Monday, October 31, 2005
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Power-dressing man leaves trail of destruction
Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together.
When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet.
"It sounded almost like a firecracker," Clewer told Australian radio Friday.
"Within about five minutes, the carpet started to erupt."
Employees, unsure of the cause of the mysterious burning smell, telephoned firefighters who evacuated the building.
"There were several scorch marks in the carpet, and we could hear a cracking noise -- a bit like a whip -- both inside and outside the building," said fire official Henry Barton.
Firefighters cut electricity to the building thinking the burns might have been caused by a power surge.
Clewer, who after leaving the building discovered he had scorched a piece of plastic on the floor of his car, returned to seek help from the firefighters.
"We tested his clothes with a static electricity field meter and measured a current of 40,000 volts, which is one step shy of spontaneous combustion, where his clothes would have self-ignited," Barton said.
"I've been firefighting for over 35 years and I've never come across anything like this," he said.
Firefighters took possession of Clewer's jacket and stored it in the courtyard of the fire station, where it continued to give off a strong electrical current.
David Gosden, a senior lecturer in electrical engineering at Sydney University, told Reuters that for a static electricity charge to ignite a carpet, conditions had to be perfect.
"Static electricity is a similar mechanism to lightning, where you have clouds rubbing together and then a spark generated by very dry air above them," said Gosden.
DIAMANDIS LAUNCHES ROCKET RACING LEAGUE
Entertainment and sports took a step into the future today with the launch of the Rocket Racing League™ (RRL). Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE, which inaugurated the age of personal spaceflight, introduced the RRL as an aerospace entertainment organization that combines the competition of racing with the excitement of rocketry.
"The Rocket Racing League will inspire people of all ages to once again look up into the sky to find inspiration and excitement," said Dr. Diamandis, Chairman and Co-founder of the Rocket Racing League. "New aerospace technologies coupled with the spirit of competition will not only extend the boundaries of entertainment, but continue the public's appetite for space ignited a year ago when the Ansari X PRIZE was awarded."
Dr. Diamandis was joined by Granger Whitelaw, Co-Founder and President of the RRL. "The success of the Rocket Racing League is limited only by the excitement of the public," noted Mr. Whitelaw. "Given the millions of fans who enjoy race car driving, and the wider audience enthralled with humanity's next step into space, we are confident Rocket Racing will become a mainstream event in the decade to come."
Similar to auto racing organizations, the RRL will organize, host and run competitions across the United States, with the finals taking place each year at the X PRIZE Cup in New Mexico. The league also plans to produce nationwide tours of its rocket planes and pilots to answer the public's demand for high-excitement entertainment. A video game based on the RRL is slated to launch in late 2007.
"The FAA salutes the Rocket Racing League on its mission to usher in a new era in aerospace entertainment," said Patricia Smith, Associate Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. "We look forward to working with the RRL to secure all the necessary licenses and permits to ensure safe and exciting events for the public."
Rocket races will operate much like auto races, with the exception that the "track" is up in the sky. Courses are expected to be approximately two miles long, one mile wide, and about 5,000 feet high, running perpendicularly to spectators. The rocket planes, called X-Racers, will take off from a runway both in a staggered fashion and side-by side and fly a course based on the design of a Grand Prix competition, with long straight-aways, vertical ascents, and deep banks. Each pilot will follow his or her own virtual "tunnel" or "track" of space through which to fly, safely separated from their competitors by a few hundred feet.
Highly skilled X-Racer pilots will employ state-of-the-art differential GPS technology to ensure minimal chances of physical contact between the racers.
Upon take-off, onlookers will easily follow the race as the rocket planes remain in view and sport 20-foot rocket plumes. Fans can also track their favorite pilots' progress via large screen televisions and hand-held GPS tracking devices using WiFi to stream video of the cockpit, live "on-track" shots, "side by side" views and wing angle views.
Fans at home will be treated to a three-dimensional course where the "tracks" pilots are following can be seen. Special effects for lap completions, barrier violations and penalties will also be a part of the show.
The RRL plans to host a variety of races as it grows and each race will result in points awarded to its top finishers and qualifier. Timed qualifying rounds can be incorporated into the races, comparable to the 24-hour Le Mans race.
The RRL has contracted with XCOR Aerospace of Mojave California to design and build the first generation of X-Racers. The X-Racers are based on the design of XCOR's EZ-Rocket. Next generation vehicles will be using an airframe provided by Velocity of Sebastian, Florida.
Colonel Rick Searfoss (ret.), former commander of the space shuttle Columbia, and three-time astronaut, was appointed Chief Pilot by the RRL and will fly the EZ-Rocket X-Racer™ prototype in its inaugural launch on October 9 at the X PRIZE Cup in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The RRL will generate revenues through six channels:
Sponsorships - The RRL's core demographic will be led by families, teenagers and young adults similar to mainstream car racing audiences. Companies will be able to sponsor the X-Racer aircrafts, pilot uniforms and helmets, and endorse awards such as fastest lap, fastest pit stop, and overall series champion.
Ticket sales - Though the price of tickets will vary based on the type of race held and the venue in which it is performed, the RRL will ensure the prices are comparable to other mainstream sporting events.
Broadcast rights - The RRL is initiating talks with major broadcasters to sell the rights to air Rocket Racing League™ events.
Merchandising - League-braded items such as hats, t-shirts, posters, key chains, and model X-Racer planes will be available at RRL events, sold online through RocketRacingLeague.com or through approved licensees.
Tours - Rocket racing fans will be able to see an X-Racer up-close, meet RRL pilots and enjoy educational initiatives which focus on aviation and aeronautics.
Gaming - A RRL-based video game will be launched in 2007 and is expected to operate on popular platforms such as the X-Box, Game Cube, PlayStation and PC. The game will enable fans to race their own X-Racers and compete against friends online.
Giving the FINGER to Computer Hardware
Just when you thought you had seen enough of those key ring and pen USB drivers along comes something a little MORE creative, The Finger Drive comes in 64,128 MB and 1 GB versions and can be found HERE. BTW, they have SUSHI models as well...
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Tenants Find Alien Protection Device Upon Move-In
A home in eastern Iowa no longer has the power to scare off underground aliens.
Police have taken away a device from a home in Davenport after its new tenants discovered a box containing what they thought was a bomb.
But the house's former owner said it was designed to scare off aliens living underground.
Jessica Harper moved out of the house last month and left behind the box. She said she got it from her mother's friend, an astrologer who Harper describes as "off his rocker."
She said she didn't want to throw it away because it wasn't hers.
The new tenants discovered the box Monday and evacuated their home while the local bomb squad investigated.
Authorities would not confirm the device's purpose, but they said it looks dangerous.
Star Trek pledge of allegiance gets kid suspended
"So, anyway. What did he do?" I picked at the hem of my sweatshirt, looked just to the right of her face. I couldn't meet her eyes. I felt nervous. I felt underdressed. I wondered where 8 was.
So she told me what he did. And as she told me, I started to laugh. I didn't laugh a little, either, but I belly-laughed and grabbed my stomach. My son stood with his class this morning, put small right hand over heart, faced the American flag, and recited his own personal pledge of allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Federation of Planets, and to the galaxy for which it stands, one universe, under everybody, with liberty and justice for all species.
"Mrs. Jaworski. This isn't humorous. The Pledge is an extremely important and patriotic moment each morning in the classroom. I am ashamed of your son's behavior, and I hope you are, too."
