Hey everybody. I've been away (in Jupiter. No, the planet!) and now I'm trying to find out how my $50 billion investment is going. Except the web site of my broker Bernie Madoff seems to be down. Something about a court-ordered liquidation? That doesn't sound good.
Ha, ha, just kidding. I have far too much high-interest credit card debt to have ever given Bernie money. Seriously, though, check out the cached version of his website. It is haunting.
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The cruelest passage? I'll go with this one:
In an era of faceless organizations owned by other equally faceless organizations, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC harks back to an earlier era in the financial world: The owner's name is on the door. Clients know that Bernard Madoff has a personal interest in maintaining the unblemished record of value, fair-dealing, and high ethical standards that has always been the firm's hallmark.
What a ruthless bastard.
-- Thomas Francis