Allergies, asthma in kids linked to junk food: extensive study

An extensive study that included data from some 500,000 children, in 51 countries, resulted in a strong statistical link between eating more fast food and a 39 percent higher prevalence of asthma in teenagers. Children of the ages 6 and 7 who were in the highest fast food intake category of three or more servings per week were found to have a 27 percent increased risk by the vast study published in the medical journal Thorax on January 14.

Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand found that those who ate more than three servings of foods such as burgers, fries and pizza a week had more severe allergic disease symptoms like wheezing (Asthma), runny nose and watery eyes (Rhino-conjunctivitis) and itchy skin (Eczema).

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On the positive side, eating three or more portions of fruit a week, below the advised three servings per day, was found to have a protective effect and reduced the risk of severe eczema and rhino-conjunctivitis by 11 percent to 14 percent.

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The teenagers and parents of the six and seven year olds were questioned on the symptoms of asthma, rhino-conjunctivitis and eczema in the preceding 12 months. The researchers also asked participants about their diet and consumption of certain types of foods and the frequency of consumption was put in three categories, measured as never or occasionally, once or twice a week and three or more times a week.

The study included data from 319,000 teens of 13 and 14 years old in 51 countries and 181,000 children between the age of six and seven in 31 countries. This enabled the study to show the results were consistent in rich and poor countries, among boys and girls, and in many different societies across Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia, and also control for other factors potentially influencing the results.

Researchers cautioned that this kind of study cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship, but if the latest link is indeed causal then the latest findings would have a “major public health significance owing to the rising consumption of fast foods globally,” the study authors Professor Innes Asher from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and Professor Hywel Williams, from the University of Nottingham in the UK wrote in the study.

“The positive association observed here between fast food intake and the symptom prevalence of asthma, conjunctivitis and eczema in adolescents and children deserved further exploration, particularly in view of the fact that fast food is increasing in popularity around the world,” the authors wrote.

Malayka Rahman, research analysis and communications officer at Asthma UK, confirms that diet may contribute to a person’s risk of developing asthma and that following a healthy diet may have a beneficial effect, as other research results show.

“This research adds to previous studies that suggest a person’s diet can contribute to their risk of developing asthma, and indicates the benefit of further research to determine the effects that particular food groups can have on the chances of developing asthma or the impact it may have on severity,” Rahman said in a statement.

“Evidence suggests that the vitamins and antioxidants found in fresh fruit and vegetables have a beneficial effect on asthma,” Rahman added. “Therefore, Asthma UK advises people with asthma to eat a healthy, balanced diet including five portions of fruit or vegetables every day, fish more than twice a week, and pulses more than once a week.”


Facts about Herpes: What is Herpes?

Herpes is a disease, which is easily transmitted by direct contact with the body fluid or the cut of an infected individual.

Transmission of herpes may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during the no symptoms period. Essentially, there are two types of herpes: Herpes type 1 (HSV -1 or oral herpes) and herpes type 2 (HSV -2 or genital herpes). A herpes cycle lasts from the active period – wherein blisters appear, containing infectious virus till the last period – to the remission period.

Causes of Herpes

Oral and genital herpes are caused by an infection of the herpes simplex virus. Oral herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 and genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex virus type 2.

Herpes viruses are passed from one person to another during sexual contact that involves touching of the mouth or genitals, or vaginal or anal sex. Oral sex can spread genital herpes to the mouth or transmit oral herpes to the genitals. Oral herpes can also multiply by kissing and other activities in which you are exposed to the mucous membranes or saliva of a person with oral herpes

Any person who takes in sexual activity can obtain and pass on a herpes infection. This includes heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual men and women. The more one night stands you have or had in the past, the greater are the risk of catching a herpes infection. It’s important to know that herpes can be spread between people even when no blisters or symptoms are present.

The herpes virus can also be passed from an infected mother to her newborn during vaginal delivery. Hence, the pregnant women with genital herpes should consult her doctor to prevent transmission of the herpes.

