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|Subject: Kirk Douglas Birthday Message|
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Date Posted: Monday, December 11, 09:55:20am
Saturday December 9, 9:00 am ET
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- My name is Kirk Douglas. You may know me. If you don't ... Google me. I was a movie star and I'm Michael Douglas' dad, Catherine Zeta-Jones' father-in-law, and the grandparents of their two children. Today I celebrate my 90th birthday.
I have a message to convey to America's young people. A 90th birthday is special. In my case, this birthday is not only special but miraculous. I survived World War II, a helicopter crash, a stroke, and two new knees.
It's a tradition that when a "birthday boy" stands over his cake he makes a silent wish for his life and then blows out the candles. I have followed that tradition for 89 years but on my 90th birthday, I have decided to rebel. Instead of making a silent wish for myself, I want to make a LOUD wish for THE WORLD.
Let's face it: THE WORLD IS IN A MESS and you are inheriting it. Generation Y, you are on the cusp. You are the group facing many problems: abject poverty, global warming, genocide, AIDS, and suicide bombers to name a few. These problems exist, and the world is silent. We have done very little to solve these problems. Now, we leave it to you. You have to fix it because the situation is intolerable.
You need to rebel, to speak up, write, vote, and care about people and the world you live in. We live in the best country in the world. I know. My parents were Russian immigrants. America is a country where EVERYONE, regardless of race, creed, or age has a chance. I had that chance. You are the generation that is most impacted and the generation that can make a difference.
I love this country because I came from a life of poverty. I was able to work my way through college and go into acting, the field that I love. There is no guarantee in this country that you will be successful. But you always have a chance. Nothing should interfere with it. You have to make sure that nothing stands in the way.
When I blow out my candles -- 90! ... it will take a long time ... but I'll be thinking of you.
Source: Kirk Douglas
|Subject: Still more Princess Diana|
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Date Posted: Monday, December 11, 09:46:30am
Last updated at 10:48am on 11th December 2006
American intelligence agencies were bugging Princess Diana's telephone over her relationship with a US billionaire, the Mail's sister paper has learned.
Evening Standard reports that she was even forced to abandon a planned holiday with her sons in the US with tycoon Teddy Forstmann on advice from secret services, who passed on their concerns to their British counterparts.
Both US and British intelligence then forced Diana to change her plans to stay with Mr Forstmann in the summer of 1997, saying it was too "dangerous" to take her sons there.
Instead the princess took the fateful decision to take a summer break with Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed. This ultimately led to her going to Paris with his son Dodi, where they died in a car crash.
The revelation from independent inquiries by the Evening Standard comes as it emerged that Princess Diana's phone was bugged by US intelligence agencies on the night she died without the permission of the British secret intelligence services.
Authoritative leaks say the extraordinary revelations will be published this week by Lord Stevens and is bound to raise fresh questions about conspiracy theories.
The US secret service was monitoring Diana's friendship with the controversial financier Mr Forstmann for some weeks.
Mohamed Fayed has always insisted the princess and Dodi Fayed were murdered in a plot involving MI6 agents and US intelligence.
The Standard has learned that Diana had agreed to a week's holiday with princes William and Harry in the US.
She had accepted an invitation from her one-time American boyfriend Mr Forstmann to stay with him at his house in the Hamptons.
But as she was travelling with the princes, she needed the trip to be cleared by the British security services. They surprisingly vetoed Diana's plans because of concerns about the security surrounding the billionaire's homes or perhaps a possible threat from elsewhere.
The decision by the security services ultimately led to Diana striking up her friendship with Dodi and returning to the south of France to holiday with him.
This led to her being in Paris on 31 August, the day of the crash.
The Evening Standard also understands that US secret services have a number of secret files on Diana and her closest associates that are held by the national security agency. The files, which include reports from foreign intelligence - thought to include MI5 and MI6 - come under both top secret and secret categories.The reports cannot be released because of "exceptionally grave damage to the national security". The documents on the princess seem to have arisen because of the company she kept rather than through any attempt to target her.
Diana enjoyed an intimate friendship with Mr Forstmann after her relationship with Prince Charles had broken down.
