BLABBERMOUTH.NET - MAYHEM's Concert In Malaysia To Be Investigated By Authorities

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - MAYHEM's Concert In Malaysia To Be Investigated By Authorities:
Malaysian National News Agency Bernama has issued the following report:

A government backbencher Wednesday asked the government to probe into how the black metal MAYHEM music concert, said to be worshipping the devil, were allowed to hold a concert in Backroom, Kuala Lumpur on Feb 4, next year.

Datuk Idris Haron (BN-Tangga Batu) said the government should view the matter seriously as it seemed that drugs topped the agenda for the musical group from Norway, as depicted in the website: www.shyaithan.com, which provided information on the group.

"The advertisements on the concert have been published in the local papers," he said during question time at the Dewan Rakyat sitting here today.

In reply to the question, Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar said even though the authority to permit the group to enter the country does not fall under the ministry's jurisdiction, he would present the matter to the relevant authorities.

"It is not under our jurisdiction but the views on this matter, I will take note and bring it to the relevant authorities," he said.

Meanwhile, in replying to a question from Bung Moktar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan) on the steps necessary to curb drug smuggling in the country, Noh said the government had implemented various law enforcement measures related to drug trafficking and abuse.

Noh said besides the hanging sentence, Malaysia also practised the arrest without trial in connection with drug trafficking offences.

This year alone, over 1,000 drug traffickers were arrested without trial while last year, about 2,700 were arrested for similar offences.

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Flag of Hong Kong

The Flag of Hong Kong is red with a stylised, white, five-petal Bauhinia blakeana flower in the centre. The red colour on this regional flag is the same as that on the national flag. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region flag was adopted on 16 February 1990, and received formal approval from the Preparatory Committee on 10 August 1996. The flag was first officially hoisted on 1 July 1997, in a historical ceremony marking the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the PRC. The precise use of the regional flag is regulated through laws passed by the 58th executive meeting of the State Council held in Beijing. The former colonial flag was used from 27 July 1959, to 30 June 1997, when Hong Kong was under British rule. It was a blue Union Jack ensign with the Hong Kong coat of arms on a white disk centred on the outer half of the flag.

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This day in history - Nov 30, 2005 - Skeleton of "Lucy" Discovered (1974)

"Lucy," a 3.18 million year old female hominid of the species Australopithecus afarensis, was discovered by scientists in Ethiopia and named after a Beatles song. An unprecedented 40% intact, Lucy was the first fossil hominid to really capture public notice, nearly becoming a household name at the time.
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Mozilla Firefox for Windows 1.5 Final

Mozilla Firefox project (formerly Firebird, which was formerly Phoenix) is a redesign of Mozilla's browser component, written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform. It includes a popup blocker, tabbed browsing, a smarter search, hassle free downloading, and improved privacy and security.

Latest Changes:
  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs
  • Improvements to popup blocking
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut
  • Answers.com is added to the search engine list
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and "Safe Mode" experience
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the i
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6
  • Many security enhancements
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"Aku Malu ~
bila solat sendiri
mulut kumat kamit
tapi aku tak faham

Aku Malu ~
bila solat berimam
imam melagu lagu
tapi aku tak faham


Aku Malu ~
bila belek Quran
aku kenal huruf
baca berlagu lagu
tapi tak bisa tangkap maksud

Aku Malu ~
bila berbicara tentang Islam
keluar berapi api
tentang Quran
tentang Hadis
tapi hakikatnya tak faham

Aku Malu ~
mengaku Islam
tapi tak faham Al Quran
tak faham hadis
sekadar taklid

Aku Malu ~
tapi sampai bila ? "

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Do you get nostalgic for the Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden days? Do you like your stoner rock a little prog, a little metal and a lot high-voltage?

Emerging from Austin, TX, these four Swordsmen (doh!) toured with ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and had SXSW 2004 in a right royal frenzy over their primal, hard rocking. The Sword's rampage continues as they prepare to unleash a nine song long player in February 2006 on NY's Kemado Records.

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CNN.com - Four inmates on the run after jailbreak in Washington state

CNN.com - Four inmates on the run after jailbreak in Washington state - Nov 26, 2005:
YAKIMA, Washington (AP) -- Authorities searched Saturday for four maximum security inmates who escaped from a county jail by climbing down a rope made of bed sheets, authorities said.

The inmates escaped Friday with five other prisoners who were quickly recaptured before they could leave the jail grounds, said Will Paulakis, a Yakima County Corrections Department division chief.

The four escapees include a 20-year-old man scheduled to go on trial December 5 on charges of second-degree murder, another charged with burglary, and two who were being held on second-degree assault allegations.

The inmates apparently escaped shortly after 5 p.m. through the ceiling of a cell in their unit on the top floor of the four-story main jail, said Cpl. Ken Rink, a Corrections Department spokesman.

They gained access to the roof and used bed sheets to slide down to the roof of the adjacent one-story jail annex, then jumped to the ground. A similar approach was used in a 1994 jailbreak.

One inmate was recaptured on the main jail roof, three were caught on the annex roof and a corrections officer spotted the fifth standing on the ground and tackled him, Rink said.

No injuries were reported.

The jail is located near the old train station in downtown Yakima, in central Washington. Some streets were blocked off in the area after the 5:20 p.m. escape, and officers asked nearby businesses to be on alert.

The date (kurma/tamar) is a food of high nutritional value

Food Value
The date is a food of high nutritional value. It provides natural sugar in the form of glucose and fructose. This sugar is ready for immediate absorption and is, therefore, infinitely superior to cane-sugar. It is usually taken raw or with milk, which makes it highly nutritious in most respects. Taking it with curdled milk is also common. The seeds of the fruit, roasted and ground into powder makes a beverage like coffee, called 'date coffee'. The date palm yields a sweet juice of high food value. The juice can also be allowed to ferment and made into alcohol.

Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Dates are valuable as medicine for their tonic effect. Being easily digested, they are very useful for supplying energy and repairing waste. Milk in which clean and fresh dates have been boiled is a very nourishing and restorative drink to children and adults alike, especially during convalescence.

Intestinal Disturbances
The nicotinic content in dates is an excellent remedy for intestinal disturbances. According to Metchnikoff, the great Russian Scientist, liberal use of dates keeps in check the growth of pathological organisms and helps to establish a colony of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

Constipation
The date is a luxative food. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into a fine syrup the next morning to secure luxative effect.

Intoxication
Dates are excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. In such cases, drinking water in which fresh dates have been rubbed or soaked will bring quick relief.

