Internet Searches, New York City, Gold And The Tea Party
August 27, 2010 by Chip Wood
*Don’t search for Cameron Diaz. At least, not on the Internet. Turns out cybercriminals love to play on our fascination with stars. According to tech security company McAfee Labs, your chances of getting a computer infection are one in 10 if you click on links for Cameron Diaz. Other names in the “most dangerous” category are Julia Roberts, Jessica Biel, Gisele Bundchen and Brad Pitt.
*I survived New York City… again. My wife and I enjoyed a quick visit to the Big Apple earlier this month. We went up to celebrate a son’s birthday, see a couple of plays, enjoy some fine dining and savor the energy of America’s most dynamic city. If you’re a native, I’ve got a question for you: I saw several signs warning, “Do Not Honk. $500 Fine.” And I’ve got to ask, has anyone ever been fined for honking their horn there? Seems to me you could pay off the national debt if you enforced this law.
*What if we were paid in gold? Back in colonial times, a “dollar” meant a specific amount of gold. But how things have changed. Ten years ago, a “dollar” was worth 1/265th of an ounce of gold. But in the past decade, the dollar has fallen so far that it’s now worth 1/1250th of an ounce of the Midas Metal. Just think: If you were paid in gold, you would have had a 300 percent raise over the past decade. Has gold tripled in value since then? No, just in price.
*Quote of the week. This is from one of my favorite ex-congressmen. (Actually, put “ex” in front of a politician’s title and he automatically becomes one of my favorites.) Dick Armey, the former majority leader, had this to say in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal a few days ago: “But let us be clear about one thing: The Tea Party movement is not seeking a junior partnership with the Republican Party, but a hostile takeover of it.”
— Chip Wood