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#EatCelebrityMeat (Made from Jennifer Lawrence, Kanye West, James Franco and Ellen DeGeneres)

Salami akaAssuming it’s not an elaborate hoax, would you eat a salami made from lab-grown meat grown from tissue from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Kanye West, James Franco and Ellen DeGeneres? Apparently there are people clamoring for this dubious sounding product from BiteLabs, which says of itself:

BiteLabs produces fine artisanal salami from meat that has been lab-grown from celebrity tissue samples.

In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted a future in which all the world’s meat would be grown in labs; what, he asked, was the sense in raising a whole chicken merely for the sake of its wings or breast meat?

Today, In-Vitro meat production is close to becoming a reality, offering highly controllable meat production without the animal cruelty, waste, and environmental impacts of industrial farming. But this process can offer so much more than replicas of beef and pork.

Imagine meat like never before.

The process begins with myosatellite cells, which are obtained via biopsy.

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“Psychic” Sylvia Browne Dead at 77

Daytime talk show mainstay and self-professed psychic Sylvia Browne is dead at the age of 77. A very much in demand speaker and the author of dozens of books including such titles as Afterlives of the Rich and Famous and Visits from the Afterlife, Browne somehow managed to make a good living as a psychic despite numerous high profile failed predictions, a testy demeanor and a penchant for threatening legal action against her critics.

Normally this is where I’d say “rest in peace” or that she’ll be missed. Normally. Instead, I’ll link to this piece by Jon Ronson. You may express your heartfelt sorrow in the comment section below, disinfonauts.

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The Price of Fame? An Early Death

Warhol graveSo is it better to die old in obscurity or young in the limelight? From Reuters:
The price of fame can be high with an international study on Thursday finding that people who enjoy successful entertainment or sporting careers tend to die younger. Researchers Richard Epstein and Catherine Epstein said the study, based on analysing 1,000 New York Times obituaries from 2009-2011, found film, music, stage performers and sports people died at an average age of 77.2 years. This compared to an average lifespan of 78.5 years for creative workers, 81.7 for professionals and academics, and 83 years for people in business, military and political careers. The Australian-based researchers said these earlier deaths could indicate that performers and sports stars took more risks in life, either to reach their goals or due to their success...
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Celebrity Recolonization Of Africa Map

RecolonizationPost-Oscars, a look at how Western celebrities have projected their egos across vast portions of the world. Created by Mother Jones's Dave Gilson:
Oversized shades have replaced pith helmets, but the new scramble for Africa has its share of adventurers, would-be saviors, and even turf battles. As Madonna's publicist explains, "She's focusing on Malawi. South Africa is Oprah's territory." The map takes a lighter look at the sometimes serious, sometimes silly business of celebrity altruism. For more on how Africa became the hottest continent for A-list do-gooders like Bono and Brangelina, see here. And if you're looking for a more sober approach, check out our recent package on human rights. Click on a country to learn which celebrity has claimed it, and how ...
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Dirk Diggler Could Have Stopped 9/11

Dirk DigglerVia WashPo:
The “Contraband” actor, who was actually scheduled to be on one of the planes that crashed, said: If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’ Now you may be thinking, as I did, “This quote must have been taken out of context!” Nope, not really.
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Politicians Are Shitheads

Daniel Craig. Photo: Chrisa Hickey (CC)

Daniel Craig. Photo: Chrisa Hickey (CC)

So sayeth Daniel Craig, laying heavily into former British PM Tony Blair. Via Huffington Post:

James Bond star Daniel Craig has blamed Tony Blair for the rise of the celebrity obsessed “s**thead” politicians who cannot be trusted.

In an interview with Men’s Journal magazine, the actor said the former prime minister had been too keen to ingratiate himself with the rich and famous.

“Tony Blair started it much more than anybody’s ever done. ‘Go and have tea at 10 Downing Street’,” he said.

Blair was famed for inviting actors and musicians to No. 10 in the early years of his administration in an effort to bolster his ‘Cool Britannia’ image.

“The fact that a guy who’d been in a band, owned an electric guitar and has probably had a spliff was prime minister really meant something, after years of John Major and Margaret Thatcher.

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