Monday, June 30, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing Dr.Jimmy Page...

LED Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Surrey.

The rock legend accepted a Doctor of the University degree for his services to the music industry.

During the ceremony at Guildford Cathedral, Page also signed a guitar which will be put up as a competition prize at this year’s GuilFest.

The guitarist was born in Middlesex in 1944, and he grew up in Epsom where he developed a passion for both painting and music. 

Led Zeppelin's classic hit Stairway to Heaven was composed at Headley Grange near Hindhead.

The band drew on a range of influences to produce a string of legendary albums which have, to date, sold more than 300 million copies.

The enduring popularity of Led Zep was highlighted at last year’s reunion concert at The O2 arena in London.


See also: Are Led Zeppelin rip-off artists?

And this: Eric Clapton to perform in North Korea?

Busty silicone lady wants 9th. boob job!! Are they going to burst?

A HOUSEWIFE is getting her ninth boob job to take her to a GG cup, but can't find any surgeons in the US to carry out the op. 

Mum-of-one Sheyla Hershey, 28, is already a 34FFF and has a place in the record books due to her size. 

She carries more than two litres of silicone in her implants and has had eight ops in five years.

She reportedly said: "I think big boobies look beautiful. 

"I am just following my dream and I won't let anyone stop me." 

Sheyla, who lives in Texas, and is married to Derek, an American, plans to fly back to her native Brazil to get the op done. 

She cannot get them enlarged in the US beacause there are laws which limit the amount of silicone a person can have in each breast - making it illegal for her to have another op there. 

Dr Robert Rey, plastic surgeon to the stars allegedly warned her: "Your breasts could literally burst."


See also: 

  1. Donna Jones, Britain's biggest boobs: My life is hell...
  2. Can I squeeze your boobs? Hilarious!
  3. 99 words for bOObs! wOOw!
  4. Maxi Mounds: world's largest fake breasts!!! Oh boy!

Dubai's rotating skyscraper: a fraud?

Italian "architect" Dr. David Fisher is planning to build an 80-story building in Dubai with rotating floors that would give it an ever-changing shape. He also wants to build similar towers in Russia and New York. The building does look cool (if structurally dubious), but Fisher's credentials and experience leave something to be desired: Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and hasn't practiced architecture regularly in decades. But he insisted his lack of experience wouldn't stop him from completing the project, which has attracted top design talent, including Leslie E. Robertson, the structural engineer for the World Trade Center and the Shanghai World Financial Center. 

"I did not design skyscrapers, but I feel ready to do so," Fisher said.

That's a relief. And next comes the possibility that Fisher may be a fraud:

In a biography he had been distributing for months, he said...he received an honorary doctorate from "The Prodeo Institute at Columbia University in New York." No such institution exists, however, and Columbia said it had never awarded Fisher an honorary degree. 

Asked to explain the discrepancy, Fisher said, through his New York publicists, that he had been awarded the degree by the Catholic University of Rome during a ceremony in 1994 held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which is near Columbia's campus. 

Asked again to clarify the name of the school that conferred the degree, Fisher's publicists said in an e-mail that "Dr. Fisher did receive an honorary doctorate in Economics from Pre Deo University, but it has been removed from his bio because he wants to be entirely accurate and cannot be with this information."

Come again?


See also: Dynamic Architecture comes to Dubai...

And this: Dubai, dazzling the desert.

India's first gay pride parade...

Men wore sparkling saris, women wore rainbow boas and hundreds of people chanted for gay rights in three Indian cities Sunday in the largest display of gay pride in the deeply conservative country where homosexual acts are illegal.

Gay rights supporters took to the streets of Calcutta, Bangalore and New Delhi to call for an end to discrimination and push for acceptance in a society where intolerance is widespread.

"This is a national coming-out party," said Alok Gupta, a lawyer from Mumbai, as he stood among several hundred activists in New Delhi. "This is a simple thing: We are seeking the right to love." More...

Video here and images here...

Cyber-bullying, when the Internet becomes a weapon...

Cyber-bullying used to involve sending threatening texts or e-mails, but the class of 2008 are finding social networks to be a fertile, and occasionally dangerous breeding ground, as Ian Hardy found out.

It does not take much for a teenager's cyber universe to spin out of control. 

A fight at school, an online misunderstanding, and within minutes he or she can become the victim of a cyber-bully campaign, thanks to the fact that millions of children are connected by computers and gadgets. 

"Cyber-bullying is when one child or teen targets another for embarrassment, humiliation, fear, blackmail. Something designed to hurt the other using an interactive technology," said security, privacy and cyberspace lawyer and executive director of WiredSafety, Parry Aftab. 

"That's made a big difference because kids have learned that they can use the internet as a weapon." More...

See also: Wang Qianyuan: it used to be tars and feathers, but the mob can now lynch you on-line...

And this: Wang Qianyuan: A "traitor" speaks to the mob that is lynching her...

Microsoft to stop selling Windows XP...

Software giant Microsoft is to stop selling its XP operating system to retailers and computer makers this week, say reports.

The move, which will see retailers and computer makers having to buy the newer Windows Vista operating system for any new stock they order, comes despite protests from some PC users who prefer the older XP.

Existing computer hardware stocks running XP will be unaffected, and smaller retail outlets will still be able to sell XP until January.

A version of XP will also remain for the ASUS Eeee and other low-cost PCs.

Eventually though, customers who have a preference for Windows XP will have to buy Vista Ultimate or Vista Business and downgrade to the old system.


See also: Windows Special Pack 3 creating havoc...

And this: Windows 7 to be released next year?

George Carlin's 'art' was hardly 'routine...'

When I heard Monday morning that George Carlin died, not only was I saddened like so many other people, but I was suddenly 13 again. My mind immediately drifted to the summer of 1988 and I was tenting out with pals in the back yard.

We'd stay up late eating crunchy junk food, listening to ball games on the radio, talking about girls — you know, the kind of stuff 13-year-old boys do when confined to a zipped-up form of waterproof shelter made of canvas, plastic and metal poles. We also listened to comedy albums whenever we could get our hands on them.

When I was really young, we'd play Bill Cosby cassette tapes — that good, clean brand of humor that our parents wish was the only kind to which we were ever exposed.

Then I discovered George Carlin. More...

See also: George Carlin: I love people, I hate groups...

And this: Carlin denounces bullshit...

An alien radio signal from the planet Saturn?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spain are the 2008 Euro champions!!

