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Stephen King Just Quit Facebook – Should You?

Author Stephen King is the latest celeb to leave Facebook. I can’t blame him. It’s like being connected to trash TV 24/7

Only you can answer that question for yourself – but frankly, if we’re just talking about what is good for you – you probably should. I’ve done it and it made me happier and healthier – though I lost a bunch of relationships that in hindsight – I really wish I hadn’t lost. I’m back on Facebook now in a very limited way (pages) and with the tightest security lockdowns I can have on my private data.

Here are a few articles that may help you with this:

A 99 Day Break from Facebook
The World Without Facebook
The Only Reason I Miss Facebook

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Bill Murray the abuser

I wonder what kind of abuse? Did he abuse her like she was a gopher?

Jennifer Butler Murray, who is the wife of celebrity movie star Bill Murray, has filed for divorce after 11 years of marriage, claiming he abused her and is addicted to marijuana and alcohol.

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Gary Coleman- The Saddest Man in the World

This is so depressing. Hey, Gary…I’ll be your friend and I don’t want anything from you. That is unless you are a complete and incorrigible asshole…in that case, I’ll be your friend but you need to pay me upfront so I feel okay dealing with your shit…if you are cool though…no problem. I’m short too, not as short as you, but I know how it is…and I promise to never make you say that thing from Different Strokes.

By Sandy Cohen, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — The honeymoon is over for Gary Coleman and his new bride.
The 40-year-old actor and his 22-year-old wife, Shannon Price, are set to appear on TV’s Divorce Court on May 1 and 2. The couple wed in August after meeting on the set of the 2006 comedy Church Ball.
Among the problems the pair discusses with Judge Lynn Toler are Coleman’s anger and intimacy issues. Coleman and Price agree they have “ugly” monthly fights.
“If he doesn’t get his way, he throws a temper tantrum like a five-year-old does,” Price says, according to a transcript of the show provided to The Associated Press. “He like stomps the floor and yells, ‘Meehhhh,’ and starts throwing stuff around. He bashes his head in the wall, too.”
Coleman says he gets frustrated because “the male is always the bad guy.”
“When I try to state my case or explain things to her or try to get her to understand my point of view,” Coleman says, “my point of view doesn’t matter.”
Price also complains that Coleman has no friends and inexplicably disappears from home in the middle of the night. When Toler presses him, Coleman admits he is negative.
“I don’t have any friends and don’t have any intention of making any,” he says. “People will stab you in the back, mistreat you, talk about me behind your back, steal from you. And they’re not really your friends. (They’re) only there because you’re a celebrity or because they want to get something from you.”
Coleman went on to describe the couple’s private life as “mediocre.”
“It’s not her fault,” he says. “I always feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders every day I get up. … There are days I don’t even want to get up.”
Divorce Court is a syndicated show on which couples appear to settle real divorce cases. The show’s judge resolves issues such as alimony and asset division, and her decisions are legally binding.

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Dolly Parton Helps Eagle Return to Wild

Dolly Parton visited the woods overlooking Douglas Lake near the Great Smoky Mountains in designer buckskins and 4-inch heels. But she knew she wasn’t the star of this show. It was a young American bald eagle.
The eagle was blown from its nest several weeks ago in Florida. On Thursday, it was returned to the wild by the American Eagle Foundation, which is based at the 62-year-old singer’s Dollywood theme park.
Some 90 eagles have been released from the same spot since the 1990s. But this marked the first time that their country music benefactor had seen it in person.
Before she helped open the cage and watched the bird soar away, Parton named it ”Liberty.”
”I thought that sounded better than Baldy,” she said.

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Gilligan's 'Mary Ann' busted with 'Mary Jane'

