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U.S. Treasury Unveils New “Superdollar” $100 Bill

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On Wednesday April 21, 2010, the United States Treasury department unveiled with pride the new $100 bill that is due to be widely circulated in February of 2011. The renowned note is known worldwide as the “Superdollar,” and is the most frequently used and counterfeited currency note in the world. U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner expressed his personal confidence at the official unveiling that this will be the hardest bill ever to duplicate.

new 100 dollar bill

Along with the usual expected features such as the watermark presidential portrait, the internal security thread strip showing the denomination, and the color-shifting “100” in the lower right corner, the newly and nearly completely redesigned 100 dollar bill will also include a large ink well with a color-shifting Liberty Bell that transitions from a copper tone to dark green when it is tilted, and an all new — and very obvious and prominent — 3-D blue security stripe down the middle that will instantly confirm at a glance its genuineness to even a casual observer. The strip features a series of bells and digits that dance and are extremely difficult to duplicate.

The bill is also changing hues and will feature more blue/gray shading than green especially on the back, endangering its nickname as a “greenback.”

For an interesting and/or shocking video of the new bill click here.


At the end of the presentation you’ll note several official-looking men on a podium uncovering an enlarged image of the bill and talking about the new U.S. Treasury note and you might not be able to understand them until you notice the subtitles describing the features of the new bill… because they’re speaking in Russian! It seems the bill was unveiled in Russia as well with or without the American Treasury department’s blessing.

At a news conference Mr. Geithner stated, “As with previous US currency redesigns, this note incorporates the best technology available to ensure we're staying ahead of counterfeiters,"

Let's hope…

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  • UPDATE: March 31 (Reuters) – Three lucky ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland will share the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history of $656 million, after about 1.5 billion $1 tickets were sold, lottery officials said on Saturday.

    At least two of the winners’ tickets were “quick picks” – meaning all six numbers of the Mega Millions lottery computer picked the winning numbers announced at the drawing Friday night in Atlanta: 2-4-23-38-46 and Mega Ball 23.

    Lottery officials said the lucky tickets were purchased at a 7-Eleven store in Milford Mill, Maryland, near Baltimore, and the Motomart convenience store in the southern Illinois farming town of Red Bud. Kansas has not released details yet of the winning ticket.

    A pre-dawn call alerted Motomart manager Denise Metzger to news from lottery officials that a winning ticket was sold at her store in the tiny farming community of Red Bud, with less than 4,000 residents, about 30 miles southeast of St. Louis.

    “I screamed, I woke my husband up,” said Metzger, whose retail outlet will receive $500,000 for selling a winning ticket.

    Residents swarmed the store within hours of the announcement to check their tickets, although no winner has yet emerged, she said.

    “I think everyone in town has been here already,” she joked.

    Though the winner – who has not yet contacted Illinois lottery officials – may want to remain anonymous, in Illinois the state is required to eventually list his or her identity in public records.

    Winners could receive either a one-time payment of their share or take it in 26 annual installment payments.

    The three tickets were worth more than $213 million before taxes, if the payout was over 26 years. If taken in a lump sum, the windfall would be about $105.1 million, officials said.

    “Each of the winners gets $105.1 million in cash after taxes roughly, but who cares about pennies at this point?” said Carole Everett, spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery.


    The winning Maryland ticket was a single quick pick ticket sold at about 7:15 p.m. on Friday at the 7-Eleven franchise in Milford Mill, Everett said.

    “They are shocked they are getting the $100,000 bonus,” Everett said of Ethiopian immigrants Abera and Mimi Tessema, who have owned the 7-Eleven for 10 years and learned they would get a winning seller’s bonus.

    In addition to the three jackpot winners, there were three tickets that matched the Mega Ball number to win $1 million each and 158 tickets that picked five of the six chosen numbers to win $250,000 each, said Kelly Cripe, spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery, which oversaw the Mega Millions game.

    Kansas lottery officials were not releasing the exact location where the ticket was sold except to say that it was in the most populated northeast part of the state.

    The jackpot kept rising during Friday before the drawing as millions of players tried their luck, buying about 1.5 billion tickets and pushing the figure to $656 million, lottery officials said.

    The previous largest Mega Millions jackpot was $390 million in 2007, which was split between two ticket holders in Georgia and New Jersey.

    About half the lottery money goes back to ticket holders in the form of winnings, 35 percent to state governments and 15 percent to retailer commissions and lottery operating expenses.

    No matter who wins the jackpot, one certain winner is the U.S Internal Revenue Service. The tax-collecting agency subjects lottery winnings of more than $5,000 to a 25-percent federal withholding tax.

  • S.T.M

    Lol. Sorry Jet! Enjoy, though …

  • Oh great, now there’s a chorus of “Let’s do the time warp againnnnn” from the Rocky Horror show running through my head.

    Thanks a lot Stan

  • S.T.M

    My dog looks like Muttley. And about as sneaky as, too.

  • GOD, I suddenly feel old

  • Hay-yulp! HAY-YULP!!!

  • Oh great… now I’ll hear Penelope Pittstop screaming for help in my dreams tonight

  • Or alternatively, in the immortal words of Dick Dastardly:


  • To quote Herman Munster “DARN DARN DARN DARN DARN DARN DARN DARN”””””!”

  • Someone won: The Associated Press is reporting that Maryland lottery officials have announced early Saturday their state sold what could become the world’s largest lottery payout of all-time, but it was unclear if that ticket holder would get sole possession of the $640 million jackpot.

