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Russian Bank Hires Strippers

TO the Unibank, Russia, where your deposits and withdrawals – ooooh, missus – are serenaded by a gyrating stripper and her gyrating stripper chums in an effort to drum up new custom..

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Posted: 20th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Money, Photojournalism | Comment


Bus Tours Of AIG Executives’ Homes

IN the US, Connecticut’s Vote Working Families – “formed by a coalition of community organizations, labor unions and neighborhood activists to hold politicians accountable on the issues that matter most to working and middle class families like good jobs, affordable healthcare, decent living wage jobs, fair taxes, good schools, reasonable utility rates and more – is offering bus-tours of the mansions of the AIG executives.

We’re all mad at AIG. Their executives bear a large share of the responsibility for bringing the economy to it’s knees, and now the same folks are getting hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses — at our expense. Join us for a field trip to bring them the message.

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Posted: 20th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment (1)


AIG Recruits Che Guevara

AIG has made its demands known – unless bonuses are paid in full than something bad might happen to you one day. It’s best to be sure so pay up without delay.

Protection is all. Do we understand each other?

In the spirit of achiveing a mutal understanding, AIG has now recruited Che Guevara to run its financial products division.

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Posted: 18th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment (1)


Cisco Worker Twitters Themself Out Of A Job

HERE’S the job seeker talking about their new roel at Cisco:

Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.

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Posted: 18th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment (1)


RBS Wants To Know Your Politics When You Open An Account

MOONBATTERY picks up this gem on how RBS has asks anyone seeking yo open a new account for their political leanings:

Fraser Nelson makes the call:

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Posted: 17th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


People Are Like Fleas On Your Dog

PEOPLE are like fleas on a dog. Kepe pople off your dog.

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Posted: 17th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comment


The McDonald’s Drive THROUGH

THE McDonald’s DRive Thru is attacked by pedants.

WE give you the McDonald’s Drive Through.

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Posted: 16th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comments (2)


How To Order The McDonald’s Gangbang

THE McDonald’s Gang Bang is all you need to know about American culture in a bun.

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Posted: 14th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comments (3)


The Ski Jump Toilet

THE Ski Jump toilet in Japan.

Guaranteed to end constipation in a jiffy.

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Posted: 13th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comment


Belgian Stock Market Faces Down World

BELGIUM. Chocolate. Chips. Fat detectives. Pluck. And thriving capital markets:

Web clip from the BBC stock marketwatch pages

Web clip from the BBC stock marketwatch pages

Spotter; Matt Buck

Posted: 13th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Ben & Jerry’s And Häagen-Dazs In Ice Cream Wars

ICE-CREAM maker Häagen-Dazs is feeling pinch. It is reducing the size of its cartons:

Over the past few years, the cost of all-natural ingredients, like fresh eggs, top-quality raspberries and Madagascar vanilla, has increased by an average of 25%. “The energy required to make and deliver our products has risen in cost as well, despite the recent dip in gasoline prices. “To offset increasing costs, we did not consider reducing the quality of our ingredients or the care we take in making your ice cream, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. We opted instead to slightly reduce some of our carton sizes.

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Posted: 12th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Bernie Madoff Offers Victims Apology And Opportunity

US financier Bernard Madoff has been jailed after pleading guilty to all 11 charges surrounding an estimated $50bn (£35bn) fraud.

The Wall Street Journal reports Madoff”s words:

“I am actually grateful for this opportunity to publicly comment about my crimes, for which I am deeply sorry and ashamed,” he told U.S. District Judge Denny Chin.

“As the years went by, I realized my risk, and this day would inevitably come,” he said in a steady voice. “I cannot adequately express how sorry I am for my crimes.”

Posted: 12th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Drug Dealer Joaquin Guzman Loera On Forbes Rich List

AT Number 71 in the Forbes Rich List is Joaquin Guzman Loera:

Loera is “Mexico’s most wanted man”. His nickname is “El Chapo” (Shorty). He heads the Sinaloa cartel, and once escaped from federal prison in 2001, reportedly through the laundry, wrapped up in a pair of ankle socks.

Where he is now, we can’t say, but given his size, he could be hiding where no-one will find him, such as in the Trophy Room at Manchester City, on stage with Phil Collins or fronting a prime-time chat show on BBC3.

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Posted: 12th, March 2009 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment


The Bullet-Proof Gentlemen’s Pocket Square Handkerchief

FOR the modern man about town: “The Damned is a Bullet-Proof* Gentlemen’s Pocket Square measuring 270 mm x 270, made from lemon Military Grade Ballistic Strength Aramid Fibre – to protect the hearts of men.”

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Posted: 12th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comments (3)


For Sale: The Ultimate Swedish House Of Mirrors

IN Sweden, you can buy this house. The Swedish hosue of mirrors. The inside is a reflection of the owner…

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Posted: 11th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comment (1)


Israel Sells Arms To India With Bollywood Tribute

ISRAELI arms company Rafael is selling goods and services to the Indians. It’s marketing campaign is delivered in the form of a Bollywood video while dancing between missiles.

