News: Space, Katy Perry, Torture, Hong Kong, Wentworth Miller

road.jpg GQ‘s photographic portrait of the ’08 campaign.

road.jpg Given the subject matter an tone of some of these, I’d rename the list “most powerful” rather than best, but here they are. Vanity Fair‘s slideshow of the 25 best news photographs.

Spaceroad.jpg Outer space smells like hot metal and fried steak: “Nasa asked Steven Pearce, the managing director of Omega Ingredients, which makes fragrances, to recreate the scent after hearing of his work creating smells for an art exhibition in July, one of which was of the inside of the Mir space station. Mr Pearce is interviewing astronauts to help him with his task. ‘We have already produced the smell of fried steak, but hot metal is proving more difficult,’ he said. ‘We think it’s a high-energy vibration in the molecule.'”

road.jpg Katy Perry dives on a gigantic pink cake.

road.jpg Religious leaders in Florida come out against anti-gay Amendment 2, which would place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage: “Florida Clergy for Fairness, a group of interfaith clergy, say that Amendment 2 is mean-spirited and an infringement upon the religious freedoms of all Floridians. ‘Hatred and bigotry are the motivations behind this,’ said Father Frank Corbishley, an Episcopal Chaplain at the University of Miami, during a conference call with reporters Thursday morning. ‘It’s sending a dangerous message about intolerance.'””

road.jpg Wentworth Miller causes hysteria in China.

road.jpg Musical indie film Once coming to Broadway.

Bunnyroad.jpg The pink bunny you can see from space.

road.jpg Hong Kong sees sharp rise in HIV infections among gay men: “Four percent of Hong Kong’s gay and bisexual men are HIV-positive and genetic analyses of virus samples found three HIV strains circulating in the local community.”

road.jpg James Bond for Obama: “I strongly feel there needs to be a new way forward. Barack Obama is pushing things in the right direction. I’m excited about the election. Unfortunately, things will probably get dirty. I hope Obama can stay above the fray … I’m hopeful for the first time in a long, long while. It’s one of the most exciting elections in my lifetime.”

Princeroad.jpg An update on Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India – he’s now dating a 35-year-old Brit named Michael Lower.

road.jpg Madonna drinks toast to divorce???

road.jpg GOP Rep. Virgil Goode denies involvement in Eden’s Curve, a “2003 art house film that depicts gay sex, violent beatings and drug use…The film is about a young man who goes off to an all-male college and begins to explore his sexuality, eventually engaging in a ménage a trois with his roommate and his roommate’s girlfriend.” Said Goode: “I never gave any money to that film. Wouldn’t do it. Haven’t even seen it. Wouldn’t see it.”

road.jpg Cleveland to bid for Gay Games in 2014.

road.jpg Eminem titles new album Relapse.

road.jpg A clip from the PBS documentary on torture that PBS won’t show before the election.

road.jpg Connecticut Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage may help cause in Vermont: “Bills proposing gay marriage are commonly introduced at the Statehouse, but usually gain little traction in the relevant committees. But advocates and lawmakers say these and other developments across the country have changed the political climate, increasing the chance that the Legislature will seriously consider a bill early next year.”


  1. soulbrotha says

    That Vanity Fair article bothered me more and more with every subsequent photo. I sent a letter to the editor saying that “best” just isn’t the most sensitive word to describe images of human suffering.

  2. Derrick from Philly says

    You’re right, SOULBROTHA. Maybe “the most powerful photographs of the 20th Century” might have been a more appropriate and humane title.

    The photo of the starving African child with the vulture patiently waiting nearby…well, that photo should’ve made every Christian, Jew, Muslim, etc. fear God’s wrath for allowing such horrors to continue to happen on this Earth.

  3. Victor says

    Nitpicker that I am, but sorry, one cannot see the giant pink bunny from space. It’s generally accepted, that space begins at 100 kilometers (62 miles). Try for yourself with Google Earth and search for “giant pink bunny,” then zoom out to a 100 km/62 mile altitude and I defy anyone to be able to decern anything pink, let alone a bunny shape. Likewise, from a speeding airliner at 30,000 feet one cannot see it. Another instance of an over-hyped claim.

  4. resurrect says

    re:GQ’s photo spread of politicos: one huge helping of FUGLY. Political power must have a way of contorting human beauty, because the naked and callous lust for power is in every portrait.

  5. Andalusian Dog says

    Re: the clip from the Torturing Democracy documentary. I watched it on PBS, and they most certainly showed the clip posted on Daily Dish that you link to above, and it is a bit unfair that it is being slated as something that PBS would not show before the election. In my opinion, that’s a bit propagandistic and untruthful. That notwithstanding, it was a very powerful film which everyone should watch before and after the election, and it should be required viewing for all students of American History, young and old. What it demonstrated is the absolute diabolical barbarism of the Bush administration and its “war on terror” (with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Addington and Yoo as the chief culprits of the most terrible war crimes) but it also showed that some in the rank and file maintained their consciences and believe in the dignity of all human beings.

    Please, please, even after this election, please seek out organizations and efforts that aim to bring charges of international war crimes against these evil men. The election of a democrat (should we be so lucky) does not erase history or the pain, suffering, and degradation of the largely innocent victims of Bush’s torture policies. A good place to start is the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), I believe.

  6. Andalusian Dog says

    Re: the “best” news photographs of the 20th century. What a travesty. Many of the photographs detail just how much worse than medieval American society was/has been in the modern period. And if those sad pictures were not a direct effect of American policies (i.e., the Sudanese baby starving), then it was medieval of Vanity Fair’s editors to lump it under “the best” of whatever. I cringe to think that somewhere, down deep and under the subliminal suggestion of a VF editor, a VF reader thought to her/himself, “You know, that IS one of the best photos I’ve ever seen! You see that baby starving and the vulture poised to eat it?” It isn’t powerful (though it is important for people to see such things) – but it IS grotesque that it doesn’t compel every viewer to do what s/he can to stop such human suffering.

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