July 29, 2003

Bidding Circles

I've wanted to post again for a while but nothing quite galvanized me enough. Nothing, that is, until today when I saw the most ludicrous story I'd seen in a while. Apparently, the U.S. is going to run a futures market based on predicting terrorist attacks and assassinations. It really seems like a joke, I don't understand how this can be for real.

Something else I've been meaning to mention on CH is the existence of Usenet FAQs. Not many people today even know of the existence of Usenet, which predates the World Wide Web by at least 10 years. However, it remains one of the best sources of free, comprehensive information. Want to learn about Physics? No problem. How about Electronic Music Creation?. You can even read about how much AOL sucks.

Posted by dr_v at July 29, 2003 07:17 AM

The article says that the program has been abandoned because once Senators found out about it, everyone denounced it as stupid and likely to promote rather than help get leads to stop terrorism. That would be the ultimate "insider training"... people planning terrorist attacks and buying terror futures so they can cash in once they carry out their evil plans. The Pentagon is sooooo retarded.

Posted by: Kristina on July 29, 2003 11:23 AM

Check out these images of the now-defunct site. I still can't believe a concept this ludicrous made it this far.

Posted by: dr v on August 1, 2003 09:05 PM