Just weeks after a deadly building collapse in Bangadesh, the concrete ceiling of a factory in the Kampong Speu province of Cambodia collapsed, killing two and wounding seven others. The collapse happened just after the start of the morning shift, caving in on around 50 workers. The factory was contracted by the Japanese shoe company Asics to manufacture its sneakers. A spokesperson for the company said, “We understand that some people have died, so first we offer our condolences.”
“It’s a calamity,” said David Walsh, Cambodia director of the Solidarity Center, which works as an affiliate to the AFL-CIO union. “Where the garment industry goes, so do workers’ rights abuses.” Keep reading »
You’re probably not going to get great cell phone reception, but who cares? You live in a house carved out of the side of a mountain. Is there anything cooler than that? This pic of the The Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey, which is high on my list of Places I Need To Go To Right Now. But there are plenty of other places where people made their houses out of the sides of mountains. When I was in Fez, Morocco, you could see the remnants of former cave homes carved into the sides of the mountains outside the Medina. France, Italy, China — and yes, even Arizona — also boast cave-dwelling opportunities, so what are you waiting for? [io9]
“Yeah, I’m pregnant! It sucks. If your not pregnant don’t get pregnant for a while because there’s all these symptoms that make you feel weird and hurt and are uncomfortable and 9 months is really really long especially towards the end. You have to pack away all your slutty crop tops and high waisted shorts. Your stressed all the time and in pain and bored on top of that because, at the end of the day if your friends cant smoke with you or even around you they will find something better to do. And when you do ge to go out with some friends your feet and back usually hurt within an hour. Hopefully I will be doing the post in a few months saying how it was all worth it but, I am sure I will be dead from lack of sleep and breastfeeding and changing poopie diapers that I won’t have time to post that. So holla.”
–Oh, that’s just Kreayshawn, rapper and my personal doppleganger, waxing philosophical on the joys of pregnancy to her Tumblr fans. Also, her Tumblr is tricked out like Myspace c. 2003. Remember Myspace? [Kreayshawn]
Many people don’t know this, but there was a time, in between filming “Shakespeare in Love” and “Sliding Doors,” that patron saint of GOOP, Gwyneth Paltrow, was in a punk band. They were called Cockjuice, and they played all the clubs on the punk circuit, amassing violent and excited crowds at ABC No Rio and squats around Europe. Gwyneth gained quite a reputation as an outspoken proponent of socialism — calling on Americans to take the streets to protest late ’90s Clinton-era fascist American policies, and the inheritance tax. She was known as an inveterate rabble-rouser and sometimes-drunk, whose pre-show routine always included at least a fifth of bourbon and a punch or two in the greenroom wall.
For several months, Cockjuice rode high on the fumes of DIY success. But then, one day, Gwyneth had a soul-searching revelation: acting and giving diet advice was where she was really needed. So she gave it all up — the shows, the glory, the post-show drunken fistfights — and settled down with the singer of Coldplay. Keep reading »
The Met Costume Institute’s Ball last week was clearly just a harbinger to come — the tone deaf outfits and embarrassing displays of total non-punkness were simply pre-cursors to fairly scathing critiques of the exhibit itself. But even — and especially — those outside of the establishment are expressing their disdain for the collection.
Gerry Visco, a self-professed punk who at 58 is old enough to actually live through punk’s inception and first wave, came down to protest Punk: Chaos Into Couture, and led a group of about a dozen punks in making a statement outside the museum. I was a real punk,” said Visco. “We like the fact that they’re doing this show but it’s not as authentic as it could have been.” Keep reading »
Erin Faith Page was chosen to represent students at New England College’s commencement this year. The school also chose Senator Kelly Ayotte as a keynote speaker at the event, offering her an honorary degree. The problem? Erin is an out lesbian who believes that Ayotte’s conservative politics make her a terrible choice for the honor.
But New England College, a small, private liberal arts college with around 1,800 students is sticking by its choice. ”The College is pleased to have Senator Ayotte speak at our Commencement Ceremony as we have a rich tradition of welcoming differing viewpoints and celebrating freedom of speech,” NEC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Watman told The Frisky. In case you’re not familiar with Ayotte, she is staunchly anti-gay marriage, supports the Defense of Marriage Act, and most recently voted against the gun control bill. In a petition created by Page, she writes that Ayotte: Keep reading »
If you, like me, are deeply obsessed with “Game of Thrones,” then perhaps Tumblr A Game of Clothes is for you. Combining two of my fave passions––fashion and “GoT,” Game of Clothes offers up runway looks that wouldn’t be out of place in Westeros. Writes the unnamed keeper of the blog fire, “After watching the first season of Game of Thrones I had to read the books, and I loved the descriptions of outfits and locations through out the series so much, that I have collected what I think the characters of A Song of Ice and Fire would wear and live.” Keep reading »
You know how Adam Scott’s character Ben Wyatt on “Park & Rec” is a failed teenage mayor? Well, there’s a new mayor in town, and he’s got Wyatt beat by at least 14 years (FYI, Ben’s character was at least partially based on these kids). Meet Robert Tufts, the current mayor of Dorset, Minnesota, who was elected to office at just four-years-old.
Are the people of Dorset crazy? Perhaps. The town has only 22 people, and chooses its mayor by picking a name out of a hat. What’s on Robert’s political agenda? Based on the above video, holding sticks, riding coin operated horses, and going fishing. Sounds pretty good to us. And just in case you were wondering, Dorset previously elected in a 5-year-old. [Metro]
Rita Ora — out on the town last night with Calvin Harris. How cute are they together, huh? I am happy to see she maybe moved on from the debacle that was dating Rob Kardashian to a guy with a definable career and such. In any case, Rita’s outfit — the deft combo of pointy white pumps, white slacks and sweatshirt with pushed up sleeves — is a perfect ’80s throwback, don’t you think?
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It’s pretty clear that Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries is a raging douchebag. Aside from the sexist and elitist (oh and we forgot, ableist) practices the company’s been found guilty, Jeffries most recently came under fire for his absolutely ridiculous sizing policies. You see, A&F only produces women’s clothing up to a size 10, because, as Jeffries so pleasantly notes, “In every school, there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. We go after the popular kids.” Okay, first off, it’s embarrassing that a 60-year-old man would use a high school analogy to describe his business model. Nevermind that A&F’s heyday was, like, 2006 or something, Jeffries is pretty blatantly King of the D-bags, yes? Keep reading »