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Juliana Hatfield, Bob Dylan, Harry Potter, Tr2n, Pet Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JULIANA HATFIELD talks to Paste about her upcoming tenth solo record, How to Walk Away,  and her upcoming memoir, When I Grow Up. My fave Hatfield track may still be "My Sister."

MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO & SOS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter -- all previously unreleased.

THE HOLD STEADY plays darts, pool and more against VBS.tv. Stay for the surprise ending.

BOB DYLAN is getting ready to release Tell Tale Signs, a double album of rarities and uncollected tracks from the last two decades. And he's offering a free download of the unreleased 1997 track "Dreamin' of You" from his website.

THE WALKMEN are offering a five-dollar pre-release download of their upcoming album; "all donations go to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor of Luca Vasallo, a friend to the band and a current patient who is seven months old and doing a great job fighting a very difficult disease," Walkmen member Peter Bauer is quoted as saying in a press release.  The album is streaming this week at Spinner.

M83 carries its 80s vibe into the new video for "Kim & Jessie."GRIZZLY BEAR frontman Ed Droste talks recording and gardening with Drowned In Sound.

ROAD TRIP: The World Cafe's David Dye presents songs for stops along the way, streaming via NPR.

VETIVER is profiled briefly in the Hartford Courant over the band's new Thing of the Past, a collection of covers of such songwriters as Townes Van Zandt, Norman Greenbaum, and Loudon Wainwright III.

THE GREATS OF '68:  The Broward-Palm Beach New Times surveys the musical impact of the summer after the Summer of Love, 40 years later.

SHEARWATER vocalist-guitarist Jonathan Meiburg talks to Straight about the brevity of the Rook LP.

HARRY POTTER  and the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: The trailer is here.  It debut sin theaters Friday before The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.

SHIA LeBEOUF has been deemed not at fault by authorities in an early-morning accident in Los Angeles that resulted in his DUI bust and hand surgery.

AMY WINEHOUSE was discharged from the hospital Tuesday morning after receiving emergency treatment for a adverse reaction to 'medication'. Her father blamed the scare on a mistake with her prescription pills, saying: 'She's fine, she just mixed up her medication.'

BRITNEY SPEARS signed up to a 22K-a-month diet and exercise regime after her bloated tummy sparked pregnancy rumours earlier this year, according to a report.

MAD MEN:  The Season 2 premiere drew nearly 2 million viewers, more than double last season's average.  Creator Matthew Weiner talks to The A.V. Club, while featured actress Elisabeth Moss talks to McClatchy.

TR2N footage was unveiled at Comic-Con.  Here's the bootleg video.  Both links have a spoiler.  I was uninterested, but now I'm intrigued.

DAN QUAYLE: The former Vice President of the United States is "on the short list" of potential stars for the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars," according to online sources.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad told foreign ministers of the Nonaligned Movement meeting in Tehran that "The big powers are going down... They have come to the end of their power, and the world is on the verge of entering a new, promising era."  Israeli defense officials speculate that recent talks the US held with Iran are aimed at creating legitimacy for a potential attack against Iranian nuclear facilities. Iran seeks closer ties with Syria in countering external threats.

IRAQ: US and Iraqi forces launched a new operation Tuesday aimed at clearing AQI from the volatile Diyala province, considered the last major insurgent safe haven near the capital. A curfew was imposed across the province as troops and police started deploying in the regional capital, Baquba. Iraq's Christians have taken up arms and formed new militias in a desperate effort to defend their beleaguered communities from an onslaught by Islamic extremists. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's militia network have a "martyrs' list" of at least three dozen senior members killed in slayings or fighting since last summer and nearly 60 others detained. Overall violence in Iraq is declining to almost "normal" levels, Gen. Petraeus told USA Today.

WILLIE BEAN ROSCOE P. COLTRANE is running for mayor in Fairhope, Alabama.  he is considered a long shot because he missed the July 15 qualifying deadline and must run as a write-in candidate.

IT TAKES A COW to power the village in a competition to build a £6m sustainable village in Lawrenny, Britain.

