Jun 14

Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.

Contents

  • 1 On Gay Talese
  • 2 On a higher power and how he’d like to die
  • 3 On the media and Iraq
  • 4 On the Iraq War
  • 5 State of Journalism
  • 6 On travel to Cuba
  • 7 On Chinese gay bars
  • 8 On the literary canon
  • 9 Sources
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Jun 14

Finnish Olympic champion ski jumper arrested for attempted murder

Monday, December 28, 2009

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Police in Finland have arrested Matti Nykänen, a four-time Olympic gold medallist ski jumper, on suspicion of attempted murder. He spent the weekend in custody following an incident on Christmas Day in which his wife was injured.

Nykänen, 46, is alleged to have left his wife with wounds to her hands and forehead in a knife attack, causing her to flee to a neighbour’s house where she called the police. The Agence France-Presse reported that the Helsingin Sanomat expects Nykänen, from Jyväskylä, to be charged tomorrow.

Nykänen, who won three of his gold medals at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and has nineteen medals from various competitions, is best known for sport although recently he has taken up singing, performing in bars and nightclubs, and written an autobiography. A regular sight in the tabloid press, he has sought treatment as an alcoholic and is known to the police, previously serving time in prison for violent offences.

His convictions include assaulting his fourth wife in 2006, and he served four months despite requesting community service; a stab attack from behind with a five-inch blade on a friend landed him a two-year suspended sentence and put the man in hospital. He also served thirteen months for stabbing a friend while drinking and has been prosecuted for attacking a man with a knife in a restaurant, a case dropped through lack of evidence.

He was regularly drunk in training sessions and in public. A weekly Finnish gossip magazine paid for a series of laughing gas treatments in exchange for story rights in a bid to combat his alcoholism. He has worked as PR representative for Jyväskylä and gave relationship advice answering phones for a sex line. He has also been employed by a club known to hire out prostitutes which asked him to be a stripper; media reported he did private shows, an allegation he denies. Swedish and US porn producers offered him roles in their films.

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Jun 04

How The Ideology Of Fashion Became A Serious Affair For Men?}

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The terms of poise, boldness, and attention have got a new dimension in todays mens fashion scene and the astonishing crossover has gone way ahead breaking the gender barriers and creating a strong male impact in fashion while marching along with the upcoming trend innovations happening in the global fashion industry.

But do you know how this sudden revolution took place and why men are so eager to present their best side?

The sense of dressing up well was always there among men but the huge leap of being fashion conscious is bit surprising.

Well…I found out some of the probable reasons that made men adopt fashion seriously.

Take a look!!!

THE FIRST IMPRESSION

Yes its true, meeting your loved one after a long time or someone special for the first time is a moment of immense happiness & excitement and so looking good is one of the priorities is what looked forward especially by the females but nature has boosted men too. Even they want to present themselves smartly to catch the attention at the first sight and this quality tends them to follow fashion.

THE FASHION ADVICE

When your close ones may be family or friends point out on the looks and give you fashion knowledge may be regarding to clothing or hair and you make your best effort to take the fashion advice seriously as you correct it next time you face the person because he/she is important in your life and there comes the scope to adopt fashion.

THE BLIND FOLLOWER

When you see your friends looking fabulous in newly introduced fashion attire or accessory and you find out all the information about it like from where it was bought? What was the cost? Is it still in stock??…and yes men fall for it too!!! And with the ongoing process of following trends paves the way to take fashion seriously.

THE FAMOUS ICON

Being a strong admirer of a famous personality does make a deep impact on a persons lifestyle. The individual can be anyone from the field of fashion, entertainment or sports; you want to be like that person and thus the influence inspires to follow the same style trends your icon is following and thats how leading way towards fashion.

THE NEW LABEL

The introduction a new brand launch or another store launch of that favorite label in the city is the means of excitement for men too. They are also eager to check out the new collection with more options that suit their style perfectly. They get devoted to a particular brand and thus there is a fashion pull.

THE WEB SHOPPING

The pleasure and flexibility of shopping online and the ease of getting the desired products is a strong point for men shopping online actively. The options are wide to choose and also the introduction of custom made products websites is a major jackpot and thus e-commerce shouldered men to walk towards fashion.

How mens should style their formal suits and ethnic kurta?

