Castro Waxes Hypocrisy

Funny how Fidel now condemns the Honduran coup in favor of a democracy.
So where was that attitude back in the 1950s?

Fidel Castro's Reflection: A Suicidal Mistake Inside Costa Rica
There is no way to negotiate with that putschist high command. They must be asked to abdicate while other younger officers, uninvolved with the oligarchy, take charge of the military command; otherwise, there will never be in Honduras a government "of the people, by the people and for the people."

There is no hope for the cornered and isolated putschists if the problem is faced with determination.

Even Mrs. Clinton stated this afternoon that Zelaya is the only President of Honduras and the Honduran putschists can't even breathe without the support of the United States of America.

Zelaya, a man who was in his pyjamas just a few hours ago, will be recognized by the world as the only Constitutional President of Honduras.

Fidel Castro Ruz

Zelaya accused of drug ties AP
BOGOTA – The regime that ousted Manuel Zelaya in Honduras claimed Tuesday that the deposed president allowed tons of cocaine to be flown into the Central American country on its way to the United States.

"Every night, three or four Venezuelan-registered planes land without the permission of appropriate authorities and bring thousands of pounds ... and packages of money that are the fruit of drug trafficking," its foreign minister, Enrique Ortez, told CNN en Espanol.

"We have proof of all of this. Neighboring governments have it. The DEA has it," he added.

Hell's Kitchen Season 6 - Gordon Becomes Devil

I wonder how many food industry employees have a boss like Gordon Ramsay?

"Hell's Kitchen" will premiere on July 21 with two-hour show.

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Chavez Threatens to Invade Honduras

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's secret weapon, stealth parrots with diarrhea.

Chavez threatens to invade as Honduran army stages coup Independent UK
Mr Chavez went on state television later in the day claiming that the coup leaders had taken away the Cuban ambassador to Honduras and left the Venezuelan ambassador by the road in the capital, Tegucigalpa, after beating him. He said that if troops enter his embassy "that military junta would be entering a de facto state of war," and "we would have to act militarily".

The Coup in Honduras Global Security
Obama's Real Message to Latin America?
Could the diplomatic thaw between Venezuela and the United States be coming to an abrupt end? At the recent Summit of the Americas held in Port of Spain, Barack Obama shook Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s hand and declared that he would pursue a less arrogant foreign policy towards Latin America. Building on that good will, Venezuela and the United States agreed to restore their ambassadors late last week. Such diplomatic overtures provided a stark contrast to the miserable state of relations during the Bush years: just nine months ago Venezuela expelled the U.S. envoy in a diplomatic tussle. At the time, Chávez said he kicked the U.S. ambassador out to demonstrate solidarity with left ally Bolivia, which had also expelled a top American diplomat after accusing him of blatant political interference in the Andean nation’s internal affairs.

Putin goes Chernobyl on Casinos

Radiation poisoning or ? Maybe the real Chernobyl fallout ioncreaed hopeless gambling.

Exiled to Russia’s Far Reaches: Casinos and Jobs -NYTimes
MOSCOW — One of the largest mass layoffs in recent Russian history is to occur on Wednesday, and the Kremlin itself is decreeing it, economic crisis or not.

The government is shutting down every last legal casino and slot-machine parlor across the land, under an antivice plan promoted by Vladimir V. Putin that as recently as a few months ago was widely perceived as far-fetched. But the result will be hundreds of thousands of people thrown out of work.

Oxiclean's Icon Passes

Legendary pitch man Billy Mays passes, leaving us to wonder who will or can fill his shoes?

Billy Mays, TV Pitchman, Dies New York Times
In a week unusually rife with celebrity death, it’s a little spooky to note that the king of pop, Michael Jackson, and the king of pitchmen, Billy Mays, were born within about six weeks of each other in 1958.

North Korea Threatens Nuclear War

No heart Jong comes to the conlusion that rust has eaten his brain too.

NKorea threatens US; world anticipates missile - AP
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

"If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will ... wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all," the official Korean Central News Agency said.

NKorea warns of 'fire shower of nuclear' attack
- AP
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea vowed Thursday to enlarge its atomic arsenal and warned of a "fire shower of nuclear retaliation" in the event of a U.S. attack, as the regime marked the 1950 outbreak of the Korean War.

Economic Dog Days

It's starting to cook in the triple digits in my neck of the planet, as they call this the dog days of summer. Keep in mind that there are now many more hungry dogs out of jobs.

