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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Recovery expected for US stocks

The US stock market has risen about 20 percent from its climactic lows reached on Nov. 21 and “chances that we saw the bottom of the bear have increased because of the massive easing done by the Federal Reserve since then,” said Alfred Goldman, chief market strategist at Wachovia Securities…

Read more US stocks expected to recover

Source: Taipei times

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Israel vows to continue war on Gaza

"Unlike other conflict zones where there is the possibility to flee the war zone, Gaza itself has become the war zone. There is nowhere for the population to go, they are in the middle of all these attacks."..

Read more Israel vows to continue war

Source: al jazeera

Monday, December 29, 2008

Israel steps up Gaza strikes

Israeli leaders said they would press ahead with the Gaza campaign, despite enraged protests across the Arab world and Syria’s decision to halt indirect peace talks with the Jewish state...

Read more Israel steps up strikes

Source: herald interactive

Sunday, December 28, 2008

US blames Hamas 'thugs' for Gaza deaths

Gordon Johndroe, the Bush administration spokesman, said Israel must try to avoid civilian casualties, but laid the blame for deaths on the Palestinian groups that controls the impoverished territory.

"These people [Hamas] are nothing but thugs, and so Israel is going to defend its people against terrorists like Hamas," he said late on Saturday...

Read more The Fighting Continues..

Source: al jazeera

Saturday, December 27, 2008

UK economic downturn accelerates

The recession in the UK economy in the three months to September was worse than previously thought, official data out on Tuesday showed, underlining the speed of the downturn…

Read more UK downturn accelerates

Source: ft.com

Friday, December 26, 2008

Israel set for Gaza invasion after rocket barrage

Israel's foreign minister brushed off a call for restraint from Egypt's president, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made a direct appeal to Gaza's people to pressure their leaders to stop the barrages.

But the attacks showed no signs of ending. By nightfall, three rockets and 15 mortar shells had exploded in Israel...

Read more Israel set for Gaza invasion

Source: chron.com

Thursday, December 25, 2008

U.S. falls deeper into recession

Governments across the world have tried to boost expenditure to ease a recession ushered in by a credit crisis in the United States, with Japan and Germany becoming the two latest countries to unveil new spending programs…

Read more U.S. recession grows deeper

Source: globeandmail.com

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Bad New Year; Microsoft Layoffs?

Rumor mill, this time 'inside' the Microsoft campus, is that people are hearing a 'buzz' going around that there may layoffs sometime in January, if not later in the year. The word "layoffs", is still buzzing in Redmond....

Read more Microsoft Layoffs?

Source: mini microsoft

Busted Big Time: Software Exec Sentenced

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way' to probation for Colorado based
Platte River Associates, whose President, Mr. Jay E. Leonard has now been sentenced to 12 months supervised probation.

But wait, read the story, this gets' even more interesting..

Read more Software Executuve Sentenced

Source: eweek.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Video Thats Got Britons OUTRAGED!

Actors? you decide:

SNEERING bankers have released a record mocking the economic misery facing millions of Britons.

Read the Article! -

See the Video!

US drones kill seven in Pakistan attack

US forces in Afghanistan, frustrated by a spreading Taliban insurgency that is getting support from militant enclaves in northwest Pakistan, have stepped up strikes by pilotless drones despite Pakistani objections…

Read more drones kill seven in Pakistan

Source: times online

Monday, December 22, 2008

State begins prosecuting under cyberbullying law

The 2006 death of 13-year-old Megan Meier prompted Missouri lawmakers to update state harassment law earlier this year so that it now covers bullying and stalking done through electronic media, like e-mails or text messages…

Read more Mo. begins prosecuting under cyberbullying law

Source: AP

Sunday, December 21, 2008

S&P downgrades 11 of world’s top banks

Eleven of the world’s biggest banks were downgraded Friday by Standard & Poor’s after the ratings agency said the current downturn could be longer and deeper than previously thought…

Read more world’s top banks downgraded

Source: Ft.com

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Paulson May Seek Next $350 Billion in Financial-Rescue Funds

Paulson could soon exhaust the first $350 billion with the bailout that President George W. Bush’s administration has pledged for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC. The Treasury chief is discussing with aides strategies to seek congressional approval for the rest of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, people familiar with the deliberations said….

