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A VIRTUAL theft? A real crime or a though crime? Or a merging of the two?
A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from “rooms” in Habbo Hotel, a 3D social networking website.The 17-year-old is accused of stealing 4,000 euros (£2,840) worth of virtual furniture, bought with real money.
Five 15-year-olds have also been questioned by police, who were contacted by the website’s owners.
The six teenagers are suspected of moving the stolen furniture into their own Habbo rooms.
A spokesman for Sulake, the company that operates Habbo Hotel, said: “The accused lured victims into handing over their Habbo passwords by creating fake Habbo websites.
“In Habbo, as in many other virtual worlds, scamming for other people’s personal information such as user names has been problematic for quite a while.
“We have had much of this scamming going on in many countries but this is the first case where the police have taken legal action.”
Do the police impound the stolen goods?
Robert Stewart – Bike Sex Man – is on the Register:
A man caught trying to have sex with his bicycle has been sentenced to three years on probation.
Robert Stewart, 51, admitted a sexually aggravated breach of the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly manner and simulating sex.
Sheriff Colin Miller also placed Stewart on the Sex Offenders Register for three years.
THE INDY: “A world dying, but can we unite to save it?”
AS reported: “Police hunting for Madeleine McCann are investigating a new sighting of a child spotted with the girlfriend of official suspect Robert Murat.
“A new witness has told detectives they saw Madeleine in Portugal two days after her disappearance, with a man and a woman.
“The witness is believed to have identified the woman as Mr Murat’s German-born girlfriend Michaela Walczuch”
THE horse and the cart in Romania. The EE is changing:
There are still an astonishing 750,000 carts registered in Romania as a whole. Yes, carts, not cars.
But now the horses and their owners are in trouble, and it seems they have nowhere to turn.
A new law which bans them and their wagons from all main roads because they are blamed for 10% of all road traffic accidents in the country, is a cruel blow, aimed by the bureaucrats in Bucharest at the solar plexus of their own peasantry.
What will become of the horses? And how will the Rogarians get around France…
Anorak’s polar bear monitoring service notices the creature on the Drudge Reports lead page.
As ever on the Drudge site, there is a link to someone else’s story.
And, as the newswires report: “The Earth is hurtling toward a warmer climate at a quickening pace… After five days of sometimes tense negotiations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change adopted its fourth and final report this year, along with a summary, on the science of climate change and the effects of human-produced greenhouse gases.”
As said of the report: “It lays out blueprints for avoiding the worst catastrophes—and various possible outcomes, depending on how quickly and decisively action is taken.”
The saying “If you want to make God laugh, show him your plans” counts for little among the Al Goreans.
And we watch with interest. For bears…
LIVE Earth! Do not read before 9pm. Notes the Indy:
The BBC has been accused of a “serious breach” of its guidelines for broadcasting swearing before the watershed at last summer’s Live Earth concert.
The Editorial Standards Committee of the BBC Trust warned that, in the future, the corporation would be expected to avoid a recurrence of bad language broadcast at live events. It also said an explanation given by BBC management to the audience over the swearing was “unacceptable”.
Madonna, Johnny Borrell, Chris Rock and Phil Collins all swore between 1.58pm and the end of the live show, prompting nearly 150 complaints. The word “fuck” was broadcast three times, and the words “motherfucking” and “fucking” were each broadcast once.
It’s Mother Fucking’ Nature, man…
But Welsh girl Rowan has been told that she does not fit in with New Zealand’s image and must loose weight if she is to enter, much less fit in.
Employing the rigours of the (Fit And Proper Person) Body Mass Index, a fat measurement system based on height and weight, Kiwis ordered Rowan and her portly husband Richie to run along and return fitter and more suited.
Richie ran. He lost the pounds. He retook the test. He passed. He scored a visa. And he left to start a new life in New Zealand.
And now Rowan has until Christmas to comply. If she fails Richie will return to Britain, as he says.
Says she: “The immigration department can’t afford to import people who are going to be a significant drain on our health resources.”
Now, as the Sun reports, Rowan is “weighting” to go.The only shame is that Mrs Trezise is not the subject of a docusoap, viewers looking on as “larger than life” Rowan is put though her paces by an American drill sergeant from Guantanamo Bay.
And our host, Les Dennis, says now he knows why Kiwi birds can’t get off the ground…
GORE wins a Nobel Prize. Gore wins an Oscar. Gore wins Florida (?). Bush beat him:
Former US vice president Al Gore will make a triumphant return to the White House on November 26 when US President George W. Bush honors US Nobel Prize winners, a Bush spokesman said Friday.
It will be Gore’s first time visiting Bush at the White House since the Republican took office in January 2001 after the flawed 2000 election pitting them against each other ended with a controversial US Supreme Court ruling.
White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Gore would be part of a group of five US Nobel laureates that Bush will welcome into the Oval Office.
