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FridayOctober 7, 2011

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Argentina Makes it to Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals (VIDEO)

Argentina Makes it to Rugby World Cup Quarter-Finals  (VIDEO)

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“Los Pumas” are one of four teams still playing for the #1 rugby title match, that sees Argentina clash against favorite and New Zealand on Sunday.

Rugby is similar to football, only at a much faster pace, with fewer stoppages and continuous possession changes. All players on the field, regardless of position, must be able to run, pass, kick and catch the ball. Likewise, all players must also be able to tackle and defend, making each position both offensive and defensive in nature. There is no blocking of the opponents like in football, and during any game, there are only five substitutions allowed for each team. A rugby match consists of two 40-minute halves.

Rugby, enormously popular in the UK, Australia and South Africa,  is the national sport of New Zealand—the nation currently hosting the Rugby World Cup, and widely considered the best team today.

Argentina will face Sunday in Auckland, the only Rugby super-power they haven’t ever been able to beat. The Argentines have only tied with New Zealand once in 1985, and incidentally it was New Zealand that served the Argentines their worst pummeling: 93-8 in 1997.

Also on Sunday, but in Wellington, the Australian team will meet the South African for a match that promises to be exhilarating: both teams have won the World-Cup twice.

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Ahead of the 2012 Apocalypse, Porn Company Designs Porn Bunker

Ahead of the 2012 Apocalypse, Porn Company Designs Porn Bunker

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With many worried that the end of the Mayan calendar means the end of the world, an adult film company has designed a sort of “porn bunker” in which all inside can be saved.

Pink Visual, a pornography company out of California, has revealed to CBS News that it has designed a secret bunker that will hold approximately 1,200 to 1,500 people when completed in September 2012.

Spokesman for the company Quentin Boyer said, “Our goal is nothing less than to survive the apocalypse to come in comfort and luxury.

“Whether that catastrophe takes the form of fireballs flung earthward by an all-seeing deity, extended torrential rainfall, Biblical rapture, an earthquake-driven mega-tsunami, radioactive flesh-eating zombies, or some combination of the above.”

Boyer said the guest list for who will get to survive the apocalypse in style will “likely include both merit-based and random selections, with Pink Visual performers, active site members and Twitter followers getting priority over the general public.”

According to the design visual released, the bunker will be multiple stories, and will include things like panoramic video feed stations, co-ed showers, a lounge with heat-activated memory foam seating, “fertility chambers”, work kiosks with gun racks, and of course, a casting couch.

The bunker’s location is not being revealed for security issues.

While many speculate the Mayans simply didn’t make a calendar to go past December 21st, 2012 and were not in fact predicting the end of the world, it seems Pink Visual isn’t taking any chances.

So if an apocalyptic event does occur, at least there will be porn to carry us through it. And after all, sex is (so far) still needed to create human life.Image

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WATCH Hilarious Volskwagen Ad, and Learn Some Español! (VIDEO)

WATCH Hilarious Volskwagen Ad, and Learn Some Español! (VIDEO)

Photo: New Volskawen Passat ad campaign

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VW’s latest ad for the Passat shows that anyone can drive the diesel version of the sedan for 13 hours between refuels, enough time to learn Spanish!

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Group Calls on Minorities to Join the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Group Calls on Minorities to Join the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Photo: (Occupy Wall Street) Group Calls on Minorities to Join the Occupy Wall Street Movement

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The People of Color Working Group have called on fellow people of color to join the protests of Occupy Wall Street to develop “critical consciousness within the movement” and extend “its reach to include those most effected by the current crisis.”

CALL OUT TO PEOPLE OF COLOR from the #OWS POC Working Group

To those who want to support the Occupation of Wall Street, who want to struggle for a more just and equitable society, but who feel excluded from the campaign, this is a message for you.

To those who do not feel as though their voices are being heard, who have felt unable or uncomfortable participating in the campaign, or who feel as though they have been silenced, this is a message for you.

To those who haven’t thought about #OccupyWallStreet but know that radical social change is needed, and to those who have thought about joining the protest but do not know where or how to begin, this is a message for you.

You are not alone.  The individuals who make up the People of Color Working Group have come together because we share precisely these feelings and believe that the opportunity for consciousness-raising presented by #OccupyWallStreet is one that cannot be missed.  It is time to push for the expansion and diversification of #OccupyWallStreet.  If this is truly to be a movement of the 99%, it will need the rest of the city and the rest of the country.

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Bogotá Cleaning Lady Goes Into Coma At Work, No One Notices for a Week, Miraculously Revived

An office manager found the lifeless body of a cleaning lady missing for a week and paramedics realizing she still had a pulse revived her.

Yesterday morning, an office manager called the non-emergency line in Bogotá, Colombia, to ask how to get a death certificate issued for one of his employees—a cleaning maid who had failed to go to work since last Saturday.

The man explained that he thought his 75-year-old employee had quit, but when he phoned her home and her family couldn’t tell him where she was either, he just assumed she had passed, and wanted to get the company’s legal documents in order.

Minutes later, the same office manager opened an unused office, and found the unconscious woman inside.

