Secret police files reveal six-figure payments to Ceausescu’s henchmen, as retailer denies knowingly paying Securitate.
The Guardian, By Matei Rosca, July 4
Bucharest – Romania’s brutal communist-era secret police received covert six-figure payments from Ikea as part of the Swedish group’s deals with a local furniture manufacturer in the 1980s, according to documents obtained by [...]
“between being stumbled over…, and being kicked.” Quote from Bill Hightower on Bill Moyers.
Some of the other animals among us aren’t that perceptive.
Unfortunately…, Hightower is also right about something else:
JIM HIGHTOWER: Well, as, there will be blood, I think. There will be heads bludgeoned.
Here’s the link: Jim Hightower – on Bill [...]
Well worth your time to read this one from Bill…, a look back at why we are celebrating today…, and what we need to do if we want to continue to celebrate it in the future.
No video…, just the essay at Celebrate the Revoulution–And Keep It Going
Here are a few teasers:
On this [...]
AFP, June 30
Brussels – A Belgian court on Monday barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture “DSK”, the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.
The pimp, Dominique Alderweireld or “Dodo la Saumure”, is linked to sex parties attended by Strauss-Kahn and dubbed his latest brothel [...]
The Independent, By James Legge, June 13
For almost half an hour, 13 aircraft vanished from air traffic controllers’ radar screens as they flew at high altitude above Europe, it has been revealed.
The “undprecedented” disappearances happened on 5 June and 10 June, hitting control rooms in Austria and neighbouring countries.
The relevant EU agencies [...]
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 16
According to a Facebook post from one of the estranged sons of Fred Phelps Sr., the anti-gay preacher who was the driving force behind Westboro Baptist Church is close to death. Nathan Phelps claims his father is on the “edge of death” at a hospice facility in Topeka, Kan.
Another estranged [...]
BetaBoston, By Shawn Musgrave, March 5
Few notice the “spotter car” from Manny Sousa’s repo company as it scours Massachusetts parking lots, looking for vehicles whose owners have defaulted on their loans. Sousa’s unmarked car is part of a technological revolution that goes well beyond the repossession business, transforming any industry that wants to check [...]
Then space would be filled with Burma Shave signs, apparently: What if the moon were one pixel?
The New Yorker, By Emily Greenhouse, February 15
Last weekend, a pop-up shop called Dumb Starbucks appeared in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, five miles east of the Hollywood Hills. It seemed like any other Starbucks store, but it gave away “dumb” versions of items sold by the Seattle-based coffee giant: Dumb Iced Vanilla Latte and [...]
In February 1874, Colorado prospectors Alfred Packer, George Noon, Frank Miller, Israel Swan, James Humphreys and “Shannon” Bell left the Uncompahgre for Saguache, intending to go by way of the Ute Agency on Los Pinos. Packer appeared at the Agency alone, insisting that his companions had abandoned him while he was ill.
What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map. NYT
Just wondering how youse guys do.
The Family Fruitcake (Recipe )
Okay, for those who are tired of rotating gift fruitcakes through your friend network or using them for doorstops, this is the reason they were really invented, before the commercial folks corrupted the process. If you’ve only eaten the commercial ones, you haven’t eaten fruitcake.