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Road Clay Shirky: Wikileaks and the Long Haul. "I am conflicted about the right balance between the visibility required for counter-democracy and the need for private speech among international actors. Here’s what I’m not conflicted about: When authorities can’t get what they want by working within the law, the right answer is not to work outside the law. The right answer is that they can’t get what they want."

Exitwave Road'Exit Wave' wins Photoradar's Digital Camera Photo of the Year award.

RoadCertifiably insane hand model.

Road Lesbian Iraqi couple fears deportation from Sweden.

RoadJames Franco wanted a role in Twilight: "He apparently got so desperate that he reached out to director Bill Condon to cast him – but was turned down."

RoadObama, GOP strike deal on Bush tax cuts.

RoadWATCH: Glee does Britain's X-Factor.

RoadCracks delay launch of first privately funded spacecraft into orbit.

RoadDaily aspirin linked to steep drop in cancer risk: "Specifically, a British research team unearthed evidence that a low-dose aspirin (75 milligrams) taken daily for at least five years brings about a 10 percent to 60 percent drop in fatalities depending on the type of cancer."

Morrissey RoadMorrissey and Johnny Marr will not allow conservative PM David Cameron liking The Smiths' music: "I beg you to notice the unbearable dimension of sorrow that David Cameron is attempting to inflict upon British wildlife."

RoadLance Bass: Adopt, don't buy, dogs.

RoadNew HIV network forms in Asia.

RoadHoward Stern to iTunes? "The shock jock has been in negotiations for a new contract with Sirius XM Radio (his multi-year, $500 million deal expires at year's end), but there still isn't news from the company about renewing the partnership. The silence on a new contract means the network is missing the chance to snap up new subscriptions this holiday season, and many believe it's a surefire signal that Sirius is seriously in trouble, i.e., about to lose their biggest star. In the meantime, a rumor that Apple could snag the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" in a new $600 million deal has suddenly gained major traction."

RoadWatch: Alex Pettyfer is Number 4.

RoadWe Were Here documentary looks at AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.

Cohen RoadAndy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live gets five-night-a-week tryout.

RoadCzech authorities condemned for arousal test on gay asylum seekers: "The process, called phallometric testing, involves measuring sexual arousal by monitoring blood flow into the penis. In this case gay asylum seekers are shown heterosexual pornography to see if they get an erection. If the claimant becomes aroused, their chances of asylum become less likely."

RoadDancing with the Stars won't be hosting a same-sex competitive couple: "If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal. She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers."

RoadHellboy star Ron Perlman dons drag for new film: "I'm wearing a dress, a wig, I had my legs, chest and arms shaved. I had a beautiful pedicure and a lovely manicure, and I was the ugliest woman you've ever seen in your life, which is why I took the job. They offered me two different roles and I went for the transsexual because I felt like when the door opens and you see that it's me, it should get a 'Yuck!'"

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  1. Hi Andy,

    The Hayden Christiansen link is pointing to the DHS/Napolitano/Walmart story on Rawstory.com

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/homeland-security-messages-coming-walmart-hotels-malls/

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Dec 7, 2010 3:50:54 PM


  2. I hate hairy men shaving their chests. Especially Ron Perlman.

    I am lobbying for a federal bill outlawing chest shaving and waxing on famous hot daddies. Yeah, Steve Guttenberg, I'm looking at you. You can't play Alec Baldwin on Law & Order with a waxed torso. That's just wrong.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 7, 2010 3:55:52 PM


  3. the Howard Stern item is false, debunked on his show yesterday.

    Posted by: EO | Dec 7, 2010 4:29:07 PM


  4. I highly doubt that a store like iTunes would heavily sensor apps like Grindr and Scruff, yet freely distribute Howard Stern's content. FAKE.

    Posted by: Griff | Dec 7, 2010 7:51:07 PM


  5. I'm kind of surprised a xenophobe like Morrisey repudiating a conservative PM, but he is indeed "passionate" about conservation and sustainability.

    Posted by: craig | Dec 8, 2010 1:02:34 AM


  6. Am I wrong to totally like Andy Cohen?

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 8, 2010 1:37:39 AM


  7. Craig: Conservation and sustainability REQUIRE constraints on population growth and immigration. By calling the latter 'xenophobia', you've succeeded in confusing yourself.

    Posted by: G.U.R.L. | Dec 8, 2010 2:02:11 AM


  8. Drek, I didn't know peopled DISLIKED Andy Cohen. But then again, gay men love nothing more than bashing ANYYYYY gay individual who is on mainstream television. Andy Cohen is VERY likable, doesn't take himself (or anyone else) seriously, is light hearted and his show puts me in a good mood. It's not out to change the world, just make us smile. Actually, he has done great charitable work for homeless gay youth and very worthy gay causes. The only thing I don't agree with him on is his fawning over that trashy, loud mouthed (somewhat homophobic) Nene Leakes lady who has made some questionable remarks on his show about bisexual men, and yet he let's her get away with it.
    Otherwise, he's great and great to have a prominent gay man on t.v who is not afraid to be himself. Unapologitically.

    Posted by: -DC05- | Dec 8, 2010 4:17:04 AM


  9. On DWTS, "She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program's conservative viewers."

    If some viewers are THAT sensitive to two people dancing in a contest, maybe you should be focusing on the OTHER viewers... I can tell you a same-sex pair is that only thing that could get me to watch that dreck.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 8, 2010 5:32:38 AM


  10. The Czech government is going to need to explain hetero pornography. If it involves a couple, then a gay person could be attracted to the person matching their sex.

    And does this mean (once again) that if you're bi, you aren't gay enough, and have to go back and find an opposite-sex partner?

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 8, 2010 5:40:30 AM


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