    Carole Everett, director of communications for the Maryland Lottery, told the AP the winning Mega Millions ticket was purchased at a Baltimore County store. She said it’s too early to know any other information about the lucky ticket-holder or whether others were sold elsewhere in the nation.

    The winning numbers for the Mega Millions prize that hit $640 million were 46, 23, 38, 4, 2; mega ball was 23, lottery officials said late Friday.

  • You know after days of anguish over more and more ridiculous Warren posts, it’s not that hard after all to honor my own boycott… even if I have to post this on my own…

  • No results yet buy I did see an article that no one won in Calif… sorry Doc

  • Well I blew $40 I didn’t have to win $3. [sigh]- those winning numbers again were 02-04-23-38-46
    Mega ball was 23

  • Igor

    Oh drat! If only I’d bought a ticket! That number was the perfect convolution of my wifes and my birthdates! After inversion and a couple La place transforms.


  • I won $3. 39c cheeseburgers are on me.

  • Did you buy a megamillions ticket? – $640 Million – winning jackpot numbers are 02-04-23-38-46
    Mega ball was 23

    For the drawing held March 30, 2012

  • Holy *&$%& MegaMillions is up to $640 Million!!! If you’ve joined a pool read #82 & 83

  • If you’re thinking of pooling on the $540 megamillions #s 82-83 have solid advice…

  • UPDATE: More Megamillions advice…

    Mega Millions mania is hitting the home stretch. The jackpot stands at a record $540 million for Friday night’s drawing and is likely to soar even higher in the final hours. Here are six tips for getting in on the game, and what to do when you win big. Best of luck.

    1) Get your Mega Millions tickets. Now. Waiting until the last minute can be problematic. The lottery is played in 42 states plus the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. The Mega Millions drawing takes place on Tuesday and Fridays at 8 p.m. PDT. But sales of the $1 tickets are cut off at different times in different places. In most places, sales are halted 15 minutes before the drawing. But Oregon cuts ticket sales off a full hour before the drawing. And you know that the final hours will see long lines at convenience stores, gas stations, supermarkets, bodegas, and anywhere else the Mega Millions tickets are sold. Bottom line: Don’t wait until the last minute.

    2) Trust no one. Sorry, but it’s true. If you are going in on Mega Millions tickets with a friend, a relative, or the folks at the office, it pays to be untrustworthy. Don’t believe us? Earlier this month, a New Jersey jury found that a construction worker tried to swindle co-workers out of their share of a winning lottery ticket. So, what to do? Start with No. 1. Pool your money and buy your tickets now, well in advance of the drawing. Then, comes the most important part: Make copies of the tickets purchased with the pool money. Just line ’em all up on the copy machine. Copy both the fronts and the back of the tickets (the back contains the tickets’ serial numbers). Finally, hand out copies of all the tickets to all pool players well in advance of the drawing. This way, everything is on the up and up: Everyone knows who’s in the lottery pool, and everyone can keep track of the pool numbers during the drawing.

    3) What to do if you win? Nothing. That’s right. Say nothing. Do nothing. Buy nothing. Just put the winning ticket in a safe, secure place and take a deep breath. There’s no reason to panic or do anything rash. Depending upon the area that you live in, you have 180 days to one year from the draw date to claim your prize, according to the Mega Millions site.

    4) Hire experts. Emphasis on the word “experts.” This is not the time to hand over the reins to your cousin Vinny who always dreamed of working on Wall Street. Hire a reputable, experienced attorney and a money manager to help guide you through these treacherous waters. Here’s why: Lottery winners’ names are typically made public. You can expect everyone and their grandmother will try to separate you from some of that cha-ching, so you need to be prepared in advance. Experts won’t just help you with setting up trusts and estate planning as needed. They will also fight off the feeding frenzy that is sure to be unleashed when everyone discovers you’re the winner of the biggest Mega Millions jackpot in history.

    5) Dream big — but risk nothing. What would you like your life to look like now that you’ve joined the 1%? What would you like to do for others? You don’t actually have to do anything, mind you. Just dream. Think. Play with the numbers. Revise those dreams again and again. And then pencil it out with your trusted advisors. Most importantly: Take steps to make sure that your future — and the future of your loved ones — will be safe and secure. You’ve gambled once, and won. There’s no reason to get risky with your gains.

    6) Cash in your ticket. When you do so, you’ll have one big decision to make. Take it all now, or take it in 26 annual payments. The tendency can be to take the money and run. Especially if you’re of a certain age. But this is where it pays to know thyself. Will you be tempted to blow it all? Are you at risk for losing it all because of greedy friends, relatives and others? Do you have a hard time saying no to people? There’s much to be said for taking all the money in one lump sum. But there’s also a certain amount of wisdom in a self-imposed savings plan. Taking the money over the next 26 years ensures that you don’t follow in the footsteps of other lottery winners who managed to blow it all and found themselves left with nothing

  • Here’s what you should do if you win $500 million.

    Q: What do I do with the ticket?

    A: Before anything else, sign the back of the ticket. That will stop anyone else from claiming your riches if you happen drop it while you’re jumping up and down. Then make a photocopy and lock it in a safe. At the very least, keep it where you know it’s protected. A Rhode Island woman who won a $336 million Powerball jackpot in February hid the ticket in her Bible before going out to breakfast.

