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Wednesday, February 02, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. So the big question on everybody's lips...
Second D.J.: on their chapped lips...
First D.J.: ...their chapped lips is, "Does Phil feel lucky?" Punksatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...

[IN UNISON]: GROUNDHOG DAY!!!

The real Punxsutawney Phil has been called the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary. In fact, he's only right about 40 percent of the time. Nevertheless, tens of thousands will make the journey to Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World." All of which is really beside the point, because the event has been dwarfed by the movie.

This is o­ne time where the internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather.

Last Sunday, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the politcal spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabs the cover of the latest National Review. Goldberg writes: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research — how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? — I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. In addition the examples given in that article, another can be found in today's Christian Science Monitor.

Don't drive angry!

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

[UPDATE: This morning, Punxsutawney Phil's handlers said the groundhog has seen his shadow -- which legend has it signals six more weeks of winter.]

So I'm a sucker for lists - sue meON THE PITCHFORK: Their Top 100 Singles: 2000-04 Some will be familiar, some might become new favorites. They also link to the contributors' personal lists, so you can avoid the folks who were kind to Britney and Justin. ALSO: A big thumbs-up (of course) to the new compilation of singles by Super Furry Animals. They're Welsh, y'know.

ROBERT POLLARD is not slowing down; just take a gander at his planned projects for 2005 -- including a GbV book by former GbV bassist and rock critic Jim Greer.

IRAQ ELECTION REAX: Leaders Say Vote Decides Equality for Iraqi Women.

Cowards picked o­ne without the Kung Fu gripIRAQI TERRORISTS TAKE ACTION FIGURE HOSTAGE, hoaxing both the Associated Press and Reuters.

AL-JAZEERA IS GOING PUBLIC: The Qatar-based TV net is (as noted yesterday) o­ne of the top brands in the world, but despite gaining as many as 40 million viewers daily, it's not making money. Andy Borowitz jokes that Fox News could buy it.

BLOGS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT: Anastasia Goodstein's Ypulse blog has become a must-read for those into youth culture, from Seventeen's Atoosa Rubenstein to youth ministers and librarians, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle.

Be careful when you eat at Satriale'sFUHGEDDABOUTIT: A&E bids a record 2.5 million bucks per episode to broadcast edited versions of The Sopranos. The Emmy-winning mob drama will begin o­n the basic cable network in fall 2006. A&E will have to sell a lot of commercials to pay that tab, but I imagine an edited Sopranos episode will leave plenty of time for commercial breaks.

SUPER BOWL: The New York Post previews the much-anticipated advertising. Meanwhile, Editor and Publisher chats up the four ink-stained wretches who have covered all 38 Super Bowls.

COUPLES MAGAZINES may be the new trend in the post-Maxim era.

JACKO JUSTICE: The Los Angeles Times reports that Santa Barbara County is asking news organizations covering the Michael Jackson trial to pay the expenses the county will incur through having all that media to deal with.

GLOBAL WARMING may be responsible for the evolution of bats 50 million years ago.

OUTKAST has finished shooting o­n a movie musical.

Where have you gone, J.J. Jackson?THE TWO-HEADED DOG: A sign of the apocolypse? It's the new logo for MTV2, so you be the judge. Both MTV and MTV2 will preview the new MTV2 during the halftime show at the Super Bowl. The new faster-paced network will officially launch at midnight following the game. Apparently, MTV is not catering enough to an short attention spans.

ROY ORBISON: I don't know what Roy would have thought about a trove of stories about being wrapped in "clingfilm." Perhaps "Only The Lonely?"

DOODLES FROM DAVOS: Scribbled notes were found on British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s desk following last week’s International Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Experts drooled over what the notes, squares, circles and jottings revealed about his personality. Graphologist Emma Bache concluded Mr Blair was "slightly out of control, very frustrated and stressed", and that the doodles suggested "more than a hint of megalomania". Psychologist Elaine Quigley said the notes showed that Mr Blair was "struggling to concentrate and his mind is going everywhere".

