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The late Edward Said explained his title in what he wrote: "The extermination of the Native Americans can be admitted, the morality of Hiroshima attacked, the national flag (of the US) publicly committed to flames. But the systematic continuity of Israel's 52-year oppression and maltreatment of the Palestinians is virtually unmentionable, a narrative that has no permission to appear." It appeared boldly and courageously in Pilger's book, and it's long past time for it be prominent in the mainstream as well to finally expose Israeli crimes and demand they end. It's especially important now as Israel just began an intensive military assault against the defenseless people of Gaza, which, before it ends, may result in many deaths, great destruction of property and an overwhelming humanitarian disaster even beyond the one already existing in The Occupied Territories.
Few people anywhere have suffered more or longer than the beleaguered Palestinians. For nearly four decades they've lived under a harsh and unending Israeli occupation of their land. They've endured a continued assault to seize it, a loss of their personal and economic rights and a denial of any chance for justice or their very humanity. These courageous people remain isolated in their own land with little support from the outside. Yet it's never broken their spirit as they continue their heroic efforts to survive and struggle to gain their freedom.The late Edward Said explained his title in what he wrote: "The extermination of... more
Meet Joanne “The Hitwoman” Poole. She’s 17 years old and she’s the next big thing in arm wrestling.
Despite her tender age and her “petite” frame (according to The Sun, that is; petite is a generous adjective), Joanne is already the British women’s senior champion. It’s in her genes – her dad, Richard, is a former British arm wrestling champ.Meet Joanne “The Hitwoman” Poole. She’s 17 years old and she’s... more
MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe will step down soon as the social networking site’s chief executive, amid the site’s stalled user growth and the rapid rise of rival Facebook.
MySpace owner News Corp. said Wednesday the decision was made by mutual agreement with former AOL Chief Executive Jonathan Miller, who was appointed News Corp.’s chief digital officer April 1.
DeWolfe will remain on the board of MySpace China and be a strategic adviser to the company.
Co-founder Tom Anderson, who is every account holder’s first friend on the site and acts as its glitch fixer and president, is also in talks about taking a new role. Anderson is being considered for a creative product role that will take him away from his day-to-day responsibilities, said a person with knowledge of the situation.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussion was confidential.
“Chris and Tom are true pioneers,” Miller said in a statement. “Thanks largely to their vision, MySpace has become a vibrant creative community with 130 million passionate followers worldwide.”
Facebook lapped MySpace a year ago in overall users worldwide, and now has 200 million to MySpace’s 130 million.
MySpace is still the largest social network in the United States, with 70 million users in March, but the total was down 4 percent from a year ago, according to tracking firm comScore Inc.
Meanwhile, Facebook’s users in the U.S. rose 72 percent in March to 61 million, comScore said.MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe will step down soon as the social networking... more
Civilians are being murdered in the army's advance to end the calls for independence of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka, and yet even though media is being barred from this area it does not seem as though this is an important news item here. This is one of the biggest global news stories wherever else you look. On Current, nothing. Why is that? Thousands of innocent civilians are now walking targets not only for the Sri Lankan government but the desperate LTTE rebels boxed in. This is an humanitarian crisis of huge proportions.
We have no way of knowing how many people trapped there including an estimated 50,000 children have been slaughtered. And those who are "escaping" are being "registered" at camps. Can we call this a Tamil holocaust? This is a truly desperate situation where thousands of innocent people are at risk. Human rights groups are very concerned as they should be. Here?Civilians are being murdered in the army's advance to end the calls for... more
Not only does this species of ant cultivate it's own crops of food, but they live in a society with no men and they are all CLONES!!! Sounds pretty advanced to me!
By "fingerprinting" DNA of the ant species - Mycocepurus smithii - they found them all to be clones of the colony's queen.
And when they dissected the female insects, they found them to be physically incapable of mating, as an essential part of their reproductive system known as the "mussel organ" had degenerated.
Dr Himler's interest in Mycocepurus smithii was originally sparked not by their unusually biased sex ratio, but by their ability to cultivate crops.
"Ants discovered farming long before we did - they have been cultivating fungus gardens for an estimated 80 million years."
"They collect plant material, insect faeces and even dead insects from the forest floor and feed it to their crops," she said.
