Thursday, May 28, 2009

Not a good time to be a hooker.

From Bangkok to Berlin,

Hard Times Hit the Sex Trade

In Patpong, one of Bangkok's most notorious red-light districts, go-go girls count their livelihood by the number of sex tourists they entertain. "Three inches, three minutes, 3,000 baht ($87)," laughs Goy, a 25-year-old bargirl. Last summer, she and her fellow pole dancers at the Camelot Castle entertained scores of men every night — first in the bar, where they earn a monthly salary, then at the customer's hotel, where they negotiate their own rates. But as cash-strapped tourists have turned their backs on Thailand — tourism officials say revenues will plunge 35% this year — the ranks of men cruising Patpong have thinned dramatically. On a recent Wednesday evening, just three tourists watched a visibly disgruntled Goy wiggle around her pole. "My base salary was 8,000 baht ($232) a month, but now they are giving me 6,000 baht ($174)," she says. "I haven't had a customer in five nights, and I'm lucky if someone buys me a drink." ...

Eric, you might want to rethink that career change...I know some of you might say oh well, that's good. But unfortunately in cultures like Thailand, it's a large part of how these women survive. I'm sure it's the same in the other European countries. Hope those girls can figure something else out.

Aliens Saved Earth

Russian Scientist: UFO Crashed Into Meteorite to Save Earth

Did a UFO deliberately crash into a meteor to save Earth 100 years ago? That's what one Russian scientist is claiming.

Dr. Yuri Labvin, president of the Tunguska Spatial Phenomenon Foundation, insists that an alien spacecraft sacrificed itself to prevent a gigantic meteor from slamming into the planet above Siberia on June 30, 1908.

The result was was the Tunguska event, a massive blast estimated at 15 megatons that downed 80 million trees over nearly 100 square miles. Eyewitnesses reported a bright light and a huge shock wave, but the area was so sparsely populated no one was killed.

I've always said this and have always believed, we are not alone, they are watching and if you think we are the only planet in the universe with life, you need your head checked. Something is on the horizon, too many sightings happening lately and people coming out with reports of aliens and such...
Pay attention, and do not be afraid, contact with these other beings could be a good thing.

I don't know what came over me this morning double posting this story. I'm slipping gears and maybe need a few days off. Good work Josh and Heather.

Time Warner to spin off AOL

NEW YORK - Time Warner Inc. says its board has approved plans to spin off AOL, the company's lagging Internet unit.

The New York company, which owns 95 percent of AOL, said Thursday it will buy out Google Inc.'s 5 percent stake during the third quarter and spin the unit off to Time Warner shareholders.

In other news, AOL is still in business. I know I've seen AOL email addresses recently but I was very surprised to know it was still in business.

Let's get it on! South Korea on Alert

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean and U.S. troops raised their alert Thursday to the highest level since 2006 after North Korea renounced its truce with the allied forces and threatened to strike any ships trying to intercept its vessels.

The move was a sign of heightened tensions on the peninsula following the North's underground nuclear test and its firing of a series of short-range missiles earlier this week.

How much longer is the international community going to put up with this nonsense? Millions of North Koreans are yearning to be free...fed.

Fark Headline:
A look inside North Korea, a nation so backward and brain dead that it makes Arkansas look like the Algonquin Round Table by comparison. Don't feel bad that you didn't understand that reference, Arkansas
Check out the associated story.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Save Ferris, buy Cameron's home

The Highland Park house made famous by the 1986 movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" is for sale.

The architecturally stunning, art-filled, 5,300-square-foot house went on the market last week for $2.3 million. Its most famous feature is its steel and glass "pavilion" that hangs over the ravine.

The pavilion contains a wall of memorabilia dedicated to the movie, including pictures of actors Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck taken during the filming, Hughes said.

The owners were avid car collectors and the space is still used for special car events, such as a Ferrari Club meeting held there last weekend.

How cool would it be to own a piece of cultural history like this? Of course you'd have to get a Ferrari like the one in the movie. That could cost you more than the house considering only 55 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California's were made. Enjoy this link, which gives you some backstage trivia.

Gov. Gen. eats slaughtered seal's raw heart to show support for seal hunt

RANKIN INLET, Nunavut - On the first day of her trip to the Arctic Michaelle Jean gutted a freshly slaughtered seal, pulled out its raw heart, and ate it.

Hundreds of Inuit at a community festival gathered around as the Governor General made a gesture of solidarity with the country's beleaguered seal hunters.

More specifically she cut a piece off the heart and ate it. The story sort of implies that she ripped it out and started knawing on it caveman style. Or that's how I read it. She is the elected representative of this region and wanted to check out what the fuss was all about. I've never had seal, I wonder what it tastes like?

Here's another link to a report the event, written entirely differently.

Are you buying any survival supplies?

SAN DIEGO – Six months ago, Jim Wiseman didn't even have a spare nutrition bar in his kitchen cabinet.

Now, the 54-year-old businessman and father of five has a backup generator, a water filter, a grain mill and a 4-foot-tall pile of emergency food tucked in his home in the expensive San Diego suburb of La Jolla.

Wiseman isn't alone. Emergency supply retailers and military surplus stores nationwide have seen business boom in the past few months as an increasing number of Americans spooked by the economy rush to stock up on gear that was once the domain of hardcore survivalists.

I liked the quote from the article:
"You kind of have to sift through the people with their hats on a little bit too tight," said Chris Macera, a 29-year-old IT systems administrator, who said his colleagues tease him about the grain mill. "But I see a lot of things (on the Web) and they're real common sense-type things."
We haven't bought any supplies per se. But we do have a loose plan. I am short of ammo as are many other shooters. The run on ammunition has been even more drastic than the run on survivalist food supplies. I understand several of the manufacturers are now working 3 shifts in efforts to keep up with the demand.

AP sources: Obama picks Sotomayor for high court

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.

Administration officials say Sotomayor, with 17 years on the bench, would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.

This lady is Liberal with a capital "L".

I wonder if I'll still be alive when the first Native American is appointed to the court?