Friday, July 22, 2016
Chinese National Who Conspired To Hack Into U.S. Defense Contractors’ Systems Sentenced To 46 Months In Federal Prison
The British newspaper the Daily Mail offers coverage of the shooting at a McDonald's restaurant in a mall in Munich, Germany.
You can read the report and view photos and video clips via the below link:
Russian Agent Sentenced To 10 Years For Acting As Unregistered Russian Government Agent And Leading Scheme To Illegally Export Controlled Technology To Russian Military
Posted by Paul Davis at 2:42 PM
Labels: conspiring to export microelectronics to Russia. crime, Russian military, U.S. Justice Department, Unregistered Russian agent
Thursday, July 21, 2016
The New York Post offers a piece on the U.S. Justice Department's claim that The Wolf of Wall Street was made with stolen money.
“The Wolf of Wall Street” didn’t just tell the story of a crooked stockbroker who scammed millions of dollars that he blew on drugs and hookers — the Leonardo DiCaprio movie was itself financed with stolen money, the feds charged Wednesday.
A civil suit filed by the US Justice Department demands all future profits, royalties and distribution proceeds from the Oscar-nominated 2013 flick on the grounds that it was part of an international money-laundering scheme involving a development firm set up by the prime minister of Malaysia.
“This is a case where life imitated art,” said US Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell.
n a series of interrelated complaints, the feds are seeking a total $1 billion in assets paid for with money allegedly stolen by corrupt Malaysian officials and their associates from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, also known as 1MDB.
The fund “was created to promote economic development . . . with the ultimate goal of improving the well-being of the Malaysian people,” but “unfortunately and tragically, a number of corrupt officials treated this public trust as a personal bank account,” US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
Note: I'm a huge fan of film director Martin Scorsese, and I think he has made some great films, such as Goodfellas, Casino, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Mean Streets. But I didn't much care for The Wolf of Wall Street and I don't care for Leonardo DiCaprio at all.
Michael Dirda at the Washington Post offers a review of Lucy Sussex's Blockbuster! Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab.
You can read the rest of the review via the below link:
Philip Greene, author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, offers a piece at the Daily Beast on how Hemingway taught the world to drink.
Like that old poem about the six blind men, each perceiving an elephant in vastly different ways (a snake! a wall! a spear!), so it is when it comes to people’s perspectives on Ernest Hemingway.
Indeed, he taught the world to write; his distinctive use of short, declarative sentences influenced many generations of young writers. He taught the world to hunt and fish: From trout streams up in Michigan to trophy marlin and tuna in the Caribbean to big game on the African veldt, his vivid depictions of these experiences inspired many to wet a hook or shoulder a rifle. He brought the drama and tragedy of bullfighting to the world and prompted many to journey to Pamplona to run with the beasts.
His love of travel motivated many more to follow in his footsteps. Ventures in Chicago, Michigan, the Great American West, Italy, France, Bimini, Cuba, China and, of course, Africa informed his writings with exploits worthy of any Lonely Planet guide.
And, of course, he taught the world to drink.
I am speaking of quality, mind you, not quantity. Hemingway, who would have turned 117 today, was no stranger to excess, and I routinely caution that while one should experience the wide array of drinks he brought to us, it should be done in moderation. That said, if you want to try to break the house record he set at the Floridita in Havana in 1942—17 double frozen Daiquiris downed in one sitting—be my guest!
You can also read an earlier post on Hemingway via the below link:
Posted by Paul Davis at 7:41 AM
Labels: Ernest Hemingway, Philip Greene, The Daily Beast, To Have and Have Another A Hemingway Cocktail Companion
As History.com notes, today in 1899 one of my favorite writers, Ernest Hemingway, was born.
He died in 1961.
You can read about Hemingway's life and work via the below link:
You can also read my Philadelphia Inquirer review of Hemingway's letters via the below:
And you can read my Crime Beat column on Hemingway on crime via the below link:
Note: You can click on the above to enlarge.