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Archive for May, 2010
Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead this morning in a hotel near Urbandale, Iowa. He was 38. According to the Des Moines Register, police found no evidence of foul play in Gray’s death, but the investigation is ongoing. The Polk County, Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy and toxicology test tomorrow to determine the cause of his premature death. Gray’s body was found by a hotel employee at around 10:50 this morning and witnesses report seeing items removed from his room early in the afternoon. Slipknot’s manager confirmed the death to Rolling Stone but did not offer further details. Read more »
In honor of YouTube’s fifth birthday, the site announced it’s now attracting more than two billion video views a day.
“That’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined,” the YouTube team wrote in a blog post Sunday. “We certainly can’t imagine what the future will look like. But we do know there’s a lot more to be done … We’re just getting started.”
To celebrate, the Google-owned site launched its YouTube Five Year Channel and a project called “My YouTube Story,” which features users talking about the ways in which the video site has affected their lives.
Among them are such high-profile users as CBS News’ Katie Couric, Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and late-night jokester Conan O’Brien.
In Couric’s video, she says “YouTube is kind of like New York City. Millions and millions of people from all walks of life co-existing in one small space. When you turn the corner, you never know who or what you’ll see.”
Adds O’Brien, “If you’re like me, America, you spend an inordinate amount of time watching YouTube – and it’s probably why our country’s economy is in the toilet.”
For most of the NHL regular season, watching the Boston Bruins move around in the offensive zone was like observing those deeply tanned old men with metal detectors whom you can see scavenging on Florida beaches. Like elongated wands humming over the sand, some of the hockey sticks occasionally stumbled upon something of genuine value—say, the odd goal. While their persistence was exemplary, the results seemed out of proportion to the amount of energy the players expended. At least the old men take in some sun while treasure hunting. The feckless Bruins could barely bask in the glow of a red goal light. Read more »
Despite a financial crisis for the ages, the catastrophic collapse of a Republican Party crippled by his political legacy, and the highest presidential disapproval rating in the history of American polling, outgoing commander in chief George W. Bush has not completely lost his sense of fun. When Rolling Stone caught up with him at the White House shortly after the holidays for what would turn out to be his final extended sit-down interview as president, the graying but still quite fit Texan had just finished his morning exercycle session in an eagle-emblazoned sweatsuit and was fiddling with a new Read more »
Most people know very little about Scientology aside from the fact that Tom Cruise, John Travolta and other celebrities are a part of it, and that it’s had its fair share of controversy over the years. A new book is looking to pull back the curtain on the mysterious religion founded by L. Ron Hubbard, and the author certainly knows her stuff. Amy Scobee is a former Scientologist who was in the church for more than two decades, and worked in the all-important Celebrity Centers portion of the organization. In her just-released book, ‘Scientology: Abuse at the Top,’ Scobee details all of the troubling things she saw that made her flee what she once called her trusted religion, but now refers to as a “dangerous cult.” Scobee spoke exclusively to PopEater over e-mail about her shocking book, her time with Tom Cruise and other Scientology bigwigs, and the (her words) brainwashing, systematic violence and slave labor camps she saw during her 27 years there. Her terrifying claims … after the jump!
Could you explain your role within the Church of Scientology?
I worked in the upper management of Scientology for two decades. For a good portion of that time, I was responsible for the international network of Celebrity Centers, which service people in the field of the arts, government and sports — people with high profiles in the world who are capable of creating a lot of influence on the population. Read more »