October 30th, 2007

Chris Keeley

State Dept Gives Immunity to Blackwater Forces

State Dept Gives Immunity to Blackwater Forces
Government officials have revealed that the Blackwater forces involved in last month's deadly shooting in Baghdad have been secretly given immunity by the State Department. Officials said the immunity deal has undermined efforts to prosecute anyone from Blackwater for the deaths of the 17 Iraqi civilians killed on Sept. 16. The immunity deal has also delayed a criminal inquiry into the shootings. The State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security gave immunity to all of the Blackwater guards involved in the killings even though they did not have the authority to do so. The director of the state department's diplomatic security bureau, Richard Griffin, resigned last week. The New York Times reports prosecutors at the Justice Department had no advance knowledge of the immunity deal. 

Report: U.S. Upgrading Diego Garcia Base For Attack on Iran
The Scottish newspaper The Herald is reporting the US is secretly upgrading special stealth bomber hangars on the British island protectorate of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for possible strikes on Iran. The U.S. has used Diego Garcia during the first Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Bush Requests $88 Million To Fit Bunker Busting Bombs on B-2 Bombers
In Washington the Bush administration has requested $88 million to fit bunker busting bombs to B-2 stealth bombers. Some Democratic lawmakers have questioned if the proposal is linked to an attack on Iran. Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia said "My assumption is that it is Iran, because you wouldn't use them in Iraq, and I don't know where you would use them in Afghanistan."

Chris Keeley

Bush fundraiser linked to crashed drug plane

 
Remember the strange circumstances surrounding the Gulfstream II jet filled with 3.7 tons of cocaine that crashed in the Yucatan last month? There's more.

According to Mad Cow Morning News, the plane was once owned by ultra-rich Bush supporter Stephen Adams. (In July, the Federal Election Commission filed suit against Adams on charges that he "failed to report and include proper disclaimers on $1,000,000 in billboard ads during the 2004 Presidential race.")

Not only that, but Mad Cow alleges that Adam's business partner owned the other American drug plane that was found in Mexico with 5.5 tons of cocaine in 2006.

200710291335 Recently-released FAA records from the Gulfstream II business jet that went down in Mexico a month ago with four tons of cocaine reveal that before it was “parked” in the name of a New York real estate developer with ties to the Russian Mob, the plane was owned by a secretive Midwestern media baron and Republican fund-raiser, who had a business partner who, incredibly, owned the other American drug plane, the DC9, recently busted in Mexico.

Adams was in business with Miami attorney Michael Farkas, who founded SkyWay Aircraft, which owned the DC9 busted in Mexico 18 months ago with 5.5 tons of cocaine aboard.

Moreover at the same time the Bush Ranger extraordinaire Stephen Adams owned the Gulfstream (N987SA) in 1999 and 2000, he was personally buying over $1 million of billboard ads for George W. Bush for his 2000 Presidential election bid.

Link 

http://www.madcowprod.com/10292007.html
Chris Keeley

So shocking were the crimes that when the teenagers were led from the courthouse after their arrest

So shocking were the crimes that when the teenagers were led from the courthouse after their arrest, they were met by 200 local residents yelling, “Burn in hell.”



Defense Offers New Evidence in a Murder Case That Shocked Arkansas

ATLANTA, Oct. 29 — In 1994, three teenagers in the small city of West Memphis, Ark., were convicted of killing three 8-year-old boys in what prosecutors portrayed as a satanic sacrifice involving sexual abuse and genital mutilation. So shocking were the crimes that when the teenagers were led from the courthouse after their arrest, they were met by 200 local residents yelling, “Burn in hell.”

But according to long-awaited new evidence filed by the defense in federal court on Monday, there was no DNA from the three defendants found at the scene, the mutilation was actually the work of animals and at least one person other than the defendants may have been present at the crime scene.

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At the height of his power, in the 1980s, he controlled an estimated 70 percent of the country’s her

At the height of his power, in the 1980s, he controlled an estimated 70 percent of the country’s heroin business, which enabled him to finance an army of tens of thousands of soldiers and large-scale heroin laboratories. 

Khun Sa, Drug King, Dies at 73

BANGKOK, Oct. 30 — Khun Sa, the publicity-loving Golden Triangle drug lord who thrived in the region’s kill-or-be-killed cauldron of ethnic rivalries and heroin-financed private armies, has died at age 73 in Yangon, Myanmar, according to an officer in the militia he once led.

