October 13, 2012

FBI in Philly reports theft of new $100 notes

Associated Press, 21 hours ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The FBI is reporting an unusual heist of some newly designed $100 bills that aren't going into circulation until next year.

Agent Frank Burton Jr. says the cash was stolen from a plane that arrived at Philadelphia International Airport around 10:25 a.m. Thursday from Dallas.

Investigators said these Benjamins are easy to spot. The new bills have sophisticated elements to thwart counterfeiters, like a disappearing Liberty Bell in an orange inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon.

The FBI said a "large amount" of bills were stolen, but agents aren't giving specifics.

The theft was reported by a courier service transporting the C-notes when the shipment arrived Thursday afternoon at the Federal Reserve Building in East Rutherford, N.J. Officials then discovered some of the money was missing.

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July 10, 2012

Museum of Photographic Arts SD: POP Thursdays Goes Comic Crazy

I am going to this event you should, too!

Thursday, July 12
Event begins at 7:00 pm | Film starts at 8:30 pm
Free for MOPA Members, $8 Students, $10 General.
Join MOPA for an evening of comic-crazed adventure as the Atrium comes to life with vixens, villains and superheroes! The evening’s fearless fun includes:
  • COSTUME CONTEST! Dress as your favorite comic character
  • Comic book cover portraits in MOPA’s fantasy photo studio
  • Screening of Sin City with a special intro by Filmmaker Neil Kendricks, director of Comics Are Everywhere
  • Live body painting and photography showcase by Body Art Playground
  • Superhuman sounds by GABE VEGA
  • Mighty performances
  • Dangerously delicious drinks and street food by the culinary masterminds at Alchemy Restaurant
The galleries will be open for viewing The Jazz Loft Project and Three Story House; the Soapbox! touch table interactive will also on display.
Image courtesy of Tom Yip.

April 29, 2012

Money 66639 Show at La Tentacion TJ

Janet and Vidal, master photographer

Lung Xing (Dragon Bank), 2012,
Vinyl Figure and Chinese Currency (Yuan)

Janet showing how she created her pieces using a dummy copy of the upcoming book for this series.

Outside the artspace La Tentacion TJ.

Greek Leak, 2012, Vinyl Munny Figure, Euros and old Greek Drahkma

La Tentacion TJ co-owner Josue introducing Janet

A lot of young people came by and enjoyed the art on Saturday during the Arts and Trees art and craft fair.

April 27, 2012

Come with Us to the Show!

Meet us at the H Street Trolley Stop in Chula Vista at 6:00 pm.
We will guide you across the border and to Janet's Show
Contact # for Andrew Sheiner is 619-246-4818,
but you just need to show up.

Meet us there later? Or Saturday at Noon
La Tentacion TJ
100 Pasaje Gomez Mall,
entrance by La Especial Cafe on Revolucion and 3rd

Books of her work will be available for order at the show

Neft Ursa (Drunk Bear), Janet Sheiner, 2012

The Russian Bear is drunk on Vodka... and oil

April 4, 2012

Janet's Art Opening at La Tentacion TJ Gallery

MONEY 66639
Installations by Janet Sheiner

Friday, the 27 of April, 7pm
@La Tentacion TJ Gallery
100 Pasaje Gomez, Tijuana, Mexico

Take a five dollar cab ride from the border to Revolucion and 3rd. Enter the Pasaje Gomez mall from next to La Especial Cafe and Hotel Lafayette.

Art, music, wine... May we tempt you?

March 30, 2012

Canada Ditches the Penny


Canada ditches the penny

Canada will give up on the penny this year, a step that has been thwarted in the United States. The penny will still be accepted in Canadian shops, but it will gradually become extinct as production of new coins ends.
Foes of the penny argue that the coin costs more to make than it's worth: 1.6 cents.
The gap adds up, experts say: Keeping the penny in circulation cost Canadians $130 million a year, a study by the Desjardins Group found five years ago. The Canadian government pegged the costs lower in its announcement, saying that making the penny costs the country $11 million annually.
"The penny is a currency without currency in Canada," Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told the Globe and Mail newspaper Thursday as the plan was announced.
The Royal Canadian Mint, which will stop sending out pennies this fall, suggested that Canadians redeem their pennies at the bank or donate them to charity.
Prices for goods will be rounded up or down to the nearest five cents, a step expected to balance out the effect on consumers.
Several countries have dropped similar coins: New Zealand stopped issuing 1- and 2-cent pieces in 1989. Russia stopped minting 1- and 5-kopek coins, though they're still used. And South Africa gave up making its 1- and 2-cent coins in 2002.
The step was cheered by economists who argue that the penny has long been useless. "Freakonomics" co-author Stephen J. Dubner, who lives in New York, pleaded in a  blog post, "Can We Please Be Next?"
But efforts to eliminate the penny in the U.S. have gotten little traction. Penny backers argue that inflation would rise if the coin were dropped.
Americans for Common Cents, a group that supports the penny, said it found in a recent poll that 66% of Americans want to keep the penny in circulation.
"Americans don't like rounding," said Mark Weller, the group's executive director. "They believe merchants will use that as an opportunity to raise prices and they'll come out on the short end of that."

March 17, 2012


PENNIE ANNIE, 2012, Mixed Media

PENNIE ANTE  N. Playing poker for small stakes;  Pennie-Ante: N. Small time, two-bit.

PENNIE ANNIE N. US Dollar personified as the little girl who continues to place big bets she can no longer afford.

January 22, 2012


Value is inherently contextual. To a man in a restaurant a glass of water is free. To a man dying of thirst a glass of water is priceless. Money creates its own context as many commodities do. But unlike a true commodity money is an abstract symbol of value and this characteristic makes it radically different. In-and-of-itself money is only worth the paper it is printed on.  For an American dollar that paper translates into 9.6₵ worth of cotton, linen and ink. But the almighty dollar carries far more value than that. As the world's leading currency America's money is the standard by which all other currencies are measured. It is distinctly THE dollar whereas other countries with currencies in dollars -- Australia, Belize, Canada, Ecuador, El Salvador, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan -- hold a decidedly lesser version.