bizarre SNAFU Key West goings on, and some horsing around


Try this on, sent yesterday by my first Bashinsky cousin Leo:


LOL Bash-Just in case you have not seen

Outsourced: Employee Sends Own Job To China; Surfs Web

by Bill Chappell

January 16, 2013 3:00 PM

Plugged in, but not at work: Web security personnel were called in to find out how a company’s network was being accessed from China. They found that an employee had outsourced his own job.

AFP/AFP/Getty Images

What began as a company’s suspicion that its infrastructure was being hacked turned into a case of a worker outsourcing his own job to a Chinese consulting firm, according to reports that cite an investigation by Verizon’s security team. The man was earning a six-figure salary.

The anonymous company, identified only as a critical infrastructure firm, asked Verizon’s Web security personnel to look into data that showed its virtual private network was being accessed from China — even as the employee whose credentials were used to log in from overseas was sitting in the company’s offices, using his computer.

As Emil Protalinski writes at The Next Web, the company’s security measures included a coded fob which, the investigating team learned, a code developer had shipped to Shenyang, China, so that a company there could perform his assigned work.

And it turns out that the job done in China was above par — the employee’s “code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building,” according to the Verizon Security Blog.

It seems that Verizon has removed the page publishing this “case study” — either that, or it has merely become unavailable for some other reason. But a cached version of the story offers more details. The report, which assigns the inventive employee the fictitious name of “Bob,” described him as a family guy in his 40s, with extensive software knowledge.

After they were called in to look for rogue software that allowed hackers to perfectly mimic an employee’s log-in, and maintain an active and secure connection, the investigators instead found “hundreds of .pdf notices from a third party contractor/developer in (you guessed it) Shenyang, China.”

The Verizon team even found that “Bob” kept a regular schedule at his office:

9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos

11:30 a.m. – Take lunch

1:00 p.m. – Ebay time.

2:00 – ish p.m Facebook updates – LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management.

5:00 p.m. – Go home

And as they learned, his schedule also included sending less than one-fifth of his salary to the Chinese firm. Verizon’s investigators say the evidence they uncovered suggests “Bob” might have had similar arrangements at several companies.

“All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually,” according to the Security Blog.

It is not yet clear whether “Bob” has read former kickboxer Tim Ferriss’s book The 4-Hour Workweek, which explores ideas that include “Outsourcing Life” and “Disappearing Act: How to Escape the Office.”


I replied to Leo:

Hilarious, maybe I can outsource my job to some poor schmuck in China :-)


Hmmm, wonder if the School District can hire this obvious genius to come live in the Keys and teach Keys high school students how to do the same thing he did – pure capitalism, why would Verizon or any other U$A company object?


Yesterday afternoon, Larry Murray alerted me to this article in the Keynoter. I ain’t even sure I want to comment on this cluster you know what.


Schools chief overrules principal, reinstates players


Posted – Saturday, January 19, 2013 11:00 AM EST

Two Key West High School basketball stars — charged in September with stealing electronics and money from members of the school band and wrestling team — have been reinstated amid controversy, although one will not be allowed to play after his arrest this week in a domestic altercation.

The band-room incident — involving senior Je’Quan Lopez and junior Anthony Rice — surprised and embarrassed a basketball program that thrived last season when the Conchs went 16-1 and enthralled a sports-minded town that usually reserves its enthusiasm for fishing and baseball.

“I anticipate that not everyone will agree,” Monroe County schools superintendent Mark Porter said of his decision to allow the players to rejoin the team, which was made in December even though Key West Principal Amber Bosco recommended that the players sit out the entire season.

Bosco said she has received “a lot of e-mails from parents and staff” expressing displeasure over the reinstatements.

Porter’s decision, however, appeared to become moot, at least in one case, after it was learned Wednesday that Lopez was again ineligible after being arrested by Key West police Tuesday night at the George Allen Apartments and charged with domestic battery by strangulation. He was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center.

“He hit his girlfriend,” Glenwood Lopez, the player’s grandfather said. “He was visiting their [newborn] baby.”

Discussing his decision, Porter said Lopez and Rice — who initially had been suspended from school for 10 days (they were not expelled) after the band-room thefts — “fulfilled a 45-day placement” at the district’s alternative school in Key West and also wrote letters of apology to band members and school officials.

