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floranista in The Secret Garden:
The Plants Are In The Mail! Pt. II
The second nursery I ordered from carries several hard-to-find replacements.

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Introducing Discarded Lies Weekend Edition
You may notice that the front page is rearranged a little bit. We're working hard on Codename:Ferkakta Hill (who knew it was so much work making a game?!), and we've decided to switch to a slower pace on the weekends so we can spend more of the weekend time doing C:FH. So, from 3pm Friday till 7am Monday, the irregular columnists' posts (if any) and the hippo move to the top of the front page, and we (your government-in-waiting) head down to the basement, and it's "discarded lies weekend edition". Monday morning thru Friday afternoon, the same bloggie format as before.
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Unemployed, middle-age cardiologist, living with his parents, seeks opportunity for better future
The overall unemployment rate in Greece is about 9.6 percent but the unemployment rate among people 25 and younger is around 26 percent, much higher than the EU average of 18.5 percent: youth unemployment in Europe is especially confounding in Greece. Apparently the American habit of kicking the kids out when they reach the ripe old age of 18 is not such a bad idea after all, maybe Greeks ought to try it.
Koutsiaras cites the strength of the Greek family as one of the country's major problems. The family network is so strong, he said, that young unemployed people don't feel desperate to retrain, relocate or reinvent themselves. They're supported by their families and content to wait for jobs.
Why couldn't my family be a little more Greek?
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Child Molester Hauled Home To Face The Music
Holiday in Cambodia Cut Short


Note to child molesters: "But I didn't molest any American children!" is no longer an effective defense.
Accompanied by agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a 49-year-old Bay Area man returned from Cambodia to San Francisco today where he faces charges that he engaged in illicit sexual conduct with underage girls in that Southeast Asian nation.

Michael John Koklich, a.k.a. Michael Light, is accused in a two-count indictment handed down March 28 by a grand jury in San Francisco of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

Koklich was arrested February 17 by the Cambodian National Police in Phnom Penh on suspicion of sexually exploiting two girls, ages 11 and 13. When police sought to arrest Koklich, he attempted to flee, crashing his motorcycle into a police barricade and injuring a local police officer.

The indictment against Koklich stems from a three-month, multi-agency investigation involving ICE special agents in San Francisco and Bangkok, the US Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the Cambodian National Police. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. The Department of Justice Office of International Affairs also assisted in the investigation.

The probe began after a non-governmental organization, Action Pour Les Enfants, contacted ICE's attache office in Bangkok to report that Koklich had been spotted with several young Cambodian girls.

“Individuals cannot escape criminal prosecution by committing sex crimes overseas. As made evident by this indictment, our partners in law enforcement are committed to protecting children from sexual exploitation both here and abroad,” said United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan. “I thank the Cambodian National Police, ICE, and the Diplomatic Security Service for their outstanding collaboration on this case.”

According to an affidavit in the case, Koklich traveled to Cambodia and allegedly engaged in sexual relations with the two minors, beginning in January 2006. He allegedly paid the girls $10 to $20 for each encounter.

Following Koklich's arrest, US and Cambodian investigators executed search warrants at his two Phnom Penh residences. There, in addition to an array of sexual paraphernalia, agents found a diary where Koklich detailed his sexual exploits, as well as copies of newspaper articles about Americans arrested for having sex with Cambodian minors.

Earlier this week, the Cambodian government expelled Koklich, paving the way for his return to the United States. He is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. before Magistrate Judge James Larson.

“This indictment is a direct result of the extraordinary cooperation we received from Cambodian law enforcement and our counterparts at the Department of State,” said Charles DeMore, special agent in charge of the ICE office of investigations in San Francisco. “Some pedophiles mistakenly believe they can escape detection and prosecution by committing child sex crimes overseas. We are putting pedophiles on notice that ICE and its law enforcement partners here and abroad stand ready to pursue and prosecute those who sexually exploit children.”

“Protecting others is the primary mission of the Diplomatic Security Service, and there is no greater or more noble cause than the protection of our children,” said Joe Morton, director for the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service. “As public servants and law enforcement officers we have a duty to strike at the atrocity of child sexual predators as forcefully as possible.”

