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This is a design for an iPad cover that I made tonight and it turned out so pretty. I like it.
Just had to mention that I was walking up to the store and got to see the 1963 Studebaker and a 1988 25th Anniversary Edition Avanti – all amazing.
I also saw one with a bullet nose – all restored beautifully – all wonderful American innovations from another time. Tucker.
And, apparently these cars live in Georgia with their owners from the North Georgia Studebaker Drivers Club. Had the chance to meet and talk with them for a little while because they had their cars a couple blocks from where I live. It was wonderful. To get to see those cars up close and personal with their owners who had restored them was a very special gift and I’m glad I saw it when I did on the way walking to the grocery.
The negative part of this experience is that I only lived a couple blocks from where these Studebakers were sitting and a.) didn’t know about it, b.) didn’t have my cameras or phone with me, and c.) I’m not only too ugly to look at, but it is apparently uncommon for a woman to be interested in cars. Something is way wrong in America.
I could have run back home and gotten my cameras, but then I would not have gotten to see the cars at all. One couple who live up near my parents’ house were so busy backing away that I didn’t have a chance to tell them that my blog has enough people reading along to actually tell about their club and its activities. Or maybe I did tell them that and they just didn’t want anything to do with it. That’s possible.
It so happened that I had just made a 3×5 card with all my sites on it and YouTube channels, blogs, America The Beautiful Show project, and websites for cricketdiane – including the zazzle stuff – but no, I didn’t give them that even though I had it with me. I did think to offer a business card for the America the Beautiful Show and it must be the worst business card design in history – because people shun them, don’t want to take them, give them back to me, throw them away, don’t look at them and don’t want them generally. I don’t get it – or maybe its just me. I can tell when people are backing away from me and although these Studebaker owners were friendly, those folks definitely kept backing away from me. I must smell bad or look worse than they expect or talk funny or I don’t even know what. If it had been my car club and I did have someone there who lived nearby and wanted to put it on a blog (for free) to tell others about it – I’d have taken them over to get their damn cameras. Or at least said to go get the cameras and waited for them to get back to take pictures, filled their notes with all kinds of nifty details including where the next spit and polish show would be held and told about how the club was formed, about the cars in the process of restoration and all kinds of other nifty stuff. But, no.
I don’t know what it is. I”m just ugly I guess.
And, on a happier note –
The store at zazzle has made it possible to see how a lot of artworks that I’ve been sitting with for a long time – having created them and then set them aside, actually look on products from beach bags, to shoes, to men’s ties and iPad covers. Very nifty actually. I like the skateboard deck designs best – even though they don’t look like the ones everybody else is creating for skateboards. Seems like the same designs I’m offering would be great on surfboards, snowboards and on skates and roller blades, skis and boats like SeaDoos.
And, I’ve put a couple new designs on since coming home from the store and seeing the Studebakers on display. I have to say that one lady and her husband were so nice and she answered a lot of my questions about the car, although she noted that they have another one just starting the restoration process which is a 1951 Studebaker – maybe with four doors. The one they restored that was there had been from Indiana where there is a lot of salt on the roadways and hence it had a lot of rust. It was a 1963 Gran Turismo and was absolutely beautiful in midnight blue with the Studebaker emblems and everything – the interior had been completely redone in silvery blue original vinyl from the plant where someone bought out the last of it when the plant closed.
They had someone in Knoxville do the interior upholstery. The dash had the walnut hand-polished burled and elegant, the steering wheel gear shift stick has what looks like the original ivory nobs on it as did the turn signal indicator stick. There was a tiny ashtray in between the front seats and the backseat had the original style ivory pinhole vinyl on the sidestruts by the windows. On the back of the trunk, the owners, Bill and Charlotte, had made the aluminum Studebaker placard polished – which was a rare feature for cars at that time (to incorporate aluminum design elements into the outside features.) Its very beautiful and they’ve done stunning work on it.
But, Charlotte also designed the t-shirts for the N.Ga Studebaker Drivers’ Club and seeing them made me really wish she had designed my business cards. Very fun – and the design even had a Studebaker in it along with some of the places where the club can be found.
Well, aside from not knowing who I’m with – to be able to answer that question when asked by someone at a situation like I experienced today with the Studebakers owners’ club, and only essentially being with myself as cricketdiane – which really doesn’t lend itself to be a good answer, apparently – I had lots of fun looking at the cars and admiring the work that has been put into them. The American innovations displayed in the Studebakers is absolutely worth seeing and if anyone ever gets a chance to see them or get up close to them, they should. And, don’t let them put down the hood before seeing inside that amazing engine block – truly stunning.
And, I want to say it was disappointing to hear that the next time these cars will be nearby where I can walk up to see them – will be next year and several times that I asked who I would need to talk into bringing them back sooner – it was made clear that it isn’t really a possibility. So, I’m going to say it right now – if you have a car club in Georgia or just about any other nifty thing like that – motorcycles, horses, antique goodies – or just a club you want people to know about – come up the street from where I live and I will take pictures, put it online and tell people about it.
And, don’t expect me to look wonderful and pretty and professional and all that – cause I don’t. And, I don’t dress well either . . .
Just ignore that part and I’ll ignore it when you act stuck up about me not looking just right or dressing just right or smelling just right or talking about the right things the right way to be an American woman . . .
Aw – go to hell – it wasn’t the folks from Calhoun that were stuck up – it was the ones who live around here – figures.
And, worse than that – I think I know them.
At least I didn’t speak to them in Russian. I checked on the way home thinking through what I said to make sure none of my words or expressions included the “f” word. But, no – that wasn’t it. And maybe people don’t know this –
and before somebody says – I don’t get it – what is that?
The above is a photograph of a “painting” that I did after scrubbing around in weeds to take a picture of it along with several others out in West Georgia. I have also done pencil drawings, pastel chalk “paintings,” pen and ink drawings, oil paintings and acrylic paintings of Rolls Royces and did the above painting twice for two different buyers and of Alfa Romeos – like this one – (intended for a calendar set to raise money for the owners’ club which they never even had a chance to see) –
And that is a watercolor and ink of an Alfa Romeo – there are a couple pencil drawings of it I’ve done, too.
