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OMAR Bakri’s legacy to the nation is not only a green Ford Galaxy and a wiry hair in the soap dish; he leaves us in the company of “busty” Yasmin Fostok, 27, his daughter who functions as a pole dancer.
“I don’t get on with my dad,” says Yasmin, who appears on the Sun’s front page dressed in a T-shirt, jeans and fur-collared jacket.
The Sun does get on with Barki. It picks up the phone and dials “1” to get Bakri’s view. Somewhere in a converted caravan in Lebanon, a red phone is ringing.
Tomorrow. New York. At Macy’s. Posh and Becks will make an in store appearance to promote their new fragrance Beckham Signature His and Her. For Him: smells like having sex with plastic and bones. For Her: smells like concrete tits, hunger, and bunions. First 300 get to meet them, receive autographs, and watch them pose their balls off.
COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–
PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.
COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.
PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–
COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.
STEVIE notices that Breakingviews.com have stolen June’s line about the ‘Consummation should have been over and done with…anyone checked the honeymooners sheets?’ …on the Morgan Stanley deal…22 hours later.
You have to take out a trial membership to see the entire article but it tells us that it – ‘raised worries it may not consumnate its mating’.
Breakingviews.com wants to charge people for its incredibly quick commentary about breaking news…
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow’s milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.
“PETA’s request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow’s milk in the food he serves,” the statement says.
A JAPANESE company says it has made an airbag designed to stop elderly people injuring themselves by falling over.
Nasty falls, however, may be things of the past — thanks to the invention of the human airbag.
Simply strap the 2½lb (1.1kg) pouch around the waist and the wearer is armed with the cutting edge of protection. Sensors detect movement and have been programmed to know when things have gone wrong — a slip on something wet, a stumble on an uneven paving stone or a fall down stairs.
Within a tenth of a second, the airbags inflate to the size of three footballs as they are blasted into action with 15 litres of compressed gas, offering a soft slab of padding on the most vulnerable parts of the body in a fall: the back of the head and the bottom.
And it doubles as a bed for when the moment surges…
The price tag on the device — about £700 — offers a hint at just how big the “silver yen” has become as a business proposition.
US shock jock Rush Limbaugh is spreading disinformation about Barack Obama. Is it satire?
These polls on how one-third of blue-collar white Democrats won’t vote for Obama because he’s black, and — but he’s not black. Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood? He doesn’t have any African — that’s why when they asked whether he was authentic, whether he’s down for the struggle. He’s Arab. You know, he’s from Africa. He’s from Arab parts of Africa. He’s not — his father was — he’s not African-American. The last thing that he is is African-American.
FRANK Luntz’s hears Gordon Brown talks about Me, Myself and I, I, I, I..:
He still doesn’t get it. In his open sentence he uses ‘I’ four times. Incredible. He still doesn’t realize that it’s not about him. It’s about the British people and what they want for the future. Blair understood that the people come first. Brown still thinks he comes first.”
One is Hank ‘Call Me Uncle Joe’ Paulson, US Treasury Secretary, currently performing his ‘Buddy, Can You Spare a Trillion’ at the Capitol to mixed reviews.
And then on the other side of the pond there’s John Paulson, of the eponymous Hedge Fund Paulson and Co, which under new disclosure rules had to disclose it was shorting large positions in Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland, HBOS, and Barclays.
So far, so obvious.
The less obvious bit is that the Financial Times reports that Mr John Paulson, anticipating criticism for his moves, defended the short positions, saying his hedge fund
“empathizes with financial firms as to the difficult positions in which many find themselves.”
COLLECT Daily Mail heath advice in this handy Anorak binder:
Are people around the nation carefully clipping these stories out, and pasting them in indexed box files, ready for the day when they develop the condition in question, or encounter the opportunity to modify an unusual health risk exposure? And how will they know if the data they are gathering is complete, or just an arbitrary patchwork of newsworthy and self-serving information, multiply filtered through a range of imperfect agents with diverse interests and allegiances? In fact, how does anybody know that?
They are now…
Take care when using the binder as an allergy to leatherette can kill (see Daily Mail passim)…
THERE’S the surge. And then there’s the surge-charge:
Did you know there are two Iraqi surges? There’s the buildup of U.S. military personnel that has led to a reduction in crime in Basra and Baghdad this year. Then there’s the surge of dollars that has made some Iraqi kleptocrats very, very rich.
It’s the new Amerika:
Iraqi Defense Ministry officials helped set up two front companies that were to buy airplanes, armored vehicles, guns and other equipment with $1.7 billion in U.S. funds. The companies were paid, but in some cases they delivered only “a small percentage” of the equipment that had been ordered and, in one case, delivered bulletproof vests that were defective and could not be used.
The companies also overcharged for military helicopters and tried to deliver aircraft that were more than 25 years old, he said. Instead of demanding the money back, Adhoob said, the Defense Ministry renegotiated with the companies for “a series of mobile toilets and kitchens — which have never been delivered.
ZIMBABWEAN David Mwanaka rents a field off Mountsorrel Lane, in Rothley, Leicestershire.
In the course of a week, neighbours have called the police on him on three occasions. His office: Farming While Black.
The 42-year-old, thought to be one of only two black farmers in Britain, was questioned by police officers for over 30 minutes on Saturday following a call reporting a suspected theft.
“I was just picking the maize when I went to the edge of the field and saw three or four police cars and some officers walking towards me. They asked me what I was doing and I told them I was cropping my maize.”
Raja Petra Kamaruddin, a government critic and founder of the Malaysia Today website, has been sent to the Kamunting detention centre in northern Perak state on the order of the home minister, his wife Marina Lee Abdullah told AFP.
His arrest earlier this month was part of a crackdown amid a political crisis in Malaysia, as Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi faces calls to quit from within his cabinet and a mounting challenge by the opposition.
The detention of Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin at the Kamunting Detention Camp, Taiping, for two years under Section 8(1) of the Internal Security Act is the biggest act of injustice and cowardice I have seen in a long time.
AS he says: “There’s a news article just published at the Guardian reporting the announcement from the Met Office that ‘climate sceptics have their heads stuck in the sand’.”
Climate sceptics such as Nigel Lawson who argue that global warming has stopped have their “heads in the sand”, according to the UK’s Met Office. A recent dip in global temperatures is down to natural changes in weather systems, a new analysis shows, and does not alter the long-term warming trend. The office says average temperatures have continued their rising trend over the last decade, and that humans are to blame.In a statement published on its website, it says: “Anyone who thinks global warming has stopped has their head in the sand. “The evidence is clear, the long-term trend in global temperatures is rising, and humans are largely responsible for this rise. Global warming does not mean that each year will be warmer than the last.”
So what does it mean, then? That it’s not getting warmer?
HUGH Hefner prepares to dump his nursing ward of strumpets. Says he:
“Are there going to be changes in the relationships, I’m sure there are going to be. I think that in the future, the girls are going to, in time, be dating others and moving out of the mansion, and when that happens we will not be keeping it a secret.”
The chart above is wrong because it assumes that the Republicans are saying that elitism is synonymous with wealth. But that’s not what they’re implying at all. They branded Obama as an elitist not because of how many up arrows he has but how many books he owns. Remember, we elect presidents not for leadership quality or intellectual ability but for who we want to hang out and have a beer with.