    Q: What next?

    A: Relax; breathe; take time to think about your next move. Don’t do anything you’ll regret for the next 30 years, like calling your best friend or every one of your aunts, uncles and cousins. It doesn’t take long to be overwhelmed by long-lost friends, charities and churches wanting to share your good fortune. You’ve waited a lifetime to hit the jackpot; you can wait a few days before going on a spending spree.

    Q: So whom should I tell first?

    A: Contacting a lawyer and a financial planner would be a lot wiser than updating your Facebook status. Make sure it’s someone you can trust and, it’s hoped, dealt with before. If you don’t have anyone in mind, ask a close family member or friend. Oklahoma City attorney Richard Craig, whose firm has represented a handful of lottery winners, says it’s essential to assemble a team of financial managers, tax experts, accountants and bankers.

    Q: Remind me, how much did I win?

    A: As it stands now, the Mega Millions will pay out a lump sum of $359 million before taxes. The annual payments over 26 years will amount to just over $19 million before taxes.

    Q: How much will I pay in taxes?

    A: This partly depends on where you live. Federal tax is 25 percent; then there’s your state income tax. In Ohio, for example, that’s another 6 percent. And you might need to pay a city tax depending on the local tax rules. So count on about a third of your winnings going to the government.

    Q: Should I take the cash payout or annual payments?

    A: This is the big question, and most people think taking the lump sum is the smart move. That’s not always the case. First, spreading the payments out protects you from becoming the latest lottery winner who’s lost all their money. Don McNay, author of the book “Son of a Son of a Gambler: Winners, Losers and What to Do When You Win the Lottery,” says nine out of 10 winners go through their money in five years or less. “It’s too much, too fast,” he says. “Nobody is around them putting the brakes on the situation.”

    Q: But what if I’m good at managing the money?

    A: Invested properly, the lump sum option can be a good choice. There’s more planning that you can use to reduce estate taxes and other financial incentives. Others, though, say that with annual payments, you are taxed on the money only as it comes in, so that will put you in a lower tax bracket rather than taking a big hit on getting a lump sum. And you still can shelter the money in tax-free investments and take advantage of tax law changes over the years.

    Q: Should I try to shield my identity?

    A: Absolutely. This will protect you from people who want you to invest in their business scheme or those who need cash in an emergency. Lottery winners are besieged by dozens of people and charities looking for help. “There are people who do that for a living. Unless you understand that, you can become a victim very quickly,” says Steve Thornton, an attorney in Bowling Green, Ky., who has represented two jackpot winners.

    Q: So how can I protect myself?

    A: Again, it somewhat depends on where you live. In Ohio, you can form a trust to manage the money and keep your winnings a secret. In other states, you can form a trust but still be discovered through public records. And a few states require you to show up and receive your oversized check in front of a bunch of cameras, making it impossible to stay anonymous. Thornton set up a corporation in the late 1990s to protect the identity of a client in Kentucky who won $11 million. “No one had done this before, and there were legal questions about whether a corporation can win,” he says. “We were able to hide their names.”

    Q: Is it OK to splurge a little?

    A: Sure, it’s why you bought a ticket, right? “Get it out of your system, but don’t go overboard,” McNay says. But remember that if there’s a new Mercedes-Benz in the driveway, your neighbors will probably be able to figure out who won the jackpot.

    Q: How much should I help my family and others?

    A: It’s certainly a natural desire to help relatives in need and take care of future generation. But use extreme caution when giving out your money. Jack Whittaker, a West Virginia contractor who won a nearly $315 million Powerball jackpot in 2002, quickly fell victim to scandals, lawsuits and personal setbacks. His foundation spent $23 million building two churches, and he’s been involved in hundreds of legal actions. “If you win, just don’t give any money away, because the more money you give away, the more they want you to give. And once you start giving it away, everybody will label you an easy touch and be right there after you. And that includes everybody,” Whittaker said five years ago.

  • Re: 80… Banks routinely take older bills out of circulation and return them to the tresury where they’re destroyed and replaced with new ones.

    The idea being that when you get an older bill you take a 2nd look at it because it’s unusual to see one. Also paper money doesn’t last that long, which is why you don’t see too many older bills unless they’ve been stolen from someone’s collection.

  • ron ogino

    It’s nice that we keep making money harder to fake, but all the older bills stay in circulation. Can’t counterfeiters simply keep producing fakes of older bills?

  • I am to… Where on earth are you?

  • Jeff Forsythe

    I am glad to see you Yanks dodged the Times Square car bomb. Stay vigilant.

    Mr. Forsythe

  • Mr. Forsythe,

    For a fellow so conversant in Jewish texts and ideas, you seem to miss a basic concept in the Torah. It is a scary concept, but a bedrock concept nevertheless.

    The Children of Israel are a nation set apart and reckoned apart from mankind. It’s a scary concept because it means we do not have human allies. We are expected to tell the truth, and not to bend like weak reeds in the wind so as not to alienate “friends”.

    So, do not take what I say here as hostility. It is not. My words cost me far more than mere allies. They will cost me my family in America – who refuse to see the light and get the hell out while they can.

    I am only in a peaceful state of mind when I tell the truth. If I were to lie and prevaricate to “keep allies” I would be sick at heart.

    Israel’s only ally is no Human that He sleeps and slumbers and needs to be flattered like a sycophant. I bid you a good day, sir.