Friday, October 28, 2005
George Takei Discloses His Homosexuality
Takei told The Associated Press on Thursday that his new onstage role as psychologist Martin Dysart in "Equus," helped inspire him to publicly discuss his sexuality.
Takei described the character as a "very contained but turbulently frustrated man." The play opened Wednesday at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles, the same day that Frontiers magazine featured a story on Takei's coming out.
The current social and political climate also motivated Takei's disclosure, he said.
"The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay," he said. "The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young."
The 68-year-old actor said he and his partner, Brad Altman, have been together for 18 years.
Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling ashamed of his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.
"It's against basic decency and what American values stand for," he said.
Takei joined the "Star Trek" cast in 1966 as Hikaru Sulu, a character he played for three seasons on television and in six subsequent films. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.
A community activist, Takei ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1973. He serves on the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and is chairman of East West Players, the theater company producing "Equus."
Thursday, October 27, 2005
World Pumpkin Tossing Championships
"Flesh-eating aliens were chasing me when I caused fatal car crash"
Scott Krause is accused of crashing into a UPS truck and killing driver Drew Reynolds in 2004.
A California man facing life in prison for crashing his car into a UPS truck will not dispute that his actions resulted in the death of the driver when his trial opens Monday in Nevada County Superior Court.
Instead, Scott Krause's defense will argue that the defendant believed he was trying to escape man-eating subterranean beings when he ran into Drew Reynolds' truck on Jan. 6, 2004.
Krause has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to five felony counts, including first-degree murder, carjacking, and burglary, stemming from a string of alleged criminal activities leading up to the fatal highway crash.
In three court-ordered evaluations, the defendant stated he was fleeing subterranean beings he called "hemadrones" when he carjacked a commercial vehicle near a Nevada City, Calif., gas station and then crashed into Reynolds' service vehicle.
"Everything had to do with his escape from the hemadrones," said Nevada County District Attorney Michael Ferguson. "According to the defendant, he wasFkF afraid they were going to put him in cargo and ship him to China to be eaten."
Calls to public defender Gary Gordon went unanswered.
The evidentiary burden will fall on the defense to prove that Krause, a known methamphetamine addict with a history of drug-related arrests, was suffering from a pre-existing mental condition that either prevented him from understanding the consequences of his actions or knowing the difference between right or wrong.
A psychologist testified in a preliminary hearing that when he examined Krause in 2002, the divorced father of two displayed signs of delusions and paranoid schizophrenia.
He also testified that for at least two years before the incident, Krause was using methamphetamine at least twice a day.
"This is purely a case about mental state," Ferguson said. "Were his actions methamphetamine-induced or was he suffering from a pre-offense illness?"
The state will argue the latter in light of Krause's lengthy rap sheet and evidence that his alleged activities began much earlier that day.
Signs of trouble
Police responded to the home of Krause's ex-wife, Tracie, just after midnight on Jan. 7, 2004, where Krause had unexpectedly showed up "strung out" and in search of a place to crash after his girlfriend kicked him out.
Officers left Krause with the order to dump his can of beer and leave her home, according to police reports.
About 16 hours later, authorities received another call from an elderly woman who said a man later identified as Krause broke into her home and demanded keys to her car. She told police she began to scream, and he left empty-handed.
About 10 minutes later, police received a report that Sierra Tile and Stone truck driver Tina Harrison was sitting in the cab of her truck at a gas station when Krause climbed into the passenger seat, "freaking her out," Ferguson said.
"He didn't force her out, but he scared her and that's enough for a carjacking charge," he said.
As Krause sped onto Highway 49, he swerved around cars and he crossed lanes before slamming into Reynolds' UPS truck, sending it into a utility pole.
At the time of his death, Reynolds, 34, was pursuing a degree in computer science from the University of Phoenix while holding a full-time job with UPS.
After Reynolds' death, a $2,000 scholarship fund was established in his name for adults who are raising families while pursuing a college education at Sierra College's Nevada County campus, from where Reynolds graduated.
Of Krause's lengthy rap sheet, Grass Valley police chief John Foster simply said, "We're aware of him," in an interview with the local newspaper, The Union.
When the accident occurred, Krause was already on misdemeanor probation after pleading to charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing controlled substance paraphernalia and resisting a peace officer in August 2003.
That arrest occurred four days before he was to begin drug counseling for a previous arrest for possessing a hypodermic needle.
Earlier in 2003, he was arrested for attempted vehicle theft, removing car parts and damaging property while attempting to hot-wire a neighbor's car.
Jurors will have the option of convicting Krause of vehicular manslaughter if they cannot find premeditation in connection with Reynolds' death.
He is also facing charges of carjacking, burglary and battery in connection with the day's previous events.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
A Halloween Gift for YOU...
Here at Ravens Blight you'll find a variety of rather unusual paper toys, all free for you to print out and enjoy. The toys include a hearse playset, coffin gift boxes (with occupants), a little cemetery, several unusual board games, a gloomy little haunted house, a rusty old-style robot, and quite a few other dark delights. So pick out some toys, print out the pattern pages, and with a few common supplies like scissors and glue you're ready to create all these strange little curiosities. You need to have Adobes PDF reader, to read and print the files and it's availible for FREE from Adobe.com.
If cool cutouts aren't your thing, they also have FREE computer games HERE.
The 50 Most Shoplifted Items
The Top 10 shoplifted items:
#1 Advil tablet 50 ct
#2 Advil tablet 100 ct
#3 Aleve caplet 100 ct
#4 EPT Pregnancy Test single
#5 Gillette Sensor 10 ct
#6 Kodak 200 24 exp
#7 Similac w/iron powder - case
#8 Similac w/iron powder - single can
#9 Preparation H 12 ct
#10 Primatene tablet 24 ct
If you want to see the complete TOP 50 just stop by HERE.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Crack in a STRIP
Q: Who is it recommended for?
A: Anyone with a hectic schedule who needs a little boost should try the strip. Gym enthusiasts, athletes, scholars, new moms (and dads) and those working night shifts are the primary consumers of the strip. Of course, those with caffeine intolerances should consult with their physician before taking any caffeine product.
Q: What are the nutritional values?
A: Unlike other energy products on the market, the strip has NO sugar, NO carbs, and NO calories and NO ephedra.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Using the sublingual delivery system bypasses the problems of gastrointestinal incompatibility that may occur with other conventional products on the market. Vitamins, nutritional bars or drinks are all required to go through the digestive system in order to absorb into the bloodstream. The method of sublingual delivery is extremely safe and provides an improved bioavailability of nutrients. As long as you stick to the recommended dosage of 1-3 strips per serving, and do not have caffeine intolerance, you will safely benefit from the product.
Check them out HERE.
Body Parts : The JEWELRY
Not being a stranger to jewelry made out of body parts, I was facinated by Margaux Langes contribution to the art form. She has done some disturbing things that I'm sure have Ken and Barbies parents THE MATTEL CORP bothered...And ya gotta love that...
You can visit her works HERE.
Fema Has Butt in Sling...AGAIN !!!
In the middle of the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina, a Federal Emergency Management Agency official in New Orleans sent a dire e-mail warning to then-FEMA Director Michael Brown saying victims had no food and were dying.
No response showed up from Brown. Instead, less than three hours later, an aide to Brown sent an e-mail saying her boss wanted to go on a television program that night but first would need at least an hour to eat dinner at a Baton Rouge restaurant.
The e-mails were made public Thursday at a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing featuring Marty Bahamonde, the first FEMA official to arrive in New Orleans in advance of the Aug. 29 storm, which killed more than 1,200 people and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate.
