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About Film Department, Silver Haze, Saudis, Terrorism, Money Laundering and other yummy stuff

This is a little gossip (maybe soon to be news) item by Cindy Adams that’s been floating around in the New York Post (Hat Tip: Ashley R).

Apparently this fledgling movie company called Film Department, backed among others by GE no less, includes board members Sheik Waleed Al Ibrahim and Zeid Masri. It seems that recently when a decision had to be made in the company about a new film this happened:

This all came to light when a development deal with Mark Gill was suddenly axed. “Dove Hunting,” an action film/love story about two agents trying to stop a terrorist attack, had a go in December 2006. In March 2007, it was full speed ahead pending financing of this new studio. Came financing of this new studio and, with it, six weeks ago, an e-mail trail that canceled the project. Seems some of the fledgling studio’s backers were not pleased with the subject.

Zeid Masri runs the McLean, Va., operation SilverHaze, which has in the past secretly invested Palestine Liberation Organization money through front companies. His SilverHaze caused the Bowlmor scandal in 2004…Bowlmor, a Greenwich Village bowling hall that does big business in bar mitzvahs, took in an infusion of fresh capital years ago. When Bloomberg’s Markets Magazine hit a strike and came up with information that the cash was, in fact, Yasser Arafat’s own dirty millions, the deal fell down faster than a tenpin.

San Antonio Class USS New York – 911 Steel Recycled

USS New YorkI got this from one of our readers and thought it was worth sharing. This is about the USS New York, this is the official Navy document, and this is the story (Hat Tip: Virginia)

It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center.
It is the fifth in a new class of warship – designed for missions that include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft.
Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite, LA to cast the ship’s bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, “those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,” recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. “It was a spiritual moment for everybody there.”
The Ship’s Motto? “Never Forget”

New Heat In The Middle East – The Good Kind

Gawker - Piece In The MideastThere is a whole bunch of fallout from the Maxim party in New York and the ad sponsored by the Israeli Consulate in New York. This is in general the story:

Andy Soltis of the New York Post broke the news on this unusual war. The bikini photo of 2004 Miss Israel winner Gal Gadot appears on formal invitations to an event hosted in New York tonight by the Israeli Consulate in conjunction with Maxim magazine.

The event is the “Women of the Israeli Defense Forces” article in the July issue of Maxim. The former Consul Colette Avital (Knesset Member), turned this into a shit storm and demanded a meeting with the Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik to discuss the cheap and “pornographic campaign,” she also said that “It’s unfortunate that the Israeli consulate chose to emphasize Israel’s relevance with a portrait of a half-naked woman, instead of with one of women of substance and accomplishments”.

Gawker is having a ball with this in a great post called Hatikva Hotties he’s suggesting some alternative titles to the one the New York Post used (“Piece In The Mideast”) with suggestions like:

  • Jew See The Cans On That Chick?
  • She Can Occupy My Territories Any Time!
  • Hear, O Israel, This Chick Has a Bod
  • Di-Ass-Pora
  • Maxim InviteThe official invitation that included the sprawled Gadot on the background on NYC would have probably been better off without the Official Seal of Israel and the New York Consulate hanging right there next to Maxim Magazine. Interesting choice guys :)

    I guess I rather have this kind of heat then the ususal kind we get. It’s a nice change being in the headlines because of this sort of thing. Thank god for women. Aside from that I have always had the most profound respect for Israeli women. I am sure you agree 😉
    Hat Tip:

    Heat Packing Woman in Israeli Military

    Global Warming & Cold War

    Moshik’s View of the recent G4 summit..

    “Me and Mr. Putin agreed that the solution for Global Warming is a return to the Cold War”

    Cold War

    Chinese Internet Scam – Buying Center & Trip To China – Guilin Youlianshiye

    Once in a while you come across some cute Internet scams, this is one I call The Visit To China, Buying Center Scam.

    This is the Chinese latest scam online and its geared towards small and medium businesses. The idea is simple. You approach a business as a Buying Center in the city of Guilin, China (apparently the new Lagos, Nigeria), and you claim to be interested in a large test order of anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000. You provide a URL and full contact information so this looks half decent. Of course the greed kicks in and you ignore some obvious signs; like the fact that the person writing you is using a Hotmail account and that the email addresses on the site are also Hotmail. The fact that this is a Chinese company buying products for thousands of dollars without even negotiating on the terms. They agree to wire the money and provide a Letter of Credit and everything. AND….here is the catch. You need to come to China to sign the big, fat contract.

