Friday, December 29, 2006

Paris Hilton Hanging in Australia for New Year's

A very reliable source was in Sydney Australia today and took these photos of Ms. Hilton strolling on the boardwalk. Apparently she is bringing in 2007 down under. I could hardly recognize her here...her clothes were on and she didn't have someone's genitalia in her mouth! Enjoy.
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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Paper Owner Sues Journalist...Huh?

[q url="http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003523521"]A lawsuit filed by publishers of the Santa Barbara News-Press claiming that an American Journalism Review writer defamed the newspaper's owners in a recent article has drawn harsh criticism from newspaper industry leaders, who said such an approach is counter to journalistic practices.


"I am surprised that any publisher would do this," said Gene Roberts, the legendary former editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer and part-time instructor at the University of Maryland, where AJR is published. "It's pretty clear that there is an owner there with no sense and no respect for newspaper traditions and for the First Amendment."


Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, agreed. "It is outrageous," he said. "It is especially a betrayal of the principles that most journalists understand for a libel suit of this kind to be filed. It is apparently a grudge."


Some observers noted that it was unusual for the newspaper to target the writer of the story and not the publication. "It is colossally odd," said Charles Tobin, former in-house counsel for Gannett and currently a media lawyer in Washington, D.C. "She is really trying to chill the journalist personally. It is atypical to go after the journalist alone -- they don't have deep pockets."

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

British Treat Muslims like the Nazis Treated the Jews

[q url="http://www.jta.org/page_view_breaking_story.asp?intid=6132//&/amp;/amp;ref=daily_briefing"]The British treat Muslims like the Nazis treated the Jews, a U.K. Muslim leader said.

Muhammed Abdul Bari, head of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the government targets Muslims, blaming extremism on “a small, largely deprived community,” which leads to a “deterioration of community cohesion and fuels xenophobia.”

He went on to ask, during a presentation Monday to members of Parliament, “What is the degree of xenophobia that tipped Germany in the 1930s towards a murderous ethnic and cultural racism?”

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

BBC launching user-generated TV show

BBC News 24 is launching a new TV program based entirely on user-generated content, called "Your News."


The new program will draw on the 10,000 emails the BBC News website gets from the public each day with story suggestions, comments and pictures from the public.


The program will include:


-Your Story – weekly news report unique to Your News covering an issue raised by a member of the public.


-Your Questions – Your News reporter Laura Jones sets out to investigate answers to the questions sent in to the BBC by the public on issues, local or national, that concern them;


-Your Pictures – images sent into the BBC from the public with their view of the world;


-Your Top Stories – that week's top stories on the BBC News website and elsewhere.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Nicole Richie charged with driving under influence

Rail-thin reality TV star Nicole Richie was charged early on Monday with driving under the influence of drugs after she was seen going against traffic on a Southern California freeway, police said.


The predawn arrest of the 25-year-old "celebutante" co-star of "The Simple Life" came about six weeks after it was revealed that she had checked herself into a treatment facility to address weight-loss issues.


A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department report showed the 5-foot-1-inch actress weighed 85 pounds (39 kg) at the time of her booking.


Officer Todd Workman, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said police encountered Richie at a standstill blocking the carpool lane on the Ventura Freeway in Burbank at about 1:45 a.m. He said the officers were responding to reports from other motorists of a driver going the wrong way on the busy highway.

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Oregon rescuers search for missing climbers

How many people are we losing to climbing these days? And they say UFC is dangerous....


Rescue teams headed up the flanks of Mount Hood on Monday to search for three climbers reported missing in heavy snow, the Hood River County sheriff's office said.


The mother of one of the men said he had called his son on a cell phone to say he was stranded in a snow cave just below the summit of the 11,235-foot peak while his companions went for help.


"From the conversation, it left us very concerned for the person's welfare," Hood River County Chief Deputy Jerry Brown said.


Snow was falling heavily Monday at Timberline Lodge, where the three were to have met friends on Friday or Saturday, and a winter storm watch was in effect for the area at least through Tuesday. The Oregon Air National Guard had a helicopter on standby in case the weather improved.


The route the climbers took is very difficult, with slopes of 50 or 60 degrees and occasional sheer walls of ice, said Steve Rollins, a rescue leader with Portland Mountain Rescue, which sent two teams up the mountain.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Former U.N. envoy Kirkpatrick dies

This is really sad...a true loss for the U.N.


Former U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, a one-time Democrat who switched to the Republican Party and warmly embraced Reagan-era conservatism, has died. She was 80.


