Saturday, May 31, 2008

France: anger as marriage cancelled due to bride not being a virgin. WTF!

The annulment of a young Muslim couple’s marriage because the bride was not a virgin has caused anger in France, prompting President Sarkozy’s party to call for a change in the law.

The decision by a court in Lille was condemned by the Government, media, feminists and civil rights organisations after it was reported in a legal journal on Thursday. Patrick Devedjian, leader of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement, said it was unacceptable that the law could be used for religious reasons to repudiate a bride. It must be modified “to put an end to this extremely disturbing situation”, he said.

The case, which had previously gone unreported, involved an engineer in his 30s, named as Mr X, who married Ms Y, a student nurse in her 20s, in 2006. The wedding night party was still under way at the family’s home in Roubaix when the groom came down from the bedroom complaining that his bride was not a virgin. He could not display the blood-stained sheet that is traditionally exhibited as proof of the bride’s “purity”. More...

Click Sikhs in France plan new school to combat turban ban...

And this: Michel and Monique Fourniret, the couple who "hunted virgins..."

Soccer: the world's 20 highest paid players...

Powerful Chelsea striker was Premier League's top goal scorer in 2006-07 and Africa's Footballer of the Year in 2006. Rich vein of form has continued this season, and he remains the Blues' first choice striker ahead of some very expensive competing talent. Grew up in France from age 5, playing for Olympique de Marseille, where he won French Player of the Year, before moving to Chelsea as the club's then record signing for 23.8 million pounds. Full story...

See also: If only soccer were this sexy...
And this: Oliver Kapo's gift to his boot-boy: a Mercedes!! Wow!
And this: Real Madrid to offer record sum for Cristiano Ronaldo?

If you want to uproot a tree in your garden, please call the experts...

In spite of the computer, the typewriter is still not dead...

They're clunky, dirty and can't access the internet, yet every year thousands of people buy typewriters when they could probably afford a computer. Why?

When asked how he writes, Frederick Forsyth has a simple answer. "With a typewriter."

He admits this is to avoid the more difficult business of describing his creative process, but it also means he can celebrate old friends.

There was the steel-cased portable he used as a foreign correspondent in the 1960s. "It had a crease across the lid which was done by a bullet in Biafra. It just kept tapping away. It didn't need power, it didn't need batteries, it didn't need recharging. One ribbon went back and forward and back until it was a rag, almost, and out came the dispatches."

And after 50 years and a dozen novels including The Day of the Jackal, why change now, he asks.

"I have never had an accident where I have pressed a button and accidentally sent seven chapters into cyberspace, never to be seen again. And have you ever tried to hack into my typewriter? It is very secure." More...

See also: The missing dot in the "i" leads to two murders...
And this: Outrageous! Doctors' bad hand-writing kills 7000 peope annually!!

How they have fun in Saudi Arabia!!

Japon : une femme vivait dans son placard!!

Intrigué par la disparition d'aliments dans son réfrigérateur, un Japonais a eu la surprise de découvrir qu'une femme vivait clandestinement dans un placard de sa maison depuis plusieurs mois.

Intrigué par la disparition mystérieuse d'aliments dans son réfrigérateur, un Japonais a eu la surprise de découvrir qu'une femme vivait clandestinement dans un placard de sa maison depuis plusieurs mois, a-t-on appris vendredi 30 mai.
C'est grâce à une caméra de sécurité qu'il avait installée dans sa maison de Fukuoka afin de comprendre ce qui se passait dans sa cuisine que ce célibataire de 57 ans a découvert la clandestine. La voyant, sur l'écran de son téléphone portable, se promener chez lui en son absence, il a aussitôt alerté la police.

"Nous avons fouillé la maison et avons découvert la femme dans un placard", a raconté un porte-parole de la police de Fukuoka.
La clandestine, Tatsuko Horikawa, âgée de 58 ans, était cachée dans la partie supérieure d'un placard, dans un espace à peine suffisant pour une personne allongée, qu'elle avait aménagé en disposant un matelas et des bouteilles d'eau.
La femme, qui a été arrêtée, "a expliqué aux enquêteurs qu'elle n'avait nulle part où habiter. Elle semble avoir vécu ici pendant environ un an, mais pas en permanence", a précisé le porte-parole de la police, qui la soupçonne d'avoir investi d'autres caches dans les maisons alentour.


Voir aussi: Le japonais et la table! Bizarre!

Une tribu isolée découverte au Brésil...

L'une des dernières tribus isolées d'Amazonie a été découverte dans l'ouest du Brésil, non loin de la frontière péruvienne, a annoncé, jeudi 29 mai, la Fundação Nacional do Índio (Fondation nationale des Indiens, Funai). Les Indiens ont été aperçus dans une zone protégée, à proximité de la rivière Envira, dans l'Etat de l'Acre.

La Funai dit avoir photographié des guerriers, six huttes et une grande zone cultivée. Mais elle ne sait pas à quel groupe ils appartiennent."Il y a quatre peuples dans cette région, nous les accompagnons depuis vingt ans", a dit Jose Carlos Meirelles Junior, un expert de la Funai.

L'ONG Survival International – qui dénombre une centaine de tribus isolées dans le monde, essentiellement au Brésil et au Pérou – estime que ces Indiens sont menacés par la déforestation au Pérou, qui pousse d'autres tribus vers le Brésil et pourrait mener à des conflits. L'ONG appelle à la protection de leur territoire. "Sans cela, ils sont menacés d'extinction."


Friday, May 30, 2008

WTF!Indian woman burnt as a witch...

An Indian woman accused of witchcraft was beaten, gagged and burnt to death in a remote eastern village, police said on Friday.

The woman was dragged out of her home, her hands and legs tied and taken to a crematorium where she was set on fire in front of the village which ignored her screams for help.

The incident took place in a tribal village in Orissa and occurred last week, but came to light on Thursday with the arrest of three villagers.

The victim was murdered by the husband and relatives of a neighbour whose death was blamed on her witchcraft.

Dozens of women are killed every year on suspicion of being witches or witch doctors in India, where superstition is widespread, especially in rural areas that lack an effective schooling system.

Source: Yahoo News

See also: Wasn't the Inquisition bad enough?
And this: Kenya mob burns 15 women to death over witchcraft...
And this: India: 3 young men beat mother to death in exorcism ritual...

Drunk Russian soldier being man-handled by some jerks...

31,000 scientists deny man-made global warming...

More than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition denying that man is responsible for global warming.

The academics, including 9,000 with PhDs, claim that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane are actually beneficial for the environment.

The petition was created in 1998 by an American physicist, the late Frederick Seitz, in response to the Kyoto Protocol a year earlier.

It urged the US government to reject the treaty and said: "The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind."

It added: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of ... greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the forseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments."

The petition was reissued last year by the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, an independent research group, partly in response to Al Gore’s film on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth.

Its president, Arthur Robinson, said: "If this many American scientists will sign this petition, you certainly can’t continue to contend that there is a consensus on this subject."

One of the signatories, Frank Nuttall, a professor of medicine, said he believed the Earth was becoming warmer, despite his signature.

"This issue is whether the major reason for this is from human activities. I consider that inconclusive at the present time," he said.


See also: The Great Global Warming Fraud?
And this: Global warming and the threat to freedom (must read)

Le plus gros mensonge du XX1e siècle?

Récemment, j’ai commencé à douter de la thèse officielle à propos des attentats du 11 septembre 2001. Maintenant, j’ai la conviction que les coupables ne sont pas une bande de terroristes planqués dans des grottes en Afghanistan, mais plutôt ceux qui sont au pouvoir et leurs potes.

Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, j’étais bien confortablement installé dans l’idée que Ben Laden était le seul responsable des faits, même si j’avais compris que Bush avait des liens douteux avec la famille du leader d’Al Qaïda. Il y avait quelques trucs louches dans cette affaire, mais je croyais vraiment que des arabes illuminés avaient pris le contrôle d’avions de ligne pour les envoyer s’écraser sur plusieurs points stratégiques aux Etats-Unis.

Ensuite, j’ai regardé une vidéo qui affirme que les tours du World Trade Center se sont écroulées à cause d’une démolition contrôlée plutôt qu’un incendie causé par le crash d’avions de ligne. Depuis ce jour, je me documente sur tous les faits qui ont pris place ce fameux 11 septembre 2001. Sans revenir en détails sur le « comment ? » que j’ai commencé à aborder dans mon billet sur l’invalidité de la thèse officielle, je peux affirmer que :

1. Il n’y a pas eu d’avion qui a percuté le Pentagone.
2. Ce n’est pas le vol United 93 qui s’est écrasé en Pennsylvanie.
3. Les tours du World Trade Center se sont effondrées par démolition contrôlée.

Sur les trois attaques du 11/09/01, il n’y en a pas une qui porte la trace limpide d’une action terroriste émanant d’Al Qaïda. La version officielle est carrément louche, impliquant que la vérité est ailleurs. Il y a trop de questions qui restent sans réponse pour ne pas penser qu’il s’agit d’un complot. Pourtant, ceux qui doutent de la théorie officielle passent pour des illuminés, au même rang que ceux qui croient qu’Elvis est toujours vivant, qu’un OVNI s’est écrasé à Area 51 et que le monstre du Loch Ness existe. Il réside une surprenante et évidente volonté générale de nier l’évidence, surtout de la part des médias
. Suite...

Voir aussi: Was 9/11 an inside job? (Vostf)

The bogus War on Terror...

Tribe that hid from the world: leave them alone,please!

Three near-naked figures are visible in the forest clearing. Two of them are men, their bodies daubed with a red dye, and they are aiming their bows at the sky.

A third figure appears to be a woman, her body blackened and only her pale hands and face betraying her natural colour.

These remarkable photographs are the first proof of the existence of one of the world's last uncontacted tribes. Taken from a plane that was flying low over the canopy of the Amazon rainforest near the border between Brazil and Peru, it could play a vital part in ensuring the tribe's survival.

"We did the overflight to show their houses, to show they are there, to show they exist," said José Carlos dos Reis Meirelles Junior, an expert on the remote tribal people who live beyond the boundaries of the modern world. "This is very important because there are some who doubt their existence." More...

See also: " Uncontacted Indian tribe" fires arrows at helicopter...

Tollé après l'annulation d'un mariage pour non-virginité...

Les condamnations ont fusé de toute part hier. Féministes, médecins, politiques, tous ont jugé « choquante » la décision du tribunal de Lille d'annuler un mariage au motif que l'épouse avait menti sur sa virginité.

«SCANDALEUSE », « honteuse », « archaïque »... La décision du tribunal de grande instance de Lille d'annuler un mariage, en avril, parce que la jeune mariée avait menti sur sa virginité, a provoqué un tollé hier. Un déferlement de réactions indignées contre cette décision dévoilée dans la revue juridique le « Recueil Dalloz », mais aussi contre cette pratique culturelle musulmane toujours bien vivace en France, qui oblige les femmes à arriver vierges au mariage.

« Une fille qui ne serait pas vierge aurait toutes les difficultés à trouver un mari », confirme Diaby Doucouré, le directeur d'une maison de quartier à Aubervilliers. A Paris, une assistante sociale avoue « rencontrer des filles affolées à l'approche de leur mariage, qui redoutent le rituel du drap ensanglanté présenté à la famille et à la belle-famille après la nuit de noces ».

Hier soir, Valérie Létard, la secrétaire d'Etat en charge du Droit des femmes, s'est déclarée « consternée de voir qu'aujourd'hui en France certaines dispositions du Code civil conduisent par l'interprétation qui peut en être faite, à une régression du statut de la femme ». Mouloud Aounit, le président du Mrap, considère, lui, que « cette décision du tribunal est une épée de Damoclès au-dessus des libertés individuelles et sexuelles ». « Une fatwa contre la liberté des femmes, s'est indignée quant à elle Sihem Habchi, la présidente de Ni putes ni soumises. Cela revient à ériger la virginité comme une qualité essentielle pour le consentement au mariage. C'est comme si on légitimait les hommes à répudier les femmes parce qu'elles ne sont pas vierges. »

Des opérations dans des cliniques privées

Aussi virulente, la philosophe Elisabeth Badinter a dit sa « honte » pour la justice française, « parce que la sexualité des femmes est une affaire privée et libre en France, absolument libre ». Elle estime que « ça aboutit tout simplement à faire courir nombre de jeunes filles musulmanes dans les hôpitaux pour se faire refaire l'hymen ». Des opérations de reconstruction de l'hymen proposées par les cliniques esthétiques privées de la région parisienne pour 1 000 à 2 000 €. Des agences de voyages organisent même des séjours hymenoplastie en Tunisie pour 1 250 €... « Depuis cinq ans, nous avons de plus en plus de demandes, reconnaît un chirurgien parisien. Ces jeunes filles, issues des quartiers de banlieue comme des quartiers chic de la capitale, sont prêtes à tout pour masquer la honte de leur famille. »

Pourtant, le Collège national des gynécologues obstétriciens a toujours affirmé son opposition à « ces actes attentatoires à la dignité de la femme ». « Refaire les hymens c'est aider à la soumission de la femme et participer à une coutume machiste du sang sur le drap le soir de la nuit de noces qui n'a rien à voir avec la foi. »


Voir aussi: Mariage annulé faute de virginité!!
Et ceci: Quel chic, les Françaises !

Je peux vous offrir mon parapluie?

Can I offer you my umbrella?

OMG! Japanese man discovers a woman living in his wardrobe!!!

A JAPANESE man puzzled by food mysteriously disappearing from his refrigerator got a shock when he discovered a woman had been living in his home for months without permission, police said today.

The 57-year-old man who lives alone - or so he thought - in the western city of Fukuoka installed a security camera and called the police when he saw images of someone walking around his home while he was out.

"We searched the house in the man's presence. We found the woman in the closet," said a local police spokesman.

The woman, named as 58-year-old Tatsuko Horikawa, was found in a flat storage space only just big enough for a person to squeeze into lying down.

She had sneaked a mattress and several plastic bottles into the cubby hole, police said, adding that the women had been arrested.

"She told police that she had nowhere to live," the spokesman said.

"She seems to have lived there for about a year, but not all the time."

It is unclear how she managed to enter the home undetected. Police suspect she might have been closet-hopping, moving from house to house.


See also: Japan: Oshiya or train pusher: this is crazy!

Fini la monarchie:le Népal devient une république...

L'Assemblée constituante issue des élections du 10 avril dernier proclamera demain 28 mai la république, mettant fin à 240 de règne de la dynastie Shah. Les 28, 28 et 30 mai seront fériés pour fêter l'événement. Le roi Gyanendra, qui a refusé de quitter le pays et de s'exiler en Inde, deviendra alors un citoyen ordinaire.

C'est à la fin du XVIe siècle que l'empereur moghol Akbar confère le titre de Shah à un illustre aïeul du roi Gyanendra. Le fils de ce nobliau fonde ensuite le royaume de Gorkha dont le territoire correspond à une région du Népal actuel. Le pays n'est unifié qu'en 1768 sous le règne de Prithvi Narayan Shah, considéré aujourd'hui comme le fondateur de la monarchie népalaise.

