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Teen Sex, Exploitation, Drugs and Alcohol (Again) – Who is Using Who (Or What)?

April 29, 2008

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Again we find ourselve discussing American culture and its rancid down side.

Fifteen year old pop star Miley Cyrus posed for celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The photographs, which some have called erotic child porn or nearly so, are to appear in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair.  If they are not child porn they are at least “partially clothed.”
 
Vanity Fair.  The cover of the June issue of Vanity Fair and the photograph of Miley Cyrus, inset.

Ms. Cyrus, alread the teen star of the Walt Disney Company’s billion-dollar “Hannah Montana” franchise, financial analysts say, will be worth $20 million by the time she is 18 years old.

Now Ms. Cyrus, daughter of singer Billy Ray Cyrus, claims she was used by Ms. Leibovitz and Vanity Fair.
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She says she’s been wronged.

“I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed,” Cyrus said Sunday in a statement through her publicist. “I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

Well, gosh, even a 15 year old daughter of an American pop star knows how to get publicity, sell records and make more money. Sex in America sells and she knows it and so does her dad, the photographer and Vanity Fair.

Ms. Leibovitz is a renowned celebrity photographer whose edgy, sexy portraits have included subjects such as Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and a naked, pregnant Demi Moore.

She’s pretty well known. Sitting for her isn’t an accident waiting to happen. It is an entertainer hoping to become mega-rich.
In this April 14, 2008 file photo singer and actress Miley Cyrus ...
In this April 14, 2008 file photo singer and actress Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2008 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Ms. Cyrus told PEOPLE Magazine, “My goal in my music and my acting is always to make people happy. For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work with Annie [Leibovitz].”
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PEOPLE also reported that Ms. Cyrus appears to be topless, but was actually clothed during the shoot.

Keep your 15 year old daughter in view in your teaching and in your prayers. If she reports she is sitting for Vanity Fair photographers, she probably knows what she’s doing. Get her an IRA. And make sure she knows how to use a condom, unlike one other pop star: Jamie Lynn Spears.


Jamie Lynn Spears
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Because we have seen so many people ruin their lives due to the agony of addiction, we sometimes shed light upon the “rich and famous.”  They are not immune from the ravages of drugs and alcohol.  Far from it.  In fact, because many entertainers and celebrities have a lot of “disposible” money (Amy Winehouse, who was arrested for cocaine possession and use, is reportedly worth $20 million) they can even mnore easily slip into addiction than some others.
Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, ... 
Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse, pictured on January 18, 2007 after some serious drug use, was admitted that week to a rehabilitation clinic to help her battle against drug addiction, her record company said.

Last week sexy model and movie actress Angie Everhart was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

Wikipedia speaks about her career this way:

Following a playful photo session with her mother and the submission of the results to a local modeling agency, Everhart was on a plane to Paris later that year. By the end of the following year, she had graced the covers of such fashion mainstays as ELLE and Glamour magazine (for which she was the first-ever red-haired cover girl). Though a riding accident in which she broke her back at the age of 19 nearly put an end to her aspirations, Everhart eventually recovered through physical therapy. Early in her career, Everhart was advised she would never be a top model because she was a redhead. However, she succeeded in her chosen career and posed for numerous publications. She appeared in several issues of the annual Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, starting in 1995. After years of publicly insisting she would never pose nude, Everhart did just that for the February 2000 issue of Playboy. She was ranked #98 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2003.

Everhart made her film debut in 1993 with the Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy Last Action Hero. She has since appeared in such features as Tales From the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood (1996), Denial (1998), Trigger Happy (1996) and Gunblast Vodka (2000).

Angie Everhart, 2003

Other movies she has appeared in include Jade (1995), and Executive Target (1997), Since then, her feature film roles have been restricted to low budget erotic thrillers and softcore porn, such as Another 9 1/2 Weeks (1997) and Bare Witness (2001). She also appeared in the 2004 television series Celebrity Mole: Yucatan, in which she was the rogue agent sabotaging the group. She was one of the “Gingers” on the second season of The Real Gilligan’s Island  (the other was Erika Eleniak), but left the show when she accidentally cut her finger severely enough to sever tendons and require surgery. Angie was also a panelist on “To Tell The Truth” from 2000 to 2001.

Here is a woman that recovered from a broken back.  She has a lot to live for.  We pray that she gets her life straightened out — and fast.


