Sunday, January 16, 2005
On Jan. 16, 1991, the White House announced the start of Operation Desert Storm to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.
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You may be surprised to recieve this letter from me
since you do not know me personally, the purpose of my
introduction is that, I am MARTINS MAZURI the first
son of ROBERT MAZURI who was recently murdered in the
land dispute in Zimbabwe. I got your contact through
network online hence decided to write you,to seek for
your co peration,assistance and understanding. Before
the death of my father, he had taken me to
Johannesburg to deposit the sum of US$25M
(twenty five Million United States Dollars), in one of
the private security companies, as if he foresaw the
looming danger in Zimbabwe. This money was deposited
in a box as germ stones and family antiques to avoid
much demurrage from the security company.

This amount was meant for the purchase of new machines
and chemicals for the farms and establishment of new
farm in Swaziland. This land problem came when
Zimbabwean President Mr.Robert Mugabe introduce a new
Land Act reform which wholly affected the rich white
farmers and some few blacks farmers. And this resulted
to the killing and mob action by Zimbabwean war
veterans and some lunatics in the society. Infact, a
lot of people were killed because of this land
reformed Act for which my father was one of the
victim. It is against this background that, I and my
family who are currently staying in South Africa
decided to transfer my fatherÂ’s money to foreign
account since the law of South Africa prohibits a
refugee ( asylum seeker) to open any bank account or
to be involved in any financial transaction throughout
the territorial zone of South Africa.

As the eldest son of my father, I am saddle with the
responsibility of seeking for a genuine foreign
account where this money could be lodged/ transferred
without the knowledge of my government who are bent on

taking everything we have got. The South African
government seems to be playing along with them. I am
faced with the dilemma of investing this amount of
money in South Africa for fear of going through the
same experience in future since both countries have
similar political history . Moreover, the South
African Foreign Exchange Policy does not allow such
investments for political refugees. As a business man,
who I have to entrust my future since both my future
and of my family are in his hands,I must let you know
that this transaction is

risk free.If you accept to assist me and my family all
I want you to do for me is to make arrangements and
come to Johannesburg-South Africa, so that you can
open a non-resident account which you will aid us in
transferring the money into any account which you will
nominate overseas.

This money we intended to use for investment. I have
two options for you, firstly you can choose to have
certain percentage of the money for nominating your
account for this transaction. Or you can go into
partnership with us for proper profitable investment
of the money in your country either in your area of
expertriate or according to your directives. Whichever
the options you want, feel free to notify me we have
also mapped out 5% of this money for all kinds of
expenses we mighty incurred in the process of this
transaction. If you do not prefer partnership I am
willing to give you 15% of the money while the
remaining 80% will be for my family's investment in
your country.

Contact me with the above E-mail or Telephone number
while I implore you to maintain the absolute secrecy
required in this transaction. Best regards while
hoping in recieving your confirmention soonest for the

speedy takeoff of this project.

Yours Faithfully,



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In My GMail SPAM Folder today...



From: Fred Newman
Reply-To: frednewman_22@yahoo.com.au
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 03:55:44 +0200 (EET)
Subject: (Tsunami) CAN YOU ASSIST ?
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Dear Friend,I am Fred Newman, an attorney at law. Adeceased client of mine, by name Alh.Abdul Mohammed,who here in after shall be referred to as my client,died in Banda Aceh in Indonesia with all members of isfamily in the deadly Tsunami.Please log to this website for more about the Tsunami
I am contacting you to assist me in ensuringthat the funds lodged by my client with aFinancial Institution Abroad. The financialinstitution is not decleared unclaimed hence my reasonfor contacting you.The financial institution has issued me a notice tocontact the next of kin, or the Funds lodge bymy client will be confiscated.My proposition to you is to seek your consent topresent you as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of mylate client,so that the proceeds of this fundscan be transfer to you,Then we can share the funds andgive half to the victim of the tsunami in Indonesia,As donation from my late client.I have all documents that shows He deposite it withthe financial institution. We will Shareon a mutually agreed-upon percentage.All legal documents to back up your claim as myclient\'s next-of-kin will be provided. All I requireis your honest cooperation to enable us see thistransaction through.This will be executed under a legitimate arrangementthat will protect you from any breach of the law. Ifthis business proposition offends your moral values,doaccept my apology. Please contact me at once toindicate your interest.However if you are willing to assist me in thisventure. I will establish a verbal telephonecommunication with you and bring you into a muchbetter picture of the situation.Best Regards,Fred Newman
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Mark Twain, Decatur, GA

Mark Twain, Decatur, GA
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Bathroom Self-Portrait

Bathroom Self-Portrait
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Yo, Thumbs up to Y´All in Flickrville!

