I'm English. I don't have a vote in tomorrow's Independence for Scotland vote. If I did, I'd vote that they are thrown out of the Union, that all Scots are sent back across the border, unable to benefit from continued residence in the rest of the UK. I'd revoke the damage including fundamental constitutional change done to England by the Scottish combine of Blair/Brown and Darling.
For sure, I would not be bribing them to stay as the current UK government is trying to do.
Not the best start to Friday to discover that some bastard is promoting illegal copies of my book "Sun Tzu and the Art of Litigation" hosted by Cloudflare on a domain released by Public Domain Registry (PDR) - a company we are already looking at because it is heavily featured, along with GoDaddy, in the latest wave of domain registrations for spamming - all with a .eu address. More in the imminent issue of World Money Laundering Report.
This week: a crazy month when it's supposed to be the silly season, why ebook sales via Amazon.com are beginning to look like a bad idea and how pop culture makes our lives more difficult by spreading rubbish under the guise of knowledge.
It's taken far longer than expected but as of two minutes ago, "How does that make you feel? Identifying suspicion in money laundering and terrorist financing" with all errata in the body of the book instead of on the more usual scrap of paper is available.
UPDATE: the title of the book was subsequently changed to Understanding Suspicion in Financial Crime and it was republished under that title but the content as as mentioned in this article.
I was woken in the early hours of this morning by a message from a close friend, who works for an airline and was in Europe getting ready for a flight. "Check out MH17" was all it said. I checked. MH17, a Boeing 777, had been shot down while overflying territory controlled by Russian backed, Russian armed, Russian funded and Russian encouraged terrorists in the Ukraine.
A few days ago, I started writing a blog called "Taking a punt on ISIS." The title is a pun (I like headlines that twist language much more than those that scream "Top Ten Ways To..." and then say something utterly banal like "mess up your job application").