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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Coast Guard cocaine seizures hit $4.7 bln record
Posted by: lotp || 12/07/2007 13:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In other news -
UNRWA facing funding crisis!

Connected? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/07/2007 15:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen said drug smugglers have resorted to riskier tactics to evade interdiction at sea including the practice of dissolving cocaine in diesel fuel.

Or connected to the discrepancy on the amount of oil spilled off South Korea? Liquid cocaine has also been found in children's juice boxes, making checking cargo containers more closely imperative.
Posted by: Danielle || 12/07/2007 16:21 Comments || Top||

#3  responses included:
sniff, sniff!
That blows!
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/07/2007 16:48 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Our hotel staff are surly, admit the French
Posted by: Fred || 12/07/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Not compared to Air France's cabin staff they're not.
Posted by: Pancho Elmoluper5042 || 12/07/2007 8:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Two problems. One solution. Give the Moroccan rage boys gift certificates to the bistros and restaurants for lunch/dinner. At least one of the problems should be sorted out in time.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/07/2007 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  "Having said that, France has a charm of its own, and we must not lose track of our traditions."

Surly waiters, rioting "yoots", military defeat, carbeques, strikes, hairy women, body odor...Vive la france!
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/07/2007 10:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Send the Germans back in. Third time's the charm...
Posted by: Pappy || 12/07/2007 11:24 Comments || Top||

#5  I have begun to wonder if the cultural practice of tipping, as common in the US vs "lite tipping" common in the EU changes the interaction.
In the US the trend is for the server to be your buddy, and make sure that your $18 martini is reordered before the current one is even finished. In France, you more often than not are left alone and actually have to search the server out for a refill. "Surly and inattentive" or more respectful of your dining experience, I have not decided.
I actually have enjoyed the "take all the time you like" plan in France compared to the smiling kid with buttons on his suspenders bringing me my check automatically if I wave him off for the moment.
Sure, the French don't suffer perceived or legitimate rudeness well from any culture, but I am told they are just as surly to rude rude frenchman too.
I think French service is a bit of a sterotype that even I was guilty of before visiting France.
As far as French women... magnifique in all respects.
History Channel PS -They didn't bathe much in water becuase they thought it spread the plague...thus the perfume industry was created out of necessity...you can thank a rat for that.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 12/07/2007 11:24 Comments || Top||

#6  The most important part of this article is that the report takes the socialist route of blaming low wages imes below minimum wage) and poor training.

American wait staff and bartenders get paid below minimum and get no more training than is absolutely neccessary.

The French are right about having a problem, but they are clueless as to the reason.
Posted by: Mike N. || 12/07/2007 15:32 Comments || Top||

#7  So are your cab driver, waiters, garbage men (sorry - "Engineers de Sanitation), college students, policemen, old ladies...

I could go on, but I'm getting depressed.
Posted by: mojo || 12/07/2007 17:13 Comments || Top||

#8  The "plight of the underpaid" crosses many, many, many more occupations than food industry workers! I have been in long conversations with Europeans that the reason tipping isn't expected in Europe is because the positions are eligable for benefits, so the whole undercompensated arguement, particularly when compared to USA is apples and oranges.
I have had a German say "we view waiters as professional much like accountants and doctors. Would you leave a tip for them?"
I think it is just random whining because they don't make enough money to live in expensive cities like Paris. My Doctor says the same thing.
Posted by: Capsu78 || 12/07/2007 17:17 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Quake hits Bali climate conference

