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Kate Middleton: The most hateful Royal baby souvenirs

DUCHESS Catherine Windsor, nee Kate Middleton, is expecting a baby. The excitement outside the maternity wards at London’s St Mary’s hospital is at fever pitch. They are there to stare. But not only stare. Some subjects have prepared gifts. Let’s take a look at them:

 

Yummy Ma’am

 

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With the big Royal Event of the year hotly anticipated, we love these delightful designs by David Luff. They offer a very affectionate celebration of the new Royal Baby.

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Posted: 5th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, Royal Family | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Professor Green calls female journalist a ‘fat whore’ for invading his privacy – works for Chinese mobile phone company accused of spying

Professor GReen ZTE

WHEN The People’s Katie Hind wrote about Professor Green, the singer was upset.

He tweeted:

She practically printed my address – she’s a fat pig faced c**t of a no news whore.”

It’s an invasion of privacy, then, by a woman who sells herself to her paymaster? This makes her in Green’s eyes a “whore”, a “c**t” and a “fat pig”. He adds:

I had my life and privacy put at risk by this woman and people have the cheek to defend her? what did i ever do to her? these scum bag showbiz journalists need a f**king wake up call.

He then advised:

Hind, The People’s Showbiz Editor and gossip columnist – “She brings you the latest celebrity news from the A listers” – may care to note the Professor’s relationship with a company called ZTE:

Professor Green has partnered with ZTE Corporation to promote the UK launch of the ZTE Grand X dual-core smartphone… This follows a previous partnership between ZTE and the musician in 2011.

Says the Prof:

“ZTE is a great, innovative brand that is really shaking things up with their new mobile phones. With gigs and shows all the time in different countries, I am constantly on the move, so anything that enables people to watch videos, listen to music and play games on their phone gets my vote!” 

What do we know about ZTE? Reuters reports:

ZTE said in March 2012 that it would curtail business in Iran following a report by Reuters that it sold Iran’s largest telecoms firm a powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring telephone and Internet communications. The company is now facing a U.S. criminal investigation over the issue.

The BBC reported:

The European Union is investigating whether China illegally subsidised several of its telecommunications companies – including ZTE – to enable them to grow quickly and overtake the likes of Nokia and Alcatel.

At a recent meeting to discuss the matter, Beijing warned that if Brussels pressed ahead with its investigation, there would be severe retaliation against other western industries such as motoring and agriculture.

The Financial Times quoted a source familiar with the events as saying: “Put it this way: it’s not like they went for a beer after and watched football.”

The Smoking Gun alleged:

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation targeting a leading Chinese telecommunications firm that allegedly conspired to illegally ship hardware and software purchased from U.S. tech firms to Iran’s government-controlled telecom company, a violation of several federal laws and a trade embargo imposed on the outlaw Islamic nation, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The federal probe, launched earlier this year, has also uncovered evidence that officials with the Chinese company, ZTE Corporation (ZTE), are “engaged in an ongoing attempt to corruptly obstruct and impede” a Department of Commerce inquiry into the tainted $130 million Iranian transaction, according to a confidential FBI affidavit.

Officials with ZTE allegedly began plotting to cover up details of the Iranian deal after Reuters reported on the transaction in late-March. The news agency revealed that the telecom equipment sold to Iran was a “powerful surveillance system capable of monitoring landline, mobile, and Internet communications.” Included in the material sent to Iran were products manufactured by U.S. firms like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Dell, and Symantec.

Concerned that they could no longer “hide anything” in the wake of the Reuters report, ZTE lawyers discussed shredding documents, altering records, and lying to U.S. government officials, according to an insider’s account provided to FBI agents by a Texas lawyer who last year began serving as general counsel of ZTE’s wholly owned U.S. subsidiary. ZTE, the world’s fourth largest telecom equipment manufacturer, is publicly traded, though its controlling shareholder is a Chinese state-owned enterprise.

Time magazine asked:

Are Chinese Telecoms Firms Really Spying on Americans?

What says the privacy-loving, anti-whoring Professor?

PS – ZTE deny spying.

Spotter: Popbitch

Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Technology | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Egypt deposes the Muslim Brotherhood: the best Anti-Obama banners

Morsi usurped

LOOKS like the Arab Spring is over in Egypt. President Morsi has been toppled by the military. The Muslim Brotherhood must be a tad disappointed that a secular dictatorship is back in charge. Will they back any new Government? Or will they try to usurp it? 

Morsi said “I am prepared to sacrifice my blood”. Things are messy.