Yo, Thumbs up to Y´All in Flickrville!
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1/16/2005 12:53:00 PM :: 2 comments ::

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My father and Uncle Sharing the Family Fruits

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Flickr will be unavailable for several hours tomorrow, Sunday January 16th

Flickr will be unavailable for several hours tomorrow, Sunday January 16th:

"As previously announced, Flickr will be unavailable for several hours tomorrow, Sunday January 16th. The outage will last for five hours (though hopefully less!), from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm pacific time (UTC-8). Since we have users all around the world, the following links may be helpful:

Find the start time in your local time zone

Find the end time in your local tim zone

We're moving all the Flickr servers to a new location in our current hosting facility to make room for expansion. This post will be updated from time to time while we work to keep you in the loop.During the downtime consider catching up on sleep, breaking bread with friends and loved ones, or going out and taking some pictures. There's already been some relevant FlickrCentral threads on topics like What will you do on Sunday while Flickr is down? and FlickrOut 2005! (Note: these links will not work while the outage is happening.)"
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Boing Boing: Tsunami simulator project

Boing Boing: Tsunami simulator project: "This is really neat -- some guy built a little tsunami simulator in his basement (I'm assuming that the kid in the photo is the son of the creator, and not the creator, but I could be wrong. He might be a child prodigy for all I know). His explanation of why the tsunami was so devastating was really interesting. Link (Thanks, Jon!)
UPDATE: Robert sez: 'Saw your post on BoingBoing, so I have to forward you a link to a 'real' Tsunami Simulator here in my town. It's a pretty kick-ass facility, supposedly the only one of its kind in North America.' Link"
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Boing Boing: Wikipedia entry for fictional chemical substances

Boing Boing: Wikipedia entry for fictional chemical substances: "In wikipedia, we find this comprehensive list of fictional chemical substances from films, television, books and the scientific community. Included: Administratium, Orichalcum, Vibranium, and my favorite: 'Upsidaisium' (from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show). Link (Thanks, striatic) "
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My father and Uncle Sharing the Family Fruits

Originally uploaded by J o ã o.

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Pesquisa Google: echapor�

Pesquisa Google: echaporã: "Imagens Resultados 1 - 20 de aproximadamente 46 para echaporã"
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This is where my Father was Born

Echapor� Details, Meaning Echapor� Article and Explanation Guide

Echaporã Guide, Meaning , Facts, Information and Description

Echaporã is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. Its latitude is 22.43/22°25'46" S and the longitude is 50.2/50°12'02" W. The population in 2004 is 7,088 and the area is 515.95 km² The elevation is 700 m.

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The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Digital Domain: After 20 Years, Finally Capitalizing on Cool

The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Digital Domain: After 20 Years, Finally Capitalizing on Cool

WHEN TV Guide updates its 1999 list of greatest commercials of all time, I must root against the current occupant of the No. 1 position: Apple Computer's "1984," broadcast for the 1984 Super Bowl. The ad's indelible image - a sledge hammer thrown at Big Brother - makes good art for a museum installation. But for transcendent greatness in the real world, the top spot should go to a more recent instance of Apple-sponsored genius: the iPod commercials. (It doesn't matter which one.)

Their shimmying and shaking have firmly established the iPod as the icon of the dawning digital lifestyle and sped 10 million units out the door. Without saying a word, the commercials present viewers with a choice: orgiastic boogaloo-ing with the in crowd, or standing forlornly out of the picture. And now the price of admission is just $99.

In the weeks leading up to the Macworld Exposition in San Francisco last week, some of the Mac faithful expressed concern that the iPod's phenomenal success was diverting the attention of Apple's chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, away from the Mac. Apple announced record quarterly earnings last week; the results showed that the iPod and iTunes accounted for almost 40 percent of the company's revenue last quarter, up from 15 percent in the quarter a year earlier. Whatever the percentages, children need to be reassured that Dad loves all equally. But the iPod has shown Mr. Jobs new ways to think about Apple's future, which arguably has never looked better.

Consider some competitors. Microsoft has a near-monopoly on the basic software used on the hardware owned by most people, enabling the company to extract what is basically a head tax. Google has a near-monopoly in the digital library business, which enables it to do very well with advertising that monetizes eyeballs. But Apple has an absolute monopoly on the asset that is the most difficult for competitors to copy: cool.

Paul Saffo, research director of the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, Calif., says emphatically, "Hipness is the only asset that matters." Mr. Jobs had not been able to leverage it in traditional computers because technology in crucial areas had not matured enough to make cool affordably practical on a mass scale. To the extent that cool is based on exclusion of the uncool, Apple was too hip for its own long-term health.