PET SHARKS hit a rough patch in the UK. A live shark was stolen from a garden in Farnborough, Hampshire, over the weekend.  Two pet sharks were killed in a car crash in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, which also injured a parrot.

CATS & DOGS? It's the owners who are at war with each other.

ANIMALS THAT LIKE TO GET DRUNK, courtesy of Scientific American.

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New Releases, Tom Waits, She & Him, Whale Flatulence   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK BRUCE wants more Cream reunion gigs. Me too! And a good excuse to relink the clip for the fab "I Feel Free."

NEW RELEASES: Dr. Dog, Pas/Cal, The Walkmen, the Rumble Strips, Neil Halstead and more are streaming in full via Spinner this week.

TOM WAITS: The legendary singer-songwriter played the historic Fox Theater in Atlanta on July 5th; the whole gig is streaming via NPR now.

DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO reveal the details of their first collaboration in nearly 30 years.

BOWERBIRDS are profiled in the Boston Globe as the trio leaves their nest this summer with the rerelease of their debut album, Hymns for a Dark Horse.

SHE & HIM charm the crowd at MTV Canada with renditions of Smokey Robinson's "You Really Got A Hold On Me," plus "Black Hole," and "Change Is Hard."  It's like Twofer Tuesday, but one more. PLUS: M Ward talks to the Philadelphia Weekly.

THE ROLLING STONES are suing their new label.

SILVER JEWS mastermind David Berman talks to Crawdaddy about the upcoming album: "Because awe can be fearful or joyful, there's so much more range from that point of view, as opposed to the coldly rational one that keeps us alive on the inner rings. So I would say that part of the time with Tanglewood Numbers, and more fully on this one, I've been working in a day-to-day state of awe, or at least close enough to let me work underneath its light."

BLACK KIDS: The New York Press documents a case study of blog buzz and blog backlash.

CONSTANTINES frontman Bryan Webb talks to Pitchfork about changing labels, changing technology, and the difference between hate and anger.

AMY WINEHOUSE was rushed to the emergency room of a London hospital Monday, supposedly after suffering a reaction to "medication" at home.

SHIA LeBEOUF's Transformers co-star Isabel Lucas, 23, was a passenger when he rolled his truck and got busted for DUI, a second source tells US Weekly.

REBECCA ROMIJN & JERRY O'CONNELL are expecting twins, their rep confirms to People magazine.

MARIA BELLO, who is taking the female lead in the new Mummy flick is engaged to her boyfriend, whom she discusses (plus more) in a profile for Page Six magazine.  A good reminder to see The Cooler, if you haven't already.

ROSIE O' DONNELL is in active talks with NBC to return to television with her own weekly primetime variety show.  Or is she a fallback if Leno defects entirely to ABC when his Tonight Show gig ends?  Roger Friedman reports it's serious, and O'Donnell could feature all kinds of acts -- from comedy to drama to music -- live from a Broadway theater.

MADONNA looks like Gollum, palns to renew her marraige vows with hubby Guy Ritchie.

RYAN SEACREST was bitten by a shark. And he seems surprised that he was singled out.

KELSEY GRAMMER has been hospitalized in New York.

IRAN: Pres.Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began an interview with NBC's Brian Williams with "a prayer for the emergence of the 12th imam."  So keep in mind that devout Shi'ite Muslims believe the 12th Imam will only return after a period of cosmic chaos, war and bloodshed.  No wonder the Counter-terrorism Blog's  Victor Comras is not sold by Ahmadinejad's soft talk. Meanwhile, Iran has become the main transit route for militants trying to join insurgents in Afghanistan, an Afghan government daily said yesterday.

IRAQ: AQI conducted two successful strikes in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk, with female suicide bombers killing at least 70 and wounding more than 300, mostly women and children.  Meanwhile, the US and Iraqi military targeted AQI networks in the central and northern provinces over the past two days, capturing 88 AQI operatives and killing four.

FLATULENT WHALES: Caught in the act!  Meanwhile, beluga whales are astounding onlookers at the Aquas aquarium in Hamada, Japan, by learning to blow bubbles of air underwater.

