It’s funny what being held at gunpoint will do to you. And being held at gunpoint by a megalomaniacal rock star? Well, that doesn’t feel very good at all. Not when the rock star has spent the past three months, the entire spring of 1995, living a fantasy life right in front of you, sipping martinis and passing a joint around at 11a.m. with his new wife, a pert blonde actress who inspires over a billion people around the world to drool each week as she runs across the beach in a tight red bathing suit. Not when you’ve been laying wires, tearing up the walls and painting again and again, because the light switch the rock star thought he wanted over here he now wants just there. By the time Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson abruptly fired the handful of the people renovating their Malibu mansion, refusing to pay for work they said was shoddily done, electrician Rand Gauthier was so sick of the celebrity couple’s demands that he was ready to simply write off the $20,000 … [Read more...] about Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Sex Tape
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Last summer, an elite group of scientists, economists and government officials gathered at Snowmass ski resort near Aspen, Colorado, to contemplate the end of the world. The weeklong “workshop, held in the shadow of 14,000-foot-high peaks at the Top of the Village lodge, was organised by the Energy Modeling Forum, a group of academics and industry leaders affiliated with Stanford University. A few months earlier, Stanford professor John Weyant, the director of the group, had asked participants to consider a nightmare scenario: It’s 2010, and global warming is not only happening, it’s accelerating. The Greenland and western Antarctic ice sheets are melting at an exponential rate, leading to predictions of a twenty-foot rise in sea levels by 2070. In this scenario, southern Florida vanishes, New York City becomes an aquarium, London looks like Venice. In Bangladesh alone, 40 million people are displaced by the rising waters. Droughts cripple food production, leading to … [Read more...] about Can Geoengineering Save The World?
This story is from the September 25th, 1986 issue of Rolling Stone. The needle drops on an ancient phonograph and out crackles the familiar opening lines of the Monkees’ theme song: “Here we come, walkin’ down the street…” The Monkees are amiably snapping fingers and lip-syncing along to it, when the record hits a scratch. With comic looks of perplexity, they huddle at center stage. The solution? Peter Tork walks over and blasts the record player to smithereens with a huge stick of dynamite. When the smoke clears, the Monkees and their eight-member backup band break into “Last Train to Clarksville,” and this time they’re playing and singing for real. “Clarksville” leads off what has become the hottest show of the summer. Touring for the first time in eighteen years, the Monkees are breaking records for ticket and merchandise sales around the country. Originally booked to play eleven weeks of summer concerts at theme parks and … [Read more...] about Monkee Business Revisited