With the introduction of the iPod in 2001, however, Mr. Jobs offered a product that combined cool with inexpensive, truly personal computing that fits in a pocket. Thanks to technological progress, Mr. Jobs now has at his disposal ridiculously cheap processing and memory, which render meaningless the distinction between computer and peripheral. To paraphrase Sun Microsystems, the peripheral is the computer.

Mr. Saffo points out that the iPod and its competitors use identical hardware components. What permits one to so outdistance the others, he says, is "how they are put together" - in Apple's case, with yet-to-be-matched software and essential cool. Playing at the top of his game, Mr. Jobs can lead the way to ubiquitous, headache-free, plug-and-play computing, including every definition of "play" and taking a variety of forms.

Computer and component companies have long been trying to break out of the industrial park, starting even before computing became personal. In 1972, Intel - yes, Intel - started a digital lifestyle initiative of sorts when it acquired Microma, a start-up that made digital watches. Intel's chief executive, Gordon E. Moore, predicted that prices would fall, but even he could not always anticipate the speed of the phenomenon.

Intel executives were also unacquainted with the science of cool and the dictates of fashion. Five years later, Intel's board decided to bail, taking a loss of about $1.3 million in the sale. In the telling of the story in Tim Jackson's book "Inside Intel" (Dutton, 1997), Mr. Moore wore a Microma watch for years afterward, waiting for anyone to ask him about it so he could explain that it was the most expensive watch he had ever owned.

In 1979, not long after Intel left the consumer electronics business, Apple let Jef Raskin, employee No. 31, head a small team to design an inexpensive personal computer with a graphical screen - an easy-to-use appliance for ordinary people who were not passionate hobbyists. He called it the Macintosh. When Mr. Jobs joined the project, he and Mr. Raskin tangled about many details: Mr. Jobs wanted a more powerful processor and a mouse, for example; Mr. Raskin, trying to keep the retail price below $1,000, didn't. Mr. Raskin left unhappily in 1981. Mr. Jobs won that battle, but he was still two decades away from fulfilling the vision of the inexpensive, friendly computing appliance he had inherited.

The design team tried to keep down costs so that the Mac would hit stores at $1,500, but little necessities nudged the total upward. They were soon looking at $1,995. That was before John Sculley, then the chief executive, and other suits weighed in just before the introduction. To the team's disgust, the final price was $2,495.

Even at that price, the machine was woefully underpowered and ill-equipped, as cool as conceptual art but no more useful. In Steven Levy's history of the Mac, "Insanely Great" (Viking, 1994), a core member of the design team, Joanna Hoffman, looked back with wonder: "It's a miracle that it sold anything at all." Orders started strongly, then plunged, and in 1985 it was Mr. Jobs's turn to go out the door unhappily, exiled for 12 years.

I have not owned a Mac since 1995. I confess, however, that the just-announced $499 Mac Mini has grabbed my attention - just as Mr. Jobs anticipated - by offering an inexpensive way for homes with Windows machines to add a Mac or two. With time working in his favor two decades after the Mac's introduction, he can offer a bare-bones machine with a 2,000-fold increase in memory, compared with the original.

Will Mr. Jobs take the next step, aggressively reclaiming market share from Windows by releasing a version of the Macintosh operating system for Intel-equipped machines, as his critics (including me) have long called for? Probably not. The opportunity to widely license the operating system has passed. The typical user needs minimal software, caring little or not at all what operating system is behind the screen. With the growing competition from Linux, the free open-source operating system, the Windows head tax on Intel machines will disappear anyway. Microsoft has already had to swallow new pricing models to retain a presence in third-world countries. Last fall, Advanced Micro Devices, the chip manufacturer, introduced a supply-your-own-monitor computer with Windows CE for a suggested retail price of $185.

APPLE is well positioned for the future. When consumers open their wallets to buy things that have machine intelligence, or provide digital entertainment, or link to the Internet - that is, just about everything in a household that is not edible - they are likely to be drawn to the company with cachet, offering the best-designed, best-engineered, easiest-to-use products, priced affordably thanks to Mr. Moore's old law and Mr. Jobs's new pragmatism. They'll turn to the company that best knows how to meld hardware and software, the company embodied in the ecstatically happy hipster silhouette. The company that is, in a word, cool.

Apple has $6.4 billion in cash, a seemingly small sum next to Microsoft's $64 billion. But it is Microsoft, the poor little rich kid, who must be envious of Apple. All of the billions in its corporate treasury, all of the personal billions of the co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, all of the money in the world, cannot buy the ability to fathom the metaphysical mystery of cool.

Randall Stross is a historian and author based in Silicon Valley. E-mail: ddomain@nytimes.com.