SEAL PENIS: It's what's for dinner at the summer Olympics in Beijing.

EEL-BASED ENERGY DRINK has gone on sale in Japan.  Just the thing to wash down that seal penis.

A SNOOKER-PLAYING dog, who starred on TV programme Britain's Got Talent, has died after accidentally being run over by his owner.  The dog shoulda stuck to poker.

CHIHUAHUAS provoke a baton attack on a nude beach at Sand Island near Rooster Rock in Oregon.  Are we sure it was a baton?

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Jagger hits 65, Fleet Foxes, Sylvia Hauser, Monkey-faced Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 28, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MICK JAGGER turned 65 on Friday, unlocking the door to a world of state benefits, including fee Viagra prescriptions. To mark the occasion, here are selections from the first three decades of Jagger's career -- "I Am Waiting," "Tumblin' Dice," and "Hang Fire."  ALSO: The Rolling Stones have split with longtime label EMI and inked a new deal with the Universal Music Group. The pact covers not only future studio albums but the band's lucrative back catalog from 1971's "Sticky Fingers" onward. PLUS: A young aide to the Rolling Stones is believed to have received a million-dollar payment after accusing their troubled guitarist, Ronnie Wood, of sexual harassment.

FLEET FOXES perform for the latest in World Cafe's Lillywhite Sessions series from Avatar Recording Studios in NYC.

SPIRITUALIZED played a gig at DC's 9:30 Club Friday night; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn and Tad Kubler let the New York Times know about what they're listening to now.

THE PRETENDERS' new album, Break Up the Concrete, is due Sept. 23, but MP3 downloads of each track on the album will pop up before the actual release. The first track, "Boots Of Chinese Plastic," is available at Spinner.

SYLVIA HAUSER, longtime Friend of Pate, has lifted operational security to allow me to announce her recent marriage in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Her husband is almost out of Jedi training and has yet -- afaik -- to turn to the dark side.  Obviously, you cannot celebrate a marriage without "Proud Mary," so I give you the choice of Creedence Clearwater Revival or Ike & Tina Turner.

EX-SMASHING PUMPKINS James Iha and D'Arcy Wretzky-Brown are suing Virgin Records America, claiming the label has screwed them out of ringtone fees and other stuff.

MILES BENJAMIN ANTHONY does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter -- all unreleased, including a cover of Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere."

SUPERSUCKERS are claiming the title of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band. Guitarist Rontrose Heathman contends: "If you tell enough people, at least half of them will believe it. That's just the way it works ... so even if you don't think we are, if we tell you enough times, you will think it. We're just brainwashing people."

THE FALL: The autobiography of iconoclastic frontman Mark E Smith is reviewed by Spiked.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Dark Knight took in 75 million, breaking the 300 million total mark in record time.  Indeed, it beat the prior record-holder, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, by six days.  It will almost certainly become the fastsest to top 400 million (which took Shrek 2 43 days).  The gross dropped 52 percent from last weekend, but that is not bad at all, considering that the first weekend was so ginormous.  If the estimates for this weekend hold, TDK will have become the top earning movie of the year, vaulting past Iron Man in a mere ten days.  Step Brothers places with 30 million, larger than expected, though only about average for a Will Ferrell opening. Mamma Mia! shows with 17.8 million, on a respectable 35.6 percent drop.  The musical has grossed over 140 million worldwide on a 52 million production budget.  The X-Files: I Want to Believe attracted fewer believers with a fourth place, 10 million debut ( the first X-Files movie had a 30 million opening).  Even with a modest 30 million budget, this one may have to break even on DVD. Journey to the Center of the Earth showed legs rounding out the Top Five, dropping 23.7 percent with 9.4 million; this has about broken even on US tickets, with another 11 million worldwide to date.

SHIA LaBEOUF was busted on a DUI charge after rolling his car early Sunday morning.  It looks to be a misdemeanor charge, but the actor underwent surgery to his left hand from injuries suffered in the incident.

