Tongue-in-cheek Just saw this piece on Foreign Policy site about a memo written by PW to

Tongue-in-cheek Just saw this piece on Foreign Policy site about a memo written by PW to the Bank’s staff wrt Insider Trading. Would appreciate confirmation on whether this is a genuine memo UPDATEConsidering the first 2 comments , I would put it on the light (spoof) side of the news. Didn’t know that Kenneth Rogoff could be a joker and that funny TO: World Bank Staff FROM: Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank RE: Insider trading in “Paul Wolfowitz resignation” contracts As long as I remain Bank President, I intend to continue enforcing my signature anti-corruption initiative at the world’s most important international development agency. My past life as Deputy Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld has taught me the importance of carrying out a plan with unwavering certainty. In that regard, I am writing to you with a stern warning. It has come to my attention that many of you are turning your internet browsers to TradeSports.com, where there is an active market in “Paul Wolfowitz resignation” contracts for 2007. (For those of you who don’t know, this is a website where you can take bets on a variety of political events.) I hope you understand that any...

Pulling Treasure From The Thames With London’s ‘Mudlark’ : NPR

Lara Maiklem searches for treasures along the foreshore of the Thames. Courtesy of Lara Maiklem hide caption On the north side of the river Thames, between a pub and a railway bridge, there’s a rickety staircase down to another world. Or rather, several worlds, layered on top of each other and jumbled together in the slightly stinky river mud. It’s a bright, blowy day — seagulls are wheeling overhead, barges pass by in the background, and everywhere I look, there are little fragments of history. Centuries ago, poor children scraped a living here, scavenging among piles of bones, household junk and worse that washed down from the city. They were called mudlarks, and their work was dirty and dangerous. Today, people still pick things out of the river mud, but now it’s the history they’re looking for. Writer Lara Maiklem is one of these modern-day mudlarks — and in fact, her new book is called Mudlark: In Search of London’s Past Along the River Thames. Maiklem been mudlarking for more than fifteen years, and her book is a detailed tour of both the Thames and the treasures you can find there. Like a mysterious brown thing I dig out of the mud by my fee...