My Note –
You just have to see this – I changed the way CricketDiane new site looks. Now, if I can get more of the information in it from this blog’s 2000 plus posts and from my computers and external drive, flash drives and backup cds – I’ll have it.
I don’t know if anyone know this but there is a new blog I started for the America the Beautiful Show project – also on wordpress.
Maybe – it would be fun to add some more to the galleries on the CricketDiane site – there are 15 separate galleries right now with images of art that I’ve done.
It isn’t obvious yet on the website that no one can actually buy the original artworks. I have to fix that. Only the rights to use the images are available for people to put on stuff like 50,000 dishtowels to resell.
We’ll see. There has to be a better way to convey that.
If you ever want to say something to me, although I’m usually asleep during the day and work at night – it is easiest to find me in real time on twitter at the America the Beautiful Show account.
The user id for it is
The listy page from CricketDiane Studios –
Sort of standing in for a partial inventory – there is a more comprehensive list or two sitting around here somewhere in a file folder. And, of course – there’s more . . .
Gotta have a real sense of humor to deal with trying to get this into the public marketplace and whatever opportunities may exist there.
It is a little daunting and a lot perplexing to say the least.
And, computer frustrationus maximus.
That is a new term. I just made it up.
I bet somebody already had occasion to consider it and use it with a string of cuss words which it seriously needs . . .
It is sad to turn off the internet, the cable and close the stores. I’m going to keep the America the Beautiful Sites running for the month of April but then, either I find the money to keep them going or I will have to close them down, too.
Anyway, as a consequence of shutting down the internet tomorrow and the cable which I’ve been using for the news, for research and the various blogs, twitters, stores and America the Beautiful Show project, I won’t be writing here or on the twitter – probably most of the rest of the year, except occasionally when I can go find an internet opportunity.
It irks me that I’ve failed to make any money with it and it irks me even more to know that I have failed generally to make it work, despite my best efforts. In each month, I have been taking about half of the money available to me from my disability check to pay for it and doing without other things. I thought it would be a way to make my living from it someway instead of living on charity. But, it didn’t work that way. Apparently, I’m a moron in every sense of the word and I just have to accept that me and making money simply does not go together. It never has worked and after I don’t know how long – of trying in every way I know how, it just has to stop so I can pay my bills.
In fact, it is honest to say – I could’ve just stayed drunk the entire last three or four years rather than doing this and been better off for it. I wouldn’t have spent near as much money or worked anywhere near what I have to end up with the same things out of it – which is to be broke, poor, desolate, alone and without success at making money.
Earlier today, I had read three articles from the Harvard Business School blog about turning failures into success and for about three hours, I worked on that idea again when suddenly I realized that if it was going to work – it would have worked a long time ago. And, it simply doesn’t. What I offer has no value in my family nor from my hands and mind when I come into the marketplace with it. And, that is my fault. I just don’t get it. The products and knowledge I have created, designed, invented or researched and put together are not going to get me one dime of the $421 a month that I’m spending each and every month just to be online and host a couple stores and a couple sites for the America the Beautiful Show. It doesn’t cover its own costs and now I have got to cover my own – or end up homeless.
So, I’ve closed the stores a few minutes ago and in the morning after the sun comes up – I’m calling to suspend the internet and cable before they charge me again and I already owe them about $400 as it is. They can come get their equipment. Apparently I don’t need it to continue doing what isn’t working and has never worked. There has not been one job to come from it, not one sale, not one opportunity for writing for anyone or investor for anything I’m doing – and unfortunately, not one advertiser or sponsor either. Even the America the Beautiful Show sites have no sponsors, neither do the NYC walkabout blogs – the stores and auctions didn’t sell anything and I paid handsomely for those listings to be made and the things I interacted with people on craigslist about – were a complete waste of time. If I had paid someone $20 to come take them off my hands, they might have considered coming to my apartment or meeting me somewhere for the nintendo stuff I have – and I wouldn’t pay them and they didn’t want to pay me – so it is still here. It has not been a fruitful exercise.
Oh well. Neither have the other businesses I’ve started over the years. It seems like I know a lot about it and can’t do anything right with it. But, it hasn’t been for a lack of trying and stickto-itiveness. But, it never has come close to breaking even and I know damn good and well that there will not be the opportunities to get some business loan or investors for it anyway. The few times I’ve interacted with that in the last few years, have been a disaster and produced not one single dime. Just like trying to get sponsors for the America the Beautiful Show websites – not one single yes out of three hundred emails sent out and multiple online applications to large corporations. I doubt they ever even saw any of it. I didn’t get past the little screening companies they are using.
I hate to say that I’ve failed. But, there you go.
Thanks for reading. The information will be here on the blog until whenever they start charging for it. And, I guess at some point, I’ll find an internet wifi spot or something and post a note on the blog again, but I won’t be able to do the research and news stuff I’ve been doing with it or the brain zaps. I hate that. It will remind me that I am lonely again.
I really liked participating in a greater world and bringing solutions and research to the table. I hated that more people didn’t ever see any of it and never even considered using my solutions for paying off the national debt and fixing the budget without having to cut all these programs that are already in place. There are millions of dollars given to other things and other people who haven’t offered one solution that works – but I suppose they are more entertaining and stir people up more or something. Maybe they just understand people better than I do or had more sense about making the arrangements to get paid which I can’t seem to do. I don’t know. It is a wonder.
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There is a 25 percent chance the pump price will exceed $4 a gallon from June through August, the agency said, compared with a 10 percent probability gasoline could fall below $3 during the same period.
My Note –
I think they need to review their math skills at the agency where they made this projection. It is wrong.
The price of gasoline is already at or over $4.00 a gallon in Chicago, it has been reported. And, it is over $4 a gallon in California, Denver and probably anywhere Spring Break destinations are used to having a captive audience.
Summer will be even more so. My guess is that the price of gasoline will go up substantially higher than that because the traders and speculators driving the prices per barrel are already trying to figure out how to offload what they’ve purchased and make a bigger profit from it. They likely figure this is one of those once in a lifetime deals where they can really make a killing. That would be my guess. It will stagger through the economy faster than the contracts that will get delivered because that is how it has done in the past (2008, 1970’s) as companies try to get ahead of the upswing in costs to have a buffer.
