Happy Thursday! I’m trying to include a cross-section of where real discussion is going on, whether people have a positive or negative outlook on the photos and the AA contest. Please email/tweet/post any original content I seem to be missing. I’d love to add any to the list, ESPECIALLY if they offer good counterpoints to my actions. 

Lively and objective debates on the internet, FTW!


Huffington Post

The Frisky


Bitch Media

Put This On

Papillon Oui

Shaped By My Life


Madison Plus

The Siren



Also, you can still Vote here for one more day.

Or, instead of voting me up, send an email to the editor of your favorite fashion magazine/blog and request to see more of the talented models from the “contest!” Or, you know, do both. Really entirely up to you.

PS. Fashion Week starts tomorrow, right? Supposedly Dov Charney will be out and about in NYC. Just sayin’, if somebody wants to run into him and ask about the contest and mention me by name or photo and maybe capture it all on video I’d maybe possibly send them something cool in the mail or dosomethingcrazyIdunnojustathought. :)

Nancy Upton is fucking awesome.


Noam Chomsky discusses the history of Arab and American sentiment towards each other—and the Arabs towards their own neighbors.

Chomsky says unequivocally that colonial history has had a tangible effect on current terror campaigns. He also references Britain’s reaction to IRA terrorism, and states that neither the US nor Britain took as their first concern the welfare of the populace of Iraq when weighing the costs and benefits of initial invasion. They acknowledged—and it came to pass—that terror would increase. Chomsky notes it increased “seven-fold.” This is not to say that these countries were not concerned about the indigenous population—rather there were other factors which were valued above and beyond human capital.

We’re 10 years outside of this terrible tragedy. It is time to reframe the debate and reframe our questions. We have to look at the entire picture. We can’t bomb tribal areas into oblivion in the search for a few shadowy characters, claim “victory” and call it a day. We have to figure out what structural inadequacies lead a person to inflict violence on their fellow man and address those. And we’re missing that chance right now in Somalia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Gawker weighs in on East Coast Quake

Listen, we know the average Californian was born amid a thundering 7.5 magnitude quake and popped out directly into a mudslide. We’ve all read tales of how the bright pioneers of San Francisco bathe their young in tsunamis and kill mountain lions for sport (and yet would shrivel and die if the temperature fell below 65.)

But can we wimpy East Coasters just have our moment of absolutely shitting ourselves in fear as our non-earthquake-proofed buildings wobble and creak around us? Can we crawl around on our carpets to survey the paltry damage—look, a book fell off a shelf! That could have given someone a serious goose-egg!—without some Californian standing smugly in the doorframe like they learned in grade school, chewing on a PowerBar from the earthquake preparedness kit they carry around in a Lakers fanny pack at all times?

We deserve our fear, California. Because of 9/11! This earthquake could have been another 9/11, for all we knew. Yeah, didn’t think you had anything to say to that.