  • Jeff Forsythe

    You need to bring your mind to a more peaceful state Mr. Ruvy. This obsession with the U.S. will be your undoing and may cost you and your country allies here since this seems to be a predominantly American website.

    Mr. Forsythe

  • Mr. Forsythe,

    You evidently have some knowledge of the Jewish religion and of how Jewish religious thinkers have expressed themselves. I salute you for it.

    Now I suggest you look upon the history of the United States (Eisáv). It arose as an attempt to be a righteous society, and achieved an immense blessing, and became the richest and most powerful society Man had seen for a very long time. In New York Harbor stood a New Colossus of hope, offering to take in the unwashed millions of Europe and turn them into a nation. And it did.

    In my childhood, and in the childhood of the author of this article, the United States was the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Everyone owed America – not merely culturally, but financially as well. It had emerged unscathed from the Second World War while a good part of the rest of the planet was either devastated and weakened, like Europe, or heading into devastation, like Africa and Asia.

    Eisáv was mighty. Eisáv was powerful. Eisáv saw himself as a force for good. I grew up in that land, and was proud to be part of Eisáv.


    Looking at Eisáv from my little perch in Eretz Yisraél, I have seen the mighty fall. I have seen the good characteristics of this mighty nation overcome by evil, by selfishness, by an inability and unwillingness to see beyond its own borders, by a cultural sickness that has made a good portion of its population bastards by its own reckoning a generation or two ago. And I have been able to behold its evil in the way it has dealt with other nations as it has fallen. I have seen betrayal after betrayal. I have seen a pattern of bullying emerge that makes me ashamed ever to have lived in that once-great country.

    In my writings, I have consistently condemned the government of the United States as evil – for it has been evil; and I have consistently praised the people of the United States as good – for unlike the government, they have been good.

    That is what you see in comment #63.

    But ultimately, even a good people is judged by its evil rulers – especially – and this is especially so in America’s case – when the people claim to have sovereignty.

    Ruvy, this preoccupation with anything anti-American is beginning to trouble me.

    Now, Mr. Forsythe, you consider Eisáv.

  • I was under the impression that Saturday was the day for Jewish sermons Jeff?

    No offense intended

  • Jeff Forsythe

    Ruvy, this preoccupation with anything anti-American is beginning to trouble me.

    Rabbi Schneur Zalman is fond of a saying by the sages of the Talmud: “The greater a person is, the greater his evil inclination.”

    I propose that that can be carried over to a nation as well. Indeed, it stands to reason: otherwise, how could we say that G-d has granted every group of individuals absolute freedom of choice? Don’t we see people who are challenged by addictions and temptations far greater than anything we ourselves are ever subjected to?

    If the collective population of the U.S. has the power to control their own destiny, that means that they have also been fortified with spiritual strengths far beyond what the “average” democracy possesses.

    The implications of this are twofold: If you see a truly great people, know that they have wrestled with demons more ominous and powerful than anything that Israel has had to deal with. And if you a people who have sunk to depths which you cannot even fathom, know that they are blessed with equally unfathomable potentials.

    This, says the Lubavitcher Rebbe, is the deeper meaning behind a curious commentary by Rashi on the opening verses of the parshah of Toldot (Genesis 25:19-28:9). Toldot begins, “And these are the toldot (‘generations’) of Isaac, the son of Abraham.” Rashi explains: who are these “generations”? “Jacob and Esau who are spoken of in the parshah.” But isn’t that obvious? Why does Rashi need to explain?

    The standard explanation is that, in the Torah, the word toldot can have several meanings. It can mean “children” and “descendents,” and it can also mean “products” and “deeds” (all of which are “generated” by a person). Since the account of Jacob’s and Esau’s birth does not immediately follow the parshah’s opening verse, and since the parshah of Toldot also describes events and deeds of Isaac’s life, there can be some doubt as to how to translate the word toldot in this context. So Rashi feels the need to tell us that, in this case, it refers to “Jacob and Esau who are spoken of in the parshah.”

    But, says the Rebbe, there is also another meaning implicit in Rashi’s commentary. On a deeper level, Rashi is addressing the question: How do such righteous and holy parents as Isaac and Rebecca, and a righteous and holy environment such as their home, produce a wicked and violent man such as Esau? After all, Esau was Jacob’s twin, sharing the same gene-pool and upbringing. Jacob makes sense. But where does Esau come from?

    Indeed, says Rashi, the wicked Esau is not a “product” of Isaac and Rebecca, but a monster of his own making. Who are the toldot of Isaac? The Jacob and Esau who are spoken of in the parshah. The Torah’s Esau is a man of great potential for good — as great as the evil he allowed himself to succumb to.

    To Esau this says: See what you could be. To us, this says: The next time you see an Esau, look again.

    something to ponder?
    Mr. Forsythe

  • STM

    Actually, John, there are technologies that make it cleaner than it used to be … ash removal for a start. It might not live up to the warmenists’ idea of what clean should be, but hey, you can’t have everything. Some of the C02 is also recycled into the boiler.

    I used to work for the New South Wales government in the 1980s, and we went on a trade trip to Thailand to try to sell them on clean-coal technology, so it’s been around for a while.

    Although like I say, it won’t be clean enough for the warmenists.

    Only somewthing that goes in filfthy and comes out with the purity of mountain spring water would be what warmenists’ regard as “clean”, in my experience.

