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- China's central bank wants to replace the U.S. dollar with a new global system. The bank said a reserve currency ought to be created that is not associated with any individual nations and could remain stable in the long run. The dollar is currently the international reserve currency.
- An increasing number of fallen financiers are turning to the Big Book. Bankers are hitting the bottle -- and seeking treatment for substance abuse -- with higher frequency in the wake of the economic crisis.
- Confessed swindler Bernie Madoff is now responsible for the death of immortality. A couple looking to make humans immortal through architecture lost their savings in the scammer's multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. Now, the architects are too broke to follow their dreams. The houses are based on transhumanism and are built to make people feel disoriented and uncomfortable. The premise is that humans die in part because their surroundings are too comfortable.
- A Los Angeles man can remember everything he's ever done since age 5. For those of us who can't remember past last weekend this prospect is a frightening one. The 58-year-old has an overdeveloped memory that exists in just four people in the world. He remembers every conversation he ever had and used to ace tests in school.