November 13, 2007

No matter how much you feed a Wolf, an elephant still has bigger balls” — Russian Saying.

Filed under: Funny, General — omsarti @ 5:45 pm

Circus Elephant, 1920s.


Deep Is the Pain, Deeper Is the Joy

Filed under: Emotion, General, Joy, Pain, Sadness — omsarti @ 5:44 pm

artwork { Picasso, La Femme qui pleure, 1937 }Sadness is a mood characterized by feelings of disadvantage and loss. When sad, people often become quiet, less energetic and withdrawn.http:

Spinoza defined sadness as the “transfer of a person from a large perfection to a smaller one.”

[Nietzsche defined happiness as “the feeling that power increases — that resistance is overcome.”]

Sadness may affect a person’s social standing. Studies have found that when people recognize an expressed emotion, they tend to attribute additional characteristics to the person expressing that emotion (Halo effect). A happy person, therefore is perceived warmly whereas a sad person is perceived as weak and lacking ability.

In brand marketing, a halo effect is one where the perceived positive features of a particular item extend to a broader brand. It has been used to describe how the iPod has had positive effects on perceptions of Apple’s other products. The term is also widely used in the automotive industry, where a manufacturer may produce an exceptional halo vehicle in order to promote sales of an entire marque.

elated { Scientists have discovered a new gene that makes mice happy. The research represents the first time that depression has been eliminated genetically in any organism. }

November 12, 2007

Google’s Shadow Over Firefox

Filed under: Firefox, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Software — omsarti @ 3:24 am

Just something I wanted to think on..

The Mozilla Foundation’s chief executive earns roughly half a million in pay and benefits. With $70 million in assets, the Foundation gave out less than $300,000 in grants to open source projects in 2006. And in 2006 85% of their $66 million in revenue came from Google. When these figures first came to light, people worried whether Firefox was becoming a pawn in Google’s cold war with Microsoft. The Foundation addressed these fears and largely laid them to rest; but now the worry is that, even though it’s clear that the community’s code is what makes Firefox successful, Mozilla may be becoming dangerously reliant on Google’s cash.

November 11, 2007

One Might Think Detoxification Would Be Difficult. In Malibu, It Takes About Two Minutes.

Filed under: Drugs, Funny — omsarti @ 9:53 pm

From the LA Times

Hollywood rehab can produce unhappy endings, even when the patient isn’t named Lindsay or Britney.

That’s what Kelly Logan learned when he sought treatment for a methamphetamine addiction at Promises Malibu, detox destination to the stars.

Logan’s brother, Garfield, says he paid $42,000 up front to admit the former professional surfer for a month at Promises’ canyon-top Mediterranean-style home. Five days later, he says, Promises kicked Logan out for belligerent behavior but kept all the money.

“They’re scam artists,” said Garfield Logan, a plaintiff in one of four consumer-rights, breach-of-contract and unfair-business-practice lawsuits filed against Promises Malibu and its Westside branch in the last year. Promises has denied the allegations.

The suits and state licensing violations reveal a little-seen side to the high-end rehabilitation centers that have become a Malibu cottage industry and — thanks to such patrons as Promises alums Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears — a tabloid feeding ground. (…)

All of the Malibu centers are for-profit enterprises in a field dominated by not-for-profits. With luxury as a principal appeal, many charge far more than the going rate for residential care. (…)

Promises lawyer Gerald Sauer said that when patients leave early, the balance of the month’s payment is retained for their use if they check back in, or the money is sometimes transferred to other rehab centers where the patients seek treatment. “No one is losing any money,” he said.

“If you leave, your money stays,” said Passages co-founder Chris Prentiss, who added that the center immediately resells the vacated bed — the monthly cost is $67,550 — and that returning patients must wait for the next opening. Their payment stays on account, he said.

But former patients and their relatives who have taken Promises to court maintain that the company intended to unjustly enrich itself at their expense by refusing to refund any money, no matter how short the patients’ stay.

