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Learning to Foil Criminals

As a mystery writer, I am fortunate to live in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area with its plethora of agencies involved in fighting crime. Yesterday, I spent the day at the U.S. Treasury Department, finding out how money is made and being amazed at the many intricate details that go into foiling counterfeiters. Even the paper used in printing money, a blend of cotton and linen fibers, is difficult for counterfeiters, who will generally stick to wood fibers. We took the standard tour for visitors, then were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour by a friend who works as an engraver there. He pointed out the painstaking care and high craftsmanship required to prepare the plates for pri

The Leaden-Eyed Worker

Traveling broadens the mind and the soul, I’ve heard, and it has certainly made me aware of the desperate lives many people around the world lead, barely earning their bread. Forget about roses. I make a note of horrible, awful, no good jobs held by people I meet on my travels. So this blog is a little off topic, but I've been thinking about it. It's about making money, and since we all know that the root of all evil is money, maybe not so far off. First, Morocco. Our tour stopped at the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis. Of course, we headed for the bathrooms first, and they were fairly modern, western-style flush toilets. Only they didn’t flush, so a male attendant stood by to fill buckets

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