We don't want the NSA tracking us, because we get nothing in return. It tries to sell us on "terrorism prevention," but most people don't experience that benefit in a visceral way. But this is not to say Americans won't give up privacy for anything.
On the contrary, Americans are very, very cheap dates. For just a modicum of convenience, entertainment and comfort, I'm happy to give you a list of everyone I call and everywhere I go. That's more than I'm sure the NSA has on me. And despite your privacy concerns, most of you are exactly the same way.
The bank safe swimming pool containing 8 Million real Swiss coins is currently located in Basel, Switzerland. This is the original bank safe from the former "Schweizer Volksbank" and known to be one of the finest Swiss piece of craftwork in the early 20th Century. It is in very good shape and still usable as a bank deposit safe. It will be removed from it's original location and be replaced anywhere in the world. You'll freely decide what happens with it.
The coins in this safe already have a celebrity status: They were dumped out publicly at the national square in Berne, Switzerland on 4th October 2013. With no security and no boundaries. This event had a strong international impact from Las Vegas via Moscow and Dubai to China. Triggering international and national debates for example in The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine and Russia Today.
This is not just an investment in a historical, exclusive and certainly unique object but also an investment in a global cultural impulse.
Original Swiss Bank Deposit Safe
- Year of contruction: 1912
- Swiss handmade craftsman piece of work
- Total of 1619 deposit boxes
- All keys available
- Dimensions: total length: 22.3m; height: 2.2m; width: 0.54m
- Containing 5 Elements
- Current room dimensions: 9.38 x 4.87
- Boxes and lockers are a handmade fabrication of steel and brass
- Plinth elements of marble
- Additional middle corpus is already in the Swiss National Museum in Zurich
- 8 Million pieces of Swiss 5 cent coins ("Rappen")
- 15 tons of "liquid" money
- Dimension of the money: 6m3
- Alloy: Copper 92% / Aluminium 6% / Nickel 2%
- Caliber: 17,15 mm, Weight: 1,80 g, Thickness: 1,25 mm
This is actually exactly what my guest room looks like. Except that I don't have a marble plinth. Gotta get one of those. Bitches love plinths.
A South Korean plastic surgeon faces a fine after building "bone towers'' in his Gangnam district clinic filled with jawbone shards from hundreds of patients, a local official said Thursday.
The clinic specialises in jaw procedures, which are very popular in South Korea, especially among women aspiring to a thinner facial look with a V-shaped chin.
The local official said it also contravened regulations requiring the disposal and incineration of body parts removed in medical procedures.
"We visited the clinic after some people filed complaints and plan to slap a fine of three million won ($3171),'' said the official, who declined to be identified.
"Plus it does look unseemly,'' said the official, who added that the clinic had now removed the twin structures.
A 42-year-old male electrician presented to the eye clinic with decreasing vision 4 weeks after an electrical burn of 14,000 V to the left shoulder. His vision in both eyes was limited to perception of hand motions, with an intraocular pressure of 14 mm Hg in each eye. Slit-lamp examination showed bilateral stellate anterior subcapsular opacities of the lens (top panels, right and left). Dilated funduscopic examination showed scattered cotton-wool spots and bilateral optic-nerve pallor, which was greatest in the left eye (bottom panels, right and left).
During yesterday's hearing, Michael Watson, the shuttle company representative, defended his company's operations, saying, "We've used Muni stops for 10 years cooperatively." It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to recast a behavior that is, in point of fact, illegal as a virtuous act of private-public collaboration. San Francisco's Curb Priority Law prohibits non-Muni vehicles from blocking bus stops, a law that carries a $271 fine. Bus blockaders say that the various tech companies owe San Francisco $1 billion in fines for their illegal use of the stops over the past decade. [...] Google, Facebook and Apple aren't facing millions in unpaid parking fines, however, because the MTA hasn't been writing the tickets. Since the shuttles began using public bus stops, they've simply flouted the law without consequences.
Not only has San Francisco allowed tech companies to violate the law with impunity, but now that public outcry has made some kind of action politically expedient, the MTA seems to have allowed the industry to write the very regulations that are supposed to rein them in. [...] Under the guise of regulating the shuttles, the program regularizes the status quo -- allowing the private buses to continue using the approximately 200 bus stops it already uses for a nominal fee. (Large employers like Google are expected to pay about $100,000 per year; were Google to be charged the $271 fine, its bill would balloon to $27.1 million each year.) [...] If Muni simply enforced its current laws instead of creating this new program, the monetary benefit to the city would be significantly higher.
This might not anger San Franciscans so much were it not for the fact that the MTA does enforce its laws, harshly, against individuals. Several speakers at the hearing had received tickets for the same behavior Google buses get away with daily -- pulling into a bus stop to drop someone off. And while the $271 fine may be insignificant to a company like Google, it's a potentially devastating sum for people struggling to get by in a city where the cost of living seems to rise by the day. [...]
This is the contradiction of the Google Bus, and it's one that should resonate across the country. The Google Bus is the embodiment of a system that indemnifies the actions of corporations while increasingly criminalizing and punishing individuals. Google and its ilk have always known that they could break the law right up until the day they were invited to make new laws. That is the power of corporate wealth, and in San Francisco as in the rest of the country, it rules supreme.