“They get people at their most vulnerable point to turn over huge sums of money,” said Michael Parks, a lawyer for a former patient identified only as John Doe, a 50-year-old lawyer and alcoholic who sued in July. “Promises has a double standard of caring for celebrities first, at the expense of regular people.”

The suit accuses Promises of evicting the plaintiff after a week — and keeping the balance of his $49,000 payment — because of false claims that he had made a “sexually inappropriate remark” to an unnamed celebrity patient.

The Promises staff tolerated “racially insensitive comments” by a celebrity, the suit alleges. Promises denied the allegations. A hearing is set for November.

I’m the Weatherman, I Take That Cocoa Leaf and Make That Snow, Sit Back, Watch It Turn to Dough

Filed under: Drugs — omsarti @ 9:52 pm

Preppie Killer Robert Chambers and his longtime girlfriend were busted Monday night on charges of selling enough cocaine from their swank East Side apartment “to levitate Central Park,” police sources said.

Cops said Chambers, 41, struggled with officers who tried to handcuff him on the felony charges. One detective suffered a broken thumb in the fracas.

Chambers, who was freed from prison in February 2003 after serving 15 years for the August 1986 murder of Jennifer Levin in the infamous “rough sex” case, could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted of the new charges.

Investigators had seen heavy drug traffic at the apartment in recent months, and undercover cops bought a quarter kilo of coke – a little more than a half pound – with a street value, of $20,000, they said.

The couple is accused of making a total of eight sales to cops posing as small-time drug dealers. One sale of at least 68 grams of coke is an A-1 felony, carrying a sentence of up 30 years. (…)

The sensational and divisive Levin case seemed to expose the dark side of young people, many of them privileged, on the upper East Side in the 1980s.

Chambers, who was a troubled student at a number of prep schools, killed Levin, an 18-year-old graduate of the exclusive Baldwin School, in Central Park on Aug. 26, 1986.

Levin’s strangled, semiclad corpse, which had bruises, bite marks and cuts, was found by a bicyclist beneath an elm tree on a grassy knoll near Fifth Ave. and 83rd St. behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The 6-foot-5 Chambers claimed Levin “raped” him, asked for “rough sex,” tied his hands with her panties and hurt his genitals as she painfully masturbated him. He said she was accidentally killed when he freed his hands and pushed her off him.

After the trial but before he was sentenced, a tabloid TV show broadcast a home video showing Chambers cavorting at a party, amid four lingerie-clad young women, choking himself with his hands while making loud, gagging noises.

Twisting a Barbie doll’s head off, Chambers is heard saying in falsetto: “My name is… Oops! I think I killed it.”

I Hear Rumours That We’re in Trouble, It’s Just Not True

Filed under: Drugs, Funny — omsarti @ 9:51 pm

new orleans craigslist
my coke for your pot
Date: 2007-09-23, 10:59AM CDT

I have two 12-pack cases of Coca-Cola professionally chilled to 38 degrees F in a white Kenmore 25.1 cu. ft. side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with push button filter.

Looking to trade for your pot. A Kitchen Essentials® from Calphalon® Pro Series Nonstick 6-qt stock pot with cover would be ideal.

‘Gonna dance ’til we burn this disco out.’ — Michael Jackson

Filed under: Funny — omsarti @ 9:50 pm

From the Panther House

Two men are in custody after allegedly attempting to ensnare a member of the Royal Family in a £50,000 gay sex and drugs blackmail plot.

The men allegedly demanded the money after threatening to release a video which they claimed showed the naked royal engaged in a sexual act with a male aide.

They also allegedly claimed that they had evidence that he had supplied the assistant with an envelope, apparently bearing a royal insignia, which contained cocaine. A second video allegedly exists showing the aide taking the drug.

The men, aged 30 and 40, were arrested and charged with blackmail after a police sting operation. The police acted after the royal alerted officers when he received the first threatening telephone call. (…)

While in line to the throne, the royal in question is not a senior member of the family and does not carry out official engagements. (…)

The two men had allegedly tried to sell the tapes to a tabloid newspaper before allegedly embarking on a blackmail plot. When the tabloid deal collapsed they hatched the plot to allegedly approach the royal.

