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In the News 11.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 09.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


1. 50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1965

“A half-century ago, the war in Vietnam was escalating, the space race was in full swing, the Rolling Stones were on a world tour, the bravery of those who marched to Selma led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and the St. Louis Arch was completed. The United States occupied the Dominican Republic, Malcolm X was assassinated, NASA’s Mariner 4 flew by Mars, race riots erupted in Watts, California, and Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston. Let me take you 50 years into the past now, for a photographic look back at the year 1965.”

Read the rest of this article at The Atlantic Photo





2. What Do Male Models Think of ‘Zoolander’?

“Among people of a certain age, Zoolander is an unimpeachable classic—a triumph of arch silliness that was as much a critique of the paranoia of the early 2000s as it was a send-up of a fashion industry that was all too willing to play along. It introduced a generation to the insanity of high fashion, and whenever we see Rick Owens sending models onto the runway with their wieners hanging out for everyone to see or people literally wearing trash as couture, we imagine Derek Zoolander’s universe is brushing up against ours.


I was curious to know what actual male models thought of the classic, so in celebration of the coming sequel I called up a few to ask what they thought.”

Read the rest of this article at Vice





3. To Tip Or Not

“Tipping is confusing, and paradoxical. We tip some people who provide services but not others who work just as hard for just as little pay. It is insulting to leave any tip in Tokyo but offensive not to leave a large one in New York. It is assumed that the purpose of tipping is to encourage good service but we leave one only after the service has been given, when it is too late to change it, often to people who will never serve us again. Tipping challenges the sweeping generalisations of economists and anthropologists alike. To understand how and why we tip is to begin to understand just how complicated and fascinating we human beings are.”

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4. Ruling that ‘Blurred Lines’ copied Marvin Gaye song rocks music world

“On Tuesday, a federal jury decided that “Blurred Lines” had copied Gaye’s 1977 chart-topper “Got To Give It Up,” and found that Williams and Thicke should fork over nearly $7.4 million in unpaid licensing fees and a chunk of the song’s profits. They absolved rapper T.I. and the record companies behind the song of infringement. Gaye’s daughter, Nona, clung to her attorney and sobbed when the verdict was read.”

Read the rest of this article at the Los Angeles Times





5. Remembering Boris Nemtsov

“Nemtsov was a young physicist in Nizhny Novgorod when perestroika began. He got involved in protest politics and was elected to the first democratic Supreme Soviet in 1990, associating himself with the anti-Soviet, ‘democratic’ wing. He caught Boris Yeltsin’s eye and was appointed governor of Nizhny Novgorod. After six years with mixed results, he was called back to the Kremlin to join the cabinet of ‘young reformers’ who, it was claimed, would renew economic progress for Yeltsin’s second term. Nemtsov was the most handsome among them, and a physicist, and Jewish! Looking at photos of him with Yeltsin, who sometimes presented Nemtsov as his successor, one couldn’t help but be filled with hope. Then Nemtsov opened his mouth. The first time I saw him on TV was during a celebration of the ageing pop singer Alla Pugacheva; he reminded her that she’d once said she liked sleeping with her husband because he reminded her of Nemtsov. It was a strange performance for the future hope of Russian democracy.”

Read the rest of this article at the London Review of Books



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