Heh..heh...heh...
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An earthquake on Friday rattled Indonesia's resort island of Bali, where thousands of people were gathering for a U.N. climate change conference. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
However, the ozone layer has been destroyed as 10000 private jets have all taken off from Bali at once...
The 5.4-magnitude tremor was centered 150 miles southwest of Bali, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. It struck around 6 miles beneath the ocean floor. The quake could be felt in Bali, where more than 10,000 people were attending a two-week conference about rising global temperatures, which scientists say could lead to severe droughts and flooding, melting ice caps and rising seas, and the extinction of animals.
I wonder how many perfectly good drinks were spilled? How many h'orderve trays were destroyed? How many hookers were injured when they were knocked out of bed?
The walls and floors of massive tents set up in a sprawling complex of five-star hotels shook for around 10 seconds, but officials said they did not have any reports of injuries or damage. The quake was not strong enough to trigger a tsunami warning.
Did Mr. Cheney ask for one?
Nah, he said just to "scare 'em" a little...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/07/2007 13:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6501 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another target rich environment.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 12/07/2007 13:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, whaddaya know - Allen doesn't like the UN either.

Hmmmm - maybe the big A is smarter than I thought he was.....?
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/07/2007 14:33 Comments || Top||

#3  God really does have a sense of humor.
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/07/2007 16:44 Comments || Top||

#4  "North 175 km, east 175 km. Fire for effect!"
Posted by: PBMcL || 12/07/2007 17:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Still tremorin' here on Guam. *ION, CHIN MIL FORUM > SOLAR ACTIVITY FORCING GLOBAL COOLING.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/07/2007 17:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Where is an asteroid when you really need one? *sigh*
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/07/2007 20:15 Comments || Top||

#7  "There is a God, and he's a gag writer!" - John Ritter Skin Deep (1989)
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/07/2007 21:16 Comments || Top||

#8  REDDIT/NEWSCIENTIST > PARTICULATE BEAM MAY BE LONGEST IN HISTORY + ROILING MAGNETIC WAVES EXPLAIN SOLAR ENIGMA/MAGNETIC WAVES POWER SOLAR WINDS + SPEEDING STAR TO ESCAPE MILKY WAY GALAXY.

REDDIT > MARIAH CAREY WANTS TO SELL HER B ***BS.

All together now, wid feeling, D *** YOU, OLIVER STONE, AEROSMITH, AND TEXAS-SIZED ASTEROIDS. After Stone's proposed new movie on MOUD may come "W" [Dubya]. Shaking fists angrily, espec about MARIAH's news. ALso WHITTAKER + RAYTHEON vv SPACEWAR.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/07/2007 22:26 Comments || Top||


Bangladesh
Khaleda and Hasina may be sent into exile
Bangladesh’s detained former prime ministers may be sent into exile as part of a deal to drop corruption charges against them, a leading newspaper said on Thursday.

A proposal to this effect has apparently been sent to Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, the Amar Desh (My Country) daily reported. Other conditions stipulate that none of their immediate family members could be involved in active politics, said the daily known for its pro-Khaleda stance.

Bangladesh’s army-backed interim government, which took over in January following political violence, has put Hasina and her bitter rival Khaleda in jail pending trial for alleged graft and abuse of power when they alternated as prime minister from 1991 to 2006.

They have both denied the charges, which they say are meant to keep them from contesting elections planned for late next year.

The Amar Desh story followed reports in other media that the interim government, headed by former central bank chief Fakhruddin Ahmed, was seeking a deal with the two women to give them an honourable exit from politics and end their dynastic influence over millions of followers.

“If the two leaders agree with the latest proposals, maybe (they will be) freed with general amnesty,” Amar Desh said. “In that case they, along with their family members, may be sent to a foreign country of their choice with a monthly allowance for their livelihood.” Hasina’s Awami League and Khaleda’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) had no comment on the reports. “We have not heard anything like this, nor do we know if there is anything cooking up,” said a BNP leader who asked not to be identified.
Posted by: Fred || 12/07/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Make one of the conditions be that they have to be exiled with each other. The Bangla version of "The Odd Couple"...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/07/2007 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Didn't work last time, why would banishment work differently now?
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/07/2007 11:33 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Researchers track Ron Paul spam back to Reactor botnet
In a report published this week by security firm SecureWorks, researchers reveal that the recent flurry of Ron Paul spam originated from a Reactor botnet controlled by a commercial spammer through a colocation facility in the US.

