In September, LA Galaxy football star David Beckham sued the publishers of In Touch magazine and former prostitute Irma Nici for an article alleging he committed adultery five times with Bosnian-born hooker Irma Nici in 2007. Beckham has now stepped up his fight against Nici, filing court documents officially declaring he did not have sex with Nici.

David Beckham & Irma Nici

The documents are part of Beckham’s $US25 million lawsuit against Nici and the publishers of  German-owned US magazine In Touch Weekly, who ran her story in September in which she claimed Beckham hired her and a “curvy brunette” for sex romps at New York’s Le Parker Meridien Hotel in 2007.

“I have never met Nici, let alone committed adultery or paid her for sex,” he declared in the documents filed with a Los Angeles court on Tuesday.

In his declaration, the sporting hunk insists Nici “fabricated” the facts of her expose, and goes on to list them.

The declaration states: “Nici fabricated the following facts about me:

“(i) that in August 2007, I committed adultery with Nici and another prostitute by paying for sex with the two of them … (ii) that about a month later, I again committed adultery with Nici at the Claridges Hotel in London; (iii) that in October 2007, I contacted Nici while I was in New York seeking to again commit adultery, but Nici was in London; (iv) that Nici has had sex with me five times in total.

“Irma Nici’s statements have caused me and my family great anguish and emotional distress, and have adversely affected both my personal and professional life.”

Beckham has been married to former Spice girl Victoria Beckham for 11 years.

David Beckham & Victoria Beckham

Bosnian-born Nici is ­counter-suing the former England star for a million dollars, claiming he caused her “emotional and physical pain and distress”.

Now, as a result of her counter-suit, Beckham will be ordered to give his deposition at a private hearing within the next month.

Unlike the British legal system, Nici will be allowed to fire questions at the football star about their alleged liaison. Nici’s lawyer Paul Jensen has revealed he may unveil the mystery brunette, who would also be allowed to grill Beckham.

Nici’s attorney has also filed a motion to dismiss Beckham’s case against her, which will be heard at Los Angeles Superior Court Feb 16.

Jensen insisted: “Even his own lawyers don’t expect to win this litigation. California law does not allow public figures like David Beckham to stifle free speech.”

Nici, 26, claimed she was paid $10,000 cash after sleeping with him on five occasions, including liaisons at the Manhattan’s Le Parker Meridian Hotel and London’s Claridges Hotel in London in 2007.

She is counter-suing the footballer for ‘emotional and physical injuries.’ She is said to be claiming for the injuries received when a writ server hired by Beckham’s legal team chased and harassed her so severely she ended up in a hospital cardiac unit, suffering intense chest pains.

It borders on the ridiculous that Nici would counter-sue for the ‘emotional AND physical’ injuries she sustained when the papers were served. It is more a case of hoping to make a fast buck by fabricating some story that would greatly embarrass the soccer star.

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New Yorkers recently got winter dumped over their heads in a few swift hours, leaving families all over the tri-state area bundled together in their homes.

As the blizzard started to dump snow in Astoria, Queens on December 26, filmmaker Jamie Stuart broke out a camera and tripod and captured the beauty of the blizzard from his window in a short3-minute movie called Idiot With A Tripod as an homage to the 1929 movie “Man With a Movie Camera.”

Once he finished editing and scoring his work, he sent the short film to Roger Ebert, who writes on his blog why it should be an Academy Award contender in the Live-Action Short category: “You can tell from the cinematography he knew exactly what he was doing and how to do it. He held the Vertov film in memory. Stuart must already been thinking of how he would do the edit and sound. Any professional will tell you the talent exhibited here is extraordinary.”

Ebert also went on to say that the movie should win an Academy Award for best live-action short subject.

Idiot with a Tripod is the final product of tons of snow, stuck cars, and the massive storm that hit the Northeast recently. The short film is only three minutes long, and is just about snow. Snow in the sense that dogs can’t go outside, cars got stuck and it was all caught on film.

Cars stuck in the snow

In my honest opinion, the movie is good. And I like the music too.

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The saga of the Brock family has been unfolding like a bad soap opera. One cannot help but wonder what’s going through the mind of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock at this point. A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he’s caught in a very tight spot, putting his faith through a very severe test.