Mens Suits

Men in suits carry a sophisticated style in their personality and the interesting variations with evolving trends giving a spectacular edge to the suits. The stunning options of designer suits for men have expanded the choice options.

STYLE CHECK:

The fabric quality should be excellent.

The suit should be well tailored and with perfect body fitting (Not too tight or too loose)

The color choice should be complementing your skin tone.

The pick of your tie should nicely blend with your suit.

The accessories should be coordinated & placed properly such as the tie pin, cufflinks & pocket square.

The socks should be of a proper length so that no skin is visible when you sit.

If possible go for tailored suits rather than ready-mades.

Mens Kurta

The comfort wear of kurta for men has made a remarkable style approach globally and has marked itself as the flexible attire to be carried off smartly from a sunny casual day out to pleasant evening event till the high-spirited night occasion.

STYLE CHECK:

The fabric should be skin friendly.

The right fitted kurta (Shouldnt be too baggy or skin tight).

Coordinate with dhotis, Patiala, Churidar, jodhpuri or even denim bottoms.

Play up the look while teaming it with modi jacket or waistcoat.

Pair the look with the smart handcrafted shoes.

Accessorize minimal may be a smart watch or kada, finger ring or tiny ear stud.

Earlier men had limited routes to explore the fashion getaways but now the choices have become wider giving way to men to walk the style path in coordination with the females and presently the mens fashion market is booming tremendously.

About the Author: Sam Antwon is a B.Tech graduate in Fashion Technology, a fashion lover and provides information on latest trends in fashion. He has contributed several articles on mens clothing, kurta for men, wedding sherwanis, mens suits, jodhpuri suits etc

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May 23

Kia Forte Wins My Vote}

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Get to your local Kia dealership this New Year, and check out the Kia Forte. Kia has shed its dowdy, plain styling and average power under the hood for greatness. The Korean brand has to this point been known as a bargain basement type of vehicle, with cheap yet descent cars which never stood up to the big players like Toyota or Honda. The Forte changes all that, its still in the least expensive small car category, but has the elements of a more expensive vehicle. Previously Kias Spectra, the predecessor, wasnt a bad car, it just sat flat on the showroom floor. Its styling was generic, and its features werent anything to go running to. Kia put some long awaited effort into the look and features of their new Forte. It is a strong contender in the compact car arena, last year the 2010 Forte won the NADA award for most impressive styling, fuel efficiency, extensive features and a low price point. The NADA award is the automotive online resource for car buyers in the U.S.

Designed in California, the styling of the 2010 Forte has a nice wide stance reminiscent of the charger from the back, and the Honda Civic from the front. Despite the similarities the look is surprisingly upscale to each. Chunky fenders give the Forte a masculine look and feel, also the Forte boasts a tall roof and wider body which allows for some wiggle room for both the driver and passengers. It has loads of leg room for everyone and the rear seat fits 3 comfortably and did I mention the trunk is large. The entire Forte line has all of the standard safety features, all of the airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic stability control. Beyond the standard safety features all of the Fortes have Bluetooth, Sirius radio, auxiliary jacks, voice activation and steering wheel controllers. These arent standards on any other car or model at the Fortes price point. Ex models come with air conditioning and power accessories, the SX model along with a stronger engine comes standard with a sportier suspension, larger brakes and 17 inch alloy wheels. Come on, are you kidding me, all this for its great low price.

Now lets talk about whats under the hood. In its category consumers are pleasantly surprised by the driving satisfaction and sophistications than all others in its class. It boasts great acceleration, 60 mph in 8 seconds, a well responsive hydraulic power steering, great visibility and the firm yet comfortable ride. The four wheel disc brakes stop hard and confidently. I personally like the EX automatic Forte, it keeps the 2.0 liter engine but upgrades to a five speed automatic. It includes electric power steering, a smart alternator, low resistance tires and some aerodynamic enhancements. All this and its fuel economy rating is 27 MPG in the city and 36 on the highway.

Overall, I am impressed with the Kia Fortes style, comfort, value, warranty and fuel economy, plus its fun to drive. If anyone out there is looking for a fun little spit fire coupe or sedan it is well worth the trip to the dealership to look at and test drive. You wont be disappointed. Forget everything you thought you knew about the Kia brand, this bold, new compact car is going to change your mind and your life. I am looking forward to seeing what Kia has planned for its next unveiling, could it be even better?

