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Car Racetrack on the roof!   Leave a comment


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Lingotto is a district of Turin, Italy, and the location of the Lingotto building in Via Nizza. This building once housed an automobile factory built by Fiat. Construction started in 1916 and the building opened in 1923. The design (by young architect Matté Trucco) was unusual in that it had five floors, with raw materials going in at the ground floor, and cars built on a line that went up through the building. Finished cars emerged at rooftop level, where there was a rooftop test track. It was the largest car factory in the world at that time. For its time, the Lingotto building was avante-garde, influential and impressive—Le Corbusier called it “one of the most impressive sights in industry”, and “a guideline for town planning”. 80 different models of car were produced there in its lifetime, including the Fiat Topolino of 1936.

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The factory became outmoded in the 1970s and the decision was made to finally close it in 1982. The closure of the plant led to much public debate about its future, and how to recover from industrial decline in general. An architectural competition was held, which was eventually awarded to Renzo Piano, who envisioned an exciting public space for the city. The old factory was rebuilt into a modern complex, with concert halls, theatre, a convention centre, shopping arcades and a hotel. The eastern portion of the building is the headquarter of the Automotive Engineering faculty of the Polytechnic University of Turin. The work was completed in 1989. The track was retained, and can still be visited today on the top floor of the shopping mall and hotel.

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Posted February 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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You can own the Ten Commandments (props that is).   Leave a comment


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An actual surviving pair of prop tablets from the epic Cecil B. DeMille/Charlton Heston film The Ten Commandments is up for auction on eBay.

” WRITTEN BY THE FINGER OF G-D “ AND  CONSTRUCTED OF  HAND HEWN FIBERGLASS OVER A WOOD BACKING  AS CARRIED BY CHARLTON HESTON AS MOSES FROM MOUNT SINAI.

THESE TABLETS WERE CREATED UNDER DE MILLE’S WATCHFULL EYE AND WITH GREAT DETAIL BY PARAMOUNT PICTURES SCENIC ARTIS A.J. CIRAOLO WHO MADE THEM TO RESEMBLE CARVED GRANITE WITH IRREGULAR CHIPS, CRATERS AND VARIOUS IMPERFECTIONS SO THAT THEY WERE RESEMBLED TO BE CARVED WITH  “G-D’S FIRE BOLTS “…   ( It was De Mille’s attention to detail led this film to be the most expensive film of its day )

THIS IS ONE OF THE SETS [CIRAOLO] KEPT AFTER THE PRODUCTION AND WAS LEFT WITH HIS FAMILY FOR ALMOST FIFTY YEARS

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What more could one need in life? You can own the Ten Commandments. Wanna rain some wrath-of-God-ass shit down on your enemies for their heretical apostasies? THE POWER CAN BE IN YOUR HANDS! Wanna hang ‘em in a school in Alabama? NOBODY CAN STOP YOU! Feel like adding some of your own a la Moral Orel?

Thou shalt not make douchey orgasm faces whilst thou guitar soloest.

Thou shalt break it off with thine S.O. before, not after, thou schtuppest his or her bestie.

If whilst driving thou seest a pedestrian clad in a Slayer shirt, thou shalt roll down thine window and yellest ‘SLAYER!’

You can do that, THEY’RE YOUR COMMANDMENTS

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Posted February 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Canadian Idiosyncracies   Leave a comment


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Posted February 28, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Boys are Back in Town!   Leave a comment


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Winnipeg Jets fans quenched their hockey thirst tonight as the Jets played their first home game in more than three and a half weeks.  Hardcore fans were starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms such as tuning into the Jets TV station and staring at white noise for hours and repeating over and over in their sleep the name of Jets coach Paul Maurice. But finally they were back and they won a big game in a shoot-out over the Phoenix Coyotes.

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The Jets practised on the outdoor rink at the Forks last week in the frigid temps. Looks like the boys had some fun.

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Posted February 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The Bridges of Winnipeg   4 comments


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I once heard someone refer to the city of Saskatoon as “bridge city”. I tried counting the bridges in Saskatoon and I came up with seven large bridges over the South Saskatchewan River.  Only one major river in the berry city.  East into Manitoba the city of Winnipeg has four rivers, two big ones (the Red and Assiniboine) and two little ones (the Seine and La Salle) and also the Red River Floodway ( a man-made trench the size of a big river that stretches around the south and east side of the city for 25 kilometres). The city has over 25 major bridges over water.  Not to mention all the overpasses and cloverleaves.  Winnipeg is the true “Bridge City”!