Fulton Brock

On October 26, 2010,  Fulton Brock’s wife, 48-year-old Susan Brock, was arrested amidst accusations of having sex about 30 times over a three-year period with a teenage boy, starting when the teen was 14. Shortly after that in mid-November, Fulton Brock filed for divorce.

Susan Brock

And now Fulton Brock is shell-shocked with the arrest of Rachel Katherine Brock, Susan Brock’s 21-year-old daughter, on three counts of  “sexual conduct” with the same boy her mother is accused of molesting and at least one count of transmitting obscene material. None of the acts involved intercourse.

Rachel Brock

The statement released by the Chandler Police Department reads: “Rachel Brock committed numerous acts of sexual conduct with a minor and at least one count of furnishing harmful items to a minor. At the time the crimes occurred the victim was under fifteen years of age, classifying them as dangerous crimes against children. The victim in this case is the same child allegedly victimized by Susan Brock.”

Rachel Brock allegedly had sexual trysts with the boy  from February, 2007, to August, 2008 — making her 18 at the time, and the boy 13. Like her mother, it appears the younger Brock has an affinity for road head.

According to court documents, the first time Rachel Brock had sexual contact with the teen was in July 2007, when he was 13 and she was 18. They were together on a trip to California when she allegedly touched his penis. About a month later, while in her car parked  in front of her parents’ home, Brock performed road head on the victim. On another occasion, they were watching a movie at Brock’s home when Rachel started rubbing the victim’s back, which then escalated into another blow job. Brock has also sent the teen a video of Brock masturbating as well as several nude photos of Brock.

In her first court appearance December 30, 2010, the judge read off the charges against Rachel Brock as: three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of providing obscene material to a minor.

Chandler police Sgt. Joe Favazzo said it appears that Susan and Rachel Brock didn’t know about each other’s relationship with the teen.

Mother and Daughter Accused of Sexual Conduct with Same Boy: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

A shell-shocked Fulton Brock issued the following statement:

Shocked and devastated are not words sufficient to describe the news this day or what has transpired over the past two months. In October, my wife of 28 years was arrested and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Now, my daughter has been arrested, pending charges.

She is being accused of having a relationship with the same young man when she was 18.

I have filed to divorce my wife. I cannot divorce my daughter. She is my blood. I will always be her Dad. And she needs one now more than ever.

All families are challenged. But no family should ever be challenged this way whether it be ours, or that of the victim and his family.

Justice demands answers and cooperation.

Nothing can ever make this situation right other than raising awareness so other families can avoid such sorrow. As a person of faith I ask for your continued prayers.

A third woman, Christian Hart Weems, 37, was arrested in the case on December 28 on suspicion of obstructing a criminal investigation and conspiracy to commit computer tampering. She’s accused of deleting potentially incriminating e-mails between the boy and Susan Brock. Police say Weems is a friend of Susan Brock

Both women were being held at the Maricopa County jail.

Police said that between August 2007 and October of this year, Susan Brock and the teen met about 30 times for sexual trysts. Susan Brock reportedly provided the boy with cell phones and electronic gifts over the last three years, and police seized text messages reportedly recording sexual exchanges between the two.

The name on the sexually charged text messages sent to a 17-year-old boy said they were from Timmy Turner, but Chandler police say they were really from Susan Brock.

The teen told police of numerous sex acts in the woman’s vehicle, her residence and her mother’s residence or a secluded area of South Cooper Road and East Nightingale Lane in Chandler after she would pick him up from his home or school, although there was no intercourse, according to a court document. Authorities say Susan Brock also helped the boy meet his girlfriend and provide places where the young couple could have sex.

A statement issued by Fulton Brock on October 27 said: “My life and that of my family’s was upended last night. Police officers arrested my wife of twenty-eight years and the mother of our three children. She was informed that she was being accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year old.”

The statement also said, “Even with this statement I am not sure how to express what such a shocking emotional punch to your heart and family feels like. I am stunned. My children are flabbergasted. You think you know someone after 28 years and I need answers as much as police officers do. I want so much to believe these allegations are not true, but if they are, I am appalled and crushed. I am a religious man. I ask all to pray for our family and those involved so that justice may best be served.”

I guess we can’t help feeling sorry for Fulton Brock. All these must have devastated him and his family. Yes, he and his family need to hold on to their faith to see them through.

