Posts tagged Here's to Crime
Posts tagged Here's to Crime
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says investigators have recovered a digital video file that depicts Mayor Rob Ford and is “consistent with what had been previously described in various media reports.”
Chief Blair also announced that police had on Thursday taken into custody the mayor’s friend, Alexander Lisi, and charged him with extortion. Lisi will appear in court today.
The police chief said he was “disappointed” after viewing the video.
• Police chief Bill Blair says police have recovered video
• Says video is consistent with earlier media reports about Ford
• Ford friend and alleged drug dealer Alexander Lisi arrested for extortion
• Mayor screams at media, refuses to comment on court documents
• Ford in close contact with Lisi, calls many times a day, court document revealed
• City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend
“City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend”
Bob Wood— thanks! Okay, that makes more sense. I hadn’t heard this story:
The disheveled Wood [co-creator of the comic Crime Does Not Pay] rambled nervously in the back of the cab, at one point telling the driver, “I’m in terrible trouble. I’m going to get a couple of hours sleep and jump in the river.”
“What happened? Did you kill somebody?” the driver asked, jokingly.
“Yes, I killed a woman who was giving me a bad time in Room 91 of the Irving Hotel. Why don’t you call someone at a newspaper and make yourself a few dollars?”
Wood pled guilty to first degree manslaughter and served three years in prison. A year after his release, he was murdered by some former prison acquaintances over unpaid loans.
Notes of a 1986 meeting between Secretary of State George Shultz and Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Elliott Abrams, from the Wikipedia page / James Ellroy novel of Félix Ismael Rodríguez codenamed Lazarus, the Bay of Pigs trained CIA operative who “interrogated” and supervised the execution of Che Guevara (whose wristwatch he still has), before flying 300 helicopter missions in Vietnam (where he was shot down 5 times), and was of course a close friend to the Bush family (even after high ranking Republicans wanted him gone because that close relationship might “damage” the Republican Party, and indeed he was involved in an op which lead to Bush Sr. ultimately having to pardon the head of CIA clandestine operations for having committed perjury in testimony to Congress).
Rodriguez is presently in the news for his involvement in the brutal and prolonged 1985 drill torture, and subsequent assassination of a DEA officer who’d discovered that the US government was collaborating with Mexican drug cartels to move drugs between South America, Central America, Mexico and the United States, in order to run guns to the Contras in Nicaragua. The DEA officer was also killed after capture by druglord Rafael Caro Quintero, the head of the $5 billion-a-year now long-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel, who had escaped an airport gunbatle with the DEA, was subsequently captured in Costa Rica, and was freed about three weeks ago by quote-unquote “Mexican authorities” based upon a “legal technicality.” The US Government has asked that Quintero be re-arrested, if they can find him.
I think my favorite thing about this Silk Road Deep Web “Dark Internet of Crime” story in the news is that… Some people were buying and selling “Musical Instruments” on the “Dark Internet of Crime.” Musical instruments? Somewhere there’s a paranoid libertarian cyberwarrior learning how to play In the Aeroplane over the Sea on a ukulele. ”Dear Dark Internet of Crime, check me out rocking this uke! They’ll never catch me alive! Twink-twank-twank-twonk.” (Cyber-hacker-crackers not a big fan of Sporting goods either by the look of it? Well, color me surprised, color me badd). This is what happened to those cypherpunk people, huh?
The internet got so vanilla. If you’re old enough to remember, like, BBS’s, there was that whole mix of annoying libertarians and people who were super into ecstasy and “the government’s taking over” paranoid freaks that were just super-dominant. And they’re still out there but they just all got kinda-drowned out by, like, websites where you can buy books and selfies and videos of kittens or whatever…Part of this story makes me kinda homesick, but, like, homesick for an issue of Mondo 2000 and a modem that goes “SQUEESQUELCHSOUNDYOUHEARWHENYOUDIE-cooooooo” and squinting at scrambled porn. We didn’t have Vine or vlogs; we had stories about Captain Crunch, the hero who used a Captain Crunch whistle to rob long-distance phone calls from the Evil telephone company… the Captain Crunch whistle was an elegant weapon for a more civilized age…
Here’s video of Russian gangsters robbing a gentleman driving to work…?
Two adolescent girls snap a selfie before robbing a fast-food restaurant in Sweden (image via Tumblr