Spain claimed their first major title for 44 years after winning Euro 2008 with a deserved victory over Germany.

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres was Spain's goal hero, striking after 33 minutes when he cleverly lifted Cesc Fabregas's pass over Jens Lehmann.

Spain dominated the final throughout, with Torres heading against the post and Marcos Senna within inches of adding a second after 80 minutes.

Michael Ballack came close for Germany, shooting narrowly wide after the break.


See also: Soccer more popular than sex! Erotic festival can't compete with Euro 08!!!

And this: This should piss off all soccer fans!! Hilarious!

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, an angel from Hell, says Christopher Hitchens...

South Koreans furious at U.S. beef imports...

America's chief diplomat found herself vouching for the purity of U.S. cattle Saturday, wading into a bitter trade dispute that for South Koreans has eclipsed the long-running drama over North Korea's nuclear activity and threatened the government of President Lee Myung-bak.

Just one day after the communist North demolished the most visible symbol of its nuclear programs, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice faced a barrage of questions about the safety of American steaks, chops and burgers. She had told reporters she hoped this issue would not distract from other matters.

"I want to assure everyone that American beef is safe," she told a news conference with South Korea's foreign minister, Yu Myung-hwan. "We will continue to work with you to have consumer confidence in that matter. We want there to be consumer confidence in American beef."

But Yu said the beef issue probably would not go away quickly.  More...

See also: Korea heading towards a multi-cultural future?

And this: Chilli: the biggest cow in the world?

And this: Black Day in South Korea! Hilarious!

The silent cell-phone holocaust?

Soccer more popular than sex! Erotic festival can't compete with Euro 08!!!

Spain's success at Euro 2008 hurt attendance at an erotic film festival which wrapped up Saturday in Madrid as its target audience -- men -- were glued to their television screens, organisers said.

About 15,000 people flocked to the three-day International Erotic Film Festival of Barcelona (FICEB), staged for the first time in the Spanish capital this year since it started being held in 1992.

Previous editions of the event, which features performances by buxom strippers and appearances by top porn stars, have drawn over 50,000 people.

FICEB director Juli Simon blamed the lower-than-expected turnout on the fact that the festival's opening day coincided with Spain's 3-0 Euro 2008 semi-final win over Russia which drew a record Spanish television audience of 17 million.

"Football is one of the few things that can compete with sex," he told private television station Telecinco.

Over 60 firms were represented at this year's edition of the film festival which featured live sex shows and an awards ceremony for different categories of pornographic films.

Porn director Pepe Catman filmed part of his latest film on Saturday at the festival with the participation of some members of the audience who paid 25 euros (40 dollars) to get into the festival grounds.

Spain will face Germany on Sunday in the Euro 2008 final. They last lifted the European Cup in 1964 with final victory over the former USSR in what was their only triumph at a major tournament to date.


See also: Magdalena Rouco Hernández and her uncle the Cardinal...

And this: Meet Savita Bhabhi, India's toon porn star...

And this: French actresses in the flesh! Delicious!

Lorsque Guantanamo Bay devient une comédie...

Ce film n’est pas une blague... Il existe véritablement et a été diffusé en juin 2008 dans 2 510 salles aux Etats-Unis.

Plongeons un moment dans la réalité de ce que vivent les prisonniers de la base militaire américaine de Guantanamo. Voici ce qui est arrivé dans la réalité à José Padilla, citoyen américain. "... José Padilla, citoyen américain et ex-membre d’un gang. Arrêté à l’aéroport O’Hare de Chicago en mai 2002, il fut accusé d’avoir eu l’intention de fabriquer une ’bombe sale’."

Au lieu de l’inculper et de le confier au système judiciaire, on le déclara "combattant ennemi", ce qui eut pour effet de le déposséder de tous ses droits. Padilla, détenu dans une prison de la marine américaine de Charleston, en Caroline du Sud, affirme qu’on lui a injecté une drogue, du LSD ou de la PCP, croit-il, et qu’il a été soumis à un intense régime de privation sensorielle. Il était gardé dans une cellule minuscule dont on avait obscurci les fenêtres, horloge et calendrier lui étaient interdits. S’il sortait de sa cellule, c’était les fers aux pieds, des lunettes noires sur les yeux et de lourds écouteurs sur les oreilles. Il fut gardé dans ces conditions pendant 1 307 jours. Pendant ce temps, il n’eut de contacts qu’avec ses interrogateurs, qui, pendant les séances, pilonnaient de lumières et de sons violents ses sens atrophiés par les privations." Suite...

Sexpresso stands bring in the customers!!!

It's a fad that's picking up steam in Snohomish County's hyper-competitive coffee market.

Espresso drive-through stands with bikini- and lingerie-sporting baristas are popping up from Monroe to Edmonds.

In the past year, at least six of these java joints employing provocatively dressed young women have opened in the county. 

A few owners of these roadside stands say business is so brisk, they're hiring more employees and have plans to open new locations.

"I brought a touch of Vegas back to Washington," said Bill Wheeler, who opened Grab 'N' Go Espresso on Highway 99 just south of Everett last year.

Wheeler says he aims to soon operate a dozen stands in Washington and Nevada, including one with male baristas in tight Speedos and bowties. More...

See also: How to eat at a Sushi bar! Hilarious!

And this: McDonald's and Customer Service ... in Russia!

Ian Usher has sold his 'entire life' for £192,000!!!

A Briton living in Australia has agreed a bid of more than £192,000 after putting his "entire life" up for sale following a split from his wife. 

Ian Usher, 44, who left Darlington six years ago, included his house, car, job and friends in the online eBay auction, in an effort to make a fresh start. 

The lot attracted a peak offer of 399,300 Australian dollars (£192,276) when bids closed early on Sunday. 

Despite expecting higher bids, Mr Usher said he had "no regrets". 

At one point offers on the "life lot" rocketed to over two million Australian dollars (£1m) within hours of the sale's start last Sunday. More...

See also: Ian Usher, the man who is auctioning off his life on eBay...

And this: Posting your son on eBay is not a good idea..

Ian Usher, l'homme qui vend sa vie sur eBay...

C'est quoi cette histoire?
Ian Usher, 44 ans, est un citoyen britannique qui vit, jusqu'à présent, en Australie. Il a pris la décision aujourd'hui de mettre ses biens et ses relations aux enchères sur Internet. Il espère collecter 500.000 dollars australiens.

