Archive for May, 2011

Facebook CEO Moving To Farmville, Angry Birds On High Alert

May 27, 2011

When he’s not too busy connecting people across the universe, Mark Zuckerberg is pursuing a new “personal challenge,” as he calls it. “The only meat I’m eating is from animals I’ve killed myself,” says the Facebook founder and CEO.

It’s an odd dietary direction for the 27-year-old Internet billionaire, but since he has taken to killing goats, pigs and chickens, “I’m eating a lot healthier foods. And I’ve learned a lot about sustainable farming and raising of animals,” he says. “It’s easy to take the food we eat for granted when we can eat good things every day.”

Zuckerberg’s new goal came to light, not surprisingly, on Facebook. On May 4, Zuckerberg posted a note to the 847 friends on his private page: “I just killed a pig and a goat.

This drew a stream of emotional comments, which were a mixture of confusion, curiosity, and outright disgust. Zuckerberg posted his own comment in response, explaining that he fixates on a personal challenge each year (in 2009, he wore a tie every day), and this year’s is about animals and meat.

Angry birds on high alert.

Disney Attempting To Trademark Seal Team 6, I Smell A Rat

May 26, 2011

SEAL Team 6 isn’t going down without a fight.

The Navy is challenging Disney’s attempt to trademark the name of the elite squad responsible for taking out the world’s most wanted terrorist.

On May 3, just two days after Usama bin Laden was killed in a raid on the Al Qaeda leader’s Pakistan compound, Disney filed trademark applications to use the name “SEAL Team 6” on everything from entertainment, toys, video games, clothing, footwear — even Christmas ornaments and snow globes.

Disney’s applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filed cover three separate categories of goods and services — meaning, they don’t yet have consumer products but intend to in the future.

But 10 days later, on May 13, the U.S. Navy hit back, filing two applications of its own. The Navy’s competing applications sought trademark status for “SEAL Team” posters and clothing, as well as “Navy SEAL” goods and services, identifying the Navy squad as an organization that “develops and executes military missions involving special operations strategy, doctrine and tactics.”

“Disney filed in the category of entertainment. Maybe they want to come out with an amusement park ride and the Navy’s not in that business, so there really isn’t a conflict there,” he said. “If Disney decides they’re going to invade countries, then there might be an issue.” Perhaps man and mouse can coexists, at least on some of the trademark issues,  said Mark Warzecha, trademark attorney with Zies Widerman & Malek, a Florida  law firm.
Disney looking to expand their empire..

New Zealand Trucker Injured By Gas Attack

May 25, 2011

A New Zealand truck driver who inflated “like a balloon” when he fell buttocks-first onto a compressed air nozzle was described as lucky to be alive Wednesday.

Steven McCormack was working on his truck at Opotiki on the North Island on Saturday when he slipped between the cab and the trailer, dislodging the compressed air hose that feeds the brakes, the Whakatane Beacon reported.

It said the brass fitting that the hose had been attached to pierced McCormack’s left buttock in the fall, sending compressed air rushing into his body.

The 48-year-old said he felt as if he was going to explode and began to scream as his neck, feet and hands swelled up.

“I was blowing up like a football… it felt like I had the bends, like in diving. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon,” he told the newspaper. McCormack said doctors later told him that the air separated fat from muscle and they were surprised his skin did not burst.

Now recuperating in Whakatane Hospital, he told the Beacon his skin felt “like a pork roast”, hard and crackly on the outside but soft underneath.

McCormick assured the doctors in the future the only gas he uses is  natural gas.

Daffy Harold Camping Understands The Value Of Time

May 24, 2011

A California preacher who foretold of the world’s end only to see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.

Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates “worked out as accurately as I could have.”The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the apocalypse comes.

But because God’s judgment and salvation were completed on Saturday, there’s no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network will now just play Christian music and programs until the final end on Oct. 21.

Harold Camping knows time is money.

Socialized Health Care Creates Market Demand, Opportunity Meets Preparation

May 24, 2011

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Her 85-year-old husband needed immediate surgery but doctors told her to find blood for the operation herself. So Slavka Petrova swallowed her anguish and went to haggle on the black market outside the national blood clinic.

It’s a grim reality for patients and families in Bulgaria, a struggling EU nation where donors are troublingly scarce, hospitals are strapped for funds and blood traders — mainly Gypsy, or Roma, men — are thriving.

Trading in blood and blood products is illegal in Bulgaria, punishable by a fine of up to €5,000 ($7,100). But lawyers say it’s difficult to prove an illegal blood transaction because that requires an official complaint lodged by the person who pays the donor — and families are so desperate they consider the black market blood donors lifesavers.

