Browsing Archive: August, 2010

Care For A Testicle?

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 30, 2010, In : World News 
You say you love unusual food?  Then this may be just what the doctor ordered.  The seventh annual Testicle Cooking Championship is currently going on in Serbia's city of Ozrem.  Local chef Ljubomr Erovic is the organizer of this offbeat festival that features both old and new recipes derived from the, well, scrotum.  In the Balkans, testicles are believed to accentuate a man's libido, and in Serbia they are commonly called "white kidneys".  High on the list this year are boar, camel, ostrich...
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Aznavour May Finally Be Really Retiring

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 30, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Legendary French singer Charles Aznavour plans yet another tour next year, but this may very well be his last.  Aznavour, who appears to be French music's version of Brett Favre, is 86 now, and his career has covered 55 years.  He said he was retiring on 1999 and 2000, did a farewell tour in 2006, then another in 2007, but kept plugging away.  This time, though, he plans to make a stop in Paris' famous Olympia theater for he first time in thirty years.  Aznavour told Europe 1 radio early on A...
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Not Drinking May Shorten Your Life

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 30, 2010, In : People 
Here's an interesting bit of information: people who drink have a longer life span than those who don't.  According to a study published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, abstaining from alcohol increases your risk of dying.  Having one to three drinks a day, which is considered moderate drinking, resulted in the lowest mortality rate in the study.  Alcoholics Anonymous, however, maintains that this is in direct relation that many non-drinkers are former hard core...
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New Species Found In Indonesia

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 27, 2010, In : Science 
A recent three week mission to Indonesia's coastal waters has revealed at least 50 new animal and plant species living there.  Over 100 hours of video and some 100,000 photos were taken by a robot submarine's HD equipment.  Scientists were amazed to see that crinioids, or sea lillies, which were abundant in prehistoric seas but very rare today, grow in large numbers and varieties here.  Among the oddities spotted durig the video exploration sea spiders the size of dinner plates, a purple colo...
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Wheat Genome Cracked

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 27, 2010, In : Science 
A team of British scientists led by Neil Hall revealed that they have cracked the genetic code for wheat. Wheat is the most widely grown cereal on the planet, yet politics has caused the price of foods made with wheat to skyrocket. The discovery was hailed as a landmark because it will help us create new strains of the grain that could be drought resistant and yield larger crops. The biggest hope is that it will lead to wheat that can fend off diseases, including wheat's biggest enemy---stem ...
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Tiger Cub Found In Luggage

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 27, 2010, In : Animals 
When overweight bags show up at airports, they get sent to the X-ray machine.  This was the case on Monday when a lady's bag at Thailand's Bangkok International Airport weighed more than it should.  X-rays revealed what appeared to be a live animal inside, and when the bag was opened, authorities found a baby tiger, about a month old, among several stuffed toy versions of the animal.  The woman was headed for Iran with the drugged cub, but she denied ownership of the bag, saying someone asked...
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Lost City Found in Egypt

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, In : Archeology 
The Egyptian government announced early on August 25 that they have found the remains of an ancient settlement on the grounds of an oasis about 90 miles south of Cairo.  The 3,500 year-old town, Umm el-Mawagir, fortifies the existence of a well-established trade route that originally stretched from the Mediterranean to what is now the Darfur region of Sudan.  Of importance is the discovery of massive bakery facilities in the town, which were probably used to feed an army---literally.  Back in...
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Crocodile Dundee Stuck In Australia

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Paul Hogan, known to millions as Crocodile Dundee from his movies, is being prevented from leaving Australia.  The America-based Aussie returned to Sydney last Friday for the funeral of his 101-year old mother, and as soon as he landed, the Australian Taxation Office slapped him with a departure prohibition order until he either pays or makes arrangements to pay back taxes on his income.  The ATO says that Hogan had income of $37.6 million from movie royalties that he invested in offshore tax...
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Large Families Find Home On TLC

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, In : Television 
If you have a large family, maybe this should be a rallying cry: TLC wants you.  It appears The Learning Channel has an obsession with multi-kid families.  These are the people who brought us Jon & Kate Plus 8 (now without the Jon) and 18 (now 19) Kids and Counting, and now they are getting ready to assault us with more of the same.  TLC has ordered eight episodes of "Sextuplets Take New York", a show billed as showcasing America's first Latino sextuplets and how the family deals with raising...
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Stem Cell Research Snag

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, In : Technology 
The Obama administration is very much in support of stem cell research, but U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lambreth put a monkey wrench in the gears of this research on Monday.  Taking into consideration the fact that such research could result in cures for such diseases as diabetes and Parkinson's, it's hard to fathom why anyone would want to halt funding for this.  Current federal legislation forbids the use of tax money to fund stem cell research as an offshoot of laws that prevent federa...
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Massive Traffic Jam In China