City of Winnipeg statistics, the Bridge Branch is currently responsible for the maintenance of:

47 vehicular bridges over water

13 vehicular bridge overpasses

54 pedestrian bridges

22 railway underpasses

1 roadway underpass

5 pedestrian underpasses

70 major culverts

Below is a look at some of these bridges thanks to Google.Maps 3-D.

The Disraeli Bridge under construction

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The Arlington Bridge over the CP North End rail yards

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The pedestrian walk bridge from the Portage Ave side of the Assiniboine river to Assiniboine Park and Zoo

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The Donald St bridge, also known as the Midtown bridge

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A walk bridge from the Wolseley area to River Heights

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The Fermor bridge over the entrance to the huge Symington rail yards

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East perimeter bridge over the floodway

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Bridge over the Floodway gates

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Fermor overpass at the east perimeter

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Walk bridge at the Forks

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Small bridge over the Seine at Happyland park

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The Jubilee overpass and underpass

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Old obsolete train bridge beside Kildonan Park golf course

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North Lagimodiere overpass

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The old Louise bridge

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The Marion bridge, now called Queen Elizabeth Way

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The Maryland and Sherbrooke twin bridges

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The Moray bridge

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North perimeter bridge

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Nairn overpass

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Norwood bridge

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Old unused train bridge near Omand’s Creek Park

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Osborne bridge

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Chief Peguis Trail bridge

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Provencher bridge and the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, it has a restaurant in the middle

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Slaw Rebchuk bridge over the CP rail yards

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The Redwood bridge that links the North End and Elmwood

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Twin bridge over the south arm of the floodway

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South perimeter bridge over the Red River

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Bridge over the Seine river in St. Boniface

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St. Mary’s Road bridge over the floodway

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Train bridge connecting Elmwood and St. Boniface

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Old train bridge connecting St. Boniface and the Downtown

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Train bridge over the south section of the floodway

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Lots of bridges in the Peg City.

By the way, Winnipeg is one of only a handful of cities in North America that is shown in Google Maps 3-D. Toronto and New York City are not.

Posted February 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Going for a Cruise 18,000 feet in the sky   Leave a comment


The flying hotel Thunderbird 2: The 700ft super-airship that will gently float you around the world

With its fins and whale-like shape, it resembles Thunderbird 2.

But, unlike the huge International Rescue rocket in the puppet series, this gigantic airship won’t be roaring off in a blast of flame and smoke to any international emergencies.

Instead, its designers say it will gently lift 40 passengers into the sky for a serene cruise of the world.

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The airship is a floating hotel called the Manned Cloud, and  –  according to its designers  –  it will be capable of circling the globe in a few days.

The 20 bedrooms will provide the ultimate room with a view as the airship cruises at a height of 18,000ft.

It has a restaurant, a library, a lounge and a gym on the first deck.

On the second level there will be 20 passenger rooms, terraces with panoramic windows, a spa and a bar room. The airship is powered by a giant rear propeller and also has two further engines pointing downwards for vertical take-off.

However, if you’re thinking of checking in, you will have to wait until its expected launch date of 2020.

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Massaud, the French company behind the venture, is billing it as an ecologically friendly way to travel, leaving little impact on the environment  –  and eliminating the need for hotels.

Designer Jean-Marie Massaud’s team has been working in conjunction with the French National Office of Airship Research on the project since 2005.

A spokesman for Massaud, AurÈlie Ullrich, said: “The idea at the heart of this project is that passengers can see fantastic places like Thailand and theCaribbean without the need to build ugly hotels everywhere.

“It could land for a few days or for a week if there is a big event going on.

“We don’t want to be carrying around gallons and gallons of heavy petrol or diesel and we are looking into fuelling it with some form of gas.”

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Mr Massaud said: “The Manned Cloud permits you to explore the world without leaving a trace. Passengers can experience spectacular and exotic places without being intrusive or exploitative.”

The cost of a night on the airship is yet to be decided, but it is likely to be out of the reach of most pockets.

