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  1. Charlie's completely drug free? He looks like he's been doing crack during commercials.

    some twitter comments folks are making:

    http://twitter.com/#search?q=charlie%20sheen

    Maniak_JayTwo

    Charlie Sheen is high as **** right now, I don't care what he says in this interview! less than a minute ago via √úberSocial

    Hellacious Heather RoxieVelma

    I really hope those drug test results Charlie Sheen just pulled out were not signed by Mickey Mouse. half a minute ago via web

    HotMessMandy

    If this is Charlie Sheen clean and sober....I'd like him back on the drugs, he made more sense. half a minute ago via TweetDeck

    davidfolkenflik

    Charlie Sheen just unfolded paper from his pocket during interview. Must confess I expected an entire packet of crazy to fall from it. less than a minute ago via web


  2. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2011/02/2011227171918252361.html

    French foreign minister resigns

    Michele Alliot-Marie, the French foreign minister, has resigned following weeks of criticism over her contacts with the former leadership of Tunisia.

    Her office announced her resignation on Sunday, saying that a letter had been sent to Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president.

    In her letter, a copy of which was seen by news agency, Alliot-Marie made clear she felt she had done not done anything wrong.

    "While I do not feel that I have committed any wrongdoing, I have ... decided to leave my job as foreign minister," Alliot-Marie wrote in her resignation letter to Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president.

    "I ask you to accept my resignation," she wrote in the letter.


  3. The Tunisian Prime Minister just resigned after days of more protests against the government.

    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/02/201122715234442377.html

    Mohammed Ghannouchi, the Tunisian interim prime minister, has announced his resignation on state television.

    "I have decided to quit as prime minister," Ghannouchi told a news conference on Sunday, saying that he thought carefully before taking the decision which was supported by his family.

    "I am not running away from responsibility. This is to open the way for a new prime minister," he said.

    "I am not ready to be the person who takes decisions that would end up causing casualties," Ghannouchi said, as security forces clashed with anti-government protesters who were heading to the interior ministry.

    Ghannouchi has been leading the country since president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali left the country on January 14 following a popular uprising.

    Ghannouchi was a longtime ally of Ben Ali, and had pledged to guide the country until elections can be held this summer.

    Demonstrations have again erupted in the North African country in recent days, and three people were killed in clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Tunis, the capital, on Saturday.

    "Three people died from the dozen who were wounded during clashes and were transferred to hospital for treatment," the interior ministry said in a statement..

    "Several members of the security forces were wounded to different degrees."

    Security forces had fired warning shots and tear gas at the anti-government demonstration, and protesters responded by hurling stones, journalists from the AFP news agency said.

    An interior ministry official, who declined to be named, told the Reuters news agency that the deaths had occurred after a riot orchestrated by loyalists of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the ousted president.

    "Those who were arrested have admitted they were pushed by former Ben Ali officials," he said. "Others said they were paid to do it."

    In other news there has been an apparently unsuccessful coup attempt in the Congo where around seven people have been killed.

    Also in Iran, Karoubi and Mousavi have been moved to a secure prison facility labeled a safe-house by the Iranian government. Fmr president Khatami has condemned the action and demanded their release. There are rumors that he may be next in line to go.


  4. Whoever thought this **** hole of a country would have a "rainy season"? Think it's poured rain every day. Oh well at least it cuts down on the sand blowing around.

    (all is right in the world when a Marines ****ing)

    Wait...what country are you in right now?


  5. Egyptian state tv is reporting an urgent statement from the presidency is upcoming.

    (Mubarak has been confirmed by various sources to be in a seaside villa of his in northern Egypt)


  6. I gotta give Danny Elfman his just due as well. The Simpsons theme, the original Batman film theme, Tim Burton's movies (I'm not a Tim Burton fan, but his movies usually have memorable scores), Spider-Man film score, etc. Elfman's resume is pretty good.

    I really liked the song he did for Wanted a couple years or so back.


  7. If you had the opportunity to move to SW Florida, would you do it? That's assuming free rent (yet you still had to pay your current roommate the monthly fee) and a lot of bill paid..... I'm thinking about doing it...

    Bring shark food. :D


  8. http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/27/egypt.protests/index.html?hpt=T1

    Egypt protests expected to escalate on Friday

    Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian Nobel laureate and opposition leader, is now back in Cairo and plans to join what are expected to be a massive displays of anti-government ferment across the world's most populous Arab nation on Friday.

    "The barrier of fear is broken," ElBaradei told reporters after he arrived in Egypt from Europe on Thursday. "And it will not come back."

    The county has been bracing for a huge outpouring of protests after Friday prayers.

