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Archive for November 14th, 2012
Yeah, yeah, yeah: Michael Nutter can tell us all he wants about how he's staying in Philadelphia and not running off for the bright lights of the Obama Administration's second term. But he's sure having fun with some of his newfound post-election notoriety, on Thursday joining a Time Magazine panel to weigh in on who should be the mag's "Person of the Year"—sitting alongside Matt Lauer, Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, and Newt Gingrich. Nutter's pick? “Women freedom fighters all around the world have dominated,” Nutter said. “And they will continue to do so for a good long while.” But Nutter also
I like Chris Christie. A lot of people don't. Especially people in the media, who find him to be crude, abrasive, dismissive and a big bully. Mainly, I think they don't like him for the same reason they don't like any other politician like him: He's Republican. The hard right often complains about the “liberal media,” and for the most part I think they have a point: The fact is that the mainstream media is, by and large, liberal. Which explains how Fox News came to prominence in the first place, by giving conservatives a place to go and hear “their” side of the story.
The Human Rights Campaign, which campaigns for gay and lesbian rights, has released its 2013 Corporate Equality Index—a look at which companies offer the best and worst climates for their LGBT employees. Philadelphia-based Comcast and its subsidiary, NBCUniversal, received a perfect score from the HRC. (The company was aided by the presence of sympathetic gay characters on shows like The New Normal, Smash, and Chicago Fire on NBC, but it also offers benefits to partners of employees.) Two Philadelphia law firms—Dechert LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius—also received perfect scores. Not every Philadelphia company scored highly, though: Crown Holdings received
People has named its Sexiest Man Alive for 2012, and the winner is … Channing Tatum. Channing Tatum? That's sexy? Oh, sure, he's got muscles and abs, and yes he showed them all off to perfection as a stripper in Magic Mike, and yes, I've heard some people suggest that if he hadn't ripped his own clothes off in that move they'd have been glad to help him, and, well, sure, it's easy to see how you could call him sexy if you looked at him just right. But mostly, it just feels like it's time to mourn for Philly's
A big reason last week's presidential election went the way it did, many have pointed out in the days since, was because one side found themselves in something resembling an alternate reality, only getting news and information from hucksterish media figures who kept them in an epistemic bubble, before that bubble spectacularly popped on Nov. 6th.
The last time we heard from meteorologist John Bolaris, he was proposing to his girlfriend Erica Smitheman on the Howard Stern Show during Hurricane Sandy. But this week, Bolaris is expected to head to the Federal Courthouse in Miami.
Signaling an important final step towards creating the overfed, underworked dystopia so memorably depicted in Wall-E, Shop 24 today is opening up two new "robotic convenience stores" around Philadelphia—one in Hatfield, to the north; and the other at 3900 Gateway Drive in south Philadelphia. The shops are "self-contained, refrigerated and robotic," measuring in at nine feet tall: Essentially, these are really huge vending machines. (See the vdieo below.) Only these vending machines will achieve sentience and learn to love kittens will eventually destroying all of humanity. [Shop 24]
This 1993 video re-emerged to viral fame this week:Biden's obviously changed in the last 20 years. His hair is grayer—and, uh, his hairline somehow fuller—and it's tough to believe that he'd ever pull off a guest shot so free of charisma and emoting ever again: Just watch this video from tomorrow night's Parks and Recreation, where Biden doesn't say a word, and try not to be dazzled by the smile he gives Amy Poehler in the brief scene. The man's an incredible talent, but he needed time to develop it. Then again: We can see how Amy Poehler is more
Teenyboppers invaded my street earlier this year.Don't worry! My double life as a Center City office drone by day and member of One Direction by night remains unknown. No, the teens, parents and unattached stargazers at the end of my street this summer were hoping to catch a glimpse of Liam Hemsworth, in town filming Paranoia, or his fiance Miley Cyrus. (I admit this is a guess; I did not ask if they were actually big Richard Dreyfus fans.)
Jill Kelley Liked the Palm in Philly. Also, Changed Her Mind Too Late. At some point between asking an FBI friend to look into "cyberstalking" emails she was receiving, and the head of the CIA resigning, Kelley, the catalyst for the FBI investigation into the Petraeus affair, regretted starting the whole thing. [Daily Beast] Meanwhile, the Daily News tracked down locals who knew Kelley when she lived in Philadelphia, including someone who says of Kelley and her sister, "They were always at the Palm, they knew the maitre d's' names at the Palm." No word on whether their faces are