Lord Stevens is expected to conclude on Thursday that Diana, Dodi Fayed, and their driver Henri Paul died in an accident caused by him driving too fast through the Pont de l'Alma underpass in Paris while under the influence of drink.
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|Subject: US bugged Diana night of her death|
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Date Posted: Sunday, December 10, 01:31:22pm
Mark Townsend and Peter Allen in Paris
Sunday December 10, 2006
The American secret service was bugging Princess Diana's telephone conversations without the approval of the British security services on the night she died, according to the most comprehensive report on her death, to be published this week.
Among extraordinary details due to emerge in the report by former Metropolitan police commissioner Lord Stevens is the revelation that the US security service was bugging her calls in the hours before she was killed in a car crash in Paris.
In a move that raises fresh questions over transatlantic agreements on intelligence-sharing, the surveillance arm of the US has admitted listening to her conversations as she stayed at the Ritz hotel, but failed to notify MI6. Stevens is understood to have been assured that the 39 classified documents detailing Diana's final conversations did not reveal anything sinister or contain material that might help explain her death.
Scotland Yard's inquiry, published this Thursday, also throws up further intelligence links with the Princess of Wales on the night she died. The driver of the Mercedes, Henri Paul, was in the pay of the French equivalent of M15. Stevens traced £100,000 he had amassed in 14 French bank accounts though no payments have been linked to Diana's death.
Stevens's conclusion is that Diana, her companion Dodi Fayed, and Paul himself died in an accident caused by Paul driving too fast through the Pont de l'Alma underpass in Paris while under the influence of drink. The car was being pursued by photographers at the time.
Tests have confirmed that Paul was more than three times over the French drink-drive limit and was travelling at 'excessive' speed. The inquiry will quash a number of conspiracy theories that have circulated since 31 August 1997, among them that Diana was pregnant. It also found no evidence that the princess was planning to get engaged to Dodi, son of Mohamed Fayed.
The Harrods tycoon believes that Paul's blood samples were swapped to portray him as a drunk in an elaborate cover-up by the establishment to stop Diana marrying Dodi, a Muslim.
Stevens is expected to concede that while there was a mix-up it was an accident and that the original French post-mortem which found that Paul was three-times over the French drink-drive limit was correct.
He is also expected to discount the role of the white Fiat Uno which struck Diana's car shortly before the crash, even though British police officers have failed to track down the vehicle which left paintwork on the black Mercedes.
The inquiry will support the findings of the original French accident inquiry in criticising the paparazzi as a possible reason for encouraging Paul to speed. The 'bright light' theory - the claim that the driver was deliberately blinded by a beam immediately before the crash - is also dismissed by Stevens.
|Subject: More Paltrow........|
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 02:44:14pm
She likes the geeky roles, but not the low pay that goes with them. She loves England, but hates our drunk women. Gwyneth Paltrow explains herself to Emma Brockes
Friday January 27, 2006
Gwyneth Paltrow divides her films into two categories: those she does for love and those she does for money, or "shite" as she calls them, tentatively road-testing the British vernacular. Into the former category goes Sylvia, which, she says, "because it's a movie about a poet who killed herself, [didn't] have a big audience", and The Royal Tenenbaums. Into the latter goes Shallow Hal, the Farrelly brothers film, and "this terrible movie called View From the Top that Harvey Weinstein talked me into doing". Her new film Proof, is, needless to say, a labour of love.
It's quite a robust critique, given Paltrow's reputation for limpness. After her tearful performance at the Oscars eight years ago, she consolidated her image by marrying Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, and moving to north London, where she pursues an aggressively detoxified lifestyle. They have an 18-month-old daughter, Apple, and Paltrow is pregnant with their second child. (The nearest I get to names is the suggestion that she might, "some way down the road", use "Paltrow" as a middle name; her husband suggested hyphenating Apple's surname, but she vetoed Paltrow-Martin because "Apple Blythe Alison Martin is just so lovely".) She looks radiantly healthy today, like a 1970s advert for suntan lotion, and is spirited and thoughtful, not at all like her wan public image - until the last two minutes of the interview, when she delivers a lecture on abstinence that makes even the PR look surprised.
