if you demand that somebody do something "for the children" I will teleport an angry badger right onto the top of your head.
In 2001 the Federal Reserve estimated that 90 percent of the $100 bills ordered by the Federal Reserve . . . were paid out to foreign banks "to satisfy foreign demand." . . . The $100 bill may be America's most successful export.
Most of the foreign Benjamins, it seems safe to assume, are in the possession of kleptocrats, drug lords, warlords, oligarchs, terrorists and assorted other varieties of extremely nasty and powerful people. It doesn't make a lot of sense to expand their supply of covert cash. . . .
So why do we keep printing $100 bills? [I]f the C-note ceased to be available to foreign criminals and dictators, another paper currency would take its place. The leading candidate would be the 500 euro note . . . nicknamed "the Bin Laden" because its compactness makes it so convenient to hide ill-gotten gains in. . . .
-- Slate, Dec. 9 2010
After terminating and redesigned the spoons in 1979, McDonald’s was left with millions of the old ones in storage. To rid its supply, the company continued disseminating them to its franchises abroad.
While the representative’s intention was to deride the anti-drug crusaders’ attack, his stunt fell on the wrong ears -- those belonging to former President of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth, Joyce Nalepka. Though Nalepka left the hearing without a chance to testify, she spent her whole drive home “searching for some way to counteract [the PTA’s] McDonald’s spoon statement.”
Then it hit her: she’d contact McDonald’s, inform the company of its utensil’s bad rap on the street, and demand they discontinue it.
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