Kon Jern, a commander in the Shan State Army, a separatist group, said in a telephone interview that he learned of the death from one of Mr. Khun Sa’s relatives. The cause of death was not known, but he was thought to suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

News agencies, quoting anonymous sources in Yangon, said he died Friday and was cremated early Tuesday. The country has been closed to outside journalists since Myanmar’s ruling junta cracked down on recent antigovernment protests.

For decades, Mr. Khun Sa symbolized the seeming impunity of heroin traffickers in the Golden Triangle, the area encompassing the northern reaches of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand.

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Chris Keeley

A driving teacher offers tips on the South African exam. Letting the car roll back while stopping or

A driving teacher offers tips on the South African exam. Letting the car roll back while stopping or starting means instant failure.



The Road to a South African Driver’s License

JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 29 — “You will never drive this way again in your life,” Cullen says.

Cullen, a laconic fellow with disheveled hair and a cigarette sagging from his lips, is maneuvering a clapped-out Toyota down a suburban Johannesburg street. He yanks his hand brake up at every stop. He lowers it only after he has hit the gas and the Toyota is straining forward like a leashed Labrador after a biscuit. Cullen swivels constantly in search of cars behind him, cars in his side mirrors, cars in every alley, cars at every intersection.

Occasionally, he watches the road ahead.

“I need a drink,” he says.

Cullen is a South African driving instructor. You would drink, too. His job is to teach people how to pass South Africa’s driver’s license examination, a trial of the country’s K53 method of defensive driving. Herein lies a problem, for the K53 method resembles normal driving about as much as Snoop Dogg resembles Perry Como.

But not the only problem. Securing a South African driver’s license is not as simple as passing the K53 test, which is not simple at all. It also requires that one apply for the license, a bureaucratic process so daunting that it set off riots this year. It necessitates eye examinations before applying for a license and before the road test — and all over again, should one fail. It often demands that one game the driving examiner, who may wish to flunk the hapless applicant to meet the day’s failure quota.

It is helpful to learn South Africa’s extensive and sometimes charming traffic code, which sometimes rates children between 6 and 13 as one-third of a passenger and includes a road sign that depicts a stick-figure man astride an ostrich.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat... Untitled (Skull) (1982, Acrylic, oilstick, colored pencil on paper). From th

 Jean-Michel Basquiat... Untitled (Skull) (1982, Acrylic, oilstick, colored pencil on paper). From the exhibition I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton in Art at Cheim & Read in New York, NY. 



http://www.cheimread.com/exhibitions/2007-09-20_i-am-as-you-will-be/

artists include Francis Alÿs, Donald Baechler, Matthew Barney, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Michaël Borremans, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, Salvador Dali, Paul Delvaux, Wim Delvoye, Marlene Dumas, James Ensor, Jan Fabre, Roland Flexner, Katharina Fritsch, Adam Fuss, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jannis Kounellis, Sherrie Levine, Tony Matelli, McDermott & McGough, Robert Morris, Alice Neel, Pablo Picasso, Jack Pierson, Lady Pink, Sigmar Polke, Félicien Rops, Luc Tuymans, Jan van Oost, and Andy Warhol.
Chris Keeley

Long Gone John and burlesque diva Dita von Teese were among the guests. Von Teese wore a miniature a

Long Gone John and burlesque diva Dita von Teese were among the guests. Von Teese wore a miniature aqua felt hat adorned with a single ostrich feather, and a 1940s cap-sleeved black knit dress with tiny turquoise beads on the shoulders. "I don't often get to wear top-to-toe vintage," she said.

Goth wedding

Jeffree Star's vividly colored hair was a standout among the many guests who wore goth black for the nuptials.

Goth wedding

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Long Gone John was born in 1951 in Whittier, California. The product of a troubled childhood, John's

Long Gone John was born in 1951 in Whittier, California. The product of a troubled childhood, John's passion for rock and roll began when he was five years old and discovered radio. Raised in a religious family with four brothers and four sisters, at 12 he was involved in a minor burglary and his parents surrendered him to the juvenile system. He went home again only once, for two months, at age 16. He became something of an incorrigible rebel during his formative years and was bounced from school to school (never graduating), eventually becoming a ward of the court and ended up in juvenile hall and boys' homes until the age of 18 at which time he moved to Echo Park in Los Angeles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Gone_John 

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