I ask if she and Martin are as dull as everyone imagines, and she winces and laughs: "There is this perception of us in this country, like, oh, they're quite boring. They do yoga and they stay home watching UK Gold." She is savvy enough to know that "boring" in this context refers to her husband's music and to her own adventures in macrobiotics. "I think we're happy. We're not looking for other things in life. We like our house. We like our kid. We like our friends." Paltrow sniffs. "I think it's sort of funny how you have to be doing coke off the ass of a stripper to be perceived as not boring these days."
In Proof, written by David Auburn and based on his 2002 play, Paltrow is suitably unconventional. She plays Catherine, a socially malfunctioning maths genius, with Jake Gyllenhaal as her fellow geek and Anthony Hopkins as geek senior: Catherine's father and a man unhinged by his own intelligence. The film uses "craziness" as a proxy for "risk-taking" (tag line: "the biggest risk in life is not taking one"), and divides the world between far-out creative folk and tragic drudges who have never made a movie nor proved a maths theorem, nor had a poetic thought, nor risen to anything more creative in life than writing lists. Lists! Pathetic!
Still, Paltrow is great in the role and a reminder that big stars can also be fine actors. She plays Catherine with the diffidence of a genuine misfit. "When I saw the play in New York, Jennifer Jason Leigh was doing it, and she's someone who can look really beautiful or really plain," she says. In defence of her own casting, she points out that the technical adviser, a real-life geek who taught them how to look natural while doing maths, "was stunning ... like a supermodel".
"Of course, it's a little far-fetched that Jake Gyllenhaal is ..." A friendless weirdo too? "Yeah. But it's a movie. Harvey Weinstein was very keen that Jake be the guy. He was not really up for the quirky thing. And he was paying, so."
Paltrow has now appeared in two versions of Proof, stage and screen, and they act as bookends to the past four years of her life. When she appeared in Auburn's play at the Donmar Warehouse in May 2002, she was, she says, having the best year she'd ever had. She was 29, living in London in a flat she'd just bought in Belgravia and her parents were over to visit. She was feeling, she says, "totally reinvigorated about being an actor and I made a pact with myself that I was never going to do anything to compromise myself again." After the run ended, she spent the summer travelling and visiting friends in Europe, ending up in Italy for her 30th birthday. "And I thought," she says, "this is the best weekend of my life."
Three days later her father, Bruce, died. Paltrow is generally perceived as the face of New York Wasp culture, but her father descended from a Russian, rabbinical dynasty. "Like, 17 generations of rabbis - you see, I really am a Jewish princess!" Bruce Paltrow was a TV director and his daughter idolised him, so much so that on reading interviews with her I've often thought that references to her mother, the actor Blythe Danner, were notable by their absence.
I ask if her relationship with her mother is more complicated than the one she had with her father. "Yes," she says. "I mean, it wasn't like Mommie Dearest, but definitely more complicated." When her father died it threw certain aspects of her relationship with her mother into relief. "Like what was fantastic and what was missing ... we've always been close but there's always been that element of friction. Me being a horrible teenager to her. Nothing really terrible or dark ... I think it's because women are more complicated than men, inherently, and relationships between them can be more complicated." Having Apple has brought them closer. "I thought, gosh, does she love me as much as I love my daughter? The my-mother-did-this, she-didn't-do-that, that adolescent stuff - it made me let go of it."
Now Paltrow is more relaxed, she says, than she has ever been; she talks about "this incredible contentment, just to understand how beautiful and simple life is". As she sees it now, she spent her 20s working too hard, never saying no to anything and succumbing to "the bad side of American psychology". When she ditched university to become an actress, she was just so amazed to find work that she didn't stop working until she was "totally burned out". She first came to England in 1995 to make the film Emma, then returned for Sliding Doors, Shakespeare in Love and Possession.
"I love the English way, which is not as capitalistic as it is in America. People don't talk about work and money; they talk about interesting things at dinner parties. I like living here because I don't tap into the bad side of American psychology, which is 'I'm not achieving enough, I'm not making enough, I'm not at the top of the pile.' It's just kind of like, I am."