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A Toronto woman turned New York party girl is at the centre of a sex tape scandal in the Big Apple.

Lily Shang, 24, filed documents in a Manhattan Supreme court claiming her 26-year-old husband, David Glenn Rucker, is threatening to leak their sex videos online unless she agrees to a low financial settlement, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

Lily Shang

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A people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ad starring former Playboy centrefold Pamela Anderson, which is banned at some U.S. airports, has also been deemed too racy for Hong Kong, one of Asia’s busiest aviation hubs.

The advertisement, titled “Cruelty Doesn’t Fly”, features the scantily-clad former “Baywatch” star as an airport security guard who strips passengers of leather, fur and other skins.

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Pamela Anderson in latest PETA ad (Photo credit - PETA/AFP/Getty Images) [PNG Merlin Archive

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Women are bombarded with images of big-busted women via advertising and the media, making many feel inadequate and leading them to regard bust size as a “life-or-death” issue.

Ladies who want to enlarge their breats should consider heading to Thailand to undergo breasts slapping. I am dead serious, ladies! Slapping? Yes, breast slapping is an officially approved method of breast enhancement.

Khemmikka Na Songkhla, a Bangkok beautician invented the method of breast slapping that was eventually approved by Thailand’s government health board in 2003 as a natural alternative to surgery.

Ms Khemmikka says she has enlarged the breasts of thousands of Thai women over the past 14 years – not with chemicals or silicone, but by using traditional massage. Reports show that breast slapping can increase breast fullness by 4” within 3-6 months of continuous treatment.

Khemmikka Na Songkhla

The treatment involves a kneading action that massages fat from surrounding areas around the breasts, and pushing them towards the breasts. The fat from other areas of the body eventually fill the breasts to create a fuller appearance and size. Breast slapping can be relaxing, stimulating and painful.

The routines were supplied by a Bangkok beautician, Khemmikka Na Songkhla , who has been pursuing a patent for her grandmother’s secret fat-kneading technique. Unlikely as it seems, the idea is to shift one’s unsightly bulges to more strategic areas up front.

When Ms Khemmikka was an adolescent, her granny mocked her for wasting time rubbing her nipples with a miracle cream in hopes of sprouting big breasts. She said she should rub the old-fashioned way, until it hurt. By repeatedly pushing any flab from her sides and midriff towards her chest, and afterwards dousing Ms Khemmikka’s breasts with ice water, her granny boosted her breast size by 4in and her confidence soared.

Ms Khemmikka, now 35, says her shapely breasts are all the advertisement she needs and has marketed the technique in her beauty parlour for 15 years. Six sessions cost $380, and yield an increase of up to 4in without injections, chemicals or implants.

But the lucrative business threatened to go bust after a client developed breast cancer and blamed it on her breast massage. Distraught, Ms Khemmikka asked the Health Ministry to learn if there could be a link with breast massage.

Dr Pennappa Sapcharoen, the deputy director of the traditional medicine division, told her no clinical trials had been done, but she was intrigued by the technique. The ministry launched a six -month study on volunteers aged 20 to 60, and found vigorous massage left their breasts cancer-free and measurably bigger.

Pennapa Subcharoen, head of the Public Health Ministry’s Thai traditional medicine institute, said Khemmika’s methods were equivalent to the exercises used by body builders.

“It is like men going to a gym to build specific parts of their bodies by lifting weights with that part,” Pennapa says. “In Khemmika’s case, she tries to move fat from parts it is not supposed to be to where it should be

Ms Khemmikka helped the Institute of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine to come up with its three-month regimen of self-massage and daily breast-boosting exercises. Dr Pennapa also insists that skinny girls must eat more if they expect to increase the size of their mammaries.

Khemmika, 34, advertizes on a billboard in front of her house-cum-clinic in a suburb of Bangkok that she can “beat small busts to be big.”

“The slogan is merely a ploy to draw people’s attention,” says Khemmika’s husband, Pasit. “In fact, we massage them or slap some parts of the body to enlarge the breasts.”

Khemmika squeezes, pinches and slaps fat and muscle on the upper chest, the sides of the torso, and the belly of clients with cream or gel in six 10-minute sessions. After the treatment, which patients say is painful, Khemmika instructs her customers in special exercise techniques and massage to keep their breasts in shape.

