Google To Pull Out Of China?


Our favourite Internet search provider of all is now thinking of withdrawing out of China due to highly sophisticated computer attacks targeting their Google mail in mid-December. David Drummond, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer for Google says that someone was attempting to steal intellectual property from Google and other large corporations. It also appeared that the targets of the Gmail attacks were Chinese human rights activists.

As part of ”[Google’s] investigation, [they] have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties.”

Uh oh.

Bad Bad Chinese computer geniuses!

Drummond continues, ”We launched Google.cn in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that “we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.”

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on Google.cn, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down Google.cn, and potentially our offices in China.”

Reminds you of Brad Pitt and his being banned from China for playing in Seven Years In Tibet, doesn’t it? We do not think China will look favourably upon free speech and if whoever it is, is targeting human rights activists, the activists could be in more danger than ever.

We hope rather than know that basic freedom speech will be accessed in China someday but we think Google execs are doing a good job at making it clear what they want to enforce.

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A Little Black Dress With Control Panels

Asda has created a little black dress that ”pinches the inches” and claims to take off about an inch and a half using ‘inch-pinching’ poly elastane technology employed in some control underwear or granny panties as Bridget Jones and many people call it. It works by way of panels placed across the hips, waist and bust as seen from their £28 ($47) dress and a £16 ($26) black skirt.

The 1950s style elastic corset wear is expected to be a popular item as 85% of women usually have tacked on about 2 to 3 pounds after the holidays and this states that it will smooth out the lumps and bumps ”without exercise”.

Asda also goes on to say that ”the human curve has come to represent the healthiest and most fertile form, highlighting the most suitable breeding partner and has evolved to be universally attractive to males for that reason” and that there’s  ”there’s no need for women to slave away in the gym or diet to achieve the perfect shape as we should be celebrating our curves, not trying to get rid of them” because ”curves are back in fashion with the plus-size models on the rise”.

Ah what could have been a good temporary idea has failed in our eyes with the above ridiculous statements. Firstly, yes, it is said that wider hips supposedly remind men of fertility and we agree. We also love curvy or hour-glass figures. However, it seems that the brand director for George, Fiona Lambert is saying that exercising is for women who have self-esteem issues, who cannot accept their curves. Au contraire, my deluded Scroogy one, exercise is very important in daily life as well as a healthy diet. You should feel comfortable in your god given curves and body but you should know that you are healthy when you’re flaunting them not living a sedentary lifestyle and complaining that the world doesn’t accept you.

Also, comparing plus-size models to curvy is silly because plus-size models are not curvy as we have seen, they are big women. Marilyn Monroe was curvy. The Dove women are curvy but plus-size women are bigger than the average woman or at least what the average healthy woman should be.

So we’ll say that it’s not a new idea because corsets date back to hundreds of years but the dress could be used as a temporary feel-good curve dress. No one likes feeling uncomfortable in their clothes so we can say that it’s a bit of a self-confidence booster, which we like but we wouldn’t recommend it long-term.

Woman Who Saved Anne Frank’s Diary Dies At 100

Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who sheltered, fed and hid the Frank family in the Second World War and saved Anne Frank’s diary has died at the age of 100. The Anne Frank House museum stated that Gies died sustaining a neck injury during a fall at her home before Christmas.

Anne Frank’s cousin, Bernd (Buddy) Elias said that, ”During the two years she hid Jews from Nazis, she put herself in danger. If they had caught her, she would have been put in a concentration camp herself.” Instead as history indicates, German secret police found Frank and her family hidden in the secret annex and took them to concentration camps where Anne suffered from typhus and died at the age of 15, a mere two weeks before the camp liberated.

This left Gies with Anne’s diary and papers, which she had kept locked in a drawer and never read as she said it would have ”incriminated other helpers”. She gave the papers to the only Frank family member who survived the camps, Anne’s father, Otto, who published the diaries in 1947.

Gies was commended and honoured for her courage by an Israeli Holocaust museum, the German government and the Dutch monarchy though she said that she didn’t deserve as much applause as others did who did ”far more dangerous work”.

The Diary of Anne Frank is now translated into 70 different languages and has allowed millions into the world of the girl secretly hidden in the annex evading Nazi capture.

If it hadn’t been for Miep Gies bravery, no one might have ever known.

Rest in peace

How To Be Na’vi!

Keep it in mind for next Halloween. Amazing Tutorial!

Georgia May (Mick) Jagger(‘s Daughter) For Versace

For Versace Spring 2010

Controversial Hudson Jeans Ad

She is only 17 and already she’s been on the cover of November’s Vogue and chosen as Model of the Year at Britain’s Fashion Awards last month. Now she has been chosen to head the Versace campaign for their newest collection.

Donatella Versace said of Georgia, “She’s smart, a strong personality, beautiful, full of energy… and with that natural high star quality, I adore her. She’s perfect for this collection – a real Versace girl.”

The shoot was done in November by Mario Testino with photos set to released next month in February.

What we have heard about Mick Jagger and Supermodel Jerry Hall’s daughter is that she is in fact, quite intelligent and very school-oriented.