The doodles were actually created by Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates, who had been sitting with Blair and Bono. Draw your own conclusions.

THE LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: In the year since the controversial CAN-SPAM Act went into effect, the quantity of junk e-mail has increased by a third, now comprising about 80 percent of all e-mail. The FTC is working o­n closing loopholes in the law. I wouldn't hold my breath.

SCENES FROM AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT: As imagined by Jeff Goldstein.

TEEN VOGUE: Gawker notices something kinda creepy about the cover, particularly for a mag aimed at girls.

THE STATE OF DISNEY: ESPN and theme parks boosted Disney earnings to 723 million dollars last quarter, but profits from home video plummeted.

BRAD-JEN BREAKUP AFTERMATH: The Pittston split leaves Ali G homeless. I hope he captured that o­n video.

Just a head shot? What was I thinking?TERI HATCHER: The Desperate Housewife clarifies that her breasts are real, knowing that Seinfeld fans will fill in the "spectacular" part themselves.

THAT AND 15.6 MILLION DOLLARS will get you a cup of coffee.

I HAVE NO IDEA whether this story about the Orange Revolution in Ukraine is true. Indeed, I would take it with a shaker full of salt. But it would make a good movie!

NIH STUDY: The part of the human brain governing risk-taking does not fully mature until age 25. Every auto insurance company in the world knows this, but it's nice to have some science behind it, I guess.

STEREOGUM can't get the image of clay Lionel Richie out of his head.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

I got your numberPOPMATTERS interviews Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis.

ON THE PITCHFORK: Wire is set to release another archival CD/DVD set, this time covering their recent output.

COACHELLA: After bringing the reunited Stooges in 2003 and helping the Pixies reunite in 2004, Coachella will host Bauhaus and Cocteau Twins this year.

POLICE BLOTTER: Stuart Copeland and his former partner Andy Summers will be walking their old beat again, but with Incubus, not der Stingle.

I STRIKE AGAIN, WITH MORE COWBELL! To know me is to know that I enjoy a good cowbell, particularly in the summer. So when I read someone talkin' 'bout Christopher Walken o­n their TV screen, I cannot help myself.

CAFFEINATED BEER: the poor man's speedball!

DAD READS THE DAILY POOP, MOMMY SHAKES HER HEAD: One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them, according to a survey being released today.

IRAQ ELECTION REAX: Washington Post foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid was asked in an o­nline chat: "What surprised you most o­n election day?" His reply: "My biggest surprise was the way voting surged through the day in Baghdad..." That inspires confidence that the WaPo has its finger o­n the pulse of Iraq, eh?

Check those Parsons photosJAM! previews Back To Me, the sophomore disc from alt.country Canuck Kathleen Edwards, due out March 1. She will be hitting Dave Letterman's show for the release. I noticed her o­n the PPV tribute to Gram Parsons organized by Keith Richards, Lord of the Undead. You can hear a few cuts from her debut, Failer, at the Rounder Records site, including "One More Song the Radio Won't Like." A bit too self-deprecating, methinks.

BOB MOULD plans to release an album called Body of Song this summer, his first solo release since 2002's Modulate, a project that opposed his loud, guitar-rock roots. He still tours solo, but has shifted his focus toward producing electronica and house music.

BLOG LAUNCHES: Nick Denton's Gawker Media, which produces Gizmodo, Gawker, Defamer and other blogs occasionally linked here, has launched Lifehacker -- covering useful software downloads-- and Gridskipper -- covering travel, both in the Gawker Media style. Where else can you learn whether the recent tsunami has affected sex tourism to Bangkok?

LARA FLYNN BOYLE has been accused of stripping nude and trying to seduce a fellow passenger during a recent first-class flight to London. A shocked witness adds, "People recognised she was Lara Flynn Boyle and saw her popping pills o­n board early in the flight.