Weak Heart
Dates are an effective remedy for weak heart. Dates soaked overnight in water and crushed in the same water in the morning after removing the seeds should be taken at least twice a week in this condition. It will strengthen the heart.

Sexual Debility
Dates are highly beneficial in the treatment of sexual weakness. A handful of dates soaked in fresh goat's milk overnight should be ground in the same milk in the morning. A pinch of cardamom powder and honey should be mixed in this preparation. This becomes very useful tonic for improving sex stamina and sterility to to functional disorders.

Children's Diseases
A date tied to the wrist of the baby and allowed to be sucked by him during teething time hardens the gums and prevents other complaints like fretfulness and diarrhoea. A teaspoonful of paste of the date prepared with honey is an effective medicine for diarrhoea and dysentery during teething. It should be given three times a day.

This day in history - Nov 26, 2005 - Heaviest Rainfall on Record (1970)

The island of Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, holds the Guinness World Record for the most intense rainfall in a short period recorded by modern methods. On this day, 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of rain fell there in one minute. More...

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Scientific Name: Panthera onca
Size: Head and body 3.7-6.1 feet (112-185cm); tail length 1.5-2.5 feet (45-75cm)
Weight: 126-249 pounds (57-113kg)
Distribution: From central Mexico through Central America to Northern Argentina
Habitat: Tropical forest, savanna, scrub, swamps - normally where water is available
Diet: Peccaries, capybaras, tapirs, monkeys, armadillos, river turtles, otters, caimans, and domestic livestock
Reproduction: After a gestation period of 13-15 weeks, female gives birth to 2-4 cubs
Longevity: Up to 12 years (20 in captivity)
Population: Estimated at greater than 10,000
Status: Near Threatened

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Wife is dreaming in the middle of the night and suddenly shouts:

"Up!! Quick! My husband is back.

Man gets up, jumps out of the window, hurts his butt, and then realizes:




"Damn, I'm the husband!"



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Human body facts

The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.

Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles (274 km) per hour.

The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as the adams apple.

The only jointless bone in your body is the hyoid bone in your throat

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself.

It takes the interaction of 72 different muscles to produce human speech.

The average life of a taste bud is 10 days.

The average cough comes out of your mouth at 60 miles (96.5 km) per hour.

Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

When you sneeze, all your bodily functions stop even your heart.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

Children grow faster in the springtime.

It takes the stomach an hour to break down cow milk.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people do.

There are 10 human body parts that are only 3 letters long (eye hip arm leg ear toe jaw rib lip gum).

If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision but all your sense of depth.

The average human head weighs about 8 pounds.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.

An average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

The length of the finger dictates how fast the fingernail grows. Therefore, the nail on your middle finger grows the fastest, and on average, your toenails grow twice as slow as your fingernails.

The average human blinks their eyes 6,205,000 times each year.

The entire length of all the eyelashes shed by a human in their life is over 98 feet (30 m).

Your skull is made up of 29 different bones.

Your ears and nose continue to grow throughout your entire life.

After you die, your body starts to dry out creating the illusion that your hair and nails are still growing after death.

Hair is made from the same substance as fingernails.

The average surface of the human intestine is 656 square feet (200 m).

A healthy adult can draw in about 200 to 300 cubic inches (3.3 to 4.9 liters) of air at a single breath, but at rest only about 5% of this volume is used.

The surface of the human skin is 6.5 square feet (2m).
15 million blood cells are destroyed in the human body every second.


The pancreas produces Insulin.

The most sensitive cluster of nerves is at the base of the spine.

The human body is comprised of 80% water.

The average human will shed 40 pounds of skin in a lifetime.

Every year about 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced.

The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet (9 m).

You were born with 300 bones. When you get to be an adult, you have 206.

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete.

Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

There are 45 miles (72 km) of nerves in the skin of a human being.

The average human heart will beat 3,000 million times in its lifetime and pump 48 million gallons of blood.

Each square inch (2.5 cm) of human skin consists of 20 feet (6 m) of blood vessels.

During a 24-hour period, the average human will breathe 23,040 times.

Human blood travels 60,000 miles (96,540 km) per day on its journey through the body.

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Jaring clarifies ‘nationwide’ coverage claim

PETALING JAYA: Barely a month old, Jaring's new broadband Internet service is experiencing some hiccups, with potential customers claiming that the new service is not living up to their expectations.

Lee Yan Chun, 25, said his hopes of getting Jaring’s Internet broadband service were dashed when the company said there were no DSLAMs (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) in the area where he stays.

“This was the same excuse given to me by another broadband service provider last year,” the customer service representative told In.Tech in an e-mail.

Lee claimed Jaring misled the public when it said the company was offering a “blanket nationwide coverage,” when it only covered areas where incumbent telco, TM Bhd's DSLAM broadband ports were available.

In.Tech reported on Oct 27 that Jaring is now providing nationwide broadband Internet service.

Jaring chief executive officer Dr Mohamed Awang Lah was quoted as saying that with “the blanket nationwide broadband coverage, Jaring is fulfilling its role to provide broadband service to all Malaysians and increasing the rate of broadband penetration throughout Malaysia.”

When contacted, Mohamed said the word “nationwide” has to be taken in the context of the available telecommunications infrastructure in the country.

“It’s nationwide in the sense that the service is available in most parts of the country and not limited to particular areas,” he said.

He said Jaring had to depend on TM’s last mile DSLAM access to provide its broadband services in certain areas.

Mohamed said Jaring and other wired broadband Internet providers use TM’s “limited ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) infrastructure to offer its broadband service.”

He said that if Jaring were to roll out its own broadband service, it would take some time to attain complete nationwide broadband Internet coverage, and would require high capital investments.

“Wired telephone infrastructure – through which wired broadband services are carried – can only be provided via TM,” he said, adding that this is the current state of the country’s wired broadband services.

“Even the incumbent telco took a few decades to achieve its current level of nationwide coverage,” he added.

Mohamed claimed “there is no way for any other service provider to install new wired infrastructure and have an instantaneous rollout.”

He said Jaring is also working on another way to reach other potential Internet broadband users through its wireless broadband connection. This method, he said, would be independent of TM's infrastructure.

Jaring is working on this method in phases and some time is needed before it is available nationwide, Mohammed said.

Meanwhile, another Jaring customer, Michael Tan, claimed that he was charged differently from what was advertised by Jaring when he signed up for its Internet broadband package.

“I was charged RM295 for a modem that was supposed to be free and a monthly fee of RM90 when it was supposed to be RM79,” said Tan, who has been subscribing to Jaring for the last 10 years.

