Strap Happy

From the Guardian:

Last year’s Cannes film festival opened in a discreetly classy, impeccably French fashion with Dominik Moll’s Lemming. This time around the Cote d’Azur is set to become one big Hollywood circus, complete with a nocturnal laser lightshow that looks set to induce epileptic seizures in the old women and small dogs who routinely prowl the Rue d’Antibes. Incidentally, there was a press screening of The Da Vinci Code late last night. By all accounts, the film sucks to high heaven.

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Guitar Hero freeware editor for PC

Sick of waiting for Guitar Hero 2? From Freetar:

The video above shows the Freetar editor in use. This is the first of a two-part project to create a totally FREE PC rhythm based game that you can use any game pad with. Including guitar-shaped ones. Create and play your own songs, the way YOU want.

The beta version of the editor will be released to the public soon, with the game portion a little later on.

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Drug gangs bring chaos to streets of Sao Paulo

From the Washington Post:

Leaders of First Capital Command gang, or PCC, reportedly used cellphones to order the attacks. Gang members then riddled police cars with bullets, hurled grenades at police stations and attacked officers at their homes and after-work hangouts.

On Sunday night, the gang employed a new tactic: sending gunmen onto buses, ordering passengers and drivers off, and torching the vehicles.

“It’s absurd — the gang members can do whatever they want? They can just start a war? And why would they attack the transportation, normal people? Next it will be schools,” he said. “We should get the military on every corner and kill them.”
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Wikipedia: Westboro Baptist Church

From Wikipedia:

We don’t picket to win people over, idiot. It’s to harden people’s hearts. Make them hate. Make them hate God even more than they already do.
Our goal is to preach the Word of God to this crooked and perverse generation. By our words, some will repent. By our words, some will be condemned. Whether they hear, or whether they forbear, they will know a prophet has been among them… our goal is to glorify God by declaring His whole counsel to everyone… we hope that by our preaching some will be saved.

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Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling

From ABC News:

A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation.

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What does the Kremlin want?

Anne Nivat, from LeMonde:

As she knows, it is necessary to have an account of the dead to back up a claim of genocide in Chechnya, and the numbers do not exist. “We waited too long before we started counting. If we want to find out how many Chechens have died and how many have fled to western Europe or Russia, we’d have a few surprises. There are hardly any Chechens left in Chechnya. I know that it’s hard for a European to understand this conflict. But it’s an aberration to destroy all the elements of a people’s culture.”

She points out that during the 1944 deportation “all the old history books in Chechen and Arabic were burned on the main square of Grozny. Today nobody is capable of explaining how the old towers in our mountain villages were built. The tradition is lost. Only 50 of them remain out of 300. We can’t even visit them, because troops are stationed in the mountains.”

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Seen in Hoxton Square in London

From Wooster Collective:

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Adobe posts update to Photoshop CS2

From Rob Galbraith:

Photoshop CS2 (aka v9.0) for Windows and Mac has been updated to v9.0.1. The free update is comprised mostly of bug fixes and minor tweaks; the download page for each platform, linked to below, lists the changes. Note that the Mac updater is for English copies of the application only, whereas the Windows updater covers all languages.

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Eggmanland

Eggmanland.

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Rescue workers link courage to Ogogoro

From the Daily Sun, Nigeria’s King of the Tabloids:

Even as the entire neighbourhood stank offensively, the rescue workers told Sunday Sun that they were hired by the Local Government officials to help bury the 127 bodies in a mass grave dug in the sandy beach. He, however, failed to disclose how much they were paid for their services.

But more importantly, Ganiyu revealed that they drank a lot of “Ogogoro” (local gin) to be able to muster courage for the task.
“As you see us so, we dey drink plenty Ogogoro. That na wetin give us power to withstand this horror,” he said.

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3rd term: Marry a two-time divorcee?