The Big Pharaoh explains what is going on:

The failure of Westerners to understand why Egyptians revolted against an elected regime is stemming from the fact that they, the Westerners, are secured in their inclusive constitutions, bills of rights and rule of law. We have nothing of these. We only had one facet of democracy – election – which brought a cultic organization with a fascist twist that decided to cancel the other facets.

So. what about the Obama administration? It’s man has gone. Obama had been supporting Egyptian President Morsi. Obama’s Egypt Policy is confused. He missed the chance to make the USA the good guys. Now he scrambles for irrelevance, at best.

The Egyptians know who to trust. Get a load of the protest banners. No burning Obama effigies…yet:

An opponent of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi speaks on a mobile phone at a railway station decorated with a banner reading: Obama Stop supporting MB (Muslim Brotherhood) fascist regime in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 1, 2013. Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Cairo and cities around the country Sunday and marched on the presidential palace, filling a broad avenue for blocks, in an attempt to force out the Islamist president with the most massive protests Egypt has seen in 2¬Ω years of turmoil. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

An opponent of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi speaks on a mobile phone at a railway station decorated with a banner reading: Obama Stop supporting MB (Muslim Brotherhood) fascist regime in Cairo, Egypt

 

Egyptian protesters hold a banner in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egyptian protesters hold a banner in Tahrir Square during a demonstration against Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president poured onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi’s Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

Protesters hold a banner with Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's photograph and Israel's flag during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president poured out onto the streets in Cairo and across much of the nation Sunday, launching an all-out push to force Mohammed Morsi from office on the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. Fears of violence were high, with Morsi's Islamist supporters vowing to defend him. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Protesters hold a banner with Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s photograph and Israel’s flag during a protest outside the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 30, 2013.

 

An Egyptian anti-President Mohammed Morsi protester waves a national flag in front of a banner criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama and Mohammed Morsi in Tahrir Square, the focal point of Egyptian uprising, in Cairo Sunday, June 30, 2013. Thousands of opponents and supporters of the president began massing in city squares in competing rallies Sunday, gearing up for a day of massive nationwide protests that many fear could turn deadly as the opposition seeks to push out Mohammed Morsi. Arabic reads, "Leave." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

Egyptians walk under banners criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Opposition movements are planning massive anti-Morsi rallies around the country on June 30, the 1-year anniversary of Egyptian Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s inauguration. (AP Photo/ Amr Nabil)

 

Egyptians shout anti-US slogans and raise their shoes in front of the American embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Friday March 9, 2012 as they protest against what they say is American intervention in Egypt. At top left, a poster shows U.S. President Barack Obama and at right U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Several hundred protesters gathered Friday outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, raising their shoes at a picture of President Barack Obama and calling on Egypt to expel Washington's ambassador amid a heated national debate about the trial of Americans working with pro-democracy groups who have been charged with using foreign funding to foment unrest.(AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

 

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, News, Politicians | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Robert Samuelson’s Internet repeal

Robert Samuelson TO quote the philosopher Mick Jagger, “What a drag it is getting old.” Or watching others do the same; the voyage from virility to senility hurts to behold.

Consider the Washington Post, long considered a VIP (Very Important Paper), one of America’s most prestigious. And WaPo veteran Robert Samuelson is a Very Important Pundit who became an online laughingstock this week after publishing a Very Serious Column suggesting life would be safer and better if only humanity would abandon this newfangled dad-blasted “Internet” thingy.

“If I could, I would repeal the Internet. It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not — as most people imagine — a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it. I grant its astonishing capabilities: the instant access to vast amounts of information, the pleasures of YouTube and iTunes, the convenience of GPS and much more.”

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, Technology | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Good cops in bad t-shirts – when police revel in violence

THE police in the US of A are armed. They are able to dispense ultimate justice at the flick of a trigger finger. This makes them powerful. It should make them cautious and respctful of their badge. However, it can also make them gung-ho, threatening, bellicose and militaristic.

Radley Balko is author of the forthcoming book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces. He’s compiled examples of slogan-heavy T-shirts sold and won by police officers. These include  T-shirts that see men as quarry and children as animals:

 

An anonymous public defender sent Gothamist this photo of an NYPD warrant squad officer wearing a t-shirt with a pretty quote from Ernest Hemingway:

An anonymous public defender sent Gothamist this photo of an NYPD warrant squad officer wearing a t-shirt with a pretty quote from Ernest Hemingway.