    Now people that have actually gone (and many have), find that while they are there, they get the hotel arrangement and city tours all arranged by the “company” (for a commission no doubt). Also, they ask the seller to buy a gift for the CEO of the company (apparently an “old Chinese custom”) and the gift is normally $5,000-10,000. Of course the hosts are gracious and nice the whole time. Then the signing happens and the happy seller goes home and that’s it. He never hears from them again.

    I was told that this is a capital offence in China and I just hope the authorities catch these people and provide them with their just reward. I think that encouraging tourism is nice but there must be better ways.
    To the “business owners” – If something looks to good to be true – IT IS !!

    Here are some of the names and contact details these companies operate under:
    Sa Yuweixing
    Guilinyoulianshiye Co. LTD
    F 0086-773-5850161
    P +8613768744644
    Purchase center
    Second floor 48 dong Luandong district,
    No.10kongmingxi Road
    Guilin Guangxi China 541004
    GuiLin ShengJing (International) Investment
    Guilin Shengjing International Investment Co.
    Room 418 ,Nancheng Shopping Mall
    26 Lijiang Rd.,Qixing District,
    Guilin 541004
    Tele : 0086-7735815366

    The Tel Aviv Bubble Exposed

    Details Magazine Article on Tel Aviv Finally, an Israel story in international media that isn’t about bus bombings, nukes, or corrupt politicians: Details Magazine, the largest and arguably most influential stlye magazine for 20s and 30s men is running a story this issue about the Tel Aviv “Bubble” that is so well known and loved by its residents.

    The story, “Tel Aviv Parties While Israel Burns” gives a pretty accurate picture of Tel Aviv life: always open, always on, and always a little nuts. The Bubble, for those who haven’t basked in its isolating glory, is the term that locals use to describe the 24 hour city which dances to the boom of trance music at 4 am while other Israeli cities hear a very different kind of boom– an ‘allah achbar’ kind. But, all work and no play make Israel a dull country, right?

    Check out the article here.

    The Americans Knowledge Test Video

    I got this from a friend and from the stats on YouTube this is getting a ton of views. I can see why….

    Favorite Superbowl Ads

    These are some personal favs. We didn’t get to see them here but they’re out there…


    Bud Light – Rock Paper Scissors

    Bud Light Fist Bump

    Bud Light Axe Censorship Board Marketing

    Call Luke Johnson At 602-435-3694

    This is a nice little experiment – call Luke at 602-435-3694

    Super Bowl Hype On Full Blast

    Prince at the Super Bowl
    So there was a big press conference for the Super Bowl entertainment section if you can believe that. This year the league presented Cirque du Soleil, the pregame show, Billy Joel singing the national anthem and Prince doing the halftime show, in their own “Press Conference”. Talk about Hype!

    For the Good of All Baby Boomers

    Dr. Mark Klein
    Just who is this guy who dares to test the political waters as a virtual unknown running for America’s highest political office? Meet Dr. Mark Klein, a physician and psycho-therapist, a father of 4 and a grandfather; who at age 65 has decided to become a candidate for the Presidency of the United States. He’s not a Joe Lieberman, or a John Edwards. And he’s certainly not a Barack Obama. He’s everyman’s candidate, even though he’s never run for political office.

    Why? Because Mark represents that large group of Americans born between 1941 and 1960 – in other words, he’s a baby boomer. He represents a large group of Americans who grew up in a different, more innocent America than that which young Americans are growing up in now. The America of Mark’s youth was one filled with hope and promises. It was a period in which guys working for companies like Ford, General Motors, U.S. Home, etc., could live a decent middle class life and afford to put their children through college. It was a period in which people fell in love, got married, and
    stayed together to see their offspring graduate high school, go to college, and then begin their own lives.

    Mark Klein also represents what is meant by the American Dream. A second generation American whose grandparents immigrated from Eastern Europe, Marks’ father was a butcher in New York and his mother a housewife. Mark was able to attend college due to receiving a scholarship, and this led to being admitted into medical school. In addition to his professional career, Mark was also successful in the stock market; another benefit of living in a free and democratic society where success in only limited by one’s own ability.

    Mark may not be strong in foreign policy issues, but he is aware of what is needed locally on the Home Front. And those needs include returning to former values and ideals that have since been lost by too much greed and desire for immediate gratification (No. 1 comes first syndrome).

    Mark’s chances of winning the office he wants to run for are perhaps a bit of a long shot. Yet he knows that if guys like him don’t come forward and stand up for what they believe is needed in America, then most likely those issues will not be dealt with, and institutions like marriage, family, and especially America’s middle class will be replaced with those of either the ‘get rich quick’ group or at the other end of the scale, the “Wall Mart generation”.