Marty MUST be looking for a JOB now ....hahahaha
If you feel like doing some interesting reading, you can see all the BLACKBERRY fun right HERE.
The emails are in Adobe's PDF format and you can get a free reader from Adobe.com.
San Francisco: IN JELLO?
Monday, October 24, 2005
Young Singers Spread Racist Hate
Singers Lamb and Lynx Gaede may look like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, but their songs send a message of White Nationalism that some call dangerous.
Thirteen-year-old twins Lamb and Lynx Gaede have one album out, another on the way, a music video, and lots of fans.
They may remind you another famous pair of singers, the Olsen Twins, and the girls say they like that. But unlike the Olsens, who built a media empire on their fun-loving, squeaky-clean image, Lamb and Lynx are cultivating a much darker personna. They are white nationalists and use their talents to preach a message of hate.
Known as "Prussian Blue" — a nod to their German heritage and bright blue eyes — the girls from Bakersfield, Calif., have been performing songs about white nationalism before all-white crowds since they were nine.
"We're proud of being white, we want to keep being white," said Lynx. "We want our people to stay white … we don't want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race."
Lynx and Lamb have been nurtured on racist beliefs since birth by their mother April. "They need to have the background to understand why certain things are happening," said April, a stay-at-home mom who no longer lives with the twins' father. "I'm going to give them, give them my opinion just like any, any parent would."
April home-schools the girls, teaching them her own unique perspective on everything from current to historical events. In addition, April's father surrounds the family with symbols of his beliefs — specifically the Nazi swastika. It appears on his belt buckle, on the side of his pick-up truck and he's even registered it as his cattle brand with the Bureau of Livestock Identification.
"Because it's provocative," explains April of the cattle brand, "to him he thinks it's important as a symbol of freedom of speech that he can use it as his cattle brand."
Songs like "Sacrifice" — a tribute to Nazi Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy Fuhrer — clearly show the effect of the girls' upbringing. The lyrics praise Hess as a "man of peace who wouldn't give up."
"It really breaks my heart to see those two girls spewing out that kind of garbage," said Ted Shaw, civil rights advocate and president of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund — though Shaw points out that the girls aren't espousing their own opinions but ones they're being taught.
One Puppy, Six Legs, two Penis
A puppy with six legs and two penises was found snoozing outside a Chinese temple in the Malaysian town of Pandamaran, south of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian news service The Star Online reports that devotees at the Kwang Sung Temple have named the puppy Ong Fatt, meaning "Lucky One." OR "DOG WITH TWO TINKIE TINKS" depending on the dialect....hahahahaaha
HE's also the "SIX LEG OF DOG SPECIAL" at WON HUNG'S PET SHOP and CAFE in JIN TOWN.
African Watering Hole Webcam
National Geographic has a live webcam pointed at an African watering hole called Pete's Pond.
PEAK VIEWING PERIOD: 7 a.m.-Noon Botswana Time
And as FALL rolls in here and Mashatu moves into its summer season, Pete's Pond will see increasing traffic in the afternoon hours from about 4-6 p.m. NG has said it will be operational until early Decemeber.
If you ar interested in how the folks from National Geographic accomplished this feat, you can see it all right HERE or if nothing is going on at the watering hole when you stop in, you can visit HERE and see those who came by for a drink when you weren't looking.
Bootleg Action Figures
The number of toy lines and characters that have been bootlegged is incredible. The following link will lead you to many of the known bootleg toys. Just click on the name to go to the toy line you would like to see. Start your journey HERE.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
How to take nude photos at Disney World
According to Naked Jen:
When attempting to take a naked picture lying on Mickey’s Bed, alarms will go off. There’s a reason that there is a do not cross sign there. His bedroom really is off limits. The minute you step into his bedroom, loud alarms sound and Disney cast members come running to see what all the commotion is about. They then will discover you standing there half in the room, half out of the room without your clothes on and they will not be PLEASED at all.
It is a far better idea to take your “naked” photos in Minnie Mouse’s house, which is right next-door. While there are loads of very small children traipsing through, there are no alarms and thus you have a far better chance of actually getting naked, having your niece snap a quick photo, and moving along to the next attraction without creating a spectacle!
Naked Jen's description is a complete guide to doing something so WRONG it's so RIGHT and we salute her for it..., check out her blog HERE.
The Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists is an organization dedicated to the shared mandate to advocate the showmanship of oddities; espouse the belief in natural adaptation and mutation; and encourage the desire to greate displays of curiosity.
And if that isn't enough their BEAST BLENDER will allow you to creste your own.
OH, GO AHEAD, DIVE IN HERE !!!
Robert A Heinlein: A Starship Trooper
Bonny Doon was the name of the area that has become synonymous with the fabled home that science fiction writer Robert A Heinlein built in Santa Cruz, California, he lived there from 1967 to 1987. The circular house became something of a legend, yet photos are exceptionally scarce, the picture shown above is of his rec room.
Many photos showing every aspect of the Heinlein's home of Bonny Doon were in the possession of Mrs. Heinlein and passed on to The Heinlein Society, before her death, with permission to present them to the public. They show a seldom-seen intimate look into the private lives of Robert and Virginia Heinlein.
All of the WEIRDNESS is availible HERE.
Vintage Shopping Malls of the 1960s and 1970s
Star Wars : Episode Four - The Download
Here Kitty Kitty Kitty...
Embracing the creativity and innovation encouraged by its corporate culture, EVA Air has teamed up with Sanrio Company, Ltd. to unveil the world’s first “Hello Kitty Jet.” Revealed today in a heartwarming celebration at the Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation hangar that was co-hosted by EVA Air President K.W. Chang and Sanrio top management, the cheerful special-edition EVA Airbus 330-200 is painted nose-to-tail with super-sized characters from the charming world of Hello Kitty.
On the right side of the aircraft, identified with “Hello Kitty EVA Air,” Kitty and her friends greet passengers with welcoming smiles. Daniel Star, his aviator glasses perched on his forehead, stands nearest the cockpit with Kitty by his side. Tim and Tammy, the mischievous monkeys, sit over the wing. Joy, the blue mouse, is poised on the engine. And Mimmy White, Kitty’s sister, joins parents Mary and George White, near the back of the aircraft. On the left of the aircraft under “EVA Air Hello Kitty,” Kitty stands nearest the cockpit beside her friend Kathy, the white rabbit. Rory, the yellow squirrel, frolics on the engine. Tim and Tammy and Kitty’s family are featured in the same positions as on the other side of the aircraft.
EVA repeated the livery theme inside the cabin by creating a Hello Kitty fantasy with sweet Hello Kitty paintings on the walls, and by outfitting flight attendants with Hello Kitty ribbons for their hair and Hello Kitty aprons.
Passengers booked on EVA’s Hello Kitty Jet will get pink Hello Kitty boarding passes and luggage tags. Onboard, they will enjoy a series of inflight Hello Kitty service accessories, Hello Kitty meals, and have access to exclusive EVA Air Hello Kitty duty-free shopping. A special EVA Air Hello Kitty Web site has also been created in Chinese and Japanese languages at http://evakitty.evaair.com/.
The aircraft hangar where the festive event was staged was decorated to represent the wonderful world of Hello Kitty make believe, and Hello Kitty family and friends entertained guests with special appearances and dances.EVA Air’s special Hello Kitty Jet will fly to Fukuoka every day, starting on Oct. 22. To meet anticipated demand and serve passengers’ requirements, EVA is working with travel agents to design special Hello Kitty tour packages featuring visits to Harmony Land, the make-believe world where Hello Kitty and her friends live, and where fans are bound to want to go.
