Ask an Economist: Which Bond Villain Plan Would Have Worked (and Which Not)?

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    Nov 20, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    http://www.vulture.com/2012/11/which-james-bond-villain-plan-would-have-worked.html?mid=agenda--20121109
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    Nov 20, 2012 7:49 PM GMT
    Clever and amusing. But they left out the most plausible and nuanced of all the Bond movies. I'm speaking, of course, of Moonraker. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 20, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    Well, you know how it goes. All you really want is a stable enough income to maintain your army of hunky young scantily-clad minions. But then they all join the underwear-of-the-month club, order-in expensive liquor, and load up your pay-per-view. Of course you have to have a fleet of new jeeps for them to drive. And a yacht for them to cavort on. And keeping the dungeon stocked with all of the latest sex toys isn't cheap. And you can't refuse them those weekends in Key West or Aruba. They all want laser treatment, so it seems like a good idea just to buy one. The tattoos. The lube. The protein powder. It just goes on and on.

    Before you know it, you have to take over the world economy just to keep your boy toys happy. It's not as if any of us planned it that way.
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidWell, you know how it goes. All you really want is a stable enough income to maintain your army of hunky young scantily-clad minions. But then they all join the underwear-of-the-month club, order-in expensive liquor, and load up your pay-per-view. Of course you have to have a fleet of new jeeps for them to drive. And a yacht for them to cavort on. And keeping the dungeon stocked with all of the latest sex toys isn't cheap. And you can't refuse them those weekends in Key West or Aruba. They all want laser treatment, so it seems like a good idea just to buy one. The tattoos. The lube. The protein powder. It just goes on and on.

    Before you know it, you have to take over the world economy just to keep your boy toys happy. It's not as if any of us planned it that way.


    Heh -

    http://www.nbcnews.com/business/abercrombie-ceo-wanted-boxers-not-briefs-flight-attendants-lawsuit-says-1C6570191

    The idea that flight attendants have to have a certain, attractive “look” seems as outdated as go-go boots, but Jeffries — who turned Abercrombie into a hot teen brand by sexing up the image of the all-American jock — had 40-plus pages of rules flight attendants were expected to follow. That's according to court documents filed in August in the Eastern District U.S. Court in Philadelphia by 55-year-old private jet pilot Michael Stephen Bustin, who filed suit in 2010 claiming he was fired because of his age.

    The flight standards manual stipulated an incongruously strict uniform of jeans worn "at the hip," polo shirts and flip-flops. Sweatshirts could be worn, but only if the staff all coordinated their wardrobes.

    A winter coat was required if the temperature fell below 50 degrees. The collar had to be turned up and the bottom button left unbuttoned. Hats were mandated when the temperature dropped below 40 degrees, with the brim folded two inches. Regardless of the weather, flip-flops had to be worn while flying and greeting passengers. Also mandatory for male attendants: boxer briefs and Abercrombie cologne "spritzed" over their uniforms
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Well that's just crazy. At 50 degrees, we don't even wear shirts. Gotta keep that metabolism going.

    I kinda like the "no problem boss" thing.
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    Nov 21, 2012 9:35 PM GMT
    Seven marketing lessons from Bond Villains:

    http://www.stargroup1.com/blog/seven-marketing-lessons-007-villains