Friday, December 20, 2013

More Schadenfreude

I have to remind myself to keep a straight face and suppress my glee when I read a tale such as this.
A lot of rich dupes were fooled into buying worthless 'investment' wine, seduced not by the wine, because they had no plans to drink the stuff, merely cellar it and gloat over their illusory profits.
I am reminded of a line from 'The Magnificent Seven' when Eli Wallach ,playing the bandit Calvera explains to Yul Brynner, crossing himself, :
If God had not meant them to be shorn, he would not have made them sheep


  1. A fool and his money are soon parted.

    How did the fool manage to accumulate wealth in the first place?

  2. Perhaps he was fortunate in his parentage.

  3. I note he is facing up to 40 years for this terrible crime. The moral of the story is don't piss off the rich, at least in America.

    1. Wouldn't that be more because he has committed lots of small crimes and they have a tendency to go with serving sequentially rather than concurrently?

    2. I've never understood why we have concurrent sentences for consecutive crimes.

  4. To Anon of 25/12 18.16

    Surely you do.

  5. I've never understood concurrent sentences either - it seems to be an open invitation to commit other crimes as they won't attract any extra penalty.

  6. It is immoral to let a sucker keep his money, per American gambler, Canada Bill Jones.

    I have just finished reading A Good Year by Peter Mayle involving a dishonest lawyer selling Luberon wine as Bordeaux for big bucks.

    Counterfeiting expensive wines is somehow inherently funny.


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