Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Wikileaks Julian Assange Arrested for Rape: Swedish Blog Has New Info

Wikileaks Editor Julian Assange (who should get a Crunchie) turned himself in to British authorities Tuesday to adress the charge of rape in Sweden in August.

As this is written, Assange is in British custody, his lawyers are fighting his extradition to Sweden, hackers have tried to take down Master Card and other websites that have rejected donation payments for Wikileaks, and we all are trying to make sense exactly what happened.

Anna Ardin
What's clear is not, really, as of the two women - y Anna Ardin (Woman A) and Sofia Wilén (woman B) - who've accused Julian Assange of raping them, Ardin is alleged to be a spy for the CIA. And the Swedish blog Daddy's: Beware The Furry of A Patient Man, contains a timeline of events with new information.

It seems that, a bit different from the account where they had sex once, Sofia Wilén (woman B) has sex with Assange twice: once in the evening, with a condom, then in the morning, without a condom.

Then Wilén (woman B) went shopping to make breakfast for him.  The blog has it that they ate and joked that she may be pregnant.

But even beyond that, Wilén contacted Assange and even paid for his train ticket to ride to her place, where they had sex that night. In short, Wilén was quite the agressive party in this case.

The problem is that between Anna's alleged CIA ties, Sofia's eagerness to bed Assange, and Anna's tweets that she later tried to destroy, but have been found and revealed it looks like a massive set-up attempt on the Wikileaks whistleblower.

The Twitter Tweets of Anna

The two tweets Anna posted and took down were found by, and reveal a person in Anna that, the blog said, did not complain of rape or molestation by Assange and that "Anna really liked Julian."  Here they are:

Julian wants to go to a crayfish party, anyone have a couple of available seats tonight or tomorrow? #fb'


Sitting outdoors at 02:00 and hardly freezing with the world's coolest smartest people, it's amazing! #fb'

The blog also leaves open a window in that just exactly how Anna Ardin and Julian Assange came to meet is not clear. It reads "Julian Assange arrives in Stockholm. He is invited by Anna Ardin (Woman A) of the Brotherhood Movement, an adjunct of the Social Democrat Party." But how did she come to be the person who contacted him?

More questions than answers.

Is this a CIA set up, or two women pissed off with a guy who they both wanted, or both?

Stay tuned.

Academy News: Live Shorts, Academy on Twitter, Countdown to Oscars

In this latest installment of Academy News, news from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 10 "Live Action Shorts" have advanced in the Oscar review period, AMPAS has a Twitter account, and this weeks starts the "Countdown to Oscar Night In America."

Live Action Shorts

Out of 76 pictures, 10 have moved to what could be called the semi-final round before between three and five are selected as nominees for the "Live Action Short Film" category at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.

The next step is for The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee, which looked at all 76 movies  during special screenings in New York and LA, to have their branches in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco hold their screenings. That will happen in January 2011, with the nominees to be named January 25th, with the other Academy Awards nominations at 5:30 AM. Here are the films:

Ana's Playground, Eric D. Howell, director (StoryForge, LLC)
The Confession, Tanel Toom, director (National Film and Television School)
The Crush, Michael Creagh, director (Purdy Pictures)
God of Love, Luke Matheny, director (Luke Matheny)
Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt, director-producer (CUT!)
Seeds of the Fall, Patrik Eklund, director, and Mathias Fjellstrom, producer (Direktorn & Fabrikorn)
Shoe, Nick Kelly, director, and Seamus Byrne, producer (Zanita Films)
The Six Dollar Fifty Man, Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland, directors (Sticky Pictures Ltd.)
Sma Barn, Stora Ord (Little Children, Big Words), Lisa James Larsson, director and Andreas Emanuelsson, producer (Bob Film Sweden AB)
Wish 143, Ian Barnes, director, and Samantha Waite, producer (Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures)
Academy On Twitter

After this blogger's badgering last year, AMPAS is finally on Twitter!  Hooray!  The Academy is at @TheAcademy and needs more followers!  As of this writing it has just 2,607 Twitter followers.  This is where stars like  with massive Twitter followers and who should be named hosts should chip in, like Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow and Lady Gaga @ladygaga, as well as the Oscar Hosts Anne Hathaway @hathaway_anne and Janes Franco, who needs a new Twitter page.

