Archive for February 12th, 2004

Is Nothing Sacred – Barbie and Ken Split


an entire generation of girls growing up in America (and probably more
than a few boys) Barbie and Ken were the true "American Idols". It’s
tough learning one’s idols are human, but Barbie and Ken’s employer,
Mattel, Inc. dropped a bombshell today: America’s #1 Plastic Fantastic
Couple was definitely splitsville!! Who knew?

Rumors of New York call girls (for him) and Australian surfers (for
her) abound. Who best to dig up the dirt than our experts in infidelity,
the French!

YORK (AFP) – Ken and Barbie, the Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward of the
doll world, have split after four decades of ageless romance, toymaker
Mattel announced.

Amid rumours of another man in Barbie’s life, Mattel’s vice president
of marketing, Russell Arons, told reporters that Ken and Barbie felt
it was "time to spend
some quality time — apart."

"In the fall, you may see another guy show up," Arons said, while adding
that the once-perfect couple remained "good friends."

The announcement provided a quirky twist to the old adage of any publicity being
good publicity, at a time when Barbie’s dominant position in the doll market
is looking vulnerable.
While worldwide gross sales for Mattel brands reflected two percent growth in
the fourth quarter, Barbie brand sales slid five percent, and 25 percent domestically.

Since vamping up the store shelves in 1959 with her buxom chest, wasp waist a
slender hips, more than one billion Barbie dolls have been sold in 150 countries.
Ken arrived on the scene in 1961.

from AFP

Heavy Metal – MP3/Kalashnakov


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, a British-based company is selling MP3 players
can be attached to an assault rifle.

The "AK-MP3" player is built into the ammunition clip of a Kalashnikov.
It can be swapped with the real magazine carrying bullets and inserted into the

The device is being advertised on the internet by a Buckinghamshire-based company
set up by a group of Russian businessmen who sell audio books.

It comes with enough storage space to hold 3000 audio books or 9000 songs.

Former Russian rock star Andrey Koltakov, a partner in the dotcom company offering
the AK-MP3 for sale, said: "This is our bit for world peace – hopefully,
from now on many militants and terrorists will use their AK-47s to listen to
music and audio books."

The accessory costs just over $200 or around $400 with hundreds
of audio books already loaded on to it.

According to those marketing it the stainless
steel body makes it "uniquely
suitable for outdoors".

AK-47s are nicknamed widow-makers and are the favoured choice of killers across
the globe from Marxist guerrillas in Colombia to Saddam Hussein loyalists in
Iraq. They were also used by IRA snipers. They are capable of firing 600 rounds
a minute.

from the The
Sydney Morning Herald

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Devil With a Red Dress On


It has begun, the mudslinging, dirt-digging and photoshopping
of the Presidency.  In caves and digital darkrooms across the nation
and around the globe, evil minds are plotting the image immolation of
both Kerry and Bush. 

Kerry is a gigalo.  Bush is a wimp. Both
of them keep alien lovers in secret sex dungeons beneath their bedrooms…..

Tomorrow the National Enquirer, paragon of American journalism, will come out
with the following revelations, under the headline "John Kerry’s Secret

"(Kerry is) so vain. The first time he took Hollywood star
Dana Delany home, his big move was showing her video clips taken of
him in
the Navy when he was in Vietnam. She never went out with him again. He
dated Morgan Fairchild and Michelle Phillips — and they’ve both donated
to other Democratic candidates for 2004 election. Now what does that
tell you they think of him now?"

…Kerry first ran for Congress — and lost — in 1972, nearly two years after
he wed blue blood Julie Thorne, an heir to a huge Wall Street Fortune.

His dream of entering political life was finally realized when he was elected
Massachusetts’ lieutenant governor in 1982, an office he ran for even though
his wife was battling suicidal depression — and had been for years.

His marriage ended that year as he and Julia separated.

She later wrote two books, admitting she contemplated suicide and had lived a
lonely life with Kerry.

Kerry and Julia didn’t officially divorce until 1988 and she made appearances
with him when he won election to U.S. Senate in 1984.

