Hay everypony and everypony, today is Monday, December 5th, 2011. I’m going  to be busy with class today so I’m not going to have the time  to get a whole lot done, but since we are  here today we might as well make the best of it. And get some pony news up. So w/o further ado, let’s begin.

I’ve gathered a bunch of videos for you guys to check out.


http://soundcloud.com/wherewolf-therewolf

And this is a comedy skit taken from the whitest kids you know.

That about does  it for pony stuff today we’ll hit the shores of Asia.

Top 10 Coolest Anime Heroes

Author: Leon

Anime fans interrogated as to who in their opinion is the coolest male protagonist in anime supply a rather passable and surprisingly masculine ranking.

The ranking:

1. Sakata Gintoki (Gintama)

2. Lelouch (Code Geass)

3. Kazuma (Scryed)

4. Accelerator (To Aru Majutsu no Index)

5. Okazaki Tomoya (Clannad)

6. Kaburagi T. Kotetsu (Tiger & Bunny)

7. Nura Rikuo (Nurarihyon no Mago)

8. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)

9. Hei (Darker Than Black)

10. Rintaro Okabe (Steins;Gate)

Next up is a List of figures. Clicking these images  will take you to their respective threads.

Also there’s a doll.

Now for some traffic news from Japan.

24 Car Ferrari Pile-Up Japan’s “Most Expensive Ever”

Author: Artefact

A road accident involving 24 cars, including 8 Ferraris, a Lamborghini and 3 Benzes, has been hailed as one of the most spectacularly expensive road accidents in Japan’s history.

The accident unfolded over a 400m stretch of Yamaguchi prefecture highway, mildly curving and slightly inclined, as a Ferrari lost control and collided with the median, causing further collisions in the group of vehicles following.

Several of the cars avoided collision by swift braking, but the accident sent almost caused disaster even in the opposite lane – one driver travelling in the opposite direction narrowly avoided a serious accident

“One of the Ferraris spun out of control and the other cars all successively smashed into each other whilst they were trying to avoid it. The crash sent debris flying with such force that my windscreen was cracked.”

10 people were hospitalised as a result of the crash, all with light injuries.

Of the 24 vehicles involved, at least 8 Ferraris, 1 Lamborghini and 3 Mercedes Benz vehicles were involved in the crash, with a total of 6 vehicles being completely destroyed.

The cars were supposedly driving together on their way to a club lunch for members of a automobile fanciers’ club.

As might be imagined, attention has focused on what speeds they were travelling at – according to one witness “the cars were travelling at 140-160kph (87-100mph).”

The highway remained closed for some time after the accident.

With that out of the way I’ll  hand  it over to Tracy.

Finally, a win for Tiger Woods

By Doug Ferguson

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—The birdie putt on the final hole to win. The sweeping fist pump. The red shirt.

It all looked so familiar Sunday afternoon in the Chevron World Challenge, where Tiger Woods ended a drought that once would have seemed inconceivable. He went 749 days and 26 tournaments without winning as he tried to repair his image, his personal life and a golf game that used to be the best in the world.

When the final birdie putt from 6 feet disappeared into the cup, Woods swept his arm across the air, yelled through the din of the gallery and slammed his fist in a celebration that was a long time coming.

He birdied the last two holes for a 3-under 69 and won against an 18-man field at Sherwood Country Club. It was a two-man race against former Masters champion Zach Johnson over the final hour. Even so, winning is all that ever mattered to Woods — now perhaps more than ever before.

“Any different?” Woods asked about his win. “It feels great. Kind of hard for me to elaborate beyond that. I know it’s been awhile, but for some reason, it feels like it hasn’t. As far as making the putt and the feeling afterward, I think I was screaming something. But it was just that I won the golf tournament. I pulled it off with one down, two to go.

“To go birdie-birdie is as good as it gets.”

The last time Woods won was Nov. 15, 2009, at the Australian Masters for his 82nd title worldwide, and his seventh win that year, back when winning at least looked routine for him. Twelve days later, Woods crashed his car into a fire hydrant outside his Florida home, and stunning revelations of extramarital affairs soon emerged. It cost him his impeccable image, his marriage and four major sponsors.

