06/24/09 01:04 - 79.ºF - ID#49062
Was Marilyn Monroe Murdered?
I have been doing some research on Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe's popularity was immense during her lifetime is understandable, but the escalation of her fame since her death is considered nothing short of a phenomenon, and has been a continual source of fascination to biographers, cultural critics, and her fans.
Undoubtedly, part of our unending interest in Marilyn is due to her premature death and the mysterious circumstances surrounding it.
The troubled Hollywood goddess summoned her natural exuberance for a 1959 session with photographer Philippe Halsman.
Occasional efforts are made to persuade the Los Angeles police to reopen her case. At such times, speculation and rumor run rampant as a few more bits and pieces of information come to light.
In 1974, Robert Slatzer, a onetime friend to Marilyn who claims to have married her in 1953, authored a book alleging that the famous star had been murdered.
Entitled The Life and Curious Death of Marilyn Monroe, the book cites her relationship with both Kennedys, probes into the questions surrounding her death, and comes up with a provocative -- but ultimately unconvincing -- conspiracy theory.
Slatzer hired a private detective named Milo Speriglio to obtain hard evidence to support his theory. Speriglio has devoted more than 15 years to the case and claims to know who murdered Marilyn and why, though he can't prove it.
In 1982, he offered a reward of $10,000 for Marilyn's so-called "red diary," which the detective claims details her conversations with Robert Kennedy. Supposedly, Slatzer saw the diary a few days before Marilyn died, while coroner's aide Lionel Grandison noticed it in the coroner's room.
Interestingly, Speriglio's announcement about the diary coincided with the publication of his first book, Marilyn Monroe: Murder Cover-Up, which recaps Slatzer's book and brings the investigation up to date.
Cover-up rumors keep Marilyn's name in the press, even though she died years ago.
Later that year, a collector of rare books offered $150,000 for the diary, which has
yet to surface; many people doubt its existence altogether.
In 1986, Speriglio wrote a second book on the Monroe case, The Marilyn Conspiracy, which is an updated version of his earlier work. That same year, Speriglio called a press conference to demand that the case be reopened. His request was denied.
Though many doubt the veracity of Slatzer and Speriglio's theories and conclusions,
the rumors of a murder or a cover-up serve to keep Marilyn's name in the news, as do the tributes and retrospectives that surface on the anniversary of her death.
The murder rumors add a tone of notoriety to her story, while the tributes and accolades remind us that there was much more to her than love affairs and an unexplained death. Both types of publicity tend to escalate her myth, assigning her a permanent place in the annals of Hollywood folklore.
"Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
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06/24/09 12:51 - 79.ºF - ID#49060
Marilyn Monroe Alive?
Marilyn Monroe, Luka Magnotta
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06/24/09 12:47 - 79.ºF - ID#49059
Using Social Network's?U Might Get Fired
Now some employers are starting to have their hackles raised by such comments, and in a few cases complaining about one's workplace has led to the person making the comments getting promptly fired from his job. (Now imagine how much they'll have to complain about!)
The latest story involves two employees at a Houston's restaurant who used a private, invitation-only forum on MySpace to complain about management and customers at the establishment. The restaurant's hostess showed the forum to her boss after hours one night; she said they both "had a laugh" about it and promptly forgot the subject entirely. But later another supervisor caught wind of the site, demanded to be shown the forum, and eventually that got the duo responsible for the messages fired.
According to Houston's, the pair violated policies (including a requirement to have "a positive attitude") in the company's employee handbook, while the fired employees contend in their lawsuit against the company that management broke the law by reading their private conversation. They even allege a violation of federal wiretapping laws. The trial starts in June.
This is hardly the first time comments on social networking sites have gotten someone in trouble. 13 Virgin Atlantic flight attendants were fired for mocking passengers on Facebook. One teenager was sacked for changing her status to reading "bored at work." And one woman also was recently fired for claiming to be too sick to use a computer but who was then caught updating her Facebook page from home.
Social networks can even keep you from getting a job in the first place, as one woman learned when she Twittered about a weighing a "fatty paycheck" vs. "hating the work" at her would-be employer, Cisco. The company promptly found out about the tweet, with likely predictable results and great embarrassment for the tweeter.
Where do we draw the line here? While I can sympathize with the company who fired the woman for lying about being too sick to use a PC, the question of online employee complaints -- particularly those on a private forum not accessible to the general public -- is far murkier. Laws vary by country and by state, but as the WSJ notes, for the most part an employer can fire anyone for no reason at all. However some states explicitly prohibit employers from firing someone for engaging in "lawful, off-duty activities." Presuming the comments weren't made from work, the Houston's duo may have a reasonably strong case here. Seriously: If everyone who ever complained about their job or had a bad attitude got fired, we'd have 100% unemployment.
Bottom line: Now more than ever, your boss is probably watching you whether you're on the clock or off it. Take some time to understand your company's policy toward social networking and blogging, whether you agree with it or not, so you won't be caught off guard the next time this issue hits the news.
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06/24/09 12:41 - 79.ºF - ID#49058
People Are Being Mean To Me
Is anybody in the same position as me?
I just need help please to figure this situation out?
You guys are all just jealous of me. i believe God loves me more than you all because he made me beautiful. and you all are not even on my level. like i don't need to deserve people being rude. I know you all want to dress and look like me but you can't. Be yourself. stop copying me. be unique wowwww, and I don't want to hear stupid comments, im not stuck up, I just can't figure this out ok!
Luka Magnotta in New York
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06/24/09 10:06 - 72.ºF - ID#49055
Why would a spouse you suspect of cheating hold on yet try to catch you in lies and spy on you?
Heres what i think.
A. A Guilty Conscious
I would say to make an attempt to show he/she is just so in to you, plus they need to keep up with your whereabouts so they can do their dirt. I know, I've just gone through that. My ex would call me constantly "to see where I am" only to find out he was cheating on me the entire time.
This reminds me of ''The best defense is a good offense.'' (i.e. if you are verbally attacked, attack back, and it'll keep 'em guessing).
Someone wrote me this.....
My partner does this to me ALL the time. He calls me every hour on the hour to see where i am or what im doing and who im doing it with. Only to find out, he wasnt working like he said, but was with another woman that i know. This woman takes my children to and from school. This woman used to be a close friend of mine. My husband comes home from work, straight to the bathroom to shower and change. Puts his own clothes in the hamper or wash. Im sitting home with 3 kids and he knows i can't go everywhere all the time, so he makes plans with his pals to go out when im unable to up and go. Thats when he meets up with her. Ive been with him 11 yrs. I want to leave, but my children will suffer from all this. I love him as a person, but im not in love with him. I can't be. He has done this since my second child, I've took him back and forgave him, BUT i couldn't forget. I can't trust him at all. He tells me all the time he hates coming home to me, that im nothing, and that the only reason he hasn't left yet is because he doesn't want to pay all that child support (3 kids). I don't know really what to do. Im trying to do whats right for my kids, but is it worth it to be miserable all your life?
Leave him for your kids, let your kids learn how NOT to be abused. You will be happy again.
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06/23/09 10:37 - 80.ºF - ID#49051
Man Killed By Exploding Cell Phone
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 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
"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
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06/23/09 08:28 - 80.ºF - ID#49046
Telman Ismailov's Billion Dollar 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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