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The Gecko: 23 November 2001

www.Royal-Air-Cambodge.net you end up with a pornographic, pay-per-view portal. The website's latest routing options include Fetish Machine, Asian Peaches, Lesbo Express and Latex Teens. The site, registered in mid-October, is run by someone with an address in Yeravan, and, strangely enough, the website of the Cambodian Embassy in Washington, DC still has a direct link to the former airline's new site. " />

The Gecko: 23 November 2001

Royal Air Cambodge may have closed its doors here in Phnom Penh but one

enterprising soul has decided to keep the name alive on the internet and fly

like the wind. If you log on to www.Royal-Air-Cambodge.net you end up with a

pornographic, pay-per-view portal. The website's latest routing options include

Fetish Machine, Asian Peaches, Lesbo Express and Latex Teens. The site,

registered in mid-October, is run by someone with an address in Yeravan, and,

strangely enough, the website of the Cambodian Embassy in Washington, DC still

has a direct link to the former airline's new site.

An expat vacationing in Phnom Penh felt he wasn't having enough fun last

week, so he decided to jump off the Japanese Bridge (a precursor to an annual

Japan Bridge Bungy-Jumping Festival? Tourism wizards-get on it!). He enjoyed the

splash but then had to crawl through some muck on the embankment to get out of

the river, and to his great consternation no moto would give him a lift as he

was covered in mud.

The IMF's Thomas Rum-baugh was asked if the Fund thought an Assets

Declaration Register for Members of Parliament would be a good idea. He said the

idea had been on the agenda but the timing was wrong as "Security in Cambodia is

not good enough to protect people who advertise how much their assets are."

In recognition of the American holiday Thanksgiving, the NGO People for the

Ethical Treatment of Animals decided to donate some food to the US troops

involved in the war in Afghanistan. They sent the GIs a whole bunch of Tofu

Jerky. Yum!

A reporter asked a US Air Force general if the military had any special

units, like the "Tunnel Rats" during the Vietnam War, to deal with al-Qaeda

members hiding in caves around Kandahar. The general replied: "Our specialized

method of dealing with caves is to put 500 pound bombs in the entrance."

There was a bit of media confusion on Nov 14, after the Taliban fled Kabul. A

few quotes from the TV talking heads trying to figure out the story: "The

Taliban are still somewhere in the mountains"; "The days of Taliban rule in

Kandahar are numbered"; "A lot of uncertainty ahead"; "The situation is fluid";

"The picture is really quite confused". The best was CNN reporting "The streets

are calm in Kandahar," while the ticker tape text underneath said: "Heavy

fighting in Kandahar."

 

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