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Lawyers for David Michael Miranda, partner of Glenn Greenwald, are challenging the legality of Mr. Miranda’s nine-hour detention at Heathrow Airport on his way back to Brazil in August.
At the time, officials seized Mr. Miranda’s computer, phone, and memory sticks containing around 58,000 encrypted Snowden-related files. His lawyers are arguing that his rights were violated, but British officials say Mr. Miranda’s materials could “aid terrorism and put lives at risk.” Nothing new here, folks! (The New York Times)
At Dennis Rodman’s 52nd birthday party at Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club on Monday evening, the flamboyant former basketball star slunk from one designated VIP section to the next, protected by bouncers and surrounded by throngs of obsequious followers. (They don’t call him “The Worm” for nothing.)
One can’t blame Mr. Rodman—wearing a relatively tame ensemble of Read More
Does it seem super convienent that the day after North Korea started letting its citizens use 3G wireless to tweet and send pictures to each other (that’s what wireless is for, right? God, wait till they find out about Facebook!), Dennis Rodman announced that he had become besties with Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader whose government had invited the Worm and members of the Harlem Globetrotters to shoot a VICE TV show about “basketball diplomacy.” Sure. Is it weird that Rodman is suddenly claiming to be friends with the dictator? Maybe, but come on, the guy’s always found weird partners. Remember that time he dated Madonna?
Twitter users were briefly enthralled Sunday night when North Korea issued a notice that they would be making a special statement. As the world waited without sparing a thought as to why the D.P.R.K. might be so inconsiderate of the western news cycle, speculation was rampant: would the new administration announce a nuclear test? Another rocket launch? Perhaps a threat against South Korea or even more shocking, a threat against South Korea? It was, in the end, the latter:
At 6:39 on Thursday night, as the North Korean military was desperately watching a long-range Taepodong-2 missile disintegrate shortly after lift off, its remnants tumbling harmlessly into the Yellow Sea, a group of the regime’s opponents were crowded into the Korea Society’s Midtown East headquarters.
But weapons proliferation wasn’t even on the Read More
Kim Jong Il, Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea who kept the world on eggshells with his threats of nuclear capability and quirky habit of locking up any reporter who tried to enter North Korea, was pronounced dead at 69 late this Sunday evening.This announcement was made by the state’s media outlet KCNA, located out of the capital of Pyongyang.
The cause of death, according to the state media, was a heart attack due to “great mental and physical strain” while on a field tour. Kim Jong Il had suffered a stroke in 2008, but was generally thought to have been in good health. Except for that one year when everyone thought that he was dying from pancreatic cancer.
UPDATED FROM ORIGINAL: But I don’t want to ruin the suspense either. So please read through to the bottom for some news!
The New York Post: Welcome back, holidaymakers! While we’ve been away the tabloids have been hard at it: there’s been more swine flu and even a giant tiny scary terrorist plot! We will Read More
The New York Post: Gloria Vanderbilt is 85 years old, and she has written an erotic novel that is giving Post columnist Andrea Peyser the vapors. “Gloria is a dirty old lady,” the display reads over a picture of Ms. Vanderbilt from her glory days as a designer. That it’s a Ms. Peyser affair inside Read More
In Beijing on Tuesday, U.S. and North Korean officials met for the first time since December to resume those seemingly endless nuclear talks, which apparently didn’t go very far, as the north still “wants more energy aid and diplomatic concessions" before it ditches the WMD. Concessions? Hmm…how ‘bout some George Gershwin tunes Read More