How Much Does a Gram of Cocaine Cost Around the World

From The Economist:

THE street price of cocaine varies hugely across the world. No surprise that it is cheapest in Colombia, the world’s biggest producer of coca: at $2, a gram costs less than a Big Mac. Geography is an obvious price factor. The farther away a country from the main producers in South and Central America, and the more isolated it is, the higher the cost to traffick there. In far-flung New Zealand, a gram costs a wallet-busting $714.30.

The Fugu Plan

From Wikipedia:

The Fugu Plan or Fugu Plot (河豚計画, Fugu keikaku?) was a scheme created in the 1930s in Imperial Japan, centered around the idea of settling Jewish refugees escaping Nazi-occupied Europe, in Japan’s territories on the Asian mainland, to Japan’s benefit. The Plan was first discussed in 1934, and solidified in 1938 at the Five Ministers’ Conference, but the signing of the Tripartite Pact in 1941 , along with a number of other events, prevented its full implementation.

The plotters believed that the Jews could be quite beneficial to Japan, but also quite dangerous. Therefore, the plan was named after the Japanese delicacy “fugu”, a puffer-fish whose poison can kill if the dish is not prepared exactly correctly.

At its core, the Fugu Plan was a scheme to convince thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Jews to settle in the puppet state of Manchukuo (Manchuria) –or possibly Japan-occupied Shanghai[2]–, thus gaining not only the benefit of the supposed economic prowess of the Jews but also convincing the United States, specifically American Jewry, to grant their favor and investment to Japan. The plan was based on a naive acceptance of European anti-Semitic mythology, as found for example in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

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Daily Dose of Ingersoll

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Is life worth living? Well, I can only answer for myself. I like to be alive, to breathe the air, to look at the landscape, the clouds, the stars, to repeat old poems, to look at pictures and statues, to hear music, the voices of the ones I love. I enjoy eating and smoking. I like good cold water. I like to talk with my wife, my girls, my grandchildren. I like to sleep and to dream. Yes, you can say that life, to me, is worth living.

Lenin Speaks

Colorized video of Vladimir Lenin with a recording of a speech he gave during the Russian Civil War as the soundtrack. This is the transcript of the speech (or at least that’s what it’s supposed to be)

“Comrade (Red Army) soldiers! The capitalists of England, America and France are waging a war against Russia. They are taking revenge on the Soviet Peasants & Workers’ Republic for her [Republic’s] overthrowing the power of landlords and capitalists and set the example for all the peoples of the world.

With money and munitions, the capitalists of England, France and America support Russian landlords, who are marshalling their armies from Siberia, Don River, and Northern Caususus against the Soviets, seeking to restore the power of the Tsar, of the landlords, of capitalists.

No, this will NEVER happen! The Red Army has unified itself, it has arisen and started chasing the landlords’ armies and the White Guards’ officers away from the Volga, took back Riga, took back virtually all of Ukraine; it approaches Odessa and Rostov.”

Relocation of Japanese-American Pamphelet from 1943

Text of a pamphelet from 1943 discussing the internment relocation of Japanese from the West Coast.

During the spring and summer of 1942, the United States Government carried out, in remarkably short time and without serious incident, one of the largest controlled migrations in history. This was the movement of 110,000 people of Japanese descent from their homes in an area bordering the Pacific coast into 10 wartime communities constructed in remote areas between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mississippi River.

The evacuation of these people was started in the early spring of 1942. At that time, with the invasion of the west coast looming as an imminent possibility, the Western Defense Command of the United States Army decided that the military situation required the removal of all person of Japanese ancestry from a broad coastal strip. In the weeks that followed, both American-born and alien Japanese residents were moved from a prescribed zone comprising the entire State of California, the western half of Oregon and Washington, and the southern third of Arizona.

Related:
Wikipedia’s entry for Japanese-American Internment.