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…… is the new beautiful?

By ATWadmin On August 31st, 2009 at 8:48 am

I note with some amusement that Naomi Campbell, the so-called ‘super-model’ is complaining bitterly because, as she asserts, companies are not choosing black models for their promotions and campaigns.

She also states that, because of the recession, advertisers don’t dare to place a black girl, or of any other colour than white, to front their offerings to the public!

Now broadly speaking, although not any economist myself, I would have thought that advertisers tend to go with the bodies, faces, and to a certain extent, minds; which they associate with the successful selling of their particular product. Since they obviously have target markets, they would go with the models who have produced success in the past, and because of the models’ positive attitude towards their behaviour, and their chosen profession, which is to act as a mobile clothes-horse.

Could the lack of work heading Miss Campbell’s way have anything to do with her proclivity for throwing mobile phones, or for inappropriate comments, or the manner in which she treats, say, airline staff? 

Why, I do believe the lady doth protest too much!

Crazy Dictator In Election Win Shocka

By ATWadmin On April 9th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

SO Kim Jong-il gets the gig again, re-elected leader of North Korea by the country’s ‘parliament’. The BBC brings us pictures of the happy occasion:

There’s party boy, on the left Left there in June 2008, and again today on the right at his re-election (“such a surprise”).

Not looking well, is he? Let’s hope it’s nothing … trivial.

the end is nigh!

By ATWadmin On March 5th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

 

 It is all TRUE, there is no escape!


two shakes and it’s all over…

By ATWadmin On February 25th, 2009 at 9:58 am

 

The anti-terror police got a real scare when a noxious brown substance was thrown through a car window by presumably a noxious substance abuser. The road was sealed off, fire appliances were rushed to the scene, as were ambulances and armed police units. One female police officer was found to have come in contact with the brown substance and was rushed to hospital together with other officers. When toxicologists examined the car seats, they found that the terrible substance was in fact not anthrax, not bio-war weaponry, not even a binary gas attack, but instead the choice of millions!

 


I will always love ewe!

By ATWadmin On August 12th, 2008 at 9:59 am

When I read this story, I actually did check to see if the date on the webpage was correct!

I was reminded of the two lumberjacks who were transported into the midst of the forest wilderness by helicopter, and told to cut down everything they saw for the timber trade. They were given all the tools, saws, axes etc. but they had to build their own accomodation once on site. For company, they were each presented with a smoohed and polished plank with a knot-hole mid-length, as there was no chance of any other getting through the forest.

Three months later, the helicopter arrived to ascertain progress, but found a small log cabin in a small clearing, and behind the cabin, a single grave complete with marker. When the pilot asked the survivor what had happened to his dead comrade, the wild-eyed timberman shrugged and replied, “I found him with my plank!”

DISABILITY DOLLS?

By ATWadmin On June 26th, 2008 at 7:58 am

doll-385_357104a.jpgWonder what YOUR reaction to "disability dolls" is? The latest one on the market is "Down’s Syndrome" doll. This is not the only “disability dolls” available on the market. You can buy dolls with prosthetic limbs, walking frames, hearing aids, “blind” dolls complete with guide dogs. It’s a tricky one this but I listened to a teenage girl with Down’s Syndrome being interviewed on the issue and SHE did not care for the Down’s Syndrome doll. I would take her opinion seriously. My own reaction is to think these are a sick rip-off.

Gitmo Comes To Jersey

By ATWadmin On June 14th, 2008 at 7:34 pm

00268898_2_cropped_thumbnail.jpgUNBELIEVABLE! And I thought WE were governed by nutcases. Well we are, but there’s an even greater nutcase out there in the English Channel:

THE Home Affairs Minister has sent shock waves through the legal profession by authorising the indefinite detention of suspects without charge. On 5 June, Senator Wendy Kinnard amended the criminal code that had limited pre-charge detention to 36 hours. She did so under delegated powers enjoyed by the minister under the terms of the Police Procedures and Criminal Evidence (Jersey) Law.

However, that same law states that before such changes to codes are made, the minister is required to publish a draft of the changes and consult interested parties. She did neither of these things – a failure that has left the Island’s criminal lawyers stunned. The new code came into force on Thursday, but no statement was released to either the media or the legal profession.

It cannot be repeated too often: the state is not your friend. Too many of those who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of power over the lives of others are genuine sociopaths. This is why those peoples who fail to limit the power and reach of their governments are doomed.

h/t to the Devil

Spirit of Absolut

By ATWadmin On April 8th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

In the spirit of Absolut, Tom McMahon created the following map:absolutworld2.png

This map is spoofing a recent ad campaign launched by Absolut vodka,  created by Teran/TBW.  This “edgy” campaign sought to “erase the borders” in our minds. The campaign succeeded in angering many Americans; the photo spread for the Mexican market fulfilled the Mexican Reconquista’s fantasy. It showed a map where Western borders between the US and Mexico had been erased; Western US was pictured as the Northern part of Mexico.

