Archive for August, 2006

Vegas: Where “Most Wanted’s” caught

The capture by a patrol officer of a man sought for preaching about multiple marriages and what legally would be considered Pedophilia for underage marriages condoned by this sect of a US church group extremist group was caught where else but in Las Vegas!

[] …” FBI’s ‘most wanted’ polygamist arrested in US
Independent – By Andrew Buncombe in Washington. The leader of a notorious polygamist cult and one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives was behind bars last night after being pulled over in a routine stop by a patrol officer in Nevada. ” []

Hiding out or passing through in America’s marriage and divorce capital city in Nevada makes sense for a guy who preached having multiple wives- Sin City- after all is one of the few places where people don’t really know much about the people who live near them and it is drifter capital where 34 million people pass through as tourists and it is one of the fastest growing cities in the American west.

It seems strange though that whenever a sex offender or child abductor is caught it often ‘happens in Vegas’ living there a few months back.

it was not rare to find many people sought in other states found in the cities motels and hotels.

Perhaps it is because of the south western city’s semi frontier nature or because it one place where people rarely cares about who the neighbors are in the downtown areas.

But there is large number of people – who are it seems drawn to the place most of whom are sex offenders.

When I covered several cases of stories like this – it often seemed that the place is magnet for those types- mostly because it is something of rare place where it seems, anything goes. 

People come and go and move about with little thought that that city is probably the hardest and worst places to hide. Most of ‘the strip’ and hotels and shopping malls are interlinked into a city wide series of public place camera’s that have the best level of face recognition technology available. 

If a fugitive takes plane into the city airport- before he can even get to a luggage area – his or her face will be on any number of cameras. On top of this there are also a number of rules and laws that require numerous forms of ID. Working in the city itself may seem an easy thing – it is for those seeking employment there are numerous jobs – but in a State with no income tax – except for federal taxes – the fees and permits require any number of forms to filled out – fingerprint checks and documents scanned.

Even just getting a state ID is a difficult process – three or four forms of ID are required. And it is one place where even a US passport is not good enough to get a local ID! So in fairness- Las Vegas may get a bad rep because it is where so many are caught- but- in hindsight- in other cities they might never be found – but in Vegas, where police stops and routine ID checks are common for anyone with out state license plates driving in areas away from the tourist zones. There is as one Police officer told me – a high chance for ‘bad guys’ to be grabbed than in any other American City.  

August 30, 2006 at 10:17 am 1 comment

SMS Text Scam alert: Brunei warns

SMS Text Scam alert: Brunei warns

The Borneo Bulletin put out a warning versus a text and email based scam that has been victimizing residents of the Sultanate in Northern Borneo where a charity sends a message seeking information and bank details to victims.

The person gets a message saying they won in a contest and upon response seeks details or a asks for small fee to be sent to cover bank transfer expenses.

But the key warning here is this charities’ usually ask or seek donations. Most do not engage in contests or give out money. There is an old rule that states no one that something too good to be true usually is just that not true!

[] …” Beware Of New Easy Money Scam
By Kartika Rahman Bandar Seri Begawan – A conman is on the prowl offering people big money for a small fee. The scam artist apparently calls random numbers and informs them that they have won $350,000 from an American Charity Foundation. After convincing the victim, he then asks for their account number, identity card details, and a tax fee of $500.The tax fee is then requested to be sent to the association’s account in the Philippines. The public is reminded to be wary of scams that promise easy money. – Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin  …” []

August 30, 2006 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

De Venecia: “Congress only needs 2 more to Cha-Cha?”

De Venecia: “Congress only needs 2 more to Cha-Cha?”

My producer gave me the banner headline I use in this blog item today.

Nona Cueva is my EP on my short daily news audio stream on

The line covers a press release/story on House of Representatives Media Affiars office story on the Batasan Pambnsa Website.

The story is that the house has 192 of the 194 signaturess needed to convene a constituent assembly.

Hence- Congress needs only two more to Cha-Cha! (charter change)
Like always I take no sides and just report- but as with Nona – i could not resist the headline!

Con-As Resolution just 2 signatures shy of Constitutional requirement
28 August 2006 07:04:38 PM

Speaker Jose de Venecia Monday said the House Resolution pushing for a Constituent Assembly as a mode to amend the 1987 Constitution is just two signatures shy of the constitutional requirement of 194 of all the members of Congress. More»

August 29, 2006 at 4:07 am Leave a comment

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War reporting: de-sanitizing coverage

This is an exceptional pair of documentaries of what things were like in Iraq froma documentary – for the perspective of one documentary. Needed by more to watch to understand.

There are some who might say the reporters, writers, and producers – seemed to get off one only one viewpoint of many other euroipean networks – of trying to out hate themselves and thier own soicety in order to report the news. With that in mind- watch it- for at least one view of whats happening in Iraq.