Mais pourquoi??
Après le départ de sa femme, Laura, il trouve que sa vie a perdu "beaucoup de son sens" selon le JDD. Du coup, il veut recommencer une nouvelle vie, même si pour le moment, il sait pas trop laquelle...

Il vend quoi?
M. Usher qui réside à Perth, a promis à celui qui emportera la mise de lui présenter ses amis, de lui remettre sa maison d'une valeur de 420.000 dollars australiens et de lui faire partager ses loisirs. Le gagnant prendra aussi sa place à son travail dans un magasin de tapis, pour deux semaines dans un premier temps et plus si son patron y consent. En gros, il ne lui restera plus que son passeport, son portefeuille et les vêtements qu'il porte sur lui!

Et les enchères, ça marche?

Peu après le début dimanche des enchères prévues pour durer sept jours, une première offre de 300.100 dollars a été proposée sur eBay. En fin d'après-midi, une quarantaine d'offres avaient été déposées, la dernière atteignant 650.000 dollars australien. "J'ai débouché le champagne à 15 heures quand le seuil des 400.000 dollars a été dépassé", a déclaré M. Usher à l'agence de presse australienne AAP.

Le Post

Voir aussi: Donna, le bébé vendu aux enchères sur Internet...

Liverpool transport workers get ready for Beatles Day...

LIVERPOOL transport workers are the latest to get on board for destination Beatles Day.

Cabbies, bus drivers, train and ferry staff are all backing the fund-raising event which celebrates everything Fab Four.

Arriva bus drivers will wear Beatle wigs on July 10 and organisers of the day say they want to encourage passengers to do the same.

Nick Gordon from Arriva said: “Our drivers have big hearts and like a laugh and so they’re keen to wear the Beatles Day mop-tops to show their support for charity.

“We’ve arranged to have stock of the wigs in our depots so all our staff can join in.” More...

See also: July the 10th. is Beatles Day!!!

And this: Found: rare footage of the Beatles, to be called Mystery Tour Memories...

Bill Clinton: Obama must "kiss my ass..."

Mr Obama is expected to speak to Mr Clinton for the first time since he won the nomination in the next few days, but campaign insiders say that the former president's future campaign role is a "sticking point" in peace talks with Mrs Clinton's aides. 

The Telegraph has learned that the former president's rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronising attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence. 

A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could "kiss my ass" in return for his support. More...

See also: Not so long ago they were enemies!! Politics is bullshit!

And this: I am Hillary Clinton; vote for me!!!

If George Bush waves, would you wave back?

Ces deux gars n'ont rien à foutre de George Bush...

White Obama supporters take on "Hussein" as their own name...

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads.

With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name. 

The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.  More...

See also: Russians begin to name their babies after Euro 08 Russian footballers!!

And this: Which are the most popular names for babies in Milan?

Vista de Microsoft: le grand flop...

Même le plus grand géant informatique peut se planter. Vista, le système d'exploitation que Windows a lancé, il y a un an et demi, est un échec. Les consommateurs ne tarissent pas de reproches à son égard: «Après la mise à jour du Pack 1 de Vista, je ne fais que de rencontrer des problèmes, je ne retrouve aucun de mes téléchargements dans mon ordi, programme de m... L'ordi va pas tarder à passer par la fenêtre...» «Je ne supporte plus cette daube qui plante sans arrêt! Qu'on vienne me débarrasser de ce fléau, je n'en peux plus!» «Je me retrouve coincé avec Vista qui ne veut pas installer mes jeux, et qui ne veut pas lire mes films. J'aurais mieux fait de ne pas investir.» Les commentaires de nombreux internautes sont éloquents.

Quant aux entreprises, elles préfèrent dans leur majorité conserver XP, la version précédente. XP qui devait disparaître dès demain, mais que Microsoft a décidé de prolonger.  Suite...

Voir aussi: Microsoft Vista et les ronchonneurs

Et ceci: Genève: les écoles vont abandonner Windows pour Linux!!

UBS: rachat par une banque étrangère?

Cette semaine, l'avenir d'UBS a encore fait couler pas mal d'encre. Une rumeur, sortie dans le New York Post mercredi, a couru que la première banque suisse aurait fait appel à la banque d'affaires franco-américaine Lazard afin de procéder à une revue stratégique de ses activités.

«Il s'agit d'un bilan des activités de la banque et d'une projection de leur rentabilité. On regarde si les objectifs pour les différents départements sont remplis. Si ce n'est pas le cas, la banque choisit alors de garder ou non l'activité», explique Michel Juvet, directeur des analyses financières chez Bordier & Cie.

Mais d'autres rumeurs plus radicales circulent. Tout d'abord, le rachat possible par une banque étrangère. Cela pourrait arriver mais l'heure n'a pas encore sonné. «Plus la valeur d'une société baisse, plus elle attire les prédateurs, rappelle Michel Juvet. Toutefois, racheter une banque de cette envergure aujourd'hui n'est pas évident car il faut trouver le financement.» Suite...

Voir aussi: La vieille dame et la banque…

Et ceci: UBS: les clients se vengent...

Et ceci: UBS: aucun risque de faillites...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

England's 1966 World Cup victory was fixed???

English football is used to the occasional peculiar outburst from FIFA president Sepp Blatter but now his predecessor claims the 1966 World Cup was fixed, with the help of bent match officials.

English football has clung to the glorious memory of that Wembley triumph but former FIFA boss Joao Havelange suggests in an outrageous newspaper interview that the tournament was rigged as part of a dastardly conspiracy to deny his country, Brazil.

At 92, Havelange can be forgiven for eccentricity but in an interview with Folhahe oversteps the mark. England beat Germany 4-2 in extra time in the final, while Brazil failed to progress beyond the group stages.

Havelange seems to point the finger at referees, saying: 'English referees were used in the games between Brazil and Portugal and Brazil and Hungary. The Germany v Uruguay game also had an English ref and England vArgentina had a German ref.

'They had German and English referees in the Brazil games. Isn't this strange? The same happened in Germany in 1974.'

With Brazil winning the World Cup in 1962 in Chile and Mexico in 1970, Havelange — FIFA president between 1974 and 1998 — believes there was a conspiracy in the intervening years to break Brazil's domination.

Mail Online

See also:  This should piss off all soccer fans!! Hilarious!

And this:  I'm not bribable,says Blatter...

This should piss off all soccer fans!! Hilarious!

Hoot! Hoot! On holiday in Brussels last weekend, I was walking contentedly along a quiet street in the late evening when - Hoot! Hoot! - one car after - Honk! Honk! - another rattled by, each one jam-packed with oversized people thrusting themselves out of the windows and roofs, waving scarves and hands and yelling triumphantly.

