“The Kardashians have quit backing a debit card targeted at teens and blasted by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who warned over its “outrageous” fees. Blumenthal complained to University National Bank, which issues the Kardashian Prepaid MasterCard, and said he’s launching an investigation into the card, which features an image of Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and costs $99.95 for 12 months plus $7.95 a month thereafter. “I am deeply disturbed by this card’s high fees combined with its appeal to financially unsophisticated young adults,” Blumenthal wrote. “In reality, no family can ‘keep up with the Kardashians’ using this card.” Last night the Kardashians issued a termination notice returning their fee and demanding their names and images no longer be used to market the card.”—did anyone really ever think that a Kardashian credit card was a good thing? come on. (via meredithbklyn)
“I got an e-mail outlining the project. The first thing I read was ‘AMC.’ I went, ‘Great! I’ve been waiting for an AMC opportunity!’ Then it said ‘The Walking Dead.’ Terrific title. Then the names. ‘Frank Darabont.’ ‘Gale Anne Hurd.’ Great. And then it said ‘Zombie survival horror.’ I think I actually did a literal double take. I was like, ‘Really?!’”—
It’s the finale tonight, and your three finalists vying for the elite title of Dancingest Star are Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey (who?), and the immortal Bristol Palin, who has proven that teen motherhood should never be a roadblock to winning a reality show while your mom uses a very small portion of her massive book earnings to spring for daycare.
Who will take it? Who will win America’s heart? I think it’s obvious, don’t you? After all, the general public is voting for this thing. “700 Club” viewers will be jamming up the lines, stumbling over their walkers to vote for young Palin. It’s in the bag, people. Bet everything you have, even your political credibility. Oh, and Christina Aguilera pops up to sing a song. Because she has a movie to bother you with. ANTICIPATION: PALINMANIA!
“I want to help clean up the state that is so sorry today of journalism. And I have a communications degree. I studied journalism, who, what, where, when, and why of reporting. I will speak to reporters who still understand that cornerstone of our democracy, that expectation that the public has for truth to be reported. And then we get to decide our own opinion based on the facts reported to us.”—
“That’s the characteristic anecdote of “Decision Points”: the President always gets the last, serenely self-assured word, leaving others quietly impressed or looking like fools. Scenes end with him saying, “Get to work,” “Let’s go,” or “We’re going to stay confident and patient, cool and steady.”—The Presidential memoirs of George W. Bush, review : The New Yorker
“Pollution in Beijing was so bad Friday the U.S. Embassy, which has been independently monitoring air quality, ran out of conventional adjectives to describe it, at one point saying it was “crazy bad.”—Associated Press (Via CoolerThanThat)
“The promo’s shard of truth is that “The World According to Soros” was indeed published in The New Yorker. Its author was Connie Bruck. (“Bruc” is a Fox flub, not a Fox fib.) The quotes from it, though accurately transcribed, are made to function as lies by being placed in an utterly mendacious context. Bruck’s article is the “source” of these smears only in the sense that the brooks of the Catskills are the “source” of New York City’s sewage.”—The New Yorker, which is not thrilled to be cited by Glenn Beck in his series of attacks against George Soros.
“Take Jonathan Franzen’s biographical musings on his childhood infatuation with the “Peanuts” comic strip. “I had a private, intense relationship with Snoopy, the cartoon beagle,” Mr. Franzen writes. “He was a solitary not-animal animal who lived among larger creatures of a different species, which was more or less my feeling in my own house.” So Snoopy is a not-animal animal—a truly curious turn of phrase in which authorial pomposity competes with compositional clumsiness. (For my money, pomposity wins.)”—The WSJ’s extra-bitchy review of Judd Apaptow’s new cut & paste book, “I Found This Funny”
The battle is on on the Silence Yale Campaign on Facebook.
"We all know what Yale sounds like: failure. During the upcoming game, Cambridge cannot afford to endure the noise pollution produced by so many whining Harvard rejects," the campaign said on its Facebook page.
Not to be outdone by their rivals, Yale students responded with a campaign of their own and sold more than 300 vuvuzelas with the words “Harvard Blows” printed on them, the New York Daily News reports.
