IGN interviews 50 Cent on the his new game “Blood In The Sand”
Hopefully more shows like Fringe will come out of this merger
LOS ANGELES — The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced today the creation of “The Science and Entertainment Exchange,” an initiative designed to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to help the creators of television shows, films, video games, and other productions incorporate science into their work. The Exchange represents the Academy’s first formal effort to reach out to the entertainment community and provide the creative minds of Hollywood with a direct connection to the creative minds of science.
“Television and film can involve the public in the latest advances in science, medicine, and technology,” said NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone. “By building strong connections between the entertainment and science communities, we’re hoping to provide an important service to both Hollywood and the viewing public.”
Director Jerry Zucker and his wife, producer Janet Zucker, actively support the initiative. “The Exchange will provide filmmakers with an invaluable connection to scientific truth, but more importantly, we will have the ability to invent and explore the unknown with the great visionaries of science,” said Jerry. Janet Zucker added, “The Exchange will provide a place where scientific and artistic minds can come together to inspire each other, building a two-way street for both communities to learn and create.” Continue reading
When will the actual movies catch up with the actual storyline in the comic? Anyway all you comic geeks here is the ultimate spoiler for the newest Batman comic.
via The Sun
Bruce Wayne – who by night is Batman – gets murdered by a man claiming to be the father he thought was dead.
In a highly controversial new storyline Bruce, who first appeared in 1939, is killed by Simon Hurt – the leader of the shady Black Glove organisation.
Simon claims he is really Dr Thomas Wayne, saying he faked his own passing when Bruce was a child.
The superhero dies when he tries to stop his foe escaping by helicopter in the new comic Batman R.I.P.
Writer Grant Morrison said: �This is so much better than death. People have killed characters in the past but to me, that kind of ends the story!
“I like to keep the story twisting and turning. So what I am doing is a fate worse than death. Things that no one would expect to happen to these guys at all.
“This is the end of Bruce Wayne as Batman.”
Batman will live on though, with another character filling his Batsuit.
Two likely contenders are Dick Grayson – the original Robin – or current Boy Wonder, Tim Drake.
This joint got more cameo’s than a DJ Khaled video…do you see who I see??
via Times Online
Barack Obama defended his decision to pack his new Cabinet with veteran Washington insiders and former Clinton officials yesterday after a campaign in which he promised change.
The President-elect responded after naming the former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, a veteran of the Carter and Reagan Administrations, as the head of a new economic panel to stop “groupthink” infecting his inner circle of White House financial advisers.
There have been mounting concerns, particularly from the liberal wing of his Democratic Party, that Mr Obama has pivoted sharply to the centre-right with his choice of top Cabinet posts.
His main economic advisers have close ties to the Clinton White House and Mr Obama has already chosen Hillary Clinton to be his Secretary of State. His chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, once served Bill Clinton, and more appointments still to be announced will include a slew of officials who served in the most recent Democratic Administration.
“What we are going to do is combine experience with fresh thinking,” Mr Obama said at his third press conference in as many days. He said he would be foolish, at such a “critical time in our history”, to pick people who “had no experience in Washington whatsoever”.
He added: “What I don’t want to do is somehow suggest that because you somehow served in the last [Clinton]administration you are barred from serving again.”
Mr Obama said he was forming an economic recovery advisory board, with Mr Volcker to head it, to give independent economic advice from outside the White House. “Sometimes policymaking in Washington can become a little bit too ingrown, a little bit too insular,” Mr Obama said. “The walls of the echo chamber can sometimes keep out fresh voices and new ways of thinking.” Continue reading
via Times Online
The investigation into the terror attacks that have killed at least 125 people in Bombay are focussing on a fishing vessel that was found off the city’s coast with one dead body on board, security sources say.
It is thought that the vessel was used by the terrorists before they climbed aboard a smaller boat to land at Colaba, the popular tourist area that suffered the worst strikes and where gunmen are hostages still holed up in two luxury hotels.
“This is a vital lead,” an Indian intelligence source told The Times.
The nationality of the dead man found on the boat is unknown, but one theory being pushed by many inside India’s intelligence apparatus is that the boat’s origin was Karachi, in Pakistan.