I really don't think ants are smarter . . . but I really didn't expect to hear that ants are growing their own food and cloning themselves . . . only if Orson Scott Card knew about this before he started writing about the "Buggers"!Not only does this species of ant cultivate it's own crops of food, but they live... more
LOS ANGELES - Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion six years ago.
A Superior Court jury returned the verdict after an estimated 29 to 30 hours of deliberations. The jury had the option of choosing involuntary manslaughter, but did not do so.
Spector's young wife, Rachelle, sobbed as the decision was announced.
The 40-year-old Clarkson, star of the 1985 cult film "Barbarian Queen," died of a gunshot fired in her mouth as she sat in the foyer of Spector's mansion in 2003. She met Spector only hours earlier at her job as a nightclub hostess.
Prosecutors argued Spector had a history of threatening women with guns when they tried to leave his presence.
The defense claimed she killed herself.
It was Spector's second trial. His first jury deadlocked 10-2, favoring conviction in 2007.LOS ANGELES - Rock music producer Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree... more
Amazon customers are outraged by a "glitch" that is removing rankings from gay themed or authored books on Amazon.com. Authors like Gore Vidal and James Baldwin are among those being censored. Amazon claims it is a "glitch", but customers are calling foul because if you search for "homosexuality" the first listing is "A Parents guide to preventing Homosexuality."
Twitter is receiving about 4 tweets per second under the keyword #amazonfail with users outraged by Amazon's alleged censorship of gay and lesbian material. Amazon has yet to issue an official statement about the problem but has called it a "glitch" under investigation.
Whatever the case, Amazon better speak up soon because their reputation is quickly failing.Amazon customers are outraged by a "glitch" that is removing rankings from... more
Money stuffed in a woman's bra saved her life after she was shot aboard a bus in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia, local media reported on Monday.
The incident took place on Saturday in Bahia's capital, Salvador, where 58-year-old Ivonete Pereira was shot in the chest by one of two attackers who tried to rob the bus.Money stuffed in a woman's bra saved her life after she was shot aboard a bus in... more
Jesus Christ and his apostles may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil to help cure people with crippling diseases, it has been claimed.
Researchers in the United States say the oil used in the early days of the Christian church contained a cannabis extract called kaneh-bosem.Jesus Christ and his apostles may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil to help... more
Third-party analytics firms haven’t successfully figured out how to track Facebook traffic. They tend to vastly overestimate the site’s traffic in relation to the company’s own numbers. So when Facebook updates a variety of metrics about how people are using its site — something the company does every month or two, and most recently today — you can get a fresh view of what’s happening by comparing the new numbers with the old ones.
First, the news that Facebook is highlighting now is that it will reach 200 million worldwide monthly active users sometime today. It’s matching this milestone with a promotion where a number of charities are beginning to sell virtual goods in Facebook’s gift store, keeping most of the money they bring in. Those who follow Facebook’s growth closely will note the company has actually been mentioning 200 million users since late March, although the number may have been an approximation before today. In late February, back when Facebook officially claimed 175 million monthly active users, Zuckerberg said the site was growing by five million people worldwide per week, with one million of those in the United States. So overall growth seems to be holding steady for now — apparently regardless of a redesign released in the middle of last month that many have bombed.
The other new numbers Facebook is making available today are positive but muddled by imprecise time frames and definitions. Below, I compare the latest numbers to those Facebook reported in mid-December (here) and in early February (here).Third-party analytics firms haven’t successfully figured out how to track... more
The TV remote control of the future isn't an expensive device with an LCD screen and blinking lights. It's your hand.
The classic TV remote control most of us have grown up with has been around in essentially the same incarnation for half a century. It's been tweaked over the years, but now one company is looking at ditching the remote altogether and using a camera mounted below a TV screen that senses hand motions instead of button pushes. The result is something that seems right out of Minority Report.
But the high-tech user interface Tom Cruise coolly manipulates onscreen isn't even all that far-fetched now, thanks to incremental improvements. Until now, the most innovative new input for entertainment in the living room has been the
Wii-mote, the motion-sensing remote control/wand that has made Nintendo's game console a cultural phenomenon. Swing it like a tennis racket and you can pretend you're playing tennis, point it at the screen and use it like a mouse to navigate menus.
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This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Couch Potato" and "Lazy"The TV remote control of the future isn't an expensive device with an LCD screen... more
Waylett was pulled over last week while driving in an Audi car in Westminster, central London, by police who believed he was behaving suspiciously.