On a personal note, as I have noticed in the stores when I stopped buying cereal – it the boxes that cost nearly $5 already get any skinnier – we can use them as postage stamps instead. I don’t know how they get away with it. Many foods now look like something from a child’s play kitchen set with little in it at all. That is going to be even more so as the commodities prices have been driving upwards by the traders on the exchanges and now add the increased price of oil, gasoline, shipping and increased cargo charges to them. It is not going to work.
The law of supply and demand would naturally bring these prices down or the quantities up because there cannot possibly be as many people buying these things at these prices for the amount of product offered. But, the free market doesn’t exist in America in that sense. It is unnaturally supported in the manner middlemen including the commodities traders are driving the prices. The losses can be written off and it doesn’t yield any incentive to meet the market demand where it is and price competitively to it at the real value.
Oh well. If we had a better deal on the oil that is being pulled out of the ground in America, like Libya’s foul leaders got from the oil industries – we wouldn’t even be having this problem.
They only give away 12% of the profits and charge a “sign-on” bonus over a billion dollars each to the oil companies (and they are glad to get it.) Damn ridiculous while we are subsidizing the oil companies and begging them to do whatever they will to get our oil out of the ground so they can profit at our expense. Damn ridiculous.
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Computer, at that point, was a job title, not a machine. Long before the sisters were businesswomen, community activists, mothers or grandmothers, they were recruited by the U.S. military to do ballistics research. They worked six days a week, sometimes pulling double or triple shifts, along with dozens of other women.
The weapons trajectories they calculated were passed out to soldiers in the field and bombardiers in the air. Some of their colleagues went on to program the earliest of general-purpose computers, the ENIAC.
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The war ended in 1945, but within a couple months of arriving in Philadelphia, Bartik was hired to work on a related project — an electronic computer that could do calculations faster than any man or woman. The Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, created by Penn scientists John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert Jr., weighed more than 30 tons and contained about 18,000 vacuum tubes. It recognized numbers, added, subtracted, multiplied, divided and a few other basic functions.
Men had built the machine, but Bartik and her colleagues debugged every vacuum tube and learned how to make it work, she said. Early on, they demonstrated to the military brass how the computer worked, with the programmers setting the process into motion and showing how it produced an answer. They handed out its punch cards as souvenirs. They’d taught the massive machine do math that would’ve taken hours by hand.
But none of the women programmers was invited to the celebratory dinner that followed. Later, the heard they were thought of as models, placed there to show off the machine.
February 08, 2011|By Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN
My Note –
How many teachers in schools across America know that some of the greatest mathematicians in their classes of students are the girls?
How many classrooms of students hold the greatest scientists and engineers that happen to be the girls in the class rather than the boys alone? How many of our educators know that as they face that class and work with those students?
Sometimes I wonder.
It was great finding this article. There are four pages to it which is a little hard to notice because the next page numbers are below some ads and rather small – but definitely take a look at all four pages. It is absolutely amazing.
and there is even more about women in the first programming languages of computers, too. We wouldn’t have the computers we have today, had it not been for the efforts of the women who participated in the process along the way.
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So, I was twittering something and thought to look through the tweets that had just been posted and found the niftiest thing –
What is Your Strategy for American Innovation? http://go.ostp.gov/eiZT32
And, of course copied it over on a document and then went over to it –
Posted by Aneesh Chopra on February 04, 2011 at 04:45 PM EST
In the spirit of commonwealth, I’m confident that we can exceed our individual potential when we come together to meet a larger challenge. Are you ready to win the future?
Aneesh Chopra is U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Which I read and then copied over to the document. And, then popped over to another tab with the pdf from about the Commerce Department from a link on that page while going to the nice slide/share page from the White House where the link for comments had taken me on the original tab.
Then I made a comment – which, as usual posted without one paragraph marked in it as seems to happen on every one of the government sites for some reason.
And, of course – in order to share my comment on the slide/share site, I had to sign up for it through Facebook and allow the two to do their sharing of informational content – and I just plain decided, what the hell – it hardly matters at this point, so I did that such that my comment could actually go to them. (more or less – my guess is that they all have other things to do besides reading my comments on the matter.)
But, here is what I wanted to share with them and posted there –
I appreciate the need to study what research is being done in light of what is being most productive or most effective, but I really think that is part of the problem. The way it is set up now, our government and state resources are going into studying studies on top of studies of studies of things that had already been studied in their measure in the first place. Not only, to get funding are the basis and benefits of the research provided but, also as the research continues to its peer reviews and eventually into the investment community and the marketplace. Throughout that process, there are multiple stages at which the usefulness of the research is having to be justified and then at every opportunity there are more Science Foundation, State, Federal and International funds being put into studying whether it was worth doing the studies and research in the first place. All of those funds could have been spent to do something else valuable including taking that research being done originally into a manufacturing context for our nation’s businesses to be built with it – or something.
It reminds me of the filters that were researched and engineered to put on smokestacks of various industries many years ago which would have cost about $200 each to place on the polluting facilities – but industries and businesses didn’t want to do it. So, to save money and not be told what they could or could not do, they insisted that the government put money into studying the problem and that the states and academic research groups study whether the initial studies and engineering were valid. And, then they studied it some more and paid a team of lawyers and many years of lobbyists and pr firms to keep from even the suggestion of installing those filters. And, then at the point at which it would have cost about $2500 each to install those filter systems, they did the same thing again and didn’t install them at that point either. But, a multitude of studies were made again and new studies made along with new lobbying and pr campaigns. Eventually, the filters were either placed on the smokestacks at a cost of (more or less) $25,000 a piece or the companies moved what they were doing to another country which is putting up with them polluting whatever population is in that country where they are now.
The amount of money, time and efforts spent on the example above far exceeds what could have been done with that situation in the first place if the original science and engineering had been accepted and several hundred filters had simply been placed on the smokestacks. And, beyond that least costly choice – further updates to the science and engineering could have built forward in better efficiency and better opportunities for our nation in the meantime with cleaner air, better health in our population and better quality of life.