It is thought that the calls made by a satellite phone on board are bing analysed.
Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister, has said the attacks were triggered by forces “outside the country”, a thinly veiled reference to Pakistan. There are fears that tensions are rising between the two nuclear-armed nations.
Independent analysts have said that Wednesday’s attacks also recalled previous strikes by Lashkar-e-Toiba, a Pakistan-based militant group linked to a 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament, where terrorists stormed the building with guns and grenades, taking hostages as part of a suicidal mission. Continue reading
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via UK Telegraph
With the possible exception of the “floating” Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur which was made famous by the James Bond film Octopussy, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel in Bombay is India’s best-known and best-loved hotel.For any serious foreign investor, businessman or wealthy tourist visiting India’s commercial capital, “The Taj”, as it is universally known by the cognoscenti, is always the first choice.
With best rooms in the superior old wing costing more than £250 per night – more than 250 millions Indians can expect to earn in a year – the hotel offers a world of secluded luxury, away from the grinding poverty and infrastructural decay of Mumbai.Legend has it that its creator, a Parsi industrialist called Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, commissioned the building after being refused entry to the now-defunct Apollo Hotel, which had a strict Europeans-only policy.
However with its colonnades of shops stuffed with the world’s most expensive brands, what Bombay’s rich set consider the ultimate in cosmopolitan luxury, would equally be perceived by Islamist ideologues as a symbol of Western decadence.Over the years guests have included The Queen, the former Egyptian president Gamal Abdul Nasser and the Beatle John Lennon, to name but a few of the notable personalities to have checked in to the magnificent old wing.More recently the hotel hosted the guests for Bombay leg of Liz Hurley’s two-week extravaganza of a wedding, with guests dashing straight from the front door to waiting motor launches to take them to the privacy of waiting super-yachts in the harbour beyond.
To have pictures of burning Taj Hotel broadcast around the world will have a deeper impact than even perhaps the terrorists intended, striking a blow against a symbol of Indian wealth and progress and sending shivers down the spine of some of the richest and most powerful people on the planet.
via UK Telegraph
The bank said the damage caused by the financial excesses of the last quarter century was forcing the world’s authorities to take steps that had never been tried before.
This gamble was likely to end in one of two extreme ways: with either a resurgence of inflation; or a downward spiral into depression, civil disorder, and possibly wars. Both outcomes will cause a rush for gold.
“They are throwing the kitchen sink at this,” said Tom Fitzpatrick, the bank’s chief technical strategist.
“The world is not going back to normal after the magnitude of what they have done. When the dust settles this will either work, and the money they have pushed into the system will feed though into an inflation shock.
“Or it will not work because too much damage has already been done, and we will see continued financial deterioration, causing further economic deterioration, with the risk of a feedback loop. We don’t think this is the more likely outcome, but as each week and month passes, there is a growing danger of vicious circle as confidence erodes,” he said. Continue reading
I guess they could not wait.
A couple of University of Iowa fans took a break from Saturday’s game at the Metrodome against the University of Minnesota to have some illicit sex in a Dome restroom, police said.
The duo — a 38-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man from Carroll and Linden, Iowa, respectively — turned a handicapped toilet stall into their love nest about 8:30 p.m., late in the Hawkeyes’ 55-0 trouncing of the Gophers.
A crowd of intoxicated fans gathered in the restroom to laugh and cheer the off-the-field action, until an Avalon Security guard tipped off University of Minnesota police to the ruckus.
Officers had to interrupt the intimate moment to cite the couple for indecent conduct, a misdemeanor.
University of Minnesota Police Chief Greg Hestness said similar citations at the Metrodome or on campus usually involve public urination.
He said it was the first time in his six years at the U that his force has interrupted a sex act during a Gophers game.
Hestness assumed the woman was embarrassed about being caught: She initially gave a false name to officers and had to be identified by her husband before she was released.
The man was attending the game with his girlfriend, according to police.
“It’s a long ride back to Iowa,” Hestness said.
Yes the Black Bond sweepstakes have officially begun.
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This cat was doing okay until about 9 minutes in and then he just jumps the fuck out the window with another outrageous comment. And if you guys recall he had an incident a couple of weeks back where some emo group said he pee’d in the dressing room. Please somebody get this cat on Celebrity Rehab pronto.