When cars honk and hoot and drunks squeeze out of car windows and scream, you can be sure that football is in the air. It turned out that we were in the middle of something called Euro 2008. Turkey had been playing Croatia, or Russia had been playing Spain, or Italy had been playing the Netherlands, or any combination of the above. The fat people in the cars were taking the credit; however blubbery or oafish, football supporters always like to take credit for their team's victory. More...

See also: Austrian women streak to victory in topless match!!!

And this: Calling all men who don't like soccer: you will ... after watching this!!!

And this: If only soccer were this sexy...

World's top 10 intellectuals are Muslims...

The bimonthly US international affairs journal Foreign Policy has just published a survey of the world’s top 20 public intellectuals and the first 10 are all Muslims. 

Fethullah Gülen, who heads a network of schools and media that is probably the world’s largest moderate Muslim movement, came first. 

Other Muslim religious personalities made the top 10 — weekly preacher on al-Jazeera satellite television Youssef al-Qaradawi (3rd), popular Egyptian television preacher Amr Khaled (6th), Iranian reformist theologian Abdolkarim Soroush (7th), and Swiss-born scholar Tariq Ramadan (8th). 

Second was Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi economist who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for the microcredit project run by his Grameen Bank. 

Several top-tenners besides Yunus made the list for their secular work. 

Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish novelist who won the 2006 Nobel Prize for literature, came in fourth. Next was Aitzaz Ahsan, the Lahore lawyer whose lawyers’ protest movement is possibly the strongest voice of secular civil society in Pakistan. Ninth and tenth places went to Ugandan-born cultural anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani and Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian human rights lawyer who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. More...

See also: From Satanic Verses to Sir Salman Rushdie... 

And this: Pray less, work more, says Muslim preacher...

And this: Arabic woman chastises Muslims and Islam on Al-Jaseerah...

Found: rare footage of the Beatles, to be called Mystery Tour Memories...

A rare film of The Beatles visiting Plymouth during the making of The Magical Mystery Tour, has been brought to light.

The footage, shot in colour on grainy 8mm film, shows John, Paul, George and Ringo alighting from their bright yellow tour bus and walking the coastline in 1967.

“They were quite happy to relax and talk to people; the days of ‘Beatlemania’ were long gone,” said David Lambert, film producer for Arthouse Pictures. 

“I think it was George who said ‘As long as people don’t want to scream at us and pull our hair out and take our clothes off, we are quite happy to sit and talk to them.”

It is thought the footage was recorded by holiday makers. It will form part of a new documentary called Mystery Tour Memories.

See also: July the 10th. is Beatles Day!!!

And this: The Beatles and Norwegian Wood...

And this: The Beatles sing about a girl...

Lancia Delta commercial with Richard Gere and Tibetan kids angers China...

Une pub de Lancia Delta avec Richard Gere and les enfants tibetans irrite les chinois...

The best countries for business...

What do LEGOs, Nokia and 18th century political economist Adam Smith have in common? All three show why Denmark has become the best country in the world for business.

Speaking two decades before The Wealth of Nations was published in 1776, Smith said, "Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace, easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice: all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things."

If ever there was a system that made following Smith's recipe look easy, it's the Danish economy's mix of low inflation and low unemployment, emphasis on entrepreneurship and lower taxes. These qualities combined with high marks for innovation and technological savvy lift Denmark to the top of our third annual ranking of the Best Countries for Business (formerly the Forbes Capital Hospitality Index). More...

See also: Lonely Planet's 10 best cities for food...

And this: The world's best place to live in is ... Zurich!!

And this: The world's best airports...and they are all in Asia!!

Chinese woman rescues 100 quake dogs...

The white short-haired mutt was found dragging his crushed hind legs through rubble-clogged streets after the massive earthquake devastated China's Sichuan province.

The shy terrier mix was lucky to live through the May 12 quake that killed nearly 70,000 people. He was even more fortunate to survive the squads of police and soldiers who were gunning down homeless canines for fear they would spread disease in the disaster's aftermath.

But his luckiest day was when he was picked up by Chen Yunlian. More...

See also: The pig that was found alive ... 36 days after the China quake...

And this: China quake: Runner Fan explains why he abandonned his students...

Some rarely seen photos of Elvis...

Quelques photos d'Elvis rarement vues. Cliquez ici...

Rarely seen photos of Elvis. Click here...

Voir aussi/See also: Elvis Presley:"You were always on my mind".

And this: Elvis ... the early days.

And this: The Great Elvis and Suspicious Minds...

The world is awesome! Boom De Yada!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Nestlé: «un monstre irresponsable» selon le leader des Beastie Boys...

Le leader du groupe Beastie Boys, Adam Yauch, n'y va pas par quatre chemins: il accuse Nestlé d'être «un monstre irresponsable».

Suite à la projection au Festival de Nantucket du film documentaire «Flow» dont sa société se charge de la distribution, MCA, le rappeur du groupe Beastie Boys, dont le vrai nom est Adam Yauch, a déchaîné la colère de dirigeants américains de Nestlé. Les auteurs de ce film accusent expressément le géant de Vevey d'épuiser des réserves d'eau destinées à l'agriculture et d'être à l'origine de la privatisation du secteur du ravitaillement de l'eau. Pepsi et Coca-Cola sont également montrés du doigt dans ce pamphlet.

Plutôt que de se rétracter, le rappeur en a rajouté une louche en déclarant lors d'une interview accordée dans la foulée au New York Post, que les bouteilles de Nestlé avaient de graves conséquences pour l'environnement. Et de conclure: «Nestle met de jolies images de forêts et de paysages ensoleillés sur leurs bouteilles, mais grâce à ce film, ils devront donner des réponses. Je pense que c'est très bien comme ça. Ils font main basse sur l'eau comme si c'était un produit qu'ils peuvent acheter et vendre. C'est terrifiant».

«Flow» devrait sortir sur les écrans aux Etats-Unis au mois de septembre. Aucune date de sortie n'est prévue pour l'instant en Suisse.

Voir aussi: De l'eau, vous en buvez beacoup? Et bien, ce n'est pas la peine...

Et ceci: Haro sur l'eau en bouteille. N'en buvez plus!!!

New-born baby's homecoming, and setting a coconut on fire!!

