Afternoon Tea 4.15.09

The Anti-Airbrush Issue.  Why are the international editions of U.S. magazines always the first to break the mold and try something new?  I admire their fearlessness 100%.  The April issue of French Elle is themed “Stars Without Makeup”—no makeup or photoshop for any of the issue’s three cover models: Monica Belluci, Eva Herzigova and Sophie Marceau.  I love it. [Jossip]
75-year-old Shigeo Tokuda is Japan’s oldest porn star and he just filmed his latest new movie in which he plays a “master of sex.”  The best part is that he started his career at 59!  Geriatric sex fetishes, anyone? []
NBC has tapped Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to star in the upcoming summer reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here. If the court agrees to let Blagojevich participate, he will join other “celebrities” in a Costa Rican jungle where they will be forced to survive with little to no resources. Sounds like Survivor, the “celebrity” edition.  But then again, if Blagojevich is considered a celebrity, what is really going on?  [The Live Feed]

Hundreds of angry Afghan women gathered outside a Kabul mosque run by a Shia cleric to protest against a law that human rights organizations claim legalizes marital rape. [Guardian]

The Obama administration is finally starting to reveal its plans for education reform.  Some education leaders feel it’s just a small amendment to Bush’s policy which left many American schools in turmoil.  The No Child Left Behind Act, which enforced standardized tests as the sole measurement for school and teacher success is still in tact, plus or minus a few changes.  I wish they would do away with it all together, but let’s hope there’s a greater strategy at hand. [New York Times]

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