Perhaps but though we don’t doubt she is a pretty face to look at….seems kinda racy for a 17-year-old

Yves Saint Laurent Has Closed!

Let’s not get melodramatic. They have only closed their Madison Avenue New York location and will continue to trade from their 2003 opened Manhattan flagship at 3 East 57th Street. However, sadly the Madison Avenue had welcomed the ends of other fashion stores of Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Miu Miu and Juicy Couture stores two years ago.

How many more will bite the proverbial dust, we wonder?

The Pyramids Were Not Built By Slaves?

4000 year old mud-brick tombs of people who worked on the Great Pyramids of Giza have been found and were shown in Egypt Monday.

The three-metre-deep shafts contained dry desert sand preserved skeletons, which were found in dozens. Found along with them were jars meant to take with them to the afterlife that used to have beer and bread within them.

Popular belief and Hollywood would lead you to believe that the Pyramids were made by slaves but these bones discovered behind the Giza Pyramids are said to belong to paid workers, who are believed to have come from poor Egyptian families from the north and the south. It is also believed that they were ”respected for their work — so much so that those who died during construction were bestowed the honour of being buried in the tombs near the sacred pyramids of their pharaohs.”

But what makes Chief Egypt Archaeologist Zahi Hawass so sure? How does he know that these weren’t just slaves? 4,000 years is a long time…

Hawass would report back to any asking this that ”the proximity [the bones had] to the pyramids and the manner of burial in preparation for the afterlife back this theory. No way would they have been buried so honourably if they were slaves.”

Their bones also indicate that these labourers did work hard as supervisor of the excavation, Adel Okasha, revealed that ”their skeletons have signs of arthritis and their lower vertebrae point to a life passed in difficulty” indicating that ”the pyramid builders led a life of hard labour, though they were not slaves ”.

We don’t know much about Egyptian history though we always drift to images of Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison in Cleopatra

French filmmaker Eric Rohmer Dies At 89

Eric Rohmer died Monday at the age of 89.

He was part of the ”French New Wave that included filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut and, Rohmer”. He was also known for such films as My Night at Maud’s and Pauline at the Beach and Chez Maud, which earned him two Oscar nominations. He always prided himself on showing the hidden life in his characters.

Rest in peace

Sarah Palin: The Tough As Nails Journalist

Only in a perfect world.

However, it is true that the Alaska governor we have all come to know as Sexy Sarah will be joining the Fox News to provide political commentary and analysis as a contributor.You may be surprised to know that her degree was actually in journalism.

So it’s not hard to see that Palin is “thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at FOX News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.” Fair and balanced, what a lie. Easily excitable though, yes.

In addition to these important new duties, she will also be hosting numerous segments of the ‘inspirational series’ Real American Stories, premiering this year.

We take Sarah Palin as seriously as we do Fox News. We would have approved had she done their Entertainment/Inspiration Section, which they do…very well or maybe it was all the interviewer.

Will you tune in to hear journalist Sarah?

Speaking Of Vampire Movies like Daybreakers For Instance…ughh Not Again

You knew it was inevitable! Especially with the release of the new vampire flick Daybreakers. It’s not Vampire Diaries, True Blood or ugh Twilight but it does deal with similar ..recurring themes like the tortured soul, which seem to be present in all fang-related films.

While the prominent aspects of the film deal with a mostly sanguin-starved vampire population, a dwindling blood supply, and vampires who become bat..men?, it also deals with struggling to survive humans and Head hematologist Edward Dalton played by Ethan Hawke who is SURPRISE the conflicted soulless individual.

Firstly, the Daybreakers script predates the first Twilight book by about a year so it should be kept in mind that it was a fresh, explosive idea long before sparkly Edward and lost-without-a-notion Bella. Oh, and that the name Edward was introduced in Daybreakers first. However, these two Edwards are strikingly similar in that they

SPOILER

both avoid drinking human blood, possess the same golden eyes and have romantic tension that never comes to any sort of fruition other than hand-holding. Fun! Where Daybreakers differ however is much more interesting as we are taken into a dark world where vampires fear the well, we’ll call them bat-men, who are vampires who haven’t had blood for a prolonged period of time. There is also the idea of being able to transform back from fanged to human again and the obvious vampire-ruled world and human farms.

A few problems we had were Willem Dafoe’s hokey accent or maybe it was the script? and him or vampire storm troopers showing up a little too conveniently and obviously, misplaced horror music, which seemed more comical than serious and the dissatisfying and ridiculous ending, which left us with a confused taste in our mouth. Can you even taste confused? Who knows but we did. Now, unless they are making a two-part series or a trilogy, there was something amiss with the end of that film.

We don’t want to give too much away but even though it was well-filmed, it dragged on a little longer than it needed to and had a few key elements missing that would have otherwise made it a great film.

But really, can anyone ever say no to a vampire movie?

So Wrong

Tattooing your eyes in prison. WHY?! Then again, like the man said why not.

Funny we can think of a few OBVIOUS REASONS

Dangerous or just plain RIDICULOUS?