A coconut was set on fire during a traditional naming ritual for a new baby, sparking a blaze inside the family's apartment and sending the 5-day old infant to the hospital in respiratory distress.

The fire started at about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday in the apartment at 802 Forest View Drive in Avenel, said fire official Cory Spillar. Pinkal Gandhi, his wife Pinal Gandhi, and some family members had filled a coconut with cotton, poured vegetable oil inside and lit it as a candle. It quickly caught on fire and spread to the hardwood floor.

Spillar stressed that this type of ritual is dangerous and should never be conducted indoors.

"Vegetable oil can ignite very rapidly and cotton is also very ignitable," Spillar said. "The fire really took off, especially on the hardwood floor, which has lacquer on it."

The family extinguished the blaze by the time firefighters arrived a few minutes later. But heavy smoke filled the apartment, causing the baby to cough and cry. The boy, Rayan Gandhi, was taken to JFK Medical Center in Edison and was released Thursday morning, Spillar said.

No other apartments in the 12-unit building were damaged. The hardwood floor in the family's master bedroom was damaged by the fire, and the apartment sustained minor smoke damage, Spillar said.

No charges have been filed, but the incident is still under investigation.


See also: Baby born with penis on his back!!!

And this: The baby and the snake!WTF!

And this: Castrillo de Murcia, Corpus Christi and jumping over babies...

And this: WTF! Infants thrown off roofs to thank God!!! WTF!!

If you hate cops, don't shoot a film with your 12-year-old son and post it on YouTube!!!

It took just a few weeks for Andre Moore to go from YouTube to the slammer.

Members of the state attorney general's Gun Violence Task Force announced Moore's abrupt career change yesterday morning by smashing a battering ram through the door of his West Philadelphia apartment.

The 44-year-old was arrested for calling for the murder of 18th District police officers in a video titled "Dissin' Philly Cops" that he posted on YouTube on June 6, law-enforcement officials said.

Moore, who's now been suspended from his job as a security guard at Albert Einstein Medical Center, was less than subtle in his performance.

While waving a gun through the air, Moore said, "I rejoice whenever they shoot a cop in Philadelphia because I hate them," according to a court affidavit containing a transcript of the video.

Later on, he offered instructions on to how to murder cops: "All we need is a Colt .275 to do it. Look, it's easy. You got the chamber, let it go off . . . anywhere in the head or heart . . . continue killing the 18th District police."

The officials said that Moore's 12-year-old son, Andre Jr., filmed the volatile video, and another underage relative held a gun in a second video that Moore posted on YouTube using the screen name "lildre502."

The videos are no longer available on YouTube.

Moore's wife, Tamara, expressed outrage over the incident during a phone interview last night.

"I knew nothing about any of this," she said. "Me, my son and our family are very much humiliated by the act Andre did.

"Whatever happens to him, happens. My job is being jeopardized because of this."

Investigators said that District Attorney Lynne Abraham and state Attorney General Tom Corbett became aware of the videos about two weeks ago.

They charged Moore with aggravated assault, corruption of minors, terroristic threats and harassment.

"Obviously, the charges could be challenged in court, but that's out of our hands," said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore. "You have rights, but that doesn't mean you can say something like this."

According to court records, Moore was sentenced to five years' probation in 1994 after pleading guilty to charges of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct stemming from an arrest the previous year.

An Einstein spokesman said last night that he had "no knowledge" of Moore's criminal history. The hospital has suspended Moore, pending further investigation, he said.

Police officials were further irked by the fact that Moore worked at the same hospital where Officer Chuck Cassidy died last November after he was shot interrupting a robbery.

"It's a shame he was able to work in a place where one of our officers was taken," said FOP president John McNesby. "He's scum of the earth, and there's not much more you can say about it than that."

See also: Russian cop takes a bribe and then shares it...

And this: Philadelphia cops involved in taped beatings to be fired...

And this: The Cop, Culture, and People Power (Must see)

1969, Woodstock, et il y avait un certain Jimi Hendrix...

Ah Woodstock... Ses kilomètres de mèches capillaires et ses valises de drogues en tout genre...

Qui n'a jamais rêvé d'être suffisamment vieux pour s'être trouvé dans l'état de New York en ce mois d'août 1969 ? Dans cette zone classée sinistrée en cours de festival, dégoulinante de paix, de liberté et de fraternité...

Sommet du mouvement hippie et de l'anti-conformisme des années 60, la liste des acteurs du plus célèbre des regroupements de musique reste encore aujourd'hui impressionnante : Jeff Beck, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, The Who, Grateful Dead... Même The Doors aurait du être de la partie si Jim Morrison n'était pas alors en procès pour atteinte à la pudeur. Mais le clou du spectacle résidait bien dans la venue du Voodoo Child, chargé de porter le coup de grâce devant un parterre de près de 500 000 spectateurs - dont la majorité ne payèrent pas les 18$ d'entrée de l'époque. De ce concert devant clôturer l'évènement (Hendrix était programmé le dimanche soir à minuit) ne restera qu'une cerise sur le gâteau pour les plus courageux. La faute à la forte affluence et à un cruel manque d'organisation, obligeant Jimi Hendrix et ses acolytes à patienter toute la nuit pour ne monter sur scène que le lendemain au petit matin, devant ce qu'il restait du public c'est à dire quelque 30 000 personnes. Suite...

America's Got Talent 2008: Russian Bar Trio! Wow!

Condamnation à la perpétuité pour le triple assassinat de Vevey...

Le Tribunal criminel de Vevey (VD) a condamné vendredi à la perpétuité l'homme qui comparaissait pour avoir tué sa mère, une amie de celle-ci et sa sœur. Il a retenu le mobile financier avancé par l'accusation. La défense va faire appel.

L'accusé a agi "comme un meurtrier en série. Sa culpabilité est suprême", a déclaré le président de la Cour Marc Pellet. La réclusion à vie doit être prononcée, a-t-il ajouté après avoir écarté toutes les autres pistes pour expliquer les trois morts survenues le 24 décembre 2005 à Vevey.

La Cour a suivi le Ministère public sauf sur un point. Alors que le procureur général du canton de Vaud Eric Cottier avait parlé de trois assassinats, le tribunal a retenu le meurtre de la mère, soit sans préméditation, et l'assassinat des deux autres personnes. Suite...

Voir aussi: La tragédie de Vevey: «un accident qui a mal tourné» ...

Et ceci: Suisse:Le drame de Vevey livrera-t-il ses secrets devant la Cour?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sewage Plant to be named after George Bush??!!