Risk factors for Herpes

Besides acquiring herpes through skin-to-skin contact and direct contact with the bodily fluids of the infected person, there are certain factors which increases the risk of transmitting the herpes infection. They are as follows…

Born to a mother with active genital herpes during pregnancy or delivery

Low immune system because of some medications or treatment or due to some diseases like HIV/AIDS or lupus.

Direct exposure to the saliva or any other bodily fluids of a person with oral herpes

Past history of any sexually transmitted disease (STD)

Unprotected sex, including vaginal, oral or anal sex

Symptoms of Herpes

Symptoms of herpes vary from person to person. Both men and women with herpes may have vague or mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Quite a few people with herpes may have recurring outbreaks of symptoms. This recurrence can go on for days, months or even years. Recurrences are generally milder in nature and do not last as long as the initial outbreak.

Symptoms of oral herpes include:


Itching, discomfort or pain in the areas of the blisters and sores

Small blisters filled with clear yellowish fluid.

Sore throat

Swollen neck lymph nodes

After a period of time, blisters, sores or cuts can reappear due to reactivation of the herpes virus due to some illness or stress.

Symptoms of genital herpes

Early symptoms of genital herpes occur two to six days after exposure and can include:

Primary symptoms

Decreased appetite


General feeling of malaise or not feeling well


Muscle aches

Pain, sensitivity or itching near or on the penis, vulva or rectum.

Secondary symptoms

Appearance of groups of blisters on areas, such as the genitals, vagina, cervix, thighs, buttocks or anus
Blisters that break open and develop into painful lesions or sores that last about two weeks
Swollen lymph glands
Unusual vaginal discharge

Treatment for Herpes

Although there is no complete cure for herpes available in the market, there are numerous medicines available to reduce the pain and symptoms of herpes. These medicines delay the onset of serious herpes related health complications and lowers the possibility of spreading herpes to others.

Besides the normal medicines and ointments, apply sun block or lip balm to lips when outdoors, apply cold packs to the affected areas, avoid touching affected areas, prefer cesarean delivery if you have genital herpes, keep the area clean and dry, don’t share your personal items like toothbrush etc and lastly wash the affected area thoroughly after using the bathroom.

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10 Celebrities who battled breast cancer

There have been many celebrity women who have had to cope with fighting breast cancer and super famous or not, all women battling the disease need our support.You know their faces and you may have heard they’ve had breast cancer. Here are their stories…

Martina Navratilova

In early 2010, tennis champion Martina Navratilova was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer. After six weeks of radiation therapy, Martina happily reported in late September that she is cancer free.

Kylie Minogue

(Diagnosed in 2005 at age 36). It took two rounds of tests for doctors to find a cancerous lump in the Australian singer’s left breast — she was misdiagnosed the first time. She received a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. The singer now urges women to trust their gut when they go to the doctor. “Just because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right,” she told Ellen DeGeneres in 2007. (

Hoda Kotb

(Diagnosed in 2007 at age 42) A routine checkup at the gynecologist turned up a lump in the NBC Today Show co-host’s breast. Kotb underwent mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in March 2007, and, she wrote in a personal essay, “The world just suddenly snapped into focus. Everything that was important became totally clear.” She said she wants to bring awareness to the disease and attention on the need for a cure. ( MSNBC)

Cynthia Nixon

(diagnosed 2006 at 40)- At first, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon was hesitant to reveal that a cancerous tumor had been discovered in her right breast during a routine mammogram. Nixon, best known for playing the responsible Miranda Hobbes, didn’t want her condition to become public during her treatment. “I didn’t want paparazzi at the hospital, that kind of thing,” Nixon told the New York Daily News after treating her cancer with a lumpectomy and radiation. But Nixon, whose mother also survived breast cancer, decided to tell her story when she realized it might serve as an inspiration for other women at risk.