A surprise birthday party for Dawn Wells, the actress who played Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” ended with a nearly three-hour tour of the Teton County sheriff’s office and jail when the 69-year-old was caught with marijuana in her vehicle while driving home.
Wells is now serving six months’ unsupervised probation for the crime. She was sentenced Feb. 29 to five days in jail, fined $410.50 and placed on probation after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving.
The guilty plea came as part of an agreement with prosecutors in which three misdemeanor counts — driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance — were dropped.
The case began the night of Oct. 18, when Teton County sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Gutierrez arrested Wells as she was driving home from a surprise birthday party. She posted $4,000 bond and was arraigned on the charges the following day, pleading not guilty. A trial on the matter was scheduled for March 13, but was canceled because of the plea agreement.
According to the sheriff’s office report, Gutierrez pulled Wells over after noticing her swerve across the fog lines and center lines of State Highway 33 and repeatedly speed up and slow down.
“I exited my patrol vehicle and immediately was able to smell a strong odor of burning marijuana,” Gutierrez wrote in his report. “As I approached the vehicle I noticed all four window (sic) of the vehicle were lowered and the female driver was not wearing a jacket.”
When Gutierrez asked why he could smell marijuana, Wells reportedly told him that she’d just given a ride to three hitchhikers and had dropped them off when they began smoking something. When Gutierrez searched the car, he found three half-smoked joints in the ashtray and console, according to the report. A second search after Wells’ arrest netted a fourth half-smoked joint and two small cases used to store marijuana, Gutierrez said.
After Wells failed a field sobriety test, she was handcuffed and taken to the sheriff’s office.
Wells’ attorney, Ron Swafford, of Idaho Falls, told the Post Register that a friend of Wells’ voluntarily testified that he’d left a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle after having used the vehicle that day, and that Wells was unaware of it.
Swafford said several witnesses were prepared to testify that Wells had very little to drink at the party and was not intoxicated when she left. He said she was swerving on the road because she was trying to find the heater controls in her new car.
Wells is the founder of the Idaho Film and Television Institute in Driggs and the organizer of the region’s annual family movie festival called the Spud Fest.

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Who is the President of Iran?

Check out this interesting piece by our friend Paul Dylan!

You were intrigued after his recent US tour, Columbia University address, Daily Show appearance and Saturday Night Live Digital Short and now you find yourself wondering about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Who is he, really?
Here Are 10 Surprising Facts About The President Of Iran:
He is Not The Leader of Iran
In Iran, the elected President is not the head of State. That honor goes to the Supreme Leader (currently Ali Khamenei), who is elected by the so-called “Assembly of Experts”. The office of President was merely a figurehead role until 1989, when the office merged with that of Prime Minister. Today the President does have significant governmental influence, but only the Supreme Leader controls the Armed Forces, declares war (or peace), or pardons convicts.
Oliver Stone is Planning a Biopic – and Ahmadinejad Himself Has Authorized It
No word yet on who will play the President, but hopefully Fred Armisen is considered
He is Very, Very Smart
Ahmadinejad has a PhD in transportation engineering. On his entrance exams to the Iranian University system, he placed 132nd out of over 400,000 applicants. There has been no official record released of how he scored on History questions relating to the Holocaust.
He May Have Been Involved in the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979
Shortly after his election in 2005, former hostages came forward and told members of the press that they remembered Ahmadinejad as one of their interrogators. The CIA insists that this claim is false.
He Has a Blog:

It has only been updated once in 2007, but it does accept comments (which don’t appear to be moderated). Click the link in the blog’s the upper right-hand corner to translate to English.
He’s an Activist for Women’s Rights
At least when it comes to the right to watch soccer matches… Earlier this year, Ahmadinejad issued a Presidential proclamation that would allow women into sports stadiums for the first time since the Islamic revolution of 1979. The decision was quickly revoked, however, by Ahmadinejad’s boss, the Supreme Leader.
He Sleeps on the Floor, Brings His Lunch to Work and Forgoes His Presidential Salary
He also still lives in the same small apartment he lived in before his election. This son of a blacksmith works hard to cultivate an image of humility and piety. In an interview on Fox News, he said that each morning in the mirror he says the following: “Remember, you are no more than a small servant, ahead of you today is the heavy responsibility, and that is to serve the Iranian nation.”
He Was a Paramilitary Commando
He was a member of the elite Special Brigade of the Revolutionary Guard during the Iran-Iraq war, 1980-1984. There is evidence that he may have been involved in political assassination attempts on the Ayatollah’s enemies.
He’s Not Particularly Popular in Iran
He is often criticized for focusing too much attention on disputes with the west and not enough time dealing with Iran’s fumbling economy. He’s unpopular with the religious right for being too lenient with regard to women. Even members of the Iranian parliament have accused Ahmadinejad of fueling religious wars with comments he’s made against Christianity and Judaism. During a December 2006 speech, students at a university in Tehran protested by setting fire to his photograph, throwing hand-made bombs at him and shouting “Death to the Dictator.”
He Drives a 1977 Peugeot
A Peugeot? You would think the President of Iran would be driving something more along the lines of a BMW, or something…