The man immediately called the emergency line and told them his cleaning lady had died on site. Paramedics who arrived at the scene determined the woman had suffered a stroke five days earlier, and realized miraculously she still had a pulse.

The woman was immediately rushed to the hospital where she was stabilized, and remains in recovery.

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Herbert Chavez? Man Undergoes Plastic Surgery to Look Like Superman

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Herbert Chavez? Man Undergoes Plastic Surgery to Look Like Superman

Photo: Herbert Chavez has undergone numerous surgeries to look like Superman

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Like many children, Herbert Chavez had dreams of being Superman, flying through the air, saving the world from destruction time and time again, but Chavez took that dream to the extreme.

Since 1995, Chavez, 35, has undergone numerous plastic surgeries to alter his body to better resemble the Kryptonian superhero. Confirmed surgeries include chin augmentation to create a cleft in his chin, rhinoplasty to give him Christopher Reeves’ nose, silicone injections to plump up his lips, and thigh implants.

He is also said to have had eye surgery, cheek augmentation and jaw augmentation, though these surgeries have not been confirmed.

In a video report from Marie Lozano of Bandila News, one psychiatrist, though having not treated Chavez, believes the man may have Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which has caused an obsession with cosmetically changing his body.

Though many actors have played the iconic hero, it appears Chavez has picked features from all of them to give him the Superman look.

And while he’s become obsessed with looking like the superhero, he also has a vast Superman collection which includes life-size replicas of the action hero, t-shirts, posters, linens, and of course the iconic blue, red, and yellow caped-costume.

Chavez currently lives in the Philippines and reportedly works as a pageant trainer.


The following photos were taken from Facebook.

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Selena Gómez and Justin Bieber Duet at The Biebs’ Show in Rio de Janeiro (VIDEO)

Selena Gómez and Justin Bieber Duet at The Biebs’ Show in Rio de Janeiro (VIDEO)

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Bieber and Gómez decided to treat Brazilian crowds with something special, check their performance of “Who Says.”

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Romeo Santos Inks TV Deal with Will & Jada While Releasing Solo Album (VIDEO)

Romeo Santos Inks TV Deal with Will & Jada While Releasing Solo Album (VIDEO)

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Listen to the new single by Romeo Santos, who will star in a comedy series produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Former Aventura front man Romeo Santos has been approached to star in a new ABC comedy by none other than Hollywood insiders, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The “Untitled Romeo Project” will be centered on a Dominican American (played by Santos) in New York City, who finds himself caught between the antics of his traditional, immigrant father and his own vision of the American Dream.

The project is slightly based on Santos’ real relationship with his father.

Take a look at the video below, “Promise,” featuring a collaboration between Santos and Usher, the first single from Romeo’s upcoming album “Formula.”

 

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Mexico: Corrupt Police Allow Prisoners to Keep Kidnap Victims in Jail, 32 Bodies Found in Veracruz

Mexico: Corrupt Police Allow Prisoners to Keep Kidnap Victims in Jail, 32 Bodies Found in Veracruz

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Officials are saying that a number of officers at northern Mexico prisons allowed members of Los Zetas drug cartel to hold their kidnap victims in the local jails while they awaited the ransom payments from the victims’ families. And as details of this story come to light, the drug-fueled violence has claimed more lives, as bodies of 32 victims were found in three Veracruz houses.

In Juarez, a suburb of Monterrey, it was discovered that prison officers, who are also believed to be members of Los Zetas, allowed prisoners to hold at least two kidnap victims in the prison.

Jorge Domene, security spokesman for the state of Nuevo Leon, said the victims were freed from the jail cells. He added that last weekend, the state’s attorney general’s office arrested 73 local police officers from a number of communities throughout the state.

Background checks are said to have been performed on an additional 99 officer, with 21 being fired for refusing to cooperate.

As the investigation into how the kidnap victims were allowed to be held in the jail continues, the drug cartels continue to fight of territory and power, and officials believe the deaths of more than two dozen people found in Veracruz are a result of that fight.

It appears the battle between Los Zetas and the Sinaloa cartel has claimed even more lives, as the Mexican navy said it found 32 bodies in three separate homes in Veracruz Thursday.

Twenty bodies were found in one home, with 11 in another and the final person in a third home.

These events come just two weeks after 35 tortured bodies were dumped off an overpass in the Gulf coast seaport of Veracruz.

Last week, President Felipe Calderon sent federal police, soldiers, and sailors to the Veracruz to help protect the people from cartel-related violence.

Thursday, President Calderon said the country’s police corruption problem is not helped by the fact that many local officers still earn only earn about $350 a month, with some making less.

During Thursday’s speech, Calderon told the business community, “We have barely been in time to put the brakes on organized crime in the first stages, but in some towns, in some areas of the country, they have infiltrated authorities in a practically symbiotic relationship.”

In some areas, those who have filed complaints with police have been immediately contacted by angry criminals, leading many to assume the criminals and police are one in the same these days.