Boob massage

Her customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and professions. They range from college girls in their early 20s to a 70-year-old retiree. Models, actresses and politicians have all attended her clinic, she says. “These women once had chicken-egg size breasts. After the course, they have become ostrich egg size,” she says.

But not all can attend Khemmika’s course. Khemmika has to turn down customers who are too skinny or do not have much fat on their upper chest or sides of their torso. “I just tell them: Go back and put on some weight before coming back to me.”

Many women thought this treatment was a joke when it was first reported, but the track record speaks for itself. And there seem to be no major risks associated with this technique. Go book your ticket to Thailand now.

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Singapore’s B.A.B 2001 nude calendar has been grabbing headlines not just because it featured pictures of naked women, but for another reason entirely: Because it celebrates curves.

Featuring 11 plus-sized women completely nude, the classy back and white photos were taken over two weekends by famed photographer Sit Weng San.

Big N Beautiful

One thing in common with all the women? They were all a UK size 14 and above. Cellulite, folds of flesh and thick arms and thighs are shown off proudly.

Aileen

Clara

Regine

The calendar is the brainchild of Miss Erica Sim, 30, owner of the BignBeautiful (B.A.B) online shop that sells accessories and clothes ranging from size XL to 6XL.

Erica, a UK-sized 20, also posed for the calendar and insists that stripping naked was not a marketing gimmick, and was aimed at empowering plus sized women, encouraging them to embrace their curves.

The women in the calendar are customers-turned-friends. Many of them shared how being plus-sized has made them feel stigmatised even when they go out in public.

Lisa Teoh, an administrative assistant shared her reason for posing in the calendar, ‘I hope that people just won’t outcast us. We are who we are. We are just like anyone else. Inner…is extremely good. It’s just the outer is fleshier, cuter, no difference. Just more to hug!’

Michelle

Joyce

Erica

In an exclusive interview with The New Paper on Sunday, Miss Sim said the calendar is not trying to send the message that it’s all right to be obese.

“It’s not a question of whether it’s okay or not to be plus-sized. We know that the obese are at risk for health problems,” she said.

“But if you are obese even after taking care of your diet, cutting down on junk food and sweet drinks, and also exercise, we want to show that it’s not the end of the world.”

All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. So take out your wallet and go do your your part for charity by going here.


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Indonesia beat Malaysia 2-1 in the AFF Suzuki Cup final second leg match at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta tonight. But that was not enough for them as Malaysia had won the first leg 3-0. Malaysia thus won the cup with a 4-2 aggregate.

Striker Safee Sali scored in the 52nd minute to put Malaysia 1-0 in the lead in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final. Mohammad Nasuh then equalised for Indonesia in the 71st minute.  Indonesia’s Ridwan scored in the 87th minute to put his team 2-1 in the lead against Malaysia.

The match in progress (Photo credit: The Star)

In the first half, Indonesia threw all it had at a gutsy Malaysian team. The Malaysian boys, however, held their ground and also survived a penalty miss by the hosts.

Earlier, it was a sea of red and white at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

Police trucks enter the Gelora Bung Karno stadium before the start of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 finals second leg match in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday. (Photo credit: The Star)

Never has there been such an overwhelming show of support for “Timnas” (national team) Indonesia although they had lost to Malaysia 0-3 in the first-leg of the final in the Suzuki Cup Asean Football Federation (AFF) Championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

They stood behind the national team. It was a sell-out crowd of 88,000 spectators and mostly filled with red-hot hostile fans.

The police were at full force, too. Some 10,000 have been deployed to check on security in and out of the Bung Karno Stadium.

They had their armoured vehicles drive in near the pitch and showed that they were ready for any eventualities.

Indeed, it captured a real Cup final atmosphere with fans clad in the Indonesian national colours, fancy head gears and colourful banners. Uruguay-born striker Christian Gonzales, Indo-Dutch Irfan Bacdim and local hero Bambang Pamungkas were the crowd favourites.

There were also warning notices for fans not to bring banned items into the stadium, especially laser beam lights, which has stirred a controversy in the AFF Championships since Dec 1.

The stadium was filled to the brim two hours before the kick off. They were entertained to a live band performance by celebrities and artistes making it a carnival atmosphere.