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The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Catch Him if You Can

The New York Times > Business > Your Money > Catch Him if You Can

AT the celebrity-packed wedding of Star Jones Reynolds, the television talk show host, last November, Calvin R. Darden Jr. seemed on top of his game. With his flashing smile and his perpetually trilling cellphones, Mr. Darden, a 30-year-old stockbroker, worked the reception area at the Waldorf-Astoria - huddling with Dave Winfield, the former baseball star, bantering with Samuel L. Jackson, the actor, and introducing the actress Angela Bassett, a former client, to a friend of his.

For Mr. Darden, who knew the groom, Al Scales Reynolds, from their early days as Merrill Lynch brokers, it was the same heady blend of celebrity glitz and Wall Street money that had fueled his rapid career ascent.

But a month later, his fantasylike world of fast cars, basketball stars and high-stakes finance would shatter when the Manhattan district attorney announced his indictment, accusing him of stealing $4.1 million from some of his previous firms - Smith Barney, Wachovia and AIC Ltd., one of Canada's largest mutual fund companies - as well as an 87-year-old woman.

According to the indictment, Mr. Darden used the money from the elderly investor to splurge on a multimillion-dollar home in Glen Cove, N.Y., to which he then added a $210,000 aquarium stocked with sharks and a movie theater that cost at least that much. If convicted, Mr. Darden, whose father is a top executive at United Parcel Service, could serve up to 50 years in state prison.
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The New York Times > National > Abu Ghraib Scandal: Ringleader in Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Is Sentenced to 10 Years

The New York Times > National > Abu Ghraib Scandal: Ringleader in Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Is Sentenced to 10 Years

FORT HOOD, Tex., Jan. 15 - The Army reservist found guilty of being the ringleader of the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced Saturday to 10 years in military prison after telling the jury that he had repeatedly complained about orders to treat detainees harshly but that he had been told to go along.

The reservist, Specialist Charles A. Graner Jr., faced a maximum sentence of 15 years. The jury deliberated for two hours before delivering the sentence, which also reduced his rank to private, the lowest possible, and ordered him dishonorably discharged from the military.

Specialist Graner's case was the first contested court-martial in the abuse scandal that set off international outrage against the United States military and led to nine high-level Pentagon investigations into reports of abuse at American detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan and at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

"I didn't enjoy anything I did there," Specialist Graner told the jury at the end of three hours of answering questions from his lawyer Saturday morning. "A lot of it was wrong, a lot of it was criminal."

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Indian tsunami survivors

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Indian tsunami survivors queue to collect relief materials at a fishing hamlet in Nagapattinam, 350 km (219 miles) south of the Indian city of Madras, January 6, 2005. An army of aid workers raced to supply food and water to millions of tsunami victims and the United Nations warned a death toll of 150,000 would climb as more bodies are found and disease stalks survivors. REUTERS/Kamal Kishore
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The Sunday Mail QLD: Youth Corps to serve in crisis areas [ 16jan05 ]

The Sunday Mail QLD: Youth Corps to serve in crisis areas [ 16jan05 ]

YOUNG Australians would be able to serve in a special corps of volunteers to help in humanitarian crises under a plan being considered by the Federal Government.

The Government will consider the proposal by charity boss the Rev Tim Costello to establish a Youth Corps that would help at natural disaster scenes and in developing countries.
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said Australia was already doubling the size of its Youth Ambassador program to about 500 volunteers over the next two years and this could be developed into a full-scale volunteer corps.

"Tim Costello has put forward a proposal and we will have a look at it," the spokesman said.

Just returned from tsunami-affected countries, Mr Costello said drastic action had to be taken to reduce the time taken for those countries to recover.

He said the United Nations expected the recovery to take up to 10 years and an Australian Youth Corps, modelled on the US Peace Corps, was an appropriate response.

"Once the headlines have stopped, these countries affected will still need our help," he told The Sunday Mail.

Mr Costello is the chief executive officer of World Vision Australia, which has raised almost $70 million to aid victims of the tsunamis.

"When the tsunami struck we were all left numb with shock, but we all wanted to know what we could do to help," Mr Costello said.

Organising volunteers was like planning a military operation, he said, "but instead of deploying troops for war, it is a case of deploying civilians with peace in their hearts".

Australia's Youth Ambassador program was founded in 1998 by Mr Downer.

Like the Peace Corps, it sends people aged 18 to 30 into the field for up to 12 months.

Mr Costello said Australian Volunteers International represented another source of aid for the region.

He spoke highly of the US Peace Corps as an example for volunteers.

"The Peace Corps can trace its roots back to 1960 when (then-president) John F. Kennedy challenged students to serve their country in the cause of peace.

"This is a noble cause because it is only by learning about other cultures and sharing experiences that we can prevent prejudices and misconceptions from perpetuating," Mr Costello said.

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Gone Fishing

2 Marco Pescaria Represa Totti 018
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