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    The Registrars Are Screaming - They Do Not Get It
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 19 2004, @06:47AM (#13613)
    The Registrars Are Screaming - They Do Not Get It

    The Registrars have always been the pawns in the
    ICANN game. They have not seen anything, YET, when
    it comes to budget increases. The 8 ICANN offices
    around the world are going to be expensive. The
    people staffing those offices will have to be very
    well paid to provide the illusion of stability and
    security, that is part of the show. Note, those
    people will never be in the office and they will
    not have any real work to do, but, they will be
    paid like diplomats in embassies and have very
    large expense accounts to entertain visiting
    dignitaries. They will of course have full access
    to a fleet of limos and private jets at each

    There will always be one private yacht docked at
    each location and another one in transit to
    another one of the locations. That is a total of
    16 mega-yachts for the corporation to fund.
    Those will all be the Model 75. There will be
    an additional 8 yachts at each location for
    local entertainment. Those will be the Model 55
    and not have the range of the 75s and will not
    venture far from the home-port. With volume
    pricing and a world-wide management staff the
    Registrars will not have to pay as much to
    maintain the fleet. Since it is all "non-profit"
    donations will be expected for those people who
    stay on the yachts.

    At the moment, it appears that the fleet of
    helicopters at each location is on hold. The
    consensus is that local providers can be called
    upon for those services. Governments also seem
    willing to provide those services. That allows
    for that cozy government-industy (public-private)
    partnership that is the hallmark of ICANN.
    When the Senators want to get away and helicopter
    to one of the ICANN yachts, they will just have
    to pick up the phone and the staff will make it
    happen. The staff of babes will of course make
    sure the Senators are very comfortable with their

    The Registrars do not seem to get it. They are
    expected to pay for this. They will not be invited
    to the parties. They are pawns and peasants in
    the ICANN game.

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    The Budget only Shows ONE Model 55 per Office
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 19 2004, @07:58AM (#13614)
    "There will be
    an additional 8 yachts at each location for
    local entertainment. Those will be the Model 55"

    The Budget only Shows ONE Model 55 per Office

    That should probably be:

    "There will be
    an additional 8 yachts, ONE at each location for
    local entertainment. Those will be the Model 55"
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Is Esther Going to Run the Middle East ICANN Digs?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday May 19 2004, @08:33AM (#13616)
    blogging from Beirut
    by Esther Dyson | May 4, 2004 05:48PM (EDT) | #

    I just spent three days in Lebanon, so now I am an expert. ;)

    But I do know a little bit more now than I did before, and it pains me to see such a wonderful country, full of enterprising people, failing to use its resources. While I was there, courtesy of my friend Samer Salty, a Lebanese now living in London and running a VC firm (Zouk), we managed to meet with a couple of government officials.
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