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May 23

Gunman killed outside Colorado governor’s office

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A man identified as Aaron Richard Snyder showed up on Monday around 2:25 p.m. outside the Colorado Capitol offices of Governor Bill Ritter. He was carrying a 357-caliber 7 shot Smith and Wesson revolver with 20 extra rounds of ammunition and started screaming “I am the emperor” and “I am here to take over the state”.

When he was confronted by a Colorado State trooper, Snyder opened his jacket showing that he was carrying a gun. The trooper ordered Snyder to drop the gun, but instead he moved “menancingly” in the direction of the trooper who then shot him once in the head and twice in the chest.

Snyder died from the multiple gunshot wounds on the floor of the Capitol office building. The Capitol went on a full lockdown with employees, tour groups and visitors in the building at the time ordered to stay where they were.

Governor Ritter was interviewing a judge candidate in his office at the time of the shooting. He held a press conference on the Capitol step two hours later.

Mr. Snyder was under doctors care for delusional behavior. The Northglenn, Colorado police issued a BOL “Be On the Lookout” to all law enforcement agencies in Colorado for Snyder and his car, a 2004 black Kia, around 25 minutes before the shooting occurred.

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May 21

Some Quick Procedures For Creating A Special Candleholder Out Of Vinyl Records

Submitted by: Douglas R. Williams

To create a one-of-a-kind vinyl record candleholder, you need to prepare the materials for the job, preheat the stove and set up the corks on the cooking sheet, place the record on the corks, place the baking sheet to the oven, position an apple on the center part of the record, remove the baking sheet and mold the record when it is cooled, remove the apple and reshape the record if you want, and stick the candles into the candleholder.

By using a bit of resourcefulness, you could easily find use for old floppy disk storage and vinyl records. Regarding vinyl records, you can craft them into quirky, one-of-a kind candleholders. Vinyl record candle cases will definitely be a record piece in every room and can accentuate tables, cabinets and also desks. This kind of job is pretty simple to create and requires just a few fundamental materials which may be readily available at home. Here are the methods you may follow to create vinyl record candleholders:

Prepare the components for the job

To build distinctive candleholders out of vinyl records, you’ll, obviously, need old vinyl records. These can be purchased at traditional shops or even on the web. A more affordable option will be to look in your attic or basement and discover if there are any utilized records. Some other materials you need to have are candles, an apple, 5 wine corks about an identical dimension as the candles, an oven and a baking sheet.

Preheat the oven and put the corks over the baking sheet

The oven has to be pre-heated to 200 degrees Farenheit. Lay the corks in a rounded structure on the baking sheet. Make certain that each one of the five corks are similar distance from one another.

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Place the record on the corks

After placing the corks, place the vinyl record on top of it. Leave about one inch allowance between the edge of the record and the corks. The corks will be utilised as the mold which the record could melt on, creating indentations where candles can later be put.

Put the baking sheet to the oven

Position the baking sheet to the oven carefully so the record and cork will not move. Bake for approximately five minutes or if you notice that the record has successfully melted to the corks.

Put an apple to the centre area of the record

After baking, grab the sheet out of the oven. Place the apple on the core of the record. The corks might move slightly as the apple weighs down the center of the record. Properly repair the positions of the corks and place the baking sheet to the oven once again for an additional 3-5 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet and also mold the record when it is cooled

Remove the baking sheet again and enable the record to cool for approximately fifteen seconds or till it is not too hot to be touched. You may observe that it is very flexible. Shape the sides of the record into your desired structure and push it against the cork to tighten it. Wait an extra 1 minute for the record to totally cool.

Eliminate the apple and also reshape the record if you want

Now you may take away the apple and turn the vinyl record over. If you’re not yet satisfied with the shape, you could place the record to the oven once again and mold it to your desirable design.

Stick the candles to the candleholder

Drip some hot wax to the candleholder indentations to give assistance to the candles you may now insert.

You now have a vinyl record candleholder that you can use as whimsical decor for your home or give away as a unique homemade gift.

