WTF?!! Michael Jackson Turns Muslim

Source: Daily Mail

Michael Jackson, pictured here wearing a traditional Arab women's veil in Bahrain in 2006, is said to have become a Muslim.

The way you Mecca me feel: Michael Jackson, pictured here wearing a traditional Arab women

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via Daily Mail

Beleaguered pop star Michael Jackson has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mikaeel, it has been claimed today.

The 50-year-old singer, who has previously been photographed wearing a traditional Arab women’s veil, reportedly became a Muslim in a ceremony at a friend’s house in Los Angeles.

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Arianna Huffington : “I only text three people – my two teenage children and Barack Obama.”

Source: TimesOnline

Wow. It is really great to have friends in high places. Arianna Huffington has just got 15 million dollars in new funding for the Huffington Post and has even declared ““I only text three people – my two teenage children and Barack Obama.” Read the full story below:

picture-5She is a close friend of Barack Obama, the President-elect – who, with Hillary Clinton, has posted on her site – and, at a dinner in London on Wednesday night, joked: “I only text three people – my two teenage children and Barack Obama.”

Ms Huffington launched HuffPo, which has about 2.5 million bloggers contributing to it regularly, in May 2005 with $2 million of seed capital. She then raised $5 million in August 2006 from venture capital firms including SoftBank Capital and Greycroft Partners, as well as individuals such as Bob Pittman, the former AOL executive. In a second round of fundraising in September 2007, HuffPo raised a further $5 million.

Ms Huffington, 58, the daughter of a Greek newspaperman, has been turning heads ever since she arrived at Cambridge University in the late 1960s. Then called Arianna Stassinopoulos, she became the first foreigner – and only the third woman – to be president of the Cambridge Union debating society. A lengthy affair with the journalist Bernard Levin raised her profile farther. During their eight years together she wrote three bestselling biographies, including works on Pablo Picasso and Maria Callas, before moving to the US in 1980.

There, she met and married Michael Huffington, the oil billionaire, becoming one of Manhattan’s leading socialites and a champion of the Republican revolution led by Newt Gingrich, the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Her marriage ended in 1994.

The launch of HuffPo came after Ms Huffington had spent a decade of campaigning for causes such as opposition to the Iraq War, concluding a remarkable political journey from right to left.

Porter on Vick: ‘All it was was dogs’

Just what Vick needs:

picture-3Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter commented on the possible reinstatement of former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and, as usual, Porter shot right from the lip, according to a report on EPSN.com. Vick was convicted for his role in a dogfighting ring and is serving time in a Kansas federal prison. He’s scheduled to be released next summer.

“He’s already been punished enough,” said Porter (referring to Vick’s possible reinstatement after serving his sentence), who owns a pair of pit bulls and a Maltese. “They gave him his penalty. He paid his penalty. What else should they do to him now?

“All it was was dogs. They act like they don’t even like pit bulls anyway. That’s the funny thing about it if you want to get back on that topic. I got pit bulls, I got to put them under a different breed just to travel. So you can’t even fly pit bulls nowhere.

“It’s a breed they don’t care about. It’s not like he was fighting cocker spaniels or something that they like. They don’t really care too much about pit bulls.”

Profootballtalk.com reported that Porter let his pitbull loose and it killed a miniature horse.

[pics] “Nelly” Ford Flex unveiled at Sema show

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Though his latest album hasn’t been the smashing success of his previous efforts Nelly continues to be a major force in the entertainment world. His outside endeavors have kept plenty busy and he now can add having his own specialized vehicle to his resume. Ford has created the “Nelly Flex” and surprised him with the super dope model at his recent birthday bash and SEMA car show. See the pics below :

Nelly unveils his custom Ford Flex at his surprise birthday party at Lavo Restaurant and Nightclub on November 2, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

Nelly unveils his custom Ford Flex at his surprise birthday party at Lavo Restaurant and Nightclub on November 2, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

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Full Press Release after the cut :

“nelly” flex unveiled at sema show

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 19-, 2008 – Grammy Award-winning artist Nelly will see his brand new customized 2009 Ford Flex for the first time today when the vehicle is unveiled on the Ford stand at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

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Jim Jones Say Obama Inspired Him to Clean His Lyrics Up

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Jim Jones is a Harlem rapper with lots of stubble and sleepy eyes. While he’s not a gangster rapper, he’s far from what you’d call a “conscious” rapper. In other words, he’s not the type of person you’d expect to see embedding himself in a sweeping societal change, but sometimes flowers grow up through the concrete. Jimmy recently co-wrote and starred in an off-off-off-Broadway play called Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Mind of Jim Jones, in which he’s almost killed during an impromptu dice game. (I hate it when that happens.)

