The Egyptian Sandmonkey, a blogger who stopped blogging in May due to fear of the authorities in Egypt is now back, and blogging with a pent up lust for writing. Please visit his site.
Later tonight I will do a Pakistan update, but to hold regular readers over here’s a news report from Britain’s Sky News on the situation. The situation is not as dire as they paint, however there are good things to know in this video. The political situation for Musharraf is somewhat shaky, and things go to test on Monday US time when Nawaz Sharif, opposition leader, arrives back from exile.
It turns out that Norman Hsu had dealings in the past with some pretty notorious Chinatown gangters, notably Raymond Kwok Chow, AKA “Shrimp Boy”. At one point of their relationship, it appears that Shrimp Boy kidnapped Hsu for some money owed, but got interupted by the police when the abduction car turned against the light. The tale of Shrimp Boy’s past is told in this exclusive interview at ABC 7 News:
Hsu rubbed shoulders with the powerful and notorious as well.
Raymond Kwok Chow, alias “Shrimp Boy,” is one of Hsu’s known associates.
He was notorious gangster in Chinatown in the early 1990’s, at roughly the same time when state prosecutors say Norman Hsu started his ponzi scheme with his latex gloves business.
Chow says he is now clean, and spoke with us about his relationship with Norman Hsu.
Chow dressed brazenly in white at the funeral of Allen Leung, the Chinatown business leader shot to death last year.
Chow was once one of the most feared gangsters in Chinatown. “I grow up in crime. I grow up in the city and involved with the most crime,” said Chow.
In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, San Francisco’s Chinatown was the battleground of a bloody war between powerful gangs. Chow’s gang “Wo Hop To” finally won.
Judging from Hsu’s pre-emptive flight from California, perhaps all the past tense verbs are inappropriate in reference to Shrimp Boy’s affiliations with crime. Following Hillary’s campaign of corruption is also turning out to be pretty interesting, time to run out for more popcorn…
More background on Shrimp Boy here.
The fifth suspect Hillary supporter has stepped forward, this time it’s one of the “New Jersey 11” — Democrat public officials arrested in an FBI bribery sting. Mayor Samuel Rivera, D-Passaic, is a Hillary supporter and member of her Mayor’s Council. From The Caucus:
Federal agents posing as company executives offered a $50,000 payment to Mr. Rivera in return for the business, according to the complaint; Mr. Rivera allegedly accepted an initial installment of $5,000.
Mr. Rivera, according to a transcript of secretly recorded conversations laid out in the complaint, boasted profanely of essentially controlling the seven-member city council. He said that securing a four-vote majority would be “easy, easy, easy,” and, at another point, said the deal was as good as done.
“I make the [expletive] decision. And the council. And believe me, I’ve got the four [expletive] votes on the Council. So let’s stop [expletive], and let’s get this thing rolling,” Mr. Rivera said, according to the complaint.
Mr. Rivera is one of about 100 members of Mrs. Clinton’s Mayors Council, which, according to a campaign press release in July, “will advise the campaign on policy and outreach.”
Judging from the tone and the profanity, Mayor Samuel Rivera fits right into the Clinton Campaign of Corruption.
The saddest part of all of this? How the Democrats victimize their constituents and the very support groups they are supposed to be aiding:
The investigation started in mid-2006 after the F.B.I. received evidence of corruption in contracts issued by the Pleasantville School District, federal prosecutors said. The school district, located just east of Atlantic City, is one of the state’s poorest; in July, a state monitor was appointed to oversee its finances.
More at Lawhawk’s
A photographic demonstration of refraction; or the slowing of light. Many people do not understand that the speed of light is only a constant in a vacuum, but really as light passes through any transparent substance it slows.
Every transparent substance whether air, water, glass, or sapphire has a refractory index, or the amount that light slows as it passes through. You can demonstrate this simple concept to your children next time you are by the waterside on a sunny day by poking a stick into the water.
Like the image above, the part of the stick below the surface will appear shifted, or bent away from the part above the water. That’s because the light reflected from the portion beneath the surface travels back to your eye slower as it passes through the water, while the light reflected from the above-surface segment of stick travels faster as it passes through air. So slowing of light bends its path.
Light refraction (as well as other spectrum refraction) is an interesting property of physics with some potential. In the 80’s the University of Chicago created a sapphire solar furnace on their roof that reached temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun. (The sun’s surface, while hot, is somewhat cooler than the corona or the reactions taking place in the interior.)
This article at Wikipedia has more, please note that it references refraction as “bending of light”, however the bend is really the effect and result of the speed change. Also of interest is the link embedded in the article regarding negative refractory index materials, or “metamaterials“. Soon we might have true “cloaking devices”.