This is a long-winded way of saying that some of the problems we have now with innovation and seeing those innovations to the marketplace, of creating startup businesses and having opportunities for all Americans to start a business, if they want to do that – are literally problems built into, not only the mindset, but the ways that things are being done currently and for the better part of the last thirty years in America.
In a way, it could be said, (to be fair), that doing things in the manner described in the example above does yield a number of businesses and opportunities that simply breed out of doing it that way, but the cost of it has been to have wasted years and dollars with no greater nor timely solutions to show for it. And, to do it that way has made us look foolish in the eyes of the world and to have wasted time, national resources and the efforts of many great minds, great engineers, a great deal of money, talents, knowledge, resources and great science on innovations and research being used that way. Part of the losses in opportunity costs is that our nation’s leaders and business decision-makers have been doing things this way without yielding a wider array of solutions to a great many things that really needed their attention and that continue to need our nation’s intellectual assets applied to them.
We are already a nation of studying the studies of the things we’ve already studied. To do any more of that is just a waste. Either the rational justification to fund the study was appropriate enough to have funded it in the first place or it wasn’t. Our efforts need to be re-focused to use those innovative discoveries that have resulted from the research our national assets have already paid to produce and get those into applications in the marketplace.
I would say what is required to start a business from where I sit in America and the absolutely impossible hindrances, obstacles and obscene legislated requirements and complexities that have been set in the way for nearly every American to start a business, but it is just about enough to fill an entire book. It is no wonder that people get disgusted with it – the playing field is not level, the competition within the US is not fair, the risks are massive and the returns are questionable at best.
And, then even if everything is done right and goes well, its only purpose is to provide a profitable exit strategy for any number of investors who want to pull their money out plus a 3-5 times return on it within two or three years of having funded it. What is the point in that?
Thanks for asking though.
My Note here –
They had these four questions on the Commerce Department document which I read before contributing my comment above and really only had an interest in the first two questions right now –
There has to be a better way to prioritize Federal and State research dollars than to study the studies again and again and again. It has made an entire industry of studying without ever doing anything with any of it at this point.
That is one thing. The other is that I’ve noticed in China, Japan, and a few other nations, they are investing in R&D with an eye to get results, returns and revenues from them in twenty years from now, or in fifty years from the time money was put into it, and in some cases, maybe even longer periods of time. By doing that, they have been able to reap returns and revenues from those things very quickly – say in two-five years. That is because they are putting a lot of money into it and into continuing the funding of it in an ongoing basis without expectations that it must show any immediate returns to be taken out of it as justification for it to continue.
The advantage of doing it that way and at one time in this country we had done it that way is in being able to cull the harvest from it quickly when those discoveries and breakthroughs are made. There is enough money underwriting it for the science to get done, for the engineering to get done, for the confirmation of results to be made, for safety considerations to be checked and for market applications to be designed as well as creating the manufacturing systems to mass produce whatever it is.
In the manner that the US has been doing it for the last thirty – fifty years, if a product cannot justify itself or if an avenue of research cannot justify itself within a very short period of time (usually less than two years) with a substantial return of profitable revenues, then it is dropped and not proceeded further. That is costing us.
Those patents and research avenues are being sold in fire sales by brokers and corporations just to get rid of them and the profits they would have made for the US and our national business community is lost.
Investors want a short term return. Companies want a short term guaranteed return. Corporations and banks want short term guaranteed returns. And, innovation by its very nature is not guaranteed by the successes of what has come before it. As an example, the track record of auto sales generally cannot begin to prove to a banker, investor or corporate entity that innovative electric cars or hybrid cars will be guaranteed sales. So, therefore – the tendency is to put all the resources in cookie cutter fashion into what has already been proven over that which has not.
There has also been a tendency toward very shady, inappropriate strategies in many industries and businesses to grab up those innovations that are available intending no use for them whatsoever to simply keep them out of the marketplace where others might use those things in competition with them. The invention of a battery system heavy duty enough for commercial vehicles, small trucks, light duty transportation uses and long-range passenger cars was available for a number of years and could have been incorporated into all manner of vehicles but the patent was tied up by one of the large automotive companies (Dodge, I think it was) so that it couldn’t be used in competition with them. There are a number of situations like that which have hindered, and halted innovations being applied in the marketplace. In America, that is considered the way to do good business. And, I suppose it is except for the long-term costs of doing it that way.
When the monopoly thinking takes over, it doesn’t seem to hurt anything in the immediate experience. There are profits. Others can’t compete effectively (at least using that one avenue.) And, everyone appears to be happy – shareholders are happy, Wall Street is happy, business magazines and colleges telling about it seem happy, the customers aren’t being hurt in any way and generally, everything seems good and okay about it. But, the reasons that we have had laws about it and particularly, against many of those business practices in our history is because those strategies do cause harm, not only in the long-run but to our national interests, as well. Our nation is reeling from the disadvantages of doing many, many things that way.
Now, rather than having a multitude of small businesses selling gasoline, for instance, with its variety of Mom and Pop shops, we have national and international companies, franchises and huge conglomerates with all of those resources and revenues. Well, it was a trade-off and we let those big companies monopolize the marketplace. We are living with the results of what we traded-off to get, for better or worse. We are suffering those disadvantages, one of which was watching the gas prices go up every fifteen or twenty minutes on the retail gas outlets when the prices speculators were pushing for barrels of crude oil went higher in the summer of 2008 and then when the barrel prices went down, the retail prices started to shuffle downwards sometimes weeks later by a few pennies at a time.
That is a disadvantage. And, companies, families, communities, distributors, small businesses, medium-sized businesses, food suppliers, retailers, truckers and even airlines (eventually) suffered for it. And, many of the other disadvantages and obstacles that have been created in our marketplace for Americans to start their own businesses, innovate, invent, create or grow their own businesses have been caused by some of the same kinds of choices made by businesses too big to fail, but too small not to lobby.