I recently interviewed Jimmy about the play while sitting on the lip of the stage, and toward the end of our talk, I asked him how he felt about Obama’s victory. Since Election Day, every conversation I have eventually turns to Barack Obama and our emotional reactions to this American epiphany. Jim confessed that the election inspired him to drop the word “nigga” from his vocabulary—where it was a nearly ubiquitous presence—and replace it with “Obama.” He gave me a few examples: “What up, my Obama?” “Yo, did you see them Obamas last night?” “Now that’s a real Obama.” Continue reading

Antiwar Groups Fear Barack Obama May Create Hawkish Cabinet

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via LA Times

Reporting from Washington — Antiwar groups and other liberal activists are increasingly concerned at signs that Barack Obama’s national security team will be dominated by appointees who favored the Iraq invasion and hold hawkish views on other important foreign policy issues.

The activists are uneasy not only about signs that both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates could be in the Obama Cabinet, but at reports suggesting that several other short-list candidates for top security posts backed the decision to go to war.
“Obama ran his campaign around the idea the war was not legitimate, but it sends a very different message when you bring in people who supported the war from the beginning,” said Kelly Dougherty, executive director of the 54-chapter Iraq Veterans Against the War.

The activists — key members of the coalition that propelled Obama to the White House — fear he is drifting from the antiwar moorings of his once-longshot presidential candidacy. Obama has eased the rigid timetable he had set for withdrawing troops from Iraq, and he appears to be leaning toward the center in his candidates to fill key national security posts. Continue reading

Scientists Search for “Immortal” Cell, Elixir of Youth

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via Telegraph UK

Researchers believe boosting the amount of a naturally forming enzyme in the body could prevent cells dying and so lead to extended, healthier, lifespans..

The protein telomerase helps maintain the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes which act like the ends of shoelaces and stop them unravelling.

As we age, and our cells divide, these caps become frayed and shorter and eventually are so damaged that the cell dies. Scientists believe boosting our natural levels of telomerase could rejuvenate them.

A team at the Spanish National Cancer Centre in Madrid tested the theory on mice and found that those genetically engineered to produce 10 times the normal levels of telomerase lived 50 per cent longer than normal.

Maria Blasco, who led the research, told the New Scientist said that the enzyme was capable of turning “a normal, mortal cell into an immortal cell”. Continue reading

Pope Had `Prophecy’ of Market Collapse in 1985, Tremonti Says

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Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Pope Benedict XVI was the first to predict the crisis in the global financial system, a “prophecy” dating to a paper he wrote when he was a cardinal, Italian Finance Minister Giulio Tremonti said.

“The prediction that an undisciplined economy would collapse by its own rules can be found” in an article written by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became pope in April 2005, Tremonti said yesterday at Milan’s Cattolica University.

German-born Ratzinger in 1985 presented a paper entitled “Market Economy and Ethics” at a Rome event dedicated to the Church and the economy. The future pope said a decline in ethics “can actually cause the laws of the market to collapse.”

Pope Benedict in an Oct. 7 speech reflected on crashing markets and concluded that “money vanishes, it is nothing” and warned that “the only solid reality is the word of God.”

The Vatican’s official newspaper, l’Osservatore Romano, on the same day criticized the free-market model for having “grown too much and badly in the past two decades.”

Government Warns of “Catastrophic” U.S. Quake

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – People in a vast seismic zone in the southern and midwestern United States would face catastrophic damage if a major earthquake struck there and should ensure that builders keep that risk in mind, a government report said on Thursday.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said if earthquakes strike in what geologists define as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, they would cause “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States.”

 

FEMA predicted a large earthquake would cause “widespread and catastrophic physical damage” across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee — home to some 44 million people.

 

Tennessee is likely to be hardest hit, according to the study that sought to gauge the impact of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in order to guide the government’s response.