The irony is that to observers, Paltrow's old life looks a lot more relaxed than her present one. She used to smoke; she used to date Brad Pitt, who, if not exactly wild, has less of the air of the vicar about him than Martin. But rumours of her iron health regime are exaggerated, she says. She doesn't diet, because the minute she tells herself she can't have something, she wants it. She says she loses weight by exercising, although it's hard to imagine why she would need to. "I like to exercise and be healthy because it makes me feel good, not because I'm going to be the next Bond girl. I think it's really important to look after yourself. But I do it for myself. I don't do it because of external pressure."
Has that always been the case? "Yeah. Except once when I was doing A Perfect Murder, I quit smoking and I had gained a few pounds. And the producer came and spoke to me about it. And I felt really humiliated. I had never been spoken to about something like that."
It's a mark of the enduring parochialism in this country that the idea of faddy Hollywood lifestyles like Paltrow's and Madonna's being lived in London causes so much fascination and delight. Paltrow gave up her flat in Belgravia when she realised that she was "the only person there under 65. I love north London; it feels much more alive." Her daughter is showing signs of an English accent already. "Her A's are very English - she says 'war-ter' and 'war-lk'. She says mummy instead of mommy. I don't mind that. I will if she starts saying 'basil' and 'pasta' the English way, which really drives me nuts."
For an actress of her depoliticised generation, Paltrow is surprisingly, and gratifyingly, strident about women in Hollywood. She hates the way intelligent actresses get shoehorned into generic parts, and thinks the only way to solve it is for more women to become directors. "Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, another romantic comedy? You know." She sighs. "You see her in something like Walk the Line and think, God, you're so great. And then you think, why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies? But of course it's for money and status. I just think, wouldn't it be great if all of those movies people went to see were about real women?"
Paltrow has tried to be true to this with films such as Sylvia, which she thinks is her best work. As the face of Estée Lauder, she has also peddled a fantasy version of womanhood. I don't understand, I tell her, why an actor as successful as she is would bother with a dappy advertising campaign.
"I'll tell you why," she says. "I basically stopped making money from acting in 2002. All the things I've done since then have been things I've really wanted to do, and I have not made money from them." The Estée Lauder gig pays for her art just as Calvin Klein, she says, pays for Scarlett Johansson to work with Woody Allen, "and never have to do a movie where they put her in a bikini and give her a gun". Oh, give me a break. Didn't she save any money from all that work she did in her 20s? "Good question." She laughs. "I spent it on shoes. No. Well, I had saved money, but I bought a house, and I never made Julia Roberts kind of money. I made really great money, but not the kind of money ..."
She won't tell me the most she's ever been paid for a role. I say I read somewhere it was $2m. She looks mildly perturbed. Is that offensively low? "No, not at all," she says vaguely. "That's what you read? Well, it's more than that. But..."
Paltrow intends to stay in Britain for the long term. "My husband's work is here." I wonder if she drinks more when she's in the UK than she does in the US. From the corner, the PR blurts out, "I do." Paltrow looks bemused. "I'm not really a drinker. Like the last time I got drunk was on holiday in Spain three years ago."
Wow. That's a long time sober. What's that about? "I think it's gross. I really don't like drunk women; I think it is such a bad look. I think it's very inappropriate and I don't like it."
Doesn't she feel boring at parties? "No. I think they're the idiot people and I'm the normal person. But I don't really go to parties where ... I don't really have drunk friends. My friends are kind of adult; they have a drink. But they hold their liquor. I think it's incredibly embarrassing when people are drunk. It just looks so ridiculous. I find it very degrading. I think, ooh, you're really degrading yourself right now, to be this pissed out in public." She looks startled by the strength of her own reaction and, recovering, smiles blamelessly and sweeps out of the room.
· Proof is released on February 24
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian News and Media Limited 2006
|Subject: Now she denies making remarks|
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 10:44:38am
Posted on Monday, December 04, 2006 (EST)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow insisted on Monday that contrary to a recent article in a European newspaper, she feels "proud to be American" and would never compare her homeland unfavorably to Britain.
