18h UTC; MONDAY, 28 OCTOBER 2013: For those among you as want your very own northern Minnesota lake resort, there's a chance to get it--just make sure that you have at least US$6.7 million beforehand.

Which is what Bruce and Sue Kerfoot are asking for vis-a-vis the 84-year-old Gunflint Lodge off the Gunflint Trail, some 40 miles inland from the North Shore of Lake Superior at Grand Marais. All 100 acres of it, plus some plum shoreline along Gunflint Lake in the Boundary Waters region as looks into Canada--as well as considerable goodwill built up over the years as one of the more exquisite vacation locales thanks to the Kerfoot family's long-time associations with the resort as earned them a place in the Minnesota Hospitality Hall of Fame.

Why you can never be too trusting of "spam" e-mails which claim that you've been "selected" to win a "free magical vacation" to some dream destination of the moment: An elderly Australian couple were receipents of one such mail, claiming they've "won" a dream vacation to Vancouver ... only to discover that it was actually a ruse for recruitment of narcotics runners in army with Notorious Criminal Gangs. And it became evident when, not realising that their luggage had been switched by the ringleaders behind same, the couple explained to Customs officials on landing in Vancouver that the baggage "looks a little heavier than usual."

It turned out, on closer inspection, that the luggage lining was used to conceal a substantial quantity of methamphetamines.

For those of you wanting to make The News Page a regular habit (and let's hope it can be thus), you'll be delighted to know where a couple of tweaks to same have been made over recent days to add some fresh and fascinating new sources for news and information as you may find interesting and enlightening.

As for the notion some "Tea Party"-influenced state regimes have of corporatising economic development agencies in the name of "adding taxpayer value" through (theoretical) acceleration of jobs-creation schemes cherished deeply and dearly--this Piece of Essential Reading deflates the very notion, revealing what amounts to wholesale corruption, "pay-to-play" Realpolitik and gross mismanagement of corporatised "economic development" schemes translating into few (if any) actual jobs being created, without net reductions of the welfare rolls expected from the jobs thereby created.

Not to mention plum recruitment targets for the likes of "work-at-home" and "work online" scammers encompassing the whole gamut thereof--network marketing, "mystery shopper," "home mailing," "home product assembly," "medical billing and coding," you know the drill.

Finally, for our "AmeriKKKa Needs to be More Like China" brethren, comes word of an accident involving an SUV earlier today as crashed into a security checkpoint near Beijing's Tiananmen Square and burst into flames, killing five (the three occupants of the car, plus two tourists nearby) and injuring 38. Not to mention security forces closing off the area for awhile and speculation in some circles that the incident (already under investigation) may have been a terrorist attack (recall, reader, that Tiananmen Square, itself the main gate into the Forbidden City, was the scene of a sadisto massacree against pro-democracy supporters in 1989).

BBC Beijing reporter Celia Hatton offered this analysis on the Unfortunate Events:
Was it an accident or some sort of political protest?

That is the question that hangs in the air following Monday's deadly vehicle accident at the entrance to the Forbidden City, one of China's most popular tourist sites. The entrance to the Forbidden City borders the northern edge of Tiananmen Square, the location of 1989's crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners and an ongoing flashpoint for disgruntled citizens.

Users of weibo, China's version of Twitter, were quick to question the location of the crash. "Tiananmen is a political landmark… Fires in other places are local news but this is different," wrote one poster, Chaijuncat.

According to some, Tiananmen Square is the most heavily policed public area in the world. Monday's episode lends credence to that idea. Minutes after the incident, police evacuated the square. They were also quick to put up screens to shield the location where the jeep crashed into the bridge, which lies below the iconic portrait of Communist Party founder Mao Zedong.

Our BBC crew attempted to record video of the incident's location as we drove through the square and the police quickly forced us to pull over to the side of the road. We were detained for approximately 20 minutes inside one section of the Forbidden City while the police checked our journalist credentials before letting us go.

Minutes later, when we drove past the area again, it had returned to its uneasy status quo. The area had been cleaned. Crowds of tourists arriving at that moment would not have known that anything abnormal had taken place. Weibo had also been wiped clean. Questioning comments, like the one posted by Chaijuncat, had disappeared.
(One thing is for sure: Chinese state media would disapprove of the possibility that same may have been some class of a "false flag" attack set up under sanction of state security police to explain Extreme Measures in the general vicinity.)

"Another small house is finished in the next block"
(to Engrishfy the closing remarks on every episode of the "slice-of-life"
radio series Vic and Sade through the years)


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