Tuesday, September 16, 2008

In the papers today...

The price of oil has fallen below $100 a barrel. This commodity hit as low as US$94.13 yesterday, before settling at US$97.03. It marks the first time that oil has passed that price threshold since February, and signals a more than US$50 drop since it touched its peak of over US$140 a barrel in July. Experts attribute the fall to the recent spate of hurricanes going through the Gulf Of Mexico. But then Tony Danza came out of hiding to confess that he had switched from hair gel to Vitalis hair tonic, so global demand dropped by one-third.
This story reminds me of: Cocteau Twins - Oil Of Angels (from Four-Calendar Cafe) [BUY]

Malaysian reporter Tan Hoon Cheng created history by being detained for the shortest time under Malaysia's controversial Internal Security Act. The Chinese press reporter was arrested on Friday night, but was released 18 hours later (usual detentions last around two months). The official statement given as the reason for her arrest was that her life was under threat, and hence the cops took her in to protect her. Turns out the cops had a point; human rights watchdogs reported that they uncovered little Tommy To in there too, who had been graciously taken in after Bob the Bully threatened to pee on his pineapple tarts.
This story reminds me of: Gomez - Get Myself Arrested (from Bring It On) [BUY]

A computer game called Muslim Massacre has incited mass protests for its xenophobic content. The game, which can be downloaded for free, puts a player in control of an "American Hero", whose objective is to "wipe out the Muslim race with an arsenal of the world's most destructive weapons." The game's developers have defended it by claiming that is meant to be a taken tongue-in-cheek, but many are clearly not amused. Pacman and Donkey Kong even came out to make statements that they were not amused. Luigi woulda joined them, but when he heard Mario wasn't gay, he decided to stay home and read Margaret Atwood novels.
This story reminds me of: Jewel - Foolish Games (from Pieces Of You) [BUY]

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