    Americans who created Mark’s generation are either old or gone now, but we all need to think back and reflect on those who lived during a period of one of America’s greatest challenges, i.e., World War II; when tyranny threatened to destroy everything that democracy and human freedom represented. The dangers facing America and the free World today are no less and perhaps even more challenging than those people faced in WWII. People need to come together to meet these challenges, and this can best be accomplished by a return to values represented by people like Mark Klein.

    The 2008 Presidential elections are still a long way off, but it’s not too early (or late) to think about what really needs to be changed in America. And for all you baby boomers out there, it’s time to stand up with Mark and be counted!

    The writer is an author, free lance journalist and fellow baby boomer, just like Mark.

    2006 Year In Review

    This is the Year in Review – just a partial list, things that caught the eye..
    Some Pics from the year and our associated posts. Happy New Year everyone!
    To the families of the missing soldiers we hope to see them all back home soon.

    Hamas Wins ElectionsHamas Wins ElectionsMahmoud AhmadinejadMahmoud Ahmadinejad
    Amir PeretzAmir PeretzArik Sharon in HospitalArik Sharon in Hospital
    Arkady GaidamakArkady Gaidamak
    Muslim Cartoon FiascoMuslim Cartoon FiascoBibiBibi’s Election Hype
    Kadima Wins ElectionsKadima Wins Elections

    Miss IsraelMiss IsraelShelly & AmirShelly & Amir
    Google IsraelGoogle Israel

    Kadima Wins ElectionsPrime Minister Ismail HaniyehIsrael Top Model Niral KarantinjiIsrael Top Model Niral Karantinji
    Kadima Wins ElectionsParadise Now Wins

    Farewell To Yossi BanaiFarewell To Yossi BanaiMeir Ariel Passes AwayMeir Ariel Passes Away
    Qassams Rain on SderotQassams Rain on Sderot

    Al Zarqawi is ToastAl Zarqawi is ToastMichael Moves to DubaiMichael Moves to Dubai

    NasrallahNasrallahKatzav Boinking EverybodyPresident Katzav Boinking Everybody

    Bye Bye KofiBye Bye KofiLynching Dan HalutzLynching Dan Halutz
    Mel Shits where he eatsMel Shits Where He Eats

    Pope Pisses Off MuslimsPope Pisses Off MuslimsIran Chasing the BombIran Chasing the Bomb
    Our Missing SoldiersOur Missing Soldiers

    Idiots on the Streets Hit New LowIdiots on the Streets Hit New LowIsrael Trains Still A DisasterIsrael Trains Still A Disaster
    Spawn of the Devil is in the MakingSpawn of the Devil is in the MakingAvigdor Joins the GovernmentAvigdor Joins the Government
    Kim Has the Bomb!Kim Has the Bomb!

    Benny Gives Police An EnemaBenny Gives Police An EnemaGemayel Killed by SyriaGemayel Killed by Syria
    Putin The DictatorPutin The DictatorBoratBorat

    Saddam SwingsSaddam SwingsJames Brown PassesJames Brown Passes
    Tnuva SoldTnuva Sold

    Something About Us For 2006

    YOU 2006 TIME MAGAZINE COVERThe end of year Google Zeitgeist is out and the results are very telling I think.
    The top searches in 2006 were:

    1. bebo ( a new social network)
    2. myspace (an old social network)
    3. world cup (sports)
    4. metacafe (video sharing/social network)
    5. radioblog (user generate content search)
    6. wikipedia (community managed encyclopedia)
    7. video
    8. rebelde
    9. mininova
    10. wiki (user based content platfrom)

    So you get the idea that we are very much into ourselves. I guess the TIME magazine cover was right then – You (me) are it!

    Now, in terms of News searchs for 2006;

    1. paris hilton
    2. orlando bloom
    3. cancer
    4. podcasting
    5. hurricane katrina
    6. bankruptcy
    7. martina hingis
    8. autism
    9. 2006 nfl draft
    10. celebrity big brother 2006

    Paris Hilton !!!
    Come on shit!
    NEWS PEOPLE !!!!
    that is just so sad…

    A little Christmas Cheer Video

    This is a little something for Christmas. Have a good one!


    The New Fun CIA

    With the Russian ex-spy that was recently poisened in the UK and the new James Bond out, this seems like the appropriate time for this. The CIA is recruiting and it’s using some funky new methods. This one is cute, its an online quiz that lets you find out if you are CIA material. I took it…go ahead you know you want to try it :)

    CIA Quiz

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