TARA REID has been reduced to soliciting 60-second videos of men for potential dates o­n Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. The New York Daily News twists the knife by referring to Reid as "[t]he newly buxom actress."

Did they airbrush the cover photo?NEWBEAUTY is a newly-launched magazine offering news, advice and advances regarding age-fighting beauty products, laser surgery, facelifts, Botox, cosmetic dentistry, dermatology, liposuction and breast augmentation. Maybe they can sell subscriptions to newly buxom actresses.

LEGALIZED PROSTITUTION UPDATE: New Zealand Sex Workers Get Ergonomics Guidelines. So much for the Kama Sutra.

RODNEY DANGERFIELD gets no respect, even now.

BLACK DAYS AT BLACK ROCK: New York magazine reports that "[i]nside CBS News, the rage over the handling of the National Guard fiasco o­nly deepens." The article makes Dan Rather and Andrew Hayward out to be more culpable for the scandal than they would have the public believe. ALSO: The New York Post's "Page Six" dishes that Mary Mapes, the o­nly CBS News staffer fired in the wake of Memogate, may be about to spill her guts to Diane Sawyer or Barbara Walters.

APPLE TOPS THE CHART: After a two-year hiatus Apple has returned to win the 2004 Readers’ Choice Awards for the brand with the most global impact — a title held by Google since 2002. Rounding out the top five 2004 Global Brands is a surprise winner: the Arab-focused, 24-hour news source Al Jazeera.

PODCASTING: Later this winter, former MTV VJ Adam Curry and partners plan to launch a podcasting network, offering an edited selection of the web's best dispatches and tools for neophytes to create their own casts.

Would you allow your kids to spend the night at Mike's house?THE JACKSON 12 will soon be selected, as Michael Jackson heads toward a trial o­n child molestation charges. The Toronto Star had some choice material:

[B]eing stuck in adolescence is not grounds for conviction, warns Tom Lyon, a University of Southern California law professor and expert in child molestation cases. "He could be a serial pedophile for all we know. But the fact that he's kind to children or that he likes to play children's games doesn't suggest that he's going to molest kids," said Lyon. "That's more a reflection that stereotypically, men are uninterested in kids." o­n the other hand, "As many people love Michael Jackson, you say `Would you allow your kids to spend the night at Mike's house?' I think those that say yes are probably lying," said Vibe magazine writer Cheo Hodari Coker.

The article also discusses the importance of venue selection and the race card as compared to the O.J. Simpson trial. Perhaps Michael will be asked to try o­n his o­ne glove in court...

Another important factor is jury selection, which the prosecution botched in the O.J. case. It looks like that topic will be covered at the brand new Jury Blog.

WARD CHURCHILL UPDATE: The embattled University of Colorado professor released a statement defending his controversial essay concerning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks o­n the United States, but also resigned his post of chairman of the ethnic studies program because he did not want the attention focused o­n him to reflect o­n fellow department members.

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Monday, January 31, 2005 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

Break out the strange brewCREAM REUNION SET FOR MAY at the Royal Albert Hall, according to Jack Bruce.

RYAN ADAMS will be releasing three albums in 2005. Some samples from o­ne of the records can be heard o­n his website.

ROBERT POLLARD AND TODD TOBIAS announce a second Circus Devils disc for 2005.

CROOKED TIMBER recently had a Friday Fun Thread" asking readers to suggest songs that should have been hits, but were not. Ken King will be glad to note "Big Bird" was suggested; you'll undoubtedly see a few of your favorites as well.

BARRY WILLIAMS, A/K/A GREG BRADY, a/k/a Johnny Bravo, is getting divorced again.

SUNDANCE FILM FEST screens were awash in all kinds of bodily fluids, as audiences were treated to graphic scenes of rape, castration, dismemberment and sex acts that crossed the threshold of almost every imaginable taboo - sometimes by performers who will be too young to attend these movies when (or if) they make it into theaters.

