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  1. I think I still have a whole box of those sealed. I keep avoiding cracking it open after having gone through a couple boxes. Those things are really good.
  2. Thanks Kam, just came in from San Diego, heading off to Singapore and Bejing next, but I'll definitely be in Sydney for the next couple of days. Just to clarify, we can smoke at Bodieguito or Cohibar? I just want a place where I can pick up a half a box or so with my mates and kick back some place comfortable and have a smoke. So far, loving Sydney.
  3. Hey everyone, just got to Sydney for two days of an internal business conference. Good times, but I'm especially looking forward to somking some cigars during the night. So what do I need to know about smoking here? I keep reading all the usual Aussie horror stories about tightening cigar laws... but I'm assuming you guys know where to go?
  4. IMHO, this is the core of communism in practice, this is what it means. There is no competition between houses, and if you smoke Cuban's, it all flows to Habanos. There's no doubt that we can shift our money elsewhere, or slow down the spend, but if Habanos believed that, would communism be running the show? If there were different brands, undoubtedly a smaller house would produce the off beat cigars we want, but it's not so. Personally, I think it's time to admit that this all part of the system they produce cigars under and "oh well."
  5. It is illegal in the US to do business with cuba outside of strict guidelines. I think it's pretty obvious his bank elected to do business with a US bank and to ask them to break the law by facilitating the transaction. Just as if they had participated in a drug transaction. I get that the US embargo is not an international crime, but then how did this happen? Is it possible that based on treaties that US law gains international authority without being international law? How was Kim Dotcom arrested in new Zealand as an NZ citizen? When his crime is so clearly based on vague US claims, and he never set foot in the US? I would suggest that the US law in fact has international rights, based on treaties signed with other countries, and that it's likely this cop's bank sent the money through a US bank which in turn was asking the US bank to commit a very real crime. If people overseas want to live free of unusual US laws, I think it's logical that they don't ask US entities to participate.
  6. Not to agitate the Canadians, but when it comes to drugs simply passing through a Canadian airport between two foreign airports... Well Canada doesn't consider it a foreign transaction anymore. US laws applying overseas is well established, for example in sex tourism cases. If a foreigner were to travel through the US on their way to Thailand to partake in some sex tourism, you can bet your farm that the foreigner will be arrested passing through again. Larger issues are about the Internet, tearing down the bodog poker address or arresting the mega upload guy in NZ. This is quite tame by comparison. Why is this guy not asking his bank why they send his money to the US before Germany?
  7. Yeah, the part they are leaving out is that the money was wired to the US and then to Germany. It was held automatically in the US because the destination is a known cuban cigar supplier. They haven't taken it either, they've merely seized it and now the guy has all sorts of rights to get his money back. It's a sad and overblown story. Too bad that his bank never told him that they use the US for international transactions. More interestingly, the US has a list of bad destinations..... that's something to know about.
  8. Those are great sticks! You must have a bad box.
  9. We can only wish that all fakes looked that bad... it'd certainly save us all some sanity.
  10. Wow, very sad. I'll miss his commentary for sure.
  11. Cardboard is one of the main breeding places for cockroaches, they lay their eggs inside and then bam. So, in général don't keep cardboard that has arrived from any warehouse in the world anywhere in your home.
  12. I could see a really bad fake being out there but I always thought they were so monumentally difficult to roll that there were less than 10 people who could roll them left working in the factories. The length being the challenge. Maybe someone here can speak to difficulty to roll.
  13. I was thinking the same thing about the Beverly Hills location, I spend a lot of time in LA on business and can never find a place to smoke. Plus I hate normal, cramped, cigar "bars." I however, never met anyone who was a member.
  14. Hey, that's right here in San Diego! What's stranger is that there was a walking trail right near there. She instead decided to throw her clothes over the ledge and scale a cliff-face to get down??
