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Amy Winehouse: Turning Point?

December 29, 2008

Amy Winehouse will one day remember 2008 as the year in which she started to recover or the year in which she started to decline even further.

We just don’t know.

We do know that Ms. Winehouse suffers from addiction which has been, as it usually is, costly, sickening and destructive….

We pray that her addiction is behind her now and 2009 will be a better year.

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From: Bang Media International

Amy Winehouse spent £3,500 a week on drugs at the height of her addiction, it has been claimed.

The singer was often so desperate for a hit she used a screwdriver to scrape heroin remnants from her drug-taking paraphernalia according to Alex Haines, who claims he had an affair with Amy earlier this year.

Alex said: “Amy had to have a heroin or a crack pipe near her or she freaked out. She’d keep taking drugs until she passed out. I reckon she spent £3,500 a week on them.

“When Amy ran out of drugs she would cut the bottle she used to take them in half and sit there on the floor completely wired, scraping the inside to get the residue with a screwdriver.”

Alex says he began a relationship with Amy – whose husband Blake Fielder Civil is currently in prison serving a 27-month sentence for grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice – after he joined her team as a junior assistant manager in 2007.

He claims the 25-year-old singer is “addicted” to sex, adding their relationship was fuelled by lust.

He told the News of the World newspaper: “It was like having my own little porn star. Amy was so dirty – she wanted sex all the time. We did it four or five times a day and she’d even wake me up for it. She was addicted to sex like she was to drugs.”

Alex revealed Amy – who was recently pictured looking the picture of health during a festive break in St. Lucia – suffers from eating disorder Bulimia, which sees sufferers binge on food and then make themselves sick, and sometimes gorges on 10 chocolate bars a day.

He said: “Amy suffered from bulimia, which is why she looked so thin. She would have a massive McDonalds and then throw it all up in the bathroom. I found my toothbrush covered in sick, and asked her about it.

“She told me she suffered from it for a long time. Several times I went into her bathroom and saw sick all over the sink.”

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Above: Amy Winehouse, pictured in St Lucia on just before Christmas, has piled on the pounds while recovering from addiction

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Amy Winehouse: Topless Part “Looks Healthy!”

December 22, 2008

 I find Amy Winehouse to be irrestistable.  She’s talented, beautiful and unafraid.

She is also a drug addict and she is just like a bunch of people in our modern society.  She gets into trouble and she needs help.

Help means “rehab” and rehab means doctors and a wide variety of  “cures.”  But the fact that is looming ever larger is this: there is no cure to drug and alcohol addiction, really.  There are programs and there is effort and hard work — but there is no cure….

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Amy Winehouse’s Addiction: Costly, Sickening, Destructive But Is It Over?

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Amy Winehouse was spotted this weekend looking healthier than she has in months as she showed off some new curves while frolicking topless on a Caribbean beach.

The “Rehab” singer, 25, who is currently receiving treatment at a London clinic after a drug overdose, seemed to be quite comfortable with herself as she relaxed and sunbathed in St. Lucia in nothing but a pair of skimpy bikini bottoms.

And according to the Daily Mail, Winehouse has not only gained a few much-needed pounds, but also hired a personal trainer to help her get back into shape.

“She’s very enthusiastic about her sessions and bounds in to work out on the bikes, weights and Power Plate,” a source told the Mail.

Perhaps it’s her separation from husband Blake Fielder Civil that has done her well. Civil was recently sent back to prison after failing a drug test and breaking the early release terms of his 27-month sentence, the Mail said.

Her family is also thrilled at Winehouse’s apparent progress in treatment. “She’s being taken care of. She’s resting and eating well, and there are no drugs there,” her mother Janis said.

From Fox News
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,470882,00.html

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1099591/Free-easy-
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Curvy: Amy Winehouse, pictured in St Lucia on Sunday, has piled on the pounds as she enjoys a relaxing break in the sun

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Pop Culture’s Ingenues: Really What Feminism Wants?

December 17, 2008

They may not follow their grandmother’s brand of feminism, but it’s empowering nonetheless. By going their own way, ingénue  made it the year of the young and female in pop music.

By Ann Powers
The Los Angeles Times
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Young women are often treated like the empty calories of American culture – they’re as hard to resist as a forbidden sweet, as guiltily denied and as easily forgotten.

This truism applies to this suddenly very serious year as much as it did in the teeny-bopper-dominated 1950s and the flapper-fueled 1920s. As the more significant stories of a historic election and disastrous economic collapse unfolded, the buzz in the background was often generated by undone ingénues and excitable tweens, from Lindsay Lohan and the Spears sisters to the fans behind the Jonas Brothers and “Twilight.” (And then there’s pregnant Bristol Palin, now out of sight but not forgotten.)

Lohan at the Calvin Klein Spring 2007 Fashion Show Afterparty
Lohan

The pop history now being recorded in year-in-review essays and lists are mostly focused on other forces: rock’s commercial savior, Coldplay; hip-hop’s new jack king, Lil Wayne; indie’s sensitive souls, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. But in a moribund year for pop, young women provided much of the spark.