He has added three sponsors in the last five months. He showed signs of coming back with nine solid rounds in the wind in Australia, finishing third at the Australian Open and delivering the clinching point for the Americans in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne.

It wasn’t clear if Woods was elated or relieved, whether he felt satisfied or vindicated.

It didn’t really matter to him.

“It just feels awesome, whatever it is,” he said.

A two-shot lead on the back nine had turned into a one-shot deficit as Woods faced a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. He thought Johnson’s birdie putt was going in until it stayed just high of the hole. Woods adjusted his line ever so slightly and drained the putt to pull even going to the 18th.

From 158 yards in the middle of the fairway, Woods hit 9-iron that landed on the slope and rolled down to easy birdie range.

If this win felt different than the last one, Woods wasn’t saying.

“They all feel good,” he said. “They’re not easy. People don’t realize how hard it is to win golf tournaments. I’ve gone on streaks where I’ve won golf tournaments in a row, but still … I don’t think I’ve taken it for granted. And I know because of how hard it is.”

Johnson had done just about everything right on the back nine — a tough birdie putt on the 13th to tie for the lead, a spectacular pitch from the putting surface, over a ridge to 4 feet to escape with par, and a 12-foot birdie on the 16th to take the lead.

He had a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th that never had a chance, and stood to the side watching a familiar sight — Woods making clutch shots at the end of a tournament to win.

“If the man is healthy, that’s paramount,” Johnson said. “I mean, he’s the most experienced and the best player I’ve ever played with. In every situation, he knows how to execute and win.”

Although those situations have been rare of late, Woods looked as if he had not forgotten how to win. The only other times he has been in contention this year were the Masters and the Australian Open.

“I felt normal, felt very comfortable,” Woods said. “I’ve been here so many times that, you know, I just feel very comfortable being here in this position. Was I nervous? Absolutely. Always nervous in that position. But it’s a comfortable feeling, and I enjoy being in that position. For some reason, it’s kind of a comfort to be in there with a chance to win.”

Woods won the Chevron World Challenge, which he hosts for his foundation, for the fifth time. He finished at 10-under 278 and donated the $1.2 million to his foundation.

The win moved him from No. 52 to No. 21 in the world ranking, and likely will send expectations soaring for 2012. Woods will not play again until starting next season in Abu Dhabi at the end of January.

There were similar expectations last year, even though Woods blew a four-shot lead in the final round at Sherwood and lost in a playoff to U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell. Woods said that was more smoke and mirrors. He only had one shot back then, and took the lead because he made a bunch of putts.

Is there reason for expectations now?

“I think there’s always expectations,” Woods said. “So be it.”

Johnson closed with a 71 and took home $650,000 for the holidays. Paul Casey, who opened with a 79, had his third straight round in the 60s to finish alone in third at 5 under.

“Tiger can have a long career,” Casey said when he finished. “We might look back in another 10 years and actually forget about the last couple of years.”

These last two years are starting to feel like a blur for Woods, this year in particular. He never looked as low as he did when he hobbled off the TPC Sawgrass, withdrawing from The Players Championship after a 42 on the front nine because of leg injuries that ultimately kept him out of competition for three months, including two majors.

Then he missed the cut at the PGA Championship and failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs.

But his peers noticed a difference about the way his game was coming together in Australia, and it appears to be going in only one direction as Woods headed home to Florida.

“Last year I played with him here the first round and I thought, `Wow, this guy is back,'” Steve Stricker said. “You could tell this time around, he’s got even more confidence, more game. He feels even better about the direction he’s headed.”

Woods’ tournament has been a good stepping stone for others over the years. The most recent example was Jim Furyk, who won in 2009 and then had his first three-win season the next year and captured the FedEx Cup.

No one ever imagined Woods needing a boost, but that might be the case.

“I don’t think we’re going to see another 2011, if that makes sense,” Furyk said, alluding to Woods failing to reach the FedEx Cup playoffs this year. “If he steadily progresses, keeps getting confidence and moving forward, he’s going to return and be one of the best players in the game again.”