  • It seems to me there’s a successful plant in Canada that’s sequestering CO2

  • John Wilson

    #60 STM: actually, there’s no clean way to burn coal. The hope of Clean Coal is to sequester CO2 after burning, then pump it into the ground somewhere. That’s the theory. They tried doing a pilot plant in Florida, but locals didn’t like the idea of CO2 leaking out and suffocating mammals, you know, like themselves. There’s talk of a pilot plant in Germany, which, unaccountably, seems to be less resistant to suffocating people with gas.

  • In a way though I welcome Arch’s remarks because, like Howard Stern, people tune in to see what brand of logic he’ll use to justify his latest judgmental remark.

    That brings in readers, and hopefully someone that’ll click an ad and earn me 35 cents towards this evening’s dinner.

  • Ahhhh Stan, memories of surfing in California. I almost moved to San diego myself. Australia on the other hand has less sensored television, hotter babes of both sexes, and a much more freer lifestyle than we do… and unfortunately box jellies.

    We’ve got religious jackasses that want to return us to the “morals” of the Victorian Age.

    Most Americans don’t realize that the last two seasons of the famous “Mission Impossible” show were filmed in Auatralia as well. I always watched to see if they flipped the road scenes horizontally and parted everyone’s hair on the other side. My absolute favorite actor back then was Aussie Tony Hamilton.

    I’ve a friend in the TV industry named Dave I’d love to visit… alas

  • STM

    Also, Americans talk funny … I could never understand any bastard.

    Some of them told me I spoke good English, though, which was nice.

    A couple even asked where I’d learned it 🙂

  • STM

    I wouldn’t mind living in the US because I love it and really enjoy the company of Americans, and I’ve had the chance to move there and work there in the past.

    However, apart from the novelty of living and working in another country, I don’t see the point … uprooting from a place I love to go, upsetting the apple cart and living with a bunch of foreigners I don’t know, for a lifestyle that’s virtually identical.

    Sometimes I wish I’d done it, as I genuinely did have a great time on my visits there … especially in regards to being part of the surf culture in California (I even spent a bit of time at Sebastian Inlet in Florida had some surf there the locals described as “all-time” … and it WAS good”.

    But I love the number of uncrowded pointbreaks and perfect beachbreaks up and down the aussie east coast, and surfing in the US was like surfing with 20 busloads of people pretty much everywhere I went except for a couple of “secret spots”.

    So as a young bloke, I based the decision, ultimately, on that. Now I’m a lot older and not surfing that much anymore, I sometimes wonder whether I should have made the move.

    Anyway, it’s like another state of the US here … with everything literally just a hair different.

    Like driving on the proper side of the road, not the right-hand side.

    I never got used to changing gears with my right hand and having the steering wheel on the left-hand side of the car.

    So unnatural … and at times, scary.

  • Good for you Stan, stand your ground. From everything I’ve heard of Australia, I’d like to go there.

  • STM

    I tend to get ads suggesting I can easily get a US green card and become a citizen … if I’ll just hand over a bit of me hard-earned and pay someone.

    Even though I don’t want to live in the US. Go figure.

    They’ve got two chances of siphoning any drachmas out of my bank account … buckley’s and none.

  • Well Jet, you wouldn’t have seen this comment – you do not belong to this group…. Neither does anyone else here.

    Tomaso wrote at this yahoogroup: Excellent insight, easy for some, impossible for others.

    Ruvy wrote at this yahoogroup:

    “The cadet insisted: ‘Would an airman like me ever be ordered to fire on an Israeli aircraft or personnel?'”

    This reveals the real difference between the decent Americans who sign up for the military and the fascist bastards who command them.

    Both commenting on this article. Adm. Mullen Evades Answer on Shooting Down IAF Jet. From the article:

    The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, evaded a question Tuesday regarding the theoretical possibility that the US would shoot down IAF jets en route to attack Iran.

    The Weekly Standard reported that in a town hall meeting on the campus of the University of West Virginia, a US Air Force ROTC cadet asked Mullen to respond to a hypothetical situation: if Israel decided to attack Iran, he said, its jets would need to fly through Iraqi airspace, which is considered a “no-fly” zone by the American military. Would US troops shoot down the Israeli jets, the airman asked, if they entered that zone?

    Mullen evaded the question….

  • I’ve been absent on and off for a while here, tell me has Ruvy said anything nice about the U.S. that I’ve somehow missed?

  • I don’t post on the Sabbath, boys and girls. As for polymerized currency, some years ago the smallest banknote here, the 20 shekel note was polymerized. The whole lot of them are supposed to be redesigned next year. I suppose they will all be polymerized as well. The polymerized notes do handle a bit funny, but if they can’t be counterfeited, so much the better. You Americans really ought to get with the program. You guys are starting to fall behind technologically, and it is starting to show….

  • STM

    Our GDP is now higher than the US and Europe … the GFC had an impact on everyone.

    We didn’t go into recession and our jobless rate is about 6 per cent, not 10.

    It’s the stuff in the ground. Our ecomony is now inextricably linked to China’s as an exporter of commodities, rather than an importer of goods (although of course we do). Therein lies the key I suspect.

    Don’t know why zing, but coal can now be utilised in clean-burning technology, although not sure if China and India are doing that.

  • zingzing

    no joke here, but why are coal, iron-ore (which my grandfather mined in minnesota from the 1940s-60s or 70s) and wool still three of the biggest products on the market? seems we should have move beyond that… yet we haven’t.

    australia, if what stm is true, and i don’t doubt it, has a market on the edge. where is the real tech market? is it america or is it china? or is it europe? shrug.