 

China’s Counterfeiting Legacy

July 25, 2007

By Les Lothringer in ShangHai
Special to Peace and Freedom
July 25, 2007

Are you certain that the medicine you are taking is authentic? Are you sure your motor car brake repairer installed up-to-specification parts in your car? Western consumers now know otherwise, but when I penned an article a year ago on Chinese counterfeit consumables, Western consumers remained skeptical on something that mainland Chinese consumers have known for countless decades.

As domestic Chinese companies increase their exports worldwide, the supply of counterfeit products is expected to become a flood, posing alarming challenges to global brands. Western customs agencies have witnessed a rise in counterfeit goods, simultaneously with the sharp increase in the rate of seizures. Counterfeiting in China may even account for one fifth of GDP, although no-one can be certain.

Counterfeited products in China include books [President Bill Clinton’s biography in English and Chinese], batteries, apparel, machine parts, industrial consumables, electronics and software, drugs, recreational gear, cigarettes, money, personal care items, food, anti-counterfeiting holograms, software protection keys, motorcycles and more. Of course, counterfeiting spreads know-how, engenders capability, lifts economic performance and addresses historical imbalances between the East and the West. This is the other side to counterfeiting and the reason why it won’t be stamped out, a point I’ll address below.
Flag of the People's Republic of China

Counterfeit products are seductive. A seemingly identical set of American golf clubs, complete with golf bag, may cost one tenth of the genuine article and with the look and feel of the genuine product, more or less!

But the quality will not be the same! Not for that price. Materials and work quality will be inferior and the product will not deliver the same performance nor last as long as the original golf clubs. Even non-counterfeit Chinese products for their domestic market may well not be up to Western specification and are unsuitable for export to the West, where expectations and standards are much higher.

Functionally, there is little risk if it’s a Louis Vuitton handbag being copied. But it is a concern when that counterfeit item is a sub-specification machine part or a chemical product. Under cost pressure, could an airline purchasing manager in a third world country resist purchasing a critical hydraulic seal for $50 instead of the genuine sourced Western seal for $250 or more? Western supply managers are similarly challenged.

Not all counterfeit products are of lower quality. Some actually come from the licensed outsourced manufacturers of the brand owner. The factory may do an extra production run, possibly even at another factory, to sell that product at a higher markup. This undermines the efforts of some foreign outsourcing brand managers who naively believe that they have impressively reduced their own costs through cheap outsourcing arrangements, only to discover themselves competing against their own brand. The use of third party suppliers has always had hidden consequences.

Recent history, as it has been played out, has not been accurately taught in Western schools. The Chinese are more thoroughly instructed in the history of foreign imperial interventions. Visitors to Southern China’s GuangDong Province can take in the Chinese view at the several Opium War Museums of how Britain forced opium consumption upon the Chinese to correct its unfavorable trade balance and further extract economic concessions from China for the removal of resources and products. Other foreign powers did likewise. Now that industrialized Western countries have grown strong, Chinese strategists may well say that the regime of intellectual property rights [IPR] enforcement is intended to remove the ladder of support that Western countries used to elevate themselves. In historical terms, IPR is seen as a modern replay of Western economic imperialism, intended to slow the development of countries whose underdevelopment came about through foreign interventionists seeking to enrich their sovereign economies.

The strong connection that the Chinese exhibit towards their past versus the “here and now” mentality of Western business people is a significant and defining cultural difference that cannot be easily dismissed. In fact, IPR violations did indeed also spread technology and know-how throughout the West, as it is now doing in China and other third world countries.

The introduction into China of foreign products and know-how is enabling the Chinese to develop their applied domestic skills and abilities across the full spectrum of manufacturing, sourcing and supply. Through reverse engineering, advanced CAD software and technical collaboration, Chinese businesses are tearing down foreign products and re-engineering their own replicas. These are the field enabling experiences that the Chinese education system lacks, always with its strong emphasis on book learning.

Currently, this approach bypasses the brand development work and the serious research and development [R&D] that attends Western brand creation. But it is now only a matter of time before the copycat factories progress from their wholly applied industrial approach to the development of their talents in the softer skills of marketing and the subtler skills of R&D, already happening to an extent. It is precisely because of the strategic threat that this poses that the Japanese limit the transfer of their R&D and manufacturing know-how to China, retaining high technology and advanced manufacturing skills at home and, unlike the United States, seeking ways to keep it at home.
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About the Author
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Les is a veteran business consultant with over 30 years of commercial experience including Business Renovation, Management Consulting, Interim Management and Workshop based Training in diverse industries throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

Les may be contacted at director@strategywestasia.com. Website: http://www.strategywestasia.com/

We at Peace and Freedom sincerely thank Les for all his wisdom, advice and this article.