A woman said she thought she was in heaven when she turned on the kitchen tap to find a plentiful supply of beer. Haldis Gundersen was planning to do the washing up when she made the unusual discovery at her apartment in Kristiansund, west Norway. But two flights below, workers in a bar faced the more disappointing realisation that water was flowing from their beer taps. A worker had connected a beer barrel to the apartment water pipe by mistake.
"I turned on the tap to clean some knives and forks, and beer came out," Ms Gundersen told Reuters news agency. "We thought we were in heaven."
But the beer was flat and tasted odd, she said.
Downstairs at the Big Tower Bar, workers realised what the problem was - a new barrel had been misconnected to Ms Gundersen's water supply. "The water and beer pipes do touch each other, but you have to be really creative to connect them together," said Per Egil Myrvang from the local beer distributor. He helped employees to rectify the problem over the telephone.
Ms Gundersen bore no grudge. "If it happens again, I'm going to order Baileys," she said.
A Zimbabwean Opposition MP and seven other people arrested last week following the discovery of an arms cache have plotted to assassinate President Robert Mugabe, a lawyer says. Lawyer Trust Manda says the eight men, including four police officers, have been charged under Zimbabwe's tough security laws of possession of weapons to carry out an insurgency, sabotage or terrorism.
Mr Manda quotes documents presented to the Magistrates Court in Mutare that say the eight had plotted to kill Mr Mugabe when he travelled to the eastern city on February 25 for a party to celebrate his 82nd birthday. "To achieve this, the group agreed to spill oil on (... a) highway when the motorcade would be approaching so that the motorcade would slip and get involved in an accident," according to the document read by Mr Manda.
Where the hell did they get that idea? Wile E. Coyote?
Posted by: Robert Crawford ||
03/13/2006 9:34 Comments ||
If you don't have motor oil to add to your crankcase when it gets low, the last quart or so will end up on the road when the engine blows.
You get the same result if you have the motor oil, but fail to maintain your vehicle out of ignorance or choice.
Now Mugsy has justification to lock up pretty much anyone with a motor vehicle.
Are the roads really that good in Zimbabwe? Smooth enough to be slippery when wet? Liberia could have been pothole exporter to the world, and one traveler devised a rating of African roads based on how many times per mile your head hit the ceiling.
The Hong Kong-based shipping company Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. and retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are partners in a new $300 million expansion of Mexico's Pacific port of Lazaro Cardeñas, according to a February 12 report from Reuters news service.
Since U.S. west coast ports are becoming clogged with container ships filled with made-in-China goods, Wal-Mart and its Chinese suppliers are looking for new ports to bring their wares into the United States. The expansion project, reportedly, would increase Lazaro Cardeñas current annual handling capacity of 100,000 containers to 700,000 containers over the next couple years, with possible expansion to two million containers.
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. is run by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, whose business empire is intertwined with companies that front for the communist intelligence and military arms of the Peoples Republic of China, such as the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), China Telecom, and the China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC). Li Ka-shing, a key agent in Chinas global agenda, controls key ports around the world, including the ports at both ends of the Panama Canal. Probably part of the immense Plan Puebla Panama (PPP), which intends to turn southern Mexico into the western hemisphere's largest trade hub.
AUSTRALIA is taking seriously claims the stealth capability of the proposed new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has been downgraded, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson says. But Dr Nelson said there was no cause to abandon the project.
It was reported today the stealth ability of the proposed Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) had been downgraded. Australia is planning to acquire up to 100 JSF from around the middle of next decade to replace both the F-111 strike bombers and F/A-18 Hornet fighter bombers.
Dr Nelson said he had met with representatives of both Lockheed and the US Defence Department. "What has happened is that they have changed the grading from extremely low to very low.
"We are examining in quite a lot of detail precisely what that might mean, not only for us but indeed for the US and the other partners that are involved in the process of developing and then acquiring the Joint Strike Fighter.
"We have got a lot hinging on this in terms of retirement of our F-111s, the upgrade of our F/A-18s and also in what we do with a variety of our other airframes including the P-3Cs.
"We are taking it very seriously but I think at this stage it is certainly not cause for us to abandon the project."
Dr Nelson said this was potentially a $15 billion acquisition program and the JSF was in the relatively early stages of development. "We are in a partnership to this process. We will, if we are on track by the end of this year, sign a memorandum of understanding with Lockheed Martin and the US.
"You are going to see not just this but a whole lot of things that will come out, people who for a variety of reasons are concerned about the potential acquisition."
Slobodan Milosevic took drugs that worsened his health before dying in prison, a Dutch expert said on Monday, as the former Yugoslav president's family tried to decide whether to bury him in Serbia or Russia. Adding to controversy over Milosevic's death just months before an expected verdict in his war crimes trial, Russia expressed its "distrust" of proceedings and pressed The Hague tribunal to allow its doctors to examine post mortem results.
Groningen University toxicologist Donald Uges told Reuters he thought Milosevic had knowingly taken harmful medicines to improve his case for going for medical treatment to Russia, where his wife, son and brother live.
