Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hair-Raising Experience For Woman On Bus

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - In a new twist in Rio de Janeiro's crime annals, scissor-wielding thieves clipped off the long, flowing locks of a 22-year-old Brazilian woman as she rode in a city bus.

"We got on at the same stop and they sat behind me," sales assistant Mirna Marchetti said. "Then all of a sudden I felt someone pulling my hair. My friend tried to help me but they just cut it off, right at the base."

The thieves also stole her handbag and her mobile phone before escaping.

Marchetti's hair was dark, straight and reached down to her waist. She said she had not cut it for four years. Police suspect the thieves hope to sell the hair to a hairdresser.

Beauty salons in Rio can charge more than 500 reais ($250) for top-quality hair extensions, salon owner Rosangela Castro said.

Muggers in crime-plagued Rio de Janeiro often target bus passengers, sometimes robbing a whole bus at gun point.

"This is a new kind of crime,' said a police officer at the station where the report was filed. "They really did mean to steal her hair.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Helpful Hints For Everyday Espionage Problems

A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours,
then slide aknife under the flap.
The envelope can then be resealed.
Permanent marker ink on slick surfaces
(like incriminating store receiptBLUE!)
-- use rubbing alcohol on paper towel.
Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry!
Just pour a little hydrogen
peroxide on a cloth and proceed
to wipe off every drop of blood.
Works every time!
To clean those artificial flowers used to decorate your safe house, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and
dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! =============================================
Cure for headaches from too much espionage tension:
Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead.
The throbbing will go away.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Deutsche Bank Fire At Ground Zero

The former Deutsche Bank building across the street from Ground Zero caught fire on 8/18/2007. The smoke and flames ebbed and flowed for hours.

At its height it was a 7 alarm fire and it claimed the lives of two brave firefighters.

Prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into the matter as several agencies sought to deflect blame for the building's failed water supply system and the response to the fire.

Here are some pictures of the smoke, firefighters and flames early in the conflagration.

Firefighter on the east side of the building before the building became an inferno.

Gusts of wind would send smoke billowing from the building.

Firefighters attempt to fight the fire from the south side of the building. They were driven away by the heat and burst of flames.

This is where firefighters stood just20 minutes before.

This incident had an eerie déjà vu feeling of 9-11

All images copyright Lionel Martinez – All rights reserved.