  • STM

    And for all those Americans out there who can’t bear to come sedcond at anything, notice I didn’t say “world’s largest economy” or the “world’s most important”.

    For those who don’t know, the Australian economy is regarded as the global economic “canary” … according to the experts, if it keeps singing, no one else – the US, Europe in particular – goes completely down the gurgler.

    If it carks it and keels over, every one else drops off the perch as well.

    I think it’s to do with booming sales of our commodities, mainly to China, Japan and lately, India, as we are largest shipper of coal, iron-ore and wool on the global market.

  • STM

    Yeah, of course – the world’s strongest economy produces the world’s strongest banknotes … whaddya youse expect??

  • Those… those… those capitalists!

  • Jordan Richardson

    Apparently the Harper government is getting our polymer money from an Australian company. Well alright.

  • STM

    I’m at work. I’ll read it on my break Jet, in a couple of hours. I can fart around posting comments but if I get spotted READINg blogcritics they get a bit narky.

    On the plastic notes. They are really strong, which is why they made them I suppose … stronger than the old ones, which I think were also of cotton-paper manufacture.

  • I just took a look at Aussie money on Google Image search… pretty damned cool!

  • STM

    The substance is know as “polymer”.

  • No doubt!

    Hey check out my new political editorial on the Tea Party just published an hour ago!

  • STM

    Jet: “You’d think people would be afraid of breaking them in half or damaging them somehow by repeatedly folding the things in half.”

    They’re the thickness of paper but much stronger.

    But like I say, they’re not indestructible.

    And no Jet, they don’t melt in the sun.

    Since this is the hottest continent on the planet, I can say that with full knowledge.

    They do seem to go a bit softer though if you leave them in the sun on a 45C day.

  • It is indeed an interesting concept Jordan. You’d think people would be afraid of breaking them in half or damaging them somehow by repeatedly folding the things in half.

    Maybe they’re flexible carbon fiber?

  • Jordan Richardson

    Plastic bills? Hmm, first I’ve heard of this. But then again I haven’t paid for anything in cash in years.

  • We used to have an “Eisenhower” silver dollar coin that was about 6cm/2 inches in diameter. I’d love to give up the dollar bill for them, but all of our dollar coins over the years since the late seventies were too much in similar size to the quarter coin so they never caught on, as people would spend a dollar thinking it was a quarter.

  • Is there a danger of your money melting in the sun?

  • STM

    “On a related note, Canada is supposed to have all plastic bills also almost impossible to copy getting out by next year.”

    We already have them in Australia; the first ones were introduced in 1988, and by 1996, the entire range of banknotes was made of plastic (polymer).

    They are harder wearing than paper but are not indestructible, and are extremely hardto counterfeit (near impossible, apparently).

    Although they are extremely pliable, one thing you do have to watch out for with brand new fresh banknotes is the “sping effect”. Shove ’em in your pocket and they have a tendency to want to unravel and spring out. It doesn’t take much digging in the pocket for that to happen.

    I always fold my new notes very carefully and put a crease down the middle of them.

    The older notes, once they’re a bit worn, don’t behave in the same way.

    On my last trip to Europe, I pulled a roll of Aussie currency out in a taxi looking for euros and the cab driver asked to see one. He spent about five minutes turning a $10 note over, upside down, holding it up to the light, cracking it back and forth, before giving it his nod of approval.

    I do miss the paper money though, especially the $1 and $2 bills, which have now been replaced by coins.

    The pale pink $5 note is now the smallest denomination and the only one with the Queen’s head on it. It’s euphemistically known as a drinking voucher, along – now -with the $10 blue note.

    That’d only be in a cheap pub, though.

  • Levi


    Man oh man, I hear you! So, I am in Idaho now, not a noted cultural bastion I know, but just the same I find the current situation the purest insanity. Get this….My child recently brought home a letter explaining that the there will be no more field trips unless parents will drive the children to the location of said field trip, because the State has cut that out of their budget. MEANWHILE back at the ranch, the State is suing the Federal government and planning to spend millions to do so, despite it clearly being a token gesture and a quixotic and idiotic gesture.

    So sorry school systems, you can’t have money for educational trips to facilitate the intellectual growth of our children, that money is slotted for more “important things”.

    I am sure there will be plenty of these new super-bills thrown down that toilet.

  • alpha male

    Surely technology changes really fast these days.

    The art of counterfeiting can get really advanced and technical, but I think that we can always think of better ways to protect sensitive things.

    For example, with computers and internet, it’s somewhat easy for anybody to do all kind of automatic information gathering and spamming.

    We came up with the captcha technology where someone has to type crooked text and numbers that appear in a box.

    I can see this technology working for many years until someone finds a way to break it, so I hope we’ll have the same effect with this new $100 bill.

    On a related note, Canada is supposed to have all plastic bills also almost impossible to copy getting out by next year.

    Will be interesting to follow!

  • Under control finally.

  • It’s unusual that it’s lasted this long, they must be using multiple ISPs. My heart goese out to Chris and Doc who must have their hands full.

  • BTW, I didn’t forget the Digg thing, still got to retrieve my password.

    Meanwhile, this spam attack, going into the second day now (as you have noticed), makes it difficult to navigate here.

