Long before his "jackass" turn at the VMAs, Kanye West was allowed to style a shoot for the October issue of Elle.
"I didn't want to wear a long gown," Amber told the magazine.
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Facebook Makes Money, Hits Member Milestone
Facebook, the popular social networking site, revealed that it is now home to
"As of today, Facebook now serves 300 million people across the world.
In addition to the sheer number of users Facebook is currently serving, the Companies or individuals looking to purchase the social network can probably read that statement as the same as a "Not For Sale."
The milestone of 300 million users comes quickly on the heels of the last publicly announced number, 250 million users, which Facebook hit on July 15.
Of course, Facebook isn't alone in its growth, with Twitter also seeing huge growth as more people begin to adopt the service for business as well as personal means.
“Capitalism is an evil,” he states at the end of the film, in case there were any ambiguity about his point of view.
People will differ as to whether his critique is a cogent one.
Moore is not an economist.
For however much the financial world may dismiss Moore’s analysis (and you can count on that), the filmmaker is a master at tapping into public outrage, consistently finding the lever – humor, at its best – to offer a culprit for widely-felt dissatisfaction.
This time, it’s the entire system – Adam Smith, the profit motive, Gordon Gekko’s greed-is-good – that Moore condemns for having, in his view, subverted democracy and converted it into a “plutonomy,” an economy run by a few rich people on the backs of the working poor and ever-shrinking middle class.
This is pretty close to national heresy. Here in America, capitalism is celebrated as being at the core of our national identity.
Moore says it’s not.
In this film, Moore stages fewer stunts than usual, although he does put crime scene tape around J.P. Morgan on Wall Street.
But he finds angry people who make his point for him.
Moore’s timing is good.
At the press conference after the initial Toronto screening, Moore was asked with what he would replace capitalism.
“I’m not an economist,” he said.
Moore’s film reprises the familiar wealth disparity that has become shockingly acceptable in recent decades, the fact that one percent of the population holds 95 % of the country’s wealth.
The film highlights other indicators of economic disparity that have worsened in recent years – bankruptcy rising, debt on an upward spike, wages staying even while productivity climbs higher (this courtesy of the Reagan years).
“Greed is the dark side of human nature,” Moore said at the news conference.
Moore said that he is supposed to do the rounds of talk shows to talk about his new film, but that some shows (he wouldn’t name them) were afraid of offending their advertisers with the filmmaker’s views.
He’ll be more welcome, no doubt, when he shows the film at an AFL-CIO convention this week.
Overture will be taking the film out on more than 2,000 screens, hoping it will ignite the same kind of response as “Fahrenheit 9-11,” Moore’s controversial examination of the government’s response to Osama Bin Laden.
That one was incendiary.
Lily Allen was named Woman of the Year by the
The British singer was so excited she took off her clothes for the accompanying photo shoot in the October issue of the lad mag.