However, it could provide the perfect hideaway for camera-shy celebrities.

 

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• The Manned Cloud is almost 700ft long, 270ft wide and 170ft deep.

• It has a staff of 15 to look after the 40 passengers.

• Its makers say it will produce a top speed of 105mph and a cruising speed of 80mph. This means it could circle the globe in about ten days.

• It will be able to travel for 3,100 miles –or across the U.S. – before needing to be refuelled

• Airships were the first aircraft to make controlled, powered flights, with French engineer Henri Giffard travelling 18 miles from Paris to Trappes in 1852.

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Posted February 27, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Up on the Roof   1 comment


The Winnipeg Jets barn, MTS Centre, has a glacier of snow on its roof. The fans will be rabid crazy tomorrow night as the Jets play their first home game in three weeks.  Maybe all the heated excitement will melt some of that glacier.

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The Tavern United bar rooftop patio.  In three months the place will be alive with customers drinking $10 scotch and $8 beers.

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Posted February 26, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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Demonic possession on the rise according to Church spokesperson   Leave a comment


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Well what do you expect with all those ultra violent video games and bloody Zombie TV shows.  Not to mention all the porn on the internet and gruesome car chase deaths in the movies.  The world is going to hell in a hand basket. Atheists, sexual deviants, reprobates on every corner, it’s the devil’s pickins out there. So behave yourselves and start going to church!

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With a masters degree in psychology from Penn State, Adam Blai is a Church decreed expert on religious demonology and exorcism in the Pittsburgh diocese, and over the last decade he’s assisted at dozens of exorcisms, and resolutions of hauntings. He discussed the state of exorcism, as well as his push to educate people on the current paranormal craze, and the dangers therein. In the last 5-7 years, more Catholic priests have been trained to perform exorcisms, as they’ve been seeing more real cases of demonic possession, and were moved to address the problem, he reported. Exorcists must have a strong emotional stability, he noted, as demons are adept at manipulating people, and finding their weak spots.

A demon can be thought of as “a manipulative criminal who has a few thousand years of experience of messing with people,” he continued, though priests typically bind the demon to not harm those involved in the exorcism. Blai believes that demons are not ghosts of the deceased but fallen angels that have turned against God, though sometimes the spirits of dead humans such as Judas, can become attached to them. One reason why it can be so hard to expel demons (one case has taken more than 15 years) is that they suffer punishment and retribution by those higher up in their demonic hierarchy when they fail to maintain possession of a soul, he explained.

One very strange thing that Blai has witnessed in a exorcism is when the possessed person’s mouth is open but not moving, “and out them comes this voice that’s booming like a gorilla with a huge chest…their mouth isn’t moving but there’s syllables and words coming out.” He also described a recent case in Indiana where a possessed boy was witnessed walking backwards up a wall. More common than full blown demonic possessions are “infestation” incidents, sometimes brought about by paranormal investigations or occult practices, which give tacit permission for spirits to manifest, he said, adding that house blessings by a priest can help to clear up such problems.

Now if these reports were coming from a neutral psychologist with nothing to gain I would give it some credence.  But Mr. Blai is working for the church.  If anybody has anything to gain from scaring the public with demonic possession stories it is the Catholic church.  Church attendance is way down (less money in the collection plates) and more and more people just are not following the ancient tenants and liturgy of the church any longer. So with the flock depleting in numbers, the church has come up with a new propaganda campaign.  Scare the bastards back into the pews!

There has been all kinds of exorcist stories coming out of the Vatican over the past few years.  No verifiable video or photos, just good old stories that sound like they were plagiarised from Hollywood demon movies. People hear a creak in their house and they will call the local priest for a house blessing.  The priest will ask for a generous donation. And the church will have money to pay their property taxes. Mr. Blai relayed the story “a possessed boy was witnessed walking backwards up a wall”, how bloody unoriginal! Can’t these church propagandists come up with some creative possession anecdotes?

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Posted February 26, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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American Supercar Takes Title of ‘World’s Fastest’ From Bugatti   1 comment


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The Hennessey Venom GT has set a speed record for a production car after hitting 270.49 mph on the space shuttle’s landing strip. At that speed, former race driver Brian Smith was covering nearly 400 feet per second while eclipsing the previous record of 268.86 mph held by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.