Gore loses his way…
AS Tony Bennett writes on the Anorak Forums:
Thanks for support received yesterday. I shall need to withdraw from further posting on this forum about the case pending the Court’s decision on my application for a summons alleging the offence of child neglect (CYP Act 1933) against Gerry and Kate McCann
THREE blake men break into a house of a white man in California. And:
LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Three young black men break into a white man’s home in rural Northern California. The homeowner shoots two of them to death – but it’s the surviving black man who is charged with murder.
In a case that has brought cries of racism from civil rights groups, Renato Hughes Jr., 22, was charged by prosecutors in this overwhelmingly white county under a rarely invoked legal doctrine that could make him responsible for the bloodshed.
“It was pandemonium” inside the house that night, District Attorney Jon Hopkins said. Hughes was responsible for “setting the whole thing in motion by his actions and the actions of his accomplices.”
Prosecutors said homeowner Shannon Edmonds opened fire Dec. 7 after three young men rampaged through the Clearlake house demanding marijuana and brutally beat his stepson. Rashad Williams, 21, and Christian Foster, 22, were shot in the back. Hughes fled.
Hughes was charged with first-degree murder under California’s Provocative Act doctrine, versions of which have been on the books in many states for generations but are rarely used
As Carmen writes in the Anorak Forums: “I’m trying to get my head round this and why we are morally superior to Saudia Arabia. Explanations from moral philosophers welcome”
FERGIE SEX TAPE?
Sir Alex? Mmphff!
The email headline says “Fergie Sex Tape”.
It’s this Fergie… Or not…
CHRIS Eubank is wanted:
A judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of ex-boxer Chris Eubank after he failed to turn up to court over an unlawful protest in Whitehall. Eubank was charged after he tried to park his seven-tonne truck outside the gates to Downing Street in May in protest at UK policy in Iraq.
Eubank, 41, from Hove, East Sussex, was due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
District Judge Mike Snow fined Eubank £500 in his absence.
The former world champion was also ordered to pay £380 costs. He has 14 days to pay.
STONED. Horny. Stoned. Looking for love. Looking for a puff?
Potpartner.com is here to fill a niche that we feel long been neglected. Potpartner.com is the culmination of an idea by its co-founders John A. and Richard K. Both are avid smokers of marijuana and have had to deal with the problems of being a smoker in a relationship with non smokers.
Problem is, who gets to stay in and who has to go out in the cold to the other one’s house…
AMERICAN magazine Us Weekly has published a shot of Lindsay Lohan at 13 and her sister, Ali Lohan, who is 13 now.
That’s Ali on the right, who looks a divorcee from the suburbs.
FINDING new and imaginative ways to work global warming into a story leads the Mail to Sahara the seal.
The clue is in the name, because Sahara, a hooded seal, has not been in the Arctic but off the coast of Morocco.
Found on a beach in Morocco, scientists took Sahara to the National Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall and fitted him with a satellite tracking system.
Once back in the water, the scientists were able to watch him swim to the coast of Spain.
Says the Mail: “Sahara’s latest trip south has baffled scientists, who are wondering whether global warming could be to blame.”
Such is man’s impact on nature and wildlife…
FROM the Anorak Forums news from Saudi Arabia. Writes AGW:
IT is good to see one country standing up for what is right and decency in general.
An appeal court in Saudi Arabia has doubled to 200 the number of lashes and added a jail sentence as punishment for a woman who was gang-raped…14 times.
Clearly all her fault and caused by the provocative way she sat inside a parked car.
The victim was held to have violated laws on segregation of the sexes – she was in an unrelated man’s car at the time of the attack.
The appeal judges said she and her lawyer had been attempting to use the media to influence them.
The attackers’ sentences – originally of up to five years – were also doubled.
The 19-year-old woman, from Saudi Arabia’s Shia minority, was gang-raped 14 times and
seven men from the majority Sunni community were found guilty of the rape and sentenced to prison terms ranging from just under a year to five years. The death penalty was available.
The victim’s lawyer was suspended from the case, has had his licence to work confiscated, and faces disciplinary procedures. (Tongue cut out? Limb lopped off? Tetes kebabed?)
Perhaps the Saudi king will intervene and stop all this nonsense by having this evil, tainted, pariah of a complaining female stoned to death.
SAYS Madeleine McCann witness Jane Tanner on the BBC’s Panorama: The Mystery of Madeleine McCann : “I know what I saw and I think it’s important that people know what I saw because I believe Madeleine was abducted.”
Ms Tanner says her friend Rachael came to her holiday apartment to tell her Madeleine had gone at about 10pm.
“I know what I saw and I think it’s important that people know what I saw because I believe Madeleine was abducted”
“And then I saw Kate and Fiona running around shouting ‘Madeleine’, and Kate said to me, ‘Jane, Madeleine’s gone, Madeleine’s gone’. And that’s the first I heard.”
Does this help find Madeleine?