Read more Paulson To Seek Next $350 Billion

Source: infowars

Friday, December 19, 2008

So whats new? - The World Hates U.S.

CNN Reporter interview with Condoleezza Rice:

ZAIN VERJEE: Staying in Iraq, the shoe-throwing incident, it was really a symbol in so many ways in the Arab world of utter contempt –

Read more and see the video utter contempt..

Source: bigmouthfrog

Condoleezza Rice Gets Pissed

A journalist for a Cairo news agency chucked two shoes at President Bush earlier this week, CNN reporter Zain Verjee tries telling Condoleezza Rice that this proves the US is “loathed” around the world. Rice almost leaps out of her seat to reject that...

Read and SEE the video Rice almost leaps out of her seat to reject that...

Source: bigmouthfrog

Bernard Madoff: the ‘most hated man in New York’ seeks $3m for bail

With Mr. Madoff struggling to convince his rapidly diminishing circle of friends to cough up the remaining $3 million to meet the terms of his bail, Marc Litt, the New York…...

Read more ‘most hated man in New York’ seeks $3m bail

Source: times online

Thursday, December 18, 2008

House Arrest for Madoff in $7 Million Apartment

Bernard Madoff, accused of the largest fraud in U.S. history, will be allowed to remain in his $7 million Park Avenue apartment instead of being sent to jail, under terms of an agreement announced today by federal prosecutors....

Read more Madoff under house arrest

Source: abc news

Gay leaders furious with Obama and Rick Warren

Rick Warren, the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in southern California, opposes abortion rights but has taken more liberal stances on the government role in fighting poverty, and backed away from other evangelicals’ staunch support for economic conservatism.

But it’s his support for the California constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage that drew the most heated criticism from Democrats Wednesday....

Read more Gay leaders furious with Obama

Source: politico

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Huge Solar Flare Surprise

Solar flares are the most powerful explosions in the solar system. Packing a punch equal to a hundred million hydrogen bombs, they obliterate everything in their immediate vicinity. Not a single atom should remain intact.

At least that's how it's supposed to work. "We've detected a stream of perfectly intact hydrogen atoms shooting out of an X-class solar flare," says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. "What a surprise! These atoms could be telling us something new...

Read more Big Solar Flare

Source: nasa

Bush prepares crisis briefings to aid Obama

The contingency planning goes beyond what other administrations have done, with President George W. Bush and Obama vowing to work in tandem to ensure a more efficient transition in a time of war and terrorist threat.

Read more Bush prepares briefings to aid Obama

Source: international herald tribune

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wall Street fraud leaves charities reeling

Around the United States, the nonprofit community is reeling from the Bernard Madoff scandal. At least two other foundations have been forced to close their doors, having lost virtually all their assets to what the authorities describe as a Ponzi scheme that depended on new investment money to pay off earlier investments...

Read more fraud leaves charities reeling

Source: international herald tribune

Monday, December 15, 2008

No Time Left To Stop Global Warming

Global warming is accelerating. Time is close to running out, and Obama knows it. "The time for delay is over; the time for denial is over," he said on Tuesday after meeting with former Vice President Al Gore, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming.....

Read more Obama left with little time to curb global warming

Source: my way news

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Global woes pose risks, also openings for US

Japan and major European countries have joined the United States in falling into recession. China has seen its remarkable three-decades long export-fueled rise slowed. Oil-based economies on Washington’s worry list such as Iran, Russia and Venezuela, are reeling, too...

Read more Global woes pose risks possible openings for U.S.

Source: boston herald

The Big 3 Bailout

upcoming news report.....

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Bettie Page: A Troubled Life

With the passing of Bettie Page, new revelations about her past have again surfaced, here is more information about her life:

Bettie Page was an American model who became famous in the 1950s for her fetish modeling and pin-up photos. She was also one of the earliest Playmates of the Month for Playboy magazine.

Bettie moved to Southern California in 1979. There she had a mental breakdown and had an altercation with her landlady. The doctors that examined her diagnosed her with acute schizophrenia, and she spent 20 months in a state mental hospital in San Bernardino. After a fight with another landlord she was arrested for assault, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity and placed under state supervision for eight years.She was released in 1992 from Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino County.