"I don't think he took his medicines for suicide -- only for his trip to Moscow ... that is where his friends and family are. I think that was his last possibility to escape The Hague," toxicologist Uges said. "I am so sure there is no murder." Uges said tests he conducted two weeks ago on Milosevic's blood showed traces of rifampicin -- a drug used against leprosy and tuberculosis that would have neutralized other medicines.
A preliminary autopsy report on Sunday showed Milosevic had died of a heart attack, but toxicology tests were still under way. The tribunal said it did not expect results on Monday. The autopsy was conducted by Dutch scientists and attended by Serbian pathologists. Serbia said the autopsy had been very professional and the whole procedure filmed. But Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying Moscow did not trust the autopsy results and wanted its doctors to examine the results of the post mortem.
Last month, the tribunal rejected a request by Milosevic to be allowed to travel to Moscow for specialist medical care. His lawyer said Milosevic feared he was being poisoned with the wrong drugs in a bid to silence him, and wrote to Russia the day before he died asking for help.
Saying she was furious Milosevic's victims had been denied justice, U.N. chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte suggested he might have killed himself to evade a verdict, noting that former Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic committed suicide at the jail last week.
A spokeswoman for the U.N. tribunal said it was too early to say whether the heart attack might have been caused by poisoning or whether suicide could be ruled out, adding that an inquiry ordered by court president Fausto Pocar was continuing.
The man branded the "Butcher of the Balkans" had been on trial for four years charged with 66 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes involving conflicts in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo that tore Yugoslavia apart in the 1990s. The tribunal said it would hold a hearing on Tuesday at 0800 GMT that was expected to formally close the Milosevic trial.
Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic died of a heart attack, the UN war crimes tribunal says, quoting a preliminary autopsy report.
In other news, the Slobster was found to have actually *had* a heart. Who could have guessed?
Hey, you try finding it. My hat's off to Dr. Quincy.
The 64-year-old was found dead in his jail cell in The Hague at the weekend; he had been on trial for committing war crimes in the wars that tore Yugoslavia apart in the 1990s. "The tribunal has received a brief summary of the autopsy results," the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia said in a press statement. "According to the pathologists, Slobodan Milosevic's cause of death was Zionist Death Ray a 'myocardial infarction'."
That's a 5-syllable description of a "heart attack."
A myocardial infarction is the death of heart muscle from the sudden blockage of a coronary artery by a blood clot. "Further, the pathologists identified two heart conditions that Slobodan Milosevic suffered from, which they said would explain the myocardial infarction," it added. A toxicological examination will still be carried out and a final autopsy report will be issued as soon as possible, the court said.
The statement says his remains will be released to his family today. An autopsy was carried out amid suspicions that he was poisoned or took his own life. Milosevic had a history of heart problems which had often caused delays to the trial. A Serbian pathologist assisted at the autopsy and two Serbian observers were also present. Earlier, Dutch NOS television reported that recent analyses had discovered "foreign substances" in his blood, bolstering suggestions that he did not die of natural causes. It said the substances neutralised the effects of medications prescribed to Milosevic for his blood pressure and heart problems. Milosevic's legal adviser, Zdenko Tomanovic, said the former president had written in a letter to the Russian embassy just a day before his death that he feared being poisoned.
One can only hope he lived long enough to actually realize that his pulse had stopped amidst the sensation of a thousand needle-like daggers stabbing into his heart. Now that hanging, electrocution and the gas chamber are no longer in use, there really isn't any sort of fitting end for a miscreant like Milosevic.
A telecommunications executive announced plans Monday to challenge Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman for the Democratic nomination, hoping to win over voters turned off by Lieberman's support for the war in Iraq.
Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont represents the first opposition Lieberman has faced within his party during his 18 years in office.
Lamont hopes to win the support of Democrats uncomfortable with Lieberman's stand on Iraq and his perceived closeness to
President Bush's administration.
"Our troops are making their country proud with their service," Lamont said on his campaign Web site. "But this war is not making us any safer. It's time for U.S. troops to move to the background and let the Iraqi people step forward and take responsibility for their own destiny."
Lamont, a 52-year-old graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Management, founded his own telecommunications company, Lamont Digital Systems, in 1984. He said he is prepared to spend some of his own money on the campaign.
Although Lieberman's popularity in Connecticut has suffered somewhat, he remains a very strong candidate, said Quinnipiac University poll director Douglas Schwartz.
"Yes, we've seen his numbers drop among Democrats, but he still enjoys a good approval rating among Democrats," Schwartz said. "And his support for the war has helped boost him with Republicans, which has kept his overall approval rating high."
A recent Quinnipiac poll found that 68 percent of registered Democrats said they would vote for Lieberman, while 13 percent said they would back Lamont.
"I can't see how he can upset Lieberman," Schwartz said. "Even if he wins all of the people who are unhappy with Lieberman's support of the war, that's still not enough to win the primary."
