News: Wii Fit, Giant Squid, Beckham Invasion, Larry Flynt, Mika

road.jpg Larry Flynt’s investigators are currently looking into at least 20 high-profile political sex scandals, some of which involve “high ranking Republican and Democrat members of the Senate and the House.”

Mikaroad.jpg Mika shows off cartoons from Life in Cartoon Motion in London exhibit.

road.jpg Bush’s policies have made Al Qaeda a powerhouse again: “Six years after the Bush administration declared war on al-Qaeda, the terrorist network is gaining strength and has established a safe haven in remote tribal areas of western Pakistan for training and planning attacks, according to a new Bush administration intelligence report to be discussed today at a White House meeting. The report, a five-page threat assessment compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center, is titled ‘Al-Qaida Better Positioned to Strike the West,’ intelligence officials said. It concludes that the group has significantly rebuilt itself despite concerted U.S. attempts to smash the network.”

road.jpg This should be common sense, but one shouldn’t walk through a thunderstorm while listening to your iPod.

road.jpg British invasion: Beckhams arrive at Heathrow for flight to Los Angeles.

Lucasroad.jpg Adult film maven Michael Lucas to lose his trademark pout.

road.jpg Navigating the linguistic seas of cross-cultural slurs: “Language is always guilty. What could be more common than the verb ”get”? We Cubans use coger for anything that is taken, held, grasped, grabbed, etc., while in other Hispanic countries, the verb has the lubricious meaning implicit in ‘I`m gonna get you.’ In much stronger terms. In the lands that first identified the syndrome we call ‘machismo’ (as a malaise, I should add), words for homosexual abound. Sometimes they are as simple as the Spanish for ‘bird’ or ‘duck,’ which lend themselves to endless wordplay. Through the process known in literary studies as metonymy, there are pejorative allusions to gayness, such as ‘one can see his feathers,’ i.e. he is a bird, meaning queer. ‘Bird,’ as we all know, is British slang for ‘chick.’ And that word in Spanish, pollo, is archaic Cuban slang one can hear in old Beny Moré songs in which the great singer brags about how chicks dig him. And these are only the vicissitudes of staying within one language.”

road.jpg David Mixner recalls lunch with Lady Bird Johnson.

road.jpg Orlando Bloom says he won’t be getting naked on the London stage, although it might help if the play he was performing in actually had any opportunities for nudity.

Squidroad.jpg Giant squid washes up on Tasmanian beach: “one of the biggest ever found, weighing in at 250 kilograms, with a cross-section as big as a truck tyre and longer than a station wagon.”

road.jpg Scientists spot planet with water outside our solar system: ” But the planet itself would be hell for humans. Orbiting cheek by jowel to the star, at a distance that is 30 times closer than that between the Earth and the Sun, parts of the planet’s atmosphere reach 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,600 degrees Fahrenheit). This seething temperature is reached on the side of the planet that always faces the star. By comparison, the other side of the planet is relatively balmy, with a low of 500 C (932 F). Tinetti’s team used NASA’s Spitzer orbiting telescope, using its infrared sensors to pick out the tiny signature that occurs when water vapour absorbs light from a star.”

road.jpg The man forever associated with Ted Haggard has something to say in Colorado Springs.

road.jpg Do you have a lot of moles? You may have a better chance of living longer.

road.jpg Wii Fit prepares to combat couch potato-ism: “The title is set to include more than forty different activities, from aerobics to yoga poses to muscle conditioning, and it will even measure your BMI. Plus, as can be seen in the trailer, there are a number of other fun minigames — yes, we know, minigames on the Wii! — that also serve to improve balance and coordination.” The videogame system may soon be #1 worldwide.

road.jpgAnd a very happy birthday today to Trent, our friend at Pink is the New Blog!