Over the past few years, NMA.TV, a video news-site based in Taiwan, has made waves by animating some serious events, producing "fact-based" illustrated depictions of Barack Obama's showdown with House Speaker John Boehner and the murder trial of Casey Anthony. But earlier today the site released a video depiction of Courtney Comes Clean, Maer Roshan's news-making bio of the singer. The 90-second video illustrates several details uncovered in a previously-sealed deposition that Love's then 17-year-old daughter submitted to L.A Superior Court in 2009. Her sworn statement alleged that her mother's habits threatened to set fire to their home, and resulted in the death of two of Frances's pets. Convinced by her testimony, a judge freed Frances from Love's custody, and transferred guardianship of the teenager to Kurt Cobain's mother instead.
Courtney Comes Clean, the first in a series of Fix e-books, was released on Wednesday, and is currently one of the top-trending e-books at Barnes and Noble. You can order a copy here for $2.99. Catch a surreal snippet of NMA's video version of the book below.
Many Twitter die-hards probably don’t need to be told this but, according to a new study, tweeting or checking emails may actually be more difficult to resist than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. People, the study claims, are more likely to cave into their cravings to use social media than they are even to succumb to desires to have sex and sleep. The study, conducted by Wilhelm Hofmann of Chicago University’s Booth Business School, tested the willpower of 205 people between the ages of 18 and 85 in and around the German city of Würtzburg. Willpower, the study noted, decreased as the day went on. As for the cigarettes and alcohol vs. Twitter urges, Hofman told The Guardian UK, “With cigarettes and alcohol there are more costs—long-term as well as monetary—and the opportunity may not always be the right one. So, even though giving in to media desires is certainly less consequential, the frequent use may still 'steal' a lot of people's time.” These results will be published in the journal Psychological Science—a fact we will surely all be tweeting about when it happens.
Attorney General Eric Holder took the hot seat yesterday for an extraordinary sixth time in the House's probe into Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF gun-trafficking boondoggle that resulted in few arrests but lost 2,000 weapons and led to the death of a Border Patrol agent in a shootout. The agent's parents filed a $25 million wrongful death claim against the government earlier this week. Thus the scene was set.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee ratched up their rhetoric, repeating charges of a cover-up by the nation's top justice cop and demanding his resignation. They called the botched ops a sinister plot by the Obama administration to actually spark gun violence in order to justify a firearms crackdown.
But Democrats blasted back, once again arguing that the failed strategy, which Holder opened in late 2009 and shut in early 2011, had originally been executed on a smaller scale by the Bush administration without GOP complaints and that the yearlong investigation had lost all point except for election-year partisan politics. They called it a "witch-hunt" and compared the Republicans to the Queen of Hearts who declared guilt first and then went looking for facts.
Holder, too, played his role, repeating denials that he authorized Fast and Furious or its cover-up.
It's been a hell of a week for Crystal Warren. After going public with her sex addiction and revealing she slept with over 1,000 men, she faced a controversial line of questioning on British chat show This Morning and has now revealed to The Sun that she used to be a man herself. The 42-year-old, who was born Christopher Snowden, underwent full gender reassignment surgery in 2005 and was issued a Gender Recognition Certificate, which allowed her to legally change her birth certificate to reflect her new name and sex. Three years prior, she underwent counseling and begun having hormone and laser treatments to remove body hair and develop breasts. "A lot of people will think I've lied to those I've had sex with, but I don't feel I have because I'm a woman and my past is all behind me," she said. Warren said she has suffered from gender dysphoria—feeling as though she were a female trapped in a male's body—since childhood and that her parents were supportive of it even at a young age. She had previously revealed that her sex addiction was so consuming that it has left her unable to hold down employment, but that she's not ready to seek professional help for it.
Nine-year-old Jessy Hatch—who underwent a double leg amputation at 11 months old due to a genetic condition caused by her birth mother's meth addiction—completed her first-ever long-distance race, the one-mile Kids Rock run in Tempe, Ariz., which raises money for children with physical disabilities. Hatch, who has never met her biological mother and lives with adoptive parents in Phoenix, learned to walk using prosthetic legs, before switching to carbon-fiber blades at the end of last year in order to compete in sporting events. Her foster mother, Dawn Hatch, said that getting her daughter into the new prosthetics has been a lifetime process. "A double amputee exerts 250 percent more energy walking than we do, [and] a little three- or four-year-old can't take in the 2,100 calories needed to walk on artificial legs," she explained. "So Jessy had to have a feeding tube inserted into her stomach to beef her up. We just took it out in June 2011. After that, she could have her running legs as she'd built up enough muscle mass." The young girl also helps run a charity called "Jessy for Jeans," which collects clothing for disadvantaged kids.
Major League Baseball All-Star Josh Hamilton has had another bump in his road to recovery. On Monday night, spies watched the 2010 American League MVP drinking excess amounts of alcohol at the Sherlock's Pub & Grill in Dallas on Monday night. Word of the relapse spread fast, and teammate Ian Kinsler reportedly stopped by the bar in a futile effort to get Hamilton home. After missing the 2003 and 2005 seasons for drug and alcohol-related suspensions, Hamilton got sober. Since then, the 30-year-old has had two alcohol-related setbacks in three years. In 2009, he was spotted drinking at bar in Arizona, and attributed the relapse to a brief regression in his Christian faith. "I got away from the one thing that kept me on the straight and narrow, and that was my relationship with the Lord," he said. "That should always come first. Hopefully some good will come out of this. It just crossed my mind that night, 'Can I have a drink?' Obviously I can't and this reinforces that. Since that night, I have not had another thought like that. I know it's something I shouldn't do because it leads to other things."