Saturday Shortstop: Luke Appling

Luke ApplingLuke Appling was a great shortstop that played his entire 20 year career with one team, the White Sox.  A .310 career hitter, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964, in the original class from the ‘oldtimers committee’.

First things first:  Sunny Suggs’  Click Your Face Off is out of the gate and going strong.  There is no doubt that this is going to be one of the Traffic Exchanges to watch and be in, you might as well join now.  Great for newcomers and veterans alike, it is based on branding and exposure.

Bitcoin is dropping in value like a stone in a well.  Currently (Friday morning) just under $400, I have seen it as low as $350 in the last 24 hours.  Remember folks, this is not a currency.  It is in fact a commodity, and should be treated as such.  There is money to be made when a commodity is volatile like Bitcoin is, but it takes daring and caution to outguess any market.  Be careful.

A by-product of the Bitcoin slide is a corresponding rise in scammer sites.  People are losing value hourly, and the unscrupulous are taking full advantage of the situation.  Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.  The Bitcoin PTC where I have an account (BTC Clicks) has lots of ads, and at least half are completely suspect.  Buyer beware.

The good news?  The Bitcoin slide makes advertising cheap.  I got 1000 PTC clicks for .98 dollar (98 cents) in bitcoin last week, and it has lost ⅓ of it’s value since then.  There are bargains to be had.

NextGov dot com has an article this week about the problems of smuggling large amounts of cash and how the government hopes to catch said smugglers.  Interesting article, but there were some side lights that really caught my eye.

  1.   “El Chapo” Guzman (head of the Sinaloa Cartel) had over 1 billion dollars in $100 bills in his possession when he was arrested.
  2.   One million dollars in $100 bills weighs over 20 pounds.  El Chapo’s stash weighed over 10 tons.
  3.   In fiscal 2013 Homeland Security (ICE) seized $59 million from currency smugglers.  By their estimates, that is about 1% of the total.
  4.   Combining those statistics, $6 billion dollars weighing 60 tons (120,000 pounds) cross the border into Mexico each year.  That’s a big pile.

I got to see Luke Appling hit his last ever home run on TV.  He was playing an oldtimers game in RFK stadium in 1982 (age 75).  You can see it here.  There is a lot to be said for staying in shape and ready for action in business, too.

I am not in any way advocating drug use, or smuggling of any sort.  But I could live like a king for the rest of my days off the leakage from one year’s stack of smuggled money.

I’m just sayin’

Video courtesy of NBC sports.  Picture from baseballjunkies


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