As Italy plans fiscal money to subvent ECB and Euro, there is another interesting story from the country.
Italian Mafia still uses Old Lira notes!
Italy’s proposed mini T-Bills may be pie in the sky for now, but it appears the country already has another currency floating around — the old lira.
A senior police officer revealed this week that domestic criminal organizations are still using the pre-euro currency for illicit transactions. It’s not clear how the former notes are ultimately exchanged for euros, if at all, though he said officers are still uncovering them. The lira ceased to be legal tender at the end of February 2002.
“We still discover big amounts of liras,” Giuseppe Arbore, a deputy in the Guardia di Finanza, which investigates financial crimes, said at a parliamentary hearing on Thursday. “Italian liras still constitute parts of illicit transactions.’’
Arbore’s remarks prompted amazement among lawmakers…
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The word “eugenic” is an unquestionably negative adjective –tagging something eugenic is to disparage it, except in the rare case of someone who attempts to resuscitate some aspect of the vilified American eugenics movement. However, if asked, it is doubtful that those who employ the term to vilify something they object to can give an accurate definition of the term. Those who turn to the history of science to define the term are likely to be frustrated. The American eugenics movement was in fact so broad and historical scholarship on it has been so profuse that by the end of the twentieth century the word “eugenics” was applied to so many different activities that it was of little use in describing much of anything. And, since every industrialized country in the world had some kind of program under the rubric “eugenics” the problem becomes more acute if we move beyond…
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A Guardian report on damages awarded to the UK-based pro-Palestinian “charity” Interpal has obfuscated the organisation’s terror ties.
The June 13th article by Matthew Weaver (“Daily Mail pays damages over hate festival allegations”) reported that the Daily Mail “paid £120,000 in damages plus costs to a UK-based humanitarian charity after the paper falsely accused it of funding a “hate festival” in Palestine which acted out the murder of Jews”.
Though that particular charge appears to have been untrue, the Guardian journalist then goes on to downplay the fact that interpal is widely reported to be affiliated with Hamas.
The second article, which appeared on the Mail Online website, referred to Interpal as a “specially designated global terrorist organisation”. It failed to mention that this referred to a contested designation made by the George Bush administration in 2003, which the charity has always denied and for which the US has…
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