Yes, sports fans (or golf fans) it looks like Tiger Woods has won again! For the first time in two years, in fact. He was seriously sucking for awhile: a car accident back in 2009, having some affairs, a divorce and the loss of four of his sponsors. And since then, he’s lost 26 tournaments.

Honestly, if I’d lost so many after all that shit? I’d have quit. I mean, come on, he’s got plenty of money to his name, even after the divorce. And there are tons of places to golf since he likes it so much but give up on competing. Seriously.

Next up is a little news that I’m sure everyone is tired of: Twilight.

Are fans shunning repeat viewings of ‘Breaking Dawn’?

The repeat-filmgoer is a time-honored, and much-coveted, Hollywood tradition. Teenage girls around the world came out again and again to see Leo’s Jack Dawson shed a romantic tear in “Titanic.” (He still died.)

Director Christopher Nolan has practically mastered the repeat feat — art-house audiences came back to see “Memento” twice just to figure out what in the name of Einsteinian theory was going on — while “Inception” was a double-dip favorite among the fan boy set a few summers back.

If there’s any movie that would seem to lend itself to repeat viewing this year, it’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” The film’s fans are the rabid sort who want to cry with each gesture of vampiric love and tense up with each werewolf confrontation. For many, buying a ticket is less an act of filmgoing than a ritual. And you don’t perform a ritual just once.

Yet the movie’s box office performance this weekend shows that the movie may not be generating that sort of reaction. As my colleague Amy Kaufman writes in Monday’s Los Angeles Times, the Kristen Stewart-Robert Pattinson picture tallied $16.9 million this weekend — not a bad total for a third weekend, but down a bit according to one key metric.

Though the fourth movie in the franchise has grossed $247 million since opening two weekends ago, it’s still lower than  the November opening of the second movie, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which took in $255 million over the same period. (The third picture “Eclipse,” came out in June, which makes comparisons difficult.)

It’s impossible to know why the numbers are slightly lower this time around, but executives at studio Summit Entertainment have a theory: This film isn’t generating the repeat buyers like “New Moon” did.

“I think our audience has grown a little bit older, and therefore their interests have changed,” the studio’s Richie Fay told Kaufman. “That audience was also a big repeat audience, so maybe this time they’ve only seen the movie once, when they would have seen it 4 1/2 times before.”

It’s an interesting theory, though repeat viewings don’t on their face seem to be correlated with the age of the filmgoer — certainly “Inception” wasn’t playing primarily to the grade-school set.

There is, however, a neater explanation. This movie is the first of two, as its title, not to mention its cliffhanger ending, suggests. After all, Stewart’s Bella Swan (spoiler alert, though if you somehow do not know this then you probably don’t care to), after appearing dead during the movie’s climax, bolts her eyes wide open just before the movie ends, hinting at the vampire life she will soon lead. And when you tease people that much about what’s to come, they may not be satisfied with what they have.

Or, put another way, when you leave them wanting more, they don’t always come back for more of the same.

Apparently, nobody is RUSHING to see Breaking Dawn Part One a second, third and fourth time. Personally, I’m not even rushing to see it a first time! The movie business is apparently disappointed that the $247 million that they earned from the movie during the first two weeks isn’t the $255 million that New Moon earned.

Let’s be honest here… I used to like the Twilight series. New Moon was entertaining, I liked watching Bella smash her face around on a motorcycle. But the series, overall, blew. Especially after Stephenie Meyer wrote that the Volturi were ruthless, uncaring, selfish vampires and then, oh this part irked me so much because they had the potential to be AMAZNIG villain, in the end of Breakin Dawn, she had them back down like pussy whipped bitches.

No, people realized how shitty the Twilight series is and how stupid it is for a Vampire to get a human pregnant.  And that this shitty movie is only in two parts because of Harry Potter. Twenty bucks says that the fans that used to see Twilight more than once are now watching dvds of Harry Potter.

Next up, something about Europe and the French President.