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JUST IN:  Fitch Downgrades Spain’s Credit Rating from AA-plus to AA-minus

JUST IN:  Fitch Downgrades Spain’s Credit Rating from AA-plus to AA-minus

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Fitch, the international credit rating agency, has just downgraded Spain’s credit rating by two notches from AA-plus to AA-minus.  This downgrade was done on the heals of the agency downgrading Italy’s rating from A+ to AA-.

All of this only adding to global worries about the euro zone debt crisis. 

The credit situation rating for Spain is more worrisome since there is a possibility more downgrades are possible.  Fitch kept a ‘negative outlook’ on Spain’s credit in light of the country’s continued economic decline, slow growth and high regional debt.

Italy and Spain are the eurozone’s third and fourth-largest economies and therefore considered cost prohibitive to rescue if need be.

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Global Violence Report Shows Homicide Rate Highest in Central and South America for Young Men

Global Violence Report Shows Homicide Rate Highest in Central and South America for Young Men

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released its first Global Study on Homicide, which shows that young men, particularly in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, are at greatest risk of falling victim to intentional homicide but that women are at greatest risk of murder owing to domestic violence. There is evidence of rising homicide rates in Central America and the Caribbean, which are “near crisis point”, according to the Study.

Firearms are behind rising murder rates in those regions, where almost three quarters of all homicides are committed with guns, compared to 21 per cent in Europe. Men face a much higher risk of violent death (11.9 per 100,000 persons) than women (2.6 per 100,000 persons), although there are variations between countries and regions. In countries with high murder rates, especially involving firearms, such as in Central America, 2 per cent of males aged 20 will be killed before they reach the age of 31 - a rate several hundred times higher than that in some parts of Asia.

Worldwide, 468,000 homicides occurred in 2010. Some 36 per cent of all homicides take place Africa, 31 per cent in the Americas, 27 per cent in Asia, 5 per cent in Europe and 1 per cent in Oceania.

The Study also establishes a clear link between crime and development: countries with wide income disparities are four times more likely to be afflicted by violent crime than more equitable societies. Conversely, economic growth seems to stem that tide, as the past 15 years in South America have shown.

Organized crime, especially drug trafficking, accounted for a quarter of deaths caused by firearms in the Americas, but only some 5 per cent of homicides in Asia and Europe (based on available data).

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Carnival Cruise Lines Hires George López as “Creative Director of Comedy”

Carnival Cruise Lines Hires George López as “Creative Director of Comedy”

Photo: George Lopez Hired by Carnival Cruise as Funny Director

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George Lopez’ as expected did not stay too long in the unemployment line.  His new gig will be to design and manage luxury liner Carnival’s “Fun Ship’s Punchliner Comedy Club.”

George López will become Carnival cruise line’s “Curator of Comedy,” acting as a consultant on the signing of comedic talent for the line’s comedy clubs.

Carnival ships will feature a Lopez comedy stand-up show special in cabin televisions fleetwide as well as pre-recorded introductions by G-Lo at comedy club shows and the new Punchliner Comedy Brunch.  Lopez will also look over a comedy-themed consumer contest in 2012.

López, admitted that he has never been on a cruise before, but he plans to take one later this year.

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JUST IN:  U.S. Gov’t Goes to Federal Court to Block Alabama Immigration Law from Going into Effect

Today, the U.S. Justice Department has asked the Federal Appeals Court to block Alabama from enforcing its immigration law. 

The H.B. 56 law is considered the toughest and most invasive immigration law of its kind in the nation.  The new law now requires public schools to inquire as to the immigration status of a child – which has caused many Hispanic students to “vanish” from the system.  The law also allows police officers to stop someone and ask their immigration status IF they suspect someone is in the country illegally and hold them without bond.  The inquiry does not have to happen when someone is stopped on suspicion of committing a crime.

The appeal was filed at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on grounds that the new law “is highly likely to expose persons lawfully in the U.S., including school children, to new difficulties in routine dealings.” 

Interestingly the first arrest under Alabama’s new harsh anti-illegal immigration law has been made, but many are saying Alabama officials have egg on their face after it was discovered that the man arrested is a legal resident of the United States.

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Colonial City of Santo Domingo to Be Promoted as Key Tourist Destination for Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic will promote tourism in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo to generate income and create jobs for the capital’s residents, in an program financed with a $30 million loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Tourism is a key sector in the Dominican economy generating 6.3 percent of its gross domestic product and 64 percent of its foreign exchange ($4.1 billion) in 2009. Tourism also provided some 200,000 jobs and brought in 9 percent in foreign direct investment. Tourism activities in the country are currently concentrated in beach destinations such as Punta Cana, La Romana, Puerto Plata, and Samaná.

The new IDB-financed program will help the Dominican Republic to reposition itself as a major tourism center in the region, opening new market niches to complement its “sun and sand” destinations, and promoting tourism based on its cultural and historical heritage and social inclusion.

The program will include restoration of the Colonial City, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, promotion of the tourism production chain, and support for tourism activities provided by local people, whose culture and lifestyle are one of the area’s attractions. The objective is for residents of the Colonial City take the role of protagonists of tourism development and receive the principal economic benefits.

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FridayOctober 7, 2011