Arrivé sur le trône après la mort du roi Birendra et de ses fils lors d'un massacre au palais royal en 2001, Gyanendra a suscité un très fort sentiment antimonarchique lorsqu'il s'est arrogé les pleins pouvoirs et a suspendu le Parlement en 2005 , sous prétexte de lutter contre l'insurrection maoïste qui faisait rage depuis 1996. Début 2006, un grand mouvement populaire réclame la démocratie. Les différents partis politiques du pays forment une coalition et s'allient aux maoïstes. Le roi est finalement obligé de convoquer à nouveau le Parlement et de nommer un gouvernement intérimaire. Les maoïstes sont sortis grands vainqueurs des élections du 10 avril dernier et l'Assemblée constituante, majoritairement mao, s'est réunie pour la première fois le 27 mai.

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Gloucestershire's Cheese Rolling competition! Broken bones and hilarity...

If you are a dumb criminal, please don't post your exploits on YouTube!!

A man who posted videos of his speeding, drug-taking and other offences on YouTube has been banned from boasting about his criminal activities on the internet.

Andrew Kellett, 23, was branded the city’s “dumbest criminal” by Leeds City Council after posting more than 80 videos showing himself and others committing a range of offences.

The videos included leaving a petrol station apparently without paying, trespassing and shouting abuse, dangerous driving and racing at high speeds and the taking of class A drugs.

Yesterday, Kellett, of Stanks Drive, Swarcliffe, Leeds, who has been previously convicted of various offences, received an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) at Leeds Magistrates’ Court to stop him showing unlawful activities on the video-sharing website. More...

See also: YouTube fame at any price?
And this: The Great Del Taco Scam...

Livermore, the light bulb that has been burning for more than a century...

Five years after his retirement, ex-firefighter Tom Bramell still likes to visit Station No. 6 for old times' sake, whistling in amazement at all the changes -- the strange faces and slick high-tech engines.

But one thing remains exactly the same, and it's what Bramell misses the most about his firefighting days. The sturdy little object hangs from the ceiling in the firehouse's engine bay, emitting its familiar faint orange glow.

He calls it the long-lived lightbulb of Livermore.

That's actually something of an understatement.

At 107 years and counting, the low-watt wonder with the curlicue carbon filament has been named the planet's longest continuously burning bulb by both Guinness World Records and Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

As objet d'art and enduring symbol of American reliability and ingenuity, it's been lauded by senators and presidents.

It boasts a website --, drawing a million hits a year -- a historical society and even a webcam that allows curious fans to check on it 24 hours a day.

The Livermore lightbulb, you see, never gets turned off, which many suspect is the secret to its longevity. More...

See also: How they advertise light bulbs in Thailand!!! Hilarious!

" Uncontacted Indian tribe" fires arrows at helicopter...

ONE of the world’s last ‘uncontacted Indian’ tribes has been photographed from the air near the Brazil-Peru border.

The photos were taken by global organisation Survival International, over one of the remotest parts of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil’s Acre state.

Survival’s director Stephen Corry said: "These pictures are further evidence that uncontacted tribes really do exist.

"The world needs to wake up to this, and ensure that their territory is protected in accordance with international law. Otherwise, they will soon be made extinct."

There are more than 100 uncontacted tribes worldwide, with more than half living in either Brazil or Peru.

They are in danger of being forced off their land, killed or dying from new diseases.

Survival International supports 82 countries working for tribal peoples' rights.

Source: The Sun

U.S. soldier discusses his "kills" in Iraq...

If only soccer were this sexy...

Sharon Stone's apology does not impress the Chinese...

Hollywood star Sharon Stone has apologised for suggesting China's earthquake was bad "karma" for its handling of Tibet, but Christian Dior on Thursday dropped her from its local ads amid a public uproar.

The 50-year-old US actress offered to help with relief efforts after the May 12 quake that killed nearly 70,000 people, in an effort to smooth over tensions sparked by her controversial comments at the Cannes Film Festival last week.

"My erroneous words and deeds angered and saddened the Chinese people, and I sincerely apologise for this," she said in a statement issued by Dior China and sent to AFP on Thursday.

"I'm willing to participate in any earthquake relief activity and to do my utmost to help Chinese people affected by the disaster," she added.

But Dior said Stone -- who promotes the French luxury brand's anti-ageing skin-care line, among other products -- would no longer appear in its ads in China.

"In light of the negative reaction that Sharon Stone's inappropriate remarks have triggered, Dior China has decided to immediately cancel and stop any advertisements, marketing campaigns and commercial activities associated with Sharon Stone," it said.

Stone -- perhaps best known for her starring role in "Basic Instinct" -- sparked the controversy last week, which has angered people across China and led to pledges by some cinemas here to boycott her films. More...

See also: Chinese furious at Sharon Stone's "karma" comment...
And this: China earthquake: Sharon Stone talking nonsense...

The days of paper airline tickets are over..

The paper airline ticket comes to the end of its life on Sunday when 240 carriers of the IATA switch to digital tickets.

IATA members account for 94 per cent of world airline traffic and by the end of February, 94 per cent of them had already abandoned the rectangle of stiff paper in favour of digital technology.

In Africa, 87 per cent of IATA airlines had made the switch.

The last paper tickets will be sold on Saturday, and the International Air Transport Association estimates that its member airlines will save $US3 billion a year, a much needed economy in the face of a huge rise in fuel costs.

Paper tickets issued before the deadline will still be valid for the travel dates indicated on them.

The issue and handling of a paper ticket costs an airline $US10: its electronic replacement $US1 dollar on average.

IATA also calculates that the end of the paper ticket will save 50,000 trees per year.

Source: cjreport

See also: Lonely Planet: fact or fiction?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Sikhs in France plan new school to combat turban ban...

The French ban on turbans for Sikh boys at school has brought extraordinary problems for parents and extraordinary solutions.

When Sikh boys play on the streets of Paris, their parents can worry in more ways than one.

Because they never know when it could become all play and no work - they run the risk of being stopped from going to school.

President Sarkozy introduced a law as home minister in 2004 banning essentially the headscarf for Muslim girls going to school; but the law also roped in the Sikh children.

“The first day I went, they asked me to take the turban off, now I cover my head with a handkerchief and go,” says a Sikh boy.

As the French see it, they are defending the principle of secular separation of religion from state. But for the minorities, it is a denial of religious rights.

Sundri Kaur a resident of Paris says, "In France I think a lot of people want to try to understand but we need time to understand and I think it is very important for Sikh people to be present, be involved, in action, political, social and cultural, and time after time I think French people can understand."

Teaching the French a lesson or two is Gurdial Singh, who is starting a school where children of all religions can practice their faith openly. The classrooms are ready for the students who can in a sense circumvent the French system.

Singh says, “I want every religion children to come here and respect the children and college also but if anybody respects their religion and comes here, I respect them."

Sikhs are preparing to beat the French ban on the turban by opening school especially for Sikhs and for others to practice their faith as freely and as visibly as they like.

Source: IBN live

See also: Einstein: religion is "childish superstitions".
And this: "Women Are Being Beheaded for Taking Their Veil Off"

WTF! Babies dumped "because they were girls..."

A couple who had IVF in India are believed to have dumped their twin babies in a British hospital after finding out they were girls.

The mother aged 59 and the father 72, are said to have abandoned the babies after telling medics they were the 'wrong sex' because they wanted boys.

