Archive for October, 2010

Street League.

The street league arena

Rob Dyrdek’s been featured on shows such as “Rob and Big” and “Fantasy Factory”  on Mtv, but now Dyrdek’s turned to a whole new level of broadcasting. In cooperation with ESPN (Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) Street League’s portrayed just as the other main sport broadcasts on television. Now that the site’s been put up to people worldwide (meaning those even without the ESPN channel) are able to view this event. Street League is the competition that has got to offer over a million dollars worth of prizes for worldwide professionals skateboarders. This is the biggest a skate competition has gone. To add the cherry on top they have announcers Steve Berra and of course Dyrdek (who are actually pro skaters themselves!). In previous competitions there had been issues due to the fact that majority of the people working didn’t even know who the pro skaters were.  Funny story following up to this was when Sean Malto (whom you’ll be hearing about later) was left outside Dew Tour (another skate competition) because they, the announcers, didn’t even know who he was!

Anyways this won’t happen here and the comfort level has definitely increased for the pros. They all get a chance to warm up (pre-skate the parks) weeks in advance just to get the perfect feeling of each location.  The competition initially began out in Arizona to be won by Nyjah Huston (only 15 years old). He’s proven to be the youngest skateboarder in history to have won not only the first Street League stop, but also the first to have won $150,000.00 in one day off of skateboarding. It’s insane. Stop two consisted of the craziest battle between skateboarders Sean Malto and Chaz Ortiz. Once again they had an incredibly young skater in this section and that was Chaz who is only sixteen years old. He ended up bailing (missing) his last trick and loosing to Sean Malto’s backside overcrook (super awesome trick). Sean then won the second stop which was situated in California. Cool story about this guy was that he actually came to Sweden about a year back and after meeting and chilling with him I realized how consistent he really was. What I mean to say is that he lands all of his tricks on the first try to the point where you question whether this dude will ever bail. Malto pretty much didn’t bail and this gave him his 150 grand award for the winning of the second stop.  The final stop was also pretty intense! Chris Cole (a legendary skateboarder) was at the bottom of these competitions for the longest time. He was definitely pleasing the crowd (doing tricks that aren‘t hard yet look cool), but for the most part seemed to not care too much about winning till this final round. He was going head to head with the new Australian rookie, Shane O’Neal. It was crazy how the mix (arrange of skaters) got thrown from 1st place to last throughout the stop. To find out more on who won the overall tournament and last round check out Street League. Make sure to have some snacks and energy drinks because you can’t afford to blink during this sick competition, dudes.

By: Majid Ahy, IB12

Larry King Sits Down With Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Larry King & Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

On September 22nd 2010, Larry king sat down once again with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to discuss issues from the American hikers who were taken captive and await trial in Iran to Nuclear weapons, Israel, and the opportunity for peace in the Middle East. This interview was an opportunity to let Ahmadinejad answer the many questions surrounding Iranian politics and the middle east, and Larry King wasted no time. The questions were fired off, and the President answered just as sharply, careful not to profess any leniency on the issues brought up. By the end it seemed that both King and Ahmadinejad were frustrated, and it began to look more like a debate than an interview, as both representatives from completely different worlds and viewpoints clashed. Accusations flew back and forth, and by the end, little had seemed to be resolved. As host Fareed Zakaria noted in the post interview conversation with King, “I thought he (Ahmadinejad) was tough. He did not seem to want to give satisfaction on any issue”.

Right out of the gate, Larry King questioned the Iranian president about the two remaining captive hitchhikers who were detained in Iran for an illegal border crossing. Ahmadinejad was insistent on the fact that he had no say in the matter, and that it was up to the judge. He also stressed the fact that it was up to the judge and the legal process when asked if the trials could not be sped up that legal so that the families could be reunited. The case of the missing FBI agent in Iran was also brought up, and the President made clear he did not know the agent’s whereabouts, and that he would like to work with the FBI and the US to locate said agent. He also remarked that the FBI should be more willing to share information and be more active in the case.

Larry king then began to bring up the worldwide fear of nuclear weapons and the tension heightened. Ahmadinejad was quick to express that the US did not represent the world as a whole. When it was pointed out that Israel was very concerned about nuclear activity in Iran, and that if not assured they might make a “first strike”, the president calmly waved it off, saying “Who is he (Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu) in the first place, to begin with? He is a skilled killer. All dictators in the world have condemned others, and he’s one of many of them”. He then attacked the US support of Netanyahu, remarking “I think that the way to control people like Mr. Netanyahu and design this regime is to cease supporting him. The U.S. government should stop using U.S. taxpayers’ money to assist him…Why should this money go to him to acquire weapons, to attack Lebanon under different pretext and threaten Iran?” Ahmadinejad then goes on to affirm that “We (Iran) are not seeking the bomb. We have no interest in it” and voices the opinion that the Zionist regime and the US should disarm. The interview continues, and turns hectic as King poses questions about human rights, continually trying to get the Iranian president to admit Iran needs work in this area, mentioning the students who held a protest in Iran and were incarcerated. Ahmadinejad continually counters these statements by mentioning the immense amount of the US population in prison, the highest in the world. The president was also decidedly inconclusive about the issue of stoning as a legal punishment.

The interview peters out, leaving enough time for one last stubborn bicker about the recognition of the holocaust and anti-semitism. Ahmadinejad again leaves much to be desired on this issue, supporting peace in the middle east, but backing Palestine primarily. When reminded that Castro had urged the president to be more aware of anti-Semitism, he diverted away from the central question by comparing it to a hypothetical case in which all the Iraqis occupy the US because of the million people who have died in their country. The interview spirals downward as more accusations are thrown by both parties, and King eventually runs out of time, abruptly ending the segment. Little can be taken in the way of progress from this interview, it merely confirms that President Ahmadinejad is unwavering in his policy and beliefs, and will continue to be so henceforth. I have included a link to the interview from youtube. It is split into four parts, three of which are with Ahmadinejad, and the fourth is the post interview discussion.

By: Jake Linne, IB12

The extinction of redheads – true?

Ginger-festival

According to genetic scientists, redheads are dying out and will be extinct in about a hundred years, National Geographic reports. The reason for this is the increasing globalization; nowadays people move, meet and produce babies over borders much more than just fifty years ago which leads to the mixing of genes. All dark genes are dominant, and the ginger population has always been small: less than 2% of the world population. The density of gingers is greatest in Scotland, where about 40% are carriers of the red gene, and 13% carries it visibly. The gene is a long ago mutation from the north of Europe and apparently, according to National Geographic, the positive part of being a redhead is the effect of the body being able to take up Vitamin D more efficiently. Although there negative side: the risk for skin-cancer increases along with the sensitivity for heat and coldness.

Some guys who refuse to believe in this science backed-up theory are the organizers of the festival ‘Roodharigendag’ (or ‘the Redhead Day’ in English) that takes place in Breda, Holland, where this year in early September, when the festival celebrated its fifth year, 3000 redheads came together. He reason for this is to strengthen the self esteem among gingers, since a certain type of racism and discrimination against redheads is more common than people think.

At IHGR I estimated the density of gingers to be somewhat 0,02% of the students. The future doesn’t look bright for us, but is 100 years really enough for nature to exterminate all gingers?

By: Katja Slonawski, IB11