November 22nd, 2005

Chris Keeley

Back in 1999, while my hometown of Belgrade was being blown up by 19 different countries, I was writ

How to make a film, with no money, while being bombed

From Jasmina "Mrs. Bruce Sterling" Tesanovic, in the current issue of MAKE magazine:

Back in 1999, while my hometown of Belgrade was being blown up by 19 different countries, I was writing and uploading a diary. One day, a producer from German national TV phoned me. She’d been reading my online journal (Diary of a Political Idiot) and thought it might make a good film.

Unfortunately, since her country was so busy bombing mine, she couldn’t give me any practical help. However, she thought that if my film somehow got made, she could promote and distribute it, and show it at film festivals.

Immediately, I said yes! What a great occasion to make a meaningful European art film, without those tiresome commercial restrictions, backers, producers, and other artistic brakes that every true cineaste fears!

First, I found a cameraman who had somehow survived Bosnia with his equipment intact. He was a Serbian CNN stringer, which was perfect since everyone in 1999 thought that wars could only be won by and/or through CNN.

PDF Link (via Bruce Sterling's blog)

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Chris Keeley

Scanlon, who purchased a home in St. Bart's with lobbying proceeds, gave his passport to his attorne

Abramoff Partner Pleads Guilty
Scanlon Admits He Conspired to Bribe Lawmaker

By James V. Grimaldi and Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, November 22, 2005; A01

A onetime congressional staffer who became a top partner to lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to bribe a congressman and other public officials and agreed to pay back more than $19 million he fraudulently charged Indian tribal clients.

The plea agreement between prosecutors and Michael Scanlon, a former press secretary to then-House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), provided fresh detail about the alleged bribes. The document also indicated the nature of testimony Scanlon is prepared to offer against a congressman it calls "Representative #1" -- who has been identified by attorneys in the case as Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio).

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Scanlon was released after promising to post a $5 million unsecured bond -- essentially a personal guarantee. Scanlon, who purchased a home in St. Bart's with lobbying proceeds, gave his passport to his attorney Plato Cacheris under an agreement with prosecutors. He agreed not to leave the country without giving authorities two weeks' notice.

Standing in the rain next to his attorneys, Braga and Cacheris, Scanlon declined to comment. Cacheris said, "He's obviously regretful for the circumstances that brought him here." At the end of the briefing, Scanlon, who remembers many of the reporters from days handling press for DeLay, said: "Thanks, guys. I'll be in touch."

© 2005 The Washington Post Company
Chris Keeley

Scholars who specialize in the history and operations of Congress say

Corruption Inquiry Threatens to Ensnare Lawmakers

Published: November 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 - The Justice Department has signaled for the
first time in recent weeks that prominent members of Congress could
be swept up in the corruption investigation of Jack Abramoff, the
former Republican superlobbyist who diverted some of his tens of
millions of dollars in fees to provide lavish travel, meals and
campaign contributions to the lawmakers whose help he needed most.
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Mr. Ney was also a regular at Signatures, the expensive Washington
restaurant that Mr. Abramoff owned and used to entertain clients,
colleagues and lawmakers. Former Signatures employees have said that
Mr. Ney frequently ate and drank at the restaurant without paying.
Mr. Ney has acknowledged the gifts but said they were within limits
set by Congressional ethics rules.
Chris Keeley

nineteenth century images of albinism

nineteenth century images of albinism


People born with the genetic condition albinism i.e. a deficiency of the skin, hair and eye pigment melanin, have been the subjects of public curiosity over the centuries. They have been purported to have all sorts of supernatural powers such as mind reading and they were at times even suspected of witchcraft

Chris Keeley

And I have sources inside the government now that tell me the deaths may be up to 90. Now, this is p

Colin Powell's Former Chief of Staff Col. Wilkerson on Prewar Intel, Torture and How a White House "Cabal" Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

We spend the hour with a former senior member of the Bush administration: Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson. He served as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. In the interview, Wilkerson discusses what he calls a "White House cabal", led by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld; pre-war intelligence and Powell's February 2003 speech before the United Nations; the "memory lapse" by Gen. Peter Pace, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and much more.

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COL. LAWRENCE WILKERSON: I can’t give you any insights into that. I did not know anything about that when I was in government. Those things, presidential findings, if they exist, are usually kept very close hold. Only very few people know about them. I have my suspicions. I suspect that if the Vice President is lobbying the Congress of the United States on behalf of torture, that we must have some kind of clandestine operation going on, but I can’t offer you any insights into that.

Let me just make one other point. You're probably aware that recently the Minister of the Interior in Iraq was discovered to have a prison where principally Shia were being abused, being abused rather drastically, as I understand it. Imagine, if you will, General George Casey, our commander in Iraq and our ambassador in Baghdad, Khalilzad, imagine them having to go to Hakeem, the Minister of the Interior, and speaking to him in strong words about this abuse. Imagine Hakeem looking at them and laughing, because he could cite Abu Ghraib, he could cite Guantanamo, he could cite Bagram, and this position that we have assumed has just hurt our credibility and our image all around the world. Pardon me, my cell phone is ringing.

AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. We're going to go back to this point in just a minute.
Chris Keeley

Mr. Scanlon's lawyer, Plato Cacheris, stood alongside his client and said Mr. Scanlon was "obviously

Former DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy </nyt_headline>

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 - Michael Scanlon, a former business partner of the lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former top aide to Representative Tom DeLay, pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiring to bribe a member of Congress and other public officials.

Mr. Scanlon also agreed to repay $19.6 million to his former Indian tribe lobbying clients.

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Chris Keeley

-millennium-old tradition of "golden canaries," so called because, like the showcase birds, mistress

'Second Wives' Are Back

Mistresses are again a status symbol in China. As scandal spreads, the government worries that they are a motive for public corruption.

By Don Lee
Times Staff Writer

November 22, 2005

SHANGHAI — Li Xin knelt in a hotel room here, wearing polka-dot boxer shorts and a grimace on his face.

The deputy mayor of Jining, in Shandong province, was pleading with his lover not to report him to authorities.

But in the end, the 51-year-old official was exposed and sentenced to life in prison. His crime: accepting more than $500,000 in bribes, which he used to support at least four mistresses in Jining, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Li's transgressions were minor compared with those of other public officials. A top prosecutor in Henan province, for example, was recently stripped of his post and Communist Party membership after investigators alleged that he embezzled $2 million to support his lavish lifestyle — and seven mistresses.

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"It's all because I couldn't resist sexual temptation," he said.

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