American filmmaker imprisoned in Venezuela released and kicked out of the country

Tim Tracy, the American documentary filmmaker who was arrested and imprisoned by the Cuban-run dictatorship of Venezuela has been released and kicked out of the country.

Via Fox News Latino:

U.S. Filmmaker Tim Tracy Released From Venezuelan Prison; Expelled From Country

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A U.S. filmmaker who was arrested In Venezuela for allegedly instigating unrest was released from custody and expelled from the Latin American nation, his attorney said Wednesday.

Tim Tracy, a 35-year old documentary filmmaker from Los Angeles, boarded a flight from Caracas early Wednesday morning bound for Miami after being released from Venezuela’s notorious El Rodeo prison. He was arrested in April at the Caracas airport for allegedly fomenting unrest and funding opponents of President Nicolás Maduro.

Tracy was released because there was not sufficient evidence to hold him, his attorney Daniel Rosales told Globovision.

“Everything worked out well in the end,” Rosales said, according to reporter Girish Gupta via his twitter account.

Tracy’s release was secured with the help of former U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said Tracy’s sister, Tiffany Tracy Klaasen.

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A personal note

I just returned from three days in Puerto Rico for a work conference. Beautiful place with fantastic vistas on the north coast. I imagine that the blue of their part of the Caribbean is as beautiful as the blue that surrounds our sad island to the west of them. I would also like to praise an institution that gets bashed very often, and, I think, unjustifiably so: Miami International Airport. MIA is, of all the airports I’ve used, the best. The new amenities in the American Airlines concourse are second to none — the place is very well run. My two forays there this weekend were trouble-free and pleasant. Kudos to all.

Sometimes, they just don’t get it

Google, is an incredibly shortsighted and rather stupid decision, has decided to shutter Google Reader on July 1 of this year.

Google is a leviathan in web services and I have to use a few of their services out of sheer convenience. Reader was one of them. (I hate their mail program.) I track my 167 feeds with ease and I’m able to send articles to the Babalu team with relative ease. Now, that will all be gone, and sorely missed. I’m trying out an alternative on the web that was recommended to me: Feedly. I’ll report over the next couple of weeks if I like it enough to keep it.

BTW, someone else found out about Google’s decision to kill Reader and he was rather pissed, as are the rest of us Reader users.

A housekeeping note

As you may recall, BabaluBlog converted to WordPress from the Movable Type blogging platform almost exactly four years ago (February 16, 2009). We’ve been very happy with the change despite some glitches and gremlins here and there.

As a result of that conversion all posts prior to that date were duplicated on both platforms, including old images. This has caused a few issues (primarily with Google searches) which we are fixing effective today. All prior posts have to be found by using the search engine on the left navigation bar (Pinar del Rio) and entering the desired keyword. The blog will give a “Not Found” error message if the old Babalu v1 HTML page is referenced in the URL. We will be archiving every single HTML and image file.

Please report any unusual page behavior to mt2wpgremlins AT babalublog DOT com and we’ll look into it.

That is all.

A WordPress housekeeping note

As some of you have noticed, I had added a plugin to our WordPress installation that allowed you to edit your comments after posting. Unfortunately, it appears that that plugin has gone from “free” to “subscribe” and I’ve had to disable it. I have a strong suspicion that it was the cause of the commenting issues all of us have been experiencing for the last few days. I’d appreciate if you constant readers would let me know if the commenting engine is back to normal.

That is all.

A major housekeeping note (UPDATED)

Well, it seems everything has gone well with our upgrade. We are now using the latest and greatest version of WordPress. I’d like all of you be testers now that the site is back online. If you notice any strange web behavior, or pages not resolving, or pages not looking right, or anything that you may think is amiss — remember this is about the site, not about Democrats — send an email to WPUPG2012 at BABALUBLOG dot COM so we can trace the problem.

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