Melissa Etheridge

(Diagnosed in 2004 at age 43) The singer found a lump in her left breast during a self-breast exam in the shower. After undergoing chemotherapy and radiation following a lumpectomy, she was inspired to write the song “I Run for Life” about her battle against breast cancer. (

Christina Applegate

(Diagnosed in 2008 at age 36.) When the actress was diagnosed in 2008 through MRI, she decided to undergo a double mastectomy to reduce the chance that the cancer could spread or come back. Applegate, whose mother is a repeat breast cancer survivor, had breast reconstruction surgery and plans to launch a foundation for high-risk women who can’t afford MRI testing. (

Olivia Newton-John

(Diagnosed in 1992 at age 51). When the singer and actress was first diagnosed, she considered foregoing chemotherapy in favor of alternative treatments like homepathy and acupuncture. She later said, “Common sense prevailed,” and finally had chemo after a modified radical mastectomy. She now advises those diagnosed, “Don’t go it alone,” and recalls her husband with her at the doctor’s office was better able to focus and ask questions about hte best treatment options.

Robin Roberts

(Diagnosed in 2007 at age 46). The ” Good Morning America” anchor discovered a lump while conducting a self-breast exam. After completing eight chemotherapy treatments, combined with radiation, she’s now considered cancer-free. She shared her story with viewers beginning with her diagnosis. (

Maura Tierney

(Diagnosed in 2009 at age 44). The actress publicly said she was optimistic as to the outcome following her diagnosis. She had a breast tumor removed in the summer of 2009, and put acting on hold while she focused on her treatment. “I didn’t want that phase of my life documented on film,” she told the New York Times of her decision to drop out of the television series “Parenthood.” She returned to acting in the spring of 2010, hitting the stage for a production of “North Atlantic.”

Sheryl Crow

(Diagnosed in 2006 at age 44) A routine mammogram caught suspicious calcifications in both of the singer’s breasts in October 2006. Crow immediately went on the offensive, canceling a tour to undergo surgery and seven weeks of radiation supplemented with acupuncture and herbal teas. Crow was able to skip chemotherapy because her cancer was caught early. In 2007, she petitioned Congress to fund research into possible links between breast cancer and environmental factors. (

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Beyonce "feels empowered" by pregnancy

Isn’t it wonderful that Beyonce has found something else to feel “empowered” about. Of course noone blames her for living in a Californian bubble, but many ARE beginning to ask the question of just how much more irritating the Barbie-doll-smiled-sensation can get during her nine month term before the media start ignoring her. In my view, she’s pushing the limits pretty fucking far as it is.

“It’s been great,” she says of her pregnancy, “I feel free. I feel very empowered.”

Beyonce propagates that women are not merely sex objects

But apparently, I’m not the only one. The patience of Beyonce’s friends is already beginning to wear thin, as the pop star freely admits.

“I was just wondering how it’s going to be when one day I am pregnant and everyone’s like, ‘Oh god, I don’t want to hear this again,’ ” she says.

Yes, NEITHER DO I! Alas, this is what we do and this is what people want to read about, so here we go.

“But I’m happy that people were happy and I actually didn’t announce it in a statement. I said it’s better to just show everyone.”

As Beyonce is the first woman in the world to ever get pregnant, I think it’s vital we learn more about her latest discovery:

“I smell everything. If it smells bad I smell it, if it smells great – I love it.”

[adsense]Whenever I have seen Beyonce in interview, she always gets asked the same question: “Your songs are all about empowering women, could you tell me more about that?” The answer is always something like “Yeah, I just think we’re so great, you know, us women, we’re just awesome. Man, I just think we’re cool.”

With such articulated and well thought-out ideas, it’s no wonder we must all look to Beyonce to guide us in the ways of feminism. Certainly, stripping off to your underwear and jiggling your rear suggestively into a close-up camera may be conceived as empowering. But there are others who may say it is degrading and only encourages the age-old notion that it’s OK to look at women as merely sex objects. And certainly singing about women ruling the world is just farcical.

To quote the famous CWD blogger, Lee: The hypocrisy surrounding mothering and releasing a song which intimates that women run the world is astounding. Certainly the women harried into prostitution or sold as sex slaves in third world or eastern European countries would argue that they don’t run the world, as would rape victims and those trapped in exploitative industries, and with Beyonce dressed and dancing like a stripper in her video there is some question as to whether girls do run the world or not. Its certainly been a man’s world until now and they’ve only managed to make a mess of it.

Freezeframe: New Snake Oil Promises Wrinkle-free Skin in Under Five Minutes

A new product that claims to be as effective as Botox but that doesn’t involved being extensively perforated like a wrinkly voodoo doll on a regular basis has been released and has paranoid women in the UK waiting for it in their thousands. Aging and overweight women are the easiest target on the planet. They’d buy snake oil labelled ‘Snake oil’ so long as it also had the words ‘anti-aging’ or ‘weightloss’ in the title and was endorsed by an unprincipled celebrity grinning like they had an ecstasy omelette for breakfast, when really it’s the prospect of oodles of cash they are getting paid to encourage the hoi polloi to spend the cash they grafted long and hard for on largely ineffective products, that is making them smile.

Freezeframe: before and after

Freezeframe: before and after and without Photoshop, apparently.

No one really looks forward to getting old, our bones are stiff, our tits and faces droop – sometimes simultaneously, and our urge to go nightclubbing gets replaced with the urge to wear slippers edged with highly flammable fake fur and  watch soap operas. We look in the mirror one day and with a jolt, we realize that our cheeks are slacker than our tits and our tits are nowhere near the upper part of our bodies that are stooped so low that we can lick our feet for the first time in years. And we’re only 37.

Madonna before and after Photoshop

Madonna before and after Photoshop.

So when quick fixes such as Botox injections, facelifts, and the newest instant age repair system – Freezeframe – come trotting helpfully along, we all whoop like fillies and rush out in our scuffed stilettos in order to put our name down on the list. We don’t think about the risks or the long-term effects because they don’t matter, so long as we look ten years younger. Inject us with anything you like. Break our bones and reset them. Do ANYTHING, so long as we look young and slim.


Freezeframe: all the benefits of Botox without the discomfort.

These quick fixes are just that, the long-term effects are still unknown and by having them done we are encouraging the next generation to be just as foolish and sickeningly appearance obsessed as we are. How will our daughters feel when they hit their twenties and their forty-year-old mothers have tauter skin than they do? We all want to remain young, we all want to still be attractive, but if takes reconstructive surgery, regular injections or creams whose long-term effects are still unknown – then it’s not real.

Madonna hasn't had any surgery.

Madonna swears she hasn't had any surgery.

Freezeframe’s new miracle serum claims it can reveal smoother younger looking skin in a matter of minutes, after just a few dabs with the product. Hmmm. That sounds safe. But never mind, 14,000 desperate and bewrinkled sows in the UK have already put their names down on the weighting list to receive the product which retails for under a $100. The product’s creators say that it contains muscle-relaxing ingredients that make wrinkles disappear in just five minutes. One of its main ingredients is Snap-8, a protein that stops nerve cells from producing chemicals that signal muscles to contract. It also uses a new ingredient called Inhibox that consists of amino acids that repair aging skin cells and cause a tightening feeling on the skin. They claim that the product is 30% more effective than other ‘Botox in a bottle’ type treatments. According to ‘tests’ most women saw a 35% reduction in wrinkles after 28 days.

Wrinkled celebrities

These celebrities are in their forties and have wrinkles - disgusting.

If there was a product that eradicated wrinkles in five minutes, was affordable and was proven to be entirely safe, I’d marinate myself in it, but I don’t trust these products  and I don’t believe their claims. I don’t know how a serum applied to the outer dermis can penetrate the skin and cripple the muscles below. Sounds like bullshit in a bottle to me. And what happens when the product wears off? Back to looking like a fucked cushion again? [adsense]What we need to do is look at the way society sees aging, in women in particular. If Madonna, Danni Minogue, Nicole Kidman, the girls from Friends and all the other celebrities stopped using these treatments and allowed themselves to age more realistically and naturally in the public eye, then perhaps normal women would give themselves a break from trying to emulate a perfection that is achieved by surgeon’s knifes, lighting tricks and by sleeping in a bath of Photoshop every night. We still don’t know what the long-term effects of Photoshop are. Until we do, we are better off eating healthily (yeah it sucks) and treating our bodies with more care than we currently do. The only way of really remaining young is to die before you hit your forties, and that really is a little drastic. There can be as much beauty in a fifty-year old face as in a twenty-year old face. Wake up world, there are more important things to worry about. Anal fissures, for one thing.

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Brad Pitt Almost Calls Jennifer Aniston Dull, Ugly, Fat and Boring.

In a ‘controversial’ interview given to Parade magazine, Brad Pitt has given a scathing review of his marriage to actress Jennifer Aniston, describing his life during that period as “pathetic”. Well, allegedly.

In an interview that other publications are calling insensitive, the actor portrays his marriage to Aniston as miserable and also said that making Angelina Jolie the mother of his children was the “smartest thing” he’d ever done.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - very happy without that boring slag Jennifer Aniston.

Pitt, 47, is in the process of promoting Moneyball – his latest movie and so this might be a cheap attempt at attracting attention for the movie. Afterall, the only publicity the actor has ever really received has been based around his relationships with the Friends star and current shag piece, Jolie. Something the general public took an inordinate interest in. Clearly their own lives were that dull and tragic that they needed to live vicariously through a showbiz love triangle, that never really existed, but was borne of a media eager to create headlines.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Jolie

“I spent the ’90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony. I started to get sick of myself sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out. It started feeling pathetic,” Pitt told the magazine. “It became very clear to me that I was intent on trying to find a movie about an interesting life, but I wasn’t living an interesting life myself.” He continues ‘I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t.”

So what he really said that his life was pathetic around that time. Not his marriage. That he was trying to pretend the marriage was something that it wasn’t. Don’t the media love to orchestrate things, amplify them and then blow them out of all recognisable proportion?

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston happy together, but she was dull. Yeah?

Pitt and Aniston were married in 2000 having dated for part of the nineties. The marriage lasted five years, and eventually disbanded not long after he made the movie Mr and Mrs Jones with current wife Jolie and together they now have six kids, three of which they adopted.

“One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I’m so happy to have her,” said Pitt later in the interview. Which other websites consider a slight on Jennifer Anniston who has made public her desire to have a family. Ok so maybe Pitt is still so bitter and twisted about his break up with an actress famous for her role in a TV series and unhappy with his stupendously beautiful A-lister wife (with squid lips), that he is still publicly taunting her five years’ later. Or his comments have been taken completely out of context. Perhaps he has grown up and now understands how to make a marriage work, more so than he did when he was with Rachel from Friends..

According to the interview Pitt is now very much a contented man.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie looking a bit rough for a change.

“I put much more emphasis on being a satisfied man. I’m satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much.”

Brad Pitt is currently filming yet another zombie film entitled World War Z. Moneyball is out for release on 23rd September.

The press would like to think that Anniston will be distraught at their play on the comments made by her ex-husband in his interview. But as he didn’t actually call her or his marriage boring, and because they split up six years ago, and because she has a new boyfriend and currently has enough to concern herself with, with her 75-year-old mother in a critical condition in hospital having suffered a stroke, she might have better things to think about.

The only thing keeping the Aniston/Pitt/Jolie rivalry alive is a media hungry for celeb gore, whether real or otherwise, to feed to its zombie readership.

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Warren Jeffs: raped children in the name of god. Hallelujah!

Another great ambassador for religion and the human race in general one Mr Warren Jeffs – a lovely Texan polygamist found very guilty of paedophilia has been sadly sentenced to life imprisonment this week. He’ll be sorely missed. Like Hitler was.

Religion – a creation of mankind’s disturbed, arrogant and impudent mind – will forgive the human species anything it seems and under the guise of religion it appears that adult human beings will perform any old disgusting act on another person or animal – safe in the knowledge that they can get away with it, because whatever retarded god or hideous false idol they worship, will forgive them.

[adsense]Warren Jeffs is a self-proclaimed prophet and the leader of a fundamentalist church where he sermonizes about segregation and modesty, compelling his numerous wives to remain indoors and wear plain and baggy uniforms.

However, in a selection of photographs that were released in the media this week, it has emerged that his own life was very different to that which he preached to his community. Slightly more rapey for a start.

The pictures show him whilst he still evaded capture (before being caught) with one of his favorite underage wives and dressed in leathers. I was taught it was wrong to favour one underage wife over another – but that’s Jeffs for you – he makes his own rules.

Warren Jeffs' Wives

Warren Jeff's' Wives: Do you all take this grotesque megalomaniac, paedophile rapist to be your lawfully wedded husband?

In another picture, we see fifty of his ghoulish wives in what appears to be a very disturbing and unwholesome family photo. United by two similarities, their adoration of a grotesque and disturbed power-hungry intimidator of children and young women.

He had 78 wives altogether, many of them related and a third of them under the age of 17. He used them to not only service him sexually but also to hold one another forcefully down in order to make it easier for him to rape them. There is nothing worse than a struggling child when you are trying to do a rape.

Warren Jeffs on his motorbike - because 700 wives just doesn't express his manliness quite enough.

Fifty-five-year old Jeffs was the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a predatory position he used in order to prey on young and stupidly naïve guidance-hungry religious nitwits unable to distinguish between good and very evil, even when it’s holding you down and raping you with its prophetic penis.

On the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted criminals list, Jeffs fate took a jury in Texas less than half an hour before it sentenced the tragic old paedophile to the maximum possible sentence for his cowardly and sickening crimes. He was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault, for which he will serve life, followed by a second count for plain old boring sexual assault, for which he will remain on prison holiday for a consecutive 20 years, hopefully in the present of rather muscular psychopathic serial killers who loathe child-shaggers and have a penchant for exceptionally rough anal sex, and insatiable sexual appetites. was also ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 dollars. That’s going to smart.

Warren Jeffs and Loretta; she was about 6.

The man – who once thrived on power over the weaker – already appears emaciated, pallid and sorrowful in photos that have emerged from the prison as he begins his long-term vacation behind bars where he is not permitted visitors or calls. So even the impudently trusting and easily brain-washed underage girls that foolishly saw him as a powerful and religious icon, can’t visit and get their weird culty religious fix.

The megalomaniacal monster defended himself and at one point read out a statement that threatened a “whirlwind of judgement” from god if his ‘humble servant’ was not released. Luckily, the jury it seems, was not made up of ignorant and frightened 12-year-old girls, and therefore his truculent words went unheeded.

During the hearing explicit recordings depicted him sexually assaulting a 12-year-old and also instructing other minors on how they could please him sexually. The little girls were told that they were pleasing god by submitting to the sexual deviant’s needs and that by doing so they would help atone for the sins of their community.

Ronald McDonald, the planet's favourite child abuser.

In other evidence, Jeffs’ niece described how she was raped by her uncle when she was seven-years-old and promised a place in heaven if she kept silent about the attack. And one of his nephews described that he was also raped by Jeffs when he was five-years-old and was told by Jeffs that it was “between you, me and god”. Sex offenders aren’t even original.

“Mr. Jeffs had his big house, where he chose to warehouse hundreds of girls and women for his sexual gratification. The state of Texas has a big house too, and that is where Warren Jeffs should spend the rest of his days,” Eric Nichols (Assistant Texas Attorney General) told the jury. ‘Warren Jeffs made himself into something that harms each and every person he touches,’ he added.

[Ronald mcdonal]Several other men who belonged to the church have also been prosecuted, and have received sentences of between six and 75 years. The sect – that encourages polygamy has more than 10,000 members throughout the world. Like an international club for megalomaniacal paedophiles – that’s nice.

Whilst the propensity of some men to be evil never fails to disgust me, the out and out stupidity of some females, that will hold down a 12-year-old girl whilst a grown man rapes her, is equally horrendous.

