Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by forzainter, Oct 17, 2007.
That's shocking to hear.
Didn't they offer Chinese Tea ?
Had ? You mean she had it Cher'ed* ?
^^^So sad and feeble, these attempts at wordplay. It has to be your back!
Many dancers, drama students, musicians and artists choose the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem as their high school or college.
I love the scent of cedarwood and juniper.
Napalm in the morning still rocks my world!
Some folks in the General Pro Player discussion forum sure like to take swipes at one another.
GPPD is to PMR as MMA is to Prizefighting.
GDP of PRC is quite a prize compared to the time of Mao.
Consumerism in DPRK is on an uptick while SoBad is a "guest" of Kim!
SoBad is the ultimate diplomate, and will solve the problems in North Korea with his disarming charm and intellect.
I think you mean to say it's a three-horse race amongst SoBad, Kim Jong Un and Little Hands Donald for the title of Biggest Whack Job of the World, no?
It is time for lunch at a deli.
US shutters Russia’s San Francisco consulate in retaliation
The Trump administration ordered the Russian Consulate in San Francisco to shut down, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat retaliations between the U.S. and Russia.
In addition to the San Francisco closure announced Thursday, State Department officials said the U.S. would scale back the Russian diplomatic presence in Washington and New York.
“In the spirit of parity invoked by the Russians, we are requiring the Russian Government to close its Consulate General in San Francisco, a chancery annex in Washington, D.C., and a consular annex in New York City,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
The San Francisco office as well as the two annexes must close by Saturday, federal officials said. Russia will then have three consulates in the U.S., the same number the U.S. has in Russia, Nauert said.
At the San Francisco consulate in the city’s Cow Hollow neighborhood, officials declined to comment Thursday on the announcement.
Outside the gate, Max Kolysh, an American citizen born in Russia, was hoping to get inside to obtain a visa to travel to his native country for his father’s birthday. He was denied access and feared it was too late to obtain the documents he needed to travel to Russia.
“It’s really upsetting,” he said. “They need to expand (the consulate), not close it.”
Across the street from the consulate, neighbor Kyle Penny had the opposite reaction to the news. “Good, take it down,” he said. “I don’t know what they do there. People come at all hours. I see a lot of people go in, but I don’t see anybody come out.”
Other neighbors, however, said they would be sad to see the consulate close and that the Russian personnel have always been friendly, waving when they pass on the street.
The Hungarian–Romanian war was fought between the First Hungarian Republic and the Hungarian Soviet Republic and the Kingdom of Romania. Hostilities began on 15 April 1919 and ended on 3 August 1919. Also, Dobos torte or Dobosh is a Hungarian sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel. Wikipedia is an unending treasure trove.
The USSR vs Hungary water polo match at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne was nicknamed "Blood In The Water" after a winning Hungarian player emerged from the pool streaming precious bodily fluids from a punch thrown by a Soviet opponent. The match happened in December, just months after the violent Soviet repression of Hungary's attempt to revolt from post-Stalinist oppression.
Smoke seen pouring from Russian consulate in San Francisco
By Garance Burke and Eric Risberg | AP September 1 at 6:18 PM
SAN FRANCISCO — Acrid, black smoke was seen pouring from a chimney at the Russian consulate in San Francisco Friday, a day after the Trump administration ordered its closure amid escalating tensions between the United States and Russia.
Firefighters who arrived at the scene were turned away by consulate officials who came from inside the building.
An Associated Press reporter heard people who came from inside the building tell firefighters that there was no problem and that consulate staff were burning unidentified items in a fireplace.
Mindy Talmadge, a spokeswoman from the San Francisco Fire Department, said the department received a call about the smoke and sent a crew to investigate but determined the smoke was coming from the chimney.
“They had a fire going in their fireplace,” she said.
Talmadge said she did not know what they were burning on a day when normally cool San Francisco temperatures had already climbed to 95 degrees by noon.
“It was not unintentional. They were burning something in their fireplace,” she said.
The workers are hurrying to shut Russia’s oldest consulate in the U.S. ahead of a Saturday deadline.
The order for Russia to vacate the consulate and an official diplomatic residence in San Francisco — home to a longstanding community of Russian emigres and technology workers — escalated an already tense diplomatic standoff between Washington and Moscow.
Friday morning, a handful of people with business at the embassy were allowed into the building. A day earlier, Russian citizens said they were able to pick up and renew their passports if they had pre-existing appointments. Consular officials did not comment as they got into cars with diplomatic plates.
Sasha Sobol was among the crowd who went to the consulate Friday morning to renew a Russian passport, but was told the document wasn’t ready and turned away by early afternoon.
“It’s really too bad because now we are going to have to go to Seattle or Houston,” said Sobol, a joint U.S-Russian citizen who lives in Sunnyvale.
Those without appointments were already being turned away.
The order to leave the consulate and an official diplomatic residence in San Francisco — home to a longstanding community of Russian emigres and technology workers — escalated an already tense diplomatic standoff between Washington and Moscow, even for those who have long monitored activities inside the closely monitored building.
