Politics aside, Gabrielle Giffords may be the strongest congresswoman this country has ever seen. Shot through the head with a bullet, she remains in critical condition but responsive. According to her doctors, Giffords is beating all odds in terms of survival in the wake of her assassination attempt on Saturday outside a Tucson, Ariz. Safeway.
"The best way to put it is she's holding her own," Dr. Michael Lemole, the neurosurgeon who operated on Giffords, told press today.
Already subject to violent threats prior to Saturday's shooting, Giffords was undeterred about holding the "Congress on your Corner" meet and great in a city and state where issues of immigration, gun control, and healthcare policy are at a fever pitch. Soon after her arrival outside the supermarket, 22-year-old Jared Loughner gunned down 20 people: injuring 14, including Giffords, and killing six. The youngest victim was a 9-year-old girl, an aspiring politician in her own classroom.
Hours after the shooting,
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Mon, Jan 10, 2011 5:48 PM EST
Politics aside, Gabrielle Giffords may be the strongest congresswoman this country has ever seen. Shot through the head with a bullet, she remains in critical condition but responsive. According to her doctors, Giffords is beating all odds in terms of survival in the wake of her assassination attempt on Saturday outside a Tucson, Ariz. Safeway.Read More »from Tragedy in Tuscon: Giffords holding her own, say doctors
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Sat, Jan 8, 2011 12:21 AM EST
Read More »from Magazine Time Machine: A teen mag's disturbing, tragic interview with Karen Carpenter
Recently, a web designer made several issues of a short-lived 1970's teen magazine called Star available on the web. In the March, 1973 issue, there's an interview with Carpenter, then a 23-year-old teen idol. Ten years later she'd be dead, due to severe malnourishment. In the interview, the warning signs are right there despite the lightweight questions about fame, boys and fashion. But nobody, not the reporter, nor the teen magazine editor, nor Carpenter seem to notice. I transcribed excerpts from the interview here, but you can read the full article at Star1973.com
Star: What got you interested in a show business career?
Karen: "Well I looked quite a bit different when I was in high school cause I was heavier...about twenty pounds heavier, to tell you the truth. And I was tired of being fat so I went on a diet! In fact, just the other day I was cleaning out my bedroom closet and it was really hard just getting in there but when I got in there I found this sweater I used to wear in
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Fri, Jan 7, 2011 9:49 PM EST
Who would have thought Wheel of Fortune would put a notch on the belt of women's lib? Despite inventing the post-pagaent job of letter-turner, the game show is marking a milestone for women on Monday with the first female game show announcer. Lora Cain doesn't have the job yet, but she's auditioning on the show over the next two weeks to replace the 28-year veteran Charlie O'Donnell who passed away last year. A self help author and voice over artist, she'll go down in history as the first woman to ever introduce Pat, Vanna or any game show contestant in America for that matter.Read More »from Game show announcer...and 9 other jobs women aren't hired for
It's hardly "first woman president," but it does serve to remind us of the jobs we're still regularly denied. Consider this Operation 2011: here are a few doors we need to bust down by this time next year.
1. Restauranteur/Celeb Chef: "Top Chef: All-Stars" is proof alone-the two male hosts have celebrated restaurants, while the two female hosts are cookbook author/editor types. Sandra Lee, Rachael Ray, Giada De
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Jan 7, 2011 7:31 PM EST
(Think Stock Photos)What were you wearing on New Year's? Bet it didn't hold a candle to the sexually demented drunk guy who flashed a woman in the U.K. town of Eston. I found a local police blotter describing an unidentified guy wanted for carrying out a "lewd sex act" in front of a random woman walking down the street. His outfit takes flasher fashion to new heights:Read More »from The best-dressed flasher ever! (Trench coats are so played out)
"Police say the man had blue tracksuit bottoms around his ankles and was also wearing fishnet stockings. He appeared to be around 30 to 32 years of age and was also wearing a white duffle coat with grey fur around the hood. "
My pea-brain can't process the get-up. Suspect sketches welcome.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Fri, Jan 7, 2011 12:39 AM EST
Say goodbye to your dreams of a white picket fence on Mars: intergalactic baby-making could be a bust. New research from the University of Kansas suggests that space travel damages our reproductive organs. How do they know? A few brave lab rats were sent on a space f---ing mission and came back just as they left: barren. While the research did prove that being a lab rat isn't always a crap job, it did suggest we jumped the gun on the whole space travel thing. Shouldn't we have figured out if we could procreate before we got everyone juiced up about leaving the planet?Read More »from Women can't get pregnant in space?! So much for populating other planets...
There's still some hope. Another study by University of Texas researchers monitored fertility in male astronauts and found them ready, willing and able to get their spouses pregnant just days after returning from a mission. Female astronauts were less successful, though that could have been related to their age rather than reproductive damage.