Katy Perry released the most talked-about single, the bi-lascivious “I Kissed a Girl.” Jordin Sparks had the sleeper with her Chris Brown duet, “No Air.” Miley Cyrus transcended her Hannah Montana character with her summer debut, “Breakaway.” Taylor Swift crossed genres with “Fearless,” the album of the winter. In R&B, 20-year-old Rihanna was unstoppable, and 21-year-old Jazmine Sullivan emerged as the genre’s hottest new voice.

Cyrus with her dog, Roadie
Miley Cyrus

Among critical favorites, retro-soul singers Adele and Duffy both got major Grammy nods, while teen singer-songwriter Laura Marling won blogger hearts. Bassist Esperanza Spalding, 23, made waves in the jazz world, and hard country warmed to Ashton Shepherd, who’s 22 and already a married mom.

More than just ‘it’

Pop culture has never wanted for “it” girls, but the authority these fledgling artists claim is a great sign of feminism’s ripple effects. Swift might play a princess in many of her songs – in fact, the best parts of “Fearless” meditate on the princess myth and how reality subverts it – but in the studio she’s her own boss, writing and producing those fairy tales.

Swift is exceptionally precocious, but cowriting credits are the rule in this bunch, and Svengalis are rare. Whether they’ve actually spent time listening to the Ronettes, the Runaways or Lauryn Hill or not, these women have benefited from their elders’ hard-won lessons.

Yet if empowerment is a given for this new generation, it’s also a hotly debated concept. Women born after 1984 are not only young enough to be the granddaughters of second-wave feminists, their mothers are the ones who took sides in the “culture wars” of the 1980s and, as Sarah Palin and Hillary Rodham Clinton so aptly demonstrated, are still fighting about what it means for a woman to be truly on top.

Read the rest:
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/12/14/calendar/ca-girl14

Japan Is Cool: Cracking US Pop Culture Hegemony

December 15, 2008

Just two decades ago, Japan’s image in the world was of an economic juggernaut, challenging America and other industrialized nations with its push for dominance in everything from microchips to supercomputers. Discussion of Japanese culture typically referenced the traditional and offbeat worlds of, say, Kabuki or sumo.

Today, Japan sets the trends in what’s cool. Sarah Palin’s famous glasses came from a Japanese designer. Tokyo has the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, with eight of them earning three stars. Even America’s favorite food show, “Iron Chef,” is a Japanese import. Japanese women are pushing the limits of literary pop culture with blogs and cellphone novels. Japanese comics occupy ever-greater shelf space in bookstores, and animé-influenced movies like the “The Dark Knight” and “Spider-Man 3” find huge audiences in the West.

By Amelia Newcomb
Christian Science Monitor

Japan's industrial design supremos are gearing up for a ...
Japan’s industrial design supremos are gearing up for a global offensive with a Paris show introducing the planet to Tokyo’s latest designer concept — “kansei”. Blending traditional crafts with high-tech innovation, the show is next due to travel to the United States and China and highlights the special influence of Japanese culture on its products.  AFP

What all these media share is a nuanced Japanese aesthetic that has infiltrated global sensibilities – a sort of new “soft power” for Japan. In the process, they’re challenging delineations of good and evil from the world’s main purveyor of pop culture, Hollywood, as well as American ideals of the lone action-hero.

“The American 20th-century ideal of the individual superhero is wearing thin,” says Roland Kelts, professor at the University of Tokyo and author of “Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.” “The Japanese model is of self-denial and the sublimation of selfish desires for the sake of group harmony. This is becoming a multipolar world. The desire to be a part of something harmonious rather than the leader of a pack is growing.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20081215/ts_csm/o1japan_1

Al Gore: World cares more about Paris Hilton than saving the planet

December 13, 2008

Al Gore has accused the world of having more interest in Paris Hilton, OJ Simpson and Anna Nicole Smith than saving the planet.

By Louise Gray and Bruno Waterfield
The Telegraph (UK)


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As key international talks on climate change drew to a close in Poland with little progress on a global deal and anger against the EU for failing to lead the way on targets, the Nobel Prize winner attempted to get efforts to stop global warming back on track.

In a rousing speech to hundreds of delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Poznan, the former US Presidential candidate echoed President-elect Barack Obama in calling for change.

“It is wrong for this generation to destroy the habitability of the planet and ruin the prospects of every future generation. That realisation must carry us forward. Our children have a right to hold us to a high standard when the future of all human kind is hanging in the balance.”

The star of the Oscar-winning film An Inconvenient Truth called for global targets to cut carbon emissions to be toughened to take account of new scientific evidence that claims the world is warming faster than expected. He called for world leaders to meet regularly over the next year until they achieve a binding agreement on climate change.

Mr Gore said the celebrity-obsessed world had lost its way.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore gestures as he gives a speech ... 
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore gestures as he gives a speech during the U.N. climate change conference in Poznan December 12, 2008.(Kacper Pempel/Reuters)

“The political systems of the developed world have become sclerotic. We have to overcome the paralysis that has prevented us from acting and focus clearly and unblinkingly on this crisis rather than spending so much time on OJ Simpson, Paris Hilton and Anna Nicole Smith.”

But he was optimistic that Obama’s idea of a new “green deal” would be copied all around the world.

“Once he [Obama] is president, the US will engage vigorously in theses negotiations and help to lead the world towards a new era on global co-operation on climate change.”

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/3726003/Al-Gore-
World-cares-more-about-Paris-Hilton-than
-saving-the-planet.html