Today’s News Stories (July 2nd), 2012
Mexico Election: How Enrique Pena Nieto Won Himself and His Party the Presidency
Shortly before he was assassinated in 1994, Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio admitted he had a dilemma. The long dictatorial reign of Colosio’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which had ruled Mexico since 1929, was under threat from two increasingly potent opposition groups: the conservative National Action Party (PAN) and the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD).
While the PAN and PRD represented genuine political philosophies, the PRI stood for little more than amassing power — and holding onto it in the most corrupt manner possible. Colosio knew the PRI had to bring something more meaningful than fraud to the ballot box.
Justin Bieber Sounded Like a Dick On the Radio This Morning
Justin Bieber is very sensitive about two things: sexy mom jokes, and Justin Timberlake comparisons. On a phone interview with Mojo of Mojo in the Morning, a Detroit radio show, Bieber threw a small tantrum when Mojo told him he thought he was listening to Justin Timberlake the first time he heard “Boyfriend.”
Ashley Greene Sizzles In Esquire
Hold on to your hats my peeps; we’ve got one hell of a scorcher to kick off the week! Here are a couple of exclusive photos of one of the sexiest babes on the entire planet, and one of my absolute favorite celebrity babes ever, Ashley Greene, looking her sexiest and sultriest in the newest issue of Esquire magazine. Good lord… and I thought that Ash looked ridiculously sexy prancing around town in her skin-tight leggings. But that doesn’t even come close to the onslaught of sexiness that is Ashley Greene in lingerie… lord have mercy!.
Anderson Cooper Officially Comes Out as Gay
In a lengthy e-mail message to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that was posted to the site on Monday, CNN’s Anderson Cooper comes out publicly as gay.
Sullivan, who says he has counted Cooper as a friend for more than two decades, writes in the article that he asked Cooper to weigh in on a recent Entertainment Weekly piece that examined the trend of gay people coming out in a “more … matter-of-fact way” than in the past. (Sullivan, who is openly gay and an advocate of same-sex marriage, says he asked for Cooper’s opinion “for reasons that are probably obvious to most.”).
Everything You Need to Know About the TomKat Divorce
What Katie Holmes wants from Tom Cruise, how much money she’ll get, and what this could mean for Scientology.
The Resistance Begins: Rick Scott Announces Florida Won’t Take Medicaid Money
It’s not shocking that Rick Scott becomes the first governor to announce officially that his state (Florida) won’t accept the new Medicaid money under the health-care law. In case you’re not up on the deets, it’s the subsidies for poor and working-class people, up to 133 percent above the poverty line, to buy insurance.
Doctor Russell Dohner Charges $5 A Visit
Russell Dohner feels that medical care should be affordable to all. That’s why, for the last 55 years, this small-town doctor has charged as little as $2 a visit.
Admittedly, $2 was Dohner’s 1955 price, but the good doctor is still a bargain – he now charges his patients a meagre $5 for a visit to his office in Rushville, a small Illinois town with 4,300 people. During his five-and-a-half decades as a doc in Rushville, he has delivered 3,500 babies, never for more than a few dollars each.
Filthy R-Rated Movies Clean Up at the Box Office
Seth MacFarlane’s talking teddy bear comedy Ted earned $54.1 million, beating The Hangover’s debut and coming just behind The Hangover II and Sex and the City for biggest R-rated opening ever.
This Week We Kill ACTA – Or Get Locked Down In Monopolies For Decades
This is it. This is the week when ACTA lives or dies, globally. We have seen it coming. Now is the time for the very final push in contacting the European Parliament. On Wednesday, in the session between 12 noon and 14:00, the European Parliament votes on ACTA. If the European Parliament kills it, it dies globally.
There has been no shortage of ugly tricks, and they keep coming. The latest is a rumor that the pro-big-business and pro-monopoly EPP party group is going to try couping the ACTA vote off of this week’s agenda, postponing the vote indefinitely rather than risking a defeat.
Prisoners in Brazil Can Reduce Their Sentences by Producing Electricity
Although prisons are ostensibly intended as places where convicted criminals can pay their debts to society, confinement behind bars rarely yields anything other than the punishment alone. But now, thanks to an innovative new initiative underway at a correctional facility in Brazil, prisoners are being given the chance to slash their sentences while bringing a bit of light into the world, literally — by producing the electricity used to power street lamps.