John Hennessey is a Texas boutique builder who believes that if more is better, too much is almost enough. The superlative Venom GT is a 1,244-horsepower monster fashioned by stretching a Lotus Exige, then stuffing it with a 7.0-liter Corvette ZR-1 engine with a pair of turbochargers. For those looking to own this kind of insanity, a Venom GT starts at $1.2 million.

That price is a bargain compared to Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, the other supercar in the ongoing race for the top speed record. Hennessey and Bugatti have been competing for years, with bragging rights going back and forth between their headquarters in Houston and Alsace, France. This latest round occurred on Valentine’s Day, when Hennessey’s crew and the independent speed recorders from Racelogic descended on the 3.2-mile landing strip at Cape Canaveral. By the end of the day, Smith had made a GPS-verified run of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/hr).

Hennessey’s data indicates the car was still accelerating at 1 mph per second, according to Car & Driver, and Smith said he could go faster still “if we could run on an eight-mile oval.” That’s a dig at Bugatti, which set its record on Volkswagen’s test track in Germany.

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Hennessey Performance Engineering is an American tuning house specializing in modifying sports and super cars from several brands like Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Chevrolet, Dodge, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Mustang, Cadillac, Lotus, Jeep, Ford, BMW, Bentley, Chrysler, Corvette, GMC, Lincoln and Lexus. Established in 1991 by John Hennessey, their main facility is located west of Houston, Texas. This firm focuses on mechanical component modification for creating high-powered cars. Besides performance automobiles, they also tune sport utility vehicles such as Ford Raptors and Jeep Cherokees. They also work on luxury cars like Bentleys and muscle cars like Dodge Charger and Challenger, for example.

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Posted February 26, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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The World’s 10 Most Wanted   Leave a comment


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The World’s Most Wanted Fugitive is a list published by the American publishing and media company Forbes. The list contains ten fugitives that Forbes, with the help of international law enforcement agencies, deems as the world’s most wanted. The list was first published in April 2008. Subsequently, in August 2008 Forbes published a new list that focused solely on white-collar crime: World’s 10 Most Wanted White-Collar Fugitives. There has been a new list as of May 2011, following the death of Osama bin Laden.

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1. Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera, Mexican drug lord, leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.

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Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (born December 25, 1954, or April 4, 1957) is a former Mexican drug lord who headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed. Known as “El Chapo Guzmán” (“Shorty Guzmán”) for his 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in) stature, he became Mexico’s top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cárdenas of the Gulf Cartel, and until his February 2014 arrest, he was considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the United States Department of the Treasury.

Guzmán Loera has been ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the most powerful people in the world every year since 2009, ranking 41st, 60th and 55th respectively. He was named as the 10th richest man in Mexico (1,140th in the world) in 2011, with a net worth of roughly US$1 billion. The magazine also calls him the “biggest drug lord of all time”, and the DEA strongly believes he has surpassed the influence and reach of Pablo Escobar, and now considers him “the godfather of the drug world.” In 2013, the Chicago Crime Commission named Guzmán “Public Enemy Number One” due to the influence of his criminal network in Chicago, though there is no evidence that Guzmán has ever been in that city. The last person to receive such notoriety was Al Capone in 1930.

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2.  Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egyptian, new leader of al-Qaeda, after Osama bin Laden’s death.

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Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri ( born June 19, 1951) is an Egyptian physician, Islamic theologian and current leader of the militant Islamist organization al-Qaeda.  Ayman al-Zawahiri is a former member of Islamist organizations which have both orchestrated and carried out multiple attacks on the continents of North America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. In 2012 he called on fellow Muslims to kidnap western tourists in Muslim countries.

Since the September 11 attacks, U.S. State Department has offered a US$25 million reward for information leading to al-Zawahiri’s apprehension. He is under worldwide sanctions by the United Nations Security Council 1267 Committee as a member or affiliate of al-Qaeda.

Ayman al-Zawahiri’s wife Azza and two of his six children, Mohammad and Aisha, were killed in an air strike on Afghanistan by US forces in late 2001, following the September 11 attacks on the USA. After an American bombardment of a building at Gardez, Azza was pinned under debris of a guesthouse roof. Concerned for her modesty, she “refused to be excavated” because “men would see her face”.