Many of the women have stated that their role in the attacks was borne out of fear. Jeffs inherited the role of leader at his foul and stinking church of pathetic deviancy rom his father – another grotesque individual who raised his son to believe that as a man, women were rightfully his to abuse. Sounds like a great father. I wonder if he had any daughters?

Rot in prison Warren Jeffs. I hope you took plenty of Vaseline. Us on the outside are still waiting for that ‘whirlwind of judgement’.

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You can also read about other megalomaniacs and rape related stories such as Joseph Brooks, Heidi Jones, Jeffrey Dahmer and Dexter star Michael C. Hall.


Kelly Osbourne – Famously Unfamous

With Kelly Osbourne’s recent inundation of snipes at other celebrities more famous and/or more talented than her, it’s difficult to not question why it is someone such as she – ie not famous for anything other than being the daughter of someone who is famous, or was thirty years ago, is actually famous herself.

[adsense]I’m not entirely anti-Kelly Obsourne per se, she doesn’t even approach the peripheral of the risible and repellent celebrity radar. And I understand that she is famous because of her father. What I don’t understand is why she is treated like and behaves like a celebrity herself. Her career so far has been based on a dreadful shot at becoming a musician. Even riding on the back of her father’s name couldn’t help her there and a clothing line riding on the back of a thirteen-year-old – Madonna’s sprog – Lourdes Ciccone has been equally unprofitable.

She famously hangs out with famous people such as newly deceased Amy Winehouse, with all the trendy London party folk and takes cowardly snipes at people from her high horse, but without the acute wit and dagger-tooth tongue of Joan Rivers.

It’s strange for us normal folk (brought up in working class or middle class families, who go to normal schools and work for a living) to understand why the already rich and faux famous strive for recognition. Clearly the money is not enough for them. Obviously the cursory fame (on the back of someone else’s name) is not enough. Perhaps it’s guilt, knowing that they have done nothing to deserve the press attention or the walk-in wardrobes, sports cars and famous friends.

Celebrities happily give up their anonymity and their freedom to live normal lives in exchange for recognition. Will they go to the grave happily knowing that they were a household name?  Why would anyone spend their lives trying to ensure that everyone remembers them once they’re dead?  It didn’t seem to do Amy Winehouse much good. And it’s still not doing her much good now. Poor girl can’t seem to get a wink of rest in peace without the media dredging up some implausible story or altogether un-newsworthy item ridiculous enough to have her waking from her dirt nap just to laugh at them.

Fame only seems to sit well with people that are that inordinately desperate for attention that they welcome the media photographing the minutae of their lives: each time they retrieve their underwear from their privileged arse cracks, have a lovers’ tiff, part their hair differently, wear knickers made of bacon, or just blow their well known noses.

Lady Gaga in meat dress

Lady Gaga’s rotten flesh with a meat frock to wrap it in. Attention please!

It just goes to prove that maybe it is not just money that drives us to succeed but recognition, and the bounty that comes with it is just a bonus.

Gob-sbourne is not old, sagacious or sharply witty enough to be launching attacks yet. Maybe in twenty years her childish spite will have been crafted into something that resembles Joan Rivers’ gloriously despicable vitriol. Until then, she is just a spoiled little rich girl, trying to be noticed.

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Read about other people who are famous through nepotism like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Petra Ecclestone.


Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres combine forces to help paralysed children

Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears are at the centre of a new campaign to help three children in Houston who were orphaned as the result of a horrendous car crash which also rendered two of them paralysed.

Amid more fan outrage at his non-split with Selena Gomez, Bieber must be glad of the relief from the fierce vitriol levelled at his girlfriend and notching up more points for his entrance fee to the new Jerusalem by helping others.

Justin Bieber at the 2011 Oscars with Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber promotes 'Show Your Hearts' and is still an item with Selena Gomez.

Britney Spears must also be glad of a diversion from a pending lawsuit in which she was accused of extremely poor hygiene and sexual advances by a former bodyguard who feels that $10m should be enough to ease the burden of the trauma inflicted by the wind-breaking Spears.

