U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

N E W Y O R K, May 1, 2001 In the early 1960s, America’s top military leaders reportedly drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in U.S. cities to create public support for a war against Cuba.

Code named Operation Northwoods, the plans reportedly included the possible assassination of Cuban émigrés, sinking boats of Cuban refugees on the high seas, hijacking planes, blowing up a U.S. ship, and even orchestrating violent terrorism in U.S. cities.

ABC News Article

15th in poker tourney

I placed 15th in my first real casino poker tournament on Saturday!

I went with Skarb to the RiverRock for their $90+10 bi-weekly tournament. I started off aggressively as I normally do but was too agressive and saw almost half of my stack gone. I then started to get some good hands, QQ, AA, 10’s twice. I was able to take advantage of the good cards and knocked out the first 3 people at my table and quickly became a chip leader in the tourney. After a while the blinds were at $500-1000 and the ante’s 200$, this is where I started to lose a bit, I wasn’t getting great cards and the ante’s were slowing eating away at my stack and by that time I was no longer the big-stack at the table. Word reached that were almost at the last 15 and everyone was happy to have made it in the money. We had the 2nd final break and on my first hand I was dealt pocket 7’s, blinds $1000-2000, ante’s $300. I raised to 4000, and then I was re-raised to 10,000. It was one of those feelings you get, the ones where it doesn’t matter what the odds are, just a gut feeling and I went all-in, the person instantly called me showing pocket aces. I went out 15th and collected $154 and some change. I basically put the other person on a big draw like A,K or A,Q and I felt like it would be a race with my 7’s. I’m not pissed with my decision at all, I probably could have stuck around for another 5-6 hands and maybe never had a better hand then 7’s. Anyways it was fun and a great experience, I’ll be back.

Fiat Signs Huge Deal With Juventus

Things are lining up nicely for Juventus. They are now 6pts ahead of 2nd place Napoli in Serie B standings and now they have a nice sponsorship deal via the Agnelli family. Forza Juve!

Fiat has signed a 33 million euro ($44.06 million) deal with Juventus in one of the biggest sponsorship agreements in world soccer.”

Read the article.

Oh yeah..

Yeah I’ve been pretty bad about keeping this blog up to date but what can I say, it ain’t easy out here for KD….

Anywho, Cuba was awesome once again. We didn’t do too much different then the last time, which was just enjoy the city and it’s people, the weather and beaches, and of course, the music for 5 days. The weather gods weren’t the best to us once again, we got in one good beach day but the other days were somewhat overcast so we spent a lot of the time in the city. We did a ton of walking and I think Sumeet and I know the old Havana streets as good as anyone. The usual stops in the Partagas store, Castillo de Farnes sidewalk cafe for the usual mojito and cigar and some of the best people watching you’ll ever come across. I’m a huge fan of Cuban music, particularly the traditional son music, I absolutely love it and you can hear it all around the city.

We met up with our friend Nakamura the first night. We ended up meeting him at the “Cafe del Oriente” restaurant in Old Habana, we had no clue it was Havanas most expensive restaurant but we had a great meal and we caught up a bit. We took advantage of the weather the next day and went to the Santa Maria Playa just 15minutes east of Havana. The beaches there are awesome and almost as nice as Varadero. I always highly recommend staying in Havana and going to the east beaches instead of Varadero. Cubans don’t consider Varadero to be real ‘Cuba’. Most Cubans are not allowed, its for tourists only. Stay at a ‘casa particular’ and get into the city, its amazing.

All in all it was another excellent trip and a great break from the rat-race back home. It was my 4th trip there in the last 2 years so it’ll be a while before we go back. Many more places to visit, but we’ll no doubt be back at some point.

Whenever I’m feeling stressed, I close my eyes and I can imagine myself in a Havana bar, sipping a mojito, enjoying a cigar and listening to some Cuban music…..

Pictures from the trip