Showing posts with label Europe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Europe. Show all posts

Friday, July 26, 2013

Not So Badass Anymore


(Francisco José Garzón AmoGarzon Amo is the new and latest face of incompetence. When all is said and done, they will look at what happened and come to a startling conclusion--automating the various functions of trains makes the drivers lazy and foolish. Amo became a kind of speed demon when driving his trains throughout the Spanish transportation system. Bragging about possibly incurring fines is the same as saying that the system doesn't matter anymore. Amo probably--probably--did his speeding on tracks or on routes that weren't properly monitored. And he probably did his thing in areas where the automation wasn't preset.

In Europe, the trains are subjected to a great deal of safety and speed limitations. Amo was operating on a track that was outside of that system.

All over Europe, train drivers are deleting their social media accounts, trying to scrub their own history of being stupid on the job.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rick Perry Is As Dumb As They Get

Our NATO ally, Turkey, has a right to be outraged at the brazen stupidity of the Governor of Texas. Sadly, this is only the stupidest thing Rick Perry has said in a matter of days. If he understood the role Turkey plays in the security of Europe and in the region where it is located, he wouldn't say such things.

Turkey has a problem with Islamic fundamentalism, but it is not ruled by terrorists. Perry is too incompetent to know this. He would have to be fairly well versed in the leadership of that country and the difficult road ahead for the people of Turkey. The battle between fundamentalism and secularism is difficult for any country, and the United States knows full well what that means when it has to deal with the likes of Perry, Santorum, et al.

Unfortunately, this man knows nothing and he has demonstrated that he cannot and should not be President. He's simply too stupid to hold down the job. This is the year of the brutally moronic simpleton. The more drivel and nonsense you emit, the louder the claps from the brain-dead dolts who pull the levers for you. Anti-intellectualism is practically a requirement when running for higher office under the Republican banner. Yukking it up about God, furriners, and guns is your only hope.

Rick Perry yuks it up pretty well for a man like himself. And yet, he's still too slow to comprehend the fact that he was blown out of the water in Iowa and New Hampshire. In point of fact, he's just too goddamned dumb to drop out of the race; someone is going to have to hold his hand and gently lead him, smiling and waving, from the stage and into the ambulance with the padded walls and ceiling. Hopefully, he won't have any pens in his pants pockets.

Now, did he mean well? Of course. He meant to stir up anger at anyone different from us so that his tribe could select him to be their nominee for the presidency. He's no worse than any intriguing, loud-mouthed Turkish politician who is using fear and ignorance to shore up his power.

Is Rick Perry then very much a disgrace to the idea of freedom and democracy? Yes. And an ignorant one at that.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Norway's Oklahoma City Moment


It is not by accident that I was able to dig up a story about Thilo Sarrazin for my previous post. When I learned that the suspect in the Norway shooting rampage was white, it dawned on me that we were probably looking at an extremist with right wing sympathies.

Lo and behold, that appears to be the case. The facts of the case are not completely clear yet, and this could be the work of a deranged madman with no political affiliations. But this sort of extremism is certainly on the rise throughout Europe. The late Stieg Larsson was an expert at Scandanavian extremists of the racist variety; I'm wondering who his counterpart in Norway has been over the years.

Norway is naming the man:

The suspect in the twin attacks Friday that killed dozens of people in Norway was identified early Saturday as a 32-year-old Norwegian farmer.
TV2, the country's largest broadcaster, and the newspaper Dagbladet identified him as Anders Behring Breivik, 32, describing him as a member of right-wing extremist groups. Shortly thereafter, The Telegraph newspaper of London reported the same information, citing Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

What's Your Favorite Denomination of the Euro?



The Bin Laden note, or the 500 euro note
The bad guys seem to like their 500 euro note:
In some countries they're known as "Bin Ladens" - the banknote everybody knows exists but few, other than criminals, ever see. Now the 500 euro note is being withdrawn from sale in the UK.
Like almost all organised crime, the breakfast cereal box plan was done with the minimum of fuss.
Eftychia Symeonidoy stood outside a London apartment, casually holding the box under her arm.
But instead of it containing the recommended daily amount of vitamins and minerals, it had been stuffed with 300,000 euros.
As the undercover team from HM Revenue and Customs secretly filmed her, an ordinary estate car pulled up and the box was handed to the driver. It was another consignment of laundered drugs cash safely delivered - or so the gang thought.
Symeonidoy and the rest of the 13-strong laundering gang were all later convicted and jailed. The group smashed by HMRC investigators had taken £24m of dirty money from their clients in the criminal underworld - and returned "clean" euros.
That's an incredible amount of cash to hold in one single cereal box, isn't it? I would imagine that the same amount of money, in U.S. one hundred dollar bills, would require a steamer trunk. Here's why the 500 euro is so valuable to criminals:
Financial crime intelligence teams at the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) have now, for the first time, established the extent to which criminals are using the money exchange business to manage their ill-gotten gains.
And its eight-month analysis found that the 500 euro note is now at the heart of money laundering in the UK. The reason is simple: it's easier to shift.
At current exchange rates, the 500 euro note is worth about £430 - eight times more than the UK's most valuable note, £50.
If a drugs gang collects up to £1m in twenties from its clients on street corners, those notes will weigh more than 50kg - about 50 bags of sugar. The equivalent in 500 euro banknotes weighs just over 2kg.
Fifty bags of sugar or a brick? What would you choose?