Reagan has his highways. Lincoln has his memorial. Washington has the capital (and a state, too). But President Bush may soon be the sole president to have a memorial named after him that you can contribute to from the bathroom.

From the Department of Damned-With-Faint-Praise, a group going by the regal-sounding name of the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is planning to ask voters here to change the name of a prize-winning water treatment plant on the shoreline to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

The plan, naturally hatched in a bar, would place a vote on the November ballot to provide “an appropriate honor for a truly unique president.” 

Supporters say that they have plenty of signatures to qualify the initiative and that the renaming would fit in a long and proud American tradition of poking political figures in the eye. 

“Most politicians tend to be narcissistic and egomaniacs,” said Brian McConnell, an organizer who regularly suits up as Uncle Sam to solicit signatures. “So it is important for satirists to help define their history rather than letting them define their own history.” 

Not surprisingly, those Republicans in a city that voted 83 percent Democratic in 2004 are not thrilled with the idea. Howard Epstein, chairman of the ever-outnumbered San Francisco Republican Party, called the initiative “an abuse of process.”

“You got a bunch of guys drunk who came up with an idea,” Mr. Epstein said, “and want to put on the ballot as a big joke without regard to the city’s governance or cost.” 

The renaming would take effect on Jan. 20, when the new president is sworn in. And regardless of the measure’s outcome, supporters plan to commemorate the inaugural with a synchronized flush of hundreds of thousands of San Francisco toilets, an action that would send a flood of water toward the plant, now called the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant. 

“It’s a way of doing something physical that’s mentally freeing,” said Stacey Reineccius, 45, a software consultant and entrepreneur who supports the plan. “It’s a weird thing, but it’s true.”

New York Times

See also: Thai school introduces toilets for transvestite students...

And this: Shit Happens!!!

And this: Stuck to the toilet seat for ... 2 years?

Steve Spangler and walking on corn starch...

Poor Hugh Hefner, suffering from back pains after rustling around with all those playmates!!!

Hugh Hefner says he suffers from back problems because he spends too much time in bed "rustling around with friends".

The 82-year-old Playboy tycoon - who lives with three girlfriends at the infamous Playboy mansion in Los Angeles - is renowned for his womanising ways, but says his bedroom activities have caused him health problems.

He told "I have some aches and pains and I have had lower back problems since the 80s. Too much time in bed rustling around with friends!"

Hugh also revealed his family were against him starting his Playboy empire, but he decided to go against their wishes because it was his dream.

He added: "I've pursued my own personal dreams from the very beginning. I'm a romantic and always have been that way. I dreamed impossible dreams when I was a kid.

"I was raised in a very typical Midwestern Methodist home with a lot of repression. There weren't a lot of hugs and kisses in my home, and I charted my own course."

See also: Playboy? Fine, but no nudes please!

And this: The Onion and the Naked Woman...

Brazilian prisoners use pigeons to smuggle in drugs!!!

A sharp increase in drugs and cellphones found inside a Brazilian prison mystified officials -- until guards spotted some distressed pigeons struggling to stay airborne.

Inmates at the prison in Marilia, Sao Paulo state had been training carrier pigeons to smuggle in goods using cell phone sized pouches on their backs, a low-tech but ingenious way of skipping the high-tech security that visitors faced.

"We have sophisticated equipment to search people when they go in, but they avoided this by finding another way to bring in cellphones and drugs," prison director Luciano Gamateli told Globo TV.

Officials said the pigeons, bred and trained inside the prison, lived on the jail's roof, where prisoners would take their deliveries before smuggling the birds out again through friends and family.

The scheme was uncovered when guards on the prison walls saw some pigeons struggling to fly.

Brazil's overcrowded prisons have notoriously lax security, with cell-phone and drug use common among inmates. Two years ago, a powerful Sao Paulo prison gang used cell-phones to orchestrate a wave of attacks against police and public property.

See also: Singaporean gets 14 years in prison for sniffing armpits...

And this: Burmese prisoners executed during cyclone....

Is Ronald Reagan hinting about the presence of an alien force on this planet?

Premier procès pour excision en Suisse: deux ans avec sursis requis...

Le Ministère public zurichois a requis deux ans de prison avec sursis, jeudi, lors du premier procès en Suisse pour une affaire de mutilation génitale féminine commises sur sol helvétique. Les parents de la jeune fille ont évolué, a fait valoir le procureur.

Venus de Somalie en Suisse dans les années 90, les parents ont reconnu avoir fait exciser leur fille à l'âge de deux ans en 1996 à leur domicile dans l'Oberland zurichois. Ils ne savaient pas que cette mutilation tombait sous le coup de la loi dans leur pays d'accueil, leur a concédé le procureur. 
Ils auraient toutefois pu s'en informer, a-t-il fait valoir. Désormais, la famille est beaucoup mieux intégrée. Une peine ferme déchirerait la famille et ne ferait que punir la victime, aujourd'hui âgée de 14 ans, qui vit avec ses parents.

Sur le banc des accusés, les parents ont assuré avoir beaucoup appris depuis les faits qui leur sont reprochés. Ils savent maintenant que les mutilations génitales féminines ne sont pas imposées par l'islam, leur religion. Les deux soeurs cadettes de la victimes n'ont ainsi pas été excisées. 
Le couple est inculpé de lésion corporelle grave. Ce délit peut valoir jusqu'à dix ans de prison.

Tribune de Genève

Voir aussi: Un premier procès pour excision va avoir lieu en Suisse...

Pink: Dear Mr.President

Pilots in India, and the alcohol problem...

Around 50 pilots each year in India are being grounded because they had consumed alcohol before taking a flight, the country's civil aviation authorities said Tuesday.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a body controlling airline operations in India, said dozens of pilots are found to have consumed alcohol during routine pre-medical tests every year.

India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world with dozens of new airlines competing with each other everyday, often resulting in pilots forced to fly at short notices.

The country has about 4,500-5,000 commercial pilots, and another 2,500 are undergoing training.

Civil aviation rules specify that pilots and cabin crew cannot consume alcohol 12 hours before taking a flight.

"We do catch pilots who had taken alcohol routinely and so does the airlines," Kanu Gohain, a top DGCA official told Reuters Tuesday.

"We have strict guidelines for alcohol intake and any operating crew is pulled up immediately, and the airlines too can punish crew members," he said by telephone from Mumbai.

A pilot can be grounded for three months and he can lose his license if he repeats the mistake again, Gohain added.