Trips to Fukuoka will include appealing local attractions such as the famous hot springs, too. Additional information, reservations and bookings are available on the EVA Air Web site, http://www.evaair.com/.
This just in, DISNEY HAS CREATED THEIR OWN AIRLINE , the imagine ,featuring those two GAY squirrels Chip and Dale will allow you to fly from several American cities to San Francisco's GAY FREEDOM DAY FESTIVAL at a price of $69.69
Twisted Films of PEZ
I had a brief encounter with PEZ a little while back while researching the little studied subject of FURNITURE SEX. Well I got another reminder of their greatness today and thought I'd share...
In todays world its hard to find something truely original, something or someone who thinks outside the box, in comedy, the late Bill Hicks was a great example, basically unknown until discovered after his death, for years country music stations all but forgot about Waylon Jennings and NOW you hear him all the time, and JOHNNY CASH and JUNE, lest we forget before they died, were playing 2 a day shows at county fairs that charged no admission fee...
That brings me to PEZ, Genius or Wannabe?, Well, I vote GENIUS, there is just something incredibly RIGHT about a 20 second film about a peanut drowning in peanut butter...it just works and is watchable over and over , while being produced without a million dollar ad budget...
If Frank Zappa were around today I can only dream of the creative explosion those two could of produced. You can check out all of the weirdness right HERE.
The films are even offered for download in Sonys PSP format right HERE.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline Statement On Stolen Private Family Photos
A number of photographs of Britney Spears, her husband Kevin Federline and their infant son, which had been taken in a private photo shoot, were recently stolen or otherwise unlawfully taken and may be offered to the media and others by the wrongdoers or their agents, although they have no right, license or other legal authority to do so.
Anyone who publishes, sells or otherwise exploits any of these images in any way will be subject to liability and damages for willful infringement of copyright, and will be liable for invasion of privacy of Ms. Spears, Mr. Federline and their infant son, for unauthorized commercial use of the name and photographs of Ms. Spears, Mr. Federline and their son, and for wrongful conversion of the photographs.
For further information on Britney Spears please call Sonia Muckle @ 212.824.1370 or Leslie Sloane @ (212) 901-3928
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, now i feel better...
Friday, October 21, 2005
Congressman Tom Delay : The MUGSHOT
Elderly man drives with body in windshield
Ralph Parker was stopped after he drove through a tollbooth on the Sunshine Skyway, Traffic Homicide Investigator Michael Jockers said. The toll taker called police, he said.
Parker was not likely to face charges because he did not appear to know what happened or where he was, said Bruce Bartlett, chief assistant in the Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney's Office.
"He may have somewhere in his mind have realized it was a crash, but immediately forgot about it," Jockers said.
The victim's leg was severed in the Wednesday night crash, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was 52.
Parker had renewed his license in 2003.
"That was the one thing he had, to get in his car and just drive for the sheer enjoyment of driving," Jockers said. Parker lived alone after his wife died in 1998, authorities said.
Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Dog
Ubaldo Vasquez Huizar, 39, was arrested for investigation of two counts of sexual assault on an animal, according to a statement from Ontario police Detective David McBride.
Detectives learned of the alleged crimes after going to Huizar's home to notify him that he was required to register as a sex offender, the statement said. Huizar had been convicted last December of exposing himself to an 11-year-old girl, police said.
He also was wanted on an outstanding $10,000 drug warrant.
While at the home, police learned that Huizar was living in a large doghouse in the backyard, McBride's statement said.
Neighbors reported that he often slept naked in the doghouse with the family dog, Mayra, the statement said. They said they saw Huizar sexually assault the animal with a broom handle and his hand and heard the dog cry in pain when he was in the doghouse, the statement said.
Neighbors also reported seeing Huizar in his back yard dressed in a woman's bra and panties, dancing with a broom handle, police said.
Huizar was booked at the West Valley Detention Center, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Web site.
The Inland Valley Humane Society took Mayra into protective custody, police said. The family might not get the dog back if Huizar is convicted of sexually assaulting it.
Studies have shown a link between abuse of animals and abuse of humans, said Martin Mersereau, manager of the domestic animal abuse division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
"A large percentage of sexual abusers start out abusing animals," he said.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Trespassing charged in horse-sex case
Police began investigating James Tait, 54, and another man who lived at the rural Southeast King County farm after the Seattle man died of injuries suffered during intercourse with a horse in the summer, Enumclaw police said.
The criminal-trespassing charge stems from a July 2 bestiality session involving Tait, the 45-year-old Seattle man and a horse in a neighbor's barn, charging papers say. According to the King County Medical Examiner's Office, the Seattle man died of acute peritonitis due to perforation of the colon.
Attempts to contact Tait yesterday were unsuccessful.
King County prosecutors say it's the most-severe charge they could file; Washington is one of more than a dozen states that does not outlaw bestiality.
"There is no evidence of injury to the animal to support animal-cruelty charges," said Dan Satterberg, the county prosecutor's chief of staff. "This is the only crime we can charge."
When interviewed by The Seattle Times July 15, the horse's owners said they had known their neighbors for years. The couple, who asked to have their names withheld to protect their privacy, said they were shocked when police showed them a home video of the July 2 incident that investigators seized from their neighbor's home. The couple identified their barn and their horse.
According to the King County Sheriff's Office, which also investigated, the farm was known in Internet chat rooms as a destination for people who want to have sex with livestock. Authorities didn't learn about the farm until July 2, when a man drove to Enumclaw Community Hospital seeking medical assistance for a companion. Medics wheeled the Seattle man into an examination room and realized he was dead. When hospital workers looked for the man who had dropped him off, he was gone, Enumclaw police said.
Using the dead man's driver's license to track down relatives and acquaintances, investigators were led to the Enumclaw farm.
Because the other man who lived at the farm wasn't there the night the Seattle man died, he wasn't charged with trespassing, Satterberg said. Tait will be arraigned Oct. 27; he faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.
The Seattle man isn't being identified because his family asked that his name not be released.
The man's brother said he understands that prosecutors can't file a felony charge but remains disappointed that Tait wouldn't face more than a year behind bars.
In the wake of the man's death, State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, has said she plans to draft legislation making bestiality illegal in Washington.
Authorities are reviewing hundreds of hours of videotapes seized from a rural Enumclaw-area farm that police say is frequented by men who engage in sex acts with animals.
The videotapes police have viewed thus far depict men having sex with horses, including one that shows a Seattle man shortly before he died July 2, said Enumclaw police Cmdr. Eric Sortland. Police are reviewing the tapes to make sure no laws have been broken.
"Activities like these are often collateral sexual crimes beyond the animal aspect," said Sortland, adding that investigators want to make sure crimes such as child abuse or forcible rape were not occurring on the property.
Washington is one of 17 states that does not outlaw bestiality. Police are also investigating the farm and the two men who live on the property to determine whether animal cruelty — which is a crime — was committed by forcing sex on smaller, weaker animals. Investigators said that in addition to horses, they have found chickens, goats and sheep on the 40-acre property northwest of Enumclaw.
Officers talked with the two men, but neither has been arrested. Neither man could be reached yesterday for comment.
According to King County sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart, the farm is known in Internet chat rooms as a destination for people who want to have sex with livestock.
