French screen icon Bardot fined for anti-Muslim remarks

PARIS (AFP) – France’s 1960s screen icon Brigitte Bardot received a 15,000-euro (23,000 dollar) fine on Tuesday for inciting hatred against Muslims.

In December 2006, the film star-turned-animal rights activist wrote a letter to France’s then interior minister, current President Nicolas Sarkozy, arguing that Muslims should stun animals before slaughtering them during the Aid al-Kabir holiday.

She outraged anti-racist groups by saying: “I’ve had enough of being led by the nose by this whole population which is destroying us, (and) destroying our country by imposing their ways.”

Bardot, now 73 and suffering from arthritis, was absent from Tuesday’s court hearing in Paris. She wrote to the court saying: “I’m sickened by how (these organisations) are harassing me.”

She added: “I will not shut up until stunning is carried out” on animals before their ritual slaughter.

Bardot already has four convictions on similar charges. In 2004 she was fined 5,000 euros for inciting racial hatred in her book “Un Cri Dans le Silence” (A Cry in the Silence).

France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim community, estimated at five million people.



Go ahead. Tell me this isn’t cute. I dare ya.

A Chihuahua pup named Zachary from Cundy's Harbor, Maine ,snuggles,Wednesday, ...

A Chihuahua pup named Zachary from Cundy’s Harbor, Maine ,snuggles,Wednesday, May 28, 2008, with one of three orphaned squirrels that his mother is raising along with her own two puppies.


Ok, get this…

Young Adults Hit by ‘News Fatigue,’ Study Finds

STOCKHOLM, Sweden —  Young adults experience news fatigue from being inundated by facts and updates and have trouble accessing in-depth stories, according to a study to be unveiled at a global media conference Monday.

The Context-Based Research Group, an ethnographic research firm, found that the news consumption behavior of younger readers differs profoundly from that of previous generations.

The research project, commissioned by The Associated Press in 2007, analyzed the news consumption patterns of an ethnically diverse group of 18 men and women between the ages of 18 and 34 in six cities in the United States, Britain and India.

It ultimately helped AP design a new model for news delivery to meet the needs of young adults, who are driving the shift from traditional media to digital news, said Jim Kennedy, AP’s director of strategic planning.

“The real value was that it gave us a lasting model of how news is being consumed in the digital space by young people that we can use to improve our own newsgathering and project development,” Kennedy said.

That includes what the AP calls “1-2-3 filing,” starting with a news alert headline for breaking news, followed by a short present-tense story that is usable on the Web and by broadcasters. The third step is to add details and format stories in ways most appropriate for various news platforms.

What this amounts to is that these young people are too lame or weak-minded to consume and absorb meaningful information unless it comes in tiny, pre-digested bites!!