“There was a lot of input and deliberation to find a middle ground to resolve a difficult situation,” he said. Bosco said letters were received from Lopez but not from Rice.

Lopez, 17, the son of boys basketball coach Anton Lopez, and Rice, who turned 17 this month, were arrested on felony charges Sept. 12 after marching-band members returned from an outdoor practice to discover phones and cash missing from bags and purses they had left in the band room.

According to a police report, five phones, five iPods and two head-phone sets valued at close to $3,000 were taken, as was $140 in cash. Some items were taken from wrestling-team members, whose bags had been left in the school weight room, the report said.

Surveillance cameras and teachers helped officers identify Lopez and Rice. Most of the electronics were returned to their owners.

Contacted this week in the band room, band director Gary Hernandez said, “There’s mixed opinion within the community as to what should be done.” When he discovered the thefts, he had believed “it must have been somebody from the community — to find out it was two students was a little surprising.”

Anton Lopez — who appealed Bosco’s recommendation to Porter — said his son has been on probation in the court system. A Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman said he could not discuss the case, and it could not be determined if a court hearing for the two players has been scheduled.

Because Rice and Lopez have not been convicted, they theoretically would be eligible to play under the school’s student-athlete contract. Any student convicted of a felony, according to the contract, is “suspended from extra-curricular activities for the balance of the school year.”

“I know who my son is,” Anton Lopez said before practice on Tuesday afternoon. “He made a bad mistake, a juvenile mistake. From the day it happened, he knew that he was wrong.”

Glenwood Lopez — Anton’s father and Je’Quan’s grandfather — is a minister at Trinity Presbyterian Church, which both attend, and also referees Conch basketball games.

“We were all surprised,” he said, recalling his reaction upon hearing of the band-room thefts. “He’s shown remorse. It’s been a tough time because he hasn’t been able to play the sport he loves.”

The 6-foot-5 Rice and the 6-3 Lopez were standouts on last season’s team and considered college prospects. Rice could play next week, Bosco said, if he has a 2.0 grade-point average. She said it’s unlikely Lopez will be allowed to play in any of the team’s remaining games.

On Thursday, Glenwood Lopez talked about his grandson’s latest arrest — and also spoke softly about his son: “He’s devastated.”


How could the kid be devastated? It’s the people he did bad  things to, who should be devastated. And the kid’s preacher father.  And the kid’s mother, if she is still around. Well, it is a phenomenon that kids of ministers sometimes are known to get into more trouble. Even so, I don’t get how this kid and the other kid got reinstated.

The School District didn’t reinstate Superintendent of Schools Randy Acevdeo, who only covered up his wife’s thieving from the school district and from the students. Randy pled guilty to a felony and pretty well ended his political career, and maybe his business career, too – and he’s a Conch. But then, Randy never had a future as a college or perhaps even a professional basketball star. The Citizen’s sports section is almost as big as its news and editorial section.

Mark Porter said at the school board meeting where he was chosen to be the new superintendent, that he and his wife are people of faith. Maybe after Mark Porter gets done trying to resurrect these two self-devastated thieves back into society, he will try to resurrect Matthew Gelleran back to life, since he doesn’t seem eager to take down the perps who teased, hazed, harassed, bullied Matthew to the point he killed himself.


On that very same point, the beginning of an article in The Key West Citizen today – – muddies the water, emphasis added by me:


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Schools’ bullying policies studied

But teen’s recent suicide not directly linked to trend


One week ago today, ninth-grade Key West High School honor student Matthew Logan Gilleran shot himself at his Old Town home. He died later at a Miami hospital.


Compare the date of the shooting in that article with the date of the shooting in this earlier Citizen article:


Service at school for teen

Wednesday January 16, 2013

BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff

Key West High School students will hold a candlelight memorial service at 7 p.m. in the campus courtyard to honor the 14-year-old freshman boy who died Sunday from a suicidal gunshot to the head.

Matthew Logan Gilleran of Key West shot himself with an older-model .22-caliber handgun Friday afternoon at his home in the 1300 block of Villa Mill Lane, according to police spokeswoman Alyson Crean.