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May 21

Euro 2008 Qualification: England vs. Croatia

Thursday, November 22, 2007

November 21, 200720:00 (UTC)
England 2 – 3 Croatia Wembley Stadium, LondonAttendance: 88,091Referee: Peter Fröjdfeldt
Wright-Phillips 46’Beckham 46’Barry 46’Defoe 46’Lampard 56′ (pen)Crouch 65’J Cole 80’Bent 80′ 8′ Kranj?ar 14′ Oli? 32′ Kova? 50′ da Silva 69′ da Silva 69′ Petri? 75′ Kranj?ar 75′ Pranji? 77′ Petri? 84′ Oli? 84′ Rakiti?

England failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2008 after a 2-3 defeat to Croatia at Wembley Stadium, London.

Needing to avoid defeat to secure qualification, England got off to a bad start as Niko Kranj?ar‘s shot came off goalkeeper Scott Carson to give Croatia the lead after just eight minutes. Soon afterwards Ivica Oli? doubled Croatia’s lead.

England scored when Josip Šimuni? pulled back Jermaine Defoe, with Frank Lampard converting the resulting penalty. David Beckham, winning his 99th cap for England, set up Peter Crouch who equalised with a volley. However Croatia continued to push England back, and substitute Mladen Petri? scored the winner from 25 metres with just under fifteen minutes remaining.

Croatia finished at the top in Group E, while Russia also qualified after their 1-0 victory over Andorra. England finished third in the group, missing out on their first major tournament since the 1994 World Cup. Manager Steve McClaren‘s job is in doubt, having been criticised during the qualification campaign and dropping regular goalkeeper Paul Robinson in favour of newcomer Scott Carson for the vital final match.

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May 21

European MEPs abolish right to opt-out of Working Time Directive

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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By a majority of 378 to 262, Members of the European Parliament have voted to abolish the right of European Union countries to opt out of Working Time Directive. If the Council of Ministers agrees, the right to opt out of the directive will be phased out over a period of three years.

Under the “derogation” provision of the directive, individual workers can waive the right to work no more than 48 hours per week. Among the member states, only the United Kingdom uses this provision.

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May 21

On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the U.S. 2016 presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

In this month’s edition on the campaign trail: the Free & Equal Foundation holds a presidential debate with three little-known candidates; three additional candidates give their final pleas to voters; and past Wikinews interviewees provide their electoral predictions ahead of the November 8 election.

Contents

  • 1 Summary
  • 2 Free & Equal Debate
  • 3 Final pleas
  • 4 Predictions
  • 5 Related articles
  • 6 Sources
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May 12

Prescription For Success}

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Prescription For Success

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Fast Forward: 2019; the hospital insurance fund is projected to run out of funds. 2041; the Social Security Trust Fund will run dry.

The hospital insurance funds of Medicare (Government health care program) are currently paying out more than it takes in.

It is projected that Medicares payments for doctors and prescription drugs will rise faster than the nations overall economic growth. Therefore, causing beneficiaries premiums, co-payments, and deductibles to rise faster than their incomes!

As a retiree, it is assumed that Medicare (if you are eligible) will cover most of your health care costs. Though, if we are to believe that the Social Security and Medicare systems are in such a state, we best be prepared to bear potentially major health care costs.

It is estimated that a couple, aged 65 years, will spend in excess of $200,000.00 over the next 20 years on health care; even if they are covered by Medicare!

Consider this: if you are aged 65 years (or older), it is highly probable that you may need dental care, eye glasses, hearing aids, regular check-ups; at some stage, possibly even long-term nursing home care. Do you know that apart from ONE free check-up when you first enroll with Medicare, these services are not covered?!

Social Security was created in 1945. By 1955, 42 workers paying the system paid for ONE retiree. In 2007, they are paying for 3. By 2030, every working couple will have their very own retiree to support! Thus, the significant, and rising, imbalance between workers and beneficiaries.

There are 2 issues to consider when deciding to retire, or not to retire; life expectancy, and investment acumen.

If you decided to retire at 62 years of age, you will receive 75% of full Social Security benefits each month for the rest of your life. Wait to retire at age 66, and you will receive 100%. If you can hold out until you are 70, you will be paid 132% of your full benefit.

The bottom line is: soaring medical costs accompany increased longevity. The Social Security and Medicare systems seem to be worsening, not improving. Perhaps, saving for health care costs, in retirement, means thinking outside of the box; a health care mutual fund may be just the prescription for success?!

Your Money Matters By Carl Hampton From the Author of From Credit Despair To Credit Millionaire http://www.CarlHampton.com

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