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has this been posted? some proper X-Files-style stuff going on here.
what is foundation X supposedly suggesting?
no apparently strings attached, but only if the head of state asks
it's just... really odd.
I can't see old Queenie doing that
go to this: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/101101-0003.htm#10110215000101
and ctrl+f "1 Nov 2010 : Column 1538"
Presumed it was SATIRE.
Fully expect to hear about it on Radio 4 in a couple of days about 'Look, Hansard was rickrolled!' lol
Can't see that happening really. Quite happy to believe there's plenty of big businesses ready and willing to slip a few billion to the government (that's child's money, really), but the Vatican? Not convinced. A new Multilateral Agreement on Investment? Now THAT would be plausible/terrifying.
but it seemed like he was just using the Vatican as an example of an organisation that has a lot of gold bullion (more than the figure widely quoted as the total ever mined) in order to suggest it's possible an organisation can have billions of £ worth of gold. Or something.
He was saying that the only figure he could find for the total amount of gold ever mined was from some National Geographic article which was then quoted again everywhere as gospel, but the Vatican alone has more gold than that article says is around in the whole world so there must be a lot more gold out there than the other lad assumes.
BTW, the link's not working now *X-Files theme plays*
It is pretty astonishing though. Is Anschul about?
*Simon & the Witch theme plays*
around 2hrs 30 he starts talking.
For some reason it doesn't seem as bonkers when you actually see him saying it. Some of what he says before the Foundation X stuff is pretty good too including Brigadoon references and a proposal that BHS should become a goverment department or something like that.
and african terrorists?
and the Bank of England being involved makes me assume it was some kind of deep-cover counter-laundering scheme to cripple their finances.
Which is pretty cloak-and-dagger awesome and not really what you think about what you think about The Troubles.
he's clearly a bit mental, isn't he.
Someone quotes a great exchange in the comments section, from Hansard:
Lady Saltoun of Abernethy: My Lords, is the Minister aware that if, having taken off one end of the corned beef can with the twisty thing provided — assuming that you have not lost it — you then take a common, ordinary, household tin-opener and take off the other end, it is very easy to push the corned beef out of the tin without any danger to yourself?
Lord Sainsbury of Turville: Yes, my Lords, I was aware of that, and I am very glad that that essential piece of information is passed round for the benefit of this House.
The House of Lords: DiS, for old, posh people.
The whole thing's worth reading: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld200203/ldhansrd/vo030506/text/30506-02.htm Starts under 'Food Containers: Safety'.
THAT'S REAL! :''''D
My Lords, I am delighted that the noble Lord has asked me a Question about corned beef cans. I have been answering questions about them all my life and I regard them as one of my real areas of expertise.
Oh my. Best. Thing. Ever. Why isn't KiK a lord?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_International_Treasury_Control they sound amazing. check out their website.
Designed by a 15-yr-old in 2000, using the same layout they'd done for the local parish council's website (commissioned by their mum)
totally legit, bro.
"to attempt to undertake verification would be futile, AGENT MULDER"
"To do less than is possible, is not, and will never be an option, AGENT MULDER"
"If they fail, the failure will be seen as their failure, AGENT MULDER"
I don't think it's anywhere near as interesting as that. An 'informed source' tells me that the Mysterious Foundation X that the noble Lord is talking about is just the Chinese Sovereign Wealth Fund. They've promised similar amounts of money to Greece:
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