By the late 1980s, Kerry was floundering financially without the help of a wealthy

For months at a time, he found himself homeless, forced to live with lobbyist
friends or his former brother-in-law David Thorne.

But his financial situation changed when he met his second wife Teresa Heinz,
the widow of Pennsylvania Sen. H. John Heinz, heir to the condiment fortune.
Teresa inherited $550 million from her late husband.

exerpts from

Moose Does RSS


Jessica’s long-awaited, definitive article on RSS is finally
out.  Trite but true: If you want the real dope, ask a librarian…

The Winter 2004 issue of News Library News with the feature article
I wrote about RSS is now online. Not only does it include comments from
two well-known bloggers, but it also has sidebars about aggregators (including
what to consider when choosing an aggregator), how to find RSS feeds,
third-party services that make feeds for sites lacking them, and selected
resources for more information.

The Dowbrigade is working on an expansion of the aggregator sidebar.  The
problem is that the playing field AND the players are changing so fast
one needs a dedicated aggregator just to keep up with the advances in

Nevertheless, we feel a "State of the Field" review would be tremendously
useful, as everyone wants to know the strengths and weaknesses of the
various alternatives.  Any input from you guys, ie aggregators you
love and hate and why, will be appreciated and included.

download the
of Jessica’s article

Halle Has Nicest Nose – Michael Miffed


(CP) – Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has been picked as the female
star with the nicest nose in a survey conducted by U.K. company
Waitrose. Berry beat Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and
Cameron Diaz in the poll of 2,500 people.

"Some of the people nominated were surprising to us," said Waitrose
spokesman Christian Cull online from his office in London.

British actor Orlando Bloom, who plays Legolas in the Lord of the Rings trilogy,
was voted the male celebrity with the best nose. Others in the Top 10, in order,
were Brad Pitt, David Beckham, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Robbie Williams, Hugh
Grant, Johnny Depp, Justin Timberlake and Jude Law.
Rounding out the Top 10 on the women’s list were Julia Roberts, Britney Spears,
Liv Tyler, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Aniston.

from the Canadian

Koreans Crack Down on Genital Candy


– South Korea’s Food and Drug Administration on Thursday banned cheeky
St Valentine’s Day chocolates shaped like genitals or couples making

The administration said 15 firms including an Internet shopping site were targeted
by the ban on lewd candy that officials say could give the wrong idea to sweet-toothed

"Ahead of the St. Valentine’s Day, we cracked down on 15 firms which have
produced or distributed illegal chocolate products," the administration
said in a statement.

"Some of the chocolate candies depict couples engaged in sexual intercourse
or were in the shape of the male genital," Park In-Won, an administration
official told AFP.

from the Channel
News Asia

H-Bomb Hits Harvard


Dowbrigade breathed a sigh of relief to learn that on Monday our venerable
Alma Mater and Blog-host, Harvard University, had approved a SEX MAG,
apparently to relieve the sexual tension which is rife on the Cambridge
Campus and which we remember so well from our own undergraduate days.
Subtly titled “The H-Bomb” and founded by a couple of undergrad women
(in my prehistoric period known as “Cliffies”),
reportedly will feature "sex and the issues surrounding sex
for men and women of all sexual orientations and tastes."

On Monday, school administrators approved H Bomb, a journal being launched
by two female undergraduates featuring erotic writing and nude photography.

The faculty adviser for the magazine, psychology professor Marc Hauser,
said in an e-mail he was bothered by the use of the term pornography
to describe it.

"It is a literary and art magazine about sex and sexuality," he
wrote. "It
is an important magazine in that it will attempt to grapple with both
interesting and difficult issues, providing a voice for students and
an interesting forum for intellectual exchange."

So put that in your pipe and smoke it, Jessica the
Cyber librarian! Pornography is in the eye of the beholder, and the H-Bomb,
like the Dowbrigade
News, obviously has Redeeming Social Value! We can’t wait for the first
issue.  If only the H-Bomb had existed when we were an undergrad,
maybe we could have avoided those three exhausting years spent as a sex slave to Sorgewineia,
Queen of the Mamamanani Tribe in the darkest Amazon, learning the 47 positions
of earthy ecstasy.  Or maybe not.

from the Boston Globe