In one of many biographies about Bettie, "The Real Bettie Page: The Truth about the Queen of Pinups", written by Richard Foster and published in 1997, tells' more of a less than happy tale. Foster's book immediately provoked attacks from her fans, including Hefner and Harlan Ellison, as well as a statement from Page that it was "full of lies," because they were not pleased that the book revealed a Los Angeles County Sheriff's police report that stated that she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and, at age 56, had stabbed her elderly landlords on the afternoon of April 19, 1979 in an unprovoked attack during a fit of insanity.

Source: wikipedia

U.S. Brand's Pakistan A Terrorist State

As we have said many, many times over, the threat from violent extremists is as much a threat to Pakistani people and the Pakistani government as it is to anybody else...

Read moreU.S denies the charge..

Source: the times of india

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Heath Ledger wins Golden Globe nomination

Heath Ledger, Rachel Griffiths and Melissa George have been nominated for Golden Globes, but Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman and their epic Australia were snubbed at the Golden Globes nomination ceremony...

Read moreLedger wins Golden Globe nomination

Source: smh.com.au

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Obama wants to stamp out Mumbai-like terror attacks

US president-elect Barack Obama says that he plans to send a strong message to the world on how his incoming administration will be "unyielding in stamping out the terrorist extremism we saw in Mumbai". He also plans to travel to the capital of an Islamic nation to make a "major speech".

"The message I want to send is that we will be unyielding in stamping out the terrorist extremism we saw in Mumbai," Obama said in an interview to Chicago Tribune. ...

Read more Obama wants to stamp out terror attacks

Source: the times of india

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just $27b remains in US bailout fund

The department said US$335 billion has been allocated from the first half of the US$700 billion programme, which was enacted on October 3. The information was contained in a report to Congress...

Read more Just $27b remains

Source: nzherald.co.nz

Monday, December 8, 2008

US guards charged over Iraq deaths

Five US security guards employed by the Blackwater firm have been charged over the killings of at least 14 Iraqi civilians and injuries to 20 others in a 2007 shooting in Baghdad.....

Read more US guards charged over Iraq deaths

Source: aljazeera

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Rice: Pakistan must act now

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that Pakistan must act quickly to arrest suspects linked to the deadly attacks in India to help ensure there are no follow-on assaults...

Read more Rice: Pakistan must act now

Source: gulf news

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Long Live the "King of Viral Marketing"

Here at 'Celebrity Status Quo' were always searching for new ways to impliment new marketing techniques.

Over time we have studied quite a few marketing 'mavens'. And one 'maven', that stands way out there in our book, is Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, (an E-Commerce Consultant)

You can read and learn more about Ralph's techniques, right here: King of Viral Marketing!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

US partys like it's 1933

In selected watering holes across America, it's party time tonight. In Washington, the festivities will centre on the venerable City Tavern in Georgetown; for $90 (£61), you can taste the cocktail offerings of the capital's most expert bartenders (or "mixologists" as they like to term themselves), listen to a jazz band and, in the words of the invitation, "party like it's 1933".....

Read more The US partys'

Source: belfast telegraph

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mumbai: Gunmen used drugs to keep fighting

The Mumbai terrorists used cocaine and stimulants to stay awake during the 60-hour fight with Indian commandos last week.

Officials said that drug paraphernalia, including syringes, was recovered from the scene of the attacks, in which almost 200 people died.

Read more Gunmen used drugs to keep fighting

Source: gulf news

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Global stocks rise on bargain hunting as oil skids

Fear of a prolonged global recession also helped drive down both crude prices and the yield on U.S. government debt, which hovered near record lows last seen more than five decades ago.

But rising stocks encouraged investors to emerge from the perceived shelter of U.S. assets, leading the U.S. dollar to fall against the euro and a basket of currencies.

Read more Global stocks rise on bargain hunting

Source: international herald tribune

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bush uses final 50 days in office to tout legacy

"I would hope that when it's all said and done, people say, 'This is a guy who showed up to solve problems,'" Bush said at a global health forum. "And when you have somebody say there's a pandemic that you can help, and you do nothing about it, then you have frankly disgraced the office." ..

Read more Bush touts' legacy

Source: guardian.co.uk

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Security chief resigns after Mumbai massacre

It comes as the Indian government continues to struggle under growing accusations of security failures following the Mumbai terror attacks that killed 174 people.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil submitted his letter of resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who accepted...