Kirkpatrick's death was announced Friday at the senior staff meeting of the U.S. mission to the United Nations, said spokesman Richard Grenell, who said that Ambassador John Bolton asked for a moment of silence. An announcement of her death also was posted on the Web site of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-oriented think tank here where she was a senior fellow.


Kirkpatrick's assistant, Andrea Harrington, said that she died in her sleep at home in Bethesda, Maryland late Thursday. She had been suffering from heart disease, but the cause of death was not immediately known.


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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Krauthammer Says Borat Got Anti-Semitism Wrong

Either way...he's still hilarious.


You know the shtick. Borat goes around America making anti-Semitic remarks in order to elicit a nodding anti-Semitic response. And with enough liquor and cajoling, he succeeds. In the most notorious such scene (on Da Ali G Show where the character was born), Borat sings â/&/#128;/&/#156;Throw the Jew Down the Wellâ/&/#128;/&/#157; in an Arizona bar as the local rubes join in.

Sacha Baron Cohen, the creator of Borat, revealed his purpose for doing that in a rare out-of-character interview he granted Rolling Stone in part to counter charges that he was promoting anti-Semitism. On the face of it, this would be odd, given that Cohen is himself a Sabbath-observing Jew. His defense is that he is using Boratâ/&/#128;/&/#153;s anti-Semitism as a â/&/#128;/&/#156;toolâ/&/#128;/&/#157; to expose it in others. And that his Arizona bar stunt revealed, if not anti-Semitism, then â/&/#128;/&/#156;indifferenceâ/&/#128;/&/#157; to anti-Semitism. And that, he maintains, was the path to the Holocaust.

Whoaaaa. Does he really believe such rubbish? Can a man that smart (Cambridge, investment banker and now brilliant filmmaker) really believe that indifference to anti-Semitism and the road to the Holocaust are to be found in a country and western bar in Tucson?

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The Debate Over Counting Traffic on the Web

For 55 years the couch potato has belonged to Nielsen Media Research, the company that meticulously catalogs TV viewing habits for the benefit of advertisers that want to sell suds to the spuds. But now couch potatoes are waddling to their computers to consume entertainment online—and in Cyberland, Nielsen doesn't dominate the business of counting eyeballs. "There's close to 100 companies" battling it out to become the Nielsen of the Web, says Josh James, CEO of Omniture, one of the top Internet-measurement firms. "We see competitors all over the place."

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The Debate Over Counting Traffic on the Web

For 55 years the couch potato has belonged to Nielsen Media Research, the company that meticulously catalogs TV viewing habits for the benefit of advertisers that want to sell suds to the spuds. But now couch potatoes are waddling to their computers to consume entertainment online—and in Cyberland, Nielsen doesn't dominate the business of counting eyeballs. "There's close to 100 companies" battling it out to become the Nielsen of the Web, says Josh James, CEO of Omniture, one of the top Internet-measurement firms. "We see competitors all over the place."

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Thousands of Hezbollah supporters protest

Thousands of protesters from Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian opposition allies descended on downtown Beirut Friday to force the resignation of Lebanon's Western-backed prime minister, who was holed up in his office ringed by hundreds of police and combat troops.


The Shiite Muslim Hezbollah and its allies have mobilized their bases for the afternoon protest and had arranged to bus supporters from all corners of Lebanon to downtown Beirut for the massive show of popular support. Thousands carrying Lebanese flags arrived at Riad Solh Square by midday, hours before the demonstration was set to begin.


"Saniora Out!" "We want a free government!" protesters shouted through loudspeakers. The crowd roared in approval amid the deafening sound of Hezbollah revolutionary and nationalist songs. "We want a clean government," read one placard, in what has become the opposition's motto.

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Thousands of Hezbollah supporters protest

Thousands of protesters from Hezbollah and its pro-Syrian opposition allies descended on downtown Beirut Friday to force the resignation of Lebanon's Western-backed prime minister, who was holed up in his office ringed by hundreds of police and combat troops.


The Shiite Muslim Hezbollah and its allies have mobilized their bases for the afternoon protest and had arranged to bus supporters from all corners of Lebanon to downtown Beirut for the massive show of popular support. Thousands carrying Lebanese flags arrived at Riad Solh Square by midday, hours before the demonstration was set to begin.


"Saniora Out!" "We want a free government!" protesters shouted through loudspeakers. The crowd roared in approval amid the deafening sound of Hezbollah revolutionary and nationalist songs. "We want a clean government," read one placard, in what has become the opposition's motto.

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