The video footage of the royal aide was allegedly shot in a flat close to Buckingham Palace in an upmarket residential area. It allegedly shows cocaine being cut up on a coffee table with a Harrods charge card before being sniffed by the aide who made claims of a sex act that took place between the two before asking for “more cocaine”. (…)

Scotland Yard’s kidnap and blackmail unit arranged a rendezvous at the London Hilton in Park Lane. They met in a suite but the meeting was filmed secretly by officers in an adjacent room. Part of the video with the royal aide making his sex and drugs claim was allegedly being shown when the police burst in and seized the two men.

Is There a Word for the Act of Inserting an Illegal Street Drug in One’s Rectum?

Filed under: Drugs — omsarti @ 9:49 pm

This was rather funny;
From Panther House

A former top narcotics officer, credited with over 800 arrests in eight years, is now selling a DVD that shows marijuana users how to avoid arrest when traveling with a stash. Law enforcement officials are outraged.

The DVD is called Never Get Busted Again, and these pictures (drug dogs jumping into the backs of pickups, hidden cameras in hotel rooms…) are from Barry Cooper’s previous life. That’s what gives him his unique credibility. As a narcotics officer in West Texas, Cooper was a law enforcement star. That was partly due to his work ethic: Stopping 30 cars a day on the highways was routine for Cooper and his K-9 companion.

“We would pull over cars that had college bumper stickers, because we knew college kids often partied with marijuana,” Cooper says. “We would pull over ‘Vietnam Vet’ plates, because a lot of our vets developed a habit over there.

“I feel bad about it,” he admits. “I would look for Mexicans. I would look for black people. It works.”

When Cooper was invited to train other police departments, he made a game of it. After two days of training, Cooper would ride along on a shift with one of their officers. If he didn’t make at least one drug bust during that time, the cost of the training was on him. He never paid a dime. (…)

But when Cooper left West Texas and moved to Upshur County in East Texas, things began to turn. First, Cooper arrested the mayor’s son for possession of methamphetamines. He then arrested a city councilman for driving with a bag of pot and a gun. Busting long-hairs on the highway was one thing, but the aggressive narcotics officer was not endearing himself to important people in East Texas. After four years, Cooper left law enforcement behind. He then discovered a little of what life is like on the other side of the police baton.

“I used to break into houses at three o’clock in the morning with 10 other men, after throwing a flash grenade through the window,” Cooper says. “I would drag Mom and Dad away and send the kids to the department of human services — over a bag of pot — and totally ruin that entire family. I started reaping what I had sown.”

Without the cloak of being a police officer and in the middle of a contentious divorce, Cooper was on the wrong side of small-town politics. He was arrested for returning rental movies late and for unlawfully carrying a gun. His ex-brother-in-law, a constable, showed up with an order to remove his two girls. They put up such a fight, the effort was abandoned.

All of the charges against Cooper were eventually reduced or dismissed entirely, but he was angry. So he figured out a way to hit back — and make money doing it.

Cocaine found hidden in postcards

Filed under: Drugs — omsarti @ 9:47 pm

From theLocal

Four people are to face trial for smuggling cocaine into Sweden using specially-made postcards sent from Peru. Police say that between the picture side and the back of the postcard the smugglers had hidden a receptacle full of the drug.

The postcard is described as very well made. The drugs could only be seen when the picture was peeled off.

“They must have been ordered from a postcard manufacturer,” said Marcus Carlsson at Swedish Customs in Gothenburg.

At least 30 of the cards were sent from Peru, with six grammes of narcotics in each card.

The cards were detected by sniffer dogs at Arlanda airport in the summer. Customs officers were then able to intercept a number of further deliveries. The postcards were addressed to ten people from the Gothenburg area. Prosecutors say that four of them are now to face trial.

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