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i couldn’t resist this, which came via my spam filter today…real? who knows? f…..king amusing, if nothing else…the Embassy sponsored citizens meeting of those ripped by BAC or other ATM machines in Gautemalo? an overflow crowd, totallly unlike the February version where three gringos(myself included)listened to lame excuses and Power Point presentations…lame doesn’t begin to describe either event…the 5B lady made her presentation first, showing photos of how they’ve installed metal shields over the keypads, to foil the minicameras…my ass..she almost cried after receiving a ton of verbal abuse..#2 up..Credomatic’s General Manager for Guatemala..dressed in starched/pressed Polo/Dockers/expensive leather jacket..not your typical banker..weird..’send us proof”…your credit card/debit card info, your losses..cha cha horse shit..as if..i gave him proof..Moon Travel’s article, my article..let’s consider a logical question: the BAC branch in Antigua has been the subject, the locus/focus of hundreds of fraudulent transactions, leading straight back to Bogota(which I said to him..a ‘river of transactions)…either he is in denial, hasn’t been told or he knows of this…any way you cut it…as Eldridge Cleaver once said, ‘if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem.” If he doesn’t know, he deserves to be fired..If he does know, he deserves to be fired..the branch manager of the BAC branch in Antigua? lo mismo..dead meat or criminal..these bogus transactions have not stopped, despite numerous meetings, articles and international press..Antigua is taking it in the shorts..and where the hell is Adolfo, our o so press conscious alcalde/mayor? is he or his staff taking part in any of these meetings? No…por que? is he concerned about tourism in Antigua? show up, dude and pound the table…a donde esta? it’s fucking ridiculous..a world heritage city, a prime international tourist destination, being smeared by Colombians and lackadaisical Guatemalan bankers…why? the ‘how’ is obvious…the solutions are not that expensive or high tech..in answer to my question..’is the data encrypted?” yes…but to what level? 128bit? he didn’t know..that is old technology and easily hacked..your average 12 yr old can hack these atms..back door, open sesame via Windows XP…buy the key on the web for 10 bucks..its transmitted via wireless…o..perfect..even easier to crack..hey, its only a million bucks or so..to this point..peanuts…I’ve had to downgrade my peanut butter from JIF to a generic brand…screw you…..ok..change of subject..¬†Ay Robot, new comic book store on 6th avenida, uphill from Davinci…great! the best in Guatemala…Da Vinci? moving stuff to the new location…El Muro’s ‘karaoke night?…at 7, no John, no Max, no Chicago dogs and no karoake…only ..well, not only…Emma and Michael..who told me that is ‘British Week’ in Guatemala..WTF? who knew? do we banger in the mash? ah, those wacky Brits…there was a ‘dog and pony show’ put on by the Brit Embassy about the ATM problems this week..more bushwa, horseshit..Pangea having a ‘grand opening’ for their new lounge on Thursday night..the first level, behind the kitchen…a place for customers(what customers?)to hang while a table is ready…oops..what about the existing bar?..well,they’re gonna move it…make room for the already ‘under utilized’ dining room…go figure..quiet night at Ocelot..Matt B, Brendan B, Plumb Bob, Pat Sweeney…Camilla the gorgeous pouring..Whiskey Den doing just fine..making their nightly nut on a few swillers and making $$..Cafe Opera? Adan at the piano, pricey drinks but a haven/heaven for music/atmosphere..I’ll miss the final/final at Da Vinci and a passing glimpse of the divine Claudia..news of a recent mugging by La Merced..gringa taken for everything, at gun point..swell..more great press for Antigua..go by Ay Robot..they’ve gotta great Godzilla action figure…japan’s next export, glows in the dark and makes your sushi even tastier..is that blowfish? no, that’s glowfish..what next? for me, another round of mind-numbing vodka..it’s been a helluva day and it’s only Tuesday..BAC? ‘Bag All Cash’..bastards..

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