Mohamed said Jaring will investigate this complaint. “If this is proven to be true, Jaring will refund the affected customer,” he said. – JO TIMBUONG

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Fact collection (T)

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The military salute originated during the medieval times. Knights in armor used to raise their visors to reveal their identity, and the motion later evolved into the modern-day salute.

The Mills Brothers have recorded the most songs of any artist: about 2,250.

The minarets ofthe Taj Mahal in India are angled at 88 degrees outwards so that they would not collapse into the structure should an earthquake occur

The minimum number of darts that need to be thrown to complete a single in, double out game of 501 is nine.

The Miss America Contest was created in Atlantic City in 1921 with the purpose of extending the tourist season beyond Labor Day.

The model of King Kong used in the original movie was only 18 inches tall.

The modern Olympic Games were held in the first time in 1896 at Athens and were then followed by the 1900 Paris games. The winter games were added in 1924.

The mola mola or ocean sunfish lays up to 5,000,000 eggs at one time.

The Mona Lisa, by daVinci, is 2'6" by 1'9".

The Mona-Lisa, now hanging in the Louvre museum in Paris, is valued today at $100,000,000.

The monastic hours are matins, lauds, prime, tierce, sext, nones, vespers and compline.

The Montreal Canadians of the mid-1950s are the only team to win five straight Stanley Cup championships.

The Monty Python movie "The Life of Brian" was banned in Scotland.

The moon actually has mirrors on it. They were left there by astronauts who wanted to bounce laser beams off them, so that the distance to the moon can be measured.

The most abundant metal in the Earth's crust is aluminum.

The most collect calls are made on father's day.

The most common blood type in the world is Type O. The rarest, Type A-H, has been found in less than a dozen people since the type was discovered.

The most common disease in the world is tooth - decay.

The most common injury in bowling is a sore thumb.

The most common street name in the United States is Second Street. First Street isn't first because many times the designation is replaced with the name Main Street.

The most expensive book or manuscript ever sold at an auction was The Codex Hammer, a notebook belonging to Leonardo da Vinci. It sold for $30.8 million.

The most expensive movie memorabilia ever sold at an auction was Clark Gable's Academy Award for It Happened One Night. It sold for $607,500 on December 15, 1996.

The most expensive painting ever sold at auction was Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh. On May 15, 1990, Ryoei Saito paid $75 million for it. He followed up that spending spree by paying the second-highest price ever, $71 million for Au Moulin de la Galette by Pierre Auguste Renoir, just two days later.

The most frequently seen birds at feeders across North America last winter were the Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch and American goldfinch, along with downy woodpeckers, blue jays, mourning doves, black-capped chickadees, house sparrows, northern cardinals and european starlings.

The most searched thing on yahoo.com every year is porn.

The most snow accumulation in a one-day period was 75.8 inches at Silver Lake, Colorado, in April 1921.

The most successful X-rated movie of all time is Deep Throat. It cost less than $50,000 to make it and has earned more than $100 million.

The most used line in the movies is "Lets get out of here."

The most widely accepted legend associated to the discovery of coffee is of the goatherder named Kaldi of Ethiopia. Around the year 800-850 A.D., Kaldi was amazed as he noticed his goats behaving in a frisky manner after eating the leaves and berries of a coffee shrub. And, of course, he had to try them!

The most widely culticated fruit in the world is the Apple.The second is the Pear.

The motto for the Olympic Games is Citius Altius Fortius. Translated, it means Faster Higher Stronger.

The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.

The movie As Good As It Gets is called Mr. Cat Poop in China.

The movie Quo Vadis had 30,000 extras.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City hung Matisse's 'Le Bateau' upside-down for 47 days before an art student noticed the error.

The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.

The nail of our middle finger grows the fastest and the nail of our thumb grows slowest.

The name "Uncle Sam" for the U.S. came from a person known as Uncle Sam Wilson of Troy, NY, who supplied food for the U.S. army in the war of 1812.

The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as 'Ke-kou-ke-la.' Unfortunately, the Company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means 'bite the wax tadpole' or 'female horse stuffed with wax' depending on the dialect. Coke then researched Chinese characters and found a close phonetic equivalent, 'ko-kou-ko-le,' which can be loosely translated as 'happiness in the mouth.'

The name for Oz in the Wizard of Oz was thought up when the creator Frank Baum looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N and O-Z.

The name for the middle part of the nose (the part that separates the nostrils) is called a chaffanue

The name 'Intel' stems from the company's former name, 'Integrated Electronics'.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The name of the dog from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" is Max.

The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo.

The name of the first airplane flown at Kitty Hawk by the Wright Brothers, on December 17, 1903, was Bird of Prey.

The name of the Russian space station, Mir, means "peace."

The name Santa Claus is a corruption of the Dutch dialect name for Saint Nicholas Sint Klass.

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan". There was never a recorded Wendy before.

The name Wendy was made up for the book 'Peter Pan'. It came from the author's friends, whom he called his "fwendy" (friend)

The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before it.

The nation of Monaco on the French Riviera, is smaller than Central Park in New York. Monaco is 370 acres and Central Park is 840 acres.

The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

The national dish of Scotland, haggis, is made of the heart, liver, lungs and small intestines of a calf. It's then boiled in the stomach of the animal, and seasoned with salt, pepper and onions. Oh, and don't forget to add the suet and oatmeal.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced in 1978 that it would alternate men's and women's names in the naming of hurricanes. It was seen as an attempt at fair play. Hurricanes had been named for women for years, until NOAA succumbed to pressure from women's groups who were demanding that Atlantic storms be given unisex names.

The national sport of Nauru, a small Pacific island, is lassoing flying birds.

The Navy SEALs were formed in 1962.

The Neanderthal's brain was bigger than yours is.

The nearest relative of the hippopotamus is the common pig.

The Netherlands is the lowest country in the world. An estimated 40% of its land is below sea level.

The New York City Chamber of Commerce is the oldest chamber of commerce in the United States. King George III granted a royal charter for it in 1770.

The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers listed before World War II .. and none after.

The New York Yankees have won the most champoinships (26 times) in their respected sport (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL) for any professional sports team.

The Nile catfish swim upside down.

The number 111,111,111 multiplied by itself will result in the number 12,345,678,987,654,321.

The number 2,520 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 without having a fractional leftover.

The number 37 will wholly divide (no decimals) into 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 888, and 999.

The number of atoms in a pound of iron is nearly five trillion trillion: 4,891,500,000,000,000,000,000,000.

