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Photo: The Travel Channel. The Brassiere Brigade, a group of women concocted a titillating scheme of deception. More than a dozen people accused of scheming to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in coins from Southern Bell Telephone were tried, and several were convicted. Six women were nicknamed the ?Brassiere Brigade? for allegedly stuffing coins into their bras.

Photo: The Travel Channel.
The Brassiere Brigade, a group of women concocted a titillating scheme of deception. More than a dozen people accused of scheming to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in coins from Southern Bell Telephone were tried, and several were convicted. Six women were nicknamed the ?Brassiere Brigade? for allegedly stuffing coins into their bras.

The Brassiere Brigade

The Case of the Silver Falsies

In September 1950, police in Miami, Florida accidentally discovered a crime ring that had been stealing thousands of dollars from the local phone company for years. The thieves were young women employed in the counting room of the Southern Bell Telephone Company. They were smuggling money out of the building by hiding coin rolls in their bras. The combination of attractive young women, lingerie, and money proved irresistible to the media, and the exploits of the “brassiere brigade” made headlines across the nation.

The crime took advantage of how the Southern Bell Telephone Company processed money it collected from pay phones. After coins were collected from the phones, the money was placed in sealed boxes and brought to the counting room. Here young female employees removed the coins from the boxes and placed them in automatic counting machines. The count made by the machines was the first official record of pay phone revenue.

A few of the female employees ?figured out that it was easy to surreptitiously stuff rolls of coins down their bras before the money was placed in the machines. Because the money had not been counted yet, the phone company would not realize the money was missing. It was, essentially, a perfect crime.

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Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller

Pamela Geller is planning a ?Draw the Prophet? event in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a ?Stand with the Prophet? conference in January. The First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest will be hosted by the Curtis Caldwell Center, which is owned and operated by the Garland Independent School District.

Geller?s event comes on the wake of the Islamic terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January. Following the attack, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) scheduled the ?Stand with the Prophet? conference at the public school district?s conference center. Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), scheduled a protest outside the event that was attended by approximately 2,000 people.

During the Free Speech Rally in Garland, Geller spoke with Breitbart Texas about her reaction to the large and loud crowd of protesters. She said that Muslims?are trying to impose restrictions on free speech like they are doing in Paris. ?Thousands of Americans said ?no way!??

?The media can smear us and the President can stand with them,? Geller said. ?We the people are not having it. If there is any proof of that, it?s today. We dwarfed them.?

?If the Western media ran the Danish cartoons back when this Islamic supremacist movement first started gaining steam, the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo would be alive today,? Geller stated in response to an inquiry from Breitbart Texas. ?That said, the European press ran the Hebdo cartoons in the wake of that jihad slaughter. But the American press would not. The beacon of freedom, the shining light on a hill, is running scared. Well, that?s not who we are. The elites do not represent the people.?

?Enough is enough,? she explained. ?They?re just cartoons. We?re holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become ? with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we can?t stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it ? and with it, free society.?

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Has the Zombie Apocalypse started?

? Palm Beach Post

Is this patient zero in?the?Zombie apocalypse?

One man was shot to death by Miami police, and another man is fighting for his life after he was attacked and his face allegedly half eaten, by a naked man on the MacArthur Causeway off ramp, police said.

The bloodshed began about 2 p.m. when a series of gunshots were heard on the ramp, which is along NE 13th Street, just south of The Miami Herald building. Witnesses said a woman saw the two men fighting and flagged down a police officer who was in the area.

The officer, who has not been identified, approached and saw that the naked man was actually chewing the other man?s head, according to witnesses. The officer ordered the naked man to back away, and when he continued the assault, the officer shot him. The attacker continued to eat the man, despite being shot, forcing the officer to continue firing. Witnesses said they heard at least a half dozen shots.

Miami police were on the scene, which was just south of The Miami Herald building on Biscayne Boulevard. The naked man who was killed lay face down on the pedestrian walkway just below the newspaper?s two-story parking garage. Police requested The Herald?s video surveillance tapes.

The other man was transported to the hospital with critical injuries, according to police. Their identities were not released.

The economics of the drug trade

via Boing Boing

The economics of the drug trade are laid bare:

The profits were astronomical at every step. In 1978 each kilo probably cost Escobar $2,000 but sold to Lehder and Jung for $22,000, clearing Escobar $20,000 per kilo. In the next stage they transported an average of 400 kilos to south Florida (incurring some additional expenses in hush money for local airport authorities) where mid-level dealers paid a wholesale price of $60,000 per kilo; thus in 1978 each 400-kilo load earned Escobar $8 million and Lehder, Ochoa, and Jung $5 million each in profits. Of course the mid-level dealers did just fine: after cutting the drug with baking soda each shipment retailed on the street for $210 million, almost ten times what they paid for it.

Soon Lehder was hiring American pilots to fly a steady stream of cocaine into the U.S., paying them $400,000 per trip.?At one trip per week, in 1978 this translated into wholesale revenues of $1.3 billion and profits of $1 billion.

The revenues of the whole enterprise are staggering:

In fact from 1982-1984 shipments jumped from 80 tons to 145 tons, flooding the U.S. market and causing wholesale prices to drop from $60,000 per kilo to $16,000. But cash flow remained absurd, with revenues of $3 billion in 1983 and $2.3 billion in 1984, netting Escobar alone at least $1.3 billion in profit.

Around this time he bought a Learjet to fly cash out of the U.S., and the Cartel?s expenses included $2,500 per month for rubber bands for bricks of cash.

Escobar employed a team of 10 full-time accountants to keep track of it all, but could also be surprisingly relaxed: he shrugged when $5 million was loaded on the wrong boat ? ?you win some, you lose some? ? and accepted the regular loss of 10% of his income to ?spoilage,? as up to $500 million per year was eaten by rats or rotted due to improper storage.

Escobar?s personal fortune was estimated at $7-$10 billion in 1985, of which perhaps $3 billion was in Colombia, with the rest spread out in countless foreign bank accounts and investments, including apartments in Miami, hotels in Venezuela, and up to one million hectares of land in Colombia (about 3,900 square miles, or 1% of the country?s land area).

That is a staggering amount of rubberbands!

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