See also this lead into a Keynoter article:



Posted – Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:02 AM EST

There’s no evidence to suggest bullying or hazing had a factor in the suicide of 14-year-old Key West High School student Matthew Logan Gilleran, says schools Superintendent Mark Porter.
Police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said Gilleran shot himself in the head with an older-model .22-caliber revolver on Friday. The call came in at 4:39 p.m. from 1309 Villa Mill Lane. Gilleran died Sunday morning at a Miami hospital.


If young Matthew waited until Sunday to kill himself, as Terry Schmida wrote, that would take a lot of pressure off of Key West High School. Maybe Schmida mixed up the day of the shooting with the day Matthew was pronounced dead in a Miami hospital, where he was taken after he shot himself.

Despite what is being said by Superintendent of Schools Mark Porter and Key West High School Principal Amber Bosco, and others quoted in The Citizen, all that I have heard on the “coconut telegraph” is Matthew had a very bad day at School Friday, the teasing brought him to tears. He left school, went home, posted a Facebook farewell to his friends, and shot himself.

So far, I have not read in The Citizen or in the Keynoter, nor have I heard, any mention of anyone sitting down with each of young Matthew’s classmates, to give each of them a chance to tell what they know about what went on in class and school Friday before last, after which Matthew went home and shot himself.

I would say it is unbelievable that Mark Porter and the School Board members, together, did not meet with Matthew’s classmates yet, but the truth is, this school district is so SNAFU’d that anything it does, no matter how bizarre, is believable.

I am astounded that The Citizen Editorial Board has not demanded such an inquiry.


On another bizarre (SNAFU) front, this excerpt from another article in The Citizen today –


Worker: They told me to lie

SHAL’s insurance reportedly lapsed

BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff

A Key West man who worked on the city-funded homeless “mobile outreach program,” basically a caseworker in a recreational vehicle, this week accused its related nonprofit of telling him to lie about an on-the-job injury because its insurance had lapsed.

The Southernmost Homeless Assistance League (SHAL), the nonprofit the city hired to manage its overnight homeless shelter that also helped fund the RV project, let its worker’s compensation insurance lapse between Sept. 30 and Oct. 24, according to the state’s compliance database…

As a retired police officer, Lovejoy was very upset at the suggestion he lie on his medical forms, according to Gutierrez [Lovejoy’s attorney]…

Since Oct. 1, 2011, the city of Key West has assigned SHAL to manage its Keys Overnight Temporary Shelter (KOTS) on Stock Island…


I told Key West’s mayor and city commissioners and city manager not to let SHAL run KOTS or the mobile outreach bus. I told those officials SHAL was screwed up. I told those officials to let Nancy Banks run KOTS, and to hire her back after she was fired by SHAL’s Executive Director Wendy Coles. I told Wendy she was way out of her depth and should seek other work. I told Roger McVeigh, a respected Key West retired CPA (I think he’s a CPA), who now is Chairman of The School Board’s Audit & Finance Committee, who sits on SHAL’s Board of Directors, that he didn’t know anything about homeless people and running KOTs, and he should get SHAL out of that business. How does SHAL, with Roger sitting on its Board, not have Workmen’s Compensation Insurance? How does Roger not raise bloody public hell about that? What is Roger not raising bloody hell about that he sees is awry in the School District?



Try another joke on, forwarded yesterday by my duplicate bridge partner, aka alleged closet ex-CIA operator disguised as M.I.T. PhD graduate turned novelist and chef. He seems to be coming around. He used to only send Obama/liberal-bashing forwards. Now he seems to hate Congress altogether :-) 
Maybe the School District and the City of Key West need to hire this character, and that fellow who outsourced his job to China, to get their SNAFU’d houses in order.


Boudreaux, the smoothest-talking Cajun in the Louisiana National Guard, got called up to active duty. Boudreaux’s first assignment was in a military induction center.

Because he was a good talker, they assigned him the duty of advising new recruits about government benefits, especially the GI insurance to which they were entitled.
The officer in charge soon noticed that Boudreaux was getting a 99% sign-up rate for the more expensive supplemental form of GI insurance. This was remarkable, because it cost these low-income recruits $30.00 per month for the higher coverage, compared to what the government was already providing at no charge. The officer decided he’d sit in the back of the room at the next briefing and observe Boudreaux’s sales pitch.