  15. I'd be surprised, they were paying him 10's of millions on that show, he seems to spend it all on blow which is expensive I'm sure, but not in those terms. Either way, he's burning the candle from both ends for sure!
  16. I love new orleans but every time I'm there with my girl, I can't find any place to go smoke a cigar and relax that also serves coffee or food or something and is cigar friendly. Any ideas? By the way, welcome aboard!
  17. I wonder if WHO data is based on data submitted by the government or field data collected by researchers? For example, I can believe the US is 72nd, but have a hard time believing Canada and Cuba are on par because Canada has the same type of system but 10X the capital. Just a thought.
  18. There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday where they counter a PBS special (airing soon or already aired) on Cuban healthcare. They used some astonishing language in describing the rumor that most Cuban doctors are sent to venezuela to earn hard currency for the Cuban government. Not sure if anyone else saw that article, here's some interesting quotes: "In his memoir covering four years in Cuba as a correspondent for Spanish Television, Vicente Botín tells about a Havana woman who was frustrated by the doctor shortage in the country. She hung a sheet on her balcony with the words "trade me to Venezuela." When the police arrived she told them: "Look, compañeros, I'm as revolutionary as the next guy, but if you want to see a Cuban doctor, you have to go to Venezuela."" ".... the one about the Cuban whose notice of his glaucoma operation arrived in 2005, three years after he died and five years after he had requested it. Nor was there any coverage of the town Mr. Botín writes about close to the city of Holguín, that in 2006 had one doctor serving five clinics treating 600 families." "...pulls back the curtain on "the Potemkin village" that foreigners see on official visits to Cuba. Behind the façade is desperate want. Food, water, transportation, access to health care, electricity, soap and toilet paper are all hard to come by." "On Nov. 29, in the city of Santa Clara, hundreds of students launched a spontaneous protest when they were denied access to a televised soccer match they had paid to watch. What began as a demand for refunds soon turned to shouts of "freedom," "down with Fidel" and "down with socialism," according to press reports." "In 2006, Mr. Botín says, a government minister admitted that 75.5% of the water pipes in Havana were "unusable" and "recognized that 60% of pumped water was lost before it made it to consumers." To "fix" the problem, the city began providing water in each neighborhood only on certain days. Havana water is also notoriously contaminated. Foreigners drink only the bottled stuff, which Cubans can't afford. In the rest of the country the quality and quantity of the water supply is even less reliable." "Mr. Suarez also reported that, according to Ms. Reed, Cuba is suffering an "embargo of medicine." But there is no embargo on food or medicine. The problem is that the government lacks the money to pay for new medicines that are protected under patent."
  19. I was in that duty free last month and nearly threw up in my mouth when I saw the prices. I actually did throw up a little when I saw the condition of the cigars! Travesty,
  20. It's just my two cents, but I agree with you and never mind the criticism. There's a huge difference though between a friendly "so, what the heck you doing over there on healthcare??" and some of language that gets tossed around. It's the difference between saying to Australians "Hey, what's up with the way you guys treat indigenous peoples and asylum seeking immigrants" and the currently accepted alternative meant to do nothing but cause offense: "Australia is getting bad press but it can get worse.... if you guys think you have the right to act in that manner.... I'd lose *enormous* respect for your country... I would find myself opposed to Australia in any way.... appalled at the arrogant actions of your country (or actions I speculate you might undertake at some future point) ....does your country really believe it's so superior it can treat people that way without reprisal.... do you want to become a pariah state and lose what allies you might still have.... what's next (Nazi) concentration camps and (Nazi) goose stepping? (You mean the Nazi's that we spent nearly a half million American lives on stopping???) Bottom line, in my opinion the language used is just pure invective used to create a highly negative atmosphere of disrespect and hostility. When you reach the point of using an Internet forum dedicated to cigar smoking and a quiet camaraderie and then tip it in the direction of accusing the US of being Nazi's over a debate about one Internet weirdo with some stolen emails, it deserves a comment in return.

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