As of August 1st, the New York Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan (made famous in the Bruce Willis flick Die Hard With a Vengeance) was stocked with approximately 7,000 gleaming tons of gold.
The New York Fed is the largest store of gold bullion in the United States and in the world. According to Alex Jones, this stockpile is worth some $350 billion USD.
And Apple, with its now $385 billion market cap is worth more.
Latest Doodle: ‘Falcon Girl’ (Tank Girl / Star Wars)
Prints available at http://www.jameshance.com/ (US / Canada)
and http://www.jameshance.co.uk/ (UK / Europe)
Tees available at http://www.redbubble.com/people/strangelydrawn/works/8381405-falcon-girl-tank-girl-star-wars
Thanks for the kind words, as always :D
Supreme Court GPS case ruling: A warning shot for drones? -
The United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police cannot attach a GPS tracker to someone’s car without first getting clearance from a court. The link goes to a Wall Street Journal story about the opinion. In summary, the majority of the court ruled that the GPS devices were not a trivial matter, and that they warranted judicial review before their use. Using the small, inexpensive devices to track people amounted to a violation of the person’s Fourth Amendment Rights against unlawful searches and seizures. In separate consenting opinions, Justices Sotomayor and Alito wrote that the GPS trackers went beyond an unlawful search. Justice Alito wrote that the devices were also a invasion of an individuals “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
The passage that particularly caught my eye was Justice Sotomayor writing: “Awareness that the Government may be watching chills associational and expressive freedoms. And the Government’s unrestrained power to assemble data that reveal private aspects of identity is susceptible to abuse. The net result is that GPS monitoring—by making available at a relatively low cost such a substantial quantum of intimate information about any person whom the Government, in its unfettered discretion, chooses to track—may “alter the relationship between citizen and government in a way that is inimical to democratic society.”
Replace GPS with Drone and read that again.
(Source: dronejournalism, via new-aesthetic)