In a statement issued through People magazine's Web site, Paltrow said she was "deeply upset" by remarks attributed to her by the Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias, which quoted the actress as saying: "The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans."
"I never, ever would have said that," said Paltrow, 34, who is married to British rock star Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, and resides part time with him and their two children in London.
"I feel so lucky to be American," she said. "I feel so proud to be American."
Paltrow denies giving an interview to the Portuguese daily, though she did speak at a news conference in Spanish, according to People.
"This is what I said," Paltrow explained. "I said that Europe is a much older culture, and there's a difference. I always say in America, people live to work, and in Europe, people work to live. There are positives in both."
She added: "Obviously, I need to go back to seventh-grade Spanish."
Paltrow, who won an Academy Award in 1999 as best actress for her role in "Shakespeare in Love," was most recently in theaters in the film "Running with Scissors."
|Subject: Paltrow in trouble|
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Date Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 10:38:10am
LONDON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Comments made by Gwyneth Paltrow that put the United States in an unflattering light have brought down a storm of controversy upon the film actress.
A U.S. native living in England for the last three years, Paltrow recently made comments to a European paper comparing the two nations that portrayed the United States negatively, statements that The Daily Mail reported have angered her U.S. brethren.
"I like living here because I don't fit into the bad side of American psychology," the 34-year-old Oscar-winning actress had said. "The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans."
Such comments made by the "Shakespeare in Love" actress, who moved to Britain after marrying Coldplay singer Chris Martin, prompted several U.S. citizens to speak their opinions through various media.
The Daily Mail said that the voiced consensus in her homeland portrayed Paltrow in an equally unflattering light and offered little support for her newfound views.
|Subject: She's ticked a few people off|
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Date Posted: Monday, December 04, 12:08:31pm
Last updated at 13:36pm on 4th December 2006
Once she complained about the British weather. Another time she complained about British men.
But it seems American actress Gwyneth Paltrow is finally warming to life in London.
She says dinner party chat here is far more interesting, intelligent and civilised than back at home.
It's a declaration that has gone down rather badly in America. The 34-year-old Oscar winner, who has lived in London since marrying Coldplay frontman Chris Martin three years ago, said: 'I love the English lifestyle, it's not as capitalistic as America.
'People don’t talk about workand money, they talk about interesting things at dinner.
'I like living here because I don't fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilised than the Americans.'
Last night, as her comments were reported in her homeland, Americans called chat shows and radio phone-ins to express their disgust at her 'betrayal'.
'If she feels that way we are far better off without her,' said one commentator. A disgruntled caller added: 'She sounds like she thinks she’s better than us.
'We are better off if she stays across the Atlantic. We don't need her here.'
Miss Paltrow, who once complained at length about the British weather, was speaking to NS, the weekend magazine supplement of daily Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias.
She said having another American – Madonna – living in London had been a great help to her. 'She's like an older sister,' said Miss Paltrow.
'Everything I have gone through, she went through ten times worse and ten times longer. She gives me good advice about how to say no and take care of myself.'
Although Miss Paltrow did not specify what she was saying 'no' to, it is known she favours a strict macrobiotic diet.
It means a large proportion of her diet is made up of wholegrains, vegetables and fish, and she is not allowed to consume meat, dairy products, processed foods, alcohol or caffeine.
Miss Paltrow, who was born in Los Angeles, once found fault with British men, but a year later, married Chris Martin.
And two years ago she told the U.S. edition of Marie Claire that the streets of London were dirty, customer service was ‘just rubbish’ and the weather was 'cold and depressing'.
Despite this, Miss Paltrow and her husband have settled in North London with their daughter Apple, two, and son Moses, eight months. She will be pleased to know that not everyone in America was displeased with her latest comments.
A British expatriate rang in to one programme to say: 'Quite frankly, she’s only stating the obvious, as anyone who has spent a long time in the United States can testify.'
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 02, 06:33:53pm
Dec 2, 8:13 PM (ET)
By The Associated Press
GOLDSBY, Okla. (AP) - Mel Gibson's effort to find an indigenous cast for his new movie "Apocalypto," which depicts the end of the Mayan civilization, is drawing praise from American Indian leaders.
