Dastardly Thieves Making Off With… Hundreds Of Dollars Of Maple Sap

[caption id="attachment_100299" align="alignleft" width="250"] So you're telling me this is not a legitimate tap?[/caption] Forget gold or diamonds. Maple syrup is the commodity to be stealing these days.

So you're telling me this is not a legitimate tap?

Forget gold or diamonds. Maple syrup is the commodity to be stealing these days.

If you thought that last year's Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist, from the Fort Knox of sweet goodness, the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, was the end of the story, think again. Maple thievery has gone small-time, as would-be breakfast barons and impoverished syrup junkies have taken to tapping maples that aren't theirs, draining the precious sap that, when arduously boiled for hours or days to reduce it to somewhere between one-twentieth and one-fiftieth of its original volume, is the pure good stuff.

Maine maple syrup is now going for $65 per gallon, which is twice the going rate for Québecois syrup. For some reason.

The thefts occur every year, but this year more have been reported. Those who go onto private property to steal sap can face trespassing, theft or criminal mischief charges, Liba said. He said he knew of a dozen cases under investigation so far this year.

“We are seeing an increase in the theft of maple sap across the state,” Currier posted on the group’s Facebook page Tuesday morning.

“Mostly what is going on is we’re hearing complaints from landowners saying they’re out on their property and come across this bucket with tubes coming out of the tree,” Currier said by phone, describing the equipment needed to tap a tree for its sap.

Mainers finding illegal maple taps, Maine Forest Service says [Bangor Daily News]
Illegal maple tree tappers stealing liquid gold [USAToday video]


Big Board Promises Not To Get Rid Of Trading Floor As It Crafts Plan To Let It Get Rid Of Trading Floor

[caption id="attachment_99440" align="alignleft" width="260"] The future Museum of American Capitalism.[/caption] Hurricane Sandy claimed many victims. Will the New York Stock Exchange's floor traders be among them?


What Does McKinsey Have To Do To Make A Few Tens Or Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Around Here?

Having its involvement with ICE publicized is so not what the consulting giant needs right now.

No Jobs? No Economic Recovery? Let Them Have (Marginally Cheaper) Beer!

[caption id="attachment_100177" align="alignleft" width="260"] I've never heard of a "pint" before, but I hear the working classes like them.[/caption] What do you do when you're Chancellor of the Exchequer and everything's going wrong, possibly because of your policies, and you have to introduce a budget today full of evidence of failure? Do you abandon those policies in favor of something that might work and might not cause a triple-dip recession?

The Ballsiest Country In The Western Hemisphere

[caption id="attachment_100068" align="alignleft" width="260"] The passing of the torch.[/caption] It's not Venezuela, now that old Hugo is gone. It's not Cuba. And it's definitely not the U.S. Indeed, the ballsiest country on this side of the globe seems to be measuring its cojones against us, in a series of direct throw-downs. And Argentina's are bigger.

Marc Lasry Is Moving To Paris

[caption id="attachment_100005" align="alignright" width="260"] Slumming it.[/caption] If you haven't heard, Avenue Capital's Marc Lasry will be representing you to our oldest and least-reliable ally. The White House didn't intend for you to hear that for a few weeks yet, and Avenue certainly didn't intend for its clients to hear it. But no convention of courtesy or deference can hold Bill Clinton down.

Manhattan DA Pumps The Brakes On Mom/Madam's Brothel Just As It Was About To Really Take Off With The Help Of Her Contacts In The Business World

[caption id="attachment_69903" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="HQ on East 78th Street"][/caption]As the entrepreneurial among us know, successful, brand name business don't just happen overnight. They take blood, sweat, tears and in some cases, other bodily fluids, that the public never sees. Anna Gristina was nearly there. The mother of four (who went by the name "Anna Scotland" professionally) had been providing hookers for to "wealthy, powerful men" ("politicians, top-law enforcement, influential lawyers, bankers, entertainment execs and Fortune 500 businessmen") out of an Upper East Side whorehouse for a decade and a half, had developed a thriving client list willing to pay between $1000 (for a "Dream Girl") to $2000+ (for an “Ultimate Elite Model”) per appointment, and made millions in the process. She was ready for the big time. Just the other day, in fact, Gristina/Scotland was sitting down at the office of her friend and business associate, a Morgan Stanley employee, to hear his plan for "expanding her operation through the Internet." And then this happened. The petite, blond Gristina was caught on wiretaps claiming “to have made millions over the 15 or so years she has been in business as a madam,” Linehan said, according to newly released transcripts of the Feb. 23 hearing...Known in the industry as “Anna Scotland,’’ the Scottish native was nailed as part of a five-year investigation by the DA’s Official Corruption Unit, which probes NYPD and other uniformed officers for possible misconduct. At one point, Gristina was caught on tape saying her law-enforcement pals were “poised to help her out, to let her know if there is trouble on the front that she needs to be concerned about, particularly back during the Eliot Spitzer investigation,” Linehan said, referring to the former governor’s hooker scandal. An arrest warrant was issued for Gristina last month. When cops arrived at her upstate home, where she rescues wild pigs and raises pit bulls, they didn’t find anyone — but a wild boar chased a police officer around, the sources said. Gristina was nabbed soon after in the office of a Morgan Stanley banker and “close friend.’’ It's unclear if the friend was part of MS's dominant tech team (and was entertaining Gristina/Scotland at HQ*) but knowing they tend to go after big fish companies about to pop it's highly probable.** Hot mama is kink link to rich: DA [NYP] High-end madam busted for running upper East Side brothel is a suburban mom with four children [NYDN] *I know the tech team is based in California-- MAYBE THIS DEAL WAS SO HUGE THE GUY WANTED TO INTRODUCE GRISTINA/SCOTLAND TO BIG JIM. **In our minds. Just let us have this.