 

In Tennessee alone, it forecast hundreds of collapsed bridges, tens of thousands of severely damaged buildings and a half a million households without water. Continue reading

Ind. Inmates Sneak Through Ceiling to Have Sex

Three male and three female inmates at a southern Indiana jail face charges that they devised a way to sneak between cell blocks to help pass their time behind bars by having sex.

The inmates figured out how to remove metal ceiling panels in the Greene County Jail and used the passageway more than a dozen times in September and October, according to court documents.


The men — ages 44, 38 and 17 — and the women — ages 27, 26 and 21 — crawled through the ceiling after midnight, having sexual encounters and drinking homemade alcohol that was found hidden in the male cell block, a police affidavit said.

One male inmate who was not charged said the female inmates would “hang-out, play cards or have sex with some of the male inmates” in their cell block, the affidavit said. Continue reading

Man Confesses Shooting in Rap Song

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Dublin —- He shot a man twice and felt so good about it, police say, a Georgia rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the victim by name.

A judge sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright of Dublin on Monday to spend the next 20 years in prison after his victim mentioned the hip-hop confession to police.

Chad Blue, 28, told police he had known Wright before the September 2006 shooting but they weren’t friendly. He testified companions egged Wright on as he chased and shot his victim in the thigh and groin. Later, Blue told police he recognized Wright’s voice on a CD, rapping “Chad Blue knows how I shoot.”

Wright was sentenced to 20 years for two counts of aggravated assault. He will spend another 20 years on probation.

A-listers Party for the World’s Most Expensive Resort in Dubai

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Kylie Minogue lead the star-studded arrivals at the opening of the lavish bash to launch the world’s most expensive holiday resort.

The lavish Palm Jumeirah man-made island in Dubai is throwing the most expensive private party ever staged – at a cost of more than £16million – to celebrate the opening of the $1.5bn hotel Atlantis on the centre of the island.

The Australian singer, 40, looked stunning as she arrived at the lavish resort dressed in a pink and black floral chiffon gown with flowing train and her blonde hair in a curly short hairdo.

More than 2,000 celebrities from all over the world are due to watch Kylie Minogue make her Middle East debut.

The party included a 60 minute set by Kylie – for which she was reportedly paid an astonishing £2million – and what has been billed as the world’s largest ever fireworks display reported to cost another £3million.

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NYPD and Justice Dept Squabble Over Surveillance in New York

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WASHINGTON – The Justice Department and New York Police Department are feuding over surveillance of suspected terrorists — and how quickly it can be legally approved.

Intelligence officials familiar with the spat say the NYPD is accusing federal lawyers of delaying approval of surveillance applications.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is complaining that the delays have made New York less safe.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey has countered that New York is asking for too much investigative leeway, and if the requests were approved, they might violate federal laws.

The two sides have been feuding for what officials described as weeks at least, with Kelly and Mukasey sending contentious letters back and forth.

“The federal government is doing less than it is lawfully entitled to do, and the city is less safe as a result,” Kelly wrote to Mukasey in one letter, parts of which were read aloud to The Associated Press.

Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed the letter exchange and said the government was working with the NYPD to make the process “consistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States.” Continue reading

Dow Hits Lowest Point Since ’03 Amidst Fear of Auto Industry Collapse

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Dow below 8,000 on poor outlook from Fed and as fate of Detroit automakers hangs in balance

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street hit levels not seen since 2003 on Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging below the 8,000 mark amid a dour economic outlook from the Federal Reserve and worries over the fate of Detroit’s three automakers.wall_street
A cascade of selling occurred in the final minutes of the session as investors yanked money out of the market. For many, the real fear is that the recession might be even more protracted if Capitol Hill is unable to bail out the troubled auto industry.Investors also scoured economic data that included minutes from the last meeting of the Federal Reserve in which policymakers lowered projections for economic activity this year and next. Economic worries caused across-the-board selling, with financial stocks particularly hard hit.

The S&P 500, widely considered the broadest snapshot of corporate America, slipped 52.54 points, or 6.12 percent, to 806.58; and the Dow gave up 427.47 points, or 5.07 percent, to 7,997.28. Both closed at their lowest levels since March 2003, and are rapidly approaching the lows of the 2000 to 2002 bear market. Continue reading

Buffett Feeling the Heat, Stocks of Berkshire on Steady Slide

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Damn, when the old lions get wounded, you know the war is getting ugly and America is on the ropes with a faulting economy that just can’t seem to get its legs underneath itself, but this Joker’s stock is trading at $84,000 a wop!! After he licks his wounds, Warrren will be alright. 

