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How To Short Sell iPods And Steve Jobs

Apple was yesterday stung into denying its head Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack. The false internet rumour had briefly slashed his company’s stock value.

It once again highlights the problems of the troubled relationship between traditional and new often totally amateurish and unregulated gossip mill new media.

The video posting on iReport.com – a site owned by Time Warner’s CNN – caused confusion among investors. It was pulled after 20 minutes but not before the company’s stock temporarily dipped by almost 10 per cent…causing panic share selling.

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Posted: 5th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Andrew Sullivan Continues To Examine Sarah Palin’s Womb

ANDREW Sullivan continues to demand proof that Trig Palin is of Sarah Palin born:

Now, when are we going to get some record of Trig’s birth and parentage from the hospital or the doctor? It’s been over a month now … They have stated on the record that Sarah Palin is Trig’s biological mother. But they refuse to provide one iota of confirming evidence.

Are any of Sarah Palin’s children hers? Call Jeremy Kyle

Andrew Sullivan Stares Inside Sarah Palin’s Womb

Andrew Sullivan Says Bristol Palin Has Two Wombs

Andrew Sullivan Can’t Let Go Of Trig

Posted: 4th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Saudi Cleric Calls For One-Eyed Veil

IN SAUDI Arabia, the girls are making eyes at the boys:

A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia has called on women to wear a full veil, or niqab, that reveals only one eye.

Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan said showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye make-up to look seductive…

Bedroom eyes…

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Posted: 4th, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (25) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


David Suzuki Runs On Diesel

DAVID SUZIKI is an environmentalist. He looks like a cross between David Ballamy, Rolf Harris and Burt Kwouk.

He’s on tour. He’s on the road:

Winnipeg Sun columnist Tom Brodbeck tells us:

I notice David Suzuki himself didn’t “walk the talk” when he did his 40-city, rock star tour of Canada last year.

Remember that one? The chief frog counter driving all over hell’s half-acres in his own private diesel tour bus?

That’s right. Not a train or a hybrid vehicle as his foundation wants everybody else to travel in.

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Posted: 4th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Wikiepedia’s Jimmy Wales Meets The Chinese

LAST week, Wikipedia big wig Jimmy Wales met with Cai Mingzhao, Vice Director of China’s State Council Information Office – the government body whose “Internet Management Division” is in charge of censoring online content.

They discussed Jimmy’s concerns about censorship. No deals or agreements were made, but Jimmy tells me that the meeting has opened a channel of communication and dialogue between the Wikipedia community and the Chinese government.

Wikipedia: China -“Land of free and brave.”

The official website gave no further information about what was discussed. IT blogger Keso – on his blogspot blog but not on his main China-hosted blog – remarked: “In this kind of meeting, it’s unclear what Cai Mingzhao is smiling at Wales about, it must have been interesting.”  I saw Jimmy on Saturday at the World Economic Forum meeting in Tianjin. (Jimmy is one of the WEF’s Young Global Leaders.) I told him that news of his meeting was on the Internet and that people were starting to wonder what was up. He was surprised, because he said his interlocutors had indicated they didn’t want the meeting to be public.

Since 2005 Wikipedia – both Chinese and English – has been blocked in China, but it was unblocked in the run-up to the Olympics, along with a number of other overseas websites.

Wikipedia: challengeing facts across borders…

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Jimmy Wales On Rachel Marsden On Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales’ Stir-Fried Wikipedia

Shoes For Hats: Daily Mirror Hack’s Zany Wikiepdia Cheat

Shannon Matthews: Sir Norman Bettison’s Wikipedia Update

Lawrence Solomon On Wikipedia Climate Control

French Reporters Warned Off Facebook And Wikipedia

The Battle For The Soul Of Wikipedia

Clinton, Obama And Wikipedia

Wikipedia: The Journalists’ Friend

Jimmy Wales On Rachel Marsden On Wikipedia

Al Sugar’s 54-A-Side Manchester City

Is The Times Fixing For Free Web Traffic On Wikipedia?

Jimmy Wales Accused Of Editing Wikiepdia For Money

Celebrity News Of The Day: Vernon Kaye Is Not Dead:

Wikipedia’s NPOV Is Negotiable On Climate Change

Posted: 4th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sarah Palin Goes Nucular

SARAH Palin goes nucular.

a Wikipedia entry on “Nucular”:

Usage by politicians

U.S. presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, as well as Presidential Candidate Walter Mondale and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, have all used this pronunciation.

Ha ha. It’s just the special, presidential way to say “nuclear.”