The number of cricket chirps you count in a fifteen-second span, plus 37, will tell you the approximate current air temperature.

The number of possible ways of playing just the first four moves on each side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.

The number of times a drowning person will rise to the surface depends on how much air is in his lungs. He could rise once, twice, or five times. Or not at all. Obese people will stay afloat longer than skinny people because fat contains air molecules.

The number of triplets born in the US in 1994 (4,594) was more than triple the number born in 1971 (1,034), an increase attributed to older age of the mothers and the use of fertility-enhancing drugs and techniques.

The number of VCRs in the United States grew from 52,565,000 in 1987 to 86,825,000 in 1997, a 39.5% increase.

The numbers "172" can be found on the back of a US $5 bill, in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln memorial.

The numbers 111 222 333 444 555 666 777 888 999 are all multiples of 37.

The numbers on opposite sides of a die always add up to seven.

The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores ("Ring around the rosy..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")

The Oblivion ride at Alton Towers has a G-force of 5. Thats higher than the G-force of an average NASA take-off!

The occupations of the three men in a tub were butcher, baker, and candlestick maker.

The odds against a royal flush in poker are exactly 649,739 to 1.

The odds of being born male are about 51.2%, according to census.

The official definition of a desert is any land that where more water evaporates than is acquired through precipitation.

The official name of the St. Louis Gateway Arch is "The Jefferson National Expansion Monument." The Gateway Arch looks taller than it is wider, but it is exactly 630 feet by 630 feet.

The official sport for the State of Maryland is jousting.

The official state song of Georgia since 1922 has been "Georgia on My Mind".

The Ohio river forms at the confluence of the Allegheny and the Monongahela.

The oiuja board was invented by Isaac and William Fuld, and was patented July 1, 1892.

The oldest "cricket" match was played between the USA and Canada in 1844.

The oldest continuous comic strip still in existence is The Katzenjammer Kids. It first appeared in newspapers in 1897.

The oldest exposed surface on earth is New Zealand's south island.

The oldest goldfish lived for 14,795 days.

The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.

The oldest man-made building of any kind still existing is the central edifice of the 4,600-year-old mastaba (a tomb for kings) built at Sakkara, Egypt. It was created to honor King Zoser, the first ruler of the Third Dynasty.

The oldest musical instrument is probably the flute. It's been discovered that primitive cave dwellers made an instrument from bamboo or some other small hollow wood.

The oldest person to live was Jeanne Louise Calment, she lived for a whopping 122 years until she died of smoking related complications. Don't Smoke!

The oldest recorded document on paper made from fibrous material was a deed of King Roger of Sicily, in the year 1102.

The oldest tennis court in the world is the one built at Hampton Court in 1530 for Henry VIII.

The oldest works of art are pictures of animals found in caves in Spain and France. They have been dates as far back as 18,000 years ago.

The olive branch in the eagle's right talon has 13 leaves.

The Olympic Games were held in St. Louis, MO. In 1904, the first time that the games were held in the United States.

The Olympic was the sister ship of the Titanic, and she provided twenty-five years of service.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable"!

The only animals that can naturally sleep on their backs are humans. No other animal actually does--apes usually sleep sitting up and leaning on something.

The only big cat that doesn't roar is a Jaguar

The only bird that can fly backwards is the hummingbird.

The only bird that cannot fly is the penguin

The only bone in the human body not connected to another is the hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue between the mandible and the voice box. Its function is to support the tongue and its muscles.

The only bone not broken so far during any ski accident is one located in the inner ear.

The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.

The only countries in the world with one syllable in their names are Chad, France, Greece, and Spain.

The only difference between brown eyes and every other colored eyes is that brown eyes have more pigment.

The only dog to ever appear in a Shakespearean play was Crab in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

The only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a major league baseball game: Ken Griffey, Jr., and his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., both of the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angels on September 14th, 1990.

The only food cockroaches won't eat are cucumbers.

The only jointless bone in your body is the hyoid bone in your throat

The only loss Packers' coach Vince Lombardi ever suffered in the postseason was to the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13, in the 1960 NFL championship game.

The only member of the British House of Commons who is not allowed to speak is the man called the Speaker of the House.

The only MLB team to have both its city's name and its team name in a foreign language is the San Diego Padres.

The only mobile national monuments in the United States are the cable cars in San Francisco.

The only one of his sculptures that Michelangelo signed was the "The Pieta," completed in 1500.

The only painting by Leonardo da Vinci on permanent display in the United States hangs in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. It's a portrait of Ginevra di Benci, the wife of a politician in Florence.

The only president buried in Washington, D.C. proper: Woodrow Wilson, who was laid to rest in the National Cathedral.

The only president buried on the grounds of a state capitol: James Polk in Nashville, Tenn.

The only President in office to weigh less than 100 pounds was James Madison.

The only President to be head of a labor union was Ronald Reagan.

The only presidents buried together: John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams are in a basement crypt in Quincy, Mass.

The only real person to be a PEZ head was Betsy Ross.

The only repealed amendment to the US Constitution deals with the prohibition of alcohol.

The only rock that floats in water is pumice.

The only state allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. flag is Texas.

The only three non-Presidents pictured on U.S. paper money are: Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill, Benjamin Franklin on the $100 bill, and Salmon Chase on the $10,000 bill.

The only time the human population declined was in the years following 1347, the start of the epidemic of the plague 'Black Death' in Europe.

Five secrets of a perfect relationship

1. It's important to have a woman who helps at home, who cooks from time to time, cleans up and has a job.


2. It's important to have a woman who can make you laugh.


3. It's important to have a woman who you can trust and who doesn't lie to you.


4. It's important to have a woman who cares you always and whom u like to be with when u r alone


the last 'n' most imp. one.................


5. It's very, very important that these four women don't know each other.

Best moments in life

* To fall in love.

* To laugh until it hurts your stomach.

* To find mails by the thousands when you return from a vacation.

* To go for a vacation to some pretty place.

* To listen to your favorite song in the radio.

* To go to bed and to listen while it rains outside.

* To leave the shower and find that the towel is warm.

* To clear your last exam.

* To receive a call from someone, you donýt see a lot, but you want to.

* To find money in a pant that you haven't used since last year .

* To laugh at yourself looking at mirror, making faces.:)))

* Calls at midnight that last for hours.:))

* To laugh without a reason.

* To accidentally hear somebody say something good about you.

* To wake up and realize it is still possible to sleep for a couple of hours.

* To hear a song that makes you remember a special person.

* To be part of a team.

* To watch the sunset from the hill top.

* To make new friends.

