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The Internet and the old-guard media disagree on the cult of Edward Snowden

Demonstrators burn a coffin and a replica of Uncle Sam outside the U.S. embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday, July 8, 2013. Bolivia's President Evo Morales has accused the United States of pressuring European governments to deny his plane permission to enter their airspace amid suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden might have been onboard. Venezuela and Bolivia both made asylum offers to Snowden over the weekend, and Nicaragua has said it is also considering his request. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

THANK Zod for the Internet, especially Twitter, because without them you’d be hard-pressed to know anybody here in America is rooting for poor Edward Snowden these days.

There’s a disturbing divide in the national opinion—you can find exceptions in either case, but for the most part it looks like the Twitterati overwhelmingly supports Snowden while the mainstream media can’t stand him. At least not mainstream editorial boards; the Washington Post’s went so far as to call for Snowden to surrender and quit leaking information (some of which the Post’s own news team had already published).

To be fair, though, the Post did later run an op-ed piece by alumnus Daniel Ellsberg, exposer of the Pentagon Papers, in which Ellsberg argued that “NSA leaker Snowden made the right call” when he fled the country.

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Posted: 9th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Virginia Wade heads a list of British Wimbledon champions erased from the record books

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WHEN Andy Murray won Wimbledon some of you might have picked up the whiff of misogyny. Had he really ended the 77 year wait for a British Wimbledon Champion? Was he the first British champions since Fred Perry built a T-shirt brand in 1936? Whisper these names Virginia Wade (1977), Jamie Murray (mixed doubles, 2007) , Jonathan Marray (mens doubles, 2012), and Angela Mortimer and Anne Shilcock (ladies doubles, 1955).

But Murray’s a man. And it’s all about the men. Those headlines came thick and thicker:

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Times: “Murray ends 77-year wait for British win.”

Telegraph: “After 77 years, the wait is over.”

Daily Mail: “The moment Andy ended Britain’s 77 year wait.”

Daily Mirror: “Andy ends our 77-year wait for Wimbledon glory”

Daily Star: “Murray ends 77 years of hurt”

And on it goes….

Posted: 9th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Council wants to ban the ‘intimidating’ England flag – St George’s Cross makes you look white working class

 

A man writes a message of support for the England football squad on a giant Saint George's Cross flag, in Trafalgar Square, central London ahead of the World Cup game against Algeria

WELWYN and Hatfield Community Housing Trust wants it tenants to stop flying flags. It says the flags could be “intimidating“. But they can be flown when they are in reactions to national celebrations or a sporting occasions.

Trust spokeswoman Simone Russell tells the WHTimes:

“There are properties that have big flags hanging outside and while we encourage it during events such as the Jubilee; at other times it sullies the look of the area. Flags can be intimidating and can create a negative feeling… tenants must not hang or fix signs, banners or flags on the outside of the property, outside windows or on balconies, without our permission”. 

Fair enough about the no flag if they are against the rules. You can’t hang sheets and towels from balconies at many blocks of flats. But the part about flags being intimidating is odd. In case readers should be uncertain what kind of flag the council has in mind, the BBC illustrates its story with the Flag of St George stuck in a window. The WHTimes features a Union Jack and “local mother” Rachael Blythe, of Nursery Hill, Welwyn Garden City saying:

 “I will not let my landlord strip my child and myself of our rights and personal choices. I will fight this to the bitter end. This is a disgrace. Flying my country’s flag is my human right and I will continue to fly it for the foreseeable future. When the Queen takes her Union Jack down I will take mine down.”

Are either flags intimidatory?

There is no doubting the power of a flag. When Belfast City Hall said it would not fly the Union Flag every day, protests followed. One woman sums up the Loyalist view: “Northern Ireland is British and we’ll fly our national flag.”

Nick Groom, author of Union Jack: The Story of the British Flag, notes how the Union Flag was once threatened by the fascists:

Making the flag inclusive again means everyone flying it — whether as bunting in their bedroom window or on a Sex Pistols T-shirt. This was the genius of Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony: the Queen and Johnny Rotten are both British — and are both profoundly associated with the Union Jack.

Just as Michael Gove is sending a copy of the King James Bible to every school, so each school should also have a Union Jack. It is a symbolic map of the British isles and also a symbolic history of the United Kingdom: it can be used to tell the story of our national history and identity, of the British empire and our multiracial society…

There are no laws or regulations that govern the flag, except at sea. This means that we can all fly it in our own way, even in our own colours. There’s no licensing and no copyright in the Union Jack design and unlike America’s Stars and Stripes, which has strict laws controlling proper use, you can really do what you want with the Union Jack.

Let’s keep it flying everywhere and bequeath to our children not only the sporting legacy of the Olympics but also the heritage of the nation in having pride in our national flag.

On the matter of the Olympics, the gaffe that meant  images of North Korean athletes were slapped next to the South Korean flag was regrettable.

