December 15th, 2008

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Iraqi journalist flings his shoes at Bush.
A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at -- but missed -- President Bush during a news conference Sunday evening in Baghdad, where Bush was making a farewell visit. The shoe-thrower -- identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network -- could be heard yelling in Arabic: "This is a farewell ... you dog!" While pinned on the ground by security personnel, he screamed: "You killed the Iraqis!" Al-Zaidi was dragged away. Hurling shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult among Muslims.
I'm reminded of that famous footage of Iraqis assaulting that statue of Saddam with their sandals back when Iraq was first "liberated" from under his rule.


The Center for Media Democracy announce the winners of the 2008 Falsies Awards: In Memory of the First Casualty. The Falsies are our attempt to shine an unflattering light on those responsible for polluting the information environment over the past year. Learn about:
* PR industry tricks such as the ”third party technique” and how the Pentagon has been using it to dupe American citizens;
* Which PR firms are taking dirty coal money to try to dupe people into thinking ‘clean coal’ is anything more than a line of spin;
* Which PR firm took China’s money to try to make them look better during the Olympics - and failed miserably.

Via G'Day World.

A Christian leader has been forced to resign because of his liberal views on homosexuality and our responsibility to the environment.

An Italian came very close to being the first man to row solo across the Pacific Ocean, needing to be rescued from stormy waters just 120 kilometers short of the finish line.

A bomb at a bank in Oregon has killed a cop and injured a police chief and a bomb technician.

Pizza delivery guy successfully uses pizza as a defensive weapon against armed thugs who shot at him.

Scientists baffled at acorn shortage.

Banks face huge losses from $50 billion scam.
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follow up

Follow up:
Thousands of Iraqis taking to the streets to demand release of journalist who threw his shoes at Bush.





Iraqi journalist flings his shoes at Bush.
A man identified as an Iraqi journalist threw shoes at -- but missed -- President Bush during a news conference Sunday evening in Baghdad, where Bush was making a farewell visit. The shoe-thrower -- identified as Muntadhar al-Zaidi, an Iraqi journalist with Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network -- could be heard yelling in Arabic: "This is a farewell ... you dog!" While pinned on the ground by security personnel, he screamed: "You killed the Iraqis!" Al-Zaidi was dragged away. Hurling shoes at someone, or sitting so that the bottom of a shoe faces another person, is considered an insult among Muslims.
I'm reminded of that famous footage of Iraqis assaulting that statue of Saddam with their sandals back when Iraq was first "liberated" from under his rule.
word can help write your suicide note

Internet scrapings, Dubai edition


Dubai to build world's first outdoor refrigerated beach.
The world's first refrigerated beach is to be built at a luxury hotel in Dubai so the filthy rich holidaymakers don't burn their feet on the scalding hot sand. The revolutionary beach will sit next to the new Palazzo Versace hotel and will include a system of heat-absorbing pipes built under the sand and giant wind blowers, designed to keep tourists cool in the searing 40-50C heat. The hotel, which is due to open late next year or early 2010, will be controlled by thermostats linked up to computers and feature a cooled swimming pool. However, the plans have been criticised by campaigners who are infuriated by the potential impact on climate change... the city's continued expansion will also add to its huge carbon footprint. Each person living in Dubai has a carbon footprint of more than 44 tons of CO2 a year.



Dubai to outdo itself after its manmade World Islands, plan to add Universe-themed manmade islands to them.
Dubai’s largest developer, Nakheel, recently revealed plans for an entire archipelago of universe-themed islands at a $20 million dollar opening party for the Atlantis Resort. The cosmic string of strands will feature a sun, stars, and planets, and will be situated inshore of the already constructed World Islands.



U.S. citizen allegedly tortured in the United Arab Emirates.



An image gallery of life in Dubai.


Sources: Twitter Dubai feed and Twitter: Secret Dubai.

For those of you that don't know, I was born and raised in Dubai. I moved out of Dubai for good in 1997.