It is understood that the babies, who are now less than two weeks old, were abandoned soon after birth and have not been visited once by their parents.

The couple travelled to India for fertility treatment but returned to Britain for the birth. The twins were born by Caesarean Section at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Their mother - one of Britain's oldest - reportedly discharged herself against the advice of doctors who told her she should stay in hospital for a week after her operation.

She and her husband are thought to be of Indian descent but British residents living in the West Midlands.

Aftter the birth in Wolverhampton, the children were transferred to another hospital in Birmingham.

A spokeswoman for New Cross Hospital said today: 'We can confirm a pair of twins were born at New Cross Hospital. They were healthy and well.

'They were born here because the maternity (facility) where the parents were living was busy, so a few days later they were transferred to a Birmingham hospital, where the parents were living.'

In certain Asian cultures, sons are more highly prized than daughters because it is believed they will work from a younger age and carry on the family name.

In India, girls are considered an economic burden as their parents traditionally need to provide a dowry payment for them when they get married - often resulting in financial ruin or extreme hardship for many families when the women marry. More...

See also: Genocide: India's missing daughters...
And this: Tanzania's missing girls...

Mariage annulé faute de virginité!!

La philosophe et écrivain française Elisabeth Badinter a dit jeudi sa «honte» pour la justice française après la décision du tribunal de grande instance de Lille d'annuler un mariage parce que l'épouse du futur mari, musulmane comme lui, n'était pas vierge.

«Je suis ulcérée par la décision du tribunal d'accepter de juger ça parce que la sexualité des femmes est une affaire privée et libre en France, absolument libre», a déclaré Mme Badinter sur France Inter.

«Très inquiète» de ce jugement annulant un mariage «parce que la jeune femme n'est pas vierge et a menti sur sa virginité», Mme Badinter estime que «ça aboutit tout simplement à faire courir nombre de jeunes filles musulmanes dans les hôpitaux pour se faire refaire l'hymen.

Et par conséquent au lieu pour un tribunal de défendre les femmes, de défendre ces jeunes femmes, au contraire il accentue la pression sur elles».

«Et je vous dis franchement, je pense à cette malheureuse jeune fille, humiliée, publiquement humiliée, revenant dans sa famille, ce qu'elle a dû vivre a dû être épouvantable. J'ai honte que la justice française n'ait pas pris a coeur de défendre toutes ces jeunes filles», a-t-elle conclu.


Voir aussi: La Suisse et le mariage forcé...
Et ceci: L’Esclavage dans les pays musulmans

La ville d'Oran en Algérie saccagée pour une histoire de foot...

ORAN PRESENTAIT, hier, l'aspect d'une ville morte, après deux jours d'émeutes de protestation contre la relégation, en division inférieure, du club de football de la ville. La métropole de l'Ouest algérien a été le théâtre de violentes manifestations, rassemblant plusieurs milliers de jeunes, qui ont exprimé leur colère après la relégation en Deuxième Division du Mouloudia Club d'Oran. Le club avait remporté, à plusieurs reprises, le Championnat et la Coupe d'Algérie durant les quarante dernières années, et a vu évoluer plusieurs internationaux, dont Lakhdar Belloumi, qui avait marqué un but victorieux contre l'Allemagne, en 1982.

Les manifestations ont éclaté lundi soir, peu après la fin d'un match, qui s'est terminé par un nul défavorable aux Oranais. « La ville s'est soudain embrasée », raconte un témoin. Les jeunes se sont répandus dans divers quartiers de la cité, saccageant des édifices publics, des sièges de banque, pillant des commerces et s'attaquant à des salles de cinéma. Selon un premier bilan, ces émeutes ont fait au moins une centaine de blessés, dont plusieurs policiers.


Voir aussi: L'Asie, terre de prospection pour les grands clubs anglais...
Et ceci: Le sportif français le mieux payé est ...

Red Dollar: Start the Revolution...

Chinese furious at Sharon Stone's "karma" comment...

Actress Sharon Stone has sparked criticism in China after claiming the recent earthquake could have been the result of bad "karma".

The US star, speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, linked the recent disaster to Beijing's policy on Tibet.

She said: "I thought, 'Is that karma?' When you are not nice, bad things happen to you."

But Stone added she "cried" after the Tibetan Foundation asked her to help quake victims.

Stone, 50, said: "They wanted to go and be helpful, and that made me cry.

"It was a big lesson to me that sometimes you have to learn to put your head down and be of service even to people who aren't nice to you." More...

See the video here: China earthquake: Sharon Stone talking nonsense...

Yves Rossy, Switzerland's flying jet-man! Cool video.

Life under the Nazis was one big orgy of sex and promiscuity...

A new book which suggests that the German occupation of France encouraged the sexual liberation of women has shocked a country still struggling to come to terms with its troubled history of collaboration with the Nazis.

Like a recent photographic exhibition showing Parisians enjoying themselves under the occupation, the book’s depiction of life in Paris as one big party is at odds with the collective memory of hunger, resistance and fear.

“It is a taboo subject, a story nobody wants to hear,” said Patrick Buisson, author of 1940-1945 Années Erotiques (“erotic years”). “It may hurt our national pride, but the reality is that people adapted to occupation.”

Many might prefer to forget but, with their husbands in prison camps, numerous women slept not only with German soldiers – the young “blond barbarians” were particularly attractive to French women, says Buisson – but also conducted affairs with anyone else who could help them through financially difficult times: “They gave way to the advances of the boss, to the tradesman they owed money to, their neighbour. In times of rationing, the body is the only renewable, inexhaustible currency.” More...

See also: Occupied Paris: when life was "normal..."
And this: Olympic Torch: why so much fuss about a Nazi symbol?
And this: The Russian Neo-Nazi movement...

Golden Shield, China's all-seeing eye. ( Must read)

The security cameras are just one part of a much broader high-tech surveillance and censorship program known in China as "Golden Shield." The end goal is to use the latest people-tracking technology — thoughtfully supplied by American giants like IBM, Honeywell and General Electric — to create an airtight consumer cocoon: a place where Visa cards, Adidas sneakers, China Mobile cellphones, McDonald's Happy Meals, Tsingtao beer and UPS delivery (to name just a few of the official sponsors of the Beijing Olympics) can be enjoyed under the unblinking eye of the state, without the threat of democracy breaking out. With political unrest on the rise across China, the government hopes to use the surveillance shield to identify and counteract dissent before it explodes into a mass movement like the one that grabbed the world's attention at Tiananmen Square.

Remember how we've always been told that free markets and free people go hand in hand? That was a lie. It turns out that the most efficient delivery system for capitalism is actually a communist-style police state, fortressed with American "homeland security" technologies, pumped up with "war on terror" rhetoric. And the global corporations currently earning superprofits from this social experiment are unlikely to be content if the lucrative new market remains confined to cities such as Shenzhen. Like everything else assembled in China with American parts, Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you. Full story...

See also: Big Brother: are they about to violate the privacy of our minds?
And this: ‘Big Brother’ database for phones and e-mails...

Lorsque Sharon Stone raconte des conneries...

"Est-ce le karma, quand on se comporte mal et que les pires catastrophes vous arrivent ?" Cette question faussement ingénue de l'actrice américaine Sharon Stone lors du Festival de Cannes a provoqué un véritable tollé en Chine, au moment où le pays entier pleure ses morts.

Interviewée le 20 mai par la chaîne hongkongaise CATV au sujet du tremblement de terre du Sichuan, la vedette de Basic Instinct a déclaré : "... C'est vraiment intéressant parce que, de prime abord, je n'aime pas la façon dont les Chinois traitent les Tibétains. Je me demande quelle position adopter au sujet des Jeux olympiques. Les Chinois se comportent mal avec le dalaï-lama, qui est un bon ami à moi. Et, maintenant, il y a ce séisme."