In the 1908 Games, also held in London, the flags of the United States and Sweden were not flown at the Opening Ceremony because – get this – no one could be bothered to find them. The Swedes took it in their stride but the Americans, without a hint of the Special Relationship to come, got a flounce on, refusing to dip their their flag towards the Royal Box during the parade

What about that Cross of Saint George? Last year we were told:

St George’s flag is a racist symbol says a quarter of the English

There had been a study in 2012:

The report blames the “extreme street hooligans of the English Defence League” for “toxifying” the St George’s Cross, although it says politicians should also take responsibility for failing to “speak up for the inclusive patriotism of the English majority”.

In 2010, the BBC asked:

Is waving the Cross of St George an act of patriotism, nationalism or racism? With England flying the flag as never before, the distinction appears to have caused some confusion…

The writer was clear:

The flag is a symbol of support for a team and love for a nation. If people choose to fly it or interpret it as a symbol of English superiority or aggression, that is not the flag’s fault. I shall continue to drape a large cross of St George upon my house.

Back to sport. In support of the 2006 World Cup, an estimated that 10.5million Cross of Saint George flags were sold. Was the flag a symbol of inclusion or division?

David Conn saw alienation:

Most black people interviewed said they felt alienated by the flag of St George and still associated it with the BNP. “It doesn’t really show unity, does it?” said one respondent, a woman aged 17. “It’s a bit white.”

“I don’t think many black people flew a flag,” Foster says. “Most of us still feel it is hostile and feel quite threatened by it.” She also noted “not too many” black or Asian faces at the big-screen gatherings – a feature of football crowds generally in England – but says that was partly because the drinking which goes with supporting England is “not black people’s culture”.

Duleep Alliraja had perspective:

 Of course the flag still connotes white supremacy for an insignificant rump of no-mark Little Englanders. However, for most people the St George flag has lost its racial connotations. But that doesn’t mean that the champions of a new inclusive patriotism are correct, either. In truth, the flag has been largely emptied of any political content – much like public life itself. It is pretty much just a football flag, a signifier of support for the English football team and very little else. The flag is seldom displayed in any context other than a football tournament. Even on St George’s Day there is no popular enthusiasm for flying the flag.

Charlie Brooker wrote of class and genetic failings:

Nowadays, when you see an England flag on a car, sprawled across a T-shirt, or flapping from a novelty hat, you no longer assume the owner is a dot-brained xenophobe. Instead you assume he’s just an idiot. And you’re right. He is. It’s a great piece of visual shorthand. Imagine the outcry if government passed a law requiring the nation’s dimbos to wear dunce’s caps in public. No one would stand for it. There’d be acres of newsprint comparing Blair and co to the Nazis. We’d see rioting in the streets – badly organised rioting with a lot of mis-spelled placards, but rioting nonetheless.

Instead, every numbskull in the land is queuing up to voluntarily brand themselves. They even pay for the privilege! As brilliant ruses go, it’s the most brilliant, rusiest ruse you could wish for. I can’t wait for stage two, when they’re persuaded to neuter themselves with safety scissors.

The only problem I have with this berk-demarcation scheme is the design of the flag itself. Personally, I’d jettison the big red cross/white background malarky in favour of a black rectangle with the word CRETIN printed in the centre in stark bold text.

What does he mean? Is the flag a sign of your class – one that should be wiped out?

Robert Crampton:

…in terms of flags residential as opposed to flags vehicular, the smaller and grottier the property, the more likely it is to sport a standard. My children have noticed this. They have also commented on how few of their friends at school fly flags on their cars. (It’s true, each morning at the gates, the same convoy of Range Rovers, Jeep Cherokees and massive great Mercs, all bare of patriotic regalia.) Thus has this World Cup introduced two youngsters to the paradox that the more your family has prospered in this country, the less likely you are to display any warmth towards it.

One well-heeled woman, trying and failing to square what to her was the contradiction of our being middle-class metropolitan types and yet simultaneously happy to wrap ourselves in the flag, asked my wife if our car was “an ironic statement”…

It’s peculiar, isn’t it, that in England, unlike any other country I know of, the gain of a little education, a little upward mobility, so often seems to entail the loss of the simple human desire to take pride in place? Peculiar, and sad. Going back to that young Bengali boy racer with his four flags: as he grows up and climbs up, slows down and settles down, I hope such a recoil from the straightforward love of country he feels now is one aspect of Englishness he fails to adopt.

Tony Parsons added in the Mirror:

Don’t kid yourself that the nation is united behind that red cross on a white background. In some quarters the flag is still seen as unforgivably naff – like keeping your coal in a bidet, or going to the corner shop in your curlers, or celebrating your love for your mum with a tattoo.

Some think the St George flag is the province of a certain section of society, like inflatable snowmen at Christmas…

The English are starting to wake up to the fact that the flag of St George is the one and only flag we have.

If we can’t find the passion in our hearts to fly this lovely flag – although dissenters say it looks like a stab wound – then what do we rally round?

