Brazil’s ports are like sieves,” where only one percent of containers are checked for contraband like weapons or drugs.
Portfolio.com has an article examining the U.S. Mexico gun trade, it’s war, and fallout…
These killings have become such an everyday part of life that there’s a special word for them: narcoejecuciones, or narcoexecutions. The murdered include police, judges, prosecutors, soldiers, reporters, politicians, and innocent bystanders. Shootouts in broad daylight, mass executions, and public assassinations have become routine. “The old narco gunman was a guy with a gold tooth and a .45, and if you lost a load of drugs, he’d send someone out there to plug you,” says J.J. Ballesteros, a veteran A.T.F. agent in Texas. “The phenomenon we’re looking at today is entirely different. Now we have paramilitary cells with military training challenging one another and the government.”
A growing desire for the glossy, long locks of celebrities is fueling a multimillion pound (dollar) global trade in human hair, with demand for hair extensions surging in the past year.
Celebrity hair styles are fueling a demand for extensions, with growth well over 100% in some areas. Most popular are Brazilian, consisting of more than half the searches, and Indian hair pulling in just under 30%.
Because of the profit margin involved in the stolen hair racket, police have seen an uptick in violence. One storeowner in Michigan was murdered and others have been assaulted.
A bombshell from the “Operation Fast and Furious” debacle.
U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.
The allegations are part of the defense of Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago.
Next thing you know, congress will be taking kick backs from…. uh never mind!
Arizona’s attorney general on Monday asked a judge to shut down four so-called cannabis clubs that he said have been illegally providing medical marijuana to patients with cancer and other diseases.
Damn cancer patients! When will they learn they have to be dependent on the system that has no interest in curing them!
New York going the way of Vegas.. minus the ‘poppers’.
they look like normal business cards, but the service they’re selling is illegal, state Sen. Jose Peralta says.
“These are very explicit cards with nude women with telephone numbers on them that say, ‘Please call, delivery, we will deliver,’” Peralta says.
And you thought the police only went for the donuts!
Police say 29-year-old Melissa Redmond, of nearby Mine Hill, was arrested for selling sex while working late night shifts at the store after soliciting sex from a undercover officer. “Whatever sexual act you want, there was a price for it,” says Schwarzmann.
Statistician uses singletons to find winning scratchers.
Srivastava was looking for numbers that never repeated, or singletons, raising the probability that the numbers would repeat under the latex coating that must be scratched off. If three singletons appeared in a row, he knew he most likely had a winner.
Stanford University statistics PhD breaking the bank..
First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2 million, then two years later $3 million and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot.
The odds of this has been calculated at one in eighteen septillion and luck like this could only come once every quadrillion years.
Elderly couple exploit a scratchers loophole allowing them to claim $1 million prize for a $600,000 investment.
How it Works
The secret is timing.
The game itself is simple: If the numbers on six randomly selected balls match the ones on your ticket, you win the jackpot — which only one person has every won since the game’s creation in 2004.
The jackpot grows slowly over time from a low of $500,000 to a limit of $2 million to $2.5 million. When the limit is reached and no one has won, the jackpot is redistributed across the smaller prizes for those who matched three, four or five numbers correctly.
When these “rolldowns” occur, the odds of a significant payout increase dramatically.
According to Mark Kon, a professor of math and statistics at Boston University, the trick only works if you buy enough tickets. Someone who buys $100,000 worth of tickets has a 74 percent chance of winning during the rolldown week; for bettors like Selbee who spend at least $500,000, there is nearly no risk of losing money, Kon told the Boston Globe.
A high strength load was taken down by the U.K. .gov as it was ratted out by the French..
The cocaine, which is believed to have originated in South America and been packed inside the boat in Venezuela, was 90 percent pure, whereas the average purity of cocaine seized at the U.K. border is 63 percent, officials said. French authorities alerted British officials to the suspicious craft, Louise, while it was in the Caribbean in May.
While they may have been busted fore trafficking, they may have a second job in line…
It took six days of searching the vessel to find the drugs because the hiding place was “ingenious,” U.K. border agency official Brodie Clark said.
Targets:72 different organisations that were targeted over five years, including the International Olympic Committee, the UN and security firms.
MO:Remote Access Attack
“An email would be sent to an individual with the right level of access within the system; attached to the message was a piece of malware which would then execute and open a channel to a remote website giving them access.
Hackers have been going on a rampage lately. The latest wave appears to be a “smash and grab” for intellectual property.. full article
Rhino Horns: $55,000 (R380,000)*/kg.
Average horn weighs 5kg, or $275,000 for an average Rhino horn.
You know times are getting rough when prostitutes are cross training in to poaching.
he needed three ‘hunters’ and Chunchom would know that he needed to find three Thai nationals to hunt the rhinos,” Smith said in the statement.
Usually friends were called in, or Thai women working as strippers and prostitutes were paid R5 000 to do the job. They were provided by a Midrand, Gauteng, woman wanted in Thailand for human trafficking. Their passports and fingerprints were needed to complete the necessary hunting permits and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species paperwork.
Smith claims in the statement that “once the fingerprinting is done, the ladies are taken out to Steyl’s farm, where they are made comfortable and then introduced to the professional hunter.
“[He] would show them the rifle and even take the girls to a quiet spot where they could let off one or two shots so that they can later say that they have at least fired the weapon.”
An official from North West Parks would be called out to witness the “hunt”, measure the horn, scan the microchip and put the details in the professional hunting register. “I believe he would also get a kickback for being so cooperative,” Smith’s statement said.