LONDON - Hundreds of naked cyclists rode past Big Ben and the U.S. Embassy in London on Saturday to protest the West's dependence on gas-guzzling cars - and to push for more use of bicycles. The organizers of World Naked Bike Ride 2005 said protests were expected in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, the United States, Ireland, Italy, Latvia and Israel. In London, crowds watched about 100 cyclists leave Hyde Park Corner on a journey that took them past some of the capital's most famous landmarks. Most of the riders stripped naked for the six-mile ride past Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Covent Garden, Oxford Street and the U.S. Embassy.Since the French guy with his pants on backwards was driving some people crazy, I decided to post something new! ;-) More info and the strict photography policy can be found at: UK ride I particularly liked the part where they talked about a "safe, supportive" riding experience on the official photography policy page. Somehow the words "safe" and "supportive" aren't the first that come to mind when I think about riding a bicycle naked.........
Cyclists ride naked in London protest
Move over Rambo, you're cramping new man's style - Yahoo! News
PARIS (AFP) - Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male more likely to opt for a pink flowered shirt and swingers' clubs than the traditional role as family super-hero, fashion industry insiders say. A study along these lines led by French marketing and style consultants Nelly Rodi was unveiled to Fashion Group International during a seminar Tuesday on future strategy for the fashion industry in Europe. "The masculine ideal is being completely modified. All the traditional male values of authority, infallibility, virility and strength are being completely overturned," said Pierre Francois Le Louet, the agency's managing director. "We are watching the birth of a hybrid man. ... Why not put on a pink-flowered shirt and try out a partner-swapping club?" asked Le Louet, stressing that the study had focused on men aged between 20 and 35.At the VERY LEAST, those French fashionistas could have told this poor guy his pants are on backwards.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, member Chris Link of Norfolk, Va., top, adjusts the cellophane covering on the costume of demonstrator Dezeray Rubinchik of Philadelphia, top right, during a protest in front of the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I., Monday, June 6, 2005. The protest, in which three people placed themselves in containers resembling supermarket meat trays, was meant to compare eating meat with cannibalism. PETA member Karolina Colwill of Sioux Falls, S.D., appears center. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
The New Republic Online: Equivalency Test
n a recent report, Amnesty International referred to the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo as "the gulag of our time." The term--a Russian abbreviation for Glavnoe Upravlenie Lagerei, or Main Camp Administration--refers to the network of Soviet labor camps established during Stalin's rule that continued, in a different form, for much of the Soviet Union's history. During a press conference on Tuesday, President Bush rejected the charge as "absurd." Amnesty has defended its use of the term. Below, a comparison of the two prison systems, with the aid of Anne Applebaum's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Gulag: A History. Individuals Detained: Gulag: Approximately 20 million passed through the Gulag. The population at any one time was generally around two million. Guantánamo: 750 prisoners have passed through the camp. The current population is about 520.See also previous entry
Life has a meaning? ....duh.... :-?
You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.
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The Corner on National Review Online
ERRRANT WATERGATE THOUGHTS [Cliff May] Today, I’m pleased to say, there could be no repetition of Watergate. Two reasons: 1) The DNC is no longer housed in a hotel suite, it’s now in a multi-million dollar building, professionally guarded. This, of course, is the result of decades of congressional campaign finance reform – taking the money out of politics. 2) With the DNC led by Howard Dean, who would be stupid enough to believe there was any information at the DNC headquarters worth stealing? Posted at 11:05 AM
Watching New Love as It Sears the Brain - New York Times
The research helps explain why love produces such disparate emotions, from euphoria to anger to anxiety, and why it seems to become even more intense when it is withdrawn. In a separate, continuing experiment, the researchers are analyzing brain images from people who have been rejected by their lovers. "When you're in the throes of this romantic love it's overwhelming, you're out of control, you're irrational, you're going to the gym at 6 a.m. every day - why? Because she's there," said Dr. Helen Fisher, an anthropologist at Rutgers University and the co-author of the analysis. "And when rejected, some people contemplate stalking, homicide, suicide. This drive for romantic love can be stronger than the will to live."