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« on: 06/11/2009 22:35:08 »
I'm willing to bet anyone 10 million US dollars that the world will NOT come to an end on December 12, 2012 AD as recognized by the Gregorian calendar. When all points of Earth have seen the beginning of December 13, 2012 or the world has come to an end, the bet will be considered concluded and payment expected. "The end of the world" will be considered the complete extinction of the species known as Homo sapiens. No other species need become extinct, but an event powerful enough to completely wipe out every single Homo sapien will very likely wipe out many other species as well.

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« Reply #1 on: 06/11/2009 22:42:37 »
Right..... I'll put up the 2012 London Olympics ......... Nah, that's not fair. I doubt it will be finished by Dec. 12th 2012, which could prove a tad embarrassing, not to mention awkward for the athletes.

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« Reply #2 on: 07/11/2009 02:33:16 »
 I never bet more than US$1.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 07/11/2009 09:32:12 »
It isn't a very fair bet really. If I were to bet that the world will end, and won, you would not be around to pay it (or me receive it). A lose-lose scenario for me.

Of course you could give me the money in advance and I would pay back double if you win.

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« Reply #4 on: 07/11/2009 10:23:56 »
HAHA That's why I'm offering the bet. If I win I won't have to work anymore. If I lose I won't have to work anymore.

Tell you what. Here's what you can pay. Take a chess board On the first square put 1 US penny, on the second square place two pennies, on the third place 4, on the 4th place 8, and so on until all squares are paid. Too keep things simple I'll only take the pennies on square 64. $10^62. If you paid $100,000 per second this debt will be paid in 10^49 years (not including interest). I love playing with big numbers but even this is to big for me to fathom, Consider: The age of the universe is "only" about 4.32^17 seconds old!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 07/11/2009 13:33:43 »
..... If you paid $100,000 per second .......

Hmmm, you might have a deal there, seems to be cheaper than bailing out the bloody banks!
 

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« Reply #6 on: 08/11/2009 01:33:12 »
Here's a scary thought. Current U.S. debt is about $12,000,000,000,000. There are 525,960 minutes in one year, 31,557,600 seconds in a year.

The cannon on the A-10 Warthog, an anti-tank/close support war plane fires it's 30mm cannon at 3,000 rounds per minute.  Should the USA pay back it's debt at the rate of $3000 per minute the debt will be payed in just over 7,600 years! This does not account for interest which at 5.05% (current rate as of November 7, 2009) a little over 611 which come to just over $1,100,000 per minute.

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« Reply #7 on: 08/11/2009 02:18:31 »
Over here a further £31bn of taxpayers money is to be handed over to the banks.

Presumeably this is required to pay the record breaking £6bn of bonuses they have awarded themselves. And why not? After all they have made £bns this year: OUT OF THE BLOODY TAXPAYERS!

The government has talked a whole lot about curbing the excesses of the bankers, but done absolutely nothing. Why have they done nothing? The answer is simple, the word 'POLITICIAN' is an anagram of the word 'BANKER', its just got different letters in it and a few extra letters for good measure.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 08/11/2009 03:38:26 »
I'm willing to bet anyone 10 million US dollars that the world will NOT come to an end on December 12, 2012 AD as recognized by the Gregorian calendar.

Before you can expect anyone to take this seriously, you'll need to certify that you indeed, have personal possession of these funds. But ofcourse, we all know from the start that you don't. But on the small chance that you do, it might be a good investment to purchase a ticket on the next rocket to Mars. There are a few problems with this strategy also, considering that Mars hasn't been terraformed yet. But what the Hey, someone of your means should surely be able to afford that little detail,................RIGHT?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 08/11/2009 07:11:44 »
You're right. Sadly I don't have that much money. Should I lose I'm sure I'll be able to take out a loan I could never possibly pay back. After all President Obama has done it, so why can't I?
 