Gibson wanted an indigenous cast for the project, so the filmmakers found people from the Yucatan, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Xalapa, Veracruz and other spots. Two of the cast members are from the United States, three are from Canada and the rest hail from Central America.
"It is very important to note that Mr. Gibson has gone to great lengths to cast indigenous people in this film," Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said. "This not only helps make the film more realistic, it serves as an inspiration to Native American actors who aspire to perform relevant roles in the film industry."
Gibson screened the movie Friday for a sold-out audience at Chickasaw Nation's Riverwind Casino. Tickets were $55, proceeds going to American Indian health organizations and charities.
Rudy Youngblood, who makes his acting debut as Jaguar Paw, and Raoul Trujillo, who portrays Zero Wolf, arrived in sports utility vehicles and stood on Riverwind's version of the red carpet - a black carpet that led into the theater - to pose for photographers.
Youngblood, a powwow dancer, singer and artist, told reporters he was just there to enjoy the movie, which opens in theaters Dec. 8.
|Subject: Today's Raspberry Award goes to..........|
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Date Posted: Saturday, December 02, 03:16:20pm
Oscar-winning US actress Gwyneth Paltrow feels dinner talk is far more interesting in her adopted homeland Britain than back in her native country.
"I love the English lifestyle, it's not as capitalistic as America. People don't talk about work and money, they talk about interesting things at dinner," she told "NS," the weekend magazine supplement of daily Portuguese newspaper Diario de Noticias on Saturday.
"I like living here because I don't fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans," the 34-year-old added.
Paltrow, who won a best actress Oscar for 1998's "Shakespeare in Love," lives in London with British band Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin whom she wed in 2003.
She said having US pop star Madonna, 48, who married British film director Guy Ritchie six years ago, nearby was another advantage to living in London.
"She's like an older sister. Everything I have gone through, she went through ten times worse and ten times longer. She gives me good advice about how to say no and take care of myself," said Paltrow.
|Subject: UFO crash in Siberia|
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Date Posted: Friday, December 01, 12:01:28pm
Created: 01.12.2006 11:10 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 11:10 MSK, 11 hours 41 minutes ago
An unidentified flying object has crashed in Krasnoyarsk Region, Siberia, causing a forest fire, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported on Friday.
The crash took place in the taiga between the towns of Yeniseisk and Lesosibirsk, the agency said quoting the local Interior Ministry directorate. The crash was reported by local villagers and traces of forest fire can be seen on the site. Air traffic officials said that no aircraft were scheduled to fly in the region at the time of the crash and no air vessels were missing.
A group formed of police investigators, representatives of the Transport Prosecutors Service and representatives of the aircraft safety watchdog Rosavianadzor has started to the site of the crash from Krasnoyarsk.
Local Emergencies Directorate has sent a helicopter to the site.
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|Subject: UFO crash in Russia|
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Date Posted: Friday, December 01, 11:52:05am
To Divert Attention From Polonium UFO Reportedly Crashed in Russia
Publication time: Today at 16:02 Djokhar time
Russian officials said an unidentified flying object fell out of the sky and burned on impact Friday in the taiga of East Siberia, the news agency Interfax reported.
Law enforcement authorities in the Krasnoyarsk region told Interfax residents had reported seeing a "flying apparatus" plunge from the sky at about 10 a.m.
Residents of the remote area, some 260 kilometres north of the regional capital of Krasnoyarsk, said the surrounding area had been charred, showing signs of a fire.
Authorities, however, said they had been unable to reach the scene due to inclement weather conditions.
"Investigators and transport officials are now being sent from Krasnoyarsk to establish the reasons behind the crash," a police official said.
Regional authorities have not speculated about what the object might have been, but they noted a helicopter had flown over the scene and that its crew had not seen any traces of fire.
The vast Siberian taiga, an area of boundless forest, famously played host to an explosion known as the "Tunguska event" in June 1908 after an object, now thought to be an asteroid or comet, slammed into a remote area north of Lake Baikal.