However, authorities didn't learn about the farm until a man drove up to Enumclaw Community Hospital on July 2 seeking medical assistance for a companion. Medics wheeled the man into an examination room before realizing he was dead. When hospital workers looked for the driver, he was gone.
Using the dead man's driver's license to track down relatives and acquaintances, authorities were led to the Enumclaw farm. Some earlier reports had said hospital-surveillance cameras were used to track down the driver.
The dead man was identified as a 45-year-old Seattle resident. According to the King County Medical Examiner's Office, he died of acute peritonitis due to perforation of the colon. The man's death is not being investigated because it did not result from a crime, Urquhart said.
The Seattle man's relatives said yesterday they never suspected he was involved in bestiality. They said they were surprised when they learned he had purchased a Thoroughbred stallion earlier this year. The man told his relatives he boarded the animal with some friends in Enumclaw.
While the man's relatives were unsure how many horses he had boarded at the property, one Enumclaw neighbor said the Seattle man was keeping two stallions there.
Police and neighbors said the people renting the property have also had dogs and bull calves on the farm. Yesterday there were several horses and ponies grazing near a barn.
Two neighbors, a married couple who declined to allow use of their names, said yesterday they had no idea what had been going on at the farm. They said they've known one of the men who live on the farm for years.
On Thursday, police showed the couple videotape seized from the farm showing men having sex with horses. The couple identified one of the horses as belonging to them, Sortland said. The couple also said it appeared at least part of the tape was filmed in their barn, which left them shocked and angry.
"We couldn't believe what we were seeing," said Sortland. "In the rare, rare case this happens, it's the person doing the animal. I think that has led to the astonishment of all of the entities involved."
Thursday night, in reaction to the man's death, Susan Michaels, co-founder of Pasado's Safe Haven, posted a letter on the local animal-rights organization's Web site calling for people to e-mail legislators in an attempt to change state laws.
"This [the death] gives us credence of getting a bestiality law passed," said Michaels. "It's not natural for animals to do this."
State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, said she plans to draft legislation as early as next week making bestiality illegal in Washington.
"This is just disgusting," Roach said yesterday. "It's against the law to harm children; it should be against the law to violate an animal."
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Police Find Naked Man Hanging From Ceiling
An officer answering the alarm noticed tiles, insulation, wires and metal braces hanging from the roof and on the floor of the Check 'n Go, Darlington Police Lt. Danny Watson said.
A naked man with scrapes all over his body then dropped from the ceiling and tried to open the front door and leave, according to a police report.
"He had a charming story to go along with it though. He said somebody threw his keys on the roof and that's why he was up there," Watson said. "He kind of got a little fuzzy on the 'taking all his clothes off and sliding in the store' part."
Police think 22-year-old Michael Gilbert took off his clothes so he could fit through an air vent on the roof, Watson said.
Gilbert has been charged with burglary. The cash advance business doesn't keep money on the premises, police said.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Vaccine may target FAT ASS Syndrome
When babies receive shots against diseases like polio and measles, their vaccinations may in the future include protection against getting fat, according to researchers.
Infection by certain pathogens triggers rapid increases in fatty tissue in animals, Nikhil Dhurnadha told the annual meeting of NAASO, the Obesity Society, in this western Canadian city.
At the same time, the discovery that many more obese people than normal-weight people have been exposed to a certain virus suggests a link between obesity and viral infection.
"Not all obesity can be explained by infection," said Dhurandhar, of the Pennington Biomedial Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. "Infections can be one of the causes."
Popular opinion has long held that most obesity is caused simply by overeating, underexercise and a lack of will power. But viruses are just one of many contributing factors that scientists have recently discovered.
Researchers are reporting at the conference on other fat triggers that include a genetic tendency to store fat among groups whose ancestors survived famines, medications such as treatments for psychotic mental disorders, toxins in the environment like organochlorines, and infectious agents like bacteria, viruses and prions.
"Obesity is multifactoral," Dhurandhar told scientists at the conference.
In an interview with AFP, he said there is proof that at least 10 different pathogens cause obesity in animals. They include canine distemper virus, RAV7 and MAM1 avian viruses, the Borna virus in rats -- which is also linked with depression in humans, types of scrapie, three adeno viruses including AD5, AD36 and AD37 which cause fat gain in several species, and chlamydia pneumonae bacteria.
Scientists have also found that when mice are infected by general bacteria from the guts of other mice, the recipients body fat increases.
Dhurandhar became interested in viral causes of obesity while working as a family physician in Bombay in the 1980s, during a severe outbreak of SMAM1, an adeno virus that kills chickens.
A friend noticed that the dead chickens were unusually fat, with enlarged livers, kidneys, low cholesterol levels and an atrophied thymus gland.
Dhurandhar wondered how the virus affected people. He tested his own patients, and found 20 per cent of his obese patients had been exposed to SMAM1, and that those people were significantly heavier with lower cholesterol levels.
He moved to the United States to conduct more research, and started working with Richard Atkinson at the University of Wisconsin. Because US authorities refused permission to import the Indian avian virus, the pair decided to work with adeno virus AD36.
First, they infected laboratory chickens, mice and monkeys, all of which grew significantly fatter and had lower cholesterol.
Then, because they could not test the virus on humans, they examined stored blood from 500 people in Wisconsin, Florida and New York. They found antibodies for AD36 in 30 per cent of the obese people, but only in 11 per cent of people with normal body weight.
And, just as Dhurandhar earlier discovered among his Indian patients, the obese who had been exposed to the virus were 20 per cent heavier than other overweight people.
Further tests on tissue from lab monkeys taken over a nine-year period showed that healthy monkeys newly infected by AD36 "gained 15 per cent body weight in six months, and dropped their cholesterol by 30 per cent."
The scientists also studied 26 pairs of twins, and found that in cases where one twin had been exposed to AD36, in all cases their weight was significantly greater.
"In 10 years, people may be able to walk into a clinic and be told that their obesity is due to X cause, such as genes, the endocrine system, or pathogens. That may have a more productive outcome than a blanket treatment right now, (which) is not very successful," said Dhurandhar.
And because viruses are hard or impossible to treat, he said, prevention through vaccines will be key.
STEVIE WONDER TO GET HIS SIGHT?
The 55-year-old singer has been blind since infancy, but is in negotiations to become a guinea-pig for pioneering sight surgery.
He says, "I've been tested and there was some possibility that I could maybe be a candidate."
Monday, October 17, 2005
Rape Up, While Murders Down in 2004
Every 23.1 seconds One Violent Crime
Every 32.6 minutes One Murder
Every 5.6 minutes One Forcible Rape
Every 1.3 minutes One Robbery
Every 36.9 seconds One Aggravated Assault
Every 3.1 seconds One Property Crime
Every 14.7 seconds One Burglary
Every 4.5 seconds One Larceny-theft
Every 25.5 seconds One Motor Vehicle Theft
WASHINGTON -- Murders across the United States fell for the first time in five years, while rapes increased slightly last year, the FBI reported Monday.
Overall, the number of violent crimes, which also include aggravated assaults and robberies, fell by 1.2 percent last year. Property crimes _ burglaries, larceny/theft and car theft _ dropped 1.1 percent in 2004, compared to 2003.
There were 16,137 murders in the United States in 2004, the last full year for which statistics are available. That was about 350 fewer than in 2003, according to the FBI data. The decrease is the first since 1999, although smaller than what the FBI reported in June. Chicago was largely responsible for the drop, recording 150 fewer murders in 2004 than in 2003.