I wasn’t angry when I saw the map.  But I was curious…if America was ever absorbed into corrupt and ineffective Mexico, what would indigent Mexicans do?  Where would they go for free medical care, schooling for their children and employment opportunity?

Woman Smokes Marijuana Daily for BBC Documentary

By ATWadmin On March 26th, 2008 at 1:41 am

Nice to see the BBC putting all that British taxpayer money to good use. Have a woman leave her kids for a month, bone up excessively around the clock, watch her get fat because (duh!) she had the munchies and act like a blithering idiot because she’s consuming excessive amounts of skunk weed.

What, they couldn’t just find some other slackers on the dole to do this with?

Real groundbreaking television.

"I felt absolutely terrified," recalls Nicky, a divorced mother-of-three, thinking back to her first experience just over a month ago.

"Paranoia set in, and I felt as if I was having a panic attack. At one point, I was simply too frightened to get out of my chair.

"I had a feeling the drug had unlocked some sort of paranoia in my head that would never go away again – I suddenly felt everyone hated me. Without doubt, that was one of the worst moments of my life."

Well, just so people don’t get the wrong idea, this didn’t just happen from smoking some joints.

She actually had herself inject with pure THC!

Certainly not advocating excessive marijuana use here, but is it any wonder somebody gets whacked out when they’re injected with THC?

How stupid is this woman?

As I do not have access to the regular programming on the BBC and this show Should I Smoke Dope aired on BBC3 Tuesday evening, I’m curious to know whether anyone viewed this and what they thought of it.

I find it a terrible way for someone to go about learning about marijuana use. Even worse, this Nicky Taylor left her children with her mother while in Amsterdam. How about staying home with your children and working on your parenting skills if indeed you want to keep them away from drug use.

Thoughts on death

By ATWadmin On March 20th, 2008 at 12:51 am

Evening all….

I have to admit that this post has been inspired by none other than my favourite UK broadsheet, The Guardian.  (Actually, that’s not an altogether sarcastic comment – mostly, but not entirely! I disagree with most of its editorial politics, yet I do enjoy the quality of the writing). Anyway, The Guardian has been publishing several small booklets of poetry by acclaimed writers such as Sylvia Plath and Philip Larkin, over the past week or so.

Now, Larkin was a miserable so-and-so, yet his poetry was undeniably exquisite. Perhaps his best known (or most widely acclaimed) poem was "Aubade", a brutally honest and unflinching look at the concept of death. Larkin seemed horrified by the idea of his own death, and he never quite came to terms with this undefeatable certainty which loomed always before him:

Aubade

I work all day, and get half drunk at night
Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.
In time the curtain edges will grow light
Till then, I see what’s really always there:
Unresting death, a whole day nearer now,
Making all thought impossible but how,
And where, and when I shall – myself – die.
Arid interrogation: yet the dread
Of dying, and of being dead,
Flashes afresh, to hold and horrify.

The mind blanks at the glare. Not in remorse –
The good not used, the love not given, time
Torn off unused – nor wretchedly because
An only life can take so long to climb
Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never:
But at the total emptiness forever,
The sure extinction that we travel to
And shall be lost in always. Not to be here,
Not to be anywhere,
And soon; nothing more terrible, nothing more true.

This is a special way of being afraid
No trick dispels. Religion used to try,
That vast moth-eaten musical brocade
Created to pretend we never die,
And specious stuff that says no rational being
Can fear a thing it cannot feel, not seeing
that this IS what we fear – no sight, no sound,
No touch or taste or smell, nothing to think with,
Nothing to love or link with,
The anaesthetic from which none come round.

And so it stays just on the edge of vision,
A small unfocused blur, a standing chill
That slows each impulse down to indecision.
Most things may never happen: this one will,
And realisation of it rages out
In furnace fear when we are caught without
People or drink. Courage is no good:
It means not scaring others. Being brave
Lets no-one off the grave.
Death is no different whined at than withstood.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

Slowly light strengthens, and the room takes shape.
It stands plain as a wardrobe: What we know,
Have always known, know that we can’t escape –
Yet can’t accept. One side will have to go.

Meanwhile telephones crouch, getting ready to ring
In locked-up offices, and all the uncaring
Intricate rented world begins to rouse.
The sky is white as clay, with no sun.
Work has to be done.
Postmen, like doctors, go from house to house.

Powerful stuff, if a little bleak, huh? Continuing along this theme, I was interested to read Inayat Buglawala’s recent "Comment Is Free" blog, "Is Death The End?" in which he put forward some thoughts on his ideas about death as viewed from his own religious perspective. I thought he sparked off quite a lively debate there…and I thought I might try and plagiarise continue it here, so to speak.

So, Is death the end? Life is full of mystery – Is it ultimately as bleak and fatalistic as Larkin implies, or is there a hope, either for an afterlife, or for the memory and lessons of our own earthly lives to be passed on and built upon in future generations here? What do you think?