BRADGELINA: French police say camouflaged paparazzi who managed to get onto the grounds of Jolie and Pitt's chateau in southern France on Thursday fought with the Hollywood couple's guards.  The couple reportedly wants Bono to be the godfather of their twins, and settle all family business.

BRITNEY SPEARS' nearly two-year ongoing custody drama with Fed-Ex ended Friday in L.A. County Superior Court.  The pop wreck will get more visitation with her two sons, working toward co-parenting.

MADDONA reportedly ghost-wrote parts of her brother's tell-all book.  Hubby Guy Ritchie says all is well with his marriage to Madge -- as far as he knows.

LINDSAY LOHAN was clipped by a motorcycle Friday following a night of clubbing with galpal Samantha Ronson.  LiLo was taken to Beth Israel Medical Center, treated and released at 4 a.m. Saturday.

HEATHER MILLS' publicist issued a statement Thursday announcing that she has quit because Paul McCartney's ex has become too difficult.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR got daily phone calls from ex-hubby Richie Sambora while in rehab, a source tells the Chicago Sun-Times.  Locklear claims she entered rehab to deal with anxiety and depression, but the source claims there also may have been prescription drug issues.

MATTHEW BRODERICK was sneaking around with a young redhead earlier this year, while wife Sarah Jessica Parker was filming Sex & the City -- according to the ubder-reliable Star magazine.

JOHN CLEESE launched a tirade against his estranged third wife during a talk at the Bristol Zoo which was supposed to focus on raising money for conservation work.

CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS may be ecalating their war again. Sheen is reportedly so angry over last week's "emergency" child-custody hearing that he is considering suing ex-wife Richards for defamation and full custody of their kids.

SEAN BEAN was arrested after his wife claimed he had assaulted her.

SIENNA MILLER reportedly has has fled to New York - where her father, banker Ed Miller, lives - to escape the backlash over her affair with Balthazar Getty.

MAD MEN: Season 2 premiered last night, and should be available through on demand services today.  The Chicago Tribune has been all over the show, with a feature theat links to transcripts of the underlying interviews with creator Matthew Weiner, star Jon Hamm (Don Draper), John Slattery (who plays Roger Sterling), and supporting cast members Rich Sommer, Michael Gladis and Aaron Staton, plus a story on the show's retro design.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad said that Iran had more than 5000 centrifuges. One Iranian news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying Iran had 6000 centrifuges working, before taking the report off its website.  In theory, 6000 centrifuges running continuously can produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one bomb in six months.  A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency in May said Iran had about 3500 centrifuges running, but last month, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran would need six months to a year to enrich enough uranium for a bomb.  BONUS: Mystery explosions point to Iran's secret arms shipments to terrorists.

IRAQ: According to "analysis" by the Associated Press, "The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost." Coalition forces launched a long-expected offensive in southern Diyala province early Friday morning only to find that most of the insurgents in the area had already fled. Iraqi and US forces are maintaining the pressure against the Mahdi Army in central and southern Iraq.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A Chinese piglet with a monkey face.

HEY, NICE BEAVERS! Why, thank you -- they're the first to be born in Britain in 400 years.  Pics at the link.

KNUT UPDATE:  The once cuddly polar bear is still crazy, and now the subject of an ownership battle between Berlin zoo and Neumuenster zoo in northern Germany, which claims it's due a slice of the Knut millions.

FOX BITES WOMAN, husband shoots woman.

A BABY ELEPHANT born at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is the second born there this month.  And there was much trumpeting.

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Shivaree, Grizzly Bear, Cutout Bin, Wascally Wabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 25, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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... with SHIVAREE! Originally airing on September 18, 1965, Part 1 features the Hollywood Persuaders ("Drums a Go-Go"), P.J. Proby ("Mission Bells") and The Supremes ("Baby Love"). Part 2 features Raquel Welch ("I'm Ready To Groove") and The Temptations ("My Girl" and "The Way You Do The Things You Do"). In Part 3, P.J. Proby returns ("Somewhere") as do the Hollywood Persuaders ("Drive Them To The Back Of The Hat").  And of course, the Shivaree Dancers plus your host, Gene Weed.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn & Tad Kubler talk to NPR's Morning Edition, which is also streaming a few tracks and a bonus clip in which Finn talks about playing with Springsteen at Carnegie Hall. And while Finn talks Catholicism with NPR, he talks about the band's Protestant work ethic with Drowned In Sound. Finn also talks to Michaelangelo Matmos for The Stranger.