Following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, al-Zawahiri’s whereabouts are unknown, but he is generally thought to be in tribal Pakistan. Although he releases videos of himself frequently, al-Zawahiri did not appear alongside bin Laden in any of them after 2003.

3. Dawood Ibrahim, Indian leader of D-Company.

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Dawood Ibrahim (born Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar), born 27 December 1955 (age 58) is the leader of Indian organized crime syndicate D-Company founded in Mumbai. He is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for Cheating, Criminal Conspiracy and Organised Crime Syndicated. He was No. 3 on the Forbes’ World’s Top 10 most dreaded criminals list of 2011, rising from the 4th position in 2008. Indian court has recently issued a warrant on Dawood Ibrahim for sport fixing crime in the Indian Premier League. Dawood Ibrahim is accused of heading a vast and sprawling illegal empire in and against India and Indians. .After the 1993 Mumbai bombings, which Ibrahim allegedly organized and financed, he became India’s most wanted man.  According to the United States, Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden. As a consequence, the United States declared Dawood Ibrahim a “global terrorist” in 2003 and pursued the matter before the United Nations in an attempt to freeze his assets around the world and crack down on his operations. The Bush administration imposed several sanctions on Ibrahim and his associates. Indian and Russian intelligence agencies have pointed out Ibrahim’s possible involvement in several other terror attacks, including the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, as per Interpol. He is now believed to be living in the United Arab Emirates. In 1986, cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar stated that Dawood had entered the Indian team dressing room in Sharjah and offered each Indian player a car if they beat Pakistan in the Sharjah Cup final.

4.  Semion Mogilevich, Ukrainian-Hungarian-Russian-Israeli (by citizenship), influential Russian mobster, based in Moscow.

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Semion Yudkovich Mogilevich (Ukrainian: born June 30, 1946) is a Ukrainian-born organized crime boss, believed by European and United States federal law enforcement agencies to be the “boss of bosses” of most Russian Mafia syndicates in the world. He is believed to direct a vast criminal empire and is described by the FBI as “the most dangerous mobster in the world”.

Mogilevich was born in Kiev’s Podol neighborhood to a Jewish family.

In 1968, at the age of 22, Mogilevich earned a degree in economics from Lviv University.

In the early 1970s, Mogilevich became part of the Lyuberetskaya crime group in Moscow and was involved in petty theft and fraud. He served two terms (3 and 4 years) for currency-dealing offenses.

During the 1980s, tens of thousands of Ukrainian and Russian Jews were emigrating to Israel on short notice and without the ability to quickly transfer their possessions. Mogilevich would offer to sell property – their furniture, art and diamonds – on behalf of the prospective émigrés, promising to forward the money on to Israel. The money was, instead, used to invest in black market and criminal activities. In 1990, already a millionaire, Mogilevich moved to Israel, together with several top lieutenants. Here he invested in a wide range of legal businesses, whilst continuing to operate a worldwide network of prostitution, weapon, and drug smuggling through a complex web of offshore companies.

In spite of Mogilevich’s activities and the warrants issued against him, according to the FBI his primary residence is still Moscow.

5.  Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Yemeni al-Qaeda leader.

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Nasir Abdel Karim al-Wuhayshi, alias Abu Basir, is a citizen of Yemen and the leader of the Islamist militant group Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). He once served as Osama bin Laden’s secretary and presided over the January 2009 merger of the Saudi Arabian and Yemeni splinters of Al Qaeda into AQAP.  Ayman Al-Zawahiri confirmed al-Wahayshi’s appointment as leader of AQAP in a video posted online. Both Saudi Arabia and Yemen consider the militant leader to be among their most wanted fugitives.

Nasir al-Wuhayshi served as a private secretary to Osama bin Laden for years in Afghanistan. He left Afghanistan in 2001 and was soon arrested by Iranian authorities, who handed him over to his native Yemen two years later where he was imprisoned without charges. In February 2006, Nasir al-Wuhayshi was one of 23 Yemeni captives who escaped from custody from a maximum security prison in Sana’a.

Al-Wuhayshi became the leader of Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni operations after the former leader was killed in a US Predator drone strike in 2002.  His authority seems to derive mostly from his long proximity to Osama bin Laden.