Sharon Stone s'est un peu ravisée par la suite, après avoir reçu une lettre d'une organisation caritative tibétaine annonçant qu'elle allait venir en aide aux victimes du séisme. "C'est une grande leçon pour moi : il faut apprendre à aider même les gens qui ne se comportent pas bien avec vous", a-t-elle déclaré.

Largement diffusée sur des sites chinois et sur YouTube, son interview a été visionnée par plus de 200 000 internautes par jour. L'un d'entre eux, qui se dit un fan, raconte sa déception : "Le QI de Sharon Stone est de 154. Elle avait pour habitude d'être très sexy et de porter des vêtements osés pour se balader devant les réalisateurs. Elle a accepté le rôle principal de Basic Instinct, ce que beaucoup d'autres actrices célèbres ont refusé. Et puis il a suffi qu'elle se déshabille pour devenir une star. Désormais, j'ai des doutes, aurait-elle pété un câble ?" Un autre internaute rappelle que "l'épicentre du séisme se situe dans une région où vivent de nombreux Tibétains".

Les milieux artistiques chinois ont également réagi vivement aux propos de l'actrice. Wu Siyuan, un cinéaste hongkongais, a proposé de "boycotter Sharon Stone". "Même par simple humanité, il convient d'avoir un minimum de respect pour la vie", s'indigne la comédienne Weng Hong, star du cinéma hongkongais. Et Feima, présentatrice vedette de la télé hongkongaise, décrit désormais Sharon Stone comme l'"ennemie publique de tous les Chinois". En 2007, la même Sharon Stone avait été élue "star étrangère préférée du public chinois", à l'occasion du festival international du film de Shanghai.

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Voir la video ici(en anglais): China earthquake: Sharon Stone talking nonsense...

Britain is now "worse than Iraq..."

The 27-year-old hero spoke out as the country was rocked by yet another 24 hours of vicious attacks. The horror toll in the last few days includes:

FIFTEEN knife thugs slashing at customers as two drug gangs battled in a family pub in Bickley, Kent — leaving two men fighting for life and the bar looking "like an abattoir".

A PUB landlord being stabbed by three thieves in nearby Sidcup. Harry Potter actor Rob Knox, 18, was killed trying to protect his brother from a yob in the town on Saturday.

A MARRIED man aged 31 being stabbed to death by a baying mob who smashed his car and hauled him out in Bradford, West Yorks.

THREE boys aged 12, 13, and 15 being quizzed over the killing of Amar Aslam, 17, in Dewsbury, West Yorks — including one alleged to have taken a picture as Amar lay dying.

FATHER-of-two Alan Riddock, 41, being stabbed to death when he challenged vandals at a pub in Bedminster, Bristol. More...

See also: Voronin: Britain a cultural backwater...
And this: Hello America, this is Britain...

How they advertise light bulbs in Thailand!!! Hilarious!

Nepal no longer a monarchy...

Nepal's newly elected leadership changed the country from a monarchy to a republic just before midnight Wednesday, a historic move that ended about 240 years of autocratic rule in the country.

After approving the move by an overwhelming vote, the body said it would send a letter to 60-year-old King Gyanendra and his family, informing them that they have 15 days to vacate the royal palace.

Of the 564 members of the assembly present for the vote, only four voted to keep the monarchy.

The group met all day in a convention center to reach the agreement and even continued to work after the facility was bombed.

Two apparent bombs damaged the building about 8:20 p.m. local time, said a CNN journalist covering the meetings.

There were no reports of injuries, and the group was back working within 10 minutes of the blasts. More...

See also: Bhutan: Gross National Happiness vs Democracy...
And this: The Democracy Bullshit (Must Read)

They came at 4a.m. in the morning, with 2 bull-dozers...

"They came at four in the morning, with two bulldozers, and they left before 8am. I own this chicken farm with my three brothers, and we worked day and night for eighteen years to build up our business. The Israelis destroyed everything in less then four hours."

Nasser Jaber’s chicken farm was bulldozed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) ten days ago, in the early morning hours of May 16, while he was sleeping at home in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. He still looks stunned. Wearily he guides us round the ruins of his eighteen-year business. "This was a lifetime project for me and my brothers" he says as we clamber over rubble, wire, shattered sheets of metal and thousands of putrefying chickens. "I have never belonged to any political faction, and I have never been to jail. I don’t know why they did this." The farm workers who are starting to clear some of the rubble are all wearing facemasks. Forty thousand dead chickens lie smashed amidst the rubble and the stench is sickening. More...

See also: Norman Finkelstein banned and deported from Israel...
And this: British Jews: "We're not celebrating Israel's anniversary"

Je suis Henri, le chat triste...

I am Henri, the sad cat...

Man arrested for soy-sauce attack!!!

A man suspected of squirting soy sauce over high school girls using a water pistol to "blow off steam" has been arrested, police said.

The 22-year-old man, Kenichi Ogawa, was arrested on suspicion of assault. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations, telling police he did it to relieve his stress.

Police said that several high school girls in Maebashi had been attacked in similar incidents this month, and police are investigating a possible connection between the attacks.

Investigators accuse Ogawa of getting on a motorcycle and approaching a 17-year-old high school girl cycling along a street in the city at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and squirting soy sauce on her back as he passed her. The girl was traveling home with a friend at the time, and the back of her uniform was left covered in soy sauce.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Michel and Monique Fourniret, the couple who "hunted virgins..."

Michel Fourniret, a diminutive, bespectacled man, was dubbed the "Ogre of Ardennes" for the crimes he committed alongside his grey-haired wife, Monique.

He has been found guilty of murdering seven girls and women aged between 12 and 22 from 1987 onwards.

By his own admission, however, he has killed more - strangling, shooting or stabbing his victims with a screwdriver.

From their chateau on the forested border region between France and Belgium the pair would head out in their small van, sometimes with their baby son in the vehicle, looking for victims.

Monique Oliver and Michel Fourniret had signed a criminal pact: she pledged to help him find the young women he sought; he, in return, promised that he would kill her former husband. More...

See also: Boys 'enjoyed' killing two-year-old...
And this: Boys, aged 11, rape (sister) and record it on cell-phone...

Windows 7 Multi-Touch functions revealed...

Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

Amnesty épingle la Suisse...

Amnesty International (AI) déplore l'absence de mesures gouvernementales «efficaces» contre la montée du racisme en Suisse. Dans son rapport annuel, l'organisation de défense des droits de l'homme pointe particulièrement du doigt la droite nationaliste.

AI se réfère aux conclusions du rapporteur de l'ONU sur le racisme Doudou Diène. Ce dernier concluait «que l'absence, au niveau national, de législation complète et de politique cohérente contre le racisme et la xénophobie constitue un obstacle majeur à l'efficacité du combat contre le racisme».

Amnesty pointe du doigt l'Union démocratique du centre (UDC / droite nationaliste) et la campagne que le parti a menée lors des élections fédérales de 2007. L'organisation revient sur les affiches sur lesquelles figuraient des moutons blancs dont un chassait d'une ruade un mouton noir hors du drapeau helvétique.

AI fait aussi état de «violations des droits humains» commises par la police et les forces de sécurité, sans citer toutefois d'exemples précis. Concernant les requérants d'asile, AI déplore que de nombreuses personnes se sont vu refuser la possibilité de déposer une demande d'asile au motif qu'elles n'avaient pas de papiers d'identité.