From the Daily Sun, Nigeria’s King of the Tabloids:

Temitope Kolaru
No! Take a good look at me. Do I look like somebody who would go into a relationship with a man who has been there two previous times? A two-time divorcee? I mean, not even a second-hand man, a third-hand man for that matter. My brother, no way o! I can’t do it. Men can no longer be trusted. To marry such a man, one would invariably be digging her grave.

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Why insist on the surrender of Ratko Mladic

From The New York Times:

Rather than linking talks to one arrest, the European Union should ask if a deeply brutalized society like Serbia’s is a worthy partner for integration, regardless of the disposition of any one war criminal. Making General Mladic a totem for what Europe really needs — Serbia’s transformation — stunts the union’s ability to understand and encourage that process.

Fixation on General Mladic is of a piece with the naïve thinking behind much Western foreign policy from the Balkans to Baghdad. Similarly optimistic claims were made when former President Slobodan Milosevic was arrested, but five years later, Serbia’s politics still haven’t advanced enough. Oh — maybe that’s because we haven’t gotten General Mladic.

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Minutes to Midnight, by Trent Parke

Photo Essay by Trent Parke, from Magnum Photos:

A journey of 90,000km around Australia; Parke’s attempt to find his place within an Australia vastly different from the one in which he grew up.

Latrobe Regional Art Gallery, Victoria, Australia 20 May to 24 June 2006

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Descendents launch exclusive Vans shoes

From PunkNews:

Descendents will be launching their own signature Vans shoe on June 1st, 2006. The long-running and influential hardcore/pop-punk act is currently on hiatus while members work as producers, scientists and even the backup band for the Lemonheads.
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Pure Evil Meets M-City

From Wooster Collective:

I went to the Independent Arts festival in Belgium and hooked up with M-City from near Gdansk, Poland… they had HUNDREDS of HUGE stencils and made a bunch of incredible pieces there, before they drove off to paint Berlin… I was astonished at how good they were and at how much work they put into what they do… Really really impressed.. and we also had a manic session on Polish vodka and did some painting together and swapped artwork… life is sweet…”

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Farmer's gallows sales attacked

From the BBC:

David Lucas, of Mildenhall, Suffolk, said he had been selling execution equipment to countries including Zimbabwe for about 10 years.

Amnesty said the export of gallows, which will be made illegal by an EC regulation in July, was “appalling”.

But Mr Lucas said the trade was not sick and “business is business”.

He added some people deserved the death penalty.

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Amputee Arrested for Burglary

From the Daily Sun, Nigeria’s King of the Tabloids:

Timothy, who gained entry into the house at about 10am, was said to have thrown one of his crutches into the compound and used the other one to leap over the fence.
Having succeeded in jumping into the compound, the suspect allegedly broke the bulglary proof in one of the windows with a stick and gained access into the Oluwa’s sitting room.

As he was ransacking the house for money and other valuables, he heard a noise outside the compound. Suspecting that the owners of the house had returned, ended his operation abruptly and limped out of the house. Outside a crowd was waiting for him.

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Bloody Liar

From the Daily Sun, Nigeria’s King of the Tabloids:

Asked about how the tongue was chopped off, Abdul explained that it was possible that the nails of Paulina did the damage while she was struggling to pull out her fingers from Chinyere’s mouth.
“The tongue is a soft tissue. It could have been chopped off by Paulina’s nails. Chinyere herself could have unconsciously chopped off her tongue when Paulina slapped her in the face. But definitely, there was no evidence either from the two ladies or eye-witnesses that Paulina chopped off the tongue.

“They were not kissing each other and the tongue can never allow itself to be chopped off carelessly like that”, the 2 Division PRO said.
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2005 Sports Shooter Contest Judging (video)

From SportsShooter:

This is video of the judging panel in action. Wally Skalij (Los Angeles Times), Myung Chun (Los Angeles Times), Matt A. Brown (Los Angeles freelance photographer), Rick Rickman (freelance photographer and Brooks Institute faculty member) and Robert Hanashiro (USA TODAY), spent the day together working to decide the winners in five categories and select a “Picture of the Year” for the (best entry).

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