STAR WARS EPISODE III: THE REVENGE OF THE SITH: The "crawl" at the beginning of the movie that sets the scene for the end of the saga is officially public.

IRAQ ELECTION REAX: Regardless of o­ne's position o­n the invasion of Iraq, I think most feel glad that the election went off without major incidents or attacks. The Arab street was split, but mesmerized, according to the Associated Press. Some in Europe were outright against the election, as this photo demonstrates. Jeralyn Merritt rounds up blogger reactions to the election, both here and in Iraq. Andrew Sullivan printed an e-mail from a war critic that raised some interesting points.

Aside from the Sunni triangle, the Iraqis turned out by the millions, walking for miles (some o­n crutches) and looked pretty happy. Some of what comes next was covered in my weekend update below, but even if Sunnis are under-represented in the drafting of a new constitution, the interim constitution provides that the new o­ne can be vetoed by three provinces, which helps ensure that Sunnis will be part of the process.

IRAQIS BITTERLY DIVIDED OVER OSCAR NOMINATIONS: Sunnis May Sit Out Awards Night, U.S. Fears.

CLINT EASTWOOD takes the Directors Guild of America award for best director. Marty Scorsese sweats. I thought Million Dollar Baby was a better picture (and better directed) than The Aviator, though it was also far more heart-rending.

SPACE-AGE ROBOT GUIDE DOGS for the blind. Which would also be a good band name.

I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE MOVIE about the man who urinated his way out of avalanche.

BEN FOLDS LEAVES SHATNER BEHIND, starts making real music again. Actually, that's not my headline. I would note that Shatner's disc got generally good reviews. Besides, no o­ne leaves Shatner behind.

Not unlike John BarleycornJIM CAPALDI, a founding member of Traffic, is dead of stomach cancer at the age of 60.

RAY PETERSON, who hit the top ten with "Tell Laura I Love Her" in 1960, died last Tuesday in Smyrna, Tennessee.

KIM JONG IL, last seen in Team America: World Police, may be seeing his regime unravel in slow motion, according to the London Sunday Times.

A DOWNSIDE OF LEGALIZED PROSTITUTION: A 25-year-old woman who turned down a job providing "sexual services'' at a brothel in Berlin faces possible cuts to her unemployment benefit under laws introduced this year, according to the London Telegraph

WISCONSIN ELECTION FOLLOW-UP: According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, city officials said Thursday that 1,305 same-day voter registration cards from the Nov. 2 election could not be processed, including more than 500 cases where voters listed no address and dozens more where no name was written o­n the card. This number was far lower than previous estimates of 8,300 or more, but raised new concerns, because it leaves a clear gap of more than 7,000 people who voted o­n Nov. 2 and cannot be accounted for in city records.

Even a broken clock, or a crazy o­neCELEBRITY CATFIGHT AT DAVOS? Sharon Stone raised $1 million in five minutes o­n Friday for mosquito nets in Tanzania, turning a panel o­n African poverty into an impromptu fund-raiser. In the audience was Angelina Jolie, who has been a U.N. goodwill ambassador for refugee issues for four years. Jolie later said she thought it was "wonderful" what Stone had done." Jeffrey D. Sachs, who is leading U.N. anti-poverty efforts and who was speaking when Stone stood up, said before the session he intends to meet with bed net manufacturers to speed up production. "There's actually donor money coming in, but there's a bottleneck in production because there are o­nly two or three companies right now that really have this technology to make these high-quality nets," he told The Associated Press. That may explain why Jolie said o­n Saturday that celebrities grandstanding as advocates of the poor can do more harm than good. "I think you can do damage," Jolie said. "Celebrities have a responsibility to know absolutely what they're talking about, and to be in it for the long run."

RELATED STORY? Angelina Jolie gave Brad Pitt a vial of dried bat.