  • Thanks Roger, that explains his lack of conspiracy theories about how the new currency is a plot against Israel

  • Ruvy’s quite shaken up from the beating he took on another thread, Jet. He’s trying to recover.

  • Stan, you if you really want to have fun, try distinguishing between a quarter and a dollar coin in the dark.

  • Ruvy, the camels are in my Mt. Everest article, not this one.

  • Stan, the best currency in Moscow is genuine American blue jeans. it’s amazing what you can get for them.

  • Thanks Dimas, I’ve been running into a lot of conterfeit $5s lately. I guess they think they’ll fly under the radar. I’ve found that most were done on computer printers and the backs have more of a bluish tint than thay should.

    A very easy test is to simply try to tear a corner. It shouldn’t be easy as genuine currency is made of cotton. if you see white beneath the green it’s fake-the color goes all the way through and is manufctured into the “paper”

  • STM

    It does, however, seem like a good idea to put colourn on the notes so that you can diffentiate between $1 and $100.

    Last time I was in the US, I’m sure I ditched a couple of hundred by mistaking them for 10 dollar bills after one beer too many in a bar where the lights were turned down a bit too low.

    One guy told me to use a money clip and put the ones at the front, and then the other denominations by value in order.

    Too much fartin’ about … and when you’ve had a couple of cold ones, who remembers which end comes first?

  • STM

    One of those US $100 buck superdollar bills would last about 10 minutes here at the moment.

  • STM

    Back to the subject … I used US dollars and British pounds sterling in Moscow and Leningrad in the early 80s as de facto local currency. Almost every transaction was preferred in dollars or pounds over the rouble, which was near worthless outside the Soviet bloc.

    Anything western, actually. A packet of English, American or Australian cigarettes was enough to get you tip-top service in areas where you wouldn’t normally get it.

    Cab drivers wanted western currency – at driver changeover time, or you’d have to indicate with your fingers how many multiples of the fare you were prepared to pay in roubles. What is is with cabbies and “change-over time” in every bloody big city on Earth??

    I suspect you got a lot more for your buck back then in Russa, though (and not just bang, either). Moscow has since become the world’s most expensive city.

    However, the way things are going here at the moment, Sydney can’t be far that far behind.

  • You obviously didn’t read the piece above that I worked so hard on, because camel safaris for gay honeymooners is part of the article-NOT an ad.

    I guess when I read a money article, Jet, I concentrate on the uh money. Can’t help it, you know, being Jewish and all…. The Camel safaris for gay honeymooners flew right by me. Were the gay honeymooners supposed to be smoking Camels – or riding them?

    Sorry, dude. I’m gettin’ fergetful in my old age….

  • Am I the only one losing comments during this spam attack?

  • Oh I get it- silly me, knowing how easily confuseed I get, Ruvy”s commenting on my Gay Mt. Everest piece over here on my $100 bill piece.

    duh? I should’ve figured that out… my app-a-low-gees

  • Any more problems, bub?

    You obviously didn’t read the piece above that I worked so hard on, because camel safaris for gay honeymooners is part of the article-NOT an ad.

    Speaking of ads, why don’t you click on one for me so I can make 23 cents?

  • And, Ruvy, very little is being mentioned about the rocket which struck in Jordan.

    First of all, Silas, thank you for you kind concern. We are all safe and far from where this missile fell. While war is expected here, for the moment, there appears yet to be peace. Second of all, I hope you are feeling somewhat better. I hope you experience a full recovery (refuá shlemá).

    Finally, the missile was of Arab origin. According to the Jordanians, it was a Grad, a Russian import to Gaza for Hamas or one of the other terror groups there, and the Jordanian hit was an attempt to hit Israel – that failed.

    Let’s order another round of bread, humous and coffee for the Arabs working so hard to exterminate us! And make it quick, waiter!


  • If you liked the piece so much why didn’t you digg it my friend?

    Truth of the matter, Jet, is that when I go to lots of sites – like Digg – I have trouble getting simple tasks done. Either I’m not registered long enough, (encountered at redstate.com) or my password has been rejected (at most of the sites I go to like Digg, etc.)

    I have a limited amount of patience to deal with that kind of crap, and I walk away.

    Any objections to the camel safarie for gay honeymooners Ruvy?

    That is probably an ad appearing on your computer, Jet – Google has identified your areas of interest and advertises accordingly. I get ads in Hebrew with featuring hot babes with sloe eyes. No gay safaris on my computer….

    Any more problems, bub?

  • What do you expect Silas, we’re teaching kids that the world’s only 5000 years old and science is wrong. Bush must be laughing his head off after he gutted funding for public schools because they weren’t teaching from the Bible and gave the money ot perochial charter schools and “faith-based” scam initiatives instead.

  • I’ll check it out, Jet. I’ve been balls to the wall lately with a bunch of things while fighting a sinus infection. And, cutting through the vitriol, Ruvy makes some damn good points beginning with the education of our spawn. I am very concerned about how low we are going to allow our education system to sink before we do something about it.

    And, Ruvy, very little is being mentioned about the rocket which struck in Jordan. Do you have any input? Was this a terrorist related attack? Is the Israeli government (or the lack thereof) concerned? Are you and yours safe?

    In the meantime I think I’ll admire the new $100 bill with President Franklin on it.

  • Any objections to the camel safarie for gay honeymooners Ruvy?

  • Okay Ruvy has failed to explain how the new currency is a conspirocy against Isreal-someone feel his forehead.

