aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Friday, September 23, 2005
Truth laid bare
Glamour ain’t pretty.
Salon on Kate Moss and cocaine:
What this drama has done is lay bare the ugly skeleton that holds up a fashion industry that for some time has prized hollow cheeks and vacant eyes, stunted, prepubescent frames, and jutting collar bones from which fabric drapes beautifully. In other words, the body that is appealing to designers—and thus to consumers—is a body that looks like it has been ravaged by drugs. In order to stay employed, models must maintain this shape; to maintain the shape they must do something besides eat right and exercise regularly. Whether it’s cocaine or speed or heroin or caffeine or cigarettes or anorexia or bulimia or some combination of the above, most adult women cannot get bodies that look like Moss’ healthily, because hers is not a healthy body.
For years, Moss has managed to dodge any real trouble. But there have long been chinks in her image. In 1998, she checked herself into a rehab clinic for “exhaustion.” In a rare interview, she admitted that she modeled drunk throughout much of the ‘90s. She is almost always photographed with a cigarette in one hand-she is said to have an 80-a-day habit-and a cocktail in the other. Earlier this year, she won libel damages from the Sunday Mirror for false claims that she had collapsed into a cocaine-induced coma in Barcelona. And, over the last nine months, she has fueled rumors by dating Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty, the music world’s current Sid Vicious: Doherty has been jailed for burglary and last month was arrested in Oslo for possession of heroin and crack. As a spokeswoman for designer Robert Cavalli hinted to the Times (of London): “She is not going to be going out with Pete Doherty and having milk and cheesecake every night, is she?”
Run Warren, Run
Maybe he’s warming up:
Actor Warren Beatty leveled a blistering political assault on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday night, accusing him of governing “by show, by spin, by cosmetics and photos ops” while imposing Bush administration policies on California.
Beatty made his remarks at a convention of the California Nurses Association, an organization that has emerged in the last year as one of Schwarzenegger’s most vociferous critics.
Beatty, a Democrat and longtime political activist who has been mentioned as a possible challenger to Schwarzenegger next year, did not announce his candidacy, as many in the boisterous crowd had hoped. But he indicated he hadn’t ruled out a run and said he would continue to speak out on important issues.
UPDATE: More from the Times of London:
WARREN BEATTY is considering a challenge to Arnold Schwarzenegger for the governorship of California next year in what could be a battle of the celebrities.
Mr Beatty, 68, has been involved in politics since 1968, when he campaigned with Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated that year. He also supported Senator George McGovern.
When Bill Clinton left office, the actor was rumoured to be interested in the Democratic presidential nomination, but he ultimately did not run against Al Gore and Bill Bradley.
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister says the Bush administration did not heed some Saudi warnings on occupying Iraq and that he doesn’t believe a new constitution and elections will solve the emerging nation’s problems.
In a wide-ranging interview Thursday, Saud said he’d like to see oil prices drop about $20 a barrel from their current $60-plus range, but predicted a lack of refineries will keep consumer prices higher even if crude becomes cheaper.
On Iraq, the foreign minister expressed skepticism at Bush administration officials’ predictions that the upcoming political events in Iraq would heal the country’s divisions.
“Perhaps what they are saying is going to happen,” he said. “I wish it would happen, but I don’t think that a constitution by itself will resolve the issues, or an election by itself will solve the difficult problems.”
U.S. policies in Iraq risk dividing the country into three separate parts: Kurdish, Sunni and Shiite, he cautioned.
He’s not going to blogroll me
Dear anonymous blogger,
Around 25-30 times a week, at least, I receive emails from bloggers such as you asking me to put them on the MyDD blogroll. Overall, in less than a year and a half of blogging, I have easily received more than 1,000 such requests. By now, if “blogroll” or “link” is in the title of an email sent to me from someone I don’t know, I simply delete that email without even reading it.
I am not angry that people send me these emails. In fact, it has happened so often that by now even annoyance has worn away. Read on.
Me thinks this sounds, if not aristocratic, a bit off-putting.
For the record, I don’t ask to be added to blogrolls; but I’m grateful to everyone who includes me.
Duncan’s Day in DC
Atrios was in DC yesterday:
Basically where we are is that the FEC is at the tail-end of a rulemaking process, which I testified for previously, regarding regulating political speech on the internet which they were forced to do by a judge. It’s unclear, however, why they have yet to actually issue their ruling. It’s possible they’re dragging their feet either because they want and/or expect congress to intervene in some fashion nullifying anything they do, or because they’re waiting for a ruling on the standing of those who filed the lawsuit which led to them being forced to do something (they didn’t appeal the ruling itself, but if it’s determined that there’s a issue with the standing the ruling could be chucked out anyway).
A controversial plan by the Federal Election Commission to regulate political blogging may be short-lived after all.
Members of Congress said Thursday that the freewheeling world of Internet politicking should continue to be immune from campaign finance laws, and indicated they may rewrite the law to halt the FEC’s proposal.
The handful of politicians present at a hearing convened by the U.S. House of Representatives Administration Committee hailed the Internet’s power in democratizing politics and breeding grassroots action.