Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
"Traditional" French nudists in a town on the Languedoc coast are locked in battle with a new wave of naturists who advocate free sex and partner-swapping.
Tensions in the town of Cap d'Agde, which is known as France's "Naked City" thanks to its large nudist population, have risen after locals complained that the nudist quarter had been overrun by raunchy hotels and that children had been confronted with people indulging in sexual acts in public, according to the Independent.The exhibitionist behaviour has been blamed on the "libertines", a group of swingers who have descended on the town in recent years. To make matters worse, the group has been accused of walking about in their clothes and mocking the "real" nudists, the paper said. Florence Denestebe, an independent local councillor, recently told a council meeting: "When the sun shines, there is an area of Cap d'Agde which turns into the European capital of free sex." She called on the mayor to intervene before there was an "explosion of libertine behaviour in non-nudist areas" of the town. Traditional nudists support the move. One told the paper that they had moved to the area because they wanted "a natural life" but that they had ended up living "surrounded by wild animals".The mayor said that he would consider the complaints but had already done all he could to keep the two groups apart. Two years ago anger of the influx of swingers led to two arson attacks on hotels that hosted libertine parties.
Popularly known as the Naked City, Cap d'Agde, is the seaside resort of the town of Agde, France, on the Mediterranean Sea coast in the département of Hérault, within the région of Languedoc-Roussillon. Cap d'Agde is one of the largest leisure ports on the French Mediterranean.
The Village Naturiste is a large fenced-off part at the north-eastern edge of Cap d'Agde, although it is accessible along the public beach from the east. It is a self-contained town, where nudity is legal and common in the whole resort, including its restaurants and shops, day or night. In the evening, when it gets colder, more people are dressed, sometimes in revealing clothes.
Village Naturiste is a town by itself, with a 2 km beach, port and marina, campsite, apartment complexes, hotel, shops, restaurants, bars, post office, bank and ATMs, laundrettes, hairdressers, saunas, and other such facilities.
In 2009, Rene Oltra, the company which bears the name of the original promoter of the resort, required visitors to its campsite and villas and flats which it lets must belong to a naturist organization. In December 2009 the local authority proposed to renovate making the village almost traffic-free, beginning June 2010, constructing tree-lined walkways and promenades, a high-level promenade by the beach, and a hotel. The latter, a 29 bed four star hotel to be called the 'Hôtel le California', due to open in spring 2011, is already under construction adjacent to the landscaped roundabout near the entrance to the Naturist Village.
The naturist beach (where nudity is technically mandatory) has a length of about 2 km and is about 30 meters wide. Sand and water are of good quality and between 16 to 22 °C (61 to 73 °F). Lifeguards are on duty at several stations, during most of the day. Six restaurants border the southern end of the nude beach. Only one restaurant is available towards the northern end. Even though Cap d'Agde is in France, most of the service staff members speak English.
Heliopolis is the biggest and most prominent feature of Village Naturiste and is a 4-storey round apartment complex with a diameter of around 250 meters (820 ft) located at the beach. Heliopolis has a shopping area with a supermarket at the ground floor. It has approximately 800 apartment units for 2, 4, and 6 people. Built to Le Corbusier principles, the arc-shaped buildings contained an open centre with a swimming pool, tennis courts, and play areas.
With inputs from www.telegraph.co.uk and other sources including YouTube
Lady Gaga's meat dress divides opinion
Photo: Lady Gaga at the MTV Video Music Awards
Lady Gaga's infamous "meat dress" is to be "archived" as beef jerky, it has been claimed.
The pop singer had tongues wagging when she turned up to collect eight prizes at the Video Music Awards earlier this month.
She then continued the theme by addressing a rally in support of repealing the Don't Ask Don't Tell laws that prevent gays and lesbians from serving in the military by saying that "equality is the prime rib of America" and everyone should have the right to wear a "meat dress".
Many music and fashion lovers wondered what happened to the dress and may have found their answer.
Franc Fernandez, the fashion designer who designed the outfit, has told the celebrity gossip website e-online: "The dress will go through a process where it becomes a sort of 'jerky' and will be archived. Thank you."
The dress, complete with boots, purse and a hat was made from cuts of beef divided internet opinion.
Cher, who presented the prizes, wrote on her Twitter account that as an "art piece it was astonishing!" and that the meat purse was "genius."
She added: "modern art elicits discussion, introspection and conflict! Everyone's talking about it! BINGO!"
However, animal rights groups condemned the garment.
A statement from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said that "wearing a dress made from cuts of dead cows is offensive enough to bring comment, but someone should whisper in her ear that more people are upset by butchery than are impressed by it".
Lady Gaga told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, who had presented her with a "veggie bikini" on air, she meant no disrespect to anyone that is vegan or vegetarian, and called herself "the most judgment free human being on the earth".
"However, it has many interpretations. For me this evening, if we don’t stand up for what we believe in and if we don’t fight for our rights pretty soon, we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.”
Source: Original text and photo from www.telegraph.co.uk
Thursday, September 23, 2010
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Saturday, September 18, 2010
In this video titled ‘A message from Lady Gaga to the Senate Sept 16 2010’ posted on YouTube, Lady Gaga, urges Americans to tell their home state senators to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by joining hands with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster.
She gives the phone number of the Capitol switchboard, (202) 224-3121, which is manned 24 hours a day and urges people to ask the operator and to connect to their senators, upon which they can tell their senators ‘to vote with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments.”
Lady Gaga, an avowed gay rights activist, has spoken out against the 'Don't ask, Don't tell' US legislation that forces gay and lesbian servicemen and women to live in secrecy or risk being discharged. She currently has about 6 million followers on Twitter and urged them to talk to their senators to overturn the 1993 legislation.