* To feel butterflies! in the stomach every time that you see that person.

* To pass time with your best friends.

* To see people that you like, feeling happy.

* To use a sweater of the person that you like and find that it still smells of their perfume.

* See an old friend again and to feel that the things have not changed.

* To take an evening walk along the beach.

* To have somebody tell you that he/she loves you.

* To laugh .......laugh........and laugh ...... remembering stupid things done with stupid friends.

Hmmm ...


Rammstein - Rosenrot ( mp3 )

  1. Benzin
  2. Mann Gegen Mann
  3. Rosenrot
  4. Springz
  5. Wo Bist Du
  6. Stirb Nicht Vor Mir
  7. Zerstoeren
  8. Hilf Mir
  9. Te Quiero Puta
  10. Feuer Und Wasser
  11. Ein Lied

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101 Things You Didn't Know About Rock N' Roll | Guitar Columns @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com

101 Things You Didn't Know About Rock N' Roll | Guitar Columns @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com:

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Man Calls Mom After He Was Reported Dead - Yahoo! News

Man Calls Mom After He Was Reported Dead - Yahoo! News:
OAKLAND, Calif. - Anthony Sheppard shocked his mother this week with a telephone call, a day after he was reported dead. "When he called me I thought I was talking to a ghost," said Verna McCowan.

Oakland police on Tuesday bungled the identification of a man shot to death after finding Sheppard's identification card on the victim. Authorities alerted his mother of the shooting, and released the details to reporters.

Sheppard, 23, said he was shocked when he walked up to a group of friends on Wednesday who were crying while reading a newspaper account of his death.

The dead man was later determined to be Mark Martin, 26, of Oakland, who was identified by fingerprints. No suspects were arrested. Sheppard told authorities he had lost his identification card several years ago.

Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jim Knudsen said Thursday that police provided coroner's officials with the man's identification. No fingerprints were initially taken, and Sheppard's family was alerted.

"A day or two later, the mother calls and says, 'I just talked to my son,'" Knudsen said. "We're human and we feel sorry for what happened."

Nasihat Syeikh Ali Tantawi kepada semua muslimat

Assalammu'alaikum..

Moga-moga nasihat ini menjadi panduan kepada kaum Muslimat dalam menempuh ranjau kehidupan yang semakin banyak al-fitan (fitnah atau kekacauan) di era akhir zaman in yang penuh mencabar inii. Amin...

Nasihat Syeikh Ali Tantawi kepada semua muslimat - Kepada Puteriku,

Wahai puteriku.. aku seorang bapa yang sedang memasuki usia lima puluh tahun..

Usia muda telah aku lewati aku tinggalkan kenangan, impian, amunan-lamunan dengan segala ujian-ujian dunia. Dengarlah ucapan dan kata-kataku. Ucapan-ucapan haq yang aku sampaikan secara jelas dan mudah.



Wahai puteriku….banyak aku menulis, sering juga aku menyeru dan mengajak umat untuk menegakkan akhlak, menjunjung budi pekerti mulia, membanteras segala bentuk kerosakan jiwa dan mengendalikan nafsu syahwat untuk melawan dan membanteras keruntuhan moral.

Semua itu berterusan aku sampaikan, aku tulis dan khutbahkan…..sehingga pena yang aku gunakan menjadi tumpul dan lidahku kelu. Namun tetap tiada hasil yang aku perolehi Kemungkaran tetap berleluasa tanpa kita mampu untuk membanterasnya.

Di setiap pelusuk negara perbuatan mungkar terus kita temui, semakin banyak dalam pelbagai bentuk Wanita semakin berani dan tidak malu-malu untuk membuka auratnya. Tubhnya ditonjol-tonjolkan, pergaulan bebas muda-mudi bertambah menjolok. Semua itu bergerak melanda negara demi negara, tanpa satu negara Islam yang mamu mengelak.

Sebagai contoh negara Syria yang terkenal dengan keserasian akhlak yag sangat ketat menjaga kehormatan diri dengan menutup auratnya, sekarang masyaALlah!!Para wanitanya berpakaian terbuka mempertontonkan lengan dan paha, punggung dan dada. Kita gagal, dan aku kira kita tidak akan berjaya. Tahukah engkau apa penyebabnya?

Sebabnya ialah sehingga hari ini kita belum menemui pintu ke arah pemulihan dan kita tidak tahu jalannya

Wahai puteriku, pintu pemulihan ada di hadapanmu. Kunci pintu itu ada di tanganmu. Jika engkau yakin padanya dan engkau berusaha unuk memasuki pintu itu, maka keadaan akan berubah menjadi baik.

Engkau benar puteriku, bahawalah kaum lelakilah yang mula mula melangkah menempuh jalan dosa bukan wanita. Tetapi ingat, bahawa tanpa kerelaanmu dan tanpa kelunakan sikapmu, mereka tidak akan berkeras melangkah laju. Engkaulah yang membuka pintu kepadanya untuk masuk.

Engkau berkata kepada pencuri : "Silakan masuk"…dan setelah engkau kecurian barulah engkau tersedar. Ketika itu barulah engkau berteriak .."tolong….tolong...aku kecurian."

Seandaiya engkau tahu bahawa lelaki itu adalah serigala dan engkau adalah kambing, pasti engkau akan lari seperti larinya kambing dalam ancaman cengkaman serigala.

Sekiranya engkau sedar, bahawa semua lelaki adalaj pencuri, pasti engkau akan berhati hati dan sentiasa menjaga diri seperti waspada seorang yang kikir terhadap pencuri.

Jika yang dikehendaki oleh serigala dari kambing adalah dagingnya, maka yang diinginkan lelaki adalah lebih daripada itu. Lelaki meinginkan lebih dari sekadar kambing……dan bagimu lebih buruk daripada kematian kambing itu.

Lelaki menghendaki yang paling berharga darimu…iaitu harga diri dan kehormatanmu. Nasib seorang gadis yang diragut kehormatannya lebih menyedihkan daripada nasib seekor kambing yang dimakan serigala.

Wahai puteriku….Demi Allah, apa yang dikhayalkan oleh pemuda ketika dia melihat gadis ialah gadis itu bertelanjang dihadapannya tanpa pakaian.

Aku bersumpah lagi: "Demi Allah, jangan percaya terhadap kata kata sebahagian lelaki, bahawa mereka memandangmu kerana akhlak dan adab. Berbicara denganmu seperti sahabat dan apabila mencintaimu hanyalah sebagai teman akrab". Bohong …bohong …demi Allah dia berbohong. Seandainya engkau mendengar sendiri perbualan antara mereka, pasti engkau takut dan ngeri.

