September 21st, 2006

Chris Keeley

as when fashion glamorized images of heroin abuse in the early 1990’s

appeared so gaunt and thin that their knees and elbows were larger than their concave thighs and pipe cleaner arms, and their bobbling heads looked as if a slight breeze could detach them from their frail bodies.

EXTREME VIEW A model as presented through a distorting mirror at the Michael Kors show

 

When Is Thin Too Thin?

THEY were alarmingly thin. Snejana Onopka, Natasha Poly and Hana Soukupova, models in demand among the fashion designers who showed their collections in New York last week, appeared so gaunt and thin that their knees and elbows were larger than their concave thighs and pipe cleaner arms, and their bobbling heads looked as if a slight breeze could detach them from their frail bodies.

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This skull is part of the earliest well-preserved fossil of a child.

The lower limbs supported earlier findings that afarensis walked upright, like modern humans. But gorillalike arms and shoulders suggested that it possibly retained an ancestral ability to climb and swing through the trees.

Fossil of Child, Age 3 Million, Offers Insights

Little Girl, 3 Million Years Old, Offers New Hints on Evolution

If the fossil Lucy, the most famous woman from out of the deep human past, had a child, it might have looked a lot like the bundle of skull and bones uncovered by scientists digging in the badlands of Ethiopia.

The paleontologists who are announcing the discovery in the journal Nature today said the 3.3-million-year-old fossils were of the earliest well-preserved child ever found in the human lineage. It was estimated to be about 3 years old at death, probably female and a member of the Australopithecus afarensis species, the same as Lucy’s.

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a weird new regime where every mall and every school and every bus and train and jet is tagged and t

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Google" has just been published in the New Scientists -- it's a short short story about the life of a teenager when today's tools of ubiquitous computer control and surveillance are perfected.

http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/mg19125691.800;jsessionid=OPEGCJHNALIL?DCMP=ILC-OpenHouse&nsref=mg19125691.800INT

Ted got busted because we do graffiti. Losing Ted was a big setback, as Ted was the only guy in our gang who knew how to steal aerosol spray cans. As potent instruments of teenage social networking, aerosol spray cans have "high abuse potential". So spray cans are among the many things us teenagers can't buy, like handguns, birth control, alcohol, cigarettes and music with curse words.

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Mr. MacKaye has made plenty of music since then, with Fugazi, the Evens (his current project) and ot

Hardcore spawned the anti-drug, anti-alcohol, anti-casual-sex movement known as straightedge.


The band Articles of Faith, from the documentary “American Hardcore

How Hard Was Their Core? Looking Back at Anger

Last Friday night about a hundred well-behaved hipsters packed into the basement of the Guggenheim Museum for the taping of a television talk show that doesn’t exist yet. “Soft Focus” is a project of VBS.tv, an offshoot of Vice, the downtown magazine. And the main draw was Ian MacKaye, who talked a bit about his early-80’s group, Minor Threat, perhaps the ultimate hardcore punk band.

Mr. MacKaye has made plenty of music since then, with Fugazi, the Evens (his current project) and other bands. So he could afford to chuckle at his former self. He said, ruefully, that in the Minor Threat days, he tried to write lyrics so obvious that no one could possibly misinterpret them. But one topic was off limits. “I remember clearly resisting the urge to put the word Reagan in any of the songs,” he said. He wanted his music to outlast the administration he loathed.

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Grover Norquist was cleared for 97 visits to the White House and Ralph Reed was cleared for 18 visit

Judge Rejects Building of Roads Inside National Forests
Here in this country, a federal judge has rejected an attempt by the Bush administration to allow new roads be built through nearly 60 million acres of national forest land. President Bush wanted to open up the land to logging, mining and other activities. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Laporte ruled that the policy ignored both the National Environmental Policy Act and the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The judge reinstated a Clinton administration rule that prohibited new roads on some pristine wildlands.

California Sues Six Largest U.S. & Japanese Automakers
California's attorney general has sued the six largest American and Japanese automakers for damages related to greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit alleges that emissions from their vehicles have harmed Californians' health, damaged the environment and cost the state millions of dollars to combat their effects. The lawsuit was filed against General Motors, Ford Motor, DaimlerChrysler, Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

Documents Reveal Norquist and Reed Made 100 Visits to White House
Newly released White House documents reveal that two close associates of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff visited the Bush White House over 100 times since 2001. The records show that Grover Norquist was cleared for 97 visits to the White House and Ralph Reed was cleared for 18 visits. E-mails obtained this summer by the Associated Press show Norquist facilitated several administration contacts for Abramoff's clients while the lobbyist simultaneously solicited those clients for large donations to Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform. 

Chavez Slams Bush Administration; Predicts End of U.S. Empire
At the United Nations, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez slammed the United States for its military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as its support for Israel's invasion of Lebanon. Chavez described President Bush as the devil and predicted the U.S. empire would fall. He questioned President Bush's notion of democracy.

  • Hugo Chavez: "They say they want to impose a democratic model. But that's their democratic model. It's the false democracy of elites, and, I would say, a very original democracy that's imposed by weapons and bombs and firing weapons. What a strange democracy. Aristotle might not recognize it or others who are at the root of democracy. What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?"