not sure why you think the statement that the claim is about protecting GNR is bogus. for better or worse, axl is trying to re-brand GNR (as evidenced by the new lineup and new style guide to their merchandise/artwork); ongoing association with slash in new product releases could be seen as hindering re-branding efforts.
IMHO counterfeiting is one of those great mysteries, i.e. how can you be 100% sure you can detect it? so while i don't have faith the in the NYT number, i don't have faith in the claims of the GAO or OECD either.
and of course for the gold fans, all money in a fiat system is counterfeit, as gold is the only real form of money.
yup, led zeppelin is likely to be the biggest thieves in musical history. and i'm not referring to borrowing a chord progression or two, or being inspired by some techniques....this is outright theft, inexcusable even to creative commons, open systems loving people like myself. page and plant are great performers, but as for their compositional capabilities.....seems like they come up mostly empty on that front.
khan is fantastic. my only gripe is that some of his economics lessons reveal a limited understanding of monetary economics that is sure to be misleading to its viewers (but still far better than most economists, including nobel prize winners). khan is definitely a winner though, more power to him.
the attack "from another country" is more likely to be a state-sponsored event. this article is missing lots of important contextual information which, if included, would help illustrate the need for vigilance in light of lieberman's comments.
here is an article with many links that can provide important contextual information regarding the US government's repeated desire to exert greater regulatory control over the internet.
the US government has repeatedly stated false flag attacks to justify its attempts for greater control. from this perspective viewing lieberman's comments with suspicion and vigilance is not irrational panicking but rather a rational response based on an informed analysis of history.
can't say i feel sorry for the investors. when it comes time to federal reserve reform, or stopping corrupt wars, or doing any kind of serious political activism, they refuse -- after all, "it's not their job" or "it's bad for business." turns out being an ignorant and irresponsible citizen is bad for business too. who would've thought.
don't want to respect the truth? want to ostracize those who do? fine. have fun paying the price. when the "angels" are mature enough to take responsibility for their government, maybe they'll get their free market back. until then, they get what they deserve.
of relevance to this article is a document entitled Information Operation Roadmap that was declassified by the Pentagon due to a Freedom of Information Act request by the National Security Archive at George Washington University. you can download the document in pdf format here: http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB177/info_ops_roadmap.pdf . the document was signed and authorized by donald rumsfeld during his time as secretary of defense (note the department of defense was known as the department of war up until 1947. nice PR move!).
here are two excerpts from the document:
"We Must Fight the Net. DoD [Department of Defense] is building an information-centric force. Networks are increasingly the operational center of gravity, and the Department must be prepared to "fight the net." " - 6
"DoD's "Defense in Depth" strategy should operate on the premise that the Department will "fight the net" as it would a weapons system." - 13