Tidak akan ada seorang pemuda melontarkan senyumannya kepadamu berbicara dengan lembut dan merayu, memberikan bantuan dan layanan kepadamu, kecuali akan ada maksud-maksud tertentu. Setidak-tidaknya isyarat awal bagi dirinya bahawa itu adalah langkah awal.

Apakah sesudah itu puteriku?

Kamu berdua bersama-sama berasmara, menikmati kelazatan yang hanya sebentar kau rasakan….sesudah itu, dia lupa dan pergi meninggalkan engkau. Dan engkau..akan merasakan pahitnya daripada pertemuan yang sebentar itu untuk selama-lamanya. Dia pergi dengan diam-diam meninggalkanmu, mencari mangsa baru untuk dirayu dan diterkam lagi kegadisannya Sambil dia mencari dan menikmati mangsa baru engkau perlahanlahan merasakan sesuatu ayng berat menganjal di perutmu.

Engkau sedih dan muram.. Engkau bingung dan gelisah. Lelaki yang membesarkan perutmu itu tidak dituntut atau dihukum oleh masyarakat yang zalim, bahkan…..diberi keampunan dan dibiarkan bebas dengan alasan: "Dia yang dahulunya sesat, tetapi sekarang sudah insaf".

Tapi engkau……?

Engkau akan terus kecewa dan terus dihina sepanjang usiamu. Masyarakat tidak akan mengampuni dosamu.

Seandainya ketika dia mula merayumu, engkau tolak dengan sikap yang tegas……Engkau alihkan pandanganmu dari pandangannya……seandainya sikapmu itu tidak menghentikan usahanya dan malah bersikap lebih biadap dengan mengucapkan kata yang jelik dan menggunakan tangannya, cepat-cepat engkau gunakan tanggalkan kasutmu dan pukullah kepalanya……kalau engkau lakukan itu, pasti semua orang yang ada di sekitar itu akan serentak menolongmu.

Sesudah itu ……….Dia akan ngeri mengganggu wanita terhormat di jalan.

Wahai puteriku…….

Lelaki yang baik dan soleh akan datang kepadamu, dengan segala kerendahan hati, memohon kemaafan, menawarkan kepadamu hubungan yang halal dan terhormat. Dia akan datang meminang dan mengahwinimu.

Seorang gadis betapapun tinggi kedudukannya, betapapun banyak hartanya, betapapun hebat kebenaran dan pengaruhnya, dia pasti mempunyai cita-cita: "mencapai kebahagiaan yang tinggi iaitulah bersuami menjadi isteri yang solehah terhormat dan ibu rumahtangga yang baik."

Cita-cita seperti ini pasti diharapkan oleh semua wanita tak kira samaada dia seorang ratu,keluarga raja, bintang filem Hollywood ataupun wanita biasa.

Aku mengenali dua orang sasterawati dari mesir dan syria. Kedua-duanya bergelar tokoh. Ilmunya dikagumi kekayaannya melimpah ruah, tinggi kedudukan dan kehormatannya Kedua0duanya telah kehilangan suami, namun………….tiba-tiba hilang keseimbangan akalnya…….dan menjadi gila. Tak perlu aku sebutkan namanya, pastinya semua orang mesir dan syria sudah mengenalinya.

Perkahwinan adalah cita-cita paling tinggi bagi wanita. Jawatan wanita yang tinggi sama ada sebagai anggota perlimen, menteri atau bahkan sebagai presiden, tahapnya tetap berada di bawah perkahwinan.

Lelaki, pada dasarnya akan mencari wanita terhormat dan bukan wanita jalang atau yang rosak akhlaknya. Seandainya seorang lelaki bertunang dengan wanita yang baik tetapi wanita itu tiba-tiba berubah akhlaknya, menyeleweng dan masuk ke dalam perangkap nista pasti dengan segera lelaki itu akan pergi meninggalkannya. Dia akan tegap melangkah keluar.

Lelaki yang baik, pasti tidak rela melihat anaknya keluar dari rahim ibu yang keji dan apatah lagi untuk membesarkan dan memelihara anaknya.

Seorang pemuda jalang yayng bejat dan menjijikkan, apabila tidak mendapati mangsa gadis yang mahu mengorbankan kehormatan dirinya di bawah tapak kakinya dan menjadi alat permainannya……dan apabila dia juga tidak memperolehi wanita pelacur atau gadis lalai yang rela dengan agama syaitan dan iblis serta mengikut syariat binatang. Pasti dia akan mencari jodoh dengan seorang puteri yang perlu dinikahi dengan landasan sunnah dan syariat Islam.
Puteriku suasana seppi dan lesunya pasar pernikahan dan perkahwinan adalah kerana kesalahanmu sendiri. Jatuhnya pasaran dan nilai perkahwinan dan semakin [esat busa pelacuran juga adalah kerana perbuatanmu!

Lantas kenapa kamu yang berakhlak mulia tidak mencegahnya?

Kenapa para wanita yang mulia dan terhormat tidak memerangi musibah dan wabak itu?

Kamu, para wanita tentu lebih berkebolehan dan bertindak dari kaum lelaki.

Kamu sebagai wanita terhormat, mulia, memiliki harga diri dan memegang teguh agama, pada akhirnya akan menjadi mangsa dan kobannya

Hampir setiap rumah di bumi Syam terdapar gadis2 pada usia layak berkahwin tetapi masih belum mempunyai calon dan gadis yang lewat usianya belum juga bersuami.

Para pemudanya merasa puas dengan hanya berpacar-pacaran dan bergaul bebas daripada beristeri. Mungkin keadaan seperti ini juga terdapar di negara-negara Islam yang lain.

Wahai puteriku,

Dirikanlah wadah dalam bentuk lembaga dan persatuan dari kalangan kamu sendiri yang anggotanya terdiri daripada cendekiawan, guru dan mahasiswi. Wadah yang berusaha untuk mengembalikan wanita-wanita sesat kepada jalan kebenaran.

Ancam dan takutkan mereka dengan firman-fifrman Allah. Sekiranya mereka tidak mahu mendengar dan tidak takut lagi, maka berilah gambaran bahaya penyakit yang akan dideritainya..

Oleh itu, puteriku, Renungkanlah!

Applause

The soldiers are tired and lonely after spending weeks in enemy territory. To entertain them the Major called for this HOT number from the nearby town.

She came, danced and when the first dance was done, the soldiers went mad. They clapped for 5 minutes.