To the tune of Shakira’s Whenever, Wherever:

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Posted: 11th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Spot The Transexual: Which Vegetable Drink Model Is It?

IN Japan, Ayana Tsubaki, Yu, and Yuko Ogura are advertising a new vegetable drink.

One of them is not a girl.

You are fresh off ship and have ten-minutes shore leave. Which one?

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Posted: 11th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comments (4)


MEN Media Sacks Journalists, And Alan Rusbridger’s Pension

THE Press Gazette reports on job losses MEN Media – “publisher of the Manchester Evening News and related weeklies, has told staff that 150 jobs are to go and all weekly editorial offices will be closed.”

Staff on the newspapers, part of the Guardian Media Group, were told of the job cuts in a series of briefings with management this morning.

The number of jobs going in editorial is 78. According to the National Union of Journalists, half of the journalism job cuts will come from the MEN itself.

As a result, the MEN editorial team will shrink from 90 to about 50.

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Posted: 10th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Fake Rust Car Protection Kit

INTRODUCING the anti-theft car protectiosn kit:

These rust and scratch stickers are designed to make your beautiful bike/car look rusted and scratched so that passing thieves assume it’s not worth stealing due to its apparent shabbyness.

Note. This anti-theft device is not guaranteed to work in any way.

However I have stuck them to my shiney new red bike and can confirm it hasn’t been stolen yet. 13 days of not being stolen in London probably equates to 7 years of non-stealing in the friendly countryside.

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Posted: 10th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment (1)


Bottled English Channel Water Sold As Health Remedy

TO you, mon brave, £10 for a vial of Afrin PureSea Hydrating Nasal Rinse – “the only nasal rinse product made of 100 per cent purified seawater”.

Harvested from the waters between Ye Olde England and La Belle France, AFHNR – an onomatopoeic acronym rooted in the sounds made by the waters cascading from your face – will clear your tubes.

Bathers in Bournemouth will know the sensation well as unrefined AFHNR washes over you and in you like a foamy wave time after time after time. Or else lie back and squeeze your wet costume over your face, taking care to inhale.

Afrin PureSea Medium Stream provides a continuous stream of 100% purified sea water, whereas Afrin PureSea Gentle Mist and Ultra-Gentle Mist provide a lighter flow of sea water in the form of a mist.

For really blocked passages the Heavy Gale setting invokes an August Bank Holiday on beach in Torquay, and Light Drizzle any weekend in June.

But what else is AFHNR, marketed to Americans as the seaside experience in a mist? This Q and A from the company’s website:

Q: What is nasal irrigation?
A: Nasal irrigation — or nasal rinsing — is the holistic process of flushing the nasal cavity with a liquid solution. The solution, often salt water, is used to wash the nasal passages and cleanse them of impurities. Afrin PureSea is the only nasal rinse to use a specially formulated, ready-to-use, sterile solution of 100% purified sea water for maximum comfort. Afrin PureSea is clinically proven to gently and effectively cleanse nasal and sinus passages so you can breathe freely.

Interesting. Pure seawater. What else?

Q: What if the fluid doesn’t come out my other nostril when I rinse with Afrin® PureSea™?

You’ve swallowed it?

AFHNR might, of course, be the answer to someone’s prayers.

Posted: 8th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Viral Marketing THE PEPSI GRAVITATIONAL FIELD

THE PEPSI GRAVITATIONAL FIELD is viral marketing at its best.

Currently doing the rounds on aggregator sites is this wonderful and bizarre marketing document supposedly produced by the Arnell Group during their recent redesign of the Pepsi brand. Check out the SCIENCE that’s gone into this process:

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Posted: 8th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


How Amazon And Money Publishing Got Dated

These books, which I found on Amazon, are still for sale. A collage like this (but better) ought to be a museum piece somewhere. Or a funny poster. Or a magazine cover. Or all of the above.

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Posted: 6th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Citi Bank ATM Charges Double The Share Price

CITIGROUP shares have fallen below $1 a share – 97 cents.

In late 2006, a share in Citigroup was worth about $57.

Citigroup charges a $1.50 ATM Fee.

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Posted: 5th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment


Costa Brava Twinned With Australia, Looks Like Skegness

THIS Costa Brava Pyrenees Tourism authority picture of the reagion’s beaches and seas was taken in Australia.

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Posted: 5th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comment


Kinder HMRC Taxman Sends Out German Stories To Help With Tax

GOOD news is that the CDs lost by the Government and its agencies in recent times may contain not data and facts but children’s stories read aloud in German, such as those stories featured on the HMRC’s latest mailshot.

Old Mr Anorak is encouraged to learn that the February edition of HMRC’s regular “Employer Bulletin” features not software designed to help small firms deal with their tax burden, rather 16 CD audio files with titles such as Zwei Ordentliche Kinder (Two Tidy Children), Der Flohzirkus (The Flea Circus) and Gespenster (Ghosts).

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Posted: 2nd, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment