Video: Tokyo Hardcore

August 22, 2007

The enigmatic yet flamboyant Jeffree Star sent out this embedded Buzznet Flash video in a MySpace Bulletin.

Go watch it. You’ll think it’s for some hot movie. But it’s for a catalog.

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The rules for marketing have just been re-written.

And I don’t know about you, but I think it’d make a hot movie!


Another Argument For eBooks On The iPhone

August 22, 2007

One in four read no books last year

The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn’t read any, the usual number read was seven.

This is interesting:

[It’s] reflected in book sales, which have been flat in recent years and are expected to stay that way indefinitely. Analysts attribute the listlessness to competition from the Internet and other media, the unsteady economy and a well-established industry with limited opportunities for expansion.

Get that last reason:

a well-established industry with limited opportunities for expansion.

There’d be plenty of expansion if ebooks weren’t priced like print books! It’s an outrage that publishers think a flow of electrons must be priced the same as a physical object. There’s no excuse for such pricing. It’s greed and cowardice.

There’d be plenty of expansion if Apple would create an “iRead” application for the iPhone and finally create an ebook mass-market by adding ebooks to the iTunes Store.

Previously in this blog:
eBooks On iPhone: HarperCollins Kicks In
eBooks On iPhone: Well, There Are Magazines At Least!
The eBooks On iPhone Campaign: Steve Jobs Loves Books! Hey, Steve, So Do We!!
eBooks On iPhone: The Clamor Continues!
eBookery For iPhone?
eBooks on iPhone: Another Person Who Won’t Wait For Apple
eBooks On iPhone: Not Waiting For Apple!
iPhone: First eBook On It?
Mucho Namaste To FSJ!
Will Apple Steal The eBook Limelight From Sony And Create Another Mass Market?


Another Cat Horror

August 22, 2007

Cats rescued from L.B. apartment
Officials say women kept animals in 1-bedroom unit; most are euthanized.

LONG BEACH – Animal Control officers removed 72 cats from a one-bedroom apartment on Monday after police noticed a strong urine odor wafting from the residence.

Police responded to a neighbor dispute call at about 4 p.m. Monday in an apartment complex at 635 E. Ninth St. When they arrived, they found an apartment teeming with roaches, living and dead cats and hundreds of garbage bags filled with trash and cat feces.

“The ammonia smell was just overwhelming,” said Sgt. Steve Peltier of Long Beach Animal Control, one of several officers working to remove hundreds of trash bags, cat carriers and the rest of the cats on Tuesday.

Of fifty-four cats initially pulled out, fifty-two had to be euthanized!

People like them think they’re helping the cats by giving them shelter and food. But too many times they are doing nothing more than creating a feline Auschwitz. The cats contract diseases and suffer.

Previously in this blog:
Horror Of The Day: Cat Edition


China: Now It’s Deadly Blankets & Filthy Chopsticks

August 22, 2007

Hey, China, this shit is getting old!

Latest China Scare: Dirty Chopsticks
Beijing Factory Recycled Used Chopsticks, Sold Up to 100,000 Pairs a Day

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Beijing factory recycled used chopsticks and sold up to 100,000 pairs a day without any form of disinfection, a newspaper said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of Chinese food and product safety scares.

Counterfeit, shoddy and dangerous products are widespread in China, whose exports have been rocked in recent months by a spate of safety scandals, ranging from pet food to medicine, tires, toothpaste and toys.

Officials raided the factory and seized about half a million pairs of recycled disposable bamboo chopsticks and a packaging machine, the Beijing News said.

The owner, identified only by his surname Wu, said he had sold the recycled chopsticks for 0.04 yuan a pair and made an average of about 1,000 yuan ($130) a day.

Wu, who had no license to sell the goods, said he had sold 100,000 pairs a day when business was good.

Chinese blankets recalled over chemical

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Chinese-made blankets containing high levels of formaldehyde have been recalled across Australia and New Zealand, the distributor said Wednesday, amid rising global concern over the safety of products from China.

The voluntary recall by Australia-based Charles Parsons came two days after New Zealand launched a probe of Chinese-made clothing after scientists found dangerous levels of formaldehyde in woolen and cotton garments.

The New Zealand Ministry of Consumer Affairs said Wednesday it would start a program to test for formaldehyde in clothes next week as part of its probe, while acknowledging the country had no standard for formaldehyde levels in textiles — a concern of retailers.

A range of Chinese exports — from pet food to toothpaste — have come under international scrutiny in recent months. Toy company Mattel Inc. issued its second recall of Chinese-made toys this summer because of lead-tainted paint and tiny magnets that could be swallowed by children.

Formaldehyde — a chemical preservative that gives a permanent press effect to clothes and is also used as an embalming fluid — can cause problems ranging from skin rashes to cancer.

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Hey, China, listen up and listen good: You have the Olympics coming up next year. How’d you like the entire West to boycott it? How’d you like to have no athletes from the West? How’d you like to have cancellations of all those hotel rooms that have been booked? How’d you like to be ostracized even worse than the old Soviet Union was when Reagan banned our athletes from competing?

How’d you like to go from this:

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To this:

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Guess what? That’s where you’re going!

You better start reassuring the world by making it a national — and very public — policy to exterminate counterfeiting and poisonous products. We better start seeing some very big raids and some televised executions.

You know who’s doing this. Now stop them.

Additional: Boycott Made In China newsroom

Previously in this blog:
Is It Time To Ban All Chinese Imports?
China: Every Day A New Lethal Product!
Question Of The Day: Is China Out Of Its Fucking Mind?
Chinese Take-Out
The Shadow Of Doomsday Appears…
China: Lost In Translation
China Wants To Join The Rest Of The World
China Does The Right Thing
China: Will That Country Wind Up Killing Us All?
Kenneth Che-Tew Eng Is Pimping An Asian Mein Kampf Book Proposal!
The Day Will Come When The Suits Will Hang For Their Many Money-Grubbing Sins
When Your Child Dies, Remember To Thank Your Republican-Voting God For The Free Market!
The China Syndrome
The Algorithm Is Ask.com!
Is It Happening In America?
The Answer Is Yes
Healthy, Immortal Chinese To Conquer Sick, Dying World
Yeah, I Know. But It’s Just So Damned FUNNY!
China Sets Blog Record Here!
Hello To China
Another Fake
Fake iPod Nano Fondle