The Big Issue : Edition 440
10 THe big issue 30 Aug – 12 sep 2013 “TEPCO [Tokyo Electric Power Company] is saying that the pollution will stay inside the harbour, but the harbour is connected to the ocean, and the tide flows in and out.” Hiroyuki Sato, the head of a Japanese fisheries cooperative, expresses reservations at TEPCO’s claim that contaminated groundwater leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will stay inside the harbour seawalls. More than two years after the earthquake and tsunami, the plant is still in crisis. From The Nation (US). “The problem is that explicit sex has become so diffused through the general culture that it’s lost its charge, which once came from the sizzle of transgression. I’m nostalgic for that primal shock quality, which was still there in spades when a juicily plump Madonna was doing her pioneering videos in the 80s... No one could writhe better than Madonna on the prow of a gondola!” Feminist social critic Camille Paglia on why sex was more exciting in the 1980s, before the internet came along. In 1990, Paglia wrote that Madonna was the “future of feminism” who “taught young women to be fully female and sexual while still exercising total control over their lives”. From Salon (US). “If I were just your average 23-year-old girl, and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, ‘Well, sorry, ma’am...nothing we can do’. It makes no sense.” Actress Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook) says the whole paparazzi thing has caused her to have a bit of a ‘meltdown’. From Vogue (US). “Once you start conflating terrorism and journalism, as a country you are in trouble.” Editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, on revelations the British government threatened legal action if the newspaper didn’t hand over or destroy material from former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The government followed this up by sending security personnel to The Guardian’s London office, where they pulverised hard drives. From BBC (UK). “Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes. However, as a gay man, I must decline.” Wentworth Miller, 41, star of TV show Prison Break, in an open letter declining an invitation to be a guest of honour at a Russian film festival, in protest against the country’s anti-gay laws. Comedian and raconteur Stephen Fry, meanwhile, has called for a boycott of next year’s Russian Winter Olympic Games. From The Independent (UK). hearsay writer richard castLes » cartoonist andrew weLdon “If a turtle loses its shell is it naked or homeless?” Seven-year-old Liam to Big Issue editorial coordinator Lorraine Pink. ear2ground photographbyErICSChWab/gEttyImagES [We’ll] knoW if lisa gherardini looks like the Mona lisa. But even if she does, We have no Way of ever finding out just What she Was sMiling aBout. Archaeologist Silvano Vinceti on the endeavour to identify the real-life Mona Lisa (believed to be named Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo) by exhuming skeletal remains, running DNA tests and using computer-generated facial reconstruction. Are you warm, are you real, Mona Lisa? Or just a cold and lonely, lovely work of art? Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa... From Newsweek (US) – and Nat King Cole.