IT’S not cool to be right wing -or at least seen to be one - if your a multi-millionaire Hollywood artiste:
Teri Hatcher, an actress on the television show “Desperate Housewives,” even forwarded an interview request to her attorneys. Ms. Hatcher, who had lunch in February in Beverly Hills with former President George H.W. Bush, has repeatedly turned down invitations to be on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.” MSNBC reported that “a source” said “she’s not in-sync” with the aggressively liberal host, prompting some to wonder if she is secretly conservative.
“Please be advised that Ms. Hatcher is not a Republican, but more importantly does not choose to have her political affiliation or viewpoints on any particular candidate or issue in the current presidential campaign included in your proposed article,” lawyer Barry W. Tyerman said in an e-mail.
Democrat Barack Obama has raked in $2.1 million from some A-list actors, including Tom Hanks, Tobey Maguire, Eddie Murphy, Edward Norton Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ben Stiller.
In the first nine months of this year, Sen. John McCain of Arizona pulled in $390,000 from Hollywood, with Mr. Giuliani close behind at $360,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research group based in Washington.
“They learn very quickly, if they know what’s good for them, to donate to the Democratic Party,” said Andrew Breitbart, co-author of “Hollywood, Interrupted.” “If they were to donate to the Republican Party, they would be exposed to career-ending ridicule, period.”
Jim Davidson is a Tory…
So it is with Google, the latest wealth-spewing monster of the internet. Its two young founders – Larry Page and Sergey Brin – are each worth around $20bn, much the same as Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who is ranked by Forbes magazine as the 13th richest person in the world. But unlike him, they don’t have private jets, Rolls-Royces, yachts or any of the other pointless accoutrements of the super-rich. The Prince has just bought a new A389 superjumbo, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft (list price $319m), as his own private plane, which he will convert into a flying luxury hotel and use to carry his fleet of limousines with him around the world. Page and Brin each own nothing more flashy than a modest Toyota Prius, the environmentally virtuous hybrid car.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the low-key co-founders of Google Inc., set tongues wagging last year when they bought a used Boeing 767 widebody as an unusually large private jet. The 767-200 typically carries 180 passengers and is three times as heavy as a conventional executive plane. Mr. Page said last year that he and Mr. Brin would use it for personal travel, including taking “large numbers of people to places such as Africa.” He said it would hold about 50 passengers when refurbished, but declined to comment on other details of the plane, which has been kept ultra secret.
news. Facts. Depends what you read..
Hamza is the “ranting hook-handed preacher of hate” the Express hears being told he should stand trial in the US.
Hamza is to face 11 charges in the US, says the Express. It’s nine, says the Mirror. Nine, says the Sun. Eleven, says the Mail.
Bingo, says the Sun. It’s a “triumph for common sense”.
“Hook off and don’t come back,” says the Star’s headline.
And many will feel it right that he should go. But others will be uncertain.
With Hamza gone, who will be the gurning face of Britain’s Islamic lunatic fringe?
And who will inspire the tabloids to such dizzying heights as evidenced in the Daily Sport’s: “HAMZA CROSS THE WATER”?
WHICH Clinton is running, Hillary or Bill?
More on ‘H’ and the rest of lads here…
THE Croydonian looks at political life in Thailand, and finds similarities with life over here:
Faced with the issue of electoral fraud, the leaders of some six Thai political parties – including what look to be the two main ones – “in the presence of Election Commission officials, took an oath at Bangkok’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha not to commit electoral fraud….”EC officials also vowed before the Emerald Buddha that they would organise the election in a fair manner“.
It looks as though virtue for its own sake is not enough, as “They read the vow that if they conformed to their oath, they would live a peaceful life, otherwise they would meet with downfall“.
Perhaps our process would benefit from something similar, given that in March it was reported “Britain could be the first western democracy to face monitoring over vote-rigging and electoral fraud, Guardian Unlimited has learned. A European human rights watchdog is considering plans to scrutinise the UK’s council and regional government elections this May following concerns over vote tampering and postal ballots“. Source
Further digging makes it appear that Thailand has the world’s dullest name for a political party – the Neutral Democratic Party. The Thai – ‘Matchima’ – sounds rather better.
Or the LibDems…
THERE coming. Run, don’t walk. The motorised scooter is on a pavement near you. Dizzy notes:
At last the Government is doing something worthwhile. According to Rosie Winterton, the Department of Transport is looking into “future registration, training and fitness to drive requirements of mobility scooter users” with the “possible introduction of compulsory training”.
There is nothing worse that a mad old granny on one of these lethal bloody things racing on the pavement and/or road (depending on their mood) utterly oblivious to the world around them. Forcing them to take a test and prove they can actually capable seems a sensible move.
Frankly, they’re worse than cyclists at ignoring the rules of the road. They already do this sort of training in Australia as far as I can tell.
Is that a rain hat or a hood?