BRENDAN CANNING of Broken Social Scene talks to JAM! about his solo entry in the "Broken Social Scene Presents..." series.

HALLELUJAH THE HILLS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased. Recommended.

THE BLASTERS' Phil Alvin sorts through the unholy mess they've made of American music for Metroactive.

GRIZZLY BEAR debuted a new song, "Two Weeks" for Dave on the Eye network the other night.

SAM PHILLIPS performs a mini-set for the World Cafe you can stream on demand via NPR.

TED NUGENT talks about hunting and shooting with JAM!, which asks him two questions supplied by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. 

SUPERGRASS frontman Gaz Coombes talks to Pitch about the secrets of the band's longevity. There's also a stream of "Rebel In You" at the link.

PETE DOHERTY has been ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation to a photographer whose camera he smashed.

CUTOUT BIN:  From Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper to Fleetwood Mac, from Led Zeppelin to Chicago, from Green to the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, from Liz Phair to the Five Stairsteps and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The X-Files: I Want to Believe, currnetly scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and Step Brothers, which is currently scoring 60 percent.

BRADGELINA turned to in vitro fertilization to quickly conceive twins Knox and Vivienne, a source tells US Weekly.  What was Pitt thinking?

CHRISTIAN BALE: British tabloids like The Sun are picking up on the claim that Bale flipped during a row with his mother and sister over a request for £100,000 to help the sister raise her three children.

PAM ANDERSON & TOMMY LEE are living together again, with the pneumatic bombshell admitting, "It's kinda silly. I don't know where that's gonna go."

SIENNA MILLER will have computer-generated hair in her upcoming movie, Hippie Hippie Shake.  Guess where?

ANNE HATHAWAY could be drawn deeper into the fraud scandal of her ex-boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, now that FBI agents have seized the actress' private journals, sources tell the NYDN's Rush & Molloy.  The Princess Diaries joke writes itself.

AMY ADAMS is engaged to boyfriend of six years Darren Legallo, according to People magazine.

MEGAN FOX  is annoyed at being named FHM magazine's Sexiest Woman in the World.  So I linked to it again for Gratuitous Friday.

IRAN signaled that it will no longer cooperate with UN experts probing for signs of clandestine nuclear weapons work, confirming the investigation is at a dead end a year after it began.  I am so glad the US and EU gave them two weeks to come up with an answer.  I wonder what it will be...

IRAQ: US forces in Iraq said on Thursday that three suspected al-Qaeda leaders surrendered to Iraqi security and coalition forces in Sinjar. Al-Qaeda's foreign fighters are increasingly going to Afghanistan to fight instead, the Iraqi ambassador to the United States said Wednesday. Saladin province saw more than 1100 former Iraqi combatants reconciled with local security and Multi-National Forces since May.

WASCALLY WABBIT has been credited with saving an Australian couple from a fire that started in their house while they slept.

A WILD DEER fleeing summer storms brought chaos to an Italian city center when it ran amok. Pic at the link.

LIVE FISH are being worn as jewelry by teenage girls in Japan.

DRUNKEN ELK pays dearly after attacking a toddler playing in a sand pit at her home in Kungälv in western Sweden on Monday.

PET HOARDING: Humane society workers have found 117 cats, a raccoon and a rabbit in a north Omaha house. The discovery came Wednesday after Council Bluffs, Iowa, police caught the 54-year-old woman who lives at the house reportedly stealing cat food. Officials say she smelled like cat urine.

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Matthew Sweet, Feelies, Blakes, Fugitive Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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GNARLS BARKLEY gets a bit graphic in the new video for "Who's Gonna Save My Soul," premiering on the MTV.

