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The Sandy Hook massacre: Obama makes martyrs of the dead as media fetishises grief and fear

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THE Sandy Hook massacre features on the cover of the UK press.

In March 2012, 16 Afghan civilians were killed by U.S. Army Soldier Robert Bales, allegedly.

Can you name them? Did President Obama weep on the TV? Was it front-page news in the UK?

The Sun leads with news of the massacre in Sandy Hook. But how can it justify such intense coverage? The US is accessible. We share the same language. America invented rolling news and burnished news anchors and reporters into personalities, dispatched to deliver not the facts but news the audience will enjoy. Last week the news was obsessed with the death of Jacintha Saldanha, the “Royal nurse” who had committed suicide. This week we’re invited to gawp at terrible events in small town in Connecticut.

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Posted: 17th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adam Lanza: the quiet, well-behaved, shy, noisy, evil boy everyone knew (photos)

adam lanza3 Adam Lanza: the quiet, well behaved, shy, noisy, evil boy everyone knew (photos)WHAT do we know of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who killed himself, his mother, Nancy Jena Lanza, and 27 others at Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Conn.? Not much. Still, the experts in Big Media are guessing. Some of them might be the same experts who were analysing Ryan Lanza’s tweets when Adam’s older bother, for it is he, was protesting his innocence and being very much alive.

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Posted: 15th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre: photos, reactions and Ryan and Adam Lanza

15382425 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre: photos, reactions and Ryan and Adam Lanza

AT the Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Connecticut 27 28 people have been murdered – 18 22 of which are children. The school teaches children aged 5 to 10. The suspect is named by the HuffPo and others as Ryan Lanza. That’s wrong.

The Post is now reporting that the shooter was Adam Lanza, 20, and that his brother Ryan is not considered a suspect. Adam is dead. Ryan is being questioned by police.

His divorced mother, Nancy Jean Lanza, taught at the school. It is thought Adam Lanza killed her at her home before heading to the school.

He murdered with this gun. 

@HuffPostMedia: CNN says the shooter is named Ryan Lanza

Lieutenant Paul Vance tells media: “The scene is secure, the situation is secure, we will notify you when we come back for a briefing as quickly as we can.”

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Posted: 14th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How carrots won World War Two

CARROTS played their part in World War Two. Carrots would win the war. And, as luck had it, there were lots and lots and lots of them. Too many. The Ministry of Food had an idea: get shot of the surplus of carrots by marketing them as part of the war effort.

“This is a food war. Every extra row of vegetables in allotments saves shipping… the battle on the kitchen front cannot be won without help from the kitchen garden.
Isn’t an hour in the garden better than an hour in the queue?” – Lord Woolton, Minister of Food, 1941.

Carrots enable you to see in the dark – and best spot the Germans:

carrot vision How carrots won World War Two

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Posted: 13th, December 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Caroline Wozniacki is a racist? Is blacking up always wrong?

WAS it racist? Was Caroline Wozniacki’s impersonation of Serena Williams racist? We’d say it wasn’t. Williams has made fun of her own body shape. She brought up the size of her backside, so it’s fair game. Right? It’s all about intent and tone. In the post-Macpherson Report UK, of course, you can be unintentionally racist. If you think its racist, then it is.  You can be an unwitting racist. He told us: “…any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or by any other person.” 

So. Are these people racist (via)?

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Posted: 13th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Andy Kershaw spots Santa Savile doing the Radio 1 Christmas Party

PA 8574894 Andy Kershaw spots Santa Savile doing the Radio 1 Christmas Party

GIVEN the need to stuff festive stockings or find something to get through the hideous day, I cannot recommend highly enough Andy Kershaw’s bio No Off Switch. To buy click here.

Ch 32, A Tour of the Cages, adds context to the photo – a Christmas lunch in 1985, held in September. He writes:

“My Radio 1 colleagues could be categorised into three species: there were those who, by the measures of most people, would be considered unfit to be released into the community, never mind set loose on national radio; others had absolutely no personality whatsoever, and even less interest in music, rendering their presence in the broadcasting game, and on a music radio station at that, unfathomable; and just a handful were quite normal, engaging individuals. How the latter bunch ever got over the threshold is, in the light of evident recruitment priorities, perhaps the biggest mystery.”

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Posted: 12th, December 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bad Ads: Sexual violence and Advertising don’t mix

BAD Ads - Sexual violence and Advertising don’t mix.

Ad1 Bad Ads: Sexual violence and Advertising don’t mixSir Richard Branson described the recently withdrawn Virgin Mobile USA ad – which made a joke of rape – as “ill-judged” and “a dreadful mistake”.

“Although I don’t own the company, it carries our brand,” he said. “I will speak to the team there, make my thoughts clear and see what can be done about it.”