“There is finally the realization by the administration that Russians have been involved in intelligence operations at this consulate, which they have been doing for decades,” said Rick Smith, a veteran FBI special agent who previously headed the bureau’s Russian counterintelligence squad in San Francisco. “It’s almost 50 years of history and part of a tit-for-tat, but this is more like a hammer.”
In a statement posted on Facebook, the Russian consulate said the closure would hurt both Russian and American citizens needing its services. The consulate issued more than 16,000 tourist visas to American citizens last year, it said.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova claims U.S. “special services” intend to search the consulate Saturday. She says that the U.S. also plans to search apartments in San Francisco used by Russian diplomats and their families. Zakharova said that involves the families leaving their apartments for 10 to 12 hours so officials can search.
The State Department isn’t commenting specifically on whether officials plan to search the premises. But the State Department said as of Saturday, access to the consulate will only be granted with State Department permission. It had no comment on the black smoke coming from the embassy in San Francisco.
The State Department also ordered Russia to close trade missions housed in satellite offices in Washington and New York. By next week, Russia will have just three consulates in the U.S. — in Washington, D.C., Seattle and Houston — the same number that the U.S. has in Russia, department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
The closures on both U.S. coasts marked perhaps the most drastic diplomatic measure by the United States against Russia since 1986, when the nuclear-armed powers expelled dozens of each other’s diplomats.
American counterintelligence officials have long kept a watchful eye on Russia’s outpost in San Francisco, concerned that people posted to the consulate as diplomats were engaged in espionage.
Last December, the U.S. kicked out several Russians diplomats in San Francisco in response to allegations that Russia interfered in the presidential election. This time, the State Department did not expel any of the consulate’s staff from the United States. In addition to Consul Sergey Petrov, the consulate’s website showed 13 other Russian officials working at the San Francisco post.
Shops that cater to the city’s large community of Russian emigres line the streets near the consulate. It sits a few blocks from the Presidio, which used to be a U.S. military fort and the headquarters of the Sixth U.S. Army before it was inactivated.
Shall SF change the name of Russian Hill???
An undulating unveiling of Russian hills
is preferable to an undulating path down Russian Hill.
It is only fitting that the nation's most crooked street is in a neighborhood named for the country run by the most crooked political leader in the world.
After he had left the bar, I noticed that my extremely drunk colleague had managed to swipe my pack of cigarettes that I had just bought out of my jacket as he hugged me goodbye.
After holding my tablet in bed and apparently falling asleep momentarily, I awakened to see I had posted a nonsensical word in a thread I'd been reading. At least it was a word, anyway!
Intelligence officers generally go though training before becoming operational that includes the art of removing objects from an individual without them becoming aware. Distraction is a key to the process, like "accidentally" bumping an arm while removing a wallet.
At the height of the Cold War, the Central Intelligence Agency paid $3,000 to renowned magician John Mulholland to write a manual on misdirection, concealment, and stagecraft. All known copies of the document – and a related paper, on conveying hidden signals – were believed to be destroyed in 1973. But recently, the manuals resurfaced, and have now been published as "The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception." Topics include working a clandestine partner, slipping a pill into the drink of the unsuspecting, and "surreptitious removal of objects by women."
I shall remind myself to be keenly vigilant if we ever meet face to face, Mike B.!
As a younger person, I often thought it would suit me to be an FBI profiler, and I would have loved to travel while doing it. In other news, I'm hungry!
Anyone know what Calvin is up to these days?
Susha's robot takeover of the labor force has hit Mickey D's and Calvin has been replaced by an automated ordering kiosk.
The first man to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin.
Eating sunflower seeds can become a habit.
Uranus Is not as big as Suranus. Even Jupiter is not that large.
People usually count the days they've been sober. I take a different approach and instead count how many days I have left until I allow myself to drink again as I feel that it's easier that way.
I am going to watch Cal today. I have never heard of Weber State, so I am hopeful that Cal will win.
@r2473 will pull for the team from Utah.
Weber State is a powerhouse of Ogden football. Best team in the city
From a city named Hogden, shouldn't they be the Weber State Porkers instead of Wildcats???
Salt Lake City is not too high for pigs that can fly.
I just remembered that I get NFL RedZone.
I picked up some salt and vinegar chips and the S&V name reminded me of serve and volley tennis, S&V. I told the guy at the checkout this and we had a great laugh about it. At least I think that's what he was laughing at.
All over the web and probably here somewhere today but Im not sure where it belongs so this seems a safe bet. Apparently real, ie not fake.
My brain really can't process the above at all right now.
Last from Cassini
Are creepy beings shy of light? I think it's a bit peculiar that people only complain about ghosts and monsters at night and in the dark.
Elvis has viking forfathers (and mothers)
My name is Yon Yonson
My home state is shaped like a boot.
While searching the internet for information about the European hard court swing and the World Tour Finals, I happened upon a CNN article from 2015 with the heading, Talking Barbie is too 'creepy' for some parents."
Separate names with a comma.