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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


 Mr. Kalle Lasn
Vespasian imposed a Urine Tax (Latin: vectigal urinae) on the distribution of urine from public urinals in Rome's Cloaca Maxima (great sewer) system. ... The buyers of the urine paid the tax.
The Roman historians Suetonius and Dio Cassius report that when Vespasian's son Titus complained to him about the disgusting nature of the tax, his father held up a gold coin and told him, Pecunia non olet! ("Money doesn't stink!"). [1]  
 -- Wikipedia

Mr. Kalle Lasn is a gentleman of Estonian origins now living in Vancouver, Canada.  He edits the very progressive -- I don't think he'd mind my calling it that -- the very progressive magazine Adbusters, which has been credited, by David Brooks and others, with first calling for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

So far so good.  But it is also appears that Mr. Lasn,  in conjunction with his distaste for Wall Street, has taken a strong dislike to Jews (who are, according to him, responsible for much of the ills of the world), and also to Israel, which is ... well, you know the rest;  Alana Goodman of Commentary magazine has given us a full report.

But wait.  This is not the whole story.  In today's New York Times we learn that Mr. Lasn has been pleased to receive substantial sums for his progressive pursuits from a Mr. Robert S. Halper, a Brooklyn-born "retired Wall Street trader," to the tune of $50,000 to $75,000 over the last twenty years.  Just a month ago Mr. Halper wrote Mr. Lasn a check for $20,000.

So there you have it.  Does Jewish money from Wall Street have a smell ?  None that Mr. Lasn can detect.

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