A Recession in Dog Years - Slate
The United States is experiencing what Japan did in the 1990s, but seven times faster.
According to Nishimura's schema, in less than two and a half years, the United States has experienced as much trauma and recovery as Japan did in about 12 years. All of which means that if the dog-years analogy continues, things could start looking up by early next year. But we shouldn't get too far ahead ourselves. There are other lessons to be learned from Japan's experience of starts and stops. "We should be careful not to be very optimistic," Nishimura concluded. "That's my advice to myself."

UN: World hunger reaches 1 billion mark - AP
Recovery's Missing Ingredient: New Jobs - WaPo

Iran's Election and the Bomb

Beware the missile head who seeks war as a means...

UN Atomic Energy Chief Says Iran Wants Bomb Technology NYTimes
PARIS —Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency, said it was his “gut feeling” that Iran’s leaders wanted the technology to build nuclear weapons “to send a message to their neighbors, to the rest of the world: don’t mess with us.”

Iran: the Revolution has begun!
Dramatic events are unfolding in Iran. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in silence through central Tehran on Monday to protest Iran’s disputed presidential election in an extraordinary show of defiance that appeared to be the largest anti-government demonstration in Iran since the 1979 revolution. Reuter says one demonstrator was shot dead. But nothing can stem the tide. The revolutionary situation is unfolding with lightening speed.

US Funny Money? $134.5 Billion in Bonds Seized

This story is finally getting some wings, but virtually squelched here in the states. This record amount could of really done some damage, and perhaps it's just the tip of the funny money iceberg.

The picture is of the seized "bonds", via Italian site Adnkronos.

Japan Investigates Report Two Seized With $134 Billion of Bonds Bloomberg
Italian border guards seize $134 billion in U.S. bonds at Swiss border WikiNews

And now for some laughs to drown your financial sorrows:

Jong's North Korea Readies New Missile

Hermit nations with nuclear weapons need more gremlins...

Russia source says North Korea readying launches: report
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian Foreign Ministry source on Tuesday said there were signs that North Korea was preparing new missile launches, Interfax news agency reported.

S.Korea makes plans to counter North missile: report
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has outlined a plan to counter a possible missile attack by North Korea, including airstrikes on a missile base, Seoul's Yonhap News reported on Sunday citing military sources.

Climate Art Contest

Contest Seeks Climate Art Beyond ‘Embers’ NYTimes
The contest, for undergraduate and graduate art students and recent degree recipients, includes significant cash prizes and is entirely the private organization’s idea and responsibility. After the July 31 deadline for submissions, Artist as Citizen will set up an online gallery of entries and I’ll publish a post linking to it. Reader ranking on Dot Earth will be used by the group to determine winners. So please alert college-level art students and young artists to flex their Flash or video or digital pen muscles and get to work.

More here at:

Whitehouse Dog "Bo" Recommends Nuclear War

Meanwhile back in the real world, war chatter is on the rise:

Clinton Threatens Iraq-Style First Strike on Iran -AntiWar
Secretary of State Says US or "Some Other Enemy" May Launch First Strike Against Iran

FreakingNews Tutorial: Easy High Contrast Textured Skin Effect

After a lot of email regarding my first post about the Bleach Bypass Textured Skin Effect,
I devised a simple method and published it at Freaking News.

Here's some examples of Alexis Bledel on what you can do with this technique:

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Microsoft Bing: Are They Dreaming?

I think Microsoft is dreaming, if this is all they have to counter the upcoming Google Tsunami,
but more competition is always welcome..

Hands On with Microsoft's Bing Search CNET
It's unlikely that Bing will unseat Google anytime soon, but its slick interface and tailored search results certainly give the search giant a run for its money.

Bing's real return: A catalyst to a Yahoo deal ZDNet
The return calculation behind Bing goes something like this:

* Undisclosed cost of research and development (something Microsoft would spend anyway);
* The salary of Qi Lu, Yahoo’s former search guru, to head up Microsoft’s search engine;
* $80 million to $100 million on Bing marketing;
* A nice hedge against Yahoo (Bing will most likely take share on Yahoo);
* Savings from Microsoft forgoing a Yahoo deal completely or at least reducing the price tag. Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz wants a boatload of money. If Microsoft can downgrade that boat to a rowboat Bing has more than paid for itself.