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Minerva Sues Apple, Nokia, Sprint, Motorola, Sprint, Sony Ericsson And More

AS reported Minerva has been given the go ahed for a US patent on a “mobile phone with removable storage, an internet connection, a camera and the ability to download audio or video files”.

It is now suing Apple, Nokia, RIM, Sprint, AT&T, HP, Motorola, Helio, HTC, Sony Ericsson, UTStarcomm, Samsung and more…

Posted: 26th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Madeleine McCann: Man Questioned

AS Reported: “A Portuguese construction worker in Gibraltar was questioned by Royal Gibraltar Police on Thursday after he was reported to resemble the photofit of a man seen in the area of Praia da Luz before Madeleine McCann disappeared last year.”

The man was not arrested and was released on the same day.

Madeldine McCann – pointing fingers and casting aspersions….

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Posted: 26th, January 2008 | In: Madeleine McCann, Twitterings | Comments (22) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Government Bans Staff Using Mobile Phones Outside Office

THE Register has a leaked email on life within the Cabinet Office. It says that no mobile storage devices of personal data can be taken off secure premises:

Any information that links one or more identifiable living person with private information about them” or “Any source of information about 1000 identifiable individuals or more, other than information sourced from the public domain.

So mobile phones are banned if they are used on the move?

Spotter 

Posted: 26th, January 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Revelations On Sex At College

A SEXUAL revelation at college:

Those reading medicine had the most number of sexual partners (eight) while those reading theology had the fewest (two).

Where did the professors come?

Posted: 26th, January 2008 | In: Broadsheets, Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peter Hain: Knave Or Fool

WE shall be launching the Anorak Let My Ex-Cabinet Minister Go campaign as soon as the funds reach us from our secret oversea sources and City slush funds. You can help by sending Anorak money…lots of it, get it in here, NOW, by the wheelbarrow load. There will be a proper accountability…when we get round to it.

The question remains: was Hain a Knave or a Fool?

Join the debate

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Heath Ledger’s Masseuse

HEATH Ledger is dead. And:

Diana Lee Wolozin — the “masseuse” who discovered Heath Ledger’s body Tuesday and who made three frantic calls to Mary-Kate Olsen before phoning 911 — does not hold a state license to perform massage therapy.

She is not listed on the New York State Education Department’s Web site, which tracks licensed health care professionals. (Licensed massage therapists are supposed to be certified in CPR.)

Practicing massage therapy without a license is a felony; Wolozin could face fines or jail time.

You need a license to rub people?

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Celebrities, Twitterings | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Brussels Journal Distorts Muslims

THE Brussels Journal Distorts European news:

But it’s one thing dealing with facts and rational analysis. It’s quite another when pernicious sites like the Brussels Journal tar all Muslims with the same extremist brush and distort the news to portray Islam itself as destroying our society rather than Islamic extremists.

Take their report of the story above. The whole point of the story is not that Muslims complained (as far as I can tell, not one Muslim expressed anger at the tale of the Three Little Pigs). The point is rather, as Richard Littlejohn put it in his inimitable way today:

What we have here is another case of brain-dead white “liberals” taking offence on someone else’s behalf to the point of mental illness.

But how did the Brussels Journal report it?

That’s it I resign. This latest piece of lunacy has tipped me over the balance and I think I am going to start taking large quantities of drugs. Wake me up when the Muslims have gone.

The last line is the giveaway. Yes, we in the West need to be relentless in defending Western values and free speech in the wake of Islamist demands. And it’s liberals of all people who ought to be in the front line of that fight, defending those with lifetyles and attitudes which Islamists would kill.

The Brussels Journal is drivel.
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Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings, War On Terror | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Message To Davos: The Meaning Of Capitalism

MESSAGE to Bill Gates and Davos:

“Capitalism isn’t a system. Got that? Capitalism is the lack of a system. Why can’t you fools understand this? Capitalism is freedom. All “systems” are the enemies of freedom, because they rely on the opinions of a few– usually very cranky– people, instead of on the collective wisdom of everyone acting in their own self interest, tempered by their innate generosity.