Nasir al-Wuhayshi and three other men appeared in several threatening videos released in January 2009.  Al Wuhayshi published an additional video calling for violence in February. He claimed the increase in western warships off the Horn of Africa to fight piracy were really intended to oppress Islam.According to Yemeni military officials he was killed in southern Yemen on August 28, 2011.  On Oct. 25, 2011, AQAP denied that he was killed.

On December 6, al-Wuhayshi released a statement on jihadist websites that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsulate would be intervening in the Siege of Dammaj on the side of Salafi students fighting the Shi’a Houthi militia.  A member of a local tribe reported on December 22 that Abdel al-Wuhashi, a younger brother of Nasir, was killed by Yemen military forces.

6.  Matteo Messina Denaro, Italian Cosa Nostra kingpin.

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Matteo Messina Denaro (born 26 April 1962), also known as Diabolik, is a Sicilian mafioso. He got his nickname from the Italian comic book character of the same name. He is considered to be one of the new leaders of Cosa Nostra after the arrest of Bernardo Provenzano on 11 April 2006. Matteo Messina Denaro became known nationally on 12 April 2001 when the magazine L’Espresso put him on the cover with the headline: Ecco il nuovo capo della mafia (“Here is the new boss of the Mafia”). He has been a fugitive since 1993 and according to Forbes magazine he is among the ten most wanted criminals in the world.

Messina Denaro is often portrayed as a ruthless playboy mafioso and womaniser, driving an expensive Porsche sports car and wearing a Rolex Daytona watch, Ray Ban sunglasses and fancy clothes from Giorgio Armani and Versace. He is an ardent player of computer games and is said to have an illegitimate child. Matteo has a reputation for fast living and allegedly killed a Sicilian hotel owner who accused him of taking young girls to bed.  As such, he is remarkably different from traditional Mafia bosses like Salvatore Riina and Bernardo Provenzano who claim to adhere to conservative family values.

7.  Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, Uzbekistani organized crime figure.

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Alimzhan Tursunovich Tokhtakhounov ( b. 1 January 1949 in Tashkent) is a Russian businessman, suspected criminal, and former sportsman. He is accused in relations with organized crime and bribing of figure skating judges in the 2002 Winter Olympics. His nickname is thought to be “Taiwanchik,” which refers to his distinctly Asiatic as opposed to European facial features.

In early 90’s he left Russia and settled in Paris, France. There he was soon accused in committing illegal business deals and smuggling of hardware from Germany. He was also reported having relations with Russian mafia, including ethnic Georgian mobster Tariel Oniani.

In 2002 Tokhtakhounov was accused in bribery of ice skating judges in the 2002 Winter Olympics. He was arrested in Italy by USA request, but the Italian court denounced the extradition bid and freed Tokhtakhounov.

In Russia he was investigated concerning the legality of his Russian citizenship.

He is notably close to professional Russian tennis players. For instance, a 2002 article in the Belgium daily La Libre Belgique reported on interviews of Russian players following Tokhtakhounov’s arrest in Italy. Yevgeny Kafelnikov defended his “friend”, Marat Safin refused to discuss a topic that was “not his problem” while Anna Kournikova commented “I have heard of this man. But I don’t think I should talk about it. I am Russian and I will have to go back there”. Pressed to say whether Tokhtakhounov could be called a mobster, she answered, “One might say that.”

The United States has a current arrest warrant out for him on fraud-related charges. In 2010, Alimzhan featured in the 2010 documentary Thieves by Law. He lives openly in Russia.

8.  Félicien Kabuga, Rwandan implicated in organizing and funding the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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Félicien Kabuga (born 1935) is a Rwandan businessman, accused of bankrolling and participating in the Rwandan Genocide.

Kabuga was born in Muniga, in the commune of Mukarange, prefecture of Byumba, Rwanda, roughly 30 kilometers off the Rwanda-Uganda Border. Kabuga amassed his wealth by owning tea farms in northern Rwanda, among other business ventures.  A multimillionaire, he was closely connected to Juvénal Habyarimana’s MRND party and the Akazu, an informal group of Hutu extremists from northern Rwanda that strongly contributed to the Rwandan Genocide.