The researchers analyzed header elements of the spam e-mails to trace them back to zombie systems that were infected with the Srizbi trojan, an unusual piece of malware with highly advanced features. According to Symantec research, which has independently studied Srizbi, the trojan is one of the first pieces of malware found in the wild to operate fully in kernel mode with no userspace code. Srizbi bypasses firewalls and packet sniffers by directly manipulating the kernel-level TCP/IP stack. The Srizbi trojan is largely propagated by the well-known msiesettings.com site, which is paid by spammers to deploy viruses and trojans for spam botnets.

SecureWorks collaborated with network administrators to analyze the traffic from some of the computers infected with Srizbi that were responsible for sending the Ron Paul spam. This allowed the researchers to discover the location from which the botnet was operated--a colocation facility in the US. The researchers collaborated with Spamhaus to get the server shut down and then obtained the source code used on the control system, a Python-based spam botnet management tool known as the Reactor Mailer. The logs present on the system prove that it was indeed the origin of the Ron Paul spam. Further research showed that other systems in the same colocation facility were also controlling various segments of the Srizbi botnet, and using it to transmit spam advertising replica watches and enlargement pills.
Birds of a feather, you know.
Posted by: Mike || 12/07/2007 08:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Russian Gangsters backing Paul? I guess that fits in with the neo-nazis backing him. Thugs, ya know.
Posted by: OldSpook || 12/07/2007 8:59 Comments || Top||

#2  At this point Spook, I wouldn't be surprised to see the South American Nazis supporting Ron Paul.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/07/2007 9:18 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Kashmir schools official removed for “promoting obscenity”.
An Indian official tasked with reviving cultural activities in schools in revolt-hit Kashmir has been pulled from the post after Muslim hardliners said his shows were “promoting obscenity”.

A group of firebrand Muslim women activists, the Daughters of Faith, had said cultural official Aziz Hajni would be accused of “exploiting our daughters” unless he was moved. Officials confirmed he had been shifted.

The cultural activities being introduced to schools in Kashmir include debates and art competitions. But school children have also been dancing to Bollywood numbers in front of politicians and visiting federal dignitories.

Asiya Andarbi, leader of the Daughters of Faith, said such activities were “promoting obscenity” among Muslim Kashmir’s youth. “We will soon start agitation and seek the closure of this cultural wing, which has become a ground for exploitation of our daughters,” said Andarbi. “Our daughters are forced to dance before strangers,” said Andarbi, who has spent time behind bars in the past for links to militants. “This is also a strategy to wean students away from Islam.”
Posted by: ryuge || 12/07/2007 03:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


India scraps 600 million dollar Eurocopter deal
Follow-up.
NEW DELHI - The Indian government said on Thursday it had scrapped a 600-million-dollar deal to buy 197 military helicopters from EADS arm Eurocopter after allegations of corruption in the bidding process. “The government has decided to cancel the RFP (request for proposal) for 197 helicopters for the army. A fresh RFP will be issued soon,” defence ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar told AFP.

A fresh tender will be issued early in the new financial year which begins in April, an official of the policymaking Defence Acquisition Committee said.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/07/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Surely, the next bid will be corruption-free!

(what this really means is the right people didn't get their bribes)
Posted by: gromky || 12/07/2007 10:32 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm SHOCKED to find that bribery was going on here!
Posted by: Louie Renault || 12/07/2007 10:48 Comments || Top||


Home Front Economy
Some Plan Details: No Quick Fix for Subprime Mortgages
Not available to all, that's for sure!
Be ready to wait if you want to get information from a toll-free hot line about freezing the interest rate on your subprime mortgage.

