Wednesday, October 21

SoFlo: Snow Bubbles Spiked (5#) -

And Other Rambles in the New World . . .

A cocaine kingpin was sentenced today in Miami Federal Court to 45 years in prison. He came from a wealthy family which owned successful coffee farming, cattle raising and bus line businesses in Columbia and helped inflate the cocaine-fueled Real Estate Bubble in South Florida.

Over the course of his criminal career, Diego Montoya Sanchez exported an estimated 1.2 million pounds of cocaine to the U.S.

# There was so much cocaine in the securities office operated by Bernie Madoff that it was referred to as The North Pole, according to Jose Martinez at the NY Daily News.

# A lawsuit has been filed in Broward County Circuit Court against an 80-year-old Pembroke Pines woman, Irene Weisberg Zisblatt, alleging that her autobiographical book of Holocaust memoirs is a fraud designed to spread hatred against non-Jews.

# A transcript of Yoani Sanchez's videotaped dialogue with a Cuban official who will not give her a travel permit has been posted online. The Cuban government refuses to disclose any reason for the ban.

# Uruguay has just introduced the Plan Ceibal program in which the government is providing a laptop for every child attending public primary school.