Read more Security chief resigns

Source: belfast telegraph

Saturday, November 29, 2008

UPDATE: Terrorist attack blamed on 10 armed men

After the final siege at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel, adoring crowds surrounded six buses carrying weary, unshaven commandos dressed in black fatigues, shaking their hands and giving them flowers. One of the commandos said he had been awake for nearly 60 hours since the assault began Wednesday. Another sat sipping a bottle of water and holding a pink rose....

Read more terrorist attack blamed on 10 armed men

Source: msnbc

Friday, November 28, 2008

Bush deeply saddened by killings in Mumbai

"Laura and I are deeply saddened that at least two Americans were killed and others injured in Wednesday's horrific attack in Mumbai," Bush said in a statement...

Read more Bush deeply saddened by killings in Mumbai

Source: times of india

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Barbara Bush recovering after surgery

Former first lady Barbara Bush was expected to remain in a Houston hospital for the next week as she recovers from laparoscopic surgery for a perforated ulcer, her surgeon said Wednesday....

Read more Former first lady Barbara Bush recovering

Source: daily news

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Asian markets rise after Wall Street rally

Asian markets rose sharply on Tuesday as investors regained some confidence after a strong overnight showing by Wall Street and the US government's bailout of banking giant Citigroup. European markets, which soared on Monday, opened lower...
Read more Asian markets rise after Wall Street rally

Source: the times of india

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Rise And Fall of Citigroup

If the bank were to collapse, it could have caused financial havoc around the globe, seizing up fragile lending markets and causing untold losses among institutions holding debt and financial products backed by the company....

Read more The rise and fall of Citigroup

Source: bbc news

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Suri Cruise' "Hottest Tot" - Forbes.com

Forbes.com, which ranked celebrity children 5 years old and younger based on media attention and their parents' popularity, said Suri—known for her stylish outfits and haircut—popped up in more news articles and blogs than her peers....

Read more Suri Cruise' "Hottest Tot" - Forbes

Source: denver post

Friday, November 21, 2008

Obama makes video pitch for 2016 Chicago Olympics

Obama appeared in a 90-second taped video message played by Chicago bid leaders to the general assembly of European Olympic Committees, the largest regional group in the Olympic movement....

Read more Obama makes video pitch for 2016 Chicago Olympics

Source: philly.com

Thursday, November 20, 2008

US Experts Urge Obama To Strengthen UN Ties

Dozens of US foreign policy leaders, including Democratic and Republican ex-Cabinet members, urged an incoming Obama administration to strengthen ties with the United Nations...

Read more Experts Urge Obama To Strengthen UN Ties

Source: irish times

Monday, November 17, 2008

The New War on Social Drinking

One would think that, given the failure of Prohibition, Americans wouldn't need to worry about its return. That may not be the case. A well-funded movement of neoprohibitionists is afoot, with advocates in media, academia, and government...

Read more War on Social Drinking

Source: cato institute

Mexico Drug Wars and Death Spill into the U.S.

Oscar Reynoso was found by police in a home in suburban Atlanta. Authorities say cartel members had chained and tortured Reynoso over a $300,000 drug debt.

Last month federal authorities in Atlanta announced indictments against 41 people they said were trafficking drugs and laundering money for Mexican cartels. Among those netted in Operation Pay Cut were a former deputy sheriff from Texas who was stopped on a Georgia highway with nearly $1 million in cash in his pickup.

PBS Discussion: Drug Cartels

Read more Mexican Cartels Hit The Streets of The U.S.

Source: la times / pbs

What the collapse of the domestic auto industry would mean to the United States.

What the collapse of the domestic auto industry would mean to the United States.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Beautiful Victoria Silvstedt Photoshoot

Karen Victoria Silvstedt (born 19 September 1974, in SkellefteƄ, Sweden) is a Swedish supermodel, Playmate of the Year, movie actress, radio and TV hostess, published singer, wife, and a former national-level skier in Sweden.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Americans: $14 Trillion In Debt

Free-spending U.S. consumers who bought everything from homes to groceries on borrowed money are running out of credit, and paying the bills will cost the world's biggest economy and its trading partners dearly.