This is like deja vu, this weekend when I saw the meteorite hit the Earth I remembered this is how they set off “Deep Impact,” one of a slew of movies with a black president. Then as Obama addressed the nation this Monday about the financial turmoil, I understood that he is the best asset to deliver bad news (a la Morgan Freeman) and now this! I really feel like this is a movie playing itself out…
Between 500 and 1,000 massive asteroids cross the Earth’s path regularly and any one of them could cause a global catastrophe, space experts warned Tuesday, urging quick preventive measures.
Some 6,000 cosmic objects circulating around the planet are currently known to experts in the field, the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) told a press conference at the UN headquarters in Vienna, where it presented its report “Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response.“
And of these, up to 1,000 had a diameter of 150 kilometres (93 miles) or more, meaning they could cause major damage to the Earth’s surface, prompting fires, tsunamis and ensuing disasters like famine, it said.
The organisation includes some 320 members from 34 countries, all of whom have already been in space.
A research, information-sharing and defence network was thus urgently needed to coordinate a global response to the problem, under the leadership of the UN, it said.
Although it should be possible to predict a collision up to 15 years before it occurs, the technology needed to divert an incoming asteroid has yet to be developed and this will require international cooperation, they said.
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – Russian warships sailed into port in Venezuela on Tuesday in a show of strength as Moscow seeks to counter U.S. influence in Latin America. Russia‘s first such deployment in the Caribbean since the Cold War is timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev‘s visit to Venezuela, the first ever by a Russian president.
Russian sailors dressed in black-and-white uniforms lined up along the bow of the destroyer Admiral Chabanenko as it docked in La Guaira, near Caracas, and Venezuelan troops greeted them with cannons in a 21-gun salute. Two support vessels also docked, and the nuclear-powered cruiser Peter the Great, Russia’s largest navy ship, anchored offshore.
Chavez, basking in the support of a powerful ally and traditional U.S. rival, wants Russian help to build a nuclear reactor, invest in oil and natural gas projects and bolster his leftist opposition to U.S. influence in the region.
He also wants weapons — Venezuela has bought more than $4 billion in Russian arms, including Sukhoi fighter jets, helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles, and more deals for Russian tanks or other weaponry may be discussed after Medvedev arrives Wednesday. Continue reading
via Drudge Report
A leading Russian political analyst has said the economic turmoil in the United States has confirmed his long-held view that the country is heading for collapse, and will divide into separate parts.
Professor Igor Panarin said in an interview with the respected daily IZVESTIA published on Monday: “The dollar is not secured by anything. The country’s foreign debt has grown like an avalanche, even though in the early 1980s there was no debt. By 1998, when I first made my prediction, it had exceeded $2 trillion. Now it is more than 11 trillion. This is a pyramid that can only collapse.”
The paper said Panarin’s dire predictions for the U.S. economy, initially made at an international conference in Australia 10 years ago at a time when the economy appeared strong, have been given more credence by this year’s events.
When asked when the U.S. economy would collapse, Panarin said: “It is already collapsing. Due to the financial crisis, three of the largest and oldest five banks on Wall Street have already ceased to exist, and two are barely surviving. Their losses are the biggest in history. Now what we will see is a change in the regulatory system on a global financial scale: America will no longer be the world’s financial regulator.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON (Nov. 25) – Marine archaeologists have found the remains of a slave ship wrecked off the Turks and Caicos Islands in 1841, setting free the ancestors of many current residents of those islands.
Some 192 Africans survived the sinking of the Spanish ship Trouvadore off the British-ruled islands, where the slave trade was banned.
Over the years the ship had been forgotten, said researcher Don Keith, so when the discovery connected the ship to current residents the first response “was a kind of shock, a lack of comprehension,” he explained in a briefing organized by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
But after word got out “people really got on board with it,” he said, and the local museum has assisted the researchers. He said this is the only known wreck of a ship engaged in the illegal slave trade.