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Angelina Jolie Visits Iraq

Angelina Jolie has travelled to Iraq to highlight the plight of the country’s refugees.
The ‘Tomb Raider’ star – who is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador – met with 1,200 refugees camped out in makeshift shelters near the war-torn nation’s border with Syria on Tuesday (28.08.07).
She said: “I have come to Syria and Iraq to help draw attention to the humanitarian crisis and to urge governments to increase their support for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and its partners.
“My sole purpose in both countries is to highlight the plight of those uprooted by the war in Iraq.”
The 32-year-old actress also witnessed dozens of Iraqis crossing the border into Syria to escape the fighting in their homeland.
She also met privately with US troops and other foreign forces deployed in the region during her trip.
On Monday (27.08.07), Angelina flew from New York to Syria before travelling to the Syrian capital of Damascus to visit Iraqi refugees in their homes.
She said: “It is absolutely essential that the ongoing debate abut Iraq’s future includes plans for addressing the enormous humanitarian consequences these people face.”

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Has Craig quit craigslist?

A fascinating tidbit buried in a story about Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin’s allegations of child prostitution on Craigslist: Susan MacTavish Best, Craigslist spokeswoman and girlfriend of CEO Jim Buckmaster, claims that Craig Newmark “is no longer is involved in the company’s daily affairs,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And indeed, Newmark, the company’s founder, though he was listed on the Craigslist management page a week ago, no longer appears there. Newmark has certainly made enough money, thanks to a 2004 stock purchase by eBay, to retire on. And his “team bio,” still online, notes that he’s “embarrassed” that the site is named after him. But for the geeks who still idolize him, the idea of a Craigslist without Craig would be hard to bear. Update: We heard from Newmark. His comments, after the jump.
In a couple of conversations on phone and Facebook, Newmark said he was still working at the company as a “customer service representative.” He had no explanation for Best’s comments about his lack of involvement in the company’s “daily affairs” — “customer service” seeming to be one of those “daily affairs” companies must deal with — save to say that she told him she didn’t make the comments attributed to her by the Journal-Constitution, and that he’s still engaged in “heavy customer service” every day. As to his disappearance from the Craigslist management page, Newmark didn’t know why it had been recently changed to remove him, but pointed out that the updated page now matched his claims, put forward for years, not to be involved in the company’s management.

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Mexican Charges against Dog the Bounty Hunter Dropped

All criminal charges may have been dropped in Mexico against TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman, his son and another member of his crew for capturing a convicted American rapist on the lam four years ago, TMZ reported Thursday.
A Mexican federal court had charged Chapman, 53, and the others with deprivation of liberty for seizing Andrew Luster, an heir to the Max Factor cosmetics fortune, in June 2003 in Puerto Vallarta.
Chapman was awaiting a possible extradition to Mexico and a criminal trial there. He faced four years in a Mexican jail if convicted.
Luster, a serial rapist, was wanted by U.S. courts when Chapman caught him. He’s now serving a 124-year prison sentence.
The cosmetics heir jumped a $1 million bond and disappeared during his trial in California’s Ventura County on charges that he drugged and raped three women.
The disappearance set off a national and international manhunt by police, FBI and bounty hunters trying to recoup some of the bond money.
Bounty hunting is a crime in Mexico. Chapman was jailed briefly with his son and associate after they were arrested there on Sept. 14, 2006, but was free on $300,000 bail.
MZ couldn’t immediately confirm that all the charges were dropped against Chapman, but his attorney told the Web site that he “received a favorable ruling from the people in Puerto Vallarta. The extent of that ruling is unknown as we are still in the process of translating it.”
Chapman’s capture of Luster catapulted the Honolulu-based bounty hunter to fame and led to the A&E reality series “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”
A&E gave TMZ the following statement: “Earlier this week the First Criminal Court in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, dismissed all charges against Dog, Tim and Leland Chapman due to the expiration of the statute of limitations on the criminal counts pending against them. The order effectively cancelled all pending charges. The ruling is, however, subject to appeal by the prosecution in Puerto Vallarta.”
That appeal must be filed by Aug. 8, according to the A&E statement.

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Gorby is the new face of Louis Vuitton

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is the new sexy and glamorous face of French luxury label Louis Vuitton. Gorbachev, the man Russians probably blame more than anyone for the loss of their empire has become an avid environmental activist and advocate of peace since ending the Cold War with Perestroika. And why shouldn’t he represent Louis Vuitton? Moscow is now the most expensive city in the world to live in.