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2008 May 19 — Why Now?
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From the Associated Press: Feds Net 38 In Global Phishing Busts

(AP) Thirty-eight people were charged Monday with stealing names, Social Security numbers, credit card data and other personal information from unsuspecting Internet users as part of a global crime ring.

The Romanian-based phishing scams sought to rip off thousands of consumers and hundreds of financial institutions, according to indictments unsealed in Los Angeles and New Haven, Conn.

The two related cases marked the latest example of what the Justice Department describes as a growing worldwide threat posed by organized crime.

They should be filleted, dipped in corn meal batter, and deep fried – hush puppies, cole slaw, and french fries optional.

May 19, 2008   6 Comments

Better Late Than Never?

The BBC notes that Burma to mourn cyclone’s victims

Burma’s junta has declared three days of official mourning for the victims of Cyclone Nargis, 17 days after the storm struck, state television has announced.

The move came as Burma’s closest ally, China, began three days of mourning for its own disaster, the Sichuan quake.

Analysts say Burma’s move may indicate it now recognises the scale of the disaster it initially downplayed, and could be more open to outside help.

Earlier, Burma agreed at an emergency summit in Singapore to accept more aid.

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May 19, 2008   2 Comments

Speaking of Intent

This isn’t good: Venezuela says U.S. plane breached airspace

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. regrets any “accidental infringement” of Venezuelan airspace by a U.S. plane over the weekend, the State Department said Monday, but a Venezuelan official called the breach intentional.

The pilot “recognized his error and contacted a Venezuela tower to acknowledge that,” said Tom Casey, spokesman for the U.S. State Department.

“This is simply an issue where an error was made and acknowledged at the time,” Casey said.

However, at a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, Defense Minister Gustavo Rangel Briceno said Venezuela believes that the U.S. military intentionally breached the country’s airspace, adding that the U.S. ambassador will be summoned to the Foreign Ministry to explain the incident.

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May 19, 2008   2 Comments

Chelsea Flower Show

If you have any interest in gardening one of the premier events is the Chelsea Flower Show which opens tomorrow in Britain. The BBC has a photo slide show from the preview.

In addition to displays of new varieties, the show features entire gardens constructed for the event with corporate sponsors, many not in the gardening business. The show gardens span the range of things you might do in your backyard, to extremely “unique concepts” that would probably annoy the neighbors and bring down the wrath of the local code enforcement board.

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