Monday 23rd of July 2018
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Living in an Enchanted World

The Met Gala’s theme is “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

What exactly does that mean?

The theological history of the look celebrities will be wearing on the red carpet.

John Galliano for House of Dior. Evening ensemble, autumn/winter 2000 to 2001 haute couture.Met Museum, courtesy of Dior Heritage Collection, Paris. Digital composite scan by Katerina Jebb.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch its biggest Costume Institute collection yet on Monday. Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, featuring couture from fashion luminaries like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, and Schiaparelli alongside 41 pieces of ecclesiastical dress on loan from the Vatican, will explore the intersection of the sacred and the profane.

Engaging with Catholicism’s influence on major 20th- and 21st-century designers — many of whom were born and raised Catholic — the exhibit will, in the words of the exhibit’s curator, Andrew Bolton, “raise deeper — and even more provocative — contemplations about the role dress plays within the Roman Catholic Church and the role the Roman Catholic Church plays within the fashionable imagination.”

The True Meaning of Christmas (That Everyone Forgets)

Let’s say we find out an asteroid is going to hit the earth at some point over the next three months. It may kill all of us, it may kill some of us, it may splash harmlessly into the ocean — but there is no stopping it. All we can do is hunker down and see what happens. How would you react? How would humanity as a whole react? Well, I know how: we would prepare as best we could, and then we would surround ourselves with the people we love most and party our asses off. We would do it, because we would realize it might be our last chance. I know this, because we have Christmas.

Allow me to explain.

“We’re gonna give you a fair trial, followed by a first-class hanging!” — Sheriff Cobb (Brian Denehy) “Silverado”

 

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by Danny Schechter

McClellan’s Missile: Media Crimes As War Crimes
When Will US “Journalism” Be Held Accountable for Promoting War?

Duh. The Bush Administration deployed a dishonest but very effective propaganda campaign to sell the Iraq War to the American people on virtually every media outfit. Their “Culture of Deception” is now acknowledged.

How do we know?  told us so. It’s all in the former Press Secretary’s new book. And, happily, it’s all over the news.

It’s easy to put McClellan down. On the right he’s a traitor. The President dismissed him as “sad.” Karl Rove compared him to a left-wing blogger. Most of the real left-wing bloggers were equally contemptuous suggesting he’s just trying to sell books, some asking: Why did he wait so long? Wasn’t he part of the plot? Is this just the pot calling the kettle black?

Open Letter To Congress On Sharing The Pain

by Michael Shedlock

President Obama has called for sacrifice and sharing. I wholeheartedly agree.

However, before sharing the pain, and before working towards a solution, we must understand the problem. To date, many mistakes have been made because Congress, the Fed, and the previous administration did not attempt to understand the problem and the role everyone played in it.

Fed’s Role

The Greenspan Fed slashed interest rates to 1% in 2002 fueling the biggest housing bubble in history.

Furthermore, Greenspan was the biggest cheerleader of derivatives and subprime lending on the planet. Fed Governor Ben Bernanke went along with Greenspan every step of the way. The serial bubble blowing tactics of the Fed that must be eliminated at all costs.

Why Do People Believe in God?

by Larry Beinhart

Many people continue to clutch to their belief in God, even though there’s no evidence of a higher power. Why?
We’re doing that because if we start with the idea that if God does exist, then we have to explain why there are so many versions of Him (her or it) and why we can’t figure out the right one. Historically, that’s a dead end, stuck in the same battle as Saladin and Richard the Lionheart in the Crusades.

I Told You So

by Joseph Perce

I did not support the war from day one; I do not support the war now. I used to be a Republican – Not anymore. In light of news like this that continues to appear now on the mainstream, those of us who knew this was a mistake all along are happy to say, “We told you so”.

When Trust Runs Out

by Gary North

Every society and every institution rests heavily on trust. There is active trust, the result of “trust, but verify.” I call this stage one trust. Then there is stage two trust, which I call default trust: “Trust, and assume that someone else has verified.” Next, there is stage three trust, which I call blind trust: “Trust, because there is nothing else worth trusting.” Then there stage four trust, which I call tooth fairy trust: “Trust, despite all evidence to the contrary.” This form of trust is the foundation of all Ponzi schemes.

Is plastic making us fat?

by Beth Daley

Researchers are exploring whether exposure to common chemicals during early development could set us up for a lifetime battle with the bulge

Globe Staff / January 14, 2008

Being fat has long been seen as a personal problem, fixed only by struggling against the proliferation of fast food restaurants, unlucky genes, and a sedentary life.