CEO Scam

Very interesting article on French scam artist and Chinese Money Laundering efforts:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gilbert-chikli-china-2-billion-con-game/

“The brain is the world’s most dangerous weapon,” Chikli said. “I learned not to control but to try to make someone believe that I was right. And from that moment, all the doors opened.”

Chikli calls this “the gift.” With it, extracting millions from some of the world’s best educated and most privileged can be a matter of a single phone call.

 

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Machiavelli of Maryland

h/t @timferris for posting this article. Pretty fascinating look into a political & military strategist.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/09/edward-luttwak-machiavelli-of-maryland

“strategy is about looking for turning points. Politics is too predictable. Look at Hillary. She is an empty carapace with ambition rattling inside. You can predict everything she does. Strategy is about being unpredictable.”

“But doesn’t that unpredictability become predictable?” I asked. “What happens when every army in the world abides by strategic logic?”

“But they never will,” said Luttwak, “because most people cannot master their emotions. Above all, strategy is about mastering your emotions.” And the emotions of others, he might have added.