Compact archive November 22, 2007

PELICAN and HIGH ON FIRE from the US in Prague

pelican Their last concert in Prague was described on the server like this: “Pelican weren’t on the stage, they were in an open country. I couldn’t break away, not even go thirty steps to the bathroom. The feel of hardly depicted flaring flow through the whole area and swinging of the guitarists resembled trees in the wind”

Regarding the band’s genre, de Brauw said: “I don’t think of Pelican as a metal band… I feel like we’re part of a trajectory of Midwest bands that kind of blend aggression with a pop sensibility, so while it’s easy to classify us with instrumental bands, we’re not instrumental by design. We just didn’t know how to put vocals in our music and for it to sound right.”

Concerning High on Fire, they play hardrock, and they are a group around the nine-strings guitarist Matt Pike, who is an ex-member of a stoner-rock group Sleep

So if this makes you interested, I would find them on youtube and listen, and if you get swayed, the good idea is to visit their concert, which takes place in Rock Café, Narodni 20, Prague 1 on 24th November 2007.


Czech political scene is corrupted by Mafia, BIS informs

The biggest Czech security thread is mafia getting into the state administration. This results from the annual statement of BIS (Security Information Service, which is a Czech national intelligence agency). The major target are European funds, which represents 800 millions CZK (27,6 mil. €)

Organized crime bribe state officers, who decide about evaluation of projects, which are sponsored from the EU funds.

BIS informed on their webpage also about SETUZA, which was managed by a shot ‘businessman’ Frantisek Mrazek and a runaway vendor Tomas Pitr. This group have used their contacts in government for infiltration of various sections of the state administration.

BIS also published information about international spies in our country. The most influential is traditionally the Russian mafia, who acts under diplomatic or news agency cover, which is common, as well as tradesman of companies, which wasn’t so usual. New criminals are agents from Northern Korea, Iran and Syria, who are interested in machines and technologies, that can be used for development of weapons of mass destruction.

Prague Airport Testing Unique Liquid Detector

Signs indicating no liquids allowed

The anti-terrorist gadgets are enterprises of our times. The new device, working on the basis of micro-wave radiation, was developed in the Research Center in Juelich, Germany, by the team of German scientist Norbert Klein.

The device called Emili 1 is able to detect liquids using micro-waves, and if it proves functional, it wouldn’t be necessary to hand over all the liquids when entering the board, as we got used to. Acids and combustibles should be detectable, and so it wouldn’t be possible to go on with those.

The ban on taking drinks, liquids, creams and children’s food bigger that 100ml packagings to planes was established after the terrorist attacks in London in July 2005.

Right now, if you are going through the Prague Airport, your drinks get scanned, however the ban still holds true.

German scientist Norbert Klein announced they are also working on a hand scanner and a special pad that would enable to detect explosives and ceramic weapons in shoes.

Information by LN


The Experts want new Pictures of the Blob

Prague waits for the decision about Blob The expert group from The National Heritage institute, who form a part of the National Library team, has requested new pictures of the Prague Octopus from various places around Prague. The pictures will be created by a computer, and from various angles. They need it to consider, whether it damages Prague panorama or not.

The greatest objections came because of possible harms, that could Blob bring to Prague panorama. If the visualizations show the concerns aren’t well founded, it will change the whole situation. The Kaplicky’s library pictures will be computed from twenty places in Prague.


Prague Municipal Council Lost to Taxi Again

The court of Prague 1 have decided yesterday, the company Sedop doesn’t have to leave its position on Old Town square. The City Hall gave Sedop a notice to quit two years ago, from the reason of overpricing the fares. This is the second time of a lawsuit for the overpriced fares in Prague, and the second time when the City Hall lost.

The court gave the driver the truth, when he has chosen to overprice the fares. So Sedop will not only stay at the Old town square, but they can even request compensation of damages, which were caused by the lawsuit. The speaker of Sedop said: “The City hall cannot say, how much we charge our customers. The customers can choose, how much they want to pay.” City hall have appealed from the judgment.