The Sun's page 3
has been featuring nude women since the 1970s. Last week the British newspaper teamed up with CoppaFeel
, a young charity for breast cancer awareness, to inspire women to touch their own breasts. The headline reads "Page 3 v breast cancer", next to a model in a pair of underpants who barely covers her breasts. Readers are encouraged to ‘Check ‘Em Tuesday’ and post pics on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #checkemtuesday.
While some applaud
the newspaper for putting an important women’s health issue on the front page, others are against the sexist representation of women
and concerned it could trivialize breast cancer
Not only due to the titillating images on page 3, The Sun's readership is still mostly male. So does this campaign exist for women?
"The snobbishness has struck me as irrational
. They want the end of Page 3, but claim to be "sex positive" and pro porn. It's as if pornography for the upper classes - tasteful monochrome Testino images of nudes, Mapplethorpe coffee table books or vintage Tom of Finland* prints are acceptable, yet accessible muck for the working classes is simply de trop. A catwalk show for a milliner featuring chilly looking models completely nude apart from the hat is applauded as high art: Sandra from Dagenham, in a pair of lacy pants, is not."
On 15 April, 1989, 96 Liverpool fans
were crushed to death at the Hillsborough Stadium, in what was the worst stadium disaster in British football history
. At the time and for years afterward, the blame for the disasters was laid squarely on the supporters themselves, who supposedly were drunk hooligans, smeared and slandered both by the South Yorkshire police and the media, especially The Sun
. Now, twentythree years after the disaster prime minister David Cameron has formally apologised for the coverup
. [more inside]
- Lowell Bergman (the journalist portrayed by Al Pacino in The Insider
) has investigated News Corporation
for PBS Frontline [transcript]
. He depicts Rupert Murdoch's British operation as a criminal enterprise, routinely hacking the voicemail and computers of innocent people, and using bribery and coercion to infiltrate police and government over decades. Enemies are ruthlessly "monstered
" by the tabloids. Bergman also spoke to NPR's Fresh Air
But the hits keep coming: in recent days News Corp has been accused of hacking rival pay TV services and promoting pirated receiver cards in both the UK
. With the looming possibility of prosecution under America's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
, how long will shareholders consider Rupert Murdoch irreplaceable? [Previous 1 2 3 4]
Hold Ye Front Page.
The History of the World, presented as Front Pages from the often controversial
UK tabloid, The Sun [more inside]
This past Saturday evening a woman dumped a rescue cat into a garbage bin on the side of a residential street in Coventry, U.K. Fifteen hours later owner Darryl Mann
: "I came down to feed Lola on Sunday morning but couldn’t find her anywhere. It was really hot day outside and I searched nearby alleyways but suddenly heard a tiny meowing coming from the bin. I looked inside and I found her in the bin, she was terrified and covered in her own mess....At first I thought she’d somehow climbed inside the bin herself but when I checked the CCTV
I was gobsmacked to see some a woman had done it deliberately." Mann posted the video to YouTube
in an effort to find the perpetrator. As a result, the woman was identified by this morning. [more inside]
"Make no mistake, if the Liberal Democrats actually won the election – or held the balance of power – it would be the first time in decades that Murdoch was locked out of British politics."
- David Yelland, former editor of Rupert Murdoch's The Sun, writes in The Guardian. [more inside]
We have about 4 billion years left until our planet is going to be destroyed.
If a meteor doesn't smash us in
first, over the next 250 million years the continents will continue drifting to form another pangea
. If we're all still friends
having survived the climate change
and each other, we'll be roasted by the expanding red giant
after our sun
exhausts its interior hydrogen supply. In about 5.5 billion years time the helium left in the core will get hot and dense enough to burn, flaring up in a massive helium flash
engulfing what remains of the solar system. When the helium core is gone, hydrogen in the outermost layers will drift off to form a ring nebula
, leaving in the middle a bright white dwarf star
that will slowly cool down into a cold, dense black dwarf
: a silent and forgotten fossil, floating through infinite space
In other news: cats are funny
A very well designed site on the Analemma
. Don't be scared off by the math, as there are excellent diagrams and quicktime movies on this difficult to visualize phenomena. Difficult, but not impossible, to photograph (probably less than 10 photos are in existence) Ulrich Bienert
came close, and has a gallery and some tips if you're so inclined.
Olympics ban skate 'porn'
I was so looking forward to the Olympics, and they had to do this. ;-(
(link courtesy of Daily Rotten)
Mom who laughed as she threw child off 14th-floor balcony sentenced
... to five years in prison. I'm definitely committing all my murders in Scotland from now on.