Billions over Baghdad.
"Between April 2003 and June 2004, $12 billion in U.S. currency—much of it belonging to the Iraqi people—was shipped from the Federal Reserve to Baghdad
, where it was dispensed by the Coalition Provisional Authority. Some of the cash went to pay for projects and keep ministries afloat, but, incredibly, at least $9 billion has gone missing, unaccounted for, in a frenzy of mismanagement and greed. Following a trail that leads from a safe in one of Saddam's palaces to a house near San Diego, to a P.O. box in the Bahamas, the authors
discover just how little anyone cared about how the money was handled."
posted by homunculus
on Sep 27, 2007 -
The top-rated Greek news channel is Alpha TV's. Tonight's second-lead story: outrage and disgust
, a quite obvious web hoax
that is even listed
as one on Open Directory (and which took this Googling non-journalist about 60 seconds to discover). The breathless commentary on this "instance of American self-indulgence"? how this is a first step towards a new Orwellian society --ironic considering they are spreading disinformation through mass-media, just like Mr. Orwell predicted...
posted by costas
on Feb 18, 2006 -
"To achieve memorable badness is not so easy.
It has to be done innocently, by a poet unaware of his or her defects. The right combination of lofty ambition, humorless self-confidence, and crass incompetence is rare and precious. "
I wish I was talanted enough to write something really bad. At best, I flirt with the mundane.
posted by grumblebee
on Jun 25, 2000 -