U.S. warns of Canadian spy coins (Yes, seriously)

January 11, 2007

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The U.S. Defense Department has cautioned its American contractors about seemingly normal Canadian coins that may have a tiny radio frequency transmitter hidden inside. So far, the high-tech coins have been found planted on U.S. contractors with classified security clearances on at least three separate occasions between October 2005 and January 2006, the government is claiming. The U.S. isn’t suggesting who might be behind this latest act of espionage, or even which Canadian coins carried the transmitters. No word yet on if Sydney Bristow or Jack Bauer will be involved in the investigation.

(Click here to read the full article by Associated Press writer Ted Bridis.)

Comprehensive recap of the London Plot takedown

August 11, 2006

londonplot.gifThousands could have died. Planes would have been ripped apart mid-flight. And it would have been done very, very easily. British police released details on Thursday of a planned terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11, an attack that would use liquid explosives to bring down as many as ten planes in a nearly simultaneous strike against Britons and Americans alike. The following is a comprehensive recap of the major developments that occurred on Thursday, August 10, 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing your Morning Musume

August 10, 2006

In Japan, there is a huge television/music sensation known as Morning Musume. Rising to prominence in the 1990’s, this all-girl group holds open auditions each year to replace a bandmember who “graduates”. Singing mostly upbeat tunes, this group was one of the leading bands on the Japanese pop charts in the 1990’s, and is still going strong today. For an example of one of their upbeat songs, please refer to the video below.

The box office takes a “Step Up” this weekend

August 10, 2006

Curious about what’s opening at the box office this weekend? Wondering how the stock market is doing? Welcome to the Weekend Preview, our exclusive online newsletter that gives you a quick synopsis on how the stock market is doing, plus a look at the movies opening this weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

The Birth of the Zeta Center

August 9, 2006

Welcome to the Zeta Center, an all new off-shoot of the Twin Institutes, Delta and Epsilon. If you’ve found this site, then, well, it’s probably by accident. We’re working on importing all post from our blogs into this one site, entitled The Zeta Center. All text from the Institutes will appear just fine. However, images for most months may appear slightly off. That’s because they were conditioned just so for our other servers and not for WordPress.

Our hope is to have this site running parallel to our other sites. The advantage to this site is that you have all post in one convenient spot. The disadvantage is that you won’t see as much video, and won’t have many of the sidebar options.

It’s an exciting new era here at the Zeta Center. Here’s hoping that it works out well!

American Idol adds songwriters competition

August 8, 2006

When FOX’s hit talent show American Idol returns to the airwaves in January, it will look a little bit different. In addition to the singing pageant, the television program will now include a competition for songwriters who will be competing for a chance to write a song for the final two contestants. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Idol creator Simon Fuller said that he continues to come up with new ideas for Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and other projects that he hopes to start with his 19 Entertainment group. (Among his plans is a fashion channel.)

In previous years, professional producers and songwriters have been commissioned to write an original song for each of the two finalists. But it’s very difficult for those songwriters, because they don’t really know who the finalist will be, and often times the final song doesn’t match their respective singing styles. By running a parallel songwriting contest, he hopes to avoid that problem. Anybody can compete to write a tune. And some of the top songs may also be performed in a special with former Idol winners and finalists. Auditions for Idol are beginning this week across the country. The show returns to the airwaves on the FOX network in January, 2007. (Read the full article)

2006: In Review (So Far)

August 7, 2006

As we begin to tread through the month of August, we’re reminded that fall is approaching very quickly. Very quickly. And after fall comes winter. And what happens during winter? We start a new year! So it’s only logical then, using the though process I just laid out, that we start reviewing the year of 2006 here in August. What made the news? What made headlines? We can easily name two big events. Commenters, Can you remember anything else that was big this year?

The Tallmansville Miners – It was insult added upon tragedy: On a early January night, we got word that twelve Pennsylvanian minders had survived days underground in a dangerous mining shaft. Television networks went live to jublitant crowds with family members jumping and crying in joy. Then, the news came: twelve miners had perished, not lived, in the mining disaster. It was a tragedy that shook the nation to it’s core. Randal McCloy Jr., the sole surviving member of the group, continues physical therapy to regain his strength following the horrific ordeal.

The Middle-East – At the beginning of the year, Ariel Sharon was hospitalized following a serious hemmorhagic stroke. Elections were held, and Israel got a new prime minister. During the summer, tensions between Lebanon and Israel increased dramatically, leading to a war between the two nations, a war that is still on-going.

Gamma Islamiyah joined al-Qaeda network

August 6, 2006

On Saturday, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two leader in al-Qaeda, announced that a revived Egyptian terrorist group had joined the terror network. The first officially announced al-Qaeda branch in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous nation, the group Gamaa Islamiya is a revived version of a group that waged a campaign of violence in Egypt during the 1990’s but was defeated in a government crackdown.

Gamma Islamiyah is led by Mohammed al-Islambouli, the younger brother of Khaled al-Islambouli, the terrorist who assassinated Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat in 1981. Khaled al-Islambouli was later executed by the Egyptian government. Mohammed al-Islambouli left Egypt in the mid-1980’s and was thought to be in Afghanistan working with Usama bin Laden. It is not known at this time how large this new version of Gamma Islamiyah has in Egypt.

In the videotape played by al-Jazeera, Ayman al-Zawahiri did not mention any imminent threats of attacks in Egypt. It was Zawahiri’s second message in just over a week and his eleventh for the year. (Read the full article)

Talladega Nights races to victory

August 6, 2006

It was a pretty good week for your stocks and for your entertainment. Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen. I’m Charles Jurries, your host for The Weekend Recap. For those of you who are new to this site, I’ll explain the format. First, we give you a very brief recap of the stock market. Honestly, if you blink, you’ll miss it. Secondly, we give you a look at the box office receipts for the weekend. Finally, we match those box office receipts with predictions that we made earlier on in the week to see if I’m a psychic – or a poser.

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Leave Mary Worth alone, you creep!

August 5, 2006

Can’t you take a hint? She was trying to be nice to you, but you took it as a sign of affection. And clearly she doesn’t feel the same way about you! Furthermore, Mary could be your mom! So back off, Aldo. Mary Worth is not the one for you. So please stop pestering the poor old woman!

Thank you.


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