March 10th, 2007

Chris Keeley

It is within my ability to change and change for the better.

March 8, 2007

I would like Van Halen fans to know how much I truly appreciate each and every one of you. Without you there is no Van Halen.

I have always and will always feel a responsibility to give you my best. At the moment I do not feel that I can give you my best. That’s why I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110% that I feel I owe you and want to give you.

Some of the issues surrounding the 2007 Van Halen tour are within my ability to change and some are not. As far as my rehab is concerned, it is within my ability to change and change for the better. I want you to know that is exactly what I’m doing, so that I may continue to give you the very best I am capable of.

I look forward to seeing you in the future better than ever and I thank you with all my heart.

Chris Keeley

Nontobeko Dlamini, stricken blind from HIV/AIDS,

Award of Excellence
Rick Gershon The Dallas Morning News
Nontobeko Dlamini, stricken blind from HIV/AIDS, waits to have vaseline rubbed on her sores to relieve the itching by a volunteer community care worker in her home in the Copesville township just outside of Pietermeritzburg, South Africa.
Chris Keeley

Bands of youths rove many British towns. A group in Wythenshawe includes, from left, MC Blendz, Moe,

they go to a friend’s house, where they have been experimenting with various forms of rap and garage music that they post on their MySpace Web page.

How the Young Poor Measure Poverty in Britain: Drink, Drugs and Their Time in Jail

WYTHENSHAWE, England — Wandering the streets after dusk in this endless housing project, the five teenagers said they were not troubled by the turns their lives had taken so far. Not by the absent fathers, the mothers on welfare, the drugs, the arrests, the incarcerations, the wearying inevitability of it all.

“When you live in Wythenshawe, you don’t expect any better,” said David Williams, a 17-year-old who says he dropped out of school at 14, is high much of the time, steals when he can and has been arrested too many times to count. He was not posturing. He is not a gang member or a hardened criminal seeking street cred — he was simply giving the unsentimental facts.

The housing projects in Wythenshawe (pronounced WITH-en-shah) represent an extreme pocket of social deprivation and alienation. But the problems here — a breakdown in families, an absence of respect for authority, the prevalence of drugs, drunkenness, truancy, vandalism and petty criminality — are common across Britain.

Collapse )
Chris Keeley

He compared his situation to that of President Bush, who was arrested in 1976 for drunken driving.

Mr. Wasifi was arrested at Caesars Palace on July 15, 1987, for selling 23 ounces of heroin, according to criminal records in Nevada and California. Prosecutors said the drugs were worth $2 million on the street.

Afghan Anticorruption Chief Sold Heroin in Las Vegas in ’87

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 9 (AP) — When the deal went down in Las Vegas, the seller was introduced only as Mr. E. In a room at Caesars Palace hotel, Mr. E exchanged a pound-and-a-half bag of heroin for $65,000 cash, unaware that the buyer was an undercover detective. The sting landed him in a Nevada state prison for nearly four years.

Twenty years later, Mr. E, whose real name is Izzatullah Wasifi, has a new job. He is the government of Afghanistan’s anticorruption chief.

Mr. Wasifi leads a staff of 84 people charged with rooting out the endemic graft that is fueled in part by the country’s position as the world’s largest producer of opium poppy, the raw ingredient of heroin.

Collapse )
Chris Keeley


This was sent to me today by a friend, a lady professor of Iranian
studies at a major U.S. university.
She has forwarded to me an article produced by a financial management
firm in Florida called Money and Markets, a subsidiary of Weiss
Research, Inc.  It was written by the CEO of the company, Dr. Martin D.
Weiss, PhD, assisted by a subordinate named Larry Edelson.

I am adding no evaluative comments of my own regarding the substantive
content of this analysis, except to note that the authors have included
a few minor factual errors and some questionable stretches of logic. *
But I believe you will agree with me that it is interesting and perhaps
significant that Wall Street analysts are beginning to take more notice
of risk factors arising from the threat of military action against Iran,
and to reach investment-related judgments accordingly.  It has surprised
me that there has not been more of this.  Wall Street has generally
acted so far as if the Middle East was on a different planet.  Your
views on that point would be of interest to the whole group, I think.*

Collapse )Martin Weiss and Larry Edelson