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road.jpg "Elite" HIV wife may hold key to AIDS vaccine: A woman who has never shown symptoms of infection with the AIDS virus may hold the secret to defeating the virus, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. Infected at least 10 years ago by her husband, the woman is able somehow to naturally control the deadly and incurable virus -- even though her husband must take cocktails of strong HIV drugs to control his. She is a so-called 'elite suppressor,' and studies of her immune cells have begun to offer clues to how her body does it, the team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said. 'This is the best evidence to date that elite suppressors can have fully pathogenic virus,' said Dr. Joel Blankson, who led the study."

Spanishteamroad.jpg Spanish Olympic basketball team under fire for 'slant-eye' photo.

road.jpg Amy Winehouse seeking revenge on charts for being dumped by James Bond producers: "I do think they could have waited a bit. If they want a worldwide hit I have them all up here (pointing to her beehive)."

road.jpg Annie Lennox talks AIDS from the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City: "There have been around 25,000 people who have come to take part in this extraordinary event. A conference like this gives tremendous focus and profile on the issue of HIV/AIDS...There are representatives from all walks of life. HIV is a very complex issue, and it effects people in all kinds of different ways. So to be a representative of those people, whether they're gay and lesbian men and women - whether they're transsexuals, or mothers, or children - whoever it happens to be - it's deeply moving just to take a moment to look at who's here. It's like a microcosm of the world, in actual fact."

road.jpg McCain forced to remove attack ad with Wayne's World clip. Doesn't think he's gone negative.

road.jpg Australia Capitol Territory says civil partnerships exceed expectations: "Attorney-General Simon Corbell says 23 gay or lesbian couples have already registered their partnerships."

road.jpg A psychiatrist who Provincetown being re-branded to go after heterosexuals?

road.jpg Clay Aiken leaves the hospital with his boy.

Mcgeeroad.jpg In June I reported that Little Britain creator Matt Lucas and his partner Kevin McGee were seeking a divorce. Well, it looks like they've made up, for the moment.

road.jpg A chat with Olivia Newton-John.

road.jpg The NYT visits Graydon's Carter's Waverly Inn: "The reservations system has miniprofiles on clients: the number of times they have eaten at the restaurant, (Mr. Menicheschi, the publisher, supposedly is near the top of the list with more than 200 meals) whether they complained about the food, whether they yelled at a waiter or ever wrote an unflattering word about Mr. Carter. No, not really on the last one. Has anyone been blacklisted? Mr. Carter won’t say, but Mr. Varda admits that there is one group. 'B-list stars who call the paparazzi from inside the restaurant,' he said. 'They are not invited back.'"

road.jpg Anti-gay professor indicted in Israel: "Hillel Weiss, who helped found his nation's religious peace movement, has been indicted on two charges of inciting violence and intimidation after two very crude outbursts, including one about the abominable gays..."

Chinaroad.jpg The little girl who sang at the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremonies was a fake. Music designer Chen: "The reason why little Yang was not chosen to appear was because we wanted to project the right image, we were thinking about what was best for the nation. The reason was for the national interest. The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings, and expression."

road.jpg Madonna on track to adopt a baby girl from Malawi.

road.jpg Study shows sexual abuse of male soldiers common in Liberia: "More than 40% of female combatants said they had experienced sexual violence, compared with less than 10% in the general population. Surprisingly, 33% of male combatants said they had been similarly abused. 'Mental health policies need to address males as victims of sexual violence,' Lawry says."

road.jpg Ready for Mantyhose?

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  1. Just when you didn't think the Chinese could get any lower with some things, this, I guess the little girl with the beautiful voice will now be known as he one who was not pretty enough andhad too many "flaws" to be on the world stage. Disgusting.

    Posted by: mark | Aug 13, 2008 2:42:44 PM

  2. Mantyhose!? Hilarious! Went to their website and this is what they say when running into friends while wearing them: "If you meet people you know, don't try to avoid them: greet them, talk to them, as you would do in other situations. (Well, the situation is in fact the same!) Act and behave as usual: this way you are communicating to others that you are in fact a usual guy. Only a very few people will notice that you are wearing pantyhose. You should communicate with your clothes and behaviour that you are not there to show off yourself in pantyhose, but rather to do your regular business - shopping, walking etc. You may also wear support pantyhose at the beginning for more 'legitimacy'."

    You can't make up this shit! Ha ha ha ha ha!

    Posted by: Mr. E | Aug 13, 2008 2:43:34 PM

  3. anyone who watched the Beijing opening ceremony and didn't recognize that kid was totally lip-synching has obviously not seen enough drag shows.

    Posted by: A.J. | Aug 13, 2008 3:04:33 PM

  4. What's with those outfits on the Spanish basketball team? Burkas have less material in them.

    Posted by: dezboy | Aug 13, 2008 3:09:48 PM

  5. Not really paying attention, I took the photo to be a scruffy Gaykin wheeling his kid out of the hospital in a suitcase...

    Mantyhose. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! NO! NO! NO!. Stop it now.

    Posted by: Rad | Aug 13, 2008 3:52:55 PM

  6. The opening ceremonies of the olympics was like watching a Chinese "Triumph of the Will". It rhymed with "shmopaganda"

    Posted by: Myackie | Aug 13, 2008 4:02:25 PM

  7. I too thought that was a picture of Aiken at first.

    I've worn pantyhose perhaps three times, and they are uncomfortable as living hell (I have fairly developed legs thanks to genetics). I can't imagine wearing them on purpose. What about long underwear?

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 13, 2008 4:52:14 PM

  8. more like "triumph of the will" mixed with cirque du soleil

    Posted by: shoepins | Aug 13, 2008 5:41:11 PM

  9. Regarding the woman who doesn't get sick despite having HIV, it's further evidence that HIV does not cause AIDS. There are many, many like her. And I would bet London to a brick that those on anti-viral medication would remain free of the AIDS condition provided their lifestyles were healthy.

    This notion of people who are "resistant to HIV" is a con being pulled by the pharmaceutical industry. This industry wants you you to believe that HIV causes AIDS and that you need to spend money buying drugs in order to ward off the AIDS condition. It's bullshit.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 13, 2008 7:20:01 PM

  10. In my post just above, edit:

    "And I would bet London to a brick that those on anti-viral medication would remain free of the AIDS condition provided their lifestyles were healthy."

    to read:

    And I would bet London to a brick that those on anti-viral medication would remain free of the AIDS condition if they stopped taking the medication, provided their lifestyles were healthy.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 13, 2008 7:22:19 PM

  11. JASON, thanks for educating us with your hunches. It's good that our flat earth has people like you, George Bush and other prophets to have visions that will guide us away from the silly things that doctors and scientists tell us. Can I smoke too without fear of getting cancer? And can I eat moldy meat without getting food poisoning? I await further enlightenment from your meth trips.

    Posted by: SexyBack | Aug 13, 2008 9:27:02 PM

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