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June 01, 2005
Other Items Of Interest

You may not agree, but I think headhunter bounties on human beings are wrong. I can accept that a case can be made when the exact identity of a provably criminal person is known.

I can't accept just a bounty on just turning over an Iraqi, which is essentially what has happened. This article doesn't cover it, which is pathetic, but I've read about it over the last year or more, people claiming they've been targeted by personal enemies or just 'sold' for profit to ignorant Westerners.

Hey...the information was there, it's just that the CSMonitor chose to prune it out. Read it here. (Thanks to Raw Story for the pointer to the second version.)

Sigh. Okay, precisely what are we up to in Columbia* Colombia? (Be sure and check the list of other stories in the column on the right.)

(Note: I knew I'd read an entry somewhere recently where someone was talking about this kind of thing. See Dr Fallon's post at In The Dark for a related discussion.)

I see...airport security is becoming just another marketing tool. You can skip security lines if you spend enough money with an airline. (This "pass" also answers my question, some time back, about those new full-body scanners and how long it was going to be before you saw a picture of some actress's or politician's nekkidness online. The rich and famous will be exempt.)

It rather looks as though David Hawkins* O'Neil Walker is getting the shaft.

*Sigh. I have to stop typing faster than I can think.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:51 AM


Spelling Nitpick: Columbia is the university; Colombia is the country.

Posted by: Simon at June 1, 2005 12:29 PM

Color me embarrassed....

Thanks for the heads-up.

Posted by: Anne at June 1, 2005 03:33 PM


As regards right-wing paramilitaries and death squads in Colombia, and the US arming them, have you also seen my posting on US foreign policy and drugs? See:

Posted by: Dr. Fallon at June 2, 2005 07:13 AM

Um, don't you mean that Hawkins is giving Walker the shaft?

Posted by: Avedon at June 2, 2005 07:32 AM

Sigh. Thanks for the heads-up, Avedon. I don't know where my brain was yesterday....

Dr. Fallon, I read but forgot to bookmark your entry before, so thank you very much for bringing it back to my attention. It was, in part, the memory of your entry in the back of my mind that made this particular story "jump off the page" at me when I read it.

Posted by: Anne at June 2, 2005 08:54 AM