Malaysian national coach K. Rajagopal, manager Datuk Subahan Kamal, assistant secretary of the FA of Malaysia (FAM) Kelly Sathiraj and assistant coach Tan Cheng Hoe were given a hostile reception when they trooped onto the pitch to check on the playing conditions.

The fans showed the thumbs down sign and jeered at them before their Indonesian counterparts led by Austrian coach Alfred Riedl was given a rousing welcome.

Hours before the kick off, the tense atmosphere could be felt outside The Sultan hotel where the Malaysian football team was staying.

It has been tense ever since the team arrived Monday and since Malaysia beat the Indonesians 3-0 in Sunday’s AFF Suzuki Cup final first leg at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Since morning, red-shirted Indonesian fans began to arrive in large numbers at the stadium. Some had been camping there the whole night. Car horns were blaring most of the day, with traffic almost coming to a standstill.

Indonesians fan waiting for the game to start. (Photo credit: The Star)

Malaysian team manager Datuk Subahan Kamal said they have been provided with adequate security and even given a senior police officer to attend to the team’s needs round-the-clock.

“The mood is good inside (the team) but we are quite worried what is going to happen outside. I was told that it is tensed out there.

“The Indonesian fans are upset with our victory in the first-leg at Bukit Jalil,” Subahan said.

Coach K. Rajagopal advised the boys to remain focused and not get distracted by the happenings outside.

On Tuesday, the team’s final training at the Senayan C ground was called off due to security concerns.

Even their plans to train at an alternative venue backfired when they got caught in a traffic jam. Rajagopal was left with no other choice but to concentrate on light training at the hotel grounds.

There were reports of Indonesian fans mobbing them with banners carrying anti-Malaysia slogans during the training at the hotel ground.

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Higa and Fujiyoshi’s YouTube channel, nigahiga, was created on July 20, 2006. By December 21st, 2010, it had surpassed 3,000,000 subscribers, making it YouTube’s most subscribed channel of all time ahead of such prominent YouTube users such as Shane Dawson and Fred. By November 2010, their comedy videos had been viewed over 630 million times.

Higa and Fujiyoshi

Japanese-Hawaiians Ryan Higa, 19, and partner Sean Fujiyoshi, 18, started making humorous videos and posting them on YouTube four years ago to cope with boredom, never expecting themselves to become an Internet sensation.

Nigahiga is a popular YouTube channel created by Japanese-Hawaiian Ryan Higa and friends Sean Fujiyoshi, Tim Enos and Tarynn Nago (known collectively as “The Yabo Crew”)’. Since relocating to Las Vegas to study filmmaking at UNLV, Higa’s videos are usually solo efforts except during school breaks when he sometimes visits Hilo and collaborates with the Yabo Crew.

Ryan Higa and Sean Fuliyoshi and a lady friend

Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi started posting YouTube videos of themselves lip synching to songs in mid 2006 while attending Waiakea High School. They quickly expanded beyond songs, with a variety of other comedic pieces. Occasional guest appearances are made by Tim Enos, Ryan Villaruel, Kyle Chun, and Tarynn Nago, collectively known as the “Yabo Crew”.

In 2008, Los Angeles producer Derek Zemrak offered to help them create their first feature-length film. The resulting film, Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure, was directed by Richard Van Vleet and released on November 14, 2008. It was shown in sold out theaters in Hawaii and California. The DVD was released on July 14, 2009 in the USA and grabbed the iTunes No. 1 spot for independent films.

Ryan and Sean Not So Excellent Adventure

Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure is about a down on his luck movie producer, played by Michael Buckley, who is seeking out famous celebrities in order to make a hit movie in 30 days or risk being fired. He chooses Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi after discovering the popularity of their YouTube videos.

Higa’s latest video online is the 25-minute film “Ninja Melk,” where he shows off his martial arts skills. He has a black belt in judo and was also on the wrestling team at Waiakea High School.It was the last video Fujiyoshi and Higa made while on summer vacation in Hawaii and was released in August 2009.

A new independent 35 minute film he created with Wong Fu Productions called “Agents of Secret Stuff” was uploaded on Ryan’s channel on November 24, 2010. It features some other popular YouTube users as well as actors such as Aki Aleong. “Agents of Secret Stuff” is about a teenage A.S.S. (Agent of Secret Stuff) (Higa) who is sent undercover to a high school to protect one of the students, a girl named Taylor (Arden Cho) from the A.S.S.’s enemy, the S.I.N.S. (Society Involving Not-So-Good Stuff).

Short videos like “The iPod Human”, “How to Be A Nerd”, “How To Be Ninja” and “How To Be Gangster,” (Fujiyoshi’s favorite) are some of the JA duo’s popular films, which millions have viewed. Fujiyoshi and Higa have also enlisted their friends and family to don wigs and costumes for their viral spoofs.

The buzz about their YouTube videos caught the attention of celebrities like Cash Warren and Jessica Alba. Higa made a promo video for the couple’s Web site www.ibeatyou.com and since then they have remained friends.

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, Higa was invited to spend the weekend at the couple’s house. Higa, sporting dark sunglasses, was snapped by the paparazzi with the celebrities.

“Ryan has a lot to be thankful for,” said his mother Luci Higa. “His friends, his fans and YouTube have given him many experiences and opportunities we never imagined.”

Tarynn Nago, Higa’s girlfriend of three years, is also a regular in his sketches. She has played various characters such as Hermione in a spoof of “Harry Potter.”

Tarynn Nago

Higa is now majoring in film at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He lives with his 23-year-old brother Kyle in Nevada. Being separated from his YouTube co-stars was difficult at first, explained Higa. A ring on his finger reminds Higa of his commitment to his girlfriend, who is a high school senior in Hawaii.

“A lot of people think we’re married,” Higa said. “I guess you could say it’s a promise ring.” He said comments from admiring fans do not bother his girlfriend since she receives her share of adoring messages. But for all the positive comments, Higa also receives negative feedback.

“There are a lot of racists ones,” Higa said about the messages he receives. “In every racist comment there are three recurring themes: one mentions my eyes, another mentions ‘Chinks.’”

The third most common theme in the racist messages is a variation of “Asians don’t belong on YouTube.”

To address racism in a light-hearted manner, Higa teamed up with “What The Buck,” a.k.a. Michael Buckley. They made the video commentary in response to actress Miley Cyrus allegedly making an anti-Asian gesture.

“My parents are still helping me out,” Higa explained. “It’s definitely good money to have on the side. If I weren’t on YouTube, I’d just be studying.”

Ryan Higa

His film classes are helping Higa fine-tune his technique. People on campus sometimes stop him to snap photos. Those in his film class seem to be unaware of his YouTube status.

The 19-year-old attends college part-time, so he can dedicate more time to making films. Attending college part-time will likely lead to a delayed graduation, Higa said. He knows fame can be fleeting, so he wants to take advantage of his YouTube success now.

Fujiyoshi started college at the University of Portland where he is studying engineering. Being separated from the Nigahiga crew was difficult at first, Higa said. Now he makes videos from his home in Vegas, carrying his arsenal of costumes in a bag when he films outside.

His next project is a rap video.

“It’s pretty much like spoofing really bad gangster rap,” Higa explained. “The beat is really hardcore, but the words are going to be really kind, like, ‘I love my dog. I love my cat!’”

Fans of Nigahiga need not worry about the fate of the YouTube channel. Going off to college will not stop these YouTubers from making videos.

To watch Nigahiga’s videos, visit www.youtube.com/user/ryanhiga.

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Spam now comprises 90+% of all email. What do you do when you receive spam? Most of us may just let off some expletives and hit the delete button.

Spam now comprises 90+% of all emails.

But not Daniel Balsam. Balsam hates spam so much that he chooses to attack the problem from the legal side….he sues them.

Eight years ago, Balsam was working as a marketer when he received one too many e-mail pitches to enlarge his breasts. Enraged, he launched a Web site called Danhatesspam.com, quit a career in marketing to go to law school and is making a decent living suing companies who flood his e-mail inboxes with offers of cheap drugs, free sex and unbelievable vacations.

His website carries the tagline “Dedicated to cleaning up the Internet.”

From San Francisco Superior Court small claims court to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Balsam, based in San Francisco, has filed many lawsuits, including dozens before he graduated law school in 2008, against e-mail marketers he says violate anti-spamming laws.