SHE & HIM frontwoman Zooey Deschanel talks to Metromix about making the Maxim Hot 100, getting mix CDs from fans, and more...

MATTHEW SWEET is streaming three new songs via SweetSpace.

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME: Playing the drums for a rock band requires the stamina of a top soccer player, research suggests. Tests on Clem Burke, the veteran Blondie drummer, revealed that 90 minutes of drumming could raise his heart rate to 190 beats a minute.

THE FEELIES: Sound Opinions has an interview plus four songs from their exclusive performance at Maxwell's.

THE BREEDERS "Walk It Off" in their new video from the Mountain Battles LP.

THE BLAKES do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. Kinda garagey, kinda Stones-y, kinda Stripes-y.

THE VERVE frontman Richard Ashcroft tells the BBC's Steve Lamacq that it wasn't easy to start again with guitarist Nick McCabe. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

GLEN CAMPBELL covers Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)," along with songs from Tom Petty, The Replacements and the Velvet Underground on his upcoming album.

SONGS FOR THE JOKER: "Rare is the actor who has kissed both Gyllenhaals."  You should be able to stream them via the Hype Machine.

CHRISTIAN BALE confronted his mother after she allegedly insulted his wife, a source close to the 34-year-old actor says: "Christian was stressed, but he didn't lay a finger on anyone. Instead, he flew off the handle and cussed his mother. He just got very loud because his mother was saying some very outrageous things about him, and his wife." Sources in Bale's camp tell TMZ Bale has had a long-standing difficult relationship with his mom and the motivation for the whole assault charge may be money.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS ex-fiancé of the late Heath Ledger, has started dating film director Spike Jonze, ex-husband of Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola -- according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and his longtime love Camila Alves, have Levi Alves's pics published in OK! magazine.

ETHAN HAWKE and his wife Ryan Shawhughes welcomed Clementine Jane Hawke last Friday in NYC.  The girl is Hawke's third child.

BRAD PITT is being blasted for giving daughter Shiloh a ride on his lap while driving a golf cart.  According to The Smoking Gun, Brad is threatening legal action against news outlets who publish the pix.  The Daily Mail story with the pics has been removed from its website.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR is home after successfully completing four weeks of treatment for anxiety and depression.

TOM CRUISE will not be doing a sequel to Top Gun, to the relief of moviegoers everywhere.

HOLLYWOOD'S BEST PAID ACTORS, according to Forbes magazine, are not the same as those with the best return on investment.

SIENNA MILLER is suing photo agency Big Pictures and British tabloids News of the World and the Sun over the topless photos of her vacationing with new beau Balthazar Getty.

DON'T FEAR THE REAPER... unless you are a member of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  More UAV!

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad insisted on Wednesday that Tehran would not "retreat one iota" from its atomic work, which includes the enrichment of uranium.  Glad the US and EU are giving them two weeks for an answer.

IRAQ is massing 30K troops in advance of an assault on one of al-Qaeda's surviving strongholds in Diyala province that will be a litmus test of the country's growing security forces.  There may also be operations in Babil and and Wasit provinces.  Wired's Danger Room looks at the status of the Iraqi Navy.  As expected, Iraq's presidential council rejected the draft provincial elections law (over the Kirkuk dispute that caused Kurds to boycott the parliamentary vote) and sent it back to parliament for reworking.  Thus elections may not occur before the UN mandate expires this year.

ESCAPED CHIMP disarms a zookeeper; zoo standoff ended by banana exchange. Video at the link.

A HERD OF RED DEER take a dip in a London stream.  Pics at the link.

POODLES should not be learning to drive.

DENIAL OF SERVICE FERRET prompts an accessability complaint against Ottawa's public transit company.

30 HUNGRY RUSSIAN BEARS have trapped a group of geologists at their remote survey site in the Far East after killing two of their co-workers last week.  During the Cold War, the Russian Bear threat was nuclear, but less probable.  Also, note that the remote site is in Kamchatka, a place well-known to those who play Risk.

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