A flight from India's capital to the eastern city of Patna was cancelled Saturday after a routine medical test on crew members revealed the pilot had consumed alcohol.


See also: OMG! Air India pilots fall asleep and miss destination!!!

And this: The Ballad of the Drunks...

Nous aimons notre fille ... et sa femme!!

Are phone masts the cause of the suicides in Bridgend?

Dr Roger Coghill, who sits on a Government advisory committee on mobile radiation, has discovered that all 22 youngsters who have killed themselves in Bridgend, South Wales, over the past 18 months lived far closer than average to a mast.

He has examined worldwide studies linking proximity of masts to depression. Dr Coghill’s work is likely to trigger alarm and lead to closer scrutiny of the safety of masts, which are frequently sited on public buildings such as schools and hospitals.

It is also likely to fuel more campaigns against placing masts close to public places on health grounds.

Dr Coghill said last night there was strong circumstantial evidence that the masts may have triggered depression in those from Bridgend who took their lives.

They include Kelly Stephenson, 20, who hanged herself from a shower rail in February this year while on holiday in Folkestone, Kent. More...

See also: Mobile phone mast causes 14 cancer deaths...

And this: What's going on in Bridgend?

George Carlin: I love people, I hate groups...

The death of comedian George Carlin came as a shock. Not because I knew him personally, but as a visceral reaction to the end of an era, the era of my childhood. I am a baby boomer, born in the 50's and coming of age in the 60's and 70's. Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: that great cultural leap off of the cliff like a horde of burnt out lemmings. This was the age in which dogma was criticized and overthrown: mass protest brought the Vietnam War to an end, women's liberation, and civil rights stepped to the forefront of public consciousness. A vigilant media, tired of the lies of Richard Nixon, effectively brought his Presidency to an end. The state was staggered with body blows and sent reeling against the ropes.

George Carlin owed his livelihood to his unique ability in skewering the dogma of conventional wisdom on prime time in front of millions. We all knew what he was against, and as such he was one of us, a David throwing rocks at Goliath. As a man of little formal education, which is to say he did not have a PhD from an important school in an important discipline, Carlin was able for more than 40 years to identify the big lie and how it masquerades behind the mask of scientistic and legalistic façade. Dogma to Carlin was a dragon to be slain whenever and wherever it reared its noxious head. More...

See also: We'll miss you, George Calin!

And this: George Carlin is dead!!! Rest in peace, brother...

WTF!Bush flies into Heathrow, pisses off 40,000 passengers!!!

British Airways has criticised Heathrow owner BAA for allowing George Bush to fly into the UK's biggest airport, forcing the cancellation of at least 69 flights and disrupting the travel plans of 40,000 passengers.

Willie Walsh, BA chief executive, said he was angry that the presidential entourage, which included two Boeing 747 jets and four helicopters, caused chaos 10 days ago as runways were closed and planes grounded. "The decision to allow President Bush and his fleet of aircraft to fly into Heathrow rather than a military base was one all of Heathrow's users could have done without," he said. "I am also angry that this was allowed."

Walsh said the disruption began two days before the president's visit on June 15 and lasted for the two days that his party stayed in the UK. Heathrow was reduced to one working runway for 30 minutes on June 15 and 16, after its other runway was closed temporarily for the arrival and departure of Air Force One. More...

See also: More than 100 homeless people live at Heathrow...

And this: Afghan plane hijacker working as a cleaner ... at Heathrow!!!

OMG! Air India pilots fall asleep and miss destination!!!

An Air India Jaipur-Mumbai flight flew well past its destination with both its pilots fatigued and fast asleep in the cockpit. When the pilots were finally woken up by anxious Mumbai air traffic controllers, the plane was about half way to Goa.

This nap in the sky took place about a fortnight ago on the domestic leg of a Dubai-Jaipur-Mumbai flight — IC 612 — which had about 100 passengers on board. "The plane took off from Dubai at 1.35am IST and then from Jaipur at 7am. After operating an overnight flight, fatigue levels peak, and so the pilots dozed off after taking off from Jaipur," said a source. 

The flight schedules of pilots prior to this flight is not known. More...

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

And this: Swiss Air Force pilots in action! Wow!

Le monde est plein de choses bizarres et étranges…

The world is full of strange and weird things...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

From Satanic Verses to Sir Salman Rushdie...

Queen Elizabeth II conferred a knighthood on "The Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie on Wednesday, a year after the announcement of the knighthood provoked protests from the Muslim world.

Some Muslims accused Rushdie him of blasphemy in the book and Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini pronounced a death sentence on him in 1989.

"I really have no regrets about any of my work," Rushdie told reporters after being asked about "The Satanic Verses."

"This is, as I say, an honor not for any specific book but for a very long career in writing and I'm happy to see that recognized," he said.

Rushdie, 61, published his first novel, "Grimus," in 1975.

Success came with his next book, "Midnight's Children," which won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981.

Rushdie was forced to accept round-the-clock protection after "The Satanic Verses," was published in 1988. The Iranian government withdrew the death sentence in 1998 and Rushdie has gradually returned to public life.

"It's been a long time — my first novel was published 33 years ago but I think the thing you hope to do as a writer is leave behind a shelf of interesting books and it's great just to have that work recognized," Rushdie told reporters.

He added: "At this stage ,you know, it's certainly not a day to talk about controversy, it's a day for myself and my family to celebrate this."


See also: Book burning? In the 21st. century?

And this: Beware of what you read; you might offend someone...

If you're going to Dubai, read this first...

Travellers to the United Arab Emirates are being warned about its severe drug laws which have seen dozens detained for apparently minor offences. 

Fair Trials International said arrests were being made over tiny quantities of drugs and over-the-counter medicines. 

British tourist Keith Brown was sentenced to four years in prison after Dubai customs officers found a 0.003g trace of cannabis stuck to his shoe. 

Fair Trials, a legal charity, said it has seen a steep rise in such cases.

Possession of painkillers like codeine and some cold and flu medication could result in a mandatory four-year prison sentence, Fair Trials International said. 

In one of the most extreme cases, it reported a man being held after poppy seeds from a bread roll were found on his clothes. More...

See also: Dubai's Palm Jumeirah: wonder or blunder?

And this: You can be arrested in Dubai for "a speck of dirt"...

And this: The dark side of Dubai...

Russians begin to name their babies after Euro 08 Russian footballers!!