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Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Fashion, Key Posts, News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Alan Shearer provides expert anal’ – and other epic subtitle fails

When subtitlers go bad

At the conclusion of the Confederations Cup, British television audiences will be left with a host of magical memories featuring skill, technique, determination and sheer endurance. Is there no limit to Alan Shearer’s talents? It seems not…

subtitle fails

 

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Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 20 worst and most worrying dolls for sale on Etsy

THE blurb for each item sold on the online Etsy bazaar asks at the end: “Have any questions? Contact the shop owner.” After compiling this list of the creepiest, most wrong, oddest, weirdest  and worrying dolls for sale of Etsy, we’re a little unsure where to begin. Perhaps, the questions should be,  ‘Did your mother love you?; ‘Did your mother love you too much’; ‘Are you allaoewed near sharp objects?’ and ‘That you, Linus Van Pelt?’

scary doll

 

spock doll

scary doll

pooh

scary doll

 

 

monkey doll

lady gaga

infant

indian doll

 

 

WTF

 

 

 

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childbirth doll

scary doll

broken doll

beyonce doll

bette davis doll

barbie and tarzan

 

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Posted: 30th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Men of the People: when pasty-faced politicians who pretended to be just like the rest of us fail

WHAT has George ‘lifelong Chelsea fan’ Osborne learned this week? That passing yourself off as a man of the people is trickier than it seems.

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The Old Pauline has had his fingers burned before of course, after he adopted a Tony Blair style ‘mockney’ accent when speaking to ‘ordinary’ voters, and was rightly ridiculed for his presumptuousness.This week he tweeted a picture of himself burning the midnight oil with just a burger and fries for company. It has predictably came back to bite him on the arse, now that said snack has been revealed as a ‘posh’ burger costing just shy of ten quid.

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Posted: 28th, June 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gifs: 17 water slide lols

SUMMER’S here. Toss the daddy long legs from the dusty paddling pool. Grease over the slippery sliders. And head along to the Aqua Park, taking care to avoid the rusty nails. What could go wrong?


sliding gifs

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Posted: 26th, June 2013 | In: Gifs, Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Exploding actresses – when actresses in famous films explode – volumes 1, 2 and 3

exploding actresses

WHEN actresses explode, aka Exploding Actresses is brilliant:

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Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The headline-grabbing statues that moved, drunk, wept and even sung

THE Spinning Mummy of Manchester is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame after being filmed – using time-lapse photography – rotating 180 degrees in its glass case. The Egyptian statuette in the Manchester Museum is said to have attracted the attention of numerous experts, including the inevitable Brian Cox, and there has been “talk” apparently of an ancient curse.

We here at Anorak are adopting our usual skeptical position until a rational explanation emerges.

In the meantime, it is worth remembering other headline-grabbing statues that have moved before. Hell, they’ve drunk, wept, and even sung. And there is usually a perfectly sensible explanation…

1973: Japan

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When statues ‘weep’, the chances are that the lachrymose protagonist will be the Virgin Mary. Reports are legion, but only one has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican: Our Lady of Akita, reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa (below) in the remote area of Yuzawadai, near Akita. This wooden statue of the Virgin Mary – which also apparently manifested stigmata, as did Sister Agnes – is said to have wept on 101 occasions over the following six years.

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1985: Ireland

Statue3

Reports that a roadside statue of the Virgin Mary had started to move in Ballinspittle, County Cork, triggered off a series of sightings of other moving statues around the country. Sadly on this occasion a Catholic bishop declared this Marian apparition to be an illusion. Nevertheless, around 100,000 people were said to have visited the site of the ‘miracle’. Incidentally, after 15 pints of Guinness, whole churches can sometimes appear to move.

1995: India

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Early in the morning of 21 September 1995 a worshipper in New Delhi offered milk to a statue of the Hindu deity Ganesha, whereupon the elephant god reportedly snorted it up his trunk. Throughout the morning the milk drinking spread to statues of other gods in temples all over India. Later the same day, the new craze reached Britain and other countries.

Indian scientists suggested that capillary action was causing the liquid to rise from proffered spoons before running down the front of the statues.

2001: Worldwide

Big Mouth Billy Bass caused a worldwide sensation when he moved his head and tail and sang Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Take me to the River.

2012: India

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The Church of Our Lady of Velankanni in Mumbai became a major venue for pilgrims after its statue of Jesus began to drip water, and the church was happy to encourage this stat of affairs. So when pesky old skeptic Sanal Edamaruku revealed that faulty plumbing was causing water to leak onto the Son of God, the protests were none too happy. Although he is a longstanding debunker of religious myths, and a vocal critic of the church (including Mother Teresa), on this occasion things went further. After being charged with blasphemy, and receiving death threats, he sought exile in Europe, where he is trying to persuade governments to put pressure on India to abandon its archaic law.

Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Incredible image of a baby born but still inside the amniotic sac

SOME images are just incredible. Thanks to a Greek doctor and his camera, we get to see this memorable image taken dyring a caesarian section. Oddly, the amniotic sac remained intact as the birth progressed. The baby is no longer in the womb but continues to take oxygen and sustenance from the placenta.

caesarian section wow

 

The baby is doing well.

Posted: 24th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, News, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In photos – creative dog grooming competition goes nuts

IN Hershey, Pennsylvania, dog groomers have been showcasing their creations. Cats will laugh:

dog grooming

 

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Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, News, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Walle wins World’s Ugliest Dog title 2013 – photos

Walle poses for a portrait while competing in the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old beagle, boxer and bassett hound mix went on to win top honors. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

WALLE is the World’s Ugliest Dog 2013. Walle (above) took top spot at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old beagle, boxer and bassett hound mix is described by Judge Brian Sobel: “This dog looked like he’s been photo shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals.”

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Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Islam Is… The most informative video about Islam ever made

TURKISH creationists pose the question “What is Islam”. They then set about answering it with “Islam is…” It turns out that Islam is… a series of questionable fashion choices, a man with a plucked heavage and  whipped hair rarely seen beyond the windows of a 1976 barbers shop, a Xanthus with a massive cleavage called ‘VESACE’, a man weaing a suit so shiny the label;says “oven ready”, the double animal print woman who might by computer generated, and backdrops that suggest the talkers are either hiding in bushes, posing for estate agency catalogues or massive and talking from near space… ….

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Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Miley Cyrus: 10 insane and inane Gifs from We Can’t Stop video

THERE is something of the Bangkok LadyBoy about Miley Cyrus, formerly the world’s biggest-ever teenage star. Not so much the face of the future or the now, Cyrus is the reminder that trying to escape a hyper-controlled past can be tricky for your future career. In these 10 Gifs from her new song We Can’t Stop, Cyrus approximates sex appeal and kookiness without ever coming close to nailing either. She slices off her fingers, frots a massive teddy bear, twerks, engages in a spot of lipstick lesbian, rubs a slice of white bread over her face and smooches a Barbie doll. Naturally, in this check box approach to outrageous pop antics, she alludes to drugs use. In courting controversy, Cyrus manages to come across as remarkable uncontroversial, overly contrived and conservative. Still, at least she’s having fun. Beats working:

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Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 21 most hilarious outfits from Men’s Fashion Week – London Summer 2013

MENS’s Fashion gives until the laughter hurts our ears. We went to London Fashion week to see the men wearing what all the cool kids will be sporting soon:

A model on the catwalk at the Nasir Hazhar fashion show, held at the Victoria House venue during London Collections: Men.

A model on the catwalk at the Nasir Hazhar fashion show, held at the Victoria House venue during London Collections: Men.

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Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Fashion, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The most unforgettable corridors in sci-fi – in photos

CORRIDORS. Not just any old creepy, long, silent, anxiety-inducing, lonely, crippling, haunted corridors, but eerie, antiseptic, soulless, menacing, echoey, brooding, lugubrious corridors in sci-fi films. Corridors that when you scream no-one can hear you.

Corridors are the places in film that let the dialogue pause and the tensions build. You’d run along though them. If your legs let you.

These are the best corridors in sci-fi:

Code-46 – Michael-Winterbottom (2003)

Code 46 (2003, Michael Winterbottom)

 

 

The Black-Hole – Gary Nelson (1979)

The Black Hole (1979, Gary Nelson)

 

 

Ikarie XB-1 (1963, Jindřich Polák)

Ikarie XB-1 (1963, Jindřich Polák)

 

 

Star Wars

Star wars

 

 

Ridley Scott’s Alien

Ridley Scott’s Alien

 

 

George Lucas’s THX-1138

George Lucas’s THX 1138

 

 

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965, Gordon Flemyng)

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965, Gordon Flemyng)

 

 

Stereo (1969, David Cronenberg)

Stereo (1969, David Cronenberg)

 

 

Saturn 3 (1980, Stanley Donen)

Saturn 3 (1980, Stanley Donen)

 

 

Outland (1981, Peter Hyams)

Outland (1981, Peter Hyams)

 

 

Equilibrium (2002, Kurt Wimmer)

Equilibrium (2002, Kurt Wimmer)

 

 

Alphaville: Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

Alphaville- Une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965, Jean-Luc Godard)

 

 

Titan A.E. (2000, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman)

Titan A.E. (2000, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman)

 

 

Forbidden Planet (1956, Fred M. Wilcox)

Forbidden Planet (1956, Fred M. Wilcox)

 

 

2010 (1984, Peter Hyams)