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : World News 
So, big deal, a traffic jam, but we'll bet you've never seen one like this.  The Beijing-Tibet expressway has been anything but "express" since August 14 as a higher than normal amount of heavy cargo trucks heading into Beijing and some road maintenance work have combined to create a traffic jam 100 kilometers long.  In America, the worst traffic jams occur on the 405 freeway heading into Los Angeles, but they've never been that bad.  Local Chinese merchants have capitalized on this traffic n...
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Iran Shows Drone Bomber

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Technology 
Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced on August 22 that his country now has an unmanned bomber, which he called an "ambassador of death" for Iran's enemies.  The aircraft is named Karrar, or "striker", and has a range of 620 miles.  While this is not of itself enough range to reach Israel, the plane can be armed with up to two missiles with a range that can strike most of the Middle East if launched at the right distance.  The drone is Iran's first domestically produced such weapon a...
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Movie Marketers Worried About Advertising

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 23, 2010, In : Television 
Movie studios are curently spending about 70 percent of their advertising budget on television, and right now that may seem to be a bad idea.  A recent study by cable giant Comcast shows that 62 percent of respondents no longer watch television on the networks' schedule and use DVRs to record shows and watch them at a later date, or use online services like Hulu if they don't have a DVR.  For movie studios, this situation can prove disastrous since the average time between recording shows and...
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Plastic Surgeon's Death Due To Social Network

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, In : Celebrities 
When Dr. Frank Ryan died on August 16, he was actually doing something illegal as he drove his 1995 Jeep Wrangler on the Pacific Coast Highway.  Ryan was using his cell phone to post on his Twitter account, and his last tweet was about his dog, which survived the accident, and included a photo of the dog.  While he was tweeting, Ryan lost control of the Jeep and went off a cliff, landing top first on the rocks below and dying from multiple trauma to the head and body.  Ryan was the plastic su...
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Ant Zombies Go Back Millions of Years

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, In : Animals 
You've seen this in many movies--parasites that take over people's minds and bodies and force them to do their bidding.  Well, that stuff of science fiction actually has a basis in fact.  Carpenter ants carry a parasite that turns them into zombies, and as they die, the parasite, known as Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, forces them to bite the underside of leaves and attach themselves to them.  The parasite then grows a stalk from the ants' heads which release spores that infect other ants.  Sci...
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Beer In Returnable Bottles A Dying Breed

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, In : Business 
Remember the good old days when your beer came in bottles that you returned so they could be reused?  Not just beer, but also soda was sold in such bottles, and you knew they were because they bore the marks of many trips through the washing process--marks left on the outside of the bottles by the rollers used to push them through the washer.  The family-owned Straub Breweries of St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, is now asking people to find any of their bottles that are out there and return them to ...
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Staten Island Is New Anti-Mexican Battleground

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 16, 2010, In : Illegal Immigration 
Forget Arizona--if you want to see real anti-Mexican behavior, the place to go is Port Richmond on New York City's Staten Island.  In the past decade, the Hispanic population there has grown by 40 percent, and that growth has reignited hostilities between blacks and Spanish speaking people.  Mexicans say that they are being targeted by blacks because illegal day laborers head home with cash every day after being paid "under the table".  African Americans contend that it's actually drug abuser...
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Fans Brave Heat For Elvis Vigil

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 16, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Had Elvis Presley been alive today, he would have been 75.  The King died on August 16, 1977 at age 42, and his home, Graceland, was the site of the annual vigil to mark his passing.  It began last night and lasted until this morning, but the celebration of his life was a weekend-long affair for which fans came and braved 100-degree heat.  Elvis lovers came from as far away as Australia and the Netherlands to be part of the event, and so many people were there last night lining Elvis Presley ...
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TV Audience Is At Record Old Age

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 16, 2010, In : Television 
A new survey reveals that the median age for TV audiences is at a record high of 51, higher than the national median age.  This is actually bad news for the networks because it means that the average TV viewer is actually older than advertisers' target demographic.  That's not entirely surprising since younger people have been abandoning network TV in growing numbers in the past decade.  The growth of video and game rentals shows that younger Americans are no longer willing to set their lives...
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Oracle Sues Google

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : Technology 
Oracle Corporation, which earlier this year purchased Sun Microsystems and acquired its Java technology, is suing Google for copyright and patent infringement for developing the Android system for cell phones.  In a statement, an Oracle official said that Google "knowingly, directly, and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property in developing Android".  If the suit is successful, then Oracle will get royalties for every one of the more than 200,000 smartphones being sol...
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Iran's Reactor To Get Fuel