Capitalism is the unfettered desire and ability of humans to barter with one another and accumulate knowledge and things. That’s it. In capitalism, certain institutions arise because the market signals they are necessary in the first place, and supports them after they are established. In general, when people who do not understand this desire of humans to barter and accumulate things attack these useful institutions, they destroy wealth and impoverish people.

That confab in Davos is the poster child for that sort of meddling. Repeat after me: Hong Kong-good. North Korea-bad.” — Roger de Hauteville on The Binary Man’s Burden @ Maggie’s Farm

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Read: Bono Makes Al Gore Credible

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Money, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Anorak: Hot Or Not

ON the forum: Just out of curiosity, I would like to know what your temp. is right now, everyone, what country you are in and do you have snow? ( I know Johnny doesn’t have snow, and I am pea green with envy!)

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No Government In Italy, God Willing

ME: There’s no government?

Barman: Right.

ME: So what are we going to do?

Barman: God willing it’ll last until January and we won’t pay taxes…

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Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Perez Hilton’s Right To Free Speech

PEREZ Hilton Wins in Lohan Friend Suit, go the headlines.

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is entitled to nearly $85,000 to pay his legal costs in a defamation lawsuit brought by a friend of Lindsay Lohan.

“Perez Hilton will take steps to make sure every dime is collected,” says his lawyer, Bryan J. Freedman. “This should make one careful before filing a lawsuit against him.”

Samantha Ronson, who sued Hilton last year, was a passenger in Lohan’s car when it crashed into a tree in Beverly Hills in May. She sued Hilton for repeating on his Web site a report from another site stating that she planted cocaine that was found in Lohan’s car.

The judge removed Hilton from the lawsuit last November after the blogger’s attorneys argued he was protected by free speech rights.

Should we host Anorak in the Us again?

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Celebrities, Perez Hilton, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


James Bond Does Harry Potter

THE new James Bond film is called Quantum of Solace.

Is Harry Potter in it?

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The US Casino Protectionism Racket

IF the US is the champion of the free market – give them what they want; the customer is always right; Sell! Sell! Sell! – why do American cops bust a casino and arrest the owners?

The pages of the Honolulu Advertiser are buzzing with news of how Federal agents and Honolulu police dismantled an illegal Honolulu casino.

The gambling den is thought to have “handled more than $10,000 in bets daily and allegedly helped a couple amass more than $7 million in cash and property”.

All power to them, you might suppose. Yong Sang Kim and Min Ju Kim, allegedly, raked in $3,787,300 in cash and bought or leased more than $4 million worth of property by running the gambling business and “other ventures out of various Honolulu locations between 2003 and July 7, 2005”.

In two years they made a fortune. Is this the American dream?

They are charged with running an illegal gambling business, conspiracy and money laundering.

But why not make the casinos legal and let the market decide who wins…?

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Poker And Casino, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jacqui Smith: The Forensic Clarity Of John Prescott

JACQUI Smith is not all that bright:

I was listening to Jaqui Smith this morning on Today. It was almost pitiful to hear her being intellectually skewered by the presenter over the case for 42 days detention without trial. In the same way it would be almost mildly troubling to see Pol Pot wearing a set of park railings. Apparently, passing legislation to lock up people without trial for longer based on an assessment of potential risk nobody really agrees with is not ‘hypothetical.’ This is the sort of gibberish which makes one long for the forensic clarity of John Prescott.

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Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Big Brother Celebrity Jack With Ally Ross

BIG Brother is on the telly. It is. Is! Is! Is!

Somone who knows someone who knows someone told us. Is!

But the contestants think everyone is watching.

As the Sun’s Ally Ross puts it: “We see Hollyoaks, they see Hollywood.”

Indeed..

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Big Brother TV, TV & Radio, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Where Fat Workers Work

workpicnic Where Fat Workers WorkANORAK reports that fat people will be offered money to lose weight.

Read:

Firm Workers: Paying Fat Workers To Lose Weight

And then we see the office block of the future….

Posted: 25th, January 2008 | In: Food & Fat, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Birth Of MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman

ALFRED E. Neuman was a creation of MAD magazine. Right?