The blast, which felled an estimated 60 million trees over 2,000 square kilometers, was later calculated to have been the equivalent of 10 to 20 megatons of TNT, similar in force to that of the most powerful nuclear bomb ever detonated, the DPA reported.
|Subject: Over exposure anyone??|
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Date Posted: Friday, December 01, 10:00:16am
Can anyone say OVER EXPOSURE?!
Rachael Ray has gone from a cute, sweet, pleasure to watch on Food Network to a pain in the butt. Her TV show sucks, she is on the cover of every grocery store magazine.......and this is the real clencher for me.......they are selling a CHRISTMAS CD with her picture on it....Rachael Ray's favorite Christmas music!!
Gimme a BREAK!!
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Date Posted: Saturday, November 18, 04:05:23pm
Yes, Phoenix, I love the Barefoot Contessa, too and I know what you mean about wishing they'd make some new shows. But not that Paula Deen has her new show - Paula's Party or whatever its called and Rachel Ray has her new TV show, I don't think anyone has time to do the good old fashioned cooking shows anymore.
I don't like Paula's new show at all. Just give me the COOKING shows. Thats all I want and I miss her old shows. And I absolutely cannot STAND her kitchen in her new house. It's ugly and cluttered and she has to cook out on the edge of her tiny counters and I keep thinking something is going to fall off in the floor! She looks tired now and even kind of unkempt.
Oh.....and hey!! Do she and her husband "Michael Groover" (she ALWAYS calls him by his full name...lol...I don't know why)look like Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus or what?
I wish they hadn't all become Superstars and just stuck with the good old format they had before.
|Subject: Barefoot Contessa|
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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 09:59:00am
I love Ina Garten, too. Matter of fact, I love all the cooks you mentioned, but CRIMEINITLY....could they make some new episodes?? I mean they just show the same ones over and over and over again!
Also, I used to really like Emeril but the last year or so he has changed and become so full of himself I can't stand him anymore. I've seen him show temper to people who work for him and I've seen him be rude to people in the audience. Once that happens, its all over for me.
|Subject: Sandra and the other Foodnetwork Goddesses|
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Date Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 10:02:24am
Rachael Ray is all over everything now. She's got her new talk show -- I saw it once and hated it -- but I still love to watch her on the Foodnetwork.
But people try to crucify poor Sandra. They make fun of her boobs...are they real or aren't they, and the fact that she's obviously had some "work done" on her face...probably a face lift and collagen, but I still like her.
My favorite to watch though is Ina Garten. I love her cooking and I love to watch her hubby Jeffrey when he's on the show. They are such a cute older couple.
|Subject: LOL........Sandra Lee|
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Date Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 09:48:40am
My seven-year-old grandson has developed a major thing for Sandra Lee. He says it's her great cookies and donuts she makes but I don't know.......could be something else he finds attractive about her. <3
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Date Posted: Saturday, November 11, 11:01:36am
This has been going around in e-mail. I checked it out on Snopes.com and it is verified to have really been said by Ben Stein.
Ben Stein said:
Herewith at this happy time of year, a few confessions from my beating heart:
I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don't know who Lindsay Lohan is, either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise's wife.
Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. Is this what it means to be no longer young. It's not so bad.
Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him?
I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.
|Subject: Dan Rather defends report|
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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 05:47:16am
By MIKE BAKER
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former CBS anchor Dan Rather once again defended his discredited "60 Minutes Wednesday" report about President Bush's military service, insisting the story was accurate.
Rather narrated the September 2004 report, which alleged that President Bush skirted some of his duties during his National Guard service and that a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush's record.
"The story was true," Rather, 75, told radio station WPTF-AM on Tuesday. "We were vulnerable on taking responsibility for it."
An independent CBS review determined the story was neither fair nor accurate. CBS fired three news executives and a producer for airing it, and Rather was forced out of the anchor chair he had occupied for 24 years.
"CBS News stands by the report the independent panel issued on this matter and to this day, no one has been able to authenticate the documents in question," CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press.
The story relied on four documents, allegedly written by Bush's commander in the Texas Air National Guard, the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian. Critics questioned the documents' authenticity and suggested they were forged.
"I believed it to be true or I wouldn't have put it on the air," Rather said. "There's nothing wrong with asking the tough questions of the people in power, which is what we attempted to do."