In fact, imagine what happens when I want to create a business. There is a need that I see for a person to be able to go into any store and buy something which would show up at another store in another state or another location across town. I know their computers are tied together and they are part of the same corporate entity. But, I also know that they are sometimes franchise stores, that their inventory systems are not necessarily the same in every state and that their financial systems do not integrate from store to store. I think this could be fixed with a bit of software which could be designed and then sold to the store’s corporate headquarters to do this job for them. It would serve their customers. It would serve my needs and my family’s needs when we want to buy groceries or formula for for a daughter or son or grandbaby or friend or someone somewhere in some other state. It would allow us to purchase a fan or heater or air conditioner here where we live that they could go to their local store and simply pick up to have it right now on the same day. We could buy tires for their car when the tires are so bald that they aren’t safe anymore and pay for them to be picked up near the college where they are living or in the state where they decided to runoff to in order to have some freedom from us.
It is true, that between what I know and what other people who can do programming know, that we could create the software to do this. That is a fact. It is a good innovation. That is also a fact. I can even write a business plan to show how it would make money and project revenues for it with something less than a lie and fairly close to the reality of what costs it would have and sales it could make. However, then what happens? The state where I live wants to have a number of registrations for who I am and what I am doing with it in a business sense. The local municipalities want a business license to be registered. To protect the concept, I have to not tell anybody but in some way protect it through the intellectual property registrations that are available. I have to give it a snappy name that is easy to remember and not over two syllables. I would need to be able to tell somebody about it in 30 seconds using what amounts to about two sentences of very easy to remember information that includes where they can get it. And, then I have to go over to the SBA, the banks, the angel investors, or some group of family members, none of which think I can get my socks on right, let alone do something with a business effectively. And, here I would sit with that nice software designed to do a specific, much needed, very commercial, innovative thing with its snappy name and 30 second spiel to tell someone about it. Then, with another $250,000 to run around the country and pitch it to every chain store – I would have some sales of it or licensing for it to those stores, maybe. If they didn’t simply tell me they weren’t interested and then get on the phone after I leave and have somebody over at the nearest college design it for them to use while I’m on my way home.
And, I didn’t even mention that my credit would have to be sterling, which it isn’t, my character would have to have proof of being sterling for the last fifty years out of fifty two, which it isn’t and everything else that would need to be done correctly would have to be done correctly before anyone would begin to want to put money into it to get it going. I mean, that trademarks for the name and copyrights purchased, any patents required would have to have at least provisional patents applied for and all the legal things of being a business generally. And, then – the investors, potential partners or anyone else getting into it would want guarantees that they would get substantial returns for using their money. Then in two years, they would want their money back plus the returns they were told to expect or more. And, at that point – either more money to keep it growing would have to be located or the whole thing would go bankrupt and end up sold for pennies on the dollar.
It wasn’t on that list of things above – but there is also money required to market, to tell people about it, to promote it, to have a website about it, to tell industry leaders about it, to go sell it, to go pitch it to companies and industries that might use it, to run around networking with others who might tell others about it, and to have a team of attorneys fight to keep my ownership of it, because whether another company or group actually has the same thing before I did or not, they can say they did and then it is my responsibility to prove them wrong in courts. Oh yeah – and I’d have to have collateral to put up such as property or a huge savings account or stocks or bonds or who knows what and I don’t have any of that. And, if I did have any of that I wouldn’t need to borrow money to put a business together in the first place.
Oh yeah – and one other thing, right off the top of my head – when the stores would use the software that I and a team designed that my business is selling and they do end up collecting information about their customers who are using it and then the store sells that information – it could very well be a liability against the software manufacturer rather than against the retailer’s behavior and choices which would also take a team of lawyers to fix. The fact that things like that could tie up resources and time and efforts and public goodwill in courts and fooferrah makes it a possibly risky choice even after doing everything right, if everything to satisfy the law is done and everything else required actually works.
And, don’t even get me started about the tax code . . .
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Commerce Secretary Locke Announces New Commerce Initiatives to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship
WASHINGTON—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced today his plans to create a new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Department of Commerce and launch a National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Both substantial new initiatives will help leverage the entire federal government on behalf of promoting entrepreneurship in America. The new office is expected to announce additional initiatives in the coming months.
The new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which will answer directly to the secretary, will be geared toward the first step in the business cycle: moving an idea from someone’s imagination, or from a research lab, into a business plan.
“We’re not lacking for groundbreaking ideas in this country; nor are we short on smart entrepreneurs willing to take risks,” Locke said at the Inc. 500/5000 Conference today. “What we need to do is get better at connecting the great ideas to the great company builders. And I think The Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a big step in the right direction.”
The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship will advise the Commerce Department on policy relating to building small businesses and help to keep the department engaged in a regular dialogue with the entrepreneurship and small business communities. The council is expected to be comprised of successful entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, non-profit leaders and other experts.
The Obama Administration is committed to helping America’s entrepreneurs succeed, evidenced by its efforts to free up credit markets, unprecedented investments in America’s physical and intellectual infrastructure, and variety of tax credits and other incentives to help foster promising industries like renewable energy and smart grid technologies.
Working toward the Obama Administration’s vision, the Department of Commerce will lead the effort to encourage high-growth entrepreneurship through these new initiatives, among others.
Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to unleash and maximize the economic potential of new ideas by removing barriers to entrepreneurship and the development of high-growth and innovation-based businesses. The office will report directly to Locke and focus specifically on identifying issues and programs most important to entrepreneurs. Working closely with the White House and other federal agencies, this new office will drive policies that help entrepreneurs translate new ideas, products and services into economic growth. The office will focus on the following areas:
National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship will advise Locke and the administration on key issues relating to innovation and entrepreneurship. The council will include successful entrepreneurs, innovators, angel investors, venture capitalists, non-profit leaders and other experts who will identify and recommend solutions to issues critical to the creation and development of entrepreneurship ecosystems that will generate new businesses and jobs. It will also serve as a vehicle for ongoing dialogue with the entrepreneurship community and other stakeholders.
