Best Videos of 2007

21 12 2007

From Gawker: What a year it’s been here for video! Men flashing newscasters, babies getting kicked, couches getting humped, Forbes editors weeping and swearing, Fox News explaining donkey-punching—life is grand!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE BEST VIDEOS OF 2007.

Meanwhile, here is the number one video!





Vladimir Putin is “the Man”

20 12 2007

A Tsar in the making, or a Tsar already? Adi Ignatius of Time magazine writes that with the rise of Russian president Putin, a Tsar indeed is born. Putin was voted this year’s “Person of the Year.”

vp.jpgFrom TIME:

“No one is born with a stare like Vladimir Putin’s. The Russian President’s pale blue eyes are so cool, so devoid of emotion that the stare must have begun as an affect, the gesture of someone who understood that power might be achieved by the suppression of ordinary needs, like blinking. The affect is now seamless, which makes talking to the Russian President not just exhausting but often chilling. It’s a gaze that says, I’m in charge.”

Putin said he keeps a bible on his plane. But he does not use e-mails, or even telephones for that matter. Quite impressive how he keeps up with the whole world without the two basic technological needs of this era. After all, he is Putin.

Click here to watch an interview with Putin. Read the text here.





Torture tapes, Waterboarding and more

12 12 2007

This whole deal with torture tapes has led to something so massive that someone is getting into some deep trouble sometime soon – especially after it has come to light that the court had ordered the Bush administration not to destroy any interrogation tapes.

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And President Bush is so dumb that he said he knew nothing about it until a few days ago.

Anyways, now that everyone knows the tapes were destroyed, because they certainly contained inhumane torture methods, some people are trying to justify how methods like waterboarding, in case of Abu Zubaydah, brought life-saving information.

Here is an interesting post by Bob Cesca in the Huffington Post on waterboarding and more.





Christmas in Fallujah

6 12 2007

Billy Joel has come with a new anti-war song, Christmas in Fallujah. But he is not the one who sings it. He gave it to 21-year-old Cass Dillon, a singer from Long Island.

From the AP:
“When someone of that stature, with that history of great songs behind him with such a huge catalogue asks you to sing something he’s written, there’s nothing you can do but be completely honoured to perform,” Dillon said in a statement.

Christmas in Fallujah is on sale on Apple Inc’s iTunes. Net proceeds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, which builds homes for severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Listen to a live performance below.





Grammy nominations announced, Kanye on top

6 12 2007

west.jpgKanye West never graduated.

But his latest album “Graduation” is taking him to the top again as he leads the upcoming Grammy Awards with eight nominations including ‘album of the year’ and ‘rap album of the year’ for his album.

Following his lead is British singer Amy Winehouse with six nominations.

The 50th annual Grammy Awards is scheduled for February 10, 2008.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple’s iTunes is partnering with the Grammys to provide samples of the nominated songs in a password-protected area, presumably for voters to listen to the songs.

Additionally, Delta Airlines is debuting a Grammy-branded plane as part of its fleet for the next three years.

Click on the link below for a complete list of nominations.

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Bin Laden’s driver: guilty or not?

6 12 2007

ahmed.jpgSalim Ahmed Hamdan used to be a driver for Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Now, he is in the Guantanamo Bay charged with conspiracy and supporting terrorism. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

But now, Hamdan’s lawyers are trying to prove that their client does not fit the definition of an unlawful enemy combatant.

Hamdan, a Yemeni citizen, worked as bin  Laden’s driver for $200 a month but denies being involved in any terrorist attacks.





No nuclear arms work in Iran, US intel says

3 12 2007

US Intelligence officials have said that Iran seems “less determined” to make nuclear weapons after an intelligence estimate concluded that Iran had halted the weapons program in 2003.

Read the National Intelligence Estimate’s report.

From the New York Times:

The new report comes out just over five years after a deeply flawed N.I.E. concluded that Iraq possessed chemical and biological weapons programs and was determined to restart its nuclear program. The report led to congressional authorization for a military invasion of Iraq, although most of the N.I.E.’s conclusions turned out to be wrong. The estimate does say that Iran’s ultimate goal is still to develop the capability to produce a nuclear weapon.

Sorry Bush and Cheney, no World War III anytime soon! If the NIE got it right this time.