Here is our normal: 40 percent of North American adults have metabolic syndrome. The syndrome is caused by being fat, even at levels North Americans would not recognize as abnormal. Obesity prompts the receptors that insulin acts upon to become numb to its effects. As we grow fatter, and insulin resistance proceeds, higher and higher levels of insulin are necessary to get the sugar out of the blood. Eventually, overt diabetes may supervene, as it has for 8 percent of North American adults, a tenfold increase since the turn of the last century. But even prior to the development of diabetes, metabolic syndrome insidiously eats away at the bodies of those it affects.
“One of the women he didn’t name was Anna Wintour, the legendarily glacial editor of American Vogue. They had a year-long affair in the mid-70s. “It was transatlantic, very stormy, tempestuous, passionate,” he says, “all of this enhanced by having to fly the Atlantic the whole time. Otherwise it might not have gone on for so long because really, although she’s amazing, we didn’t have much in common.”—Christopher Hitchens is an even more courageous man than I suspected (via aatombomb)
Sterling: “When a man gets to a point in his life when his name’s on the building, he can get an unnatural sense of entitlement.”
Deutsch: “Don’t I know it!”
Sterling: “I don’t know if anyone ever told you that half the time business comes down to: ‘I don’t like that guy.’”
Deutsch: “How true. Advertising is a relationship business and that’s a reality you just have to deal with. By the way, even if a client loves your idea and they don’t like you, they’re probably not going to work with you … nor should they. Would you hire someone you didn’t like?”
“I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies. You know, she was my governor for two years, for just about two years there, and I don’t think that she enjoyed governing.”—
Sen. LISA MURKOWSKI (R - AK), regarding Sarah Palin, in an interview with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News.
To which Palin responded “I’m curious to know what an ‘intellectual’ is.”
Mr. Harman saw obvious and overwhelming benefits to sharing costs and reporting staffs with another publication, plus the attention he could garner by having Tina Brown, The Daily Beast’s editor and a celebrated creative mind in the magazine world, edit his magazine.
Both sides came to believe that after their second round of talks began, they had incentives to make their courtship work. And if they failed to get over territorial questions, said one person who didn’t want to be quoted about the confidential negotiations, “it will be like a bad Nora Ephron movie.”
The principals all described the on-again-off-again talks in lover’s quarrel metaphors. “Married people disagree all the time,” Mr. Harman, the 92-year-old audio equipment entrepreneur, said on Friday.
“One of them walks out of the room and says, ‘Never talk to me again.’ Then they sleep it off and one sends the other flowers,” he said. “We realized that there was much more that connected us than separated us.”
Thirty years after China adopted its infamous one-child-per-family policy, some of its cities are placing the same restriction on family dogs. Shanghai officials say that the city’s estimated 800,000 dogs are becoming a barking, poop-generating menace.
Violators would be fined about $150. Understandably, dog owners are worried about crackdowns: In cities that have already implemented one-dog rules, authorities have allegedly swooped into neighborhoods, clubbing dogs to death in front of their owners.
It will be nice to see Tina Brown back in print, just two years after starting The Daily Beast for Barry Diller at IAC and making it clear that she was crossing over to digital media and had no intention of coming back.
“I would hate to be in the magazine world. It’s a really tough world to have to compete in,” said Ms. Brown at the EconWomen conference in 2008. But that clear-eyed assessment seemed very far away on Thursday night. Never mind all that black crepe; bring on the Champagne!
… Hipster neighborhoods are crossroads where young people from different origins, all crammed together, jockey for social gain. One hipster subgroup’s strategy is to disparage others as “liberal arts college grads with too much time on their hands”; the attack is leveled at the children of the upper middle class who move to cities after college with hopes of working in the “creative professions.” These hipsters are instantly declassed, reservoired in abject internships and ignored in the urban hierarchy — but able to use college-taught skills of classification, collection and appreciation to generate a superior body of cultural “cool.”
They, in turn, may malign the “trust fund hipsters.” This challenges the philistine wealthy who, possessed of money but not the nose for culture, convert real capital into “cultural capital” (Bourdieu’s most famous coinage), acquiring subculture as if it were ready-to-wear. (Think of Paris Hilton in her trucker hat.)
Both groups, meanwhile, look down on the couch-surfing, old-clothes-wearing hipsters who seem most authentic but are also often the most socially precarious — the lower-middle-class young, moving up through style, but with no backstop of parental culture or family capital. They are the bartenders and boutique clerks who wait on their well-to-do peers and wealthy tourists. Only on the basis of their cool clothes can they be “superior”: hipster knowledge compensates for economic immobility.