon isolated only in the beautiful city of Limerick or is it more widespread? To find out, TorrentFreak decided to take a look at the recent downloading habits of people living in the most religious city-state in the world – the Vatican.
The Vatican is a small place so downloading levels are very low. However, we did notice that one particular IP address came up a number of times, on each occasion linked to TV shows such as Chicago Fire, Lightfields, The Neighbours and Touch. Another IP address showed an interest in The Americans.
While TV shows seem quite popular, when compared to their Irish counterparts people in the Vatican are a real disappointment when it comes to the downloading of pre-release movies – there were no downloads of DVD screeners whatsoever. In fact, only three Hollywood movies appear in the entire list – Love Actually from a decade ago, a cam copy of Snitch, and The Last Stand in x264.
Music is also less popular than we expected. In addition to a compilation album there’s just one recent download of Ed Sheeran’s Lego House. Also from the same IP address was the only game download in the list – Aerosoft’s Mega Airport Madrid X.
But just when the whole exercise was beginning to fall a bit flat, we spotted some downloads to get pulses racing. It seems that while Vatican dwellers aren’t all that interested in Hollywood movies, they do enjoy adult related celluloid.
In the interests of science we researched each of the titles (including the curiously named RS77_Episode 01) and discovered that downloaders in the Vatican have one or two unusual ‘niche’ interests. We won’t link to our discoveries here, but feel free to do your own ‘research’ using the titles shown above. There isn’t a commandment that covers these films directly, but some might argue there should be.
TorrentFreak couldn’t find a priest prepared to make a comment and apparently the Pope is “busy” today. On a Sunday?
Source: Priests Watch DVD Screeners While Pirates Download Filth in the Vatican
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