August 9th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

WebPulse: Vogue's oil, HP's actress, Moscow's smog

Vogue Italia's spread evokes the Gulf oil spill.

Fashion or offensive? - What does an oil-drenched supermodel blowing black feathers out of her mouth mean? Controversy, baby.

Vogue has apparently attempted to interpret the BP oil spill. A spread called "Water & Oil" in Vogue Italia has hit the stands and struck a chord. Some call it insulting, others deem it high art. A video shows famous photographer Steven Meisel capturing a gunk-covered Kristen McMenamy lying like a dead bird on black rocks. Newsweek doubts the tastefulness of the spread.  Forbes reminds of Vogue's previous stabs at political art. Miami New Times says Vogue is out of line, while The Huffington Post writes that the pics are beautiful.

Which Jodie, again? - No, this isn't about actress Jodie Foster. Stop making that mistake. We're going to tell you about actress Jodie Fisher, the woman whose sexual harassment claim led to HP CEO Mark Hurd's downfall last week. Fisher had been employed as a contractor for HP working on customer and executive events. She and Hurd, who is married, both say they didn't have sex. The company maintains that Hurd, a major figure in corporate America, did not violate its sexual harassment policy, but that he violated its standards of conduct policy. HP says Hurd filed inaccurate expense account reports to keep his relationship with Fisher secret. Hurd probably won't starve. He walked away with $12 million in severance. Fisher, on the other hand, is having her acting chops examined on

Moscow smog - The pictures say it all: It's hell to be in Moscow, which is choked with smog, toxic gases and smoke from wildfires. The mortality rate in Russia's capital has doubled, according to the head of the city's health department. Out of 1,500 slots in city morgues, 1,300 are occupied, the official said. A CNN iReporter who fashioned a face mask out of a dish towel and coat hanger takes viewers on a tour through the city. He got crafty out of desperation; there's been a run on conventional face masks.

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  1. Smith in Oregon

    A mixed blessing, fewer tree's to burn in Russia during WW3. If those same forests were ignited by a nuclear device striking the ground within them, the smoke and particles would themselves be highly radioactive making the current situation 1000 times worse. Sadly, the creatures that called those forests home are displaced or burned alive and the tremendous amounts of carbon emitted is going to effect the climate in that region as it acts to further trap solar energy into the earth rather than allow it be reflected out into space.

    August 10, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jenny Baker

    I don't think people should exploit the spill in any way the south is already going through enough. I am from Alabama I recently moved to the west coast and I can't believe this is happening. I think the bp ceo should have to live in the swamps of Louisiana with no money and live off the fish that he claims are not being harmed. There isn't enough money in the would to fix this disaster. This is ridiculous and why aren't their any criminal actions taken against b.p for drilling knowing that the safety team hadn't o.k.'d it yet. why

    August 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |