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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.
TABLOID Baby reports from LA on how Joan Rivers and her daguther Melissa were banned from presenting at the Emmys:
After all the talk about political censorship at last night’s Emmy Awards, we just got word that the war against free speech has spread in the most ridiculous and hypocritical fashion, as AOL has censored and banned Joan Rivers!Joan and daughter Melissa last night delivered their by-now-traditional politically-incorrect and often very funny red carpet commentary for the new website MyHollywood.com. AOL, which hired the team for its Oscar red carpet coverage earlier this year, had a deal to hype and link to the video clips.
But when the AOL suits got a listen to Joan and Melissa’s observations, they said they were offended and refused to link to MyHollywood.com! Watch the clip above. Was it their criticism of Oprah Winfrey? Or Joan’s sighting of a “Third Reich Hair” trend?
First his two sons were murdered. Now he faces prosecution. The reason for Mithal al-Alusi’s troubles? Visiting Israel and advocating peace with the Jewish state — something Iraq’s leaders refuse to consider.
The Iraqi is at the center of a political storm after his fellow lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to strip him of his immunity and allow his prosecution for visiting Israel — a crime punishable by death under a 1950s-era law. Such a fate is unlikely for al-Alusi, though he may lose his party’s sole seat in parliament.
THE FBI has visited David Kernell’s home in light of a hacker gaining access to Sarah Palin’s email account.
He’s thethe twenty year old son of Democratic state lawmaker Mike Kernell, in Tennessee over the weekend looking for evidence that he was the one who hacked into Sarah Palin’s emails.
“I had nothing to do with it, I had no knowledge or anything,” Mike Kernell told the AP last week.
“I was not a party to anything of this nature at all. I wasn’t in on this — and I wouldn’t know how to do anything like that.”
WHO’S harder: Al-Qaeda or the Apache Indians? Andrew Sullivan knows.
Says JF Beck:
Appearing on Bill Maher’s Real Time, British subject Andrew Sullivan raves about a President’s obligation to protect “our constitution”, claims that the British ignored the IRA’s bombing campaigns (other than tightening security) and says that the “first Americans” would have reacted more appropriately to the Islamic terrorism threat:
The first Americans would say to al Qaeda come and kill us, we will never give up our freedoms, that’s why we came here. These people [the Bush administration] throw away our freedoms for the sake of phony security you can’t even secure permanently.
Sullivan’s wrong: Thomas Jefferson didn’t dare the Barbary Pirates – the Islamic terrorists of the day – to “come and kill us”, he sent in the Marines. Military action seeing the U.S. ending tribute payments in 1815 despite some European nations continuing to pay off the pirates until the 1830s. Thus the Barbary terrorism threat was permanently neutralised.
How to Islamic pirates speak. Allahhhhh, me hearties…
IT’S not just the Mirror’s writers that love the financial meltdown and who wish death on the traders:
“The majority of left-wing blogs are absolutely loving the financial crisis. It’s the rapture of the marxists.”
As he notes: “Why, they haven’t been this happy since Enron“:
It’s the end-game of neo-liberalism, where only money and self-interest in terms of getting more of it matters. How can other values be re-elevated, to save capitalism from itself? And is the Yank’s version of capitalism really the one we should emulate? I hope lots of experts jump on this example to really learn from it conceptually, rather than pick at the edges of it. And I wonder whether Enron is just the beginning of the unwinding of the Yank’s economic miracle and will finally break the dominance of the neo-liberal “value system”.
The Kicker reports that “the Associated Press retracted two government-issued photographs last night after a photographer in Texas alerted the agency that the photos in question appeared to be doctored.” The photos depicted two U.S. soldiers, Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson and Sgt. Wesley R. Durbin, who both died in Iraq on September 14. Between the two photos, only the name, rank, and face of each soldier changes:
Rather than sit back and impotently bemoan Bristol’s tragic, lonely circumstance, it is time for us — the silent majority — to unite behind this poor, imprisoned woman and save her from both a tyrannical household as well as the horrible nightmare of a forced childbirth.
These are not empty words. I, Doug Stanhope, am offering you, Bristol Palin, the sum of 25,000 dollars so that you can abort your child and move out of that draconian home.
“Every time there’s a financial crisis, demagogues start criticising the short-sellers. . . . Successful shorts, like George Soros’ spectacular attack on the British pound, usually work because there is a real underlying issue (in that case, the British pound’s unsustainable peg to other EU currencies). If there’s no problem there, the shorts take a big bath. . . . Perhaps most importantly, while short selling is a problem for Morgan Stanley, and his shareholders, it is not the primary problem in this crisis. The problem is in the debt markets, not the equity markets: financial firms are finding it very, very difficult to roll over their paper. (More on this later). The ban on short-selling does nothing to combat this problem, and indeed, by shaking public confidence in the stock price, might push investors into being more conservative on the debt than they otherwise would be.”
It’s a market. Money is bought and sold. Selling short is legit…
SIENNA Miller fans are turning their backs on the professional girlfriend:
“I cannot get past the fact that to me she has completely changed from the Sienna I became a fan of back in 2004… when Sienna can cavort so publicly and so shamelessly with this man who is married and does have four children (including a baby) with his wife, my respect for her goes out of the window…”