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Just finished "The Iron Triangle. Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group" by Dan Briody.

Never got to finish this book and finally did. I need to work for this place.
 

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Orwell is amazing. Last year I've read his non-fiction books The Road to Wigan Pier, Down and Out in Paris and London and Homage to Catalonia, basically one after another cause they were so good, both insightful and entertaining.
I really liked Keep The Aspidistra Flying as well.
 

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Just read Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Samuel m. Katz's "Harpoon Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters"

I'm always amazed how people can smuggle money in suitcases through airports.
 

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Just read Nitsana Darshan-Leitner and Samuel m. Katz's "Harpoon Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters"

I'm always amazed how people can smuggle money in suitcases through airports.
Long story but i have carried several thousand in cash through airports. The difficulty is when the bag is in the overhead bin
 

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Long story but i have carried several thousand in cash through airports. The difficulty is when the bag is in the overhead bin
These guys were moving like $70k cash and some of them could make what they call "superbills" and the US didn't care since they were not producing enough.
 

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These guys were moving like $70k cash and some of them could make what they call "superbills" and the US didn't care since they were not producing enough.
Yeah i was carrying like 5k.
 

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Just finished an enjoyable read called "Lost Department Stores ofd San Francisco" by Anne Evers Hitz. Had as many pictures as pages.

I remember the Emporium store and I Magnin. Emporium, as a kid, at Christmas, my mom took us to the roof for the rides and then we would go to Woolworth for a snack.

I miss Emporium.
 

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I'm always amazed how people can smuggle money in suitcases through airports.
I had a half Chinese friend when I was younger, who I totally wished was my girlfriend, and about a year after Tiananmen, she came to visit me in the USA. She had two suitcases, one of which turned out to be... full of money. It was all to help activists escaping from China (we'd been on protests together in Europe and I knew she was involved). She strolled through the inspections like the coolest person in the world. I was so in awe of her...
 

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I had a half Chinese friend when I was younger, who I totally wished was my girlfriend, and about a year after Tiananmen, she came to visit me in the USA. She had two suitcases, one of which turned out to be... full of money. It was all to help activists escaping from China (we'd been on protests together in Europe and I knew she was involved). She strolled through the inspections like the coolest person in the world. I was so in awe of her...
I thought they had dogs to sniff these things out and all. And don't they scan all suitcases?
 

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I thought they had dogs to sniff these things out and all. And don't they scan all suitcases?
This was 1990... I'm not sure security was up to much in those days. They were still asking whether you were carrying any communist literature...
 

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Have you ever gotten it stolen before or questioned at customs?
Nope. I've also well exceeded the limit of Cuban cigars for personal importation and just said nothing to declare. TBH even though you can smuggle a lot through a carry-on bag considering the sheer volume of passenger traffic and that there's a pretty finite ceiling, I don't think any governments are interested in stopping empires being built or continued one carry on at a time.
 

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Just finished an enjoyable read called "Lost Department Stores ofd San Francisco" by Anne Evers Hitz. Had as many pictures as pages.

I remember the Emporium store and I Magnin. Emporium, as a kid, at Christmas, my mom took us to the roof for the rides and then we would go to Woolworth for a snack.

I miss Emporium.
I worked in I. Magnin’s credit card department, briefly, just before it was acquired by Macy’s. Our office was in the China Basin building, when that was on the edge of nowhere.

Celebrity billing statements were our prime entertainment: Danielle Steele regularly dropped $50,000 at a time.
 

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I worked in I. Magnin’s credit card department, briefly, just before it was acquired by Macy’s. Our office was in the China Basin building, when that was on the edge of nowhere.

Celebrity billing statements were our prime entertainment: Danielle Steele regularly dropped $50,000 at a time.
Only $50k a month?:-D
 

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Hey that was just one store. I imagine the day's haul would be double or triple that (and inflation has halved the buying power of the dollar since 1990)

A while ago she caught flack for having something like 25 street parking permits.
 

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