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : World News 
Iran's first nuclear plant will get fuel next week, courtesy of Russia.  The fuel will be loaded into the Bushehr Reactor on August 21 in spite of United States protests.  We want Iran to assure the world that it won't use the plant for military use, yet our fears are unfounded since the uranium will only be enriched about 3.5 percent,  Uranium must be enriched at least to 20 percent for weapons grade, and an atomic bomb needs at least 80 percent enrichment.  The fueling and start up will tak...
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Obama Signs Border Security Bill

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : Politics 
President Obama signed a $600 million border security bill this morning in the Oval Office with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at his side.  If there ever was a more clueless couple in this world, I've yet to hear about it.  The bill calls for hiring 1,000 new Border Patrol Agents and more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again.  We don't need more Border Patrol agents.  We need armed guards sitting atop a 30 foot wall betwe...
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Russian Wildfires Could Pose Radioactive Threat

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Disasters 
The surging wildfires in Russia seem to be getting the upper hand right now during the hottest summer in the country's history.  The fires are spreading to the Bryansk region, where in 1986 a nuclear reactor exploded and sent radioactive clouds over a wide area.  Scientists are afraid that the dust that settled in the Chernobyl area could be redistributed by smoke from the fires to a larger region and pose a threat to the population.  Russian officials claim that they have this situation unde...
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Ice Island Threat To Shipping, Oil Rigs

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Icebergs 
A huge chunk of the Petersen Glacier has broken off in Greenland and is heading south, believed to be a victim of global warming.  This ice island, three times the size of Manhattan, may be heading for the Canadian shore of Newfoundland, where there are numerous oil rigs.  If such a massive piece of ice moves into that area, the danger of yet another massive oil spill is a possibility.  This is the same area where an iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912.  To further emphasize the size of this ice...
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BlackBerry Troubles Expand

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, In : Technology 
Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry phones, has been singled out as a security threat recently in the Middle East because of the secure encryption it uses, which makes it impossible for outside sources to decode E-mails and messages sent with these phones.  Saudi Arabia has issued a ban on BlackBerries, which may be lifted as soon as that country can evaluate the security and encryption codes that Research In Motion has supplied them with.  India is getting in on the action now, citing Bl...
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Patricia Neal Dies of Cancer

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 9, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Award-winning actress Patricia Neal passed away after battling lung cancer on August 8.  She died at her home in Edgartown, Massachussetts, surrounded by her family, at age 84.  She was born in Kentucky but grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.  She made her first major motion picture appearance in 1949's "Fountainhead" and co-starred in the 1951 science fiction masterpiece "The Day The Earth Stood Still".  She won the Academy Award as best actress playing opposite Paul Newman in "Hud" in 1963.  L...
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Gulf Seafood Already Shows Oil Contamination

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 9, 2010, In : Animals 
Scientists studying the effects of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico say that the larvae of blue crabs taken in for study have shown widespread oil contamination.  The transparent larvae are for the most part showing tiny drops of orange oil inside their bodies.  This is a small amount, but the predators that feed on them take them in by the hundreds, and as the crabs mature, they will be eaten by more complex animals such as tuna, cranes, and racoons, leading to contamination of the ent...
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Millions Affected By Torrential Rain

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 9, 2010, In : Disasters 
The massive rain in China and Pakistan has caused death and devastation throughout the area.  As of late on August 9, local time, at least 337 people are known dead and over 1,150 are missing in China, where entire villages were swept away and many cities are still chest deep in brackish water and mud from landslides.  The situation is even worse in Pakistan, where, according to United Nations estimates, as much as 13.8 million people have been directly affected by the worst flooding in that ...
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Chinese Weapon Could Change Balance of Power

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 6, 2010, In : Technology 
In the last few years, nations have viewed America's invasions of weaker countries and the installation of puppet governments friendly to the United States in them as a hostile move, but there was little they could do about it.  Some countries, such as Iran and North Korea, are developing nuclear capabilities to hold us at bay, but now the largest threat may be coming out of China.  They are developing a new weapon called the Dong Feng 21 D, which is being called an aircraft carrier killer.  ...
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Saudis Ban BlackBerry Phones

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 6, 2010, In : Technology 
By the time you read this, Saudi Arabia should have its BlackBerry phone ban in effect, taking hundreds of thousands of the devices off the market.  Saudi government officials cite the encrypted E-mail downloading and sending as the main reason for outlawing the Canadian phones.  The encryption feature makes it virtually impossible for third parties to access the messages, and in the oil-rich country, most users were opting for the more expensive "corporate phones" with even stronger encrypti...
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Generics You Can Safely Buy

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 6, 2010, In : Business 
When it comes to buying generic products, there are at least five categories that you can buy with confidence because they are indeed as good as the name brands.  1) Cereal--if you take, for example, a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes, and a box of, say, Kroger Corn Flakes, you will see that both have the same ingredients and nutritional content.  You're paying as much as $3 more for a fancy cartoon mascot on the box.  2) Prescription drugs--if there is a generic available, it's because the exclu...
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Is Anti-Prop 8 Judge Gay?