Sarah Palin Wants Nuclear War

Posted: 4th, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Britt Lapthorne Is Missing

ONE of the curiosities of news coverage is its seemingly one-way interest direction.

Australia’s second city, Melbourne, is caught up with the tale of it own missing 21-year-old backpacker. A Croatian police statement that they are “looking for a girl and not a body” headlines in all of today’s Oz newspapers.

Britt Lapthorne, above, went missing in Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 18. In the reverse of so many tales of Europeans missing/lost/murdered tales in Oz, her brother, Darren, and father, Dale, are now in the country desperately seeking clues to what has happened to their loved one, last seen in the city’s Fuego nightclub.

Croatian police say the son of the owner of the Dubrovnik hostel where Britt was staying was released after 36 hours of questioning but was not a formal suspect.

AGW

Posted: 4th, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man Fined For Taking Photo: The End Of Happy Slapping

IN Scotland, happy slapping is being chucked out:

A man who took a photograph of an ill woman outside an Edinburgh bar has been fined £100 after being branded “unchivalrous” by a sheriff.

The woman had been drinking with friends in an Omni Centre bar when she felt unwell and went outside for air.

Sebastian Przygodzki took a photograph with his camera, which upset Rebecca Smith and her friends called police.

He was arrested and charged with breach of the peace, and pleaded guilty to the offence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

How to end happy slapping – easy…

Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bank Of England’s Money Management On The Never Never

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, said today that:

“In these extraordinary market conditions, the Bank of England will take all actions necessary to ensure that the banking system has access to sufficient liquidity”

Translated into English, that means that the Bank of England relaxed borrowing rules for financial institutions, and will accept as collateral stuff which it has previously refused to touch with a barge pole.

There were, of course, good reasons why they previously refused to touch it with a barge pole, but we’ll worry about that later.

It’s crisis management on the never never…

Chenier

Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ireland Is Safer Than The Bank Of England

MOVE your money to Ireland:

Advertising group WPP went on the offensive on Monday, announcing plans to move its tax base to Ireland in a rebuff to the British government and saying it has won over yet more investors at bid target TNS…

Run!

It Was The Sun Wot Done The Economy

Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


There Is No Credit Crunch On The BBC

TAKE alook at the Recession Blocker.

It removes all those depressing words that remind you of the finanical crisis. Why worry about the credit crunch when you can pretend it’s not happening? I wonder if Gordon Brown et al might like to use it?

The BBC site looks good too!

Dizzy

Shhh! No-one mention money….

Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Heidi Montag And Spencer Pratt Eat For Global Hunger

INDEED: “Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt served up tacos to hungry drive-thru patrons in a Los Angeles Taco Bell. The twosome have teamed up with Taco Bell in an effort to raise awarness of global hunger.”

The hungry just be overjoyed…

Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Rap To JayZ

LIVE and direct from Turtle Bay, The Croydonian hears UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the fiftieth anniversary gala of UNA-USA in New York.

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So I will try to be a bit courageous and creative myself. Since one of the honourees is my man Jay-Z, I think I’ll try his language tonight. It is a foreign language to me, but one which I love, so please bear with me.

Global Classrooms are a cinch
With the help of Merrill Lynch

When you put the org in Google
Partnerships go truly gloooobal.

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Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Baby Boom And Bust

Elderly (that seems to be 50 plus this week) Euro shakers and movers are scrambling to shift their money and interests around today. Not quite being able to make up their befuddled, creaking, ageing minds.

The Baby Boomers are retiring, the 50 to 60 somethings have cashed in on long-term pension plans and many have cash nest eggs larger than the UK.s £35,000 guaranteed savings in one banking place.

As Chenier predicted – in Anorak a couple of days ago – Northern Rock and National Savings schemes (all money guaranteed by the Government) have been swamped as the Children of the Revolution…the ’60s Swingers, who are now 60-years-old, scramble on an hourly basis to swap money and their interests around.

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Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Peter Mandelson Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons

PETER Mandelson is to make his third come-back to the Cabinet. It’s a reshuffle on the deck…

Posted: 3rd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Choppers For Obama

CHOPPERS For Obama

Spotter: Lone Pigeon

Barack Obama For Plus Ca Change

Mullets For Obama

Phone Sex Enthusiasts For Obama

One-Armed Jewish Black Lesbian Obese Cheerleaders For McCain

Creepy Kids Sing For Obama Change

Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (5) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sir Ian Blair To Resign

Sir Ian Blair is expected to announce his resignation as Metropolitan Police Commissioner this afternoon – and step out on the path to celebrity…

– Chenier

Sir Ian Blair Teaches Amy Winehouse To Dry Out

Ladies And Gentlemen, The Death Of Jean Charles De Menezes

Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police Log: Cyclists Undone By Braless Thieves

POLICE Log: Anorak’s Look At Crime In The News…

Done Up Like A Stripper:

Deputies are searching for a group of women last seen wearing suspenders without bras or shirts on underneath them who robbed an 18-year-old on his way to work, according to a Martin County Sheriff’s Office report.