Enfin, l'organisation critique le recours à des pistolets paralysants (tasers) et à des chiens policiers dans le cadre des renvois forcés d'étrangers.


Voir aussi: Amnesty International and waterboarding...
Et ceci: Le "hit-parade" des exécutions en 2007...

Chine : le mauvais karma de Sharon Stone...

Une remarque de l'actrice américaine Sharon Stone suggérant que le séisme qui a frappé la Chine le 12 mai dernier pouvait être la conséquence d'un mauvais «karma» lié à la politique de Pékin au Tibet suscite de vives critiques dans en Chine.

Des cinémas ont même annoncé qu'ils ne diffuseraient plus ses films. Et une grande marque de cosmétiques -Dior- aurait retiré les publicités où elle apparaissait pour éviter un boycott. Des journalistes chinois ont ainsi relevé que les boutiques Dior dans les principaux centres commerciaux de Pékin ont retiré hier soir les affiches de la star, visage de la gamme anti-rides de la maison française.

«Je n'apprécie pas la façon dont les Chinois traitent les Tibétains car je crois que personne ne devrait se montrer méchant envers quelqu'un d'autre», avait dit la star américaine à Cannes, selon des images disponibles sur le site internet YouTube.

«Et puis est arrivé ce tremblement de terre et tout ce qui s'est passé. Et je me suis demandé, est-ce que ce ne serait pas le karma - quand vous n'êtes pas gentils et que de mauvaises choses vous arrivent?», s'était interrogé Sharon Stone durant le Festival.


Voir la video ici(en anglais):China earthquake: Sharon Stone talking nonsense...

Sumo:Ozeki Kotooshu, 1st. European to win the Emperor's Cup...

Bulgarian Kotooshu made history in Japan's ancient sport of sumo
Saturday as he became the first European to win an Emperor's Cup.

The 25-year-old Bulgarian star needed only one win from his weekend bouts to claim the title. He jump-started Mongolian opponent Ama from the face-off and crashed into the sekiwake's chest, getting both arms wrapped around his "mawashi" belt to bulldoze him over to the side of the ring.

Kotooshu then tackled him from behind, throwing himself on top of the opponent who went smashing down to the dirt surface at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan arena.

The victory lifted Kotooshu, real name Kaloyan Mahlyanov, to a 13-1 record, claiming the title with a bout to spare. More...

See also: Le Sumo et le Gringalet...
And this: The Experiences of a black man in Japan...

Chinese official begs on his knees to prevent protests!!

The image was startling: A Chinese official on his knees, begging.

The Communist Party secretary of Mianzhu city pleaded with protesting parents — whose children were killed in a school collapse during China's recent devastating earthquake — not to complain to higher authorities, the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper reported Monday.

Despite Jiang Guohua's pleas, the parents of the 127 children who died in the collapse kept marching Sunday and eventually met with higher officials, who told them the government would investigate.

The march was the latest example of growing anger among Chinese about the quake, especially the fact that nearly 7,000 schoolrooms were destroyed while school was in session. Parents at several schools have held protests, defying the government's general disapproval of such demonstrations.

A photograph on the newspaper's Web site shows Jiang on his knees, his arms outstretched in vain. More...

See also: China earthquake: Sharon Stone talking nonsense...
And this: The Chinese earthquake and socialist central planning...

China earthquake: Sharon Stone talking nonsense...

Are Icelanders the happiest people on earth?

Highest birth rate in Europe + highest divorce rate + highest percentage of women working outside the home = the best country in the world in which to live. There has to be something wrong with this equation. Put those three factors together - loads of children, broken homes, absent mothers - and what you have, surely, is a recipe for misery and social chaos. But no. Iceland, the block of sub-Arctic lava to which these statistics apply, tops the latest table of the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Human Development Index rankings, meaning that as a society and as an economy - in terms of wealth, health and education - they are champions of the world. To which one might respond: Yes, but - what with the dark winters and the far from tropical summers - are Icelanders happy? Actually, in so far as one can reliably measure such things, they are. According to a seemingly serious academic study reported in the Guardian in 2006, Icelanders are the happiest people on earth. (The study was lent some credibility by the finding that the Russians were the most unhappy.)

Oddny Sturludottir, a 31-year-old mother of two, told me she had a good friend who was 25 and had three children by a man who had just left her. 'But she has no sense of crisis at all,' Oddny said. 'She's preparing to get on with her life and her career in a perfectly optimistic frame of mind.' The answer to why the friend perceives no crisis in what any woman in a similar predicament anywhere else in the western world might consider a full-blown catastrophe goes a long way towards explaining why Iceland's 313,000 inhabitants are such a sane, cheerful, successful lot.  More...

See also: And the world's happiest country is ...
And this: The Meaning of Happiness...

The amazing intelligence of crows...

The Chinese earthquake and socialist central planning...

When buildings collapse following an earthquake anywhere in the world, the first instinct is to presume Mother Nature is at fault. The second is to wonder why the buildings weren’t built to account for the risk of earthquakes. The third step is where people go really wrong. They blame the builders for failing to observe building codes and the government for failing to enforce them.

This is the state of commentary on the hellish situation in Dujiangyan, China, where tens of thousands of people died – including thousands of children in as many as 7,000 schoolrooms.

A particular focus of much coverage has been the Xianjian Primary School, where hundreds of kids died. A parent of one of the children told the New York Times: "This is not a natural disaster. This is not good steel. It doesn't meet standards. They stole our children."

Now people are demanding that the local government be held accountable. More...

See also: China's earthquake provokes a shockwave of solidarity...
And this: China's earthquake: where are the children?

Norman Finkelstein banned and deported from Israel...

Norman Finkelstein, the controversial Jewish American academic and fierce critic of Israel, has been deported from the country and banned from the Jewish state for 10 years, it emerged yesterday.Finkelstein, the son of a Holocaust survivor who has accused Israel of using the genocidal Nazi campaign against Jews to justify its actions against the Palestinians, was detained by the Israeli security service, Shin Bet, when he landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport on Friday.

Shin Bet interrogated him for around 24 hours about his contact with the Lebanese Islamic militia, Hizbullah, when he travelled to Lebanon earlier this year and expressed solidarity with the group which waged war against Israel in 2006. He was also accused of having contact with al-Qaida. But Finkelstein rejected the accusations, saying he had travelled to Israel to visit an old friend.

“I did my best to provide absolutely candid and comprehensive answers to all the questions put to me,” he told an Israeli newspaper in an email exchange.

“I am confident that I have nothing to hide. Apart from my political views, and the supporting scholarship, there isn’t much more to say for myself: alas, no suicide missions or secret rendezvous with terrorist organisations. I’ve always supported a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders. I’m not an enemy of Israel.”

Finkelstein is one of several scholars rejected by Israel in the increasingly bitter divide in academic circles, between those who support and those who criticise its treatment of Palestinians. More...

See also: An interview with Norman --- the Holocaust Industry --- Finkelstein
And this: Is Israel on the road to oblivion?

WTF! S'pore firm claims patent to image search!

A local company has laid claims to a technology that Web sites across the globe deploy to link images to other Web pages, and sent out notification letters to several companies demanding to be paid licensing fees.

Dubbing itself "pioneers of visual search technology", Vuestar Technologies said it owns the patent to the technology that enables "Internet searching via visual images".

In sum, the company implied that any Web site that uses pictures and graphics to link to another site or Web page will need a license from Vuestar.

"Those who use visual images which hyperlink to other Web pages or Web sites...whether on the first page or subsequent pages of a Web site require a Vuestar 'license of use'," the company said on its site.