I know some people feel that showing many of these images in any instance where death , blood, or gore- is involved – but in my mind- show it -so people will see wht it is like.

To some in the US or EU it may seem un-needed stress for those people not used to seeing these images. And hearing, seeing and feeling what is out there. But where I am – this is common TV fare…

Two views on the war though – here is another from another source:

August 27, 2006 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

Global voices: whats up in the world?

I am not exactly overflowing with writing thought today and thought I’d just look around the globe and see what other bloggers were wrting anf thinking about to today and see what was – UP… across the globe of blogs.

Some are highly politcal and deal with issues across the globe to seek out to fight for fredom of speech rights –

[] … ” ——给金燕:我们时代的圣女 Jinyan, the Lady Saint of our Times

(more…)  Kennedy  …” []


Other blogs seem more on life and cultural issues that range across the marketplace of the ideas they track all across cyberspace and try and show all the things that range across the whole space of ideas out there really.

Many can be found here on the global voices project which tracks blogpaces many voices and offers a lot of views and topics and writers and authoros and issues and answers.

I cut and pasted just a few of the thousands of topics out there and it is something worth looking at… when that writers block hits its always good to see what else is out there. and hear voices from across the globe.

South Asia  General, India, Arts & Culture

Autorickshaws in the sub-continent not only carry passengers, but social messages and mudflap art. A fascinating flickr set of mudflap art.

South Asia  General, Pakistan, Travel

Shirazi on wonderful Pishin and fruits. “Until the middle of the 18 th century, when Quetta finally passed into the hands of Brahvi rulers, the history of Pishin is identical with the province of Kandahar. The earliest mention of Pishin is found in the ancient writing in which “Pishinorha” is described as a valley in an elevated part of the country and containing a barren level plain.”

Americas Guatemala, Human Rights

Patrick of the Guatemala Solidarity Network gathers local reaction to “heavy handed G uatemalan army activity in Ixcan.
Americas Bolivia, Internet & Telecoms, Technology

According to Choloblog (ES) the Windows operating system will be known as “T’uqu”, pressing “Kichana” will open a window and “Wuiskana” will close it. “KAH-lyah-ree”, meanwhile, is the phonetic pronunciation of the word which replaces “Start” in Windows’ familiar taskbar, says Prairie Weather. According to Global by Design and Eduardo Arcos Bolivian President Evo Morales will make an announcement with Microsoft officials in Sucre today that the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software have been localized in Quechua, an indigenous language spoken by some 10 million Andean residents. Jimmy Granado, however, takes a much more critical look at the announcement, questioning Evo Morales’ support of Microsoft over free and open source alternatives like Linux (ES): “I thought that Evo wold follow the steps of Hugo Chavez. Since, if you didn’t know, in Venezuela the government uses Free Software, just like Brazil.” Finally, Newley Purnell takes a look at Google Quechua.

Americas , Western Europe Ideas, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Arts & Culture, Literature

Geoffrey Philp extends birthday greetings to Britain-based Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson: “He became only the second living poet to be published in the Penguin Classics series. His poetry involves the recitation of his own verse in Jamaican Creole over dub-reggae, usually written in collaboration with renowned British reggae producer/artist Dennis Bovell.

Americas , Western Europe
Guyana, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St.Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S.A., United Kingdom, Montserrat, Arts & Culture, Diaspora

. . . it’s interesting how these festivals have echoed, in a small way, the evolution of their original model in Trinidad, as a vehicle of solidarity, an assertion of identity, a gesture of defiance in a hostile environment,” says Jeremy Taylor, writing about the Carnivals “exported” by the Caribbean to the likes of London and New York.

August 27, 2006 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

A Syracuse, New York, Middle School project talking about EDSA ’86

This is a amazing story many of us lived thorugh is told from thousands of miles away by a new generation of people who saw people power through old movie clips and news clips and created a ten minute long documentary.
This is from 7th graders in what would be first year high school – yet so well put together and so plainly told with a fervor for story telling I must admit even those who like myself lived through this often seem to forget this proud moment in time.

[] …. This is a documentary project on the 1986 Philippines EDSA Revolution, written, composed and edited by three 7th grade students from …  Syracuse, New York, for the Junior Group Documentary category of National History Day 2006. This documentary took first place at the regional level, second place at the New York state level, and narrowly missed becoming one of the top 12 finalists in the National History Day competition held from June 11-15, 2006 at the University of Maryland. This documentary also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA Revolution that restored democracy in the Philippines after 20 years of martial law. This documentary gratefully acknowledges the not-for-profit fair use of copyrighted video and graphical material from various sources listed in the end credits. …” []

August 26, 2006 at 2:42 am Leave a comment

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