Photo Of The Day

Basil Zaharoff et la comtesse Marchena [i. e. duchesse de Marchena] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol] - 1922. He met her on the steps of the palace of El Escorial. The fragile girl walked arm in arm with a Spanish grandee, who suddenly attacked her in a fit of rage - and Basil could not stand up for the lady. Grand turned out to be her husband and cousin of the King of Spain. It was a duel, wounded Zaharoff was in the hospital, grateful the lord came to visit him, but to part with him for a long time could not. This is one of the two versions of their acquaintance, told Sir Basil. Newsboys retold a dozen. "Merchant of Death" was capable of feeling a rare strength and durability. Husband of Maria del Pilar, Duchess de Marchena, was insane. Aristocrat, a Catholic, she could not get a divorce. Zaharoff was waiting for her for almost 40 years. They married after the death of the Duke, Zaharoff was 75, the bride - 55. After 17 months she died.

Basil Zaharoff et la comtesse Marchena [i. e. duchesse de Marchena] : [photographie de presse] / [Agence Rol] – 1922.?When he wasn?t busy wheeling and dealing, he dabbled in his own brand of leisure, inviting beautiful women ? preferably redheads ? to join him in his usual compartment on the Orient Express (No. 7) when the train stopped in Vienna.?His usual routine was interrupted one evening in 1886, when he heard screams coming from the compartment next door and went to investigate. It was his first encounter with Maria del Pilar, who told him her husband, the Duke of Marchena, had been trying to strangle her. The man fell headlong in love with the Spanish duchess.?Although social conventions prevented them from marrying until the duke died in 1923, they carried on a torrid love affair, and Zaharoff brought up her three children as his own. Sir Basil never forgot that fateful meeting on the Orient Express, and when he died he left instructions for his ashes to be scattered from the window of compartment No. 7, on the very spot where he had first encountered Maria.

Merchant of Death

?’The Mystery Man of Europe’

Reputedly one of the richest men in the world, Basil Zaharoff was a wealthy and psychotic arms dealer. Zaharoff was known as the “Merchant of Death,” the “Mystery Man of Europe” and eventually “Sir,” due to his being such an evil genius that the British had no choice but to knight him.

Zaharoff had?three rules he would always live by; that the best way to gain influence over a man was through a woman, that one should bet on all sides in a contest, but bet the most on the strongest man, and in politics, one should ?begin on the left?and then work over to the right??.?Zaharoff excelled in bribery, blackmail, with a reputation for having competitors assassinated.

Sinister, mysterious, credited with vast influence, this man who evoked such fierce passions that he was also branded the ?High Priest of War?, a man who had risen from obscure origins in Asia Minor to control a worldwide empire. His trade was arms, anything that fired, floated, submerged and ? later ? flew. His life spanned the muzzle-loading musket and the prototype Spitfire.

Zaharoff started his career of villainy modestly, as an arsonist for the Constantinople firefighters. Yes, you read that correctly. The corrupt Turkish fire department actually hired people to start fires in rich people’s houses so firefighters could go in and steal all their belongings. It was fun as far as evil enterprises go, but Zaharoff had grander aspirations.

He later became a huge-time international arms dealer for Swedish munitions company Thorsten Nordenfelt, but with a twist: Zaharoff figured that the best way to make a living selling weapons was to first create demand by starting a bunch of wars, so that’s exactly what he did.

After selling the world’s first submarine to the Greeks, Zaharoff went running to the Turkish government to tell them what he’d done. Understandably frightened, the Turks bought two submarines of their own. Realizing he had a good thing going, Zaharoff then went to Russia and helpfully informed them that Greece and Turkey were stocking up on submarines, and furthermore, he’d heard them saying that Russians were a bunch of idiots. So Russia bought some subs. The icing on the cake was that much of the product that Zaharoff was shilling was faulty, overpriced garbage. His submarines?fell apart?as soon as they tried to fire a torpedo.

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There are some sick people in this country

Some people are just disgusting and if found guilty should never again feel the warmth of the sun on their?faces.

A 17-year-old girl acted as a “pimp” for a wealthy Auckland businessman – finding and enticing girls as young as 15 to have sex with him in return for drugs and cash, prosecutors say.

The pair allegedly preyed on methamphetamine-addicted teenagers, the 17-year-old sourcing the girls and delivering them to the man’s multimillion-dollar inner-Auckland property.

The man, 56, and the girl, now aged 20, are on trial in the Auckland District Court over events alleged to have taken place from October 2010 to December 2011.

The Crown says as well as inducing 15-year-old girls to provide “commercial sexual services” in return for methamphetamine, the pair conspired to drug one of the teenagers with the date-rape drug GHB.

A text from the girl read: “She [the alleged victim] is very hard for me to tolerate lol. Let’s spike her please.” ?? Read more »


Some days I feel like re-introducing the death penalty

Stalker sent victim photos from partner’s death – New Zealand, world, sport, business & entertainment news on Stuff.co.nz

When I read news articles like this one I seriously consider that the death penalty is indeed justified in some instances. This is one such instance. Glen Dallas Goldberg, 38, is a bad bastard with no redeeming qualities. He should be marched to the scaffold at dawn (why do they execute you at dawn?) and hanged by the neck until dead. In his case nice and slow.

Suicide scene photos used by a prisoner to terrorise his former partner’s family were released to him under the Official Information Act (OIA) due to a coroner’s decision those particular images did not need to be withheld.

He was already serving six years for breaching protection orders and attempting to defeat the course of justice involving similar stalking activity.

In the latest offending Goldberg sent a flood of letters to his former partner’s family from prison.

One to his ex-partner’s mother included photographs taken by police of the scene where the mother’s defacto husband killed himself, though they did not show the body itself.

The photos were obtained by Goldberg from the Ministry of Justice under the OIA.

Oh and the coroner who released the photos should have his nether regions touched up with a cheese-grater.

Imagine what they would have done to him if she hadn't intervened

Clark appeal fails to halt beheading – 25 Oct 2007 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

The Clark Kiss of Death continues. First it was Team New Zealand in Valencia, Clark’s intervention there saw them lose, then she went to watch the Rugby against France another loss, Gordon Brown was noticeably reticent in meeting Clark and left her standing in the rain hoping beyond hope that he could avoid the Kiss, no such luck, his poll ratings have plummeted since.

Imagine then the reaction of the poor bastard sitting on death row in Saudi Arabia upon hearing that Helen Clark has intervened on his behalf. Surely then he knew he was doomed.

On the other hand imagine what the Saudi’s would have done to the criminal had Clark not intervened, pulled him apart with elephants? crushed his skull slowly in a vice? Run him over with a tank? No he is lucky Clark intervened, he only got his head cut off.

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More ministerial/government responsibility – Asian style

Fresh from the news that a Japanese Cabinet Minister embroiled in dodgy dealings committed seppuku is the news that in China?has sentenced the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration to death for corruption, in an unusually harsh sentence which could be reduced on appeal.

We'll be lucky to see the crooks from Labour ever get a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket andel jefe will probably never see the inside of a prison cell.?