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!


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.

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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Playing your Enemy: FIFA World Cup 2010

26 11 2007

This is by far the most ironic preliminary draw in the FIFA World Cup history. BBC News did an amazing job at compiling the list of “enemy” countries which will be facing each other to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa.

You think England and Argentina were bad. Wait until you see these teams play.

Feel free to add any other rivalries or “enemies” in the comments section.

From BBC Sports:


Turkey and Armenia are neighbours but diplomatic relations have been frozen for more than a decade. Their common border is closed.

The direct dispute is over a matter of history: The deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in eastern Turkey in 1915-17, during the last days of the Ottoman Empire.

Armenia wants those deaths recognised as genocide. Turkey refuses to accept that term, saying the dead were victims of the general turmoil of World War I.

The two countries have never met on the pitch.


Chad shares a long border with Sudan’s lawless Darfur region, where some 200,000 people have died and millions have been displaced during a four-year conflict.

Chad’s eastern areas have a similar ethnic make-up to Darfur, and the violence has spilled over the border.

Some 173,000 Chadians have fled their homes and joined the more than 240,000 Sudanese refugees in the camps.

The refugees are also threatened by the diplomatic fallout between Chad and Sudan as the neighbours accuse one another of supporting each other’s rebel groups.


These political rivals fought the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in a truce, not a peace agreement, which means that the sides are still technically at war.

Relations warmed significantly after their first summit in 2000, although reconciliation efforts have been strained by the stand-off over the North’s nuclear weapons programme.

The two Koreas have faced one another several times on the pitch, with South Korea victorious on each occasion – including two World Cup qualifiers.


A day after the World Cup draw, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez froze bilateral ties with Colombia – its neighbour and second-largest trading partner.

The move followed the decision by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to end Mr Chavez’s role as a hostage negotiator with Colombia’s Farc rebels.

This is by no means the first time that repercussions of Colombia’s civil war, which began in the 1960s, have spread beyond its 2,200km (1,400-mile) border with Venezuela.

However, the nations’ football teams seem so far unaffected by the diplomatic spats.


New Zealand has imposed sanctions on Fiji’s military regime and their families following a military coup last year that deposed Fiji’s elected government.

Just last month Fifa postponed a World Cup qualifier between the two countries following a visa wrangle involving Fiji’s goalkeeper.

New Zealand denied entry to Simione Tamanisau because of his father-in-law’s links to the coup.

Cameroon striker Eto’o is the face of 2010 world cup

23 11 2007

FIFA World Cup in South Africa has reached a milestone long before the event has even started. It released its official poster for the World Cup where Samuel Eto’o was unveiled as the face of the 2010 World Cup.

etoo.jpg The poster (as shown in the picture) has Eto’o’s head and neck superimposed into the map of Africa. In FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s words, there will be no problem to recognize that it’s Africa and you have the face of one of the most popular and well-known faces of the continent.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said:

“Portraying a country in the shape of a man heading a ball is a new idea with potent symbolism. For me, football is all about emotion and passion, which is why I was particularly attracted to this poster. It invites the world to join in the celebration of the greatest football event on earth, while highlighting the pride and passion of the African continent and her people. It represents the African dream come true. The South Africans made a good selection for the poster, which will represent their country all the way up to 2010,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

Eto’o was only 17 years old when he appeared in the 1998 World Cup in France. The Cameroon team, which currently ranks 24, did not qualify for the last World Cup.

Thanking the Thanksgiving!

22 11 2007

Eat The Press has a collection of thanksgiving messages from Media Mavens.

…we’re grateful for the stalwarts of the media community — specifically those who check their Blackberries on the day before Thanksgiving when we decide to ask them what they’re thankful for. It’s to those fearless men and women that we tip our pilgrim hat, because their off-the-cuff, from the hip, heartfelt responses have given us a Thanksgiving post that, may we say, is no turkey. Join them now in expressing thanks for all our gifts this season, and join them later in eating far more turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and pumpkin pie than any human being is meant to consume in one sitting.

Jeffrey Toobin, New Yorker writer, CNN Legal Correspondent and author of The Nine: Inside The Secret World of the Supreme Court:

“I know that Michael Vick is thankful for Larry Craig, who pushed Vick off the top of the news. Vick is thankful for Bernie Kerik for the same reason. And Kerik thanks Barry Bonds. And I, always, give thanks for Judith Regan.”

Read more to see who Brian Williams, Jon Meacham, Charlie Rose and others are thanking!