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Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) — Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. fell the most in at least 23 years, dropping for the eighth straight day since reporting a 77 percent decline in third- quarter profit.

The stock plunged $11,550, or 12 percent, to $84,000 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading and has slipped 41 percent this year, compared with the 45 percent drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Berkshire, based in Omaha, Nebraska, rose in 17 of the past 20 years.

“There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with Berkshire, what’s really happening is people are wondering if there’s something fundamentally wrong with the economy, and Berkshire is in some ways a bit of a proxy for that,” said Michael Yoshikami, president of YCMNet Advisors in Walnut Creek, California, which manages $850 million including Berkshire shares.

Berkshire has posted four straight profit declines, the worst streak in at least 13 years, on falling returns at insurance businesses and investment losses. Buffett, ranked by Forbes magazine as the richest American, has committed at least $28 billion this year to acquire companies, finance buyouts and purchase securities as prices fell and competitors were hobbled by limited access to credit. Continue reading

NASA Successfully Tests First Deep-Space Internet

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November 19, 2008MIS Asia — Scientists have successfully tested the first deep space communications network modelled on the Internet, claimed the American space agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Working as part of a NASA-wide team, engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, US, used software called Disruption-Tolerant Networking, or DTN, to transmit dozens of space images to and from a NASA science spacecraft located about 20 million miles from earth, the agency said.

“This is the first step in creating a totally new space communications capability, an inter-planetary Internet,” said Adrian Hooke, team lead and manager of space-networking architecture, technology and standards at NASA headquarters in Washington. Continue reading

[video] Al-Qaeda Leader Calls Obama a ‘House Negro’

LMAO! With the bitter comes the sweet. These dudes are gonna wage a war of ideologies against Obama and use his commitment to two diverging groups (Black America vs. AmeriKKKa) or concepts of “America” against him.  Although, it is only name-calling the strategy is clever and as long as it goes unchecked it can become ugly, especially if Obama starts shucking in the Big House (lol).   

Hate Crimes On the Rise After Obama Election

In rural Georgia, a group of high-schoolers gets a visit from the Secret Service after posting “inappropriate” comments about President-elect Barack Obama on the Web. In Raleigh, N.C., four college students admit to spraying race-tinged graffiti in a pedestrian tunnel after the election. On Nov. 6, a cross burns on the lawn of a biracial couple in Apolacon Township, Pa.

The election of America’s first black president has triggered more than 200 hate-related incidents, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center – a record in modern presidential elections. Moreover, the white nationalist movement, bemoaning an election that confirmed voters’ comfort with a multiracial demography, expects Mr. Obama’s election to be a potent recruiting tool – one that watchdog groups warn could give new impetus to a mostly defanged fringe element.

Most election-related threats have so far been little more than juvenile pranks. But the political marginalization of certain Southern whites, economic distress in rural areas, and a White House occupant who symbolizes a multiethnic United States could combine to produce a backlash against what some have heralded as the dawn of a postracial America. In some parts of the South, there’s even talk of secession. Continue reading

Mark Cuban Charged with Insider Trading

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I wonder if this had anything to do with it…

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, owner of the National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks, was charged Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission with insider trading.

The civil suit was filed by the SEC in a federal court in Dallas.

According to the SEC, Cuban sold 600,000 shares of Internet search company Mamma.com in June 2004 using non-public information.

Cuban is accused of calling his broker and instructing him to sell all of his stock from Mamma.com after receiving the confidential information from the company.

The SEC said Cuban learned that the company would raise money through a public offering, and he knew the stock price was about to fall.

When the offering was made public, the stock fell 9.3%, and Cuban avoided losses in excess of $750,000 by selling stock the day before, the SEC report said.

“I am disappointed that the Commission chose to bring this case based upon its Enforcement staff’s win-at-any-cost ambitions,” said Cuban in a statement released by his legal counsel, Dewey & LeBoeuf. “The staff’s process was result-oriented, facts be damned. The government’s claims are false and they will be proven to be so.” Continue reading