For her second number she stripped and danced in sheer bra and G-strings. This time the applause went for 10 minutes.

The next number she danced topless, and this time the applause went on and on. The Major had to come on stage and ask them to quiet down for the grand finale.

For her last number, she was to strip completely and dance naked. The Major expected the soldiers to make enough noise to bring the roof down. But ten minutes later, there is no clapping and the dancer comes backstage.

The Major asks her, "What happened? How come there was no clapping this time?"

She replied, "Major, how do you expect those poor boys to clap with one hand?!!?"

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Symmetric SciencePhotograph by Felice Frankel
From "Visions of Earth," National Geographic, November 2005

To illustrate magnetism, photographer Felice Frankel dropped an inch-wide glob of ferrofluid—magnetic particles suspended in liquid—on a glass slide positioned atop a yellow Post-it note. Then, with a green birthday card to reflect color and magnets arranged beneath the composition, she created this organic-looking form.



Night VisionPhotograph by Christian Ziegler
From "Ocelots," National Geographic, November 2005

A female ocelot hears the faint click of a hidden camera and comes to attention, scanning the night for the source of the sound.



Forest FirePhotograph by Michael Melford
From "Acadia," National Geographic, November 2005

Maples flare into scarlet prominence as fall sweeps through Acadia National Park. Bright days and cold nights ignite pyrotechnic foliage displays across this Maine preserve of coastal mountains, deep lakes, and rocky coves—the first national park established east of the Mississippi.



Showtime at the OctoplexPhotograph by David Doubilet
From "Indonesia's Sea Life," National Geographic, November 2005

Spreading the webbing between its arms, a brown mimic is one of more than 15 octopus species that share the stage at Lembeh Strait, "and they all seem to want to perform," says marine biologist Christine Huffard.



Northern LightPhotograph by Michael Melford
From "Acadia," National Geographic, November 2005

As nightfall steals autumn's fire from the hillsides flanking Jordan Pond on a late October evening, an intense aurora swirls its own color across the sky. "It was my last night in Acadia, and this incredible show went on for half an hour," says photographer Michael Melford. "It was a gift."



Blending InPhotograph by David Doubilet
From "Indonesia's Sea Life," National Geographic, November 2005

Polyp-like rosettes adorn the body of a pygmy seahorse, allowing it to nestle nearly unseen within the branches of a sea fan.

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Renungan

Pada 1 masa yang di tetapkan. kita pasti dirisik. pertunangan sejak azali. di hujung hidup nanti berlangsungnya perkhwinan dengan maut. hantarannya sakit dan nazak..tamu bertandang menghadiahkan tangisan....pengantin di mandikan,dipakaikan baju putih. wangian gaharu, cendana jadi pelamin..........pengantin bersanding sendirian.....diarak keliling kampung,berkompang azan dan kalimah kudus akad nikah. bacaan talkin berwalikan liang lahad bersaksikan nisan. siraman mawar keluarga terdekat. malam pertama bersama kekasih yang berdindingkan tanah dan menuntut janji perkahwinan.. renungkan..

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE LEGION: New Song Available For Download

BLABBERMOUTH.NET - THE LEGION: New Song Available For Download:
Swedish black/death metallers THE LEGION, featuring current MARDUK drummer Emil Dragutinovic, have uploaded a new song, entitled "Horror Vacui", at this location (MP3, 8.5 MB). The track comes off the group's sophomore album, tentatively due in late January via France's Listenable Records. The artwork was once again designed by Kris Verwimp (MARDUK, ABSU, IMMORTAL), who had previously worked with the group on their debut album, "Unseen to Creation".

"Revocation" (view cover here) track listing:

01. Grotesque Savior
02. Virtue of Sin
03. Annihilation Chaos
04. Horror Vacui
05. Impious Gathering
06. Bloodgate
07. Deadlight Afterglow
08. Carnal Harvest
09. Nocturnal Apparition

THE LEGION's debut album, "Unseen to Creation" was released in October 2003 through Listenable. The CD was recorded at Abyss Studios with producer Tommy T?gtgren and features "ten songs of complex and eclectic black/death metal, ranging in style from MORBID ANGEL to SETHERIAL."

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CNN.com - Indonesia video warning on terror - Nov 16, 2005

CNN.com - Indonesia video warning on terror - Nov 16, 2005:
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A masked terrorist has threatened attacks against the United States, Britain and Australia in a video found in the hide-out of one of Asia's most wanted militants.

"As long as you keep your troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and intimidate Muslim people, you will feel our intimidation," the man said in the video, made public late Wednesday and shown on Indonesian television.

"You will be the target of our next attack," he said, pointing his finger at the camera.

Police believe the man, who was wearing a black mask and spoke with a Malaysian accept, may be Noordin Mohamad Top, said to be a key leader of the al Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah.

The Malaysian fugitive is accused of playing key roles in at least four bombings in Indonesia, including the 2002 nightclub attacks on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people, 88 of them Australians.

"Our enemy is America, Australia, England and Italy," the man said, later singling out Australian Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.

"We especially remind Australia that you, Downer and Howard, are killing Australia, leading it into darkness and misfortune and mujahedeen terror," he said.

"Especially you," he said. "Remember that."

The video was found by Indonesian police last week in a series of raids that resulted in the death of Noordin's Malaysian colleague Azahari bin Husin, JI's master bombmaker.

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Failure

This might be old, but it is still funny. Go to google.com. Type in failure. Hit I feel lucky and have some fun. W00t w00t or whatever the fuck you are supposed to say.

'Prison Break' producer found dead at Drake Hotel

BY LISA DONOVAN AND FRANK MAIN Staff Reporters


A producer for the Fox network television series "Prison Break," which is filmed in a former state prison in Joliet, was found dead in his North Michigan Avenue hotel room Monday afternoon, the victim of an apparent drug overdose, according to authorities.

Matthew Houbrick, 42, of Calabasas, Calif., was found dead about 3:30 p.m., in his 6th floor room at the Drake Hotel.

Some white powder, believed to be cocaine or heroin, was also found in the room, a source close to the investigation told the Chicago Sun-Times.

It was unclear how long Houbrick had been dead, but a police source said a Hollywood producer was concerned about the man and asked hotel staff to make a well-being check. Police officials obtained the information about his job title, but Fox network spokesmen did not confirm Houbrick's death late Monday.

Worked on '7th Heaven'

The drama "Prison Break," currently in its first season, tells the tale of a man who robs a bank in order to get caught. This allows him to be sent to the same prison where his older brother wrongly sits on Death Row for an assassination. The younger brother plans a breakout for the both of them.