OIL-FOR-FOOD SCANDAL: Kojo Annan, son of the U.N. Secretary-General has admitted he was involved in negotiations to sell millions of barrels of Iraqi oil under the auspices of Saddam Hussein. He is understood to be co-operating with UN investigators probing the discredited oil for food programme.

RAY CHARLES WAS GREAT, but what about Esref Armagan? His paintings aren't masterpieces, but amazing when you consider he has been blind since birth.

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Sunday, January 30, 2005 - 12:00 AM
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Karl

IRAQ PRE-ELECTION NEWS has a short shelf life, so I thought I would post some links while they were still fresh:

Insurgent attacks have climbed ahead of the vote starting tonight. The New York Times reported Friday that voters in Mosul may need cover provided by coalition snipers. Things seem better, though still dodgy, in Samarra. Iraqi officials on Friday announced the capture of three leading members of the insurgent group headed by Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Multinational forces also captured about 20 other insurgents elsewhere around Iraq. The country seems gripped with voting fever, according to the London Times. The same seems to be true for Iraqi expats: An Iraqi-Canadian man from Winnipeg drove 14 hours to Calgary this week to cast a ballot in his homeland's general election. For Radhi Aljanabi, one calculation of the price of freedom is $600 in expenses and the body-stiffening inconvenience of a long drive from Massachussetts to suburban Washington this weekend to vote. For years, the thousands of Kurds living in Nashville have blended into the city's immigrant community, but now they are in the spotlight. In Australia, across the road from a polling station, a small group of protesters from the World Communist Party assembled to demonstrate against the elections. They later started photographing voters and became violent. All of which is a little odd, once you learn that Communists are running in Iraq.

If you want to get the opinions of Americans in Iraq, you can read one from Thomas Foreman, or this unknown soldier. You can also find a ton of links to soldiers' blogs through The Mudville Gazette. Bear in mind that a soldier's politics may not match yours; forewarned is forearmed (though not as armed as they are).

If you want to read what Iraqi bloggers are thinking, you could do worse than the links rounded up by Jeff Jarvis at BuzzMachine. After all, this story should be focused on the Iraqis.

And what might the outcome of the election be? Larry Kaplan at The New Republic thinks the result will not be "small-l" liberal:
"The most important such edict, issued by the country's senior-most Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, urges Shia to vote next week for the United Iraqi Alliance slate of candidates, headed up by Abdul Aziz Al Hakim, a conservative cleric with close ties to Iran. The signature proposals of many candidates on the Sistani list span the entire spectrum of illiberalism, from rolling back women's rights to stipulating in the constitution that Iraq be an Islamic state."

In contrast, Amir Taheri thinks Iraq may vote for gridlock and that the Sistani slate is not that dangerous:
"The fact that Grand Ayatollah Ali Muhammed Sistani has effectively endorsed a single list of candidates (which is expected to win as many as 120 seats) must not be seen as a sectarian move — this "Shiite" list includes at least 30 Sunnis. Other "Shiite" seats will likely include 16 or so won by supporters of the Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick mullah. More than half of the 12 seats likely won by the Iraqi Communist Party (People's Unity) will also go to Shiites — militantly anti-clerical ones."

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Friday, January 28, 2005 - 06:00 AM
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Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...but what about Radio K?

ALT-RADIO: The Big Ticket is all over the debut of "The Current," KCMP 89.3 in Mpls, the first two hours of which included Earlimart, Jim White, Ani DiFranco, Luna, Hank Williams, The Replacements, Iron & Wine, Johnny Cash, Death Cab, Wilco, Patsy Cline, Frou Frou, The Arcade Fire and a set featuring !!! ("Hello, Is This Thing o­n?") into The Jam ("Going Underground") into Dylan ("Subterranean Homesick Blues") into Radiohead ("Subterranean Homesick Alien"). There are also links to streams of the station, MP3s of a couple of songs played, an eight hour playlist and more.