2010 (1984, Peter Hyams)

 

 

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

 

 

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977, George Lucas)

Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope 1 (1977, George Lucas)

 

 

Solyaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)

Solyaris (1972, Andrei Tarkovsky)

 

 

Event Horizon (1997, Paul W. S. Anderson)

Event Horizon (1997, Paul W. S. Anderson)

 

 

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

2001- A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)

 

 

Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton)

Westworld (1973, Michael Crichton)

 

 

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991, Nicholas Meyer)

Star Trek VI- The Undiscovered Country (1991, Nicholas Meyer)

 

 

Robocop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)

Robocop (1987, Paul Verhoeven)

 

 

Upside Down (2012, Juan Diego Solanas)

Upside Down (2012, Juan Diego Solanas)

 

 

Species (1995, Roger Donaldson)

Species (1995, Roger Donaldson)

 

 

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956, Fred F. Sears)

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956, Fred F. Sears)

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Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Dumbest Beauty Pageant Answers Ever

beauty-dumbTHE question and answer session is the key moment in the beauty pageant, when the hopeful stops shaking her chest and waggling her backside to flex her mind.

Anorak brings you the Greatest Beauty Pageant Answers Ever. And – remember – no-one likes you if you are cute and smart. Maybe this article shold be entitled The Smartest Beauty Pageant Answers Ever?

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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Beautiful Polish film posters for banned American films

BEFORE the Wall came down and the EU came knocking, Polish film posters for American film were handmade. Nowadays, Poles are seduced to Americans films with the usual cocktail of edited quotes from critics and airbrushed photography. But when US publicity material was banned, film posters for Yankee movies were created by artists interpreting the film.

There is no proof that they were more effective in getting punters in to watch the film. But the billboards would have been more beautiful:

Gremlins

Gremlins

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Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For sale: This Game of Thrones suit of armour for your guinea pig

For sale: This Game of Thrones suit of armour for your guinea pig.

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Posted: 17th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Edward Snowden: the best views on the spook who grassed up Obama

Pro-democractic legislator Claudia Mo holds a copy of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" next to a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama and Edward Snowden during a news conference in Hong Kong Friday, June 14, 2013. Two lawmakers in Hong Kong said on Friday that they had written to U.S. President Obama to try to persuade him not to bring charges against the former US intelligence contractor Snowden. Snowden revealed last weekend he was the source of a major leak of top-secret information on NSA surveillance, saying he was uncovering wrongdoing. He spoke to reporters from an undisclosed location in the semiautonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

DOCUMENTS leaked by US techy spook Edward Snowden show us that the US government is able to access details of smartphone and internet activity under a scheme called Prism. The allegation is that the US intelligence agencies have an open line to Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype and Apple. They also record all of your phone calls. The Guardian reprots that the UK’s electronic surveillance agency, GCHQ, has access to the data. This might explain why the taxes for so many big Internet firm are so low. The elite want to keep paying foreign companies for data on British citizens off the books.

 What does it all mean, though? We’ve picked out the best opinions on the news:

Mark Steyn:

Perhaps this is just the way it is in the panopticon state. Tocqueville foresaw this, as he did most things. Although absolute monarchy “clothed kings with a power almost without limits” in practice “the details of social life and of individual existence ordinarily escaped his control.” What would happen, Tocqueville wondered, if administrative capability were to evolve to bring “the details of social life and of individual existence” within the King’s oversight? Eric Holder and Lois Lerner now have that power. My comrade John Podhoretz, doughty warrior of the New York Post, says relax, there’s nothing to worry about. But how do I know he’s not just saying that because Eric Holder’s monitoring his OnStar account and knows that when he lost his car keys last Tuesday he was in the parking lot of Madam Whiplash’s Bondage Dungeon?

When the state has the power to know everything about everyone, the integrity of the civil service is the only bulwark against men like Holder. Instead, the ruling party and the non-partisan bureaucracy seem to be converging. In August 2010, President Obama began railing publicly against “groups with harmless-sounding names like Americans for Prosperity” (August 9th, a speech in Texas) and “shadowy groups with harmless-sounding names” (August 21st, radio address). And whaddayaknow, that self-same month the IRS obligingly issued its first BOLO (Be On the Look-Out) for groups with harmless-sounding names, like “tea party,” “patriot,” and “constitution.”

It may be that the strange synchronicity between the president and the permanent bureaucracy is mere happenstance and not, as it might sound to the casual ear, the sinister merging of party and state. Either way, they need to be pried apart. When the state has the capability to know everything except the difference between right and wrong, it won’t end well.

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Posted: 14th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Politicians, Technology | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0