Keith and his co-researchers from the Texas-based Ships of Discovery organization came across a letter at the Smithsonian Institution that referred to the sinking and began their search for the ship. Continue reading
Random House Books announced yesterday that ’80s emcee Dana Dane, famous for hits “Nightmares” and “Cinderfella,” will be premiering his first novel, Numbers, on February 24th.
The novel, although Dane‘s first, will be the third in the Nikki Turner Presents… series. The novel comes as the result of one of the emcee’s songs, “It’s Not Enough” from the Dana Dane and the Great Unknowns album.
The plot sees teen Dupree “Numbers” Wallace being exploited by a neighborhood hustler to take his gift for mathematics and memory to the streets. The battle of good versus evil comes to a clash when Wallace‘s sister gets cancer.
After a prolific career that saw Dane set the bar as the fastest rapper to get a gold plaque with his 1987.
It’s been nine long years since Hip Hop artist and activist Sister Souljah published her groundbreaking debut and bestselling novel The Coldest Winter Ever. Regarded by many as the phenomenon that paved the way for the urban fiction genre, the story follows the gritty, turbulent life of Winter Santiaga, the rebellious teenage daughter of a notorious drug lord. Published in 1999, the book has more than one million copies in print, and has struck a chord within schools, communities, and prisons worldwide.
Earlier this month, Sister Souljah published Midnight: A Gangster Love Story, the very highly anticipated follow-up to her successful debut. The novel, which entered the New York Times Hardcover Fiction List at #7, is retold from the point of view of Midnight, the mysterious drug dealer and Winter’s love-interest in the first novel.
Say what you want but a co-sign from The Boss certainly did not hurt Obama is what they call America’s “Heartland”. Anyway The Boss is giving a his single away free for a day so if that is your cup of java then go over to his site and have a ball.
NEW YORK (AP) – Bruce Springsteen’s new single can be downloaded free of charge—for one day.Springsteen is offering free downloads of “Working on a Dream” on iTunes and his official Web site. The track will have a fee attached on iTunes from Tuesday through December 9.
It’s the first offering from Springsteen’s upcoming album, also titled “Working on a Dream,” which will be released January 27, five days before the rock star and the E Street Band perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Florida.
If you don’t have one of these you are a terrorist …
LONDON (AP) – Britain has begun a national identity card plan for some foreign nationals in an attempt to combat terrorism and identity fraud.
Opponents say it represents a costly erosion of civil liberties. The program has been debated heatedly for several years.
The cards are expected to store biometric data and information about the cardholder’s nationality and work eligibility.
The first group to receive the new cards will be foreign students and permanent residents’ spouses who apply for visa renewals.
Officials expect more than 50,000 cards to be issued in the next four months and that the program will be expanded in coming years.
Officials say the application process opened Tuesday morning .
I still don’t believe any team will take a chance on Vick just because of the protesting and backlash that will come anytime he hits the field. I guess we will see in a couple of short months. And was Vick on the list of possible pardons Bush had on his desk?
SUSSEX, Va. (AP) – Former NFL star quarterback Michael Vick has pleaded guilty to a state dogfighting charge in Virginia in a bid to make him eligible for early release from jail.
The 28-year-old Vick pleaded guilty to one charge and not guilty to a second count involving torturing or killing animals. The second count was dropped.
Vick was given a three-year suspended sentence. The plea could potentially speed his return to the NFL.
Federal law prohibits prisoners from being released to a halfway house if there are unresolved charges pending.
Vick was expressionless throughout the brief hearing. He told the judge he apologized to his family and to children who looked up to him as a role model.
I guess this is most appropiate in this day and time
via News Observer
The resolution, signed near the end of a nearly two-hour ceremony full of formality and speeches, ended a vestige of the segregation era, during which the two groups — one white, the other black — spent decades following the ancient tenets and teachings of freemasonry while each pretended the other didn’t exist.
“Today’s a historic day, because we’re here to say we’re brothers again,” said David Cash, a Methodist minister from Kannapolis and grand master of the white group, the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina.
Cash and his counterpart, Milton “Toby” Fitch Jr. of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina and Its Jurisdictions, signed the document in the old House chambers of the State Capitol. They sat at a table where North Carolina’s resolution to secede from the Union was signed 148 years ago.