Kabuga was also allegedly heavily involved in the founding and bankrolling of RTLM, as well as Kangura magazine. In 1993, at an RTLM fundraising meeting organized by the MRND, Felicien Kabuga allegedly publicly defined the purpose of RTLM as the defence of Hutu Power.  During the ICTR’s so-called “media trial”, former RTLM presenter Georges Ruggiu named Kabuga as the “Chairman Director-general” of the station, with duties such as “presiding over RTLM” and “representing RTLM.”

KTN news network in Kenya reported on June 14, 2008 that Kabuga had been arrested by Kenya Police the day before and was being held at Gigiri Police Station in Nairobi. Later, the suspect was found to be a local university lecturer, not Kabuga as previously thought, and released. It is suspected that Kabuga is in Kenya, and is believed to be running businesses and enjoying protection from either the Kenyan government or some influential figures within the country.

9.  Joseph Kony, Ugandan leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army.

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Joseph Kony ( born sometime between July and September 1961) is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group which used to operate in Uganda. While initially purporting to fight against government suppression, the LRA allegedly turned against Kony’s own supporters, supposedly to “purify” the Acholi people and turn Uganda into a theocracy. Kony proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, and has been considered by some as a cult of personality, and claims he is visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom. Ideologically, the group is a syncretic mix of mysticism, Acholi nationalism, Islam, and Christian fundamentalism, and claims to be establishing a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments and local Acholi tradition.

Kony was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, in 2005 but has evaded capture.Kony has been subject to an Interpol Red Notice at the request of the ICC since 2006. Since the Juba peace talks in 2006, the LRA no longer operate in Uganda. Sources claim that they are in the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Central African Republic or South Sudan. In 2013 Kony was reported to be in poor health and Michel Djotodia, president of the Central African Republic, claimed he was negotiating with Kony to surrender.

Kony has been implicated in abduction and recruitment of child soldiers. While there is no doubt that Kony recruited children, the government of Uganda has equally been accused of abducting and recruiting children into the army. In June 2006, the UN’s representative found more than 5000 children in the Ugandan army.

From 1990s to 2006, the LRA have had battle confrontations with the government’s National Resistance Army or UPDF within Uganda and in South Sudan. However, in 2008 the Ugandan army invaded the Democratic Republic of the Congo in search for the LRA in Operation Lightning Thunder., in November 2013, Kony was reported to be in poor health in the East CAR town of Nzoka.

10.  Dokka Umarov, Chechen Islamist terrorist militant in Russia.

Doku Umarov is Russia's most wanted man

Doku (Dokka) Khamatovich Umarov (born 13 April 1964) is a Chechen Islamist militant in Russia. Umarov has claimed responsibility for several attacks on Russian civilians, earning himself a media nickname of “Russia’s Bin Laden”. On 3 February 2012, Umarov ordered his subordinates, in a video posted online, to halt attacks on the civilian population of Russia, while leaving military and security personnel as legitimate targets. However in July 2013 he posted another video announcing the end of this moratorium, and calling on Islamic insurgents in Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, and the Caucasus to prevent the holding of the Sochi 2014 Olympics “using all the means that Allah permits”.

Between 2006 and 2007, Umarov was the underground President of the unrecognized Chechen Republic of Ichkeria (ChRI). He subsequently became the self-proclaimed Emir of the Russian North Caucasus, declaring it an Islamic state of the Caucasus Emirate. He is currently wanted in Russia for the crimes of kidnapping, murder and treason. He is one of the major rebel leaders in Russia and has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on civilians, including the 2010 Moscow Metro bombings and the 2011 Domodedovo International Airport bombing. The attacks killed 40 and 36 civilians respectively, and injured hundreds.

Although Umarov announced an end to violence against civilians in 2006, in 2009 he has stated that he does not believe there are any civilians in Russia, but also that civilian casualties would be limited as much as possible. Umarov has personally taken responsibility for attacks in which dozens of civilians have been killed, and has been implicated in others. He is currently federally wanted by Russia for alleged crimes including acts of terrorism. During the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis Umarov had been incorrectly identified by Russian security forces and some hostages as an on-site leader of the hostage takers, a claim which was later officially refuted; Umarov himself condemned the act and distanced himself from terrorism.

 

Posted February 25, 2014 by markosun in Uncategorized

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