In the streets around the blood clinic, a dozen men sit smoking on benches or in cafes, on the alert for people in need. They don’t have to wait long.

“Even before I had decided what to do, three men stood in front of me and one asked me what blood group I was looking for,” Petrova, an 82-year-old former government employee, told The Associated Press.

Opportunity meeting preparation.

Eye View Sports Ravens Star Ray Lewis States NFL Lockout Will Increase Crime, Prediction Or Confession

May 24, 2011

Controversial comments. Ravens star Ray Lewis issues a stern warning. He says if there is no football, crime will increase across the country.

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is known for speaking his mind and that’s exactly what he did when ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio asked Lewis about the NFL lockout.

Perhaps his most controversial statement was about the possibility of no NFL season. Lewis painted a grim picture across America of people without jobs and nothing to do on Sundays.

“Do this research. If we don’t have a season, watch how much evil, which we call it crime, watch how much crime picks up when you take away our game,” he said.

Is Ray Lewis making a prediction or confession? You make the call.

Boomers Take It To The Limit, One More Time, A Knee For Speed

May 23, 2011

We’re becoming a nation of bum knees, worn-out hips and sore shoulders, and it’s not just the Medicare set. Baby boomer bones and joints also are taking a pounding, spawning a boom in operations to fix them. Knee replacement surgeries have doubled over the last decade and more than tripled in the 45-to-64 age group, new research shows. Hips are trending that way, too.

A huge industry says they don’t have to. TV ads show people water skiing with new hips. Ads tout “the athletic knee,” “the custom knee,” “the male knee,” “the female knee.” Tennis great Billie Jean King, 67, is promoting the “30-year” Smith & Nephew knees she got last year.

But here’s the rub: No one really knows how well these implants will perform in the active baby boomers getting them now. Most studies were done in older folks whose expectations were to be able to go watch a grandchild’s soccer game – not play the sport themselves, as one researcher put it.

Boomers take it the limit, normal wear and tear or product abuse. The class action lawsuit knee.

Bin Laden’s Wives Make For Desperate Times

May 23, 2011

THE three widows of Osama bin Laden are turning on each other in custody, with two older Saudi women blaming a much younger Yemeni wife for leading American intelligence to their hideout.

“It’s vicious,” said a Pakistani official briefed on the interrogation of the widows. “The older wives think the younger one tipped off the Americans or was tracked when she came to join him.”

The al-Qa’ida leader was living with three wives when he was killed in Abbottabad three weeks ago. Until US investigators discovered his hiding place, it was not known whether bin Laden and his family were alive. Some reports suggested that they had been killed in the US bombing of Afghanistan.

Although the compound where bin Laden hid for five years was large, the three wives were all cooped up in the same house. The older two lived on the second floor and the youngest one on the top. Their husband alternated between them. “It’s a well-known fact that when you have two older wives and then this young one comes along half their age, they don’t like it,” said one.

The joke in Pakistan is that Bin Laden called in his location to CIA because he was being driven mad cooped up for five years with so many wives and children,” said Rehman Malik, Pakistan’s interior minister.

Bin Laden driven nuts by his desperate housewives.

Harold Camp Misses On The Doomsday Prediction, Decides To Change Careers

May 22, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – With no sign of Judgement Day arriving as he had forecast, the 89-year-old California evangelical broadcaster and former civil engineer behind the pronouncement seemed to have gone silent on Saturday.

Family Radio, the Christian stations network headed by Harold Camping which had spread his message of an approaching doomsday, was playing recorded church music, devotionals and life advice unrelated to the apocalypse.

Camping previously made a failed prediction Jesus Christ would return to Earth in 1994.

In his latest pronouncement, he had said doomsday would begin in Asia, but with midnight local time come and gone in Tokyo and Beijing and those cities already in the early hours of May 22, there was no indication of an apocalypse.

Camp decides to change careers to continue doomsday predictions.

Union Thug Threatens Dems, Obama Considers Presidential Seal

May 22, 2011

WASHINGTON — Prominent labor leaders, frustrated  that Democrats in Washington aren’t aggressively pursuing the union agenda, are  threatening to limit their campaign support for Democrats, an act that would  hamper the party’s bid to regain control of the House next year and keep a  majority in the Senate.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s threat of a  pullback Friday was the latest warning to a party that has long relied on  labor’s cash and grass-roots support. If it makes good on its threat, labor  probably would spend more time and money combating union-busting efforts by  state officials.

“We will change the way we spend, the way we do  things and the way we function that creates power for workers,” Trumka said.

Obama considers use of Seal Team 6.