WILCO UPDATE: Rolling Stone reports that the songs o­n the expanded version of A Ghost is Born (noted here yesterday) will be available for those who bought the original via downloads at the band's website. So this expansion is just cool, not annoying.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS are working o­n a new album, according their post at Matador. Check out their unintentional influences.

You'll have to scroll down for the bikini shotEVA LONGORIA: If she ever gets bumped off of Desperate Housewives, she could probably get her own reality show... on cable or pay-per-view.

SPECIAL TSUNAMI FARES! Singapore Airlines has second thoughts about its promotion, complete with an ad showing people fleeing a giant wave. Or would that be first thoughts?

PAUL GIAMATTI OSCAR SNUB: I may not like the snub, but it's great fodder for Uncle Grambo at Whatevs.org. Uncle G has a style all his own.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN: "The whole culture is in the craphouse." Hoffman said he had stopped working a few years back because he had "lost the spark I always had." But he shouldn't feel too guilty over Meet the Fockers: more than o­ne critic thought he was o­ne of best things in it.

"BRING OUT YOUR DEAD..." "I'm not dead yet..."

IRAQ ELECTION: It has already started... in Australia. The Wall Street Journal has an interactive guide, covering vote estimates, security issues, the structure of the new government, key politicians and parties and more. The Arab press seems more optimistic about the election and Iraq's future than Arabic-language papers in Britain. For that matter, it seems more optimistic than Reuters, which begins its coverage with a prediction: "The United States is likely to latch on to any sign of success in Sunday's Iraqi national election amid increasing momentum for the earliest possible withdrawal of American troops." The Reuters article goes on to discuss suggestions from Rep. Marty Meehan and Sen. Ted Kennedy (both D-MA) to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. However, it must be noted that both see the bulk of any withdrawal occurring in 2006 -- by which time the stress on U.S. troop rotation would probably require some drawdown anyway.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY touts software that translates color into sound for the blind. Those with sight can get their synthesesia from hallucinogens.

9/11? WE ASKED FOR IT, according to University of Colorado Professor Ward Churchill.

MOJO draws up a list of Top 100 Soundtracks.

Memorex fansASHLEE SIMPSON'S PHONY BUZZ is exposed o­n Metafilter.

OPEN SOURCE BIOLOGY: The Biological Innovation for Open Society and Science Commons want to give scientists free access to the latest methods in biotechnology through the web. BIOS will soon launch an open-source platform that promises to free up rights to patented DNA sequences and the methods needed to manipulate biological material.

ANIMAL-HUMAN HYBRIDS spark controversy. Some will ask, "What is the Law?"

MP3s: Now with surround sound.

EX-LIBERTINES FRONT MAN PETE DOHERTY now has an ex-galpal: Kate Moss. So he'll have more time to work o­n the crack and heroin addictions.

COLDPLAY is investigating the leak of its new stuff o­n the internet. No Rock 'n' Roll Fun already has a theory, but not o­ne Mr. Paltrow will like.

THE UNITED NATIONS is taking credit for Australian and U.S. tsunami relief, according to the Diplomad.

THE BBC COVERS THE BLOGGIES... but without any hyperlinks, so you would have to go to the Bloggies site, which works o­nly sporadically due to bandwidth limits.

THE BBC IS BIASED in its coverage of the European Union, according to an independent report commissioned by the BBC's Board of Governors. It said BBC impartiality had been undermined by "an institutional mindset, a tendency to polarise and over-simplify issues, a measure of ignorance of the European Union o­n the part of some journalists and a failure to report issues that ought to be reported, perhaps out of a belief they are not sufficiently entertaining." Also: "We were asked whether the BBC is systematically europhile. If systematic means deliberate, conscious bias with a directive from the top, an internal system or a conspiracy, we have not found a systematic bias. But we do think there is a serious problem. Although the BBC wishes to be impartial in its news coverage of the EU, it is not succeeding."

WHY THIS BOOK REVIEW? Only because I liked the contact info in the tag line.

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