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Malaysian Tentacles in Madagascar, Courier Fingers ‘Lizard King’

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Malaysia wildlife trafficking syndicates extend to Madagascar.   Those inside have known this for years.  Last summer, Malaysian authorities intercepted two Malagasy couriers trafficking wildlife to Malaysia.  The women were arrested and sentenced to a year in prison.  One of the women gave birth there.  Remarkably, Malaysian authorities made no significant investigation of the couriers one of whom filed a police report just before her departure last month fingering Anson Wong as her boss, along with a man she knew as “Vijay.”

Wildlife Department director, Abd Rasid Samsudin is accused today in Malaysian press of ‘Sleeping on the Job.’   ROAR, N Surendran, Lawyers for Liberty, and others are right.  Perhilitan has failed to make a single case against a wildlife trafficking kingpin in Malaysia.  There is a reason for it.

Passion in 2011

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Everybody who knows me knows I love art, history and culture.  That’s why I can’t wait for this year’s World Taxidermy Championships in St. Charles, Missouri.  I got to know St. Charles back when I was an accountant working for Arthur Andersen & Co.  AA had its own training college in St. Charles and so I remember trying to stay awake during the day, loosening my tie around 6, and jumping in the bed of a pickup truck to head into town for beer. 

The fact that a then Big 8 accounting firm allowed an old man to take it’s employees to town in the back of a pickup truck to avoid the liability of a booze bus says alot about the difference between the spirit and the letter of the law, and the downfall of AA.  But that’s a different story. 

The real reason to care about St. Charles today is the World Tax. Championships.  I went two years ago and will go again this year.  The mounts are amazing.  Here’s a shot I took of one of my favs:

I’ve got a bunch of cool projects in the works relating to passions around the world we never knew.  Reptiles were my passion when I was a boy and I got to write a book about them.  Now I’m going to spend some time telling the stories of what others are passionate about.  2011 promises to be a very fun year!

Bryan Christy “the Dumbest Guy in the Room.”

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Here’s an interview of me out today on by Dan Slater: 

Lots of lawyers leave law for writing. But in the annals of journalism trajectories, Bryan Christy’s career is unique

Dan is himself a fallen lawyer and really had some surprising under-the-skin questions.  Check out LongForum.