A search of the car allegedly revealed eight bags of suspected cannabis, and Waylett and a friend, both 19, were arrested on suspicion of drug possession and taken to a nearby police station.
The actor's home in Camden, north London, which he shares with his mother, Theresa, two brothers and a sister, was then raided and police allegedly seized ten mature cannabis plants valued at around £2,000.
The plants were allegedly growing under powerful hydroponic lights beside the actor's DJ decks and a PlayStation.
Waylett was arrested again on suspicion of producing a class B drug, a charge which carries up to 14 years imprisonment.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said Waylett's car was stopped at around 7pm on Thursday April 2 and his home was searched at around 10.40pm.
"Both men have been bailed to a date in July pending further inquiries and tests on the substances," he added.
Waylett has appeared alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in all six of the blockbuster Harry Potter films.
The latest instalment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is due out in July.Waylett was pulled over last week while driving in an Audi car in Westminster, central... more
Roger Friedman's online column, "Fox 411," last week featured a review of a leaked copy of 20th Century Fox's anticipated blockbuster "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." The movie isn't due to hit to theaters until next month and a leaked copy surfaced online last Wednesday.Roger Friedman's online column, "Fox 411," last week featured a review... more
"Bradley Inman wants to create great fiction, dramatic online video and compelling Twitter stream — and then roll them all into a multimedia hybrid that is tailored to the rapidly growing number of digital reading devices.
Mr. Inman, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, calls this digital amalgam a “Vook,” (vook.tv) and the fledgling company he has created with that name just might represent a possible future for the beleaguered book industry.
Mr. Inman is among those reimagining the printed page. As the founder of HomeGain.com, an online real estate company which he sold to a joint venture of newspaper companies in 2005, and TurnHere, a production company that creates author videos for publishers, he has deep ties in the publishing world of New York.
Last year, considering the opportunities that e-book devices like the Amazon Kindle might someday create, Mr. Inman wrote his own thriller, “The Right Way to Do Wrong” and got TurnHere to film two dozen short videos with actors that augment the book’s main mystery. He recently began showing his Vook prototype to publishers as a way to hook them and their established writers on the idea.
“We think there’s a real urgency in publishing to innovate with new kinds of content,” he says.
Vook tries to address a big problem for book publishers as they expand onto digital formats. For all the hype and initial success of devices like the Kindle, they threaten to strip traditional books of much of their transportive appeal. Images on the jacket cover, inviting fonts and the satisfying feel of quality paper are all largely absent, replaced by humdrum pixels on a virtual page.
Even worse, on multipurpose reading devices like the iPhone, more immediately gratifying pastimes like video games are a click away for readers with short attention spans.""Bradley Inman wants to create great fiction, dramatic online video and... more
Streaming-video site Justin.tv wants to help you filter through the noise: it has added Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace integration to its service. This way, members can sync up their accounts to filter chat room content and pinpoint their friends from those social sites, as well as spread the word about what they're watching by pushing out Facebook and MySpace status messages or "tweets" on Twitter.Streaming-video site Justin.tv wants to help you filter through the noise: it has... more
No price tag on it yet. Anyone care to take bets?
Nettle says $10,000 (Nettle would never win at The Price Is Right).No price tag on it yet. Anyone care to take bets? Nettle says $10,000 (Nettle would... more
The most popular online video sharing site YouTube and Sony Pictures, one of the first six greatest movie studios in the world are engaged in talks about a future collaboration that will have full-length films brought to the site, Cnet reports.
While no official statement confirmed the rumor, according to the report YouTube wants free versions of the movies with revenue generated by ads (pretty much the same way as Hulu)
According to Electronista, a "formal agreement for Sony would give owners of mobile devices with full YouTube clients, like the iPhone and multiple HTC Touch series phones, access to whole movies for free or near-free as long as the movies themselves aren't deliberately excluded from non-web visitors."
YouTube has been trying to reach agreements with major studios for quite some time now but it was more successful in getting leading record companies to sign deals that would allow the site to host music videos.
Recently, Disney agreed to offer ABC, Disney and ESPN TV shows on the site.The most popular online video sharing site YouTube and Sony Pictures, one of the first... more
21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco released “Spring Tweet”, a new light and floral spring ale brewed in honor of Twitter.
This is a beer that you drink when your too hammered to care what your drinking.21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco released “Spring Tweet”, a new... more