Washington (Sept. 25)—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke will travel to Santiago, Chile, September 27-29, to participate in the third Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF). The ACF brings together representatives from the public and private sectors to discuss ways to spark innovation, create jobs and expand trade among the countries of the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. Department of Commerce hosted the first two ACFs in Atlanta in 2007 and 2008. Secretary Locke will be joined by the Presidents of Chile and Guatemala, as well as ministers of trade and economy from throughout the region and senior representatives from business and academia. (More) (ACF Web site)
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|[Advanced Technology Development Center]||Atlanta||GA||30318||Multiple Services|
|[ATDC – Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications]||Atlanta||GA||30318||Multiple Services|
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New Kauffman Foundation Study Offers Insights Into the Earliest Years of a New Business
Kauffman Firm Survey findings provide insights for policymakers interested in encouraging new business development and growth
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) March 12, 2008 — Understanding the characteristics of new business formation and sustainability can help lead to policies that encourage entrepreneurial businesses, which are a major driver of economic growth.
A new report released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation fills a gap in the study of entrepreneurship. As the largest longitudinal study of new businesses ever conducted, the Kauffman Firm Survey (KFS) follows nearly 5,000 businesses founded in 2004 and tracks them over their early years of operation.
“New businesses play an important but not-well-understood role in our dynamic economy,” said Robert Litan, vice president of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “These insights into the earliest years of a firm’s existence are essential for creating public and private programs that encourage new business development, innovation and sustainability.”
According to Kauffman researchers, the data provide a unique opportunity to study a panel of new businesses from start-up to sustainability or closure. Data are being collected annually from the same firms, centering on the topics of debt and equity financing, employee benefits, business innovations and outcomes such as sales and profits. In addition, detailed data are collected on the characteristics of business owners.
Following are some of the highlights:
- A little more than 2 percent of businesses reported owning patents during their first year of operation, while nearly 9 percent reported having copyrights. The percent of businesses with patents and copyrights was much higher for businesses that were considered to be high tech, at 4 percent and 11 percent, respectively. About the same percentage of businesses had trademarks (13.5 percent), regardless of their tech status.
- Nearly 60 percent of the businesses had no employees in their first year. Just under three-quarters of businesses had one employee or less, while about one-quarter of businesses had two or more employees. Very few businesses (less than 4 percent) had more than 10 employees.
- More than a third of businesses (37 percent) had no revenue in their first year of operation. About 45 percent of businesses in the KFS experienced a profit during their first year, compared with about 55 percent of businesses that experienced a loss in their first year. About 17 percent of businesses had profits in excess of $100,000.
- Nearly 44 percent of new businesses had no debt financing during their first year of operation. Many businesses were started with very little debt financing: 17 percent of businesses started with $5,000 or less; nearly 11 percent started with $100,000 or more.
- About 80 percent of businesses had some positive equity investment in their business in the first year. Nearly 10 percent invested $100,000 of equity into their business, while another 33 percent invested between $10,001 and $100,000. About one-quarter of businesses invested some amount less than $5,000.
- The vast majority of equity invested came from the business owners themselves. Just 10 percent of the businesses in the KFS used external equity sources in their first year. Parents were the most common source of external equity (3.4 percent), while spouses provided equity to 1.6 percent of businesses. Non-family informal investors and venture capitalists were used very infrequently (2.7 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively).
- Nearly 70 percent of businesses in the KFS data were owned by men and just over 30 percent were owned by women. Whites owned more than 81 percent of the businesses, while blacks owned 9 percent, Asians owned 4 percent, and the remaining 5 percent were owned by Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and individuals of other racial groups. About 6.6 percent of the businesses were owned by Hispanics.
- Just under 9 percent of firms closed in calendar year 2005, and the survival rates vary by owner demographics. For example, 88 percent of black-owned businesses survived, compared with 92 percent of white-owned businesses and 91 percent of Asian-owned businesses. Women-owned businesses had a survival rate of 89 percent, about three percentage points lower than businesses owned by men.
According to Alicia Robb, principal investigator on the KFS, as additional years are added to the study, the data will allow researchers to investigate ongoing financial infusions, changes in strategy and innovation, and survival and growth. “Many important topics can be investigated, including the determinants of business growth and survival, as well as the roles that financial and human capital play in business outcomes,” said Robb.
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|Affiliation||Al-Qaeda in Iraq1,2|
|Supervisor||Abu Musab al-Zarqawi|
|Affiliation||Egyptian Islamic Jihad4|
|Affiliation||Mujahideen Shura Council5|
|Alias(es)||Abu Hamza al-Muhajer4, Abu-Hamzah Al-Muhajir, Abu Hamza al-Mujahir, Abu Hamza al-Mohajer|
|Alternate Spelling(s)||Abu Ayoub al-Masri, Abu Ayyub el Masry, Abu Ayyub al-Misri, Abu Ajub al-Masri, Abou Ayyub al-Masri|
|Place of Birth||Egypt1|
|History||Attended training camp in postwar Afghanistan (1990-2001)1|
|Narrative and Notes|
|1 U.S. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman, Multinational Force Iraq, during a press briefing on June 8, 2006.|
|2 U.S. Central Command press release, ‘Iraqi Interim Government announces arrest warrants, award information.’ Feb. 11, 2005.|
|3 Caldwell, press briefing, June 9, 2006.|
|4 Caldwell, press briefing, June 15, 2006.|
|5 Rewards for Justice page.|
|Photos (left to right): Rewards for Justice; Rewards for Justice|
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My Note –
So, I found that along with about 1000 pages of other stuff concerning the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, etc. – and brainstormed a few thoughts of options, none of which look like three good ideas – but I’m going to offer them because there may be something that inspires something that works:
For Osama bin Laden to be found and disarmed –
It occurred to me that to kill that man would make him a martyr and set off a jihad that would make things worse, however – to find the man who has four wives and a bunch of children would have to be easier than it has been –
* Turn off all electric power to territory then check by infrared satellite photos where there is still power – it would take about a day
* Create a public relations campaign and rumor mill piece that proves Osama bin Laden is dead and he might prove he is not, then a trail of associations that are current would become obvious
* Pakistan? – cut the power and find him by heat signature of generators, cellphone signals, grouping of people and heat of weapons / chemical signatures
* Does he wear clothes or fabrics of a certain kind? They aren’t out there weaving them. Do they have a particular kind of video equipment or need supplies or repair supplies for them? Are they buying them online? There are a limited number of places that sell those or ship them into that area. There are a very limited number of shipping into the area points for that mail – its not like the US mail going out to every house.
