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One of the differences between U.S. and France

Can you image any U.S. national art museum opening a major exhibit taking the same approach to a promotional video as the staff of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris did to an exhibition focusing on that most controversial of French writers, the man whoise name gives us sadism?


Musée d’Orsay shocks with erotic promo video

This week The Local is handing its prestigious “Only in France” award to Paris’s famous Musée d’Orsay, whose promotional video for its new exhibition has got pulses racing beyond the French art world. Let’s just say it’s “Not Safe For Work”.

Dozens of people lie naked on the floor, all intertwined in a writhing, squirming mess, as arms reach up grabbing and groping at the bare flesh.

It might sound like a scene from one of DSK’s notoriously sordid sex parties, but it is in fact a video advertising a new exhibition at Paris’s famous Musée d’Orsay.

The Musée d’Orsay, which stands on the banks of the River Seine has been forced to defend itself this week over its provocative marketing campaign for its new exhibition “Sade: Attacking the Sun” (Sade. Attaquer le soleil), which opened this week.

And here’s the video [NSFW, sadly], via the Musée d’Orsay:

An exhibition, a look, “Sade Attacking the sun.

Program notes [via Google Translate and a tweak]:

The Musée d’Orsay video artists David Freymond and Florent Michel created this to offer a personal look at the exhibits. The event of the season, “Sade. Attacking the Sun”, inspired this clip.

Microsoft in the head: A corporateer’s faux pas

What would provoke editorial cartoonist Lee Judge of the Kansas City Star to create this?

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ABC News explains:

Microsoft CEO Says Women Should Not Ask For Raises

Program note:

Satya Nadella regrets telling a room full of women to have faith in the system and “good karma.”

More from BBC News:

The resulting commentary is the stuff of Microsoft public relations nightmares.

“Nadella achieved this emotional engagement by offering up the most deplorable and incorrect advice to women in the workplace since Joan Holloway told Peggy Olson to wear something that showed off her darling ankles,” writes Nitasha Tiku on the tech blog ValleyWag, referring to the television programme Mad Men, which depicts office culture in the 1960s.

At Time, Laura Stampler writes: “Gender pay gap got you down? Take a crash course from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s Etiquette Academy For Polite Young Ladies: Smile pretty and don’t be so unbecoming as to ask for a salary bump. After all, a raise is a lot like a male suitor, and if you pursue it, you might just drive it away.”

Although the “karma” portion of Nadella’s speech gained the most attention, Stampler reserves her sharpest words for “the system” that Mr Nadella says will take care of female workers.

“Unfortunately, that system that Nadella wants women to put all their blind trust in only provides them with 78 cents to the dollar of what men earn. And if we look closer at the women Nadella was specifically addressing, the reality is fairly grim: a gender pay gap exists on every level of Stem [science, technology and maths] jobs. In Silicon Valley, men with bachelor’s degrees earn 40% more than their female educational counterparts.”

In our experience working in a different field, journalism, we found that asking for a raise was the best way to get one, providing you did work to merit a pay hike. We also saw in our 50 years in and out of the business the first real influx of women into the news business, and in our reporting witnessed firsthand the disparaging attitudes that prevailed in all sectors of the corporate world toward “the girls.”

For Nadella, in effect, to tell women workers to shut up and take it is simply astonishing, his subsequent apology not withstanding. One has to wonder how he got the top job at Microsoft.

Map of the day: Legalized same sex marriages

Following today’s refusal to hear challenges by attorneys for anti-gay marriage activists in the heavily bordered states, the status of the institution in America today.

From the Los Angeles Times:

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Male incomes in U.S. flat for a half-century

From a new report from the Census Bureau, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013 [PDF], stunning evidence that for the average American male, there has been no real gain in income for nearly the last half-century, though women have made relative gains:

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013

Compare those gains with the ravenous enrichment of the elite, as indicated in this graphic from a seminal report [PDF] by UC Berkeley’s Emanuel Saez:


Chart of the day: Room at the top, for some

From the Asahi Shimbun:

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Fox stoops to new low: ‘Boobs on the ground’

Via TPMTV, conclusive proof that. . .well, just watch this clip aired today on Fox News:

Fox Hosts Dub Female Fighter Pilot ‘Boobs On The Ground’

Context from the New York Times:

Emirates’ First Female Fighter Pilot Led Mission in Syria

When fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates took part in airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night, the mission was led by a woman, the country’s ambassador to the United States said Thursday morning.

The pilot, Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, was among the first women to graduate from the Emirates’ air force academy after it began to admit women, and became the nation’s first female fighter pilot.

“She is a fully qualified, highly trained, combat-ready pilot, and she led the mission,” the ambassador, Yousef Al Otaiba, said on the MSNBC program “Morning Joe.”

Also taking to the air at the stick of a jet with full load of bombs and similarly photogenic was Saudi Prince Khaled bin Salman, though not so easy a target for Foxy boyish boorish bombast.

John Oliver: Guilty of investigative journalism


A realization suddenly dawned as we watched this latest and much-viewed clip from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver about the Miss America pageant: John Oliver and his crew were doing something truly subversive. They were committing an act of actual investigative journalism.

Not only that: The episode captures in a fairly accurate manner the thought process giving rise to a completed print/video/audio investigative report.

So close to to the actual process is the episode that it captures the very thought processes of the journalist. John Oliver’s remarks are precisely similar those we’ve heard and made during the course of a writing newspaper stories, magazine articles, and books investigating various phenomena we consider it important for folks to know about.

What clinched our surmise was that hefty stack of IRS 990 forms Oliver plunked down at his desk, an act we’ve done many times before [for example], with precisely the admixture of humorous triumph and exasperation.

Indeed, the clip’s so good that a wise journalism professor would show it at the very first lecture in a course on the art of investigative reporting.

So our hat’s off to you, John Oliver, and welcome to the ranks of the Fourth Estate.

Form Last Week Tonight with John Oliver:

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Miss America Pageant

Program notes:

The Miss America Pageant…how is this still a thing?
They claim to give more scholarships to women than any other organization, and, unfortunately, they’re right.
To illustrate these problems, John Oliver stages his own pageant with the help of Kathy Griffin.

Here are the links to the women’s scholarship funds that John mentioned on air:

Society of Women Engineers:

Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund:

Patsy Mink Foundation: