The chemistry of cash

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This pretty much applies to U.S. currency as well:

United States currency paper is composed of 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen. This is what gives United States currency its distinct look and feel. For denominations of $5 and above, the security thread, and portrait or numberal watermarks are already built into the paper when it is received. For the $100 note, a 6mm wide 3-D security ribbon is woven into the paper.  Tilt the note back and forth while focusing on the blue ribbon.  You will see the bells change to 100s as they move.  When you tilt the note back and forth, the bells and 100s move side to side.  When you tilt it side to side, they move up and down.  This adds a highly advanced level of security to the note.

All bills, regardless of denomination, utilize green ink on the backs. Faces, on the other hand, use black ink, color-shifting ink in the lower right hand corner for the $10 denominations and higher, and metallic ink for the freedom icons on redesigned $10, $20, and $50 bills. The $100 note’s “bell in the inkwell” freedom icon uses color-shifting ink. These and the other inks appearing on U.S. currency are specially formulated and blended by the BEP. Inks headed for BEP presses also undergo continual quality testing.

So paper money really isn’t paper at all? It’s what they make shirts out of!

The ultimate GOP rewrite of history

I can’t believe the words coming out of Rudy Giuliani’s mouth:

What the hell did he just say? In the eight years “before Obama came along, we didn’t have any successful radical Islamic terrorist attack in the United States.” Am  I dreaming? Was he not the fucking mayor of New York City on Sept. 11, 2001?

This is Republican rhetoric at its purest form. The country today is a bleak hellscape because nothing bad happened until  Barack Obama became president.

Let’s go through the list of Republican “truths”:

  1. The economy was in great shape before Obama took office:

2. The stock market was running on all cylinders until Obama was elected:

3. The auto industry was booming and its jobs were secure until  Barack Obama screwed it up:

4. There were no natural disasters before Obama took office:

5. Obama doesn’t deserve any credit for capturing Osama bin Laden:

6. And now, there were no terrorist attacks on American soil before the Kenyan usurper with the fake birth certificate moved into the White House:

What the hell is wrong with Giuliani? What the hell is wrong with people in the GOP base who believe all these lies? Do they really think you can erase history just by saying the things that happened didn’t happen?

Obviously, they do.

And that’s why Republicans selected a habitually lying. moldy, worm-infested tangerine for their presidential candidate, and why deep in their reptilian brains they thrive on campaign rhetoric that reinforces their view that the Democratic opponent is a crooked, lying bitch.

Whatever happened to the truth?

Yes, you have too much information online

For proof, let’s look at Tom in Belgium:

This isn’t an exaggeration. Four years ago, I posted this:

Both are from Safe Internetbanking, in Belgium. We worry about the government spying on us, when in reality every business has everything it needs to know about you. Obviously, you know this because you see what happens online when you look at an ad or order anything. The next day, all of the advertisements you see online are related to the thing you bought the day before. And since the government and businesses know everything about you, how hard is it for a hacker to take your life over?

The Europeans are far more strict on Internet privacy, and look what happened to these people. Imagine what happens in the U.S. Checkout the Safe Internetbanking site. It has some good advice.

Which one of these ads is racist?

This 2016 one from China?

Or this 2007 one from Italy?

Let’s first of all ignore the fact that the Chinese ad is blatant plagiarism. The correct answer, of course, is neither of the detergent makers care, because they both just got a ton of free worldwide publicity from all the news organizations that reported on the debate on whether the most recent ad, from China, was racist.

I wouldn’t be surprised if — despite all the pearl clutching and sensitive souls being overwhelmed by the vapors — the detergent sales are going through the roof in China, and Coloreira in Italy just got a sudden boost from an ad it introduced nine years ago. That’s the beauty of advertising.

And the thing is, these ads are irrelevant, because there are other, far more racist ads out there that have an immediate and direct impact on our lives. Like this one:

Uh oh. Words are coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth. You know what that means?

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Elizabeth Warren vs. Donald Trump: This is just the beginning

A message from the person Bernie Sanders supporters, and a hell of a lot of Hillary Clinton supporters, really wanted to vote for:

I’m just going to say it. Hillary should get on her knees and thank the Democratic gods that Elizabeth Warren decided not to run for president. And I’m a Hillary supporter.

Meanwhile, in dipshit land:

Mr. Eloquence in action.

How can you tell Donald Trump is lying? Because his mouth is moving.

And since his mouth is moving:

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