    The Muslim Brotherhood has called for its followers to demonstrate after the weekly Muslim prayers -- the first time in the current round of unrest that the largest opposition bloc has told supporters to take to the streets.

    Now ElBaradei has said he will take part in the protests and passed along "advice to the regime: It's now the time to listen to the people. Make an innocent collective change."

    "We have been calling for the change for a year now. The regime has not listened to us. Therefore, the youth went on the street," he said.

    The U.S. Embassy in Cairo issued a message Thursday telling Americans that "areas where people congregate after Friday prayers should be avoided."

    "While many of the demonstrations have focused on the downtown Cairo/Tahrir Square area, violent confrontations have occurred at other locations both in the Cairo metropolitan area and in Alexandria, Suez, and other cities," it said.

    At the same time, Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party made reference to the discontent on the streets. Secretary-General Safwat al-Sherif told reporters that the party wants to talk with the youths who have been at the forefront of the protests.

    The protest movement in Egypt has been fueled by blogs and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. ElBaradei, who is also the former head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency, has been posting messages of support for the demonstrators on Twitter.

    "We shall continue to exercise our right of peaceful demonstration and restore our freedom & dignity. Regime violence will backfire badly," he said in one of his latest tweets.

    As he was waiting to leave Vienna, Austria, ElBaradei told reporters that he was going to Egypt to "make sure that things will be managed in a peaceful way."

    "I have to give them as much support, political support, spiritual, moral support, whatever I can do, you know," he said. "I will be with them. They are my people, and I have to be there, and I'd like to see Egypt, a new Egypt."

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/27/egypt.elbaradei.protests/index.html?hpt=T1

    ElBaradei: The man to lead a 'free' Egypt?

    (CNN) -- When thousands of angry protesters take to the streets of Egypt on Friday, one man many see as the country's next potential leader will be among them.

    The Cairo-born former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei on Thursday returned to the country, despite death threats, to be with "his people."

    "There was an edict against me a couple of weeks ago basically saying that my life should be dispensable because I am defying the rulers," ElBaradei told CNN on Tuesday.

    He said he would have no official protection during his trip to Egypt, but felt the need to express solidarity with his people in person amid criticism he has kept a safe distance while all too subtly trying to encourage change.

    "I have no security when I go to Egypt .... but, you know, you have to be with your people," ElBaradei said.

    But one user asked: "Where were you when people were being beaten and arrested?"

    ElBaradei has yet to form a political party but hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have set up Facebook groups supporting his candidacy. One "Elbaradei for Presidency of Egypt_ 2011" counts more than 200,000 members.

    Asked whether he would run for president, ElBaradei said: "Whether I run or not, that is totally irrelevant. And I made it very clear; I will not run under the present conditions, when the deck is stacked completely."

    "The priority for me is to -- is to shift Egypt into a democracy, is to catch up with the 21st century, to get Egypt to be a modern and moderate society and respecting human rights, respecting the basic freedoms of the people."


  9. This is a good moment to see who the hypocrites are and who the real supporters of freedom and democracy. Democracy can be messy, and we might not always like the results (see Hamas), but this is really pretty clear cut, IMO. I cant think of any way to support Mubarak in this right now that wouldnt come down against the side of freedom and democracy.

    Not to get too off topic, but I have to wonder what the US and Obama's response is to this.

    Are we picking a side, waiting to see what happens, aiding someone in secret?

    What if Egypt has a huge crackdown and crushs the protests completely?

    Do we act as if nothing happened?

    Personally I have a nagging feeling that not too much will amount of any of this anyway.

    But I hope I'm wrong and Egypt ends up either majorly reformed, or much freer, or both.


  10. I was in Tahrir square all day, just returned home but there are thousands still in there. Streets are on lockdown. The protests were peaceful until the government ran through with a water cannon on top of a troop carrier someone jumped on the roof and ripped it off which just made the protests that much more intense. Then the troops boxed us in shot tear gas. When I left it had been subdued after an attempt to storm the Parliament building was put down with what must have been 30 or 40 rounds of tear gas. Seems like both sides were regrouping for the night.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/25/egypt.protests/index.html?hpt=T2

    Two dead after thousands protest in rare Egypt outpouring

    Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Thousands of protesters spilled into the streets of Egypt on Tuesday, an unprecedented display of anti-government rage inspired in part by the tumult in the nearby North African nation of Tunisia.

    Two people died in clashes between the protesters and police, according to an interior ministry statement. One demonstrator was killed by tear gas in the eastern city of Suez, while one policeman was killed in Cairo by rock-throwing protesters, it said.

    Throngs in the sprawling capital city marched from the huge Tahrir Square in Cairo toward the parliament building, according to CNN reporters on the scene.

    Demonstrators threw rocks at police and police hurled rocks back. Tear-gas canisters were shot at demonstrators and the protesters threw them back.

    I'd be careful.

    Are you Egyptian?

    If not and you get arrested or detained during a protests, they might claim you're a spy or something. Although I'm not sure they do that in Egypt.

    In any case, good luck.

    I hope things work out for the best for the people there.


  11. Hearing estimates of around 50,000 in Cairo and 40,000 in Alexandria, absolutely crazy atmosphere here. People aren't afraid of the police anymore. There are still thousands in Tahrir Square.

    Here is a twitter stream

    http://tweetchat.com/room/jan25

    Here is a sight that is live updating

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/4773.aspx

    Are you seeing any yourself where you are?

    Curious if you're planning on checking one of the protests out.

    Be careful if you are.

    You never know what can happen, with either side.


  12. Nothing is going to happen in Egypt

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/01/25/egypt.protests/index.html?hpt=T1&iref=BN1

    Thousands protest in Egypt

    (CNN) -- People across Egypt took to the streets on Tuesday in demonstrations against corruption and failing economic policies, rallies partly inspired by similar protests that rocked Tunisia this month.

    Thousands were protesting in the capital of Cairo, according to the "Front to Defend Egypt Protesters," an alliance of lawyers who helped organize the events.

    At first, witnesses said, the police were restrained in Cairo. But later, they said, police fired around a dozen rounds of tear gas on the protesters, and people in the crowd threw the canisters back at the officers.

    The group said about 200 demonstrators were in the southern city of Aswan, 2,000 in the eastern city of Ismailiya, and about 3,000 in the northern city of Mahallah.

    Protest organizers said they hope to capture the regional momentum for political change set by Tunisians, who 10 days ago forced the collapse of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 23-year rule.


  13. Ripple protests could topple U.S. allies

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/24/winds.change/index.html?hpt=C1

    Alexandria, Egypt (CNN) -- Tunisia has brought a blast of reality to Mideast politics. Aging autocrats have been put on notice they can no longer count on docile citizens.

    But is an era of unrest approaching? Will the winds of change sweep east along the Maghreb and bring down regimes from North Africa to the Levant and even the Arabian Peninsula?

    Beyond doubt, those winds are blowing. Across the region they are being driven by the same social and economic factors, including high unemployment, a booming birth rate, and exploding food prices.

    According to the International Monetary Fund, if chronic unemployment and the social tensions that accompany it are to be avoided the Middle East needs to create another 18 million jobs in the next 10 years. From where they stand today that's a very tall order indeed.

    Amre Moussa, the Arab League secretary-general and former Egyptian foreign minister, warned regional leaders last week: "It is on everybody's mind that the Arab spirit is broken. The Arab spirit is down by poverty, unemployment and the general decline in the real indicators of development."

    Regional parties like the moderate Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood, scent opportunity.

    "The same disease is in all Arab countries, we have different degrees only but the same origin of the disease, it is the same dictatorship, lack of democracy, lack of freedom restrictions on civil society," Esam el-Erian, spokesman for Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said.


  14. Algeria is feeling the effects.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/01/22/algeria.protest/index.html?hpt=Sbin

    Algiers, Algeria (CNN) -- Baton-wielding Algerian security forces clashed Saturday with protesters who defied a ban and took to the streets of the capital demanding political reform.

    Eleven individuals and eight policemen were injured, two seriously, the official Algerie Presse Service reported.

    Police arrested nine protesters, the news service said.

    Anti-government protests erupted in Algeria in early January after weeks of similar demonstrations in neighboring Tunisia that eventually ended 23 years of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's rule.

    In Algeria, the protests broke out over spiraling food costs. The opposition blames the government of failing to use the north African nation's energy wealth to better the lives of ordinary people.

    A law adopted in 2001 indefinitely bans all demonstrations in Algiers, according to the monitoring group Human Rights Watch. A nationwide state of emergency in effect for nearly two decades allows the government to ban any event that is "likely to disturb public order and tranquility."


  15. The whole Iran situation somewhat soured me on having any expectations from Middle Eastern "revolutions".

    I spent a lot of time posting videos people uploaded and discussing things with Iranians and ex pats and rooting people on for months and it was extremely draining and disappointing seeing not much come of everything.

    Hopefully Tunisia will turn out for the better from this and it will have a positive impact on the Middle East.

    I won't be surprised if things actually get worse or the guy they kicked out is back in power in a few months though.

    It does seems as if there are some good changes happening in different places in the Middle East right now though.