Daniel Balsam

He has been storing and tracking spam since the spring of 2002.  So far, he has 42 judgments against spammers in Court, a few settlements for which he can name the spammers, and many settlements for which he can’t share details.  And many more cases are in various stages of development. His many victories are mere rain drops in the ocean considering that Cisco Systems Inc. estimates that there are 200 billion spam messages circulating a day, accounting for 90 percent of all e-mail.

Still, Balsam settles enough lawsuits and collects enough from judgments to make a living. He has racked up well in excess of $1 million in court judgments and lawsuit settlements with companies accused of sending illegal spam.

His objective in getting into this was – and still is – to increase the spammers’ cost of doing business.   Maybe then the spammers won’t falsify headers, and maybe they’ll think twice before spamming even after a recipient unsubscribes, and maybe the legitimate and “quasi-legitimate” marketers will think twice before purchasing lists of allegedly opt-in email addresses. If lots of people start suing the spammers, and the principals that benefit from spamming, maybe it’ll make a difference.

His courtroom foes contend that Balsam is one of many sole practitioners unfairly exploiting anti-spam sentiments and laws.

They accuse him of filing lawsuits against out-of-state companies that would rather pay a small settlement than expend the resources to fight the legal claims.

“He really seems to be trying to twist things for a buck,” said Bennet Kelley, a defense lawyer who has become Balsam’s arch nemesis over the years in the rough-and-tumble litigation niche that has sprung up around spam.

Kelley created a website with a similar name, Danhatespam.com, that was critical of Balsam’s tactics. Kelley let it expire.

“There is nothing wrong per se with being an anti-spam crusader,” said Kelley, who has sued Balsam twice for allegedly violating confidentiality terms in settlement agreements.

“But Dan abuses the processes by using small claims court.

“A lot of people will settle with him to avoid the hassle,” Kelley said.

Balsam started small in 2002 in small claims court. By 2008, some of his cases were appearing before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal and he was graduating from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

“What started just as kicks turned into a hobby, which turned into a career,” Balsam said.

“It’s what triggered me to go to law school.”

Balsam mostly sues companies he accuses of violating California’s anti-spam law.

Among other restrictions, the law prohibits companies from sending spam with headers that misleads the recipient into believing the e-mail is noncommercial or comes with offers of “free” products that aren’t true.

The law also requires a way for Internet consumers to “opt out” of receiving any more spam from a sender.

Balsam said he has more than 40 small claims victories and several more in higher courts, mostly alleging the receipt of misleading advertising.

In November, he won a US$4,000 judgment against Various Inc., an “adult-oriented” social media company that controls AdultFriendFinder.com.

A judge sided with Balsam, who sued after he received four identical e-mails sent to four different accounts with the identical subject line “Hello my name is Rebecca, I love you.”

It’s the fourth time he’s beat Various in court.

The company is appealing the latest ruling and a hearing is scheduled for Jan. 5 in San Francisco Superior Court.

Balsam certainly isn’t the average Internet consumer.

When San Mateo Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner in March ordered Trancos Inc. to pay Balsam $7,000 for sending spam that recipients couldn’t stop, she noted that he has more than 100 e-mail addresses.

Balsam has filed lawsuits and got settlements and judgments from companies small and large.

He has sued the Stockton Asparagus Festival and embroiled himself in contentious litigation with Tagged.com, America’s third largest social networking site.

Balsam noted in his lawsuit that Time magazine dubbed it “the world’s most annoying Web site.”

Tagged.com shot back with a lawsuit of its own, accusing Balsam of threatening to violate terms of an earlier settlement by telling the company he was planning to post terms of the agreement on his website.

Balsam is fighting the lawsuit and a lawyer for Tagged.com didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.

Balsam has also been sued by Valueclick Inc. for allegedly breaching settlement agreements by exposing confidential terms, which he denies.

“Balsam, who in his anti-spam zeal frequently views matters in absolutes such that anyone who disagrees with him must be villainous,” lawyers for Valueclick Inc. stated in a 2007 lawsuit accusing Balsam of disclosing terms of a settlement.

The lawsuit was later dismissed in San Francisco Superior Court and Balsam declined to discuss the case other than to say it was “resolved.”

He said, generally speaking, those who sue him are “retaliating” for lawsuits he filed against them.

“I feel comfortable doing what I’m doing,” Balsam said of the lawsuits against him. “And I’m not going away.”

To all spammers out there, be afraid…be very afraid…Daniel Balsam is gonna get you!

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