Boudreaux stood up before the latest group of inductees and said, “If you has da normal GI insurans an’ you goes to Afghanistan an’ gets youself killed, da govment’ pays you benefishery $20,000.

“If you takes out da suppmental insurans, which cost you only t’irty dollars a munt, den da governmen’ gots ta pay you benefishery $400,000!
“Now,” Boudreaux concluded, “which bunch you tink dey gonna send ova deah?”
Maybe I should try to hire Boudreaux and the China outsourcer to represent me? Consider this not exactly a joke banter starting about two weeks ago with a Key West fellow I know somewhat, asked me to publish a press release he had written touting his new, perhaps his first novel, which would be published as an ebook.
I wrote back to him:
Given how little I hear from my “readers”, I ain’t too sure I know what most of their heartbeats is. Maybe they don’t want their heartbeats to appear in print. But it’s always good to hear from you.
The first link in your email seems misspelled and did not work probably because of that. The link to your address took me to something in Spanish. The third link worked, took me to your ebook publishe’s site. The first two links need fixing, a resend of your corrected email would be best.
I never have charged money for anything I published or touted by or about someone else. I have touted books by other authors, which I have read, but not any unread books, as far as I recall. It might be that I will need to read your novel, maybe do a review.
The general idea of ebook publishing has some appeal to me, given my own trials with mainstream publishing. I suppose people pay your publisher a fee to get a key that enables them to download your and other ebooks he represents? And I suppose your publisher’s authors get a royalty per ebook sold? Get back to me on all of that, and meantime I will snooze on it.

He wrote back:

Thanks! I’ll review what I sent and see where I screwed up. Appreciate your consideration!

I replied the next morning:

My sense from dreams yesterday in naps and before dawn today, to allow promotion of commercial enterprises on my websites, I should charge a fee. $100 comes to mind for publishing your email, with the corrections I suggested, to make it easy for my readers to open all the links you provided. If you wish for me to read your novel and review it in a post, that will cost $500 for my time and dreaming and writing sweat :-) , and will include publishing your corrected email. Sloan

He wrote back a few days later:

Sloan: I believe what you say is fair about the ad price. As far as the reading it, it’s traditional to send an advance copy to editors and they review it for free.

If writers paid for reviews, it would be like paying disk jockeys for playing their records on the radio …

I will get back to you. I should have sent you a free copy to read just for your enjoyment, if you liked it that is!

Take care!

I replied a few days later:

I think disk jockey’s, or their stations’ syndicates, pay musicians royalties for playing their songs on the air. I think actors are paid royalties for TV reruns of movies in which they had parts.

Traditional book publishers use in-house or outside public relations firms to promote new books. Public relations firms send books to book reviewers, hoping for a review, and sometimes they get one, and sometimes they don’t, and sometimes the review is favorable, and sometimes not. I know that from personal experience with book publishers and public relations firms and book reviewers.

Book reviewers tend to work for newspapers, magazines, etc., and are paid by their employers to review books. Disk jockeys are paid by their stations to play songs, promote advertisers’ products, talk to the audience, etc. Since I don’t get paid by my employers to publish what I do on my websites, on my dime, I do not see how you can liken me to newspapers, book reviewers and radio disk jockeys.

Beyond that, whatever kind of review someone else might write of your novel – Mark Howell probably can be persuaded to write a review for Solares Hill, or get someone else to write one – it won’t be anything like a review I would write. Nor would your getting interviewed about your novel by, say, Bill Becker on US 1 Radio be comparable to a review I might write. Do you remember writing to me that you got 100 new visitors to your website the same day I published and commented on one of your columns posted at your website?

As for reading your ebook, I don’t like reading virtual books. If you wish, though, send me a copy and I will try to overcome my resistance, because I want to know what I am allowing you to advertise on my websites.



He replied:



Stay tuned … for more bizarre SNAFU

Hmmm … I wonder if the Puritan school district and county government servers will let JFK!!! and SNAFU though?

Stay tuned …

Sloan Bashinsky

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