Rise in Sea Level Can’t be Stopped, Scientists Say
Rising sea levels cannot be stopped over the next several hundred years, even if deep emissions cuts lower global average temperatures, but they can be slowed down, climate scientists said in a study on Sunday.
A lot of climate research shows that rising greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for increasing global average surface temperatures by about 0.17 degrees Celsius a decade from 1980-2010 and for a sea level rise of about 2.3mm a year from 2005-2010 as ice caps and glaciers melt.
Craigslist Joe Documentary Trailer
In a time when America’s economy and sense of community were crumbling, one guy left everything behind – to see if he could survive solely on the support of the 21st century’s new town square: Craigslist.
As 2008 drew to a close, the United States found itself in one of the most precarious financial meltdowns in modern history. News programs spoke of the worst economy since the great depression and demise of the American Dream. Unemployment was soaring and millions were losing their homes. Rather than banding together and helping one another, people started pointing fingers and casting blame. Many feared the sense of community that had once carried us through tough times had dissolved into an attitude of ‘every man for himself.’ Many were skeptical that today’s self-involved society would be able to weather the storm without its traditional social supports.
Mad Man Destroy A T-Mobile Store In The UK
Although the video doesn’t say why he is so upset, I can only guess it had something to do with the outrageous prices cell phone companies charge for service these days.
Looper – International Trailer
The latest trailer for sci-fi action flick Looper reveals that the main character is a bullheaded killer determined to finish the job, even if it means taking down his future self.
.@ukhomeoffice: Stop the extradition of Richard O’Dwyer to the USA #SaveRichard
Richard O’Dwyer is a 24 year old British student at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He is facing extradition to the USA and up to ten years in prison, for creating a website – TVShack.net – which linked (similar to a search-engine) to places to watch TV and movies online.
O’Dwyer is not a US citizen, he’s lived in the UK all his life, his site was not hosted there, and most of his users were not from the US. America is trying to prosecute a UK citizen for an alleged crime which took place on UK soil.
X Games Los Angles 2012: Hot Wheels Double Dare Loop
It’s life imitating toys: Rally car driver Tanner Foust and Hollywood stuntman Greg Tracy successfully completed the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at X Games LA. Foust and Tracy hit 52 mph in the track and experienced approximately 7Gs going through the loop.
“That was pretty hardcore: the 7 Gs … I almost felt my chin hit my lap, I think, in the loop,” Foust said after finishing the stunt in the Team Yellow car. “I felt like I was in a toy.”
To avoid passing out from the force of seven times gravity, Foust’s strategy was to “grunt, tighten your core and try to make your eyeballs and veins pop out.”
After Evil Taco Bell Hoax, Alaskan Town Gets 10,000 Free Coritos Locos Tacos
After a flyer claiming a Taco Bell would be opening in Bethel, Alaska turned out to be a hoax, the real Taco Bell flew ingredients for 10,000 Doritos Locos Tacos from Anchorage to Bethel.
Internet Rallies to Send Pitbull to the Most Remote Walmart in America
Something Awful goons David Thorpe and Jon Hendren have come up with what is quite possibly their most uproarious troll to date: With the help of fellow Internet funmakers, the shenaniganeers have devised a foolproof plan to send hip hop artist-cum-shilling machine Pitbull to a Walmart on “the frozen Alaskan island of Kodiak.”
Richard Branson – Sir Richard Branson Sets New Kite Surfing Record
British business tycoon Sir Richard Branson has become the oldest person to kitesurf across the English Channel.
The 61 year old surfed from Kent, on the south England coast, to northern France on Sunday (01Jul12) in three hours, 45 minutes - setting a new world record.
Man Hit by Car, Tossed into Building and Survives!
A pedestrian standing near the edge of a pavement got an unexpected surprise as a driver smashed into him from behind, sending him flying several feet into a nearby building. And miraculously, he survived.
Jenny Macarthy Playboy Pics NSFW
Just months away from hitting the big 4-0, Jenny McCarthy appears in her seventh nude pictorial for Playboy in the July/August issue that hits newsstands Friday.
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