Terrible Widespread Repercussions from Leaks


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But not all the new leaks from Wikileaks are negative. This one is even amusing: a 75-year-old American fled Iran on horseback over freezing mountain range into Turkey after officials confiscated his passport! Details:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/28/american-escape-iran-horse-turkey

Just think what your boss will do after he learns that you think he’s ineffective. Many political bosses will learn that now -it’s part of the leak. So expect heads to start rolling.

‘Silvio Berlusconi is “feckless, vain and ineffective” while Dmitry Medvedev is “Robin to Putin’s Batman”, according to secret memos sent by diplomats.

‘Among hundreds of thousands of documents released on Sunday night by Wikileaks, the whistle-blower website, are US embassy cables detailing private impressions of a host of world leaders written by ambassadors and ministers across the globe.

‘Here is a round-up of what the documents say about some of the world’s most influential figures, as reported by the newspapers given advanced access to the material; The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel,Le Monde and El Pais…’ Details:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8166775/Wikileaks-what-the-US-embassy-files-say-about-world-leaders.html

List WikiLeaks as Terrorist Group

‘If WikiLeaks is added to the terror list, US banks would be unable to process payments to it; anyone providing “material support or resources” to the site would be subject to felony charges; and options for web hosting would be limited.’ -Newser

‘The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says WikiLeaks should be officially designated as a terrorist organization.

‘Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the panel’s presumptive next head, asked the Obama administration today to “determine whether WikiLeaks could be designated a foreign terrorist organization,” putting the group in the same company as al-Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that released deadly sarin gas on the Tokyo subway.

“WikiLeaks appears to meet the legal criteria” of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, King wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reviewed by CNET. He added: “WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States.”
Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20023941-38.html#ixzz16j76KOfN

Finally, the news that the oldies are waiting for is here.

Scientists Reverse Aging in Mice

Even the Harvard scientists were surprised that they saw a dramatic reversal, not just a slowing down, of the ageing in mice. And they believe they might be able to regenerate human organs.

‘Scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the ageing process after rejuvenating worn out organs in elderly mice. The experimental treatment developed by researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies.

‘The surprise recovery of the animals has raised hopes among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the ageing process.

‘An anti-ageing therapy could have a dramatic impact on public health by reducing the burden of age-related health problems, such as dementia, stroke and heart disease, and prolonging the quality of life for an increasingly aged population…’ Details:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/nov/28/scientists-reverse-ageing-mice-humans

Picky Eating Possibly a Disorder

Researcher says that they’re not being ‘willful and bratty’.

‘He’s 63 years old, but Bob Krause admits he still eats “a 4-year-old’s dream diet.”
Krause likes peanut butter, crackers, grilled cheese sandwiches, chocolate milk and little else. More adventurous meals look like “a plate of barf,” he told LiveScience.

“If I could snap my fingers and change, I would,” he said, explaining his pickiness helped ruin two marriages, limited his career options and makes most social occasions sources of stress…’ Details:
http://www.livescience.com/health/adults-picky-eating-disorder-101128.html

How about receiving a gift that turns out to be worth about $80M?

Staggering Cache Of Picassos Turns Up In France

‘A retired electrician in southern France who once worked for painter Pablo Picasso says he has hundreds of previously unknown works by the artist — a treasure trove of 271 pieces said to be worth about $80 million.

‘Pierre Le Guennec and his wife for years squirreled away the staggering cache — which is believed to be authentic, but whose origin is unclear — in their garage on the French Riviera, said Picasso Administration lawyer Jean-Jacques Neuer.

‘The works, dating from 1900 to 1932, include lithographs, portraits, watercolors and sketches — plus nine Cubist collages said to be worth euro40 million alone, according to French daily Liberation, which reported the discovery Monday.

‘Le Guennec, 71, says Picasso gave him the works as gifts. The electrician installed burglar alarm systems at Picasso’s numerous houses in France during the three years before the artist died in 1973…’ Details:
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/29/131664254/staggering-cache-of-picassos-turns-up-in-france&sc=nl&cc=nh-20101129

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5 Responses to Terrible Widespread Repercussions from Leaks

  1. souldipper says:

    You have me enthralled, Plato! I subscribed to your blog because of all the really interesting subjects you post. I will need to know what happens about Picasso’s paintings! That is just a little wild.

    You folks who donned the snowflakes – you obviously aren’t from Canada!! :)

    • pochp says:

      Thank you Dipper. I’m flattered! I’ll give updates about Picasso’s art I promise.
      If you want to know, I’m from the Philippines and we miss snow :-) Greetings to Canada.

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  3. Heart says:

    OMG, just what I needed for the day! Humor in truck loads ;)
    Thanks Poch, and LMAO for “Luckily for him, US embassy officials had a quiet word with the Turkish foreign ministry – and he was allowed to fly home.” about the 75 dude who escaped.. Is this how news gets reported these days?? Ha ha
    I think I have to take back just a little of what I said yesterday, “I like Wikileaks just a smidgeon again this morning.. and US diplomats rock for speaking their mind! :D

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