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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 07:13:36 AM EST
Telegraph: Musical unknown lined up for top song-writing award

A 35-year-old warehouse worker was today plucked from obscurity to compete with some of Britain's best-known bands for one of the nation's most prestigious music awards.

Hemming was recognised for the band's debut single, The Last Of The Melting Snow, which was released to widespread critical acclaim in December, but failed to make the Top 40.
by Sassafras on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 01:51:15 PM EST
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Sorry: Timesonline
by Sassafras on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 02:25:48 PM EST
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Independent: Hackers leave Gates with pie on his face

You don't get anywhere in business without making some enemies along the way, as Bill Gates found today when the portal of Microsoft news website MSN in New Zealand was attacked by hackers, who rerouted visitors to an image of the Microsoft founder with pie on his face.

The previous targets of 'Peace Crew', a loosely-affiliated group of hackers who claimed responsibility for the security breach, have included the BBC and NATO websites, with their motivations largely believed to be political. In the case of the MSN New Zealand website, they posted messages reading "STOP THE WAR ISRAEL".

The image was taken in 1998 when Gates was hit with a pie by French anarchist Paul Godin.
by Sassafras on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 01:58:08 PM EST
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Independent:
The image was taken in 1998 when Gates was hit with a pie by French anarchist Paul Godin.
As much as we, French, would like to claim Mr Godin for ourselves, the truth is: Noël Godin (not Paul) actually hails from Belgium, a country where they sure know how to have a good laugh at the expense of Serious People (TM).
by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 04:19:07 PM EST
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Did Miss California's stance on same-sex marriage cost her the Miss USA crown? | News | guardian.co.uk

It is being called the YouTube moment of the Miss USA contest, so here it is - Miss California's views on the subject of gay marriage.

Carrie Prejean's view that marriage "should be between a man and a woman" cost her the contest, according to the conservative Fox News. It described her as a "sweet Christian girl" who, before her answer, was the "clear frontrunner".

But the gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who asked Prejean about same-sex marriage in his role as a celebrity judge for the show, had another explanation.

He said her answer was the worst in pageant history and "Miss California lost because she's a dumb bitch".

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 05:04:42 PM EST
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Well, it's hard to pull off "sweet" and "hater" without instantly snapping the audience out of their rhinestones-induced daze and reminding everyone why IRL we didn't like people like you in high school.  In a contest for best facade, you have to at least pretend to be nice.  Everyone already knows you are probably mean.  Your goal here is to make them forget that.  It's a beauty pageant, not a funeral protest, FFS.

Also, it can't be lost on the people in charge of these things that gay men are part of the target audience for these things.  Work it girlfriend!  Oh, what you hate me now?!  Bitch!  

Epic fail.

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 05:24:44 PM EST
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Perhaps as a consolation prize she will get a job as an "assistant" to Bill O'Reilly or Glenn Beck.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 01:32:01 AM EST
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"I think it's great Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be, between a man and a woman."

Doesn't exactly sound like a hater to me... Clueless, maybe, but that's not so unusual...

by asdf on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 01:39:49 AM EST
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I researched, found and watched 2 DVD movies last night. Both dystopian, but interesting for different reasons.

The first was Jennifer Lynch's (daughter of David) 'Surveillance' (2008). Her last movie, 15 years earlier, was 'Boxing Helena'. It is a violent and disturbing movie about violence, and ultimately about violent sexuality. It was clearly a tight budget, but she got good performances and a clear visual framing of the interwoven stories.

The second was Harry Bean's 'Noise' (2007). It is described as a comedy drama. But Tim Robbins plays it mostly straight. Correctly in my opinion.

"Robbins plays a successful lawyer in Manhattan named David Owen who is bothered by all the noise in the city, and who resorts to vandalism to put a stop to it, adopting the identity of "The Rectifier." His acts of vandalism provoke the mayor of the city, played by William Hurt."

The last five minutes of the movie are a surprisingly open invitation to vigilantism against noise.

Both movies more or less disappeared until appearing on DVD shelves. But worth a look.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 04:57:12 AM EST
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