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Posted: 11th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The story of the Klu Klux Klan in pictures: racism, civil rights and murder

THE Klu Klux Klan was once powerful. The Far Right, anti-immigration, anti-Catholic, anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-anything not white and Protestant and lately pro-Nazi group  has been a fixture of the US political lanscape ever since it was founded in 1865.

This is a history of its members and those who opposed its racism in photos. The captions are of their time:

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Ku Klux Klan members parade past the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. in 1925. (AP Photo)

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Posted: 10th, December 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: narcissistic Mel and Michael weep on camera for baby Jacintha Windsor

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KATE Middleton pregnancy watch: Day 8 of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy –  Royal baby named after Jacintha Saldanha; Mel Greig and Michael Christian weep on the telly:

The front pages

Sick:

The Sun: “Pregnant Kate has sickness relapse”

Daily Telegraph: “Setback for Duchess as he condition takes turn for the worse”

Blame:

Daily Mirror: “Royal Hoax Suicide – FURY OF NURSE’S HUSBAND – He’s angry at hospital over Jacintha’s death”

i: “Kate hoax nurse daughter pay tribute to mother”

Daily Star: “Prank DJs’ witch hunt”

Daily Express: “British Police may quiz prank DJs after nurse’s ‘suicide’”

The Guardian: “DJs may face Met over nurse death. London police make contact with Australia over hoax call investigation”

Reasons:

Daily Mail: “Hoaxed Nurse Died of Shame”

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Posted: 10th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, Royal Family | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reactions to the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha: Mel Greig and Michael Christian are killers?

REACTIONS to the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse at Kate Middleton’s hospital pranked by Australian DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian. Both have deleted their twitter accounts. No word yet from Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand.

Who or what to blame? Well, most of never knew Jacintha Saldanha, so it’s impossible to know why she would have committed suicide. But some people know:

It’s Society

Jacintha Saldanha 8 Reactions to the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha: Mel Greig and Michael Christian are killers?

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Posted: 7th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Washington no bust: how have you hid your illegal marijuana smoking?

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YAYYY! It is now legal to smoke (eat and drink ) marijuana in Washington State. It’s not legal to buy it:

Today, for the first time in 89 years (Washington lawmakers initially outlawed cannabis in 1923, 14 years ahead of the enactment of federal prohibition.), an adult may possess up to one ounce cannabis (and/or up to 16 ounces of marijuana-infused product in solid form, and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused product in liquid form) for their own personal use in private — and they may do without being in violation of state law.

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Posted: 6th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, marijuana | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When John Lydon appeared on Judge Judy

john lydon judge judy When John Lydon appeared on Judge Judy

BEFORE eating kangaroo anus on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, chewing off politicos on Question Time and smacking his cops at butter, John Lyndon appeared on Judge Judy. It was October 1997 when Lydon appeared before the TV Beak known in her lounge as Judy Sheindlin. Robert Williams was suing the former Sex Pistol and Public Image Ltd frontman for breach of contract and assault and battery.

Virgin Records produced a press release in defence of their act:

Williams filed criminal battery charges against Lydon. The charges were immediately dismissed when police investigators determined that Williams’ case was completely unfounded. A subsequent civil suit was filed by Williams in small claims court claiming damages of $5,000 in lost wages and “civil battery.”

Upon learning of the ongoing dispute between Lydon and Williams, the staff of “Judge Judy” recently approached Lydon’s representatives and offered to adjudicate. When Gardner called Lydon to inform him of Judge Judy’s offer, Lydon accepted immediately, exclaiming, “I love this country!”

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Posted: 5th, December 2012 | In: Celebrities, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kate Middleton Pregnancy Watch: sickness, Kirsty Allsopp’s tips and first baby photos

KATE Middleton Pregnancy watch: Anorak’s at-a-glance look at the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy:

Those front-page headlines:

Daily Mail: “Relieved William leaves hospital after six-hour bedside vigil”

She has morning sickness.

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Posted: 5th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, Royal Family | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The most dramatic news photos of 2012

THE most dramatic images of 2012:

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Flames from the Waldo Canyon Fire cause the western side of Colorado Springs, Colo. to glow as several structures and home burn on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

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Posted: 5th, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, News, Photojournalism | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The worst underwear advert ever

underwear advert The worst underwear advert ever

IS this the world’s worst ever advert for underwear:

Posted: 4th, December 2012 | In: Fashion, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The best reactions to Kate Middleton’s pregnancy

KATE Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant. How did you react?

PopBitch

In hospital with acute morning sickness? Does she also sleep on a pile of feather mattresses with a pea underneath it?

