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06/23/09 10:37 - 80.ºF - ID#49051

Man Killed By Exploding Cell Phone

One can never be too sure about the veracity of reports that come from the Chinese press, but I can't see any reason to specifically doubt this one, which says that an exploding mobile phone has killed a man in Guangzhou, China, after a fragment severed an artery in the man's neck.

According to reports, a computer shop employee had likely finished charging a replacement battery and, after putting the battery in the handset and dropping it into his shirt pocket, the whole affair exploded. A bang was heard and another shop employee found him lying in a pool of blood on the floor.

This is the ninth publicized cell phone explosion in China since 2002 and the second fatal incident, following a similar case that occurred in 2007.

Because details about the phone and battery haven't been released, it's difficult to analyze what exactly went wrong, but past cases like these have typically revolved around faulty batteries, not phones, much like in the case of the recent laptop battery fires and recalls. The real problem involves off-brand, third-party batteries, which are frequently not built to the same standards that most original manufacturers require. In the case of the 2007 explosion, excessive heat from an iron mill is believed to have been the catalyst for the catastrophe.

Advice provided by the Chinese media is just as good over here: Don't use third-party batteries and always use the original charger as well (aftermarket chargers may not run at the proper electrical specs). As with all electronics, keep the temperature under control and -- it should go without saying -- if your cell phone heats up to the point where it's uncomfortably hot to the touch, turn it off immediately and remove the battery (and consider replacing it).

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06/23/09 09:51 - 80.ºF - ID#49050

People Hate Me Because Im Beautiful

Why do people hate me just because I am beautiful?
Why do people avoid my just because I am beautiful. Guys don't want to be around me because they are afraid they would look ugly standing next to me. People don't ask me out because they are intimidated by how beautiful I am. I am so beautiful that if you saw me you would probably be jealous too. I don't mean to be rude but I am just being honest, I know that I am beatiful and I never hide the fact that I am. What should I do, my beauty is a gift but also a curse? I've even tried making myself look uglier but I had to face the fact that there is nothing in the world that could cover up my beauty.

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06/23/09 09:01 - 80.ºF - ID#49049

Putin Will Abandon Nukes If Others Do

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia is willing to abandon nuclear weapons, if the United States and all other countries that have them do the same.

"If those who made the atomic bomb and used it are ready to abandon it â€" like, I hope, other nuclear powers officially and unofficially owning them â€" of course we will welcome and facilitate this process in all ways," Putin said, according to state-owned RIA Novosti news agency.

Putin spoke at a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said earlier that the idea of scrapping nuclear arms altogether rather than limiting their proliferation was a real prospect.

"The goal of global zero is not a game for utopians, but will be taken up by the doyens of U.S. foreign policy as well as by German and Polish politicians," Steinmeier said.

In a joint declaration on April 1, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered negotiators to start work on a new treaty reducing their nuclear stockpiles as a first step toward "a nuclear-weapon-free world."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in televised comments added that no unilateral steps on the nuclear issue were foreseen.

Eliminating the nuclear threat held by the former Cold War enemies was raised at a 1986 summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, between President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Putin's announcement came on the same day as a top Russian general warned of the dangers of cutting the number of nuclear warheads possessed by Russia and the Unites States to less than 1,500 each.

Col.-Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, the chief of the military's Strategic Missile Forces, said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that it will be up to the Kremlin to make the final decision on how deep the cuts should be.

"We believe that we mustn't go below 1,500 warheads," Solovtsov was quoted as saying. "But in any case the issue will be decided by the political leadership."

Russian and U.S. officials are currently negotiating a successor deal to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START I, which expires in December. Negotiators are to give a progress report to their presidents by the time Obama visits Moscow on July 6-8.

Steinmeier met Medvedev on Wednesday and was expected to discuss economic ties and human rights. The trial of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky is being watched in Germany with particular interest as a measure of Russia's commitment to the rule of law.

Steinmeier also met with editors at newspaper Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia's few remaining media outlets critical of the government.

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06/23/09 08:56 - 80.ºF - ID#49048

Its Hard Being So Hot

I’m extremely hot… Just trust me on that one.. So I know what it’s like having to live with the burden of extreme hotness. All you lucky ugly people just don’t understand the pressure we’re under, but this photo should help to open you ugly eyes.