Pressed further on the authenticity of the report, Rather lashed out at radio host Donna Martinez, saying she had a political agenda.
Rather stepped down as "CBS Evening News" anchor in March 2005, and the network cut all ties to him in June. He is scheduled to produce and host a weekly news program beginning Nov. 14 on HDNet, a small network aimed at owners of high-definition televisions.
|Subject: This is so sad Anna Nicole Smith|
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Date Posted: Thursday, September 21, 10:48:03am
Last updated at 16:19pm on 19th September 2006
Anna Nicole Smith has sold the last pictures of her son alive
Anna Nicole Smith's representatives have allegedly secured more than £318,000 for the last pictures of her dead son.
The former Playmate posed with tragic Daniel and his new sister in a Bahamian maternity ward the night before he was found dead.
Daniel, 20, was discovered slumped in a chair at the hospital on September 10.
Authorities in the Caribbean have launched an inquiry into the sudden death of Daniel, who was known to be taking anti-depressants at the time.
Smith's representatives and her photo agent Getty Images have reportedly been paid the cash by a US magazine and TV shows.
In Touch magazine paid a reported £212,000 for the print exclusive.
And the Paramount-produced television shows 'Entertainment Tonight' and 'The Insider' allegedly paid an estimated £132,000 for the TV rights.
"There is an incredible amount of emotion attached to this story and the photos, and our story will be a tribute to Daniel's life as well as a celebration of it," an In Touch spokesman said.
"I'm told that Anna Nicole has vague plans to use a portion of the money for a Daniel Smith memorial and it wasn't clear yesterday what percentage of the proceeds Getty is taking as a commission," a New York Daily News columnist wrote.
Anna Nicole Smith has still not been seen publicly since the sudden death of her son.
A spokesman for Paramount Television did not make a comment.
article at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=405962&in_page_id=1773
|Subject: Steve Centanni|
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Date Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 12:16:41pm
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The wife of a kidnapped Fox News cameraman made a public plea Wednesday to his kidnappers to release him and his fellow journalist. Palestinian officials said they have no firm leads on where the two men are being held.
The cameraman, Olaf Wiig, 36, of New Zealand, and American reporter Steve Centanni, 60, were taken Monday from their TV van near the Palestinian security services headquarters. Major militant groups in Gaza have denied involvement and the kidnappers have yet to make any demands.
Wiig's wife, Anita McNaught, appealed to the kidnappers to free her husband and Centanni.
"The bottom line is, there is no good reason for these two men to be held," said McNaught, a freelance television journalist. "They are friends of the Palestinians. They are here telling the Palestinian story for weeks now, when the rest of the world's media has not been here."
Directing her words to her husband in the on-camera interview and choking back tears, McNaught said: "It's going to be all right. You are going to come home to me."
Many foreigners have been abducted in Gaza in recent years, most by gunmen with ties to the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of Abbas' Fatah movement.
The ruling Hamas movement has not played a prominent role in past kidnappings of foreigners. In June, however, Hamas-allied militants abducted an Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, in a cross-border raid that triggered a major Israeli offensive in the coastal strip.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Julie Reside said the U.S. is working with Palestinian officials and called for the journalists to be released immediately.
"The U.S. government strongly condemns the kidnapping of these individuals," she said.
Jan Henderson, New Zealand's ambassador to Israel and Turkey, met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Gaza to discuss the incident, and Palestinian lawmaker Saeb Erekat said Abbas reassured Henderson the ordeal would soon be over.
"He is personally leading this effort, and every effort is being exerted to ensure their release," Erekat said.
A Palestinian security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said efforts to locate the kidnappers and journalists were concentrated on the Gaza City area.
Palestinian officials said it is unusual for kidnappers not to make any demands for two days. That has made it difficult to trace the abductors, or understand why they kidnapped the journalists, they said.
McNaught said earlier that she was told by Palestinian officials that her husband's captors acted on their own, without support from militant groups.
McNaught said the hardest part of waiting has been the silence on the part of the kidnappers: "It's difficult dealing with no information on how he is," she said.
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark has expressed her country's deep concern for Wiig's safety.
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