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Friday, August 6, 2010, In : Politics 
So what if he is?  Does it matter?  Of course not, but some digging has been done in Chief U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker's past by gay-bashing people.  The San Francisco Chronicle has run an article questioning the judge's sexual orientation and some sources say that Walker's membership in a powerful men-only club that once denied membership to blacks is further proof of him being gay.  Walker has also ruled in favor of gays on several lawsuits, and this is stoking the fires of tose who opposed ga...
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Mitch Miller Passes Away

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, In : Celebrities 
It was reported after our press time on Monday that famous musician, conductor, and television icon Mitch Miller died on July 31 after a brief illness at New York's Lennox Hill Hospital.  Miller's death at age 99 was revealed by his daughter.  Miller was a powerful figure at Columbia Records at the time that rock 'n' roll was beginning to steamroll the charts.  He helped the careers of Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, and Johnny Mathis blossom, but was also known for a few major mi...
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Bieber Movie in Works

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, In : Music 
Okay, on Monday we told you about that young snot Justin Bieber's plans to release a book of his "memoirs" in October of this year.  Pardon us while we puke, but now comes word from Paramount Pictures, MTV, and Island Def Jam Records that that same muppet will be starring in as well as producing a 3D "feature film" about his life and career.  What will that be, a ten minute infomercial?  Somebody needs to tell this kid that we already have an annoying, over-employed gnome who wants every job ...
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Wyclef Jean For President

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, In : Celebrities 
Remember last January when we told you Wyclef Jean had a secret agenda where Haiti was concerned and there were a lot of suspicions about his relations with Haitian officials following the devastating earthquake?  It appears he's about to give substance to our story as he's expected to announce on July 5 that he's running for the presidency in Haiti.  This has been pretty much corroborated by former deputy Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques, who has himself had his hand in the cookie jar when it comes ...
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Toyota Rebounding From Problems

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, In : Business 
Toyota is recovering very nicely, thank you, from its financial troubles over the last year, bolstered by two events.  First off, a general global recovery is now stimulating the economy, and secondly, a report has surfaced recently that revealed a lot of the so-called defects that resulted in accidents were driver-induced and not mechanical defects, in truth attempts by people to squeeze money out of a company that has it.  Toyota posted a $2.2 billion profit for its latest quarter, and expe...
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Famous Piano To Be Auctioned

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 2, 2010, In : Music 
Collectors will be able to buy another piece of music history on August 15 when auction house Bonhams hosts the sale of items from Abbey Road Studios in London.  Included in the lot will be an upright Challen Company piano from Abbey Road's famous Studio Three.  The battered old instrument is marked with coffee stains and cigarette burns, yet is still expected to bring as much as $250,000 because of its history.  The piano was featured on Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side of the Moon", and was us...
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Old Glass Product Is New Again

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 2, 2010, In : Technology 
When the Corning Corporation came up with "Gorilla Glass" in 1962, there just wasn't a market for it.  In fact, the company's first customer for the specialty glass didn't show up until 2008, when it was used as a protective cover for cell phone and other mobile devices' screens.  Although Corning won't publicly reveal the buyer, Mohawk Radio sources tell us it was Apple, which used it for their iPods, iPhones, and iPads.  Gorilla Glass is expected to become a major hit for Corning when telev...
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Justin Bieber To Write Memoir

Posted by ChiefJack Hawk on Monday, August 2, 2010, In : Music 
Okay, we'll bite.  How could a sixteen-year old possibly have enough to say about his career to fill a book?  HarperCollins is betting the farm that Justin Bieber does, and will be publishing his memoir.  Titled "Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story", it will document the young singer's "amazing journey to stardom" in his own words.  Does that mean it will be a leaflet?  Seriously, how much does a kid have to say about his own life?  No doubt only pre-teen girls currently swooning ov...
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About Chief Jack


Chief Jack Hawk Chief Jack has hosted The Mohawk Radio Show since August 1969. He is a champion for the cause of Indie artists, and many Indies have had great success since having their music played on the station. He is a Mohawk chief who played with a Canadian band for about 10 years. He publishes articles under the name Jacques Boulerice for Yahoo! Voices and is working on a new movie script.

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