May 30th, 2008

Mr. Twister

Жизнь Замечательных Людей

J.R.Simplot: At 14, Jack, by his own account, left home after his father refused to let him attend a basketball game. His mother gave him $20 in gold coins, and he moved into a $1-a-night hotel in a nearby town. There were teachers living in the hotel who were being paid in interest-bearing scrip. Jack bought them at 50 cents on the dollar and sold them to a bank for 90 cents on the dollar.

He used this profit to buy a rifle, an old truck and either 600 or 700 hogs (accounts vary) at $1 a head. He used the rifle to shoot wild horses, which - after stripping the hides for future sale at $2 each - he mixed with potatoes and cooked on sagebrush-fueled flames. The hogs ate the result. When he sold the fattened pigs, Mr. Simplot made more than $7,000.

That gave him capital to buy farm machinery and six horses and become a potato farmer. [...] A $1 million investment in two engineers working in the basement of a dentist's office in Boise made Mr. Simplot the largest shareholder in Micron Technology Inc., a major manufacturer of computer memory chips. [...] In 1977, he and his company each paid $40,000 in penalties for failing to report income to the Internal Revenue Service, and for claiming false deductions.
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Mr. Twister

Круговая порука в действии

"You can agree or disagree about the decision to liberate Iraq in 2003, but I would really ask that if you ... believe he was not a threat to the international community, then why in the world were you allowing the Iraqi people to suffer under the terms of oil-for-food." -- Condoleezza Rice. Глубокий вопрос. Не знаю даже, как начать на него отвечать.
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Mr. Twister

26 Русских Уборных. Фильм второй.

Bloomberg Top News -- The toilet works for solid waste; for liquid, the station's crew has rigged a ``urine bypass.'' The astronauts had briefly used the commode on Russia's Soyuz, a spacecraft docked at the station that has limited waste capacity.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration traced the likely problem to a Russian-built pump. The part failed in both the original toilet and a spare attached in the past week, Shireman said.

A third pump, from a different batch, was delivered from Russia this week and loaded on Discovery, along with part of the Japanese-built Kibo laboratory.
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