Both Prince Hall and AF&AM Masonic groups carry on the traditions of a fraternity founded by building craftsmen in medieval Europe. The state’s AF&AM organization was founded in 1787, though some of the individual lodges date back earlier. The state’s Prince Hall group was founded in 1870. Continue reading
I find it funny that in the million “If I Were President” songs by Wyclef he never mentioned pardoning Forte. Now if we can only get Prodigy, Remy, Turk, Mystikal and Shyne sprung than it’ll be triumphant!
via Washington Post
A Grammy Award-winning rapper and music producer originally sentenced to 14 years in prison for smuggling cocaine is one of 16 people receiving pardons or reduced sentences from President Bush.
John Edward Forte of North Brunswick, N.J., a graduate of the elite Phillips Exeter Academy prep school who later became a producer for the rap group The Fugees and released two albums on his own, was caught in 2000 at Newark International Airport with two briefcases filled with $1.4 million worth of liquid cocaine, according to court documents.
Forte, 33, a first-time offender, was convicted of possessing the 31 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute and was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years at Fort Dix, N.J. (Forte’s Web site)
With the commutation, Forte will be released Dec. 22, after serving just over seven years. He still faces five years of supervised probation.
WTF? Since no one else would do the honors, here you go…RIP MC BREED. This was one of my favorites from Breed with the homie Pac. Maybe they will get to perform this in that BIG OLE Afterparty in the sky!
(CNN) — A controversial ranking of U.S. cities’ crime rates indicates New Orleans, Louisiana, has the worst crime rate, while a New York exurb has the lowest.The CQ Press “City Crime Rankings” list named New Orleans its most crime-ridden city based on a reported 19,000-plus incidences of six major crimes — including 209 murder cases — in 2007.
The Gulf Coast city of about 250,000, still grappling with the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, was followed in the rankings by Camden, New Jersey; Detroit, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Oakland, California.
The lowest crime rate was reported in Ramapo, New York, about 40 miles northwest of New York City, with only 688 total crimes and no reported killings in a city of about 113,000. It was followed by Mission Viejo, California, south of Los Angeles; O’Fallon, Missouri, outside St. Louis; Newton, Massachusetts, west of Boston; and Brick Township, on the New Jersey coast.
Previous editions have been criticized by criminologists and the U.S. Conference of Mayors as a misreading of federal crime statistics. The FBI, which compiles its own Uniform Crime Report statistics, warns that ranking cities against each other can produce “simplistic and/or incomplete analyses,” and the American Society of Criminology called last year’s CQ report “an irresponsible misuse of the data.” Continue reading
RUMOR HAS IT– Young Jeezy and Pharrell
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Sorry my dear readers but Kanye West is definitely a douche bag. He has totally lost it and I don’t care how much this album sells, he is finished. Hopefully he proves me wrong (doubt it!). Check out this rundown by the peeps over at Mamapop and be sure to go visit their house as much as possible.
Kanye West is a douche for many, many reasons, but it is easy to falter and find yourself thinking “Man, that Kanye’s a pretty wicked dude”. It happens to the best of us, we falter at times, but it shouldn’t have to happen. I have narrowed the proofs of his douchiness down to a ten-point emergency checklist that folds easily into your pocket or wallet for those times when his blinding douchebaggery eludes you.
1. He douched out at the Grammy’s when he took the stage to accept his award, refused to leave the stage when his time was up, and then actually told them to stop playing the get-off-the-stage music so that he could keep talking. Me Kanye. I bes vewy, vewy important.
2. His new album, due out on November 24th, is a departure from his usual style, as he sings more than he raps. That is all good and well, because he is a talented musician, but then he had to go and douche it up by saying that this change in style is an attempt to challenge the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney, who he describes as “those artists in black and white photos”, because taking a crap on music legends serves to make Kanye’s genius obvious to all and sundry.
With the slew of re-issued Jordan releases of the past few years, its refreshing to see the Jordan camp stay true in a sense to the originals. Boasting three different colorways, the Jordan 1 High Strap pack features three different color schemes with leather and canvas uppers including the iconic Chicago Bulls black/red joints. The collection is scheduled to release tomorrow November 22nd at Jordan accounts including Proper.
Is it real or is Memorex?
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