    If you liked the piece so much why didn’t you digg it my friend?

  • Considering the way Obama likes to devalue your currency, it would make more sense for him to outsource the printing of those fancy new $100 bills to Nigeria. That way he could put more Americans out of work AND he could say he was doing more for the African.

    And DD, if you want to take what will be worthless toilet paper as money, that’s fine with me. I’ll take shekels. At least this economy has something to back it – while America is sinking in debt. The only thing keeping the shekel from rising to 50 cents in value (or more) is the insistence of the Bank of Israel on protecting Israeli exporters. The pressure to revalue the Israeli currency upwards is so strong that the BoI has to continually buy and hold $billions of your garbage greenbacks to keep it from rising. Last time I looked, it was the better part of $60 billion.

    The Presidential portrait was the way the Treasury department described it,….

    Jet, that should tell you how far down the toilet America’s educational system has gone. Treasury officials paid lots of your tax dollars (probably GS9 or higher) get to fuck up basic history that any 5th grader should know – Ben Franklin was never the president of your country – AND NOBODY EVEN CORRECTS THEM!

    It’s funny how even Sarah Palin makes a fool of herself talking about how “proud she is to be an American” when the Treasury officials who represent her are so damned stoopid!

  • Silas, did you check out my piece on Nepal inviting gay couples to wed on Mt. Everest?

  • Actually the biggest counterfeiter of U.S. bills is North Korea, who uses the ingaglio(sic) printer system.

  • Bipolar

    I for one wish the treasury would hurry up the release of this bill. As a manager of of very busy restaurant we have had a series of very good counterfiets turn up in circulation. Hard to detect with the standard counterfiet markers because they are bleached lower denomination bill reprinted to look like $100’s. The only way to detect them is to inspect the fine writing on the nylon strip inside the bill to make sure the denomination matches.

    And the Russian angle makes sense, I read a report that it was believed many Russians held counterfiet US notes in case their government currency became worthless. Mostly super notes from Nigeria if I remember correctly.

  • Much ado about what? Matt Drudge was lamenting on his rag site today that our redesigned $100 bill looks too “European”. Spoken like a true closet case. I’m all for the new design if it hampers counterfeiting. That’s the intent.

  • #3-Thanks Doc, I think the reference meant all future bills, but you’re right I didn’t catch that. The Presidential portrait was the way the Treasury department described it, and I just followed suit without thinking.

  • I wonder if the 3-D effect can survive the washing machine test?

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Doc –

    A quick sea story that you’ll like.

    On a port visit to Singapore, I took a quick tour to a small island in Indonesia. Right next to the customs desks was an official-looking booth where we could change our dollars (U.S. or Singaporean) into the Indonesian rupiah. We looked at the exchange rate, and it was 15,000 to one! So the cashier handed us back thousands and thousands of rupiahs, and we tourists (I was the only sailor but almost everyone else was from somewhere in the West and white like myself) took these tens of thousands of rupiah and grinned like bandits. Whoo-hoo, boy, wouldja look at us now!

    My wife tells me that she thinks I’ve got a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder (yeah, I sometimes straighten up store shelves as I shop – it really does bug me (but I’m not nearly as bad as Monk))…and maybe that’s why I started counting. I flipped through the bills, and they didn’t seem to add up. I counted again, and found out that I was shorted!

    I let the other tourists know and we all became fairly angry. The tour guide – a nice-enough young lady – told us in English, “I’m sorry, but there is a fee for the money exchange.” We asked how much the fee was, and she replied, “Thirty percent.”

    And later that day we were to find out that 15,000 rupiah bought just about as much in Indonesia as a dollar buys stateside – and so several of us suddenly became aware of the difference between apparent exchange rates and actual buying power.

    I’ve still got a 1,000 rupiah note somewhere – which, according to the handy-dandy iPhone app – is worth about 11 cents. Yes, those expensive lessons do tend to stick with us over the years….

  • at least it doesn’t look like the $10-which looks like a kid scribbled on it with a crayon!

  • @ #6:

    I made a private bet with myself.

    I won.

    (500 reals)


  • pecunia franca

    Dreadful exhibits his erudition.

  • Don’t take shekels, zing, they’re worthless.

    Bet even money.

  • zingzing

    8 was for 6

  • zingzing

    care to make a bet on that? say $100?

  • Miss Bob Etier

    Does that expression on BF’s face betray his opinion that the new bill is tacky, or that it will cost more to print than it is worth?

  • Before long, that ‘$100’ note, fancy as it is, will effectively be worth $1, and they’ll need to print up $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 banknotes. American currency won’t be like Monopoly money at all. It’ll be more like that game “Life”.

  • before you know it are money will look like monopoly money. Pretty wicked looking $100 bill.

  • Franklin’s pretty much regarded as an honorary president.

  • lymond crawford

    Jet, I didn’t know the likeness of Benjamin Franklin was a “presidential portrait,” but I guess you are the expert.

  • No, not shocked at all, seeing as how the US dollar is still the pecunia franca in much of the world and the Russian ruble is still rather wobbly despite their relatively booming economy.

    Indeed, there are parts of the world where the local currency is pretty much ignored. In Cambodia, for example, they use dollars almost exclusively. The Cambodian real is worth so little that they don’t even bother minting coins, and the banknotes are just used as small change.

    I have a 500 real note at home. It’s worth about 12 cents.