Daily Archives: March 14, 2008

Riverton Ricin Maker is Awake

I just read that Roger Von Bergendorf, the man who is believed to have poisoned himself with the toxic substance ricin in a Vegas hotel room, has regained consciousness. The authorities claim there is no sign of contamination anywhere or any evidence that Von Bergendorf was connected to terrorism, but they also have no idea what he was doing with the stuff; also, they’re still not saying what, if anything, they found in that house they searched in my hometown. I hope we don’t have to wait too much longer to find out what the hell was going on. ..

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Is It Really So Simple?

Scalzi on the abysmal exchange rates of the moment:

…in the long run it would be nice to have my home currency seen as stable and having value. The cynical part of me wonders how much the global perception of the dollar will change simply by having a new occupant in the White House on January 20, 2009. I guess we’ll find out.

That’s an interesting question, isn’t it? I’ll admit that I know very little about economics or all the arcane factors that influence how well or poorly we’re doing as a country — I find even simple 401k investments utterly baffling and intimidating — so I have no opinion on this idea myself. But I do wonder just how much psychology and prestige plays into something like the value of a nation’s currency. Anyone have any thoughts?

I will say that, if there’s anything to this, a post-election rebound for the dollar would be excellent news for me, as The Girlfriend and I have been talking about finally taking that dream trip to Scotland next year…

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