"Since then (1993) 14,000 Americans have been discharged from the armed forces, refused the right to serve their country and sent home regardless of honorable service or how valuable they may have been to their units," says Gaga in the video.
A tweet professing her love of US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada found prompt response from Reid who reciprocated with an invitation to visit him in Las Vegas.
Gaga adds, "I have called both of the senators that operate in my district. Ultimately the law is being enforced by using gay profiling and gay soldiers have become targets. Not only is the law unconstitutional, but it's not even being properly or fairly enforced by the government."
Friday, September 17, 2010
The note added below this great B&W shot asks, "Wall St. Bull: When I see this iconic statue from behind, I'll always wonder... what the hell were they thinking?". Is it an allegory? Or is it symbolic of the Wall Street Executives that bled the nation and the world at large by treating themselves to FAT BONUSES and out of the way perks even when the Wall Street firms were neck deep in debts and operational loses? That anyway kicked of the worst recession of all times, even the worse than the great depression of the 1930s?
This video features some clips of Louise Brooks from the documentary "Why Be Good? Sexuality and Censorship in Early Cinema".
The American dancer, model, showgirl and silent film actress Mary Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 - August 8, 1985), better known by her stage name Louise Brooks, is known for popularizing the bobbed haircut. Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) and Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe) (1930) are the best films she acted in with her bobbed cut. She starred in 17 silent movies.
Brooks was one of the first naturalistic actors in films. Brooks was also known for her salty language. By her own admission, she was a sexually liberated woman, not afraid to experiment, even posing fully nude for photos. It was all in a period of cinema in which nudity was frowned upon and censorship was very strict.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Southwest Airlines - Boeing 737-7H4 (N922WN) - "Sports Illustrated One", originally uploaded by Matt Coleman - BNA-Photo.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2009 cover model Bar Refaeli makes her last appearance in Nashville on the sides of Southwest's "Sports Illustrated One".
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
In this video Heidi Montag talks about the trauma she went through doing ten plastic surgery procedures in one day! She also explains why she opted to go under the scalpels of the surgeon to tamper with the god-given body to transform it to her liking, especially, the surgeries to correct her broken nose, incongruent chin, ear, breasts, etc.
In this exclusive video "The Hills" star Heidi Montag joined Ryan's radio show on April 5, 2010 to talk about her recent 10 cosmetic surgeries and to update on the final season of the show.
In this AP video clip titled, "Victoria's Secrets Models' Beauty Secrets", Victoria's Secret models Karolina Kurkova and Adriana Lima are modeling their new Biofit bra - and talking about how to stay in shape and what they're looking for in a man.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
A Turkish singer gives an upskirt shot in a concert, something smacking of voyeurism.
Well Hilary Duff may not have thought of a shot like this being attempted by a voyeuristic photographer. But the problem with ultra-minis hung down from skyscrapers is that they always invite voyeurs. Maybe the wearer’s intention may also be that. The thrill for most people is in doing what is forbidden. In clinical psychology, voyeurism is the sexual interest in or practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other activity usually considered to be of a private nature. In popular imagination the term is used in a more general sense to refer to someone who habitually observes others without their knowledge, with no necessary implication of sexual interest.
Well, I don’t think this is voyeuristic or some candid camera work, though the shot is great! Quite possibly, the woman is posing for a shot like this. If not, the snapper is a super sleuth or an extremely possessed voyeur, who can be expected anywhere, exposing anyone. Voyeurism is not a crime in common law, unless it is legislated upon. For example, in Canada, voyeurism was not a crime when the case Frey v. Fedoruk et al. arose in 1947 and the Supreme Court of Canada held that courts could not criminalize voyeurism by classifying it as a breach of the peace and that Parliament would have to specifically outlaw it. Consequently, on November 1, 2005, this was done by amending the Canadian Criminal Code, declaring voyeurism to be a sexual offense. But in some cultures, voyeurism is considered deviant and even a sex crime. In UK, non-consensual voyeurism became a criminal offense on May 1, 2004. However, some societies tolerate it in some circumstances, as it happens with adolescent Peeping Toms and the UK dogging craze.
The creator of this image is extremely infected with the syndrome to see only what is forbidden. As this can never happen, he manipulated it. The note below the image read, “You thought the Statue of Liberty is made of metal and shows no emotions? Guess what, this picture proves you are wrong. What a little breeze can do, she has legs like Marilyn Monroe! America's sexy! Used: Photoshop + famous picture of Marilyn Monroe and one of the millions of pictures of the Statue of Liberty wandering over the internet.”
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
"The lovely Liz and Danielle, both of whom are AMAZING tribal belly dancers and fantastic women all-around", says Madeline (center), who is a 22-year-old Dental Hygiene student who currently resides in Alabama. She is a belly dancer, an SCA participant (Kingdom of Meridies), an avid Star Wars fan and costumer, and probably pale enough to blind you...
Photo shot in the middle of the action.
The plethora of Slave Leias, for your viewing pleasure, at Dragon Con 2007!
The note below this shot says, "Here's a cool shot of all the belly dancing Leias in hip drop mode. From the left, we have Kat, Annie, Julie, *a girl whose name escapes me right now*, and me (Madeline)".
Danielle and Madeline as Slave Leia Belly Dancers, great photo taken by Dan Harr at Dragon Con 2009.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
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Friday, September 3, 2010
Here is a note added to the video by the authors, "A September 11, 2001 tribute, and a watch of what happened that horrible morning near World Trade Center buildings, A terrible saw of what happened on the towers basements also. Never Forget 9/11/01"