According to the World Economic Forum's latest Global Gender Gap report, which rates things like economic opportunities, education, health and survival, and political empowerment between men and women, the place you really want to live as a woman is...Iceland! Or maybe Norway or Finland.
Just one Google image result for "pope bling."Here's a good plot for Dan Brown's next novel (you read it here, Brown!): Italian magistrates have frozen $30 million from the Vatican bank and are investigating top bank officials for alleged violations of European money laundering rules.
Welcome back; we hope your long weekends were swell! • President Obama has unveiled a $50 billion public-works plan to revive the economy, and is asking Congress to pass tax breaks that would let businesses write off 100 percent of their new capital investments through 2011. [WSJ, AP]
When an Internet meme attacks a reality TV star in unscripted real life, YouTube goes wild, blogs pigpile for third-degree traffic, idle hands remix the live footage, eyewitnesses testify on the radio. And if the incident really has longtail potential and/or the reality star endures this topless, ... More >>
Expatriate-of-Chicago and semi-new New Yorker Ira Glass, who's the famously bespectacled, nerd-chic host of NPR's This American Life, was interviewed for Daily Intel's long-running 21 Questions feature. It's a great interview -- who knew that the BroBo icon was a Chelsea resident? -- as Glass ... More >>
• An appeals court put same-sex marriages on hold in California yesterday, ruling that "Proposition 8 could remain in effect while it considers the case." Oral arguments will be held the week of December 6, which means that a decision will probably not be made until sometime next year. [WP, ... More >>
The scene at Sunday's Cut Copy fete. Pic by Sam Horine."I kind of hate the Pool Parties now," notes Jelly NYC co-owner Sarah Hooper in the last (!) graf of this not terribly sunny NPR report on the promotion company's current mindset. "It's no longer the series we envisioned," she notes elsew ... More >>
via NYTWhen we look back at these hazy days of summer 2010, we'll remember oil, for sure, and birds and models in oil (thank you, Italian Vogue), and a smattering of strange, mystical, rather sexual-sounding phrases, like "junk shot," "top kill," "tar balls," "bottom kill," "annulus," "bullhe ... More >>
Today federal judge Susan Bolton blocked the "most controversial" parts of Arizona's controversial immigration enforcement law -- including the part that would allow police to ask about the immigration status of individuals they stop for other reasons, and the part that would require immigran ... More >>
via NPR, Ansel Adams Courtesy of Rick NorsigianConstruction worker and painter Rick Norsigian bartered for photo negatives at a Fresno, California, garage sale 10 years ago, purchasing 65 frames for $45 -- not much of a bargain for someone else's random landscape photos -- that is, until they ... More >>
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This week is the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Rock Club and Best '90s Musical Hero Holding Out Scruffily in Brooklyn. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Jennifer Gilson and Stev ... More >>
Don't eat him! You might remember the interview published here with journalist Charles Clover about his new documentary, End of the Line. Part of that movie reports on a study by a group of scientists led by Boris Worm at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Using world catch data, they ... More >>
Christopher Nolan's blockbuster is selling ticketsand a jumbled message on the paranoia of our age and the politics of fear
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Bill Moyers leaves PBS in the middle of a rebalancing act
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