The housing bust has exposed just how much Americans were relying on rising home values to pad spending and replace traditional savings. During the five-year real estate boom that ended in late 2006, household wealth expanded, retail sales grew faster than income, and savings dwindled....

Read more Americans teetering on $14 trillion debt pile

Source: reuters

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Off The Hook: Washington's $5 Trillion Tab

Well, fighting the financial crisis has put the U.S. on the hook for some $5 trillion a report says. So far.

The Treasury, in addition to the $700 billion raised in the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, agreed to guarantee money market funds against losses up to $50 billion, will inject $40 billion....

Read more Washington's $5 Trillion Tab

Source: forbes

Japan May Consider Providing IMF With $106 Billion Aid

Japan Prime Minister Taro Aso will propose offering IMF the fund when leaders of the Group of 20 industrialised and emerging nations meet for a crisis summit in Washington on Friday, the government source told Reuters.

Read more Japan May Provide IMF $106 Billion..

Source: cnbc

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

NEW: Robert Pattinson Interview "Twilight"

Global Leaders Praise Obama

World Leaders Praise Obama Triumph

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown called Tuesday's poll historic and said he and Mr Obama "share many values".

Chinese President Hu Jintao said he looked forward to strengthening dialogue. France's Nicolas Sarkozy said the poll had raised "enormous hope".

Read more World Leaders Praise Obama

Source: bbc

HIV Rates for New York City's Young Gay Population Higher

(Anti-homosexuality Christian protesters at a gay pride parade, 2007. Seattle, Washington, United States.)

HIV rates for New York City's young, male gay population rose by 32 percent from 2001
to 2006. In that same time period, new cases of HIV among older gay men dropped by 22percent....

Read more New York City's Young Gay Population

Source: 23/6

Monday, November 10, 2008

NJ Councilman Urinates On Crowd After Concert

WCBS-TV: Getting caught with his pants down isn't what landed a NJ councilman in jail over the weekend, but what happened after. The Daily News says Steve Lipski was arrested for urinating on a crowd of concertgoers...

See the video NJ Councilman Urinates On Crowd After Concert

Source: the daily news, wcbs tv

Bin Laden 'Plans New Attack On United States'

And, a former senior Yemeni al-Qaeda operative said, the terrorist organisation has entered a "positive phase", reinforcing specific training camps around the world that will lead the next "wave of action" against the West.

The warning, on the front page of an Arabic newspaper published in London, Al-Quds Al-Arabi - and reported widely in the major Italian papers - quotes a person described as being "very close to al-Qaeda" in Yemen.

Read more Bin Laden 'plans new attack on United States'

Source: Rural Press Limited

US 'in secret overseas strikes'

..."They said that the order, signed by Mr Rumsfeld with the approval of President George W Bush, was intended to make it easier for the US military to act outside officially declared war zones at short notice...."

In total, 15 to 20 countries were covered by the mandate and attacks had been carried out in Pakistan, Syria and "several other countries," the paper reported.

Read more US 'in secret overseas strikes'

Source: bbc

Sunday, November 9, 2008

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Obama Backstage Election Night

Democratic Presidential Nominee, Barack Obama and his family on election night in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

See more photographs Obama Backstage Election Night

Source:David Katz/Obama for America

Radical? - Obama To "Reverse' Some Bush Decisions

Some four dozen advisers have worked for months to identify possible regulatory and policy changes that could be implemented soon after Obama takes office Jan. 20.

Read more Obama To 'Reverse' Bush Decisions'

Source: upi

WERE ALL FREE AT LAST: Why We Can Celebrate

Be afraid of Obama, the GOP warned us. Be afraid of something new, something different. He would meet with our enemies. His middle name is Hussein. He "pals around with terrorists," consorts with the radicals at Acorn (which is "destroying the fabric of democracy"), and doesn't see America "like you and I see America." A vote for Obama would be "dangerous" and "too risky for America."

Read more Why All Americans Have a Reason to Celebrate

Source: ms. arianna huffington / huffington post

Friday, November 7, 2008

George Bush's Dog Bites Reporter

When Reuters reporter Jon Decker reached down to pet the Scottish terrier, the seemingly docile dog snapped at him and bit Decker's right index finger...

Read more George Bush's dog bites reporter


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