Singapore law firm Keystone Law issued a note to its clients Tuesday, urging those that intend to take up a licensing agreement with companies such as Vuestar, to "carefully examine the terms of such licenses and the claims of the licensors".

Bryan Tan, director at Keystone Law, said in an e-mail interview: "Always examine such claims carefully and take legal advice if you are not familiar [with the company's claims]. Even if you decide to settle a claim, make sure you know what 'rights' you are paying for." Keystone specializes in technology law.

In his note to the firm's clients, Tan added: "We understand that Vuestar has sent invoices for around S$5,000 (US$3,676) to various parties in Singapore asking them to enter into such license agreements, or to cease allowing images on a parties' Web site to be downloaded or used in Singapore."

"We believe that this development would have a wide-ranging impact on the Internet community in Singapore, given the wide claims made by Vuestar on the intellectual property covered by the patents," he said. "Parties operating Web sites, offering Web services or developing Web-based and WAP-based products and services need to be especially careful."

Vuestar said it does not intend to claim licensing fees from charities and government agencies. The company added that its patent extends beyond Singapore and to "several parts of the world".

According to Tan, Vuestar's patent--tagged under publication number 95940--appears also to have been granted in Australia, New Zealand and United States.

It is not clear how the company's patent will impact other visual search technology companies such as, which claims to have developed the "first true visual search engine".

Established in August 2004, also said it owns almost 12 patents in the areas of visual recognition and search.

Source: ZDNet Asia

See also: Singapore students learn about the birds and the bees!!!
And this: Singapore TV station fined for "positive" gay show...

Help me with my computer!!! Hilarious!

Aidez-moi avec mon ordinateur!!!

Internet Pornography Statistics...

The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink.

US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC.

( I don't know if these statistics are reliable but they are worth a look...)

Full statistics...

See also: Underage girls and the modelling/porn industry...
And this: Porn for the blind...
And this: Lasrado, the rise and fall of a porn king...

32,000 people in Japan committed suicide last year...

The number of people who committed suicide in 2007 is estimated to have topped the 30,000 mark for the 10th straight year despite a recovery in the economy, a tally based on police data showed Tuesday.
The data provided by the country's 47 prefectural police departments put the number of suicides last year at about 32,000. Some of the departments provided only general figures.

The National Police Agency is expected to release its own statistics around June. More...

See also: India: 16,000 students committed suicide in the last 3 years...
And this: The Japanese and suicide...
And this: Chen Si, the Good Samaritan of Nanjing Bridge...

Alisa Miller: Why we know less about the world...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Carter:Israel 'has 150 nuclear weapons...'

Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal.

The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s.

Mr Carter made his comments on Israel's weapons at a press conference at the annual literary Hay Festival in Wales.

He also described Israeli treatment of Palestinians as "one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth". More...

See also: Israel's strange coincidences...
And this: Gaza, a human and Palestinian tragedy...

Bhutan: Gross National Happiness vs Democracy...

WTF! Aid workers abusing,raping children..

Humanitarian aid workers and United Nation peacekeepers are sexually abusing small children in several war-ravaged and food-poor countries, a leading European charity has said.

Children as young as 6 have been forced to have sex with aid workers and peacekeepers in return for food a
In the report, "No One To Turn To" a 15-year-old girl from Haiti told researchers: "My friends and I were walking by the National Palace one evening when we encountered a couple of humanitarian men. The men called us over and showed us their penises. More...

See also: The Coltan War
And this: WTF! Couple abuse 4-month old baby! Are these really humans?

OMG! Pilots run out of fuel, pray, land near Jesus sign!!

t seemed like an almost literal answer to their prayers. When two New Zealand pilots ran out of fuel in a microlight airplane they offered prayers and were able to make an emergency landing in a field — coming to rest right next to a sign reading, "Jesus is Lord."

Grant Stubbs and Owen Wilson, both from the town of Blenheim on the country's South Island, were flying up the sloping valley of Pelorus Sound when the engine spluttered, coughed and died.

"My friend and I are both Christians so our immediate reaction in a life-threatening situation was to ask for God's help," Stubbs told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

He said he prayed during the ill-fated flight Sunday that the tiny craft would get over the top of a ridge and that they would find a landing site that was not too steep — or in the nearby sea.

Wilson said that the pair would have been in deep trouble if the fuel had run out five minutes earlier.

"If it had to run out, that was the place to be," he said. "There was an instantaneous answer to prayer as we crossed the ridge and there was an airfield — I didn't know it existed till then."

After Wilson glided the powerless craft to a landing on the grassy strip, the pair noticed they were beside a 20-foot-tall sign that read, "Jesus is Lord — The Bible."

"When we saw that, we started laughing," Stubbs said.

Nearby residents provided them with gas to fly the home-built plane back to base.

Source: Yahoo News

See also: OMG! What would Jesus d...
And this: The Pagan Christ and the Jesus that never existed...
And this: Jesus loves me?

U.S. soldier and Iraqi wrestling!!!

Amstetten: Kirstin Fritzl wakes up from coma...

THE 19-year-old daughter of a woman held captive in an underground dungeon in Austria for 24 years has woken from a coma.

Kerstin Fritzl had been in a coma since late last month after she was taken to hospital from the cellar she shared with her mother, Elisabeth, and two younger brothers.

The three children were fathered by Elisabeth's father Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned them in the dungeon beneath his family home.

Doctors had feared Kerstin might die when her organs began to fail earlier this month.

But they have now revealed that she opened her eyes at the weekend, sparking hope that she'll recover.

"In a world that was very dark, the Fritzls now have light,'' a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper in Britain.

"Elisabeth and family are very happy, but they know they mustn't get their hopes up too high.

"Kerstin's incredibly fragile. She'll be in bed a long time - probably months.''

The 19-year-old has not yet managed to speak to doctors or her family.

"She moves when she feels pressure on her skin,'' the source said.

"Everybody's crossing their fingers this recovery will continue but nobody can predict it.''

Authorities say Fritzl confessed to locking up his daughter Elisabeth for 24 years in the cellar below his home in Amstetten, Austria, repeatedly raping her and fathering seven children with her.

Investigators say he told them three of the children were raised in the cellar, three others were brought up above ground and one died in infancy.

DNA tests have confirmed Fritzl is the biological father of the six surviving children.

Source: Daily Telegraph

See also: Amstetten:Elisabeth Fritzl taught maths and grammar to her dungeon kids...
And this: Amstetten: police involved in the Fritzl case traumatised and in need of counselling...

Facebook: deux millions d'utilisateurs en France!

Près de 75 millions d'utilisateurs, 3 206 380 de plus depuis mon dernier relevé, il y a moins de 3 semaines, soit plus d'1 million de nouveaux adhérents au service chaque semaine ! Et quasiment 20 millions de plus depuis le début de l'année, ce qui corrobore une moyenne de 4 millions par mois, soit un taux de progression dépassant celui de MySpace, qui aurait probablement besoin d'un coup de jeune...

Deux millions d'utilisateurs en France, soit +6% des internautes français (moi qui pensais que le cap serait franchi fin juin - début juillet, mes prévisions sont pulvérisées) !

Voir aussi: Facebook: Fouad Mourtada gracié!
Et ceci: The Facebook Anthem! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Sarkozy : «Le problème d'Internet est considérable!»

