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Uh oh! Peter Daou interrupts vacay to defend Hillary’s honor against ‘repugnant’ Vanity Fair video

by Mark Anderson
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Vanity Fair had the audacity to run this video featuring suggestions for Hillary Clinton New Years resolutions: Maybe it's time for Hillary Clinton to take up a new hobby in 2018 pic.twitter.com/sbE78rA5At — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 23, 2017 Hillary’s #1 fan Peter Daou had been on vacation, but that was apparently so beyond the pale it was worth putting the fun on temporary hold to defend Clinton’s honor: Repugnant. Sexist. And yet another example of why the problem was less Russia and the GOP but the mainstream media, who treated @HillaryClinton with dripping disdain for the duration of the […]

‘It’s shocking, it’s horrendous’: Ellen MacArthur’s fight against plastic

by Mark Anderson
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She broke the solo record for sailing round the world, but now she is dedicating her life to an even greater challenge saving it from the destructive tide of plastic pollution Trophies from her past glories as a competitive yachtswoman are placed discreetly around the 16th-century building on the Isle of Wight, the base of Dame Ellen MacArthursoperations today. On a blackboard in one of the meeting rooms, the targets of a different passion are spelled out. From uncovering the scale of plastic pollution in the oceans to targeting the textile waste of the fashion industry, MacArthur, who in 2005 […]

Obama’s post-presidential life: what does his second act have in store?

by Mark Anderson
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There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president, said John Quincy Adams but a year on, what to make of our most newly minted ex? Theres the library. Theres the memoir. There might be a foundation. Maybe some paid speeches. Perhaps a new hobby, like oil painting. Maybe, in the case of George HW Bush, accusations of groping by eight women. The life of a former president has a few set pieces, but still plenty of room for surprise. John Quincy Adams was elected to Congress. There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president, […]

Vanity Fair under fire for urging Hillary Clinton to quit politics and knit instead

by Mark Anderson
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The magazine posted a series of videos suggesting satirical New Year resolutions for Clinton and Sarah Sanders, among others, drawing ire across the internet Vanity Fair became embroiled in a social media storm over a video in which Hillary Clinton was urged to quit politics for knitting an attempted joke that backfired even before it drew a bizarre tweet from Donald Trump. The row began just before Christmas, when the magazine posted a series of videos in which editors and writers held up glasses of champagne and suggested satirical New Year resolutions for Clinton, Trump, the White House press secretary, […]

The people who kept their new year resolutions

by Mark Anderson
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Image copyright Alamy Image caption Amy Jones resolved to rediscover her identity after becoming a mum to sons Josh, three, and Fin, six It’s no easy thing to stick to a new year resolution – it’s a challenge, with the best will in the world. But whether it be emigrating to Canada, reclaiming your identity beyond motherhood, or tinkling the ivories with tunes from memory, here are some inspirational stories from around England to get you off to a good start. ‘Becoming me again’ Image copyright Amy Jones Image caption Amy Jones put her efforts into creating a forum where […]

How Faith Helped Winston Churchill Keep Calm and Carry On

by Mark Anderson
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Laugh a little, and teach your men to laugh … If you cant smile, grin. If you cant grin, keep out of the way till you can. -Winston Churchill, to his officers in the trenches in France, 1916 Contemporary global conditions have made us starkly aware of the fragile nature of civil order and the need for humanity to unite against the barbaric and atavistic forces mentioned by Winston Churchill. We are living in a stressful age that New York Times columnist Roger Cohen calls a time of unraveling. Cohen imagines a future conversation about the grim situations of the […]

Vanity Fair writer locks down account amid backlash against ‘sad, misogynistic hit piece’ on Hillary

by Mark Anderson
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As Twitchy reported, Vanity Fair Hive posted a lighthearted video over the weekend where writers gave Hillary Clinton a number of things to do in 2018 besides starting another run for president, thus incurring the wrath of her No. 1 superfan, Peter Daou. In case you missed it, here’s the video again: Maybe it's time for Hillary Clinton to take up a new hobby in 2018 pic.twitter.com/sbE78rA5At — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 23, 2017 Plenty of people have allegedly canceled their subscriptions in response, and at least one writer appearing in the video, Maya Kosoff, has locked down her Twitter […]

‘Vanity Fair’ fails hard with comedic attempt at New Year’s resolutions for Hillary Clinton

by Mark Anderson
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is capable of choosing her own hobbies.Image: Andrew Chin/Getty Images A word of advice: Be very, very, very careful when making New Year’s resolutions for other people, lest you come off as rude. Vanity Fair‘s The Hive learned this lesson the hard way after they published what was meant to be a humorous video about New Year’s resolution suggestions for Hillary Clinton. Maybe it’s time for Hillary Clinton to take up a new hobby in 2018 pic.twitter.com/sbE78rA5At — VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) December 23, 2017 However, despite Vanity Fair‘s efforts at humor, the […]

Vanity Fair Apologizes After Getting Ripped For Suggesting Hillary Clinton ‘Take Up Knitting’!

by Mark Anderson
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Oof! Not a good look, The idea, we guess, is that defeating Donald Trump is too important to entrust to someone who already lost? Where they got in trouble is this line: “Take up a new hobby in the new year. Volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy ― literally anything that will keep you from running again.” Eesh. Not sure if writer Maya Kosoff meant the “knitting” comment to sound utterly sexist, but that’s definitely how it came across. See the vid AND some of the most irate comments on Twitter (below): Maybe it’s time for Hillary Clinton to take up […]

19-Year-Old Student Hides Spy Camera In His Clothing To Take Secret Street Photos In The 1890s

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Carl Størmer (1872-1957) enjoyed a hobby that was very, very unusual at the time. He walked around Oslo, Norway in the 1890s with his spy camera and secretly took everyday pictures of people. The subjects in Størmer’s pictures appear in their natural state. It extremely differs from the grave and strict posing trends that dominated in photography during those years. Carl got his C.P. Stirn Concealed Vest Spy Camera in 1893 when he was studying mathematics at the Royal Frederick University (now, University of Oslo). “It was a round flat canister hidden under the vest with the lens sticking out […]