Countdown to Oscars

Finally, it's just 80 days to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 27th, and 50 cities will host special charity events.  While there are a number of events held in a given area, only one will be selected as the official "Oscar Night In America" party for that metropolitan area.

Stay tuned.

Urban Meyer: Resigns From Head Coaching Position

Urban Meyers has stepped down as head coach for the Florida Gators. During his six season career as the Gators head coach Urban Meyer led the team to 2 national champions and 2 SEC titles. His resignation was a surprise and disappointment for many. It is unclear whether or not the resignation will have a severe impact on the schools recruiting. Ray Drew, an athlete from Thomas County Central, who was considering Florida stated that “I’m somewhat disappointed that it happened this late in the process. I’m not going to say it X’s them out but that’s a problem. That’s a big problem.” Urban Meyers doesn't seem to be worried about any significant problems for the school. He was quoted as saying, in regards to the recruiting issue, that "Florida is Florida. Florida will always be Florida.......I talked to a handful of [recruits] already and I’ll talk to a bunch of them tonight and tomorrow,”

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Aretha Franklin: Diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer

The 68 year old Aretha Franklin has been experiencing problems with her health recently but has chosen not to divulge any details as to her condition.  Aretha Franklin cancelled all tour dates and public appearances on doctors orders and divulged last week that she had recently undergone surgery.

Reports by family members and friends have indicated that the singer has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  No official statement in regards to her medical condition have been made by Aretha herself or her representatives.  Aretha did make a statement in regards to her surgery saying that "The surgery was highly successful. God is still in control. I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country. God bless you all for your prayers!"  

A prayer vigil for the Queen of Soul was held last week December 1st.  Fans and gathered downtown in Motown to pray and show their support.  

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Michael Arrington outs Google's Marissa Mayer as user of Foursquare

During this interesting and wide-ranging interview at LeWeb in Paris, and between TechCrunch Founder and Editor Michael Arrington and Google VP Marissa Meyer, Arrington outed Meyer as a user of the location-based mobile service Foursquare. It's a competitor to Google's Latitude service, which Arrington says is "pretty bad."

Beyond that exchange, which starts at the 9:30 mark in the video, Mayer talks about her new role with the search giants in consumer product development, and something she's working on called Contextual-Based Search, as well as the Nexus S, containing the latest and fastest version of the Android Operating System, called Gingerbread.

In CBS, information is "pushed" to you based on your location and browser used. Just how it will work, the UI, or "User Interface," is being developed.

Meyer uses the talk to promote a ton of Google products, as well as the over explanation that "social is important" to Google. Michael kind of "busts" Meyer here, because Google has had more failures than successes in the social category. But Meyer makes it clear that Google wants to get it right.

Finally, we are treated to a cool demo of the Nexus S, and its amazing maps app.

If you want to read a good blog transcript of the entire talk, check out TechCrunch here.

Journalism 101: Nikky Raney's Actual Notes

This video shows my actual notes. These are the notes from interviews I have done so that viewers can get a look and see a sneak peek of how I take notes and all that good stuff. After this, I will be transferring all those notes from interviews from that notebook to word documents. This will be lots of fun - Luckily I type 120 words per minute. The only problem could be deciphering certain chicken scratches and deciding whether or not each note is essential to be typed up and included - it may end up being perfect in the end result. Enjoy.

"Journalism is not a profession or a trade. It is a cheap catch-all for fuckoffs and misfits -- a false doorway to the backside of life, a filthy piss-ridden little hole nailed off by the building inspector, but just deep enough for a wino to curl up from the sidewalk and masturbate like a chimp in a zoo-cage." Hunter S Thompson

Originally posted at The Future of Journalism

Blogging, YouTube, and Video-Blogging for Dollars

If you've ever wondered how one can make money blogging and video blogging, this 30-minute, three-part video series I stumbled over a few minutes ago can give you some guidance.

On March 24th, 2009, I was a guest of Christina Marie on her show SF Live. The subject was "Blogging, YouTube, and Video-Blogging for Dollars," but in truth, I just came up with that title, because we didn't have one for the show. The video says "Political Focus" but that wasn't our objective at all.

Here, I talk about how you can get started in blogging, and what a blog is. Christina and I then talk about how to make money with blogging, the Google AdSense ad platform, blog sponsorship, and affiliate marketing.

Then the focus shifts to video-blogging, and something called The YouTube Partner Program, which I've been a part of since 2007.

At the time I just started the TV show The Blog Report With Zennie62, and was fresh off an incredible year where my work was featured on CNN many times.

The video information, even thought it's just over a year old, is a little dated. 12 just shut down a month ago. And this was before I started blogging with different news websites, in addition to So I have more advise that works well for a new video.

Is this self-promotion, too? YEAH, of course it is! And you should learn to do it yourself; this economy's not going to improve any time soon, and whining about what others are doing is not going to make it any better. You have to get out and become a doer yourself, not a complainer. You think Google doesn't promote itself? Ha! You should have seen Google VP Marissa Meyer at LeWeb talking about the firm's newest products!

But I digress.

Here's the video set:

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Derrick Burts Gay/Straight Porn Star Tests Positive For HIV - Advocates Condom Use in the Industry

Warning: This post may be a bit too graphic for some.

It seems sort of shocking that there isn't already condom usage in the porn industry, but it's good to see that Derrick Burts, HIV-Positive porn star, is advocating for its usage. This shows a lot of maturity and shows responsibility.

The 24-year-old spoke to the Los Angeles Times regarding this serious issue. LA Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske writes that Burts tested positive for HIV in October after getting tested at the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation in Sherman Oaks.

Personal photo taken from CBSNEWS
Burts wants there to be mandatory condom usage in porn productions. This doesn't sound too far fetched - with all the editing software out there someone could probably edit out the condom.

Burts tells the LA Times that he believes that he contracted this virus during a porn performance with another male. Burts performs in straight and gay porn - he gave the facilities a list of all the other performers he had been in contact with so that it could be narrowed down to who he may have contracted this from.

According to the clinics no one on the list tested positive. Burts also has a girlfriend who tested negative.

When accusations were made that he may have contracted it from his personal sex life he told the LA Times:

"That's completely false. There is no possible way. The only person I had sex with in my personal life was my girlfriend."

CBS News, personal photo with girlfriend
It must be pretty interesting to be dating a man who works in the gay and straight porn industry - especially after finding out that he is now HIV positive. Sorry for digressing.

Burts says that during a gay porn shoot in Florida the performers used condoms during the actual intercourse, but there was no condom usage during oral sex.

He says that he makes $200-800 for filming a straight scene and $1,000-2,000 per gay scene. Again, thinking about his girlfriend in this situation. That must be one interesting relationship.

He gives advice:

"Making $10,000 or $15,000 for porn isn't worth your life. Performers need to be educated."

Video Below:


A's Stadium San Jose vs. Oakland update: SJ Council approves Gen Plan

ALERT! A's Stadium San Jose vs. Oakland update.

A quick follow-up on yesterday's post regarding opposition to the San Jose effort to build a stadium for the Oakland A's (Athletics): the San Jose City Council passed it's much discussed amendment to its General Plan.

Three San Jose Councilmembers, Oliverio, Liccardo, and Herrera, voted against the proposal. Councilmember Pierluig Oliverio was the one to sound the call that the amendment would "erode the city's tax base."

What that means is more housing where industrial property is currently situated, and more urban costs and less tax increment revenue generation from a tax base that some San Joseans feel has already suffered a "death by a thousand cuts."

This decision is a major blow to the city's ability to afford a stadium for the Oakland A's. That is, of course, assuming San Jose withstands a court challenge from both the San Francisco Giants and The City of San Francisco, as well as The City of Oakland.

