Monday, April 06, 2009

In Vogue: Bank Robbery

I was shocked to learn this weekend that there is more one bank robbery a day in New York City. (Bank robberies are up 57% over last year.) Source: NPR: What Makes New York Banks So Easy To Rob?

A new biography on Bonnie & Clyde was just published: Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde. The couple are America's first manufactured media icons. Their sensationalized myth was a creation of the failing newspaper industry during the great depression. The reality was that they were failures at robbery, committed most of their murders in self defense and often resorted to breaking into gumball machines to get money for food.

Podcast: KERA interview with Jeff Guinn author of "The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde"

Double phallused, Bonnie Parker posed with knee up, cigar and firearm. A scandalous photograph at the time.

You can get more with a simple prayer and a Thompson sub-machinegun than you can with a simple prayer alone.
-John Dillinger

The Best Way to Rob a Bank Is to Own One
-William Black)

When it comes to bank related crimes the the current situation is paradoxically reverse. It's the banks that have been committing the robberies. The piece in the current Atlantic, There is a great piece in The Atlantic that describes a The Quiet Coup, is a must read.

The crash has laid bare many unpleasant truths about the United States. One of the most alarming, says a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund, is that the finance industry has effectively captured our government—a state of affairs that more typically describes emerging markets, and is at the center of many emerging-market crises.

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