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Russell Simmons, OWS Crusader

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons has thrown in as one of the high-profile 1 percenters to support Occupy Wall Street, speaking and tweeting his allegiance since the movement’s early days. There are even rumors that he may be one of the power players involved with a shadow affinity group ... (more)

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The New York Times Refused to Print This Book’s Title

When publishers announced the forthcoming release of “Adios, Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush” in August, The New York Times ran a notice referring to the book only as a work “with an unprintable title.” (more)

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Vatican Isn’t Buying What Benetton’s Selling With Pope-Imam Ad

Italian clothing company Benetton’s latest foray into multiculturalism, this time with interfaith overtones, has landed the retailer in hot holy water with the Vatican. In a blatant bid to stay relevant while broadcasting a shock-inducing message of love in the time of globalization, Benetton launched an ad campaign ... (more)

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Thatcher’s Friends Slam Streep in ‘Iron Lady’

Perhaps the filmmakers behind the new Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady,” with big-screen queen Meryl Streep playing the titular part, can at least be assured that their characterization of Great Britain’s first female prime minister didn’t overly pander to its famous subject, in that some of her friends ... (more)

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Marketing Masculinity in an Age of Male Anxiety

What better way to jack up men’s flagging sense of masculine prowess in these times of economic instability, with gender roles shifting by the minute, than by introducing a line of house paints that includes the colors “Bro Code” and “Zombie Apocalypse”? (more)

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Ayn Rand Fans Mortified by DVD Slander

The people behind 2011’s “Atlas Shrugged” movie adaptation (yes, they finally released the movie and no, nobody saw it) were “mortified” to discover that the DVD packaging for “Part 1” billed the film as a story of “courage and self-sacrifice.” As every Randbot knows, self-sacrifice is sacrilegious in the world of Ayn. (more)

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Batali vs. the Bankers

Mario Batali, feel the wrath of the 1 percenters. The ginger-haired and orange-shod celebrity chef and owner of fancy New York eateries Babbo and Del Posto caused an uproar among Wall Streeters when he talked about bankers, Hitler and Stalin in the same sentence.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Exile in Oscarville: Ratner’s Slur Shakes Up Oscar Lineup

A bad strain of foot-in-mouth syndrome that apparently favors film directors has struck again. In the spring, we watched Lars von Trier’s ill-conceived Hitler joke get him summarily ejected from the Cannes Film Festival, and now ... (more)

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Saving the Rave From Extinction

As cultural epochs go, the rave scene didn’t last very long, and because mix tapes and foam parties don’t translate well to radio replay, a small but important slice of America’s musical history has vanished. Enter concerned ex-ravers who are working to restore those thumpy beats and archive them online.

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De Niro to Morph Into Madoff

The spectacular flameout of Bernard Madoff after the big reveal of his fraudulent financial empire played out like Shakespeare for the 21st century, and master actor Robert De Niro was clearly paying attention.

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