Britney Spears posing for her latest publicity shots

Britney Spears is taking time out from being smelly to promote 'Show Your Hearts' with Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Ellen Degeneres.

The pair, along with Ellen DeGeneres are busy promoting the campaign called Show Your Hearts and asking fans via Twitter and Facebook to donate to the cause in order to help 9-year-old Peter and 8-year-old Aaron who were both left paralysed, as well as their 6-year-old sister who was also injured in the car crash which occurred on July 2nd.

Ellen DeGeneres appears on 'Extra'

Ellen DeGeneres is lending her celebrity backing to 'Show Your Hearts'.

The all-star backing doesn’t end there as the Houston Rockets also asked fans to chip in with donations before their game last Wednesday stating that all proceeds will go to a trust fund set up for the orphaned children.

[adsense]Aiding these young children is a terrific cause and with such powerful publicity their campaign is bound to do well for them. The need for a public drive is however quite unnecessary as, if Bieber, Spears and DeGeneres truly felt that strongly about it, they could donate a large sum of cash each, set the children up for life and not have to make a public display of it.

A child loses his lower leg during a gun fight in Libya.

One of thousands of children who are affected by war but is probably not helped by major celebrities.

It is also a shame that these same celebrities cannot find it within themselves to promote bigger causes and help more children who are also left in similar circumstances or worse – perhaps by atrocities of war or famine such as the children of Yemen, Libya, Egypt and countless other African nations.

DeGeneres does to a certain extent, but Bieber and to a lesser degree, Spears, have only ever served their own needs.

While perhaps sincere in their thoughts, the trio are in fact gaining heavily from the publicity that promoting such causes brings about. That may be harmless enough but most of that publicity will only serve to sell records, DVDs and books, the profits from which are unlikely to save the lives of millions of unnamed, unknown children elsewhere in the world.

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Kat Von D and Jesse James Split Whilst Still In Love

There must be unhappy dust in the water over at celebrity towers this last week, as another celebrity couple has only gone and split up.

This time Kat Von D and Jesse JamesSandra Bullock’s ex-husband have revealed that they have split, despite being engaged to wed later this year, blaming the long distance nature of their relationship for the fracture.

42-year-old James – host of Monster Garage – admits that he’s unhappy about the situation. “I’m so sad because I really love her. The distance between us was just too much.” Quirky beauty Von D is a famous tattoo artist and host of reality TV show, LA Ink that is shot in Los Angeles. While James lives near to Austin, Texas with his three children from two previous marriages.

Kat von D

"Vixen" - Kat Von D

Other celebrity couples that have just severed their ties include Jay-Lo and Marc Anthony; and more recently Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler, whose break up was publicised just yesterday.

[adsense]Kat and Jesse seemed like the ultimate rock & roll couple. Their relationship began last year and they were quick – clearly too quick – to announce their engagement in January this year. Then just last month there were rumors afoot that the couple might be calling the impending wedding off but Jesse disputed this saying, “That is absolutely not true. We’re still going strong. Things are completely good with us.”  Clearly not that good, Jesse.

James called Von D “a vixen”, whereas in his book American Outlaw he described previous wife Sandra Bullock as “a predictable wife” whose idea of an exciting evening was watching a new release DVD at home. The long winter evenings must have flown by.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock - "predictable wife"

Perhaps, if James and Von D are really so in love, and let’s be all gooey and old-fashioned and hope that they are actually (in a cynical world of cursory celebrity amalgamations) fond of each other. Then they will realise that location, money and career are not really so important as being with a special someone.

Kat von D and Jesse James

Kat Von D and Jesse James - split

Von D tweeted the news of the separation: “I am no longer with Jesse and out of respect for him, his family and myself, that’s all the info I’d like to share. Thanks for respecting that.” She also sent a message to Chandler – James’s daughter – on Twitter, that simply read “Kisses to both of you!!!” And Chandler responded with emoticons of a sad face and a broken heart.

It’s no fairytale world but I don’t think geographical location should be a valid excuse for a good relationship to dissemble.

Fingers crossed for Kat and Jesse.

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