Koklich lives part of the year in the Bay Area in a recreational vehicle, which he parks in various locations, often in Santa Rosa. According to the case affidavit, Koklich told ICE agents that he spends eight to nine months of the year in Cambodia, and travels back to California in the summer to earn money to finance his lifestyle in Southeast Asia. ICE agents say Koklich sells jewelry and other items he purchases in Southeast Asia at flea markets in the area.

Koklich is one of the first northern California residents prosecuted on child sex tourism charges under the provisions of the PROTECT Act. The PROTECT Act substantially strengthened federal laws against predatory crimes involving children outside the United States by adding new crimes, increasing sentences, and modifying the burden of proof requirements for federal prosecutors to bring charges. President Bush signed the PROTECT Act into law three years ago this week.
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Gitmo trials (finally!) begin
The good news: the government may seek "aesthetic deletion", as Joe Katzman likes to put it, for some of these monsters.
BY EARLY morning the damp heat was already rising around the courthouse, a drab, low building topped with radio masts high above Guantanamo Bay. Inside, everyone waited in silence: Captain Daniel O’Toole, of the US Navy, the “presiding officer”, wearing black robes and taking the place of a judge, and the defence and prosecution in the formal dress uniforms of the US Army, Navy and Air Force.

Then the doors opened to reveal the defendant, Jabran Said bin al-Qahtani, a slight figure with wild black hair and 4in beard, a head shorter than the military police holding his arms. He was dressed in a tan tunic and cropped trousers, the uniform of the “medium-compliant detainee” at Guantanamo, America’s detention camp for its captives in the War on Terror, on the southeastern fringe of Cuba.

He had evidently rejected the armfuls of blazers and slacks that Lieutenant-Commander Bryan Broyles, his Pentagon-appointed lawyer, had tentatively picked out for him at the Navy Exchange superstore.

“I don’t want this court,” he said in Arabic, the mild, sing-song tone of the female translator jarring with his own. “You judge and you sentence me the way you want if this is Allah’s will. A nation that is an enemy of Allah cannot be a leader.”

He then rejected Commander Broyles as his lawyer and left the court, refusing to return.

Mr al-Qahtani, a Saudi citizen whom Commander Broyles believes is 26 or 27, is one of only ten Guantanamo “detainees” to be charged with a crime in the four years since the camp opened.

His appearance on Tuesday was the first chance for observers to hear him speak.

At least 760 men and boys have passed through the camp; observers calculate that 493 remain. None has yet been brought to trial. But since January, the court has been working through pre-trial hearings for those charged, which lay the ground for the “military commissions”, the special tribunals that President Bush has created to try the “detainees”. The US Government maintains that the captives are not conventional prisoners of war, subject to the Geneva Conventions, but are “unlawful combatants”.

This week Colonel Moe Davis, the chief prosecutor, said that two dozen more might soon be charged, and that the Government might ask for the death penalty for some.
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'In heaven, Allah is your master. On Earth, it is Adolf Hitler.'
I never understood why Persia abandoned a name rich with thousands of years of history, for one inspired by pseudo-scientific Nazi theories. Not that there's much I understand about Persia/Iran anymore. Exposing Iran’s links to the Nazis
Relations between Berlin and Tehran were strong from the moment Hitler came to power in 1933, when Reza Shah Pahlavi’s nation was still known as Persia.

The shah became a stalwart admirer of Hitler, Nazism and the concept of the Aryan master race. He also sought the Nazis’ help in reducing British petro-political domination.

So intense was the shah’s identification with the Third Reich that in 1935 he renamed his ancient country ”Iran,” which in Farsi means Aryan and refers to the Proto-Indo-European lineage that Nazi racial theorists and Persian ethnologists cherished.

The idea for the name change was suggested by the Iranian ambassador to Germany who came under the influence of Hitler’s trusted banker Hjalmar Schacht. From that point, all Iranians were constantly reminded that their country shared a bond with the Nazi regime.
And now Ahmadinejad is here to remind them some more, in case they'd forgotten.
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