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The Gecko: 8 November 2002

The Gecko: 8 November 2002

In case you were wondering, former UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim - who

lied about his role in WWII as a Nazi intelligence officer for 40 years -

receives a $124,754-a-year lifetime UN pension. The current UN Secretary-General

Kofi Annan pulls down $294,020 per year, including $220,968 in gross annual

salary and a $73,052 cost-of-living adjustment.

Some guy named "Mat" out there in cyberspace at [email protected] appears to

have the technological wherewithal of a Mongoloid flea. Either that, or he is

suffering from advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease. In his eagerness to get

out a message called "Hon Sen wants to be a president for the rest of his life",

he has now sent the same 3.2MB file at least 15 times to a long list of

recipients, jamming email inboxes and infuriating all.

An anthropologist with furry legs and an overly inquisitive snout was hot on

the trail of Margaret Mead while burrowing through the dimly lit alleyways in

the Central Market. Feeling her way through the brassiere section, she was

caught unawares and exclaimed: "Gee willakers! There is more latex here than in

the Chup Rubber Plantation."

As Sam Rainsy was fasting "to protest the lavish expense by the Phnom Penh

government for the organization of the Summit," the Sam Rainsy Party-USA was

circulating via email quotes on fasting from "The Life of Mahatma Gandhi".

Meanwhile, others were wondering how "lavish" was the conference Rainsy had just

attended in Seoul sponsored by the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats. As

Rainsy was being evicted from Wat Ounalom around midnight Sunday, he was asked

"Are you hungry?" He replied: "No. But I hunger for justice and democracy."

Readers will note the corrections outlined on this page stemming from the

interview with Foreign Minister Hor Nam Hong. Readers should also note that the

Post will gladly accept the donation of a new state-of-the-art tape recorder to

help avoid such problems in the future.

At the OXFAM press conference dovetailing with the GMS Summit, Tom Fawthrop

asked a question and was told it was "not interesting," which drew chuckles from

the crowd. A reporter, who was later asked what the question was, said "I can't

remember."

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