* Considering – is there a particular mosque or temple who would house him and his leadership or make connections possible for them?
* Any chance he is inclined to demand Egyptian cotton sheets with a 3000 threadcount because of his lifestyle before adulthood? There is something he demands on having for himself that is unusual and particular to him.
* How to defuse the power of jihad / extremists – but Osama bin Laden precisely –
He has four wives and a number of children. Those wives can’t work – he must support them and their children. He must continually prove his virility or the bastards around him might kill him thinking he has become weak. That is a possibility – to create the “bulls fighting” syndrome” – it still is true that the pack mentality of a tribe involving men will revert to those primal instincts regardless of how educated, technologically sophisticated or religious they may be.
* Challenge the virility of the man through information or prove that he has broken Sharia law and the people around him will fix that situation themselves.
* Also, I noted in my research which is incomplete, at best – that there is a propensity for Al Qaeda and the Osama bin Laden structures that involve him, to be triumvirate. There are three and one is a finance guy / financial structure. Right now, the financial guy appears to be hidden and the money flows having been stopped previously in some operations, that money is still flowing the direction into their hands from somewhere through some set of systems, banks, businesses, people, leadership person.
* It is necessary for them to have funds and resources – they all have to support their wives and children along with the continuing efforts involving their operations. It is coming from somewhere and that could be found with a renewed overview specifically looking for it. Those funding sources need to be stopped. They aren’t manufacturing ammunition right there – whether bullets or parts of whatever else, from diesel fuel to certain foodstuffs.
To take the Taliban, defuse, disarm, disable their ability to cause harm or to destroy them – Afghanistan / Pakistan / Sudan
*Note – I don’t know if anything in this group of ideas has any merit at all – it is purely brainstorming some ideas as possibilities –
1. sound machines that have that funky pitch which disable people during riots
2. massive fans or airboats blowing in front of military forces who are coming into the area to take Taliban strongholds
3. dogs can sniff out their traces of ammunition and weapons uses on people and on their clothing – the Taliban members would automatically have those traces on their hands and clothes which could indicate them among women and children in small villages where they are hiding
4. change the conditions – drop water from flying tankers on them from above – they are used to the dry desert scrub conditions of Afghanistan and Pakistan – neither their weapons, cellphones, laptops and other high-tech goodies, nor their skill sets are prepared for the unexpected drop of water on their equipment and altering their choices of actions – water and mud are not their usual conditions
5. information – I’m sure this has been used to a great extent already, however it is possible to be a lot more helpful with it, including the misinformation about a new product that is more efficient and easier to use that they come to get, to buy, to have, to try to find out about, to send somebody to get, etc. – the other information / misinformation possibilities could relate to simply giving them more information about whatever and adding to what they know in a keenly precise way
6. destroy their supply lines obviously – oil, diesel, gasoline, (foods), ammunition, chemicals, whatever else they are dependent on having – alter the chemicals available in the area immediately accessible to them so that rather than explosive potential, it becomes a dye cloud or smoke column
7. also – bulls fighting syndrome through misinformation, rumor and released intelligence on their websites that they are relying upon for information
8. lines of fire walls across the sand to protect bases or operations groups / grass seeding? with the spray-coated fertilized seeds across scrub areas of the foothills for both surprise effects and the possibilities of changing the environment, impacting the believers and impressing the combatants on the degree to which our forces can change the immediate environment to suit themselves (that mentality about it actually has a number of options that could work whether the ghost vehicles for them to shoot or hit out of the Hollywood staging mentality and / or stopping car suicide bombers with cannons shooting foam until they are quickly covered in it, or mud, or fire retardant, or pasty muck of some kind)
9. sleeping gas fog – then go take up all the weapons –
10. tesla machine lightning (that would be pretty scary to see in the desert or foothills)
11. interrupt their cellphone satellite relays
12. conscription of all males in the country into Afghan army or Pakistan army where they would be required to come, register and be drafted into the fight against the Taliban – if they don’t, they could be assumed to be Taliban
13. blow sand into huge mounds or bring some company into the area to strip mine it for some chemical or mineral and it will change the dynamic of the situation
14. foaming soap, soap bubbles could be used against Taliban camps or area villages where there are women and children they are hiding among. It would change the possibilities of going into the area and keeping civilians safe while disabling Taliban members, their weapons and their abilities.
15. Take all women and children to Kabul and get them out of the action entirely in a massive campaign to ensure their safety.
My Note –
If I think of anything else, I’ll add it. I was going to put some of the research that I had done, but it is over a thousand pages and probably is not anything that is already known anyway, but maybe.
Operation Rahe Rast
Main article: Second Battle of Swat
On May 5, the third phase of the operation started as troops stormed the militant-held valley of Swat. The name of this sub-operation of Black Thunderstorm has been referred to as Operation Rah e Raast in Urdu (the name of the whole operation is Rahe Rast never was Thunderstorm!!). In more than a month of fighting, by June 15, 106 soldiers and 1,040 militants were killed. Militant fighters were holed up in the emerald mines and in the main town of Swat district, Mingora. The mines were secured by the Army by May 7, but the militants were still holding their positions in Mingora and on a strategic hilltop overlooking the town. Meanwhile, on May 7, in Lower Dir, which was previously declared clear of the Taliban by the military, militants overran a paramilitary fort killing three paramilitary soldiers and capturing 10 policemen. On May 10, troops attacked a Taliban training camp at Banai Baba in Shangla district, which is just east from Swat. In the fighting at Banai Baba the military reported killing 150 militants for the loss of two soldiers. At the same time as the fighting in Shangla, some sporadic fighting was still continuing in Lower Dir where, over four days, 109 more militants were killed. Also, further west, in the Mohmand agency, a group of 300 militants attacked a military outpost, in the fighting that ensued 26 militants were killed and 14 soldiers were wounded. On May 12, Pakistani commandos were inserted by helicopters into the Piochar area, a rear-support base for the militants, in the northern part of the Swat valley to conduct search-and-destroy operations.
By May 15, the Army claimed that Buner was finally completely cleared of Taliban forces, however artillery bombardment of Taliban positions in the hills was still ongoing.
Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (Arabic: حركة الجهاد الإسلامي, meaning The Islamic Struggle Movement) (HuJI) is a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist paramilitary organization most active in South Asian countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and India since the early 1990s. It was banned in Bangladesh in 2005.
HuJI or HJI was formed in 1984 by Fazalur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Akhtar, as the first Pakistan-based jihadist outfit, during the Soviet-Afghan War. Khalil later broke away to form his own group Harkat-ul-Ansar (HuA), which later emerged as the most feared militant organization in Kashmir. This group would later re-form as Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), when HuA was banned by the United States in 1997.
HuJI first limited its operations in Afghanistan to defeating the Communists, but after the Soviets retreated, the organization exported jihad to the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir under the patronage of ISI and the Pakistani establishment. HuJI’s footprint was extended to Bangladesh when the Bangladesh unit was established in 1992, with direct assistance from Osama bin Laden.
HuJI, along with other terrorist organizations such as Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), HuM, and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) emerged from the same source, and therefore had similar motivations and goals. However, HuJI and HuM were both strongly backed by the Taliban, and therefore the group professed Taliban-style fundamentalist Islam. HuJI espoused a Pan-Islamic ideology, but it believed in violent means to liberate Kashmir and make it a part of Pakistan.
The group recruited some of its cadres from the Deobandi madrassas of the North-West Frontier Province, however the ethnic composition changed when the recruitment also began from Azad Kashmir, Punjab and Karachi. Most of the recruits were jobless youths, who were searching for some meaning in their lives. Most of the inductions were done by the roaming jihadist cells, who lured the teenagers to so-called religious sermons imbued with the spirit of jihad, from where the process of induction began. Unlike LeT, HuJI did not require its cadres to go through religious education, rather the recruits proceeded to military training in the camps located in Afghanistan and Azad Kashmir.
In September 1995, the group’s connection with Islamist elements in Pakistan Army when group’s leader Saifullah Akhtar was implicated in the right-wing coup plot. A customs guard inspection of a car outside Kohat revealed a huge arms cache hidden in the back. Subsequent investigations unearthed huge a conspiracy. Those weapons were directed to Islamist Army officers, Major General Zahirul Islam Abbasi, and Brigadier Mustansar Billah, who had plans to first overthrow the-then Army leadership at the next corps commander meeting and then bring Islamic revolution in the country by taking down the Benazir Bhutto government. Both generals conspired to eliminate the top military and civilian leadership and establish an ‘Islamic dictatorship’ in the country.
After the group established its Bangladesh wing, the operations in Bangladesh increased, with the major source of recruitment coming from the Islamic madrassas. The training for these recruits was given in the hilly areas of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazaar.
Later on, members of the group made an attempt on the life of Shamsur Rahman, the liberal poet in January 1999. Committed to establishing an Islamic rule, HuJI was the prime suspect in a scheme to assassinate the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina in the year 2000, and has been blamed for a number of bombings in 2005. In October 2005, it was officially banned by the government of Bangladesh.
In April 2006, the state police Special Task Force in India uncovered a plot hatched by six HuJI terrorists, including the mastermind behind the 2006 Varanasi bombings, involving the destruction of two Hindu temples in the Indian city of Varanasi. Maps of their plans were recovered during their arrest. Pakistani passports had been in the possession of the arrested.
|1999||Bangladesh||Failed attempt to assassinate the humanist poet Shamsur Rahman|
|2000||Bangladesh||alleged failed scheme to assassinate the prime minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina|
|2003||India||Role in Assassination of the former Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya.|
|2002 January||India||Terror attack near the American Centre in Kolkata, executed in collaboration with the Dawood-linked mafioso Aftab Ansari|
|2005 June||India||Bombing of the Delhi-Patna Shramjeevi Express at Jaunpur|
|2005||India||Suicide bombing of the headquarters of the Andhra Pradesh Police’s counter-terrorism Special Task Force. A Bangladeshi national, Mohatasin Bilal, had carried out the bombing|
|2006 March||Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India||Bombing of the Sankat Mochan temple, which was traced to HuJI’s Bangladesh-based cells|
|2007August 25||Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India||25 August 2007 Hyderabad bombings (suspected, but no evidence revealed as of early September)|
|2008May 13||Jaipur, Rajasthan, India||13 May 2008 Jaipur bombings (suspected; evidence pending.)|
|2008July 25||Bangalore, India||2008 Bengaluru serial blasts (suspected; evidence pending.)|
|2008July 26||Ahmadabad, India||2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts (suspected; evidence pending.)|
|2008September 13||Delhi, India||2008 Delhi serial blasts (suspected; evidence pending.)|
|2008September 20||Islamabad, Pakistan||2008 Marriott Hotel bombing (claimed by HuJI; evidence pending.)|
|2008October 1||Agartala, Tripura, India||2008 Agartala bombings (HuJI suspected; evidence pending.)|
|2008October 30||Guwahati ,Barpeta,Kokrajhar,Bongaigaon ,India||2008 Assam serial blasts (HuJI suspected; evidence pending.)|
My Note –
I was also taking a look at a bit of this –
After Libyan intelligence operatives were charged with the Lockerbie bombing, Gaddafi tried to distance himself from terrorism. He expelled Abu Nidal, who returned to Iraq where he had planned his first terrorist attack 26 years earlier. The Iraqi government later said Abu Nidal had entered the country using a fake Yemeni passport and was not there with their knowledge, but by 2001, at the latest, he was living there openly, and in defiance of the Jordanian government, whose state security court had sentenced him to death in absentia in 2001 for his role in the 1994 assassination of a Jordanian diplomat in Beirut.
On August 19, 2002, al-Ayyam, the official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority, reported that Abu Nidal had died three days earlier of multiple gunshot wounds in his home in the wealthy al-Masbah neighborhood of al-Jadriyah, Baghdad, where he had lived in a villa owned by the Mukhabarat, the Iraqi secret service.
I will see what else I can find or brainstorm . . . maybe it will inspire some new choices on the menu. ( And, I keep thinking that where BCCI – Bank of whatever – criminals, commerce, etc. – had existed, that something else serving its same purposes has filled its void by now – but what and where is it?)
– cricketdiane 09, (09-08-09)