Sarkozy and Merkel Push for Changes to Europe Treaty

By STEVEN ERLANGER

PARIS — The two primary leaders of the euro zone, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, issued their first joint call on Monday for amendments to Europe’s governing treaties to provide better economic governance for the 17 countries of the euro zone.

Mr. Sarkozy said he hoped the treaty changes would be ready for the ratification process as early as March.

The leaders met over lunch at the Élysée Palace to prepare joint proposals to be offered to the full membership of the European Union in Brussels on Thursday night. They agreed to propose automatic penalties for countries that exceed European deficit limits as well as the creation of a monetary fund for Europe. They also backed monthly meetings of European leaders.

But Mr. Sarkozy said the answer did not lie in issuing bonds backed by all the euro zone members.

“We want to make sure that the imbalances that led to the situation in the euro zone today cannot happen again,” the French leader said at a news conference after the lunch.

“Therefore we want a new treaty, to make clear to the peoples of Europe, members of Europe and members of the euro zone, that things cannot continue as they are,” he said.

The overall deal European leaders seek this week will not be one transformative leap. The various goals are to show resolve to protect Italy and Spain, revise the economic governance of the euro zone and prevent further debt crises, according to officials involved in the talks over the deal.

The meeting in Brussels, beginning Thursday and extending into Friday, is considered a last chance this year to set the euro right, even as some investors and analysts are beginning to predict its collapse.

“The survival of the euro zone is in play,” one senior European official said. “So far it’s been too little, too late.”

The emerging solution is being negotiated under great pressure from the markets, the banks, the voters and the Obama administration, which wants an end to the uncertainty about the euro that is dragging down the global economy.

In the process, European leaders will begin to change the fundamental structure of the union, creating a form of centralized oversight of national budgets, with sanctions for the profligate, to reassure investors that this kind of sovereign-debt crisis is finally being managed and should not happen again.

The immediate focus of worry is on Italy and Spain, which have been buffeted by market speculation even as they move to fix their economies. That process took an important step on Sunday, as Italy’s cabinet agreed to a package of austerity measures to put the country in line for aid that would improve its financial stability.

The new euro package, as European and American officials describe it, is being negotiated along four main lines. It combines new promises of fiscal discipline that will be embedded in amendments to European treaties; a leveraging of the current bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility, to perhaps two or even three times its current balance; a tranche of money from the International Monetary Fund to augment the bailout fund; and quiet political cover for the European Central Bank to keep buying Italian and Spanish bonds aggressively in the interim, to ensure that those two countries — the third- and fourth-largest economies in the euro zone — are not driven into default by ruinous interest rates on their debt.

After consecutive, expensive failures to stabilize the markets and protect the euro, the broad plan emerging this week may have a better chance at succeeding, analysts say, in part because it weaves together measures that deal with the various issues of the euro, particularly the provision of a central authority that can monitor and override national budget decisions if they break the rules.

Still, even if all the parts are agreed upon in the meetings, which are bound to be fraught, the fundamental imbalances in the euro zone between north and south and between surplus countries and debtor ones will not go away. The euro will still be a single currency for 17 disparate nations in the European Union.

One dividing line is that the Germans, along with the Dutch and the Finns, remain adamantly opposed to what some consider the simplest solution: allowing the European Central Bank to become the euro zone’s lender of last resort and to buy sovereign bonds on the primary market, in unlimited amounts. Mrs. Merkel is also dead-set for now against collective debt instruments, like “eurobonds,” that would put taxpayers, particularly German ones, on the hook for the debt of others, which her government regards as illegal.

So Mr. Sarkozy and other European leaders are working on a less elegant and more phased way to create a pool of bailout money that is large enough to convince the markets there is little chance of a default on Italian and Spanish bonds, which should drive down rates to sustainable levels, European and American officials say.

Mrs. Merkel says it is time to get the euro’s fundamentals right. She is insisting on treaty changes to promote more fiscal discipline, including a limit on budget deficits, with outside supervision and surveillance of national budgets before they become dangerous, and clear sanctions for countries that fail to adhere to the firmer rules. Berlin wants the new standards backed up by the European Court of Justice or perhaps the European Commission, with the power to reject budgets that break the rules and return them for revision.

She would like the treaty changes to be accepted by all 27 members of the European Union, but failing that, she said she would accept treaty changes within the euro zone, with other countries who want to join in the future, like Poland, free to commit to the tougher rules now. Many countries, and not only Britain, are opposed to institutionalizing a two- or even three-tier European Union, fearing that their interests will be sacrificed and their voices diminished.

Mr. Sarkozy, as the political inheritor of Gaullism, disagrees about the reach and nature of European supervision of national budgets and about the role of European institutions in overseeing the fiscal affairs of sovereign states. The French are more jealous of their sovereignty and more skeptical of European courts, not wishing to give them — let alone the bureaucratic European Commission — more sway over national budgets and policies.

“Europe must be refounded and rethought,” Mr. Sarkozy said last week. “But the reform of Europe is not a march toward supranationality.”

In addition to fiscal discipline, France wants to emphasize the need to promote economic growth, because it does not believe that austerity alone will do more than throw the euro zone into recession, increasing debt, not reducing it.

Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, believes that treaty changes can happen rapidly, without the need for a constitutional convention or referendums in some countries. Others are not so sure, given that any ceding of sovereignty is a major step that may require more than just a quick vote in national Parliaments. Still, momentum toward binding new fiscal rules could be achieved by an intergovernmental agreement in the interim, while treaty changes go on apace.

That, in itself, could help stabilize the euro. If there is clear evidence of fiscal reforms now and tighter discipline for the future, some board members of the European Central Bank and its new head, Mario Draghi, have strongly hinted that the bank would move more aggressively to protect Italy and Spain.

At the same time, the bailout fund, which Europeans once hoped could be leveraged from its current $590 billion to more than $1.35 trillion, needs strengthening in light of the higher interest rates even AAA-rated countries like France are now having to pay.

After the bailouts for Greece, Ireland and Portugal, the fund has only about $335 billion left, and officials believe that amount could be leveraged up by two or even three times by offering limited guarantees against losses on sovereign bonds.

If the fund can leverage up to $1 trillion, then the International Monetary Fund could provide more, perhaps as much as $335 billion, which could then also be leveraged. In this plan, the I.M.F. would function as a credible vehicle for investment. Individual European central banks, for instance, could lend money to the organization that could then be used to enlarge the bailout fund.

There is discussion as well of the I.M.F.’s creating a special fund for surplus countries like China, Brazil or Russia to invest.

The idea is to create a cumulative fund big enough to protect Italy, at least, which European and American officials regard as solvent, but which has a total debt of $2.6 trillion.

At the same time, Mario Monti, Italy’s technocratic prime minister, has announced a $32 billion package aimed at showing the markets that Italy is serious about managing its debt, and will balance its budget by 2013. Among other things, he called for reintroducing an unpopular property tax, raising the retirement age, hiking the value-added tax and cutting payments to regional governments, which could then be forced to lay off workers.

Other matters still to be resolved, European and American officials say, include a final deal with the private sector and banks on the restructuring of Greek debt, in which the private sector is supposed to take a 50 percent “haircut” on the face value of Greek bonds. There are also continuing negotiations over how to recapitalize European banks to protect them from sovereign debt losses and to ensure that they continue to make loans, both to one another other and to customers.

As crucial as this summit meeting will be for market confidence, Mrs. Merkel loves to repeat that “there is no magic wand” or “single act” to solve the euro crisis. As she told German lawmakers last week, “It is a long process, and that process will take years.”

Not politics! I hate politics, no you can’t make me read it!!

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So, they’re trying to solve the debt crisis and the euro is about to lose all value ever, is that what I read? I honestly have no idea. I just read through that entire thing and I have no idea what’s going on. Sarkozy (who I have heard is a shitty president) wants to do one thing and Mrs. Merkel of Germany disagrees which apparently makes it diffficult to solve this crisis.

And… That’s all I’ve got for you folks.

 

That’s our show today folks I will see you all next time.