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Posted: 3rd, December 2012 | In: Key Posts, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Famously depressed: Helen Flanagan explains her pride in not eating a turkey’s anus

helen flanagan Famously depressed: Helen Flanagan explains her pride in not eating a turkeys anusHELEN Flanagan says, “I WANTED TO KILL MYSELF” on the Sun’s front page. Flanagan is the former Coronation Street actress with the chest of a sex siren and the eyes that indicate inner workings amazed by toast. Dressed in a bikini and turning her arm to best display a Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her wrist, “the I’m A Celebrity star was pushed to the point of no return by a secret depression she believes she has now overcome”.

For anyone vapid celebrity wishing to carve out a career in reality TV and tabloids surviving depression is a must. The star’s back catalogues should also include: bullying (victim is better but perpetrator can be ok so long as she soon becomes a victim), insecurity (“I hated my breasts when I was 8″ etc.), a sex tape, a footballer, the ability to talk about being bi-polar as if everyone knows what you’re talking about and a cancer scare.

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Posted: 2nd, December 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


London’s Teddy Boys – a photo essay

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ALL hail the Teddy Boys. Long-drape jacket, drainpipe trousers, slim tie, plain shirt with high collar, brothel creepers and overt socks the Edwardian style. And hair. It’s all about the hair. Teen culture always is.

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Posted: 30th, November 2012 | In: Fashion, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Danny Nightingale: the case of the disappearing bullets

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DANNY Nightingale is free. Danny Nightingale is the SAS sniper jailed for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunition. The man who has served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria was jailed by the British for owning an illegal firearm and lots of bullets.

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 37, stood on the steps of the High Court and thanked his supporters:

“It has just been extremely humbling. Very, very humbling. Thank you to the great British public. They have been absolutely wonderful in their support.”

His wife, Sally Nightingale, 38, added:

“It can only be good for all the troops out there fighting for our country to see justice has been done.”

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Posted: 30th, November 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lexxa Ridley: Car dealer dad uses model daughter to sex up his lot

Lexxa Ridley 1 Lexxa Ridley: Car dealer dad uses model daughter to sex up his lot

LEXXA Ridley, 20, (real name?) is the mo-del helping dad Kim flog a 1977 Datsun 280Z on eBay.  Says Kim Ridley: “If I felt bad about it, I wouldn’t do it.” He owns Ridley’s Rides in Eugene, Oregon. “Girls and dogs attract people’s attention.” Dogs with Girls is the dream – see the Ridley advert of Max, the family’s golden retriever, riding in a sidecar while Lexxa straddles a bike.

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Posted: 29th, November 2012 | In: Cars, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s love story told in magazine covers

PA 8285811 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons love story told in magazine covers

ANGELINA Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston (aka Poor Jen) are pillars of the tabloid magazines.The Brangelina industry is huge. The Jen-Brad-Angelina love triangle is a prism of untruth, half-truths and gossip. The saga of betrayal, love, sex romance, marriage, divorce, separation, reunion and rowing moves on with each deadline in the National Enquirer, In Touch and Star magazines. How much do we believe? What are the stories’ sources? Jolie can only adopt so many children; Pitt can only wear so many hats; Aniston can only toss her hair so much. But when the story has limits, the wily editor looks to cover emotions: Jen shocked; Jen hurt; Brad confused; Angelina furious and so on.

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Posted: 29th, November 2012 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Joey Barton speaks in an hilarious French accent at Marseille interview

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JOEY Barton, currently playing in Marseilles, develops a French accent. He’s gone all Steve McLaren:


Barton : “La Ligue 1 est ennuyeuse” by evidenceprod

Posted: 26th, November 2012 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Anthology album of Rolling Stones secret songs

No Stone Unturned

As the Rolling Stones begin their 50th Anniversary with a tour, TV celebrations and yet another greatest hits compilation, we present our own tribute. Unlike their Sixties rivals the Beatles, they have never received the Anthology treatment, and obscure gems from their heyday remain uncollected and largely overlooked. So here, in the interests of history, is Anorak’s album of Stones secrets…

1965: Ride On, Baby

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Posted: 26th, November 2012 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In photos: the tattooed faces of MS-13 and 18th Street gang members

THESE are gang tattoos of inmates in South America prisons. The ornately tattooed Mara Salvatrucha and the 18th Street gang members are many. Time reports that El Salvador has over 55,000 gang members; San Pedro Sula, a city of half a million Hondurans, has over 35,000. These gangs are South American imports from Los Angeles, deported from the US.

Their facial tattoos are familiar. Their fighting is barbaric. Not included in this photo montage are our pictures from Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 of prisoners at Pavoncito prison in Fraijanes, on the outskirts of Guatemala City holding up the decapitated heads of five alleged Mara Salvatrucha gang members. At least seven inmates were killed during a riot between rival gang members, five of which were decapitated, according to authorities:

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In this Sept. 1, 2012 photo, an inmate belonging to the Mara 18 gang gestures inside the prison in Cojutepeque, El Salvador.

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Posted: 25th, November 2012 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0