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Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Police Order Woman To Knit Her Punishment

POLICE LOG: Crime in the news…

Jumpers For Tyres:

An 89-year-old grandmother who went on a tyre-wrecking spree in her street has been ordered to knit jumpers for her victims.

Heidi Kohl, from western Germany, was arrested after one neighbour spotted her slashing the tyres on a car. She later confessed that she had resorted to drastic measures after becoming “fed up” with so many drivers parking in her neighbourhood.

Kohl was initially told that she would be fined for her behaviour, but authorities came up with the more unusual punishment after the woman claimed she would be unable to pay.

A spokeswoman confirmed: “When she’s knitted the sweaters, then the matter will be over for us.”

Something in stripes should do it…

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Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Biscuit Tin Economy

WANT to know what to do with your money? Read The Biscuit Tin Economy

Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (6) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cooking With Testicles

COOKING with testicles:

Sample recipe: Goulash with stallion or bull testicles

Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons lard

4kg stallion of bull testicles

2-3 onions

1 clove garlic

peppercorn and ground pepper

thyme

mint herb

milfoil (plant)

red ground seasoning pepper or tomato puree

hot chilli pepper to taste

salt

mix seasoning

1 tbsp plain flour

200ml white wine

1 tablespoon honey

2 squares cooking chocolate

Method

Cut testicles into thin slices. Fry briefly, adding finely chopped onion, garlic, black ground pepper and chilli. Cook while gradually adding water. When nearly finished, add white wine. When wine evaporates a bit, add mix seasoning, pepper, thyme, milfoil, red pepper powder, mint herb and a tablespoon of flour. Mix all well until wine completely evaporates and at the very end add honey and chocolate. Instead of red ground seasoning pepper you can use tomato puree. Tomato puree is used to get red colour, so don’t use ketchup.

– June

Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (32) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bette Verte: Bette Midler Goes Green

GLOBAL warming quote of the day: Bette Midler…

“Over the years, the number of trucks that I have behind me has grown exponentially and I don’t really like that, I don’t like wasting the gas,” she told me on a promotional trip to London.

“Fourteen trucks, that’s a lot of gas. So I decided I’d stay put for a while,” she added.

It gets better…

Surely moving equipment in trucks is unavoidable for a touring show, I ask her?

“I can avoid it,” she says, shaking her head, and going on to provide an impressive list of her green credentials that would put most celebrities to shame.

“I don’t drive much, I have a Smart car, I have a hybrid, I drive a [Toyota] Prius,” she says.

It’s the wind beneath her wings that powers her on…

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Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Obama Buys His Own TV Channel

OBAMA:

The satellite channel is the latest of these marginal gambits: Three readers from different parts of the country email that Channel 073-00 on the Dish Network is now labeled OBAMA. (“What is up with Sen. Obama having his own channel?” asks a St. Louis reader.) The channel plays his two-minute ad laying out his economic plan on a loop, over and over.

A bastion of truth…

Obama Campaign Has The ‘Stench Of Police State Tactics’

Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Warren Buffet Is Lender Of Last Resort

Well, if the ongoing proceedings in Congress are anything to go by Warren Buffet may end up as the lender of last resort after the Federal Reserve goes down; Dog only knows that I have spent 20 years pointing out that the Savings and Loans debacle was not only predictable but blindingly obvious, and that the same thing would happen all over again, with brass knobs on, if they didn’t relocate the rocket scientists to someplace where they could do less damage, like weapons research.

They didn’t, and it has…

Chenier

Posted: 2nd, October 2008 | In: News | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Life Clock: Be Depressed

WANNA be depressed. Here goes:

12

nothing seems out of the ordinary when you first look at Life Clock. upon closer inspection, you may notice the numbers seem a little high. this is because one rotation of this clock is equal to the average human lifespan. the clock is an artwork by bertrand planes which uses an ordinary clock slowed down 61320 times to make each minute equal to a year.

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Posted: 1st, October 2008 | In: News | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0