The series is filmed at the former Joliet Correctional Center, where generations of hard-core criminals served time.

Houbrick's credits include working as supervising producer for the WB's "Charmed" from 1999 to 2000, as well as other production work on "7th Heaven," the 1990s' series "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" and "Pacific Palisades," according to the Internet Movie Database.

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Mercora Hooks Into Google Talk - The Unofficial Google Weblog

Mercora Hooks Into Google Talk - The Unofficial Google Weblog - google.weblogsinc.com: "Google Talk?s open standard has been appropriated in an unexpected way: Mercora, the peer-to-peer collaborative streaming network, now offers a Google Talk on-ramp to the community. The main benefits seem to be a single sign in for both Google Talk IM and Mercora listening, and the ability to bulk-invite all of one?s Google Talk friends to Mercora participation. This is actually a pretty good way of easily setting up small listening-sharing groups, starting with the Google Talk invite system and extending seamlessly into Mercora."

Al-Qaeda tightens Its grip in Iraq

By Syed Saleem Shahzad, Bureau Chief, Pakistan Asia Times Online

The death of former Iraqi vice president Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri marks a turning point in the Iraqi resistance. Command of the movement will now almost completely be in the hands of al-Qaeda, which will further cement its moves to fight a global war against America under a unified, open command.

Douri, 63, was one of Saddam Hussein's closest aides and the most senior figure in the former regime still at large - he was number six (king of clubs) in the US's pack of cards denoting its most wanted people. The US had offered a US$10 million reward for information leading to his capture.

He died after a long battle with leukemia, according to a statement from the Ba'ath Party - which the Americans have officially dissolved in Iraq. The statement continued: "After 50 years he spent in the militant struggle and in the resistance, Ezzat Ibrahim al-Douri quits his horse going to the mercy of the Almighty God."

Douri was a Sufi Muslim and a practicing sheikh (spiritual guide) of two major Sufi schools, Rafahi and Qadri. As a Ba'athist as well, he was a trusted comrade of Saddam.
Though Saddam disliked such practices. every Monday he would hold a congregation for his disciples at his residence in Tikrit, where they would recite Sufi rituals. At Friday prayers in Baghdad he would eloquently hold court in Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gillani's mosque. Saddam thought that his close comrade from Oaja village near Tikrit was setting the wrong precedents for the secular image of the Ba'ath Party.

However, Douri and his Sufi circle turned out to be a most useful tool when Iraq was invaded by US in 2003.

Douri was the one who established coordination between the Ba'ath Party, the Iraqi Republican Guards and local Islamic groups, not only in Fallujah and Baquba, but also in northern Iraq, especially in Kirkuk.

As many senior people around him were gradually arrested, including Saddam, Douri remained at large, mostly in northern Iraq, including the cities of Mosul, Tikrit, Samarra and Kirkuk. At one time he escaped to Syria, but returned.

One of his sons, Ahmed, became the main financial organizer of the resistance.
For a long time Douri was the acknowledged driver of the resistance, but in the past few months little was heard of him. The speculation in the resistance was that he had either died, or once again gone to Syria. His illness was well known - he traveled with a mobile medical unit that was able to change his blood wherever required.

Douri's absence over the past months coincides with the period in which Islamic groups prevailed over the Iraqi resistance and effectively took control. After Douri, there is no one of his stature or knowledge to lead the remnants of Saddam's era. They have little option but to stick with the command of the Islamic groups.

Al-Qaeda's grand plans

According to people familiar with al-Qaeda who spoke to Asia Times Online, al Qaeda, having acquired absolute control over the Iraqi resistance, aims to march towards its next targets.
These include the establishment of a unified command based in Iraq and Afghanistan; to shed its shadowy image and call for jihad and recruitments throughout the Muslim world; and then wage a global battle against America and its allies in the open, contrary to its present strategy under which al-Qaeda, its leadership and operations are underground.

For more than a year interaction between the Iraqi resistance and the Taliban-led Afghan resistance has been mutually beneficial. Asia Times Online has reported how Taliban commander Mehmood Haq Yar went to Iraq to learn the techniques of urban guerrilla warfare.

This interaction produced the following immediate benefits:

- Iraq has turned into a hub for the anti-US movement, with thousands of jihadis a year pouring in from all over, including Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. A fund-raising campaign to finance the Iraqi resistance is also in full swing in countries such as Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, Syria and Egypt.

- At present, the Iraqi resistance is feeding the Afghan resistance, but once the Afghan resistance gets up to a certain level, thousands of new pro-Taliban jihadis will be inspired - just as they were for the jihad against the Soviets in the 1980s - to join in the fight. Pakistan and the Central Asian republics are seen as prime recruitment grounds.

Iran and al-Qaeda

Zabul province in southeastern Afghanistan is the hub of the Afghan resistance, and where most of its resources are stored. It also has many heroin-processing laboratories. Though these belong to local warlords, the proceeds are shared with the Afghan resistance, which safeguards transit routes.

From Afghanistan, these routes enter Iran, with the drugs either destined for Turkey or Central Asian countries, notably Uzbekistan.

In Iran, the route passes through Iranian Balochistan, where al-Qaeda operators interact with local Sunni groups which facilitate the drugs going on the next stage of their journey, notably to Chabahar port in Iran.

These routes remain mostly unguarded, despite Iranian authorities being aware of them, according to US-led coalition authorities in Afghanistan, and no action has been taken against the Sunni groups.

In its grand strategy, al-Qaeda sees a similar corridor opening in Iran to act as a link between Iraq and Afghanistan, where it is envisaged the bases for al-Qaeda will be created.
Intelligence analysts suggest that since September 11, 2001 the level of cooperation between Iran and al-Qaeda has increased. However, the anti-Shi'ite stance of the al-Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, remains a major obstacle.

Should this be resolved, and Iran soften its attitude, al-Qaeda will have taken a major step towards launching its global war against America.

~source

Felice Beato


Felice Beato was a British and Italian photographer. He was one of the first photographers to take pictures in East Asia and one of the first war photographers. He is also noted for his genre works, portraits, and views and panoramas of the architecture and landscapes of Asia and the Mediterranean region. Beato's travels to many lands gave him the opportunity to create powerful and lasting images of countries, people and events that were unfamiliar and remote to most people in Europe and North America. To this day his work provides the key images of such events as the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Second Opium War and his photographs represent the first substantial oeuvre of what came to be called photojournalism. He had a significant impact on other photographers, and Beato's influence in Japan, where he worked with and taught numerous other photographers and artists, was particularly deep and lasting.

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