Archive | June, 2011

Infographic: Too Big To Fail

30 Jun

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Source: Credit Blog [via The Big Picture]

2,000 Years In One Chart

29 Jun

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«By this reckoning, over 28% of all the history made since the birth of Christ was made in the 20th century. Measured in years lived, the present century, which is only ten years old, is already “longer” than the whole of the 17th century. This century has made an even bigger contribution to economic history. Over 23% of all the goods and services made since 1AD were produced from 2001 to 2010

The Economist Has More Here.

HT: Mark J. Perry.

$1 Billion That Nobody Wants

28 Jun

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Coins before Euro - European Coins In Circulation

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From NPR’s Planet Money:

«Politicians in Washington hardly let a few minutes go by without mentioning how broke the government is. So, it’s a little surprising that they’ve created a stash of more than $1 billion that almost no one wants.

Unused dollar coins have been quietly piling up in Federal Reserve vaults in breathtaking numbers, thanks to a government program that has required their production since 2007.

And even though the neglected mountain of money recently grew past the $1 billion mark, the U.S. Mint will keep making more and more of the coins under a congressional mandate.»

Read The Stories Here And Here.

History Of The British Empire

27 Jun

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What Can I Say, Ferguson’s Work Is Pretty Addictive! British History Is Essential To Understand The Spread Of Capitalism.

«Niall Ferguson takes us on a fascinating journey in both time and space to explore the impact of the British empire on the modern world. From the earliest British settlers in Virginia to the decline of the empire in the aftermath of the two World Wars, positive and negative aspects of the empire are illustrated through key events and players.»

Episodes:

Heaven’s Breed 1/5

The Mission 2/5

White Plague 3/5

Maxim Force 4/5

Empire for Sale 5/5

Gaddafi’s Gold Dinar

26 Jun

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Several Sources Claim That The Intervention In Libya Is Really About Blocking Muammar Gaddafi’s Plan To Implement The Gold Dinar.

«Some believe it is about protecting civilians, others say it is about oil, but some are convinced intervention in Libya is all about Gaddafi’s plan to introduce the gold dinar, a single African currency made from gold, a true sharing of the wealth.

It’s one of these things that you have to plan almost in secret, because as soon as you say you’re going to change over from the dollar to something else, you’re going to be targeted, says Ministry of Peace founder Dr James Thring. There were two conferences on this, in 1986 and 2000, organized by Gaddafi. Everybody was interested, most countries in Africa were keen.»

Source: RT.com

World Wealth Report 2011

26 Jun

The World’s Wealthiest People are now richer than before the Financial Crisis, according to the Capgemini / Merrill Lynch World Wealth Report.

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Just About Everything I Enjoy

26 Jun

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