Luka Magnotta
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06/23/09 08:28 - 80.ºF - ID#49046

Telman Ismailov's Billion Dollar hotel

Billionaire Telman Ismailov has built Europes most expensive Hotel.

Take a look at the Photos

Telman Ismailov and Actress Monica Bellucci look on during a press conference on the launch day of the Mardan Palace at the Mardan Palace Hotel on May 23, 2009 in Antalya, Turkey. Mariah Carey, Seal and Tom Jones have all been hired to perform at the launch of Europe's most expensive luxury resort - the USD1.65 billion Mardan Palace Hotel on the Turkish Riviera.


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06/23/09 07:27 - 80.ºF - ID#49045

unsafe Hollywood Neighbourhoods

East and Mid-town (Central) Hollywood, that is , unless you know good street smarts and are genuinely interested in discovering the ethnic neighborhoods, esp. Little Amenia. This area of Ho-town includes a portion of the major streets, Santa Monica Blvd and Sunset Bvd ( but especially Santa Monica Blvd).

This is the very unglamorous part of Hollywood that is hardly ever seen on TV. There is relatively more crime and poor conditions here as supposed to posh Hollywood Hills, other western parts and the city of West Hollywood. At least, this area adds to the color and represents the true heartbeat of the city of Los Angeles (and a tremendous sense of non-fakeness which is a definite plus in my book and is something to see just as much as the drab Hollywood sign on the hills).

The area around that street especialy
east of La Brea is very dangerous, and
there are a lot of seedy elements around there. I got assaulted and robbed just south
of Santa Monica blvd not too long ago. The
area is very ugly looking, and it's mostly
film vaults and small enclosed studios.

Be CAREFUL! Best time to do your walking, touring and all that, is during the day. Don't walk around at night. Many homeless people, strange, just all around WEIRD! things going on at night. Keep your car locked and your doors. If you carry a purse..clutch it tight.

possibly the most dangerous city in the usa. i almost got killed once. honest! i was at a stoplight next to a gas station and a gang shooting broke out in the gas station. freaky.
oh and traffic SUCKS, even when there aren't bullets flying.

Like NY's Times Square before it, Hollywood is reinventing itself. There are new malls everywhere, security street patrols, new businesses opening and a notable improvement in the quality of life in the area. This doesn't mean it is wise to lower your guard--after all, this is a major urban area--but crime is down, panhandlers are down, prostitution on Hollywood Blvd is down, and if you stay on the major, well-lit streets at night, you're no more likely to run into trouble than in any other city. BTW, drive-by shootings, carjackings, and gangster activity in general is WAY down in the Los Angeles area in 2004. Probably in part because the would-be perpetrators can't see you well enough to rob you--smog levels are rising after years of relatively clear skies!

Luka Magnotta
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06/23/09 04:39 - 80.ºF - ID#49043

Public Erections

I have a question that I’d like to get some feedback on. I work out a good amount at my university’s gym and I’ve recently started taking showers afterwards in the public shower just cause its more convenient. I can’t help from getting a semi-erection or even a full out erection when I do. This usually happens to me after i work out, regardless of if Im in a public shower or not. Oftentimes there isn’t anyone in the showers, but yesterday I was taking a shower and had a nearly full erection and there was another guy in the shower. Do you think other guys think this is really weird or awkward, or do they recognize that I can’t control it and it just happens? I don’t want to weird anyone out, and I don’t really know the etiquette on this sort of thing. Could someone enlighten me? Does this kind of thing happen to others, and how do they handle it. Im just trying to take a shower like everyone else, but i can't help from getting hard.

Public Boner
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06/23/09 04:32 - 80.ºF - ID#49041

Luka Magnotta: Im A Male Model

Everyone thinks that a models life is so easy, well its really not. having to constantly worry about your image and appearance is hard work.
Being judged on how you look is hard too, especially on your self esteem....because everyone has their own idea of what beauty is. To one person I may be drop dead georgous and to the next I might be hidious.

Im a male model, this is my profession...if you don't like it then why are you reading about me?

Luka Magnotta
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