« Le problème d'Internet est considérable. » L'opinion du président de la République sur le web a le mérite de la nuance. Lors de son intervention matinale sur RTL, Internet a été cité comme deuxième « cause » de la crise de la presse après la question des points de vente. Parce que, comme l'a expliqué Nicolas Sarkozy, le journal gratuit sur Internet, «c'est pas sain (...) comment voulez-vous que les gens achètent leurs journaux en kiosque s'il est gratuit sur Internet ? » Ben oui parce que, en Angleterre ou en Allemagne par exemple, ils vendent beaucoup plus de quotidiens et ils n'ont pas Internet. Ah si ? Bon, on m'aura mal renseigné...

En plus, sur Internet, y'a que des pédophiles...

Voir aussi: Blogs: le petit flic de Sarkozy...
Et ceci: Sarkozy en guerre contre les blogs?

Monday, May 26, 2008

What happens to a cell-phone in a micro-wave oven? Watch...

Posting your son on eBay is not a good idea..

Authorities in southern Germany have taken custody of a 7-month-old boy after his parents posted an ad on eBay offering to sell him for one euro, or about $1.60.

Police spokesman Peter Hieber says the baby was placed in the care of youth services in the southwestern Allgaeu region.

Hieber said on Saturday that the mother told police the Internet ad was only a joke. Authorities have begun an investigation into possible child trafficking against the parents.

No offers were made for the child in the two hours and 30 minutes the ad was posted. The Internet auction site deleted the posting later.

Several people who saw the ad alerted police.

Source: FoxNews

See also: Wenden: 3 dead babies in freezer!!
And this: Aussie seat belt situation: is a case of beer more important than a child?

Tony Blair jeered at Yale over Iraq war...

Tony Blair was left reeling last night after students disrupted his debut speech at Yale University to protest at his role in taking Britain and America to war in Iraq.

The former Prime Minister, who is normally immensely popular in the US for his support for President George W Bush's 'war on terror', faced an unexpected protest from anti-war protesters when he arrived to give his lecture at the Ivy League university.

Some smuggled banners bearing anti-war slogans into the venue which they held up as Mr Blair was speaking and when he had finished boos could be heard amid the applause.

Mr Blair's arrival was met by a small but vocal contingent of protestors waving placards that read "No to Blair" and "Yale! Don't Support a War Criminal", but police held them back from the ceremony, which was held in a large gated garden.

But as he took to the podium, Mr Blair, 54, was met with dozens of red signs that students had hidden under their graduation robes, reading "Peace Now" and "No War".

One student, a young woman wearing a headscarf, stood throughout the ceremony, holding a "Peace Now" sign above her head just 10ft in front of the former Prime Minister, who appeared to be doing his best to avoid looking at her. More...

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Castrillo de Murcia, Corpus Christi and jumping over babies...

Grown men have been leaping over rows of babies in the north Spanish village of Castrillo de Murcia in an annual rite meant to ward off the Devil.

Jumpers dressed as the Colacho, a character representing the Devil, bounded over clusters of bemused infants laid out on mattresses.

Nobody appeared to get hurt in this year's festive event.

Castrillo, near Burgos, has been holding the event since 1620 to mark the Catholic feast of Corpus Christi.

The feast is widely celebrated in Spain, often with processions and mystery plays.

Pageants can feature dancers depicting demons and angels or other characters.

Source: BBC

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Lucie Leprêtre: elle a 12 ans et elle publie un roman!

Paru il y a peu de temps aux Editions XO, "L’Envol de Petit Aigle" est le premier roman de Lucie Leprêtre, une toute jeune romancière de 12 ans. Avec ce premier ouvrage de 286 pages, Lucie Leprêtre, arrive dans la cour des auteurs qui écrivent des romans pour jeunes, à cette différence près, qu’elle a l’âge de ses lecteurs ! Une histoire sortie de son imagination dans laquelle elle narre les aventures de Petit Aigle, un personnage créé de toute pièce par Lucie qui en a fait son compagnon de tous les jours. Suite...

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Eurovision: is it talent that matters or biased voting?

It had all the usual ingredients. . . cheesy songs, strange costumes, waspish comments from Terry Wogan - and tactical voting.

Russian heartthrob Dima Bilan became the 2008 winner of the Eurovision Song Contest after many Eastern European countries awarded him the maximum 12 points, while Ukraine came second.

Saturday night's blatant bloc voting so upset presenter Wogan that he is wondering whether to quit the contest for good.

He had been rooting for Britain's entrant, former binman Andy Abraham, whose song Even If finished joint last with 14 points. Only San Marino and Ireland voted for him. More...

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Oh boy! The face of Jesus appears on a cider bottle!!!

As miracles go, it is hardly in the same league as turning water into wine.

But Michael Cartwright was still pretty impressed when Jesus appeared in the foil wrapping of his cider bottle down at the pub.

"When I saw it I got goose pimples," 35-year-old Mr Cartwright said yesterday. "I have no doubt it is the face of Jesus. You can even see his beard and hair."

Mr Cartwright, a taxi driver from Darlington, noticed the extraordinary image while drinking with a group of friends at his local, the Tanners Hall.

"As the barmaid removed the cap to the cider I suddenly realised what was staring back at me," he added.

One of Mr Cartwright's friends took a photograph. It was only the following morning that he realised how clear the image was. But by then it was too late to retrieve the bottle.

"It ended up getting collected by a barmaid when no one was paying attention and thrown away," said Mr Cartwright

"I'm not sure what message Jesus was sending and maybe now we'll never know."

Had they only held on to the bottle it could have been worth considerably more than the £2.49 it cost over the bar.

Four years ago on eBay, American Diana Duyser sold a piece of ten-year-old toasted cheese sandwich - which appeared to feature the face of the Virgin Mary - for £15,000.

Source: MailOnline

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Mexican donkey jailed for behaving like a jackass!!!

A Mexican donkey has been freed from jail after doing time for acting like a jackass.

The Televisa network on Wednesday showed Blacky gobbling food from a bucket after spending three days in a jail that normally holds people for public drunkenness and other disturbances.

Blacky was jailed for biting and kicking two men near a ranch outside Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the southern state of Chiapas.

Officials freed the donkey after its owner paid a fine of $36 and the $115 hospital bill of the men, who suffered bites to the chest and a broken ankle. Authorities say he also must pay $480 to each man for missed work days.

The victims said the donkey bit Genaro Vazquez, 63, in the chest on Sunday and then kicked 52-year-old Andres Hernandez as he tried to come to the rescue, fracturing his ankle.

"All of a sudden, the animal was on top of us like it was rabid," Hernandez said.

Police said it took a half-dozen men to control the enraged beast.

Chiapas police have thrown animals in the slammer before, including a bull that devoured corn crops and destroyed two wooden vending stands in March.

In 2006, a dog was locked up for 12 days after biting someone. His owners were fined $18.

Source: msnbc

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Unmarked chopper patrols New York City...

On a cloudless spring day, the NYPD helicopter soars over the city, its sights set on the Statue of Liberty.

A dramatic close-up of Lady Liberty's frozen gaze fills one of three flat-screen computer monitors mounted on a console. Hundreds of sightseers below are oblivious to the fact that a helicopter is peering down on them from a mile and a half away.

"They don't even know we're here," said crew chief John Diaz, speaking into a headset over the din of the aircraft's engine.

The helicopter's unmarked paint job belies what's inside: an arsenal of sophisticated surveillance and tracking equipment powerful enough to read license plates — or scan pedestrians' faces — from high above the nation's largest metropolis.

Police say the chopper's sweeps of landmarks and other potential targets are invaluable in helping guard against another terrorist attack, providing a see-but-avoid-being-seen advantage against bad guys.

"It looks like just another helicopter in the sky," said Assistant Police Chief Charles Kammerdener, who oversees the department's aviation unit. More...

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