The number of rapes, however, has increased in three of the past four years, according to the FBI data. In all, rapes increased by .8 percent to 94,635 rapes, or about 750 more than in 2003.
Rapes are up nearly 5 percent since 2000, while murders have increased by 3.5 percent, FBI data show.
At the same time, the rates of all violent crimes, measured as the number of crimes for every 100,000 people, have dropped over that same period. Indeed, the crime rate is at a 30-year low, government data have shown.
Despite the historical trend, the FBI included a "crime clock" in its report that shows a violent crime is committed every 23.1 seconds. A murder occurs roughly every half-hour, according to the clock.
Here is the WHOLE REPORT if you were thinking about UNLOCKING your DOORS at NIGHT.
Madonna is NUTS, WHO WOULD OF GUESSED...
The former Material Girl now believes "the beast is the modern world that we live in!" "The material world. The physical world. The world of illusion, that we think is real. We live for it, we're enslaved by it. And it will ultimately be our undoing," Madonna explains in her new documentary film, I'M GOING TO TELL YOU A SECRET.
In the movie, which will premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City on Tuesday, Madonna warns how people "are going to go to hell, if they don't turn from their wicked behavior."
The singer, who is also promoting the upcoming release of her new music CD, declares: "Most priests are gay." "I refer to an entity called 'The Beast'. I feel I am describing the world that we live in right now.
To me 'The Beast' is the modern world that we live in."
PERSONALLY , I think that RED FRICKING STRING is a TAD TOO TIGHT around her WRIST.
Seems she lives in a revisionist world , her own HISTORY shows shes a HYPOCRITE....DUH...!!!
Christopher Walken For President 2008
US outsourcing prayers to India
"With Roman Catholic clergy in short supply in the United States, Indian priests are picking up some of their work, saying Mass for special intentions, in a sacred if unusual version of outsourcing," The New York Times reported.
Joining Americans in sending Mass intentions, requests for services such as those to remember deceased relatives and thanksgiving prayers, to clergy in India, are Canadians and Europeans.
No other Indian state receives more intentions from overseas than Kerala, where the Masses are conducted in Malayalam. The intention, often a prayer for the repose of the soul of a deceased relative, or for a sick family member, thanksgiving for a favor received, or a prayer offering for a newborn, is announced at Mass.
Generally individuals don't receive overseas requests, which are mostly routed to churches in Kerala through the Vatican, the bishops or through religious bodies. Such requests are increasingly arriving via e-mail, though the regular mail and the word of mouth of traveling clergymen constitute a majority.
The Times, quoting priests, said memorial and thanksgiving prayers for locals are said for a donation of Rs 40, whereas a prayer request from America costs 5 dollars.
Sebastian Adayanthrath, auxialiary bishop of the Ernakulam-Angamaly diocese in Kochi, said his diocese received a monthly average of 350 Mass intentions, which are passed to the needy priests. He added that in Kerala, where priests earn about Rs 2,000, the overseas money is a welcome supplement.
In Bangalore's Dharmaram College, Rector James Narithookil said he often received requests for Mass intentions from abroad, which he disbursed among the 50 priests in his seminary. Most of the requests from the United States were for requiems, with donations of 5 to 10 dollars, he said.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Cell Phone Camera Owners ARE NUTS.
As with any technology, the weirdos eventually rise to the top, cellular phone cameras are no exception, a zillion sites are offering people places to post their KODAK moments, then came PhoneBin, these guys seem to have found only the bottom of the barrel, its a good thing, it safes people time when looking in the darkest corner of the internet...
If your looking to share your worst moments or look at someone elses train wreck, this would be the dream location...and if thats not enough they have an INTERACTIVE option...Whoo Hooo...
'Today' Reporter Paddles in Shallow Water
If Michelle Kosinski's canoe had sprung a leak on NBC's "Today" show Friday, she didn't have much to worry about.
In one of television's inadvertently funny moments, the NBC News correspondent was paddling in a canoe during a live report about flooding in Wayne, N.J. While she talked, two men walked between her and the camera _ making it apparent that the water where she was floating was barely ankle-deep.
Matt Lauer struggled to keep a straight face, joking about the "holy men" who were walking on water.
"Have you run aground yet?" Katie Couric asked.
"Why walk when you can ride?" Kosinski replied.
Later, an NBC News spokeswoman explained that Kosinski had been riding in deeper water near an overflowing river down the street, but there were concerns that the current was too strong for her.
"It's not like we were trying to pass it off as something it wasn't," spokeswoman Lauren Kapp said.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
T-Shirt Hell FIGHTS BACK !!!
At T-Shirt Hell they are dedicated to protecting the rights and civil liberties of our customers.
One of these liberties is freedom of expression, and another equally important one is freedom of travel. Both of these rights are supposed to be protected by the Constitution. But we all know that recently the Constitution isn’t worth the parchment it was written on.
Therefore, T-Shirt Hell has decided to make the following offer: if any T-Shirt Hell customer is kicked off of any commercial airline flight simply for wearing one of there shirts, they will provide you with alternate transportation to get you to your original destination.
This transportation includes, but is not limited to, the T-Shirt Hell corporate jet.They will not allow thier customers to be intimidated into wearing less interesting clothing, or forced to cover up our shirts. Or even worse, they don’t want their customers to have to remove their shirts and display their pale, flabby midsections and suffer the taunts of the other passengers. T-Shirt Hell customers are supposed to be subjecting the other passengers to ridicule, and not the other way around.
This is not a joke. But by no means should this be construed as a challenge or a contest. They are not trying to encourage anyone to actively or intentionally engage in an attempt to disrupt operations of a commercial flight. Doing that is dangerous, stupid, and against the law. If you get yourself kicked off for being drunk, abusive, belligerent, having poor personal hygiene, or any form of general disorderly conduct you are on your own.
They are looking to protect your rights, so don’t abuse them. If you are reasonable, and courteous, and are refused passage solely for exercising your constitutionally protected right to wear your favorite t-shirt, they will get you alternate transportation, and pick up the tab.
AMERICA, WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY !!!! Whoo Hoo...
How do astronauts in spacecraft keep themselves clean?
According to Dr. Li Yongzhi, who is in charge of medical monitoring and guarantee for astronauts, the two men cannot brush their teeth as they did on the Earth. Scientists have prepared for them a sort of oral cleaner similar to chewing gum. It can be used after meal.
Alternatives include a kind of tooth cover made of germfree gauze and a sort of edible toothpaste, which can also kill odor in oral cavity, Li said.
"These approaches can make our astronauts more comfortable than their Russian peers, who use gauze soaked in physiological saline to clean their teeth," Li said.
Since no shower is feasible in space, the two astronauts in Shenzhou-6 are provided with a sort of special tissue to clean their bodies and special cream to moisturize their skin, according to Li, adding that in the five-day flight, they will change their underwear once.
Friday, October 14, 2005
2 Tongue 5 Toed Cat
A cat in Dobson, N.C., is believed to be the only cat in the world with two tongues.
The cat, named Five Toes, was born with two tongues and five toes on each paw.
Owner Bill Whittington told a North Carolina TV station that he noticed the cat's second tongue in December. He said he yelled when he saw the tongues flicker.
He also said people laugh when he tells them about the cat -- until they see the tongues.
Whittington said Ripley's Believe It Or Not will feature Five Toes in its 2006 guide.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
But honey I got a good deal...
Sure, you could just go down and BUY a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator version whatever but not ROB, oh no this junkie goes way over the edge, and in his defense, well, I'm jealous...