Organ capabilities aside, there's the bigger problem of having actual space
(Think Stock Photos)Read More »from Are you a secret eater? You're not alone.
In a recent poll, over 60 percent of women admitted they're uncomfortable eating in front of their partners. It's so bad, according to the U.K. survey by ShapeSmart, that at least 15 percent end up binging in secret on junk food when their partner isn't around. Here we are, grown women in mature relationships, walking around with secret candy stashes our partners can't know about. What's it all about?
Internet forums, the place we go to confess our sins, prove that secret eating is rampant especially when the cat's away. One forum poster admitted to scarfing down pasta in the morning after her husband leaves for work. Another revealed that her healthy eating habits go down the drain when her military husband is out of town two weeks a month. And several say they wait till their husband's asleep and then attack the refrigerator for leftovers.
Now eating disorder specialists are tagging it "shame eating" and lumping the phenomenon in with other eating disorders like Bulimia and
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Fashion – Thu, Jan 6, 2011 8:49 PM EST
Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman on set their upcoming movie New rule: celebrities should only be interviewed by other celebrities. In this month's issue of Harper's Bazaar, Jennifer Aniston interviews Nicole Kidman, and boy, is it a good read. Stars are always trying to sound down-to-earth in interviews, but if they're talking to one of their own kind they tend to slip up. And that's a good thing. Superstar sensibilities are hiiiii-larious and after filming their upcoming comedy "Just Go With It" in Hawaii, Jen and Nicole were kind enough to share their own. What follows are the best moments from their interview:Read More »from Jennifer Aniston interviews Nicole Kidman. Then things got weird.
10. Aniston's introduction on how celebs meet and win each other over: "I remember the first time I met Nicole Kidman. We were at a Golden Globes party in 2005 and-typical Hollywood story-we share an agent. Nicole had just seen one of my rom-coms, as they call them, and was instantly kind and complimentary. I loved her immediately."
9. The actresses proudly acknowledge places that are not LA or NY : JA: "I was just down South in
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 6, 2011 3:00 AM EST
Writer Valerie Frankel (Photo via Facebook)Read More »from Snooki's better half: the ghostwriter behind "A Shore Thing"
She's Jersey-born, opinionated and not afraid to piss people off. But unlike Snooki, Valerie Frankel has read more than two books. She's also written almost a dozen, which is why she was hired to turn patented Jersey Shore-isms into a work of fiction. "A Shore Thing," released this week, follows a girl named Gia who spends the summer picking up Jucie-heads on the beaches of Jersey. Together, Frankel and Snickers have born lines like: "Yum. Johnny Hulk tasted like fresh gorilla" and "She could pour a shot of tequila down his belly and slurp it out of his navel without getting splashed in the face."
For Frankel, a middle-aged woman with two kids and a side career writing about parenting and Sarah Palin, absorbing the essence of the poof seems a stretch. But according to an interview with Slate, Frankel was enthralled by her collaborator: "In our talks she just amazed me again and again with how enthusiastic she was for the project and the face-valueness of her," she says. "My experience
Hey cowgirls! I love getting together for a girls' night to watch one commercial. It's a great way to open up a conversation on hot topics like birth control risk factors for women over 35 and whether women lawyers are as tough as men. Isn't it always so amazing how one out of three of us have tried the item being advertised, with positive results? Love my girls!Read More »from Oh Gurl: How women really talk... in commercials
Here are few real talk nights where we really broke it down.
At Cathy's house when we watched that legal commercial. Who knew we'd both been involved in hit-and-run accidents?
At that hot city bar, when Megan showed up after being locked up in a mental institution. Crazy that it was all because of a severe form of PMS. Good thing our doctor friend was there with the risk factors.
At brunch, when we dished about how we were all getting hot and heavy with Carmel Taxi service. Wait you guys, how great is going to the theater?
Just another night where we pause the Nuva Ring commercial while we discuss the benefits so as
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 5, 2011 6:37 PM EST
Read More »from Vintage ad of the day: Volkswagen tackles problem of 'women drivers'
Volkswagen has long held the reputation for innovative advertising. I know this because of Mad Men, and also the Pink Moon commercial. But one forgotten vintage ad brings new meaning to their "think small" tagline. Pointing out the various ways it's appallingly sexist would ruin the fun. So you can just read the text transcribed below and draw your own outrage.
"Women are soft and gentle, but they hit things. If your wife hits something in a Volkswagen, it doesn't hurt you very much. VW parts are easy to replace. And cheap. A fender comes off without dismantling half the car. A new one goes on with just ten bolds. For $24.95, plus labor. And a VW dealer always had the kind of fender you need. Because that's the one kind her has. Most other VW parts are interchangeable, too. Inside and out. Which means your wife isn't limited to fender smashing. She can jab the hood. Graze the door. Or bump off the bumper. It may make you furious, but it won't make you poor. So when your wife goes