Minutes after President Bush outlined a plan to help strapped homeowners, callers were told to have patience until a counselor could answer their questions and "devote as much time to you as necessary."
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: gorb || 12/07/2007 07:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Heard a guy on the radio on the way home last night talking about his neighbor who had a subprime and was so worried about facing foreclosure because his rate was going up.
But then he heard about this and went out and bought a new truck.
Don't worry, folks. Uncle Sugar will make it all better...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/07/2007 13:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't worry, folks. Uncle Sugar will make it all better...

And this guy will vote against anyone who doesn't make it better.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 12/07/2007 13:34 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
Helen Thomas: And now, in the "could she possibly get it less?" category...
The other day I kicked the tires of a theory espoused by a freelance journalist from up in Boston. He was suggesting that anybody – whether blogger or “citizen journalist” or YouTube uploader – should be considered a ‘journalist’ if they do something that “genuinely looks like journalism.”
Like this stupid question Helen?
More important than labeling, in the author’s mind, was the thought that these ‘genuine-seeming journalists’ should be afforded the legal protections granted to accredited media members.

Well, not that it should come as too much of a surprise, but old school White House scribe Helen Thomas isn’t drinking that “everybody’s a journalist!” kool-aid.

Check out the Huffington Post Q&A with Thomas:
Do you think technology is changing [journalism]? That a good reporter will always find a venue because there are so many media outlets now?

No, but I do think it is kind of sad when everybody who owns a laptop thinks they're a journalist and doesn't understand the ethics. We do have to have some sense of what's right and wrong in this job. Of how far we can go. We don't make accusations without absolute proof. We're not prosecutors. We don't assume.

So if there's this amateur league of journalists out there, trying to do what you do...

It's dangerous.
And she's a fossilized hypocrite
Posted by: Icerigger || 12/07/2007 05:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Helen Dumbass is also concerned about these newgangled horseless carriages.

And don't even get her started on the Iron Horse!
Posted by: charger || 12/07/2007 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Helen Thomas - redefining the phrase 'jumping ugly'...
Posted by: Raj || 12/07/2007 10:37 Comments || Top||

#3  So what's all this huff and puff I hear about this here computer internet thingy! In my day we didn't worry about this here wi-fi and bandwidth and all that new fangled hooey! In my day all we needed was some tree bark and enough berrys to crush together to make some ink and a sharp quilled bird feather to make a pen. In my day, if a handsome Democratic president was screwing around with a movie star or an intern or some other painted up hussy, you did what every good journalist is supposed to do. Ya covered it up!
Posted by: Helen Thomas: Ace Reporter || 12/07/2007 11:16 Comments || Top||

#4  In all fairness Helen Thomas has been dead for decades. Satan-allah has kept her body alive and she eats donkey brains or so we think.

We think. Something I'm not certain Helen did when she was alive.
Posted by: Icerigger || 12/07/2007 12:07 Comments || Top||

#5  There is a funny posting about Helen over in The nose on your face.

Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/07/2007 15:20 Comments || Top||

#6  To be a proper journalists requires total distrust if not loathing of Republicans. The current batch of bloggers seems split on the issue.


Posted by: Helen Thomas || 12/07/2007 15:46 Comments || Top||

#7  #2 Helen Thomas - redefining the phrase 'jumping ugly'...
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i spit coffee.. my last cupa ROLF!
Posted by: Red Dawg || 12/07/2007 16:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Butt-Ugly folks got a jump on Helen.
Posted by: Red Dawg || 12/07/2007 16:58 Comments || Top||

#9  the youtube cat fight between Dana Perino and her was hilarious. Perino reminded me of an elementary school marm explaining things to a slow 3rd Grader.

Posted by: Broadhead6 || 12/07/2007 21:25 Comments || Top||

#10  As much as I deplore these rude, ad hominem attacks, I can't resist piling on and suggesting that somewhere a sasquatch is missing its mate. Which makes this an ad hominid attack, I guess.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/07/2007 21:34 Comments || Top||

#11  *squick*

You know, it's time for me to go talk on the big porcelain telephone.
Posted by: Abdominal Snowman || 12/07/2007 23:43 Comments || Top||



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