Stay tuned.

Obama made right call; Democrats didn't get the votes

President Obama reminded everyone, including us Democrats, that politics is the art of compromise. Facing votes on two tax-cut deals that didn't go the way most Democrats wanted, Obama struck a deal that restored unemployment insurance funding while retaining tax cuts for Americans making over $250,000.

Great move. Why?

While U.S. Money Supply is rebounding from this time a year ago, and the highest it has been, as it should be because that wasn't the case earlier this year, it's not appreciably higher. Meanwhile, the more-often reported unemployment rate is still near 10 percent. And more to the pedestrian point, people who are drawing unemployment need their checks.

The President wasn't going to use them in a political game, unlike many Democrats and Republicans who have money coming in. But Democrats who say they stand for the working person should be ashamed. Working people can make over $250,000 a year - great. I support that. But I don't support taxing them while the economy is in recovery mode out of the weakest recession in history.

If Democrats really feels so strongly, why the hell didn't more of us vote in the 2010 Midterm Election? Stop whining. Start working.

That includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D - California), who's first job should be to back the Democratic President. It was on Speaker Pelosi's watch that the Democrats lost the House of Representatives. Pelosi must realize that the politics of division don't work. Still, given her statements against the President on this issue, it seems she has no problem applying such politics to her own party.

Speaker Pelosi and other Dems must realize the U.S. economy is not back to full health.   Not even close.  Obama made the right call.

Cam Newton for The Heisman Trophy

Suburban Atlanta - This blog post is complicated because the motivation for writing it was because, first, of my good friend Oakland Tribune Sports Columnist Monte Poole's passive agressive Heisman Trophy take. Second, my current proximity to Cam Newton's College Park residence, just outside Atlanta, Georgia.  Third, seeing Newton and Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck (who Poole picked for the Heisman) play, and finally Southern Culture and the fact that I can't sleep.  Blogging should knock me out.

Cam Newton (photo by is quite simply the best quarterback talent I've ever seen and should be the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner.

The main difference between Newton and Luck, is that for all of his accomplishments, Luck is a product of an offensive system formed by Cardinal Offensive Coordinator David Shaw, who gets little credit for his work. Cam's success has little to do with a particular offensive scheme, but his god-like talent. Consider this is Newton's first year in Auburn's system, and his third system in three years, where Luck has played in the same system for the three year span.

We've seen Cam do things, like score six touchdowns in the SEC Championship, that even the most rabid college football fans only dream of.  And all in his first year in a new system with new players and at a new school.  That's wild.

Cam's only problem is he's in an area of the country known for scams. To one from the San Francisco Bay Area (I go back and forth to help my Mom, who's here) it seems an inordinate number of people have their hands out, selling this or that. Robocalls are rampant. Newton's only hell has been growing up black, male, and physically gifted in football-crazed, dollar-sign-driven Georgia.

Frankly, I find the young man impressive. He handled himself extremely well when being questioned by CBS Sideline Reporter Tracy Wolfson.  He never broke his winning smile, and came off quite charming.  He certainly passed the Mom test, as mine was sold on his presentation at the SEC Championship.

What Cam knew or did not know, does not matter. Spend a little time down here and you don't have to be a genius to know that someone made Cam the focus of their sell / scam efforts. That's not Cam Newton's fault, yet it's being held against him.

Look, let's be honest with each other.  What we're tired of is yet another example of the African American male student who's great on the sports field, but has questions about his character off of it.  The Reggie Bush Heisman give-back has left a bad taste in the mouths of many.   But Cam Newton is not Reggie Bush.   Cam's not the smart, militant, chip-on-shoulder guy that Mr. Bush can be at times.  Cam Newton is an innocent kid with King Kong talent.   And like Kong, Newton can't help how society responds to him.

The question is, did Cam do well on and off the field this year in Auburn?  Yes.  He did.  And what Newton did on the field was jaw-dropping amazing.

Cam Newton for The Heisman.