In “Campaigning for President: Memorabilia from the Nation’s Finest Private Collection,” by Jordan M. Wright. the author notes:

The image of Alfred E. Neuman was created more than thirty years before MAD magazine adopted him as a mascot and gave him his name. Originally, anti-Roosevelt ads used him to demonstrate the obliviousness of Roosevelt’s supporters.

(Wikipedia has a lot to say about Neuman’s slow drift through the culture.)

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Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Strange But True, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Broadband Airlines

SOUTHWEST Airlines will soon start testing satellite-delivered broadband Internet access on four of its planes.

More

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obama: I’m Not A Muslim! Forward This To Everyone You Know

BARACK Obama: I’m Not a Muslim! Forward This to Everyone You Know.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama launched an online viral counteroffensive Tuesday against persistent e-mail chain letters that lie about his religious and political background. But history suggests that the effort might backfire, according to experts in urban myths and folklore.

“The principle is that a very strong denial makes some people think: ‘Uh huh, we knew it. If he’s taken the trouble to make such a strong denial, there must be some truth to it,’” says Bill Ellis, a professor at Pennsylvania State University who studies contemporary folklore and popular cultural responses to societal events like the 9/11 attacks.

You deny and look like you care…

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Barack Obama, Politicians, Twitterings | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Celeb Links For Anoraks

THE title of the 22nd James Bond film is… Quantum of Solace

HEATH Ledger: Wolozin called 911 45 minutes after her first call to Olsen.

JACK Nicholson’s 30 orgasms a week 

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Celebrities, Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A French Banking Disaster

A FRENCH banking disaster?

Société Générale, France’s second-biggest bank, has revealed that one of its traders in Paris had committed a 5bn euro (£3.6bn/$7.1bn) fraud.

A list of recent monster banking frauds.

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Money, Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A Word From Peter Hain

SAYS Peter Hain on his official website:

Welcome

….to my new website which explains what I am doing as MP for Neath, and as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Wales

Things move fast on the information motorway. And faster still in politics…

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Politicians, Twitterings | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Did Peter Hain Eulogise A Terrorist?

PETER HAIN on the Anorak Forums: On July 24, 1964 a time bomb was placed in the Johannesburg railway station and exploded during the evening rush hours. The blast killed one, a woman pensioner, and severely wounded more than twenty others. It later emerged Frederick John Harris, a teacher and member of the African Resistance Movement, was responsible.

He was charged with murder and two counts of sabotage. Harris was convicted and sentenced to death.

He was hanged…and who allegedly read out the eulogy for the terrorist who had hidden behind a pillar to watch the effects of his work?

It was a 16-year-old boy…his name….yup! Peter Hain. He read the piece because his mother and father were both banned persons under that strict Nationalist regime of the day. They left Southern Africa for the UK very shortly after that.

Now IF it was the same Pater Hain I don’t think his part in praising an executed terrorist figures very highly on his CV. It was never mentioned around the time of the London tube incidents either. If it is the same Peter Hain that is.

It is a big if. And this is all alleged… 

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Virgin Galactic Spaceship

THE Virgin Galactic Spaceship is on its way.

It will be changing at Crewe and due to staff shortages etc. etc. etc…

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Twitterings | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Beckham’s Carbon Footprint Replaced By Helium

beckham David Beckhams Carbon Footprint Replaced By HeliumTHE Carbon Trust says: “With all his money he [David Beckham] should be using it at least to reduce his own footprint. He has more freedom of choice when it comes to methods of traveling. He could also choose greener cars.”

As Anorak noted: “During a four-month period over the summer, he was reported to have spent at least eight full days in the air.”

According to Soccer America daily, with reference to data provided by the British environmental group Carbon Trust, the Los Angeles Galaxy superstar is responsible for 163 tons of carbon dioxide yearly — compare that to the normal 9.4 tons the average Englishman produces.

Beckham’s Carbon Footprint — a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of green house gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide — may be the largest in human history.

David is unavailable for comment. although those who have heard him speak say he has stopped breathing carbon and in favour of a Beckham branded oxygen-helium blend…

Posted: 24th, January 2008 | In: Celebrities, Global Warming, Posh and Becks | Comments (7) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0