Late last year, Mrs. Clinton's re-election campaign returned a $5,000 contribution from Wal-Mart, citing "serious differences with current company practices."
Damn, that sounds almost principled. Are you sure we're talking about the same "Mrs Clinton"?
Back when she was on the Board of Directors she wasn't running for public office and wanted the money. Now, 5 grand isn't much and she doesn't need the political baggage. She wasn't really interested in Company Policy, just a paycheck.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
03/13/2006 14:28 Comments ||
According to the defunct 'Spy' Magazine, Hillary's biggest push was against Walton's "Buy American" policies. She harped to other board members about how much more money could be made by purchasing products made by child slave laborers in 3rd and 4th world countries. Some were convinced that Hillary was just obsessively greedy.
LAHORE: Lahoris defied the provincial governments ban on kite-flying during Basant celebrations, which were marked by aerial firing and fireworks on Saturday and Sunday night. Around 900 people, including women and children, were arrested for violating the ban, a Lahore police spokesman said. Meanwhile, at least one youth died and 450 people were injured during kite-flying and gun sex aerial firing over the weekend.
Public hospitals across the city and several private hospitals have confirmed admitting and treating dozens of patients for injuries sustained during Basant celebrations. In Ghaziabad, 21-year-old Farooq got into a quarrel with his neighbour, Manzoor Ahmad, while kite-flying. The argument flared up and Ahmad shot Farooq, and the latter died on the spot. Police have arrested Ahmad.
Stray bullets hit a nine-year-old girl in Samanabad, a six-year-old girl in Lahori Gate, a boy in Sultan Pura and another in Gawalmandi. All the children have been admitted to hospital and one was reported to be in critical condition. There were several incidents of people being wounded by metal strings used for kites and falling down while kite-flying.
The carnage! Oh! The humanity!
At least 500 cases had been registered against people for kite-flying. Police allegedly trespassed on private property and manhandled several people in its efforts to enforce the ban, sources said. There were also reports of minors being arrested by police from different parts of the city for flying kites. In many neighbourhoods of the city, police officials used the local mosques loudspeakers to warn people not to fly kites, saying that they would otherwise enter into your houses and disgrace you in front of your womenfolk.
At some point, quite recently, our popular site "The People's Cube" (ThePeoplesCube.com) was purged from Google search results.
MSN, Yahoo and other search engines still have it - but Google has erased/blocked any link to the site in its database. One can still find links to us from other sites - but not even one from Google to ThePeoplesCube.com.
We tried American, French, German, British, Australian, and Russian versions of Google - they used to give us traffic only a few days ago - but all we got was the same line in various languages: Sorry, no information is available for the URL thepeoplescube.com. And if we clicked on Find web pages from the site thepeoplescube.com we got Your search - site:thepeoplescube.com - did not match any documents...
Google's still sticking with its "Do No Evil" motto. Unfortunately, they've decided that criticizing China is evil.
Posted by: Robert Crawford ||
03/13/2006 9:33 Comments ||
This is one reason I mourn the loss of the humble library card catalogue system. Sure it's easier to search for a book on line, but it's also easier to *disappear* a book when all you need to do is delete it from the database. With the old catalogues you needed to pull three cards out of every cabinet from every library.
Yes, Besoeker, I realize you think (or whatever passes as thinking in your pathetic excuse for a notochord) we're just as bad as google until we offer to pay server storage space and bandwidth charges for you to be able to spew far-right complaints on the internet all day long.
In reality I think you're just another right-wing equivalent of all the left-wing "rage against my allowance" slackers on slashdot who haven't moved out of their parent's basements but think they're revolutionaries against the Chainey Regime.
Freedom of speech isn't free, but you can have it for 15.00 a month from typepad. If I can afford it, you can afford it. And I've never gotten sent to roadside america from there.
#9 Yes, Besoeker, I realize you think (or whatever passes as thinking in your pathetic excuse for a notochord) we're just as bad ....Posted by: Phil 2006-03-13 11:37
Ohh my, oh my, oh my... now ve must settle down bevor ve hav da big one Dr. Phil my boy. U should not take zese dings zo zirriously. Go vind a towel and take zings in hans, like as alvays!
Posted by: Dr. Ruth ||
03/13/2006 14:42 Comments ||
And if you Google Charles Johnson's "littlegreenfootballs," anti-site material is at the top of the list. Anti-LGF sites wouldn't get 10 hits a day, unless the Google jerks were propping them. But Google wants the 300 million Arab market more than objective commentary. Yahoo shouldn't have taken $200 million from Google to settle patent claims. Yahoo should have sandbagged those predators in their infant stage.
Various Chinese Military/Affairs Forums and websites have either been completely blocked, or are at best partially downloaded wid protracted long Long LONG L-O-N-G-G-G lead times. You can nap for 2-4 hours and nothing will change.
Actually, I think the Al J link adds to the story! More humiliation. Startling contrast for the locals as to what the rest of world rather be focused on. What accomplishments in similar fields can the Islamic countries point to?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.