I'd love to have been their when he told his wife Lisa he was bringing this GEM home, something tells me she wasnt surprised, he's done this before....DUH...!!! Actually I exchanged emails with Rob and Lisa was "Ok" with this according to Rob...I LOVE THIS WOMAN...I could of used her when, oh... I brought home the Pacbell Phone booth that had mysteriously disappeared from a street corner, went to Area 51 on vacation, was in 4 adult films, thought 15 grateful dead shows in 20 days was a good idea...anyways enough of my LUST over the most understanding woman on earth...or does he have her locked up and never lets her out of the house....humm...
You can check out all the pictures HERE, or stop by http://www.737nut.com for the rest of his ongoing projects...
There's always room in my world for a person who is just a little too obsessed, its always more fun to chat with someone who has taken the time to become a "subject sponge "and I think I have found another one, I just can't help wonder about their living room.....
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
A Look into Employee Handbooks
Cyber-dissident Publishing Guide Availible
HONG KONG—An international media watchdog has published a guide to help citizen journalists and political commentators around the world dodge censors and avoid retaliation for what they write, especially in countries where freedom of expression is severely limited.
Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) releases the guide Sept. 22 in an attempt to put cutting-edge technical tips and editorial guidelines in the hands of the growing number of authors of Web logs—known as blogs—and other online commentaries.
"Blogs get people excited," RSF Internet Freedom desk chief Julian Pain wrote in a post on the Global Voices Online Web site.
"Or else they disturb and worry them. Some people distrust them. Others see them as the vanguard of a new information revolution."
Cheap and relatively low-tech
The relative technical simplicity and low cost of blogs—many blogging service providers offer free blog space—are powerful motivators in getting people to write online, experts say.
Varying in subject from daily diary entries of personal trivia and family new to top-flight political commentary and on-the-spot citizen journalism, blogs are rapidly gaining ground as a medium of expression not confined to the mainstream news values of the territories in which they operate.
"Because they allow and encourage ordinary people to speak up, they’re tremendous tools of freedom of expression," Pain said.
Chinese journalist-blogger Michael Anti said blogs could fill a gaping hole in news coverage and uphold journalistic standards skewed by the control of China's Communist Party.
"Chinese media do not adhere to press freedom as standard, so real media should," Anti told RFA's Mandarin service. "It is now a big phenomenon in China that a large number of top-flight news professionals are becoming bloggers, making blogs a place where they can express views that cannot be published in traditional media."
Chinese cyber-dissident Sun Wenguang was asked about the need to protect a blogger's identity in case of political reprisals."Security is of course one thing to consider in using anonymity, but anonymity renders less influence. In my case, I have been using my real name for a long time, which gives a sense of realness," Sun told RFA.
"In the long run, I hope in China bloggers can be free to use their real names in expressing their points of view."
One commentator to Pain’s Global Voices post Tuesday welcomed the advice on upholding journalistic standards.
"If [bloggers] intend to take the position of a journalist, they must understand and abide by the Code of Ethics for Journalists," the commentator, identified only as Totoro, wrote.
"This is their biggest failing and impediment. This is why the abovementioned handbook for such categories of bloggers will be of most help."
Call for release of Vietnamese cyberdissident
In some instances, bloggers—such as like Baghdad residents during the Iraq war, or Louisiana residents during Hurricane Katrina—are able to contribute directly to the flow of information from news hotspots.
Blogs can also provide a valuable alternative perspective to anyone seeking to gauge the public mood on political issues of the day, especially in countries where mainstream media are severely limited in its scope.
"Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media [are] censored or under pressure," Pain said. "Only they provide independent news, at the risk of displeasing the government and sometimes courting arrest."
The Guide For Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents will be available on the RSF Web site in English, French, Persian, Chinese, and Arabic. DOWNLOAD IT HERE
It will include articles on anonymous blogging and protecting one’s personal identity in a hostile environment, editorial tips on maintaining journalistic credibility, and advice on writing, publishing, and publicizing a blog.
Iranian blogger Arash Sigarchi contributes a chapter, saying: "We can write freely in blogs," while Hong Kong-based Yan Sham-Shackleton blogs to keep a promise “to those who died.”
U.S.-based blogger Jay Rosen explains: "Now I can write what I think," while Ludovic Pierrat gives advice on how to ensure that someone else isn’t reading your e-mail.
As the cyberdissident handbook was launched, RSF called for the release of Vietnamese cyberdissident Nguyen Vu Binh, who began his fourth year in prison on Sept. 25, 2005.
"Vietnam has recently brought out a White Paper on human rights in which it promises to observe freedom of expression and to promote the free use of the Internet," said a statement carried on the group’s Web site.
"Releasing Nguyen Vu Binh, imprisoned for three years for posting articles on the Net, would show that these statements are not simply window-dressing," the organization added.
Man Missing Dog Gets Ransom Note, Something Extra
DENVER -- The owner of a missing dog in Evans, Colo., said he has received a ransom note that threatens to kill his pet if he doesn't pay $100.
The note came in a bag of dog excrement, owner Kelley Borland told television station KMGH.
His Jack Russell terrier was discovered missing from his fenced back yard on Sept. 10.
Borland contacted the police and the Humane Society of Weld County, in an effort to find his dog, Jack. He also ran a classified advertisement in the Greeley Tribune newspaper.
When he came home from work Tuesday, he found a plastic bag in front of his house with the note and the dog droppings.
The note said, "Your dog is alive. If you want to keep it that way, put $100 in a yellow envelope and leave it at the skate park behind the ramp that faces east. No later than 10 p.m. on 9/20."
Borland said he didn't have $100 but left a note asking the writer not to kill his dog.
He told the Tribune that the dog excrement looked like it came from his back yard.
"It looked like my dog's poop," Borland told the newspaper, "but I'm not a dog poop analyst."
Police said they believe the note was written by a juvenile because there's a 10 p.m. juvenile curfew at the skate park.
They also believe the person who wrote the note doesn't have the dog, but probably saw the newspaper ad.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
The Creative Side of PORN?
We all know you get bored on occasion and fire up GOOGLE and start randomly loading up various words, right?...
Well, look what popped up during a recent search of the word PORN and Barbie , Furniture , Lego , GI Joe and Smurfs ...
If those don't freak you out just click HERE !!!! Disney will be killing this SOON...
A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF LINKS TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN AND YOURSELVES FROM THIS CRAP CAN BE FOUND HERE.
Its clear to me that some people have way way to much time on their hands...Gee Whiz...
Monday, October 10, 2005
The FUN returns to The BIG EASY
It's outta the FLOOD and into the FIRE as saturday night some of New Orleans FINEST got caught being a TAD to aggressive in arresting a gentleman. Check it out HERE !!
Two New Orleans "police officers" repeatedly punched a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication, and another city officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations.
WEREN'T these the same MORONS who CLAIMED "EVERYONE WAS ON THEIR OWN" when flood waters ravaged the city and people were looting everything in sight?...
There will be a criminal investigation, and the three officers were to be suspended, arrested and charged with simple battery Sunday, Capt. Marlon Defillo said.
Many officers deserted their posts in the days after Katrina, and some were accused of joining in the looting that broke out. At least two committed suicide.
Conditions have improved - officers now have beds on a cruise ship - but they don't have private rooms and are still working five, 12-hour days. AND GETTING A ZILLION DOLLARS IN OT!