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« Reply #10 on: 08/11/2009 07:16:02 »
Over here a further £31bn of taxpayers money is to be handed over to the banks.

Presumeably this is required to pay the record breaking £6bn of bonuses they have awarded themselves. And why not? After all they have made £bns this year: OUT OF THE BLOODY TAXPAYERS!

The government has talked a whole lot about curbing the excesses of the bankers, but done absolutely nothing. Why have they done nothing? The answer is simple, the word 'POLITICIAN' is an anagram of the word 'BANKER', its just got different letters in it and a few extra letters for good measure.

Let's put something into perpective here. As I understand in America 1 billion is 1,000,000,000 which in England is 1 thousand million. What England calls "billion" we (USA) call "trillion" 1,000,000,000,000. At least it used to be the case. Is it still true? Why should the polis care about how much money they waste. It's not their money and if they run out they will just raise taxes.

After the big bank failures in 1929 the Federal Government insured the banks. That's what's meant when you hear "FDIC insured" (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) If they have the same thing in England then the Fed is obliged to bail them out. This is why in America the FBI chases bank robbers so hard. 90% are caught, compared to 50% of murderers caught) and depending on circumstance the penalty fr bank robbery is harsher than for killing someone. Whether you steal $1 or $1 million you'll get 25 to life for bank robbery (even if it's your first offense). If you manage to plea to manslaughter for killing someone you may only get 3 years! How fair is that? I know of a person who had 3 DUIs then while driving drunk on a suspended license killed a 14 year old girl and got 5 years in prison. The little girl got eternity locked in a small wet dark box buried under ground >:(
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« Reply #11 on: 08/11/2009 11:04:45 »
Its called 'justice' Eric, most right minded, decent people would call it 'injustice'.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 10/11/2009 01:56:26 »
I know of a person who had 3 DUIs then while driving drunk on a suspended license killed a 14 year old girl and got 5 years in prison. The little girl got eternity locked in a small wet dark box buried under ground >:(

If only we could switch their sentences.  Sad how money is more important than morals these days.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 10/11/2009 13:53:19 »
"these day's"? It's always been the case sense money was invented.
Some punk walks into a bank and demands the money. He hurts no one and steps out with a few thousand. He's captured and sent for 25 years hard time. These bank managers cost the go TRILLIONS and they get fired, with pension intact.

In The Embarcadero, the business district of San Fransisco, Wells Fargo and Bank of America are across the street from each other. A guy walks into BofA and takes a deposit slip and writes a note demanding the money. While standing in line he becomes afraid that maybe someone saw him write the note so decides to take his note across the street and rob WF instead. The WF teller looks at the horrible spelling and grammar used in the note and decides to try a little ploy. She tells the robber that the note is written on a BofA deposit slip. If he wants to rob Wells Fargo he'll have to write his note on a WF slip or go rob BofA. The guy crosses the street again but is subdued as soon as he steps back into the bank.
Morals to this story
1. Plan ahead. When doing anything risky it's a good idea to prepare ahead of time including back up plans encase things go wrong.
2. Use proper grammar and spelling. People will judge you on your communication skills, including writing
3. Don't rob banks. It's wrong to steal  and you will likely go to prison for a very long time.
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« Reply #14 on: 10/11/2009 15:39:55 »
Please go back across the street and rob the BoA since you wrote the note on their deposit slip!  That's pretty funny.  Unfortunately, I don't think any amount of planning ahead would've helped this guy...and the teller made a pretty accurate assumption about his mental capacity based on his grammar!
 

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« Reply #15 on: 13/11/2009 02:57:31 »
I wonder about the mental capacity of anyone who thinks bank robbery is a good idea.
Several years ago 2 guys did quite a bit of planing for their robbery. They were covered head to toe in body armor and brought assault rifles with thousands of rounds. They held the police off for some time. Injured some but killed no one. In the end, despite all their plans both robbers ended up dead. Police are smart and experienced in dealing with criminals.
 

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