“So let’s assume that the certificates are real, as German media seems to believe and which, by the way, makes logical sense given what they were and the sheer impossibility of cashing a fake $500 million bond.
On the one hand we have the impossibility of the bonds being real, because there simply isn’t $130 billion of issues remaining outstanding. On the other hand we have the impossibility of negotiating a fake $500 million bearer instrument, making the exercise of counterfeiting one expensive and futile.
See, Bearer Bonds are issued without registration - they are as anonymous as a $100 bill in terms of who owns them. That’s one of their “features”, and why they were often used for various clandestine money operations.”—
“Think about it: These two guys were carrying the gross domestic product of New Zealand or enough for three Beijing Olympics. If economies were for sale, the men could buy Slovakia and Croatia and have plenty left over for Mongolia or Cambodia. Yes, they could have built vacation homes amidst Genghis Khan’s Gobi Desert or the famed Temples of Angkor. Bernard Madoff who?”—
“What’s so astounding about the performance of the MSM in response to Iranian events is that there is nothing preventing the NYTimes or CNN or MSNBC or WaPo from doing what you’re doing. NOTHING. What you’re doing doesn’t require a staff of hundreds or budgets in the millions. No, what it requires are the most fundamental requirements for journalism: an intense curiosity about the outside world, the unquenchable desire to communicate what you learn, and the willingness to work your ass off to make it all happen. You give a shit, and the MSM doesn’t. It’s that simple.”—The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
“In the context of software, the word “Enterprise” has now officially come to mean software that sucks. Enterprise Software hit the nadir of suckitude at the launch of “Enjoy SAP” This is like the American Dental Association launching “Enjoy Root Canal”. SAP is certainly an easy target, but lets face it, “Enterprise Software” is generally a poorly integrated mess.”—
“I couldn’t find the bottle of regular Absolut, so I used the Apeach flavor. It’s marked 80 proof, and I don’t see any residue. The only thing remaining is a pleasant peach smell on my fingers.”—Justin Low » Vodka: Lens Cleaner
This is Apple’s response to Maza Digital about why their app that controls the Transmission BitTorrent client was rejected. That’s right, the app itself does no uploading or downloading but was still rejected because it might be used to infringe copyright.
This is unacceptable. I love the convenience and quality of the App Store, but if this kind of behavior keeps up, I’m going to have to reevaluate whether or not to keep doing business with the App Store.
“One fighter climbed into the lion enclosure but was immediately killed by Marjan, the zoo’s most famous inhabitant. The man’s brother returned the next day and lobbed a hand grenade at the lion leaving him toothless and blind.”—Free the Afghanistan 1! « Prison Photography
“But wait: The conveyer belts, the prices, the smart salespeople, the fact that they recommend cheaper products almost as a rule — none of these is actually the most amazing thing about B&H. Really, the most amazing thing is that because the owners of B&H are Orthodox Jews — Hasidim, in fact — the store closes every Friday afternoon for the Jewish Sabbath, and on Jewish holidays. Moreover, B&H’s website, which reportedly accounts for 70 percent of sales, shuts down, too. Bhphotovideo.com is, to my knowledge, the only major online retailer that closes for 25 hours every weekend.”—Why Circuit City Failed, and Why B&H Thrives, Managing Technology Article - Inc. Article
“We all know when we see somebody acting badly in a film, but the same thing can happen in a photograph. We also know when this happens, but somehow people never mention it. Probably because it’s not polite.”—Colin Pantall’s blog: How not to Photograph: Deadpan
“One of the things that I try to show in my book is that these debates were not won on their own merits. They were often won using violence, by actually eliminating the left, in countries in Latin America, and then declaring ideological victory.”—
“One student emailed me because my section conflicted with his regular golf game. He instructed me to make arrangements to have my section videoed so he could watch it at his leisure. I forwarded the email to the professor supervising me as a joke, but he promptly arranged a video crew to come to my section.”—Those greedy, self-serving MBAs | Free exchange | Economist.com