On Friday, state authorities said they were investigating allegations that New Orleans police broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars - including 41 new Cadillacs - as the storm closed in. NEW ORLEAN'S FINEST NO DOUBT...hahahaha
Just another CASE of "THE MAN" getting down on the little people I guess...
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Looking for work? Consider Al Qaeda...
The London-based Asharq al-Awsat said on its Web site this week that al Qaeda had "vacant positions" for video production and editing statements, footage and international media coverage about militants in Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Chechnya and other conflict zones where militants are active.
The paper said the Global Islamic Media Front, an al Qaeda-linked Web-based organization, would "follow up with members interested in joining and contact them via email."
The paper did not say how applicants should contact the Global Islamic Media Front.
Al Qaeda supporters widely use the Internet to spread the group's statements through dozens of Islamist sites where anyone can post messages. Al Qaeda-linked groups also set up their own sites, which frequently have to move after being shut by Internet service providers.
The advertisements, however, could not be found on mainstream Islamist Web sites where al Qaeda and other affiliate groups post their statements.
Asharq al-Awsat said the advert did not specify salary amounts, but added: "Every Muslim knows his life is not his, since it belongs to this violated Islamic nation whose blood is being spilled. Nothing should take precedence over this."
The Front this week issued the second broadcast of a weekly Web news program called Voice of the Caliphate, which it says aims to combat anti-Qaeda "lies and propaganda" on major global and Arab television channels such as CNN and Al Jazeera.
Last month it issued an English-language video on the Internet called Jihad Hidden Camera which showed sniping and bombing attacks against U.S. forces in Iraq, and carried comical sound effects as well as laugh tracks.
Al Qaeda and other groups have increasingly turned to the Internet to win young Muslims over to their war against Western-backed governments in Arab and Muslim countries.
Islamist insurgents fighting U.S. forces and the U.S.-backed government in Iraq have often posted slick montages of their military activities, including beheadings of hostages, on the Internet.
Science Textbooks and the School System
Have your child and his or her friends hijack their text books by adding THESE lovely printable sticker to their books at the end of the school year. (that way they can't get expelled...)
Here are some GIFT IDEAS for your local public school biology teacher as well. At least one of these seems a tad too much....but thats just me...
The gang over at The Evolution Outreach Project as resposible for these goodies, check them out..
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Why People go to College
You can find out more by looking HERE, or just take a dive into some of the links featured below, I'm sure you will see the value of a college education after reading these gems...
Treatment of a Delayed Zipper Injury
by Jack H. Mydlo
The Effect of Country Music On Suicide
by Steve Stack
The Patent for the Comb Over
Donald and Frank Smith
Coordination Modes in the Multisegmental Dynamics of Hula Hooping
by Ramesh Balasubramaniam
(US Patent #3,216,423) Inventing a device to aid women in giving birth -- the woman is strapped onto a circular table, and the table is then rotated at high speed
By George Blondsky
Herring Communication by Farting
By Ben Wilson
Flame Thrower as a dealer option on cars
by Michelle Wong
An Analysis of the Force required to drag sheep over various surfaces.
by Harvey Culvenor
Gorillas in our midst: sustained inattentional blindness
for dynamic events
By Daniel J Simons and Christopher F Chabris
The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the
mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Aves: Anatidae)
By C.W. Moeliker
Farting as a defence against unspeakable dread
by Dr. Mara Sidoli
Chicken Plucking as a Measure of Tornado Wind Speed
By Bernard Vonngut
The relationships among height, penile length, and foot size
by Kerry Siminoski and Jerald Bain
Contributing to the happiness of clams by giving them Prozac
by Peter Fong
The Memory of Water
by Jacques Benveniste
The Grizzly Bear Suit
by Troy Hurtubise
Friday, October 07, 2005
Jennifer Lopez Picks a Winner...
SO if you have to pick your NOSE you better do it in the restroom and not in PUBLIC, ...RIGHT?...WRONG !!!!
And the other rule is "IF you are EVER thinking about EATTING IT, JUST DON'T !!!!
Jennifer is ZERO and TWO if you are scoring at HOME...
Katrina Relief from GIRLS GONE WILD
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Drawn Together : WHAT THE F*@ !!!
Conceptually, Drawn Together is something that should have been right up my alley: a spoof on the Big Brother / The Real World concept done with cartoon figures taken from various genres.
There's Captain Hero, an action hero. Wooldoor Sockbat, a guy who looks alot like a certain sea sponge with geometrically designed trousers. Spanky Ham, an internet download toon. Princess Clara, a naively innocent racist straight out of a place similar to Cinderella. Foxxy Love, a musician via Josie and the Pussycats . Xandir, a videogame elf who's on a never-ending quest to save his girlfriend (even though he's gay). Toot Braunstein, a Betty Boop with extra poundage and a cutting problem. And finally, there's the cute, unintelligible and sociopathic Ling-Ling who's clearly Pinkachoos brother .
This uncensored and unrated version is the first I've actually seen of the series. I expected South Parkish antics -- I wasn't going into this blind -- and some raciness (even the full-frontal bits.) Even "I can't believe they just said that" bits are funny -- even hilarious -- and several of the exchanges in the show hit that mark exceedingly well:
King: You're a princess!
Clara: But I long for more.
King: Of course you do -- because that's what princesses do! Or die in a car crash in France.
Wooldoor: If anybody needs me, I'll be in the clock tower.
Bucky Bucks: No business is successful without the help of Mexicans.
What I wasn't prepared for was Spanky Ham defecating in melons and masturbating to Jell-o fights; or seeing God inside a glory hold curiously tapping a penis; or Charlie Brown in a bondage mask.Oh, there's humor to be had! Lots of it, in fact. Who didn't already know that Snaggletooth and Elmer Fudd were gay?
The words OVER THE EDGE don't begin to describe this 2 DVD gem, if you thought South Park was as far as you could GO, you were sadly mistaken...TRUST ME...
If you get chuckles from defecating on pizza or considering sexual relations with the mentally disabled, you'll likely get enjoyment from Drawn Together. If nothing else you'll show it to your friends just to see them get UNCOMFORTABLE...
The Bonus Features are on the second disc. Under "Deleted Scenes" the viewer can see a character by character introduction of who's who, a variation on the Foxxy / Toot Jell-o wrestling scene, and an alternative method of smuggling Mexicans into the country.
The "Censored/Uncensored Game" is a series of statements made by a character, with the viewer determining whether this statement was originally censored or uncensored -- which also unlocks a phone conversation between the creators and their agent, in which much yelling ensues.
You can check out the Episode Guide and get an idea of how different this collection is, and be warned, NONE OF THIS PRODUCT IS FOR CHILDREN...
I CRYED I laughed so hard during the viewing on the first episode, thinking all the time "THERE IS NO WAY ANY OF THIS WAS SHOWN ON TELEVISION"...but apparently I WAS WRONG...AGAIN...
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Cocaine Kate : The Video
While good old Kate Moss is off in drug rehab and her boyfriend is in trouble with the law AGAIN, seems he got a visit from the police after his band Baby Shambles played a gig this past week, the cops KNEW he had drugs, apparently they were TIPPED off, what they weren't tipped off to is he has a medical device IMPLANTED in his stomach so that IF he were to DO ANY of the sorts of DRUGS he used to he would become VERY VERY sick.
Check out the band they really DON'T SUCK...sorta Kurt Cobainish ...
As for OLD KATE however, I thought ya'all might wanna see the video that started all the talk, CLICK HERE ! and watch.
From the video it appears to me that this isn't the FIRST time old Kate has CUT THE COKE...