You’re not a racist if your fly the England flag. You’re a chav. You’re the white working class. And that’s about as low as it gets…

Posted: 7th, July 2013 | In: Key Posts, News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Fartgate: the great ‘iconic’ wind-passing moments from the cultural archives

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As The Archers Fartgate rumbles on, we look back at those great ‘iconic’ wind-passing moments from the cultural archives.

 

Radio

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When Jezza McCreary recently passed wind in Radio 4’s The Archers, he was not the first character to do so. (It was in the script, by the way – this was no accident.) But it was the first time a character had done it audibly – and actor Ryan Kelly was offered a selection of farts by the sound effects department before picking one that he decided was suitably “fruity” for a man who had been eating steak and potatoes and drinking beer.

 

Journalist

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In 1973 Peregrine Worsthorne (pictured here with wife Lucinda Lambton) became the second person to say the word ‘fuck’ on British television. Years later, the former editor of the Sunday Telegraph would behave even more unpleasantly on a London Underground train. Sir Perry was annoyed by a passenger eating a burger – his ostensible reason being the odour, but this was no doubt exacerbated by a general disapproval of public eating and a specific disapproval of eating burgers anywhere. In revenge, Worsthorne stood near the man and farted into his face.

 

Stage

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Le Pétomane (‘Fart maniac’) Joseph Pujol was a professional flatulist who rose to fame in the late nineteenth century, when he entertained the crowned heads of Europe with his bizarre stage act. Standout moments included sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, playing tunes through a rubber tube stuck up his arse, and blowing out a candle from several metres away. Leonard Rossiter plays the great man here…

 

 

Silver Screen

 

Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles achieved legendary status in the Seventies for this spectacular ground-breaking scene.

 

But Mike Leigh’s 1976 film Nuts In May outdoes it for sordid verisimilitude (0.55.55).

 

TV Drama

Casual farting is as commonplace as casual violence in HBO’s landmark series The Sopranos. Usually the bowel action takes place in the offices at Satriale’s Pork Store. On this occasion, however, it occurs in more dramatic fashion after Tony tries an Indian.

 

 

Pop singer

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Former teacher Robert ‘Doc’ Cox was a stalwart of the BBC’s terrible That’s Life! in the 1980s. Ivor Biggun is his musician persona, with a string of releases such as his 1978 hit The Winker’s Song (misprint). You can no doubt guess the subject of his follow-up misprint, I’ve Parted

 

 

Footballer

During his reign at Liverpool, Gerard Houllier is said to have fined players for farting. Fortunately for Charlie Adams, he left Anfield long ago.

 

 

Miriam Margolyes

The national treasure famously farted live on Danny Baker’s radio show – famous because he has repeatedly reminded listeners ever since. But Miriam is far from shy about the topic, and can usually be relied upon to raise it at some point in any interview. In this example, Graham Norton, being a gentleman, saves her the trouble…

 

 

Comedy

Jaques Tati meets Le Pétomane in Vic and Bob’s flatulent homage, which ‘aired’ regularly in The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer. (And full marks for that title, by the way.)

 

 

Sex Symbols

 

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Marilyn Monroe and Britney Spears. Both notorious for it, by all accounts.

 

Singer Britney Spears attends "The X-Factor" viewing party at Mixology on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

 

Candle in the Wind was of course written for Monroe, but had nothing to do with Le Pétomane’s party trick. And neither does this picture.

 

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Snooker

The aptly named Judd Trump found himself temporarily distracted by a member of the audience during his World Championship semi-final against Ronnie O’Sullivan earlier this year.

 

Sitcom

Jim Royle’s outbursts are ten-a-penny, so here, for the sake of freshness, is Nana doing the honours.

 

 

Live TV

‘Air time’ is an occupational hazard for those who perform for hours. The fortunate ones get away with the occasional fart. Others are not so lucky, and find their full-blown incontinence immortalised on Youtube. We have no wish to draw attention to their embarrassment, so we will restrict ourselves to these minor faux pas by ladies who seems to have taken it in good heart.

 

 

 

 

Cartoon

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Viz’s revolting Johnny Fartpants clearly wears the fetid trousers in this field, but let’s hear it for our own favourite – the legendary Farting Dogs

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Posted: 7th, July 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


In 1978 Sex Pistol John Lydon told the BBC he’d like to murder Jimmy Savile (audio)

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IN October 1978, when Jimmy Savile was in his paedo pomp, seducing kids on the BBC with the vow that Jim’ll Fix It and spinning the discs on Radio 1, Johnny Rotten wanted to murder him.  In this clip, John Lydon talks about killing the protected Savile.

The interview features on Public Image’s album Religion Attack. This part about Savile never did make the Beeb’s final cut for broadcast:

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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

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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

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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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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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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…

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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?’

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spock doll

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monkey doll

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childbirth doll

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beyonce doll

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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?


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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

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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… ….

isam is 10

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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


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