After Russia’s landmark victory in the quarterfinals of Euro-2008 Football Championship many parents started to name their newborns in honors of Russian football stars. Two couples, whose baby-boys were born on June 22, named their sons in honor of the Russian head coach, Guus Hiddink. Others decide to name their boys after footballers Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin, who scored goals during the game with Holland.

Two families from Russia’s Novosibirsk and Sverdlovsk regions named their newborn boys Guus, after Guus Hiddink. These were the only two occurrences when parents decided to name their boys so. However, many other football fans who became parents after Russia’s victory in the quarterfinals, decided to name their baby-boys Andrei, in honor of the Russian forward Andrei Arshavin, who had already become one of the stars of the current championship. This name became most popular in St. Petersburg. Twelve babies were named so in the city last week. More...

See also: Which are the most popular names for babies in Milan?

And this: Scolari: Euro is World Cup without Brazil and Argentina...

Latvian group Melo-M & Intars Busulis sing "Ghost Busters!!!"

Who cares about Equatorial Guinea? Or its president Teodoro Obiang?

A pop quiz: Who is the worst dictator in Africa?

a) Robert Mugabe
b) Robert Mugabe
c) Robert Mugabe
d) None of the above

The answer seems obvious. Thanks to extensive coverage in the news media and abundant criticism by Western governments, everyone knows that Zimbabwe's leader is trying to hang onto power by crushing his rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, who would roll to victory in the final round of elections on June 27 if his followers were not being killed, beaten, jailed, or harassed by state thugs. Even President George W. Bush described Mugabe's rule as a "nightmare." More...

See also: WTF! Albinos are being murdered in Tanzania...

And this: Gambian president threatens to "cut off the heads" of gays...

Les données personnelles de 500.000 Allemands sur le web!!!

Le magazine allemand Das Spiegel nous apprend que 500.000 personnes outre-Rhin ont vu leurs données personnelles publiées sur le web (nom, prénom, religion, adresse, photo du passeport, ...).

L'entreprise HSH, chargée de la sécurisation de ces données informatiques, aurait ainsi commis l'erreur d'avoir laissé sur une page Web le nom d'utilisateur et le mot de passe permettant d'accéder aux fameuses données sensibles.


Le Post

Voir aussi: La version ultime de Big Brother est planifiée pour 2010!

Chantal Sébire : même morte, on l’emmerde…

Chantal Sébire souffrait d'une tumeur incurable qui lui déformait le visage. Plus de 3 mois après sa mort, une enquête préliminaire pour "provocation au suicide" a été ouverte, vendredi 20 juin, par le parquet de Dijon

Le Post a contacté son médecin, Emmanuel Debost, qui est favorable à l'euthanasie. Point par point, il revient sur les éléments qui doivent être examinés par les enquêteurs.

La mystérieuse disparition de scellés à l'hôpital de Dijon qui ont permis d'établir le suicide de la malade, il y a quelques semaines.

"Je suis sans voix. Je ne vois pas l'intérêt de faire disparaître de tels éléments étant donné que le suicide de ma patiente a été établit. (...) C'est probablement une disparition accidentelle. Quelqu'un a pu effacer les fichiers en faisant une fausse manip'... Cela peut arriver." Suite...

Voir aussi: Chantal Sébire est morte! L’Etat désavoué… 

Et ceci: L'Etat et le droit de mourir...

The pig that was found alive ... 36 days after the China quake...

A pig that survived for 36 days buried beneath rubble in quake-hit southwest China on a diet of charcoal has been hailed by state press as a symbol of the will to stay alive. 

The pig, who weighed nearly 330lbs at the time of the earthquake on May 12, had lost two-thirds of its weight when found last week, the Chongqing Evening Post said.

"It didn't look like a pig at all when it was saved. It was as thin as a goat!" a witness told Xinhua, the state news agency.

The one-year-old pig survived on water and a bag of charcoal that had been buried alongside it in the ruins of Pengzhou city, in Sichuan province.

Although charcoal has no nutritional value, it is not toxic either and it filled the pig up, the newspaper said.

The curator of the local Jianchuan Museum has already bought the pig for 3,008 yuan (£218). The price was originally 3,000 yuan, with an extra eight yuan added "for good luck".

The museum will keep it for the rest of its life "as a living symbol of the earthquake disaster" and has named the animal "Zhu Jianqiang," which means "Strong Pig".

Its original owner, Wan Xingming, had given up the beast for dead, but when he heard that soldiers were going to clean up the rubble around his house on June 17, he rushed back to warn them that the dead pig could be infectious.

That is when the skinny porker was pulled out of the rubble.

Nearly 88,000 people were left dead or missing following the quake, the biggest earthquake disaster to hit China in three decades.

See also: Cinders, the pig that's afraid of mud!!!

And this: Looking for a new kind of pet? How about a mini pig?..

WTF! What a sneaky f... goal!!!

Bordel! C'est quoi pour un but!!! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The French and the Carla effect...

The French are different from you and me.

Yes, they have Sarkozy.

And they have Carla.

And they have “the Carla effect,” as it’s known in Paris. 

If an American first lady, or would-be first lady, described herself as a “tamer of men” and had a “man-eating” past filled with naked pictures, Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, sultry prone CD covers, breaking up marriages, bragging that she believes in polygamy and polyandry rather than monogamy, and having a son with a married philosopher whose father she had had an affair with, it would take more than an appearance on “The View” to sweeten her image. More...

See also: Meet Mara Carfagna, Italy's new Equal Oppurtunities Minister...

And this: French actresses in the flesh! Delicious!

The 'lost' tribe that wasn't that lost...

They are the amazing pictures that were beamed around the globe: a handful of warriors from an 'undiscovered tribe' in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Peruvian border brandishing bows and arrows at the aircraft that photographed them.

Or so the story was told and sold. But it has now emerged that, far from being unknown, the tribe's existence has been noted since 1910 and the mission to photograph them was undertaken in order to prove that 'uncontacted' tribes still existed in an area endangered by the menace of the logging industry.

The disclosures have been made by the man behind the pictures, José Carlos Meirelles, 61, one of the handful of sertanistas – experts on indigenous tribes – working for the Brazilian Indian Protection Agency, Funai, which is dedicated to searching out remote tribes and protecting them.

In his first interviews since the disclosure of the tribe's existence, Meirelles described how he found the group, detailed how they lived and how he planned the publicity to protect them and other tribes in similar danger of losing the habitat in which they have flourished for hundreds of years. More...

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

And this: Hakani: children buried alive in the Amazon. WTF!